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.”