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Ways To Get Buzzed (Without the Drink) page 32

Sweet Tweets: The New Resume Requirement page 8

Roe v. Wade Revisited page 30

Comedy Central: Inside

ImprovAthens page 12


contents SPRING 2013

IN PROFILE Beyond Faith 6

LIFESTYLE Twitterless? Need Not Apply 8 Project Runway: FDSA Student Designers Showcase Collections 9 Funny Faces 12

ARTS& ENTERTAINMENT

The Fine Print 16 Classic City Cinema: Campus MovieFest Returns 22

BEYOND THE ARCH Business Bootcamp 24 Taste Trifecta: 3 Athens Eateries to Try 26 Preservation Pays 28

IN THE KNOW Decision Heartbeat: Roe v. Wade Celebrates Its 40th 30 Overcoming the Drunk Funk 32


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ugazine editor-in-chief Margaret Harney web editor Ellen Barnes copy editors Caitlyn Daniels, Cassie Kaye contributing editors Gina Borg, Eva Chamberlain, Amanda Dixon, Nicole Galonczyk, Nishima Gupta, Brooke Hutchins, Cassie Kaye, Brittany Scott, Jessica Sooknanan writers Gabe Cavallaro, Amanda Dixon, Kristen Hiller, Raven Hathcock, Cassie Kaye, Stephen Mays, Kristen Melchiorre, Sara Porch, Skye Rubel, Claire Ruhlin, Sydney Stroupe ART art director Lauren Greene photo editor Damien Salas assistant photo editor Lexi Deagen designers Sarah Arrington, Lauren Foster, Michelle Fulleda, Jessie Lian CONTACT faculty adviser Joe Dennis, jodennis@uga.edu advertising representative Patrick Stansbury mailing address Box 271 Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Athens, GA 30605 website www.georgiaugazine.com email ugazine@gmail.com Ugazine is published twice a year with funding from the University of Georgia and advertising revenue. Ugazine is printed by the UGA Printing Department. For advertising information, please contact Patrick Stansbury, Pentagon Publishing, ps@pentagon-usa.com.

On a freezing Saturday in February I woke up at 6 a.m. to get out my best hats: the navy band hat from a vintage store in Iowa and the 15-feather chieftain headdress I picked up in North Carolina. A pink silk tie, a woodenhandled umbrella and a pair of funky shades also made their way into my back seat before I made my first stop at Starbucks; they just seemed to fit together. Pumpkin spice latte and props in hand, I arrived at the State Botanical Gardens to meet the photographer, stylist and Improv Athens Acting Troupe, who were going to create our cover story (p. 12). The photo shoot that ensued was something out of this world: at the drop of one of my hats they were off—cracking jokes and entertaining the pants off all of us watching­— with killer wit, fast action and felt mustaches. I thought there couldn’t be a more creative bunch in Athens, but putting together this spring issue certainly proved me wrong. Student designers can hang with the actors—evidence of their imagination can be found on page 18. More you say? How about the Campus MovieFest, in town again this year, taking on a seemingly impossible five-day production schedule (p. 22). But the out-of-the-box thinking doesn’t stop there; the proactive efforts of PALS (p. 24) and the Abraham Alliance (p. 6) show that helping others is just as infectious as a laugh—and just as innovative. As the editor of Ugazine, I have an ingrained duty to champion the merits of the Athens community, both on and off campus, but it has become something I don’t have to think about anymore. Anyone who is interested in this college, in this town, will hear rave reviews from me: there is something for everyone here, no matter which way you hope the wind takes you. Because whether you’re a foodie or a political maven, a fashionista or a conservationist, Athens is just one of those places where we all fit together. And being the university magazine, we’re here to put it all together too—one hat at a time.

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BY STEPHEN MAYS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAMIEN SALAS Finding a fresh group among the 676 student organizations at the University of Georgia is no easy task. The Abraham Alliance, spearheaded by Kaytlin Butler, is nothing if not innovative. The group promotes interfaith acceptance between all faiths, but focuses mainly on the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Butler’s idea for The Abraham Alliance arose from her experiences leading up to attending UGA. She grew up in southwest Georgia, an area with a predominantly Christian population, and was also a member of a military family. The strong teachings of Christianity and feeling of patriotism that Butler grew up around personally contrasted with what she saw in her community after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. In the years following Sept. 11, Butler saw the people around her acting hatefully despite the loving, accepting doctrines she had grown up hearing. Derogatory slurs became prevalent where they had once been nonexistent. The offensive actions Butler saw created a desire to see more interfaith acceptance and understanding, primarily between Christianity and Islam. That relationship was where she saw the most animosity. To reach her personal goal of interfaith acceptance, Butler is majoring in religion with a focus on Islam and taking Arabic language courses. “To understand a people, you must know their language and their religion,” Butler says. Butler soon realized that she wanted to spread the interfaith acceptance she had come to find. From there, her idea for a student organization took root. She struggled with the logistics of how to make such an organization work and function, experiencing technicalities such as spreading awareness of the

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The Arab Cultural Association held a candlelight vigil in front of the Arch in Downtown Athens on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, to raise awareness for the lives lost in the Syrian conflict. Philip Ian, senior, arranged candles on the pavement to read “Syria.”

group, finding individuals committed to its success and dealing with turbulent, sensitive areas of discussion. Butler realized she could not undergo such a large task alone. It would have to be a group effort. “Ideas mean nothing unless someone does something about it,” Butler says. She began searching for people to embody a true Abraham alliance. Butler approached now vice president of the group Anna Beth Havenar during research in Arabic linguistics, prior to her summer studying abroad. Butler had toyed with the idea of making such a group operate for some time. Havener was interested in the concept from the beginning and coordinated via email with Butler during the summer before the creation of the group. “Groups naturally are narrowed to a niche and thus are somewhat exclusive. We wanted to focus on union and not exclusion,” says Havenar. During the summer of 2012, Butler finally received the last push necessary to take a leap of faith in beginning the process. While studying abroad in Morocco, one of Butler’s religion teachers referred to interfaith animosity as a river. “To build a bridge over a river, you cannot start where it is deepest,” Butler says. “You have to first find the shallow ends where there is common ground.” The same night Butler heard this from her professor, she sat down and began coordinating with the Center for Student Organizations to start the group. Butler’s efforts paid off exponentially, resulting in an executive board comprised of individuals representative of all three of the Abrahamic faiths. Six individuals became a solidified unit and changed the idea of one woman into the actions of six diverse people. After becoming an official organization on

