Alice Vol. 5 No. 2

Published by UA Student Media in Spring 2020.

Published by UA Student Media in Spring 2020.


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The past, present, and future of<br />

women’s fight for equality<br />




The past, present, and future of<br />

women’s fight for equality<br />


First Alabama-born Olympian<br />

softball player preps for Tokyo 2020<br />


An inside look into the Southern<br />

Film Industry<br />

$5.99 <strong>Vol</strong>. 5 <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

The power to persevere<br />

The power to persevere<br />

The University of Alabama | Spring 2020



MODEL<br />



MODEL<br />

Scarlet VanMeter<br />

Kirklin Abercrombie<br />

Sam MacDonald<br />

Imani Hardy

This year marks the start of a new decade. As with every<br />

new beginning, there is pressure to move on from the past<br />

and be better in the next chapter. The simple fact of a new<br />

start doesn’t erase the problems of the past– not without<br />

work and recognition. Identifying the good, the bad, and<br />

the ugly is a part of any evolutionary process, whether it<br />

be professional achievement, personal progress or the<br />

creation of a publication.<br />

This issue, that’s come at a turning point in my own life,<br />

has been a bigger obstacle than I initially anticipated. This<br />

challenge has actually made the notion of our Unstoppable<br />

issue all the more significant. This issue explores<br />

perseverance throughout the magazine from fashion<br />

trends to women’s suffrage. These stories all highlight the<br />

fact that progress is almost never linear. There is power in<br />

the setbacks we all inevitably experience, because that is<br />

how we form communities and make progress.<br />

Being unstoppable isn’t about feeling invincible,<br />

always succeeding, or having all the right answers. Being<br />

unstoppable is encapsulated in every struggle, every<br />

misstep and every time we ask for help along the way.<br />

I’ve definitely felt stoppable at times during these<br />

past couple months, but as each obstacle has come and<br />

gone, I am still standing. I’m not always standing as<br />

tall and strong and stable as I was before, but the sheer<br />

act of surviving it all has made me feel like a force to be<br />

reckoned with.<br />

Being unstoppable is equal parts a state of being and<br />

a state of mind that doesn’t disappear in the presence of<br />

doubt or struggles. The characteristic of being unstoppable<br />

is not the final destination of some revolutionary journey,<br />

but rather the way we evolve from beginning to end and<br />

the entire process in between. I hope this issue can inspire<br />

all readers to embrace the process of becoming their own<br />

version of unstoppable.<br />

Saige Rozanc-Petski<br />

Editorial and Advertising offices for <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine are located at 414<br />

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

870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Phone: (205) 348-7257. <strong>Alice</strong> is published<br />

by the Office of Student Media at The University of Alabama. All content<br />

and design are produced by students in consultation with professional<br />

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

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2020 by <strong>Alice</strong> magazine. Material<br />

herein may not be reprinted without the expressed, written permission of<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> magazine.<br />

Spring 2020 1



Sam<br />

MacDonald<br />

A’Neshia<br />

Turner<br />

“<br />

Strive for more. Strive for<br />

better. Never give up on<br />

your dreams.<br />

”<br />

Sarah Kimball<br />

Stephenson<br />

Evan<br />

Edwards<br />

“<br />

Be confident in<br />

everything you do!<br />

”<br />

Meghan<br />

Mitchell<br />

Annie<br />

Hollon<br />

“<br />

Work hard, dream big,<br />

and be BOLD.<br />

”<br />

Angelica<br />

Zdzienicki<br />

2 Spring 2020

“<br />

Prove all the naysayers<br />

wrong, because if you<br />

have a passion for<br />

something you can<br />

achieve anything.<br />

”<br />

Alexander<br />

Plant<br />

“<br />

Never accept second<br />

place when you know<br />

you can get first,<br />

especially in a man’s<br />

world.<br />

”<br />

“<br />

You can do anything<br />

you set your mind to if<br />

you aren’t afraid to fail a<br />

couple times first.<br />

”<br />

Ansley<br />

Segal<br />

“<br />

You define yourself.<br />

”<br />

“<br />

Make your voice LOUD.<br />

”<br />

Kayla<br />

Acevedo<br />

“<br />

Don’t sell yourself short.<br />

You are capable of so<br />

much more than you<br />

think.<br />

”<br />

“<br />

Your vibe will attract your<br />

tribe, and you don’t want<br />

it to be full of people that<br />

don’t support and love<br />

you for who you are.<br />

”<br />

Meg<br />

McGuire<br />

“<br />

Choose a heart of<br />

celebration over a heart<br />

of comparison.<br />

”<br />

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MODELS<br />






Saige Rozanc-Petski<br />

A’Neshia Turner<br />

Sarah Lumpkin<br />

Sam MacDonald<br />

Meg McGuire<br />

Sarah Kimball Stephenson<br />

Evan Edwards<br />

Evan Edwards<br />

Angelica Zdzienicki<br />

Annie Hollon<br />

Alexander Plant<br />

Meghan Mitchell<br />

Ashby Brown<br />

Ansley Segal<br />

Tegan Goodson<br />

Kayla Acevedo<br />

Emily Garrett, Sarah Kimball Stephenson, Donnamy Steele<br />

Lucy Hanley, Elanna Wright, Payton Lambert, Maddie Stevens<br />

Kaitlyn Gabaldon, Natalie Vande Linde, Hope <strong>No</strong>rthrup<br />

Sophia Surrett, Leah Goggins, Ta’kyla Bates, Jeffrey Kelley<br />

Emily Benito, Jennafer Bowman, Lindsey Wilkinson,<br />

Julia Service, Savannah Bullard, Morgan Whicker, Cat Clinton<br />

Evan Edwards, Gabrielle Gervais, Marino Naranjo,<br />

Morgan Igou, Sarah Parker Merriman, Molly Glus, Rachel<br />

Stern, Bailey Williams, Aran McDermott<br />

Rebecca Martin, Scarlet VanMeter, Hannah Saad, Tanner<br />

Bramlet, Sarah Hartsell<br />

Aran McDermott, Baylie Smithson, Emily Garrett, Morgan<br />

Igou, Autum Williams, Camyrn Angel, Mattie Parham<br />

Ella Adams, Veronica Martinez, Daisy Ford, Ella Smyth,<br />

Imani Hardy, Jennafer Bowman, Jordan Watkins, Kirklin<br />

Abercrombie, Donnamy Steele, Destini Daris, Piper<br />

Pochkowski, Sarah Hartsell, Sophia Surrett, Amaya McClain,<br />

Gabrielle Gervais, Erin Edwards, Rachel Stern, Morgan Kahn<br />

Donnamy Steele<br />

Mark Mayfield<br />

Julie Salter<br />

University of Alabama’s Office of Student Media<br />

Traci Mitchell<br />

4 Spring 2020

A publication by college women for college<br />

women, brought to you by a hardworking staff<br />

of University of Alabama students. <strong>Alice</strong> began in<br />

2015 as the brainchild of a collaborative meeting<br />

between faculty and students who decided we<br />

have enough material about Big Al, “so let’s make<br />

it about <strong>Alice</strong>.”<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is bold, yet inclusive as an accessible<br />

source for all things encapsulated in<br />

the college lifestyle. We cover fashion,<br />

beauty, entertainment, food & health,<br />

and lifestyle for college women but also<br />

serious issues young women face like<br />

the gender wage gap and sexual health.<br />

Because college women are more than<br />

what we wear and what we look like,<br />

but also how we feel, what we think,<br />

and the future we want to build.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is a next generation women’s magazine, emphasizing<br />

the ability women have to support each other and focus on the<br />

positives and potential. <strong>Alice</strong> is every woman. She is every skin<br />

tone, every shape, every voice and every idea. When she walks into<br />

a room, she makes a grand entrance. When she departs, she leaves<br />

each place better than how she found it. She graces this world with<br />

love, color and sound, and harnesses the power of words and<br />

images to ignite a celebration of collegiate womanhood, in all its<br />

layered, diverse complexity. She encourages community and<br />

empowerment. A best friend to everyone. All of the women<br />

featured in <strong>Alice</strong> are 100 percent unretouched because<br />

we believe in the beauty every college woman already<br />

possesses.<br />

Though we do focus on college<br />

women, our belief of inclusivity<br />

extends far beyond the content we<br />

produce. We want everyone and<br />

anyone to feel like they can pick<br />

up our magazine and enjoy . There<br />

are no rules for having fun at <strong>Alice</strong>!<br />

Spring 2020 5

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HEY GRIFF!<br />






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GEAR UP<br />






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Spring 2020 9

Look<br />

LUXE<br />

for Less<br />

By Donnamy Steele<br />

10 Spring 2020

Have you ever wondered how you could achieve stunning celebrity makeup looks from magazines<br />

and social media? Their makeup routines may have a high price tag, but yours doesn’t have to. The<br />

beauty industry is constantly evolving, bringing high quality products for lower prices. Here are some<br />

products from an average routine that will save you money without sacrificing quality. These beauty products<br />

and tips will have you red carpet ready for only a fraction of the price. Create the look of luxury, for less.<br />


Pond’s Dry Skin Cream, $5<br />

LIP BALM<br />

Hempz Ultra Moisturizing Herbal Lip Balm, $8<br />

Skincare is essential for creating a flawless<br />

makeup look. One of the most important steps in<br />

creating this is a seamless base, and this can be done<br />

by prepping your skin. This moisturizer by Pond’s is<br />

tried and true, and celebrity makeup artists swear<br />

by it! Erika LaPearl, the woman behind Cardi B’s<br />

iconic makeup, has raved about this product on<br />

social media and uses this moisturizer on her VIP<br />

clients on a regular basis. It hydrates the skin and<br />

creates a smooth foundation for the rest of the<br />

makeup. All for less than $5! To get the most out<br />

of your moisturizer, rub the moisturizer into the<br />

palms of your hands to warm the product, before<br />

applying to your face. This helps the moisturizer<br />

sink deeper into the skin and prevents you from<br />

applying more product than needed.<br />

Lip balm is essential for a good lipstick day.<br />

This product gives major hydration for parched<br />

lips and is one of the best, most affordable options<br />

available. The Hempz lip balm will leave your lips<br />

feeling hydrated and soft, without having to spend<br />

a fortune. Apply this lip balm to your lips at the<br />

beginning of your routine to give your pout some<br />

time to absorb the hydration. If you want to achieve<br />

that plump look, softly scrub the lip balm off of your<br />

lips with a makeup remover wipe before applying<br />

your other lip products. This will lightly exfoliate<br />

your lips to keep your lipstick looking smooth and<br />

fresh all day long.<br />

PRIMER<br />

E.L.F. Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer, $8<br />


Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full<br />

Coverage Foundation, $12<br />

Some people stick solely with moisturizer to prep<br />

their skin for makeup, but primer is an essential<br />

in your routine to achieve a smooth, hydrated<br />

complexion. This primer, by E.L.F. Cosmetics, is all<br />

over social media and for good reason! As the name<br />

suggests, this product looks and feels like putty.<br />

When applied to the skin, it fills the fine lines and<br />

pores to create a smooth even surface. It has been<br />

labeled as the best affordable dupe for the Tatcha<br />

Silk Canvas primer, which has been raved about for<br />

some time now. You choose, $60 or $8. Press this<br />

primer into your skin to smooth your complexion<br />

and create a poreless effect for your base makeup<br />

application.<br />

Drugstore makeup has stepped up its game with<br />

new and improved products to compare to those<br />

sold at Ulta, Sephora, and other department stores.<br />

Makeup Revolution is one of the many affordable<br />

brands that comes out with dupe-worthy products.<br />

The Conceal & Define Foundation gives brands like<br />

Nars and Too Faced a run for their money. The<br />

foundation is light in consistency, so it doesn’t feel<br />

like a mask, and it paves the way for a flawless base<br />

for the rest of your makeup. Apply this foundation<br />

using a flat kabuki brush to spread the coverage<br />

evenly, and go over it again with a damp beauty<br />

sponge to soak up any excess product. This process<br />

will keep your foundation from looking clumped<br />

and caked on, while still maintaining that desirable<br />

full-coverage look.<br />

Spring 2020 11


Morphe’s Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer, $9<br />


Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru<br />

Butter Bronzer, $16<br />

Concealer is essential for achieving a full glam<br />

makeup look. This Morphe concealer is the goto<br />

for effortless, full coverage makeup looks. It<br />

covers dark circles like a high-end concealer would,<br />

while still looking natural on the skin. Apply the<br />

concealer to the areas you want to cover and blend<br />

using a damp beauty sponge or a small fluffy brush.<br />

For maximum coverage, leave your concealer on<br />

for at least 30 seconds before blending it out. This<br />

allows the product to dry down just enough that<br />

the coverage won’t be lost during the rest of your<br />

makeup application.<br />

Bronzer is an important step to creating a<br />

luscious look. It is responsible for that effortless<br />

sunkissed glow after you’ve covered your natural<br />

pigmentation with foundation, concealer, and<br />

powder. This Physician’s Formula bronzer is a<br />

fan favorite and has been labeled one of the best<br />

drugstore bronzers. This product is a little more<br />

on the pricey side of affordable makeup, but is<br />

worth every penny. The bronzer also comes in six<br />

different shades to accommodate more skin tones,<br />

and it smells like you’re on a tropical vacation.<br />

What more could we ask for in a bronzer? For an<br />

all-over bronzed look, use a large powder brush to<br />

dust the bronzer onto the perimeter of your face.<br />

For a more defined look, use a smaller brush to<br />

better focus the product.<br />

POWDER<br />

Maybelline’s Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, $8<br />

BLUSH<br />

Morphe’s Blushing Babes Blush Trio, $12<br />

When it comes down to finding the perfect<br />

powder, there are three factors to consider. You<br />

want a powder that doesn’t budge, doesn’t cake,<br />

and doesn’t flashback. This powder by Maybelline<br />

meets all of the above, making it the best affordable<br />

powder. High-end powders start at about $30, and<br />

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder is just<br />

$7.99. This is a game changer for beauty enthusiasts<br />

on a budget. To set your foundation and concealer<br />

for a long-wearing glam, press the powder into the<br />

skin using a powder puff. This locks in the coverage<br />

from your base products while keeping your skin<br />

matte and smooth. Dust away any excess powder<br />

with a soft, fluffy brush to avoid product buildup.<br />

Need a pink-me-up? This blush trio by Morphe<br />

is for you. This product has four color stories of<br />

blushes to choose from, catering to a variety of skin<br />

tones. To elevate your makeup look, choose a blush<br />

tone that fits the color story of the rest of your<br />

makeup. For example, if you’re wearing a peach<br />

toned eyeshadow look, you’ll need a peach toned<br />

blush to tie the look together. Apply this blush<br />

to your cheekbones, and dust any excess product<br />

from your brush onto the perimeters of your face<br />

and nose for a subtle yet vibrant look.<br />

12 Spring 2020


WetnWild’s MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $6<br />


Colourpop’s Nude Mood Pressed Powder<br />

Palette, $14<br />

Highlighters have become a staple in beauty<br />

trends in recent years and a must for many beauty<br />

gurus. It contrasts with the depth of your face to<br />

bring dimension and light to your face. Whether<br />

you like the blinding highlight look or a soft glow<br />

from within, you can achieve either with this<br />

product. The WetnWild MegaGlo highlighter<br />

is available in four different shades, so you can<br />

choose the most fitting highlighter to compliment<br />

your look. For an intense shine, apply setting spray<br />

onto a small highlighting brush before dipping into<br />

the product. For a gentle glow, apply highlighter to<br />

the high points of your face using a larger, fluffier<br />

brush to diffuse the product.<br />

Eyeshadow trends come and go, but one that<br />

will stay forever is a classic smokey eye. The Nude<br />

Mood palette by Colourpop is a great addition to<br />

your makeup collection. It has neutral mattes and<br />

shimmers to create a stunning, luxurious look.<br />

To create a smokey, eye-opening look, begin by<br />

applying a transition shade from the palette to the<br />

crease of your eye and on your lower lash line. Take<br />

a deeper shade and build it in the outer corner of<br />

your eye, bringing it slightly into the crease. Keep<br />

building the color until your desired depth is<br />

created. Then, take the darkest shade in the palette<br />

and line your upper and lower lash lines. Keep the<br />

shadow close to the lash line to mimic an eyeliner,<br />

then diffuse the harshness with a blending brush<br />

to create the desired smoky effect. Clean up the<br />

inner corner and lid of your eye by applying a light<br />

matte shade from the palette. Keep the look matte,<br />

or give it some glow by adding a highlighting shade<br />

(or even your highlighter) to the inner corner and<br />

also under the brow bone.<br />

BROWS<br />

Colourpop’s Brow Boss Pencil, $6<br />

Colourpop’s Brow Boss Gel, $7<br />


Maybelline’s Falsies Lash Lift Mascara, $11<br />

Brows can make or break a look. Using the wrong<br />

products can cause your eyebrows to look too<br />

harsh or too light, taking away from the statement<br />

look you are trying to achieve! Colourpop has two<br />

products that can improve your brow game. The<br />

Brow Boss Pencil and Brow Boss Gel have just<br />

the right amount of pigmentation, allowing you<br />

to create a subtle look along your natural brow or<br />

building it up to design Instagram-worthy brows.<br />

For an arched and sculpted brow, fill in your brow<br />

shape with the Brow Boss Pencil and complete<br />

the look with the Brow Boss Gel. For a softer, less<br />

defined look, apply the Brow Boss Gel alone.<br />

This mascara is the newest addition to the<br />

Maybelline falsies lash collection. Although it’s a<br />

fairly new product, it has already made an impact<br />

in the makeup industry. Retailing for only $10,<br />

this mascara gives your lashes envious depth and a<br />

flirty flare. Use a lash curler to add height to your<br />

lashes before applying mascara to get the most out<br />

of your product. For an extra wispy effect, apply<br />

mascara mainly on the outer corner of your eye.<br />

This will bring the lashes outward, elongating the<br />

look. Wear this product alone for a naturally wispy<br />

lash look, or apply falsies to further accentuate<br />

your lashes.<br />

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LASHES<br />

Ardell’s Lash Faux Mink Demi Wispies, $3<br />


Maybelline’s Color Sensational Shine<br />

Compulsion Lipstick, $8<br />

False lashes are a fun and flirty addition to vamp<br />

up your look. High-end falsies can retail for about<br />

$20 or $30, but thankfully brands like Ardell have<br />

affordable options to choose from. The best part?<br />

You can get multiple wears from just one pair of<br />

lashes, which make it a better bang for your buck<br />

(or three). The style Demi Wispies is a crowd<br />

pleaser and fits most eye shapes due to it’s wispy<br />

outer corner. To apply false lashes seamlessly, trim<br />

the ends to fit your eye shape. Then you can coat<br />

the lash band with lash glue and allow the glue to<br />

dry until it settles into a tacky consistency. Apply<br />

directly to your lash line, and conceal the lash band<br />

with a dark eyeliner or eyeshadow. Voila! A flawless,<br />

sultry lash to boost your eye game.<br />

There are so many lipsticks out there, it’s difficult<br />

to find THE one! Here’s a recommendation to<br />

narrow down your search for the best lipstick on<br />

the market. The Maybelline high shine lipstick is<br />

like no other. It glides onto your lips like a normal<br />

cream lipstick, yet it has the look of a luscious gloss.<br />

This product is intensely pigmented and gives your<br />

lips just the right amount of shine, without having<br />

to apply a lip gloss overtop. After applying your<br />

lip liner, apply this lipstick to the center of your<br />

lips for a subtle effect. Fill in your lips completely<br />

for a glossy, glamorous lip look. If the glossy look<br />

isn’t your vibe, try Maybelline’s Color Sensational<br />

Creamy Matte Lipsticks.<br />


Colourpop’s Lippie Pencil, $6<br />


Morphe’s Continuous Setting Mist, $16<br />

Lip liner is a must-have for flawless lips.<br />

Colourpop’s lip liner glides onto the skin<br />

effortlessly, stays put for hours, and costs only $6.<br />

To achieve a full and pouty lip look, apply the Lippie<br />

Pencil where the edge of your lip line meets your<br />

skin and outline your lips. Apply similarly colored<br />

lipstick, stain, or gloss products over it to complete<br />

the desired look.<br />

If you’ve ever been victim of having your makeup<br />

completely ruined after spritzing your face with a<br />

poorly made setting spray, let us put your faith<br />

back into them with Morphe’s Continuous Setting<br />

Mist. This has become one of the most popular<br />

setting sprays since its release in 2017. It’s rise<br />

to fame is due to its stellar formula and its easy<br />

mist. The mist on the setting spray is so fine and<br />

gentle that it helps spray your entire face evenly<br />

without disrupting any of your makeup. To keep<br />

your makeup fresh all day (and night), mist your<br />

face before priming and after you’ve applied your<br />

makeup to lock your look. Fan your face to allow<br />

the product to dry down, and then your look is<br />

complete.<br />

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Spring 2020 15

TO<br />

Nails<br />

By Natalie Vande Linde<br />

As we begin to see a surge in evolving nail trends, such as<br />

complex nail art and beautiful long acrylics, it’s also important to<br />

give your nails just as much attention as your skin. Nail care can<br />

be easily forgotten or ignored, but it is vital to your manicure. <strong>Alice</strong><br />

