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we decided that the best way to celebrate InfUSion’s 25th year would be to have our theme be “Common Ground.” As a multicultural publication, we strive to focus on important issues of diversity and multiculturalism. We celebrate our unique identities in each magazine we publish. However, even though we may come from different backgrounds, we share certain things in our humanity. Everyone can relate to incidences of love, loss, frustration, despair and hope. In this issue, we hone in on what connects us, in both the University of Georgia community and in our world. As students and advocates of the multicultural community, we share a lot more in common than we realize. Secondly, this year is an important one for many graduating seniors on staff. The “Common Ground” issue marks my

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014 marks a special year for InfUSion Magazine for two reasons. Firstly it notes the 25th anniversary of InfUSion’s beginnings, back in 1989 when it a publication called Kross Kultures. In the past 25 years, InfUSion has published a wide selection of magazines and allowed student journalists the


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Downtown to Normaltown by Drew Kirby

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any local road names have become synonymous with Athens culture: Broad Street, bordering both our downtown area and UGA campus; Milledge Avenue, as the center of Greek culture and student life; Baxter Street, lined with student housing and leading down to the center of campus; and Lumpkin, cutting through the center of downtown and stretching past the Five Points area. But lately, one road in particular seems to be on its way towards similar levels of ubiquity. Prince Avenue stretches down the backside of downtown, beginning at North Avenue and continuing past a dizzying number of Athens hot spots. The Grit, Athens’s go-to vegan eatery, shares a building on Prince with the hip-as-hell Go Bar. The new Bottleworks complex, just a stone’s throw from downtown, houses a variety of startup business, with Hendershots Coffee Bar boasting an expanded and ongoing concert series (not to mention a more mature crowd). The Daily Co-Op, a locally focused and community-driven independent grocery store, is just down the street from the new home of Flagpole, a local magazine that almost exclusively deals with the unique culture Athens has cultivated. Bear in mind, these businesses reside not even a stoplight away from the core of downtown Athens. Already a melting pot of local culture, Prince Avenue continues through Normaltown, a rapidly developing neighborhood just a mile or so outside of downtown. With a name serving as an apt antithesis to the crazed nightlife of downtown Athens, Normaltown has seen an immense boom in local popularity in just the past year alone. Drawing on a slightly older, more work-

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a BYOB policy. Anywhere else, this business model might seem ridiculous. In Athens, a professional concert venue that operates like a house party somehow makes perfect sense. By blurring the lines between downtown and residential spaces, the growing community that rests along Prince Avenue feels vibrant in a way that’s sometimes lacking in many of the areas traditionally associated with Athens. There are countless pockets of local life situated along the road, and to attempt to recognize all of them would be futile though, read about Double Dutch Press on page 12. But one thing is for certain: this area feels vital, it feels organic, and it feels worthy of exploration. Even centuries into the legacy of Athens, it’s exciting to see that there is still so much room to grow in an area already overdynamism.

themselves intermingling at new hotspots like Hi-Lo Lounge and older mainstays like Normal Bar. More and more, Athens residents are making the trip down Prince to enjoy their company (and beverages) in a gentler, more tasteful environment. In an effort to capitalize on Athens’ long-standing love for music and its newfound love for Normaltown, the plainly dubbed Normaltown Hall has already proven to be anything but normal. A concert space housed in, well, an actual house on Meigs Street, Normaltown Hall has swiftly made a name for itself as one of the more memorable new places to spend an evening in town. In just the past few months, breakout singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, southern troubadours Water Liars, and local favorite T. Hardy Morris have all put on compelling, low-key concerts in this unique new venue. Just remember to come prepared; legal constraints keep Normaltown Hall from selling alcohol, so the venue operates on


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tionship. A bond so tight you cannot think of one without taking into account the other. Like a pair they have grown and experienced life together but despite their shared history, not everyone believes they are as close as they proclaim. It was just two years after the University of newfound city of Athens had been born. It would be their common ground that would intrinsically link the two. So well, that University of Georgia’s President Jere Morehead says, “There’s no separating our destinies. Athens and the University of Georgia are a symbiotic entity and have been so for more than two-hundred years.” All this talk about connectivity made me wonder though. Do students truly integrate with the Athens community or are we simply just members of the university? It’s true. Residents and students hold different perspectives of Athens. As students, we see this vibrant community as a place of opportunity. It is where we grow, challenge ourselves, meet people, and experience new things and cultures. Athens is an important stop in our journey, but this is not the case for everyone. To many, Athens is home. It’s where they have grown and may start a family. It’s where many have happily found the rest of their lives. Senior Gabrielle Jackson believes students can make an impact, but largely remain independent of the wider Athens community. As an Early Childhood Education major who works and volunteers in Athens schools, she sees how UGA students impact the lives of children in the community through tutoring, mentoring, or running after-school programs and clubs. “Education wise, there is a huge connection with UGA and the Athens community,” she says. Through organizations, university departments, service learning assignments, and internships, thousands of UGA students volunteer in a great variety of ways within the wider community. Jackson says though that besides these opportunities, “UGA students tend to be extremely negative towards ‘locs’, as they (residents) are called.” Lisa Thomas is a resident of Athens and has lived in the college town for over forty years. Thomas has also started a family in Athens, a little place she will always call home. She describes the city as a very active and supportive community, but says the university and the community is divided. “I love the Athens community. I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I feel like there’s a separation with the Athens community and UGA,” says Thomas. The feeling of disconnect is familiar to this

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that’s why many students and residents have chosen this city as their anchorage. Joshua Davis is a Social Work major from Watkinsville, Ga. He says he chose UGA because of his liking for the heterogeneous nature of the city. Davis, who is well invested in both the UGA and Athens community, says “In a quirky and cultured college town like this, there seems to be a place for everyone to belong, regardless of their interests.” Employment is what ties this junior to both communities. When working in the campus dining hall or delivering pizza for his off-campus job, Davis gets to learn a great deal about fellow students, alumni, and full-time employees - most of whom have lived in Athens their whole lives. Living and working in Athens reminds him of his own experience growing up in a college town and Davis says he feels at home. It seems as though it doesn’t take a grand gesture to establish some connection with the wider community. Students can discover unique ways to get involved or make a connection if they want to. A beautiful Saturday in Downtown Athens is a perfect scene to represent this unity. As parents and children gather on North Campus lawn to play, students throw Frisbee or rather enjoy a book in their hammock. We later collide at our favorite coffee shops or cafés and contribute to the chatter on Athens’ busy streets. We laugh at ourselves running after a public bus, or together, we protest inequality in our community. Experiences like a local family holding posters that say “FREE HUGS” or a saxophonist playing a tune for you under the moonlight are more common than the parking meters on College Avenue. “It’s a fun place,” says Sarah Williamson, second-year and recent transfer student to UGA. Although she feels her short time here hasn’t allowed her to get as involved, she says she sees the endless possibilities. As there is an unquestionable common air of division within the community, there is also an outlook of association. “From a distance, both communities seem distinct and separate,” says a contented Davis. “But when you put yourself in the overlapping

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alumna of Albany State. Although she doesn’t believe it should be this way, Thomas recalls her experience as a college student and can identify with some UGA students. “I don’t remember anything that I went to as far as the community, besides the free concerts in the park,” she laughs. “That was about it.”

each is on the other. Both communities are different parts of the same picture”.