campus, the group began implementing its beliefs and acting within the student community. The Abraham Alliance decided to work with MSA, the Muslim Student Association, on their Eid Picnic program. What began as a single collaboration led to the involvement of the Christian fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi, as well as Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Butler says the program was “everything I could imagine it to be.” “It was mind blowing to see everyone come together,” said Nurin Abdulwassy, a close friend of Butler’s. Abdulwassy said Butler was very positive during the entire conceptualization of The Abraham Alliance, and Butler’s positivity showed her courage and made the skepticism Abdulwassy originally felt about the

group disappear. “It made UGA finally feel like home to me,” she says. Seeing all the different groups come together at the Eid Picnic fostered an accepting, understanding community. With an entire semester now under its belt, The Abraham Alliance has become a more productive organization. The group holds monthly holy book study sessions where members examine and discuss texts from the Bible, Torah and Qur’an. The group believes if you can educate people on what the three texts say and put that knowledge in a conversational situation, it fosters understanding and friendship instead of allowing ignorance to keep the barriers between the religions in place. The small idea fostered by one woman has become a burgeoning organization

that provides a venue where people are comfortable talking to one another. They get out of their comfort zones and begin to build a community of students who revolve around respect.

The Abraham Alliance is the beginning of the bridge Butler wanted to see built, anchored in the shallow ends of the river where, according to Butler, “we have the audacity to fight hate with love.”

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nternship and job applications often require basic computer knowledge: email, Word processing and…Twitter? As social networking sites become increasingly more popular, they are becoming significantly more important when it comes to finding work. Lindsay Friedrich, the marketing manager for LTE Media, runs an internship program for college students at the University of Georgia. Aside from asking standard questions, the application also asks for the applicant’s Twitter name and number of followers. “As experienced as you may be, if you don’t know how to use Twitter, you’re worthless to my team,” Friedrich says. “It’s important for marketing.” Interns working for LTE Media use Twitter to promote their digital magazine, The College Social. By tweeting about specific articles and posting links to the magazine, they increase their readership substantially. “LTE has done background analytics and found that most activity related to The College Social comes

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from Twitter,” Friedrich says. The more followers her interns have, the more people that potentially view the digital magazine. Aside from internships, jobs are also requiring their employees to have and maintain Twitter accounts. Jamie Gottlieb, social media editor for the Red & Black, manages a Twitter account with over 17,500 followers for the newspaper. “Out of all the social media we use, Twitter definitely has the most traffic,” Gottlieb says. Twitter is popular among Red & Black readers because it provides interaction between the audience and the writer. Followers retweet, favorite and respond to articles more easily than through email. Because of this, all editors and writers at the newspaper are required to have a Twitter. By implementing this rule, the Red & Black is preparing its staff for the future of journalism. “Understanding social media makes us into a ‘master of all tricks,’” Gottlieb says. “We need to understand everything.” Though many internships and jobs require basic knowledge of social media for advertising and promotional purposes, employers also view their staff’s Twitter sites as a liability to the company. Many job applications ask for Twitter names to ensure that applicants are assets to the company. Dr. Barry Hollander, a journalism professor in Grady College, attributes this requirement to the growing popularity

of social media. “Companies are constantly building and maintaining their brand,” Hollander says. “If you’re going to embarrass them on Twitter, they won’t want you to work for them.” It is extremely important for Twitter users to be mindful of the tweets they post. As part of the company, employees represent the business they work for regardless of whether or not they are on the clock. “Companies want to see what you tweet and what you’re doing to help the brand… not just ‘I’m drunk,’” Hollander says.

Project Runway:

A collection piece by designer Doria Yang illustrates new age creativity on the traditional Hollywood theme.

FDSA Student Designers Showcase Collections BY C L A I R E R U H L I N | P H O T O G R A P H Y BY M A R GA R E T H A R N E Y

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hile many University of Georgia students spent their winter break catching up on sleep, wolfing down holiday treats and watching Netflix, most of the designers taking part in the Fashion Design Student Association fashion show were planning, sketching and crafting garments. The fashion show, held on Feb. 22 at the Foundry, showed student-designed garments and offered a bar, DJ and concert featuring local band Boom Fox. The theme was “A Night Amongst the Stars” with a focus on old Hollywood glamour. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to Girl Scouts of America. “We’re trying to make it really look like a fashion show,” says fourth-year Colleen Quinn, a designer for the show and historian of the FDSA. “Not a student organization, but something that you would see at New York Fashion Week—a

black-tie affair.” The FDSA was created in 2006 by a group of students who noticed a lack of design-centered perspective within the fashion merchandising program. Fashion design is not offered as a major, so those interested in design use FDSA to hone their skills. The organization helps students who wish to learn the aspects of making a garment, such as sewing and sketching. “We facilitate the ability for designers to learn how to sew, learn how to sketch,” says fourth-year and vice president of the organization, Ashley Long. “If they want to, we usually have different time periods where you can contact an old designer, a person who has designed for a while, and they teach the new person to read patterns, how

to set everything out, what to buy and what to look for.” “This is my first experience getting involved with an actual fashion show because I’ve been sewing ever since I was little, but this is the first time I can execute something of my own that I’ve put a lot of work into,” says Molly Dodd, a first-year student and designer for the show. But putting on a fashion show takes a village, and the FDSA involves students in all areas, including marketing, management and graphic design. “We try to have an organization where we’re going to have a lot of people do different things, whatever they’re interested in, whether it’s designing or PR or event planning,” says third-time participant Zidisha Dambuza. “And then the show is

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Agency model Yosan Negga wears a dress by designer Shaq uila Wise.

teAnother avan n tio ea cr e gard by Doria Yang sic redefines clas lines.

