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Published by UA Student Media in Fall 2019.

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The University of Alabama | Winter 2020

Cover Photo<br />

Photographer:<br />

Sam MacDonald<br />

Model:<br />

Eryn Cade<br />

This Page<br />

Photographer:<br />

Abbey Paucke<br />

Model:<br />

Abigail Beckham

Letter from the Editor<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>ume 5<br />

Issue 1<br />

In real life, empowerment doesn’t always<br />

look like the confident model gracing our cover.<br />

Sometimes an empowering moment is a whisper in<br />

the dark — a quiet victory that is all your own.<br />

The production of this issue pushed me past<br />

my comfort zone and forced me to question my<br />

abilities as a journalist, as a leader, and as a<br />

person. This edition was a huge undertaking at<br />

the start with a looming deadline and an almost -<br />

completely new editorial staff. My lofty goals for<br />

extending distribution locations, improving online<br />

engagement, and further clarifying our publication’s<br />

mission left me in unfamiliar territory.<br />

Every new project and deadline was another<br />

brick in the wall that stood between me and my<br />

goals, but it was watching my fearless editors tackle<br />

each new task with excitement that prevented me<br />

from giving up. My own empowerment didn’t come<br />

in the form of a mighty roar. Rather, I was inspired<br />

by the smallest whisper, pushing me forward. It<br />

was in these amazing women that I found my voice<br />

again. These are the same women who helped mold<br />

the diverse perspectives we explore in this issue as<br />

we strive to be as inclusive as possible on our road<br />

to empowerment.<br />

On the web:<br />

alice.ua.edu<br />

@alicethemag<br />

pinterest.com/alicemagazine<br />

When you read this issue I hope you can see<br />

all the hard work our amazing staff has put into it<br />

and how we’ve drawn inspiration from the past five<br />

years to create a revised mission statement for the<br />

publication <strong>Alice</strong> is becoming. I hope this issue can<br />

be a reminder to find inspiration in the past, and in<br />

each other, and to draw from daily life to feel truly<br />

empowered.<br />

Contact us:<br />

alicemagazine.editor@gmail.com<br />

Editorial and Advertising offices for <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine are located at<br />

414 Campus Drive East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.<br />

The mailing address is P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.<br />

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

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

at The University of Alabama.<br />

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

in consultation with professional staff advisers.<br />

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

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2019 by <strong>Alice</strong> magazine.<br />

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

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

Saige Rozanc-Petski<br />

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The<br />

Faces<br />

of <strong>Alice</strong><br />

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<strong>Alice</strong>’s Mission Statement<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is a publication by college women for college women, brought to you by a<br />

hardworking staff of University of Alabama students. <strong>Alice</strong> began in 2015 as the<br />

brainchild of a collaborative meeting between faculty and students who decided<br />

we have enough material about Big Al, “so let’s make it about <strong>Alice</strong>.”<br />

Editorial<br />

Editor in Chief Saige Rozanc-Petski<br />

Creative Director A’Neshia Turner<br />

Art Director Sarah Lumpkin<br />

Photo Editor Sam MacDonald<br />

Managing Editor Meg McGuire<br />

Event Coordinator Sarah Kimbell Stephenson<br />

Fashion Editor Evan Edwards<br />

Beauty Editor Kali Sturgis<br />

Lifestyle Editor Annie Hollon<br />

Food and Health Editor Kenzie Beach<br />

Entertainment Editor Meghan Mitchell<br />

Digital Editor Ashby Brown<br />

Social Media Editor Erica Howie & Gabby Dicarlo<br />

Online Editor Tegan Goodson<br />

Newsletter Editor Sarah Kimbell Stephenson<br />

Market Editor Annie Stone<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Christine Thompson, Katie Nethery, Emie Garrett,<br />

Caroline Ward, Emma Wilson, Anika <strong>No</strong>wak, Lindsey<br />

Wilkinson, Gabrielle Sirois, Julia Service, Angelica<br />

Zdzienicki, Meg Mcguire, SK Stephenson, Cat<br />

Clinton, Peyton Ashley King, Evan Edwards, Jennafer<br />

Bowman, Rachel Stern, Maddie Stevens, Morgan<br />

Harris, Hannah Taylor<br />

Contributing Designers<br />

Blythe Markel, Sophia Ancira<br />

Models<br />

Heather Whitset, Tanner Bramlett, Piper Pochkowski,<br />

Amaya McClain, Brody Southern, Abigail Beckham,<br />

Daisy Ford, Donnamy Steele, Emily Benito, Sarah<br />

Hartsell, Imani Hardy, Veronica Martinez, Kirklin<br />

Abercrombie, Allison Hayes, Destini Davis, Jennafer<br />

Bowman, Sophia Sarrett, Savannah Zellers, Madison<br />

Lawson, Carne Grace Guy, Jordan Watkins, Katie<br />

Evans, Camden Ferreira, Alexus Cumbie, Eryn Cade,<br />

Kirsten Bell<br />

Hair and Makeup<br />

Hanna Fridriksson, Leah Jackson, Donnamy Steele,<br />

Kali Sturgis, Christine Thompson, Sarah Tucker,<br />

Natalie Vande Linde<br />

Advisers<br />

Editorial Mark Mayfield (msmayfield1@ua.edu)<br />

Advertising Julie Salter (julie.salter@ua.edu)<br />

Published by UA Office of Student Media<br />

Interim Director Traci Mitchell<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is bold, yet inclusive as an accessible source for all things encapsulated in<br />

the college lifestyle. We cover fashion, beauty, entertainment, food & health, and<br />

lifestyle for college women but also serious issues young women face like the<br />

gender wage gap and sexual health. Because college women are more than what<br />

we wear and what we look like, but also how we feel, what we think, and the future<br />

we want to build.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is a next generation women’s magazine, emphasizing the ability women have to support each other<br />

and focus on the positives and potential. <strong>Alice</strong> is every woman. She is every skin tone, every shape, every<br />

voice and every idea. When she walks into a room, she makes a grand entrance. When she departs, she<br />

leaves each place better than how she found it. She graces this world with love, color and sound, and<br />

harnesses the power of words and images to ignite a celebration of collegiate womanhood, in all its<br />

layered, diverse complexity. She encourages community and empowerment. A best friend to everyone.<br />

All of the women featured in <strong>Alice</strong> are 100 percent unretouched because we believe in the beauty every<br />

college woman already possesses.<br />

Contributing Photographers<br />

Abbey Paucke, Hannah Saad, Kasandra Boor,<br />

Arayana Wooley, Katie Nethery, Scarlet VanMeter,<br />

Jaiden Tatum, Sarah Hartsell, Johana Chavez, Ashley<br />

King, Rebecca Martin<br />

Though we do focus on college women, our belief of inclusivity extends far beyond<br />

the content we produce. We want everyone and anyone to feel like they can pick<br />

up our magazine and enjoy — there are no rules for having fun at <strong>Alice</strong>!<br />

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Table of<br />

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BEAUTY<br />

<strong>No</strong>ne of the images of women in this<br />

issue have been retouched.<br />

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The Kink In My Hair<br />

By Christine Thompson<br />

In a world where beauty is seemingly defined by<br />

those with influence, we often see black women left out of<br />

the conversation. In modern-day America, black hair has<br />

been regulated, criticized, and more recently, politicized.<br />

While other non-black women have the luxury of wearing<br />

their natural locks without a second thought, for us,<br />

it is daring to “bare it all” in a public place, let alone a<br />

professional environment. This dynamic has robbed<br />

black girls of their sense of freedom, and the right to exist<br />

in their natural state without fear of criticism.<br />

That said, we have made great strides in the beauty<br />

community regarding representation for natural hair.<br />

Most recently, the current titleholders of three of the<br />

major pageant systems in the country, Miss USA, Miss<br />

America, and Miss Teen USA, are all black women –<br />

making pageant history. Miss USA and Miss Teen USA<br />

won their respective national pageants with their natural<br />

curls.<br />

As I can attest, this was a monumental win for black<br />

women who compete in pageants everywhere. This win,<br />

for us, meant representation in the pageant community<br />

– a community which has maintained strict, European<br />

beauty standards.<br />

Additionally, in the mainstream beauty community,<br />

we have seen major campaigns featuring natural hair<br />

from brands like Ulta, Dove, Covergirl, and Pantene. With<br />

prominent celebrities like Janelle Monae, Zendaya, and<br />

Lupita NYong’o, and other black models and celebrities<br />

sporting their natural hair on multiple international<br />

beauty campaigns, the natural hair movement is taking<br />

the beauty community by storm.<br />

With recent incidents involving young, black school<br />

girls and adult professionals being criticized for their<br />

natural hair in academic and workplace settings, we must<br />

recognize the white majority’s resistance to the natural<br />

hair movement. Though we might be making strides<br />

in the beauty community, we are still fighting an uphill<br />

battle in workplace and educational environments. This<br />

is not to discount the success we have made in achieving<br />

some level of representation in the beauty industry, but<br />

the fight is continuing in other aspects of our lives as well.<br />

“I think a lot of people are<br />

like, ‘Oh, I love that ethnic hair<br />

on a black woman,’ but do they<br />

necessarily think it’s beautiful and<br />

value it? I don’t think so. I don’t think<br />

so at all.”<br />

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Junior, Kenya Harris, is the public relations chair of Blend<br />

— a diverse and inclusive organization on campus that seeks to,<br />

“promote genuine intercultural relationships,”and a member<br />

of the Black Scholars program. We had an honest conversation<br />

about outside perceptions of natural hair in our society and what<br />

it means to her.<br />

“I think a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I love that ethnic hair<br />

on a black woman,’ but do they necessarily think it’s beautiful<br />

and value it? I don’t think so. I don’t think so at all.”<br />

When the conversation shifted to representation in the<br />

beauty community, Harris provided some illuminating insight<br />

that is most often overlooked when we talk about black hair<br />

representation.<br />

“There needs to be more representation for black hair in the<br />

beauty industry, but also a focus on 4c hair specifically, because<br />

I think there’s been more representation for natural hair as a<br />

whole, but it’s the 3c loose, mixed girl, light brite curls. And most<br />

black women don’t have that.”<br />

Harris’s words ring true for a lot of black women. When<br />

we see only a certain type of natural hair represented, it feels<br />

like a compromise between the beauty industry and the black<br />

community: ‘here, we’ll give you representation, but only our<br />

acceptable, palatable, version of it.’<br />

A commonly shared experience amongst black women is the<br />

desire to have straighter hair when they were younger. Though<br />

many girls with curly hair had this experience, for black girls, it<br />

goes deeper than just wanting what other people have. Natural<br />

hair has played a significant role in black history throughout the<br />

generations and was even used as a form of rhetoric resistance<br />

for the pro-black movement during the Civil Rights Era. With<br />

this historical context, this widespread desire of young black<br />

girls to have straighter hair has serious implications.<br />

Caitlin Jones, a history and Spanish double major , and<br />

member of the Pre-law Student Association commented on her<br />

own journey with her natural hair<br />

“Honestly when I was a kid, I begged my mom for a perm,<br />

and she would not put one in my head...I just kind of thought it<br />

was the thing to do. I didn’t see a lot of representation...When it<br />

was advertised it was always about taming or straightening it in<br />

a way,” said Jones.<br />

Jones’s experience challenges us to reflect on what we<br />

mean specifically when we talk about black hair representation.<br />

While there is nothing wrong with black girls wearing their hair<br />

straight, if it is the only black hair representation black girls<br />

see, it is still delivering a negative message. Simply pushing for<br />

black hair representation is not enough — for black girls, it is<br />

important that we demand to see accurate depictions of black<br />

women in every state we exist in: natural.<br />

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Hair Ingredients<br />

By Katie Nethery<br />

So, how do you avoid all these harmful ingredients?<br />

The best way is to do your research and read labels.<br />

Whenever you’re shopping, make sure to turn the<br />

bottle around and keep an eye out for these ingredients.<br />

Opting for a more natural product will not only be<br />

better for you, but it can last longer, too.<br />

We all have those days where our hair doesn’t look<br />

or feel its best. There are millions of hair products on<br />

the market from treatment masks, deep conditioners<br />

and oils, but do these products actually help or hurt our<br />

hair?<br />

Next time you go to reach for your favorite leave<br />

in conditioning spray, turn it around and read the<br />

ingredients list. Chances are, if you can’t read the names<br />

of the ingredients, they’re hurting instead of helping.<br />

Ingredients that can hurt your hair are parabens,<br />

glycols, silicone, sulfates, alcohol, and heavy perfumes.<br />

Alcohol & Sulfates:<br />

Glycols & Parabens:<br />

1<br />

2<br />

Parabens are used to prolong shelf life, but can possibly<br />

contribute to breast cancer according to certain studies.<br />

Cyclosiloxanes have also gained attention for links to<br />

breast cancer and endocrine system disruption.<br />

Perfumes:<br />

Natural oils such as coconut, avocado, jojoba, and<br />

argan help to strengthen the hair and nourish the scalp.<br />

It might sound contradicting, but they can also help to<br />

reduce oil buildup at the root. By reducing breakage,<br />

your hair will feel thicker and look stronger. You can<br />

also use essential oils in your everyday hair routine as<br />

well.<br />

Almond and rosemary oils help to soothe,<br />

moisturize, and increase circulation to the scalp;<br />

cedarwood and jojoba oils stimulate the scalp for hair<br />

growth; chamomile, coconut, and argan oils nourish,<br />

add shine and softness.<br />

Next time you’re reaching for your go-to hair<br />

products, stop and consider a more natural alternative.<br />

Steering clear of harmful ingredients will keep your<br />

hair happy and healthy, while making you feel more<br />

confident.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

Look out for products that claim to be deep<br />

cleaning or purifying.<br />

Can strip your hair of its natural oils leading to<br />

dry and brittle hair.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

Heavy perfumes in shampoos and conditioners can<br />

actually irritate the scalp and leave you begging for<br />

relief.<br />

Can make your hair dry, your scalp itchy, or even burn<br />

your scalp.<br />

3<br />

Will cause your scalp to overproduce protective<br />

oils which is why you can go from fresh, clean hair<br />

at night, to a greasy mess in the morning.<br />

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Bold Beauty for Your Enneagram<br />

