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Finally…coupons right when you need them! By Amanda MacLaren

How many times have you visited El Rodeo or Ruckus and as you were about to pay for your meal, you suddenly realize “Oh, I totally had a coupon for this dinner back at home!” Countless numbers of times, right? Well, now you won’t have to worry about missing out on those coupon deals from U the Magazine or any of your other favorite businesses from around the Triangle, because thanks to the new (and free!) mobile phone app from Zaxxys, you have a connection to hundreds of coupons, all just by downloading the app onto your cell phone! The company was started by a graduate from Fuqua School of Business and another graduate from N.C. State University. They launched their first iPhone app last year in July and extended their service to Android users this January. Despite the lack of manpower, Zaxxys has been making moves. The company partners exclusively with local marketing agencies to bring coupons from local businesses and restaurants to the app. One of their first major clients was Dunkin’ Donuts, which began testing the app out at three different locations in the Triangle, and now has 19 locations listed in the app. There are over 75 businesses supplying coupons on the app, and Zaxxys is ever-growing. In this next month or two alone, they plan on growing to about 300 merchants on the app, which would make Zaxxys the biggest mobile phone coupon supplier in this area. Through its partners, Zaxxys hopes to grow into areas like Myrtle Beach, Wilmington and Charlotte in the next year or so. One of the founders actually came up with the idea when he went to Bed Bath & Beyond one day and didn’t have 2

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the 20 percent off coupon that they have become famous for sending out. He realized that merchants were wasting their money with paper coupons, since most of them get thrown out or a person never seems to have a coupon when they need one. That gave him the initiative to create a userfriendly way to redeem coupons as well as a cost effective method for merchants to publish coupons, which ended up becoming Zaxxys. And not only does Zaxxys provide smarter couponing for its users and for merchants, it provides greener couponing as well. As merchants choose mobile phone apps for couponing, it reduces the waste created by consumers throwing away tons of paper coupons every year. Using Zaxxys is super easy too. Wherever you are, just log in to your location and search for deals within a 50-mile radius. You can search by business, keyword or category. Once you find a deal that you can use, simply select it, show it to the cashier, and then tap to redeem it! You can even save your favorite coupons or catalogs to your mobile device for easy retrieval in the future. So go ahead and download the Zaxxys app today and have instant savings at your fingertips. And be sure to check out the coupon catalog that U the Magazine is providing through Zaxxys once you download! Happy savings!


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Contents Table of Contents

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill August-September 2011 Volume 2, Issue 1 Publishers Moonstone Studio, LLC Pamela K. Marsh, partner Cindy M. Nitschke, partner Advertising Pamela K. Marsh, Advertising Director Cindy M. Nitschke, Account Executive Keisha Williams, Account Executive Design & Website Pamela K. Marsh, Art Director Nicole Yang, Graphic Designer Writers Shannon Beamon, Anne Brenner Emily Erdman, Amanda MacLaren Sammi Mandani, Qiara McCain Jade Phillips, Angelica Roman Shannon Weber

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Features Dorm Makeover: Turn Your Room From Bland to Grand...............6 Time Management from a Young Professional.............................10 Sustainable Careers.........................................................................14 BFFs and Roomies............................................................................16

DEPARTMENTS SPORTS: Trying Out.........................................................................18 MUSIC: Let’s Get Into Some Troubel!!............................................22 ARTS: The Strength of the Creative Human Mind and Spirit........22 Books: What to Read Next...........................................................23 DINING: Fall Food Finds...................................................................24 Coupons.......................................................................................27

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On the Cover: This picture was taken during the Water Ski and Wakeboard Club annual “club day” outing to Falls Lake. The entire club gets together around the start of the new school year for a little fun and relaxing time on the lake. It’s a great way to catch up after summer and introduce any new members to the club! Read more in our Sports section on joining a team.


Amanda MacLaren is a student at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication Reporting.

Emily Erdman is a French major at UNC Chapel Hill with minors in English and creative writing.

Jade Phillips is working on her Master’s in English at NC Central University and has a BA from NC State University.

Sammi Mandani is majoring in Secondary English Education at NC State University.

Shannon Weber is a senior at the UNC Chapel Hill. She is working towards her Business Administration degree.

Angelica Roman is a senior working on her BA in Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill.

Nicole Yang is a senior journalism major at UNC Chapel Hill, specializing in graphic design.

Qiara McCain is majoring in English with a film concentration at NC State University.

Anne Brenner is working on a degree in communication studies with a focus on media and production studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Shannon Beamon is a senior English major with a Creative Writing minor at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Dorm Makeover

Turn Your Room From

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By Amanda MacLaren

hen you move into your first dorm room, you are faced with four white walls and some pretty bland furniture: typically a desk, a bed, a dresser and occasionally a wardrobe. With cold tile floors and plastic mattresses, it can look more like a prison cell than the place you are going to be calling home for a year. So, you’ve got some work ahead of you to turn this bland dorm room into your room.