Marilyn Monroe, with Betsey Johnsonesque flair—during winter break. “I was thinking about them last semester and then when I went home for break I started sewing them because I don’t really have space to sew them here in the dorms,” Dodd says. After the break, she managed to make time to sew in her dorm room, even though the heat was broken. “These last couple weeks, I’m managing sewing in the dorms,” she says. Because of time limitations, designers had to make certain sacrifices in constructing the designs. After working on her show for most of winter just a way to present student designs.” she painstakingly sewed each indibreak, by January Quinn only had a few Participating designers were required vidual bead. “Mine is going to be a more last-minute alterations, such as adding to create at least two garments to dis- ready-to-wear line,” she says. “So a lot of zippers and hemming bottoms. “They’re play in the show and could use any ele- my clothes are separates. They’re pieces not the perfect quality that I would like ment of old Holthem to be,” she says, lywood, whether “but you can’t tell on it be the style of a the outside. But yeah, classic fashion icon it probably took me like Grace Kelly or those three weeks we try to have an orga the eclectic vibe of that we had on break a specific brooch to just sew and finish nization where we re go worn by a past and do all of that. I ing to have a lot of people celebrity. Fashion just literally will sit show members down at my desk in do different things have about five the morning and not months to prepare finish, just stay there their pieces. all day.” Long spent weeks working on an where you can mix and match. It’s a For Long, the day of the show is alintricately beaded skirt for her collecwardrobe piece; it’s multi-versatile.” ways the most stressful. “The three hours tion while trying to balance school. The Dodd worked on sewing her piece— that we have right before the show is front panel alone took her four days, as dresses inspired by Audrey Hepburn and just chaotic and somehow we get it all

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together. But I think for the show-wise that’s the hardest. I think for the designer-wise it’s that crunch time and getting the fittings right to get it finished. It’s hard to find time, but if you’re really passionate about what you do, you do it,” she says. Participating in the fashion show is a time-consuming commitment, but the students’ dedication is apparent. “I’m really interested in supporting local and handmade and artisans and people who are really passionate about what they’re doing,” says Dambuza. “So it’s a great opportunity to show what people can do.” The passion of those involved with the fashion show is the driving force behind the its success. Designers are not only refining their skills, but are also helping the organization grow and flourish. “We’ve really stepped up our game because as the years have progressed we’ve gotten more people, more coverage,” Long says. “I feel like as an organization we’re growing, we’re getting bigger and bigger and always better.”

KenRight: Model ks al w y riff G dall in a the runway disha design by Zi . za Dambu

Detail of Ashley Long’s ready-towear collection piece shows attention to detail.

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The enigmatic gang strikes a pose: from left, Zack Byrd, Elizabeth Capers, Luke Georgecink, John David Williams, Cole Earnest, Spencer Tootle, Shelli Delgado, Jason Burwell, Dane Alexander and Wesley Parrish.

Funny Faces You hear them before you see them. They’re loud, full of energy and immediately command presence of the room. They’re Improv Athens, and their mission is to keep you laughing as long as they’re performing. Don’t think they can? Good. They like a challenge. BY CASSIE KAYE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERSTA FERRYANTO

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he student-based acting troupe officially became a campus organization in 2006, but they were making people laugh long before that. The group’s composition changes as students come and go, but currently Improv Athens consists of 14 members—12 undergrads and two graduate students—many of whom are pursuing degrees other than theatre. Despite their varied interests, they all have a love for the stage, and many of them have been involved with other acting groups as well. One of their graduate members, Bradley Bazzle, did improv in college and with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre while living in New York before coming to Athens to get a doctorate in English. “I heard about Improv Athens’ open rehearsals somehow and was thrilled to find out the group was so

talented,” says Bazzle of his audition. “I was happy they let me audition, despite my age-related grumpiness and decrepit body.” Spencer Tootle, a double major in English and theatre from Savannah, Ga., became involved with Improv Athens last spring after attending an improv program in Chicago. “I had never really done improv because I was always too scared,” she says. “Then I was gifted a week-long improv intensive at Second City, the school of comedy where SNL originated. I went and I knew I needed to pursue improv when I came back home.” Tootle, along with Improv Athens members Dane Alexander and Cole Earnest, also performs in Athens with the sketch comedy group SHARKwiNG. Seniors Dane Alexander and John David Williams, the current co-di-

rectors of Improv Athens, have been with the group since their first years at UGA. Williams, a mass media arts, marketing and film studies major from Marietta, Ga., was involved with theatre in high school and wanted to continue that involvement at UGA, but didn’t have the time to commit to full theatre productions. Although Alexander is actually majoring in theatre, his entrance into Improv Athens was a bit less traditional. “I had never done improv before and I only decided to attend an open rehearsal on a dare,” he says. “It turned out that the first open rehearsal I went to was also their spring audition. I joined that semester and I’ve been hooked ever since.” Ask any actor what brought them to the stage, and their answer will probably mention the challenges and opportunity for exploration within

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the realm of theatre. This holds true for many members of Improv Athens as well. “I find I’m drawn to acting because the challenges it presents to me are all dependent upon my own level of dedication and time,” says Tootle. “All of the work is in my own head. Going into a role, an actor has to know they can only achieve the level of performance they allow themselves to achieve. I’m not a very disciplined actor, but I love the cerebral aspects of the art.” Although acting does require a large amount of time and preparation, it isn’t always a serious affair. “Plus,” Tootle continues, “who doesn’t love getting to play dress-up and kiss cute boys on stage?” Although acting itself is a highly creative outlet, improvisation requires a greater level of quick-thinking and has none of the safety net a script provides. Improv requires the actor to rely heavily on their own sense of humor and vocabulary to advance the scene as it’s being played out, which can be both intimidating and freeing. “Acting, for me, is an exploration of people, and it’s intriguing and

exciting,” says Elizabeth Capers, an early childhood education major from Augusta, Ga., and a member of Improv Athens since fall 2012. “Improv offers a sort of freedom that scripts cannot allow. It is the improviser that is coming up with everything they say and do, not a playwright. Although this adds a level of difficulty to improvisation, this is definitely what sets it apart and makes it so much fun.” There are typically two types of improvisation—short form and long form. Improv Athens does both. Short form improv consists of different scenes usually played out in the form of games, much like on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and long form consists of a longer scene centered around a specific character or theme. Improv Athens, like most improv groups, bases their scenes on audience suggestions. This not only gets the audience involved, but acts as proof that the group hasn’t rehearsed anything they say. It is this interplay between the audience and performers that Williams believes sets improv apart from scripted work. “Because the audience gives a sug-