Type By Emie Garrett<br />

Introduction:<br />

“So, what’s your type?” The Enneagram has exploded<br />

in popularity within the last couple of years, sparking<br />

hundreds of books, blogs, and social media accounts to be<br />

devoted solely to helping readers discover and understand<br />

their “type.”<br />

If you’re unfamiliar with this phenomenon, here’s a<br />

quick run down: According to The Enneagram Institute,<br />

the Enneagram is a system of personality classification that<br />

describes the patterns in which we understand the world<br />

and manage our emotions. The Enneagram consists of nine<br />

personality types, with no number ranking higher than<br />

another. While it is common to identify with characteristics<br />

of each type, we each have a “basic personality type,” which<br />

is the type that we identify closest with — and once you find<br />

your type, the accuracy is surprising.<br />

The Enneagram is a tool that can help you attain a<br />

better understanding of not only your emotions and driving<br />

motivations but also gives you a little more insight into the<br />

motivations of others.<br />

With this season’s beauty being unapologetically bold<br />

and colorful, there are endless looks to choose from. If<br />

you’re anything like me (indecisive Type Six here!), you may<br />

need some help deciding what looks you should try first;<br />

thankfully, the Enneagram is here to help!<br />

If you’re looking for the neutral earth-tones that<br />

typically dominate fall fashion, you’re not going to find<br />

it this year. Designers have turned their noses up to<br />

exclusively dark color palettes and have embraced bold<br />

orange, juicy pink, and a plethora of hues traditionally seen<br />

on spring runways. Naturally, the beauty world has taken<br />

a cue from fashion and is celebrating bright colors year<br />

‘round.<br />

Here are the bold beauty trends you should try based<br />

on your enneagram type.<br />

Type 1: The Reformer<br />

The perfectionist of the group, Type Ones are detail-oriented, practical, and honest — but don’t<br />

expect it to be sugar-coated! You believe there is a correct way to do everything and strive to achieve<br />

inherent goodness. One, this fall you should try rocking a monochromatic look with glossy lids. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

only is monochrome makeup super “in” right now, but not having to think about what lip will pair best<br />

with your eyeshadow will be a serious time-saver, helping to quiet that sometimes nagging perfectionist<br />

in you and speaking to your practicality! Try blending a bold shadow all over the lid for a soft, diffused<br />

look, then pop a little eyelid gloss on top for an ultra-chic glossy lid (a little Vaseline will work great<br />

if you’re ballin’ on a budget). And no need to make it hard on yourself trying to hunt down a perfectly<br />

matching lip, just use the same shadow/balm combo on your lips — the perfectionist in you will thank<br />

me later.<br />

To try:<br />

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Blitzen”<br />

Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in “Clear”<br />

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Type 2: The Helper<br />

A natural lover of people, Type Twos are warm-hearted and generous. You would<br />

quite literally give someone the shirt off your back! You are always there with tissues<br />

and ice cream when a friend is down, and you’re the first to respond in the group text<br />

when someone needs a ride. To show off your inner love and warmth this fall, try<br />

making a statement with bold blush and a pop of bright liner. Blend a coral or hot pink<br />

blush onto the cheekbones and temples with the fingers or a stippling brush. Then,<br />

apply a contrasting liner directly to, or right below the lower lash line — and voila,<br />

you’re a blushing beauty with a high-fashion twist!<br />

To Try:<br />

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Salve4pink” or “Animal”<br />

e.l.f cosmetics stippling brush<br />

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner<br />

Type 3: The Achiever<br />

The level-headed go-getter that always has a plan. To put it simply, Three, you<br />

know what it takes to succeed and you’re not going to stop until you get it. That’s why<br />

this fall you need a look that’s just like you — efficient, energetic — without getting in<br />

the way of your ambition. You’re too busy trying to run the world (or at least make an<br />

A+ in all of your classes) to fuss with uber-detailed makeup looks, all you need to make<br />

a statement is a fresh face, a few swipes of colorful mascara, and a killer gloss. Try using<br />

a high coverage concealer to hide all evidence of your late work/study sessions, next<br />

swipe on some bold mascara, and finally slick on a sheer, moisturizing lip gloss. <strong>No</strong>w<br />

you’re on trend and still have time to cross a few things off of your to-do list.<br />

To Try:<br />

Tarte Shape Tape<br />

ColourPop BFF mascara<br />

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair”<br />

Type 4: The Individualist<br />

Sometimes moody, always creative, Type Fours are expressive and highly intuitive.<br />

You practically invented walking to the beat of your own drum and revel in knowing<br />

that you’re one-in-a-million. Since “bold” is your middle name, go all out this season<br />

by accessorizing your look with rhinestones — yeah, that’s right. Remember when<br />

bedazzling was a thing? Well it’s back, but instead of covering the back pockets of your<br />

favorite jeans with jewels (much to your mother’s dismay), you’re putting them on your<br />

face. Keep your skin fresh with a BB cream, then play into your moody nature with a<br />

bold eye, try a deep navy hue blended all over the lid — one of this season’s “it” colors.<br />

Finally, use tweezers and any lash glue — non-latex if you have a latex allergy — to place<br />

the stones anywhere you want. Get creative! Place stones randomly, create designs,<br />

do whatever feels authentic to you! You’ll be turning heads everywhere with this eye<br />

catching look — not that that’s new for you.<br />

To Try:<br />

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream<br />

L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour eyeshadow in “Midnight”<br />

Craft store Rhinestones<br />

beautyGARDE False Lash Adhesive<br />

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Type 5: The Investigator<br />

Characterized by your intellect, you’re an innovator and knowledge seeker. You’re<br />

the one friends go to when they need solid advice, and you probably spend your spare<br />

time trying to learn something new, or just kicking back and enjoying some quality<br />

“you” time. This fall, try taking a detailed eyeliner look for a spin. Use a bright, creamy<br />

liner to create unique shapes and patterns on the lid, brow bone, or under the eye. While<br />

your first instinct may be to shy away from the intricate eyeliner looks trending this fall,<br />

don’t do it. Step out of your comfort zone, Five! This look speaks to your skillful and<br />

innovative mind and will be just as fun to create as it will be to wear.<br />

To Try:<br />

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner<br />

Type 6: The Loyalist<br />

While many label the Six as the “worry wart” of the bunch, you bring so much more<br />

to the table. Sixes are also characterized by their endearing nature, intense loyalty, and<br />

courageous spirit. You’re the friend that always has a game plan and is prepared for all<br />

possible scenarios — it’s all fun and games until someone needs those emergency bandaids<br />

you carry in your bag! Spice up your look this fall with a glittery gold eye paired<br />

with a juicy coral or berry lip. Start by blending a warm, bronzed gold shadow all over<br />

the lid, then layer a chunky gold glitter shadow on top. Finally, dab on a lip stain. Start<br />

in the middle of the lips and feather outward for that pretty, just-ate-a-popsicle look.<br />

This is a bold look that’s versatile enough for a glam work day or a late night party; it’s<br />

the best of both worlds, cooperating with whatever your plans may be.<br />

To Try:<br />

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in “Moonwalk”<br />

ColourPop Pressed Glitter Shadow in “Get Lost”<br />

Revlon’s Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in “High End Coral” or “Berry Lit”<br />

Type 7: The Enthusiast<br />

Always down for a good time, Type Sevens aren’t called “The Enthusiast” for<br />

nothing! Sevens are ready to pick up and go at the drop of a hat. They are adventurous,<br />

playful, and see nothing wrong with doing whatever brings them the most happiness.<br />

To play into your adventurous spirit, go for a soft, technicolor eye look this fall. Start by<br />

choosing shadows in hues that spark the most joy, and go to work! Blend the shadow<br />

using a fluffy blending brush all over the lid and under the eye, but remember to use a<br />

light hand so you get that melted into the skin, diffused effect. This colorful look will not<br />

only brighten your mood but will bring joy to everyone you meet on whatever adventure<br />

the day brings.<br />

To Try:<br />

NYX “Brights Ultimate” eyeshadow palette<br />

IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105<br />

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Type 8: The Challenger<br />

Type 8: The Challenger<br />

You’re the natural born leader who has no problem stating your opinions or<br />

fighting for the individuals and causes you’re passionate about. Though some may<br />

perceive your attitude as aggressive, you’re actually just a boss babe who knows exactly<br />

what you want — and more power to you! This season you need a look that’s as strong<br />

as you are, but doesn’t distract from all the power moves you’ll be making. Take a bold,<br />

yet minimalistic approach by keeping the skin fresh with nothing but a colorful graphic<br />

liner on the eyes. Then finish the look off with an ultra glossy lip. Although intimidating<br />

to some, this look finds its beauty in its effortless strength, just like you.<br />

To Try:<br />

ColourPop Creme Gel Liner<br />

Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss in “Extra<br />

Poppin’”<br />

Type 9: The Peacemaker<br />

Type 9: The Peacemaker<br />

Optimistic, diplomatic, and patient, Type Nines thrive in a harmonious<br />

environment. You’re the friend that is always ready to listen and help solve whatever<br />

problems someone is up against. In times of disagreement, you strive to find a<br />

solution that makes everyone happy, and you believe that peace is achievable through<br />

communication. Play into your gentle, optimistic attitude by trying an ethereal purple<br />

eye paired with a nude lip. To start, blend a light purple shadow all over the lid and<br />

into the crease. Then take a darker purple hue and blend into the outer corner of the<br />

eye. Next, dab a layer of glitter on top of the shadow. Consider even going up toward<br />

the brow bone or out on to the temple! Finally, tie the entire look together with a<br />

sophisticated, nude lip. This look speaks to your optimism through its light, airy colors<br />

but finds balance with the nude lip giving the same harmony to your look that you seek<br />

to find in the world.<br />

To Try:<br />

ColourPop “It’s My Pleasure” eyeshadow palette<br />

ColourPop Glitter Gel in “Disco Lady”<br />

Maybelline Color Sensational “Inti-matte Nudes” lipstick<br />

Conclusion:<br />

While it is fun to create lists like this one, never feel that you have to put<br />

yourself in a box because of your “type.” Mix, match, get creative, and try out any<br />

look(s) that feels authentic to you and your style. The Enneagram is a remarkable<br />

tool that helps you understand your inner motivations and what makes you tick,<br />

but it shouldn’t encompass your decision making and how you define yourself.<br />

The most important things to remember are:<br />

There’s beauty in every “type.” We are all necessary to finding balance in society.<br />

A personality classification system does not determine your value.<br />

If you’re new to the Enneagram or aren’t certain what type you are, there<br />

are tests, books, and social media accounts dedicated to helping you figure it out!<br />

Below, I’ve listed some recommended sources.<br />

Online quiz: EclecticEnergies.com<br />

Book: The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by<br />

Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabil<br />

Instagram: @ginagomez.co, @justmyenneatype, and @enneagramexplained<br />

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Androgynous Beauty<br />

an•drog•y•nous<br />

having the characteristics or<br />

nature of both male and female<br />

: suitable to or for either sex<br />

Definition via Merriam-Webster<br />

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Podcasting Call<br />

By Lauren Kostuke<br />

Crime Junkie<br />

For fans of: American Crime Story, Conversations with<br />

a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Law and Order: SVU<br />

Podcasts have become a major hit in<br />

today’s active multimedia landscape, with<br />

everyone from brand ambassadors and tech<br />

moguls, to CEO’s and celebrities jumping<br />

on the trend and starting their own podcast.<br />

In a world where content is constant and<br />

continuously evolving, weekly installments are<br />

turning into daily doses and taking the media<br />

world by storm.<br />

Apple added the podcast app to the iPhone<br />

in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2018 that podcasting<br />

really started to trend. As of 2019, there are<br />

currently over 700,000 active podcasts and 29<br />

million episodes spanning multiple languages<br />

and genres. Society & Culture holds the top<br />

spot for most popular genre, with Business,<br />

Comedy, News & Politics, and Health securing<br />

the other top five spots respectively.<br />

In a fast-paced world where multitasking<br />

is the norm and free time is scarce, podcasts<br />

are the perfect way to consume news on the<br />

go. Whether you’re driving to work, walking<br />

to class or cleaning the house, it has become<br />

simple to tune in on your own time. While<br />

many may still prefer the relaxation that comes<br />

with sitting on the couch at the end of a long<br />

day to watch the news and binge the newest<br />

Netflix series, this is a luxury. Podcasts are the<br />

best on the go alternative to stay up to date on<br />

everything from global events to the newest<br />

reality TV gossip.<br />

To be sure you never miss a beat,<br />

subscribing to various podcasts is the perfect<br />

way to remind yourself to take a little time and<br />

get caught up on various topics and events.<br />

Setting aside a certain block of time each day<br />

to listen can help set up a routine. Traffic on<br />

the way to work will start to become enjoyable,<br />

and you might even find yourself sitting in your<br />

car an extra minute to finish an episode or hear<br />

a closing remark. The days of waiting a week<br />

for a new HBO original to drop are over, and<br />

instead you’ll be counting down the days to<br />

listen to the newest podcast installment while<br />

grocery shopping or on the go.<br />

The vast realm of podcasts can be very<br />

overwhelming. How is one supposed to choose<br />

between Gweneth Paltrow and Snoop Dogg<br />

on their own? <strong>No</strong>t to worry, <strong>Alice</strong> has got you<br />

covered. Here are our top recommendations<br />

for podcasts spanning the entertainment<br />

industry right now.<br />

For fans of: Queer Eye, Comedy Central, Gay of Thrones<br />

Hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, Crime Junkie plays as<br />

a casual conversation between two friends that just happens to be<br />

about some of the most outlandish crimes in history. For lovers of<br />

all things crime-related, Crime Junkie covers the most notorious<br />

murders from across the country.<br />

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness<br />

Loved by many for his iconic presence in Netflix’s Queer Eye, JVN<br />

continues serving in his podcast series in which he talks about<br />

everything under the sun mixed with his signature flare and hilarious<br />

commentary.<br />

Armchair Expert<br />

For fans of: Television, Movies, Comedy<br />

Dax Shepard (Parenthood, Bless This Mess) sits down each week<br />

with a different celebrity or expert in their chosen field and covers<br />

topics from life and career, to family and embarrassing childhood<br />

stories. <strong>No</strong>table guests include Bill Nye, Sanjay Gupta, Ashton<br />

Kutcher, Will Ferrell, and wife Kristen Bell. This hilarious and<br />

down to earth podcast offers a genuine, rare look at the lives of<br />

celebrities.<br />

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Office Ladies<br />

For fans of: The Office, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock<br />

Catch a behind the scenes look at the show we all know and love<br />

- and will never stop binge watching. Catch these two real life BFF’s,<br />

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, as they sit down together each<br />

week and watch an episode of The Office and share behind the scenes<br />

stories and reminisce about days on set.<br />

Morning Toast<br />

For fans of: Bridesmaids, Entertainment, Pop<br />

Culture<br />

The perfect podcast for millennials. Tune in as sisters Claudia<br />

and Jackie Oshry talk all things pop culture, entertainment,<br />

politics, and television. From recreating the Jenner “Drunk<br />

Getting Ready Video” to dishing on the recent Lizzie McGuire<br />

reboot, these two offer a daily installment complete with daily<br />

banter that shows off their humor, wit, and down to earth charm.<br />

Money Talks,<br />

Let’s Speak Up<br />

By Caroline Ward<br />

The Ron Burgundy Podcast<br />

For fans of: Anchorman, Step Brothers, SNL, Stand-Up Comedy<br />

Will Ferrel continues to impress fans as he explores a new sector<br />

of the entertainment industry. Never breaking character, Ferrel<br />

reprises his iconic role of Ron Burgundy from the Anchorman series<br />

for this feel-good podcast series.<br />

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Spider-Man: Far From Home. Bohemian<br />

