inf us ion Spring 2013 Volume 10 Issue 2
Women in Combat
Mental Health and Music
Old Drugs, New Tricks
Steroids in Sports
Vegetarianism for Minorities
â€œOff-Limitsâ€? Issue 1
News Director: Nicollette Higgs Editor-in-Chief: Nina Kamber Managing Editor: Molly Berg
Infusion magazine decided to do something a little different this semester. We decided to be a little daring and publish an issue that encourages conversation, inspires new thoughts and exposes our readers to ideas and stories that can sometimes be considered “off-limits.” With this issue, we aimed to publish stories that illuminate topics and trends that are not usually addressed, and provide content that would leave the reader better informed. We also wanted to focus on content that broke away from the norm and give our readers with a chance to look at situations from a new perspective. Although we wanted to be daring with this issue, our writers, editors, designers, advertising team and photographers still kept the magazine’s mission to serve as a journalistic medium to our loyal readers, and, as always, we strived to keep our journalistic integrity. Through our “off-limits” issue, our goal was to inspire and educate our readers with every story and with every page of this magazine. We covered topics that addressed women in the military, steroids in sports, support for vegetarians in the African-American community, birth control and gay marriage, just to name a few. We are excited to have the opportunity to share these pages with you, and as you sit back and enjoy this issue of the magazine, we hope you embrace our stories that break the limits.
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IN THE MILITARY By Kristen Robinson
omen in the military battle for equality in a socially conceived and male-dominated field of work. Luckily, women will now be given their chance in the armed forces. This year, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban of women taking on combat roles. This was seen as a historic achievement on behalf of women in the military. In a statement of response to Panetta’s decision, copresident of the National Women’s Law Center, Nancy Duff Campbell said that “Secretary Panetta’s decision to lift the direct combat exclusion both opens the doors of opportunity to all women in the Armed Forces and eliminates the last vestige of government-sanctioned sex discrimination in the United States. Now, if the best person for the job is a woman, she will no longer be barred from that job simply because of her gender.” Was this piece of legislation a giant leap for women? When prompted with the question, University of Georgia military science professor, Lt. Col. Kurt Felpel explained that women have occupied combat roles and leadership positions since women have been in the military. “The [defense] department has said that those combat roles at that level or lower are now open to women,” says Felpel. “It’s not that the women weren’t there already; it is just that now those slots are open. In the past, if a woman was to fill those roles, it would be by exception. Now, it is the rule, and it is only by exception that a woman would not go into that role [combat position].” Specifically, the change put in place by legislation solidifies the removal of gender discrimination of women in the military. In the past, the American public believed the environment for women in the military was one of hostility and gender discrimination, but members of the U.S. Military seem to view the environment quite differently. “For me being in the army, my gender was never challenged as like, ‘you can’t do this because you are a woman,’ ” says Tamara Wright, UGA ROTC administrative assistant. Wright views the military as an equal environment for men and women. “It has always been ‘well this is the standard, can you meet it?’ ”
“I don’t think being a female in the military caused any problems or issues, but I will definitely say we have bigger shoes to fill being that some people view us as softer and not as serious about the military as males,” says Tierra Graves, a senior airman in the Air Force National Guard. With the progression of time, many believe that the military has become a more accepting route of employment for women, offering substantial opportunities for qualified women to succeed. “Gender and race aren’t as big of an issue in today’s army as it might’ve been previously,” says Wright. “So with this new legislation it’s more like, ‘hey, now you can do this if you meet this standard.’ ” Wright is hopeful about her future in the military. “The military has so many opportunities and ways you can participate in something you love to do, as well as serve your country,” says Wright. “It is always a guaranteed job and there is so many ways you can take the next step in your career.” Equally teaching men and women principles of self -discipline, confidence and survival, the U.S. Military has proven to be an encouraging environment for women and offers them a hopeful future. Women may have to work to prove their capabilities, but they also earn respect that they deserve in order to be seen just as capable as their male counterparts.
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By Ashlee Cox
hat is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of college? Football games? Parties? Clubs and organizations? Of all the things you imagine, rape is most likely not the first. College campuses, which are presented as institutions of learning and growing, are not the places people think of when they picture a rape scene. However, on-campus rapes are quite common and are turning into a national epidemic. The United States Student Association reports that about 13 percent of college women report being stalked during an academic year and one in five are sexually assaulted. In the fall of 2012, there were six rapes and one attempted rape reported at the University of Georgia. UGA students are growing concerned as the number of rape cases continue to rise. Angela Hendricks, a first-year family and consumer science major from Gisep spoke about her reaction to the rapes. “I do not like to go anywhere by myself anymore,” Hendricks says. “I always make sure I have someone with me because a couple of the rapes have happened during the day. It makes me feel paranoid, like I’m not totally safe in a place that I am supposed to consider my new home.” Jordan Benton, a second-year psychology major from Marietta, Ga., also expressed his concern about the way UGA official were handling the cases.“I have only found out about three of the rapes on campus through UGA,” says Benton. “They sent me an email describing the suspect and
where it happened. I do not feel like the administration is really informing us about what is going on and giving us knowledge on how to handle a situation like that. I honestly do not want my girlfriend walking anywhere by herself on campus anymore. It’s a pretty sad situation, and I feel for the victims that have had to go through this.” Many students share the same feelings of anxiety as Benton and Hendricks. There has been a drastic decrease in the number of students walking around on campus at night. Although the increase is surprising to many students, the upward trend in rape is not just specific to the university alone. In 2012, an article in the Atlanta JournalConstitution reported that one in four rapes occurs on a college campus. In 80 percent of the cases, a victim knows his or her rapist. Hendricks also offers some advice. “People who drink at parties and other social events should always stay around someone they trust,” he says. “That way if anything happens that should not, you have someone to step in on your behalf.”
