Alice Vol. 2 No. 1


Published by UA Student Media in Spring 2017.



Netflix, wine and the entire pizza



Why men get all the perks in

Hollywood and how women are

working to change that



The no-coffee challenge


$3.99 Vol. 2, No. 1


It’s a fall to remember with fierce florals, star-studded styles

and exciting comeback colors that are sure to inspire you

Letter from the Editor

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414 Campus Drive East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

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

Phone: (205) 348-7257.

Alice is published by the Office of Student Media

at The University of Alabama.

All content and design are produced by students

in consultation with professional staff advisers.

All material contained herein, except advertising or where

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2016 by Alice Magazine.

Material herein may not be reprinted without the

expressed, written permission of Alice Magazine.

A year ago, I was a writer for Alice. I loved writing for the

entertainment section, and I loved the idea of Alice even more.

Finally, there was a magazine on campus that I could be a part

of and that actually represented college women. All the other

magazines out there felt either too young or too old for me. I

wanted to read about something I related to for once. Then, I not

so gracefully stumbled into Alice. I felt empowered being able to

contribute my work to the first ever issue. Now, here we are: the

third issue of Alice, and I am editor-in-chief. My triplet sister

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

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

title, but I am (hopefully) not that scary.

Between the hilarious stop at Whataburger after the fashion

shoot that almost got rained out, to the late night production

room banter with empty pizza and donut boxes, the wonderful

staff at Alice has worked endlessly on creating an even better

issue. This was an incredible feat, considering the extraordinary

quality of the first two issues. But, we always want to make Alice

the best she can possibly be for our readers. She has expanded and

transformed throughout the past year from an idea to a magazine

nominated for the prestigious collegiate Pacemaker Award. We

hope to see Alice in the hands of people walking to class, sipping

a coffee and flipping through our pages, or consulting Alice when

you need to know the best foundation for your skin color (page 6)

or the most delectable hot chocolate recipe when the temperature

finally drops below 70 degrees. (page 72). This season’s Alice

holds more editorial photo shoots, inspirational fashion and

important issues such as mental health (page 50) and the binge

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

know that Alice can help me cherish all the moments that I have

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

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

celebrate with the most delicious recipes (page 67). For a quick

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

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

the perfect book to read (page 75).

As the best season of all approaches, I am eagerly looking

forward to the direction that Alice and my adventure with her are

headed. From freshmen to seniors, we hope that you love these 92

pages as much as we do.

Paige Burleson

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Editor in Chief PAIGE BURLESON

Creative Director MARIA OSWALT

Director of Photography EMILY HEATH

Managing Editor CLAIRE TURNER




Lifestyle Editor ALLISON COHEN


Food and Health Editor MADISON SULLIVAN

Entertainment Editor ELLEN JOHNSON

Social Media Coordinator DONICA BURTON
















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Assistant Advertising Manager RUFUS ALDRIDGE

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Assistant Creative Director GRANT SNOW

Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845




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Table of


ABOUT THE COVER: A poetic evening in Harpersville,

Alabama: where the rain cleared into hazy clouds and later

bloomed into a bewitching sunset. Get lost in Old Baker

Farm’s seemingly infinte cornmaze, vast sunflower field

and picturesque evergreen trees. As the autumnal breeze

sets in, fall in love with Alice’s fall wardrobe.

Photographer: EMILY HEATH

See story: PAGE 42




















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By Anna Wood


The classic double braids hairstyle

has made its way from summer camp

to pop culture once again. Celebrities

like Kim Kardashian, Blue Ivy, Zendaya

and more have been spotted with

perfectly-coiffed plaits — while most

have stayed traditional, some have

sported modified versions like the triple

French braid. Want to try it yourself?

Divide your hair into two halves,

then have a friend (or do it yourself, if

you can) French braid or Dutch braid

each half. Smooth down frizzy flyaways

with a spritz of hairspray.


Often referred to as “fun buns,” this

youthful style has made it’s way from

costumes to mainstream pop culture.

Tons of celebrities offer inspiration

on their Instagrams, like Khloe Kardashian,

Justine Skye and Hailey

Baldwin. If you are feeling confident,

pull hair into two high ponytails and

twist into buns. If you prefer a more

understated look but still want to join

the fun bun club, go for lower ponytails,

twist into buns, and gently pull

to loosen.


The more curls grow in popularity,

the bigger they seem to get. You cannot

go wrong with a head of big, wavelike

curls like Blake Lively or Selena

Gomez. Blow dry hair, then wrap oneinch

sections around a 1 and ½ inch

curling wand.


This hairstyle was wildly popular in

the ‘90s, although then it was usually

tied with a scrunchie. Thanks to Ariana

Grande and Beyonce Knowles,

the so-called “party pony” has come

back in style, and it is bouncier

than ever. To get this look, start

by spritzing hair with texturizing

spray. If you want volume

like Ariana and Beyonce, hold

up a section of hair on the top

of your hair and backcomb to

tease. Secure with elastic and

wrap a strand of hair around the

base of the ponytail to get a polished


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all skin tones

and all budgets

By Kendal Jones

It doesn’t matter if you’re the fairest

of them all or basically majoring

in melanin: Alice understands that

makeup shopping isn’t always black

and white.

A blush that looks great on your

friend might make you look sunburnt.

Or maybe the lip kit that looks killer

on Kylie just looks kinda off on you.

Shade and undertone play important

roles in makeup because it basically

determines what flatters you personally

and what doesn’t. It can be frustrating

when a brand you like doesn’t carry

your color or is too expensive on a college-girl

budget. Fret not! We’ve got

your cheat sheet for your next makeup

shopping spree, representing makeup

from both the drugstore and high-end

counters. All products and brands we

recommend are of exceptional quality

for their price and come in an inclusive

array of colors and undertones.



L’Oreal True Match is another righthand

of mine. With this foundation,

there is no excuse for it not to match.

The line is divided into cool, neutral

and warm undertones with shades for

every girl. ($5)


This FitMe concealer

is creamy and medium-coverage

in a sleek

package — this stuff

has me hooked. Sometimes

I just put a little

more under my eyes

and buff it out when

I don’t want to wear

foundation. It’s a true

drug store gem. ($5)


NYX never ceases to impress. Their

range of powder blushes have good pigmentation

and last on the skin. Their

colors are flattering and unique. ($7)


Colourpop (offered exclusively online

at their website

makes an amazing gel-powder hybrid

highlighter. Their one-of-a-kind, featherlight

formula makes it easy to layer

or wear alone, and is good for all skin

tones. ($8)


Colourpop’s eyeshadow come in singles

of almost every color. Your look

can range from an angelic natural to

a bold, dramatic eye and everything in

between. It’s something I always have

to have in my bag. ($5)

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MAC StudioFix Fluid: an oldie but a

goodie. Whole spectrum of colors, good

coverage, lasts a long time. A staple.



The Urban Decay Weightless Complete

Coverage Concealer offers a

full-coverage, non-drying formula that

melts into the skin with a great selection

of colors and, you guessed it, undertones.



Everyone knows and loves at least

one thing from MAC. For me, it’s the

blushes. The color ranges are endless,

the pigment lasts on your skin, the

packaging is durable, and the price

isn’t outrageous. ($23)


I don’t know how the Shimmering

Skin Perfector from BECCA makes a

powder feel like a cream, but the result

is swoon-worthy. Fair girls will love

Moonstone and medium-skinned and

dark-skinned girls will love Opal and

Topaz. ($38)


A hidden secret in the makeup world:

MakeupGeek single eyeshadows. Each

single eyeshadow is so rich in pigment

that you’ll have a hard time believing

that they’re just six bucks. ($6)



The Makeup Forever Ultra HD

Foundation is like a second skin, making

you look naturally perfect and airbrushed.

Makeup Forever offers super

light and super dark shades, as well as

a variety of undertones. ($43)


The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

standout is Chantilly, an almost

paper-white color that can’t be found

anywhere else. The rest of this line is

just as diverse. As for the formula, it’s

smooth, blendable and offers amazing

coverage while still looking seamless

with the rest of the face. ($29)


Charlotte Tilbury’s compact blushes

are versatile and beautiful on everyone.

Check out her YouTube channel

for different looks. ($40)


Anastasia Beverly Hills knows how

to do a mean highlighter. Check out

her four individual compact shades.

Her Glow Kits also get rave reviews

—perfect for aspiring makeup artists

or women whose skin tone change with

the seasons. ($40)


For quality eyeshadows, look to Anastasia

Beverly Hills. My personal favorite

is the Modern Renaissance palette,

inspired by the richly-colored oil

paints of the iconic Italian art movement.

It creates a gorgeous eye look on

anyone, no matter her skin or eye color.


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By Anna Klement and Lawson Mohl

It’s no secret that in today’s beauty

trends, a face free of highlighter is

a wasted opportunity to get one step

closer to looking like a celebrity — and

who doesn’t want to glow like Kate

Moss or slay like Zendaya? Colder

weather is approaching, which means

it can be more challenging to get a

natural soleil glow (unless you have a

trip to Bora Bora planned, then in that

case, carry on). The only safe solution

to reaching the summer shimmer all

year long is to fake it ‘til you make it.

Highlighting has been on the beauty

radar for junkies for a while now.

Fear not if you aren’t familiar with the

art of painting glittery lines all over

your face; we will focus on creating the

perfect strobe, shimmer and sparkle.

Here’s Alice’s guide to a flawless glow.

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The goal behind highlighting is exactly

what you’re probably thinking —

to highlight certain features of your

body. While its opposite, contouring,

brings shadows to a face, highlighting

“raises” the areas of the skin that it’s

applied to. This is why you highlight

the high points of your face. It lifts

these areas and when paired with the

perfect contour, it brings life and depth

to your beautiful features.


Now that you have a good idea of

what highlighting is, we suggest keeping

your highlight to a few key areas:

The tops of your cheekbones, the

bridge of the nose (including the tip),

the cupid’s bow and the brow bone.

Some people like to add highlight to

the middle of the chin as well. Master

these areas and you’ll look like you’ve

been basking in the radiance of the sun

all day — even if it’s November and 50

degrees outside.


Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops:

If you’re wanting a metallic glow, the

FX drops are transformative without

giving you the futuristic robot look.

There are many colors ranging from

Moonlight to Sunset. The best thing

about this collection is that they are

flexible enough to use with powder,

foundation or cremes. The warmer

hues are perfect for deeper skin

tones, and fairer tones could even use

them as a shimmering bronzer. ($42

at Sephora)

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne

Pop: If you try this product, you can

thank us later for making it your new

must-have. For those not familiar, Jacyln

Hill is a famous beauty YouTuber.

Her success from the collab with Becca

has been off the charts, and people

cannot stop raving about it. Naturally,

we had to try for ourselves. The Champagne

collection includes four split

compacts of highlighter and blush,

three shades of slimlights, one shimmering

skin perfector, two pressed

powders and one highlighting brush.

We discovered that the liquid shimmering

skin protector was our personal

favorite, and setting it with the

shimmering powder would be a flawless

combo. You will be glowing all day.

($38 at Sephora)

Glossier’s Haloscope: Available in

Topaz and Quartz, this product is ideal

for a dewy glow and enriched with vitamin

infused oils. It’s hypoallergenic,

dermatologist approved and not tested

on animals. If those aren’t enough

reasons to convince you, it includes

real crystals in the ingredients, so you

are sure to shine. It’s no wonder the

luminescent product sold out instantly

when it hit Glossier’s website. Just

dab on the soft part of your cheeks and

rub with your fingers for an instant

face lift. Beauty blogs are going crazy

over this product and for only $22, you

can too.

E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip:

Perhaps the most underrated product

on the list, this highlighter has

been around for years. For only $2 at

Walmart, Target or most other drugstores,

you can have the same effect

as all of the other highlighters on the

list. There’s four shades to suit a variety

of skin tones, including a white

hue called Spotlight. This one is a bit

more glittery than the rest and comes

out in a squeezable tube. Press a tiny

dollop between fingers and glide it over

the tops of your cheekbones to the outer

corner of your eyelid. Don’t forget

the bridge of your nose. Beware: a little

goes a long way with this one.


Fan Brush: Perhaps one of the most

illusive of the beauty tools at your disposal,

the classic fan brush is one of

the easiest ways to achieve luminosity.

This brush, shaped like its namesake,

allows you to effortlessly swipe highlighter

onto your cheekbones and cupid’s

bow using the side of the bristles.

The thin top of the brush is also great

for highlighting the bridge of the nose,

making it one of the best glow tools in

your kit.

The Domed Brush: One of the most

versatile brushes, a domed brush is

perfect for sweeping on lustrous powder

to your cheekbones. Rounded at

the base and tapered slightly at the

top, this tool can work wonders for the

perfect highlight, but it can also work

its magic with blush or bronzer. It’s everything

you need for a flawless face.

We’re still partial to its soft bristles for

highlighting, though.

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Dark drama, preppy pastels, avantgarde

aesthetic: Alice has a style anyone

can rock. It’s easy to drastically change

up your look if you get creative with color.

Camo top: Pants Store

Black velvet choker: Pants Store

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By Savanah Sendek

Most people residing south of the Mason-Dixon line are

fully aware of what a Saturday in the fall entails: football.

It’s hard to keep up with all of the parties and tailgating

going on, and even more difficult with the pressure of being

a full-time student.

If you are walking around campus during the school

week, you are likely to see countless messy buns and tired

ponytails. Over-styling is not a necessity when you have an

8 a.m. lecture. But when it comes to game day, we break

out that curling iron that hasn’t been used in a week, and

pull out that sloppy ponytail. Here are some easy game day

hairstyles and tips for the busy, yet devoted, college girl.

For a curly up-do, pair the Pureology

Curl Complete Taming Butter ($28

on with any heat protectant

mentioned above when curling your

hair. For any up-do, the L’Oreal Paris

Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair

Spray ($14.99 on keeps your

hair in place for long periods of time,

so that your hair can stay in the game.

The night before the big game, use

the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Anti-Frizz

AM/PM Starter Kit ($37.50

on This day and night

smoothing kit will help your hair

fend off frizz for a longer-lasting,

smooth blowout.

For a beach-wave look, use the Bumble

and Bumble Surf Spray ($27.00 on paired with the Bumble

and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29.00 on These two products will

help create a soft, sea-tousled look.

For a voluptuous look, use the Big

Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus Humidity

Resistant Volumizing Spray ($17.95

on Apply this to damp hair

if you want to reach maximum volume.

Awaken tired, flat hair by flipping your

hair upside down and fluffing it with

your fingertips. This will reactivate

the volume, making your hair almost

as loud as the crowd.

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Fall’s comeback color, paired with accessories

like black velvet chokers and mesh tights, is a nod to

the iconic ‘80s style.

Photos by Ramsey Griffin and Emily Heath

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Suede skirt: Pants Store

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Enter our fantasies, where

we wear cozy layers and travel

to urban jungles.

Photos by Ramsey Griffin

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Jacket: Urban Outfitters

Jeans: GAP

Black tank: Urban Outfitters

Flannel: Croft & Barrow

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Conceptualized. Handmade.

Kayla Willett’s rapidly growing line

will soon be available nationwide,

so grab them while they’re hot.

Photos by Emily Heath

GEMSUnique. and Alex Green

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to fierce florals, edgy embroidery and killer knits

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Photos by Emily Heath and Alex Green

Props courtesy of Olive Tree Interiors

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Jean skirt: Az Well

Sweaters: Knitted by Peggy Canterbury

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What to Wear on Gameday

White Romper

by ARK & Co

Saturdays in the South are dominated by college football.

