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ugazine Fall 2016

Vol. 48, Issue 1

reaching New Heights in athens history of uga

Fall Festivities

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IN PROFILE 6 8 10 12

History of UGA UGA’s New Coach Restaurant Highlight: The Grit Crunch Athens


Falling for Athens

LIFESTYLE 20 22 24 26 28

From Market to Table Book Lover’s Guide Athens Farmer’s Market: Bringing the Community Together Reaching New Heights in Athens What’s Hot Between the Hedges


Fall Festivities Hidden Gems of Athens Tate Movie Reviews Advice to Freshman


GOP and election Dawgs for Paws Kenya

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ugazine editor-in-chief Lauren Leising design editor Jenny Rim photo editor Gabi Robins online editor Daniella Profita Nick Seymour copy editors Camren Skelton fashion editors Olivia Rawlings contributing editors Brittany Bowes Marli Collier Emily Haney Carrie Mauldin

staff writers Marli Collier McKenzie Cunningham Shelby Duffy Donica Farwell Krysten Hardee Julie Hong Shannon Hoschild Jeremy Johnson Mara Weissinger Charlotte Mabry Christina Matacotta Marlee Middlebrooks Anabel Prince Jessica Short Kaleigh Wright staff designers Tori Benes Ellie Blocker Stephanie Motter

staff photographers Jenna Becker Gabriella Cammarata Cory Cole McKenzie Cunningham Kelsey Green Krysten Hardee Sam Hertzig Jeremy Johnson Christina Matacotta Lauren Palgon Claudia Luna Priego ZoĂŤ Smith Jane Snyder Devon Tucker fashion team Jenny Rim Devon Tucker Logan Wilkes

contact faculty adviser Leara Rhodes, ldrhodes@uga.edu advertising representative Patrick Stansbury, ps@pentagon-usa.com mailing address Box 271 Grady College - Athens, GA 30605 website www.georgiaugazine.org email ugazine@gmail.com UGAzine is published four times a year with sales from advertising revenue. For advertising information, please contact Patrick Stansbury, Pentagon Publishing, ps@pentagon-usa.com.




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Editor’s Note Welcome back to campus! Being back in the classic city for fall makes me remember all the reasons I love Athens. North campus is buzzing with students, new restaurants and shops that popped up over the summer make for a great adventure and the weather is beginning to change and make walking to class a bit more bearable. All these things make me thankful to be living in this vibrant place and I love to see new students discovering all it has to offer. From food, to music, to football, UGA really comes alive during the fall and we decided to craft this issue around why people love Athens and UGA. We’ve compiled stories about the best restaurants, hidden gems and entertainment in the place we all call home. Fall is the time for exploring, discovering new places and soaking in the fun before winter sets in. It’s the perfect time to get out and see Athens for what it is: an incredibly diverse and exciting community with something for everyone. The people and places of Athens draw us in and the best is on display in the fall.

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The statue of Abraham Baldwin stands on the lawn in front of Old College on North Campus at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, on Friday, September 16, 2016. Abraham Baldwin was the first president of the university.

The Georgia Theatre stands as a landmark for Athens’ music and entertainment center in Athens, Georgia, on Friday, September 16, 2016. The Georgia Theatre has been the home and beginning of many bands including R.E.M. and others.

HISTORY OF UGA by Marlee Middlebrooks | photography by Kelsey Green

“Only a few get to go to heaven,” says Buddy Welch, class of 1966. “Everybody says, ‘Where is that?’ and I say, ‘The University of Georgia.’” Founded by Abraham Baldwin in 1785, the University of Georgia is the first state-chartered university. Today, the campus is a total of 762 acres, housing 17 schools and colleges. Since its birth over 200 years ago, it has been Georgia’s university. “Georgians are proud of the university, and they’re fiercely supportive of it,” says Nash Boney, former UGA professor of history. “It is a peoples’ university.” Classes first began at UGA in 1801. Old College, originally known as Franklin College after Benjamin Franklin, was the first permanent building on campus, and UGA’s first graduating class attended their commencement ceremony in 1804. A scholar of the university’s history, Boney published A Pictorial History of the University of Georgia with its latest revision in 2001. “For the first century, [UGA] was very much like my undergraduate school, Hampton Sydney College. In reality, not officially, [UGA] was a private, all white all male liberal arts college,” Boney says. “In 1900, there were only 300 students here… all white, all male.” Other historical events are significant to the first century. Sometime between 1856 and 1858, the famous Arch was built, and in 1859, the university was organized into five schools: law, medicine, agriculture, engineering and commerce. The Arch, a historical landmark on campus, boasts a history of its own. Although it was first built as a part of a wrought iron fence that secured North Campus and UGA’s livestock, it is mostly known now for its part in a long-standing tradition.



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“The arch is the coolest tradition ever because people take it so seriously,” says Sarah Thomas, a senior health promotion major from Dalton. “They do not walk under it, and you can see the indention from where people walk around it. I refuse to walk under it, but as soon as I graduate, I am going to walk through that Arch.” Another significant part of history during the 1800s, the Civil War, affected the university. As a consequence of the war, Boney said UGA had to shut down because students had gone off to fight. The university doors did reopen however, and rounding out the 1800s, UGA competed in its first intercollegiate athletic event. The baseball team was victorious against Emory University. At the turn of the century, UGA elected a new president, Walter B. Hill, someone who Boney notes began to build UGA towards the major, modern university it is today. A huge landmark for UGA came during the year 1918. It was at this time that the first undergraduate woman was admitted to the university. This sparked an influx of students, increasing enrollment to 1,000 students by 1919. Not only did the university introduce women to its campus, the bulldog was established as the official mascot in 1920 just in time for UGA’s first Homecoming game to be played against Vanderbilt in 1922. Twenty years after its’ first Homecoming game, the football team won their first National Championship title in 1942. Unfortunately, Uga I was not around to cheer on the Dawgs to victory, as he did not make his appearance until 1956. Uga X, Que, continues to carry on this famous 60year tradition. “Uga is the coolest college mascot. He is tough and powerful, and he has been such a long-lasting symbol of our university specifically the football team. Everyone loves Uga,” says Thomas. Another monumental time at UGA was 1961. Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes were enrolled as the first African-American students, ending segregation at UGA. With the admission of women and African-Americans, enrollment reached 10,000 by 1963. It only increased, and by 1967, 20,000 students called UGA home. By 1998, the enrollment level met 30,000. Just as the university’s campus has grown tremendously over the past 200 years, the city of

Athens--especially downtown--has grown significantly as well. According to Boney, the downtown community is one aspect of that makes UGA a unique university. “I taught at Washington State University, and there is almost no town there; it is all university. Tech is the other extreme. It is overwhelmed by Atlanta,” says Boney. “We are the ideal middle. There is a good balance between the school and the community. Neither completely dominates the other.” This has not always been the case. Boney compared downtown to a cemetery in the past. “When the sun went down, they rolled up the sidewalks, and it was quiet,” he says. “Now, 36,000 students meet on Broad Street, and boy, do they meet at night. I am amazed at the action down here.” Steven Brown, University Archivist Emeritus, said the growth of Athens as a city has been immense since he first arrived in 1979. “At that point [1979], international dining was the Taco Stand and a couple of pizza places on Baxter Street. What has happened in the 37 years that I have been here has been an enormous expansion in sophisticated restaurants and lots of bars. The night scene has boomed,” says Brown. From faculty and staff to alumni and current students, it is evident that being a part of the UGA community in any capacity leaves a significant stamp on each person’s individual life history. “The University of Georgia gave me opportunities that I could never ever have obtained from any other place on earth,” says Welch. “If I hadn’t graduated from [UGA], I never could have gotten into law school. I would have wound up back on my daddy’s farm probably happy, but I don’t think I would have ever had a courthouse named after me.” As Thomas looks ahead in anticipation of her final days as a bulldog before she becomes one of the approximately 300,000 living UGA alumni, she reflects on her time in Athens and what made her fall in love with UGA. “We all share the same sense of pride for UGA, and it unites us. You can really tell at football games when you feel like everyone around you is your best friend,” she says. “A piece of my heart will always be here, and I’ll always have a connection with other alumni. I will always be a bulldog.”

