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BINGE<br />


Netflix, wine and the entire pizza<br />



Why men get all the perks in<br />

Hollywood and how women are<br />

working to change that<br />


CHAOS<br />

The no-coffee challenge<br />

AUTUMN<br />

$3.99 <strong>Vol</strong>. 2, <strong>No</strong>. 1<br />

IN THE AIR<br />

It’s a fall to remember with fierce florals, star-studded styles<br />

and exciting comeback colors that are sure to inspire you

Letter from the Editor<br />

On the web:<br />

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alice.ua.edu<br />

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Phone: (205) 348-7257.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is published by the Office of Student Media<br />

at The University of Alabama.<br />

All content and design are produced by students<br />

in consultation with professional staff advisers.<br />

All material contained herein, except advertising or where<br />

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2016 by <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine.<br />

Material herein may not be reprinted without the<br />

expressed, written permission of <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine.<br />

A year ago, I was a writer for <strong>Alice</strong>. I loved writing for the<br />

entertainment section, and I loved the idea of <strong>Alice</strong> even more.<br />

Finally, there was a magazine on campus that I could be a part<br />

of and that actually represented college women. All the other<br />

magazines out there felt either too young or too old for me. I<br />

wanted to read about something I related to for once. Then, I not<br />

so gracefully stumbled into <strong>Alice</strong>. I felt empowered being able to<br />

contribute my work to the first ever issue. <strong>No</strong>w, here we are: the<br />

third issue of <strong>Alice</strong>, and I am editor-in-chief. My triplet sister<br />

(yes, I’m a triplet) actually asked me if I was basically Miranda<br />

Priestly, but I just had to laugh and say no. We may share same<br />

title, but I am (hopefully) not that scary.<br />

Between the hilarious stop at Whataburger after the fashion<br />

shoot that almost got rained out, to the late night production<br />

room banter with empty pizza and donut boxes, the wonderful<br />

staff at <strong>Alice</strong> has worked endlessly on creating an even better<br />

issue. This was an incredible feat, considering the extraordinary<br />

quality of the first two issues. But, we always want to make <strong>Alice</strong><br />

the best she can possibly be for our readers. She has expanded and<br />

transformed throughout the past year from an idea to a magazine<br />

nominated for the prestigious collegiate Pacemaker Award. We<br />

hope to see <strong>Alice</strong> in the hands of people walking to class, sipping<br />

a coffee and flipping through our pages, or consulting <strong>Alice</strong> when<br />

you need to know the best foundation for your skin color (page 6)<br />

or the most delectable hot chocolate recipe when the temperature<br />

finally drops below 70 degrees. (page 72). This season’s <strong>Alice</strong><br />

holds more editorial photo shoots, inspirational fashion and<br />

important issues such as mental health (page 50) and the binge<br />

culture we live in (page 57). As a senior, graduating in May, I<br />

know that <strong>Alice</strong> can help me cherish all the moments that I have<br />

left at UA. I’ll be able to rock the best hairstyles during my last<br />

football season (page 11). For my last “Friendsgiving,” I need to<br />

celebrate with the most delicious recipes (page 67). For a quick<br />

trip to NYC, my hours are already laid out (page 28). And as I<br />

take many a road trips with my friends, I don’t want to be without<br />

the perfect book to read (page 75).<br />

As the best season of all approaches, I am eagerly looking<br />

forward to the direction that <strong>Alice</strong> and my adventure with her are<br />

headed. From freshmen to seniors, we hope that you love these 92<br />

pages as much as we do.<br />

Paige Burleson<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [1]

Editorial<br />

Editor in Chief PAIGE BURLESON<br />

Creative Director MARIA OSWALT<br />

Director of Photography EMILY HEATH<br />

Managing Editor CLAIRE TURNER<br />


Online Editor LAURA TESTINO<br />

Beauty Editor KAILA WASHINGTON<br />

Lifestyle Editor ALLISON COHEN<br />

Fashion Editor DEVEN FELDSTEIN<br />

Food and Health Editor MADISON SULLIVAN<br />

Entertainment Editor ELLEN JOHNSON<br />

Social Media Coordinator DONICA BURTON<br />





Contributing Photographers RAMSEY GRIFFIN, ALEX GREEN, BRIANNA MCLAIN,<br />










Advertising<br />

Advertising Manager LEAH MARSHALL (cwadmanager@gmail.com)<br />

Assistant Advertising Manager RUFUS ALDRIDGE<br />

Advertising Creative Director MADDIE HISE (cwcreativemanager@gmail.com)<br />

Assistant Creative Director GRANT SNOW<br />

Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845<br />


Advisers<br />

Editorial MARK MAYFIELD (msmayfield1@sa.ua.edu)<br />

Advertising BRIAN GILES (bhgiles@sa.ua.edu)<br />

Published by UA Office of Student Media<br />

Director PAUL WRIGHT<br />

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Table of<br />

Contents<br />

ABOUT THE COVER: A poetic evening in Harpersville,<br />

Alabama: where the rain cleared into hazy clouds and later<br />

bloomed into a bewitching sunset. Get lost in Old Baker<br />

Farm’s seemingly infinte cornmaze, vast sunflower field<br />

and picturesque evergreen trees. As the autumnal breeze<br />

sets in, fall in love with <strong>Alice</strong>’s fall wardrobe.<br />

Photographer: EMILY HEATH<br />

See story: PAGE 42<br />

Beauty<br />






Fashion<br />



20 HIDDEN GEMS<br />

22 BOW DOWN TO<br />


Lifestyle<br />

28 48 HOURS IN NYC<br />






<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [3]

Features<br />







62 WE THE FEMALE<br />

Health<br />

& Food<br />






Entertainment<br />







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BEAUTY<br />

Star-Studded<br />

STYLES<br />

By Anna Wood<br />


The classic double braids hairstyle<br />

has made its way from summer camp<br />

to pop culture once again. Celebrities<br />

like Kim Kardashian, Blue Ivy, Zendaya<br />

and more have been spotted with<br />

perfectly-coiffed plaits — while most<br />

have stayed traditional, some have<br />

sported modified versions like the triple<br />

French braid. Want to try it yourself?<br />

Divide your hair into two halves,<br />

then have a friend (or do it yourself, if<br />

you can) French braid or Dutch braid<br />

each half. Smooth down frizzy flyaways<br />

with a spritz of hairspray.<br />


Often referred to as “fun buns,” this<br />

youthful style has made it’s way from<br />

costumes to mainstream pop culture.<br />

Tons of celebrities offer inspiration<br />

on their Instagrams, like Khloe Kardashian,<br />

Justine Skye and Hailey<br />

Baldwin. If you are feeling confident,<br />

pull hair into two high ponytails and<br />

twist into buns. If you prefer a more<br />

understated look but still want to join<br />

the fun bun club, go for lower ponytails,<br />

twist into buns, and gently pull<br />

to loosen.<br />


The more curls grow in popularity,<br />

the bigger they seem to get. You cannot<br />

go wrong with a head of big, wavelike<br />

curls like Blake Lively or Selena<br />

Gomez. Blow dry hair, then wrap oneinch<br />

sections around a 1 and ½ inch<br />

curling wand.<br />


This hairstyle was wildly popular in<br />

the ‘90s, although then it was usually<br />

tied with a scrunchie. Thanks to Ariana<br />

Grande and Beyonce Knowles,<br />

the so-called “party pony” has come<br />

back in style, and it is bouncier<br />

than ever. To get this look, start<br />

by spritzing hair with texturizing<br />

spray. If you want volume<br />

like Ariana and Beyonce, hold<br />

up a section of hair on the top<br />

of your hair and backcomb to<br />

tease. Secure with elastic and<br />

wrap a strand of hair around the<br />

base of the ponytail to get a polished<br />

look.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [5]

BEAUTY<br />


TO IVORY:<br />

Makeup<br />

for<br />

all skin tones<br />

and all budgets<br />

By Kendal Jones<br />

It doesn’t matter if you’re the fairest<br />

of them all or basically majoring<br />

in melanin: <strong>Alice</strong> understands that<br />

makeup shopping isn’t always black<br />

and white.<br />

A blush that looks great on your<br />

friend might make you look sunburnt.<br />

Or maybe the lip kit that looks killer<br />

on Kylie just looks kinda off on you.<br />

Shade and undertone play important<br />

roles in makeup because it basically<br />

determines what flatters you personally<br />

and what doesn’t. It can be frustrating<br />

when a brand you like doesn’t carry<br />

your color or is too expensive on a college-girl<br />

budget. Fret not! We’ve got<br />

your cheat sheet for your next makeup<br />

shopping spree, representing makeup<br />

from both the drugstore and high-end<br />

counters. All products and brands we<br />

recommend are of exceptional quality<br />

for their price and come in an inclusive<br />

array of colors and undertones.<br />


Foundation<br />

L’Oreal True Match is another righthand<br />

of mine. With this foundation,<br />

there is no excuse for it not to match.<br />

The line is divided into cool, neutral<br />

and warm undertones with shades for<br />

every girl. ($5)<br />

Concealer<br />

This FitMe concealer<br />

is creamy and medium-coverage<br />

in a sleek<br />

package — this stuff<br />

has me hooked. Sometimes<br />

I just put a little<br />

more under my eyes<br />

and buff it out when<br />

I don’t want to wear<br />

foundation. It’s a true<br />

drug store gem. ($5)<br />

Blush<br />

NYX never ceases to impress. Their<br />

range of powder blushes have good pigmentation<br />

and last on the skin. Their<br />

colors are flattering and unique. ($7)<br />

Highlighter:<br />

Colourpop (offered exclusively online<br />

at their website colourpop.com)<br />

makes an amazing gel-powder hybrid<br />

highlighter. Their one-of-a-kind, featherlight<br />

formula makes it easy to layer<br />

or wear alone, and is good for all skin<br />

tones. ($8)<br />

Eyeshadow<br />

Colourpop’s eyeshadow come in singles<br />

of almost every color. Your look<br />

can range from an angelic natural to<br />

a bold, dramatic eye and everything in<br />

between. It’s something I always have<br />

to have in my bag. ($5)<br />

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Foundation<br />

MAC StudioFix Fluid: an oldie but a<br />

goodie. Whole spectrum of colors, good<br />

coverage, lasts a long time. A staple.<br />

($28)<br />

Concealer<br />

The Urban Decay Weightless Complete<br />

Coverage Concealer offers a<br />

full-coverage, non-drying formula that<br />

melts into the skin with a great selection<br />

of colors and, you guessed it, undertones.<br />

($28)<br />

Blush<br />

Everyone knows and loves at least<br />

one thing from MAC. For me, it’s the<br />

blushes. The color ranges are endless,<br />

the pigment lasts on your skin, the<br />

packaging is durable, and the price<br />

isn’t outrageous. ($23)<br />

Highlighter<br />

I don’t know how the Shimmering<br />

Skin Perfector from BECCA makes a<br />

powder feel like a cream, but the result<br />

is swoon-worthy. Fair girls will love<br />

Moonstone and medium-skinned and<br />

dark-skinned girls will love Opal and<br />

Topaz. ($38)<br />

Eyeshadow<br />

A hidden secret in the makeup world:<br />

MakeupGeek single eyeshadows. Each<br />

single eyeshadow is so rich in pigment<br />

that you’ll have a hard time believing<br />

that they’re just six bucks. ($6)<br />


Foundation<br />

The Makeup Forever Ultra HD<br />

Foundation is like a second skin, making<br />

you look naturally perfect and airbrushed.<br />

Makeup Forever offers super<br />

light and super dark shades, as well as<br />

a variety of undertones. ($43)<br />

Concealer<br />

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer<br />

standout is Chantilly, an almost<br />

paper-white color that can’t be found<br />

anywhere else. The rest of this line is<br />

just as diverse. As for the formula, it’s<br />

smooth, blendable and offers amazing<br />

coverage while still looking seamless<br />

with the rest of the face. ($29)<br />

Blush<br />

Charlotte Tilbury’s compact blushes<br />

are versatile and beautiful on everyone.<br />

Check out her YouTube channel<br />

for different looks. ($40)<br />

Highlighter<br />

Anastasia Beverly Hills knows how<br />

to do a mean highlighter. Check out<br />

her four individual compact shades.<br />

Her Glow Kits also get rave reviews<br />

—perfect for aspiring makeup artists<br />

or women whose skin tone change with<br />

the seasons. ($40)<br />

Eyeshadow<br />

For quality eyeshadows, look to Anastasia<br />

Beverly Hills. My personal favorite<br />

is the Modern Renaissance palette,<br />

inspired by the richly-colored oil<br />

paints of the iconic Italian art movement.<br />

It creates a gorgeous eye look on<br />

anyone, no matter her skin or eye color.<br />

($40)<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

GET<br />

By Anna Klement and Lawson Mohl<br />

It’s no secret that in today’s beauty<br />

trends, a face free of highlighter is<br />

a wasted opportunity to get one step<br />

closer to looking like a celebrity — and<br />

who doesn’t want to glow like Kate<br />

Moss or slay like Zendaya? Colder<br />

weather is approaching, which means<br />

it can be more challenging to get a<br />

natural soleil glow (unless you have a<br />

trip to Bora Bora planned, then in that<br />

case, carry on). The only safe solution<br />

to reaching the summer shimmer all<br />

year long is to fake it ‘til you make it.<br />

Highlighting has been on the beauty<br />

radar for junkies for a while now.<br />

Fear not if you aren’t familiar with the<br />

art of painting glittery lines all over<br />

your face; we will focus on creating the<br />

perfect strobe, shimmer and sparkle.<br />

Here’s <strong>Alice</strong>’s guide to a flawless glow.<br />

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LIT<br />


The goal behind highlighting is exactly<br />

what you’re probably thinking —<br />

to highlight certain features of your<br />

body. While its opposite, contouring,<br />

brings shadows to a face, highlighting<br />

“raises” the areas of the skin that it’s<br />

applied to. This is why you highlight<br />

the high points of your face. It lifts<br />

these areas and when paired with the<br />

perfect contour, it brings life and depth<br />

to your beautiful features.<br />


<strong>No</strong>w that you have a good idea of<br />

what highlighting is, we suggest keeping<br />

your highlight to a few key areas:<br />

The tops of your cheekbones, the<br />

bridge of the nose (including the tip),<br />

the cupid’s bow and the brow bone.<br />

Some people like to add highlight to<br />

the middle of the chin as well. Master<br />

these areas and you’ll look like you’ve<br />

been basking in the radiance of the sun<br />

all day — even if it’s <strong>No</strong>vember and 50<br />

degrees outside.<br />


Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops:<br />

If you’re wanting a metallic glow, the<br />

FX drops are transformative without<br />

giving you the futuristic robot look.<br />

There are many colors ranging from<br />

Moonlight to Sunset. The best thing<br />

about this collection is that they are<br />

flexible enough to use with powder,<br />

foundation or cremes. The warmer<br />

hues are perfect for deeper skin<br />

tones, and fairer tones could even use<br />

them as a shimmering bronzer. ($42<br />

at Sephora)<br />

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne<br />

Pop: If you try this product, you can<br />

thank us later for making it your new<br />

must-have. For those not familiar, Jacyln<br />

Hill is a famous beauty YouTuber.<br />

Her success from the collab with Becca<br />

has been off the charts, and people<br />

cannot stop raving about it. Naturally,<br />

we had to try for ourselves. The Champagne<br />

collection includes four split<br />

compacts of highlighter and blush,<br />

three shades of slimlights, one shimmering<br />

skin perfector, two pressed<br />

powders and one highlighting brush.<br />

We discovered that the liquid shimmering<br />

skin protector was our personal<br />

favorite, and setting it with the<br />

shimmering powder would be a flawless<br />

combo. You will be glowing all day.<br />

($38 at Sephora)<br />

Glossier’s Haloscope: Available in<br />

Topaz and Quartz, this product is ideal<br />

for a dewy glow and enriched with vitamin<br />

infused oils. It’s hypoallergenic,<br />

dermatologist approved and not tested<br />

on animals. If those aren’t enough<br />

reasons to convince you, it includes<br />

real crystals in the ingredients, so you<br />

are sure to shine. It’s no wonder the<br />

luminescent product sold out instantly<br />

when it hit Glossier’s website. Just<br />

dab on the soft part of your cheeks and<br />

rub with your fingers for an instant<br />

face lift. Beauty blogs are going crazy<br />

over this product and for only $22, you<br />

can too.<br />

E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip:<br />

Perhaps the most underrated product<br />

on the list, this highlighter has<br />

been around for years. For only $2 at<br />

Walmart, Target or most other drugstores,<br />

you can have the same effect<br />

as all of the other highlighters on the<br />

list. There’s four shades to suit a variety<br />

of skin tones, including a white<br />

hue called Spotlight. This one is a bit<br />

more glittery than the rest and comes<br />

out in a squeezable tube. Press a tiny<br />

dollop between fingers and glide it over<br />

the tops of your cheekbones to the outer<br />

corner of your eyelid. Don’t forget<br />

the bridge of your nose. Beware: a little<br />

goes a long way with this one.<br />


Fan Brush: Perhaps one of the most<br />

illusive of the beauty tools at your disposal,<br />

the classic fan brush is one of<br />

the easiest ways to achieve luminosity.<br />

This brush, shaped like its namesake,<br />

allows you to effortlessly swipe highlighter<br />

onto your cheekbones and cupid’s<br />

bow using the side of the bristles.<br />

The thin top of the brush is also great<br />

for highlighting the bridge of the nose,<br />

making it one of the best glow tools in<br />

your kit.<br />

The Domed Brush: One of the most<br />

versatile brushes, a domed brush is<br />

perfect for sweeping on lustrous powder<br />

to your cheekbones. Rounded at<br />

the base and tapered slightly at the<br />

top, this tool can work wonders for the<br />

perfect highlight, but it can also work<br />

its magic with blush or bronzer. It’s everything<br />

you need for a flawless face.<br />

We’re still partial to its soft bristles for<br />

highlighting, though.<br />

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BEAUTY<br />


LOOK<br />

Dark drama, preppy pastels, avantgarde<br />

aesthetic: <strong>Alice</strong> has a style anyone<br />

can rock. It’s easy to drastically change<br />

up your look if you get creative with color.<br />

Camo top: Pants Store<br />

Black velvet choker: Pants Store<br />

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BEAUTY<br />



By Savanah Sendek<br />

Most people residing south of the Mason-Dixon line are<br />

fully aware of what a Saturday in the fall entails: football.<br />

It’s hard to keep up with all of the parties and tailgating<br />

going on, and even more difficult with the pressure of being<br />

a full-time student.<br />

If you are walking around campus during the school<br />

week, you are likely to see countless messy buns and tired<br />

ponytails. Over-styling is not a necessity when you have an<br />

8 a.m. lecture. But when it comes to game day, we break<br />

out that curling iron that hasn’t been used in a week, and<br />

pull out that sloppy ponytail. Here are some easy game day<br />

hairstyles and tips for the busy, yet devoted, college girl.<br />

For a curly up-do, pair the Pureology<br />

Curl Complete Taming Butter ($28<br />

on ulta.com) with any heat protectant<br />

mentioned above when curling your<br />

hair. For any up-do, the L’Oreal Paris<br />

Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair<br />

Spray ($14.99 on ulta.com) keeps your<br />

hair in place for long periods of time,<br />

so that your hair can stay in the game.<br />

The night before the big game, use<br />

the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Anti-Frizz<br />

AM/PM Starter Kit ($37.50<br />

on sephora.com). This day and night<br />

smoothing kit will help your hair<br />

fend off frizz for a longer-lasting,<br />

smooth blowout.<br />

For a beach-wave look, use the Bumble<br />

and Bumble Surf Spray ($27.00 on<br />

sephora.com) paired with the Bumble<br />

and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29.00 on<br />

sephora.com). These two products will<br />

help create a soft, sea-tousled look.<br />

For a voluptuous look, use the Big<br />

Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity<br />

Resistant <strong>Vol</strong>umizing Spray ($17.95<br />

on ulta.com). Apply this to damp hair<br />

if you want to reach maximum volume.<br />

Awaken tired, flat hair by flipping your<br />

hair upside down and fluffing it with<br />

your fingertips. This will reactivate<br />

the volume, making your hair almost<br />

as loud as the crowd.<br />

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Fall’s comeback color, paired with accessories<br />

like black velvet chokers and mesh tights, is a nod to<br />

the iconic ‘80s style.<br />

Photos by Ramsey Griffin and Emily Heath<br />

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Suede skirt: Pants Store<br />

