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OPINION: BELL, WOODFIN MAKE THEIR CASES William Bell advocates for continuity while Randall Woodfin calls for change. Read more on Page 2.





They’re chasing after their dreams and contributing to society. —Enrique Romero

The threat of

Dreams deterred Students stand in solidarity with DACA recipients as program’s end looms Sufia Alam Campus Editor


n Tuesday, Sept. 5. Mauricio Sandoval, a senior in industrial distribution, received a call from his father telling him his future was in jeopardy. “All the hours I’ve put in to working overtime [for you], it’s about to be for nothing,” his father told him, holding back tears. “Your education is about to go to waste.”

President Donald Trump announced earlier that day that his administration would bring an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months to allow Congress to implement a new legislative solution. This decision is estimated to directly affect 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, according to the American Immigration Center.

DACA was established in June 2012 by former President Barack Obama to allow young adult unauthorized immigrants to receive a renewable two-year permit approving them to work and attend universities in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Without the protection of the policy, recipients will once again become vulnerable to deportation and will potentially lose their ability to work and attend universities legally.

When students Diana Martinez-Garcia, senior in public health, and Maria Cruz, senior in information systems, heard the official announcement, they felt they needed to organize a rally to allow UAB students and DACA beneficiaries to share their story. On Wednesday, Sept. 6., students and community members gathered outside the Hill Student Center to unite in solidarity

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PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR Students and community members gather on the lawn outside of the Hill Student Center on Sept. 6. DACA recipients spoke about their fear of their potentially threatened futures.


Weather causes chaos in the Gulf of Mexico UAB keeps regular schedule but prepares students for emergencies Sufia Alam Campus Editor Only mere days after the Texas coast was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, south Floridians awoke Sunday, Sept. 10, to Hurricane Irma hammering the Florida Keys. This event was the first time in 166 years that two Category 4 storm hurricanes made landfall on the conti-

nental United States in the same year. Irma continued up the Florida gulf coast, passing over Tampa and Tallahassee, and into Georgia and Alabama in the hours following landfall. The storm later moved over Birmingham and northeastern Alabama as a tropical storm. UAB administrators met with National Weath-

er Service officials Sunday afternoon to discuss the university’s plan going into the week. The university continued its operations as usual Monday. However, some instructors took it upon themselves to cancel their own classes regardless of the University’s decision. Undergraduate Student Government Association president Mugdha Mokashi expressed her concern with the decision. “I’m hopeful that things

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PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR Students walk to class outside The Rec during the beginnings of Irma’s descent into Birmingham.


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MAYORAL RACE 2017 Fall 2017 Editorial Board Chandler Jones Editor-in-Chief

Wallace Golding Managing Editor

Sufia Alam Campus Editor

Kristina Balciunaite Life & Style Editor

Ian Keel Photo Editor

Connor Gentry Sports Editor

Will Harris Asst. Sports Editor

Marie Sutton Advisor

Patrick Johnson Production Manager

Correction Katharine Armbrester's name was spelt incorrectly on page 10 of Sept. 5, 2017 edition. Letters to the Editor can be submitted to Chandler Jones, Editor-in-Chief, at The Kaleidoscope functions as a memeber of UAB Student Media in association with UABTV, BlazeRadio and Aura. Website: Twitter @UABkscope Facebook Instagram uabkscope/ The Kaleidoscope is produced in the office of UAB Student Media. Suite 130 Hill Student Center 1400 University Blvd. Birmingham, 35233 (205) 934-3354


Birmingham: A Birmingham: renaissance city We can’t wait and people visit the Crossplex for NCAA events like swimming and track. We want and need that he City of Birmingham same success throughout the has experienced a reCity, so we have catalytic naissance like no other projects in every part of town. under my administration, but Our Parks and recreation cenwhat I have found is that the ters throughout the City have change is so widespread that benefited and are benefiting many do not remember the from the $150 Million Bond Birmingham of 7 years Project that I proposed ago, before I took office. and successfully secured My immediate plan 7 via a vote of the peoyears ago was to stabiple. This money allows lize the City’s finances, us to do much need change the image of improvements, repairs the City in the national and upgrades throughheadlines and attract out our City. Most of Bell amenities and jobs to these facilities had not the City to allow us to push been upgraded or improved more money into our neighin decades. I knew in order to borhoods. give our residents a sense of In 2010, Birmingham’s air hope and expand their opporquality was such that we were tunities we had to execute a limited in what businesses that plan to get money out to the we could attract to the City neighborhoods. The increase so I decided to really focus in visitors to our City over the on creating an atmosphere past 5 years has increased our for technology jobs to flourlodging tax and skyrocketed ish. We have been successful. our business licenses allowing I started with working with us to spend more in the neighPresident Obama to secure borhoods. the TechHire designation for While I am proud of what the City. TechHire is a bold we have accomplished, it does multi-sector initiative and not happen overnight. All of call to action to empower these initiatives took time and Americans with the skills they work to get off the ground need, through universities and and completed. As Mayor, I community colleges but also have been committed to maknontraditional approaches ing Birmingham a great place like “coding boot camps,” and to live, work and play. We still high-quality online courses have work to do especially in that can rapidly train workers the areas of public transporfor a well-paying job, often tation and education, but I in just a few months. UAB know that we are building a and the City secured a $6.5 firm foundation now with the Million grant to train over 925 new Bus Rapid transit system people for technology jobs. and President Obama’s My Our first graduates are already Brother’s Keeper program to in place in the workforce with see significant changes in the good jobs and greater oppornext few years. I often tell tunity. young people, you can move The key to fighting poverty to Atlanta, or Houston or in our City is providing oppor- another metropolitan area and tunities like Tech Hire for job be another ripple in the pond, training and opportunities to or you can stay in Birmingmake a good living. The City ham and help contribute to did not have those opportunithe change and growth of this ties before my administration. great city. I want to be Mayor Success breeds success and over the next 4 years to insure we now have an opportunity those plans come to fruition. to secure the Amazon headLet me close by quoting Malquarters in Birmingham which com X, “One of the first things will bring an unprecedented I think young people, espe50,000 jobs to this area. cially nowadays, should learn Regions Field has been a is how to see for yourself and huge success and the Barons listen for yourself and think relocating back to Birmingham for yourself. Then you can have helped us attract millencome to an intelligent decision nials to breathe life into a once for yourself. If you form the vacant and lifeless downtown. habit of going by what you Again, success breeds success. hear others say about someWe now have a new profesone, or going by what others sional soccer team that will think about someone, instead begin its first season in 2019. of searching that thing out for Top Golf will be finished soon yourself and seeing for yourand the Crossplex Village self, you will be walking west with its new restaurants and when you think you're going hotel will add a whole level east, and you will be walking of access to the western part east when you think you're of town for both the residents going west.”

