EJI Marker Installed in Montevallo

Lynching Marker in downtown Montevallo. Photo by Zoe Hall. Courtesy of Kathy King of the Montevallo Community Remembrance Project Montevallo, Ala. – An Equal Justice Initiative historical marker recognizing victims of an 1889 double lynching now stands in downtown Montevallo at the corner of Main and Shelby Streets. A dedication ceremony scheduled for April 2 was cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns. People are encouraged instead to visit the site in small socially distanced groups.   “We cannot heal the deep wounds inflicted during the era of racial terrorism until we tell the truth about it,” observes EJI director Bryan Stevenson.   Many Montevallo citizens are ready to grapple with the truth about our past. “Although the marker speaks to a dark time in...

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Shelter-in-place Q&A

What can you do during Alabama’s stay-at-home order?  On Friday, April 3 at 4 p.m. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state-wide stay-at-home order. The order will take effect on April 4 at 5 p.m.   “The COVID-19 is an imminent threat to our way of life, and you need to understand we have passed urging people to stay at home, it is now the way of life,” stated Alabama Governor Kay Ivey in a press conference.  Many Alabama residents, however, continue to have questions about what they can and cannot do while the order is under effect.  What can you do?  The Governor’s order specifically notes nine reasons that someone is allowed to leave their home:  “To obtain necessary supplies” “To obtain or provide necessary services” “To attend religious services” “To take care of others” “To work” “To engage in outdoor activity” “To seek shelter” “To travel as required by law” “To see family members”  But there are some caveats, that enforce CDC and Federal guidelines for individuals regarding social distancing.  Grocery stores will be limited to their emergency maximum occupancy limits of 50% of their maximum occupancy.  Restaurants are still open but are limited to methods of curbside pickup and delivery. Additionally, on Twitter shortly after the announcement Ivey stated that individuals are encouraged to still utilize these take out services to support their local economies.   Religious services are limited to 10 people, or to “drive-in”...

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Companies offer free resources to help students cope with coronavirus

Many companies have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by offering free resources to students. These resources range from things to help you learn, or connect with friends. We compiled a list of some of our favorite deals.  Discord  Discord, a popular messaging and voice chat app recently opened up their Go Live service up to 50 people for free.   Go Live allows users to share their screen, so that you can give presentations and collaborate in real time. It doesn’t feature video chat, but the voice chat works well enough, and unlike Zoom it doesn’t have a 40-minute time out for the free tier.  Discord offers both a Mac and Windows app. The service worked well when we tried it. The connection was also more stable over bad internet connections than Zoom, likely because of the lack of a video chat feature. It does lack the ability to call into a meeting though, so it requires access to the internet to use.  Discord is also a great way to keep together with friends. We started a Discord server for The Alabamian, and it allows us to have a main general channel and an off-topic channel so that the random conversation that helped us enjoy our time together can still flourish.  Codecademy  Codecademy opened up their pro subscription for free for 90 days to students with a .edu address.   The website offers online courses in...

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UM to allow students option of pass/fail grades for Spring 2020

The University of Montevallo will allow students to transition their Spring 2020 grades to a pass/fail system. This decision was announced by Mary Beth Armstrong, UM’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, through a campus wide email.  The changes to the grading system will be optional. After final grades are posted, students will be able to see their final grades at the end of the semester and make a decision with their academic advisor whether or not they want to change their grade.  Grades of a D or above would be considered a “pass” with everything else considered a “fail” and will not impact a student’s overall GPA. According to the Provost, if a student decides to count a course as a pass it will still be able to fulfill course requirements. However, if a course requires the student to receive a C or above this will still be calculated on the student’s letter grade.  This change allows graduating seniors taking required courses to be able to convert their traditional letter grade to a “P” and still be able to graduate.  The email also stipulated that the Dean’s and President’s list will be calculated from the student’s letter grade as recorded by professors.  Late Sunday, March 22, a petition was started by senior music major, Celena McAlpine, asking UM to convert to a pass/fail system.  McAlpine noted that many students...

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