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Falling in Love with a Smart Team by Christina Matacotta | photography by Christina Matacotta & Gabi Robins



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It’s football season in Athens. The time of year when tailgates line the streets, the chapel bell rings ceaselessly, the Classic City becomes a sea of red and black and the Georgia football team takes the field. Though Bulldog fans are accustomed to these phenomena, this upcoming football season has brought with it something unfamiliar: Kirby Smart. For the first time in over a decade, a new head coach will step between the hedges and lead the Dawgs. Last winter, the announcement of Coach Richt’s removal sent shockwaves throughout Bulldog Nation. Though the change had been in the works for a while, many fans were disappointed to see the Richt era end. “I almost shed a tear when Coach Richt was fired; I really liked him because he had so many values,” says Skylar Horne, a junior Public Relations major from Nahunta. The set of strong principles brought by Coach Richt became a trademark of Georgia football during his 14 years as head coach, and fans did not want to see that reputation change in correspondence with the staff. “That’s what I looked for in [Richt’s] replacement—values. Luckily, I feel that Coach Smart has got them. He is a good guy, but also brings that fire,” says Horne.

The “fire” Horne refers to has caught the attention of many Georgia fans. A stark contrast to Richt’s characteristic calm and collected sideline manner, Coach Smart was seen “jumping up and down, fist pumping and getting really emotionally involved during the season opener against North Carolina,” says Horne. Though different from what they are accustomed to, Smart’s fiery energy is exciting for Georgia fans. “Mark Richt was a very good coach, but I think that Kirby will bring in a spark, and that that spark and energy will be the biggest difference between a Richt coached team and a Smart coached team,” said Blaise McComb, a junior Marketing major from Las Vegas, Nevada. “Hopefully that fire can push us the extra mile in the next couple years to an SEC or maybe even a national championship.” Demeanor aside, Coach Smart has won over many fans with his impressive list of credentials. During his time as the Defensive Coordinator for Alabama, Smart was given the Broyles Award and AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award, all while leading the Crimson Tide to three BCS National Championships and three Southeastern Conference crowns. Georgia fans have already noticed a change for the better in the team’s playing style under Smart, especially on defense. “I would say that we definitely played an Alabama style defense against North Carolina,” says Anne Marie

McEachern, a sophomore psychology major from Columbus. “I was not confident in our defense at all last year. Offense always showed out especially with Sony Michel & Nick Chubb running the ball, but on Saturday, defense looked really good which showed that Coach Smart has really worked on the weaker aspects of our game.” Coach Smart might be unfamiliar with the University of Georgia and its fans, but the University of Georgia is not unfamiliar with Coach Smart. As an alumni of the school and the football team, UGA’s offer of the head coaching position to Smart was as much of an invitation home as it was a promotion. “It’s an honor and privilege to return home to the University of Georgia and my home state. I’m deeply appreciative of the faith President Morehead, Greg McGarity, and the Athletic Board Executive Committee have demonstrated in asking me to lead one of the truly great college football programs in the country,” Smart says when accepting the head coaching position, according to Seth Emerson from Dawgnation. It’s football season, and though tailgates will line the same streets, the chapel bell will continue to ring ceaselessly. The Classic City will become a sea of red and black once more and a new team will take the field, Coach Smart’s team.

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Restaurant Spotlight:

the grit by Shelby Duffy | photography by Krysten Hardee

There is a steady buzz of people laughing and having a good time. That classic diner atmosphere: people chatting, a loud laugh carries across the room while plates and cups clink in the background. A bell rings when someone enters. The Grit is never really silent, which is a good thing. The wait staff smiles at you every chance they get, and they’re all willing to talk like you are old friends. People steadily leave and come in off the street as cars zoom by, and the bar is always full of people. The building is owned by R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, and many of the previous owners and staff are musicians. The Grit is a popular hangout spot for many other musicians, including those in Athens and from out of town. The Grit owes a lot of its success to musicians, including those who work there and those who frequent the Athens restaurant. Just as the name describes, the restaurant has a gritty feel to it. Not in a dirty way that makes you uncomfortable, but more in a well-loved way that makes you feel right at home. As the website describes its history, this restaurant was not an initial success. Starting off as a “healthy” restaurant in what used to be the red-light district of Athens, this old building has found a way to keep the best aspects of its past and resurge new life on the inside. The building is old, with faded bricks and a large metal sign; the front covered in a bright sea foam green paint. “The Grit is really cute. It has this cool diner feel to it,” says Madison Gable, a sophomore journalism major from Roswell. The inside has kept the same sentiment with scarce walls painted to look like exposed concrete and Spanish style tin ceiling tiles. The restaurant itself seems to be a contradiction of sorts- an old meets new feel.



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The menu perfectly reflects this contradictionserving tasty food with big flavor while making sure to keep it vegetarian and vegan. With dishes like their El Rey breakfast platter and their famous Golden Bowl, you won’t miss any flavor and you definitely won’t leave hungry. A Grit favorite is the Golden Bowl, with stir-fry style tofu cubes served over brown rice. And if you’re looking for something a little lighter, they have tons of different soup, salad, and sandwich options. “The Grit is so good,” says Krysten Hardee, a senior English major from Richmond Hill. “I really love the grilled cheese smelt!” Also, The Grit Veggie Plate, which is loaded with your choice of three different veggies, soups, or casseroles, lets you sample a variety of their menu; perfect for that indecisive person. The Grit also has a revolving door of delicious favorites on the menu. Their display case is often switched out with a variety of cakes and treats, many of which are vegan or gluten free, and they have a whole menu dedicated just to their desserts. This is my kind of place! Their daily specials often include a soup of the day, salad of the day, different Hot Noodle Bowls (which are steaming bowls of noodles, veggies, and different Asian inspired broths and sauces) every day, and even a burger of the day! With a menu like this, you’ll always have something new to try. “I know a lot of vegetarians that love to eat there” says Stephanie Rehberg, a junior advertising major from Albany. If you aren’t a vegetarian, don’t worry. The Grit’s website says, “Only a small portion of our customers are vegetarian or vegan. Omnivores have always been fans, and we’re old hands at satisfying the more carnivorous folks in Athens. They all know they can get freshly prepared, simple, wholesome food in generous servings.” The Grit may be vegetarian, but they don’t shy away from flavor. Even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, The Grit is a great place to get a great, filling meal. I promise, you won’t Even miss the meat! If you still aren’t sure, I would say maybe work your way up to tofu. My personal favorite is The Grit Staple (I ordered a small and it was a generous portion!). A bowl loaded with rice, beans, cheese, and onions with a side of cornbread sounds like the perfect warm treat as Athens cools off and football season begins. 199 Prince Avenue Athens, GA 30601 www.thegrit.com for full menu

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Crunch Athens by Shannon Hochschild | photography by Jane Snyder

The Crunch Fitness franchise is considered one of the most innovative and exciting brands in the fitness industry. The Crunch Athens fitness center is scheduled to open on Dec. 1, 2016 and will be located in the Beechwood shopping center alongside the Beechwood Cinema. The franchise is known for its ability to push the boundaries with its one-of-a-kind programs, stateof-the-art equipment, and nontraditional outlook on exercise. However, the company’s journey began nearly two decades ago in unfavorable circumstances. Beginning in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City’s East Village in 1989, the first Crunch gym had no locker rooms, no air-conditioning, and was the victim of frequent break-ins. Despite these challenges, with determination and its desire to “make exercise fun,” the gym would transform itself into a highly successful franchise. The company decided to hire a group of fitness instructors with a wide array of expertise to collaborate with and to build a strong foundation for its members. According to the company’s website, “the result was the development of a challenging program with a completely fresh slant.” The gym is known for its unconventionality and its nontraditional approach to fitness, which entices both avid and non-avid gym goers. The Athens community will soon welcome a Crunch gym that is equipped with high-end machines, certified staff members, diverse classes, modern amenities and more. The two managers have worked at the gym since mid-August and are both eager to see the response