William A. Bell Mayor of Birmingham


63 percent of voters did not mark William Bell on their ballot Aug. 22. 63 percent of our voters believe that Birmingham n Birmingham, we make is better than the 109 homihistory. Everyday people cides we recorded last year and in our city are called to the 30 percent poverty rate. pursue extraordinary feats Birmingham is ready to move for the sake of something on from Bell’s tenure. greater than themselves. You For Birmingham to return and I call this place home, to a place synonymous with but around the world, progress and transBirmingham is synonformative change, the ymous with progress Mayor’s office must be and change. fearless in leading this Courageous figures effort. like Fred Shuttlesworth, It takes bold, viRichard Arrington, Jr. sionary leadership that and David Vann forged Woodfin embraces economic this reputation through development downthe pursuit of economic equi- town, yet remains responsive ty and social justice at a time to the needs of the other 98 when it seemed unattainable. neighborhoods across the city. These men possessed a Unfortunately, Bell has been willingness to lead and were everything but forward thinkunapologetic in their fight ing when it comes to economic against the status quo. Howdevelopment. ever, there is another shared Women and minorities are characteristic that defines the fastest growing segment their commonality: youth. of entrepreneurs nationally, Shuttlesworth was 32 yet Birmingham has failed to when he began his fight to support this trend locally. end segregation in BirmingAs mayor, I will certify that ham. Vann was 33 when he city contracts are awarded helped reform Birmingham to firms with active supplier local government from city diversity programs. I will also commission to mayor-council, issue an annual Diverse Spend which was critical in ridding Scorecard disclosing how City Hall of Bull Connor. much the city spends with Arrington was 36 when he minority and women-owned became the second black perbusinesses. son elected to City Council, Because I believe the youth and our first black mayor just are the greatest asset we have, I eight years later. will work to align the skills of I am running for mayor be- our workforce with the needs cause I believe politics should of regional employers’ by enbe about identifying our city's gaging the Birmingham Board problems and working togeth- of Education. We must ensure er in good faith to solve them. every public school graduate And I will not wait my turn. is either headed to college, the Our time is now. military, or the workforce with On Oct. 3, we will have a diploma and an Alabama an opportunity to usher in a Career Readiness Certificate. new generation of leadership I will also fight to earto shape the direction of our mark funds for the Fred great city. But rather than foShuttlesworth Opportunicus on the issues plaguing our ty Scholarship to provide city, William Bell has made debt-free community college my age an issue. for Birmingham City School Bell, 68, has galvanized graduates, allowing students surrogates to saturate talk to take advantage of courses radio and social media with shaped by the necessity of the silly notion that I am “too regional employer needs. young” and “too inexperiThis is just a glimpse of enced” to be mayor. What the broad solutions I have Bell does not realize is that for Birmingham, however, we Birmingham’s storied history must have a fierce sense of was written by young people urgency to ensure this vision who answered the call when becomes a reality. their community needed them For those that cast down the most. the youth and millennial Bell is a career politician generation, I strongly urge that has served in elected ofyou to reconsider. You may be fice for almost 40 years. This dismissing the very enthusiasm, lengthy tenure has produced innovation, and audacity that stale ideas and an unwillingcould change the course of ness to compromise. Consehistory for the better. quently, this harmful apThe past might teach and proach only hinders progress inspire, but we do not have to and prevents us from solving live in it. We are Birmingham, the city’s problems. and we must keep marching And Birmingham agrees. forward.

