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THE TRUTH From the Free Women of the World

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FROM THE EDITOR Most of us have experienced that moment of regret after hesitation. How do situations change when we act instead of simply watching or when we speak up instead of keeping silent? How far goes the significance of a simple push? As our ability to network and share information with one another surges, our awareness of the different forces at work in our lives rises as well. Yet despite our increased ability to connect across communities and classes, many of these forces still seem to remain beyond our reach. Our perception matters much more than we think.

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As much of a protest year as it was an election year, 2016 showed us above all that our contributions often make more of a difference than we think they do. Many of us could stand to have a higher appreciation of our own potential. So what can we do to push? Protest. Tweet. Write an article. Vote. Use your eyes, use your mind and then, use your voice. Even when we have limited resources, we all have the right and the potential to become a force in our own right. infUSion magazine remains dedicated to pushing forward the voices that are often suppressed or drowned out. Enjoy “Push,� the Fall 2016 issue of infUSion magazine.

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CONTENTS VOLUME 14 ISSUE 1 : PUSH infusionmagazine.com

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FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT

BEAUTY

08 The Evolution of the

18 Film and Pushing

Uncomfortable Dialogue

26 Henna: A Stain You’ll Want to Keep

10 Truths from the Free Women of the World

20 Webs of Controversy

28 Let Your Winged

Student Loan Epidemic

12 Minority Women at UGA

22 Hashtaging to Make a Difference

14 Pushing to End

Eyeliner Give You Wings to Fly

30 The All Women Project: A Call for Diversity in the Fashion Industry

Homelessness in Athens

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SPORTS AND HEALTH

34 ARTist

42 Athletes and Their Majors

36 How Social Networking

44 A Deeper Look into Concussions:

38 Putting Yourself Out There

46 Athlete or Spokesperson?

is Making Our Lives Harder

Can the Brain take it?

50 Top Health Issues Facing College Students and How to Combat Them.

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE STUDENT LOAN EPIDEMIC 6

by jennifer gallucci


In the 1970s, working a few hours a week at a local ice cream shop over the summer could put a student through a semester of college. Since then, college costs and fees have increased 1,120 percent, shattering the hopes of some upcoming scholars, especially minorities or first generation college students, to graduate debt free. Many college graduates who were able to pay their way through college by working part-time argue that a simple solution for the student loan debt epidemic is part-time employment. In fact, keeping a part-time job throughout college may benefit students in more than one way. Researchers say that students who work 10 to 15 hours per week are actually more likely to earn a degree and learn important time management skills. However, today, the number of students who work in college is increasing, but the percentage of students taking out loans, and the size on these loans, is also increasing. Between 2005 and 2012, the percentage of students taking out student loans increased 66 percent. The average student loan debt after graduating from a four-year public college is now up to $24,803, a 49 percent increase since 2005 (The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 charts). Even a working student with a starter level full-time job would earn around $15,000 a year, which is only enough to pay half the average tuition price at a private institution. While the concept of the working college student paying his or her way through college was attainable in 1975, when tuition and fees for a four-year public institution was just under $3,000, rising costs have made it an increasingly difficult feat for the average college student in 2016 (National Center for Education Statistics - The Cost of Higher Education). For many first generation college students and/or students of color, the dream of a debt-free education remains exactly that–a dream. In 2013, 42 percent of African-Americans students had student loans, but only 28 percent of white students did. The reason for this discrepancy can be accounted for by a few key factors: we still live in a racially polarized world and the increasing wealth gap between white people and people of color. While the income gap in America, (keeping in mind that income consists of an individual’s salary only) is closing, the wealth gap is steadily increasing. Wealth includes resources, connections and money accumulated over generations, and takes tangible and intangible assets into account. According to the Pew Research Center, the average net worth for an African-American family is $11,000 whereas for a white family it is $141,100. For example, the median adjusted household income for African-American families is $43,300, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. In contrast, the median

adjusted household income for white families is $71,300. These numbers are significant because a white family and an African-American family can have the same income, but drastically different financial situations, which in turn affects how they may pay for college. Though segregation in schools was outlawed in 1954, America’s schools today remain racially polarized. Studies show that in about half of the largest 100 cities, most African-American and Latino students attend schools where at least 75 percent of all students qualify as poor or low-income under federal guidelines (The concentration of Poverty in American Schools). In addition, three-fourths of non-white students, compared to only one third of white students, attend schools where the majority of their classmates qualify as low income. It is also common for schools in cities to have a college readiness rate of five to six percent for African-American and Latino children (The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools). With these factors combined, students of color are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing educational resources that would help them get admitted into college in the first place. It should also be noted that white college graduates with four-year degrees also tend to outearn their black and Latino counterparts. This makes it significantly more difficult for college graduates of color to pay off student loan debt. For the illegal immigrant in America, the pathway to a degree consists of many obstacles as well. Georgia is the second state, after South Carolina, to enact a law barring illegal immigrants from attending the top five universities in the state (Five Public Colleges in Georgia Ban Illegal Immigrant Students). This ban applies to the University of Georgia. In addition, upon obtaining admission into a public college, illegal immigrants often times receive little to no financial aid due to their status. In response to this injustice, some colleges have taken action. Such institutions, specifically in the southwest, have funded scholarships specifically for illegal immigrants. Despite some recent changes, the financial burden that often comes hand in hand with obtaining a higher education is daunting for many illegal immigrants. Obtaining a college degree is part of the American dream. It is something that many students are taught to aspire to early on in their schooling. However, these students are unaware that two out of three of their college classmates will have $25,000 in loan debt. The student loan epidemic is something that often times hits minorities and illegal immigrants harder than white people, and is definitely an increasingly urgent issue for college students in today’s society.

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TRUTHS FROM THE FREE WOMEN OF THE WORLD

by jamia kenan illustration by kalah mingo

On the second floor of Grady College lies a room filled with literary gems. Artwork of Zora Neale Hurston fill the walls. It’s as if the Harlem Renaissance and the descendants of the movement burst onto the walls. A “Carmen Jones” poster and a painting of flowers complements the planes of the office. One of the flowers is green, which seems fitting as a nearby photo of a women with long dreadlocks embraces literary great, Alice Walker, in a firm hug. That woman is the Valerie Boyd. Boyd is a University of Georgia associate professor, journalist, cultural critic and author. Before coming to UGA in 2004, Boyd worked as the arts editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She came to the university in order to nurture young writers. Best known for her critically acclaimed biography, “Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston,” she is now tackling her next nonfiction work “Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker.” Similar to Walker, who discovered Hurston’s unmarked grave in 1973, Boyd greatly admired Hurston’s writing. She was introduced to “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, Hurston’s most famous novel, during her freshman year at Northwestern. “I was just blown away by Janie’s story and I felt a real kinship with her,” Boyd says. “I felt like she reminded me of my grandmother. My grandmother was a sharecropper in Alabama, so I knew some of that black Southern experience. I felt like Hurston captured that beautifully in her book, but also as an aspiring writer I was really interested in Hurston and kind of mad that I hadn’t heard of her before then. Why hadn’t I been reading her all my life?” Since Boyd was so drawn to Hurston, she began reading everything about and written by the Harlem Renaissance great. Boyd describes Hurston as a “literary grandmother.”

“I think of Alice Walker as a literary mother. Someone like Alice Walker thinks of [Hurston] as a literacy mother. For me, Hurston was a literary grandmother and so I felt this strong connection with her,” Boyd says. “I became a big Zora head. I had the T-shirts, coffee mugs, all that stuff. I was really just a big fan.” After undergrad, Boyd continued to be a Hurston fan. In 1989, Boyd went to the first Zora Neale Hurston festival in Eatonville, Florida, Hurston’s hometown, and returned to the celebration every year. At the 1994 festival, the idea for Boyd’s future book was illuminated. Robert Hemingway, who wrote a Hurston biography in 1977, called for a new biography to be written during a talk that Boyd claims changed her life. “In his talk he said [the new biography] needs to be written by a black woman. He felt like there were things that he missed in writing about Hurston’s life because it was a man writing about a woman, because he was a white American writing about an African American. I felt like ‘Oh my God, that’s me’. I felt really called to do that,” Boyd says. Boyd followed her calling and spend six years researching and writing “Wrapped in Rainbows”. Boyd believes the skills she learned as a journalist prepared her for writing a biography. She says, “I had to do archival research. I have copies of about 600 letters that she wrote to various people. They are in archives across the country. I had to go around and dig through those letters and archives. I had to interview people who were still alive who knew her and get their impressions of her.” Boyd’s work with Hurston’s life led her to connecting with Walker. Yet, it was developing a relationship with Walker over the years that led to editing the journals. At first, Boyd notes that she was also once like many readers a “trembling fan” of Walker and went to book


