Alice Vol. 1 No. 1


The premiere issue of Alice Magazine, the fashions and lifestyle magazine created by the students of The University of Alabama. Published November 2015 by UA Student Media.





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and navigate the professional world


Tinder drastically alters the

college dating game



Get the scoop on the most

addictive shows on Netflix

Fashion tips, tricks, and inspiration

that will blow everyone away this season

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It started with one question: Would you be interested in

developing a women’s magazine? The question, posed to

a room of more than 100 college women last spring, was

a simple yes or no. The women, each from a different part

of campus, from a different background, from a different

state of mind, all said yes.

After months of brainstorming, conceptualizing, and

answering a million what ifs, we’re excited to be debuting

the first issue of Alice — your new source for everything

fashion, entertainment, beauty, lifestyle and more. To us,

Alice represents everything we love and hate about our

college years. She’s into following the next big fashion

trends, but just as concerned about the big issues —what’s

going on in the world and how can she stay engaged. In

other words, Alice is just like us.

Think of Alice as your co-pilot as you navigate your way

through college. The transition out of your teens and into

your early twenties is an important one, and she wants you

to make it count. She’ll be there when your friends convince

you to go on your first awkward Tinder date (p. 53), when

you finish your rewatch of Grey’s and need a new Netflix

obsession (we’ve all been there) (p. 72), and when you finally

decide it’s time you learned to cook (p. 27).

And when your time is up and graduation looms, Alice

will help you prepare for the world. For everything from

how to get a perfectly polished one-minute face (p. 6) to

what to wear to an interview for every job or internship

(p 19) — she’s got you covered. And that includes the big

issues. For example, the upsetting wage gap that exists

between men and women coming out of college (p. 44).

Many of the subjects you've wanted to talk about

during your years in college (and maybe some you haven't

considered) are spelled out in the next 80 pages. So we

wanted to take a moment to thank you, the readers, for

going on this journey with us. We saw a need, and Alice is

our way of filling it in a way uncharted by any other college

media. We’re thrilled (and just a dash nervous), that the

day has finally come, but we can’t wait for you to dive in!

Tara Massouleh and Allison Ingram



Creative Director MARIA OSWALT

Photo Editor EMILY HEATH



Lifestyle Editor ALLISON COHEN


Food and Health Editor KIMBERLY SUITS

Entertainment Editor MARY-BRADLEY FLYNN






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ABOUT THE COVER: It’s the golden hour: the lingering

moments captured between the day’s blistering rays and

the night’s bitter skyfall. In our inaugural issue of Alice,

we celebrated the warmth and authenticity of November,

translating the imagery into wardrobes that embody

the season.

Photographer: EMILY HEATH

See story: PAGE 36


& Food






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We get it: you’re one of the girls who

dashes from the beauty aisle, scoffs

at the thought of lip liner, and has

perfected the roll-out-of-bed, readyin-three

routine. And we see where

you’re coming from; it’s easy to avoid

the pricey, messy and overwhelming

selection of beauty supplies and opt

for an au natural look rather than a

caked-on mess. But if you still want

the enhancement of makeup without

the labor or the done-up look, read on.

We broke it down to the basics for a

new routine you might actually use

and (gasp!) enjoy.

If you’re hesitant about a cumbersome foundation, go for

a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for the perfect marriage

of coverage, hydration, and a healthy glow.

Our pick: CoverGirl Smoothers BB cream

Ladies, meet brow tint, your new partner in the fight

against wimpy or “slayed” brows. The spoolie brush tames

and holds hair together for full, defined brows to frame

your face. Just one swipe is all you need to get the job done

— just don’t get it confused for mascara.

Our pick: Ulta Brow Tint

When all else fails, mascara, mascara, mascara. Why?

Well, mascara not only makes your eye color pop, but it

gives the illusion of eyeliner if applied correctly.

Our pick: Ulta Amped Lashes Mascara

Feeling confident about these picks? Head to page 6 for the perfect one-minute

face to complete your makeup relationship transformation.

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For mornings like this, a

powder foundation gives quick

and easy coverage. For daily wear,


with SPF 15 powder that will give

you sheer to full coverage with an

all-natural glow.

It’s no secret that mascara is

the key to instantly playing up your

eyes and bringing the face together.


builds lush, dramatic volume with

definition, and one or two quick swipes

is all it takes to take your everyday

look to the next level.

Next, grab ULTA BROW

TINT for a quick brow fix.

The multi-purpose Brow Tint

gel not only fills in brows

but conditions as well. Just

go over each brow with one

swipe of this double doozy,

and you’re set, sister!

Lastly, blush is perfect

for a quick highlight; no one

will know you were up until 3

a.m. cramming for a final.

An E.L.F blush will give you a

soft, sheer texture that easily

blends into skin for the

perfect finish.


-Minute Face

Despite your best intentions — set alarms, calculated

morning routines, and laid-out clothes — one glance at

the clock confirms the horrible truth: you’re running late.

Do you swipe here, gloss there? Throw on a hat and hope

no one notices your broken-out forehead? Meet the fiveminute

face’s college-aged cousin, the one-minute

routine you’ll actually use before that 8 a.m.

Model: Sylvia Craig

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By Brittany Ray

When is it worth it? As a college student, there’s

a running list of items to be purchased, but when

budgeting is an issue, beauty products tend to take

a hit. For makeup-lovers on a budget, sometimes

it’s best to hit up the drugstore for products

normally bought at Sephora or Ulta.

Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara ($23) vs.

Covergirl Professional All-in-One Mascara ($5.24)

“Better Than Sex” by Two-Faced provides both volume

and length, and as an added bonus it can be reapplied during

the day without worry of lashes hardening. It’s smooth and

perfect for making eyes seem more open after endless allnighters.

It’s a great mascara, but at $23, “Better Than

Sex” is a little steep for everyday use. So when the funds

are running a little low, instead try Covergirl’s Professional

All-in-One Mascara for comparable alternative to Better

Than Sex’s at a much more digestible price of $5.24 . The

only distinguishable factor is that Covergirl’s mascara

hardens over time, but the price difference makes the slight

variation worthwhile.

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MAC Lipstick ($17) vs.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick ($5.99)

Milani’s matte lipstick has a velvet finish that doesn’t

dry lips out or require constant reapplication. Plus, it smells

like a candy store and features multiple color options, for

every occasion. The plum and berry pigments are some of

the best out there. On the splurge side, MAC Lipstick comes

in several fun colors that indulge your need to experiment.

While they are high quality and go on smooth, they are

prone to clumping, especially after long wear. Both lipsticks

rank high in quality and color variation, but for the best

pick without clump-worry, try Milani.

Naked Smoky Palette ($54) vs.

Maybelline The Nudes Palette ($9.99)

When it comes to eyeshadow, it’s hard not to splurge on

the newest Naked Smoky Palette. Not only is the palette

great for a smoky eye night look, but it also contains all

the right colors for a flawless natural day look. Don’t want

the $54 price tag? Maybelline The Nudes Palette contains

similar colors to the Naked’s with a comparable, longlasting

quality. Plus, there is no need for an eye primer

because neither product clumps after a long day.

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Cold Weather


By Emily Heath

As cool breezes and sunshine turn to bone-chilling winds

and frost, don’t let your skin fall victim to the transitional

slump. While it’s easy to blame our dry skin woes on the

frigid temperatures, it’s not just the weather that’s got

our skin all out of whack. Low humidity levels inside and

outside draw moisture from our skin, leaving it flaky, dry

and sensitive. Hot showers, the only saving grace during

icy winter mornings, can also cause major problems — the

extended exposure to water actually washes away skin’s

natural protective oils. Pro tip: If your skin feels tight

after a hot shower, you’ve been in too long. Then finally,

some of our favorite warm-weather products can be totally

damaging come wintertime. What were once our go-to

soaps and light moisturizers become our skin’s worst enemy

once the temperature drops.

Not to worry, though; we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks

to help you keep your skin healthy and glowing once winter

rolls around.

Model: Katie Ortiz

DRINK WATER: Stay hydrated. It

will keep your skin elastic and healthy

and serves as your first defense against

cold weather.

CLEANSE: Cleanse your skin with

a simple, non-irritating face wash

such as Cetaphil, Cerave or First Aid

Beauty’s Face Cleanser. Use lukewarm

water and don’t wash your skin more

than twice a day to avoid stripping its

natural protective oils.

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MOISTURIZE: It’s most effective to

apply moisturizer while your skin is

still a little damp from a shower or

face wash. You’ll want to gently pat

your face dry before application. If

you also suffer from cracked lips or

sensitive, flaky skin around your nose,

an ointment such as Aquaphor is a

perfect way to soothe irritation. Apply

it at night before bed and as needed

throughout the day.


are a haven in the winter months.

Treat yourself at home with moisturizing

face masks once or twice a

week. We recommend the Caudalie

Moisturizing Mask. It will leave your

skin feeling velvety smooth after just

one application.

OIL UP: Interested in beauty oils,

but horrified about what they do to

your skin? There is really nothing to

fear when it comes to the right type

of beauty oil for your type of skin.

Go to your nearest beauty retailer

and ask a specialist for their advice.

They apply similarly to moisturizers,

so be sure to use them only when

your skin is damp. At night, rub 2-3

drops of the oil between your hands to

warm, then gently press into the skin

on your cheeks, chin, forehead and

nose. Wait a few minutes, then apply

your moisturizer.

SOUTH POLE: We’ve covered the

North Pole (your face), now we’ll go

over the South Pole (your feet). Often

feet fall victim to the cold weather

months by giving way to crackly, dry

soles. Warm and smooth your pups

by applying Aquaphor nightly, then

seal the deal by putting socks on while

you’re asleep.

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Four dry shampoos that will change your life

By Laura Martinez

It’s the daily limbo: do we sacrifice our last minutes

of sleep for freshly showered hair before our 8 a.m. or bite

the bullet and rock the top knot? Avoid the compromise

and allow us to introduce you to your new best friend, dry

shampoo, or as we call it, the best thing since sliced bread,

the bees’ knees, and the solution to all your problems.*

Not Your Mother’s

Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

The name of this shampoo says it

all: an insanely clean scent that does

the job. A quick application absorbs

the oils in your scalp to leave a matte

finish without making your hair

look dull and clumpy.

Big Sexy Hair

Volumizing Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo is talc free,

which means no white residue

left on your hair after it works its

magic. Flat, unwashed hair becomes

instantly revitalized with covetable

volume and a clean shine.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

We know it as the holy grail

of dry shampoo — an inexpensive

and effective option that adds texture

and body to your hair. Just spray it

in and comb it out. This dry shampoo

comes in seven different scents and

three hint of color options (light &

blonde, medium & brunette, and

dark & deep brown), so no fear of

pesky white remnants!

Dove Refresh + Care

Invigorating Dry Shampoo

We could rave for days about the

scent of this dry shampoo and its

lightweight quality that does the job

without weighing your hair down. It’s

perfect for days when washed hair

turns greasy after four hours.

