Author: Caleb Wood

I'm Caleb Wood, managing editor for the Kaleidoscope. I'm a junior studying English and film. If I'm not writing, you can find me stress eating and sitting too close to the TV.

UAB held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new McMahon Residence Hall the morning of Wednesday, May 26. The 231,089-square-foot building is set to open in August of 2021 as the newest on-campus residence hall.  At the ceremony held at the building, several UAB officials and the buildings namesake John McMahon, Jr. spoke about the new residence hall and the honor of the naming. The building’s namesake is trustee emeritus John McMahon, Jr., a prominent local businessman with the McWane, Inc. and Ligon Industries. McMahon is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama. He has made a name for himself in Birmingham as a local philanthropist and donor to Republican politicians such…

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Music and Palestinian flags filled First Avenue South in Birmingham on Sunday as people came together to protest violence by the Israeli government in Palestine. The event held outside Railroad Park featured speeches by several local activists and a march that circled around the streets of the Midtown area. This is the second protest in two weeks. Last week’s protest was held in front of city hall. Danah Dib, one of the organizers, said that the move to the Railroad Park area was a matter of visibility. “We chose Railroad Park because we know a lot of people come here, and we walked past…

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Members of the UAB community received free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations in an event at Bartow arena today. The May 18 event held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. was the first of two this summer. A second vaccination event will be held on June 8 at Bartow Arena for new and incoming students where they can receive their second or first dose. “There’s a lot of desire to offer to younger people and so that what we’re here offering today,” said Jaye Locks, ambulatory services administrator for UAB Medicine. “We want to make sure that everybody is covered.” While the…

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https://soundcloud.com/uabstudentmedia/kaleidoscope-sports-report-ep-9-the-week-of-april-12-2021 This week on KSR, our hosts are talking spring football, coach Kennedy’s new basketball signings, UAB baseball’s conference struggles and UAB softball’s weekend tilt versus Louisiana Tech. KSR is The Kaleidoscope Sports Report, a weekly podcast where Kaleidoscope sports writers Tyler Szczudlak and Caleb Wood talk everything UAB sports.

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Departing Blazer football players had an opportunity to show off for NFL scouts at UAB’s Pro Day on April 8 at the UAB Football Operations Center. The six Blazer players taking part were running back Spencer Brown, long snapper Jacob Fuqua, defensive end Jordan Smith, defensive back Brontae Harris and wide receivers Austin Watkins and Myron Mitchell. This year’s Pro Day was of extra importance. The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic allowing NFL prospects fewer opportunities to catch teams’ eyes. Images from this year’s Pro Day | Photos by Dawson Martin The…

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When Meme “Mambo Baptise” Armstrong set off to create Iniquities, she wanted to make a safe space in the heart of Southside. Living up to its intentions, Iniquities is not your average sex shop. The small store in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside sells everything from c—k rings to chicken feet to cold brews. Sex toys, hoodoo spiritualism and coffee made on site are all mix in the 3,200 square foot store. Iniquities originally started as a boutique for sex toys and fetish items in Spike’s Leather Club, a now closed gay bar in the Lakeview area. Owner Meme Armstrong,…

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Governor Kay Ivey announced at a press conference Friday morning that individuals age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, April 5. She made this announcement at a vaccine clinic in her hometown of Camden, Ala. “Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life. We are so close to getting COVID-19 in the rearview, and until then, we should all keep wearing our masks, get vaccinated and use the common sense the good Lord gave us.” Governor Ivey said. The expansion will create near 4 million eligible individuals in state. The Department…

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https://soundcloud.com/uabstudentmedia/kaleidoscope-sports-report-ep-8-the-week-of-march-29-2021 This week on KSR, our hosts are talking about UAB baseball and softball’s upcoming road series, UAB volleyball’s first conference tournament appearance since 2013 and their predictions for Final Four weekend. KSR is The Kaleidoscope Sports Report, a weekly podcast where Kaleidoscope sports writers Tyler Szczudlak and Caleb Wood talk everything UAB sports.

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