t’s the year of the printmaker. In the short time Double Dutch Press has been open, the print shop on Prince Avenue has experienced ample success. Double Dutch Press was born out of the friendship of Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire, who met in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Georgia in 2005. Both were in the printmaking department and maintained their ties after graduating and settling in different areas. In 2011, Burk asked McGuire to start a printmaking company with her. The friends saw an opportunity to open a studio that was accessible to the public and could serve as a resource. “We both felt like displaced printmakers after graduate school and really wanted to get our hands inky again on a daily basis,” says McGuire. After a year, McGuire moved back to Athens, Ga. from Chicago, and the two developed a robust business plan. Double Dutch Press opened in December 2012.

experience. “There is always a little nervous hesitation to see their face light up when they see what they have made,” says Burk. Double Dutch Press offers custom design and printing, ranging from wedding invitations to limited edition posters. The two also design logos for businesses such as Indie South and Revival Yarns. The process takes a few weeks and involves a lot of collaboration between the printers and clients. “We get to learn about new businesses that are coming up and see what really inspires their owners and try to convey that for them graphically,” says McGuire. Burk and McGuire also amount Double Dutch Press’ reception to the Athens community and the shop’s location in the Normaltown neighborhood. The residents in the Normaltown area appreciate having businesses withinbywalking Sar distance and are very supra S portive, Burk says. Normaltown’s rebirth also helps. e dg “Normaltown has a great hi energy and there were such great independent businesses here and so many great businesses coming into it now, we are happy that we got in when we did,” says McGuire. t’s the year of the printmaker. Athens has a long history with printmaking – In the short time Double Dutch Press has the printmaking program at UGA has long been one been open, the print shop on Prince Avenue has of the best in the country. Athens is not experiencing a experienced ample success. trend, but rather, a resurgence. Double Dutch Press was born out of the “Athens is a hip and creative city. That it friendship of Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire, lacked an accessible and productive printmaking who met in the Master of Fine Arts program at the studio seemed to us like an anomaly,” says McGuire. University of Georgia in 2005. Both were in the print“Now, has that covered.” makingAthens department and maintained their ties after

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prices and people in and around Athens the ability to make their ideas come to life with their own hands,” says Burk. Burk and McGuire make a line of home goods, greeting cards, and limited edition prints by hand in Double Dutch’s studio. For their other line, [blank] by Double Dutch Press, they collaborate with contemporary artists from around the country. Double Dutch Press’ goods are available in stores around Athens, such as Community and the Mini Gallery; they’re also sold at a few stores in Georgia and one in California. None of the printing at Double Dutch Press is digital. There is a real difference between a handpulled print and a digital one, McGuire says. Digital prints can be produced endlessly, diminishing the value of a print. This is not necessarily bad, because it’s great that people can get their hands on an image at a reasonable price, Burk says. Where the problem comes in is the mislabeling of these digital prints as a limited edition. Limited editions should have what looks like a fraction on them that tells you which print you have in the edition, such as 1/20 or 5/20. Burk and McGuire teach workshops and do individual instruction in screen-printing, relief printmaking, and monotypes. This year, they plan on holding workshops in etching and plate lithography. Double Dutch Press also offers press rental and screen services, such as reclaiming, coating, and burning. Burk and McGuire wanted to make printmaking more accessible, as most techniques require a lot of equipment and are in-depth processes. Many who participate in the workshops have no printmaking


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graduating and settling in different areas. In 2011, Burk asked McGuire to start a printmaking company with her. The friends saw an opportunity to open a studio that was accessible to the public and could serve as a resource. “We both felt like displaced printmakers after graduate school and really wanted to get our hands inky again on a daily basis,” says McGuire. After a year, McGuire moved back to Athens, Ga. from Chicago, and the two developed a robust business plan. Double Dutch Press opened in December 2012. prices and people in and around Athens the ability to make their ideas come to life with their own hands,” says Burk. Burk and McGuire make a line of home goods, greeting cards, and limited edition prints by hand in Double Dutch’s studio. For their other line, [blank] by Double Dutch Press, they collaborate with contem-

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porary artists from around the country. Double Dutch Press’ goods are available in stores around Athens, such as Community and the Mini Gallery; they’re also sold at a few stores in Georgia and one in California. None of the printing at Double Dutch Press is digital. There is a real difference between a handpulled print and a digital one, McGuire says. Digital prints can be produced endlessly, diminishing the value of a print. This is not necessarily bad, because it’s great that people can get their hands on an image at a reasonable price, Burk says. Where the problem comes in is the mislabeling of these digital prints as a limited edition. Limited editions should have what looks like a fraction on them that tells you which print you have in the edition, such as 1/20 or 5/20. Burk and McGuire teach workshops and do individual instruction in screen-printing, relief printmaking, and monotypes. This year, they plan on holding workshops in etching and plate lithography. Double Dutch Press also offers press rental and screen services, such as reclaiming, coating, and burning. Burk and McGuire wanted to make printmaking more accessible, as most techniques require a lot of equipment and are in-depth processes. Many who participate in the workshops have no printmaking experience. “There is always a little nervous hesitation ev-

Double Dutch Press offers custom design and printing, ranging from wedding invitations to limited edition posters. The two also design logos for businesses such as Indie South and Revival Yarns. The process takes a few weeks and involves a lot of collaboration between the printers and clients. “We get to learn about new businesses that are coming up and see what really inspires their owners and try to convey that for them graphically,” says McGuire. Burk and McGuire also amount Double Dutch Press’ reception to the Athens community and the shop’s location in the Normaltown neighborhood. The residents in the Normaltown area appreciate having businesses within walking distance and are very supportive, Burk says. Normaltown’s rebirth also helps. “Normaltown has a great energy and there were such great independent businesses here and so many great businesses coming into it now, we are happy that we got in when we did,” says McGuire. Athens has a long history with printmaking – the printmaking program at UGA has long been one of the best in the country. Athens is not experiencing a trend, but rather, a resurgence. “Athens is a hip and creative city. That it lacked an accessible and productive printmaking studio seemed to us like an anomaly,” says McGuire. “Now, Athens has that covered.”

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Republican Senate Primary Review A by Eli Watkins

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s you have likely noticed by now, InfUSion Magazine prizes open-mindedness and acceptance. In keeping with these values, this issue celebrates the instancwith one another. There is nothing that celebrates unity more than the testament to forward thinking that is the 2014 Georgia Republican Senate Primary. Senator Saxby Chambliss set the stage for this noble contest when he announced his plans to retire from the universally loved institution that is the U.S. Senate. His looming departure has left a glaring hole in Georgia’s 2014 ballot, one that many The election is set for May 20, an unusually early date for what promises to be an unusually, um, colorful campaign season. After this blood red primary, there will likely be a run-off election on July 22, and will face the inevitable Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November Well, just who are the people who have a serious chance at the Republican nomination? Before listing them, it’s important to stress that these people are not two-dimensional characters. They are real, major players in Georgia politics, and any one of them is a “Duck Dynasty” guest appearance away from representing the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


1. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R-10) it would turn right into tea. He is the South’s festering counterpart to icons like former Governor Sarah Palin and Rep. Steve King. This medical doctor famously declared the world only 8,000 years old and evolution “lies straight from the pit of hell.” This living, breathing caricature regularly makes headlines for his attempts at lowering the already submerged bar of political discourse in this country. It is possible that he will win the nomination because his genuine, paleo-conservative appeal will sway enough tea-party members to win the Republican contest. If he does win the nomination, the Republican establishment might run away from this race

2. Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-11) Yes, there are two doctors in this race, and this one is the head of the G.O.P. Doctors Caucus. He is also the former owner of one of the greatest mustaches in the history of U.S. politics. My honest questions to anyone who might have the answers: Would Rep. Gingrey have this primary locked up already if he had not shaved his mustache? Would a perfectly symmetric set of whiskers have stopped a large portion of his campaign staff from quitting? Facial commentary aside, Rep. Gingrey is a serious contender for the nomination. He has done well in the polls so far and enjoys tea-party acceptance. He is doing his best to convince would-be Broun voters that he is staggeringly conservative too. 3. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-1) Whether he wants to admit it or not, Rep. Kingston continually exemexample. Rep. Kingston complained about students receiving free or reduced lunch. He trumpeted his revolutionary belief that children from low-income households should clean the cafeterias and bathrooms to learn the important lesson that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” When he is not prescribing groundbreaking policy off the top of his head, Rep. Kingston likes to enjoy a nice meal paid for by the U.S. taxpayers, so far totaling over $4,200. He also has recently gotten into the habit of abandoning whatever principled restraint he ever had by voting almost identically to Reps. Broun and Gingrey on major issues in an obvious attempt to bring tea-party voters to his side. 4. Karen Handel She is the least likely of the candidates to grow a mustache, but does enjoy the singular honor of leading an internationally recognized breast cancer charity into controversy. After leaving in disgrace stepping down from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Handel went on to write a book titled “Planned Bullyhood.” Like her colleague David Perdue, she is not a member of Congress. However, she would like all Georgians to know that if she was, she would have voted alongside her competitors against raising the debt ceiling and reopening the government. You know, the kind of stuff that makes the people of the U.S. love Congress as much as they do. 5. David Perdue A dark horse candidate, if there ever was one. The glowing reason why: when his majority of people have no idea who he is. Well, Perdue is a business owner who clearly made a horrible choice to get involved in politics. This is not an endorsement of his policies or candidacy. It is simply an acknowledgeasset is not his business experience or outsider appeal. No, clearly his biggest asset is that he is not any of the top-tier talent, you really need that edge name recognition gives you.



“Congress shall make no law…” Most people have heard this line in the First Amendment since elementary school, but do they really know what it means? While many students are able to recite the freedoms in the First Amendment, some are at a loss when it comes to their rights to freedom of expression at the University of Georgia. When asked which areas they think allow free expression at UGA, students immediately recognize the Tate Student Center Plaza as a place where they can voice their opinions. A few also mention the Arch and the library as areas of free expression. Senior Coordinator of the Center of Student Organizations Joshua Podvin says that students have a basic understanding of their free speech rights, but there is still confusion around what these rights cover and do not cover. UGA’s Policy on Free Expression says, “No rights are more highly regarded at the University of Georgia than the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to peaceably assemble.” The policy lists Tate Plaza and Memorial Hall Plaza as areas of free expression, which serve as a places to hold speeches and demonstrations. However these spaces are regulated. Students can register with UGA’s Associate Dean of Students Dr. Jan Davis Barham to occupy these spaces between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. If organizations want to exert their freedom of speech rights outside of the allowed times, they must be approved by the Associate Dean of Students a minimum of 48 hours before their assembly. In addition to UGA’s designated free expression areas, the policy on freedom of expression also notes that all other areas of campus can be used by members of the UGA community for speeches and demonstra-



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tions. To assemble in places other than the free expression areas, students must obtain permission by the associate dean of students at least 48 hours in advance. However, freedom of speech covers more than words themselves. Marches, like that of the Black Affairs Council and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center in November 2013, are also protected under UGA’s free expression policy. The rule states that marches can take place on the sidewalks and streets of the UGA campus provided that they are approved by the Associate Dean of Students and a permit is given. Likewise, students can hand out non-commercial written publications including handbills, newspapers and magazines to individuals only in open areas outside of UGA buildings. For effectively planning demonstrations or marches, Povdin recommends having discussions with the University. With proper planning, necessary streets can be blocked off by the University Police. “We just want it to be a safe experience for everyone involved and a good experience for you,” Povdin says. Because UGA is a public institution, its policy on freedom of expression limits the time and places that students can hold speeches and demonstrations as a provision to “serve the interest of public health and safety, prevent disruption of the educational process, and protect against the invasion of the rights of others.” Students’ expressions must not interfere with the daily routine of UGA and must comply with federal and state laws as well as UGA guidelines and regulations. Povdin advises students to start conversations about free speech at UGA. “We’re happy to talk about what it means to hold a free speech event,” Povdin says of the CSO.


Athens Food Tours Provide Glimpse Into Local Food Options by Greg Voyles photos by Elizabeth Vogan



thens is known for its great restaurants, but most people have not been to all of them. A great way to get a sampling of a few of them is it to go on a food tour. Athens Food Tours, a branch of Georgia Food Tours, allows peopl to walk around to various locally owned restaurants to try an array of dishes. The company was founded in Athens in 2010 by Mary Charles Howard and has since expanded to Atlanta, St. Simons, and various places around the state. Georgia Food Tours also offers farm tours and romantic picnics as part of their services. Athens Food Tours offers seven different tours for their customers. Four are in different Athens neighborhoods: Prince Avenue, Downtown, Five Points, and Boulevard. The other three, Bucket List, Sweet and Savory, and Sweets and Drinks Tours, focus on having iconic Athens food experiences. Most tours are three hours long and prices range from $38 to $56 depending on the tour. Most tours are also walking tours, so no one will struggle to hear the tour guide over the roar of a bus. The walks are also a useful way to work off some of the food that one has eaten during the tour. The food consumed is all included in the price of the tour. Drinks are also sampled during the tour, but customers must be 21 and older. However, they do make accommodations for underage customers. The tours are also committed to giving their customers the most enjoyable experience possible. The online booking form asks if customers have any food allergies or aversions. The staff of Athens Food Tours makes sure that the restaurants they visit follow the criteria set in the mission of the organization. “Our mission is to showcase the great local restaurants and farms in and around Athens,” says Stella Smith, manager of AFT. “ It’s often hard to decide which one to go to. After experiencing a food tour, customers will have a better idea of the great array of restaurants Athens has and some of the delicious food offered.” Some of these delicious meals include pizza and meatball appetizers at Ted’s Most Best, the Elvis Burger and tater tots at Clocked, Yoshie’s Chicken and Panéed Chicken with cocktails at 5 Bar, chicken wings and a sample of home brewed beers at Copper Creek Brewing Co. The tour ends with a dessert sampler and coffee with Bailey’s at Square One Fish Co. Think this sounds mouth-wateringly good? Take the plunge and go on a tour. Booking information is on their website at It takes four people to make a tour, so be sure to bring a friend. The staff at Athens Food Tours is friendly and always willing to help. Have fun and don’t be afraid to explore new food!





from parents and becoming an adult is exciting, yet with all this freedom comes added pressures and anxieties. As students are constantly told, college is supposed to be the best of course, make good grades. But for some students, especially those suffering with mental illnesses, those expectations and pressures can be overwhelming. Mental illnesses on college campuses have increasingly become an issue in the last few perience a mental illness and more students arrive on campus having received mental health services before starting college. Additionally an increasingly number of students are seeking help for mental health problems that occur after they arrive on campus . On campuses, including the University of Georgia’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), the health center provides resources for students who are dealing with mental illness. Unfortunately, many students fear to seek help or support because of negative attitudes and behavior, and social and older will experience a mental illness in any given year. According to the latest association for University and College Counseling Center Directors survey of counseling center directors, 95 percent of college counseling center directors ing concern in their center or on campus. The survey also found that anxiety is the top concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). T, a UGA student who asked to remain anonymous, is among a growing group of college students who tries to balance college with mental illness. She has been negatively affected by the pressures of school, which ultimately led to being diagnosed with mental illness (General Anxiety Disorder and depression). Over her last three years at the University, she joined sands of other students. Her busy schedule took a toll on her and started to adversely affect



