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BARTOW CLASSIC RESTORES STORIED RIVALRY UAB, Memphis reunite in Bartow Arena for game in late coach’s honor. Read more on page 5.


CITY OF BIRMINGHAM Mayor Randall Woodfin points to the top at his Inauguration Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Linn Park.

Mayor ready to ‘take it to the top’ New administration begins with citywide audit Bella Tylicki Woodfin replaced Community Reporter seven-year incumbent,


Thousands gathered at Linn Park Tuesday, Nov. 28, to witness the swearing in of Randall Woodfin, now the 30th mayor of Birmingham.

William Bell. In his speech, Woodfin honored Bell’s service saying, “He is due credit. He is due honor. He is due respect. And we are to appreciate him.” “And, of course, as he said in the Magic City Classic . . . we’ll take it to

the top,” said Woodfin. City Council President Valerie Abbott spoke on behalf of the Council, affirming their dedication to “work as a team with this mayor to make good things happen for this city.” “Will we always get along? Heck no! But we will communicate,” she said.

Something Woodfin has preached since the initiation of his campaign is the importance of a cooperative City Hall. “Let the ten of us pledge to you that we will invest in good jobs, quality roads, affordable homes, and equitable schools that meet the demands of the new age in every one of Birmingham’s 99

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Holidays in the ‘ham Decking the halls with dorm decor Sufia Alam Campus Editor


s the holidays approach, students power through finals and keep themselves motivated by filling their dorms with decorative lights, stockings, pine trees and Christmas cheer. Kristina Thoenes, sophomore in neuroscience, will celebrate her mixed German and Korean heritage after completing her finals when she heads to Huntsville to celebrate

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City shops bring festive flourishes Allie Milton Life & Style Reporter


s the holidays approach, many members of the UAB community search for gifts for friends, family and others who are important to them. Local stores are the perfect places to search for special items. Charm, located on 2nd Avenue North, carries a wide variety of artsy items and unique accessories. Socks with interesting designs fill a table next to an ornate chest containing beautiful jewelry. Purses that have tags featuring names and personalities are scattered throughout the store. “We carry a mix of mostly new and some vintage accessories,” said Chatham Hellmers, owner of Charm. “We also feature a lot of up-cycled items. We specialize in gifts. I am excellent at picking out gifts for people. I can find something for practically anyone.” Sojourns is a popular location in downtown Birmingham, located on 3rd Avenue North. The store,

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OPINIONS Fall 2017 Editorial Board Chandler Jones Editor-in-Chief

Wallace Golding Managing Editor

Sufia Alam Campus Editor

Kristina Balciunaite Life & Style Editor

Lakyn Shepard Photo Editor

Connor Gentry Sports Editor

Will Harris Sports Editor

Marie Sutton Advisor

Patrick Johnson

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Tax bill needs schooling H

Elliott Greene Opinion Columnist

graduate math student. Graduate students make up a sizable very decade or so, portion of this campus tax reform resurand face significant faces as an issue of burdens under this new national priority. Noting bill. While students are the overabundance of not typically seen as loopholes and deducwidespread abusers of tions, critics say the tax loopholes, those current system’s looking for a complexity stifles doctorate will economic growth. find their tax The most reburden crippling cent reform tackunder the new les this grievance tax laws. by simplifying the This results tax code to the from how adGreene vanced degrees point it can “fit on a postcard,” Speaker are financed. Graduate of the House Paul Ryan students rarely pay out said. While a nice platiof pocket for classes. tude, those paying rent Instead, universities emwith those loopholes ploy them to perform find issue with this roles such as research, newest bill. teaching or lab manageLittle evidence exists ment. that simplifying tax As compensation, laws helps average the university waives citizens. tuition payments in “Reagan and Bush addition to their salary. both made similar tax The value of these cuts, and it did not do tuition waivers are not anything to help the considered income uneconomy or the average der current tax law, but American worker in any the proposed legislation way,” says Drew Lehe, changes that.


A graduate student employed by their institution typically makes less than $30,000 a year. Counting the value of tuition waivers as income would double that. Despite counting as income, however, students never possess the money paying their tuition. This doubled income without an increase in actual money taken home means students will be paying triple their current taxes. The expected reduction in annual pay leaves most doctoral students below the poverty line. Proponents of counting waivers as income argue that remissions are no different from company cars or housing. From this viewpoint, graduate students receive $30,000 of tax-free compensation every year. Trying to treat taxes and economics like philosophical problems produces poor results in practice. While it might

be “unfair” that graduate students receive such large tax breaks, the economic benefits of graduate research outweigh these moral costs. For a tax bill trying to excite the American economy, this feature fails. Much of the research work published relies on graduate students running labs and conducting their own experiments. These students are directly contributing to the economy with their subsidized education. Researchers at Ohio State University found that up to 20 percent of new drugs are discovered by universities, and publicly funded research produces a greater variety of economically important medications. Graduate students conduct much of the research at these institutions. By lowering their pay, students from underprivileged backgrounds will be unable

to afford a graduate education, further hurting the economy by limiting supply of vital workers. The Bureau of Labor statistics reports high demand for professors in the coming decade, making this the worst possible time to discourage graduate education. Students looking to further their education will be forced to take out loans or attend foreign universities, reducing the dominance of American research. The potential brain drain from discouraging education has chilling effects on the economy that will take years to fully resolve. Maybe this tax bill will have a positive effect on the future of the economy, despite evidence to the contrary. But a strong economy with no innovators does not stay strong forever, and we are currently facing that future. Elliott Greene can be reached at