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STREET<br />

DREAMS<br />

Enter our fantasies, where<br />

we wear cozy layers and travel<br />

to urban jungles.<br />

Photos by Ramsey Griffin<br />

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Jacket: Urban Outfitters<br />

Jeans: GAP<br />

Black tank: Urban Outfitters<br />

Flannel: Croft & Barrow<br />

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HIDDEN<br />

Conceptualized. Handmade.<br />

Kayla Willett’s rapidly growing line<br />

will soon be available nationwide,<br />

so grab them while they’re hot.<br />

www.kaylawillettjewelry.com<br />

Photos by Emily Heath<br />

GEMSUnique. and Alex Green<br />

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BOW DOWN<br />

to fierce florals, edgy embroidery and killer knits<br />

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Photos by Emily Heath and Alex Green<br />

Props courtesy of Olive Tree Interiors

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Jean skirt: Az Well<br />

Sweaters: Knitted by Peggy Canterbury<br />

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What to Wear on Gameday<br />

White Romper<br />

by ARK & Co<br />

Saturdays in the South are dominated by college football.<br />

One thing that separates SEC game days from the rest of the<br />

country is fashion. While students across the country wear<br />

matching t-shirts and paint their faces, students at SEC schools<br />

dress up, looking classy and stylish. It is a tradition here at<br />

Alabama and it is vital that you keep up with the styles that<br />

come with the new season.<br />

The Trunk Show boutique can be found<br />

at both Supe Store locations. The outfits<br />

are unique and made from good quality<br />

materials. <strong>No</strong>t only are they stylish but<br />

also affordable with the average price of a<br />

dress or a romper between $32 and $46.<br />

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<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [27]


48<br />

hours in<br />

New York<br />

By Laura Testino<br />

Bright lights, celebrity sightings, a backlog of perfectly outfitted<br />

candids and stellar backgrounds of wall murals, skyscrapers and<br />

yellow cabs: New York City is the ideal weekend getaway. Take a<br />

trip to hit Manhattan’s classic high points, and play our game of<br />

This or That to make the most of your New York Minute.<br />


Save on transit by planning ahead<br />

and consider flying out of a larger airport<br />

like Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.<br />

You can fly into JFK and take a<br />

train directly to the subway, or fly into<br />

LaGuardia for a cheaper fare, and<br />

take a bus to the 7 train to dodge a<br />

taxi ride.<br />


Each subway ride is $2.75, so if you<br />

plan on making more than 11 trips,<br />

opt for the $31 unlimited seven-day<br />

pass. Beware that others have tried to<br />

cheat the system too, so the turnstiles<br />

will recognize and stop you if you and<br />

your pals try to reuse the same unlimited<br />

card right after each other.<br />


Plug addresses into Google Maps<br />

and select the train for the best subway<br />

route between your locations. Use the<br />

app NYC Subway to follow along with<br />

the train as it makes stops to make<br />

sure you’re on the right train. The app<br />

is free and works underground. Uber<br />

is helpful if you need a ride and aren’t<br />

sure how to flag a taxi (the numbers<br />

are lit on available yellow cabs), but<br />

Via and Lyft sometimes offer cheaper<br />

fares if you’re willing to carpool.<br />

Download Yelp if you’re in a pinch to<br />

make decisions about where to grab a<br />

bite to eat.<br />

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Day 1<br />

Enjoy the classics on the first day by<br />

sampling the favorite foods and views<br />

of even the truest of New Yorkers. Use<br />

these as staples to guide your trip, but<br />

be sure to also add in reservations at<br />

a trendy restaurant or a break at the<br />

coffee shop with the twinkly lights and<br />

old books that Starbucks can’t offer.<br />


If you like to keep up with<br />

the trends, try this: Dominique<br />

Ansel Bakery.<br />

Home of the Cronut, this bakery<br />

sees patrons lining up at least 30 minutes<br />

before opening at 7:30 a.m. The<br />

reward? A croissant-doughnut hybrid<br />

of flaky, sugary and creamy goodness<br />

that takes up to three days to make.<br />

The details: 189 Spring Street,<br />

SoHo / $5.50 / dominiqueansel.com<br />

Photo by Laura Testino<br />

If you’re into the classics, go with<br />

that: Levain Bakery.<br />

This bakery serves up all sorts of<br />

treats, but it’s famous for their cookies.<br />

The chocolate-chip walnut cookie has<br />

been mentioned in The New York Times<br />

for its gooey, chocolatey-ness, though<br />

the dark chocolate peanut butter chip<br />

is also a great choice. The bakery opens<br />

at 8 a.m. (expect a line), so head over<br />

early and order a pastry and cookies to<br />

go – or splurge and have dessert before<br />

breakfast.<br />

The details: 167 W. 74th Street, Upper<br />

West Side / $4 / levainbakery.com<br />

#VIEWS<br />

If you’re into architecture, check<br />

out this: Brooklyn Bridge.<br />

The Brooklyn Bridge<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [29]

Walking over the bridge is free to do<br />

and only a mile long, so it doesn’t take<br />

too much time. Walk from Manhattan<br />

to Brooklyn and make a pit stop at<br />

the Brooklyn Bridge Park for another<br />

stellar view of lower Manhattan. You<br />

can then opt to walk back, or jump on<br />

the subway at High Street.<br />

The details: Brooklyn Bridge – City<br />

Hall Subway Station, Lower Manhattan<br />

or High Street Subway Station,<br />

Brooklyn Heights / free<br />

If art and greenery are more<br />

important to you, walk on that:<br />

High Line.<br />

The High Line is an old train track<br />

that stretches from the West Village<br />

toward the upper border of Chelsea,<br />

providing a great view of New York<br />

from its West side. Enter at various<br />

locations along the stretch, and opt<br />

to tour the art and gardens alone or<br />

schedule your visit with another event<br />

or tour.<br />

The details: Gansevort and Washington<br />

Street, West Village or 34th<br />

Street and 12th Avenue, Chelsea / free<br />

/ thehighline.org<br />


If you’re feeling extra sophisticated,<br />

go see the art at this: The Metropolitan<br />

Museum of Art.<br />

The museum has its own gala, and<br />

we’ve all heard of Blair and Serena’s<br />

famous lunches on the steps. Once inside,<br />

you can pay whatever you want to<br />

see art from various points throughout<br />

history from all over the globe in the<br />

form of classic paintings and sculptures,<br />

as well as furniture and fashion.<br />

The details: 1000 5th Avenue, Upper<br />

East Side / $12 / metmuseum.org<br />

If you’re in for a more concise collection,<br />

visit that: The Museum of<br />

Modern Art.<br />

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Visit this museum to see Vincent<br />

van Gogh’s The Starry Night or Claude<br />

Monet’s Water Lilies. In addition to<br />

many classics, the museum also has<br />

new exhibits and several museum<br />

stores with products for sale that are<br />

inspired from some of your soon-to-befavorite<br />

collections.<br />

The details: 11 W 53rd Street, Midtown<br />

/ $14 / moma.org<br />


If you’re ready for a cheesy adventure,<br />

opt for this: Artichoke Basille’s.<br />

Artichoke’s has several locations in<br />

Manhattan, but opt to grab a slice of<br />

the artichoke pie from the MacDougal<br />

location to eat as you explore the<br />

neighborhood or check out Washington<br />

Square Park. It’s filling and perfect<br />

for fueling your night ahead or grabbing<br />

on the way in.<br />

The details: Multiple Locations / $5<br />

/ artichokepizza.com<br />

Photo by Laura Testino<br />

If Italian roots are calling your<br />

name, take a slice of that: Lombardi’s.<br />

Lombardi’s opened in 1905, and is<br />

largely recognized as the first pizzeria<br />

in the United States. The first come,<br />

first serve New York staple sells whole<br />

pizzas, so come hungry!<br />

The details: 32 Spring Street, Lower<br />

Manhattan / $20 / firstpizza.com<br />

Day 2<br />

Once you’ve had the day to fall into<br />

the quick pace of the city that never<br />

sleeps, walk a little less and brunch a<br />

little more, and take the time to check<br />

out a show or peruse vintage shops or<br />

cozy neighborhoods.



If you’re looking for versions of classic<br />

staples, taste this: The Smith.<br />

Begin the day with some of the<br />

best mac’n’cheese you’ll ever taste,<br />

and complete the meal with a selection<br />

from a Sunday brunch menu that satisfies<br />

even the most savory or sweetest<br />

of preferences. Though there are multiple<br />

locations, opt for the original in the<br />

East Village, an ideal neighborhood for<br />

exploring on a full stomach.<br />

The details: Multiple Locations /<br />

$35 / thesmithrestaurant.com<br />

If there’s a reason to celebrate, and<br />

if you’re of age, sip on that: Agave.<br />

Agave is best known for its unlimited<br />

brunch meal, a pre-fixed cuisine<br />

that includes two hours of bottomless<br />

mimosas, wine or frozen margaritas<br />

accompanied by your choice of an egg<br />

dish with Mexican flair.<br />

The details: 140 7th Avenue South,<br />

West Village / $33 / agaveny.com<br />


If you want to see precision at its<br />

finest, see this: Radio City Rockettes.<br />

The famous Christmas Spectacular<br />

begins in mid-<strong>No</strong>vember and runs<br />

through the holiday season. Tickets<br />

range from $49 to an upward of $500<br />

depending on the time and date, so<br />

plan your trip early to be sure to catch<br />

the highest kicks you’ll ever lay your<br />

eyes on.<br />

The details: 1260 6th Avenue, Midtown<br />

/ varies / rockettes.com<br />

If singing and storytelling is more<br />

up your alley, purchase tickets to that:<br />

a Broadway Show.<br />

The TKTS booth in Times Square<br />

offers tickets up to half-off depending<br />

on the day and the show you’re interested<br />

in seeing. Opt for a classic, like<br />

the Phantom of the Opera, to see an<br />

incredible show with ticket prices that<br />

are less expensive than new smash-hits<br />

like Hamilton.<br />

The details: Theatre District / varies<br />

/ broadway.com<br />


If fancy beverages are your style,<br />

sip on this: Serendipity 3.<br />

In Serendipity, a romantic comedy<br />

from 2001, fate brings a couple to meet<br />

at Serendipity for the cafe’s famous<br />

frozen hot chocolate. The giant glass<br />

matches the bustling personality of the<br />

indoor décor, a part of what makes the<br />

shop a celebrity favorite.<br />

The details: 225 East 60th St., Upper<br />

East Side / $12 / serendipity3.com<br />

Treat yourself after a long second<br />

day and try that: Magnolia Bakery.<br />

You probably remember the name from<br />

Sex and the City. Try a classic cupcake<br />

(sometimes credited for contributing to<br />

the cupcake craze) or banana pudding.<br />

The original bakery opened on Bleecker<br />

Street and is now found all over<br />

the island, including a location near<br />

Rockefeller Center, not too far from<br />

Radio City or the Theatre District.<br />

The details: Multiple locations / $6 /<br />

magnoliabakery.com<br />


Use these staples to guide your<br />

trip through the Big Apple, but never<br />

be afraid to take a few hours to see<br />

what cute shops and city parks lie just<br />

around the block.<br />

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Photographer: Paul John Bayfield, Flickr Creative Commons<br />

Do as the Angels do<br />

By Jill Holloway<br />

Every December, girls of all ages<br />

huddle around their television<br />

screens for their own personal<br />

version of the Super Bowl, also<br />

known as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion<br />

Show. They watch as that one lucky<br />

model struts down the runway in the<br />

million-dollar bedazzled Fantasy Bra,<br />

and wonder how they become the next<br />

VS Angel without having to give up all<br />

their favorite snacks. Surely, models<br />

eat pizza sometimes, too.<br />

But how do the models prepare? If<br />

you’re ready for a newer, healthier lifestyle<br />

that promises results, then look<br />

no further than these five ideas.<br />

Take up boxing<br />

Adriana Lima told Vogue UK that<br />

she has been boxing for about 10 years,<br />

and it’s her passion. She said it helps<br />

with all different areas of your body.<br />

Angel Elsa Hosk pairs boxing with a<br />

lower intensity workout that is less cardio-heavy.<br />

Ballet beautiful<br />

Model Lily Aldridge does Ballet<br />

Beautiful year round, but amps up her<br />

routine weeks before the show. Similarly,<br />

Pure Barre is a nationally recognized<br />

barre chain that offers 55-minute<br />

exercise classes, concentrating on<br />

the areas women struggle with most:<br />

hips, thighs, abdominals and arms.<br />

It works just as effectively as Ballet<br />

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Beautiful and promises a lot of the<br />

same techniques. Bailey Swiggett, a<br />

Pure Barre fitness instructor, said she<br />

loves how Victoria’s Secret models promote<br />

“strong is sexy.”<br />

“I’ve always followed a healthy diet<br />

and workout regime, incorporating<br />

pure barre and running into my daily<br />

routine,” Swiggett said.<br />

Try a personal trainer<br />

Cindy Bruna has a personal trainer<br />

that plans daily workouts and challenges<br />

her weeks before the show. Personal<br />

trainers are especially great for<br />

helping you achieve targeted goals.<br />

They understand workouts are not<br />

one-size-fits-all. They’ll work with you<br />

and your body to see what areas are<br />

going to take more time than others.<br />

Take a morning swim<br />

There’s no better way to start your<br />

day than by diving right in — literally.<br />

Angel Josephine Skriver recently<br />

moved into an apartment with an<br />

Olympic-sized pool, and starts her day<br />

by swimming laps.<br />

Get involved with yoga<br />

Whether it’s hot yoga, restorative<br />

or yin yoga, it is sure to balance your<br />

mind and body. Model Jac Jagaciak<br />

participates in Bikram yoga, the most<br />

well-known form of hot yoga, and Vinyasa<br />

yoga to keep her heart race pulsing<br />

and body aligned.<br />

Bolram yoga features 26 different<br />

poses all while the room is kept at 105<br />

degrees Fahrenheit. Vinyasa yoga, or<br />

flow yoga, is focused more on a series<br />

of continuous movements and careful<br />

breathing. It’s fast-paced and ideal for<br />

pairing cardio with inner core.<br />

Check social media<br />

Looking for some Angel-approved<br />

workouts? Victoria’s Secret now<br />

sponsors @joja, an Instagram page<br />

where company models Josephine<br />

Skriver and Jasmine Tookes provide<br />

examples of many exercises that the<br />

Angels themselves use to prepare for<br />

photoshoots and fashion shows.<br />

Although models are typically envied<br />

for their physique, it’s important<br />

to remember that crash diets and fads<br />

do not work, and only harm your body.<br />

Victoria’s Secret Angels work hard to<br />

maintain a healthy and active lifestyle,<br />

so they don’t have to take drastic measures<br />

during the week of the show.<br />

“I try and eat at least 40 grams<br />

of protein a day to keep me energized<br />

during workouts, and always eat my<br />

greens,” Swiggett said. “It’s important<br />

to keep a balance though and have<br />

cheat days, just like the Victoria’s Secret<br />

models!”<br />

While diet change and exercise is<br />

extremely important, it is also important<br />

to keep a healthy mindset, just<br />

as the Angels do. If you are struggling<br />

with the question of whether you<br />

should keep moving forward, the answer<br />

is yes!



CHAOSA self-proclaimed<br />

coffee<br />

addict volunteers to give<br />

up caffeine for seven days<br />

By Rachel Wilburn<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [33]