One thing that separates SEC game days from the rest of the

country is fashion. While students across the country wear

matching t-shirts and paint their faces, students at SEC schools

dress up, looking classy and stylish. It is a tradition here at

Alabama and it is vital that you keep up with the styles that

come with the new season.

The Trunk Show boutique can be found

at both Supe Store locations. The outfits

are unique and made from good quality

materials. Not only are they stylish but

also affordable with the average price of a

dress or a romper between $32 and $46.

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Sponsored by

Off shoulder tunic by Vision

Fall colors are a good option for game days. Off-shoulder tunics and

backless rompers are two styles that are functional and fashionable.

Throw in some neutral-colored wedges and you are ready to go.

Accessories like chokers, wraparound necklaces, oversized sunglasses

and clasp purses are a great compliment to any outfit.

Red Lace Dress by Maniju

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hours in

New York

By Laura Testino

Bright lights, celebrity sightings, a backlog of perfectly outfitted

candids and stellar backgrounds of wall murals, skyscrapers and

yellow cabs: New York City is the ideal weekend getaway. Take a

trip to hit Manhattan’s classic high points, and play our game of

This or That to make the most of your New York Minute.


Save on transit by planning ahead

and consider flying out of a larger airport

like Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.

You can fly into JFK and take a

train directly to the subway, or fly into

LaGuardia for a cheaper fare, and

take a bus to the 7 train to dodge a

taxi ride.


Each subway ride is $2.75, so if you

plan on making more than 11 trips,

opt for the $31 unlimited seven-day

pass. Beware that others have tried to

cheat the system too, so the turnstiles

will recognize and stop you if you and

your pals try to reuse the same unlimited

card right after each other.


Plug addresses into Google Maps

and select the train for the best subway

route between your locations. Use the

app NYC Subway to follow along with

the train as it makes stops to make

sure you’re on the right train. The app

is free and works underground. Uber

is helpful if you need a ride and aren’t

sure how to flag a taxi (the numbers

are lit on available yellow cabs), but

Via and Lyft sometimes offer cheaper

fares if you’re willing to carpool.

Download Yelp if you’re in a pinch to

make decisions about where to grab a

bite to eat.

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Day 1

Enjoy the classics on the first day by

sampling the favorite foods and views

of even the truest of New Yorkers. Use

these as staples to guide your trip, but

be sure to also add in reservations at

a trendy restaurant or a break at the

coffee shop with the twinkly lights and

old books that Starbucks can’t offer.


If you like to keep up with

the trends, try this: Dominique

Ansel Bakery.

Home of the Cronut, this bakery

sees patrons lining up at least 30 minutes

before opening at 7:30 a.m. The

reward? A croissant-doughnut hybrid

of flaky, sugary and creamy goodness

that takes up to three days to make.

The details: 189 Spring Street,

SoHo / $5.50 /

Photo by Laura Testino

If you’re into the classics, go with

that: Levain Bakery.

This bakery serves up all sorts of

treats, but it’s famous for their cookies.

The chocolate-chip walnut cookie has

been mentioned in The New York Times

for its gooey, chocolatey-ness, though

the dark chocolate peanut butter chip

is also a great choice. The bakery opens

at 8 a.m. (expect a line), so head over

early and order a pastry and cookies to

go – or splurge and have dessert before


The details: 167 W. 74th Street, Upper

West Side / $4 /


If you’re into architecture, check

out this: Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge

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Walking over the bridge is free to do

and only a mile long, so it doesn’t take

too much time. Walk from Manhattan

to Brooklyn and make a pit stop at

the Brooklyn Bridge Park for another

stellar view of lower Manhattan. You

can then opt to walk back, or jump on

the subway at High Street.

The details: Brooklyn Bridge – City

Hall Subway Station, Lower Manhattan

or High Street Subway Station,

Brooklyn Heights / free

If art and greenery are more

important to you, walk on that:

High Line.

The High Line is an old train track

that stretches from the West Village

toward the upper border of Chelsea,

providing a great view of New York

from its West side. Enter at various

locations along the stretch, and opt

to tour the art and gardens alone or

schedule your visit with another event

or tour.

The details: Gansevort and Washington

Street, West Village or 34th

Street and 12th Avenue, Chelsea / free



If you’re feeling extra sophisticated,

go see the art at this: The Metropolitan

Museum of Art.

The museum has its own gala, and

we’ve all heard of Blair and Serena’s

famous lunches on the steps. Once inside,

you can pay whatever you want to

see art from various points throughout

history from all over the globe in the

form of classic paintings and sculptures,

as well as furniture and fashion.

The details: 1000 5th Avenue, Upper

East Side / $12 /

If you’re in for a more concise collection,

visit that: The Museum of

Modern Art.

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Visit this museum to see Vincent

van Gogh’s The Starry Night or Claude

Monet’s Water Lilies. In addition to

many classics, the museum also has

new exhibits and several museum

stores with products for sale that are

inspired from some of your soon-to-befavorite


The details: 11 W 53rd Street, Midtown

/ $14 /


If you’re ready for a cheesy adventure,

opt for this: Artichoke Basille’s.

Artichoke’s has several locations in

Manhattan, but opt to grab a slice of

the artichoke pie from the MacDougal

location to eat as you explore the

neighborhood or check out Washington

Square Park. It’s filling and perfect

for fueling your night ahead or grabbing

on the way in.

The details: Multiple Locations / $5


Photo by Laura Testino

If Italian roots are calling your

name, take a slice of that: Lombardi’s.

Lombardi’s opened in 1905, and is

largely recognized as the first pizzeria

in the United States. The first come,

first serve New York staple sells whole

pizzas, so come hungry!

The details: 32 Spring Street, Lower

Manhattan / $20 /

Day 2

Once you’ve had the day to fall into

the quick pace of the city that never

sleeps, walk a little less and brunch a

little more, and take the time to check

out a show or peruse vintage shops or

cozy neighborhoods.



If you’re looking for versions of classic

staples, taste this: The Smith.

Begin the day with some of the

best mac’n’cheese you’ll ever taste,

and complete the meal with a selection

from a Sunday brunch menu that satisfies

even the most savory or sweetest

of preferences. Though there are multiple

locations, opt for the original in the

East Village, an ideal neighborhood for

exploring on a full stomach.

The details: Multiple Locations /

$35 /

If there’s a reason to celebrate, and

if you’re of age, sip on that: Agave.

Agave is best known for its unlimited

brunch meal, a pre-fixed cuisine

that includes two hours of bottomless

mimosas, wine or frozen margaritas

accompanied by your choice of an egg

dish with Mexican flair.

The details: 140 7th Avenue South,

West Village / $33 /


If you want to see precision at its

finest, see this: Radio City Rockettes.

The famous Christmas Spectacular

begins in mid-November and runs

through the holiday season. Tickets

range from $49 to an upward of $500

depending on the time and date, so

plan your trip early to be sure to catch

the highest kicks you’ll ever lay your

eyes on.

The details: 1260 6th Avenue, Midtown

/ varies /

If singing and storytelling is more

up your alley, purchase tickets to that:

a Broadway Show.

The TKTS booth in Times Square

offers tickets up to half-off depending

on the day and the show you’re interested

in seeing. Opt for a classic, like

the Phantom of the Opera, to see an

incredible show with ticket prices that

are less expensive than new smash-hits

like Hamilton.

The details: Theatre District / varies



If fancy beverages are your style,

sip on this: Serendipity 3.

In Serendipity, a romantic comedy

from 2001, fate brings a couple to meet

at Serendipity for the cafe’s famous

frozen hot chocolate. The giant glass

matches the bustling personality of the

indoor décor, a part of what makes the

shop a celebrity favorite.

The details: 225 East 60th St., Upper

East Side / $12 /

Treat yourself after a long second

day and try that: Magnolia Bakery.

You probably remember the name from

Sex and the City. Try a classic cupcake

(sometimes credited for contributing to

the cupcake craze) or banana pudding.

The original bakery opened on Bleecker

Street and is now found all over

the island, including a location near

Rockefeller Center, not too far from

Radio City or the Theatre District.

The details: Multiple locations / $6 /


Use these staples to guide your

trip through the Big Apple, but never

be afraid to take a few hours to see

what cute shops and city parks lie just

around the block.

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Photographer: Paul John Bayfield, Flickr Creative Commons

Do as the Angels do

By Jill Holloway

Every December, girls of all ages

huddle around their television

screens for their own personal

version of the Super Bowl, also

known as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion

Show. They watch as that one lucky

model struts down the runway in the

million-dollar bedazzled Fantasy Bra,

and wonder how they become the next

VS Angel without having to give up all

their favorite snacks. Surely, models

eat pizza sometimes, too.

But how do the models prepare? If

you’re ready for a newer, healthier lifestyle

that promises results, then look

no further than these five ideas.

Take up boxing

Adriana Lima told Vogue UK that

she has been boxing for about 10 years,

and it’s her passion. She said it helps

with all different areas of your body.

Angel Elsa Hosk pairs boxing with a

lower intensity workout that is less cardio-heavy.

Ballet beautiful

Model Lily Aldridge does Ballet

Beautiful year round, but amps up her

routine weeks before the show. Similarly,

Pure Barre is a nationally recognized

barre chain that offers 55-minute

exercise classes, concentrating on

the areas women struggle with most:

hips, thighs, abdominals and arms.

It works just as effectively as Ballet

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Beautiful and promises a lot of the

same techniques. Bailey Swiggett, a

Pure Barre fitness instructor, said she

loves how Victoria’s Secret models promote

“strong is sexy.”

“I’ve always followed a healthy diet

and workout regime, incorporating

pure barre and running into my daily

routine,” Swiggett said.

Try a personal trainer

Cindy Bruna has a personal trainer

that plans daily workouts and challenges

her weeks before the show. Personal

trainers are especially great for

helping you achieve targeted goals.

They understand workouts are not

one-size-fits-all. They’ll work with you

and your body to see what areas are

going to take more time than others.

Take a morning swim

There’s no better way to start your

day than by diving right in — literally.

Angel Josephine Skriver recently

moved into an apartment with an

Olympic-sized pool, and starts her day

by swimming laps.

Get involved with yoga

Whether it’s hot yoga, restorative

or yin yoga, it is sure to balance your

mind and body. Model Jac Jagaciak

participates in Bikram yoga, the most

well-known form of hot yoga, and Vinyasa

yoga to keep her heart race pulsing

and body aligned.

Bolram yoga features 26 different

poses all while the room is kept at 105

degrees Fahrenheit. Vinyasa yoga, or

flow yoga, is focused more on a series

of continuous movements and careful

breathing. It’s fast-paced and ideal for

pairing cardio with inner core.

Check social media

Looking for some Angel-approved

workouts? Victoria’s Secret now

sponsors @joja, an Instagram page

where company models Josephine

Skriver and Jasmine Tookes provide

examples of many exercises that the

Angels themselves use to prepare for

photoshoots and fashion shows.

Although models are typically envied

for their physique, it’s important

to remember that crash diets and fads

do not work, and only harm your body.

Victoria’s Secret Angels work hard to

maintain a healthy and active lifestyle,

so they don’t have to take drastic measures

during the week of the show.

“I try and eat at least 40 grams

of protein a day to keep me energized

during workouts, and always eat my

greens,” Swiggett said. “It’s important

to keep a balance though and have

cheat days, just like the Victoria’s Secret


While diet change and exercise is

extremely important, it is also important

to keep a healthy mindset, just

as the Angels do. If you are struggling

with the question of whether you

should keep moving forward, the answer

is yes!



CHAOSA self-proclaimed


addict volunteers to give

up caffeine for seven days

By Rachel Wilburn

Alice November 2016 [33]

I’m sitting at my kitchen counter, dirty hair

in a messy bun, baggy eyes, with the sun rising

through the kitchen windows. Not that this is anything

new, but one thing in particular is different

for the first time this week: I have a big, beautiful,

steaming cup of coffee next to my laptop and an

early-morning smile on my face.

The past week has been quite the adventure: I,

a self-proclaimed coffee addict, volunteered to give

up coffee for seven days. Honestly, I never thought

that I would feel as well-balanced and rested as

I do right now. So why am I holding a piping hot

cup’o’ joe again?

One week ago, you would’ve thought the world

was ending. Anyone who knows me knows I almost

always have a cup of coffee in hand. I told

my friends and family I was giving up coffee for a

week, and no lie, they laughed at me. “Good luck

with that,” they said. I knew I would miss the comfort

of my daily cup(s), but I hoped that I’d make

healthier decisions throughout the day if I felt more

rested and less jittery. I felt pretty confident, but

as it turns out, coffee affects my mind and body

more than I realized.

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The rules

No coffee for one whole week. Plain

and simple.

Day 1

Not a super fun day, but nothing

drastic to report. I mostly just miss

my best friend (a.k.a. coffee). Someone

brewed a pot in the office today, and I

took it a little personally.

Day 2

Mild headaches… all day. Just a

dull ache, like my head was a slightly

overfilled balloon. I felt really tired and

couldn’t focus on anything.

Day 3

All hell broke loose. All morning

I felt like I was walking around in a

haze. I couldn’t focus anything anyone

was saying to me and kept getting lost

in conversation. Officially uncomfortable.

Around 2 p.m., I got the worst

migraine. The “lock yourself in your

room, hide from all light and civilization”

kind of migraine.

Eventually, I convinced my roommate

that she needed coffee, rode with

her to the Starbucks drive-thru and

snuck a sip of her iced coffee while she

wasn’t looking. It was a low moment,

but it had to happen. Coffee has never

tasted so refreshing/sweet/wonderful,

you name it.

Day 4

I was back on the wagon after falling

off a little yesterday. Feeling a little

better. I needed to have something

in my cup with me to drink during this

week, so I’ve been drinking a lot of water.

Honestly, I felt very hydrated and

not nearly as hungry as usual. Also, I

noticed a change in my resting heart

rate. I’m sure my two to three (four…

five…) cups of coffee every day weren’t

good for me, and I feel a lot less jittery

since breaking the habit.

Day 5

More progress. Didn’t crave coffee

as much as the first few days. All the

headaches and fogginess were gone!

I felt a lot more chipper and awake

during the day. Awake, but not anxious,

which really helped me stay focused.

I felt myself sleeping better at

night too. Hooray!

Day 6

I felt so relaxed. I’ve always been

one to over schedule because I get uncomfortable

with downtime. But I felt

able to conquer my to-do list instead of

my frantic per usual.

I got used to not having what I call

the “energy roller-coaster,” where my

high points were drinking coffee and

my low points when the kick wears off.

I also noticed that I was better about

making healthier choices in general. I

started working out more and making

better eating choices.

Day 7

Pretty much felt the same as yesterday.

I don’t miss coffee as much as I

thought I would. I got anxious/excited

because I get to have a cup of my favorite

drink tomorrow.

Bonus: Day 8

I drank coffee this morning. Probably

shouldn’t have ordered a Venti Iced

Vanilla Latte from Starbucks. After

depriving my body for a week from

its drug of choice, I felt like someone

had injected caffeine straight into

my veins.

The big takeaway

My biggest observation, once the

headaches subsided, was the difference

in my energy levels. I get decent,

college-student amounts of sleep, but

I was starting to get to a point where

I was always waking up tired. I’ve always

been slightly iron-deficient, but I

had no idea coffee was playing a role

in that. According to,

caffeine is one of many substances that

can interfere with your body’s ability to

absorb iron from natural sources. The

Cleveland Clinic recommends waiting

one to three hours between eating ironrich

foods and consuming caffeine.

In addition, that note I made about

my heart rate? That wasn’t totally

wrong. Caffeine consumption may increase

your risk of high blood pressure,

especially in people who already have

hypertension or don’t normally eat or

drink caffeine. In a study published

in the American Journal of Hypertension,

participants with hypertension

were given the equivalent of two cups

of coffee. The study showed that their

blood pressure was elevated for about

two to three hours after.