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magine a pill that can erase acne, improve iron deficiency and even reduce your chances of cancer. How about lighter periods and fewer headaches? Does a pill like this even exist? Indeed it does and it has been around for quite a while. Birth control is used for more than just preventing pregnancy—it can also help improve other health problems. And with so many options to choose from, there are now other ways to reap its benefits. With advancements in modern medicine, new methods of birth control have been appearing on the market. Now, women have several options of birth control with varying effectiveness. The most well-known method is the birth control pill, or, “the pill.” It is a contraceptive that contains the hormone progestin, which works to prevent the eggs from leaving the ovary and thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from
traveling to the eggs. “I have used the pill for 3 years and have enjoyed the benefits from it,” says Sara Johnston, second-year sociology major. “I try to make sure I take it at the same time every day.” The pill is effective as it has a high rate of protecting against pregnancy when used correctly. The benefits include convenience and reliability. Because the pill requires a prescription, you must talk to your physician about the best type for you. Lesser-known birth control methods include the birth control shot and IUD. The birth control shot is an injection of hormones that prevents pregnancy for three months. Like the pill, the birth control shot releases progestin into the body. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant after using the birth control shot correctly and 6 out of 100 women will get pregnant when not using correctly. The birth control shot is most effective when injected every three months. Like the pill, it is important to consult a physician to determine if the birth control shot is right for you.
The IUD, or intrauterine device, is another method of birth control. The IUD is a small, t-shaped device inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. There are two brands available in the U.S., ParaGard and Mirena. ParaGard prevents pregnancy for 12 years and Mirena for five years. IUD causes less than 1 pregnancy out of 100. While the IUD lasts the longest out of the birth control methods, there are risks to the device, which can be discussed with a physician. Although the name implies prevention of pregnancy, there are other reasons to use hormonal birth control. Birth control can decrease menstrual cramps and lighten heavy periods. Birth control that contains progestin and estrogen has more benefits, including protection against acne, iron deficiency, cysts in breasts and ovaries, bone thinning, ovarian cancer, non-cancerous breast growths and ectopic pregnancy.
I have used the pill for years and have enjoyed the benefits from it Birth control can do more than control births. It addresses other health concerns and comes in a variety of options to suit any lifestyle.
By Brianna Watts
veryone has been asked a question they would prefer to avoid answering, whether it pertains to their love life, their sex life or any other touchy subject. The University of Georgia boasts a diverse student population with students from countries ranging from Nigeria, to India to China. All of these countries have extremely different cultures, and what may be considered an acceptable question for one person, might offend the next. Olufeyisayo Bab-Oke, a second-year biomedical engineering major from Decatur, Ga., has had many encounters with awkward questions due to his African heritage. Some of the most outrageous questions include: “Do you speak African?” “Do you have a pet lion?” “Do you like American girls?” “Can you hunt?” “Do you live in huts?” Melina Lewis, a second-year psychology and criminal justice major from Lee County, Ga., has had a similar experience with disturbing questions. She has been asked questions concerning her small frame like, “Do you ever eat?” and “Are you anorexic?” A few other unacceptable questions include “Are you racist?” and “Why do you deal with a longdistance relationship?”
Are you pregnant? Do you ever eat? Are you trying to chill? Are you a citizen? Can you hunt? Do your people live in huts? How does it feel being a Jew and knowing that you killed Jesus? Why are you intimate with someone of lower class status than you? Are you racist? What is black peopleâ€™s hair made of?
Have you put on weight? Where did your child get his hair color? How much money do you make? What kind of shoes are you wearing? How did you have a miscarriage? When did you decide to become gay? Is that your child? What are you mixed with? Is that your real hair? Are you a virgin?
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he image of a thin, white female comes to mind whenever someone mentions the word vegetarian. Studies show no evidence of significant racebased differences among vegetarians, but for some minority groups, meat is an integral aspect of their culture. Becoming vegan or vegetarian can be difficult when it’s perceived as a break from tradition. Catherine Johnson, a second-year agricultural engineering major from Lilburn, Ga., became a vegetarian when she was in the eighth grade. “At the time I had a friend who was telling me a lot about the vegetarian thing and I guess I had always wanted to try it, so I started researching it,” Johnson says. “I don’t like the way they treat the animals [or] the fact that meat has to go through so many processes to whenever it gets on your burger.” Her mother initially thought she was going through a phase and continued including meat in many of Johnson’s favorite meals. Johnson comes from a predominantly African-American family and her relatives cook many of their meals, and even their vegetables, with meat. The heavy consumption of meat is generally associated with African-American culture. Soul food, a term coined in the 1960s during the Black Power Movement, consists of a combination of foods including greens, fried fish and meats such as pork and chicken. In reality, all Americans have been known for their love of meat. While meat in Europe was usually reserved for the wealthy, in America, it was readily available and became cheaper to produce as technology improved. Vegetarians alter their diets by avoiding
By Amanda Dixon
foods containing meat, seafood or poultry. A vegan is a type of vegetarian that makes a lifestyle change by excluding eggs, dairy products and all animal products including foods and even clothing. Other types of vegetarians include lacto-vegetarians, who consume dairy products but not eggs, and lacto-ovo-vegetarians, who consume eggs and dairy products. A 2012 Gallup Poll found that the number of Americans identifying as vegetarian or vegan has barely changed since 2001, when 6 percent of adults in the U.S. reported being vegetarians. Out of the approximately 314 million people in this country, 7.3 million Americans identify as vegetarians and only 1 million identify as vegans, according to the Vegetarian Times. No data in the poll indicated that whites were more likely than any other racial group to be vegetarian. For members of minority groups, however, being vegetarian is often considered abnormal. Kirstin Valdes, much like Johnson, is the only member of her family who has become a vegetarian. Valdes, second-year wildlife biology major from Yonkers, N.Y., identifies as Cuban and says giving up meat has been difficult for her family members to understand. “Culturally, as Cuban and Hispanic, you’re supposed to eat people’s food,” says Valdes. “So if I went to people’s houses, it’s like you eat everything they give you. And I never minded that. But as a vegetarian and a vegan, it’s awkward. Because I’m like, well I’m sorry I can’t actually eat that, but I very much appreciate you giving it to me.” Although many celebrities in the black community, such as Russell Simmons, André 3000 and Brandy have become vegans and STRONG BELIEFS
Kirstin Valdes tables for Speak Out for Species on World SPAY Day (middle). Signs were displayed for Peta2’s ‘Glass Walls’ exhibit (far right and left).