*Okay, maybe not all of your problems, but you get it. It’s good stuff!

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to subscribe to

With so many YouTube beauty gurus

sharing tutorials and hacks online these

days, nailing the perfect everyday face is

easier than ever. Through shopping hauls

and lessons on the latest trends, these

gals have taught us what vlogging is all

about, and we are forever grateful.

1. Michelle Phan

One of the most well-known beauty gurus on YouTube,

Phan has collaborated with Loreal Cosmetics, launched

her own makeup line called EM, and she’s even started a

makeup subscription company called Ipsy. Since 2007, her

channel has grown exponentially and now houses hundreds

of videos. From special occasion makeup looks to DIY ideas

and motivational videos, her channel is perfect for any

college girl looking to get creative with her look.

Videos to watch: Barbie Transformation Tutorial, Make

Your Own Pore Strips, and Stretch Your Shoes with Ice

2. Vicky Logan

If you love wigs, makeup and girl talk, then you already

love Vicky Logan. From hair style experimentation to

makeup for problematic skin, Logan’s videos are as detailed

and diverse as her many looks. Logan’s videos make you feel

like you’re talking to your best friend — if your best friend

was a super stylish makeup goddess. She offers advice on

friendship, love and personal issues, all while teaching you

a thing or two about how to care for your skin and look hot

on the daily.

Videos to watch: Full Face Routine: Long Lasting

Makeup + Acne Coverage, Wash, Blowout and Flat Iron

Routine for Natural Hair, Make up for Beginners 101:

Intro and Essentials

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3. Carli Bybel

Creator of “The Beauty Bybel," Carli Bybel and her

beautiful lashes have become a YouTube star with over three

million subscribers. On her channel you can find anything

from fitness videos to beauty hauls and motivational videos.

She’s even collaborated with BH cosmetics to create her

own makeup pallete.

Videos to watch: How To Grow Your Eyelashes and

Eyebrows DIY, Makeup MISTAKES to AVOID! +13 Tips

for a Flawless Face, Megan Fox Makeup Tutorial

4. ItsMyRayeRaye

ItsMyRayeRaye is the definition of the phrase “Eyebrows

on fleek.” With her big curly hair, thick eyebrows, and

fierce personality, she has her thousands of subscribers

hanging on her every word. From lip swatches to guides

on how to recreate celebrity looks, her channel brings it all

in. The best thing about ItsMyRayeRaye’s channel? Most

of the makeup she uses to achieve her high-end looks are

budget-friendly and can be found at your local drug store.

Videos to watch: Everyday Glam Nude Makeup with Under

Eye Dots (High End), How-To: Master Applying False

Eyelashes, How to Get Rid of Acne Scars, How To Get

Baby Soft Lips

5. Patricia Bright

This witty and stylish Nigerian blogger from the UK

shares some of the best look books, skin care routines, and

girl problem chit chat videos we’ver ever seen. Her style is

chic, sophisticated and casual. Her style and makeup are

ultra natural, but she’s not afraid to dress up in bright

colors and funky accessories either.

Videos to watch: DIY Tutorial: How to Honey Dip Hair

(Ombre Inpsired), How I Cleared My Skin & Got Rid of

Large Pores, My Lazy Morning Routine + Morning


6. Zoella

For those who revel in the glory of a scoring great deals,

then sharing with friends, Zoella’s channel full of haul

videos is the perfect beauty fix. The UK YouTuber turned

author (Girl Online), gained over a million subscribers with

her haul videos, how-to hair looks, look books and v-logs. We

love her for her charm and bubbly personality that make all

her tips seem easy and totally doable.

Videos to watch: How To: My Quick and Easy Hairstyles,

Autumn/Fall Makeup, Gold Eyes & Berry Lips, What’s

In My Bag?

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Style Guide

Somewhere between football season and the

first Christmas get together, did you forget to

breathe? That’s what we thought. While there

are certainly no complaints about a full social

agenda, nothing dampens the holiday spirit quite

like “but what am I going to wear?”

So we did the planning for you: a fool-proof

guide to any fete on your calendar, from the

first office party to the final cocktail. Let the

celebrations begin!

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Night Out: Leather & Lace

Going out with friends from home calls for a

killer look versatile enough to last the whole

night. Start with a detailed tunic top, then add

faux-leather pants to contrast. Give ultrafeminine

details like delicate lace and sheer

panels an edge by adding hard complements like

leather pants and heeled booties. Grab a

(fun)ctional fur vest and you’re ready to go!

Outfit: Altar'd State

(Vest $90; Top $70;

Boots $80; Cuff $15)

Models: Tanner Fant, Kryssalyn Bayne

Holiday Party: Winter Whites

Keep your look clean and polished by pairing

crisp cropped pants with playful dressed-up

versions of a classic tank. Look for ways to spice

up basic pieces like the fringe and mockneck

details in this student-designed top. The monochromatic

color scheme is the perfect backdrop

to highlight bold, colorful jewelry like this ruby

red drop necklace.

Outfit: Liza Rogers, student designer

Bracelet: Francesca's, $18

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Family Dinner: Classy Casual

Family get togethers are always chaotic without the

added stress of what to wear. Shoot for a look that’s

comfortable enough to sit around in, but fashionable

enough to impress your ultra-stylish cousin. Remember

to keep your look family-friendly: skirts should

reach mid-thigh, and necklines should be tasteful. For

this look, we dressed up cozy basics like this caramel

slouchy sweater and stretchy knit skirt with a plaid

scarf and rugged statement boots.


Day to


Another day, another afternoon of errands turned into a

nighttime get together, and you’re stuck trying to transform

your casual everyday wear into an ensemble hot enough to

carry you into the evening. With our guide, it’s easier than

ever to go from day to night without the hassle of changing

your whole outfit. The key? Simple staples you already own,

just tweaked and accessorized to up the ante.



Throw on a black knit dress as

an outfit anchor, then add a comfy

cardigan and your favorite boots to

take on the day. For night, switch

the cardigan for a glam fur vest, add

a statement pendant necklace, and

you’re good to go.

Dress: Az Well, $37

Cardigan: Az Well, $60

Vest: Az Well, $33

Necklace: Ellie Crimson, $18

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Makeup by Laura Martinez



Take a basic tunic sweater from day

to night by switching out colored denim

for a leather mini. Daytime accessories

like suede fedoras and fringe boots

make way for nighttime pairings like

our favorite leather and lace combo.

Outfit: Altar'd State

(Sweater $70; Leggings $50;

Necklace $20; Hat $25;

Bracelet $13; Boots $80;

Skirt $60)

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How to achieve

the perfect balance of

style and professionalism

Aside from getting your resume together and editing

your LinkedIn account, figuring out what to wear for the

interview can be the most stressful part of applying for

jobs and internships. First impressions last a lifetime, so

don’t be stuck leaving a bad one based off your appearance,

not to mention we’re our most confident when we look our

best. Prepare an interview outfit far in advance to avoid

unnecessary anxiety on the day of your interview.

Model: Anna Leigh Sharp

Trench coat: Az well, $49.99

Necklace: Francesca's, $26

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Suit Up

If the dress code isn’t specified for

an interview, the business professional

look is a safe home base, and for many

business settings, it’s expected. Think

suits and classic separates for a polished,

pulled-together look – whether

that’s a fail-proof power suit or streamlined

pencil skirt. Stick with closed-toe

shoes, and make sure you can walk in


Jacket and shirt: The Cotton Gin Boutique

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Keep it Casual

In many settings — mostly in the

creative industry — starched business

clothes don’t necessarily mesh with

their laid back environments. But

before donning your jeans and sandals,

make sure you completely understand

the company’s corporate culture.

And even at that, stick with a more

conservative look for your interview:

cotton pants, relaxed blouses, and

statement jewelry to show your

personal style. Break out your trendy

frocks after you land the job!

Bag: Francesca's, $34

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Gigi Hadid

By Leah Tobak

Celeb model Gigi Hadid has

heads turning and cameras

flashing with her high-fashion

look and recent rise to

fame. At only 20, she is this issue’s It

Girl. We want to look like her, dress

like her, or just hang with her. What

can we say? We’re smitten with this

California charmer.

In the past two years, Hadid was

named a Sports Illustrated Rookie,

walked in New York Fashion Week,

and modeled for brands like Guess,

Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s

Secret PINK. To add to her resume,

Maybelline recently named her

their 2015 Brand Ambassador.

Her Instagram alone has us swooning

over (and maybe a little jealous of)

her flawless selfies, photos with the

ever fierce #GirlSquad, and glimpses

of her super hot boyfriend, Joe Jonas.

There’s no “Bad Blood” when it comes

to Slay-Z!

Not to mention, she exudes a chic,

yet easy-going style. A true master

of an effortless street look, Gigi

is regularly spotted in her staple

boyfriend jeans and tank, and even

on the red carpet, she sticks to her

neutrals to let her natural beauty

shine while still looking ridiculously

glamorous. With cut outs and high

slits, our girl knows how to show off

her supermodel body and still keep

it classy.

Another of the many lessons we’ve

learned from this It Girl is that your

style doesn’t have to remain stationary.

Gigi has said her at-home style in

California is very different from that

when she travels to big cities. On the

West Coast, Gigi’s street style gives off

a boho, Cali girl vibe. But when she’s

in New York, Gigi kicks up the glam

factor by dressing ultra modern and

sleek. She’s bringing a new name to a

bicoastal ease — one Instagram, cat

walk and Starbucks run at a time.

Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi, under Flickr Creative Commons (attribution and sharealike license). No changes were made to the photo.

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Small space? No equipment? No problem.

With all the demands of college, from social events to

study sessions, staying healthy and avoiding the infamous

“Freshman 15” can be tough, especially for girls coming in

without a solid workout routine. Luckily we’ve formulated a

workout you can do at any fitness level, any time you want,

and in virtually any space — even a shoebox dorm.

1. Jumping Jacks (25)

How It Works

Cardio, abs, arms and legs are all included in this highintensity

workout. Complete the circuit two times through,

taking a one-minute break following the Dive Bombers. As

your fitness level builds, you may want to add onto the number

of times you complete the circuit and increase the pace.

Once you’ve finished the circuits, complete the stretches

and rehydrate.

2. Burpees (10)

Start by standing upright, then

squat and jump up. Immediately drop

into a pushup position, do a full pushup,

then jump back into the upright

position and start again.

Model: Brianna Milner

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3. Planks (1 min)

For the first part of the minute,

hold a traditional plank for 15 seconds.

Place your forearms on the floor. Keep

a tight core with your legs straight out

behind you. Make a straight line with

your body making sure not to arch

your back or stick your butt up.

Next complete 15 seconds of commandos.

Start in a traditional plank,

use your right arm to push up onto

your hand, in the process. Follow with

straightening your left arm. Bend

your left arm, and lower back into a

traditional plank. Alternating arms

complete as many of these as possible.