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by members. “Getting the word out and growing the Crunch brand in a positive manner is one of our main goals” says Nick Gentile, general manager of Crunch Athens. As a local Athens resident, Gentile is familiar with the prominent gym culture and its important role in bringing people together. “Bringing a gym like Crunch will make a huge positive impact,” he says. Crunch’s priority is their people and ensuring that they feel valued. “Taking classes with the members and getting to know names are important to create a Crunch family,” says Nick Armatas, the assistant manager of Crunch Athens. The gym’s core philosophy is based off of a “no judgment” policy that invites all members of the community to experience a Crunch workout. “The gym will have 40-50 classes per week, with five to six new classes rotated in and out per month,” says Armatas. There will also be a large collection of weights, cardio equipment and classes that seek to cater to every member including Zumba, yoga, cycling and boxing. A particular piece of equipment called the “hoist” is an abdominal machine intended to workout the entire body. “The managers want us [employees] to try the classes and equipment,” says Courtney Gailey, a senior nursing major employed at Crunch Athens. The Crunch Athens gym will also offer the franchise’s signature “ride class,” a cycling class that incorporates weights and music into the workout. The class was created by the corporate team to combine fun and variety into cycling. This class, among many, aspires

to draw people in without having the stigma of a boring workout. “To bring fun into fitness,� says Armatas. According to Armatas, members will also have access to a hydromassage bed before or after a workout, to break up any lactic acid in the muscles. The bed offers a dry, full body massage with the use of pressurized water carried out by a traveling jet system to all sides of the body. “The best description of the experience is being massaged by a cloud,� Armatas says. Gentile is confident that the Athens community will enjoy the numerous facilities at the gym. “Our big selling point is we don’t ask for a year-long commitment, all we need is 60 days,� says Gentile. To ensure members feel motivated, the gym prioritizes variety into its programs. “Everyday you can do something new,� says Armatas. The Crunch Fitness franchise also has an operating gym in Johns Creek, Georgia that currently boasts what is to be expected at Crunch Athens. “Everything [gym facilities] was new, high quality, and professional equipment. The classes are amazing too, the yoga class is one of the best I’ve taken anywhere,� says Lindsay Moore, a junior Spanish and international affairs major who exercised at Crunch Johns Creek. Moore not only enjoyed the equipment and classes, but the overall experience. “The atmosphere is exciting, welcoming, and definitely judgment-free,� says Moore. The gym’s “no judgment� philosophy is something that all members and non-members exercising at the gym can expect. The highly successful Crunch Johns Creek shows the tremendous potential for Crunch Athens. The

Athens community can anticipate a gym that is staffed with caring, attentive, and trained employees who will focus on individual needs at an affordable price. “Every staff member was incredibly friendly and welcoming and I felt like I had been going there forever,� says Moore. The Crunch Athens gym is offering a limited preenrollment period of $9.95 per month with no longterm contract, according to the Crunch Athens website. The low costs and flexible membership contract make Crunch Athens an ideal place to workout and feel comfortable. The Athens community can expect a high quality gym at a reasonable price, ensuring that the entire community can be a part of the Crunch family. The Crunch family is built on determination, variety and fun, creating a tight-knit group of individuals ready to workout and spend time together.


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FALLING F O R ATHENS photography by Kelsey Green, Rachel Nipp, Gabi Robins & Zoë Smith



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From Farmer’s Market to Table Fall recipes inspired by Athens Farmers Market photos and story by McKenzie Cunningham

Food is more than just a nutritional supplement of life. Ask anyone what food means to them, and you’ll get a melting pot of answers. For me, my love of food is rooted in the tangible experiences it brings. When the leaves take on their orange hues and pumpkins arrive on every corner, I find myself itching to welcome autumn with a meal around the table with family and friends. These two things – food and people – coexist in the most beautiful harmony at farmers markets. When I first came to Athens three years ago, one of the first things I Googled was, “Does Athens have a farmers market?” Lucky for me – and the residents of Athens – the Classic City has a fantastic, bi-weekly market! Whether you make your way to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park on Saturday or Creature Comforts on Wednesday, you’ll find two things: seasonal, local food and friendly faces. Take Josh Johns, of Hickory Hills Farmers. This October, he and his wife, Jennifer, are bringing greens, squash and root vegetables to Athens. To him, the food is just as essential as the people. “My favorite part about farmers markets would be the relationships that you build,” says Johns. “You see the same people Wednesday, Saturday. You know them by name. You’re their go-to for vegetables.” Some of my favorite weekends are spent circling my market, plucking ingredients for that night’s dinner while chatting with the farmers who grew my food. My draw reflects the season – rhubarb in the spring, tomatoes in the summer, winter squash in the fall. Those connections I made at the market translate to the table, where I take the time to pause and meet my hunger for delicious food and relationships. As you retrace my steps through the Athens Farmers Market, don’t hesitate to tuck away a loaf of The Comerian Bakery’s super-seeded bread to pair with these recipes. For your fall dinner parties, or maybe just your dinner for one, this menu sets the table with fresh, seasonal ingredients.



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Honeycrisp Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes Serves 6 as a side Come fall, there’s an abundance of apple-everything: apple butter, apple pie, apple cider – you get the picture. My family waits on pins and needles for the peak season of our favorite fruit – honeycrisp apples. The name captures its flavor and texture, making it – in my opinion – the superior apple. When you combine it with its fellow fall staples, you make a seasonal salad that frequents my dinner rotation. Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale 1 honeycrisp apple (or any apple) 2 sweet potatoes 2 lemons, juiced 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar (or champagne or seasoned rice vinegar) 4 tablespoons of olive oil, divided 1 small shallot, minced 1 ½ tablespoons of honey ¼ cup of hazelnuts ¼ cup of shaved parmesan Salt 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. 2. Dice up your sweet potatoes into ½ inch chunks. Transfer them to your baking sheet, where you’ll toss them with one tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Pop them in the oven and set the timer for 20 to 25 minutes. Halfway through, toss the potatoes to make sure 1) they don’t stick and 2) they get evenly cooked. 3. Prepare your dressing in a small bowl by whisking together your lemon juice, vinegar, minced shallot and honey. Then, slowly drizzle in two tablespoons of olive oil while whisking. Season your dressing salt to taste.

Caption for salad: Toasted hazelnuts and cubed honeycrisp apple add a crunchy element to this massaged kale salad.

4. Set aside your dressing, and prepare the kale by first removing the stalk. Tear kale into bite-sized pieces with your hands, placing it into a large salad bowl. It will look like a lot, but next you’re going to massage the kale. Yep, sounds weird, but it tenderizes this fibrous, leafy green. To massage it, drizzle your remaining tablespoon of olive oil over it and season it with salt. Now rub the oil into the kale with both hands, until it is a dark green and tender. 5. Dice your apple into small chunks and add to your salad bowl. 6. Chop your hazelnuts and add to a sauté pan over medium heat. What you’re doing is toasting the nuts – bringing out the oils and honestly, making them taste twice as good. Once the nuts start browning, remove them from the heat and add them to your salad. 7. By now, your potatoes are done. They join the party in the salad bowl, where you will toss everything with your dressing. 8. After plating your salad, top with the parmesan. I find that if you add the parmesan in the salad bowl, it disappears and you lose the great flavor it has! So wait to add it until the last minute. Roasted Sage Chicken with Butternut Squash Serves 4 to 6 “In the fall, greens start coming in season,” says Sam Eberharde, Athens Farmers Market’s intern. “You’ll see more of the root vegetables, squash and the pumpkins, obviously,” she laughed. Butternut squash, one of the darlings of autumn, adapts well to sweet or savory flavors. It adds a slightly sweet element to this dish, creating the perfect bite with the earthy sage and garlicky chicken.

