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Volume 9 Issue I Fall 2011

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Table Talks Issue!

Editor-in-Chief, Lilly Workneh(L), and Managing Editor, Brittney Holmes(R).

A Letter From the Editor table talks issue!

e welcome you to join the staff of infUSion as we celebrate the close of yet another issue! This time around, we have taken each factor of this magazine to another level. Our stories deliver quality journalism, our pictures exceed 1,000 words and our layouts are clean-cut and contemporary. Our staff of talented writers, photographers, designers, advertisers and editors invites you to our Table Talks issue where we gather and discuss stories that reflect the thoughts, topics and chit chats that occur during these moments of unity and discussion. Whether it is the family table debate on video games and their portrayal of violence (pg.34), or the business round table discussions on just how much money is really going into the athletic association (pg.56), -- the stories in this issue tackle topics we show concern for as individuals, family members, future business leaders, and college students. Then, there are some of us who come from different backgrounds. What happens to a foster child who has lived with 20 families, sat at 20 different family tables, and attended 18 schools (pg.54)? Or, what are those with families in Somalia doing to help relatives back home whose family tables are bare (pg.16)? We address each of these topics, questions, issues and dilemmas. Our staff is an unstoppable force that can tackle any local or global news and package it all in one groundbreaking magazine we deliver to you each semester. We attempt to bring the students and faculty at The University of Georgia together and get a few sparks going that light thoughts acknowledging and celebrating the diversity on this campus. Each issue of infUSion serves to provide unity and every page reflects the hard work put forth from a dedicated staff. With it being my fifth semester participating in infUSion, I, Lilly Workneh, have witnessed a tremendous growth in the magazines recognition and prevalence on this campus. We have reached a record high of 60 contributors and the magazine has grown both in staff size and the number of printed pages. It all goes to show that we must be doing something right, and Ill say cheers to that.


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Financial Responsibility


By Brittini Ray

2008 marked many significant moments in the United States history; the election of the first African American president, the greatest percentage increase in voters aged 18-29 and the culmination of the 2007 recession. Nearly 4 years later, a $14.8 trillion debt, and several government continuances later, the United States remains stagnant in the economic spiral. In 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) officially declared the country in a year-long recession. Declining in prices, the housing market crashed and the job market soon followed, Students are coping with the changes in different ways; some spend less on clothing, some stay home more often, and some

Im a poor college student and prices are going up, I cannot afford to do all the things that I need to, says Shonna Barkley, a fifth-year dietics major from Atlanta, Ga. Gas prices are through the roof so I cannot afford to go home as much. Money is a huge stress in college because not only is tuition expensive, but you also have to pay for books. To combat the economic downturn, the university has taken several steps to financially empower students, including the new First Year Odyssey Seminars (FYOS). As part of the new FYOS program, the university offers the Plan Well, Live Well: Develop Your Financial Life Plan program

he recession has affected everyone. Students, managers, and even Snooki from the popular reality television show Jersey Shore have had to alter their lifestyle to accommodate for the economys changes. Snooki reported having to switch to using bronzer because of Obamas tax on tanning. International students at the University of Georgia face a harsher job market than citizens do. The recession has affected me in the job search because companies have to sponsor international/ non-citizen students in order to hire them, says sophomore Jose Pecho, a marketing major from Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The university has taken several steps to financially empow- Peer Financial Counseling is a student organization that aims er students, including to educate students on money Their the new First Year onpresentations include budgeting, credit reports, and identity theft. Odyssey In 2010, PFC initiated numerous financial projects including Seminars a Holiday Project and Tax Return
The economy has definitely affected my mindset coming to college, especially about HOPE, says Lehner. Because HOPE is offered in the state of Georgia, I was pretty much limited to the schools here. As for scholarships, I think most scholarships have become stricter in their allowances. I applied to over 25 scholarships last year and only got 3. Despite its quick and abrasive sting, the economy has yet to fully handicap students. With the universitys help, students have adapted to the economic situation and created a new wave of conscientious spenders.

choose a career path that will benefit them the most. According to the 2010 Career Center post graduation survey, which strives to provide the UGA community with the career status of each graduating class, a graduate with a bachelors degree in political science raked in the highest salary, grossing $80,000. A bachelor in international affairs rounded out the scales bottom, grossing $10,000. Accounting remains the most employable degree in 2011.

that teaches students about wise investing and spending. The seminar encourages students to record their financial management attitudes, beliefs, goals, and plans. I decided to take the [Plan Well, Live Well] FYOS because it sounded like a good class that I would really benefit from, says Rachael Lehner, freshman mathematics major from Kennesaw, Ga. Ive changed my habits to be more focused on saving, because Ive learned that if you focus more on the future, rather than the present, youll be better off.

Project that encouraged students to be more fiscally responsible.


Islamophobia Through

Dr. Abdullah Kapic speaking at theIEA Islamophobia event about the effects of stereotypes on Muslims, and Islamophobia on the UGA campus. Photo/Jasmine Bonds

By Gaoli Moua

Umarah Ali, a member of the Muslim Student Association and junior majoring in Arabic and journalism from Augusta, Ga. says, Some people see the media and dont care to learn, but most people are open to learning about Islam. A 2010 poll compiled by the Abu Dhai Gallup Center, a research agency that measures Muslim attitudes around the world, found that 48 percent of surveyed Muslim Americans had experienced racial or religious discrimination in the U.S. But at UGA, most Muslims have felt safe. Ali was in elementary school in her hometown during 9/11 and has yet to experience discrimination on the basis of religion and ethnic background. Whenever people were skeptic about her faith her friends would stand up for her. Cluck explained that part of the reason there is less discrimination on college campuses similar to UGA is because they are learning environments where diversity is expected. This year, 40 of the 532 student organizations registered at UGAs Center for Student Organizations promote diversity by stimulating conversation through cultural presentations and experiences. The International Events Associations mission is to create global citizens through offering educational, volunteer and social events to expose students to other cultures. IEA president Nick Dubernard says, A global citizen [is] someone who not only appreciates the differences in different cultures, but also understands these cultures to the point of being able to eliminate stereotyping and insensitivity from his or her thinking. Rather than embracing one ethnicity to educate the UGA community about, the IEA chooses to expand its programs to all cultures and ethnicities. Like the Islamophobia event, their events are often prompted by its members curiosities.

he media often paints a picture of Muslims to be extremists and terrorists. However, in actuality, Muslims are ethnically diverse and only one percent are extremists, says a University of Georgia graduate student researching Islamophobia, the fear of Islam. The events of 9/11 brought Islam to the forefront and people are still forming opinions about Islam whether theyre well thought out or not, says Andrea Cluck, an Introduction to Religion professor. Cluck suggests that Muslims should be the teachers of the religion and thinks that some people exploit the fear of Islam for money. Within the phenomenon of Islamophobia are people making a lot of money spieling hate, Cluck says., a website created by the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting organization, released names of mainstream political commentators who intentionally and regularly spread fear, bigotry and misinformation in the media. Among those were Sean Hannity, Bill OReilly and Pat Robertson. Abdullah Kapic, a member of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta and a middle school history teacher in Gwinnett County, addressed Muslim beliefs and stereotypes at an International Events Association event in September. He attributes misconceptions of Muslims to the inability of some people to differentiate between the rituals of the Islam as a religion and the traditions of Middle Eastern culture. As a Muslim immigrant from Bosnia, Kapic admits that he also had trouble distinguishing between his religion and culture while assimilating to American culture. To combat further stereotypes, Kapic said that educating others about Islam is key.

He [Abdullah Kapic] attributes misconceptions of Muslims to the inability of some people to differentiate between the rituals of the Islam as a religion and the traditions of Middle Eastern culture

Presidential Award for Freedom Recipient at Gives Lecture UGA


By Lindsay Jean-Louis schools in 1940s West-minster, Calif. Along with informing American students about the significance of what her parents contributed toward the cause of equality, Mendez makes it her duty to encourage Hispanic American students not to take their educational opportunities for granted. During Hispanic Heritage month, the Hispanic Student Association at the University of Georgia sponsored a lecture featuring Mendez. After showing the Emmy winning documentary Para Todos los Nios to the students in attendance, which recounts the details surrounding the Mendez court case, Mendez spoke of her goal to have the court case put in American textbooks. As a gift to her dying mother, Mendez promised to raise peoples awareness about this important event. As the documentary explains, much like Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the Mendez case outlawed segregation. Unlike the Brown v. Board of Education case, however, the Mendez case occurred nearly 10 years beforehand and succeeded at outlawing the segregation of whites and Mexicans in California. Despite the resistance of the system, in 1946 the Mendez family won the trial against the California school system.

oes the historical court case Brown v. Board of Education ring a bell? Now what about Mendez v. Westminster? The sound of chirping crickets is the response the majority of the American population would give upon being asked this question. Once I heard how prominent she was, I did some research on her, but before that I didnt know of her, says fourth-year genetics major from Augusta, Ga., Daniel Pique about education advocate Sylvia Mendez. The lack of awareness surrounding the pivotal historical event, Mendez v. Westminster is precisely the reason that Sylvia Mendez now travels to institutions throughout the U.S. informing students of the importance of Mendez v. Westminster in American history. For her influential efforts in raising social and educational cognizance, President Barack Obama awarded Mendez the prestigious Presidential Award for Freedom earlier this year. Despite the acclaim for her heroism, Mendez dismisses the claim that she is a civil rights activist and instead proclaims herself to be an education advocate. Mendez recalls the story of her parents victory in the desegregation of public


Top: Sylvia Mendez speaking at Center: Student speaks up to

her event. Photos/Jasmine Bonds address Ms. Mendez.

The Mendez serts that de jure segregaI feel like we still have a ways to tion still exists. case would not only end the segregation go in terms of desegregation a first-year Lucy Romero, between Mexican Latin educaAmericans and white tion and math education - Daniel Pique Americans in California, major from Dacula, Ga., but would also lead to disagrees with this claim desegregation for other ethnic groups in America about segregation. People like to live with people and be a precursor for the more publicized Brown v. like themselves, Romero says. Its not necessarily Board of Education case 10 years later. segregation. Why are even the most educated Americans Ed Martinez, a first-year social studies unaware of the Mendez case despite its role in deeducation major from Dacula, Ga., agrees that selfsegregating public schools? Mendez attributes the segregation is human nature. We cant truly be low awareness to the peaceful integration of the colorblind, he says. schools in California. During the California integraOn the other hand, Pique concurs with tion the amount of violence against Hispanics in Mendez. I feel like we still have a ways to go in was not nearly at as high as it was against African terms of desegregation, he says. In practice you Americans in the 1960s American South. still see socioeconomic divisions between the differDespite the milestones that America has ent races and thats something that still needs to be overcome in making segregation illegal, Mendez as improved upon.