Randall Woodfin Mayoral Candidate



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‘Better bring awareness’ Renowned organization celebrates first anniversary Regan Snow Campus Reporter

Birmingham, has always been the center for many human rights issues. Not all acts however, have led to helpfulness to everyone involved. Celebrating their one year anniversary, the Institute of Human Rights continues to strive to educate the community about relevant, important issues. Founded in 2014, the Institute of Human Rights serves an international organization that reaches out to students, educators and others to enlighten ways to refuge human and civil rights. The director of the Institute of Human Rights, Tina Reuter, Ph.D. associate professor in the Department of Government and Anthropology had always displayed a deep passion in helping those less fortunate around her. “We have three areas we try to reach in our organization,” Reuter said. “Education for UAB students is the first. We also do research and outreach.” The Institute of Human Rights participates in proj-

ects that bring attention to groups such as minorities, women, the LGBTQ community and the disabled. Their outreach program is run through a blog overseen by graduate assistants. The blog educates students and community members on current events such as raising awareness on climate change and confronting hate in the current political climate. “I feel like there was always a need for a human rights group in Birmingham given our history, said Marlee Townsend, intern for the Institute. “I thought it was overdue when we started. We really try to advocate human rights to the campus.” Events that are going on this semester include the author of Violins of Hope coming to Temple Emanu-el on Sept. 17. On Sept. 21, they will have a screening of The Uncondemned. The Institute of Human Rights is planning on having an attorney from the ruling of same sex marriage give a lecture, too. Human Rights is a big topic in society, even in a contemporary setting. Townsend and Goodwin said there would be more support of advocating if more people

PHOTO BY JORDYN BUSSIE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tina Reuter, Ph.D. is director of UAB’s Institute for Human Rights, which aims to promote and protect human and civil rights around the globe.

I feel like there was always a need for a human rights group in Birmingham given our history. I thought it was overdue when we started. —Marlee Townsend knew about their organization.

organization. They should be more aware of it so we can better bring awareness to Human Rights in Birmingham.” He said The Institute of Human Rights uses the bottom up approach to show that rights of all people are valid, no matter race, ethnicity, gender or social class. They hope to use Birmingham’s history to aid the needy on a global scale.

“Everyone does not necessarily have to be a part of the

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Art exhibit addresses social justice issues Partnership with UAB’s art departments highlights women in three-part series Lauren Moore Campus Reporter Celestia Morgan, a UAB alumnus, brings attention to institutionalized racism in her art. Her work is composed of multiple images of the sky with a white geometric shape on top. Each shape is taken from 1933 postal maps of Birmingham’s segregated districts. Today, these are areas where poverty persists, revealing that Birmingham cities are still laid out for segregation. “I see these neighborhoods as boundaries” said Celestia Morgan. “Women With Their Work I: Affect + Action” is a three-part art exhibit housed in Space One Eleven and in collaboration with UAB’s

Department of Art and Art History. This exhibit looks to reflect on the SOE’s 1988 “Blue Angel: The Decline of Sexual Stereotypes in Post-Feminist Sculpture” exhibit containing all female artists with a wide variety of artistic perspectives. The exhibit opened Sept. 8 in conjunction with Birmingham’s Artwalk. It is composed of seven women artists. The wide number of issues artists address in their work includes institutionalized racism, water pollution, war and bodily integrity. The art is mixed media, including weaving and an interactive piece. Women “With their Work” serves to reflect on this show 20 years later, highlighting the post-feminist condi-


From Page 1 will be monitored continuously throughout [the week],” Mokashi said. “I am very concerned for the safety of our commuter students and our students that will be walking to class in any bad weather.” Given the path of Irma, the Birmingham branch of the weather service determined that the metro area will be placed under a wind advisory from 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. This was later reduced to only encom-

tion and how it exists in the world today in addition with activism/ social justice issues. “I would like people to know how important the feminist art movement was to the art world at large and even society at large, and kind of how that legacy has really impacted the arts today” said Jessica Dallow, Ph. D., interim chair of the Department of Art and Art History and associate professor of Art History. The shapes signify hope, reminding others that the sky is the limit and it is possible to break out of these boundaries. Miriam Omura, a textile artist, doesn’t consider herself an activist within her art, tending to typically steer clear of social and

pass the hours before 1 a.m. on Sept. 12. Randy Pewitt, executive director of emergency management and safety advised students to stay aware of the weather around them and continue their routine. “We have a lot of experts continuously monitoring the situations behind closed doors,” Pewitt said. “At this point, what we were expecting out of the weather has downgraded substantially. We will continue to monitor but we are not expecting any drastic changes in weather.” According to Pewitt, if students find themselves in

PHOTO BY JORDYN BUSSIE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica Dallow speaks before opening Women With Their Work, a partnership between UAB and Space One Eleven.

political topics. Her art tends to be more reflective of personal issues that don’t fall into the activist realm. However, the pieces being presented in the show fall under both categories. Omura’s first piece is a woven American flag, with the face of her friend Minnie, whose family was personally affected by the Dakota Access Pipeline, painted on the front.

campus during serve weather, the New Freshman Residence Hall is a safe location for students to take shelter. “Like all the buildings, the basement of the dorm is the designated storm shelter,” Pewitt said. “It’s important to note however, each building on campus has a response plan in place in case of extreme weather situations.” If students find themselves in severe weather situations, there are locations on campus that double as storm shelters. These include the National Alumni House, the Administration Building and

