Alice Volume 8 Issue 2

The final issue of Volume 8 spotlights women who are flourishing in their careers, personal lives and communities. With spring fashion trends, transgender experience's on UA's campus and a sit down with the Alabama Astrobotics team, Volume 8 Issue 2 is full of good advice.

The final issue of Volume 8 spotlights women who are flourishing in their careers, personal lives and communities. With spring fashion trends, transgender experience's on UA's campus and a sit down with the Alabama Astrobotics team, Volume 8 Issue 2 is full of good advice.


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Spring 2023<br />

Indigenous Brands<br />

Native-owned brands on the rise.<br />

Swimsuit is Not a Size<br />

Every body is a swimsuit body.<br />

Women in Racing<br />

A sit down with the women of<br />

UA’s Formula SAE team.<br />


Letter from<br />

the Editor<br />

Models Emilia Obilites & Nadia Hollis<br />

Photo Sarah Hartsell<br />

When I think of the modern college woman, I think of someone<br />

who is strong yet vulnerable, determined yet hesitant and trendsetting yet<br />

still traditional. I know those adjectives contradict each other, but that’s the<br />

point. Women cannot be described with one word or one particular set of<br />

adjectives.<br />

Since its conception, <strong>Alice</strong> has aimed to feature every college<br />

woman, on all sides of our campus. This year we’ve introduced “Woman of<br />

the Month” web story features, we have been able to give all college women<br />

a platform and show off how women are flourishing in their majors, clubs<br />

and lives. Our social media platforms have highlighted women on our<br />

staff that have gone above and beyond when contributing to our magazine.<br />

But most importantly, <strong>Alice</strong> has reached more people than ever before.<br />

From an insanely successful <strong>Volume</strong> 8, <strong>Issue</strong> 1 launch, to record-breaking<br />

Instagram engagement to more tabling events than ever before, we’ve<br />

taken <strong>Alice</strong> to the next level.<br />

When I first became Editor-in-Chief, I had one goal: to help <strong>Alice</strong> flourish in<br />

any capacity I could. And as I look at our staff, web and social media content, I can<br />

proudly check off that box. We’ve increased our web postings to almost eight new<br />

stories a month, garnered record followings on Instagram and featured more photo<br />

stories than ever before. Starting at this magazine four years ago, gave me a platform I<br />

never thought I would have and I am so thankful.<br />

I’m thankful that our editorial staff felt comfortable enough to give others a<br />

platform, that our advisors trusted us enough to try new ideas and that our readers<br />

kept coming back for more.<br />

Once again, this could not have happened without our staff. I’m thankful<br />

that Evy Gallagher answers my 10 p.m. web content phone calls, that Emma Coons<br />

promptly answers all my Slack messages (about anything and everything) and I’m<br />

thankful that Sarah Hartsell always sees the bigger creative vision when I’m lost in<br />

nitpicking things. I’m thankful our writing editors worked their tails off to bring 21<br />

in-print stories to life, our creative editors worked under quick deadlines and rain<br />

restrictions and our digital editors continue to go above and beyond to improve<br />

our socials. Our staff is flourishing. All of our staff from the editorial team to our<br />

contributors always give their all to <strong>Alice</strong> and you can see that in the pages of <strong>Volume</strong><br />

8, <strong>Issue</strong> 2. We’ve given our best advice yet from the ins and outs of the Tuscaloosa<br />

Farmers Market to why you shouldn’t be shamed for female pleasure, we’ve given you<br />

the keys to flourish as a woman in college. Plus, we’ve sprinkled some our favorite pop<br />

culture moments too, such as a quiz to see which Taylor Swift Era you are.<br />

The last thing I’ll say is thank you for trusting me with your magazine. It has<br />

been my honor to serve in this role. You have made <strong>Alice</strong> all that it is and everything<br />

we do is for you, our readers.<br />

To everyone who sees themselves in <strong>Alice</strong>,<br />

Jennafer Bowman, Editor-in-Chief<br />

FOLLOW US!<br />

JOIN US!<br />

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writing<br />

the people behind the pages<br />

Jennafer Bowman<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

writing<br />


Elena Giorgi, Emily Benito, Faedra<br />

Charlton-Perrin, Julie Linehan,<br />

Perrin Larkin, Catherine Lackey,<br />

Madison Miller, Laura Brooks. Shane<br />

O’Shaughnessy, Grace Owens, Ashley<br />

Clemente, Lila Gallagher, Ellie Lopez.<br />

Alena Robinson, Chloe Mackey<br />

Evy Gallagher<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Leslie Klein<br />

Beauty Editor<br />

Peyton Oden<br />

Fashion Editor<br />

Elisabeth Bernard<br />

Food & Health Editor<br />

digital<br />

creative<br />


Katie Harmon, Sarah Mitchell, Jennifer<br />

Kreppel, Jennifer Stroud, Mckenna<br />

Myrick, Emma Mae Burtnett<br />

digital<br />

Emie Garrett<br />

Entertainment Editor<br />

Caroline Karrh<br />

Features Editor<br />

Perri Larkin<br />

Web Editor<br />

Sarah Hartsell<br />

Creative Director<br />

Emma Coons<br />

Digital Director<br />

Beth Wheeler<br />

Marketing Editor<br />


Rachel Nguyen, Jordan Copenhaver,<br />

Megan Davis, Holly Koudelka, Jennifer<br />

Kreppel, Paige Keene, Hailey Morton<br />

Emma Kate Standard<br />

Photo Editor<br />

Rebecca Martin<br />

Asst. Photo Editor<br />

Sarah Smith<br />

Design Editor<br />

Meagan Riordan<br />

Asst. Design Editor<br />

Addie McCrary<br />

Social Media Editor<br />

Annie Jicka<br />

Videography Editor<br />

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creative<br />

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Table<br />

of<br />

Beauty<br />

8 Need to Know: Indigenous Beauty Brands<br />

10 Timely Trends<br />

12 A Hot Girl’s Guide to Summer Hairstyles<br />

14 The Natural Scent to Neutral Beauty<br />

18 An Empowering Woman’s Beauty Routine<br />

20 Beauty Gone Viral<br />

Fashion<br />

24 Spring Trend Forecast<br />

26 Which It-Girl Are You?<br />

28 Fashionably Accessible<br />

Entertainment<br />

44 Your Next Chapter<br />

46 Which Taylor Swift Era are You?<br />

Food & Health<br />

50 Swimsuit is Not a Size<br />

52 A Hop, Skip and Hot Girl Walk Away:<br />

Bettering Mental Health Through Exercise<br />

54 T-Town Coffee Guide<br />

56 Turning Dreams into Dishes<br />

58 Saturday Morning Adventures<br />

60 What Your Chipotle Order Says About You<br />

Contents<br />

Lifestyle<br />

32 The New Age of Politics<br />

36 Women in Racing<br />

20 Who Taught You That?<br />

40 A Local’s Guide to the South<br />

Features<br />

66 Roll Pride: Gender Non-Conforming<br />

Experiences at UA<br />

70 Aim for the Stars: Women in Astrobotics<br />

72 When the Party’s Over: The Realities of<br />

Addiction in College

Beauty<br />

8 Need to Know: Indigenous Beauty Brands<br />

10 Timely Trends<br />

12 A Hot Girl’ s Guide to Summer Hairstyles<br />

14 The Natural Secret to Natural Beauty<br />

18 An Empowering Woman’s Beauty Routine<br />

20 Beauty Gone Viral<br />

Models TaylorLech & Sa’Niah Dawson<br />

Photo Rebecca Martin

Need to Know:<br />

Indigenous<br />

Beauty Brands<br />

By Leslie Klein<br />

Globally, beauty exists everywhere, but<br />

in our modern society, it exists only to<br />

please the eye. Many well-known beauty<br />

brands tend to forget that the world<br />

exists in different colors. Therefore,<br />

they do not include a variety of darker shades in items<br />

such as foundation and concealer. This causes issues<br />

across cultures and races due to the exclusion of darker<br />

tones. Although some brands may not realize their<br />

mistakes, the people who are not being represented feel<br />

them. The answer that hits closest to home for these<br />

excluded individuals and those who understand their<br />

pain is inclusive brands, and who better to turn to than<br />

indigenous companies? These businesses are highly<br />

relatable and are prepared to help anyone feel like their<br />

unique and authentic self.<br />

BISON STAR NATURALS –bisonstarnaturals.com<br />

Bison Star Naturals is a native-owned body care<br />

company founded by husband and wife Angelo and<br />

Jacqueline McHorse. The idea of their company emerged<br />

in 2013 but was truly put into play in 2018. As a family<br />

brand, they create and sell only natural and organic<br />

products. Their items range from lotion to breath mints.<br />

The goal of this company originated from a product<br />

that they originally created for themselves. The creation<br />

of their lotion came after their firstborn. Jacqueline<br />

was noticing a difference in her hair, and her skin was<br />

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constantly dry, so she created an all-natural lotion to<br />

