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ugazine Summer 2016

Vol. 47, Issue 4

Dining Hall Indulgences page 26

Sweet and Cheap page 6

The Sweetest Sound in Athens page 40

the sweet treats issue

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IN PROFILE 6 10 12 16

Sweet and Cheap A South American Sweet Treat in Athens We All Scream For the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude Bubble Tea Made Just For You


Sweet Treats

LIFESTYLE 24 26 30 36 38

Late Night Sugar Fixes Dining Hall Indulgences Pops of Color How Sweet It Is The Sweet Spots of UGA


Walden: The Sweetest Sound in Athens


The Tabling Effect Travel Techonology: Go Pro with GoPro

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ugazine editor-in-chief Haylee Silverthorne photo editor Hannah Kicklighter online editor Nick Seymour copy editors Jenny Alpaugh Tristyn Angel fashion editors Surina Harjani Ersta Ferryanto contributing editors Marli Collier Lauren Leising Danielle Profita Camren Skelton staff writers Rebecca Beato Kyla Brinkley Emily Haney Christina Matacotta Jazmyn Matthews Carrie Mauldin Ashton Pike Julianne Plummer Danielle Profita Anna Rowland Jane Snyder

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Editor’s Note Dawgs, you’re in for a sweet treat. Our summer issue is packed full of all things sugar and fun! Summer is all about discovering new things and not having a care in the world. Relax, grab some ice cream and go hang by the pool! Our pages are full of things for you to do and explore this summer in Athens: Need a new dessert shop to visit that won’t break the budget? Check out page 6. Want to find the sweet spots on UGA’s campus that are perfect for a summer study session? Find them on page 38! How about learning about Athens’ newest band, Walden? They’ve got a sweet sound that is sure to fit your craving for new music. Discover them on page 40. Whatever your craving is, we have it. For my last issue as editor-in-chief, I wanted to go out with a – sugary – bang. Thank you to everyone for letting me take this magazine where I wanted to this year. I’ve loved every second of it! Athens is a sweet town to live in, so make the most of your time left here. This summer, don’t worry about the calories! Indulge a little every once in a while. Whether you’re in Athens to work, need to finish up a few classes or just spending time by the pool, it’s always a good idea to take a break from whatever you’re doing and satisfy that sugar craving you have.

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Sweet and Cheap

By: Ashton Pike | Photography: Lauren Leising



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We spend our days navigating short cuts to class, our nights taste-testing local restaurants and our weekends discovering what will become our new favorite find. As semesters pass one by one, Athens transforms from a college town to a home away from home. Eventually we can say we’ve (finally) deciphered the UGA bus route, developed our list of favorite local spots and most importantly – we’ve singled out the best bakeries and cafés for when we’re in need of some comfort food. Midterms, papers and internships can sometimes get the best of our emotional and mental states, but luckily we’ve got these tasty treats to rely on when the stress becomes too much to handle. When Insomnia Cookies opened their first Georgia location in downtown Athens in 2013, every cookie lover’s day got a little sweeter. Founder Seth Berkowitz began the late-night cookie delivery business on his own campus at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and has continued to open bakeries throughout the east near college campuses, making students in desperate need of a study break immensely happy. Lexie Harrison, a junior psychology major from Albany, says, “My go-to at Insomnia is the Snickerdoodle cookie. My grandmother makes them for me when I’m back home, but now I can get them here in Athens, too!” The warm, gooey cookies melt in your mouth and satisfy your taste buds. The best part? You can get two delicious cookies with one $5 bill. With traditional and deluxe flavors to choose from, you’ll be scheduling a study break probably sooner than you should. But hey, no regrets. Gigi is a well-known name around Athens, and one bite into her gourmet cupcakes will explain it all. Since its opening in Nashville in 2008, Gigi’s Cupcakes has become a well renowned bakery specializing in homemade, mouthwatering cupcakes. Within its first five years in business, Gigi’s Cupcakes earned an estimated $43 billion in sales, and since then, the uniquely decorated cupcakes have won over the hearts and wallets of college students with numerous delicacies under $5. With two local shops in Athens and multiple bakeries throughout eight cities in Georgia, you can pick up a cupcake from Gigi’s near your hometown as well as your home away from home.

The frosted sprinkle donuts at Ike and Jane are some of the shop’s most popular treats.