is here to inspire some healthy habits for you to keep your nails<br />

strong, long, and beautiful.<br />

16 Spring 2020

Take a Breather<br />

Hydration<br />

Nails, in many ways, reflect our overall health. A strong, healthy<br />

set of nails means your diet is likely balanced and full of the right<br />

vitamins and nutrients entering your system. One very simple<br />

mistake that can lead to fickle nails is the lack of hydration. Of<br />

course, hydration can be as basic as drinking your water, which<br />

is amazing for your beauty routine in every aspect, but it is also<br />

important to remember that your nails need direct, local hydration.<br />

The perfect solution to this is a hydrating hand cream. To avoid<br />

thinning and cracking of the nails, apply hand cream and make<br />

sure to rub into your nail bed and cuticles. If you find your skin to<br />

be extra dry or you are just looking for extra hydration, it’s always<br />

helpful to grab cuticle oil and layer that on as well. Hydration is a<br />

great and essential first step to maintaining strong nails.<br />

This is a pretty simple task. If you’re like me and constantly<br />

pamper your nails with crazy designs and new shapes, let them<br />

breathe for a minute. Often, we go straight from look to look and<br />

never let our nails have a minute to repair themselves. This is a<br />

really important part of maintaining healthy nail. It’s great practice<br />

to take a few weeks or even a month in between sets to just apply<br />

a strengthening top coat and let your nails rest and relax. During<br />

this break, remember to follow our first two tips. While everyone<br />

enjoys a trip to the nail salon, it is important to remember how<br />

harsh some of those products can be on our nails, especially things<br />

like acetone, nail glue, dip powders, and gel.<br />

Protein, Protein, Protein<br />

Cuticle Health<br />

Your cuticles are a very sensitive part of the nail and require a<br />

little extra love. As mentioned above, cuticle oil is always a great<br />

idea for keeping a healthy, manicured nail. It is also important,<br />

however, to know what NOT to do to your cuticles. Your cuticles<br />

are there for a reason – they protect your nail as it grows and they<br />

work to keep bacteria and infection away from that new, lovely<br />

nail that’s trying to grow. It’s important to let the cuticle work its<br />

magic and by this, we mean DO NOT cut them, or allow anyone<br />

else to cut them. Cutting the cuticle is something you might<br />

experience a decent amount in nail salons, or be tempted to do<br />

if you’re experiencing a pesky hangnail, but it’s best to groom<br />

them and avoid the cuticle. It is good practice to occasionally push<br />

your cuticles back. Generally, the best time for this is fresh out of<br />

the shower, when they’re soft and pliable. Keeping your cuticles<br />

pushed back and keeping oil on them as often as possible to avoid<br />

breakage is a key step to ensure a strong nail bed.<br />

This last tip involves a bit more commitment and intention than<br />

the others, but it is arguably the most important. Our nails are<br />

made up of many things, mainly keratin, so they need nutrients<br />

and proteins to grow strong and avoid breaks and cracks. You have<br />

an option to take these nutrients directly in a supplement, but<br />

you can simply incorporate them into your everyday diet. Think<br />

protein-rich foods like beans, fish, or nuts. These foods will offer<br />

the nutrients your nails need to grow stronger, plus they also offer<br />

great benefits for your skin and hair. However, if these foods just<br />

aren’t for you there are supplement options to look into like fish<br />

oil, vitamin-E, or biotin. These will all help create a strong base for<br />

your nails while benefiting your hair and skin as well.<br />

Nail care is essential to a lovely manicured set of nails and is<br />

often forgotten in your nail routine. These tips are a quick and<br />

simple way to leave your nails happy, healthy and strong! It can be<br />

damaging to your nails and wallet to keep making frequent trips to<br />

the nail salon, but it turns out, it’s not impossible to keep healthy<br />

nails with a fun design. Just remember to keep your nails hydrated,<br />

maintain cuticle health, and give them a chance to breathe. Above<br />

all, have FUN with your nails. Nail care is to a fun manicure as<br />

skincare is to a powerful makeup look. Nails are an amazing way to<br />

express yourself and experiment with new trends. Try new colors<br />

and patterns and wear what makes you happy.<br />

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Every nation and region of the world have specific ideals of<br />

beauty that are shaped by the geographic location and cultural<br />

norms of the area. These ideals can center around a single aspect<br />

of beauty that then defines the visual landscape of a culture.<br />

Bold and defined eyes are significant in the Middle East due<br />

to cultural and religious practices in these areas. This trend has<br />

always been a staple of beauty in Dubai. Depending on specific<br />

religious or cultural practices, women are limited in the ways in<br />

which they can express themselves, thus the eyes and eyebrows<br />

have become a beauty staple.<br />

A full, defined brow is a must-have in Dubai. When creating<br />

these statement brows, women usually allow the tail of the brow to<br />

extend further than their natural growth. Even if you haven’t been<br />

naturally blessed with lush, bushy brows, beauty innovators in<br />

Dubai have a variety of solutions to help anyone achieve the look.<br />

Microblading is a noninvasive, brow-enhancing procedure that<br />

originated in Dubai, though it has quickly spread across the world.<br />

Chelsea Gregory, a microblading specialist from Dubai, discusses<br />

how this technique is used to create or improve definition, fill in<br />

gaps in your natural brows, or extend brows in order to achieve the<br />

desired look. It currently serves as the ultimate remedy for those<br />

brows that fell victom to the over-plucking that was wildly popular<br />

in the early 2000s.<br />

This microblading technique creates the illusion of hairs via<br />

very thin blades that are able to precisely deposit colored pigments<br />

in the upper layers of the skin. In doing so, each “hair” is drawn<br />

individually by a certified esthetician. Much of microblading’s<br />

appeal comes from the incredibly realistic and natural effect it can<br />

create.<br />

Because this process is so detailed, the average microblading<br />

session clocks in at around two hours. Despite the timely nature of<br />

the procedure, many women prefer this one-time cost to the time<br />

and effort it takes to fill in their eyebrows on a daily basis. Results<br />

can last up to two years and only require sporadic, “as-needed”<br />

maintenance.<br />

If microblading seems too much of a commitment for you,<br />

Hayley Kadrou of The National offers an even less invasive<br />

alternative to microblading: Brow Lamination.<br />

This relatively new technique is currently on the rise and<br />

expected to be the biggest global eyebrow trend of 2020. The<br />

process is much simpler when compared to microblading, as<br />

lamination is essentially a perm for your brows. The eyebrow<br />

hairs are lifted from their roots and set into place with lotion,<br />

which allows the hairs to be brushed in any desired direction to<br />

create fuller, fluffier and denser-looking brows. This treatment<br />

also allows for the addition of color, upon request.<br />

For those with more wiry brows, lamination is said to be a<br />

godsend. The process serves to calm the hair’s natural texture,<br />

allowing it to be smoothed against the skin.<br />

Brow lamination can last anywhere from six to eight weeks,<br />

depending on your exposure to the elements and your skincare<br />

routines. According to Gregory, lamination is the perfect option<br />

for those who are looking to enhance what they already have.<br />

Ultimately, these long-term brow enhancing treatments we see<br />

popping up around the world are the true embodiment of the “low<br />

maintenance” beauty idolized by the industry in the past years.<br />

Just as eyelash extensions or lifts cut down on time and hassle,<br />

these brow enhancement options aim to do the same.<br />

<strong>No</strong>te: According to the American Medical Spa Association<br />

(AMSA), as the demand for the procedure has skyrocketed, so<br />

has the need for properly trained estheticians and technicians —<br />

leaving some potentially untrained and inexperienced individuals<br />

to fill the void. Always be sure to do your research before<br />

undergoing the procedure. It’s highly recommended to look for<br />

someone with accreditation from either the American Association<br />

of Micropigmentation or the Society of Permanent Cosmetic<br />

Professionals (SPCP). Both of these organizations are a great<br />

starting point for finding licensed and skilled technicians in your<br />

area.<br />

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It’s a widely accepted truth that Japanese, Korean, and Chinese<br />

beauty trends have long influenced trends in the rest of the world.<br />

Korean beauty and skincare dominated the industry in 2019, and<br />

there’s no reason to believe they won’t continue to do so in 2020.<br />

Blush that is applied exaggeratingly high on the cheekbones<br />

and directly under the eyes is a cornerstone of the Harajuku<br />

community, a district in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Although the<br />

trend originated within a district of Tokyo, it has quickly gained<br />

popularity all across the country.<br />

The style, called “me no shita chiiku” (translating to “undereye<br />

blush”), first started popping up on the streets of Tokyo within the<br />

last five years, but recently reached its peak in popularity in the<br />

fall of 2019.<br />

The look itself is derived from a more specific niche trend called<br />

“byojaku,” or “sickly,” in which women purposefully sport pale<br />

skin, puffy under eyes, and reddish skin around the eyes. There<br />

are countless tutorials detailing how to recreate the look of puffy,<br />

slightly swollen under eyes on social media.<br />

Clearly, not all aspects of this niche community’s trend have<br />

become mainstream. Many women seem to be drawn to the<br />

practice of applying blush underneath the eyes because of its ability<br />

to create a more youthful, innocent look. When applying color<br />

higher up on the cheeks, the face appears more round and childlike.<br />

Many Japanese beauty bloggers have coined the term “uruuru”<br />

to describe the effect this look creates, as it is an expression<br />

used to describe big, round eyes that are almost brimming over<br />

with tears. We might think of this as “puppy-dog” eyes.<br />

While it’s true that applying deeper blush tones atop the<br />

cheekbones can chisel the face, thus creating a more sophisticated<br />

and mature look, it is also true that concentrating color toward<br />

the center of the face draws more attention to the eyes, creating a<br />

younger effect.<br />

This trend also has roots in Japanese history, as the makeup of<br />

Geisha and Kabuki dancers often included a red accent around the<br />

eyes. The look even prevails in modern day Japanese culture, as<br />

anime characters are known for their signature “blush” drawn high<br />

on their cheeks.<br />

French women have always looked for makeup to enhance their<br />

natural features, and the rest of the world isn’t far behind. We’ve<br />

seen a serious interest in “clean” makeup and intense emphasis on<br />

skincare in the past year, a trend that was undoubtedly sparked by<br />

the classic French look.<br />

French makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune, renowned for his<br />

work with celebrities and publications like Sports Illustrated and<br />

Women’s Health, encourages the use of makeup for enhancement<br />

with the goal of achieving your best possible self, rather than<br />

transforming yourself into someone else. Fontbrune highly<br />

encourages prepping the skin before makeup with a fine waterbased<br />

mist, serum, and light moisturizer or primer, depending on<br />

your skin type.<br />

Another wildly popular practice in France is to choose one<br />

aspect of your makeup and play it up while leaving the rest of<br />

your face clean in order to emphasize the focus of your look. This<br />

practice usually involves a light layer of foundation, natural blush,<br />

and simple eyes, all paired with a bold lip.<br />

This signature Parisian red lip is meant to stand out on a<br />

relatively plain face, and is renowned for its flexibility. Fontbrune<br />

himself states that the look can be paired with jeans or a cocktail<br />

dress just the same. However, if you do want to play up a different<br />

feature — “deepen the eyes or add color elsewhere” — consider<br />

playing down other elements of your look, e.g. lip or cheek color,<br />

bronzer, contour, etc., to maintain the desired air of sophistication<br />

and simplicity.<br />

Yet another signature practice involves embracing the casualness<br />

of makeup and its application. In essence, French women readily<br />

welcome the messiness of makeup.<br />

For example, creating a smokey eye using a creamy pencil and<br />

blending it in with your finger instead of a precise brush. Don’t<br />

overthink it. You want to make your look appear more lived in and<br />

less contrived. Instead of using heavy highlighters and bronzers<br />

to sculpt out a new shape, use them to capture ambient light and<br />

effortlessly bring elements of your face forward.<br />

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ACNE<br />



D<br />

you ever just get tired of the same old remarks from your<br />

friends with perfect skin? Me too. Of course, anybody<br />

who struggles with severe acne and breakouts knows<br />

that no matter how many promising new face washes<br />

or three-step trends advertised on TV that you try, your stubborn<br />

acne sticks around (or even gets worse). Buying things that were<br />

supposed to help my acne began to feel like shredding my money<br />

in a blender. I was 21 years old and beginning to feel like I would<br />

have acne forever. <strong>No</strong> matter how many dermatologists I saw, I<br />

would leave feeling just as discouraged as when I arrived. I was<br />

tired of trying every topical cream imaginable and watching my<br />

diet closely. I was tired of praying that my face would magically<br />

clear up before the next big social event. I got to the point<br />

where I would even find myself skipping class, because I was so<br />

embarrassed of how broken out my face was. I was ready to take<br />

matters into my own hands and find a solution to fix the acne<br />

that had dominated my self-esteem and so many aspects of my life.<br />

After seeing dermatologists who told me “just don’t wear<br />

makeup; it will clog your pores and break you out,” I decided to<br />

educate myself on my skin. Anyone who is educated on acne knows<br />

that breakouts are caused more by your genetics and hormones<br />

than wearing makeup. Some medications that dermatologists told<br />

me would clear up my skin had common side effects that were so<br />

severe that I knew many people who’d rather have acne than deal<br />

with the consequences of the medication.<br />

Something my dermatologists did not tell me is that there<br />

is such a thing as hormonal acne. After doing some research,<br />

I realized that was exactly what I had. The next time I went to<br />

the dermatologist I knew I could request oral pills that exist to<br />

specifically help with hormonal acne. Hormonal acne is linked<br />

directly to the fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone, and the<br />

ratio of these two hormones can affect a woman’s testosterone<br />

levels and result in hormonal acne. If you are past your teen years<br />

and in your early 20’s and still struggling with severe acne, there’s<br />

a good chance you are struggling with hormonal acne.<br />

My acne was very painful, and a lot of it was around my jawline,<br />

which is a primary side effect of hormonal acne.<br />

After a couple of months of treating my hormonal acne with<br />

prescribed medicine, I cannot believe the transformation that my<br />

skin went through. With a little dedication and research, you can<br />

start on your own journey to better skin.<br />

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A<br />

new season means you can say goodbye to bad habits<br />

and hello to new, improved healthier ones. The surprise<br />

pimple that magically appeared right before grad<br />

pictures is a nightmare, but no matter how much you<br />

want to pop it, you have to leave your uninvited guest alone. Many<br />

dermatologists advise their patients not to pop pimples,<br />

because it can lead to the spreading of bacteria, and leave<br />

permanent scars and scabs, which requires so much more<br />

work to get rid of than the pimple itself.<br />

Touching your face is a no-go in general, along with popping<br />

your pimples. This is because it can leave dirt, oil, and bacteria on<br />

your skin, causing clogged pores and even more breakouts in the<br />

future.<br />

Accidentally going to bed with makeup on and not washing your<br />

face is another important habit you must break. Leaving makeup<br />

to settle into your skin overnight clogs your pores and leaves a<br />

build-up of oil, product, and dead skin<br />

To remove any makeup, you can use makeup removers like<br />

Neutrogena’s Make-up Removing wipes (only $1.99 at Target) or<br />

get micellar water, which cleanses and wipes off your makeup and<br />

any oil.<br />

For cleansing and washing your face, a good practice is looking<br />

at the ingredients of your skincare products. Avoid washing your<br />

face with parabens. According to a survey conducted by CervaVe<br />

skincare, 52 percent of American consumers use bath wash or<br />

hand soap to cleanse their face.<br />

Washing your face with regular soaps or skincare products with<br />

parabens, artificial fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, and phthalates<br />

will harm and strip the natural oils from your skin.<br />

The American Academy of Dermatology Association<br />

recommends washing your face twice a day and after working out.<br />

Don’t forget to use a toner! Toners are the most underrated and<br />

underappreciated step in skin routines. According to Dermatology<br />

Times, medical doctor Zoe Diana Draelos says toners are known as<br />

astringents, which can be used to remove any waterproof product<br />

after cleaning. They can also help remove any excess dirt you might<br />

have missed while cleansing, and it helps to close your pores. Its<br />

properties act as a balance to the pH scale of your skin and give<br />

your skin the extra protection to keep on flourishing.<br />

Habits might be hard to break, but your skin definitely will be<br />

gleaming after making the changes.<br />

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A<br />

skeleton of PVC pipe lined with ridged soundproofing<br />

pads and swaddled in blankets is where Garrick<br />

Griffin II (Griff) lets out his emotions. Sitting in the<br />

corner of a candlelit room pulsating softly to the<br />

beat of an old mix, the makeshift sound booth resembles a<br />

time machine. With the Frank Sinatra poster, Kobe Bryant<br />

Lakers jersey and hand-drawn ode to Mac Miller hanging on<br />

the wall, you wonder if it might be. Sitting next to a pillowcase<br />

full of lavender and a fluorite rock, Griff turned back the clock.<br />

The home-made music machine is located in Griff’s co-writer<br />

Justin Speegle’s basement. This was where Griff recorded his first<br />

released album, The White EP, but the two started making music<br />

together even before their studio was complete. In a jam session<br />

which saw the conception and completion of an unreleased single,<br />

“Father Forgive Me,” Griff and Speegle began a friendship built on<br />

a shared love for creation and Frank Ocean.<br />

As multi-job holding artists, partners in music and selfdescribed<br />

perfectionists, Speegle and Griff say their friendship is<br />

better described as a brotherhood. As they sing along under their<br />

breaths in deliberate, measured time to the raw version of “Father<br />

Forgive Me” playing on Speegle’s computer, it’s clear the two have<br />

a harmony that extends beyond their tracks.<br />

Griff credits Speegle, who has been writing songs since he was<br />

six years old, for the release of his first album.<br />

“He’s 10 times more talented [than me] in my opinion,” Griff<br />

said. “But he gets so caught up in making a perfect product that<br />

he’ll never release anything. And I’m just like, ‘Dude, what’s the<br />

reason that you’re doing this if you’re not even ever going to release<br />

anything?’ I was like, ‘Maybe if I do this it’ll inspire him to do this.’<br />

And he ended up releasing a project later on last year.’<br />

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When Speegle is working on a project, he’ll play his tracks every<br />

time he gets in his car, listening fastidiously for bars to improve<br />

and sounds to enhance. Different from Griff, Speegle likes to record<br />

his songs in one take — no cuts — and craving such a particular<br />

orientation of words, pitches and beats can take time to perfect.<br />

“I’ll record the same song at least 10 to 15 times, just to make<br />

sure I get it right,” Speegle admitted. “Every time I go listen to it in<br />

the car I hear something I don’t like. That’s just being judgemental<br />

and critical of myself, but it’s good to have those thoughts because<br />

you want to make it perfect.”<br />

If Griff and Speegle could, they’d spend most of their time<br />

perfecting their craft. But Speegle works at a landscaping job, and<br />

Griff considers music — making his third job — so they have to<br />

split their time working for others while working for themselves.<br />

“I spend most of my time on my phone in my notes,” Speegle<br />

said. “If I ever catch a break at work, I’m back to trying to write.<br />

Of course, I don’t like being somewhere where I’m distracted, but<br />

you just find time to do things that you want to do.”<br />

There’s no question that the four walls of this dimly-lit studio<br />

have been illuminated with strategically lyricized bars and heartpulled<br />

song concepts, but there’s another place Griff lets his ideas<br />

flow with even less inhibition. Within the confines of four smaller<br />

borders, Griff’s bed, he colors two blank sheets of paper with the<br />

goings-on of his mind every morning when he wakes up. Inspired<br />

by an interview with J. Cole in which the rapper mentions the<br />

technique from the book The Artist’s Way, Griff uses his “morning<br />

pages” as a release, writing down his feelings or events in his life<br />

and then never looking back at them.<br />

“I know it’s going to be a good day of morning pages when I don’t<br />

want to do it at all,” Griff said. “I’ll go back to sleep specifically so I<br />

don’t have to write anything. But on those mornings where I hate<br />

it, and I don’t want to do it, those are the mornings that I live for.<br />

That’s when I get everything out.”<br />

The pages function as a personal, creative outlet which Griff<br />

says helps him become attuned to his feelings and turn them into<br />

songs with more ease. You can’t say you have writer’s block, he<br />

says, if you force yourself to just start writing every morning.<br />

Like Speegle, Griff holds his music close to his heart, reluctant<br />

to release it until he deems it worthy. It wasn’t until Griff<br />

translated all of his thoughts to his satisfaction into the completed<br />

The White EP album that his father, Garrick Griffin, realized his<br />

son’s seriousness about breaking into the music industry. It was<br />

an unexpected GroupMe message from a cousin that brought<br />

Griff’s music to his dad’s attention.<br />

A Command Sgt. Major at Fort Knox, Griffin has gotten the<br />

opportunity to expose himself and his kids to faces and places far<br />

removed from his hometown in Birmingham. Born in Germany,<br />

Griff has lived in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama.<br />

