By Carrie Mauldin
As a bleak winter wraps up and the blazing winds of summer roll into Athens, its time to spend less time cooped up indoors and get out and explore all that UGA and Athens has to offer. From sweet study spots to places to chill out on a sunny day, UGA has it all. You just have to get out and explore, which is exactly what I did on one single, beautiful day. That’s right, a day full of discovering the best places to hang out on campus and finding out some “sweet” places and activities.
The first stop of my journey began at none other than the historical UGA Arch. Walking past the landmark rather than under to avoid any bad voodoo, the first thing to catch my attention was the plethora of students out and about enjoying several spots on North Campus to study, hang out (literally, since North Campus has several trees to hang your beloved Eno hammocks from) and soak in the new rays of the spring sun. Herty Field especially is a significant point of interest for any student wishing to rest and relax on a nice day. Whether you’re laying out on the luscious green grass, surrounded by a plethora of gorgeous flowers and shrubbery, or playing a game of ultimate with your friends, Herty Field is definitely a great place to get out and have some fun.
What’s next after Herty Field? The Founders Memorial Garden, of course. This beautiful garden is tucked away next to Joe Brown Hall and offers a pleasant stroll through a variety of flowers, shrubbery and trees. Free to admire for anyone, the Founders Memorial Garden is certainly a “sweet” spot for students to take in the beauty of creative landscaping. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll hear the sounds of the birds chirping above you.
After drifting down Lumpkin towards the MLC from the Founders Garden, the next great spot is the amphitheater located behind the MLC. Comprised of eight tiers of grass and stone and surrounded by pines and magnolias, the UGA amphitheater is certainly a magnificent place for anyone to spread out their schoolwork and get work done on a gorgeous summer day.
With three stops down and more to go, the sun was rising high above campus, offering warmth and a cool breeze. It made for a perfect day for campus exploration. My next discovery wasn’t for a while, since it was not until South Campus that I came across the large oval patch of neatly manicured and vibrant grass and trees located behind the Boyd Graduate Research Studies building. On a nice, sunny day this can be the perfect spot for some outdoor studying or simple rest and relaxation. With a special spot near the end to set up a hammock, and ample grass to rest upon, how could this not be a great spot for anyone?
What could possibly make this spot any better? The Creamery, of course! Located at the bottom of the Environmental Health Sciences building, the Creamery can easily be spotted with its yellow, neon cursive sign posted in the window. Inside are a variety of snacks and sweet treats for anyone.
Campus isn’t the only place in Athens that offers some great spots for studying. After exploring some of what UGA has to offer, I directed my journey down South Milledge to the State Botanical Gardens. With no charge to tourists, the botanical garden consists of a wide array of running trails, various themed gardens and an indoor greenhouse full of exotic trees and shrubs. Visitors can explore plants from all over the world, like coffee plants from Africa or numerous herbs and spices.
So with summer rolling in, take a chance to explore some cool new places around campus!
By Jazmyn Matthews
If it’s not obvious by the over 80 degree temperatures fluctuating all the time, you’ll probably realize that spring is here. Since we do live in Georgia, spring won’t last for too long until summer creeps up on us, and we’ll be wishing spring was the only thing we had to deal with.
With summer comes a lot of things. For some people, it’s the best time to tan. For others, it’s the best time to stay indoors because the sun is not a friend to everyone. For me, it’s a time to eat.
Summer usually brings a lot of free time, and what better way to spend free time than by eating? It’s a time to sit back and dwell on the fact that we’re done with classes (well most of us) by eating some sweet treats.
The best part? They don’t cost the big bucks. Let’s face it, we’re still broke college students, and every penny that we can save is very valuable.
First up on the list, gathered from allrecipes.com, is something really simple and doesn’t require you to channel your inner Rachel Ray to complete it: sugar cookies!
Since most of these ingredients are household ingredients, you may not even need to make a trip to Kroger. If you look up any sugar cookie recipe, they typically consist of butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla and sometimes Kosher salt (if you want them to be really chewy). Kathryn Price, a freshman family and consumer science major from Marietta, makes them all the time. “I make them more at home because I don’t have the space here,” she says, but making them in a dorm isn’t impossible!
If you start at around noon, you can be eating your delicious cookies by 12:20pm. So these are definitely appropriate for people that are craving sweets and don’t want to wait too long to have them.
Next up are whoopie pies. But, don’t let the name throw you off or make you uncomfortable; they’re basically homemade Oreos. That’s right, I said it. Oreos. You can make them yourself, and you’re giving yourself creative license to eat them as a whole or pull them apart and lick the icing off. Don’t worry, I won’t tell.
Just Google whoopie pies, and you’ll see that you’re ready to go with the usual flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, butter and sugar. It may seem like a lot, but I’m sure you or your roommate (she doesn’t have to know) have these ingredients already in the refrigerator. So the next time you’re having a boring Friday night, pop some whoopies into the oven!
Last, but not least, is the one that you’ve all been waiting for. You can learn how to make gelato! If you’re willing to spend some money on an ice cream maker, which you should, this little treat will amaze you. It only requires milk, eggs, heavy cream and sugar. Once you mix all of those together and put it in a saucepan, chill it, and then put it in an ice cream maker. You’ll be enjoying gelato in no time (or at least overnight because that’s how long it takes to chill)!
You’re going to be looking for something to do this summer other than sitting around and binge-watching Netflix for hours at a time. So, the next time you actually plan to stand for more than 15 minutes at a time, make yourself some sweet treats. That’s basically one FRIENDS episode that you’ve already seen before anyway, and you can feel free to eat them while watching Ross and Rachel on a break once you’re done. I can’t think of a more perfect summer time treat.
By Christina Matacotta
At most colleges and universities throughout the United States, meal plans are considered to be another unavoidable part of the “freshman experience,” along with twin-sized beds and community bathrooms. Luckily for students at the University of Georgia, unlimited yearlong access to five nationally ranked dining commons give meal plans a more positive association.
The accolades received by food services every year come as no surprise to UGA students. The combination of high-quality food, service and cleanliness is what has led the university to receive more Horton Awards than any other college food service operation in the nation. While this consistency is impressive, it is the diversity of selections offered throughout the dining halls that make meal plans so great according to Georgia students. Each dining hall has its’ own unique thing to offer, including custom fried rice at Oglethorpe House, fancy pancakes at Bolton, fresh smoothies at The Village Summit, brick-oven pizza at The Niche and 24-hour service at Snelling.
The high-quality cuisine offered contributes to another stereotypical part of the first-year college experience—the dreaded freshman fifteen. Whether you find yourself in Bolton, The Niche, O-House, The Village Summit or Snelling, one section in particular tempts even the most disciplined health foodies to indulge—the bakery. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner time, one can always expect to run into some traffic around the dessert areas of the dining halls. So which ones do students find most tempting?
Grab-and-go sweets are definitely among the students’ favorites. “I grew up eating store- brand Rice Crispy Treats, but after a year of eating the extra-large and super chewy [rice crispy treats] they make in Bolton, I don’t think I could go back to the pre-packaged treats,” raves Kaleigh Wright, a freshman consumer journalism and fashion merchandising major from Kennesaw. “You can literally see whole marshmallows in every square! I check the UGA mobile app daily to see which dining hall will have them on any given day. Although, in my opinion, the ones at Bolton are the best."
The rice crispy treats, however, are not the only sweets students love. “I agree that rice crispy treats are classic, but the ones made with corn Chex are even better. They combine my favorite cereal and favorite dessert,” says Alyssa Alves, a freshman journalism major from Kennesaw.
The home-style cobblers and puddings are especially irresistible to those on meal plan. “The blackberry cobbler is my favorite because it reminds me of a place in my hometown that my family goes to,” says Anne Marie McCeachern, a freshman psychology major from Columbus. The white chocolate blueberry bread pudding also stands out as a favorite among students. “It’s the best in the world; it combines the awesome taste of blueberry with chocolate, and it’s basically like a cobbler with bread,” says Kaylee German, a freshman education major from Granby, Connecticut.
It’s impossible to avoid talking about the array of ice creams when asking students about desserts. Raspberry cheesecake ice cream is freshman Emma Collins’ go to indulgence: “It’s creamy and delicious and the fruit makes it feel not so unhealthy,” says Collins, a criminal justice major from Canton.
The delicious variety available to Bulldawgs throughout campus makes it easy to satisfy any sweet tooth. No matter what treat students are in the mood for—cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers or ice creams—the high-quality dining commons never disappoint. It’s safe to say that UGA students have a pretty sweet meal plan.
By Julianne Plummer
We’ve all been there. It’s after 9 p.m., and you’re craving something sweet to satisfy that nagging sugar craving. All of the dining halls except for Snelling are closed, or maybe you aren't even on the meal plan in the first place. Regardless, the craving is the same. You want sugar, and you want it now. Luckily, there are several options around Athens that will give you exactly what you want.
You know when that hot light blings, it can only mean one thing… hot and fresh doughnuts! It also means that it’s before Krispy Kreme’s closing time of 10 p.m. At this point, you can consider yourself fortunate because you still have time to pick up a dozen doughnuts. Located on Atlanta Hwy in Athens, the franchise always has specials such as their ‘Buy a dozen and get a second dozen for $2.29 on 2/29' or their themed doughnuts on the Fourth of July. Adrianne Brathwaite, a freshman biological sciences major from Roswell says, “Krispy Kreme is my go to reward for a particularly hard day or week. To save money, I always get my roommate to split a dozen with me!”
Craving cookies, ice cream, brownies or all of the above? Well you’re in luck. Insomnia Cookies, located in downtown Athens, is a one-stop shop for all of the above. True to its name, Insomnia Cookies remains open until the late hour of 3 a.m. making it the perfect destination to go to after a fun night downtown with your friends. Not a partier? That’s fine too. Insomnia also delivers to make sure that no one has to miss out on their delicious cookies. “My friends and I love going to Insomnia after a fun night downtown. We all have InsoMANIA!” says Sarah Warui, a freshman broadcast journalism major from Kennesaw.