help her body heal, and it worked wonders.<br />

“We decided to create our own company not<br />

only to provide clean products to ourselves and our<br />

community, but also to create an economic opportunity<br />

where we couldn’t find one for ourselves,” McHorse, cofounder<br />

of Bison Star Naturals says.<br />

They gear their marketing toward a similar<br />

demographic as themselves, such as people who are<br />

intrigued by tourism, travel, health, food and national<br />

parks. Their love of travel truly shows through the fact<br />

that in 2022, their product began selling in Yellowstone<br />

National Park at the Old Faithful Inn gift shop. This<br />

brand is openly inclusive to all customers, which is<br />

shown through the actions they take and the words that<br />

they speak. Their items do not contain any harmful<br />

products, animal testing or chemicals. Finding the<br />

perfect body care can be a difficult task, but with Bison<br />

Star Naturals, it doesn’t have to be.<br />

A message from the owners; “You’re never<br />

going to know unless you try, so you have to just jump<br />

off that cliff and take a leap of faith. Well calculated of<br />

course.”<br />

SATYA ORGANICS – satyaorganics.com<br />

A beautiful company started for a beautiful<br />

reason, Satya Organics. Patrice Mousseau, founder of<br />

this company began her journey on a budget, and in a<br />

crockpot. Her skin relief products are almost too good<br />

to be true. The goal was to create a formula that was<br />

fragrance free and non-toxic, and that is exactly what<br />

she accomplished.<br />

With the help of her journalism experience,<br />

she began researching traditional medicine. After her<br />

endless nights of research, Satya was born.<br />

Satya contains five simple ingredients: organic<br />

calendula petals, organic cold pressed sweet almond<br />

oil, organic beeswax, organic cold pressed jojoba and<br />

organic colloidal oatmeal. Her products are safe to use<br />

anywhere on the skin and are FDA and dermatologist<br />

approved as well as compostable and refillable.<br />

Although it seems like this formula is something that<br />

Mousseau spent her whole life creating, she created it<br />

based on her baby’s needs.<br />

“I originally made it for my baby’s eczema, and<br />

it cleared up her rash in two days,” Mousseau says.<br />

While she had no plan to become a business<br />

owner, the reviews from others made it seem unfair<br />

to not have this on the market. About a year later, the<br />

business was officially born. This brand expanded<br />

within the blink of an eye. Whole Foods even offered<br />

to sell her skin products in stores, and within two<br />

months, these products went from selling in 70 stores<br />

to 400. Soon, these numbers will double, and her<br />

products will be anywhere from 800 to 900 stores.<br />

Instead of being sold in a formula with chemicals and<br />

toxins, try out this natural, pro-active and organic<br />

brand.<br />

A message from the owner; “Don’t wait. It<br />

evolves. Build your own community and don’t listen<br />

to the system.<br />

AH-SHI BEAUTY – ahshibeauty.com<br />

Ah-Shi Beauty. Ah-Shi in Navajo stands<br />

for “This is me” or “This is mine.”<br />

Design by Meagan Riordan<br />

Therefore, Ah-Shi Beauty is founded on being<br />

beautiful in whatever way feels good. This company<br />

sells all-inclusive makeup for anyone. They carry<br />

blush, foundation, mascara and more. Founder, Ahsaki<br />

Chacher had the goal of representing those who have<br />

had minimal representation in the beauty world and<br />

has succeeded.<br />

“Growing up in mass media, we just never had<br />

representation,” Chacher says. “You know, it’s time.<br />

It’s time we have a brand that truly represents the<br />

people respectfully, correctly and most importantly,<br />

authentically.”<br />

She has grown her brand to be the perfect mix<br />

between modern and traditional makeup so that all are<br />

welcome.<br />

“[The foundation of the brand] is so open to<br />

where everyone feels included, and that’s what I really<br />

love about the brand,” Chacher says.<br />

Supporting this company builds community<br />

and respect for all of those who have been left out of<br />

the system for far too long. Ah-Shi translates to “the<br />

five finger beads of all skin shades.” The name of the<br />

company roots from self-love and targets an audience<br />

that consists of anyone willing to understand deeper<br />

meaning. The wide variety of face makeup shades<br />

show the truth behind her words of being inclusive<br />

to all. Chacher stresses the fact that blemishes and<br />

pimples are normal, and her brand is not for covering<br />

up imperfections, but only to enhance natural beauty.<br />

Whether someone is looking to only wear lip balm<br />

or a full face, Chacher and her brand have the perfect<br />

products for all.<br />

A message from the owner; “The only person<br />

that can truly stop you is yourself. Don’t let those<br />

limitations, don’t let those barriers, don’t let lack of<br />

resources or fear stop you from being your true self;<br />

your authentic self.”<br />

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Timely Trends<br />

The most popular trends through the decades.<br />

By Lila Gallagher<br />

T<br />

Trends are ever-changing, each year bringing about<br />

a new “hot” style and “must-have pieces.” In the<br />

last 15 years, beauty and fashion have evolved<br />

immensely; from fierce cat-eyes in 2010, to the<br />

“no-makeup makeup” look of 2023. As far back as<br />

the roaring 20s, trends have swept the nation, keeping entire<br />

countries in a chokehold for years at a time–some even<br />

making a comeback decades later. Take a look into the most<br />

popular trends of the century and maybe even of the future.<br />

1920s - Finger Waves<br />

Welcome to the roaring 20s, where flappers and<br />

young women alike set their eyes on this revolutionary hairstyle.<br />

Created using a wet comb and, of course, your fingers,<br />

the hot new look was quick and easy. These waves were<br />

the talk of the town or speakeasies more like. Popularized<br />

mainly by flappers in jazz clubs, this hairstyle added spice to<br />

the common bob haircut worn by many women at the time;<br />

an exciting, somewhat risqué new do. Though this look is<br />

quintessential 1920s, listen to Jay Gatsby himself when he<br />

says “Can’t repeat the past Why, of course you can!”<br />

1950s - Red Lip<br />

While Taylor Swift made the iconic red lip<br />

her brand, the trend originally made its big break in<br />

the 1950s; just look at Olivia Newton-John<br />

in “Grease.”<br />

Again, even though Sandy Olsson rocked the<br />

red lip and tight leather outfit, this bright lipstick was<br />

initially worn by none other than Marilyn Monroe.<br />

The red lip became a classic staple in every makeup<br />

bag, all thanks to old Hollywood and film. To this<br />

day, this statement look is sure to make heads turn.<br />

1980s - Perms<br />

The bigger, the better. The 1980s were all<br />

about the hair: curly, teased, poofy – you name it. In<br />

a possible rebellion against the straight-haired 1970s,<br />

perms were the only answer. Around 1982, perms<br />

began to take the U.S. by storm. Paired with bright,<br />

dramatic makeup looks, the ladies of the 1980s<br />

were not afraid to draw a little attention. Unlike the<br />

timeless red lip, perms seem to have fallen out of<br />

trend since their peak in the mid-1980s and maybe<br />

for good reason.<br />

“I never hopped on the perm trend because<br />

they just weren’t my style,” Claudia<br />

Brust, 81 from Williamsport,<br />

Pennsylvania, says. “I did, however,<br />

use light eyeshadow that was always<br />

blue or green, and I paired it with<br />

blush and different<br />

colored lipstick.”<br />

2000s - Thin Brows<br />

Diamonds are a girl’s best<br />

friend? Not in the early 2000s at<br />

least. In this age, tweezers were<br />

definitely a girl’s best friend. Thin<br />

brows were all the rage. Much like<br />

the bushy brows of today, paper-thin<br />

eyebrows completed the early 2000s<br />

look. This trend commandeered the<br />

beauty world one pluck at a time.<br />

“Thin brows were it,” Madison Messer, fashion<br />

blogger (@sweetteawithmadi), says. “I luckily had<br />

darker brows and my mom stopped me from waxing too<br />

heavily, but I got them as skinny as I could. Once thicker<br />

brows came back in style it was so hard for me to get my<br />

brows to grow back. I also regret changing my natural<br />

shape so heavily.”<br />

2010s - Heavy Contour<br />

Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contour became the<br />

next big thing when the 2010s came around. Unlike thin<br />

brows, or perms, contouring has become a crucial part<br />

of many makeup routines to this day. Kim Kardashian<br />

shared her very own technique on Instagram, and once<br />

again she became the founder of yet another hot trend.<br />

Whether it’s cream or powder, the right contour routine<br />

will have your face looking as snatched as ever.<br />

2020s - Slick-Back Hairstyles<br />

With only three years under its belt,<br />

the new decade has already brought some<br />

showstopping trends to the table.<br />

Honorable mentions: slugging,<br />

copper colored hair and “cold<br />

girl” makeup. The one to<br />

beat them all though, is<br />

“Can’ t repeat<br />

the past? Why,<br />

of course you<br />

can!<br />

“<br />

the slicked hairstyles. Achieved using gel, a brush and a<br />

near impossible amount of patience, these hairstyles are<br />

guaranteed to elevate any look on any hair.<br />

“Right now, I feel like the popular trends are<br />

kind of picked from the last 10 years or so,” Donnamy<br />

Steele, cosmetologist @donnamyrose, says. “We have the<br />

clean girl glowy foundation look from 2022, the feather<br />

brows from 2017, the overlined lips of 2016 which are a<br />

homage to the 1990s, and more. I love the clean girl look<br />

and I’ve personally kept to that lately – especially if I<br />

want to rock a bold lip color. It’s a beautiful combo.”<br />

Although not everyone can be a trend-setter,<br />

who knows what beauty hack or look will blow up<br />

overnight, making its way into the hands and minds of<br />

beauty lovers everywhere. A little piece of advice – don’t<br />

throw out your old and out-of-style products when the<br />

next trend surfaces. After all, what goes around comes<br />

around…even when it<br />

shouldn’t.<br />

Design by Sarah Smith<br />

Photos by EK Standard<br />

Models Emilia Oblites & Elizabeth Rice<br />

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By Alyson Scherer<br />

With summer just around the corner, many have<br />

already begun thinking about what kinds of<br />

activities there are going to get into: spending<br />

every day by the pool, going to the beach, spending time<br />

with family, working or even summer classes. No matter<br />

what the plans are, one thing is for certain – one of the<br />

first things people may notice is someone’s hair.<br />

Hair is a very delicate and beautiful part of any<br />

person, and requires a lot of care. No matter the type, style,<br />

texture or color, hair care is self-care; to feel good, the<br />

whole body and all aspects of it must be well taken care<br />

of—including hair.<br />

If there is a worry about what to do with different types of<br />

hair, or even just need some inspiration, look no further.<br />

Here are what this summer’s hottest hairstyles will include,<br />

and how to care for all hair to up the confidence this<br />

season.<br />

Goddess Knotless Braids<br />

Noa Williams, a sophomore chemical engineering<br />

major at The University of Alabama, says that goddess<br />

knotless braids are a very popular hairstyle for women<br />

during the summer. These braids are a cute and chic<br />

twist on classic knotless braids. Braids in general are<br />

very versatile, but when it comes to colors; pops such as<br />

red, pink, blonde and purple can be added to show off<br />

personality. Whether worn put up or left down, goddess<br />

knotless braids are perfect for the summertime.<br />

To take care of braids, Jocelyn Dean, a Tuscaloosa<br />

hair braider and stylist with more than 10 years of<br />

experience, recommends “keeping your scalp oiled with<br />

plant-based hair oil, keeping your hair covered with a<br />

bonnet at night and covering your hair while you shower”<br />

in order to keep braids looking fresh and new.<br />

For Women with Alopecia<br />

Dean recommends that “a professional should<br />

look at the scalp to determine exactly what’s<br />

going on,” and for those with severe hair loss,<br />

wigs are a great way to personalize hair to<br />

whatever looks best. It is important to<br />

know what exactly is causing<br />

alopecia; for example, with traction<br />

alopecia, it is best to keep hair out of<br />

tight styles, and instead wear looser<br />

ponytails, braids or hairstyles with<br />

thicker braids or locs.<br />

For Women Looking to<br />

Grow their Hair<br />

“Hair growth<br />

starts within you,”<br />

Dean says. “Try<br />

first changing<br />

foods that are high in protein and biotin. She also<br />

suggests “keeping your scalp stimulated,” and to, use<br />

“lemon, avocado, oils and cucumber” as organic hair<br />

masks in order to encourage hair growth. Since these are<br />

all-natural ingredients, the worry about damage from<br />

chemicals typically found in haircare products, such as<br />

sulfates, parabens, alcohols and heavy fragrances, will be<br />

diminished.<br />

Locs<br />

Another great style for summer is locs, however,<br />

lots of patience is required as locs can be seen as a<br />

journey of growth and development. To keep locs<br />

healthy and nourished, Dean says “natural rose water<br />

and plant-based oils” are wonderful, and that people<br />

with locs should “leave any [hair] covering off while you<br />

shower, and then place it back on your head as soon as<br />

possible afterwards to retain moisture.”<br />

Try not to damage hair with harsh dyes or<br />

chemicals, such as those found in chlorinated pools,<br />

though if you can’t resist a pool day, shower immediately<br />

after getting out of the pool.<br />

Blonde Waves<br />

Marlee Eisenhardt, a freshman psychology and<br />

law major at The University of Alabama, loves bright,<br />

blonde wavy hair, held up with a claw clip if needed.<br />

“Blonde is a definite yes for the summertime — it’s one<br />

of the hair colors envisioned in a cute summer look, and<br />

beach waves are always a classic,” Eisenhardt says.<br />

Of course, if coloring hair or swimming<br />

is a frequent summer activity, a deeply nourishing<br />

conditioner is a must-have. One recommended way<br />

to take care of dyed hair is a sulfate-free shampoo<br />

and conditioner set from L’Oréal, Ever Pure Moisture<br />

Shampoo and Ever Pure Moisture Conditioner,<br />

especially in the rosemary scent. Both come in a purple<br />

bottle with a pink cap, and together cost around $14.<br />

The bottom line is, haircare and style preferences<br />

are personalized and vary widely, so take advantage of<br />

every opportunity provided to switch it up and go with<br />

whatever works your specific hair. Even better, there are<br />

natural haircare products, color or bleach-safe products,<br />

organic products, dyes made for sensitive scalps, natural<br />

wigs and extensions, synthetic wigs and extensions and<br />

really anything else imaginable—do some experimenting<br />

and see what works and looks best.<br />

While some styles can be<br />

expensive to upkeep, hair<br />

care is generally not too<br />

pricy. Drugstores, beauty<br />

supply stores, online<br />

sites and bulk stores<br />

sell haircare products<br />

for sometimes even a<br />

fraction of the price,<br />

making haircare<br />

accessible to just<br />

about anyone.<br />

Design by Sarah Mitchell<br />

Photos by Emma Mae Burtnett<br />

Models Brooke Pyburn & Jerusha Kinyanjui<br />

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The Natural Secret to Natural Beauty:<br />

A Guide to Holistic Skincare<br />

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By Ashley Clemente<br />

With ever-changing beauty trends, it<br />

can be extremely difficult to find<br />

routines and products that suit<br />

each individual skin type. One<br />

consistent remedy throughout<br />

the history of skin care is the holistic route. Holistic<br />

skin care focuses on healing the skin by caring for<br />

the entire body. The skin is the last organ to be<br />

affected by what goes into the body, so by the time<br />

dehydration and poor diet affect the skin, the body<br />

is already at a disadvantage. When investment in<br />

overall health from the inside out occurs, those tenstep<br />

routines become far<br />

less necessary.<br />

The basics of holistic skin care are just<br />

that: basic. Individuals who have struggled with<br />

acne know the pain of being told, “just drink more<br />

water,” “eat better,” and “get more sleep.” This can be<br />

extremely frustrating, especially when dealing with<br />

cystic or hormonal acne. However, holistic skincare<br />

and natural remedies place emphasis on embracing<br />

the natural self. Equal importance should be placed<br />

on health and protection of the body as well as the<br />

mind. With that being said, there are certain benefits<br />

associated with taking the time and care to hydrate<br />

and rest.<br />

Molly Robert, a senior at The University of<br />

Alabama majoring in kinesiology, explains, “I find<br />

that I feel more energized and stronger when I am<br />

hydrated and well-rested. I notice a huge difference<br />

from when I would neglect my gut health to when<br />

I made the conscious decision to take care of my<br />

body, and now I cannot imagine not getting enough<br />

sleep or water.”<br />

Giving the body enough water to function<br />

assists with repairing and fortifying the moisture<br />

barrier on both face and body. This, paired with that<br />

ever-important eight hours of sleep, allows the body<br />

to heal and regenerate healthy skin cells. Similarly,<br />

eating a balanced diet is crucial to a holistic skin<br />

care routine. According to an article by certified<br />

dermatologist Dr. Michelle Jeffries, the focus of the<br />

holistic mindset is to care for the entire body equally.<br />

Making sure to include fruits, healthy fats and high<br />

fiber foods, such as chia seeds and lentils, will boost<br />

skin strength, elasticity and gut health.<br />

The final focus is to work on managing stress<br />

and anxiety. Whether by meditating in the morning<br />

before the day begins or removing toxic people<br />

from daily life, taking care of mental health is just<br />

as important as physical health for a well-rounded,<br />

holistic care routine.<br />

As for the skin itself, products and routines<br />

can be a hassle to test out. When brands release new<br />

products, they can easily become viral trends on<br />

social media. But which products are useful, and<br />

which are unnecessary or even harmful?<br />

Start with the ingredient list. While<br />

sometimes overwhelming, it is just as crucial to<br />

be aware of what is going on the skin as what is<br />

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eing ingested. Many products contain harsh chemicals<br />

that cause more harm than good. According to Healthline,<br />

parabens, phthalates and benzoyl peroxide are all<br />

commonly used ingredients that everyone should try to<br />

avoid. that cause more harm than good. According to<br />

Healthline, parabens, phthalates and benzoyl peroxide<br />

are all commonly used ingredients that everyone should<br />

try to avoid.<br />

According to Natasha Grigorian, an esthetician<br />

based in Atlanta, Georgia, “products to avoid also include<br />

essential oils, coconut oil applied directly to the<br />

skin and harsh scrubs. These products are too dry and<br />

cause congestion in the pores.”<br />

Grigorian goes on to explain that Vitamin C,<br />

moisturizer and sunscreen are the perfect basics for any<br />

skincare routine. Vitamin C is an anti-aging product<br />

that protects against and prevents wrinkles. Similarly,<br />

sunscreen with zinc oxide as the primary ingredient<br />

protects the skin from harmful UV rays and keeps the<br />

skin looking healthy and youthful.<br />

In holistic care, other ingredients<br />

such as aloe, glycolic acid,<br />

niacinamide and<br />

hyaluronic acid<br />

are what to look<br />

for. Aloe is a<br />

natural antiinflammatory<br />

that also<br />

reduces<br />

redness<br />

and<br />

kills<br />

bacteria on the skin. Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid<br />

restore the skin barrier and add further moisture. Plus,<br />

glycolic acid is a gentle exfoliant that removes dead skin<br />

cells and other bacteria in the pores.<br />

“Skincare brands can make promises based on<br />

little to no real proof,” Maddo Adams, a senior majoring<br />

in advertising at The University of Alabama says. “It is<br />

exceedingly important to really research products before<br />

using them, because finding the right ones with the best<br />

ingredients can be the key to skin health.”<br />

Products that are labeled as organic, cruelty free<br />

and vegan are also usually the best for all skin types.<br />

Above all else, moisture is key. Whether an<br />

individual has dry, patchy or oily skin, find a repairing,<br />

fortifying, long-lasting moisturizer with ingredients such<br />

as colloidal oatmeal to really bring out the natural glow.<br />

Keep in mind: less is more. According to an article by<br />

The Good Trade, having an extensive skincare routine<br />

can be redundant, as layering on too many products will<br />

not allow them all to do their job properly. It is more<br />

beneficial in the long run to have a simple but perfected<br />

routine, rather than a long list of products in which the<br />

ingredients may interact poorly on the skin.<br />

Consistency with trying new products is equally<br />

as vital, as well as ensuring when making switches to<br />

new products to try them one at a time with the current<br />

routine, rather than altering the whole routine at once.<br />

Taking the time to switch one at a time, and to allow<br />

enough time for the product to take effect is crucial when<br />

seeing what products work for each skin type. This allows<br />

the skin to adjust to new products without the effects of a<br />

purging breakout.<br />

Why make the switch to holistic care? Whereas<br />

popular trends push paid advertisements for products,<br />

and many celebrities and influencers have the skin of an<br />

angel without any effort, holistic care places emphasis on<br />

the natural. This includes natural beauty, in all aspects,<br />

and care. The holistic mindset focuses on self-care, in<br />

both physical and mental health. Take care of body and<br />

mind the same way Mother Earth would and watch the<br />

benefits unfold.<br />

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Design by Sarah Smith<br />

Photos by Jennifer Stroud<br />

Models Elizabeth Rice & Kyla Knickrehm<br />

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An Empowering<br />

Woman ‘ s Beauty Routine<br />

Powerful women on UA’s campus share their beauty routines.<br />

By Marlee Eisenhardt<br />

Trinity Hunter, Chair of Blackburn Institute,<br />

Senior, Public Relations and Political Science<br />

“I feel more confident in [makeup], but I wish<br />

I didn’t,” Hunter says. “…I think part of it comes from<br />

being Black at a predominately white institution too. I<br />

have always felt less naturally beautiful than my majority<br />

white counterparts, and that is an insecurity I am just now<br />

starting to work through…I’m hopeful that I will be able<br />

to have more of a healthy relationship with makeup in the<br />

future. It really is such a beautiful outlet for many people<br />

to express themselves.”<br />

Hunter’s go-to beauty look is the Fenty Face Tint,<br />

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer and a<br />

ponytail, though she tends to focus on her eyes since it’s<br />

her favorite part of her look. Hunter goes for a smokey<br />

eye with gold shimmer because of the compliment it gives<br />

to her skin. Hunter always finishes off a look with vanilla<br />

scented perfume. “I think it’s simple and sweet,” she says.<br />

The wonderful women stated in this article have<br />

each shown different perspectives on their idea of this<br />

societal stereotype of women in power wearing makeup.<br />

In general, all women’s standpoint on this is different.<br />

While some feel more confident with makeup others do<br />

not feel the need for it. An anonymous source spoke and<br />

says, “Wearing makeup does not affect my work but I<br />

can see that it affects others. Some women are not taken<br />

as seriously as others if they do not adhere to the beauty<br />

standards, but it is all about perspective and varies by<br />

person.”<br />

Modern beauty is defined as “the quality of being<br />

pleasing, especially to look at, or someone or<br />

something that gives great pleasure, especially<br />

when you look at it.” For example, models that you<br />

see in ads on TV or TikTok “get ready with me” stars.<br />

Empowering women have qualities that are deeper<br />

than what meets the eye. These women are confident,<br />

intelligent, resourceful and plenty of other qualities<br />

attributing to themselves aside from makeup and the<br />

standard “beauty.”<br />

Maya Fletcher, Epic Mentor, Sophomore,<br />

Mechanical Engineering<br />

“I do not use my looks or makeup to gain respect,<br />

I use my intelligence,” Fletcher says. Serving as a mentor,<br />

representative and regularly attending engineering<br />

events., Fletcher is involved in a lot across campus. Being<br />

in the engineering field, there is an automatic judgement<br />

from people as a woman walks through the door, but<br />

she’s experienced a difference in respect and treatment<br />

received just from her hair and makeup.<br />

Fletcher’s makeup routine is clean and simple;<br />

concealer, eyebrow pencil, finishing powder, lipstick,<br />

blush, and mascara. One trick she shares is to use lipstick<br />

as blush, specifically the Nyx lingerie lipstick.<br />

Cline Smith, Vice President of Outreach for<br />

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, Junior, Public<br />

Relations<br />

“There is a societal stereotype for wearing<br />

makeup nowadays,” Smith says, in which she does<br />

not agree with. In today’s time, makeup is such an<br />

important thing and is almost expected of women to<br />

wear, especially women in power who have duties and<br />

responsibilities to fulfill.<br />

Smith goes by the saying, ‘you look good, you feel<br />

good.’ Doing her job and feeling good while looking good<br />

is a confidence booster as she tables and works with the<br />

media. As much as she loves to dress down, some days go<br />

by smoother and have a better aura when she has a fresh<br />

shower and makeup.<br />

On a casual day, Smith’s makeup routine is sleek<br />

and simple; she uses foundation and concealer, tinted<br />

moisturizer, bronzer (sometimes even as eyeshadow), the<br />

new eyeshadow-eyeliner smudged look, a voluminous<br />

mascara, blush, and her favorite part, Vaseline.<br />

Ashlee Woods, Editor-in-Chief of 1956<br />

Magazine, Junior, News Media<br />

“I’m fairly confident in myself, so whether or not<br />

I’m wearing makeup, I feel confident in my own skin,”<br />

Woods says. “I look good with it on, and I look good<br />

when I’m barefaced.”<br />

While Woods doesn’t wear makeup everyday,<br />

when she does wear it, she makes sure her skin is<br />

properly taken care of beforehand with products such as<br />

Equate exfoilating scrub and a fragrance-free lotion.<br />

Woods’ makeup routine is fun yet professional<br />

with Maybelline FitMe foundation, concealer and power,<br />

plus a gold eyeshadow look. She also recommends elf lip<br />

liners due to their “pigmentation” and ability to “elevate<br />

the most basic lip look”.<br />

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Design by Sarah Smith<br />

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Beauty Gone Viral<br />

Are the avatars we use on social media reflective of real life?<br />

In a world where finding one’s identity is hard enough,<br />

the internet realm has made it harder. With recent<br />

advances in technology, virtual realities are more and<br />

more prevalent. On an even smaller scale, everyday mobile<br />

applications are introducing the idea of a virtual persona.<br />

With the adaptation of a virtual realm comes virtual<br />

characters that are subject to “virtual beauty”.<br />

Viral beauty is the customization and glamorization<br />

of online avatars. Platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook<br />