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Unfortunately, financial markets are filled with investment fraud and scam artists. Scam artists prey on the uninformed, but there are government agencies that exist to protect investors from these wrongdoers. Here are four entities that every investor should know about. 1. Securities and Exchange Commission ( ) – Founded in 1934, the SEC (no, not THAT SEC) enforces the securities laws. They also inform and protect investors, facilitate capital formation, regulate securities markets and provide securities markets data. In general, the SEC aims to ‘level the playing field’ such that small investors have the same opportunities as larger investors. This means, among other things, that the SEC requires publicly traded firms to release certain information

on a regular basis so that all investors are equally informed. 2. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ( ) – A relative newcomer in the financial regulatory environment, FINRA was founded in 2007 to provide investor protection and market integrity through the regulation of broker-dealers. FINRA is a not-for-profit organization that writes and enforces rules governing securities brokers and broker-dealers and imposes penalties on the broker-dealers who violate those rules. FINRA then uses the money collected from these fines to fund investor education programs and initiatives. In fact, in 2016, they engaged in over 1,000 disciplinary actions that resulted in over $100 million in fines and over $20 million in restitution to investors. 3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( ) – Even more recently, the CFPB was found-

ed in 2011. This government agency focuses on making sure that banks, lenders and other financial companies treat consumers fairly. Congress has authorized the CFPB to take legal action against companies and people who violate federal consumer financial law. Similar to FINRA, the CFPB seeks compensation for victims of consumer fraud. 4. Alabama Securities Commission ( ) – The ASC is a state securities administrator. Its mission is to protect investors from securities fraud and preserve legitimate capital markets in Alabama. Effectively, this makes the ASC, the securities regulator for the state of Alabama. This means that it provides for licensing and regulation of any broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, investment adviser representative or financial planner operating in the state of Alabama or providing products or services to residents of the

state of Alabama. Therefore, any person or entity providing financial products or services such as those must register with the ASC to conduct business in Alabama. Briefly, all this means you are not alone. If you have questions about the securities markets or consumer affairs, these entities provide resources to help answer your questions. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of an individual who is attempting to sell you financial products or services, you can inquire about them through either the ASC or FINRA. If ever you are unsure about an investing opportunity, do your homework. These four entities are a great place to start. If you have specific questions about managing your money, please send your questions to us at RIFE@uab. edu. You just might see your question answered in the next edition of the Kaleidoscope! Happy budgeting!


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Teaching the teachers

School of Education offers thirteen different degrees Brittany Guimond Campus Reporter Nada Abdelqader, senior in early childhood education, said she has known teaching children has always been her calling since Ms. Morris, her second-grade teacher, was able to embody all aspects of an ideal teacher. “This is what made me realize that teaching felt right, that all children should have the equal opportunity to learn, and that I wanted to be a part of that,” Abdelqader said. From early childhood education to foreign languages, there are a multitude of programs to aid those whose passion is to teach others. The school offers eight majors and six minors, collaborating with several departments such as human sciences, English and music. This allows anyone to find their niche in education, whether it be as a future music teacher or an athletic coach. According to the School of Education website, by taking required courses, students are able to graduate with a degree from the School of Education, making them eligible to receive teaching certification through the Alabama State Department of Education and guiding

them through the process. These range from elementary teaching to specialist education teaching, offering access to Class B, Class A and Class AA certification. “The school of education here at UAB is very much recognized in the south due to it being very rigorous, but worth it,” Abdelqader said. “This makes it very easy to get a job right away because the schools hiring acknowledge this. Students are also expected to work hands on in the classroom for their entire third semester of the three semester program, as well as for parts of the first two. “It’s eye opening to be able to teach in so many different classrooms,” Abdelqader said. “The experience exposes you to it all and you’re given great feedback and the tools you need to be able to teach in the real world.” In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate majors, the college also sponsors a program called UAB Teach. According to their website, the program allows interested students to receive a bachelor’s degree, a teaching certification, and a STEM Education minor upon the completion of 24 credit hours in their designated field. This allows those who

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MADISON TUCKER Madison Tucker prepares her fourth grade class at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central for their upcoming winter convert.

many not have necessarily planned on majoring in education to still have that option, should they wish to teach the STEM major which they are already interested in. Other ways the school collaborates with others is by offering it to CAS students with

certain majors. “I think the nice thing about the school of education is their support system,” said Madison Carter, senior in Music Education. From the time you enter to the time you leave it, they are very helpful with their resources and

make it known.” “My biggest piece of advice would be that you’ve got to love teaching, you have to be passionate about it if you’re going to pursue it,” Abdelqader said. Brittany Guimond can be reached at