signings whenever the author visited Atlanta. Spelman professor and classmate to Walker, Beverly Guy-Sheftall introduced the two writers because she was Boyd’s mentor. Guy-Sheftall put Boyd in touch with Walker at a Spelman event. “I told her that I was working on the biography of Zora Neale Hurston. She touched my face and said ‘Bless you my child’,” Boyd recalls. Every time Walker visited Atlanta, Boyd spent time with her. “I would get an opportunity to just see her in a small group, have dinner with her, or something like that. She would also ask about the progress of the book and she was very supportive throughout the process,” Boyd says. When “Wrapped in Rainbows” was finally complete, Walker loved it and wrote an afterword for the biography. A few years ago, Boyd interviewed Walker at an Emory event. Boyd’s friend, who was a journalist at CNN, asked Boyd if she could help set up an interview. Since the interview was last minute, Boyd sat in on the conversation, which she says she didn’t do normally. During the interview, Walker mentioned that she had to go to Emory to get her journals because she wanted to create a collection, but they were very difficult to read through. “She has more than 50 years of journals as a part of her papers. Because I was sitting in on the interview, I said ‘Why are you doing that yourself? Maybe you should have someone helping you with that’,” Boyd explains. “Alice said ‘I would love to have someone help me with that. Who could I get to do that’?” Boyd said she would love to help Walker and she began editing her journals. Boyd has been reading, decoding Walker’s handwriting, and transcribing all of the journals with the help of a graduate assistant. She has been working on the project for about three years. Despite the long process, Boyd enjoys the challenges of writing what she calls, factual literature or narrative nonfiction. “I love nonfiction because nonfiction combines the research skills of the journalist with the creative literary skills of the novelist. We’re trying to write stories in a way that they are so engaging that they rise to the level of literature but they’re all factual.” Boyd’s devotion to facts in her work makes writing more challenging as well. “With narrative nonfiction, you have to be true to the facts. You can’t just write ‘Her eyes were blue’ instead of green because that sounds better. It has to be based on real reporting and research, which is kind of like trying to be creative while wearing handcuffs. There’s something about that really appeals to me: to stick with the facts

but still make it beautiful.” The title “Gathering Blossoms Under Fire” comes from one of Walker’s poems, “While Love is Unfashionable”. The poem is about seeking beauty even in a world of negativity. “Even when people are shooting at you, you’re still picking flowers. I love that image from her poem because I feel like that’s what Alice Walker has done her whole life. She’s always turned our eyes to the beauty in the world, even when terrible things are going on and things are politically rough.” After curating Walker’s journals, Boyd plans to write a book on Angela Davis entitled, “Until Victory: The Trial of Angela Davis: The Making of a Public Revolutionary”. The book will focus on Davis’s life from 1970 to 1972 after she was charged with several counts for an incident in California and became a fugitive. “There was an FBI man-hunt after her. She was captured and arrested and put on trial. I’m going to write a book that tells that story,” she says. Boyd is excited about the book because she feels that although Davis is a well known figure, many don’t know the true story about what pushed her name and image into the national spotlight. “[People] know the iconic Afro but they don’t really know what all that was about. I didn’t fully know [what Davis was famous for] until I really started looking into it. I’m writing a book that tells us the real story,” she says. A common theme arises among all of Boyd’s work: the narratives of black women. Illustrating the lives of black women in a truthful, compelling way is Boyd’s life work. She is specifically interested in writing about black women who have changed America in the 20th and 21st century. Many of these same women Boyd says have influenced the women she is today. She believes these influential women don’t always get the attention and voice they need in the world. “Part of my role is to help bring their voice into the national conversation, especially to new generations of readers,” she says. “My life’s work is to keep those voices alive and keep those voices in the ears of the younger generations so they know who these women are and know how they have paved a path. It shows [girls] that you can also be a free woman in the world. I feel like for me, they have been extraordinary examples of how to be a free black woman in the world.” With her creative hand and dedication to the hidden accounts of literary mothers, activists and more Boyd proves to be an honest example of a free black woman as well.

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MINORITY WOMEN AT UGA by courtney thompson

photo by john james

The University of Georgia is one of the oldest public universities in the nation and there has been a growing amount of diversity in its student body over the years. Currently, minorities at UGA make up about 26 percent of the student body and about half of these students are women. The average student deals with stress and grades, but these women may also encounter obstacles dealing with racism and sexism. How does a minority woman at a predominately white institution remain positive and focused despite the fact that there are times when she may feel misunderstood, overshadowed, or even helpless? Magali Lapu, a second year student majoring Foreign Affairs and French, studied abroad in France last summer. Her experience studying in France differed in some ways from her experiences on UGA’s campus. She enjoyed her time studying in France, but some parts of the trip frustrated her. She says that people in France, of all races, used the n-word more gingerly than in the U.S. because it does not have the same connotation. “In France, I noticed, there was no censor in public of the n-word, which was kind of a culture shock. No one thinks anything of it,” Lapu says. 10

Some of her conversations with French people forced her into an unwanted role of being a spokesperson. “You have to defend your country, but you also have to defend your race and your culture,” she says. “It’s like I’m the spokesperson for the United States and black culture.” Dr. Diane Batts Morrow works as an associate professor of history and African-American Studies. As an African-American woman and professor, her experience is quite unique. Dr. Batts Morrow began teaching at UGA during the fall of 1996. She explained that UGA has changed over the years in terms of trying to attract more minority students, as well as minority professors. She loves being an African-American female professor for numerous reasons, and her identity plays a unique role in the way that she approaches teaching. “I identify completely as an African-American woman,” Dr. Batts Morrow remarks. “I am delighted to be able to teach because in some respects, I am who I am teaching about. It gives me a vested personal interest; the scholarship is vast.” Dr. Batts Morrow has been delighted to see how broad and expansive scholarship of the African-American


experience has become over her last 20 years of teaching at UGA. She is aware of how her experience as a AfricanAmerican and a woman have shaped how she processes information and views experiences as opposed to how her white male counterpart would. She thinks her unique perspective enhances her role as an academic. Though she has dealt with some obstacles because of her race and gender as a professor at UGA, she takes these obstacles in stride. “I always strive for high standards of professionalism. I know that I have responsibilities as a professor to present as many sides as I can, as fairly as I can,” she says. Diversity is an important aspect of the college experience, and UGA seems to be taking this issue seriously. Places like the Intersection at the Tate Student Center provide an outlet for underrepresented groups to feel safe and included. There is also a growing number of organizations targeted to minority and underrepresented students for membership. Organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association, Multiracial Student Association, and Black Educational Support Team, among other entities are helpful ways to help provide minorities with more ways to express themselves freely, which is always beneficial. Monica Cristina Ceron, a fifth year business management student, believes that her identity as a Latina student significantly impacts the way that she navigates campus. “I definitely think that my race and gender have navigated me to most specifically to the organizations I’m involved in,” Ceron says. Ceron has been involved in organizations such as Student Government Association, Hispanic Student

Association, and Dawg Camp. She has most recently cofounded a student human resources organization with other women of color. She says that her identity as a woman of color has lead her to an interest in HR in general. Ceron handles adversity well, and says that being vocal about racism and sexism helps her deal with it. “I have been very much motivated by being the only Latina and only girl in situations, and pushing myself to have my voice heard will allow someone who is also a female and a minority [say] ‘I can do that,” Ceron says. There are times when minorities may feel that they do not fit in at predominantly white institutions. The women offer advice to minority women who may have trouble fitting in. “Go to a couple of meetings, volunteer, sometimes joining groups with similar interests can give you a sense of belonging. One of the best ways is to involve yourself and be active,” Batts Morrow says . Lapu suggests, “Try to find a supportive group of women, regardless of their race. I think that is kind of easy to fall into the cycle of staying within your own community. Expose yourself to different parts of campus, but make sure you’re still comfortable within those spaces.” Minority women at UGA have a wide variety of experiences during their time on campus, and these experiences deserve to be documented. These women are able to overcome obstacles and continue to succeed. They are involved in a plethora of organizations, and their dedication to improving UGA is appreciated.