and Instagram, users can completely customize a virtual<br />

avatar to resemble (or not resemble) their human features.<br />

This avatar can go to virtual meetings, be sent in texts as<br />

an emoji, have action in a gif and many more options.<br />

With these avatars, customization occurs from<br />

setting a skin tone to applying<br />

makeup to selecting an outfit.<br />

Online beautification of<br />

these avatars can be<br />

both a means of<br />

self-expression<br />

and furthering<br />

of the already<br />

prevalent societal<br />

expectations.<br />

The viral beauty being<br />

referred to is strictly<br />

virtual, however has<br />

rippling effects to the<br />

physical world as well.<br />

Perhaps the<br />

most<br />

popular<br />

virtual<br />

avatar<br />

on the<br />

market is<br />

the Bitmoji.<br />

While Bitmoji<br />

has its own app,<br />

it is most used<br />

on Snapchat. The<br />

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By Beth Wheeler<br />

Bitmoji is not only a way to create a cartoon of oneself,<br />

but it also allows users to use it as an “emoji” in texts,<br />

gifs, etc. Bitmojis can have moods, expressions and poses.<br />

In addition to the Bitmoji, there are Facebook avatars,<br />

Instagram avatars and for the technologically advanced, the<br />

Metaverse avatar.<br />

So, do these cartoons push further societal<br />

standards? Are they diverse enough for every user?<br />

Khaiah Burroughs, a senior at The University<br />

of Alabama majoring in elementary education, gave her<br />

insight into using online avatars.<br />

“I believe that it is very diverse,” Burroughs says.<br />

“As a black woman, they have black hairstyles, which is very<br />

important for representation within the black community. I<br />

feel as though I can appropriately customize my avatar how<br />

I look in real life.”<br />

When asked if Burroughs felt that creating her<br />

avatar still made her feel like she should subject to what<br />

would be deemed attractive—even for an emoji—she says,<br />

“whenever I am creating my avatar, I try to make it cute and<br />

attractive”.<br />

But, what about the idea that the emoji looks<br />

perfect compared to the in real life user? Mentalhealth.<br />

org reported that one in five adults felt shame in their body<br />

image. The addition of digital avatars that do not have the<br />

capability to show flaws, might skew body image further.<br />

“I don’t think I feel self-conscious when creating<br />

one, but I definitely did subconsciously make her perfect<br />

and obviously not add my imperfections,” Courtney Baker,<br />

a senior at The University of Alabama majoring in criminal<br />

justice, says. I don’t think they have pushed any unrealistic<br />

norms at all — they included so many options that you can<br />

make it super accurate.”<br />

It becomes clear that while Bitmojis and other<br />

avatars are diverse in skin tone, hair style, makeup and<br />

clothes, there is still an underlying need to satisfy those who<br />

will perceive it. While this may not be the applications fault<br />

and rather a product of a toxic society, it should be taken<br />

into consideration that these characters could further those<br />

unrealistic standards, based on the options available and<br />

how they’re delivered.<br />

An opposing view to Burroughs and Baker, Lesly<br />

Valdez, a senior at The University of Alabama majoring in<br />

social work, gives her insight.<br />

“I don’t think it’s diverse enough for the Latina<br />

community, and I do try to make my Bitmoji more<br />

attractive, but the outfits and makeup are ugly,” Valdez says.<br />

“I wish they would keep up with trends. Also, they don’t<br />

seem to cater to those of us with bigger chests.”<br />

Bitmoji has just released Bitmoji Deluxe, featuring<br />

allegedly 1.999 septillion combinations to choose from.<br />

Facebook and Meta have expanded their avatar diversity to<br />

even include those with disabilities as<br />

of 2022, according to accessibility.com.<br />

On a positive note, the platforms with avatars are<br />

becoming more and more diverse by the<br />

day. Skin tones, hairstyles and outfits are constantly being<br />

added and improved based on trend cycles, with 190+<br />

styles added to Bitmoji recently. The access to creating these<br />

avatars does, indeed, allow people to have another form of<br />

self-expression online. They can create their dream outfits,<br />

hair styles and much more at the click of a button. It allows<br />

Design by Sarah Smith<br />

people to preview these manifestations of themselves to the<br />

outside world without explicitly showing themselves.<br />

Within the next few years, creating a cartoon of<br />

oneself online will create a mirror to see oneself in. This<br />

could create privacy concerns with the willingness to<br />

put pieces of oneself online, but nonetheless,<br />

the virtual world is here to stay.<br />

Ultimately, it is up to users to<br />

keep companies accountable<br />

of catering to all and promise<br />

to keep their data as safe as<br />

possible. Before long, everyone<br />

will have a place in the world<br />

of viral beauty.<br />

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Fashion<br />

24 Spring Wardrobe<br />

26 Which It-Girl Are You?<br />

28 Fashion & Accessibility<br />

Model Rebekah Clay<br />

Phots Emma Kate Standard

Design by Sarah Smith<br />

Photo by Jennifer Stroud<br />

Model Alexa Mayfield<br />

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Spring<br />

spring<br />

trend forecast<br />

By Peyton Oden<br />

As the weather begins to warm and flowers begin<br />

to bloom, the fashion world enters one of its<br />

peak times. Just like in fall 2022, trends that were<br />

once dead have come to rock the fashion world<br />

by storm and with this spring trend forecast, rock your<br />

closet as well.<br />

Supersized Bags<br />

Even though mini bags were the craze in past<br />

fashion seasons, its polar opposite to debuted on the runway<br />

- supersized bags. Bottega Venetta’s “Jodie” bag and Saint<br />

Laurent’s Icare tote have both gone viral being worn by<br />

celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber. The supersized<br />

trend this upcoming spring is a more practical option<br />

for carrying essential and miscellaneous items on days spent<br />

outside or away from home. This trend has been prominent<br />

before, but with its return comes new shapes and styles.<br />

Oversized totes and shoulder bags have all been seen<br />

Cargo Pockets<br />

Workwear can often become a trend in the fashion<br />

world, with brands like Dickies and Carhartt gaining popularity<br />

in streetwear styles. At the Chanel Spring-Summer<br />

2023 show, Chanel’s signature tweed sets were paired with<br />

multiple cargo pockets. These catch-all cargo pockets also<br />

made an appearance on Miu Miu’s miniskirt which went<br />

viral in 2022, as well as Fendi’s viral “Baguette” bag. This<br />

trend is easy to follow for most, as cargo workwear can still<br />

be found in local thrift stores<br />

Knee Length Skirts<br />

The miniskirt is slowly fading away from the<br />

runway as designers and brands start to experiment with<br />

other lengths. Knee length skirts were debuted during Paris<br />

fashion week and were seen as more practical and versatile<br />

than the miniskirt that dominated the runway. Mid-length<br />

skirts can be dressed up or down, and they can be worn<br />

with blazers, sweaters, tank tops, high boots, high heels, etc.<br />

These skirts can serve as a long-lasting staple in a wardrobe<br />

and serve many purposes.<br />

Fringe<br />

Fringe is not a trend that has been gone for long. It<br />

was prevalent in the mid-2010s and mostly associated with<br />

the indie sleaze aesthetic. On the runway, fringe was seen<br />

on cocktail wear-like dresses and suit jackets, a different<br />

approach to how it was worn a few years ago. Fringe is a<br />

way to add movement and more detail to an outfit, but in<br />

a casual setting, accessories like fringe bags or shoes can<br />

make the look stand out.<br />

Pinstripe Tailoring<br />

Pinstripes have been in the office space for years as<br />

a new way to add to minimalistic styles, but in spring 2023,<br />

pinstripes are back and not just on business casual styles.<br />

During Fashion Week, pinstripes were worn on the runway<br />

and by the attendees of shows, and they were seen on styles<br />

like corsets, jeans and cargo wear. Pinstripes making their<br />

way outside the office is a way to mix casual and formal<br />

styles to make one cohesive look.<br />

Sports Team Jersey/Polo<br />

Streetwear tends to inspire luxury brands, so much<br />

so that many popular streetwear brands such as Adidas<br />

and high-end brands like Gucci have collaborated. Someone<br />

wearing their favorite sports team’s merch is an act of<br />

self-expression, expression being considered as one of the<br />

core values of the fashion industry. Celebrities such as Bella<br />

Hadid can be seen in an oversized soccer shirt in a Balenciaga<br />

and Adidas collaboration campaign. After the 2022<br />

World Cup, loyal fans will incorporate their favorite teams<br />

and players into streetwear styles in the warmer<br />

months of 2023.<br />

Metallics<br />

This past fall, metallics were seen on the runway<br />

in mostly in silver and gold, but on the Spring-Summer<br />

2023 runways, colors like green and purple were seen in<br />

shiny metallics. Metallic dresses, tops, bags, shoes and even<br />

blazers debuted during fashion week with brands like Versace<br />

having many different colors and styles. Metallics are<br />

versatile and can be festive and formal as well as a standout<br />

casual look. They are an homage to the huge Y2K trend as<br />

well as a nod to the future of “cyber” aesthetic.<br />

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Mostly A’s Zendaya<br />

Mostly C’s – Emma Chamberlain<br />

Which<br />

It-Girl<br />

1. Which “Sex and the City”<br />

character best describes you?<br />

A. Carrie Bradshaw<br />

B. Samantha Jones<br />

C. Charlotte York<br />

D. Miranda Hobbes<br />

2. How would you describe your<br />

style?<br />

A. Cozy, but cute.<br />

B. Sporty<br />

C. Chic, but edgy.<br />

D. Glamorous<br />

are you?<br />

By Morinsola Kukoyi<br />

6. Which 2000s trend is your<br />

favorite?<br />

A. Dresses over jeans<br />

B. Low rise jeans<br />

C. Juicy Couture tracksuits<br />

D. Trucker hats<br />

7. Choose a fashionable character.<br />

A. Rachel Green<br />

B. Hilary Banks<br />

C. Serena Van Der Woodsen<br />

D. Monet De Haan<br />

If you mainly chose the letter “A,” you resemble<br />

Zendaya. You are loved by everyone because of your<br />

personality and how you carry yourself. You know when<br />

to dress up to the nines, but also when to keep an outfit<br />

casual but still cute. Like Zendaya, you far beyond talented<br />

and are going to do great things<br />

in future.<br />

Mostly B’s – Hailey Bieber<br />

If you mainly chose the letter “B,” you resemble<br />

Hailey Bieber. You are up to date on the latest fashion<br />

trends and are very into your skin care. Your street style is<br />

immaculate and you are always turning heads when you<br />

grace the streets with your presence. Big sunglasses and<br />

gold hoops are your go-to accessories to spice up your<br />

outfits.<br />

If you mainly chose the letter “C,” you resemble<br />

Emma Chamberlain. You are an outgoing and bubbly<br />

Gen Z-er who is not afraid to explore your style. Like<br />

Chamberlain, you are a free spirit who loves to wear<br />

current and past trends. You have an eye for creating<br />

outfits (and decorating houses) that represent your bright<br />

personality. You represent the youth of this current<br />

generation and curiosity that inspires them to express<br />

themselves in new ways.<br />

Mostly D’s – Lori Harvey<br />

If you mainly chose the letter “D,” you resemble<br />

Lori Harvey. You are glamorous and are turning heads<br />

wherever you go. The aura around you radiates royal<br />

energy. You are a queen who lets your hard efforts be<br />

known to those in your circle. The vibes that you give off<br />

are immaculate because everyone is in awe of what you<br />

accomplish.<br />

3. You are having a girls night out,<br />

what kind of shoes do you wear?<br />

A. Sneakers<br />

B. Stilettos<br />

C. Knee-high boots<br />

D. Sandals<br />

8. Choose a supermodel.<br />

A. Gigi Hadid<br />

B. Bella Hadid<br />

C. Kendall Jenner<br />

D. Naomi Campbell<br />

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4. You are looking for a new handbag,<br />

which brand do you buy?<br />

A. Gucci<br />

B. Yves Saint Laurent<br />

C. Chanel<br />

D. Birkin<br />

5. Which 1990s trend is your<br />

favorite?<br />

A. Slip dresses<br />

B. Jelly sandals<br />

C. Mom jeans<br />

D. Claw clips<br />

9. Which fashion-based movie is your<br />

favorite?<br />

A. “Clueless”<br />

B. “13 Going On 30”<br />

C. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”<br />

D. “The Devil Wears Prada”<br />

Design by Sarah Smith<br />

Design by Sarah Smith<br />

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Design by Meagan Riordan<br />

Photo by Jennifer Stroud<br />

Model Joy Haizelden<br />

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Fashionably Accessible<br />

