UAB’S OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER
VOLUME 57, ISSUE 13
Second female governor takes the helm
Taste of India debuts on campus
Unsure of who Governor Kay Ivey is and where she stands? A brief history of her role in Alabama’s government is explored. Read more on Page 5.
The event, formerly known as Taste of Asia, was hosted by AAO and featured dancing, food and cultural awareness from India. Read more on Page 2.
Kaleidoscope ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
‘Facing the Hyperstructure’ creates an immersive, sensorial installation Tessa Case Managing Editor
he white walls of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts are no more, as well as the clear distinction
between where the physical space ends or begins, and that’s before you put on the 3D glasses. Black and multicolored vinyl span the walls, the ceiling and the floor in “Facing the Hyper-
structure,” a large-scale installation project led by Colombian native and New York-based artist Jessica Angel. Angel, who just finished her 15-week residency overseen by Curator John
Fields, was aided by five UAB students: Alex Kulich, Camille Goulet, James Clay, Augusta McKewen and Alex Whitehead. The team was also aided by AEIVA
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BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS
‘Preserved and remembered’ Official dedication establishes historical area as a national park Anthony Roney Community Reporter
PHOTO BY IAN KEEL / PHOTO EDITOR Community members gather to witness the unveiling of the National Park Service’s Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument plaque.
It was a rejoiceful and somber day April 15 in Birmingham’s Civil Rights district. After much work from multiple levels of government, the dedication of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument commenced outside of the Birmingham Civil Rights
Museum. “I am just so happy that this area is being preserved and remembered,” said Jeanette Williams, a visitor to the dedication. “Some of the most important things in American history happened here, and we need to honor them as much as we can, but I feel like this is a good step toward it.” The national monument
is focused at 16th Street South and Fourth Avenue North. It consists of about four city blocks that contain the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the A. G. Gaston Motel. “With the [federal] government coming in and protecting this area, it’s really the right move,” said Mark Sumter, another visitor. “They needed some
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ASIAN AMERICAN ORGANIZATION
PHOTO COURTESY OF COLE PARKS Students from UAB and various other colleges attend Taste of India at the Alys Stephens center to spread the Indian culture through dance and music.
Dancing to India’s beat AAO displays culture through exhibition, competition at Taste of India Sufia Alam Campus Reporter This year, UAB’s Asian American Organization changed their main event’s name from Taste of Asia to Taste of India. AAO is a nonprofit student organization at UAB that aims to incorporate Asian traditions and assimilate them to American culture. Every year, the organization has delivered Asian awareness across campus through their biggest annual event, formerly called Taste of Asia. Each year, AAO fills Jemison Hall at the Alys Stephens center to its brim to host a show presenting various cultural dances and other acts, all accompanied by an authentic global cuisine for dinner. This show is split into two, an exhibition and a competition. Teams from various schools and cities arrive to compete for the $1000 prize. The exhibition portion allows all interested parties to showcase various cultural displays. This year, Hemali Patel, senior in biomedical engineering and president of AAO, made the executive decision to change the event’s name to better fit the performances that made up most of it. The lack of representation from other countries outside of India in all of the acts prompted the executive board to host
multiple events throughout the semester. They partnered with other cultural organizations to bring traditions from various countries of Asia to UAB, rather than calling an event ‘Asian’ when it primarily displayed only the Indian culture. “In the previous years the American Asian Organization hasn’t been so active in the sense that we haven’t done any more events besides just Taste of Asia,” said Patel. “Having just a Taste of Asia show that really didn’t embody any culture besides the Indian culture, and naming it Asia, just didn’t make sense to me.” This year, the student organization incorporated more Asian cultures by hosting two additional events, which included ‘AAO Presents Vietnamese Culture’ and ‘AAO presents AAO Presents Japanese Culture.’ Food, history, traditions and guest speakers of Vietnam and Japan made up the events. Taste of India introduced two dance forms, Bollywood Fusion and Bhangra, both found in southeast Asian cultures. UAB teams Rangeela, Apsara and Blazer Raas danced non competitively the second half of the event, while teams Champa & Chameli, Vandy BhangraDores, GT Insaafi, Boiler Bhangra, UMBC Adaa , UGA Talwar and ATL Tanishq competed during
