- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
VIEWPOINT: An Eye Sore on the Green
Last semester it seemed that once a week I would get asked by a passing car, “excuse me, where is the HUC?” Though questions were at times a nuisance, introducing another to the familiar sight of the Hill University Center was something I did willingly. Now with the closing and planned demolition of a city block, I lament the loss of a familiar block of UAB.
From the first tours of the campus, the HUC stood as a ready hub of student activity. To the west, one found the Alumni Auditorium, campus information desk and student services. The middle housed a café framed by hundreds of flags overhead, a reminder of the diversity on campus and visual queue for campus tour guides to brag about; and Barnes and Noble, now moved blocks behind Bartow arena. Finally, the east wing housed a few places to grab a quick bite to eat.
At the start of school, hundreds of students, mostly freshman, stand in line in Barnes and Noble to pick up an overpriced book. Upperclassman mill about, seeking the one textbook that could not be pirated or bought off of Amazon. Each day around lunch, the building reached its vivacious peak of foot traffic as hungry hundreds milled towards the east side of the building, lured by aroma of hot fryers and Chic-Fil-A.
Now, the building lies silent. However, its death happened peculiarly. The flurry of renovations that characterized the last years of the building’s life seems poorly advised in light of its impending demolition. The loss of Jazzeman’s for a Starbucks café struck many as strange. Why spend money filling in the sunken theater and dismantling the best smoothie place on campus only to tear down the building? Additionally, what will replace the plethora of fast food options that fed the hungry masses? Rumors of food trucks on the green are vague at best. Will they accept meal plans? Will there trucks from around town or will it simply be the same campus fare rather than Mexican food trucks or Cantina?
For the next year, UAB’s campus will missing its central hub. The yawning void off of 8th Avenue stands as a promise of good things to come. In the mean time, an eye sore stands near the green.