gestion, they are an incremental part of what occurs on stage,” he says. “The audience is involved and invested because they feel like they are a part of the show. Where in theatre you are watching someone else’s work, improvisation is about what the audience is asking to see, and that’s really special. Because it can never be recreated, the exact same scene will truly never occur again, and it is completely original.” Tootle finds improv to be, in some ways, easier than acting from a script. “While working without a script can be very nerve-wracking at first,” she says, “I find that it’s easier to access a ‘no-pressure, just-do-it’ kind of mentality that is often lost when you have to recite lines on top of handling all the other aspects of performance and acting. On a more personal and less heady level, it’s just so fun to play.” Improv Athens is currently one of the top 10 college improv groups in the nation—a title they’re constantly striving to uphold. They won the Southeastern College Improv Tournament in 2011 and 2012 and went on to place seventh at the national

competition in Chicago last year. Some of the members aren’t strangers to the competition scene—others participated in their first competition at the Southeastern College Improv Tournament this February. “I was just a baby in the troupe last year, but I’m on the competition team this year,” says Tootle. “Our group of eight has been meeting about three times a week since December in preparation for the regional tournament this year.” Williams, Alexander and Bazzle have

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all competed with the group previously and regard their experiences as fun and rewarding. “Competing last year was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” says Alexander. “There was a lot of pressure, but also a lot of laughs and great conversations with others who have a similar love for improv.” Aside from competitions, Improv Athens gives performances on and around campus a couple of times each month. They usually host their shows in one of the theatres in the Fine Arts building, but occasionally they can be seen opening for various comedy groups in downtown Athens. Their performances last about an hour and consist mostly of short form games with an occasional long form story as well. Recently, they’ve been practicing the long form scene, “Story Box,” which aims to tell a coherent story about a character based on an audience suggestion. An example of a short form game is Gibberish, a Telephone-type game where information is passed as accurately as possible from one improviser to another through the use of gibberish words and charades. Although their performances aren’t scripted, they still get together a cou-

ple of times each week for open and closed rehearsals. The group meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. for an open rehearsal, where they improvise with anyone who shows up and wants to join in. They also meet for a few hours every Sunday afternoon where they come up with new games and hold workshops to strengthen the group as a whole. For those who are interested in improv but want to test the water before jumping in, Improv Athens invites anyone to participate in their open rehearsals in the Fine Arts building. “We really encourage those who would like to audition to come out and play with us so we have a fuller understanding of how they mesh with our group and how they improvise,” says Williams. Actual auditions are held each semester, typically around midterms. If improv still sounds intimidating and intense, sitting through a few of Improv Athens’ shows may change your mind. “Who doesn’t remember playing pretend as a little kid with nostalgia and affection,” says Tootle. “That’s what improv can be. We’re just a group of people playing pretend and laughing with one another.”

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he general concession when it comes to the fine print is to make sure you read it all, but with these spring patterns of knockout stripes and feisty florals, there’s no need to take a careful eye—the mix and match prints are too bold to miss. It is only fitting that Brooke Patterson, a junior studying fashion merchandising with big dreams of owning an international lingerie business, is our model-muse for the hottest trend this season. Nicknamed B—just like killer Bey who’s so fierce she blew out the Superbowl—this future CEO practices her management skills with her organization, the Agency, the university’s only in-house model agency. In its second year, the Agency is really stepping up its game, bringing in contracts with major agencies and collaborating with big brand names. “We have paired with some phenomenal organizations,” says Patterson. “UGA Victoria’s Secret, the University Union, PESA, Women in Business to increase the fashion industry presence here on campus. I love that we get to work with organizations campus wide.” With 60 members under her win— from makeup artists to stylists, models to hair stylists—Patterson knows the secret of successful business is delegation, hard work and, most of all, love for what you’re doing. “When one is passionate about something, they want to make sure that every detail is catered to their liking and qualifications,” says Patterson. “However, when you have a successful organization or business, you learn how to delegate. I love that we are different and unique, and most of all, I love that this organization has pulled off remarkable feats with little guidance or funding – we made it happen with prayer, passion and creativity.” With Harper’s and Vogue on the nightstand and the ever-present iPhone in hand, Patterson walks the walk and talks the talk hopeful entrepreneurs dream of. With the added bonus of a personal – and killer – catchphrase straight from her dad, there’s little doubt that she won’t take it all the way. Because she’s totally right – why strive to be a player when you can own the team? MARGARET HARNEY

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Classic City Cinema: Campus MovieFest Returns CMF

Campus MovieFest Finale at UGA!

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ust after 8 p.m., a nearly packed room of spectators watch as the lights of Tate Theater dim and the dark movie screen comes to life. After only a few frames, a burst of cheers erupts from a group sitting on the right side of the theater. They made it to the finale. Campus MovieFest, the largest student film festival in the world, returned to UGA this spring, inspiring student filmmakers to step out of the classroom and onto their own movie sets. The annual contest challenges students to make a short film in one week using professional film equipment—all furnished by CMF—and discover exactly what it takes to be the next Tarantino. “People who have always wanted to make a movie but couldn’t because of high startup costs can, because they do it with our equipment for free,” Ashley

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Rives, UGA’s CMF campus representative, says. After students sign up in teams, CMF hands each group a backpack stuffed with movie-making gadgets: a Panasonic HD camera, a tripod, a shotgun microphone and a MacBook computer loaded with Adobe Creative Suite 6. These Spielberg and Lucas hopefuls then get free reign and a seven-day time frame to write, cast, shoot and edit an original five-minute film that could win them a spot on the film reel at CMF’s red carpet finale. A panel of judges made up of UGA students, faculty and staff selects the top 16 films to screen at the Tate Center finale and decides the winners for Best Picture, Best Comedy and Best Drama. In June, these top three teams will fly to the movie capital of the world to show their films and brush shoulders with industry heavyweights at CMF Hollywood. “I wanted a good excuse to make a movie,” Ben Hicks, a third-year and firsttime CMF participant, says. Hicks collaborated with his friends Leighton Tso, Sam Sherak and Ilya Polyakov on their film titled “The Little Things.” The film revolves around four guys talking about life’s trivial annoyances: blaring alarm clocks, burnt toast, bad drivers and “macho jerks.” These minor irritations begin as pure talk, and then transform into over-the-top fantasies of catharsis and redemption. Although some students find the oneweek deadline to be daunting, Hicks and his team of mass media arts majors felt confident they could produce a highquality short under the time constraints. “CMF is open to anybody and everybody who wants to make a film. At UGA, with one of the best film production

