By Anna Rowland
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.
“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.”
By Kyla Brinkley
“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.
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 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.
By Katie Story
In an imposing, gray building, sitting in the flat she had lived in her entire life, Jirina Siklova says that the Czech Republic had achieved gender equality. By contrast, in an abandoned clinic shut down numerous times by the police, Tereza Zvolska says that feminism looks to find its place among Czech culture because national culture itself, specifically in Prague, is still finding itself.
“Czech people are still sort of searching for an identity in general, and I think it’s basically connected to the feminism as well,” Zvolska says. “We need to build our own tradition in this field.”
According to the European Commission website, “There are practically no differences between women and men in the areas of access to education, health care and services.”
The government subsidizes contraceptives, and abortions are legal up to three months of the pregnancy. However, there are still areas that can be improved. Jitka Hausenblasova is project manager at the Gender Studies center, set up in 1991. It started as a library but now also publishes many pieces on gender related issues. Hausenblasova deals with issues in corporations that have low percentages of women in upper echelons.
“Here we have a lot of areas that are feminized, so that means these professions are less valued than others that are perceived as male professions,” Hausenblasova says. “This is one of the problems that [show that] women in general are valued as less.”
At the institute, education is crucial to inform both genders about inequalities in modern society—like in the business world. After the fall of communism, people assumed equality between men and women had been achieved because government mandated it, however Hausenblasova says that women may believe their own problems are unique to them when there could be a larger, systematic issue in place. Bringing to light these systematic issues is still something she and the center hopes to address.
Zvolska recently graduated from Charles University with a Masters in gender studies. Although she says people scoff at her degree and complain that she wasted their tax dollars in a major that could lead nowhere, she believes that in every facet of daily life there are feminist issues that need to be addressed.
The big issue brought up at the lecture at the Klinika was the dearth of women in politics, and if quotas were appropriate to fix this issue. Though there has been an increase during the past two decades, women only make up about 20 percent of elected officials in the Parliament Senate, according to a summary to the report “Political Participation of Women in the Czech Republic,” published by the European Commission, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme in 2012.
The Czech Republic scores higher than the United States for percentage of women in the Lower or Single House, with the U.S. only having about 19 percent. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which focuses on worldwide dialogue among parliaments, both countries fall behind about 68 other countries when it comes to percentage of women in government.
However, bringing up these issues and tying them to the overall movement of feminism causes mixed reactions. Hausenblasova said that people react negatively because they see feminism only as the western feminism, which was imported and flooded into the country after the fall of communism. As well, people have misconceptions of what a feminist really is. They might think that feminism is synonymous to man-hating.
Because of the communist roots when equality was required by the state, many feel that equality has already been achieved and shouldn’t be so zealously sought for. The state required that all must work, therefore equality was just something that had to happen.
“The ideology [was] that men and women should go to work," Hausenblasova says. "Women should be freed from things like ironing...[the government] had plans for...services. The ideal community was some kind of unit, and everyday people should be going to work and all the other things should be provided by the services...like laundry services."
However, women still ended up with two “jobs” because the services the state was supposed to provide never came into fruition.
“It was just a theory, but in reality the communist planning just didn’t work,” says Hausenblasova in reference to this idealist social framework.
As Siklova explained that “feminisms” were simple and many questions revolving around it were simple, it seems that the younger generation is struggling with that concept and what it means for their Czech Republic. Sometimes older traditions of superficial security, like communism of the 1950s, are as empty as the concept of equality preached by older generations today.
Sitting among the borrowed couches and books surrounded by anarchist and ideological slogans plastered all over the Klinika, any outsider could see that young Prague people are searching for what they want to believe in and how to reconcile their Western European identity with more extreme, Western movements. Although the Czech Republic has its own, local problems, Zvolska believes that hardly anyone even knows that these problems exist.
“We don’t really have the issue...but in every field there are feminist issues,” Zvolska says. "But nobody really points at that. Society is quite ignorant."
By Casey Drum
Study abroad programs are advertised to college students from the moment they attend orientation. Eager freshman are drawn in by the tri-fold presentations with alluring pictures from places ranging from Australia to Ireland. Many of these students will load up on brochures ready to convince their parents to let them spend a future summer, or even semester, in another country.
Distance Learning Coordinator of Grady College, Kelly Meyer, urges students to study abroad at least once. She preaches that traveling abroad helps students to broaden their perspectives of the world as they step out of their comfort zone. Study abroad programs often force students to become a minority while in a foreign country and face new challenges such as language barriers and traveling in large groups.
Study abroad programs take immense planning, from passports to money usage to health choices. The planning process is exciting as it builds anticipation to your future trip. It is important for students to be prepared before traveling abroad. You will be making lifelong memories. While it’s important to plan for a study abroad, it’s also important to plan to make the most out of your trip. From one study abroad traveler to another, here are some tips to make your trip the best it can be:
Take pictures of scenery and of yourself. Friends and family will be asking you for pictures from every new place that you visit, and you will be grateful for all of your pictures when you return home. Not only will you have pristine Instagram pictures, but the digital treasures will act as a reminder of your amazing trip. Your friends and followers will be excited to see your updates from your trip, so get ready for the most likes and comments of your social media life to date.
You will be studying and traveling with your peers for the majority of your program, so make friends. Not only should you practice the buddy system while traveling abroad, but it is also more enjoyable to make memories with others. By the time your program is over, you could have a whole new friend group that you may have never connected with on campus. When you get home, some of your best nights back in Athens will be reminiscing with your study abroad friends (shout-out to my Prague Dawgs).
Take your classes seriously.
Meyer says that many students have the misconception that study abroad classes will be easy, but this is often not the case. “Focus on your studies, but don’t let classes hold you back from experiencing the foreign country around you,” says Kate Braun, a senior accounting major from Midway. Most study abroad classes are not merely lecture style. The course study may allow the students to go out into the foreign country where they are studying and have unique experiences. Although this may seem like a challenge at first, most students find that the hands-on style is more rewarding in the long run.
Do something different. You are in a foreign country! Try their food, experience their culture and simply try something new everyday. You can have a reasonable bedtime when you get back to Athens. Go out, see why people rage over international clubs, let loose with your new friends, stay out until sunrise. Some of your best memories will come from these nights. Remember to always be safe, and make smart decisions.
Don’t say no to a weekend trip to another city/country.
If you are studying in a place with easy access to other destinations, go. Commonly, the most expensive part of a trip abroad is the airfare to get there. Once you are there, do not waste your time. Many international countries have reliable bus or train systems allowing easy travel across borders.
Stay in a hostel.
Hostels are notoriously infamous for being gross and unsafe, but realistically they are often cheap, safe and convenient. You may stay in a room with nine other people in cheap bunk beds, and you may not shower for three days, but in the end, it is all about the unforgettable experience and the memories.
Don’t penny-pinch too much.
This may not be your parents’ favorite advice because saving money is important. However, you will probably only get to study abroad once, and it is all about making the most of your time. Pay the fare to see that museum or take that river cruise or buy that extra souvenir. Again, it is all about the memories!
Call your parents.
They miss you. They may say they aren’t worried about you, but they are. Check in with them as much as you can. Meyer advises you to take the time to teach them how to use technology, such as Skype, and then designate some time to call them once you are abroad. They will be excited to see you and hear your stories, and you will enjoy a little taste of home.
Write a blog/journal.
It may be time-consuming, but it is important. You will want to remember your entire trip. Write down what you saw, who you were with and what you felt. Trips abroad are exciting and can be overwhelming. Write it all down, so you don’t forget anything. Blogs and social media updates are also a great way to keep others updated on your trip.
Wi-Fi is your best friend.
“Ranking restaurants based on Wi-Fi availability before food preferences is totally okay,” says Kaitlyn Yarborough, a junior magazine journalism major from Albany. Yarborough studied in Prague, Czech Republic, on Grady College’s Travel Writing program in the summer of 2015. You will find yourself choosing your restaurants, hostels and destinations based on Wi-Fi availability. If you do not pay the extra fees to have cellular data while abroad, you will have to get used to not having instant Internet access at your fingertips at all times. Take advantage of Wi-Fi wherever you are lucky enough to find it, but don’t forget to put your phone down and experience your trip. (Tip: You can take Snapchats without an Internet connection and send them or add them to your story when you are on Wi-Fi later.)
Learn the transportation systems.
International countries have different transportation options than Athens. Learning how to utilize local metros, buses and trams will be extremely helpful. Don’t be embarrassed to be the tourist with the map for your first week. By the end of your trip you will be getting around like a local. “The metro is scary at first, but it is the most helpful thing by far once you master it,” Yarborough says. “Make sure to know what times it opens and closes, so you aren’t stranded.”
The overall best advice to give future travelers is to be prepared for some of the best times of their lives. Whether you are studying abroad for three weeks or an entire semester, remember to make the most of your time. See as much and do as much as you can, and come back with tons of great stories for your family and friends.
The World Food Travel Association defines food tourism as “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.”
Food tourism isn’t just about gourmet food, but it is also about the stumble-uponhappenings when exploring a new place, especially a new country. These experiences include: food carts, locals-only places, fresh markets, pubs, wineries and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Establishments that are unsuspecting during the day may come alive at night. A prime example of this is The Hoftgarten in Innsbruck, Austria, in the heart of the Alps. This beautifully quaint collection of landscape architecture transforms into a sprawling biergarten with outdoor and indoor bars, dance floors and copious picnic tables. All of these are lit by twinkle lights dangling ever so gently from the trees. With its central mountainous appeal and small town charm, Innsbruck lends traditional Austrian cuisine as well as foods from across Europe. “Acropolis is my favorite Greek Restaurant in Innsbruck. It is so authentic,” says Elisabeth Keinprecht, junior pedagogy major at Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria.
