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ugazine Winter 2016

Vol. 47, Issue 2

Photography: Caroline Elliott

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IN PROFILE 6 8 10 12 14

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Turning Old Into New The Clock Is Ticking A Time for Giving Extreme Makeover: Holiday Edition


New Year, New You

LIFESTYLE 22 24 26 28 34 36

10 Ways to Save: College Edition How to Curb Those Pesky College Cravings That’s What Makes You Unique What’s New to You Fitness Trends of 2016 How to Conquer a New Semester

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 38 New Music In the New Year 40 Art Culture Revamped 42 Honeywheel


There’s An App For That Finding You This Winter Destination Dawgs 3

ugazine editor-in-chief Haylee Silverthorne design editor Hadleigh Pitman photo editor Hannah Kicklighter online editor Nick Seymour social media editor Amber Boren copy editors Jenny Alpaugh Tristyn Angel fashion editors Surina Harjani Ersta Ferryanto contributing editors Marli Collier Lauren Leising Danielle Profita Camren Skelton

staff writers Simmons Andrews Kyla Brinkley Jasmine Calhoun Casey Drum Ashley Dozier Kelsey Green Emma Korstanje Lauren Leising Jazmyn Matthews Carrie Mauldin Danny McArthur Ashton Pike Danielle Profita Anna Rowland Camren Skelton Carolynn Wall

staff photographers Madison Ambrogio Adrienne Andrews Elizabeth Chambers Caroline Elliott Ersta Ferryanto Sally Frost Emily Haney Emily Jenkins Hannah Kicklighter Lauren Leising Neelam MacLeod Rachel Nipp Gabi Robins Jane Snyder

staff designers Lyndsey Yates Ellizabeth Blocker Gabrielle Robins Samantha Glover Kyla Green

fashion team Olivia Rawlings Jenny Rim Logan Wilkes

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Editor’s Note Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2016. Every year at the start of January, everyone is talking about “New Year, New You.” But do they ever actually do anything to better themselves, or do their resolutions fall off by mid-February at the latest? Most people – myself included – have a hard time sticking to resolutions. Sometimes the result you want takes longer than expected, and it’s usually just easier to stop. Resolutions are usually made to better yourself in some way. We always want to stick to them, but we rarely do. To help you guys out, we have compiled a New Year issue with ways to be healthier, places in Athens that might be new to you and more. Looking to take up excercising to better yourself, check out Fitness Trends of 2016 (p. 34). Received a bunch of gifts last month that aren’t really your style, turn them into something new by checking out Extreme Makeover: Holiday Edition (p. 14). New Music In the New Year (p. 38) details cool music venues in Athens if you want to venture into that. We have something in this issue for everyone. So, get out there and become the new you that you always say you’re going to be at the start of the new year. Good luck!

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow How to Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Actually Keep By: Camren Skelton | Photography: Caroline Elliott

A new year, a new beginning. A chance to start fresh, don’t expect to suddenly be able to do it seven days a and hit the reset button on a season of overindulging. week. Start small, and work your way up. When it comes to a new year, setting a resolution is easy, 3. Find a workout buddy to hold you accountable. Going to the gym will be that much easier if you know there but actually keeping it can be a daunting task. Add school into the mix, and finding time to keep up with your is someone counting on you to be there or pushing you to your limit. resolution can seem nearly impossible. If you’ve made resolutions in the past but find 4. Buy some awesome new gear. If your goal is to take up yoga, invest in some trendy clothes or a nice mat. yourself slowly slipping into old habits come February or Not only will you feel more confident as you rock March, you’re not alone. Each year, more than 40 percent your new gear in the gym, but your $50 Lululemon of Americans make a New Year’s resolution but only 8 top won’t go to waste sitting in the back of your percent actually achieve their goals, according to research closet. by the University of Scranton. This year, it’s time to get real about setting New Year’s resolutions. Instead of setting our sights on one intimidating leap, it’s time to focus on the small stepping stones that can have a long-term impact on health, happiness and overall well-being.

“This year I want to exercise more”

1. Be specific. Write down exactly what it is that you want to achieve. If your goal is to get stronger, don’t just make one broad resolution. Write that you want to add 15 pounds to your bicep curls or 10 pounds to your leg presses. 2. Break up your goal into achievable steps. “Portioning out progress points across X number of weeks helps you hold your self to your goals and also allows you to measure progress and adjust if needed,” says Savannah Young, a senior health promotion major from Atlanta. If you’ve never lifted weights before, Allie Bailey, a junior broadcast journalism major from Atlanta, practices yoga positions.



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Eating healthy isn’t as hard as you think. Just make sure to buy quality food and plan ahead for what you will be eating throughout the week.

meetings in a calendar form will make it much easier to manage your time wisely. 2. Prioritize your work. At the start of your day, or even week, make a list of tasks that need your immediate attention. Focus on the most important tasks first, and once those are knocked out, move your attention to the less important ones. 3. Set deadlines for yourself. If you know you have a paper due at the end of the week, make your deadline one to two days before. Procrastination just causes unneeded stress, and no one needs that in his or her “This year I want to eat healthier” life. 1. Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Not only does 4. Reward yourself with breaks. If you just spent five it give you a burst of energy for the day, but it can hours working on an essay, treat yourself to a Netflix also improve your concentration and focus. “I usually break, and give your brain some rest. Taking a onescramble some eggs and add granola to organic vanilla hour break will benefit you more in the long run. yogurt,” says Alexandra Falcucci, a junior fashion merchandising major from New Jersey. “I also like “This year I want to go green” to slice up some citrus fruits to add some zing and a 1. Carry a reusable water bottle – an easy and sure fire refreshing bite.” Even if you’re rushing out the door, way to cut down on the amount of plastic that goes taking the time to grab a quick bite could be just what to landfills. The environment (and your wallet) will you need to keep you awake for those early classes. thank you. 2. Make it your goal to cook at least one thing that you 2. Amp up your veggie intake, and cut down on the pin. Pinterest is a great tool for finding great new meat. Small steps towards a plant-based diet can recipes. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make have a huge impact on the environment. Around something delicious! In fact, many recipes only call 2,000 gallons of water go into raising a single pound for 3 to 5 ingredients. of beef, according to Something as 3. Tide yourself over between meals with healthy simple as meatless Monday’s could have a huge effect snacks. Find healthier options like fresh fruit, carrots on the future of our planet. and hummus or mixed nuts to satisfy your cravings. 3. Use more efficient lighting. Fluorescent bulbs use By the time the next meal rolls around, it will be easier between 60 percent and 80 percent less energy than to eat slower and avoid overindulgence. regular incandescent bulbs, according to eartheasy. 4. Don’t deprive – eat in moderation. Eating healthy com. If your goal this year is to “go green,” finding doesn’t mean having to cut out all of your favorite more efficient means of lighting is an easy step in that indulgences. Instead, focus on healthy eating 80 direction. percent of the time, and treat yourself the other 20 4. Take a shorter shower. According to the Green Book, percent. every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than 10 gallons of water. If everyone “This year I want to manage my time in the country took this small step, imagine how much of an impact could be made. better” 1. Buy a cute planner. Although it may sound superficial, having a planner with fun colors and stickers will No matter what your goal is, keeping up with it doesn’t make you more excited to actually use it. “I bought a have to require a huge lifestyle change. By deciding to Lily Pulitzer planner because I really liked the pattern. take a few small steps, your resolution can be more than So now, I get excited to write things down in it,” says one that is in one year and out the other. Emily Baker, a junior mass media arts major from Atlanta. Seeing your assignments, tests, dates and 7

A slice of cheese pizza from Automatic Pizza in Normaltown.

Turning Old Into New By: Ashton Pike | Photography: Gabi Robins

Every year, during the few weeks leading up to January 1, it seems that there is a national obsession with all things “new and improved.” Whether it’s reinventing yourself to construct the “new you,” taking on new adventures with friends in order to break out of your comfort zone or merely the “I promise I’ll start going to the gym this year” cliché. Regardless of the actual thing being changed, people have this idea set into their mind that everything must be new at the turn of the new year, because “new year, new you,” right? Well that doesn’t always have to be the case. There is something that the majority of people are missing within the word “new.” New doesn’t necessarily have to possess the “brand new” meaning that most place upon it. Instead, “new” can simply be something that has existed for a while, but you have never experienced in particular.