By Zach Parker




Photo by Jasmine Bonds



hursday, Aug. 4, 2011. That was the day Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of 4, was shot and killed by police in London, England. For days after, protesters rioted, looted, and set fire to buildings all around the area. The details of the shooting are still largely unclear, but with 3,100 arrests, as of August 15, and 200 million pounds worth of property damage, many are left wondering how a peaceful protest suddenly turned violence. Martin Fletcher, an NBC News Correspondent, interviewed a young protestor in the streets during the riots. Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you, said the young man, referring the reporter

to the multitude of media outlets now covering the event. Tottenham, the area where the riots broke out, is often referred to as the most multicultural area in Europe. The area is also known as a traditionally poor area. Discontent had seemingly been building up in the community for years; this was seen by the residents as a catalyst. The last riot to occur in America was the 2001 Cincinnati riots, which were attributed to the unjust shooting of an innocent African American male. These riots pale in comparison to the Rodney King riots, which happened almost two decades ago, and were also spurned by a racial issue. In a recent article on, Atlanta was listed as the ninth most likely city to riot in the United States. With its high poverty lines, a 10 percent unemployment rate, and a title as the third city for police misconduct in the U.S., Atlanta is a prime candidate for discontent and disassociation with the govern-

ment. The recent string of Occupy protests spreading to Atlanta only furthers this notion. With the strong slogan of We Are The 99 Percent, Occupy Wall Street is a movement that began in mid-September in New York City as a protest against the perceived underregulation of Wall Street and growing division of wealth. Causing a huge stir through social media outlets, these protests were spread to many cities across the country, including Atlanta, Ga., and Athens, Ga. Justin Bolivar, a 26-year-old student at UGA who is involved in the Occupy Athens protests, was shocked to hear that Atlanta was ninth on the riot list. I think income and inequality has always been the problem, and if it comes down to [rioting], that will likely be the reason, he says. The protests in New York City have grown quickly, leading to hundreds of arrests and injuries. So far, the protests in Atlanta have stayed peaceful, but the question of if the peace will hold remains.


By Audrey Perdue

pproximately two million children and youth in the United States have at least one parent in a correctional facility, according to the Family and Youth Services Bureau. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, forty-six percent of parents in prison lived with their children prior to incarceration. Friends For Life is a national mentorship program that strives to increase the chances of success for children who have one or more parent incarcerated. Unfortunately, along with many other social programs, FFL was recently cut from the national budget.

This cut resulted in hundreds of children not having the opportunity to be matched with a mentor who could most likely change their course in life. The community will be affected because incarceration is much like other family traditionsif your parents attend college, the chances are, so will you, says Sharon Camp, previous mentor coordinator for FFL. If your parents go to jail, you are quite likely to yourself. Camps concerns are substantiated by the fact that over 60 percent of children with an incarcerated par-

ent will follow that cycle as well. Without the FFL, these children may not get the exposure needed to make that difference in their life, Camp says. Although many mentors have stopped, Rachel Garrison continues to mentor a young boy named Derek and she hopes to have a positive influence on his future. The absolute best thing a kid can have is a positive role model, says Garrison. I think this is even more important for high risk kids like those enrolled in FFL.

Kids playing and doing homework with the help of volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club in Athens. Photos/Jasmine Bonds

playing mini-golf, or racing gokarts, Richardson says. Mentors spent at least one hour per week with the child doing various activities in the community. FFL is different from the mentoring experiences that the Boys and Girls Club and Clarke County Mentoring programs offer because it allows the mentor to take the child into the community. During the programs eightand-a-half year history, over 300 children were mentored, though some were counted twice in each three-year cycle. Many of the children who were mentees in the FFL program lived in deplorable situations for any person, especially children. With the program, they were exposed to situations and experiences that no one in their family could expose them to, like visiting the University of Georgia campus or going to the movies and


The absolute best thing a kid can have is a positive role model.
- Rachel Garrison
getting all of the candy that they could eat. According to Garrison, the impact of the budget cut could potentially pose a threat of the success of the former mentees. If he is not getting attention, he acts out. As he gets older, this could potentially lead to some really bad situations, Garrison says about her mentee. Richardson holds a similar mentality. I believe that children are the future of our community and need all the love and support we can provide, he says. Camp hopes that the mentoring services offered by the Boys and Girls Club of America and Clarke County Mentoring will fill the void of FFL. After all, former President John Quincy Adams once said, If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

Garrison shared the same concern as Camp about the loss of mentors in the lives of the mentees. If other mentees lose their mentors, they will not have the opportunity to be exposed to new, positive situations, places and environments that would not normally be a part of their lives, she says. Garrison strives to expose Derek to positive experiences outside of his everyday life. He knows that when I pick him up we are going to do something outside or, if weather doesnt permit, and indoor activity that involves interpersonal communication, she says. Mentor Rex Richardson also tries to expose his mentee to a world outside of what he grew up knowing. Hes gotten to experience somethings he had not previously been exposed to such as eating out at a sit-down restaurant,




By Nina Kamber

UGAs African Student Union helps those in somalia through their campus wide campaign

Aida Melaku, an ASU Executive Board member, helps raise money for the cause during the organizations campaign at the Tate Plaza. Photo/DeKeisha Teasley

he old joke with college students is that when were broke, we resort to eating ramen noodles for several meals a day or eating pizza on a Tuesday night because its only $5. However, a college students definition of broke or starving is nothing compared to that of some people where famines are devastating their country. In September, the African Student Union at he University of Georgia decided to organize a week-long event to raise money for Somalia, a country in Africa

Food? and dedicated a week to raising awareness about Somalia to the students on campus and raising as much money as possible.The awareness caught on and after the week-long festivities wrapped up, students on campus continued to show their support. Due to the high demand for shirts, we plan on ordering about 20 dozen more shirts which will go on sale, says Danner-Okotie. The week-long event featured a night of prayer, a karaoke event and a percentage night to help spread the word and raise funds.


Without the young to replace the old, the culture is lost. Somalia, as a nation, an identity, is lost. - Anita Nsubuga
where famine has left 53 percent of the population in crisis, according to the website. The event was Save Somalia and it helped raise around $1,200. The money was raised from selling shirts, buttons and donuts, organizing a percentage night and collecting donations. Proceeds were sent through the Somalia Relief fund through UNICEF at the end of October. The ASU is an organization committed to educating the community about Africa through community service projects, our social activities and our Annual African Nite, says Sophia Danner-Okotie, the Public Relations chair for ASU and a third-year UGA student majoring in journalism and womens studies. When the students in ASU heard about the drought in Somalia, they knew they wanted to find a way to help the country. With some planning and organization, the group came up with the slogan Got My favorite event has to be the forum held on that Monday of Somalia week, says Sainabou Jallow, a first- year majoring in International Affairs and French, because the UGA student body that came, had the opportunity to be informed and become more aware of the devastation going on in Somalia right now. That devastation refers to the tens of thousands of Somalis who have already died due to the famine, the 390,000 children that are starving or the 140,000 children that are facing imminent death, according to the website. The drought that has taken over Somalia is crippling their population and the country is crying out for help. As an East African, I felt the plight in Somalia very strongly, says Anita Nsubuga, a second- year student from Uganda. Without the young to replace the old, the culture is lost. Somalia, as a nation, an identity, is lost.


Hispanic Student
By: Caroline Wingate

The Hispanic Student Association is here for a good time, dancing and enjoying the colorful displays of such Photo/Elisa Tapia lovely costumes during their event, Noche Latina.

he Hispanic community is taking the University of Georgia by storm. As we roll through another year, we recognize the reality of growth, progress and importance of diversifying our cultural portfolios.



Association 20th Anniversary

The voice and face on campus making the most noise is the Hispanic Student Association. Founded in 1991, HSA has lofty goals of moving forward in the realm of bringing people together and sharing culture. Jos Pablo Pecho-Chaves, a second-year pre-business/marketing and international business major from San Jos, Costa Rica, is the Vice President of the Hispanic Student Association. Pecho-Chaves wishes everyone knew that we stand for the multi-diversity of this university, we believe that the Hispanic population needs to get together in order to be seen, and we need to support each other to stand for the mission that we share. Pecho-Chaves and Carolina Baca, a third-year marketing and management major from Lima, Peru, agree that the HSA needs improvement in one area. Students on campus assume that the organization is only for those of Hispanic decent, but the group longs to have more involvement of other backgrounds to share awareness and culture throughout Athens and on campus. Along the same lines, Miguel A. Hernandez, the director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs, mentioned his aspiration for non-Latino people to join the organization and wishes that people understood that the point of multiculturalism is for all of backgrounds to join together. Many people do not realize how small the Hispanic student population is on campus. The Hispanic population, however, is the fastest growing population in Georgia. Why would UGA not have a larger proportion of Hispanic students on campus? The idea for a better representation of Hispanic students on the UGA campus would be to recruit better and have more student organizations where students feel comfortable away from home, says Dr. John Soloski, journalism professor at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. When asked about the recent change in Georgia law demanding for all college students to be documented, Soloski says, we will be compounding the problems of this country if we limit students ability to get a higher education. They need the opportunity to be taxpayers and contribute to society. A vital event to the ongoing efforts of the HSA was the Noche Latina event which took place on Oct. 15, 2011 in the Tate Grand Hall. It is a night to celebrate our culture here in the United States, [and] is a night to remember where we are from says PechoChaves. The value of an event this magnitude showcased the charisma of the HSA and its desire to reach out to all students on campus, not only students of Latino or Spanish decent. Carolina Baca, the Noche Latina Chair for HSA, accomplished the undertaking of putting on one of the largest events and fundraisers for HSA. Her excitement for the wonderful things to come and the celebration of what they have already accomplished was contagious. This year the Hispanic Student Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Noche Latina will be the grand finale to the Hispanic Heritage Month, so we have much to celebrate, says Baca. The ultimate goal of celebrating 20 years on campus was to redefine multiculturalism and to take care of each other, and these happen to be two things Hernandez stressed often. This accomplishment of creating a student organization that can provide a safe place for people representing 22 countries around the world was an amazing feat. College provides a place for very different people to come together and to share and value their differences. Understanding and accepting each other matters most when we look at the 20-year history of the Hispanic Student Association on the campus of the UGA.


20 years!


Taste of

Photo/DeKeisha Teasley

By Taylor Williams

Athens is more than just home to The University of Georgia; its a place where the bulldog nation takes pride in stuffing their faces at one of the many eateries this Classic City has to offer. People can be seen eating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Downtown Athens has the splendor of being sophisticated and small, a superior coalition for anyone who loves good food and cherishes the vigor and creativity of independent chefs and proprietors. Known for unique food with a cosmopolitan twist, Athens offers a wide range of bites to please the palate everything from Thai to Mediterranean. If you havent had the chance to taste one of the many ethnic delights in town, then take a seat at our table. Your taste buds are in for a real culture shock.


