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Vol. 47, Issue 1

Tree Talk

Nature Is Free

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Dressing for the Weather

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Outdoor Reads page 38

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The Grass Is Always Greener page 10

Ditching the Dorms page 8

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the outdoors issue

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welcome to

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contents ..................................... Fall 2015

IN PROFILE 6 8 10 12 14 16

Learning the Dawggy Paddle Ditching the Dorms The Grass Is Always Greener Ted’s Most Best Go Outdoors and Play a Sport Tree Talk

CAMPUS LENS 18

Fall On the Farm

LIFESTYLE 24 26 28 30 36

Ecofriendly Beauty Products Dressing for the Weather Enos: Just Hangin’ Out Running Wild A Fresh Perspective

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 38

Seven Outdoor Reads

BEYOND THE ARCH

40 Nature Is Free 42 Off the Beaten Path 44 Unplugged 46 Survival Skills georgiaugazine.org 3


ugazine editor-in-chief Haylee Silverthorne

staff illustrator Precious Davis

design editor Hadleigh Pitman

staff photographers Madison Ambrogio David Barnes Elizabeth Blocker Precious Davis Jared Dangremond Ersta Ferryanto Sally Frost Hannah Kicklighter Lauren Leising Drayton McJunkins Rachel Nipp Gabi Rosenthal Jane Snyder Lyndsey Yates

photo editor Hannah Kicklighter online editor Nick Seymour social media editor Amber Boren copy editors Jenny Alpaugh Tristyn Angel fashion editor Surina Harjani contributing editors Marli Collier Lauren Leising Danielle Profita Camren Skelton

staff designers Ellie Blocker Ashley Dozier Sam Glover Savannah Kornder Lauren Leising Mallory Moskovitz Hadleigh Pitman Gabrielle Robbins Jennifer Ton Logan Wilkes Lyndsey Yates

staff writers Kyla Brinkley Rachel Cohen Jared Dangremond Precious Davis Ashley Dozier Sarah Dupuy Emily Haney Emma Korstanje Carrie Mauldin Jazmyn Matthews Danny McArthur Sarah Panner Samantha Nagy Kathryn Tuck Carolynn Wall

fashion team Surina Harjani Ersta Ferryanto Olivia Rawlings Jenny Rim Amber Young

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Editor’s Note Fall is honestly the best season. When we walk outside, we no longer feel like we’re melting. The weather is finally cooling down, and it’s time to break out your favorite pair of boots and sweater that you’ve been longing to see since you packed it away in your winter clothing box. Decent temperatures mean more time can be spent outside enjoying the great outdoors. Most people don’t know that Athens offers an abundance of great outdoor areas for people to spend their time studying or just hanging out with friends. We decided it was time for you guys to know where the best kept outdoor secrets are in Athens, so we have compiled a great issue for you this fall! In this issue, you’ll find a list of outdoor studying areas, sports you can play with your friends outside and even what to wear in the weather that can’t decide if it wants to be cold or hot yet. If you’re not an outdoorsy person, fear not! We also have a list of things you can do as well. Fall can be intimidating because of the ups and downs of the weather, but mostly, it stays cool, so it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and see another side of Athens that you might not see cooped up in your dorm or the library studying for those pesky midterms. Athens is the best town to spend the fall in, and it’s time to see why.

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Big Dog’s On the River is equipped with more than 200 kayaks that can be rented Monday through Saturday during kayaking season.

Learning the Dawggy Paddle By: Carolynn Wall | Photography: Hannah Kicklighter

We all have a love/hate relationship with Georgia weather, but one thing we can all agree on is when it gets hot, it’s hot. On the rare weekend without football, a concert or a trip back home, students seek ways to cool off and relax after a stressful week of classes. UGA is just a few miles from the Broad River, the 60-mile tributary of the Savannah River. The Broad River Outpost, or “BRO,” is located just 23 miles from downtown Athens. They have been the original outfitter on the Broad since 1980. They offer kayak and canoe rentals, a five- or 10-mile scenic float for a more tranquil ride and a six-mile white water section for the adrenaline junkies. Want to make a weekend out of it? The BRO even offers camping sites to make your stay last as long as desired with access to fire pits, picnic tables and hot showers. Plus, you won’t even have to worry about cooking, as the Alex Murphy, a senior psychology major from Aurora, Colorado, helps Jamie Stephens, manager of Big Dog’s On the River from Athens, carry a kayak down to the river.

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BRO houses the Wildcat Grill. There you can grab a BROburger, a SKINNYDIP salad, a KAYAKdog and more. Junior finance major Aidan Rogers from Dunwoody has kayaked down the Broad on two occasions and says, “They were both pretty fun and great team bonding activities. There are a lot of cool places to stop and check out along the river. My favorite was Hippo Rock, which was this huge rock that we could all put our kayaks up on to. Towards the edge of the rock


there’s a hole on the top of it where you can get in, go underwater, and swim out from the side.” Looking for something a little closer to home? Don’t worry, the Big Dog’s On the River are right in your backyard. Founded in 2010 and located on the Middle Oconee River, the Big Dog’s On the River are approximately four miles away from downtown Athens, so basically you can roll out of bed and be on the river in about 10 minutes. From there, you grab your kayak and hop into the river for a three and a half mile long ride. “One of the things that makes us so desirable is our location,” owner Terry Stephens says. “You can be out in the water and back to downtown Athens in just 10 minutes.” You might want to consider this close-to-home destination for when it warms back up though because their season runs from May through the beginning of football season.

For $20, your day at Big Dog’s Nn the River includes parking, a life jacket, kayak or float, paddle and a shuttle.

When you get back, you are greeted with a cabana that offers grills, restrooms, picnic tables, satellite TV, volleyball, yard games and even live music on some weekends. “We have lots of groups come through for team bonding from UGA Mens Tennis, UGA Track and Field and some of the football team,” Stephens says. We’re lucky to be in a city that has the urban vibes to party on Friday nights and the natural scenes to kayak down a river on Saturday afternoon. Both the BRO and the Big Dog’s On the River offer affordable and fun ways for team bonding, social events or even just a lazy day with your best friends. So stop fearing the heat, grab a paddle and get on the river. Alex Murphy, a senior psychology major from Aurora, Colorado, paddles on the Middle Oconee River with Big Dog’s On the River.

A lot of students probably ride right past Big Dog’s on the River located on AtlaOta Highway. It is the only river trip available in Athens.

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ditching the dorms:

OUtdoor studying at uga

By: Kyla Brinkley | Photography: Lyndsey Yates and Gabi Rosenthal

Many students prefer not to brave Athens’ capricious weather to study outdoors, especially after a long day of trudging to class. Maybe it’s too windy, too blisteringly hot, too wet or freezing cold outside. On a nice day, however, the perfect outdoor study spot can be a great way to get through some reading or simply relax and enjoy nature.

Mary Kahrs Warnell Memorial Garden

Just outside the Warnell Forestry building and the Ecology building is Warnell Gardens, complete with a stone walkway and a turtle pond. Many students can be found studying here even on hot days because the

Above: Karlie Witted, a sophomore finance major from Thomasville, takes advantage of the beautiful weather and studies outside Conner Hall.

trees keep the area shady and cool, and the sound of the water is relaxing after a hectic day. On most Wednesdays, UGA’s Campus Bike Co-Op provides bike repairs and even bike safety classes in the garden. Maddie Green, a custodian from nearby Hardman Hall, passes through the garden every day. She is confident that “students come from south campus just to view the fish in the pond.”

