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By Karim Mikhail Mortality. For most, this word elicits the vision of old age, the slow withering-away that awaits us all. We find comfort in this thought; mortality lies at the opposing end of the life spectrum, its reach distant from us. But what if our conceptualization of mortality is backward? Just as mortality fills our visions of the future, so too does it corrupt the very start of life: infancy. This burden, however, is unequally shared. In particular, African American communities have long suffered the brunt of infant mortality. In 2018, for every 1,000 live births of Black babies,…

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By Karim Mikhail The brain. An organ that holds the secret of humanity, whose enigmas continually perplex the brightest researchers. Science has laid bare the secrets of virtually every other organ. Our brain, however, remains the final frontier: a pièce de résistance in human evolution.      But for all its mysticism, the brain is more accessible than ever before. Technological and medical advancements have enabled scientists and physicians to probe its circuitry, investigating how these networks can go awry when diseased. Dr. Markus Bredel, a central nervous system (CNS) radiation oncologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is one doctor…

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When Andy Kennedy first arrived in Birmingham, he made clear he had one goal: to reestablish the Gene Bartow standard. After defeating Louisiana Tech and claiming the Conference USA tournament championship, it certainly seems like he’s done just that. Now UAB (27-7, 14-4) is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years, but if they want to advance, they’ll have to beat the toughest team they’ve faced this year: the Houston Cougars. Houston (29-5, 15-3), a Final Four team a year ago, is again one of the nation’s winningest teams. With a NET ranking of 3…

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by Zac Fuller Nore Hodge is a California native who, until he met his high school chemistry teacher, had never in his life met a Black man with a successful career. Now, he is the leader of the Blazer Male Excellence Network (BMEN), a group at UAB aimed at offering social support and academic guidance for incoming Black male students at UAB. Good role models, as Hodge says, play a big part in that success story.  “Mentors, I feel deeply, are an important part in how young people — or just people in general — develop,” said Hodge, a senior…

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By Karim Mikhail Ritika Samant is a neuroscience major and fast-track MPH candidate and draws on her experience to share her visions for UAB if she is elected USGA president.  “The main changes that I’m hoping to make in this position are the only changes that I believe can be done in this position. Within the role of president, I want to facilitate creative ability through solid internal restructuring,” said Samant. For Samant, the role of the president is not that of a one-man team. Rather, her years in USGA have accustomed her to multi-disciplinary approach that defines the organization. For her,…

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Black sitcoms have been an institution on television since Diahann Carroll first appeared in “Julia” in 1968. From the genre’s golden-age hits like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Living Single” to recent premieres like “Abbott Elementary” and “Grand Crew,” these sitcoms have provided some of Hollywood’s most prominent and honest representation. Members of the Kaleidoscope staff picked a few classics below to add to your watch list.   The Proud Family  I loved watching the show when I was younger and even now because it was a funny positive show that I could relate to. The show was inclusive…

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Hannah Richey, editor-in-chief My current comfort album is Trixie Mattel’s “One Stone.” I’m a fan of folk/country music and this is easily one of my favorite albums. Most songs take on a very folksy storytelling element with a few “radio” songs interspersed that keep the album interesting and giving you a break from some of the more emotional moments in it. This album is great for singing in the car or for studying and stays mellow enough to get you through the longer days before the end of the semester. Campbell Bryan, Reporter “Ruldoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is perfect to…

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