Alice Vol. 1 No. 2


Published by UA Student Media April 2016.


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Letter from the Editors

On the web:

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Last fall when Alice debuted on stands and in the hands of

hundreds of women, we weren’t sure what to expect. Sure, we

daydreamed about traction, that readers would identify, share,

and pass along to their friends. But there certainly was the

lingering moment of truth as we held our breath to see if our big

ideas, late nights, and endless drafts made the impact we desired.

Luckily, readers hopped on board, and with each passing

week, we heard more and more buzz about “this Alice thing.”

They picked up copies, followed us on social media (cue shameless

plug here), and offered their praise. But what was most telling to

us was how they began to reach out for collaboration. It seemed

everyone wanted in on the action. We had Tuscaloosa’s resident

culinary aficionados ask to contribute food features (pg. 29),

multimedia bloggers tell stories through fashion and art (pg. 60),

and beauty gurus volunteer their makeup expertise (pg. 19).

So for issue two, we went bigger and better — at least we hope!

Higher fashion, bolder shoots, and more to talk about; think

catcalling (pg. 64) and fashion with a cause (pg. 50). Plus, we

revamped our website with daily content and featured bloggers to

keep the conversation going. After all it’s spring, so that means

out with the old and in with the new. And for us it’s all about

trading study guides for festival guides (pg. 54) and setting our

sights on the season’s trippiest boho styles to match (pg. 36).

And speaking of out with the old, that includes us, as well as

many others on the Alice staff. But just because we’re graduating

and heading off into the world, that doesn’t mean Alice is. Well

actually, we like to think that she is graduating, in a sense. She’s

moving on from being just a prototype — a wild idea, if you will

— and venturing off, just like us. We’re thrilled to have been able

to help Alice get on her feet, but we’re even more excited to see

where she’ll go.

Leaving Alice is certainly bittersweet, but it’s a little easier

knowing that she’ll always be here – guiding freshmen through

their first game days and exams while offering seniors advice

on how to make the most of their dwindling weeks. But that of

course, depends on you. To keep reading, keep sharing and most

importantly keep talking, because after all that’s what Alice is

– a conversation, one we feel so thankful and lucky to have been

able to start with you.

Editorial and Advertising offices for Alice Magazine are located at

414 Campus Drive East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

The mailing address is P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Phone: (205) 348-7257.

Alice is published by the Office of Student Media

at The University of Alabama.

All content and design are produced by students

in consultation with professional staff advisers.

All material contained herein, except advertising or where

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2016 by Alice Magazine.

Material herein may not be reprinted without the

expressed, written permission of Alice Magazine.

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By Anna Klement

This makeup brand could

be the next big thing.

Beauty geeks rejoice!

If you’re in need of another excuse

to stop wearing makeup, but still want

to look presentable, look no further.

Emily Weiss, CEO of Into the Gloss

has launched a cool-girl approved

“no makeup-makeup” brand, Glossier.

Weiss is well trained in the whatwomen-want

department. As a

past employee at Vogue and

W Magazine, she knows all

too well how women like to

cut corners when it comes

to beauty.

Perhaps Weiss has reached so

much success with the young company

(only 15 months old) because of her

honest, approachable aesthetic. She

uses the mantra: “skin first, makeup

second, smile always.”

For example, the Moisturizing Moon

Mask is described as “good as a juice

cleanse for your face.” The pack is

composed of all-natural ingredients

such as honey, almond oil and hyaluronic

acid (a natural carbohydrate to

plump skin), taking “down to earth” to

a much more impressive standard.

The company is striving to

genuinely redefine the beauty

industry—and killing the

game, nonetheless, by adding

freedom with the products by

using purely organic ingredients

and maintaining a quirky

image. What other makeup brand do

you know that supplies you with stickers

to trick out your already creatively

designed products?

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Glossier is a brand meant for the top

shelf and will leave you asking why it’s

not already in every Sephora on the

planet. With only nine products, the

company grossed $8 million in revenue

in its first month.

If the appearance of the

products alone hasn’t sold

you yet, check out the customer

reviews on its website

as well as praise-worthy commentary

from The Huffington

Post and Marie Claire. The descriptions

for each product tell you

everything you need to sell you, but

then deliver.

The cleverly named Boy Brow is the

only makeup currently available on the

website. It blends easily with hair and

is meant to enhance your natural brow

shape, not draw in unnatural lines. It

is available in three shades (blonde,

brunette and black) and resembles a

mascara wand. For $16, it’s hard to

hold back on this new product loved by

beauty editors everywhere.

Another cult favorite is the Balm

Dot Com set. The universal salve

saves skin from chapped lips and dry

skin and activates your face as a highlighter

for cheeks and lids. It’s made

of beeswax and castor seed oil for only


The newest product from Glossier

is the Milky Jelly Cleanser, which

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launched in January. It literally

dissolves makeup and can be used

on dry or wet skin. The cleanser was

created purely from customer’s ideas

of a “dream face wash.” It’s gentle on

skin, smells amazing, and is

travel and budget friendly.

For only $18, your skin will

thank you daily.

Overall, Glossier is the

fun, older sister to your daily

skincare routine. Weiss and

her team of four keep us believing

“foundation is not the skin tint,

but the expression you choose to put

on.” The only negative is the bank

account statement when you purchase

the Phase 1 set for you and all

of your friends (plus your mom and

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By Amelia Neumeister

Being a beauty junkie can be tough on your wallet.

The need to experiment with the newest makeup

and beauty products can make it difficult to afford even

the necessities. For the beauty lovers out there, Alice

has your back. Check out these easy-to-do, DIY beauty

hacks to save some money and still look fab!

1. Dry shampoo alternatives

It’s the middle of the week, and you

just spent the night in the library

studying for that big test. And since

you overslept your alarm, showering is

low on the priority list. You roll out of

bed and stumble into your bathroom,

only to grab your trusty can of dry

shampoo to find that it is completely

empty. Next plan of action? Outsmart

time by using these ingredients that

are bound to be in your cabinet.

Blondes/Light Hair: You have it

easy. If you are in desperate need of

dry shampoo, throw some baby powder

on your roots and proceed to brush

your hair.

Brunettes/Dark Hair: While you can

use baby powder to cover your roots, it

takes a little more effort to make it invisible.

One of the easiest ways to cover

up your roots is cocoa powder. Sparingly

dust a small amount of powder

at the top of your head, ruffle your

roots with your finger tips, and you

are good to go!

Alternative route: If you don’t have

baby powder or cocoa powder, foundation

powder or translucent setting

powder works really well to absorb

some of the grease.

Looking to make your own dry

shampoo? Here are the ingredients

that prove to be the most successful:

1 tbsp. of cornstarch

4 tbsp. water

1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol

small mixing bowl or glass

small spray bottle

Mix up all the ingredients in the bowl

and pour into your spray bottle. Spray

onto roots (dampening, not soaking,

hair) Distribute product through hair

with hands or a comb. Use sparingly!

2. Broken Powder

You finally found the perfect pressed

powder; you know, the one that feels

like it was made for you. You’re always

putting it on, until one sad day

you open your makeup bag to find it

cracked into at least 10 different pieces.

The compact is a mess, powder is

everywhere, and you can’t afford to

buy a new one.

Here’s your best option to salvage

your powder:

Feel free to try out this technique on

eyeshadows and blushes as well.

Break up the makeup into a fine


Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol.

Mix it all together.

Smooth it over and let it dry.

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3. Kool-Aid Lip Stain

This is the easiest way to get a

fun-colored (and not to mention delicious)

lip stain while also getting in

touch with your inner child. Grab a

pouch of your favorite color Kool-Aid

and have fun!

Dampen your finger and stick it in

the Kool-aid pouch (or container).

Rub the powder over your lips. (It’s

going to be tasty so resist eating it

right away)!

Take a damp Q-tip and go over your

lips to even out the texture and to fix

any mishaps.

A quick Kool-Aid color guide:

Cherry = Orange red

Tropical Punch = Bright red

Peach Mango = Peach

Pink Lemonade = Barbie pink

Strawberry Kiwi = Light red

Grape = Purple

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4. Body Scrub

To keep your skin from getting sandpaper

dry, make your own body scrub.

This easy-to-make (and organic) body

scrub will keep you smooth all year

long. It only takes about five minutes

to make and can be used immediately

after mixing.

1 cup white sugar

1/4+ cups Coconut oil (substitutions

listed below)

Lemon essential oil

8 oz. mason jar (or other container

of choice)

Measure out the sugar into a mixing

bowl. Start with ¼ cup of coconut

oil and add it to the sugar. If you are

allergic to coconut, then you can easily

substitute any other oil of choice.

Almond, jobaba and grapeseed oils

are all good choices because of their

great scents.

Mix together the oil and sugar. Look

for a light, fluffy consistency similar

to the texture of butter and sugar

mixed together when making cookies.

Start with ¼ cup of oil, and if it’s still

too dry add a little bit at a time until

you get to the desired consistency.

Add some essential oil for a good

scent. We recommend lemon for its

light, fresh notes, but this step is all

about personal taste, so add as little or

much as you like.

Put it in a container for storage and

you’re good to go. Just remember, the

container needs to be completely dry

when putting the scrub in it because

water affects the texture.

To use, scoop out a handful of scrub

and rub all over your body. Rinse

it off, and voilá! you have smooth,

moisturized skin. The oil locks in

moisture, and the sugar scrubs off

dead skin.




By Imani Manley

It’s springtime again, and this season

it’s all about the lips. Whether you

like to rock bold colors or are prone to

keeping it cute and subtle, we’ve got all

the shades for you.


Kat Von D Matte Lipstick Lolita

(Sephora, $22)

Lolita is a must-have lipstick if

you’re going for a flirty nude look. It

was sold out in stores for weeks! It

looks great on most fair to medium

tones. Also, check out Lolita II, which

is a tad lighter, if you fall in love with

the first. Why not have both in your


Coloured Raine Matte Lipstick in

Mars (, $17)

Coloured Raine is an up-and-coming

makeup company with affordable

and reliable products. Mars is a subtle

showstopper; it’s just enough to get

you noticed without being over the top.

This shade works best on medium to

dark skin tones.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Chilly

Chili (, $6)

If you haven’t heard about Colour-

Pop — where have you been? These

lipsticks have been taking over and

frequently selling out. Why you ask?

They are only $6! They are cheap,

but the color payoff is amazing. Chilly

Chili is a great nude color that will

look great on olive to dark

skin tones.

MAC Cosmetics Velvet

Teddy Lipstick (MAC, $17)

Velvet Teddy is an irresistible nude.

It’s super soft and can be worn everyday.

This is a great color for light to

medium skin tones.


MAC Cosmetics Candy Yum Yum

(MAC, $17)

Candy Yum Yum is a bold pink. If

you’re feeling like going for it and

making a statement in pink then this

is the color for you. This is a color for

any complexion — from the lightest of

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ladies to the darkest.

MAC Cosmetics Flat Out Fabulous

(MAC, $17)

Flat Out Fabulous is an oldie but

goodie. This color is sure to get you noticed

without being too dramatic, and

it is perfect for dark skin tones.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in

Clueless (, $6)

Clueless is a very subtle pink matte

lipstick. It’s lighter, so it works for an

everyday look. Pair it over any pink or

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clear gloss, and you’re good to go. This

color has the potential to look good

on light tones — just remember your

lip liner!


Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in

Violet (Sephora, $24)

Bite Beauty is a great line to own.

Their lip products have as many antioxidants

in them as one glass of wine.

Plus, they are pretty new, so no one

will have your colors. Violet is a must

for the purple-lip lovers and anyone

with medium skin tones.

ColoupPop Ultra Matte Lip

in Zipper (, $6)

For those who aren’t afraid to wow

with lip color, this purple is the shade

for you. This particular color will look

the best on olive to dark skin tones.

Covergirl Lipstick in Divine

(Any drugstore, $5)

Divine is the perfect, essential purple.

It has buildable color, so you can

make it as light or as dark as you want.

Quick tip:

Before putting on any

lipstick, do a little preparation.

To keep your lipstick

from looking dry and

cakey (especially when

wearing matte lipsticks),

don’t forget to exfoliate

with a little sugar and

Vaseline scrub. Another

tip is to use lip primers to

both double as lip liner and

keep your lipstick from

creasing. Try Bite Beauty’s

Line and Define Lip

Primer (Sephora, $22).

We recommend this color for light to

medium skin tones.


Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil

in Toast (Sephora, $24)

Corals are usually very tricky for

girls, but this one is too pretty to pass

up. It’s just enough orange and just

enough red. This color is the best on

medium to dark skin tones.

MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo

(MAC, $17)

Ruby Woo is everyone’s perfect red.

There is literally no one on this planet

that cannot rock it. If you need

to break out a red then this is your

new go-to.

CoverGirl Lipstick in Craving Coral

(Any drugstore, $5)

This orange red color has amazing

pigmentation, feels great on, and is

easy to apply. This color works best on

fair to olive skin tones.



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By Lawson Mohl and Kaila Washington

it off

Whether you’re experienced with makeup

or just starting out, the amount and variety

of brushes available can be daunting. Here’s

our guide to five basic face and eye brushes

to help you create a flawless look.

Buffing Brush

Typically used for applying foundation,

this brush has a dome-shaped

head and is relatively dense. For the

most-professional use, apply in circular

motions all over the face.

The Pointed

Foundation Brush

This brush is slightly dense, with a

pointed end for defining a contour. To

achieve the perfect face, make a “3”

motion from the middle of your forehead,

to the hollows of your cheeks,

along the jawline and blend.

Contour Brush

Perfect for sculpting the cheekbones

and nose, this brush is dense and cuts

at an angle. The most professional way

to contour is to feel for the hollows of

your cheekbones, then use the brush

and stroke upward while also using

contour powder. You can lightly go

down the sides of your nose using the

same brush for a more defined look.

Eyeliner Brush

Getting the perfect wing is a challenge, but the thin, flexible bristles of an

eyeliner brush help alleviate some of the pain. The shape of the brush makes

getting a sharp line on the curves of your lids simple, and it’s easy to draw as

thick or thin of a line as you want. This brush is mostly used with gel liner.

Eyebrow Brush

An eyebrow brush has angled bristles,

which allows the brush to lay

properly against your brow bone for

easy defining. The angle of the bristles

also lets you mimic your brow hairs by

using short, quick strokes in sparse

areas. But this tool isn’t single purpose

— you can also use the eyebrow

brush for your eyeliner.

Cleaning Brushes

No need to buy fancy brush cleaner!

Every one to two weeks, put some

warm water and either mild shampoo

or antibacterial soap in your

hand. Swirl the brush in the solution

against your palm to get rid of any

grime, then rinse in warm water.

Be careful not to get water where

the bristles meet the handle of the

brush, as this can corrode the glue

holding the tool together.

Specialty cleaning

Beauty Blender: Use baby wash and warm water or combine olive oil and

dish-washing detergent. Pour liquid on the area you are cleaning and proceed

to wash off in sink.

Eyelash Comb: Take an old toothbrush, lather the bristles with warm, soapy

water, and gently brush the spokes of the comb. Rinse in warm water.