the first half of the show. “Being Korean, I definitely appreciate the name change from Taste of Asia to India,” said Chris Bui, junior in nursing. “I think a lot of times, the term Asian culture is kind of mushed into one big thing, and it’s important to recognize Asian culture is so much more than just one country.” To further emphasize the different dance forms presented to the audience, AAO decided to no longer continue the tradition of skits act throughout the event. In the past, quirky videos that followed a storyline about the process that executive board undertook in organizing the event were shown in between acts. “We wanted to focus on just the dances this year,” Patel said. “It’s about the dance teams, not so much about the people who organized it.” Ramya Nyalakonda, sophomore in chemistry and head liaison, shared her experience of attending to all the teams arriving from different parts of the country. Nyalakonda’s responsibilities included delegating tasks to each liaison and making sure each team was well-prepared and well-rested. “The teams worked really hard to coordinate their performances and it’s amazing to see how they incorporated the Indian culture into the dances,” Nyalakonda said. “Teams are coming from all around the nation and I hope the audience
appreciates the hard work that went into the dances.” Hassan Sadruddin, sophomore in public health and designated master of ceremonies of the event, added the importance of acknowledging the differences present in Asian culture. “I hope the audience takes away an understanding of the diverse cultures and traditions that exist in South Asia,” Sadruddin said. “I also hope the audience sees the different ways our peers are using dance, song, and music to express passion, love, friendship, emotions and even social issues.” Nimra Khan, freshman in biomedical sciences and liaison to the team ATL Tanishq, was able to appreciate Indian culture presented at the event through the different styles of dance performed. “Personally, I think Taste of India is a more accurate description of the Indian culture than Taste of Asia,” Khan said. “As the dance teams compete I feel like it brings everyone together as a whole. All of my friends are attending Taste of India as well. I think it’s a great way to introduce the Indian culture through the traditional dance performances and the sense of unity between different races.” Vandy BhangraDores placed first at the Bhangra competition, and ATL Tanishq placed first at the Bollywood Fusion level. Sufia Alam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
A scientific take on personalized banking BioBank could change the way doctors diagnose Surabhi Rao Campus Editor While UAB works on creating a BioBank filled with genomic information, new discoveries are making their way into personalized medicine. UAB is starting a multi-faceted project to bring Alabama one step closer to the height of medical innovation. The sharp, intense and extensive implications of this project are reflected in the responses of undergraduate students toward it. Joshua Tippett is one of the many pre-medical students at UAB that use the undergraduate experience as a stepping stone into the
healthcare field. He sees the BioBank in light of his Christian faith, and only hopes that there is no ‘health-ocracy’ that can result from a project of this magnitude, where gathered information is used to control people. “I personally would never get my genome sequenced,” Tippett said. “In my Christian faith, we look to God for healing, so if there were any problem with my healing, I would look to God. Even though I do believe in doctors and I believe He sometimes heals through doctors, I don’t think that you shouldn’t go pro-actively looking for something yourself. I think thats a person’s choice to do so, though. I don’t prescribe my beliefs to everyone. I just know for me that it’s kind of a question of faith and a temptation to not have as much faith in God but some people do it and
have full faith in God.” UAB as a whole has a $5 billion impact. The UAB School of Medicine ranks 22nd in NIH funding, and 10th among public universities. Rebecca Lynn Smith is a Science and Technology Honors program student that plans to obtain a Ph. D. in forensic chemistry. She said that the implications of a BioBank, finding the similarities and differences among genomes, is interesting and useful. “I think, there are more benefits than consequences to personalized medicine even if people think that their privacy is key,” Smith said. “This country is not private any more, I’m sorry. Google literally takes all your information. Apple has your fingerprint. I mean they have a ton of people’s fingerprints. Someone could take your
fingerprint and take it out and put it in a crime scene and blame you from across the world if they really feel like it.” Personalized medicine is the idea that an individual’s genome can be used to predict and treat ailments. For example, according to the NIH, carrier testing is a test used to see whether a person has one copy of a gene mutation that, when present in two copies, will cause a certain genetic disorder. If subjects agree and numbers increase at UAB, the 146 sets of twins born at UAB in 2016 can reflect the endless possibilities for genomic research in Birmingham in the future as a part of the Personalized Medicine Institute. Karan Singh transferred to UAB after studying in California. He chose to pursue a chemistry major here spe-
cifically because of its medical reputation and central location among the hospitals of downtown Birmingham. Singh found the aspects of mental health that fall into the idea of using genomic information to diagnose and treat at every level of healthcare. Singh compared Biobank to the idea of ‘designer babies,’ saying that there are both positives and negatives to having certain amounts of control over health, but finding that balance at UAB is what will champion a successful project. “No one actually knows the full extent of the power of the genome,” Tippett said. “My only thing with it is that I hope this project is being done with the utmost ethical integrity.” Surabhi Rao can be reached at email@example.com.
