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making the most of your time

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contents Summer 2017

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Zombie Coffee and Donuts Georgians in Trump Administration Interview with Brianna Davis How to Use the Career Center to Get an Internship Backing Q&A


Before You Go


Athens Bucket List Road to Roo How to Survive a Music Festival Lily Rose | Passion Ignited


FOOD 42 46

Stick with Basics

The Summer Day Dinner Party Diary Mixed Mediums and Fickle Feelings

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ugazine editor-in-chief Lauren Leising design editor Jenny Rim photo editor Gabi Robins online editor Daniella Profita copy editor Camren Skelton fashion editor Jenny Rim contributing editors Marli Collier Emily Haney

staff writers Shelby Duffy Caroline Elliot Tessa Green Emily Haney Lauren Leising Leila Mallouky Christina Matacotta Alex Meads Marlee Middlebrooks staff photographers Emily Haney Krysten Hardee Lauren Leising Christina Matacotta Rachel Nipp

Lauren Palgon Gabi Robins Jane Snyder Casey Sykes Katherine Wabler

contact faculty adviser Leara Rhodes, ldrhodes@uga.edu

fashion team Jenny Rim Devon Tucker Becca Ray

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Editor’s Note Summer is almost here! If you’re like me, you’re probably swamped with assignments and preparations for the summer. And for those graduating, this time can be even more stressful as we try to cram in as much as possible before tossing our caps and walking through the arch in May. As you prepare to head into summer, take time to explore this classic city and all it has to offer. Nearing the end of my college career has made me realize how important it is to truly use my time to the fullest and enjoy every minute I have in this amazing town. Now is the time to make the most of the days you have. Grab a friend or two and try out a new restaurant. Go on the hunt for the Iron Horse. Take in a concert downtown and immerse yourself in Athens’ music culture. Whatever you do, enjoy each moment you’re given and keep your eyes out for new experiences that will shape you and teach you something unexpected and exciting.

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Zombie Coffee & Donuts

by Marlee Middlebrooks | photography by Rachel Nipp

Though it will only celebrate its first anniversary as an Athens business in May, Zombie Coffee and Donuts, a downtown coffee shop, is increasingly popular among Athenians. Its Washington D.C. roasted coffee and fresh made cake donuts are perfect for anyone who can’t quite escape from their zombie state at any time of day. However, Zombie has set forth to impact the greater Athens community much more than the temporary relief they provide for its decaffeinated citizens. According to Tony Raffa, founder of Zombie Coffee and Donuts, this business was established in order to be a catalyst for social impact. “Zombie Coffee and Donuts does not want to simply be the best coffee and donut company in the world, we want to be the best coffee and donut company for the world,” says Raffa.


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As a way to achieve their mission, Zombie has partnered with the University of Georgia School of Social Work, and together, they identify three community causes each month. These are organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association, Chess and Community, and Athens Pets. Information regarding the chosen organizations is displayed for every Zombie customer to read, and each time a customer enters Zombie, they will receive a coin to vote for their favorite cause. At the end of the month, the cause with the most votes will receive five percent of that month’s total sales. “The reason I do it this way is because it informs the community about all of the different organizations. Every [organization] we’ve ever worked with is [displayed] on the back wall, so people can see the different organizations and how to get involved,” says Raffa. “More so than the dollars, I think the biggest value comes from the knowledge.” According to Raffa, this process also aims to give voice to the community. Rather than Zombie choosing an organization to donate directly to, the customers decide collectively which local cause they would like to support. “[Zombie] believed in social entrepreneurship which is the idea that you give back some of the revenue from a business to a program or activity that is doing good in the community. What they’re seeing is that businesses can be profitable and still generate something that the community benefits from,” says Llewellyn Cornelius, a professor in the UGA School of Social Work. “It would be nice for every for-profit organization in town to engage in social entrepreneurship.” Still, no matter how much Zombie strives to do to help the community, Raffa says that it starts with having a good product. At Zombie, each customer is afforded the opportunity for total customization of their food or drink. Inspired by a Washington D.C. chain of frozen yogurt stores, Raffa, a D.C. native, originally considered the idea of self-serve coffee. However, he concluded that not all people preferred this

method, so in the Athens store, customers have both options: self-serve coffee or coffee made behind the counter tailored to individual’s specific requests. The donuts are also customizable, as many coatings and toppings as a customer would like. “I just think it’s really fun because we try to rotate as many different toppings and frostings as possible, so you really are getting the freshest donut possible, and we’re always trying to change things up,” says Zach Garrison, an employee at Zombie and a junior social work major from Marietta. “You could come here every day for a month and have a different kind of donut every day.” In the beginning, Zombie existed only as a D.C. pop-up coffee shop, a stand that sells a product within another business. Raffa continued this for several years while in school to introduce people to the brand. Eventually, Zombie opened as a 700 square foot stand-alone store in D.C. for customers to walk in and out. “But I think our first store was here [in Athens.] It was logical because of mentors and investors to open in D.C., but I always knew that I wanted to open one in Athens,” says Raffa, a 2016 UGA alumnus. “While I was [in Athens], I was involved with different nonprofit organizations. I really wanted to help give back to a community that I was a part of.” Jenna Verrone, an employee at Zombie, says she enjoys the work environment. “I really love it because my best friends work here, so it’s a fun atmosphere. It’s really nice to feel like I have people that I come into work and am excited to see,” says Verrone, a junior advertising and studio art major from Kennesaw. “It’s nice to work where there is a small business owner because you can relax and talk to him and collaborate with everybody.” As Zombie continues to grow, Raffa continues to learn how to build his company. “I think every company has a sense of social responsibility. I definitely have a passion for coffee, don’t get me wrong-- I love coffee, but I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for the [social impact.],” says Raffa. “I find a greater purpose within this coffee shop.”