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vegetarians, Johnson believes AfricanAmericans lack a true leader to promote the lifestyle and draw others to it. “For the black community, you’d have to have somebody in the leadership position [to do it],” Johnson says. “If the community had somebody to look up to that was vegetarian, that would be the only way to change it I think.” Some minorities who have made the switch have become vegetarians or vegans out of their love for animals. “I love animals,” says Valdes. “I’ve always wanted to work with them. So [vegetarianism] kind of just seemed logical to me.” Valdes serves as the vice president of Speak Out for Species, a campus advocacy group committed to fighting various forms of abuse against animals and supporting veganism. She became vegan last year after watching “disturbing” video about how certain foods were produced. Being vegan or vegetarian has its perks. Organic food can be expensive, but vegans and vegetarians save a lot of money by not purchasing meat. “I buy less than all my roommates who are all meat eaters,” says Valdes. “My roommates will spend anywhere from $45 to $50 a week and I’ll spend like $25 to $30 if I plan my meals.” Vegetarians and vegans have the opportunity to experiment with different recipes and foods. Johnson often eats tofu, pasta and grains, but she also cooks foods originating from countries across the globe, such as vegetarian phó, a Vietnamese noodle dish. “Being a vegetarian really inspires you to cook a lot,” says Johnson. “I’m always looking up recipes, always.” Johnson says that vegetarianism revolves around maintaining a particular “mindset.” “Changing your diet to something else, it always has that self control [element] and that’s why most people lose their diets that they say that they’re going to go on for New Year’s,” Johnson says. “Same thing with vegetarian diets. They don’t have that self control to say, ‘no this is what I’m going to do’ and they lose it. It’s like a psychological thing.” 15
any young women and men fear the F-word more than any other. No, this is not the F-word you are thinking of. The word feminism is one most people refuse to associate with. A person might be pro equal rights, but that does not mean they are willing to identify with feminism. Man-haters, lesbians and abrasive women are common images that accompany feminism and they make certain people feel as though they cannot relate to it. Assumptions that men and women are equal make the principles of feminism seem outdated and unnecessarily whiny. Women in America can vote, work outside of the home, choose when to get married and graduate from college with bachelor degrees at higher rates than men, according to Leland Spencer, a University of Georgia women’s studies graduate teaching assistant. Women can thank feminists, whom Gloria Steinem, a prominent feminist defines as “anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men,” for those steps toward equality. And if feminism gave women the social necessities to be true citizens, why does it have a bad reputation today? One explanation is that feminism cannot be explained using a single definition. “When I talk about it in class, I always use feminism(s) in the plural, which is to say that within feminist
movement, there are different emphases that different people have and sometimes different political goals,” says Spencer. The inability to narrowly define feminism can make it difficult for feminists to explain what it is to those who are hesitant to embrace the title. But that cannot be the only reason people avoid it. The media rarely mentions feminism and when it does take the time to discuss it, it is usually not in a favorable light. “We only have these popular notions of women doing certain things that we don’t like women doing or women acting in ways that we don’t expect women to act,” Lauren Chambers, a UGA women’s studies graduate teaching assistant, says. “And I think that makes people uncomfortable. So instead of reading or learning more, we just assume the stereotypes that we hear are accurate.” According to Chambers, what most people know about feminism involves two or three exaggerated examples and these specific incidences are used by the media to stereotype an entire group of people without providing audiences with the
By Samantha Miller proper context. When most people think of feminism, they picture women burning their bras in protest because of the news’ coverage of the 1968 Miss America Pageant, even though bra burning never actually happened, because police prohibited their burning protest. “That seems to be the first link that people tend to make with feminism and I always tell my classes that bras are too expensive to burn,” says Spencer. “And no good feminist would waste resources like that.” Another misconception is that feminists walk around in combat boots and refuse to shave in social protest. “One of my colleagues is more feminine than I’ll ever be,” says Chambers. “She wears skirts, dresses and heels … and it throws her students off. Students have certain assumptions about who we are and what we like and that we hate men and that we are all lesbians.” Another feminist stereotype includes women being angry and overly analytical in a society where women and men have reached
“It is difficult to define, but that cannot be the only reason people are afraid of it.”
equality. This is problematic, because they assume feminists’ anger is irrational and that they are looking for something to complain about. One of the main goals of feminism is fighting for equality and challenging the patriarchal system society is built upon. With this comes the male bashing stereotype. “Male privilege benefits men and so [men] who have not thought about their male privilege … might be worried that feminists are coming for their jobs or their power,” says Spencer. It is difficult to discuss some of the issues feminism brings up in a gender neutral way, because they are not often gender neutral problems. According to Spencer, 90 percent of men are responsible for intimate partner violence. “You can’t talk about intimate partner violence in a way that is gender balanced because they’re not balanced problems,” she says. “Is it male bashing for me to say that when that’s simply what we know about the statistics of those particular crimes?” If you take a U.S. survey on whether people support a movement for equality and dignity of all people, 71 percent of women would say yes and 61 percent of men would agree as well, according to Spencer. This question signifies the basic principles of feminism. So why are people so afraid to call themselves feminists? “Personally, I think it comes from the fact that people are afraid that they are going to be held accountable,” says Chambers. “You’re invested in patriarchy, and if you’re that invested in patriarchy, disrupting the life that you’ve created and that you want to have for yourself can be a lot for some people.” “My question for those women who are so opposed: why in 2013, are they so invested in that brand or particular way of thinking about
feminism?” says Dr. Nichole Ray, professor of women’s studies at UGA. “You can just go to Google or YouTube and find out that feminism is much more than these misconceptions.” Feminism is broad enough that everyone is allowed to participate in some way and not everyone has to be for the same particular agenda. According to Chambers, one does not have to wear a t-shirt, get a bumper sticker for their car or claim the title of feminist in order to actually be one.