I’m not quitting coffee forever. Despite

how good I felt, I just love it too

much. But I think I’ve learned that

coffee is like everything else in life:

best in moderation.

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Dorm Sweet Dorm

Photos by Sarah Westmoreland

By Jill Holloway

Nestled away on the southwest side

of The University of Alabama is a

dorm room that, despite its size,

has become a blank canvas for business

major Annabelle Doyle and finance major

Seline Morrissette. The plans for their

home away from home started with a rug.

“We found the rug first and we thought

it was kind of a mistake, like picking the

rug and then trying to make everything go

around it. But it kind of ended up working

out,” Morrissette said.

When centering everything around it,

Morrissette and Doyle wanted a room that

would reflect their personal style and also

be inviting.

“We actually did a lot of DIY and we

found stuff online,” Doyle said. Places

like Wayfarer, One Kings Lane and World

Market became their go-to.

There are some eye-catching pieces that

their friends can’t get enough of, but at the

heart of the room, the pieces that required

the most work are what that the pair

truly love.

“The poof [stool] is from World Market,

everyone likes that,” Morrissette said. “We

like the bar cart. We put some love into it.”

The bar cart was a find from Target that

Morrissette and Doyle spray-painted.

Through their affordable finds and hours

spent crafting their new room, Morrissette

and Doyle were able to take on the challenge

of turning a dreaded, cement-block

dorm into a comfortable space for not only

themselves, but also everyone who surrounds


“It’s small, but it’s

fun. We’ve met a lot of

people through it.”

Alice November 2016 [37]


8 Cringewo

First impression

By Maia Wade

Learning to make a good first impression

is a crucial part of being

successful in the professional world.

As tips for forming a quick rapport

during an introduction to a potential

client or colleague, experts frequently

suggest a firm handshake, steady eye

contact and power posing.

Unfortunately, there is no such formula

for first meeting the parents of a

significant other. The above tips might

apply to some degree, but there is an

equal chance that your power poses

might draw some strange looks. We

asked people for their most embarrassing,

awkward or downright weird

stories. The corporate ladder might be

life’s largest obstacle, but these stories

prove that love can be the cringiest.


“The first time I went to meet my

boyfriend’s mom I was on my period.

There wasn’t a trash can in his bathroom

— I guess boys don’t really need

one — so I had to wrap up my used

tampon in toilet paper and put it back

in the box, planning to throw it away

at a time when I didn’t have to walk

past his family to get to the kitchen

trash can. Before I could though, their

dog had sniffed it out and had taken it

out of the box. She had ripped the used

tampon to shreds and left the pieces all

around the house! Of course everyone

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knew it was mine! It was terrible. But

his mom loves me now, so it wasn’t too

bad, I guess.”

–Casey, 21


“So my boyfriend’s mom was coming

in town, and he told me that his

mom was getting there on a Sunday.

It was during the spring, so we were

[day partying] all day. His mom was

supposed to get there Sunday morning,

so I thought I was fine to go out.

We got food on the way back because

I was drunk, and two of his friends

were with us. I was going to just take

my food up to my apartment, but his

friends insisted I go back to his place

to hang out. I walk in and there’s this

tiny woman ironing his clothes, and

that’s when it hit me that it was his

mom. It was bad. I shot him a death

glare and I think he knew I was pissed

off, but before I could run out of there,

he decided it would be a good idea

to introduce me. I went to shake her

hand because, well, I don’t know why,

but she went up and gave me a hug. I

probably reeked of alcohol because I

had been drinking all day. His friends

wanted to stay and hang out because

they knew her from back home, so I literally

just sat in silence on the couch

listening to them talk for an hour. I

had the spins and couldn’t even eat the

food I just got. She then proceeded to

show me baby pictures of my boyfriend

on her phone, and then I finally came

up with some horrible excuse to get out

of there. She invited me to go to dinner

with them the next night, and when we

sat down she began to tell me she was

anti-alcohol. She never directly said

anything about the other night, but

she definitely knew.”

–Gabby, 21


“I was on a date with this girl and

we were in her room, about to kiss, and

her dad busted in and said, ‘What in

the hell are you two doing?!’ First date,

too. Then there was the time my closeted

girlfriend took me with her to spend

“We were sitting at dinner, and

his dad came up behind me and

called me his ex-girlfriend’s name.”

–Madison, 18



the weekend with her Mormon aunt

and uncle. We kept trying to be alone.

Then her uncle, wearing a pumpkin

mask, opened her door and whispered

‘I’m watching you.’ It was Halloween

weekend. Then we made out on their

roof and they never found out.’”

–Alex, 21


“Me and my first college boyfriend

were taking a shower together at his

mom’s supposedly empty house. We

heard the front door open and we both

are like, ‘Uhhh…’ His family is super

religious and his mom would have really

freaked out if she knew what was

going on. She knocked on the bathroom

door and asked to come in (maybe

weird?) and the dude told me to get

down and hide. Not much room to hide

in a tub, but I tried to make myself as

small and quiet as possible. They had

a conversation about dinner, and he

came up with some excuse for why my

car was in the driveway. I hid in there

for a good 20 minutes till his mom left.

Later that day we all went to Cracker

Barrel together - it’s their favorite


–Talia, 23


“The first time I met my ex’s parents

was three weeks after we matched on

Tinder when I went to his brother’s

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wedding with him. The dress I wore

was one of the theme colors, so I was

terrified that my dress would be the

same color as the bridesmaids were

when I got there. Also, the bouquet

came to me, but I side-stepped it and it

fell on the ground.”

–Abby, 21


“The second time I encountered my

partner’s father was at my partner’s

older brother’s wedding. Their family

is super geeky, so it was a cosplay wedding.

Everyone was there decked out in

steampunk and renaissance fair wear.

I was wearing my steampunk Harley

Quinn cosplay. You could tell who

was on the mother’s side of the family

versus the father’s side of the family,

because the mother’s side was all

having a great time decked out in all

of their crazy makeup and stuff, and

the father’s side of the family was sitting

there in their suits and their nice

Sunday best looking really awkward.

So, the second time I met my partner’s

father, I was decked out in white face

paint, a top hat, and a corset and bustle

with a blonde wig and stuff. I was

like ‘Hi! You’re never actually going to

get a good chance to meet me because

I’m going to keep encountering you in

these awkward situations!’”

–Makaley, 22


“My ex-boyfriend and I met in France

when we were 16. He’s from California,

so he told his parents he met a girl

from Alabama, and they were like, ‘Oh

okay cool,’ and didn’t think much of it.

Then, my mom and I flew to California

a few weeks after France, and they

were so confused about why we were

visiting. Then one of their friends was

like, ‘Oh, you better watch out for those

Southern families, they try to marry

their daughters off super young.’ Then

we dated for 5 years.’”

–Zoey, 22

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Musing Heart

A Fight Back Woman

Through Her Eyes

Social Survivor

Netflix, Wine and the Entire Pizza

We the Female









Go, sit upon the lofty hill,

And turn your eyes around,

Where waving woods and waters wild

Do hymn an autumn sound.

The summer sun is faint on them —

The summer flowers depart —

Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,

Except your musing heart.

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Photos by Emily Heath

Black leather jacket: Maurice’s

Jean skirt: Az Well

Bralette: Market House

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Jumpsuit: Market House

Accessory: Kayla Willet

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Pink slip dress: Lavish

Boots: Steve Madden


Two piece set: Market House

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Jeans: Az Well

Lace top: Az Well

Booties: Maurice’s


Pants: Az Well

Tied top: Az Well

Bralette: Market House

Booties: Pants Store

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ESPN’s senior public relations director

Keri Potts opens up about sexual assault

By Allison Cohen

As more voices continue to speak out

against sexual assault on college campuses,

more students are standing up

to the crime that affects one in four

college women and one in seven college

men. While support for victims

on The University of Alabama’s campus

to come forward has increased,

the number of advocates when seeking

medical aid at local hospitals has not

seen many significant changes. Keri

Potts, ESPN’s senior public relations

director, looks to show the importance

of sexual assault advocacy in hospitals

and ensuring victims that they don’t

have to go the road alone.

Potts’ journey as an advocate began

after her own experience with sexual

assault in 2008 after escaping an

attempted rape while vacationing in

Rome. Potts opened up to Marie Claire

about her experience in Italy, which

involved a local artist that locked her

inside his 6th-floor apartment.

Potts used her strength to physically

fight against her attacker, and

now she uses her experiences to fight

against all sexual predators through

her blog, entitled A Fight Back Woman,

and as an advocate for other sexual

assault victims.

“I am driven by a desire to reach

people with the things I have learned

about the crime of sexual assault and

to help them get through the very difficult

circumstance of being a victim,”

Potts said. “I want to better their

understanding of how the crime works

so that when they sit as jurors, they

actually put these guys away instead of

picking apart the victim for his or her

role in the assault.”

Each month, Potts volunteers 12-

hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at

Grady Memorial Hospital’s Rape Crisis

Center in Atlanta. The duties as a

victim’s advocate are tough and often

hard to swallow.

Potts says the process starts by

greeting the victim upon arrival at the

hospital and taking a detailed account

of what happened to them. Instead of

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eing passed off nurse-to-nurse, Potts

stays with the victim throughout the

testing and examinations.

“I explain the services available to

them at Grady and in the state,” Potts

said. “I make sure they leave the hospital

safely whether that means securing

transportation for them, clothes

or food.”

In 2012, Potts became a state-certified

sexual assault counselor in the state

of Connecticut through Connecticut

Sexual Assault Crisis Services. She explains

on her blog, A Fight Back Woman,

that the process took six weeks and

a total of 30 hours. After completion,

Potts says she was required to volunteer

at least 24 hours per month answering

the rape crisis hotline, meeting victims

in hospitals or joining the victims

in court. However, her experiences in

Connecticut and Georgia have been

night and day.

“You are recognized as having a legit

and legal role in cases you handle,”

Potts said. “I could assure victims

confidentiality in most circumstances

and not have to compromise that no

matter what happens in the courts.

In Georgia, there is no state certification

and the GNESA (Georgia

Network to End Sexual Assault) is

poorly organized. I have had to make

my own way.”

Alabama public hospitals, imcluding

the Druid City Hospital Regional Medical

Center, are faced with an even bigger

issue regarding advocacy for sexual

assault victims. A DCH representative

said the hospital offers no advocacy

program at this time. However, anyone

who checks into the hospital reporting

they have been a sexual assault victim

is immediately taken to their own room

where a doctor examines them, the

DCH representative said. If the victim

wishes to pursue the assault further, a

nurse will explain the options they are

able to take to file a report.

In both states, Georgia and Alabama

are limited to what they are able to

I want to better their

understanding of how the

crime works so that when they

sit as jurors, they actually put

these guys away instead of

picking apart the victim.

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“There is no

one size fits

all for healing.”

offer victims of sexual assault.

“Here, I spend a finite amount of

time with them – when they are in the

hospital only,” said Potts, regarding

volunteering in Georgia. “And I never

see them again. I dislike that element

of it because I truly believe a victim

should not be talking to multiple

strangers she never sees again. I don’t

like it at all, actually.”

No matter which hospital, each

victim experiences the recovery

process differently.

“There is no one size fits all for healing,”

Potts said. “The most important

thing is to focus on themselves. Writing

my blog was a type of therapy for me

to not only work through my thoughts

and fears, but also to stand up for myself

and other victims.”

Potts not only stands up for victims

of sexual assault, but also for women

working in industries that are skewed

heavily towards men. Potts said her

role within the sports industry allows

her to help educate her peers and colleagues

on the subtle and not-so-subtle

ways in which it is still difficult to work

in a male-dominated field.

“There is an added layer you deal

with as a woman,” Potts said. “Everything

to being treated as a daughter

or little sister rather than the grown

woman I am to having to fit into

the very narrow definition of what

they think female leadership should

look like.”

The key to success is to be good at

your craft and to hone your skills,

Potts said. Part of knowing your craft,

she explained, is knowing what the

needs of the industry you are entering

are. And above all, Potts said to not let

the stress get to you.

“I wish in college they taught me how

to manage my career not just focus on

getting a job. Big difference and distinction,”

Potts said. “I’ve done fine

but the anxiety it caused early on, I

could have done without.”

Alice November 2016 [49]

Through Her Eyes

Three women discuss their struggles to overcome mental illness

By Claire Turner

Editor’s Note: The names of the women in

this article who are struggling with mental

illness have been changed to protect their

privacy. The names of the experts are real.

The smell of summer leaked in through

the open windows, mixed with the scent

of cracked leather seats and traffic fumes.

Children’s heads bobbed with the tires

as they sat along the rows, two-by-two.

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High-pitched chatter constantly floated

in the air as a group of middle schoolers

eagerly headed to a field trip at an amusement

park in rural Alabama, 13-year-old

Margaret Thompson among them.

She sat among her friends: two in the

seat in front of her, and two others — one

of them being her crush of three years —

sat on her left.

“He’s watching me,” Margaret thought

to herself, uneasily glancing over at the

boy. “I wish he would stop looking over

here, it’s making me nervous. Can’t I just

get off this bus already?”

As the boy kept talking back and forth

between his friend beside him and Margaret,

her apprehension grew.

“What if it happens at the park today,”

she worried to herself. “Or worse, what if it

happens in front of him?”

This is the thought that plagued her. As

Margaret’s panic grew, so did her heart

rate. She felt color creep into her cheeks as

she turned to face the window, hoping no

one would see. Her chest closed up and her

heart started pounding, and she desperately

tried to wish it away.

Not now,” Margaret told herself,

begging her body to stop. “Not in front

of him.”

The pins and needles of paresthesia

crawled its way up her body, bringing the

tingles to her legs first and then up to her


She felt numb and lethargic, and she let

herself go to what exactly had just happened:

The anxiety had consumed her.

Margaret is not the only person to have

experienced a mental illness known as an

“It’s like wearing sunglasses all

day long inside. It’s like you just

have an overcoming sadness and

everything is clouded.”

anxiety disorder, and it is still something

she struggles with today as a 19-year-old.

According to the National Alliance on

Mental Illness, 43.8 million adults struggle

with a mental illness in a year. Approximately

one in five experience an anxiety

disorder and approximately one in 14 experience

major depression, with women

being twice as likely to struggle with the

illness than men.

Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Renee

Myer of Grayson & Associates in Birmingham,

Alabama, said a mental disorder

must impact multiple areas of someone’s

life in order to be diagnosed.

“If people get sad or anxious, those are

just normal emotions, but for someone to

get diagnosed with these things it has to

be keeping them from socializing appropriately,

or performing well at work or

school,” Myer said.

For many, like Margaret Thompson, one

mental illness can lead to another.

“It kind of feels like you’re not yourself

anymore,” Thompson said, describing how

her disorder feels. “Especially with the

depression, it’s like wearing sunglasses

all day long inside. It’s like you just have

an overcoming sadness and everything is

clouded. But anxiety is the same way, because

they go hand in hand. The anxiety

feels like somebody has got you handcuffed

and you can’t do anything else, you can’t

move, you’re not in control.”

But sometimes control can be the hardest

part. For a lot of women, counseling

and medication is the last thing on

their mind.

Myer said many collegiate

women turn to

alcohol, drugs and excessive

dating and exercise

as detrimental

ways to combat a mental

disorder. She recommends

regular workouts,

balanced diets, reduced

stress levels and counseling as safe,

healthy alternatives.

“College students are notorious for not

being on a regular sleep schedule, and so

even though it goes against the grain of

what other people may be doing, try to be

on a regular sleep schedule as much as possible,”

she advised. “Talk to friends about

how you’re feeling and get some support

rather than just keeping it all inside.”