Technically it isn’t brand new, but it could be brand new to you! So while everyone else is focusing on finding the best new thing this year, find the good within the old at these locations in Athens that could be your next “new” favorite spot. Even though some people may have a hard time admitting it, sometimes Starbucks and Jittery Joe’s don’t curb the coffee craving. It may be difficult to hear that there is coffee outside of the two chains, but it’s true, and they are just as delicious. Two places hiding among the chain coffee shops are Mr. Mr. Café and Sips Coffee Shop. Mr. Mr. Café is located on Baxter Street and is a safe haven away from the busy atmosphere of downtown coffee shops; plus it’s a closer walk than downtown! With delicious coffee – hot and iced – along with numerous flavors of bubble teas and smoothies, Mr. Mr. Café has a lot to offer and even better prices for a college student’s budget. If you’re up for a short drive to Prince Avenue, Sips Coffee Shop is a quaint place with the majority of the seating being an outdoor patio. On beautiful days, Sips has the windows open to welcome the cool, crisp breeze. Local artists often times display their artwork along the shop’s walls, giving students something beautiful to look at while they enjoy their cup of coffee. “I like the atmosphere of small coffee shops like Sips," says Gabrielle Mr. Mr. Café on Baxter Street serves a variety of items from lattes to bubble tea.



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Emily Patton, a junior human development and family sciences major from Cumming, orders an italian soda from Sips Espresso Bar in Normaltown.

Orlando, a senior advertising major from Lilburn. "I enjoy taking my laptop and sitting down with a muffin A raspberry Italian soda with and a cup of coffee and getting stuff done. It’s relaxing cream from Sips Espresso and fun, and at Sips you can enjoy your afternoon without Bar in Normaltown. all the chaos of big chain coffee places.” While you’re on Prince Avenue sitting at Sips Coffee Shop, you can look out the window and see another place English major from Suwanee. "The food is delicious, and that gets overlooked in Athens: Automatic Pizza. The pizza the atmosphere is reminiscent of a British pub.” This year instead of looking for brand new places restaurant was formed from an old gas station, creating a rustic, very hipster-esque atmosphere. “The slices of that just opened, try giving old places a look, first. Often pizza are New York style, and every college student times, the best places to eat or grab a quick cup of coffee loves giant slices of pizza for a good price,” said Mary are the ones you’ve never heard about. Athens is filled McPartlan, a junior marketing major from Kennesaw. with more restaurants and shops than there are students Even if you’re not up for the drive to Automatic Pizza, packed on an Orbit bus during class change. Simply do some research, find an old place with great ratings, and never fear, because they deliver. The last stop on this written tour is back to the make it new to you! homeland of UGA’s students: downtown. Most students on campus walk to and from downtown from North Campus for their daily food cravings, which means some probably haven’t noticed the small restaurant sitting on the edge of downtown next to Bel-Jean Copy Print called Pouch. As their slogan promises, they truly do bring about “a new meaning of pie” with their variety of meat pies. This type of restaurant is found more frequently in other countries, so Pouch brings a little culture to Athens by dedicating a country to each pie based on the ingredients within the pie. “After studying abroad in England, eating at Pouch was like a little piece of the UK here in Pouch serves a variety of savory Athens," say Shea Nolan, a senior pies in a cozy atmosphere in downtown Athens. 9

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By: Jazmyn Matthews | Photography: Adrienne Andrews

“May of 2016” “In the spring” “Next year.” Those are all responses that a graduating senior might give to the question “when are you graduating?” Granted they might be crying or shaking with fear when they answer, but that’s beside the point. If you’re like me, the thought of leaving this fine school is almost unbearable, and you know there isn’t much time before you have to go into the real world and be an adult. So, you have to make do with the time left. How is that going to be done? By completing a list of must-do’s before you graduate! Everyone has his or her own list of things, but there are a few that seem to be the most common - a few everyone must check off their list before leaving. Here are five things to do before graduating according to College Tourist:

Jazmyn Shabre, a graduating senior advertising major from Fayetteville, visits the arch on the University of Georgia’s north campus. Walking through the arch is a tradition reserved for students who have graduated from UGA.



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Eat at Mama’s Boy No explanation needed really. To quote Leslie Knope from NBC's Parks and Recreation, “Why would anyone ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” And if you’re going to eat breakfast food, you need to do it right. There’s no other correct way to enjoy strawberry lemonade in a mason jar or an egg, cheddar and bacon biscuit unless you’re eating it at Mama’s Boy. “I like their Millhouse breakfast. It's just the standard eggs, bacon, grits, biscuit,” says Sam Weitnauer, a senior management major from Atlanta. “I hear the veggie scrambler is awesome too.” Don’t wait to discover it junior year like I did. If you’re a freshman, consider yourself lucky. There isn’t another place like it once you leave Athens, so the best thing to do is to eat there at least once a week for the four years that you’re here to make up for what you’re going to be leaving behind later. That sounds reasonable, right?


Ring the Chapel Bell After you read this, go ring it. Do you really need a valid reason to do so? “Just run and swing on that chord,” says Sanjuana Zaragoza, a graduate avian biology major from Long Beach, California. “Let the chapel bell ring.” Make a good grade on a test? Ring it. Woke up on time for class this morning? Start swinging. Finally figured out what major you want to be after two years of changing it? RING IT. Channel your inner Tarzan (because it’s harder than it looks), and give that bad boy the biggest ring you can manage. You deserve it.


Go to a concert at the Georgia Theater We pass by it all the time when we’re downtown. The flashing lights are hard to miss. Not many people understand how underrated the Athens music scene is. So many good shows happen in the Classic City, and we get front-row seats to it. “It’s one of the best memories that I have,” says Melody Baker, a sophomore advertising major from Columbus. Broaden your horizons and discover more of what this city has to offer!


Jazmyn Shabre, a graduating senior advertising major from Fayetteville, rings the chapel bell located on the University of Georgia’s north campus. Ringing the chapel bell has been a tradition for UGA students wanting to spread news of their good fortune, luck and health.

Walk under the arch even beginning classes, to which the orientation leader The mother of them all. The action that someone screamed at him to stop immediately. His response? in my brother’s orientation class tried to do before “There should really be signs up.” We all want to do it. Some of us even want to do it before we graduate just to test the waters. But, the crippling fear of not graduating counteracts that feeling, so we wait until our graduation date. “Okay so, college is pretty much magical, and we think that walking under the arch is part of that magic," says Nicolas Cecchini, a recent graduate from Warner Robins, who is currently looking for possible grad schools while working full-time as a delivery driver at Papa John’s. "But if you don't know what's next, it won't provide the fulfillment you're looking for." We wait to walk under the arch, and there’s a gratifying feeling when we finally get the opportunity. We’ve done it. We’ve made it through four years (sometimes more) of classes, and now our future lies before us. We finally get to exemplify that by walking under the historic arch and saying goodbye to this wonderful school. There are many other things to do before you graduate other than the things on this list. “Take pictures of yourself riding every bulldog in Athens,” says Kleigh Strawder, a junior mechanical engineering major from Albany. Find them all, and pose with those stoic statues. Ask your friends. Get advice from upperclassmen. Obtain all the help that you can. Make the most of these years before those fireworks go off in the stadium. 11

A Time For

By: Lauren Leising | Photography: Lauren Leising

For me, the New Year is one of my favorite times of year. Family comes to town, cold weather makes for evenings spent in front of a fire and hours are dedicated to coming up with bucket lists and planning future vacations. This season is jam-packed with holidays, and most people look forward to taking time to unwind and enjoy the comforts of home. But for so many others, this time of year is one of the hardest. Finances grow tighter, stress levels rise and many families are unable to provide for themselves and their loved ones. For those experiencing poverty and homelessness, the holidays are a reminder of their situation and often leave them feeling hopeless and alone. We’ve all seen poverty and homelessness at some point, usually in a news story briefly discussing some dry statistics that really left no impact. Or maybe it was in one of the movies that tend to pop up around the holiday season and try to tug at our heartstrings. What many people don’t realize is that those in need can be found right outside their own door. We often forget the reality and severity of poverty. According to surveys conducted by the University of Georgia, over 26,300 people live in poverty in Athens-Clarke County, where according to the 2014 census, the poverty rate is more than 28%, or twice the national poverty rate. Think about that for a minute. Not just as a statistic but also as a real situation affecting people like us. Keep in mind that those statistics represent real people.



