Connor McDonald
Community Editor

At their May 30 regular meeting, the City Council approved resolutions accepting a grant for the creation of the Birmingham Bus Rapid Transit Project, applying for grants to build a new Arts Tech Hub at Sloss Furnaces and transferring ownership of a parcel of land to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society for redevelopment.

City Council consented to the transfer of ownership of the 27-acre brownfield formerly home to Ingalls Iron Works and then, later, Trinity Steel on 6th Avenue South just west of I-65. Plans for the property call for it to eventually connect to the Rotary Trail.

The site, which is situated in the North Titusville neighborhood, will be redeveloped and may contain facilities for a new Animal Care and Control facility, a new pet adoption and education center, amenities for the citizens and residents of the city and county to utilize and enjoy with their pets, a new Birmingham Police Department K-9 training and housing facility and a community dog park together with a path for running and walking.

Plans also include a shelter hospital and veterinarian clinic for veterinary schools to operate a program using students, a veterinary clinic for the organization Pets for Life, who provide off-the-street care for pets of low-income citizens and seniors, a dorm for four to eight veterinary students to provide 24-hour care and oversight on the property.

The council also approved a grant agreement with the United States Department of Transportation accepting an award for a $20 million grant under the National Infrastructure Investments Discretionary Grant Program. The city is required to match funds of no less than $20 million.

The funds will be used for the Birmingham Bus Rapid Transit Project, which will create bus-exclusive lanes to connect Birmingham’s neighborhoods and aims to reduce public transportation commute times.

The council approved Mayor William Bell to submit a grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts for an amount of $100,000 to fund the creation of a new Art Tech Hub at Sloss Furnaces. The funds, which were awarded June 1, will allow the city to develop a masterplan for a new arts and technology complex at the site of the national historic landmark.

Connor McDonald can be reached at or on Twitter @theconmcdon.

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

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

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Photos by Laykn Shepard / Photo Editor

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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