3.3% MULTIRACIAL

UGA ENROLLEMENT BY RACE/ ETHNICITY 72.1% WHITE

0.1% AMERICAN INDIAN/ ALASKAN NATIVE

0.8% UNKNOWN

9.2% ASIAN 7.5% BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN 5.2% HISPANIC/ LATINO

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PUSHING TO END HOMELESSNESS IN ATHENS by amy pan

Poverty, homelessness, instability. These issues run rampant in the Athens area, but many students at the University of Georgia seem to remain oblivious. A school as vast as UGA is almost its own dynamic world, separate from the greater Athens community. Inevitably, it is easy to become caught up in the university’s little bubble, so it is no surprise that students often forget about the issues that plague the rest of their community. While much of the Athens population is comprised of college students with a fairly high standard of living, Clarke County’s population of homeless individuals is almost twice as high as the national rate. According to the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, there are 33 percent of residents living under the poverty line. More specifically, Athens has a homeless rate of 21 homeless people per 10,000 residents, compared to Atlanta’s 13 per 10,000. This disparity is largely due to the lack of affordable and safe housing in the college area. As students continuously move in and out of Athens, their high demand for housing drives up rent costs, making it difficult for those with lower incomes to find affordable options. Yet, many UGA students are unaware of this problem right outside their front door. It is true that the university is somewhat shielded from the rest of the community, and for those living in the dorms, it is possible to finish the year without ever really stepping foot off of campus. Even students who have moved off-campus tend to stay isolated by remaining clustered in student apartments or neighborhoods. Most students who have gone downtown have seen two or three, if not more, homeless people on the street, but they may not realize the larger problem that encompasses the Athens-Clarke County area. Two new service groups on campus this year are 12

pushing to change that. Sydney McCall, a fourth year health promotion major, felt the need to bridge this disconnect when she started the organization, Community Restoration. The group’s goal is to reach out to the homeless by providing hygiene kits and professional attire to those in need in the Athens-Clarke County area. The idea for the club first came about during McCall’s time in Tate Leadership Scholars, an organization that allows students to pursue their own “passion projects.” Past experience working with the homeless through church and school led McCall to center her project on creating a similar service organization in Athens. McCall recruited Lillian Russo, a fellow senior studying health promotions, as vice president. Both agree that through their major, they have learned more about the extreme poverty in the Athens area and brainstormed ways to help. “The reason we chose professional attire is because we think that’s one of the core needs of the homeless population in Athens. There are many organizations that provide food to the homeless, but we are trying to get to the root of the issue,” Russo says. McCall adds, “Of course food is a necessity, but it’s more of a one-time thing. As college students, we know that if we go into an interview without proper attire, we probably won’t get the job.” McCall and Russo agree that with professional attire, a huge aspect is the empowerment of the homeless population. “If someone looks at you and you don’t get a job because of the way you look, that can be so discouraging. It’s more of just the desire to go out and think that you can do it. So we just want to provide the resources, encouragement and empowerment. Those are probably our three big things,” Russo says.


Both McCall and Russo are motivated by their past interactions with the homeless population. In high school, McCall worked with an organization, Seven Bridges to Recovery, which allows volunteers to pass out lunches to the homeless, pray with them and hear their stories. “It’s so important to talk to people and let them talk to you...because when they’re out there alone, and they’re treated so badly and just looked at as less than, it’s so comforting to know there’s someone there who sees you as a person,” McCall explains. “We want to bring that aspect to our organization as well—relationship building.” Russo, on the other hand, volunteered with Atlanta Union Mission, a drug rehabilitation center for men. “After being able to serve the Atlanta community, we came back to Athens and realized there were a lot of service opportunities in Atlanta, so we reflected on what we could do here,” she says. An emphasis on service drives McCall and Russo to encourage their members to volunteer as a group at other organizations. Community Restoration plans to collaborate on a work development program this semester with Action Ministries downtown, helping impoverished people find jobs, prepare for interviews and

maintain jobs. They also plan to volunteer as a group at Action Ministries during mealtimes, bussing tables and interacting with the homeless there. Other goals for the semester include working with the local food bank and fundraising for professional attire and other supplies through percentage nights and bake sales. Community Restoration also hopes to work with Sparrow’s Nest on Prince Avenue, another organization that caters to the homeless, on the Keep Warm Project, a clothing drive that provides Athens with winter wear. They also hope to bond as a group and recruit more UGA students with similar goals. “You can’t just go out and serve these people alone,” Russo says. “It’s got to be a group effort.” Home-Working Together for a Change (Home-WTFC), another new service group on campus, has the same idea. The organization strives to provide aid in any form to homeless individuals in Athens. Founder and President Jahnavi Parikh, a second year studying psychology and neuroscience, says that the idea for the group was born after she walked downtown and witnessed the rate of homelessness. She stopped to take

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they’re people just like us

the time to engage in an hour-long conversation with one man, which further inspired her to take action. “Talking to him made me realize how much people dehumanize the homeless and neglect them—they’re people just like us,” Parikh says. Parikh has always been invested in helping the homeless in Athens, often going downtown to buy them meals. She hopes that Home-WTFC will raise awareness and prompt more students to do the same. Parikh says Home-WTFC is different from other service groups on campus because it is a chapter of the nonprofit, Working Together For Change, based in Atlanta. Parikh hopes to bring some of the nonprofit’s positive impact to Athens. For this semester, Home-WTFC is primarily focused on recruiting motivated students and getting the message out wherever they can. Like Community Restoration, they are working on a clothing drive, hoping to gather enough clothing by the winter months to help the homeless population survive through the cold. At the beginning of the school year, Home-WTFC put on “Water Gun Fun Run,” a 5K that donated all proceeds towards a scholarship for a homeless shelter. Parikh looks forward to the club’s upcoming events, including a philanthropy event with the fraternity, Chi Psi, a “backpack-athon,” and a movie night collaboration with University Union. Parikh believes that UGA students can often be oblivious to the issue of homelessness because they are living within a bubble. “People only notice the affluence of this university,” she says. “They don’t realize that Athens as a town is one of the most impoverished ones in America...and that the largest homeless demographic are those between the ages of 18 and 24.” Parikh emphasizes that lack of awareness is the main problem, and once these statistics are made known, it hits a lot closer to home. After students are made aware, it is then important to capitalize on this awareness and promote change. Community Restoration and Home-WTFC are both instances of students taking initiative to bridge an important divide. Any and all students seeking to help the less fortunate are encouraged to join the mission. Parikh sums it up best, saying, “It becomes a duty to give back to the town we live in...just go downtown and smile and acknowledge the people there, talk to them—even that makes all the difference.” As members of the Athens community, we have a responsibility to help other residents crippled by extreme poverty and vulnerability, in order to help build a better city, community and world.

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by veronica ogbe

illustration by jocelyn james

As the famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow said, “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety.” Despite its long fight for growth, the United States has managed to step back into safety. We now sit in sections of comfort, whether it be the comfort of religion, sex or class. But, more commonly, we have created racial safety nets in our country. Differences between races can obviously be seen. Unlike differences, similarities require more digging, and for the United States to outweigh differences with similarities, we need to step out of our comfort zones and become uncomfortable. This need can be exemplified through two suitable films: “Dear White People” and “Straight Outta Compton.” They both depict how our country needs to improve, but also what we’ve achieved so far. How does the subject of discomfort stay alive in a nation that has already put it in a coffin underground, and how do “Dear White People” and “Straight Outta Compton” manage to create space for us to breathe and to be okay with being uncomfortable ? The answer is really all a learning experience. We live through different experiences daily, and movies can create learning experiences for more than just one or a few people. “Dear White People” did just that. Although the storyline was choppy and hard to understand, a valid point was still made about current issues for black people, particularly those who share spaces,


like universities, with white people. The title also helped capture the interest of potential white viewers who might want to learn about this from the perspectives of black Americans. Because of the perspective this movie displayed, it prompted discomfort amongst its viewers. One conflict between white and black students in the film that is embedded in a larger discussion occurs when a group of white students on the campus of Winchester University decide to hold a blackface party. Because this is a party where white students use theatrical makeup to caricaturize black people, they were confronted by black students in an encounter that soon turned into a brawl. “Straight Outta Compton” also portrays conflict between black and white people. The movie shows that black people in the United States deal with many of the same issues today that they faced in the past, especially police brutality. Many of the publicized modern-day police encounters ending in fatalities include later claims from the officer of the victims appearing “suspicious” or “up to no good.” A similar situation is portrayed in “Straight Outta Compton” when members of the music group NWA were confronted by police despite doing nothing to cause suspicion. Eventually, the officers in the film called them “gangsters” and “the type to carry drugs.” This makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it is hard to accept that there are people in this country that are fueled by stereotypes and act with racist

intent. Many are unsure how to communicate their thoughts on this issue without feeling intimidated or uneducated. Even without knowing much about the history or the recent experiences of black people, there is always a way to take a stand, as long as people are willing to get uncomfortable. In “Straight Outta Compton,” Jerry Heller, NWA’s manager, was willing to stand up for his clients during the incident. His willingness to be uncomfortable during this situation helped keep the tension at a lower standard between NWA and the police officers. This could be a very precarious moment, especially when it comes to standing up against authority. People should be willing to stand against wrongdoing no matter their race, and this movie did a great job on making it clear to fight against what is wrong, while also opening the eyes of many viewers to this subject. Overall, good or bad, we as a nation need to create new achievements by intentionally entering situations or conversations that will establish discomfort. These conversations can be crafted best through the creative storylines of movies and television shows that bring up situations and struggles of blacks and other minorities. If this is taken into consideration, more controversial issues will be understood and our nation can bond closer together instead of dividing apart.