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When you begin to realize the weight of the poverty issues thousands around the nation and in your very own city are facing, it is only natural to become unsettled and wonder what can be done. With the goal of making a change in their community, many churches, organizations and student groups have worked to provide for those in need through food, clothing, shelter and meaningful friendships. The Food Bank of North East Georgia is the largest distributer of food in this area. According to Jennifer Dunlop, the food bank’s marketing and development director, the food bank partners with over 226 agencies around North East Georgia in 14 counties to provide food to the community in need. Through these agencies, including the Bigger Vision Shelter in Athens and the Food to Kids program, the food bank has helped to provide millions of pounds of food every year to people who need it most. As a result of the number of groups willing to help, it has become easier to provide for those in need in our community. Another group, made up of mostly students, is Athens PBJs, which strives to impact the homeless around the city through friendships and quality time spent encouraging and listening to each other. John Braucher, a senior English and cellular biology major from Athens, explains that the group’s main focus is to fellowship with the homeless and to truly engage with them in a way that builds them up. “It’s about building friendships,”

Braucher says, “and friendships are hard [to find].” The team encourages students and members of the community to spend time getting to know the people who are in need in the area in the same way they would get to know a new friend. Often times, what someone who is homeless longs for most is to know that someone cares about them personally and loves them, a desire that is felt by everyone throughout life. It is easy to simply walk by those living on the streets and feel that twinge of sadness at their condition but to continue on your way because you think you have nothing to offer. Tony Kitchens, 51, and his new fiancé, Traci Cooper, 44, sit outside Subway in Athens, Georgia, on In reality, we all have something of November 19, 2015. Tony works part time at Subway and his fiancé works for a local ministry called Joy Truth Kindness Outreach Ministries. immeasurable importance to give. Our time. and investing in others. There are countless ways to get Stopping to talk with someone you see can make a world of difference and remind him or her that involved! All it takes is a little looking. As the New Year rolls around, take some time to someone cares. If you take the time to listen, you will find notice those around you and their needs. Every little that they have a great deal more to say than you think and usually are more than willing to talk and just enjoy having thing helps, whether it is providing someone with a meal, company. This is what Athens PBJs emphasizes. Breaking volunteering or just taking a minute to stop and talk to down the walls to create real, strong friendships built on them. One of the greatest things you can give someone is your time to listen to them and their story. Just a few genuine love. All of the groups that work with the less fortunate minutes of conversation can brighten another person’s will say the same thing: give your time. As college kids, we day in a way you can’t even imagine. It may surprise you often think that because expenses are tight that we can’t what they have to say. Make it your goal this year to make a difference. But, as young people, we are blessed intentionally seek ways to be the change you want to see. with a great deal of time that we can spend helping After all, what better time for change than now?

David and Dorothy Gardner sit outside Five Guys in Athens, Georgia on November 19, 2015. They have been married for over 35 years.

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Holiday Edition

By: Kyla Brinkley | Photography: Madison Ambrogio

5 Tips to turn common unwanted christmas gifts into something useful We all get gifts each year that we didn’t really want. Instead of tossing them, here are some ways to turn them into something you can actually use. 1. Regifting or swapping: If you really hate your gift (which is unfortunate), don’t throw it away. Someone else will surely appreciate it. If no one you know personally would want the item, you can always drop it off at your local thrift store or Goodwill. 2. Take apart an ugly purse and turn it into a wallet. It’s easier to get away with a more “creative” pattern with a smaller accessory. Since you’ll have plenty of leftover material, you can even make multiple wallets for your friends! 3. Paint an ugly coffee mug for use as a flower pot, pencil holder or other household item. All it takes to redecorate and make a mug more in your taste is a few Sharpies and craft paint. 4. Turn an ugly Christmas sweater or PJ set into a pillowcase, or you can even make your own pillow

by stuffing them with cotton and sewing them up or make a throw blanket. Many “tacky” patterns are more acceptable as part of cute home décor rather than a fashion statement. Reindeer pillows will surely give your holiday guests a smile, while that reindeer sweater may induce a more pained grimace. For another solution to hideous patterns, Megan Clark, a senior political science major from Cumming, suggests tie-dye. “My aunt gave me an ugly shirt with a bunch of Disney characters on the front, so I tie-dyed it to make it cute and tone out the cartoony kids colors to look more like an outline of figures. It looked pretty cool,” Clark says. 5. Expensive jewelry can easily be pawned. However, for jewelry of the cheaper variety, feel free to take it apart for decorating anything from cell phone cases to key chains to your favorite jeans. Who needs a bedazzler?

Meghan Murphy, a freshman public relations major from Alpharetta, peaks inside a gift box.



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5 tips for converting holiday leftovers into delicious new meals After the holidays we are often left with a fridge stuffed with leftovers from Christmas dinner. Here are some savvy tips to utilize your extra food so well, no one will get tired of it. 1. Transform leftover ham. This can be a life-saver at Christmas when many of us cook up a huge ham with no idea what to do with the leftovers. Simply chop the ham into small bite-sized pieces and put them in a large pot. Add several chopped potatoes and several cups of green beans, several cups of water and salt and pepper to taste. After letting it simmer for an hour or two, you’ll have a delicious, but easy soup. You can also add kidney beans and more meat to make a hearty chili, perfect for cold winter nights! 2. Ham or turkey with pasta: Jessica Fant, a sophomore biological engineering major from Boiling Springs, South Carolina, says, "My grandmother always uses the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving in spaghetti sauce to substitute for the ground beef usually put in. It’s honestly a healthier option anyway.” Similarly, you can also make your favorite bowl of mac and cheese and throw in some pieces of your favorite holiday meat to make it an even better meal that doesn’t scream, “We still have leftovers!” 3. Cranberry sauce smoothie: Many people love smoothies, and this is a quick and healthy way to utilize leftover cranberry sauce! It makes a great breakfast, lunch or snack. It’s perfect if you are planning to eat healthier in the New Year. For the full recipe, see page 5. 4. Grilled gourmet turkey burgers: This tasty idea comes from Chef Zack Mills of the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. To utilize leftover turkey, grind it up, mold it into patties and toss them on the grill. Top with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce for a fancy spin on Thanksgiving dinner. Some families, like that of Paige Caffrey, a sopohomre early childhood education major from Alpharetta, like to keep it simple, though.

Sarah Wygle, a freshman consumer sciences major from Alpharetta, opens a Christmas gift.

“After Thanksgiving dinner when we have lots of leftover turkey, we like to make turkey sandwiches," Caffrey says. 5. Vegetables: Breakfast scramble: Leftover vegetables can quickly become mushy and unappetizing, especially when veggies are served with special holiday sauces. A helpful way to make soft leftover foods more appetizing is to make a simple vegetable quiche. Just buy enough eggs to make an egg-veggie mixture that will fill a pie shell. Add some shredded cheese, salt, pepper and herbs, and bake until it is slightly hardened. Again, ham, sausage and leftover turkey can be added in to use more leftovers and create a heartier, more flavorful brunch favorite. 15

New Year, New You Photography: Hannah Kicklighter, Lauren Leising and Neelam MacLeod

When you think of New Years Day, you probably think about resolutions. Here are the top five resolutions that we think college students will try out this year: 1. Getting fit. After we gained the Freshman 15, we realized it was time to get back into shape. The gym is the perfect place to get fit. 2. Travel. It isn’t in most college students’ budgets to travel very far, but you don’t have to go far for an adventure! There are really awesome places to travel to in Georgia, like Cumberland Island, which make an awesome trip.



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3. Studying. Yes, this isn’t a glamorous resolution but it is necessary to grab the GPA that you want. 4. Reorganize. That can be your closet, your school work — anything. Get organized and start the year off on the right foot. 5. Try new things. We can all be a little picky sometimes, so step out of your comfort zone and try that thing you’ve had your eye on for a while. Happy New Year!



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10 Ways to Save: College Edition By: Carolynn Wall | Photography: Sally Frost

The average yearly cost of tuition at a four-year institution for an in-state student is a little over $9,000. Add in your books, various fees, housing, food and all the extra costs of going to school, and you’ve got a lot of broke college students struggling to make payments. With students having an average amount of nearly $30,000 in debt after graduating from college, we need to learn how to cut corners and make every dollar count. Here are a few ways to keep you and your wallet happy all semester long:


App Up Your Life There are tons of apps out there that will earn you rewards and discounts on various items. For example, Pocket Points is based off a point system that can earn you discounts and free rewards just for locking your phone during class. You can redeem your points at local businesses like Grindhouse Killer Burgers or Bulldog Laundry. “I love Pocket Points because it motivates me to put my phone down and actually get my work done," says Jamie Pham, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Lawrenceville. "Plus, on Tuesdays you get double the points!”


