UAB junior guard Jalen Perry goes up and under against Southern Miss’ Josh Conley in the Blazers’ 86-75 win Thursday night in Bartow Arena.
Photo by Christopher Dennan/Staff Photographer

Savannah Snowden
Sports Reporter

In their first home game of 2018, the UAB men’s basketball team began with a pace that lasted until the end, ultimately defeating the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 86-75 to improve to 12-5 on the year and 3-1 in conference play.

The Blazers played with energy that spread from the court to the crowd, and they kept steady throughout the game. Draining 17 of 28 shot attempts in the first half sent UAB into the break with a 46-27 lead. They continued this pace through the second half and added another 40 points to push them to victory.

Head Coach Robert Ehsan applauded junior guard Jalen Perry’s impressive display of teamwork despite only contributing two of the Blazers’ points on the night.

“[Perry] had an open three in the first half and he swung it to Nick [Norton] for a better shot,” Ehsan said. “You could see [Perry] wanted it. He wanted to make a couple baskets, but he made the right play for the team.”

Ehsan’s thoughts were echoed by sophomore guard Nate Darling, UAB’s leading scorer on the night with 20 points. Darling shot six for seven from three-point land.

“When we’re all going, we are pretty hard to stop,” Darling said. “That’s kind of our gameplan from the start. We bring a bunch of energy and get a lead early on.”

The Blazers combined for 20 assists and 33 rebounds. Four players scored in double digits.

UAB will now square off against long-time foe Louisiana Tech Saturday. Senior forward Chris Cokley anticipates some excitement on the hardwood, referencing the Blazers’ previous meeting between the two schools in last year’s ConferenceUSA tournament. UAB lost that game 69-57.

“Both teams should have a little bad taste in their mouth,” Cokley said.

Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Saturday in Bartow Arena.

Savannah Snowden can be reached at savsno@uab.edu.

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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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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