In the mood for a milkshake? Or do you believe that it's always time for a milkshake? Kimberly Arriaga, a freshman environmental engineering major from Tucker, thinks so and says, “Sharing a milkshake late at night with that special someone is fun, and Cookout’s late hours makes the spontaneity of it easy.” Cookout, located on West Broad Street, seems to think so too. By staying open until 3 a.m., they give you ample time to pick up one of their delicious desserts for you and your special someone to share. They even offer NY style cheesecake, just in case you need more options than their 40+ different milkshake flavors.
But I have to study…
One word for you my friend – delivery. If you thought that places such as Pizza Hut or Domino’s were only for your pizza needs, I’m letting you know that you thought wrong. Both places serve their own forms of cinnamon sticks and their own specialties as well. Pizza Hut offers Hershey’s chocolate dunkers as well as apple pies, while Domino’s Pizza serves marbled cookie brownies and chocolate lava crunch cake. Essentially, any chocolate fix can be solved in a single phone call.
If you just so happen to be studying late in the Miller Learning Center, you can head over to the Jittery Joes on the second floor of the building anytime before 1 a.m. With options such as cookies, brownies and muffins, you can definitely find what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth without giving up those precious hours of studying.
If 9 p.m. used to signify the end of your access to sugar, you can now throw that notion out of the window. Athens is full of businesses that close late, so you can satisfy your need for sugar at all times of the night.
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By Emily Haney
Whether you find yourself stuck in the same routine or crunched for time, the day has arrived to take a study break and branch out a little. Adopting the mindset of a tourist can help. A tourist is always travel ready with a camera in hand and tries to visit all the top attractions in a week or less. The goal is to see as much in as little time as possible. If you develop the tourist mindset where you live, you can get more than a glimpse of a place and experience all the popular spots and then some. If you’re looking to find more where you live and become a tourist at home, here are some places to start.
GO TO A SHOW:
A night of music, theater or comedy is waiting for you. In Athens, the comedy scene can be a little difficult to locate. However, on certain nights of the month, bars like The World Famous host stand up events. “I went to one show there called The Good Stuff. The place was packed, but I had a good time,” says Maureen Sheeran, a sophomore journalism major from Atlanta. “It was a good way to unwind after a long day and just laugh.” The World Famous even has a stage side of the venue that can be closed off to accommodate events like stand up. With the list of entertainment venues in Athens being so exhaustive, there’s a show for everyone.
TRY A NEW RESTAURANT:
Every corner you turn in Athens, there’s a different restaurant. The trick is to find one that fits your tastes. If you’re looking for a pizza place that isn’t a chain restaurant, Automatic Pizza is the spot for you to fulfill those cheesy cravings. “It’s kind of the same style as other pizza places,” says James Shefer, a senior education major from Lawrenceville. “You pick your toppings and such, but it’s crisper and more of an Italian Style.” Only one of the many restaurants located in Athens, Automatic Pizza offers an intimate dining experience with affordable food options. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try one of Athens other great restaurant options.
Seeking out your town’s traditions can be a way to get up close and personal with the roots of your town. Locating traditions has been made easy in Athens thanks to the UGA Alumni Association’s G Book, which is chock full of traditions. One of the traditions that you can work on completing any day of the year is locating the decorated bulldog statues around the city and taking a picture with each one. If you’re feeling extra creative, bring props along or do a different pose for each photo. With over thirty-six statues residing in Athens, this is not an easy feat, but you are sure to produce some amusing photos. Crossing items off a list of traditions can be a great way to experience another side of a town.
FIND A PARK OR GARDEN:
When exploring somewhere, even where you live, don’t overlook the outdoors. The State Botanical Garden, located conveniently close to campus, offers a connection straight to nature. On a sunny day, the nature trails are the place to be. Surrounded by lush scenery and following along the river, you won’t be at a loss for visuals. Try packing a lunch too because there are tables and benches along the paths. If you’re not much for hiking, there are countless garden areas equipped with fountains and archways, a perfect location to relax or study. A local park or garden can have just as much to offer as any indoor attraction.
Full of unique boutiques, bookstores and record stores, downtown areas like in Athens offer a unique view of a town. A way to help out an independent boutique and the local economy is to shop at Native America Gallery. “They have turquoise everything and good sales around winter,” says Kelsey Hamilton, a senior French and psychology major from Atlanta. “Even though the store tends to be more expensive, they make an effort to have affordable jewelry.” Alongside the turquoise collection, you can find a vast array of earth-toned hand crafted pieces. Downtown areas are one big treasure hunt waiting to happen.
Becoming a tourist, or in a sense, more connected to where you live is a lot easier than you might think. Simply taking the time to move away from normal routine and trying something new is the place to start. See a play. Eat at a restaurant your friend suggested. Partake in a local tradition. Walk through a garden. Wander through some unique stores. Don’t be afraid to try something new. March out your door, camera in hand, and go on the hunt for a new tourist destination right outside your home.
By Ashton Pike
The spirit of adventure is taking over millennials. It is triggering a desire to travel and soak up the beauty and culture that the world has to offer. With the arrival of this sensational trend, the meaning of the term “vacation” has extended to encompass not just a trip to the nearest beach, but also the endless opportunities that a car, a group of friends and the willingness to take a long road trip can offer you. If you’ve been looking for a reason to get out of Athens, out of the state or even out of the country, then your spirit of adventure is begging you to plan your next road trip. Here is the perfect to-do list to make your planning that much easier!
1) Choose Your Friends (Wisely)
The idea has been planted for a road trip like no other, so now it’s time to find the right friends who will soak up every minute just as much as you will. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to be in a car for hours on end with someone who gets car sick easily, a complainer, or, the worst, a music-hater. So choose friends that are adventure seekers like yourself and are ready for a long and exciting road trip! Another important factor in this part of the planning process is to choose an amount of people that is one less than the number of people the car can hold. For example, if the car holds 5, then 4 people would be just the right amount so that no one feels too cramped and there’s plenty of room for luggage.
2) NO CASH, NO GAS
The next step in the planning process is to come up with a budget that all members of the road trip are comfortable with and able to accommodate financially. Once you’ve all come to an agreeable amount, it’s time to start choosing the places you can go!
3) OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
Friends? (Check!) Car? (Check!) Budget? (Check!) Now it’s time to choose a destination that stays inside your budget, but outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s a certain place, state, or national park, do some research and find that one place that you and your friends have always wanted to see but have never gotten the chance. If you’re at a loss, no worries! Here are some great destinations: the Grand Canyon, Hollywood, the St. Louis Arch, Times Square, Seattle, Chicago, or Niagara Falls. The possibilities are endless!
4) MAP IT OUT
This is the lengthiest part of the process, but websites like roadtrippers.com can make it much faster and easier! Simply choose your starting location, the date you intend to leave, the final destination and the date you intend to arrive. The website then puts together a road trip with a variety of numerous stops along the way. “Mapping out the route was the most fun portion of the planning process," says Devin Gooden, a senior business management major from Atlanta. "We found new places that we wouldn’t have known about without doing some research. Now we have a whole list of awesome places to stop at along the way!”
5) MAKE A LIST
With the hardest part of the planning process complete, now all that’s left to do is create the important lists for your big adventure! You’ll want to make a separate list for each of the following key matters: packing, “just in case," emergency contacts and hotel information. The “Just in Case” list is highly important and should contain all of the items you might need just in case of an accident or emergency. Many auto shops offer car kits that include first aid and tools for the car like jumper cables. An emergency contact list should be kept inside your car where someone would be able to find it easily in case something happens to anyone on the trip. A list of information on the hotels or homes you’ll be staying at throughout the trip should be given to a parent of each person. “The most important part of the planning process is to think of every scenario, good or bad, that could happen, and to be prepared with a plan ready," says Taylor Stalling, a senior advertising major from Kennesaw. Remember that all of these are just precautionary measures in case of emergencies. It’s unlikely that anything will happen, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!
6) START THE COUNTDOWN
The planning is finally over after a lot of hard work and decision-making, and now you can start the countdown! Up until the day comes to leave, make a combined playlist for the car with your friends to keep everyone hyped and excited to venture out of the Classic City!
A lengthy road trip may be off-putting at first because there is a lot of planning, preparing and risk involved. Overall, there’s no better way to create invaluable memories and have new experiences with your friends than a grand adventure across the country. “I decided to do this grand road trip because traveling has always been a part of my life," says Mary McPartlan, a junior marketing major from Kennesaw. "I like exploring what the world has to offer instead of being restricted to what’s conveniently around me. I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, so I decided instead of flying straight there and back, why not drive there and see everything in between?” By thinking about all of the things that could go wrong and all the time it’s going to take, you’re preventing yourself from having one of the greatest experiences of your life. Take the risk! Buy a map, gather some friends and start planning for your next (and greatest) adventure.
By Ashley Dozier
Spring is hastily approaching, which means it’s almost time to wrap up the semester, ditch the leggings and scarves and look forward to the freedom the warmth of the sun allows. With spring comes longer days, warmer nights, fun, friends, traveling, beaches and Netflix. If you’re anything like me, the thing that stuck out the most to you was “Traveling.” Most of us have the urge to get up and see what the world has to offer, however, more often than not, our wallets don’t match our wanderlust.
I’m not a millionaire, nor do I have the financial means to go backpacking through Europe for the summer, but I can usually scrape together $20 to splurge on a nice vacation. I know that seems to be a ridiculously cheap vacation, or maybe an impossible one, but it’s possible with a little imagination, a few materials and the help of family and friends. The trick to traveling for under $20 is using that knowledge to transform your surroundings to practically any destination and making it special. With that in mind, here are five creative ways to travel the world from the comfort of your own home:
Barcelona, the seaside city of Spain, is famous for its breath-taking architecture, art culture, unique foods and international film festivals. It is home to the largest port in the Mediterranean and the Museum of FC Barcelona, the most visited museum in Catalunya. Barcelona is 4,510 miles from Athens, which would amount to a pretty hefty plane ticket. Luckily, it’s very simple to bring the spirit of Barcelona to you. To bring Barcelona to your home, here’s what you need:
A white sheet - $4
Old Christmas lights (In working condition) - free
A makeshift projector (An old shoe box, magnifying glass, and tape) - $3
Spotify or Pandora - free
YouTube - free
Friends - free (hopefully)
Printed or hand-drawn pictures - $1
Total = $8
For this trip, we’re bringing the experience of an International Film Festival in Barcelona to your backyard. Pin the sheet up to make a screen for the projector. Save money and create ambiance by stringing Christmas lights around your backyard. Take your printed or hand-drawn pictures to recreate the museums. Find several “International Films” on YouTube and play them through your home projector from your phone. Invite your friends to invent their own Spanish recipes and set them out for the ultimate festival feast. While everyone is enjoying their night, use Spotify or Pandora to find popular Spanish music or artists to add to the mood. Invite everyone to browse through your unique array of art in your take on a Barcelona-style Museum. It will be a night of culture, art, food and fun.
