UAB to Z is your guide to the world of UAB and the ‘ham

By on June 2, 2011

Kaleidoscope Staff Report

UAB to Z is your guide to the world of UAB and the Birmingham area. Compiled by students for students, it provides useful information about student organizations, classes, administrators, buildings and other important information mixed in with a little humor and an update on popular culture for those not in the know. Also provided are spotlights of faces and places the Kaleidoscope staff has a particular fondness for or that may provide incoming students opportunities to get involved and invested in the campus from the get go.

Hopefully this guide will help you become acquainted with the campus and find ways to make your own mark during your time here. If you would like to contribute to next year’s edition, send any entries or ideas to Entries can be informative or amusing (or both). Welcome to UAB. Make friends, get involved and read your Kaleidoscope. Studying may be a good idea too.


Alabama: Also known as “The Cotton State,” Alabama was inducted into the United States in 1819 as the 22nd state. The state tree is the pine tree, known as a “moon tree,” because the seeds of this tree went to the moon with astronaut Stuart Roosa aboard Apollo 14 in 1971. Alabama’s current state capital, Montgomery, was the capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861, where the orders to fire upon Ft. Sumter and the begining of the American Civil War originated.

Alabama Adventure: Theme park located in Bessemer, just outside of Birmingham. Features roller coasters, a water park, and live music, from local acts to acts as far away as The Veronicas from Australia. For more information see page 10. Check them out at They are located at 4599 Alabama Adventure Parkway, Bessemer.

Al’s: Mediterranean restaurant serving favorites such as gyros (pronounced jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Gk. yee-raw), burgers, hummus (bean sprout dip) and fries. Voted winner of the Ultimate category in the Ultimate Answer Book reader poll in the April edition of Phoenix. This place takes BlazerBucks so expect students to be present at all hours.

Alumni Affairs: This UAB Department makes it a point to stay in touch with UAB graduates and keep them in the loop with the UAB Alumni Gazette.

Alys-Stephens Center for the Performing Arts: Located on campus, this lush building hosts some of UAB’s most notable events, including everything from guest speakers such as John Waters, Lewis Black, and David Sedaris to diverse musical performances, from the Temptations to the Cowboy Junkies to Ravi Shankar and everything in between. The Center houses a 1,330-seat concert hall, a 350-seat theatre; a 175-seat recital hall, and a 150-seat theatre. The box office is open from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and an hour before performances on weekdays. On weekend performance days, the ticket office opens at noon. Phone: (205) 975-ARTS (ticket office) or (205) 975-9540 (business office).

Annual Fund: Intended for alumni who wish to make a donation directly to support the schools from which they graduated. These donations are tax-deductable and can be put to use in the areas which need them most. For more info, call (205) 975-6629.

Ask It Help Desk: Provides phone or in-person help for all UAB students, researchers, faculty, and staff. Email them, or call (205) 996-5555 during the following hours: Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. In person at any of the following locations: Blazer Hall, room 128, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 – 10:00 p.m. Cudworth Hall (CEC), room 225, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Athletics: You know who you are. A proud part of Blazer pride. See individual sports entries.

Aura: UAB’s literary magazine, featuring the best poetry, photography, literature, and art from UAB students. The Aura recently won Best In Class at the NYC 2011 College Media Advisors competition.  Submit your own work to editor Nick Price at or by visiting HUC 136.


Batman: The very definition of awesome. Everybody loves the Dark Knight.

Barbecue (Barbeque, Bar-B-Que or BBQ): No matter how you spell it, barbecue is a big time Birmingham business. Thought of by many as carbonized animals and comes in varieties such as chicken, pork, turkey and beef. Mmm… tasty.

Baseball: Still America’s favorite pastime, right? Or is that tweeting?

Basketball: Still dunking after all these years, basketball was created in 1891.