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Sometimes the best finds are the ones you don’t expect. Ike and Jane has more to offer the Athens community than just great coffee and delicious bagels. Ask to see the selection of their specialty donuts, and you will not be disappointed with the menu. John Paul Van Wert, a junior advertising major from Peachtree City, says, “I was going for brunch at Ike and Jane one day, and then while I was ordering, the Bacon Peanut Butter donut caught my eye, and it seemed too cool not to try. So I did, and to put it simply, it was awesome!” From creative concoctions such as the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Oreo Cookie donuts to more traditional choices like their famous Red Velvet donut, the local bakery hires incredible “donut magicians” to craft the best sweet treats. If cookies, donuts and cupcakes don’t quite hit the spot, and you’re looking for something a little more outside the box, Bee’s Knees Bakery has a variety of bite-sized desserts ready for your sweet tooth. From adorable cake pops ($1.50) to classic French macaroons ($2.00), the local sweet spot offers inexpensive delicacies when traditional desserts don’t quite cut it. Co-owner Bradley Graham says, “My fiancé, Jaime, and I bought Bee’s Knees in January of this year, and I would have to say our most popular bite sized treat would be our petit fours [$2.00]. They’re really yummy, and it’s something you can’t find anywhere else in town! Our gooey bars are also a big hit – they come in 6 different flavors!” As Athens becomes our home away from home for 10 months out of the year, it’s a comforting feeling to find these local spots to call our own. They become our go-to for a study break, comfort food or just because. Though they make up only a small portion of the expansive and diverse restaurant and café scene in the classic city, these Athens icons provide the perfect sweet treats for an even sweeter price. Delicious desserts and low prices? You don’t have to tell us twice!



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Gigi’s is known for it’s decadent cupcakes that range from traditional white cake with chocolate icing to red velvet with cream cheese icing.

The red velvet and Oreo cupcakes at Gigi’s are some of the most loved flavors.

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Condor Chocolates: A South American Sweet Treat In Athens By: Danielle Profita | Photography: Danielle Profita & Sam Hertzig

Straight from the rolling hills of Ecuador, Condor Chocolates has taken Athens by storm. This local gem is a beautiful, quaint stop for a quick bite of chocolate goodness and a gorgeous cup of coffee. Walking into the shop is akin to a sensational chocolate overload. It smells heavenly, and everything looks amazing. Condor Chocolates is the product of Nick and Peter Dale’s South American roots, an adventurous love story and the dream to bring a taste of Ecuador to Athens, their birthplace. This story begins on a bus in Ecuador. Their dad met their mom while he was backpacking; she was a local in the town. It was love at first sight. On their honeymoon, the newlyweds packed up and decided to move to Athens. As kids, Nick and Peter treasured their summers in Ecuador with family. They loved the beach, the food and – not surprisingly – the chocolate. “Condor Chocolates is our homage to the birthplace of our mother, a testament to the sense of adventure that brought our Dad to her and a celebration of Ecuador, home of the finest cacao in the world,” Nick says. Located in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Athens, Condor Chocolates produces and sells beanto-bar chocolate and a variety of other confections. Currently, in-house, Condor Chocolates produce 9-12 types of truffles each day, brownies, macaroons, English toffee, biscotti and gelato. To wash it all down, there is a full espresso bar, cappuccinos, Americanos, iced mochas, hot chocolate and sipping chocolate. However, if you’re not in the mood for chocolate or coffee, they also have a variety of delicious spindrift sodas. The shop is both a chocolate factory and a café, so feel free to stop in for a smell, a taste or a view of fresh chocolate crafting every day! In a few weeks Condor Chocolates will be expanding their business by opening up their first factory on Chase Street in Athens. The factory will facilitate in assisting



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with in-house production. The factory has been in the works since the fall of 2015. Construction will be finished by the beginning of May and production should start soon after. With this increase in production, Condor Chocolates primarily plans to expand across the Southeast region. Eventually, Nick and Peter of Condor Chocolates hope to share their story across the United States. Their dream is to distribute their bean-to-bar chocolates to people across the world and continue to pay homage to their South American roots with mouthwatering chocolates.

Condor Chocolates provides an assortment of house-made Ecuadorian chocolates and truffles that truly are a work of art.

Menu Review: Chai Chocolate Truffle: “This truffle was chai-riffic,” says Alex Briner, a senior finance major from Calhoun.

Condor has amazing macaroons and those chocolate squares are filled with fluffy marshmallow.

Sipping Chocolate: Dark, deep and luxuriously rich. Condor’s sipping chocolate is served warm in an espresso-sized cup. This thick and creamy serving of sipping chocolate is enough to warm your heart and your stomach. So tasty! Iced Mocha: Cold, refreshing, chocolaty and full of coffee straight from Ecuadorian beans, Condor’s iced mocha is delicious. “I couldn’t finish it in one sitting because it was so rich,” says Lindsey Broscher, a junior public relations major from Suwanee. Spindrift Sparkling Soda: “This ginger beer soda is amazing – it’s ginger just like me. It’s sugary, but not too sweet,” says Christine Rueger, a junior communications sciences and disorders major from Sarasota, Florida.

Go and check it out! Address: Condor Chocolates 1658 S Lumpkin St Athens, GA 30606

Condor’s brownie, macaroons (apricot and lavender), and chocolate cloud boulder.