As a more popular tourist destination filled with art, history, romance and stunning beauty everywhere you turn, Prague, Czech Republic, is indisputably a shining star in Central Europe. Lit by the lanterns from the maze of shops leading to Old Town and Wenceslaus Square, Prague offers many street-side restaurants to nosh at as well as posh places like Hotel U’s rooftop restaurant. “That was seriously the best food I have ever put in my mouth. The rooftop view from Hotel U was breathtaking,” says Gabby Roe, member of the UNO-UGA Innsbruck Study Abroad and senior accounting major from New Orleans, Louisiana, from Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas.
In one of the most exciting and compelling cities in the world, Paris provides a gamut of eateries to visit. From gourmet creperies to hole-in-the-wall snack nooks, Paris’ sweet and savory foods surely do not disappoint. Not to mention, every other bakery should be well supplied with a variety of fresh macaroons. One place not to miss is La Creperie de Josselin, Yelp’s number one creperie in Paris.
Naturally, Italy is molto famoso (very famous) for its classics: rolling countryside hills, warm colors, historic cities, pasta and vino. Therefore, when tasting your way through, it is imperative to stick with those classic Italian dishes. Pasta Bolognese, bruschetta, gnocchi, specialty regional lasagna, various cheeses, over 100 gelato flavors and a taste of the local wine is enough to carry your soul as well as your taste buds into the next century. “Each dish from the Golden View Restaurant in Florence, Italy, was perfect. The wait staff was also more than friendly,” says Allie Cimini, member of the UNO-UGA Innsbruck Study Abroad and junior media production major at Loyola University from New Orleans, Louisiana.
So whether you’re studying abroad, backpacking across Europe, train hopping to save your life, traveling the world or all of the above, remember the wise words of Anthony Bourdain, “...food, for me, has always been an adventure.”
Check out these top foodie hot spots for locally sourced, fresh, homemade eats, as well as student-priced, upscale foods paired with regional wines and handcrafted cocktails. Here are a handful of countries in the heart of Europe offering more than amazing restaurants for great meals or just an afternoon nosh:
Beef gyros with sautéed onions, French fries, pan-fried zucchini, tzatziki sauce and fresh herbs from the Greek restaurant, Acropolis
Pasta Carbonara from Santa Maria in Prague’s town center
Crepe filled with Chorizo, Bacon, Ground Beef, Shredded Chicken, Gouda, Sauteed Onions, Green Peppers, and topped with an Egg from La Creperie de Josselin
House Bolognese, also known as “The Best in Venice”
Cheesy oven baked Lasagna with homemade Italian red sauce and seasoned ground beef and toasted on the stovetop to brown the edges
Four Cheese Gnocchi with creamy spinach leaves from The Golden View Restaurant
Banana and Nutella Mouse Gelato on a homemade cone
By Casey Drum
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 is now welcoming an inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) program, 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 Assistant Clinical Professor and 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,” says Leahy. 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, 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 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 receive instruction on independent living skills, cooking, cleaning, safety and etc. LIFE students who demonstrate that they can safely function within an apartment setting with close supervision are invited to participate in advanced training during an optional third and fourth-year of study, says Ryan. 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,” says Ryan. 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, noticing 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 student push, 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,” says Miller. “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,” says Bishop. 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,” says Leahy. “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 moving. Now, they are happy to announce that 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 5 or 6 students, “ says Laws. Smaller programs, says Tiller, 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 school into a meaningful job will have the opportunity to be in internships and have experiences where they can explore future careers,” says Laws. “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,” says Ryan. 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.
By Jazmine Calhoun
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 time, 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 not to feel lonely and exhausted. You start thinking about how the bears handle winter right; let’s just sleep through this entire season. Work or school barely suffices as motivation to leave the warmth of your bed. There just is not much motivation during the winter, and on top of everything else- you are 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 second year Computer Systems Engineering major from Chicago. Those shorter days and colder temperatures begin to freeze the social springs, summers, and falls into the dreaded lonely winter. There 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. Colder temperatures + shorter days + Netflix undoubtedly adds up to whom to call to entertain for today. Additionally, it is not too farfetched that millennials do not embrace the idea of spending time alone. We may spend 5 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.
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 self-reflection helps defeat those winter blues. This does not mean you have to sit in a dark room and mediate for hours on end. Enjoying your solitude comes in many forms:
By Anna Rowland
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 (it was Jimmy Carter), to reminding you of your unfortunate dentist appointment at 12:30.
There have been numerous clinical studies, such as one written about in the New Yorker magazine, about the validity of certain motivational and self-improvement applications, and they seem to concur that your smartphone can indeed guide you on a journey of self-improvement. 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’re a cheap alternative that provides personalised plans. Five applications are listed below that assist you with the common resolutions of weight loss, fitness, time management and increased productivity.
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 a certain speed to escape them.
Released February 2012
Level Up Life
This app turns your life into an RPG game while tracking your day-to-day achievements. You gain XP (experience 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.
Beta Testing as of October, 2015
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.
Released July, 2010
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.
Released June, 2015
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 ten minutes of use per day. For this reason, SuperBetter has been featured on TED talks and is used by many therapists.
Released March, 2012
By Danielle Profita
As autumn rolls in with fall breezes and changing of the leaves, we find ourselves enjoying the crispness in the air and the amazing colors around us. The changing of the seasons means field parties, long walks, bearable weather and most importantly, fall festivals.
During the fall one of the most talked about and enjoyed activities is going to Terrapin! Terrapin was born in April of 2002, and they’ve been making unique beers since. To match their distinctive brews and style, the founding brewers, Spike and John, decided to base Terrapin in Athens. The new 40,000 square foot brewing facility offers space to brew, taste new beers and enjoy great music. Jordan Schlanger, a senior public relations major from Buford says Terrapin has a “good social atmosphere, great beer and really friendly service, and the ability to try as much or as little as you want. Also, going on your birthday is the best. You get free beer and a free birthday glass!”
This fall, Terrapin is hosting plenty of fall fests to satisfy the need for good times and good vibes with your pals. Terrapin “…is a great place to go unwind and relax after a long week, especially when the weather is great and you are able to go outside, take your dogs and play corn hole with friends” says, Savannah Brock, a senior digital broadcast journalism major from Winder. Year round, Athens so graciously offers its eclectic nature to all who visit, but fall is one of the best times to be in The Classic City, and year round, Terrapin hosts a myriad of festivals but their special, fall brews are to not to be missed. “Going to Terrapin underage was still a ton of fun!” says Emily Middleton, a sophomore journalism major from Cumming. “There was live music to listen to, corn hole to play, and shaded picnic tables to chat at!”
Here are some upcoming events to look forward to:
The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA Tasting Room Release Tour:
Taking place at the Terrapin tasting room on October 1 from 5:30-7:30, lucky guests will be able to try the Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA. This unique tour offers a Walking Dead glass, two souvenir 22oz bottles of the Walking Dead beer and 36oz of beer to sample at the bar. There will also be live music, a special undead cask and other new fresh brews.
Rumpus Raiser at Terrapin Beer Co:
The first ever satellite fundraising event for the Wild Rumpus benefitting the Community Connection of Northeast Georgia will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the brewery! Each ticket is five dollars and includes: a Terrapin Tour, 36ox of samples at the brewery, a souvenir Wild Rumpus pint glass, one raffle ticket for any of the donations from Athens businesses, a five dollar donation to Community Connection of Northeast Georgia and free food provided by Athens vendors, like Jittery Joe’s. There will also be lots of entertainment, such as a costume contest for adults, children and dogs!
At the brewery from 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, October 11, MyAthens and Terrapin are pairing up to benefit Habitat for Humanity. In a battle of the beefs, ten local restaurants will bring their tacos to Terrapin for guests to eat as they sip on Terrapin’s Horchata beer, brewed just for the occasion. There will be live music and a photo booth to document this fun fiesta. The eateries featured at this event will be, Tlaloc, Catch 22, Seabear, Streets Café, The World Famous, Heirloom, The Pine, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Taqueria del Sol and South Kitchen+Bar.
Terrapin will be kicking off the weekend of the annual Hip-Hop Harvest Festival early on Friday, October 23 from 4:30-7:30pm at the brewery. DJ Osmose will be running the party with his all vinyl set while Streets Café is serving up their famous tacos and Street Fries to keep the party going. Obviously, there will be delicious beer to sip on too! Also, artist Richard Biffe will be displaying his illustrations, some of which feature the famous Terrapin turtle, The Hopsecutioner.
Hop Harvest Festival 2015
From 4:30-8:30 at the brewery, Terrapin will be unveiling a Special Release beer: So Fresh & So Green, Green. Double Dutch Printmaking, live music, and a large selection of Terrapin favorites will be sure to make this festival one for the books. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Dogwood Alliance. The Stay & Play voucher, $25.00, includes a commemorative glass and 36oz of samples. The Now & Later tour, $35.00, includes everything from the Stay & Play voucher plus up to 72oz of packaged souvenir beer to take home!
By: Casey Drum
UGA’s fall break always falls on the last weekend of October, more notably the weekend of the Georgia v. Florida rivalry football game. Athens has cooled off, and it has been a tradition for years for students to make the five-hour drive to St. Simons Island. To many undergraduates and recent graduates, this weekend is known as the “Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”
This year, however, the infamous weekend is changing. Glynn County is cracking down on the beach party, better known as “Frat Beach,” and the underage drinking and irresponsibility that comes with the long weekend. County commissioners sent a letter to UGA, as well as University of Florida, surrounding South Georgia colleges and local high schools, warning students of precautions this year.