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Shopping for your dorm (or apartment!) can be a really exciting experience. You basically get a fresh canvas to create your perfect room without having to push all the junk out of your old room. It can be tricky since a lot of colleges have certain rules about what you can and cannot bring. For instance, some colleges don’t allow halogen lamps. So be sure to bring a checklist of what you cannot have in the dorm when you go shopping. But you do have to get started somewhere, so think of the basics first. You’re going to need a bed set. There are several places to start looking for dorm décor, and a lot of them have full bed sets for extra-long beds, which is the typical size for most colleges around the Triangle. The best stores to search are Target, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond. They have great deals during back-to-school weeks. You can go to their websites for good online deals, but there are also smaller websites that cater to dorm styling, like www.decor-2ur-door.com, which has bedding, furniture and room accessories catered towards women. Ross and Marshalls are also good stores for building your room on a budget. When it comes to picking out your bedding, choose a bedspread that caters to your personal style and think about the accessories you’ll be adding to your room, so that you can match them accordingly. Sometimes, a solid color bedspread is best for this, and you can use the color as a jumping off point to decorate the rest

of your room. A solid color bedspread allows for some interesting pillows and pillowcases without making your bed look cluttered with designs. But there are also plenty of bedspreads with designs like paisley, flowers, stripes, etc. that can add to the overall effect of your room. Look at plenty of choices, then choose the comforter that seems most your style. Besides bedding, another essential element to any dorm room is an area rug. The cold tile floors only serve as an eyesore and a reminder that you are not at home. By buying a large, soft area rug, it will make your room instantly feel more comfortable and homey. A solid color rug is usually best. It makes it easier to coordinate with the other colors in your room, as well as the colors your roommate might bring with him or her. Taupe and black are usually good neutral colors to go with, although dark blue and brown work well with plenty of other colors too. And it’s very hard to tell if they are a little dirty, which they will probably get to be.

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Having a small sitting area, whether it is with a futon or a large, comfy chair, adds functionality and versatility to your room, so it becomes more than just a bedroom. When it comes to entertainment, it’s all about the equipment. Thankfully, HDTVs are becoming less expensive, so it’s easy to have a high tech look for not such a high tech price. For the guys, usually having a big screen TV is the way to go, especially for watching your college’s games! Just make sure you have enough room to set up before buying such a large TV. Measure the dimensions in your room where you’ll put the TV first, then take those numbers with you to the store. You won’t want to have all your dishes, food stuff, makeup, toiletries, etc. strewn all over the place, either. It will make your room look messy and make it easier for things to get lost. So storage units are another must. The plastic, three drawer cartons are sold at all the retailers mentioned previously and usually don’t cost over $10. There are also smaller versions, for things like makeup, pens and jewelry. he downside is that they are not very attractive. o, in order to have lots of storage, but keep it out of sight, buy a cheap throw and put it over the containers. Instantly you have a shelf to sit a decoration, books or your microwave on top of, and no one has to know that it holds your stash of cereal in the bottom drawer!

Spruce it Up!

There are a couple components of living in a dorm that you will want to mask

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completely. One of them is the poor lighting. Harsh, fluorescent lighting can give you headaches, make you more stressed, and add to that prison feel. So search for alternate, softer lighting. Floor lamps are the most practical route, providing the most light and taking up the least space. There are plenty of sleek, cheap floor lamps available at the stores mentioned before. Going beyond the floor lamps, small desk lamps are the next best way to avoid fluorescent lighting, as well as provide light for homework if your roommate decides to go to sleep early. Instead of picking out a basic academic desk lamp,

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look for a small lamp with a shade over it. It’s another small way to make your room look more like your room at home and add a bit of style at the same time. Another interesting way to add light and a soft, relaxing mood to the room: string lights! Anything from simple bulbs to lanterns and stars, string lights can be placed all around the room and, if there are enough of them, give enough lighting to read by, but are soft enough to help you relax while doing your homework. When choosing décor for your dorm, there’s one big part of the room that often gets overlooked. The window helps provide natural light for the room, and when you frame that natural light with a pair of sheer curtains, it can bring your dorm room out of the blah stage to the wow stage. Again, pick a color that accents the other colors around your room. The curtains don’t have to be totally sheer, but they shouldn’t be so heavy that they don’t let any light through. Tie them back with ribbon or ropes on sunny days, and let them hang in front of the window at night. Another plus of curtains is you can leave the blinds up all the time and just close the curtains! This relaxes the atmosphere of your room significantly, since you don’t always have to look at industrial-style blinds all day and night. Speaking of your window, bring some of the outside in by having a few plants on the windowsill or on a dresser or desk, whatever is closest to the natural light. Having plants, from a bamboo plant to a flowering plant, really adds color to your room and brings the serenity of nature inside, which can help decrease your


stress without you even noticing! There are potted plants available at grocery stores, as well as Lowe’s and Home Depot stores that are relatively cheap. Buy a nice pot to transition your plant over to, and make sure you keep up with the watering! Most plants don’t need a lot of attention, but if it starts to wilt, get it water and fast! A dead plant will do nothing for your décor or your spirit. If you don’t want the responsibility of taking care of a plant full-time, buy a cheap vase and some fresh flowers once in a while. A neat trick is to buy white flowers and food coloring, and mix the food coloring in the water to make your college’s school color. Wait a few days and watch as the white flowers turn the shade of the water!

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Cover them! One of the most exciting parts of decorating your dorm room is picking out what will go on your walls. There are so many choices, but since most residence halls don’t let you nail into walls, many rely on posters for decoration. Still, posters can be a lot of fun, and there’s such a wide variety you may wind up with too many posters and not enough space! It’s best to choose your posters after seeing your dorm room, so you can have in your mind what will look best and where to put them. Vary the size of your posters as best you can; different shapes will add variability to the room. And pick out posters that speak to your personality, even if they don’t necessarily go along with your décor. Pictures that make you happy when you look at them, posters of movies or movie stars, or places like Paris, Rome, London, Beijing, places that interest you, whatever is your taste, add it to your wall. And don’t forget your other furniture! Put small pictures or posters on your dresser or your desk; they will fill the room with color, and give you something pleasant to look at while you’re brainstorming for a project or deep in thought. Other options for wall decorations include tapestries with fun prints, or banners and signs for your college. The die-hard fan will generally go all out and deck out their room in the school’s colors, and include logos and mascot pictures all over their room, which really shows dedication to your school. And if that is what you’re all about, go for it! Everyone will love coming over to your place to watch the game!

