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second year carolina benoit

That one holiday in November. You know the one, that day most people forget about, because apparently Christmas star ts the day after Halloween. That forgotten treasure is known as Thanksgiving, and if it’s not your favorite holiday, tr y reevaluating your life. First and foremost, I must admit that the way my family celebrates Thanksgiving is not the way most people do. My entire Hispanic family comes to my house in Atlanta, and for about four days straight, both the kitchen and the fireplace are in use 24/7 (we’re from Puer to Rico. Any temperature below 65º means polar bears will walk into the house at any moment). There’s no such thing as “inside voices” or “silence” during this time; when close to 15 Hispanics all file into a few rooms, the chaotic noise is perpetual. People are talking, listening to salsa music, shriek-laughing (while sporadically


clapping in case others weren’t aware how funny that joke was), playing dominoes, and begging for more firewood, because winter on La Isla del Encanto is 80º. Our Thanksgiving dinners also deviate from the norm. Our turkey is juicy and citrusy, our mashed potatoes are really fried yuca and tostones, and our “greens” are actually rice and beans. We don’t eat stuffing or gravy (I’ve never had them) - we eat croquetas and empanadas. We do have the traditional pumpkin pie for desser t thanks to my Californian father, but that’s about as close to the status quo as we get. So yes, my Thanksgiving is slightly different from a typical, traditional, one-day Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t excuse anyone from giving it the attention and love it deser ves. On the sur face, it’s about food. How can anyone not suppor t that with their entire being? But deeper than that, it’s also about gratitude. Gratitude for the blessings from the past

year, the promises of the future, our families, our friends, our lives. Other than the obligator y Instagram posts, how much time do we actually spend being appreciative of ourselves, our surroundings, and the world we live in? Too often do we forget to dig deep, and live in the moment. Too often do we forget to take the time to be truly thankful for ever ything good in our lives. By now, I assume most people are diving headfirst into the Christmas spirit. Maybe it’s too late this year to actively celebrate Thanksgiving with the sor t of intention it deser ves, and you’ll just have to revisit this ar ticle next year. But being grateful is one thing that we should do ever y day, not just on the four th Thursday of ever y November. Make today your Thanksgiving 2.0; eat too much food, tell someone you love and appreciate them, and enjoy life actively.



fourth year lauren linkowski

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I don’t think there’s anything that can prepare a person for an unexpected visit from Hate.

get me anywhere. Pittsburgh—my city, my people, my home— is a great example of this.

My moment came while tailgating for the GA / FL A game. Amidst all the talk about rankings, Gator hating and calling the Dawgs, “Dixieland Delight” verses fade into white noise, and the world around me goes black. Shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue. 11 dead.

Squirrel Hill is the place where suppor t for community events and messages of acceptance are plastered on storefronts and yard signs. Temples across from churches, Kosher bakeries across from pizza shops— all the criss-crossing inter twines to create a web that catches the people who need this community. Pittsburgh feels as a city. We are all immigrants, all refugees, all children—we take the time to alleviate the suffering of others in any way that we can. This is the city I know, and Hate— you are not welcome here.

Do I know anyone there? Why Pittsburgh? Why my home? The sickening feeling ties knots in my stomach and restricts my words with its chokehold. That’s your goal, isn’t it, Hate? To silence and diminish me, make me feel helpless, unable to do anything from miles away at UGA. But if I’ve learned anything here, it’s that being angr y isn’t going to

the same intelligence that gave you the ACT score you needed for admissions to enact change in our community. Tell neighbors, family, and strangers they are so incredibly loved— because they are, and so are you. This is not a conversation of Republican versus Democrat. This is not a battle for winning people over, to push personal agendas. This is being human. It’s having the courage to repeatedly slam the door on Hate, letting Love come in the back, seep through the floorboards, shine through the windows. It takes recognizing the beating hear t inside your own chest and stopping for a few seconds to hear the hear ts around you. The slight hum on the bus or in class. It takes smiling at the freshman that may be having the worst bout of homesickness yet. It takes showing up for a cultural event that you’ve never experienced. It takes using our social media followings to spread love and acceptance and positivity. It takes reaching out a hand to grab this ver y issue of The Bell and recycling it to a friend to read. Hate, you are not welcome here. Not in my city, in my classroom, at my church, on my bus, in my life. But Love, thank you. I am ready to take Pittsburgh as an example, ready to spread you into the deepest cracks and holes of the world and people around me. So, bring it on Hate. You’ve got one hell of an uphill battle to fight if you want any place in my world again.