Las Vegas, the City of Chance, is located in the Mojave Desert of Nevada. Every year millions of tourist flood the city to try their hand at popular casino games such as BlackJack, Poker, Five Card Draw, Craps and Roulette. As fun as that sounds, players lose an average combined total of 6 billion dollars a year in Las Vegas casinos. There are 2,031 miles separating Athens from Las Vegas protecting you from gambling away your tuition. What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas, though, because you’ll be rolling the dice at home on this vacation. For the Las Vegas experience you will need:
A room with tables (Preferably a dining room or garage) - free
Spotify or Pandora - free
Juice for mixed drinks - $6
Dollar Tree plastic cocktail cups - $8
Family sized chips - $4
Old Monopoly game set - free
Friends or family - free
Playing cards - $1
Total = $19
To create your own Las Vegas casino start by using a room with a table suitable for playing games. Once you have that, you have the opportunity to play bartender with your friends by mixing various fruit juices to make your own “mocktails” or by throwing in a few splashes of your drink of choice to create an authentic cocktail. Your family and friends might get hungry while trying their luck, so investing in a family size bag of chips is a must. Finally, divide the tables into sections so that everyone can use the space to play various casino games together. Instead of using your own money, feel the luxury of having an infinite bank account by using Monopoly money. At the end of the night, win or lose, your own money will be safe in your pocket.
Known as the city of romance and the fashion capital of the world, Paris is the capital of France. Paris is a dream destination for many Americans because of its rich culture, pastries and art. As of 2012, it is the most visited city in the world. Paris is 4,317 miles away from Athens. That’s 4,317 more miles than you actually have to go to be enchanted by the beauty of Paris. For this excursion, we’ll throw in a bit of an American twist and this is what you’ll need:
French pastries made at home - free
Old Christmas lights - free
A white sheet - $4
Makeshift projector - $3
Friends - free
Black construction paper - $1
Classic Disney French movies (Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and Beast and the Aristocats) - $10
For a romantic spring night with your significant other or the adventure of a lifetime with friends, start out by using the construction paper to form your own Eiffel Tower. It wouldn’t be Paris without all the delicious pastries that are native to France, so use the ingredients in your fridge and the trusty internet to create your own French pastries! As the night carries on, use the Christmas lights to decorate your Eiffel Tower for an authentic Parisian night. And no evening would be complete without a movie marathon of Disney movies set in France on your projector and screen. These classics may be American, but they add a sense of nostalgia that will make your Paris feel like home.
Bora Bora is the jaw-dropping, French-owned island in the Pacific Ocean. Its’ waters are home to hundreds of marine species, and it’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Bora Bora is also a pest-free island, which means there are no bugs to interrupt your stream of rays. Not many of us can hop on the next plane to Bora Bora as it is the furthest destination from Athens at 5,681 miles, so we’ll bring the serene setting of Bora Bora ourselves. For this tropical getaway you will need:
Beach towels - free
Sunscreen - $3
Friends - free
Fresh fruit - $5
Juice for mixed drinks - $6
Wave audio - free
Tropical Dollar Store decorations - $5
Total = $19
No spring break or summer vacation would be complete without a trip to the beach. So to create your own Bora Bora beachpalooza, break out those beach towels and shades for a bit of sunbathing. Give your beach some tropical decor with decorations from your local dollar store. Be sure to buy Tiki torches for later in the evening to keep the vacation going after dark. Go to your local produce department, and buy fresh fruit to make a refreshing fruit salad to snack on in the sun. You could even throw some of your leftover fruit into your mixed fruit juice cocktails. Play the sound of crashing waves from your phone to add to the experience! Through your shades, it will be hard not to imagine that you’re not in Bora Bora, but don’t forget your sunscreen!
By Donica Farwell
When measured in the fall semester of 2015, the University of Georgia consisted of 36,130 undergraduate and graduate students. Not to mention the 10,102 faculty, administrators and maintenance work force. With 463 buildings throughout the main campus alone, it comes as no surprise that parking can be a hassle for both commuting students and on campus students. The amount of people traveling through campus clearly surpasses available parking. Stretched over 762 acres, walking is not always a reasonable or safe option. With such a large campus, circumstances such as lack of a car or being under the influence inhibit many students from the opportunity to drive either around campus or home after a night out. However, UGA and the city of Athens provide a variety of local transportation options for the safety and convenience of UGA students.
UGA BUS SYSTEM:
Free to everyone, the UGA Bus System provides convenient transportation throughout the school day. A few routes include: “North/South,” which runs from North to South Campus, “East Campus Express,” which travels around East Campus and surrounding bus stops, and “Orbit,” which pretty much goes everywhere. Self-explanatory names give students a general idea of where a bus is going. However, information on the various routes and arrival times are available on the free UGA app. Night and weekend routes are also available. Weekender buses also aid students living on campus to travel to Ramsey or dining halls. Students mainly use UGA buses to be dropped off at dorms, on-campus apartments or bus stops for commuting students to transfer to Athens Transit. “It cuts down my time to get from Creswell to North Campus by at least 10-12 minutes,” says Chad Ward, a freshmen communications studies and philosophy double major from Cumming. Also, UGA bus drivers fall among the highest paying student jobs. “They have been very friendly so far,” Ward says. While riding the UGA buses can be a pleasant experience, buses often become overcrowded due to their popularity. “I wish there were more buses, but overall I have had a good experience,” Ward says. Alex Cosper, a sophomore intended exercise and sports science major from Valdosta, agrees, “The buses are helpful for the most part, sometimes they are a little slow or too full, or show up a little later than I want.” Cosper has a parking pass for the Ramsey parking deck, but Cosper, living in McWhorter Hall in ECV, says, “I am fine with bussing to class across campus.” Despite crowding and wait times, UGA buses remain a necessary mode of transportation to get around campus. By knowing the stops, using the UGA app and planning ahead, UGA students can efficiently travel to class without driving a car.
With 19 different routes across the Athens area, Athens Transit provides free transportation to all students and faculty with a valid UGA ID. Athens Transit is especially beneficial for those living in off campus student apartments. Athens Transit goes beyond campus, giving students rides across the city to places such as to WalMart or Beechwood Plaza. These buses run throughout the week and just started offering Sunday service. UGA has also included route, live tracking of buses and other Athens Transit information on the free UGA app. Blaise McComb, a sophomore intended marketing major from Las Vegas, Nevada, takes Athens Transit routes 25 and 28 from the Reserve Apartments to the Miller Learning Center. “Athens Transit is the most inexpensive alternative for me to get to campus from our apartment complex. Plus I don’t have a parking pass. For a municipal bus service, I am impressed with its convenience and helpfulness,” McComb says. “Most of the drivers for Athens Transit are friendly and well trained. They have a lot of heart and I appreciate that.” While Athens Transit is free and does have efficient routes to campus, most buses only reach a certain stop every hour. This can be frustrating if your class starts at 8 a.m., and the bus is not scheduled to come until the 50th minute.“Overall, the bus is good if you get it at the right time,” says Caroline Corbitt, a sophomore graphic design major from Valdosta. Essentially, get lucky with class times and get on the bus at an unusual stop and traveling from off campus will be a breeze.
Recently launched by SGA, GOTCHA (Green Operated Transportation Carrying Humanity) cars provide transportation for students on campus 7 p.m.–2 a.m. in 100% electric cars. Not only are these cars good for the environment, but they also allow students to safely return from a night out, a study session away from their dorm or a workout at Ramsey. “No one likes to walk home alone at night, especially on a weekend,” says Lucie D’Angelo, a freshmen early childhood education major from Urbana, Illinois. “Once I had been doing homework kind of late at my friend’s dorm, and my roommate fell asleep when she was supposed to pick me up. My friend suggested I use GOTCHA, and I’m glad I did.” While the GOTCHA service is free, tips are appreciated for the student drivers. To request a ride, a student must simply download the free app and order a GOTCHA car during the hours of operation. “Students are able to utilize the service as a quick, convenient and safer option as opposed to walking at night. The service will hopefully allow students to feel more comfortable with getting around campus,” says Adam Barth, a freshman economics and finance major and former GOTCHA driver from Roswell. “The company is trying to expand to accommodate students on Milledge Avenue, as well.” The main function of GOTCHA is the safety of students at night. If this service continues to gain popularity, no student will ever have to walk at night alone.
For when there are no buses running, you live off campus or need a ride at the push of a button, UBER is there. Downtown Athens is filled with over 80 bars in a single square mile radius. Due to the large number of students going out at night, UBER is a very popular way to make sure students get downtown and home safely. Let UBER be your designated driver to avoid drinking and driving. To order an UBER, simply download the free app, enter your credit card information, type in your location and request to be picked up. Within minutes you have a ride at your doorstep. After the ride, UBER automatically charges your account with the app, so there is no monetary transaction in the car. Prices range from around $6 to $20, but prices can surge during high demand times. Ride with friends! If an UBER costs $8 dollars and you bring three other friends with you, that’s only $2 a person. Also, if a friend recommends UBER to you by giving you a promotional code, your first ride is free. UBER rides are fun experiences because the drivers are usually very friendly and often entertaining. “Drivers are committed to doing their job in a professional, safe manner. Like anything in life, there are always bad apples,” says Dave, a junior risk management major and UBER driver. To be safe, check the number of stars an UBER driver is rated and make sure the arrived car and driver matches the pictures on the app. Always ride UBER with your friends – it’s cheaper anyway.
Athens is a great town to live in because there are so many options for modes of transportation. Try them all out, find your favorite and get to moving around Athens!
