Irma impact

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.

Irma is expected to continue up the Florida gulf coast, passing over Tampa and Tallahassee, and into Georgia and Alabama in the coming days. National Weather Service storm tracks predict that the hurricane’s remnants will reach Birmingham early Tuesday morning.

UAB administrators met with weather service officials Sunday afternoon to discuss the university’s plan going into the week. The University will continue its operations as usual Monday and continue to monitor radar and consult with meteorologists, according to an official university statement.

Mugdha Mokashi Undergraduate Student Government Association president, expressed her concern with the decision.

“I’m hopeful that things will be monitored continuously throughout tomorrow and Tuesday,” Mokashi said. “I am very concerned for the safety of our commuter students and our students that will be walking to class in any bad weather.

Given the path of Irma, the Birmingham branch of the weather service has determined that the metro area will be placed under a wind warning from 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Wind speeds are expected to be between 20 and 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.

Campus officials will spend the coming hours making arrangements for worst-case scenarios.

“Each building has a response plan depending on the weather,” said Jacob Baggott, assistant vice president of student development, health and wellness. “If it levels off, we will communicate with staff and students with coordinated efforts.”

Future decisions will be communicated to students via UAB’s emergency alert system, B-Alert.

“The best thing to do is follow the emergency guidelines shared with you and create an awareness with what is happening around you,” Baggott said.

The storm made its first landfall at 9:10 a.m. Eastern time at Cudjoe Key, Florida, with sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts up to 145 mph. The second landfall was made at Marco Island, Florida, at 3:35 p.m. Eastern time as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of nearly 120 mph.

Meteorologists originally believed the storm would make landfall on Florida’s east coast, putting Miami in the hurricane’s crosshairs. Evacuations preceded the storm by days, but the late change of path by the system left many citizens of the state’s western coastline in harm’s way.

More than 6 million people were ordered to evacuate the week before by Florida Governor Rick Scott, most along the state’s 1,350 miles of coastline. Citing reports by the weather service, Scott said the storm was “life-threatening.”

Wallace Golding can be reached at or on Twitter @WGolding_4. Sufia Alam can be reached at

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 For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

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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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

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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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