Leanna Dilmore, 20, has struggled with

her mental disorder since middle school.

When her depression was at its most severe

point in her life, she made several

attempts to go to counseling but instead

turned to negative outlets such as drinking

alcohol and self-harming.

“Usually I would feel better immediately

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

a release of emotion, or a way to feel some

kind of emotion. But then in the days after

that, I would just be angry at myself.”

Myer said helping someone who struggles

with self-harm should be more

about asking them what’s going on in their

life rather than focusing on the action.

“Just try to figure out what they’re experiencing,”

she said. “But if you get all

upset about the behavior, then that will become

a power struggle.”

With the help of therapy and medication,

Dilmore has now been clean of self-harm

for over a year and a half and counting.

Seeing a psychiatrist is not her favorite

thing, but she knows it is a necessary step

on the road to recovery. Though it is not

the only solution to overcoming depression,

it is the most efficient.

“You never know what works for you until

you try it,” Dilmore said. “What’s the

harm in going once? I’ve been to quite a

few counselors that I didn’t click with and

I left, but it’s not like anything negative

came out of that, I just kind of stopped going.

The very worst thing that can happen

is that it doesn’t work for you and you have

to try something else.”

Myer said depression is an illness that

can be seasonal or last a lifetime, depending

on the person. The National Institute

of Mental Health found that genes, brain

chemistry, hormones and stress play a

large part in contributing to depression in

women, but it is certainly not something

that is unmanageable.

“Some days [the depression] is more of

an absence of emotion than anything

else, just feeling numb,”

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Dilmore said. “Other days, it’s feeling

very upset for seemingly no reason and

feeling very angry toward yourself. […] I

don’t feel like it’s something I’ve overcome,

because it’s an illness I definitely have and

needs to be treated. But I think I’m starting

to find better ways to deal with it, better

ways to treat it. Going to counseling is

important, finding a good group of people

to surround yourself with and if you pursue

medication, find what works for you.”

For Katelyn Haal, 23, finding caring

friends was a critical part in her controlling

a severe eating disorder. As a senior

in high school experiencing a big life

change, an inconsistent friend group and

pressure from her mother to be fit and

beautiful, she was just looking for a way to

control her life. A handful of crackers and

a four-mile run became her typical day.

After skipping a meal, Haal saw drastic

and immediate effects. Friends would

ask how she was losing weight so quickly,

and each time Haal would lie and say

it was because she was eating right and

working out.

“It got to a point where there would be

days that I would feel as though I could

feel my stomach eating itself,” Haal said.

“In these moments, my thoughts were always,

‘right now, I’m losing weight’ and

it would push me to continue to eat less

and less. When I would run, there would be

days where I would run so much it would

make me sick, but there was nothing in

my system to let out other than acid. This

felt like an accomplishment at the time,

but looking back now it was horrible. I

was making myself miserable. The feeling

that I ate too much or that I needed to run

more became everything.”

Myer said obvious signs someone is

struggling with an eating disorder is if

they are secretive about their eating or

don’t want to eat in front of other people,

show a change in eating patterns, a significant

weight change or if they are preoccupied

with their body image.

“For family and friends to help, trying

to pressure somebody to eat more

or eat less or not run to the bathroom

to vomit is not going to help at first,”

Myer said. “Generally trying to be supportive

[helps], encourage them to get

help. They probably feel out of control

in some way, so try not to put somebody

under greater pressure by trying to manage

what they’re doing.”

The National Eating Disorder Alliance

found that 20 million American women are

diagnosed with an eating disorder, especially

prominent in college women due to

stress, loneliness, cultural norms and complicated

personal relationships.

Myer recommended

support groups, therapy

and eventual hospitalization

or rehabilitation for

those who struggle with an

eating disorder.

Upon entering college,

Haal was able to gain confidence

in herself and found

a community that accepted

her as she was, without

having to try to gain their

approval. She went from under-eating

to over-eating and finally back

to full health.

“Over time, I was able to realize that me

controlling either the intake or avoidance

of food was a controlling mechanism for

me,” she said. “It helped me realize that

there are going to be things in life that I

cannot control, and I cannot please everyone.

I am who I am.”

Sometimes, Haal considers going back to

her eating disorder to get a “jump start”

on dieting.

“I remind myself how much harm I

[would be] doing and I begin to ask myself

why I want to see those results, and I doing

this for others or for myself,” she said. “I

remind myself that I do not have to please

others, and if that is the only way they remain

friends or approve of me then they

are people I do not need in my life, or at

least do not need to hold their opinions in

such high regard.”

For Thompson’s anxiety disorder, moving

for college was detrimental to her

mental health. She was having up to five

anxiety attacks a day, and felt ashamed for

bringing old baggage into her new start.

“What I had to do a lot of the time was

just let it run its course and know that I

was going to come out on the other side,”

she said. “One of the worst things you can

do is avoidance. [...] I wouldn’t do anything

when it would happen, I wouldn’t

fight it off, I would just sit there.”

One of the healthy things she does when

she finds herself having an attack she tries

to calm down individual parts of her body,

starting with a foot and working her way

“Go get some help and [don’t] be

embarrassed about it. Don’t struggle

alone. People need help and

oftentimes just talking about it

helps. Just don’t isolate yourself.

up. She also thinks that distracting your

mind is a good way to keep your body under

control, suggesting doodling, exercising,

writing or discussing it with a friend.

“Talk to somebody,” Myer stressed to

any woman struggling with a mental illness.

“Go get some help and [don’t] be

embarrassed about it. Don’t struggle

alone. People need help and oftentimes

just talking about it helps. Just don’t

isolate yourself.”

Help with any mental disorder can be

found for little to no cost at most public,

private and community universities.

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[54] Alice November 2016

Hi, my name is Jada, and I’ve been

attached to my phone for 10 years now.

When it comes to our phones, I

think we could all agree we’re a bit too

attached. From simply texting, calling

or using Facetime to our unrelenting

use of popular apps — Snapchat and

Instagram, for example — we use our

phones an average nine and a half

hours each day. That’s more than onethird

of the day, folks. In addition to

our constant dependence on Google

Maps, Google Search, Spotify or Apple

Music, we love our phones and use

them often.

My attachment began when I received

my first cell phone in sixth

grade and my 11-year-old self thought

it was without a doubt the coolest thing

ever. Keep in mind this was 2005,

when the most popular choice for a cell

phone was the LG Razor. I didn’t have

a Razor. Instead, 2006 me toted what

she thought to be the trendiest phone,

an LG EnV. Yeah, that chunky phone

with buttons so small a baby elf probably

couldn’t even text correctly? Bingo.

But honestly, texting was the least

of my worries. This phone had games

and music features that allowed me to

download all of TRL’s current top hits

and make them my ringtones for all

my family members and friends. And

bonus feature: I could also select songs

and make them my alarm sound. Talk

about the thrill of waking up to The

All-American Rejects.

I took that phone everywhere with

me — to school to text in-between

classes, to volleyball practice during

water break or whenever I could sneak

in a little text after rotating out. I

even took it in the bathroom. So then

imagine my attachment for a LG EnV

compared to the superb and ever-innovative

iPhone. I mean I can order

food from a simple click on an app and

have it delivered to me. In a Millennial’s

eyes, that’s like finding gold. So

I’ll admit, I still use my phone in all

of those scenarios and many more —

while at a red light, waiting at the doctor’s

office, walking around campus,

even while eating out with family or

friends. I know this constant usage of

my phone reflects the priority and significance

of a smartphone in my life,

and it distinctly points out an undeniable


So when asked to endure a four-day

journey without the use of my smartphone

(emergencies excluded), my initial

reaction resembled something to if

Game of Thrones character Khaleesi

when asked if she could live a day without

her dragons: “Absolutely not! It’s

my life.” But then I thought to myself,

“Am I really that attached to a four

and-a-half ounce rectangular piece of

metal that I can’t go without it for just

four simple days?” Upset that my instinctive

reaction was “yes,” I bravely

agreed to do it knowing these next four

days would be a rude awakening.

Day 1: Ripping the band-aid off

9 a.m.: Rise and shine, it’s wake up

time. Upon deciding to go four days

without my phone, my first thought

was, “How in the world am I going

to wake up on time without my five

alarms?” Yes, I’m that person. So I

resorted to the old school way and decided

to actually use the classic analog

alarm clock I had bought from IKEA

freshman year.

I was excited about this because I

love little knick-knack vintage things

and using them for practical reasons.

So the night before, I set the alarm

with a heart of giddiness and hopeful

expectancy I’d actually wake up.

The morning came and as soon as

the clock began to ding, I awoke in confusion

and grabbed the clock, full of

fury and determination to shut it up.

A few seconds later I remembered why

I had the clock set.

9:15 a.m.: Usually after waking up,

I’ll spend a good 30 minutes to an hour

playing around on my phone, checking

social media or catching up on emails.

I’m positive I remember groaning in

response to not being able to check

my phone.

10:30 a.m.: I began my day as usual

with making breakfast, reading, showering

and cleaning, but I usually enjoy

doing these things to music using Spotify

on my phone (because if you can

dance while doing something it makes

it all the better). Yet, despite not having

a phone I didn’t have to go without

my normal morning jig, and I resorted

to using my laptop. #clutch

11 a.m.: It was now time to make

plans for the day, but without my

phone. How exactly am I supposed to

go about talking to my friends? Again,

I resorted to my laptop and happily

use Messages.

But here’s the thing: Messages

for me sometimes acts a little funky,

can’t we all relate? So upon sending

out some texts, I didn’t receive any

response for an hour. So experiencing

#FOMO (fear of missing out), I wanted

to know what my friends are doing.

As creepy as this may sound, the usual

way that my friends and I find each

other is by using an app called “Find

My Friends” that allows you to view

your follower’s location via the location

of their phone. So my #FOMO continued

as I couldn’t use my phone and still

You know how you

sometimes have those

dreams where you

feel like you’ve walked

into class naked?

That’s how I felt all day.

no one answered my texts.

2 p.m.: Finally, I got a response

from someone, and we decided to meet

up at a friend’s house. Turns out my

friends were playing tennis — something

I could’ve easily figured out

through “Find My Friends.” I meet

up with friends and enjoy more quality

time and less screen time. I definitely

notice myself actively listening and

participating more in conversation.

5 p.m.: Disclaimer: I had my phone

with me at all times just in case of

emergencies, but out of habit, I click

the home button all too often. This

was like the 16th time I’d done this,

but this time I discover a myriad of notifications,

which my first response is

to scroll through and look at. I quickly

remembered this is a big no-no for now.

11 p.m.: Time for bed and first

day completed.

One day down, three to go.

Recap of the day: You know how you

sometimes have those dreams where

you feel like you’ve walked into class

naked? That’s how I felt all day.

Day 2: Continuing the madness

9 a.m.: This time I didn’t have such

a harsh reaction to being woken up by

the analog alarm. The dinging was

still a bit annoying.

9:15 – 10 a.m.: Since I couldn’t

check social media or roam around on

my smartphone, I noticed a much earlier

start to my day — and I liked it.

11:30 a.m.: It’s time for a doctor’s

visit and, as we all know, the waiting

room can quickly turn into the bane of

our existence. Typically, I conquered

this by playing on my smartphone.

However, with a certain limitation on

that at the moment I decided to pack a

book and hope for the best. By the time

the doctor finally called me in — two

hours later — I’d managed to read all

the way through 12 chapters. *cue the

feel good vibes*

2:30 p.m.: I checked my battery life


5 p.m.: I enjoyed dinner with friends

where, in regard to my phoneless trial,

they all decided to put their phones

up too and experience some maximum

friendship quality time. It was nice

to feel like a screen wasn’t intruding

our conversation.

11 p.m.: I noticed it does take me

a little bit longer to fall asleep since

I’m used to looking at my phone,

which then makes my eyes tired

and easier for me to fall asleep. I

probably didn’t actually fall asleep

until midnight.

Recap of the day: Despite having to

overcome certain phone habits, I honestly

didn’t miss my phone that much.

Day 3: First day of school

8 a.m.: Surprisingly, this time I

didn’t hate the high-pitched dinging

as much as the previous days. And

because I couldn’t just hit snooze and

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wait for it to ring again, I had to get up

or risk the chance of missing my first

class of senior year. I liked the luxury

of being able to set multiple alarms

to increase maximum sleep possibility

along with being graced every morning

by my favorite song of the semester, but

a bit of me felt prideful in the fact that

I was doing it the old fashioned way.

9 – 10 a.m.: Class wasn’t too unbearable

without my phone due to having my

laptop and the company of a close friend.

Oh, and I guess due to the part where I

should have been actively listening and

taking notes.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: I notice as I’m

walking around that my neck wasn’t

hurting as usual. Who’s to know the

exact cause, but I began to wonder if

it was due to no longer having my head

down all the time to look at my phone.

2 p.m.: I really had a hard time not

being able to use social media all day,

but I would log in to mobile sites just to

refresh and see what everyone was saying

since it was the first day of classes.

But still, for those apps like Snapchat

that only work on phones, I once again

had the #FOMO.

4 p.m.: By this point, I realized

how often I take photos. I’m not just

talking about selfies and squad photos

here, but photos of important dates

from syllabi, screenshots of recipes,

cute outfits and to even passwords and

log in information. It was hard to kick

this habit on the first day.

6 p.m.: There is something very satisfying

about seeing your battery life

above 50 percent in the late afternoon.

10 p.m.: With school being back in

session, I’d have liked to watch a full

recap of the Alabama Snapchat Story,

but I had to refrain. The social media

lover in me just really wants to kick

the can.

Recap of the day: I missed my phone.

Day 4: The final countdown

8 a.m.: Even though classes started

a little bit later than yesterday, I still

wanted to wake up early just to enjoy

the possibilities of having free time in

the morning. That handy dandy analog

clock came in handy!

9 a.m.: With this newfound free

time, I decided to actually go running

before class. Typically, I do wake up

each morning with the ambition to accomplish

working out before class, but

the temptation of more sleep and the

distraction of my phone make me act

otherwise. With neither being a hindrance,

I made my way on down to the

River Walk.

Now one thing that I’m super picky

about is that I need my headphones

or some kind of music playing when

I work out or run. So as I did enjoy

an early morning jog, I could’ve done

without the constant sound of my

heavy breathing. Plus, a nice Beyoncé

tune might’ve encouraged me to go a

mile longer.

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Again, I had my

laptop, so classes didn’t seem to deter

much from the usual.

6 p.m.: I was really craving a social

media check. #j’feel

8 p.m.: No homework = no responsibilities.

So I logged onto Hulu and

enjoyed a few episodes of The Mindy

Project. I’m still undecided if this was

just me resorting to the lesser of two

evils with my technology addiction. I’ll

leave that up to you to decide.

10 p.m.: As the day drew to an end,

I began to plan for tomorrow. I may or

may not have found slight satisfaction

in setting my phone alarm for the next

day’s festivities. #RIPanalogclock

Recap of the day: I did it!

So with a trial like that, what did I

learn? If you asked me beforehand if I’d

agree that as a Millennial I consume

nine and a half hours of daily phone

usage, I would’ve probably debated

that statistic and really say I only consume

half of that. Yet, these past four

days have proven me otherwise. More

often than not, I caught myself just

simply holding my phone or clicking

the home button just to fill time during

whatever I was doing. Even more so,

I blatantly discovered my dependence

on a phone during social settings and

even the times at when my phone usage

is probably inappropriate for

the setting.