By Emily Baker
So you are going to study abroad? Maybe you are looking to be exposed to a new culture, or maybe you want to get out of Athens for a semester. Whatever the reason, you are about to embark on what will probably be the greatest adventure of your college experience. Before you can have your Lizzie McGuire moment, you have to plan ahead. Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem daunting. There is so much to do and pack, and your parents will kill you if you ask to check another bag. So here are some tips from some students who have studied abroad:
Make sure you have the essentials.
When you think of going abroad, you probably think you’ll just book the flight and figure out the rest when you get there. But anyone who’s traveled outside of the country knows it’s a big ordeal. So if you’ve never been outside of the United States, don’t panic! “The first thing you should do is make sure your passport is updated,” says Carley Fulp, a junior risk management major from Hahira. She also suggests ordering some of the local currency so that you will have cash when you get there. No one wants to be in a foreign country without a way to get anywhere.
Pack with purpose.
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your entire wardrobe with you. To maximize your space, stick with basic pieces that you can mix and match for multiple outfits. Scarves are also a great accessory because they can switch up an outfit and can be thrown on when it gets cold at night. “The main thing you have to consider when packing for a study abroad trip is all of the things you are going to buy while you’re there,” says Alexandra Falcucci, a junior fashion merchandising major from Asbury, New Jersey. Make a list of everyone you want to buy gifts for, and then you’ll have an idea of how much room you need to leave in your suitcase.
Plan ahead for weekend getaways.
Most study abroad programs leave the weekends open, which means lots of travel opportunities. Take a day trip to a local beach, or take a train to another city or country. Most places in Europe can be easily traveled to for a short trip. “Look for places to stay on www.hostelworld.com or Airbnb,” says Camren Skelton, a junior journalism major from Greenville, South Carolina. “Both are super affordable and give great reviews, so you are sure to pick the best one!” Plan your weekend getaways ahead of time so that you can make the most of your time abroad.
Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem like a big task, but if you organize and prioritize, you can have a stress free trip. Get together with friends who are also studying abroad and go shopping. Buy some staple clothing pieces and get the travel necessities. Preparing for your trip will not seem as scary when your friends are doing it with you. The only surprises you should have should be on your trip, not at the airport.
By Cierra McArthur
What makes you who you are? While your inner character plays a role, outer appearances are used more and more often to showcase personality and beliefs these days. With this concept in mind, four University of Georgia students were interviewed in an attempt to gauge the most common or desired cosmetic changes done.
Change #1: Going Natural
While the movement is largely concentrated in the black community, it is one that has received more attention in recent years. Now, you can see more people who have abandoned chemically relaxing their hair in favor of rocking their natural hair texture. “I started [going natural] 8th grade year; that’s when I stopped chemically processing my hair,” says Judy Stubblefield, a first year, journalism major, from Kennesaw, GA. While she originally did it for growth, over time she found more factors to motivate her to continue. “I kind of picked up other reasons, [such as] just kind of accepting who I am naturally and not conforming to society’s definition of beauty,” says Stubblefield. While the response to her hair has been mostly positive, she does occasionally receive the “your hair looks so good straight” comment, and gently reminds them that her hair looks fine with its natural texture. Her advice to anyone else desiring to go natural is to stick with it and not just give up while it is still in its early transitioning stages.
Change #2: Getting A Haircut
While haircuts are pretty common, big ones often garner extra attention, especially in girls. “I went from shoulder length natural hair to cutting it all off,” says Jessica Sensabaugh, a second year, computers systems engineering major, from Watkinsville, GA. The move saves her countless time in hair maintenance and is one she loves despite some negative responses to it. “It’s one of those things where it’s not for everybody, it’s for you,” says Sensabaugh. While she gets the occasional “sir” slipup, she just calmly corrects the person and moves on. She would counsel anyone desired to do a drastic haircut to go for it and make sure to be specific about what kind of haircut you want when going to a professional.
Change #3: Experimenting With Hair Dye
With hair colors ranging from natural to “Skittles bright”, this cosmetic change is starting to have a larger place in everyday life. “First, I wanted just a lighter brown in my hair,” says Madisyn Wells, a first year, bio premed major, from Sacramento, CA. However, after seeing Beyoncé’s iconic blonde locks, she decided to go for blonde highlights the next go round. While she loves her color, she plans on stopping for hair health reasons. “I feel like it’s making my hair weaker,” says Wells. For anyone else wanting to also dye their hair, she recommends doing your research and making sure whether or not you want to use bleach.
Change #4: Extensions
Extensions often allow a person to experiment with different hairstyles with little commitment. “I started experimenting with hair weave and extensions more once I got [to UGA]. That kind of helped me with the natural [hair] process,” says Shalaundye Felton, a third year, social studies education major, from Fort Valley, GA. Because of this, she has been able to avoid using heat on her hair since freshmen year. When asked what motivated her to do it, she cites laziness as the reason. “I had a full schedule,” says Felton. Between taking 15 hours freshmen year and working an 18-hour job, she found she didn’t have much time to dedicate to daily hair maintenance. With the extensions, she is able to save time in styling, making it is easier to maintain. However, when she does wear her natural hair, she gets positive responses. For others who want to be natural, she suggests saving, as the process can get expensive. If uncertain about how you would look natural, she recommends using extensions as a way to test the look out.
Changes #5 and #6: Piercings and Tattoos
With these changes, the desire is there; however, worries about how it would be perceived in the professional realm can serve as a strong deterrent. “People judge over the dumbest things,” says Sensabaugh. Though both piercings and tattoos are less and less shocking as time goes on, they still are frowned upon in many competitive fields. Strategic placement can be utilized to bypass this problem, and you can always research your line of work to see what is generally accepted.
If you want to do any cosmetic changes, you should decide if that is something you really want to do. You only have this one life. You might as well make the most of it and do what you want to do, so go forth and do you!
By Carrie Mauldin
For most students, the first semester away at college can be the most gloriously terrifying experience of his or her lives. Facing new challenges such as a more rigorous course load, living on your own and trying to figure out what it is you want to do with your life is something a high school classroom rarely prepares you for. So with this being said, the first semester at college can be quite a rocky start for incoming freshmen.
The first week alone for a majority of students can consist of revamping their entire schedule or throwing out their current major for a brand new one.
“I changed my major a lot during the first week of college because I knew what my parents wanted me to do, but I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do,” says Morgan Manning, a freshman psychology major from Hahira.
Of course there’s no shame in changing your major once, twice or maybe even ten times, but that’s not the only challenge to overcome in college as a freshmen. What are the others?
1. The Freshman 15
The Freshmen 15 seems like an urban myth at UGA, given the plethora of hills and stairways one must ascend to make it to their intro lecture class. However, when the pounds start adding up, what can you do differently to ward off the Freshman 15?
If you haven’t checked out the Ramsey Student Center located in East Campus Village, now is the perfect time to start off a new semester by trying out a variety of classes offered. Ramsey offers racquetball, rock climbing (perfect for the outdoorsman wanting to stay inside during the cold winter months), lap swim, basketball and various workout rooms for cardio and strength training.
Another option is to try taking up a new sport or activity, such as running or any of the numerous club or intramural sports offered on campus.
2. Organizing your schedule
A tough lesson learned by those who have not yet figured out where most buildings are located on campus is the realization that you scheduled your classes that are 15 minutes apart on opposite ends of campus.
“I scheduled a lot of between-class gaps this semester,” says Evan House, a freshman history and classical languages major from Covington. “Once you’ve taken a break between classes it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.” A way to avoid this dilemma is to schedule your classes close enough to each other in the day to avoid mid-day slumps, or perhaps scheduling all of your classes in the morning or afternoon only.
3. Balancing Social Life and Academics
Another challenge in college is that, unlike high school, rather than joining as many clubs as you want and still being able to have time to write that essay for AP Language, you have to focus on a smaller number of clubs that really peak your interest. Also, as you join clubs this semester, make sure you are committing to something you can make the most out of and will bring the most benefit to you, rather than just a weekly email update about what the club or organization is up to.
4. Getting Involved
“I think joining a club that is something you’re interested in or involves community service that is involved in the community is something people can bond over,” says Jackie Prine, an art major from Lake Park.
In case you missed the fall semester’s activities fair held by the Center for Student Organizations, not to worry! The spring activities fair will be held early spring semester and will host a variety of clubs to sign up for and get involved in. There’s also an array of club postings located in Tate throughout the semester, so keep a lookout!
5. Meeting New People
Rather than sticking to just your normal friend group this semester, try reaching out and meeting new people. Whether it is in your classes, activities or in a dining hall, college is the perfect time to network a group of friends that can benefit you now and in the future.
So college freshmen, as you take on a new year and a new semester, try these tips to avoid any repeats of first semester mistakes. Get more involved, meet new people and perfect that schedule! Make the most out of your time here at UGA.
By Danielle Profita
How we exercise and how we use technology is constantly evolving, so why not use the best of both worlds while bettering ourselves this year? 2016 is the year of the Monkey, a very active animal, and what a better time to get up and get moving? There are so many ways to stay active; ranging from wearable pieces of technology to fitness classes and everyday exercise, there are ways to keep everyone engaged in an active lifestyle.
Top Fitness Pick for 2016
Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness.
“I have owned a Fitbit for a year, at first the Fitbit Flex, and now the Fitbit Charge. It is easy to use because it syncs to my phone with Bluetooth, this allows me to know how many steps and floors I’ve completed each day. It also lets me know how many calories I am burning. There is also an app that allows you to compete with other people who you have added to your Fitbit account. This makes my family members and I to compete for the most steps,” says Morgan Cocoa, a freshman from Johns Creek majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics.
You can pick up a Fitbit at any Target or Walmart retailer. Here is a list of the most popular wearable technologies for this upcoming year;
1. Fitbit Charge HR
2. Jawbone UP2
3. Fitbit Surge
4. Moov Now
5. Garmin Vivoactive
Top Training Trends
As seen in many trendy, pop-up exercise bodegas, training techniques are commonly mixed to achieve optimal results. This upcoming year we are expecting to see trends like, Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness, and Blast Fitness explode! With high intensity core training and circuit intervals, each place has a different experience to offer its consumer. So why not try them all?