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons of fresh sage, chopped and divided 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless (about 6 ounces each) 1 large butternut squash 6 tablespoons of olive oil, divided Salt and pepper 1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, so you can tackle the butternut squash. A whole butternut squash can be intimidating (if you would prefer, most groceries offer pre-chopped butternut squash, but you’ll be paying more for it). Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, cut off a ¼-inch from the bottom and stem end. 2. Steady the squash in one hand, while using a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Once it’s completely peeled, stand the squash on your board, and slice it vertically. 3. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and pulp from each piece. 4. Cube the squash into 1-inch cubes. 5. Pull out a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Transfer your butternut squash to the pan. In the pan, mix the squash with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of sage. Season it with salt. 6. Take your chicken and place on top of the squash. Drizzle the breasts with your remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Rub your minced garlic and remaining 2 tablespoons of sage. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 7. Transfer your tray to the oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes. Halfway through, toss the squash and flip the chicken.

A Book Lover’s Guide to Athens by Julie Hong | photography by Lauren Palgon

There is something for everyone in the Classic City. Aspiring academics, music fanatics, and movie buffs alike can all find a corner in Athens that feels like home. For book lovers who are always on the hunt for a good bookstore or reading spot, there is a world of opportunity to explore in Athens. Fall is the perfect time to hold a hot mug in one hand and a novel in another, sitting in a chair while overlooking the streets of Athens. Books and coffee often go hand-in-hand, and Athens certainly has enough coffee shops to accommodate every reader in the area. Most students are devoted to Walkers, Two Story and Jittery Joe’s. “I love these places not only because of my coffee addiction, but I love the coffee shop environment, good music, and usually quiet, comfortable seating,” says Julia Andrejczuk, a junior communication science and disorders major from Mount Kisco, N.Y. There are other coffee shops besides these three, of course: Iron Works, located in the lobby of the Graduate Hotel, Sips at Normal Town, and Hendershot’s. There’s the ever-popular Starbucks, or the new Zombie Coffee and Donuts downtown, which offers sugar and caffeine. Most Athens coffee shops meet the reader’s criteria: a comfortable environment, plenty of background noise that fades with each page, and obviously, plenty of coffee.

The storefront to Avid Bookshop in downtown Athens. Avid Bookshop is a local book store where many Athenians go to find their favorite books.



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With a campus as large as UGA’s, there’s no end to the scenic spots available for leisure reading. North campus is an immediate favorite for the shade beneath its trees and the lights along the pathway. “I love to read on North Campus. I usually find a spot in or near the Founder’s Garden just because I love how we have such amazing history and sights mixed in with our modern campus,” says Krysten Hardee, a senior english major from Richmond Hill. Perhaps North Campus isn’t the best place to read during finals, when students often ring the bell to celebrate their last exams of the semester, but UGA is more than just North Campus. Freshmen can easily walk out of their dorms and onto Brumby Beach, or set up their ENOs around campus to lie down with a book, or find a space away from flying frisbees on Myers Quad. So book lovers, consider expanding your horizons within your own campus for a reading nook; the entire university is yours. The first word that comes to mind when stepping into Avid Bookshop is cozy, mostly because of its size. It’s a smaller store, with just enough space in the shop for readers to browse and lose themselves in the wellcrafted selection that Avid Bookshop offers. Its shelves line the walls and the books inside them range from the

well-loved fiction genre to thoughtful essays. “I like that it feels homey and like your neighborhood bookshop rather than something commercial,” says Valerie Chang, a junior marketing major from Johns Creek. There are many things to love about Avid Bookshop, but they can all be wrapped up in how authentically ‘Athens’ it is. Only five years have passed since its opening, but Prince Avenue would not be the same without the handwritten blackboard on the sidewalk, or the quaint sign above the door. By partaking and even hosting community events, Avid’s atmosphere is distinctly local and genuine, and anyone who loves Athens will find a piece of the Classic City among its shelves. As usual, the best is saved for last. After asking several students what they look for in a reading nook, most answers included words such as ‘comfort’ or ‘homey.’ So why not read at home? Curl up on your couch or in your bed, light a candle, and visit a book like it’s an old friend. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a new environment to connect with the real world as we dive into a fictional one, and other times, we’re just fine exactly where we are: home.

Maggie Colvin, a junior theatre and EMST major from Augusta, Georgia, likes to read at Walker’s Coffee Shop in downtown Athens. Walker’s is a local coffee shop that students and locals frequent.

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Athens Farmer’s Market: bringing the community together by Mara Weissinger | photography by Claudia Luna Priego

People yelling greetings to each other, the enticing smell of baked goods mixed in with spices and natural beauty products and finally, the smiling faces of regular attendees and vendors alike all welcome visitors to the Athens Farmers Market (AFM). With about 2,000 patrons attending every Saturday, AFM has had a very successful 2016 season. A Classic City staple since 2008, the market has grown both on the consumer and producer end, according to market manager Jan Kozak. “Growing the diversity of the market, making sure that we understand that the market is a place where everyone is welcome from all walks of life, all colors. There is sort of a stigma that farmers markets are affluent white spaces, and we don’t want that for this market…it’s important that this market has a wide array of customers,” says Kozak. Through programs such as the Double SNAP Program and the Fresh Food Bus, AFM is working to solve the physical and financial access barriers to food in the Athens community. The Double SNAP program allows those who purchase groceries through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly

known as the Georgia Food Stamp Program, to double the value of their stamps when purchasing at the market. The Fresh Food Bus, in partnership with the Athens Community Council on Aging INC., has 22 stops ensuring that those without adequate transportation, be it a college student or Athens community member, can get to the Saturday market held eight to noon at Bishop Park. “And the number of people that I’ve met here and faces that I know definitely would not be possible without the market. In fact, there was a study that some sociologists did that said that you’re going to have ten times as many conversations at a farmers market then you will at a grocery store. And so that, that just shows you that the market is about people connecting to each other through food,” Kozak says. The market as a place to connect with others is a common theme for visitors and can help persuade those who may be on the fence of whether to pay a little more for locally, sustainably grown produce versus going to their neighborhood supermarket. “For what you receive, from the fresh food to the fun experience the farmer’s market provides, I would

Imara’s natural skin care is perfect year round.

Angel’s pastries include a wide variety of savory and sweet flavors.



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say the cost/benefit ratio is worth the extra price. The experience of the farmers market as a whole helps you appreciate the Athens community and gain an appreciation for the work of the local farmers,” says Ellie Viland, a junior math education major from Marietta. However it’s not just visitors who enjoy the social aspect of the market. “The best part of working the farmers market is seeing the variety of people that show up every week. You get to develop relationships with the regulars and other vendors,” says Bayley Wiggins, a junior international affairs major from Lawrenceville, who works with 1000 Faces Coffee at their Atlanta farmers market booth. 1000 Faces Coffee loads up every Saturday morning to distribute their goods at farmers

markets both in Athens and Atlanta. However, they’re only one of an average of 40 vendors at the Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays. The exact number fluctuates as arts and crafts vendors only come about once a month while produce, meat, egg and dairy farmers, prepared food surveyors and several other types of vendors return every week. The large number of vendors ensures that there is something for everyone at the Athens Farmers Market. For those who would like to check out the market and take steps towards eating locally and sustainably, it’s open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bishop Park and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Creature Comforts. The 2016 season ends Dec. 17.

The prime season for acorn squash is early fall through winter.

