• Recap: Sidewalk Film Festival favorites

    The crowd waits at ASFA for the Off the Beaten Path series to begin screening. Photo by Baili BighamThe crowd waits at ASFA for the Off the Beaten Path series to begin screening. Photo by Baili BighamBaili Grace Bigham - Entertainment Columnist

    18 years of Sidewalk Film Festival down, and we can’t wait for more. Birmingham’s pride and joy flexed its muscles as thousands of tourists traveled and watched some of the nation’s most talked about indie films. The weekend’s festivities have come to a close, but we’re not ready to let go.

    I was able to fit in a handful of films and still walk around the downtown Birmingham theatre district to soak in the festival’s atmosphere. The festival, while spread out, filled up each block with food trucks, music, and entertainment galore. Most of my time was spent at the Alabama School of Fine Arts building. I couldn’t resist the VIP lounge. Being that Birmingham decided to crank up the heat, the air conditioning and free flowing water was enough to keep me coming back. Revelator’s bottomless pit of cold brew coffee was also a nice touch (twist my arm).
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  • Basketball games to watch for this season

    bballMen's basketball vs. Rice last season. Photo by Tamara I

    Alex Jones - BlazeRadio General Manager

    Welcome back to school Blazers! It’s time to set alarms and fight sleep in Sterne Library while writing papers and cramming for exams. Time to get phone numbers from classmates and then only text them for notes. When I’m not studying this year though, I will likely be at a Blazer basketball game. The men finished last season with 26 wins and only seven losses. This will be the first year for the team under the leadership of Head Coach Robert Ehsan after Jerod Haase left for Stanford. Although I will probably be in the crowd or in front of the television for every game, here are the games I’m most excited about this year:
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  • Non-smoking policy pushes support, not punishment

    SmokePhoto illustration by Ian Keel
    Tessa Case - News Editor

    A new taskforce aims to offer support instead of punishment in order to uphold UAB’s non-smoking campus policy, which has been under fire recently due to its perceived failure to be enforced.

    In 2015, UAB updated its non-smoking policy to prohibit use of tobacco and smoking-related products, including vaping, within all buildings, facilities, vehicles and spaces that are owned, rented, leased or otherwise controlled by the university, according to official UAB policy. The policy appointed the vice president for Financial Affairs and Administration, Allen Bolton, as the party responsible for procedures to implement this policy, including to visitors. Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D., is responsible for the implementation of this policy as it relates to students, student organizations and student facilities.
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  • Panhellenic sororities break bid record

    Bid Day 1Alpha Xi Delta on Bid Day. Photo by Ian Keel
    Tamara Imam - Managing Editor

    On Saturday, Aug. 28, almost 200 women ran across the Campus Green on Bid Day to join their new sorority sisters on the last day of a record-breaking fall recruitment week.

    Alinea Esensoy, who served as a recruitment counselor tasked with facilitating much of the selection process, said a record 192 women accepted bids to join one of the five Panhellenic sororities on campus: Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Gamma, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Kappa. The largest number of bids previously given out was 151, according to Assistant Director of fraternity and sorority life Kristen Bowen.

    While women can also join sororities in the spring semester during a process known as “continuous open bidding,” fall Bid Day is the main event for sororities on campus when it comes to adding new members.
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