On Meal Plan? Use It! As college students, we’re constantly eating, whether out of stress, exhaustion or true hunger. It’s hard to not want some variety in your diet, but if you’re on the meal plan, you have to cut down on the outside spending. Try to mix it up by rotating around the different dining halls, like treating yourself to lunch at the Niche every once and awhile. The dining halls offer endless combinations right at your fingertips, so take advantage of it and get your money’s worth. “It’s easy to eat the same things everyday and get bored of the dining halls, but I spent a lot of money to be on the meal plan, and I don’t want it to go to waste,” says Felix Linzan, a junior business management major from Hinesville. “I try to see what kinds of things my friends are eating or find the dining hall equivalent to whatever I’m craving.”


Housing Programs If you live on campus, you see tons of posters all over your dorm and get endless emails about different activities to attend. You pay a $20 fee that allows your housing staff to put on programs for your benefit. Often times these programs include food, fun activities Victoria Bothelho, a freshman international affairs major from Virginia, or interesting speakers to help you bond with people in demonstrates one of the many apps that can help you save money. your community, so it’s like dinner and a show. These Use Your ID events are great for networking and support of your You paid $20 for your UGA ID, which seems like RHA – and who doesn’t love free food? a lot, but you can get a lot back from it. Tons Never Pay Full Price for Textbooks of businesses offer student discounts from Chipotle to Buying books for full price is a thing of the past. Subway and Vineyard Vines to J. Crew. Even if you don’t There are so many alternative options out there know, always ask, especially when making a big purchase. to cut the costs of books down. Amazon, Chegg and Movie Night BookRenter are a few online outlets, or you can hit up Feel like you’ve exhausted all the options on the off-campus bookstores like Beat the Bookstore and Netflix? Have no fear. The library is here. You Baxter Street Bookstore. Also, look for an online copy of can rent movies for free from the library’s mammoth the book or an access code, as those will be even cheaper. collection. Going to the movie theater is outrageously Finally, check with your friends on the UGA "Free & For expensive, but if you still want the movie experience, Sale" page on Facebook for killer deals. check out the Tate theater for your viewing pleasure.



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UGA students enjoy coffee at Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center.


Never Go Grocery Shopping When Hungry If you’re off meal plan, you can get really creative about what you eat. However, sometimes people end up buying items in the spur of the moment that they don’t actually need. Combat this by having a set list with specific dishes in mind as you go shopping. Look for generic brands on items that you feel are less important, and never go in with an empty stomach. Stick with your list, and don’t let your wandering eyes talk you into those extra food items that will go bad before you can even get to them.


Test Out of Classes We’ve all gone through a prerequisite class that is mind numbingly boring. Instead, you could test out of those classes to save on tuition and get on to your real major courses. The Testing Center schedules tests for a small fee compared to what you would be paying in tuition, and you can avoid those painfully easy courses that you only show up to for the attendance grade.


Use Coupons Although it may seem kind of lame to spend a bit of your time clipping coupons, you’d Coffee be surprised to see how much money you're just throwing We all love a great cup of Jittery Joe’s roast in the away in a newspaper or advertising. Even online coupons, mornings to help get our day started, but even a like Groupon, can help you save a dollar or two here and couple cups a week can add up pretty quickly. Try bringing there. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up, and you’ll your own mug to coffee shops to get discounts on your thank yourself later. cup of joe, or see if an investment on a coffee machine Keep your money safely guarded, Bulldogs. Make a is worthwhile for you. Another alternative solution is to try to cut down on the caffeine and look towards energy budget and stick to it! None of us want to graduate and be faced with a mountain of student loans, so make smart smoothies and protein. “I am a caffeine addict and always have a cup of coffee choices now to avoid the bills later. A cup of coffee here in my hand,” says Anjelique Simmons, a junior German and an extra outfit there can add up faster than you can major from Stone Mountain. “Sometimes when I need a probably imagine. College isn’t cheap, but you can make refill during the day, I ask the barista to fill up my reusable it cheaper. mug and even get discounts on the price – it saves the environment, and it saves me a couple bucks every week.”

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How to Curb Those


College Cravings By: Simmons Andrews | Photography: Emily Haney

You’ve been there - The Grill flashes it’s “open 24 hours” sign, the scent of grease from Five Guys tantalizes your nostrils. Then the cravings take over. Cue salivation. Palmer Hipp, the president of Active Minds at the University of Georgia, sheds some light on how to curb these cravings. Hipp, a health promotion and behavior major, is a Body Project Peer Educator with the health center and the Wellness Chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. These five steps to curbing cravings are simple and straightforward and require no drastic lifestyle change. Follow them, and you’ll kick your cravings to the curb! Step One: Identify the Trigger According to Hipp, cravings often mean something else entirely. “Anything from stress to lack of sleep can trigger a craving,” Hipp says. Let’s simplify: when we eat something we enjoy. It releases endorphins, satisfying us. This need for satisfaction through something easily accessible, like food, is our body’s way of finding a quick substitute for what it’s really lacking.

Step Two: Plan Ahead! Think about what you should eat before you get a craving. Hipp says “studies show that we tend to pick healthier options when we plan our meals beforehand.” So pack a lunch for in-between classes, and throw in a snack. If you plan ahead, you’re basically stuck with the food you packed, so there’s no excuse to binge on something unhealthy nearby (RIP Chick-fil-A at Tate, I’ll miss you). Step Three: Water, Water, Water! (And Then Some More Water) “If you’re craving food that’s not good for you when you shouldn’t be hungry, you’re probably dehydrated,” Hipp says. Drink a large glass of water, around 16 ounces, before and after each meal. That way, you know when you’re full, and are likely to feel fuller longer. According to registered dietitian Becky Hand, drinking water throughout the day keeps your hands busy, so you’re less likely to instinctively reach for food. Ryan Clark, a freshman double major in political science and international affairs from Loganville, plans her meals ahead for the week.



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Willa Tseng, a junior accounting major from Johns Creek, stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

typically a sign of boredom, and you should probably be getting sleep instead,” Hipp says. Step Five: Enjoy Food to the Fullest According to Benjamin Gray, the Nutrition Education Coordinator at the University of Georgia, if someone is craving a food high in sodium, fat or added sugars, it is best to eat that particular food in a controlled manner. “Take a portion of the food that you initially think should satisfy you,” Gray says. “For example, instead of bringing a candy bar to the couch, break off two pieces. Sit down in an environment without distractions, paying attention to get the full satisfaction.” According to Gray, this actually tricks our mind into eating less of the “bad” food we’re craving.

Step Four: Remove Yourself from Tempting Environments If you’re walking home from downtown on a busy Staying healthy in college can be really hard, and Saturday night, avoid the tempting late night haunts (yes, finding that perfect balance can take time and willpower. this includes the hotdog man on the corner of College Next time you pass The Grill, you’ll rejoice in your and Clayton - if you see him, run.) “Eating late at night is newfound discipline.