The entire piece is hand woven, painted, then unwoven and rewoven again, with the end left unfinished and unraveling onto the floor. “I need to be a part of the work, touch every part of it” said Miriam Omura explaining why she felt the need to unravel the flag and weave it again. Her second piece is a quilted piece addressing the issues of water pollution and water

the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, though the location of the shelter varies by building. The storm made its first landfall at 9:10 a.m. Eastern time Sunday, Sept. 10, at Cudjoe Key, Florida with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts up to 145 mph. Second landfall was made at Marco Island, Florida at 3:35 p.m. Eastern time as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of nearly 120 mph. Meteorologists originally believed the storm would make landfall on Florida’s east coast, putting Miami in

privatization. “For me it’s important that there still is a history of women’s art,” Dallow said. “I would like people to come out and see what the artists in the area are doing and what kind of work is being produced by women working here in Birmingham.” The Women With Their Work series has three parts, with part two on the emerging woman artist coming in February 2018 and part three on sculpture art in fall 2018. Space One Eleven is a local nonprofit gallery that houses both exhibitions and classes and looks to showcase local artists alongside national artists. The current exhibit will remain open during Space One Eleven’s normal business hours of Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until Dec. 29. Lauren Moore can be reached at

the hurricane’s crosshairs. Evacuations preceded the storm by days, but the late change of path by the system left many citizens of the state’s western coastline in harm’s way. More than 6 million people were ordered to evacuate the week before by Florida Governor Rick Scott, most along the state’s 1,350 miles of coastline. According to The Associated Press, six people have died in the United States and 37 in the Caribbean due to Hurricane Irma. Sufia Alam can be reached

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student speakers mentioned the importance From Page 1 of being united on the for those affected by issue. the rescission of “People are dehuthe DACA program. manizing the subject,” “DACA meant I Garcia said. “They could finally live a norare no longer thinkmal life, not be discrimi- ing we are people. We nated against just are your fellow because of a lack neighbors, friends of nine-digit numand co-workber,” Garcia said. ers. Everyone is “No one has ever only concerned understood the if their views fit hardships we’ve their right or left had to go through perspective.” Romero just to survive.” To apply to UAB student organiDACA, immigrants zations such as Spanish must meet certain reand Latino Student quirements. They must Association (SALSA) have entered the U.S. and Sigma Lamda Gam- before turning 16, have PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR ma, Psi Epsilon Chapno serious criminal Community advocates of DACA and civil rights attend the DACA rally on the lawn of the Hill Student Center on Sept. 6. ter gathered outside background and have the Hill Student Cenlived continuously in ter to raise awareness on the country since June nate enough that their Sandoval, who to stand in solidarity is the best way to go.” the issue.  2007. While in DACA, parents can pay for evplanned on pursuing for those affected by the According to Garcia, “They’re chasing students are required to erything, and they don’t his master’s degree after rescission of the DACA she was not expecting after their dreams and hold a job while attend- have to work,” Sandoval graduation, said that program. more than 50 students contributing to society,” ing school. said. “And I wish I could returning to school will “The dreamers have and community memEnrique Romero, senior “There’s a lot of experience that and be no longer be an option always been here,” Bell bers to arrive at the in biology and presistudents who are fortu- able to do that as well.” for him. Working over said. “They’re individu- Hill Student Center and dent of SALSA, said. 40 hours a week and als that only know one unite in solidarity. When “They didn’t have a taking four classes a country and that’s the Garcia woke up the day choice when they were semester, Sandoval has United States of Ameriof the rally and saw her brought here but now managed to maintain ca. And they are no less event was shared over they take active decigrades of “B” or higher than citizens.” 1,000 times and had sions to be a positive since starting at UAB. Bell also urged stuover 300 people marked impact on our culture.” Caren Tinajero, a dents to start a petition as “going” on Facebook, Students and memsophomore in nursto all sources possible. she was overwhelmed bers of the Birmingham ing, has already start“Send them to with emotion. community gathered in ed preparing for the Congress,” Bell said. “Too many times union and shared perworst-case scenario as a “Send them to your we have felt disemsonal experiences of beDACA recipient. local elected officials, powered,” Garcia said. ing granted DACA ap“In my head, I’m to encourage them to “I felt like our voices proval. Students shared still applying to nursing stand as one.” didn’t count. We were memories from being school at UAB next Doug Jones, Alsilenced by others who able to start college for year,” said Tinajero. abama Democratic didn’t want us to speak the first time to being “But because this [pres- nominee for U.S. Senate up about the issue, but able to receive a valid idential] administration attended the rally and seeing people stand driver’s license.  has taught me to be shared words of supbeside us really empow“[When] you get in pessimistic, I’m also port. ered us, made me feel trouble, you go to jail,” looking at schools in “Students are in the like we matter. For the Sandoval said. “You get Mexico City where my best position to educate longest time, we felt like deported. DACA, for parents are originally others,” said Jones. we didn’t.” the most of us, allowed from.” “Talk to other students. Sufia Alam can be reached us to finally be human.” Mayor William Talk to your parents. —Diana Martinez-Garcia at During the rally, Bell attended the rally Education on the subject

Too many times we have felt disempowered. I felt like our voices didn’t count. We were silenced by others who didn’t want us to speak up about the issue, but seeing people stand beside us really empowered us, made me feel like we matter. For the longest time, we felt like we didn’t.