Glynn County Commissioner, Dale Provenzano, wants to remind UGA students that the tradition of the Georgia Florida weekend has always been the coming together of students and alumni on St. Simons Island before gameday. Alumni love to share “back in my day” stories with current students. Provenzano says that Frat Beach has only become a tradition within the last five or six years, and he hopes to bring back the true tradition of bonding over a love for UGA and football.
Many students, such as Alexis Cason, a sophomore management information systems major from Peachtree City, have considered canceling their reservations altogether. Although Frat Beach will not be the same as students remember from years past, that does not mean you should cancel your trip. There are countless places to explore while in the Golden Isles. Some students only ever see the beach, but that is not all that the 17 square-mile barrier island has to offer.
Many people are unaware of the history that resides on the island. St. Simons is the home of Fort Frederica, a fort settled by James Oglethorpe in 1736 to protect the British colony of Georgia from Spanish raids from the south. Visitors can take a ranger-led tour of the national park. Entrance into the park is free; making this a great learning experiences combined with breathtaking marsh views.
On the other end of the island resides the current St. Simons Lighthouse, built in 1872. Visitors can climb the 129 steps to the top, reading about its history along the way while taking in the views of the surrounding barrier islands from the top. There is also a geocache to be found at the top of the lighthouse, placed by one of the current light keepers. It costs only twelve dollars to tour the lighthouse and museum.
A short walk from the lighthouse will bring you to the pier and village area. Patrons can fish from the pier or walk on the beach. The pier is the focal point of the village, which is home to many restaurants and shops. Grab an ice cream cone from St. Simons Sweet Shop, and take a stroll through the village. Most of the restaurants offer outdoor seating so patrons can sit outdoors and enjoy some local seafood.
You can also make your way off the island to do some exploring. A ten-minute drive off St. Simons and over the Sidney Lanier Bridge will bring you to another barrier island, Jekyll Island. There is a five-dollar toll to get onto the island. Jekyll is a smaller residential island home to more history, golf courses, beaches and etc. Visitors can take the Millionaires Village tour, which tours the cottages owned by notable millionaires in the early 1900’s, such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and more.
Visitors to Jekyll can play one of the four golf courses, or if you cannot stay under par, try your hand on the putt-putt course. Visitors can also learn about the wildlife in the Golden Isles by visiting the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The center is committed to increasing wildlife awareness and offers an interactive exhibit and gallery with a rehabilitation pavilion, which commonly houses sea turtle patients. With a college ID, entrance is six dollars. While on Jekyll, visitors should make their way to a unique spot known as Driftwood Beach for a relaxing end to the day.
On gameday Saturdays, many locals make their way to Brogen’s Food and Spirits in the village, regionally known as “Bulldawg Headquarters.” If you are not making the hour trip to Jacksonville for the game, Brogen’s is the place to be. Brogen’s waitress Arielle Madala says that, weather permitting, they will place televisions outdoors so patrons can enjoy the game, food, beer, cornhole and even some live music along with the South Georgia weather. Brogen’s is conveniently located just across from the pier, with an awesome view from their upstairs seating area. UGA students will be happy to know that Brogen’s offers cans of Hopsecutioner from local brewery Terrapin.
These are the traditions that St. Simons locals hope the Georgia Florida weekend will make its way back to. Many students are used to the beach party, but the UGA student body should not be deterred from visiting St. Simons Island over their fall break. Visitors can find plenty to do while in the Golden Isles. The region is full of history that visitors can experience. If students are just up for a relaxing weekend, St. Simons is the place to spend it. So do not cancel those reservations just yet, because you can still have a fun-filled, safe weekend on St. Simons Island.
By Lauren Clark
A glowing laptop screen illuminates the furrowed brow of a student. After spending a good deal of time in Athens, she has furthered herself intellectually by attending classes, studying and being the best pupil she could possibly be. Yet, her sparse résumé says otherwise. The white, blank space just underneath “Involvements” stares right back at her. Where can she find the time and place to volunteer and gain experience to separate her from the rest of the applicants once she enters the real world? Well, all she needs to do is look to the great outdoors of Athens.
Bear Hollow Zoo
Look past the sorority houses off of Milledge Avenue to find the real wildlife: bears, owls and gators, oh my. This outdoor zoo is home to rehabilitated animals native to Georgia. Each exhibit is home to a rescued animal who can no longer survive on its own. Volunteers are needed to maintain the landscaping, feedings and general cleanliness of the animals’ homes. Clint Murphy, project organizer of Bear Hollow Zoo, expresses the importance of caring for the wildlife, “The animals have to be fed regardless of the weather or what football game is going on.” When students aren’t clapping for their favorite mascot, they could lend those hands to a greater cause.
Near Riverbend, students will find a greenhouse that encloses plants grown and raised by members of the horticulture club. Once fully matured, the volunteers host a plant sell. Students are involved from sapling to receipt. They learn how to not only nourish plants, but how to sell a product. After logging a number of hours, participants are granted admittance to trips to go see natural wonders, such as Yosemite National Park or Calloway Gardens. Horticulture Club Vice President Malone Thomason claims it can be so much more than the trips saying, “Being a part of Horticulture Club enhanced my knowledge of not only horticulture, but interpersonal relationships.”
Youth Soccer Coach
Working in the outdoors doesn’t always have to be work. Instead, play a game of soccer with the children of Athens-Clarke County. Take a wide open soccer field, a whistle and a group of children and suddenly you have the workings of a real team. A volunteer coach doesn’t have to lead the team to the World Cup - they simply have to teach the kids the value of teamwork, ensure their safety and cheer the little athletes on. And with some training to the coaches themselves, the soccer players may even learn how to kick the ball.
Suit up for battle in long pants, gloves and some clippers. The Weed Warriors are an organization that combat non-native invasive plants along Birchmore Trail that winds through Memorial Park. As a grounds that takes pride in the plants that originated here in Georgia, it is vital that the intruding plant population is removed in order for the desired species to flourish. This award-winning organization is looking for others to join their fight. Think of how awesome it would be to add “warrior” to a resume.
Sandy Creek Nature Trail Guide
When you’re lost on what to do with your time, give others directions. It’s a simple process to become a trail guide at Sandy Creek Park. Volunteers lead groups of children through wooded trails while educating them on nature-related subjects. Wielding a handbook and a granola bar, you can show the kids examples of what will be taught in the lesson so that they learn hands-on. Become a teacher and student as you learn more about the environment around you.
By Annie Wimbush
As fall draws near, it becomes the perfect time to head outside and enjoy activities and locations you may have never known about. With the heat of summer backing off and the cooling breeze of the fall sweeping in, the outdoors is just where you want to be.
As a student, it can be hard to find time to look for new places to explore or even visit the same fun places you’ve been before. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve found some hot fishing spots, beautiful trails and parks in and near Athens that you won’t want to miss this fall.
Sandy Creek Park, located right off of Martin Luther King Parkway, has three major trails adding up to over ten miles of beautiful hiking land. The entrance fee for adults is only $2 with access to Lake Chapman, picnic spots, an abundance of open land and more. Because of the large size of the lake, there are many quiet spots for fishing. The most common fish caught at this park are large-mouth bass, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, crappie and bream. Sandy Creek Park is the perfect place to visit in the fall because of the beautiful trees that will surround you in any activity at the park. This is not a location that you will regret visiting.
Another hot fishing spot that you won’t want to miss this fall is Crow’s Lake and Catfish Farm. Although this location, right outside of Jefferson, is a little further from campus than Sandy Creek Park, it is well worth the drive. The hours of operation are more limited but the amount of fun you can have is limitless. There is such an abundance of catfish in this lake that you are almost guaranteed a catch with every cast. Aside from the fishing opportunities, a 5k, 10k and obstacle course routes are drawn out for those interested. Weaving through trees and along the water, there are wonderful views of nature to enjoy while taking on these trails.
Lastly, Fort Yargo State Park, located between Atlanta and Athens, is another pay by day location where guests can enjoy quiet fishing spots and 18 miles of scenic trails. This location is a perfect weekend getaway, with 52 campsites, 13 camper cabins and other rentable housing. People are able to kick back and enjoy the many amenities offered from the park as well as quiet spots for that much needed alone time.
Along with all of these beautiful locations, Athens has many more hot fishing spots and trails with views that will take your breath away. The university itself is covered with rivers and trails that you could probably find easily by taking a quick stroll outside. There are so many places that just need to be discovered by you, and what better time to explore these locations than in the perfect mix of warmth and coolness the fall brings?
By Jared Dangremond
When I went backpacking this past summer in north Georgia, I had no idea how my trip would pan out. It certainly wasn’t my first time backpacking, nor my first time on the specific trail we hiked in Cloudland Canyon State Park. However, it was the first time for my friend Kyle, which meant for the first time I was backpacking with someone who had never been before.
Now Kyle is a capable young lad, but in this context I was the one who had to do the heavy metaphorical lifting. (The physical lifting was split between us with around 40 pounds on both of our backs.) I packed everything we needed from a first aid kit to a deck of cards. I labored intensely making sure I got everything we needed because when you’re out on the trail, you only have what you brought in your pack.
Yet somehow we forgot everything. Well not everything, but it seemed like with every half mile of hiking I remembered something else we were lacking. First, I realized I forgot that deck of cards. Then, Kyle realized he forgot a lighter and some tinder for the fire. But most importantly we realized a miscommunication between the two of us left us with just one person’s supply of water.
We were never in any real danger or anything, but our lacks made us very careful and deliberate with our actions in a way that we, as a culture, are not used to doing. I called upon all of my survival knowledge that I had obtained during my days as a Boy Scout and together we made it through the weekend. The two of us rationed water effectively, and I managed to start a decent fire without a lighter (in the truest of Boy Scout ways). A great time was had by all, despite a couple of panic attacks in the beginning.