How fashion & accessibility intersect.<br />

By Peyton Oden<br />

Actions like putting on pants and<br />

shoes are regular, easy tasks for most,<br />

but for some there is a different<br />

reality. The daily task of dressing oneself can<br />

look different when living with disabilities<br />

and different body types, but with brands<br />

working to create adaptive clothing and<br />

designs for disabled people, the market is<br />

getting bigger. However, criticism lies within<br />

some brand strategies used to promote<br />

adaptive fashions.<br />

Adaptive clothing is specifically<br />

designed for people with disabilities or<br />

physical limitations. Some popular styles<br />

include magnetic and Velcro closures,<br />

which makes it easy to fasten shirts that<br />

allow access for medical devices such as<br />

pacemakers. Adaptive footwear includes<br />

shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and<br />

they usually can be taken off without<br />

using hands. Another key part of the<br />

adaptive clothing market is for amputees<br />

and prosthetic users, who need adaptions<br />

for dressing and undressing, as well as<br />

changing the size of limbs.<br />

The market of adaptive clothing<br />

is expected to be valued at nearly $400<br />

billion by 2026 according to Vogue.<br />

Diversity and inclusivity are a major part<br />

in the future of fashion though there are<br />

challenges to obtain full inclusivity.<br />

Much of the adaptive clothing on<br />

the market is basic styles like athleisure<br />

and casual clothing, but there is a lack<br />

of workwear and trending fashion.<br />

Mainstream brands have begun to cater<br />

to disabled people by making their<br />

adaptive clothing easy to find, whether it<br />

be for wheelchair comfortability or low<br />

functioning motor skills.<br />

Target’s popular brand Cat & Jack created an<br />

adaptive clothing collection for their children’s section,<br />

that include fits for prosthetics.<br />

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the first major designers<br />

to create an adaptive clothing line, with its “Tommy<br />

Hilfiger Adaptive.” The brand’s goal for the line is “to<br />

deliver classic, American cool style with innovative<br />

design twists that make getting dressed easier for all.”<br />

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive caters to men, women and<br />

children with many different styles, from workwear to<br />

athleisure, but it sits at a high price range.<br />

A cheaper, more accessible alternative to Tommy<br />

Hilfiger’s clothing line for adaptability is JCPenney<br />

Adaptive, which offers the same styles seen at Tommy<br />

Hilfiger but at a lower price point.<br />

In 2021, Nike created the Go FlyEase sneaker,<br />

a hands-free shoe created to put on without having to<br />

bend over at all. This was a step in the right direction<br />

for adaptive fashion in a mainstream market, but Nike<br />

was met with criticism on the release of the Go FlyEase<br />

sneaker.<br />

The initial advertisements showcased able bodied<br />

models in active environments, causing high demand for<br />

leading shoe resellers to buy and resell them at a much<br />

higher price, which left customers who truly needed new<br />

adaptive styles scrambling.<br />

Joy Haizelden, a graduate student on The<br />

University of Alabama’s women’s wheelchair basketball<br />

team, has ideas on how the adaptive apparel industry can<br />

evolve.<br />

“The industry could create more stylish, but<br />

adaptive clothes,” Haizelden says. “Previous jeans have<br />

always been too long on me whereas Hollister, you can<br />

choose the length of them.”<br />

As a wheelchair user, Haizelden looks for tops or<br />

jackets that won’t touch her wheels and finds it difficult<br />

to find one that stays within the side guards. “I think<br />

adaptive clothing should be fitted for ready to wear,”<br />

Haizelden says. “That means without alterations having<br />

to be made.”<br />

While Nike does promote the Go FlyEase as a<br />

shoe for everyone, including athletes, the promotions<br />

now include the sneaker modeled in prosthetics<br />

and use models with mobility devices such as<br />

walkers.<br />

Brands like Skims, Kim Kardashian’s shape and<br />

loungewear brand, have recently been working to make<br />

adaptive fashion mainstream. In 2022, Skims launched<br />

“The Adaptive Collection” which featured four items: an<br />

adaptive bra, thong, brief and boy short, all ranging in<br />

Skims inclusive size range, XXS to 4X. It includes skintone<br />

colors, as well as trendy colors like silver and pink.<br />

The campaign featured disabled models in wheelchairs<br />

and prosthetics, and the brand plans to continue<br />

producing inclusive designs.<br />

The future of the adaptive fashion market seems<br />

clear, but brands will have to continue to work and listen<br />

to the community to make improvements. There are<br />

many next steps the industry can take, whether it’s using<br />

disabled models on the runway or designers bringing<br />

new and up-to-date styles to the adaptive fashion brands.<br />

In the fashion industry it is not rare to hear “fashion is for<br />

everyone” and the industry needs to work on including<br />

everyone, born disabled and able-bodied.<br />

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Lifestyle<br />

32 The New Age of Politics<br />

36 Women in Racing<br />

38 Who Taught You That?<br />

40 A Local’ s Guide to the South<br />

Models Emilia Obilites & Nadia Hollis<br />

Photo Sarah Hartsell



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Gen Z turns to social media to voice opinions<br />

on current social and political issues.<br />

By Emily Crousore<br />

T<br />

he influence of young people in government<br />

is becoming the new norm with the use<br />

of social media. Whether it be through<br />

Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc.,<br />

social media has become a prominent outlet<br />

for Gen Z, those born between 1997-2012, to voice their<br />

opinions on current events.<br />

Social media activism is a form of activism<br />

that uses media and communication outlets to spread<br />

awareness on current social and political issues,<br />

becoming frequently used in today’s political field.<br />

As more of Gen Z reaches the legal voting<br />

age, society has gravitated more towards social media<br />

activism. Well-known criminal justice professor<br />

Douglas Klutz teaches his students about the<br />

importance of using their voice and knowing their<br />

rights in order to make a difference, while also being<br />

aware of false narratives.<br />

“We talk a lot in Intro to Criminal Justice about<br />

your legal rights,” Klutz says. “I think the more students<br />

can get involved and show that they’re concerned<br />

about certain issues, the more politicians and elected<br />

representatives will take note and that voice will be<br />

loud.”<br />

With one post, it is easier now more than ever<br />

for one’s opinion on public issues to be heard. This is<br />

especially important for younger voices because social<br />

media gives them a platform that they did not have<br />

before. Social media can also be an excellent platform<br />

for advocacy. A way that social media activism can be<br />

used in a positive way is shown through young voices<br />

like Hannah Adams.<br />

Adams is a sophomore at The University of<br />

Alabama studying political science and public relations.<br />

Along with being involved in numerous on-campus<br />

organizations such as Blackburn Institute, Student<br />

Government Association (SGA), Alpha Gamma Delta<br />

sorority and Lambda Sigma Honors Society, Adams<br />

also holds the title of Miss Birmingham for the Miss<br />

America Organization.<br />

“What is so special about the Miss America<br />

Organization is that they really do have that service,<br />

leadership and advocacy component to it,” Adams says.<br />

“So, using this title I’m able to go into these schools and<br />

communities and share about my advocacy stories and<br />

say, ‘Hey if I can do it, you can do it too.’”<br />

At the age of five, Adams fought and beat<br />

childhood cancer. Since then, she has been an active<br />

advocate for children battling cancer. Her organization,<br />

“Hannah’s Hope”, is a culmination of all her<br />

involvements in helping to give back. Although she has<br />

accomplished so much, Adams still struggles with being<br />

a young voice in the political world.<br />

“I still get in my head about being the youngest<br />

person at the table, and even fighting for a seat at the<br />

table because people don’t want to give that voice to<br />

the youth,” Adams says. “But the people that do, and<br />

the people that take a chance, recognize that the youth<br />

is our future, and we need to give them the seat at the<br />

table and amplify their ideas and what they are doing.”<br />

One way Adams has been able to let her voice<br />

be heard is through social media. As Miss Birmingham,<br />

Adams is a public figure, so she understands what it is<br />

like to run a social media page from this standpoint.<br />

Adams explains how she has in turn become a social<br />

media expert.<br />

“I currently serve as Miss Birmingham, so<br />

utilizing social media is a really big role in that job,”<br />

Adams says. “I really had to become an expert in<br />

Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, all the different facets<br />

of it and I think it helps me be able to connect with the<br />

childhood cancer community.<br />

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Gen Z has created a<br />

completely new age of politics.<br />

I think becoming an expert on that, and being your own personal brand manager, is such an important<br />

component.”<br />

Not only is Adams a public figure, but an advocate who turns to social media to reach other public figures.<br />

Just last year, Adams was using social media to promote the federal passing of the Give Kids a Chance Act in the<br />

end of year 2022 bill packet.<br />

“I was meeting with legislators while we were also blasting legislators on Twitter, on Instagram and<br />

Facebook saying ‘Hey, you need to vote for this, you need to support this,’” Adams says. “So, I think just<br />

catching the attention of them is really helpful.”<br />

With advocators such as Adams, social media activism will only continue to grow with it. So, how will<br />

social media continue to act as liaison between young voices and political figures? Current SGA president,<br />

Madeline Martin, hopes to work in the political field as a political consultant. Martin believes social media in<br />

the government will continue to prosper as newer generations, such as herself, enter the political field.<br />

“I think we are just going to keep seeing a lot of digital platforms being used because that is the way you<br />

reach everyone,” Martin says. “There are some people that don’t have social media, but even they will get sent<br />

posts and they can see it. So, I think that being the main line of communication is something we’re going to see<br />

from here on out.”<br />

As social media only continues to grow, it is becoming more critical for politicians to keep a positive<br />

social media presence. Social media makes it easier for politicians to reach younger audiences in a relatable way.<br />

“I think overall all politicians using social media to be accessible and relatable is something that has<br />

been really refreshing,” Martin says. “Seeing the glimpse into lives of politicians and seeing they’re just like us.<br />

Just being relatable, I think that makes voters want to vote.”<br />

Social media in the hands of Gen Z has created a completely new age of politics. Whether it be an easier<br />

way to voice opinions on public issues, a platform for advocacy or simply a more accessible way to relate to<br />

politicians, the political world as we know it will never be the same. Young voices in the government will only<br />

continue to grow in volume, post after post, comment after comment, and this new way will only continue<br />

through future generations.<br />

Design by Meagan Riordan & Sarah Smith<br />

Photos by EK Standard<br />

Model Madeline Martin<br />

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Women in<br />

A closer look at the women in<br />

UA’s Formula SAE Team.<br />

T<br />

he University of Alabama ranks high<br />

in multiple outlets: sports, academics and<br />

enrollment. But what some people don’t know<br />

is that UA also shines in the spotlight for<br />

student run design teams. Crimson Racing,<br />

UA’s Formula SAE team (FSAE), is one of them.<br />

The design team finished fifth overall out of<br />

120 teams at the 2022 International Formula SAE<br />

competition at Michigan International Speedway. FSAE<br />

is a series of international competitions where university<br />

teams design and manufacture performance race cars.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> had the privilege of sitting down with some<br />

of their members to understand what it’s like to work in a<br />

male dominated sport as a woman and what the future of<br />

FSAE will look like.<br />

What is something you wish people knew about<br />

the Crimson Racing team?<br />

Lauren Woods is a senior mechanical<br />

engineering major and the team manager for UA’s FSAE.<br />

She says “That only a small percentage of what we do is<br />

actual racing. When we have people try to join the team,<br />

the first questions that get asked are, ‘How fast does the<br />

By Jennafer Bowman<br />

Design by Meagan Riordan<br />

Photo Courtesy of Formula SAE<br />

car go? Can I drive?’ Our team is so much more than<br />

that. There are so many cool things that we get to do that<br />

just racing teams don’t, because not only are we figuring<br />

out how to get the most performance out of our vehicles<br />

and our drivers, but we’re the ones actually building and<br />

designing our car, and then figuring out how to test it.<br />

We’re figuring out how to take it to the next level.”<br />

Kara Alexander, a senior mechanical engineering<br />

major on the STEM path to MBA adds, “We race<br />

for maybe 10 days a year and half of those are in the<br />

Northeast Commuter parking lot.”<br />

What is your favorite part of being on the<br />

team?<br />

Carmen Tizapa-Zamora, a junior marketing<br />

major and communications lead for the team, says, ‘I<br />

love the people. I remember my freshman year, I was<br />

super intimidated, because I was like, ‘Oh, these are all<br />

engineers. They’re super smart and I’m a humble little<br />

business student, I don’t know anything.’ But after you<br />

talk to people, you realize that they’re super welcoming.”<br />

“My favorite part of being on the team is building<br />

a community around our team. I see DM requests from<br />

people who are not living in the country that want to<br />

be a part of the team or a DM from a virtual student<br />

that wanted to be a part of the team. It’s amazing that<br />

we can do this, how we can have this impact and that<br />

I can get people excited by the content I’m posting for<br />

this team.”<br />

What’s it like being a woman on the<br />

team?<br />

“I think it’s an interesting reflection of reality<br />

in some respects. College is this little oasis of things<br />

that aren’t like they are in the real world, but I think<br />

this is one of those cases where as much as we want<br />

to do something about it, it also happens in real<br />

companies. We’re against the harsh reality of being<br />

women on this engineering male dominant team. It’s<br />

a learning experience. You’re going to have at least one<br />

person wherever you work in the future that’s going<br />

to be like that horrendous, stereotypical example of<br />

the man who doesn’t know how to work with women.<br />

I think it’s a good learning experience and teaches us<br />

how to deal with conflict,” Alexander says.<br />

“It makes it hard but we’re better than we used<br />

to be. Coming from my freshman year, we only had<br />

one girl in leadership, and there was only one other<br />

girl on the team besides me, that wasn’t in leadership.<br />

This is the first year at least one woman has been on<br />

each engineering sub team. It’s not where we need to<br />

be, but we’re making so much progress and I think<br />

having women in leadership has been a big part of<br />

that, because we get to set the tone,” Woods says.<br />

The team has recently expanded from 15-20 members<br />

to around 65 members, a significant increase from<br />

previous years. While the growth of new members is<br />

a great advantage, it means senior female members on<br />

the team like Alexander, Woods and Tizapa-Zamora<br />

experience more hurdles. But, with those hurdles<br />

comes progress.<br />

“I’ve had this thought so many times this year,<br />

even when looking at new members I think ‘wow, I<br />

wish this was a team I had when I was a freshman.’<br />

The fact that we’ve been able to do that, as a team, we<br />

still have a long ways to go. But getting us from where<br />

we were to where we are, I think says a lot about all<br />

the people on the team and what we’ve done. I’m<br />

really proud to be a part of the creativity, the vision<br />

and the problem solving that we’ve gotten to do to get<br />

the team to where we want it to be, even if we’re not<br />

all the way there yet,” Woods says.<br />

What will be your legacy on the team?<br />

“One thing I’m going to take to heart when I<br />

leave the team is that I was able to make a difference<br />

in our team culture and our team’s willingness to<br />

accept women, both as engineers and in leadership,”<br />

Woods says.<br />

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The role female pleasure<br />

plays in today ’s society.<br />

By Elena Giorgi<br />

F<br />

rom a young age, many women are taught that<br />

their private parts are just that – private, and<br />

that it isn’t ladylike to talk about them with<br />

anyone besides a doctor. Society shields their<br />

daughters from the realities of the world for as<br />

long as they can, to protect their innocence.<br />

Women in general remain more reserved about<br />

“big girl” stuff, like their first period, hitting puberty and<br />

their classroom crushes. Boys are often more vocal about<br />

changes to their body and don’t have any shame sharing<br />

it with the world.<br />

The problem is these same daughters grow into<br />

women who find themselves on WebMD when they are<br />

confused about what is happening to their body. Pleasure<br />

generally falls into the category of topics society misses<br />

the mark on teaching our youth. Some receive “the<br />

talk” or endure the tragedy that is sexual education in<br />

America, but few young girls truly understand the full<br />

anatomy and function of their sex organs.<br />

Because of this inadequacy, some women keep<br />

their voices down and their bedside tables locked out of<br />

fear of what the world will think of them.<br />

Lucy Phillips, a recent graduate of The University<br />

of Alabama who received degrees in economics and<br />

english, says the culture behind masculinity and<br />

femininity is seen like a yin-yang. One embodies<br />

passiveness, peacefulness and a sense of calm. The other<br />

demonstrates power, activity and aggression.<br />

“I think it comes from a place of women<br />

originally not having a lot of agency in their lives and<br />

being expected to be homemakers, all growing up to<br />

want the same thing,” Phillips says.<br />

Expectations like these remind women that it<br />

has never been their place to participate in any sort of<br />

“locker room” talk. For generations, young girls and<br />

women struggled and still struggle to voice their desires<br />

and pleasures, whether to themselves or to a partner.<br />

Design by Sarah Mitchell<br />

Phillips recalls on conversations she had with<br />

her friends in college where everyone was more willing<br />

to share feelings about their sexual experiences when<br />

there was a partner involved. When it came to sex toys<br />

and solo sex, she found her friends less willing to tell<br />

their secrets.<br />

Women must work to a point where they<br />

are comfortable with what makes them feel good<br />

through exploring their own body. When we get to this<br />

comfortability, the conversation surrounding female<br />

pleasure can only grow.<br />

Men are seemingly programmed with a sense of<br />

understanding and purpose surrounding their pleasure,<br />

allowing them to be transparent regarding their bodies<br />

from a young age.<br />

Dr. Shaheen Kanthawala is an associate<br />

professor of journalism and creative media at The<br />

University of Alabama with research specialties in<br />

health technology, media effects and social media. She<br />

explains how there isn’t “one specific way for sexual<br />

exploration and experiences to occur,” but our culture<br />

enables men to discuss it more than women. With more<br />

accessible media, people have more opportunity to<br />

share and relate their experiences with others.<br />

The influence the media has on our culture, and<br />

the influence our culture has on our media, shapes the<br />

way in which women feel they can have open, honest<br />

conversations. The more accepted these stories become,<br />

the more other woman will join the discussion. Media<br />

has extreme influence over the stigmatization of taboo<br />

subjects like these through the shows, movies, accounts<br />

and content they produce and advertise.<br />

For decades, media outlets have created content<br />

that oversexualizes women and teaches young viewers<br />

that it is normal for a woman to be seen as a sexual<br />

object for men.<br />

“At the end of the day, we must all think about<br />

what we are learning and repeating, but this is why<br />

representation is so important,” Kanthawala says.<br />

“There is a kind of empowerment that occurs when<br />

people share their own stories – sharing and then<br />

finding others with similar experiences can lead to<br />

feelings of acceptance and normalcy.”<br />

Influencers and celebrities are opening the<br />

conversation positively. The hit podcast “Call Her<br />

Daddy” hosted by Alexandra Cooper gives advice on<br />

boys, relationships, sex, life and everything in between<br />

with full honesty. Miley Cyrus remains an active voice<br />

in uplifting and inspiring women to be comfortable in<br />

their body and doing what they want with their body.<br />

But, women’s sex lives — solo or with a partner<br />

— are still put on the chopping block. Whether it’s<br />

masturbation, abstinence or sex with multiple partners,<br />

women seem to be placed under scrutiny.<br />

On the same token, women are expected to<br />

perform admirably in bed for the benefit of their<br />

partner, and if they aren’t successful in ensuring the<br />

other person’s pleasure, they face backlash for it.<br />

However, if a woman is confident in bed because of past<br />

experiences, then she’s “for everyone” and not of value<br />

anymore.<br />

Women at The University of Alabama fall on<br />

both sides of the spectrum when thinking about the<br />

idea of female pleasure. Some are queasy on the topic,<br />

whether talking about a woman or man’s pleasure,<br />

believing that it is a personal choice that should remain<br />

that way. Others find comfort in relating to another<br />

person and don’t mind sharing their experiences with<br />

close friends. Women turn to masturbation when<br />

they aren’t receiving the pleasure they desire from a<br />

partner. This can allow women to feel sexy on their<br />

own, without needing a partner<br />

to tell them.<br />

Tanya Blake, an employee of Kalli’s Love Stuff,<br />

a store for adult products in Alabama, recognizes that<br />

many people are intimidated to walk into the store.<br />

She explains how people behave differently if they’re by<br />

themselves, in a group or with<br />

a partner.<br />

“[Management] tell us to be open to walk up<br />

and talk to customers, because there will be people just<br />

walking around that don’t know what they’re looking<br />

at or looking for because it’s their first time coming in,”<br />

Blake says.<br />

Blake points out that the majority of women<br />

who enter the store come in with friends as a group,<br />

relying on power in numbers giving them the<br />

confidence to shop casually.<br />

The best thing<br />

that society can do is teach girls from a young age that<br />

it isn’t gross or unladylike to explore their bodies and<br />

explore what feels good when they are comfortable<br />

doing so. Strides in the culture of destigmatizing<br />

female pleasure are being made at a promising pace.<br />

As the conversation around female pleasure<br />

becomes more candid, women can educate themselves<br />

and generations to come about the beauty of female<br />

pleasure.<br />

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A Local’s Guide to The<br />