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Cardinals fly by Blazers UAB rushing attack not able to keep up with Ball State air-raid Wallace Golding Managing Editor

Only one week after their historic return to college football, the Blazers fell to the Ball State Cardinals 51-31 Saturday, Sept. 9 in Muncie, Ind. In their first road game since defeating Southern Miss in 2014, UAB started slow against the Cardinals, recording only a field goal in the opening quarter. After a 12-play drive, Ball State scored first with an 8-yard rushing touchdown by running back Malik Dunner. Morgan Hagee’s extra point attempt followed, giving the Cardinals a 7-0 lead over the Blazers with 9:30 remaining in the first quarter. In their second drive, after being held to three and out in their first, the Blazers moved slowly down the field, completing the drive with a 45-yard field goal by Nick Vogel, his second in as many games. The Blazers would trail the Cardinals 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Cardinals countered the Blazer field goal quickly, ending their next drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Riley Neal to tight end Danny Pinter. The subsequent extra point would put Ball State up 14-3 with 10:16 left in the second quarter.

UAB answered with a touchdown of their own only 2:04 later. Quarterback A.J. Erdely would rush for a 41yard touchdown, and Nick Vogel’s extra point would pull the Blazers within one possession, trailing 14-10. After putting a stop to a fast-paced Cardinal drive, the Blazers would cover 60 yards of ground in only four plays, capping it with another rushing touchdown by Erdely. On second down in the Ball State red zone, Erdely would rush it 18 yards for his second touchdown of the day. Vogel’s extra point followed, putting the Blazers ahead 17-14 with 4:44 remaining in the second quarter. The Cardinals would again answer with their own touchdown, taking only 2:33 off the clock. Running back Caleb Huntley found his way through the UAB secondary, rushing 52 yards for a touchdown. The half would close with Ball State leading UAB 21-17. The third quarter was marked by Ball State beginning to pull away from the Blazers. On their first drive of the half, the Cardinals would move the ball 65 yards in nine plays, ending the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by running back James Gilbert. The extra point that followed gave the Cardinals a 28-17

PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR UAB Head Coach Bill Clark yells at referees from the sidelines during the Blazers’ against Alabama A&M University on Sept. 2.

lead over the Blazers. A 47-yard field goal by Hagee would make it a 31-17 lead not long after. Erdely, however, would answer again with an 8-yard rushing touchdown, cutting the deficit to only one possession. Vogel’s extra point would make it a 31-24 game. Ball State would pull away again with a 93-yard kick return touchdown by Dunner. Hagee’s extra point followed, giving the Cardinals a 38-24 lead. UAB’s offense failed to produce any points on their next two drives, but the

Cardinals continued to put points on the board. With 6:02 remaining in the game, the Blazers trailed 51-24. The Blazers would close their offensive day with an 11-play drive that covered 80 yards. Sederian Copeland ended UAB’s day with a 7-yard rushing touchdown. Vogel’s extra point went through the uprights, and the Blazers would conclude their game down 51-31. The Blazers moved the ball 504 yards, a stark contrast to Ball State’s 377 yards of total offense. Erdely completed 15 of his 24 pass attempts for a total of 168 yards through

the air. He would also carry the ball 14 times for 77 yards, making him UAB’s second leading rusher for the game behind running back Spencer Brown, who carried 17 times for 151 yards. Nick Vogel completed all four of his extra point attempts, and matched his season long 45-yard field goal. UAB will play next Saturday, Sept. 16 against Coastal Carolina at Legion Field. Kickoff is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast locally. Wallace Golding can be reached at and on Twitter @WGolding_4.


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Lady Blazers bounce into new season

The Kaleidoscope

September 12, 2017


Team travels to APSU to play in multi-team event Connor Gentry Sports Editor The UAB Women’s Tennis team traveled to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. for the Austin Peay Fall Tournament. The Blazers were one of seven teams to compete along with Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Murray State University and the University of Tennessee Martin. “[Assistant] Coach [Sarah] Witkowski and I are really looking forward to seeing our new girls play their first college matches, while also seeing where our returning players are at,” said Mark Tjia, UAB’s head coach. “I am sure whatever excitement we are feeling is nothing compared to what the girls are experiencing.” The Blazers competed in two days of matches. The first day of play UAB faced eight matches: six singles and two doubles. UAB first played a flight of three singles matches. UAB sophomore Hana Sisirak defeated Stasya Sharapova of Murray State W/O. Lidia Yanes Garcia of Austin Peay defeated Sisirak 6-3, 6-4 for the second match of the flight. The third match ended with Claudia Yanes Garcia of Austin Peay defeated UAB freshman Dominika Hrabalova 6-2, 6-2. The second flight of matches featured two singles matches. Erin Allen of Belmont beat UAB freshman Sonia Grzywocz 6-7, 6-4 and 10-6. Emma Van Hee of Chattanooga beat Grzywocz 6-2, 6-2 for the last match of the flight. Flight three of the day was one singles match in which Olha Burak of UT Martin defeated UAB junior Natalie Voss 6-2, 6-2. The fourth flight featured a doubles match. Pornpawee Pramethong and Marli Van Heerden from Central Arkansas defeated Sisirak and Grzywocz 6-2. The final flight of the day was a doubles match and featured a UAB win. Hrabalova and Voss defeated Brittney Covington of Austin Peay and Mckenzie Barco of Chattanooga 6-3. “The first tournament of the year is always an incredible learning opportunity for the players and coaches alike,” said Tjia. “We like to get the kids competing as soon as possible so we know what areas we need to concentrate on. We will make some adjustments tonight.” Day two featured four matches spread out over five flights. The first flight consisted of one singles matches. Asel Jumamukhambetova of UT Martin beat Hrabavola 6-1, 6-0. The Blazers did not compete in any matches in flight two. The third flight consisted of two singles matches. Olha Burak of UT Martin defeated Voss 6-2, 6-2. In the second match, Nikki Chistiansan of Belmont beat Voss 6-3, 6-0. UAB did not compete in the fourth flight. The final flight of the day consisted of one doubles matches. Annie Tarwater and Sydney Patton of Chattanooga beat Hrabavola and Voss 6-4. “We made a big improvement from yesterday to today,” said Tjia. “We made some adjustments after yesterday’s outing .” Connor Gentry can be reached at and on Twitter @Kscope_sports.

