Mugdha Mokashi will replace Fernando Colunga as USGA president. Photo courtesy of Mugdha MokashiMugdha Mokashi will replace Fernando Colunga as USGA president. Photo courtesy of Mugdha MokashiKristina Balciunaite
Online Reporter

Mugdha Mokashi, a junior in neuroscience on the fast-track program for a master’s in public health, was today announced the winner of the Undergraduate Student Government Association presidential election. Mokashi defeated contender Jimmeshia Wilder and will replace current USGA President Fernando Colunga, who did not seek re-election.

The weeks-long campaign finally paid off for Mokashi and her unopposed running mate for executive vice president, Siddhu Skrikakolapu. In response to her victory, Mokashi issued the following statement:

"I am so excited to take on this role. Fernando called me promptly at 8:02 AM and it felt absolutely surreal. First of all, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support  not only during this campaign but throughout my college career. UAB and its various departments have given me so many opportunities to learn from an incredible and diverse group of people. I am so grateful for their investment of knowledge, time and friendship in me. For the students that did not know me very well or did not vote for me  I hope that I can spend my next year with USGA getting to know you all and addressing the issues you care about.

Overall, I feel very positive about this new administration’s ability to build on the work of our predecessors' and enact future change that is both impactful and important. During my time campaigning, I spoke to many student organizations and have a new list of great ideas to implement in addition to my platform. I am also very privileged to work with Siddhu — he was a very active senator and will make a terrific executive vice president. Together, we hope to make this next year as productive, transparent and formative as possible for our undergraduate students.Thank you all for choosing to #gobigwithmug&sid and electing me your 2017-2018 USGA President. Go Blazers!"

Kristina Balciunaite can be reached at asst.online@insideuab.com and on Twitter @KscopeKristina.

Randall Woodfin defeats incumbent William Bell


Randall Woodfin won the Mayoral runoff Tuesday evening.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor.

Wallace Golding

Birmingham has a new mayor, and his name is Randall Woodfin. He defeated incumbent William A. Bell in Tuesday’s runoff election by nearly 20 percent.

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Doug Jones brings blue to Alabama

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Garrett Stephens, left, and Doug Jones, center, celebrate with members of the Jones campaign on primary election night, Aug. 15, 2017.
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Bella Tylicki, Community Reporter

For 35 years, the families of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing hungered for justice. The prosecutor, Doug Jones, who finally put the culprits behind bars in 1998 will be on the ballot for U.S. Senate this year.

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Mayor William A. Bell speaks on his high hopes for the city

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Mayor William A. Bell stands near the home dugout of Region’s Field, which was completed in 2013 under his advisement.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor.

Wallace Golding, Managing Editor

If you look south from Section 107 of Birmingham’s Regions Field, you will see a sprawling skyline of apartments, hospitals and office buildings, one that wasn’t present less than a decade ago. Mayor William A. Bell built this, or rather, he envisioned this. This field and these buildings tell a story for Bell, a story of his leadership, his foresight and his perceptiveness.

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First Senate meeting of semester introduces new faces, initiatives

Regan Snow, Campus Reporter

While students debated skipping class after Hurricane Irma left campus foggy and chilly, faculty members poured into Volker Hall for a meeting, coffee in hand, to hear news about campus. They discussed ways to improve and elaborate on what is in the works for the campus.

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University prepares for Irma impact

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By Wallace Golding, Managing Editor, and Sufia Alam, Campus Editor

Just 16 days after the Texas coast was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, south Floridians awoke Sunday morning to Hurricane Irma hammering the Florida Keys. This event was the first time in 166 years that two Category 4 storms made landfall on the continental United States in the same year.

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Students share stories at DACA rally

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- By Sufia Alam: Campus Editor

On Wednesday, students and community members gathered outside UAB’s Hill Student Center to unite in solidarity for those affected by the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was enacted in 2012 by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

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