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by Charlotte Mabry | photography by Jenna Becker



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If you aren’t looking for Canopy Studios, you just might miss it. The studio is tucked away onto Tracy Street--home to Chase Street Warehouse, overflowing kudzu and ever-present noisy cicadas. The exterior of the studio is a light gray aluminum, making it look a little more like the exterior of a trashcan rather than an aerial arts center. However, the interior resembles anything but a trashcan. Instead, there is an arched wooden ceiling, black and white cityscapes painted on the walls, trapeze swings and Lyra hoops hanging from the rafters, while natural light and soothing music flood the room. Canopy Studio was founded in 2002 by Susan Murphy, a veteran of all things dance and aerial arts. According to Murphy, her vision in bringing Canopy Studio to Athens was to “have a dedicated, beautiful and functional aerial dance space in which to present this art form to the community, inviting people of all ages and abilities to become involved.” Open to all ages and levels, the studio teaches classes in Aerial Fitness, Trapeze, Slings, Aerial Yoga, Lyra, Fabrics and Acrobatics just to name a few. “You name it, we do it” says Melissa Roberts, the current executive director of Canopy Studio. Athens quickly took to the studio with enthusiasm, and it is safe to say that Murphy made her vision a reality. Canopy has now evolved from teaching six classes a week to teaching 70. The studio has grown to

over 30 instructors, 21 of whom are senior instructors. In 2009, Murphy left Athens and her post at Canopy in the very capable hands of Roberts. Roberts is passionate about not only the aerial arts, but also Canopy’s work outside the studio with non-profit and community outreach. If you’re like me, you may not really understand what exactly aerial art entails. It wasn’t until I signed up for a private workshop that I really got a better understanding of what Canopy is all about. Make no mistake, I am not a flexible person. I have never been very interested in gymnastics and, to this day, I struggle with cartwheels. Needless to say, I was a little nervous for my lesson. On top of all of that, I walked into the studio during their Lyra class which involves acrobatic tricks in single hoops raised off the ground. Luckily, this was not in my future. Instead, I did low to the ground Single-Point trapeze, a style that Roberts recognizes as their roots. I went through a series of poses, starting on the floor and eventually making my way to the “Skater” pose. If I learned anything, it is that trapeze, even if it is mere inches off the mat, is hard work. Even the very simplest of movements of standing on the bar takes strong muscles and intense balance. By the end of my

thirty-minute session, I had broken sweat and developed a new respect for trapeze artists. Roberts believes that what makes the aerial arts special is the “quality of life, a commitment to fitness and health, and a level of creativity that is definitely unique!” There is something to be said about the pushing your body and mind in such a way that can create something as beautiful as aerial art. As for the future, Murphy believes that Canopy has no bounds. She has watched as the studio has evolved from recruiting students from a table at Big City Bread to jam packed classes all day every day. The travelling Repertory Company continues to grow artistically and their biannual performances sell out every time. “Canopy Studio is known nationally for its amazing, safe and beautiful space, its dedicated teachers, innovative programming and successful integration with the community at large. I couldn’t be prouder,” writes Murphy. Roberts has a full plate between all of her duties on a day-to-day basis and Athens community outreach. Roberts even mentions expanding to a bigger space beyond their home at Tracy Street. But no matter where their location may be, the Athens Community will continue to soar to new heights with Canopy Studio.

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What’s Hot Between The Hedges photography by Devon Tucker styling by Olivia Rawlings and Logan Wilkes hair & makeup by Jenny Rim



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With football season in full swing, we took a look at what trends UGA students are wearing to the games. When the weather is hot and you are always on your feet, being cute and comfortable is a high priority. Wearing red and black is always a good option, but spicing it up with patterns and fringe give the outfit a little something extra. Don’t know what to throw on with your ripped jeans? A red bodysuit or an off the shoulder top is always a great choice. Accessorize with some stellar shades and a lot of sunscreen and you are set for gameday!

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Tyra Luke - Major: PR & Communications - Hometown: Powder Springs, GA - Year: Junior



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Samantha Harris - Major: Communications - Hometown: Marietta, GA - Year: Senior

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Fall Festivities by Jessica Short | photography by Sam Hertzig

Athens is truly a place unlike any other. A small town nestled in what seems like the middle of nowhere, Athens proves itself to be a proper oasis of the South. As such, the residents of Athens are awarded a vast range of choices to fulfill their cultural needs through a seemingly endless number of events and festivals, especially in the fall. Once the temperature begins to drop and the leaves begin to change, Athenians are more than willing and wanting to venture outside and experience the all-inclusive activities Athens, Ga has to offer. Kicking off the beginning of the fall semester and aiding in the welcoming back of many students, the Wildwood Revival music festival is held during the last weekend in August. This 3-day event takes place on the grounds of a 30-acre farm just outside the city limits of Athens and displays the cultural revival that can only be offered up from our city. Authentic bands perform during the day while, at night, a farm-to-table dinner is served. The food is provided by Athens farmers and enjoyed alongside locally crafted Georgia beers. Austin Steele, Senior Advertising Major, attended the event and fondly recalls how “Mama’s Boy was out serving up meals through the day, Jittery Joe’s was there in the mornings slinging coffee, and Hip Pops kept everyone cool throughout the hot day”. This was only a fraction of the Athens cuisine sampled by the concert goers. Additionally, over the three days, the festival housed an artisan market where handmade crafts and vintage goods were available for purchase, or just to simply feast one’s eyes. In combination with the weekend long camping, the festival goers were given a truly authentic, cultural revitalization provided by the Wildwood Revival. Since good food is a staple in Athens culture, there are often many events that are centered on the truly artful food and beer of our town. And while the 6th Annual Autumn Harvest Feast is organized to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia, which sponsors increased access to local and sustainable foods, the live music, food, and drink are more than reason enough to attend. The staggering number of restaurants supplying the food and drinks, including the remarkable Heirloom Cafe, The National, Southern Brewing Company, The Last Resort, The World Famous, Terrapin Beer Co., The Old Pal, 1000 Faces Coffee, and, of course, Creature Comforts, creates the perfect sampling of all the great eats that originated and grew within Athens. Dejana Peric, Senior Advertising Major, remarked how events like these “allow you to experience fine food and drink all while nourishing Athens’ local sustainability”. That is exactly the beauty of a town like this: where events are created to help support local businesses while still concomitantly supporting a great cause like Wholesome Wave Georgia. Similarly, the ever-popular Indie South Fair maintains a goal that is ubiquitous within Athens: fostering small businesses, through owner and customer interaction, within a festive atmosphere created by live music and artisanal



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food and drinks. And, as an added benefit, Indie South Fair has something for all price ranges and budgets. Mixing the new and old, artists and vendors display freshly created crafts and vintage collections from the past. The fair has created a forum for Southern artists and designers to showcase their diverse, eclectic goods to a supportive, nurturing community. Amber Garnett, a 2016 Grady graduate of the University of Georgia, recalling her enjoyment of the fairs said “Indie South Fair is always fun. I love seeing the local and creative stuff everyone has to offer there.� Regardless of if one has money to spend, Indie South Fair is simply a spectacle and an experience for all those who attend and are exposed to the originality and imagination Athens has in store. Athens is quite sincerely an idyllic community. One where all the residents gather around for good food and a good time and there is something to be had and shared by all. Whether you are one for live music, craft beer, locally grown and raised food, handmade crafts, vintage heirlooms, or all of the above all wrapped in one, Athens will more than gladly accommodate. In the fall, Athens is one of the most beautiful places to call home.

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Hidden Gems of Athens by Julie Hong | photography by Zoë Smith

Venture outside of the Downtown District, and there is a world just waiting to be discovered. Each of the remaining four Athens neighborhoods come complete with its own charm and offer its own distinct features to the Classic City. Boulevard When searching for a place to work out, think beyond gyms and running trails— look to the skies. Located in Chase Park, Canopy Studio is an aerial dance studio that offers both private and group lessons. The classes include lessons in dance trapeze, vertical pole and aerial fitness. There is a class for everyone, regardless of age and experience level. Canopy Studio is the perfect place to pick up a new hobby or to engage in a challenging workout. When heading back from a class at Canopy Studio, stop in for a bite to eat at White Tiger Gourmet. Specializing in burgers and barbeque, White Tiger Gourmet on Hiawassee Avenue serves lunch daily and dinner Thursday through Saturday. “It was some of the best barbeque I’ve had in my life,” says Ty Jones, a sophomore advertising major from Bainbridge. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors, and with vegetarian options on their menu as well, including a portabella cheese burger, White Tiger is sure to satisfy every customer.