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her studies and her interaction with other peers. “I really just wanted to do my best,” she said, “I wanted to stand out in a such a large school, so I as getting good grades and having a social life, but eventually all of that took up all my time. During my second year, I would lock myself in my room and refuse to get help. My grades severely dropped and I lost many friends. I even contemplated committed suicide many times and started to harm myself. I just could not deal with school or life anymore; it was too much.” According to the 2013 National Survey of College Counseling Centers, an average of 1,800 students sought individual or group counseling for mental health related issues at universities with more than 15,000 students .With the growing number of students with mental health issues, some college campuses cannot provide adequate psychiatric services. Students, on the other hand, do not seek these services or understand how to access mental health services and supports. Also, the social stigma attached to mental illness has a large role with the small number of students seeking help at school. As claimed by the survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, stigma remains the number one barrier to students seeking help Colleges and their health centers can play an important role reducing stigma and generating awareness about mental health. Colleges can provide information to the campus community on how common mental health conditions are, host on campus educational activities and campaigns that combat stigma, and offer training for students and faculty to learn the facts about mental health . Students who were surveyed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness expressed the value of having students share their personal experiences with mental health issues and success stories to reduce stigma. The more mental health awareness is projected amongst campuses, the more it will be easier for students to seek adequate help for their problems. Due to the growing concern for students,cases of severe anxiety have declined because students are learning more effective strategies for dealing with anxiety. Suicidal thoughts have also declined – the decrease may have resulted from improvements in suicide prevention education, and outreach and awareness . The numbers show that mental health is a problem for many students.However, allowing students to have the opportunity to converse about the pressures of college may force colleges to take these issues more seriously.


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inimum wage has become a topic of debate once again as different states approve consti-

According to Forbes’ website, New Jersey voters approved an amendment that will raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour. Furthermore, voters in a Seattle suburb, SeaTak, voted on whether to raise minimum wage to $15 for people in the airport business.If approved, this would be the highest minimum wage in the nation. In total, 18 states have the minimum wage set at higher than the federal level. The major change might come after the Senate votes on whether to raise the federal minimum from $7.25 to $10.10. President Obama supports this bill entirely, which raises the question on unemployment prospects. Will employers be able to hire more people if the minimum wage is increased? On the other side of the argument, in many places, workexample, certain places in New York clearly have no limitations when it comes to the minimum amount of wage a worker is entitled to. Waiters and waitresses can make below the wage since they have the potential for tips. However, if not given the tips, they could make well below the national $7.25 wage. A majority of minimum wage workers don’t support themselves or their families to the fullest will alleviate poverty and help families support themselves. “In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty,” he said in his most-recent State of the Union address. Many people still have doubts on whether raising the wage is the right move for “the wealthiest nation on Earth.” Ways to raise unemployment could come from other alternatives. Some argue that money should be directly channeled to low-income poverty more than the increase in minimum wage. Whatever the decision may ultimately be, it quences. The minimum wage will likely increase as the country continues to grow in population and in its needs.


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he lines drawn by music on sexuality are clear: Music is boundless, timeless and has no exceptions to the rules. Since there are no limitations when it comes to music, women are more inclined to feel free and think freely about their sex appeal. Music always held the outlets today ask the question: their concept of sexuality? Today’s music evolution compared to 10 years ago exposes the dramatic yet explicit change of creative expression in song lyrics towards women. For women to feel sexy is their own right, but a change in music enters a change of music towards sexuality. To feel “sexy” is a state of being portrayed through behavior, perceptions and actions that provoke sexual attraction. One can simply exude sexiness by the way they walk, talk and carry themselves. Music has allowed for open sexuality to soften the offensive connotation associated with sex in American culture. Sex is still considered a taboo topic inappropriate for open discussion banned by cultural norms. The moral standards of culture shrink sex to acts of vulgarity and shames for it. Those same restrictions limit women from feeling free in expression of their sexuality. Women studies instructor, Dr. Lauren Chambers, says sex is considered a taboo to an “extent” in a sexually driven society where the philosophy “sex


sells” in entertainment is solid. “Even though we live in a sex saturated society, we’re exposed to so much sexuality on a daily basis,” says Chambers. “We enjoy sex for entertainment purposes but we don’t want to teach sex.” As women, being sexually educated does not just stop at the home or the classroom; there are multiple outlets that sex can be learned. Whether our society wants to appropriately address it or not, sex can be accessed through television, magazines, movies, books and, most importantly, music. Women want to look and feel good and music offers a notion of self in the balance of physical and mental awareness. Although music does not represent the only notion of self, it does liberate women to feel more attractive about themselves and of their body. As a woman, Chambers feels that whether music has the power to liberate women sexually is not a concrete yes or no. “I think it can, I think the that in one way,” says Chambers. When you put aside music that degrades women or highlights the one-dimensional vision of women as props, there is the potential for music to teach sexuality, but it has to be productive. “I see change but I still feel the same representation as women being props, even when it is their video,” says Chambers. Those who feel sexy listening to music that degrades

and disembodies women have their feminism questioned. These women are looked upon as supporting trashy music that strengthens a culture of sex inequality. The preference level is not the same for everyone who listens to music; it is all an acquired taste. Music can be lisbut what music a woman chooses to listen to should necessarily represent her as a person. The versatility of music to empower and entertain is what sets it apart from listeners that dissect song lyrics factually versus listeners that simply enjoy a good beat. “It doesn’t make me feel sexually empowered. I solely like it because of the person’s voice,” says Chambers about Robin Thicke’s controversial, yet popular song “Blurred Lines.” Some believe that instead of intensifying the issue of music’s misogynistic undertones of women, it channels self-expres“Our sensuality is connected to a rhythm,” says fourthyear fashion merchandising major, Alexandra Carter. “And certain types of music bring the sexy sensuality within us to the forefront.” The number of prominent women musicians in the music not need to depend on men to provide a sexuality blueprint of womanhood. A woman that owns her freedom knows how to make her own decisions and be sexy at her own discretion.

Entertainment Before the release of her view with Flexipop! Magazine, Madonna said her sexuality does not come from what she feels her audience expects to see from her onstage. “I think it’s really important to exude sexuality on stage, but I don’t think I have to entice men, said Madonna. “I don’t think people have to be aroused sexually by what you wear. I get over that by way of being sexy just by the way I sing and move on stage.” In addition to Madonna,

there exists a wide range of women musicians who feel sexually empowered enough to connect sexuality with their music. Many credit Beyoncé as an entertainer of this generation who brings awareness of sexuality in music to her fans. “She pushes boundaries and still stays classy in my mindin ways artists cannot emulate,” says Chamber. Before her self-titled album “Beyoncé” dropped, Beyoncé rarely expressed sexuality in her music. Throughout her career, she gained the

back on the prototype of how women should market sex appeal in music. “I don’t at all have any shame about being sexual and I’m not embarrassed about it,” said Beyoncé. “I don’t feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power that we all have.”