Contact: 706-850-4803 Condorchocolates.com Hours: Monday: Closed for chocolate production Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The crunch from the toasted coconut atop these truffles perfectly compliments the richness of the base.

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We All Scream for the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude By: Emily By: Haney Emily | Photography Haney | Photography: Contributed Emily By: The Haney Shell Family

A group of people stand in a line in front of the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude’s cart waiting to make their selection. With choices ranging from classic popsicles and ice cream bars to the new Italian ice variety, coming to a final decision can be difficult. The entrepreneur behind the counter of the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, Victor ‘Beau’ Shell, can help you out with the decision if needed as he is a self-proclaimed ice cream enthusiast. Beau is CEO and owner of the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which is an organization for business owners. On top of that, he is also an elementary school student. For five years, Beau and his family have traveled around the Athens-Clarke Community and Georgia selling ice cream at festivals, sorority events and anything else that interests Beau. “It’s all about how he wants to sell, what he wants to sell and when he wants to sell,” says Vickie Shell, business manager and mom of Beau, who is currently a schoolteacher and also a UGA alumna. “Oftentimes he’s the one reminding us to book more events.” In total the family has been to 200 events with Beau attending all of them.



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Beau Shell and his dad are ready for business.

The Shell family’s ice cream journey began when Beau turned eight years old. For his birthday, he asked his family for an ice cream cart. He brought up wanting an ice cream cart so many times, his parents decided to make his dream a reality. “I wanted to be able to make my own money that way I could buy my own toys, give back and have more privileges,” says Beau Shell, an 11-year-old fifth grader from Athens. With a little money to invest in a cart, Beau’s parents were able to find a family friend who could rig a cooler to a cart. From that point on, the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude was born. However, the name came before the business. Beau has always loved ice cream. Between the ages of four and six, Beau would eat ice cream every day, always asking his mom to stop at the store for some. “The dentist told me popsicles were good for me since

they don’t get stuck in your teeth like ice cream, but ice cream has milk in it, so it’s healthy too,” Beau says. Today when Beau eats ice cream, he’s sampling his product. Beau doesn’t like to pick favorites. He eats a different type of ice cream each day. At first, booking events proved to be challenging. Beau and his mother called several potential events, before they were able to schedule one. As the word got out about the Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, more people began to reach out to the Shell Family. The more events the business was able to book, the faster Beau started to grow out of his old ice cream cart. In order to get a bigger cart to fit his growing business, Beau started a crowd fundraiser. The money went towards building “The Popsicle,” named because it would make business pop.

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Beau poses with a banner from a festival he’s selling at.



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Part of the funds earned from ice cream sales go towards charity. Two years ago, the Shell Family got involved with UGA Miracle. Beau wanted to give back to the hospital that helped save his life when he got pneumonia. Initially his parents weren’t sure if Beau would return to his ice cream business after his illness, but as soon as Beau was out of the hospital, he was back with his cart. This year, Beau donated $2,000 of his sales to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Beau works hard, beyond anything we imagined,” says Vickie Shell. “UGA Miracle is one of the events where Beau gets to let loose a little. This year he played football with some of the other kids.” Beau is already thinking of future plans for his ice cream business and wants to hire young entrepreneurs to sell ice cream out of ice cream trucks. He also hopes to attend Morehouse College and mix business with sports. When Beau’s not selling ice cream, you can find him playing soccer or basketball. An ice cream empire could be in his future, but today he’s still a kid who enjoys sports and playing with friends.

The Lil Ice Cream Dude makes his way around Dance Marathon.

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Made Just for You By: Jane Snyder | Photography: Jane Snyder Even at three o’clock in the afternoon, which is usually slow time for restaurants, at 180°F Café groups of friends sit around mismatched tables laughing and chitchatting while sipping on their bubble teas. Scott Guo, the owner of 180°F Café, along with John Tang, the manager and head of public relations, strive to create an authentic and welcoming experience for college students and Athens locals in this “hole-in-thewall”Taiwanese café. Located on the intersection of West Broad Street and Finley Street, 180°F Café has become increasingly well known for their bubble teas, a sweet drink made with iced tea, sweetened milk or other flavorings, and tapioca pearls. But the café differs from other bubble tea cafés because of its kitchen aspect. Not only can customers come infor a refreshing drink, but they can also eat authentic Taiwanese dishes. 180°F Café opened last October to not only serve bubble tea, but also to expose Athens locals to foods they have never tried before such as Taiwanese chicken nuggets and fried Thai fish cake. Colin Wahl, a sophomore from Alpharetta says, DzI was not familiar with this type of food before I went to 180°F Café, and, being a picky eater, I was skeptical if I would like the food. However, the owner was very helpful in helping me pick something I would like, and the food and bubble tea ended up being great.” Scott Guo brings more than 30 years of experience as a chef to 180°F Café. He previously owned several large restaurants throughout the southeast, but the size of the restaurants made them difficult for him to manage, especially in the bad economy. “Because of the economy, I could not do any good. Also the restaurant was huge, more than 5,000 square feet, which caused a lot of problems,” Guo says.



