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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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Extra Credit: Education Cuts Found Unconstitutional

Budget cuts, budget cuts, and more budget cuts: what we're reading at GOOD Education HQ


Last year, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slashed $820 million from the state's education budget. Now a judge has ruled the cuts violated the state constitution because they disproportionally impacted low-income districts.

State universities are facing such severe budget cuts, they may have to lay off tenured faculty. Meanwhile, community colleges in Alabama are dealing with cuts by dissolving their athletic programs.

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Last week it was Arizona. Now, Alabama.

In the battle over immigration reform, another shameful detour at the state level.

Meet Tim James, Alabama's Republican candidate for governor, whose campaign website makes many education-related promises:

"Every Alabama student that works hard will have an opportunity for an Alabama college education. Every Alabama student will have a computer. Our most challenged schools will be brought up to the highest levels."

All fine and good, until the unveiling of his latest campaign ad, which defines wastefulness as having to administer driver's license examinations in a dozen languages. In it, he proclaims:

"This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it."\n\n\n


Newsweek is clever to point out that in a state whose unemployment rate hovers around 11 percent and whose educational attainment is pretty much near the bottom of the heap, James's latest argument is hardly among the most pressing issues of the day. Besides, of course, being generally intolerant and totally unacceptable.


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