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By Leah Tobak

Zendaya Maree Stoermor Coleman

is the complete package.

She’s an actress, dancer, singer

and model all by age 19. Zendaya’s

not afraid to take fashion risks — she

always has an effortlessly cool and

glamorous style. We couldn’t think of

any other young starlet as fit to be this

issue’s It Girl.

Zendaya got her first big break starring

in the Disney Channel show Shake

It Up, where she showcased her singing

and dancing alongside celebrity bestie,

Bella Thorne. She then shimmied her

way to runner up on Dancing with the

Stars as the show’s youngest contestant

at age 16. In 2013, she released

her self-titled solo album, selling over

7,000 copies in the first week.

Recently, Zendaya has been making

major moves in the fashion game. 2015

was a huge year for this young starlet.

She stepped into the big leagues with a

feature in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

music video as fierce sidekick, Cut-

Throat. We all know that #GirlGang

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can’t be stopped.

The biracial beauty also became an

icon for multi-cultural women everywhere,

when a Barbie doll was released

in her likeness. Zendaya shows us she’s

just getting started as she struts into

2016 as the new face of Covergirl.

Zendaya’s unique style is taking the

red carpet by storm. Often seen flaunting

edgy designs featuring bright

colors and patterns, her taste is best

described as eye-catching and unpredictable,

yet chic. We loved the sophisticated

and trendy red tiered Marchesa

gown she recently wore to the Golden

Globe Awards. But Z’s fashion risks

don’t stop on the red carpet either;

she’s constantly changing up her beauty

look. Over the past year, we’ve seen

her with everything from long wavy

locks to a blunt straight bob. Zendaya

can pull off any look.

Not only is Zendaya a trendsetter,

she’s also passionate about being

a positive role model and keeping

it real. She used her personal

Instagram to call out a magazine for

dramatically retouching her cover

shot, creating “the unrealistic ideals

of beauty that we have.” In a recent

interview, Zendaya told E! News

that she knows she has a voice that

reaches many and wants to use it to

encourage others.

We can’t wait to see what bold move

this It Girl pulls next.


Dress: Margoth Moore,

student designer

Accessories: Bluebird Charms



When wedding season

rolls around, don’t get

stuck in tired sun dresses

or stuffy suits. From

formal to casual, we’ve

got you covered.

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For more formal occasions, try

a tailored jumpsuit in a fabric

like crêpe or chiffon. This adds

a feminine hourglass figure to a

modern, menswear-inspired base.

In a blue material, this outfit

contrasts nicely with a pair of nude

or metallic heels.

Blazer, dress shirt, and slacks:

Locker Room

Jumpsuit: Lindsey Richards,

student designer

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Spruce up a romper with a

statement necklace and wedges

for a more comfortable, but still

polished look. Make this look fun

with a fun floral pattern or add

a pop of color by accessorizing a

solid-colored romper.

Shirt and slacks: Locker Room

Lace romper: Az Well

Floral set: Lucca

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Fashion trends evolve, but some never go out of style.

This spring and summer, it’s time to raid mom’s closet

because some of our favorite classic looks are back from

the past. Take at look at our guide to see how pieces

from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s are being reinvented

and combined for your 2016 wardrobe.


Makeup looks by Skye Jones and Mary Katherine

Mathews with Bobbie Brown Cosmetics



Dark tones, sneakers and simple, undone hair were

trademarks of the ‘90s. To get the grunge aesthetic, pair

classic Chuck Taylor High Tops with ripped high-waisted

denim shorts, a crop top, and an essential flannel shirt.

Don’t forget to finish the look with a choker!


Pants: Lavish


Plaid shirt: Pants Store

Shorts: Lavish

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Show stoppers like Madonna crashed

on to the ‘80s fashion scene with bright

colors and patterns paired with chunky

jewelry and accessories. Pair bright

colors with a cute mini skirt to give

your closet an ‘80s flair. Complete

your look and throwback to the flashy

fabrics and accessories of the time with

a pair of metallic sandals.




Margoth Moore, student designer


Top, skirt: Az Well

Sandals: Selphi

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Top: Brooks Cochran, student designer

Pants: Selphi

Headband: Az Well

Necklace: Pants Store


Top, sunglasses: Az Well

Pants: Selphi



Bare feet, bell bottoms and good vibes

are just a few things that come to mind

when thinking of the ‘70s. Capture

this bohemian look by pairing a flowy

top with classic bell bottom jeans. Add

tassel jewelry and flower crowns to

truly mimic the hippie style.


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Polka dot set: Miranda Barrett,

student designer

Sandals: Francesca’s


Tie dye set: Soul Diem

Sandals: Francescas’s




Icons like Jackie O and Audrey

Hepburn inspired women from every

walk of life to step up their style. For

a look straight from the ‘60s, focus

on polka dots and pastels. Splashes of

color keep this look simple but playful.

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When you need to go from class to errand running to

the gym all in one outfit, it’s hard to pick something that

doesn’t skimp on style. You need an outfit that lets you

to do it all. Let us introduce you to your new best friend:

athleisure wear. It combines comfort and function to work

just as hard as you do. You can head straight from class to

the gym with confidence in athletic gear that looks great

and performs better. There’s no need to look sloppy while

breaking a sweat. With athleisure, your 5K run will be

worthy of the runway.

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Photographer: Emily Heath

Produced and styled by:

Aramis Harmon, Kaila Washington,

Maia Wade, Samantha Cupero,

Deven Feldstein, Melissa Eisenach

Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Top: Soul Diem

Pants, shoes: Market House

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Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Top: Bevello

Skirt: Francesca’s


Grey cape: Jon Duff-Gordon,

student designer

Shirt, pants: Selphi


Black dress: Bevello

Beaded necklace: Lavish

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Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Shirt: Francesca’s

Pants: Pants Store

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Black shirt: Pants Store

Pants: Market House

Necklace: Bluebird Charms


Dress: Christy’s Ladies Boutique

Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Shoes: Market House

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C a f é

By Mary Clay Kline

When Tuscaloosa native and UA

graduate Tres Jackson first opened

the doors to Epiphany Cafe, the chef

had big dreams for the farm-to-table

establishment. The restaurant,

which opened over 12 years ago,

provides creative small-plate style

dishes utilizing ingredients from local

farms. Epiphany’s menu, from

appetizers to desserts, is inspired

by both Southern tradition and

foreign cuisine.

If you’ve ever dined at Epiphany,

you may have dropped in for its most

popular menu item: fried Brussels

sprouts. The crowd favorite appetizer

is served tossed in sweet soy caramel

and housemade hot sauce, then

topped with kimchi, Korean-style

pickled local vegetables. Jackson

estimates that the restaurant runs

through about 50 pounds of Brussels

sprouts a week. Though the restaurant’s

menu evolves constantly, the

Brussels sprouts are a mainstay. The

soy caramel and hot sauce laden version

of the appetizer is moving to his

new global street food restaurant en-

deavor, Animal Butter, set to launch

in April. But don’t worry — a new

Brussels sprouts recipe will debut at

Epiphany when the original


Epiphany Cafe’s craft cocktail

menu changes seasonally

as well. Rebecca Doss, one of

Epiphany’s longtime bartenders,

recommends the Merrythought

as the perfect cocktail

to welcome spring. The refreshing

gin drink includes St. Germain,

lychee, lemon, strawberry and

sparkling water. The gin featured in

the Merrythought is 27 Springs Gin,

which is distilled in Alabama.

Epiphany Cafe is open for dinner

Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m.

until 10 p.m. with a happy hour Monday

through Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

when frugal foodies can enjoy a selection

of menu items for half price.

Epiphany Cafe is located at 519

Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa. For

more information, visit

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One Ingredient,

Five Ways

By Kimberly Suits

This skinny grass-looking herb is milder than its larger counterpart,

green onions, but still adds a hint of the onion flavor

without overpowering any dish. Chives make the perfect summer

herb, as they’re best raw or only slightly cooked. Many dishes benefit

from a sprinkle of chives, especially egg dishes, and they’re a

delightful garnish over salads, baked potatoes and soups.

For those who love to cook with fresh herbs but can’t have a

garden of their own, chives can be planted in a small pot and

grown inside. They’re super easy to care for — just a little sunlight

and water. Plus, the little bit of green can add life to any

window sill.

Most recipes call for fresh chives, which, if refrigerated in a

plastic container, can last up to a week. But for busy students on

a budget, the other option is to get dried chives that can be rehydrated

with a little water. Either way, the herb will bring a splash

of summer flavor to any dish.

Best served topped with salsa and fresh avocado on the side.

Lemon-Chive Long

Grain Rice

This rice adds a bright citrus flavor

to any dish.



1 tbsp olive oil

4 large eggs

2 ½ tbsp minced chives

2 tbsp water

dash of salt and pepper

2 ounces cream cheese cubed

Cream Cheese and Chive Omelet


1. In large nonstick skillet, heat olive

oil over medium-high heat.

2. Whisk eggs, 2 tbsp. chives, water,

salt and pepper, then pour mixture

into skillet.

3. As egg mixture cooks, lift edges

and allow the uncooked portion flow


4. Once the eggs set sprinkle one side

with cream cheese and extra ½ tbsp

of chives; fold other side over the filling.

Once filling is melted slide omelet

onto a plate.

2 tbsp butter

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 cups long grain rice

½ tsp ground turmeric

zest from 1 lemon

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 tbsp chives, finely chopped

¼ tsp pepper


1. Melt butter in saucepan, add onions,

and saute.

2. Add rice and turmeric to pan and

stir to coat rice.

3. Add half of lemon zest and all of the

broth, stir. Bring to a boil.

4. Cover and simmer over low heat for

20-25 minutes.

5. Stir in remaining lemon zest and


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Buttermilk and

Chive Dressing

This dressing is light, Southern and

full of flavor.


¾ cup buttermilk

½ cup mayonnaise

3 tbsp chopped chives

1 garlic clove, minced

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper


1. Whisk together all ingredients.

Cover dressing and chill until ready

to serve.

The perfect compliment to a refreshing



2 ¼ cup flour

2 ½ tsp baking powder

2 tsp sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup cold butter, cubed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3 tbsp chives, chopped

1 cup buttermilk

Cheddar Chive Savory Biscuits


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour,

baking powder, sugar, baking soda,and

salt. Cut in butter with pastry

knife or two butter knives until mixture

resembles coarse crumbs; stir

in cheese and chives. Add buttermilk

and stir until moistened.

3. Place on lightly floured surface;

knead 8-10 times. Roll dough to ¾

inch. thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter

or top of thin glass cup.

4. Place 2 inches apart on a greased

baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes

or until golden brown.

Shrimp with

Chive Butter

This recipe works well broiled or

on the grill. Serve it over pasta and

summer squash, tossed with the leftover



1 cup butter

2 garlic cloves, pressed

¼ cup lemon juice

6 tbsp chives, chopped

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 lb. shrimp, uncooked, peeled and


½ lb. whole wheat spaghetti

2 cups chopped summer squash


1. Preheat broiler or grill. Spray baking

sheet or grill basket with nonstick


2. Cook pasta and summer squash.

3. Melt butter in small saucepan over

low heat.

4. Whisk in garlic and lemon juice,

then add chives and pepper.

5. Arrange shrimp, and brush with

butter. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip

and brush other side with butter.

Cook for another 2 minutes.

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By Madison Sullivan

Double the people to

double your results.

It’s always easier to hit the gym when you’ve got a

friend to keep you accountable. We formulated a fitness

routine that requires you to actually have your

partner with you to complete the workout.

How It Works

Abs, arms, legs and glutes are all included in this partner

workout. Complete the circuit two times through,

taking a one-minute break following the Medicine Ball

Swing and Pass. 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.

1. Plank with High Fives (20)

Face your partner in plank position. Lift opposite

arms, straightening them in front of you. Hit your

partner’s palm and lower your arms back down. Repeat

with the other arm. Be sure to keep your core

engaged during the entire set.

2. Squatting Medicine Ball Pass (20)

Squat with your back pressed up against your partner’s

back. While you’re both in squatting position,

pass a 5-pound medicine ball around your torsos,

handing it off. Make sure to stay in a full squat and

engage your core. Each partner should have the ball

ten times.

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3. Leg Raises (10)

One partner stands while the other lays down flat

on their back. The partner on the ground grabs the

ankles of the other. The partner on the ground then

engages their core pulling their legs up above them.

The standing partner then pushes their feet back

down towards the ground. Without letting their feet

hit the ground, the partner on the floor repeats pulling

their legs above them. Once this has been completed

10 times, switch.

5. Stretch

Once you’ve repeated the circuit as many times as possible,

cool down with a 5-10 minute stretching session with your

partner. We have included two partner stretches, but don’t

forget to add your own into the mix.

Leg Stretch:

One partner lies on their back. The other partner

kneels at their feet and pushes their leg back as far as

it can go. You should feel tension in your muscles but

not pain; go only as far as your body allows you. You

will gain flexibility over time.

4. Medicine Ball Swing and Pass (10)

Standing a few feet away from one another, hold a

5-pound medicine ball in front of you. Twisting and

tightening your core, swing the medicine ball in a

wide arc from right to left. Once the ball is all the way

to the left of your body, release the ball and toss it to

your partner. Your partner will then repeat this process,

using the momentum of the ball to turn all the

way to their left then back to their right.

Back Stretch:

One partner sits with their legs out in front. The

other partner kneels behind and pushes the first partners’

back until their body is as flat to their legs as it

can go.

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What’s your

signature drink?

1. Your Friday test is finished, now what?

a. Looking at my to-do list — lots to do.

b. Time to watch the Kardashians.

c. Go home, jump into sweatpants until

it’s time to get dressed for the night.


2. At 9 p.m. on Sunday night, you are...?

a. Packing my backpack, reviewing

my readings.

b. Watching last week’s The Bachelor.

c. Watching Downton Abbey with a

glass of wine.

d. The accumulated hangover would kill

me, so I’m still drinking.

3. You have an 8 a.m. class, what are

you wearing?

a. Jeans, cute sweater, and my makeup

is done.

b. Oversized t-shirt with makeup and

hair done.

c. Messy bun, leggings, maybe some

mascara on a good day.

d. Do people go to those?

4. Movie night with the girls, your first pick is?

a. Pride and Prejudice, new rendition.

b. Anything based off a Nicholas

Sparks novel.

c. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

d. Pitch Perfect 2

5. Describe your current resume.

a. Printed and ready.

b. Does my high-school one count?

c. Could use work, but it says what

it needs to.

d. Ohhh ... About that ...

6. Your dream wedding is...?

a. Hometown chapel.

b. A romantic day with a floralcovered


c. Someplace modern where I can enjoy the

day with family and friends.

d. A destination wedding; can you

say beach!?

7. What’s on the bottom of your purse?

a. Everything is in its appropriate pocket.

b. Every lipstick I own.

c. Gum, receipts, Chapstick.

d. Only the necessities: phone, ID/debit card,

and Innisfree VIP card.

8. When did you start working on your

summer plans?

a. Last summer.

b. My parents are lining something up.

c. I started reaching out a few

months ago.

d. I’ll figure something out when it

gets here.

