Author: Hannah Richey

I'm Hannah Richey, editor-in-chief of Kaleidoscope. I'm a senior philosophy major and double minoring in criminal justice and sociology. I love to write about politics and current events. When I'm not writing I can be found reading sociology and philosophy books or watching cooking videos (but never actually in the kitchen). You can contact me at hgrichey@uab.edu

USGA approved a resolution in support of establishing a class fund gift account that would support the Student Affairs Emergency Grant and the UAB Human Rights Trail. The passage of the resolution, co-sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences Senator Kyle Adams alongside Chief of Staff Kimmy Chieh and Vice President of Finance Sarah Tran, means USGA will work alongside Student Affairs to establish a class gift account that will support the emergency grant created by Student Affairs and funding of the human rights trail. The emergency grant would eventually replace the COVID-19 Emergency Fund created by USGA, Student Affairs…

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UAB employees are required to be vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 in accordance with President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 executive order mandating all federal contractors’ employees be vaccinated. “As a federal contractor, UAB, like most higher education institutions, must comply with the Executive Order and accompanying guidance,” wrote Sarah Nafziger, vice president of clinical support services at UAB Medicine, in an email sent on Oct. 22. “Consequently, UAB is required to ensure all university faculty and staff (Workgroups A and F) are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Dec. 8, 2021, unless they have an approved medical, disability or religious exemption.”…

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https://issuu.com/uabkscope/docs/bouab_final_fixed Letter from the Editor Kaleidoscope is proud to finally release our Best of UAB issue for Family Weekend. The winners for this issue were voted on before the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’re still relevant to how UAB students live their lives after all this time. Students continue to live, shop, eat and hang out all over Birmingham.Hopefully this can help you find something new to check out on or near campus, especially students that haven’t been able to experience a “normal” year at UAB. Maybe those of you that have been around will just be happy to see your…

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Sept. 16, 2021 12:05 p.m. Update: This article has been updated to include statements from John Jones, Vice President of Student Affairs. On Sept. 15, at around 3 p.m.,  a physical altercation took place between an unnamed student and a man named Daniel Rusk, a self-proclaimed Evangelist who visits college campuses to spread his message. Rusk and his wife set up their chairs and posters on the sidewalk, which is city property, outside the Hill Student Center early in the afternoon with signs condemning women who attend college, lesbians and other groups. Videos of the altercation show a student attempting to…

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UAB outlined what students will be instructed to do if they are exposed to COVID-19 as well as what they should do if they suspect they have the virus in an email sent on Aug. 27. “Even with the majority of the campus community vaccinated, we expect to see COVID cases this semester,” Michael Faircloth, director of UAB Student Health Services, said in the email. As of Aug. 18, 54% of students have reported to Student Health that they received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 50% fully vaccinated. An additional 6% verified through a survey they have…

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Campus Dining is maintaining the to-go and socially distanced format for campus restaurants into the fall semester but students will have a wider array of choices and hopefully an improved experience. Campus favorites including Full Moon and Panera will make a return once the semester starts, along with expanded hours with the Hill Student Center being fully open, according to Brian Bowser, resident district manager of Campus Dining. The issues students faced with slower service last year should be improved as well due to both the experience Dining had learning how to work under the new model and the expansion…

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Alabama could see a peak of over 13,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 by the end of August if immediate changes to personal behavior are not made widespread. “These are scary numbers. These are much worse than we’ve seen in the past,” Suzanne Judd, professor and epidemiologist in the UAB School of Public Health, said. Judd’s projections also show there could be nearly 8000 hospitalizations at the peak, double what Alabama saw in January of this year. This peak could arrive as soon as Sept. 1. These projections are based on the spread of the delta variant in the United…

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There are tons of things to do this weekend in Birmingham. This weekend check out art, music, movies and more with plenty events being free and under $15. Friday Magic City Wellness Center Vaccine Clinic Where: Magic City Wellness CenterWhen: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.Price: Free You can receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for free at the Magic City Wellness Center. Keep yourself and others safe by getting vaccinated Saturday. No appointment required; you only need to call 205-877-8677 to confirm you’re coming so your vaccine dose is ready. The Magic City Wellness Center will have clinics for future dates…

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Masks are now required indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status as of July 28 following new CDC guidelines. No additional details about how this will affect students have been released yet. “UAB will require face coverings indoors on campus – regardless of vaccine status – effective Thursday, July 29,” the latest update stated. This decision came two days after the protocols announced on July 20 were put into effect that loosened almost all COVID-19 restrictions, calling it a return to “pre-pandemic policies.” Mask requirements were originally lifted on May 24. The latest CDC guidance that prompted this change says…

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Students will return to a “pre-pandemic” campus in the fall after continuous monitoring by the University of Alabama System Health and Safety Task Force while COVID-19 cases rise and the vaccination rate remains low in Alabama. Selwyn Vickers, senior vice president and dean of the UAB School of Medicine and chair of the task force, said this decision came after looking at how high the numbers were from August through February when there were over a thousand new cases per day and comparing those to where we are now with a vaccine. “When we look back at where we were…

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