Hope Colabrese (left) and Austin Keel (right) lead students and parents around campus during New Student Orientation.
Photo contributed by Clayton Freeman with The Office Of New Student Programs

Sufia Alam
Campus Editor

N ew high school graduates prepare for the next chapter of their lives entering as UAB freshman and face their first new college experience, orientation.

Goin’ Green New Student Orientation allowed incoming freshman and transfer students and their parents to tour highlights of the campus and learn all the aspects involved in becoming a Blazer.

During the orientations, students registered for classes, discussed academic expectations, learned about campus housing and met other freshman.

“I think the freshman orientation is definitely one of my favorite new college experiences already,” said Elishba Khan, an incoming freshman who will be majoring in accounting. “I’ve already joined all the organizations I’m interested in and had the opportunity to ask about anything I could think of to the orientation leaders.”

TrailBlazers and Orientation Leaders provided tours to the more than 2,200 incoming students and were given information on student life.

“It’s definitely exciting to see the new students start becoming a Blazer,” said Rabisa Kahn, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences and TrailBlazer. “We forget how scary this new environment can be because we’re all so used it.”

Chris Lorimer, a sophomore in political science, felt that his orientation provided a considerable amount of reassurance to his parents when he participated in the mandatory event last summer.

“Looking back it now, I’m pretty sure most things came in one ear and out the other,” Lorimer said. “But I remember my mom asking questions nonstop. By the end she was finally satisfied leaving me here for a year.”

During the orientation, parents are given a separate tour and are informed of multiple resources available to the students such as free tutoring centers and the Health and Wellness Center.

“I’m pretty sure many people would agree with me that the [student organization] expo is one the most important parts of the tour,” said Colton Clayton, a junior in biology and member of UAB’s Biology Club. “The college experience is so much more than just getting good grades, so it’s important for the new students to get involved as soon as they can.”

Sufia Alam can be reached at sufia@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

pres pose 3 1 of 5Siddharth Srikakolapu

pres pose 2 1 of 2Erica Webb

pres pose 1 1 of 4Kevin Pittman

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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