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Georgians in Trump Administration by Marli Collier | photography by Jane Snyder

The Trump administration is shaping up to have some familiar faces with Georgia ties. The Trump cabinet sure looks “peachy” compared to past administrations. “It’s really interesting to see Georgia so heavily involved in the cabinet process this year,” said Roya Naghepour, a political science and international affairs major from Roswell. “Having both Governor Perdue and Representative Price representing the peach state in D.C. brings our state to the forefront of national politics.” Tom Price, formerly representing Georgia’s sixth district, was tapped to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. After narrowly being confirmed by the Senate, Price was thought to largely be in charge of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, as promised by President Trump and Republican leaders. However,


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also has a seat in President Tru Cabinet as Secretary of Agricultu Perdue, a double Dawg, was gove of Georgia from 2003-2011. Perdu is also first cousins with Georgia’ junior senator, David Perdue. Hi experience in an agriculture-ric is promising to many. Jake Park a senior applied biotechnology m in the College of Agriculture fro Perry, said, “I’m really excited Sonny. He has a lot of different after Speaker Ryan introduced the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, a dumpster caught fire. The American Healthcare Act was deemed a disaster by critics on both sides of the aisle, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the bill “dead on arrival.” Not the best start for Secretary Price. “I hope Tom Price is responsible with his powerful position that he was appointed to, to look after the best interests of the American citizens and not to protect his physician colleagues,” said Gil Kandrac, a former constituent of Representative Price and nurse anesthetist in Roswell. Secretary Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been in involved in healthcare since the 1980s. While Obamacare seems to be here to stay, how Secretary Price will run HHS and continue implement Obamacare as a conservative is yet come to fruition. Some speculate HHS may give more control back to the states, but it’s clear that without the GOP replacement bill, only limited changes can be made. Former Georgia governor Sonny

Perdue also has a seat in President Trump’s Cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue, a double Dawg, was governor of Georgia from 2003-2011. Perdue is also first cousins with Georgia’s junior senator, David Perdue. His experience in an agriculture-rich state is promising to many. Jake Parker, a senior applied biotechnology major in the College of Agriculture from Perry, said, “I’m really excited about Sonny. He has a lot of different businesses thorough in agriculture, and he’s experienced obviously as a veterinarian and in crop sciences.” Parker sees Perdue’s appointment as a huge step for Georgia’s role in the next Farm Bill. “We’re one of the most diverse states: forestry, cropping, fishing, the importance of the port in Savannah and our coastline. In terms of diversity, he (Perdue) knows how to handle different issues versus someone from the Midwest where it’s mostly cropping or animal production. There’s going to be a lot of well roundedness and talent so Georgia may get some special insight.”

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Interview with Brianna Davis by Alex Meads | photography by Rachel Nipp

At the University of Georgia, there are many Dawgs on campus doing incredible things. The school possesses a student body with such a diverse portfolio of talent that the possibilities are practically endless when it comes to the question, “What are you doing this summer?” Some students are ahead of the game, and they have already snagged their ideal internship or summer work opportunity, but many of us are not so lucky. The application and interview process that accompanies employment is often a daunting task, and many Dawgs get lost in the sea of advice that floods in from countless sources regarding how to be successful and make the most of one’s time. For this reason, it is both impressive and inspiring to meet people like sophomore sport management major, Brianna Davis.


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Davis is a Dawg that has not only made the most of her on-campus life during her time at the University of Georgia thus far, but she has also made incredible headway in her professional career. She has held the title of soccer coach for the Athens United Developmental Program, UGA Hockey Intern for UGA Hockey, Promotions Team Member for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Campus Tour Guide for the UGA Visitors Center, VIP Game Day Hostess for the Atlanta Falcons, and she most recently has been hired as a UGA Recruiting Intern with UGA Football. This is an impressive resume for any student, but even more so for one who has yet to finish her second year of college. Davis is an example of a successful student with the much desired majorrelated experience that so many other students crave, and for this reason she willingly and humbly shares tips and student-to-student insight into the often overwhelming employment process with those who ask. The first question many ask, especially after hearing about her internship with the Atlanta Falcons, is obviously, “Where do you find these opportunities?” In reply, Davis

shares that UGA’s Department of Sport Management and her advisor, Michael Slonaker, are instrumental in her discovery of these opportunities. “Slonaker sends [the Department of Sport Management] every sport opportunity he receives. I just apply to these different internships,” says Davis. “I also go to different career fairs catered to the sports industry.” So, much to the relief of many, Davis proves that it does not always require any covert connections to achieve the internship one desires. It is all about putting in the footwork and having the drive and patience to make the most of the resources that UGA offers students. Davis demonstrates this point as she initially should not even have been considered for her internship with the Atlanta Falcons. The VIP Game Day Hostess opportunity was advertised exclusively to juniors/seniors in college, but Davis was interested in the position as a sophomore and applied anyway. Those in charge of hiring were impressed with her confidence and initiative, and Davis got the job. She considers this experience as a part of the Atlanta Falcons team for the 2016-2017 season to be one of