At the end of the trip Kyle asked me how I knew what I did and how I was able to quickly call and act upon my survival knowledge. I suppose I was taught some things by my parents and some things by friends, but most was probably learned through experience.
I learned from Kyle that people are scared to try “outdoors-ier” things because of a lapse of knowledge they don’t believe they can overcome. While it’s true you can’t learn all the necessary survival skills from a WikiHow article the night before, there are many ways to gather knowledge so that you feel comfortable venturing out into the world.
First there are guides for all sorts of outdoor activities and necessary skills that can be found online. I have, on many occasions, supplemented my knowledge with some YouTube videos. I’ve always been more of a visual learner, but there are thousands of written guides in print and online alike. These are especially useful for things like first aid information or maybe even knot tying guides. Of course, those can actually be folded into a backpack or saved to your phone.
In addition to reading guides, studying up on the specific place you’re heading to is also wise. Learning what kind of flora and fauna are there, especially the dangerous ones, will prepare you for a safe trip. This usually goes without saying, but also checking weather forecasts and actively preparing for potential conditions goes a long ways towards surviving and enjoying time outdoors. So many problems can be prevented with proper gear for heat, cold, wind and rain. And finally, many online forums actually have reviews and helpful advice for certain parks, areas or trails. Sometimes seasoned hikers or outdoorsmen and women will share helpful tips specific to the area you’re heading to.
But reading and watching guides, especially on depressing things like what to do if a bear eats all of your food, can really bog you down. Sometimes all of the information can scare away someone from doing any outdoor activity all together. So while it is very important to be knowledgeable about important things like first aid and situational issues such as bears, it is also important to not overload with information and just go out there. Like I said, the majority of my outdoor knowledge came from trying things out. The outdoors isn’t as scary of a place as it might seem. Whether it’s a day hike in Georgia or a summit attempt on Everest, doing a little bit of preparing, grabbing a friend and just going somewhere is the best way to experience what nature has to offer.
By Ashley Dozier
Picture this: a nice spot under a shady tree with the sun just overhead and a slight breeze passing through. Got that? Okay good, let’s try another scenario. Now imagine that you and your friends are playing ultimate frisbee out on Herty Field or Myers Quad. Can you picture that? The majority of you will say yes. You can picture yourselves enjoying the great outdoors and all it has to offer… but could you picture it without a selfie?
When you walk around campus or downtown, you witness a world within a world. That world is the digital realms of social media. We are all guilty of documenting our outings with friends, Snapchatting ourselves making silly faces as we walk to class or flooding Instagram with delicious pictures of our meals. And we can all guiltily admit to scrolling and obsessively jumping from one profile page to the next looking at picture after picture of the latest feed the second we feel the slightest pinch of boredom.
Sahaper Bhowjwani, a senior from Fayetteville, says, “I actually have updated my status in class because I got bored, and I see people updating all the time especially on Snapchat. Everyone’s trying to keep in touch with what’s going on around them.” We live to be individuals and get the most out of life, but often that boils down to the next Instagram picture, tweet or snap about what we just did or what we’re doing now instead of actually living in the moment.
We have been conditioned to seek some sort of entertainment at all times whether that’s listening to music while walking to class or scrolling through the latest tweets. We thrive on getting the next like, favorite, reblog or repost. By doing this, however, we are missing out on the best parts of life because we are living through a screen. The addictions that we have to our electronics are numbing us to the world around us. No matter how much you try, you’ll never be able to feel the sunshine through a screen or hear the crunch of leaves walking to class with earphones in your ears. You’ll never know the friends that you would have made waiting for the bus if you spend all your time watching your “friends” on Facebook.
It’s time that we wake up, UGA! Our campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the South with all of our gardens, lush fields and beautiful architecture. Take some time out of your day and notice it every now and then. “I think it’s good to take a break from social media because you get to experience talking to people face to face,” says Kaina Jalia, a junior from Tucker. “You get to relax and enjoy the campus, especially the fountain.”
Enjoy all that our campus has to offer for yourself, in person and through the lens of your own eyes while you have the chance. New photos, statuses and social media pages come and go (just ask MySpace), but having unobstructed quality time with your friends and family is priceless and does last forever.
“There are a lot of positive effects of social media!” Bhojwani says. “You get to keep in contact with everyone around you, but taking a break is vital. You get to self reflect and embrace what’s around you and see this beautiful campus.”
As the last weeks of summer roll out and fall begins, try stepping out of your comfort zones and unplugging for a while. Walk around campus and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Take time to meet new people as you walk to class. That girl or guy you’ve noticed on Facebook or Instagram, go invite them to hang out near the turtle pond or get to know them while you both jump in the fountain at Herty Field. Challenge yourself to leave your phone in your backpack for the day and find new ways to entertain yourself outside. Take a walk, go for a jog with a friend, study in the sunshine. The possibilities are endless. Chances are that if you unplugged for a while, you’ll find something that you’ve never seen before. I promise, your Twitter feed will still be there when you come back.
By Sarah Panner
Athens is typically known for its diverse restaurants, fabulous shopping and vibrant nightlife. What many do not realize, though, is how many outdoor activities Athens has to offer as well. Downtown Athens is a huge part of the experience for every UGA student, but the parks and recreational centers beyond downtown will be sure to give locals a newfound appreciation for the Classic City.
293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA 30606
Right off of Milledge Avenue is Memorial Park – one of the most popular parks in Athens. It can be distinguished from the other parks for its privately owned and operated Bear Hollow Zoo, which is home to many animals, such as black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, numerous birds and more. It is free to enter the park and zoo and would serve as a perfect first-date opportunity, a place to bring a family member who is visiting from out of town or just something different to do with friends on a sunny day. It is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Of course, there is much more to this luring park besides Bear Hollow Zoo. The Birchmore Trail is about two miles in length and was dedicated to Fred Birchmore, the Athens local who built the historic stone wall behind his home. Additionally, Memorial Park has basketball courts, dog parks and swimming pools.
Southeast Athens Clarke Park
4440 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605
In March of 2004, over 1,600 volunteers came together to build one of the most impressive playgrounds the state of Georgia has seen. The World of Wonder was actually designed by the local children of Athens in November 2002. The plaque outside of the playground says that the volunteers put 15,000 hours of work into this playground, and the results confirm the dedication and hard work for Athens families (and UGA students) to be able to spend time with each other. The playground has swings, monkey bars, slides, rock climbing walls and more.
As of this year, the playground will be replaced to be bigger, sturdier and even more impressive. According to Online Athens, the new playground will be given a $550,000 budget and will be located directly next to where the original WOW was built off Whit Davis Road.
Keith Kirkland is the maintenance supervisor and has been with Athens-Clarke County since April of 2014. He says, “The playground will be completely different. The user groups are working on the conceptual designs, so we aren’t sure what the playground will have until they’re done, but the existing playground will remain open until the new playground is finished.”
Beyond Whit Davis Road is the main entrance of Southeast Athens Clarke Park. Some of the highlights beyond the WOW playground are its massive soccer fields, the skate park and baseball fields. The dog park is also in this area of the park while they are refurbishing Wiggly Field, the original dog park.
Sandy Creek Park
400 Bob Holman Road, Athens, GA 30607
Need a day at the beach before Georgia/Florida? Sandy Creek Park is the place to go. About 10 minutes from Downtown Athens is one of the most breath-taking views there is to see in Athens, particularly around sunset. Sandy Creek Park encourages the Athens community to bring chairs, coolers, umbrellas and any other beach necessities to its beach at Lake Chapman. Beach-goers can either soak up the sun on the brown sugar sand or can take a dip in the water in the roped off swimming area. Luckily for us, this area of the park is open all year.
For the more active water-lovers, Sandy Creek Park allows its guests to bring a boat or a canoe to sail on Lake Chapman at no extra charge. Keep in mind, though, gasoline motors are not allowed. Sandy Creek Park also allows fishing. Some of the most common fish they have caught have been different types of catfish, largemouth bass and others.
Another highlight of this park are its rental pavilions. After a long day of fun in the sun, the BBQ building is perfect for the last few outdoor meals before the cold weather kicks in. It can accommodate up to 75 people. For smaller get-togethers, there are picnic pavilions that can hold about 30 people. This park definitely provides a social experience for only $2 for admission.
Sandy Creek Nature Center
205 Old Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607
To make a day at Sandy Creek Park even more fulfilling, the Sandy Creek Park Nature Center is exactly three miles down the road on the way back into Athens. While each of the parks have trails to hike, Sandy Creek Nature Center’s trails are accommodating to almost anyone. The ADA Trail, for example, allows visitors to walk and if necessary, use wheelchairs or walkers. It also contains an interpretive area for those who are blind. Cook’s trail is the longest distance of 8.2 miles for a round trip, but the up-close experience of wetlands, a beaver swamp and a marsh makes the trip worth it.
Starting this winter, volunteers will work together on the center’s managed forest project. The Athens-Clarke County website states that the goal is to “eradicate invasive species, open the forest canopy, improve plant and animal diversity, promote flowering plants and pollinators and highlight decades of forest succession in a series of visitor-friendly outdoor exhibits.” The park already has a wide variety of plants and animals, so when the project is finished, there will be even more incentive to visit.
Michelle Cash has been a naturalist at the nature center for three years. She says, “We are always looking for volunteers, and we will always try to find a place for people who want to help.” She also emphasized that students can apply to be camp counselors or intern for the center, and both of these positions are paid.