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LETTER FROM THE SPRING 2017 MANAGING EDITOR
Print is precocious, pertinent Tessa Case Managing Editor
he joke in the newsroom is that we have “tens of readers.” Overall, the news and media industry is shrinking. The Editor & Publisher’s DataBook listed there were 126 fewer daily papers in 2014 than in 2004. For printed news in specific, the Pew Research Center reports a drop of 7 percent in weekday circulation. When I took my introduction to public relations course, we discussed the difference between news mediums. Online is for immediacy, and print is for in-depth, comprehensive reporting. In the digital age, breaking news is a priority amongst organizations, rightfully so. However, I would be remiss in not discussing the importance of print and of the Kaleidoscope. UAB is situated in the burgeoning city of Birmingham. With the rise of the city, one can expect a rise in attendance, importance and reach in regards to UAB. How do we, then, communicate relevant information to students? The answer is obvious: their peers. The Kaleidoscope is UAB’s student-run newspaper available online every day and
in print every Tuesday. Why am students would have known I explaining this? Why do I feel that information and would the need to include this in an have been able to see Godfrey article that is clearly going to in a different light had the be published both in print and Kaleidoscope not made the online and will be exclueffort to share that with sively available through readers? the Kaleidoscope? The How many students answer, simply, is that I live off-campus in a hope this information is situation where they shared in such a way that pay a water bill to the when student journalists Birmingham Water of Christmas future say Works? How many stuCase they work for the Kaleidents know about the doscope, the follow-up question alleged scandal regarding billwon’t be, “What is that?” ing there? How many would If I have learned anything know if they had not seen the in my year and a half with headline where the newspaper this paper, it’s the effort put in sits in the library or the Hill to finding the most interesting Student Center? and relevant information. How many people know I must commend my Edthe struggles and the backitor-in-Chief and my fellow ground stories behind the staff in particular this last players that make UAB Athletsemester. Not only did we ics? How many people know completely overhaul the design the names of the football and layout of the paper from a players who are coming in or tabloid to a broadsheet, but we coming back to UAB after the also made a concerted effort to long fight to bring football expand our sections in order to back? Who else is making this give our readers greater access information available? not only to their campus but to The information is online, the community around them. yes. However, I can attest to Almost every student the fact that when I see an onknows Godfrey, the singing line article, I am more prone librarian. How many knew to skimming through it than that he was formerly an opera digesting the information. singer? How many knew that Print is eye-catching; print he was a student at UAB in is in-depth; print has the abilthe first place? How many ity to present a package of the
most relevant news in a however-many-page format that is bundled and put together in a way that is clear, concise and has a vision. It makes you want to read it and it makes you want to pay attention. Our reporters and editors recognize this and they go above and beyond to make sure that what they are putting in the newspaper is information that is important. There is always a story to tell. I feel as if I can speak for myself and my fellow Kaleidoscope staff in saying that we are honored to be the ones to help tell the story. We don’t give up our Sundays to read, edit and design a newspaper lightly. We do it because we recognize the importance of facts, truth and our fellow students. In the future, I want to see readership grow and I want to see students engaged with the paper. We cannot accurately gauge the interest in certain things without help from the student body. We, student journalists, depend on your, our readers. Like I said, there’s always a story to tell. Maybe it’s yours. Tessa Case can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @tessedup.