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ere at the University of Georgia exists a group of individuals who represent their own minority group on a predominately white campus: the Indian Cultural Exchange. Having influenced the university through their efforts in community service and cultural awareness, the ICE has made an impact on campus. To celebrate their cultural uniqueness, the ICE held their twentieth annual India Night this past February. The event was filled with friends, fun, and cultural freedom. Since its birth in 1994, India Night has been one of the largest events held by the ICE, and has been rated the No. 1 student-organized program at UGA. This amazing cultural awareness event had almost 2,000 people in attendance and showcased performances from university students and students from surrounding schools—including Georgia Tech, Emory University, Georgia State University and Mercer University—as well as several out-of-state schools. This year, the show’s theme was “Ek Naya Andaaz: A Culture Reignited.” It featured entertaining musical pieces, comedic skits and traditional and modern dance performances. “It [revolves] around how the Indian traditions are viewed to both Americanborn Indians and non-Indians,” says Parin Patel, a third-year management and information systems major from Stone Mountain, Ga. Much work goes into making things run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The chairpersons of India Night are responsible for taking care of the preparations and are chosen during the previous spring to ensure ample time to plan and collect funds. “The budget this year was $15,000 and we were able to raise the money via sponsorships from local businesses in Athens and Atlanta,” says Patel. From the perspective of anyone in the crowd, the atmosphere was anything but lifeless. “I was expecting exactly what the show was like,” says Sapna Mistry, a firstyear economics and advertising major from Douglasville, Ga. “The energy that 18
all the performers showed was just great. It was really cool to see students from schools all over come together for this show to display our culture. ” Although a majority of the students at India night were Indian, there were certainly a number of non-Indian individuals who enjoyed a different cultural experience.
“...being a part of this celebration of culture united all of the audience...” “Many of my friends back home and at UGA are Indian, and India Night allowed me to be immersed in their culture and to learn more about their background,” says Caroline Moore, first-year advertising major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Even though my family is not from India, being a part of this celebration of culture united all of the audience, and I am very thankful to have been able to enjoy such a wonderful event.” India Night was a time for sharing the excitement of being surrounded by amazing performers,appreciating the mixture of cultures in the room and understanding that such an aggregation of individuals makes for an experience that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
By Kendall Green
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tanding on an unfamiliar stage with fluorescent lights gleaming above her, Kristyl Tift raises her microphone to perform Whitney Houston’s “Run to You.” At the end of her performance, people rise to their feet to give her a standing ovation while she stands proud of her accomplishment, winning the Stuttgart Elementary school talent show at 8 years old. At that moment she knew this was something she wanted to pursue in life and her song choice served as a theme for the future of her career. “That particular [song] is about wanting someone you can’t have, pursuing something that you can’t have,” says Tift. “I think i t ’ s something I am always doing. But still even if you can’t achieve it you still run to it. You don’t back away because you will never experience anything by sitting back.” Tift’s love for t h e a t e r performance 20
has led to a career working with celebrities such as Tyler Perry and Owen Wilson. Her knowledge of the film industry has earned her the title as one of the University of Georgia’s amazing students. Tift’s journey to becoming a renowned scholar and actress is just beginning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in theater performance as well as a women’s studies certificate. Tift has had several unique opportunities and was even invited to Princeton University last year to give a lecture on black queer sexuality studies. Some of her other accomplishments include serving as the university coordinator of impromptu events for the UGA arts festival and receiving a graduate student scholarship from the Black Faculty and Staff Organization at UGA. Her musical accomplishments, however, began 22 years ago in Germany and continued to follow her back to the states in Hinesville, Ga. During her senior year at Liberty County High School Tift was a part of the marching band, but still had a passion for singing and acting. But the band’s performance dates conflicted with chorus so she made her decision. “I’m going to go do what I love,” Tift says, “Band? I’m not going to be a band teacher, so I went to the chorus. Luckily the chorus teacher was also the drama teacher as well.” Ray Ellis, the chorus director, asked Tift to audition for some plays during her senior year at. He thought she was remarkable and told her these words: “once you go to college you audition for everything.” Tift attended Georgia Southern University where she developed her love for theatre. She later on met her mentor Mical Whitaker.
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“There was something about him that just inspired me,” Tift says. “I wanted to be like him, I was inspired just to be around him because his professionalism was just excellent. He is unique.” Whitaker is still Tift’s mentor and friend. They often collaborate on plays and productions together. Whitaker knew she would be a successful student. “Her seriousness was an immediate draw for me” Whitaker says. “Her sensitive, profoundly intelligent portrayal avoided the pitfalls of easy choices and wornout clichés. Each rehearsal found her seeking, always seeking deeper meaning.” Upon graduating from GSU, she decided to pursue her master’s in fine arts at The New School For Drama in New York City. The experience was exhilarating and she knew there would be difficulties, but she did not let them stop her. “I got lost, but I learned a lot by just experiencing, just by doing things and not being afraid,” Tift says. “You are not going to go anywhere if you are hesitant.” Her first acting job was with Owen Wilson in a movie ”Hall Pass” and her most memorable acting experience was on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” Tift has gone many places, each time never hesitating to take a risk. Even though people may see acting and theater as something for entertainment, Tift sees it as a learning opportunity. In the future she would like to open a theater school in Atlanta and continue teaching others about the rules of the theater performance and acting. “Awards are not important to me,” Tift says. “Inputting that idea into people and creating characters with much depth and complexity are important. There is no limit to how you can dream. Be ambitious dream big.” 21
HOW MENTAL HEALTH AND MUSIC GO HAND IN HAND
By Laurence Black
eba McEntire once said, “singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” Her words exemplify a truth surrounding music—it is an outlet for emotion and greatly influences human disposition. On Nov. 28, 1996, a University of Georgia student and aspiring musician, Nuçi Phillips, lost his battle with depression and took his own life. In order to raise awareness of the need
of support for those with mental disorders and struggles, Nuçi’s family and friends founded the Nuçi Phillips Memorial Foundation in his memory. The foundation, in turn, established Nuçi’s Space to stand as a treatment and support center for those in need. Nuçi’s Space, a nonprofit health and music resource center, provides aid to local musicians. Located just on the outskirts of downtown Athens, Ga., many have seen Nuçi’s, but many Athenians do not know its purpose. Though it may seem like another quaint Athens building, this organization stands for a meaningful cause that uses music to raise awareness on mental health. Studies have shown music affects mood and is a valuable treatment for mental disorders. “Being a musician today is almost an impossible c a r e e r, ” says
Derek Terry, a musician in the local band Boomfox. “The music industry is a single-based, radiodominated loop of the same 20 songs that weren’t even written by the people who perform them. Also, thanks to illegally downloaded music, the average touring band makes less than 40K a year, which is nothing for even a 3-member band. Besides being poor, musicians are chasing a goal that probably will never come true.” Te r r y ’ s sentiment is shared by Nuçi’s
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Space counseling advocate, Will Kiser. “My main job is to be here for people who are looking for help,” Kiser says. “There’s a simplicity that is refreshing about what we do: helping people who need help— connecting the dots.” By providing services such as musical outlets, performance opportunities and healthcare, Nuçi’s Space directly benefits musicians as well as those who are in their lives.