9. At the movies, you can’t live without...?

a. Raisinets

b. Twizzlers

c. Popcorn

d. My flask; it fits in my purse!

10. What does your most embarrassing drunk

story involve?

a. This one time my drunk friend...

b. Curtains, cupcakes, and a

wrong number.

c. Too many rounds of flip cup, a spoon,

and the song “Milkshakes.”

d. Funnel, palm tree, stuffed tiger.

Mostly As: Always the DD

You’ve claimed your seat and you’re drinking

Shirley Temples. You’re going to be the

most responsible bridesmaid and are always

willing to pick up unwanted tasks.

Mostly Bs: Something sweet: Daiquiri,

Lemon Drop, Cosmos, Spritzers, Sweet Wine,

or Light Beer

You’re probably the newbie. You have like 12

best friends. Picking what outfit to wear is one

of the biggest decisions you’ve made all week.

You like keeping up with your celebrity icons

and making every day fun.

Mostly Cs: Classic Mix: Vodka & Tonic,

Whiskey & Coke, Martini, “Good” Wine, or

Craft Beer

You’ve been around the block a time or two

and know what you like. You pretty much

know who you are, but can’t deny a chance to

unwind. Your friends say you are the mom of

the group and have your life put together as

the most level-headed, with one or two go-to

close friends.

Mostly Ds: Straight up: Vodka, Tequila, or a

shot of anything

You’re down to have fun and tend to gravitate

to the center of attention. You’re looking

for an adventure around every turn. Your

friends say you’re a party animal, and you

can’t even try to deny it.

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Soak Up the Sun

Getting Over Jealousy

Fashion with a Heart

Music Festival Roundup

Fad Diet or Bad Diet


Not Your Babe








Photographer: Emily Heath

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When summer hits, it’s all road trips, sun-kissed skin,

and hot days that turn into simmering nights. Embrace the

season’s laissez-faire approach with a wardrobe that accents

the ease of beachside escapes and festive soirees. The summer

is yours for the taking. So whether you’re marrying preppy

classics with snappy twists or opting for styles as free as your

schedule, you can’t go wrong. It’s easy to let the sounds of

summer inspire your looks when music festivals are scattered

throughout the season. From mesh crop tops to denim cut offs

to fringe details, now’s the time to let the good vibes flow.

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Top, shorts and necklace: Pants Store

Plaid top and shorts: Locker Room

Photographer: Hanna Curlette

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Tie dye dress: Soul Diem

Tie dye romper: Soul Diem

Crochet top: Pants Store

Accessories: Pants Store and Francesca’s

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Photographer: Trent McDaniel

Floral Romper: Lucca

Photographer: Ramsey Griffin

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Photographer: Emily Heath

Photographer: Ramsey Griffin

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Fringe geometric set: Lucca

Photographer: Trent McDaniel

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Fringe top: Lavish

Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Photographer: Hanna Curlette

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Fringe top: Pants Store

Jean shorts: Pants Store

Necklace: Bluebird Charms

Photographer: Hanna Curlette

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Photographer: Hanna Curlette

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Beige crochet vest: Pants Store

Brown shorts: Pants Store

Necklace: Pants Store

Black tied romper: Lucca

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Getting Over


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By Allison Cohen and

Elizabeth Elkin

Remember that boy you

dated in seventh grade?

Well, he’s dating another

girl, and she’s pregnant.

Catherine Faust, a student at The

University of Alabama, can relate.

“And I’m not jealous at all because I

don’t want a child at all in any form,”

she says. “But...they make it look

pretty cute.”

We’ve all experienced it in one form

or another. Whether you’re a middle

child, new to a relationship, or in a

friend group, chances are you’ve come

face-to-face with Shakespeare’s greeneyed

monster: jealousy. The all-consuming

emotion has a tendency to

creep up on us. But don’t worry, there’s

a way to curb it.

On the surface, jealousy is the fear

of losing what’s yours. However, when

it comes to describing the thoughts,

feelings and interactions that go

along with the emotion, things

can get more complicated. Clinical

psychologist Shelley Bresnick

splits jealousy into two categories:

outward and underlying


“Anger and resentment are

the overriding emotions you’ll outwardly

see,” Bresnick says. “But a

sense of feeling rejected underlies

those emotions.”

To get a better grasp at how to

curb our jealous selves, we have to go

straight to the source.

Understanding the Process

Cue the brain signals.

Bresnick compares jealousy to

a fight or flight response. We feel

threatened by situations, such as another

girl talking to our significant

other, and our immediate reaction is

jealousy. She said this could result in

either an outward burst of anger or

inner resentment.

The American Psychological Association

have linked jealousy to a specific

part of our brains, the prefrontal

cortex. The magic that happens here

relates back to whether you feel happy

(left cortex) or sad (right cortex.)

Studies have shown there to be more

action in the left cortex in situations

that prompt jealousy.

If in the past you haven’t felt accepted

by your family, Bresnick says, you

may be more likely to feel that way

with your peers. This can form a pattern

of feeling unaccepted in different

aspects of your life. Bresnick gives the

example of a couple.

“One person in a relationship might

feel jealous because the other has

close friendships,” she says. “They

might feel their partner is confiding

too much in one of their friends. They

might think, ‘You’re putting too much

into these other relationships, so what

does that leave for me?’”

However, jealousy isn’t confined

to only face-to-face interactions. We

live in a digital world, so what we

see online has a huge impact on our

jealousy radar.

The Influence of Social Media

Instagram: the mecca of people you

want to be, taking pictures in all the

places you want to visit. Or Facebook,

where the girl who always bit her nails

is now living your dream internship

(with perfect cuticles).

Looking through the lens of what appears

to be someone’s perfect life can

cause insecurities in our own.

“It’s when people look like they have

their stuff together,” says Lindsey

Young, a UA student. “I try to tell

myself I’m going to work harder and

find a successful job, but I end up just

stalking them on Instagram.”

Bresnick explains that the image

of people we see on social media is


“You’re comparing yourself to a positive

image rather than a real person,”

Bresnick says.

Social media allows others to edit

and re-edit the image they want to be

perceived as. It can be hard to see past

the almost too dreamy couple and the

perfectly placed coffee mug, but we

don’t always think about the real person

behind the picture. Once we step

back from the filters, we can then stop

the comparisons and focus on reality.

Curbing Jealousy

The layers of jealousy tend to merge

together, and Bresnick suggests breaking

down exactly what you’re feeling to

separate your thoughts between the

jealous and the rational.

“Some of it is becoming more aware

of what you’re thinking and feeling,”

Bresnick says. “And when you’re more

aware, you can start to understand it

more. And as a result, you’re able to let

go of it.”

In addition, if you’re thinking negatively

about yourself, Bresnick says to

change your thinking to see the things

you like about yourself. By redirecting

your thoughts, you spend less brain

power wondering why you aren’t somebody

else and more brain power appreciating

the person you are.

Bresnick suggests asking yourself

questions that put your situation in

perspective, such as, “What does this

really mean for me?” She says this can

help you accurately assess your negative

feelings and successfully kick your

jealous streak.

Jealousy, in small amounts, is natural.

It can help you break bad habits or

go after the dream job you’ve always

wanted. Use it to your advantage!

But don’t let it get in between you,

reality and the Netflix series you’re

binge watching.

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By Emily Williams

In February, New York

Fashion Week brought

the $1.2 trillion fashion

industry into sharp focus

on a global scale.

It is the realm of the

absurd and the absurdly

overpriced, with past offerings including

Kanye West’s $1,600 ripped

sweater or Rodarte’s couture Star

Wars gown collection. But behind all

the glitz and glamour, the fashion

industry’s ethical reputation is increasingly

under scrutiny. In an industry

that employs nearly one-sixth of

the world’s population and creates the

second-highest amount of pollution,

accountability is hard to come by.

But a growing number of businesses

are making a mark by putting charitable

causes at the center of their designs.

Fashion for a cause is an increasingly

popular way for both companies and

consumers to make a statement about

their values and put their money where

their heart is.

“In a traditional sense, it used to be

that for-profit companies made products

and did services, and not-for-profit

companies were the ones that worked

within causes and messages,” says Joel

Strayer, a marketing instructor at The

University of Alabama. “(Now) we live

in an age where companies have to give

added value to the customer. I think

the recession and the recovery has had

a lot to do with the value being created

for customers in buying goods that

also have causes attached to them.”

Strayer explains that the way these

goods are priced, the actual market

price of a product is combined with

the amount of a charitable donation,

so the consumer is technically overpaying

for the good. But the charitable

element adds value to the product

and an emotional benefit for the consumer.

In the long run, he says, causebased

fashion may save money because

the marketing costs for the business

and the charity are consolidated,

which puts more money toward the

charitable donations.

“The market is efficient, so you probably

have a higher volume of people

who are willing to go out and buy [the

product] and at the same time make

the donation, than people who would

just naturally go out and donate to a

charity,” Strayer says. “Overall, you’re

seeing more dollars go to that than

you would in just a traditional, purely

charity sense.”

While the practice is most commonly

associated with clothing or shoes,

Strayer says the trend of businesses

partnering with causes is likely to increase

in the future.

“Right now, with today’s consumer, I

think it’s a strong marketing strategy

and a strong way to differentiate yourself

from a company that just delivers

a strong product,” he says. “I think

where you see a majority of the success

is when you start off with a cause and

then build into making a product that

people desire.”

One of the businesses with a cause

at the root of their products is Rahab’s

Rope in Gainesville, Georgia. Founded

by Vicki Moore in 2004, Rahab’s

Rope is a non-profit store and ministry

that provides aftercare and education

for women who are victims of human

trafficking in India.

The women are taught to sew and

make jewelry, and the products they

make, including accessories, bags,

scarves, and journals, are sold in the

Gainesville store. The program’s goal

is to help rehabilitate the women and

prepare them to support themselves in


“We’re not trying to employ women

the rest of their lives. We want to be

the transitional period for them,” says

Moore, owner of Rahab’s Rope. “But

in that transitional period of rehabilitation,

they need to be able to sustain

themselves and have some income to be

able to start rebuilding.”

Moore travels back and forth between

India and Georgia, working in four Indian

cities across the country and running

the store. She said the business

has been successful because it is not

simply a charity; it gives the women

a chance to make lasting changes in

their lives.

“We’re setting a model for the women

to not just expect someone to come in

and hand them everything,” she says.

“They’re also learning how to work

and provide things for themselves.”

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Rahab’s Rope supports women in

three ways: rehabilitating women who

have been rescued from the sex trade,

building relationships with women

currently working in the sex industry

in order to help them escape, and preventing

women from getting into the

business to begin with.

“We were seeing teenage girls in a

community where a lot of suicide attempts

were happening,” Moore says.

“That was due to the fact that they

never were allowed to go to school, and

so they couldn’t get a job, and then

their families just told them that they

were a burden. In their minds, their

families would just be better off if they

didn’t exist.”

Through their programs, Moore and

her team provide the women basic vocational

training and life skills. They

also work with the women’s parents to

help them understand the importance

of education. Last year, Rahab’s Rope

and its affiliates were able to open a

home for children rescued from redlight


Unlike other non-profit stores that

sell a variety of fair-trade products

from around the world, Moore says

her store is unique because almost

all of the products she sells are made

by rescued women in India. Profits

from the store cover all operational

costs and marketing costs, so she is

able to send 100 percent of donations

directly overse.

She says her message resonates with

customers because they can see the direct

connection their money has with

changing lives in India.

“We have a lot of people who come in

the store who have never heard of us,

and once they hear the story they go,

‘Oh, well I can’t leave without buying

something,’” she says.

In addition to non-profit, causebased

fashion businesses, an increasing

number of for-profit businesses

are working to align themselves

with a message. Well-known brands

like TOM’s and Target’s FEED line

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brought cause fashion to popular attention,

but smaller companies are

working to bring change to the fashion

industry by going beyond sweatshops

and synthetic fabrics.

The sustainable fashion company

Zady, based in New York City, calls

itself “a lifestyle destination for conscious

consumers.” The company assembles

its clothing in the United

States using ethically sourced materials

and environmentally-friendly manufacturing


Zady was established in 2013 by

friends Soraya Darabi and Maxine

Bédat, who felt disconnected from the

clothes they were buying. They began

their company by selling products from

ethical brands and telling the story behind

how the garments were made. In

2014, the company began manufacturing

and selling its own line.

UA student Lindsay Rieland worked

as a marketing intern for Zady in the

summer of 2015. The senior marketing

major says she was drawn to

the company because of their values

and the opportunity to help people

through business.

“Zady really appreciates transparency

in the supply chain,” Rieland says.

“So you know that the shirt on your

back is coming from artisans

that are paid enough

and treated well, and

they’re using raw materials

that aren’t killing the


Rieland says she

knew very little about

the importance of sustainable

fashion before

she began working at Zady but now

has a new appreciation for the benefits

of making informed purchases.

While Zady’s line is more expensive

than what she calls “fast fashion”

brands, she says the long-term benefits

for the environment, workers and

consumer outweigh the temporary

cost disparity.

“These days it’s so easy to go into

Forever 21 or H&M and buy something

that you know you’re only going

to wear once,” she says. “A lot of

people don’t think about why these

clothes are so cheap. Why are we buying

something that’s $2? I mean, yeah,

it’s cheap, but what are the impacts on

the whole world?”

Zady Relationship Manager Navah

Rosenbaum says being transparent

about the process of producing their

clothing helps customers feel more

connected to their purchases.

“There’s really a crisis, I think, in

how things are getting made,” Rosenbaum

says. “Similar to the food industry

where we were really disconnected

from where our food came from and

then as brands like Whole Foods came

along and taught consumers to think

about those things, that really opened

people’s eyes.”

Rosenbaum says Zady’s long-term

goal is to change the way consumers

think about fashion and its global effects.

Other companies, she says, have

looked to Zady as an example of how to

maintain a profitable brand while upholding

higher ethical standards.

“I hope that the fashion industry

will start taking more accountability

for where products that they’re selling

“ ... the shirt on your back is

coming from artisans that are

paid enough and treated well, and

they’re using raw materials that

aren’t killing the environment.”

come from and I hope that consumers

start demanding that more and more

so that there will be a lot more transparency,”

Rosenbaum says. “And I

hope that consumers will feel empowered

to make better choices and understand

what their impact really is.”

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Summer 2k16

Festival Roundup

The Governors Ball in NYC

(Photo by Forrest Woodward)

By Katie Bell

Grab your flower crowns and

cheap sunglasses — our favorite

season of the year is here!

That’s right: music festival

time. Whether you’re hitting a

sunny beach or braving a techno

forest, Alice has the scoop

on the most sought-out festivals

of the summer. Ranging

from twangy country to upbeat

electronic jams, we’ve got your

guide to the best live music of

the season. So whether you’re

grabbing your cowboy boots

or flash tattoos, this ultimate

summer music festival lineup

can’t be beat.