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by rebecca mackleprang photo by chen pan liao

The newest “Spider-Man” installment is facing controversy amid anticipation. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko from the 1962 Marvel comic book series, the web-slinging superhero has made many appearances on the small and large screen since his debut. The most well-known film adaptation is perhaps the 2002 movie trilogy by Marvel Entertainment, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Marvel Enterprises also released “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012 and its sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in 2014, both of which starred Andrew Garfield in the titular role and Emma Stone as the female lead of Gwen Stacey. However, the most recent cinematic incarnation of this much-loved superhero was in “Captain America: Civil War,” where Spider-Man, played by the young actor Tom Holland, joined the Avengers for the first time on the big screen. Following tremendous box office support of the film, Tom Holland will be reprising his role in the upcoming film “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which is set to be released July 7, 2017. It will be directed by Jon Watts, who is known for his previous films “Cop Car” and “Clown.” Holland is best known for the film “The Impossible,” which he starred in alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. His other films include “How I Live Now” and “Heart of the Sea.” However, it is the casting of two other important characters in the new Spider-Man movie that have stirred up the most controversy. Actress and singer, Zendaya, will star alongside Holland in the coveted role of Mary Jane Watson. 18

Zendaya got her first big break on the Disney show “Shake it Up,” along with co-star Bella Thorne. Zendaya currently stars on another Disney Channel show, “K.C. Undercover.” Movies starring Zendaya include “Frenemies” and “Zapped.” However, despite Zendaya’s extensive acting career, many are critical of the casting choice, due to the fact that Mary Jane Watson has always been portrayed as white. In August, James Gunn, the director of the popular film “Guardians of the Galaxy” spoke out against Zendaya’s detractors in a Facebook post on his personal page. “For me, if a character’s primary attribute—the thing that makes them iconic—is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly that character is shallow and sucks,” Gunn says. Anna Franklin, a sophomore majoring in English from Fayetteville, GA, agrees. “It’s a step forward to have an African American young girl playing such an iconic character,” she says. Zendaya wasn’t the only black actor cast in a traditionally white role. It has also been announced that Tony Revolori will star in the film as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker’s high school bully. Revolori, who is Guatemalan, is known for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Dope.” Franklin has some reservations about Revolori’s other physical characteristics, but seems unperturbed by racial differences between the young actor and the original Marvel character. “Tony Revolori is very small. He’s not buff or menacing like Flash, but I think as long as the writing suits the character, it’s fine,” says Franklin.


The world of superheroes is particularly susceptible to a lack of diversity. This is because superheroes were invented to serve as a role model for the average person to look up to as an ideal, and the ideal during that time period was a decisively white, able-bodied male such as Clark Kent as Superman, who first appeared in 1939. Meanwhile, Black Panther, the first black superhero, didn’t appear until 1966. In the years since, even when a person of color is cast in a superhero movie, some disturbing stereotypes emerge. One stereotype is that when people of color are cast, they are relegated to the role of sidekick. This trope can be seen in films like “Ironman.” Another stereotype is including people of color in the cast, but disguising the features that “out” them as POC. For example, in the popular X-Men franchise, Storm is originally Kenyan in the comics. However, in the movies, she is portrayed as mixed. Lastly, it is a common trope to cast POC as villains, perpetuating the stereotype that white equals good and black equals bad. This can be seen in “The Amazing SpiderMan 2,” where Jamie Foxx, the only significant black character, plays the villain Electro. In a recent interview with “The Daily Beast,” director Jon Watts says, “Peter Parker goes to high

school in Queens, and Queens is one of---if not the--most diverse places in the world. So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like.” In a Tammy Smith casting call, casting directors asked for “all student types...especially... Asian and East Indian.” The consistent casting of racially diverse actors, from multiple racial backgrounds, for not only title roles but extras, illustrates that the film truly intends to capture the colorful, diverse background of the inhabitants of New York City in every aspect. “It doesn’t make any sense to have a kid going to school and be only with white kids. That doesn’t make any sense for New York public schools. So it’s more representative to have a fully ethnic cast,” Franklin says. Overall, the casting choices in this film are a step in the right direction for people of color everywhere. Having two pivotal characters, traditionally cast as white, played by the talented actors Zendaya and Tony Revolori, in addition to ethnically representative extras, is proof that “Spiderman: Homecoming” is taking the necessary steps to become one of the first films that truly captures the colorful landscape of the American people, and provide models for children everywhere to look up to.


ashtagging by kris wright

From competing for who has the most friends on Facebook to the celebrity drama that seems to be a weekly occurrence on Twitter, social media have definitely upped their ante in the past few years. What once was seen as a place solely for cat videos and shallow selfies has now added a level of social awareness to its status. Through hashtags and trending topics, many worldwide causes and tragedies have had their details spread for the world to see. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become forums in which people can speak out for what they believe is necessary. Though no one used to automatically connect Twitter with activism, people do now because conversations about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the #PrayForParis sentiment spread their message through social media. As many everyday people have begun to push for change on different social media, even some celebrities have jumped on board. Kim Kardashian West felt the need to speak out for gun violence and did so on Instagram posting, “Having lunch with the families of loved ones who were killed by gun violence. I learned a lot from listening to their stories. Life is so precious! What will it take for this to 20

stop? #NotOneMore #Everytown #MomsDemand.� This type of celebrity support helps to highlight certain tragedies and the issues that resonate with those who can reach many more people. Some feel these tweets can cause change, given that celebrity opinions tend to shape the opinions of others. Whether illuminated by celebrity power or not, this type of activism can reach worldwide. Hashtags allow for people in other countries to support an area of attack or location of a disaster across the globe. For example, when Nice, France was attacked during their Bastille Day celebration, the news was almost instantly sent around the world with the hashtag #PrayForFrance. Even Justin Timberlake summoned attention to the tragedy by tweeting, #PrayForNice.


With a vast number of people jumping on board to push for different types of change, it is believed that hashtags can easily and quickly further their cause. Social media is opening up a way for people to be made aware of tragedies more quickly, allowing them a better chance at supporting those in need. Another perceived benefit of pushing for social reform through social media is its ability to reduce bias and judgement and increase understanding. For instance, the Pulse nightclub shooting had many people from different backgrounds come together in prayer, regardless of sexual orientation, because they saw the need for love and compassion instead of hate towards groups that do not necessarily fit in. Lil’ Kim tweeted, “#PrayForOrlando My heart goes out to all the families and friends,� on June 12, 2016 after the Pulse nightclub shooting. Even more subtle, long-term conflicts are receiving attention. The trend #aeriereal has opened up conversation on body shaming, proving that everyone is beautiful in their own way, causing many other beauty franchises to jump on the bandwagon. Hashtags are not all it takes to make a change. While they may be used to bring attention to a cause, that does not mean that everybody is going to jump in to help. Hashtags and other forms of social media activism are only the first steps toward a better tomorrow. There is a need for more people, such as celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, who put more effort into making a change, rather than simply talking about it. The star has been known to put links on her own personal website multiple times, so that people have easier ways to donate to organizations and issues. She gives a forum for many people to help that they otherwise would not have. More ways to donate that have become prominent are ideas like GoFundMe accounts, where people can go to search for financial support from the community. Hashtags have definitely become a statement in society. There is no denying that they are useful and ever-changing. Although they seem to play a more important role in social awareness today, hashtags have not always been the only form of bringing awareness to a topic. There will always be new ways to get people involved to help a tragedy.


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If you have visited any theme park or beach vacation spot in the United States, it’s likely that you’ve passed by a stand with an individual offering their services as a henna tattoo artist. Adhiti Bandlamudi, a fourth year Arabic language and journalism major from Kennesaw, GA, is a local independent henna artist who has been interested in henna since she was a little girl. “I used to tell my parents that I was only interested in getting married for the henna party I'd get as a bride,” Bandlamudi says. Bandlamudi picked up a cone and paste her senior year of high school and has practiced the art ever since. Henna has impacted Bandlamudi’s everyday life by inspiring her to be more creative with other artistic outlets such as calligraphy, origami and ceramics. She even turned her interest in henna into a business. Likewise, third year Omama Rahmany, a biological sciences major from Lawrenceville, GA, started practicing henna her junior year of high school. She created her business last year. “I taught myself, looked at pictures, drew on myself. I drew on paper and it kind of just expanded,” Rahmany says. Artists like Bandlamudi and Rahmany prove that henna artists are not merely limited to pop-up stands in vacation spots. The artform has essentially turned into an industry. One can buy a henna kit in practically any craft store and can easily locate a full-service henna tattoo shop or an independent henna artist. Americans have widely adopted the natural tattoo art of henna, or mehndi. However, many adorn themselves with the designs without knowing the origin and meaning behind the ancient tradition. Artists like Bandlamudi wish people knew more about the rich history of henna. Henna is a flowering plant whose leaves contain a natural coloring pigment. The leaves can be milled into a fine powder and then mixed into a paste to create henna tattoo art. The origins of henna are somewhat unclear, but according to John Cannon, author of the book “Dye Plants and Dyeing,” henna is most likely native to eastern India, but has been cultivated for many centuries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Henna can even be dated back to ancient Egypt, where Egyptians used it to stain their nails, feet, hands and other parts of the body. Today, henna is still used in the traditional sense

for special occasions like weddings, holidays and birthdays, but the art form has expanded. Many women choose to decorate their pregnant bellies with the temporary embellishments while others adorn their heads with henna while going through chemotherapy. Many just do it for fun. Rahmany believes the artform is for everyone, if it brings them happiness. “All different types of cultures and all different types of backgrounds love the concept of it,” Rahmany says. Bandlamudi sticks to traditional designs from North Africa, areas of the Middle East and India to accurately and respectfully represent these cultures. One way to respect the tradition is to educate and protect oneself by learning what one is putting on their body. Authentic henna is natural and plantbased. The synthetic henna, on the other hand, known as black henna, has risen in popularity despite its potential dangers. According to Anton C. de Groot, author of the review article “Side-Effects of Henna and Semi-Permanent ‘Black Henna’ Tattoos” published in the Contact Dermatitis Journal, black henna is a combination of plant-based henna and a chemical called p-phenylenediamine (PPD). Some of these so-called henna concoctions contain no plantbased henna at all and consist only of the chemical. The PPD strengthens and darkens the color, staining the skin black and giving the appearance of a real tattoo. However, black henna has been known to cause serious adverse skin reactions. “It can be really harmful to the skin, and I recommend staying away from it,” Bandlamudi says. Another form of henna, known as white henna, has been on the rise as well. It is not a true henna, but it is essentially a non-toxic body paint or adhesive that doesn’t stain the skin. It can be applied to the skin like normal henna and can easily be washed off. White henna is a safer alternative to black henna, but neither can replace a true plant-based henna. “Just know that henna is natural. It’s made out of a plant and its always going to stain brown or a deep reddish color,” Rahmany explains. So whether you want to get henna for a special occasion or just for fun, take a moment to reflect on its significance and history. In Rahmany’s eyes, “It’s a form of art. It’s a form of a culture. It’s a way of expressing yourself.”

