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UA in the News: April 5, 2013

Community pays final respects to former Athletic Director Mal Moore
Tuscaloosa News – April 5
A who’s who of University of Alabama luminaries paid tribute Thursday to a man who came to embody Crimson Tide athletics as a player, coach and administrator. More than 200 people attended the celebration of life ceremony held at Coleman Coliseum for Mal Moore, UA’s former director of athletics, who died March 30 at the age of 73…Moore’s compassion for his wife and his passion for the Crimson Tide were the main themes of speeches at Thursday’s ceremony, which included UA System Chancellor Robert E. Witt, UA President Judy Bonner, former Alabama and NFL quarterback Richard Todd, UA golf coach Jay Seawell and head football coach Nick Saban.
San Francisco Chronicle – April 4
Athens News Courier – April 4
Birmingham News (Dr. Witt’s comments) – April 4
Birmingham News (Dr. Bonner’s comments) – April 4
Birmingham News (Nick Saban’s comments) – April 4
Chattanooga Times Free Press – April 5 – April 5
Gadsden Times – April 4
WTOV 9 (Steubenville, Ohio) – April 5
Biloxi Sun Herald – April 5
Tuscaloosa News (editorial) – April 4
Birmingham News (how history views Moore) – April 4
Birmingham News (live updates) – April 4
Florence Times Daily – April 4
Birmingham News – April 5
Decatur Daily – April 5
Birmingham News (Sarah Patterson’s comments) – April 4
Birmingham News (Keith Pugh’s comments) – April 4
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – April 4
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – April 4
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – April 4
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – April 4
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) –April 4
WBHM-FM Radio (Birmingham) – April 4
WSFA-NBC (Montgomery) – April 4
WAKA-CBS (Montgomery) – April 4
WALA-Fox (Mobile) – April 4
WPMI-NBC (Mobile) – April 4
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – April 4
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – April 4
WZDX-Fox (Huntsville) – April 4
WHNT-CBS (Huntsville) – April 4
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – April 4
WDHN-ABC (Dothan) – April 4
WDFX-Fox (Dothan) – April 4
WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Ga.) – April 4
WXTX-Fox (Columbus, Ga.) – April 4
WTOK-ABC (Meridian, Miss.) – April 4
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Clamshells Reveal Secrets of Pre-Columbian Society’s Decline
Inside Science – April 4
Dramatic changes in the ocean’s environment could be one of the reasons why the Moche, an early pre-Columbian civilization in Peru, fell apart over 1000 years ago. Upwelling of cold, deep water diminished because of changes in El Niño in the Pacific, and interrelated climate changes upset the life of the Moche (pronounced Mo-CHAY) in ways that undermined their social structure and life so badly that within a few generations, their society collapsed. The history of that social catastrophe is told in clamshells, which reveal the local climate much like tree rings can. The Moche Empire didn’t suddenly collapse, said Fred Andrus, a geologist at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. “The people adapted but did it in a way that was uncomfortable,” he said. “They faced a series of challenges and dealt with them in ways that must have been difficult, and unpleasant.”… Clamshells can provide more proof of these substantial climate changes. Researchers from Alabama, and the Universities of Arizona and Maine reported in the journal Geology that the Moche buried clamshells with their dead as tributes.

Blue theme aims to spread awareness about autism in April
Tuscaloosa News – April 4
Autism affects one in 88 people and more than 45,000 people in Alabama, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To increase awareness about the developmental disability and raise money for support programs, blue bows are being hung around Tuscaloosa, light bulbs are being changed to blue and the fountain at Midtown Village will be tinted blue in April in honor of the “Light It Up Blue” campaign and Autism Awareness month…The University of Alabama’s Panhellenic Association distributed blue bulbs and installation instructions to all the sororities and fraternities and encouraged them to participate, the association’s director of public relations Katherine Snyder said…A child born with autism will not show immediate signs but will show signs within the first three years, said Martha Cook, the director of the University of Alabama’s Rise School…It is imperative for a child who has been diagnosed with autism to be placed in proper schooling and support programs as early as possible to better the outcome of their adult lives, Cook said.

Tuscaloosa News kicking off digital subscriptions Monday
Tuscaloosa News – April 4
The Tuscaloosa News announced Thursday that it will begin digital subscriptions on Monday for readers who want to read the newspaper online at without subscribing to the print edition. … Newspapers’ move to online subscriptions — the charging for unlimited access to news websites — has seen a noticeable increase during the past two years, said Jennifer Greer, chairwoman of the journalism department at the University of Alabama. “Information is not cheap to provide,” she said. “Trained journalists are needed to gather and vet information, and you need resources to get information.” Greer, who has done research on online reporting since the mid-1990s, said journalists are trained to gather information, sort through it and give people good credible, understandable reports that are trustworthy. Not all information found through a search engine meets those criteria, she said. “People will pay $4 for a cup of coffee and $10 for a movie” so they should be willing to pay for a quality news product, she said. “It is vital for journalism’s survival, and I think for democracy’s survival.”