A break from my phone was liberating

and allowed me to disconnect from

feeling like I had to always be in response

or up-to-date on social media,

which I believe we Millennials have

picked up from being a generation so

readily exposed and consumed by our

phones. Moving forward, I think I’ll be

more thoughtful in when is the appropriate

time to use my phone and when

to know I’ve reached enough consumption

for the day. I think we all should

experience a break from our phones

and learn just how much we truly depend

on them.

[56] Alice November 2016






Why we binge, what we binge on

and why everything might be okay

By Laura Testino

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My mom got her first iPhone at

the beginning of August, and

she’s already mastered the art of the

Perfect Response GIF better than any

of my Millennial friends. She wasn’t as

savvy on Instagram though, and after

spotting me in a group photo would try

to zoom in on my grainy face to see how

I look when converted to approximately

three different pixels (gross). Lucky for

her, she only had to deal without the

zoom for a month before the app caught

up to the moms and dads of Millennials

everywhere, and made zooming an

integral function. The first photo I

zoomed in on? A post by Cosmopolitan,

with a canary yellow background

and impossibly tiny, capitalized

fuchsia letters.

“Zoom in on the pic to see the

magical, one-word answer to ALL

YOUR PROBLEMS,” the caption

read, followed by a crystal ball emoji

sandwiched between two sparkle emojis,

and then a “#zoom.”

Cosmopolitan’s magical cure-all,

worthy of the first post-zoom feature

post? Simple: pizza.

Which shouldn’t be entirely

surprising. Just scroll through the

21,482,830 Instagram posts with the

hashtag, or go online shopping for

pepperoni pizza onesie pajamas or

backpacks. Read Bustle’s article, “14

Stages of Eating An Entire Pizza By

Yourself Because You Were Born For

This,” quiz yourself with Buzzfeed’s

“How High Is Your Pizza IQ?,” or head

back over to Cosmopolitan to assess

the effects of the cure-all and discover

“What Eating 1 Slice of Pizza Really

Does to Your Body.” Hint: it involves

something like 5 grams of saturated fat

and a spiked blood pressure.

Pizza has such a large impact on

people ages 2 to 19 that the food should

specifically be addressed for anyone

receiving nutritional counseling,

according to the National Health

and Nutrition Examination survey

compiled by researchers at the Health

Policy Center at the Institute of Health

Research and Policy at the University of

Illinois at Chicago.

United States Google searches for the

cheesy pie have climbed since 2004, and

with notable quickness between 2010

and 2011. The top two related queries at

the beginning of September 2016 were

“pizza near me” and “delivery near me,”

respectively, a testament to the rising

popularity of delivery food (another

search term with a steady rise) and the

Italian-inspired favorite that was at the

helm of the delivery trend decades ago.

The instantaneous arrival of pizza

appearing UFO flying-saucer style

at the front door has paired almost

exclusively with Netflix, another even

more instantaneous service. Google

searches in the United States for Netflix

have risen with pizza, mimicking the

quickened rise between 2010 and 2011,

although, generally, pizza seems to

garner slightly more interest.

The Netflix-pizza coupling – dare we

christen it #Netza or #Piflix? – is the

trending epitome of an envied nightin.

The instant gratification of salty

cheese slices and multiple seasons of

innumerable television series inspire

indulgent “treat yo’self” binges that

are often decidedly ‘gram-worthy

and deserving of other social media

broadcasts, particularly among the

Millennial crowd. And over the summer,

after expressing my virtual like for

another friend’s impressive pizza and

Netflix binge for the umpteenth time,

I finally stopped and wondered why

I felt so congratulatory for someone

else’s indulgence in pizza and television.

Surely there are more exciting things

than eating pizza, drinking wine, and

discovering the Upside Down?

“Watch me [wine] /

Now watch me [Netflix]”

“When you turn your boring night-in

into something that’s ‘totally trending

right now,’ you want to post about it, and

you want people to know,” said Tessa

Albert, a senior majoring in advertising

at The University of Alabama.

After disclosing this, Albert opened

her personal Instagram feed (she also

has a business account for her artwork)

to see if she had ever fallen victim to

the social media trap she identified. She

found a couple of photos of doughnuts,

and one of a sermon playing on her

laptop with a Chipotle meal plopped in

the bottom right corner. No signs of the

#trending trifecta:

Netflix. Wine. Pizza.

Albert does identify with 31 percent

of other Millennials who responded

to a Nielsen survey saying that they

pay for an online streaming service.

In comparison with other groups,

Millennials (ages 21-34, according to

Nielsen) and Generation Z responders

(age 15-20), tie with the largest

percentage of subscribers, and are

followed by 24 percent of Generation

X (age 35-49) and 15 percent of Baby

Boomers (age 50-64).

As far as pizza, Albert eats it on

occasion, but it isn’t her go-to snack.

She feels the same way about wine. But

she would probably like a friend’s social

media post about staying in and eating a

whole pizza and binge-watching Netflix,

she said.

Social media thrives in an environment

designed to quench the desire for social

validation. There are “like” buttons and

apps to repost and retweet, the ability to

share and even to react to a photo with

disgust or anger or laughter or love.

Posting a photo and immediately seeing

the response from a virtual someone is

instant gratification.

“The only reason I watch Stranger

Things is because all of my friends have

told me to,” Albert said. “I probably

wouldn’t have watched it if I was just

going through Netflix by myself. It

would not be my first choice – I don’t

like scary things.”

It is a natural tendency to look

for others to mimic people they feel

similar to, particularly in situations of

uncertainty, said Rosanna Guadagno,

an associate professor of both emerging

media and psychology at the University

of Texas at Dallas.

“The way that social media is set up,

it makes it really easy for us to share

information,” she said. “So the social

validation of looking to others to guide

behavior is one key component to the

spread of information online.”

As Millennials, we are the first

generation to be raised with technology

at our fingertips, and seamlessly inject

ourselves into online culture than other

generations. We want news immediately.

We want our food immediately. And

technology affords us the pleasure of

having it that way.

“I think that’s a real danger,

constantly expecting everything to be

there, to have the whole story, to have

the whole pizza, to have the whole

bottle of wine,” Guadagno said. “It’s

dangerous in that it’s hard to develop

self-discipline. There’s a virtue in

waiting for things. But that said, I

binge-watch too, because I like to know

how the story ends.”

The unholy trinity

Pizza, wine and Netflix are the trifecta

of modern convenience: if not readily

available from the couch, they are

deliverable and/or available at a 24-hour

convenience store. In a separate study

by Nielsen published in September, the

preferences of Millennials are compared

with those of Baby Boomers. Overall,

Nielsen said, Millennials expect

businesses to maintain respectable

business practices, but that 24 percent

of the global also expect products and

businesses that value “connectivity,

convenience and options that allow them

to be in control.”

Based on data collected from 30,000

online consumers that represent

60 countries, Nielsen categorized

Millennial preferences as “we,” “more”

and “now.” Fifty-eight percent of

Millennials eat out at least once a

week, compared to 29 percent of Baby

Boomers, and 68 percent agree that

time-shifted programming like Netflix

and Hulu or DVR better accommodate

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their schedules (52 percent of Baby

Boomers agreed with this).

Both Albert and Bailey Blaise

Mariea, a senior majoring in musical

theatre, agree that convenience is a

contributing factor to their television

consumption habits.

“Netflix is readily available, it works

with whatever time, picks up right

where you left off and it’s portable,

which is huge,” Mariea said. “The

quality is high, and it’s way cheaper

than if I were to buy HD or a DISH

Network package.”

The quality of Netflix original content

has continued a new Golden Age time of

television that began in the early 2000s

with HBO and Showtime shows, says

Stacy Morgan, an associate professor of

American Studies who teaches a course

in popular culture at The University

of Alabama. The new, ambitious

business model for making television

gave creators more artistic license,

resulting in higher quality television

that continued to have a large audience.

“Netflix has very much followed in that

wake,” Morgan said. “I think it’s clear

that the creators of a lot of those Netflix

original series really have ambitions

that are every bit on par with what you

would expect out of feature films.

“The other shift that’s going on

along with this hand-in-hand with

more creative control for show runners

is a shift to more emphasis on longterm,

or long-form storytelling. So in

other words, it’s not just a Law and

Order episode where everything is

just going to more or less wrap up by

the end of the episode each week. It’s

a really different kind of storytelling

where it’s built in a serial form, with

long story arcs that really reward

fan engagement.”

The new form for television – making

entire series readily available – makes

binge watching accessible. During her

freshman year, Mariea watched her

way through One Tree Hill, spending

some weekend days watching multiple

episodes, or squeezing episodes in while

putting on makeup or doing laundry.

Studies published in Psychology

Today’s “Why We’re Wired to Binge

Watch TV” found that eight in 10

people prefer to binge watch Netflix

instead of watching single episodes,

and 76 percent of people reported that

binge-watching was a refuge from a

busy lifestyle. Emerging media and

psychology professor Guadagno studied

what makes videos do viral online,

though she isn’t sure if her research

correlates to binge-watching tendencies,

and believes it has more to do with

the cliff-hanging constructions of the

storyline than social validation and

emotional responses.

“We fall in love with the story, and

then the story ends in such a way that

we want to keep watching and find

out what happens next,” Guadagno

said. “For me, at least – and this is a

personal opinion not based on ideas

about binge watching – it allows us

to finish the story, and it give us that

instant gratification.”

Pairing pizza and wine with Netflix

reflects a culture of instant gratification,

which has been recognized by marketers.

Technomic, a research and consulting

firm focused on food, found that in

2012, 40 percent of Americans eat pizza

at least once per week, a 15 percent

increase from 2010. A report by the

Wine Market Council released in early

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2016 shows that Millennials consume

42 percent of all wine consumed,

with 30 percent by Baby Boomers

and 20 percent by the Gen-Xers in

between. Millennial wine drinkers

average three glasses per sitting, and

between 2005 and 2010, increased the

percentage of high frequency drinkers

(of legal drinking age) from eight

to 13.9 percent.

Although Netflix is commercial-free,

marketing techniques mixing television

with other forms of consumption aren’t

new, and began shortly after televisions

entered homes in the 1940s.

“That’s why people wanted to have

commercials on TV,” Morgan said.

“There’s a recognition by marketers

pretty early on that pleasurable viewing

experiences on television can trigger

appetites not just for more of the TV

entertainment, but can trigger other

types of appetites for consumption.”

The kids are alright

(they’re just full of pizza)

It’s convenient to treat yo’self and

unwind with several slices of pizza

and several glasses of wine and

several episodes of your new favorite

television show. For Mariea, it’s also an

accomplishment; if she’s going to work

hard, she’s going to play hard, too.

“I think that [Millennials] are

extremely task-oriented,” Mariea said.

“And for me at least, while we’re always

applauded for being the multi-tasking

generation, there’s always part of me

that’s like, ‘I don’t know when I’m going

to get to watch the rest of this Netflix

series, so I’m going to sit down, and

I really wanna watch it, and I can, I

have the time, this is what I want to do.

Check that off my box.’”

Beyond those five grams of saturated

fat per slice, the effects of cultural

binging aren’t necessarily concrete.

Older generations are concerned

for Millennials because they aren’t

accustomed to the instant accessibility

afforded by services that bring TV to

your phone or pizza to your doorstep,

so the true effects remain to be seen,

Guadagno said. The only way to

potentially alter the trend of indulgence

would be to spread the idea that

moderation is more trendy.

“What you’d have to do is start

spreading social validation and social

normative information that suggests

that most people like them aren’t doing

Pizza, wine and Netflix are the trifecta of

modern convenience: if not readily available

from the couch, they are deliverable and/or

available at a 24-hour convenience store.

it [instant gratification],” Guadagno

said. “And that’s the reason that

social media kind of presents a false

impression of what everyone else is

doing. Not everyone in our world is

on social media. Not everyone in our

world is sharing these articles. But

if enough of our friends do it, we

do it, too.”

And Millennials are recognizing

that the frequency of Instagramworthy

nights in may be less than we

all perceive. Mariea admitted that the

times she spent entire days binging

shows, she wasn’t at her healthiest.

Having an indulgent day or night in

every now and then, when it doesn’t

interfere with classes or relationships,

is an acceptable sort of splurge. Albert

agreed, recognizing how turning to

Netflix can be somewhat addictive.

No one should sit there for 10 hours

and watch an entire season of a show

in one sitting. We do it, but it’s bad,”

Albert said. “I think it’s like a selfcontrol

thing, too, though. I think

that would take a lot to sit down and

be like, ‘I’m only going to watch one

episode.’ That always turns into five.”

But, for those times when pizza is

“the magical, one-word answer to


yo’self with some cheesy bread and

television is probably okay; concern

from older generations is a typical

reaction to new entertainment forms.

When comic books became popular in

the 1940s and ‘50s, some groups were

panicked that children would become

addicted to them.

“I do think it’s typical, like each new

technological breakthrough in terms

of entertainment options, has usually

been accompanied by some kind of

anxiety,” Morgan said. “Especially

as young people’s entertainment

consumption habits change, older

Americans get anxious because it’s

unfamiliar, at least initially.”

The rapid consumption of media

is not just a Millennial trend.

Nielsen discovered that 81 percent

of Millennials “enjoy the freedom of

being connected anywhere, anytime

to watch video content,” but so do the

majority of Baby Boomers – about 66

percent. They just aren’t inclined to

share their nights in on Instagram.

“I really do think that this ‘excess,’

‘reward yourself,’ ‘live hard for what

you’re doing right now’ kind of thing

is a beautiful and can be a healthy

way to get through that and to deal

with that, and to not fall prey to

pressure and to that rigidity and that

routine that allows for no personal

enjoyment,” Mariea said. “If you eat

a whole pizza, share it with the world.

If that’s what makes you happy, then

good for you.”

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Women prove their power in politics

By Maddy Ard


omen have never been warmly

welcomed in the American

political arena. For most of

this nation’s existence, American law and

society have kept a big “no girls allowed”

sign nailed to the front door of every capitol

building, state house and town hall. A

Constitutional amendment finally granted

women the right to have their voices heard

in 1920, some 139 years after the United

States government was established.

In the near 100 years since the passage

of the 19th Amendment, women have made

great leaps toward equality in the political

realm. The United States has seen four

women serve in the U.S. Supreme Court,

313 as federal congresswomen, 37 as governors,

and the list goes on. Countless

American women have attempted to rise

to the call to serve this nation in an elected

position, and only a small fraction have

seen their dreams come to fruition.

Today, American women from all walks

of life have the right to participate in the

political process in some form. Still, hurdles

stand in every woman’s path to political

success — claims that emotions,

hormones or lack of experience cloud a

woman’s brain and make the female anatomy

incompatible with political leadership

and authority, according to Cheryl Rios,

CEO of Go Ape Marketing. Each woman

who seeks political office must withstand

constant scrutiny. She walks a fine line,

treading the narrowing space between

push-over and bitty.

Many young women entering the political

scene see these hurdles in advance. The

media has already warned them of the

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obstacles they face. For Lillian Roth,

the seventh young woman to serve as

SGA president in University of Alabama

history, anticipating challenges and

facing them head on has been her formula

for success.

Roth grew up in Montgomery, Alabama,

immersed in politics from a young age. In

high school, she was selected to represent

Montgomery Academy at Girls State 2014,

a week-long program geared toward encouraging

young women to become aware

of and involved in the American political

system. Roth still enjoys working with

Girls State each year and said she credits

the program for her interest in politics.

Upon entering the university in 2014,

classmates and advisors recognized

Roth’s potential and passion for leadership

and encouraged her to run for SGA

Senate. After her successful Senate campaign,

Roth quickly became an active

member of SGA as chair of the External

Affairs Committee.

During her sophomore year, Roth

decided to take her involvement with

SGA to the next level, and in February

2016 she announced her candidacy for

SGA president. Roth said she was overwhelmed

by the support she received from

the student body, and though it was a

long and hard road, her team never let her

feel discouraged.