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THAT’S WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE By: Danny McArthur | Photography: Jane Snyder

What makes you who you are? While your inner character plays a role, outer appearances are used more and more often to showcase personality and beliefs these days. Going into the new year brings about a feeling of change, so people often resort to trying to change their inner self, as well as their outer self. Haircuts, piercings and tattoos are some of the many ways people try to get that feeling of a "new" outer appearance for the new year. Change #1: Getting A Haircut While haircuts are pretty common, big ones often garner extra attention, especially in girls. “I went from shoulder length natural hair to cutting it all off,” says Jessica Sensabaugh, a sophomore computers systems engineering major from Watkinsville. The move saves her countless time in hair maintenance and is one she loves despite some negative responses to it. “It’s one of those things where it’s not for everybody [else]. It’s for you,” Sensabaugh says. While she gets the occasional “sir” slip-up, she just calmly corrects the person and moves on. She would counsel anyone desired to do a drastic haircut to go for it and make sure to be specific about what kind of haircut you want when going to a professional. Change #2: Experimenting With Hair Dye With hair colors ranging from natural to “Skittles bright,” this cosmetic change is starting to have a more prominent place in everyday life. “First, I wanted just a lighter brown in my hair,” says Madisyn Wells, a freshman biology major from Sacramento, California. However, after seeing Beyoncé’s iconic blonde locks, she decided to go for blonde highlights the next go round. While she loves her color, she plans on stopping for hair



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health reasons. “I feel like it’s making my hair weaker,” Wells says. For anyone else wanting to also dye their hair, she recommends doing your research and making sure whether or not you want to use bleach. Change #3: Going Natural While the movement is popular within the black community, it is one that has received more attention in recent years. Now, you see more people who have abandoned chemically relaxing their hair in favor of rocking their natural hair texture. “I started [going natural] eighth grade year; that’s when I stopped chemically processing my hair,” says Judy Stubblefield, a freshman journalism major from Kennesaw. While she originally did it for growth, over time she found more factors to motivate her to continue. “I kind of picked up other reasons, [such as] just kind of accepting who I am naturally and not conforming to society’s definition of beauty,” Stubblefield says. While the response to her hair has been mostly positive, she does occasionally receive the “your hair looks so good straight” comment and gently reminds them that her hair looks fine with its natural texture. Her advice to anyone else desiring to go natural is to stick with it and not just give up while it is still in its early transitioning stages. Change #4: Extensions Extensions often allow a person to experiment with different hairstyles with little commitment. “I started experimenting with hair weave and extensions more once I got [to UGA]. That kind of helped me with the natural [hair] process,” says Shalaundye Felton, a junior social studies education major from Fort Valley. Because of this, she has been able to avoid using heat on her hair since

Hooper Trailer Sales 2245 Bethel Church Road Monticello, GA 31064 706-468-8441 We Salute our Sugar Bowl Champs! freshmen year. When asked what motivated her to do it, she cites laziness as the reason. “I had a full schedule,” Felton says. Between taking 15 hours freshmen year and working an 18 hour/week job, she found she didn’t have much time to dedicate to daily hair maintenance. With the extensions, she is able to save time in styling, making it easier to maintain. However, when she does wear her natural hair, she gets positive responses. For others who want to be natural, she suggests saving as the process can get expensive. If uncertain about how you would look with a new change to your hair, she recommends using extensions as a way to test the look out. Changes #5 Piercings and Tattoos With these changes, while the desire may be there, worries about how it would be perceived in the professional realm can serve as a strong deterrent. “People judge over the dumbest things,” Sensabaugh says. Though both piercings and tattoos are less and less shocking as time goes on, they still are frowned upon in many competitive fields. Strategic placement can be utilized to bypass this problem, and you can always research your line of work to see what is generally accepted.

Haley Swafford, a freshman accounting major cut her hair 5 ½ inches to start off the new season.

Judy Stubblefield, a freshman journalism major started embracing her hair by wearing it natural.

If you want to do any cosmetic changes, you should decide if that is something you really want to do. You only have this one life. You might as well make the most of it and do what you want to do, so go forth and do what makes you happy! Jasmyn Nash, a junior psychology from Fayetteville, recently started wearing her hair natural. 27

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How we exercise and how we use technology is constantly evolving, so why not use the best of both worlds while bettering ourselves this year? What a better time to get up and get moving than the beginning of 2016? There are so many ways to stay active. There are ways to keep everyone engaged in an active lifestyle ranging from wearable pieces of technology to fitness classes and everyday exercise.


FITNESS TRENDS OF 2016 By: Danielle Profita| Photography: Madison Ambrogio

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness. “I have owned a Fitbit for a year - at first the Fitbit Flex, and now the Fitbit Charge,” says Morgan Cocoa, a freshman secondary education mathematics major from Johns Creek. “It is easy to use because it syncs to my phone with Bluetooth. This allows me to know how many steps and floors I’ve completed each day. It also lets me know how many calories I am burning. There is also an app that allows you to compete with other people who you have added to your Fitbit account.” You can pick up a Fitbit at any Target or Wal-Mart. Here is a list of the most popular wearable technologies, like the Fitbit, for this upcoming year: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Fitbit Charge HR Jawbone UP2 Fitbit Surge Moov Now Garmin Vivoactive

TOP TRAINING TRENDS As seen in many trendy, pop-up exercise bodegas, training techniques are commonly mixed to achieve optimal results. This upcoming year we are expecting to see trends like Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness and Blast Fitness explode! With high intensity core training and circuit intervals, each place has a different experience to offer its consumer. So why not try them all? 1. BODY WEIGHT TRAINING Bodyweight exercises are strength-training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual's own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.



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2. HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training, which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, and high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery. 3. STRENGTH TRAINING Strength Training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.

FUNCTIONAL EVERYDAY FITNESS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS Functional Fitness can be described as any activity used to complete an everyday life activity. For instance, walking a dog, climbing the stairs, playing games outside or just moving boxes. “My exercise is walking to and from class everyday,” says Lindsey Broscher, a junior public relations major from Suwannee. “It may not seem like a lot, but it’s a long walk.” FITNESS FOR THE ELDERLY It is important for seniors and older adults to maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Through modified classes, they can keep exercising and boost their health. “My grandfather and his friends have a pass to the Botanical Gardens, and they go there to powerwalk every week!” says Emma Burke, a sophomore genetics and statistics double major from Woodstock. EXERCISE AND WEIGHT LOSS TECHNIQUES Simple exercise and weight loss techniques include everything from dieting to everyday activity. These techniques range from home remedies to plans and classes at the gym.

Juliana Abel, a freshman biology major from Sandy Springs, tries a new workout to get fit.

4. CORE TRAINING Also known as core-strength training, it includes components of balance, stability, abdominal and lower back work, as well as all of the muscles of the bottom and legs. A true core-strength training program not only uses the abs but also activates all of the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips and pelvis. 5. PERSONAL TRAINING A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments.

Eating healthy is a big part of transforming your body for the New Year.

YOGA Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures. It is widely practiced for health and relaxation. “I like yoga because it forces me to focus my mind on something completely unrelated to the stresses I have going on around me,” says Carter Roberts, a junior education major from Atlanta. “I love the challenge of having to clear my mind to focus on my body during yoga.”

Jourdan May, a freshman animal science major from Massachusetts, avoids the “Freshman 15” by going on runs and creating a solid workout routine.

How to Conquer a New Semester: A FRESHMAN’S PERSPECTIVE By: Carrie Mauldin | Photography: Sally Frost

For most students, the first semester away at college can be the most gloriously terrifying experience of his or her lives. Facing new challenges, such as a more rigorous course load, living on your own and trying to figure out what it is you want to do with your life is something a high school classroom rarely prepares you for. So with this being said, the first semester at college can be quite a rocky start for incoming freshmen. The first week alone for a majority of students can consist of revamping their entire schedule or throwing out their current major for a brand new one. “I changed my major a lot during the first week of college because I knew what my parents wanted me to do, but I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do,” says Morgan Manning, a freshman psychology major from Hahira. Of course there’s no shame in changing your major once, twice or maybe even 10 times, but that’s not the only challenge to overcome in college as a freshmen. What are the others?



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The Freshman 15 The Freshmen 15 seems like an urban myth at UGA, given the plethora of hills and stairways one must ascend to make it to their intro lecture class. However, when the pounds start adding up, what can you do differently to ward off the Freshman 15? If you haven’t checked out the Ramsey Student Center located in East Campus Village, now is the perfect time to start off a new semester by trying out a variety of fitness classes offered. Ramsey offers racquetball, rock climbing (perfect for the outdoorsman wanting to stay inside during the cold winter months), lap swim, basketball and various workout rooms for cardio and strength training. Another option is to try taking up a new sport or activity, such as running or any of the numerous club or intramural sports offered on campus.


Organizing your schedule A tough lesson learned by those who have not yet figured out where most buildings are located on campus is the realization that you scheduled your classes that are 15 minutes apart on opposite ends of campus. “I scheduled a lot of between-class gaps this semester,” says Evan House, a freshman history and

Xavier Morgan, a freshman psychology major from Rhode Island, makes sure to have an organized schedule by checking Athena.

In case you missed the fall activities fair held by the Center for Student Organizations, not to worry! The spring activities fair will be held early spring semester and will host a variety of clubs to sign up for and get involved in. There’s also an array of club postings located in Tate throughout the semester.