I’m sitting at my kitchen counter, dirty hair<br />

in a messy bun, baggy eyes, with the sun rising<br />

through the kitchen windows. <strong>No</strong>t that this is anything<br />

new, but one thing in particular is different<br />

for the first time this week: I have a big, beautiful,<br />

steaming cup of coffee next to my laptop and an<br />

early-morning smile on my face.<br />

The past week has been quite the adventure: I,<br />

a self-proclaimed coffee addict, volunteered to give<br />

up coffee for seven days. Honestly, I never thought<br />

that I would feel as well-balanced and rested as<br />

I do right now. So why am I holding a piping hot<br />

cup’o’ joe again?<br />

One week ago, you would’ve thought the world<br />

was ending. Anyone who knows me knows I almost<br />

always have a cup of coffee in hand. I told<br />

my friends and family I was giving up coffee for a<br />

week, and no lie, they laughed at me. “Good luck<br />

with that,” they said. I knew I would miss the comfort<br />

of my daily cup(s), but I hoped that I’d make<br />

healthier decisions throughout the day if I felt more<br />

rested and less jittery. I felt pretty confident, but<br />

as it turns out, coffee affects my mind and body<br />

more than I realized.<br />

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The rules<br />

<strong>No</strong> coffee for one whole week. Plain<br />

and simple.<br />

Day 1<br />

<strong>No</strong>t a super fun day, but nothing<br />

drastic to report. I mostly just miss<br />

my best friend (a.k.a. coffee). Someone<br />

brewed a pot in the office today, and I<br />

took it a little personally.<br />

Day 2<br />

Mild headaches… all day. Just a<br />

dull ache, like my head was a slightly<br />

overfilled balloon. I felt really tired and<br />

couldn’t focus on anything.<br />

Day 3<br />

All hell broke loose. All morning<br />

I felt like I was walking around in a<br />

haze. I couldn’t focus anything anyone<br />

was saying to me and kept getting lost<br />

in conversation. Officially uncomfortable.<br />

Around 2 p.m., I got the worst<br />

migraine. The “lock yourself in your<br />

room, hide from all light and civilization”<br />

kind of migraine.<br />

Eventually, I convinced my roommate<br />

that she needed coffee, rode with<br />

her to the Starbucks drive-thru and<br />

snuck a sip of her iced coffee while she<br />

wasn’t looking. It was a low moment,<br />

but it had to happen. Coffee has never<br />

tasted so refreshing/sweet/wonderful,<br />

you name it.<br />

Day 4<br />

I was back on the wagon after falling<br />

off a little yesterday. Feeling a little<br />

better. I needed to have something<br />

in my cup with me to drink during this<br />

week, so I’ve been drinking a lot of water.<br />

Honestly, I felt very hydrated and<br />

not nearly as hungry as usual. Also, I<br />

noticed a change in my resting heart<br />

rate. I’m sure my two to three (four…<br />

five…) cups of coffee every day weren’t<br />

good for me, and I feel a lot less jittery<br />

since breaking the habit.<br />

Day 5<br />

More progress. Didn’t crave coffee<br />

as much as the first few days. All the<br />

headaches and fogginess were gone!<br />

I felt a lot more chipper and awake<br />

during the day. Awake, but not anxious,<br />

which really helped me stay focused.<br />

I felt myself sleeping better at<br />

night too. Hooray!<br />

Day 6<br />

I felt so relaxed. I’ve always been<br />

one to over schedule because I get uncomfortable<br />

with downtime. But I felt<br />

able to conquer my to-do list instead of<br />

my frantic per usual.<br />

I got used to not having what I call<br />

the “energy roller-coaster,” where my<br />

high points were drinking coffee and<br />

my low points when the kick wears off.<br />

I also noticed that I was better about<br />

making healthier choices in general. I<br />

started working out more and making<br />

better eating choices.<br />

Day 7<br />

Pretty much felt the same as yesterday.<br />

I don’t miss coffee as much as I<br />

thought I would. I got anxious/excited<br />

because I get to have a cup of my favorite<br />

drink tomorrow.<br />

Bonus: Day 8<br />

I drank coffee this morning. Probably<br />

shouldn’t have ordered a Venti Iced<br />

Vanilla Latte from Starbucks. After<br />

depriving my body for a week from<br />

its drug of choice, I felt like someone<br />

had injected caffeine straight into<br />

my veins.<br />

The big takeaway<br />

My biggest observation, once the<br />

headaches subsided, was the difference<br />

in my energy levels. I get decent,<br />

college-student amounts of sleep, but<br />

I was starting to get to a point where<br />

I was always waking up tired. I’ve always<br />

been slightly iron-deficient, but I<br />

had no idea coffee was playing a role<br />

in that. According to LiveStrong.com,<br />

caffeine is one of many substances that<br />

can interfere with your body’s ability to<br />

absorb iron from natural sources. The<br />

Cleveland Clinic recommends waiting<br />

one to three hours between eating ironrich<br />

foods and consuming caffeine.<br />

In addition, that note I made about<br />

my heart rate? That wasn’t totally<br />

wrong. Caffeine consumption may increase<br />

your risk of high blood pressure,<br />

especially in people who already have<br />

hypertension or don’t normally eat or<br />

drink caffeine. In a study published<br />

in the American Journal of Hypertension,<br />

participants with hypertension<br />

were given the equivalent of two cups<br />

of coffee. The study showed that their<br />

blood pressure was elevated for about<br />

two to three hours after.<br />

I’m not quitting coffee forever. Despite<br />

how good I felt, I just love it too<br />

much. But I think I’ve learned that<br />

coffee is like everything else in life:<br />

best in moderation.<br />

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Dorm Sweet Dorm<br />

Photos by Sarah Westmoreland<br />

By Jill Holloway<br />

Nestled away on the southwest side<br />

of The University of Alabama is a<br />

dorm room that, despite its size,<br />

has become a blank canvas for business<br />

major Annabelle Doyle and finance major<br />

Seline Morrissette. The plans for their<br />

home away from home started with a rug.<br />

“We found the rug first and we thought<br />

it was kind of a mistake, like picking the<br />

rug and then trying to make everything go<br />

around it. But it kind of ended up working<br />

out,” Morrissette said.<br />

When centering everything around it,<br />

Morrissette and Doyle wanted a room that<br />

would reflect their personal style and also<br />

be inviting.<br />

“We actually did a lot of DIY and we<br />

found stuff online,” Doyle said. Places<br />

like Wayfarer, One Kings Lane and World<br />

Market became their go-to.<br />

There are some eye-catching pieces that<br />

their friends can’t get enough of, but at the<br />

heart of the room, the pieces that required<br />

the most work are what that the pair<br />

truly love.<br />

“The poof [stool] is from World Market,<br />

everyone likes that,” Morrissette said. “We<br />

like the bar cart. We put some love into it.”<br />

The bar cart was a find from Target that<br />

Morrissette and Doyle spray-painted.<br />

Through their affordable finds and hours<br />

spent crafting their new room, Morrissette<br />

and Doyle were able to take on the challenge<br />

of turning a dreaded, cement-block<br />

dorm into a comfortable space for not only<br />

themselves, but also everyone who surrounds<br />

them.<br />

“It’s small, but it’s<br />

fun. We’ve met a lot of<br />

people through it.”<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016 [37]


8 Cringewo<br />

First impression<br />

By Maia Wade<br />

Learning to make a good first impression<br />

is a crucial part of being<br />

successful in the professional world.<br />

As tips for forming a quick rapport<br />

during an introduction to a potential<br />

client or colleague, experts frequently<br />

suggest a firm handshake, steady eye<br />

contact and power posing.<br />

Unfortunately, there is no such formula<br />

for first meeting the parents of a<br />

significant other. The above tips might<br />

apply to some degree, but there is an<br />

equal chance that your power poses<br />

might draw some strange looks. We<br />

asked people for their most embarrassing,<br />

awkward or downright weird<br />

stories. The corporate ladder might be<br />

life’s largest obstacle, but these stories<br />

prove that love can be the cringiest.<br />


“The first time I went to meet my<br />

boyfriend’s mom I was on my period.<br />

There wasn’t a trash can in his bathroom<br />

— I guess boys don’t really need<br />

one — so I had to wrap up my used<br />

tampon in toilet paper and put it back<br />

in the box, planning to throw it away<br />

at a time when I didn’t have to walk<br />

past his family to get to the kitchen<br />

trash can. Before I could though, their<br />

dog had sniffed it out and had taken it<br />

out of the box. She had ripped the used<br />

tampon to shreds and left the pieces all<br />

around the house! Of course everyone<br />

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knew it was mine! It was terrible. But<br />

his mom loves me now, so it wasn’t too<br />

bad, I guess.”<br />

–Casey, 21<br />


“So my boyfriend’s mom was coming<br />

in town, and he told me that his<br />

mom was getting there on a Sunday.<br />

It was during the spring, so we were<br />

[day partying] all day. His mom was<br />

supposed to get there Sunday morning,<br />

so I thought I was fine to go out.<br />

We got food on the way back because<br />

I was drunk, and two of his friends<br />

were with us. I was going to just take<br />

my food up to my apartment, but his<br />

friends insisted I go back to his place<br />

to hang out. I walk in and there’s this<br />

tiny woman ironing his clothes, and<br />

that’s when it hit me that it was his<br />

mom. It was bad. I shot him a death<br />

glare and I think he knew I was pissed<br />

off, but before I could run out of there,<br />

he decided it would be a good idea<br />

to introduce me. I went to shake her<br />

hand because, well, I don’t know why,<br />

but she went up and gave me a hug. I<br />

probably reeked of alcohol because I<br />

had been drinking all day. His friends<br />

wanted to stay and hang out because<br />

they knew her from back home, so I literally<br />

just sat in silence on the couch<br />

listening to them talk for an hour. I<br />

had the spins and couldn’t even eat the<br />

food I just got. She then proceeded to<br />

show me baby pictures of my boyfriend<br />

on her phone, and then I finally came<br />

up with some horrible excuse to get out<br />

of there. She invited me to go to dinner<br />

with them the next night, and when we<br />

sat down she began to tell me she was<br />

anti-alcohol. She never directly said<br />

anything about the other night, but<br />

she definitely knew.”<br />

–Gabby, 21<br />


“I was on a date with this girl and<br />

we were in her room, about to kiss, and<br />

her dad busted in and said, ‘What in<br />

the hell are you two doing?!’ First date,<br />

too. Then there was the time my closeted<br />

girlfriend took me with her to spend<br />

“We were sitting at dinner, and<br />

his dad came up behind me and<br />

called me his ex-girlfriend’s name.”<br />

–Madison, 18

thy<br />

stories<br />

the weekend with her Mormon aunt<br />

and uncle. We kept trying to be alone.<br />

Then her uncle, wearing a pumpkin<br />

mask, opened her door and whispered<br />

‘I’m watching you.’ It was Halloween<br />

weekend. Then we made out on their<br />

roof and they never found out.’”<br />

–Alex, 21<br />

WET’N’WILD<br />

“Me and my first college boyfriend<br />

were taking a shower together at his<br />

mom’s supposedly empty house. We<br />

heard the front door open and we both<br />

are like, ‘Uhhh…’ His family is super<br />

religious and his mom would have really<br />

freaked out if she knew what was<br />

going on. She knocked on the bathroom<br />

door and asked to come in (maybe<br />

weird?) and the dude told me to get<br />

down and hide. <strong>No</strong>t much room to hide<br />

in a tub, but I tried to make myself as<br />

small and quiet as possible. They had<br />

a conversation about dinner, and he<br />

came up with some excuse for why my<br />

car was in the driveway. I hid in there<br />

for a good 20 minutes till his mom left.<br />

Later that day we all went to Cracker<br />

Barrel together - it’s their favorite<br />

restaurant.”<br />

–Talia, 23<br />


“The first time I met my ex’s parents<br />

was three weeks after we matched on<br />

Tinder when I went to his brother’s<br />

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wedding with him. The dress I wore<br />

was one of the theme colors, so I was<br />

terrified that my dress would be the<br />

same color as the bridesmaids were<br />

when I got there. Also, the bouquet<br />

came to me, but I side-stepped it and it<br />

fell on the ground.”<br />

–Abby, 21<br />


“The second time I encountered my<br />

partner’s father was at my partner’s<br />

older brother’s wedding. Their family<br />

is super geeky, so it was a cosplay wedding.<br />

Everyone was there decked out in<br />

steampunk and renaissance fair wear.<br />

I was wearing my steampunk Harley<br />

Quinn cosplay. You could tell who<br />

was on the mother’s side of the family<br />

versus the father’s side of the family,<br />

because the mother’s side was all<br />

having a great time decked out in all<br />

of their crazy makeup and stuff, and<br />

the father’s side of the family was sitting<br />

there in their suits and their nice<br />

Sunday best looking really awkward.<br />

So, the second time I met my partner’s<br />

father, I was decked out in white face<br />

paint, a top hat, and a corset and bustle<br />

with a blonde wig and stuff. I was<br />

like ‘Hi! You’re never actually going to<br />

get a good chance to meet me because<br />

I’m going to keep encountering you in<br />

these awkward situations!’”<br />

–Makaley, 22<br />


“My ex-boyfriend and I met in France<br />

when we were 16. He’s from California,<br />

so he told his parents he met a girl<br />

from Alabama, and they were like, ‘Oh<br />

okay cool,’ and didn’t think much of it.<br />

Then, my mom and I flew to California<br />

a few weeks after France, and they<br />

were so confused about why we were<br />

visiting. Then one of their friends was<br />

like, ‘Oh, you better watch out for those<br />

Southern families, they try to marry<br />

their daughters off super young.’ Then<br />

we dated for 5 years.’”<br />

–Zoey, 22<br />

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Musing Heart<br />

A Fight Back Woman<br />

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MUSING<br />

HEART<br />

Go, sit upon the lofty hill,<br />

And turn your eyes around,<br />

Where waving woods and waters wild<br />

Do hymn an autumn sound.<br />

The summer sun is faint on them —<br />

The summer flowers depart —<br />

Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,<br />

Except your musing heart.<br />

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning<br />

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Black leather jacket: Maurice’s<br />

Jean skirt: Az Well<br />

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LEFT<br />

Jeans: Az Well<br />

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Booties: Maurice’s<br />

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Tied top: Az Well<br />

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ESPN’s senior public relations director<br />

Keri Potts opens up about sexual assault<br />

By Allison Cohen<br />

As more voices continue to speak out<br />

against sexual assault on college campuses,<br />

more students are standing up<br />

to the crime that affects one in four<br />

college women and one in seven college<br />

men. While support for victims<br />

on The University of Alabama’s campus<br />

to come forward has increased,<br />

the number of advocates when seeking<br />

medical aid at local hospitals has not<br />

seen many significant changes. Keri<br />

Potts, ESPN’s senior public relations<br />

director, looks to show the importance<br />

of sexual assault advocacy in hospitals<br />

and ensuring victims that they don’t<br />

have to go the road alone.<br />

Potts’ journey as an advocate began<br />

after her own experience with sexual<br />

assault in 2008 after escaping an<br />

attempted rape while vacationing in<br />

Rome. Potts opened up to Marie Claire<br />

about her experience in Italy, which<br />

involved a local artist that locked her<br />

inside his 6th-floor apartment.<br />

Potts used her strength to physically<br />

fight against her attacker, and<br />

now she uses her experiences to fight<br />

against all sexual predators through<br />

her blog, entitled A Fight Back Woman,<br />

and as an advocate for other sexual<br />

assault victims.<br />

“I am driven by a desire to reach<br />

people with the things I have learned<br />

about the crime of sexual assault and<br />

to help them get through the very difficult<br />

circumstance of being a victim,”<br />

Potts said. “I want to better their<br />

understanding of how the crime works<br />

so that when they sit as jurors, they<br />

actually put these guys away instead of<br />

picking apart the victim for his or her<br />

role in the assault.”<br />

Each month, Potts volunteers 12-<br />

hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at<br />

Grady Memorial Hospital’s Rape Crisis<br />

Center in Atlanta. The duties as a<br />

victim’s advocate are tough and often<br />

hard to swallow.<br />

Potts says the process starts by<br />

greeting the victim upon arrival at the<br />

hospital and taking a detailed account<br />

of what happened to them. Instead of<br />

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eing passed off nurse-to-nurse, Potts<br />

stays with the victim throughout the<br />

testing and examinations.<br />

“I explain the services available to<br />

them at Grady and in the state,” Potts<br />

said. “I make sure they leave the hospital<br />

safely whether that means securing<br />

transportation for them, clothes<br />

or food.”<br />

In 2012, Potts became a state-certified<br />

sexual assault counselor in the state<br />

of Connecticut through Connecticut<br />

Sexual Assault Crisis Services. She explains<br />

on her blog, A Fight Back Woman,<br />

that the process took six weeks and<br />

a total of 30 hours. After completion,<br />

Potts says she was required to volunteer<br />

at least 24 hours per month answering<br />

the rape crisis hotline, meeting victims<br />

in hospitals or joining the victims<br />

in court. However, her experiences in<br />

Connecticut and Georgia have been<br />

night and day.<br />

“You are recognized as having a legit<br />

and legal role in cases you handle,”<br />

Potts said. “I could assure victims<br />

confidentiality in most circumstances<br />

and not have to compromise that no<br />

matter what happens in the courts.<br />

In Georgia, there is no state certification<br />

and the GNESA (Georgia<br />

Network to End Sexual Assault) is<br />

poorly organized. I have had to make<br />

my own way.”<br />

Alabama public hospitals, imcluding<br />

the Druid City Hospital Regional Medical<br />

Center, are faced with an even bigger<br />

issue regarding advocacy for sexual<br />

assault victims. A DCH representative<br />

said the hospital offers no advocacy<br />

program at this time. However, anyone<br />

who checks into the hospital reporting<br />

they have been a sexual assault victim<br />

is immediately taken to their own room<br />

where a doctor examines them, the<br />

DCH representative said. If the victim<br />

wishes to pursue the assault further, a<br />

nurse will explain the options they are<br />

able to take to file a report.<br />

In both states, Georgia and Alabama<br />

are limited to what they are able to<br />

I want to better their<br />

understanding of how the<br />

crime works so that when they<br />

sit as jurors, they actually put<br />

these guys away instead of<br />

picking apart the victim.<br />

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“There is no<br />

one size fits<br />

all for healing.”<br />

offer victims of sexual assault.<br />

“Here, I spend a finite amount of<br />

time with them – when they are in the<br />

hospital only,” said Potts, regarding<br />

volunteering in Georgia. “And I never<br />

see them again. I dislike that element<br />

of it because I truly believe a victim<br />

should not be talking to multiple<br />

strangers she never sees again. I don’t<br />

like it at all, actually.”<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter which hospital, each<br />

victim experiences the recovery<br />

process differently.<br />

“There is no one size fits all for healing,”<br />

Potts said. “The most important<br />

thing is to focus on themselves. Writing<br />

my blog was a type of therapy for me<br />

to not only work through my thoughts<br />

and fears, but also to stand up for myself<br />

and other victims.”<br />

Potts not only stands up for victims<br />

of sexual assault, but also for women<br />

working in industries that are skewed<br />

heavily towards men. Potts said her<br />

role within the sports industry allows<br />

her to help educate her peers and colleagues<br />

on the subtle and not-so-subtle<br />

ways in which it is still difficult to work<br />

in a male-dominated field.<br />

“There is an added layer you deal<br />

with as a woman,” Potts said. “Everything<br />

to being treated as a daughter<br />

or little sister rather than the grown<br />

woman I am to having to fit into<br />

the very narrow definition of what<br />

they think female leadership should<br />

look like.”<br />

The key to success is to be good at<br />

your craft and to hone your skills,<br />

Potts said. Part of knowing your craft,<br />

she explained, is knowing what the<br />

needs of the industry you are entering<br />

are. And above all, Potts said to not let<br />

the stress get to you.<br />

“I wish in college they taught me how<br />

to manage my career not just focus on<br />

getting a job. Big difference and distinction,”<br />

Potts said. “I’ve done fine<br />

but the anxiety it caused early on, I<br />

could have done without.”<br />

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Through Her Eyes<br />

Three women discuss their struggles to overcome mental illness<br />

By Claire Turner<br />

Editor’s <strong>No</strong>te: The names of the women in<br />

this article who are struggling with mental<br />

illness have been changed to protect their<br />

privacy. The names of the experts are real.<br />

The smell of summer leaked in through<br />

the open windows, mixed with the scent<br />

of cracked leather seats and traffic fumes.<br />

Children’s heads bobbed with the tires<br />

as they sat along the rows, two-by-two.<br />

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High-pitched chatter constantly floated<br />