Our first tabletop stop will be Just Phoand more. After coming to school at UGA, General Manager An Nguyen realized Athens was missing a crucial aspect to the dining scene Vietnamese. Anyone looking for some pho or banh mi would have to drive at least 40 miles to Duluth, she says. From that point on, Nguyen and her family made it a mission to add Vietnamese food to the mix of Athens culture. So what is pho you ask? It is a traditional Vietnamese beef and noodle soup from North Vietnam. The noodles are made from rice and the soup is usually served with basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers that are added by the diner. The main focus at Just Pho is to make delicious dishes you cant find elsewhere in the Classic City, concentrating on the authenticity of Vietnamese culture. Dont expect to be presented with a check by the waiter. In Vietnamese culture, it is considered rude. Staying true to Vietnamese tradition, as a paying customer, you will be able to go to the register and pay at your leisure and convenience. Speaking of paying, prices are very reasonable starting around $3.75 for appetizers all the way up to about $12 for entrees. Not quite sold yet? Once a month Just Pho hosts local artists in their art exhibition, as well as local musicians in their Saturday night concert series that they hold every once in a while. I dont know about you guys, but InFUSion is ready pho some pho! Up next on our tabletopdining experience is Taste of India. Nestled on Broad Street, this little slice of curried heaven will have you craving a taste of India on the regular. Customers can choose from a variety of entres made with fresh natural ingredients, wholesome sauces and flavorful spices, and all food is made fresh daily. If youre worried about the curry, dont be. The word curry actually means sauce which, contrary to popular belief, means its not as spicy as many people fear. So whether your dish comes curried or not, you may order it as mild or spicy as you please. The great part about Taste of Indias menu is that it is overflowing with options. There are 8 entre categories tandoori, seafood, chicken, combination, lamb, goat, rice, and vegan and vegetarianthat have 10 to 12 different options each, not to mention your soups, salads and appetizers. Prices range from about $3 starting with appetizers up to about $17 for entrees. This menu stays true to the traditional Indian diet. You cant get more cultured than that. Finally, its time for some Thai. As the recent winners of Athens favorite Asian food award, Thai Spoon owners pride themselves on being the most authentic, fresh and flavorful. All items on their menu have boatloads of curry, noodle and rice dishes as well as chef specialties, and all of the dinner entres come with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, tofu or mixed vegetables. The customary dcor and authentic cuisine go hand in hand in providing customary and memorable dining experiences that customers dont fail to repeat. Prices are reasonable, running about $8 to $12 per entre. Athens is full of creative energy that starts and ends with the local restaurant scene. Dozens of independent eateries give endless options of cultural experience that shed a new light on the Athens community. Whether you are experiencing Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Mexican or even good old American, every tabletop is most definitely worth the try.
Photo by DeKeisha Teasley



By Alyson Wright


Campus Kitchen Works Towa

food distribution companies to reclaim extra and unused food that would otherwise be thrown out. Volunteers collect the excess food and use it to prepare meals and food supplies, which are then distributed to various underprivileged groups in their communities. There are currently 31 local branches in 20 states and Washington, D.C. The University of Georgias branch is in the application process and should be a fully recognized and certified branch by February 2012. Sarah Jackson, a May 2011 graduate of UGA with a bachelors degree in geography, was hired full-time as the Campus Kitchen coordinator after graduation. Right now we operate mainly on a three-day format, but over time that will evolve to whatever timeline works best, Jackson says. On Tuesdays, volunteers travel around Athens to various restaurants and food pantries, collecting extra food from these partners. They currently receive bread products from Jimmie Johns and Subway, fresh produce from UGArden, various foodstuffs from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the on-campus PanHellenic community, and potatoes from The Full Plate Project, which collects from Longhorn and Red Lobster. On Wednesday nights, volunteers congregate in the Talmage Terrace kitchen and use whatever food theyve collected to create various meals. Then, on Thursday evenings, they deliver the meals to impoverished families throughout the Athens community.



n Wednesday nights during the school year, the kitchen at Talmage TerraceLanier Gardens retirement community is alive with the smell of homemade staples like beef stew and sweet potato pie, the sounds of knives on cutting boards and various appliances buzzing, and the tenor of lively conversations. No, this isnt a group of rowdy seniors enjoying an evening snack. Its the sounds, the smell and the atmosphere of community service. The Campus Kitchens Project is a nationwide service organization dedicated to student-powered hunger relief, according to their website. The initiative works with local restaurants and other


ard Community Hunger Relief

Campus Kitchen coordinates with the Athens Community Council on Aging to identify members of the community in need of food support. Currently, volunteers with the initiative are serving needy families in the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program. They deliver meals to 14 families every other week, which works out to feeding about 50 people per delivery day. People are consistently happy with the meals were providing, theyre all very grateful, Jackson says. One of the grandparents in the program described it as a win-win situation. Theres less waste and more sharing. Its Stone Soup at work. Recent surveys indicate that over 78 percent of grandparents in the GRG program report that they consistently do not have enough food to support themselves and their grandchildren on a daily basis. So were definitely working to expand

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our reach, to have more opportunities for people to get involved, and to really serve more people in the community, Jackson says.

What really differentiates Campus Kitchen from other food relief organization is the fact that it is centrally oriented around students. Sarah Ann Himmelheber, a Ph.D. student in social work at UGA, notes that projects like Campus Kitchen have the potential to ignite critical and systemoriented thinking, so it makes sense for the next generation of leaders to have experiences and leadership in these types of projects. Hopefully, volunteers will go on to help push for a food system that makes a little more sense, recognizes food as a right, and is a little less wasteful.

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A Pantry to Share
The University of Georgias students are taking initiative to alleviate the financial burdens many of their peers and faculty face. After looking at what students needed and what could be realistically done, stocking up students pantries for free was the project that was undertaken. The UGA Pantry officially opened on Sept. 9, 2011. Even though the Pantry is still new and relatively unknown around campus, the great efforts to make it a success show promise. By Gina Yu The idea began when a group of students heard about universities across the nation providing a place for students to have access to pantry items with no fees and no questions asked. According to the UGA PanHellenic blog, the University of Arkansas, Florida State University and University of Central Florida were the first few to initiate similar projects. The students found this intriguing and began discussing the idea of starting a Pantry at UGA.

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After forming focus groups among friends, Abbey Warren, a founder of the Pantry and fourthyear speech communications major at UGA, discovered that a large majority thought the program was needed, especially for students with financially struggling parents or students that are unemployed. We spoke with Student Support Services, and they confirmed that this [UGA Pantry] was a large need at the University of Georgia, says Kerrie Grunnet,


a student leader of the Pantry and third-year biological sciences major. Student Support Services has worked with struggling students burdened by the recent changes to the HOPE scholarship and students without housing due to the stress of bills. According to Warren, a lot of research, a lot of phone calls, and a lot of team effort was what was required to make this program official. When we were finally given a location in Memorial Hall and the administration worked with us on it, it really dawned on us that this was becoming a reality, says Warren. As of Sept. 9th, the UGA Pantry now operates as a nonjudgmental, non- discriminatory

place for students and faculty to get items such as canned soups and granola bars. The Pantry is organized and operated by 20 student organizations that not only provide student volunteers, but also run food drives for the Pantry. In 11 days of operation, the UGA Pantry had serviced 153 students. The leaders are encouraged by this statistic and hope that it will continue to grow by word-of-mouth. Currently, the UGA Pantry is not open to volunteer applications due to the overwhelming amount of volunteers already helping out. However, students may choose to donate food by emailing to

schedule a donation pickup and monetary donations can be mailed to 153 Tate Student Center. Church groups and many organizations, that are choosing to remain anonymous, have donated as well and monetary and food donations arrive frequently from both the Athens and Atlanta community. The response from the community has been amazing. Everyone has been so supportive, and we just hope to make at least a little bit of a difference to a couple of students and faculty, Warren says. The UGA Pantry is located in Memorial Hall Room 208 and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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By Ana Lopez Places such as Pints and Paints, Sips n Strokes, and ARTinis all present an innovative and mature spin to painting by adding alcoholic drinks to the mix. Picassos and stick figure connoisseurs alike can enjoy themselves with a beer or wine while instructors offer step-by-step instructions to paint a masterpiece. I went to ARTinis with a bunch of friends and had so much fun, says Ansley Sellars, a consumer journalism major from Marietta, Ga. Im definitely not an artist and painting looks pretty professional. The instructors really help make it look good. Just watch the number of drinks, the lines may not be so straight after a few too many. The Gallery at Good Dirt has a clay studio where all are welcome to jump on a wheel and make pottery or ceramic pieces. The atmosphere is very laid back and inviting. No need to spend an hour getting ready to go here. This is more of a dirty smock, t-shirt kind of place. Every Friday night there is a Try Clay class from seven to nine, says Lillie Kline, a studio art major employed at Good Dirt. This is where people get to come and play around with the clay wheel and make whatever they want with it. It gets pretty full and its something fun to do with friends. Its unique because its cool art you actually

ccording to Paste Magazines article The 30 best beer bars in America, Athens is recognized as the town with the most bars per square mile in the entire country with over 72 bars and taverns. For those over 21, or those who sneak through the clutches of the oh-sostrict bar bouncers, Athens has the ideal downtown party scene. But what do you do when you dont feel like getting beer spilled on you by that drunken girl, whose high stilettos and equally high BAC level are making her and her open drink a danger to all within a ten-foot radius? If you just want to see what else downtown has to offer, worry not, for there is plenty.

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make and get to keep. If you want to unwind and enjoy the last that the weekend has to offer before a hectic week, trivia is offered at various bars and restaurants. The food is so good and so are the beer deals, says Logan Eaton, a real estate major from Charleston, S.C. Its one of the only places that serve alcohol on a Sunday. The trivia is anywhere from entertainment to history. We always get a group of guys every Sunday to go to the Capital Room and watch the football game while playing. We get pretty into it considering there are house cash prizes. After trivia night you can walk over to Cin, which is a bar, theater, and coffee shop combined. Unlike regular movie theaters which show only the newest movies, Cin includes a variety of films from the newest films and foreign productions to classics and documentaries. Flicker Theater & Bar also offers a variety of local acts, arts, and shows for entertainment. My friends and I go to the comedy shows that happen twice a month when we can, says Paige Pickert a business major from Alpharetta, Ga. Its just fun to switch it up some nights instead of doing the same thing all the time.


So if its painting by numbers and classily downing a few drinks or getting your hands dirty molding clay pottery, downtown Athens has so much more to offer any day of the week than just the usual bar scene. To really take in all that Athens has to offer, both worlds can always be combined.