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Monday at 6 p.m. and stretched until they own, and they do not have to tell get to watch my movie on a big screen. 7 a.m. Tuesday. After several technical the student what they are doing with it How many people can say that?” difficulties and a meager two-hour nap, and why they have used it,” Biddle says. “I The night of the finale, Hicks, the rest Hicks submitted his team’s completed think they could be a little more forward of his team and their cast filed into a film at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Then, he about that.” middle row. After a few opening words, waited. Biddle maintains that CMF is a good the show began where nerves were Students don’t find out if their film opportunity for students to experience running high. For Hicks and his team, will premiere on the silver screen until the movie-making process but is protec- the first four films hit the screen with the night of the finale, adding a bit of tive of his students and their creative no luck. The other participants cheered theatrics to an already eventful week. content. “They’re not going to be proas they saw their hard work projected A record-setting 187 teams registered moted as a filmmaker. What they make while Hicks and his friends sat in silence. for CMF at UGA, exThe lights came back ceeding last year’s on, momentarily turnout by more breaking the tension, than 100 teams. for the evening hosts cmf is open to anybody Despite this year’s to encourage the audiand everybody who wants strong showing, ence to tweet at CMF some are less enand rouse excitement to make a film thused about the for the 12 films that student film festival. remain. James Biddle, a mass media arts senior will be owned by CMF, and they can do As Hicks watches the theatre lights lecturer, has taught numerous students whatever they want with it,” Biddle says. fade for the third time that night, there who participated in CMF, Hicks and his Although some of Biddle’s past stuis nothing but silence. Then, abruptly, team included. Although Biddle would dents were disappointed in their CMF there is noise; cheering breaks out in the never stop his students from entering experience, Hicks is happy he participat- center of the theater as thin white letters the competition, he does encourage ed in the festival and is extremely proud slowly scrawl across the screen to reveal them to read the competition’s fine print. of his team’s final product. His eyes the title, “The Little Things.” “If you look at Section 9 in their legal, beamed as he talked about the possibilbasically, it states that whatever is made ity of showing with the final 16 films: “I

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programs in the nation, you know you’re going to have kids who really know what they’re doing making films,” Hicks says. So what exactly does making a film in a week look like? On Tuesday, Sherak pitched the idea for “The Little Things” to the team. By Wednesday, the team collected their CMF equipment and churned out a finalized script. They appointed Tso as the director, Sherak as production coordinator, Polyakov as graphic designer and Hicks as producer and sound recordist by Thursday night. On Friday, they outlined a weekend shooting schedule. With only three days until the deadline, filming started early on Saturday and didn’t wrap until Monday afternoon. A frigid morning shoot resulted in numb fingers as the crew forewent gloves so they could operate their equipment. A late afternoon reshoot caused a lighting discrepancy in the film’s climactic kissing scene, so they reworked the scene to look, as Hicks described, “very Notebook.” A marathon editing session began

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or low-income women in Athens, no dream is ever too big with Women to the World and the Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service. By setting their sights on the women of the Athens-Clarke County community, PALS aims to make their mark through outreach for women. With help from Emily Blalock, a professor in the department of textiles, and four dedicated students, Athens women are getting the chance to brighten their futures. “These are women on the edge of their life, fighting to survive,” says Blalock. “They’re choosing to educate themselves.” Blalock started her own project, Creativity in Entrepreneurship, after PALS approached her about opportunities to make a difference. By focusing on improving the lives of women in poverty through education and entrepreneurship, Women to the World has helped women in countries from Turkey to Kenya find jobs and restart their lives. The local chapter of Women to the World, PALS is the faction working in Athens to do the same work. Through the mentoring program here, women have been given opportunities to earn their GEDs, and have an impressive 100 percent passing rate. But the program has escalated for those involved, evolving from a project to a tight-knit sisterhood. “It is my privilege to advocate for these women,” says third-year student Katie Beck. “To stand alongside of them and be their neighbor, their sister.” Blalock also jump-started her own side project, Creativity in Entrepreneurship,

UGA Social Work student Brittany grates laundry soap with Lisa over a recycled can donated by Jittery Joe’s.

through the interaction with PALS, which goes a step further than a high school education and teaches them the ins and outs of the business world. Creativity in Entrepreneurship taught small groups of women a curriculum that included product development, branding and strategic planning. “This dynamic skills training is a promising solution to marginalized women trapped in Athens’ aggressive cyclical poverty,” says Back. “These women are then challenged each week to apply what they’ve learned to help them grow.” “Some can read, some can’t,” adds Blalock. “Some can do math, some can’t. But all have the desire to be business owners.” Blalock asked Back along with two fourth-year UGA students, Caitlin Greene and Leyla Alexander-Genculu, to assist her with Creativity in Entrepreneurship, and fondly calls them the “backbone” of the project. But Beck, Greene and Alexander-Genculu weren’t just teaching the women of the community, they are also learning some things as well. “They made me realize that people are not meant to be on this journey just to ‘get better,’” says Back. “The real calling and purpose is to live life well and to celebrate each other along the way.” The entrepreneurial aspects of the project has also spawned other community involvement: the helping hand of locally-owned businesses. “I talked to all the ladies about the challenges of being a female minority in our society and how having a business could help them become independent,” says Mitzy Velazco, owner of downtown restaurant SunO Dessert. Velazco and other business owners such as Charlie Mustard, master roaster at Jittery Joe’s and Sanni Baumgaertner, owner of Community, encouraged the participants to focus on their education so they can have the foundation they need to succeed. Although the Creativity in Entrepreneurship program ended in December, Blalock and Back have already started a new program, PALS of Athens Musicians. This community sewing cooperative continues the hands-on business approach with the students and gets the community more in-

Mary and Ethel turned an old frock into curtains during a lesson in resourcefulness and product development

volved. The women of the project will make pillows shaped as local Athens musicians. “We see this project growing to include many local musicians that want to sell our merchandise on their website and on tour,” says Back. The project is still in it’s early stages, but this obstacle will not stop Blalock and Back from reaching out to these women that they’ve helped before. “We need sewing machines, fabric, musicians who want to be ‘dolls’ and salaries for the women,” says Back. “We are operating on faith, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Taste Trifecta: 3 Eateries to Try

own spot on the foodie map. “Athens I feel is on the verge of a Renaissance of food. This is a place where people can learn about food,” says Head. With menu items like ossobuco, the taste education definitely begins here.