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The most important thing to remember when decorating your room is to be sure that the style reflects who you are. You’re going to be living there for an entire year and you want to come back after a long day of classes and really enjoy your time in your room. Whether you’re doing homework, watching TV, sleeping or just relaxing, you should feel comfortable enough to call it ‘home.’ At least until next year!

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Time Management from a Young Professional

By Jade Phillips

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efore I even begin the breakdown of priorities and where you should devote the most time, let me first start off by saying that neither one of the ventures that I’m about to discuss are easy on their own. On one hand you have graduate school; and in any field that you choose, you are going to have to read and write a lot, and spend a great deal of your time pondering ideas for your thesis.

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First things first: Use a calendar! You wouldn’t believe how awesome having a calendar is. Lucky for me, I have a smartphone which means that I can input important dates and reminders into the calendar app and even be beeped to remind me of deadlines. Also, if my boss or coworkers schedule a meeting or something else important, I have the ability to sync my work calendar to the calendar on my phone so I’m never out of touch. If you are part of the 3% of twentysomethings who don’t possess a smartphone, there’s nothing wrong with the old-fashioned pen and paper. An actual planner may be one extra thing that you have to carry, but people sometimes find it easier to physically write something down because they remember it better. Whichever works best for you. It’s important to write down any essential meetings or assignments as soon as you get them. One thing that I’ve put into practice since my undergrad days was taking the syllabus that my professor handed out and inputting each assignment into my planner. That way, I knew exactly when things were due, and I could prioritize more important assignments. The act of inputting assignments within the first couple of

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weeks of the semester has been essential to my growth and strength as a student. It has also carried over to my professional life, as my weekly calendar is the first thing that I look at each morning before I start my tasks. Knowing exactly when things are is the first step in proper time management.

door, and read. Obviously, there is flexibility in this scenario. If there is a novel or theory that is giving me more difficulty, I sometimes devote my weekends to it. This may not be very desirable for you undergrads, but you’d be amazed at how successful you are if you devote your Saturday to an academic cause.

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As an English major, writing and literature are two things that I constantly think about. I always carry around books, highlighters and bookmarks, and I attempt to sneak in time here and there throughout my day. Obviously, as a grad student, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Professors at a graduate level expect you to literally submerse yourself in the reading, and pull from every nook and cranny. Understandably, this cannot be done on your lunch break, or a span of fifteen minutes between your meetings. I find that I’m most able to learn and absorb the material just before bed. I’m alone, it’s quiet, I have my highlighter in hand, and I can read fifty or so pages with minimal distraction. Some of you work better when you’re surrounded by your classmates in the library, but utter silence and solace has always worked best for me. After aAFRCC_NC_UAdv_1010:Layout hectic day at work, I come home,1shut3/9/11 my

life. I’m a normal twentysomething like everyone else reading this. But I have to look at the bigger picture and what I want out of life. My parents told me a long time ago to set long-term goals for myself and attempt to stick by them. I would suggest that you guys do that as well. Just ask yourself this question: Where do I see myself in five to ten years? And start listing things from there. Once you get a good grip on where you see your life going, saying “no” to more outings will seem a little bit easier. I’m not saying go cold turkey and say no to everything that your friends invite you to. I still want you to have friends at the end of the day. But maybe a little communication will help: “Hey guys, you know I’m trying to get this annual bonus” or “You know I’m trying to maintain a high GPA…let’s schedule a time next week and I’m there!” I’m a publishing professional. Therefore, I pour through at least fifty books a day. I love the fact that I can take what I’ve learned in my career and apply it in the classroom. Balancing my time between both worlds is rewarding because I love what I do. But it doesn’t come without strife, practice and an understanding of who you are, what you know, and how much your body and mind can take.

I am in my early twenties, and I must admit, I’ve had my own personal fight with my attention span. With things like social networking, bars, and the allure of a significant other, sometimes being a grownup is the last thing on your mind. I’ve been there. Most of my close friends are doing one or the other: a full-time job or higher education. Therefore, their free time is in abundance. For people like me, I have to be a little bit more selective about how I choose to spend my time. While the appeal of going out with my girlfriends for happy hour and a movie sounds appealing on a Tuesday night, I have to constantly remind myself that I’m only four pages in on a twelvepage paper due on Thursday. And though my class may be at 4:30 in the afternoon, I still have to work a full day at work, fully energized. So, saying no to this scenario is essential. 1:14 I’m PM not Page 1 that I don’t have a social saying

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Sustainable Careers Ones that won’t dry up with the oil reserves. By Shannon Weber My summer reading began with a book by Van Jones called “The Green Collar Economy.” The book is a political piece, aimed at the government to abandon our heavy dependence on fossil fuels, but I learned a great deal about the problems we face as a dirty economy and the opportunities for renewed growth. A huge debate still remains over the issue of global warming, and mainly because some people don’t believe it to be an issue at all. Understanding the symptoms and causes of global warming is another common disparity, and I’d place the blame on the name. “Global Warming” literally means the warming of the earth, and the simplest way to think about this is increasing temperatures. However, the issue doesn’t just involve higher temperatures than past averages. It is about climate change. Greenhouse gases released from burning energy trap excess amounts of heat in the earth’s atmosphere. The process is a chain reaction-the more energy we burn, the larger amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which in turn trap more 14

heat. This new heat is moved around the globe in new patterns, warming some areas, cooling others, collecting more moisture and resulting in heavier precipitation. Although the seasons may become shorter, winter will still bring heavier precipitation in the form of snowfall, and during the warmer months storms are likely to be more severe. I am by no means a scientist, so my next words are purely out of observation and food for thought. The first snowfall of winter 2010-2011 in the Raleigh area was December 4th, pretty early for North Carolina. Living in Chapel Hill, I distinctly remember this snowfall, and the disbelief it brought with it. Furthermore, the area is usually plagued with sleet or freezing rain that only leaves sheets of ice to play in; therefore, the white snow was quite a surprise! Raleigh also saw a white Christmas, another anomaly around these parts. According to Greg Fishel [WRAL’S meteorologist], in the months December through February of this season, the accumulated snowfall totaled 9 inches at the