Davison Life Sciences Complex/R.C. Wilson Pharmacy

The lawn in front of the Life Sciences building is often utilized as a spacious, secluded tailgating spot. However, it is also a prime study area for many science majors. Jessie Kim, a junior biology major from Lawrenceville, admitts that she doesn’t study at Life Sciences much because of the heat. She points out that “if you go towards Pharmacy, people are always lying down, reading a book or something.” The field at Pharmacy is a more popular study locale in general, but Kim emphasizes that “if you don’t have classes there, you probably don’t know about it.” She says that even if these buildings aren’t in your “neighborhood,” they are worth exploring before graduation. The open courtyard outside of the Ecology building makes for a great spot to relax and study.

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Along the Fred C. Davison Life Sciences building there are many tree and plant species that are very appealing to the eye and make great study spots.

sophomore geology major from Roswell, finds the area useful for “people who have classes in the area,” including geology, geography, chemistry and physics students. He finds the lawn useful to connect with fellow geology majors and other students, too, because they “learn to love the area.”

Lamar Dodd School of Art

Special Collections Library/Correll Hall

What is “New Terry?” Many students have found themselves lost in this area, unsure of its purpose but awed by the quad. The Terry College of Business is building a new learning community on the corners of Lumpkin Street and Baxter Street, and so far it has already created a prime study spot in the heart of campus. The well-manicured quad is surrounded by benches located right outside the stately, towering buildings that have been finished: Correll Hall and the Special Collections Library. Emily Kandzierski, a junior English major from Atlanta, enjoys fresh air and sunshine while studying. Kandzierski believes that students should spend more time at the New Terry green space, exclaiming, “Winter is coming! You have to get as much sun as you can.”

Geography-Geology Building

The green area in front of the Geography-Geology building is shady and cool and full of benches for students to catch up on reading or with each other. There are also nearby picnic tables that are perfect for getting a quick assignment done. Gian Cella, a

There are countless green spaces both in and around the art school at East Campus. That’s right: even inside. Precious Davis, a junior journalism major from Mabelton, enjoys painting behind Lamar Dodd on the sidewalk, on the benches and on the lawn with other students. Many students sit on the large sculpture in the middle of the lawn. In the center of the modern, industrial building You can find this striking bamboo plant just outside the doors of Lamar Dodd. lies a courtyard with benches where students can wait for their next class or more often, work on projects. Lily Branch, a large wooded area next to the art building complete with a small stream is less popular, however. Davis feels that “the area is not utilized enough.” Because of the nearby bus stops, accessible parking, and dorms nearby, countless students can be found around Lamar Dodd throughout the day. “I don’t think enough people know about this area,” Davis says. It is important to take advantage of our beautiful campus. Taking the time to explore may allow us to find the perfect study spot.

Outside the Geology building is a beautiful green space study, meet up with friends and more.

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In Profile: Ted’s Most Best

The People Behind The Scenes By: Sarah Dupuy | Photography: Lauren Leising

If the University of Georgia is the head of Athens, downtown is certainly its heart. Whether it’s to celebrate a big win between the hedges or stop for a coffee break between classes, most UGA students will spend some time downtown during their college career. Still, there is one part of downtown Athens that is often overlooked: the people who run the show. Ted’s Most Best, despite only being around for the past four years, is an Athens landmark with its strung-up lightbulbs and bamboo forest right in the middle of Washington Street.

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The story behind the restaurant’s name is heartbreaking, but it shows how much love went into the restaurant’s opening and its continued success. Jessica Green, who owns another Athens staple, The Grit, opened Ted’s Most Best with her friend Jay Totty. Ted was the name of Green’s husband who had passed away. When Green and Totty started tossing around the idea of opening a pizza joint, the name seemed like a perfect fit. Pedro De Paz has been working at Ted’s since its opening four years ago, and it’s the people that have kept him here for so long. “My favorite thing about working at Ted’s?” De Paz says. “Definitely the people: the customers, the different kinds of people and their families. And just my bosses in general. They are some of the best people I’ve ever worked for in a restaurant. Employees that work here then leave, they always come back. But people leaving this place? Never really happens.” In addition to pizza, which is made fresh starting with the dough, Ted’s has plenty of options for Italianstyle comfort food. There are panini sandwiches, pasta, calzones and homemade cheesecake. And with over 40 possible toppings to choose from - pancetta to provolone - you’re sure to find something you love. Allie Parker is another long-time employee, and she can’t recommend their salads enough. “Our salads are very fresh. We use locally sourced arugula. They’re super filling for being salads, and they’re all really tasty and healthy.” Ted’s Most Best does more than just churn out delicious Italian food. They give back to the community in both big and small ways. On Tuesdays, Ted’s Most Best hosts a bingo night, and every Sunday a band plays on their outdoor stage. During the fall, there’s pumpkin carving for the kids and space for local artists to display their crafts. Creature Comforts, a local brewery, is just


around the corner from Ted’s. They offer local discounts way to spend an evening in downtown Athens, all thanks to be used after a visiting the brewery. Finishing off a to the wonderful people who work behind the scenes to night of beer-tasting with pizza and friends is the perfect ensure Ted’s is the best it can be.

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The Grass Is Always Greener By: Carrie Mauldin | Photography: Jane Snyder

As you walk to class this fall, you may notice how well maintained and conditioned the University of Georgia’s roughly 600-acre campus is. Who or what is to thank for this work? The answer is the UGA Grounds Department, a subdivision of the Facilities Management Division. The Grounds Department, which consists of about 100 employees and is directed by W. Brett Ganas, is in charge of many of the projects and day-to-day tasks that help keep the UGA campus looking its best. A normal day for the department consists of checking and regulating drainage systems, irrigation (which is run by a computer based system), general landscape and overall manicuring of trees, shrubs and flower gardens, as well as maintenance of the various bike lanes around campus. “We have a really clean campus, and I was really surprised with it being considered a party school, especially since I’d never visited the campus before I

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came here. I think our groundskeeping does a really good job keeping the campus tidy,” says Marcaz Smith, a freshman biology and psychology major from Valdosta. With football season in full swing, one of the main priorities is taking care of the trash left behind by tailgaters on Saturdays. Highly visible areas of the campus, such as parking lots and areas with high traffic, need to be heavily cleaned to ensure that no litter is present for the following week. “The people throwing the trash down are here for the UGA football games, so they should be the ones who respect this campus. It’s amazing that almost all of the trash is cleaned up the next day. I don’t think we give the UGA groundskeepers the credit and respect they deserve,” says Jane Yandel, a freshman japanese studies major from Roswell. Another concern for the grounds department during football season is the constant monitoring for safety of visitors. This includes providing clear visibility for cars


and pedestrians through warranting that there are no low-hanging branches or safety hazards on campus. The UGA Grounds Department is heavily involved in a number of restoration and sustainability projects on campus and in the local Athens area, specifically the Tree Campus USA Program. This program provides $1 million worth of trees to UGA to plant so that they can properly maintain and expand the tree canopy on campus. The Tree Campus USA Program has recognized UGA several years in a row for being good stewards of the tree population on campus. Other current projects include renovation of the UGA Visitor’s Center, the law school, and the Aderhold College of Education. Anyone who visited UGA this past summer may have noticed the department’s Arch Restoration program, a project designed to restore the historical and highly identifiable UGA Arch, located near the downtown area. Other sustainability projects occurring within the department include involvement with Watershed UGA, a program focused on cleaning the local streams in Athens both effectively and efficiently. Involvement

with Watershed UGA includes the installation of rain gardens throughout campus. A rain garden allows for water from rain and runoff to be filtered by numerous plants before it is allowed to re-enter the reservoir. It essentially provides a natural and low maintenance filtration system for all the runoff water from storms. The use of solar panels on campus is being put into use as well. Examples of this implementation include the solar tables located near Herty Field, where students can charge their phones or laptops on a sunny day. Another primary responsibility of the grounds department is to oversee and approve newly proposed campus projects and assist various on-campus groups. The focus of approving new projects is to design and review them, as well as ensure that they will be maintainable. In regards to assisting on-campus groups, the Grounds Department collaborated with the UGA College of Environmental Design to help turn several parking spots downtown into small gardens to promote more green space and sustainability. So the next time you’re at Herty Field, the Arch or casually walking about campus, take a moment to appreciate what the grounds department does to keep UGA looking beautiful.

