• Date night dining: Birmingham’s Bottega

    Franks Favorite Cake RGB“Frank’s Favorite Cake” is one of Bottega’s many decadent dessert options. Photo by Jackson HydeJackson Hyde - Features Editor

    Bottega is an Italian restaurant in Birmingham known for its high price tag, masterfully prepared food and distinguished atmosphere. It is a sister of two other well known, sophisticated restaurants in Birmingham, Chez Fonfon and Highlands Bar and Grill. Although Bottega’s cafe opens at 11 a.m., its dining room doesn’t open until 5:30 p.m., where the more expensive meals are served.

    Preparing to dine at Bottega is a trial of its own. The official dress code is business casual, but when people in Birmingham get an opportunity to dress up, many do. As long as you don’t wear shorts or sandals, you’ll be admitted to Bottega. However, may feel awkward wearing a T-shirt and a pair of khakis while other diners are eating in jackets and dresses, so I’d recommend wearing something that makes you feel sophisticated. Also keep in mind that Bottega has mandatory valet parking in their lot, so if you don’t want to pay for that make sure you can survive a trek from wherever you found a free spot. Read more ...  
  • What you need to know about UAB’s future football operations building

    The former football operations building in its current state. Photo by Ian KeelThe former football operations building in its current state. Photo by Ian Keel
    Alex Wright - 
    Sports Editor

    The Blazers have not taken the field for an official football game in over a year. Despite the lack of game play, the recently reinstated program is continuing to move forward with the planning stages of the future football operations building.

    In early February, the Board of Trustees approved plans for the first two stages of the design and construction of the new football facility. Now, it is approximately a year from the estimated completion date and the team’s return to competition. Here’s what you need to know about the new space:
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  • Red Planet Review: a soundtrack for your summer

    A soundtrack for your summer. Illustration by Sarah FaulknerA soundtrack for your summer. Illustration by Sarah FaulknerJared Chesnut - Staff Writer
    Summer: The sun is shining bright, humidity is in the top ten percentile, and the frost trolls have skulked away to their system of tunnels under Olympus Mons. Now is as good a time as any to let the top down, pour up a few Arnold Palmers and put some records on. We here at UAB’s radio show Red Planet put together a summer playlist. We felt like it’d be best to just chill a little, be cool and bestow some tunes that’ll be the SPF 50 you’ve been looking for.
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  • An interview with UAB’s White House “Champion for Change”

    Quang Do currently works in the Hill Student Center as a coordinator of student leadership. Photo by Ian KeelQuang Do currently works in the Hill Student Center as a coordinator of student leadership. Photo by Ian KeelShambi Anshumali - Contributor

    UAB’s Quang Do, an alumnus and the current student leadership coordinator, was among 10 people selected from across the country as a finalist for the “White House Champions of Change for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.”

    This event was hosted to honor artists and advocates that have used their channels and platforms to empower members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. With AAPI being the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. according to the Pew Research Center, these individuals have played an important role in telling new stories, increasing awareness around key AAPI issues and encouraging diversity and inclusion in all sectors of society.
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