Locations for outdoor activities is just another unique characteristic of Athens that makes it so special. These parks further validate that there is something for everyone to find enjoyment in. Some days, seeing the inside of Athens walls is the most appealing, but others, getting outdoors and appreciating the beautiful scenery of an incredible city is even better.
By Jazmyn Matthews
If you live in Georgia, you don’t really get four seasons in a year. You get a couple months of fall, a couple months of spring, a couple weeks of winter and the rest is just summer. That’s it. Six hot months and then a few other seasons scattered throughout the rest of the year. One good thing about the long summer months, however, is the opportunity to spend time outdoors.
“I like the feeling of a cool breeze or the warmth of the sun rather than the artificial air conditioner or heater,” says Emily Unholz, a senior psychology major from Warner Robins. “I enjoy breathing in fresh air.” In addition to being refreshing, it turns out that being outside is actually beneficial to your health.
Here are four health benefits to being “one with nature,” according to Appalachian Trials:
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to being outside. “Being outside makes me feel more tuned into my inner self,” says Emmanuel Nkereuwem, a senior management information systems major from Atlanta. Other than being able to look at the pretty birds and to people-watch the students on campus, the outside air is good for you and brings important time for self-reflection. The next time you’re stressing about the next organic chemistry test or dreading writing that English paper you’ve been putting off, take a walk outside. Your brain could use the rest and by the time you come back, you’ll be ready to conquer that homework assignment.
Fresh air is free. And isn’t that a college student’s favorite word?
By: Iva Dimitrova| Illustration: Orlando Pimentel
Photography: Iva Dimitrova
Summer descends over Athens like delicious possibility, offering the chance for some homegrown adventure and exploration. If you’ve ever been curious about the dance groups that rent out space in the bars and studios downtown, then the summer months are the time to see what they’re all about. Every week, the dance groups Athens Swung and SALSAthens host events for social dancing.
Swung hosts Athens swing night every Tuesday at DanceFX downtown. Beginner lessons start at 8 p.m., followed by social dancing from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. The entrance cost is $3 for students and $5 for non-students. You get a free class on your first visit and every time you invite someone new. SALSAthens meets on Wednesday nights at Little Kings Shuffle Club downtown. The advanced lesson starts at 6:30 p.m., and mixed level lessons start at 7:30 p.m. The entrance cost is $10, which includes a free drink.
Passersby at Little Kings Shuffle Club may note the lively salsa music spilling out from the side doors, as it intermingles with the sounds of voices and moving feet. Inside, the space is low-lit and warm-toned.
“It’s very warm and welcoming,” says Sarah Harrison, a freshman marine science graduate student from Fort Pierce, FL. “No one’s judging you or watching you.” It was Harrison’s first time at SALSAthens.
But building up the courage to go is the first step. “Don’t feel like you have to take lessons outside of the group before you come for the first time,” says Melissa Gogo, president of Swung.
How the dancers got their starts varies. Gogo tried swing dancing after recovering from a major health problem.
“Maybe it was the exercise endorphins I hadn’t felt in a year, but I was hooked on swing before the first lesson was even over,” Gogo says. “And in the 5-plus years since, I’ve only missed out on Tuesday’s Swing Night a handful of times.”
Though you don’t need a partner in order to go dancing, visiting Swung can be a great way to meet new people.
“A question or a complement is an easy way to start a conversation,” says Justyna Szymonik, a junior biology major from Buford.
Beyond meeting new people, learning new steps is also a challenge. But the willingness to try is key.
“I think we get stuck with telling ourselves we’re not a person who does something. Like ‘I’m not good at math’ or ‘I can’t cook,’” says Bradley Walker, a senior information systems major from Blue Ridge. “I think you should never go around saying you’re one certain type of person. You should go around saying, I can do anything, and with anything, dance is definitely one of those things.”
In the case of twin sisters Justyna Szymonik and Joanna Szymonik, neither had a dance background before going to college. Yet, they both joined the Ballroom Performance Group and now participate in a variety of dance events on campus and in Athens.
“The more you dance, the more rewarding it becomes,” says Joanna Szymonik, a junior exercise and sport science major from Buford.
It’s a self-reinforcing practice. By going every week, beginners can improve and enjoy dancing more. “From a beginner’s perspective, I was admiring everyone else,” Harrison says. “But I knew I’d get there one day.”
Dancing is a creative outlet but leading, initiating and guiding a partner through different dance steps is an even greater creative challenge. “As a lead, it is very intimidating because you’re limited to what you know,” Walker says. “It forces you to be creative and be persistent and humble.”
But beyond these things, people come back for the sense of community. “It’s interesting to see such a diverse group coming together and having common ground,” Walker says. “But there’s a connection still, beyond the dance portion. You really get to know people lives more and more through it.”
Gogo can attest to that. “I have met almost all of my closest friends in Athens through social dancing,” Gogo says. “It wasn’t until I began dancing that I felt I had really found my place in Athens.”
From a hobby to a passion to a way of life, dancing is something that everyone can take part in. The statement, “I don’t dance,” simply doesn’t apply. Once you dare to embrace the unknown, you’ll find that you’ll grow in unimaginable ways.
By: Kate Foster | Photos Contributed by: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
At the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, students are reminded that outside learning experiences are often more essential than course work. Even the college’s dean, Charles Davis, agrees that there is nothing quite like real-world journalism experience to encourage a student’s talent. “[Internships] are at least as important as class, maybe more important than class, frankly,” he says. “I’ve always looked at class as the gateway to the experiential stuff.” Perhaps the two most respected and immersive ways to gain that “experiential stuff” are studying abroad and completing internships, through which thousands of students over the years have reaped numerous journalistic career benefits.
Students looking to both broaden their journalistic horizons and explore the world for a much cheaper rate than usual should consider studying abroad. Grady offers a number of study abroad experiences for those interested. On an international level, one can visit China, Prague, Cannes, Costa Rica or London, but there are a number of domestic options as well: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C. “I think it is so important for us to remove ourselves from the local, to understand people, religion, culture, politics in a global context,” says Kelly Meyer, Grady’s Study Abroad and Distance Learning Program Coordinator.
Cody Schmelter, a spring 2013 Grady graduate who completed the Grady @ Oxford program, is a big proponent of the study abroad experience. “To take a kid from South Georgia – letting me go to Oxford for six weeks – was just an incredible experience,” he says. “The biggest takeaway for me was being able to tour some of the ad agencies, the BBC and keeping an eye out for how different cultures approach advertising.” Clearly, Schmelter’s experience was both enlightening and worthwhile: he is now a staff photographer at the Marietta Daily Journal.
A number of Grady students have found internship experiences equally eye-opening, the ideal way to gain first-hand knowledge about the industry from real-life editors and writers at some of the world’s most prestigious publications. Ryan Carty, the university’s Director of Experiential Programs and a Grady alumnus, stands behind the internship experience. “It’s one thing to learn about the industry and different methods and theories,” he says. “But [internships] are a way of adding experiential learning so that you can be prepared for challenges in the real world that you couldn’t necessarily learn in a classroom.”
Meredith Dean, a spring 2014 graduate now living in New York City, is one of Grady’s best internship success stories. As a result of internships at media outlets such as CNN International, she scored a job at Inside Edition after graduation. Now that she’s on the other side, she fully understands the value of internships. “I would say [having at least one internship] is mandatory,” she says. “I personally wouldn’t want to hire anyone that had never had an internship, had never had to report to a boss, didn’t have the initiative or motivation to want to be in the working world after four years in college. To me, that shows something about the student.”
Other students value internships as a means of figuring out what they don’t want to do after graduation. Allison Morrow, a senior graduating in May, was thrilled when she was offered an internship at the Today Show last summer. Ever since she was little, she had watched the program, dreaming of one day becoming Katie Couric. And while the internship was certainly an exciting experience, it ultimately wasn’t the right work environment for her. “I decided morning television just wasn’t the place for me,” she says. “I realized I’m more of a hard news girl.”
Whether students choose to study abroad or complete an internship – or, if they’re really lucky, both – one thing is for certain: getting out of the classroom and into a working journalistic environment is an essential part of the Grady experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s a study abroad advertising experience in Hong Kong or an internship at Vogue in New York City. It doesn’t even really matter if the student enjoyed the experience or not. At the end of the day, it’s about receiving a global education and figuring out what kind of career trajectory will fully satisfy the student later in life. “I learned so much more about myself as a journalist,” says Morrow. “Now, I just need to start blazing a trail and let the pieces fall as they may.”
By: Molly Pease | Photos Contributed by: Sina Iranikhah
Like most college students, I have attempted to read Jack Kerouac's “On the Road.” The process is a lot like eating a package of marshmallow Peeps. At first you get the sugar rush, speeding through the unbroken stream of words, no paragraph indentation in sight. Then the excitement of unbound freedom swells in your brain and sinks to your throat. Eventually, you have ingested too much and have to put the book down, hoping to try again next Easter.
I do hope to read most of Kerouac's work at some point, if only to understand what all the “free-spirited” college freshmen are talking about. In the mean time, I found an easier way to educate myself on themes of freedom, America, travel and art: a shortcut through others' experiences. I got the CliffsNotes on travel from students who are country-crossers and art-makers. First I sat down with spoken word poet Maddie Huffman and then-photographer Sina Iranikhah.
I had the pleasure of talking with Huffman, a junior English major from Marietta, on the morning of a mutual hangover. When she is not reading books that are twice the size of the first Harry Potter, Maddie writes and performs poetry around town. Before entering college, she traveled around the country for three months by living out of her car. She says that her experience instilled her need to write.
“That summer is when I started journaling. I was writing almost every single day, which I miss dearly. It gave me stuff to write about, so the people I met became the characters in my stories. I'm not much of a picture taker, so I tend to just write and describe things,” Huffman says.