Turn anger into action. Turn away from Hate and towards Love. Use


7 WAYS TO CALM DOWN ABOUT IMPENDING CLIMATE CHANGE second year kyra posey RIGHT NOW, the global temperature is 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. By continuing at present levels of human activity, we will raise the global temperature by 1.5 degrees in our lifetime. If we surpass that by even half of a degree, a significant rise of droughts, floods, and extreme heat will affect nations worldwide. To keep the temperature from rising this rapidly, world governments have to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. TL;DR: we’re screwed! It’s easy to get over whelmed by the numbers, but The Chapel Bell is here to help: we know that you’re busy, so here’s a comprehensive list of things you can do to reduce our

carbon footprint. 7. Join a co-op / buy local By buying from Athens Daily Food co-op and the Athens Farmers Market (when they’re in season), you don’t suppor t the miles travelled to sell inter-state and international produce at major grocer y stores. Not only does shopping locally help out the environment, it also helps suppor t the local economy, which is a double win. 6. Bike or walk to class, or between daily activities If you come to campus in the morning and park at Tate, then later have a class in ECV, consider walking or riding a bike! If possible, even bike to campus. 5. Ditch the meat, or at least the beef This is the most impor tant thing that you can do for climate change. 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from

agriculture, forestr y, and land use: all used to raise livestock! Extra kudos to you if you become vegan; however, a more realistic approach for current omnivore students is to become vegetarian (no to meat but yes to dair y). Or take baby steps with a Mediterranean diet (chicken and fish twice a week, beef once a month). This will also reduce the strain on your wallet! 4. Your vote is your voice Change star ts locally, and local elections are often where your vote has the most weight. By electing environmentally-minded officials, you can decide how our state and countr y will combat climate change. 3. Recycle Keeping a recycling bin at your home is an easy step that you can take, and it is minimal effor t: all you need to do is grab any large container and throw your plastic and paper away! If your garbage collecting companies don’t provide an option to recycle, check to see if there’s a recycling plant nearby! 2. Be energy-minded This star ts with turning off the lights whenever you leave a room. Unplug cords when you aren’t using them. Consider air-dr ying cer tain fabrics too, since dr yers are energy sinks. The little things often add up to a bigger picture, and this will also save you money!

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1. Do your own research If you desire to make a change and want to begin taking steps toward a greener lifestyle, look it up online! We have ever ything we need at our finger tips, and reducing environmental and monetar y costs star ts with us.


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fourth year myah rose

Dear Santa, I know what you’re thinking, and I get it. I’ll be the first to admit that I never thought we would speak again. To be honest, I stopped believing in you in 2005 when I woke up too early on Christmas morning to find my parents wearily eating cookies under the glow of rainbow lights. Because of that, you have no reason to care about my wants; I understand that. I also realize that most of your correspondence is with children (which is totally respectable in your position, albeit not so much in this social climate), but since this is my senior year of undergrad, I figured I could use all the help I could get - mythical or other wise. This semester has not been my best and adulting is a lot less exciting than I thought it would be last we met, so for Christmas this year I have a shor t but specific list of requests that maybe you can help with. Here’s a softball to star t: I could really use some toilet paper. No, seriously. It’s an expense I hate dealing with, and to be honest, it really adds up if you get the good stuff. That’s what I want. To be clear, I want Charmin Ultra



Strong, 72 rolls. My roommate is heavy-handed when it comes to paper use (a crumpler, not a folder). And while you’re at it, it would be awesome for you to throw in some other essentials like liquid laundr y detergent (not the pods. There was a whole thing…), ink car tridges for the printer I got freshman year and never use because I don’t want to buy ink, and a bottle of sparkling rose for-well, with your schedule, I’m sure you understand. This next one is kind of tricky... if you could find a way to send motivation and/or academic drive my way, I would be so grateful that I’d book an Airbnb in the Nor th Pole for Januar y 1st to thank you in person. I can feel the desire to care about my responsibilities and academic standing wane drastically as the winter draws near. The leaves turn brown, the days grow shor t, and

as the temperature drops, so does my GPA. I honestly struggled to conjure the will to write you this letter. Mr. Claus, I need your help to save me from myself. If you could star t with my attendance to my 9:05 AM Intro to Political Science lecture, that would be fantastic. My professor hasn’t seen me in a month, so I’m sure he would be happy about that, too. After that, in no par ticular order, sprinkle a bit of motivation magic over my daily wardrobe (which over the last few months has steadily become my pajamas from the night before), my car (an actual disaster), and my phone (so maybe I’ll call my parents sometime?). That pretty much sums it up. I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, A Ver y Nice Par t-Time Adult.





Issue 6  

The Bell: A Positive Press Publication by The Chapel Bell

Issue 6  

The Bell: A Positive Press Publication by The Chapel Bell