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Oktoberfest: Birmingham Edition

9/14/2012

Between September 22nd-October 7th, raise your glass and shout out the German equivalent of "Cheers,"--"Prost!"--for Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest is an annual festival that has been celebrated in Munich for over 200 years; however, cities around the world hold celebrations modeled after the Munich event.

In all honesty, I thought the Oktoberfest was solely an excuse to drink and boost the profits of German beer. Although in recent years, the festivity has served over 7 million liters of Oktoberfest Beer in Munich alone, Oktoberfest originated as a festival to celebrate the royal marriage of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

The 16-day festival grew over the years to include horse racing, an agricultural show, carnival booths, musicians, and beer halls.

In Birmingham, what better way is there to celebrate than to stop by the the German bar, Das Haus?

Das Haus has an impressive selection of 65+ beers, including authentic German brews such as the Oktoberfest beer. In addition the employees wearing traditional German attire and the Haus blasting German tunes, the local bar offers language classes at beginner and slightly advanced levels.

This year, several Birmingham venues are participating in Oktoberfest:

Das Haus
September 13-15
Das Haus will have the traditional Oktoberfest beer, authentic German food, and music to celebrate.

Avondale Brewing Company
October 4, 2012 ($30 online/$35 at the door)
Avondale Brewing Company will celebrate with a night of beer, brats, and music to support homeless families through the work of Birmingham Hospitality Network. The music will be played by Rollin' In The Hay.

The Truth About Roofies

9/2/2012

George Jean Nathan once said, “I only drink to make other people seem interesting."

Unfortunately, that "lady" or "gent" next to you in the bar agrees; and, some will go the extra mile to ensure that you will be as interesting as they want you to be.

I don't mean to be your mother or life coach, but I'm taking a stab at my first science-meets-sociology article to pull a reluctant issue to the surface: Spiking drinks. It has become a common trend for these demographics:
1. Birmingham party and venue-goers
2. College students
3. Strong, independent males AND females

If you're reading this, you probably encompass 2/3 if not all 3 of those characteristics.

In the past month, three of my friends (2 being males, may I add) have been "roofied"—a term used for someone who has unwillingly ingested Rohypnol, a "rape drug" that in combination with alcohol causes adverse effects that lead to toxicity and death.

Side effects include sedation, muscle relaxation, paranoia, decreased blood pressure, confusion, impaired cognitive skills, dilated pupils, and moments of extreme adrenaline.

Affect-effects, from what I've heard, feel like "the worst hangover of my entire life. It lasted for days. I wanted to sleep through it all, and even when I did, I still felt drowsy."

Other after-effects include impaired psychomotor and cognitive functions, increased risk of falls, piercing headaches, urinary retention, gastrointestinal disturbances, and dehydration.

USGA Mixer

4/22/2012

This week, UAB Undergraduate Student Graduate Association (USGA) will host its first event of the 2012-2013 academic year, the "Meet Your New USGA Representatives" Mixer. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Blazer RLC.

"We would like to show all our supporters, friends, and fellow Blazers that we really appreciate everything you do. We are all working toward a common goal: improving UAB for all students!" says Adrian Jones, USGA President-elect.

This event will give the student body an opportunity to express what they would like to see the USGA accomplish for the upcoming year in an informal environment. There will be free food, drinks, games and music. Attend the event for an opportunity to pie your most beloved or most despised USGA member. Casual Attire is recommended.

For more information on UAB's USGA, please visit http://www.uab.edu/usga/.

UAB Assists in Autism Research

4/21/2012

 

The Alabama Senate voted 32-0 for legislation earlier this month, in favor for private insurance companies to offer more health coverage for autism treatment, according to Bama Hager, parent advocate for the Autism Bill and Policy Advisor of the Autism Society of Alabama. 

The Alabama Autism Insurance Bill will assist families with certain private insurance companies to cover speech therapy and occupational therapy for Autistic kids who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 9 years and younger. 

“Of course, Autism doesn’t end at 9 years old, but the bill we were able to pass covers the important, early years of ASD treatment,” says Hager. 