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore: Located on the first floor of the HUC, the bookstore features all the textbooks you need for classes, as well as supplies, including everything from lab coats to bathroom items. If it’s school-related, they have it! To find out for sure, call (205) 996-BOOK, or visit them online at

Bartow Arena: Home of Blazer basketball.

Bartow, Gene: Blazer basketball’s first coach. Bartow arena is named after him.

Base Camp Lounge: This Five Points South locale is a laid-back music joint offering a variety of local bands. It is located at 1024 20th St. S.

Bell Theater: Home of theater classes (Theater 100) and athletic training facilities.

Bell, William: The current mayor of Birmingham who took office after Larry Langford’s indictment.

Benevolent Fund: Founded to support health, charity, and service needs of those in the Birmingham area.

Birmingham: See Magic City

Birmingham Musuem of Art: Probably the only place in Birmingham you can find original works by Dali, Warhol, and a gift shop with knick-knacks related to both. The museum also offers a large collection of Medieval, Eastern, and American art. Call (205) 254-2565 for more info.

Birmingham Public Library: Located downtown at 2100 Park Place, this is the best off-campus library, complete with DVD and CD rentals.

Blaze: The school mascot. A huge, mythical creature that breathes fire way cooler than a regular old elephant or tiger. The dragon statue in front of Bartow Arena may have costed more than it is worth, but hey, it does blow smoke.

Blazer Cafe: Where to get your grub on in the HUC. Holla! The Blazer Cafe is located in the HUC. The Cafe includes a Taco Bell, Chik-Fil-A, and grill.

BlazeRadio: They literally rock. Featuring rock, hip-hop, jazz and R&B. Check them out at iTunes College Radio or and tell them yourself. Listen to the stream at

BlazerBucks: BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used for goods and services anywhere the UAB CampusCard is accepted. BlazerBucks accounts are available to students, faculty and staff and other individuals in possession of a UAB Campus Card. There is no minimum deposit required to activate a BlazerBucks account, and additional funds can be added in varying amounts at will. Balances in BlazerBucks carry over from year to year until the cardholder graduates or otherwise permanently leaves the university. BlazerBucks can only be used in campus diners or affiliated restaurants. Not legal in foreign countries or games of Monopoly.

Blazernet: Where to access information on things like your grades, financial aid status, and student life in general. The web address is

Blount Hall: Dorm that lives up to its name. Just kidding. It’s usually populated by upperclassmen.

Bob, Billy: A stereotypical Southern name not to be confused with UBOB.

Bottletree Cafe, The: Downtown vegan-friendly cafe with meat options, but more importantly, where to catch some of the best live shows in Birmingham. Check them out at

Building Services: Responsible for cleaning non-hospital buildings, including high-rise windows. Call them at (205) 934-4126 if you need to clean up your act.

Business, School of: This school offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs to prospective students and offers real-world experience and opportunities for enrolled students. The business school academic department offers programs in Accounting & Information Systems, Finance, Economics & Quantitative Methods, Management & Organization and Marketing & Industrial Distribution.


Cafe a la Cart: Convenience dining in the Business and Engineering Complex.

Camp Hall: This dorm hall is so campy.

Campbell Hall: Houses classrooms for sciences and mathematics courses.

Campus Recreational Center (REC or CRC): Where to get your exercise on. Features everything from mountain climbing (of the artificial type) to swimming to court sports like basketball, racquetball, volleyball, etc. There are also aerobic classes, nutrition education classes, and personal trainers. So get yourself into the gym and work on your fitness. For more info, call (205) 934-8224.

Campus Catering: Services range from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to receptions and the like. For more info, call (205) 996-6565 or email

Campus Restaurants/Dining Services: Provide the grub.

Capilouto, Eli: UAB’s former Provost. Capilouto was recently named the next President of the University of Kentucky.

Career Services: Located in the HUC. Caters to all majors, save Business and Engineering, who have their own separate offices. Call (205) 934-4324 or email Career counselors are also available.

Child Development Center: Where to develop your underdeveloped child. Okay, it’s actually a daycare center. Spots are limited, so apply early. Call (205) 975-7373 for more info.