Griff finished his sophomore year of high school in Korea.<br />

“I really felt like [Griff] was safer in Korea than in the United<br />

States,” Griffin said. “I never had to worry about whether or not I<br />

was going to get that phone call saying that something happened<br />

with the police. I never really worried about him, Garrick could<br />

go as he pleased. Here in the States, there’s a possibility that<br />

something could happen to him even if he’s doing all the right<br />

things.”<br />

It wasn’t a call about Griff, but Griff’s stepbrother, Daqun<br />

Ramey, that threatened the family’s sense of security. It was 4<br />

a.m. when Griff received the call from his dad. Hours later, Griff<br />

would attempt to work through a shift carrying the weight of<br />

serving trays and the news that his stepbrother, Daquan Ramey,<br />

had been murdered.<br />

Daquan was murdered less than a year ago in a home invasion<br />

during his first semester enrolled back in school. Griff described<br />

that the painful death was one made even harder by the fact that<br />

he and his stepbrother were facing similar hardships. Griff said<br />

the two were beginning to mend the troubles in their lives when<br />

his stepbrother’s life was taken from him and his family.<br />

“[After being shot] he literally was just laying on the ground<br />

for 5 hours before they did anything,” Griff said, his voice hushed.<br />

“Laying underneath his car. He was crawling to his f---ing car to<br />

make it to the hospital, and nothing. His friends left him there,<br />

because they were scared they would get in trouble.”<br />

Daquan covered Griff’s morning pages for a while, but, Griff<br />

said, he has yet to fully realize the scope of the pain that his<br />

brother’s murder inflicted on him.<br />

“I’ve probably written 10 or 15 songs that never turned into<br />

anything because I was like man, f--- this. I’m not doing him any<br />

justice. This isn’t worthy. And then I get to my thoughts, and I’m<br />

like, I don’t know if that’s a line that I want to cross. I don’t want<br />

it to ever come across as me using my brother to gain sympathy.”<br />

Despite struggling to put his feelings into music that he feels<br />

meets the standard his brother deserves, Griff has used the trauma<br />

to propel his music in other ways. His brother motivates him to<br />

feel pain, to create through the pain, to succeed through the pain.<br />

He feels grateful for the opportunity to at least feel, a right that was<br />

stolen from Daquan.<br />

“I feel like shit right now, but man, feeling like shit sure does<br />

beat not feeling at all,” Griff said.<br />

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W<br />

hen we think about our onscreen crushes, we usually<br />

think of characters like Zach Dempsey from 13<br />

Reasons Why, Regina George from Mean Girls, Sandy<br />

from Grease, or even Damon Salvatore from The<br />

Vampire Diaries. All these characters have one thing in common,<br />

something shocking: They’re all played by people who are at least<br />

ten years older than the character they are playing. These famous<br />

characters who run the halls of their respective schools aren’t<br />

plagued with frizzy hair or acne; they are sporting post-puberty<br />

bodies, chiseled chins and an aura of confidence.<br />

The fantasy of perfection is not limited to recent popular<br />

movies. In fact, even some of Hollywood’s classics warped viewers’<br />

sense of age. Audrey Hepburn was 31 when she played 19-year-old<br />

Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Leonardo Dicaprio<br />

was 28 when he played 16-year-old Frank Abagnale in the movie<br />

Catch Me If You Can. The aging process is one that is not usually a<br />

topic of discussion when it comes to representation in media, but<br />

it is important.<br />

According to Forbes, in 2015, teens consumed nine hours of<br />

media a day. While most of what was watched was fictional, onscreen<br />

images can shape our views of reality. Even when we are<br />

aware that what is on-screen is not a true representation, it still<br />

alters our perceptions. By and large this is due to many elements of<br />

a show or movie being accurate in style. Characters have iPhones,<br />

classroom set ups and part-time jobs.<br />

Tina Turner, a senior journalism major at The University of<br />

Alabama, said, “Representation matters in media. It’s not good<br />

whenever you have a group of adults playing high schoolers who<br />

look like they fell from heaven. There are plenty of beautiful kids<br />

in high school, but in reality, we aren’t dressing to the nines every<br />

day. You know some people don’t have the time, some people don’t<br />

have the money and some people just don’t care.”<br />

Another issue is the ethical dilemma of having adults portraying<br />

sexualized teenagers such as on Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, or<br />

The Vampire Diaries.<br />

Chris Roberts, an associate professor at UA who researches<br />

media ethics said, “I have always struggled with people<br />

representing their own age doing things that would be bad for<br />

people that age.”<br />

The New York Times highlighted the concerns that Roberts<br />

presents in a 2019 article, in which the comedy Good Boys is used<br />

in conjunction with Superbad, Sandlot, American Pie, and Kick-<br />

Ass. All of these films employed younger actors using curse words<br />

for comedic effect. Chloë Grace Moretz was only 11 years old when<br />

she was portrayed slicing and dicing drug dealers and uttering<br />

obscenities in Kick-Ass. Many critics and viewers criticized<br />

Moretz’s role because of her age. Examples like these, along with<br />

many other factors, could be used to promote the usage of older<br />

actors.<br />

“If it’s a television show with teenagers, often older actors<br />

play the teens for a variety of reasons, not limited to the kinds of<br />

content the show would be interested in showing.” said Kristin<br />

Warner, associate professor at UA.“Hiring actors under a certain<br />

age has major restrictions regarding what they can do onscreen<br />

and rightly so. But, the more pertinent question is probably much<br />

more about what the producers have in mind for the characters,<br />

and what would an older actor allow them to do versus a minor.”<br />

As an audience, we may question what we can do to fight the<br />

stereotype of looking extraordinarily perfect on any given day or<br />

what a studio’s responsibility is if they do choose to hire adults to<br />

play teenagers.<br />

“But why not have people who just look normal?” Warner<br />

wondered. “Maybe it is up to makeup teams to be like ‘Let’s not<br />

make this person look extra glammed up walking around to class,’<br />

or ‘Let’s not hide all your blemishes today.’ These actors are still<br />

normal people. I’m sure they have insecurities, and I think if they<br />

share that then maybe the world will be more accepting of others’<br />

insecurities.”<br />

In an industry of fantasy and fiction, it is not surprising that age<br />

is veiled in mystery like much else. This systematic casting actors<br />

and actresses allows studios to have more flexibility in content,<br />

production, and hours. Even so, on-screen material has and will<br />

shape our society’s view of aging and perfection. Whether this is<br />

morally acceptable or not is up to viewers.<br />

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A<br />

few days before she was due on set in Naples, Florida,<br />

Virginia Newcomb sat at one of the many tables in<br />

Birmingham’s Pizitz Food Hall, raking her chopsticks<br />

through a Poké bowl and settling in for her eighth<br />

interview of the week.<br />

“This is probably the third thing today and the eighth thing this<br />

week where I’m talking about this kind of stuff,” Newcomb said.<br />

“It’s my world right now.”<br />

This kind of stuff — the burgeoning film industry bubbling up in<br />

Alabama and how women and people of color fit into that industry<br />

— brought Newcomb back to Birmingham from Los Angeles years<br />

ago. Newcomb left her Alabama hometown after high school,<br />

a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in<br />

hand and a bright future ahead of her. But after about a decade in<br />

Hollywood, it was time to come home.<br />

After shooting a short film with her partner, Paul Hart, and<br />

seeing it screen in several southern film festivals, Newcomb began<br />

to realize just how many independent filmmakers were working<br />

down south. That reassurance grounded her, but it also opened<br />

her eyes.<br />

“The conversations around filmmakers and stories in the South<br />

all deeply resonated with what I realized I’ve been wanting to<br />

do for a long time, which is amplify southern women’s voices,”<br />

Newcomb said.<br />

One of the festivals where Newcomb began to make new<br />

connections is based just below the place where she’d poked at<br />

her scallion-strewn lunch. The Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema<br />

opened its doors on the lower level of the Pizitz building in late<br />

2019, after 21 years of producing an annual film festival in the<br />

streets of Birmingham. Kiwi Lanier, Sidewalk’s education and<br />

outreach coordinator, has been around for almost a third of those<br />

years.<br />

“I interned here because I was trying to get out of taking classes<br />

for college credit,” Lanier said. “so I did an internship over the<br />

summer, and then I just didn’t leave.”<br />

That was the summer of 2012. Lanier would go on to serve as<br />

ticketing coordinator and education and outreach coordinator<br />

before taking a break to attend graduate school in Texas. When<br />

she arrived back in 2018, she took on yet another role: shorts<br />

programmer.<br />

“When I was programming shorts, it seemed like the female<br />

filmmakers were trying twice as hard, and it showed,” Lanier said.<br />

“I definitely felt like I saw that effort. I get how much harder they<br />

have to work, so I salute them.”<br />

In the two years that Lanier was on the shorts programming<br />

team, the women-to-men ratio of directors on local films was<br />

basically equal, but Lanier said she never wanted to consider<br />

gender while making programming decisions.<br />

“I tried to focus mostly on which shorts I enjoyed the most and<br />

which ones I thought executed their vision the best,” Lanier said. “I<br />

feel like programming something and saying, ‘We’re going to have<br />

50/50 women filmmakers,’ kind of devalues what they’re making.<br />

It’s reducing them to their gender, which is the whole thing we’re<br />

trying to avoid.”<br />

Megan Friend, a creative media student at The University of<br />

Alabama, co-directed one of the many shorts that populated<br />

Sidewalk’s 2019 lineup. It was the first time one of her films had<br />

been accepted into the festival circuit, but she’s more than familiar<br />

with the process of programming a festival. Friend is one of two<br />

directors of the Black Warrior Film Festival, which takes place at<br />

UA each spring. Black Warrior, just like Sidewalk, sports a staff of<br />

mostly women.<br />

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“I’m pretty happy with it,” Friend said. “It’s definitely a great<br />

experience that can feed into getting jobs in the industry and<br />

getting internships, so it’s awesome that this will be a way for<br />

those women to move on to other things and hopefully rise up the<br />

ranks.”<br />

Friend has also been on her fair share of film sets as a student<br />

filmmaker, serving in a variety of roles. As a junior, she’s been<br />

working as an assistant director more and more, often with women<br />

directors.<br />

“A lot of the people who have mentored me in the years above<br />

me in film school have been women,” Friend said. “And there’s<br />

always been a big emphasis on women directors and women<br />

directing the senior capstone films.”<br />

It’s that push, both in and out of the classroom, that leaves<br />

Friend hopeful for her post-graduation prospects.<br />

“I am optimistic as someone in college who wants to work in<br />

film, in development and writing,” Friend said. “I feel like there’s<br />

definitely a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm to find those<br />

women voices.”<br />

As for Newcomb, she’s found a community of people who<br />

have that energy to elevate women voices in the South. Years of<br />

oppression have instilled a deep-rooted fear in southern women,<br />

Newcomb said, and that fear is becoming fuel for their creative<br />

endeavors. Newcomb has seen her friends and family channel that<br />

fear, but she’s also seen it within herself.<br />

“Growing up as a little girl, a little weird kid in the South, you’re<br />

not always given the spaces you need to explore your perspective,”<br />

Newcomb said. “It’s very easy to just conform to what is accepted,<br />

and that happens on such a subconscious level. Only recently have<br />

I been able to wrap my brain around that.”<br />

What comes next, Newcomb said, is self-expression born of “all<br />

of the -pressions: suppression, repression, oppression.”<br />

But self-expression is one thing. Exposure is another.<br />

In 2018 and 2019, high profile film festivals in the United States<br />

programmed almost twice as many films directed by men than<br />

those directed by women, according to a study sponsored by the<br />

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.<br />

“The mantra has become, ‘Just make your film,’ because it<br />

should be easy,” Newcomb said. “But we’re having to look at all of<br />

the spaces and statistics and figure out why it’s so hard for certain<br />

people to make their movies. And it’s not just making them.<br />

Anyone could cash out their credit card and ask all their friends<br />

and learn how to crowdfund, but it’s also about how those films<br />

get seen.”<br />

That’s where smaller festivals like Black Warrior and Sidewalk<br />

come in.<br />

Sidewalk plans to host their first-ever Women in Film Week in<br />

the middle of March. Lanier looks forward to seeing how patrons<br />

respond but notes that all of Sidewalk’s programming is far from<br />

what “a programming team of all dudes would” put together,<br />

though she said that “it’s hard to quantify.”<br />

Black Warrior, which focuses on student films, programmed 15<br />

women-directed films out of the 36 total films programmed this<br />

year.<br />

As long as women continue to be even less represented in<br />

big budget projects, it’s crucial that they find equal footing in<br />

independent film. Of the 1,300 top grossing films from 2007-2019,<br />

only 4.8 percent of directors were women, according<br />

to a study from the Annenberg Foundation.<br />

Regardless of the numbers, Newcomb feels that<br />

there is a change coming. It’s just one that not everybody<br />

is ready to recognize.<br />

“I think it’s a very exciting time,” Newcomb said. “We<br />

just still have to forge forward and keep doing what we know<br />

is right, even though the Oscars or certain things that we’ve<br />

held up on a pedestal for a long time don’t represent the change<br />

that we feel and know needs to happen.”<br />

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for their<br />

part, didn’t nominate a single woman director for an Oscar in<br />

2019. It was a choice that snubbed countless films, notably Lulu<br />

Wang’s The Farewell, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Alma Har’el’s<br />

Honey Boy and Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers.<br />

Lanier might have been disappointed, but she’s already given<br />

up on the annual awards ceremony. After yet another anonymous<br />

Academy member came forward with her thoughts on who<br />

should win which awards, any remaining respect Lanier had for<br />

the ceremony flew out the window. In February, the offending<br />

Academy member said that Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A<br />

Time… In Hollywood should have won nearly every award it was<br />

nominated for and admitted to having not watched any of the<br />

nominated documentary or animated shorts.<br />

Lanier was disappointed, she said, but “it’s hard to degrade an<br />

already corrupt and pointless process.”<br />

Friend has also learned that awards season is not to be trusted.<br />

Though she looked forward to the Oscars as a high school student,<br />

further education in the creative media department has changed<br />

her views.<br />

“I’ve grown to really not care at all… after a couple of years of<br />

not understanding their decisions, their nominations, and being<br />

kind of frustrated with it, talking to my professors about it and<br />

just realizing how much power is held by that voting body and<br />

the people who happen to be in that voting body … ,” Friend said.<br />

“While some great films win, [films] that are of great quality, I<br />

don’t really correlate winning best picture to actually being best<br />

movie of the year.”<br />

The only woman to win the Best Director trophy at the Oscars is<br />

Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker, who won in 2010. She was<br />

only the fourth female nominee. Since then, the Academy has only<br />

nominated one additional woman in the category.<br />

But Newcomb’s reality doesn’t really mesh with the maledominated<br />

image of the film industry that the Academy promotes.<br />

She’s more concerned with looking forward to a future where the<br />

southern film community has solidified into a robust industry with<br />

women and men equally at its helm.<br />

“We’re ready to do big stuff,” Newcomb said. “Sometimes the<br />

limitations of the area as far as it not being an established industry<br />

keep people back. But there are some really great creatives here,<br />

and I’m excited to see what we all make.”<br />

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F<br />

or Atlanta Dream Head Coach, Nicki Collen, nothing is a<br />

given. Collen was an assistant coach from 2001 until 2018<br />

when she finally got her opportunity to be the face of a<br />

team. In her first season after initial struggles, the Dream<br />

took the WNBA by storm and finished 23-9 as the <strong>No</strong>. 1 seed in the<br />

Eastern Conference.<br />

“We walked into my first season and really changed the roster<br />

over to some degree,” Collen said. “ [The team] had something to<br />

prove to me, I had something to prove to them, and I think we<br />

played with a chip on our shoulder.”<br />

The next season was not so successful. The team couldn’t get<br />

out of the midseason lull and missed the playoffs entirely. There’s<br />

a whole new outlook for this upcoming year for both Collen and<br />

the team. She wants to reset the mentality of her players.

“I think [last year] we got a little comfortable because our roster<br />

was almost the same from one year to the next,” Collen said. “I<br />

learned more about leadership in a year of losing than I did in a<br />

year when we were winning. <strong>No</strong>thing is given. You earn everything,<br />

day by day, possession by possession.”<br />

Collen isn’t looking to bounce from this new coaching job very<br />

quickly. After losing her sister to a battle with cancer five years<br />

ago, she is focused on the here and now.<br />

The game is what Collen truly loves. Coming from an engineering<br />

background in college, she loves the way basketball can be a chess<br />

match. Trying to take down an opponent and manipulate their<br />

weakness is what she obsesses over. Realistically, Collen wants to<br />

follow trendsetters like Becky Hammond, an assistant coach of the<br />

San Antonio Spurs.<br />

“I’ve been around the NBA enough now through the [Atlanta<br />

Hawks] to know that [coaching in the NBA] might be more of a<br />

long-term goal of mine than I would’ve ever thought,” Collen said.<br />

“There was a time when women didn’t coach in the NBA, so you<br />

don’t think it’s a possibility. What I do is the same as what Lloyd<br />

Pierce (Atlanta Hawks Head Coach) does. He just does it a little<br />

bit different, and he has more resources, coaches, facilities and all<br />

these things. But when you talk about basketball or breaking the<br />

game down, we’re all coaching the same thing.”<br />

Although coaching jobs were originally given to men, women<br />

are finally getting their shot as the WNBA has been at the forefront<br />

of the women’s rights movement. But she still has goals for the<br />

women that follow behind her in the WNBA.<br />

“What I would love to see is us, as a league and society, finding<br />

ways to continue to push women, former players who have played<br />

at the highest level, who then have the opportunity to get in at the<br />

ground level and work their way up,” Collen said. “I think there<br />

has to be a bit of a grassroots movement to continue to empower<br />

women in coaching to stay in the coaching profession. ”<br />

Collen wants to see women take advantage of all the<br />

opportunities that are given to them. She loves being a part of a<br />

movement and working towards a better future for women as a<br />

collective.<br />

“I just would love to see continued growth,” Collen said.<br />

“I’m someone that worked my way up in the college game, who<br />

coached at a lot of different levels. I truly believe in outworking<br />

and outperforming people for opportunity and not being given<br />

opportunity that’s not deserved, but I think it’s finding ways<br />

to continue to give people opportunities so that they can get<br />

that experience, they can get to the point where they’re going to<br />

outperform, outthink, outwork their opposition.”<br />

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Game of Thrones<br />

The Witcher<br />

If you like gory, science fiction and have<br />

indulged in the eight seasons of the wellworshiped<br />

Game of Thrones, also known<br />

as “GOT,” the new Netflix show The<br />

Witcher is here for you. This high-action,<br />

fantasy drama of mystical, middle ages,<br />

starring Henry Cavill, will draw you into<br />

its perfect, twisted plot. If you like cliffhangers<br />

that have you sitting on the edge<br />

of your seat, this show is IT.<br />

Grey’s Anatomy<br />

Private Practice<br />

If you are “basic” and have watched the<br />

medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, you will<br />

like the spin-off Private Practice. The show<br />

centers on the employees and patients of a<br />

public clinic in Los Angeles. Spoiler Alert:<br />

Addison Montgomery is the star of Private<br />

Practice. Many of you will recognize her<br />

as Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob Derek<br />

Shepherd’s ex wife. Drama, am I right?<br />

Login to Netflix and start your next bingewatch<br />

ASAP.<br />

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Bachelor<br />

Love Island<br />

If you are a drama fiend with a Bachelor<br />

Nation obsession, you have to watch<br />

the British reality dating series Love<br />

Island. With the same concept as the ABC<br />

original, young singles are thrown into<br />

an extravagant vacation with hopes of<br />

finding “the one.” The biggest difference is<br />

Love Island contestants get the chance of<br />

winning $50,000 at the end of the season<br />

if they win over the public.<br />

Sherlock<br />

Lucifer<br />

If you are a fellow crime junkie and have<br />

enjoyed all four series of Sherlock for<br />

its unique perspective, join in watching<br />

Lucifer. The devil himself opens a<br />

nightclub and connects with a homicide<br />

detective to solve crimes. Ring any bells?<br />

Both of these shows capture the pure love<br />

for solving crimes and catching the bad<br />

guys.<br />

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This is Us<br />

Big Little Lies<br />

If you love to cry and find yourself getting<br />

way too invested in the lives of fictional<br />

families, like the Pearsons from This Is<br />

Us, Big Little Lies is the next move. The<br />

murder mystery is not what you think. The<br />

wealthy women of Monterey, California<br />

battle individual hardships in their<br />

families, but despite this are able to come<br />

together, showing great strength in the<br />

midst of tragedy. Sound familiar?<br />

Pretty Little Liars<br />

You<br />

I’m calling all my teen drama fans out<br />

there that fell in love with the mysteryfilled<br />

series Pretty Little Liars. The new<br />

thriller You has taken over social media<br />

and has many viewers binging both<br />

seasons in a matter of days. If you are a fan<br />

of anticipation and the unexpected, You’s<br />

twisted storyline will keep you up until<br />

the wee hours of the morning, wanting to<br />

know what happens next.<br />

Atypical<br />

Sex Education<br />

If you loved Atypical, then you will love<br />

Sex Education. These two shows are both<br />

coming-of-age stories, centered on teens<br />

finding out who they are. Much like college<br />

students, these kids are trying to figure out<br />

their lives, who they want to be, and who<br />

they are now.<br />

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Shameless The End of the<br />

