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Place kicker Nick Vogel (19), a redshirt sophomore, kicks a 45-yard field goal to give UAB a 10-7 lead over Alabama A&M.

- Will Harris: Assistant Sports Editor

The long-awaited return of UAB football came to an end Saturday. In front of a school record 45,212 fans, the Blazers took on the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Legion Field. UAB received the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a 14-play drive that ended with quarterback A.J. Erdely scoring the first Blazer touchdown in more than 1,000 days.

UAB stopped Alabama A&M and got the ball back, but an Andre Wilson fumble stopped the UAB drive. Late in the first half, Alabama A&M quarterback Aqeel Glass passed to a wide-open Roderick Randolph, who took it 46 yards for a touchdown. UAB had just enough time to answer the Bulldog touchdown before halftime. Nick Vogel closed the half with a 45-yard field goal, giving UAB a 10-7 lead.

In the second half, UAB’s second drive ended with Erdely connecting with wide receiver Sederian Copeland in the back of the end zone to put UAB up 17-7. It would only take UAB 31 seconds to find the end zone again, this time from an unlikely source. UAB defensive tackle Anthony Rush intercepted a pass from Glass and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown, giving UAB a 24-7 lead.

UAB’s offense continued to score as Erdely connected with wide receiver Andre Wilson to start the fourth quarter, giving UAB a 31-7 lead. UAB finished off the Bulldogs with a five-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Spencer Brown to put UAB up 38-7. Alabama A&M ran time off the clock and UAB won by a final of 38-7.

Erdely completed 11 passes on 20 attempts and finished with two passing touchdowns as well as a one-yard rushing touchdown. The Blazers used five different running backs in the game. Redshirt freshman Carlos Stephens led the Blazers in rushing with 76 yards, while redshirt junior James Noble III added 74 yards rushing. Collin Lisa led UAB in receiving with three catches for 43 yards. Defensively, UAB redshirt senior Tevin Crews led the Blazers in tackles with seven. UAB held the Bulldogs to 183 offensive yards. UAB will head now to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State on Sept. 9.

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 www.uab.edu/studentmedia.com. For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email info@reallifepoets.org

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

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

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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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