Civil Rights Institute, The: Exhibits offer a journey through the civil rights stuggles of the 1960s (including the history that was made right here in Birmingham, AL.) and a look at modern human rights issues. Visit to learn more.

Charlemagne Records: Best little Indie record (and CDs, videos and other neat stuff) shop in Birmingham. Charlemagne is located in Five Points South at 1924 1/2 11th Ave S.

Coach: In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individual sportspeople.

Commons on the Green, The: Yet another place to get your grub, this one with all-you-can-eat. Sweet!

Computer Services: See AskIT, Learning Center, Lister Hill Microcomputer Lab, or University Computer Center.

Construction: It never ends! Never!

Copy/Print Services: For 10 cents per black and white copy or 25 cents per color copy, students can take care of all their on-campus printing needs. Printers take BlazerBucks. Printing stations can be found at Sterne and Lister Hill Libraries, the Learning Resource Center, MEIS (Volker Hall), Student Affairs (HUC), the Dept. of Art & Art History, and the Schools of Business, Engineering, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Cosmo’s Pizza: Pizzeria located at 2012 Magnolia Ave. S.

Creative and Marketing Group: Full-service agency that creates award-winning promotional materials.

Credit Union: Provides on-campus checking, savings, and loan services. Call (205) 934-9933 for more info.

Cross Country: Run for it.

CVS Pharmacy: Where people with no car who live on campus buy their stuff. Located behind Blount Hall.


Data Communications/Network Services/User Services: Provides info on using the UAB electronic phonebook, the student info system, student email, the Campus Network, the internet, and other general computer-related info. Go to for more info.

Dawson’s Burgers Wings & Fries: Need we say more? Located at 1617 4th Ave. N.

Denman Hall: Where the coolest people on campus live. Only seniors and up need apply.

Dentistry, School of: The School of Dentistry is located in Volker Hall and is as old as the university itself. Departments include Academic Affairs, Biomaterials, Comprehensive Dentistry, Dental Informatics, Diagnostic Sciences, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics and Biomaterials.

Diner, The: Located upstairs at the Commons on the Green, The Diner offers breakfast and dinner food from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. seven days a week. Dinner is served during all hours of operation and breakfast is served from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Dining Dollars: Every student living on campus and all full-time undergraduate students are assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee during fall and spring semesters that renews every academic year. If the total $450 allotment is not used by the start of the new academic year, the money will be forfeited.

Campus Dining Fee Funds that can be accessed through each student’s CampusCard Dining Dollars account. Dining Dollars is a declining balance account that can be used for purchases at UAB dining facilities only. See: Campus Resturants.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que & Ribs: Located just a few blocks from the university at the corner of 15th St. S. and 14th Ave. S., Dreamland Bar-B-Que boasts having the best bar-b-que ribs you could ever eat! They accept BlazerBucks.


Education, School of: Departments include Human Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership, Special Education, Foundations and Instruction. The School of Education also offers several important student services on campus, such as Livetext, Blackboard, Turnitin, Get Involved! and Student Resources.

Engineering, School of: Departments include Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Construction Management; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; PhD Interdisciplinary Engineering; Information Engineering and Management Program; Entrepreneurship for Engineers; Management for Engineers; Honors Programs and Study Abroad.

E-mail information page:

English Resource Center: Offers a free tutorial service for any UAB student. Tutorial services are available for students taking any class at UAB, not just English classes as the name mistakenly implies. To schedule an appointment, go to room 224 in the Humanities Building or call (205) 934-8118.

eReporter: See UAB Reporter.

Escort Services: Provides students and faculty with an after-dark escort to or from any point on campus, including parking facilities, either on foot or in a marked vehicle. Parking and Transportation Services provides escort services Monday-Friday, 5:15 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. UAB Police Dispatchers take calls from 10:15 p.m. until dawn and will dispatch a UAB police officer or security officer to the customer’s location. Dial (205) 934-8772 for escorts.