UAB is assisting with Autism research by pairing up with the Center for Disease Control to gather statistics for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

National LBGT Day of Silence

4/17/2012

What?: National Day of Silence
For?: To protest the silence faced by LGBT people and their allies
When?: Friday, April 20th, 2012
Where?: Across the nation
Sponsored by: GSSA and USGA

The HerCampus group at UAB is surrounded by LGBTs (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders) daily, whether they are friends, family, colleagues, or co-workers. We strongly support the Day of Silence cause where students across the nation participate by not speaking for a day. The GSSA has created buttons that will be handed out in front of the HUC on April 20th from 11:00-3:00 and small informational sheets to display to those who question why you are remaining silent.

This is near and dear to Her Campus UAB's heart. Several of our featured Campus Cuties and Campus Celebrities are LGBTs, and we ask that our open-minded readers support this cause! If you are unable to participate (due to work, presentations, etc.), you may still wear a pin, thank a LGBT for his/her braveness, and/or wear rainbow attire. 

For more information on supporting LBGT, or if you're LBTQ, check out UAB Safe Zone. 

Spring...and Allergies Are Here!

4/14/2012

Tip for pollen allergies: Purchase some local honey and take 2 tablespoons a day to prevent pollen allergies. Why? Local honey has small amounts of pollen in the mix that will act as an immunity factor for when the hardcore pollen starts to infiltrate Birmingham. 

 

S.A.L.S.A Event in the Mini Park

3/30/2012

Yesterday, S.A.L.S.A hosted this event in the UAB mini park. Anywhere that has a Dora the Explorer bouncy castle and a pinata is good in our book. 

President Adrian Jones Dishes on his Campaign, the Ladies, and How to Dress for Success

3/15/2012

Name: Adrian Jones
Year: Junior
Major: Pre-med; Physics
Age: 21
Hometown: Marion, AL
Activities: USGA President, Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., member of the Campus Planning Committee, former Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Meet your USGA President for the 2012 school year, collegiates. He’s intelligent, has humility, knows that chivalry hasn’t died out, and he’s single. What more could you want in a guy and representative for the UAB student body?
“I’m a very approachable person. I want people to feel comfortable coming up to me. I’m versatile in an adaptable way.”
-Jones

HC: Congratulations on your new position as UAB’s USGA President! Are you excited, or what?
AJ: Thank you! I’m very excited. I’m excited to create a link between the student body and administrators. I’m excited to meet students that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet. Yes, I’m excited.

HC: Trust us, this is a laid-back interview. I’m going to ask you questions like, “Are you single? How do you stay focused with your beautiful Vice President, Katie Crawford?” So, are you single?
AJ: *Laughs.* Eh...well, I guess it’s safe to say that I’m single.

HC: How do you feel about your VP, Katie Crawford?
AJ: I’m very excited to work to work with her. She won the election while she was in Spain, and we’ve already talked about some plans that I want to implement. We have a very professional relationship.

Five Worthy Study Spots Outside of UAB

3/10/2012

WiFi, Food/Drinks, & A Chill Study Spot: All a College Kid Needs...So we've compiled the best ones (other than Club Sterne) in the Bham area. Get your study on!

 

Books, Beans, & Candles: Alabama's Largest Metaphysical Coffee Shoppe

Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sun. 12 p.m. – 7p.m.

Biking Distance

Tired of the conventional coffee shop? Drive a little farther down on 20th street south, past Five Points, and you'll see this new age coffee shop on your right. Books, Beans, & Candles offers belly dancing, martial arts, Wicca classes, and psychic readings. If you're easily distracted, this might not be the place for you; however, if you are open-minded and curious about Birmingham's spiritual clique, I cannot recommend a better place for you. 

The renovated, two-story house has an herb room (yes, for all your cooking, gardening, and recreational needs), the psychic's room, a store, and—what you've been waiting for—a study lounge! Surprisingly, the study lounge is spacious and comfortable. Personally, I can't think of anything better than a freshly brewed coffee, the earthy aroma from a burning incense, and a comfy couch in a bookstore that offers free Wi-Fi. 

Quick Tip: The top-level "bathroom" is creepy. It only has a bathtub in it. It creeps me out…enter at your own risk.

Pros: WiFi, Great for the curious, Comfortable, Support for local business, Supplies

The Deal Behind GASP

3/3/2012