Rhapsody. Baby Driver. Besides being some of the<br />

most recent highest-grossing films, these movies all<br />

have one thing in common: an “F” on the Bechdel<br />

Test. Created by Alison Bechdel in her 1985 comic<br />

strip called The Rule, the Bechdel Test has become a<br />

popular measuring tool for gauging gender bias in film.<br />

The criteria to pass? At least two women - preferably<br />

named - must talk to each other about something other<br />

than a man.<br />

This test has been applied to films throughout the<br />

last century, and when you really stop to think about<br />

it, some of your favorite movies surely won’t meet the<br />

mark. Although loopholes allow for imperfect stories<br />

to sneak by, the Bechdel Test draws awareness to an<br />

aspect of female storytelling that has been lacking<br />

all these years: depth. Yes, a balanced gender ratio<br />

on screen is important; however, the way in which<br />

female perspectives are depicted — through the words<br />

they share and concerns they hold — speaks more to<br />

progress than a quota ever could. But, before we can<br />

tackle that conversation, which the industry may or<br />

may not be ready for, we have to talk numbers.<br />

Anyone who has been paying attention in 2019<br />

knows something’s up with female representation in<br />

film — or a lack thereof. Taking full advantage of her<br />

platform at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, Regina<br />

King set the stage for greater awareness of this issue<br />

during her speech for Best Supporting Actress. King<br />

made a vow to produce projects within the next two<br />

years comprised of 50 percent female representation,<br />

calling upon not only Hollywood, but also the nation,<br />

to do more than simply acknowledge that “time is up”<br />

on gender inequality.<br />

King addressed her message to those with the<br />

influence and means to spur immediate reform saying,<br />

“And I just challenge anyone out there — anyone out<br />

there who is in a position of power, not just in our<br />

industry, in all industries — I challenge you to challenge<br />

yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the<br />

same.”<br />

It’s not just the executive producers of media<br />

conglomerates or the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies<br />

who have that power. Movie-goers have power in<br />

numbers and the responsibility to take those numbers<br />

to the box office.<br />

The film industry — like most other industries<br />

— concerns itself mainly with the bottom line. If<br />

consumers hope to witness measurable change within<br />

the next few years, they must consciously put their<br />

money where their values are. Key decision makers<br />

in the entertainment industry still seem misguided by<br />

the antiquated idea that female-driven projects are not<br />

commercially viable — luckily, money talks.<br />

According to Business Insider, women drive 70-<br />

80% of all consumer purchasing decisions in the U.S.<br />

with a combined purchasing power of $5 trillion to $15<br />

trillion annually. Change often starts from the bottom<br />

up; with this combined financial power to support<br />

females in film, women can demonstrate just how<br />

successful female-driven content can be when given<br />

the chance.<br />

According to research conducted by Dr. Stacy L.<br />

Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative,<br />

of the top 100 films of 2018, 96.4 percent of directors<br />

were male, leaving the remaining 3.6 percent to be<br />

female. This equates to a gender ratio of 27 to 1. <strong>No</strong>t a<br />

fan of those odds? Yeah, us neither.<br />

In addition, for films with exclusively male<br />

direction, the percentage of on-screen female speaking<br />

characters was 32.5 percent. When a female was part of<br />

the project’s direction that percentage jumped to 47.6<br />

percent. Coincidence? We think not.<br />

And gender isn’t the only factor dividing the movie<br />

industry. Research through the Inclusion Initiative<br />

recorded of the top 100 films in 2018 that 33 had no<br />

black or African American females, 54 had no Asian or<br />

Asian American females, 70 had no Latinas, 99 had no<br />

American Indian or Alaska Native females, 97 had no<br />

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander females, and 92<br />

had no females from multiracial/other groups. Beyond<br />

the lack of racial and ethnic representation on screen,<br />

89 of the films had no LGBTQ+ females, and 83 had<br />

no female characters with disabilities. The numbers are<br />

even more bleak for female minorities in lead roles and<br />

within the production staff.<br />

Although many companies have made moves to<br />

improve inclusion within their films, these statistics<br />

highlight the measurable extent to which female<br />

perspectives have been erased, particularly from<br />

underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, the<br />

LGBTQ+ community and individuals with disabilities.<br />

Highly-anticipated projects like Harriet, directed<br />

by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, Little<br />

Women, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, as well<br />

as Queen & Slim, written by Lena Waithe and directed<br />

by Melina Matsoukas, are due for release before the year<br />

ends, offering just a few prime, upcoming opportunities<br />

for consumers to illustrate to studios why female-based<br />

productions are worth investing in.<br />

Considering the sheer desire for gender equality<br />

hasn’t been enough to compel a change in the<br />

industry, exceeding box office expectations will send<br />

a clearer message that consumers demand proper<br />

representation. Balanced gender representation in<br />

film is just as important on-screen as it is off.<br />

When women have the opportunity to call the shots<br />

behind the camera, in the writers’ room, or in casting<br />

deliberations, films portray more diverse female<br />

perspectives and discourage further stereotyping of<br />

females on-screen, a standard we should come to<br />

expect in 2019.<br />

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That’s<br />

What She<br />

Whether you love them or hate them, some of the biggest<br />

movie franchises have started in little cafes as blurbs written<br />

down frantically in a moment of inspiration or wild dreams<br />

of epic proportions that were typed onto a computer screen.<br />

Authors and their books are one of the primary sources for<br />

most content that we see in Hollywood today. From Twilight<br />

to The Hunger Games even to Gone Girl, female writers have<br />

been kicking butt at having their works picked for big-screen<br />

production.<br />

Generally, most people think that in order to get involved<br />

in book to movie producing, you have to know the right<br />

people. While it always helps to know the right people in the<br />

right places, having connections but having a terrible story is<br />

not going to get you very far in the long run. Another general<br />

stereotype is that there is a strong presence of male writers<br />

being optioned over female writers for their work regardless<br />

of quality. Again, while there is going to be a gender bias in<br />

a workplace like Hollywood, a true production company is<br />

going to go with the product that will benefit them the most.<br />

The key to getting a book looked at for movie production is<br />

perseverance and a thick skin. A lot of writers are constantly<br />

being turned away when they think that they have movie<br />

material and have spurned away from writing all together<br />

because of one negative reaction.<br />

J.K. Rowling is one of the many famous writers who kept<br />

trying after countless rejections from publishing companies.<br />

She had just finished the first of the beloved Harry Potter<br />

series and was eager for people to read her book. She originally<br />

signed the book as “Joanne Rowling” but the publishing<br />

company asked her to add “K” for her middle name so the<br />

books would appear to be written by a man. At the time,<br />

studies showed that in a young audiences, specifically young<br />

boys, were more prone to pick out books written by men, and<br />

having a “male name” on the cover of Rowling’s book would<br />

increase the likelihood of her selling more copies. Being a<br />

female author does not guarantee any kind of leeway in the<br />

publishing community, in fact, it is harder to be recognized<br />

for accomplishments in female writing.<br />

One surprising thing about J.K. Rowling’s process from<br />

publication to production is that she was heavily involved in<br />

screenwriting and script writing teams. Since the rest of the<br />

series hadn’t even been written yet, she was a valuable asset<br />

on staff to what characters and scenes needed to be truly in<br />

depth for the movies to be as successful as the books. This is<br />

highly unusual as most authors would give up certain creative<br />

rights for the screenplay team to relay the complexity of their<br />

book to a movie adaptation. This was necessary though,<br />

because J.K. Rowling was the only one who knew specific<br />

insights to the characters and how of course, the series would<br />

be brought to an end.<br />

Another noted female author whose books skyrocketed<br />

after hitting the big screen is Suzanne Collins, author of The<br />

Hunger Games and The Underland Chronicles franchise.<br />

Collins was from a military family and was constantly being<br />

educated about the topic of war, which was the topic or<br />

underlying theme of most of her books. The highly successful<br />

Hunger Games is about just that, war. She wanted to bring<br />

attention to how desensitized the general public is to war,<br />

and the terrible conflicts that happen in more places than<br />

it should. The books were almost immediately picked for<br />

movie adaptations because the themes were and still are very<br />

relevant to everyday news and life. We couldn’t ever imagine<br />

a real place where we send kids to their deaths, but it is<br />

definitely interesting enough for us to spend money on the<br />

books and movies. So what makes a book a good choice for a<br />

movie? Usually the first things that a producer would look at<br />

is what kind of quality screenplay and script it would make.<br />

Would this be engaging? Does this have an arching plotline?<br />

Would this be enough for a full-length (90 minutes) movie?<br />

Both book franchises met these requirements as the plots<br />

and characters immediately captured their audience of nearly<br />

everyone. The same can be said with other female writers<br />

such as Stephanie Meyer, the Twilight series, Veronica Roth,<br />

the Divergent series and so many more. Female writers have<br />

been dominating the publication field in nearly every realm<br />

from children’s books to non-fiction. We can only assume<br />

that women are going to keep going and doing bigger and<br />

better things.<br />

We as consumers, love twists and turns and loveable<br />

characters who make us follow their story. It’s when truly<br />

exceptional books that make even the most unwilling person<br />

read it are conceptualized for the big-screen and it just so<br />

happens that women have been a huge part of the movie<br />

making process. It’s the simplest ideas that can turn into<br />

the best products and the little piece of faith that can make<br />

something truly special. If women want something, they can<br />

do it and they can eat their cake too.<br />

Wrote By Emma Wilson<br />

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Courage,<br />

Comedians,<br />

and Cancel Culture<br />

By Lindsey Wilkinson<br />

Turning controversy into comedy can cause an<br />

uproar, but one thing is for sure: Comedians will not be<br />

silenced. Comedy is looked at by many as a safe place,<br />

because everyone can be turned into a punchline.<br />

Comedy isn’t exclusively about the laughs; it’s about<br />

the struggles, misfortunes, and every day bumps in the<br />

road.<br />

While comedy is always around to make us laugh,<br />

there seems to be a recent renewal with the help of<br />

streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube that<br />

allow comics to expand their audience.<br />

UA alumna and comedian Hannah Widener said<br />

that the increase in streaming services has decreased<br />

the cutthroat, competitive nature of the business.<br />

“More opportunities are available for comedians,”<br />

Widener said. “Twenty or thirty years ago your success<br />

would be judged by if you landed on a sitcom or<br />

landed a late night spot. These limited spots created a<br />

competition and heightened animosity between comics<br />

[...]There are just so many more avenues, and there is a<br />

spot for everyone. Comedians can see that I can create<br />

my own path and my own way in this industry, and it<br />

doesn’t mean that your success is my loss.”<br />

While the services broaden the horizons for<br />

comedians, there are still some drawbacks. Most of<br />

these services promote content based on what has been<br />

previously watched. In this aspect, these services can<br />

still be limiting.<br />

“If a comedian does a special on Hulu, you might<br />

not see it. So people — in particular Iliza Shlesinger<br />

— had a Netflix special when Netflix was just getting<br />

started. At that time when you researched female<br />

comedians on the platform you might see three or four<br />

women. Whereas today, while Iliza Shlesinger is super<br />

famous now, I don’t know if you would see her on the<br />

platform because there are just so many people.”<br />

Another obstacle for all comedians is the recent<br />

explosion of cancel culture. The definition of cancel<br />

culture, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is<br />

that it “refers to the removal of public support of public<br />

figures on the basis of their objectionable opinions or<br />

actions.” Most comedians follow the golden rule to<br />

never apologize for a joke, but that doesn’t mean they<br />

don’t catch backlash for their content. Kathy Griffin<br />

shared a photo a few years back that resulted in her<br />

unemployment. Agents wouldn’t keep her, networks<br />

wouldn’t greenlight her shows, but that didn’t stop her.<br />

Using her own funds, she booked venues and toured,<br />

promoting the concept that free speech could not be<br />

silenced.<br />

“Kathy Griffin has been a huge inspiration in<br />

the past few years in terms of fighting for speech and<br />

fighting for the right to say what you want to on stage,”<br />

Widener said. “She is a huge example of being knocked<br />

down and rising from the ashes.”<br />

Widener went on to explain cancel culture’s role in<br />

the industry, explaining its possible negative effects on<br />

free speech.<br />

“Silencing comedians will do no one any good,”<br />

she said. “At the end of the day, we are here to create<br />

entertainment. You may not like it, you may not<br />

agree with it, but you can learn from it. You can’t just<br />

shut people up. If you silence that person, you aren’t<br />

learning from them. You are casting them off. They will<br />

not disappear because you blocked them on Twitter.<br />

Cancel culture perpetuates silence, and we have to<br />

stop.”<br />

Cancel culture can be a daunting obstacle for<br />

comedians, especially in regards to speaking on<br />

difficult topics. When asked about navigating these<br />

treacherous waters, Widener described her experience.<br />

“I’ve talked about my sexual assault, and it is very<br />

difficult to talk about that on stage,” Widener said.<br />

“There is a line. The intention of a comic is never to<br />

be malicious, so when you are talking about a topic<br />

like sexual assault, you tread lightly. You want them<br />

to root for you, and you want them to laugh with you.<br />

You want to take some of their pain away. That is all<br />

you can do at the end of the day — is laugh. Laugh,<br />

especially at some of the horrible things that happen<br />

in the world, because that is the only way you will get<br />

through them.”<br />

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IF YOU<br />

LIKE...<br />

THEN<br />

TRY...<br />

Sex and the City<br />

The Bold Type<br />


TRY THIS<br />

By Gabrielle Sirois<br />

Sex and the City is the OG feel-good girls show.<br />

There’s nothing better than laying on the<br />

couch on a Sunday watching Carrie pine after<br />

Mr. Big and asking her famous questions.<br />

Watching SATC feels like you are hanging out<br />

with the cool older sister that every girl wants<br />

to have. It made us all want to move to New<br />

York City by tricking us into believing that we<br />

too could live in a glamourous one-bedroom<br />

apartment on a writer’s salary. Regardless<br />

of the unrealisticness, the show remains a<br />

classic, and let’s face it, any girl who says<br />

she’s never thought about if she’s a Carrie,<br />

Charlotte, Samantha or Miranda is lying.<br />

The Bold Type is pretty much Sex and the City<br />

for the new era. Instead of Carrie and the gang,<br />

you have Jane, Kat and Sutton navigating NYC<br />

while working at Scarlett, a Cosmopolitanesque<br />

magazine. The Bold Type is able to<br />

effortlessly maintain a rom-com atmosphere,<br />

while still addressing major issues that our<br />

generation faces such as diversity, sexual<br />

harassment and gun control. It captures the<br />

same charm and ups and downs of dating that<br />

Sex and the City did, while adding a degree<br />

of freshness and relatability for the young<br />

women of today.<br />

With the growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services,<br />

binge-watching has become America’s favorite pastime. The amount of<br />

television choices that are available to us can become overwhelming and<br />

hard to choose from, so many people find themselves just watching the<br />

same TV show for the seventh time. While there’s no harm in revisiting<br />

a classic, why not branch out and try something new? We’ve made the<br />

endless list of choices easy for you to navigate by creating a list of shows<br />