Financial Affairs: Provides information and service to UAB students, staff, and faculty, as well as help with budgeting, planning, and problem-solving. Go to for more info.

Five Points South: Where all the action is, save for some stuff downtown. It has restaurants and clubs, a Starbucks, and a few small shops and boutiques–what more do you need?

Formaggio’s: The best Italian food near campus, located on 10th Ave. S. next door to the Purple Onion. Another student favorite.

Forum: The Opinion section of the Kaleidoscope. Write to the editor at and let your voice be heard.

Frigid Records: Local indie record shop located at 1305 2nd Ave. N.

Full Moon Bar-B-Que: Also boasts having the best bar-b-que, located off of 5th Ave. S. on 25th St.


General Studies: General Studies is where many students will begin their college careers. If you don’t know what you want to do, then this is the school for you. General Studies coordinates and offers academic programs and services designed to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students.

Good People Brewing Company: Microbrewery located near Five Points South on 20th St. Buy local, right? Available in fine taverns all over Birmingham. See for more info.

Graduate School: UAB is known as a research intensive university committed to new discoveries in multiple fields. The Graduate School currently administers doctoral programs in 35 areas and master’s level programs in 45 areas in the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, and health professions. UAB also supports 80 interdisciplinary research centers. Our programs attract outstanding faculty and students and unite disciplines to produce new knowledge and new technologies. Several programs are designed to promote and support a diverse student body and to increase the participation of under-represented populations in graduate programs.

Glee: Popular TV show featuring high school drama and show tunes.

Green Lantern: A DC superhero that uses his willpower to generate light constructs to fight evil in outer space and Earth. Green Lantern hits the silver screen on June 17.

Gyro: Pronounced jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Gk. yee-raw, it is meat, usually lamb, roasted, thinly sliced, and then served with pita bread and hummus.


Habitat for Humanity: Prominent non-profit organization offering dozens of volunteer oppurtunities around Birmingham each semester.

Health Professions, School of: The UAB School of Health Professions (SHP) is one of the largest health professions schools in the nation, with more than 20 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels within five departments: Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Health Services Administration, Nutrition Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

Heritage Hall (HHB): Houses the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, plus labs for mathematics and communication studies and faculty offices. Opened in 2008, it is the newest and fanciest academic building on campus and is located next to the Recreation Center across the Campus Green.

Hill University Center (HUC or The Hill): Your best bet for any sort of student info and records. Houses the information desk, the Bookstore, the Radio Station, the Blazer Cafe, Jazzman’s coffeehouse, Student Publications, Finacncial Aid, and Student Accounting and Services, among many other offices. If you need it, it’s probably here. Call (205) 934-8000 for more info. Located on University Blvd. Look for the flashing sign out front!

Humanities Building (HB): Where you will live if you are an art student. Located across the street from the Mervyn Sterne Library, it also contains offices and classrooms dedicated to Art History, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy. Even if you don’t have any classes in the Humanities building, you should check out the Visual Arts Gallery located on the bottom floor.

Human Resource Management: Provides assisstance for UAB employees. See for more info.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs: Nice, cheap alternative to those pricey foot longs at you-know-who’s. Also, super cheap pizza that’s priced to own. ($5.55 for a large one-topping pizza!) Right nextdoor to CVS behind Blount and Rast.


Informational Technology Desk (IT Desk): You will have to scream for help to be able to enter this office as it is located in the secure access facility of Blazer Hall. See AskIt Help Desk. A website created for the students of UAB and managed by the Kaleidoscope staff. Check it out and leave some feedback.

Institutional Studies and Services: See Office of Planning and Analysis.

International Scholar and Student Services: Immigration related services for international students/scholars at UAB. Call (205) 934-3328 for more info.