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Cobbham Mention a bookstore to a college student and their minds will immediately race to a store filled with textbooks. Luckily, another bookstore supplies students with a good read that will not break the bank: Avid Bookshop. The store’s small size gives it a personal feel. The staff goes an extra mile to make sure all feel welcome by hanging handwritten notes on the edges of the shelves offering customers book suggestions and synopses. A rotary dial telephone sits in the front corner of the store, waiting to be picked up by customers looking for recommendations by fellow book lovers via voicemail. Just a short walking distance from Avid Bookshop, Dondero’s can be found nestled at the top of North Milledge Avenue. From coffee and croissants to chicken salad and crab cakes, Dondero’s has it all. This café serves breakfast and lunch, and has frozen meals for purchasing. “It has a very calm environment. I’ve been suggesting it to my friends,” says Emma Collins, a sophomore psychology major from Canton. It is a great place to stop before class for a last-minute study crunch and a filling breakfast before a big exam. Five Points When walking past the stores and restaurants that line South Lumpkin Street, a set of stairs positioned alongside Homeplace Gifts and Toys may be difficult to spot. The staircase leads into a basement where

Avid Bookshop is a small book store located off Prince Avenue. The bookshelves are lined with handwritten suggestions for some of the books.

Students enjoy the nice outdoor seating area at Sips Café. The café is a popular study spot for many students near the Health Science Campus.

Archipelago Antiques is located. While small in store size, it is abundant in selection. Time can easily slip by when searching through their seemingly endless supply of antiques, perfect for adding unique décor to any dorm or house. Normaltown Coffee shops can be found on almost every corner in Athens, but not all of them have bacon flavored coffee. That is just one of the many coffee flavors to choose from at Sips Espresso Café on Prince Avenue. What sets Sips apart from other coffee shops, aside from its delicious drinks, is the store’s set-up. While there is room to sit inside, the majority of Sips’ customers opt to plant themselves in one of the chairs in the front, openwindowed room. There is even a fireplace making this store a perfect study spot for any season. Just across the street from Sips is another eatery: Automatic Pizza. Open for less than two years, Automatic Pizza is another business on the rise. “It is one of my favorite restaurants in Athens. The fact that it used to be a gas station gives it a unique atmosphere and the food is top notch,” says Cameron Hines, a sophomore management major from Kennesaw. Its old-school exterior turns the heads of all driving down Prince Avenue. No matter the neighborhood you find yourself in, a hidden gem is always waiting to be uncovered.

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Tate Movie Reviews by Anabel Prince | photography by Gabriella Cammarata

Why travel off campus to see a movie when the UGA Tate Student Center holds screenings almost daily? In October, Tate will project a variety of films available free for UGA students. Whether a comedy, animation, or classic horror fanatic, one should find a movie that caters to them. “I think [the Tate movies are] pretty cool! It gives students an opportunity to go see a movie for free and do something that doesn’t cost money,” says Brittany Wenrich, a freshman athletic training major from Watkinsville. A student worker for Tate, Wenrich says, “I’ll probably get to work most of them so I can watch them too!” Read below to find which October screening fits best for you! Finding Dory: (PG, 2016, Sep 30- Oct 2 at 6 & 9 PM) A sequel to 2001’s Finding Nemo, this recent PIXAR film delighted audiences of all ages when it swam into theatres this past June. This time spotlighting Dory, Marlon’s forgetful sidekick, the film takes us on a journey to find Dory’s parents after many years of separation. Despite treating Dory’s short term memory loss as a punchline at times, the character’s setbacks never keep her from losing hope. While not as heartwarming as other PIXAR films, the humor makes up for the lack of tears. Finding Dory still contains a profound message, just don’t expect a reaction reminiscent of Toy Story 3. See it if you like: PIXAR, aquariums, sequels Skip it if you don’t like: kids movies, “awwww” moments, family fun



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Friday The 13th: (R, 1980, October 6 at 8 PM) If you have only seen the remake, rest assured that the original 1980s version runs laps around the 2009 adaptation.. It revolves around a group of teenage camp counselors who attempt to reopen an abandoned campground and are (spoiler!) murdered one by one. The story may seem cliche, but it actually paved the way for most modern horror film stereotypes. As it is a slasher film, expect a serious amount of blood and unusual murder weapons. See it if you like: Gore, serial killers, idiot teenagers Skip it if you don’t like: Useless violence, creepy masks, small budget horror films The Exorcist: (R, 1973, October 7 at 6 & 9 PM) Any classic horror fan will regard The Exorcist as a game changer for the genre, and rightfully so. Loosely based on real life events, the film follows the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl named Regan (played by Linda Blair). She speaks in tongues, levitates, and rages violently, much to the horror of her mother. Upon seeking medical health, she hits a dead end, and contacts a priest to pry the spirit out of her daughter. The Exorcist contains some pretty disturbing imagery, plus middle schoolers are already frightening enough without demonic possessions. See it if you like: Films from the 70s, interesting cinematography, supernatural horror Skip it if you don’t like: gore, scary preteens, “old” movies

The Shining: (R, 1980, October 9 at 6 & 9 PM) Highly regarded as a horror masterpiece of the 1980s, the film, based off of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, involves a family who become caretakers for the isolated Overlook Hotel. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, the head of the family who attempts to reconnect with his young son and wife through this new job. Upon the discovery of the son’s psychic abilities, a snowstorm traps them inside the hotel, leading to Torrance’s descent into madness. While one can deem The Shining a ghost film, it also carries traits of a psychological thriller. Despite the disturbing imagery, the scariest takeaway of the film seems to be how easily isolation can manipulate one’s mindset. “I think that, of all of Kubrik’s films, it’s the most suspenseful. I also think that it’s a faithful adaptation of the book that at the same time pushes the boundaries of film and claims its own right as a work independent from its source material,” says Kai Yost, a freshman film major from Smyrna. “[It’s] one of those films you HAVE to see, especially to understand how film has evolved.” See it if you like: Stephen King, strong aesthetics, ghosts Skip it if you don’t like: Twins, empty hotels, child actors, Shaun of the Dead: (R, 2004, October 8 at 6 & 9 PM) A British horror comedy from the early 2000s, Shaun of the Dead follows the titular character and his daily life struggles: his mom, his girlfriend, the zombie apocalypse, etc. Poking fun at classic American horror tropes, the satirical violence doesn’t aim to scare, but rather to comment on the deterioration of modern horror films. While one can view the jokes as stupid British humor, they actually make some unique points surrounding stereotypes in this genre. See it if you like: The Walking Dead, British humor, witty films Skip it if you don’t like: Satire, brains, funny violence. “Scary movies for me create not only nightmares, but also close bonds with my friends. I personally like watching scary movies with at least one person and whenever I do, it’s always a fun way to test our limits,” says Kathi Tran, a freshman engineering major from Lawrenceville. “I hope people give scary movies a try because you never know when the next zombie apocalypse is going to happen.” This October, grab a friend, head to Tate, and test your limits.