that you might like based on what you’ve previously binged.<br />

The Office<br />

The Office is probably the most popular<br />

comedy series of all time. Who hasn’t laughed<br />

until they cried at the fire drill cold open or<br />

hasn’t said “I feel God in this Chili’s” at least<br />

once? The Office set the bar for comedies going<br />

forward and reinvented situational comedy in<br />

a way that everyone was able to relate to. Its<br />

humor didn’t rely on cheap jokes. Instead, it<br />

drew you in by simply exaggerating situations<br />

that you already find yourself in every day.<br />

Schitt’s Creek<br />

While Schitt’s Creek may have a very different<br />

premise from The Office, I guarantee the Rose<br />

family will have you laughing just as hard<br />

as the Dunder Mifflin crew. After suddenly<br />

losing all of their money, the once-wealthy<br />

Rose family is forced to live in a motel in the<br />

eccentric town of Schitt’s Creek. What ensues<br />

is some of the sharpest comedy on television<br />

that everyone is sure to enjoy.<br />

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IF YOU<br />

LIKE...<br />

THEN<br />

TRY...<br />

IF YOU<br />

LIKE...<br />

THEN<br />

TRY...<br />

Friday Night<br />

Lights<br />

Friday Night Lights is the show that made us<br />

all fall in love with Tim Riggins. He and the<br />

rest of his team showed us time and time again<br />

what it means to be a part of something bigger<br />

than yourself and show up for the people<br />

you care about. Even those of us who weren’t<br />

football fans were won over by the charms of<br />

the Dillon Panthers and probably longed for a<br />

relationship just like Coach Taylor and Tami’s.<br />

To sum it all up: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t<br />

lose.”<br />

All American<br />

All American is basically Friday Night Lights<br />

but set in Beverly Hills. Instead of the Dillon<br />

Panthers, you have the Beverly Eagles and<br />

instead of Kyle Chandler as your star coach<br />

you have Taye Diggs. All American also adds a<br />

deeper layer to the story by examining privilege<br />

and how the circumstances that a person is born<br />

into can affect their whole life. All American<br />

gives you romance, comedy, drama and more,<br />

all with football as theunderlying premise.<br />

Law & Order<br />

Law & Order captivated America’s attention<br />

for 20 years, as one of the first shows to<br />

provide a realistic look into the American<br />

justice system. Over the years, the show saw<br />

a multitude of criminals brought to justice,<br />

often using real-world cases as inspiration for<br />

the ones featured in the show. Law & Order<br />

really popularized the police procedural genre<br />

and inspired a multitude of shows, including<br />

five spin-offs of its own-- all characterized<br />

bya suspenseful atmosphere that is equally<br />

enjoyable.<br />

Mindhunter<br />

Mindhunter transports us all back in time to<br />

the 1970s and the birth of criminal profiling.<br />

Drawing inspiration from true events, the show<br />

tells the story of the FBI agents who coined<br />

the term “serial killer.” It features depictions<br />

of real-life killers such as Ed Kempur, Wayne<br />

Williams and Charles Manson, while the<br />

second season brings the audience along on<br />

an extended case, in the search to catch the<br />

Atlanta Child Killer. Much like Law & Order,<br />

the show isn’t extremely scary, moresorelying<br />

on the suspenseful atmosphere. For any truecrime<br />

fans, Mindhunter is a must-watch!<br />

Skins<br />

Euphoria<br />

Lost<br />

The Society<br />

Skins broke ground for being one of the realest<br />

teen TV shows out there. While most of the<br />

other popular teen shows at the time (i.e. Gossip<br />

Girl, The O.C.) focused on picture-perfect<br />

teens who lead unbelievably privileged lives,<br />

Skins told the story of the average teenager.<br />

This allowed the audience to see themselves<br />

and their friends in them in the characters of<br />

the show. The British show never shied away<br />

from the truth of reality, featuring highlycontroversial<br />

topics for its time including<br />

mental health, sexuality, substance abuse and<br />

more. The show was first and foremost honest,<br />

which is what has allowed its impact to last.<br />

You’ve probably already heard about Euphoria<br />

because it was the hottest TV show of the summer.<br />

The Zendaya-led show follows a similar format<br />

to Skins, in that it spends each episode primarily<br />

focused on one of the characters. It also isn’t<br />

afraid to tackle tough subjects that today’s teens<br />

deal with, focusing on drug abuse, gender and<br />

sexuality. The show provides a fascinating look<br />

at the things that the teens of today have to deal<br />

with, specifically relating to the digital age. The<br />

actors in the show bring emotional depth to<br />

their characters, and they do it while donned<br />

in amazing fashion and makeup. What’s not to<br />

love?<br />

Lost is definitely among the most famous<br />

television shows of all time. Its mysterious<br />

plotline and shocking plot-twists garnered<br />

tons of viewers and numerous awards during<br />

its tenure. Its sci-fi elements added to the<br />

appeal of the show and created an extremely<br />

compelling storyline. When watching it you<br />

can never be certain what exactly is going on,<br />

which opens it up to speculation and discussion<br />

by the audience. This puzzling show remains<br />

intriguing to this day, as fans continue to<br />

theorize and search for clues to figure out the<br />

“truth” of the island.<br />

The Society is just like Lost, but with way<br />

more teenage angst. The show takes place in<br />

an average town called West Ham where one<br />

day everyone except the high school students<br />

mysteriously disappear. The result is a Lord of<br />

the Flies-esque scenario but with a PG-13 rating<br />

and some supernatural elements. The show<br />

somehow finds realism in such an unrealistic<br />

setting, while takings on huge concepts like<br />

power, control, fear, and the struggles of being<br />

a teenager.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w that we’ve shown you where to start, there’s<br />

no excuse not to try something new and expand your<br />

television repertoire. What are you waiting for? Go<br />

grab a snack, get cozy and turn on the TV!<br />

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Overcoming<br />

Overcommitment<br />

By Julia Service<br />

Tip #1:<br />

Prioritize your commitments<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter how many organizations you’re a part of, some<br />

are going to hold more importance to you than others. By<br />

evaluating which organizations are most valuable to you, it<br />

becomes easier to decide between meetings if two are happening<br />

at the same time. It also becomes easier to set aside the<br />

organization at the bottom of your list when you have work that<br />

needs to be done for one at the top. Don’t forget to take school<br />

and friends into account when making these decisions, too. If you<br />

have a test the next day, it’s alright to skip a meeting if you need<br />

to study. And you don’t want to neglect your friends for all that<br />

you’re involved in, since they’re an important part of your college<br />

experience too.<br />

As someone who has definitely overcommitted herself in college, I<br />

will be the first to admit that I tried to deny it. Even when I was struggling<br />

to juggle all of my club duties with school work and hanging out with my<br />

friends, I was adamant that I could handle all of it. I just needed to have<br />

better time management skills. But there’s a difference between needing to<br />

manage your time better and just being too involved.<br />

My wake-up call came when a friend texted me and said, “I feel like<br />

you’re trying to fit your whole junior year into one semester,” and I realized<br />

she wasn’t wrong. Since I’m studying abroad in the spring, I’ve been<br />

trying to throw myself into every opportunity to get involved, from joining<br />

new groups to holding new leadership positions. This has lead to some<br />

unhealthy habits, like skipping meals for meetings and substituting caffeine<br />

for rest. In an attempt to reclaim my time (and sleep), I came up with these<br />

tips to remind myself that I can’t do everything and to manage the things I<br />

can do.<br />

Tip #2:<br />

Don’t be afraid of blank space on your<br />

calendar<br />

If you’re anything like me, you live off of your Google<br />

Calendar (or planner, iCal or whatever resource you choose to<br />

keep track of everything you’re involved in). At the beginning<br />

of the semester before all of my extracurriculars picked up, I<br />

complained about all the empty space on my calendar because<br />

I had no idea what to do with all of that free time. <strong>No</strong>w I live for<br />

the small breaks between classes and club meetings. We can get<br />

so caught up in feeling like we need to be productive every hour<br />

of the day that we forget that downtime gives us the opportunity<br />

to eat, catch up with friends or watch an episode of our favorite<br />

show. These activities give your mind the chance to take a break,<br />

so you don’t burnout.<br />

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Tip #3:<br />

Try not to compare yourself to others<br />

Just because the girl in your class holds positions in three<br />

clubs, is a member of three others and is taking the max number<br />

of credit hours doesn’t mean that you’re not doing enough. It’s<br />

easy to think “if she’s doing all that without even breaking a<br />

sweat over it, why can’t I?” But just because she appears put<br />

together on the outside doesn’t mean she isn’t struggling to<br />

juggle all of her responsibilities. If you are trying to be more<br />

involved, make sure the decision is based on your desire to<br />

be involved rather than because you feel the need to play the<br />

imaginary game of catch-up with those around you.<br />

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Have someone to hold you accountable<br />

Tip #4:<br />

When I received an email about the chance to apply for<br />

a marketing committee that would look great on my resumé,<br />

but I knew I probably didn’t have time for, I turned to my<br />

best friend to be my voice of reason. As someone who knows<br />

everything that I’m involved in and what my schedule is like, I<br />

trusted her to be straight up with me, which is exactly how she<br />

was when she told me, “You do not have time for that.” When<br />

you’re struggling to decide whether or not you can handle adding<br />

another responsibility to your growing list, don’t be afraid to<br />

turn to someone for help, whether that’s hearing out advice from<br />

a friend or an advisor. A second opinion can help you manage<br />

expectations with reality.<br />

Tip #5:<br />

It’s okay to say no<br />

If there’s something you’d like to be a part of but you know<br />

that trying to fit it into your schedule would just lead to stress,<br />

don’t be afraid to pass on it for now. Most likely, you can still<br />

get involved next semester when your class load is different<br />

and hopefully more manageable. If it is a one-time thing, try<br />

looking for another organization that’s similar or offers a similar<br />

experience. You can always ask your professors if they have<br />

any recommendations based on what you’re looking for. Just<br />

remember that it won’t be the end of the world if you don’t take<br />

an opportunity or join a club that would make your workload<br />

unmanageable. Your mental health comes first.<br />

The feeling that I’m not doing enough does still hit me,<br />

especially since I’ve cut down on some of my activities. I just<br />

have to remind myself that college is more than trying to stuff my<br />

resume with involvement — it’s about enjoying my time here, too.<br />

Get Cuffed:<br />

A Beginner's<br />

Guide to<br />

Seasonal Flings<br />

By Angelica Zdzienicki<br />

As the holiday season begins again, some relationships turn<br />

into engagements and those who are single, decide it is time to<br />

get cuffed. If you have not heard of cuffing yet, it refers to being<br />

“handcuffed” to another person, because you want to be with<br />

someone at least for a short period of time. Most cuffing starts<br />

around late September and ends when the holiday season ends<br />

and the cold is gone. Think of it this way: Fall into your cuff of<br />

choice and spring out when it's warm.<br />

So why do we cuff?<br />

Biologically: Getting down to the basics of biology, when<br />

the temperature drops we go into hibernation mode. We want<br />

to be cuddled up with someone for warmth, especially with the<br />

shorter days and sun going down before your workday is over.<br />

Charmin Aijan, from Psychology Today Magazine, elaborates a<br />

little more on this explaining that “people tend to be lonelier and<br />

socialization becomes a struggle” and that this is one of the main<br />

reasons to want to bundle up with a buddy.<br />

Environmentally: We also want to find someone to cuddle<br />

up with because as the temperatures drop, you want to find<br />

someone to keep you warm and make you hot cocoa. Because<br />

when the temperature drops, apparently so do the clothes.<br />

Psychologically: In winter, our standards, like the<br />

temperatures, drop. In summer we’re more prone to pick a<br />

companion based on body image, due to the lack of layers.<br />

However, in winter due to the layers of clothes that separate us,<br />

we tend to focus on other qualities than those associated with<br />

physiological attractions.<br />

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Is it for you?<br />

Evolutionarily: Cuffing has been around since the first<br />

groups of people who walked this earth. It certainly is not the<br />

same as modern-day cuffing with Netflix, cookies, and cocoa, but<br />

in the past, you would have to pair with others in order to survive<br />

the winter’s lack of resources and ultimately the cold bite of the<br />

season.<br />

With all of this information on the cuffing phenomenon, ask<br />

yourself if a temporary winter relationship is right for you. In this<br />

case, there are really only two things to consider. The first being:<br />

Can you handle the possibility of this relationship only lasting<br />

a couple of months? Do you think you could be the person that<br />

can get close to someone and then at the first ray of sunshine let<br />

them go? Secondly: Are you ready for all the ups and downs of<br />

a semi-non-kinda-not-really relationship? You have to think of<br />

and accept the possibility that the other person you are talking<br />

to might not be considerate of the traditional style of dating one<br />

person at a time.<br />

Socially: One of the most defining reasons for why we cuff<br />

is due to the social pressure of society, social media and family.<br />

With the holidays coming up, the inevitable question from your<br />

extended family on why such a nice person like you is still single<br />

will be moving around the table faster than the gravy boat.There<br />

are any number of holiday parties that you don’t want to attend<br />

alone. Worst of all, there are New Year’s Eve celebrations and<br />

the struggle that comes with the social stigma that you should<br />

show up with a date or you risk kissing an absolute stranger at<br />

midnight.<br />

Finding a new companion for each party can be exhausting,<br />

but if you bring the same person to multiple events, there are<br />

conflicting ideas of what your guest of choice might be thinking<br />

about the pending status between the two of you. <strong>No</strong>t to mention<br />

happy couples are posting on social media snaps of them clinking<br />

their matching mugs of hot cocoa in their seasonal pajamas<br />

binge-watching the addictive holiday movies on Hallmark or<br />

Netflix. We’ve all seen the movie of the CEO girl who is too busy<br />

advancing her career for a relationship (and not to mention is<br />

perfectly fine) but then suddenly during holiday season finds the<br />

need to be with someone and can’t work without someone in her<br />

life.<br />

Every sappy holiday movie, that we can’t help but watch over<br />

and over again, are filling us up with the idea that during this<br />

time of the year we need to be in a relationship or that we will<br />

run into the love of our lives in a ski cabin while on a family ski<br />

trip. The holiday season knows how to play us and they even have<br />

it down perfectly in the scripts.<br />

There may be jealousy if this is an issue, but if not, there are<br />

still the other frustrations of the beginnings of this situationship.<br />

Dealing with the explanation to family and friends on what<br />

you are, learning each other's quirks and everything that falls in<br />

between. If you are unsure of all of this, consult a close friend or<br />

two and ask them if they think this is something you can handle.<br />

If this isn’t for you, not a problem at all, just grab your bestie<br />

and make the best of the colder days! If so, here is some advice<br />

for you to follow to help you find the best person to couple up<br />

with this season.<br />

On Cuffing and Being Cuffed<br />

Going into cuffing season, make sure to set ground rules<br />

and boundaries with your significant cuff-er or else you both<br />

might end up on different pages. Set boundaries relating to what<br />

this cuff is going to be, how long it is going to last and if you are<br />

allowed to date other people should someone catch your eye.<br />

Do not assume that this cuff will turn into a full-fledged<br />

relationship, but also don't assume that just because it is<br />

temporary nature that it will not last. However, if things do<br />

start to become more comfortable and you two feel good about<br />

opening up and becoming the official status creating titles like<br />

boyfriend or girlfriend, then go for it! Everything in life is trial<br />

and error, so why not give it a try.<br />

Create a cuffing schedule, so you have plenty of time to get to<br />

know your partner and plan ahead for your dates. Make the most<br />

of the season together, whether it be publicly at parties or in the<br />

comfort of your own home. Either way, you chose to cuff, enjoy<br />

yourselves and your time together during the most wonderful<br />

time of the year.<br />

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Organization for the “Disorganized”<br />

By Gabrielle Sirois<br />

In today’s society, there seems to be pressure on individuals to stay organized. From endless organizational<br />

hacks on Pinterest to everybody raving about how great “Tidying Up” is on Netflix, it feels as though we are<br />

constantly being presented with ideals that we should be living up to in order to achieve an organized life. But<br />

what if none of these “hacks” work for you? What if you have tried to keep things in order, but it just becomes<br />

too hard for you to maintain? It's easy to feel like you may be the only “disorganized” person out there, but<br />

you’re not. Take it from someone who has tried so many different methods of organization and has figured out<br />

the best ones for those of us who don’t have “Type A” personalities. While these tips aren’t going to transform<br />

your whole life and turn you into an organization guru, hopefully, they will point you in the right direction of<br />

where to start.<br />

Tip #3: Make a system that works for you<br />

You’ve probably heard of the term “organized mess” before. Honestly, I think that this is how a lot of us<br />

have to live our lives. <strong>No</strong>t everyone is going to be able to maintain a perfectly clean and organized lifestyle,<br />

since a lot of people don’t have the time or energy that is required for that level of upkeep. The best remedy is to<br />

develop a system that works for you and your needs. That system may seem chaotic and messy to others, but as<br />

long as you understand it and it’s functional for your lifestyle, then it is perfect!<br />

Take your closet, for example. Some people like to organize their clothes by color, type or season, while<br />

some may not have any method but still know exactly where an article of clothing is when they want to wear it.<br />

This can apply to every other aspect of your life. Everyone is going to approach situations in different ways, so<br />

don’t worry about trying to do things the “right” way. Instead, focus on creating a system built to function for<br />

your lifestyle.<br />

Tip #1: Take your planner digital<br />

Physical planners work great for some people, but for others, they can be more hassle than help. Using a<br />

digital calendar is a great alternative if you want to add some structure to your life without having to constantly<br />

carry a planner. Google Calendar and Apple Calendar are two popular options that people use to keep track of<br />

their day digitally. These are great for people who want to visualize their schedules because you can actually see<br />

the chunks of time that are being taken up by work or school, and the time you have available. You can easily set<br />

up recurring events, which is helpful for things that happen every week such as your classes or meetings. There<br />

is also the option to set up reminders for when an event is happening to make sure you don’t forget or arrive<br />

late. If you want to step things up a notch, you can even color-code the different events to further visualize what<br />

categories they fall into. However, you are free to leave them all the same color as well if color-coding seems<br />

overwhelming for you. Taking your planner digital ensures that you always have it in the palm of your hand,<br />

creating less stress and hassle for you.<br />

Tip #4: Get in a routine<br />

Something that coincides with an unorganized personality is forgetfulness. Between balancing school, jobs,<br />

a social life and everything else that comes with being a student, it can be easy for little things to slip through the<br />

cracks. Developing a routine that you can stick to will help ensure that you don’t forget to do important things.<br />

