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LEFT: Alec coffman, UAB alum, and Chelsea Spann, senior, look to the basketball court for Wednesday night's Hoops After Dark. RIGHT: Claire Dean flaunts her neon green necklace at Hoops after Dark.
Photos by Jordyn Bussie / Photographer

Lauren Moore, Campus Reporter

Hoops After Dark

The Hoops After Dark event was held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Bartow Arena.

There were activities outside including a mechanical bull, an inflatable slide and a Full Moon BBQ truck. People in attendance were given green glow sticks as well as flashing sound-sensitive bracelets.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced individually as they walked onto the court, throwing t-shirts at the crowd. The teams then had a men versus women three-point shot competition as well as scrimmage matches within both teams.

Students were given the opportunity to try their luck at making a half court shot to win free tuition. Basketball players also tried to get the best rated trick shot. The cheerleaders and Blaze encouraged players from the sidelines, and the dance team performed near the end of the night.

“This is my third time coming out to this event” said Oumou Diabate, junior in public health. “I think they did a really good job and I’m excited to see how the teams do.”

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Students pile their plates with pancakes and other toppings Tuesday evening in the Hill Student Center.
Photo by Austin Simpson / Photographer

Pancakes and Karaoke

Pancakes and Karaoke kicked off Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the food court area of the Hill Student Center.

A stage sat in the open area by the stairs with a DJ and members of UAB TV entertaining the crowd between karaoke songs.

A long line of eager students waited to get pancakes and orange juice.

“The pancakes are good," said Molly Richardson, senior in psychology. "The event is a lot busier than I expected."

Most students chose to socialize and watch the performances, but some decided to participate in the karaoke as well

A group of students from the women's basketball team were first to take the stage, singing “Halo” by Beyoncé.

Members of the men’s basketball team handed out green glow sticks to the crowd.

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Mike Yard performs to a crowd of students Tuesday evening in the Hill Student Center Ballroom.
Photo by Photo by Austin Simpson / Photographer

Comedy Show

The Homecoming Comedy Show was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Hill Student Center Ballroom

Comedian Mike Yard made sure the hour-long show was filled with laughs, never letting the room packed full of students stay quiet for long.

“My favorite part was the joke about a bat flying around his hotel room” said Courtney McMillan, freshman in nursing.

Yard seemed to draw the majority of his material from his own hilarious personal experiences, keeping the comedy surrounding around his odd day-to-day encounters in the world.

These jokes included topics like awkward intimate moments and stories from his time spent in San Antonio, Texas.

“It was really funny, he was a nice choice for the show” said Lexi Bell, freshman in nursing.

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Blazer Showdown winner, Delta Gamma, performs Monday Night at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor

The UAB Blazer Showdown was held Monday at 7 p.m. in the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Groups of students, mainly associated with fraternities or sororities, competed in this event through combinations of skit and dance.

All groups were required to incorporate the UAB Homecoming 2017 theme “Blazers United” into their performance. There were a number of groups who took creative takes on popular television and movies like The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Avatar and Suicide Squad.

Other creative performances included Blazer Boot Camp, Intelligence at UAB and tracking down the stolen Blazer spirit.

First place for the women was Delta Gamma, while Tau Kappa Epsilon took home the men’s gold.

“I know people who are in this from my sorority and I heard a lot of people say this is an interesting event” said Morgan Bryars, freshman in biomedical sciences.

The event was hosted by members of UAB TV.

Check back for updates on UAB's Homecoming 2017 throughout the week.

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Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

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Photos by Laykn Shepard / Photo Editor

Lauren Moore/Campus Editor

As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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