1. Body Weight Training
Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual's own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.
2. High Intensity Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training, which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery.
3. Strength Training
Strength Training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.
4. Core Training
Also known as core-strength training, it includes components of balance, stability, abdominal and lower back work, and all the muscles of the bottom and legs.
A true core-strength training program not only uses the abs but also activates all of the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips, and pelvis.
5. Personal Training
A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments.
Functional Everyday Fitness
Functional Fitness can be described as any activity used to complete an everyday life activity. For instance, walking a dog, climbing the stairs, playing games outside, or just moving boxes.“ My exercise is walking to and from class everyday, it may not seem a lot, but it’s a long walk,” says Lindsey Broscher, a third year PR major from Suwanne.
Fitness for the Elderly
It is important for to help seniors and older adults maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Through modified classes, they can keep exercising and boost their health. “My grandfather and his friends have a pass to the Botanical Gardens and they go there to powerwalk every week!” says Emma Burke, a sophomore from Woodstock majoring in genetics and statistics.
Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques
Simple Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques include everything from dieting to everyday activity. These techniques range from home remedies to plans and classes at the gym.
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, and is widely practiced for health and relaxation. “I like yoga because it forces me to focus my mind on something completely unrelated to the stresses I have going on around me. I love the challenge of having to clear my mind to focus on my body during yoga,” says Carter Roberts, a junior from Atlanta majoring in education.
By Simmons Andrews
You’ve been there- The Grill flashes it’s “open 24 hours” sign, the scent of grease from Five Guys tantalizes the nostrils of people passing by. The cravings then take over. Cue salivation.
Palmer Hipp, the president of Active Minds at the University of Georgia, is going to shed some light on how to curb these cravings. Hipp, a health promotion and behavior major, is a Body Project Peer Educator with the health center and the Wellness Chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
These five steps to curbing cravings are simple and straightforward, with no drastic lifestyle change necessary. Follow them, and you’ll kick cravings to the curb!
Step One: Identify the trigger.
According to Hipp, cravings often mean something else entirely. “Anything from stress to lack of sleep can trigger a craving,” Hipp says. Let’s simplify: when we eat something we enjoy, it releases endorphins, satisfying us. This need for satisfaction through something easily accessible, like food, is our body’s way of finding a quick substitute for what it’s really lacking.
Step Two: Plan Ahead!
Think about what you should eat before you get a craving. According to Hipp, studies show that we tend to pick healthier options when we plan our meals beforehand. So pack a lunch for in-between classes, and throw in a snack. If you plan ahead, you’re basically stuck with the food you packed, so there’s no excuse to binge on something unhealthy nearby (RIP Chick-fil-A at Tate, I’ll miss you).
Step Three: Water, Water, Water! (And then some more water).
“If you’re craving food that’s not good for you when you shouldn’t be hungry, you’re probably dehydrated,” Hipp says. Drink a large glass of water, around 16 ounces, before and after each meal. That way, you know when you’re full, and are likely to feel fuller longer. According to registered dietitian Becky Hand, drinking water throughout the day keeps your hands busy, so you’re less likely to instinctively reach for food.
Step Four: Remove yourself from tempting environments.
If you’re walking home from downtown on a busy Saturday night, avoid the tempting late night haunts (yes, this includes the hotdog man on the corner of College and Clayton- if you see him, run.) “Eating late at night is typically a sign of boredom, and you should probably be getting sleep instead,” Hipp says.
Step Five: Enjoy Food to the Fullest
According to Benjamin Gray, the Nutrition Education Coordinator at the University of Georgia, if someone is craving a food high in sodium, fat or added sugars, it is best to eat that particular food in a controlled manner.
“Take a portion of the food that you initially think should satisfy you. For example, instead of bringing a candy bar to the couch, break off two pieces. Sit down in an environment without distractions, paying attention to get the full satisfaction,” he says.
According to Gray, this actually tricks our mind into eating less of the “bad” food we’re craving.
Staying healthy in college can be really hard, and finding that perfect balance can take time and willpower.
Next time you pass The Grill, you’ll rejoice in your newfound discipline.
By Carolynn Wall
The average yearly cost of tuition at a four-year institution for an in-state student is a little over $9,000. Add in your books, various fees, housing, food and all the extra costs of going to school, and you’ve got a lot of broke college students struggling to make payments. With an average amount of nearly $30,000 in debt for each student graduating from college, we need to learn how to cut corners and make every dollar count. So here’s few way to keep you and your wallet happy all semester long.
1. App Up Your Life
There are tons of apps out there that will earn you rewards and discounts on various items. For example, Pocket Points is based off a point system that can earn you discounts and free rewards just for locking your phone during class. You can redeem your points at local businesses like Grindhouse or Bulldog Laundry.
“I love Pocket Points because it motivates me to put my phone down and actually get my work done. Plus, on Tuesdays you get double the points!” says Jamie Pham, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Lawrenceville.
2. Use Your ID
You paid $20 for your UGA ID which seems like a lot, but you can get a lot back from it. Tons of businesses offer student discounts, from Chipotle to Subway, and Vineyard Vines to J. Crew. Even if you don’t know, always ask, especially when making a big purchase.
3. Movie Night
Feel like you’ve exhausted what’s on Netflix? Have no fear, the library is here. You can go rent movies for free from the library’s mammoth collection. Going to the movie theater is outrageously expensive, but if you still want the movie experience, check out the Tate theater for your viewing pleasure.
4. Meal Plan? Use it.
As college students, we’re constantly eating, whether out of stress, exhaustion or true hunger. It’s hard to not want some variety in your diet, but if you’re on meal plan, you have to cut down on the outside spending. Try to mix it up by rotating around the different dining halls, like treating yourself to lunch at the Niche every once and awhile. The dining halls offer endless combinations right at your fingertips, so take advantage of it and get your money’s worth.
“It’s easy to eat the same things everyday and get bored of the dining halls, but I spent a lot of money to be on meal plan and I don’t want it to go to waste, says Felix Linzan, a junior business management major from Hinesville. “I try to see what kinds of things my friends are eating or find the dining hall equivalent to whatever I’m craving.”
5. Housing Programs
If you live on campus, you see tons of posters all over your dorm and get endless emails about different activities to attend. You pay a $20 fee that allows your housing staff to put on programs for your benefit. Often times these programs include food, fun activities or interesting speakers to help you bond with people in your community, so it’s like dinner and a show. These events are great for networking and support of your RHA-- and who doesn’t love free food?
6. Never Pay Full Price for a Textbook
Buying books for full price is a thing of the past. There are so many alternative options out there to cut the costs of books down. Amazon, Chegg and BookRenter are a few online outlets, or you can hit up Beat the Bookstore, Baxter Street Bookstore and the UGA Bookstore. Also, look for an online copy of the book or an access code, as those will be even cheaper. Finally, check with your friends or the UGA Free and For Sale page on Facebook for killer deals.
7. Never Go Grocery Shopping When You’re Hungry
If you’re off meal plan, you can get really creative about what you eat. However, sometimes people end up buying items in the spur of the moment that they don’t actually need. Combat this by having a set list with specific dishes in mind as you go shopping. Look for generic brands on items that you feel are less important and never go in with an empty stomach. Stick with your list and don’t let your wandering eyes talk you into those extra food items that will go bad before you can even get to them.
We all love a great cup of Jittery Joe’s roast in the mornings to help get our day started, but even a couple cups a week can add up pretty quickly. Try bringing your own mug to coffee shops to get discounts on your cup of joe, or see if an investment on a coffee machine is worthwhile for you. Another alternative solution is to try to cut down on the caffeine and look towards energy smoothies and protein.
“I am a caffeine addict and always have a cup of coffee in my hand”, says Anjelique Simmons, a junior German major from Stone Mountain. “Sometimes when I need a refill during the day, I ask the barista to fill up my reusable mug and even get discounts on the price--it saves the environment and it saves me a couple bucks every week."
9. Test Out Of Classes
We’ve all gone through a prerequisite class that is mind numbingly boring. Instead, you could test out of those classes to save on tuition and get on to your real major courses. The Testing Center schedules tests for a small fee compared to what you would be paying in tuition and you can avoid those painfully easy courses that you only show up to for the attendance grade.
Although it may seem kind of lame to spend a bit of your time clipping coupons, you’d be surprised to see how much money you're just throwing away in a newspaper or advertising. Even online coupons, like Groupon, can help you save a dollar or two here and there. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up and you’ll thank yourself later.
Keep your money safely guarded Bulldogs. Make a budget and stick to it! None of us want to graduate and be faced with a mountain of student loans, so make smart choices now to avoid the bills later. A cup of coffee here and an extra outfit there can add up faster than you can imagine. College isn’t cheap, but you can make it cheaper.
By Ashton Pike
To college students, the beginning stages of fall in mid-September typically signal that midterms are right around the corner, and most students’ facial expressions are an accurate depiction of their internal stress. During these times when it is near impossible to stay positive while simultaneously pulling all-nighters and consuming ones weight in caffeine, the cooler weather brings some new aspects to campus life that make the stress a little more bearable, if only for a moment. So as the temperatures approach numbers that do not involve having to decide if it is worth the risk to wear a gray t-shirt, students find themselves actually beginning to enjoy the walks to class without the worry of dreaded backpack sweat. It is times like these when taking the scenic route to class is just the thing one needs to boost their mood from the pressures of being a full-time student.
If you bleed red and black and do not have a fear of an immense amount of stairs, the bridge connecting the fifth floor of the Tate Student Center and the second floor of the Miller Learning Center provides one of those views that could give any Bulldawg goosebumps. “Walking past Sanford Stadium on a beautiful day is something that is even better than I imagined as a kid. I’m always in awe of the stadium; it makes me feel a part of something bigger than myself, and I feel so proud to go to school at UGA,” said Parker Greenway, a junior biology major from Snellville. On the way to class, this spot offers a truly breathtaking sight with a view of the huge, concrete sign that reads ‘Sanford Stadium’ in large, carved-out letters. The students passing are not dressed in all red and standing in the sacred student section, but rather they remain outside the gates, leaving Sanford vacant and hypnotizing to the eye of a true fan, making it well worth the extra time and extra stairs.