BY KRISTEN MELCHIORRE I PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEXI DEAGEN & DAMIEN SALAS

Still not satisfied?

With bars on practically every corner of downtown Athens, students at UGA have ample opportunities to spend their evenings in an alcohol-induced stupor—and they do—which led to the university’s spot as the #1 party school on the Princeton Review back in 2010. However, what we’ve found is that is possible to have unforgettable nights in Athens without picking up a drink. So forego the hangover, and try our tips for creative alternatives for afterschool fun.

Simplicity Reinvented—Five Bar

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For a more savory experience, head downtown to the newly opened Five Bar located on the corner at 269 N. Hull Street. This trendy addition to the Athens restaurant community just opened this year, but with interior paintings of REM and the Beatles hanging around hot spots like the Arch, it already feels like a fixture on the Athens scene. The signature kick of the Five Bar philosophy: five appetizers, five entrees, five signature cocktails and a differently nightly special each day of the week, is the real crowd pleaser for it’s no-frills take on dining. “Its simple,” says Joseph Thompson, head chef at Five Bar. “Its easy for people to relate to. Some people go into a restaurant and look at the menu and its 30-something items. We have five items that we make sure are cooked to perfection and it makes it easy for people.” Manager Richard Alter agrees with the success of the theme, which isn’t about dumbing down the menu, but about playing to the restaurant’s strengths. “The concept is simplicity. We try to make it easy for the customer when it comes to ordering. And with food this good we don’t need a large menu,” he Shane Birdsell, the head sushi chef at Five Bar cuts and prepares fish fresh daily.

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says. Five Bar’s menu allows the chefs to master the dishes they serve, creating a large following of loyal customers that just can’t get enough. “We’ve maintained the same menu for years. People don’t want us to change things. People like the food we’re serving,” says Thompson. The menu may be limited, but it packs a punch with flavor. Thompson recommends the stuffed shrimp for starters and the fresh fish special on the weekends. “I come up with a special for each night. I don’t want to run the same thing two days in a row,” says Thompson. “If [the customer] comes in here one night, and then comes in the next night, I want them to have something unique.”

The Donut Promised Land­—Ike & Jane Cafe and Bakery

The sign in the Ike & Jane storefront is like a greeting from heaven; the quirky donut shop in Normaltown cranks out delicious confections that regularly sell out before the closing of the bakery doors at the end of the day. And it’s all because this bakery isn’t serving up your run-of-the-mill powdered dozen. With a display case full of flavors ranging from red velvet cake with chocolate icing to toasted coconut, you’ll find something definitely outside of the box,

Five Bar offers a menu of five entrees, five beers on tap and more to go with the theme. The interior of the restaurant offers an Athens feel with decor such as an R.E.M painting.

making this bakery an Athens muststop. “I like to stay true to the classics,” says Clopton, the flour-dusted apronwearing pastry chef behind customer favorites banana bread and brownies.

Left: Victoria Slavado, a counter worker at Ike&Jane, stamps to-go bags for Valentine’s Day customers.

“Although sometimes when I get bored, I like to change it up a bit.” But it’s not just the out-of-the box sweets that keeps customers coming back for more, it’s the personalities behind the counter serving them up. Each day the staff creates a challenge for the customers to save 10 percent while ordering. Whether it’s to play cowboy and pretend to lasso someone in line or mimic the Gleeks and serenade the cashier with your order, one thing is for certain: the discount is definitely going to cost you a smile. “The atmosphere and the people who work here are definitely what make this place so unique,” says Clopton. “There’s definitely more of a community feeling here than a chain coffee house.” So sink your sweet tooth into their signature maple, banana and bacon—yes, bacon—donut for a breakfast outside of the ordinary from this cafe, because we have it on good authority that calories just don’t count at Ike & Jane.

spot has done its homework, so turning out dishes that would make an Italian grandmother swoon is just another day on the job. “When I started working here I found myself looking through older Italian cookbooks, almost like an archeologist of some sort,” says Head. “I was trying to find older recipes to bring to the table to recreate that old Italian feel.” That well-thoughtout menu is about as bona fide Italian as you can go without needing a passport. Items like the Tagliolini al Funghi (fresh Tagliolini pasta with a wild mushroom cream sauce, truffle oil), and Pappardelle all’Anatra (fresh Pappardelle pasta with braised duck ragu’) really reflect the commitment to true Italian cuisine. And for a town like Athens that has so many great tastes to offer, La Dolce Vita really marks their very

Check out some of these favorites from the Ugazine staff. Tlaloc El Mexicano located on N Clayton Street. What to order: Photo editor Damien Salas recommends the tacos mexicanas de lengua (tongue tacos), and assistant photo editor Lexie Deagen says to try la pechuga rellena de camarones. Herschel’s Famous 43 Pub & Grill on the corner of Clayton and Jackson. What to order: Web editor Ellen Barnes recommends Herschel’s Mama’s Chicken or the Oh You Herschel Walker Grilled Cheese. Big City Bread on Finley Street. What to order: Contributing editor Gina Borg says, “They have the best burgers and bakery items. Their signature Tahini salad dressing is really good, too.”