Upgrade to graduate school Advisors offer advice on how to continue career Lauren Moore Campus Reporter In an ever-growing competitive work environment, students are often faced with the decision of either continuing their education with graduate school or choosing to directly start applying for jobs. For those who wish to apply to graduate school, the process may look tedious and challenging. “The most surprising part of applying has been that the department to which I am applying does not even see the documents I submit until my application has been processed by the graduate school” said Jessica Robbins, senior in English. “It definitely makes the application essays more difficult to write because my audience is not the same as if I were writing to only English professors. By fall of their senior year, students should have the majority of their graduate school applications sent in, according to Dan-

iel C. Bullard, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Diversity in UAB Graduate School “As early as students can identify a potential subject they would like to study, they should start to talk to faculty and program directors,” Bullard said.

of Arts and Sciences academic adviser in anthropology, musical theatre, sociology and theatre. “I know some programs are very strict with GPA, but in other circumstances you can outweigh that GPA with an excellent personal statement, letters of recommendation and the interview. I think that all of those aspects are just as important as

is that oftentimes they have not had anyone read over their personal statements before they submit them,” Buller said. “It’s a good idea to have a faculty member look over the statement, or to talk to them before you write it. Write one to two pages and do not overshare with your own personal information.” Research is required before applying

yourself during the tests.” Students wishing to apply must also remember to keep track of the timeline they need to follow in order to stay on track for graduate school. “If you ask anyone for a letter of recommendation, give them plenty of time to write you a good letter,” said Holly Henning, College

As early as students can identify a potential subjects that they would like to study, they should start to talk to faculty and program directors. —Daniel Bullard Students often stress over their GPA’s when it comes to applying to graduate schools, worried that anything below a certain number will prevent them from being accepted. However, GPA requirements differ depending on the program. “It is important to remember that GPA is not everything,” said Tisha Morrisey, College

your GPA.” Personal statements are also an important portion of applying. The required statement varies among schools but essentially asks students to explain to the university why they wish to attend graduate school, according to Bullard. “A common mistake made by students

to find out if the graduate programs students are looking to apply to require they take the GRE or not. “Some universities are starting to get rid of the GRE, but it’s program specific,” Buller said. “Get books with practice tests if you are interested in taking the GRE, this will help to teach you how to pace

of Arts and Sciences academic adviser in foreign languages and literatures, history and political science. “If you give them a week’s notice or less that is not enough time for them to respond.” It is wise for applicants to apply to more than one school in case they are not accepted into their first choice according to Henning.

“If you don’t get accepted somewhere, try to respectfully ask them why and see if there is any advice they can give you so that you can learn from it,” Henning said. Masters programs are not as competitive as Ph.D. programs and accept more of their admissions. “If your GPA is below a 3.0, and you still want to do a master’s degree or get a Ph.D., take some classes after you graduate to help raise your GPA,” Bullard said. “It’s hard to get this through to freshman and sophomore students typically, but they need to know that lower level classes that you take in those first couple of years of college do matter. It is important what you do early on.” Regardless of the program, applying to any graduate school will not only require an ample amount of research, but dedication, hard work and commitment throughout the process. Lauren Moore can be reached at

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Christmas. To keep her motivated until the holidays, Thoenes filled her dorm with decorations that remind her of both her heritage and her home. Thoenes set up a table centerpiece as her main attraction in the living room she shares with three other suitemates in her dorm. The centerpiece begins its focus with two jars and two vases filled with water and floating red cranberries. Surrounding each, sits one red and one white candle. Picked up from her backyard from Huntsville, three twigs tower over the candles and vases to add height to the piece. To finish, embellished gold dusted pine cones sit at each end of the sides. “It’s a centerpiece that was inspired from my mom,” Thoenes said. “We use this centerpiece layout every year. My cultural background has always played a big part in how we celebrate the holidays. We always have a very German Christmas and a very Korean New Year’s.” To help international students cope with being away from their families during the holidays, UAB INTO set up a Christmas tree at the second floor Mervyn H. Sterne Library that has been decorated with flags of countries all the international students are from. All international students were given an opportunity to hand decorate glass or-

Payton Downey’s New Freshman Residence Hall dorm room is lit with lights in the form of a Christmas tree overlooking campus. Below is the outside of Downey’s door.

PHOTOS BY DAWSON MILES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Christmas tree stands in UAB INTO space on the second floor Mervyn H. Sterne Library. It is decorated with flags of countries of all the international students.

naments inspired from all their home countries. “Holidays are when we miss our families the most,” said Melody Shaun, graduate student

in public health. “We have students from 33 different countries and each country is represented on the Christmas tree. That tree kind of

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represents our family. If we can’t be with our families this break at least we can be with each other.” To keep their fellow students entertained and

lessen their homesickness until the holidays, Cassidy Brown, freshman in nursing, keeps the door of her dorm in the New Freshman Residence Hall open

to all students. Decorated with holiday themed black and white wallpaper, filled with Christmas trees, Santa Clauses and snowmen, Brown and her roommates have left markers outside their door welcoming all students to stop by and color on the wallpaper anytime when they may want a break from finals. “We like to keep our door interesting for every holiday,” said Brown. “For Halloween, we used caution tape and paper ghosts for our door.” Brown expects a huge Christmas gathering at her home back in Texas, said she can’t wait until finals are over. “I can’t decide what I’m getting my brothers yet but I know I know that I’m going to go all-out,” said Brown. “They’ll be over 15 people at my place this year so the gift giving will probably be the highlight.” Payton Downey, freshman, said she is most excited to be reunited with her cats and is struggling to find the perfect present for her sisters. To get her through the finals, Downey made a Christmas tree with multicolored lights taped to her window on the fourth floor of the New Freshman Residence Hall. “Right after my last exam I’m out of here,” Downey said. “I hope everyone will have a chance to celebrate a merry Christmas like I do every year.” Sufia Alam can be reached at