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The strawberry flavored smoothie with tapioca pearls is a popular drink at 180°F Café.

180°F Café, located at the intersection of W. Broad Street and Finley street, offers a variety of Taiwanese cuisine and bubble teas.

Scott Guo, the owner of 180°F Café, stands proudly in front of his restaurant.

After taking a break from the restaurant business, Guo visited Athens and was inspired to fuse the idea of a bubble tea café and Taiwanese cuisine. With a smaller location and a simpler menu, Guo is able to prepare and cook all of the food himself while still overseeing his employees. Unlike other bubble tea cafés, 180°F Café does not use machinery to make the bubble teas, and instead makes every drink by hand. “We started as a bubble tea restaurant from nothing. We just bought cups, bought materials, and then just started making bubble tea,” Tang says. In less than a year, 180°F Café has acquired a steady flow of loyal customers, who are attracted to the helpful customer service, flavorful bubble teas and small-scale management. Guo estimates that around sixty percent of his customers are consistent. While small in location, 180°F Café has become a

huge hang out spot for students and locals. DzThere are a lot of people who like to come here to hang out with their friends and a lot of times during the weekend they sit from opening to closing,dz Tang says. From the chalkboard menu to Guo working the kitchen and the cash register, the small-scale of the café is really what makes it so special. “I think the small-scale atmosphere is the best part about the restaurant. Every drink is made specifically for you,” Tang says. “We go from start to finish. Pouring the tea all the way to when we shake it and pour it out. Everything is made just for the customer.” What 180°F Café lacks in space, it makes up for in authentic food and great service. The café has become a favorite for many in the Athens community. Guo and Tangaim to continue to improve and expand 180°F Café while still maintaining the cozy atmosphere their customers love.

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Photography: Hannah Kicklighter, Lauren Leising, Gabi Robins, Jane Snyder



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There are a lot of Sweet Treats waiting for you all around Athens. Can you guess where these treats came from? We’ve got our eyes on Dunkin Doughnuts, Condor Chocolates, Pauley’s, Ike and Jane’s, Hip Pops, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and more! Eat up, Athens, you deserve it!

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Late Night Sugar Fixes By: Julianne Plummer | Photography: Kelsey Green

We’ve all been there. It’s after 9 p.m., and you’re craving something sweet to satisfy that nagging sugar craving. All of the dining halls except for Snelling are closed, or maybe you aren’t even on the meal plan in the first place. Regardless, the craving is the same. You want sugar, and you want it now. Luckily, there are several options around Athens that will give you exactly what you want. Krispy Kreme You know when that hot light blings, it can only mean one thing… hot and fresh doughnuts! It also means that it’s before Krispy Kreme’s closing time of 10 p.m. At this point, you can consider yourself fortunate because you still have time to pick up a dozen doughnuts. Located on Atlanta Hwy in Athens, the franchise always has specials such as their ‘Buy a dozen and get a second dozen for $2.29 on 2/29’ or their themed doughnuts on the Fourth of July. Adrianne Brathwaite, a freshman biological sciences major from Roswell says, “Krispy Kreme is my go to reward for a particularly hard day or week. To save money, I always get my roommate to split a dozen with me!”



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Insomnia Craving cookies, ice cream, brownies or all of the above? Well you’re in luck. Insomnia Cookies, located in downtown Athens, is a one-stop shop for all of the above. True to its name, Insomnia Cookies remains open until the late hour of 3 a.m. making it the perfect destination to go to after a fun night downtown with your friends. Not a partier? That’s fine too. Insomnia also delivers to make sure that no one has to miss out on their delicious cookies. “My friends and I love going to Insomnia after a fun night downtown. We all have InsoMANIA!” says Sarah Warui, a freshman broadcast journalism major from Kennesaw. Cookout In the mood for a milkshake? Or do you believe that it’s always time for a milkshake? Kimberly Arriaga, a freshman environmental engineering major from Tucker, thinks so and says, “Sharing a milkshake late at night with that special someone is fun, and Cookout’s late hours makes the spontaneity of it easy.” Cookout, located on West Broad Street, seems to think so too. By staying open until 3 a.m., they give you ample time to pick up one of their delicious desserts for you and your special someone to share. They even offer NY style

Coffee mugs, donut holes, licenses and certificates decorate one of the counters at Krispy Kreme. This displays Krispy Kreme’s pride in the excellence in not only their donuts but their coffee and exceptionalism as a business as well.