For example, I know that the first thing that I do every morning after I wake up is take my medication for the<br />

day, and the last thing I do before I go to sleep every night is set my alarm for the next morning. By performing<br />

these tasks at the same time every day, it ensures that I don’t forget them and end up in a sticky situation.<br />

Tip #2: Put the fun in functional organization<br />

Tip #5: Don’t bite off more than you can chew<br />

If the thought of cleaning and getting organized fills you with a sense of dread, make it bearable by finding<br />

ways to make it fun. For repetitive tasks like cleaning or folding laundry, listen to a podcast or catch up on the<br />

latest shows you’ve been wanting to see to distract yourself from the work. Beautifying your storage can further<br />

incentivize you to stay organized. For example, you are probably more likely to sort your items into different<br />

baskets if you use matching baskets that are in your favorite color or pattern. It's crucial to find something that<br />

makes organizing tolerable for you, or else you are never going to keep up with it.<br />

Regardless of how hard you might try, you can’t reorganize your entire life in one day. Ease into the<br />

organizational mindset by performing small tasks such as making to-do lists or setting up your digital planner<br />

before you try to go Marie Kondo on your entire apartment. Don’t push yourself to try and do more than you can<br />

handle, the whole point of organization is to make things easier on you, not stress you out!<br />

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S O R R Y R E F L E X<br />

By Annie Hollon<br />

Take a moment and think about how many times you have said or heard the<br />

word “sorry” in the last 24 hours. Was the apology warranted? Did you mean it? Or<br />

was it an instinctive response to a situation where no one owes anyone an apology?<br />

If your answer is the latter, you are one of the many plagued by the “sorry reflex,” a<br />

sociocultural reaction embedded within the upbringing of young women associated with<br />

humility and submissiveness. The root of the problem could stem from a number of<br />

places, but the key question here is why women say sorry so often and what we can do to<br />

reverse and stop this habit.<br />

Life in Plastic Gets Realistic<br />

While this subject is hardly a new revelation, its cultural prevalence and how it<br />

is impacting young women is. Commonly called the “Apology Reflex,” the subject was<br />

brought to the public eye’s attention from a rather unexpected source: Barbie. The<br />

childhood heroine of many young girls voiced her frustration on the issue through one<br />

of her YouTube vlogs (no lie). In her video from June 2018, she coined the term “sorry<br />

reflex” when describing the constant apologies women utter in everyday circumstances<br />

to the millions who follow her videos.<br />

She goes on to give examples of when people apologize unnecessarily and calls out<br />

the damage it causes to women’s confidence, challenging her viewers to watch how often<br />

they say “sorry” and swap it for a “thank you.”<br />

“I think there’s a bigger issue around sorry, especially<br />

with girls,” Barbie said. “We say it a lot…Like it’s a<br />

reflex, and somehow everything that goes wrong is<br />

our fault.”<br />

While the video is aimed at young girls, the message resonated with women of<br />

all ages online, with over a million views on the video as of the date of publication.<br />

Identifying this issue, especially in content targeted at 7.5 million subscribers, raised<br />

awareness and sparked a greater conversation about what exactly the “sorry reflex” is<br />

and the impact it has on young girls. This animated media icon is not the only one to<br />

speak out on the subject matter, or the first.<br />

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Why am I sorry to bother you?<br />

Opinion piece after opinion piece attempts to tackle the subject in relation to<br />

apologetic behavior in the workplace and cultural upbringing. But they almost all come<br />

to one conclusion: Women are taught from a young age to be sympathetic towards<br />

others and their emotions. In speaking to my own friends about the issue, they admitted<br />

to over- apologizing “all the time,” with some acknowledging it in themselves and some<br />

having friends who constantly call them out on this behavior. Yet as helpful as personal<br />

anecdotes are when it comes to understanding the commonality of the catch-all<br />

phrase, the lack of factual evidence makes the subject matter seem lackluster or overexaggerated.<br />

However, the general consensus in regards to how “sorry” affects young<br />

girls and women points to the development of self-esteem over time.<br />

Katherine Oths, an anthropology professor at The University of Alabama, said via<br />

email that the apology reflex reflects on how women are taught to refrain from outright<br />

statements and often soften their commentary with a “sorry.”<br />

“It’s a response that girls are socialized into making<br />

as a preface to whatever they are about to do, even<br />

if it’s something as simple as alerting you they need<br />

space to get past you, or whatever opinion they are<br />

about to offer, in part of our insecurity that their<br />

opinion matters, and in part to blunt any impression<br />

they might give of being assertive or confident,” Oths<br />

said.<br />

You have no reason to apologize for taking up space, whether it be verbally or<br />

physically, so don’t. Save your apologies for when you truly need them and wield<br />

ownership over your words and self-worth.<br />

“I think there’s a bigger issue around sorry, especially<br />

with girls,” Barbie said. “We say it a lot…Like it’s a<br />

reflex, and somehow everything that goes wrong is<br />

our fault.”<br />

This lack of confidence is slowly, but surely, changing and progressing from what<br />

it once was. The power balance is continuing to shift as the wage gap closes and more<br />

women are in positions of leadership across the board. Nevertheless, until we can<br />

raise a generation of women who are shamelessly bold and empowered, the women<br />

of the modern era are going to need to strive towards building one another up while<br />

apologizing less for doing so.<br />

“When I learned how to turn ‘sorry’ into ‘thank you', it<br />

changed my life.”<br />

Knowing when a sorry is appropriate is the first step in taking back the weight<br />

and power of the word. Apologies are necessary in circumstances where one party (or<br />

both) is in the wrong and wants to reconcile for what was said or done. This should be<br />

a given but you do not need to say sorry for asking a question in class or for slipping<br />

past someone trying to get to your seat. Calling people out on said behavior lets them<br />

recognize their redundant use of the word, restoring their confidence.<br />

“When any student, male or female, uses this<br />

preface..., I gently suggest that there is never a need<br />

to apologize in advance for what they have to say,”<br />

Oths said. “That apologies are only needed if they<br />

have wronged or hurt someone. I note that by the end<br />

of the semester in my seminar courses, the phrase is<br />

almost never used.”<br />

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Poco a Poco<br />

By Meg McGuire<br />

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Poco a poco: an Italian adverb meaning little by little or<br />

gradually, manifesting itself musically in pushes and pulls so<br />

subtle that the listener may not even notice it’s happening. Yet,<br />

slowly but surely, it composes itself into something entirely new.<br />

Healing comes in many forms, extending far beyond the physical<br />

realms of recovery. It’s a process that rarely charges full-speed<br />

ahead and one that is as unique as the individual trying to find it.<br />

Ultimately, the journey to healing is subjective. It’s comprised of<br />

the good days, the bad days and the ones in between, taking place<br />

in swells of beauty and pain, as well as denial and epiphany.<br />

For Blair Reinlie, a second-year Traditional MBA student at<br />

The University of Alabama, this journey began on the tailend of<br />

achieving a life-long dream.<br />

Reinlie graduated from Vanderbilt University with her<br />

Bachelor’s of Arts in Oboe Performance. With aspirations to<br />

become a professional orchestral musician, the next steps<br />

were clear: She’d set her sights on the Bienen School of Music<br />

at <strong>No</strong>rthwestern University just outside of Chicago. She was<br />

admitted into the program, securing her opportunity to finalize<br />

the foundation upon which she would construct her music career.<br />

It was everything she had hoped for, until several months into her<br />

first semester when she fell ill and just couldn’t seem to shake it.<br />

Weeks went by, and the symptoms remained.<br />

And then she found the lump.<br />

Many appointments and procedures later, Reinlie finally got<br />

the answer she and her family had been seeking. The lump had<br />

a name.<br />

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.<br />

“My life felt very perfect, and I was exactly where I wanted to<br />

be,” Reinlie said. “Then just those three words, ‘You have cancer,’<br />

changed everything.”<br />

According to Dr. Jimmie Holland of Memorial Sloan-Kettering<br />

Cancer Center in New York, in association with the American<br />

Cancer Society, diagnosis and treatment are easier to digest<br />

when portioned into “day bites.” This coping mechanism allows<br />

the daunting reality to be a bit more manageable. He encourages<br />

patients to simply take it all in day by day, moment by moment.<br />

With six months of chemotherapy before her, Reinlie chose to<br />

take this approach. She moved back home to Florence, Alabama<br />

to face her new reality, leaving her newfound “very perfect life”<br />

approximately 600 miles away in exchange for treatments every<br />

other week.<br />

For the first five days following the treatment, she felt extreme<br />

fatigue and nausea, unable to read or watch television. Yet after<br />

these five days, some internal switch seemed to flip. She could<br />

exercise. Eat what she wanted. There was an illusion of normalcy.<br />

Then the cycle would repeat. One month, one treatment, one day<br />

at a time.<br />

During her treatment, Reinlie maintained a relationship with<br />

her oboe instructor at <strong>No</strong>rthwestern. They would Skype for<br />

virtual lessons, creating a crucial sense of connection in the<br />

midst of an otherwise isolated season. These digital encounters<br />

offered a sliver of time to look forward to — something familiar,<br />

something to work towards besides “just getting better.” But four<br />

months into chemotherapy, something shifted. Reinlie began to<br />

question her pursuit of music.<br />

Since her diagnosis, uncertainty hung over her like a storm<br />

cloud, methodically creeping its way into uncharted territory and<br />

infiltrating one of her greatest passions. What once was a safe<br />

place to run to no longer offered the security she needed.<br />

“I think all of the turmoil and instability of my life over the past<br />

few months had caused me to view my life through the lens of<br />

prioritizing stability,” Reinlie said.<br />

She retaliated. She didn’t listen to classical music for eight<br />

months.<br />

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“I asked so many questions I didn’t have answers to,” Reinlie<br />

said. “And that scared me. I wanted to know that what I was doing<br />

would matter one day, and I didn’t see that in my path.”<br />

Over the course of an emotionally raw phone call back to<br />

Illinois, Reinlie withdrew from <strong>No</strong>rthwestern and began to seek<br />

out what life after cancer would look like without music. For a<br />

while, she was only met with more question marks.<br />

“My life felt like it had been ripped away from me,” Reinlie said.<br />

“And I lost my sense of identity. Cancer is one of those things that<br />

makes you dig really deep… You have to answer some really hard<br />

questions about yourself.”<br />

Yet, in the middle of it all, Reinlie found great solace in the<br />

community of friends and family who rallied around her.<br />

Encouraging words, letters, and companionship were precious<br />

gifts on the days when diagnosis threatened better tomorrows.<br />

“When you’re going through cancer, you’re so focused on<br />

getting better,” Reinlie said. “Having people to help fill the gaps<br />

in the midst of your spiritual and emotional health is crucial.<br />

You realize how much you need people when you go through<br />

something like that.”<br />

In addition to her loved ones, Reinle clung tightly to her<br />

Christian faith. Despite the war being waged inside her body, she<br />

said she’d never felt closer to the God she believed was responsible<br />

for her creation.<br />

Reinlie’s final chemotherapy session was an event<br />

commemorated with celebratory pomp and circumstance, but<br />

on the other side of treatment, she found a soul-aching void. For<br />

six months, her sole focus had been on physical healing. Though<br />

she checked off all the medical boxes, she had never felt such a<br />

small sense of purpose. She was left with an insatiable craving<br />

for control and a longing to find some greater meaning behind all<br />

that she’d endured.<br />

For Reinlie, life immediately after cancer was a treatmentinduced<br />

hurricane. She found the chasm in her chest comparable<br />

to what it must feel like to be the victim of a natural disaster.<br />

In the eye of the storm, volunteers rush in to nurture and tend<br />

to what is broken. News stations challenge a nation to rise up.<br />

Donations and prayers flood the coast. Yet when it’s all over, when<br />

the camera crews and good Samaritans roll out, the destruction<br />

remains in the hearts of those who lived it, left to address their<br />

own wounds in light of the aftermath.<br />

According to the National Cancer Institute, oncologists advise<br />

patients to make every effort to focus on what is tangibly within<br />

their control both during and after treatment. As a recent cancer<br />

survivor, taking control for Reinlie looked like migrating north,<br />

this time to New York City. While there, she worked in a marketing<br />

position that only further fed her desire for stability — she needed<br />

to go back to school.<br />

Reinlie applied to the MBA program at the University of<br />

Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business, but the<br />

decision to move back to her home state was met with some<br />

personal hesitancy. She had fallen in love with her new urban<br />

lifestyle but knew the move was a necessary step towards shaking<br />

free from the cobwebs of doubt that had collected since her<br />

diagnosis. To combat these initial feelings, Reinlie said she chose<br />

(and still chooses) to seek out “good things to meditate on and<br />

appreciate.”<br />

Reinlie enrolled into the university’s two-year Master’s of<br />

Business Administration program in 2018, but the drastic change<br />

in scenery from skyscrapers to academic halls still wasn’t enough<br />

to thwart the ever-present fog of post-cancer emotional trauma.<br />

Yet, three semesters in, she’s finally beginning to recognize<br />

moments of clarity in which the fog is lifting.<br />

Her relatively new identity as a survivor has adjusted the lenses<br />

through which she processes her own existence. While she favors<br />

stability and control, she’s quite the risk taker. She intentionally<br />

seeks out ways to have the greatest impact on others, while<br />

savoring relationships and opportunities for all they’re worth.<br />

And, she’s started playing again.<br />

As time accumulated between her diagnosis and current reality,<br />

the indirect resentment that she’d harbored against music began<br />

to disintegrate. Music and cancer were no longer synonymous.<br />

Reinlie said that business school has taught her more about music<br />

than music school ever did, broadening her sense of all that the<br />

art encompasses. It’s no longer a platform for performance and<br />

perfectionism, but rather an outlet for hope and expression. It’s<br />

now a place of celebration. It’s now a means of channeling a new<br />

perspective.<br />

“When something’s that big of a deal in your life,” Reinlie said,<br />

“you can’t really turn your back on it forever.”<br />

Reinlie said that she is working to “make the oboe cool,” with<br />

plans to play alongside some of her singer/songwriter friends in<br />

upcoming shows in Nashville.<br />

Reinlie aspires to pursue a career that will allow her to merge<br />

her passion for the arts and newfound expertise in business<br />

administration. With her May 2020 graduation date approaching,<br />

these words from C.S. Lewis are a foundation for things yet to<br />

come, despite some gray days of inconsistency: “Hardships often<br />

prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”<br />

Reinlie reconciled with music. Its presence in her life has been<br />

redeemed to represent the human capacity to choose joy and<br />

harness strength in the weakest moments. In<br />

the same way music has permanently ingrained<br />

itself into her personal narrative, her diagnosis<br />

will forever be etched into her story.<br />

For survivors, cancer is a life sentence, but it<br />

is a life. One of purpose and promise. Reinlie’s<br />

experiences continue to shape her, refining<br />

every detail, molding her very sense of identity.<br />

Healing accumulates in sheet music and<br />

road trips, in sharing her story and the art of<br />

learning something new.<br />

Reinlie encourages those facing life-altering<br />

trauma to press onward towards the light<br />

at the end of the tunnel, taking intentional<br />

time to acknowledge the tunnel itself. It is in<br />

these shadowed moments of appreciating the<br />

journey that one might just catch a glimpse of<br />

the gradual healing compiling little by little,<br />

poco a poco, fueling the promise that they’re<br />

not destined to remain in the dark.<br />

Reinlie reconciled with music. Its presence<br />

in her life has been redeemed to represent<br />

the human capacity to choose joy and harness<br />

strength in the weakest moments. In the same<br />

way music has permanently ingrained itself<br />

into her personal narrative, her diagnosis will<br />

forever be etched into her story.<br />

For survivors, cancer is a life sentence, but it<br />

is a life. One of purpose and promise. Reinlie’s<br />

experiences continue to shape her, refining<br />

every detail, molding her very sense of identity.<br />

Healing accumulates in sheet music and<br />

road trips, in sharing her story and the art of<br />

learning something new.<br />

Reinlie encourages those facing life-altering<br />

trauma to press onward towards the light<br />

at the end of the tunnel, taking intentional<br />

time to acknowledge the tunnel itself. It is in<br />

these shadowed moments of appreciating the<br />

journey that one might just catch a glimpse of<br />

the gradual healing compiling little by little,<br />

poco a poco, fueling the promise that they’re<br />

not destined to remain in the dark.<br />

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A well-known Birmingham location<br />