SOUTH<br />

Exploring Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte through the eyes of locals.<br />

Atlanta, Charlotte, North<br />

Carolina and Nashville are<br />

just a few places that the<br />

South holds near and dear.<br />

These cities are known and<br />

loved by people around the country.<br />

So, what is it about these cities that make<br />

them special? Why are they usually the<br />

first places people go post-grad? Why are<br />

they a few of the fastest growing cities in<br />

the South?<br />

Lucky for us, The University of<br />

Alabama is a second home to out-ofstate<br />

students who make up 57.9% of the<br />

student body. Students who are local to<br />

these popular cities in the Southeast were<br />

able to answer a few questions and share<br />

their “must-dos and don’ts” of their city.<br />

Atlanta<br />

By Laura Brooks<br />

Laura Azzi is a native to the<br />

Atlanta area. Born and raised just a<br />

short 25-minute drive away, she calls the<br />

town Roswell home. She received her<br />

master’s in finance from The University of<br />

Alabama last May and now resides back<br />

in Roswell working remotely.<br />

“Honestly the city can be too<br />

much,” Azzi says. “I think the outskirts<br />

should be appreciated more.”<br />

Though, she does have some tips<br />

for those who want to go to the “New<br />

York City” of the South.<br />

Where is a place that lives up to its<br />

reputation?<br />

Azzi recommends Ponce City<br />

Market. Made up of restaurants and<br />

shops, including a green lawn that has<br />

space to hang out and eat. The market is<br />

family-friendly, so expect kids and dogs<br />

running around the area. The market also<br />

hosts events throughout the week and<br />

there are apartments available to rent.<br />

Newly restored roof access is included<br />

with an admission ticket, allowing a oneof-a-kind<br />

view of downtown Atlanta.<br />

Restaurant, Coffee Shops, Shopping<br />

Recs<br />

Westside Provisions District is<br />

a shopping mall with food options for<br />

everything. This includes a coffee shop<br />

called Brash Coffee, a funky, indoor put-put course<br />

called Put-Shack, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, (a fan<br />

favorite) Five Daughters Bakery and Pure Barre for the<br />

fitness girls out there.<br />

The BeltLine is another place Azzi says is not<br />

appreciated enough. It’s a walkable path around Atlanta<br />

that is fun for all ages. There are places to eat along the<br />

path, as well as local art.<br />

There is an east-side trail and westside trail, both<br />

offering a variety of things to do and see. It is a great way<br />

to get active but also great for a leisurely stroll. There are<br />

bike tours available as well as fitness classes.<br />

Nashville<br />

The Music City is growing faster and faster<br />

as more college students plan to start their new life.<br />

According to the Oxford Economic Forecast, Nashville<br />

had a job growth of 3.9% in 2022, making it a popular<br />

city for young professionals. However, the city has more<br />

to offer than just good job opportunities.<br />

Sami Kate Kickert, a junior at The University<br />

of Alabama studying advertising, is from a town called<br />

Franklin, just 18 miles outside of the city. She gave some<br />

insight into Nashville and why she wouldn’t mind living<br />

there again, “if only it wasn’t getting so expensive.”<br />

What is over-hyped in Nashville?<br />

Kickert says Broadway Street is extremely<br />

overrated. Instead, she suggests Fifth + Broad. The street<br />

has great dining options as well as shopping. There is a<br />

vintage store called Garage Sale Vintage that is also a bar,<br />

so customers can drink and shop simultaneously. Along<br />

with shopping, there are a variety of dining options<br />

including Cava, a Mediterranean option, Boqueria -<br />

Spanish tapas, Blue Sushi Saki Grill and so much more.<br />

Restaurant, Coffee Shops, Shopping Recs<br />

The Pfunky Griddle is located inside a house<br />

downtown. Guests can make their own pancakes with<br />

different batters. A man across the table from Barnes<br />

chimes in and asks if we’re talking about Nashville. He<br />

agrees that The Pfunky Griddle is somewhere everyone<br />

should go to when visiting the city.<br />

The Buffalo Exchange is a thrift store in the<br />

city and Kickert says it is definitely worth a visit. A blog<br />

on their website includes articles on fashion, style and<br />

trends, giving their customers a guide to their store and<br />

what is trending for the upcoming season.<br />

For coffee, Kickert moves a little bit out of<br />

Nashville and into the outskirts to Franklin. The coffee<br />

shop is called The Good Cup and she says it is home<br />

to best frozen chai lattes. They feature art, pastries and<br />

other goods from local philanthropic organizations.<br />

Charlotte<br />

Jamey Duffy is a travel agent in Tuscaloosa<br />

who works with a company headquartered outside of<br />

Charlotte. Duffy says Charlotte is unique because it is<br />

versatile. The food scene is great, and it has many fine<br />

dining options, but there are also a lot of spots just<br />

outside Charlotte that are great for outdoor activities.<br />

“It is a great place to unwind and unplug,”<br />

Duffy says.<br />

She recommends taking a long weekend trip<br />

there because two days would just be too short, and it’s<br />

perfect because the Birmingham International Airport<br />

offers direct flights into Charlotte, saving yourself from a<br />

7-hour drive. Duffy says Charlotte acts as a great gateway<br />

to other places if a more extended trip is in the books.<br />

Where is the best place to stay?<br />

Duffy recommends more of a lavish option,<br />

“The Ballantyne is phenomenal,” she says. “Definitely<br />

more on the luxurious side, though.”<br />

While visitors can stay at Airbnbs or other chain<br />

hotels, boutique hotels such as The Ballantyne.<br />

Restaurant, Coffee Shops, Shopping Recs<br />

La Dolcezza Bakery Café serves everything from<br />

a cup of joe to shrimp and grits. Founder Karina Cooper<br />

grew up in the Dominican Republic. The name of the<br />

Cafe reflects their menu which offers a diverse selection<br />

that is inclusive to all tastes.<br />

Madison Perk Coffee Bar has a day and night<br />

menu. Described as a “Mom and Pop shop” by the coowner,<br />

it is evident this Coffee Bar is well-loved. They<br />

pride themselves on being locally owned by hosting live<br />

music by upcoming, local artists. The owners are a young<br />

family, making it a family-friendly environment, with<br />

ice cream guaranteed for kiddos. This is a must when<br />

searching for a truly local spot in Charlotte.<br />

These three cities have reason to be iconic<br />

not only to the Southeast, but around the country.<br />

Tuscaloosa is situated fairly close to Nashville and<br />

Atlanta, and Charlotte is only a quick flight from<br />

Birmingham. So, the question is, why not visit them? Try<br />

out the places that make each of these cities unique and<br />

recommended by the people who know these places best.<br />

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Entertainment<br />

44 Your Next Chapter: New Books You’ll Love<br />

46 Which Taylor Swift Era Are You?<br />

Models Taylor Lech & Chloe Clemmons<br />

Photo Rebecca Martin

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Your Next Chapter:<br />

New Books You’ll Love<br />

By Amelia McKee<br />

Elementary, middle school and even high school<br />

was filled with scholastic book fairs, summer<br />

reading assignments and the sometimesdreaded<br />

English anthology for literature class.<br />

Reading was something that was forced on us for as<br />

long as we were in school, but once adult-life hits, for<br />

the most part, people are no longer forced to read.<br />

This is a time in people’s lives where reading may be<br />

rediscovered. Whichever genre you fancy, here are some<br />

recommendations for you, because everyone knows you<br />

never look at that BookTok video you once saved.<br />

Fantasy<br />

Some people look to fantasy novels to expand<br />

their imagination and take them out of the monotony<br />

of daily life. While fantasy is not everyone’s forte, the<br />

“Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling is one that will<br />

completely rock your world. The seven book series is the<br />

most intricate fantasy world filled with goblins, trolls,<br />

witches and of course, wizards.<br />

For a bit of magic, consider checking out<br />

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab. This<br />

book follows a young woman through time after she<br />

makes a Faustian bargain. While she gains the ability to<br />

live forever, Addie LaRue is destined to be forgotten by<br />

everyone she meets; that is, until a handsome stranger<br />

remembers her name.<br />

“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig is another<br />

interesting book with hints of fantasy and wonder. This<br />

book follows Nora Seed as she explores a library in<br />

which every book is a possible life she could’ve lived.<br />

If you find yourself constantly wondering what your<br />

life would be like if you had made that one decision<br />

differently, this piece of magical realism is for you.<br />

Romance<br />

If you enjoy reading at all, you’ve definitely<br />

heard of Colleen Hoover’s novels of complicated<br />

romances. If you’ve picked up a couple of her love stories<br />

and want to venture outside your comfort zone, you’ll<br />

surely love one of these recommendations.<br />

“Alone with You in the Ether” by Olivie Blake<br />

is a contemporary romance that is just sweet enough<br />

without being too cheesy. This story follows two<br />

imperfect and very different people throughout their<br />

journey of falling in love. More a work of art than a<br />

happily-ever-after love story, Blake’s writing will have<br />

you captivated.<br />

Similarly, “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry follows<br />

Nora, a seemingly tough, workaholic literary agent, and<br />

Charlie, a similarly fierce editor. This book is the perfect<br />

warm-weather, vacation read, so consider picking it up<br />

for your next vacay.<br />

Nonfiction<br />

Did you love the tea spilled in Prince Harry’s<br />

new memoir, “Spare?” Nonfiction can be exciting, too.<br />

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama is a<br />

recent favorite of many. This autobiography details<br />

the behind-the-scenes of Obama’s first term in office.<br />

Obama writes about his wife, Michelle, and his<br />

daughters, Malia and Sasha, and how they were all<br />

affected by the presidency.<br />

Very different from Obama’s memoir, yet<br />

almost equally compelling, is Dolly Alderton’s<br />

“Everything I Know About Love.” This is the perfect<br />

book for anyone and everyone in their college years.<br />

Reading Alderton’s memoir makes you feel like you<br />

have an older sister to help you through the craziness<br />

of life. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, it is highly<br />

recommended.<br />

Mystery<br />

If you liked “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn,<br />

you might also enjoy “Apples Never Fall,” a thriller<br />

by Liane Moriarty. This story walks us through the<br />

disappearance of Joy Delaney, a retired tennis coach<br />

and active member of her community. Joy’s character<br />

is fascinating, as it allows the reader to understand a<br />

new perspective: that of an elderly woman who deals<br />

with marriage troubles. Joy’s four children set out to<br />

solve her disappearance and become divided based on<br />

the conclusions they draw.<br />

Non-Romantic Love<br />

“Little Women” is a cult classic because of the<br />

way Louisa May Alcott portrays sisterly love.<br />

For more feel-good, friendship-centric novels,<br />

“Friends and Strangers” by Courtney J. Sullivan is<br />

one of the best. Sullivan’s writing is top-tier, and her<br />

character development of the two female leads who are<br />

at very different points in their lives is fantastic.<br />

“In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle is also a<br />

beautiful testament to the deep love we can have in our<br />

close friendships with those who love us because and<br />

despite everything we are.<br />

Whether you prefer browsing the clean,<br />

brightly lit aisles of Barnes & Noble, supporting a cozy<br />

local bookstore like Ernest & Hadley or swiping your<br />

library card at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, hopefully<br />

you can make some time this semester to dive into a<br />

new book. Whether you read to learn something new,<br />

feel comforted or broaden your imagination, there are<br />

no downsides to curling up with a good book.<br />

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Which Taylor Swift Era Are You?<br />

By Liv Tate<br />

With Swift heading out this spring on her biggest tour yet, find out which era from her musical past and<br />