in the air as a group of middle schoolers<br />

eagerly headed to a field trip at an amusement<br />

park in rural Alabama, 13-year-old<br />

Margaret Thompson among them.<br />

She sat among her friends: two in the<br />

seat in front of her, and two others — one<br />

of them being her crush of three years —<br />

sat on her left.<br />

“He’s watching me,” Margaret thought<br />

to herself, uneasily glancing over at the<br />

boy. “I wish he would stop looking over<br />

here, it’s making me nervous. Can’t I just<br />

get off this bus already?”<br />

As the boy kept talking back and forth<br />

between his friend beside him and Margaret,<br />

her apprehension grew.<br />

“What if it happens at the park today,”<br />

she worried to herself. “Or worse, what if it<br />

happens in front of him?”<br />

This is the thought that plagued her. As<br />

Margaret’s panic grew, so did her heart<br />

rate. She felt color creep into her cheeks as<br />

she turned to face the window, hoping no<br />

one would see. Her chest closed up and her<br />

heart started pounding, and she desperately<br />

tried to wish it away.<br />

“<strong>No</strong>t now,” Margaret told herself,<br />

begging her body to stop. “<strong>No</strong>t in front<br />

of him.”<br />

The pins and needles of paresthesia<br />

crawled its way up her body, bringing the<br />

tingles to her legs first and then up to her<br />

torso.<br />

She felt numb and lethargic, and she let<br />

herself go to what exactly had just happened:<br />

The anxiety had consumed her.<br />

Margaret is not the only person to have<br />

experienced a mental illness known as an

“It’s like wearing sunglasses all<br />

day long inside. It’s like you just<br />

have an overcoming sadness and<br />

everything is clouded.”<br />

anxiety disorder, and it is still something<br />

she struggles with today as a 19-year-old.<br />

According to the National Alliance on<br />

Mental Illness, 43.8 million adults struggle<br />

with a mental illness in a year. Approximately<br />

one in five experience an anxiety<br />

disorder and approximately one in 14 experience<br />

major depression, with women<br />

being twice as likely to struggle with the<br />

illness than men.<br />

Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Renee<br />

Myer of Grayson & Associates in Birmingham,<br />

Alabama, said a mental disorder<br />

must impact multiple areas of someone’s<br />

life in order to be diagnosed.<br />

“If people get sad or anxious, those are<br />

just normal emotions, but for someone to<br />

get diagnosed with these things it has to<br />

be keeping them from socializing appropriately,<br />

or performing well at work or<br />

school,” Myer said.<br />

For many, like Margaret Thompson, one<br />

mental illness can lead to another.<br />

“It kind of feels like you’re not yourself<br />

anymore,” Thompson said, describing how<br />

her disorder feels. “Especially with the<br />

depression, it’s like wearing sunglasses<br />

all day long inside. It’s like you just have<br />

an overcoming sadness and everything is<br />

clouded. But anxiety is the same way, because<br />

they go hand in hand. The anxiety<br />

feels like somebody has got you handcuffed<br />

and you can’t do anything else, you can’t<br />

move, you’re not in control.”<br />

But sometimes control can be the hardest<br />

part. For a lot of women, counseling<br />

and medication is the last thing on<br />

their mind.<br />

Myer said many collegiate<br />

women turn to<br />

alcohol, drugs and excessive<br />

dating and exercise<br />

as detrimental<br />

ways to combat a mental<br />

disorder. She recommends<br />

regular workouts,<br />

balanced diets, reduced<br />

stress levels and counseling as safe,<br />

healthy alternatives.<br />

“College students are notorious for not<br />

being on a regular sleep schedule, and so<br />

even though it goes against the grain of<br />

what other people may be doing, try to be<br />

on a regular sleep schedule as much as possible,”<br />

she advised. “Talk to friends about<br />

how you’re feeling and get some support<br />

rather than just keeping it all inside.”<br />

Leanna Dilmore, 20, has struggled with<br />

her mental disorder since middle school.<br />

When her depression was at its most severe<br />

point in her life, she made several<br />

attempts to go to counseling but instead<br />

turned to negative outlets such as drinking<br />

alcohol and self-harming.<br />

“Usually I would feel better immediately<br />

after I [would self-harm],” she said. “It’s<br />

a release of emotion, or a way to feel some<br />

kind of emotion. But then in the days after<br />

that, I would just be angry at myself.”<br />

Myer said helping someone who struggles<br />

with self-harm should be more<br />

about asking them what’s going on in their<br />

life rather than focusing on the action.<br />

“Just try to figure out what they’re experiencing,”<br />

she said. “But if you get all<br />

upset about the behavior, then that will become<br />

a power struggle.”<br />

With the help of therapy and medication,<br />

Dilmore has now been clean of self-harm<br />

for over a year and a half and counting.<br />

Seeing a psychiatrist is not her favorite<br />

thing, but she knows it is a necessary step<br />

on the road to recovery. Though it is not<br />

the only solution to overcoming depression,<br />

it is the most efficient.<br />

“You never know what works for you until<br />

you try it,” Dilmore said. “What’s the<br />

harm in going once? I’ve been to quite a<br />

few counselors that I didn’t click with and<br />

I left, but it’s not like anything negative<br />

came out of that, I just kind of stopped going.<br />

The very worst thing that can happen<br />

is that it doesn’t work for you and you have<br />

to try something else.”<br />

Myer said depression is an illness that<br />

can be seasonal or last a lifetime, depending<br />

on the person. The National Institute<br />

of Mental Health found that genes, brain<br />

chemistry, hormones and stress play a<br />

large part in contributing to depression in<br />

women, but it is certainly not something<br />

that is unmanageable.<br />

“Some days [the depression] is more of<br />

an absence of emotion than anything<br />

else, just feeling numb,”<br />

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Dilmore said. “Other days, it’s feeling<br />

very upset for seemingly no reason and<br />

feeling very angry toward yourself. […] I<br />

don’t feel like it’s something I’ve overcome,<br />

because it’s an illness I definitely have and<br />

needs to be treated. But I think I’m starting<br />

to find better ways to deal with it, better<br />

ways to treat it. Going to counseling is<br />

important, finding a good group of people<br />

to surround yourself with and if you pursue<br />

medication, find what works for you.”<br />

For Katelyn Haal, 23, finding caring<br />

friends was a critical part in her controlling<br />

a severe eating disorder. As a senior<br />

in high school experiencing a big life<br />

change, an inconsistent friend group and<br />

pressure from her mother to be fit and<br />

beautiful, she was just looking for a way to<br />

control her life. A handful of crackers and<br />

a four-mile run became her typical day.<br />

After skipping a meal, Haal saw drastic<br />

and immediate effects. Friends would<br />

ask how she was losing weight so quickly,<br />

and each time Haal would lie and say<br />

it was because she was eating right and<br />

working out.<br />

“It got to a point where there would be<br />

days that I would feel as though I could<br />

feel my stomach eating itself,” Haal said.<br />

“In these moments, my thoughts were always,<br />

‘right now, I’m losing weight’ and<br />

it would push me to continue to eat less<br />

and less. When I would run, there would be<br />

days where I would run so much it would<br />

make me sick, but there was nothing in<br />

my system to let out other than acid. This<br />

felt like an accomplishment at the time,<br />

but looking back now it was horrible. I<br />

was making myself miserable. The feeling<br />

that I ate too much or that I needed to run<br />

more became everything.”<br />

Myer said obvious signs someone is<br />

struggling with an eating disorder is if<br />

they are secretive about their eating or<br />

don’t want to eat in front of other people,<br />

show a change in eating patterns, a significant<br />

weight change or if they are preoccupied<br />

with their body image.<br />

“For family and friends to help, trying<br />

to pressure somebody to eat more<br />

or eat less or not run to the bathroom<br />

to vomit is not going to help at first,”<br />

Myer said. “Generally trying to be supportive<br />

[helps], encourage them to get<br />

help. They probably feel out of control<br />

in some way, so try not to put somebody<br />

under greater pressure by trying to manage<br />

what they’re doing.”<br />

The National Eating Disorder Alliance<br />

found that 20 million American women are<br />

diagnosed with an eating disorder, especially<br />

prominent in college women due to<br />

stress, loneliness, cultural norms and complicated<br />

personal relationships.<br />

Myer recommended<br />

support groups, therapy<br />

and eventual hospitalization<br />

or rehabilitation for<br />

those who struggle with an<br />

eating disorder.<br />

Upon entering college,<br />

Haal was able to gain confidence<br />

in herself and found<br />

a community that accepted<br />

her as she was, without<br />

having to try to gain their<br />

approval. She went from under-eating<br />

to over-eating and finally back<br />

to full health.<br />

“Over time, I was able to realize that me<br />

controlling either the intake or avoidance<br />

of food was a controlling mechanism for<br />

me,” she said. “It helped me realize that<br />

there are going to be things in life that I<br />

cannot control, and I cannot please everyone.<br />

I am who I am.”<br />

Sometimes, Haal considers going back to<br />

her eating disorder to get a “jump start”<br />

on dieting.<br />

“I remind myself how much harm I<br />

[would be] doing and I begin to ask myself<br />

why I want to see those results, and I doing<br />

this for others or for myself,” she said. “I<br />

remind myself that I do not have to please<br />

others, and if that is the only way they remain<br />

friends or approve of me then they<br />

are people I do not need in my life, or at<br />

least do not need to hold their opinions in<br />

such high regard.”<br />

For Thompson’s anxiety disorder, moving<br />

for college was detrimental to her<br />

mental health. She was having up to five<br />

anxiety attacks a day, and felt ashamed for<br />

bringing old baggage into her new start.<br />

“What I had to do a lot of the time was<br />

just let it run its course and know that I<br />

was going to come out on the other side,”<br />

she said. “One of the worst things you can<br />

do is avoidance. [...] I wouldn’t do anything<br />

when it would happen, I wouldn’t<br />

fight it off, I would just sit there.”<br />

One of the healthy things she does when<br />

she finds herself having an attack she tries<br />

to calm down individual parts of her body,<br />

starting with a foot and working her way<br />

“Go get some help and [don’t] be<br />

embarrassed about it. Don’t struggle<br />

alone. People need help and<br />

oftentimes just talking about it<br />

helps. Just don’t isolate yourself.<br />

”<br />

up. She also thinks that distracting your<br />

mind is a good way to keep your body under<br />

control, suggesting doodling, exercising,<br />

writing or discussing it with a friend.<br />

“Talk to somebody,” Myer stressed to<br />

any woman struggling with a mental illness.<br />

“Go get some help and [don’t] be<br />

embarrassed about it. Don’t struggle<br />

alone. People need help and oftentimes<br />

just talking about it helps. Just don’t<br />

isolate yourself.”<br />

Help with any mental disorder can be<br />

found for little to no cost at most public,<br />

private and community universities.<br />

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[54] <strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016<br />

Hi, my name is Jada, and I’ve been<br />

attached to my phone for 10 years now.<br />

When it comes to our phones, I<br />

think we could all agree we’re a bit too<br />

attached. From simply texting, calling<br />

or using Facetime to our unrelenting<br />

use of popular apps — Snapchat and<br />

Instagram, for example — we use our<br />

phones an average nine and a half<br />

hours each day. That’s more than onethird<br />

of the day, folks. In addition to<br />

our constant dependence on Google<br />

Maps, Google Search, Spotify or Apple<br />

Music, we love our phones and use<br />

them often.<br />

My attachment began when I received<br />

my first cell phone in sixth<br />

grade and my 11-year-old self thought<br />

it was without a doubt the coolest thing<br />

ever. Keep in mind this was 2005,<br />

when the most popular choice for a cell<br />

phone was the LG Razor. I didn’t have<br />

a Razor. Instead, 2006 me toted what<br />

she thought to be the trendiest phone,<br />

an LG EnV. Yeah, that chunky phone<br />

with buttons so small a baby elf probably<br />

couldn’t even text correctly? Bingo.<br />

But honestly, texting was the least<br />

of my worries. This phone had games<br />

and music features that allowed me to<br />

download all of TRL’s current top hits<br />

and make them my ringtones for all<br />

my family members and friends. And<br />

bonus feature: I could also select songs<br />

and make them my alarm sound. Talk<br />

about the thrill of waking up to The<br />

All-American Rejects.<br />

I took that phone everywhere with<br />

me — to school to text in-between<br />

classes, to volleyball practice during<br />

water break or whenever I could sneak<br />

in a little text after rotating out. I<br />

even took it in the bathroom. So then<br />

imagine my attachment for a LG EnV<br />

compared to the superb and ever-innovative<br />

iPhone. I mean I can order<br />

food from a simple click on an app and<br />

have it delivered to me. In a Millennial’s<br />

eyes, that’s like finding gold. So<br />

I’ll admit, I still use my phone in all<br />

of those scenarios and many more —<br />

while at a red light, waiting at the doctor’s<br />

office, walking around campus,<br />

even while eating out with family or<br />

friends. I know this constant usage of<br />

my phone reflects the priority and significance<br />

of a smartphone in my life,<br />

and it distinctly points out an undeniable<br />

attachment.<br />

So when asked to endure a four-day<br />

journey without the use of my smartphone<br />

(emergencies excluded), my initial<br />

reaction resembled something to if<br />

Game of Thrones character Khaleesi<br />

when asked if she could live a day without<br />

her dragons: “Absolutely not! It’s<br />

my life.” But then I thought to myself,<br />

“Am I really that attached to a four<br />

and-a-half ounce rectangular piece of<br />

metal that I can’t go without it for just<br />

four simple days?” Upset that my instinctive<br />

reaction was “yes,” I bravely<br />

agreed to do it knowing these next four<br />

days would be a rude awakening.<br />

Day 1: Ripping the band-aid off<br />

9 a.m.: Rise and shine, it’s wake up<br />

time. Upon deciding to go four days<br />

without my phone, my first thought<br />

was, “How in the world am I going<br />

to wake up on time without my five<br />

alarms?” Yes, I’m that person. So I<br />

resorted to the old school way and decided<br />

to actually use the classic analog<br />

alarm clock I had bought from IKEA<br />

freshman year.<br />

I was excited about this because I<br />

love little knick-knack vintage things<br />

and using them for practical reasons.<br />

So the night before, I set the alarm<br />

with a heart of giddiness and hopeful<br />

expectancy I’d actually wake up.<br />

The morning came and as soon as<br />

the clock began to ding, I awoke in confusion<br />

and grabbed the clock, full of<br />

fury and determination to shut it up.<br />

A few seconds later I remembered why<br />

I had the clock set.<br />

9:15 a.m.: Usually after waking up,<br />

I’ll spend a good 30 minutes to an hour<br />

playing around on my phone, checking<br />

social media or catching up on emails.<br />

I’m positive I remember groaning in<br />

response to not being able to check<br />

my phone.<br />

10:30 a.m.: I began my day as usual<br />

with making breakfast, reading, showering<br />

and cleaning, but I usually enjoy<br />

doing these things to music using Spotify<br />

on my phone (because if you can<br />

dance while doing something it makes<br />

it all the better). Yet, despite not having<br />

a phone I didn’t have to go without<br />

my normal morning jig, and I resorted<br />

to using my laptop. #clutch<br />

11 a.m.: It was now time to make<br />

plans for the day, but without my<br />

phone. How exactly am I supposed to<br />

go about talking to my friends? Again,<br />

I resorted to my laptop and happily<br />

use Messages.<br />

But here’s the thing: Messages<br />

for me sometimes acts a little funky,<br />

can’t we all relate? So upon sending<br />

out some texts, I didn’t receive any<br />

response for an hour. So experiencing<br />

#FOMO (fear of missing out), I wanted<br />

to know what my friends are doing.<br />

As creepy as this may sound, the usual<br />

way that my friends and I find each<br />

other is by using an app called “Find<br />

My Friends” that allows you to view<br />

your follower’s location via the location<br />

of their phone. So my #FOMO continued<br />

as I couldn’t use my phone and still

You know how you<br />

sometimes have those<br />

dreams where you<br />

feel like you’ve walked<br />

into class naked?<br />

That’s how I felt all day.<br />

no one answered my texts.<br />

2 p.m.: Finally, I got a response<br />

from someone, and we decided to meet<br />

up at a friend’s house. Turns out my<br />

friends were playing tennis — something<br />

I could’ve easily figured out<br />

through “Find My Friends.” I meet<br />

up with friends and enjoy more quality<br />

time and less screen time. I definitely<br />

notice myself actively listening and<br />

participating more in conversation.<br />

5 p.m.: Disclaimer: I had my phone<br />

with me at all times just in case of<br />

emergencies, but out of habit, I click<br />

the home button all too often. This<br />

was like the 16th time I’d done this,<br />

but this time I discover a myriad of notifications,<br />

which my first response is<br />

to scroll through and look at. I quickly<br />

remembered this is a big no-no for now.<br />

11 p.m.: Time for bed and first<br />

day completed.<br />

One day down, three to go.<br />

Recap of the day: You know how you<br />

sometimes have those dreams where<br />

you feel like you’ve walked into class<br />

naked? That’s how I felt all day.<br />

Day 2: Continuing the madness<br />

9 a.m.: This time I didn’t have such<br />

a harsh reaction to being woken up by<br />

the analog alarm. The dinging was<br />

still a bit annoying.<br />

9:15 – 10 a.m.: Since I couldn’t<br />

check social media or roam around on<br />

my smartphone, I noticed a much earlier<br />

start to my day — and I liked it.<br />

11:30 a.m.: It’s time for a doctor’s<br />

visit and, as we all know, the waiting<br />

room can quickly turn into the bane of<br />

our existence. Typically, I conquered<br />

this by playing on my smartphone.<br />

However, with a certain limitation on<br />

that at the moment I decided to pack a<br />

book and hope for the best. By the time<br />

the doctor finally called me in — two<br />

hours later — I’d managed to read all<br />

the way through 12 chapters. *cue the<br />

feel good vibes*<br />

2:30 p.m.: I checked my battery life<br />

and...<br />

5 p.m.: I enjoyed dinner with friends<br />

where, in regard to my phoneless trial,<br />

they all decided to put their phones<br />

up too and experience some maximum<br />

friendship quality time. It was nice<br />

to feel like a screen wasn’t intruding<br />

our conversation.<br />

11 p.m.: I noticed it does take me<br />

a little bit longer to fall asleep since<br />

I’m used to looking at my phone,<br />

which then makes my eyes tired<br />

and easier for me to fall asleep. I<br />

probably didn’t actually fall asleep<br />

until midnight.<br />

Recap of the day: Despite having to<br />

overcome certain phone habits, I honestly<br />

didn’t miss my phone that much.<br />

Day 3: First day of school<br />

8 a.m.: Surprisingly, this time I<br />

didn’t hate the high-pitched dinging<br />

as much as the previous days. And<br />

because I couldn’t just hit snooze and<br />

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wait for it to ring again, I had to get up<br />

or risk the chance of missing my first<br />

class of senior year. I liked the luxury<br />

of being able to set multiple alarms<br />

to increase maximum sleep possibility<br />

along with being graced every morning<br />

by my favorite song of the semester, but<br />

a bit of me felt prideful in the fact that<br />

I was doing it the old fashioned way.<br />

9 – 10 a.m.: Class wasn’t too unbearable<br />

without my phone due to having my<br />

laptop and the company of a close friend.<br />

Oh, and I guess due to the part where I<br />

should have been actively listening and<br />

taking notes.<br />

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: I notice as I’m<br />

walking around that my neck wasn’t<br />

hurting as usual. Who’s to know the<br />

exact cause, but I began to wonder if<br />

it was due to no longer having my head<br />

down all the time to look at my phone.<br />

2 p.m.: I really had a hard time not<br />

being able to use social media all day,<br />

but I would log in to mobile sites just to<br />

refresh and see what everyone was saying<br />

since it was the first day of classes.<br />

But still, for those apps like Snapchat<br />

that only work on phones, I once again<br />

had the #FOMO.<br />

4 p.m.: By this point, I realized<br />

how often I take photos. I’m not just<br />

talking about selfies and squad photos<br />

here, but photos of important dates<br />

from syllabi, screenshots of recipes,<br />

cute outfits and to even passwords and<br />

log in information. It was hard to kick<br />

this habit on the first day.<br />

6 p.m.: There is something very satisfying<br />

about seeing your battery life<br />

above 50 percent in the late afternoon.<br />

10 p.m.: With school being back in<br />

session, I’d have liked to watch a full<br />

recap of the Alabama Snapchat Story,<br />

but I had to refrain. The social media<br />

lover in me just really wants to kick<br />

the can.<br />

Recap of the day: I missed my phone.<br />

Day 4: The final countdown<br />

8 a.m.: Even though classes started<br />

a little bit later than yesterday, I still<br />

wanted to wake up early just to enjoy<br />

the possibilities of having free time in<br />

the morning. That handy dandy analog<br />

clock came in handy!<br />

9 a.m.: With this newfound free<br />

time, I decided to actually go running<br />

before class. Typically, I do wake up<br />

each morning with the ambition to accomplish<br />

working out before class, but<br />

the temptation of more sleep and the<br />

distraction of my phone make me act<br />

otherwise. With neither being a hindrance,<br />

I made my way on down to the<br />

River Walk.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w one thing that I’m super picky<br />

about is that I need my headphones<br />

or some kind of music playing when<br />

I work out or run. So as I did enjoy<br />

an early morning jog, I could’ve done<br />

without the constant sound of my<br />

heavy breathing. Plus, a nice Beyoncé<br />

tune might’ve encouraged me to go a<br />

mile longer.<br />

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Again, I had my<br />

laptop, so classes didn’t seem to deter<br />

much from the usual.<br />

6 p.m.: I was really craving a social<br />

media check. #j’feel<br />

8 p.m.: <strong>No</strong> homework = no responsibilities.<br />

So I logged onto Hulu and<br />

enjoyed a few episodes of The Mindy<br />

Project. I’m still undecided if this was<br />

just me resorting to the lesser of two<br />

evils with my technology addiction. I’ll<br />

leave that up to you to decide.<br />

10 p.m.: As the day drew to an end,<br />

I began to plan for tomorrow. I may or<br />

may not have found slight satisfaction<br />

in setting my phone alarm for the next<br />

day’s festivities. #RIPanalogclock<br />

Recap of the day: I did it!<br />

So with a trial like that, what did I<br />

learn? If you asked me beforehand if I’d<br />

agree that as a Millennial I consume<br />

nine and a half hours of daily phone<br />

usage, I would’ve probably debated<br />

that statistic and really say I only consume<br />

half of that. Yet, these past four<br />

days have proven me otherwise. More<br />

often than not, I caught myself just<br />

simply holding my phone or clicking<br />

the home button just to fill time during<br />

whatever I was doing. Even more so,<br />

I blatantly discovered my dependence<br />

on a phone during social settings and<br />

even the times at when my phone usage<br />

is probably inappropriate for<br />

the setting.<br />

A break from my phone was liberating<br />

and allowed me to disconnect from<br />

feeling like I had to always be in response<br />

or up-to-date on social media,<br />

which I believe we Millennials have<br />

picked up from being a generation so<br />

readily exposed and consumed by our<br />

phones. Moving forward, I think I’ll be<br />

more thoughtful in when is the appropriate<br />

time to use my phone and when<br />

to know I’ve reached enough consumption<br />

for the day. I think we all should<br />

experience a break from our phones<br />

and learn just how much we truly depend<br />

on them.<br />

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NETFLIX,<br />

WINE<br />

AND THE<br />

ENTIRE<br />

PIZZA<br />

Why we binge, what we binge on<br />

and why everything might be okay<br />

By Laura Testino<br />

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[58] <strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016<br />

