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.
By: Katie Story | Photos Contributed by: Morgan Balsam, Caroline Caldwell and Emily Henderson
Whether you believe in the idea of a bucket list or not, everyone has things they want to do before they die. It’s a fairly straightforward concept that conjures up images of one day scaling Mt. Everest or skydiving from an altitude of 30,000 feet. However, this is a fairly recent notion. According to an article on Slate.com, the phrase “bucket list” was not popularized by the media until 2007 when the movie of the same name, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as terminal cancer patients, debuted.
Although the phrase “kicking the bucket” has been around since the late 18th century, why is it now so popular to have a fantastical list of things to do before you die?
“Now we have advance means to do crazy things,” says Laurel Haislip, a sophomore communications studies major from Decatur. Haislip is about to check one item off her bucket list in a few weeks — studying abroad.
“Study abroad was just something that I didn’t want to graduate college without doing,” Haislip says. “I believe college is so much more than what happens in the classroom or on the campus.” While some items on her list has her taking far-off adventures and maybe learning a new language, she also has more realistic (although still difficult) goals, like running a full marathon.
But for most people, it seems these lists feature items that are more lofty than achievable. Popular culture has made it seem that bucket lists must take you to far-off places or consist of extremely dangerous things for them to be worthwhile.
“This is the YOLO-ization of cultural experience, whereby the pursuit of fleeting novelty is granted greater value than a patient dedication to an enduring attention,” says Rebecca Mead, a staff writer for The New Yorker, in an article titled “Kicking the Bucket List.”
“For a lot of people it has to do with goal setting,” says Carly Shortland, a sophomore social work major from Marietta. “[They] love setting goals and meeting goals and crossing things off of a list.” Shortland has already crossed an item off her bucket list—getting a tattoo. “I just felt like ‘This is what I want to do,’ and I got to do it.”
However, neither Shortland nor Haislip has an actual bucket list written out. All the ideas they have are just fantastical ideas in their heads. There are two camps in the “bucket list” scenario — one side believes that writing down your hopes will help you to better achieve them, and the other side thinks life isn’t just about checking things off of a list.
“[The bucket list] partakes of a commodification of cultural experience, in which every expedition made, and every artwork encountered, is reduced to an item on a checklist to be got through, rather than being worthy of repeated or extended engagement,” Mead says.
Whether you have an actual list written out or just ideas in your head, college is a great time to take advantage of experiences you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to partake in and to do things out of your comfort zone. You might find a new passion or hobby, or you might never want to do it again, but at least you’ll have a good story to tell.
By: Claire Jordan | Photography: Rachel Nipp
Most college students have an inner Don Draper or Audrey Hepburn longing to strut around with cigarette in hand and clever comment at the ready. Unfortunately, this pipe dream has been compromised.
On October 1, 2014, our beloved campus was declared tobacco-free. According to the State Board of Regents, “The use of all forms of tobacco products on property owned, leased, rented, in the possession of, or in any way used by the University System of Georgia or its affiliates is expressly prohibited,” which initially raised some concerns. Some students felt that the culture of UGA was being threatened. “I think people should be able to choose what they want to do regardless of personal health value,” says Mariam Turner, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major from Canton. “I think [smoking] should be limited to certain areas to reduce second-hand smoke, but I don’t think we should eliminate it from the campus altogether. It feels too controlling.”
However, several months later, not much seems to have changed. Sure, there aren’t circles of students lighting up right outside the MLC, but smokers are still spotted around campus. In fact, most student smokers have adapted quite well. No one has organized some feverish demonstration outside the Tate Center. Nothing remarkably defiant has appeared on social media. “This regulation seems like a good idea to me,” says Ishani Podder, a freshman management information systems and international business major from Norcross. This passivity is most likely due to the fact that UGA is a little late to the tobacco-free party. Colleges like Piedmont College and Athens Technical College surrendered their tobacco rights almost a decade ago. So while the Ron Swansons of this world may go red in the face at the first mention of government involvement, change was inevitable here.
From the beginning, this law was never meant to be a way for the police to come crackin’ down on tobacco use, but rather a movement toward a healthier environment–hence the saying “Let’s Clear the Air” stretching across hundreds of posters around campus.
Several students fully support this initiative. “I think the law is a good idea,” says Indigo Velazquez, a junior finance major from Macon. “It promotes both physical and environmental health. This regulation will make the air cleaner and safer.”
The Board of Regents defines administration of the law as “a shared community responsibility.” Therefore, enforcement has not been particularly jarring. “Honestly, the law has not affected me whatsoever,” says Zach Fossier, a sophomore mass media arts major from Woodstock. “I’ve smoked on campus pretty consistently since the law was put in place and nobody has said anything to me.” While it seems as though individual smokers will continue to puff in peace, the law has successfully disbanded the masses, significantly improving the air quality for all students and fulfilling its purpose.
For more information about the tobacco-free policy on campus, please visit the University System of Georgia’s website at www.usg.edu/tobaccofree/.