present that best represents you.<br />

1. What is your favorite rom-com?<br />

A. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”<br />

B. “13 Going on 30”<br />

C. “10 Things I Hate About You”<br />

D. “When Harry Met Sally”<br />

2. Pick the best Book Tok read.<br />

A. “Beach Read” by Emily Henry<br />

B. “The Flatshare” by Beth O’Leary<br />

C. “The Inheritance Games” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes<br />

D. “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt<br />

3. Who is your favorite friend of Taylor Swift’s?<br />

A. Abigail Anderson<br />

B. Ed Sheeran<br />

C. Selena Gomez<br />

D. Blake Lively<br />

4. Who is the most iconic foe of Taylor Swift’s?<br />

A. Scooter Braun<br />

B. Katy Perry<br />

C. Kim Kardashian<br />

D. Ticketmaster<br />

5. What is your go-to comfort show?<br />

A. “Schitt’s Creek”<br />

B. “Jane the Virgin”<br />

C. “Selling Sunset”<br />

D. “Normal People”<br />

6. What is your dream tour stop?<br />

A. Atlanta<br />

B. Los Angeles<br />

C. Las Vegas<br />

D. Seattle<br />

7. Where are you buying your concert outfit from?<br />

A. Forever 21<br />

B. Urban Outfitters<br />

C. ZARA<br />

D. Free People<br />

8. Which Eras Tour guest are you most looking forward<br />

to seeing?<br />

A. Gracie Abrams<br />

B. MUNA<br />

C. Paramore<br />

D. Phoebe Bridgers<br />

Answers<br />

Mostly A’s: Fearless<br />

You’re truly a hopeless romantic. When Taylor<br />

drops a new album, you’re dancing around your room in<br />

sparkly dresses and dreaming of the day your true love will<br />

come to rescue you from your small town. You’re true to<br />

your roots with a good head on your shoulders, and you’re<br />

not afraid to dream big.<br />

“Alexa, play: You Belong With Me, Forever &<br />

Always, The Way I Loved You”<br />

Mostly B’s: Red<br />

You’re the best of both worlds. You’re considered a<br />

great addition to any party and the friend everyone needs<br />

to hype them up, but you’re also at a real turning point in<br />

your growth. You’re not one to shy away from a challenge.<br />

You’re willing to dive deep into all your vulnerabilities to<br />

find the best version of yourself.<br />

“Alexa, play…”: State of Grace, We Are Never<br />

Getting Back Together, Sad Beautiful Tragic<br />

Mostly C ’s: Reputation<br />

The most iconic of all the eras. You don’t allow<br />

anyone to get in the way of what you want. You’re tough<br />

and everyone knows not to mess with you. No one would<br />

be surprised if you wiped your socials and went off the<br />

grid. Though you keep your circle small, you’re fiercely<br />

loyal to the ones you love. Some may consider this a villain<br />

era, but you just call it an awakening.<br />

“Alexa, play…”: Look What You Made Me Do,<br />

Getaway Car, New Year’s Day<br />

Mostly D’s: Folklore & Evermore<br />

Though you may be a tough nut to crack, you’re a<br />

welcomed surprise to all. You live for cottage-core and cozy<br />

fall evenings. You’re well-spoken, artistic, and a creative<br />

soul. You’re okay with living in the melancholy moments of<br />

life and can appreciate the beauty of the world around you.<br />

Your capacity for love is your greatest power.<br />

“Alexa, play…”: august, invisible string, right<br />

where you left me<br />

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Food & Health<br />

50 Swimsuit Is Not A Size<br />

53 A Hop, Skip, and a Hot Girl Walk Away: Bettering Mental<br />

Health Through Exercise<br />

55 T - Town Coffee Guide<br />

57 Turning Dreams into Dishes: The Stories We Eat<br />

59 The Ins and Outs of the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market<br />

61 What Your Chipotle Order Says About You<br />

Model Rebekah Clay<br />

Phots Emma Kate Standard


IS NOT<br />

A SIZE<br />

By: Emily Crousore<br />

Rebut the societal standard of what makes a body “swimsuit ready .”<br />

As the temperature starts to rise and the sun<br />

creeps back out from behind the clouds, panic<br />

sets in around women as they know what is<br />

approaching: swimsuit season. Today, there is a<br />

preconceived notion that a “winter body” is not the same as<br />

a “summer body.” As the spring and summer seasons begin,<br />

women decide that they must change everything about their<br />

lifestyle to fit into society’s standard of what body qualifies<br />

as a “bikini body”.<br />

Social media plays a big role in creating this<br />

fantasy body that so many women work to achieve. “Why<br />

don’t I look like that?” is a common question many ask<br />

when scrolling through their feed, especially during a time<br />

where more of the body is seen. However, genetically, a<br />

body cannot shape-shift into another. Human Nutrition<br />

Instructor Professor Maria Azrad touches on this concept.<br />

“Trying to achieve a particular figure or shape that<br />

someone maybe just isn’t genetically fit for could really be<br />

detrimental to their health,” Azrad says. “I mean I would<br />

love to be six foot tall, but I am not. We do have to learn to<br />

love our bodies and what we have.”<br />

Many individuals change their eating habits each<br />

year to conform their body to societal standards. Many<br />

begin diets, that in turn do more harm than good.<br />

“It’s important to eat healthy in order to nourish<br />

your body, but not necessarily because you’re trying to<br />

achieve a particular look,” Azrad says. “Eating healthy is<br />

meant to nourish your body and to maintain health so you<br />

can fight off colds and flus, and if you break a bone, it will<br />

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heal quickly. This is what we eat healthy for, and I think<br />

sometimes people lose that perspective.”<br />

Another thing women will do in order to achieve<br />

this “swimsuit body” is to begin rigorous workout routines.<br />

We all know the gym rush that occurs when the new year<br />

hits and people realize they are only 3 months out from<br />

their spring break beach trip. However, working out to<br />

achieve a certain body type is where it can turn unhealthy.<br />

Three 15 Studio combines the three fitness<br />

components of cycling, barre, and strength training all in<br />

one class. When done in a healthy way, Three 15 can be a<br />

great outlet to relieve stress, build endorphins or get your<br />

body moving after a long day.<br />

Bella Kimbrell is a junior at The University of<br />

Alabama and an instructor at Three 15. Kimbrell sees this<br />

unhealthy mindset occur each year around this time.<br />

“I think around this time of year girls just start<br />

craving working out unhealthy for that swimsuit mindset<br />

and just looking at it as a punishment,” Kimbrell says. “I<br />

think until you find something that you enjoy, you’re just<br />

going to hate doing it.”<br />

It is not uncommon for working out to develop<br />

a negative connotation. However, according to Kimbrell,<br />

working out is so much more than getting fit.<br />

“I think it’s being thankful for what you have and<br />

remembering what your body is meant to do and what you<br />

are meant to do, and it is more than what you look like,”<br />

Kimbrell says. “As long as you feel good, you look good.”<br />

Due to social media, it is hard for women not to<br />

see a body on their feed and want to completely change<br />

their work out routine to match what they see. But when it<br />

comes to a certain body trait, it is a myth that working out can<br />

completely transform the way a body looks.<br />

“I’m a fitness instructor I work out almost every day<br />

because I have to and I know my body type is not to have that<br />

six pack with a line down my stomach, and I’m totally okay<br />

with that because that’s just how my body is,” Kimbrell says.<br />

“I think its unhealthy to look at it in that way because I think<br />

every girl has this image in their mind of what they want their<br />

body to look like, and until you realize that just maybe is not<br />

your body type, you’ll never be happy with what you see.”<br />

It is not uncommon for Kimbrell to overhear women<br />

taking her class talking about unhealthy mindsets. To her, she<br />

can already tell that instead of the workout being uplifting, it<br />

will only seem like a punishment to eating that last cookie left<br />

in the box.<br />

“Every time I hear it I kind of wince because I know<br />

they’re going to hate the next 45 minutes of their life if they<br />

are coming here just to burn off what they ate instead of<br />

coming in with the mindset of ‘I wonder what I can do today,’”<br />

Kimbrell says.<br />

After changing the diets and the workout routines,<br />

women are left with the final destination: putting the swimsuit<br />

on. But after all this anticipation, is it possible to truly be<br />

satisfied? As humans, it is our nature to pick apart everything<br />

that seems wrong, especially when it comes to how we think<br />

society will view us.<br />

The fashion industry is one of the most known for<br />

controversy in inclusivity. Because at the end of the day,<br />

what size is the right size for fashion?<br />

Morgan Igou, a senior at University of Alabama,<br />

spent the past 8 months in New York pursuing buying<br />

and selling on an industrial level. This entails buying<br />

clothes from manufacturers and selling the items<br />

to stores. Throughout her time there she saw the<br />

issues within fashion when it came to size.<br />

“We would loan clothes from brands that<br />

were only sample size, which are usually only<br />

from 4-6, and if the clients were bigger than that<br />

then they would have to lose weight,” Igou says.<br />

“We never supported this, but it<br />

would often happen.”<br />

Igou believes that without intention,<br />

the fashion industry cannot help diminish<br />

this harmful and destructive mindset that<br />

is so common today.<br />

“A lot of these brands see<br />

inclusivity as a trend and not<br />

as an actual thing they should<br />

care about,” Igou says. “I feel that if<br />

companies were to really dive into a good<br />

reason why they should do this and not<br />

because it’s a trend then I think it could really help fix the<br />

problem and the stigma that’s around<br />

it today.”<br />

Although some brands have done well at upgrading<br />

their inclusivity, it is ultimately up to the people themselves to<br />

put an end to “swimsuit body” culture. How is this possible?<br />

When you hear someone using this damaging language,<br />

do not play into it. In this instance, a person is looking for<br />

validation, and by not giving it to them, you are helping<br />

eliminate this harmful standard. Explain the nutritional harm<br />

they are putting on their body and the time they are wasting<br />

at the gym with an incomplete mindset. By doing so, you<br />

individually are taking a stand against society. A change will<br />

not come quickly, however the sooner it is put in motion, the<br />

less likely it is generations after us will also be filled with fear<br />

when the sun comes out.<br />

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Photo by Sarah Hartsell<br />

Models Marcus Johnson, Emilia<br />

Obilites & Gaby Aldridge<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> Spring 2023 51

A Hop, Skip and a Hot Girl<br />

Walk Away: Bettering Mental<br />

Health Through Exercise<br />

By Emily Benito<br />

Lace up your sneakers, pop in your earbuds<br />

and call your best friend, we’re taking a hot<br />

girl walk. The craze originally popular during<br />

the pandemic, has proven to stick around as it<br />

becomes popular among college students.<br />

“I like to listen to my music and get my model walk<br />

on,” Emma Watson, a sophomore criminal justice<br />

major, says.<br />

Hot girl walks are not only a fun TikTok trend and<br />

a way to spend time with friends or reflect on your day, but<br />

they can also improve your physical health.<br />

According to the Washington Post, “among other<br />

benefits, regular walking has been linked to a lower risk of<br />

cardiovascular disease, improved memory and cognition,<br />

lower stress, improved mood and a lower risk of<br />

premature death.”<br />

Aside from the physical health aspect, your mental<br />

wellbeing is also affected by exercise.<br />

“Exercise has an incredible impact on our mental<br />

health,” Charles Burroughs, personal trainer and fitness<br />

coordinator at The University of Alabama Student<br />

Recreation Center, says. “A key side effect of exercise is<br />

that during a workout our brains release serotonin and<br />

dopamine, those feel-good chemicals put us in a better<br />

mindset and help us handle all the tough stuff we have<br />

going on in our lives. Research has also shown us that<br />

committing to regular exercise builds self-confidence and<br />

develops perseverance to handle adversity in other parts of<br />

our life.”<br />

“The euphoric feeling after you work out is worth<br />

it,” Watson says. “I always feel less grumpy [after working<br />

out]. It’s the best feeling ever.”<br />

Taking a hot girl walk allows you to dedicate time<br />

to yourself and to practice mindfulness while remaining<br />

active. People often reflect on their life and have a better<br />

sense of gratitude after taking some time outside.<br />

According to the lifestyle blog Authentically Del,<br />

the hot girl walk also encourages “getting fresh air, being<br />

active for at least 30 minutes a day, having screen-free time,<br />

soaking up much needed vitamin D and increasing the<br />

time for self-reflection.”<br />

“I feel awake and productive and afterwards –<br />

whatever I was dreading to do before my walk, I feel more<br />

motivated to do,” Ava Dorn, a sophomore double major in<br />

marketing and management at The University of Alabama,<br />

says.<br />

Dorn reminds us that the duration of the walk is<br />

not as important as getting outside, enjoying the fresh air<br />

and finding a comfortable place inside yourself to relax and<br />

decompress from the day. “Just try it, even if it’s just for<br />

fifteen minutes,” Dorn says.<br />

Living in a world with almost any information at<br />

our fingertips, hot girl walks are a time to unplug, listen to<br />

the sounds of nature and the inner thoughts we<br />

sometimes avoid.<br />

Whether it is something that was already a part<br />

of your daily routine or not, adding a hot girl walk has<br />

numerous health benefits, plus, it’s an excuse to wear cute<br />

workout-fits and get to listening to those<br />

life-improving podcasts.<br />

Podcasts to take with you on your next hot girl walk:<br />

Ask <strong>Alice</strong> from <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine<br />

Note to Self from Dear Media<br />

Doing the Real Work to Free Yourself with Michael Singer<br />

My Energy Shifts My Reality from Habits of a Goddess<br />

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Photos by Emma Mae Burntnett<br />

Models Bea Carswell & Sydney Estroff

<strong>Alice</strong>’s guide to the best cup of<br />

joe in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.<br />

By Bella Carpino<br />

Within the lively college town of<br />

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, students and<br />

locals crave an atmosphere that triggers<br />

creativity and focus, but also one that<br />

forms a sense of community and a second home for<br />

many young adults who moved far from their families to<br />

pursue an education.<br />

Many of Title Town’s residents lean on the<br />

town’s large variety of coffee shops to satisfy their need<br />

for the perfect atmosphere, whether one must get work<br />

done or they’re searching for a study break. Located in<br />

the surrounding areas of The University of Alabama’s<br />

beautiful campus, there lies an assortment of coffee<br />

shops including four popular stops that are crowd<br />

favorites: Heritage House Coffee and Tea, Monarch<br />

Espresso Bar, Turbo Coffee and Strange<br />

Brew Coffeehouse.<br />

Each of these coffee shops have unique<br />

characteristics and benefits to offer in addition to their<br />

food and beverage choices. The distinctive atmosphere<br />

of each shop calls customers in through the doors. This<br />

T-Town Coffee Guide aims to define the specific elements<br />

that give each coffee shop its individuality.<br />

Heritage House Coffee and Tea<br />

Heritage House Coffee and Tea is a Tuscaloosa<br />

favorite and has built three locations in the area<br />

throughout the past 30 years. Being the very first coffee<br />

house in Tuscaloosa, customers can sense the historic<br />

sense of home this shop offers as they enter one of the<br />

locations. When visiting Heritage House, it immediately<br />

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Photos by Emma Mae Burntnett<br />

becomes clear that the business has aimed to keep its<br />

home-like atmosphere that represents how far they<br />

have grown and the ground on which their growth all<br />

began.<br />

“As an out-of-state student, I love that<br />

Heritage House is filled with people of all ages,” Betsy<br />

Chambers, a junior nursing student at The University<br />

of Alabama, says. “It is my go-to place if I am studying<br />

all day because of the amazing selection of breakfast<br />

and lunch foods.”<br />

Heritage house not only offers coffee drinks<br />

and homemade pastries that serve as the perfect sweet<br />

treat, but they also now offer 40 diverse coffees from<br />

around the world. The prayer wall, the antique chairs<br />

by the fireplace and the wall of coffee mugs customers<br />

can choose from, all contribute to creating its cozy,<br />

homey feel that Tuscaloosa’s residents truly appreciate.<br />

“I recommend going to Heritage House if you<br />

are homesick because it feels like you are stepping right<br />

back home when you walk in,” Kendall Moore, a junior<br />

advertising major at The University of Alabama, says.<br />

Even the coffee shop’s name shines a light on<br />

the family-like heritage, it warmly invites customers to<br />

be a part of.<br />

Monarch Espresso Bar<br />

In contrast with the traditional, southern feel of<br />

Heritage House, Monarch Espresso Bar highlights its goal<br />

to embrace and appreciate a diverse group of people within<br />

the town of Tuscaloosa, home to both students and locals.<br />

Monarch barista of a year and a half, Max<br />

Brown, highlights that the coffee itself is what builds the<br />

uniqueness of the coffee shop in his eyes.<br />

“We get all of our coffee from a roastery called<br />

Onyx Coffee, whose coffee comes from some of the most<br />

renown coffee farmers from all around the world,”<br />

vBrown says.<br />

He adds that Onyx Coffee values being completely<br />

transparent with what they pay the farmers. Monarch<br />

stands out for its craft coffee and universal foundation,<br />

and its atmosphere compares to no other coffee shop in<br />

town. Commenting on the shop’s motto “Nobody is a<br />

stranger,” Brown describes the ambiance as simple and<br />

inviting. He says, “all of us at Monarch want to create an<br />

environment that allows people from all walks of life to<br />

build community and foster relationships.”<br />

Turbo Coffee<br />

At Turbo Coffee in Tuscaloosa, employees go<br />

above and beyond baking the traditional sandwiches and<br />

pastries common to most cafes. Turbo aims to express the<br />

importance of caring for your body and leading a healthy<br />

lifestyle by offering foods such as homemade cold-pressed<br />

juices, smoothies, fruit bowls and more.<br />

“I love going to Turbo to be surrounded by people<br />

as I get work done that motivates me to continue,” says<br />

Betsy Chambers, a loyal costumer and neighbor of Turbo<br />

Coffee. “Not to mention, Turbo has amazing food; the açai<br />

bowls and avocado toast live rent-free in my dreams.”<br />

Turbo’s individuality, displayed through its wide<br />

variety of healthy options offered, sets it far apart from<br />

other local coffee shops. Plus, its retro interior and exterior<br />

makes it extremely unique, and they are even open on<br />

Sundays unlike most other shops, serving as the perfect<br />

weekend pick-me-up spot.<br />

Strange Brew Coffeehouse<br />

The brand new coffeeshop to Tuscaloosa is located<br />

on The Strip and is called Strange Brew Coffeehouse,<br />

originating from Starkville, Mississippi. Since The Brew<br />

has only called Tuscaloosa its home for a short period of<br />

time, students have been racing through its doors to try<br />

some sweet coffee drinks such as, The Capt’n Crunch Latte,<br />

The Albino Squirrel and The Sea Turtle Frappe. If you are<br />

searching for a place to stop for coffee once the Alabama<br />

heat sets in, Strange Brew’s classic frozen coffees serve as<br />

the perfect drink.<br />

“As soon as I heard about a new coffee shop<br />

opening on the strip, I was immediately thrilled,” Kendall<br />

Moore, a junior advertising student at The University of<br />

Alabama says. “It has the cutest seating area outside and a<br />

walk-up window where you can order outside.”<br />

Strange Brew also offers the largest menu out of almost all<br />

the local coffee shops, which even includes gelato options<br />

for dessert.<br />

Over the years, Tuscaloosa has become a hub<br />

for coffee shops, new and old. In this fast-paced world<br />

that is fixated on productivity and success, people need<br />

a refuge of community, peace and a home away from<br />

home. Between these four coffee shops and all of their<br />

distinctive atmospheres, residents of Tuscaloosa can find<br />

that sanctuary, no matter what kind of day they are having<br />

or what stage of life they are in.<br />

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The Stories We Eat<br />

By Morgan Byerley<br />

The culinary industry is a vibrant scene.<br />

From creating new dishes to considering the<br />

overall atmosphere and ambiance, owning<br />

a café or restaurant is no small feat. It takes a<br />

creative individual passionate about food and their<br />

community to share their creations with the world.<br />

From vegan pizzas to Greek-inspired pasta, two<br />

women in Alabama have turned their passion for<br />

food into their own thriving businesses.<br />

The Veganish Market - Tuscaloosa, Alabama<br />

Walking into The Veganish Market is like<br />

walking into a tropical paradise. From colorful<br />

wallpaper to large leafy plants, it is a space<br />

bursting with creativity and color. It is an inviting<br />

atmosphere where customers can stay and sit a<br />

while, listening to music and trying one of the<br />

many meals on the menu.<br />

“I put my heart and soul into this place…<br />

It’s like me in restaurant form,” owner<br />

Yazmyn Rozier says. The Veganish<br />

Market opened in August<br />

2022 and has flourished in<br />

the downtown district of<br />

Tuscaloosa, Alabama.<br />

The café addresses<br />

a specific niche in<br />

Tuscaloosa where<br />

dietary options<br />

such as vegan and<br />

plant-based meals<br />

are limited. The<br />

Veganish Market caters<br />

to everyone, from a<br />

vegan pepperoni pizza<br />

to pescetarian options like<br />

the salmon burger. Rozier<br />

emphasizes the importance of<br />

having something for everyone.<br />

“You shouldn’t feel judged for your dietary<br />

preferences,” Rozier says. “It shouldn’t matter to<br />

anyone but you what you eat”.<br />

Before opening The Veganish Market,<br />

Rozier had worked in the hospitality industry for<br />

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several years. Working at different restaurants and<br />