Roth said she has many hopes for the

university during her term. Already one

of her major goals, the return of the

transportation group Uber to Tuscaloosa,

has been reached. Roth also plans

to host weekly “Lattes with Lill” open

meetings, through which she hopes to foster

transparency between SGA and the UA

student body. However, many of the goals

Roth has set for this campus needs the

support of the SGA governing body and

advisors to come to completion.

Roth said many of the SGA advisors

were taken aback by her towards the beginning

of her term as president. Some of

these advisors had never worked with a female

president before, and those who have

only have done so once or twice throughout

the course of their careers.

“Being a woman hasn’t necessarily

been a problem for me, but it is definitely

something I’ve had to be aware of,” Roth

said. “Unfortunately, people automatically

think I’ll be more emotional because I’m

a woman, so I’ve had to anticipate issues

I might face and address them head on.”

Roth said this method of action instead

of reaction has ensured she is taken

seriously in SGA meetings and events.

The majority of Roth’s presidency is still

ahead of her, and she said she is optimistic

about the progress she hopes to see at the

university this year.

Like Roth, local attorney Cynthia Almond

seized her opportunity to lead when

it presented itself. Tuscaloosa native and

UA Law alumna, Almond said she was

eager to become involved in local politics.

With her family settled and children

getting older, Almond knew when a seat

became available it was her time to act.

Almond sought a position on the Tuscaloosa

City Council against three male competitors.

Almond said that running for city

council was something she always planned

on doing one day, and her biggest piece of

We see each

other as equals

who each bring

advice to any young woman interested in

politics is to seize an opportunity without

hesitation when it arrives.

“If it’s something you want to do, then

do it,” Almond said. “Only you can make

that decision. Other people can encourage

you, but in the end it’s about you making

that decision.”

Almond said 75 percent of her experiences

in the local political scene have been

unmarred by gender discrimination. Looking

back on her campaign, Almond mused

that her gender was probably the source of

criticism within different circles, but Almond

said she did not hear it and therefore

was not hindered by it. Though comments

were made to her regarding her ability to

tackle the position, Almond believes those

who questioned her directly only did so out

of genuine concern.

“Once I was elected, I felt no resistance

from my fellow councilmembers,” she said.

different experiences

to the table.

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“There are seven of us, and we see each

other as equals who each bring different

experiences to the table.”

In the national arena, Hillary Clinton is

the uncontested woman of the hour. For

most of her professional life, Clinton has

been in the political spotlight, beginning

with a term as SGA president at Wellesley

College. With a political career spanning

over three decades, it’s safe to say Clinton

has learned a thing or two about the trials

and tribulations women face as they navigate

the American political arena.

In her official Twitter biography, Clinton

describes herself as a “hair icon”

and “pantsuit aficionado.” As a face of

the modern age of feminism, Clinton has

spent her career learning to effectively

maneuver as a prominent woman in a

male-dominated profession.

Her 2016 presidential campaign and

ceiling-shattering Democratic nomination

have placed Clinton’s every move under

the highest level of scrutiny and ridicule

the politician has ever known. She

has been accused by many of “playing

the woman card” during her campaign,

an intrinsically sexist accusation.

Her response?

“If fighting for women’s health care and

paid family leave and equal pay is playing

the woman card, then deal me in,” Clinton

said at a victory rally in Philadelphia

this year.

Her constant battle with accusations of

pandering to the female population illustrate

the challenges any woman seeking

any political office face. Clinton has often

quoted another strong leader, Eleanor

Roosevelt, when advising young women,

encouraging them to have “skin as thick as

a rhinoceros.”

In a world where “feminism” is a bad

word and few know how to address women’s

issues, it’s brave women like these

who are blazing new trails, not just for

the female population, but for this nation

as a whole. Young women are more aware

now than ever of the ridicule and scrutiny

that await them if they choose to begin a

journey in the public eye, but we can take

some advice from those who have made the

first steps or have already walked miles.

Know the issues and face them head on.

Don’t hesitate. Stay focused and don’t

allow the criticism to slow you. Inside each

person, male or female, is the ability to run

a student organization or run the United

States. The intelligence and integrity

with which women such as these tackle the

obstacles they face expands our understanding

of what we as humans are capable

of accomplishing.

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Ditch the dining hall

By Audrey Watford

Try these three local restaurants

When it comes to eating locally, Tuscaloosa has everything

to offer. As college students we have a tendency

to go for what is most convenient (i.e. Dominoes,

Jimmy Johns, Moe’s Southwest), but we overlook more diverse

— and cheaper — options right under our nose. I recently

reserved an entire day to eat the finest of what Tuscaloosa has to

offer, and I must say it was an enjoyable job. I hope this experience

turns into a lifestyle and I discover more and more jewels

around town.

Heritage House

I started the day with an

early trip to Heritage House on McFarland.

Right as I walked in, I was hit with

a warm, cozy vibe from the hum of cheery

morning chatter to the soothing voice of

Colbie Caillat playing overhead. My eyes

grazed the pastry counter with delight —

cinnamon rolls, blueberry scones and all

kinds of muffins. I decided on the infamous

baked oatmeal with bananas and

strawberries on top and a cappuccino. My

order was quickly ready, so I snagged a

nearby table to eat and read over homework.

It was hard to focus on my reading

as soon as I took the first bite of oatmeal.

It tasted like a banana nut muffin full of

yummy oats, and the strong cappuccino

was a complemented it perfectly. I sipped

out of my “I Heart NY” mug as I watched

locals and college students alike bustle in

and out of the shop for the daily roast.

The Tuscaloosa River Market

Right before lunch I drove to the River

Market by the Black Warrior to browse

through the produce of the day. After

a lot of pondering over fall veggies and

baked goods, I chose sweet potatoes and

pears from a nice man who farms right

outside of Tuscaloosa. Roasted sweet potatoes

were on the lunch menu. I sliced

them into halves and placed them in a deep

casserole dish sprayed with vegetable oil.

Then I made a glaze of what I could find in

my pantry — one tablespoon of cinnamon,

two tablespoons of powdered sugar and a

tablespoon of lemon juice. I sliced the

pears into thin chips, dunked them in the

mixture, placed them on top of the sweet

potatoes and then poured the leftover mixture

over the produce. I let it bake for one

hour, put a little more powdered sugar

on top for the last few minutes and took

it out to cool. I was a little wary of the

outcome, but the citrus balanced well with

the sweetness. The pears crisped well as

they cooked and were a good texture offset

against the soft potatoes. Needless to say

I highly impressed myself.

The Avenue Pub

After a long day in the kitchen it was

time to treat myself to dinner, so I went

with a couple of friends downtown to eat

at The Avenue Pub. We ordered Thai

nachos for an appetizer and let me tell

you they were incredible. So much spice

and yummy cheese and… a peanut butter

glaze? It was the perfect combination

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believe it or not. For my

main course I went with

the burger of the day. The waiter could

not get the words “guacamole burger” out

of his mouth before I jumped on my order.

I enjoyed it with a garden side salad with

Dijon vinaigrette and a Goat Island Pilsner

beer from Cullman. The whole meal

got an A+ from me. As a lover of flavor,

the Avenue Pub stirs my taste buds with

its unique use of savory foods.


From cocktails to casseroles

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Call Me Betty

Crock-pot Turkey

For the friend who might as well be your mom


Turkey Breast with skin and bones, 3-4 pounds

Salt, pepper and rosemary, to taste


1. Add spices on turkey to your liking

2. Put turkey in the crockpot, skin side up, for 4 and

a half to 5 and a half hours

By Lauren Lane

‘Tis the season to be thankful, and there is so

much to be thankful for this year. We at Alice are

extra grateful for our college family: each other.

We want you to throw the best holiday bash ever,

so we’ve put together some great Friendsgiving

recipes and tips; this way, each of your friends

can contribute to this fun and sentimental holiday.

So, grab your girl gang, fuel up with some

pumpkin spice lattes and get to cooking.

Hipster Harvest Salad

For the friend with the dietary restrictions


½ cup quinoa

1 cup water

12oz brussels sprouts, shaved

1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 cup honey dijon dressing, store bought


1. Bring quinoa, water, and salt to a boil and let simmer

for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.

2. Add shaved brussels and let simmer for another

15 minutes

3. Combine quinoa and brussels with remaining

ingredients and serve warm.

(While she’s at it, get her working on the perfect

Friendsgiving Spotify playlist)

Heavenly Honey

Butter Rolls

For the friend you haven’t seen in three weeks

because she’s “just been so busy”


1 package Sister Schubert rolls

1 stick butter

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

2. While rolls are cooking, blend the butter, honey

and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and leave

room temperature.

Baked Potato Bar

For the friend who spends most of her

class time online shopping


4 large Russet Potatoes

4 Sweet Potatoes

Various toppings of choice (ex. candied nuts, salsa,

cheese, marshmallows, bacon)


1. Bake all potatoes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

2. While potatoes are baking, put toppings into

small bowls with spoons

3. Create your perfect personalized potato!

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Not Your Grandmother’s

Cranberry Cocktail

For the friend who always asks to go out

on Monday nights


4 cups cranberry juice

8 cups ginger beer

16 oz vodka

2 cups frozen cranberries

1/4 cup sugar

ice cubes



1. Split up half of the frozen cranberries and ice cubes

between 8 glasses

2. Mix up vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice

and pour into glasses

3. Roll remaining frozen cranberries in sugar, and

use toothpicks as garnish

Twisted Pumpkin Pie

For the friend who is always ruining your diet

with her amazing freshly-baked cookies

Down Home Grits &

Green Bean Casserole

For the friend who is a classic Southern Belle


8 cups water

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups quick cooking grits

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup favorite cheese, grated

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

3/4 cup milk

Dash of black pepper

2 cans of green beans, drained

1 1/3 cups French’s Crispy Fried Onions


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Stir grits and salt into boiling water

3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover for 5-7 minutes,

then stir in butter and pour into a greased 9x9 pan.

4. Cover grits with grated cheese

5. Mix the soup, milk and green beans in a bowl and

pour on top of grits

6. Bake for 25 minutes

7. Top with crispy onions; bake for five more minutes.


1 can crescent rolls or refrigerated pie dough

1 cup 100% pure pumpkin

3 tbsp. Butter, melted

3 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

1 can cream cheese frosting, store bought


1. Preheat oven to 375 and line cookie sheet with

parchment paper

2. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into

four sections

3. Spread pumpkin onto half the sections

4. Place the other two sections on top and press

edges together

5. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle half of the

pumpkin pie spice on top

6. Cut both sections into 6 strips and cover with remaining

pumpkin pie spice

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes and serve with frosting

for dipping

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Temporary diets


A healthy lifestyle

By Analiese Gerald

“Lose 10 pounds

in seven days!”

“Try our miracle

weight loss plan!”

“Get skinny fast

with this diet!”

Do phrases like these sound familiar?

Today’s culture is one of weight loss,

dieting and slogans advertising “the

next big diet.” These things surround

girls everywhere they turn. From online

health blogs and websites, to popular

apps such as Pinterest and Tumblr,

articles love to promise a quick fix for

the freshman 15 or provide tips to

achieve a perfectly flat tummy.

The problem is, fad diets rarely

yield the advertised results and when

extreme can have negative health

implications. The real key to attaining,

and then maintaining, your healthy

weight is a consistent and nutritious

diet, one treated as a lifestyle instead of

a temporary solution.


Not only do you want to choose a

weight loss plan that is safe and healthy,

you want one that works.

Sheena Gregg, a registered dietician

and assistant director of Health

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Promotion and Wellness at The

University of Alabama, doesn’t believe

temporary diets are effective.

“Typically when you see quick drops

of weight it’s not necessarily fat that

they’re losing, but it’s water weight

we’re seeing drop on the scale,” Gregg

said. She clarified that this loss of water

weight is not permanent and can come

back very quickly.

Morgan Fields, a UA senior,

experienced this when she tried the

Cabbage Soup Diet, a restrictive weeklong

plan that drastically reduces calorie

intake and limits eating to mostly only

fruits and vegetables.

“It says you’re supposed to lose 10

pounds – I probably only lost three,” she

said, adding that she gained the weight

back after the diet.

“What’s tempting is that it’s a quick

fix,” Fields said, explaining why girls

try diets like the Cabbage Soup Diet.

“A bunch of girls look to it for like ‘Oh

I have to put a bathing suit on this

weekend, so I’m going to do this seven

day diet and lose 10 pounds.’ And that’s

not how it is.”

In addition to losing the wrong type

of weight, and not maintaining it,

fad diets are often too restrictive to

be realistic. An extreme diet leads to

unhappiness and cheating, often in the

form of binging, which is detrimental to

losing weight.

“A healthy diet includes recognizing

what we do eat as a priority for

nourishing our body, but there’s also

occasions where we eat for celebrating,”

Gregg said. “ I think it can be dangerous

when people are solely eating just based

on the quality of food and never let

themselves have any kind of fun food.”



Fad diets don’t always produce the

advertised results, but a more concerning

issue is when they have negative

health effects on the body. If

extreme dieting measures are taken,

they can result in reduced energy, not

receiving enough nutrients or protein,

and eventually even eating disorders,

such as anorexia, bulimia and


Exercising, another important aspect

of a healthy lifestyle can become harmful

while paired with a drastic diet.

Gregg says diets “can make exercise

more dangerous to your body because

you go through low blood sugar levels,

and you may be become more dizzy and

dehydrated quickly because you’re not

getting adequate nutrition.”


So if dieting isn’t the answer for

losing and keeping off weight, what is?

According to many nutritionists and

health professionals, maintaining a

healthy, consistent lifestyle diet is the

key to not only losing weight, but doing

so in a way that’s good for your body.

“What I encourage with my clients is

I always try to get them to think of my

recommendations as a long term lifestyle

change as opposed to a temporary diet,”

Gregg said. Her role at the UA Student

Health Center is to work one-on-one

with students wanting to lose weight. “I

give them an alternative of weight loss

where it may be slow and steady, but it’s

the kind of weight loss that’s going to

stay off because we’re actually burning

fat by giving our bodies enough calories

to burn the fat.”

The CDC also states that evidence

shows people who lose weight gradually

and steadily are more successful in

keeping that weight off.

For Bree Mathison, a junior exercise

science major at UA, maintaining a

healthy diet is a personal passion and

important part of her life.

“Growing up in cross country and

track I could feel a difference eating

healthy versus not healthy on my

performance,” Mathison said. “It’s

going to affect me the rest of my life too.

It’s gotten a lot harder in college with

money and everything, but it just makes

me feel better.”

Mathison is also a personal trainer at

the university’s recreation center. As a

personal trainer a goal of hers is to have

her clients become independent.

“It’s hard because a lot of people that

come in just want to go the extreme,

work out twice a day, do paleo diet, but

then they crash because it’s not long

term,” Mathison said.

Mathison believes in a consistent,

nutritious diet, for herself and for

her clients.

“I don’t think [dieting] works. A

healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle. Dieting is

temporary,” she says.

Fields, who tried the Cabbage Soup

Diet, says that although she felt cleansed

after the week, she recommended other

girls to be careful.

“I’ve realized after doing a bunch of

temporary diets you have more success

by changing your lifestyle,” Fields said.

She now sticks to a consistent, healthy

way of eating, while still treating

herself occasionally.


After deciding to make a

permanent lifestyle change in

order to gradually lose weight

in a healthy and reliable

way, the next step is actually

knowing what a nutritious diet is.