If Sanford Stadium is the number one location in every students’ heart, North Campus is probably a close second. The squirrels roaming through the grass have become a part of UGA, just without the semesterly tuition payments, and the fountain by Herty Field can be found on essentially every students’ Snapchat story as school commences. “I truly don’t know what it is, but walking by the fountain calms me. I’m super obsessed with Georgia Football and Herty Field was where the first UGA game was ever played, and I love being able to ponder on the rich history that UGA has,” said Meleigha Millman, a junior marketing and sport management double major from Lawrenceville. Along with the sight of Downtown Historic Athens lining the horizon, these factors make North Campus a prime location to take the long way to class. It gives students the refreshing blast of the vibrant colors and calming sounds of nature, and the emotional Bulldog Pride for their campus to help even the most stressful of weeks become more endurable.
Farther away to the other side of campus, East Campus does not only have one of the most delicious dining halls, but it also has some of the most exquisite sites that make having class on the other end of campus worth the long trek and insanely crowded buses. Behind the Lamar Dodd School of Art, a more secluded pathway lined with stones and surrounded by vibrant greenery is perfect for a moment of relaxation prior to or after class. Elizabeth Rivers, a sophomore furnishings and interiors and consumer economics double major from Atlanta, frequents this long way to class and said, “There’s something about the serenity of being in such a natural and beautiful green-space, but there’s a certain tension because it’s surrounded by buildings and roads, and for a moment you feel secluded and the stress of school is at least briefly alleviated.”
By taking fifteen or more hours, being a part of a campus organization, working a part-time job or participating in an internship, it can seem like there are not enough hours in the day and that there is zero time for relaxation with everything that is on your to-do list for the week, but every now and then, it is important to just stop – whatever it is that you are doing that seems too important to put off any longer – and just look around. Sam Batson, a junior genetics major from Lilburn, said, “Sometimes it takes me seeing the trees standing still to know that my life isn’t really crashing around me, and everything is still okay.” Instead of having a facial expression and fast-paced walk that blatantly portrays the loss of sanity from the stream of lists of things to do running through your mind, slow down the pace, look up and look around, and absorb the beauty that is the University of Georgia.
By Toni Idowu
Fall is an epic season to explore North Campus when the leaves are falling off the trees to the ground and changing color from green to yellow, red and brown. When the weather gets cooler and apparel changes from shorts, tank tops, sandals and flip flops to hoodies, leather jackets, leather boots and jeans, students can enjoy being outdoors more than ever.
The Arch, Herty Fountain and the Chapel Bell are three of the most significant and symbolic parts of North Campus. The Arch represents a completion from this prestigious university, and there are also traditional superstitions that any student who walks under the Arch will not graduate. Because of this, most students often walk around the Arch whether it is because they genuinely believe the rumor or whether it is just as an act of adherence to school custom. The Herty Fountain is definitely a must see especially if you are a freshman or transfer student. It’s the perfect place to chill on a Friday night before or after going downtown with your friends/roommates. The Chapel Bell is usually rang by students in a demonstration of celebration which could be to finalize the end of a long week and commence the weekend or rejoice after passing a test. Also, there are other people who just ring the bell for the sake of it because it is so much fun after all.
Students at the University of Georgia have nothing but good things to say about North Campus. Tifara Brown, a junior management information systems major says, “The fountain is my favorite place to be on North Campus. My friends and I will sometimes take these midnight trips through North Campus after a test or before we all get really stressed out, so I have some good memories walking through North Campus. I mean it’s beautiful - it’s the most beautiful part about campus to me. Another thing I love about it is just seeing how many activities go on there, whether it’s a tour or whether people are just working outside. I’ve seen families sit out on Herty Field, and it’s just a really nice place to be. When most people talk about the most beautiful part about UGA, they usually refer to North Campus because that’s kind of where it all started.”
Michelle Freeman, a senior international affairs and Spanish major from Puerto Rico says, “I love North Campus because it’s so much fun for me to just sit and do homework, read a book or read the bible. It’s really nice to be out in nature in the middle of campus when you can get so caught up in school and tests and stress and all these things going on at once, so being able to have North Campus is just wonderful. It does not look like a typical college campus with all the old buildings and knowing that there’s so much history there. Enjoy the nature that is on campus and don’t get stressed!”
Victoria Davidson, a sophomore biology major says, “Well, I know to me it’s unique from every part of campus because of the older buildings, the scenery, and I feel like it’s a conducive environment. When I am having like a rough week, and I don’t want to study inside a room, it’s a good outside atmosphere to study in. While it’s a good place for learning and studying, it’s also a good place to just get away from all that and socialize with your friends and just have that fellowship with everybody. Go to North Campus, ring the bell and jump in the fountain.”
The beauty of North Campus has not been exaggerated, but there is more to it than meets the eye. From the beautiful scenery to the traditional symbols, such as the Chapel Bell, Herty Fountain and the Arch, to the historical buildings, such as the Main Library, the Law School, the Chapel, New College and Old College. Indeed, there is something here for everyone to appreciate!
By Alexandria Ellison
Students at the University of Georgia have endless opportunities to participate in outdoor activities. Whether playing recreational tennis, throwing a Frisbee in the quad or simply walking to class to avoid deciphering the bus system, UGA students tend to find themselves basking in the Georgia weather.
However, these outdoor activities would offer no amount of appeal to students if the surrounding environment was not safe and desirable to be in. In order to sustain the campus’ safe and beautiful surroundings, the University of Georgia has taken preventative measures to avert environmental degradation.
Just last year, Jere Morehead, president of UGA, announced that the University would rid its coal-fired boiler. The 50 year-old boiler was a great source of pollution in Athens. The old boiler could thus cease to exist and be replaced by a different boiler which would reduce the university’s overall energy consumption and allow students to maximize their use of the campus without suffering risk of wheezing and coughing due to coal induced pollution.
UGA even has a team whose objective is to shed light on the issue of animal waste. This team is known as AWARE, and there are even Federal Agencies who are involved in its project to “facilitate awareness” of animal waste. Animal waste, such as manure, may severely harm river and stream ecosystems. In addition, air quality issues may arise due to the emission of gases from animal waste leading to less breathable air for all inhabitants. Keeping students aware of these consequences can lead to the prevention of such environmental degradation occurring on campus.
Furthermore, the Office of Sustainability at UGA works to reduce consumption of all sorts at UGA as well as sustaining clean water and air. The office offers internships great for those interested in pursuing ecology or anyone who wishes to keep this campus lovely so that students may enjoy the infinite amount of opportunities that exist in the vast outdoors.
KEEP OUR CAMPUS CLEAN. DON’T BE A DIRTY DAWG.
By Kathryn Tuck
Exploring the great outdoors is an activity many people enjoy doing in their free time. Summer Trippe, a University of North Georgia sophomore from Conyers, enjoys everything from eno camping to white water rafting on the Oconee River. Trippe appreciates all the activities and experiences nature has to offer, which is why she is an environmental advocate. She is a member of the University of North Georgia environmental club. They coordinate a wide array of events, including an annual festival dedicated to inform and allow students the opportunity to engage in environmental efforts in not only the Appalachian community, but also in the greater Atlanta area. Trippe also uses the environmental club as a way to spread more word about her natural beauty products. She creates safe and natural products that include but are not limited to body butters, body scrubs, shampoos and facial toners. She works not only to cut harmful chemicals out of her own life and beauty routine, but encourages others to do the same.
Trippe became interested in the use of alternative beauty products freshmen year of high school when her cousin introduced her to using tea oil as a face wash. Looking back on this experience Trippe says, “It was cool to me how our well-being could be found not necessarily in an expensive beauty product, but perhaps where it was always intended to be found - in nature. Since then, I gradually grew my interest level, research and habits of natural product use.” This spark of interest in protecting herself by using natural products left Trippe with the realization that she should be caring for the environment as well. She believes, “The concept of protecting the environment is so important because this is where we live. Our livelihood is based upon our environment. At a glance, it can seem so inconvenient, and we do have to have some means by which to live, but I’m a believer that it’s possible and worth it to utilize alternative means for life that are mindful of the environment.”
One of her products that Trippe particularly loves is the sea salt spray. It helps add texture to hair. The spray is so simple to make that anybody can do it and inexpensively enjoy the beauty benefits of sea salt. All you have to do is simmer a 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan, and add in 3/4 teaspoons of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Don’t forget the olive oil, it is an important moisturizing agent! Stir all the ingredients at a simmer until they are well mixed, cool and finally pour into a spray bottle. This spray works to enhance curled hair, as well as being able to add definition to straight hair.
According to Trippe, most ingredients for her products can be found at a typical grocery store. She does mention, “The ingredients can be harder to come by than most mainstream products, so if I happen to need something on short notice, it’s not necessarily convenient. If the rare occasion occurs where the grocery stores fail you, you can always research natural health food stores in your area.”
Last year in the spring of 2015, Trippe hosted a “Create Your Own Body Spray” booth at the environmental festival her club hosted. She taught and worked with festival goers to create samples of natural aromatherapy body spray. “I feel confident that this helped raise awareness for the usage of nontoxic personal care products,” Trippe says. Her booth was a success and used up all the ingredients she had prepared to make the body sprays.
Since Trippe does attend the University of North Georgia, probably a lot of University of Georgia students won’t have the opportunity to visit one of Trippe’s festival booths. “The goal isn’t to spread just my products; the goal is to encourage people to look for these natural alternatives to everyday items,” Trippe says. “These alternatives can reach much farther than just beauty products as well.” Sophie Moll, a Belmont University sophomore from Conyers is one of Trippe’s many happy clients. “When I use one of Summer’s products, I feel as if I’m using something that is meant to be used for my body,” Moll says. “Everything was put on this Earth for a reason, so why not use natural resources to achieve beauty results? I’ve been inspired to create my own versions of her products and pursue a more natural lifestyle.”
Many people enjoy spending time in nature. If you’re one of these people, use tools, such as the internet, to learn about how you can incorporate nature into so many more aspects of your life! “One of the best parts of using natural alternatives instead of conventional products,” Trippe says, “is the ability to cut down toxins in our everyday lives.”