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UAB needs to kill the dead days games Chris St. John Opinions Columnist
just recently learned that in some schools have dead days. I asked a stupid question. “What are dead days?” These are days before finals week that no assignments are due and no campus events are allowed. Can you imagine that? A whole week before finals when no professor is allowed to have anything due? Why would these schools do something so crazy? Actually giving students a solid week to study for their finals. During these dead days stores that are not normally
open for 24 hours now stay forgets it is about educating open to accommodate people, and less about for the late-night activibeing a business deties of students studying signed to make money. all night. It should be obvious Why don’t we have that being able to have dead days here at UAB? ample free time to study It doesn’t take a Ph.D. for final exams would to realize that if people be best for students. ReSt. John member, the exams that are given plenty of time to study for tests, they’ll are extremely valuable do better. to a student’s overall grade. One of the problems the We need dead days at this school has with dead days, school. Auburn, Memphis and in my opinion, is the Maydozens of other universities mester. It is a quick semester have this type of program for that begins May 8. So the their students. We have a medschool needs classes out, so ical research facility which is they can restart quickly. Some- ahead of the times, yet some times, I believe the school of our school still operates
with dated ideas. As I write this article, I have to write an eight-page research paper, a five page Harry Potter paper, a 15-page short story and this article. All this, and the weight of final exams approaching. As an English major, I am blessed because we write papers more often than take tests. However, I can see the pain off my fellow students as they try to fulfill assignments knowing the following week they will take a test that will impact their GPA, and quite possibly their future. Chris St. John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Green energy atop Red Mountain Solar panels aid in sustainability education, access Anthony Roney Community Reporter
top Red Mountain sits a jewel for clean energy and smart consumption. That jewel is called the Altamont School. The Altamont School has built new solar panels for energy production for the school. It is the first Birmingham-area school to have a substantial amount of their PHOTO BY IAN KEEL / PHOTO EDITOR The Altamont School installed solar panels along the building’s exterior earlier this year. Yates said that the solar panels is a 14,700-watt system, which can produce about 22,000 kilowatts a year. energy produced from solar power. “We are interested in it of school displays a panel that in the winter, a little more in Whiteside said. course, for the savings, but, shows information and statisthe spring, the most amount With their new solar also, we think that it’s the tics about how much the solar in the summer and it decreaspanels, the Altamont School responsible thing to do and panels produce daily. She said es again with the fall. He said will be leading a green-energy We’re very pleased that this accounts for about charge in the state of Alabama to introduce our students and that the students are already as well as Birmingham. Hopefaculty to consumption very interested. With 20 percent of the school’s to be on the front fully, they will serve as a fine of energy and smart the panels, Yates also usage. He said in a year, this example for other schools and ways to do that,” said uses an app to track would save about $2,900. end of this for even companies to switch to Sarah Whiteside, head how much energy has The Altamont School of the Altamont School. been produced in a and ELS began talks to have cleaner and renewable forms Birmingham, for of energy. “Our focus this year certain period of time. solar energy production last “We’re very pleased to be has been on alternative “Our approach fall. They worked out a deal Alabama, for our on the front end of this for energy sources so, the over the holiday season and Whiteside is to come in and do Birmingham, for Alabama, timing of it worked something like this began construction in the students and for the middle of January. Yates for our students and for the really well with that.” and participate in the Sam Yates, preseducational process said that the implementation community,” said Whiteside. community. “We’re here for teaching and ident of Eagle Solar where it fits,” Yates took two weeks for installalearning, and I think until you and Light, LLC, led said. “It’s an opportution and setup. —Sarah Whiteside, head have experience with somethe implementation of nity for some of these Whiteside said that she of the Altamont School thing like this you don’t really the solar panels for the kids to learn more and hopes to make thoughtunderstand it and then it’s like Altamont School. He maybe participate in ful consumers out of her Yates a working lab here for the felt that the exposure to the industry.” Altamont students in the students.” this renewable energy is Yates said that kilowatts a year. He also said future. imperative to the students of the solar panels comprise a that the production is in the “Everybody sees the edAnthony Roney can be reached the school. 14,700-watt system, which shape of bell because there is ucational advantage to this at email@example.com. Whiteside said that the can produce about 22,000 the least amount of sunlight as well as the sustainability,”
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Second female governor Business as usual in opens first week strong Alabama the beautiful Wallace Golding Community Editor Governor Kay Ivey has undoubtedly had one of the busiest weeks of her political career following her abrupt and unexpected swearing in on the evening of April 10. Sworn in following the former governor Robert Bentley’s resignation, Ivey immediately found herself at the helm of a ship plagued by scandal for most of the last year. She immediately made her mark, signing into law a bill prohibiting judicial override in capital punishment cases on her first full day in office, April 11. Additionally, on her first and second days, respectively, Ivey fired Jon Mason, the husband of Rebekah Caldwell Mason who allegedly engaged in an affair with former governor Bentley, and abolished the state’s Office of Rural Development. Still, however, there exists a degree of ignorance amongst the public regarding the story of Ivey and her rise to the governorship. Long before she entered the Old Senate Chambers of the State House to applause to be sworn in as Alabama’s 54th governor, Ivey, 72, grew up in the southern Alabama town of Camden. Located in Wilcox County, Camden boasted a population of 2,008 at the 2010 census. Ivey graduated from Auburn University in 1967. While in college, she campaigned for former governor George Wallace, who is most notably remembered for his “stand in the schoolhouse door,” a desperate attempt to prevent the desegregation of the University of Alabama. After graduation, Ivey spent stints as a high school teacher, a bank officer and as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office, which is now known as the Alabama Department of Commerce.