Gregg describes a nutritious diet as

getting a well balanced mix of healthy

foods: lots of fruits and vegetables for

their mineral and vitamin content,

carbohydrates from whole grain sources

as well as fruits, low-fat dairy products,

and adequate amounts of protein from

lean animal proteins as well plant based

proteins like beans, nuts and seeds.

As far as losing weight, the main

change in diet is found in reducing

calories, while continuing to make sure

the calories you are eating are from

quality foods. The Centers of Disease

Control and Prevention states that a

healthy weight loss pattern is losing

one to two pounds per week. For most

people, that means reducing their

standard calorie intake by around 500

calories each day.


Keeping a healthy diet, especially one

where you’ll gradually lose weight, can

be extremely hard in college. Sometimes

it can feel downright impossible.

With low grocery funds, hectic school

schedules that leave little time for food

planning, and abundant invites to late

night Krispy Kreme runs, it’s no wonder

college girls can sometimes turn to the

next fad diet as a quick fix.

However, there are multiple tips and

tricks for college girls to healthily lose

weight and maintain a nutritious diet.

For Mathison the key is moderation

and surrounding herself with similarly

health-minded friends.

“It’s the little yes or no’s that count,”

she says. “If you’re by other people that

want to be healthy, it makes you want to

be healthy.”

One handy trick is meal planning.

Making a general list of meals each

week can prevent last-minute fast

food runs when you lacked a plan for

dinner and help you stay on track while

grocery shopping.

Another essential of healthy living

is cooking. Homemade meals are

generally more nutritious, cheaper, and

allow you to control your portion size.

Make up for the extra time it takes to

prepare a meal by making cooking into

a fun event with friends or roommates.

To Gregg, your mindset is also an

important aspect of being motivated to

stay healthy.

“Think about your eating with what

you can add more of to your diet versus

what can I take away,” Gregg said. “It’s

easier to think of eating in that pattern

versus constantly focusing on what do I

have to take out of my diet.”

Fad diets can be tempting, but don’t

let their flashy slogans fool you. Gradual

weight loss due to a change in lifestyle

is more effective, maintainable, and

most importantly, the healthiest option

for your body.

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More than marshmallows: Alice’s guide to your


By Caroline Wells

As sweaters, scarves and jewel tones

start to appear in your closet and the

weather cools off, gather some chocolate

and milk for these delicious twists on

the ordinary cup of hot cocoa. These

easy, simple recipes are dorm friendly

and are bound to warm your heart.

Sea Salt Caramel

Hot Chocolate


1 packet of hot chocolate mix

Pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce

1 cup milk


Make hot chocolate according to package.

Add the caramel sauce and sea

salt and heat again in microwave.

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Orange Vanilla

Hot Chocolate


1 packet hot chocolate mix

½ tablespoon of sugar/sweetener

Zest from 1 small orange

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk


Make hot chocolate according to package.

Add sugar and vanilla extract and

heat again in microwave. Sprinkle orange

zest on top. Be careful, it’s hot.


Hot Chocolate


1 packet of hot chocolate mix

Pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce

1 cup milk


Make hot chocolate according to package.

Add the caramel sauce and sea

salt and heat again in microwave.

Peanut Butter

Hot Chocolate


1 packet of hot chocolate mix

Pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons of caramel sauce

1 cup milk


Make hot chocolate according to package.

Add the caramel sauce and sea

salt and heat again in microwave.

Roll Tide

Hot Chocolate


1 packet of hot chocolate mix

½ tablespoon sugar/sweetener

½ tsp cardamom

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp cinnamon


Make hot chocolate mix according to

package. Add sweetener, cinnamon,

cardamom and cayenne for a sweet

and spicy kick.


By Madison Sullivan

Clad in my leggings, sports bra and

tank, water bottle in tow, I happily

made the trek into my first indoor

cycling class. In reality, I dragged my

tired body into my first indoor cycling

class, amazed that I’d made it

this far out of bed. Full

disclosure, I’d been

planning to go to class the past two

mornings, but due to a severe personal

issue I have, called: I can’t get up before

the sun rises or I’ll bite your head off, I

subsequently slept through my alarms.

In fact, despite my self-proclaimed

health fanatic status, the only reason

I was up and kicking this a.m. was

because I was meeting a friend at the

gym. All of that aside, as I entered the

small room and was awash in blue and

surrounded by upbeat music pumping

from the speakers, I was actually excited

to burn some calories in a new way

and start my morning off right.

I chose a stationary bike at the back

of the room to fully observe the class,

a mixture of fellow newbies and cycling

regulars. The instructor, a bright and

cheery woman who was more excited

than I’ll ever be to be awake at 5:30 in

the morning, came around the room and

helped each of us adjust the bike seat

and handlebars to the correct distance

and height. We were told to set the seat

to where our legs were slightly bent.

Once this was complete, we were handed

a towel and told to set our resistance to

6. From there we could work up to 12+

and back down.

The class began with seated peddling,

a warm up preparing us for the hour to

come. Soon we upped our resistance and

stood for periods of time peddling

as hard and as fast as we

could. We were constantly

reminded to push ourselves

to our limits, but to know our

body and to keep our resistance where

we felt we were getting the best workout.

At this point I was truly enjoying myself

and feeling confident about what was

to come.

I should’ve known not to speak so

soon. As with most workout classes, the

middle was about to push me farther

than I thought my poor legs could go.

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Side note, that feeling is why I love working out; I’m addicted

to pushing through and proving myself wrong. As the teacher

announced that we were about to begin jumps, I was confused,

jumping on a bicycle? Something was definitely about to go

haywire. Thankfully -and I use the term thankfully loosely;

jumping is just code for quick sprints where you stand and

then sit continuously over the course of a few songs.

At this point in the class I began noticing a few things.

First I’m sweating. And I mean I am really sweating. I’ve

participated in more than my share of workout classes, and I

have to say that this was one of the sweatiest classes I’ve taken.

Secondly, the towel I was using to wipe the aforementioned

sweat from my brow smelled exactly like the towels you use

at Disney World resorts. Maybe the University Rec uses

the same detergent as good ole’ Walt, I’m not sure, but it’s

something I dwelled on throughout the remainder of the class.

As jumps came to an end, we began to wrap up the

main section of class with quick bursts of seated pedaling.

Throughout the class our teacher had been motivating us with

near continuous commentary. By this point her words were

more than enough to keep our legs spinning. As we wrapped

up our sprints, we began cool down and her motivational

side once again emerged. She led us in stretches and then

demanded we all stand and face her. She told us to take a

deep breath and once we exhaled, warned us never to smoke or

we’d never be able to breathe that well again. The health freak

and lung cancer awareness geek inside of me was overjoyed.

She then led us in positive affirmations. She encouraged us

to bend down and draw in a large breath. Straightening, she

proclaimed, “I am.” As we followed suit and raised our arms

overhead, “beautiful,” “brilliant” and “awesome” filled the

aquarium-like room on our exhales.

As I wiped down my bike and took large swigs of water,

I could already tell that my legs, as well as my arms and

core had gotten an excellent workout. I was also pleasantly

surprised with how fast the class had gone and how awake and

ready to tackle the day I was. Most of all, I was giddy about

the fact that the playlist had ranged from Mortal Kombat

songs to “You’re Beautiful” by John Mayer. As I stepped

into the sunlight and made my way to my car, I realized

my first cycling experience was a fun challenge and I would

definitely be returning in the future, just… maybe not to

the 6 a.m. class.

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By Claudia Hogan

Fall is the ideal season to grab a new book and flip open the

pages to temporarily escape from academics or just relax. So

instead of pulling close your computer for some Netflix and

cuddling up to a good movie, here are some of the best titles

to read this fall:

The Girls by Emma Cline

If you enjoy a story that’s a bit rebellious and may make you

feel a tad uncomfortable while reading, The Girls is for you.

This novel flows like a dream, capturing the essence of a young

girl influenced by the looming gifts of beauty and acceptance

in the cult-like setting that is Northern California circa 1960.

Evie Boyd is immediately struck by the wild nature of some

girls she sees in a park one day. She daydreams of the ranch

they live in that sprawls behind the hills, hiding the secrets

of a place she wants to know and a group she wants to be

like. Emma Cline’s mastery of language captures you from

the beginning, but the loosely based true story will have you

turning pages with no hesitation. If you enjoyed The Virgin

Suicides and the violence and charisma that encapsulates its

characters, this one is a perfect read for you.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe are three friends who are

growing out of their former lives as bandmates and

college students to become mature adults, ready to lead

their own children in the world. But raising teens gets a

little more interesting when the parents find out that the

teens have been sleeping together. Straub humorously

tells the tale of the shock of being middle aged, dealing

with children who are doing things they probably

shouldn’t, and the friendship and memories that come

along with it all. This story features perspectives

from all ages, and the dynamics of friendship and

family that often coincide.

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Sweetbitter: A Novel

by Stephanie Danler

This story follows a 22-year-old named Tess

who leaves her childhood home to start a new and

exciting chapter in New York City. She begins her

career in a modest job, working at one of the best

restaurants in the city which proves to be exciting and

exhausting. While she works long hours and struggles

to learn the ropes, she also makes amazing friendships

and uses her late nights to meet amazing and intriguing

people. Danler creates a sexy and brilliant piece for her

debut novel that will make you eager for the next.

Girls on Fire by

Robin Wasserman

This is an intriguing tale of a Halloween night gone

wrong, featuring a popular high school athlete who

disappears in a tuft of thick Pennsylvania trees. A

couple of days later, he is found mysteriously dead with

a bullet in his head and a gun placed in his lifeless hand.

This shocking story features polar opposite emotions,

showcasing love and happiness along with addiction and

bitter violence. Girls on Fire is an unforgettable thriller

that perfectly captures the uncertainty of girlhood, told in

the most raw and vulnerable form.

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Females in the entertainment industry

By Natalie Brown

Identity Thief, a popular film released

in 2013 starring Jason Bateman and

Melissa McCarthy, made more than

$134 million at the domestic box

office. McCarthy, known for her strong

comedic performances in both lead and

supporting roles, takes the audience

on a hilarious journey. However, even

though it features a woman in the lead

role, Identity Thief does not pass what

has become known as the Bechdel Test,

which is used to determine if a work

of fiction displays women in a strong

way and if story lines featuring female

characters are focused on something

other than a man.

Movies have an incredible power to

influence society, and for many years

now the film industry has often used

that power for worse. In order for a

movie to pass the Bechdel Test, it must

feature at least two named female

characters who talk to each other

about something other than a man,

and far fewer films pass this test than

you might think. Because a majority of

female characters have empty motives,

are hypersexualized, lack dialogue,

and are squeezed into tiny, not at all

comprehensive gender roles, oftentimes

audiences reflect those archetypes into

their own reality.

According to a study by the New

York Film Academy, of the people

working on the top 250 films of 2012,

only 9 percent of directors, 15 percent

of writers, 17 percent of executive

producers, 20 percent of editors, and

only two percent of cinematographers

were female. With men dominating the

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the film industry, barring thousands of women from

succeeding in their craft, women hold roles as promiscuous

secretaries and sidekicks.

In addition to a low percentage of women working behind

the scenes, only 30.8 percent of women have speaking roles,

and only 10 percent of movies have a balanced male-to-female

cast. One third of those speaking females wore sexually

suggestive clothing. Additionally, 28.8 percent of women

in the top 250 movies wore revealing clothes, compared to

seven percent of men. Twenty-six percent of female actors

When the woman on screen

is an oversexualized sidekick,

women are degraded and

ridden of opportunity.

bare nudity, compared to just nine percent of male actors.

Tackling the issue of gender inequality in the film industry

has the potential to attack gender inequality everywhere.

Artists have known that reality reflects art for centuries. Just

ask Pablo Picasso or Oscar Wilde. Today our most exhausted

art form is film and is enjoyed by people everywhere. The

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American pastime is going to the movies, and today we also

have streaming sites like Netflix. As a result, as seen by artto-life-imitation

throughout history, audiences see the story

that is unfolding on screen as their expectation for what is

“normal” in real life. Whatever archetypes the characters

fulfill, the audience expects those characters to exist in the

people they already know in relationships.

When audiences of males and females alike see these

stories and characters unfold on screen, they expect these

stories to be true in their own lives. Audiences expect women

to be submissive, unintelligent, unimportant and want to

have sex with anyone. When women and young girls see

a quality in themselves that doesn’t match up, they think

there’s something wrong and try to behave more like the

women they see on screen.

When women are the ones directing these films, we see a

10.6 percent increase of female characters on screen, and

an 8.7 percent increase when women are the ones writing,

according to the New York Film Academy study.

When women have the opportunity to tell their stories

and make their voices heard, whether through Pixar shorts,

children’s TV shows, documentaries or Oscar winning films,

the female characters become more genuine and authentic

to reality. We see women loving and supporting each other

instead of ridden with jealousy and competition. We see

female leaders, female comics and promiscuous women

who aren’t slut shamed or hypersexualized. We see strong

women in all shapes, sizes and lifestyles, who are all seen as

beautiful within the story. We see strong female characters

like Olivia Pope from Scandal, Leslie Knope from Parks and

Recreation and Kara Danvers in Supergirl.

When the woman on screen is an oversexualized sidekick,

women are degraded and ridden of opportunity. Just

imagine what could happen if instead, she were portrayed as

a brilliant, strong, confident leader. Expectations for women

would increase. With more of these films in theaters and

shows on our televisions, reality will begin to reflect these

movies and expect women to reach their full potential, which

leads to a better society for everyone.

This lack of women in the film and television industries is

not because women don’t work hard, or because people don’t

want to see them in lead roles. The most successful writer

in television today is Shonda Rhimes, head writer of Grey’s

Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal. She

is someone who features female leaders, independent women

and an equal male-to-female cast. In fact, she owns Thursday

nights because audiences can’t get enough of her work. There

are absolutely more people like Rhimes in the world, with

more work like hers, we will begin to see a change in not only

the film industry, but as society as a whole: a society that

respects, uplifts and even celebrates the minds and bodies

of diverse women.

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HBO’s Confirmation

One giant leap for womankind

By Natalie Brown

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In 1991, President George H. W.

Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to

the Supreme Court. There was little

opposition to this decision until the

FBI leaked an interview with a law

professor named Anita Hill, who accused

Thomas of sexual harassment in

the workplace.

Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation

hearings were then reopened. Hill

was forced to come to D.C. and tell

every detail of her recollection of the

harassment in front of tons of strangers.

She sat in the center of a large

courtroom filled with strange men who

stared at her as she shared her story.

While 1991 still feels recent, most

young people have never heard of Anita

Hill — until HBO’s film, Confirmation.

In spring of 2016, HBO released

this film starring Kerry Washington

as Anita Hill, depicting the events surrounding

the Clarence Thomas hearings.

This film reignites the flame that

Hill started in 1991 for a new generation

of women.

In 1991, it was unheard of for a

woman to publicly accuse a man of sexual

harassment, although it was happening

everywhere. Once Anita Hill

bravely spoke out about her experience,

doors opened for millions of women

across the country who then felt compelled

to speak out about their own

experiences. Clarence Thomas was

still appointed to the Supreme Court,

but this was not a failure for women.

Hill received thousands of letters from

women sharing with her their own experiences,

who then felt comfortable

speaking out about the issue.

Thanks to Anita Hill, many women

no longer felt as though being assaulted

or harassed was their own

fault, and instead, they felt more

comfortable creating a safer environment

for themselves and the women in

their lives.

Sexual assault and harassment are

things that are all too familiar today.

Whether we’ve heard stories, taken

cheesy online courses at our on-campus

jobs on how to address it, learned

about it in school, heard about it in our

sorority chapter from local police officers,

heard stories from friends or experienced

it ourselves, our generation

can’t go very long without running

into the conversation surrounding sexual

assault and harassment.