A taste of Italy without leaving Athens—La Dolce Vita Tradition and authenticity are the backbone of the classic Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita. Serving up homemade bread and pasta, this restaurant will transport you front and center down a sidestreet in Rome, Florence, or Naples—which is exactly what Chef Brian Head is aiming for. “We try to push the boundaries,” said Head. “And try to bring a bit of Italy to Athens.” With under 20 tables and a partially open kitchen, the Broad Street dinner

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2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the east campus hidden gem, the Oconee Forest Park. But, if the park continues to suffer from pollution and erosion, it won’t be celebrating another 30 years. Park Manager Dan Williams has been around to see the park change from a popular weekend hangout to an eroded, overfished park. He said that silt from the adjacent bypass and pollution from the nearby Athens Transit Bus Depot and Intramural field parking deck have mucked up the lake over time – an occurrence that is sadly very common

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in urban ponds and lakes. Adding to Lake Herrick’s degradation has been the use of its water to irrigate the recently created Redcoat Band practice fields and for the Physical Plant. “No one asks first,” says a frustrated Williams. In 1975, the state of Georgia passed the Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975 which aimed to “conserve and protect the land, water, air and other resources of the state.” Eight years later when the Oconee Denmark Forest was rapidly shrinking at an alarming rate, the University of Georgia purchased and designated 60 acres of land and 15-acre man-made Lake Herrick to the new Oconee Forest Park. Sand was hauled in from the beaches of South Georgia and the park at once became a recreational hotspot with people coming to swim and fish. Bass, brim and channel cats teemed in Lake Herrick’s water, but now due to overfishing, only tiny brim remain for fishermen to catch and the water has taken on a mucky brown hue. Now, with an estimated 100,000 visits per year mostly by park regulars, the

park is struggling to sustain itself. Ironically, the park is overused since UGA students and residents of the Athens community flock here to bike, run and walk the trails. “It’s a great place to walk dogs and meet people in the community,” says

courses use the park. Ecology professor Dr. James Porter uses the park for his introduction to ecology course. Regarding the park’s degradation and over usage, Porter insisted that “preservation pays” and with tradeoffs, there can be smart growth. He doesn’t believe natural ecosystems should be paved over because once the biodiversity is gone; it cannot return. The Piedmont region, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Upper Coastal Plain in Georgia, boasts a large biodiversity

Due to overfishing, only tiny brim remain for fishermen to catch and the water has taken on a mucky brown hue. Erin, a park regular. Another park regular, Daniel Vito, says, “I like that it’s dog friendly.” The park is also used for a number of UGA classes such as, Aquatic Biology, Forestry, Dendrology, Forestry GPS, Environment Design and recreation/leisure

with some species found only there and nowhere else. This diversity matters. “We have trouble managing human nature, not ecosystems,” says Porter. Human nature is to put humans first and over the years the Oconee Forest Park has taken a back seat to other university priorities. To combat the invasive outside initiatives, a new plan and more money are necessary, but this may prove difficult as the park budget is usually the first thing that is cut. “We have to ask permission even just to buy a box of nails,” says Williams.

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Roe v. Wade Celebrates Its 40th BY AMANDA DIXON | ILLUSTRATION BY MARIA FINOCCHIARO

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igantic, bloody images of aborted fetuses in the Tate Plaza are the only association some University of Georgia students have with the issue of abortion. This year marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but many students know little about the controversial Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. Statistics from the Pew Research Center indicate that although most older adults know Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion, less than half of Americans under 30 (44 percent) are aware of this fact. Many young people believe the case ruled on another subject such as the environment or the death penalty, and a surprising 16 percent believe it’s related to the integration of schools. “You have more knowledge among older people because Roe v. Wade, the decision came out during their lifetime or the immediate effect of that decision came out during their lifetime,” says Dr. Barry Hollander, a professor in the journalism department. “And so you would expect older people in the survey to do better on that question than younger people.” Fadi Greene, a first-year law student at UGA, says people often learn about court cases through the news but don’t always engage in conversations about them.

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“I probably didn’t really know what Roe v. Wade was until I was 18,” he says. “Most people don’t talk about legal cases, even though they can very often affect our rights extremely significantly as this one did.” On Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade overturned an 1859 Texas law barring the performance of abortions. Only pregnant women who risked losing their lives could legally receive abortions. Norma McCorvey wanted a lawful abortion to avoid financial difficulties and shame from bearing a child out of wedlock. Under the alias “Jane Roe,” she contended that the Texas law prohibited her and other females from exercising their right to privacy. Through the Ninth Amendment, Americans possess rights not plainly included in the Constitution such as the right to privacy, based on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1965 case, Griswold v. Connecticut. By a 7-to-2 vote, women gained the right to undergo an abortion in any state within their first three months of pregnancy. States could restrict abortions during a woman’s second trimester of pregnancy if necessary to protect her health and prohibit almost all abortions during the last three months. Hours later, in Doe v. Bolton, the Court identified specific aspects of women’s health that justified a legal abortion.

Forty years later, Roe v. Wade remains relevant to the daily lives of men and women and to college students in particular. “I think this is kind of the age where things like reproductive rights really are important in women’s lives for the first time,” says Coral Frederick, a fourth year and co-president of the Women’s Studies Student Organization. UGA does not have an official pro-choice organization, but the Women’s Studies Student Organization serves as an outlet for prochoice students. WSSO is UGA’s chapter for Choice USA, a national organization committed to helping pro-choice youth serve as leaders in their communities. “I think it is something that women should be aware of, educate themselves and just pay attention to so you’re not—if you ever find yourself in a situation where you might consider an abortion—lost and don’t have any starting place. It’s good for everyone to sort of think about it and talk about it,” she says. Regardless of whether students know about Roe v. Wade, Frederick says abortion serves as a potentially divisive issue on campus. “Not so much last year, but in previous years we’ve had those giant displays in the free speech area, which I think even people who are pro-life are turned off by those a lot of times,” she says. “I feel like it’s definitely something

that when the discussion gets brought up, it’s very divided at UGA.” Amy Styer, a graduate student in the biochemistry department and member of Students for Life at UGA, argues that it’s important for students to discuss abortion and have a personal stance on the issue. “I think it’s important to get to that point where the campus is talking about it and thinking about it and makes a real decision, not just, I’m part of this political party, so I will follow their stance on it, even for the pro-life people,” she says. “Because there are so many people who are pro-life who are just, well you know I’m this or that or the other thing therefore I’m pro-life—that’s the way I was raised—but don’t [do] anything to actually stop the killing of all of these human beings that are our brothers and sisters and cousins in our generation.” Styer says even though she is pro-life, when she first saw the “graphic” antiabortion displays, she “hated” them because they gave her an uneasy feeling. She sees the importance of them, however, in encouraging students across campus to take action and advocate for their beliefs. “I was mad at people for having those pictures when I first saw it because they are disgusting and they ruin your day,” says Styer. “But that’s not the point. The point is is it a human being or not and if you believe that the preborn person is a human being, then you need to do something about it.” On a national level, abortion debates have changed over time as states have received more power in developing laws to make abortions less accessible for women. “I think the topic now has sort of switched from the legality of it and it as a right to just accessibility,” says Frederick. “I feel like that’s more where the discussion is going. Attacks on Roe v. Wade haven’t ever really been successful, but there has been such a steep increase of regulations and things like that that just make it a really difficult right for people to access even though the legal right is still there.” Abortion remains a touchy subject among American people, but perhaps has become less of a divisive topic throughout the country.

