Photography by Ersta Ferryanto, Styled by Surina Harjani and Ashley Biscan, Make up by Eman Abdullah and Olivia Rawlings
This season, you can step out from the sidelines of boring beige and claim the victory with all things fresh, fabulous, and fall. Crisp like autumn air, bright fresh colors are this season’s power play. Layer up wtih preppy pullovers and add touches of whimsy with vintage jewelry. Try flirty hemlines paired with knee-high socks for a winning combination, and don’t forget a bold red lip for a classic polish. Toss aside those mundane shades of brown and overstretched sweaters, and pull out all the stops, so this fall you can remain undefeated.
It is no secret that intramural sports are a great way to get involved on campus. In the midst of 30,000-plus students, joining a recreational sports team can help you find your niche. It is easy to stick to the “normal” sports, like basketball, volleyball and flag football, but with such a wide range of sports offered through UGA’s Recreational Sports program, now is the time to step out of the box. Do you remember how fun it was to play dodgeball as a kid? Have you ever heard of Ultimate Frisbee? Or do you just want to try something completely new and unusual?
UGA students get a chance to participate in these and several more eccentric activities. One in particular is Battleship.
Intramural Battleship puts a spin on the classic board game. It is played in the Rec Pool in the Ramsey Center with four people on one team. There are four canoes, each with four buckets and a shield, and the object is to be the last ship floating.
“Battleship is unique from other IM Sports we offer because it offers students a chance to participate in a nontraditional sporting competition,” says Lakeithius Andrews, a biology major from Griffin and the supervisor/lead official for Battleship. “Because it’s not a traditional sport, the playing field is pretty even as the students attempt to make up strategies on the fly. Most just wing it and inadvertently tip their canoe. It also pits four teams against each other versus two in most competitions, so it makes things a little more interesting.”
Ramsey also gives students a chance to participate in Ultimate Frisbee. If you have seen the pick-up games in Myers Quad and wondered how to play, now is a good time to learn.
“I love it, and I love teaching people how to play,” says Josh McMains, a senior psychology major from Statesboro. “There is a concept in Ultimate Frisbee called ‘spirit of the game’ in which the games are self-refereed, so you call your own fouls and handle disputes between players. Generally people won’t act like a foul didn’t happen, like in many other sports. People are honest and always trying to make for a fun environment.”
Another sport offered through Rec Sports is Cornhole, which is played during a one-day tournament. When you think about Cornhole, you think of the casual game played in the backyard or at tailgates—with a drink in hand, vibing to your favorite music and the sweet aromas of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. This tournament gives students the chance to turn the popular, laidback game into a full-fledge competition.
“The tournament was more intense than I expected,” says Amanda Schoon, a senior human development and family science major from Peachtree City. “We played the best-of-five games, and each game got to an even score right around 21 before someone finally won. I’d tell anyone who is interested in Cornhole to play because it’ll be fun, and you might just walk away an IM Champ.”
Rec Sports also gives you a chance to relive your childhood by joining one of three dodgeball leagues: men’s, women’s or co-rec. The games are played on the basketball courts in Ramsey and are set up where teams of eight play best-out-of-five matches. If you remember how competitive elementary school children were in a game of dodgeball, imagine how entertaining it would be to play with a group of 20-year-olds.
If these don’t interest you, there are still racquetball, a squash tournament and so much more. Sure, you can stick to the norm, but how cool would it be to say you played inner tube water polo in college? If you have the time—and the curiosity—you can take the chance to discover something new that you just might be pretty good at.
Story and photography by Emily Jenkins
The minute hand approached 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning as she turned her key to open the door. “It happens every time,” says Alex Hill, an employee at Red Dress Boutique. Soon after, a light whiff of cheesy, thick crust pizza trickled its way from Mellow Mushroom down Clayton Street, and into the store. Downtown Athens has awakened. The customers rolled in, ready for their unique shopping experience to begin.
Young women from the Athens area are indulging in the new fall trends that are pouring into local boutiques. The clothes and the entire downtown shopping experience are becoming a bit more sentimental. Sophomore Marisa Tralongo says in a small college town like Athens, “shopping is more than just picking clothes off of a rack, trying them on, and then hanging them in a closet when you get home. It’s actually a form of expression.” These stores are giving women a style that inspires them to be the best form of themselves they can be. The boutiques thrive on competing for the business of each and every girl who walks through their door through forms of social media, caring for their customers and their exceptional sense of style.