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By Parys Grigsby



he channels blur together as the number on the screens grow higher until it is eventually back to the beginning. Again the numbers begin to rise as the click of the remote steadies. Click. Click. Click. Exasperation sets in. Tyler Jones, second-year advertising student at the Art Institute of Atlanta, mumbles, nothing good is ever on TV anymore as he presses one more button on the remote. Click. The screen goes black. There have been many times that I have turned the television on and there is literally nothing on, says Taylor Grant, chemistry major from Riverdale, Ga. Sometimes I just turn the TV off and try to find anything else to do.

ing those of children. While many parents monitor their childs television consumption83.8 percent allow fewer than 4 hours dailycertain exposure is unavoidable. Youth exposure to alcohol ads on TV increased 30 percent from 20012006 and the average American child witnesses more than 200,000 violent acts via television by age 18. Viewing certain unfavorable things is unavoidable, but there are some stipulations in place.

Channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network are dedicated to showing childrens programming, but some content may still be mature for younger audiences. One of Nickelodeons most popular cartoon shows, Many would share in Tyler and SpongeBob SquarePants, is Taylors sentiments, especially rated as TV-Y7, suitable for parents. According to Nemours children over age 7, but the Childrens Health System, the bright cartoon attracts viewers of average child between ages 8 all ages. The show is constantly and 18 spend about 32.5 hours under criticism for assumed watching television per day, promotion of homosexuality and which constitutes about 4.6 excessively mature messages and hours per day. The high rates themes, yet studies show that as of children watching TV can be many as 8 million viewers tune detrimental in a multitude of in to watch an episode. The show ways including lack of stimulaseemingly releases subliminal tion, which can lead to obesity, messages that cannot be easand the omnipresent violence ily perceived by children and is reinforcing aggressive behaviors. therefore deemed appropriate for young audiences. Other carTelevision is in a constant state toons, however, fail to meet that of evolution. Programs are standard. changed or cancelled to better suit viewer preferences, includ-

Cartoons are often assumed to be strictly for children, but Cartoon Networks Adult Swim segment focuses on those that are strictly for mature audiences. Ninety-five percent of shows included sexual and drug references. Family Guy, an Adult Swim cartoon, exemplifies that point. Rated TV-14, for audiences over age 14, the show regularly focuses on topics like sex, drugs, and violencetopics that have brought the show under harsh criticism. While the rating states that the show is for older viewers children still see the cartoon and can easily connect the animated images to a program that is suitable for them. Pre-adolescent girls are watching shows meant for 16-yearolds and adolescence is when you start to form your identity, says Mona Malacane, a 2011 University of Georgia graduate from Roswell, Ga. They internalize these shows and use them as scripts for behavior in real life.


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By Amber Gober ooking for something to do in Athens tonight? More than likely there will be a concert at one of the 22 live-show venues in Athens. Yes, 22. The venues range from the newly rebuilt Georgia Theatre, which has a capacity of over 1,000 people and has an average of four shows a week, to the 40 Watt Club which holds 500 people and also has an average of four shows per week. There is also Hendershots Coffee Bar, a smaller garage-like show setting, that holds close to 30 people and averages three shows per week. As far as entertainment in Athens, the majority is STILL music. Athens has always been known as a music town. Most up-and-coming artists think they need to be in Atlanta to find their fame, but little do they know, the Classic City can be their start. Athens is home for some well-known artists today, such as Widespread Panic, Driveby Truckers, Indigo Girls and R.E.M., who unfortunately broke up in mid-September. An aspiring artist may ask, If I want to start in Athens where should I start? A great way to get started and get your name out there is by performing at one of the music festivals that Athens hosts, says Michelle Roche of Michelle Roche Media Relations. Athens hosts two multi-day music festivals held in the downtown location. Popfest and Athfest are both nonprofit organizations dedicated to raising money for music and arts education and open to people of all ages. Popfest, the younger of the two, is a four-day festival that has been around for the last seven years. Popfest takes place in the fall and is held at the 40 Watt Club, The Caledonia Lounge and the Classic Center. The latter is also host to Poptober Fair, a record fair, craft show and small publishing show. Athfest occurs in the summer and has been around for the last 15 years. It includes 200 bands, with three outdoor stages and over 12 music venues, including the 40 Watt Club and New Earth Music Hall. Athfest has an artist market

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that includes 50 local and regional sculptors, painters, weavers and other visual artisst. As far as record stores in Athens, there are only two left due to growing popularity of online music stores. Schoolkids Records closed in August of this year which left Wuxtry Records and Low Yo-Yo Stuff Records, both located downtown. Wuxtry Records also sells tickets for venues with live performances. shows but I think we can be culturally exposed to a wider variety of music on a more regular basis, says Anthony Weldon, a senior marketing major. Athens is the town for music, but is not typically home to many different genres of music. The majority of genres you are likely to hear include jam bands, indie rock, pop, classic rock and acoustic bands. The vmain goals of the music venues are to make money and sell to a large audience, says Scott Orvold and Wilmot Greene, owners of the Georgia Theatre. Still, the Georgia Theatre has ventured out of the main genres we hear in Athens. Childish Gambino was a sold out show in October, while George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are scheduled to perform in November and Wale in early December.


other hand bringing a hip hop band may produce a lot of ticket sales, but the artists are expensive to book.

University of Georgia students are big consumers of music in Athens. Their opinions are relevant when venues and the university are thinking about who they should book for Bringing a heavy metal band performances. wouldnt produce a lot of ticket sales, because there isnt a large I think Athens has some cool enough audience to sell to. On the

Athens is far from moving out of the music scene. Aspiring artists are continuing to move to Athens, specifically to start their career as music artists. Over time, it will become diverse with artists with backgrounds from all genres and will spread its tunes to continue gaining recognition in the Southeast.

today...have more violence in them...
- Ronnie Almond
By Meredith Seay


Data from VGChartz, a network of five websites that tracks sales in video game hardware and software, shows the soaring numbers of video games that include violence. According to the data, Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was released in 2010, takes the No. 1 spot for units sold in week one . Ronnie Almond, 25, has played most of the No. 1 games on the VGCHartz such as Call of Duty, Halo, and Modern Warfare. He has been a gamer since he was a child and compares the games he played before with the games that are available now. Games today, I would say, have more violence in them as compared to when I was a kid, says Almond. As technology grows, so will the amount of freedom we have to express [violence] through actions in video games.

hooting, killing and bombing are all a part of video games in stores across America today. For some, the violent actions illustrated in these games are not thought about once the game console is turned off and the controller is put away. For others, these fictional actions show up in their everyday lives and what was once fictional fun carries over into real life causing a horrific reality. Video gaming is a multibillion-dollar segment of the entertainment industry and is popular among people of all ages. As this industry grows and becomes more profitable, the technology used is enhanced to make the game appear to be more realistic. Though some video games are used for educational purposes to stimulate learning in a fun way, they are usually not as popular as those that depict violence. These games emphasize killing, substance abuse, criminal activity and obscenities.


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As these games become more popular and the graphics continue to improve, parents are becoming increasingly worried about the accuracy and realness of the violence portrayed. Christine Dean, a mother of three, is a parent that is worried about the killing and obscene actions in the games her children want to play. I am very selective about the games they play, says Dean. I let them play certain games, but if its too graphic I wont buy it. In recent news, there has been speculation that violent video games have been the cause of violence in real life. This is evident from the Norway Terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Behring Breivik. The terrorist who killed 77 and injured 96 credited Modern Warfare 2 as a training device for the

Video games are only a piece in a large puzzle

- Dr. W. Keith Cambell

acts that took place on July 22. In response, Coop Norway, a video game retailer, removed Modern Warfare 2 as well as other violent games from the store. Dr. W. Keith Cambell, a professor and head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia compares the Norway Terrorist attacks to the Columbine Shooting in April 1999. [Psychologists] found similar ties in the Columbine case, Cambell says. But it is important to be clear that many, many individuals play violent video games and only a tiny fraction engage in extreme violent actsthus video games are only a piece in a large puzzle. Whether gamer, parent or psychologist, the one commonality among the three perspectives is that violence is beginning to be illustrated in a way that is more realistic as technology improves and gives the player freedom to perform acts of aggression.


By Kathryn Kao



For Christmas, a medley of

gangsters, gospel-moaning ghosts, and Ebenezer Scrooge framed by a melody of jazz music will provide an unconventional backdrop for just one of the four Black Theatrical Ensemble productions this school year. During the spring, a middle class, Chicago family pursuing the ideals of the American Dream in the 1950s will visit the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens via the theatrical group. This quirky twist on Charles Dickins A Christmas Carol and a familys fight against racial discrimination in America highlights BTEs special position in showcasing works of African-American playwrights and actors at the University of Georgia.

The Black Theatrical Ensemble, guided by UGAs African-American Cultural Center, was founded in 1976 to exhibit the products of African-Americans involved in the theatrical sphere by generating awareness of primarily black playwrights throughout the UGA and Athens community. The idea is that that the University Theatre and other certain mainstream student organizations would present certain shows, but that maybe not all voices of playwrights were being heard, says Morgann Lyles, president of BTE, and a senior majoring in French and African American Studies. Lyles says that BTE produces shows that are for people who might be deterred by the formality of theatre by encouraging audience interaction in the form of dinner theatres, and performing at informal locations such as the Memorial Ballroom and the Tate Grand Hall. Membership with the theatrical group is open to all students with or without a theatrical background. Students who get turned away from University Theatre come to us. Were for people who are trying theatre for the first time and were willing to work with you, Lyles says. While University Theatre requires around four hours of rehearsal every night during both the weekdays and weekends for five weeks, BTE poses less of a time constraint on the busy student who can expect to practice around two to three hours a week and an hour on the weekend. Jeffrey McNair, a former BTE actor currently working on a touring show with the Rose of Athens

entertainment Theatre still stresses the commithumanities and marketing field to ment actors and members of the gain experience. After she lost out group must devote to BTE: As on a role with the University Thean actor there is a lot of work in atre, Bridgette Burton, a fifth year preparing for a show. You have pursuing a dual degree in theater to do research on your character, and public relations, turned to BTE background, and setting. Skipping and says she is glad she got inlines in a show can sometimes be volved with the group. The Black a disaster if you arent careful. Theatrical Ensemble made me apOnce actors research, create a preciate theater a lot more and to solid framework for their characdevelop it as my own craft, says ter, and learn their lines, McNair Burton. After acting in a couple of says, Everything else should fall productions with BTE, Burton is into place rather nicely. now dabbling in directing. She will be directing They Sing Christmas Surprisingly, the majority of stuUp in Harlem: A Lenox Avenue dents who audition for BTE are not Christmas Carol by Eric Leroy Wiltheater majors. There are a hand- son, which will be performed Dec. ful of students who are theater 2 through 4. Set during the Harlem majors and maybe havent had Renaissance, the play highlights much luck of getting casted in Uni- some of the experiences, music, versity Theatre productions, says styles, attitudes and cultural asLyles. Either way, the importance pects of African Americans during in auditioning for BTE lies not so the 1920s. Instead of portraying much on the students theatriEbenezer Scrooge as a greedy, cal ability but on their potential, cold-hearted old man, viewers will interest, confidence, flexibility and experience a new Scrooge terrorizwillingness to take direction as an ing the streets of New York City as actor. Auditioning students are a numbers running gangster. expected to memorize and perform two contrasting monologues The Black Theatrical Ensemble and are judged on their creativity also houses a Drama Troupe that and ability to showcase a range of volunteers at the boys and girls emotions. club and performs around campus upon request. We try and provide If playing Ebenezer Scrooge sounds shows that are both entertaining a bit daunting, the theatrical group and culture providing for the camcan offer a variety of other posipus. We want to share some of the tions for the fashion merchandise Black Experience with everyone or the marketing and public relabecause we believe that through tions major. The show cannot go the sharing of cultures we can on without seamstresses designing all better understand each other and making costumes, crew mem- and therefore exist in harmony, bers moving and picking out props, McNair says. The group is distinctechnicians fiddling with light and tively unique in their goals, plays, sound systems, and beauticians and actors in displaying the talents fixing hair and make-up. All of of not just the African American these positions along with BTEs community, but of all students and executive board provide great members of the community. opportunities for students in the

