Taste of UAB

Photo by Lakyn Shepard/Art Editor
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Myah Clinton
Staff Reporter

On Friday, the
 smells of local food vendors and sounds of amphitheater stage performers drew students into the first-ever Taste of UAB event
From 11
 a.m.- 3 p.m.  outside of the Hill Student Center, students roamed between trucks and booths among other activities intended to bring together people who call Birmingham home. 

“It shows the other side of college life,” Maya O’Neal, senior in chemistry, said. “Academics are very important, but it’s also important to branch out and to try new things.”  

In addition to collecting goodies from each organization’s table and entering to win prizes, students could talk to the various representatives present at the event to see what their organization had to offer college students.  

“This has been a great event for us because we get a lot of school groups with young kids, but we’re trying to spread the word to college age students,” Ty Malugani, education coordinator for Sloss Furnaces, said 

The Birmingham Zoo was also present to get students involved in their organization.  

“I went to Montevallo,”Lydia Clements, membership office and groups assistant at the Birmingham Zoo, said. “I wished we would’ve had something like [Taste of UAB] that plugs people into the community because when you’re new to school, it’s so difficult to find your footing.” 

Clements said that not enough students know about the Birmingham Zoo discounts offered to UAB students, such as the $25 annual membership and $5 general admission.  

“That’s what we’re really trying to do here more than anything is just to let people know the student discount exists,” Clements said. 

Brittany Jennings, director of communications for Hand-In-Paw, said students were drawn to the therapy dogs the nonprofit brought. 

“Tons of students have been coming up, petting our dogs and getting to learn more about our therapy teams, what we do as an organization and our partnership with UAB,” Jennings said.  

Hand-In-Paw's mission is to improve human health and well-being through animal-assisted therapy.  

At iHeartMedia’s table, students could enter to win tickets to an upcomingPortugal. The Man concert or an Amazon Echo Dot from the 103.7 The Q radio station.   

Willow Scott, manager of youth and family programs at the Birmingham Art Museum, said many students participated in the Aura Literary Arts Magazinecommunity mural.  

“Everybody has been so enthusiastic and ready to do the mural and learn about the museum,” Scott said. 

Students could either paint a canvas with UAB’s name in yellow, blue or red, or a Blaze-themed canvas with shades of green.  

Several food trucks such as Cantina and UAB Campus Dining’s Magic City Eats circled half of the 5A parking lot. Tables in the center created a makeshift food court allowing students to taste different styles of food from the Birmingham area.   

“Some people want to learn more about organizations,” Alex Young, senior in psychology, said. “It’s better to meet someone face to face than just reading about it online.”

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