As humans and consumers, we are all about what’s new. It’s our culture to have the latest, most unique products on the market. For us, these boutiques offer distinctive, hard to find items in town. Lynn Mathews, a sales associate at Heery’s Clothing, takes pride in the fact that Heery’s is the only store in Athens that sells Frye brand boots. The closest place to get them would be in stores about an hour and a half away in Atlanta. Rusty Heery, the owner, thinks that this quality is one of the most important concepts of owning and keeping a successful reputation in a small town. If the customer can’t find it anywhere else, they will buy it here.
Red Dress Boutique, located just around the corner from Heery’s also has similar qualities but is a bit more extreme. Red Dress is known for their store presence in Athens but even more known across the country for their store online. Working from a large warehouse, about five
minutes from the store are employees who never seem to stop working, and doing it exceptionally well. Lena Sansonetti, an employee at Red Dress, has seen clothing go out of stock on the online store within minutes of the piece opening for sale. It seems as though customers are keeping track of new arrivals or else they wouldn’t be selling out of items within hours, and even minutes. We can thank generational friend social media for that.
Social media outlets, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, have changed the game for boutiques around Athens. Most of the stores downtown use it to attract users to their store, and even more importantly, their brand. Airee Edwards, the owner of Agora Vintage, has seen the changes social media has had on her boutique happen right before her eyes. Although her business is new to the social media world, “I’m interested in building a web presence as her store continues to grow,” says Edwards. As an owner of a vintage shop downtown and the Agora co-op store just down the street, social media has allowed her to express the feel and unique quality her shop has compared to other local stores. She wants potential customers to see that “the store is extremely visual, and there are people who have taken so many great pictures of [her] products, such as new bags or cool furniture,” says Edwards.
She’s received calls from customers from across the country that want to order items from Agora, and she treasures the relationships she has been able to build with them. Social media keeps Edwards connected to customers who have recently graduated from UGA. They always call her when they are looking for something specific and she tries her best to find that item for the store. Edwards is also looking to expand the Agora Vintage website by adding a blog. Customers have been coming to her store for years with amazing stories. “One guy came in the store who used to be a manager for Led Zeppelin, and he later showed me pictures of him and George Clinton,” says Edwards. There are unbelievable stories she is dying to share with her customers, and she is hoping to share them through blogging and social media to give Agora the voice she believes it truly deserves.
Alex Hill, a new employee at Red Dress, encountered a very similar experience to Edwards. A young girl drove all the way to Red Dress from Florida for her senior trip. She had saved over 1,000 dollars of her graduation money to spend at Red Dress that day. Hill says the customer has been following Red Dress on Instagram for a while and she wanted to come see what the store was like in person. Hill couldn’t believe how committed and dedicated the customers really are to the business. “That’s what the online store is for,” says Nicole Weaver, a former employee and model for Red Dress. Social media have helped increase sales. Making others aware of what’s going on around you and inviting them to share that experience with you is what social media is about. “That’s our goal here at Red Dress, ” says Weaver.
Because social media have the power to reach people who are local, and nationwide, the boutiques in Athens are capable of appealing to different personalities and styles by simply being themselves.
Many of the customers are parents of students who attend UGA. Whether they’re visiting their child on a weekday for dinner at Last Resort, or they’re traveling from out of state on a Saturday in Athens for a football game, parents “always have to stop by Herry’s before they leave” says Elizabeth Cannon, a customer of Heery’s. Cannon is the perfect example of the customer Sansonetti had described. Cannon has a daughter who just started her junior year at UGA. “I have to visit Heery’s at least once when I come to visit my daughter, Katherine Cannon,” says Cannon. Cannon can find clothes here that fit her “business casual” style for the office where she works. She loves the way Heery’s presents itself as having fashionable clothing, “but the clothes are also professional and classy,” says Cannon. She likes that “it makes Katherine happy when she buys clothes from Heery’s because they are age appropriate.”
Confidence is a key component to the styles at the boutiques. The employees at Red dress are all around the same age, therefore, they know what girls coming into the store are thinking when they try clothes on such as. Does this fit my body type? Is this dress flattering one me? What style shoe do I need with these pants? “Red Dress is one of those stores that a girl can walk into and find something she likes and that will fit her,” says Hill. “There is literally something for everyone here, and that’s what sets us apart.”