Intramurals: Includes such team sports as flag football, soccer, basketball and softball offered in league formats. Special events include individual competitions in areas such as billiards, tennis, golf and bowling. Call the Campus Recreation Center for more info at (205) 934-8224.

iPad: New Apple tablet device that resembles a large iPhone. An application is available now.

iPhone: Smart phone created by Apple Computer Company. Check out the application available now!

iPod: Popular mp3 device that has taken over the world.

iTunes: Popular music buying service that has taken also over the world.

Izzy’s: Fruit soda made of 70 percent fruit juice and 30 percent sparkling water. Served at Starbucks.


Jazzman’s: Where to get your caffeine fix on the run. Located in the HUC.

Jim & Nick’s Bar-B-Que: What, more BBQ? For the love of high cholesterol! It’s good, though, you should try it. Located in Five Points South between 20th and 19th.


Kaleidoscope: UAB’s weekly student-produced newspaper. The paper is divided into four sections: News, Sports, Forum (containing opinion and editorial pieces) and Spectrum (covering music, movies and on-campus activities). The Kaleidoscope is published every Tuesday. To submit articles, news tips or letters to the editor, call (205) 934-3354 or email The office is located in the Student Publications office at HUC 135. Visit online at or

Keys: For anything related to locks, alarm systems, and card keys, contact Physical Services at (205) 934-3708.


La Mesa: New Mexican restaurant located at 1101 20th St. S.

Langford, Larry (LaLa): Birmingham’s noble former mayor currently serving time in prison.

Learning Resource Center: See English Resouce Center and Math Learning Lab.

Level Two: New dance club located in Five Points South.

Libraries: UAB boasts two for students on campus, Mervyn Sterne and Lister Hill. Mervyn Sterne Library houses a Starbucks. They also host an online site at See Mervyn H. Sterne or Lister Hill for more information. See also: Reynolds Historical Library.

Link: The hero of The Legend of Zelda.

Lister Hill: Main library for resources regarding the Health Professions. Located at 1700 University Blvd.

Lister Hill Microcomputer Lab: Located within Lister Hill Library, this lab provides hardware and software help for PCs and Macintosh. Call (205) 934-2230 for more info.

Lodging: There are two main facilities for lodging on the UAB campus, the student dorms and the townhouses, which are used by students and UAB guests or patients (and their families) alike. For information on dorms, call Student Housing at (205) 934-2092. For information on the Town Houses, call (205) 975-8820.

Lucy’s: Tea and coffee shop located at 2007 University Blvd.


Magic City: Another name for Birmingham. Birmingham was founded in the 1870s after the Civil War and became the industrial center of the south. Birmingham’s fast-paced growth through the turn of the century, mainly due to the iron and steel industries, led to its being dubbed “The Magic City.”

Magic City Classic: An annual football game between Alabama’s two largest historically black universities: Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University. Aside from the game itself, the Classic is known for a spirited parade and a battle between the schools’ marching bands.

Mail Services: See Printing/Mail Service.

Maintenance, Campus: Oversees the operation and care of lighting, plumbing, and painting/upkeep of all campus buildings. Phone: (205) 934-5355 or for Dispatch: (205) 934-5353. For hospital buildings, call: (205) 934-6181.

Math Learning Lab: Located on the Second Floor of Heritage Hall. Includes tutots who provide free assistance in mathematics to students.

Meal Deals: Meal Deals are available at the Commons for breakfast and lunch during the week, and at the Diner and Blazer Cafe. One Meal is debited from the student’s account for each Meal Deal purchased. Meal Deals are specially designed combo meals available at all servery stations in the aforementioned locations.

Meal Plans: These come with a set number of meals that can be used to purchase all-you-care-to-eat meals and Meal Deals at UAB dining facilities. All-you-care-to-eat meals are available at the Commons on the Green for dinner seven nights a week and for weekend brunch. One meal is debited from the student’s plan upon purchase and the student has unlimited access to all available items. Meals do not carry over from semester to semester. Unused meals for any given term will be forfeited from the student’s meal plan account on the day following the last day of final exams for that term. For more info, including the different types of Meal Plans and Deals available, see

Medicine, School of: UAB is known for its hospital, and the School of Medicine is intricately tied to the medical center. The School of Medicine is ranked 27th for research and 43rd for primary care education. The school’s AIDS program is ranked 5th in the nation. Departments include Anesthesiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Genetics, Medicine, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthamology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Radiology and Surgery.