Complete 15 seconds of a rocking

plank. Start in the traditional plank

position. Begin rocking your body

back and forth onto your heels. Keep

your back as flat as possible and your

core tight.

Complete 15 seconds of a side-toside

plank. Start in a traditional plank

position and rotate your core rocking

your hips from right to left. Go as low

to the floor as possible.

4. Reverse

Lunges (20)

Start by stepping forward into a full

lunge. Swing your back leg up in front

of you and straighten your other leg.

Jump up and then back into the lunge

position. Complete 10 on each side.

5. Dive

Bombers (10)

Start in the downward dog position.

Bend your arms and lower yourself

into pushup position. Complete a full

pushup. As you do so, arch your back

and move into upward dog position.

Fall back into downward dog position

to start the next rep.

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6. Stretch

Once you've repeated workouts as

many times as possible, cool down with

a 5-10 minute stretching session.

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Taste of

Tin Top

By Audrey Watford

Located in the heart of the downtown

Tuscaloosa entertainment district,

Tin Top Sports Bar & Grill marries

bar food’s ease and approachability

with a Cajun-style quality. Owner Bob

Hallmark says although sports bars

are usually not associated with good

food, he and his wife, Patty, created

Tin Top with the finest casual dining

in mind. Diners can stop in to shake

off the day over a plate of oysters just

as easily as they can kick off the night

with drinks and appetizers.

The versatile menu fits most appetites

and occasions, be it sharing

sashimi with a date or indulging in

smoked wings with friends. Hallmark’s

personal favorite meal is the

shrimp and gouda grits with crawfish

sauce followed by warm strawberry

bread pudding topped with a white

chocolate drizzle.

Tin Top also has a noteworthy beverage

selection, featuring local craft

beers from Druid City Brewing in

Tuscaloosa, as well as Cahaba and

Avondale Brewing in Birmingham.

Tin Top Manager Daniel Lowery noted

these beers’ rising customer popularity

and daily pairs selections with

single dishes. And if you are not in

the mood for brews, Tin Top offers an

ample selection of wine and cocktails

to sip over dinner. Stop by on Thursday,

Friday and Saturday nights for

live music to accompany your dinner

and drinks.

Tin Top’s most popular drink is none

other than the classic Bushwhacker,

an Alabama year-round staple whether

you’re lounging along the Gulf or

hitting the Tuscaloosa streets after a

game. Our favorite adult milkshake

features 151 rum, Kahlua, white and

dark cream de cocoa, and vanilla ice

cream blended together — then topped

with even more rum. Think of it as

the perfect meal-to-social hour transition

or the middle ground between

cocktails and dessert.

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Easy Eats

on the go

By Lily Shawver

Chocolate Chip

Mug Cake

Late night sweets cravings have

been ruining our healthful eating one

pint of Ben and Jerry’s at a time. But

this butter and oil-less chocolate mug

cake can satisfy your sweet tooth without

busting your diet.


2 tbsp of coconut flour

2 tbsp of quick oats

¼ tsp of baking powder

1 tbsp of Stevia or other sweetener

¼ cup of almond milk

1 large egg white

1 tbsp of chocolate chips


1. Combine coconut flour, quick oats and

baking powder in a bowl or mug and mix.

2. Add milk and sweetener, continue

stirring until smooth.

3. Use a fork or whisk to beat the egg

white into the batter, making sure it is

fully incorporated.

4. Fold in chocolate chips.

5. Microwave on high for 2½ to 3 minutes


Overnight Oats

Are you a breakfast person, but

lacking the morning time to make

it happen? Overnight oats could be

your schedule’s new go-to. This protein-filled

recipe takes zero effort and

will keep you full until lunchtime.


½ cup of quick cook oats

¼ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt

1-2 tbsp of Stevia or other sweetener

½ cup of almond milk (or milk of choice)

½ a scoop of whey protein

1 tbsp of peanut butter


1. Mix all of your ingredients (except the

peanut butter) in a sealable container.

2. Leave the container of oats in the

fridge overnight.

3. Top with peanut butter and any other

toppings of your choice.

Grab a spoon and enjoy!


Avocado Roll-ups

Roll-ups are a great lunch option

for anyone on the go; they’re portable,

healthy, and not to mention, delicious.

Paired with a juicy red apple or baked

chips, this dish creates a perfect quick

and easy meal. No silverware required.


2 oz. deli turkey

1 tortilla wrap

1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese

A hand full of romaine lettuce

¼ of a sliced avocado

¼ cup of diced bell peppers


1. Spread Laughing Cow cheese on half

of the tortilla wrap.

2. Layer romaine, turkey, sliced avocado

and diced bell peppers onto the tortilla


3. Roll up the wrap as tightly as possible.

4. Cut each end off of the wrap.

5. Proceed to cut the rest of the wrap into

½-1 inch pieces.

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Fresh Market

Smart Buys


With the opening of the Shoppes at

Legacy Park on McFarland Boulevard,

Tuscaloosa is adding to a growing list

of restaurants and retailers. Bed Bath

& Beyond, World Market, Chuy’s and

Dick’s are all here to stay, as is our

new favorite grocery store, The Fresh

Market. Focusing on high-quality produce,

specialty products, and an ample

organic selection, The Fresh Market is

the perfect place to get all your grocery

shopping done, and with some tips, you

might even save a little money.

Money Saving Tips

Take advantage of $3.99 Tuesdays

— On Tuesdays boneless, skinless

chicken breast and ground chuck

are both $3.99 a pound. Both versatile

proteins are perfect for freezing

to cook later. If you’re nervous about

handling raw chicken, the meat counter

will cut and package your selections

however you like.

$ We also highly recommend trying

their pre-made choices like their chicken

roll ups, which are an easy and delicious

option for a busy college student.

Make nice with the bakery. Ever

make just a couple burgers then have

six extra buns leftover that end up getting

tossed? The Fresh Market bakery

handles this wasteful dilemma by

selling buns and other bread in small


$ Go online or pick up an in-store

print of the weekly specials. They offer

ideas of what you can make for the

week and what will also be on sale.

$ Get the gang together for a

Thursday Little Big Meal. For $20

you select one of two types of meat,

then add a produce, dairy, rice or pasta,

and a bakery selection. By splitting

the $20 among the group, dinner is a

great deal.

$ Fresh Market is all about sampling.

So if you are not sure if splurging

on the organic, gluten-free, sugar-free,

antioxidant-rich fungi cookies

is worth it, just ask an employee to try

them! They will be happy to open up a

bag for you with no charge. Or if you’re

in the salad line and not sure which olives

you like, just try one. They would

much rather you not go home disappointed.

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›› The fresh nut butters, by the

produce, have a station where customers

can freshly grind their own peanut

butter, almond butter or honey roasted

peanut butter. With no added preservatives,

it makes a great option for

your nut-butter needs.

›› The smoothie, juice, gelato and

specialty coffee bar. All of their juices

are freshly made in store with the

same produce that’s on display for

shoppers and with no added sugar.

They have all kinds of juices such as

apple, carrot, orange, beet and ginger.

You can even get the wheat grass shots

added. The most popular juice is the

apple, kale and ginger. Or if you would

rather someone else make a smoothie

for you, go for their most popular: the

green smoothie, which has a healthy

amount of kale. And don’t forget to

grab a scoop of gelato or latte for a

sweet treat as you peruse.

›› Have you tried their chocolate

chunk cookies? Go right now. No joke.

›› The pre-made meals and caprese

pizza. All of the salads, sandwiches,

sushi and pizza are made fresh

daily. Take a break from campus by

grabbing lunch to go or stay for your

lunch break.

›› Make your own chocolate bars.

Fresh Market has sugar free chocolate

ideal for sweet tooths. Melt the chocolate

and create your own chocolate covered

delights or cool completely after

melting to make perfect bites.

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Cold Weather


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When cool

weather moves

in, we flock to

sweatpants and all

things warmingly

decadent —

the latter often

reinforcing the

former. We’ve got

a week’s worth

of affordable,

wholesome meals

that are just as

delicious as they

are easy to make.

The plus? Many

of the grocery

list items are


and meals are

next-day friendly.

Fiesta Night is Chicken

Tortilla Soup Night


1 ½ lbs of chicken

4-5 cups of chicken broth

1 can (10 oz) of diced tomatoes

1 small onion

4 cloves of garlic

2 ½ tsp of chili powder

1 can (14 oz) of corn

1 can (14 oz) of black beans

¼ cup of cilantro

1 tsp each of salt & pepper

1 bag of white corn tortillas

1 cup of shredded mexican mix cheese


Pour chicken broth and diced tomatoes

into a crock pot, add onion, garlic,

chili powder, corn, drained beans and

rinsed, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Cut

chicken breast in 4 pieces and add to

pot. Let cook on low for 6 hours, or until

chicken is cooked through. Chicken

should start to fall apart; let it shred or

use a fork to shred. Serve warm with

your choice of tortilla strips, chips,

cheese or all three.

To give the soup an extra kick, add

a 4 oz can of green chiles.

Mama Mia, Let’s

Have Some Baked Ziti


1 lb of ground beef

1 cup of onions

1 tsp of garlic powder

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp of oregano, dried leaves

1 tsp each of salt & pepper

1 cup of chicken broth

1 lb of Ziti pasta, cooked and drained

1 jar (24 oz) of meatless sauce

1 tbsp of olive oil

2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Portobello mushrooms (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. In a large

skillet, heat oil and cook onions for 8

minutes, then add garlic and cook for

1 minute. Add the meat and cook till

there is no more pink. Drain the meat,

and add sauce, chicken broth, onion

powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt

and pepper. Heat the sauce through.

Place half of the cooked ziti in an oven-safe

13x9 baking dish. Then pour

1 to 1 ½ cups of sauce over the ziti.

Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese

and Parmesan cheese over the pasta

and sauce. Repeat the next layer with

remaining ingredients, topping it with

the remainder of cheese. Cover with

aluminum foil and place in the oven to

bake for 20 minutes. Cook till golden

brown and cheese is melted.

If you like mushrooms, add

sliced portobello mushrooms to the

sauces just after adding them in

the skillet.

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Chickening Out?

Try Baked Chicken


2 or 4 chicken breasts

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp of parsley

½ tsp of onion powder

½ tsp of thyme

½ tsp of garlic powder

1 tsp each of salt & pepper

1 lemon


Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and

pound chicken breast lightly. Pour olive

oil in a 13x9 baking dish and lightly

coat the chicken breasts. In a small

bowl, whisk together oregano, parsley,

onion powder, thyme, salt and pepper.

Spread mixture on chicken breasts

and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins

(until thermometer reads 160-170 degrees).

Cover with foil and let sit for 5

minutes before slicing.

For a touch of citrus flavor, cut a

lemon in half and squeeze lemon juice

on the chicken just before serving.