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her favorite career experiences thus far. She recalls, “I was able to go to all the home games, including the playoff games for the final season at the Georgia Dome. It was amazing to see the city of Atlanta come together to cheer on the team. My favorite game was the final playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, which solidified the Falcons’ spot in the Super Bowl. I was able to celebrate the win with my coworkers in Arthur Blank’s [the owner of the Falcons] suite.” Through her time with the Atlanta Falcons and her other internships, Davis learned things that she may not have otherwise. Her unique experiences taught her just how fast-paced the sports industry is and the importance of a fan’s experience. Davis always knew the industry was fast-paced, but she never knew the extent of its speed until she experienced it herself. “The industry is fast paced because you never know what is going to happen,” Davis recalls. “You have to keep up with the pace of the game that day.” She shares that in addition to understanding the pace, her internship improved her understanding of fan experience because, unlike a classroom, her work experience allowed her to interact directly with Arthur Blank’s guests.


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“We would take them to the sidelines, so they could watch warm-ups. We would then take them up to the suites and just check in with them to make sure they were having a good time. We would also take pictures of them on the sidelines and in the suites and then put them into a photo book and give it to them at the end of the game as a memento.” Davis maintains that while she has benefitted from her internship experiences in many ways, her UGArelated activities are still valuable to her professional career, as she believes her membership in the oncampus organization Shop with a Bulldawg helped prepare her for the professional world by improving both her organization skills and most importantly, her communication skills. Davis cited communication skills as paramount in ensuring that one is employable, asserting that regardless of one’s career field, communicating with others is “number one.” She also views networking as a critical activity, especially in the sports industry, saying, “You never know who you are going to meet,” then adding that networking is also “a great way to meet new people that can become your mentors.”

Overall, Brianna Davis has definitely made the most of her time here at the University of Georgia thus far. Her valuable major-related work experience has contributed to her persona as a successful student, and it has developed her resume and expertise in meritorious ways. The internship and job-seeking process is undoubtedly overwhelming, and Davis is no stranger to this fact. Her advice to other students in the thick of the search is “Don’t get set back by someone telling you ‘no.’ Take that as fuel to apply for something else, and experience something new. You don't have to change your goal, but you might have to change your path to get to where you want to be.” To those who have received unfavorable answers from employers or to those who have yet to hear back at all, Davis encourages others by reminding them that “It is okay if you don’t get the internship that you intentionally wanted. Sometimes you have to start out small to get to where you want. Don’t ever give up, and whatever job you have just make sure you are giving it your all, because you never know who is watching.”

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How to Use the Career Center to Get an Internship by Shelby Duffy | photography by Emily Haney

Summer is the perfect time for sleeping in, going to the beach, and interning. Looking for internships is important, but starting out can be pretty overwhelming. The Career Center at UGA is designed to be your guide in finding internships, experience, and eventually a job; however, at times it can feel like you may need someone to guide you through all of the resources that it has to offer. When asked about the most helpful tools and events that the Career Center has to offer, Samantha Meyer, lead Career Consultant for Grady College, said, “There are so many! I would say oneon-one appointments with your Career Consultant are important because you can talk about anything you want that’s related to your career.” First, it’s important to know why internships are important for students. Meyer explained, “You can get hands on experience, find out what you like, what you’re good at, and what you may never want to do again… You need to get as much experience as you can.” Scott Williams, the Executive Director at the Career Center, added, “Internships are very important in a student’s career development. Through these experiences students can determine if this is an appropriate career path, find out how to prepare for a career in a specific field, develop a network of professional contacts, and find


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out what to expect when transitioning into a full-time job.” Meyer suggested, “I would say get a really good skill set, come to the Career Center for guidance, or try to talk to people who are already in your career path.” Job shadowing can also be helpful in deciding if a job is right for you. The Career Center even has a program for students to sign up for the Intern for a Day Program with different companies, and Meyer explained that many employers are really excited to host students so that they can learn what it’s actually like in a specific job environment and gain some experience. When beginning your search for an internship, Kali Dewald, lead Career Consultant for Undeclared and Exploring Students, suggested, “remember ‘RRR’ for starting your internship or job search: 1. Reflect, 2. Research, and 3. Reach Out. What's great is that Career Consultants can help with each step!” Meyer also recommended, “Go ahead and meet with your Career Consultant and make sure your resume looks good. This is important for a variety of majors because the internship search really differs for different majors. For example, business majors start looking in the fall, so as soon as they come back from the summer they should look into meeting with their Career Consultant, whereas a lot of Grady students may not find out about

an internship until April or even May. You should meet with your consultant just to be aware of what it’s like for your industry.” Dewald added, “The personal connection makes a BIG difference, and we have a fantastic team of Career Consultants who dedicate their time to helping students in numerous ways…I find that when students meet their personal Career Consultant, they feel more empowered to reach their goals.” Along with meetings with Career Consultants, the Career Center also offers many different events to help students prepare for the internship and job search. Dewald explained, “Students need only to find a point of connection; a fair, a workshop, a meeting.” Both Dewald and Meyer suggest attending the Arch Ready Certificate program, which discusses many different topics that both Career Consultants and employers want students to know about. The Career Center also offers intern for a day, job shadowing, and career fairs. The Career Center website has a multitude of different resources, ranging from career fair pitch templates to the top ten interview tips. The website also offers many links to internship and job offers, and even has a list of the top 5 job search resources, including sites like Handshake, Indeed and USA Jobs. Even if you are unsure of what the future holds