cheesecake, just in case you need more options than their 40+ different milkshake flavors. But I have to study… One word for you my friend – delivery. If you thought that places such as Pizza Hut or Domino’s were only for your pizza needs, I’m letting you know that you thought wrong. Both places serve their own forms of cinnamon sticks and their own specialties as well. Pizza Hut offers Hershey’s chocolate dunkers as well as apple pies, while Domino’s Pizza serves marbled cookie brownies and chocolate lava crunch cake. Essentially, any chocolate fix can be solved in a single phone call. If you just so happen to be studying late in the Miller Learning Center, you can head over to the Jittery Joes on the second floor of the building anytime before 1 a.m. With options such as cookies, brownies and muffins, you can definitely find what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without giving up those precious hours of studying. If 9 p.m. used to signify the end of your access to sugar, you can now throw that notion out of the window. Athens is full of businesses that close late, so you can satisfy your need for sugar at all times of the night. Kenny Guerrera, 17, Termarris Haynes, 16, and Nate Porterfield, 16, from Comer, Georgia, joke with one another as they enjoy Cookout. This is one of their favorite places to hang out when they aren’t in school.

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Dining Hall

Indulgences By: Christina Matacotta | Photography: Sally Frost

At most colleges and universities throughout the United States, meal plans are considered to be another unavoidable part of the “freshman experience,” along with twin-sized beds and community bathrooms. Luckily for students at the University of Georgia, unlimited yearlong access to five nationally ranked dining commons give meal plans a more positive association. The accolades received by food services every year come as no surprise to UGA students. The combination of high-quality food, service and cleanliness is what has led the university to receive more Horton Awards than any other college food service operation in the nation. While this consistency is impressive, it is the diversity of selections offered throughout the dining halls that make meal plans so great according to Georgia students. Each



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dining hall has its’ own unique thing to offer, including custom fried rice at Oglethorpe House, fancy pancakes at Bolton, fresh smoothies at The Village Summit, brickoven pizza at The Niche and 24-hour service at Snelling. The high-quality cuisine offered contributes to another stereotypical part of the first-year college experience—the dreaded freshman fifteen. Whether you find yourself in Bolton, The Niche, O-House, The Village Summit or Snelling, one section in particular tempts even the most disciplined health foodies to indulge—the bakery. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time, one can always expect to run into some traffic around the dessert areas of the dining halls. So which ones do students find most tempting?

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

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Ice cream scoopers: (left) Naterrian Brown, a freshman social work major from Albany and (right) Asia Swan, a senior international affairs major and Korean minor from Chicago.

Grab-and-go sweets are definitely among the students’ favorites. “I grew up eating store- brand Rice Crispy Treats, but after a year of eating the extra-large and super chewy [rice crispy treats] they make in Bolton, I don’t think I could go back to the pre-packaged treats,” raves Kaleigh Wright, a freshman consumer journalism and fashion merchandising major from Kennesaw. “You can literally see whole marshmallows in every square! I check the UGA mobile app daily to see which dining hall will have them on any given day. Although, in my opinion, the ones at Bolton are the best.” The rice crispy treats, however, are not the only sweets students love. “I agree that rice crispy treats are classic, but the ones made with corn Chex are even better. They combine my favorite cereal and favorite dessert,” says Alyssa Alves, a freshman journalism major from Kennesaw. The home-style cobblers and puddings are especially irresistible to those on meal plan. “The blackberry cobbler is my favorite because it reminds me of a place



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in my hometown that my family goes to,” says Anne Marie McCeachern, a freshman psychology major from Columbus. The white chocolate blueberry bread pudding also stands out as a favorite among students. “It’s the best in the world; it combines the awesome taste of blueberry with chocolate, and it’s basically like a cobbler with bread,” says Kaylee German, a freshman education major from Granby, Connecticut. It’s impossible to avoid talking about the array of ice creams when asking students about desserts. Raspberry cheesecake ice cream is freshman Emma Collins’ go to indulgence: “It’s creamy and delicious and the fruit makes it feel not so unhealthy,” says Collins, a criminal justice major from Canton. The delicious variety available to Bulldawgs throughout campus makes it easy to satisfy any sweet tooth. No matter what treat students are in the mood for—cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers or ice creams—the high-quality dining commons never disappoint. It’s safe to say that UGA students have a pretty sweet meal plan.

Mary Margaret Hansen, a freshman Social work major from Lawrenceville, eats chocolate frozen yogurt.

Jessica Murad, a freshman Accounting major from Lawrenceville, eats chocolate and cookies & cream ice cream.

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How Sweet It Is By: Jazmyn Matthews | Photography: Rachel Nipp

If it’s not obvious by the over 80 degree temperatures fluctuating all the time, you’ll probably realize that spring is here. Since we do live in Georgia, spring won’t last for too long until summer creeps up on us, and we’ll be wishing spring was the only thing we had to deal with. With summer comes a lot of things. For some people, it’s the best time to tan. For others, it’s the best time to stay indoors because the sun is not a friend to everyone. For me, it’s a time to eat. Summer usually brings a lot of free time, and what better way to spend free time than by eating? It’s a time to sit back and dwell on the fact that we’re done with classes (well most of us) by eating some sweet treats. The best part? They don’t cost the big bucks. Let’s face it, we’re still broke college students, and every penny that we can save is very valuable. First up on the list, gathered from allrecipes.com, is something really simple and doesn’t require you to channel your inner Rachel Ray to complete it: sugar cookies!