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Go Outdoors and Play a Sport By: Samantha Nagy | Photography: Drayton McJunkins

Fall is finally here, which means goodbye to stifling heat and physical exhaustion, and hello to cooler weather and crunchy leaves. With this delightful season back in full force, I can’t think of a better way to take advantage of it than by joining one of UGA’s diverse sports teams. UGA has more sports than you can count on both hands, so sure enough there is something for everyone. Even if you’re not qualified to play on the varsity level, club sports and intramural sports can still feed your athletic appetite, as they offer a wide range of outdoor activities. Spikeball, an ever increasing popular sport at the national level, is a fairly new addition to campus. The game is more or less a mixture of volleyball and

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foursquare, according to the official spikeball website. UGA Spikeball Club creator, sophomore Connor Gibbs, says spikeball has not only become a competitive athletic match, but also a great way to bring students together. “My roommate and I got close from playing spikeball,” Gibbs says. “We got other people to play who had never played before and since then, we’ve always had a good time.” The spikeball club meets for matches every Sunday at 4 p.m. on Myers Quad. All students are welcome to join. Rowing is another crowd-drawing sport on campus that students may not find everywhere. Rowing will most likely spark an interest to any of those who love the water, even if no prior experience is applicable. Julie Johns, a junior cognitive science major from


Leesburg, says her favorite part of rowing is spending time with her teammates. “My favorite part about the rowing team is its sense of camaraderie and how everyone just clicks,” Johns says. “The reward of a physical workout isn’t too bad either.” The rowing team has four exciting events this fall, as its members have been traveling between Augusta and Chattanooga, and most recently, all the way up north to Boston, Massachusetts. Those interested in joining rowing need to come prepared with strength and determination. Tryouts take place during fall semester each year. One of the most exclusive sports on campus is delegated to UGA’s Army ROTC members. Known as the Ranger Challenge team, this sport allows cadets

to grow mentally and physically in extreme situations, such as grenade assault and creating a one-rope bridge, according to their official website, armyrotc.uga.edu. Steven Holden, a junior engineering major from Leesburg, is an Army Ranger Challenger team member. He says nothing about the Ranger Challenge team is easy, but it is more than worth it. “I love everyone’s dedication and additional training,” Holden says. “It’s very difficult to get 20 guys up at five in the morning, so seeing that makes the team worth it.” The Ranger Challenge team is the varsity sport of Army ROTC and acquires cadets who are capable of accepting intense challenges. So while the weather is cool and people’s spirits are lifted, go out and join some kind of outdoor activity. You’ll meet new people, develop new skills, and most importantly, get involved.

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Tree

Talk

By: Precious Davis | Photography: Precious Davis

The Lily Branch entrance sign is to the right of the Lamar Dodd building,

Located right at the entrance to the Lamar Dodd School of Art is a beautiful grassland, which looks like a tree garden. However, its purpose is unknown to many students. This park is known as Lily Branch, named after the creek flowing through it. But this area has a shady secret hiding in plain sight; the secret is its extensive quantity of Ulmus Parvifolio, more commonly known as Chinese Elm. Chinese Elm is a species of tree native to Asian countries such as China, Korea and Japan. Chinese Elm can reach 50 to 82 feet high and has a cinnamon colored bark. Although these trees are stunning to look at, they

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are potentially dangerous. It is thought that these trees may be an invasive species, however, this has not been scientifically proven. An invasive species is a plant, animal or pathogen that is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, harm. Benjamin Liverman, project manager for the Office of University Architects and space management coordinator for the Office of Space Management, addresses this growing concern. He believes Lily Branch could be “ground zero� for studying the trees.


Initially, the Lamar Dodd School of Art was a parking lot, and the area that is now Lily Branch was essentially wilderness. It was full of the identified invasive species Ligustrum Sinense, or Chinese Privet, which is known for being a “problem” plant in other areas on UGA’s campus. Chinese Elm and Chinese Privet are two different species of the same origin but not in competition. This means they can grow together without one disturbing the other, just as native trees to southeast would do. At Lily Branch today, the Chinese Privet is no longer an issue. It was all cleared out during the building’s construction in order to bring attention to the creek that was hidden beneath it. This leaves the Chinese Elm. They are fully grown trees that have been there for years. Aside from the few native trees there such as the water oaks, pecan tree, box elder and locust, the vast majority of trees are Chinese Elm. “Certain symbiotic relationships that can occur in an ecosystem…all disappear when you get rid of every species but one,” Liverman says. Chinese Elm trees aren’t contributing food sources for native animals, and therefore minimize the diversity or animal life in Lily Branch. The probability of them being an invasive species comes from the way they reproduce. The seeds are dispersed by the wind and animals and carried downstream through the water. Invasive plants tend to grow where there is not much competition and lots of light. If you were to take a walk around the Lamar Dodd building and look at any low growing grassy area, you may see a small plant sprouting from the ground that looks different from the rest. It is highly likely that plant is Chinese Elm sapling. They tend to have spiky looking leaves and a dark reddish stem. They are vigorously rooted and compete aggressively for water, therefore hard to weed, and can take over an area easily. Some preventative measures were put into place to keep this from happening. Athens-Clarke County recently noted on its tree species list that Chinese Elm are “showing signs of possible invasiveness,” and urges planters to limit planting until further notice. Lily Branch is not the most familiar part of UGA or even East Campus for that matter, so it is important to bring attention to this. There aren’t currently any provisions in place to combat the issue at Lily Branch. Liverman believes, “The more people like this area, and the more people use this area, the more people will want to improve it.” When asked about what she would want to see Lily Branch used as, junior art major Iris Andres from

Charlie Ha, a senior photography major from Lawrenceville, preps equipment to take a photograph in Lily Branch. He stands in front of the oldest Chinese elm tree in the area, known as the “granddaddy.”

Athens says, “The area will benefit from site specific work like things that can withstand the weather would be an interesting element.” One idea is to make that location a demonstration area for sculptures and other art works. Emily Brown, a senior photography major from Richmond Hill, thinks Lily Branch should be made into a recreational area. “Putting benches out there and clearing it out a bit would get people over there,” Brown says. Lily Branch is admired because it is a beautiful and peaceful place. However, the Chinese Elms that dwell inside may pose a threat to the surrounding area. Student involvement is the primary resource for conserving the native plants that are there and bring recognition to this issue. There are many ideas for making use of the area but there are students who like it just the way it is. What the future holds for Lily Branch is uncertain, but if you have any ideas or plans for using the space you are strongly encouraged and welcome to do it. If not, just take a walk through whenever you’re on east campus. It’s a nice place to hang out.