for you, the Career Center can help. Dewald suggested, “First and foremost, self-assess and reflect. Career assessments can help with reflection—and we offer quite a few in the UGA Career Center.” The Career Center website not only includes quizzes that can assess your interests and skills, but also has steps for choosing a major, and even a section dedicated to helping you answer the most important question: “What can I do with a major in…?” If you’re still unsure, Meyer said, “First off, it’s completely normal. A lot of students change their majors, and it’s also normal for students to be in a major and still be unsure of what they want to do when they graduate.” Dewald explained that many students are often afraid to make career decisions because they are afraid that they may make the wrong choice. She added, “Many times when students open up their creative thinking, they find that what they like to study, what they want to give and get back from their work requires a little risk at first. It's not always easy to go against the grain. However, those that do open themselves up to a new way of thinking and acting that's congruent with who they are and what they want out of college and at the start of their careers.”

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Q&A by Christina Matacotta | photography by Kavi Pandian


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During the school year, Kavi Pandian, a sophomore sociology and economics major from Chamblee, is a student just like you. He spends his time going to class, studying and hanging out with friends around Athens, Georgia. Last summer, however, his life was anything but ordinary. Pandian spent May studying at Oxford, then June and July backpacking all over Europe. As someone who has been to over 10 countries, Pandian is full of stories and advice for anyone inspired to travel the world. UGAzine Magazine sat down with Pandian to get the scoop about his European adventures.

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UGAzine: What cities did you visit this summer, and how did you navigate all those stops?

UGAzine: I’m sure it’s hard to decide, but what was the best part of your trip?

Pandian: I went from Oxford to London to Oslo to Bergen to Trolltunga to Oslo again to Prague to Berlin to Amsterdam to Paris to Rome (including the Vatican) to Milan to Budapest to Zurich to Barcelona to Marrakesh to Frankfurt to Munich to Vienna to Oxford again to Dover to London and, finally, home to Atlanta. I spent 2-3 days in each of those cities, and it was so much fun!

Pandian: The best parts of the trip are so hard to pick! I really enjoyed going to Trolltunga - we started hiking at 4 a.m. and got to see some of the most beautiful nature in all of Norway. I was also a huge fan of Prague, Paris, Budapest and Vienna! Vienna was one of the last cities I went to, and even though I was tired and broke, I was able to enjoy the city for 3 days just by walking around and exploring all the beautiful, free sights. That says a lot to me, and I’m excited to go back in the future and explore the city even more.

UGAzine: Did you travel alone or with friends? If both, which do you prefer?

UGAzine: And your least favorite part? Pandian: Through Berlin, I was traveling with a lot of friends from Oxford. After, I traveled with 2 other friends until we left Rome at the end of June. Then, it was just me and a friend from home traveling together for the rest of the trip. We split briefly when I visited family in Zurich and a friend in Milan, but otherwise we were constant travel buddies - something I definitely recommend! Traveling alone for a bit is fun, but then it gets kind of lonely. It’s really nice to have someone to talk to and share the experience of traveling with. UGAzine: What form of transportation did you use? Pandian: We mostly traveled with cheap flights… we did take a few buses and trains when it made the most financial sense.


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Pandian: My least favorite part of the trip was actually visiting Berlin. My friends and I had very high expectations for the city, and we found that Berlin, while cool, really wasn’t that great compared to everywhere else we visited. We were all in agreement that Prague was significantly cooler as a city.

UGAzine: What advice do you have for students who are looking to backpack through Europe? Pandian: If I had to give advice to people, I would tell them to plan early! I planned a lot of my trip 2-3 weeks before, and while it worked and was still affordable, I could have saved a TON of money by starting a month or two earlier. Also, everyone traveling should get a good credit card with no foreign transaction fees (CapitalOne is great for this) and make sure they have access to a bank account with no fees for international withdrawals. Kind of boring advice, but it’s really, really nice to spend less money. The other advice would just be to plan what you want to do in each city, but leave some room to be flexible and/or spontaneous. Also, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is NOT overrated - everyone should do it if they visit Paris!

UGAzine: Any particular funny stories or experiences? Pandian: Particularly funny stories… the sellers in the bazaars of Morocco are very forward and brazen about the things they sell, so I had some interesting interactions with them! One guy spent an hour telling us about how much he loves America, and then he gave us a “discount” (read: didn’t rip us off too much compared to locals) because we said we would bring our other friends to visit. There were a lot of people selling counterfeit watches, and it was really funny to hear the things they would say to try and convince us that ‘yes, you really can buy this REAL ROLEX for $10!’”