that is perfect for Instagram is Sloss<br />

Furnaces. Sloss is a historical landmark<br />

and was once a functioning steel mill<br />

but was shut down several years ago.<br />

There are several locations to take cute<br />

pics here, like the train tracks (which are<br />

still in use, so be careful) and the many<br />

staircases and framing archways that<br />

make you the center of attention.<br />

NSTA<br />

M I -<br />

AGIC<br />

CITY<br />

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Near the Alabama Theatre<br />

is the mural of Vulcan. The<br />

Vulcan is one of the iconic<br />

symbols of the Birmingham<br />

area. It has been painted in<br />

bright colors multiple times<br />

on the exposed brick which<br />

brings a pop of color to your<br />

Instagram feed.<br />

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All over Birmingham, there<br />

are beautiful glass buildings that<br />

make an incredible backdrop for<br />

any photo. You can use them to<br />

contrast against your outfit or<br />

color-coordinate depending on<br />

what kind of photo you are going<br />

for.<br />

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Right beside the Vulcan mural<br />

is a wooden barrier with ivy<br />

creeping up it that gives a more<br />

neutral background for you to<br />

be the center of attention in a<br />

photo in front of it. It is perfect<br />

for showcasing your incredible<br />

outfit!<br />

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•<br />

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•<br />

About Me:<br />

Activist and advocate<br />

Birmingham Native<br />

Intern to Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07)<br />

Poetess & Founder of Literary Vibes<br />

Lover of Prose and Politics<br />

Award-winning Author of “Why Negro Bodies Dodge<br />

a Southern Sun”<br />

UA NAACP President<br />

Alpha Kappa Alpha woman<br />

Fun Facts:<br />

Alexus Cumbie<br />

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•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

•<br />

Likes:<br />

Book: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered<br />

Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake<br />

Shange<br />

Music: Solange, Alabama Shakes, Mac Miller, Adele,<br />

Drake, Amy Winehouse, Anderson Paak<br />

Podcast: NPR Tiny Desk<br />

Movie: All Dogs Go To Heaven<br />

Food: French Fries(The Superior Starch)<br />

Word: Echo<br />

Inspirations:<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> editors sat down with University of Alabama<br />

student and activist Alexus Cumbie about her<br />

inspirational work in Birmingham, on campus in<br />

Tuscaloosa, and on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C..<br />

Between conversations about empowering marginalized<br />

Birmingham youngsters to find their voice through<br />

poetry and dancing to Lizzo at the photoshoot, Cumbie<br />

shared some wisdom about how she infuses all her<br />

endeavors with her zeal for advocacy.<br />

"When it comes to my professional goals, it starts<br />

with my passions,” she said. “When you ask how I got<br />

here, I think it definitely starts with my commitment<br />

to increasing literacy rates in low socioeconomic areas.<br />

All the things I've done in my professional career and in<br />

school have been with that end in mind."<br />

Poetry and spoken have always played an important<br />

role in Cumbie’s life. Growing up, she was a rapper<br />

before she was a poet, but this creative outlet led her to<br />

poetry and spoken word.<br />

Her senior year of high school, Cumbie channeled<br />

her passion for educational equality into a mentorship<br />

program called Literary Vibes. What started as a way<br />

to perform her poetry for visiting family members<br />

transformed into a collective of local poets, musicians,<br />

and artists. She went on to use the funds raised from<br />

this showcase to start a mentoring program where<br />

Birmingham poets, authors and artists host monthly<br />

workshops in their public school system. The program<br />

encompasses all ages, ranging from teaching kids how<br />

to pronounce the alphabet to helping older students use<br />

their struggles to find their voice.<br />

For the past two summers, Cumbie has interned with<br />

the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where she<br />

drafted congressional records, filmed press conferences,<br />

and gave speeches alongside prolific legislators like John<br />

Lewis and the Elijah Cummings. During this time she<br />

worked with Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) as<br />

a voice for the constituents of Alabama’s Black Belt. As<br />

one of her proudest achievements, Alexus remembers<br />

her time with Congresswoman Sewell fondly.<br />

"It was just a really proud space to be in,” Cumbie<br />

recalls. "It was the little things she [Sewell] would say<br />

in the elevator that would bring me back to life, the<br />

affirmations she threw at me randomly throughout the<br />

day.”<br />

Like most students, Alexus is unsure of what postgrad<br />

life will bring. While she sees law school or grad<br />

school in the future, she doesn’t know where yet.<br />

“Wherever I go though I will always be an advocate,<br />

an artist, and a person who believes in building a space,<br />

stage, and sanctuary for others,” she said. “Whatever<br />

I'm doing, it's going to be activism."<br />

Cumbie has many lofty goals including to publish a<br />

collection of her poetry, perform in all 50 states, and<br />

write a book about what it means to be a full human<br />

being.<br />

To other college women seeking direction in their<br />

future: “Develop your passion first, and once you<br />

develop your passion, know you belong there,” she<br />

suggests. “You really have to affirm that within yourself<br />

because as women we are often barred from a lot of the<br />

spaces we belong in, that we perform best in, but you<br />

have to develop that confidence in yourself."<br />

As a first-generation college student and one of seven<br />

siblings, this message has shaped her success story.<br />

“As cliché as it is, I would tell anyone to be yourself.<br />

When you love yourself, others love you. When you<br />

pursue your true passions, similar people will gravitate<br />

to you."<br />

• I watch The View every single night while eating a<br />

bowl of Eddy’s Fudge Brownie Ice Cream.<br />

• I can’t ride a bike, and I can’t whistle either (trust<br />

me, I’ve tried).<br />

• I can’t watch cable in October because commercials<br />

for scary movies give me the heebie-jeebies.<br />

•<br />

•<br />

Zora Neale Hurston, Poetess and Author<br />

Stevona Elem(My Cousin), Founder of “Black<br />

Women are for Grownups”<br />

Congresswoman Terri Sewell<br />

•<br />

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Sustainably<br />

Fad-ulous<br />

Brands that are both stylish<br />

and eco-friendly<br />

By Cat Clinton<br />

People often claim there is no feeling like putting on something<br />

new, but what if you could give some of your favorite pieces that<br />

brand new feeling again? Today, brands are taking extra steps to be<br />

earth friendly by offering services to repair products, replacing them<br />

and discounting the customers who donate. Being environmentally<br />

ethical and dressing well shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.<br />

LuluLemon is one popular brand that you can see on almost<br />

any given day around the student activity center. But this brand<br />

of athleisure wear is also suitable for the Quad, a quick meal, or<br />

class. On top of being a current trend and staple brand at most<br />

universities, it is also renowned for its sustainability. LuluLemon<br />

offers to repair/ replace products that are damaged or are poor<br />

quality and will reuse the material from your original piece for<br />

future products. They also require that vendors submit their waste<br />

streams, reduction targets and management systems. Although<br />

$100 on leggings may seem radical, free repairs may make them a<br />

safe buy. Their shopping bags are also reusable, so don’t forget to<br />

bring yours the next time you stop in a store.<br />

Toms is another brand proving once again that clothing brands<br />

do not always have to be expensive or flashy—sometimes it’s the<br />

things nobody notices that make the biggest impact. The shoes are<br />

made of 100 percent recyclable, sustainable and vegan materials, as<br />

well as the boxes. They are quality made, and for every pair you buy,<br />

one pair is donated to a child in need. Next time someone guilts<br />

you for shoe shopping, try reminding them you’re simultaneously<br />

providing a stranger with what you deem to be a daily necessity.<br />

Small changes in the clothes you purchase are sure to cause a<br />

ripple effect in the way producers work and function. Consumers<br />

have the power to demand better products, and the standard we<br />

demand is the standard that will be met. Maybe one day we won’t<br />

feel the need to reward those who produce only quality and ecofriendly<br />

products, but until it is a normal occurrence we must<br />

recognize those who are willing to take that extra step.<br />

Following the trend of donation, Levi’s asks for yours. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter the brand, Levi’s will recycle old material and clothing you<br />

don’t want. In return, you will receive a voucher for 20 percent off<br />

any regular-priced item. This donation offer includes shoes and is a<br />

great idea for someone who needs to clean out a closet, because let’s<br />

be real, there’s some stuff Goodwill doesn’t want.<br />

“<br />

small<br />

changes in<br />

the clothes<br />

you purchase<br />

are sure<br />

to cause a<br />

ripple effect<br />

in the way<br />

producers<br />

work and<br />

function ”<br />

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The New Approach to Fashion: Mindful Thrifting<br />

By Peyton Ashley King<br />

The year 2019 has revived an approach to fashion and the way people shop. Becoming<br />

more conscious of the prices of shirts, pants, shoes, and accessories has caused individuals to<br />

seek their local thrift shops. Thrifting has increased the demand for second- hand shops to be<br />

built in communities from all financial backgrounds.<br />



Thrifting can be the most rewarding or the most disappointing shopping trip that you’ve<br />

ever experienced. A shopping trip that gives the opportunity to find anything that you desire<br />

is ideal; however, searching through the unique hidden treasures that are patiently waiting to<br />

be loved again can be a challenging and frustrating task at times. But nothing feels better than<br />

the excitement to show off the fine treasures you discovered during the hunt.<br />

There are a few tricks to being successful in a thrift shop so you get the most bang for your<br />

buck (and your time).<br />

1<br />

Set Intentions: Thrifting without purpose<br />

can add stress to your experience causing you<br />

not to think clearly. Having a clear goal of<br />

what you want will aid to a smooth thrifting<br />

experience, so make a list or take pictures of<br />

looks that you are aiming for.<br />

2<br />

Dress Comfy <strong>No</strong>t Flashy: Since some thrift<br />

stores have a no return or exchange policy,<br />

wearing form- fitting clothing such as tanks,<br />

leggings, and boy shorts will give you an<br />

advantage to trying garments on, even when<br />

there isn’t a fitting room (which there isn’t in<br />

most thrift shops).<br />

3<br />

Stay on the Budget: Many shoppers get<br />

excited by all their unique finds and forget<br />

the budget they’d set. To avoid this issue, you<br />

should try on the items and make a judgement<br />

of how your feel in it and how much use you<br />

will get out of it as a part of your wardrobe.<br />

4<br />

Be Friendly: Creating bonds with staff<br />

workers at thrift shops that fit your style<br />

and budget can open doors for more unique<br />

garments and pieces in your everyday wear.<br />

They can not only help you find what you are<br />

looking for, but can also tip you off to new<br />

arrivals and great deals.<br />

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When it comes to cutting or cropping, you can do this<br />

with almost any item. You could always turn a t-shirt into<br />

a crop top but if you want to be a little more adventurous<br />

you can try cutting jeans in many different ways: distress<br />

the bottom of the leg or fray some holes at the knees.<br />

We all have those days where we feel like we have<br />

nothing to wear and we’d rather just buy new clothes,<br />

but the fast fashion world can get very expensive very<br />

quickly. Thrifting is an easy alternative, and with some<br />

simple tips you can transform thrift pieces with your<br />

own personal flair.<br />

There are many different ways that can spice up items<br />

you find at the thrift store. You can cut, crop, alter color<br />

and texture, and even dress it up or down with other<br />

items. Simple and classic items like an old pair of jeans<br />

or a plain t-shirt can be turned into a whole new outfit.<br />

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Once you’ve cut your item, you can leave it be or spice it up<br />

by altering color and texture. You can add personality to<br />

jackets, jeans, and t-shirts with patches or by embroidering<br />

a personal design onto it. If you just aren’t loving the color,<br />

you can also customize that by using bleach or fabric dye,<br />

and if you want to go the extra mile you can add studs or<br />

jewels for some extra bling.<br />

Even if you don’t have the skills or time to cut, crop, dye,<br />

embroider or stud, you can always use other items to dress<br />

up your new find. You can make a statement with a vintage<br />

graphic tee, by throwing on a denim skirt and some<br />

earrings, or pair those authentic 80’s mom jeans with your<br />

favorite heels and blouse for a night out.<br />

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On the flip side, if you find something that you think<br />