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hanks to a new generation’s love of watching television shows without actually using a TV, broadcasters and advertisers have scrambled to understand the demographics for each show. It’s apparent this system still has some bugs because new shows get created then pulled from the television guide every season. The popular website TV Line has a section devoted to informing viewers about which shows have been cancelled, or renewed. Avid television favorite shows being put on probation for not garnering enough viewership So this begs the question: What are the factors that go into cancelling a show? Ken Levine, a seasoned television writer who worked on the shows, “Cheers” and “The Simpsons,” talked about this phenomenon on his website. “[I]f a network wants to keep ferent ways,” Levine said. “If it doesn’t arguments to cancel it.” Some shows that appeal to the network’s values or what they think people enjoy watching will stay on longer than viewers might like. Shows that are quirkier and have an ardent cult following seem prone to getting the boot sooner than fans would like. However, if fans are watching, why does the show die? The Nielsen Company, an information and measurement company, indicates, that “stud[ies] consumers in more than 100 countries to give the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide.” They have changed throughout the years to adapt to a new age of viewers. College students in particular, or the 18-34 age range, is a desired group to have but usually when Nielsen chooses people to study -

graphic. The company collects information through diary entries and TV set meters installed in participants’ homes. There are several problems with both of these methods. The diary method, many have pointed out, fails to represent a diverse group of viewers. Most likely the ones that write in from Poynter. “ Include more whites than non-responders, [they’re] over 50 years old…Have no children at home, have a landline and one cell phone and watch networks like NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS.” The responders are generally older and are not the only group of society that watches television today. The people that don’t respond called non-responders look more like the heterogeneous society we know. They’re “renters, younger, include higher numbers of Blacks and Hispanics, have several electronic devices… watch networks like Univision, BET, MTV…watch TV in groups, often at a friend’s house, or in restaurants and bars.” These methods have their fair share of faults, which explains why shows whose demographics aren’t covered in the responder group might get cut. If a group that watches a show every week is not covered in the responders, it might appear that the show is not doing as well in the ratings. Without the full spectrum of viewers being covered, mistakes like these are likely to keep occurring.

by Katherine Story


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ince its creation, hip-hop music’s progression in terms of to whom it reaches and who creates it has changed drastically. Created in the late 1970’s in Bronx, a genre of music consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. Initially a part of the hip-hop subculture that includes rapping (MC-ing), DJ-ing, beat boxing, break dancing and grafmusic has evolved and grown as a genre to reach many different demographics outside of its initial supporters and creators, African Americans. Now encompassing several different races, ethnicities and lifestyles hip-hop music continues to evolve from its standard The genre might have started out as a part of solely black culture, but supporters today believe that it is has grown past serving one demographic. While maintaining its original fan base, hip-hop music now resonates with mainstream consumers—especially American youth of all races. “I think that hip-hop started off as a ‘black thing,’ but over time it grew to other races and people,” bany, Ga.. “Now it’s an everybody thing. As an artist, you make art for everyone—for it to be adopted into


other cultures is an applause for how far it has come.” Through various media outlets the genre is more accessible and mainstream. The sharing of music on television, the Internet and social media platforms, have propelled hip-hop music’s reach. Television shows like Total Request Live exposed new audiences to rap music and rap artists that they otherwise might not have ever heard. Once the media accepted, promoted and shared rap music, it began to grow in popularity. Now having the ability to reach a larger connect with. “The media got wind of the growing popularity of hip-hop and took the reins and amped it up,” says Matt Tompkins, a Content Manager at Street Execs from Dunwoody, Ga. “[Therefore] exposing the culture to different demographics and mediums.” Besides the fact that rap music is more accessible, people today are more open minded, helping hip-hop music to gain acceptance. It is often raw and rebellious. Artists can say whatever they want without restriction, which is a characteristic that is not found in a lot of other genres. People connect catchy beats. “Being a white Jew, I don’t believe hip-hop is a ‘black thing,’” says Tompkins. “The beats, the stories, the escape from normal

and the unexplainable emotions it evokes are reasons why I listen to hip-hop music more than any other genre.” Changing times has forced the genre to transform since its conception. The lyrical content, the beats and the image of rap music as a whole has evolved. “The style of rap and what rappers were talking about has changed since it originated, “ says Daryl Singleton, a third year biological sciences major and local DJ from Snellville, Georgia. “Today, it’s one of the only genres that is so explicit and that is part of the reason people like it.” Since hip-hop has become incorporated into many demographics the question of whether it still remains authentic has come into question. “If people want to create authentic hip-hop music, they have to understand where it comes from. Otherwise it will take away from the authenticity of it,” says Johnson. “Hip-hop consists of elements. Just rapping doesn’t make it hip-hop and just a beat doesn’t make it hip-hop. It’s the two together.” Authentic hip-hop music is not determined by race, rather, it is determined by the different elements an artist uses when creating a song or album. Eminem, a white rapper from Detroit, Mich., has won twelve Grammys in the hip-hop/rap

If people want to create authentic hip-hop music, they have to understand where it comes from. Otherwise it will take away from the authenticity of it.

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categories and is often credited with being one of the best modern rappers. Despite the fact that he is not black, many hip-hop listeners never question his authenticity. “There is no way I can say that [Eminem] does not produce hip-hip

in the hip-hop category. “Nicki Minaj raps on pop beats and I think that, as a whole, her Pink Friday was a pop album, but since she is a rapper, all of he raps about and his beat selection her songs are considered hipmake him a hip-hop artist.” hip songs,” says Johnson. “The Other artists, such as Macklecategory in which a song falls into more, struggle to gain acceptance by needs to be determined on an original hip-hop supports but seem to individual basis.” have no issue getting approval from Singleton says that “real” newer listeners. After winning the best rap album, best rap song, and best rap rap is easier to categorize than artist categories at the 2014 Grammys, people make it; that rapping on Macklemore sent Twitter feeds into an any beat is enough to make a uproar. Many were saying that Mackle- song a hip-hop song. “Who determines what is more’s music is not “real” hip-hip. “Yes, [Macklemore] can rap, but it real and what is not?” asks Singleton. “To say it’s not real rap isn’t hip-hop music,” says Johnson. “I think he is a great artist, just not in the music is taking away from his [Macklemore] art form. I think if hip-hop category. His lyrics and style conforms hip-hop music to a more pop Macklemore were black, his talstyle, so the majority of white America ent wouldn’t even be questioned.” Tompkins explains that will accept and enjoy the altered verhip-hop music loses authenticity sion of the hip-hop music.” when artists and executives use Johnson explains that Macklemore is not the only artist who is guilty the music as a platform to create endorsement deals and tailor muof this. Many hip-hop artists create music for a broader audience and have sic to businesses and PR stunts as

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opposed to an art form. “Authenticity in hip-hop music does not have to do with race but the type of people that would rhyme ‘Hanging with my crew, sipping Mountain Dew’ for a check,” says Tompkins. Hip-hop music focuses more on content, rather than the color or background of the person creating or listening to the music If it relates to a person, the issue of authenticity should not come into question. With new artists of different races and a larger fan base, hip-hop music is becoming more Maybe hip-hop music is evolving artists of other races are creating subcategories of the genre. Either way, hip-hop music’s cultural lines are blurring and hip-hop music is becoming a part of the lives of many different kinds of people. Because hip-hop music’s newfound reach, it is ultimately going to continue to change.