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Athens Bucket List by UGAzine Staff

Food and drink • Have a late-night dinner with friends at The Grill… and make sure to order fries with feta dipping sauce. • Choose your pick for the best tacos in town. Whether they be from Agua Linda, Taqueria Del Sol, Cali’n Titos or Taco Stand, you are sure to find a favorite. • Sample some exotic cuisine and give your taste buds a new experience. Mother Pho, Thai Spoon, Manna Weenta, Pouch and Utage are just a few of the numerous options. • Compare Ted’s Most Best, Transmetropolitan and Automatic to see which pizza place will become your go-to spot • Treat yourself to a pastry from Ike and Jane or order Insomnia cookies for a latenight study session. • Take out-of-town guests to Mama’s Boy… just be ready to wait for a table • Visit Athens staples like Weaver D’s, Clocked, Big City Bread Café and The Grit • Take a tour of the Terrapin Beer Company or the Jittery Joes roaster


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Arts and Entertainment • Go to a UGA football game and cheer on the dawgs • Catch a show at the 40 Watt, Georgia Theater and/or The Foundry • Wander around the Lyndon House Arts Center and their galleries of local and non-local art • Hop between open mic nights to see up and coming artists • Check out the Athens Farmers Market, especially on a warm Saturday morning Photo ops • Get a photo with the Iron Horse… if you can find it • Check out the Tree That Owns Itself • Walk under the arch, but only after graduation • Ring the chapel bell to celebrate anything and everything • Go on a scavenger hunt to find all the bulldog statues around town • Grab a popsicle from Hip Pops at chase street warehouses and check out The Tree Room • Spend a Saturday exploring Watsonmill State Park or the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia

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ROAD TO ROO photos & story by Emily Haney


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In early February, three local radio stations, Power 100.1, 103.7 Chuck FM and 106.1 Your Georgia Country, sent out a call that would provide local Athens bands the chance to compete for the opportunity of a lifetime- a spot to play at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. For the third year in a row, song submissions flooded into the stations. The music stylings of the acts ranged from country to rock. Any type of music was welcome to be submitted. From there the Cox Media Group worked with Bonnaroo to narrow more than 40 bands down to the 16 who would take the stage at Athens venues in order to compete in the Road to Roo competition. “By the time that you make the top 16, you’ve been vetted by both the radio and Bonnaroo,” says Josh Hill, promotions and marketing director for the Cox Media Group. “We look into [the bands’] social media, what they’ve been doing, etc. A lot goes into being in the top 16. It’s a big deal.” Each band realized how much they needed to put into performing in order to make it through each round into the state finals, where the top Athens band compete against the top Atlanta band. The Vinyl Suns, who entered the Road to Roo on a whim, took the time to discuss as a band how they should approach the competition such as with song selection, but they didn’t leave their roots behind. “We often play songs written the night before. I personally believe that it is the pressure of ‘having it all on the line’, that drives us to be our most creative,” says Jack Lloyd, drummer for The Vinyl Suns. “Playing new songs forces us to be hyper-aware during performances and to be genuine.” The band’s approach seemed to work as they made it to the top four. No competitive animosity is present between the bands who compete. The Road to Roo isn’t a dog eat dog competition. There’s no smack talk according to

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Eric Hangartner, keyboardist and vocalist for Walden. “We’ve become really good friends with each other,” says Hangartner. “We start playing shows together and help them out in any way that we can. It’s been great to make those connections.” “You wouldn’t expect the bands to all get along so well,” says Hill. “They’ll hang around and shake hands afterwards.” The Vinyl Suns competed against Walden, the only veteran band in the Road to Roo competition, in two rounds: the semifinals and the city finals. Walden had won the competition last year but was later disqualified due to age requirements. The group tried to approach the competition this year like it was their first time performing. “We didn’t worry about what happened last year, and we didn’t want anyone else to worry about it either,” says Hangartner. “We’re


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trying to perfect our craft, to get better at our instruments, to keep improving our live shows and to gain more fans. It’s always been a dream of ours to play at Bonnaroo, so hopefully we’ll get there.” Walden’s hopes will come true this summer as they won the state finals and again claimed the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival slot, which they’ll be able to accept this year. Walden wouldn’t be where they are without the support of their dedicated fans. Walden and The Vinyl Suns had 400 people come to cheer them on along with Five Speed and J Kyle in the city finals at the Georgia Theatre. A number that is hard to imagine for a Monday night, according to Hill. Fans continued to show their relentless support for the bands, specifically for Walden, when 200 people from Athens made the drive to Vinyl in Atlanta for the

state finals. Vinyl only has a 300-person capacity. “You’d think when the smaller Athens market meets the Atlanta market that the Athens bands wouldn’t be able to compete,” says Hill. “Atlanta brought a decent crowd, but nothing like what we’ve seen from Athens.” Seeing as 75% of the vote is determined by judges and 25% of the voting is determined by the fans, the fans really can and do make all the difference. The two groups vote on the same categories such as vocals, appearance and crowd engagement. What it really comes down to is do the fans like what they are hearing. “It can be a make or break situation for some of the bands,” says Hill. “It often comes down to the crowd vote.” Hangartner credits Walden’s fans for the opportunities they’ve had. “If I’m playing in front of an audience of people who are listening to music that I wrote with my band, I can’t ask for anything more,” says Hangartner. “I remember a time when we emailed every single venue we knew about just asking for a

show. Now we’ve played at the Georgia Theatre seven times. It’s insane.” The competition has given the winning bands more exposure which has been a benefit. Even playing in Athens exposes bands to a new crowd. “Bands like Walden are out performing in front of all the other bands’ fans and expanding their reach by that,” says Hill. No record deal has come out of the Road to Roo, but it could be a possibility in the future. There’s some buzz right now in the radio world about Walden, according to Hill. The Road to Roo has gotten bigger and bigger each year. “It has grown from a mole hill to a mountain overnight,” says Hill. “All the bands are on an even playing field so much so where local bands playing at a high level could be signed any day. Athens really does have some of the best music.” The competition is expected to grow even more next year, and there are plans to expand it to even more events throughout the year.