in catering allowed her to gain practical culinary<br />

experience that she now uses at The Veganish<br />

Market. She may have continued working at<br />

different restaurants if not for a sudden stroke that<br />

put everything on hold and made her decide that it<br />

was time to go after her dreams.<br />

“One of the things on my bucket list was<br />

to have my own ‘something.’ I didn’t want to work<br />

under anyone else,” Rozier says.<br />

And so, the journey to create The Veganish<br />

Market began. Rozier and her boyfriend Gary<br />

Mcgee, a professional cook, worked together<br />

to create dishes that would fit her vision for the<br />

Veganish Market. Rozier grew up regularly visiting<br />

the beach and wanted to serve beachy, street-style<br />

food that reminds people of long summer days.<br />

“I went for a Miami retro style vibe with<br />

all the bright colors and palm trees,” Rozier says,<br />

whose dad is from Miami. “I love the water, it’s the<br />

best place to just think and be.”<br />

Owning a business, especially within the<br />

culinary field, comes with its challenges. Rozier<br />

does all her marketing and social media, making<br />

sure to stay true to her brand and the business she<br />

has created. From creating content to researching<br />

new dishes, she finds satisfaction in building her<br />

restaurant while supporting other women in the<br />

community.<br />

“To my knowledge, there aren’t many<br />

women who own restaurants in downtown,” Rozier<br />

says. Her café also acts as an online marketplace<br />

where other women can showcase their talent and<br />

creativity.<br />

“I want to support other females and what they’re<br />

doing,” she says. “Supporting and empowering<br />

women is what I do.”<br />

Looking to the future, she is passionate about<br />

what comes next for The Veganish Market. Rozier<br />

has dreams to share The Veganish Market with<br />

more people and potentially even becoming mobile<br />

with a food truck. It’s a constant process of growing<br />

her business and continuing to expand the menu<br />

with new and exciting dishes.<br />

“Research and development all the time,”<br />

McGee says, “We’re going to different places and<br />

seeing how they do it differently.”<br />

Rozier and her boyfriend frequently travel<br />

throughout the South to gain new ideas to implement<br />

at the market. They hope to continue to grow The<br />

Veganish Market and showcase their creativity to their<br />

community.<br />

Reflecting on how far she’s come, Rozier says,<br />

“I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish<br />

here and the space that I’ve created.”<br />

Teenie’s Take-Home Market - Birmingham,<br />

Alabama<br />

Many don’t think of a 500-square-foot room<br />

when they imagine a restaurant. But for business<br />

owner Tina Liollio, food is about community, no<br />

matter how big or small. From Greek chicken and rice<br />

to vegetable lasagna, Liollio possesses a deep passion<br />

for food that started in her childhood. Her Greek and<br />

Sicilian Heritage continues to influence her cooking<br />

today.<br />

“I just have always naturally gravitated towards<br />

cooking and have been in the restaurant business,”<br />

Liollio says. “My family worked in the restaurant<br />

business so it’s just been a natural go-to for me to<br />

cook.”<br />

“On Saturdays and Sundays, my greatgrandmother<br />

used to cook,” she says. “She lived down<br />

the street from us and used to have me over to cook<br />

with her. She would start making her meatballs on<br />

Saturdays and get out a skillet. Then I would help on<br />

Sundays by frying them.”<br />

Teenie’s Market was created in the middle<br />

of the pandemic as a way to cook meals for friends<br />

and family. Liollio would cook homemade meals<br />

that could then be purchased by friends and family.<br />

The business took off and eventually moved into its<br />

current building where customers can buy homemade<br />

meals to go. Today, Teenie’s Take-Home Market serves<br />

a variety of options from single meals that workers can<br />

grab during the day to large family-style meals.<br />

Before Teenie’s Take-Home Market was created,<br />

Liollio was already working in the food and hospitality<br />

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Photos by McKenna Myrick<br />

industry. Her other business, Local Link, was founded<br />

in 2019 and has flourished by focusing on community<br />

and bringing people together.<br />

“Local Link was founded with the intent to<br />

help connect local businesses and nonprofits in this<br />

area with vendors that I loved,” Liollio says. “To help<br />

people and make their events more seamless.”<br />

Liollo’s experience with connecting<br />

businesses to vendors allowed her to become the<br />

food coordinator during the 2022 World Games<br />

in Birmingham. Throughout the games, Liollio<br />

coordinated all the food from food trucks, vendors<br />

and VIP meals. The planning for the games took over<br />

a year and a half in preparation.<br />

“I think that the most important part of the<br />

World Games was that it fit into everything that I<br />

have done,” Liollio says. “I was able to meet all these<br />

different vendors and all of the people that I met.”<br />

Through Teenie’s Take Home market, Liollio<br />

has showcased various products from vendors around<br />

the Birmingham area. From break-apart cookies to<br />

specialized sauces, she’s committed to showcasing the<br />

work of other professionals.<br />

“Every quarter, we’ll rotate in new businesses<br />

so that people can try different local things that they<br />

might haven’t tried,” she says.<br />

From connecting local businesses and vendors<br />

to creating homemade meals for families, Liollio is<br />

dedicated to her community. With every plate and<br />

every meal, she brings people closer together through<br />

food. She says, “the focus has always been to be a<br />

source for the community.”<br />

Owning a restaurant is more than producing<br />

food for people to eat. It’s about making connections<br />

in the community, supporting other businesses and<br />

pushing the limits of creativity.<br />

Through Teenie’s Take Home Market and The<br />

Veganish Market, two women have created thriving<br />

businesses centered around food. With every dish<br />

and every meal produced, they are moving beyond<br />

themselves to inspire others and make an impact in<br />

the community.<br />

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Saturday Morning<br />

Adventures<br />

The ins and outs of the Tuscaloosa<br />

Farmers Market.<br />

By Elisabeth Bernard<br />

Farmers markets are a great way to support local businesses and<br />

one of the most accessible sources of homegrown produce and<br />

unique products, making them easy to be fond of for both vendors<br />

and customers.<br />

Farmers markets date back thousands of years before the era of<br />

online shopping and mass-produced goods, and they continue to thrive<br />

because of their charm and customers’ appreciation for homemade<br />

products. The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market, located just minutes away from<br />

The University of Alabama’s main campus is held every Saturday morning<br />

starting at 7 a.m. and ending at noon. Located at the Tuscaloosa River<br />

Market next to the Black Warrior River, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market<br />

makes for a perfect start to anyone’s Saturday.<br />

Named Alabama’s No. 1 farmers market in 2022 by the America’s<br />

Farmers Market Celebration Awards, the market works with 70 different<br />

local vendors to bring local goods to customers every Saturday, year<br />

round. Adrienne Williams, owner of Blessed Bites, has been selling her<br />

fruit arrangements, lemonades and desserts at farmers markets since 2016.<br />

What started as a Facebook-run business has continued to grow and has<br />

become a must-try at the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market.<br />

“I have always wanted my own small business,” Williams says.<br />

“In 2014 I was working as a Detention Officer for the Tuscaloosa Sheriff ’s<br />

Department at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. While working there I became<br />

pregnant with my son. I was already making dishes and desserts for<br />

friends and family.”<br />

While on maternity leave with her son, she began selling her<br />

“bites” and eventually bought a business license which allowed her to<br />

become a vendor at the Northport Farmers Market for five years. Williams<br />

then applied to become a vendor at the Tuscaloosa River Market after<br />

visiting one of their pop-up events, and she has now had a Saturday spot at<br />

the market for two years.<br />

“The vendors benefit from the traffic and tourists that come<br />

to visit and shop at the River Market, Williams says. “The more people<br />

we meet, the more customers we can accumulate —more exposure.<br />

Customers benefit by having access to rare commodities such as fresh<br />

homemade goods, farm fresh produce, farm fresh meat and events and<br />

entertainment at the market. The markets have surely been a blessing to<br />

my children and me. We are very grateful.”<br />

For Pamela Dobbins, owner and chief baking officer of Delightful<br />

Cookies & Treats, LLC, the journey of her baking business began in high<br />

school with a challenge to use a cake recipe with mayonnaise listed as<br />

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an ingredient. From there, her curiosity evolved into<br />

experimentation and a passion for creating recipes and<br />

sharing her delicious creations with others.<br />

“I set out to blaze the trail of opening up a<br />

bakery in 2006,” Dobbins says. “Let’s just say it got off to<br />

a very rocky start, and after six months I had to close the<br />

doors. I was not happy during that time, but I did learn<br />

a lot and vowed that this would not be the end of my<br />

journey for my bakery.”<br />

After 11 years, the urge to bake became<br />

irresistible and she started perfecting the four beloved<br />

flavors she sells today: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin,<br />

peanut butter and tea cakes. From her home, Dobbins<br />

moved onto the flea market in Moundville, then to the<br />

Tuscaloosa River Market in January 2018. With hard<br />

work and the success of Delightful Cookies & Treats,<br />

she was able to open a bakery where she now makes her<br />

tasty treats every day.<br />

“After retiring from my teaching career of 25<br />

years, I decided to open a bakery and work full-time<br />

on building my business,” Dobbins says. “This was my<br />

second chance, and I knew I needed to go for it. During<br />

the pandemic I applied for a grant, was notified that I<br />

received it and officially opened the doors to Delightful<br />

Treats in January 2021. I started out securing wholesale<br />

accounts with some local merchants such as County<br />

Line Grocery & Deli in Moundville and Piggly Wiggly.<br />

They received my products with open arms and so did<br />

the community.”<br />

The farmer’s market has allowed vendors like<br />

Williams and Dobbins to pursue their passions and<br />

share them with others, establish a sense of community<br />

amongst both vendors and visitors.<br />

Dobbins says, “I truly believe that farmers<br />

markets reach all sectors of the community. Farmers<br />

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Photos by Emma Kate Standard<br />

markets allow farmers and local business owners to<br />

develop strong bonds with people in the community.<br />

I love the fact that customers come from all walks of life<br />

weekly to seek out fruits, vegetables and any artisanmade<br />

products—from baked breads to sweets and<br />

treats. It is a match made in heaven for all involved. I<br />

love the Tuscaloosa River Market because all the staff<br />

and vendors love what they do, and we look forward to<br />

serving our customers on a weekly basis.”<br />

The farmers market provides a space that allows<br />

vendors to display the products and businesses they have<br />

spent years perfecting, but there are also many benefits<br />

for visitors and customers. Kayla Bell, a junior studying<br />

psychology and dance at The University of Alabama,<br />

first visited the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market in 2021 after<br />

hearing positive reviews from other students. While Bell<br />

enjoys purchasing homemade soaps and fresh honey,<br />

the environment of the market itself is why she keeps<br />

coming back.<br />

“When I walk into the River Market, it’s always<br />

full of friendly faces, the amazing smell of soaps and<br />

baked goods,” Bell says. “I love that it is a place where<br />

dogs are welcome, I get to meet new people and be close<br />

to the water.”<br />

There truly is something for everyone at the<br />

farmers market, and most importantly, customers get<br />

to meet the hardworking people behind the products<br />

they love and support local small business owners by<br />

buying straight from the source. The farmers, bakers<br />

and artisans who bring their products to the Tuscaloosa<br />

Farmers Market allow residents and visitors of<br />

Tuscaloosa to purchase local produce, taste homemade<br />

recipes and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art, all<br />

while fostering a welcoming environment and sense of<br />

community within the Saturday mornings crowds.<br />

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What your<br />

Chipotle order says<br />

about you<br />

Mostly A’s: Spontaneous and Adventurous<br />

You are someone who lives life to the fullest. You know what you like<br />

and stick to it. Every once in a while, you choose to mix it up to keep things<br />

fresh. Chipotle is one of your go-to places to eat and you can rely on them to<br />

have a good meal. You look forward to when you get a chance to eat at Chipotle<br />

and normally eat it while you’re on the way to your next adventure. You<br />

take every chance that you get and live life to the fullest.<br />

By Angie Hartsfield<br />

Have you ever wondered what your Chipotle order says about your personality or been shocked to<br />

see how your friends’ orders vary? Believe it or not, choosing types of salsas and rice is a form of<br />

expressing individuality. This quiz reveals what your Chipotle order says about your unique traits.<br />