Chill, It’s Just Chili


1 lb of ground beef

4 tbsp of olive oil

1 can (14 oz) of black beans

1 can (14 oz) of kidney beans

1 can (14 oz) of pinto beans

1 can (14 oz) of chili beans

1 can (14 oz) of diced tomatoes

1 tsp of oregano

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper

1 tsp each of salt & pepper

1 tsp of minced garlic

1 can (14 oz) of corn

Shredded cheese (optional)

Sour cream (optional)


In a large skillet, cook the ground

beef on medium, medium-high until no

longer pink. Drain the meat, and put

meat in oiled crock pot. Add remaining

ingredients and let cook for 6 hours.

Serve warm and add toppings like

cheese and sour cream.

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Let’s Have a Toast

for Pot Roast


2 lbs of chuck roast

1 small bag of baby carrots

1 tsp of garlic powder

2 tsp of onion powder

6-8 chopped potatoes (any variety)

1 ½ cup of chicken or beef Broth

1 tsp each of salt & pepper


Add all ingredients to a crockpot

and allow to cook for 7 hours,

or until potatoes and meat are

fully cooked.

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Golden Hour

Holiday Makeup

Show Me the Money

Clean and Green

Swipe Right






Blue top: Peirson Rogers, student designer

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Photos by: Emily Heath, Ramsey Griffin

Styled by: Samantha Cupero,

Deven Feldstein

Makeup by: Aramis Harmon

Models: Brianna Milner,

Berta Amelinaite, Hannah Jones

With the sun setting and evening cooling off,

the thrill of possibility is endless — anything can

happen. In Alabama and across the American

South, November is that golden hour — at least

for fashion anyway. It’s the perfect time to mix

and match; summer and winter harmonize,

and your wardrobe should follow. To layer

your look with the best of both seasons, pair

tank tops and earthy jewelry with all the best

textures and tones of fall — fringe, leather,

and suede, rich burgundy, olive, charcoal. Who

says you can’t have both? Work hard, play hard.

After all, we’re in college - it’s time to embrace

the golden hour.

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Romper: Ellie Crimson, $54

Necklace: Ellie Crimson, $16

Vest: Az Well, $50

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Bangles on far right: Francesca’s; $24

Hat: Az Well; $30

Fringe top: Az Well, $40

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Outfit: Ellie Crimson

(Jewelry $16; Dress $35; Vest $38)

Outfit: Az Well

(Vest $45; Skirt $27)

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Jacket: Francesca's, $58

Necklace: Francesca's, $18

Dress: Az Well

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Coming home for the holiday break

doesn’t mean a hold on your social

life. Between holiday parties, family

gatherings, and New Years soirees,

you’re not slowing down anytime soon.

Impress friends and family with these

two sure-fire looks to celebrate the

holiday season.

Night Out with Friends

After a long week of holiday socializing,

turn to the Maybelline Instant

Age Rewind Concealer for a freshfaced

look after applying moisturizer.

Use the Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Palette to bring out your cheekbones,

and the blush to pull it all together.

Use gold and black tones to draw

your eyes in with the Urban Decay

Cosmetics Naked 2 Palette.

Finish off your look with a generous

coat of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes

4-in-1 Mascara.

For a pop of color that’s sure to stun

your friends use Mac’s Flat Out Fabulous


For an extra chic look flat iron your

hair for silkiness and shine.

Models: Tanner Fant, Kryssalyn Bayne

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New Years Eve Look

Start this look with a high coverage

foundation and use the Anastasia

Beverly Hills Contour Kit to set your

under eyes and contour your face. Use

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

to highlight your cheekbones and apply

blush on the apples of your cheeks.

It’s crucial to prime your eyes before

applying this defined look. For this, we

recommend Urban Decay Cosmetics

Eye Shadow Primer Potion, then use

the Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked

Smoky Palette and the Urban Decay

Cosmetics Naked 2 Palette to create a

dramatic smokey eye with gold tones.

Top it off with dark, winged eyeliner

with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof

Liquid Eye Liner and several coats of

Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-

in-1 Mascara.

Give your lips a nice pop of color

with Mac Red. Finish off the look

with a couple of spritz of Urban Decay

All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup

Setting Spray.

To pull the look all together, use a

2-inch curling iron to give yourself big

loose curls.

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By Becca Murdoch & Laura Testino

Georgia Floyd wants to

work to live, not live to

work. The family and

goal-oriented University

of Alabama senior is

currently studying chemical engineering

and has started on her MBA. To

her, the field is appealing because of its

stability and salary — one that may be

high, but statistically, not equal for all


Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics does not have wage gap

statistics for chemical engineers in

particular, it does report that women

working full time are earning about

81.5 percent of the wages of their male

counterpart for architecture and engineering


Over a 40-year career, Floyd would

make 18.5 percent less than her male

counterpart; to make the same amount

of money as a male in those 40 years,

she would have to work an extra

nine years.

And Floyd does not want to to live

to work.

“I don’t think that I’m the type of

person who’s just like, ‘Work, work,

work, work, work,’ for the rest of my

– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

life,” Floyd said. “You know, not giving

time for anything else.”

According to the 2013 study by the

Bureau of Labor Statistics, women

working full time in the 20-24 year old

age range earned 89.8 percent of men’s

salaries. This wage gap, though recently

shrinking, still poses concerns

to women who are graduating college

with the same degrees as men, yet not

reaping the same benefits.

This gap widens as women age and

continue careers in their respective

fields. When women working full time

enter the 35-44 year old age range,

they earn roughly 80 percent to every

dollar their male counterparts earn.

With each passing decade, their earning

potential diminishes.

Preparation for College Women

Travis Railsback, executive director

of the University of Alabama’s Career

Center, serves students by helping

them to explore, prepare and connect

for future careers. When advising students,

especially women, Railsback

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gives attention to the lack of equity for

women in the workplace.

“We do talk about the mid-career

gap when we’re talking with women in

these classes,” he says. “We’re talking

about the reality of what this wage gap

is and put them in the best position in

order to make them aware of [the wage

gap] and how it could come into play,

but also make sure we’ve given them

the tools that they’re able to effectively

speak for themselves when they’re going

into that salary negotiation.”

Railsback and fellow staff at the

UA Career Center noticed the demand

for women-focused career preparation

and responded with a program known

as Start Smart, an initiative aimed at

educating women on expected salaries

and responsibilities, and preparing

them to enter the job market.

“We’ve partnered for years with the

Women and Gender Resource Center,

and we actually do offer workshops

that target women,” Railsback says.

“We specifically talk on the front end

about the wage gap as it is out there,

and we talk about strategies that women

can employ.”

As the program coordinator for the

WGRC, Paige Miller helps coordinate

the Start Smart program. The American

Association of University Women

— a nonprofit of more than 130 years

— created the program and provides

its audiences with strategies backed

by statistics, including how the gender

wage gap changes over time.

“There would be a smaller [wage]

discrepancy when you first start out,

but what happens is that it grows over

time, depending on what kind of job

you have — your trajectory level,”

Miller says.

A discrepancy of what may be

$2,000 at an entry-level job eventually

expands when that salary becomes

the base for percentage-based raises

or bonuses. This can potentially affect

candidacy for a promotion within the


“So if you start out with less, you’re

going to end up with a bigger gap as

you go along,” Miller says.

The Balancing Act

Many women, like Floyd, hope to

balance a family life and a career. The

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ findings

on women’s earnings reveal a sharp

disparity between the earnings of married

versus unmarried women. Women

who never marry earn 95.2 percent of

what men earn, while women who marry

and have a spouse present earn 78

percent of a male’s earnings.

While these statistics do not prove

that marriage is the only factor for an

increased wage gap, they reveal that

having a family in addition to a career

inversely correlate with women’s salaries.

A lower salary could stem from a

smaller offer for the same responsibilities

as their male counterpart or from

a lack of promotion offers.

As part of Start Smart, women are

encouraged to take note of this statistic

and remember that employers cannot

legally gather information about

an employee’s family life in order to

make hiring decisions.

“I would encourage people, if they

felt like that was the case — that

they’ve been passed over... and you

have evidence where you suspect that

it’s because you have a family or the

perception of your reliability based on

that — certainly it would be within

that person’s right to report that discrimination,”

Miller says.

With the increased awareness of a

gender wage gap, companies have shifted

their focus to create family-friendly

work environments in contrast to the

traditional work-centric atmosphere.

But changes in the workplace can

only move so far without reflecting

cultural repercussions.

Tradition speaks to women tending

family needs more often than men.

Lisa Dorr, an associate professor and

associate dean of the UA College of

Arts and Sciences, says this can put

women who value both their family and

career in a tough position. To Dorr, the

larger battle is the emphasis Americans

place on succeeding in the professional

realm. She said Americans see

working extra hours as noble and admirable,

something which is difficult

to do for women trying to care for their

families and bolster a thriving career.

“We talk about being family friendly

and caring about families but we

really don’t care about families,” she

says. “If you want to succeed in a public

world, I think many women feel like

you essentially have to be a man.”

Dorr says she has been fortunate

to have bosses who respect the multiple

roles of each employee, an attitude

she thinks is valuable in the workplace.

She advises women to speak up, and

not hesitate in making demands, both

in salary, scheduling and negotiations.

For example, simple requests like

agreeing to ignore emails on Saturday

mornings, are relevant and necessary.

“So when you walk into your first

interview, and someone offers you

a job, no matter what they say in

terms of salary, wait 10 seconds and

ask for more,” Dorr says. “Because

they expect it of men and will respect

you for it.”

Understanding Equal Pay for

Equal Responsibility

Whether a woman has a family life

or not, negotiating in an interview

provides the benefit of demanding

an equal pay for equal responsibility,

which can make a large difference over

the lifetime of a career.

“As long as women aren’t making

as much as men, for the same jobs, the

same responsibilities, it means that

it’s much harder for women to be independent,”

says Utz McKnight, chair of

UA’s Department of Gender and Race

Studies and political science professor.

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Equal responsibility requires looking

beyond a job title. It means recognizing

specific tasks associated with a

job that then may differ between employees

depending on gender. Women

should not be expected to work twice

as hard for the same pay as men, McKnight


Finding wage equality for equal responsibility

requires companies to go

beyond hiring women just to satisfy

the law and equal representation politics.

This can be difficult to do, McKnight

says, because many Americans

believe equal representation is already

established fully in the law. He says it

will be difficult to make more progress

without a social movement on behalf

of women.

“I think that’s the way to approach

wage gap, is to say, ‘In America, in a

democracy, if you can get away with

paying somebody less because they’re

a woman or black, should you?’” McKnight

says. “And the answer should be,

No.’ Not, ‘oops.’”

McKnight says the information on

women’s pay collected from the current

generation of college students might

raise awareness, but more should

be done.

“And there are barriers to collecting

the information, and we need to push

past them,” McKnight says. “There

are the politics of that, and then also

we need to re-envision the way we

think of gender in the workplace.”

While women in the current generation

do not have to fight gender discrimination

to enroll in higher level

education — they currently account

for more than half of the UA student

population — there are still considerable

challenges to be faced in the

realm of equality. Only time will reveal

if women today will experience

the same phenomenon of those before

them: an increasing wage gap over

time. Working women in their 30s are

still feeling the legacy effects of gender

discrimination from past generations,

and those in their 40s are deep in

those repercussions.