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Since most of these ingredients are household ingredients, you may not even need to make a trip to Kroger. If you look up any sugar cookie recipe, they typically consist of butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla and sometimes Kosher salt (if you want them to be really chewy). Kathryn Price, a freshman family and consumer science major from Marietta, makes them all the time. “I make them more at home because I don’t have the space here,” she says, but making them in a dorm isn’t impossible! If you start at around noon, you can be eating your delicious cookies by 12:20pm. So these are definitely appropriate for people that are craving sweets and don’t want to wait too long to have them. Next up are whoopie pies. But, don’t let the name throw you off or make you uncomfortable; they’re basically homemade Oreos. That’s right, I said it. Oreos. You can make them yourself, and you’re giving yourself creative license to eat them as a whole or pull them apart and lick the icing off. Don’t worry, I won’t tell.

Just Google whoopie pies, and you’ll see that you’re ready to go with the usual flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, butter and sugar. It may seem like a lot, but I’m sure you or your roommate (she doesn’t have to know) have these ingredients already in the refrigerator. So the next time you’re having a boring Friday night, pop some whoopies into the oven! Last, but not least, is the one that you’ve all been waiting for. You can learn how to make gelato! If you’re willing to spend some money on an ice cream maker, which you should, this little treat will amaze you. It only requires milk, eggs, heavy cream and sugar. Once you mix all of those together and put it in a saucepan, chill it, and then put it in an ice cream maker. You’ll be enjoying gelato in no time (or at least overnight because that’s how long it takes to chill)! You’re going to be looking for something to do this summer other than sitting around and bingewatching Netflix for hours at a time. So, the next time you actually plan to stand for more than 15 minutes at a time, make yourself some sweet treats. That’s basically one FRIENDS episode that you’ve already seen before anyway, and you can feel free to eat them while watching Ross and Rachel on a break once you’re done. I can’t think of a more perfect summer time treat.

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The Founders Garden is one of many hidden treasures on UGA’s campus. It serves as a perfect, quiet place to study while still enjoying the gorgeous weather.

The Sweet Spots of UGA By: Carrie Mauldin | Photography: Elizabeth Chambers As a bleak winter wraps up and the blazing winds of summer roll into Athens, its time to spend less time cooped up indoors and get out and explore all that UGA and Athens has to offer. From sweet study spots to places to chill out on a sunny day, UGA has it all. You just have to get out and explore, which is exactly what I did on one single, beautiful day. That’s right, a day full of discovering the best places to hang out on campus and finding out some “sweet” places and activities. The first stop of my journey began at none other than the historical UGA Arch. Walking past the landmark rather than under to avoid any bad voodoo, the first thing to catch my attention was the plethora of students out and about enjoying several spots on North Campus to study, hang out (literally, since North Campus has several trees to hang your beloved Eno hammocks from) and soak in the new rays of the spring sun. Herty Field especially is a significant point of interest for any student wishing to rest and relax on a nice day. Whether you’re laying out on the luscious green grass, surrounded by a plethora of gorgeous flowers and shrubbery, or playing a game of ultimate Hannah Aldridge, junior, studies in the Founder’s Garden on north campus.



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with your friends, Herty Field is definitely a great place to get out and have some fun. What’s next after Herty Field? The Founders Memorial Garden, of course. This beautiful garden is tucked away next to Joe Brown Hall and offers a pleasant stroll through a variety of flowers, shrubbery and trees. Free to admire for anyone, the Founders Memorial Garden is certainly a “sweet” spot for students to take in the beauty of creative landscaping. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the birds chirping above you. After drifting down Lumpkin towards the MLC

The amphitheater behind MLC is the perfect spot to study on a nice day.

from the Founders Garden, the next great spot is the amphitheater located behind the MLC. Comprised of eight tiers of grass and stone and surrounded by pines and magnolias, the UGA amphitheater is certainly a magnificent place for anyone to spread out their schoolwork and get work done on a gorgeous summer day. With three stops down and more to go, the sun was rising high above campus, offering warmth and a cool breeze. It made for a perfect day for campus exploration. My next discovery wasn’t for a while, since it was not until South Campus that I came across the large oval patch of neatly manicured and vibrant grass and trees located behind the Boyd Graduate Research Studies building. On a nice, sunny day this can be the perfect spot for some outdoor studying or simple rest and relaxation. With a special spot near the end to set up a hammock, and ample grass to rest upon, how could

this not be a great spot for anyone? What could possibly make this spot any better? The Creamery, of course! Located at the bottom of the Environmental Health Sciences building, the Creamery can easily be spotted with its yellow, neon cursive sign posted in the window. Inside are a variety of snacks and sweet treats for anyone. Campus isn’t the only place in Athens that offers some great spots for studying. After exploring some of what UGA has to offer, I directed my journey down South Milledge to the State Botanical Gardens. With no charge to tourists, the botanical garden consists of a wide array of running trails, various themed gardens and an indoor greenhouse full of exotic trees and shrubs. Visitors can explore plants from all over the world, like coffee plants from Africa or numerous herbs and spices. So with summer rolling in, take a chance to explore some cool new places around campus!