F***ing World<br />

If you are the type of person who loves dark<br />

comedy and enjoyed binging Shameless,<br />

you definitely have to watch The End of<br />

the F***ing World. The Netflix dramedy<br />

is about a young “psychopath” and a<br />

rebellious girl trying to find their place in<br />

the world after escaping their small town.<br />

The dysfunctional family of Shameless and<br />

the rebellious adventure the pair embark<br />

on evoke the same emotions, which create<br />

a great watch.<br />

Modern Family<br />

Grownish<br />

If you’ve ever dipped a toe into the world of<br />

sitcoms, you’ve definitely heard of Modern<br />

Family. The comedy shows us both the<br />

laughs and struggles of family, much like<br />

the show Grownish. Grownish is a spinoff<br />

of Blackish, that airs on Freeform,<br />

which follows a young college student who<br />

is conquering adulthood.<br />

The Fosters<br />

Party of Five<br />

Who doesn’t love family drama (as long<br />

as it’s not ours)? If you’ve watched the<br />

Freeform original, The Fosters, the<br />

network has a new show for you. Party<br />

of Five is the new show that’s pulling<br />

everyone’s heartstrings. Much like The<br />

Fosters kept everyone on their toes with<br />

heartbreaking twists, Party of Five does<br />

not disappoint in the soul-crushing<br />

category. Don’t put your box of tissues up<br />

just yet. Party of Five is waiting for you.<br />

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F<br />

or the average student, college can be hard. It’s a<br />

complete 180 to everything you’ve ever known, and<br />

starting over can cause a lot of added stress on top of<br />

everything else you deal with as a college student. A<br />

trigger for breakouts, breakdowns and break-ups, stress revolves<br />

around a college student like the earth revolves around the sun.<br />

Yet for some, like myself, stress can trigger something else: a<br />

Chronic Illness flare-up.<br />

“I try to occupy myself and my mind with something, so I<br />

can distract myself from things that might stress me out,” said<br />

Tayge Molino, a freshman at Messiah College who was diagnosed<br />

with Crohn’s disease at the early age of 11. Crohn’s disease is an<br />

inflammatory bowel disease, that can affect people in different<br />

areas of their digestive tract. It causes inflammation, which can<br />

lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.<br />

It affects less than 800,000 people in the U.S., according to the<br />

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.<br />

“I’ve had two flare-ups since coming to college,” Molino said.<br />

“They were tough to deal with, because it was up to me to deal with<br />

it. Mostly, I made sure to stay close to a bathroom, and I laid in<br />

bed most of the time. My disease does not really limit me on doing<br />

other activities as long as I’m not having a flare-up.”<br />

Flare-ups in most chronic illnesses can be sporadic, but if<br />

you’ve been diagnosed for a while, you might be able to recognize<br />

warning signs of an attack. For some, that’s not always the case.<br />

Jamie Ankney, who was diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome<br />

(CVS) in 2008, spoke about how her illness caused her to drop out<br />

of college.<br />

“When I was attending school, my disease was in the form of<br />

migraines, which has been proven to precede CVS,” Ankney said.<br />

“I ended up missing so much school that I had to drop out and<br />

never recovered enough to go back.”<br />

CVS is an uncommon disorder affecting both children and<br />

adults that is characterized by recurrent episodes of severe nausea<br />

and vomiting. This alternating pattern of disease and disease-free<br />

periods distinguishes CVS from other gastrointestinal disorders.<br />

“The biggest consequence for CVS is severe dehydration,”<br />

Ankney said. “I’ve been in the hospital many times with acute<br />

kidney injury because of it.”<br />

The cause of CVS has not been found yet, thus making the<br />

ability to prevent flare-ups very hard. When it comes to living<br />

on your own and being alone for the first time, it’s scary enough<br />

to be complete strangers with a roommate, much less room with<br />

someone and have them take care of you when you have an attack.<br />

“The biggest concern is for someone who suffers CVS but<br />

doesn’t live with anyone to monitor them and make them go to<br />

the hospital when it gets really bad,” she said. With only constant<br />

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prescription medication and hospital grade drugs to help calm an<br />

attack, it becomes difficult to stick to long-term commitments, like<br />

college.<br />

“I could say yes to showing up somewhere, and really want to<br />

show up, but if I woke up and was sick, all bets were off,” Ankney<br />

said. This could lead to those with chronic illnesses feeling left out<br />

because of their illness. One of the main components of college is<br />

networking and getting to know others, which can feel impossible<br />

for someone who is sick all the time. This can isolate anyone, not<br />

just those with chronic illnesses.<br />

Sometimes the stress of college, or just stress in general, can<br />

cause other health conditions that are equally as vicious as a<br />

chronic illness. Morgan, a freshman at The University of Alabama<br />

who asked that her full name not be used, found herself having<br />

severe stomach pain and no appetite. When she went to the<br />

doctor in late June, they found she had stomach ulcers due to<br />

stress.<br />

“In the beginning, it was hard because it can happen whenever,<br />

but living on my own, I’ve learned to keep my emotions down but<br />

also relax and isolate myself from time to time to avoid random<br />

flare-ups,” she said.<br />

Classes, friendships, and family drama can add to the constant<br />

stress a person feels. The constant stress and demand of college<br />

can not only hurt their physical health but also their emotional<br />

health, due to the extra stress of their illnesses.<br />

“I can be distracted and my flare-ups can randomly occur,”<br />

Morgan said. “I try to keep my composure when things get hard.<br />

I don’t think I do anything differently. I mean everyone needs an<br />

emotional break every once in a while.”<br />

For me, I don’t think about my illness. At the age of 8, I was<br />

diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, something that affects<br />

my life every day, but I choose to not let it hold me back. I take<br />

my medicine, I go through my routine, but I don’t limit myself on<br />

activities or workloads thinking about a flare-up. I have my bad<br />

days, which result in hospital visits and IV fluids, but the next day,<br />

if I wake up before noon, I continue on. But most of my days are<br />

good. I’m healthy and happy. I have a support system if I do get<br />

sick, and I know how to take care of myself, which was a major<br />

concern of my parents when they sent me away to college. Living<br />

with a chronic illness isn’t a crushing weight I have over my head,<br />

it’s a part of me.<br />

Having a chronic illness is a challenge in itself but with the<br />

added stress of everything college entails, it can be a nightmare.<br />

Those with chronic illnesses might not look sick and might not tell<br />

you they’re sick. Just because they suffer, doesn’t mean they should<br />

suffer alone. With support from friends and family, their flare-ups<br />

can be easier and their time in college can be less stressful.<br />

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I<br />

f you pulled out your laptop right now and looked up “how to<br />

be successful while in college,” you’d get 29 pages of articles<br />

by so-called experts listing strategic plans that, if followed to<br />

a “T,” end in instant success. Sadly, it’s not that easy.<br />

“I think success is kind of something everyone has to define for<br />

themselves, but for me, it’s just that I’m consistently accomplishing<br />

my goals,” said Mallory Maza, a junior double majoring in biology<br />

and political science at The University of Alabama.<br />

“To me, it’s just being able to do something that I am happy to<br />

do,” said Carey Hodovanich, a junior double majoring in math and<br />

dance at UA.<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter what success may look like to you, it takes time to<br />

achieve, and not every path to it is linear.<br />

Take Tiffany Haddish, for example. Before she was snatching<br />

trophies and making history as the first African-American standup<br />

comedian to host Saturday Night Live, Haddish was homeless<br />

and living in her car. It wasn’t until she got a little help from<br />

comedian Kevin Hart that she started to see success in her career.<br />

Her big break in entertainment didn’t come until she was cast in<br />

the 2017 box office hit Girls Trip. The film made over 100 million<br />

dollars and solidified Haddish as one to watch.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w at 40, Haddish has become a household name, covering a<br />

plethora of magazines including Times, W, and Glamour, writing<br />

a New York Times bestselling autobiography, and starring in her<br />

own comedy special on Netflix called Black Mitzvah and the TV<br />

series The Last OG alongside Tracy Morgan.<br />

While fundamentally we all know that it takes time to be<br />

successful, in a society dominated by social media, millennials<br />

have been subjected to the influx of “influencers,” like Loran<br />

Gray, Emma Chamberlain, Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul, who<br />

miraculously seem to become viral sensations and garner a level of<br />

wealth and fame so quickly that many are left wondering how and<br />

why it hasn’t happened to them.<br />

College students’ aspirations have become unachievable,<br />

not because the goals themselves are unattainable, but because<br />

the time frame in which they seek to achieve them is simply<br />

unrealistic. They begin to rank their success in correlation with<br />

others, thus creating short-term timelines for accomplishing<br />

lifelong achievements while still in their 20s.<br />

That isn’t to say that amazing achievements can’t be made in<br />

your 20s; Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Zendaya, Andrew Kozlovski<br />

and many more would beg to differ. The only difference is we see<br />

these successes through a social media lens narrowing our views<br />

to the wonderful outcomes and not the months of struggle and<br />

hardship behind said success.<br />

Without taking how arduous and long the journey to success<br />

may be into consideration, millennials have begun to develop<br />

unrealistic and unhealthy expectations for success.<br />

“I believe when we hold kind of those hardline expectations for<br />

ourselves that [it] really sets us up for failure and disappointment,<br />

because rarely does life go the way we expect it to,” said Greg<br />

Vander Wal, executive director of The University of Alabama’s<br />

counseling center. “It can lead to perfectionism. It can lead to<br />

disappointment, which can contribute to more anxiety or feeling<br />

down and having things like depression.”<br />

According to the American Institute of Stress, the U.S. Census<br />

Bureau reported that in 2017, of the 18 million students enrolled<br />

in college in the U.S., nearly three out of four students have<br />

experienced a sense of “overwhelming anxiety” at some point.<br />

Adulthood is already stressful enough. As college students are<br />

somehow expected to juggle full course loads, extracurriculars,<br />

and, for some, part-time or full-time jobs. However, the added<br />

stress of achieving success early on puts a strain on making quick<br />

and substansial progress in their personal or professional lives.<br />

“I think a lot of the times anxiety rises out a situation when we<br />

feel threatened, when we feel like something is in jeopardy, and<br />

oftentimes with anxiety, that’s about future possibilities, things<br />

that we feel like we have to accomplish and aren’t accomplishing<br />

or it’s not going the way we thought it would,” Vander Wal said.<br />

Success is different for everyone, but it is apparent that success<br />

doesn’t equate to much if you’re always overwhelmed and unhappy.<br />

“I think everyone thinks that they need to have a husband, a<br />

baby, and a house by like 24 or 30, and by like 30, if people aren’t<br />

married, they really start stressing out,” Maza said.<br />

Hodovanich said she admires her mother’s contentment in her<br />

career. After receiving her undergraduate degree and a law degree,<br />

her mother decided that she was much happier being a substitute<br />

teacher.<br />

Vander Wal said flexibility and self-compassion in situations<br />

where things go wrong is important.<br />

“I think sometimes we think we have to be in control of things<br />

we ultimately can’t be, and learning to accept that can be helpful,”<br />

Vander Wal said.<br />

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TRAVEL<br />



W<br />

hether you’re hoping to spend fall break in<br />

New Orleans, next spring break in Barcelona<br />

or maybe a semester abroad in Paris, planning<br />

trips like these usally revolve around one thing –<br />

money. How much will gas cost? What about plane tickets?<br />

Is it cheaper to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb? These tips on<br />

saving money when you travel will hopefully help you cut<br />

some corners and save money that can go towards funding<br />

the more important things of life, like your next adventure.<br />

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Craft a budget<br />

Without setting a limit for yourself<br />

ahead of time, your spending can<br />

add up quickly between dining<br />

out, that extra drink with dinner,<br />

souvenirs, and tours. A budget<br />

can help you be more conscious<br />

on how much you’re spending<br />

and what exactly you’re spending<br />

your money on. Caitlyn Hughes,<br />

a junior nursing major at The<br />

University of Alabama, always sets<br />

a maximum amount that she can<br />

spend on certain things, like no<br />

more than $40 for a meal or $700<br />

for a plane ticket. Hughes finds<br />

this practice beneficial because<br />

it keeps her from “getting ripped<br />

off” and spending all of her money<br />

all at once.<br />

Pack your own<br />

food<br />

Before Celia O’Bryan, a junior at<br />

Hope College, left for a weekend<br />

trip to Paris during her semester<br />

abroad, she made sure to pack<br />

multiple peanut butter and jelly<br />

sandwiches to limit how much<br />

she’d have to spend on food. With<br />

most Airbnb’s and hostels you’ll<br />

have access to a kitchen, and<br />

some hotels have mini fridges<br />

in the rooms, so you can store<br />

premade food or stock up on some<br />

cheap and easy groceries like<br />

sandwich ingredients to cut down<br />

on expenses. Depending on your<br />

hotel or hostel, they might also<br />

provide free breakfast.<br />

Stay in a hostel<br />

When traveling in Morocco,<br />

University of Alabama junior<br />

Brooke Tuthill, an international<br />

studies major, stayed in hostels<br />

that averaged around $10 a<br />

night, which was much cheaper<br />

than staying at a hotel. Tuthill<br />

said that as long as you do some<br />

research, you should be able<br />

to find “a decently nice hostel<br />

for fairly cheap.” Hostelworld<br />

and Hostelbookers are great<br />

resources for finding hostels, and<br />

both have rating systems that<br />

include an overall score as well<br />

as a breakdown of categories like<br />

cleanliness, safety and location.<br />

There are also reviews that you<br />

can read before booking. If the<br />

idea of sharing a room full of<br />

bunk beds with mixed genders<br />

makes you uneasy, some hostels<br />

do provide female-only rooms and<br />

single rooms. Don’t forget to bring<br />

your own lock (or two) for the<br />

storage lockers.<br />

Websites for<br />

cheap flights<br />

Websites such as Skyscanner,<br />

Student Universe, and even<br />

Google Flights can find the<br />

cheapest flights and compare<br />

them for you. Kennedy Toomey,<br />

a computer science major at The<br />

University of Alabama, used Kiwi<br />

to catch a flight from Barcelona<br />

to Dublin, then from Dublin to<br />

London while she was studying<br />

abroad in Spain. She liked Kiwi<br />

because it checked her into her<br />

flights when it was time and sent<br />

her the e-ticket. If you’re not ready<br />

to make the purchase yet, you can<br />

sign up to receive notifications<br />

if the prices change. If you have<br />

flexibility with the dates you<br />

can travel, then you’ll be able to<br />

find that the flights can get even<br />

cheaper.<br />

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Pack light<br />

Depending on how long your trip<br />

is, you might be able to get away<br />

with just a carry on if you plan<br />

on flying, which saves you from<br />

paying money to check your bag.<br />

Packing versatile clothes, like a<br />

few blouses that can be paired<br />

with different pants or skirts and<br />

a jacket to layer over, can help<br />

take up less space than seven<br />

shirts that can only be worn with<br />

certain pairs of jeans. This is the<br />

perfect time to try that capsule<br />

wardrobe that keeps popping up<br />

on your Pinterest dashboard.<br />

Utilize public<br />

transportation<br />

When I took a taxi from the<br />

Dublin Airport to the apartment<br />

eight miles away where I’d be<br />

staying during my semester<br />

abroad, it cost 38 euros. The bus<br />

that runs every 10 minutes from<br />

the airport to the city center<br />

costs 6 euros. If you do research<br />

beforehand, you can determine<br />

what bus routes or tram will get<br />

you where you need to go for<br />

much cheaper than a taxi.<br />

Stray off the<br />

beaten path<br />

It’s no secret that popular travel<br />

destinations are full of tourist<br />

traps that will make you pay<br />

double what an item is actually<br />

worth. Take a moment to step<br />

outside the tourist area, and<br />

you’ll spend less money when<br />

you do. In Vienna, people line up<br />

(or queue, as they say) outside<br />

of Cafe Sacher to try the famous<br />

Sachertorte cake; but at a cafe<br />

two blocks away, you can get<br />

Sachertorte for half of the price<br />

of Cafe Sacher. It’s important to<br />

keep safety in mind so you don’t<br />

end up wandering around in a<br />

neighborhood that you probably<br />

shouldn’t. Looking up some<br />

places beforehand and reading<br />

reviews can help reduce this risk.<br />

Don’t underestimate<br />

a dollar<br />

A sophomore at the University<br />

of Iowa, April Bannister<br />

recommends to pay in cash<br />

instead of with a credit card to<br />

be more conscious of how much<br />

you’re spending. “That’s what my<br />

dad always does,” she said with a<br />

laugh. When you can physically<br />

see the loss of your money from<br />

your wallet, you might think<br />

twice about paying for that latte<br />

when there’s a Keurig back at<br />

your Airbnb.<br />

It can be scary at the end of a trip when you check your bank account and scroll through withdrawal after<br />

withdrawal. Hopefully applying these tips will prevent the dreaded post-trip bank account check from being<br />

quite so cringeworthy.<br />

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I<br />

f you’re in one, you know long-distance<br />

relationships can be difficult. It doesn’t<br />

matter if it is a high school sweetheart or a<br />

long-term relationship across state lines.<br />

How do we keep them from going up in flames?<br />

Good communication.<br />

When someone says communication isn’t the<br />

most important thing in a relationship, they are<br />

lying to you. Communication can become harder the<br />

farther away you are from your significant other. All<br />

relationships, both platonic and romantic, require<br />

good communication.<br />

“Communication in general is such a huge thing,”<br />

said Molly Zariello, a freshman at The University<br />

of Alabama. “Being able to openly communicate<br />

definitely makes a really big difference in a<br />

relationship.”<br />

Lauren Chestnut, a finance and economics major<br />

and sophomore at The University of Alabama,<br />

points out that when you are in the same place as<br />

someone it is easier to see them, which is why you<br />

need to ensure you make time for your significant<br />

other despite the miles between you.<br />

“You have to make sure that you’re putting in<br />

the same amount of time and effort as you would for<br />

a non-long distance relationship,” Chestnut said.<br />

We live in a era where technology can help us<br />

stay in contact with those we care about, and, as<br />

Chestnut pointed out, it is all about the effort. The<br />

best plan of action? Set up a time every week to<br />

find a few moments to have face-to-face interaction<br />

with your significant other, through mediums<br />

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such as Facetime or Google Duo. This creates a<br />