My mom got her first iPhone at<br />

the beginning of August, and<br />

she’s already mastered the art of the<br />

Perfect Response GIF better than any<br />

of my Millennial friends. She wasn’t as<br />

savvy on Instagram though, and after<br />

spotting me in a group photo would try<br />

to zoom in on my grainy face to see how<br />

I look when converted to approximately<br />

three different pixels (gross). Lucky for<br />

her, she only had to deal without the<br />

zoom for a month before the app caught<br />

up to the moms and dads of Millennials<br />

everywhere, and made zooming an<br />

integral function. The first photo I<br />

zoomed in on? A post by Cosmopolitan,<br />

with a canary yellow background<br />

and impossibly tiny, capitalized<br />

fuchsia letters.<br />

“Zoom in on the pic to see the<br />

magical, one-word answer to ALL<br />

YOUR PROBLEMS,” the caption<br />

read, followed by a crystal ball emoji<br />

sandwiched between two sparkle emojis,<br />

and then a “#zoom.”<br />

Cosmopolitan’s magical cure-all,<br />

worthy of the first post-zoom feature<br />

post? Simple: pizza.<br />

Which shouldn’t be entirely<br />

surprising. Just scroll through the<br />

21,482,830 Instagram posts with the<br />

hashtag, or go online shopping for<br />

pepperoni pizza onesie pajamas or<br />

backpacks. Read Bustle’s article, “14<br />

Stages of Eating An Entire Pizza By<br />

Yourself Because You Were Born For<br />

This,” quiz yourself with Buzzfeed’s<br />

“How High Is Your Pizza IQ?,” or head<br />

back over to Cosmopolitan to assess<br />

the effects of the cure-all and discover<br />

“What Eating 1 Slice of Pizza Really<br />

Does to Your Body.” Hint: it involves<br />

something like 5 grams of saturated fat<br />

and a spiked blood pressure.<br />

Pizza has such a large impact on<br />

people ages 2 to 19 that the food should<br />

specifically be addressed for anyone<br />

receiving nutritional counseling,<br />

according to the National Health<br />

and Nutrition Examination survey<br />

compiled by researchers at the Health<br />

Policy Center at the Institute of Health

Research and Policy at the University of<br />

Illinois at Chicago.<br />

United States Google searches for the<br />

cheesy pie have climbed since 2004, and<br />

with notable quickness between 2010<br />

and 2011. The top two related queries at<br />

the beginning of September 2016 were<br />

“pizza near me” and “delivery near me,”<br />

respectively, a testament to the rising<br />

popularity of delivery food (another<br />

search term with a steady rise) and the<br />

Italian-inspired favorite that was at the<br />

helm of the delivery trend decades ago.<br />

The instantaneous arrival of pizza<br />

appearing UFO flying-saucer style<br />

at the front door has paired almost<br />

exclusively with Netflix, another even<br />

more instantaneous service. Google<br />

searches in the United States for Netflix<br />

have risen with pizza, mimicking the<br />

quickened rise between 2010 and 2011,<br />

although, generally, pizza seems to<br />

garner slightly more interest.<br />

The Netflix-pizza coupling – dare we<br />

christen it #Netza or #Piflix? – is the<br />

trending epitome of an envied nightin.<br />

The instant gratification of salty<br />

cheese slices and multiple seasons of<br />

innumerable television series inspire<br />

indulgent “treat yo’self” binges that<br />

are often decidedly ‘gram-worthy<br />

and deserving of other social media<br />

broadcasts, particularly among the<br />

Millennial crowd. And over the summer,<br />

after expressing my virtual like for<br />

another friend’s impressive pizza and<br />

Netflix binge for the umpteenth time,<br />

I finally stopped and wondered why<br />

I felt so congratulatory for someone<br />

else’s indulgence in pizza and television.<br />

Surely there are more exciting things<br />

than eating pizza, drinking wine, and<br />

discovering the Upside Down?<br />

“Watch me [wine] /<br />

<strong>No</strong>w watch me [Netflix]”<br />

“When you turn your boring night-in<br />

into something that’s ‘totally trending<br />

right now,’ you want to post about it, and<br />

you want people to know,” said Tessa<br />

Albert, a senior majoring in advertising<br />

at The University of Alabama.<br />

After disclosing this, Albert opened<br />

her personal Instagram feed (she also<br />

has a business account for her artwork)<br />

to see if she had ever fallen victim to<br />

the social media trap she identified. She<br />

found a couple of photos of doughnuts,<br />

and one of a sermon playing on her<br />

laptop with a Chipotle meal plopped in<br />

the bottom right corner. <strong>No</strong> signs of the<br />

#trending trifecta:<br />

Netflix. Wine. Pizza.<br />

Albert does identify with 31 percent<br />

of other Millennials who responded<br />

to a Nielsen survey saying that they<br />

pay for an online streaming service.<br />

In comparison with other groups,<br />

Millennials (ages 21-34, according to<br />

Nielsen) and Generation Z responders<br />

(age 15-20), tie with the largest<br />

percentage of subscribers, and are<br />

followed by 24 percent of Generation<br />

X (age 35-49) and 15 percent of Baby<br />

Boomers (age 50-64).<br />

As far as pizza, Albert eats it on<br />

occasion, but it isn’t her go-to snack.<br />

She feels the same way about wine. But<br />

she would probably like a friend’s social<br />

media post about staying in and eating a<br />

whole pizza and binge-watching Netflix,<br />

she said.<br />

Social media thrives in an environment<br />

designed to quench the desire for social<br />

validation. There are “like” buttons and<br />

apps to repost and retweet, the ability to<br />

share and even to react to a photo with<br />

disgust or anger or laughter or love.<br />

Posting a photo and immediately seeing<br />

the response from a virtual someone is<br />

instant gratification.<br />

“The only reason I watch Stranger<br />

Things is because all of my friends have<br />

told me to,” Albert said. “I probably<br />

wouldn’t have watched it if I was just<br />

going through Netflix by myself. It<br />

would not be my first choice – I don’t<br />

like scary things.”<br />

It is a natural tendency to look<br />

for others to mimic people they feel<br />

similar to, particularly in situations of<br />

uncertainty, said Rosanna Guadagno,<br />

an associate professor of both emerging<br />

media and psychology at the University<br />

of Texas at Dallas.<br />

“The way that social media is set up,<br />

it makes it really easy for us to share<br />

information,” she said. “So the social<br />

validation of looking to others to guide<br />

behavior is one key component to the<br />

spread of information online.”<br />

As Millennials, we are the first<br />

generation to be raised with technology<br />

at our fingertips, and seamlessly inject<br />

ourselves into online culture than other<br />

generations. We want news immediately.<br />

We want our food immediately. And<br />

technology affords us the pleasure of<br />

having it that way.<br />

“I think that’s a real danger,<br />

constantly expecting everything to be<br />

there, to have the whole story, to have<br />

the whole pizza, to have the whole<br />

bottle of wine,” Guadagno said. “It’s<br />

dangerous in that it’s hard to develop<br />

self-discipline. There’s a virtue in<br />

waiting for things. But that said, I<br />

binge-watch too, because I like to know<br />

how the story ends.”<br />

The unholy trinity<br />

Pizza, wine and Netflix are the trifecta<br />

of modern convenience: if not readily<br />

available from the couch, they are<br />

deliverable and/or available at a 24-hour<br />

convenience store. In a separate study<br />

by Nielsen published in September, the<br />

preferences of Millennials are compared<br />

with those of Baby Boomers. Overall,<br />

Nielsen said, Millennials expect<br />

businesses to maintain respectable<br />

business practices, but that 24 percent<br />

of the global also expect products and<br />

businesses that value “connectivity,<br />

convenience and options that allow them<br />

to be in control.”<br />

Based on data collected from 30,000<br />

online consumers that represent<br />

60 countries, Nielsen categorized<br />

Millennial preferences as “we,” “more”<br />

and “now.” Fifty-eight percent of<br />

Millennials eat out at least once a<br />

week, compared to 29 percent of Baby<br />

Boomers, and 68 percent agree that<br />

time-shifted programming like Netflix<br />

and Hulu or DVR better accommodate<br />

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their schedules (52 percent of Baby<br />

Boomers agreed with this).<br />

Both Albert and Bailey Blaise<br />

Mariea, a senior majoring in musical<br />

theatre, agree that convenience is a<br />

contributing factor to their television<br />

consumption habits.<br />

“Netflix is readily available, it works<br />

with whatever time, picks up right<br />

where you left off and it’s portable,<br />

which is huge,” Mariea said. “The<br />

quality is high, and it’s way cheaper<br />

than if I were to buy HD or a DISH<br />

Network package.”<br />

The quality of Netflix original content<br />

has continued a new Golden Age time of<br />

television that began in the early 2000s<br />

with HBO and Showtime shows, says<br />

Stacy Morgan, an associate professor of<br />

American Studies who teaches a course<br />

in popular culture at The University<br />

of Alabama. The new, ambitious<br />

business model for making television<br />

gave creators more artistic license,<br />

resulting in higher quality television<br />

that continued to have a large audience.<br />

“Netflix has very much followed in that<br />

wake,” Morgan said. “I think it’s clear<br />

that the creators of a lot of those Netflix<br />

original series really have ambitions<br />

that are every bit on par with what you<br />

would expect out of feature films.<br />

“The other shift that’s going on<br />

along with this hand-in-hand with<br />

more creative control for show runners<br />

is a shift to more emphasis on longterm,<br />

or long-form storytelling. So in<br />

other words, it’s not just a Law and<br />

Order episode where everything is<br />

just going to more or less wrap up by<br />

the end of the episode each week. It’s<br />

a really different kind of storytelling<br />

where it’s built in a serial form, with<br />

long story arcs that really reward<br />

fan engagement.”<br />

The new form for television – making<br />

entire series readily available – makes<br />

binge watching accessible. During her<br />

freshman year, Mariea watched her<br />

way through One Tree Hill, spending<br />

some weekend days watching multiple<br />

episodes, or squeezing episodes in while<br />

putting on makeup or doing laundry.<br />

Studies published in Psychology<br />

Today’s “Why We’re Wired to Binge<br />

Watch TV” found that eight in 10<br />

people prefer to binge watch Netflix<br />

instead of watching single episodes,<br />

and 76 percent of people reported that<br />

binge-watching was a refuge from a<br />

busy lifestyle. Emerging media and<br />

psychology professor Guadagno studied<br />

what makes videos do viral online,<br />

though she isn’t sure if her research<br />

correlates to binge-watching tendencies,<br />

and believes it has more to do with<br />

the cliff-hanging constructions of the<br />

storyline than social validation and<br />

emotional responses.<br />

“We fall in love with the story, and<br />

then the story ends in such a way that<br />

we want to keep watching and find<br />

out what happens next,” Guadagno<br />

said. “For me, at least – and this is a<br />

personal opinion not based on ideas<br />

about binge watching – it allows us<br />

to finish the story, and it give us that<br />

instant gratification.”<br />

Pairing pizza and wine with Netflix<br />

reflects a culture of instant gratification,<br />

which has been recognized by marketers.<br />

Technomic, a research and consulting<br />

firm focused on food, found that in<br />

2012, 40 percent of Americans eat pizza<br />

at least once per week, a 15 percent<br />

increase from 2010. A report by the<br />

Wine Market Council released in early<br />

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2016 shows that Millennials consume<br />

42 percent of all wine consumed,<br />

with 30 percent by Baby Boomers<br />

and 20 percent by the Gen-Xers in<br />

between. Millennial wine drinkers<br />

average three glasses per sitting, and<br />

between 2005 and 2010, increased the<br />

percentage of high frequency drinkers<br />

(of legal drinking age) from eight<br />

to 13.9 percent.<br />

Although Netflix is commercial-free,<br />

marketing techniques mixing television<br />

with other forms of consumption aren’t<br />

new, and began shortly after televisions<br />

entered homes in the 1940s.<br />

“That’s why people wanted to have<br />

commercials on TV,” Morgan said.<br />

“There’s a recognition by marketers<br />

pretty early on that pleasurable viewing<br />

experiences on television can trigger<br />

appetites not just for more of the TV<br />

entertainment, but can trigger other<br />

types of appetites for consumption.”<br />

The kids are alright<br />

(they’re just full of pizza)<br />

It’s convenient to treat yo’self and<br />

unwind with several slices of pizza<br />

and several glasses of wine and<br />

several episodes of your new favorite<br />

television show. For Mariea, it’s also an<br />

accomplishment; if she’s going to work<br />

hard, she’s going to play hard, too.<br />

“I think that [Millennials] are<br />

extremely task-oriented,” Mariea said.<br />

“And for me at least, while we’re always<br />

applauded for being the multi-tasking<br />

generation, there’s always part of me<br />

that’s like, ‘I don’t know when I’m going<br />

to get to watch the rest of this Netflix<br />

series, so I’m going to sit down, and<br />

I really wanna watch it, and I can, I<br />

have the time, this is what I want to do.<br />

Check that off my box.’”<br />

Beyond those five grams of saturated<br />

fat per slice, the effects of cultural<br />

binging aren’t necessarily concrete.<br />

Older generations are concerned<br />

for Millennials because they aren’t<br />

accustomed to the instant accessibility<br />

afforded by services that bring TV to<br />

your phone or pizza to your doorstep,<br />

so the true effects remain to be seen,<br />

Guadagno said. The only way to<br />

potentially alter the trend of indulgence<br />

would be to spread the idea that<br />

moderation is more trendy.<br />

“What you’d have to do is start<br />

spreading social validation and social<br />

normative information that suggests<br />

that most people like them aren’t doing<br />

Pizza, wine and Netflix are the trifecta of<br />

modern convenience: if not readily available<br />

from the couch, they are deliverable and/or<br />

available at a 24-hour convenience store.<br />

it [instant gratification],” Guadagno<br />

said. “And that’s the reason that<br />

social media kind of presents a false<br />

impression of what everyone else is<br />

doing. <strong>No</strong>t everyone in our world is<br />

on social media. <strong>No</strong>t everyone in our<br />

world is sharing these articles. But<br />

if enough of our friends do it, we<br />

do it, too.”<br />

And Millennials are recognizing<br />

that the frequency of Instagramworthy<br />

nights in may be less than we<br />

all perceive. Mariea admitted that the<br />

times she spent entire days binging<br />

shows, she wasn’t at her healthiest.<br />

Having an indulgent day or night in<br />

every now and then, when it doesn’t<br />

interfere with classes or relationships,<br />

is an acceptable sort of splurge. Albert<br />

agreed, recognizing how turning to<br />

Netflix can be somewhat addictive.<br />

“<strong>No</strong> one should sit there for 10 hours<br />

and watch an entire season of a show<br />

in one sitting. We do it, but it’s bad,”<br />

Albert said. “I think it’s like a selfcontrol<br />

thing, too, though. I think<br />

that would take a lot to sit down and<br />

be like, ‘I’m only going to watch one<br />

episode.’ That always turns into five.”<br />

But, for those times when pizza is<br />

“the magical, one-word answer to<br />

ALL YOUR PROBLEMS,” treating<br />

yo’self with some cheesy bread and<br />

television is probably okay; concern<br />

from older generations is a typical<br />

reaction to new entertainment forms.<br />

When comic books became popular in<br />

the 1940s and ‘50s, some groups were<br />

panicked that children would become<br />

addicted to them.<br />

“I do think it’s typical, like each new<br />

technological breakthrough in terms<br />

of entertainment options, has usually<br />

been accompanied by some kind of<br />

anxiety,” Morgan said. “Especially<br />

as young people’s entertainment<br />

consumption habits change, older<br />

Americans get anxious because it’s<br />

unfamiliar, at least initially.”<br />

The rapid consumption of media<br />

is not just a Millennial trend.<br />

Nielsen discovered that 81 percent<br />

of Millennials “enjoy the freedom of<br />

being connected anywhere, anytime<br />

to watch video content,” but so do the<br />

majority of Baby Boomers – about 66<br />

percent. They just aren’t inclined to<br />

share their nights in on Instagram.<br />

“I really do think that this ‘excess,’<br />

‘reward yourself,’ ‘live hard for what<br />

you’re doing right now’ kind of thing<br />

is a beautiful and can be a healthy<br />

way to get through that and to deal<br />

with that, and to not fall prey to<br />

pressure and to that rigidity and that<br />

routine that allows for no personal<br />

enjoyment,” Mariea said. “If you eat<br />

a whole pizza, share it with the world.<br />

If that’s what makes you happy, then<br />

good for you.”<br />

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Women prove their power in politics<br />