By Courtney Emery he life of a struggling musician has always been romanticized by the possibility of success. People are willing to risk poverty and failure in hopes that one day their song is heard on the radio and their name seen in lights. But as America enters this great recession, that dream has gone from being risky to impossible. Nationwide, art programs are being shut down due to the economic crisis. This becomes the first struggle for an aspiring musician. How can they perfect their craft when no education is being provided? In past years, children have relied on their school systems to provide some kind of musical outlet, but with the budget cuts many are left to learn on their own. Kids have gone from watching an instructor to watching YouTube videos to hone their skills. Theaters and music halls closing down due to bankruptcy are leaving musicians to find places to perform. People flock to musical hotspots, such

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as Athens, for more job opportunities. Musician and student, Justin Taylor Kennedy, has been in this business for a while, and claims the road so success is pretty old school, simply playing shows. Its been harder to make shows count, he says. When you put into consideration fuel prices and such its expensive for a band to go play a show and make a dollar. The key is making each show widely known to the public. We live in a world of social networks, most of which are free to join and can be hugely beneficial. Kennedy creates event pages about his upcoming performances, messages his friends urging them to forward the information, and uploads samples of his music for free listening. The battle for studio time is another challenge rising musicians face. Shelby McLeod, a musician and junior from Madison County, Ga., claims that this has been one of her biggest struggles on the road to stardom.



Record labels have no money anymore, McLeod says. People are making demos on their computers. With everyone just starting their own recording company out of their own homes and an increasing trend of music pirating online, record companies are losing money fast and success is becoming a matter of who you know, not what you can do. Through these struggles, McLeod chooses to fight on. Even though our country is facing one of the most financially difficult times since the Great Depression, it doesnt mean the music should stop, she says. Its time like these that shape the greatest artists and coolest songs. Is the fame worth all the new challenges created by the current economic state? To many the answer is yes. As Kennedy says If youre in it for the money, give it up.


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hat if someone told you that you can buy marijuana at your local gas station, legally? This was about the case up until recently. Synthetic cannabis, colloquially known as Spice, is artificial marijuana that could be sold in gas stations and smoke shops with no under-the-table business necessary. The attractively designed packages first hit the scene in the early 2000s sold under different brands such as Puff and Serenity Now. This herbal incense has the same effects as its parent: the high feeling, the smoking element and smell, and even the genuine look. According to NORML, it was not detectable in urine during drug tests.

With such seemingly great benefits, one must think that a lot of people would have known about this legalized marijuana. However, few people did. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency did not catch onto it until almost 10 years later. There seemed to be nothing wrong with Spice. The main ingredient, JWH-018, was found in so many complex ways that its make-up could be changed several times but still has its same effect. This made it difficult to illegalize the compound. With so many brands out there making this unique drug, it was hard to illegalize them all. Eventually many states such as Alabama and the Carolinas made Spice illegal and in March 2011 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency made several of the products essential ingredients of Spice illegal.


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There are several differences between Spice and marijuana such as the smoking instrument, also known as bowl. Depending on the type of brand you get will determine how optimum of a high you will keep. With such complex make-ups, the effect will be the same but the intensity varies. Getting the munchies may or may not be a side effect of Spice as it is with marijuana. Munchies is when a marijuana user consumes a large quantity of food while still in their high state of mind. Some spice users will get the munchies while others dont. It depends on the person and how their body reacts to the Spice. For those that are penny pinchers, Spice is not your drug. According to Phoenix NewTimes, Spice is more

expensive than the average price for marijuana; the average price for Spice is $25 per gram while the average price for marijuana is only $14 per gram. Lastly and probably most importantly, the high that smokers are trying to achieve lasts no more than 30 minutes for Spice users. A spice users high will only last 10 minutes depending on the brand of spice and its potency. With all the differences between the two substances, there may be a better one to use. According to CBS News, some effects have been tested to happen in Spice users that have not been tested in marijuana users such agitation. Both are extremely dangerous to your health, especially if used long-term which could make it difficult to determine if one is better than the other. In the end, it really depends on the users choice.

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Hookah is the name of the large water pipe that uses water and indirect heat for smoking. Shisha is the specially made flavorful tobacco mixture inhaled within the hookah and then extracted through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece. The fruity flavors and exotic experience is what triggers the college crowd. Also known as hubbly bubbly, hookah seems to be very appealing to teens and young adults in the 21st century. Smok ing hookah has become a social activ ity that lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. The younger crowd sees smoking from a water pipe as being an exotic, cultural, and healthier substitute to smoking ciga rettes. The allure of amoking hookah also comes from its flavor. I feel as if it wasnt as bad as smoking cigarettes, says Janai Crudup, a freshman from Stone Mountain. Crudups first smoking experience involved hookah. However, studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that those who begin smoking at an earlier age have a higher risk of becoming strongly addicted to nicotine., a popular website that sells hookah and offers college students discounts, reveals that smoking through a water pipe originated in India and has been done for nearly 400 years. The tradition was commonly used in the early Arab world for smoking herbal fruits after meals at royal dinners and diplomatic meetings.



Hookah bars have taken the college scene by storm. Contrary to popular belief, it is not as safe as the average smoker thinks; it is often seen as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. In 2005, the Georgia Smoke-Free Air Act prohibited smoking in any building, including private offices, leased by any department for the state of Georgia. Smokers turned to hookah as an excuse to smoke indoors, legally. Hookah bars and lounges are an obstacle to the anti-tobacco movement the U.S. has been striving to enforce, which has over 2,000 smoke free laws in place. Most legal hookah bars are exempt from the smokefree laws. The Smokers Den, the local
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hookah spot in Athens, was once known for their great selection of humidor and cigars, but they have now adapted to the hookah movement. A small charge of $5 allows college students and tourists above the age of 18 to partake in a hookah session with flavors ranging from strawberry margarita to pink lemonade. I like the different flavors they had available, but the environment was awkward, because I felt like I was just smoking in a store, says John Wood, a sophomore from Atlanta. Wood feels as if the appeal of The Smokers Den isnt top of the line, due to the lack of dim lighting or soothing music.

smokers need to be mindful that there are high levels of carbon monoxide, heavy metals, carcinogens, nicotine, and even tar when smoking via hookah. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet, the phenomenon has also been linked to heart disease, respiratory issues, as well as lung, oral, bladder, stomach, and esophageal cancers. Also, some hookah bars do not properly sterilize or replace the hookah mouthpieces after use, which could lead to a host of infectious diseases. The dangers of smoking hookah far outweigh its popularity. This should make first time smokers and regular smokers reconsider their choices, and put down the pipe.

Hidden by the tempting scents and flavors of the tobacco, hookah

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BE Free


Be You
hair without a perm or relaxer, and ideally no chemicals including dye, even if it is pressed. For the hardcore naturalist, natural hair is only when its in its natural state. For black women this means curly, kinky, and yes, sometimes nappy hair. In the late 70s and early 80s, afros were a strong political symbol for Black power, but today the natural hair movement has a slightly different connotation to it.

By Thaurice Milloy Tess Thomas, owner of Sheats Barber & Beauty Shop in downtown Athens, was a panelist at the University of Georgias Black Affairs Councils event, I am NOT my Hair: the NAPtural Hair Movement in September. In the last five years, she has had more natural customers than ever before. What is natural hair and why are so many people deciding to wear their hair naturally? In the black community, natural hair is simply

air weaves, sewins, lace- fronts, micros, permed hair, natural hair. The options African-American women have for their hair are endless and this business has been capitalized by the hair industry. However, the $7 billion industry can attribute its most recent surplus in sales to the natural hair movement or should we say naptural hair movement.


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Jackie Rodriguez, a ophomore from Augusta majoring in communication sciences and disorders, loves her natural hair. Shes been natural all her life, with the exception of two years when she tried a texturizer. My hair went from being an inch above my rear end, to an inch below my earlobes, says Rodriquez. So Id never do that again. The discussion was very informative and simultaneously argumentative in the pros and cons of natural hair. While many black women are freeing themselves of the bondage of processed hair, some retain the Eurocentric ideals of long, straight, flowing hair despite the multitude of actresses, singers and entertainers who are stepping out in their natural locks. When asked if the prevalence of natural hairstyles in the media contributed to their decision to go natural, the majority of the panelists answered no. Brianna Chamber, a freshman prejournalism major who attended the event, agreed. The media didnt affect my decision to go natural at all, Chamber says. It was more out of curiosity. Everyone has straight hair, and its become boring .To have curly hair, [it] shows more individuality. Many natural women echo Chambers sentiments, wanting to go against the grain and challenge

the norm of what hair is supposed to look like. For other women natural hair is more than a movement. Its a lifestyle and its more than skin deep. Its all a part of embracing your self-image, and loving all of you for what it is, including your hair. Senior family financial planning major, Janaee Swann, believes this whole-heartedly. As women, we have to be confident inside out, Swann says. Hair is just a natural accessory. If I was bald, didnt have any makeup, didnt have any jewelry, I still have to know that Im a woman, strong and beautiful. Her statement embodies the essence of the natural hair movement. Today, the women choosing to go natural are saying, I am not my hair. Beautiful hair doesnt necessarily look like a Barbies. Beautiful hair must first start with a beautiful you.