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Fall on the

Farm Photography: Hannah Kicklighter

As the weather chills and autumn finally embraces us in a long awaited hug, we tend to look for ways to get outside and frolic. Washington Farms is the perfect place to do just that. Fall has turned into a frenzy of all things pumpkin, and there is no shortage of them at the farm. Get lost in the corn maze with your friends, and then stop by the petting zoo for your daily dose of cute. There is so much to do here, so get outside and explore!

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Eco Friendly Beauty Products: Good for the planet, good for your face By: Kathryn Tuck | Photography Contributed By: Summer Trippe

xploring the great outdoors is an activity many people enjoy doing in their free time. Summer Trippe, a University of North Georgia sophomore from Conyers, enjoys everything from eno camping to white water rafting on the Oconee River. Trippe appreciates all the activities and experiences nature has to offer, which is why she is an environmental advocate. She is a member of the University of North Georgia environmental club. They coordinate a wide array of events, including an annual festival dedicated to inform and allow students the opportunity to engage in environmental efforts in not only the Appalachian community, but also in the greater Atlanta area. Trippe also uses the environmental club as a way to spread more word about her natural beauty products. She creates safe and natural products that include but are not limited to body butters, body scrubs, shampoos and facial toners. She works not only to cut harmful chemicals out of her own life and beauty routine, but encourages others to do the same. Trippe became interested in the use of alternative beauty products freshmen year of high school when her cousin introduced her to using tea oil as a face wash. Looking back on this experience Trippe says, “It was cool to me how our well-being could be found not necessarily in an expensive beauty product, but perhaps where it was always intended to be found - in nature. Since then, I gradually grew my interest level, research and habits of natural product use.” This spark of interest in protecting herself by using natural products left Trippe with the realization that she should

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be caring for the environment as well. She believes, “The concept of protecting the environment is so important because this is where we live. Our livelihood is based upon our environment. At a glance, it can seem so inconvenient, and we do have to have some means by which to live, but I’m a believer that it’s possible and worth it to utilize alternative means for life that are mindful of the environment.” One of her products that Trippe particularly loves is the sea salt spray. It helps add texture to hair. The spray is so simple to make that anybody can do it and inexpensively enjoy the beauty benefits of sea salt. All you have to do is simmer a 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan, and add in 3/4 teaspoons of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Don’t forget the olive oil, it is an


important moisturizing agent! Stir all the ingredients at a simmer until they are well mixed, cool and finally pour into a spray bottle. This spray works to enhance curled hair, as well as being able to add definition to straight hair. According to Trippe, most ingredients for her products can be found at a typical grocery store. She does mention, “The ingredients can be harder to come by than most mainstream products, so if I happen to need something on short notice, it’s not necessarily convenient. If the rare occasion occurs where the grocery stores fail you, you can always research natural health food stores in your area.” Last year in the spring of 2015, Trippe hosted a “Create Your Own Body Spray” booth at the environmental festival her club hosted. She taught and worked with festival goers to create samples of natural aromatherapy body spray. “I feel confident that this helped raise awareness for the usage of nontoxic personal care products,” Trippe says. Her booth was a success and used up all the ingredients she had prepared to make the body sprays. Since Trippe does attend the University of North Georgia, probably a lot of University of Georgia students won’t have the opportunity to visit one of Trippe’s festival booths. “The goal isn’t to spread just my products; the goal is to encourage people to look for these natural alternatives to everyday items,” Trippe says. “These alternatives can reach much farther than

just beauty products as well.” Sophie Moll, a Belmont University sophomore from Conyers is one of Trippe’s many happy clients. “When I use one of Summer’s products, I feel as if I’m using something that is meant to be used for my body,” Moll says. “Everything was put on this Earth for a reason, so why not use natural resources to achieve beauty results? I’ve been inspired to create my own versions of her products and pursue a more natural lifestyle.” Many people enjoy spending time in nature. If you’re one of these people, use tools, such as the internet, to learn about how you can incorporate nature into so many more aspects of your life! “One of the best parts of using natural alternatives instead of conventional products,” Trippe says, “is the ability to cut down toxins in our everyday lives.”

The Concept of protecting the environment is so important because this is where we

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Dressing

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A Guide to this Season’s Transition Pieces By: Emma Korstanje | Photography: Rachel Nipp

As far as the four seasons are concerned, it is no secret that fall dominates in the scenic beauty department. Boasting a crisp wind that is more of a friendly acquaintance than continuous nag, gardens bursting with various colorful squashes and the famed ever-changing leaves that leave one with a desire to pursue a career in watercolor, this transition season successfully makes the journey from summer to winter a pleasant one. Unfortunately, these changes come at a cost and even more unfortunately, this cost can only be paid with sacrifices of the wardrobe sort. As the flowy bohemian dresses and perfectly lived-in sandals of summer are banished to Narnia, or at least a bin in the attic, staying en Vogue becomes more and more difficult and the temptation of leggings and a large t-shirt becomes all too real. “When the weather starts changing, it takes me longer to decide what to wear,” says Lauren Page, a freshman early childhood education major from Savannah. “The temperature varies so much throughout the day, and that makes picking outfits hard.” In this concern, Page is not alone. The struggle of finding an outfit that is equally fashionable as it is practical can seem an impossible task when greeted with chilly, deceiving mornings that fade into warm afternoons in the sun. Dressing for the weather itself is difficult, let alone attempting to maintain a personal style. This introduces the age-old question on every fashion lover’s mind—how does one create a transition wardrobe to match this transition season? Luckily, the trends of this season do a perfect job of simplifying this seemingly daunting task. Basic layering of pieces has taken on a whole new form, improving the overall balance of looks. A resurgence of styles pulled straight from the past three decades is here and refusing to be Claire Jordan, a sophomore public relations major from Canton.

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ignored, bringing an exciting edge to the Athens runway. Overall, with the aid of a few choice pieces, obtaining a desirable transition wardrobe is entirely too possible. The first key to fall dress is mastering the ancient art of balance, in outfit creation at least. This balance is referring to achieving the perfect combination of warm weather clothing and cool weather clothing: summer and winter. This is a task made easy with the rising popularity of blazers and trench coats outside of the business and rainy day circles. The pairing of either of these pieces with a comfortable t-shirt dress is a sublime example of this idea, while also adding an edge that the normal cardigan and dress combination wouldn’t reach. This concept of balance could also apply to combinations such as sweaters with skirts, or if a determination to not give up crop tops is present, lighter weight shirts with a favorite pair of jeans (extra points for “boyfriend” cut jeans, a disheveled style blowing up the runways) will work. The juxtaposition of warm and cold is a great solution to the dilemma of changing weather. Mirroring what nature does every fall, fashion also changes its colors and patterns as the days grow shorter and cooler. A color palette that mimics the season emerges, heavily featuring reds, yellows, browns, oranges, purples and greens. This year in particular, olive green has been a strong contender in many fashion spreads, as well as strong pops of color like deep red accents. Playing with texture is also a great way to add some excitement to an outfit, and this season the most valuable players are denim, fringe and leather. Denim is back with a vengeance, appearing in a very early 2000s fashion in jackets, skirts, dresses and ripped jeans that put the infamous Hollister version to shame. “I enjoy fringe because it’s more of a boho, laid back style,” says Kristina Caldwell, a freshman biology major from Suwanee. “It can go with anything.” This sentiment is clearly shared by many as this Western version of shredded fabric is a staple in many wardrobes. Leather is also a good texture to mix up an otherwise dull outfit, and autumn weather is the perfect time to debut it as the temperature is cool enough to be comfortable but not so cold that the generally not insulated fabric is too little protection. Of course, accessories cannot be forgotten. This season, mixed metals and an emphasis on gunmetal shades is ever present. Also, although the minimalism that dominated the summer months is still very popular in jewelry, an appreciation for chunkier statement pieces to match the heavier clothing is gaining ground in the