Beale Street Music Festival

(Memphis, TN)

With a range of artists spanning

from the greatest rockstars to the

newest rap artists, Beale Street

Music Festival is a top priority

if you’re looking for a low-commitment

festival. This year’s

headliners include Beck, Weezer,

Train, Jason Derulo, Meghan

Trainor, and Grace Potter. Tom

Lee Park can be found right off

the mighty Mississippi and has

been locally deemed as“Mudfest”

for its swampy conditions during

rainy season each year. Rain

won’t stop the fun though, so grab

those rain boots and hit the banks

for the ultimate soulful Memphis

music experience.

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Firefly Music Festival

(Dover, DE)

With major headliners Mumford

& Sons, Ellie Goulding, Fetty

Wap, Blink-182, Earth Wind &

Fire and many others, the Firefly

lineup is stacked. If you’re looking

for a little taste of every genre

and can’t wait to hit the camping

grounds to get there, look no further.

Located in Dover, Delaware,

this festival is definitely making

our can’t-miss list.

Hangout Music Festival

(Gulf Shores, AL)

Looking for a festival experience

that brings all of your favorites —

sun, beach and live music — together

into one magnificent weekend?

The Hangout in Gulf Shores,

Alabama will provide you with

just that in one fun-packed weekend.

General admission passes

are going for $269, which includes

a wristband for every day and

re-entry into the festival. Don’t

miss this fantastic opportunity

to gather your friends on one of

Alabama’s most beautiful beaches

and see your favorite artists.

Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)

Last year’s headliners included Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Metallica,

The Weekend and Bassnectar. Do we have your attention yet? Lollapalooza

will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a lineup

that is sure to be one for the books. Located in Grant Park in the middle

of downtown Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan, this usual three-day

event is upgrading to a four-day festival for its big anniversary. Tickets

for Lollapalooza will go on sale mid-spring, so book a hotel, find some

friends, and prepare for one of the greatest weekends this summer music

schedule has to offer.


Level 1: mild-mannered and easygoing

Small, easy commitment for money and travel expenses

Level 2: middle-ground music festivals

Could require travel and financial commitment; temperature

factor; likely requires camping

Level 3: intense; not recommended for first-time

festival goers

Extreme commitment and planning; financial commitment;

traveling commitment— requires camping;

spans more than a weekend

Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)

You’ve probably been talking about it for years, so this summer, head to

the farm for an experience unlike any other. Bonaroo’s 700-acre farm in

Manchester, Tennessee is the perfect place to camp, make new friends,

and listen to an unbeatable lineup. Known for its extreme middle-Tennessee

summer heat, Bonnaroo also has mushroom fountains that are

perfect for cooling off in between sets. This four-day festival is typically

for the most-intense festival lovers, so prior planning is a must. But

with headliners like Pearl Jam, Grace Potter, Band of Horses, Dead and

Company, and J. Cole, this festival will be nothing short of unforgettable.

Don’t forget to sign the famous graffiti wall when you get there!

The Governors Ball

(New York City, NY)

With headliners like Kanye

West and The Killers, and an

NYC venue, what’s not to love?

Originally started in 2011 as a

one-day festival, the Governors

Ball has grown to a three-day

event with major headliners on

each day. There’s no better excuse

to visit New York City, so

round up a group and hit Randall’s

Island Park to knock some

of your favorite artists off your

music festival bucket list.


CMA Music Festival (Nashville, TN)

As one of the biggest country music festivals of the

year, the CMA Music Festival hosts all the greats. So

if you’re a diehard country music lover, you can’t miss

this event. The four-day festival features hundreds of

performers, nightly concerts, and meet-and-greets in

the Nissan Stadium across the river from downtown

Nashville. So if it hasn’t already, the CMA Music Festival

needs to make your calendar this summer.

Photo courtesy of Euphoria

Rock the Ocean’s

Tortuga Music Festival

(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

With headliners like Blake Shelton,

Tim McGraw, Joe Nichols

and Lynyrd Skynyrd, you won’t

want to miss the Tortuga Music

Festival. The three stages spread

across the Fort Lauderdale beach

dare you to plant yourself in the

sand and be serenaded by some

of the best country music around.

Plus, with every ticket purchased,

a portion of the proceeds goes toward

the Rock the Ocean’s foundation

to raise awareness for

ocean conservation. Is there a better

way to spend a weekend than

by hitting the beach, hearing your

favorite country singers, and supporting

ocean conservation?


Yellowhammer Festival

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

Keeping the vibes good is

Yellowhammer’s goal. It is

an eco- and family-friendly

music festival — the first of

its kind in Tuscaloosa. Sip

on some local beers, soak up

the summer sun and jam out

to regional artists like The

Doctors and the Lawyers,

Shaheed and DJ Supreme,

Wray and Looksy. Make sure

to stay till the end to catch

the final performance, Sister

Hazel. The Festival will

be held at the Tuscaloosa

River Market on April 3rd.

For more information, go to

Bayou Country Superfest

(Baton Rouge, LA)

Located in the heart of Baton

Rouge at the LSU Tiger Stadium,

the Bayou Country Superfest is

almost a pilgrimage for country

fans. With returning headliners

like Jason Aldean, Eric Church

and Luke Bryan, plus the added

bonus of tailgating the festival

around the stadium, there’s no

reason not to attend. Dust off

those cowboys boots and head

down to the Bayou this Memorial

Day weekend for some of the best

country at an unbeatable price.

Sloss Music &

Arts Festival

(Birmingham, AL)

Sloss Fest is returning to

Birmingham for its second

year at Sloss Furnaces this

July, with new headlining

artists and other Alabama

favorites. Ryan Adams — hot

on the music scene for his altrock

cover of Taylor Swift’s

album, 1989 — will headline,

along with Ray Lamontagne,

Ben Harper, Death Cab For

Cutie, The Flaming Lips

and The Innocent Criminals.

Two-day passes for the event

are going for $150 the day of

the event, a price well worth

a weekend full of music, art,

food and drinks.



(Austin, TX)

Less than a 10-minute drive from

the Austin-Bergstrom International

Airport in Austin, Texas,

Euphoria lives up to its name.

With headliners such as Dillon

Francis, STS9, Juicy J, Tycho

and Bassnectar, this festival has

definitely caught our attention.

Hit the ranch this spring, pitch a

tent, and get ready for a weekend

filled with fun, friends and great

music you won’t want to miss.

Mysteryland USA

(Bethel, NY)

Mysteryland USA is located on

the famous Woodstock stomping

grounds, so you know

this festival means business.

With killer headliners like

Odesza, Skrillex, Bassnectar

and Young Thug included in

just the first phase, it’s obvious

this festival is destined for

greatness. Mysterland USA

has camping and non-camping

options available, so plan

accordingly for the 3-day electronic

music extravaganza at

Bethel Woods. We’ve marked

our calendars for June 10-13,

and you should too!



Every music festival has

requirements for what is

permitted and banned

on official music festival

websites. Alice recommends

the necessities: water bottle

(a clear, empty Camelbak

to pass during the security

check), sunscreen and

chapstick, camping gear,

comfortable shoes, and

most importantly, good

vibes and great friends to

kick it with during your

ultimate live-music weekend.

A pop-up tent, rolling

cooler, and small propane

grill are highly recommended

when spending a

weekend on site to see your

favorite bands.


Ticket prices increase closer

to the event, and our advice

to you is this: commit

to a festival, find some good

friends, and get ready for a

great weekend full of live

music you won’t forget.

Shaky Knees (Atlanta, GA)

With headliners including Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket,

Walk the Moon and Young the Giant, who’s not heading to Atlanta

for this awesome event? The Shaky Knees music festival includes five

stages hosting some of rock’s biggest artists in the middle of downtown

Atlanta. The festival is low-commitment but high quality music, so don’t

miss your chance for a stress-free festival weekend.

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Summer 2k16

Festival Roundup

Bayou Country Superfest

Where: Tiger Stadium,

Baton Rouge, LA

When: May 27–29, 2016


Where: Carson Creek Ranch,

Austin, TX

When: April 8–10, 2016

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Electric Forest

Where: Doube JJ Resort,

Rothbury, MI

When: June 23–26, 2016


Where: Grant Park,

Chicago, IL

When: July 28–31, 2016


Where: Great Stage Park,

Manchester, TN

When: June 9–12, 2016

Beale Street Music Festival

Where: Tom Lee Park,

Memphis, TN

When: April 29–May 1, 2016

Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Where: Birmingham, AL

When: July 16–17, 2016

Mysteryland USA

Where: Bethel Woods,

Bethel, NY

When: June 10–13, 2016

The Governors Ball

Where: Randall’s Island Park,

New York City, NY

When: June 3–5, 2016

Firefly Music Festival

Where: The Woodlands,

Dover, DE

When: June 16–19, 2016

CMA Music Festival

Where: Nissan Stadium,

Nashville, TN

When: June 9–12, 2016

Shaky Knees

Where: Centennial Olympic Park

and International Plaza

Atlanta, GA

When: May 13–15, 2016

Tortuga Music Festival

Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach

Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

When: April 15–17, 2016

Yellowhammer Festival

Where: Tuscaloosa River Market,

Tuscaloosa, AL

When: 2:00–8:30p.m., April 3, 2016

Hangout Music Festival

Where: Gulf Shores, AL

When: May 20–21, 2016

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fad or

The Cabbage Soup Diet

By Madison Sullivan

Outline of the Cabbage Soup Diet

For the entirety of the diet, eat as much of

the cabbage soup recipe as you can along with 8

glasses of water each day. For day one, eat only

eat fresh fruits. Day two, eat only fresh vegetables

and one baked potato with butter. Day three,

eat only fresh fruits and vegetables. Day four, eat

only nonfat yogurt, skim milk, and up to 8 bananas.

Day five, eat up to six tomatoes and skinless

protein. Day six, eat only fresh vegetables and

protein. Day seven, eat only fresh fruits and vegetables.

When asked if I wanted to do the Cabbage Soup

Diet and write an article about it, I thought, why

not? I love healthy foods, so how hard could it possibly

be? This would prove to be the first of many

foolish thoughts I had over the course of the week.

So to start out, I went to the Wikipedia page, as one

does, and read all the horrible things people have

to say about it. Armed with the knowledge that it

would make me lose 10 pounds in water weight,

tastes extremely bland, and was anonymously created

(never a good sign), I was ready to take on

the challenge.

Day one:

My mom decided last minute to join

me in my weight-loss endeavors, and

I woke up to the smell of soup on the

stove. It smelled pretty appetizing, so

I wasn’t too discouraged. Yet I still

waited as long as I possibly could to

take a bite. I knew immediately it was

going to be a long week. The taste

could only be described as water with

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a slight hint of “bleh.” I ate a bowl of

it however, along with an orange, an

apple and some grapes. By the end of

the day, I was growling at anyone who

mentioned anything they’d eaten, and

physically threatened my brother when

he didn’t finish a perfectly good chocolate


Today’s craving: saltine crackers

Total weight loss: 1 pound

Day 2:

Well, my mom quit if that’s any indication

for how this diet was going.

Granted, she looks like Malibu Barbie

and was only doing it for moral support

— but needless to say, I was not

thrilled to go it on my own. I ate a bowl

of soup, some green beans, and a salad

topped with vegetables and oil and vinegar

for lunch. By the end of the day, I

was so weak I was stumbling around.

Thankfully the diet allows a baked

potato with butter for dinner. Let me

tell you — it was the best baked potato

of my life, and I literally picked

it up and ate it with my hands. As I

lay in bed watching F•R•I•E•N•D•S

and drooling over the chocolate chip

cookies Joey and Monica were eating,

I realized I might have already gone

partially insane. Bring it on day three!

Today’s craving: popcorn mixed with

cheese doodles

Total Weight loss: 2 pounds

Day 3:

This was the day that I learned I

like to torture myself. All day I stared

at videos of people cooking food and

pinned roughly five hundred unhealthy

foods to my recipe board on Pinterest.

For lunch I had a fruit bowl from

Chick-fil-a (because what’s a waffle fry

anyway?), and for dinner I had another

oil and vinegar vegetable salad, along

with a bowl of soup, an orange and

some grapes. At this point, my bones

ached, and I was desperately trying

to keep the taste of that tiny spoonful

of broccoli and cheddar soup my mom

gave me in my mouth. If I could say,

No, go on without me; save yourself,”

to someone, I would.

Today’s cravings: A candy bar

Total Weight loss: 3 pounds

Day 4:

Well if I have gained one thing from

this diet, it’s willpower. Yes it’s true;

I have become extremely talented at

sitting across from people eating delicious

foods while I sip on a water.

Eight-count nugget with fries? I’ve

done it. Mac and cheese? Easy. Salad

with a ton of ranch? Oh, it happened.

Caramel popcorn? Don’t even get me

started. Today, along with my soup,

I had a banana blended with a cup of

skim milk and ice, and three different

kinds of nonfat yogurt. And let me

tell you: just because they claim the

yogurt is cheesecake flavored, doesn’t

mean it’s cheesecake flavored.

Today’s cravings: Chick-fil-a sauce

Total Weight Loss: 4 pounds

Day 5:

Just to reiterate, cabbage soup is

terrible, and I do mean terrible. Don’t

listen to what anyone says, no amount

of spice or willpower can make it taste

good. This day along with my soup, I

had a small chicken breast with some

diced tomatoes on top, a grilled 8 count,

and two tiny turkey sausages. And …

okay, alright, you caught me: a handful

of SweeTarts. They were taunting me,

okay?! When the snow-covered rocks in

your brothers Call of Duty game start

to look like powdered donuts to you,

you need to eat a few SweeTarts.

Today’s cravings: Ballpark nachos

Total Weight loss: 4 pounds

Day 6:

I’ve never been a fan of feeling

“stuffed,” but let me tell you, it was

pretty amazing to wake up knowing I

could eat as many steaks as I wanted

to. Granted by this point my stomach

has shrunk to the size of a pea, and

I’m more of a chicken gal, but still, protein!

Along with my soup I had a (biscuit-less)

steak biscuit, along with a

small cut of steak for dinner and some

grilled vegetables. Today I learned you

will feel nauseous if you eat mainly

meat for two days after not eating it

the days before. This was also the day

I realized (with horror) that I haven’t

had hummus in six days…or cheese…

or bread...or ranch...or chips...

Today’s cravings: Biscuits

Total Weight Loss: 4 pounds

Day 7:

This was a joyous day for me. Knowing

that after today I can eat over

300 calories in a day and never have

to consume cabbage again was just a

wonderful thought, a thought I never

imagined myself having before this

week, but a wonderful one nonetheless.

Today along with my soup, I had

pineapple, strawberries, an apple and

squash. And I must say, as nice as it

is for my mom to worry about me withering

away, and my dad telling me my

face looks very “gaunt” every morning,

it’s exciting to wake up and know

that I can sit across from someone

eating without making them hide behind

something. Let’s just say, if your

friends and family don’t have a high

tolerance for hunger-induced sass,

don’t try this diet at home kids.

Today’s cravings: Pita Pit

Total Weight Loss: 4 Pounds


Although the Cabbage Soup Diet

forced me to stick my nose in a Taco

Bell bag and beg those around me to

describe the taste of their taco more

times than a normal person should in

their lifetime, I will attest to the fact

that you lose weight on it. However,

and with complete honesty, I would not

do it again. I wasn’t allowed to workout

on this diet because my body was so

weak from lack of protein, and for a

fitness addict like me, that doesn’t fly.