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RDU airport, higher than the average at 5.8 inches. Although total precipitation was below normal for the season, the above average amount of snow suggests that the snowstorms carried heavier amounts of snow as they passed through the Triangle. Is this example relevant to the global climate problems predicted to take place? Relevance is possible, but measuring snowfall in Raleigh, NC for extreme climate change is too small a scale. It should, however, introduce a new way of thinking about the issues of global warming and ways to relate and apply them to everyday life. Not thinking about the consequences of burning fossil fuels and other unsustainable practices is sheer ignorance from the college student, especially considering these problems will be of great concern to our generation and our children’s. Plenty of start-ups and venture capital firms are turning their attention to new technology, and in the green industry. They are listening to scientists’ cries about the dangers of continued reliance on non-renewable energy, and thus investing


in solar and wind technologies, clean fuels, and energy efficient homes and buildings. In the next decade, Ernst & Young predicts that investment in clean energy worldwide could reach $750 billion. Money flowing into a new industry means one thing- JOB CREATION. Similar to the Internet Revolution of the early 1990’s, the green revolution will bring opportunities for people to start their careers in a promising field, and one filled with passion and urgency. Furthermore, jobs in the green industry offer more security in our homeland. Developing countries are still heavily relying on fossil fuels to build their economies, and feel since we had our turn, they deserve theirs as well. Jobs in America are changing; economic development in China and India brings new opportunities for companies to move their operations overseas and become global. Jobs are also forever changed because of technology, which can be seen from the earliest inventions. Technology replaced man-power in agriculture and industry with the development of farm machinery, assembly lines, and other inventions that performed much more efficiently than the average human. Thanks to the Internet, companies built networks to better serve their customers, and they can operate from any part of the globe that can connect to that network. For this reason, low-skilled jobs in America are being outsourced to people in countries such as India who will work for less. The call centers of Dell and Target and other companies alike are relying on educated, Englishspeaking foreigners to provide customer service to their American consumers. As companies continue to search for cheaper ways of doing business, and technology delocalizes operations, jobs no longer have the security they once did. It is extremely important to find a value-added job—one where the value of your labor is localized and irreplaceable. Great jobs in new fields are value-added jobs; they don’t have to be white-collar, high-paying jobs requiring years of education. In emerging industries such as renewable energy, technicians will be in demand to install solar panels and build wind farms. If our country can one day lessen its dependence on foreign oil, and move away from cars that drive this dependence, auto mechanics will need training in the workings of electric cars. Toyota, GM, and other big automobile manufacturers are investing their money in fuel-efficient technology, long-lasting batteries, and engines that run on alternative fuel sources. These are smart investments, but new technology involves a whole new

network of dealers, repair sites, service stations, and maintenance staff. People who invest their time and brainpower to transform the automotive industry and create new jobs are building confidence, not only in this sector of the economy, but in others that understand the importance of sustainability and green initiatives as well. The “green economy” is used to describe an economy that employs talented workers in green sectors, changes the infrastructure of our energy use, and relies on sustainable ways to power our lives and businesses. This won’t happen without passionate individuals working in this green economy and creating their own jobs for the future. What is exciting about green careers is they are still undefined. Venture capitals in California and elsewhere are starting from page one in the development of sustainable technologies in energy, fuels, construction, and automobiles. Bright minds are envisioning new ways of living our consumer-driven, high-flying lifestyles we’re so accustomed to. Engineers, business minds, scientists, environmentalists, and even geneticists are in high demand. Do the green jobs leave any field behind? When the issue involves saving our country from foreign dependence and shifting industry once again towards a more profitable future, I think not. Similar to the fall of the railroads and the emergence of the automobile industry and the infrastructure that developed around it, green investment and the entrepreneurs at the forefront will bring the entire economy on board. History does repeat itself, and we must remember growth doesn’t come without change. Most often blue oceans, the industries that offer something as altering as the Internet and clean energy, takeover the stagnant industry and make it completely new. In the case of the energy sector and its blind reliance on fossil fuels, we must continue to see these patterns. Next time a discussion about global warming happens to find an ear, remember, it’s not just about climate change, but a change in our economy and the creation of a labor force soaked in green. For Further Reading: Jones, Van. The Green Collar Economy. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2008. Print. Dumaine, Brian. The Plot to Save the Planet: How Visionary Entrepreneurs and Corporate Titans are Creating Real Solutions to Global Warming. New York, Crown Business, 2008. Print.

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Of BFFs and Roomies By Sammi Mandani

There are a lot of things that I can live without. Wearing crocs or buying anything from American Apparel would be a couple of them. But what I probably can’t live without are good, quality friends – the friends that will advise me AGAINST wearing crocs or any American Apparel clothing. You’re thinking, “Well duh, Sammi.” You understand when I say that having good friends around you makes all the difference in the world. This may sound like an exaggeration, but let’s think about it. Let’s say that I can live without them. To reference Kelly Clarkson, my life would suck. Things would be dull and boring. No one would laugh at my lame jokes or share my appreciation for Glee. When we were born, we never got a chance to pick our parents, our siblings, the color of our hair, the color of our skin, or our family situation. We didn’t have a choice in the matter. But our friends? That was all on us. It was our decision to let this person or that person in our life; to trust them because we thought they were worthy; to make sure we don’t break their trust in us because we cared about them. There will always be exceptions to the rule, but more often than not, we decided that we wouldn’t mind having this person around us. We were in charge and that’s why so many of us consider our friends an extension of our family, and in some cases, the only family we have. When we were younger, our parents were the ones that influenced what we did, how we were. But as we got older through school, and especially now in college, our friends are the ones that have a stronger, immediate impact on who we are. The more time we spend with our friends, the more they have an impact on our everyday lives. We become the people we surround ourselves with. As with any relationship, friendships come with a price. Not everything is going to be rainbows and cupcakes. We can’t expect that everything will be perfect and amazing all the time. Not everyone is going to be best 16