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How to Survive a Music Festival by Leila Mallouky

Now that we’ve got the sleeping arrangements down, it’s time to think about what you’ll be eating and drinking for the couple of days that you’re there. The most important item to pack is water, water, and more water. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially with the summer heat, so bring a couple cases of water. Most music festivals have water filling stations around the park for Camelbaks. There are many places to buy food inside the festival, however it can get pricey. It’s best to bring your own food, snacks and cooking gear to your campsite.


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With summer right around the corner, people cannot get their minds off of the warm weather and beach vacations. But let’s not forget about the many music festivals that people have been preparing months for. Whether it’s your first festival or your tenth, you want to make sure you’re prepared to make the most out of your time. Here’s a list of items that just might help you survive the weekend:

Deciding how you and your friends want to sleep can be tough. Camping out at the festival gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the the festival. If sleeping outdoors interests you, make sure to pack a tent, sleeping bags, pillows, and extra tarps to lay down on the grass. You can also pack a tapestry to block the sun and to make your campsite more homey.

There’s a few miscellaneous items to bring that will make your time even better. Bringing Advil and EmergenC could help if someone is getting sick or has a headache from the long days. If you’re a light sleeper, packing earplugs could save your life when it’s time to sleep. Bring baby wipes and hand sanitizer to keep clean, just in case there’s long lines at the showers or if you would just rather see your favorite artist than shower.

Although we look forward to summer for the warmer weather, sometimes the heat can make it hard to pack for music festivals. The key to packing clothes is to pack whatever is most comfortable and light fitting. It can reach up to 90 degrees at some of the festivals, which means you’ll want to make shorts, sunglasses, and hats to keep cool. You never know what the weather might throw at you, so packing a poncho for the rainy days or a pullover for the cooler nights. When it comes to clothing, the most important tip is to wear sensible shoes, since festivals entail hours of walking, standing, and, of course, dancing.

You’ve come all this way to see some of your favorite bands and artists, so it’s important to bring the right technology to capture the moment. Portable chargers or solar chargers work best for keeping your phone charged during the day not only for pictures and videos, but also to keep in contact with your friends. Disposable cameras are your best bet so that a nicer camera doesn’t break or get stolen. You’re still able to capture you and your friends dancing to Red Hot Chili Peppers or Chance The Rapper without all that worry!

The key to surviving a music festival is to have patience and to immerse yourself in the culture. Festivals aren’t just about the music; it’s also a perfect place to meet new and unique people from different places. It can also be a place to try new things like silent disco or early morning yoga. The most important thing is to let loose, have fun, and simply just enjoy the music around you. With all of these things in mind, you’ll have the best time of your life.

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Lily Rose | Passion Ignited s t t i s b p by Lauren Leising | photography by Katherine Wabler

Athens is one of the best places around to foster talent and to turn passion into big accomplishments, especially in the music world. Venues like the 40 Watt, Boars Head and the infamous Georgia Theater put Athens’ music scene on full display, especially amazing up-and-coming artists like Lily Rose. When she first began “messing around” with drums and the guitar at the age of ten, Lily Rose Williamson, a singer and song-writer and 5th year communications major from Atlanta, had no idea that her passion for music would lead to where she is today. Now 23, Lily’s music is rapidly gaining attention from audiences far beyond Athens as she has explored themes like heartbreak, living passionately and fighting for your goals. Lily’s love for music started early with parents that believed in having regular family dance parties in the kitchen and an older cousin who was instrumental in Lily picking up drums and guitar. “It was all self-taught and just a curiosity thing at first,” Lily said. This curiosity eventually lead her to add the piano and singing to her musical repertoire as she explored music throughout high school.


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present experiences with heartbr seeking purpose and living with a to “set people’s souls on fire.” Tho the last song is named Fire, the a is really named after a line in th song called The Year Before, look back to a time Lily says she grew person and was living life to the It is clear through her devotion friends, family and music that Li committed to everything she does values loyalty and inspiring othe Several years before dropping her first record, Bones, in 2016, Lily’s parents offered to pay for her to record a few songs in a studio as an 18th birthday gift. Four years later, after progressing through the Athens music scene and graduating from open mic nights to playing the 40 Watt and Boars Head regularly, Lily cashed in on their gift to produce her first EP. Her first EP was, as she explained, a huge “learning moment, as is the case for any musician.” Many of the songs were written during her early college years as she tried to decide whether or not she would pursue music more intensely and as she recognized the potential future hurdles she would have to conquer. “No one just blanks and then is where they wanted to be in their career. There’s going to be a lot of struggles and I know I’m going to fall and get broken down a lot, it’s just about how I am going to respond to that.” Bones captured Lily’s thoughts as friends and family encouraged her to continue on and remain loyal to the music that brought her so much joy. In August of 2016, Lily headlined for Mark Scibilia at the Georgia Theater, further cementing her position in the Athens music scene and giving her a chance to see how far she had come. Since then she has written and recorded her second EP, When We Were On Fire, which dropped on April 7 this year.

