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.