Nuçi’s h a s become a refuge for those in the local music community, offering affordable health care and treatment options given by volunteer physicians, therapists and other professionals. The services Nuçi’s Space provides are personal— each musician who walks through the door is paired with a therapist who would best complement his or her needs. For local musicians looking for an outlet for their talents, Nuçi’s Space also has practice rooms, performance space, a library area and a coffee bar. They also have support groups and workshops which are open to anyone. “I think Nuçi’s is awesome,” says Kelli Wade, a music business major at UGA. “Those that utilize the space see it as a safe place, which is necessary in darker times.”
T e r r y frequents Nuçi’s Space for its convenience and welcoming ambiance. “Nuçi’s is really special to me because that is where every Boomfox song was either written or figured out,” Terry says. “It is the place where I first felt like a musician. It is not only an affordable practice space, but it’s a mini music shop. If I ever need strings or to rent a PA or drums, Nuçi’s is the place to go.” Nuçi’s Space provides unique services that are indispensable to those who utilize them. “We’re not really duplicating any services in town,” Kiser says. “If it weren’t for Nuçi’s Space, the people we help would not have any other place to go.” Currently, Nuçi’s Space is looking to expand its services to another large music hub of the southeast, Atlanta, Ga. If you would like to know more about Nuçi’s Space or find out how to get involved, please visit their website at www.nuci.org.
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s Facebook the first to know about your nasty breakup? Is your news feed filled with the most intimate details of your day? Did your mysterious online romance suddenly end because your “girlfriend” ended up being your teammate? If so, you might be sharing a little too much. S o c i a l media sites have established a platform for selfexpression that goes way beyond a small paragraph in an “about me” section. Information only one’s closest friends would be privy to is publicly displayed without regard to what the repercussions could be. The most typical everyday activities are broadcast alongside raunchy and inappropriate thoughts. Nothing is too mundane. Nothing is too private. Nothing is off limits. “I feel as though people are now so closeminded; everybody’s so uptight and they don’t want to joke about themselves,” says Kevni Woodside, a second-year broadcast journalism major from Miami, Fla. Woodside is a Facebook sensation around the University of Georgia campus. He claims he is the only person that has ever been fired from UGA’s Oglethorpe House Dining Commons and boasts that he is public enemy No. 1 for many campus organizations.
names. While his comical and controversial Facebook posts have gained devoted fans and popularity, they have continuously proven detrimental to his reputation and his safety. “There was one time a black frat did a step dance and everybody in there thought it was awkward because they started doing this gorilla pose,” says Woodside. “So I made a status about that and then the president of the black frat sent me a letter calling me ignorant. So I made this status addressing him. I went downtown one day and this guy from the frat and his two friends [started] to jump me.” Reactions such as this are not uncommon in today’s society. Over 40 percent of 18 to 24 year olds admit to being cyberbullied at some point in their lives and those victimized are 1.9 times more likely to attempt suicide. Social media has also led to other non-self-inflicted violence such as the violent protest that erupted this year in Hunsur, India due to a controversial Facebook post. Woodside’s need to shock and awe his fans leads one to wonder if fame and popularity play into other people’s need to share too much information. “In popular magazines they have every detail of a celebrity’s life on display, so I guess they think that if they post every detail of their life online they will become famous too,” says Phoebe Clark, a second-year music education major from Sugar Hill, Ga. “I think that those people don’t understand the purpose of social media, which in my opinion, is to share special events that happen in one’s life and those people are overdoing it if they share everything.” Toyin Adelusi, second-year biology major from Snellville, Ga., also agrees with Clarke’s view on social media usage. “I feel that people who do that don’t have any reasonable thing to do … like they don’t have a life,” says Adelusi. Woodside takes a different approach on the limits of too-much online. “I think you should share as much as you’re comfortable with,” says Woodside. “If someone feels comfortable showing their pregnancy on ‘Teen Mom’ then go right ahead. I’ll watch it with popcorn and cheer you on.”
“I think that those people dont understand the purpose of social media”
“I’ve got so much to complain about, yet there are people who will come to this school who are rich and breeze through classes and complain because their sorority sister took their dress or something like that, so I make fun of them to show them that you can laugh at yourself,” Woodside says. “I try to cheer people up.” Woodside gained his Facebook fame by posting about UGA campus events, like the Week of Soul—a week of activities during black history month—focusing on his personal journey and his real life experiences. His posts often feature funny anecdotes and metaphors that allude to real people and places, though he makes sure to exclude actual
MIXING GENREs T
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By Chelsea Rosen
he conventional style of music has stepped aside and m a d e
way for the avant-garde tunes hitting the streets of Athens. What was once the norm for music is now transforming into a captivating rejuvenation of mixed styles. Cara Eisenberg, a student in Athens, Ga., credited the change of music to the abundance of electronic music producers coming onto the scene. “[Music] has been easily transformed by the help and production of electronic music technology,” Eisenberg says. “Now, every weekend it seems that there is a DJ mixing different genres at every venue.”