is too dressy for your everyday looks, try dressing<br />

it down. A silk slip dress with a white tee under,<br />

finished off with your favorite sneakers, can be ready<br />

for a day on campus in a pinch. A skirt that’s a little<br />

outside of your comfort zone, add some tights and<br />

tuck in a graphic tee to create a more casual look.<br />

How to Navigate Online Thrift Stores<br />

By Evan Edwards<br />

If you’re still thinking that you won’t be able to<br />

find something you love at a thrift store, give thrift<br />

flipping a try. You might take a plain, everyday item<br />

and turn it into one of your favorite pieces in your<br />

wardrobe.<br />

A pile of wrinkled and forgotten clothes are occupying<br />

the majority of closet space. Shirts that haven’t been worn<br />

since high school are lingering around on their individual<br />

hangers. New outfits are still sitting in shopping bags,<br />

waiting for a slot in the compiled wardrobe to become<br />

available. This scenario is very familiar and hits home for<br />

many style-obsessed college students.<br />

“I overestimate the amount of things I need to bring<br />

from home,” Mclane Rosen said, who is a junior majoring<br />

in hospitality. “As a result, there tends to be pieces of<br />

clothing that barely get worn.”<br />

In the past, there has been no efficient way to get rid<br />

of unwanted attire. Yet within the last two years, students<br />

have started to turn to apps, online sites, and social media<br />

to sell their gently used clothes. This new form of secondhand<br />

recycling allows individuals to switch up their<br />

wardrobe—while still staying within a college budget. The<br />

stigma that occasionally surrounds thrifted clothing is<br />

world’s largest online thrift store through embracing girls<br />

at all stages of life. Thredup originally began as a website,<br />

and then progressed into an app. While it is not as popular<br />

on The University of Alabama campus, Thredup is working<br />

its way into the college industry.<br />

Payton Rawson, a junior majoring in engineering,<br />

said she prefers Thredup over Curtsy.<br />

“I have so many clothes from when I was younger<br />

that I don’t know what to do with,” Rawson said. “Stuff<br />

that I know wouldn’t sell as well on Curtsy tends to do<br />

really well on Thredup.”<br />

The company, Poshmark, is comparable to both<br />

Curtsy and Thredup. Poshmark separates their brand<br />

from the rest through advertising different categories—<br />

including menswear. The setup of their app mirrors<br />

Instagram, and promotes a user-friendly format.<br />

Poshmark puts great effort into their marketing and social<br />

media platforms. All of their sites have a distinct aesthetic<br />

now fading out.<br />

Curtsy is a widely popular app that is specifically<br />

dedicated for buying and selling clothes by college<br />

students. After creating a profile, young adults can price,<br />

photograph and post items to sell. Meanwhile, the money<br />

they earn can be used to shop right on the app. Curtsy is<br />

filled with clothes and accessories from popular brands—<br />

without the high price tags.<br />

Jordan Meeks, a junior majoring in Spanish, is a<br />

committed Curtsy user. Meeks said she has made a little<br />

extra income since the creation of her account last year.<br />

“Curtsy allows me to clean out my closet right through my<br />

phone,” Meeks said. “It’s so practical and works around<br />

my hectic schedule.”<br />

Meeks said she is excited to see where Curtsy goes<br />

as it gains more popularity across college campuses<br />

throughout the United States.<br />

Thredup is another company that encompasses many<br />

of the same attributes as Curtsy. It markets itself as the<br />

coined by the Poshmark team. In return, the company<br />

has a loyal following of all ages across the United States.<br />

Mclane Rosen said Poshmark is her first choice when it<br />

comes to purchasing pre-owned clothing.<br />

“Poshmark is a very trustworthy site,” Rosen said.<br />

“I know I’m getting exactly what is shown.”<br />

As more companies emerge into the digital thrifting<br />

industry, it is beneficial to understand the differences<br />

between them. Because Curtsy, Thredup, and Poshmark<br />

embrace a particular niche or appeal—everyone has a<br />

site tailored towards their own personal style.<br />

Payton Rawson said she doesn’t see the need to go<br />

out and purchase brand new clothing.<br />

“Why go to a store when I can purchase the same<br />

thing on an app,” Rawson said. “For basically half the<br />

price.”<br />

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HIT<br />

Everyone experiences a bad thrifting day,<br />

but being plus size makes the chances of a<br />

bad trip more likely. As a plus size thrifter, it<br />

can be discouraging to shop at a thrift store<br />

because of the little to no options. Being plus<br />

size should not discourage you from thrifting.<br />

Instead, it should inspire you to try new things<br />

and new ways to wear clothes.<br />

Thrifting in general is a great way to save<br />

money. It takes used name brand items and<br />

lowers the price so most people can afford<br />

those items. With a rise in stores adding plus<br />

size items, the marketing ploy of charging<br />

bigger customers for bigger sizes seems to<br />

be depleting. But, brands still use this tactic.<br />

Thrifting allows this price gap to be eliminated,<br />

making not only our bank accounts happier<br />

but our self-esteem as well. When at a thrift<br />

store, you never know what a diamond in the<br />

rough you’ll find. Recently, I thrifted a denim<br />

skirt that has the brand’s tag ripped off. This<br />

skirt fits better than most of my name brand<br />

clothing.<br />

Thrift stores are a cornucopia of different<br />

brands: they allow patrons to explore new<br />

brands they have never heard of or never<br />

would have tried. Fashion styles cycle through<br />

every couple of years. For instance, scrunchies<br />

and mom jeans aren’t just a thing of the 90’s<br />

anymore, anyone who’s scrolled through<br />

OR<br />

MISS<br />

By Jennafer Bowman<br />


Instagram has probably seen the pair<br />

quite a bit. What used to be considered<br />

‘vintage’ is now everyday wear. That’s why<br />

when most people think of thrifting, they<br />

instantly think of vintage. With platforms like<br />

YouTube and Instagram, it’s seemingly easy<br />

to take an old styled shirt and DIY it. With<br />

so many creators online, it’s easy to find DIY<br />

inspiration anywhere. You can cut a shirt and<br />

make it into a crop top, (which by the way<br />

was originally presented in the 90’s but now<br />

every store has a crop top section.) There are<br />

a million ways to make clothing your own<br />

especially when it’s at such a small price tag,<br />

the problem though is finding clothing in<br />

your size.<br />

The problem with thrifting when plus<br />

size arises when your section only has older<br />

women’s clothing, vintage is great but<br />

outdated is devastating. Walking into any<br />

store, the plus size section is pushed in the<br />

back corner and is about two racks of clothes<br />

with maybe a shelf of jeans. You would think<br />

walking into a thrift store would be different.<br />

People donate their old clothes because they’re<br />

too big which makes the options for plus sizes<br />

go up, right? Wrong. The plus-size section<br />

is mostly filled with outdated more mature<br />

clothing, not something a young adult wants<br />

to wear. Some items might be vintage but it’s<br />

hard to revamp something that was dead when it<br />

was in its prime. If the selection isn’t the problem,<br />

it’s sizing. A woman named Chloe Martin tweeted<br />

out a picture of her shorts from different brands all<br />

in the same size. Miraculously, none of the shorts<br />

matched up to be the same waist length. This<br />

makes finding your size in a thrift store extremely<br />

hard since the racks contain all different brands.<br />

In my personal experience, I brought back three<br />

pairs of jeans all labeled size 18. The jeans I<br />

originally wore were a size 18, so you can imagine<br />

my heart break when none of the jeans I went to<br />

try on fit past my thighs. I was so upset I left the<br />

thrift shop. The number on our waist bands can<br />

dictate how we feel about ourselves, and it sucks.<br />

It doesn’t help to watch Youtubers show off their<br />

$100 haul of thrifted goods. Thrifting is a hit or<br />

miss for anyone but adding the element of bigger<br />

sizes make it even harder.<br />

So, when you watch youtubers find tons of<br />

clothing that fits them and you walk out with<br />

nothing, it hurts. Some YouTubers suggest going<br />

to multiple stores, but being plus sized means we<br />

already have to do that just to get a little bit of<br />

variety. It’s a struggle to travel to five different<br />

stores and still find nothing that fits correctly.<br />

I was so upset I left the thrift shop. The number<br />

on our waist bands can dictate how we feel about<br />

ourselves, and it sucks. It doesn’t help to watch<br />

YouTubers show off their $100 haul of thrifted<br />

goods. Thrifting is a hit or miss for anyone but<br />

adding the element of bigger sizes make it even<br />

harder. So, when you watch YouTubers find tons<br />

of clothing that fits them and you walk out with<br />

nothing, it hurts. Some YouTubers suggest going<br />

to multiple stores, but being plus sized means we<br />

already have to do that just to get a little bit of<br />

variety. It’s a struggle to travel to five different<br />

stores and still find nothing that fits correctly.<br />

There is a key to somewhat success, when<br />

it comes to plus size thrifting. <strong>No</strong>w this may<br />

sound typical but, keeping an open mind when<br />

thrifting really helps. If something doesn’t fit<br />

try a bigger size and start over. The size of a<br />

pair of jeans should not dictate how you feel<br />

about yourself. Remember, a 20 in one brand<br />

is not a 20 in another. There is no true size<br />

20. Personally, I find a lot of luck in the men’s<br />

section. Men’s clothes are built bigger because<br />

of their broad shoulders and longer torso. You<br />

will have a better chance in finding an oversized<br />

flannel, hoodie or shirt in the men’s section<br />

because of how they are tailored compared<br />

to the women’s section. To make an article of<br />

clothing more you, try DIYing. You could take<br />

a sharpie to a pair of mom jeans and decorate<br />

them, or cut up a shirt into a tank top, there are<br />

so many ways to make clothing yours.<br />

It can be difficult to thrift when you don’t fit<br />

into most of the store’s sections. With unreliable<br />

sizing, small sections, and outdated clothing,<br />

thrifting can easily lower anyone’s self-esteem.<br />

But, with the considerable amount of do-ityourself<br />

options it doesn’t have to be difficult.<br />

Plus-size thrifting isn’t a burden; if anything,<br />

it’s a fun challenge.<br />

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The Oversized Blazer<br />

Many fashion bloggers and celebrities have been spotted<br />

wearing oversized black blazers with nearly everything. For<br />

the hotter weather, many style the blazer with crop tops<br />

and bike shorts—for a chic, sporty look. For a more relaxed<br />

approach, wear a blazer with a simple white tee and denim<br />

shorts—completed with chunky sneakers. Since a blazer<br />

is a more masculine piece, pair it with bright colors and<br />

patterns. You could also throw it over a bodysuit or dress.<br />

THE STAPLES: A Style Guide<br />

By Rachel Stern<br />

Plaid<br />

A pattern that constantly circles the runway is plaid. For<br />

summer, bright color schemes printed on mini skirts<br />

and dresses were all the rage—styled like the 90’s. Since<br />

fall is coming up, bring out the darker colors and mix<br />

them with graphic tees. Add a pair of white sneakers for<br />

an updated schoolgirl look. Plaid pants are also having a<br />

moment—which can be styled with a crop top or chunky<br />

sweater.<br />

We all know that the fashion industry moves at a rapid pace. As soon as a trend comes in,<br />

designers are already moving on to something new. However, there are certain pieces that are<br />

considered “staples”—and they are stylish in every season.<br />

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Accessories<br />

White Sneakers<br />

When you want to add<br />

something quick to an otherwise<br />

basic look—think earrings. Gold<br />

hoops are classic, and can make<br />

a plain tee with jeans a chic<br />

ensemble. For football games,<br />

pair red or black earrings with a<br />

simple white dress to take it to<br />

a more established level. Either<br />

of these options are a great way<br />

to enhance your looks, while<br />

still maintaining an effortless<br />

presence.<br />

Animal Print<br />

It’s no surprise white sneakers are a fashion staple.<br />

They’re comfortable, easy to throw on, and most<br />

importantly—they go with everything. For a sporty<br />

and stylish look, opt for biker shorts, an oversized<br />

graphic tee and sneaks. For a more feminine<br />

look, pair them with a mini dress or skirt. It’s not<br />

uncommon for anyone to own a pair of Air Force<br />

1s or Filas. Consider making yours unique with<br />

colored laces and personal designs.<br />

Leopard print is by far the most<br />

staple print. It can be worn with<br />

nearly every color and pattern.<br />

Animal prints in general are<br />

considered “neutrals” because of<br />

how versatile they are when pairing<br />

with other pieces. This season, zebra<br />

is all the rage. Pair a zebra print mini<br />

skirt and a black turtleneck with<br />

booties. Polish off that look with<br />

a set of hair clips for the ultimate<br />

2000s throwback.<br />

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Vintage<br />

Clothes<br />

Still Have<br />

Life to Give<br />

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White After Labor Day<br />

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FOOD<br />



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HEALTH<br />

Less Dieting,<br />

More Living<br />

By Maddie Stevens<br />

What if I told you that the key to living<br />

a healthier life starts with your mindset, and<br />

not the food on your plate?<br />

Many of us have been misled by the<br />

dieting mentality. Somehow, society has<br />

successfully sold us on fad diets, and quick<br />

fixes that promise to sustain big results, while<br />

shifting our thought process to believe that<br />

our body defines our identity. With that, we<br />

are left with an unhealthy relationship with<br />

food and the inability to live an authentically<br />

healthy, happy life.<br />

When you begin to see food and nutrition<br />

as a daily lifestyle, everything changes. What<br />

if we viewed food as a way to honor our body<br />

each day, instead of making it about how<br />

many calories you’re “allowed to have?”<br />

When we think about honoring our bodies as<br />

a lifestyle adjustment and not just a quick fix,<br />

everything changes.<br />

Let’s break up with the dieting mindset<br />

and shift our thinking to a healthier,<br />

sustainable lifestyle with these five goals.<br />

1. You can’t use a temporary fix for<br />

a lifelong solution<br />

Has fad-dieting ever really given anyone longterm<br />

results? Is it just a quick fix, or does the diet<br />

change daily life into a sustainable, healthier way<br />

of living? Well, if you’re only changing your diet<br />

for one week or one month … then that doesn’t<br />

change into a lifestyle. A diet is a temporary fix<br />

to a lifelong journey — sounds like a recipe for<br />

disappointment.<br />

If you want a long-term, healthy change for<br />

your body, a diet isn’t the way to go. But how you<br />

view food and how you control what you put into<br />

your body is does lead to a healthier, happier you.<br />

If you are spending your days counting your<br />

calories, intentionally depriving your body of<br />

the nutrition you need, or determined to only eat<br />

salads for every meal-- it’s time for a wake up call.<br />

A healthy change starts with mindset. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

necessarily what’s on your plate.<br />

Start by asking yourself, at the very core of<br />

these feelings: why are you wanting to diet? Is your<br />

motivation coming from the desire to lose weight,<br />

is it to impress someone, is it for control? Search<br />

for the roots to those feelings. <strong>No</strong>t only why you<br />

want to diet, but what drove you to feel that way.<br />

When you find out the source of why you<br />

want to diet, where this dissatisfaction with food is<br />

coming from, take control of it and throw it away.<br />

Stand up to it and know that you are about to make<br />

a positive adjustment that is longer lasting than<br />

any diet could be.<br />

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“ Accepting all food means that you<br />

will happily allow yourself to enjoy<br />

a dinner (and dessert!) out with your<br />

friends, but you can still honor your<br />

body with daily nutrition.<br />

”<br />

2. Food freedom<br />

Make peace with food. All types of food. From<br />

lettuce to brownies, food IS your friend. The more<br />

we mentally label good versus bad foods, the messier<br />

this process gets. Remember the idea of an adult<br />

telling you not to take the cookie from the cookie<br />

jar as a kid? Which always led to you wanting the<br />

cookie even more? The same subconscious mindset<br />

applies now. If you label food with “good” or “bad”<br />

titles, you’re left craving whatever food you tried to<br />

cut out of your life.<br />

Don’t get me wrong here. Food is the fuel our<br />

bodies need to run on a daily basis. And yes, we<br />

need good fuel to operate at our best. We should<br />

try to pick the most nutritious option available<br />

because it’s important to nourish ourselves. But IT<br />

IS OKAY to have all food types. Enjoy your favorite<br />

treat. Shamelessly have that dessert. Just do it in<br />

moderation. If you create a proper balance, it will be<br />

absolutely okay. Accepting all food means that you<br />

will happily allow yourself to enjoy a dinner (and<br />

dessert!) out with your friends, but you can still<br />

honor your body with daily nutrition.<br />

When you decide to make a lifestyle change<br />

with food, it’s a lifelong journey. That means that<br />

eating the tasty treat will not ruin you because<br />

your journey isn’t over. You don’t have an end goal<br />

because you are pursuing a healthy life each day.<br />

This is all about rebuilding a broken relationship<br />

with food. Part of a breakup is letting go, so girl, let<br />

go of that food guilt. When this becomes a lifestyle,<br />

one cheat day will not ruin you. Learn about<br />

nutrition, how to fuel your body and slowly modify<br />

those steps into your daily life. Allow yourself to<br />

have freedom in your journey to a healthy lifestyle.<br />

3. How to actually make it last.<br />

Let’s talk sustainability. If you want to see a lifestyle<br />

change, not just for an alleged one-week diet or 30-day<br />

challenge; but you want to see lasting results and have<br />

authentic improvement in your body, there needs to be a<br />

change that you genuinely want to maintain.<br />

Start off with committing to small changes in your<br />

current diet. Ask yourself how you can make a meal in<br />

front of you just a little better. Can you add some more<br />

greens? Maybe some healthy fats or smart carbs? Take<br />

what you’re doing right now and try to incorporate<br />

little improvements. By slowly being consistent in small<br />

changes, you will naturally keep it growing from there.<br />

You can also try meal prepping, which also saves<br />

time in the kitchen during a busy week, or incorporating<br />

better snacks to bring with you to work or class. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter how you choose to go about this, commit to those<br />