Moving Forward

Despite their historical underrepresentation

in certain fields, Railsback

says women are now being

sought out by more and more companies

— and not just as a part of a

diversity initiative.

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“It won’t surprise you to know,

traditionally, women have had higher

graduation rates [than men], women

have had higher GPAs,” he says.

“Clearly that’s a huge percentage, and

a large percentage of companies would

be foolish to ignore that talent pool.”

Floyd chose to apply for a co-op

position, and was selected to work at

Eastman Chemical Company for three

semesters. When Floyd began applying

for co-ops, she said UA advisers

pointed her toward Eastman because

the company is known to be respectful

of women in the workplace.

“[Eastman] made it very hard [to

know what kind of company I’d like

to be at], because I know that there’s

probably not going to be many companies

like them, and I think they kind

of spoiled me,” Floyd says. “I definitely

think that I thrive in that type of

environment, so now I know what to

look for.”

While some companies boast a family-friendly

work environment, others

expect a career-centric lifestyle, at

least for the first few years of employment.

Either way, Railsback says companies

are usually upfront about their

expectations when hiring.

In addition, women appear to be

utilizing career preparation resources

more than men at the University of Alabama,

Railsback says. Out-attending

men at almost every career fair and

event, except for the Technical Career

Fair, women seem to be more keen on

taking advantage of opportunities afforded

by the University. With a power

system in place that has historically

favored men in the job market, women

see that they have to work even harder

to prepare for future careers.

“I can say that other students might

be too confident and not think that

they need to take advantage of those

[resources], and that doesn’t necessarily

happen along gender lines,”

Railsback says. “But other students,

women included, may realize, ‘Hey, I

should put in the work here and really

do everything I need to do [to start

my career].’”

$40.0/1.00 = 40 years

$40.0/.815 = 49 years

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Smart & Safe

By Lauren Lane

According to the Vegetarian Resource

Group, the number of Americans

who eat a vegan diet has doubled

in the past five years—and for good

reason. A diet that removes animal

products, like meat, eggs and dairy,

has been proven to provide both immediate

and long-lasting benefits. Even

iconic celebrities like Beyonce, Ellen

Degeneres, Carrie Underwood, Ellie

Goulding and Ariana Grande swear by

the lifestyle; so why not give it a try?

While going vegan in college can

seem overwhelming, expensive and

even dangerous, the lifestyle is actually

very adoptable. Check out our tips

for how to live a safe and satisfying

vegan lifestyle, and you’ll be on well on

your way to having more energy, glowing

skin and a leaner body.

1. Get to the grocery store

How you look is a reflection of what

you’ve been putting in your body, so if

you want to glow from the inside out,

it’s time to start eating more fresh and

nutrient-dense foods. Energy-dense

foods such as hamburgers and ice

cream will fill you up with loads of

calories and saturated fat, but nutrient-dense

foods such as spinach and

whole grains will fill you up with the

vitamins you need to fight off sickness

and lose unwanted fat. Fill up your

grocery basket with both fresh and

frozen fruits and vegetables, beans,

whole-grain bread, rice, pasta, hummus,

oatmeal, and nut butters.

2. Don’t be afraid to experiment

Explore your local grocery store or

farmer’s market for healthy meat and

dairy substitutes you may not have considered

before. Coconut-based yogurt,

black bean burgers, cashew milk ice

cream and tofu are all delicious examples

of vegan options that can replace

some of your favorite non-vegan foods.

Just be mindful that vegan ice cream

is still a dessert. If you’re still intimidated,

Pinterest can help you out with

hundreds of pins on how to seamlessly

incorporate these foods into your diet.

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3. Start with supplements

The eventual goal of a vegan diet

is eliminating the need for a multivitamin,

except for B12, which can be

taken weekly. But when you’re just

starting out, find a multivitamin that

covers all bases, especially Iron, Vitamin

C, Calcium and Vitamin B. You

may want to make a food journal for

the first few weeks, checking each day

to see if you are getting enough macro

and micronutrients.

4. Clean your plate

Founder of the successful McDougall

Diet program, Dr. John McDougall,

suggests listening to your hunger

and satiety cues throughout the day to

determine when to eat. Whether that

means eating five times a day or three

square meals, vegans are encouraged

to eat as much as they want, as long as

they are abiding by a plant-based diet.

This means eating mostly whole grains

and starches, fruits, vegetables, beans,

and nuts and seeds.

5. Be exotic

Stray away from strictly American

and fast food restaurants that may

have a hard time accommodating your

vegan diet and instead opt for cuisine

from around the world. Chinese,

Italian, Indian and Japanese restaurants

all offer plenty of menu items

or options suitable for a plant-based

diet. Even pizza joints, such as Mellow

Mushroom and Domino’s, offer

vegan and cheese-free pizzas loaded

with veggies.

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By Becca Murdoch

Model: Donna Pate


No thank you.

Not a chance in hell.

These were just a few — and some

of my milder thoughts — on using

millennial dating app/hook-up platform,

Tinder. We’ve all heard horror

stories about online dating, most of

them the warnings of our tech-wary

mothers, and we’ve all made our fair

share of snarky comments about apps

like Tinder.

I am not excluding myself from the

mix. I too resisted Tinder from the getgo,

but out of curiosity found myself

downloading the app and consequently

spending hours swiping away through

hundreds of Tuscaloosa’s most eligible

bachelors. Despite matching with

quite a few guys, I refused to pull the

trigger and let anything happen.

Call it what you will — my mother’s

warnings subconsciously warding

me off, fear of being kidnapped

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Taken style, or sheer apathy on my

part toward any of these suitors. For

some reason, Tinder just wasn’t going

to happen for me.

That was true until I was assigned

this story and bit the metaphorical

bullet for the sake of journalistic integrity.

Sorry, mom, your daughter is

going on a Tinder date.

The Reflection

A year ago, the idea of a pseudo-date

with a complete and total stranger was

completely out of the realm of possibility.

I thought there were only a few

options for how that encounter would

transpire: a) I am immediately kidnapped

and murdered, proving every

parent’s paranoid neuroses to be true,

b) I am paralyzed with anxiety and

have absolutely nothing interesting

to say at all, or c) they are the most

boring person to ever grace the planet,

and I will have to listen to them tell me

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about their super-rad intramural team

and how much they dominate on the


Present-day Becca has found life

to be so weird, wonderful and terrible

that these fears do not affect her much.

The worst thing that could happen is I

lose half an hour of my day to no benefit.

I mean, murder is of course always

the worst-case scenario, but the probability

of that happening is so slim, I’m

not going to lose any sleep over it.

The Prep

First comes the profile, then comes

marriage, then comes an embarrassing

story to tell your future grandchildren.

Thankfully, Tinder is linked to

Facebook, which removes the hurdle of

coming up with the perfect username

to encompass the entirety of your totally

desirable personality.

Now for the pictures; it’s time to

cultivate the most alluring version of

yourself without borderline catfishing

the person on the receiving end.

For people like me who rarely upload

any photos, this is where Tinder

gets tricky.

Do you use the picture from two

years ago where you look like you almost

have abs? What about that picture

of you and your dog? Does that

make you look like a sensitive animal

lover? Does that even matter?

Maybe it’s safer to go with a few

recent tagged pictures, the ones that

show that you have friends and like

to have a good time, but are also very

down-to-earth and low maintenance.

With pictures carefully, but not too

carefully selected, we’re on to the bio.

How do you show that you’re witty

and cool without seeming like you’re

trying too hard to appear witty and

cool? In my case, a Drake lyric is the

obvious choice.

Now that my profile is set, I’m feeling

pretty confident. I change the dis-

covery settings to a more limited and

far less creepy age range than 18-50

years old and adjust the location settings

to show only people within a 15-

mile radius. I am not taking a road

trip for a Tinder date.

The Swipes

The hunt is on. I start swiping right

for the cuties with potential and left

for the hard passes – there is a significantly

higher rate of left swipes.

The Tuscaloosa Tinder population is

slightly disappointing and led me to

developing a list of red flags that issued

immediate left swipes.

Becca’s List of For Sure No-Go's

• Group Pictures – Which one are

you? There is no way anyone would

hide themselves in a picture with 50

other dudes if they have a reasonably

human-looking face. I am not going to

play I Spy in your pledge class photo.

There is no way not to be disappointed

in this situation.

• Sunglasses – Or really any other

instance of intentional face concealment.

I don’t know if you just don’t

have any good face pics or if you’re trying

to hide a Sloth-from-the-Gooniesesque

disfiguration, but either way,

I’m wary.

• Blatant Display of Alcoholism –

Why do you have to be double-fisting

two Natty Lights in your very first

picture? I get it, you are clearly killing

it at college, but this is just tasteless,

and not just because it’s Natty Light.

By the way, ew.

• Confederate Flags – Does this really

need an explanation? Please don’t

be this person or ever swipe right for

this person.

As for the bios, I found most to be

fairly bland and vague. Hoping to find

one potential soulmate that also used

a Drake lyric to sum themselves up, I

was unfortunately disappointed.

The Chat

After swiping for what felt like an

infinity of basic boys, I accumulated

a handful of possible date mates. In a

bit of a time crunch due to the article’s

deadline, I sent the first shout into the

romantic void, a shining example of a

modern, independent feminist woman’s

power in the dating world. My

first message, you ask?


And so the small talk begins. Where

are you from? What are you studying?

Insert light-hearted attempts at banter


With such a short window of time to

charm my matches, it was up to me to

suggest a meet-up with one of the more

promising (and clearly interested) candidates.

The ball was in my court and I

decided to play it safe, and what’s safer

than Sunday lunch at Chipotle?

The Date

I arrived at Chipotle precisely at

our agreed meeting time, and then

proceeded to wait 10 minutes for my

match to make an appearance. Okay,

so he didn’t look exactly like his profile

picture and could have done without

the faded Bama baseball cap, but

I didn’t feel completely hoodwinked by

his profile.

Our next half hour was spent

playing the traditional dating get-toknow-you

game. We talked about our

hometowns and majors, devoting a

surprising amount of time to discussing

autumnal weather and wardrobe.

He talked more; I was fine listening

and eating my burrito bowl. Conversation

flowed with some bumps that were

few and far between.

It was a fine way to spend my Sunday

afternoon. I didn’t feel a world-shaking

spark or irresistible chemistry but

also didn’t find myself sold into the

sex-slave trade the next morning, so I

would chalk this date up to a win.

Tinder might not be my preferred

way to find love, but I can’t deny that

it removes some of the coy complications

of dating. People on Tinder are

typically clear with their intentions,

virtuous or otherwise. Or at least they

are when they’re not using the app as

a façade for an attempt at investigative


To all you Tinder enthusiasts out

there, keep on swiping.