I looked and felt sickly, and all I did

was think about how much unhealthy

food I was going to eat when I got off

it, which is unlike me. If you maintain

a healthy lifestyle and incorporate

wonderful foods like fresh fruits and

vegetables (and yes cabbage) into your

everyday diet, you can indulge in a

chocolate or ranch-covered something

whenever you deserve it with no guilt.

Which is what I’m going to do right

now. Goodbye cabbage soup diet, and


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Where high fashion and

mixed-media art collide

By Tara Massouleh

Photographer: Zachary Wiener

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In March 2015, Ashleigh Hill’s 97-year-old great-grandfather James

Gordon Munday passed away. When he passed, he left a gift of

$1,000 to each of his five great-grandchildren. He wanted each of

them to buy something to remember him by. For Ashleigh’s two

younger sisters, that meant a pair of earrings and a necklace to wear

close to their hearts.

But for Ashleigh, the $1,000 meant much more. It meant spending

$300 on clothing, $150 on art supplies, $100 on a website subscription,

and $275 to trademark her logo. It meant the start to StyleBone

Designs — a fashion and mixed-media art blog. It meant the start

of her future.


“I wanted to start a blog,” Ashleigh

says. “But I didn’t want to do just a

normal blog. I wanted to do something

different. I wanted to make myself

stand out.”

So with this in mind, Ashleigh did a

little research. The 20-year-old apparel

and design major from Huntsville,

says once she realized how much starting

a blog would cost, she immediately

thought of her grandfather’s gift.

“I think he would be glad I used it

on this,” she says. “I think he would

like that we tried to make a positive

change with it and also that we incorporate

ideals and morals in our

collection concepts.”

So in October 2015 with $1,000 in

her pocket and a rough idea for a fashion

and art blog, Ashleigh turned to

her friend, coincidentally her sorority

little sister and mixed-media artist,

Brooke Perdue.

“I was just thinking Brooke can

paint, and she’s wasting it because she

never gets to paint anymore,” Ashleigh

says. “So I called her and I was like

how would you like to paint a canvas

and I’ll style a model to it?”

Brooke, a 19-year-old interior design

major from Nashville, says she was

excited but also a little nervous after

hearing Ashleigh’s proposal.

“I painted all my life,” she says. “I

went through AP (art) in high school,

and then freshman year of college I

thought my major would be more artistic

than it was. I ended up not painting

a single thing my freshman year. [The

first StyleBone canvas was] the first

thing I had done since senior year of

high school, and I was terrified. I was

like, ‘I don’t remember how to do this.’

But then it all came back.”

Despite her apprehensions, Brooke

said yes, and with that, StyleBone

was born.

The concept started out simple. The

girls work together to decide on an

overall theme – a loose story they want

to tell for the month. Brooke paints a

canvas representing that theme, and

then Ashleigh styles models to match.

The original idea was to post one quality

picture each month.

“It’s crazy thinking about it now,”

Ashleigh says. “We were just going to

post it to Instagram, and we were so

excited about that.”


While Ashleigh and Brooke’s original

idea for StyleBone may have been

simple, what became of it was anything

but. After releasing just five collections,

StyleBone Designs has over

20,000 viewers (including many from

across the pond where Ashleigh’s great

grandfather lived) and an average of

6,000 viewers at each collection release


Each month on the 6th — chosen

because it was Ashleigh’s great grandfather’s

birthday — a new StyleBone

collection is released. The hype website

features full fashion editorials that

could easily be mistaken for the pages

of Elle or Vogue. Models are styled

meticulously in bright, high-fashion

pieces with makeup and hair to match,

then arranged strategically in front

of a set dominated by Brooke’s huge

48x60 canvas.

The intense planning and hours of

work that go into every StyleBone collection

are causally hidden behind every

effortlessly cool picture Ashleigh

and Brooke choose to post. The girls

say they only plan each collection a

month in advance because it takes the

whole month in between release dates

to get things together – and that’s exactly

how the girls like it.

“I remember saying to Brooke forever

ago that the good thing is that we

finish a collection, and it doesn’t just

linger,” Ashleigh says. “Automatically

it’s ‘what should we do for the next

one?’ It’s never ending when seeing

what’s next.”

In Ashleigh and Brooke’s creative

process, they say, clothing comes first.

They first look at the styles coming up

for the month – the decade inspiration,

hot colors, prints and patterns – then

create a canvas based on the clothing

they want to shoot. From the canvas

and clothing, they then decide on a

theme and story to accompany the collection.

The story, Ashleigh says, usually

comes to them after seeing where

the vision for the clothes and canvas

are headed.

“We want to promote progressive

thinking,” she says. “We relate the

clothes and art to the world with an

overall picture. There are so many

problems in our world that we just

want to make it better, so it’s kind of

helping in a way.”

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After the clothes, painting and

theme are finalized, the girls then focus

on creating a set design, choosing

models, and booking photographers

and locations.

“It really takes a whole month,” Ashleigh

says. “It should be our full time

job. Like with school, there’s no time.”

In the weeks before shoot day,

Brooke is hard at sketching, painting

and hot gluing, and by the time models

arrive for hair and makeup around 10

on shoot morning, she says she’s usually

still frantically touching up the

canvas. While Brooke is creating the

canvas, Ashleigh meets with boutiques

around Tuscaloosa, including Effie’s,

Canterbury Clothiers and Mobley and

Sons, to secure clothing for the models.

On shoot day, the girls get up early

to start gathering materials: lights, set

props, makeup, accessories, clothes,

cameras, and the canvas. Everything

they’ll need for the production

takes about an hour to transfer to

the shoot location. By 10:30 a.m. the

models are gathered and prepped for

hair and makeup, and by 12 p.m., the

shooting begins.

For February’s collection titled

“Love Not War,” inspirited by the idealism

and fashion of the 60s, the girls

went all out. In addition to the painted

canvas, which depicted Twiggy holding

mementos from the 60s including

a Rubik cube, lava lamp, Woodstock

logo, and Neil Armstrong on the moon,

the set featured a TV made of polyurethane

foam and 7” painted vinyl

record covers. By 10 p.m. over 800

pictures were taken, and the shoot was

wrapping up.

After the shoot, the work for Ashleigh

and Brooke isn’t anywhere near done.

They are then tasked with the project of

setting up the collection online.

“With the amount of pictures we

take, we basically build a website every

time,” Ashleigh says. “So after the

shoot there’s a whole entire process. It

starts with dropping down the number

[of pictures], and then I build the website.”

Outside of just the pictures, Brooke

explains, there are many other components

of the collection. The “collection”

page is the main editorial, where the

girls choose the best picture of each

outfit and make a full photo story.

The “story” page explains the theme

and story behind the collection. Then

there’s the “shop” page where viewers

can see close up pictures of the clothing

and buy select pieces directly through


After all is said and done, StyleBone

reads more digital fashion magazine

than blog.


So what’s next for StyleBone? In the

immediate future, Brooke and Ashleigh

want to keep pushing the limits

with their collections; they want more

elaborate set design, more clothing,

more models.

“We want an office and we want more

helpers and more lights,” Brooks says.

“Definitely more lights, and we need

investors. We just want [StyleBone]

to be our job, and we still have to do

school, so it sucks. “

Ashleigh says possibilities for Style-

Bone are endless because they draw

from daily life and world events to create

their collections. For example, part

of StyleBone’s December collection

was built in reaction to the terrorist

attacks in Paris. One of Ashleigh’s

major goals is to have world editions of

StyleBone, where the basic StyleBone

concept is applied to fashion and art

in other countries. She wants to locally

source artists, designers, photographers

and writers to collaborate on

special edition collections.

Another major goal for Ashleigh is

to start making back some of her great

grandfather’s starter money by bringing

in some revenue from StyleBone.

To do this, the girl’s have a couple different

ideas. Brooke hopes to sell her

canvases from past shoots, and Ashleigh

wants to sell some clothing from

boutiques directly from the website

for a portion of the profits. Another of

their big ideas is to start charging boutiques

collection release fees to have

their clothing featured in upcoming

StyleBone editorials.

And while they may set their sights

high for the future of StyleBone, neither

Brooke nor Ashleigh has forgotten

how far they’ve come in just a few

short months. Ashleigh remembers ordering

clothes for the first collection,

then returning them after the shoot,

subsidizing pieces she couldn’t afford

with clothes from her own closet. Nor

have they forgotten how much they’ve

already gained from working together

on a project they love.

“It expands your creativity, I think,”

Brooke says. “Like we bounce off each

other’s ideas, and getting to paint

de-stresses me.”

Ashleigh adds that working on Style-

Bone has helped her to realize what it

is she wants to do.

Despite the recent changes for Style-

Bone and the ones yet to come, Ashleigh

and Brooke say one thing will

never change: their vision and motto.

“I’ve always wanted to be a stylist,”

Ashleigh explains. “And I always say

the quote for our name is ‘Replacing

my wishbone with my backbone, but

actually my StyleBone.’”

To which Brooke clarifies, “Basically,

the backbone of what we do is style.”

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Catcalling takes many

forms, but one thing

is for sure — none of

them are cool.

By Alyx Chandler

“Owwww, oww!”

Catcalls rise and fall as Mama Dixie

steps onto the stage, introduces herself

and greets the audience with a

swift warning. Though this is a burlesque

show, she tells them, it’s still

a controlled space, free of objectification

or harassment. They hoot at her

light-hearted tone, and she smiles back

seriously, daring them to continue.

This is not the streets, not an opportunity

for men to direct obscene comments,

she says. They become quiet.

At the Strip, the iconic district of

restaurants, shops and bars adjacent

to The University of Alabama’s campus,

Mama Dixie later recalls years

of men yelling catcalls as women leave

the bar Egan’s, and all along their

walk back to their cars. She is bent

on ensuring her shows offer more

respect than her hometown streets

of Tuscaloosa.

“You can watch them kind of cower;

you can watch them physically

stand behind someone else,” she says.

“When a group of men start to pass

them, their bodies tense, and they

step to the outside and then they get

real small so as not to draw attention

to themselves.”

Along the Strip, by Bryant-Denny

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Stadium, near dorms, the downtown

areas and other locations at or near

UA, catcalling isn’t so easily controlled

by a warning.

That’s why Dixie, known as the madame

of Tuscaloosa’s Pink Box Burlesque

troop, reinforces her “social

contract,” as she calls it, with the audience

at the beginning of each show.

Functioning as the owner, founder and

a vocalist of the troop, she commands

the ground rules. She calls the shots.

To her audience, her name is “mommmma,”

as she says it, all drawn out,

by design, as a psychological trigger

— a tactic that she says works

quite well.

“Really for us, what it comes down to

— and this is true about catcalling in

general, as far as I’m concerned — is

consent,” Dixie says.

Her rules dictate the stage, much unlike

the free reign of the streets where

comments are thrown around by “primarily

male” students, she says. Especially

if it’s late at night or if a girl is

alone, there’s not much the victim can

say or control if they fear repercussion.

As of 2016, there is no universally

standardized term for “street harassment.”

It’s not in the dictionaries.

Instead, it just exists as a term

that activists, academics and the

Reston, Virginia-based, non-profit

Stop Street Harassment (SSH) organization

uses as a working definition

for what many women have already


In 2014, SSH conducted what is still

the largest national representative survey

to date on street harassment in the

U.S. The study found that out of 2,000

people, at least 65 percent of women experienced

it. In the same year, Playboy

published a flowchart called “Should

you catcall her?” with the only acceptable

options for a male to catcall being

“if you have both consensually agreed

to shout sexually suggestive comments

to each other in public in explicit

terms,” or, of course, if “she

is literally a cat.”

For many people, the difference

from street harassment

isn’t concrete. Urban Dictionary

describes the purpose as

ensuring a future hookup. To

clarify the only official definition,

catcalling is “a shrill whistle

or shout of disapproval,” or “a loud

whistle or comment of a sexual nature

made by a man to a passing woman,”

according to the Oxford Dictionary.

Interpretations vary, but there

seems to be agreement that most are

not complimentary.

“I mean, I’m just walking to class,

why are you sexualizing me? Or even

maybe I am walking to a party and I

am in a short skirt, but that doesn’t

mean that I want a complete stranger

yelling at me,” says Alexis Unger, a senior

majoring in economics and math.

Unger described her catcalling experiences

as negative, at times with

borderline abusive intent. The “college

atmosphere,” she says, like

on or around UA’s campus where

young people constantly walk back

and forth between streets, provides

an easy environment for catcalling

to happen. She has experienced

different types of catcalling, ranging

from the “Ow, ow!” to the derogatory

“faggot,” and other terms

commenting on distinctly different

parts of her appearance. She says it

has happened around the Ferguson

Student Center, Riverside dorm and

walking outside of campus.

“But I would say different kinds of

catcalling have the same effect,” Unger

says, “that you end up feeling embarrassed

and wishing that you could

say something back to them and defend

yourself, but they’re already gone.”

“I’m just walking

to class, why are you

sexualizing me?”

Unger would rather have her best

friends or partner tell her direct compliments

about attraction or sexuality.

She says, “It’s unwanted sexual attention,

unwanted sexual advances,

generally, I mean — it’s unwanted.”

Unger says at UA’s campus, it seems

to be primarily a situation that “affects

women, or people presenting as

female, more than males.”

“That group of men will wait

until they’ve passed that woman before

they make some snide comment about

her appearance or some statement

about they could have totally had that

or, you know, that they didn’t want it,”

Dixie says.

Dixie says the definition of catcalling

is a matter of intent. Saying a simple

hello, she explains, versus when a

man says a certain “hellllllloooo,” has

completely different implications.

“The moment that — and even sometimes

it’s a self conscious assumption

— the person you’re talking at, at being

very much the point, is worth less

than the time you would wait for them

to respond, then we’re no longer having

a conversation,” Dixie says.

If she feels objectified or threatened

in a way that implies she can’t say

“no” without consequence, that’s a

neutral situation flipped into a “power

negotiation.” When audience members

yell obscene language at the burlesque

performers, they have the power to

stop the band or respond by modifying

their act so they’re turned away from

that person or section. Everybody

around them also misses out, until the

usually drunken catcalls finally stop.

“The moment that one person in

the audience tries to garner

more attention than they

should, they all turn on them,”

Dixie said.

Even though the performers

are in an easier situation

to respond, she wishes they

didn’t have to. Victims of catcalling

don’t have a voice in

the situation. For UA students who

present differently than the gender

they were assigned at birth, Unger

says, singling them out to catcall

is easy.

“Faggot — those kind of terms are

given to people that may just look different,

so like for someone that may

not be wearing the uniform of the big

t-shirt and the Nike shorts, someone

that is dressed up just a little

bit, maybe has on something bright,”

Unger says.

Even a ponytail can single someone

out. She’s seen it happen multiple

times and thinks that working to

address catcalling as a community

would be a step toward mutual respect.

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According to SSH,

the Supreme Court has

set a high bar against

government intervention.

