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The word “transition” does not quite adequately describe my recent transplant to Manhattan from my hometown of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Perhaps “transformative” or “life altering” would better embody the sentiment. Since moving to the city to join the MFA in Design for Social Innovation program at SVA, I have received quite a few inquiries regarding life in the Deep South. The majority of them can be summed up as going something like this:

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Savvy College Student Pays His Tuition with Money from Rebates

Deal chaser Jonathan Hood gives new meaning to "free after rebate."

Ever buy something that comes with a "free after rebate" offer and then you forget to mail it in before the deadline? Jonathan Hood, a doctoral student at Auburn University in Alabama's never had that problem. In fact, he's so savvy at the rebate game that he paid his tuition this semester with money he got back from his purchases.

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Local Activists Are Rallying to Block a KKK Memorial in Alabama

Admirers of the first Grand Wizard want to gussy up his legacy after his monument was beheaded.

Southern Military historians remember Nathan Bedford Forrest as a brilliant tactician, a "wizard of the saddle"—an innovator in cavalry military maneuvers. Others remember him as a slave trader, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and the murderer of hundreds of surrendered black Union troops at the battle of Fort Pillow.

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How to Help the South's Tornado Victims

Thousands are reeling today after having their homes torn apart by brutal storms. Here's how to help no matter where you are.


Updated, Friday April 29, 1:23 pm EST: Like most every compassionate world citizen today, our thoughts are with those in the southern United States, which has been ravaged by devastating tornadoes. Here's a roundup of how you can help the thousands of families in need. We'll be updating this throughout the day, so check back for more donation opportunities as they come.

United Way of West Alabama: 2720 Sixth St. No. 100, between Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and Capitol Park, 205-345-6640. The United Way could use donations of nonperishable food items, clothes, tarps, and feminine hygiene products. You can also make cash donations, all of which will stay local, by credit card at www.uwwa.org.

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