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Bourbon Street

By Katie Huff

Away game weekends transform a normally bustling

Tuscaloosa into a ghost town, and if it’s not time for a trip

home or to couch surf at your friends’ schools, you’re bound

for a Netflix and Crimson To Go weekend. But why settle

for the routine when you’re only a five-hour drive to the

Bayou paradise of New Orleans, Louisiana? We took the

liberty to break down your Big Easy itinerary for you, so

there’s no excuse not to hit the road.

Photos submitted by Ellen Johnson

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Day 1

9 a.m. If you go to New Orleans

and don’t make the pilgrimage to

Café du Monde, did you really go?

At first glance the line may deter

your intentions, but trust

us, it moves quick thanks to a

well-versed wait staff. Order a

heaping mound of powdered sugar-covered

beignets to dunk in

a signature cafe au lait — or a

hot chocolate for non-coffee lovers.

Think of it as New Orleans’

power breakfast.

10 a.m. After you clean the

powdered sugar off your face,

walk across the street to Jackson

Square, a park in the heart

of the French Quarter with the

stunning St. Louis Cathedral

framing the backdrop. Peruse

the various street artists and

performers surrounding Jackson

Square for just a taste of

the art and culture rampant in

New Orleans.

12 p.m. Time to refuel after

your French Quarter excursions,

and our pick is none other

than a New Orleans’ classic:

the po’boy. While almost every

menu boasts its own version of

these bad boys, Johnny’s is the

best. It’s a hole-in-the-wall, but

once you catch a whiff of the

Beignets at Cafe du Monde

Jackson Square, with St. Louis Cathedral in background

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delicious eats inside, you’ll understand

the hype. Shrimp, crawfish

and roast beef po’boys are

highly recommended.

1 p.m. Next, venture to Magazine

Street for shopping and

enjoy winding in and out of the

unique boutiques and art galleries.

Track down thrift stores for

one-of-a-kind items, and head to

Peaches Records for everything

from the Clueless soundtrack

to Outkast.

3 p.m. Take a streetcar from

the French Quarter to the Garden

District. Not only will you

give your tired feet a rest, but

venturing into the Garden District

is a great way to see more

of the city and get the true New

Orleans experience.

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops on Frenchmen Street

7 p.m. Ready for some authentic

Cajun delicacies? Head to the

Gumbo Shop and try the namesake

— either chicken or seafood


9 p.m. After eating dinner, it’s

finally time to explore Bourbon

Street. Most bars are open 24/7,

but the festivities don’t begin until

later in the night. Don’t forget

to get your fill of daiquiris and

hand grenades — it wouldn’t be

the New Orleans nightlife without


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House of Blues

Local tip: College-aged crowds can be found at Bourbon

Heat, Beach on Bourbon, Cats Meow, Snake & Jake’s

Christmas Club and Bourbon Cowboy.

Day 2

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. After a late

night, you should sleep in because

as Tom Haverford says,

“Treat yo self.” When you’re

ready to take on another day in

the “Big Easy,” head to District

Donuts to start the day off right.

12 p.m. Make your way over to

Frenchmen Street for music and

shopping. Frenchmen Street is

known for having local musicians

singing in the streets and

inside restaurants and bars.

1 p.m. As you wander further

down Frenchmen Street, you will

eventually run into the French

Market. Here you will find many

local vendors selling a variety of

goods and food. Eat lunch at one

of the delicious pop-up restaurants

that line the market. Also,

make sure to try the world-famous

pralines; the free samples

will be coming at you from

all directions.

2 p.m. Make sure you stop in

Jazz Funeral. The store houses

large horse carriages full of

beads used in the Mardi Gras

parade. Also, check out Rocket

Fizz, a candy shop with enough

sugar and soda to make your

head spin.

Chartres Street

Jazz Funeral on Frenchmen Street. The Carriage is used to throw

beads during the Mardi Gras parade.

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3 p.m. If you’re interested in

New Orleans's history, head to

one of the many cemeteries that

surround the city. The cemeteries

have above-ground tombs

due to the city’s below-sea level

stature. Some of the graves associated

with Voodoo may have

rituals performed on them, and

gifts will be left at the graves.

Fun Fact: Our boy, Nic Cage,

has already purchased his tomb

at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the

oldest cemetery in New Orleans.

5 p.m. For your last meal in

NOLA, head to Drago’s Seafood

Restaurant for an unforgettable

dining experience. Drago’s

is known to have some of the

best oysters, and their parmesan

cheesy goodness definitely does

not disappoint.

St. Louis Cathedral

7 p.m. Take one last stroll down

Bourbon Street, and promise

that you’ll be back soon.

Chartres Street, St. Louis Cathedral in the background

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St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square

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Like a Pro

with a planner

By Imani Manley

Convenience Tabs

Since this is a seventeen-month

planner, there’s lot to flip through.

Tabs navigate between each section

while staying tucked in the planner’s

cover to prevent tearing or bending.

Relatable Sayings:

These pick-me-ups are a final detail

that includes throughout the

planner. With funny, inspirational sayings

like “You are the stars. You are

the galaxy,” they’re just what the doctor

ordered to take your mind of the

stress of a hectic school day.

The Notes Section

This is a convenient, multi-purpose

section tracking everything from grocery

lists to last minute reminders.

Whip it out mid-meeting should you be

stranded without a separate notepad.

Day-to-Day Entries prides itself on providing

ample white space for each of the daily

entries. The layout gets major bonus

points for preventing cramped and

hard-to-read handwriting we’ve all become

accustomed to in daily planners!

Monthly Introduction Pages

Each month in the planner has

a creative and colorful theme; the

expressive pictures make it easy to

identify which month you are using or

are trying to find.

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First Date Tips & Tricks

By Jill Holloway

In the words of everyone’s favorite

relationship icon, Carrie Bradshaw,

“One reason people still risk the

possible horror of a first date is the

possible magic of the first kiss.” But

before you get to Point B, you have to

navigate Point A: the first date, which

we all know can be awkward and confusing.

Here are some tips to make

sure your next one is truly memorable,

in a good way.

First and foremost, be yourself

It’s often intimidating, especially on

a first date, to just be yourself. We’re

constantly worried he might be looking

for something else, or maybe we think

we can’t compare to his exes. Instead

of worrying about the “what ifs,” use

your charm, wit and humor to create

an easy-going environment. Whatever

you do, don’t clam up. If you usually

break the ice by telling a joke, then do

that with him too. Plus, he’s probably

equally as nervous, so there’s nothing

to be afraid of.

Dress appropriately

for the occasion

No matter what you’re doing, you

want to dress to impress. The key,

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though, is to not overdress. For dinner,

a tunic top with jeans and booties

would be appropriate, or a sweater

dress with a fur vest is always a safe,

sweet choice depending on the weather

and type of restaurant. However,

if your date wants to do something

more active like bowling or hiking,

wear a pair of leggings with an oversized

sweater; accessorize with a scarf

for a look that will be both cute and

functional for the activity.

Let’s talk table manners

Do not text or use your phone at the

table. I know your girlfriends are dying

to know the details, but that’s for after

the final “good night.” Your date deserves

your full attention. If your date

is paying for your dinner, that does not

mean you have to order a salad or the

smallest item on the menu. It’s okay to

order the burger or the fish, but on the

same note, keep it within reason. The

same goes for drinks. If your date is

ordering a beer and encourages you

to get something too, then you should

by all means order that glass of Pinot!

However, if he is sticking with water or

tea, do not jump straight to the wine

list. You need to play it casual as well.

Keep the conversation basic

The first date is not the time to find

out his deepest secrets or how many

kids he wants in the future. Keep the

conversation light and keep it fun.

This isn’t to say that you can only talk

about new movie releases or what parties

are coming up; the best dates are

ones where you connect on a deeper

level to the person you’re with. We’ve

all heard people say not to talk about

religion or politics, but if those topics

naturally arise, and you can discuss

them in a respectful manner, then by

all means do! He’ll respect you more

for keeping the conversation flowing

about something that doesn’t just relate

to college life.

Be confident

With these new tips in mind, go

out and be your best self on your first

date this weekend. Don’t second guess

yourself and don’t make excuses. First

dates are only fun when you relax and

believe that they will be.



Movies j

The Hunger Games:

Mockingjay — Part 2 (November 20)

The fourth and final installment of the Hunger Games series picks

up right where we left off: Panem is now in a full-blown revolution, the

Capitol is desperately trying to regain control, and Peeta still wants

Katniss dead. It seems our favorite heroine can’t catch a break. Fans of

the books and movies alike have eagerly awaited the arrival of this final

film. Don’t forget to bring the tissues.

The Danish Girl (November 27)

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne proves himself once again in The

Danish Girl, a film documenting one of the first known gender reassignment

surgeries. The film, based on a book of the same name by

David Ebershoff, is set in 1920s Copenhagen with Redmayne in the

starring role as Lili Elbe, alongside Alicia Vikander and Matthias

Schoenarts. Elbe’s wife, Gerda Wegener (Vikander), initially supports

her decision to undergo the surgery, but things get complicated when

Hans Axgil (Schoenaerts) shows up and creates a complicated love triangle.

This one’s sure to snag an Oscar nom, so make sure you’re in the

know come award season.



11/25: Victor Frankenstein (Daniel

Radcliffe, James McAvoy)

12/25: The Hateful Eight (Samuel L.

Jackson, Kurt Russell)

12/23: Alvin and the Chipmunks:

The Road Chip

12/25: Point Break (Teresa Palmer,

Luke Bracey)

12/25: Concussion (Will Smith,

Gugu Mbatha: Raw, Alec Baldwin)

12/25: Daddy’s Home (Will Ferrell,

Mark Wahlberg, Vince Vaughn, Linda


Snowden (December 25)

This political drama recounts the true story of former CIA employee

Edward Snowden, who leaked classified government information to the

media. This film features Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, as

well as Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Nicholas Cage, and Zachary

Quinto in supporting roles. With big names like Gordon-Levitt, and

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not to mention Clint Eastwood’s son, plus a compelling story we’re all

familiar with, Snowden is at the top of our must-watch list.

Joy (December 25)

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite on the big screen to

tell the story of a family over four generations. The film focuses on a

woman, portrayed by Lawrence, who creates her own powerful empire.

The film also stars Robert De Niro. Yes, the same trio who stole the

show in 2011’s Silver Linings Playbook. This one is a can’t miss.

Star Wars Episode 7:

The Force Awakens (December 18)

Fans young and old will flock to the theaters to see the newest film

in the Star Wars franchise. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison

Ford return to reprise their original roles as Luke and Leia Skywalker

and Han Solo, respectively. Our favorite trio of space heroes return to

the big screen after a 32-year hiatus (Episode 6 was released in 1983).

The veteran cast, including Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, is joined by

Star Wars newcomers Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Adam Driver,

Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Gwendoline Christie, to name a

few. Whether you’re new to the franchise, or have been a fan for years,

you won’t want to miss this holiday release.