fashion industry along with many layered pieces to create a sort of carefree style. As far as handbags, over the shoulder bags are sported by many bohemian-chic stylists as a wardrobe necessity. Last, but most certainly not least, shoes can be one of the best transition pieces for an outfit. Some of the clear forerunners of the season are ankle height boots, also referred to as “booties,” and the simple strappy stilettos with an ankle strap that seem to dominate all of those outfit-of-the-day Pinterest posts. “Sneakers with a dress is one of my go-to outfits,” says Alison Luther, a freshman cellular biology major from Suwanee, pointing out one of the more unexpected but still popular options. “It’s cute, but still practical for a student.” This combination, as well as Birkenstocks with socks, are standing out as popular pieces this fall. These sometimes overlooked bits of apparel can take an outfit from okay to amazing with just one click of the heels. The weather’s transition to fall is a beautiful process, triggering a change in wardrobe to accommodate it. These suggestions reflect what could be considered the trending topics of the fashion industry and while helpful in the process, the most important key to a successful outfit is the confidence to rock it. With just a few select pieces and a belief in one’s own personal style, the summer to winter transition season can be some of the most enjoyable months on the Athens runway.

Mariam Turner, a sophomore communications sciences and disorders major from Hickory Flat.


Just ’ n i g n Ha Out By: Rachel Cohen | Photography: Sally Frost

The courtyard outside of the second floor of the Miller Learning Center is oddly peaceful despite it’s chaotic surroundings. Crowds of students go in every direction pushing by to get to class and buses roar past the stadium. But in the courtyard, there are people who are not moving quite as fast. Well, they’re not moving at all.

They’re hanging.

Enos have been popping up all around the University of Georgia and the entire Athens area. Eno, short for Eagles Nest Outfitters, started out with two brothers selling hammocks out of their van at a music festival in 1999. Now, sixteen years later, the company has expanded from just hammocks to backpacks, rain tarps and other gear that is a perfect accompaniment for anyone who wants to sit back and appreciate the world around them. What started out as a simple idea has become a lifestyle, and students and Athenians alike have immersed themselves in this stop, drop and hang way of life. Students have found creative places to suspend these “nests.” From extremely public places like between two trees outside of the MLC to more secluded spots, such as around the turtle pond by the ecology building, Students have been making the conscious effort to hit the lock button on their phones and take advantage of the beauty that surrounds them. “Athens is home to many great hammocking spots that are tucked away within a short driving distance of campus,” says Dylan Munn, a senior environmental

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engineering major from Savannah. “Whether you need a mental break from studying or a spot to have a casual first date, you will find plenty of areas along local rivers and lakes that can be enjoyed year-round.” The hammocks stand out from the objects they hang because of their retro colors and lightweight nylon material. All hammocks fold into an attached softballsized bag making it easy for UGA students to throw in their backpacks before heading to campus. Some favorite spots around Athens have been between the trees on the Brumby Hill and North Campus. Popular off-campus spots are in Dudley Park behind Mama’s Boy and in the Botanical Gardens. Because Athens is a jewel nestled in the Northern mountains of Georgia, the spots for Enos to be hung are endless. Katie Goldstein, a junior management information systems and international business major from Atlanta, has spent many afternoons and evenings suspended in Athens’ nature. “If you feel weird about setting you hammock up on campus, you should look into taking a trip out to some of Athens’ awesome parks like Watson Mill, Sandy Creek Park, the Greenway and the Botanical Gardens,” Goldstein says. “Usually the best spots are the ones you find hidden back on the trail near the water.” In this fast-paced society, the Eno lifestyle encourages appreciation of the world around. Whether suspended in the middle of a forest overlooking the Himalayas or between two trees next to the Law Library on North Campus, those who choose to hang their Enos have made the decision to stop, think and appreciate the wonder and beauty of their surroundings.


Brittany Galuskin, a freshman business major from Mississippi, is relatively new to enoing, but she loves it.

Kayla Reeves, a freshman wildlife and fisheries major from Alpharetta, received her Eno for her 13th birthday and has been enoing ever since.

Addison Ford Powers, a freshman computer science major from Augusta, has been enoing for three years.

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Running E

Wild Photography by Ersta Ferryanto Styled by Surina Harjani and Olivia Rawlings Hair & Makeup by Jenny Rim and Amber Young

legant, sexy and edgy describe the combination of silk and fur in a single outfit. Having the audacity to mix such items together is what makes this kind of look so wonderful. This fur-lined shoot is inspired by a spread in Vogue Russia and leads perfectly into the coming fall season. The contrast between the soft silk dresses and the rigid fur coats parallels the warmth of summer turning into the bitter cold of winter. Fall is the perfect time to use the last bit of summer clothing and combine it with a few winter pieces.

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Model: Amber Young 4th year Health Science

Brown leather jacket with fur trim: Atomic Vintage, $60 Velvet Pattern Dress: Pitaya, $39 White lace bralette: Pitaya, $19

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Model: Damla Williams 3rd year Psychology

Long back faux fur coat: Atomic Vintage, $48 Green silk camisole: Pitaya, $19 Black assymetrical slip: Atomic Vintage, $16


Leather dress: Model’s own Short brown fur shawl: Atomic Vintage, $299


Pink Banana Republic top: Atomic Vintage, $15 Pants: Model’s own


A FRESH

PERSPECTIVE By: Emily Haney | Photography: Elizabeth Blocker

The great outdoors – there’s always so much buzz around the topic. It’s full of fresh air and green space. There are countless flowers, rays of sun and woodland creatures, especially the campus squirrels. In a way, being outside feels like uncharted territory because you’re never sure exactly what to expect, which can bring a certain thrill into the environment. It might storm or sleet. You could come across a location you’ve never been before or a place you see every day and fall in love with all over again. Each season brings a new element into this mix including new blossoms, summer breezes, changing leaves and snow flurries. As inviting as the outdoors can be throughout the year, it is not for everyone. For some of us, the outdoors is not our friend, and it does not mesh well with us. Some of us are wired a little differently, but there’s still some room for enjoyment in the outdoors there too. You just have to look at it from a different perspective. Maybe the outdoors is for you, and you’ve just been looking in the wrong places. If you want to get a foot out the door, here are some outdoor activities that you might not have thought about.

1. Festivals

Festivals sprout up in Athens year-round, especially in the downtown area. From time to time, if you find yourself passing the downtown area you’ll be greeted with the image of crowded streets complete with vendors and live music. Each festival has something new to bring to the area. In the past there has been Slingshot and AthFest—both of which brought huge crowds to the streets. Recently, there was a Food Truck Festival where food trucks lined the streets and awaited members of the Athens area to stop by. If you want to travel outside of Athens, Bonnaroo is a four-day outdoor festival held during the summer in Manchester, Tennessee. “It’s exciting to see all the different activities going on in the street with all the people you don’t normally get to see from the community,” says Grace Witten, a junior childhood education major from Canton. “There’s an open air feel to it instead of being in an enclosed area. It’s a little more freeing.” Festivals are a way to experience the sun without necessarily feeling like you can’t get away from it. It also gives you the chance to explore more of what Athens has to offer.