Huffman described her adventures with stories rich in detail and character: a patchwork of people who stitched together a better understanding of this country. Before she even left for the trip, waiting at the bus stop, Huffman ended up giving all her money to a woman whose leg had been burnt by her husband. The woman desperately needed to escape, so without hesitation, Huffman handed her half of her savings. As the trip became more frugal, the help of strangers became more important.
“I was freezing on the bus, and this little old African-American lady came over with a blanket. We shared it for a few hours, talking. And then she left,” Huffman says.
“Short-term interactions help you be more compassionate. If you're able to lend yourself to a stranger and give them what they need in that moment – whether it's a blanket or someone to listen – than you've made a connection,” Huffman says.
In some ways, this can be the hardest part of traveling: learning to let go. Each step of the traveling process is moving further into the unknown. First, you must let go of everything that is holding you back from leaving. In the act of traveling, you must let go of plans, of expectations, of partners, of love affairs, of instantaneous friendships, of places... and money. There is a lot of letting go of money.
“I've always had a harder time leaving places and then leaving people. Like it'd be hard for me to leave my campsite cause I'd felt like I made such a home for myself there,” Huffman says.
Iranikhah is a junior marketing major from Johnson Ferry and an ingenious photographer. Iranikhah and two friends spent 95 hours in the car over spring break driving from Athens to California, passing through sixteen states. Iranikhah says he cannot quite remember how the idea originated, but he knew that spring breaks are finite and so he rented a car and left. As a photographer, traveling through the most gorgeous, diverse landscapes of this state irrevocably altered his view of a camera's ability to capture a moment.
“I have been looking at this desert for 50 miles now, how can I take a different perspective? To me, photography is a way to convey a message and evoke emotion in the viewer. It allowed me to add depth to the landscape,” Iranikhah says.
Iranikhah not only documented his trip but also better understood it through the lens of his camera. The photos he took were beautiful and deliberate. They captured both a focused physical aspect and the emotional energy of the moment. You could feel the energy of each movement that led to the actual shot: the fear and palpable awe of a photo taken two feet away from a Roosevelt elk after a morning of searching for them or the magnitude of the Redwood forest evoking the reality of our own smallness in this world.
“The first time we walked into the Redwood Forest and saw some of the bigger trees, it felt like we were on another planet. They've been there for four to five hundred years. If a tree can get through the bad times so can you if you dig really deep. If something can stay upright for that long, so can you,” Iranikhah says.
“Driving these 95 hours, I thought of our ancestors who made this same trek on horseback. The sheer determination that must have taken is nuts. If you truly believe in something and think it's worth it, you can move mountains,” Iranikhah says.
Both Huffman and Iranikhah’s experiences show that going across the country inherently imbues you with a sense of connection to this country and its past. Iranikhah admitted that it is easy to get caught up in the negative of this country with the overwhelming heartbreak broadcasted on the news each day. He says that this is why traveling is so therapeutic. It reminds you that there is a unique beauty to this country.
“Traveling made me love the country a lot more. My dad emigrated here from Iran and worked his way up. I appreciate living here. Seeing the West Coast makes you feel lucky to be living in the country with so many things to see, so many different cultures. It's an incredibly diverse country. We were built upon a culture of acceptance and love. You hear the different accents and slang but at the end of the day if you're from the states, you're from the states,” Iranikhah says.
It seems important to artists to find both that diverse sameness. Artists have the urge to explore their art through different landscapes and to use art as a record of their surroundings and feelings within a finite time and space. Once they have captured it, they move on.
When asked for any advice to give to others interested in traveling, Iranikhah gave a solid piece of advice: “Just do it, you only get one shot, you gain an appreciation for who you are and where you come from. It's easy to [get] clouded by the negativity coming from news about this state and country, but when you go out and see the beauty and scenery, you remember the good in the country.”
By: Camren Skelton | Photography: Lauren Leising
Athens: a college town unlike any other. Where on football Saturdays, everyone’s blood bleeds red and black. Where Monday through Friday, campus is buzzing with students learning in the classroom, and Thursday through Saturday, the streets of downtown come alive with students looking for a night out on the town. Athens has something for every taste whether you’re a music junkie, a foodie or engrossed in the art scene, it is guaranteed you will find something to fit your needs.
But with all that Athens has to offer, it can be difficult to get a taste of everything. If you’ve been around Athens long enough then you’ve probably seen a show at the Georgia Theatre, had a crêpe at Pauley’s and had a breakfast or two at Mama’s Boy. But there is so much more to Athens than the typical bucket list spots. If you’re looking for an adventure, then check out the coolest hidden spots that Athens has to offer.
1. The Tree Room
This is a building with a live tree growing inside of it. Different, right? The Tree Room is part of the Chase Park Warehouses on Tracy Street. In the 1900s, a fire burned the roof of the building and years later, a tree started growing inside of it. The once-abandoned building is now rented out for events, parties and weddings and is a frequent stop for students looking for a new adventure.
2. 1000 Faces Coffee
This is a coffee shop founded in 2006 by former Peace Corps volunteer Benjamin Myers. The name for the shop comes from a quote by Joseph Campbell in the book, “The Hero With A Thousand Faces”: “Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence - for he has the perfected eye to see. There is no separateness.” The coffee shop on Barber Street features blends from around the world, offering a new variety to the coffee connoisseur.
3. Ike & Jane
Located on Prince Avenue, Ike & Jane is a locally owned and operated café and bakery. Their specialty? Doughnuts made from scratch. “It’s definitely a mom-and-pop kind of restaurant. It’s very quaint. And they have the best chicken salad ever,” says Alexandra Falcucci, a sophomore fashion merchandising major from New Jersey. Named after the owner’s family, a bite to eat at Ike & Jane will make you feel like you’re right back in grandma’s kitchen.
4. Iron Works Coffee
Want a cool place to study but tired of the usual spots like Starbucks and Jittery Joe's? Check out Iron Works Coffee, located in the lobby of the Graduate Hotel. The rustic brick and eclectic local artwork will make you feel like you’re more than just a few steps away from downtown. If you’re always on the lookout for new places to study or grab a delicious hot drink, then add Iron Works to the top of your list.
On top of the UGA physics building sits the observatory. It’s open to the public once a month. If the skies are clear, you can look into the night sky through the department’s telescope. If it’s on the cloudy side, then there is a lecture held in the auditorium by one of the physics professors.
6. The Hill
No, it’s not the residence hall. The Hill is a collection of historic homes on the outskirts of Athens that date back as early as the antebellum period. All of the homes on the Hill are numbered by their address according to the year they were built, and they are available to rent for events and weekends. If you crave a little hands-on history outside of your classes, then make your next adventure to the Hill. It’s history in your backyard.
7. Independent Baking Company
A small bakery located in Five Points, Independent Baking Co. is noteworthy because their bread is served at many local Athens restaurants including Ted’s Most Best, SeaBear Oyster Bar and the National. In addition to these locations, Independent Baking Co. also has indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy a pastry or croissant on warm spring days.
8. Caledonia Lounge
If you’re heavily into the music scene in Athens, then the Caledonia might be familiar. “Performing at the Caledonia is a rite of passage for artists starting out,” says Lauren Cerny, a senior mass media arts major from Roswell. “And it’s the perfect place for them to create a name for themselves in Athens.” If you’re looking to discover new music, the Caledonia is a place to check out. You never know when you could stumble upon the next big thing.
9. Heirloom Café
Heirloom Café on Chase Street specializes in serving ingredients from local farmers, producers and artisans. Their mission is “to celebrate local farmers and our community by crafting a fresh take on heritage dishes.” “It’s healthy and away from downtown so parking is easy,” says Savannah Young, a senior health promotions major from Atlanta. Restaurants like these make Athens a unique place to live.
10. Hip Pops
The Popsicle joint’s main location is in the Chase Park Warehouses on Tracy Street. But you might have seen its Popsicle carts around town. There is a cart next to Daily Groceries Co-Op on Prince Avenue Monday through Friday. Hip Pops are handmade frozen popsicles created with simple ingredients and named after popular hip-hop artists and songs. Some titles include “MC Slammer,” “Kanye Zest,” “Fifty Mint” and “Green LaTeaFa.”
By: Jenny Alpaugh | Photography: Alli Binder
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots. Just the mention of these names can cause the faces of elementary school children to twist into expressions of disgust. However, Sophie Gilberga set out to change that with the Lunchbox Garden Club.
“Our mission from the very beginning has been to teach kids about food and where it comes from and why it’s important,” says Gilberga, a senior economics and political science major from New Orleans, La. “We want kids to appreciate food and know where it’s coming from and know that it doesn’t just appear in the grocery store and actually has to grow from the ground.”
Gilberga participated in freshmen forum in 2012 and was required to complete a service project. She had the idea to work at a school garden, so she contacted Barnett Shoals Elementary School.
“Somehow I knew that they had a school garden, but they didn’t use it. It was there, but it just needed maintenance and needed someone to come work in it,” Gilberga says.
After working with the students for a semester, Gilberga decided she wanted to continue this project in a more permanent form, and thus the Lunchbox Garden project was created.
“My main goal even from the beginning was I wanted this to outlast me,” Gilberga says. “It doesn’t mean anything if it only lasts when I’m here, and it doesn’t do anything after that.”
Twice a week at Barnett Shoals Elementary School, and beginning this semester, once a week at the Rock Springs Community Center, UGA student-volunteers garden with elementary-aged students and teach them about different aspects of a healthy lifestyle and about sustainability.
The students are able to plant their own vegetables at the beginning of the semester, water, weed them throughout the semester and harvest them at the end.