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by christine suh

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As you look at your reflection in the mirror, you feel satisfied with a morning’s worth of hard work. The highlight on your cheekbones leaves a glow bright enough to blind a man. The effortless flutter of your eyelashes after a few coats of your favorite mascara is more graceful than a butterfly’s. Most importantly, your black winged eyeliner is so precisely and perfectly drawn, it could deem you the next Michelangelo. Makeup is practically an art form. You feel pretty, you feel confident, and frankly, you feel like the best version of yourself after you’ve put on your makeup for the day. So why is there a constant negative aura surrounding girls who wear makeup? For the longest time, there has been outcry, particularly among men, condemning girls for wearing too much makeup. There have been recent studies done by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, yielding results showing that men tended to “prefer women who wore less makeup.” Of course, there is no fault in men having a preference in what they seek in women, but the issue arises when women who feel more powerful in their makeup are shunned by society for a plain and basic right to personal satisfaction. Some men have a tendency to condemn makeup as a of mask of deception. They have a sense of being lied to, since a full face of makeup isn’t the natural face. It’s not just the men doing the shaming either. Women are guilty of judging one another as well, saying things like, “she’s pretty, but only because she wears makeup,” or, “wow, that girl is wearing way too much makeup.” Sure, excess of anything can be harmful. However, the point to take home is that there is more behind a painted face than is often realized. A girl’s healthy self-image may be dependent upon that little bit of concealer to hide her fatigued eyes, or a small amount of foundation to

cover her chronic acne that has always made her self-conscious. That bit of makeup may be the only thing propping up her ability to face others and not be ashamed of what she looks like. On the flip side, there are women who receive condemnation for not wearing makeup at all. Recently, Alicia Keys has been under fire for her decision to forgo wearing any makeup. A celebrity figure not wearing an ounce of makeup is nearly unheard of, and one would think that when someone with that level of fame sets a tone of bravery through a kind of nakedness, there would be celebration. On the contrary, Keys received widespread criticism, and many condemned her for being anti-makeup, or said that “she went anti-makeup only because she could afford to do so,” according to NY Daily News. Caked up or stripped bare, the amount of makeup on women’s faces always ends in someone else’s judgment of what we should or should not do. The criticism women face for their choice to wear makeup or their choice to go bare is an example of the double standard that society places on women. Society expects women to be themselves and be confident in their appearance, but demands them to conform to narrow standards of beauty. There is no way to win. Main lesson here: don’t search to satisfy anyone else. Satisfy yourself by doing what you love. Do what you love to help you to be able to walk a little taller, and to stride down the streets with a little more finesse and a lot more self-love. If makeup allows you to be comfortable in your own skin, it should be supported and embraced. Be proud of that winged eyeliner technique that took you years to master, and embrace its ability to help you fully spread your wings and fly with only the best confidence. 27


THE ALL WOMEN PRO JECT A CALL FOR DIVERSITY IN THE

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The fashion industry is infamous for lacking diversity in its models. The typical fashion model is Caucasian and unrealistically thin, but thanks to the All Woman Project, this standard of beauty may finally change. Spearheaded by models Charli Howard and Clementine Desseaux, the All Woman Project is sparking a conversation about the lack of diversity seen in the fashion industry, in regards to both size and ethnicity. “As a consumer, you deserve to look at a fashion image and see yourself represented, not just a row of skinny Caucasian girls, but a variety of sizes and colors,” says founder Charli Howard in an interview with Vogue. The campaign launched earlier this year prior to New York Fashion Week, with the hopes of bringing the utmost awareness to the need for more diversity in models. As evident during Fashion Week, the vast majority of models in the industry are much thinner than the average person, thus encouraging a beauty standard that is often unachievable. By seeing these ultra-thin models being praised and rewarded for their low body weights, young girls and women inevitably begin to believe that the fashion industry’s twisted standard of beauty is the only standard of beauty. Beyond the issue of size is the issue of ethnicity. An analysis of Spring Summer Fashion Season 2016 ad campaigns done by The Fashion Spot found that 78.2 percent of models were Caucasian. The majority of women across the country and across the globe do not fall under the category of tall, skinny and Caucasian. The campaign’s message is simple and straightforward, and their method of spreading this message is equally simple. The project started by releasing a short video, with a team of beautiful models of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, each flaunting their individual beauty. Its statement is made loud and clear. Viewers can easily see that all of the models are beautiful, yet none of them are conforming to the entertainment industry’s warped beauty standards. The video has gone viral and has been

picked up by media outlets worldwide. All types of women need to be represented in the entertainment and fashion industries, and this campaign is finally giving women a voice. “We believe size or color doesn’t limit us as models or women,” the All Woman Project’s site says. “We believe all body shapes and ethnicities deserve to be represented and in the media, helping girls worldwide feel positive and confident about themselves.” Body positivity is something that hits home for the project’s founders. Clementine Desseaux is a plus-size model and body-positive fashion blogger, who has made a living promoting body positivity and diversity in the fashion industry. Meanwhile, Desseaux’s co-founder, Charli Howard, made headlines when her modeling agency dropped her for being “too big” when she was a size two. The British model has been an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry ever since. The two came together to form the All Woman Project and recruited a group of ten models of all sizes and ethnicities to showcase the importance of accurately representing all women in fashion. “It’s time that women start empowering each other, getting together, and celebrating diversity,” the project’s site says. “All women need to be represented…there is nothing more beautiful than being able to be a part of the change in the diversity of fashion.” Women all over the nation and all over the world have had enough of the unrealistic beauty standards set by the fashion and entertainment industries. By starting up a conversation about the importance of diversity in fashion, Howard and Desseaux are making a difference in how people view the industry. Women of all shapes, sizes, and races are beautiful, and the All Woman Project highlights just how important it is that all women be represented and valued for their unique beauty.

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ARTist “Are art and artist

separable?” by matt mataxis

“What is in a name?” William Shakespeare once legendarily wrote. “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Art is a representation of the artist and vice versa. A work may be brilliant, but its worth significantly diminishes once the creator’s flaws are unearthed. In the cases of Woody Allen, Greg Hardy, Nate Parker and Chris Brown to name a few, we find that not all who create gold are golden.

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Nate Parker co-wrote, co-produced and directed the upcoming film “Birth of a Nation”, which focuses on the Nat Turner slave rebellion in 1831. The film garnered high praise at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was purchased by Fox Spotlight for $17.5 million. However, Parker’s past overshadows the film. Parker was accused of sexual assault by a young woman and fellow student while he was attending


Penn State in 1999. Though he was acquitted, his roommate Jean Celestine was initially found guilty. Celestine was later cleared of his conviction when the accuser declined to testify in a retrial. Her brother told Variety Magazine that she committed suicide in 2012. Actress Gabrielle Union, who appears in “Birth of a Nation” wrote in the Los Angeles Times that even “as important and groundbreaking as this film is, I cannot take these allegations lightly.” And neither should any of us. Director Woody Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his daughter Dylan Farrow. NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy was arrested for physically assaulting and threatening his girlfriend. Singer Chris Brown viciously attacked former girlfriend Rihanna. Yet many still celebrate Allen’s brilliance. Many still roar approval when Hardy sacks the other team’s quarterback. Many still flock to Chris Brown concerts. By supporting the art, we tacitly support not just the parts of the artist that we like but also the artist as a complete entity. The question becomes this: are artist and art separable? Can we purchase Chris Brown records or celebrate an athlete’s prowess and still have ground to stand on in repudiating domestic violence? Or does recognizing the brilliance of a Woody Allen film or purchasing a ticket to see “Birth of a Nation” imply that sexual assault is an issue that is easily swept under the rug? Ultimately an artist cannot be isolated from his art. Chris Brown is an abuser, as is Greg Hardy. Woody Allen and Nate Parker have their own closets laden with skeletons. Shakespeare asked what is in a name, and the answer is perception. Allen’s movies, Parker’s films, Hardy’s breathtaking tackles and Brown’s melodies would all be just as sweet no matter what we called them. But because their art emerges from sordid shadows, the names we assign them matter a great deal. These roses, by any other name, obscure their true nature. Collegiate swimmer or a rapist? Grammy-winning singer or an abuser? Rose or a wilted petunia? Names can deceive, or they can illuminate.