friends with each other. One of the key things we need to understand is that, for however awesome a lot of people seem to be, we can’t all be best friends. Some people are not going to like each other, so you learn to deal with that, finding people that do want to be our friend. You make friends for various reasons whether it’s through a hobby, a class, church or something else. The awesome thing is we can make friends virtually anywhere. Some friendships are different but that doesn’t mean that your friendship is any less valid than the ones you might have with your best friends. It’s a different kind of relationship and it would be ignorant and silly of you to compare them to one another.

Not Burning Bridges When the friendship has run its course, we drift away from each other. Friends will come and go in your life. It may not have been a completely conscious decision, but it’s been made. Stay calm, it’s all right. Losing touch with friends

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and drifting away is normal, and quite frankly, it can make way for other people to come into your life. Your interests change, so some of your friends will too. When you have drifted from friends and have now just become distant acquaintances on Facebook, here are some things to think about: 1. Understand that friendships come and go; some last forever, some don’t. That’s the reality of it. At the end of the day, we need to accept that and move on. Don’t beat yourself up about it. 2. Don’t badmouth your old friends just because they’re no longer around you. It’s not only rude, but it negates the friendship you once had with them. Just because they’re not around to hear you doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea. Six degrees of separation might just bite you in the ass. Plus, it’s just petty. 3. If you’re able to maintain communication, remember that there’s a chance that things aren’t going to be the same. You can keep that friendship intact and watch it develop into something that might turn out beneficial in the long run. 4. If the relationship feels toxic to you and you don’t think having the person around is good, then it’s time to let them go. Don’t feel obligated for the sake of being nice. Both of you deserve better. You always have a say about choosing who gets to surround you in your growth as a person. It might not feel like it, and it might be really hard in some situations, but it’s not impossible. Do what’s best for you.

Roommate Relationships Roommates are a special matter. Moving in with someone is a big step in your life. Not only are you living with someone that aren’t your parents, it’s making that leap into adulthood because you’re dealing with someone that isn’t required to put up with you.


I’ve heard horror stories of people rooming with their best friends and eventually ruining the friendship because they couldn’t stand each other anymore. But I’ve also heard that some people roomed with some of their closest friends and things have never been better. It just all depends. Both are equally valid and people should take into heavy consideration what they think is best for them. There are some important things to consider: 1. Know yourself. If you normally leave your clothes all over the floor at home with mom and dad, chances are that you will in your dorm or apartment. We have intentions of changing our ways but the reality is that it normally doesn’t happen so we continue to do what is second nature to us. 2. Living with likeminded people get where you’re coming from; they understand about your habits because they might have similar ones. It’s not about knowing the most things about each other, it’s about being compatible in sharing the same space. 3. Learn not to sweat the small stuff. People that seem to be opposite each other can and have lived together successfully, too, most likely because even though they may not agree on some things, they

don’t mind enough and let things go before it gets in between of their relationship. 4. They’re not mom and dad. You all are adults now and no one else is responsible for you except for you. It’s not their job to look after you. You don’t owe each other anything, except for common courtesy. That means setting up ground rules and sticking to it, whether it’s unspoken or you have the rules up on your refrigerator as a reminder. 5. Regardless of picking between a stranger, a best friend or someone in between, try to always live with them honestly and practically. Don’t do things that will affect the others without consulting them. Roommate relationships work differently for everybody. Same rules apply for couples that move in together. Sometimes, people end up acting like a small family and others work as separate individuals under the same roof minding their own business. The same sentiment holds true: You decide who lives with you and who doesn’t. If the relationship works, then it works. If it doesn’t, then take it as a learning experience for future roommates. There are always exceptions and this is no different. There are so many reasons that people are friends with each other or decide to

live together. If you find yourself dealing with a friendship that’s falling apart or can no longer live with a certain someone, be honest about it. This isn’t just dealing with someone from a distance, this is someone that is around you on a regular basis and the more you avoid it, the more bitter and resentful you will eventually get and that’s a recipe for disaster. Maybe it will go away, but a lot of the times, it builds up and causes unnecessary trouble for everyone. Some circumstances limit your decisions because things happen, like you got a bad roommate or you’re friends with someone that’s fairly self-absorbed and you can’t deal. Figure out how they might react and proceed accordingly – whether it’s being upfront about it or seeing how things go. Just don’t pretend to be or do something when you don’t mean it because it’s only going to let negative feelings permeate until the situation is eventually resolved. It’s not healthy and it’s not worth all the trouble. In the end, friends (and roommates) make the difference between a good day and a great day. Don’t be fooled, I’m no expert and I don’t claim to be. But I do know that going through life by myself is possible, it just doesn’t sound like fun. That’s what friends are for.

