Author: Emma Owen

Hi there, my name is Emma Owen and I am a junior majoring in communication studies. In addition to writing for Kaleidoscope, I am a Blazerette and compete in the Miss Alabama Organization. Outside of class, I enjoy volunteering with various organizations in the Birmingham area, including Siren Snuggles, a nonprofit organization that I created and run. Sharing the stories of others through Kaleidoscope is a joy and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

A study session is only as good as the study location. Here are some of the best study spots on campus and tips for a successful semester. Campbell Hall Photo by Emma Owen Campbell Hall provides a combination of solitude and comfortable temperatures, creating perfect studying conditions. The dim lighting gives students a well-deserved break from the humid summer heat. Each floor comes equipped with seating options so students can take a load off while looking over their notecards. If the flow of students coming through the lobby is too distracting, seating options are available throughout the entire building, giving students a quiet escape…

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The Birmingham Museum of Art will be hosting the very first in person event since the pandemic from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 6. This event is Art after 5: Afrofuturism in the Magic City. The event is free and open to the public. You can also check out a screening of the afrofuturist science fiction film Space is the Place by Birmingham native Sun Ra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyJIGCrUL44&ab_channel=KaleidoscopeUAB

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https://youtu.be/GY61gdwm52I UAB is requiring masks on campus again as of July 29. Hear the details on why getting vaccinated is important to keeping campus safe. You can schedule a vaccine with student health by going to the patient portal or find a provider near you by going to vaccines.gov.

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Groups at UAB are using technology to promote mental and physical health among the campus community. “The B Well Mental Health App features were all ideas that came directly from students who were looking for a central hub for all the mental health resources, events and services on campus, instead of having to figure out where to go to get information about events, or counseling appointments, or crisis help or education about self-care and resources for resiliency,” said Angela Stowe, Ph.D. and director of Student Counseling Service. Stowe said the team behind the app understands the struggle students are facing…

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Tension is building within the UAB community after the university released a statement from President Ray Watts denouncing a professor’s tweet. Parcak’s post, recently removed from her Twitter page, was tweeted after the announcement of Rush Limbaugh’s death. This is an alleged screenshot of Parcak’s tweet being shared on social media. “UAB is disgusted and extremely troubled that Sarah Parcak would tweet something so unprofessional and blindly inhumane and cruel,” Watts said in the statement. “Her poor judgement is completely counter to our shared values as an institution that include integrity and respect. She absolutely does not speak for our…

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This piece first appeared in our February 2021 Magazine. While life has changed for many throughout the pandemic, one Blazer never lost sight of his goals within the music industry. When Kaleidoscope featured Rubin Stinson last year, he was a student musician at UAB. Now, Stinson is a recent graduate of the university. In the past year, he has released new music, created music videos and has gained thousands of listeners. Stinson’s recent song, “One Less Lonely Girl,” received over 56,000 streams on Spotify. Stinson said this was a special accomplishment, as it was the first song he produced himself. “I…

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This piece first appeared in our February 2021 Magazine. When Mark Pettway became Jefferson County’s first Black Sheriff in 2018, he said he had a goal of creating positive change for the very community he was raised in. Growing up in Smithfield, Pettway said negative experiences with officers inspired him to become an officer himself. He said he wanted to change the system through his own actions. “I reached out and I started with law enforcement as a correctional officer, and I said, no, this is not where the change is going to be at, then I became police officer,” Pettway…

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