Herty Field is a perfect place to study – or just get some sun – on a beautiful day!

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THE SWEETEST SOUND IN AT H E N S By: Rebecca Beato | Photography: Sarah Bernal & Emily Haney



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Richard Becker and Eric Hangartner jam together on stage.

The warm and kindly spirit of the group is apparent as I enter the home of Walden’s four band members, Eric Hangartner, Richard Becker, James de Lange, and Andrew Mendel. As soon as I walk in, Hangarthner offers me some green tea. Snarky Puppy, a jazz band the group listens to, plays in the background as we settle onto the living room couches. Immediately, the band made me feel welcome. These guys don’t fit into the usual rock-and-roll stereotype that once made parents fearful of youth’s corruption. Understanding Walden begins with the band’s genre – the group calls it “Nice-Guy Rock,” which can be considered more of a soft rock. Through an aversion to the typical rock stereotypes, the band created this paradoxical title. From meeting the band or attending one of their shows, it’s evident how different they are from the iconic “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle. “You can be a normal guy who’s not this crazy ego maniac but perform for a bunch of people, share your music, be down to earth and not fit any of those molds,” Hangartner says. For the bandmates, playing their music is about bringing a great show through well-written songs and the energy between the four of them. Walden’s original genre and unique purpose can be associated with the origin of their name. The group connected with the transcendentalist movement of the 19th century, as well as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Like those within the transcendentalist movement, the band works to distance themselves from conformity and stigmas, especially those that come along with being a rock ‘n’ roll band. The group highlights the importance of messages within songs. As Becker points out, “for us, the point of music is to make someone feel something.” Each song is a snapshot of a time, place or experience the band has had. Walden uses the “here and now” to teach the listener something they didn’t know at that time.

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An acoustic number pulls Andrew Mendel to the front of the stage.

Richard Becker gets into the song.

Richard Becker takes a moment to pause.



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As an up-and-coming band, Walden has fought to find their sound. There comes a point as artists when the work produced reflects the group and doesn’t rip off other musicians. Creating a unique sound for the band has been about finding a healthy mixture of all the musical influences around them and incorporating those influences in Walden’s way. Everything the guys listen to goes “right in there” as Becker points to a region on the back of his head. Their newest EP that came out in April is “the most Walden album” the band has yet to produce. The group has never been more confident about anything they have done. This pride comes from producing songs like “Fools Gold,” which came together in only two hours. “Fools Gold” embodies the dynamics of the band as they each contributed their own part to the song. The best way to describe Walden’s new sound is “raw.” When asked further to describe this “raw,” sound guitarist Becker says, “Just listen to it.” For this group, the most important aspect of playing is the live performance. In their shows, the guys do their best to reach out to each audience member and make the concert as enjoyable as possible. Hangartner says, “We understand that not everyone standing in the audience knows us or likes our music – maybe they don’t even like coming to live concerts. Whatever it is, everyone has their own story.” No matter who is in the audience, the band focuses on creating the best experience for each person. Walden makes their concerts about connecting with the audience and showing each person a good time. What are the band’s summers plans? Honestly, they aren’t sure themselves. Of course they plan on playing a concert back home in Marietta for all their friends. The network of friend-fans has been a large part of the band’s success as each friend shares the music with another friend and thus spreads the music like wildfire. We can expect to see great things come from Walden as these four guys continue to polish their passion for music. This summer as you’re relaxing by the poolside, be sure to look Walden up on Spotify for their new EP.

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The Tabling Effect By: Kyla Brinkley | Photography: Henry Taylor

“Hey, do you have a moment?” As a student at the University of Georgia, when you hear this phrase while walking through Tate Plaza your first instinct is to ignore it and keep walking. You probably don’t have the time to listen to every detail of an organization’s next meeting or why you should sign up for their listserv. You’re probably just trying to get to class. Unless, of course, they have food. Pizza, candy, baked goods. You’ve probably seen it all at some point. Somehow, the allure of a free or cheap snack is an offer you can’t resist as a college student. Countless organizations take advantage of free or cheap goodies to attract students to meetings and other events. Destiny Smith, a junior public relations major from Riverdale “tabled” with the UGA chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists on March 20. UGA NABJ sold slices of pizza for $1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. Smith explained that her organization chose to sell pizza because it is a “college food staple,” and it is easy for students to “grab on the go.” Smith also said that pizza was a good choice because it is easy to make a profit.