How Online

Social Networking is Making our Lives

Harder by michelle chang

In the last decade, our world has been introduced to the new and exciting world of online social networking. Online social networking refers to the communication, sharing of information and formation of communities via web-based media. Statista reports that about 78 percent of Americans have a social network profile. Basically, social networking has become the go-to for socialization and selfexpression for our current generation. But is this necessarily a good thing? Some people agree, claiming that online social networking makes us more expressive and connected to others. Yet, others see that social networking has the potential to make our lives much harder.

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Social media can negatively affect our mental health. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram often facilitate cyberbullying and lowered self-esteem. According to the Pew Research Center, 40 percent American adults have been cyberbullied. Additionally, a 2011 study by Affordable Colleges Online reports that 22 percent of college students have been cyberbullied. While there is no definitive evidence to link social media with depression and suicide, there have been notable suicide cases that were associated with cyberbullying. In 2010, Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student, committed suicide after learning that his roommate had secretly filmed his sexual encounter and uploaded it on Twitter. In 2012, teenager Amanda Todd killed herself after being continuously harassed online by cyberbullies. These cases suggest that cyberbullying often puts people in vulnerable positions. There have been studies that link social networking with decrease in satisfaction and happiness. A University of Michigan study found that people who use Facebook are unhappier and less satisfied with their lives than people who do not use Facebook. A likely reason for this trend is that social networking makes us more self-conscious of our faults and social life by comparison to the image of others’. For instance, Instagram can make us feel worse about our physical appearances because we compare ourselves to glamorous celebrities who probably spent a college student’s rent on designer shoes. On the other hand, Facebook makes us feel worse about our social life because we see post after post about how other people are enjoying life to the fullest. Online social netowrking can hurt not only our sense of selfworth but our physical health as well. Looking at a computer or phone screen for a long time may lead to stiffness in neck and back. This means that you are more likely to have bad posture and chronic back pain. Another health concern is that longtime exposure to small screens such as phones and tablets may negatively affect your vision. Sometimes, looking at a screen for a long time may cause digital eye strain which can cause blurriness, fatigue and dryness of eyes. Social media are not the big bad villains. However, online social netowrking does have the ability to harm our health. It is ultimately up to us to decide on how social networks will affect our lives. It is okay to share what you did over the weekend on Twitter. It is not okay to define yourself based on how many followers or retweets you got. Humanity lived without social networking for many millenia, so it is possible—and certainly beneficial—to go offline once in awhile.

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Putting Yourself

Out There by erin bendig

Risking it all to quit your job and make ends meet as an artist is something not many are willing to do. Many creatives use sites such as Etsy, society6 or personal websites to sell their work. Regardless of the platform used, they are putting in the time, the talent and the risk to start a career as a creator. Art is something intertwined in every facet of our lives and is overwhelmingly taken for granted. The clothes in your closet, the prints decorating your wall and the magazines you read would be nonexistent without dedication that often goes unappraised. The respect for these professionals is highly inadequate when compared to what they deserve.

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With the rise of social media, artists are presented with platforms to share their unique aesthetics to a wide range of various people. Sites such as Instagram, provide a large, easily reachable audience and a place to showcase designs directly. Artists put in copious amounts of time and thought to achieve their distinctive style, and with work so prominently viewed, it’s easy for others to become inspired by what they see. However, this also means it’s extremely easy to sneak off with an artist’s designs and claim them as one’s own creations. So what happens when the designs are stolen–and not just by an average person, but taken and reproduced by a multibillion

dollar company? That’s exactly what Zara, a popular fashion retailer, along with numerous other brands, have been accused of doing. What can an artist do if big name companies steal their designs, profit from them and get away with it? Companies should be held accountable for intellectual property theft when they poach designs, but many times, these crimes go unnoticed because of the highly different statuses of the two parties. A sucker in the shape of a heart, bright pink lips, melting popsicles and your favorite characters all in tiny pin form are perfect for adding some character to your favorite denim jacket. Pins and patches are one of the


most prominent trends of 2016, and these unique ways to enhance an outfit are also an increasingly important outlet for artists to produce their designs, build their brand and make a living. They are also perfect for companies like Zara to use for their own profit. Recently, Zara has been accused of intellectual property theft in the form of allegedly stealing the designs of over 20 independent artists, mostly in the forms of pins and patches. One of the most prominent artists they stole multiple designs from is Tuesday Bassen. Bassen is an Los Angelos-based illustrator and is the owner of ShopTuesday.com, where you can buy her designs for clothing, accessories and home goods. With a following of 168,000 people on Instagram, she has built a successful brand and worked with prestigious companies. After Zara released their summer 2016 collection, Bassen accused the company of stealing multiple pin designs that she had illustrated. She began to take legal action against this massive clothing brand without much success. Bassen paid $2,000 to start this legal case. Zara gave a response that stated, “The lack of distinctiveness of your client’s purported design makes it very hard to see how a significant part of the population anywhere would associate the signs with Tuesday Bassen.” True, her designs are fairly simple, featuring heart-shaped sucker, erasers reading “Erase you” and journals saying “Keep out”, but the almost identical quality of her and Zara’s designs, and the sheer number of designs in question, seems to give Bassen’s lawsuit validity. Zara and similar companies are knowledgeable of the fact that their massive customer base and prestige gives them a form of invincibility when going head to head with lesser known brands. The retailer is also keenly aware of the fact that it is a highly difficult and complicated process for independent artists to endure and pay for prominent lawsuits, so they face few consequences for artistic theft and continue to participate in the infringement of designs. Since there are little to no repercussions for their theft, it is not worth their effort to actually give credit and compensation to illustrators. Another artist who is fighting back against intellectual property theft and bringing awareness to the issue is Adam Kurtz, whose designs were also stolen by the clothing brand Zara. By creating the website shoparttheft.com, he

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compares artist originals and Zara remakes and is banding artists together through shared dissatisfaction and injustice. Kurtz says “When this happens you just kind of feel like s---, and it makes you question why you’re sharing your work and making it so easy to steal.” Kurtz hopes he can encourage artists to stay determined and make them feel less alone, by bringing awareness to the lack of respect for art and those who create it. Unfortunately, this problem doesn’t end with Zara. Urban Outfitters is also notorious for plagiarizing designs. Over the years, Urban Outfitters has allegedly stolen independent art from multiple sources. Stevie Koerner, an artist who sells her work on Etsy, is known for her design of “I Heart New York” necklaces depicted with a pendant in the shape of the state of New York with a heart cut out reading “Wear your love.” Urban Outfitters released a notably similar design, simply with the heart in a different position, and even named it “I Heart Destination Necklaces.” It even read “Wear your locale love.” Despite these eyecatching similarities, Urban Outfitters released a statement claiming “the idea is not unique to Koerner and she can in no way claim to be it originator.” Another independent jewelry designer, Lillian Crowe, sold her jewelry which has the skull, spine and rib cage of a bull at the Brooklyn flea market and eventually realized that similar designs were being sold by Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters also used one of James Soares’, an artist on Society6, prints and used it as a pattern for a skirt they sold online. After Soares spoke out, Urban removed the product and apologized. Forever 21 and Pacsun are other highly popular companies who have been accused of theft against independent artists. It’s time for there to be stricter laws preventing intellectual property theft to protect the work of independent artists. It’s about time that indie artists of all forms are shown a greater deal of respect. Art is valuable regardless of how many people see it, buy it or are familiar with it. These designs are a part of people’s lives, passions and careers. Taking advantage of them is ultimately creating a detriment on the entirety of the artistic community. Harboring feelings of fear, disrespect and unimportance inhibits the free flow of creative thought, which brings new ideas, styles and ways of life to society.