By Eleanor Garrett



was, Danner-Okotie says. One thing she loves about consignment shops is the ability to find one-of-a-kind pieces and having a cheaper alternative for staying stylish. Community, a consignment boutique located on North Jackson Street in Athens, celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 10, 2011. This hip store redefines the word consignment, providing a classy boutique feel, quality pieces, and even producing its own line. We have a line of redesigned vintage pieces called Community Service, says storeowner Sanni Baumgaertner. I had the idea already before opening Community when I bartered vintage clothing for sewing lessons from Karen Freed, who then became my design partner. We did two collections together, but starting with this years fall collection I am on my own. Cognizant of the young college population and their pockets, Baumgaertner makes a point of buying inventory that reflects original styles that inspired the current trends. Besides the advantage of vintage being more affordable, it is also environmentally friendly and socially conscious, she says. Erica Kennon, a junior consumer journalism major, loves the originality of stores like Community. One of her favorite vintage shops in downtown Athens is Agora, located on West Clayton Street. With consignment shops like Cillies, Agora, Community, and Dynamite located here in downtown Athens, there is no wonder why thrifting has become such a big trend. Well, I do love Agora, but they are expensive considering the items they have, says Kennon. My favorite is Goodwill. Goodwills shelves are restocked daily so you never know what you might find from furniture to jewelry. The next time you are looking for something neat that doesnt squeeze your wallet, try one of these stores. After all, fashionistas like Danner-Okotie say there is nothing better than walking out of a store with a leopard sheer button-down top, some high-waisted shorts, a pair of vintage oxfords, and clip-on earrings, all for less than $10. Maybe the sheer leopard is not for everyone, but there is a thrifty treasure out there waiting just for you. Happy hunting!

lim, blue and fabulous: a beautiful, handcrafted, vintage Christian Dior tie hangs in a local thrift store for only $20 dollars. Everyone knows about conventional brick-and-mortar stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms that sell high-end brand names for a pretty penny. Yet very few people are aware of small vintage or consignment shops that often have those same brand names for more than half the cost. The effects of the recession have hit everyones pockets like a technical knock out in a Muhammad Ali fight. Even though money is tight one thing has remained the same: fashionistas and fashionistans are still getting their clothing fix by hook or by crook. What was once a fashion dont is now a fashion must. Thrifting, also known as shopping in consignment stores, has become more prevalent especially in the college community. Sophia Danner-Okotie, a broadcast journalism major, is a thrifting expert and fashion blogger. I remember when my friends would look down on me for thrift shopping but they soon began thrifting once they saw how stylish I always

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tatter tots, cheese bread, and pizza builds up beneath pores, causing breakouts, acne, and even blackheads. In addition to unhealthy foods, the fast-paced college environment can be overwhelming and can prevent students from thinking about skin care. I think about skin care less, says freshman economics major Freeman Edwards. Im so busy studying and hanging out with friends until all hours of the night, it just doesnt really cross my mind much. What a lot of students dont realize is that poor habits can be the most damaging to your skin. Inconsistent skin care and too much sun without the proper protection is the number one cause for bad skin among college students, says Charia Johnson, Clinique makeup counter manager. What a lot of people dont know is that in order to keep your skin at its healthiest, you must maintain a balance of oil and water in your system. Despite many day-to-day stresses, there are students who believe college actually causes them to worry about their skin a little more. Being at more social events, you dont want to have bad skin especially around the ladies, says senior math and pre-pharmacy major Chris Claudis. Imani Handy, a freshman and early childhood education major, agrees as well. Being in a dorm community, I get concerned about my hygiene since Im around so many people...who knows where theyve been. Knowing about bad skincare habits is the first step, but the next step is learning how to fix them. These suggestions should be a good place to start. According to Handy, using body lotion on the face can dry out and damage sensitive skin. She suggests moisturizing the face with a separate lotion specifically manufactured for that area. Stick to a cleansing routine every day, especially at night time, says Johnson. If you fail to cleanse your skin at night time, the dirt and germs that accumulate on your face from outside during the day will settle into your skin. Be mindful of your skin type. There are different remedies and quick fixes for all skin types. Johnson says people with dry skin need a good moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. Those with in-between and oily skin need to use moisturizing gel to maintain the balance of oils and water in their skin, but women with oily skin should use powder based make-up instead of oil-based makeup Other quick remedies include using cocoa butter, which lighten scars, and apple cider vinegar as a quick cleanser. Just because college life has taken a toll on your life, it doesnt mean it has to take a toll on your skin.

t the beginning of the school year students may notice some new bodily changes

to match the new routines and habits of their busy college life. Whether they are Snellebrating at 3 a.m., juggling classes, or drinking the night away with their Greek organization, it may be hard to remember that these unhealthy and stressful habits affect outward appearancee specially their skin. With all the activities and opportunities college has to offer, maintaining healthy skin is probably at the bottom of most students to do list. Since people have different skin types, reaction to outside factors may vary and skin treatments may be effective or not effective at all. Dominique Hadley, freshman graphic design major at Georgia State, falls into this category. Ever since I came to college, my diet has changed a lot, says Hadley. I drink two cans of Coke a day and eat a lot more fried food from the cafeteria, which causes my face to break out. Hadley is just one example of how dietary changes are very common with college students, especially in the absence of hovering parents who enforce a combination of veggies and fruits with meals. The oil from the delicious fried

Ever since I came to college, my diet has changed a lot - Dominque Hadley

By Melanie Watson Photos by Erin Smith he person who receives the most blame for the woes of a football team is the head coach especially for off-the-field issues. Unfortunately, our football team has developed a reputation for having such issues. From numerous player suspensions for law violations and academic ineligibilities to plaguing injuries, it seems like there is always something hindering the team.

Recently, weve been having more frequent on-the-field issues including not winning games that we are expected to win. After last years disappointing season, rumors began to surface that Mark Richt was on the hot seat. Hes blamed for the arrests. Hes blamed for the losses. The question is: Is it fair to blame Coach Richt for these things? The media says its more than fair.


However, when you ask Georgia fans, the answer is not so clear. Second-year student Brandon Graham, a computer science major from Atlanta, Ga., has mixed feelings toward the criticism. I think its half his fault and half team execution, he says. The coach needs to know when certain things dont work and how to adjust. The team cant adjust if the coach doesnt know how to adjust. Notable University of Georgia alum and current NBA player Damien Wilkins has a different perspective. Things change with time and this team is young, Wilkins says. Mark Richt is a good football coach and has always been good for UGA. Expectations of the team are high because of the tradition of Georgia football.

Richt keeps a eye on his team as they stretch before the Mississippi State game.


This has a lot to do with him and those who came before him. Its not his fault that he has players who are irresponsible in the classroom and off the field. He cant babysit and coach. The guys have to take responsibility. Many adore Richt for his ethics among other things. While some may say that he does not discipline his players, the players see it differently and respect him for it. I love Coach Richt for all he has done for me, says current redshirt freshman quarterback Christian LeMay. He is a great person, coach, and ambassador for the Dawg nation. Longtime Georgia fans, Mr. and Mrs. Laura and Brian Evans express similar sentiments for their beloved coach. We love Coach Richt and feel that he is wonderful for this university, says the couple. We support him in teaching his players Christian values, while still striving to be a championship team. They both feel that the team is young, but they firmly believe that Coach Richt is building a winning team on and off the field. Despite how harsh the media is towards Richt as a coach, they cannot deny how good of a person he is. The players, fans and critics all see it. Though he may not have the most outstanding grade as head coach at the end of every season, we can all be assured that he will always make the grade as a person. Judging by his character, he would not want it any other way.

Mark Richt
I love Coach Richt for all he has done for me
- Christian LeMay

By Alexandra Huff

For such a small, unified team, however, there is an incredible amount of diversity. Senior Sadio Doumbia hails from Toulouse, France while Hernus Pieters, a sophomore, is a native of Pretoria, South Africa. Ignacio Taboada, a senior, has Hispanic parents and head coach Manuel Diaz is from Puerto Rico. According to Taboada, it is not really surprising that the team attracts multicultural players. I think its just a different sport than all the others, he says. To get the best players, I think coaches look at more international players.Many of the players agree that having diversity is more advantageous that hurtful. You get to learn about different cultureslike different slang and stuff like that, sophomore, Campbell Johnson says. Its fun. You get to meet people you wouldnt get to meet [otherwise]. Coach Diaz believes diversity brings a different perspective, but its a good thing. With players coming from other countries, the team is also exposed to different styles of tennis. Photo/Erin Smith

t is about 2:15 p.m. on a Wednesday and the University of Georgia Mens Tennis team jogs onto the courts after a brief meeting with the coaches. The atmosphere is friendly and light as the squad runs laps around the courts, throwing baseballs and footballs across the nets to each other. Conversation and laughter fills the air, giving the impression of strong camaraderie among the 10 teammates. In fact, it would be easy to assume that they are all very much alike.

Its fun. You get to meet people you wouldnt get to meet otherwise.


Taboada thinks that it comes down to - Campbell Johnson how the coaches handle the tennis program. When we play dual matches, the great thing about it is that You want to make sure at the each court has its own match, like beginning of the year that you everyone playing has their own have rules and guidelines of unique style of game and unique behavior and how to treat other characteristics, Taboada says. players, he says. With a team as diverse as this one, it is hard to imagine that it does not face challenges. Im from France, so sometimes I see things differently from everybody [else], Doumbia says. Nevertheless, Doumbia still maintains that difficulties are relatively few. Having migrated from France to play tennis, go to school, and immerse himself in a new culture, he would rather play with a culturally diverse team than one that

is completely uniform. I think its nice to have some cultures togetherwe help each other, he says. As they pick up their racquets and head to their assigned courts to hit, it is difficult to pick out the players of different backgrounds from the born-and-bred Ameri cans. Doumbia plays with a backhand and forehand like Johnson or Taboada. It just goes to show that while cultural diversity is important to the team, it does not get in the way of playing the game.

Jamal Payette:

By Abby Hill

I decided I was going to make everyone love me instead of wondering why no one loved me

amal Payette did not follow the typical path for a college athlete. Without a support system of parents and coaches pushing and supporting him, Jamals past forced him to to draw strength from within. Payette, a junior finance major from White County, Ga., was placed in foster care at the age of 8. Since then, he has attended 18 schools and lived with nearly 20 families. His life has been filled with uncertainty, but the only thing that remained constant was his motivation to be someone. Instead of wondering why no one loves me, I decided I am going to make everyone love me, Payette says. From that moment everything changed. Being in foster care leaves most children with the sense of abandonment and the human response to abandonment is to reject the world.