By Maddy Ard<br />

W<br />

omen have never been warmly<br />

welcomed in the American<br />

political arena. For most of<br />

this nation’s existence, American law and<br />

society have kept a big “no girls allowed”<br />

sign nailed to the front door of every capitol<br />

building, state house and town hall. A<br />

Constitutional amendment finally granted<br />

women the right to have their voices heard<br />

in 1920, some 139 years after the United<br />

States government was established.<br />

In the near 100 years since the passage<br />

of the 19th Amendment, women have made<br />

great leaps toward equality in the political<br />

realm. The United States has seen four<br />

women serve in the U.S. Supreme Court,<br />

313 as federal congresswomen, 37 as governors,<br />

and the list goes on. Countless<br />

American women have attempted to rise<br />

to the call to serve this nation in an elected<br />

position, and only a small fraction have<br />

seen their dreams come to fruition.<br />

Today, American women from all walks<br />

of life have the right to participate in the<br />

political process in some form. Still, hurdles<br />

stand in every woman’s path to political<br />

success — claims that emotions,<br />

hormones or lack of experience cloud a<br />

woman’s brain and make the female anatomy<br />

incompatible with political leadership<br />

and authority, according to Cheryl Rios,<br />

CEO of Go Ape Marketing. Each woman<br />

who seeks political office must withstand<br />

constant scrutiny. She walks a fine line,<br />

treading the narrowing space between<br />

push-over and bitty.<br />

Many young women entering the political<br />

scene see these hurdles in advance. The<br />

media has already warned them of the<br />

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obstacles they face. For Lillian Roth,<br />

the seventh young woman to serve as<br />

SGA president in University of Alabama<br />

history, anticipating challenges and<br />

facing them head on has been her formula<br />

for success.<br />

Roth grew up in Montgomery, Alabama,<br />

immersed in politics from a young age. In<br />

high school, she was selected to represent<br />

Montgomery Academy at Girls State 2014,<br />

a week-long program geared toward encouraging<br />

young women to become aware<br />

of and involved in the American political<br />

system. Roth still enjoys working with<br />

Girls State each year and said she credits<br />

the program for her interest in politics.<br />

Upon entering the university in 2014,<br />

classmates and advisors recognized<br />

Roth’s potential and passion for leadership<br />

and encouraged her to run for SGA<br />

Senate. After her successful Senate campaign,<br />

Roth quickly became an active<br />

member of SGA as chair of the External<br />

Affairs Committee.<br />

During her sophomore year, Roth<br />

decided to take her involvement with<br />

SGA to the next level, and in February<br />

2016 she announced her candidacy for<br />

SGA president. Roth said she was overwhelmed<br />

by the support she received from<br />

the student body, and though it was a<br />

long and hard road, her team never let her<br />

feel discouraged.<br />

Roth said she has many hopes for the<br />

university during her term. Already one<br />

of her major goals, the return of the<br />

transportation group Uber to Tuscaloosa,<br />

has been reached. Roth also plans<br />

to host weekly “Lattes with Lill” open<br />

meetings, through which she hopes to foster<br />

transparency between SGA and the UA<br />

student body. However, many of the goals<br />

Roth has set for this campus needs the<br />

support of the SGA governing body and<br />

advisors to come to completion.<br />

Roth said many of the SGA advisors<br />

were taken aback by her towards the beginning<br />

of her term as president. Some of<br />

these advisors had never worked with a female<br />

president before, and those who have<br />

only have done so once or twice throughout<br />

the course of their careers.<br />

“Being a woman hasn’t necessarily<br />

been a problem for me, but it is definitely<br />

something I’ve had to be aware of,” Roth<br />

said. “Unfortunately, people automatically<br />

think I’ll be more emotional because I’m<br />

a woman, so I’ve had to anticipate issues<br />

I might face and address them head on.”<br />

Roth said this method of action instead<br />

of reaction has ensured she is taken<br />

seriously in SGA meetings and events.<br />

The majority of Roth’s presidency is still<br />

ahead of her, and she said she is optimistic<br />

about the progress she hopes to see at the<br />

university this year.<br />

Like Roth, local attorney Cynthia Almond<br />

seized her opportunity to lead when<br />

it presented itself. Tuscaloosa native and<br />

UA Law alumna, Almond said she was<br />

eager to become involved in local politics.<br />

With her family settled and children<br />

getting older, Almond knew when a seat<br />

became available it was her time to act.<br />

Almond sought a position on the Tuscaloosa<br />

City Council against three male competitors.<br />

Almond said that running for city<br />

council was something she always planned<br />

on doing one day, and her biggest piece of<br />

We see each<br />

other as equals<br />

who each bring<br />

advice to any young woman interested in<br />

politics is to seize an opportunity without<br />

hesitation when it arrives.<br />

“If it’s something you want to do, then<br />

do it,” Almond said. “Only you can make<br />

that decision. Other people can encourage<br />

you, but in the end it’s about you making<br />

that decision.”<br />

Almond said 75 percent of her experiences<br />

in the local political scene have been<br />

unmarred by gender discrimination. Looking<br />

back on her campaign, Almond mused<br />

that her gender was probably the source of<br />

criticism within different circles, but Almond<br />

said she did not hear it and therefore<br />

was not hindered by it. Though comments<br />

were made to her regarding her ability to<br />

tackle the position, Almond believes those<br />

who questioned her directly only did so out<br />

of genuine concern.<br />

“Once I was elected, I felt no resistance<br />

from my fellow councilmembers,” she said.<br />

different experiences<br />

to the table.<br />

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“There are seven of us, and we see each<br />

other as equals who each bring different<br />

experiences to the table.”<br />

In the national arena, Hillary Clinton is<br />

the uncontested woman of the hour. For<br />

most of her professional life, Clinton has<br />

been in the political spotlight, beginning<br />

with a term as SGA president at Wellesley<br />

College. With a political career spanning<br />

over three decades, it’s safe to say Clinton<br />

has learned a thing or two about the trials<br />

and tribulations women face as they navigate<br />

the American political arena.<br />

In her official Twitter biography, Clinton<br />

describes herself as a “hair icon”<br />

and “pantsuit aficionado.” As a face of<br />

the modern age of feminism, Clinton has<br />

spent her career learning to effectively<br />

maneuver as a prominent woman in a<br />

male-dominated profession.<br />

Her 2016 presidential campaign and<br />

ceiling-shattering Democratic nomination<br />

have placed Clinton’s every move under<br />

the highest level of scrutiny and ridicule<br />

the politician has ever known. She<br />

has been accused by many of “playing<br />

the woman card” during her campaign,<br />

an intrinsically sexist accusation.<br />

Her response?<br />

“If fighting for women’s health care and<br />

paid family leave and equal pay is playing<br />

the woman card, then deal me in,” Clinton<br />

said at a victory rally in Philadelphia<br />

this year.<br />

Her constant battle with accusations of<br />

pandering to the female population illustrate<br />

the challenges any woman seeking<br />

any political office face. Clinton has often<br />

quoted another strong leader, Eleanor<br />

Roosevelt, when advising young women,<br />

encouraging them to have “skin as thick as<br />

a rhinoceros.”<br />

In a world where “feminism” is a bad<br />

word and few know how to address women’s<br />

issues, it’s brave women like these<br />

who are blazing new trails, not just for<br />

the female population, but for this nation<br />

as a whole. Young women are more aware<br />

now than ever of the ridicule and scrutiny<br />

that await them if they choose to begin a<br />

journey in the public eye, but we can take<br />

some advice from those who have made the<br />

first steps or have already walked miles.<br />

Know the issues and face them head on.<br />

Don’t hesitate. Stay focused and don’t<br />

allow the criticism to slow you. Inside each<br />

person, male or female, is the ability to run<br />

a student organization or run the United<br />

States. The intelligence and integrity<br />

with which women such as these tackle the<br />

obstacles they face expands our understanding<br />

of what we as humans are capable<br />

of accomplishing.<br />

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Ditch the dining hall<br />

By Audrey Watford<br />

Try these three local restaurants<br />

When it comes to eating locally, Tuscaloosa has everything<br />

to offer. As college students we have a tendency<br />

to go for what is most convenient (i.e. Dominoes,<br />

Jimmy Johns, Moe’s Southwest), but we overlook more diverse<br />

— and cheaper — options right under our nose. I recently<br />

reserved an entire day to eat the finest of what Tuscaloosa has to<br />

offer, and I must say it was an enjoyable job. I hope this experience<br />

turns into a lifestyle and I discover more and more jewels<br />

around town.<br />

Heritage House<br />

I started the day with an<br />

early trip to Heritage House on McFarland.<br />

Right as I walked in, I was hit with<br />

a warm, cozy vibe from the hum of cheery<br />

morning chatter to the soothing voice of<br />

Colbie Caillat playing overhead. My eyes<br />

grazed the pastry counter with delight —<br />

cinnamon rolls, blueberry scones and all<br />

kinds of muffins. I decided on the infamous<br />

baked oatmeal with bananas and<br />

strawberries on top and a cappuccino. My<br />

order was quickly ready, so I snagged a<br />

nearby table to eat and read over homework.<br />

It was hard to focus on my reading<br />

as soon as I took the first bite of oatmeal.<br />

It tasted like a banana nut muffin full of<br />

yummy oats, and the strong cappuccino<br />

was a complemented it perfectly. I sipped<br />

out of my “I Heart NY” mug as I watched<br />

locals and college students alike bustle in<br />

and out of the shop for the daily roast.<br />

The Tuscaloosa River Market<br />

Right before lunch I drove to the River<br />

Market by the Black Warrior to browse<br />

through the produce of the day. After<br />

a lot of pondering over fall veggies and<br />

baked goods, I chose sweet potatoes and<br />

pears from a nice man who farms right<br />

outside of Tuscaloosa. Roasted sweet potatoes<br />

were on the lunch menu. I sliced<br />

them into halves and placed them in a deep<br />

casserole dish sprayed with vegetable oil.<br />

Then I made a glaze of what I could find in<br />

my pantry — one tablespoon of cinnamon,<br />

two tablespoons of powdered sugar and a<br />

tablespoon of lemon juice. I sliced the<br />

pears into thin chips, dunked them in the<br />

mixture, placed them on top of the sweet<br />

potatoes and then poured the leftover mixture<br />

over the produce. I let it bake for one<br />

hour, put a little more powdered sugar<br />

on top for the last few minutes and took<br />

it out to cool. I was a little wary of the<br />

outcome, but the citrus balanced well with<br />

the sweetness. The pears crisped well as<br />

they cooked and were a good texture offset<br />

against the soft potatoes. Needless to say<br />

I highly impressed myself.<br />

The Avenue Pub<br />

After a long day in the kitchen it was<br />

time to treat myself to dinner, so I went<br />

with a couple of friends downtown to eat<br />

at The Avenue Pub. We ordered Thai<br />

nachos for an appetizer and let me tell<br />

you they were incredible. So much spice<br />

and yummy cheese and… a peanut butter<br />

glaze? It was the perfect combination<br />

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believe it or not. For my<br />

main course I went with<br />

the burger of the day. The waiter could<br />

not get the words “guacamole burger” out<br />

of his mouth before I jumped on my order.<br />

I enjoyed it with a garden side salad with<br />

Dijon vinaigrette and a Goat Island Pilsner<br />

beer from Cullman. The whole meal<br />

got an A+ from me. As a lover of flavor,<br />

the Avenue Pub stirs my taste buds with<br />

its unique use of savory foods.


From cocktails to casseroles<br />

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Call Me Betty<br />

Crock-pot Turkey<br />

For the friend who might as well be your mom<br />

Ingredients<br />

Turkey Breast with skin and bones, 3-4 pounds<br />

Salt, pepper and rosemary, to taste<br />

Directions<br />

1. Add spices on turkey to your liking<br />

2. Put turkey in the crockpot, skin side up, for 4 and<br />

a half to 5 and a half hours<br />

By Lauren Lane<br />

‘Tis the season to be thankful, and there is so<br />

much to be thankful for this year. We at <strong>Alice</strong> are<br />

extra grateful for our college family: each other.<br />

We want you to throw the best holiday bash ever,<br />

so we’ve put together some great Friendsgiving<br />

recipes and tips; this way, each of your friends<br />

can contribute to this fun and sentimental holiday.<br />

So, grab your girl gang, fuel up with some<br />

pumpkin spice lattes and get to cooking.<br />

Hipster Harvest Salad<br />

For the friend with the dietary restrictions<br />

Ingredients<br />

½ cup quinoa<br />

1 cup water<br />

12oz brussels sprouts, shaved<br />

1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed<br />

1/3 cup chopped walnuts<br />

1/3 cup dried cranberries<br />

1 cup honey dijon dressing, store bought<br />

Directions<br />

1. Bring quinoa, water, and salt to a boil and let simmer<br />

for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.<br />

2. Add shaved brussels and let simmer for another<br />

15 minutes<br />

3. Combine quinoa and brussels with remaining<br />

ingredients and serve warm.<br />

(While she’s at it, get her working on the perfect<br />

Friendsgiving Spotify playlist)<br />

Heavenly Honey<br />

Butter Rolls<br />

For the friend you haven’t seen in three weeks<br />

because she’s “just been so busy”<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 package Sister Schubert rolls<br />

1 stick butter<br />

½ cup honey<br />

1 teaspoon cinnamon<br />

Directions<br />

1. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 10 minutes<br />

2. While rolls are cooking, blend the butter, honey<br />

and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and leave<br />

room temperature.<br />

Baked Potato Bar<br />

For the friend who spends most of her<br />

class time online shopping<br />

Ingredients<br />

4 large Russet Potatoes<br />

4 Sweet Potatoes<br />

Various toppings of choice (ex. candied nuts, salsa,<br />

cheese, marshmallows, bacon)<br />

Directions<br />

1. Bake all potatoes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes<br />

2. While potatoes are baking, put toppings into<br />

small bowls with spoons<br />

3. Create your perfect personalized potato!<br />

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<strong>No</strong>t Your Grandmother’s<br />

Cranberry Cocktail<br />

For the friend who always asks to go out<br />

on Monday nights<br />

Ingredients<br />

4 cups cranberry juice<br />

8 cups ginger beer<br />

16 oz vodka<br />

2 cups frozen cranberries<br />

1/4 cup sugar<br />

ice cubes<br />

toothpicks<br />

Directions<br />

1. Split up half of the frozen cranberries and ice cubes<br />

between 8 glasses<br />

2. Mix up vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice<br />

and pour into glasses<br />

3. Roll remaining frozen cranberries in sugar, and<br />

use toothpicks as garnish<br />

Twisted Pumpkin Pie<br />

For the friend who is always ruining your diet<br />

with her amazing freshly-baked cookies<br />

Down Home Grits &<br />

Green Bean Casserole<br />

For the friend who is a classic Southern Belle<br />

Ingredients<br />

8 cups water<br />

2 teaspoons kosher salt<br />

1/4 teaspoon black pepper<br />

2 cups quick cooking grits<br />

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter<br />

1 cup favorite cheese, grated<br />

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup<br />

3/4 cup milk<br />

Dash of black pepper<br />

2 cans of green beans, drained<br />

1 1/3 cups French’s Crispy Fried Onions<br />

Directions<br />

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees<br />

2. Stir grits and salt into boiling water<br />

3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover for 5-7 minutes,<br />

then stir in butter and pour into a greased 9x9 pan.<br />

4. Cover grits with grated cheese<br />

5. Mix the soup, milk and green beans in a bowl and<br />

pour on top of grits<br />

6. Bake for 25 minutes<br />

7. Top with crispy onions; bake for five more minutes.<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 can crescent rolls or refrigerated pie dough<br />

1 cup 100% pure pumpkin<br />

3 tbsp. Butter, melted<br />

3 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice<br />

1 can cream cheese frosting, store bought<br />

Directions<br />

1. Preheat oven to 375 and line cookie sheet with<br />

parchment paper<br />

2. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into<br />

four sections<br />

3. Spread pumpkin onto half the sections<br />

4. Place the other two sections on top and press<br />

edges together<br />

5. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle half of the<br />

pumpkin pie spice on top<br />

6. Cut both sections into 6 strips and cover with remaining<br />

pumpkin pie spice<br />

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes and serve with frosting<br />

for dipping<br />

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Temporary diets<br />

vs.<br />

A healthy lifestyle<br />

By Analiese Gerald<br />

“Lose 10 pounds<br />

in seven days!”<br />

“Try our miracle<br />

weight loss plan!”<br />

“Get skinny fast<br />

with this diet!”<br />

Do phrases like these sound familiar?<br />

Today’s culture is one of weight loss,<br />

dieting and slogans advertising “the<br />

next big diet.” These things surround<br />

girls everywhere they turn. From online<br />

health blogs and websites, to popular<br />

apps such as Pinterest and Tumblr,<br />

articles love to promise a quick fix for<br />

the freshman 15 or provide tips to<br />

achieve a perfectly flat tummy.<br />

The problem is, fad diets rarely<br />

yield the advertised results and when<br />

extreme can have negative health<br />

implications. The real key to attaining,<br />

and then maintaining, your healthy<br />

weight is a consistent and nutritious<br />

diet, one treated as a lifestyle instead of<br />

a temporary solution.<br />


<strong>No</strong>t only do you want to choose a<br />

weight loss plan that is safe and healthy,<br />

you want one that works.<br />

Sheena Gregg, a registered dietician<br />

and assistant director of Health<br />

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Promotion and Wellness at The<br />

University of Alabama, doesn’t believe<br />

temporary diets are effective.<br />

“Typically when you see quick drops<br />

of weight it’s not necessarily fat that<br />

they’re losing, but it’s water weight<br />

we’re seeing drop on the scale,” Gregg<br />

said. She clarified that this loss of water<br />

weight is not permanent and can come<br />

back very quickly.<br />

Morgan Fields, a UA senior,<br />

experienced this when she tried the<br />

Cabbage Soup Diet, a restrictive weeklong<br />

plan that drastically reduces calorie<br />

intake and limits eating to mostly only<br />

fruits and vegetables.<br />

“It says you’re supposed to lose 10<br />

pounds – I probably only lost three,” she<br />

said, adding that she gained the weight<br />

back after the diet.<br />

“What’s tempting is that it’s a quick<br />

fix,” Fields said, explaining why girls<br />

try diets like the Cabbage Soup Diet.<br />

“A bunch of girls look to it for like ‘Oh<br />

I have to put a bathing suit on this<br />

weekend, so I’m going to do this seven<br />

day diet and lose 10 pounds.’ And that’s<br />

not how it is.”<br />

In addition to losing the wrong type<br />

of weight, and not maintaining it,<br />

fad diets are often too restrictive to<br />

be realistic. An extreme diet leads to<br />

unhappiness and cheating, often in the<br />

form of binging, which is detrimental to<br />

losing weight.<br />

“A healthy diet includes recognizing<br />

what we do eat as a priority for<br />

nourishing our body, but there’s also<br />

occasions where we eat for celebrating,”<br />

Gregg said. “ I think it can be dangerous<br />

when people are solely eating just based<br />

on the quality of food and never let<br />

themselves have any kind of fun food.”<br />



Fad diets don’t always produce the<br />

advertised results, but a more concerning<br />

issue is when they have negative<br />

health effects on the body. If<br />

extreme dieting measures are taken,<br />

they can result in reduced energy, not<br />

receiving enough nutrients or protein,<br />

and eventually even eating disorders,<br />

such as anorexia, bulimia and<br />

binge-eating.<br />

Exercising, another important aspect<br />

of a healthy lifestyle can become harmful<br />

while paired with a drastic diet.<br />

Gregg says diets “can make exercise<br />

more dangerous to your body because<br />

you go through low blood sugar levels,<br />

and you may be become more dizzy and<br />

dehydrated quickly because you’re not<br />

getting adequate nutrition.”<br />


So if dieting isn’t the answer for<br />

losing and keeping off weight, what is?<br />

According to many nutritionists and<br />

health professionals, maintaining a<br />

healthy, consistent lifestyle diet is the

key to not only losing weight, but doing<br />

so in a way that’s good for your body.<br />

“What I encourage with my clients is<br />

I always try to get them to think of my<br />

recommendations as a long term lifestyle<br />

change as opposed to a temporary diet,”<br />

Gregg said. Her role at the UA Student<br />

Health Center is to work one-on-one<br />

with students wanting to lose weight. “I<br />

give them an alternative of weight loss<br />

where it may be slow and steady, but it’s<br />

the kind of weight loss that’s going to<br />

stay off because we’re actually burning<br />

fat by giving our bodies enough calories<br />

to burn the fat.”<br />

The CDC also states that evidence<br />

shows people who lose weight gradually<br />

and steadily are more successful in<br />

keeping that weight off.<br />

For Bree Mathison, a junior exercise<br />

science major at UA, maintaining a<br />

healthy diet is a personal passion and<br />

important part of her life.<br />

“Growing up in cross country and<br />

track I could feel a difference eating<br />

healthy versus not healthy on my<br />

performance,” Mathison said. “It’s<br />

going to affect me the rest of my life too.<br />

It’s gotten a lot harder in college with<br />

money and everything, but it just makes<br />

me feel better.”<br />

Mathison is also a personal trainer at<br />

the university’s recreation center. As a<br />

personal trainer a goal of hers is to have<br />

her clients become independent.<br />

“It’s hard because a lot of people that<br />

come in just want to go the extreme,<br />

work out twice a day, do paleo diet, but<br />

then they crash because it’s not long<br />

term,” Mathison said.<br />

Mathison believes in a consistent,<br />

nutritious diet, for herself and for<br />

her clients.<br />

“I don’t think [dieting] works. A<br />

healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle. Dieting is<br />

temporary,” she says.<br />

Fields, who tried the Cabbage Soup<br />

Diet, says that although she felt cleansed<br />

after the week, she recommended other<br />

girls to be careful.<br />

“I’ve realized after doing a bunch of<br />

temporary diets you have more success<br />

by changing your lifestyle,” Fields said.<br />

She now sticks to a consistent, healthy<br />

way of eating, while still treating<br />

herself occasionally.<br />


After deciding to make a<br />

permanent lifestyle change in<br />

order to gradually lose weight<br />

in a healthy and reliable<br />

way, the next step is actually<br />

knowing what a nutritious diet is.<br />

Gregg describes a nutritious diet as<br />

getting a well balanced mix of healthy<br />

foods: lots of fruits and vegetables for<br />

their mineral and vitamin content,<br />

carbohydrates from whole grain sources<br />

as well as fruits, low-fat dairy products,<br />

and adequate amounts of protein from<br />

lean animal proteins as well plant based<br />

proteins like beans, nuts and seeds.<br />

As far as losing weight, the main<br />

change in diet is found in reducing<br />

calories, while continuing to make sure<br />

the calories you are eating are from<br />

quality foods. The Centers of Disease<br />

Control and Prevention states that a<br />

healthy weight loss pattern is losing<br />

one to two pounds per week. For most<br />

people, that means reducing their<br />

standard calorie intake by around 500<br />

calories each day.<br />


Keeping a healthy diet, especially one<br />

where you’ll gradually lose weight, can<br />

be extremely hard in college. Sometimes<br />

it can feel downright impossible.<br />

With low grocery funds, hectic school<br />

schedules that leave little time for food<br />

planning, and abundant invites to late<br />

night Krispy Kreme runs, it’s no wonder<br />

college girls can sometimes turn to the<br />

next fad diet as a quick fix.<br />

However, there are multiple tips and<br />

tricks for college girls to healthily lose<br />

weight and maintain a nutritious diet.<br />

For Mathison the key is moderation<br />

and surrounding herself with similarly<br />

health-minded friends.<br />

“It’s the little yes or no’s that count,”<br />

she says. “If you’re by other people that<br />

want to be healthy, it makes you want to<br />

be healthy.”<br />

One handy trick is meal planning.<br />

Making a general list of meals each<br />

week can prevent last-minute fast<br />

food runs when you lacked a plan for<br />

dinner and help you stay on track while<br />

grocery shopping.<br />

Another essential of healthy living<br />

is cooking. Homemade meals are<br />

generally more nutritious, cheaper, and<br />

allow you to control your portion size.<br />

Make up for the extra time it takes to<br />

prepare a meal by making cooking into<br />

a fun event with friends or roommates.<br />

To Gregg, your mindset is also an<br />

important aspect of being motivated to<br />

stay healthy.<br />

“Think about your eating with what<br />

you can add more of to your diet versus<br />

what can I take away,” Gregg said. “It’s<br />

easier to think of eating in that pattern<br />

versus constantly focusing on what do I<br />

have to take out of my diet.”<br />

Fad diets can be tempting, but don’t<br />

let their flashy slogans fool you. Gradual<br />

weight loss due to a change in lifestyle<br />

is more effective, maintainable, and<br />

most importantly, the healthiest option<br />

for your body.<br />

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More than marshmallows: <strong>Alice</strong>’s guide to your<br />