by Janai Crudup


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A Night at the Morton: Celebrating Black Traditions in Athens Musical Culture,” an event hosted by the Institute for African American Studies, the UGA Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts, and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, successfully recognized the prestigious musicians and performers who have established their presence in the Athens music scene. As lights were dimmed, students, teachers and poets, who would later be invited up to the stage , settled into their chosen seats for the night, and the show began. The audiences’ voices rejoiced in a sing-a-long to “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” accompanied by the African American Choral Ensemble, directed by Dr. Gregory Broughton. Dr. Valerie Babb made her welcome, thanking the participants for their cooperation in making this night of appreciation and coming-together possible. The audience was then treated to a poetry reading by Dr. Ed Pavlic, followed by a quick remembrance of the famous works of Butterbeans and Susie and other musicians and performers involved in the classical, spiritual, smooth, and jazz music scene, including other talents, all of whom once shared their aspirations at the Morton Theatre. This along with a dramatic reading of Butterbeans and Susies’ “Brokedown Pappa” were enticed by Dr. Freda Scott Giles and J. L. Reed. Members of a research team led by Dr. Barba-

ert Cole’s Music and Performance in the Era of Jim Crow.” Shandton Williams, a member of the research team, shared his inspiration in wanting to inform an audience about a man who made his mark on the world. “He was born in Athens but very few people know that he was born here,” said Williams. “Our attempt is not only to highlight his importance to black entertainment but to the Athens music scene.” Although he never performed at the Morton Theater, Robert Cole was remembered for his musical talents and for his efforts in embracing a public that stereotyped black Americans during segregation. “He has a conservatory in California and another in the world, but in Athens, the place where he was born, many efforts weren’t made to memorialize him for his impact on the world, which is why we’re here tonight,” said Williams. “To pay homage to him and say thank you.” A moment of silence was then paid in tribute to those whose dreams were crushed by segregation. The evening followed with an interview with Dr. Walter Allen, who started four instrumental programs for black students in elementary schools in the Athens area. Finally, the night concluded with performances by the African American Choral Ensemble, Sister Lillie Dowdy, Union Note Singers, Sister Dierdra Stroud, the Howard Sisters, the Athens Voices of Truth and a

“Our attempt is not only to highlight his importance to black entertainment but to the Athens music scene.”

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hether you hate it or love it, running is one of the most basic forms of exercise. The only thing you need to participate is a pair of shoes and some water. But more importantly, there’s the need for will power. Running is a mind game. No one wants to go outside and exhaust themselves in the heat or the cold jsst for kicks. However, if you can will yourself to get out there and do it, then you’re going to feel great afterwards. third-year biology major and member of the Universi-


probably like ‘This is stupid. Why would I keep doing this?’ You can enjoy it once you get past the beginning stages of fatigue.” Consistency is another essential element associated with running. It’s very easy for one’s body to get out of shape if it’s not conditioned regularly. Voyle’s teammate Luke Baker has been running for ten years as well. After the cross country season ends, the team takes a week off from running. According to Baker, the following week is the hardest for all of the runners. “One year after cross country nationals, I took the week off and then tried to run. I had to sit on the curb after a while because I felt like I was dying,” said


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Baker, a fourth year marketing and management major from McDonough, Ga. ”Just a few weeks earlier I was in the best shape of my life and suddenly I could barely run two miles.” Both runners expressed that they could probably go a month without running. Anything longer than that would drive them crazy. Although Baker and Voyles run every single day, they still admit that it’s something they don’t always love. said Voyles. “You consciously hate it more than you enjoy it.” Samantha German, a fourth year digital and broadcast journalism major from Charleston, .S.C. agrees with this sentiment. German ran track during middle and high school but slowed down considerably when she came to college. She’s quick to echo that she doesn’t enjoy running either.

Other times I get a runner’s high and feel like I could run an additional six miles.” Currently, German tries to run once a week if she has the time. She does it because she likes to stay healthy and in shape as much as possible. Anyone who lacks the motivation to run should also try to

“In your head you're probably like ‘This is stupid. Why would I keep doing this?’” marathon, constantly remind yourself of that,” said Baker. “Running is the quickest and best way to get est.” Voyles said he starts to question his sanity when he thinks too hard about running. It’s just something you have to get out there and start doing.


The Rise in Popularity of the

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n the world of food, gluten has been a heavily discussed topic in recent years. Gluten is a protein found in products made from wheat, barley, and rye. Some people have celiac disease, which means they are unable to consume wheat made with gluten. They cannot consume gluten for health reasons. However, some people are now choosing to forego gluten in their diet, even if they aren’t intolerant to it. Foodies have found that a According to the American Diabetes Association, several common foods include gluten in their list of ingrefoods too, like soup broth and salad dressing. Gluten is everywhere in today’s popular foods. In order to maintain a gluten-free diet, eaters must thoroughly plan and watch the foods they consume. Although avoiding these foods may be a challenge, there are plenty of substitutes to use in place of gluten. For exist for each kind of food. However, dieters should make sure to still get enough protein, especially since substitute brands can lack the same nutritional value as gluten products typically do. Many believe that a gluten-free diet can lead to a healthier lifestyle for the dieter. Gluten itself doesn’t have any nutritional value. However, many of the grains and products that include gluten do have ten-free products. According to Web MD, a report from the American Dietetic Association found that gluten-free foods were low in vital nutrients, like vitamins, calcium and iron. Health authorities also warn that if dieters don’t have celiac disease, they shouldn’t take the risk of going on the diet. Gluten-free food means a completely different eating plan. Often times, the new plan overlooks the fundamental nutrients needed for a full diet. For dieters, a gluten-free diet often means a low-calorie diet. The lower calories shouldn’t outweigh what could be lost in a gluten-free diet. While those suffering from celiac disease don’t have a choice, some of those on the diet willingly choose it. If eaters decide to commit to the lifestyle, they should plan the diet with their overall health in mind. A healthy version of the gluten-free diet should incorporate all-natural foods. These incan also use quinoa and amaranth, two grains that lack gluten, in their diet. Gluten-free diets shouldn’t be taken lightly, since they can deprive the dieter of essential vitamins and minerals. However, if planned carefully, the diet can offer a lower calorie option to many of the popular grains found today in stores.

Encouraging Sports in Girls at a Young Age

by Katherine Cheng



uring the 20th century, it was not uncommon for boys to be encouraged to excel in sports for the opportunity to play in college. In 1972, the United States passed Title IX, which afforded girls that same opportunity with the promise that they would be guaranteed the same right to every privilege that their fellow male athletes were given. Since then, there has been a surge in the amount of female teams participating at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels. Today, thanks to Title IX, both male and female youth have a wide variety of options when it comes to sports participation. Yet still, 14 percent less girls parts. empowerment and healthy habits over the course of life, thus inspiring national efforts such as the GoGirlGo program by the Women’s Sports Foundation. This foundation encourages sedentary girls to become active. Every adolescent girl experiences their body’s transition from adolescence to adulthood during a time when social pressures may be isfaction with their natural body. However, athleticism offers a very different option, allowing them to value the physical assets which make them successful in their sport and take pride in their assertive“I enjoy being strong not because it impresses other people or my body is toned, but because I love feeling empowered and like I can take care of Ga. “Once you feel good about yourself, others will matter if you’re a size zero or an athletic size 8.” Dunn, a member of the UGA rowing team, believes that although she is strong for her team, her athletic success has also improved how she and may contribute to 92 percent of female high school athletes being less likely to be involved with drugs, 80 percent less likely to become pregnant, and three

times more likely to graduate than non-athletes, according to a study by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. All of these factors reinforce the fact ation, and according to a 2003 study, 38 percent of women agree, rating “increasing the number of girls in organized sports” as a top priority for the feminist movement. “I have always admired female athletes like Lolo Jones and Yelena Isinbayeva because they don’t let any kind of societal standards stop them,” says Dunn. “They do what they want and excel at it. I admire that”. By idolizing the hard work and success of role models such as Dunn’s, girls are inspired to prioritize their own health and wellbeing with methods that are maintainable throughout the life course. They are motivated not by the pure desire to be attractive, but also to be capable to perform their best. In addition to lowering the risk of chronic that supports the push for women to exercise. One to three hours of exercise per week during the reproductive years can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 20-30 percent and weight bearing exercises such as walking help prevent osteoporosis (which affects one out of four women over 60). “My motivation to always play my best helped me stay motivated to work out even in the off science major from Johns Creek, Ga. Flesher recognizes that her past experiences in soccer helped her stay healthy even after she stopped playing. “My teammates and I would work together,” she says, “. We all had a common goal, and today, something to work towards”. For many girls like Dunn and Flesher, playing sports gives them a sense of pride over goals that they have worked hard to accomplish. That same sense inspires emerging women to compete in the real world with the same drive and passion that