This newest album is all about her past and present experiences with heartbreak, seeking purpose and living with a desire to “set people’s souls on fire.” Though the last song is named Fire, the album is really named after a line in the first song called The Year Before, looking back to a time Lily says she grew as a person and was living life to the full. It is clear through her devotion to her friends, family and music that Lily is committed to everything she does. She values loyalty and inspiring others to be a light to those around them. When asked what she would tell someone who is hesitant about pursuing a passion, no matter what that passion was, she urges them to “go crazy for your dream, but don’t do it stupidly.” As she learned when deciding whether or not she would pursue music, any dream comes with an element of risk and it is important to recognize that so you can face it head on. “Things don’t just come to you, you’ve got to open those doors for yourself,” she said. “You can sit around and work on your music in your house or you can practice your monologues but until you go to an open mic and until you go audition for a play,” it’s never going to happen. As Lily prepares to take her music to the city of Nashville, she hopes that her lyrics can continue to excite and inspire anyone who listens to be on fire for their passions and be bold in living life well.

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STICK WITH BASICS photography by Devon Tucker styling by Becca Ray, Jenny Rim & Devon Tucker hair & makeup by Jenny Rim

Who doesn't love a good band tee? We wanted to show how to make the most of what you already have in your closet. From boho to professional, there are so many ways to style a basic tee. We grabbed everything from our own wardrobes. By adding a cool fringe jacket or some overalls can drastically change the look.


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The Summer Day Dinner Party Diary photos & story by Christina Matacotta

The season of beautiful weather is upon us. Cloudless skies, bright suns and cool breezes have begun to compose the daily forecast, and, when accompanied by a real-feel temperature of 75 degrees, it is hard to make yourself stay indoors. While walking to class a few weeks ago on one of these days, I decided that this type of weather warranted celebration, and not just throw a few cold ones back by the pool celebrating a classy occasion. It was one worthy of the weather in which it would be enjoyed. This weather called for a dinner party. So, I started planning. The first step was to pick a date. Important reminder: consult the weather. I could not very well throw an outdoor dinner party, celebrating the weather, in the rain. Once I had picked a promisingly dry date, to Facebook I went, sending invitations out to a little over 10 friends, counting on a little over half of them to be able to make it. The next step, and by far the most important, was to pick a menu. I have learned from my mom that when hosting an event such as a dinner party, it is best to pick a culinary theme. After consulting a few of my pickier friends I decided to go with Latin-Asian Fusion, a crowd pleaser that is diverse enough to give me options, while narrow enough to keep it cohesive.


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Menu Appetizers Queso, Salsa, Guacamole and Wonton Chips Entrees Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos Vegetable Fried Rice Sides Fruit Salad Desserts Thai Mango Sticky Rice Baked Crescent Churros Beverages Asahi Beer Classic Mojito In the days leading up to the party, the house is cleaned, the ingredients are purchased and the patio is decorated. On the day of the only thing left to do was to consult the various recipes and to cook, cook a lot.. Queso Dip Ingredients: 1 pound white American cheese, cubed 1/2 cup milk, or as needed 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons onion powder Cayenne pepper to taste

Salsa Ingredients: 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 pinch salt 1 pinch ground black pepper Directions: Mix ingredients together, cover then refrigerate for 3 hours minimum. Serve. Guacamole Ingredients: 8 ripe Hass avocados - pitted, peeled and diced 3 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 green onions, chopped 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 limes, juiced Salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions: In a large bowl, mash avocados. Then mix tomatoes, lime juice, garlic, jalapeĂąo pepper, green onion and cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. After setting the avocado puts into the finished guacamole cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Directions: Put milk, butter and cheese over low heat in a mediumsized saucepan. Stir frequently until cheese is completely melted, add in cumin, green chilies, onion powder, garlic pepper and cayenne pepper to your liking, stirring continuously. If dip is thicker than you like, add some more milk. Heat completely then serve.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos Ingredients: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or more, as needed 1 cup buttermilk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 large egg 1 tablespoon hot sauce Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup Panko 12 6-inch corn tortillas 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves For the Slaw 2 cups shredded green cabbage 1 cup shredded red cabbage 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves 2 cloves garlic, minced Juice of 1 lime 1/2 teaspoon salt For the Sauce 1/4 cup mayonnaise* 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons Frank’s Hot Sauce Directions: For the coleslaw mix cabbage, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and salt. Store. For the sauce, whisk sweet chili sauce, honey, mayonnaise and Frank’s hot sauce together. Store. For the shrimp, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium to high heat. Whisk together buttermilk, cornstarch, flour, egg and hot sauce in a bowl, then add


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salt and pepper to taste. Dip one shrimp at a time into the mixture then cover in Panko, covering completely. Add shrimp to skillet without overcrowding and fry until golden-brown and crispy, approximately three minutes. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with tortillas; add slaw, sauce and cilantro to taste. Fried Rice Ingredients: 3 cups cooked and chilled brown rice* 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 cup diced carrots (dice somewhat thin) 1 cup chopped yellow onions 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger 1 1/2 cups small diced broccoli florets 3/4 cup small diced red bell pepper 4 large eggs 3/4 cup frozen petite peas, thawed and drained 3/4 cup frozen petite corn, thawed and drained 3-4 Tbsp soy sauce, to taste 1 Tbsp sesame oil Directions: In a large wok or deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Then add garlic, onions, ginger and carrots. Sauté for three minutes. Then add and sauté bell peppers and broccoli until soft, approximately 3-4 minutes. On the other side of the pan, scramble eggs. Mix corn, peas, rice, soy sauce and sesame oil and cook for 2 minutes. Serve. Fruit Salad Ingredients: Whatever fruit is on sale! Directions: Cut fruit. Place in bowl. Serve.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Ingredients: 1/2 cup jasmine rice or other sweet asian rice 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (you can use the light kind if you want, it just makes it a little less rich) 1/2 cup sugar 1 mango, sliced Directions:: Cook rice as package instruction suggest, but substitute half of the water with coconut milk, and add half of the sugar. Rice should be somewhat dry after cooking, with no visible liquid in the pot. Meanwhile, boil the remainder of the coconut milk with the other half of sugar in a medium saucepan. Maintain a full boil until the rice reaches a thick and syrupy consistency. Place the rice in a bowl with mango slices arranged nicely, then pour sauce over. Add sesame seeds to taste. Crescent Churros Ingredients: 2 tablespoons sugar 1teaspoon ground cinnamon 1can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into 4 rectangles. Press them