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However, because cheap food is so attractive for many students, they often “grab and go” without taking the time to learn more about the organization that is offering the treat. “It was a fundraiser, so the main goal was to raise money,” Smith says. “Raising awareness is just a bonus.” For organizations that provide food for free, raising awareness is more of a priority. Flora Patel, a sophomore international affairs and political science double major from Edison, New Jersey, worked on the DARE campaign for Student Government Association elections this year. DARE has been tabling “every other day for the past three weeks,” providing donuts and candy among other treats at popular locations around campus. Patel believes that giving out free food is effective because “it is a good way to put a smile on people’s faces so they remember you afterwards.” “The one person who joins the organization or decides to vote is worth the 80 people who grab the food and go,” Patel says. Even so, many organizations also include activities while tabling in order to encourage students to engage with its members. Patel says that the DARE campaign

The Farm Workers Feed the World table displays an assortment of vegetables that farmers pick. Students at the table answered questions about wages and costs for purchasing the produce.

played dance music in order to engage with students, as did NABJ, according to Smith. “If they came to stop, they were dancing,” Smith says. “It would attract other bystanders, so they wanted to check it out.” Including music and games creates an awareness that cheap food only introduces. “I love it. Who doesn’t like free food?” says Jamia Kenan, a sophomore journalism major from Fayetteville. Kenan said that even if she goes to a table mainly for the food, she makes sure to ask what it’s for. That question has allowed tablers like NABJ and DARE to gain more recognition in the long run. Smith explained that many of the students she spoke with expressed an interest in attending NABJ’s next meeting, making the experience both useful and fun. Next time you’re out and about on campus and are tempted with a free snack, stop for a minute and really listen to what the person handing you the food has to say. You might be surprised to find that you truly are interested in the group providing you with a treat.

Joey Weiss, 20, a sophomore from Sandy Springs studying marketing, hands out Gatorade in celebration of his fraternity’s founder’s birthday.

Tony Abdelmalek, 23, studying economics at the University of Georgia, displays his table’s distribution of falafel fried pickles. “We like to trick people into eating falafel – they don’t expect it.”

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Travel Techonology: Go Pro with GoPro By: Anna Rowland | Photography: Rachel Harris

The summer months bring about a student migration from the University of Georgia’s campus to... well frankly, anywhere but Athens. Some people head back to their hometowns, some head to internships and some head straight for the beach. Regardless of the destination, most people are going somewhere. Some light packers will take off with just a backpack to lug around with them and some not-so-light packers will be bringing basically everything they own. No matter which one of these two types you are, modern day packing is a lot different than it used to be. Ten years ago there were multiple devices that you would want to pack. It was necessary to label each charger in your bag, as they would inevitably end up in a tangled mass. MP3 Player? Check. E-reader? Check. GPS? Check. Camera? Check. Cell phone? Check. Now it seems that only the last one is mandatory. Smartphones have become so capable that they have all but erased the need for traveling with any other device. However, the itinerary for your trip can still be important when considering what devices to pack. The need for an electronic device other than your smartphone has become non-existent, but there are devices that could enhance your experience. A company called GoPro created an action camera that is extremely durable and waterproof. The GoPro HERO has become extremely popular among the athletic crowd. People love to strap this camera onto things: dogs, drones, surfboards, bicycles. Really, anything that moves is fair game.



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“If you’re just visiting a city and walking around the streets, just doing relatively pedestrian stuff, you’d probably be fine without a GoPro. But if you’re planning on hiking, mountain biking and extreme sports or things like that then a GoPro would be a very smart thing to have,” says John Weatherford, who teaches courses within the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute. The GoPro HERO should be at the top of your device-consideration list. Yes, it’s true that your iPhone makes an incredibly adept camera. However, the GoPro HERO is virtually indestructible. You can strap it to your hang glider! The videos that this camera films are breathtaking and lend an interesting perspective. It’s really cool to be able to capture the whole world around you, and it really does give you a sense of presence. This device will enhance your summer travel. It’s a camera that is truly capable of capturing extreme life experiences. College is such a transitory period in your life that it deserves to be documented in the best way possible. Technology is being updated at what seems like an ever-quickening rate. This being within the field of the New Media Institute, Weatherford had a suggestion of what travel technology to look for in the near future: “Personal drones. One company is even working the controls onto a wristband. You can wear it around your wrist, and you can have it trail you hiking. It will follow you and capture footage from that angle, which is pretty cool.”

Rachel Harris bungee jumps and uses her GoPro to capture the entire experience.

Swimming with sharks is quite memorable, but photos GoPro ensures those sweet memories will last a lifetime.

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