In 1982, Ivey ran unsuccessfully as a democrat for the office of state auditor but returned to the political sphere when she was appointed to be the Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in 1985. She remained in this position until 1998. Ivey became state treasurer in 2003, defeating Stephen Black, the grandson of former United States Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, making her the first republican treasurer since Reconstruction. She was re-elected to the position in 2006. In June 2009, Ivey announced plans to run for governor but abandoned these plans in March 2010 to instead pursue the office of lieutenant governor. She won this office in November 2010, obstructing democratic incumbent Jim Folsom Jr.’s run at his unprecedented fourth term in the office. Three years after winning re-election, Ivey found herself thrown into a situation she “never desired.” As she placed her left hand on the Bible and held her right hand in the air, the Old Senate Chambers fell silent, each person in the room knowing they were witnessing history. Alabama’s second female governor was taking office, inheriting a mess but still somehow managing to flash a smile. “I ask for your help and patience as we together steady the ship and improve Alabama’s image,” Ivey said. “Despite the challenges we face, today’s transition should be viewed as a positive opportunity. It is a demonstration of our successful practice of the rule of law and the principles of democracy.” Wallace Golding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @WGolding_4.
Connor McDonald Opinions Columnist
eight state senators have districts that include Jefferson County. Why was Jefferson County lackobert Bentley announced his ing appropriate representation for so resignation April 10. Along long? For most of the 20th century, with it came headlines analyzAlabama politics were controlled by ing official investigation reports detail- the Black Belt-Big Mule coalition. ing his affair and related corruption. The Black Belt faction of the coalition As charming as geriatric sexting is, it’s held disproportionate power in the the casual corruption the Luv Guv dis- Alabama legislature because of an old plays that presents a familiar problem formula used for reapportionment in recurring in Alabama politics. the 1901 Constitution of Alabama. Governor Lovin’ Her may be The Big Mules were a group of making headlines in 2017 for his wealthy, elite industrialists mainly corruption, but it was just last year centered on Alabama’s urban areas. that the former Speaker of the According to Anne PermalAlabama House of Represenoff of Auburn University at tatives, Mike Hubbard, was Montgomery, the two factions found guilty of violating the joined forces to create a lowvery ethics laws he helped pass. wage labor force, low taxes, tax Hubbard was subsequently exemptions and low levels of removed from his position. government spending to mainAround the same time Hub- McDonald tain their social and economic bard was removed from office, power at the expense of the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme general population of the state. Court, Roy Moore, was also removed This disregard for ethics, blatant from his office for refusing to issue corruption and desire for power are marriage licenses to same-sex couples recurring themes in Alabama politics, after the ban had been overturned. and they have been deeply ingrained That means within the last two years, in the mindset of this state that it’s the three most powerful people in impossible to escape it. Alabama’s each of Alabama’s three branches of current corruption is not a coincigovernment were involved in scandals dence; it’s business as usual behind resulting in their termination from closed doors in Montgomery. This their office. issue is so systemic and hopeless If you think this is just a weird cothat most people treat it like a joke incidence, then you are sadly unfamiland give it little thought otherwise. iar with the current state of Alabama In reality, the decisions of corrupt politics. Alabama is notoriously corpoliticians harm all of us in the end – rupt and has a long history of proof to and some of us far more than others. back that up. As long as Alabamians continue to Until a federal court decision was accept corruption and dysfunction passed down in 1962 forcefully order- as the status quo for entertainment ing the periodic reapportionment of instead of taking serious issue with the state legislature, Jefferson County, it, we will continue to be an embarthe most populated county in the rassment not only to the country as a state of Alabama, only had one state whole, but to ourselves as well. senator. The state legislature resisted Connor McDonald can be reached reapportionment for decades in an at email@example.com. attempt to remain in power. Today,
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Blazers take two games from the Mean Green
Strong pitching pushes UAB past North Texas Trinity Dix Sports Reporter
PHOTO BY MICHAEL WADE Senior right-handed pitcher Cara Goodwin winds up to deliver a pitch for the UAB Softball team.