Along with supplying customers with fashion that helps drive their confidence, Diana Harbour, the owner of Red Dress, has made it clear with the store tagline posted on their website: “Red Dress is happiness,” and the employees at the store both downtown and at the warehouse are responsible for projecting this motto. This company is truly authentic to the way they value their customers and those who work there always have the same mentality. Like Harbour, Edwards at Agora Vintage sets high standards for her image by making her customers feel as confident as possible. However, she obtained her goal in a different way than Red Dress. Edwards has found that it’s not only important to form personal relationships with customers, but also to form friendships with them. Not a day goes by where Edwards doesn’t greet a customer that walks through the door by saying “Welcome, love,” or shouting, “Thanks for coming by sweetheart!” as they leave the store. This language makes her customers feel like they have a personal relationship with Edwards.
After customers and friends build relationships with these boutiques, it’s normal for them to want to be a part of what they experienced from the other side of the checkout counter. Kait Poncsak, a model at Red Dress, was an average college student at UGA who had some background experience in modeling. After seeing that the store needed models on social media, Poncsak quickly got in touch with Diana to see what she needed to do to land the this job. “I thought it might be a good way to make some extra money on the days I wasn’t in class, so I sent an email with a few photos and they called me to come in for a test shoot,” says Poncsak.
Now, after snagging the job Poncsak’s pictures are all over Red Dress’s website. A few people have recognized her because of the pictures that are going viral on social media. A woman even asked to take a photo with her when she was in Florida with a friend one weekend. “I think of it as a fun additional job so it’s a little amusing to think that people would want to take their photo with us,” says Poncsak.
Although she thought of this job as something fun and a way to build her modeling skills, Poncsak appreciated the people she got to work with like other models and one of the photographers, Blane Marable. Marable is a well-known photographer in Athens and was honored when Red Dress asked if he would photograph their models. Building personal relationships helps his job go more smoothly. Marable likes being able to talk to the models on a professional level about their future career plans and goals. “It’s easier for me to connect with the models through the lens when I have connected with them face to face,” says Marable.
Each boutique ultimately believes that their business has not only survived, but also grown because of their attention to social media, customer service and unique style. The owners and workers live to make an impact on someone else’s life.
After a long days work the sweet, savory smell of pumpkin spice floated its way across the street from Starbucks as the door swung open, allowing the aroma to fill the doorway. As Hill turned the key to lock the doors she says, “Athens never seems to disappoint, does it?”
The fierceness of the winter inspires a look that is posh and powerful, and nothing characterizes the striking collections of Marc Jacobs better. These wintery looks were modeled after his designs, what he refers to as “street-wise aesthetics–a [mash up of] a little preppie, a little grunge, a little couture.” It is a culmination of these elements that give monotone ensembles their strength. Matte whites juxtaposed by the sheen of a necklace. Linear cuts emphasized by the contarst of texture. As you walk down the street in a gradient of neutrals, you’ll leave passerby more breathless than the spine-chilling cold.
Salted Caramel Mocha
1 shot of espresso or 3/4 cup coffee
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (the hot chocolate kind,
not the unsweetened baking kind)
Pinch of sea salt (Starbucks uses a blend of smoked sea
salt and turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top)
1/2 cup milk
Whipped cream (optional)
Extra caramel sauce and sea salt to
drizzle/sprinkle on top
With an espresso maker:
Prepare espresso. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder
and sea salt in a mug and pour espresso over them.
Froth milk and slowly pour into mug, stirring to
combine everything. Add more caramel, cocoa and/or
salt to taste. Top with whipped cream, drizzle caramel sauce, and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
Without an espresso maker:
Prepare coffee. Place caramel sauce, cocoa powder and
sea salt in a mug. Pour coffee into mug, stirring to
combine everything. Heat milk in microwave or on the
stove and add to mug, stirring everything to combine.
Add more caramel, cocoa and/or salt to taste. Top
with whipped cream, caramel sauce and a tiny pinch of
Homemade White Hot Chocolate
4 cups milk of your choice (or you can substitute heavy cream
or half and half, or do a mixture)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate chips
Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping
Stir together milk, vanilla and white chocolate chips in a
medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring
occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer.
(Do not let it come to a boil). Remove from heat and serve
immediately, topped with whipped cream
or marshmallows if desired.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
2 tbsp canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk of choice, or (for a richer taste) a combination of
nondairy creamer and milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp strong coffee
sugar or stevia to taste
Mix all ingredients except coffee with a fork or whisk. Either
microwave or heat on the stove until desired temperature
is reached. Add coffee and whisk again. If desired, top with
story by brittany bowes / photos by ian palmer
Homemade Holiday Drinks
1 cup milk, steamed
1 cup very strong coffee (4 tablespoons coffee grounds
to 1 cup of hot water)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2-3 tablespoons peppermint syrup
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate Syrup (optional)
Crushed Peppermints (optional)
If using a French press:
Prepare your hot water in a kettle. Add four
tablespoons of your favorite coffee grounds to your
French press. Pour 1 cup of hot water over them and
allow the coffee to steep for four minutes while you
prepare the other ingredients. If not using a French
press: prepare coffee as you normally would.