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Falling into Place for Freshman Year tips from upperclassmen

by Krysten Hardee | photography by Gabriella Cammarata

Freshman Year It all starts with the fireworks on your UGA acceptance email. The anticipation starts to build while you read the carefully crafted phrases of the admissions office. “When you walk past the Arch onto historic North Campus on your first day of class, you will follow the path of the hundreds of thousands of scholars who have preceded you over the past two centuries,” the admissions office states. The joy is almost tangible as you read on. “We also have enclosed a checklist that outlines key actions you must complete.” Your growing excitement is abruptly halted by your nerves. You realize you will be taking on a new city with new friends and new experiences. You know there is so much you need to learn about your new home so you can conquer your freshman year with ease. Now you are in Athens, learning as you go. No matter how long you’ve been here, you still seem to get lost before an important class or end up taking the wrong bus to campus. Never fret. Here are some tips from upperclassmen to help you navigate through the madness. From mishaps to words of wisdom, here’s what these upperclassmen have to share.



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Tell us your funniest freshman Year story. “One time I went to the wrong classroom for Calculus halfway through the semester because I wasn’t paying attention,” says Zaak Hinz, a senior geology major from Richmond Hill. “I walked into a class 45 minutes late thinking I was on time and listened to the professor talk for about five minutes before she was finished and class was over. Now I always check my schedule EVERY morning,” says Julie Hong, a junior public relations major from Johns Creek. “I thought that the ELC was the old name for the MLC (it was the SLC) so I went down to the MLC to ask one of the desks for my chemistry homework,” says Lindsay Peterson, a senior public relations major from Johns Creek. Tell us your best UGA bus story. “I fell asleep on a bus once and was on there for way longer than I needed or wanted to be…,” Hong remembers. “The buses were packed one time and I got on one where the driver was going really fast and braking really hard and everyone was falling all over the place,” says Hinz.

“I got on the wrong bus and then got lost, but was too embarrassed to ask anyone so I just rode the bus until the bus route ended at the bus yard,” says Peterson. “I was on my phone when I got on a bus (it was the wrong bus) and realized it when I looked up and was downtown. So I got off at The Arch and walked all the way back to Old Bolton for lunch,” says Himara Koelmeyer, a senior biochemistry and psychology major from Rome. If you could give freshman some sort of advice about riding the buses, what would it be? “Do not be the person who farts on a crowded bus, please please please hold in your gas,” says Hong. “Wait for people to get off before you get on or people will yell at you,” advises Peterson.

“Go to class,” Hinz simply states. “Don’t take freshman year too seriously because everything changes by the time you’re a senior,” says Peterson. “Procrastinating in college is a lot worse than procrastinating in high school when it comes to classes,” says Koelmeyer. What is something that you wish someone had told you as a Freshman? “Studying is actually very important to make good grades. I didn’t make As my freshman year because I chose Netflix over studying,” Hinz says. “How to better plan my schedule,” Peterson states, “I spent half of freshman year walking from class to class.” “ Life gets better after Chemistry,” states Koelmeyer.

“Try to figure out the routes ASAP because they are really helpful when your classes are all over campus,” says Hinz. “If you can walk it, just walk. The buses will most likely take a lot longer and it’s easy exercise,” advises Koelmeyer. If you could give any piece of advice to Freshman, what would it be? “Do things that scare you! Be bold and brave and talk to strangers when you can. Everyone is at a very similar place freshman year so it’s the best time to branch out and make as many different friends as you can,” Hong advises.

“Everyone gets the blues, and that’s okay! It’s hard to be away from home and it’s easy to feel like everyone is having the perfect college experience but you. Everyone feels alone sometimes, and everyone needs a good cry once in awhile,” says Hong. Freshman year is full of ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean that you should dwell on the downs. Who knows, you might even be doing better than most Upperclassmen. We still get lost, we still run for buses, and we still procrastinate. Overall, just take it one day at a time and enjoy every second of your time here at UGA.

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by Marli Collier | photography by Cory Cole

John Padgett was re-eleceted as Georiga Republican Party Chairman in 2015. He is very passionate about speaking to young Republicans and encouraging them to vote.



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With less than 60 days until the election, Republicans throughout the country find themselves conflicted and confused. The reality of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton being President of the United States is beginning to culminate, and many ask, “How did we get here?” This primary season was one of the most interesting in recent history, with 16 candidates on the conservative side. Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz seemed to be favored picks, although Trump did make himself well known early with GIF-able one-liners at various rallies and debates. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina both had their 15 minutes of primary fame, while John Kasich’s reminded voters that politicians could be human too. Insults were flung, money was spent, and ballots were cast. The Washington Post reports over $721 million was given in support of Republican candidates. Additionally, Pew Research reports the GOP had the highest primary turnout since 1980. Out of those 16 initial candidates, Donald J. Trump, an undoubtedly successful businessman from New York, became the Republican nominee for President of the United States. His brash, unrestrained and caustic remarks garnered scorn as well as praise throughout the primary season. The media endlessly analyzed and debated his every word, giving the candidate plenty of free press. “The parts of his personality that didn’t serve him well with a certain bloc of voters has served him well with the rest. Voters…have seen politician after politician in election years. They speak articulately and are intellectual, but they don’t really do anything or make policies that affect [voters] positively,” says Amber Webb, Chairman of UGA College Republicans. Regardless of who wins in November, 2016 is proving to be a learning lesson for the Grand Ol’ Party. For voters to elect a non-politician suggests Republican politicians in Washington are out of touch with their voter base. Where does the Republican party go from here? The very word “conservative” is defined as being cautious to change. But with an ever-changing 21st century world, how does the party platform plan to resonate with Millennial voters? Many Millennials identifying as Republicans admit they are much more socially liberal than their Republican parents and certainly grandparents. Will the party platform need to shift?

“To be honest, I have no idea. I would have said two years ago softening on immigration and more free trade, but obviously that’s not what a lot of the base wants,” says Joseph Atkins, a sophomore international relations major from Marietta. Atkins is a member of UGA College Republicans. “There’s that base of the Republican Party that’s made up of older voters with socially conservative views...But I would say there’s definitely a side of the party that is much more socially liberal, there’s a side of the party that is greatly composed of Millennials. Views all differ. But I don’t think one specific section of the party can be representative of the whole party the entire time,” says Webb. One thing all Republicans like about Donald Trump: He’s not Hillary Clinton. “I am voting for Donald Trump, but that’s only because I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton,” says first time voter Madison Helmick, a freshman international affairs major from Lawrenceville. “I’ve never been a huge fan of the Clinton family. I don’t like that she identifies as a feminist but stood by her husband during that scandal. It’s also really hard to get over Benghazi.” Webb acknowledges that many Republicans feel the same way. “From the primary to now, we’ve seen a lot of

people going over and joining the Trump Train, people who were adamantly opposed to him and didn’t like his rhetoric. But when they look at the alternative and really look at Clinton’s policies and her history, that’s where that shift occurs,” she says. However, not all Republicans are completely sold on Trump. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told the media he was “not ready” to support Trump after he became the presumptive nominee in May. Ted Cruz blatantly declined to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past July, signaling a certain skepticism many established leaders in the party have about Trump. Atkins is one of those skeptics. “Donald Trump is a one-off event. Hopefully we’ll have a rethinking of the Republican Party and go back more towards the reform-conservative movement of Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio that was gaining ground until the Donald Trump phenomenon occurred,” he says. Only time will tell how this election will end. While the Republican party may seem fractured, outdated or divided to many, Republican students here at UGA are hopeful their party will continue to grow and hold on to the limited government, free market principles it was founded upon.

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Dawgs Fall for Dogs by Donica Farwell | photography by Kelsey Green

A dog barks at a stranger that has yet to greet her at the Athens Humane Society in Watkinsville, Georgia, on Friday, September 16, 2016. This sweet girl is one of the humane society’s longest residents, one example of an animal that Dawgs Fall for Paws hopes to help find a foster or forever home.