From the circle Senior pitcher discusses memories of UAB as her final season closes Connor Gentry Sports Reporter
enior Cara Goodwin strides to the pitching circle. She looks to the dugout to get her signals. After a slap of the glove from the infielders, she winds up and fires a strike. Goodwin is a senior accounting major. She is a graduate of Good Hope High School in Cullman, Alabama. During her high school campaign, she led Good Hope to a 41-8 record in her 49 starts. Goodwin struck out 514 batters and only allowed 23 runs in her 49 starts. Of those 41 wins, 29 were shutouts and 15 of those shutouts occurred during a 19-game winning streak. She also pitched seven perfect games, a state record, and 13 no-hitters. Goodwin was named the 4A Pitcher of the Year in 2012, the Cullman Times Pitcher of the year, a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American and named to the Alabama Sports Writers Super All-State Team. Her on the field accolades were also met with academic success as she was a member of the National Honor Society. Ultimately, Goodwin committed to play softball for the Blazers and began school in 2013. “One of the main contributors is that it is so close to my hometown,” Goodwin said. “It [UAB] is really well known for softball, and when I committed, we were doing really well having just come off of an NCAA Super Regional.” Her freshman season began in Spring 2014. Goodwin appeared in seven games for the Blazers. She pitched for 10.1 innings while allowing 15 hits and 11 runs with seven strikeouts. Her first in-game appearance in the green and gold was in a loss to the University of South Alabama on Feb. 6. She played in her first home game in a win over Kennesaw State University. “For me personally it was my freshman year,” Goodwin said when asked about her
favorite moment at UAB. “We got to go to a Regionals, which is a really good feeling coming in your first year and getting to go to one of the top levels that we can get to. It was really exciting knowing that was something we could build off of.” Goodwin’s sophomore campaign began with the longest undefeated streak in UAB history at 10-0. She was the pitcher in several games that set up the comeback or walk-off win for the Blazers. She led the Blazers past No. 13/11 University of Minnesota on March 1 with a complete game. Goodwin was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week on March 2 for earning wins in four games while holding opposing batters to only two runs in 21.1 innings. She posted a 0.65 Earned Run Average for the week. She finished the season with a 13-6 record, two saves, a 3.19 ERA and 108 strikeouts. Goodwin was also named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Goodwin’s junior year started with a Conference USA Pitcher of the Week award when she pitched 16.1 innings and accumulated two wins, a save and 0.86 ERA. Over the course of the four games that week she only allowed six hits and two runs with eight strikeouts. She set a UAB record for appearances in a season with 43. Goodwin started in 26 of those appearances and ended the season with a 17-12 record, which was the thirdmost wins in a single season. She led all pitchers at UAB in wins (17), strikeouts(137), innings pitched (188.2), starts (26) and complete games (17). Her 3.15 ERA for the season was No. 12 in the league. She was named to the All-Tournament (Conference Tournament) Team with a 2.38 ERA with two wins and eight strikeouts over the Blazers’ four games. Goodwin was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the year.
We have been really competitive and that is really what I have loved. I feel like we have a great chance of winning against any team that we play including the number ones, like we played Florida last year. I always feel like we have a chance to come out on top and make a great story for ourselves. —Cara Goodwin “It has been an interesting journey for sure,” Goodwin said. “We have been really competitive and that is really what I have loved. I feel like we have a great chance of winning against any team that we play including the number ones, like we played Florida last year. I always feel like we have a chance to come out on top and make a great story for ourselves.” Goodwin’s career at UAB is winding down with only four conference series remaining. The Blazers currently hold a 13-26 record with 15 games remaining in the regular season. “I definitely want to see us come out and be competitive with our last conference series,” Goodwin said. “I want for us to make the tournament, obviously, and get some rings.” Connor Gentry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @zcgentry.