into a 6x4-inch rectangle and seal perforations. Brush top of dough with melted butter and then sprinkle approximately half of the cinnamon sugar on top. Top them with the remaining dough and then press edges to seal. Brush with butter then cut eat stack into 6 strips, lengthwise. Twist the strips 3 times each and then put on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 9 to 11 minutes. Top with the remainder of the butter and sugar mixture. Serve. Courtesy of Pillsbury Classic Mojito Ingredients: 7 limes (approx. 1 cup fresh lime juice) ½ cup mint leaves ¾ cup simple syrup or to taste (recipe below) 1 cup of white rum Club Soda Ice Directions: Juice the limes into a pitcher or jug, no smaller than 2 liters. Add mint then muddle. Add rum and simple syrup and stir. Fill pitcher with ice, top off with club soda, stir, then serve. The guests arrived as the churros entered the oven, and, after the appetizers were devoured, dinner was finally served. The food was delightful, the conversation was better, and, overall, it was a successful summer’s day dinner party.

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When one walks through the exhibit, on collection is as eclectic as many of the w Mixed Mediums and exhibition at the Lyndon House Arts Cen Fickle Feelings distinctive aesthetic to the show, but rath Krane puts into words how she chose the I care about the felt, visceral impact of a may raise.� That is precisely what the co Though a mix of modern and more class and subdued to the dramatic and dark, not get a feel for any particular style of distinct feeling and leaves one with una a sometimes coherent, but more often dis Fancher features a small mirrored conta on its side. My initial thought was that by Caroline Elliot | photography by Lauren Leising


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ne initially feels that the show’s works themselves. At the 42 Juried enter in Athens, Georgia there is no ather a distinctive feeling. Juror Susan he works, “I don’t care much about medi f a work and the interesting questions it collection of works in the show embody. assical works, ranging from the simple k, walking through the exhibit one does of art, but rather each piece gives one a nanswered questions. Media is mixed in disorienting way. “Hope Chest” by Lauren ntainer that looks a bit like a jewelry bo t hope was found within us all because a When one walks through the exhibit, one initially feels that the show’s collection is as eclectic as many of the works themselves. At the 42 Juried exhibition at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia there is no distinctive aesthetic to the show, but rather a distinctive feeling. Juror Susan Krane puts into words how she chose the works, “I don’t care much about media: I care about the felt, visceral impact of a work and the interesting questions it may raise.” That is precisely what the collection of works in the show embody. Though a mix of modern and more classical works, ranging from the simple and subdued to the dramatic and dark, walking through the exhibit one does not get a feel for any particular style of art, but rather each piece gives one a distinct feeling and leaves one with unanswered questions. Media is mixed in a sometimes coherent, but more often disorienting way. “Hope Chest” by Lauren Fancher features a small mirrored container that looks a bit like a jewelry box on its side. My initial thought was that hope was found within us all because as when you stoop to look inside you stare into the mirrors. Upon closer observation however, there are scratches through the mirror and beyond them a video playing in the background. The video is of a line of men walking through on loop. The feeling of this hope chest suddenly becomes a bit darker. As a juried exhibition, one gets a feel for the juror through the exhibition perhaps more than any of the featured artists. “Make work like your life depends on it; read; travel; be curious; question everything, including yourself,” Krane advises aspiring artists. This is the message projected throughout her 168 selections for the exhibit.

Each work has its own distinct flavor so you walk through having an almost palatable tasting experience. Some works make places you’ve never been seem familiar while others make you wonder about people you never knew. A glance at each piece gives you a sentiment for which you can stop to further explore or move on to escape. Works like the Big Pink Book by Garrison Taylor made from “Paper, thread, glue, desperation,” seem playful and bring you back to place of childishness as you look at a literal big pink book, while works such as the painting “Collander” by Jim Barsness show rat-like squirrels cascading out of a pyramid shape with goblin-like faces in the background, emanating a darkness and taking you to a place that you’ve hopefully never been. Walking through the exhibit you would not expect its location to be a community arts center in a town as small as Athens. Though eclectic, it is clear that many of the works are created by deeplyschooled accomplished artists, though some do appear to be submissions from those who create more out of hobby than profession. The show has the variety and caliber of a small museum that you might find on the side streets of a bustling European city. The 42 Juried exhibit at the Lyndon House finds balance in using a variety of works and mediums to communicate the unchanging discourse of self-expression in the midst of uncertainty. It is a must-see show for the Athens community and though the visitor will not find a clear story through the exhibit, they will be taken through a roller coaster of feelings and may just find themselves.

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