Why wait for finals week to pet a dog in the MLC among crowds and lines? Why wait for the possibility of a guide dog puppy walking on your bus, or better yet, into your classroom? Whether or not your picture of a furry friend in training makes the campus Snapchat story, it is no secret that dog obsession runs high at UGA. From Theta Chi’s “Dogs On The Lawn,” to Delta Phi Epsilon’s “Georgia English Bulldog Rescue” tailgate, past and present events that promise puppies to pet and play with drives the success of various philanthropy fundraisers. UGA students have proved their willingness to sacrifice time and volunteer efforts for dogs. Now, Dawgs For Paws, an up-and-coming student organization, can help turn students’ passions into an action. Whether you miss your dog at home, get goose bumps every time you see a guide dog, or simply love helping animals, the new organization Dawgs for Paws is for you! Founded by Sarah Miller, a philosophy and sociology major from Canton, and Nicole Goldberg, a marketing, real estate, and international business major from Manhattan, Dawgs For Paws is a studentrun organization that works closely with Athens Area Humane Society in order to aid local homeless animals. According to Miller, the Dawgs For Paws mission is to “increase adoption rates and improve the quality of life for those not yet adopted.” Higher adoption rates at Athens Area Humane Society could lead to lower euthanasia rates at other local shelters without a no-kill policy. In addition, Miller described various activities and

goals for Dawgs For Paws such as group visits to the shelter, spreading awareness about foster opportunities, sponsoring specific animals that are having an especially hard time getting adopted, and hosting fundraising events and supply drives. Members do more than play with dogs--they can actively make a difference in the homeless dog community that they know and love. While not all, many college students find the combination of busy schedules and small housing inhibiting factors for keeping a dog as a pet. Adopting a dog is a 10+ year commitment that many students are not willing to make. However, Dawgs For Paws provides a community of students that truly care about homeless dogs. Members can visit the Athens Area Humane Society to play with dogs, participate in fundraising events for at risk dogs, and become educated on foster programs for a more temporary commitment for hardcore dog lovers. “It would be cool to have the awareness of foster opportunities for older dogs that UGA students could take advantage of,” says Megan Artigues, a computer science major from Auburn!“I would join and definitely look into foster opportunities. That would be so much easier through a UGA program.” Co- founders Miller and Goldberg grew up with a passion for dogs and remained active in the rescue community. Miller was involved in an organization called the Homeless Pets Club in her hometown. Goldberg worked with various animal shelters and helped her family establish a humane society in Bowling Green, Kent.. “I was surprised UGA didn’t have anything like Dawgs for Paws,” says Miller. “I was eager to bring my love of dogs-in-need to college.”” Miller and Goldberg claimed peers gave incredible feedback when initially hearing about Dawgs For Paws, which has already gained popularity and peaked interest in the early stages of creation.

“I think Dawgs for Paws is a great opportunity for UGA students to not only give back, but also to play with puppies,” says Rose Foisy, a junior marketing major from Brunswick. “It just sounds neat and I would be interested in joining. UGA hasn’t ever had anything like this”. Getting involved in Dawgs For Paws is simple. Interested students can contact Miller and Goldberg at dawgsforpaws@gmail.com to register. According to Miller, “Dawgs for Paws will provide, leadership opportunities for those who seek it and allow students to become part of a smaller family here at UGA that shares a passion for helping animals in need.” Contact Miller and Goldberg when you register if interested in an executive board position to both build your resume and turn your love of dogs from an obsession to an action. Club meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays at 7:30pm to discuss fundraisers, group trips to the Humane Society, current at risk dogs, and block party plans in which members can bring their own dogs and get to know each other. The perfect combination of work and play, Dawgs For Paws takes UGA students’ natural adoration of dogs and turns this passion into a way to give back to the Athens community. “I think it’s a good way for college students to be able to become involved and help the shelters as well as do something fun,” says Wesley Fate, a junior entertainment and media studies major from Evans. “A lot of students can’t commit to a dog full time so this sounds like a good way for students to make a difference”. Co-founders Miller and Goldberg read the students’ interest in dogs and heard the student population response loud and clear. The Dawgs definitely fall for dogs. Now, Dawgs For Paws provides the perfect platform for students to volunteer for a cause they already care so much about.

Allie Overstreet, a 20-year old from Augusta, Georgia, with an undecided major, plays with a kitten at the Athens Humane Society in Watkinsville, Georgia, on Friday, September 16, 2016. Overstreet is a future member of the Dawgs Fall for Paws club and loves spending her free time loving on the animals housed at the Athens Humane Society.

Spreading the Light, Seeing the Life

photos and story by Jeremy Johnson

The Kenyan sun couldn’t outshine Hannah Mason’s passion as she spent her summer in spiritual service. The third year religion major from Dublin made the journey through Choose to Invest, a non-profit that enlists young adults dedicated to enriching the lives of African youth through religion and mentorship. Mason, a missionary veteran, took this opportunity out of a desire to experience the lifestyle firsthand. “I’ve been to Africa before, and I really wanted to go back, but what I wanted to do was something different than all the other mission trips I’ve been on. I wanted to be able to experience the culture in a way where it felt like I was actually living there,” she says. And she did just that. After landing in Nairobi in May, Mason and her group spent two months traveling through the regions of Ngaamba, Segera, and Karaogoto. However, instead of performing usual mission work, they spent the time living with local families and educating children about Jesus Christ and the Bible through everyday life. Mason’s affinity for the region guided her hands and heart along the way. “I love it! I’d like to move there, honestly. It felt like home,” she says, reflecting warmly on her work.

The beautiful Kenyan sunshine. Mason says the experience brought her closer to God and led her to value simplicity.



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An ocean between her and the Classic City seems like a recipe for culture shock, and in some ways, it was. Mason’s experience allowed her to dive into a new world while pursuing her passion, and what she found was hope, faith and a valuable lesson: the greatest life is often the simplest. “They live in a way where they truly rely on God for everything, and they’re happy to do that. They wouldn’t want to live any other way. Here in America, we’re very caught up in trends, and they’re not; they live in true simplicity,” she says. “Obviously, cultures are very different, but it’s important to understand that we live in a materialistic culture, and it is possible to have joy living a simple life.” The Kenyans, who place little value on material objects, find solace in religion and education, a virtue that Mason admired, absorbed, and couldn’t wait to bring back home. To the observer’s lens, the greatest challenges would seem to be the risks within the journey. Mason spoke on the controversies with Kenyan authorities: “The police are very corrupt, engaging in a lot of bribery. If you don’t give them what they want, you’ll be in trouble,” she

Mason poses for a photo with schoolchildren. Youths provided the richest part of the experience, Mason says.

Mason and her group spent their time engaging with citizens in their daily lives, as seen here. Choose to Invest encourages volunteers immersing themselves into culture.

says. In fact, Transparency International rates Kenyan police corruption at 81%, making law enforcement the most corrupt institution in the country. Also, while education is highly valued in this region, that does not mean it is common. “Schooling is a huge issue. The children are very intelligent, but they have to pay for schooling from early primary onward. Most of the families can’t afford it, and they have so many children that they can’t really provide for them. Only a few children in a family can go to school, and the rest end up working on farms,” Mason says. However, these pitfalls could not dampen the student’s courage and fervor as she spread her message, and if anything, they made her work more significant. To Mason, the grand obstacle was, surprisingly, coming home. “I think I eventually got used to living there to the point where it felt like home, and I was so fully immersed into the culture that actually coming home

was the greatest challenge. The hardest part was coming back home and being a completely different person,” she says. “It wasn’t specifically Kenya that changed me, but it was Jesus within Kenya that changed me, and that sort of inspiration can happen to anyone, anywhere.” Mason’s quest is but one example of the magnificent Bulldog spirit that reaches far from the bounds of campus and into the world beyond. “I think people at UGA are very driven and ambitious in the sense where if they want to do something, they’re going to make it happen. Whether that means going to another country or taking steps in our own, we’re motivated to see change happen and we’re a very passionate community,” says Mason. Such a powerful undertaking by one of our own students serves as just another reminder of the absolute grandeur we create every day. The spirit of servitude at the University of Georgia is one more reason to fall for Athens.

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