PHOTO BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR UAB senior Rachel Green beats a Tennessee Tech University defender to the ball.

Home sweet B’ham UAB remains unbeaten at BBVA Trinity Dix Sports Reporter On a cool, clear evening, a crowd filled with families, friends and students cheered in the stands as UAB Women’s Soccer kicked off Family Night against the Tennessee Tech University Eagles at BBVA Compass Field. “I don’t know what the fan support was before, but I know that we want to make sure that we are doing our best to get into the community and getting more kids here starting with the youth and then hopefully getting more people as we can get through,” said Erica Demers, UAB Women’s Soccer Head Coach. “We have a lot of students here. We want to get more people out. I think we’d put on a good show, and I want people to come and see us and support us.” In the first half, the Blazers and Eagles took turns possessing the ball and taking shots. TTU’s Mayra Manzanal attempted to score a goal, but kicked it high over junior goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty. It was UAB’s junior forward Caroline Kehrer who scored the first goal for the Blazers with an assist from junior midfielder Jessica Do with 26 minutes left in the first half. TTU’s Tina Marlot attempted to score an equalizer, but the shot was blocked. The Blazers didn’t falter, as sophomore forward Megan Hudgens netted another shot with assistance from Do. Near the end of the first half of play, UAB held a 2-0 lead. In the second half, UAB kept their defense up as TTU attacked. These attempts made by the Eagles’ Dani Shartouny, Kendall Powell, Tina Marlot, Rachel Blow and Regan Kommor fell short as UAB’s defense stayed strong. In the end, UAB’s defense recorded the 2-0 shutout. UAB’s junior goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty set a record with her third shutout of the season, the sixth of her career.

She is one shutout away from being tied for fifth place alltime at UAB. “I think that’s a great accolade for her to have,” Demers said. “We always talk in terms of the team, though, and I think she’s honored that quite a bit. I think her and Johanna [Popp] battle each other every single day on the field and practice. That alone helps Kelsey build the confidence up, and that helps her be a consistent starter for us.” UAB attempted nine shots, corner kicked five times and had two assists. The Blazers came out with a win 2-0 against the Eagles, moving their overall record to 5-1-1. “To be honest, we’ve been on the road a lot, so it’s nice [to be] back at home,” Demers said. “We had two back-toback long road trips. It’s just nice to be back on our own turf again. Kids get to sleep in their beds. We have Family Weekend this weekend. So it’s just nice to be back home.” The Lady Blazers went head-to-head against the Belmont University Bruins on Military and First Responders Appreciation Day.

In the first half, the Lady Blazers kicked off to a slow start with the Bruins taking possession of the ball. In the end, neither team scored as defenses reigned. The Lady Blazers picked up the pace in the second half when sophomore forward Megan Hudgens scored the first goal of the game with an assist from senior defensive midfielder Amy Brewer with 38 minutes remaining in the game. Belmont’s Belicia Mendiola, however, scored the equalizer two minutes later. For the rest of the game neither team scored, sending the game into overtime. The first overtime featured no scoring for either team forcing a second overtime. The second overtime was fruitless, too, ending in a 1-1 tie. UAB accounted for 11 shots, six corner kicks and four saves. The Lady Blazers move on with a 5-1-2 overall record. The Lady Blazers return to action at home against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devilettes Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. Trinity Dix can be reached at


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New trail opens to bikers, hikers

North Lakes Connector adds 2.4 miles of biking, hike to trail system Bella Tylicki Community Reporter Oak Mountain State Park opened the new North Lakes Connector Trail last week for hikers and bikers of every skill level. Shelby County first commissioned the project, and the park quickly adopted it to “increase awareness and accessibility to underutilized areas of the park,” according to Kelly Ezell, the park’s superintendent. The North Lakes Connector Trail adds 2.4 miles to the Oak Mountain trail system and populates lesser-used parts of the park, but it also serves a crucial purpose. By connecting the trails at the North Trail Head to the parking lot at Lunker Lake, the trail alleviates crowding and traffic at the North Trail Head parking lot.

“We are happy to have a new trail that offers something different for our guests while also relieving some of the parking congestion at the North Trail Head,” Ezell said. Funds to build the 2.4-mile trail came from a $60,000 Recreational Trails Program grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs in addition to $15,000 of supplements from Shelby County. The total cost of the completed project was under budget. “The new trail needs to be broken in like any new trail, [but] it rides well,” said Scott Young, a local who bikes at Oak Mountain a few times a week. Other Oak Mountain-frequenters, Taylor Hill and John Derzis, echoed Young’s comments.