2. Flea Markets

A short drive from Athens will land you in Pendergrass, Georgia – the location of the Pendergrass flea market. If you pass the giant cow statue, then you’ve gone too far. This flea market has so many options that it can be a little overwhelming at first glance. The indoor section

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consists of several booths with various knick-knacks, and the outdoor section is comprised of a gardening section, a live animal section, pony rides, carnival games and countless other booths. While at Pendergrass you have the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything. There’s never a dull moment or a dull booth for that matter. Something new and surprising is always just around the corner. If you’re looking for a flea market in the Athens area, there’s always the J & J Flea Market, which is located on 150 acres of land and is ever growing. J & J Flea Market, like Pendergrass, has its unique qualities, such as food vendors and live animals.


3. Take a Drive

Outside can be hot and muggy, especially here in Athens. Taking a drive can be a way to experience what the outdoors has to offer without actually being, well, outdoors. “Driving is one way that I relax after a long week,” says Rebekah Holtzclaw, a junior English major from Jonesboro. “It gives me a chance to experience a different side of Athens and get lost in the scenery without feeling like I’m outside of my comfort zone.” Going for a drive gives you the chance to see places that are outside of your normal walking distance or even comfort zone. Whether you’re looking for a specific place like the Iron Horse or simply trying to see something new, the scenery of Athens is not going to easily disappoint. If you’re tired of the scenery in the daytime, try a night drive. Certain places in Athens lack the city lights, and all that’s left is a sea of stars that stretches on for miles.

Fullett, a freshman economics major from Dunwoody. “Buying food from the farmer’s market, you know where it comes from, so you know it’s authentic, whereas at the local stores you don’t get to see the person who grew your 4. Outdoor Concert Venues What better reason to get out into the heat than to food.” This semester, every weekend, excluding game day see your favorite band perform? All across Georgia stand weekends, a bus runs straight from campus to the Athens music venues not entirely surrounded by walls. From Farmer’s Market in an effort to provide more students larger venues like Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood with access. By venturing out to the farmer’s market, to quainter venues like the Georgia Theatre Rooftop in you’re not only spending time getting in touch with your downtown Athens, there is somewhere to suit everyone’s local community but also the nature it comes from. unique taste. “It definitely has a different atmosphere than inside 6. Travel Blogs venues,” says April Jin, a freshman human development There are so many places to see that, let’s face it, and family sciences major from Augusta. “There’s we’re probably not going to be able to experience them something about the sun setting around the venue and all first-hand. By using a combination of travel blogs and the stars coming out.” Outdoor venues bring a new real life, one can experience a little more of the world element to the concert experience through the use of than is currently within reach. Blogs such as “The Blonde visuals, aside from solely those of the stage. Abroad” or “Adventurous Kate” tell of the stories two people have acquired from the world. Blogs like these two allow people to experience other cultures, places and 5. Farmer’s Markets With an assortment of locally grown fruit and outdoor venues from the comfort of their living room handmade crafts, the Athens Farmer’s Market is the or local coffee shop. There are also blogs about activities place to be on early Saturday mornings. This is a to do in Georgia. A blog called “Explore Georgia” talks chance to continue experiencing new environments about popular destinations all over Georgia to visit and while also promoting local farmers and craftspeople in activities to do while there. If you’re ever stuck on where a sustainability movement. “When you go and see the to go or what’s out there in the world, travel blogs are a strong connections the local farmers have the customers, great source to get you started. it draws you into the community more,” says Emma Regardless of where you plan to go and explore, there’s always something new and exciting to experience in Athens or even outside of Athens. The outdoors can be full of adventure and beauty if you’re looking in the right places. Taking just a little time to get out and about every now and then to experience this beauty can completely alter your outlook on life. So take a step into the great outdoors today. There’s something out there for everyone to enjoy.

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Seven Outdoor Reads

The Best Books to Get You Into Nature By: Danny McArthur | Photography: Madison Ambrogio

It can be hard to find that perfect place between reality and fiction where you are so enmeshed with a book that you forget where you are. Between the stress of school, extracurricular activities and the social scene, finding the time to sit outside and relax with a book can seem like an impossible task. Sometimes, however, it is just what you need. Think about the last time you sat outside and relaxed with a book. If you draw a blank, then here are seven books to get you out of the house and into nature. “Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith: To say this book defies a category would be an understatement. Reading the very weird Amazon.com summaries might make some people reluctant to pick this book up, but those who are brave enough to give it a chance will not regret it. The premise is strange: a freak encounter with some bullies leads to protagonist Austin and his friend Robby accidentally setting off the end of the world. This could easily be scary, but Smith takes a humorous route instead. One would think that a literal bug apocalypse would be enough of a storyline, but Smith takes it further by making it a coming-of-age novel at the same time. Though the combination seems a little random, it actually works because it gets the reader inside the protagonist’s head. Austin has a distinct voice that makes one aware that the inside of a teenage boy’s head is a very scary, yet fascinating thing to encounter. This is definitely a book that will make you forget about your surroundings; just make sure no one is standing over your shoulder while you read it!

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“These Things Hidden” by Heather Gudenkauf: This is one of those books that starts off with characters that seemingly have nothing in common and slowly shows the connections between them. The story revolves around Allison Glenn, who has just gotten out of prison for committing a heinous crime. Secrets abound in this story, forcing the reader to study the other characters’ point of view until finally, the truth is revealed. “She allows us to see two sides of the story,” says Arianna Smith, a junior psychology and criminal justice double major from Lithia Springs. The multiple perspectives provide a unique way to experience the story as you wait for all the loose ends to be tied up. This is definitely a book to add to your reading list, as it reflects the damaging effects secrets can have. “Sweet, Hereafter” by Angela Johnson: At 128 pages, this book is one that won’t require a lot of time. All the same, this little gem makes use of every single word. Johnson’s main point of interest in the book is Shoogy’s relationship with a war veteran named Curtis, who is even


more enigmatic than her. With short chapters and lyrical language, readers are forced to keep their focus on the characters rather than what is going on around them. The many scenes at Curtis’s cabin in the woods make you wish you had a similar place to disappear to; sitting under a tree would be a nice way to disappear inside this book. “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty provides an interesting look at how one woman copes with being given the chance to start anew. “The story is about how she [Alice Mary Love] is thrown into the present while still acting like her past self,” says Jada Lewis, a freshman health promotions major from Marietta. As she navigates her new life, she must contemplate the choices she’s made. “It is really interesting seeing her try to fit inside the life she didn’t really think she wanted,” Lewis says. Moriarty designs this book to get you thinking. After reading, you will consider your own life and the directions you want it to take. “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell: Rowell wrote the bestseller “Eleanor and Park.” Though that book had a very definite style, “Fangirl” is a little more down to earth. It follows protagonist Cather’s journey to find who she is without either her father to babysit or her twin to shield her, mirroring many other’s experience during their first year of college. Her passion with fanfiction makes her relatable to anyone who uses their creative talent as a way to cope. This book is one you want to pick up whenever you have a free moment and need a character whose problems will either mirror your own or make you feel less alone. For anyone who is really interested in the fanfiction itself, Rowell is releasing “Carry On” this October.