“Now every weekend it seems like there is a DJ mixing different genres”
EMANCI PATOR Emancipator played at the Georgia Theatre in February creating music that was once unknown. DJ Douglas Appling was on stage accompanied by the usual electronic set up, but once Appling began his show, violinist Ilya Goldberg accompanied him in what can only be described as an alluring trance of blissful beats transcending off each other. The stage was layered with flashy psychedelic triangles with a multitude of images transmitting off. Everything from blue eyes, pyramids and animals were shown on the screens. The images flowed seamlessly with each other and every beat played added more to the beauty of the music. Concertgoer Lenize Avery explained that Emancipator opened her eyes to the new genres of music that are becoming popular. “I had never heard of this band before tonight,” Avery says. “I’m leaving completely satisfied with the show especially since I have never heard anything like this before. It’s always exciting to hear something different.” Students, drawn in like magnets, kept their eyes closed and allowed the music to be heard in its entirety. Jake Rodee, feels that Emancipator is a great contrast to what most people are used to listening to. “I would say the band is down-tempo electronic, but with violin,” Rodee says. “They are absolutely different than any other electronic band out there.” Douglas Appling has been producing music since 2006 at the early age of 19. He was discovered by a Japanese producer, Nujabes, and has since incorporated influences from Asian culture into his performances. Many of his songs provide an array of sounds that include delicate harmonies, simplistic drumbeats and soft choirs that create organic and addictive music.
Jaw-dropping electronic rock meets bassin-your-face dubstep: this is Conspirator at the Georgia Theatre. Formed by the well-known keyboardist and bassist for the Disco Biscuits, Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein, as well as DJ Omen, this band crushes everything you thought you heard in music. When Conspirator hit the stage this February, every song took the dynamic and enthused crowd on an adventure. Tunes began with soft jams joined by angelic synthesizers creating something magical for the ears. Students jumped continuously with the beats thrown at them. It was difficult to keep up. If concertgoers thought they were attending the usual electronic-rock show, they were in for a big surprise. Songs that continued rocking for what seemed to be hours, would suddenly twist and turn transforming into up-beat dubstep rhythms that were both unexpected and accepted by the crowd that night. The guitar would then follow along with the DJ’s dubs with mind-blowing rock solos. Conspirator fan, Anna Kelley, believes this band brought something worth remembering to the Georgia Theatre that night. “Conspirator is a melting pot of electronic sounds,” Kelley says. “[Their music] can be funky like a jam-band but then bring in heavy bass. They put on one incredible show.” The instrumental sounds of Conspirator that night were brought to life by the sublime stage lights. Green, blue, red, and yellow shined across the theatre and onto the excited and high-spirited students. Every few songs, the DJ would throw in some catchy lyrics and the audience sang along. To say the least, there was never a dull moment.
Performance Enhancing Drugs By Melanie Watson
n today’s sports era, performance-enhancing drugs have unfortunately become part of the game. It’s becoming more common for superstar athletes to be linked to banned substances that may have contributed to their outstanding play. When this happens, there is generally a strong backlash from fans and the media. By the time everything is said and done, both the name and the career of the athlete involved is slandered and tarnished. So why do athletes choose to take performance-enhancers? “There’s a lot of pressure on being better,” says Vicki Michaelis, the Carmichael Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and Society at the University of Georgia. She attributes the decision of seeking substances to athletes wanting to be elite. In addition to the inner pressure from athletes themselves, there is also increased pressure from the accessibility that fans have today. The average fan can access statistics and measure performances against the significant sports achievements of our time with a simple Google search. That’s an added pressure exclusive to athletes in this day and time. Not only do they have to compete with their current opponents, but they also have to compete with those who came before them. “When you’re an athlete, you innately want to be the best – that’s not just the best on the field today, but the best of all time,” says Michaelis. “All of that comes
together to create a pressure where if there is a way you can be better, you may be tempted to check that way and find out what it can do for you.” There could be several reasons why performanceenhancers may appeal to athletes. It could be a situation where they feel as though their team really needs more from them, or it could be that they feel their body is failing them. There’s no one scenario that calls the drugs into question. A variety of factors and situations come into play, which could mean that athletes face this decision several times and could give in due to the circumstances.
“Sports are such a sanctuary for our society...whoever wins is the good guy usually and when you find out that the good guy got there a bad way, then it’s really hard to accept.”
“I think it’s more so of an individual issue for each athlete,” says Jordan Thomas, a third-year sport management and public relations major from Alpharetta, Ga. “For some it may be that they want to stay in the game for as long as possible, for others it could be that they’re injured and they don’t want to be out for a considerable amount of time,” says Thomas “Then you have those who say they took it unknowingly. I think it’s a case-by-case situation.”
“When you’re an athlete, you innately want to be the best That’s not just the best on the field today, but the best of all time...”
says Michaelis. “Sports are such a sanctuary for our society. Somebody wins and somebody loses. Whoever wins is the good guy usually and when you find out that the good guy got there a bad way, then it’s really hard to accept.” Regardless of the situation, the reaction to allegations surrounding professional athletes and performance-enhancing drugs is typically the same. The situation becomes the subject of the news for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Everyone feels the need to state their opinion about said athlete and their career. Any future performance from that athlete will forever be under scrutiny. From then on, it becomes impossible for the athlete to escape the shadow created by taking illegal substances. Without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs, athletes have the ability to enrich their legacies and go much further in their careers and in the hearts and minds of sports fans everywhere. Fans just want to see their favorite athletes play the game the way it was meant to be played – with no additives.