By Caroline Wells<br />

As sweaters, scarves and jewel tones<br />

start to appear in your closet and the<br />

weather cools off, gather some chocolate<br />

and milk for these delicious twists on<br />

the ordinary cup of hot cocoa. These<br />

easy, simple recipes are dorm friendly<br />

and are bound to warm your heart.<br />

Sea Salt Caramel<br />

Hot Chocolate<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 packet of hot chocolate mix<br />

Pinch of sea salt<br />

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce<br />

1 cup milk<br />

Directions<br />

Make hot chocolate according to package.<br />

Add the caramel sauce and sea<br />

salt and heat again in microwave.<br />

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Orange Vanilla<br />

Hot Chocolate<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 packet hot chocolate mix<br />

½ tablespoon of sugar/sweetener<br />

Zest from 1 small orange<br />

½ tsp vanilla extract<br />

1 cup milk<br />

Directions<br />

Make hot chocolate according to package.<br />

Add sugar and vanilla extract and<br />

heat again in microwave. Sprinkle orange<br />

zest on top. Be careful, it’s hot.<br />

S’mores<br />

Hot Chocolate<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 packet of hot chocolate mix<br />

Pinch of sea salt<br />

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce<br />

1 cup milk<br />

Directions<br />

Make hot chocolate according to package.<br />

Add the caramel sauce and sea<br />

salt and heat again in microwave.<br />

Peanut Butter<br />

Hot Chocolate<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 packet of hot chocolate mix<br />

Pinch of sea salt<br />

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce<br />

1 cup milk<br />

Directions<br />

Make hot chocolate according to package.<br />

Add the caramel sauce and sea<br />

salt and heat again in microwave.<br />

Roll Tide<br />

Hot Chocolate<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 packet of hot chocolate mix<br />

½ tablespoon sugar/sweetener<br />

½ tsp cardamom<br />

½ tsp cayenne pepper<br />

1 tsp cinnamon<br />

Directions<br />

Make hot chocolate mix according to<br />

package. Add sweetener, cinnamon,<br />

cardamom and cayenne for a sweet<br />

and spicy kick.


By Madison Sullivan<br />

Clad in my leggings, sports bra and<br />

tank, water bottle in tow, I happily<br />

made the trek into my first indoor<br />

cycling class. In reality, I dragged my<br />

tired body into my first indoor cycling<br />

class, amazed that I’d made it<br />

this far out of bed. Full<br />

disclosure, I’d been<br />

planning to go to class the past two<br />

mornings, but due to a severe personal<br />

issue I have, called: I can’t get up before<br />

the sun rises or I’ll bite your head off, I<br />

subsequently slept through my alarms.<br />

In fact, despite my self-proclaimed<br />

health fanatic status, the only reason<br />

I was up and kicking this a.m. was<br />

because I was meeting a friend at the<br />

gym. All of that aside, as I entered the<br />

small room and was awash in blue and<br />

surrounded by upbeat music pumping<br />

from the speakers, I was actually excited<br />

to burn some calories in a new way<br />

and start my morning off right.<br />

I chose a stationary bike at the back<br />

of the room to fully observe the class,<br />

a mixture of fellow newbies and cycling<br />

regulars. The instructor, a bright and<br />

cheery woman who was more excited<br />

than I’ll ever be to be awake at 5:30 in<br />

the morning, came around the room and<br />

helped each of us adjust the bike seat<br />

and handlebars to the correct distance<br />

and height. We were told to set the seat<br />

to where our legs were slightly bent.<br />

Once this was complete, we were handed<br />

a towel and told to set our resistance to<br />

6. From there we could work up to 12+<br />

and back down.<br />

The class began with seated peddling,<br />

a warm up preparing us for the hour to<br />

come. Soon we upped our resistance and<br />

stood for periods of time peddling<br />

as hard and as fast as we<br />

could. We were constantly<br />

reminded to push ourselves<br />

to our limits, but to know our<br />

body and to keep our resistance where<br />

we felt we were getting the best workout.<br />

At this point I was truly enjoying myself<br />

and feeling confident about what was<br />

to come.<br />

I should’ve known not to speak so<br />

soon. As with most workout classes, the<br />

middle was about to push me farther<br />

than I thought my poor legs could go.<br />

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Side note, that feeling is why I love working out; I’m addicted<br />

to pushing through and proving myself wrong. As the teacher<br />

announced that we were about to begin jumps, I was confused,<br />

jumping on a bicycle? Something was definitely about to go<br />

haywire. Thankfully -and I use the term thankfully loosely;<br />

jumping is just code for quick sprints where you stand and<br />

then sit continuously over the course of a few songs.<br />

At this point in the class I began noticing a few things.<br />

First I’m sweating. And I mean I am really sweating. I’ve<br />

participated in more than my share of workout classes, and I<br />

have to say that this was one of the sweatiest classes I’ve taken.<br />

Secondly, the towel I was using to wipe the aforementioned<br />

sweat from my brow smelled exactly like the towels you use<br />

at Disney World resorts. Maybe the University Rec uses<br />

the same detergent as good ole’ Walt, I’m not sure, but it’s<br />

something I dwelled on throughout the remainder of the class.<br />

As jumps came to an end, we began to wrap up the<br />

main section of class with quick bursts of seated pedaling.<br />

Throughout the class our teacher had been motivating us with<br />

near continuous commentary. By this point her words were<br />

more than enough to keep our legs spinning. As we wrapped<br />

up our sprints, we began cool down and her motivational<br />

side once again emerged. She led us in stretches and then<br />

demanded we all stand and face her. She told us to take a<br />

deep breath and once we exhaled, warned us never to smoke or<br />

we’d never be able to breathe that well again. The health freak<br />

and lung cancer awareness geek inside of me was overjoyed.<br />

She then led us in positive affirmations. She encouraged us<br />

to bend down and draw in a large breath. Straightening, she<br />

proclaimed, “I am.” As we followed suit and raised our arms<br />

overhead, “beautiful,” “brilliant” and “awesome” filled the<br />

aquarium-like room on our exhales.<br />

As I wiped down my bike and took large swigs of water,<br />

I could already tell that my legs, as well as my arms and<br />

core had gotten an excellent workout. I was also pleasantly<br />

surprised with how fast the class had gone and how awake and<br />

ready to tackle the day I was. Most of all, I was giddy about<br />

the fact that the playlist had ranged from Mortal Kombat<br />

songs to “You’re Beautiful” by John Mayer. As I stepped<br />

into the sunlight and made my way to my car, I realized<br />

my first cycling experience was a fun challenge and I would<br />

definitely be returning in the future, just… maybe not to<br />

the 6 a.m. class.<br />

Student Discount With ID<br />

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By Claudia Hogan<br />

Fall is the ideal season to grab a new book and flip open the<br />

pages to temporarily escape from academics or just relax. So<br />

instead of pulling close your computer for some Netflix and<br />

cuddling up to a good movie, here are some of the best titles<br />

to read this fall:<br />

The Girls by Emma Cline<br />

If you enjoy a story that’s a bit rebellious and may make you<br />

feel a tad uncomfortable while reading, The Girls is for you.<br />

This novel flows like a dream, capturing the essence of a young<br />

girl influenced by the looming gifts of beauty and acceptance<br />

in the cult-like setting that is <strong>No</strong>rthern California circa 1960.<br />

Evie Boyd is immediately struck by the wild nature of some<br />

girls she sees in a park one day. She daydreams of the ranch<br />

they live in that sprawls behind the hills, hiding the secrets<br />

of a place she wants to know and a group she wants to be<br />

like. Emma Cline’s mastery of language captures you from<br />

the beginning, but the loosely based true story will have you<br />

turning pages with no hesitation. If you enjoyed The Virgin<br />

Suicides and the violence and charisma that encapsulates its<br />

characters, this one is a perfect read for you.<br />

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub<br />

Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe are three friends who are<br />

growing out of their former lives as bandmates and<br />

college students to become mature adults, ready to lead<br />

their own children in the world. But raising teens gets a<br />

little more interesting when the parents find out that the<br />

teens have been sleeping together. Straub humorously<br />

tells the tale of the shock of being middle aged, dealing<br />

with children who are doing things they probably<br />

shouldn’t, and the friendship and memories that come<br />

along with it all. This story features perspectives<br />

from all ages, and the dynamics of friendship and<br />

family that often coincide.<br />

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Sweetbitter: A <strong>No</strong>vel<br />

by Stephanie Danler<br />

This story follows a 22-year-old named Tess<br />

who leaves her childhood home to start a new and<br />

exciting chapter in New York City. She begins her<br />

career in a modest job, working at one of the best<br />

restaurants in the city which proves to be exciting and<br />

exhausting. While she works long hours and struggles<br />

to learn the ropes, she also makes amazing friendships<br />

and uses her late nights to meet amazing and intriguing<br />

people. Danler creates a sexy and brilliant piece for her<br />

debut novel that will make you eager for the next.<br />

Girls on Fire by<br />

Robin Wasserman<br />

This is an intriguing tale of a Halloween night gone<br />

wrong, featuring a popular high school athlete who<br />

disappears in a tuft of thick Pennsylvania trees. A<br />

couple of days later, he is found mysteriously dead with<br />

a bullet in his head and a gun placed in his lifeless hand.<br />

This shocking story features polar opposite emotions,<br />

showcasing love and happiness along with addiction and<br />

bitter violence. Girls on Fire is an unforgettable thriller<br />

that perfectly captures the uncertainty of girlhood, told in<br />

the most raw and vulnerable form.<br />

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Females in the entertainment industry<br />

By Natalie Brown<br />

Identity Thief, a popular film released<br />

in 2013 starring Jason Bateman and<br />

Melissa McCarthy, made more than<br />

$134 million at the domestic box<br />

office. McCarthy, known for her strong<br />

comedic performances in both lead and<br />

supporting roles, takes the audience<br />

on a hilarious journey. However, even<br />

though it features a woman in the lead<br />

role, Identity Thief does not pass what<br />

has become known as the Bechdel Test,<br />

which is used to determine if a work<br />

of fiction displays women in a strong<br />

way and if story lines featuring female<br />

characters are focused on something<br />

other than a man.<br />

Movies have an incredible power to<br />

influence society, and for many years<br />

now the film industry has often used<br />

that power for worse. In order for a<br />

movie to pass the Bechdel Test, it must<br />

feature at least two named female<br />

characters who talk to each other<br />

about something other than a man,<br />

and far fewer films pass this test than<br />

you might think. Because a majority of<br />

female characters have empty motives,<br />

are hypersexualized, lack dialogue,<br />

and are squeezed into tiny, not at all<br />

comprehensive gender roles, oftentimes<br />

audiences reflect those archetypes into<br />

their own reality.<br />

According to a study by the New<br />

York Film Academy, of the people<br />

working on the top 250 films of 2012,<br />

only 9 percent of directors, 15 percent<br />

of writers, 17 percent of executive<br />

producers, 20 percent of editors, and<br />

only two percent of cinematographers<br />

were female. With men dominating the<br />

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the film industry, barring thousands of women from<br />

succeeding in their craft, women hold roles as promiscuous<br />

secretaries and sidekicks.<br />

In addition to a low percentage of women working behind<br />

the scenes, only 30.8 percent of women have speaking roles,<br />

and only 10 percent of movies have a balanced male-to-female<br />

cast. One third of those speaking females wore sexually<br />

suggestive clothing. Additionally, 28.8 percent of women<br />

in the top 250 movies wore revealing clothes, compared to<br />

seven percent of men. Twenty-six percent of female actors<br />

When the woman on screen<br />

is an oversexualized sidekick,<br />

women are degraded and<br />

ridden of opportunity.<br />

bare nudity, compared to just nine percent of male actors.<br />

Tackling the issue of gender inequality in the film industry<br />

has the potential to attack gender inequality everywhere.<br />

Artists have known that reality reflects art for centuries. Just<br />

ask Pablo Picasso or Oscar Wilde. Today our most exhausted<br />

art form is film and is enjoyed by people everywhere. The<br />

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American pastime is going to the movies, and today we also<br />

have streaming sites like Netflix. As a result, as seen by artto-life-imitation<br />

throughout history, audiences see the story<br />

that is unfolding on screen as their expectation for what is<br />

“normal” in real life. Whatever archetypes the characters<br />

fulfill, the audience expects those characters to exist in the<br />

people they already know in relationships.<br />

When audiences of males and females alike see these<br />

stories and characters unfold on screen, they expect these<br />

stories to be true in their own lives. Audiences expect women<br />

to be submissive, unintelligent, unimportant and want to<br />

have sex with anyone. When women and young girls see<br />

a quality in themselves that doesn’t match up, they think<br />

there’s something wrong and try to behave more like the<br />

women they see on screen.<br />

When women are the ones directing these films, we see a<br />

10.6 percent increase of female characters on screen, and<br />

an 8.7 percent increase when women are the ones writing,<br />

according to the New York Film Academy study.<br />

When women have the opportunity to tell their stories<br />

and make their voices heard, whether through Pixar shorts,<br />

children’s TV shows, documentaries or Oscar winning films,<br />

the female characters become more genuine and authentic<br />

to reality. We see women loving and supporting each other<br />

instead of ridden with jealousy and competition. We see<br />

female leaders, female comics and promiscuous women

who aren’t slut shamed or hypersexualized. We see strong<br />

women in all shapes, sizes and lifestyles, who are all seen as<br />

beautiful within the story. We see strong female characters<br />

like Olivia Pope from Scandal, Leslie Knope from Parks and<br />

Recreation and Kara Danvers in Supergirl.<br />

When the woman on screen is an oversexualized sidekick,<br />

women are degraded and ridden of opportunity. Just<br />

imagine what could happen if instead, she were portrayed as<br />

a brilliant, strong, confident leader. Expectations for women<br />

would increase. With more of these films in theaters and<br />

shows on our televisions, reality will begin to reflect these<br />

movies and expect women to reach their full potential, which<br />

leads to a better society for everyone.<br />

This lack of women in the film and television industries is<br />

not because women don’t work hard, or because people don’t<br />

want to see them in lead roles. The most successful writer<br />

in television today is Shonda Rhimes, head writer of Grey’s<br />

Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal. She<br />

is someone who features female leaders, independent women<br />

and an equal male-to-female cast. In fact, she owns Thursday<br />

nights because audiences can’t get enough of her work. There<br />

are absolutely more people like Rhimes in the world, with<br />

more work like hers, we will begin to see a change in not only<br />

the film industry, but as society as a whole: a society that<br />

respects, uplifts and even celebrates the minds and bodies<br />

of diverse women.<br />

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HBO’s Confirmation<br />

One giant leap for womankind<br />

By Natalie Brown<br />

[80] <strong>Alice</strong> <strong>No</strong>vember 2016<br />

In 1991, President George H. W.<br />

Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to<br />

the Supreme Court. There was little<br />

opposition to this decision until the<br />

FBI leaked an interview with a law<br />

professor named Anita Hill, who accused<br />

Thomas of sexual harassment in<br />

the workplace.<br />

Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation<br />

hearings were then reopened. Hill<br />

was forced to come to D.C. and tell<br />

every detail of her recollection of the<br />

harassment in front of tons of strangers.<br />

She sat in the center of a large<br />

courtroom filled with strange men who<br />

stared at her as she shared her story.<br />

While 1991 still feels recent, most<br />

young people have never heard of Anita<br />

Hill — until HBO’s film, Confirmation.<br />

In spring of 2016, HBO released<br />

this film starring Kerry Washington<br />

as Anita Hill, depicting the events surrounding<br />

the Clarence Thomas hearings.<br />

This film reignites the flame that<br />

Hill started in 1991 for a new generation<br />

of women.<br />

In 1991, it was unheard of for a<br />

woman to publicly accuse a man of sexual<br />

harassment, although it was happening<br />

everywhere. Once Anita Hill<br />

bravely spoke out about her experience,<br />

doors opened for millions of women<br />

across the country who then felt compelled<br />

to speak out about their own<br />

experiences. Clarence Thomas was<br />

still appointed to the Supreme Court,<br />

but this was not a failure for women.<br />

Hill received thousands of letters from<br />

women sharing with her their own experiences,<br />

who then felt comfortable<br />

speaking out about the issue.<br />

Thanks to Anita Hill, many women<br />

no longer felt as though being assaulted<br />

or harassed was their own<br />

fault, and instead, they felt more<br />

comfortable creating a safer environment<br />

for themselves and the women in<br />

their lives.<br />

Sexual assault and harassment are<br />

things that are all too familiar today.<br />

Whether we’ve heard stories, taken<br />

cheesy online courses at our on-campus<br />

jobs on how to address it, learned<br />

about it in school, heard about it in our<br />

sorority chapter from local police officers,<br />

heard stories from friends or experienced<br />

it ourselves, our generation<br />

can’t go very long without running<br />

into the conversation surrounding sexual<br />

assault and harassment.<br />

Although it sometimes seems obnoxious<br />

to have this topic near the<br />

forefront of our lives, it is films like<br />

Confirmation that remind us how important<br />

it is to have an ongoing open<br />

conversation regarding the issue.<br />

While the generation before us experienced<br />

sexual assault maybe even more<br />

so than today, incidents were treated<br />

with a much lighter hand, and women<br />

were far less inclined to speak up<br />

about their experiences. Today, people<br />

are educated on what is and isn’t okay<br />

and they can act on it when they see an<br />

incident, and feel safe doing so.<br />

Anita Hill brought about a pivoting<br />

point in women’s history. Without<br />

Anita Hill, we would not have the understanding<br />

that we do today about<br />

sexual assault and harassment. While<br />

we might find our “sexual assault in<br />

the workplace” online courses cheesy<br />

and annoying, without them, it would<br />

still be happening far more often, and<br />

the negative feeling towards those<br />

who do sexually harass people would<br />

be nonexistent.<br />

If you haven’t seen Confirmation<br />

yet, head to HBO and be inspired by<br />

Anita Hill’s bravery.