By Emma Korstanje
As far as the four seasons are concerned, it is no secret that fall dominates in the scenic beauty department. Boasting a crisp wind that is more of a friendly acquaintance than continuous nag, gardens bursting with various colorful squashes and the famed ever-changing leaves that leave one with a desire to pursue a career in watercolor, this transition season successfully makes the journey from summer to winter a pleasant one.
Unfortunately, these changes come at a cost and even more unfortunately, this cost can only be paid with sacrifices of the wardrobe sort. As the flowy bohemian dresses and perfectly lived-in sandals of summer are banished to Narnia, or at least a bin in the attic, staying en Vogue becomes more and more difficult and the temptation of leggings and a large t-shirt becomes all too real.
“When the weather starts changing, it takes me longer to decide what to wear,” says Lauren Page, a freshman early childhood education major from Savannah. “The temperature varies so much throughout the day, and that makes picking outfits hard.”
In this concern, Page is not alone. The struggle of finding an outfit that is equally fashionable as it is practical can seem an impossible task when greeted with chilly, deceiving mornings that fade into warm afternoons in the sun. Dressing for the weather itself is difficult, let alone attempting to maintain a personal style.
This introduces the age-old question on every fashion lover’s mind—how does one create a transition wardrobe to match this transition season? Luckily, the trends of this season do a perfect job of simplifying this seemingly daunting task. Basic layering of pieces has taken on a whole new form, improving the overall balance of looks. A resurgence of styles pulled straight from the past three decades is here and refusing to be ignored, bringing an exciting edge to the Athens runway. Overall, with the aid of a few choice pieces, obtaining a desirable transition wardrobe is entirely too possible.
The first key to fall dress is mastering the ancient art of balance, in outfit creation at least. This balance is referring to achieving the perfect combination of warm weather clothing and cool weather clothing: summer and winter. This is a task made easy with the rising popularity of blazers and trench coats outside of the business and rainy day circles. The pairing of either of these pieces with a comfortable t-shirt dress is a sublime example of this idea, while also adding an edge that the normal cardigan and dress combination wouldn’t reach. This concept of balance could also apply to combinations such as sweaters with skirts, or if a determination to not give up crop tops is present, lighter weight shirts with a favorite pair of jeans (extra points for “boyfriend” cut jeans, a disheveled style blowing up the runways) will work. The juxtaposition of warm and cold is a great solution to the dilemma of changing weather.
Mirroring what nature does every fall, fashion also changes its colors and patterns as the days grow shorter and cooler. A color palette that mimics the season emerges, heavily featuring reds, yellows, browns, oranges, purples and greens. This year in particular, olive green has been a strong contender in many fashion spreads, as well as strong pops of color like deep red accents.
Playing with texture is also a great way to add some excitement to an outfit, and this season the most valuable players are denim, fringe and leather. Denim is back with a vengeance, appearing in a very early 2000s fashion in jackets, skirts, dresses and ripped jeans that put the infamous Hollister version to shame.
“I enjoy fringe because it’s more of a boho, laid back style,” says Kristina Caldwell, a freshman biology major from Suwanee. “It can go with anything.”
This sentiment is clearly shared by many as this Western version of shredded fabric is a staple in many wardrobes. Leather is also a good texture to mix up an otherwise dull outfit, and autumn weather is the perfect time to debut it as the temperature is cool enough to be comfortable but not so cold that the generally not insulated fabric is too little protection.
Of course, accessories cannot be forgotten. This season, mixed metals and an emphasis on gunmetal shades is ever present. Also, although the minimalism that dominated the summer months is still very popular in jewelry, an appreciation for chunkier statement pieces to match the heavier clothing is gaining ground in the fashion industry along with many layered pieces to create a sort of carefree style. As far as handbags, over the shoulder bags are sported by many bohemian-chic stylists as a wardrobe necessity.
Last, but most certainly not least, shoes can be one of the best transition pieces for an outfit. Some of the clear forerunners of the season are ankle height boots, also referred to as “booties,” and the simple strappy stilettos with an ankle strap that seem to dominate all of those outfit-of-the-day Pinterest posts. “Sneakers with a dress is one of my go-to outfits,” says Alison Luther, a freshman cellular biology major from Suwanee, pointing out one of the more unexpected but still popular options. “It’s cute, but still practical for a student.” This combination, as well as Birkenstocks with socks, are standing out as popular pieces this fall. These sometimes overlooked bits of apparel can take an outfit from okay to amazing with just one click of the heels.
The weather’s transition to fall is a beautiful process, triggering a change in wardrobe to accommodate it. These suggestions reflect what could be considered the trending topics of the fashion industry and while helpful in the process, the most important key to a successful outfit is the confidence to rock it. With just a few select pieces and a belief in one’s own personal style, the summer to winter transition season can be some of the most enjoyable months on the Athens runway.
By Rachel Cohen
The courtyard outside of the second floor of the Miller Learning Center is oddly peaceful despite its chaotic surroundings. Crowds of students go in every direction pushing by to get to class and buses roar past the stadium. But in the courtyard, there are people who are not moving quite as fast. Well, they’re not moving at all.
Enos have been popping up all around the University of Georgia and the entire Athens area. Eno, short for Eagles Nest Outfitters, started out with two brothers selling hammocks out of their van at a music festival in 1999. Now, sixteen years later, the company has expanded from just hammocks to backpacks, rain tarps and other gear that is a perfect accompaniment for anyone who wants to sit back and appreciate the world around them.
What started out as a simple idea has become a lifestyle, and students and Athenians alike have immersed themselves in this stop, drop and hang way of life.
Students have found creative places to suspend these “nests.” From extremely public places like between two trees outside of the MLC to more secluded spots, such as around the turtle pond by the ecology building, Students have been making the conscious effort to hit the lock button on their phones and take advantage of the beauty that surrounds them.
“Athens is home to many great hammocking spots that are tucked away within a short driving distance of campus,” says Dylan Munn, a senior environmental engineering major from Savannah. “Whether you need a mental break from studying or a spot to have a casual first date, you will find plenty of areas along local rivers and lakes that can be enjoyed year-round.”
The hammocks stand out from the objects they hang because of their retro colors and lightweight nylon material. All hammocks fold into an attached softball-sized bag making it easy for UGA students to throw in their backpacks before heading to campus.
Some favorite spots around Athens have been between the trees on the Brumby Hill and North Campus. Popular off-campus spots are in Dudley Park behind Mama’s Boy and in the Botanical Gardens. Because Athens is a jewel nestled in the Northern mountains of Georgia, the spots for Enos to be hung are endless.
Katie Goldstein, a junior management information systems and international business major from Atlanta, has spent many afternoons and evenings suspended in Athens’ nature. “If you feel weird about setting you hammock up on campus, you should look into taking a trip out to some of Athens’ awesome parks like Watson Mill, Sandy Creek Park, the Greenway and the Botanical Gardens,” Goldstein says. “Usually the best spots are the ones you find hidden back on the trail near the water.”
In this fast-paced society, the Eno lifestyle encourages appreciation of the world around. Whether suspended in the middle of a forest overlooking the Himalayas or between two trees next to the Law Library on North Campus, those who choose to hang their Enos have made the decision to stop, think and appreciate the wonder and beauty of their surroundings.
By Emily Haney
The great outdoors – there’s always so much buzz around the topic. It’s full of fresh air and green space. There are countless flowers, rays of sun and woodland creatures, especially the campus squirrels. In a way, being outside feels like uncharted territory because you’re never sure exactly what to expect, which can bring a certain thrill into the environment. It might storm or sleet. You could come across a location you’ve never been before or a place you see every day and fall in love with all over again. Each season brings a new element into this mix including new blossoms, summer breezes, changing leaves and snow flurries. As inviting as the outdoors can be throughout the year, it is not for everyone. For some of us, the outdoors is not our friend, and it does not mesh well with us. Some of us are wired a little differently, but there’s still some room for enjoyment in the outdoors there too. You just have to look at it from a different perspective. Maybe the outdoors is for you, and you’ve just been looking in the wrong places. If you want to get a foot out the door, here are some outdoor activities that you might not have thought about.
Festivals sprout up in Athens year-round, especially in the downtown area. From time to time, if you find yourself passing the downtown area you’ll be greeted with the image of crowded streets complete with vendors and live music. Each festival has something new to bring to the area. In the past there has been Slingshot and AthFest—both of which brought huge crowds to the streets. Recently, there was a Food Truck Festival where food trucks lined the streets and awaited members of the Athens area to stop by. If you want to travel outside of Athens, Bonnaroo is a four-day outdoor festival held during the summer in Manchester, Tennessee.
“It’s exciting to see all the different activities going on in the street with all the people you don’t normally get to see from the community,” says Grace Witten, a junior
childhood education major from Canton. “There’s an open air feel to it instead of being in an enclosed area. It’s a little more freeing.”
Festivals are a way to experience the sun without necessarily feeling like you can’t get away from it. It also gives you the chance to explore more of what Athens has to offer.
2. Flea Markets
A short drive from Athens will land you in Pendergrass, Georgia – the location of the Pendergrass flea market. If you pass the giant cow statue, then you’ve gone too far. This flea market has so many options that it can be a little overwhelming at first glance. The indoor section consists of several booths with various knick-knacks, and the outdoor section is comprised of a gardening section, a live animal section, pony rides, carnival games and countless other booths. While at Pendergrass you have the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything. There’s never a dull moment or a dull booth for that matter. Something new and surprising is always just around the corner.
If you’re looking for a flea market in the Athens area, there’s always the J & J Flea Market, which is located on 150 acres of land and is ever growing. J & J Flea Market, like Pendergrass, has its unique qualities, such as food vendors and live animals.
3. Take a Drive
Outside can be hot and muggy, especially here in Athens. Taking a drive can be a way to experience what the outdoors has to offer without actually being, well, outdoors.
“Driving is one way that I relax after a long week,” says Rebekah Holtzclaw, a junior English major from Jonesboro. “It gives me a chance to experience a different side of Athens and get lost in the scenery without feeling like I’m outside of my comfort zone.”