sense of stability even from far away and a sense<br />

of importance. Setting time aside for someone can<br />

help them feel like they matter. If you’re dating<br />

someone, they should matter. Zarriello says that<br />

phone calls while you are going about your day lets<br />

your significant other know that you’re thinking of<br />

them.<br />

When you feel that your life is getting busy, and<br />

you can’t make time for your partner, be honest<br />

and tell them. Sometimes you might feel like the<br />

relationship is too much to handle. Balancing<br />

a relationship, school, work, and friendships is<br />

difficult. Remind your partner if you’re going to<br />

be busy. If your mood changes and affects them,<br />

they will know why. Communication is the key<br />

to maintaining a healthy long-term relationship.<br />

“Even if you guys have an off week, it’s not an off<br />

life, it’s just an off week,” said Madaline Adams, a<br />

freshman at UA.<br />

Long distance is hard, but that doesn’t mean it has<br />

to be impossible. Making someone feel important<br />

sometimes only takes a few texts or a short phone<br />

call. The amount of time and energy you put into a<br />

relationship makes a major difference. It may not<br />

be the same as cuddling together watching a movie,<br />

but effort is effort, and it’ll pay off in the end. If you<br />

do have an off week or day, just remember that it<br />

doesn’t mean that your relationship is crashing<br />

and burning. It may simply be a sign you need to<br />

communicate more effectively with your partner.<br />

Communication is key.<br />

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By Emie Garrett<br />

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I<br />

t was the day after the eighth-grade spring fling. The night I<br />

spent awkwardly dancing and running away from pubescent<br />

boys trying to grind on me and and witnessed teenagers<br />

drinking alcohol for the first time. I tied on my best PacSun<br />

swimsuit, extra tight to avoid any embarrassing wardrobe<br />

malfunctions and headed out for a day in the sun with my best<br />

friend. I was 13 and almost a whole head taller than all of the boys<br />

my age, standing at a lanky 5-foot-10. Of course, there were things<br />

I was insecure about, but overall, I thought I looked great and I<br />

felt even better when my crush pulled up to the pool in a golf cart<br />

with all of his friends. My best friend and I waved the boys over to<br />

come sit with us. My confidence was sky-high. He was cute with a<br />

sweet smile and had a goofy personality, and he was the only boy I<br />

knew that was taller than me. He sat down in the chair beside me,<br />

smiled. Then he ran his eyes quickly down my body, landing on the<br />

thick four-inch long scar sitting right below my belly button.<br />

“Ew. What happened to your stomach?” he said, with a grimace.<br />

I felt my confidence instantly deflate, and the heat of<br />

embarrassment rushed into my face as I covered the scar with my<br />

arms. Stuttering, I tried to explain the story behind the, apparently<br />

disgusting, mark.<br />

A moment that likely faded from his memory long ago, would<br />

be replayed in my mind over and over throughout the years. That<br />

“ew” would echo in my ears long after that day at the pool when I<br />

was 13. Every time I looked in the mirror wearing a crop top or<br />

bikini I would hear it. I would even hear it as I excitedly tried on<br />

prom dresses, that excitement draining from my body when I saw<br />

the indentation of my scar through the dress. People told me that<br />

I should be proud of the scar left from the emergency surgery that<br />

saved my life after my appendix ruptured when I was a toddler. It<br />

was a badge of honor, and I was a warrior, but I didn’t feel like one.<br />

I didn’t feel proud. I felt disgusting and ashamed.<br />

In high school, I would watch my friends, eyes green with<br />

envy, as they pranced around in their bikinis during the summer.<br />

Stomachs smooth and scar-less. <strong>No</strong> one was staring, or asking<br />

them, for what felt like the hundreth time, to recite the story of<br />

what happened. They didn’t need to wear Spanx with their prom<br />

dresses, and they didn’t have to worry about their shirts riding up<br />

a little. I always felt that their lives must be so much better, that my<br />

life would be so much better without this disfigurement. Standing<br />

in front of the mirror, I would pull at the skin on my stomach, tears<br />

streaming down my cheeks, trying to imagine myself with smooth,<br />

unmarked skin. I hated my body and was horribly blind to all of<br />

my blessings. I was healthy and had a body that allowed me to<br />

walk, and run and do anything else that I pleased.<br />

Over the years, I have battled a love-hate relationship with<br />

my body but especially with my scar. My feelings toward my scar<br />

change like the weather. Some days it’s sunny and I am genuinely<br />

okay with it. On my best days, I’m even a little proud of it. However,<br />

some days, it pours, and the thought of anyone seeing my stomach<br />

makes me want to burst into tears. I’ve learned that self-love and<br />

confidence don’t come all at once. It can’t be neatly tied up with a<br />

bow. Sometimes it’s one step forward and three steps back, and<br />

that’s okay. As for my goofy middle school crush, those feelings<br />

fizzled long ago, and eventually, that resounding “ew” grew quieter<br />

and quieter until it finally fell silent. Other people haven’t paid any<br />

mind to my scar, or maybe I just stopped paying mind to those who<br />

can’t find the beauty in someone because of a thing so arbitrary.<br />

I wish I could tell you the secret to being confident and loving<br />

yourself. I wish I could take away the searing pain of the words<br />

that people say and the stares that make you want to crawl out<br />

of your skin. Our loved ones try to comfort us. “Just don’t listen<br />

to them,” they say, or “Don’t pay attention to ignorant people.”<br />

They mean well, but simply telling us not to listen does not make<br />

the words unheard, and telling us not to pay attention does not<br />

make us unaware of the staring eyes. These sentiments come from<br />

a place of love, but it often feels like no one understands. For when<br />

you are feeling low, like no one understands, like you’re ugly or<br />

alone, I will teach you a simple trick that my mother taught me.<br />

Growing up, whenever I’d come to my mom with a trembling chin<br />

and eyes brimming with tears, she would sit me down and make<br />

me name three things I liked about myself. It could be anything!<br />

The way my hair looked that day or that I helped someone out<br />

in class, and before I knew it I was naming way more than three<br />

things. I would have a whole list of things that make me beautiful,<br />

on the inside and on the outside, and it would remind me that I<br />

am truly pretty great. Even now, when I’m feeling insecure, I try to<br />

find three good things about myself, and as I start naming them,<br />

the insecurities slowly begin melting away. I challenge you to try<br />

this trick next time you are feeling insecure. I’m willing to bet that<br />

you will find more than three things that make you amazing.<br />

I have come to realize that we are all scarred. Some scars are<br />

physical. Some scars are deeply emotional, but none of them are<br />

something we should be ashamed of. My life wouldn’t be better<br />

with a smooth tummy, and yours wouldn’t be better if you didn’t<br />

have the things that mark you. Your scars tell a story. They tell your<br />

story. They show that you are strong, that you have overcome great<br />

obstacles, and that you prevailed. Your marks show that you are<br />

a warrior, and you should be proud of that. And in case someone<br />

hasn’t told you, you are beautiful, not in spite of your marks and<br />

scars, but because of them.<br />

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I<br />

pride myself on being the mom friend. I carry hand sanitizer<br />

and Kleenex at all times, I’m almost always the one to start<br />

a group chat to organize events, my planner is color-coded<br />

to precision, and I am constantly worried about whether you<br />

(yes, even you) have eaten. My Enneagram type 2, ENFJ, type A<br />

personality is one I hold dear to my heart, but that does not come<br />

without consequence.<br />

The late nights, extra errands, consistent concern and<br />

everything in between can really take a toll on the mom friends<br />

of the world, and we have to remember that we all have a finite<br />

amount of mental and emotional energy. With classes, jobs,<br />

internships, and extracurriculars already commanding most of<br />

our time, it’s easy to allow the rest of that energy to go toward<br />

those who need us the most.<br />

The biggest issue I grapple with is being able to say “no.”<br />

I mean, I get how it feels to need help from someone who can’t<br />

deliver. It sucks. With that in mind, my mission in college has been<br />

to be available for my friends and coworkers whenever I can, and<br />

while that has been a fulfilling experience, it took me too long to<br />

realize how drained that practice can make me. As a senior, I’ve<br />

realized that my time left before moving away and becoming a<br />

“real adult” is more valuable than ever – and severely limited. This<br />

has led me to refigure all the ways I prioritize time, projects, and<br />

people. This is not to say that we should all only think of ourselves,<br />

but when mental health is at stake, there is nothing wrong with<br />

being a little selfish.<br />

The most difficult of all, though, is confronting someone<br />

who is vulnerable enough to approach me for help and deliver<br />

disappointing news that affects them directly. It kills me every<br />

time, but the worst of all is when I tell someone “no” simply<br />

because I want to stay in my room and get some rest.<br />

“Why am I being so lazy?”<br />

“What’s one more thing on my plate?”<br />

“I’m going to make someone so upset by this.”<br />

“I feel like a failure of a friend.”<br />

It’s time to put an end to these toxic thoughts and remind<br />

ourselves that our first priority should always be our own mental<br />

health. Consider it as a favor you’re doing for yourself. If you do not<br />

take care of your mind, body and spirit, how can you be expected<br />

to be there for others?<br />

Keeping this in mind, when I’m feeling particularly down, I<br />

have a short list of things I can do for my own mental well-being<br />

that help get me back on track:<br />

Treat myself to brunch<br />

Call a trusted mentor<br />

Read a few chapters of a book<br />

Take a walk outdoors<br />

Check small, minor tasks off my to-do list<br />

Cry<br />

Granted, everyone’s “well-being list” may look much<br />

different, but no matter what it takes, budgeting time to take care<br />

of yourself is imperative for your mental health. And for those<br />

who find themselves constantly relying on the mom friends of<br />

their respective groups, consider reaching out to those friends and<br />

asking them how they are. Remember that mom friends, much<br />

like our actual moms, are not superhuman. Mom friends need time<br />

alone and the chance to have off-days too. They can get grumpy,<br />

lay in bed all day, eat unhealthily, and put off responsibilities just<br />

like the rest of the world.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t everyone can lead a perfect, put-together life. I know<br />

I sure don’t. But, in those periods of weakness, it’s important to<br />

remember that we all need grace. So for all the gals out there who<br />

may be going through it right now: Don’t panic. Make a list, drink<br />

some coffee, tighten your scrunchie, and take a breath. We’re<br />

going to be okay.<br />

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Join the <strong>Alice</strong> team as we explore some<br />

of Chattanooga’s most photogenic<br />

hotspots, including the Walnut Street<br />

Bridge, Tennessee Riverwalk and the<br />

Chattanooga Choo Choo.<br />

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Photos courtesy of Jade Hewitt,<br />

USA Softball<br />

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STAND<br />

BESIDE<br />




As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics draw near, these century-old words<br />

have been adopted by a team of 18 women. With cleated feet ready<br />

to step onto foreign soil, these Olympians have one question for<br />

the nation whose name they wear proudly on their chests:<br />


I<br />

n preparation to quite literally take on the world, the “Stand<br />

Beside Her” Tour offered the USA Softball Women’s National<br />

Team (WNT) the opportunity to train and compete across<br />

the country. While the tour sought to rally the nation behind<br />

Team USA, the mission hit a bit closer to home plate. According to<br />

a statement released by USA Softball, the tour “evokes a powerful<br />

message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside her<br />

- the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of<br />

female athletes.”<br />

Because softball is making its first Olympic appearance since<br />

2008, and not returning for the 2024 Paris Games, those on the<br />

USA Softball Olympic roster are not guaranteed another shot to<br />

play at this level. As coronavirus (COVID-19) began to sink its<br />

teeth into the sports world, canceling monumental events like<br />

NCAA March Madness, the stakes got that much higher.<br />

With tour stops beginning this past February in Tampa, Florida,<br />

the team began making its way from sea to shining sea, competing<br />

against college teams, training in specialized facilities, and hosting<br />

clinics for local youth softball programs in efforts to empower<br />

female athletes. As the U.S. begins to take further precautionary<br />

measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, each tour stop is<br />

now plagued with question marks.<br />

For Haylie McCleney, an outfielder, there was one particular<br />

canceled tour stop that was to represent a homecoming of Olympic<br />

proportions.<br />

McCleney graduated from The University of Alabama in 2016.<br />

While there, she played in the outfield for Alabama Softball,<br />

achieving an impressive portfolio of athletic and academic honors,<br />

finishing as “one of the most decorated student-athletes in<br />

program history.” She ended her collegiate career as the program’s<br />

all-time leader in batting average (.447), a four-time All-American,<br />

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and only the third player to be recognized as a two-time Academic<br />

All-American Team Member of the Year award winner since its<br />

inception, just to name a few. Yet, the foundation for this arsenal<br />

of accomplishments was laid long before her nights in Rhoads<br />

Stadium.<br />

McCleney is a native of Morris, Alabama, a town with a<br />

population of just 2,000, meaning that her alma mater’s home<br />

stadium has more seats than her hometown has people. As a selfproclaimed<br />

“old soul,” she enjoys retro tunes and slow mornings.<br />

She said her mom claims that raising her was like raising a<br />

35-year-old woman. Growing up with two younger brothers meant<br />

that she spent her childhood afternoons romping around the<br />

neighborhood with their friends. The competitive spirit and grit<br />

that she attributes to much of her success was acquired through<br />

wiffle ball tournaments and backyard basketball. She quickly<br />

learned how to hold her own as the posse’s leading lady.<br />

“I refuse to be denied,” McCleney said.<br />

As a “traditional ballpark family,” McCleney jokingly explained<br />

that there was no such thing as a civil game night in her household.<br />

The desire to win was in her blood. With her father being a former<br />

baseball player at Samford University and her brothers playing<br />

sports as well, any organized form of competition was quite simply<br />

a recipe for disaster.<br />

Walker McCleney, the oldest of her brothers, is a senior at The<br />

University of Alabama and plays in the outfield for the baseball<br />

team. He believes this level of rivalry defined the close relationship<br />

the McCleney siblings have. Despite their competitive nature, they<br />

are each other’s biggest fans. Reflecting on their younger years, he<br />

said:<br />

“Even though ‘she was a girl,’ I never took it easy on her, and<br />

she definitely didn’t take it easy on me,” he said. “She pushes me<br />

to be better, and I believe I push her to be better; but in all that<br />

competition against each other, we still want to see each other<br />

succeed, and I’m beyond proud of what Haylie has done.”<br />

Her youngest brother, Garrison, agreed.<br />

“The way that she carries herself on and off the field is amazing,”<br />

he said. “I truly look up to her and how she handles herself when<br />

things don’t go her way.”<br />

As a collegiate athlete, McCleney spent her fall and spring<br />

semesters devoted to The University of Alabama. Yet summertime<br />

introduced the opportunity to play in the international league.<br />

From her sophomore year onward, McCleney represented the U.S.<br />

on the WNT. She said this transition required her to redefine what<br />

it meant to perform to a standard of excellence. She equated it to<br />

moving from the minor leagues to the major leagues in professional<br />

baseball.<br />

“I quickly realized that even though international [soft]ball<br />

wasn’t as heavily covered by the media, it was an entirely different<br />

level,” McCleney said, comparing her international and collegiate<br />

experiences.<br />

“I went from playing against 18 to 22 year-olds to playing<br />

against 28 to 35 year-olds at the drop of a hat,” she said.<br />

While the physical aspects between the two divisions were<br />

comparable, it was the mental shift that proved to be the greatest<br />

challenge. McCleney said she became more in-tune to the<br />

“intricacies” of softball, forcing her to engage in a higher level of<br />

thinking about the game.<br />

The process, though grueling, proved to be worthwhile. The<br />

national team won world championships in 2016 and then again<br />

in Japan in 2018.<br />

With softball’s Olympic presence being historically limited,<br />

McCleney had assumed that playing in college and making the<br />

national team would be the pinnacle of her softball experience;<br />

but on the morning of October 6, 2019, she found herself posted<br />

up in front of her laptop waiting on the official USA Softball<br />

Olympic Roster to drop into her inbox. Jittery with anticipation<br />

and excessive coffee consumption, she facetimed her now fiancée<br />

and reluctantly opened the email.<br />

It was official. McCleney would be returning to Japan, this time<br />

as an Olympian.<br />

After a call to her parents, who had to sneak out of their Sunday<br />

school class to hear the news, McCleney attended her first team<br />

meeting and embarked on the training regimen that would pave<br />

the road to the six games the team would play in Tokyo 2020.<br />

Being recruited to the Olympic team required yet another<br />

mentality shift. Softball was not just a past-time or a passion<br />

anymore. It was her job. McCleney said the key differentiator<br />

between an athlete and an Olympian was his or her priorities. Her<br />

decisions now mattered on a global scale. An ocean away, there<br />

were athletes working just as diligently as she was. This means that<br />

she often has to sacrifice leisure for the sake of self-improvement.<br />

Saying “yes” to a night out with friends is, in-turn, saying “no” to<br />

getting more time in the batting cages.<br />

“My priority right now is Tokyo,” McCleney said. “You kind<br />

of have to sacrifice some of those things if you really want to be<br />

the best, because I’m not the only one doing it. My teammates<br />

aren’t the only ones doing it. Canada’s doing it. Japan’s doing it.<br />

Australia’s doing it. Mexico’s doing it. Italy’s doing it …”<br />

“You’ve got to find that edge and really have to look in the<br />

mirror every single day and [ask yourself], ‘Did I do something to<br />

help get that gold medal around my neck?’ And if I didn’t, that’s a<br />

problem.”<br />

As July approaches, the uncertainty of softball’s Olympic future<br />

spurs her onward. However, it is her faith, the “gentle guidance and<br />

gentle correction” from the people in her corner and intentional<br />

moments of silence and solitude that keep her centered.<br />

Apart from the members of her family, McCleney said that<br />

University of Alabama Head Softball Coach Patrick Murphy has<br />

been the most influential person in her life. She said the entire<br />

program staff were instrumental in coaching her into being not<br />

only a better athlete, but a better woman.<br />

“They go above and beyond for the person that you are, not the<br />

player that you are,” McCleney said.<br />

She said that the greatest lesson she learned during her time<br />

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at the university was that no one role on a team is any more<br />

significant than any other role. Every ring, medal, and trophy is<br />

the same size. It’s about coming together as a unit for a common<br />

goal. She said this mantra has manifested itself across all facets of<br />

her life, beyond the realms of softball.<br />

When asked to share the highlight from her collegiate career,<br />

McCleney is quick to reminisce on a 2015 game-winning grand<br />

slam made by infielder Marisa Runyon that earned Alabama a spot<br />

in the Women’s College World Series. When this play was made,<br />

McCleney was in the dugout.<br />

Coach Patrick Murphy recalls the post-game interview in which<br />

McCleney deemed her teammate’s success the peak of her time in<br />

the program. He said he still gets chills thinking about it. It was a<br />

testament to who she was both as a leader and a team player.<br />

“At the end of my career I want to say, ‘I was your best teammate<br />

and your hardest worker,’” McCleney said. “If I can say those two<br />

things, and be a combination of those two things, I’m going to be<br />

fine with that being my legacy.”<br />

The coaching staff for USA Softball were quick to notice that<br />

McCleney practiced what she preached.<br />

“Haylie wakes up in the morning and the day takes a step back,<br />

because she brings so much zest and vigor that all around her get<br />

sucked up by her energy,” said Women’s National Team Head<br />

Coach Ken Eriksen. “She brings that to the ball field also. She is our<br />

‘spark.’ The game has its best ambassador in Haylie McCleney.”<br />

This principle is just one of many that had secured McCleney’s<br />

opportunity to return to Rhoads Stadium as the first Alabamaborn<br />

Olympian softball player.<br />

Fueled by the momentous opportunity to watch McCleney<br />

compete for Team USA against the very women following in her<br />

footsteps, in addition to the renown loyalty of the Alabama Softball<br />

fanbase, $52,000 in tickets were sold within the first three hours<br />

of availability. However, on March 13, the heartbreaking decision<br />

was made to cancel the tour stop due to the university’s COVID-<br />

19-induced decision to cease all athletic programming for the rest<br />

of the semester.<br />

While the entire Tuscaloosa community had buzzed with<br />

the excitement stimulated by yet another softball season, the<br />

same could not be said for the sport at-large, particularly on a<br />

professional level.<br />

The female athlete narrative is one plagued by stigma and<br />

struggle, regardless of global pandemics.<br />

“All you have to do is look at Major League Baseball, and then<br />

look at us,” McCleney said.<br />

While the MLB’s presenting sponsorship of the “Stand Beside<br />

Her” Tour and recent emphasis on female leadership at the<br />

executive level are encouraging, McCleney says that she hopes to<br />

see more intentional efforts being made to promote professional<br />

softball.<br />

According to USA TODAY Sports’ 2019 MLB salary survey,<br />

MLB Salaries range from $550,000 to $35 million. After earning<br />

her master’s degree in exercise physiology, McCleney has spent<br />

the past two years working a full-time job as a strength and<br />

conditioning coach at Florida A&M University on top of preparing<br />

for her chance to make the Olympic roster.<br />

Despite this sobering reality, McCleney believes that the “Stand<br />

Beside Her” Tour was instrumental in showing the next generation<br />

of female athletes that they don’t have to shy away from their<br />

dreams. She wants these young athletes to know that “you can<br />

keep going after college.”<br />

“You don’t have to stop when you get your degree and<br />

immediately go into the ‘real world,’” McCleney said. “You don’t<br />

have to be a coach if you want to stay around the game. You can<br />

play this game into your thirties, into your forties. Our entire<br />

Olympic team is trying to get our sport to this point.”<br />

McCleney hopes the tour, despite the cancellations, will help<br />

fans see this, too, and that they will continue to support the game<br />

of softball.<br />

“It’s about the fan experience,” McCleney said. “[It’s] for us to<br />

be able to see who’s standing beside us, who is standing beside the<br />

female athlete, who is with us, who is pushing our sport forward,<br />

who is pushing female sports as a whole forward.”<br />

To the softball fanbase, she poses this challenge:<br />

“Do you want to stand with us? Do you actually want to support<br />

us? If so, get in line. Let’s all stand together, and let’s do this<br />

together.”<br />

As a coach, Murphy takes a personal stake in the tour’s mission,<br />

as well, despite the university’s call to cancel.<br />

“It’s a one-time thing,” Murphy said. “We need to play our<br />

cards right in terms of promotions and marketing, really getting<br />

the stars out there, like a Haylie, so people can see what a great<br />

person she is and what a great athlete she is. Just how fun this<br />

sport is. It’s grown and grown and grown, but this is going to be a<br />

big boost for the entire sport.”<br />

McCleney’s narrative boasts a cast of characters who have<br />

answered the question “Will you stand beside her?” with a<br />

resounding “yes.” In her story lies a microcosmic vision for female<br />

athletes across the globe — a vision of a world in which women’s<br />

sports are welcomed with open arms and celebrated with the pomp<br />

and circumstance of equal wages and international recognition.<br />

But, change takes time, and uncertainty lingers as COVID-19<br />

continues to take its toll. Tokyo 2020’s future hangs in the balance,<br />

but for now, USA Softball has one thing left on the agenda: winning<br />

the gold. As sold-out stadiums now sit empty and uncertainty<br />

threatens a life-long dream, these women can be sure of this:<br />

“We’re standing beside each other throughout this whole<br />

process,” McCleney said. “We’re with each other. It’s all 18 of us<br />

against the world.”<br />

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The 24th Amendment is ratified by twothirds<br />