MEIS: Medical Education Information Services. For more info email

Mellow Mushroom: Pizza chain restaurant in Five Points South that also serves salads, sandwiches and calzones. Mellow Mushroom is located at 1200 20th St. S.

Mervyn H. Sterne Library: Main resource for those in the Arts and Humanities departments. Located at 917 South 13th St.

MP3: Something no self-respecting music fan should be without.

Museums: See Birmingham Museum of Art and The Civil Rights Institute.


Natural Sciences & Mathematics, School of: More UAB freshmen enroll in Natural Sciences and Mathematics programs than in any other UAB school, and it has one of the highest retention & graduation rates of all UAB schools. Nearly 75% of NSM undergraduates enter graduate school or a health professional school. Departments include Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.

Network Services: See Data Communications.

Nick, The: A Birmingham bar and nightclub featuring a lot of hard rock, metal, punk and goth bands. All shows are for ages 21 and up. The Nick is located at 2514 10th Ave. South.

Nursing, School of: Over 10,000 nurses have graduated from the School of Nursing. It ranks 26th in overall graduate programs (in the top 10 percent nationwide) by U.S. News and World Reports. Departments include Adult/Acute Health Chronic Care and Foundation, Outcomes and Systems, Community Health and Family/Child Health and Caregiving.


Office Machine Repair: Open to all departments. Phone: (205) 934-2139.

Office of Planning and Analysis (aka Institutional Studies and Services): Provides data, info, and analysis related to UAB students, faculty, and staff. Located in Suite 420 of the Administration Building. Call (205) 934-2384 or (205) 934-2090 for more info.

Orientation: Most students’ first look at the college and introduction to the inner workings of UAB.

Original Pancake House, The: A popular breakfast spot in Five Points South that specializes in pancakes, crepes, waffles and omelets. The Original Pancake House is located at 1931 11th Ave. South.


Papa John’s Pizza: A pizza delievery chain that takes BlazerBucks. Located at 1429 11th Ave. South.

Parking and Transportation Services: Oversees anything pertaining to the parking decks and facilities on campus. Campus taxi service can also be reached through them, as can the escort service. Can also secure car/van rentals for UAB functions. Phone: (205) 934-3513. Campus Taxi direct line: (205) 975-TAXI. Car/Van Rental direct line: (205) 975-RENT.

Physical Services: Responsible for security on campus. Contact at (205) 934-3328. See also Keys.

Police Department: Emergency line: (205) 934-3535. Non-emergency: (205) 934-4434.

Pool: Large body of water located on the bottom floor of the Rec Center used for activities such as swimming, water volleyball, water basketball, scuba diving lessons, and white water kayak lessons. The pool also features a whirlpool, a hot tub, a lazy river, and a space for sunbathing.

President: A president is a leader of an organization, company, trade union, university, or country. UAB’s President is Carol Z. Garrison. The current president of the United States is Barack Obama. 2012 is a presidential election year.

Printing/Mail Services: For campus mail, contact the UAB post office at (205) 934-4595. Printing service is available at the HUC and both libraries.

Protest: A protest is an expression of objection, by words or by actions, to particular events, policies or situations. A favorite pastime of politically active students. Several occur on campus each semester.

Provost: The senior academic administrator at many institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Public Health, School of: UAB’s School of Public Health strives to create a community of outstanding scholars and professionals leading innovation in public health, and it is recognized for improving the health of the citizens of Alabama and the world. Departments include Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Care Organizations and Policy, Health Behavior and Maternal and Child Health.

Purchasing department: Where to order school supplies you can’t find on campus. Call (205) 934-4515.