The SSH’s website,,

points out that to regulate

speech on the streets, it must

be “clearly intimidating, rather

than merely offensive, which

is what most street harassment

is.” Essentially, reporting isn’t so

easy, and there is no real incentive

to stop catcalling. Unger wants UA

to be more committed as a community

to having conversations about

uncomfortable sexualization, even if

they’re awkward, but both her and

Dixie have their doubts about anyone

taking action.

“I think teaching people to not

mistreat each other is more of a

slow, grinding societal conversation,”

Dixie says.

Catcalling on UA’s campus isn’t as

bad as what Unger expected, but it

proved more prevalent than in her

small hometown in Indiana. In big cities,

she’s experienced two instances of

more extreme catcalling. A couple of

men followed her for multiple blocks

in Los Angeles, continuing to tell her

again and again, and in more aggressive

tones, how attractive she was. In

New York, a man on the street masturbated

to her, fully aware that she could

see him. He didn’t attempt to stop. In

both situations, she felt incredibly uncomfortable

and unsafe.

“I know that some people may be like

it, like ‘oh yeah, you know what, I do

look good today,’ but I don’t feel that

way at all,” Unger says.

Dixie suggests uncomfortable people

being catcalled remove themselves

from the situation, or at least surround

themselves safely with people.

Personally she opts to give people a

scathing look, but doesn’t bother saying

much else.

“But again, I’m older, and I have the

ability to swing that [fact] around in a

way that makes people uncomfortable.

I have a mom face,” Dixie says with

a laugh.

Allie Sloan, a UA senior majoring in

advertising and art, has never taken a

catcall as derogatory or as an insult.

To her, it’s more of something in between

a whistle and a complimentary

shout, and the prime catcalling situation

seems to be when a bunch of people

are piled in the car and driving by.

Contrary to most women, she plays the

role as the occasional catcaller. But

Sloan says she decides to based on the

situation and time of day.

“If there’s anyone walking by and

they look cute, or something about

them just looks cheerful,” she says, “so

you just want to let ‘em know that their

good mood put you in a good mood.”

If she’s the one catcalling, she says

it’s never negative or a power play. It’s

just her yelling a couple of words or

sending a happy-go-lucky “ow! ow!” in

the direction of someone sexy or cute.

An attempted compliment, she calls

it. She says she doesn’t know many

women who catcall, other than a few

friends, but that doesn’t bother her.

“Maybe they never wanted to do it.

Or it’s just a social norm thing,” she

says. “It’s not something girls would

commonly do, or people would find to

be ladylike.”

Unger says she’s never had any experience

with UA girls, or any girls

for that matter, catcalling. And she

doesn’t consider catcalling to be “complimentary,”

which where the definition

gets tricky and can complicate

“I think teaching

people to not

mistreat each

other is more of

a slow, grinding



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advocating for catcalling awareness.

“I think compliments are compliments

regardless of the context,” Dixie

says. “However, the context can

shatter that.”

Sloan says she understands where

girls are coming from and respects

that. Some people respond to her catcall

surprised that she’s a girl, and she

says other people call her some form of

rude. Sloan’s view is that she is always

doing it to make the other person feel

good; she’s not trying to go out with

them, date them, be friends, even commit

to seeing their reaction. She gets

catcalled plenty, too — but it doesn’t

bother her. In fact, it puts a little jump

in her step, she says, even boosts her

confidence. Sometimes Sloan gets a

surprised smile and a little wave back,

and other times she says she can tell

by their laugh that she made their

day, so she knows some people share

her opinion.

“I just feel like [all] the times I’ve

been catcalled on this campus have

been [by] young men, probably in a

pickup truck, a little bit filled over the

guild, so you have boys coming out of

everywhere,” Unger says. “And I’m

not sure what their status is, but maybe

they’re all a little tipsy or going to

a party, or maybe they’re all just feeling

on edge — you know, they want to

kind of do something bad.”

Drinking, she’s noticed, and Alabama

football game days, multiply

the catcalls. Sloan personally distinguishes

the biggest difference between

street harassment and catcalling by

the amount of persistence.

“I feel like multiple instances of

calling out to somebody could be considered

harassment, where I feel like

catcalling could just be considered one

and done,” she says. The later at night

that men yell or catcall, the less genuine

they feel to her. It’s more the alcohol

talking, she says.

“But we know with our legal system,

if we put a consequence on something,

it doesn’t necessarily mean that people

don’t do it that often,” Unger says.

Street harassment can be reported

to the police specifically in Alabama

through crimes of disorderly conduct

and harassment. This includes using

abusive or obscene languages or gestures,

which falls into the harassment

category if it’s singularly directed at

someone or a group. It’s punishable by

a $500 fine or jail time for under three

months, though the latter is rare.

Usually, women just deal with it.

“They may get to a place in their own

maturity, oh you know, three, four, 10,

20, 100 years later where they go ‘Oh

man, I probably shouldn’t have done

that,’ but it’s not going to be because

someone turned around and told them

to go f—k themselves,” Dixie says.

Anger, though completely understandable,

isn’t always necessary,

Dixie says. In some cases, after safety

is secured, being capable of quickly

dismissing catcallers while genuinely

not caring what they say is important.

That way, it won’t derail from whatever

you were currently doing.

“That’s more important to me, because

at the end of the day, that person

isn’t going to matter anymore, and

you’re a powerful, intelligent, creative

and very capable individual who needs

to go on and show that dumbass that

he’s so not what you’re looking,” Dixie

says. That’s the ultimate power move.

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hours in


Bourbon Street

By Rachel Wilburn

To Tuscaloosans, Tennessee is notorious for being home

to Knoxville, affectionately referred to as the host of the

“garbage truck worker convention” around #Tennessee-

HateWeek. While many avid Crimson Tide fans swear

they’ll never love anything about Tennessee, there’s one

place that’s hard not to: Music City. Nashville, a short four

hours from Title Town, is the perfect weekend getaway. No

need to worry about the itinerary — we’ve got you covered.

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Day 1

9 a.m. All over Nashville,

coffee shops are popping up to fuel the

thousands of Millennials flocking to the

city. One of the few shops to rise to the

top is Barista Parlor. Their most-recent

Golden Sound location is the perfect place

to get a head start on your day. While

you’re there, don’t forget to stop and take

a selfie with your coffee and their iconic

motorcycle. Another hot spot to check

out is Bongo Java, Nashville’s oldest

coffee house.

10 a.m. Once the caffeine

starts to kick in, head over to the heart of

downtown, Broadway. Take some time to

soak in the rich music history and check

out a few of the honky-tonks. The local

music talent never lets you down.

12 p.m. While you’re walking

around Broadway, pop into Ernest Tubb

Record Shop. Opened in 1947, Ernest

Tubb’s is one of downtown’s oldest music

stores and is known for its vinyl collection

and diverse music selection. You’ll

also want to keep an eye out for the Mas

Tacos truck. Mexican food never gets old,

but these tacos put all others to shame.

2 p.m. The Belcourt Theatre is

the perfect place to get out of the sun for

a little while. Originally opened in 1925

to showcase silent films, the Belcourt is

best known for its rich history and indie

selection of movies. Pop in and see what’s


Bongo Java

The Belcourt Theatre

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5 p.m. At the end of the day,

Pinewood Social on Peabody Street is the

place to kick back and relax. Nashville

has plenty of social-gathering venues, but

Pinewood Social is queen. Hang out in

the lounge area with a Crema coffee or

local Black Abbey Champion American

Pale Ale while you wait for a table. After

your delicious Americana-style meal of

their house special fried broccoli or lamb

bolognese, head towards the back for a

round of bowling or outside to visit the

Airstream trailer bar.

9 p.m. Did you really go to

Nashville if you don’t go to a concert?

There’s no better place than the historic

Exit / In. Opened in 1971, Exit / In

boasts live rock music and rising talent

every night. Make sure you check out the

wall of artists on outside before you head

home for the night. You might be surprised

by who’s outside.

Wall at Exit / In

Acme Feed & Seed

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Day 2

9 a.m. Refuel from last night’s

shenanigans and start your morning

with another perfect cup of coffee or tea

at Fido. The upscale coffeehouse and

restaurant serves locally grown foods and

buys more regionally produced food than

any other restaurant in Nashville.

*Local tip: The Local Latte and Bubba

Scramble are highly recommended.

10 a.m. Time for a little trip

to Greece! The Parthenon in Nashville is

a full-scale replica of the one in Athens

and sits in the heart of Centennial Park.

It’s the perfect place to take a morning

break, and they often have pop-up shops,

craft fairs and live music. Some of the local

favorites are the Big Band Dances on

Saturday and Shakespeare in the Park

during the summer months.

12 p.m. A walk in the park

can certainly work up an appetite, so

head on back to 12th Avenue South. The

Flipside is known for their retro décor,

but the tater tot nachos aren’t too shabby,

either. After lunch, venture across

the street to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Known for their innovative gourmet flavors,

it’s the perfect place to grab dessert.

With flavors that range from salted

peanut butter to brambleberry crisp, you

can’t go wrong.

3 p.m. Hillsboro Village, a local

favorite section of 12th Avenue South,

is the best place for afternoon shopping.

From book stores to boutiques, there’s

something for everyone. While you’re

out, snap a pic by the dragon mural just

across from the Belcourt Theatre; it’s the

perfect background for your Insta #ootd.

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The Parthenon

Acme Feed & Seed

5 p.m. After a nap and an outfit

change, head down Lower Broadway

toward the Riverfront for an evening at

Acme Feed & Seed, a historic farm store

turned restaurant and bar. Similar to

Pinewood Social, Acme thrives off the social

scene. The first floor houses live music

and communal tables. Try the Acme

Hot Chicken Sandwich; hot chicken is a

Nashville original. Throughout the night,

make sure you explore the other floors

including a sushi bar lounge, vintage arcade

games, photo booth, and the rooftop


8 p.m. Before you kiss Nashville

goodbye, catch a ride on the Nashville

Pedal Tavern. The world famous

Pedal Tavern is a 2-hour, 15-person, bicycle-powered

bar crawl on wheels. Enjoy

the great exclusive drink specials at all

the great bars and restaurants on your

route, or feel free to BYOB!

Dragon mural in Hillsboro Village


UA Alumni Q & A:



By Becca Murdoch

Tuscaloosa native and The University of Alabama alumna,

India Williams, is the picture of a successful professional

woman. After finishing her undergraduate and law degree

from the university, she was ready to pursue her career

goals. As an associate at Sidley law firm in Chicago and

creator of her own nail polish line called Rooted Woman,

Williams seems to just be getting started.

What life experiences have influenced the path that

you’re on today?

I would definitely say my parents. I was raised in Tuscaloosa,

but my dad’s originally from New York. I spent

summers in New York, and we traveled a lot while I was

growing up. It gave me a larger worldview beyond my community

in Tuscaloosa. When I was growing up, Tuscaloosa

was actually classified as a rural area. That was before

Mercedes-Benz and all that industry that’s now there. Tuscaloosa

was really a more quiet and sleepy town, so being

able to see beyond that was really cool. The world was my

oyster, so I could dream really big.

Looking back at your undergraduate years in college,

what advice would you give to your younger self?

Take your time. I know we have the finish-in-four campaign,

and that’s awesome, but don’t rush it. I know it

sounds a little sentimental, but really take your time.

There’s so much time to work and to do other things, so

really allow the undergraduate experience to sink in. I finished

in three years, and if I could go back, I would stay

back an extra year, or maybe even an extra year and a

half. There’s so much you can learn, and you get to grow

a lot as a person. It really prepares you for your graduate

school or going into whatever your professional location is.

I think really making the most of that time [is the advice I

would give].

How have previous work or mentorship experiences impacted

your career decisions?

I worked in my parents’ business. Growing up in a business

environment really geared me to have an entrepreneurial

spirit. Not too long ago, I started a business called

Rooted Woman; it’s a nail polish company that’s really centered

around encouraging high-achieving women to slow

down and to take time for themselves. As for mentorship,

my dad, when I was growing up, had an insurance agency

next to Judge England’s office. I grew up on Attorney Row

downtown, which is what they called it, so I was exposed to

the legal profession at an early age. That definitely encouraged

and empowered me to see that as an option.

What have been the most challenging and rewarding

aspects of your job?

The most challenging part has been being on call 24/7,

which causes you to sacrifice sleep and family when you’re

with clients. I actually got really sick, and I had to take

some time off. I took off personally and professionally, and

that gave me the courage to start Rooted Woman. So I

think one of the most rewarding parts of my job is being

able to use my skills as a lawyer and also get to express myself

from an entrepreneurial standpoint, which is to really

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encourage high-achieving women to really slow down and

take care of yourself. Self care is something that as women

we tend to undervalue.

Do you see positive changes taking place in the workplace

for women?

Yeah, I do! I think there are a lot more opportunities for

alternative work schedules for women. I think that those,

for better or worse, are allowing more opportunities for new

moms or for working moms. I would love to see that expanded

to women who don’t even have children and to combat the

notion that a single woman can work all the time. Also to

find more balance, autonomy and opportunity for women to

be on a more even playing field.

How do you maintain a balance between work and play?

I think it’s an ever-evolving consideration. When I am at

home, I try to be really home and present there and not

take work home. I try to start my morning in a way where

I don’t jump immediately into work, where I don’t check

emails during the first hour of my day, and just spend time

doing something that really encourages me or makes me

feel really good and prepared for the day. Throughout the

day, one of the things I try to do is to have intentions, to be

really mindful.

Which female leaders do you admire and why?

One female leader that immediately comes to mind would

be Michelle Obama. She actually worked at the law firm

that I work at now, which is actually where she met her husband.

So being surrounded by other lawyers that worked

with her and also knowing the president on a very personal

level, so seeing the process and the path she had gone

through from being an associate to being the first lady and

so many things she’s done professionally. Her strength and

her grace are really encouraging.

What do you wish to accomplish in the next year?

I really am hopeful that I will have an opportunity to continue

to mentor other young female lawyers. I’m mentoring

two now so I want to have the opportunity to mentor

more. I also want the opportunity to have the bandwidth

to grow my business because I think it can be an asset for

professional women.

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Photographer: Trent McDaniel

Graduation Survival Guide

By Lane Stafford

You’ve made it through four

years of college. Now, all

that’s left is surviving graduation.

The most popular

piece of advice alumni give is to embrace

every moment in college. They

say things like “time flies” and “it’s

the best and fastest four years of your

life.” While true, this advice doesn’t

exactly help you prepare to walk

across a stage in front of hundreds of

people or plan dinner for your friends

and family. Here are some tips that

can help you sort through the madness

of graduation week, so you can get

to celebrating.

Breakfast, Reservations,

and Potlucks, Oh My!

If there’s one thing that will be on

everyone’s mind at the end of your

graduation ceremony, it’ll be food.

Start your day off right by eating a

good breakfast; graduation ceremonies

are notoriously long, so avoid hangry

family members by remembering to

fuel up.

Diploma in hand, it’ll be time to

move on to the second biggest event

of the day – finding what restaurant

will fit all 12 of your family members.

“Call way in advance – like now for

May grads,” said Megan Wood, a December

2015 graduate.

