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.
Photos by Rachel Nipp, Story by Danimarie Roselle
As seniors at the University of Georgia prepare for the next chapter in their lives, they fondly look back at the memories made as Dawgs, from the small moments with friends to big events like football games.
Ashley Owens, a senior dietetics major from Cleveland, feels her involvement with Campus Kitchen has been a big part of her college experience.
“It got me out of the bubble of Athens,” Owens says. “It’s been a very humbling experience.”
With Campus Kitchen, Owens cooks meals for homebound senior citizens and those taking care of their grandchildren.
“It’s cool to watch how you change peoples’ lives just by spending time with them,” Owens says.
For other seniors, it was involvement with organizations such as Greek life that impacted their time here.
Frank Russo, a senior political science major from Roswell, credits his membership in Theta Chi for shaping him into a responsible and concerned adult.
“I heard about the social benefits to joining a fraternity, but the leadership and service opportunities shaped my experience in Theta Chi,” Russo says.
For Russo, the time in his fraternity gave him an understanding of the importance of helping others and involving oneself with the community in which they live.
Time spent at The University of Georgia can also be defined by the memories spent completing valued traditions.
Levi London, a senior accounting major from Cleveland, recalls feeling discouraged after not doing well on his first two exams during his freshman year and was at a loss with fellow students until the third exam.
“I thought my life was over after those first two exams, but after I passed the third one and did well, I actually went and rang the bell in celebration,” London says.
London, who had never completed a tradition at UGA, remembers ringing the Chapel Bell for the first time as a form of celebrating with friends.
“That was a big deal to me,” London says.
Other students found participating in bigger university traditions like the UGA Redcoat Marching Band to be a defining experience in college.
“Never would I have thought an organization could impact me the way it did,” says Kevin Kotick, a senior science education major from Milledgeville. “Everyone in the UGA Redcoat Marching Band wants to be there.”
Kotick learned to play the trumpet at a young age, and in the fifth grade, knew he wanted to play in the marching band at UGA.
“Being able to accomplish this dream has made my entire experience at UGA absolutely remarkable,” Kotick says. “I am forever grateful to The University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band for giving me this memory.”
Kotick remembers Saturdays in Athens, getting to play for Dawg Nation and being the support system on game day.
“It’s truly a blessing to be a part of this organization on game day,” Kotick says.
Though every senior has had a different experience and their favorite memories will vary, their time spent as Dawgs was time well spent. Each memory, no matter how trivial, shaped them and their time at UGA.
These memories will stay with each senior long after the tassels have been turned.
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.
Story by Olivia Rawlings
Fall and winter means changing leaves, chilly weather, pumpkin patches, and of course flannels. Walking around campus during these seasons is the perfect time to see all the different types of flannels, and every single way to style them. Flannel is “so pervasive in our culture because it’s comfortable, warm and stylish with that ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude we all embrace,” say the writers for Outdoor Research. Flannels are a must have item of clothing for students at the University of Georgia because of their ease, warmth, and style. Flannels come in all kinds of colors, patterns, and sizes to fit and flatter every type of person. Flannel “has come a long way since its humble beginnings and is now found everywhere from shirts and skirts to bedding and pajamas,” Brock Cardiner, writer for HighSnobiety, says. The trick is figuring out which type of flannel best suites you.
Have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror after getting dressed up only to find yourself deeply frustrated? My clothes don’t fit me you thought. You were filled with worry, maybe even shame, because you realized you can no longer keep up with the shapes and sizes in your own closet - or worse - on the racks in the stores.
If you relate to this, fret not! This problem does not always mean that you have gained or lost weight - sometimes, it just means you have changed in shape or there are new fashions that do not exactly flatter you.
“You have to understand what’s for you and what’s not for you,” says Kayla
Hutchinson, the public relations chair of For Loving Yourself (FLY) and a sophomore health promotions and public relations major from Atlanta. Finding your fit is the art of understanding and accepting your body type so that you can find what looks best on you and makes you feel your best. A few campus fashionistas have shared uncommon knowledge on how to make this possible.
Your alarm shatters your slumber at 9:30 a.m. and you lethargically reach over to hit the snooze button for the second time in a row that morning. After cherishing those additional seven minutes of sleep, you realize that you have no choice but to rip yourself out of bed and prepare for the busy day ahead. With only 20 minutes until class begins, you find that you’re only option is to grab the quickest and most convenient garments. There seems to be an ongoing battle every morning between staying in bed to sleep a little longer and spending a decent amount of time getting ready.
Regardless of which gym you attend, the typical scenery remains: metal is lifted, legs run laps, feet quickly pedal and rond de jambe a terre occurs at the barre.
For the groups of dancers that regularly fill the upstairs practice rooms of Ramsey’s Health and Wellness Center, spot-on pirouettes and develepe leaps across the floor constitute an ordinary evening at the gym.
Beyond weight training and workout classes, an array of technical dance styles are taught at Ramsey that many people are unaware of, as it is a rarity for a gym to offer a dance scene. Many of them began a few years ago, thanks to Skylar Russell and her sister, Taylor.
The urge to eat everything in the dining hall is overwhelming at times. Movies about college life have dedicated whole scenes to showcasing how plentiful and popular the dining halls are to the students. We can all relate to the scene in “Animal House” when John Belushi’s character piles on hamburgers, cakes, donuts and other gastronomical atrocities onto his platter. But eating at UGA’s dining halls is more than the quantity of food: there are social, financial and personal aspects that make choosing between being on or off the meal plan a real debate.