Star Wars Cheat Sheet

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far

away…George Lucas came up with the

idea of the Star Wars franchise. Lucas decided

to start the franchise with Episodes

4, 5, and 6, which makes understanding

the chronology of events in the films a

little difficult. Since many people will be

taking their families (willingly or not)

to the highly anticipated Episode 7 movie

this Christmas, we figured we’d make

your life a little easier by breaking down

the release dates and events of the Star

Wars films thus far. So don’t stress, we’re

here to help you out.


Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker

Carrie Fisher as Leia Skywalker

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)


Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker

Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)


Released this Christmas, the sequel series

will pick up where Episode 4 left off,

with the characters of Han Solo, Luke and

Leia, in addition to new characters that

will be introduced.


(in Star Wars time, that is)

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

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Music j

Justin Bieber

After an unforgettable performance

at the VMAs in August, his first in

nearly five years, Justin Bieber has his

sights set on the charts again. Set to

be released November 13, Bieber’s LP,

titled Purpose, will include EDM-influenced

tracks if his new songs

“What Do You Mean?” and his collaboration

with Jack Ü on “Where Are

Ü Now?” are any indication of what’s

to come. This marks a new start for

Bieber, who has endured a torrent of

bad media in the past few years. So,

Beliebers, get ready to beliebe again.


Despite the great reception following

her Grammy Award-winning contribution

to 2012’s James Bond with

“Skyfall,” Adele has stayed relatively

quiet since the release of her second

studio album back in 2011. Although

the details of her upcoming album are

under lock and key, rumour has it (get

it?) that she’s been in the studio with

Pharrell Williams, Blur’s Damon Albarn,

and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder,

to name a few. Cue the excitement.

Kanye West

For those still waiting for Kanye’s

new album, which was supposed to

drop this past summer, the time of

deliverance may be nearer than we

think. The delay, according to West,

is due in part to his busy schedule

(see: announcement of his presidential

bid, 2015 VMAs). According to

Rolling Stone, North’s daddy says

he’s been working “slowly, to make it

an art project.” Tracks West previously

collaborated on with big names

like Paul McCartney and Rihanna

might not even be included in the

final track list. West’s seventh studio

album should be released sometime in

the upcoming months. Praise Yeezus.


Described by frontman Chris Martin

as “something colorful and uplifting,”

Coldplay’s seventh studio LP, A

Head Full of Dreams, will come in

contrast to the band’s meditative last

album, Ghost Stories. If you need another

reason to pay attention, Martin

has also hinted to BBC Radio 1 that

this release could be the band’s last.




Ellie Goulding

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Chris Brown


Frank Ocean

Gwen Stefani



Kings of Leon

My Morning Jacket

Panic! At the Disco



Sky Ferraira


All information was taken from or Billboard,

unless otherwise noted.

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What’s on our


By Ellen Johnson

A trip to Barnes & Noble can be a panic-inducing adventure

even for the most devoted bibliophiles. Rows of

tables advertise the season’s hottest reads, and we’re left

wondering how we’ll ever find a good book in a sea of

choices. As college students, it isn’t always easy to find

new books, or even find time to read at all. Instead of

a Netflix break, try reading some of our favorites this

season. Here’s what’s on our nightstand this month:

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The Art of Racing in the

Rain by Garth Stein

Not all great stories are told from

the human perspective. Calling all animal

lovers, this book is told by family

dog Enzo. Enzo loves his master, Denny,

and Denny loves Enzo. They help

each other through life, and sometimes

it’s hard to tell which is the human. If

you enjoyed Marley and Me by John

Grogan, or you just have a special

place in your heart for a four-legged

friend, chances are you’ll get a kick out

of this sweet story.

A Thousand

Splendid Suns by

Khaled Hosseini

After The Kite Runner became a

classic novel beloved by millions, Hosseini

released A Thousand Splendid

Suns in 2008. The story chronicles

thirty years of Afghan history through

the eyes of two women, Mariam and

Laila. Throughout the story, readers

catch glimpses of what it’s like to be

a woman in the Middle East. Despite

abusive treatment, both women grow

to be strong and powerful. The female

soul is empowered in this tale of love

and friendship.

The Opposite

of Loneliness:

Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan

This collection of both fiction and

nonfiction essays and stories personifies

the heart and soul of a college

girl figuring out her place in this

world. Author Marina Keegan graduated

from Yale University in 2012

and had a bright future ahead of her.

Five days after graduation, she died in

a car crash, after which her essay for

the Yale Daily News, The Opposite of

Loneliness became a global sensation.

Keegan’s pareents then set about collecting

her works for this book, which

was published posthumously.

The Glass Castle:

A Memoir by

Jeannette Walls

In this moving memoir, Jeannette

Walls tells the true story of unconditional

love and growing up in an offbeat

family. Walls mixes both imagination

and reality as she recounts her

memories. She spent the first part of

her childhood moving from place to

place with her free-spirited parents,

who raised their children while yielding

to their wanderlust. But when the

family runs out of money, Walls and

her siblings are often left to fend for

themselves in a life of poverty.

Where’d You

Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

This charming novel is an easy

read that’s sure to please. Published

in 2012, the story centers on Bee

Branch, a 15-year-old girl who wants

nothing more than to go to Antarctica.

When Bee’s eccentric mother, Bernadette,

goes missing right in the middle

of her intervention, Bee and her

father, Elgin, must band together to

reunite their family. Through a series

of emails, documents and letters,

Bee begins to solve the mystery of the

missing Bernadette. If you’re looking

for a whimsical and upbeat story, this

unforgettable book might be just what

you’re looking for.

Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling

After the popularity of her first

book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without

Me? (And Other Concerns), actress

and comedian Mindy Kaling released

her second book, Why Not Me? in September

of this year. In this entertaining

collection of essays, Kaling writes

of her trials and tribulations in finding

her place in Hollywood. With openness

and wit, Kaling shares her story in

a manner that is as poignant as it is

laugh-out-loud hilarious. Check out

this book if you’re a fan of other snappy

stories like Bossypants by Tina Fey

and Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Books provided courtesy of Barnes & Noble

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New Shows

That You Should Be Watching

By Claire Turner

Scream Queens

From the creators of American

Horror Story and Glee comes their

new anthology lovechild. FOX’s

newest show follows the Kappa Kappa

Tau sorority sisters as they face a

mysterious homicidal stalker, known

as the Red Devil, whose 20-year-old

unsolved crime has left him vengeful

and vicious. The show focuses on the

Kappas struggle against the Red

Devil’s brutal murders that leave girls

in pieces. This new series stars Emma

Roberts as Kappa’s president, Ariana

Grande and Abigail Breslin (Little

Miss Sunshine) as her minions, Nick

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Jonas as a fraternity brother with

a dark side, Lea Michele (Glee) and

Keke Palmer as new sorority pledges,

and Jamie Lee Curtis as the dean.

Catch Scream Queens Tuesdays at 7

p.m. on FOX.


With romance, the FBI, and the

biggest United States terrorist attack

since 9/11, Quantico’s got all the

makings of our new favorite drama.

Alex Parrish is undergoing training

to work in the bureau in Quantico,

Virginia, where she falls for fellow

trainee Ryan Booth. Through a series

of flashbacks and flash-forwards, it is

revealed that one of the FBI trainees

will be the mastermind behind the

attack, and Alex will be the one blamed

for the crime. Starring Mary Kom’s

Priyanka Chopra and Believe’s Jake

McLaughlin, Quantico airs Sundays

at 9 p.m. on ABC.


Superman’s tale just isn’t complete

without the inclusion of his cousin,

Kara Zol-El, better known as

Supergirl. CBS’s new series Supergirl

chronicles Kara’s escape from her

home planet and her ensuing struggle

to suppress her powers and remain in

good graces with her foster family the

Danvers. The show explores the dayto-day

life of 24-year-old Kara as she

tries to balance time with her foster

sister, feelings for her close friend, her

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl|CBS

job as an assistant and crime fighting.

Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose on Glee)

emerges as Supergirl Mondays at 7:30

p.m. on CBS.

The Last Kingdom

History meets fiction in The Last

Kingdom, a series telling the tale of

King Alfred the Great and his quest

to unite multiple kingdoms under

the banner of England. Vikings have

overtaken all of the other kingdoms

and only King Alfred and his Kingdom

of Wessex remain free. Meanwhile,

Uhtred, an orphan of noble descent

raised by Vikings must choose where

his loyalties lie – with his birth

country or his upbringing? This epic

new series includes adventure, thrills,

romance, politics and history as a

new home is born. A cast from eleven

different countries forms this show,

including Peaky Blinder’s Davis

Dawson as King Alfred and Pride

and Prejudice’s Matthew Macfayden

as Lord Uhtred. The Last Kingdom

premieres on BBC America on

Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Jessica Jones

Private investigator Jessica Jones

tries to rebuild her life following a

short-lived super hero career that

met a catastrophic end. Marvel’s

Jessica Jones is coming to Netflix

this fall, part of a series of shows

that will cross over into a Defenders

miniseries. Jessica Jones does not

wear a mask or a costume, nor does

her life have any real structure. She

attempts to curb her post-traumatic

stress disorder with a drinking

problem while also trying to pay for

her apartment. Jessica’s nine-tofive

routine is shaken up with the

return of Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a

the Purple Man, a character from

Jessica’s past who uses mind control to

psychologically torture people. Dexter

showrunner Melissa Rosenburg heads

the new series, with Krysten Ritter

and David Tennant starring. The show

premieres in full series on Friday,

November 20.

Alice November 2015 [71]



Enter the land of mind mush,

wasted sleep hours, and endless

tears shed over fictional

characters; the guilty obsession

we all have and don’t plan on confronting

anytime soon: Netflix binge

watching. The subject: Friday Night

Lights season one. The tester: our

writer, a first-time viewer but self-processed

Netflix junkie. Warning: this

article contains spoilers.

This is a firsthand account of binge

watching the first season of Friday

Night Lights for the first time. Yes,

I watched the full 22-episode season,

but condensed them all into the top

four, so here we go:

I pull on my coziest sweater and hop

into bed. My Anthropologie candles

are lit, filling the room with a warm

glow and an enticing aroma. I have my

Boom Chicka Pop lightly sweet popcorn

to the side and my green tea in

my London Starbucks mug in hand.

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Here’s where math comes in. There

are 22 episodes, each 45 minutes long.

It’s 3 p.m. So how long will it take me

to watch the season from start to finish?

Well, put it this way, by the time

I’m done watching it will be 7:30 a.m.

There’s really no better way to spend

my Friday night.

Episode 1: Pilot

Wow, the southern accents are

on point.

Who are all these people? There are

so many characters. How will I keep

up with all their names and stories?

This Matt Saracen guy seems like

such a sweetheart.

Is Tim Riggins supposed to be in

high school? He is very attractive,

but looks 25. I am a sucker for long

hair though.

So many side plots. So many


I love Tami and Eric Taylor. They

actually seem like a real life relationship,

not just some TV show couple.