Payette admits feeling this way during his first weeks in foster care, but calls himself the lucky one because the he overcame the odds that faced him. Payette graduated from White County High School in 2009 and while he did play some football in high school, it was not very consistent due to the number of times he was forced to move. Instead, he was on the drum line and pursued acting and modeling. Scott Rowland, a junior at Georgia Tech from White County, Ga., and Payettes high school best friend, says, When Jamal told people he had walked on to the UGA football team, no one believed him. Rowland continued, He had done so many things in high school, and football was never the main one. Jamal is arguably the most well-rounded man on any football team.


Not your typical

Playing football at UGA had always been a dream of Payettes, but due to his size and lack of experience, it seemed impossible. When he came to UGA in 2009, he started working toward his goal and in spring 2011 he walked on the UGA football team. Payette, number 29, is now living his dream. Football may take all my time, but I love it, Payette says. Even if I get cut tomorrow, I still had an opportunity to be on that field! Tony Ball, wide receiver coach for the Bulldogs, says that even before he spent time with Payette he could tell that he had a good nature. Now that he knows him, he admires Payette after learning about his life and where he came from. When Jamal first joined the team, he was very quiet and just tried to fit in, but when he speaks the other receivers listen, Balls says. Jamal works hard and prepares himself for every opportunity. In the future Payette plans on being a corporate or financial advisor. The rush of creating money is what Payette wants to do for a living.

Unlike most, he would like to use this created money to buy himself a large house, where both his family and foster kids can live. I am not mad this happened to me, says Payette, I now have everything I ever wanted.


Jamal is arguably the most wellrounded man on any football team.

-Scott Rowland

Photo/Erin Smith

Lets Talk
By Amanda Hauther Photos by Erin Smith Fall semester at the University of Georgia revolves around Bulldog football. The number of fans that fill Sanford Stadium on a given Saturday in Athens averages 92,000. It is no secret that football is the highest grossing spectator sport here on campus. The UGA Athletic Association maintains productivity in almost every other sport just through the revenue brought in through the football program. Fiscal year 2011 allots for over $84.7 million in income, of which almost 90 percent can be traced to the football programs revenue. Ticket sales alone account for $17.4 million, and are believed to increase to over $20 million next season. Forbes ranked the UGA football program as one of the top grossing teams in the nation. Considering the expenses of spending game day in Athens, its no wonder they were ranked so high. With a huge fan base paying for parking, tailgate hotspots, ridiculously high concession prices, the influx of people eating at the Bulldawg Caf, on top of the price of a good ticket, UGA makes a staggering profit off supportive spectators.

Just how much money the sports at uga?

REALLY goes into

It is no secret that football is the highest grossing spectator sport here on campus.
nate $2,000 to the Bulldog Club on top of the general ticket price. The Bulldog Club raised approximately $30 million last year through the William C. Hartmann Fund along with the $5 million raised through donations for SkySuite seats. Maria McMillen, a second year premed student, believes the Dawgs could share the love and donate a few million to re-vamp the dorms. Even though the football program doesnt share its monetary gain with unhappy freshman in old dorms, they do share profits with the other sports programs here on campus. If the football team gets 10 practice t-shirts, then its our goal to get the equestrian team 10 practice t-shirts, says Crumley. Thats the difference in inter-collegiate sports and professional sports. Its about opportunities. UGA alumni Rev. John Brown, class of 1983, got the privilege to enjoy the view from a box seat at the Chick-fil-A Bowl one year while The Athletic Association is a separate departmental entity from the finances of UGA academics. Executive Associate Athletic Director, Frank Crumley, clarified some of the confusion with the Athletic Associations role in providing for the sports programs here at UGA. We dont get any money from the state, except for a student athletic fee, that is $106 per student athlete, $53 a semester, Crumley says. Compared to the amount spent on full scholarships, this fee is relatively small. Of the 145 full scholarships distributed among sports teams at UGA, the football team is allotted 85 full scholarships, which include room and board, meal plan and tuition in full. UGA football brings in the most revenue in the sports department, so naturally more money is spent on bettering the football program. A sideline seat for a football game is $400 on top of the ticket price; an end zone seat is $200 on top of the ticket price; and for a seat in a SkySuite, a devoted fan must do-


supporting the Bulldogs. From his perspective, the convenience of everything available in the suite was great, but he would rather be sitting in his regular season ticket spot to get the full experience of a Bulldog football game. Like many avid UGA alumni, as well as devoted fans, he spends a fair amount to support UGA football. Its part of our family, Brown says, there would be an empty place in our lives without it. A sizeable chunk of the footballs gross income went to adding on to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall in 2010. The budget for increasing the building, that already included four fulllength football fields, was priced at almost $40 million; however, due to economic times, the additions came to a total of $33 million. UGAs supportive fans make these accommodations possible; from an $8 student ticket to a $2,000 premium package, it all comes together to form an impressive revenue and allows the entirety of the sports program profit from Saturdays in Athens.

Choice of
was sitting in my introduction to acting course reciting the pledge of allegiance as an exercise to focus the mind and learn the need for concentration. The teacher gave a quick disclaimer that the exercise was not to offend anyone and anyone may choose to not participate. Soon questions were rolling around in my mind, almost distracting me from the task at hand.

By Jade Valdes

My teacher instructed us all to close our eyes as she read through a heartbreaking scenario. The tale began with trying to imagine living in an oppressive country watching the military take our sister to a displaced persons camp for speaking against the government. After many trials and much sorrow, we travel on a boat to America with our first sight being the American flag. She asked that we proclaim the Pledge of Allegiance as if it were a poem bellowing out of us from deep within. I did as I was told but could not help but digress. I began thinking about all the people who live here who do not know the anthem of such a great nation.


opinions My father told me how a Cuban could leave Cuba, yet Cuba will always be inside of them.
I have an 11-year-old sister who is not required to say the Pledge of Allegiance at her school. However, when I was 11, I did so out of obligation. I was expected show respect to those who lost their lives for a liberty that I had taken for granted. I wondered if we as Americans value the idea of liberty but not the price of it. Would we respect it more if we had paid that price with our lives or those of our loved ones? Have you ever watched a soldier recite the allegiance? He looks at the flag with a reverence similar to that of someone who just received salvation for their faith. He looks at the flag and wonders why it flies freely and who paid the heroic price. Maybe he is thinking of the time when he was sitting on his bed looking at a picture of his pregnant wife back home, fighting the anger because he couldnt watch his little girl being born. Or maybe he thinks of the funeral he just attended for a friend he fought alongside. Then a tear drops from his eye. His friend died and he was given a purple heart. He fought and his friend died for freedom for all. However, most Americans did not pay that price. We look at the pledge as a monotonous chore. Do we really have to stand up? Say a chant and hold my hand over my heart? As a child, I didnt get it. But now that Im an adult, the rules have changed. We are not required to give our allegiance. Why? Is it offensive? What is offensive to me is that we lack the ability to respect that others gave their lives for the country. Before the battle, we prayed for God speed and tied a yellow ribbon around our trees. All I ever hear and see now are people complaining that something contains the word God and trees are bare of any color ribbon. Have we really forgotten? Do we actually not care? I am of Cuban descent. My father told me how a Cuban could leave Cuba, yet Cuba will always be inside of them. A recent visit to Mexico gave me the same insight. Mexico en la Piel, a famous song by Luis Miguel came over the speakers in my car. Translated, the title says, Mexico in my skin. As I listened to the words, I was enchanted. Here is a Mexican singing about how the oceans of Cozumel and a friend in Yucatan are simple ways that Mexico stays inside of you. The sun changes the color of your skin, the tequila is incomparable, and always, Mexico will be inside of you. What I also know as true is that I am an American. I was born with liberties and freedoms that I take for granted each day, but if that day were to come, and I had to choose my life or liberty for all, I will gladly say the pledge of allegiance in my own unique way. I believe we all will. An enemy can try to bring us to our knees, but this country of red, white and blue will defend and defeat! On September 11, the firefighters and police men that were not killed by the direct plane impact but were killed by searching for survivors had the tune in their veins of the stars and stripes flying in the firework lit sky. Each person feels the need to defend when a common enemy exists. Whether the enemy is al Qaeda or an oppressive dictator, the abolishment of singing the nations anthem in school will not matter because the song is in our spirits. Its in our skin. We are proud to be American. In that moment, I began to pledge my allegiance in a different way. I was no longer just an American and it was no longer just a pledge. I began doing the assignment as if I was saying the anthem for the last time. In my mind, I was thinking of the people who have fought, as if they were my brothers and sisters. Because in my mind, I know that as an American I am called to be something different. I am a small part of a country that finds its beauty in the melting pot of cultures, ideas and religions. If and when the pledge was to pour out of my heart, I will be standing next to people who have different ideas and desires from me. But the true beauty is one thing; our goal will always be the same, we fight for life, liberty and justice for all! In that moment, I didnt care if my sister knew the pledge of allegiance. I know that in time, she will. The pledge will be unique to her as it has been with so many others before her.

By Amberley Ransom

As a country, we refused to remain broken; we united. Without much delay, search, rescue and relief efforts were in progress, and America boldly answered the attacks of terrorism in order to bring justice to the 3,000 innocent lives that were lost on that dark September day. After a decade of searching and hunting, the leader of al-Qaida is finally dead. Do bells of justice finally ring for American citizens? Did bin Ladens death make closure a concept of tangibility? Following Obamas address to the nation in May, many Americans felt a sturdy sense of justice. Joyful cheers echoed in the background during Obamas speech, celebrations flooded the streets, and patriotic shouts left the mouths of fellow citizens.

n May 1, 2011, President Obama addressed the nation with the words of justice: I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, and a terrorist whos responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. Ten years ago, our nation experienced the worst attack on American people in our history. When the towers fell, it was more than clouds of smoke that filled our lungs, but also clouds thick with pain, loss and devastation. With breaths short and heavy, we struggled to gather our shattered hearts.


10 years later
This is a great achievement for our country; however, because of the significant amount of time that has passed from the attacks to Osamas death, the accomplishment possesses elements more of a symbolic victory for America. His death signifies retribution for lives lost, but his death does not signify the fall of al-Qaida. Osama was just one man within the alQaida network. According to the article, Targeting al Qaeda Leadership published on USA Todays website, a propagandist of the network framed Osamas death to be a sacrifice to ensure a stable al-Qaida morale. If his death had come closer to 2001, the impact would have forced a greater blow to the terrorist organization. The death of Osama bin Laden was a victory that ended a chapter, but a lot more has to be done in order to end the story of al-Qaida terrorism. In opening to the document, National Strategy for Counterterrorism, Obama stated, To defeat al Qaeda, we must define with precision and clarity who we are fighting, setting concrete and realistic goals tailored to the specific challenges we face in different regions of the world. The U.S. and its counterterrorism allies must continue to keep pressure on the terrorist network and its affiliates in order to dissipate and prevent the replenishment of skilled leaders that uphold the organizations operations and ideologies. The National Strategy for Counterterrorism states that tangible closure will be reached once al Qaida is defeated and their ideology ultimately meets the same fate as its founder and leader.