“I think gardening is a good avenue for kids to learn about just living a healthy lifestyle in general,” says Clayton Wing, master gardener and senior biological sciences major from Bogart. “It’s just a fun way to get kids outside doing something that they might not normally do.”
As master gardener, Wing has built all of the garden beds that are being used at the elementary school and community center and helps to decide which seeds and seedlings will be best to plant. At each meeting of the Lunchbox Garden Club, the elementary school students are taught how to take care of these plants.
“We take out all of the watering cans, and the kids know to come grab one out of the bin and go line up at the water spout, and they each fill up their own watering spout,” says Kirstie Hosetter, executive director of the Lunchbox Garden Club and a junior environmental economics and management major from Memphis, Tenn. “One interesting thing is that sometimes the sprouting vegetables can look like weeds. So we have to be really careful to tell the kids, ‘No that’s not [a weed], that needs to stay there,’ so that’s been funny.”
Through interactive lessons, such as making butter, learning about alternative forms of energy by making paper pinwheels and tasting days, students are exposed to different types of foods and the idea of sustainability.The Lunchbox Garden Club also incorporates lessons that explore more imaginative ways to prepare vegetables and fruits with the elementary school students. Wing hopes that these lessons can impact families as well.
“Studies have shown that kids actually change their habits of their households on what they eat. So if a child can learn something that’s beneficial for them and bring it home to their parents and maybe their parents will start doing it,” Wing says.
Hosetter has participated in the Lunchbox Garden Club since her freshman year and will continue to lead the growing program next year. She looks forward to working with the elementary school students each week.
“It’s just been really great. I really love it. It’s also challenging, especially when the kids don’t want to pay attention,” Hosetter says. “But [the] Lunchbox Garden Club has been that thing I can go back to where even if I’m having a tough day and even if I’m not having a great day with the kids, just being around them is very re-energizing.”
Gilberga’s service project that turned into a club also led to a change in her career trajectory. She says her work has helped her to realize that she wants to do non-profit work, and her ultimate goal is to start her own non-profit.
“It’s really a joy. You get to be around the kids and see them excited about what we’re doing,” Gilberga says. “It makes my day, even a day that’s stressful and I'm stressed about Lunchbox Garden and I’m frustrated about it, it makes it worth it just to be there with them.”
For more information on the Lunchbox Garden Club, visit Facebook.com/TheLunchboxGardenProject.
By: Savanna Sturkie | Photography: Brenna Beech | Illustrations: Orlando Pimentel
No one on Earth is further than two minutes away. Physically, sure – someone can be all the way across the planet from you. However, with the introduction of high-speed information and a new social media site popping up at every turn, no one is far. The Internet has globalized the universe, making anything and everything accessible to those who look for it. This includes people, and more interestingly, relationships.
Online connections have allowed people to maintain old relationships, terminate existing ones, and even form new ones entirely through virtual communication. The 21st century has seen the rise and fall of many a social media platform – the most popular and widely used including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It seems that there is a new platform every day for a specific niche. This is taken as far as résumés being shared with potential employers on LinkedIn and entire wedding ceremonies being planned on Pinterest. It is certainly an understatement that social media has completely changed the way people live, communicate and interact with one another, and it has undoubtedly made life easier. But has it made life healthier?
The generation being introduced during the first years of the new millennium, known as Generation Z, is being raised entirely with knowledge of the Internet, mass media and social interaction in online forms. But one has to wonder – is it healthy to grow up in such a world?
Sadie Helton, a fifth-grade teacher in her eighth year of being a professional educator, has taken notice of a growth in number of her young students who participate in social media: “All of them. Seventy-seven students. There may be a handful that don’t.”
Humans rely on social affirmation to feel good about others and themselves, and this becomes exceedingly important around the age of puberty. However, with the growth of accessible technology, the age of introduction to the world of mass media is being lowered. Now, most school-aged children are equipped with all of the most recently updated Apple products, in addition to social media and a need for virtual affirmation from others at a much younger age. The next generation is growing up with it, being raised by it… and this can be extremely dangerous if they are unaware of how to navigate this vast world of information.
B. Lindsay Brown, a member of the Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Georgia, studies industrial and organizational psychology, including identity, stigma and relational demography and well-being. Brown finds that the younger generation may be placed in a situation where they are yet to handle such mass forms of communication. “People are living their whole lives with the Internet,” Brown says. “School-aged kids aren’t really sure how to navigate all that information, how to use it appropriately.” The younger generation’s experience with an entire life built around the Internet can offer insight into the current college student’s situation: while a young-adult individual may not have been raised using Instagram, he or she is being thrust into a universe where all private information is encouraged to be public. People of this age are more aware of how to navigate the Internet and its contents but are also expected and encouraged to participate in it fully.
The fact is, almost everyone who is an active user of the Internet has a Facebook. According to the Pew Research Center, 71 percent of online adults are users of Facebook as of September 2014. For college-aged people, aged 18-29, the statistics are even more staggering: 90 percent of individuals in this age group use social networking sites – 67 percent of them participating via mobile device, allowing it to be available always. Social media has become a constant part of daily life. The world is increasingly accessible, and this has entirely affected the way people connect with each other both online and face-to-face.
The rise of online dating has, logically, mirrored the rise of social media platforms. Now, there are even apps like Tinder and OKCupid that “Facebook-stalk” for you, taking you through all the mediocre shortcuts and straight to the point: Do you think this person is attractive? Do you think you would have things in common? Would you want to pursue a relationship with them? Click. Done. Making connections has never been easier.
Brown supports the growth of online connections for the use of support groups to help find others like ourselves. “You are more willing to make a connection online than in-person,” Brown says. “It is a way to connect to other people.” It is clear that people are more willing to make a connection online as it offers a safety barrier for the fear of rejection that comes with face-to-face interaction, along with a sense of anonymity. Although the Internet offers a sense of protection, what is the value of the connection made? In order to create a sincere relationship, vulnerability is required on both sides. While this is easier said than done, it makes for a much stronger and more genuine connection. “People’s social networks are going to be expanding, so you’ll know a lot more people,” Brown says, “but the quality, the depth of how much you know them may be less… social media will help people connect with more people, but at what cost?”
Additionally, the speed at which people make connections has been increased tenfold with the introduction of texting, liking and commenting on posts. Joanna Lamkin, a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Georgia, studies personality traits. She comments on the super-speed of interaction that has been introduced with the 21st century: Social media “can create that sense of need to communicate so quickly, and it can create this kind of sense of urgency,” she says. “If you’re only communicating via social media, there might be some pieces missing – like trying to accurately convey how you feel. I feel like a lot of that can get lost. If you have this expectation that that is how communication happens, I can see that causing a lot of problems later down the line, professionally or personally.”
While the Age of the Internet has made it far easier to keep up with old friends and establish new connections in places we might not have before, the quality of those relationships must be based in reality. The attention span of the current generation is an incredibly short one, and relationships can be lost as a result. “We have a higher rate of people with ADHD than ever before, and I think it is because we are over-stimulated as a society,” Helton says about society’s need to be constantly preoccupied.
Most college students have multiple social networking accounts, and these accounts greatly aid in the curing of boredom. Walking, riding the bus, waiting in line, during a study break – everyone is plugged in. But if one pauses and looks around, a sea of people is moving with their heads buried into their mobile devices, connected with thousands at a time, but ultimately isolated from one another. Social media had made the importance of affirmation from others increasingly important and easier to achieve, but society has elevated it to the point that it has robbed us of true communication. “I took it off my phone, because I realized every time I was waiting for something I was checking it – not that there’s anything wrong with checking it, I just noticed I was always doing it. It is very addicting,” Brown says.
The health of relationships has always been an important matter, but the way thepopulation forms and maintains them will be a forever-changing topic following the introduction of online interaction. In regards to how social networking can be used in a healthy and positive way (since it is most definitely not going away anytime soon), Lamkin advised setting boundaries for oneself so as not to miss out on the richness of the human experience with real-life interactions: “I think a healthy way to use it is to keep a goal in mind…to make it not the only sphere of our existence so we are not missing out.
As far as health concerns go, there is a saying that everything is okay in moderation. And when it comes to social media, this may be the case. Share a few pictures, text your friends to meet for coffee, share an interesting article on Facebook – these are good things. Social media becomes dangerous when we allow it to substitute for real human experiences. Likes, comments, and other forms of virtual affirmation do not create a good and lovable person, only the representation of one. Real life will always trump the cyber one. The social networking universe will only expand; pools of people will become even more interconnected – we just have to keep the goal of social media in mind: it aids communication – it does not replace it.
By: Brittany Bowes| Illustrations: Orlando Pimentel
For the past decade, the vegetarian lifestyle has been on the rise, especially for Millennials and Generation Y-ers. Veganism and gluten-free diets have crept into the latest trends heavily over the past few years. Not only are these regimes parallel with the “Go Green” movement – involving an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and an endeavor to reduce carbon footprint – and the health-conscious mindset of much of Western society, but being a vegetarian is also a characteristic that many think of as “hipster” and “trendy.”
There are several reasons for excluding meat from one’s diet, ranging from ethics to social status. Regardless of reasoning, going vegetarian has several health benefits for both the body and the environment.
“I chose to do it for ethical reasons,” says Brooke Wallace, a junior mass media arts major from Atlanta. “I eat a lot more vegetables and healthy foods now like salads, eggs, beans, tofu, peanut butter.” Brooke set a meatless diet as a New Year’s resolution and plans on following through for at least a year.
For Rachel Connell, a sophomore animal science major from Savannah, vegetarianism has been routine since March of last year. “My reasons are mainly ethical, but my roommate from freshman year played a big role in influencing my decision by telling me about why she is a vegetarian,” Connell says.