Civil rights panel is Friday
Tuscaloosa News – April 4
Historians and scholars will participate Friday in panel discussions about the legacy of the civil rights movement during the “Where We Stand” conference at the University of Alabama. The panel discussions, which are free and open to the public, will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence building, 720 Second St., on the UA campus. The conference marks the 50th anniversary of Gov. George Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door.”

University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers series closes season with outdoor concert
Tusk (Tuscaloosa News) – April 5
The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers music series ends its 2012-13 season Monday with a spring concert featuring composer Aaron Siegel. The Brooklyn native is a co-founder of Experiments in Opera and a staff member of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Siegel recorded “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend,” scored for eight glockenspiels and public performers, in 2010. It was released by LockStep Records in May 2011 and named one of the best classical CDs of the year by TimeOut New York magazine.

Druid City Arts Festival returns to Government Plaza on Saturday
Tusk (Tuscaloosa News) – April 5
Tuscaloosa’s vibrant art community will be on display this Saturday at the fourth annual Druid City Arts Festival in Government Plaza, where local artists and musicians will feature their work…The festival started four years ago when a Creative Campus intern from the University of Alabama wanted to give local artists exposure within the community. Creative Campus gathered a team and hosted the first DCAF in the old CityFest lot. Each year, the festival grew. “We kind of took the festival and kept building upon it and growing it,” said Chase Sanders, a three-year Creative Campus intern…Attendance grew so much that the Creative Campus team realized the event had become too large for the organization. Sanders said he and others felt Creative Campus could not devote enough time to DCAF’s growth. It would have taken all of the organization’s resources, forcing Creative Campus to abandon new projects, Sanders said…the team searched Tuscaloosa for an organization as passionate about DCAF as the Creative Campus team. The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission agreed to partner with Creative Campus in what is a transitional year, Sanders said.

Stephen Tyrone Williams on Making Broadway Magic with Tom Hanks and Getting ‘Primal’ in Lucky Guy – April 4
Thanks to a childhood spent watching crime procedurals with his grandmother, Southern gentleman Stephen Tyrone Williams pictured a future for himself in the courtroom—but joining a mock trial team made him realize “I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I wanted to be the actor playing the lawyer.”… Focusing instead on drama, he studied at the University of Alabama (“the school where Forrest Gump played football! Full circle!”), then began building his career in regional theater. In the past two seasons, Williams achieved a breakthrough off-Broadway with well-reviewed performances in Burning, My Children! My Africa! and Harper Regan, leading up to his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy.

Theatre Tuscaloosa loves ‘I Hate Hamlet’
Tusk (Tuscaloosa News0 – April 5
To be a star or to be an actor? That is the question. For TV star Andrew Rally, recently moved into the mostly late John Barrymore’s New York apartment, that’s the gist: To be rich or to be respected? To be coddled or to be challenged? To be TV’s darling or to be Hamlet?…(Russell) Stephens, who’s performed recently in the international production of “Hermitage Cats Save the Day,” with the University of Alabama in “A New Brain,” “An Italian Straw Hat,” “City of Angels” and others…

Trailblazing women made white-collar crime an important field of study
ABA Journal – April 4
When Sara Sun Beale attended the University of Michigan law school, only about 10 percent of her class was made up of women. After graduation, she was the second woman to work in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. Now a law professor at Duke University, she is among several notable female academics who have made white-collar crime an important field of study, the New York Times DealBook blog reports…The group of notable women includes…Pamela Bucy Pierson of the University of Alabama…

UA alum Sonequa Martin-Green upgraded to ‘Walking Dead’ series regular – April 4 reports University of Alabama theatre graduate Sonequa Martin-Green has been upgraded to a series regular on AMC’s smash hit zombie apocalypse show “The Walking Dead.” The Russellville native began her role on “Walking Dead” during the Dec. 2 mid-season finale “Made to Suffer” as Sasha, Tyreese’s sister. When she first appeared, Sasha was one member of a small group of zombie survivors that included her brother as well as Allen, Ben and Donna.

UA alumnus showcases folk art
Crimson White Online – April 5
Anthony Tavis, a University of Alabama alumnus and local bluegrass folk artist, will be participating in Druid City Arts Festival for the third time. Originally from New England, Tavis moved down South to attend the University. Since then, he has participated in multiple art festivals such as the Leeds Downtown Folk Festival in 2011, where he won a first-place award for two-dimensional folk art.

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