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“These athletes are dedicated to pushing their limits, testing themselves and still achieving success.” As incoming college freshmen, we often feel the pressure to know our major and future career fields. Everything must be figured out. As an athlete, making it to the collegiate level takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Many athletes may have passions outside of their respective sports but struggle to find the time to engage in those interests. When they make it into a competitive university and are asked to choose a major, they are confronted with challenges and stereotypes like, “athletes always just pick the easy majors” or “athletes are all dumb jocks.” At the University of Georgia, there are more than a few athletes who are breaking these stereotypes and pushing the limits. Aaron Davis, a red-shirted third-year cornerback for UGA, is the true definition of a student athlete. Davis seemingly always knew what he wanted to do with his life. He was not an athlete who slept through class or used his devotion to football as an excuse for not doing well in school. Instead, he took advantage of every opportunity he had and used it in his best interest. Aaron Davis came into UGA with 24 credits. As a successful finance major in Terry, he now only has two more courses left before he graduates. It is widely known that the application process for Terry is difficult. Davis agrees, “Some tutors were definitely essential, especially for classes like accounting. I treat tutor sessions like class sessions.” Davis takes advantage of his tutoring sessions, and that enables him to excel in the classroom. “I have a higher expectation for myself. I always tell myself that I have to figure out how to get the job done, regardless of what it is,” Davis says. He gets a lot of support from his team, coaches and peers while he races to the finish line. What’s next for Aaron Davis after he graduates? He is still unsure. He is torn between graduate school or bridging his finance major with engineering. Pat Allen, a red-shirted freshman offensive lineman, is an engineering major. Allen isn’t as far along in pursuing his major, but he is determined to become an engineer. He loves to work with his hands and was exposed to engineering as a teenager when his stepfather took him to work with him. “When you can fix stuff that’s in your

house and don’t have to pay for someone else to fix it, that’s a major benefit,” Allen says. He knows that being an engineer is what he wants to do, and he is willing to do what it takes to get there. During his two years here at UGA, he has been struggling with balancing football and classes. This has put him in a position of adding another year of school, outside of his eligibility, until he is able to get his degree. However, this has not discouraged him. In fact, it has made him more focused and steadfast to get his major. He says that there is no excuse as to why he can’t succeed because there is a system in place for athletes to complete their coursework. Student athletes are required to go to the Rankin M. Smith Sr. Student-Athlete Academic Center to get help in completing their homework. “[We go to Rankin] and they keep up with our work for us. They make sure we are accountable for our work so that way there is no excuse for us to fail,” Allen says. Allen does admit there have been a couple of outside influences during his first year, causing him to reconsider his major, but he is confident in becoming an engineer. He is determined that he will be back on track to pursuing his major and chasing his dream in the spring. The University of Georgia is a college that produces more than just athletes who go to the pros. It’s a college that produces athletes who becomes doctors, engineers, financial advisors and teachers. Aaron Davis and Pat Allen are just two of the athletes that are actively pursuing their dreams while dominating on the field. Just because someone is an athlete doesn’t mean that they aim low in their studies or take the easy route. These athletes are dedicated to pushing their limits, testing themselves and still achieving success. They help give the UGA community even more reason to put on their red and black and cheer on the Dawgs.

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“The Brain Injury Research Institute has estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.�

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a deeper look into concussions: can the brain take it? by veronica ogbe - illustration by jocelyn james

Within the past few years, concussions in sports, especially in football and women’s soccer, have been a huge topic of discussion. The Brain Injury Research Institute has estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreationrelated concussions occur in the United States each year. Researchers have tried raising awareness among athletes and the general public. Although many are taking this issue seriously, others are looking past it due to their love for the sport. A large amount of athletes are also not reporting any minor concussions, mainly because they are unaware that they have encountered one. This is a very common phenomenon, especially since force to the head does not always result in a concussion. The concussions reported tend to be more serious and can be a life-changing experience for the athlete as well. However, researchers are trying to bring attention to this subject so more athletes will be careful while playing the sport they enjoy. Caution needs to be taken, especially in the game of football. Frontline reported on research done by the Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University, where studies were conducted on the brains of 165 people who played football at the high school, college or professional level. They found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease caused by repetitive brain trauma. However, this disease does not cause immediate symptoms. Out of 165 athletes, 131 of them (79 percent) had evidence of CTE. 91 of the 165 athletes were former NFL players, and 87 of those 91 players had evidence of CTE. Luckily, improvements are being made to reduce these numbers. The NFL’s 2015 Health and Safety Report stated that there was a decrease by 35 percent in concussions during regular season games since 2012. This reduction seems to come from the new rules in the league introduced in 2013, including banning players from tackling with a blow from the crown of the

head. These adjustments are helping change the game for the better while keeping athletes safe. Football isn’t the only sport that needs further discussion. “Women’s soccer is the number one cause [of concussions] for female athletes,” executive director of the Sports Legacy in Waltham, Massachusetts Chris Nowinski says. Heading the ball is the cause of more than 30 percent of concussions in soccer. Based on a 2015 study by JAMA Pediatrics, girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to get concussions in high school soccer. Researchers are still trying to figure out if women are more likely to report symptoms of concussions than men are, but either way, there is no reason to ignore the preventative measures necessary in order to make soccer safer for the players. There are currently no rules in effect to help lower concussion rates. Many suggestions have been made, including the addition of protective headgear, the consideration of banning “heading” the ball and the creation of concussion education courses for coaches, athletes and parents. Within the next few years, there will hopefully be some new rules in effect. Concussions are unfortunately bound to happen to athletes, regardless of the sport. Requiring athletes to have a brain scan before and after their season can help bring attention to any damages that have taken place already. With adjustments like these, many concussions and long term effects caused by concussions can be limited. Every human has one brain that cannot be replaced or fully repaired, so taking care of it is something we truly owe to ourselves.

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A T H L E T E

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To escape the monotonous activities of life, people need distractions. Entertainment industries like gaming, literature and film are built first upon the need to express creativity and second to offer entertainment. These distractions offer the opportunity to live vicariously through characters and accomplish things one could never dream of in regular life. Projecting oneself upon these characters is a common way to glean entertainment from various forms of media. However, fictional characters are not the only beings susceptible to projection. Athletes everywhere are also stripped of their humanity due to this practice. Their lives are bombarded with fans’ attempts to forget about their own lives. People love living through their favorite sports teams and athletes. One of the main areas where people expect certain actions from athletes is in the socio-political arena. Athletes are expected to use their various platforms to take a stand, similar to the stance University of Missouri football team took in the fall of 2015 to protest oncampus racism. The team chose to join an ongoing campus protest by stopping all football practice and formal team activities until the university at the time, President Tim Wolfe resigned. This protest proved to be successful when Wolfe, accused of being negligent to the experiences of marginalized students, resigned two days after the football team began their protest. When it comes to most issues, people living through athletes and sports want their athletes to take stances and become spokespeople. However, fans want these stances to occur only in moments that they, not the athletes themselves, approve. Another case that shook the sports world happened

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in 1996 when NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) of the Denver Nuggets refused to stand for the national anthem because he felt that it stood for oppression and tyranny throughout American history. Abdul-Rauf started his protest in the fall of 1995, but it was not reported on until March of ’96. In response to the delayed public reaction, he was initially suspended one game by the league and was made to stand with the rest of the team before every game. This was one of several stances taken by Abdul-Rauf, and the national anthem controversy contributed to his quick retirement. Once an electrifying player with a bright future, he was traded multiple times and benched by coaches everywhere. As quickly as he had burst onto the scene, Abdul-Rauf faded into obscurity. A recent example is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting during the national anthem, starting near the end of the summer of 2016. The moment that he decided to take a stand by kneeling during the national anthem, the sports world and social media lost their collective minds. He explained his choice by arguing that he couldn’t stand and show pride for a country that has ongoing issues with police violence and oppresses people of color. Nonetheless, his explanation did not stop people everywhere from voicing their strongly-worded opinions on social media. The outrage remained at a boil throughout the early part of the NFL season due to other players choosing to join the protest while others spoke against him. Fans living through these athletes have voiced the opinion that the message is fine, but the method of protest isn’t ideal. Athletes become famous due to their athletic abilities; the social platform that comes along with it


isn’t the top priority for most. When an athlete or celebrity chooses to take a stand and speak out, their voices are always heard. No matter how much people think they know about an athlete, they are not the athlete in question. One doesn’t have to agree with the stance taken, but one must respect the right of the athlete to speak out. Therefore, athletes and sports figures have the right as citizens to peacefully protest in any way they deem fit. People want athletes to hold the same values they do and only speak out on matters with which they agree. In this way, fans project themselves and their views onto athletes, thus trying to create a spokesperson out of someone who might never have wanted the spotlight. When people attempt to mold athletes into what they think an athlete should be, athletes are caricatured and, in the public eye, they lose what really makes them human: the power of choice. When an athlete tries to take the power back by speaking out, people lose their composure because the athlete that they have never met makes a decision that is not what they expect. As long as athletes choose to stand up, there is always going to be the group of incredulous fans who can’t believe what their favorite athlete just did. And that’s fine; athletes are individuals entitled to their own opinions, just like the fans behind them. Athletes have used their platforms to voice their opinions for generations. Likewise, fans have been surprised, outraged and shocked by the positions that their favorite athletes have taken. Examples like the Missouri football team, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Colin Kaepernick show a wide spectrum of reactions by fans and the media. Instead of jumping straight to judgment, we should applaud these athletes for caring and being brave enough to speak out, and we should respect their right to protest and showcase their opinions.

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how to eat healthy on the meal plan

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The University of Georgia is known for having one of the best meal plans in the nation. Students can find everything from personal pizza to indulgent gelato in the five dining halls speckled across campus. With all the tasty treats UGA offers, it can be tempting to eat unhealthily. Here’s how to make better food choices, no matter what food preferences you may have.