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Rivalry renewed Latest installment in storied history marked by UAB win Will Harris Asst. Sports Editor

Blowouts, heartbreaks and physical confrontation. The UAB and Memphis rivalry has seen a lot of bad blood over the years. The two teams have a long-time rivalry that has dated back to when the Tigers were in Conference USA. After Memphis left for the American Conference in 2013, the two teams did not play again until last season when the Tigers came back to defeat UAB 62-55 in Memphis. Going into the game, UAB had not beaten the Tigers in the last 16 games dating back to the 2005-2006 basketball season. “We were fired up coming into this game,” said senior forward Chris Cokley. “It means a lot, especially to play it on the Bartow Classic. Coach Bartow did a lot for UAB.” The game was the annual Bartow Classic, memorializing the former UAB and Memphis head basketball coach Gene Bartow. Coach Bartow left the head coaching position at the

University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 to come to UAB and become the first athletic director and head basketball coach at UAB. Coach Bartow passed away in 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The Bartow Classic contributes a portion of the ticket sales to the Gene

Bartow Fund for Cancer Research. “Coach Bartow was a class guy,” said Memphis head coach Tubby Smith. “This is a healthy rivalry and I think it’s good for us and good for college basketball.” The Blazers jumped out to an early 12-1 lead with hot shooting from outside the three-point line. The question for the Blazers all season has been the ability to defend the three-pointer. The Tigers struggled against UAB in the first half shooting 1-of-8 from threepoint land. UAB extended the lead to as much as 21 points in the first half with critical three-pointers from

Darling and strong rebounding from Cokley. “We came out angry,” said UAB guard Nate Darling. “Coach Ehsan was telling us to come out and play with passion and anger and try to prove something tonight.” UAB was tough on the glass with many offensive rebounds in the first half, which led to second chance points. The scrappy UAB offense became too frustrating for Memphis’ David Nickleberry who recorded a technical foul for unsportsmanlike behavior. At halftime, the Blazers led 40-21 over Memphis. In the second half, the Tigers came out with better shooting hitting four of their

first five threes. UAB answered the Tigers with strong defensive play away from the basket, forcing four turnovers early in the second half. Halfway through the second half, UAB hit a dry spell allowing the Tigers to claw their way back to a 12-point lead. The physical play continued as the Tigers’ Jeremiah Martin was called for a technical foul late in the game. The referees began to crack down on the small fouls and allowed UAB to extend their double-digit lead. UAB failed to hit a shot for the final six minutes of the game, but with Memphis failing to hit shots and UAB getting bailed out at the free throw line, the lead remained intact. Memphis drained a three as time expired, but UAB came away with the 71-56 win. “It was a special night,” said UAB head coach Robert Ehsan. “Ruth [Bartow] came to the locker room after the game and told us that coach Bartow would be proud.” UAB will now head to in-state rivals Troy on Dec. 5 and Auburn on Dec. 9. Will Harris can be reached at and on Twitter at @Kscope_sports.





UAB guard Jalen Perry drives to the basket past Memphis’ Kareem Brewton, Jr. in the Blazers’ 71-56 win on Nov. 30 in Bartow Arena.





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PHOTO COURTESY OF UAB UNIVERSITY RELATIONS The late UAB head coach and athletic director Gene Bartow coaches from the sidelines.

A brief history of the rivalry Connor Gentry Sports Editor


errick Rose, John Calipari, Gene Bartow. What do these names have in common? The University of Memphis Tigers and what used to be one of the most heated rivalries in all of college sports. The UAB men’s basketball team and the Tigers have met on the hardwood 48 times, but Memphis has dominated the series with 37 wins to the Blazers’ 11. Of those 48 meetings, the Tigers have been ranked in the top-25 14 different times and one of those matchups, a 78-79 loss for the Blazers, the Tigers were the No. 1 team in the nation. The rivalry between these two teams has had its ups and downs, but began because the Tigers and Blazers were in Conference USA together from 1995 until 2013 when the Tigers joined the American Athletic Conference with several other C-USA schools. There have been many iconic and infamous moments between these two teams. In 2008, the Tigers visited Bartow Arena as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Blazers fell by one point. After the game concluded, the Tigers and UAB’s student section got into it and one of Memphis’ players slapped a UAB student. The player is unidentifiable in the iconic photo. However, Memphis’ Derrick Rose, who later forfeited his eligibility by voiding his SAT scores, led the Tigers to victory. The NCAA vacated all the Tigers’ wins from that season. The Blazers had not beaten the Tigers in 16 contests dating back to 2006 until Nov. 30 when the Blazers broke the 4,263-day streak of not beating the Tigers with a 71-56 victory. “[The coaches] were telling us all week,” sophomore Nate Darling said. “This kind of meant something for the fans and the people that have been around UAB so we wanted to give them a good treat.” This win was even more historic as it was during the Bartow Classic. Bartow was the head coach of Memphis before he went out west to the Bruins of UCLA. He would then travel to Birmingham to become the first Athletic Director and men’s basketball head coach at UAB. “Obviously with this being the Bartow Classic, I told our guys this meant a great deal to our program, our fans and to myself,” UAB Men’s Basketball head coach, Robert Ehsan said. “To play Memphis, where [Bartow] coached, and get a win is huge.” The last two meetings between the two teams were the first time they had met since 2013 and were part of a home-and-home series. Both Memphis’ head coach, Tubby Smith, and Ehsan, expressed interest in reigniting the rivalry. Connor Gentry can be reached at and on Twitter at @Kscope_sports.