“Born Confused” by Tanuja Desai Hidier: If “Fangirl” is a find-yourself novel, then “Born Confused” ups the stakes by throwing culture into the mix. Protagonist Dimple Lala is an American born Indian who struggles with feeling both too Indian and not Indian enough. It is fascinating to watch her growth as she explores her culture and meets others who are doing the same. Hidier’s description of Dimple’s photography adds an extra element to the novel. It is through the lenses of her camera that Dimple is able to see the world for what it is. While it is a lengthy read at 512 pages, it can be spread out over a period of time rather than all at once. “Born Confused” is a book you will come back to again and again. “The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man” by James Weldon Johnson: “The biggest thing about the book is that it talks about how socially constructed race is,” says Nicollette Lewis, a junior biological sciences major from Birmingham, AL. The book describes one man’s struggle with his black background post-Civil War. It is truly thought provoking, making you question what really defines race and how much society affects the way we view our own. If you are one of those people who likes serious reading, this is the book for you. With all these choices, readers of all tastes have the excuse to lay out in a quad and enjoy the weather, so just pick one and enjoy!

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Nature is Free By: Jazmyn Matthews| Illustrations: Precious Davis

If you live in Georgia, you don’t really get four seasons in a year. You get a couple months of fall, a couple months of spring, a couple weeks of winter and the rest is just summer. That’s it. Six hot months and then a few other seasons scattered throughout the rest of the year. One good thing about the long summer months, however, is the opportunity to spend time outdoors. “I like the feeling of a cool breeze or the warmth of the sun rather than the artificial air conditioner or heater,” says Emily Unholz, a senior psychology major from Warner Robins. “I enjoy breathing in fresh air.” In addition to being refreshing, it turns out that being outside is actually beneficial to your health. Here are four health benefits to being “one with nature,” according to Appalachian Trials:

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You’re at a lower risk of developing Computer Brace yourselves for this next one: exercise. Vision Syndrome. For those who don’t know, Something we all tell ourselves that we’re going this syndrome is what happens to people that are to do, but then just end up sitting around eating at desk jobs all day. Staring at a close computer Ramen noodles all day. But exercise doesn’t just screen for prolonged periods of time is very bad on the help you stay in shape, it helps you live longer. Sitting eyes. Being outside for even a few hours a day helps to down for long periods of time puts you at risk for health reverse these symptoms and keep your eyes healthy. issues, such as back problems and an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Even something as simple Here’s one that every college student loves: more as a brief walk can help prevent these problems. “Going sleep! That’s right! Being outside more often for a run outside or a hike are great ways for me to dehelps you sleep better. Our sleep patterns are stress while enjoying the beauty of nature,” says Hannah based on the sun’s schedule, and the more time Galloway, a senior biology major from Alto. Want to live we spend inside, the more erratic our schedule gets. If longer? On your next study break, ditch the treadmill and you’re having trouble sleeping, try taking some of your go for a run outside. usual day-to-day activities outdoors. Last but not least is fresh air. Yes, we all know that pollution is a problem, and that there are all kinds of things in the air that we shouldn’t be breathing. But you have to pick the lesser of two evils here. The pollutants in the inside air? Far worse than anything that you’ll be breathing outside. Some of the health risks for the air inside include heart disease and lung cancer! Don’t like breathing toxic air? Go outside!

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As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to being outside. “Being outside makes me feel more tuned into my inner self,” says Emmanuel Nkereuwem, a senior management information systems major from Atlanta. Other than being able to look at the pretty birds and to people-watch the students on campus, the outside air is good for you and brings important time for selfreflection. The next time you’re stressing about the next organic chemistry test or dreading writing that English paper you’ve been putting off, take a walk outside. Your brain could use the rest and by the time you come back, you’ll be ready to conquer that homework assignment. Fresh air is free. And isn’t that a college student’s favorite word?

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Off the Beaten Path By: Sarah Panner| Photography: David Barnes

Just outside of the University of Georgia campus, Memorial Park offers scenic views and picnic areas that appeal to people of all ages.

Athens is typically known for its diverse restaurants, fabulous shopping and vibrant nightlife. What many do not realize, though, is how many outdoor activities Athens has to offer as well. Downtown Athens is a huge part of the experience for every UGA student, but the parks and recreational centers beyond downtown will be sure to give locals a newfound appreciation for the Classic City.

Southeast Athens Clarke Park 4440 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605

In March of 2004, over 1,600 volunteers came together to build one of the most impressive playgrounds the state of Georgia has seen. The World of Wonder was actually designed by the local children of Athens in November 2002. The plaque outside of the playground says that the volunteers put 15,000 hours of work into this playground, and the results confirm the dedication Memorial Park and hard work for Athens families (and UGA students) 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA 30606 Right off of Milledge Avenue is Memorial Park – one to be able to spend time with each other. The playground of the most popular parks in Athens. It can be has swings, monkey bars, slides, rock climbing walls and distinguished from the other parks for its privately owned more. As of this year, the playground will be replaced to be and operated Bear Hollow Zoo, which is home to many animals, such as black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, bigger, sturdier and even more impressive. According to numerous birds and more. It is free to enter the park and Made possible through zoo and would serve as a perfect first-date opportunity, a donations by local place to bring a family member who is visiting from out families and businesses, the World of Wonder of town or just something different to do with friends on playground is a popular a sunny day. It is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. spot for families. Of course, there is much more to this luring park besides Bear Hollow Zoo. The Birchmore Trail is about two miles in length and was dedicated to Fred Birchmore, the Athens local who built the historic stone wall behind his home. Additionally, Memorial Park has basketball courts, dog parks and swimming pools.

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Online Athens, the new playground will be given a $550,000 budget and will be located directly next to where the original WOW was built off Whit Davis Road. Keith Kirkland is the maintenance supervisor and has been with Athens-Clarke County since April of 2014. He says, “The playground will be completely different. The user groups are working on the conceptual designs, so we aren’t sure what the playground will have until they’re done, but the existing playground will remain open until the new playground is finished.” Beyond Whit Davis Road is the main entrance of Southeast Athens Clarke Park. Some of the highlights beyond the WOW playground are its massive soccer fields, the skate park and baseball fields. The dog park is also in this area of the park while they are refurbishing Wiggly Field, the original dog park.

Sandy Creek Park

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Sandy Creek Nature Center 205 Old Commerce Athens, GA 30607

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To make a day at Sandy Creek Park even more fulfilling, the Sandy Creek Park Nature Center is exactly three miles down the road on the way back into Athens. While each of the parks have trails to hike, Sandy Creek Nature Center’s trails are accommodating to The Sandy Creek Nature Center almost anyone. The offers miles of hiking trails around ADA Trail, for example, Athens-Clarke county forests. allows visitors to walk and if necessary, use wheelchairs or walkers. It also contains an interpretive area for those who are blind. Cook’s trail is the longest distance of 8.2 miles for a round trip, but the up-close experience of wetlands, a beaver swamp and a marsh makes the trip worth it. Starting this winter, volunteers will work together on the center’s managed forest project. The Athens-Clarke County website states that the goal is to “eradicate invasive species, open the forest canopy, improve plant and animal diversity, promote flowering plants and pollinators and highlight decades of forest succession in a series of visitor-friendly outdoor exhibits.” The park already has a wide variety of plants and animals, so when the project is finished, there will be even more incentive to visit. Michelle Cash has been a naturalist at the nature center for three years. She says, “We are always looking for volunteers, and we will always try to find a place for people who want to help.” She also emphasized that students can apply to be camp counselors or intern for the center, and both of these positions are paid.