This is definitely bringing me back

to the good ole high school cheerleading


“Texas forever.” What a sweet

bond between Jason Street and

Tim Riggins.

“Clear, eyes full hearts, can’t lose.”

The football game is finally on. I’m

getting very excited about it, almost a

little too invested in a TV show football


Nobody warned me I would cry the

first episode. No one told me Jason

Street gets injured.

The Dillon Panthers win! Matt Saracen

pulls through for the Panthers.

I am cheering in my bed and popcorn

flies out of the bag.

That was so intensely emotional

that I had to make a quick Krispy

Kreme run with my friend. Human

interaction and food are good when

you decide to shut yourself away for 16

hours of pure-unadulterated Netflix.

Episode 10: It’s

Different for Girls

As the title suggests, no one cares if

Tim sleeps around, but Lyla (Jason’s

girlfriend) is slut-shamed by her own

cheer teammates for one mistake that

may or may not involve hooking up

with one Tim Riggins.

This is not right, but this show

should win awards for bringing up real

issues. *Looks up on IMDB* 14 wins

and 66 nominations.

Oh my God. Janice from Friends is

one of the teachers at Dillon.

The Streets are suing Coach Taylor

for not teaching Jason to tackle. No.

I will not stand/ lay here with my almost

empty popcorn bag for this.

Matt goes over to Julie’s and they

watch The Office. This might just

have to be the subject for my next

binge watching session. To backtrack,

a sweet little plot line between Mr. Nice

Guy Matt and Coach Taylor’s innocent

daughter Julie has been brewing for

the past few episodes.

At the pep rally the football players

dress as cheerleaders. I almost choke

on a popcorn kernel at the sight of Tim

in a cheer uniform.

Coach Taylor is trying to get Matt

to not date his daughter. Why can’t

one plot line just be happy?

Dillon wins; I guess that’s the happy

plot line.

Smash goes to mini golf with Waverly.

His nose bleeds. Please stop doing

steroids. By the way somewhere between

Episode 1 and 10 Smash started

doing sterioids.

Tim convinces Lyla to cheer at the

classic and Jason shows up. This can’t

be good.

Episode 20: Mud Bowl

A train accident leaves the football

field unusable. This sounds like the

beginning of Grey’s Anatomy episode.

Coach Taylor wants to play on some

10-acre cow pasture. He seems super

passionate about it, which gives me the


Thank you Lyla for standing up to

Jason for not appreciating you, even

though you cheated on him, but it’s

OK, you apologized.

The lawsuit is finally settled and everyone

is happy. Why does it feel like a

weight has been lifted of my chest?

The state semifinal is officially going

to be on this makeshift field that

the team helped create.

Where did the cows go?

It is pouring rain and the game

turns into a mud bowl. I would love to

be at this game in real life.

Tyra, Tim’s former girlfriend and

resident bad girl, is almost raped.

Tears are already falling.

Dillon is going to State and Julie

runs onto the field to and hug Matt.

The slip in the mud, then start rolling

around a la Ten Things I Hate About

You. Oh, young love.

Landry, Matt’s dweeby best friend,

holds and cries with Tyra in the diner.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve

cried during this show.

Episode 22: State

They are playing Voodoo’s team in

the Dallas Cowboys stadium. Refresher:

Voodoo almost stole Matt’s spot as

QB1 way back when before transferring

schools. Yes, FNL.

Tami tells Coach Taylor that she

is pregnant and his eyes light up. My

eyes are filled with tears.

The game starts. Panthers aren’t

playing well and are down at halftime.

Coach Taylor’s speech makes me

want to suit up and hit some people.

Panthers win! I am actually cheering

out loud.

Coach Taylor is trying to decide if

he’ll stay with his family and team in

Dillon or take his dream job as a coach

at TMU.

Coach walks into the Dillon locker

room and the team starts a slow clap

for him. The camera pans to all the

characters. Coach Taylor’s face is the

last one on the screen before it goes

black. Like clockwork, with every ending

of a binge watch session, I bawl like

a baby.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

Alice November 2015 [73]


Who to


By Jada Culver


Hannah Bronfman: (@hannahbronfman)

Hannah Bronfman is that

fit and fabulous best friend we all

wish to have! With a successful beauty

app and business under her belt, this

gorgeous DJ makes her Instagram

presence heavily known with plenty of

photos featuring yoga poses, healthy

meals, on-fleek fashion, and adorable

shots of her fiancé, Brendan.

Joe Jonas: (@joejonas) As the second-oldest

brother of the former Jonas

Brothers, Joe Jonas is a force to be

reckoned with on his Instagram page

that’s filled with hilarious memes,

TBTs, and other laughable posts.


Benjamin Higgins: (@benhiggi)

The world just hasn’t been the same

since Ben H. stepped onto the scene

on season eleven of The Bachelorette.

Now as season twelve’s bachelor, Ben

makes sure to show that he’s still down

to earth by constantly interacting with

fans on Twitter.

Ellie Hall: (@ellievhall) With great

humor, wit and true adoration of pop

culture, Ellie Hall makes Twitter her

stomping grounds with sassy comments

and just-what-you-were-thinking

remarks. This BuzzFeed reporter

give us plenty of reasons to hit “follow.”


Arielle Vandenberg: After her rise

to fame for hitting the sickest “whip”

in a six-second slow-mo, the insanely

fashionable Arielle and her boyfriend

Matt Cushall keep it real on Vine by

constantly posting hilarious real-life

situations we can all identify with.

Chrish: Whenever you need a pick

me up, Chrish is the one you should be

following for his unbelievable sass and

insane comebacks. This man keeps you

rolling till you cramp.


1. Shawn Booth: (@shawn_booth)

It’s been over three months since Bachelorette

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn

Booth got engaged. You can watch

their crazy adventures, like wedding

crashing and spontaneous late night

dance sessions all through Shawn’s


2. Kylie Jenner: (@kylizzlemynizzl)

Keep up with the youngest daughter of

the Kardashian/Jenner empire as she

goes on dates with Tyga and throws

insane sleepovers with her ever-growing

group of besties.


Mashable: (@mashable) Mashable

is a digital media website headquartered

in New York City that brings

interviews from today’s top artists, innovators

and leaders straight to your

phone screen.

Rich Wilkerson Jr.: (@richwilkersonjr)

With his new TV show Rich in

Faith, premiering December 2 on Bravo,

Rich Wilkerson Jr. is everyone’s

favorite pastor with great humor and

style. And don’t forget, he’s the one

who married Kanye West and Kim K.

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By Emily Williams

The South has always been a hotbed

for music. Nashville is Music City,

USA, Austin is known as “the live

music capital of the world,” and college

towns everywhere embrace the culture

with their active art communities. So

where does Tuscaloosa, home to all

things football, fit into the regional

music scene?

“I think, much like anything, it’s

really hard to get synergy going where

you’re turning over artists and residents

so quickly,” says Bo Hicks, owner

of Druid City Brewing Company.

“Cities like Athens and Austin manage

to retain artists a lot more than Tuscaloosa

does. That’s one of the challenges

we’re facing.”

Hicks said supporting local artists

is vital to the quality of life in town.

Druid City Brewing Company, he says,

along with Green Bar and Egan’s, are

some of the few venues that hire groups

to play original songs rather covers.

“People used to complain that there

wasn’t a good scene in town,” he says.

“But any bar that’s willing to take a

chance to support local music, that’s

what will bring more people here. We

don’t want people to feel like they have

to drive to Birmingham to see good

live music.”

Ask local musicians Ferguson and

the Copper Dogs, and they will tell you

the scene has room for improvement.

The band says a lack support from

the community often hinders the success

of bands trying to break out in

the business.

“The Tuscaloosa music scene has

potential,” says lead singer Sarah Ferguson,

who also bartends at Druid

City. “It’s definitely growing, but it’s

disheartening because there aren’t a

Sarah Ferguson

lot of venues where original artists can

play and make money off of it. Very few

places support local music.”

A group of four Alabama natives,

Ferguson and the Copper Dogs

have been working their way up the

ranks since they first started performing

at open mic nights. The

group is composed of guitarist Daniel

Walker, drummer Michael Ray,

bassist Matt Young, and lead singer

Sarah Ferguson.

Ferguson, who is every bit the front

woman with electric blue hair and the

vocal power of Joss Stone, is a standout

among the almost exclusively allmale

groups in town.

Alice spoke to the group about

their sound, their favorite places to

play, and what it’s like to be a femalefronted

band in a male-dominated

music scene.

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Where did the name Ferguson and

the Copper Dogs originate?

Sarah: I’m from Walker County, Alabama,

and it’s known that we have a

lot of (laughs) “high brow” behavior,

a lot of meth, a lot of drugs in general.

You hold close guard over your air

conditioning units because people will

steal the copper. And there are also a

lot of stray dogs that run around. So I

wanted to do something to pay tribute

to that, make it endearing.

How long have all of you been

playing together?

Sarah: Dan and I have been playing

music together since 2011. We wrangled

in Michael, and Matt was a mutual

friend. Last December (2014) was

our first show together.

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How would you describe your sound?

Michael: I would say it’s alt-rock

with blues vocals and a singer-songwriter

guitar style.

Sarah: We’re still defining our

sound, but we’re influenced by everything

from country, to jazz, to blues.

Personally, I’m inspired by Bonnie

Raitt, Led Zeppelin and more modern

groups like Alabama Shakes and

Shovels and Rope.

Most of the bands in town have male

singers, what’s it like being a female

lead singer in this town?

Sarah: Initially it made it terrifying

to try anything. I wasn’t taken seriously.

It was hard to get support. If I

hadn’t had the support of these guys, I

wouldn’t make it. Green Bar open mic

night is where I really got my confidence.

There are a lot of girls who sing

there. I will always try to encourage

more girls to get up there sing.

Daniel: She really has this thing

that no other band has. It’s a totally

different energy. She’s bringing something

with her voice that nobody else is


Michael: We have a more active reception

with her as our front person.

It’s all about her personality, her


How do you write songs?

Matt: Sarah writes the lyrics, Dan

writes the music, and it’s just a big jam

session until we figure it all out.

Sarah: It’s really a team effort. We

get along stupid-well.

Who are you listening to right now?

Sarah: Dr. Dogg, the Annuals. A lot

of Alabama music: Alabama Shakes,

Lee Baines, Banditos. Taylor Hollingsworth

– anywhere he plays I feel like I

have to be there.

Dan: I’m listening to The Amazing;

it’s this Swiss band with the really

pretty, slightly atmospheric sound.

What’s your favorite venue to play

in Tuscaloosa?

Sarah: Egan’s. The sound isn’t

great, you can’t hear yourself, but it’s

so nitty gritty.

Michael: You have to walk past the

band to get to the bathroom. No one

has any morals, it’s great.

Matt: Green Bar is good, and of

course we love Druid City Brewing.

Ferguson and the Copper Dog’s

self-titled EP was released in September.

Find them on Facebook, Youtube

or Twitter: @FCDMusic.

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