Although it sometimes seems obnoxious

to have this topic near the

forefront of our lives, it is films like

Confirmation that remind us how important

it is to have an ongoing open

conversation regarding the issue.

While the generation before us experienced

sexual assault maybe even more

so than today, incidents were treated

with a much lighter hand, and women

were far less inclined to speak up

about their experiences. Today, people

are educated on what is and isn’t okay

and they can act on it when they see an

incident, and feel safe doing so.

Anita Hill brought about a pivoting

point in women’s history. Without

Anita Hill, we would not have the understanding

that we do today about

sexual assault and harassment. While

we might find our “sexual assault in

the workplace” online courses cheesy

and annoying, without them, it would

still be happening far more often, and

the negative feeling towards those

who do sexually harass people would

be nonexistent.

If you haven’t seen Confirmation

yet, head to HBO and be inspired by

Anita Hill’s bravery.



to stream

when you should

be studying

Confirmation photo courtesy of HBO, Preacher photo courtesy of AMC

By Mia Blackman

Four seasons in a year equals four

times a year you can catch new seasons

of television. This fall brings a lineup

of hot new series, so grab your favorite

fall-flavored beverage and cozy flannel

and settle in a for weekend of binge

watching. Here are Alice’s favorite

shows this season:


In this HBO original the friendship

between two women is explored while

they journey through their daily

lives. Friends Issa Dee and Molly go

through awkward adventures and racy

misfortunes, and experience what it

truly means to be modern-day African-

American woman. Insecure features a

diverse cast and situations so relatable

it’s almost cringe worthy. Insecure is

now available on HBO and streamable

on HBO Go.

Grace and Frankie

A retired cosmetics mogul and a

free-spirited hippie find themselves

in an unlikely friendship after

discovering their husbands are in

love — with each other. The husbands

leave their wives to marry each other,

leaving the women alone. While the

husbands deal with coming out to

their colleagues, the women, who share

an already tense relationship, decide

to live together and help each other

through the next chapter in their lives.

Grace and Frankie, through its quirky

characters and unique storyline, tells

us that you should never be afraid

to live the life you’re meant to live.

You can catch seasons one and two

currently streaming on Netflix.

Master of None

In this Netflix original created

by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, a

30-year-old actor going through a

delayed coming-of-age must navigate

his life in New York City. Without a

master plan, he and his friends deal

with their personal and professional

lives while learning the ups and downs

of being an adult. Masters of None

deals with everything from feminism

and the sexual harassment of woman

to the cultural clash of being a first

generation citizen. You can catch

season one of this drama-comedy

currently streaming on Netflix.


With the power of Genesis, a

preacher tries to help the people in

his town return to the church. With

the help of his vampire best friend, he

discovers that he may have to save to

townspeople from something bigger

than just their “lack of faith.” This

supernatural drama abandons its

Preacher title and takes a surprisingly

dark turn. You can watch season one



This dark dramedy follows the

warped ways of a young producer on

the set of a popular reality dating TV

show. While manipulating the contestants,

and with her overbearing boss

breathing down her neck, the producer

struggles internally with choosing to

follow her moral compass or do what’s

best for the show. UnReal is dripping

with backstabbing, manipulation and

tremendous drama. You will want

to look away, but you just can’t. Season

one is currently on Hulu but you

can also catch season two streaming


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Kylie Bunbury stars in Pitch | photo courtesy of Fox

Slide into Pitch this fall

By Serena Bailey

“This is one of those moments in

sports where you’ll remember where

you were when you saw it,” says a

sports announcer in the first trailer for

Fox’s new baseball centric show, Pitch.

Described as “a true story, on the

verge of happening,” Pitch follows

Ginny Baker (played by Kylie Bunbury)

as she is drafted for the San Diego

Padres, becoming the first female

player in Major League Baseball.

The show is the next project for

executive producer Dan Fogelman

(The Neighbors, Galavant), a longtime

baseball fan. He told The Hollywood

Reporter in May that the project was

originally conceived by writer Rick

Singer and producer/director Tony Bill

as a movie, but Fogelman convinced

them it would work better as a show.

“It’s a show about a young woman

coming of age,” said Fogelman at the

Television Critics Association press

tour. “It’s not just about baseball – it’s

a show that takes place in the world

of baseball.”

In order to make the show as realistic

as possible, producers took advantage

of Fox’s pre-existing relationship with

the MLB (Fox has the showing rights

to all post-season games, including the

World Series), working closely with the

organization in an unprecedented way.

Fox Sports’ C.J. Nitkowski looks over

scripts, and MLB players and other

officials act in background roles and as

professional trainers for the cast. The

MLB also allows the show to film at

Petco Park, home of the real life San

Diego Padres, on the team’s days off.

Fogelman and other executive

producers have said they aim for the

show to be the West Wing of baseball,

combining human emotion and sports

procedure into a story even non-sports

fans will enjoy.

“We’re focusing a lot of the drama

inside the team,” Fogelman said. “Is

this a distraction for the team? Those

are the kind of interpersonal dynamics

I find most interesting… The world is

very ready — has been for some time

— to dive into female athletics.”

Ginny’s story is one that Fogelman

hopes, and believes, will become reality

in his lifetime.

“When it happens, that young

woman will become the biggest story in

the country overnight,” he said. “The

amount of tension and eyeballs on her

every move is interesting drama. I find

it hard to fathom in the great wide

world who would really be against this?

If a young woman comes along who is

capable of playing with the guys, I

can’t think of a person who wouldn’t

be interested in seeing it.”

Bunbury trained for the lead role for

two months before shooting the pilot

to make sure her pitching style was

authentic. She hopes that young girls

who see her as Ginny will be inspired

by the character.

“I think it is really important for

young girls to see themselves [on TV],

so the fact that I’m a woman of color

playing a strong female character is

incredible,” Bunbury said at The Paley

Center’s PaleyFest Fall TV Previews

in September. “It is incredibly

important, because I know things that

I watched growing up made an impact

on my choices, so I hope this will have

an impact on young girls’ choices as

well and empower them.”

A show that brings together elements

of girl power, following your dreams,

and a the gritty world of professional

sports, Pitch is absolutely a mustwatch

this fall. Check out season one

now on Fox.

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A twist in yo

Music swaps for

By Katie Huff

With each semester comes the essential walk-to-class

playlist. It’s the music that puts a little more jive in your

step when you wake up on Monday morning. It makes you

feel unstoppable as you walk to your test. It makes you

dance as you quicken your steps across the quad. Swap your

mainstream jams for some under-the-radar music that will

have you skipping all the way to your earliest class. Here are

Alice’s picks that we hope will make the cut this semester:

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ur tunes:

every genre

If you like: The Lumineers

Listen to: Houndmouth

Houndmouth, comprised of three guys from

Indiana, creates a special combination of folksy

and alternative sounds. Their song, “Sedona,”

about the abandoned Hollywood found in Arizona,

provides easy listening that is perfect for

studying. The Lumineers and Houndmouth both

embody ease with their use of bluegrass vibes.

If you like: Childish Gambino

Listen to: Vince Staples

Staples released his first album in 2014 and has

had a small but loyal fan base ever since. Known

for his brutal honesty, Staples uses modern rap

to express his societal concerns in his newest EP,

Prima Donna. The album discusses the public’s

high demand on artists and the problems with

these pressures. Staples makes a powerful statement

through his lyrics and music.

If you like: Grouplove

Listen to: Stop Light Observations

An alternative rock band from Charleston,

South Carolina, the members of Stop Light Observations

have been playing together since their

adolescence, but their song, “Circadian Rhythms

(Dusk)” has only recently gained popularity.

On their newest album Toogoodoo songs like “Security,”

show off the band’s storytelling abilities.

If you like: Haim

Listen to: Joseph

Recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy

Fallon, Joseph is comprised of three sisters, just

like the California-original Haim. Their second

album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, was released on

Aug. 26. While their sound is more folksy than

Haim’s, both bands have mastered the art of family

harmonization. Joseph’s song “White Flag” is

a ballad written by and for soul sisters that will

make you want to get up and groove.

If you like: Moon Taxi

Listen to: New Madrid

From Athens, Georgia, New Madrid is a rock

band whose album feels like an extended jam session.

Like Moon Taxi, New Madrid has mastered

the art of combining different genres into one

cohesive sound. “Country Moon Pt. 1” from the

band’s first album exemplifies their meandering

and acoustic sound. Their newest album, magnetkingmagnetqueen,

released in April, is more

psychedelic than previous, but stays true to the

original sound.

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Jam in the ‘Ham

Birmingham concerts you don’t want to miss

Carrie Underwood | photo courtesy of BJCC

By Michaela Hancock

Concerts are a timeless escape: a few

hours devoted to just you and the music.

The lights come up, the drummer takes

his seat, the first chords are blasted

from the guitar and all is well with the

world. The Birmingham music scene is

bustling, and regardless of your tastes

there is a concert for you this season.

Check out what acts are heading to the

Magic City.

Carrie Underwood

at Legacy Arena

November 14: Carrie Underwood

is one of the most successful artists

in the modern country world and

beyond. After winning season four of

American Idol, Underwood released

her first album that includes classic

songs “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and

“Before He Cheats.” Today she

continues to please fans with songs

like “Something in the Water” and her

latest album Storyteller. Catch her on

tour with tickets available at legacy.

The 1975 at

BJCC Concert Hall

November 23: The 1975 found

mainstream success in the U.S. with

their single “Chocolate” from their

first album. This year they’ve owned

the radio with their newest hit “The

Sound.” But even with their popularity,

they are not your typical pop band. See

them rock out Birmingham with tickets

available at


Goo Goo Dolls at

BJCC Concert Hall

November 27: The Goo Goo Dolls

were formed in 1986 and reached

superstar status about a decade later

with the release of “Iris.” Another

two decades have passed, and they

are still going strong as they continue

to write and record new music. Don’t

miss them this November, as they

are accompanied by alternative band

SafetySuit. Tickets available at

Still don’t see anything you

like? Check out one of these

other hot B’ham concerts:

• 10/23 Newsboys at

BJCC Concert Hall

• 11/04 Red Jumpsuit

Apparatus at Zydeco

• 11/07 Ingrid

Michaelson at Iron

City Bham

• 11/11 Gucci Mane

and Friends at Legacy

Arena at the BJCC

• 11/11 Kip Moore with

Jon Pardi at Alabama


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St. Paul and the

Broken Bones

By Ellen Johnson

With the release of their latest album,

Sea of Noise, the homegrown, Alabamaoriginal

band St. Paul and the Broken

Bones is making waves not only in the

southern music scene but across the

world. Fresh off a European tour, the

band is back with a dynamic new sound

and a slew of fresh new jams, all with

the classic R&B vibes that made their

debut album Half the City famous in

2014. Born in Birmingham in 2012,

this eight-piece ensemble headed by

lead vocalist Paul Janeway has been

unstoppable ever since. We sat down

with bassist Jesse Phillips to get details

on making the new record, musical idols

and what’s it’s like to tour with the boys.

Alice: How did you get involved

with the band and when?

Jesse: It evolved out of my personal

friendship with Paul after I moved to

Birmingham in 2006. Me and Paul

became fast friends. We hung out a lot

and played music together and at some

point we decided to start going into

the studio to document our musical

friendship and write some songs. It

went from having three or four songs

to having a few gigs to having a band

by early 2013. We had management and

a record deal and we started touring.

That record came out in 2014 and we’ve

been on the road ever since.

Alice: Can you tell us about the

process of making the new album?

Jesse: Fast forward two years and the

band is now a lot more aware of its

musical strengths. I think we decided

we were going to try to make a record

that played to those strengths a little

more. Something that was more threedimensional,

a little more textured,

layered, a bit more musical. This time

we tried to make something you could

listen to over and over and get new

things and sort of peel the layers back

a little more and get something new out

of it. There’s more attention to detail

for sure.

Alice: What is one of the funniest or

craziest things that has happened

while on tour?

Jesse: We’re actually well behaved

people on the road. Everybody is kind of

respectful – you have to be when there’s

eight people in the band and you’re on

the road. Nobody gets too inebriated

and no debauchery of that kind in the

band. Sometimes funny stuff happens

on the road and Paul can be a wild hog

on the stage. One of the last shows was

this big German rock and roll festival

and so they’re broadcasting it on

national television while we’re playing.

It’s late and we’ve had some technical

difficulties. Somehow by the end of the

last song Paul ended up with no pants

and I’m pretty sure that ended up on

national television.

Alice: What’s your favorite meal

on tour?

Jesse: It varies by region. For instance,

when you’re in France, you’re virtually

guaranteed to get a good meal no matter

where you’re eating. In France or Spain

I’ll give myself up to whatever is going

on because it’s usually always good. In

England there’s lots of amazing Indian

food – the best curry I’ve ever had was

in London. But if we’re in the States

– some place where there’s a barbeque

tradition we’ll look for great barbeque.

Or if we’re in New York we’ll look for

great pizza. So it just sort of depends on

where you are. The band is very foodcentric.

When you’re on tour, your life

can be a little boring. So what you’re

going to eat that day that day can be a

bigger decision than it should be.

Alice: What is your favorite song to

perform and why?

Jesse: That can change, depending on

your mindset and where you’re at and

the crowd response and everything.

Most of my favorite ones now are the

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newer songs we’re tinkering with from

the new record. Imagine playing the

same pool of 10 or 11 songs from your

first record for like three or four years.

You don’t get tired of it ever when you’re

playing in front of people, but it is really

exciting to be able to start to experiment

with new stuff.

Alice: Who are your musical idols?

Jesse: All the studio players from up

in Muscle Shoals, like David Hood and

Jimmy Jackson, all those dudes are so

musical and so humble and so nice – all

just great musicians and songwriters

up there. And they’re really great role

models, not only as musicians but as

people. My first sort of real love for a

band was The Beatles and John Lennon

was my favorite, but these days now that

I’m an adult I try to draw inspiration

from wherever I can.

Alice: What is the last album you

listened to? Did you like it?

Jesse: This is a weird one by

Khruanebin. It’s mostly instrumental

and the band is very influenced by

this sort of obscure strain of Thai folk

music from the ‘70s. The record is not

really Western-sounding. It’s kind of

jazzy funk laid back but it has Eastern

twinges to some of the melodies. That’s

a record I’ve been really into because

it’s a little out of the box but it still

sounds and feels very nice. It’s very chill

and listenable.

Alice: What’s it like when you

get together with the band in

the studio?

Jesse: Sometimes you have a really good

idea of what’s going to happen but the

structure of the song is already there

so you’re kind of trying to find how you

want to present it aesthetically. It can

get pretty specific like turning around

one mic for an hour. It’s a lot more loose

and expansive sometimes. There’ll just

be an idea or we’ll be sitting around in

the studio and someone will just jump

in. It’s a combination of both. Our band

is very collaborative. For ours there’s

a little more experimentation and

approach. We’re in there total for like

23/24 days this time, for 12 or 13 songs.

Alice: What do you hope people

will experience when listening to

the new album?

Jesse: I think just that we’re still the

band people have grown to really enjoy.

We’re still at heart an R&B band, but

we’ve matured a little bit and grown

both as a band and as musicians and

are able to provide a more multifaceted

listening experience. If I had to pick

one word to describe the first record I’d

say it’s a very visceral record. I’d like to

think that this one we’ve made a record

that’s still visceral but combined with

more cerebral elements.

Alice: What’s the future look like?

Jesse: It feels like there’s a lot of big

things coming up. We’ve created a new

show around the new record and added

some of the newer songs in. So we’re

super excited to debut the new show. We

mostly just hope that people enjoy the

record and enough people buy it. So we

can make another one.

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