of the states, formally abolishing<br />

poll taxes and literacy tests which were<br />

heavily used against African American<br />

and poor white women and men.<br />

Roe v. Wade SCOTUS<br />

decision protects women’s<br />

access to abortion.<br />

19th Amendment is ratified,<br />

giving women the right to<br />

vote.<br />

Equal Rights<br />

Ammendment<br />

Mississippi becomes<br />

last state to ratify the<br />

19th Amendment.<br />

1920<br />

1964<br />

1972<br />

1973<br />

1984<br />

I<br />

t’s 2020. One hundred years ago, women had<br />

just secured the right to vote. Since then, we<br />

have accomplished so much in the fight for<br />

equality, from the #MeToo movement, to the<br />

record number of elections of women into public office.<br />

Despite the progress we’ve made, this election year<br />

could be a pivotal moment in the history of women’s<br />

rights. Regardless of how far we have come over the<br />

last 100 years, there is still work to be done. Carol<br />

Prickett of the greater Tuscaloosa League of Women<br />

Voters (LWV) acknowledges that.<br />

“This anniversary happens to occur during a<br />

very active political year, “ Prickett said, “and it can<br />

be a catalyst to remind all citizens that, even when<br />

things aren’t going the way you want them to, it is a<br />

responsibility to vote and speak out.”<br />

Anna Singer of LWV says that young women today<br />

“need to know the history in America of voting for<br />

women and understand that their rights have been<br />

hard-won by the work of women.” The fight for voting<br />

rights has been a long, tumultuous journey fraught<br />

with tension and disagreements, but we can’t take<br />

their sacrifices for granted.<br />

At the Seneca Falls Convention in New York in<br />

1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott<br />

organized women and abolitionists around the issue of<br />

women’s suffrage. Strides for racial equality were being<br />

made as slavery was abolished after the Civil War, and<br />

suffragists saw the 15th Amendment, which grants<br />

black men the right to vote, as a gateway to liberation.<br />

However, as the Reconstruction Era dawned<br />

on the shattered South, tensions arose amongst<br />

suffragists. Many white women abandoned women<br />

of color, fearing that their rights would not be<br />

ratified by Southern states because of remaining<br />

racial animosity. But as Abraham Lincoln said, “A<br />

house divided cannot stand.” This pandering to<br />

states by denying black women their right to vote<br />

was ineffective. Radical activists such as <strong>Alice</strong> Paul<br />

and Ida. B Wells emerged and led demonstrations,<br />

marches and hunger strikes. Simultaneously,<br />

Western states such as Utah and Idaho began<br />

granting women the right to vote.<br />

When World War I broke out, women entered<br />

the workforce to replace all the men who had gone<br />

to battle, prompting President Woodrow Wilson<br />

to acknowledge their contribution and support<br />

women’s right to vote. With his support, the 19th<br />

Amendment passed in Congress and was sent to be<br />

ratified by two thirds of the states. Tennessee was<br />

the last state to ratify the bill, and it became law on<br />

August 20th, 1920. The last state to ratify the 19th<br />

amendment as a law was Mississippi in 1984.<br />

Although this was an important victory, change<br />

did not come easily. As soon as the law passed, states<br />

implemented Jim Crow laws such as poll taxes and<br />

literacy tests to make it harder for women and black<br />

citizens to cast their ballot. These policies barred<br />

many otherwise eligible voters from the polls until<br />

the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed.<br />

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Shelby County v. Holder SCOTUS<br />

decision enables states to pass<br />

restrictive, often discriminatory<br />

voting laws.<br />

Dozens of states pass restrictive<br />

abortion laws in an attempt to bring<br />

a case to the newly conservativeleaning<br />

Supreme Court.<br />

Young women of color<br />

are elected to public<br />

office in record numbers,<br />

including Alexandra<br />

Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna<br />

Pressley, Rashida Tlaib,<br />

Ilhan Omar, and Sharice<br />

Davids.<br />

Women celebrate the<br />

100-year anniversary<br />

of winning the right to<br />

vote.<br />

2013 2018 2019 2020<br />

Unfortunately, the fight is not over 55 years<br />

later. Under the Voting Rights Act, states with<br />

a history of discriminatory voting policy were<br />

required to get federal approval before changing<br />

any voting laws. In 2013, a substantial portion of<br />

the law was gutted in the court case Shelby County<br />

v. Holder. Immediately following that decision,<br />

states, including Alabama, passed voter ID laws and<br />

closed DMVs in majority black counties to prevent<br />

citizens from attaining the identification needed<br />

to vote. These policies continue to disenfranchise<br />

people of color across the country.<br />

“I have a copy of a mysterious note written by<br />

a woman to my great-grandmother...indicating<br />

that [she] was involved in the suffrage struggle in<br />

Pennsylvania,” said Catherine Davies of LWV. “On<br />

this 100th anniversary, I’m trying to carry forward<br />

the unfinished business that my great-grandmother<br />

helped to launch.”<br />

Their fight should empower our generation to<br />

keep fighting and protect voting rights for everyone.<br />

Susan Fleming, also of LWV, sees that women of<br />

today are persistent.<br />

“They’re standing up in ways we haven’t seen<br />

for decades,” Fleming said. “They are white, brown,<br />

black, straight, gay, etc. But most of all, they’re<br />

vocal, and they’re informed ... I encourage them to<br />

continue and also to help empower their friends.<br />

Don’t think you can’t make a difference — you can!”<br />

There are numerous ways to make a difference<br />

by fighting for policies that expand access to the<br />

vote. Automatic voter registration is available in<br />

many states and early voting periods allow citizens<br />

to vote at their convenience, rather than limiting<br />

people to a 12-hour window on one day of the<br />

workweek.<br />

Progressive states such as Washington have<br />

moved their voting platforms to the digital realm.<br />

Once registered, residents need to look no further<br />

than the Google search bar to cast a ballot. By<br />

advocating for these policies, we can guarantee<br />

that women have uninhibited access to make their<br />

voices heard.<br />

Davies of LWV also encourages women to “elect<br />

a diverse group of women to more leadership<br />

positions in government so that we have a Congress<br />

that is truly representative of our population and<br />

their concerns.” The best way for our voices to be<br />

heard is to use our votes to elect women to represent<br />

the voices of the millions of women in this country<br />

who are still unable to speak for themselves,<br />

and who will ensure that future generations can<br />

continue to celebrate the strides made by the<br />

women who came before them.<br />

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Q:What does this anniversary mean to you, personally?<br />



The 19th Amendment was passed when my grandmother was<br />

a young wife and mother. My own mother was four in 1920.<br />

Both of them were proud voters throughout their adult lives.<br />

I have a copy of a mysterious note written by a woman to<br />

my great-grandmother, Margaretta Evelina Ransom Smith<br />

Yeager, indicating that Margaretta was involved in the<br />

suffrage struggle in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.<br />


For me the 100-year anniversary means the independence<br />

of women and the ability to have their own lives as we all<br />

have seen happen. I had classes in OLLI (Osher Lifelong<br />

Learning Instute) that I taught about various women who<br />

pushed for the right to vote, and I found them very brave,<br />

dedicated and forward looking.<br />


This anniversary happens to occur during a very active<br />

political year and it can be a catalyst to remind ALL citizens<br />

that, even when things aren’t going the way you want them<br />

to, it is a responsibility to vote and speak out.<br />


This anniversary is a celebration of women with powerful<br />

energy. They fought long and hard for a right that should<br />

have been a given from the beginning.<br />

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Relating to women and the political process,<br />

what is one thing you would tell younger women?<br />


They need to know the history in America of voting for<br />

women and men, and understand that their rights have<br />

been hard-won by the work of women, especially in the<br />

20th century. Younger women’s rights and privileges can<br />

still be taken away.<br />


As someone old enough to remember what it was like before<br />

the Griswold decision on access to birth control, and before<br />

Roe v. Wade, I want to say to younger women that you<br />

must never take for granted the hard-fought achievements<br />

related to women’s rights. The arc of the moral universe<br />

may bend toward justice, but only with constant vigilance<br />

and effort by American women concerning their rights and<br />

those of their fellow citizens.<br />


I would tell younger women that it is necessary to be<br />

involved in the political process because very powerful<br />

people are always wanting to take our rights away from<br />

us and control us. An example is the abortion and birth<br />

control conflicts. As an RN I feel it is necessary to have<br />

control over my body. It shouldn’t be up to my husband or<br />

the federal government to regulate what I can do or how<br />

many children I could have. Each woman knows how many<br />

children she can care for on the income she has.<br />


Whether or not people may wish to distance themselves<br />

from “politics,” for whatever reasons, EVERYTHING<br />

about daily life for them and for those they love is, in some<br />

way, related to decisions made by elected people. Medical<br />

services? Textbooks for school children? How fast you<br />

can drive? Sometime, somewhere, an elected body made<br />

decisions that set those policies or rules in place. Voting<br />

matters!<br />


I would tell women that they must be involved! They can<br />

choose how active they want to be, but at a minimum, they<br />

must exercise their right to vote! It matters. A lot. And as<br />

we’ve seen in the recent climate, young people are making<br />

a difference. They’re standing up in ways we haven’t seen<br />

for decades. They are white, brown, black, straight, gay, etc.<br />

But most of all, they’re vocal, and they’re informed. They’re<br />

speaking up for women, for climate issues, for gun control.<br />

I encourage them to continue, and also to help empower<br />

their friends. Don’t think you can’t make a difference — you<br />

can!<br />

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Where do we go from here/what is left to be done?<br />

Women must continue to exercise their rights to vote,<br />

run for office, and fight for the causes that mean the<br />

most to them, whether political, social, or personal.<br />

I think that the most important thing is to elect a diverse<br />

group of women to more leadership positions in government<br />

so that we have a Congress that is truly representative of<br />

our population and their concerns.<br />

It is simply the nature of things that the world and our<br />

lives are never static. Each year, and every generation, we<br />

have to update and recreate what it means for people to<br />

be able to live their best lives. You never get to retire from<br />

citizenship!<br />

Because we have lived through equal rights for women and<br />

equal pay, we have given younger women the right to have<br />

college educations and opportunities to become CEOs of<br />

large corporations that we didn’t see when I was young. It<br />

seems at times that we have to continue to refight battles to<br />

continue to move forward as equal partners.<br />

In matters that are important to women, we have to look at<br />

people and legislation and think about what is in our best<br />

interest.<br />

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Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing<br />

it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.<br />

— Maya Angelou<br />

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ollege is intimidating. You’re away from home–a little<br />

fish in the big ocean trying to make all new friends. But<br />

being part of a group does not have to mean sacrificing<br />

who you are to be liked.<br />

A’Neshia Turner, <strong>Alice</strong>’s creative director, recalls, “I used to<br />

be in a place where I wasn’t confident enough to have opposing<br />

opinions from my friends, let alone like different things than<br />

them because I always wanted to fit in.”<br />

You don’t have to start by forming strong opinions on serious<br />

topics. The first step can be as simple as suggesting a restaurant<br />

for you and your friends to go to. If you feel like you’ve lost<br />

yourself in the crowd, take time to explore hobbies and interests<br />

of your own. Define your music taste, your favorite activity, or<br />

your career goals. Once you feel confident in your identity, let it<br />

shine through.<br />

If you find yourself making concessions about your values<br />

and beliefs just to impress people, consider that you might want<br />

to look for more like-minded and accepting people.<br />

Lillian Roth, a former SGA President at The University of<br />

Alabama, acknowledges the influence of social status on young<br />

women’s opinions.<br />

“You may want to do what your boyfriend is doing,” Roth said,<br />

“or what the guy you want to go to a date party with is doing, but<br />

their choices may not be in the best interest of women.”<br />

But really, anyone worth your time or energy will respect<br />

that you have your own strong convictions that you are willing<br />

to speak up about. 22-year-old Cecilia Barnard says that having<br />

opinions lends legitimacy to who you are as a person. In fact,<br />

being your own person and having opinions will make people<br />

respect you more.<br />

Let’s face it, we’re still living in a man’s world. There are only<br />

33 female CEOs in the world that run Fortune 500 companies.<br />

467 men and only 33 women. Women only make up 23.6<br />

percent of the 535 members of U.S. Congress. You are going to<br />

have conversations about controversial issues such as abortion<br />

and gender roles and “a woman’s place.” Tuscaloosa attorney,<br />

Sue Thompson says that women “must take the power that we<br />

have and start using it in our own best interest.”<br />

We must be loud and strong in our opinions so that we cannot<br />

help but be heard.<br />

Sharing your thoughts about the English class reading is<br />

different than standing your ground when confronted with<br />

someone who disagrees with you, but it starts small. You build<br />

confidence in your beliefs when you first start to channel your<br />

voice. These tips will hopefully help you solidify your opinions<br />

and empower you to speak your truth in the face of a challenge.<br />


Your parents, friends, teachers and significant<br />

others all have opinions, but you should think<br />

for yourself. Don’t subscribe dogmatically to one<br />

identity just because it is familiar. Part of the college<br />

experience is leaving the bubble you grew up in and<br />

encountering people with diverse perspectives and<br />

backgrounds. Read the news, watch a documentary,<br />

and listen to people who have dealt with the issues<br />

that matter to you.<br />


Once you know where you stand, start conversations<br />

with like-minded people in order to learn why<br />

they share your beliefs. This will deepen your<br />

understanding of topics you are interested in and<br />

prepare you for discussions with people who do not<br />

see it your way.<br />


Read up on opinions that differ from yours. <strong>No</strong>tice<br />

the arguments they make, and work through why<br />

you disagree so that you won’t be caught off guard<br />

when someone offers a convincing compromise. If<br />

you know how they will try to weaken your position,<br />

you will be prepared to counter their argument.<br />


Find common ground with the opposition and<br />

frame your case to appeal to their interests. This<br />

demonstrates that you understand their perspective<br />

without having to compromise your own. Humans<br />

love to relate to each other, so this is often the most<br />

effective way to get someone to see your side of the<br />

story.<br />

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or anyone who lives in the Southeast of the U.S., you<br />

understand the struggles of dressing in unpredictable and<br />

strange weather. The ‘springtime rainstorm’ can be the<br />

most frustrating weather event for a fashionista. But no<br />

matter the weather, be it wet or dreary, style does not need to be<br />

sacrificed.<br />

“I never feel pulled together on a wet and rainy day. I would<br />

say my biggest struggle when dressing in the rain is what coat to<br />

wear, because I hate those dull, boring raincoats,” sophomore<br />

Amelia Marcavage said. “I’m always looking for alternatives that<br />

don’t shout LL Bean—especially for going out!”<br />

With this in mind, here are a few tips to hopefully help you<br />

stay fresh and on-trend when dressing in the rain.<br />

One of the most important pieces to have is, of course, the<br />

raincoat. There are many styles to choose from, so it’s important<br />

to consider your personality, along with functionality. If you are<br />

outgoing and extroverted you might want to go for bright colors and<br />

bold patterns. These are great options because these eye-catching<br />

jackets make a fashion statement and speak for themselves. Pair<br />

a bold, colorful raincoat with jeans or leggings and a plain tee —<br />

you’re set to weather the storm. Another bold option is a clear<br />

raincoat. The clear coat lets you show off your adorable outfit<br />

underneath, so you never have to hide your stylish look.<br />

For the more introverted, serious, or traditional types, the<br />

trench coat is a great option. This is definitely a worthy investment<br />

piece because it transcends time and can be worn over any outfit.<br />

Flaunt a trench coat with a pair of jeans and a simple top, or play it<br />

cool with a sweatshirt and matching joggers to be really on-trend.<br />

If you want to stay practical and don’t have a raincoat,<br />

leather jackets are a fashionable cheat, but be sure to grab your<br />

umbrella.<br />

Rainy day footwear is just as important as the rain jacket<br />

(if not more so). <strong>No</strong>body likes getting their feet wet, so proper<br />

shoes are critical for comfort. There are lots of options here so you<br />

might want to have more than one of these in your closet. Boots<br />

are classic for a reason, as they come in short ankle and knee-high<br />

styles from brands like Wellies and Hunter. Knee-high styles are<br />

extremely practical if you’re prone to splashing in puddles, as they<br />

keep most of your leg dry. These boots come in an array of colors<br />

from shiny black to primary colors to bold patterns. Another go-to<br />

look is the Sperry-style lace-up boot, for a sporty look. If you want<br />

to keep with the sneaker look, OCA makes waterproof sneakers<br />

that won’t sacrifice your athletic style. For those who want to be<br />

edgy and on-trend, Dr. Martens are a great investment and will<br />

complete any outfit.<br />

While a good raincoat will keep you dry in the rain, what<br />

you wear underneath is instrumental in ensuring comfort and<br />

practicality once you get out of the rain. Focus on lightweight<br />

fabrics that dry quickly — such as athletic leggings and joggers.<br />

Rainy weather begs for simplicity, so think black leggings and<br />

simple tops. If leggings aren’t your thing, grab a pair of dark denim<br />

jeans or black trousers.<br />

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Bags and shoes can easily make or break your outfit,<br />

especially if you opt for more basic essentials. The perfect<br />

bag for the rainy weather is made of waterproof materials. If<br />

you’ve attended any SEC football game, you are sure to have<br />

a clear bag already. These are perfect because they repel the<br />

rain and are a fun way to accessorize. However, on windy,<br />

intensely rainy days, handling a bag and a temperamental<br />

umbrella can be cumbersome. The fanny pack is an excellent<br />

option to keep your hands free so you can really hold onto<br />

that umbrella. Belt bags are also established accessories in<br />

the fashion industry and can be worn underneath your jacket<br />

to shield your phone, wallet, and keys from the weather.<br />

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like to think fashion is open to interpretation. If you like<br />

it, you should wear it and not care what others think.<br />

That being said, there is a notable difference in the style<br />

of clothing people choose to wear on the east and west<br />

coasts. There is a casual and relaxed vibe on the west coast —<br />

which ultimately embodies the carefree beachgoers who live<br />

there, while style on the east coast tends to be more refined,<br />

sleek, and put together. People living on the east coast are<br />

inclined to wear more traditional and crisp garments that give<br />

off a preppier attitude.<br />

The term “laid back” came to mind easily for California<br />

natives, Maggie Higgins and Taylor Tomko when describing<br />

style on the west coast.<br />

“Growing up it was always like a staple pair of high waisted<br />

jeans and a nice white t-shirt and fun accessories and cool<br />

sneakers,” Higgins said. “Elements of the quintessential west<br />

coast fashion girl are ‘effortlessly cool, very casual, boho/beach<br />

chic, and definitely in denim.’”<br />

Tomko recognized that she dresses differently in Alabama<br />

than she does when she goes home to Pasadena.<br />

“I don’t bring half my closet to school because here people<br />

wear more dressed-up and nicer clothes. At school, I wear big<br />

t-shirts during the day sometimes, but at home I would never<br />

do that,” Tomko said.<br />

Taking a different approach to defining east coast style,<br />

Caroline Crafton, an Alabama girl through and through, sees<br />

style developing from the wearer’s current stage of life.<br />

“I would say there is not one style but more of a generational<br />

evolution that the east coast follows,” Crafton said.<br />

She has observed that once one person decides something is<br />

going to be a new trend, people will follow.<br />

“You have to choose to go with the current or go against it.<br />

It’s solely based on your personality and the value you place in<br />

your appearance,” Crafton said.<br />

Is there a noticable divide in the style on each coast? Yes.<br />

My favorite thing about fashion is that it is always evolving—<br />

and that style is always personal. Society compartmentalizes<br />

by nature, but that does not mean that living in Virginia is<br />

stopping you from looking effortless in denim and a t-shirt and<br />

vice versa to a girl in Arizona wearing a nautical striped shirt.<br />

<strong>No</strong>netheless, it is also important to remember that it should<br />

not confine your individuality.<br />

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STYLE:<br />

Vintage Looks for Spring<br />

By Gabrielle Gervais and Marina Naranjo

S<br />

ometimes we get the feeling we were born in the wrong generation, and lately,<br />

we’ve been especially obsessed with the go-with-the-flow style from the ‘70s. Lucky<br />

for us, there’s no time travel required to pull from this iconic decade of fashion.<br />