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- omnivore Aim to choose lean meats prepared in healthy ways. Limit red meat consumption, and avoid fried foods. For example, choose a grilled chicken breast instead of fried chicken and sliced turkey on a sandwich instead of salami. The unhealthier options may be tasty, but they are full of saturated fat that will unfortunately help to pack on the Freshman 15. Always include a hearty serving of veggies. Make sure you have at least one type of vegetable on your plate during lunch and dinner. If you can’t find a vegetable you like on the main line, the salad bar has many great toppings to make yourself a side salad. Aim to use spinach or romaine over iceberg lettuce for the base, as these have more nutrients. Broaden your horizons. Eating the same thing over and over can limit the nutrients you are getting, so try new things! Take advantage of the buffet style of the dining hall and get a little dish to taste, especially if you’re not sure you’ll like it. If all else fails and nothing really looks appetizing, brown rice, beans, a grilled chicken breast and some spinach topped with a healthy dose of Sriracha is a delicious and healthy fall-back meal.

- vegetarian The dining halls have a decent selection of vegetarian options, but it can be a bit tedious to eat some of the same things over and over. Soups are a delicious way to fill up. Most days, a vegetarian soup is offered at different dining halls, and they are all really tasty. Don’t fall into being a “carb-o-tarian.” You need protein and vegetables. While eating cheese pizza, pasta and breadsticks may be yummy, it will make you feel terrible. The dining halls usually have some mock meat dishes, so make sure you use those for protein, and beans are a great way to up the healthiness of your meals. Add them to your dishes for an extra protein kick! The salad bar area has some great snack options, as well as salad toppings, like Greek yogurt (add in a little maple syrup to sweeten it up), dried fruit, nuts and peanut butter to help you get all the protein you need and to keep you full at the same time. Take it easy on the desserts. It’s awesome that all the desserts are on the menu are vegetarian friendly, but try to control how much you’re consuming. Opt for healthier choices like yogurt and fruit, and save that yummy unhealthy dessert for an after-test treat.

- vegan Ah, the forgotten stepchild of dining hall options. While UGA has made a few improvements to the options available (hello, vegan brownies), it can be a struggle to eat vegan on the meal plan. It can be done, however, with a little creativity and, well, repetition. The vegetarian line at any dining hall (except the Niche) has a vegan entrée during lunch and dinner. There are three vegan soups served on a rotating basis. At Bolton, Can Ting has vegan entrées on a rotating schedule. O’Hacienda at O-house has marinated tofu for burritos. The grill areas of the dining halls have veggie burgers and veggie dogs by request. Additionally, you can add beans or tofu from the salad bar to veg-only dishes for extra protein. It can be tough eating vegan with relatively few options, but don’t resort to eating French fries at every meal (as yummy as that sounds). If you look hard enough, there’s always something to be found. by meredith fulmer

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top health issues facing college students 1. Feelings of Loneliness This is one of the most important and least talked about mental health struggles college students face. Leaving home and living on your own for the first time can cause feelings of loneliness. Big transitions are intimidating, and it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out. Virtually everyone will feel lonely at some point in their college careers. Some students may feel especially isolated due to other factors, such as sexual orientation, gender expression, race and/or ethnic identity. Collegeportraits.org reports that 71 percent of students at UGA are white. The next highest race proportion is Asian students, at 9 percent of the undergrad population. African American students make up only 7 percent of the undergraduate student body, while Latino students make up just 5.5 percent.

2. Stress, Depression and Anxiety These are the heavy hitters when it comes to mental health issues among college students. Over 44 percent of college students report symptoms of depression, with suicide being the third highest cause of death among college students. Heavy course loads, test anxiety, long hours of studying and homework, on top of normal life stressors, can be a recipe for disaster for some students. Struggling with mental health issues can make it very difficult to complete assignments or focus on schoolwork and can result in lower grades. This downward cycle only increases stress, anxiety and depression. While this may seem very daunting and impossible to tackle, there are resources available to help get back on track and feel all right again.

3. Drug and Alcohol Abuse UGA is very well known for being a “party school” where we work hard and play hard. Many undergrads come to UGA and quickly discover the easy access to alcohol. It can be hard to draw the line between maintaining a healthy social life that includes drinking, and relying on it for social interaction. Additionally, students in sororities and fraternities are exposed to partying culture even more, with drug scandals frequently occurring and select fraternities and sororities being known for consuming large amounts of drugs and alcohol. These substances have been linked to increased likelihood of experiencing sexual assault. While victim blaming is never acceptable, it is important to realize that over-using any mind-altering substance can increase the risk of being a target for violent crimes. Anything that reduces that risk is worth looking into. So what can we do to protect ourselves and have a good time while staying safe?

4. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Unplanned Pregnancy It’s not a secret that college students have a lot of sex. Technological advances and the rise of the smartphone have made apps like Tinder and Grindr extremely popular. Not surprisingly, college campuses are also a hotbed for STIs.

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top defenses 1. Build Social Networks for Support More than 27,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at UGA. That’s a lot of potential new friends. If you are having trouble meeting people and developing deep connections, determine some niche interests or hobbies. Joining one of UGA’s more than 600 student organizations can help you meet some like-minded people in a lowpressure situation. The Student Involvement Network has an online list of UGA’s extracurricular organizations, sorted alphabetically or by category. Getting involved in a cause you care about is a great way to make long-term friends and help overcome feelings of loneliness.

2. Recognize the Signs and Seek Help It’s no surprise that classes can really stress students out. Courses at UGA are rigorous. On the bright side, there are several ways to manage stress that can help one feel better and more in control. First, keep a calendar of events to track assignment due dates so nothing is forgotten. Second, make to-do lists. List priorities for the day or the week and cross them off as you complete them. Third, be sure not to avoid responsibilities. Tackle top priorities as early as possible to have plenty of time to finish before assignments are due. While it may feel great to lounge after class and binge on Netflix, that nagging stress about the test in two days is a reminder: hit the books for a few hours to be prepared. The show will still be there waiting as a treat afterward, and it will feel way better! As for depression and anxiety, those who have a history with these issues may need to track how they are feeling. For example, it helps to keep a mood journal. Note when you are feeling symptoms, and if they become more common or severe, seek help. UGA Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and The Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation in Aderhold Hall offer low-cost counseling sessions by appointment. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel you may hurt yourself or others, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (available 24/7) or 911.

3. Set Limits for Yourself & Know When to Quit College is a time to enjoy yourself, but it’s important to keep your priorities in order. Going out several nights of the week may seem fun, but when partying begins to impact performance in classes, it’s time to get back on track. Many students find that their friend group is important in dictating how often and how much they use drugs or alcohol. If friends are constantly pressuring you to go out, and hangouts always include alcohol and partying, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate if those friends are right for you. It’s great to have friends that know how to enjoy themselves, but if a friend group is having a negative impact on your life, it’s time for a new one. Everyone deserves friends who care deeply about them and want the best for them. In fact, one of the best defenses against sexual assault is a tight-knit circle of friends. Make sure that you are with people who will watch out for you and see that you get home safely after a night of partying, and do the same for others. Apps like Companion can be helpful as well. This app allows your family or friends to track you as you travel to your destination to ensure you arrive safely.

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top defenses 4. Protect Yourself Having sex is normal and nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s important to protect yourself before hopping in the sheets. Discussions about condom use and STI status are easier to discuss before things get hot and heavy. Being open about sex and sexual health with a new partner will benefit both of you in the long run, even if it feels a little weird to talk about at first. For those students who come to college looking to score, I have some good news: technological advancements have made sex safer. Firstly, vaccinate. Have you heard of HPV? This is a very common virus that can be contracted in many ways, but the strains that cause the big issues (genital warts and cervical cancer) are contracted through sexual contact. The Gardasil vaccine is a three-shot treatment that protects against the most common high risk cancer-causing and low risk wart-causing strains of HPV, and it’s covered by nearly all insurance companies until you’re 26. Second, get to the gyno! If you are 18 years old and have never been to the gynecologist, it’s time to make that appointment. Annual visits are important to make sure everything’s healthy down below. Pap smears are the first line of defense against cervical cancer. Yes, it’s a little weird going, and the first visit can be embarrassing. However, your health is important. For those with male genitalia, a yearly physical with a primary care practitioner is vitally important for maintaining sexual health. Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer for men aged 15-35. Third, use barrier methods during sex. We’ve all heard it… “but it doesn’t feel the same with a condom!” Cue eye roll. If you don’t know the current test status of the person you’re about to have intercourse with or yourself, always use a condom! There are many types of barrier methods including male condoms, female condoms and dental dams that will keep everyone infection-free and happy. Fourth, get tested. Getting tested after every new partner (even if you used barrier methods) is ideal - but can be cost prohibitive. Make sure you’re getting tested every six months to a year if you’ve had a new partner in that time. It’ll give you peace of mind, or help catch an STI early to give the best treatment outcomes. If you are having unprotected sex or want to be extra careful about avoiding an unwanted cell union, birth control is a must. Between the pill, IUDs, implants and shots, there’s a method right for you. Talk to your healthcare provider about starting contraceptives, or visit the health center for low-cost options. They have free condoms too!

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