By: Connor Kythas | Photography: Breena Beech and Casey Lemmings
How many college students do you know that really cook all of their food from scratch? Not enough is my answer. My sophomore year of college I weighed around 215 lbs. By the end of that year, I was down to 165 lbs. That was 4 pant sizes for me. What changed? I started cooking all of my meals, of course! The change from processed junk to fresh vegetables and meat helped me out.
An added bonus is that raw meat, vegetables and spices are super cheap. In conclusion, I think everyone should start cooking their own meals. An added bonus? Lose some weight and save some money in the process. Plus homemade food just tastes way better. That’s where I come in. I’ll admit, I have no formal training in any of this. However, three years of cooking all my meals (aside from the odd night out here and there) has given me a lot of experience. Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.
1. You DO NOT need a bunch of expensive tools.
While having a salad spinner or an instant-read thermometer helps out, it is by no means necessary to go buy out Bed Bath & Beyond to cook for yourself. Basic utensils from Walmart can work just as well if used correctly. Example: I own a pair of insulated coveralls that I wear to grill in the winter because I’m stylish. Do you need grilling coveralls? No, a hoodie is just as good. Just way less stylish.
2. That being said, you need to know how to work with what you have.
For instance, don’t use metal forks or spatulas with a nonstick skillet. If you scratch off the Teflon from a pan, it ends up in your food, and that can give you cancer. Use a wooden spoon or fork or a silicon spatula instead.
3. Keep your kitchen stocked.
Some basic stuff you should always keep at hand: canned tomatoes, tomato paste, broth (chicken or vegetable), assorted dried spices, vinegar, pasta, rice, canned beans, butter, flour, eggs, milk, onion, garlic and frozen meat. With those things you can make almost anything. As for the meat, it doesn’t matter what kind. Check the sale ads, see what’s cheap, and buy it. Speaking of…
4. Know how to preserve raw meat.
When you buy meat, don’t just chuck it in the freezer while it’s still in the foam package. Why? Because foam is an insulator. Why else would people pack meat in it? Take it out of its packaging and store it in a gallon or quart-size freezer bag, then squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it up and freezing it.
5. You should grill everything you can.
Grilling is fun. It involves being outside, fire and smoky meat, and you can drink beer outside while doing it! If you have access to a grill, you can use it for just about any recipe that calls for pan-seared meat. It will taste great! Speaking of grilling…
6. Marinades are good sometimes.
Marinades are great for tough cuts of beef like skirt or flank steak (aka London Broil), but don’t go overboard. For these particular cuts, use a mix of oil, vinegar, honey or another sweet substance and some basic seasonings. A good one is olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, oregano and garlic. Sound familiar? Yes, that is basically salad dressing. No, DON”T marinade anything in Kraft dressing!. For more tender cuts, just add salt and pepper (if that) and grill away.
7. Brine all chicken though.
Marinating chicken is referred to as “brining.” You should do it to any cut of chicken you intend to cook, providing you have the time. To properly brine chicken (my way anyway), take 4 parts water, 2 parts salt, 1 part sugar and whatever spices you enjoy (I like allspice and thyme) and bring it all to a low simmer. Let it cool, then pour it into a watertight container with your raw chicken for a few hours before you cook it. This won’t make it too salty, but it will make it absolutely juicy.
8. Take care of your stuff.
You really shouldn’t wash non-stick pots and pans in the dishwasher – or big kitchen knives, for that matter. Speaking of knives, what is your cutting board made of? Wood? Great! Plastic? Also good! A ceramic plate? Horrible. Ceramic plates will dull non-serrated blades faster than almost anything else.
9. Learn by doing.
Got an idea for dinner that may be good but also may taste like an actual tire-fire in your mouth? Try it out! If it’s good, make it again. If it sucks, don’t tell anyone!
10. Bone up on it.
Read some recipes from time to time. Watch Chopped or Good Eats. I have a weekly column on UGAzine’s website that you may be interested in (wink) wherein I go over recipes step by step.
11. Above all else, make it fun.
Some people hate making dinner and see it only as a chore. They have bad attitudes. Turn on some Netflix, pour a drink and cook some stuff. It’s fun once you get accustomed to it. If it’s fun for you, you’ll do it more often. And then the next time you meet someone you can say, “I like to cook” and they’ll think, “Wow I wish I could do that, you’re so great! Can I have your number?!” It happens all the time.
By: Nick Seymour | Photography: Christina Cannon and Casey Lemmings
Body modifications, their style and cultural position have changed many times throughout human history and are now at the point where it is debated whether or not people who have them are professional enough to be in the workplace. However, it’s hard to go a single day, especially on a university campus, without seeing someone who has a visible tattoo or piercing. The allure of body modifications escapes many, but regardless, it is extremely important that anyone who wants one knows how to decide on one and how to get one safely.
