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.

Woodfin’s rise to the mayorship was characterized by a contemptuous campaign against 7-year incumbent William A. Bell, especially in the weeks following the Aug. 22 municipal election, where Woodfin pulled 40.84 percent of the vote compared to Bell’s 36.55 percent.

The preceding race boasted a turnout of 26.95 percent, a relatively high number of ballots considering it was a municipal election. This was followed by an even higher 29.6 percent turnout for the runoff, one of the highest figures in modern Birmingham history.

Woodfin captured 24,910 votes in the Oct. 3 runoff compared to Bell’s 17,353. With this, Woodfin, 36, will become the youngest mayor Birmingham has seen since the 1890s, and it was his youthful enthusiasm that many found so appealing.

With a focus on revitalizing all of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods, Woodfin was a long time critic of Bell’s apparent neglect of many of Birmingham’s citizens.

“We need an administration that is intentional about improving quality of life for our residents,” Woodfin said in a February interview with the Kaleidoscope. “That currently doesn’t exist. If it did, I wouldn’t be running.”

Though this was not the only portion of Woodfin’s platform. He also preached solutions to Birmingham’s crime and education crises, adopting a grassroots approach throughout his campaign.

Notorious for his community outreach, Woodfin knocked on “tens of thousands of doors” to garner support for his cause, promising a new Birmingham under his administration.

Bell, however, was much more disillusioned the evening of Oct. 3. He fought tooth and nail throughout the campaign, ultimately falling to the innovative force Woodfin proved to be.

He remained optimistic throughout the campaign, even after the general election; at least that’s the façade his camp chose to show.

“My opponent, for the most part, received a free ride,” Bell said in a September interview with the Kaleidoscope. “There was no focal point on his public service record, which I believe people are now beginning to notice.”

Bell addressed the need for continuity in the city’s government, focusing more on established connections than knocking on doors. He highlighted the progress the city has made since his election in 2010, boasting projects like Regions Field, Railroad Park and Birmingham’s revived downtown.

Woodfin will take office Nov. 28 as the 29th mayor of Birmingham.

Wallace Golding can be reached at wgoldin@uab.edu.

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 www.uab.edu/studentmedia.com. For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email info@reallifepoets.org

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
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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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