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SPORTS: Trying Out By Shannon Beamon

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SPORTS Trying out for club or varsity sports can be daunting. “A lot of kids say it’s something new, it’s something I haven’t done before, and then don’t want to get out there,” says Coach Ron Miller of the varsity fencing team at UNC Chapel Hill whose team holds open tryouts in the fall. Raised to expect success, he says that, “this generation has a problem with failure.” Trying out for a sport in college opens up the possibility for failure, but that doesn’t mean that students should avoid trying out. Julie Domina, assistant coach of Duke’s varsity crew team, says that one of the main benefits of joining a sports team is ”learning lessons about your-

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self and hard work outside of the college classroom.” Trying out is about more than failing or succeeding; it is about the opportunity to have fun, to push your limits, to try something new. “Hopefully somewhere along the line we learn that competition is a goal in itself,” says Coach Miller, “that there is a certain degree of challenge and purpose, in doing the best you can.” At NC State, UNC, and Duke alone there are over 140 club or varsity teams that look for new student-athletes each year. Many require no experience to try out and all offer the opportunity to learn and compete, often at an intercollegiate level. So if you

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want to try out for a team, the chances are out there. Take a look at these tips to decide what kind of team might be right for you and how to make the best of your tryout experience.

Two different kinds of teams:

Varsity teams

Few varsity teams have open tryouts, but for those that do, experience is not necessarily required. Both Julie Domina (Duke Varsity Crew) and Ron Miller (UNC Varsity Fencing) say they will teach stu-


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Club teams They are either competition-based or learning-based. Competion-based clubs function much like varsity teams. They have tryouts at the beginning of their seasons and have a limited number of positions for new members. Some previous experience is recommended. They practice 2-5 days a week and travel often for competition. Club fees finance gear and travel. Learning based clubs accept all new members and often offer lessons to teach beginners how to play their sport. There is either a minimal fee or no fee at all to join. Many have an A team, which competes, and a B team, which focuses on learning the basics, with several opportunities to try out and advance to the more competitive level. At the more competitive level there are fees for competition and gear, and traveling becomes more frequent.

Tips for trying out: A month before tryouts • Do a little research. There are a lot of sports out there to choose from. Teams range from classics such as soccer and basketball, to the less recognized sports such as ultimate frisbee and ballroom dancing. Look around to get an idea of what’s available. • Make a decision. Evaluate what you want out of a sports team and how much of a time, money, and social commitment you can make and then decide what team you want to try out for.

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dents trying out everything they need to know about the sport. The time commitment is large; practice is several hours a day, 3-5 days a week, and is often supplemented by weights or conditioning outside of practice. Competition and travel frequently take up weekends.

• Practice and exercise. If you can practice for your sport, review the basics. The more comfortable you are doing them on your own, the more comfortable you’ll be at tryouts. And whether you can practice or not, get some cardio in at least three days a week. Every sports team is looking for athletes with stamina and a personal work ethic.

A week before tryouts • Double check. Make sure you know when tryouts are and contact the team’s coach or captain with any questions you might have. Part of their job is to answer your questions, and they would love to hear from you. Also, introducing yourself like this will give you some recognition at tryouts when coaches see a lot of faces. • Invite a friend. If you know someone who might want to try out, invite them! Its always nice to have a familiar face at tryouts and they can help you remember important information. Also teams are always happy to have more people try out.

The day of tryouts

Duke Rugby is a fun sport that offers lifelong skills.

• Pack right. Make sure to bring a water bottle and the sports gear you need. Clubs will ask for your student ID, and varsity teams will ask for a physical and insurance information as well. Please

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SPORTS: Trying Out This table represents a few of the many sports teams you can join. check online for others!

This table represents a few of the many sports teams you can join; check online for others! Sport Baseball

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Contact Information Nick ShelbuneNjs13@duke.edu Bre† Bagge† bre†bage†@yahoo.com Ben Jonesben.jones@duke.edu Sco‚ Hefner srhefner@ncsu.edu Ron Millerrmiller@uncaa.unc.edu Cathy Evansclevans@ncsu.edu Kate Newmankmn10@duke.edu Alex Chaplaamchapla@ncsu.edu Courtney Drummondcmdrummo@ncsu.edu Alex Belokopytovabelo@email.unc.edu Bryan Maxwellbmmaxwel@ncsu.edu Sarah Haneysarah_haney@unc.edu Julie Dominajdomina@duaa.duke.edu Parker PoliakoffParker.poliakoff@gmail.com Jeremy Stanley jlstan13@ncsu.edu Jake Tommerdahljtommerd@email.unc.edu Patrick Whiteprwhite@ncsu.edu Jason Hulljkhull@email.unc.edu Tanya Batorbator@email.unc.edu Jeff Fadooljjfadool@ncsu.edu Davis Litzenbergerdrlitzen@ncsu.edu Rebecca Diederich rldieder@ncsu.edu

Learning Interest Mee ng- 1 month of Based Club school NCSU M/W Learning Interest Meeng-Week of move-in st nd Based Club First Pracce- 1 /2 week of class nd Swimming UNC M/W Learning First Pracce- 2 week of class th Based Club around Aug. 29 NCSU M/W Compeon No tryouts but no lessons Based Club provided; First Pracce- early Sept. nd rd Tennis UNC M Compeon Tryouts- 2 or 3 week of classes Based Club nd rd W Compeon Tryouts- 2 or 3 week of classes Based Club NCSU M/W Learning First Pracce- Aug. 29/Sept. 5 Based Club (contact for specifics) st Volleyball NCSU M Compeon Open Pracce- 1 week of Sept. nd Based Club Tryouts- 2 week of Sept. st W Compeon Tryouts- 1 week in Sept.; 2 days Based Club of tryouts For Other Sports and General Information: th NCSU- Website: ncsu.edu/stud_affairs/campus_rec/club-sports/ Rec Fest: Aug. 14 at Lower Miller Fields 4:30-8:30 st UNC- Website:campusrec.unc.edu/sport-clubs (type in a sport search bar) Fall Fest: Aug. 21 on South Road nd Duke- Website:www.duke.edu/web/intramural/sportclubs/ Activities Fair: Sept. 2 East Campus 20

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remember to contact the team if you’re not sure what to bring. • Listen and Learn. It is important to show that you are listening and willing to learn as it is that you will work hard. Even if you are experienced at your sport, the team captains and coaches want to know that you can accept criticism and adjust to their program. • Put forth your greatest effort. If you’ve decided to try out, then don’t be afraid to put it all on the line. Effort goes a long way and even if you make a few mistakes, if you consistently try hard, coaches and captains will notice. • Have fun. You can worry yourself sick and that will work against you at tryouts, so relax and have fun. In the end, Remember, it’s not all about failure or success. This is about the experience -- if you’re not having fun, then you’re probably not in the right place.