Restaurants will be slammed with

orders, and you’ll need to be prepared

for the ones that don’t take reservations

for that weekend. A fun alternative

to eating out is hosting a potluck.

Potlucks are perfect for family

bonding, and you usually end up with

leftovers for days. Plus, you can’t

go wrong with mom’s special homemade


Dress to Impress,

and for Comfort

Even though you’ll be in a graduation

gown that doesn’t mean you won’t

take it off for pictures later, because

you will. Graduates said to stay clear

from wearing a dress that’s longer

than your gown. Not only will this look

better in your pictures, but you also

won’t have to worry about landing on a

“graduation day fails” YouTube video.

Your dress might be eye candy for

later, but your shoes will be in plain

sight the whole day. While fashion is

important, keep in mind that comfort

matters, too. Wedges are the perfect

shoe for graduation. They give you the

height you want but in the most comfortable

way. When you find your perfect

pair, make sure you wear them out

a few times before the big day to break

them in.

Plan Ahead — Way Ahead

It can be hectic trying to balance finals,

packing, job searching, and mentally

preparing for family to come visit.

Planning ahead can save you from

gradzilla moments. Know who is going

to do your hair and makeup and select

the kind of look you want. Graduates

said that touch-up moments were rare,

so be sure to use long-lasting and waterproof


Graduation can be stressful, but

finding the perfect balance between

planning and living in the moment can

result in an unforgettable day.

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y the Tim


20 Thing

By Allison Cohen

Life is all fun and margaritas until

you get a flat tire. You might be under

your parents’ insurance, but it’s time

to prepare for the real world.

1. How to check your oil

It’s not as glamorous as Megan Fox

makes it look.

2. Own a toolbox

You could be the next MacGyver.

6. How to tie a tie

For when your date has a crisis.

7. Make your own

doctor’s appointment

The true sign you’ve reached your

20s; don’t let mom micromanage your

appointments. You got this.

8. How to kill a bug

Because you’re a strong, independent

woman and don’t need a man (or other

person with a shoe).

Illustrations by Zoey Simpson

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3. How to give directions

without a GPS

It’s easy to turn to Google Maps

when we’re lost, but your older relatives

might find it a bit difficult. Remembering

landmarks in your area

or major street names is a simple and

easy way to show you know your surroundings.

4. Open a manual (and read it)

That IKEA furniture won’t put itself

together. Reading and understanding

directions is important for not only the

shelf you’re trying to build but also for

school and work.

5. Parallel park

You did it once (four years ago) and

you can do it again. Vow to never give

up the perfect parking spot again just

because the space is a little tight.

9. Get a passport

Even if your wallet isn’t ready for

Spain, your passport will be. Be prepared

for future travels and start a

Pinterest board to live vicariously

through if a backpacking trip isn’t

quite in the books yet.

10. Read the news

Start your day off right by reading

theSkimm. You’ll finally know what’s

going on in the world and won’t have

to listen to your parents complain anymore,


11. How to cook at least

five simple dishes

Your dining dollars won’t last forever.

The real world is fun, right?

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e You Turn 20

12. How to sew on a button

Shirts with buttons usually come

with backup. Opt for sewing on a

lost button over buying a new shirt.

All you need is needle, thread and a

YouTube tutorial.

13. Change your tire

AAA isn’t going to be so reliable

when your phone dies. Turn your hazards

on, keep calm, and get to work.

19. Start saving

Be responsible and know when to put

the wallet away. That $15 you dropped

on club cover last weekend could have

been the money you needed for gas the

upcoming week.

20. Memorize your Social

Security number

If you don’t remember this, you technically

don’t exist.

14. How to remove a stain

Unfortunately, “mom” isn’t a stain

remover. Find your favorite Tide to

Go pen, OxiClean spray, or all-natural

remedy and stick with it.

15. Season a cast-iron skillet

Soap? I don’t think so.

16. How to jumpstart a car

Repeat after me: Positive to positive.

Negative to negative. Time to roll out

the jumper cables.

17. Purchase pantry essentials

Remember four words: butter, flour,

sugar and eggs.

18. Eat and drink

properly before going out

Going out on an empty stomach is a

recipe for a bad hangover. Eat healthy

and drink plenty of water to avoid the

consequences the next day.


Start feeling good again

At the Shops at Legacy Park

next to Chuy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods

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First Dates


By Katie Huff

Everyone has that one first date story. You know – your go-to

account when people ask. The one that gets the most “awws” or

maybe the most “ewws”. Either way we all love hearing about them.

Here’s our roundup of the six best and worst first date stories from

students across campus.

“It was my first date EVER with a girl, and I was terrified.

I didn’t know what to wear, what to say or what to

act like in general. All I knew was that I was incredibly

excited to finally go out with a girl and be out of the closet

in general. We were friends in middle school but lost touch

and reconnected when we discovered our college choice (and

sexual orientation) in common.

“I showed up at her apartment and she asked if I wanted

to accompany her to the grocery store so she could cook

us dinner. She bought all the ingredients for a four course

meal and I, ever the gracious and generous date, supplied

a single bottle of cheap Pink Moscato. We returned to her

apartment where she cooked us a ridiculous amount of food

ending in a dessert of heart shaped cupcakes. I know it

sounds cheesy, but had you been there, you’d agree that it

was adorable.

“Despite any awkwardness I feared could happen, we had

an incredible conversation that never missed a beat. We dated

for over a year and are still great friends to this day.”

– Mary, 22

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“My ex-boyfriend is a pilot, and one day I was really wanting

to go play with puppies. He wanted to surprise me and

told me to wear a dress. It turns out, he had rented a plane.

I was blindfolded the whole ride and even though I was petrified,

we were only in the air for 45 minutes. Once we got

off the plane, we got in a cab and drove to this random

house. I then found out that the house belonged to a breeder

and we were going to see puppies. After playing with all of

them there was one that I just knew was the one.

“We ended up actually getting the puppy, but we had to

drive back the next day to pick it up. On the way back home

he was like, “Are you hungry?” And of course I said, “Yeah.”

I happen to love hot dogs, and my favorite hot dog place

is about an hour drive away and only a 20-minute flight.

He was like, “Let’s go.” Between fuel and the flight, it was

probably a $90 hot dog. On the way back we stopped in another

city to get ice cream. When we finally got back, there

were flowers, and somehow the breeder managed to bring

the puppy down — it was in a pumpkin when I got home.”

– Alex, 21

“In high school, my date wanted to surprise me and

plan the perfect date. So all throughout high school I’d

been telling him about my dream date — we would just

hang out and talk all night under the stars somewhere.

He and I were best friends before we started dating, so we

talked about this stuff, and I guess he remembered that

once we started dating.

“He wanted to make our date special. His goal was to

take me out to dinner at our favorite Mexican place, and

then take me out to his friend’s land with a pallet made

in his truck. In his truck, he would have flowers and our

favorite candy and we would just hang out all night. Well,

his truck ended up breaking down at school, which caused

him to be late picking me up, and then we had to go get

his mom’s car instead.

“So he still took me out to the field, and we lay in a

pallet in the back of her car, but we literally had to stare

at the ceiling because she didn’t have a moonroof or anything.

We just sat in the car and hung out, but I knew

how much he wanted to surprise me. Needless to say, it

was still one of the best dates I’ve been on because he

remembered and tried so hard.”

– Katherine, 20


“Let me start by saying that my ex-boyfriend is arguably

the worst person on this planet. Our anniversary

and Valentine’s Day were on the

same day, and I always wanted him to do

something, but I should have known better.

He didn’t have a car, so I had to

drive 20 minutes to go get him after

school. When he got in the car, I

gave him my card and gift that I

had gotten for him, and he didn’t

give me anything. I’m not a superficial

person, and I don’t need any

gifts, but a card or letter would’ve been

nice. His excuse was that he was writing

me a card but hurt his thumb playing video

games so he couldn’t write anymore.

“I drove us back to my house, and I start

ed to get ready for what I thought was going

to be a nice dinner. Instead, he told me to order

pizza. As I was ordering it, I asked him if he was

paying with cash or card and he proceeded to tell me

that I have to pay for it, since I pay for everything in

our relationship. The pizza and liter of soda finally come.

When we open the pizza box, he yells at me for not getting

the right toppings. I then dropped the liter of soda

on my foot and broke my toe. He yelled at me for spill-

ing the soda and wasting his money, even though I paid for

it. I took myself to the urgent care while he stayed at my

house and played video games. The sad thing is, I actually

stayed with him after this, and when we broke up he was

so crazy that I had to get a restraining order against him.”

– Jessica, 19

“He called me that morning, didn’t know we were going.

And he was like, ‘Wanna go to an Alabama game?’ And

I was like, ‘Uh, sure. Let me get ready.’ And he was like,

‘You have five minutes.’ So I get dressed, he shows up and

he hasn’t eaten all day. So we made Ramen noodles. We

put them in a plastic container and he didn’t eat them until

we were halfway here. It takes about an hour to get there

from where I lived. It ended up becoming this Ramen noodle

cake. It was disgusting. And he ate all of it.

“So we get to Tuscaloosa and we were running late. It

was an Alabama vs. Ole Miss game and he had to call his

dad. His dad was yelling at him for running late — they

were his dad’s tickets. We ended up taking the shuttle from

University Mall to the stadium. We ended up being in the

nosebleeds. After climbing all the way up there, it was almost

halftime. We sat next to this other couple, and at one

point they asked me if he was my older brother. I was like

Nope, he’s my boyfriend.’ It was really awkward.

“When the game was over, we got home at 3:30 a.m. because

he got lost again. We were in the middle of nowhere,

at a shady gas station, and there was a really

creepy guy walking around. It was super

sketchy. But eventually I was so tired

— it was like 2:30 a.m. — and he said,

‘Just go to sleep, I’ll get you home.’

I fell asleep and woke up at home.

I don’t know how he did it, and I

still don’t know where we were.”

– Samantha, 19

“You think you’ve had a

rough go of it? This was the trifecta

of bad dates.

“A few months ago one of my

friends set me up with a guy that

she thought would be a good fit for me.

I hadn’t gone on a first date in quite a

while, and he didn’t seem like a serial killer,

so I agreed. He picked me up from my house and we went

to a restaurant that he knew I liked. The dinner itself was

relatively fun — he really was a sweet guy — and afterwards

we headed to his car, tossing around ideas of where

to go next. He started driving, and after a while he took a

turn, saying he wanted to take me somewhere. I was pretty

excited until we pulled up at a house — his parents’ house.

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He then proceeded to take me inside to meet his entire family.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met the parents

within the first month of talking to a guy, much less on the

first date.

“So after two hours of small talk, he finally took me

back home, and we stood on the front porch talking

for a while. Somehow the conversation topic turned

to his most recent nose surgery, and as he gave

me the play-by-play of the scalpel, I started feeling

sick. In my defense, I did warn the poor

boy. But before I knew it, I was hitting my

face against the side of the house and passing

out cold.

“Thank goodness he caught me before my head

hit the concrete, but supposedly I was out for over

a minute and that really managed to freak him out.

Not enough, though, because before he went home

for the night, he asked me to be his date to his sister’s

wedding. I didn’t go. And there was no second date. He

might’ve managed to ‘sweep me off my feet,’ but I don’t

even think we’re friends on Facebook anymore.”

– Rachel, 21

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By Emilee Benos

The Jungle Book

(April 15)

Disney continues its live-action

action streak with The Jungle Book.

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Jungle

Book features an ensemble cast

that includes Lupita N’yongo, Bill

Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris

Elba and more.

Neighbors 2: Sorority

Rising (May 20)

Get your Zac Efron fix with the sequel

to 2014’s hit Neighbors as he and

Seth Rogen take on a new challenge:

sorority girls. Neighbors 2 also features

Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Chloë

Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez.

X-Men: Apocalypse

(May 27)

Miss The Hunger Games? See Jennifer

Lawrence in another popular

franchise this year, X-Men: Apocalypse.

This installment sees Charles

Xavier (James McAvoy) and his team

of mutants — which include Lawrence’s

Mystique — battle Apocalypse

(Oscar Isaac). The film also stars Michael

Fassbender, Rose Byrne and

Nicholas Hoult.

Finding Dory (June 24)

Everybody’s favorite amnesiac

Paracanthurus hepatus fish returns

13 years after we first met her in the

sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo where

Dory suddenly remembers her childhood

memories and begins to search

for her family. We’ll see the familiar

faces we love, like Marlin and Nemo, as

well as some new characters that are

sure to be a hit.

Ghostbusters (July 15)

What’s better than the original

Ghostbusters? An all-female Ghostbusters

reboot, of course. Watch Melissa

McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate

McKinnon and Leslie Jones prove girls

can battle ghosts just as well as boys.

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Posters courtesy of Columbia Pictures





emember that song you couldn’t

get out of your head last year?

Or the song you heard on the

radio way too often? It could have been

any song, but it was probably a song

that made it on iTunes Top 10 or on

Billboard’s Hit 100.

Yes, we still love “Hotline Bling,”

but it’s 2016 and time to move on. So if

you’re wondering what your next shower

tune or road trip jam is going to be,

we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 albums

to be on the lookout for in 2016

that could provide you with that song.

Frank Ocean

After topping the charts with his album

Channel Orange in 2012, it is safe

to say Ocean’s next R&B album, Boys

Don’t Cry, will be no disappointment.

Ocean announced plans to release a

new album scheduled for July 2015

back in April 2015, but the album has

yet to surface. This means his new album

could be dropped at any waking

moment. Be ready.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

It’s been five years since the Red

Hot Chili Peppers released an album,

and we’ll be the first to admit, we’re

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By Alex Wendrychowicz

getting a little impatient. Luckily lead

singer Anthony Kiedis announced

in February that the band is close to

wrapping up its 11th album.


Don’t worry, if you are reading this,

it’s not too late. Drake’s official album

release date for Views from the 6 has

not been issued yet. Regardless, we

know Drake is ready to provide us with

more chart topping hip-hop songs. He

shared a glimpse of his new album

back in January when he released his

single “Summer Sixteen.” Whenever

you’re ready Drake, call us on our

cell phones.


No you are not reading that wrong

— that reads TLC. Your inner 90s

self can jump up and scream now. A

reunion album is on the rise as the two

surviving members, T-Boz and Chilli,

set out to bring back songs we can

dance to in shiny outfits and braids.

The album was set to be released in

2015, but it was pushed back after

the unfortunate passing of their third

member, Lisa Lopes.

Missy Elliott

The queen of feminism is back. She

teased us in November 2015 with her

hit single “WTF (Where They From)”

featuring Pharrell to prove she isn’t

down for the count. Work it Missy,

we’ll be sure to lose control when you

grace us with your new album.

Katy Perry

Since completing her 2013 Prism

tour, Perry’s manager confirmed she is

planning to release her new album sometime

this year. We can’t wait for this

California girl to give us another female

pop anthem.

Nick Jonas

The youngest of the JoBros did not

leave us unimpressed in 2015. After

singing “Jealous” one too many times

and dancing to “Levels” every weekend,

we want more. Jonas said his second

solo album will feature more R&B

sounds and according to his Instagram,

something great is in the works.