Meeting New People Rather than sticking to just your normal classical languages major from Covington. “Once you’ve friend group this semester, try reaching out and meeting taken a break between classes, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.” A way to avoid this dilemma is to new people. Whether it is in your classes, activities or in a schedule your classes close enough to each other in the dining hall, college is the perfect time to network a group day to avoid mid-day slumps or perhaps scheduling all of of friends that can benefit you now and in the future. your classes in the morning or afternoon only. So college freshmen, as you take on a new year and a


Balancing Social Life and Academics Another challenge in college is that, unlike high school, rather than joining as many clubs as you want and still being able to have time to write that essay for AP Language, you have to focus on a smaller number of clubs that really pique your interest. Also, as you join clubs this semester, make sure you are committing to something you can make the most out of and will bring the most benefit to you rather than just a weekly email update about what the club or organization is up to.

new semester, try these tips to avoid any repeats of first semester mistakes. Get more involved, meet new people and perfect that schedule! Make the most out of your time here at UGA.


Getting Involved “I think joining a club that is something you’re interested in or involves community service is something people can bond over,” says Jackie Prine, an art major from Lake Park. Sloan Huff, a freshman criminal justice major from Monroe, and Jaspal Mahal, a freshman health promotion major from Alpharetta, play video games with people in their dorm as a way to meet new people. 37


The Georgia Theatre updates their marquee with upcoming shows, so be sure to check it often.

Exploring Athens’ Live Music Scene By: Emma Korstanje | Photography: Rachel Nipp

The Classic City has made a name for itself in the history of Georgia in many ways, the most obvious being that it is the home of the beloved University of Georgia. For many people, the knowledge of Athens ends somewhere between football and education related statistics. This limited view of the city leaves out one of its main contributions. With a history dating back to the 1950s, focusing especially on the 1980s when two bands pulled the city to the forefront of the rock music scene, the Athens music scene is not one to be ignored. With this history in mind, it is understandable to want to explore the live music scene in the New Year. By visiting any of the following five venues, from the well known to the hidden gems, a curious listener will easily be able to discover new music and possibly even stumble across the next B-52s or R.E.M.

40 Watt:

After finally settling on a location off of West Wash underground music scene. In the years since, the club has hosted a slew of local bands and emerging artists, as well as many highly popular artists such as Nirvana, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, Dierks Bentley and John Mayer, to name a few in a list of many. “It’s one of those hidden nooks of Athens that is such a unique wealth of life,” says Ruth Ann Traynelis, a freshman public health major from Atlanta. “I am so impressed by the wide variety of music that is shared there.” Regarding the music played, Traynelis is completely correct as a night in the entirely general admission, standing room only venue could be spent listening to any of the multitudes of genres classifying music today. After basking in the dimly lit, mysterious atmosphere that radiates history, a music fan may just find themselves checking the venue’s website for the next upcoming event.

Caledonia Lounge:

Located in a parking lot behind 40 Watt and off of West Clayton Street, the Caledonia Lounge is one of the most physically unique venues on this list. “It’s a shady steel shed with rowdy punk shows, and that’s about the best you can ask for in a college venue,” says Brian Chenard, a freshman English major from Cumming. Chenard’s remarks form a fairly good description as the Be sure to check the 40 Watt Club’s marquee for upcoming shows.



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venue has been serving a unique sound to eager listeners since forming in 1999 due to its’ metallic-influenced architecture and outdoor space. While it does welcome many different genres, this particular venue focuses on emerging, alternative bands. The venue’s website keeps an up-to-date list of upcoming events and pricing for those ready to experience new music.

Lumpkin Street Station:

As one of the newer venues to join the Athens scene, Lumpkin Street Station is a great choice for the live music fans who are fairly familiar with the town and are desiring a new location to visit on Friday nights. After the owners of Ashley Street Station in Valdosta purchased the building, located just off of North Lumpkin Street and previously known as The Green Room, the space was reworked to resemble its southern Georgia predecessor. As it is technically a bar, all shows have a minimum attendance age of 21 years or older, although the main focus of the site is live music rather than barhopping. This particular venue advertises a wide variety of acts, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to singer/songwriter and everything in between. For a full listing of upcoming events, visit the Lumpkin Street Station Facebook page.

built a name for itself in other mediums, such as poetry readings, art shows, local variety acts and of course, its famed free popcorn. Due to this variety, it is helpful to check the event schedule found on the venue’s website before planning a night on the town.

Georgia Theatre:

As one of the biggest and most popular indoor venues in Athens, the Georgia Theatre is a regular in conversations regarding the live music scene. With a history dating back to 1889, when the building located on North Lumpkin Street was first built, the venue served many purposes ranging from the local YMCA to a furniture store. After being rebuilt in 2009 following a fire that completely destroyed the interior of the building, the venue was redecorated using a creative juxtaposition of modern accents and classic exposed brick that acts as a reminder of the building’s rich history. As a larger, more well known venue in Athens, it has built a reputation of bringing larger acts to the Classic City. Of these, there have been a wide variety of acts such as indie band, Moon Taxi, country star, Kenny Chesney, and metal group GWAR. A full list of upcoming events, as well as past performers, is available on the venue’s website.

Flicker Theatre & Bar:

From artsy to punk-rock, small-town to Top 40 hits and everything in between, there is a venue for every For those looking to experience more than just a night listener. With just a bit of research and inclination of music, the Flicker Theatre & Bar located off of West towards adventure, finding new music to accompany the Washington Street is the place to visit. Described as a bar New Year can be an easy task. that “just has a really cool aesthetic,” by Bianca Shamim, a junior mass media arts major from Lilburn, this venue’s unique interior of warm tones and ever-changing art displays creates a friendly, artsy and cozy atmosphere. A visit to Flicker could be spent in either of the two halves of the building: the bar side more aimed at socialization or the theater/ stage side where they show local movies and more often, bands. This particular venue has also If you haven’t enjoyed the rooftop seating at the Georgia Theatre yet, it is definitely a must do for hanging out with friends in the New Year. 39

Art Culture Revamped: Seeing Art in a New Perspective


By: Ashley Dozier | Photography: Emily Jenkins

New Year resolutions always follow the same routine. Every year we focus on getting slimmer (for about a month), changing our styles and letting go of stressors. As 2016 rolls around, try breaking the cycle and finding a new perspective this year through the unique art museums and studios that Athens has to offer. Immersing yourself in art and art culture is a great way to relieve stress and expand your knowledge of new and classic artists, learn a bit of history and get in touch with your creative side. “Art is important to me because it’s a constant reminder of the beauty of the human mind and the blend of cultures that surrounds us today," says Candace Ibori, a freshman biology major from Asheville, North Carolina. Here’s a list of five art museums and studios around Athens to help you see and understand art in new, creative perspective for the New Year:


Art Rocks Athens For the classic rock fans and audiophiles, Art Rocks Athens will be a first on your list. Art Rocks Athens, organized in 2011, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art that inspired the music that put Athens on the map. The organization emphasizes the relationship between art and rock music through exhibitions of different art mediums including film and photography, as well as hosting musical performances. Learn about the musical history that formed Athens through the art that influenced this rocking spot. Paint brushes and water cups prepared for customers to use at ARTini’s Art Lounge on Friday, December 4, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.



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ATHICA Looking for new modern art and artists? Well look no further. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is a non-profit gallery displaying the works of original, modern art and artists from around the world. Opened in 2002, ATHICA welcomes the public to experience local and international art through various exhibitions, workshops and events. ATHICA, housed in a renovated warehouse, offers a unique venue that’s sure to captivate your interests while enhancing its unorthodox pieces.


ARTini’s Art Lounge With the New Year comes a need to let go of stress and find new passions in your life.

ARTini’s Art Lounge is an art studio that invites artists and non-artists to learn how to paint calendar scheduled scenes, while also enjoying an adult beverage for customers of age.

ARTini’s, founded in 2010, is an art lounge where you can go and unleash your inner creativity. They offer multiple instructed classes per month to aid you in creating a masterpiece that’s worthy for mom's fridge. The best part is that there is no experience required. So whether you’re an exceptional artist or a professional stick figure maker, ARTini’s is the perfect place to unwind, create a masterpiece and learn a little more about yourself.