There’s something for everybody. It was designed with beginners in mind, but there are also advanced options [like] jumps and corners. —John Derzis “You can get a lot of speed [and] don’t have to pedal too much,” said Hill. Each of the bikers described the trail as being beginner-friendly. Derzis, who works with a youth mountain biking team, said the new trail is great for teams. “There’s something for everybody,” Derzis said. “It was designed with beginners in mind, but there are also advanced options [like] jumps and corners.” It is the wide range of difficulty that differentiates

the North Lakes Connector Trail from the rest at the park, Derzis said. Young, Hill and Derzis each gushed their affections for the new trail, sharing the sentiment that it was a necessary addition to their beloved park. In just the short time that the trail has been open, Hill and Derzis have returned to it at least two or three times. Shelby County and Oak Mountain State Park collaborated with the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers to

thoughtfully curate the trail with versatility being the ultimate pillar of its design. “The partnership that Oak Mountain State Park enjoys with Shelby County and BUMP has brought many great projects to this park,” Ezell said. She hinted that there are other plans in progress, including road improvements, bathroom updates and campground renovations. On Nov. 8, 2016, with 73 percent of the vote, Alabama passed an amendment to the state constitution that bans the reallocation of funding from state parks to other needs. Since then, Ezell said, the park has been able to address some maintenance projects that were previously delayed. “There are great things on the horizon for our beautiful park,” Ezell said. Bella Tylicki can be reached at or on Twitter @_belty_.


‘To appreciate local art’ Downtown area becomes market for annual fest Kristina Balciunaite Life & Style Editor


nthusiastically greeting every by passer and inviting them to his table, Aidan Ritchey, a 9-year-old visual artist and musician, was showcasing and selling his first art and CD collection at the Morris Avenue location at the Artwalk. Ritchey gave his greatest efforts advertising his artwork to the festival goers, by telling them about his painting techniques and his journey as an artist. “I tap the brush, do dots and try to make everything colorful,” Ritchey said. “I really get inspired by my mom, she is an artist too.” Last weekend, the streets of downtown Birmingham once again became a gallery, showcasing the work of about 300 artists from the local city area. Once again the annual, free, two-day “Birmingham Artwalk” brought artists, musicians and the general public together to celebrate art and music in a casual, sidewalk setting. There were two stages housed by over 15 local, music performances each day and a half dozen food trucks feeding the attendants and artists. The festival’s theme was ‘the city of Birmingham’, as a large number of the artists presented subjects such as the Vulcan, the Alabama theatre lights, Railroad Park and other well-known sites. Others added some ‘Magic City’ elements in their own artwork. Susan Shoemaker, the visual artist who was chosen to represent this year’s festival, was happy about the turnout for this years ‘artwalk.’ “It’s nice to see people get out with their families to appreciate local art,” Shoemaker said. Her signature painting subjects are animals such as bunnies and sun bears. The latter was incorporated in the artwork that represented this year’s event, which is a standing sun bear holding lightning bolts in his paws.

PHOTOS BY IAN KEEL/PHOTO EDITOR Susan Shoemaker, the visual artist who was chosen to represent this year’s festival, smiles in front of her artwork at last weekend’s ‘artwalk.’ BELOW: The streets of downtown Birmingham once again became a gallery, showcasing the work of about 300 artists from the local city area.

“They want you to not just represent yourself, but also Birmingham,” Shoemaker said. “That’s why I mixed the bear with elements from ‘Electra.’” Ashley Andrews, a canvas painter and illustrator, was showcasing her art collection of women dressed in different cultural attires. “They look at this and go ‘no, I don’t see a deer’ and they move on,” Andrews said. “I was amazed by how people here are so open and receptive to my art. I was relieved when I got such a good response.” Kaitlyn Dublevsky, an amateur artist, found it inspiring. “I’m having so much fun,” she said. “As an artist I love to see artwork and learn of new ways I could improve my art skills.” Andy Jordan, a teacher in figure and drawing at Space One Eleven, was offering to draw portraits of the festival goers within a timeframe of 10 minutes. According to Jordan, standing still for a longtime can get difficult for people as well as tedious for the artist. “As an artist you’re usually locked away at the studio,” he said. “So, this is a fun challenge.” Kristina Balciunaite can be reached at or on Instagram @kristinaib.


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Last minute eats

The best locations to harvest the Magic City's most tasty and semi-healthy meals, beverages Kristina Balciunaite Life & Style Editor As the pigmentation in the leaves starts fading and the days get shorter, we may

feel the need to find something to lift our spirits. Maybe your assignments start piling up, your boss keeps changing your work schedule or you’re in a fight

Birmingham Breadworks 'Fruity Good' salad, with a loaf of bread and a fermented soda drink.