That You Should

Be Watching

By Paige Burleson

Whether it is a group of girls making

a bracket for The Bachelor or intensely

discussing one of Shonda Rhimes’

masterpieces, TV is one thing we can

all agree on. This season of new shows

should bring more suspense, laughs

and jaw-dropping moments than we

have ever seen before. Among the

many shows to return, premiere, and

renew, there are a few that we think

are really worth watching. So sit back,

relax, invite all of your friends over

and enjoy the shows.

The Family

This new ABC thriller has only

just started, airing on Sundays at 8

p.m. Mayor Claire Warren’s son, who

disappeared and was thought to be

dead, has come back after over ten

years. Is the man really hers? How will

this affect her career and her family?

Bonus: Zach Gilford from Friday

Night Lights is the other son in this

exciting show.


Melissa George, who had a small

role in Grey’s Anatomy, portrays

Dr. Alex Panttiere, based on the reallife

heart surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato.

This new medical drama is filled with

girl-boss power, love and scalpels —

what’s more to want? See Heartbeat at

7 p.m. on Thursdays on NBC.

The Catch

If you’re an avid watcher of anything

executively produced by Shonda

Rhimes, you’ll love this new drama

following the life of Alice Vaughn, an

LA private investigator, whose fiance

takes almost everything she’s worth.

The only logical next step is to use

her investigation skills to uncover the

carefully plotted deception at the hands

of her once husband-to-be. Watch the

show at 9 p.m. on Thursdays, now part

of ABC’s #TGIT.

The Ranch

Netflix Originals have been wildly

successful in the past few years,

and we have no doubt this That ‘70s

Show reunion will follow suit. Ashton

Kutcher and Danny Masterson (That

‘70s Show’s Steven Hyde) star in

this story of two brothers on a ranch

in Colorado attempting to run the

family business.

Shows returning

to Netflix:

• Unbreakable Kimmy

Schmidt season two:

April 15

• Grace and Frankie

season two: May 6

• Orange is the New

Black season four:

June 17

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What’s in our

beach bag?

By Caroline Giddis

It’s that time again; the sun’s out, the campus is waking up

from its winter hibernation, and the end of the school year is in

sight. Your vacation is planned, and you can’t wait to go, but

with plane flights, layovers and road trips before you reach your

destination, you’ll need some good reads to keep you occupied.

But that’s no big deal, because at this point you’d probably love to

read anything that’s not homework for a class. So go ahead, toss

aside those over-highlighted, bland textbooks, and replace your

bag with some of our top reads and classics for summer 2016.

Hat and bag courtesy of Francesca’s

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by Diana Gabaldon

Adventure? Time travel? Romance?

Honestly, there isn’t a better summer

read than Diana Gabaldon’s first novel

in the Outlander series. On her honeymoon

in the Scottish Highlands,

Claire Randall accidentally stumbles

through a mysterious rock formation

and ends up, you guessed it, in wartorn

18th-century Scotland. This story

is filled with devilish British soldiers,

magical forces, and Jamie Fraser, a

heroic Scottish warrior that will make

you swoon. Claire is torn between her

life in 1945 and this new, intense world

she has been thrown into. Although

it is now a STARZ Original Series,

this book is one you shouldn’t skip

for the show.


by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso is the definition of

a new-age CEO, and one that inspires

any out-of-the-box path to success. In

her memoir, Amoruso details the lows

of her career, like checking IDs at an

art school, and the highs, like creating

the major fashion retail brand, Nasty

Gal. Her stories are witty and hilarious,

and she does her audience the

favor of being completely honest —

even down to the gritty details. The

most inspiring part of her book is that

Amoruso doesn’t think of herself as a

CEO or founder of a multimillion-dollar

company, but just a girl who had

a dream of creating something different.

It’s the perfect read to reignite the

go-getter in you.

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Released in 2012, Jess Walter’s

novel is outstandingly engaging, and

the ideal paperback to read when there

are waves crashing in the background,

as it’s set along the 1962 Italian coast.

Pasquale, the owner of a hotel in Porto

Vergogna, is shocked when a beautiful

actress named Dee Moray appears at

his dock. She has come from the set

of the film Cleopatra in Rome with a

life-changing secret, and Pasquale is

determined to help her. Told from multiple

perspectives where the past and

present intertwine, this novel communicates

the story of how love stands the

test of time.

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Our favorite funny-girl, star of

Baby Mama, Saturday Night Live

and Sisters has finally written a book

about her life, apparently much to her

dismay, as she hilariously reminds the

audience how hard it is to write a book

throughout the pages. In her memoir,

Amy Poehler recounts the humorous

and sometimes embarrassing experiences

of her life, such as performing

in childhood plays, working as a single

mother with two kids, and meeting

BFF Tina Fey. She tells stories

of backstage pranks that happened on

the set of SNL, proving that if you put

20 comedians in a room, anything is

bound to happen. Between it all, Amy

offers life lessons and Comedy Central-style

parables that entertain but

also teach a few facts about the world.

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

NYU professor Rachel Chu never

expected to find out that her boyfriend

Nick is the heir to an opulent fortune

and a member of one of the most elite

families in Singapore. It’s safe to say

that when Nick wants Rachel to meet

his family, she’s in for a big surprise.

Whirled around in private planes and

fancy cars, Rachel is shocked by Nick’s

world, not to mention all the fabulous

women trying to take her place. Sprinkled

with hilarious scenes of family

gossip and crazy aunts, Kevin Kwan’s

debut novel will probably have you

laughing out loud.

Water for Elephants

by Sarah Gruen

Jacob Jankowski is about to take

his final veterinary exam at Cornell

when his world collapses after both his

parents are killed in a car accident. After

finding out that they were broke,

he has nothing left to his name. In the

midst of grief and confusion, Jacob

jumps aboard a train and unknowingly

stumbles upon his future with the

Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular

Show on Earth, a traveling circus. Jacob,

who is more educated than half

the crew, can’t help but fall in love with

the beautiful Marlena, an equestrian

performer and cruel circus director’s

wife. In a story filled with danger, love

and friendship, the true hero may be

an elephant named Rosie, who wins

over every reader’s heart.

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Netflix Movies

You Didn’t Know Existed

By Ellen Johnson

Whether you prefer newer sensations

like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or

classic, binge-worthy picks like Gossip

Girl, Netflix is always there to distract

you from homework, studying, working

out — you name it.

But what about the other side of

Netflix? We’re talking about those indie

movies that pop up in your suggested

titles. If you’ve never thought to stray

from One Tree Hill long enough to sort

through them all, here’s our list of best

Netflix independent titles to check out

this spring.

The Last Five Years

This 2014 flick based on the hit Off-

Broadway show stars Anna Kendrick

and Jeremy Jordan in a love story

for the ages. The musical film had

a limited release before making its

way to Netflix and now calls for any

audience who loves original songs

and a snappy love story. The film

chronicles Cathy, a struggling actress,

and Jamie, a writer, as they muddle

through the twists and turns of their

lives and relationship.

You’ll like this if you like: Pitch Perfect,

The Notebook

The Lifeguard

Kristen Bell (of Frozen fame) stars

in this 2013 Sundance selection about

a reporter, Leigh, who leaves her job

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in New York City to return to her

childhood home in Connecticut. But

her childhood home isn’t the only thing

juvenile about her lifestyle change.

Leigh finds a job among teenagers

working as a lifeguard and falls into a

treacherous relationship with a teenage

boy. Heckled by her family and friends

to put her life back together, Leigh is

left trying to pick up the pieces.

You’ll like this if you like: You Again,

Silver Linings Playbook

Drinking Buddies

Beer and romance in one movie?

Yes please! This movie, starring Olivia

Wilde and Jake Johnson (a.k.a Nick on

New Girl), was filmed in an improvised

fashion, meaning the original script

was very short and allowed actors to

insert their own comedy and material

throughout. The laid-back film tells

the story of brewery co-workers

Luke and Kate who spend most of

their time drinking and flirting, but

after a weekend with each other and

their respective significant others,

they discover who they should really

be with.

You’ll like this if you like: He’s Just Not

That Into You, That Awkward Moment


While we’re used to Blake Lively as

the fabulous Serena van der Woodsen,

Hick shows off her fierceness in a

completely different manner. Lively

stars alongside Chloë Grace Moretz

in this story of a Nebraska teen, Luli

(Moretz), who runs away from her

broken home to claim her fame in Las

Vegas. She packs a pistol and runs

into some interesting characters on

her adventure, eventually befriending

Lively’s character, Glenda, and

learns what it means to be a strong,

independent woman.

You’ll like this if you like: Paper Towns,


Frances Ha

This classic finding-your-way story

is all about the uniqueness of female

friendship. Frances lives in New York

City and works for a dance company

but is not an especially talented

dancer and lacks direction in life.

While Frances feels lost, her best

friend Sophie is there through it all.

They help each other through life, even

if it just means hanging out and being

ridiculous together. Everyone will

relate to this movie; you’ll want to go

find your best gal pal and thank her

for always being there.

You’ll like this if you like: The Sisterhood

of the Traveling Pants, The

Other Woman


By Claire Turner










Five men sit inside a small van,

surrounded by their luggage,

fluffy pillows and empty bags

of fast food. The Spotify playlist

is rollin’, the sun is shining and the

guys are cracking jokes.

Is this a road trip for a group of

stand-up comedians? No, but it is

Tuscaloosa city’s hit band, CBDB, on

their way to play a show at Soul Kitchen

concert venue in Mobile, Alabama.

With their first East Coast co-headlining

tour underway, CBDB is now

a band on the move. Since the recent

release of their third album, The Fame

EP, this fresh local band has certainly

developed a notable reputation as a

crowd favorite.

The band was formed in 2011 by Cy

Simonton and Kris Gottlieb on guitar

and vocals, plus Glenn Dillard (saxophone,

keys, vocals), David Ray (bass

and vocals) and Paul Oliver (drums).

The friends knew one another from

previous musical projects and decided

to join to form CBDB.

T-Town’s up-and-coming music

scene has propelled CBDB to new

heights, notably with the opening of

new venues around town, like Druid

City Music Hall.

“I think being in Tuscaloosa gives

you an opportunity to play in a bunch

of places, so I think for a long time we

were kind of honing the band in just

by playing,” Simonton says. “I mean,

we used to play Thursday, Friday, Saturday,

all in places in Tuscaloosa. So

I think that opportunity of just having

a bunch of places that you can play

is helpful.”

Simonton says seeing people show up

to the shows and connect with the artists

is a great way to build community

and support local bands.

“When you start seeing the same

faces over and over again, that starts

building the community and then

that’s kind of when we started getting

more serious about it,” he says.

The band’s latest tour, Thinking In

Stereo Tour with Backup Planet, travelled

all along the Southeast and the

East Coast, going as far north as NYC

and as far west as New Orleans.

“We really like playing in the Southeast,”

Oliver says. “You know, Tuscaloosa,

Auburn, Birmingham, those

are really good ‘home’ spots for us.

They’re some of the spots we’ve been

playing the longest too, which for sure

has something to do with that.”

With twangy sounds reminiscent of

the Dave Matthews Band and vocals

that rival Matchbox Twenty’s frontman

Rob Thomas, CBDB is Tuscaloosa’s

very own self-proclaimed “joyfunk”


Alice got the chance to catch up with

CBDB and chat about their music,

plans and their favorite places to play

down South.


How long have you been playing

music together?

CBDB: We’ve been together since

2011, so I guess we’re coming up on

our fifth-year anniversary.

Anything special planned?

CBDB: Not yet. We’ve kind of been

talking about some stuff. Definitely

probably some new merch designs

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and stuff based off the fifth-year

mark. But hopefully we’ll be able to

book a show close to — if not the exact

date of — the fifth year mark. So

that’ll be fun.

What do you do in your time off?

CBDB: We get a lot of rest. We [recently]

took a little bit of time off from

playing, which is always good because

you get stuck in a rut. If you’re on the

road a lot, it’s hard to keep the motivation

and newness of it; you kind of get

stuck in a rut, so coming back after

a couple weeks off and getting away

from it is kind of refreshing. Things

sound new and different than before

just because you’ve been away from it.

What is your writing process

usually like?

CBDB: Each song is different, but

for the majority of them someone will

come up with an idea. Recently, David

has come up with a bunch of stuff

that he built up. So we’ll start there

and then we just kind of jam on that

for a minute, try to think of counter-melodies

and other parts, try to see

what fits and what doesn’t. The words

are always last, and I’ll usually just

start singing gibberish over it, trying

to get a melody, and then sometimes

the words will come from the gibberish.

Sometimes I’ll have words on my

phone, like I’ve written down ideas,

and sometimes ideas will come from

that. But sometimes they just sort of

get made up on the spot.

What are some bands that have

inspired your sound?

CBDB: I think Umphrey’s McGee is a

big one for sure. All of us have a very

varied taste. I know Chris, our guitar

player, is a big Mastodon fan and some

heavier stuff like that, so that brings

more of a metal sound to the stuff that

we do. D-Ray, our bass player, he’s a

big Chili Peppers and Snarky Puppy

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fan. But it’s a lot more of the more

prog-rock stuff that we enjoy mostly.

How do you think that your music

fits into all of that?

CBDB: I think it’s definitely similar to

a lot of that stuff. I think it’s a little

more vocal driven than some of that

stuff. I try to write pop songs basically,

but prog-pop songs. We’ve been

calling our music prog-pop lately, and

I think that’s pretty fitting just because

we want to write catchy tunes,

but then have musicianship that will

have musicians bobbing their heads

saying, “Wow,” you know? All these

people ask us what our sound is, and

we don’t want to say boring stuff, so

we just sort of branded it “joyfunk.”

But it started off a little bit more on

the “pop-y” side than on the “prog-y”

side, but the progressive stuff is definitely

something we enjoy, so it’s always

something that we want to do.

What are your goals?

CBDB: I mean we’re already on Spotify.

I think our goals are probably to

get signed to an agency, and we just

did that with [Progressive Global

Agency]. Now I think our new goal is

just to spread it as much as we can and

keep writing and getting as excited as

we can. This is something we want to

do for the rest of our lives. So we want

to get to the point where we’re making

enough money to have a family and

all that stuff and do that while playing

music, so I think that’s kind of the



CBDB: Well, we try to keep that ambiguous.

We usually let folks guess,

basically, for that stuff.

What’s been your favorite guess

that you’ve heard so far?

CBDB: Aw, man, see that’s why we

do that, because this is a good one.

There’s a bunch of them. Cool Boogie

Dance Bakery, Cold Beer, Dank

Buds… it’s a lot of fun hearing people

guess what it is.

Where is your favorite place to play

in Tuscaloosa?

CBDB: Currently either Green Bar or

the old Jupiter Bar, which was a lot of

fun. We played Druid City [Brewery]

one time, but it was kind of a bust for

us because it was after the Ole Miss

game, and we only got to play for a little

bit. But Druid City Music Hall will

be a fun one in April. I can’t wait to see

who will be there soon. But Green Bar

definitely has been a favorite for sure.

To listen to and keep up with

CBDB, visit Spotify, Pandora,,

@cbdbtweets, @cbdbpics,

Facebook and YouTube.

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