“I don’t think it’s the wedge issue it used to be,” says Hollander. “I think a large portion of middle America, if you will, in terms of ideology, have moved on to things like the economy and abortion isn’t the clear cut dividing line perhaps that it used to be. I think we’re seeing a number of social issues less likely to appeal to everyone. There’s still a strong segment who feel very powerfully about them, but they’re not the strong wedge issues they used to be.”

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Overcoming the

football tailgating (minus the alcohol of course). With some outdoor games like cornhole tournaments or Capture the Flag, you can be player, cheerleader or spectator, just like on Saturdays in Athens. But if the “great outdoors” just aren’t your thing, board games like Guesstures—or even Candyland—are also a sure way to unleash your inner winner.

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With bars on almost every corner of downtown Athens, students at UGA have ample opportunities to spend their evenings in an alcohol-induced stupor—and they do—which led to the university’s spot as Princeton Review’s #1 party school back in 2010. However, it is possible to have unforgettable nights in Athens without picking up a drink. So forego the hangover and try our tips for creative alternatives for afterschool fun. BY KRISTIN HILLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARGARET HARNEY

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Dawgs After Dark is held once a month from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., catering to the sober crowd with free food, games, activities, movies, and prizes for students, all centered around a theme. Previous years include a cruise inspired “Dawgs on Deck” and the student-favorite Homecoming Carnival held at Legion Field every year. Senior Katie AliFarhani, the Dawgs After Dark Division Coordinator, says “It’s everything you want to get downtown without the drinking. Usually people want to go downtown to socialize, meet new people, and have fun. Well, you can still do that with Dawgs After Dark and not be drunk.”

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See a movie at the Tate Theater, where it only costs a dollar for students to see some really popular movies. Upcoming films this semester include titles like “Lincoln” (for the diehard history buff or the B+ student hoping for some extra credit) and “Skyfall” (for all the 007 doppelgangers out there). Like Dawgs After Dark, the theater is also run by the University Union, with the Cinematic Arts division in charge. To find out what movies are playing, go to the University Union website and click on “movies” or

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stop by to check out the movie posters on display and treat yourself to a Chikfil-A sandwich on the way.

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Visit the Georgia Museum of Art. The art appreciator should check out the Georgia Museum of Art for either their seasonal exhibits or the student nights hosted throughout the year. Brooke Shearouse, a public relations intern at the museum, said the student nights are “an easy way to get familiar with the exhibits. There are fun scavenger hunts and raffle prizes.” Keep updated with their schedule via their official website.

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Travel back in time in Barrow Hall. Still can’t quite cure the art bug? Head out to Barrow Hall to check out the Body Damage exhibition in the second-floor gallery. With authentic clothing pieces from nurses gowns to riding dresses from the 1800’s, you’re going to want to have Instagram open and camera-ready.

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Go roller skating. Feeling restless? Grab your friends and head to Skate-A-Round roller rink for some exercise. This is your classic opportunity to get groovy

under the disco ball, belt out those oldies, and strike a Travolta pose. Located on 3030 Cherokee Road, the rink has public sessions where anyone can rent a pair of skates (though if you’re hoping for retro neon laces and matching wheels, we suggest you bring your own). On Friday and Saturday nights, they’re open until 11p.m., but the real deals are Tuesday night’s $1 skate rentals and Wednesday night’s $5 all-youcan-eat-pizza.

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Go bowling. Skip out on blackout drunk and get blacked out at Showtime Bowl’s neon nights. Located on 555 Macon Hwy., the classic pair of bowling shoes matched with snap-and-crack-to-glow necklaces will have you rolling strikes all night, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when they stay open until 1am. For less than $10 you can get a game of four going with the added perk of an arcade room when the pins just refuse to fall.

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Climb a mountain—or a rock wall. The adventurous types should check out Active Climbing, an indoor rock climbing gym located on 665 Barber St. that’s awesome any day of the week, but especially perfect for alternative rainy day plans. The $10 students nights held every Wednesday include climbing passes and gear rental, which makes your “poor college student” excuse no

good here. Chalk your hands and wear your stretchiest yoga pants, there’s no better way to conquer some fears and meet new people.

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Host a bake-off. Is there a secret Paula Deen in your friend group? The best way to find out is by hosting a bake-off for your friends. Divide into teams and have each group tackle a different recipe. Who knows, by the end of the night one of you just might have secured a spot as the next contestant on “Cupcake Wars.” If things don’t turn out as planned and the brownies taste like cardboard (it happens), you can always pick up Gigi’s Cupcakes instead and grab a malted milkshake from the Grill to go along with it.

Dance all night. Get up off of that thang’ and attend Phi Slam party. This group of students hosts epic dance parties with thousands in attendance, and the environment is always friendly and sober. Gage Henry, a sophomore and Phi Slam member, says, “We want it to feel like a community of friends. It’s open to anyone so anybody’s welcome.” Approximately 4,000 students attended last semester’s “Havoc Harbor Hideaway Gnarly Nautical Knockout,” but the group also hosts smaller get-togethers at their house in Pineview on Friday nights. Just check out their Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

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Family Game Night didn’t get invented for nothing; the competitive side of all of us needs an outlet, so grab your new college family and circle a date on the calendar to bring back the fall fun of

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DAWG TALK

What’s the one thing a UGA student has to know?

“How to talk through issues with people who are different from them.” -Kelcie Willis, second-year

“Athens is small. Don’t assume you won’t see someone again.” -Leyla Alexander-Genculu, fourthyear

“Form good habits early on.” -Brian Kennedy, third-year

“Always take the hypotenuse when walking.” -Lucy Kohler, third-year

“How to find organizations and get involved!” -Center for Student Organizations

“Study abroad and don’t put it off.” -Caitlin Greene, fourth-year

Most importantly, no matter the time, weather, or season, UGA is the most Instagram-ready campus of all time. (Photos left to right with permission from @surinaah, @instatater, @cbinkley, @theclayburns and @elz60338)

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