Going for a drive gives you the chance to see places that are outside of your normal walking distance or even comfort zone. Whether you’re looking for a specific place like the Iron Horse or simply trying to see something new, the scenery of Athens is not going to easily disappoint. If you’re tired of the scenery in the daytime, try a night drive. Certain places in Athens lack the city lights, and all that’s left is a sea of stars that stretches on for miles.
4. Outdoor Concert Venues
What better reason to get out into the heat than to see your favorite band perform? All across Georgia stand music venues not entirely surrounded by walls. From larger venues like Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood to quainter venues like the Georgia Theatre Rooftop in downtown Athens, there is somewhere to suit everyone’s unique taste.
“It definitely has a different atmosphere than inside venues,” says April Jin, a freshman human development and family sciences major from Augusta. “There’s something about the sun setting around the venue and the stars coming out.” Outdoor venues bring a new element to the concert experience through the use of visuals, aside from solely those of the stage.
5. Farmer’s Markets
With an assortment of locally grown fruit and handmade crafts, the Athens Farmer’s Market is the place to be on early Saturday mornings. This is a chance to continue experiencing new environments while also promoting local farmers and craftspeople in a sustainability movement. “When you go and see the strong connections the local farmers have the customers, it draws you into the community more,” says Emma Fullett, a freshman economics major from Dunwoody. “Buying food from the farmer’s market, you know where it comes from, so you know it’s authentic, whereas at the local stores you don’t get to see the person who grew your food.” This semester, every weekend, excluding game day weekends, a bus runs straight from campus to the Athens Farmer’s Market in an effort to provide more students with access. By venturing out to the farmer’s market, you’re not only spending time getting in touch with your local community but also the nature it comes from.
6. Travel Blogs
There are so many places to see that, let’s face it, we’re probably not going to be able to experience them all first-hand. By using a combination of travel blogs and real life, one can experience a little more of the world than is currently within reach. Blogs such as “The Blonde Abroad” or “Adventurous Kate” tell of the stories two people have acquired from the world. Blogs like these two allow people to experience other cultures, places and outdoor venues from the comfort of their living room or local coffee shop. There are also blogs about activities to do in Georgia. A blog called “Explore Georgia” talks about popular destinations all over Georgia to visit and activities to do while there. If you’re ever stuck on where to go or what’s out there in the world, travel blogs are a great source to get you started.
Regardless of where you plan to go and explore, there’s always something new and exciting to experience in Athens or even outside of Athens. The outdoors can be full of adventure and beauty if you’re looking in the right places. Taking just a little time to get out and about every now and then to experience this beauty can completely alter your outlook on life. So take a step into the great outdoors today. There’s something out there for everyone to enjoy.
Elegant, sexy and edgy describe the combination of silk and fur in a single outfit. Having the audacity to mix such items together is what makes this kind of look so wonderful. This fur-lined shoot is inspired by a spread in Vogue Russia and leads perfectly into the coming fall season. The contrast between the soft silk dresses and the rigid fur coats parallels the warmth of summer turning into the bitter cold of winter. Fall is the perfect time to use the last bit of summer clothing and combine it with a few winter pieces.
Photography by Ersta Ferryanto
Styled by Surina Harjani and Olivia Rawlings
Hair & Makeup by Jenny Rim and Amber Young
By: Jenny Alpaugh | Photography: Jenny Alpaugh
It’s Saturday in Athens. Tens of thousands of people flood into Athens on Saturdays in hopes of watching the Bulldogs dominate another football team. They bring energy. They stimulate the Athens economy. They leave lots of trash on the University of Georgia’s campus.
“It’s an enormous problem, but it still surprises me that they’re able to clean it up after one night,” says Malcolm Barnard, a sophomore ecology and forestry double major. “They must work all night to do that.”
Barnard lives in Myers dorm, which is next to Myers quad, a popular tailgating spot. Despite cleanup efforts, he says sometimes shards of glass still remain in the grass. “I cut myself last year playing Ultimate Frisbee on a Sunday after game day,” Barnard says.
According to UGA’s game day gameplan’s website, SEC games created 72 tons of waste in 2008. Lauren Mullenbach, a sustainability in curriculum intern, hopes the type of waste has changed since then. “I don’t think that total waste has gone down at all. Hopefully the percentage of recycling has gone up,” Mullenbach says.
Mullenbach says recycling efforts began with students in bright green T-shirts sifting through trash cans after game days to find recyclables. Now, plastic bags for recyclables are passed out to tailgaters and recycling receptacles are placed around campus. However, the problem has still not been completely solved.
“It’s not just about putting trash bins and recycle bins next to each other because even if you do that, people just think that it’s two trash cans,” Mullenbach says. “They don’t know what goes in the recycle bin and what goes in the trash can.”
She also emphasizes the importance of education. She wants to help people learn what to recycle and what the effects of their game day waste on the environment are.
“I wish we could afford to hire people to do recycling outreach for every single home game because then people wouldn’t have this situation where they don’t know what is recyclable and what’s not,” Mullenbach says. “If they would have people out there telling them what is, that would be the best.”
There are plans in place for an outreach event for the homecoming game against Missouri on Oct. 17. Next to the Tate Center’s parking lot lies Tanyard Creek. Mullenbach and Ally Hellenga, a communications intern in the sustainability office, led a cleanup there on Dawg Day of Service. This was a campus-wide day of service for UGA on Aug. 29.
“We found a bunch of glass and plastic and a lot of things that could have been recycled but just ended up in that stream. I feel like a lot of people don’t realize that the stream is right there,” Hellenga says. “Our main goal is to just educate people that there is a stream back there, and it is important to recycle and not just toss your trash to the woods because it stays back there for a while.”
After the Oct. 3 football game against Alabama, another cleanup of Tanyard creek was done and the trash collected was measured. When the Oct. 17 homecoming game is over, a similar cleanup will be conducted with one main difference.
“We’re going to have on game day a group of people out there doing outreach to tailgaters and telling them that there’s a stream behind them, and we’re trying to restore it. There are ample recycle bins, so you have really no excuse to throw your bottle in the creek,” Hellenga says. “We’re going to have a game where you can toss cans into a field goal to win prizes.”
Mullenbach has high hopes for the effects of the outreach. “Hopefully we wont have anything to pick up and everyone will be bored,” Mullenbach says. “That’s my hope. A bunch of really bored volunteers.”
By: Tiffany Jaquins | Photography: Brenna Beech
August rolls around each year, and thousands of students journey back to Athens from all across the country, eager to experience everything this little city has to offer. For almost every student, the year begins with an inaugural trip to Mama’s Boy and other Athens classics. The food, shopping, classes and warm summer nights spent at Terrapin are all in anticipation of spending yet another Saturday between the hedges. The year closes with a pattern almost identical to that of the start, and as finals come and go, so do the students.
Yet as the students return to wherever they call home, the professors stay. The Classic City is their home. They appreciate the Athens benchmarks: spending time on North Campus and enjoying crisp fall afternoons getting lunch at Cali N Tito’s. These places have not become classics without reason, but think about the last time you saw your coffee-obsessed professors hanging out at Walker’s Pub. It probably has not happened.
One aspect of Athens that often goes unrecognized is its abundance of green spaces. Annie Wendel, a Spanish professor at UGA, has a favorite spot on campus that most students know and love: the Founder’s Memorial Garden. “Tucked right off of Lumpkin Street, the serenity and beauty of the gardens is captivating,” Wendel says.”It is a huge part of UGA history.”
Wendel first visited the garden about ten years ago during her time as a graduate student at UGA. “I used to take a nap on a bench or read outside on warm days,” Wendel says. “I’ve seen it in every season of the year – with the pond frozen over in winter and with an ever-evolving arrangement of gorgeous plants. It changes throughout each year, but in some ways stays the same.” Like many other UGA students, Wendel and her husband spent their first date in the garden and later got engaged there.
The Founder’s Memorial Garden is a staple of the university, however Wendel also shared other locations within Athens where she likes to spend a free afternoon. “I love nature, plants and animals. Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail at Memorial Park is a close second [to the Founder’s Memorial Garden],” Wendel says.
Other off-the-radar places Wendel recommends are the Sandy Creek Nature Center and the Broad River Outpost. The Sandy Creek Nature Center is a 225-acre haven of woodlands and wetlands with more than four miles of trails. There is an Education and Visitor Center with live reptiles, amphibians, aquariums and natural history exhibits for visitors of the green space. The Broad River Outpost is a kayak and canoe rental service operating on the Broad River from mid-March to October. The river is mainly free-flowing but has some small rapids, perfect for beginners or children. There is also a campground available for boaters with a $1 donation.
Kim Landrum, lecturer at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, talks about how her family enjoys running at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located off South Milledge Avenue. “It’s the most technical trail,” Landrum says. “If you are a trail runner, or if you just want a more challenging hike, it would be the best place to go.”
Landrum shares that outside Athens, “Watkinsville has become a fun, little destination point. Its downtown is pretty quaint with local shops and restaurants.”
One of her favorite restaurants in the area is Chops & Hops, a place with a diverse menu and an art gallery on the second floor of its downtown Watkinsville location. “It’s great; they’ve got a big beer selection with beers on tap, craft beers and stuff like that,” Landrum says. “They’ve got a great burger too.”
Although Landrum and her family have moved outside the central Athens area, they still visit different places easily accessible to students. “We do frequent the Athens Farmers Market on the weekends at Bishop Park,” Landrum says. “They have breakfast items that you can get, organic produce, soaps and all sorts of things to buy. You can make a morning out of it.”
5&10 and The National are two classic Athens restaurants that Landrum and her family enjoy, but Landrum shares that they also seek out hidden gems within the spectrum of classic Athens outings.
“We try to seek out certain things,” Landrum says. “Big City Bread has the best burger and these flourless chocolate stars. You kind of figure out where these little nooks and crannies are and these little hidden treasures – there’s a lot of that to be had in Athens.”
One of Athens’ leading strengths is becoming a home to a diverse student body for a majority of the year. Yet it is more than a temporary home base for four short years. To many of the University of Georgia staff members, four years is nothing but a hint of their time here. Their insight is unique in a way that cannot be imitated because of its permanence. This city has a voice and a feel that can be artsy, preppy, simple, opulent, consistently versatile, and most famously, classic.