Came Too Far:

The Misconceptions of

Affirmative Action
By Zulaikah Bilal

By Zulaikhah Bilal


ave you ever looked around your school or workplace and asked yourself, Do I deserve to be here? Do they? Am I even here for the right reasons? These are not questions based on experience or personal qualification but solely on things out of your control, like race or gender. These questions seem to blur the sense of success for minorities. Questions often asked self-consciously link back to the misconceptions of affirmative action. Affirmative action roots back to 1972 when it was put into effect as an effort to eliminate discrimination among minorities and women: a policy put in place with an unrealistic goal of social equality.

minorities to the university seems to be a top priority for the admission department. Even with having a federal judge ordering UGA to stop considering race in admission, the university continues to diversify. Without affirmative action, representatives from the university have been able to recruit more qualified minorities; the minorities in the top of their class, the minorities that were passionately involved in the community and more importantly the minorities that were solid beside their credentials. They looked to an intense recruiting process that focused on location and

determining UGAs admission in the early 2000s, the number of Black, Asian, Hispanic and other minorities represented on campus, now just trails 8,000, which shows an increase from less than 4,000 in 2000. The percentage of students that identify themselves as a minority has increased to about 27 percent. These numbers are not a result of affirmative action and force all to realize minorities have gotten this far because of reasons greater than the consideration of race. Affirmative action continues to lead drawn out debates and discussion on subjects ranging from social equality to

While affirmative action continues to seek equal right employment and education for minorities, does it imply that minorities have only come this far because of it?
While affirmative action continues to seek equal right employment and education for minorities, does it imply that minorities have only come this far because of it? Does simply putting the policy in order diminish the value of a job or degree? Despite the constant debate, it doesnt. Over the past decade, the University of Georgia has been in a constant struggle over integrating the student body. Getting more qualification. Recruiters targeted middle schools and high schools with high minority enrollment and worked closely with guidance counselors to increase UGAs minority entrance. The enrollment statistics of the University System of Georgia show that the number of minorities represented on campus has grown by 70 percent in the past decade. Despite the factor of race being eliminated from minority qualification. What many seem to miss is that the policy wasnt put into place as a complete knock out method against prejudice, but rather a step in the right direction. While affirmative action is used as an aid in fighting an everlasting social disease, it doesnt work alone.

By Zach Parker
of our debt is a very serious issue that needs to be dealt with, and more politicians are beginning to realize this. With debt solutions being looked at seriously, the issue became divided by two major revenue-increasing processes; cutting or capping many government programs, and tax increases. In the end, there were many reluctant compromises made, and the debt ceiling was raised. This isnt necessarily a bad thing, but the issue itself was not solved. While the ceiling was raised and a few measures were laid out to begin reducing the national debt, there is still no true plan for a major overhaul of the debt. The real crisis here is that our countrys debt has exceeded $14 trillion and is only going to increase with time. The U.S. does not have to worry about the catastrophic event of defaulting, but the debt is not going to go away. Many focus on the issue of the debt ceiling, which was a way to scare people into action. Technically speaking, the debt ceiling does not even have to exist. Congress has to approve all spending anyway, and debt ceilings do not really help reduce deficits, especially if they are just raised when more borrowing is needed. A comprehensive plan on how to deal with the issue of government spending and borrowing is what is really needed to get rid of this problem. This country needs to begin to think about the future, and stop putting off the inevitable. In 2012 this problem will resurface, and the debate and partisan ideals will only cripple America further. So yes, the debt ceiling crisis is technically over, the debt ceiling has been raised. Is the root of the problem, the national debt, taken care of? No, not yet. Until the government makes steps in eradicating the debt, this issue will rise again and again. The U.S. is far from hearing the end of this.

he issue of the debt ceiling was the center of much debate in the summer and fall of 2011, but there is still confusion about what the issue really was, and if it is actually resolved. The debt ceiling was created during World War I to give the government more flexibility to make quick borrowing decisions. In summer 2011, the debt was getting closer and closer to the $14.3 trillion limit. If the debt limit was not raised before the debt itself went over, the U.S. would have had to default on its loans which would lead to multiple problems in both the U.S. and world economies. This issue has been dealt with many times in the past, but this years debate was substantially different. This years debt ceiling debate came about when our countrys massive debt came into the picture with it. The overarching problem



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By Sasha Daniels

oosely defined, gentrification is the process in which wealthy people buy out property in lower income areas. The process allows for an increase in property value through a hike in property taxes. It also attracts high end businesses that cater to wealthier customers. Eventually, low income inhabitants are forced to move to cheaper areas because they cannot handle the higher payments, nor can they afford to spend money at these higher end businesses. While some people might see this as economic growth, for the people pushed out of their own homes, it is a nightmare. As the property value rises, these people are displaced and are con-

tinually forced into other low inoosely defined, gentrificacome environments, aggravating theis the process in which tion poverty that plagues these people. wealthy people buy out propConsequently, gentrification creates in lower income areas. erty issues including accessibility, a process allows for an increase The lack of cultural representation,in property value through a hike in as well as a loss of history that make this taxes. It also attracts high property process seem unfair and harmful. end businesses that cater to wealthier customers. Eventually, low income Gentrification mostly affects are forced to move to inhabitants ethnic minorities, openingcheaper areas because they cannot the door for racial exploitation. As the fancy higher payments, nor can handle the boutiques and beautiful high rise they afford to spend money at these apartments move in, the people end businesses. While some higher that spent most of their lives in that people might see this as economic area find themselves taxed out of for the people pushed out of growth, their own neighborhoods. Grocery their own homes, it is a stores become overpriced, maknightmare. ing access to food more difficult. Schools and transportation also become problems. Cities may cut public transportation funding, making it difficult to get from place to place.


For Good?
As the property value rises, these people are displaced and are continually forced into other low income environments, aggravating the poverty that plagues these people. Consequently, gentrification creates issues including accessibility, a lack of cultural representation, as well as a loss of history that make this process seem unfair and harmful. Gentrification mostly affects ethnic minorities, opening the door for racial exploitation. As the fancy boutiques and beautiful high rise apartments move in, the people that spent most of their lives in that area find themselves taxed out of their own neighborhoods. Grocery stores become overpriced, making access to food more difficult. Schools and transportation also become problems. Cities may cut public transportation funding, making it difficult to get from place to place. Rent payments surge, forcing disadvantaged inhabitants to find more affordable housing elsewhere, housing that may not even be suitable for inhabitation. In addition, the schools in lower-income areas may not even offer a quality education. While the city generates revenue from the newly developed property, it also loses much of its historical and cultural richness. Art and music disappear from the area because these modest establishments can no longer withstand the financial burden placed on them. When they leave, they take with them unique and endearing qualities that made the area so special. History also leaves with the displacement of people. In many cases, the displaced people have lived in these areas for years, raising their families and witnessing all kinds of change. As they move out, so does the history of the area. Small businesses also take a huge hit in this process. They, too,, are eventually forced out of the neighborhood because they cannot cater to wealthier customers, nor are they able to afford elevated rent fees. While gentrification does generate revenue for the city and allows for the development of new property, it does so at the expense of poverty stricken people. The process takes their resources away from them, forcing them to move. It perpetuates the poverty these people already experience and sometimes even condemns them to worse conditions. Gentrification is unfair and racially biased. Not only does it displace an entire group of people, but it changes the neighborhood in cultural and social terms.


By Kathleen Campbell irst came The Lost Children of Rockdale County scandal in 1999. Then the FBI listed Atlanta in their Top 20 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities report. In 2005, Georgias public schools were ranked 49th out of the 50 states. Add in the recent controversy over Troy Daviss execution and it is apparent that Georgia is gaining an increasingly bad reputation on a national scale. Now Atlanta has been busted for cheating. In 2009, following rumors of falsified CriterionReferenced Competency Test scores in 56 Atlanta public schools, 82 educators confessed to giving their students answers or changing the incorrect answers. A total of 178 teachers and principals were discovered to have manipulated test scores through a state investigation instigated by Governor Sonny Perdue. Perdue found that children who could not read not only passed their CRCTs, but achieved the highest possible marks. Thirdgraders, whose math scores ranked second lowest in the state, suddenly, as fourth-graders, earned the sixth highest math scores in the nation. Teachers and principals admitted to giving students answers and holding after school meetings to alter the tests. At one elementary school, 85 percent of classes were flagged for wrong-to-right erasure marks that exceeded five standard deviations from the average test, and 58 percent strayed 10 standard deviations from the norm. According to The Washington Post, At five standard deviations, the probability that the number of wrong-to-right erasures occurred without adult intervention, or cheating, is no better than one in a million. At ten standard deviations, the probability is no better than one in a trillion. In other words, there is very little debate that cheating occurred. More controversial, however, is who to blame. The obvious answer is the educators who participated in the cheating. Superintendent Erroll Davis ensured the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that cheating teachers are not going to be put in front of children again. But from where I stand, 178 teachers do not collectively decide to abandon their ethical values without an underlying cause.



The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was passed by George W. Bush in January 2002. Designed to bridge the achievement gap between public schools, the act relies on a series of standardized tests that guarantee that 100 percent of children will become proficient in math, reading, and science by 2014. Student progress is monitored through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports, and schools that fail to meet AYP demands run the risk of being shut down by the state. With the threat of being shut down, there is pressure on educators to achieve the impossible: perfection. Statistically, it is not practical to demand that every child exceed in their school subjects. Children that underperform often need to be held back to fully grasp classroom material, but teachers are more inclined to let them advance to the next grade level to avoid a negative AYP report. This includes children in special education programs, for whom no exceptions or accommodations are made. It is absurd to expect a child in special education to perform equally to an average public school child, and even more absurd to base a teachers career on it. Investigators from the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that targets were implemented in such a



way that teachers and administrators believed they had to choose between cheating to meet targets or failing to meet targets and losing their jobs. The main issue of this case lies not in ethical reform, but in reform of the No Child Left Behind Act. This scandal can and will happen again, elsewhere, if the government does not ensure that teachers do not feel their careers depend on obtaining the impossible. There is no excuse for any professional to cheat on any sort of test, but thats easy to say because I am not at risk of losing my mortgage or not being able to feed my kids because I dont have a job, says a retired Atlanta teacher. Desperate times call for desperate measures and, in the words, of Mark Twain, Education is lighting a fire, not filling a bucket. The No Child Left Behind Act is an incentive-based program that cripples the motivation of both students and teachers, forcing both to adhere to meeting government quotas. The cheating scandals can and will happen again if the government continues to suffer under the delusion that this legislation is anything short of the undermining of the American education system.



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