Another question that deserves to be asked is why do we, the general public, care so much? After all, this is ultimately the choice of the athlete whom, generally speaking, we do not know personally. “Cheating almost takes away from everything they’ve accomplished,” says Nicole Peterson, who runs track and is a fourth-year mass media arts student from Gaithersburg, Md. “For a fan, I think that’s a really big letdown because of all the talking and bragging they’ve done about the athlete only to find out they were cheating.” Performance-enhancers not only contaminate the reverence that fans hold for athletes, but they also smear the name of sports as a whole. Sports are meant to be a clean atmosphere where everyone has a fair advantage. The parity of the game comes into question when these drugs become a factor. “Anytime someone achieves a singular sports performance, I think the widespread existence of performance-enhancing drugs has made it so there is doubt in everyone’s minds whether it was achieved cleanly,” 29
of the Game
hey’re big and tall, strong and swift. They walk with a particular swagger, unmatched by most, and they are part of a huge network in American culture. Who are “they?” They are college athletes, fully equipped, and fully committed to their sport. However, some of their habits beyond the court or the field have caused them to earn the title of being players. Athletes are commonly associated with negative relationship stereotypes and are considered to be taboo in the dating world. Unfortunately, this is a side of “the game” that comes along with athletes. When looking at the collegiate sports world from a relationship angle, it’s almost impossible to ignore the rumors that come with it. Most girls are heavily advised to stay away from athletes and are told to expect unusual drama if they succumb to their charm. “Don’t do it,” says Briana Rodgers, a first-year economics major from Stockbridge, Ga. “The tone is already set when you arrive here. You have upperclassmen screaming, ‘don’t [mess] with the athletes,’ because, at the end of the day, it’s unrealistic for them to do right by you.” She and her close friends discussed the full gamut of the well-known ugly truths of dealing with college athletes from the groupies and the hype, to the unfaith-
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fulness. They made it clear that the persona of college athletes is painted long before you even step foot on a college campus, and that painting looks something like a stop sign. “The stereotypes will never vanish because there are so many players who follow along with it,” says former University of Georgia football player and current Cincinnati Bengal, Orson Charles. He noted how the transition from being an athlete in a small town in high school to becoming a top-notch athlete at a large college, where there is a lot of freedom, contributes to the collegiate athlete’s dating culture. “Any girl who chooses to date an athlete has to deal with the groupies, because we don’t have control over it,” says UGA football player Blake Tibbs. “It doesn’t matter if the player sucks, as long as we are on the team, we still get groupies.” These statements boil down to the fact that the ladies who decide to date athletes at large colleges will always have competition, which heats up the dating game. However, the athletes are not the only players in this game; the ladies are key components and they often serve as the seekers instead of the targets.
“We want someone who can take care of us,” says Rodgers who believes that athletes are in such high demand because girls seek a protector and provider in a mate. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. Former UGA football player Brandon Boykin, who now plays professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his girlfriend for the past eight years, Tess Echols, speak out against the stereotype “Dating Brandon has been one of the best decisions I have ever made,” says Echols, who is currently a communications student at Jacksonville University. Because of the honest and unconditional love they share, Boykin refutes the fact that their love rests on his athletics, but rather that their love helps support his athletics. “In reality, most athletes live a fast-paced life with multiple women because that’s what society deems as a requirement of a celebrity,” says Boykin. Echols and Boykin both argue that anyone who chooses to be involved with an athlete should not pay attention to the scrutiny that comes with the titles, and instead, pay attention to the context of their individual relationship. In other words, athletes follow their hearts, too. It can happen.
“the SteReOtypeS wIll neveR vanISh becauSe theRe aRe SO many playeRS whO fOllOw wIth It.” “It just takes time. It grows old,” says Charles, who explains how there are exceptions to every rule, and that the dating nature of a college athlete is not much more different than that of a non-athlete because men are men. “As long as he shows me he values my heart, I would give him a chance, athlete or not,” says Mariya Lewter, a first-year sports broadcasting major from Decatur, Ga.
hink about this: Georgia marriage law says that gay marriage is illegal, but marrying your cousin is permitted. Many people, myself included, find this ridiculous. In my opinion, any two consenting adults should be able to enter into a marriage without judgment from the law. People are resistant to gay marriage the same way people were resistant to interracial marriage 50 years ago—and with no good reason. Those opposed say that gay marriage will destroy the sanctity of marriage, but celebrities getting divorced after only a few months are still accepted by the general public. Some conservative politicians say that children raised by two parents of the same sex will leave them with a marred view on the world since they lack either a female or male parental figure in their life. This is completely unfounded since the same argument could be used for children raised by a single parent. On the other hand, Georgia law finds it perfectly
acceptable for two first cousins to not only raise children but also to have them as well, which could lead to serious health risks for the child. These are not new arguments about gay marriage. The fact that marriage isn’t an available option to any two consenting adults bothers me. But what bothers me more is that it’s still controversial. I’m sick of reading bigoted ideas about gay marriage and how it’s unfair. Why haven’t we just allowed it yet? What is the holdup, Georgia? According to Section 19-3-3.1 of the Georgia Code, “Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state . . . .any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex pursuant to a marriage license issued by another state or foreign jurisdiction or otherwise shall be void in this state.” Most people who don’t support gay marriage are sentenced to be social pariahs. Because of this, it is
marriage article by colby jones
shocking that the people of Georgia have not elected representatives who will support marriage between any two people. Nullifying gay marriage from other states also seems unconstitutional, as it blatantly dismisses the Full Faith and Credit Clause, which states that “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” The real question here is, if Georgia’s stance on gay marriage is unfair and borderline unconstitutional, why has it not been struck down yet? If two people are in love with each other, why shouldn’t they be allowed to marry? The real problem with marriage is that somebody has to decide on what constitutes a marriage, and what being married entails. Marriage is used as a tax break, a way to have children without being looked down upon by society, and is supposed to be a way
to choose a lifelong partner. Changing the definition of marriage changes the definition of society from the nuclear family model we were all raised to strive for— but society is changing on its own. More single parents are holding their heads high. More people love each other without the guarantee that other people will recognize their commitment. More people are accepting that there is more than one way to live life. Despite this, there are still those who cling to old traditions and prejudices. I am sure that in my lifetime I will see gay marriage legalized in Georgia, but what about the next group of people being oppressed? Children are taught that marriage is about love, trust and commitment. When will those qualities be reflected in which couples are allowed to marry? When will labels stop being used to choose who may marry whom? Will enough people cry out about these inequalities, or will tradition march on? 33
The Culture of
Dating By Jessica Parks
“Why is it that we are pressured to date someone that meets the standards set by our parents and families?”