The UAB Softball team hosted the North Texas Mean Green in a threegame series. As part of the weekend, the final game was Cancer Awareness Day. The team honored those who have been in the battle with cancer. This hits close to home for many in the UAB community including UAB Head Softball Coach Marla Townsend. “It’s really special,” Townsend said. “I lost my uncle to cancer 30 minutes before the game started [on April 14]. So it’s special for so many reasons. Coach [Kerry] Messersmith’s husband, Hal Messersmith, Norm Reilly, Gene Bartow, just the people we had and our UAB family that we’ve lost to cancer. [It’s good] just knowing that UAB is going to cure cancer one day and the sooner, the better. I’m just proud to work at a place that such notable knowledge that we would literally, not just saying, but we could change the world, and we’re going to.” In the first game of the series, the Mean Green took the lead in the fourth inning. Pinch hitter Hanna Rebar homered to left-center field, giving North Texas a two-run lead. In the bottom of the fifth inning, senior left fielder Joanna Fallen stood at second base as sophomore second baseman Analyse Petree walked to the batter’s box. She launched a home run to tie the game. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the game was still tied. UAB’s senior designated player Mary Warren got on base with a single. UAB junior outfielder Katelyn Prater took Warren’s place at first. Junior catcher Molli Garcia knocked a double to right field. Prater raced around the bases and scored the winning run. The second game kicked off in the Blazers’ favor with the help of defense and senior right-handed pitcher Cara Goodwin. Senior centerfielder Amy Waters sent a double to right field to score junior first baseman Rachel Dunsford. Freshman right fielder Destini England continued the scoring as she knocked a triple and scored Waters. For the rest of the game, the Blazers’ defense and pitching shined. The Mean Green scored only one rune in the game. In the end, the Blazers won 2-1. “I thought we made really good adjustments,” said UAB Softball Head Coach Marla Townsend. “We actually left a lot of runners on [base] yesterday, but I think we’ve made really good adjustments whereas today, I felt like we were chasing some pitches. The pitcher actually did a good job of mixing up her speeds and mixing up her pitches. She had to because we were competing yesterday. But I felt like, for where we were at the previous four games, I felt really strong about our match yesterday, and I even think we had some good ones today. They just made plays on them.” In the second game of the doubleheader, Goodwin set a personal single-game record of 10 strikeouts. “I’m just so proud of her,” Townsend said. “I mean, it’s hard when you’re pitching. You’re a senior. People know what you’re going to throw. She did extremely well with throwing that right out in the air, and the curveball was one of the keys to success yesterday, as well. She just wants the ball. She wants the ball every single outing.” In the final game of the series, the Mean Green took the early lead after Kelli Schkade homered to left field. During the game, the Blazers were held to two hits. The Blazers could not manufacture a run and fell to the Mean Green 1-0. UAB’s record after the weekend was 1527 overall and 7-8 in C-USA. UAB Softball welcomes the Samford University Bulldogs on April 18 at 6 p.m. Trinity Dix can be reached at email@example.com.
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From Page 1 staff and volunteers. “‘Facing the Hyperstructure,’ I saw it as kind of a challenge when I [saw] it on the class list,” Clay, a senior bachelor’s of fine arts with a concentration in new media, said. “I saw it as uncharted territory for me, so I was like, I’m going to conquer the hyperstructure.” The late Lisa Tamiris Becker, founding director of AEIVA, approached Angel in 2014 after one of Angel’s lectures at the University of New Mexico. The UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and the UAB Department of Art and Art History also aided in developing the site-specific installation, according to the information programme. The project was designed to foster cross-disciplinary initiatives between science, music, philosophy and new media. “[We wanted] anyone who showed a genuine enthusiasm for the project,” Fields said. “I tried to make it sound like it was going to be tough. I felt like anyone who was still interested after hearing what I had to say about what the project would entail, that they would probably be a good fit for the class.” The upper-level course came with departmental prerequisites, and each student had to have permission from their instructors to sign up for the course as well as a recommendation letter from a professor. Fields also spoke personally with at least one of the student’s professors. “I was really excited to work with a female artist, being a female artist,” Goulet, a senior BFA with a concentration in photography, said. “That was really important to me, and how many women were in the class was surprising because I thought it would be mostly male students.” McKewen, a senior BFA with a concentration in
PHOTO BY IAN KEEL / PHOTO EDITOR A design on the wall captives elements of Jessica Angel’s installment at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. ABOVE: The ‘Facing the Hyperstructure’ team consists of Camille Goulet (left to right), Alex Kulich, Augusta McKewen, Jessica Angel, AEIVA curator John Fields and James Clay.
