Author: Holley House

Despite the COVID-19 vaccination only being available for people 16 years of age and up, Governor Kay Ivey has set Alabama’s mask mandate to end next Friday, April 9. The mask mandate was put in place to help stop the spread of the virus, so if the vaccine isn’t universally available to everyone, the mask mandate should not be discontinued.  Gov. Ivey claims that there is currently no plan in place to extend the mandate, and the state is already divided. An online petition has already been created to extend the mask mandate, while other Alabamians are glad to stop wearing the masks in public. I understand…

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Odyssey Cromwell, sophomore majoring in medical sociology “I feel that Black History Month is a time to express gratitude to all who came before us and worked so hard to be accepted in a country where most times their voices were left unheard. However, Black History Month is also a time to acknowledge that we are currently making history ourselves.” Ashley Martin-Lee, Jefferson County Bus Driver “We see the same staples during Black History Month every year: Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcom X. Those staples are amazing, and we appreciate them, but we tend to forget about the…

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Just because we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic doesn’t mean you and your partner, date or best friend can’t enjoy a safe, socially distanced Valentine’s date. Here are some date ideas you can try out this Valentine’s Day that are sure to keep you and your partner at least six feet apart. Movie Night Is there a movie or television show you’ve both been wanting to watch together? Here is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Just use Facetime, Skype or Zoom to connect with your partner while you both turn on the same movie or TV…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or so it seems. With this time of the year comes some amazing things: holiday food, time with loved ones and Christmas lights. But for the average college student, it can be an incredibly stressful time. Before the break between fall and spring semester, we have to trudge through the last bits of fall and into the beginnings of winter with the load of final exams and projects on our backs. However, that’s not all that could be affecting our ability to dive into the excitement of the upcoming holiday season. According…

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Through an educational presentation, members of the Birmingham community gathered to teach UAB students and other community members about Birmingham’s past. David Dada, deputy director at Birmingham’s division of Youth Services, was selected as one of the panelists for the Blazing Through Birmingham’s History virtual event. “I’m excited for us to learn,” Dada said. “It’s centered around the Civil Rights Movement and historical events that have happened in Birmingham. It’s a great opportunity for us to have a discussion about these events and learn from one another.” Dada said that as a former Blazer, he was very happy to join…

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Are you looking for the perfect book this fall? If so, check out these 10 must-reads. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas- This novel is about a transgender boy who is set on proving his gender to his traditional Latinx family by accidentally summoning a ghost that won’t leave him alone. Set during the days leading up to Dia De Los Muertos, if you love adventure and friendship, this book will give you all the warm and wholesome feelings for Fall you’ve been looking for. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier- If a story about a woman being haunted by her new…

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