Birmingham Breadworks

“Fruity Good” salad and a Kombucha beverage

Various leaf greens topped with strawberries and walnuts will make you reminisce about the late summer evenings spent on the porch with your grandma. The small drizzle of blue cheese adds an extra kick of strong flavor without overwhelming the rest of the components. The fermented soda beverage, which is produced in Mentone, is a great healthy alternative for the typical carbonated drinks and it also adds a flare of spice to the meal. Birmingham Breadworks is also a great friend to a student wallet as the total price for the salad is just $3.50. The Kombucha, however, runs at $4.

with your roommate and there just seems like too much to handle. But what is a better way to lighten heavy days than spicing up your diet with

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, Pumpkin Spice Latte


Pumpkin Spice Latte We all know that the start of fall is no longer marked by the first falling leaf, but by the Pumpkin Spice Latte being back on the menu at the local Starbucks. Now the wait is finally over, leaving the white female population of America 'super excited'. The signature drink comes in three forms - hot, iced and Frappuccino. Also consisting of three basic ingredients - pumpkin syrup, milk and espresso. The sweet and spicy flavor of the pumpkin syrup, unlike many other overwhelming coffee beverage add-ins, brings a calming aftertaste and leaves the tongue smooth. Treat yourself with this fall beverage to soothe your stress and worries, while at the same time awakening your alertness.

some late summer and early fall specials. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your student life and go on a gastronomical trip around

Urban Cookhouse Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Various Roasted Vegetables.

Urban Cookhouse

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Roasted Vegetables Fall is the high season for various vegetables, so make sure you appreciate nature’s tasteful gifts while you can. At Urban Cookhouse, which is a fast food-styled restaurant that still incorporates the values of healthy dining, sandwiches and wraps are served with a bowl of roasted mushrooms, broccoli, onion zucchini and squash. All of their vegetables and produce are collected within a 50 mile radius of the Birmingham city area, which is as good for the environment as it is for your health and tastebuds. ”You can taste freshsness, and I don’t even like vegetables,” said Allie David, a server at Urban Cookhouse.

central Birmingham and eat your and worries away. Kristina Balciunaite can be reached at or on Instagram @kristinaib.

PHOTOS BY KRISTINA BALCIUNAITE Bitty's Kitchen Bliss bowl, containing various greens, seasoned chicken and rice.

Bitty’s Living Kitchen The Bliss Bowl

The newly opened Bitty’s Living Kitchen, located at the “Reveal Kitchen”-section at the Pizitz food hall, has a large variety of greens that are exclusively harvested the Birmingham area. Customers get to pick and choose ingredients to build their own salads. The idea is to provide a nutritious and tasty food option. “Most of the time, healthy food isn’t really flavorable, but this is good and good for you,” said Jamie Nealy, a sophomore in nursing at UAB and employee at Bitty’s Living Kitchen. The owner of the restaurant, Kimberly Rock, started the concept for the business after her mother went ill and Rock helped her with changing her diet. “It really helped her heal,” Nealy said. “She’s all about food for the soul.”


Simple tips for easier co-living Take measures to prepare for the usual domestic conflicts Ivy Null Life & Style Reporter All UAB students remember the day they received their acceptance letter and were officially invited to join the Blazer family. The much-anticipated letter was greeted with a sigh of relief, probably some cheering and a photo on Facebook. No sooner had that celebration ended than the panic of finding a roommate set in. The dream is a roommate who is quiet when they wake up before you, doesn’t mind doing your dishes if you’re super busy and will eat ice cream and watch movies with you when you need a break. Not everyone gets that wish granted, so we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to building a good relationship with your roommate.

Cleaning Every room at UAB is required to author and sign a roommate agreement, but just as group work always lands on one person, so can cleaning duties. That’s why Audrey Corbett, a sophomore in

pre-nursing and former resident in New Freshman Residence Hall, and her roommate did some things immediately. “[We] agreed to each clean our own dishes immediately after eating so our sink doesn’t get too full,” Corbett said. They found that one preferred certain tasks and vice versa. “I would vacuum the room once a week, and she would clean the bathroom once a week."

Saving Space One of the best things to do when living with someone for the first time is having a place for everything and saving valuable room. Some roommate pairs get really creative and bring in cool bookshelves. Josiah Robinson and Zeke Gonzalez, who are residents of Blount Hall, keep it really simple. “Keep it minimal in the common areas,” Robinson said. “Anything you need to bring into the common areas, you take out when you’re done.” Getting Along Everyone wants to know


the secret to “getting along.” “Have an open door of communication,” Robinson said. “It can’t be a situation where you feel scared to discuss your issues.” Gonzalez also values timely addressing of problems. “Be respectful of one another and be transparent," Gonzalez said. "Don’t let things boil up under the surface.” UAB Housing created the Roommate Agreements that can help when the waters get dicey.

Caitlin Strother, a Resident Assistant in Blount Hall, said it can often be difficult to write roommate agreements. “Others know each other already and so writing the agreement is easy, but keeping it is hard,” she said. "The key is to think through what is going to be important to you and put that in the agreement, and then stick to it."

get to know each other before living together. You don’t want to be getting your first impression while trying to fall asleep in the same room. Robinson chose to live with two of the same roommates as last year. “We had a great friend dynamic, and they became part of my immediate circle of friends,” Robinson said. “We had a great thing, why not keep it going?”

Choosing for next year Strother said that it’s important to understand and

Ivy Null can be reached by email and Twitter @IvyNull.

September 12, 2017 Kscope  

The threat of Dreams deterred

September 12, 2017 Kscope  

The threat of Dreams deterred