print-making, said she was immediately drawn to the project, but that Angel’s excitement and enthusiasm is what really sold her. McKewen also said that her experience with print-making helped prepare her for the project, as print-making is an extremely sensitive process. She credits that experience in giving her an attention to detail and respect for the material that allowed her to recognize the flaws and assets of vinyl and to take advantage of them.
The project, which Goulet describes as “the inner workings of an artistic mind,” opened March 31, welcoming 500 people, according to Fields. “Come and support all the events,” Kulich, a senior BFA with a concentration in new media, said. Kulich was also responsible for the majority of posts on the project’s blog hyperstructure. info. “There are eight events in conjunction with this space and they’re all totally insane. A lot of hard work
went into this.” Remaining events include sound design being played every first and third Saturday through July, a film screening of “Brazil” May 11 and projected animation and drawing animation June 8. Goulet said that incorporating the community and public programming was a large part of the project. Angel described herself as an advocate for art as a sensorial phenomenon and something that strikes a nerve.
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money in the Gaston Motel over there and that seems to be actually working out.” The A. G. Gaston Motel, the site of refuge and strategy meetings for Civil Rights leaders during the 1960s, was once thought to be an unsalvageable and rundown motel. Now, the city of Birmingham has signed it over to the National Park Service, and they are restoring it to its former glory. “Birmingham was the epicenter of America’s civil rights movement, and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument recognizes the remarkable contributions made by the foot soldiers and leaders of the movement,” said Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell D-Ala. “We can never repay the debts we owe to those who fought, bled and died to secure the blessings of liberty, equality and justice for all Americans during the struggle for civil and voting rights. The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument will help preserve their stories for future generations. I am thrilled at
PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR Community members clap after the national monument’s plaque unveiling. The park consists of about four city blocks that contain the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the A. G. Gaston Motel.
the investments the National Park Service is making in Birmingham as part of the national commitment to protecting the legacy of our nation’s civil rights heroes.” Sumter mentioned that seeing all the people attend the dedication was a wonderful sight to see. He hoped many generations of people
would come see this monSr., who was a speaker at ument and always the dedication cerremembered the sacriemony and worked fice that happened in for months to bring Birmingham. national attention to “Such a significant this token of history. day to commentate “Many were teens and and celebrate the foot young adults at the soldiers of the Civil time, and [the monuBell Rights movement,” ments] remind young said Mayor William Bell adults today that they can
“I found it really interesting how [Angel] decided to interpret the unfolding of space on a two-dimensional plane,” Kulich said. “It was interesting and beautiful how everything came together and displayed itself. It taught me a lot about perspective and looking at things from different perspectives because there’s no set way to interpret anything.” The exhibit is rife with vinyl-layering that eliminates the horizon line and images of portals that generate the idea of stepping through the wall. Goulet commends the discussion of networks and connections that allowed these ideas to come to life, particularly the discussion of four-dimensional objects and space that developed into the tunnels. The last day to view the exhibition will be July 29. “Working with this team, I want to thank them and tell them it was a really great experience for me,” Angel said. “I hope it doesn’t end here.” Tessa Case can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tessedup.
make a difference.” Mayor Bell also said that he felt like this was one of many steps over the last 50 years since desegregation for Birmingham working towards peaceful race relations. However, that is not the only way he said that the city of Birmingham would benefit from the national monument. “This allows the city to benefit from marketing and technical assistance from the National Park Service,” Bell said. “It can increase tourism to the Civil Rights district, allow us to aggressively pursue federal funding and tell our story into perpetuity as part of the United States National Park System.” With the new national monument being created for the many people who fought and died for the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, it is safe to say that it is something worth going to see. Next time you decide to go downtown for the weekend, make a stop by there. It will be difficult to be disappointed by it. Anthony Roney can be reached at email@example.com.
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