From the wild and free hippie lifestyle to eclectic disco, it’s easy to see why trends<br />

from this decade are making a comeback. As the weather warms up, these trends are just<br />

what you need to lighten up your closet. We put together a list of authentic ‘70s looks to<br />

help you get in the groove.<br />

Western influences:<br />

Bell-bottoms:<br />

Fashion queens of the ‘70s loved adding<br />

western inspired pieces to their closet.<br />

Fringe jackets are a super easy way to add<br />

a groovy spin to any outfit. We especially<br />

love the suede jackets that were all the rage<br />

in this decade. Pair with a simple white tee<br />

and denim shorts for a look that’s straight<br />

from the heart of the wild, wild west.<br />

From the runway to the sidewalks, bellbottoms<br />

are a closet staple that have stood<br />

the test of time. They’re easy to dress up<br />

with flowy blouses and boots, or you can<br />

keep it casual with a graphic tee. Want to<br />

really get into the hippie spirit? Add some<br />

patches to your denim to add a unique<br />

personal touch.<br />

Patchwork:<br />

Textures of the ‘70s include the famous<br />

patchwork that emerged. <strong>No</strong>t your average<br />

grandma’s handiwork, this style was<br />

originally made popular by designers who<br />

did not want to waste material and instead<br />

started sewing pieces together! Boho<br />

brands seem to fuel this trend and always<br />

find a way to incorporate patchwork into<br />

their modern designs.<br />

Mules:<br />

Mules so chunky you’ll want to boogie on<br />

the dancefloor all night long! These mules<br />

were essential shoes that transitioned from<br />

skinny heels in the ‘70s. This era created<br />

a sandal, sans strappy backs, allowing<br />

the ankle to appear elongated. The block<br />

heel was worn by both men and women<br />

during this time, although males mostly<br />

wore them on boots. Mules are the perfect<br />

statement pop of color in the spring or<br />

summer, so go grab yourself a pair.<br />

Band tees:<br />

What’s one thing more iconic than ‘70s<br />

fashion? The music! There’s no better way<br />

to rock a casual ‘70s look than to throw on<br />

a tee from your favorite far out band. If<br />

you’re lucky, you can find some authentic<br />

ones from vintage shops, but if not, Urban<br />

Outfitters has a rad selection of tees to<br />

choose from.<br />

Scarves:<br />

Channel your inner Jackie Kennedy with<br />

technicolor scarves that add some serious<br />

‘70s vibes to your wardrobe. Whether you<br />

wear them on your head or around your<br />

neck, they are the perfect accessory to<br />

bring your outfit alive. A lot of women also<br />

incorporated their scarves in their hair<br />

styles, letting it fall on their shoulders.<br />

Like the mules, this accessory was seen on<br />

everyone, not just the far-out ladies. The<br />

scarves during this time pretty much sum<br />

up the entire decade: electric but soft.<br />

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STYLES<br />

We Just Can’t Get Enough Of<br />

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ue Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just<br />

Want to Have Fun,” because baby<br />

the ‘80s are back — and providing<br />

us with looks we just can’t afford<br />

to lose. With the new decade bringing in<br />

new staple trends, it’s only appropriate to<br />

take a look at the styles that have survived<br />

the clean-out.<br />


The ‘80s were about unapologetically<br />

being yourself, and doing it as loud as you<br />

wanted. That means vibrantly colored hair<br />

accessories, hats, and curls. Hats can save<br />

you from a horrible case of bedhead, or an<br />

impromptu grease attack, but lately they<br />

have also been the final touch for looks<br />

that simply needed something more.<br />




Madonna was the queen of layering up<br />

the necklaces. Adorned in gold chain<br />

crucifixes, she made the layered look<br />

shift from dainty, to dynamic. Adding to<br />

the theme of adventurous styles are large<br />

earrings. Hoops came in every color, as<br />

long as that color was neon, and shapes<br />

were varied to grab your attention.<br />

Fearlessness encompassed this decade—<br />

so why would their accessories be anything<br />

less?<br />

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This decade had everybody showing off<br />

their body type, and with all the jazzercise<br />

everyone was doing—why shouldn’t they?<br />

Bodysuits have made a reappearance, and<br />

besides the struggle that comes with going<br />

to the bathroom while wearing one, ladies<br />

are here for it. A bodysuit is the perfect<br />

top to combine with the ‘80s high-waisted<br />

jeans, allowing for a cool and classy going<br />

out look. Big shoulders have also made<br />

their way into the hearts of many – no<br />

longer with pads, but simply with poof.<br />

The puffy shoulders have almost been<br />

revitalized to scream innocence, and<br />

add dimension. Blazers have also made<br />

a comeback as women have become an<br />

unstoppable force in the business world.<br />




A personal favorite trend revamped from<br />

the ‘80s are high-waisted jeans. A weird<br />

feeling of comfort comes with zipping<br />

pants up past your belly button. Biker<br />

shorts are a revived trend I have yet to get<br />

comfortable with, but the look is currently<br />

turning heads. Overalls have also been<br />

reintroduced, as long pants, shorts and<br />

skirts.<br />



VANS<br />

Closing out our ‘80s look, we finally make<br />

our way to the final piece — shoes. Would<br />

it shock anyone to hear that just like today,<br />

Adidas and Nike were running the game?<br />

The two brands are still on top. High-top<br />

Converse have also made a reappearance,<br />

and it looks like they aren’t going anywhere<br />

anytime soon.<br />

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n a time when it appears that<br />

Generation Z is taking over, the<br />

roar of the rebelling ‘90s calls<br />

everyone to attention. It smells like<br />

teen spirit and looks like a sea of denim<br />

in every form. ‘90s fashion is making a<br />

statement once again.<br />


A style of jean that reigns and can make just<br />

about every kind of body feel comfortable<br />

are mom jeans. What characterizes mom<br />

jeans is that they are loose, comfortable,<br />

and can accentuate curves. A pro styling<br />

tip to add flare to your pair of jeans is to<br />

cuff them at the end, as this exposes a pop<br />

of whatever shoe you’re sporting.<br />

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The sexy sleek slip dress can be worn to<br />

a casual event or a night club depending<br />

on where the night goes. Slip dresses<br />

were worn by ‘90s icons such as Drew<br />

Berrymore and modern icons such as Kylie<br />

Jenner. Add a t-shirt under a slip dress for<br />

a casual look.<br />


Combat Boots have been the styling piece<br />

for grunge, rock, and alternative aesthetics<br />

for decades. A trusty pair of combat boots<br />

doesn’t have to be expensive. To save a<br />

pretty penny, check out your local thrift<br />

stores. Combat boots can turn a cute outfit<br />

into a renegade look.<br />

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This spring you can find jean jackets being<br />

sported on every corner, each one unique.<br />

Denim jackets can be found with patches,<br />

plaid lining, tears, and pockets in a varying<br />

number of colors. Anyone can DIY these<br />

little customizations to showcase the<br />

wearer’s personality with their fashionable<br />

jean jacket.<br />


The ‘90s were a time when women<br />

began sporting a traditionally masculine<br />

appearing clothing item: the overalls.<br />

Overalls became popular because of their<br />

effortless practicality and versatility.<br />


Crop tops are best fitted with a highwaisted<br />

pant or skirt to achieve a ‘90s<br />

fashion look. Crop tops can be paired with<br />

both baggy bottoms for a relaxed day outfit<br />

or something tight like a mini skirt for a<br />

lively night out.<br />

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By Aran McDermott<br />

and Bailey Williams<br />

Meal times have always provided a space for people to<br />

come together; to sit around a table, side-by-side, and<br />

enjoy good food and good conversation. However, the<br />

types of foods and the rituals we partake in vary all over<br />

the world. European culture especially has so much to teach us<br />

regarding the way we view food. Sitting down at three different<br />

tables in destination European countries, we experienced how<br />

these cultures approach meal time to find what we can learn<br />

from them.<br />

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There is an old Italian proverb, “a tavola non si invecchia,” or<br />

“at the table, no one grows old,” that perfectly encapsulates the<br />

beauty of the enduring culture of food in Italy. In Italy, eating isn’t<br />

simply a means of nourishing one’s body, it’s an opportunity to<br />

enrich one’s life. This can be accomplished through the enjoyment<br />

of good food and the company of cheerful family and close friends<br />

to share it with. An experience as special as this should never be<br />

rushed. Meals are meant to be taken at a slower pace, because<br />

every bite and each conversation should be thoroughly enjoyed.<br />

The time spent indulging in this tradition is never wasted, and<br />

though time may be passing and we may be growing older every<br />

second, it’s worth it.<br />

Dinner in Italy typically starts later and lasts much longer<br />

than in the United States. But don’t worry, there will always be<br />

enough food and chatter to fill the time. Italians often have four<br />

courses: antipasti, primo, secondo, and dolce either accompanied<br />

or followed with coffee or a digestivo (an after-dinner liqueur).<br />

Dinner tables disappear under a multitude of plates showcasing<br />

the colors and flavors of Italy. One typically begins with a simpleyet-classic<br />

plate of Italian cheeses that can either be paired with<br />

local cold cuts or drizzled with honey. This can be accompanied by<br />

any other antipasti that catch your eye. Most of them will. Wine is<br />

poured and cheerfully passed across the table. Dinner has begun.<br />

The antipasti is followed by the primo, a lighter dish such as pasta<br />

or soup. Pasta of all shapes and sizes happily bathing in varying<br />

sauces begin to cloud your vision as bowls are placed encouragingly<br />

in front of you. Once you have finished your first course, it’s time<br />

to indulge in your second, or secondo. This is where meat, chicken<br />

or fish enter the picture. Where you are in Italy will influence your<br />

menu options.<br />

It is important to take into consideration what region you are<br />

dining in as there are often dishes those regions are famous for.<br />

If you ever find yourself in Florence, the capital city of Tuscany,<br />

it would be a sin not to experience steak alla fiorentina. Eataly<br />

describes this dish as “steak that is typically from Chianina cattle<br />

— an ancient Tuscan breed known for its prized and tasty meat —<br />

seasoned with local spices, and grilled over red-hot coals. It’s<br />

traditionally served rare.” Keep in mind that if you try to order<br />

your steak anything other than rare, you may be severely judged.<br />

Once you have finished all of these courses, you still have<br />

one more waiting for you. Italy is not only famous for pasta and<br />

pizza, it is also famous for its decadent desserts. Dessert, coffee,<br />

and a digestivo is not only the best way to finish your meal but<br />

the correct way. The most famous and most looked forward to<br />

of Italian desserts is gelato. Walks of Italy lists three reasons<br />

gelato is different (and definitely better) than ice cream. One is<br />

that gelato contains less butterfat, which leads to a creamier, less<br />

frozen consistency. However, since gelato has less air whipped into<br />

it than ice cream, the dessert has a higher density—which means<br />

more product per scoop. Another quality distinct to gelato is that<br />

it is frozen quickly and in small batches. This garners fresh, high<br />

quality cream.<br />

If all of these courses leave you feeling sluggish, Italians<br />

encourage an after-dinner digestivo. Italians believe that drinking<br />

a digestivo after dinner will help with digestion. While it is unclear<br />

whether or not this is true, who would say no to a quick glass of<br />

liqueur? A popular one is limoncello, a sweet yet tangy liqueur that<br />

is often offered as a conclusion to a wonderful meal and time spent<br />

“not getting older.”<br />

This meal-time ritual is frequently experienced over the course<br />

of several hours. In Italy, food allows us an opportunity to take a<br />

break from the rush of life and truly press pause on a movement in<br />

time. We’re all getting older, we might as well do it with a stomach<br />

full of good food and a mouth full of laughter.<br />

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Classic movies like Julie & Julia, Ratatouille, and Midnight<br />

in Paris, fill our heads with swimming visions of French culture<br />

and its classic cuisine. Daydreams of walking through markets<br />

in Montmartre, sipping sweet coffee along the Seine River and<br />

toting baguettes fresh from the local boulangerie sustain us with<br />

Parisian pleasure. Only then do we realize we’ve fallen head over<br />

heels for the rich cultural cuisine that drips from the city like<br />

warm chocolate out of a freshly baked pain au chocolat. The aroma<br />

of a divine ratatouille or dip of a buttery croissant into a cup of<br />

cafe dupo is enough to make any tourist swoon. Order a toasted<br />

Croque Monsieur, or Croque Madame if you’re feeling fancy, at the<br />

bustling street corner cafe. Indulge in a quiche or gratin for lunch<br />

because you haven’t any other plans besides watching the streets<br />

of Paris bustle with lovers and reading a new book of poetry over<br />

the cafe’s complementary crepe.<br />

Rushing from meal to meeting is not a concept in a Parisian’s<br />

mind, only to sit and enjoy each meal as the pleasurable moment<br />

it’s designed to be. The seven course dinners are enjoyed with<br />

friends and family. The morning coffee at a cafe by one’s self and<br />

a book are sacred moments for stillness. Even the daily commutes<br />

to work are accompanied by a stroll through the neighborhood<br />

market. The French do not rush what is not meant to be rushed.<br />

<strong>No</strong>r do they fret. The boulangeries bake with unenriched flours,<br />

cheese is made from the milk of grass-fed cows and wine sipped<br />

from vineyards just towns away. French cuisine is decadent,<br />

simple, satisfying, and enjoyed until the very last bite is savored to<br />

say “l’addition s’il vous plait.”<br />

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.<br />

I think the French enjoy the complication of the art form and the<br />

cooking for cooking’s sake.” — Julia Child<br />

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Strolling along the streets of Spain and choosing a nightly dine<br />

is no difficult game. Restaurant waiters, bar tenders, and talkative<br />

locals practically stand outside the doors of their restorantes<br />

inviting tourists, expats and locals alike in for a bite. Textbooks,<br />

travel blogs, and study abroad students will all tell about the<br />

tapas experience in Spain. A Tuesday night looks the same as a<br />

Saturday night in the neighborhoods of Barcelona or Seville. Tapas<br />

bars pour out music and liveliness as the people stream in for an<br />

hour or so of conversation, a cocktail and a complementary crepe<br />

before a friendly waiter suggests the cafe next door. There is little<br />

room for restaurant competition in the tapas culture. In a dining<br />

dynamic rooted in jumping from bar to bar to snack on light plates<br />

and share tiny treats with bottles of house wine, it’s normal to hit<br />

two to five bars a night for what many of us Americans would claim<br />

“dinner.” Experiencing this for the first time was magic. After<br />

enjoying a satisfying lunch, strolling the streets or taking a swim<br />

in the Mediterranean, then resting for Spain’s beloved siesta, the<br />

dinner portion of the evening rarely begins until after the sun has<br />

gone down and ends when it’s almost back up again.<br />

From its farm to table style, fish caught from the sea, and olive<br />

oil poured from the nearest vineyard, Spain’s flavor profile exceeds<br />

expectations because of its genuine quality and the heritage<br />

of its surrounding land. Similar to France and Italy, Spanish<br />

culture lacks foods that are heavily processed or store-bought<br />

and packaged. As common as it is to catch a mademoiselle with<br />

a fresh baguette in hand on her way home from the boulangerie,<br />

it is equally so to find Spanish locals shopping at the markets and<br />

picking up seasonal vegetables, exotic fruits and daily seafood<br />

catches at the mercado de la boqueria. There is rarely a time to<br />

substitute store-bought for seasonal, skip siesta for striving or<br />

replace a sequence of tapas bars and conversation with friends for<br />

silence. Spanish culture is rich in its communal sharing of food<br />

around the table and sharing this table with others. A waiter never<br />

brings a check until the table notions with a la cuenta por favor,<br />

with the communal belief that once a table is full of talking people,<br />

it’s theirs for the evening until ready to leave. Meals are slow and<br />

enjoyable while food and pleasure are in abundance. Tapas to all!<br />

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We’ve been talking about periods since elementary school<br />

when our health class enlightened us to the world of<br />

feminine care. A woman can have around 500 periods from<br />

puberty to menopause, but half of them are spent without<br />

understanding what’s really happening in the body. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

only is it enlightening to understand the science of what<br />

happens to us during each period phase, but gaining insight<br />

on our body’s natural reproductive system is an opportunity<br />

to partner with ourselves to create healthier versions of us.<br />

Say goodbye to cramps, PMS, mood swings, and hello to<br />

understanding what’s really going on down there.<br />

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PHASE I<br />

PHASE II<br />

I’m not crying, you’re crying. Oh no wait, I’m on my<br />

period; I’M CRYING.<br />

Yesterday I was crying, today I AM glowing.<br />

Aunt Flow has arrived, ladies, and she’s bringing her full<br />

personality. The first day of bleeding is the first official day<br />

of your menstrual phase, typically days 1-5. Ever experienced<br />

cramps? Yep, thought so. Though cramps may make it seem<br />

as though our bodies are taking all of their anger out on us,<br />

these aches and pains are the body’s way of shedding the<br />

uterine lining when no bun is in the oven (you’re not pregnant).<br />

Cramping is natural and, while extremely uncomfortable, our<br />

body’s way of getting us ready for the next phase. Pass the<br />

heating pad, please.<br />

When the Midol stops working<br />

Because the body is working extra hard at the start of our<br />

period to shed the uterine lining and recreate a healthy place<br />

for a baby to grow, a wholesome diet filled with nutrient-rich<br />

foods will be your best friend during Phase I. Before relying<br />

on your pain reliever of choice as a quick fix, begin working<br />

nutrient dense foods into your diet to naturally help the body<br />

do its job.<br />

Is it Shark Week? <strong>No</strong>, but the body is releasing an average<br />

of 6-8 teaspoons of blood over the 5-7 days of menstruation.<br />

Iron deficiencies may lead to low energy levels and fatigue, so<br />

iron should be a top priority for meals during this phase. Think<br />

spinach and dark leafy greens, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised<br />

chicken and eggs, nuts and seeds, tofu and lentils. Focusing<br />

on natural sources of vitamin-C, B12, omega-3, and zinc will<br />

help rescue you from the depths of energy deficits as well.<br />

Adding extra antioxidant rich berries to your oatmeal, zesting<br />

lemon onto your sauteed bell peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes,<br />

