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.

The Chair's Report was led by Jon Mayer, Ph.D., which included congratulating him on a successful year as Chair. He taught mathematics for 34 years and created the school's UAB Teach program. Then, he gave the position over to the new Chair, Mike Wyss, Ph.D.

"We invite students to come to our meetings." Wyss said "I think they will hear some things they would not have heard otherwise. If students have a certain concern to bring to our attention they should get in touch with Aileen Mcelwain, because we have tight seating. You are welcome to speak as long as you are called on by the Chair."

Many things were brought to the attention of the Faculty Senate, including the Sick Leave Bank which has 8320 hours. The Sick Leave Bank is for faculty members who do not have sick leave but need it.

They also introduced new members to the Senate such as Pam Benoit as the Provost, Patricia Baker as Parliamentarian and Ria Hearld as associate chair.

UAB President Ray Watts, Ph.D., also made an appearance to give a report and answer questions. He gave the numbers of full time freshman, 84.9 percent. 

Allan Zajac, Ph.D., professor in the department of microbiology, brought up President Donald Trump’s DACA decisions.

“We support all students and want them to finish their education," Watts said in response. "We will not become law breakers but we will try to help them.”

While the athletics department has an exciting year, Frank Messina, PhD., faculty athletics representative, was pleased to show the numbers for the sports teams. 

“We have 4 women's teams in the top 10 in academics: cross-country, volleyball, tennis and basketball," Messina said.

He talked about how there were only two teams with a total GPA below 3.0. Those teams were men’s basketball and football. As well as high GPAs, Messina told the Senate that last year student athletes did over 400 hours of community service.

Faculty Senate Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month in Volker Hall to bring awareness to the issues and new plans for campus.

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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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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

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Lauren Moore/Campus Editor

As a young and growing institution, UAB looks to student leaders to help shape the future of the university. USGA hosted their 2018 Presidential Debate Thursday, March 1.

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Black Panther Movie Review  

Jo Wright
Life & Style Reporter

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

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

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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