can’t tell you how many times I have heard the phrase, “It’s not that my family is racist, but my daddy does not want me to date anyone other than a white man.” Hearing this, I became curious about how someone claimed to not be racist but still not approve of their daughter or son dating outside of their race. I came to the conclusion that it must be a social preference. Recall the 2004 movie “The Notebook,” a story of two lovers who were destined to be together despite family disapproval. Ally’s high-society parents deemed Noah unfit for their daughter because of his lack of culture. Why is it that we are pressured to date someone that meets the standards set by our parents and families? Problems arise when our significant others do not resemble the person that our families see as “best for us.” I have spoken with many people about this issue and I have come to a conclusion that it is not necessarily the differing race, gender or physical features of partner that turns off our family members, but the cultural differences do. Family members wish to perpetuate and preserve their traditional culture, and any threat to their wishes places them in an uncomfortable position. After speaking with students, I found that intercultural dating may be problematic because it causes a generation clash. I know a white male who says that his parents would have no problem with him dating outside of his race. However, his grandparents, who were raised before desegregation in the 1950s-60s, would not approve of him dating outside of his race. He mentioned that he, his parents and grandparents share
the same religious beliefs. Therefore, the reason why his grandparents disapprove is not their common faith, but because they are products of their upbringing and any non-white person would violate their standards. Talking with one girl whose father disapproves of her dating outside of her race opened my eyes to finding new solutions to bridge the gap between families and significant others. Perhaps the best way to gain a family’s affection is by commonality. She mentions that her father loves sports and any man that can relate to that may be able to better relate to him. If they find one common interest, then maybe the family will become more comfortable with the suitor. For those who would never approve of dating outside of culture or race, please consider that there is no such thing as a right or wrong culture. How can all races, cultures, religions and belief systems receive equal recognition if we do not all try to understand each other on a deeper level?
ver since the debut of Madame C.J. Walker’s revolutionary hair products, black women have had the option of wearing styles other than their natural kinks and curls. I grew up seeing black women rock long, straight hair and I loved it. I thought it suited them well, and I never thought that an image of a European woman was to blame. I ’m sure not many others made that connection either, until professionals and realists started to notice that black women with chemically-altered hairstyles started sacrificing money, exercise and time just to make sure her hair was “on point.” Some thought the world of hot combs and sew-ins was a form of mental slavery in the minds of those who felt another culture’s beauty was better than theirs. The drive to escape this limiting and toxic mentality is what sparked a new movement that called for real hair on every black woman’s head. Some say that this natural hair movement, which is really pumped by My Black is Beautiful, a campaign that advocates black women to embrace their true
selves, is a resistance. The women behind this campaign are standing up for their right to embrace their natural beauty. They are opposing the emergence of pressed, permed and pre-made hair because they believe it all goes back to history, media and society establishing the idea that the traditional European model, and her hair, as the standard of beauty. The most passionate women behind this campaign are advocates for natural hair. They are showing girls with chemicals in their hair, girls who press their hair often, and girls like me, that our beauty isn’t real. It seems curl-activator cream and hot combs cannot co-exist peacefully –well, for the women who use them at least. Many women on one end of the black woman’s hair spectrum fall victim to being deemed unattractive or less feminine if they hold back on the heat. They wonder where the natural woman gets the time and the patience to deal with such a commitment. Many women on the other side fall victim to being deemed fake, superficial or a sellout to their culture if they choose to turn up the heat as far as it goes. They wonder how this curling-iron
queen has the audacity to damage her hair like that. Both sides forget about health and uniqueness while continuing to fight for the right to be the real thing. The resolution to this war is actually something that lies far beyond the revolution itself. Yes, black women have been subjected to stereotypes and false standards of beauty, and yes, resisting this stronghold is pertinent to black women loving themselves as themselves. However, the next step is acceptance – and not just selfacceptance. Instead of pointing a finger at another sister whose hair is too kinky or is full of tracks, we should learn to appreciate the beauty in our differences. If we just respect that a woman is bold enough to express herself, whether it’s with bantu knots or waist-length weave, we should respect and uplift one another. The essence of anything real is in the source from which it grows. We must learn that we cannot define, measure or cut our “typical hair” because there is nothing typical about us. The “real thing” is a sensation inside of us that manifests in our own, unique ways.
N WORD They said the
...and I’m Not Offended
express themselves honestly. Their work shouldn’t be censored because a certain few can’t deal with the fact that derogatory language is a part of our vocabulary. Artists should be free to convey their vision, especially if their vision depicts certain truths surrounding historical time periods. We’ve all seen the movies. We’ve all read the books. We all know what the “n” in the term N-word stands for and the history behind it. Even today, in certain contexts, the use of the N word is disgusting, inappropriate and offensive. The word draws negative emotion for many racial groups because of its repulsive connotation. Is there a need to lie about what really happened and how a minority group was treated just so someone doesn’t feel uncomfortable? Is a couple of hours of colorfully worded, but accurately depicted, conversation so hard to stomach? Are complaints about the language regarding black people valid for a film that is set in a time where they were slaves, regarded as 3/5 of a person and considered to be worth less than animals? Why go see a movie set when slavery was the way many made their livelihood and expect anything less than an accurate depiction of the basic ideologies of the day? Nobody forced your patronage. You knew what you were getting into when you chose to see the film. If you want lighthearted scenes and inoffensive language, you should have seen the children’s flick playing two doors down.
hen Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed “Django Unchained” was released I was hesitant to go see it because of all the hoopla it drew. I’d heard about how it didn’t portray black people in a positive light and how it was the typical white savior flick. I’d read the commentary of the ever-angry director Spike Lee and the rebuttals from the film’s star, Jamie Foxx. I’d been informed that the dreaded N-word was used profusely throughout the film. I think my hesitance was justified, but after much pleading from my boyfriend I went with him to see the movie. And I loved it. Not only did I love the film as a whole, I loved the casting, the cinematography and the script, which includes the use of that six letter word used synonymously with “African-American.” I feel that I should add my personal disclaimer: I’m not the type to be easily offended. My feelings aren’t easily hurt nor am I readily enraged. It takes a little more than an off-handed comment to get a genuine rise out of me. That being said, evading the truth under the guise of so-called political correctness will take me to a negative place every time. When truth and accuracy are in question, put away your emotions. Being politically correct definitely has its place in society, but I don’t feel that that place is in film. The arts are an avenue through which artists can
By Parys Grigsby
We all know what the ‘n’ in the term ‘n-word’ stands for and the history behind it.
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