Georgia Museum of Art If you’re looking to get exposed to new art for the New Year without leaving your comfort zone, the Georgia Museum of Art is located conveniently in your backyard. Well, maybe it’s not in your backyard, but it is right on campus in the Performing Arts Complex. Since its opening in 1982, the Georgia Museum of Art has been home to a collection of various pieces of art of the 19th and 20th century from all around the globe. The museum also brings in new exhibits throughout each semester, so there’s always something new to see. “The work in the [Georgia Museum of Art] is very immaculate and every piece is well defined," says Diana Mitchel, a junior film studies major from Atlanta. It’s the perfect place to kick off the New Year and open up a new door into the wonderful world of art.

Good Dirt Clay Studio For those looking to really get their hands dirty and take a hands on approach to art, Good Dirt Clay Studio is a must on your journey into the New Year. Established in 1997, Good Dirt Clay Studio is open to anyone in the community looking to try their hand at pottery. Like ARTini’s, Good Dirt Clay Studio is open to those of all levels. What better way to start the New Year than to have a one of a kind piece of pottery that you created, and decorate your living space. For those looking for lessons, Good Dirt Clay Studio also offers classes and workshops to really amp up your skills. If nothing else, making clay art is a wonderful way to have fun (alone or with friends), de-stress and Come teach in Henry County Schools, McDonough, GA. find a creative outlet. “The meaning behind The 7th largest school system in the state! We are a short whatever you create can be so powerful," drive from Hartsfield Jackson Airport and Downtown says Kallic Moore, a sophomore engineering Atlanta. We are in need of Math, Science and Spanish major from Monroe. "It allows people to see teachers, as well as Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs). through your eyes even if just for a moment.” Please visit to apply for current vacancies. 41

Honeywheel band members (left to right): Jacob St. Amand, Blake Kole, Jake Pokalsky, Shaubam Kadam.

Honeywheel By: Kelsey Green | Photography: Elizabeth Chambers

Many up and coming bands have called Athens home, including famous bands like R.E.M and the B-52s. The members find each other, build up a sound and then make their debut here. Athens’ newest progressive rock star, Honeywheel, is no different. The members of Honeywheel are the University of Georgia’s own Jacob St. Amand, a junior economics major from Sandy Springs, Blake Kole, a junior marketing major from Johns Creek, Jake Pokalsky, a junior finance and management information system major from Atlanta and Shaubam Kadam, a junior public relations and political science major also from Johns Creek. St. Amand and Pokalsky have known each other since sixth grade, but it wasn’t until the Sigma Kappa formal last spring did they find future band mate Kadam. During some small talk, they discovered that Kadam and St. Amand both played Blake Kole is a junior marketing major from Johns Creek and the drummer for Honeywheel.



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guitar while Pokalsky played bass, and they would be living near one another starting that summer. Kadam then exclaimed the all too expected phrase, “we gotta jam,” and they did just that. Then, a few jam sessions later, Kadam brought longtime friend and drummer, Kole, to play as well, and the group fell into place. “We had no intention of forming a

Jacob St. Amand is a junior economics major from Sandy Springs and plays guitar and keyboard for Honeywheel.

band, but it happened so naturally” St. Amand says. So, in May 2015, the band Honeywheel was born. Since then, they have been working on their music non-stop by picking up gigs wherever they can, and when they can’t, they go to Live Wire to help get their name and music out to the Athens community. At their first gig, Honeywheel had a crowd of 20 to 30 people, “which for a first gig is pretty incredible,” Kole says. When asked what inspired their music, a range of answers were received, from soul to pop and rap to bluegrass. “We see ourselves as a melting pot,” Kadam says. Pokalsky adds, “The commonality in our music tastes helps us make a base layer for our music, and then our extreme tastes influence us, and our unique individual style within our songs.” New fans can find a taste of their original music through their newest demo called “Desert” on the official Honeywheel Facebook page. Hoping to minimize outside influences on their music that might come with a manager or studio manager, Honeywheel looks at the band as a start-up business and divides up the duties within the band. For example, Kadam follows through with his training from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and

handles the band’s public relations affairs. St. Amand runs the financial side of the band. Pokalsky works to find gigs in and around the area, while Kole runs their social media sites. The band even goes so far as to selfproduce their music. Through their side business, Ruth Street Productions, Honeywheel hopes to have an EP out sometime around February 2016. Right now, they are working on their fifth original song, and when they aren’t playing gigs downtown or practicing, they are working on recording. Not only do they record their own material, but they also help other new bands, as well. Honeywheel opens Ruth Street Productions to other Athens bands to come in to the mix. “It’s a tough industry; not a lot of money is made off loyalties," Pokalsky says. "So this is our way of trying to help other great bands to start recording." With aspirations of one day playing at the Georgia Theatre and hoping to be able to go on a tour before their senior year, Pokalsky explains that Honeywheel is willing to take it “as far as we can go.” As long as the fans come, they promise to stick it out. For now, their hopes are to continue to draw crowds and have their fans leaving their show with a strong, positive emotional response. For more information, visit the bands Facebook site and look forward to their new EP in 2016.

Shaubam Kadam, left, is a junior public relations and political science major from Johns Creek and plays guitar and sings for Honeywheel. Jake Pokalsky, right, is a junior finance and managment information systems major from Atlanta and plays bass and sings for Honeywheel. 43

There’s An App For That By: Anna Rowland | Illustrator: Orlando Pimentel | App Icons: App Store

Welcome to the Age of Integration. Most people between the ages of 18-45 begin and end the day with their smartphones. Their function may be as simplistic as an alarm clock or as complicated as a home security system. The two main purposes of the smartphone are to make your life easier and better. Long gone are the days of writing sticky notes to yourself or waiting until you’ve returned home to make a call. People are used to instant gratification. We have also become easily bored. The average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds to 8 seconds since the start of the mobile revolution. The smartphone takes care of everything immediately from satisfying your curiosity regarding the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 (Jimmy Carter) to reminding you of your unfortunate dentist appointment at 12:30. There have been numerous clinical studies, such as one written in The New Yorker magazine, about the validity of certain motivational and self-improvement applications. They seem to concur that your smartphone can indeed guide you on a journey of self-improvement. The New Yorker discusses a study being conducted by Jane McGonigal that shows how phone-based games can be applied to real life. In fact, there are many applications that aim to do just that. According to Mobi Health News, as of January 2014, 46 million people used fitness apps, which is a quick 18% increase from 2013. Applications may be the key to successfully making changes in your life because they possess the ability to make mundane tasks entertaining, and they are a cheap alternative that provides personalised plans. Here are five applications to help you with the common resolutions of weight loss, fitness, time management and increased productivity: Zombies, Run! Released February 2012 This workout app - while capitalizing on the current pop culture zombie craze acts as an audio storybook that tracks your running pace and trains you in interval running. You arrive in a post-apocalyptic town with a mission to gather supplies and information. Zombies appear on the map at intervals, and you must run at a certain speed to escape them. Level Up Life Beta Testing as of October, 2015 This app turns your life into an RPG game while tracking your day-to-day achievements. You gain XP (experience



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points) by completing certain tasks and eventually this causes you to level up. The tasks come from twelve different categories, and can vary in difficulty. For example, Day One might give you “Drink 8 glasses of water in one day” from the Fitness and Health category. After gaining some XP you may be challenged to “host a barbeque” from the Social category. Lose It Released July, 2010 Advertised as the best weight loss system available, this app works by seamlessly integrating a calorie counter, fitness tracker and social support system. It also connects with a variety of the most popular fitness devices on the market. It has many different features, but you can tailor them to fit your specific needs. Feeling competitive? Set it to challenge mode. Feeling social? Share your favorite recipes with friends. Feeling like a failure? Compare your progress to others or your old self. Orderly Released June, 2015 Designed to improve your productivity, Orderly displays tasks in a way that is intuitive and boasts a user-friendly, simplistic interface. It sends you reminders of certain tasks depending on your location and syncs flawlessly with the Cloud. SuperBetter Released March, 2012 This app aims to make you a better version of yourself by acting as a life coach. It encourages optimism in the face of a challenge and self-improvement by giving you a simple list of daily to-dos. It boasts proven results with just 10 minutes of use per day. For this reason, SuperBetter has been featured on TED talks and is used by many therapists.