Deni Massey, a senior sociology and criminal justice double major from Powder Springs, got her first tattoos at 17: a wing on each ankle, the words “I still live” on her right foot and “Kimberly Drive” on her left. “I was longboarding with my brother and some friends, and I got speed wobbles. I tried to step off, but I ended up falling instead,” she says. “I fractured my skull in two places and wasn't expected to live through the night. All four of them remind me that I am still alive and not to let anything stop me.” Fortunately, her other tattoos don’t have such grave backgrounds: she has a rose and a lily on the front of her shoulder to commemorate her, her mom and her grandmother and a phoenix on her ribcage as “a reminder that you can take what you go through and what you learn and make a new you.” She also has the word “weightless” on her left and a kangaroo outline on her right ankle.
Massey explained that she didn’t think a lot of people wanted something on their skin for the rest of their life without a story behind it. “If that story is just ‘I got drunk with my friends,’ it’s still a story,” Massey says. She then went on to give advice about the process of deciding what one wants: “One, I'd make sure. If there's any wavering in whether you want it, don't get it. If you don't love the idea of one enough that you can walk away, then it isn't for you. Two, if you do want one, check out multiple parlors. You want to get a feel for different artists. You want to look at their portfolios and talk to them. You want to be comfortable with your artist and their work because they're changing your appearance permanently. If you don't like their work, don't pick them. Just make sure to check around to find the best fit for you. Also, don't ever do a home tattoo. They are incredibly dangerous, and they can come out wrong, or you can get any number of infections or diseases. It’s just not safe.”
Sounds horrifying, right? With those thoughts in mind, who could blame someone who might be anxious about getting a tattoo or a piercing simply because of the idea of being in an environment as unfamiliar as a tattoo parlor? However, that may be just because of the pre-conceived notions surrounding the concept and culture of body modifications. The feel of most parlors may be a bit rock ‘n’ roll or metal-esque because of the employees’ and owner’s taste in aesthetics, but everyone working there loves what they do, and because of that, they’re more than happy to help their clients. They’ll understand if someone is nervous, so they’ll answer any questions he or she might have. They’ll show clients how clean everything is and will walk them through every step in the modification process. Not only that, but most, if not all, professional artists will have extensive knowledge of their practice, such as Dae Jedic, an Athens local and piercer at American Classic Tattoo and Body Piercing on Baxter Street.
Jedic had wanted body modifications for as long as he could remember. “For me, it was just seeing it as a kid; piercings and tattoos really fascinated me. And even when I was younger, I would get in a bunch of trouble with my mom with that. But it just started to fascinate me as I got older, and as I hit the age when I was legally allowed to, by like 17, 18, I wanted a bunch of them. So right as I turned 18, I started getting piercings.” Jedic’s frequency to American Classic and uncommon curiosity in piercings eventually led to an apprenticeship there, and then a full-time job as a piercer.
Piercings usually aren’t as permanent as tattoos, so they don’t require the same amount of thought as Massey recommended. However, Jedic says that there are some piercings that do need more research, especially surface anchors and surface piercings. He also explained that there are folks who probably aren’t trained enough to be doing them. “Those piercings take some specific skill to do, and there are totally folks out there who will take your money and tell you they can do this, and then in a couple months you’ll be like ‘This hurts! This isn’t working out, this is making me angry,’ and they’ll just be like ‘Oops, sorry.’ So with that kind of stuff, I’ll do consults with people.” Jedic also says to be aware of where you get your piercing, especially if you get one below the neckline. Since you may not see it in the mirror every day, you won’t be able to notice right away if something’s not right with it.
Many worry about how they might be perceived by others after they get modifications, but regret is the last term someone like Massey or Jedic would use to describe how they felt about their tattoos and piercings—in fact, they probably wouldn’t use it at all. Massey says that after she got her first tattoos, she was happier. “I like being able to express myself in this way. Painting stories on my body is something I'm proud of. I'm more confident. I hold myself higher, but the changes were more along the lines of accepting who you are rather than suddenly having ink in a design in your skin,” Jedic says. “All of mine are reminders of things, so I know that with these permanent reminders, that I can be me. I can do what I want with no regrets because I know that when I did whatever, I wanted to do it. The tattoos just make me thankful for life, because every day I can look at myself and see visual evidence that I made it through whatever, and I can make it through whatever comes.”
Jedic had similar sentiments toward his modifications, saying his tattoos were like a “body passport”; they can be stories, song lyrics, places you’ve been, anything. He says that people tell him all the time: “Oh, what about when you’re older, then what?” He says that when he’s older, he’ll still be happy with the way he looks, modifications and all.
Massey says it best when it comes to general body modification advice: do what is right for you. “If you don't feel comfortable with a certain artist or a parlor, pick someone or somewhere else. Don't feel pressured into doing something that is uncomfortable to you.” So, when someone goes to get their first tattoo or piercing, they should know what they want, be sure that they really want it, go somewhere clean and professional to get it done, and before they know it, they’ll be among the countless ranks of people who express themselves with their bodies—and absolutely love it.