Need a day at the beach before Georgia/Florida? Sandy Creek Park is the place to go. About 10 minutes from Downtown Athens is one of the most breath-taking views there is to see in Athens, particularly around sunset. Sandy Creek Park encourages the Athens community to bring chairs, coolers, umbrellas and any other beach necessities to its beach at Lake Chapman. Beach-goers can either soak up the sun on the brown sugar sand or can take a dip in the water in the roped off swimming area. Luckily for us, this area of the park is open all year. For the more active water-lovers, Sandy Creek Park allows its guests to bring a boat or a canoe to sail on Lake Chapman at no extra charge. Keep in mind, though, gasoline motors are not allowed. Sandy Creek Park also allows fishing. Some of the most common fish they have caught have been different types of catfish, largemouth bass and others. Another highlight of this park are its rental pavilions. After a long day of fun in the sun, the BBQ building is perfect for the last few outdoor meals before the cold weather kicks in. It can accommodate up to 75 people. For smaller get-togethers, there are picnic pavilions that Locations for outdoor activities is just another unique can hold about 30 people. This park definitely provides a characteristic of Athens that makes it so special. These parks further validate that there is something for everyone social experience for only $2 for admission. to find enjoyment in. Some days, seeing the inside of Athens walls is the most appealing, but others, getting outdoors and appreciating the beautiful scenery of an incredible city is even better. Lake Chapman, located in the heart of Sandy Creek Park in Athens is a relaxing destination for students and locals.

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Unplugged By: Ashley Dozier| Photography: Jared Dangremond

Picture this: a nice spot under a shady tree with the sun just overhead and a slight breeze passing through. Got that? Okay good, let’s try another scenario. Now imagine that you and your friends are playing ultimate frisbee out on Herty Field or Myers Quad. Can you picture that? The majority of you will say yes. You can picture yourselves enjoying the great outdoors and all it has to offer… but could you picture it without a selfie? When you walk around campus or downtown, you witness a world within a world. That world is the digital realms of social media. We are all guilty of documenting our outings with friends, Snapchatting ourselves making silly faces as we walk to class or flooding Instagram with delicious pictures of our meals. And we can all guiltily admit to scrolling and obsessively jumping from one profile page to the next looking at picture after picture of the latest feed the second we feel the slightest pinch of boredom.

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Sahaper Bhowjwani, a senior from Fayetteville, says, “I actually have updated my status in class because I got bored, and I see people updating all the time especially on Snapchat. Everyone’s trying to keep in touch with what’s going on around them.” We live to be individuals and get the most out of life, but often that boils down to the next Instagram picture, tweet or snap about what we just did or what we’re doing now instead of actually living in the moment. We have been conditioned to seek some sort of entertainment at all times whether that’s listening to music while walking to class or scrolling through the latest tweets. We thrive on getting the next like, favorite, reblog or repost. By doing this, however, we are missing out on the best parts of life because we are living through a screen. The addictions that we have to our electronics are numbing us to the world around us. No matter how much you try, you’ll never be able to feel the sunshine through a screen or hear

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You’ll never be able to feel sunshine through a screen... the crunch of leaves walking to class with earphones in your ears. You’ll never know the friends that you would have made waiting for the bus if you spend all your time watching your “friends” on Facebook. It’s time that we wake up, UGA! Our campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the South with all of our gardens, lush fields and beautiful architecture. Take some time out of your day and notice it every now and then. “I think it’s good to take a break from social media because you get to experience talking to people face to face,” says Kaina Jalia, a junior from Tucker. “You get to relax and enjoy the campus, especially the fountain.” Enjoy all that our campus has to offer for yourself, in person and through the lens of your own eyes while you have the chance. New photos, statuses and social media pages come and go (just ask MySpace), but having unobstructed quality time with your friends and family is priceless and does last forever. “There are a lot of positive effects of social media!” Bhojwani says. “You get to keep in contact with everyone around you, but taking a break is vital. You get to self reflect and embrace what’s around you and see this beautiful campus.” As the last weeks of summer roll out and fall begins, try stepping out of your comfort zones and unplugging for a while. Walk around campus and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Take time to meet new people as you walk to class. That girl or guy you’ve noticed on Facebook or Instagram, go invite them to hang out near the turtle pond or get to know them while you both jump in the fountain

at Herty Field. Challenge yourself to leave your phone in your backpack for the day and find new ways to entertain yourself outside. Take a walk, go for a jog with a friend, study in the sunshine. The possibilities are endless. Chances are that if you unplugged for a while, you’ll find something that you’ve never seen before. I promise, your Twitter feed will still be there when you come back.

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Survival Skills By: Jared Dangremond| Photography: Jared Dangremond

When I went backpacking this past summer in north Georgia, I had no idea how my trip would pan out. It certainly wasn’t my first time backpacking, nor my first time on the specific trail we hiked in Cloudland Canyon State Park. However, it was the first time for my friend Kyle, which meant for the first time I was backpacking with someone who had never been before. Now Kyle is a capable young lad, but in this context I was the one who had to do the heavy metaphorical lifting. (The physical lifting was split between us with around 40 pounds on both of our backs.) I packed everything we needed from a first aid kit to a deck of cards. I labored intensely making sure I got everything we needed because when you’re out on the trail, you only have what you brought in your pack. Yet somehow we forgot everything. Well not everything, but it seemed like with every half mile of hiking I remembered something else we were lacking. First, I forgot that deck of cards I mentioned. Then Kyle realized he forgot a lighter and some tinder for the fire. But most importantly we realized a miscommunication between the two of us left us with just one person’s supply of water. We were never in any real danger or anything, but our lacks made us very careful and deliberate with our actions

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in a way that we, as a culture, are not used to doing. I called upon all of my survival knowledge that I had obtained during my days as a Boy Scout and together we made it through the weekend. The two of us rationed water effectively, and I managed to start a decent fire without a lighter (in the truest of Boy Scout ways). A great time was had by all, despite a couple of panic attacks in the beginning. At the end of the trip Kyle asked me how I knew what I did and how I was able to quickly call and act upon my survival knowledge. I suppose I was taught some things by my parents and some things by friends, but most was probably learned through experience. I learned from Kyle that people are scared to try “outdoors-ier” things because of a lapse of knowledge they don’t believe they can overcome. While it’s true you can’t learn all the necessary survival skills from a WikiHow article the night before, there are many ways to gather knowledge so that you feel comfortable venturing out into the world. First there are guides for all sorts of outdoor activities and necessary skills that can be found online. I have, on many occasions, supplemented my knowledge with some YouTube videos. I’ve always been more of a visual learner, but there are thousands of written guides in print


and online alike. These are especially useful for things like first aid information or maybe even knot tying guides. Of course, those can actually be folded into a backpack or saved to your phone. In addition to reading guides, studying up on the specific place you’re heading to is also wise. Learning what kind of flora and fauna are there, especially the dangerous ones, will prepare you for a safe trip. This usually goes without saying, but also checking weather forecasts and actively preparing for potential conditions goes a long ways towards surviving and enjoying time outdoors. So many problems can be prevented with proper gear for heat, cold, wind and rain. And finally, many online forums actually have reviews and helpful advice for certain parks, areas or trails. Sometimes seasoned hikers or outdoorsmen and women will share helpful tips specific to the area you’re heading to.

But reading and watching guides, especially on depressing things like what to do if a bear eats all of your food, can really bog you down. Sometimes all of the information can scare away someone from doing any outdoor activity all together. So while it is very important to be knowledgeable about important things like first aid and situational issues such as bears, it is also important to not overload with information and just go out there. Like I said, the majority of my outdoor knowledge came from trying things out. The outdoors isn’t as scary of a place as it might seem. Whether it’s a day hike in Georgia or a summit attempt on Everest, doing a little bit of preparing, grabbing a friend and just going somewhere is the best way to experience what nature has to offer.

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