Purple Onion: Located near campus at 17th St. and 10th Ave. The Purple Onion serves American and Mediterranean food and is open 24/7.


Quest: A 24/7 dance club located at 416 24th St. S. Visit for more info.

Quiz: A generally displeasing type of test that teachers give to their students, often without warning.


Racquet ball: Facilities are located at the Campus Recreation Center. For more info, call (205) 934-8224.

Rast Hall: Dorm located near the Commons for undergrads, right across from Blazer Hall.

Renaissance Records: Another quirky independent record store in Five Points South. If you’ve ever wanted to find a copy of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” on vinyl, this is your place.

Resource Center, The: See Employee Assistance Program.

Reynolds Historical Library: Almost more of a museum than a typical library, this unique library features everything from early copies of Benjamin Franklin transcipts to rare scientific books to letters written by George and Martha Washington. Located at 1700 University Blvd.

Rice, Condoleezza: U.S. Secretary of State under the Bush administration after Colin Powell. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

Rifle: A type of gun generally used for hunting, but may also be used by rednecks trying to protect their turf.

Roly Poly: This franchise specializes in sanwiches and wraps at reasonable prices and can be found all over the Brimingham area. The closest to campus is located at 2009 15th Ave South.

Rojo’s: Rojo serves American and Mexican cuisine and is located at 2921 Highland Ave. South, just off campus.

Campus Recreation Center: For all your fitness and entertainment needs. For hours and more information visit

RECFreshment Zone Juice Bar: Located inside of the recreation center, it serves sports drinks and smoothies as well as healthy snacks.


Schaffer’s Crawfish Boil: Massive downtown event that takes place in the early summer. This year’s celebration of food, fun, and music featured the likes of Katy Perry and the All-American Rejects.

Shipping and Recieving on campus: See Warehouse Services.

Sidewalk Film Festival: Another fun summer event highlighting movies and short films both locally and globally. This year’s Festival takes place Sept. 25-27th.

Shuttlesworth, Fred: Civil rights activist who led the Birmingham civil rights movement.

Smolian House: Provides services and activities with a focus on International students. Also provides temporary lodgings for newly arrived students. Located at 1600 10th Avenue South. For more info, call (205) 934-1205.

Spectrum: Arts & Entertainment section of the Kaleidoscope. Check it out for local events, fashion tips, movie, music and game reviews and more!

Snoozy’s Bookstore: An off-campus secondary source for textbooks and school supplies. If Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it, look here or at TextSmart. Located at 1321 10th Ave S. right next to Subway.

Soccer: A sport that involves a person using any part of their body except for their hands to guide a ball into a goal.

Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of: The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences consists of a research-oriented faculty offering both traditional and innovative programs in the arts and sciences. Some ninety faculty members offer the following programs: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Anthropology and Economics.

Sol y Luna: Mexican restaurant located at 2811 7th Ave S.

Starbucks: Located in the newly opened campus location within Sterne Library at 917 South 13th St S. Also located in Five Points South.

Student Services: See Hill University Center (HUC).

Student Health Clinic: Also known as Student Health Services. Located in UAB’s Community Health Services Building on 20th St. near 9th Ave.

Subway: Where to get those five-dollar foot longs so you can live or stop singing about them. Located next to Snoozy’s at 1321 10th Ave S.

Surin: Boasts serving the best Thai food in Alabama. Surin West is located in Five Points South at 1918 11th Ave. S. and Surin 280 is located at 16 Perimeter Park S.


Ted’s Restuarant: Local cuisine with delivery available. Located at 328 12th St S.

Temporary Services: Provides temporary clerical, secretarial, and service-related personel for UAB buildings. Call (205) 934-4030 for more info.

Textsmart Bookstore: Another alternative for school textbooks and supplies off-campus. Located at 1027 11th Pl S.

