Bartow – 1. Gene Bartow, Blazers basketball coach from 1978 to 1996 who led the Blazers to three conference championships and nine visits to the NCAA tournament; 2. The basketball venue named after Gene, where UAB students eat nachos, watch the Golden Girls, receive T-shirts from cannons, and cheer the Blazers to victory.
BEC – The Business and Engineering Complex, a large building with business classes on one wing and engineering classes on the other. Sometimes they meet up in the lobby for West Side Story-style dance-offs.
Blaze – UAB’s dragon mascot, fearsome on paper but surprisingly cuddly in person. Note to opposing teams: He’ll cut you.
Blaze the Night – UAB’s annual Homecoming bonfire.
Blazer Crunch – An unbelievable chocolate dessert known to cause stampedes at the Commons.
BlazerID - Your identity, frankly—your login for online services, your e-mail address, and unless you choose wisely, a potential source of embarrassment four years from now when you’re applying for a job or grad school.
The Commons – Also the Commons on the Green; your source for your RDA of Blazer Crunch.
The Diner – A main source of nourishment for students awake between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Gang Green – The people in the green and gold body paint and fright wigs in the front row at football games, generally having the most fun.
The Green – The (usually) green space in the center of campus, where you go to throw a Frisbee, throw a football, bask in the sun, and nap in the grass when it’s quiet. Multipurpose.
Into the Streets – Your semi-annual opportunity to get your head out of your navel and serve your community.
Mini Park – A place of shade and solace in the middle of a bustling campus, except when it's full of barbecue and bouncy-slides.
ONECard – It gets you into sporting events, it buys you lunch, it scrapes ice off of your windshield, and it reminds you of what you looked like your freshman year.
RA – Your Resident Assistant, the older-sibling type in your res hall who's already done this whole "freshman" thing and is glad to share the wisdom.
The Rec – Also the Campus Recreaction Center, a state-of-the-art workout facility; place to work off all that Blazer Crunch.
SpringFest – That last chance before spring finals to relax with a hot dog, a snow cone, live music, and a bungee trampoline. (Recommended: saving the hot dog for after the trampoline.)
That statue – The big statue of Blaze in front of Bartow Arena. It used to spew smoke out of its mouth. No, seriously. You should have been there.
UBOB – The University Boulevard Office Building at 1201 University Blvd.
Vulcan – Birmingham's enormous iron mascot (the largest cast-iron statue in the world), whose bare iron behind has been shining down on the city since 1939.
Zombie Outbreak Day – A day where student zombies can turn into actual zombies and swarm the Commons. It’s OK, though—it’s all just pretend. Or is it?