University of Alabama President Issues Statement Regarding COVID-19 Protocols Not Being Followed

Two days after University of Alabama in-person classes started back on Wednesday, school president Dr. Stuart R. Bell released a letter to student body expressing disappointment concerning COVID-19 protocols not being followed. 

The good news was that the positivity percentage rate for students upon re-entering campus was around one percent.

According to the Crimson White, testing on Thursday resulted in a 29 percent positivity rate.

Alabama’s Vice President for Student Life, Myron Pope, also issued a statement, announcing that extra protocols and directives to be followed by students and faculty in the coming days.

The University is placing a 14-day moratorium on all in-person student events outside of the classroom. This does not include athletic activity.

Students are not allowed to have visitors enter housing and residential communities and common areas of those dorms will remain closed. 

As for the Greek community, all common areas in the houses are closed,

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Kenneth Cole Enlists Students for ‘Make the Statement’ Voter Initiative

As the 2020 election approaches, Kenneth Cole has engaged students for an initiative titled, “Make the Statement,” to help increase voter turnout. The goal is to empower students to create a piece of artwork that sends a powerful message.

Cole approached design students, recent graduates and alumni asking them to use their typographical design prowess to create a piece of artwork that would stop online scrollers in their tracks. The company provided students with a choice of three election season messages: “If You Don’t Vote, We Don’t Exist,” “You Vote, We Exist,” and “Vote to Exist.” The students took these messages and used them to create things from simple illustrations to a graphic design to animation.

“I have always believed that for our democracy to work, we all need to ‘Stand up and show up, or shut up.’ I also believe that voting is not just a privilege; it’s a

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More than a Vote is more than a statement for LeBron James and other athletes

Lakers forward LeBron James helped create More than a Vote, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting Black voters. <span class="copyright">(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)</span>
Lakers forward LeBron James helped create More than a Vote, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting Black voters. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

When LeBron James and other high-profile athletes and entertainers combined to create More than a Vote, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting Black voters, plenty of observers took a wait-and-see approach.

Ethan Scheiner, a political science professor at UC Davis, was among them. His research focuses on the intersection of sports and politics, and he’s seen other well-intentioned efforts go into a quick stall.

But that’s not what he’s seen from More than a Vote, which, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations, is engaging in conversations to add sports venues in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver and Miami as polling locations for the presidential election in November. Previously, the organization reached similar agreements with NBA arenas in Atlanta, Detroit, Sacramento and Charlotte.

On Thursday, as James

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