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Blazers set to burn Bobcats in Bahamas Connor Gentry Sports Editor

PHOTO BY JILL HARRIS/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Birmingham Bash score a goal past UAB goal-keeper Aaron Roe in the Bash’s victory over the Blazers on Fri. Nov. 1.

Friday night Bash Last second schedule change results in home teams meet-up Sarah Oetken Sports Reporter The UAB club hockey team played Friday night at the Pelham Civic Complex’s new arena for the Birmingham Bulls. UAB was scheduled to play The Citadel Bulldogs, but due to player illnesses, the team could not travel from South Carolina. To make sure the fans had a game to watch and do their canned food drive, the Blazers found a last-minute replacement. UAB took on the Birmingham Bash, a local area-select amateur team that has been playing in the Birmingham area for over a decade. The biggest difference between these two teams is that the Bash do not play contact hockey. One of UAB’s biggest strategies is physical play. “It was very frustrating since we couldn’t play our game,” said UAB’s Jakob Hornsby. “A lot of our game is physicality and we are a physical team. We can’t send a message because we couldn’t send a body on them.” The Bash scored early to

take a 1-0 lead on UAB. The lead did not last long as the Blazers’ Cam Dickinson scored on an assist from Jakob Hornsby to tie the game 1-1. The Bash added another goal late in the first period to take a 2-1 lead at the first break. In the second period, the Bash scored early on in the period to take a 3-1 lead. UAB appeared to be increasingly frustrated as the game wore on due to the no contact style of play. UAB started having more players in the penalty box as the game went on. In the third period, UAB’s Kyle Feeney scored to cut the lead to 3-2, but was answered with another quick Bash goal to extend the lead back to 4-2. UAB did not go down without a fight as the Blazers’ Cameron Fulgenzi and Jakob Hornsby added two more goals in less than five minutes to tie the game 4-4. At the end of regulation, the game remained tied at 4-4. The teams played a brief overtime before heading to a shootout. In the shootout, neither team hit their first shot in the first round. The Bash failed to hit their sec-

ond shot and Dickinson scored to give UAB a 1-0 advantage. The Bash hit their third shot to tie the shootout 1-1 and UAB missed the third, sending the shootout to sudden death. The Bash made the sudden death shot and UAB’s Ryan Kalson missed his shot wide left. The Bash won 5-4 in a wild game. The loss does not count toward UAB’s overall record due to it being treated as an exhibition game against an amateur team. However, due to The Citadel failing to play, the forfeit gives UAB another win for the season. UAB now has an overall record of 10-2-2. The Blazers will head to their rival Mississippi State Bulldogs on Jan. 5 and 6. UAB had never lost to Mississippi State until the final game of last season, which cost UAB an overall winning record. “We have a revenge factor against them,” said UAB head coach Steve Cagle. “They beat us on our home ice and our guys want revenge. They will be ready to play.” Sarah Oetken can be reached at


Blazers or road warriors? Women travel, return victorious Jill Harris Sports Reporter The lady Blazers caught fire as they finished their four-game road trip with a pair of wins in North Carolina this weekend. Friday, five UAB players scored double figures, leading the Blazers to defeat the Appalachian State University Mountaineers. The Mountaineers came into the contest with a record of 1-5. Sophomores Rachael Childress and Imani Johnson led the Blazers early with hot shooting inside the three-point line. The Mountaineers’ Kaila Craven nailed a three-pointer to cut the first-quarter UAB lead to 14-12. The Blazers ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run to lead 20-12. The Blazers maintained a double-digit lead for most of the game. In the third

quarter, UAB reached a 22-point lead. The Mountaineers narrowed the lead to 55-45 in the fourth quarter. Appala-chian State’s Bayley Plummer cut the lead to seven points with four minutes remaining. The Blazers held on to win 70-59. Rachael Childress led UAB in scoring with 13 points. Katelynn Thomas scored 12 points off the bench while Imani Johnson scored 11 points. UAB’s Miyah Barnes and Deanna Kuzmanic both con-tributed 10 points.  The Mountaineers’ LaPresha Stanley and Tierra Wilson led the team with 14 points each. “I thought our team played very well at times today and I was very proud of the toughness and poise that we played within the last three minutes of the game,” head coach Randy