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Afterwards • Relax. You’ve done all you can do. Treat yourself to your favorite restaurant, watch a movie, or simply take a nice hot shower and know that there has been value in trying, no matter what the result.

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MUSIC: Let’s Get Into Some Troubel! With musical influences such as Sufjan Stevens, Megafaun and Bon Iver, the band Troubel is significantly impacted by the folk and bluegrass trio, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and even drew the band name from a song by the trio called, “Trouble in Your Mind”. According to band leader Adam Walton, “All of these bands have impacted Troubel because of the honesty of the musician, and that they don’t settle within any one specific genre.” The “Troubel” sound is a mixture of folk, bluegrass and indie that emerged from the band members during a summer break in the mountains of Boone, NC. Now currently in Raleigh, NC, Adam Walton leads the band on banjo, guitar and vocals with his fiancée, Anna Cox. Ben Roberts is also on guitar and vocals, Caroline Byrd on fiddle, and Everett Hardin on cello. When asked about what separates Troubel from other similar bands, Adam said, “the instrumentation, our three-part harmonies, and just the combination of the elements that go into the storytelling of heart-felt folk music.” The group just released their first EP this past December titled The Mountains. The Broken. The nine songs were recorded last summer out of pure creative fun, and with no intentions of starting a band, “it was just pure honesty,” said Adam. The nine songs, with my personal favorites “Be My Map” and “The Fight,” are their own entity. It was “like wearing your heart on your sleeve type of thing,” Adam shared. In regards to the title of the album, he explained, “Being broken allows you to be honest, so the music is mountain music, folk music, by broken people (in a good way), people who are

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By Qiara McCain

Left to Right: Adam Walton-vocals, banjo, guitar, Anna Cox-vocals, tambourine, Carline Byrd-violin, Everett Hardin-cello, Ben Robertsvocals, guitar

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allowing themselves to grow, learn and connect with other people through that vulnerability.”As far as a five year timeline for the future, Troubel hopes to play at MerleFest which is a huge folk and bluegrass festival. In addition, they would like to be signed to a label and, of course, to tour because they love performing and the energy that it brings which allows them to connect with people. If you ask me, Troubel is spreading nothing but pure mountain soul to listeners’ ears.

For more information on the band Troubel, or to buy their album, feel free to visit their website at www.reverbnation.com/troubel and troubel.bandcamp.com

Arts: The Strength of the Human Creative Mind and Spirit By Anne Brenner As I enter the Psychotic Disorders Inpatient Unit at the By Anne Brenner hospital, I see a fairy seated on top of a mushroom. I turn the corner and a pool of fluorescent colors and lights flashes in front of me. From a distance, I can make out the silhouette of two human heads with spikes projecting out of them. It probably sounds like I am suffering from a psychosis and experiencing some sort of bizarre delusional hallucination, but I am actually describing the “Brushes With Life” Art Gallery in the third floor at the UNC Neurosciences Hospital. The paintings and drawings resemble the works of the true greats. There is something for everyone, from the impressionistic style of Monet to the cubist style of Picasso and everything in between. Every single piece was created by either a current or former patient of the hospital’s’ Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program (STEP) or a client of Club Nova for the mentally ill in Carrboro, NC. Many visitors to the gallery might be surprised to know that the artists were able to control themselves long enough to produce such exquisite works. Sadly, our society often stereotypes the mentally ill as invalids who cannot even control themselves for long enough to stop a spontaneous temper tantrum. The truth is, many of the pieces demonstrate far more control than I could ever have. One photographic piece shows a close-up photo of a monarch

butterfly. Another photography project called “Cristie With Flower” depicts a dog staring intently at a rose. At several points during my childhood, I made numerous painstaking (and unsuccessful) efforts to capture butterflies and dogs in photographs. The animals would always hear me coming and hurry away before I could even fully position my camera, and the result would be a picture of a blurry mass of colors. So, I think it’s fair to say that it takes a special kind of control and talent to take photos as crisp as these two. The gallery is also filled with inspiring prose authored by patients. Like t he visual pieces, the written works eliminate the stigma of being mentally ill. One particularly moving piece by Anjanel Kamara is entitled “Bipolar is not a Dirty Word.” Kamara sums up so much with just one sentence: “I may have been dealt a cheap hand, but it’s my hand to play and I can do what I want with it.” Kamara can inspire us all to play our own hands to their fullest in the giant card game of life. I would recommend the Brushes With Life Gallery to anyone, from students to stay-at-home moms to doctors or lawyers. Even if you only have time for a quick visit during a lunch break, I guarantee it’s a worthwhile trip.