Finding You This Winter By: Jasmine Calhoun | Photography: Jane Snyder

With cold weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to bring out the comfy blankets, the hot chocolate and light the fireplace before settling in for a quiet night. Cuddling up with a good movie sounds great for a few days in a row, but after a while of winter weather we all start to get a bit restless. Add those typical winter blues, and it starts to get harder and harder to not feel lonely and exhausted. You start thinking about how the bears handle winter; let’s just sleep through this entire season. Work or school barely motivates you to leave the warmth of your bed. There just is not much motivation during the winter, and on top of everything else you feel alone. The sense of being alone during the winter is worse than the other seasons. “Wouldn’t you rather be alone during the summer on a beach watching the sunset… It is just harder to cope with solitude during the winter months,” says Tochi Uzoije, a sophomore computer systems engineering major from Chicago, Illinois. Those shorter days and colder temperatures begin to freeze the social springs, summers and falls into the dreaded lonely winter. It is no wonder why, for so many people, coping with solitude is difficult when winter does not offer the best environment for being joyful. It is understandable - who wants to be alone during the winter months? Life loves to make us laugh by putting most major holidays during this season. It is not too farfetched of an idea that millennials do not embrace the idea of spending time alone. We may spend five minutes here or there, but with social media within grasp, it is too easy to ask for company even indirectly. Before you connect to social media or text that person you swore you would not contact again, consider dealing with winter blues by mastering the art of solitude. 1. In solitude there is peace in knowing that you are your own company, and you enjoy the alone time. Some people find that using the wintertime for selfreflection helps defeat those winter blues. This does not mean you have to sit in a dark room and meditate for hours on end. Enjoying your solitude comes in many forms: 2. Remain active with in-home exercises: Remember in January when you were going to start yoga or get fit? Find an exercise that you can enjoy doing by yourself. Yoga is perfect because it mixes strength building with self-reflection. You can find tutorials on YouTube for

free and no equipment is necessary. Ariel Mallory, a junior digital and broadcast major from Atlanta increases her exercising during the wintertime. She says solitude is important for self-development and exercising helps her to remain focused.

3. Enjoy solitude through hobbies: There are countless activities, crafts and pastimes that you could enjoy doing alone. Anissa McIntosh, a freshman clinical counseling major from Elberton, appreciates time spent with family, but she has found that listening to music helps her to enjoy her time alone as well. Her strength in solitude is her music producing and writing. All of the necessary creativity thrives when she spends some time alone. 4. Let in some light: Studies show that the sun heavily impacts our moods. According to UGA Professor Philip Holmes of behavioral and brain sciences, it is important to maintain the natural “clock” inside our bodies, which is based primarily on the sun. For him, beating the winter blues is making sure your body aligns with a natural wake-cycle and spending time outside to ensure that neurotransmitters are functioning properly. So try adding a little sunshine to an otherwise dreary winter day by going for a walk around your home. This allows you to take in vitamin D from the sun, get the heart racing and actively enjoy your alone time. This winter, do not become a victim to the blues by believing you are not capable of defeating them alone. The fact is, you are strong enough, and you just need to find out how. Start the year off right and snuggle with your own thoughts. This is the perfect time for self-reflection and growth. Take the time to learn the value of yourself. The more you do this, the less you are ever actually alone. Caylor Riemenschneider, a junior human development and family science major, does yoga at home to relax and reflect. 45

Destination Dawgs: Making Education Accessible By: Casey Drum | Illustrator: Orlando Pimentel

The Clemson LIFE program has been offering post-secondary education to students with disabilities graduating from high school since January of 2009. “The Clemson LIFE program is a model that I wish all schools would follow,” says Clemson University head football coach, Dabo Swinney. “Learning Is For Everyone, and this program provides incredible teaching and training for students with special needs.” The University of Georgia will now also have an inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) program, beginning in the spring of 2017. Two UGA institutes, the J. W. Fanning Institute of Leadership Development and the Institute of Human Development and Disability (IHDD), have been exploring the idea of creating an IPSE program on the UGA campus for about three years. The Fanning Institute has combined their knowledge of leadership skills with IHDD’s knowledge of people with disabilities. “We have a history here of serving underserved populations and working for them in terms of leadership development,” says Dr. Brendan Leahy, Fanning faculty member. Leahy and fellow Fanning faculty member, Lori Tiller, have paired with Coordinator of Disability Studies at IHDD, Dr. Carol Laws, in order to explore the idea of working with youth with disabilities to transition onto college campuses. IPSE Off Campus “There’s a regional, state-wide and national movement,” Leahy says. Three years ago, Leahy and Tiller began attending meetings for IPSE programs across the southeast. Roughly two years ago, they received a contract to formally explore the future of an IPSE program at UGA. Laws joined the journey a year and a half ago, attending meetings to learn about the different types of programs. They visited Clemson University, Kennesaw State University the University of South Carolina and other colleges throughout the southeast. The programs at each of these higher education institutions are created differently; each offers different types of classes, living



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accommodations and extra-curricular activities. The Clemson LIFE program has had a huge impact on the UGA IPSE development and has grown from five students in 2009 to currently having 24 students enrolled. Their long-term goal is to have 40 students by 2019, says Clemson LIFE founder and Executive Director Dr. Joseph Ryan. During their first two years, students received instruction on independent living skills like cooking, cleaning and safety. LIFE students who demonstrate they can safely function within an apartment setting are invited to participate in advanced training with close supervision during an optional third and fourth year of study, Ryan says. Clemson LIFE currently has about 400 undergraduate students, from a variety of majors, volunteering to work as mentors, tutors and buddies with the LIFE students, as well as volunteering for special events. “Mentors help LIFE students set goals and monitor their progress in developing employment and independent living skills,” Ryan says. Buddies help the LIFE students participate in campus and community activities. IPSE On Campus Jim Thompson, UGA graduate and former SGA vice-president, ran on the platform of creating an IPSE program at UGA. He was inspired by a video from the Clemson LIFE program, noticed a huge national trend and wanted to bring awareness for a possible program on the UGA campus. He researched statistics on how many students were being forced to go out of state for an IPSE program that fit their needs and reached out to administrators on campus to gain support. A friend in one of Laws’ disability classes finally made Thompson aware of their ongoing exploratory research. He began working in October 2014 as a branch to both the student body and administration. Thompson discovered a huge amount of support from the student body, which resulted in the unanimous passing of a resolution within the student senate in support of the initiative. Thompson was able to pass

the torch onto new SGA executive, junior Darby Miller. Miller will work as a liaison between Fanning and IHDD and the student body in building UGA’s IPSE program, Destination Dawgs. “From hands on learning experiences for studying different fields, to creating a student organization who serves as mentors for students going through the IPSE program, this program brings innovation, passion and the bulldawg nation closer together,” Miller says. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to have a college education and experience.” Fanning’s Director, Dr. Matthew Bishop, says their role is to “facilitate the process, to understand what others are doing and the best practices and success stories… and understand the feasibility of it.” Fanning has been contracted to organize some summer camps for students with intellectual disabilities. “They will come to campus and receive leadership training and be exposed to what it’s like to be a college student,” Bishop says. Fanning will provide direct leadership training to students with disabilities from all over the state. “We are excited about helping that population through leadership development,” Leahy says. “Creating leadership skills within each student will allow them to have a successful transition into a program.” At the end of June 2015, the grant that Fanning held ended. Leahy, Tiller, Laws as well as SGA executives continued to work and to keep the momentum going.

Now, they are happy to announce there will be an IPSE program on UGA’s campus. Destination Dawgs and the IPSE program will launch in the spring of 2017, with Fanning hosting a summer institute for interested students in the summer of 2016. “When we launch the Destination Dawgs program, we are going to start small with a cohort of five or six students, “ Laws says. “Smaller programs,” Tiller says, “seem to be the most successful and make the most sense to the trio.” IPSE programs are preparing students for employment outcomes. “The primary goal is that youth who would traditionally have a hard time transitioning out of K-12 public schools into a meaningful job will have the opportunity to be in internships and have experiences where they can explore future careers,” Laws says. “In addition, they will learn how to live independently and have a college experience, so that when they finish with the program they’ll be more likely to be hired full time in a job that can actually pay them a competitive wage.” According to Ryan, approximately one out of 10 families have a member with an intellectual disability. “This means that many individuals are not familiar with the unique challenges and needs of these young men and women,” Ryan says. This can lead to the general public not understanding the needs and strengths of students with disabilities. Students of IHDD’s disability studies program are excited for the future of Destination Dawgs and the awareness it will build on UGA’s campus. 47

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