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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: The Joseph Volker equation

01.17.2015 by André Natta · 6 Comments


As we begin to look at the larger issues affecting the UAB athletics announcement, one of the best places to start is by understanding the mindset and experiences of its founding president (and the first chancellor of the University System of Alabama), Joseph Volker. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB athletics announcement: A timeline of interest emerges

01.16.2015 by André Natta · 0 Comments

01132015 PRSA Alabama presentation

A timeline developed as part of a recent presentation to the state chapter of the Public Relations Society of America by this website gains more meaning as a result of minutes from a UAB athletics financial analysis committee meeting in December. Continue reading

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The reason behind the UAB athletics announcement

01.15.2015 by André Natta · 2 Comments

state appropriations

One of the biggest stories of the last two months — the elimination of the football, bowling, and rifle teams at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) — has involved the Board of Trustees and the state legislature. It’s just not in the way (or for the reasons) that many have been referring. Continue reading

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No confidence votes don’t always translate to resignations

01.12.2015 by André Natta · 0 Comments


The voices calling for no confidence votes in UAB president Ray Watts this week are assuming the votes will automatically lead to his removal. While it could happen, it’s not a guarantee — at all. There’s a database that shows us when and why it doesn’t too. Continue reading

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Digging into the UAB Athletics announcement – Part 1

01.12.2015 by André Natta · 1 Comment


The first of what may end up being several stories about this points out some issues that need to be considered when looking at the Carr Report and the decision in its entirety. Continue reading

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Eyes shift to next week’s faculty senate meeting at UAB

12.5.2014 by André Natta · 0 Comments

UAB Blaze at Bartow Arena

Both online and during comments made during Friday night’s “pep rally” on UAB’s campus green, it was apparent that attention has turned to what will happen during the university’s regularly scheduled faculty senate meeting next week. Continue reading

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Changes for a portion of 1st Avenue South on December 15

12.5.2014 by André Natta · 0 Comments


It’s only a one-block stretch, but the announcement of this street conversion on the edge of Birmingham’s Southside could mean several productive developments in the area are now not that far away, including occupants for commercial spaces in a residential development. Continue reading

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