In a pot, heat up one cup of milk until it is steaming.
Froth the milk with a wire whisk or an immersion
blender until it is nice and foamy. In your coffee
cup, mix together the prepared coffee, cocoa powder,
sugar, and peppermint syrup until the sugar and
cocoa powder are dissolved and there are no lumps.
Pour the milk foam over the top of the coffee/mocha
mixture and stir. Top with whipped cream, a generous
drizzle of chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints.
Story by Frannie Gordon • Photo by Brenna Breech
Beyond the madness of the semester, there’s a peaceful fellowship of dedicated readers in Park Hall. These professors and students are in a constant hustle and bustle from one class to the next, often holding hot travel mugs
of tea or coffee in one hand and notated texts in the other.
Home to the English major as well as classical language majors, Park is a hub for theorizing, analyzing and engaging in
complex ideas. During the semester, these readers and professors are inundated with countless preparations and readings for class.
However, when the semester draws to a close and there is a final sigh of relief as aching hands finish that last in-class essay, what will these students and professors be looking forward to reading by the fireside over winter break?
Nikki Smith, a junior English major, began reading “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand over the summer and will be picking
up the novel again soon. “I read ‘The Fountainhead’ in high school,” she says. “It was too complicated for me at the time.
I’m interested to see how I interpret the political aspects now that I’m in college.” She quietly related her experiences of how she has come to greatly appreciate novels in depth because of her time in Park.
“I can understand things better in novels simply because of how much I’ve read. I started to force myself to read deeper–
I was able to read a bunch of books in Professor Pizzino’s class, and my teachers have inspired me and helped me interpret things in a more academic way.”
Students and teachers alike are happy to settle down into fond series that were laid aside for the past four months or so.
Christopher Pizzino, associate professor of English, thought about what has been on his to-read list.
“As a comics scholar who teaches many kinds of literature, I don’t usually find time to follow my favorite series on a monthly basis,” says Pizzino. “I’m looking forward to catching up on Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ It may not be the kind of series everyone wants to curl up with by the fire, but for those with the necessary fortitude, ‘The Walking Dead’ is a memorable read.”
Jake Brannon, a mass media arts major, enjoys reading southern literature phenomenon Pat Conroy. A book he’s been
looking forward to is “Prince of Tides.”
“I read ‘Lords of Discipline,’ and this one is said to be one of his best books. While reading ‘Prince of Tides,’’ I felt like I was betrayed by the main character for the first time,” he says. “I didn’t understand why they did what they did. I want to follow that and trace that character.”
His genre preferences lean towards James Elroy novels about the 1940s and 1950s.
Professor Fran Teague teaches in the film, English and drama departments at UGA, specializing in women’s studies and Shakespeare. She attends Bulldog Book Club, a bi-monthly affair she is fond of and has kept up for several years. The group just read “The Magicians,” which Teague says is “like Harry Potter but with more blood.” Her cheerful, charismatic presence fills the small table in the center of the Jittery Joe’s in the Miller Learning Center. Her laughter and quick wit lend to the presence of the book club, and the conversations are endlessly hilarious.
Teague admires Terry Pratchett. “She does sci-fi fantasy, but I’ll read shampoo bottles. I mean, I will read anything,”
she says. “As readers, we look for words everywhere–on the backs of cereal boxes, anything.” A couple of books she is looking to read and re-read right now include “The Things They Carried”and “Flowers for Algernon.”
Teague’s career is to read, and she reads voraciously. “I mean honestly, how many times have I read ‘Macbeth?’” she says.
Kristen Hobbs is interested in pursuing works by Cormac McCarthy, the author of “The Road” and “No Country for Old
Men,” during her break at home.
“I have such a long list of things that I’m trying to work through,” she says. “Mostly, I read things that have been recommended to me. However, I’ve been trying to read all of McCarthy’s books, and it’s been a very long process.”
This winter, students and professors alike will be putting aside academic materials and hopefully enjoying some much-needed bonding time with the crackling fire in the fireplace and beloved dog-eared pages, as well as dusty favorites finally being taken off the shelf.