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.

Jordan Walker was hard to miss with his blue and pink sneakers running up and down the floor. And after three straight three-pointers to the start the game, it was impossible not to notice him. Those three-pointers began a dominant first half that saw the Blazers lead by as much as 27. A quieter second half closed that margin a bit, but UAB still took an 85-71 victory over Morehead State. Walker finished with 23 points, one point shy of his career high of 24. Quan Jackson added 15 and Tavin Lovan added ten. For the Morehead State, Johni Boome…

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The last time UAB and Marshall met, the two were playing for the Conference USA title. When they meet on Saturday, championship implications are again on the line. UAB (6-3, 4-1 C-USA) is currently in second place in the Conference USA’s west division – behind only undefeated UTSA – and Marshall (6-3, 4-1 C-USA) is tied for first in the east division. This game will be one of the best opportunities each has to earn a statement win. Both teams have struggled against big name opponents with UAB losing versus Georgia and Liberty and Marshall falling to Appalachian State. The…

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After a long off-season college basketball is set to return to Birmingham. Both Blazer teams will be in play this week against lower-level teams in exhibition games. With both games free to all, it is a great chance for Blazer fans to see the teams in action. MBB: Nov. 1 vs AUM (Exh.) Andy Kennedy’s squad comes into the season with high expectations. The Blazers were picked to finish first in Conference USA and return four starters from last year. Eight transfers are also joining the program and are expected to give this team a boost. Monday’s game will give…

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Andy Kennedy’s second season at UAB has high expectations. The UAB Blazers men’s basketball team was selected first in the Conference USA men’s basketball preseason poll and junior guard Tavin Lovan was selected to the preseason all-conference team by the league’s 14 head coach. The Blazers finished first in the poll with 190 points and eight first place votes. Louisiana Tech followed behind quickly in second place with 184 points and six first place votes. Western Kentucky, Marshall and Old Dominion rounded out the top five. Lovan was selected as one of the 11 members on the preseason all-conference team.…

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Students gathered on the campus green under a variety of pride flags Tuesday as various campus organizations handed out information and goodies to students about UAB’s services and organizations for LGBTQ individuals. This small tabling event is the start of a week of events called Coming Out on the Green. In addition to Tuesday’s activities, there will be a discussion on the history of ball, a virtual SafeZone training and a drag ball. The event was cohosted by Queer Peers, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs, SafeZone, the Social Justice Advocacy Council, and Aura Literary Arts Magazine. Beyond just the organization…

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Incumbent mayor Randall Woodfin cruised to victory in Tuesday night’s mayoral election capturing 64.33% of the vote, according to unofficial results, and avoiding a runoff. “I told you all four years ago that we will put people first, and every single day that’s what we’ve done,” Woodfin said in an acceptance speech at The Fennec. Jefferson County commissioner Lashunda Scales finished in second place with 20.77% of the vote, and former Mayor William Bell finished in third with 9.14%. Scales and Bell both conceded the election Tuesday night. Woodfin’s campaign emphasized his administration’s work in neighborhood revitalization, blight removal and…

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UAB announced today that employees working in its hospital and clinic environments must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. “Patients in our hospital and clinical settings are vulnerable, very sick and at higher risk for complications,” said vice president of clinical support services Sarah Nafziger. “Unvaccinated health care workers put these patients at greater risk, given that their jobs require close interaction with them and others who are immunocompromised. UAB Medicine’s Medical Executive Committee has determined the appropriate standard of care requires vaccination – it is the best way to provide a safe environment to care for its patients, as…

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This article was updated on Aug. 19 Davis Gustafson announced that he is stepping down from the role of executive vice president of the UAB Undergraduate Student Government (USGA) in a letter posted to the group’s Instagram Monday afternoon. Gustafson cited his mental health and other responsibilities as reasons for his decision. “In light of recent family issues and other commitments, I have made the realization that I will not be able to give my all to this role for the upcoming year and need to prioritize my mental health,” Gustafson wrote in the letter. View this post on Instagram…

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Television Shalen Lawson, Reporter I’ve been watching “Solar Opposites” on Hulu. From the creators of Rick and Morty, this adult animated series is a bit of fun passive TV that fans of the original show can appreciate (even though it’s not nearly as good.) Caleb Wood, Managing Editor I’ve catching back up on “The Good Fight” on Paramount Plus. It’s such a fantastic reminder of how Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo are two of the best working actors on the planet. Given their earlier projects, it’s a combination that doesn’t seem instinctual, yet their chemistry helps carry an already amazing…

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Football announces recent graduate ticket deal Former UAB students who graduated between spring 2020 and spring 2021 will be able to claim a spot at the Blazers’ first season in Protective stadium. The UAB Department of Athletics is offering these recent graduates free season tickets for the 2021 season after the COVID-19 capacity restrictions on athletic events in 2020-21 seasons. An email from UAB Athletics will be sent to recent graduates @uab.edu email address with detailed instructions on how to claim their tickets, and the department gives instructions on its website. Six Blazer football players land on preseason watchlists Over…

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