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“GOOOOOAAAAAAL!!” yells a sports commentator as the ball hits the back of the net. The clip is replayed and the audience sees how the striker moved the ball with his teammates past the defenders and hoodwinked the goalkeeper. A roar lifts from the crowd as one side of the stadium celebrates joyously. Time still remains in this 90-minute game. As the noise dies down, countless voices in countless languages recount the game to millions around the world. Every four years, 64 nations compete to decide who the next world soccer champion will be. This event encompassesWW the entire country as games are played in towns and stadiums all over . This year, Brazil will be the host of the FIFA World Cup Tournament. Known for soccer greats such as Pelé, Kaká, and Ronaldinho, the location of event also offers a cultural glimpse into the host country. Alongside advertisements and half-time shows, the host country’s way of life is encapsulated in video clips. “Samba-dancing, lots of people, and winner of many trophies…I’m excited about it being in Brazil,” said Vineet Vora, third year statistics graduate student from Mumbai, India. ”This world cup will be more festive. I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony.” Brazil is the largest country in South America, and there are many cultural differences within it. Besides soccer, capoeira is another sport iconic to the country as is the sound of the samba or the fancy footwork of the national soccer team. It’s not surprising that Brazil’s vibrant culture has drawn many to it. Yet, there are darker shadows to this seemingly perfect venue. “The world cup brings up a lot of issues in Brazil,” said Wagner Palacio, fourth year management and information systems major from Recife, Pernamthere are more important things than soccer. I hate it. Not many people think about the logistics.“

Such a huge event can expose all the gray areas within a country. With the world watching, many people take to the streets to protest grievances that the government has left unanswered. This event lasts about a month, but the adjustments made have lasting effects on the people leaving there. Revelers get swept into the promise of a great time. Even though Brazil is known for its skill in soccer (holder of the most World Cup gold trophies), not everyone in Brazil is a fan. For a short time, people’s homes and neighborhoods become venues for others to enjoy.

"Yet, there are darker shadows to this seemingly perfect venue."

Still, the tournament can lead to a sense of togetherness. “I’m not a big soccer fan, but I enjoy watching it major from Johns Creek, Ga. Friends come together to watch a tournament that comes every four years. Each year is different because each venue is different. As a summer tournament, many people are drawn towards it for its uniqueness: countries from around the world congregating for one purpose, the crowning of the new soccer champion. Furthermore, patriotism and one-ness with a country can unify people rather than divide them. As the ball slides past the goalkeeper and the referee calls time, all supporters are united in defeat or in victory.


T H E I N S T A N T W O R L D O F S O C I A L M E D I A by Anita Nsubuga Head down, scrolling through the screen with thumbs for a mouse, we are instantly linked. A glance at status posts on social media lets you know it’s snowing outside. Snowmen and friends posing for their wintry pictures keeps you connected to a common experience. Even a simple Vine about cabin fever makes you feel connected to others. Yet, how does this instant world affect the relationships we build? “Yes, it is affected,” says Thommy Hass, third-year computer science graduate and business informatics student from Koblenz, Germany. “It gives you the opportunity to fake your own identity –the concept of impression-management theory. We can control what others see to make ourselves better.” The relationship we have with ourselves can be affected. The perception we offer to the realm of social media can be skewed. The personas we build on social media sites may represent us, but not fully. Our likes, posts, and images are decisions processed before made. Impromptu moments and expressions picture is a decision. “Well, technology gives us the opportunity year English major from LaGrange, Ga.. ” Through video-chatting and Skype technology, we’re able to see our loved ones even when we’re far away. Technology shortens distance.” Miles apart, we can still see and hear each other. The conversations occur behind thin screens, but they are can occur in real time. In this way, people can remain close even miles apart. However, some feel differently. “Conversions are vague on


Facebook,” says Yemisi Alli, fourth year biological sciences major from Stone Mountain, Ga. “We have a few conversations and then people stop and disappear for a while,” Many of the friends on social media sites are not people we see every day. In our lives, there are people we engage with daily. We get to know each other and have more natural conversations with them. As time and distance grows with friends, we become closer to those around us than those away. They see us as we


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gradually change and grow. They have a more accurate composition of us than our personas on the web. Not only are individuals gravitating towards the technologyy, people in the work force are moving towards the Internet to conduct business. “Current events happen in real-time on from John’s Creek, Ga.. “Professionals also use Twitter.” The news is no longer restricted to the morning’s paper or news broadcast on television; the news can be followed real-time. As a story is breaking, it is also being reported. Journalism is changing, but it “In the future, almost every business will be managed online,” says Hass. Not only are our personal relationships being affected, our future work relationships maybe affected also. We are linked with each other online. As such, we can also link online for business purposes. Furthermore, certain careers may be needed to help shift other businesses online. “I went to the job fair and there people holding signs for Computer Science and Management Information Systems and Technology majors,” said

economics major from Lahore, Pakistan. “Who does that for any other major? Their demand is so high, their supply is low.” Technology is not slowing down, but increasing in use. We may see a future where we work, play, and live online. In this future, our personas online may determine what we do in the real world. New generations may forget the world around them and only immerse themselves in the instant world. However, this may not be our future. “Facebook allows you to share pictures,” says Vineet Vora, a third-year statistics graduate student from Mumbai, India. “Still, face to face is how I get to know people, the personal stuff.” but they cannot replace the bonds and connections that people build when engaging in face-to-face interactions. In front of others, we cannot edit ourselves but we can expose we are-fully. As technology progresses, our lives grow more intertwined. Through technology, we can create our own virtual selves and also work online. Yet, we also do not need it to bond with others. The instant world affects us: our identities, our friends, and our futures.



IS LOVE by Ari Strickland


ife as a college student isn’t easy: times are hard and the struggle is real. This year has been particularly stressful at the University of Georgia considering the tragic losses of four of our fellow students, several on-campus burglaries and attacks, and the everyday challenges of college. When dealing with stress, heartache and despair, I look to my religion as a source of comfort and peace. However, I have come to notice that religion, a tool of positivity and such a crucial matter of the heart is a considerable source of division amongst people, when it really should be a vessel of unity. Several themes that pervade the different world religions overlap, and we should allow these parallels to bridge the gap between members of different belief systems. “I think [the issue is] simple misunderstandings or completely opposite perspectives,” says Nathan Byrd, a campus minister at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at UGA. “If we just talk to each other, I think there would be a lot more commonalities that we would see.” Most of us prefer to stay in our comfort zone and don’t reach out to those with different religious beliefs because we may not fully understand what they believe or why. There are foundational differences between eastern and western world views that makes relating to each other seem like a daunting task. Hinduism and Buddhism are nondualistic religions, meaning they do not differentiate between the body and mind, they see these as the same substance. In contrast, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are explicitly dualistic, placing much emphasis on the distinction and relationship between our physical and spiritual lives. It is important to understand that there is a strong cultural component of religion. where you were raised and the socio-cultural norms of that place and time. Personal experiences can also contribute, possibly causing you to question and even abandon your religious beliefs. Despite the many ideological differences, atheists and religious individuals have many things in common. “Regardless of whether you believe in the hereafter, or in a ‘God’, or in a higher power... it’s all about living your life with a higher purpose,” says Najla Bassim Abdulelah, the president of the Muslim Student