Ticket Office: Located in the HUC, this is the best place to get tickets for local events and other out-of-town destinations. Also sells discounted movie tickets. It should be noted that events taking place at Bartow Arena or the Alys-Stephens Center should be purchased at those venues. Call (205) 934-8001 for more info.

Track & Field: Be a star.

Travel Services: Assists UAB faculty and students in planning business and vacation arrangements. Includes securing transportation and accommodation and Passport/Visa needs. Call (205) 444-1133 or 1-800-476-2952 toll free for more info.

Tuition: Allows you to go to school. Check out the graph above to see how tuition payments have changed for the upcoming semester.

Twenty-six (26): A swank, bistro-style restarurant in Five Points South located at 1210 20th St. S.


UAB Healthfinder: Hooks UAB students and employees up with the appropriate health services over the phone. Call toll-free at 1-800-UAB-8816, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

UAB Publications: All official publications are overseen by this department, save the magazine (see UAB Reporter below). Call (205) 934-5310 for more info.

UAB Reporter: Magazine for and by the UAB community, published by the Office of Public Relations & Marketing and focusing on the achievements of employees of UAB. The electronic version (the eReporter) is delivered twice a week via email on Blazernet and can also be found at: Call (205) 934-2040 for more info or email at

Ullman Museum: Privately owned museum open by appointment only. Call (205) 934-3328 for more info.

Ultimate Answer Book (UAB): Student poll of favorite local locations, such as restaurants and entertainment.

University of Alabama at Birmingham: The greatest university in the southeast, of course.

University Boulevard Office Building (UBOB): Not to be confused with Billy Bob. Houses the Department of Justice Sciences and is located at 1530 3rd Ave South. Note that it is easy to overlook as it is attached to a parking deck.

University Computer Center (TUCC): Provides assistance for all computer-related information for UAB faculty and students.

UPS Store, The: Located at 130 Wildwood Pkwy No. 108. Where to get up and get down with the sound of… mail.

User Services: See Data Communications.


Vampire: Undead nightmare with a penchant for sucking blood. Recently seen in tween novels and cheesy movies.

Video Production: Provides print ad-related services, as well as video productions. Located within the Office of Public Relations at the Administration Building in suite 1320 701 20th St. South.

Vision Land: The previous name of Alabama Adventures, Alabama’s only amusement park. Located at 5051 Prince St. in Bessemer, AL.

Volker Hall: Home of the MCP Graduate Program, the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and numerous research laboratories. Located at 1670 University Boulevard near Lister Hill Library for the Health Sciences.


Warehouse Services: Ships and receives most items intended for delivery on and off campus from UAB. Storage is also available. Call (205) 975-4454.

West Campus Field: Home of Blazer soccer located on the – you guessed it – west edge of campus. It is located near the Business and Engineering Complex, tennis courts and baseball field.


X-rays: UAB is a medical school. There are multiple opportunties and locations to recieve x-rays. A good place to start is the Student Health Clinic.

Xylophone: A percussion instrument similar to a keyboard in use. Played with soft mallets.


Y: the Spanish word for ‘and.’

Y’all: A distinctively southern contraction used for “you all.” Depending on dialect, it is sometimes pronounced with multiple syllables.

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA): (1) A popular Village People song that reached #2 on the American song chart in 1979 about the good things the YMCA offers. (2) Recreational facilities, many of which are designed as family friendly locations, located throughout Birmingham and the country. It’s motto is “to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” The two closest locations are the Downtown Family Branch located at 321 21st St. N. and the Mountainbrook YMCA located at 2401 20th Place S.

Youtube: “Broadcast Yourself.” UAB offers several YouTube channels, and so does the rest of the world.


Zen: A popular hip/hop nightclub located at 2025 Morris Ave. Also the term for a meditative state. Something impossible to achieve while studying for finals.

Zombie: A reanimated corpse with a thirst for brains.

Zydeco: A bar and nightclub in Five Points South that features dance, electronic and have-been-a-little-famous-and-now-are-not rock bands. It is located 2001 15th Avenue S.

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