Many people fear that a plant-based diet may result in deficiencies of the necessary nutrients found in meat, but Connell explains that it has benefitted her greatly. “I believe it has contributed to my health because I eat more fruit and vegetables than I used to. I also eat out less because I don't want to have to look for a place with options for me to eat, which has caused me to eat less fried food.”
Although many vegetarian diets sprout from ethical disagreement, typically pertaining to the poor treatment of animals in plants and factories, many claim they partake in the diet because of the personal health that ensues.
“I decided to become a vegetarian because overall, it makes me feel healthier and have more energy,” says Madison Jarvis, a sophomore public relations major from Suwanee. Jarvis has been following a vegetarian diet for about a year and says her mom inspired her to do so.
According to Vegetarian Times magazine, there are several health benefits that come from a vegetarian diet, including warding off disease: “Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average American diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer.” It can even help you live longer. “If you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life,” says Michael F. Roizen, MD. Other benefits include keeping weight down, building stronger bones and increasing energy. Needless to say, these results will likely concur if accompanied by a strict, health-conscious vegetarian diet. In terms of environmental-friendliness, Vegetarian Times proclaims that vegetarianism can “help reduce pollution, avoid toxic chemicals and reduce famine.”
With the vegetarian/vegan population on the rise, it’s essential that grocers, restaurants and other food-based businesses keep up. Brands like Tofurky, Morning Star, Boca and Gardein manufacture meatless products like deli turkey, sausage, meatballs, burgers and even chicken strips that consist of ingredients such as vegetables, soybeans and vegetable protein. These brands can be found in even the most general grocery stores, including Kroger and Walmart. Organic and gluten-free sections commonly found in most grocery stores, as well as the growth of farmer’s markets such as Earth Fare and Sprouts, have made clean-eating and vegetarian diets convenient and easy to sustain. Several restaurants also now provide vegetarian/vegan friendly options to accommodate for the rising numbers of people following the vegetarian lifestyle. Some restaurants, such as the Grit here in Athens, are solely vegetarian. Other vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Athens include Barberitos, which serves tofu, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, which makes their pizza with vegan dough, and Grindhouse Killer Burgers, which serves veggie burgers.
Vegetarianism takes a lot of dedication, but with the convenience, health benefits and environmental sustainability it has to offer, it might be worth a shot.
By: Katherine Story | Photography: Brenna Beech
Going downtown on a Thursday or Friday night seems like a fairly modern practice. The whole atmosphere screams 21st century – texting people to coordinate the location, dodging frustrated cars filled with people, TVs and speakers blaring games and music – but just because the technology has changed does not mean the people who lived before us in the South did not know what it meant to live in a drinking culture.
“The averages in 1820… were 1.5 shots per day for every man, woman and child,” says UGA history professor Stephen Berry. “Some people are doing much more than their fair share. They were just doing a ton of drinking.”
There are certainly many differences in drinking from the early 19th century to today. Most college students and residents of Athens are not drinking to excess as often, which can lead to death.
“If the coroner is standing above your body [in 1820-1880], you died of a combination of alcohol and stupidity if you were a white male,” Berry says.
Being “drunk” now is not necessarily the same thing as being “drunk” during that era, either. Joe Calpin, a junior biology major from Johns Creek, said that when most people start experiencing the bar scene, they tend to order the same thing – usually a drink that is going to be simple, sweet and cheap.
However, there is still variation and external factors that make it hard to pinpoint what the crowd will be favoring. The Athens drinking scene has divisions.
“Some other college towns have nice bars where they share them with people who actually live in the towns, whereas in Athens, it’s very separated,” Calpin says.
In the 1800s, people saw drinking as another facet of life, ubiquitous and omnipresent. According to the Alcoholic Republic, the lifestyle was so pervasive that parents felt the need to acclimate their young children to drinking by encouraging them to take sips from their own glasses. People are certainly more careful not to let their child consistently consume alcohol now.
Arguably, the largest similarity between 1815 and 2015 is the uncertainty of money. At that time, the economy was having major fluctuations, which led to it being called “flush times,” where the market would have frequent booms and busts.
“It’s roughly every 20 years… you’re riding this wave. Some people are getting rich, but then a lot of people are crashing and getting very poor,” Berry says.
The culture that was created left people fearful of their financial state, and this led to significant drinking. Although our booms and busts are less drastic, the recent recession left many people reeling. For once we had federal entities stepping in and trying to control things on a large scale in order to fix the “bust” of 2008. Understandably, people might turn to relaxant activities to ease their mind off their wallet or bank account.
The South had a heavy-handed culture of drinking, which is why the temperance movement found such success. People were aware there was a problem.
“We tend to associate alcohol with conviviality and partying,” Berry says.
Looking back on history, it is sometimes hard to understand where people were coming from and their motivation behind their actions. But, as we all know, alcohol can be a way to bring groups together and have a good time.
You know you’re dealing with some pretty antiquated legislation when a business is prohibited from selling its own product. But because Georgia is one of only five states that have failed to modernize its craft brewery laws, such establishments in the state see restrictions on food vendors on brewery grounds, the right to advertise brewery events and even the ability to sell, well, beer. Since 1933, the state has employed a three-tier alcohol distribution system, in which producers – such as craft breweries – sell to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Many craft breweries claim that this restrictive system, along with some of the aforementioned outdated brewery laws, keep them from thriving creatively and selling the highest quality product, as well as prevent the creation of thousands of jobs and tax dollars.
So, why work for a brewery in Georgia, then? Quite simply, it’s because of people like Carmen Miranda, a University of Georgia graduate, who can’t imagine calling any other place home – and also happens to have a passion for craft beer. The Brewery, Tour, and Events Manager at Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Ga., Miranda has worked at the brewery since August 2010, both doling out glasses of Hopsecutioner (a Terrapin favorite) and planning events at its site on Newton Bridge Road. In her four and a half years working in the beer industry, Miranda has witnessed the very real effects of Georgia’s outdated brewery laws.
I met with Miranda in February, on an overcast day ironically inappropriate for drinking beer. We sat down in her office directly above Terrapin’s tasting room to talk about how Georgia’s laws affect craft brewing companies like hers.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
What are some of the brewery laws that you see as outdated – the ones that affect Terrapin?
It’s pretty straightforward, actually. One, we cannot sell any beer straight to consumers, because we’re part of a three-tier system. We’re not asking to get rid of the three-tier system, we’re just asking for a small allowance that will allow us to sell beer to people in our tasting room. We also can’t sell food — that’s probably one of the silliest laws because, you know, you want people to eat and maybe slow down their consumption, right? We also can’t tell people where to get our beer. It doesn’t make any sense, and when people come in from out of the state, we look very foolish. We can’t advertise our events, because they’re on account. So, say we want to put flyers up around town – we can’t do that. [The laws] are just antiquated, nobody has changed them, and a lot is to gain by not changing them — for distributors. They have a lot to gain because they have a lot of power in this three-tier system.
Do you have any specific examples of how these laws affect business here?
If you’re starting a brewery, for the first little bit you’re investing every little bit of money that you have into making beer and then selling it. Meaning the equipment, the raw ingredients, and then the people you hire to sell that beer, right? The return that you’re getting at this early stage is really small, because you’re selling at wholesale pricing to distributors. Distributors sell to retailers, and the retailers then sell to the consumers. That’s called the three-tier system.
So, if small breweries were able to sell their beer directly to consumers and make that mark-up per pint, say, like a bar does, it would just be easier to start a brewery; it’d be easier to keep open your little brewery and for it to grow.
Do you have anything to add about how changing the laws could benefit the community at large?
If you’re somebody who likes craft beer, right away you’re going to benefit from having more breweries open in your area – smaller breweries that give you a craft, handmade product. It’s going to be good for our communities, because everyone benefits from more jobs, right? So, if you own a hotel, or you own a shop, people that go to that brewery are going to go to your shop, and they’re going to buy your goods. Your kids and schools are
going to benefit from the taxes from every brewery that opens up. That’s just the fact. It benefits the entire system, the entire community. It’s a win-win-win-win.
So, distributors are the ones on the other side?
We’re not trying to say “on the other side.” We’re all on the craft beer team. We definitely love and need our distributor partners. However, this rule is a drop in the bucket to them, but for a brewery that is starting up – that could be pretty big, to sell 300 pints a night instead of selling glassware. Now, we’re not allowed to sell beer, the beer is free. We’re also not allowed to sell promotional tours – the tours are free also. The only thing we are selling is a pint glass. The pint glass is ten dollars, you can choose to get it, or you can choose to say, “No, I already have enough pint glasses,” and then we are, by law, required to give you another way to drink beer here for free. So, on an average night, we might have 40 people come in to drink for free, and this is a college town, so you can imagine that’s a pretty popular option. So we’re giving away about as much beer as we’re selling through the glassware requirement.
Why stay in Georgia, then? What makes it a great place for craft beers?
Different people will open different breweries for all kinds of reasons. So, Spike [Buckowski], our brew master, and our president, John Cochran – they’re the cofounders, and they love Athens. John is a graduate of UGA. Georgia’s their home. Georgia is where their families are. So, yeah, let’s bring good beer to Georgia, right? But we’re in, like, the bottom six states for growth in craft beer. And that’s not because people here don’t want to drink craft beer, I imagine it’s because there aren’t that many breweries here that can thrive. They can’t survive.
What can someone do – just the average person that enjoys going to breweries – to help with the laws?
You can go to GABeerJobs.com and sign the petition. Donate to our Go Fund Me page, where we’re accepting donations and you get a bunch of cool rewards, like free tours and free hats and stuff like that. Also, write your local lawmakers and tell them, “Hey, this is good for our community, this is good for our state. It’s good for craft beer. We support this.”