small steps. Watch what happens over time.<br />

When it comes to cutting out certain foods, like sugar<br />

or processed foods, begin with simply minimizing your<br />

intake amount. This may sound silly, but usually people’s<br />

first reaction is to cut it out of their diet completely<br />

overnight. When you instantly remove something that<br />

is fairly normal in your diet without slowly weaning<br />

your body off of it, chances of cravings and binge eating<br />

reach an all time high. For a sustainable change, slowly<br />

decrease your intake and your body handles the rest.<br />

Next, celebrate the little victories. Embrace your<br />

success of small changes. For long-term changes to<br />

your lifestyle, it takes time. And that waiting game can<br />

be the hardest part, but enjoy the journey — celebrate<br />

it and soak it in! After all, it is about the progress, not<br />

perfection.<br />

4. Your food doesn’t define you. Your<br />

shape doesn’t define you.<br />

When you link morality to food, you’re giving<br />

your freedom away to food. You are not a good person<br />

for eating a salad, nor are you a bad person for eating<br />

cheese fries. Absolutely take the time to celebrate the<br />

positive steps and embrace it, but don’t reflect on them<br />

as increasing or decreasing your worth as an awesome<br />

human being. Food is your fuel, it does not define<br />

character. Don’t punish yourself for eating that slice<br />

of cake. Celebrating a healthy relationship with food<br />

doesn’t involve you telling yourself that you are good for<br />

eating veggies for your afternoon snack. It means taking<br />

the time to celebrate that you made a positive choice<br />

and you are going about it in a healthy way. It means<br />

to feel GOOD about honoring your body and loving who<br />

you are. It does not mean depriving or reprimanding<br />

yourself. This is meant to be a fun journey to a healthier<br />

lifestyle through less dieting and more living!<br />

You are going to get busy, tired or maybe just have<br />

a really bad day. It’s OKAY to miss that workout or<br />

grab a meal in the drive thru. Life is going to get in the<br />

way sometimes, so have grace with yourself. Have the<br />

patience to roll with it and create balance, not punishing<br />

yourself through food deprivation or negative self-talk.<br />

A huge part of this journey is embracing yourself.<br />

It’s a big step to choose to make these changes for a<br />

healthier life and commit to small steps, including<br />

treating yourself well. Speak positive words to yourself<br />

in a mirror; lift yourself up in your thoughts. The same<br />

way that we’re working on having a healthy relationship<br />

with food- the way you view yourself is just as important.<br />

5. For when it gets hard…<br />

The hardest part about achieving a healthier<br />

lifestyle and making small changes that lead to<br />

long-term results is the waiting; when you’ve been<br />

making the extra effort for a while and you don’t<br />

see or feel results.<br />

Think about it this way: it’s not about WHEN<br />

you get there, but it’s about how you get there-- the<br />

whole process. What would it be like to embrace<br />

the process, celebrate the little victories, and watch<br />

the small changes turn into bigger ones?<br />

Instead of keeping your eyes laser-focused on<br />

the idea of what it looks like to fully achieve your<br />

goal, whether it’s food or fitness, soak in where you<br />

are right now. Fully embrace the fulfillment of your<br />

journey and know that you are moving toward a<br />

healthy transformation.<br />

Whether you’re working on small changes in<br />

your daily diet, truly breaking up with the dieting<br />

mindset, or learning to live out food freedom:<br />

enjoy the moment. When you shift your joy into<br />

the journey, you’ll want to keep it going. And you<br />

will get there.<br />

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How to Detox Your<br />

Social Media for Your<br />

Mental Health<br />

By Morgan Harris<br />

#DETOX<br />

In the beauty-driven world we live in today, the word<br />

detox is used left and right to rid us of all the “bad” things<br />

in our life. There are juice cleanses to detox all the junk<br />

you put in your body, charcoal masks to detox your<br />

clogged pores, and meditation apps to detox your bad<br />

thoughts. We are so often made to believe the choices we<br />

are making for ourselves are notoriously bad for us, and,<br />

who knows, maybe they are. There are so many products<br />

and gimmicks to sell us on how we can improve our lives,<br />

that we may begin to believe the only way we can improve<br />

our well being is to spend a dollar.<br />

One of the most important things that we often<br />

neglect and forget about, is our mental health. It’s so<br />

easy to believe if we buy this amazing special product<br />

that it will drastically improve our lives in some way.<br />

And while I too may be guilty of splurging on that<br />

overpriced juice cleanse from time to time, I think<br />

taking steps to detox your life can begin without a<br />

purchase. A whole new mindset is at your fingertips, and<br />

you don’t have to spend a dime.<br />

Numerous studies show how social media is affecting<br />

our mental health, namely the link between depression<br />

and social media consumption. With these negative<br />

hits to our mental health through social media that we<br />

consume, how can we fix it? There are a number of ways<br />

you can begin taking steps to detox your social media to<br />

start improving your mental health.<br />

2 1<br />

3<br />

4<br />

Be Intentional About How You Spend<br />

Your Time<br />

On iPhones, you can go to your settings to see your screen time and a breakdown<br />

of which apps you use the most and how much time you spend on each of them. On<br />

my own screen, the social media category was the most-used section. Where do you<br />

spend the most time on your phone? You may be surprised by the answer, and it may<br />

be affecting you in ways you aren’t even attuned to.<br />

Download a Social Media Detox App<br />

There is an app for just about everything, ironically including apps to get you<br />

to stay off your phone. Moment is an app geared towards bringing your social media<br />

usage down by monitoring screen time, and coaching users on how to bring that<br />

screen time down. You can also enable automatic cut-off times, reminders, and more<br />

to start setting goals for your journey into a social media detox.<br />

Unfollow, Unfollow, Unfollow<br />

Believe it or not, something as simple as unfollowing people and pages can<br />

help to detox your social media. How often have you followed a drop-dead gorgeous<br />

Instagram model for “fashion inspo” or to give yourself ideas on how you’d like to<br />

“theme” your profile? It’s so easy to constantly see other accounts and use them to<br />

compare yourself, but if it’s someone you don’t know personally and you find yourself<br />

feeling down each time they post, it’s time to hit that unfollow button. Although it<br />

may feel like a hit at your self-esteem to admit the people you’re following are taking<br />

a toll on our mental health, filtering what you consume can largely affect how you<br />

think.<br />

A Full Cleanse<br />

Taking the leap and logging off social media for good may seem daunting, but<br />

a complete disconnect can be freeing. Even if you don’t decide to completely delete<br />

your accounts, simply logging off for a weekend getaway to actually connect with<br />

friends, or deciding to keep your phone in your bag during dinner can impact your<br />

daily life. You have probably seen friends signing off for x amount of days to escape<br />

their social media and thought that it’s a crazy idea. However, taking little steps to<br />

connect more with “real” life and disconnect from our digitally curated life as a social<br />

presence can improve so many aspects of day-to-day life.<br />

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Mental Health:<br />

Social Media Standards<br />

By Hannah Taylor<br />

Dianne Bragg was in seventh grade when she<br />

contracted mononucleosis. Bed ridden for weeks and<br />

unable to go to school, she asked her mother for the<br />

one thing she hadn’t yet been exposed to: a magazine.<br />

Bragg specifically requested an issue of Seventeen; the<br />

one she received featured model Patti Hansen on its<br />

cover. Recalling Hansen’s freckles and red hair, Bragg<br />

said she “just devoured [the magazine].”<br />

Bragg is an associate professor in the department<br />

of journalism and creative media at The University<br />

of Alabama. Throughout her childhood she initially<br />

defined beauty standards by TV shows of the ’60s,<br />

including Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch.<br />

The ideals represented in adolescent magazines like<br />

Seventeen seemed “more attainable than the women<br />

(she’d) seen on television.” One show Bragg described<br />

as having a particularly negative impact on her selfimage<br />

was the ’70s hit Charlie’s Angels.<br />

Comparison is a habit of human nature that has<br />

worsened with the rise of social media. Today, social<br />

media has come to define how we participate in dayto-day<br />

activities; from news consumption to keeping<br />

in touch with friends and family, it would be hard to<br />

imagine a world without it. Lucrative careers are built<br />

on social media platforms, in the form of vloggers,<br />

bloggers, and influencers. Naibuzz estimated that<br />

David Dobrik, leader of the Vlog Squad, makes<br />

“I remember watching that show<br />

and feeling very inferior,” Bragg said,<br />

pointing out the elusive beauty and<br />

charisma the star of the show, Farrah<br />

Fawcett, exuded.<br />

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around $24,000 per day off of ads that run on his<br />

videos.<br />

Entire company departments are now<br />

dedicated to the strategic management and use of<br />

social media. Influencer agencies, such as Digital Brand<br />

Architects, specialize in developing and marketing<br />

personal brands. However, the reward associated with<br />

the successful utilization of social media comes with<br />

risks, too. The same platforms that build careers often<br />

set the stage for their downfalls.<br />

In May of 2019, the world of beauty vlogging ignited<br />

in controversy after influencer Tati Westbrook released<br />

a 40-minute-long, expository video about former<br />

friend and makeup mogul James Charles. Within days,<br />

Charles lost over 2 million subscribers on YouTube<br />

and his Instagram following dropped by hundreds of<br />

thousands. He subsequently took a prolonged break<br />

from his accounts and explicitly stated the damaging<br />

effect the public drama had on his mental health.<br />

While there is no evidence directly correlating<br />

the increase in mental illnesses and social media, it’s<br />

hard to ignore the implications of spending several<br />

hours a day on these interactive technologies. A 2018<br />

Pew Research survey of U.S. teens ages 13-17 revealed<br />

that 70 percent of teens consider anxiety and depression<br />

“among people their age in the community where they<br />

live” a “major problem.”<br />

Nicole Koch, 28, is no stranger to the harmful<br />

effects of social media. Host and social media manager<br />

for multimedia entertainment company Young<br />

Hollywood, Koch spends roughly seven hours a day<br />

on social media. Every morning she spends five to 10<br />

minutes checking Instagram and Twitter, looking for<br />

breaking news in the world of pop culture. It’s her job<br />

to consistently update the company’s various social<br />

media and make sure Young Hollywood takes part in<br />

trending conversations, she said. With over 8 million<br />

followers across all direct platforms, this is no small<br />

task. Aside from positioning Young Hollywood as a<br />

central voice in the entertainment industry, Koch said<br />

she must critically look at the analytics for each post, as social media<br />

performance could potentially affect the booking of talent.<br />

Juggling multiple responsibilities and working for the<br />

majority of the week as a social media manager began to take its<br />

toll. The line between personal and professional faded, and Koch<br />

said she started looking at her own account in a more critical light.<br />

Grace Thaxton Barrett, a 17-year-old high school senior<br />

not yet exposed to the pressures associated with career-ladder<br />

climbing, said she compares herself not to influencers or established<br />

professionals, but to college-aged girls. Barrett said she tries to get<br />

off social media when she starts participating in disparaging selftalk,<br />

but several of her friends will sit on their phones for hours,<br />

saving pictures of girls and “trying to look like them.”<br />

These detrimental habits of comparison are not unique to<br />

teenagers and millennials. Kim Bissell, associate dean for research<br />

for the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The<br />

University of Alabama, conducts research on the effects media has<br />

on children. Bissell discovered that boys and girls as young as 6<br />

years old engage in social comparison. When kids don’t look like<br />

the athletes and celebrities they follow on social media, they feel as<br />

if they haven’t met “societal expectations,” and this “drives negative<br />

self-perception,” she said.<br />

Aligned with the troubling evidence of comparison at early<br />

ages, she said the biggest threat social media poses to children<br />

stems from a lack of oversight.<br />

“They’re on it too much, [and] parents don’t know what<br />

they’re exposed to,” Bissell said.<br />

Part of Bissell’s research includes teaching media literacy,<br />

how to differentiate between what’s real and what’s not. In a world<br />

of social media content saturation, the line often blurs. Scrolling<br />

through Instagram reveals a deluge of perfectly posed influencers<br />

living lavish lifestyles and user profiles typically function as<br />

highlight reels.<br />

“If people want to do something<br />

with their careers, they watch how<br />

other people are doing it and then try<br />

and match it. If they can’t...that’s where<br />

the negativity comes in,” Koch said.<br />

“[It’s] definitely given me a lot of anxiety, in my work, and<br />

also in my personal life,” Koch said.<br />

Three months ago, Koch said she got caught up in making<br />

sure her Instagram account reflected her career successes. After<br />

receiving numerous questions about her job, Koch thought, “I<br />

need to start posting more, make myself look more like a host and<br />

make sure I’m branding myself that way.” After a brief period of<br />

posting interviews she’d done simply for the sake of posting them,<br />

Koch said she decided to use social media more intentionally.<br />

“I try to use it in a positive way as best as I can,” she said.<br />

Koch adjusted her social media practices to align with<br />

her values, but comparing careers seems to be a common<br />

occurrence in millennials looking to establish themselves in<br />

the entertainment industry. She recalled a young host who put<br />

immense pressure on herself to gain a larger following after<br />

being unable to book commercials because she had under 50,000<br />

followers on Instagram.<br />

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Mikayla King, a 21 year-old junior at The University<br />

of Alabama, estimates that she follows 150 influencers and<br />

celebrities on Instagram. Of those 150, King can name 25 off<br />

the top of her head, from Bachelor Nation to movie stars. King<br />

said she originally used social media to keep up with friends<br />

and family, but it’s now become a means for finding outfit<br />

inspiration and beauty products. As for social media’s effect on<br />

her mood, King said her negative experiences arise from fear of<br />

missing out, commonly referred to as FOMO.<br />

“I’ve never [felt the need] to get off social media<br />

because I’m comparing my [body], but I have compared my<br />

life [to others]. I’ve seen what other people were doing, and it<br />

made me feel sad because I wasn’t doing what they were doing,<br />

I couldn’t buy what they were buying, or I wasn’t hanging out<br />

with the people they were hanging out with.”<br />

FOMO is more prominent than ever. Snapchat and<br />

Instagram stories allow people to share what they’re doing<br />

every minute of every day, and more often than not, they’re<br />

showing the best moments. Social media platforms set the<br />

stage for a competition of who’s living a better life. Sitting at<br />

home and looking at social media, it’s easy to feel left out simply<br />

because you aren’t doing the same things as everyone else. In<br />

order to avoid the dreaded FOMO, high school senior Barrett<br />

said she purposefully won’t go on Snapchat or Instagram if she<br />

knows all of her friends went to an event she didn’t attend.<br />

While social media’s negative effects are evident, and<br />

its long-term impact on younger generations isn’t yet clear,<br />

these interactive technologies can be used for good, too. In<br />

her media education efforts, professor Bissell developed an<br />

app that allows children to better understand the concept of<br />

nutrition. Kids can take pictures of their food, upload it to the<br />

app, and subsequently receive suggestions on how to increase<br />

the nutritional value of their meals. Bissell even integrated a<br />

positive reward system.<br />

In the business world, careers are built on social<br />

media through means aside from influencing and blogging.<br />

Networking apps, like LinkedIn, connect users with potential<br />

employers; industry influencers often post inspiring success<br />

stories and tools for professional development on various<br />

platforms.<br />

As for mental health, the negative stigma surrounding<br />

this topic is dissipating as people become more vocal about<br />

their experiences with anxiety and depression. Wellness<br />

podcasts exist in abundance on audio streaming platforms, and<br />

TED talks on triumphing over mental illnesses reach millions<br />

of viewers through video-sharing company YouTube. Young<br />

Hollywood’s social media manager Koch said she follows<br />

spiritual self-help profiles like @spiritdaughter and actively<br />

looks for Instagram accounts that represent the “goodness in<br />

the world, just to help [her] mood.”<br />

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Mari Andrew, artist and writer, runs such an<br />

account; it illustrates human emotions ranging from<br />

heartbreak, longing, loneliness and joy. The account, @<br />

bymariandrew, has amassed over 1 million followers to date,<br />

and a special story-highlight is dedicated to her essay on<br />

optimism, which she wrote after overcoming a disease that<br />

left her temporarily paralyzed.<br />

Regardless of the benefits and burdens associated with<br />

social media, the effects of its use can be managed. This can<br />

be accomplished by practicing intentional posting, joining<br />

valuable conversations, setting limits on the amount of time<br />

spent on the platforms, and following motivational accounts.<br />

Above all, practicing mindfulness by acknowledging when<br />

and why negative thoughts emerge will help in filtering out<br />

the content they stem from. As Theodore Roosevelt once said,<br />

comparison is the thief of joy. Consider the possibility of a life<br />

without it.<br />

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