and sprinkling some calcium-filled cheese or nutritional yeast<br />

into your spinach scrambled eggs will do the trick. On the go<br />

or not feeling very Martha Stewart? Don’t forget about the<br />

simple meals too. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh<br />

strawberry jam and omega-3-filled peanut butter on multigrain<br />

bread will capture many of these nutrients while keeping you<br />

full.<br />

Monday morning and finding yourself in the Starbucks line?<br />

Try enjoying your one cup of coffee, then switching to an<br />

herbal tea to help lessen caffeine intake and combat bloating.<br />

Caffeine makes us happy, but it also increases estrogen at a<br />

time when this hormone needs to be low in the body.<br />

Welcome to the glow up phase, better known as Phase II, the<br />

follicular phase.<br />

Remember a little hormone from biology class called FSH?<br />

The follicle-stimulating hormone is a key player in this phase.<br />

As the body stops bleeding from shedding the uterine lining, it<br />

begins to prepare itself for ovulation, when the ovaries work to<br />

produce an egg. Think of the follicular phase as the hormonal<br />

beauty team prepping the ovaries for their big debut in about<br />

4 days. The follicular phase typically lasts from days 6-11 of the<br />

menstrual cycle and is all about raising estrogen levels to reline<br />

the uterus with nutrients and blood for ovulation. Estrogen is<br />

kind of like an energy hormone, and as it increases in the body,<br />

energy and mood increase with it.<br />

Spin class anyone?<br />

Okay, but I’m packing two pairs of panties. Yep, hate to say<br />

it, but this is when you’ll notice more discharge as a result. Have<br />

no fear, it’s totally normal.<br />

What’s on my plate these days?<br />

Keep the nutrients and kick up the color. Think berries,<br />

apples, grains, carrots, citrus, sweet potatoes, peppers, probiotic<br />

yogurt, bananas, broccoli, fermented foods, and avocados. The<br />

body is craving fiber, fermentation, healthy fats, and anything to<br />

keep the gut-friendly bacteria happy and keep hormones stable.<br />

Who wants Thai food?<br />

Hot spices found in peppers and chili powders will help<br />

reduce inflammation (the body’s natural ability to bloat) and<br />

decrease unneeded hormonal stress. Still feeling low energy?<br />

Go for the extra avocado and olive oil to help the body feel<br />

nourished and energized enough to prep for the ovulation<br />

ahead. While you may have been hungry for seconds, thirds,<br />

or fifths during menstruation, appetite may decrease closer to<br />

ovulation. However, this is not a time to lessen your food intake.<br />

Boost your consumption of nutrient-dense foods to stay fuller<br />

longer and keep the body fueled with long-lasting energy.<br />

Okay, change my venti vanilla latte to a raspberry leaf tea,<br />

please.<br />

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PHASE IV<br />

I know I just did spin class, but can I hit the gym all<br />

day?<br />

This is a rollercoaster. ARE WE THERE YET?<br />

It’s the ovulation phase, and energy and “love hormones” are<br />

at their peak. Ovulation lasts days 12-14 and marks the halfway<br />

point of the cycle. This is what we all know to be the babymaking<br />

stage, so be prepared to be in your love feels as FSH<br />

decreases and estrogen, testosterone and LH take their place<br />

on top. The major spike in LH and other hormones stimulates<br />

the egg release into the fallopian tube where it can be fertilized.<br />

Though there may only be two true days of ovulation, hormones<br />

are active a few days surrounding ovulation and can prepare to<br />

have a baby if not protected.<br />

Because of the estrogen increase, appetite may be suppressed<br />

as the love feelings and energy levels rise. If hormones are in<br />

a gymnastics meet, this is when they are flipping across the<br />

balance beam. To maintain perfect hormone balance and ensure<br />

a healthy gut microbiome, it’s important to make sure meals are<br />

packed with fiber, magnesium, and protein. Think extra berries<br />

on top of morning whole grain oats or yogurt bowls, serve some<br />

quinoa with tofu and lean chicken or salmon, and sprinkle some<br />

pumpkin seeds, almonds, and figs into a trail mix to go. Get the<br />

nutrients in and keep the confidence high.<br />

About 13 days left before the merry-go round of menstruation<br />

starts over! A woman’s cycle length is dependent on multiple<br />

factors, but an average cycle lasts for 28 days, scheduling the<br />

luteal phase for days 15-28. Definitely highlight this one in your<br />

calendar, because no matter how irregular your period, the<br />

luteal phase is always consistent. Progesterone and estrogen<br />

kick it up a notch as the body thickens and rebuilds the uterine<br />

lining while preparing for another period (or baby if you’re<br />

trying).<br />

Okay, I know I’m not pregnant, but why am I bloating like I<br />

am?<br />

Totally natural, sister. The rise in progesterone and estrogen<br />

hold onto the water in food and interrupt the natural routine of<br />

fluid and sodium regulation. Basically, bloating is your body’s<br />

way of trying to protect you by holding onto water sources. The<br />

solution? Ironically, water. It’s time to carry the extra large<br />

Hydro Flask around today because increased water will help<br />

calm a bloating stomach and help with the onset of cramps.<br />

Would you care for carbs or carbs for dinner?<br />

Both. Choose healthy carbohydrates to keep the body<br />

moving the way it needs to. Think: sweet potatoes, ancient<br />

grains, fruits, legumes, root vegetables or whole wheat pasta.<br />

Sweet tooth coming in? Go for the dark chocolate. As the body<br />

naturally craves carbohydrates for energy expenditure, natural<br />

sweeteners are your friend here, too, to help with any brain<br />

fog, PMS symptoms or low energy. Fruits, smoothies, dark<br />

chocolate, honey and agave are tasty treats to top off a nutrientdense<br />

snack. Craving a couch day? Listen to your body’s desire<br />

and lay on the couch with a good book or journal and enjoy<br />

a sweet potato with Greek yogurt, peanut butter and honey.<br />

Sprinkle some cinnamon on top for a natural inflammationfighting<br />

remedy and sip some ginger tea on the side. Cramps<br />

who? It’s okay to not feel like running over to SoulCycle these<br />

days. There’s a time and place for Orange Theory and CrossFit,<br />

but right now, your body may be asking for yoga and a walk with<br />

your closest friends. Honor it!<br />

Tracking your cycle can be a helpful record to review with<br />

a healthcare professional. Even though menstruation has<br />

some common elements among all women, we know our own<br />

bodies best. Being mindful during that time of the month in<br />

regards to how you’re reacting to certain foods (through energy<br />

level, digestion, skin breakouts, or other) can help you best<br />

understand your personal line of defense when it’s that time of<br />

the month. More importantly, if you notice that your period is<br />

MIA or inconsistent, consult your healthcare provider.<br />

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The Crimson White<br />

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F<br />

or most Alabamians, access to food is as quick and easy<br />

as the drive to a nearby grocery store or restaurant. For<br />

others, however, it is far more of a struggle. According<br />

to the US Department of Agriculture, over 1.2 million<br />

individuals use food banks and emergency kitchens. In 2018<br />

the United States had over 37.2 million individuals living in<br />

households with low or very low food security. This means<br />

that there are people everywhere struggling to fulfill one of the<br />

basic requirements to live.<br />

Jean Rykaczewski is the executive director of West Alabama<br />

Food Bank, and she highlighted the necessity of food banks for<br />

residents.<br />

“Food banks are important because we help pick up<br />

the pieces when people find themselves food insecure,”<br />

Rykaczewski said. “We help them keep food in their system<br />

when unexpected bills pop up. Any single thing can force<br />

people to become food insecure.”<br />

While food insecurity can hit anyone at any time, there are<br />

specific groups that are more at-risk. Rykaczewski noted that<br />

seniors and the working lower class are especially sensitive<br />

to food insecurity because of the “high medical cost” and the<br />

tendency for working lower class individuals to work more<br />

than one job to pay bills.<br />

Many of these patrons must also combat the stigmas<br />

associated with seeking help from food banks.<br />

“Often times they are in tears, and they are very embarrassed<br />

to be here,” Rykaczewski said. “They don’t know how to ask<br />

for help.”<br />

It takes a substantial amount of resources to sustain<br />

distribution from food banks. Rykaczewski said that the West<br />

Alabama Food Bank distributes over 5 million pounds of food,<br />

including 2000 backpack meals every week for food insecure<br />

children and 1200 senior boxes every month.<br />

“Food hubs are extremely resource extensive and the model<br />

in and of itself requires about $2 million in revenue to sustain<br />

it without outside revenue,” said Taylor Jacobson, director of<br />

recruitment and growth at Rev Birmingham.<br />

This along with fundraising challenges eventually led to Rev<br />

Bimringham’s The Urban Food Project’s end, but the people<br />

benefiting from this program were met with the efforts of The<br />

Common Market. Jacobson is now the chair of the board of<br />

directors at The Common Market and has helped their efforts<br />

in Birmingham.<br />

“It’s not so much about whether you live in a food desert,<br />

but more so about whether you have transportation,” Jacobson<br />

said.<br />

“Because if you live in a food desert, and you can get in<br />

your car, [it] is not a big deal to drive 1.5 miles. However if<br />

you live in a food desert, and you don’t have a car, then that’s<br />

when it’s an issue. I would encourage everyone to use the<br />

USDA Food Access Research Atlas. What you will find is that<br />

in Birmingham there are approximately 90,000 residents that<br />

live in food deserts.”<br />

The City of Birmingham has worked to alleviate some of the<br />

strain that food deserts present to residents. In May of 2019,<br />

Mayor Woodfin launched The Healthy Foods Fund — as part<br />

of the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund — which granted<br />

$500,000 to “offset the costs of opening grocery stores in<br />

areas of the city that have been designated by the USDA as food<br />

deserts,” according to a press release from the Birmingham<br />

City Council. On <strong>No</strong>vember 5, 2019, Village Market in East<br />

Lake was the first approved grocer as part of the program.<br />

“While many of our residents frequent dollar stores, which<br />

serve a purpose to the community, a concentrated number of<br />

dollar stores in targeted areas can often drive away grocery<br />

stores which offer fresh and healthier food options,” said a<br />

Birmingham City Council press release.<br />

In 2015, Alabama had 654 Dollar General stores and one<br />

distribution center, meaning there were just under 14 stores<br />

per every 100,000 residents according to AL.com. More<br />

recently in 2019, the Birmingham area has 51 stores within a<br />

20-mile radius. This all comes together to make Alabama the<br />

fifth highest concentration per capita of dollar stores in the<br />

country.<br />

“Healthy foods are the cornerstone of a healthy community.<br />

What we are trying to do is show our community that healthy<br />

residents make healthy workers, which will lead to a healthier<br />

economy,’’ Josh Carpenter, director of the Department of<br />

Innovation and Economic Opportunity in Birmingham said.<br />

“Making sure that people have access to healthier foods is<br />

fundamental to our work in not only recruiting grocery stores<br />

but other businesses.’’<br />

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama started a<br />

program, Corner Market Mobile Grocery Store, that provides<br />

fresh produce and other services such as health screenings,<br />

farmers’ market vouchers, and cooking demonstrations. This<br />

program brings the convenience of discount stores and carries<br />

the fresh produce that aren’t found in dollar stores.<br />

Elizabeth Wix, director of partnerships and interim<br />

executive manager of Community Food Bank of Central<br />

Alabama, said, “Our aim at CFB is to make healthy choices<br />

accessible to everyone. This is why our Corner Market Mobile<br />

Grocery Store goes to food desert areas that do not have fresh<br />

produce and serves populations who otherwise cannot get to a<br />

full-service grocery.”<br />

Furthering Alabama’s efforts to combat food deserts,<br />

Governor Kay Ivey awarded $300,000 in grants to promote<br />

healthy food choices for low-income communities in 2018.<br />

These grants were given through the Alabama Healthy Food<br />

Financing Act. The seven grants included the Africatown<br />

Community Development Corp in Mobile, Children of the<br />

Village Network Inc. in Sumter County, City of Birmingham,<br />

Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Peoples Piggly<br />

Wiggly in Cherokee, West Alabama Food Bank Inc. in<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthport, and Wright’s Markets Inc in Opelika.<br />

In recent years, Alabama has made strides to promote<br />

grocers into the area as well as promote food banks and<br />

pantries for those in need. While these efforts show progress,<br />

they also highlight the harsh reality that many Alabamians<br />

still face.<br />

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You get a 5-cent discount, you get a 5-cent discount, you all<br />

get a 5-cent discount! Yep, you read that right. Target gives a<br />

5-cent discount if you bring your own bags. Might not sound<br />

like a lot, but for the amount of stuff we buy at Target, every<br />

cent helps, right?<br />

Ever heard of reusable straws, zero-waste living, and saving<br />

the environment? If you live on this planet, then yes, probably.<br />

But what if you don’t have the GR$$N to GO Green? Here are<br />

some budget friendly changes to help you be kind to the earth<br />

and your bank account. Resourcefulness to the rescue!<br />


Even more so now that I know how sustainability focused they<br />

are. For every bag that you bring to the store, Whole Foods will<br />

give you 10 cents off your purchase. Do you buy anything in<br />

jars? Do you buy containers of milk? Bring back your rinsed<br />

out containers once you’re done with them, and Whole Foods<br />

will give you money back.<br />


Put on your green Superwoman cape and assume your<br />

favorite power stance. A simple, easy way to help save the<br />

planet is by bringing your own bags to grocery stores. Picking<br />

paper over plastic helps too, but if the next best step to<br />

reducing waste is to amplify your grocery-shopping prowess<br />

with a trendy canvas tote, you can bet we’re diving in head<br />

first. Say goodbye to flimsy, clear brown bags that rip when<br />

you put your almond milk carton in them but still manage to<br />

compile uncontrollably under your sink.<br />

You can even put your bags to work for clothes shopping<br />

trips. Stores such as Lululemon, Trader Joe’s and Aldi sell<br />

products in reusable bags or sell reusable bags for under a few<br />

bucks to aid in your transition from consumer convenience<br />

to deliberate conservation. If you’re still not buying it, what<br />

if we tell you that you can actually save money by grabbing<br />

your reusable carry-alls? According to an Earth Day article<br />

by Refinery29, most of our go-to-grocery stores offer you just<br />

that. We’ve got some of your favorites listed.<br />


With specially designed bags for each location, Trader Joe’s<br />

offers you a smile, a bag of goodies, and even an incentive —<br />

customized by location — if you bring your own bags to hold<br />

your plantain chips and cookie dough butter. I’ve heard rumors<br />

of a percentage off discount or even a gift card giveaway. I’ll<br />

pile in some Joe-Joe’s cookies for that.<br />

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Although Walmart doesn’t offer a direct discount when<br />

customers bring their own bags, they do sell reusable bags at<br />

checkout for 98 cents and offer free one-time-use plastic bags.<br />


BYOB<br />


Carrying a reusable water bottle on the daily has become a<br />

habit for most people — and it’s not hard when they come in fun<br />

colors adorned with inspirational words, time-ticks reminding<br />

you when to chug and offer a blank surface to house your<br />

best stickers. But what about those other drink containers?<br />

Kombucha jars? Cold brew glasses? Wine bottles? There is<br />

more that we can do. Pull the label off, give it a wash, and use<br />

that kombucha bottle for a flower jar or incense holder. Other<br />

bottles with a wider mouth are perfect for holding shower gel,<br />

shampoo or conditioner. Bonus: it’s a stylish way to keep your<br />

shower products organized in a way that doesn’t scream, “Hi,<br />

I’m store-bought.”<br />

It may sound silly, but think about how much plastic is<br />

dumped back into our ecosystem just in the plasticware<br />

sphere alone. Though we may not be able to end this crisis<br />

suddenly, resisting the plastic use in your own meal routine<br />

alone can make a difference in your community. Amazon,<br />

Target, and Earthhero.com are great resources for buying<br />

packs of reusable, dishwasher-safe utensil sets for under $5.<br />



2020 feels a bit like the year of saying no to plastic straws.<br />

Even location-specific Starbucks are offering metal straws<br />

or discounts for bringing your own. Starbucks CEO Kevin<br />

Johnson even acknowledges the company’s “aspiration to<br />

become resource positive and give more than we take from the<br />

planet.”<br />


Extra wash cloths or towels lying around the house? Throw<br />

them in the laundry and cut them into smaller sizes. Make<br />

a DIY oven towel, napkin shapes for to-go lunches or bigger<br />

rectangles to use in place of paper towels. Paper products may<br />

be handy, but aren’t cost and conservation-friendly.<br />

Making changes to become more conservation conscious can<br />

be scary, but you don’t have to turn your life upside down.<br />

This plastic problem won’t be solved overnight — try one of<br />

these things this week. Next week, add another. See how<br />

easily it becomes a part of your system and how much more<br />

connected you feel to the environment around you. We’re not<br />

asking you to start composting in your dorm room anytime<br />

soon. But if you do … let us know and send pics!<br />

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The National Center for Biotechnology Information says that<br />

exercise training increases the size of the hippocampus and can<br />

improve memory, which can only be good news for that exam<br />

you’re worried about or that interview you’ve been preparing<br />

for. But students, like most overworked, under-rested adults,<br />

know that actually carving out time in your schedule to get to<br />

the gym can be the real test. Luckily, it’s one your friends can<br />

help you hack. With your perfect gym buddy by your side, your<br />

courses — the track kind AND the physics kind — can be a breeze.<br />

The Reliable Friend<br />

The Follower Friend<br />

Working out is time-consuming enough, but planning your<br />

workout ... now that’s just too much. Enter: The Reliable Friend.<br />

This is the one who will get your butt in gear and let you follow<br />

them around while you complete their carefully strategized<br />

routine. Marina Sturm, a freshman at The University of Alabama,<br />

says she is that person.<br />

“I’m the one who plans all the exercises, and then the person I<br />

work out with follows,” Sturm says.<br />

Sturm looks to Pinterest for workout inspiration. With pages<br />

and pages boasting ambitious titles like “Booty Burn in only 30<br />

minutes” and “Extreme Cardio Blast,” Pinterest offers something<br />

for every cardio bunny and lifting chick there is. Sturm picks a<br />

page that she likes — it can be anything from a 30 day challenge<br />

to a circuit — and gets to work. She doesn’t choose favorites with<br />

specific exercises, she says, but she prefers lower body days to<br />

bicep burns.<br />

“I prefer to work my legs out,” Sturm says. “I also use the bike.<br />

I do some form of cardio and some form of weights.”<br />

Sturm says that the gym improves her mental health. She just<br />

doesn’t feel as good about things when she doesn’t go. When<br />

she has mountains to climb in her personal life, she hits the stair<br />

stepper to prepare. Skipping the sweat can lead Sturm to feeling<br />

more stressed than otherwise.<br />

“I think it makes me a more enjoyable person to be around,<br />

because I’m not cranky and stressed,” Sturm admitted.<br />

For every gym leader (bless their souls), you need a gym<br />

follower. Neah Patkunas, a sophomore at The University of<br />

Alabama, fills those shoes.<br />

“I’m usually the one who is following the other people around,”<br />

Patkunas said. “I don’t like when I go to the weight room and<br />

there’s a ton of guys. I usually stay to the group exercise classes.”<br />

Patkunas particularly likes the cycling classes. The group-class<br />

environment provides a structured, but fun, exercise experience.<br />

“It’s nice to have a pre-planned thing out for you especially if<br />

you’re on a time crunch,” she said.<br />

If Patkunas isn’t in a gym class, she likes to run and lift weights.<br />

Besides the physical benefits, Patkunas, like Sturm, notices a<br />

difference in her mental clarity.<br />

“Going to the gym does make me feel like I’ve done something.<br />

I think it helps me concentrate better, too, in class,” said Patkunas.<br />

The benefits are so strong that Patkunas sometimes has to<br />

extend her trips. If she’s having a bad day, Patkunas says, she’ll<br />

hit the gym twice.<br />

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My Own-Cheerleader Friend<br />

The Accountability Friend<br />

Some people thrive with a gym buddy who encourages them<br />

by setting a pace on the treadmill or giving you the side eye when<br />

you load the squat rack with an easy-for-you weight, but others get<br />

their pom-poms out and appoint themselves as their own biggest<br />

cheerleader. Elizabeth Gainey, a sophomore at The University of<br />

Alabama, is one to ditch the pack and do her own thing.<br />

Whether she shows up to the gym with or without her friends<br />

in tow, Gainey said she often uses her gym-time to run by herself.<br />

As a former cross country runner, she understands that sometimes<br />

working out has to be a solo sport. After all, the adrenaline rush<br />

from a “runner’s high” isn’t something you can share.<br />

Gainey says this high gives her the energy she needs throughout<br />

the day. It keeps her feeling good about herself — mind and body.<br />

But with a busy schedule, Gainey says it’s crucial to keep her sweat<br />

sessions under 90 minutes.<br />

“I like to do my workouts quick and short,” Gainey said. “I<br />

usually do about thirty-forty minutes on the track and then start off<br />

a slow jog and then about ten minutes of ab workouts afterwards.”<br />

Although she likes to workout by herself, Gainey is also the<br />

gym-going accountability friend. Those who express an interest<br />

in working out can be sure they will if they’re friends with Gainey.<br />

Despite being a self-described “loner” at the gym, she makes sure<br />

her friends reach their goals alongside her.<br />

“Last spring me and two other friends tried to continuously<br />

go to the gym, and I think we had about twenty days in a row<br />

where two of us kept each other accountable the whole month of<br />

January,” Gainey said.<br />

For those accountability friends who prefer to work together,<br />

there is a plethora of partner exercises available to choose from<br />

on Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest. Some <strong>Alice</strong> favorites include<br />

Whitney Simmons (Youtube and Instagram), Blogilates (Youtube<br />

and Instagram) and fitgurlmel (Instagram).<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter your gym persona, it’s important to remember that<br />

working out is ultimately about you. So, go when it’s best for you,<br />

do what exercises work best for you, and bring whatever friends<br />

workout best with you. Followers, accountability partners, and<br />

gym-loners alike can run side by side on the track.<br />

Pull this page out.<br />

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19th Amendment is ratified,<br />

giving women the right to<br />

vote.<br />

1920<br />

1964<br />

The 24th Amendment is ratified<br />

by two-thirds of the states,<br />

formally abolishing poll taxes<br />

and literacy tests which were<br />

heavily used against African<br />

American and poor white women<br />

and men.<br />

Equal Rights<br />

Ammendment 1972<br />

1973<br />

Roe v. Wade SCOTUS<br />

decision protects women’s<br />

access to abortion.<br />

Mississippi<br />

becomes last state<br />

to ratify the 19th<br />

Amendment.<br />

1984<br />

Young women of color<br />

are elected to public<br />

office in record numbers,<br />

including Alexandra<br />

Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna<br />

Pressley, Rashida Tlaib,<br />

Ilhan Omar, and Sharice<br />

Davids.<br />

2018<br />

2013<br />

2019<br />

Shelby County v. Holder<br />

SCOTUS decision enables<br />

states to pass restrictive,<br />

often discriminatory voting<br />

laws.<br />

Dozens of states pass<br />

restrictive abortion laws in<br />

an attempt to bring a case<br />

to the newly conservativeleaning<br />

Supreme Court.<br />

Women celebrate the<br />

100-year anniversary<br />

of winning the right to<br />

vote.<br />

2020<br />

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American suffrage leader who helped secure passage of the 19th Amendment.<br />

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