Norton said. “All-in-all, it was a great team win on the road. Sometimes games will not be perfect and that’s when you have to dig in and find a way, and I thought we did that today.”     On Sunday, UAB faced the High Point University Panthers. After a slow start, UAB’s Kara Rawls helped start a 12-2 run in the first quarter. The Blazers closed the quarter 21-8 after the Panthers failed to make a basket in the final four minutes of the first quarter. UAB held a double-digit lead for most of the second quarter, closing the half on a layup by Talia Roldan to lead 37-22. In the third quarter, UAB widened the lead to 19 points after a pair of free throws from Kuzmanic. Like the Appalachian State game, UAB failed to keep a double-digit lead, allowing High Point to cut the lead to 45-36 with 4:49 left in the third quarter. In the final quarter,

Rawls continued to attack, leading the Blazers back to a 16-point lead. Childress ended the game on a pair of free throws to give the Blazers a 77-61 win. Rawls finished the game with her second career double-double, collecting 15 points and 12 re-bounds. Johnson had another successful afternoon, shooting 6-of-6 and tallying 15 points. Childress added 12 points to UAB’s total, marking her sixth double-digit-scoring game of the season. “I believe we learned a lot from this road trip and we are excited to get back home.  We want to encourage our fans to come out Thursday as we host a very good Samford team at 6 p.m.,” Norton said. UAB (6-1) will now take on the Samford University Bulldogs in Bartow Arena Dec. 7. Jill Harris can be reached at

For the second time in program history, the UAB Blazers football team is playing in a bowl game. “We are honored to accept an invitation to play in this year’s Bahamas Bowl against such a great opponent as Ohio,” said UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram. “Our coaches and players have represented our university extremely well throughout the entire season, and this is a tremendous reward for their hard work. We look forward to playing another nationally televised game and watching this remarkable team cap off their season with one more game.” The Blazers did not just make a bowl game but also broke several records along the way. The Return started with a bang on Sept. 2, 2017, when the Blazers faced off against Alabama A&M University in front of a record crowd of 45,212 fans. The Blazers cruised to a 38-7 win in front of the anxious and raucous crowd. On Nov. 25, 2017, the Blazers broke three more records after defeating the University of Texas–El Paso 28-7. These records were for the number of wins in a season as a Division 1-A program with eight, first undefeated home record and best conference record ever. “Coach Clark has done an amazing job in a short time,” said Ohio football head coach Frank Solich. “He has really taken the program and resurrected it.” However, the Blazers are not done yet. After finishing the regular season (8-4, 6-2 in Conference USA), the Blazers patiently waited to see what bowl game they would play in. On Nov. 26, 2017, UAB announced that the Blazers would be traveling to Nassau, Bahamas to take on the Ohio University Bobcats (8-4, 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference) in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. “We were asked as this was coming to fruition if this was something we would want,” said UAB football head coach Bill Clark. “We answered very quickly ‘Yes! We would love to do this.’… Ohio is a very solid team led by an outstanding coach in Frank Solich, and it is going to be a great game. Our players will be ready for the challenge and look to become the first team to win a bowl game at UAB.” The Blazers have played in only one other bowl game. In 2004, the Blazers played in the Hawaii bowl against the University of Hawaii, but lost 59-40. UAB finished that season with a 7-5 record. The Blazers will try to continue to set records by winning a ninth game and the first bowl win for UAB. Freshman running back Spencer Brown could, with 97 yards, break the freshman rushing record for Conference USA. “This is to really cap off a story-book season,” Clark said . “Coming back, setting records and getting to be bowl eligible... to come to this great venue at the Atlantis in the Bahamas to give our guys such a great reward against a great opponent in Ohio.” Connor Gentry can be reached at and on Twitter @Kscope_sports.


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Find your Holiday alias What Christmas film character is the most similar to your identity

Your ideal day includes… A) Being productive. B) Exploring new things. C) Relaxing on the couch.

Kristina Balciunaite Life & Style Editor

Find out what Holiday What is your preferred character you are by picking food? the answer of the following A) Candy canes. The season of the Holidays questions that fits you best. B) Cheese pizza. is upon us and our favorite The highest amount of a C) Glass and stuff like festive movies are rolling on letter you receive represents that. the TV screens again. your character. How do you handle difYour work attitude falls ficult people? closest to... A) By doing everything I A) Trying to get as much can to find a way to relate to done as possible in the short- them and befriend them. est amount of time. B) By avoiding to be B) Doing the job thoraround them. oughly, but still making sure C) By becoming upset and to enjoy the process. sometimes angry. C) Doing just enough to have done the task. How do you approach new experiences? In your friend group, A) With open arms. you’re the most... B) With a bit of fear, but A) Enthusiastic. mostly curiosity. B) Creative. C) I prefer to stick to C) Relaxed. what I know I like.

A - Buddy You’re usually the happiest of the bunch. People love you and making new friends is what you do best. You’re always filled with energy and up for an adventure at any day, any time. You strive every day to become a better person, but sometimes you sacrifice yourself too much to make other people happy. You are the person that your friends rely on the most and reveal their deepest secrets to. The downside to this is that people can tend to think you’re gullible and take advantage of your friendliness. Make sure to not give too much of yourself to others and take some time to focus on yourself. Also, slow down on the sugar consumption.