Shows<br />

to stream<br />

when you should<br />

be studying<br />

Confirmation photo courtesy of HBO, Preacher photo courtesy of AMC<br />

By Mia Blackman<br />

Four seasons in a year equals four<br />

times a year you can catch new seasons<br />

of television. This fall brings a lineup<br />

of hot new series, so grab your favorite<br />

fall-flavored beverage and cozy flannel<br />

and settle in a for weekend of binge<br />

watching. Here are <strong>Alice</strong>’s favorite<br />

shows this season:<br />

Insecure<br />

In this HBO original the friendship<br />

between two women is explored while<br />

they journey through their daily<br />

lives. Friends Issa Dee and Molly go<br />

through awkward adventures and racy<br />

misfortunes, and experience what it<br />

truly means to be modern-day African-<br />

American woman. Insecure features a<br />

diverse cast and situations so relatable<br />

it’s almost cringe worthy. Insecure is<br />

now available on HBO and streamable<br />

on HBO Go.<br />

Grace and Frankie<br />

A retired cosmetics mogul and a<br />

free-spirited hippie find themselves<br />

in an unlikely friendship after<br />

discovering their husbands are in<br />

love — with each other. The husbands<br />

leave their wives to marry each other,<br />

leaving the women alone. While the<br />

husbands deal with coming out to<br />

their colleagues, the women, who share<br />

an already tense relationship, decide<br />

to live together and help each other<br />

through the next chapter in their lives.<br />

Grace and Frankie, through its quirky<br />

characters and unique storyline, tells<br />

us that you should never be afraid<br />

to live the life you’re meant to live.<br />

You can catch seasons one and two<br />

currently streaming on Netflix.<br />

Master of <strong>No</strong>ne<br />

In this Netflix original created<br />

by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, a<br />

30-year-old actor going through a<br />

delayed coming-of-age must navigate<br />

his life in New York City. Without a<br />

master plan, he and his friends deal<br />

with their personal and professional<br />

lives while learning the ups and downs<br />

of being an adult. Masters of <strong>No</strong>ne<br />

deals with everything from feminism<br />

and the sexual harassment of woman<br />

to the cultural clash of being a first<br />

generation citizen. You can catch<br />

season one of this drama-comedy<br />

currently streaming on Netflix.<br />

Preacher<br />

With the power of Genesis, a<br />

preacher tries to help the people in<br />

his town return to the church. With<br />

the help of his vampire best friend, he<br />

discovers that he may have to save to<br />

townspeople from something bigger<br />

than just their “lack of faith.” This<br />

supernatural drama abandons its<br />

Preacher title and takes a surprisingly<br />

dark turn. You can watch season one<br />

on AMC.com.<br />

UnReal<br />

This dark dramedy follows the<br />

warped ways of a young producer on<br />

the set of a popular reality dating TV<br />

show. While manipulating the contestants,<br />

and with her overbearing boss<br />

breathing down her neck, the producer<br />

struggles internally with choosing to<br />

follow her moral compass or do what’s<br />

best for the show. UnReal is dripping<br />

with backstabbing, manipulation and<br />

tremendous drama. You will want<br />

to look away, but you just can’t. Season<br />

one is currently on Hulu but you<br />

can also catch season two streaming<br />

on Lifetime.com.<br />

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Kylie Bunbury stars in Pitch | photo courtesy of Fox

Slide into Pitch this fall<br />

By Serena Bailey<br />

“This is one of those moments in<br />

sports where you’ll remember where<br />

you were when you saw it,” says a<br />

sports announcer in the first trailer for<br />

Fox’s new baseball centric show, Pitch.<br />

Described as “a true story, on the<br />

verge of happening,” Pitch follows<br />

Ginny Baker (played by Kylie Bunbury)<br />

as she is drafted for the San Diego<br />

Padres, becoming the first female<br />

player in Major League Baseball.<br />

The show is the next project for<br />

executive producer Dan Fogelman<br />

(The Neighbors, Galavant), a longtime<br />

baseball fan. He told The Hollywood<br />

Reporter in May that the project was<br />

originally conceived by writer Rick<br />

Singer and producer/director Tony Bill<br />

as a movie, but Fogelman convinced<br />

them it would work better as a show.<br />

“It’s a show about a young woman<br />

coming of age,” said Fogelman at the<br />

Television Critics Association press<br />

tour. “It’s not just about baseball – it’s<br />

a show that takes place in the world<br />

of baseball.”<br />

In order to make the show as realistic<br />

as possible, producers took advantage<br />

of Fox’s pre-existing relationship with<br />

the MLB (Fox has the showing rights<br />

to all post-season games, including the<br />

World Series), working closely with the<br />

organization in an unprecedented way.<br />

Fox Sports’ C.J. Nitkowski looks over<br />

scripts, and MLB players and other<br />

officials act in background roles and as<br />

professional trainers for the cast. The<br />

MLB also allows the show to film at<br />

Petco Park, home of the real life San<br />

Diego Padres, on the team’s days off.<br />

Fogelman and other executive<br />

producers have said they aim for the<br />

show to be the West Wing of baseball,<br />

combining human emotion and sports<br />

procedure into a story even non-sports<br />

fans will enjoy.<br />

“We’re focusing a lot of the drama<br />

inside the team,” Fogelman said. “Is<br />

this a distraction for the team? Those<br />

are the kind of interpersonal dynamics<br />

I find most interesting… The world is<br />

very ready — has been for some time<br />

— to dive into female athletics.”<br />

Ginny’s story is one that Fogelman<br />

hopes, and believes, will become reality<br />

in his lifetime.<br />

“When it happens, that young<br />

woman will become the biggest story in<br />

the country overnight,” he said. “The<br />

amount of tension and eyeballs on her<br />

every move is interesting drama. I find<br />

it hard to fathom in the great wide<br />

world who would really be against this?<br />

If a young woman comes along who is<br />

capable of playing with the guys, I<br />

can’t think of a person who wouldn’t<br />

be interested in seeing it.”<br />

Bunbury trained for the lead role for<br />

two months before shooting the pilot<br />

to make sure her pitching style was<br />

authentic. She hopes that young girls<br />

who see her as Ginny will be inspired<br />

by the character.<br />

“I think it is really important for<br />

young girls to see themselves [on TV],<br />

so the fact that I’m a woman of color<br />

playing a strong female character is<br />

incredible,” Bunbury said at The Paley<br />

Center’s PaleyFest Fall TV Previews<br />

in September. “It is incredibly<br />

important, because I know things that<br />

I watched growing up made an impact<br />

on my choices, so I hope this will have<br />

an impact on young girls’ choices as<br />

well and empower them.”<br />

A show that brings together elements<br />

of girl power, following your dreams,<br />

and a the gritty world of professional<br />

sports, Pitch is absolutely a mustwatch<br />

this fall. Check out season one<br />

now on Fox.<br />

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A twist in yo<br />

Music swaps for<br />

By Katie Huff<br />

With each semester comes the essential walk-to-class<br />

playlist. It’s the music that puts a little more jive in your<br />

step when you wake up on Monday morning. It makes you<br />

feel unstoppable as you walk to your test. It makes you<br />

dance as you quicken your steps across the quad. Swap your<br />

mainstream jams for some under-the-radar music that will<br />

have you skipping all the way to your earliest class. Here are<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>’s picks that we hope will make the cut this semester:<br />

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ur tunes:<br />

every genre<br />

If you like: The Lumineers<br />

Listen to: Houndmouth<br />

Houndmouth, comprised of three guys from<br />

Indiana, creates a special combination of folksy<br />

and alternative sounds. Their song, “Sedona,”<br />

about the abandoned Hollywood found in Arizona,<br />

provides easy listening that is perfect for<br />

studying. The Lumineers and Houndmouth both<br />

embody ease with their use of bluegrass vibes.<br />

If you like: Childish Gambino<br />

Listen to: Vince Staples<br />

Staples released his first album in 2014 and has<br />

had a small but loyal fan base ever since. Known<br />

for his brutal honesty, Staples uses modern rap<br />

to express his societal concerns in his newest EP,<br />

Prima Donna. The album discusses the public’s<br />

high demand on artists and the problems with<br />

these pressures. Staples makes a powerful statement<br />

through his lyrics and music.<br />

If you like: Grouplove<br />

Listen to: Stop Light Observations<br />

An alternative rock band from Charleston,<br />

South Carolina, the members of Stop Light Observations<br />

have been playing together since their<br />

adolescence, but their song, “Circadian Rhythms<br />

(Dusk)” has only recently gained popularity.<br />

On their newest album Toogoodoo songs like “Security,”<br />

show off the band’s storytelling abilities.<br />

If you like: Haim<br />

Listen to: Joseph<br />

Recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy<br />

Fallon, Joseph is comprised of three sisters, just<br />

like the California-original Haim. Their second<br />

album, I’m Alone, <strong>No</strong> You’re <strong>No</strong>t, was released on<br />

Aug. 26. While their sound is more folksy than<br />

Haim’s, both bands have mastered the art of family<br />

harmonization. Joseph’s song “White Flag” is<br />

a ballad written by and for soul sisters that will<br />

make you want to get up and groove.<br />

If you like: Moon Taxi<br />

Listen to: New Madrid<br />

From Athens, Georgia, New Madrid is a rock<br />

band whose album feels like an extended jam session.<br />

Like Moon Taxi, New Madrid has mastered<br />

the art of combining different genres into one<br />

cohesive sound. “Country Moon Pt. 1” from the<br />

band’s first album exemplifies their meandering<br />

and acoustic sound. Their newest album, magnetkingmagnetqueen,<br />

released in April, is more<br />

psychedelic than previous, but stays true to the<br />

original sound.<br />

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Jam in the ‘Ham<br />

Birmingham concerts you don’t want to miss<br />

Carrie Underwood | photo courtesy of BJCC<br />

By Michaela Hancock<br />

Concerts are a timeless escape: a few<br />

hours devoted to just you and the music.<br />

The lights come up, the drummer takes<br />

his seat, the first chords are blasted<br />

from the guitar and all is well with the<br />

world. The Birmingham music scene is<br />

bustling, and regardless of your tastes<br />

there is a concert for you this season.<br />

Check out what acts are heading to the<br />

Magic City.<br />

Carrie Underwood<br />

at Legacy Arena<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember 14: Carrie Underwood<br />

is one of the most successful artists<br />

in the modern country world and<br />

beyond. After winning season four of<br />

American Idol, Underwood released<br />

her first album that includes classic<br />

songs “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and<br />

“Before He Cheats.” Today she<br />

continues to please fans with songs<br />

like “Something in the Water” and her<br />

latest album Storyteller. Catch her on<br />

tour with tickets available at legacy.<br />

arenabirmingham.com.<br />

The 1975 at<br />

BJCC Concert Hall<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember 23: The 1975 found<br />

mainstream success in the U.S. with<br />

their single “Chocolate” from their<br />

first album. This year they’ve owned<br />

the radio with their newest hit “The<br />

Sound.” But even with their popularity,<br />

they are not your typical pop band. See<br />

them rock out Birmingham with tickets<br />

available at boxofficeticket.center/<br />

venues/bjcc-concert-hall-tickets.<br />

Goo Goo Dolls at<br />

BJCC Concert Hall<br />

<strong>No</strong>vember 27: The Goo Goo Dolls<br />

were formed in 1986 and reached<br />

superstar status about a decade later<br />

with the release of “Iris.” Another<br />

two decades have passed, and they<br />

are still going strong as they continue<br />

to write and record new music. Don’t<br />

miss them this <strong>No</strong>vember, as they<br />

are accompanied by alternative band<br />

SafetySuit. Tickets available at<br />

boxofficeticket.center/venues/bjccconcert-hall-tickets.<br />

Still don’t see anything you<br />

like? Check out one of these<br />

other hot B’ham concerts:<br />

• 10/23 Newsboys at<br />

BJCC Concert Hall<br />

• 11/04 Red Jumpsuit<br />

Apparatus at Zydeco<br />

• 11/07 Ingrid<br />

Michaelson at Iron<br />

City Bham<br />

• 11/11 Gucci Mane<br />

and Friends at Legacy<br />

Arena at the BJCC<br />

• 11/11 Kip Moore with<br />

Jon Pardi at Alabama<br />

Theatre<br />

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St. Paul and the<br />

Broken Bones<br />

By Ellen Johnson<br />

With the release of their latest album,<br />

Sea of <strong>No</strong>ise, the homegrown, Alabamaoriginal<br />

band St. Paul and the Broken<br />

Bones is making waves not only in the<br />

southern music scene but across the<br />

world. Fresh off a European tour, the<br />

band is back with a dynamic new sound<br />

and a slew of fresh new jams, all with<br />

the classic R&B vibes that made their<br />

debut album Half the City famous in<br />

2014. Born in Birmingham in 2012,<br />

this eight-piece ensemble headed by<br />

lead vocalist Paul Janeway has been<br />

unstoppable ever since. We sat down<br />

with bassist Jesse Phillips to get details<br />

on making the new record, musical idols<br />

and what’s it’s like to tour with the boys.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: How did you get involved<br />

with the band and when?<br />

Jesse: It evolved out of my personal<br />

friendship with Paul after I moved to<br />

Birmingham in 2006. Me and Paul<br />

became fast friends. We hung out a lot<br />

and played music together and at some<br />

point we decided to start going into<br />

the studio to document our musical<br />

friendship and write some songs. It<br />

went from having three or four songs<br />

to having a few gigs to having a band<br />

by early 2013. We had management and<br />

a record deal and we started touring.<br />

That record came out in 2014 and we’ve<br />

been on the road ever since.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Can you tell us about the<br />

process of making the new album?<br />

Jesse: Fast forward two years and the<br />

band is now a lot more aware of its<br />

musical strengths. I think we decided<br />

we were going to try to make a record<br />

that played to those strengths a little<br />

more. Something that was more threedimensional,<br />

a little more textured,<br />

layered, a bit more musical. This time<br />

we tried to make something you could<br />

listen to over and over and get new<br />

things and sort of peel the layers back<br />

a little more and get something new out<br />

of it. There’s more attention to detail<br />

for sure.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is one of the funniest or<br />

craziest things that has happened<br />

while on tour?<br />

Jesse: We’re actually well behaved<br />

people on the road. Everybody is kind of<br />

respectful – you have to be when there’s<br />

eight people in the band and you’re on<br />

the road. <strong>No</strong>body gets too inebriated<br />

and no debauchery of that kind in the<br />

band. Sometimes funny stuff happens<br />

on the road and Paul can be a wild hog<br />

on the stage. One of the last shows was<br />

this big German rock and roll festival<br />

and so they’re broadcasting it on<br />

national television while we’re playing.<br />

It’s late and we’ve had some technical<br />

difficulties. Somehow by the end of the<br />

last song Paul ended up with no pants<br />

and I’m pretty sure that ended up on<br />

national television.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What’s your favorite meal<br />

on tour?<br />

Jesse: It varies by region. For instance,<br />

when you’re in France, you’re virtually<br />

guaranteed to get a good meal no matter<br />

where you’re eating. In France or Spain<br />

I’ll give myself up to whatever is going<br />

on because it’s usually always good. In<br />

England there’s lots of amazing Indian<br />

food – the best curry I’ve ever had was<br />

in London. But if we’re in the States<br />

– some place where there’s a barbeque<br />

tradition we’ll look for great barbeque.<br />

Or if we’re in New York we’ll look for<br />

great pizza. So it just sort of depends on<br />

where you are. The band is very foodcentric.<br />

When you’re on tour, your life<br />

can be a little boring. So what you’re<br />

going to eat that day that day can be a<br />

bigger decision than it should be.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is your favorite song to<br />

perform and why?<br />

Jesse: That can change, depending on<br />

your mindset and where you’re at and<br />

the crowd response and everything.<br />

Most of my favorite ones now are the<br />

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newer songs we’re tinkering with from<br />

the new record. Imagine playing the<br />

same pool of 10 or 11 songs from your<br />

first record for like three or four years.<br />

You don’t get tired of it ever when you’re<br />

playing in front of people, but it is really<br />

exciting to be able to start to experiment<br />

with new stuff.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Who are your musical idols?<br />

Jesse: All the studio players from up<br />

in Muscle Shoals, like David Hood and<br />

Jimmy Jackson, all those dudes are so<br />

musical and so humble and so nice – all<br />

just great musicians and songwriters<br />

up there. And they’re really great role<br />

models, not only as musicians but as<br />

people. My first sort of real love for a<br />

band was The Beatles and John Lennon<br />

was my favorite, but these days now that<br />

I’m an adult I try to draw inspiration<br />

from wherever I can.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is the last album you<br />

listened to? Did you like it?<br />

Jesse: This is a weird one by<br />

Khruanebin. It’s mostly instrumental<br />

and the band is very influenced by<br />

this sort of obscure strain of Thai folk<br />

music from the ‘70s. The record is not<br />

really Western-sounding. It’s kind of<br />

jazzy funk laid back but it has Eastern<br />

twinges to some of the melodies. That’s<br />

a record I’ve been really into because<br />

it’s a little out of the box but it still<br />

sounds and feels very nice. It’s very chill<br />

and listenable.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What’s it like when you<br />

get together with the band in<br />

the studio?<br />

Jesse: Sometimes you have a really good<br />

idea of what’s going to happen but the<br />

structure of the song is already there<br />

so you’re kind of trying to find how you<br />

want to present it aesthetically. It can<br />

get pretty specific like turning around<br />

one mic for an hour. It’s a lot more loose<br />

and expansive sometimes. There’ll just<br />

be an idea or we’ll be sitting around in<br />

the studio and someone will just jump<br />

in. It’s a combination of both. Our band<br />

is very collaborative. For ours there’s<br />

a little more experimentation and<br />

approach. We’re in there total for like<br />

23/24 days this time, for 12 or 13 songs.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What do you hope people<br />

will experience when listening to<br />

the new album?<br />

Jesse: I think just that we’re still the<br />

band people have grown to really enjoy.<br />

We’re still at heart an R&B band, but<br />

we’ve matured a little bit and grown<br />

both as a band and as musicians and<br />

are able to provide a more multifaceted<br />

listening experience. If I had to pick<br />

one word to describe the first record I’d<br />

say it’s a very visceral record. I’d like to<br />

think that this one we’ve made a record<br />

that’s still visceral but combined with<br />

more cerebral elements.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What’s the future look like?<br />

Jesse: It feels like there’s a lot of big<br />

things coming up. We’ve created a new<br />

show around the new record and added<br />

some of the newer songs in. So we’re<br />

super excited to debut the new show. We<br />

mostly just hope that people enjoy the<br />

record and enough people buy it. So we<br />

can make another one.<br />

St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ album Sea<br />

of <strong>No</strong>ise is available now on iTunes.<br />

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