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Association at UGA added, An article titled “The Compassionate Species” from the University of California, Berkeley reminded us that Charles Darwin argued that sympathy is our strongest instinct, and that it would spread through natural selection, for “the most sympathetic the greatest number of offspring.” Our ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes is what makes us human and allows us to reach out to each other despite our differences. It makes perfect sense that loving compassion, the feeling of deep sympathy for another who is going through a hard time, is the most common theme throughout the main world religions. The Buddha taught that once you understand that everyone suffers, and you want to alleviate that suffering for all, you have perfected compassion. Hinduism encourages believers to understand that everything you do has an impact on others and yourself, so the desire to do good rather than evil is not only everyone in the world as well. In the Abrahamic religions, the theme of compassion is also prevalent. In the holy texts of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism to “Love your neighbor as yourself” is mentioned as one of the highest commandments. “All you need is love...” the Beatles famously sing in their hit song. Regardless of what you believe in, or if you believe in anything at all, and regardless of the many differences between religions, love remains a constant. Humans are creatures of love, and we need love. The easiest and greatest thing you can offer anyone is a smile, a simple gesture of kindness. The stresses of college life would be more manageable if we took the time to help each other out. I implore you to look beyond the differences and make

a conscious effort every day, in every situation, to be more loving and more compassionate. With a little more love, we can help each other make it through anything.

The Invisible People in Our Community by Ashlee Cox


Only when we are able to see the humanity of the homeless instead of the circumstance will we begin to create the change...


photo provided by Whitney Ostrander



ow many times have you thoughtlessly walked past the guy asking for money on your way downtown? As I ask myself that question, I realize there are countless times I have overlooked, bypassed, or laughed at homeless people. My behavior towards any other group of people would usually prompt shame – no person should be treated with that level of callousness or disrespect, but in our society the homeless aren’t thought of as people; rather we treat them like stray animals, uncared for and ignored. Although we live in the same world, the barrier dividing most people in society from the homeless seems so vast. These are the attitudes and ignorance that has allowed homelessness to grow unchecked for the last 60 years. Background Homelessness affects almost 2 million people in the United States alone. In Athens, there are currently 613 people who are homeless. From this number, there are 95 households or families who are residents between the ages of 18-24. These numbers have increased from 2013 when the number of homeless individuals in Athens was 550. Our Perspective Until I began researching homelessness, I thought that I knew so much on the subject. Growing up near the city of Atlanta, I had been used to seeing the homeless on Marta trains and buses or near Turn-

resulting in homelessness include veterans with post-traumatic stress, who are unable to get a job after they return to civilian life, natural disasters such as causes. “For the majority of my adult life while homeless I’ve felt invisible.” saysTony Bennett a local homeless man originally from Mobile, Alabama spoke of his experience as a homeless person. “Yes, I have made mistakes in my life—drugs and alcohol—but the fact remains that I’m still a human being with feelings and a heart.” “Many people feel as though they are better than me,” says Charles Bishop another local homeless man who is from Athens, Georgia and is regarded as a sort of staple in the Athens community. “They give me dirty looks or ignore me. How much better does that make me feel when I’m already humbling myself by asking for money? I just want people to realize that my lot in life does not make me any less human. In fact it makes me more so. Being at the bottom in life, surviving this street life has shown me the weaknesses and strengths of humanity.” Both Tony and Charles, articulate and thoughtful people, showed me that each person’s truly left an impact on me and totally changed what I thought I knew about homelessness. Biggest Takeaway

the population that very bad choices had placed those people in dire circumstances the homeless“is a person with an addiction problem or a criminal who cannot get a job because of a felomajor from Donaldson, Ga, Unfortunately, many people would agree with this assumption and suggest that it is fact. According to a 2012 report by the National Coalition for the Homeless, only 38 percent of the homeless suffer from alcoholism and 29 percent used other drugs. “That is surprising to me. I thought the percentage would be more like 90 percent,” Simmerock lessness is a more complex issue than most people think.” Reality In actuality, the scope of why a person becomes displaced is so much wider. Other situations

bottom is actually not that far down. We must start to remind ourselves that the guy standing on the street could easily be us. Only when we are able to see the humanity of the homeless instead of the circumstance will we begin to create the change necessary to reform homelessness in our cities. The truth is the state of the homeless will only change when every citizen sees homelessness as their problem and not someone else’s. “Getting involved here in Athens is easy,” says upcoming Impact leader for poverty and homelessness Sophia Crawford, a fourth-year social work major from Lawrenceville, Ga. “Places like Bigger Vision Community shelter, Sparrow’s Nest Mission, and Athens Area Homeless Shelter are always accepting volunteers. Every little thing that one more person ness a reality.”


BEING MULTIRACIAL: The Hidden Struggle by Angela Seal

“A sense of belonging is not contingent upon the way you look” photos by Taylor Carpenter


rowing up, my multiracial heritage had always been a source of pride for me, but that all changed once I reached my adolescence. All of a sudden, I felt as though I didn’t belong anywhere. And as time went on, I began to feel compelled to identify with only one of the two of my races in an attempt to free myself from the nagging sense of ambiguity I felt in relation to being multiracial. But despite my best efforts, I couldn’t help but feeling like the outsider on either sides of the spectrum.


the idea that I needed to change who I was in order to function, I decided to throw in the towel. In all honesty, I was simply fed up with pretending to be someone I wasn’t. I noticed myself beginning to reject the voice in my head telling me that I alone wasn’t good enough and rightly so. I guess I just learned to accept the fact that I would never be more or less of either of my two halves, and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with that. Being multiracial was and is

simply apart of who I am. The population of multiracial people within and without our borders has grown exponentially over the course of this past century. In the United States alone, we now make up two percent of the population, an equivalent of over six million people. Yet it’s no secret that until recently, multiracial people were not widely accepted, as interracial marriage across the United States was not legalized until 1967. And despite the growing numbers and subsequently increasing acceptance of who and what we represent, multiracial people are still subjected to discrimination, in many ways starting with ourselves. Considering the pressure placed on individuals people fail to embrace the totality of their mixed heritage. I was able to speak with a multiracial, University of Georgia graduate student who stated that, “as much as I identify myself internally as biracial, most people are going to see me as black…so I identify with that more now…Race is an important source of a lot of people’s identity. It’s more salient for some people than others. But I think that it factors into a lot of people’s self-understanding, because we live in a racial-ized society.” may not seem to be a terribly pressing matter. One might imagine that due to increasing prevalence, multiracial people are no longer subject to serious crisis. depression and suicidal thoughts..” Justine Tinkler, Assistant Professor of Sociology here at the University of Georgia, shed light on studies in relation

out what their identity is given that the salient social categories don’t work for them.” Given the absence of established and understood identity, multiracial individuals are faced with the burden of creating their identity, sometimes as a means emotional wellbeing. Despite the pressure to racially categorize oneself in order to satisfy the desire to belong, some multiracial people elect to take a difference stance. “The majority of people don’t even know I’m [half] Mexican,” says UGA student Troy Cichonski, American, so I’m pretty sure people identify me as just an American.” Identifying with an entity outside of race allows multiracial people to overcome society’s emphasis on the importance of matter. While race inevitably contributes to how we perceive others and therefore how they perceive us, we are all so much more than just that. Multiracial people face many of the same struggles as everyone else. Race aside, it’s easy to convicted beliefs and understandings of yourself. The only means of overcoming insecurity is to unapologetically own who you are in wake of life’s ever-enduring trials and tribulations. A sense of belonging is not contingent upon the way you look, but rather the acceptance of who you are.

InfUSion Magazine Spring 2014 Issue  
InfUSion Magazine Spring 2014 Issue