B - Kevin McAllister You’re the one with the most imagination in your circle. You are fascinated by the wonders of life, you love creating new things and seeing your ideas become alive. Although you come across as independent, you are highly reliant on the people around you. Nevertheless, at times, you feel the need to get away from everyone and explore the

C - The Grinch You’re an independent person who has no trouble spending time with yourself. You’re confident and you don’t need to get validation from the people around you. You tend to be blunt and direct, which sometimes gets you in trouble. Sometimes, you might feel misunderstood as your straight-forward personality can make you appear cold and careless.


HOLIDAY CROSSWORD 1. The city where Jesus was born.

2. Country where the Christmas tree tradition started.

3. Items traditionally exchanged during the Holidays.

4. Popular ingredient in Holiday sweets.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

5. Modern day country from which Santa Claus originated. 6. One of the gifts Jesus received after birth. 7. Candelabrum used during Hanukkah.

8. Symbolism behind the dish toshikoshi soba that is consumed during Omisoka. 9. Jesus’ ethnicity. 10. Meaning of ‘Hanukkah’ in Aramaic.

11. Popular berry used in various Holiday dishes. 12. Principle the first day of Kwanzaa represents. 13. Items that are popular to hang on the fireplace

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a visually appealing stretch of unique items, provides gifts from around the world, such as beautiful hand-painted paper maché eggs for $7.99, Guatemalan sugar skull worry dolls for $4 and hand-painted candles for $15.99. “Imagine the world has come to you,” said Karen Cooper, loyal customer and UAB graduate. “Sojourns has anything and everything, including items that are highend. It has a little bit of everything: purses, ornaments, scarves, bags and more coming in every day. The business runs entirely on fair trade.” The store carries such a wide range of items for a wide range of prices. Some of the more expensive pieces featured include furniture and animal figurines made of beads and metal. Candy also makes a great gift for anyone. Chocolatá is a candy store on 2nd

What do you think about festivity traditions? A) I love them and they are important to me. B) I like them, but I am open to alternative ways of doing things. C) I don’t care for them. You like to spend most of your time.... A) With family. B) With friends. C) Alone. What is the largest purpose in your life? A) Helping people. B) Innovating. C) Leading. Where is your ideal place to celebrate Christmas? A) At the North Pole. B) Under the Christmas tree by the Rockefeller center in New York City. C) In a cave secluded from all civilization.

world for yourself. For you it’s more the journey rather than the result that countsw. Sure, sometimes you get lost, but only to find new things within yourself. Make sure to not get too carried away with your fantasies and passions, and remember to focus on the things that really matter to you. Even if you find some people upsetting, do not let them get in the way of your happiness.

Nevertheless, you have a big heart. Try to surround yourself with people that understand your ways and that care for you no matter what your mood is. Have patience to understand that the world is not always against you, and that it is not necessary for you to take on a defensive position in every situation. And try to not follow all of your wild impulses, such as stealing Christmas. Avenue North, boasting handcrafted recipes and ethically sourced chocolate. “We use all single-origin chocolate, which means the product is more controlled,” said Kathy D’Agostino, owner of Chocolatá. “Our customers know their chocolate comes from one region, which is important because chocolate is like coffee, the flavor varies depending on where it comes from. We make and wrap our chocolate in the shop and use quality ingredients, most of which are sourced locally.” Some of their most popular items include their chocolate bars, which cover an expansive range of flavor combinations from milk chocolate blended with brown sugar and rosemary and white chocolate blended with matcha green tea for $7.50 and their various chocolate bark sold in baggies for $6. Birmingham Candy Company arrived at their temporary additional location at the Summit’s seasonal

development, dubbed the North Pole. This addition, along with lights and decorations, marks the Summit’s annual transformation into a staple of holiday shopping. The Birmingham Candy Company makes a wide variety of treats, such as Sugar and Spice Pecans for $15 and Caramel Chocolate Apples for $6. It prides its products as being “local, southern and handcrafted.” The holidays can be stressful but knowing where to buy gifts often helps alleviate this stress for many people. Plenty of interesting local stores in Birmingham sell unique items that make great gifts no matter what the intended person likes. Allie Milton can be reached at



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Holiday fun abounds downtown series anywhere and Emily Baucum Life & Style Reporter fight with us to conquer As the holiday season approaches, so can seasonal affective disorder. If this is your case, here are a few ways to put a smile on your face and feel involved with the community you are surrounded by. Rather than longing to be back home, embrace the holiday spirit that surrounds you! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy.

have Christmas lights. “As you probably know, the Alabama Theater was built in 1927, and it has been the anchor of the town’s theater district since then,” said Brant Beene, executive director, said. “It is a great time to see the Alabama Theater at its finest.”

arthritis,” said Kayla Smeraglia, Arthritis Foundation’s executive director. “Let’s get ready to jingle!”

and hot cocoa to sip on while your cheering on the floats. It might be a while.

