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Oct 15, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE--- The judge in the case has ruled that Horwitz has met legal requirements and the case can proceed to trial. Pat D.

A federal judge has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit the University of Alabama filed against an artist for painting scenes from school football games and transferring his work to other mediums.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of artist Daniel A. Moore on Friday.

Moore has been painting scenes from UA football games since 1979. In 2002, the school told him that he needed to get their permission before painting the team's uniforms because they're trademarked.

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The University of Alabama Faculty Senate planned to resume discussions of a statement urging action by the school administration after recent allegations of racial discrimination during sorority recruitment and voter fraud by Greek organizations.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( that the senate began discussing the statement on Sept. 17. Faculty Senate President Steve Miller said the latest draft will be released Tuesday at a 3:30 p.m. meeting.

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Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.

UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.

Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.

Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.

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Former student leaders at the University of Alabama are supporting more diversity within the school's racially segregated sorority and fraternity system.

   Kenneth Mullinax says he and 17 other former campus leaders pooled $1,000 to purchase a newspaper ad supporting integration of both white and black Greek-letter groups.

   Mullinax says the advertisement is scheduled to appear in the student newspaper Thursday.

   Sponsors of the ad include former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley and Rob Riley, son of former Gov. Bob Riley.

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Several hundred people were marching at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school's Greek-letter social organizations.

   The marchers headed from the university library Wednesday morning to the administration building, where the president's office is. The group was gathered on the steps of the administration building Wednesday morning. They stood behind a large banner that said "Last stand in the schoolhouse door."

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The president of the University of Alabama is acknowledging that campus sororities have used race to make decisions on new members, and she's ordering changes.

The university posted a video statement Tuesday in which President Judy Bonner says Alabama's Greek-letter organizations are segregated by race.

Bonner says "systemic and profound changes" are required.

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The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism in the Greek-letter organizations.

   A spokeswoman says President Judy Bonner is requiring the groups to begin using a recruitment process where new members can be added at any time.

   The change was announced Monday. It follows reports by the student newspaper, The Crimson White, detailing allegations that alumnae of some all-white sororities were blocking the chapters from adding black students as new members.

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Representatives of three sororities say they're investigating their recruitment process at the University of Alabama after some groups were accused of rejecting two potential members because they're black.

   WTVM-TV reported Thursday that Pi Beta Phi sorority, Chi Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta released statements saying their organizations are investigating after the UA student newspaper, The Crimson White, reported members of two sororities were looking to vote on African-American candidates but were blocked from doing so by alumni members.

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The losing candidates in a Tuscaloosa city election are raising claims that University of Alabama students got free drinks to vote for their opponents.

   Denise Hills and Kelly Horwitz both lost city school board races on Tuesday, and each says Alabama students could have wrongly affected the outcome.

   The Tuscaloosa News ( ) reports that members of a sorority allegedly received an email saying they'd get free alcohol at two bars if they voted.

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A University of Alabama journalism professor has been named interim dean of the university's communications program.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) Jennifer Greer will take the helm of the College of Communication and Information Sciences on Sept. 1. Greer chairs the school's journalism department.

   Greer will replace outgoing Dean Loy Singleton who's set to retire on Oct. 31. She will work with Singleton until his retirement and then will run the college until a permanent replacement is found.

School officials say the University of Alabama will continue its ban on firearms on the campus, with a few exceptions.

   The university released a revised weapons policy on Friday covering possession of weapons on the campus by students, employees and visitors.

   The revised policy, which goes into effect immediately, was issued in response to a new state law that sought to clarify where and how gun owners could carry and transport their firearms.

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It's difficult enough for actors to perform a play in two languages and make sure the audience understands. An Alabama-based partnership of Cubans and Americans is tackling that and more with an unusual engagement in New York.

The cast and crew of "Alcestis Ascending" are preparing for one of just a handful of joint Cuban-American plays to hit the Big Apple since the Cuban revolution of the 1950s.

They'll perform in Tuscaloosa starting Monday, then move the show to New York on July 9. Finally, the production will head to Havana.

University of Alabama trustees are set to consider a proposal that could increase tuition by nearly 3 percent for the 2013-14 academic year.

   The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) that the board of trustees will consider raising tuition for each of the system's three campuses at its meeting Friday.

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Members of Congress dabbed away tears while visiting the spot where former Gov. George Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration at the University of Alabama 50 years ago. Representatives and senators making a civil rights pilgrimage attended a campus commemoration on Friday.

They included Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, an Alabama native. He and others wiped away tears as Wallace's daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, talked about her father never discussing the event with her before his death.