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For exhibit hours and directions to the UNC Neuroscience Hospital, or to purchase a piece from the gallery, go to www.med.unc.edu/psych/step/step-art-gallery


BOOK REVIEW: Saturday by Ian McEwan What to Read Next By Emily Erdman

SATURDAY Ian McEwan is the author of over one dozen wellcrafted novels. McEwan is most known for his best-seller, Atonement, which has also been turned into a major motion picture. Like Atonement, McEwan’s Saturday is powerful. McEwan’s prose reads like poetry. No matter the story being told, reading something by Ian McEwan is about watching the words on the page come to life in a way not easily mimicked by other equally qualified authors. Other authors have merely attempted and failed to copy McEwan’s writing style—his unique ebb and flow of words one after another that keeps the reader interested even during a lull in the plot line. Not that—by any means—Saturday lacks in plot twists or character development. A “lull” in another novel by a different author might be a moment of simple description; a moment when nothing happens or changes or shifts. In Saturday, these are the moments I hoped for most. Saturday follows one day in the life of Henry Perowne, a successful middle-aged British neurosurgeon. Perowne is happily married to the mother of his two grown children and he lives a comfortable life in the middle of London. Although Perowne appears to have his life figured out and outwardly he seems happy and content, it is apparent in the first section of the book that Perowne is still searching for “the meaning of life.” This particular Saturday begins early when Perowne is awoken before sunrise for no reason that he can name. After numerous long surgeries the night before, Perowne is surprised to have woken up hours before his alarm would have gone off. As he stands looking out his bedroom window at the early morning sky, he sees a plane on fire heading towards the ground in the distance. This event will follow him throughout the day as the TV news covers the aftermath of this accident. The tone of the book is set with this airplane fire. The calm day takes on an ominous feel and even though Perowne’s planned activities for

the day are mild—a squash game with some colleagues, a visit to his mother in the nursing home, and a home-cooked dinner celebrating the return of his daughter from Paris— the reader can tell that something more is going to happen. This “more” begins with traffic on the way to the squash game. As Perowne takes in the car-directing police officers and a huge crowd of people he realizes that this particular Saturday is February 15, 2003 and he remembers that the crowd is a protest against Britain’s invasion of Iraq. Perowne then proceeds to get into a car wreck with a couple of up-to-no-good men who don’t take kindly to their damaged vehicle or Perowne’s obvious wealth. Perowne continues his day as planned, but now haunted with the memory of his conversation with the men in the car—one of the men shows signs of Huntington’s disease and Perowne wishes he could help. The “more” continues with a few other seemingly normal events that don’t go quite right and culminates in Perowne’s family having a violent encounter with the men from the car wreck later that evening—in the comfort of their previously safe home. McEwan’s characters are real. This is not a fairy-tale so things do go wrong. McEwan creates a protagonist that not only seems like someone you might meet on the street, but also has his own personal flaws and worries and moments of guilt that keep him human. This one day changes the life of Henry Perowne and helps him to see the world in a different way than he has before. If you’re lucky, Perowne’s own experiences can help you to see the same things. If you do not want to read Saturday to learn more about this day in the life of Henry Perowne, read Saturday for the smooth lines like silk that will stop you in your tracks and urge you to dig up your old quote book you haven’t touched since summer camp all those years ago.

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DINING: Fall Food Finds By Angelica Roman

As summer draws to a close and students begin to return to campus, there are more than just classes and textbooks on their mind. This time of year brings the beginning of fall sports, reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones, and nights out on the town or at a party. Instead of heading to the dining hall to recount your summer adventures or fill up before heading out, check out some local eateries. Whether it’s girls’ night, date night, or you’re watching the game, there is a place near campus that will be sure to fill your stomach with great food and your night with fun.

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DINING Chapel Hill Southern Rail Restaurant & Bar 201-C East Main St. Carborro, NC 27510 919-967-1967 www.thestationcarrboro.com When you want a cozy, romantic night out or a new place for date night, Southern Rail is one of the most unique places in the area. The restaurant and bar is made of beautifully restored vintage railroad cars, decorated in an authentic, yet chic manner. The most interesting feature of Southern

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Rail is the large hand-carved bar, which was brought from a hotel in Washington DC and dates back to early 20th century. Creative dishes rule the menu, from items like Mahi Mahi Soft Tacos (a personal favorite), and the Grilled Portobello Sandwich, to Pork Madeira and Chicken Piccata. Share a Spinach and Artichoke Dip appetizer with grilled pita points and tortilla chips, and a great bottle of wine under the soft glow of the mood-setting lighting. Save room for dessert, though, because the Tiramisu and Orange Saffron Caramel Crème -- creamy custard flavored with orange zest and saf-

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fron covered in light caramel and finished with sliced strawberries—are dishes you do not want to skip. After dark, this Carrboro hotspot features live music from national and local musicians, DJs on the weekend, and food and drink specials. Monday nights are now Open Mike Nights, so you can take your music out of the shower and onto the stage. The menu at Southern Rail changes seasonally to incorporate fresh ingredients. Check their website for current selections, or allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised once you arrive.


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Durham Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar 905 West Main St. #37 Durham, NC 27701 919-682-7397 Monday - Saturday 11am - 1am Sunday 12 noon - 10pm www.satisfactionrestaurant.com Located in downtown Durham, Satisfaction (or Satis as the regulars call it) is a great place to begin your night. The fun, friendly atmosphere, combined with great food and a large beer selection, will quickly make this one of your favorite restaurants. Grab a table on the outside patio in the Brightleaf Square shopping center, which is beautifully lit in the evenings. If you’ve got a large group, go for one of their delicious pizzas, made fresh when you order it. One popular choice is

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the Loaded Baked Potato Pizza- baked potato salad, bacon, and cheddar cheese all on hand-tossed dough. The Satisfaction Subs include the special claim to fame for the restaurant. Whether you get the Club Sub, Frank’s Favorite, or the Long Island Express, each sandwich comes with Sat Sauce - an oh-so-incredible sauce that many have tried and failed to duplicate. You can pour it on your sub, on your fries or on your chicken wings. Any way you try it, you’ll love it. For the vegetarians like me, they offer a great array of dishes, including subs, wraps, salads and a very good veggie burger. Check out the eight-page Beers and Such menu for over 80 bottled beers, 16 draught beers and more than 100 mixed drinks.


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