Zoolight Safari If your favorite things about the holiIce Skating days are the twinkling Railroad Park has lights, then the Zoolight begun a new holiday Safari should be next on tradition, ice skating your agenda. under the skyline. The wonderful winTalk about a good 2017 Lighting of the ter show consists of over Instagram picture. Star & Downtown one million lights acThis year Red Homewood Christmas companied with holiday Diamond Coffee and Parade music and a generous Tea sponsored a bigger, Homewood will snowfall. Jingle Bell Run better ice rink. The new host the annual The rides The Arthritis Founice rink boasts about Lighting of the WANT TO GO? consist of the dation’s Jingle Bell Run 500 square feet more Star and Down- What: Homewood following: is a fun way to surface area to town Christmas Christmas Parade Shipt Candy get decked out WANT TO GO? fall down on. When: Tuesday, Dec. Cane Ride, Parade PHOTO BY LAKYN SHEPARD/PHOTO EDITOR 5, 6:30 p.m. and be festive, What: Jingle Bell They have There will Jingle Bell CarThe Financial Center shows their holiday spirit by having their Christmas Where: Downtown ousel, Yuletide while racing to Run a partnership be an announctree standing tall in front of the Region’s Field. raise funds and When: Saturday, with the Pelham er broadcasting Homewood Slide and Santa Dec. 9, 8 9 a.m. awareness to Civic Complex selves, it makes the city They usually have parade entries Cost: $8 Rollers. cure America’s Where: Railroad and Ice Arena, more vibrant.” around 30 to 40 thouand highlightGasp in the No. 1 cause of Park which means sand people visit them ing parade glory of the 30WANT TO GO? disability. Put they will come Holiday Movies at between Dec. 8 and Dec. participants at foot decorated What: Zoolight on your favorite holiday and give free 10 or 15 Alabama Theater 22. the City Hall Christmas tree costume and tie jingle minutes ice skating lesThe holiday series It is general admisPlaza while the Safari while you get When: Dec. 8-10, bells to your shoelaces. sons Saturday at 11 a.m. features some of the sion, which means first parade takes down to the 15-23 and 26-31 ’Tis the season to live and 2 p.m. classic holiday come first serve on the place. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly enterWANT TO GO? movies of all it up and be jolly for Their figure seats. They have alThe lighting Where: Downtown tainment. And a reason! 100 percent skating group What: Ice Skating time, including ready sold out new to the WANT TO GO? of the Homewood of the registration fee also comes on When: Friday and “White Christfour of their Christ- Cost: $10 and rides Zoolight SafaSaturday from 10 for $3.50 and fundraising efforts Sundays at 3 mas,” “Miracle movies; three What: Holiday mas ri, Singing SanMovies a.m. to 10 p.m. and go toward the Arthritis p.m. to do an on 34th Street,” of those are tree ta will perform Sunday through Foundation. The Jingle exhibition. and “It’s a Won- Christmas Va- When: Movies start and a guest for everyone followed at 7 p.m. Thursday from 11 Bell Run is the second “My faderful Life.” cation and the Where: Alabama appearance by a meet and greet with a.m. to 9 p.m. largest in the country vorite thing is Where: Railroad And it also other is Elf. from the big old Saint Nick. It is not Theater and hosts approximately watching the features some As soon as Cost: $8 man himself — every day you get to see Park 2,000 people, with a 5K, community you walk-in, Santa Claus — the zoo come alive at Cost: $12 for adults, newer classics, 1-mile and Santa Chase come togeth- $10 for children. such as “Christ- you will be filled with will follow the parade at night. for the children. er,” said Joy mas Vacation,” holiday joy. They have a City Hall Plaza. There Emily Baucum can “Be a part of the Myers, event coordi“Home Alone” and 30-foot Christmas tree are typically around be reached at longest-standing, holnator. “When everyone “The Muppet Christmas in the lobby that is deco- 60 entries each year, iday-themed 5K race is here, enjoying themCarol.” rated and all the rails so bring some mittens

PHOTO BY LAKYN SHEPARD/PHOTO EDITOR Birmingham citizens gather in Linn Park for Randall Woodfin’s swearing into office Tuesday, November 28.

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neighborhoods,” he said referring to himself and the City Council. Nikita Blocton, 10th Judicial Circuit Court judge, administered the oath of office. Woodfin addressed the elephants in the room: the issues of crime and poverty in Birmingham. “It is going to take this entire community to feel empowered . . . to make sure we are protecting our neighbors,” he said. He followed addressing needs to reform education, health care, healthy food access and infrastructure.

“We need everybody at the table, not just the mayor and the Council,” he said. “What we can do together far surpasses what we can do alone.” Thursday, after the inauguration at a news conference, Woodfin announced that his administration will be auditing City Hall’s budget, personnel and operations. He asked that 100 City employees, 60 administrative assistants and 40 department heads, reapply for their jobs, and several have already declined. Police Chief A. C. Roper declared his retirement to Woodfin Thursday morning.

Though Woodfin expressed appreciation of the Chief’s service and called his decision to leave voluntary, he said. “Chief Roper’s departure provides us with the opportunity to take a fresh look at solutions to address one of the most pressing issues facing our city, which we all know is crime,” Woodfin said. Woodfin said he hopes to have all audits completed within the first 100 days of his administration and all staff settled by the start of the fiscal year July 1. Bella Tylicki can be reached at and on Twitter @_belty_.

December 5, 2017 Kscope  
December 5, 2017 Kscope  

Mayor ready to 'take it to the top'