Mostly B’s: Planner and Calculated<br />

You love to have your work and everyday life organized. You are<br />

someone who sets tasks and works hard to complete them. A to-do list<br />

is second nature and helps you keep track of your busy days. A Chipotle<br />

meal is a serotonin boost for you and gives you the chance to spice<br />

things up in your day. You are also a very determined and hard-working<br />

person who can enjoy the simple things in life.<br />

1. Which base do you order?<br />

A. Bowl<br />

B. Burrito<br />

C. Quesadilla<br />

2. Which type of rice do you prefer?<br />

A. White<br />

B. Brown<br />

C. Both<br />

3. Which type of beans do you choose?<br />

A. Pinto beans<br />

B. Black beans<br />

C. None<br />

4. Which meat is your favorite?<br />

A. Chicken<br />

B. Steak<br />

C. No meat - fajita veggies<br />

5. Which salsa goes on top?<br />

A. Mild<br />

B. Spicy<br />

C. Extra Spicy<br />

6. Which is your favorite topping of choice?<br />

A. Corn<br />

B. Sour Cream<br />

C. Lettuce<br />

7. What do you add on to your order?<br />

A. Queso<br />

B. Chips<br />

C. Guacamole<br />

8. Where do you eat your chipotle?<br />

A. Take-out<br />

B. Dine-in<br />

C. Delivery<br />

Mostly C’s: Free-Spirited and Energetic<br />

To you, Chipotle is a place where you can find a<br />

well-balanced meal to energize your life and mind. You<br />

have busy days ahead of you but always give your all into<br />

what you do. You try your hardest and are devoted to<br />

your passions in life. Nature enthralls you, which in turn<br />

motivates you to make very conscious decisions. In your<br />

free time, you do choose to live life in a way that is exciting<br />

and motivating. Caring for those around you also brings<br />

you joy.<br />

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Features<br />

66 Roll Pride: Gender Non-conforming Experiences at UA<br />

70 Aim for the Stars: Women in Astrobotics<br />

72 When the Party’s Over<br />

Models Taylor Lech, Chloe Clemmon, Sa’Niah Dawson<br />

Photo Rebecca Martin

Models Taylor Lech, Chloe Clemmon, Sa’Niah Dawson<br />

Photo Rebecca Martin<br />

Design by Sarh Smith

Gender Non-conforming<br />

Experiences at UA<br />

On Sept. 29, 2022, The University of Alabama<br />

(UA) Student Government Association<br />

(SGA) approved over $7,000 for the Young<br />

Americans for Freedom student organization to host<br />

Matt Walsh on his “What is a Woman?” tour. While<br />

students engaged in discourse over the validity<br />

of free speech, those who opposed his presence<br />

took the greatest issue with the providing of funds<br />

to a person who makes money off invalidating<br />

the identities of a portion of UA students and the<br />

population of genderqueer people at large.<br />

In response, The Leftist Collective, the<br />

Queer Student Association and UA Democrats organized<br />

and carried out the “Stand Against Transphobia”<br />

protest. Pride flags acted as capes, signs were<br />

hoisted over shoulders and chants of “Big Al is a big<br />

ally, Matt Walsh is a bigot” rang over the Quad.<br />

While the demonstration certainly contained<br />

gender non-conforming people, as well as<br />

other members of the LGBTQ+ community, many<br />

heterosexual and cisgender protestors added their<br />

voices in support.<br />

“Last semester [when] transphobia raged<br />

on campus, the people around me came together to<br />

support me,” Sabrina Richard (they/them), a freshman<br />

majoring in creative media and culinary science<br />

at The University of Alabama, says. “Additionally,<br />

people I didn’t know worked tirelessly to ensure the<br />

hate being spread was stopped in its tracks.”<br />

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By Perri Larkin<br />

Also in the crowd were representatives of<br />

Young Americans for Freedom, who argued with<br />

protestors in support of Matt Walsh’s ideology. So<br />

though there was student support from cisgender<br />

and/or heterosexual individuals for the LGBTQ+<br />

community, there was also undeniable opposition<br />

and prejudice, and this sentiment creeps through<br />

campus and touches the lives of every gender<br />

non-conforming student.<br />

“When I was looking for a roommate, I got<br />

blocked by several people after coming out to them<br />

as nonbinary,” Richard says.<br />

For gender non-conforming students, the<br />

decision to come out is not a one-time decision, but<br />

a process, as one encounters more and more people<br />

who must be informed of one’s identity. Some people<br />

choose to only be out to close friends, while others<br />

announce their pronouns with every introduction,<br />

no matter the audience.<br />

“I never expected to be fully out on campus,”<br />

Link Hernandez (they/them), a freshman majoring<br />

in music composition at The University of Alabama,<br />

says. “There are times where I allow my identity to<br />

remain obscured for my own safety and I never correct<br />

people.”<br />

But what was most disheartening to gender<br />

non-conforming students was not the presence of<br />

student opposition to their identities, but the silence<br />

of the University on the subject. Following the talk<br />

and the protest, no official statement was issued by the<br />

University, despite the affirmation of the University’s desire<br />

to “promote equity and inclusion” in the Capstone Creed.<br />

For gender non-conforming students, this silence<br />

speaks volumes — if the University does not address bigotry<br />

when its sources are on an individual level, what does it do,<br />

or choose to not do, on a systemic level? What can it do to<br />

affirm the identities of and promote the ability of gender<br />

non-conforming students to live, learn and work on campus<br />

without struggle?<br />

For some, the experiences have been largely<br />

positive.<br />

“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was<br />

pleasantly surprised at how not just UA, but Tuscaloosa as a<br />

whole handles gender identity and presentation,” Phoenyx<br />

Mendoza (any/all), a freshman majoring in anthropology at<br />

The University of Alabama, says. “The biggest thing is the<br />

ability to use one’s preferred name within the system.”<br />

Names can be stark reminders of a self<br />

with which a gender non-conforming person no<br />

longer identifies, thus it is important that one’s<br />

preferred name is used to avoid drawing attention<br />

to sex assigned at birth or forcing a gender nonconforming<br />

person to correct and/or explain<br />

themselves to professors. A student may use their<br />

preferred name on their mobile Action Card,<br />

within the UA Outlook Common Directory, and<br />

on Blackboard, but some believe, that for the<br />

extent to which our names make up our identities,<br />

these measures are not enough.<br />

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“The University allows us to indicate a preferred<br />

name, but if we haven’t changed our names legally,<br />

most official correspondence will still include that legal<br />

name,” James, a history student at The University of<br />

Alabama and transgender man (he/him), says. “This<br />

includes announcements like Dean’s / President’s list and<br />

any accolades we receive. Legal names also appear on<br />

housing applications, and anything to do with campus<br />

employment.”<br />

With respect to housing, there are just as many<br />

critiques.<br />

In James’s first year at UA, he indicated on his<br />

housing application that he is transgender and would<br />

benefit greatly from being placed in a coed dorm. Despite<br />

this, James was placed in Burke Hall, which has communal<br />

bathrooms, on the girl’s floor. He got in contact with UA’s<br />

Housing Department, and was given the option of Bryce<br />

Lawn, with all men, or Ridgecrest South, with all girls.<br />

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He got in contact with UA’s Housing Department,<br />

and was given the option of Bryce Lawn, with all men, or<br />

Ridgecrest South, with all girls. This year, James lives on<br />

campus with men, even though his legal sex is female, and<br />

his legal name has not been changed, but he states, “there<br />

is no way to make this work without knowing that you can<br />

email housing and get them to sort it out for you.”<br />

James’s fear of the reaction of the cisgender men<br />

living at Bryce Lawn is not an uncommon occurrence.<br />

“I do foresee [roommates and suitemates] being<br />

a really dangerous problem for some trans people,” James<br />

says. “Most other trans people I know here prefer to live<br />

off-campus, even though they have scholarships, because of<br />

this.”<br />

While UA cannot control the opinions of<br />

individuals attending the institution, it can take measures<br />

to mitigate the extent to which harmful words and actions<br />

cause harm to gender non-conforming students. In the<br />

case of the Matt Walsh controversy, this manifests itself<br />

in denying the request for funding harmful speech. And<br />

in the case of housing, it manifests itself in creating<br />

non-traditional housing options that allow gender nonconforming<br />

students to exist in peace and safety.<br />

“I wish the University would listen to suggestions<br />

about implementing a pride or LGBTQ+ specific floor or<br />

housing area or being more open to coed options to make<br />

housing for trans people safer,” James says.<br />

In the writings and promises of the University, the<br />

principles of diversity, equity and inclusion can be found in<br />

a myriad of places, like in UA’s strategic plan, the Capstone<br />

Creed or Student Life policies, yet these promises do not<br />

always reach gender non-conforming individuals on the<br />

personal level.<br />

“I think there should be more widely implemented<br />

DEI training,” Richard says. “I think when asking a<br />

student’s name and major, professors could also easily ask<br />

for pronouns.”<br />

Outside of the formal University proceedings, there is also<br />

desire for change.<br />

“I wish there were UA traditions that felt less<br />

gendered,” Hernandez says.<br />

But, because it is near impossible for the hateful<br />

opinions of the few to be changed, and it is frustrating to<br />

see the University shy away from controversy, this is what<br />

makes the support offered by allies of the gender nonconforming<br />

community so imperative.<br />

To their allies,<br />

the students<br />

interviewed for this<br />

piece say:<br />

“I extend my<br />

thanks [to those]<br />

helping people feel<br />

safe and accepted.”<br />

“Thank you for<br />

listening.”<br />

“We appreciate<br />

those who stand at<br />

our side and give us<br />

the respect we as<br />

human beings<br />

deserve.”<br />

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Aim for<br />

the Stars:<br />

Women in Astrobotics<br />

By Jennafer Bowman<br />

The University of Alabama (UA) is home to<br />

over 600+ student organization and clubs,<br />

meaning there’s something for all of their<br />

30,000+ student population. With a female<br />

student population of 57% in 2021 according<br />

to U.S. News & World Report, one would<br />

think that most clubs would have heavy female membership<br />

numbers, but for extracurriculars in male-dominated<br />

industries, that’s not the case.<br />

UA’s College of Engineering is comprised of 5,389<br />

students, a much lower number than UA’s total population.<br />

When compared to the national statistic by the Society<br />

of Women Engineers reporting that 24% of women are<br />

enrolled in a four-year engineering degree, one might<br />

think that engineering clubs also see a high number of<br />

female membership. When subtracting women only clubs,<br />

membership in unisex engineering clubs is low, just like the<br />

percentage of women engineers (15.9% according to Zippia).<br />

But, while statistically numbers are low,<br />

morale is high.<br />

Sydney Sachs is a junior mechanical engineering<br />

major at The University of Alabama. Originally from<br />

Atlanta. She currently serves as a member of the mechanical<br />

team for Alabama Astrobotics.<br />

“I wanted to get more involved, and I wanted to get<br />

my hands dirty because classes are full of equations and like<br />

theoretical stuff,” Sachs says.<br />

While this is Sachs second year on the team, her<br />

impact on the team can be seen through current members.<br />

“In all honesty I joined the team because she [Sachs]<br />

took me to a meeting,” Autumn Minyard, a junior aerospace<br />

engineering major at The University of Alabama and the<br />

social media lead for the team says. “I thought it would be a<br />

really fun place to make friends and meet people that might<br />

have a common interest. I stayed with it because of Madison<br />

and Kat and how they treated me.”<br />

Madison Chambliss is a senior aerospace<br />

engineering and mechanics major at The University of<br />

Alabama. Originally from Prattville, Alabama, Chambliss<br />

serves as the overall team lead and the systems engineering<br />

lead. Chambliss acknowledges the low percentages of<br />

women in engineering but says that the Astrobotics team is<br />

improving on inclusivity and keeping locker room<br />

talk to a minimum.<br />

“When I first joined the team, I sat in our advisor’s<br />

office and he looked me in the eyes and he said, ‘If you ever<br />

have a problem, you tell me and we will sort it out.’ And the<br />

one time I had a problem, I went to him and we’ve never had<br />

another problem.”<br />

With around 100 members, it’s important that<br />

Chambliss and her administrative team set the standard for<br />

equality on the team. It also helps when general members<br />

can see themselves represented in admin positions.<br />

“It’s also helpful that we usually have at least one<br />

woman on the admin team,” Katherine Stamey, a master’s<br />

student in mechanical engineering at UA says. “Which is<br />

helpful that I have someone to go to before going<br />

to our advisor.”<br />

Stamey has been on the Astrobotics team for five<br />

years now and serves as Team Manager. Within their<br />

current administration, three out of nine admin members<br />

are women and 33 out of 118 overall members are women.<br />

The Alabama Astrobotics team has won seven<br />

Design by Meagan Riordan<br />

out of the last eight national championships at the NASA<br />

LUNABOTICS Competition. The student design team works<br />

to develop an autonomous lunar excavation robot in support<br />

of NASA’s initiative to establish a long-term status on the<br />

moon. The goal of the robot is to collect ice from under<br />

the surface of the moon to be refined into drinking water,<br />

oxygen and rocket fuel.<br />

While the team is moving forward with<br />

representation, their classes fall flat. Aubrey Dettman, a<br />

junior studying mechanical engineering at UA is on the<br />

mechanical team. One of the first things she notices when<br />

walking into her classes for the first time is how many other<br />

women are in her classes.<br />

“I’ll walk into class and I start scanning the room<br />

and I think ‘There are no ponytails,’” Dettman says. “I do a<br />

head count and it’s usually always less than 10.”<br />

While it can get hard, it’s important for rising<br />

women in STEM to “stick with it” and not give up, especially<br />

with extracurriculars that appear to be male-dominated.<br />

“If you can lean against each other, you’ll still be<br />

standing,” Chambliss says. “You might not be perfect, but<br />

you’ll get through it.”<br />

With strong female role models such as<br />

Chambliss, Dettman, Sachs, Stamey and Minyard,<br />

paving the way for women in STEM, the future is bright.<br />

If you can lean against each other,<br />

you’ll still be<br />

standing.<br />

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When the<br />

Party’s Over<br />

The Realities of Addiction in College.<br />

By Alden Wiygul<br />

W<br />

hen one is prompted to picture a night<br />

out involving alcohol and drugs, they will<br />

most likely come up with one scene: flashing<br />

lights, loud music intermingled with<br />

friends laughing, bright colors and blurry<br />

faces. This is what is shown in popular media, regardless<br />

of if they themselves spent the night sitting on a cold sidewalk<br />

or puking into a bush. Thousands of college students<br />

across America go out in search of the best night of their<br />

life. It is often too late for them to realize that occasional<br />

fun times have led to a craving that cannot be filled by<br />

just one night.<br />

Everyone knows the dangers of consuming<br />

alcohol or drugs. It has been depicted on TV and in<br />

movies thousands of times. Yet, there is something<br />

mystical about college, something that draws a line in<br />

people’s minds claiming that as long as they are young,<br />

addiction is not real.<br />

“Prior to college, I knew very little about drug<br />

use,” Katy Uptain, a junior marine science/biology student<br />

at The University of Alabama says. “My stepbrother<br />

had gone to rehab, but that was all I knew and even that<br />

shocked me because he was so functional in his addiction<br />

that you would have never guessed. College showed me<br />

that drugs are not just for one type of person, everyone<br />

can do drugs if they so choose, and it is a big part of<br />

several cultures.”<br />

In media, substance abuse is commonly shown<br />

in older adults with their lives falling apart, creating a<br />

negative stereotype about those suffering with drugs or<br />

alcohol. This discourages students to admit any kind<br />

of problem because they are unwilling to associate<br />

themselves with the stereotypical substance abuser. Even<br />

newer media such as HBO’s hit show “Euphoria”, attempts<br />

to tackle youth addiction but instead of college students, it<br />

examines high schoolers. Drinking or drug use in college,<br />

is never shown to be a real problem, in fact in season one<br />

of “Euphoria”, one of the main characters, Cassie Howard<br />

is depicted going to a college Halloween party where<br />

drugs and alcohol are being consumed in a montage.<br />

“I think the stigma is still a problem, people<br />

assume everyone that does drugs is a certain way, so no<br />

one wants to get help,” Kelly Miller, Assistant Director of<br />

Clinical Services at The University of Alabama’s Collegiate<br />

Recovery and Intervention Services, says.<br />

“There are some harmful shows that only show addiction<br />

in a bad light when we really see every day, normal people<br />

like physicians, businessmen and students.”<br />

Stress in college exacerbates the issue, with many<br />

people finding escape from reality by looking through<br />

the bottom of an alcohol or pill bottle. Access to these<br />

substances is plentiful and can be worse in Greek life<br />

where the enhanced college culture and community has<br />

caused higher rates of binge drinking and substance abuse<br />

according to the National Institue of Drug Abuse.<br />

Over twenty million Americans are suffering<br />

from a substance abuse disorder. Observing statistics<br />

shows that alcohol and drug use peaks during college<br />

age. The National Survey of Drug Use and Health has<br />

recorded that 33% of college students engage in binge<br />

drinking each month.<br />

While it may seem like fun and games when<br />

inside a bar bathroom, substance abuse leads to academic,<br />

physical, mental and social problems. One in four<br />

college students have reported academic issues caused<br />

by drinking. The most common drugs abused by college<br />

students are marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, stimulant<br />

medications (Adderall), cocaine and opioids<br />

(prescription painkillers).<br />

“The toughest part is substance abuse is so<br />

normative in this age group, so it is harder for them to see<br />

they have a problem,” Miller says. “Their friends may be<br />

drinking just as much so they think it is okay when the<br />

reality is, alcohol affects everyone differently.”<br />

The University of Alabama is particularly<br />

affected by this phenomenon. There are 44 bars and<br />

restaurants that serve alcohol in Tuscaloosa. Almost 3%<br />

of people over the age of 17 in Alabama are suffering<br />

from substance abuse, and each year 225,000 people in<br />

Alabama over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol. At the<br />

fourth top party school in the nation, UA students walk a<br />

fine line between bingo Mondays and regrets they<br />

cannot undo.<br />

According to the U.S. Department of Education,<br />

proven ways that universities can help prevent substance<br />

abuse are substance abuse counseling sessions, keeping<br />

their facilities open later, scheduling classes on Fridays,<br />

monitoring fraternities and sororities and having support<br />

meetings for students.<br />

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There are college-based recovery programs like the<br />

Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) and Collegiate<br />

Recovery Communities (CRCs). CRP programs have an<br />

87.5% success rate in preventing college students from<br />

relapsing after graduation.<br />

Most insurances will cover rehab for college<br />

students and if the person is under the age of 25, they are<br />

eligible to be treated under their parent’s insurance policy.<br />

Under inpatient care, treatment on average lasts three weeks<br />

to 90 days and outpatient care will often have the option of<br />

going to daytime classes while getting evening treatment.<br />

While rehab can be frightening for young students, having<br />

to temporarily take a medical leave or transition to an<br />

accommodated study plan is more beneficial in the long<br />

run to a person’s academic career than untreated addiction.<br />

The rehab care facilities in Tuscaloosa are Phoenix House,<br />

The Bridge Inc. and A Reprieve for Women. All of these<br />

offer different specialized services that can be found listed at<br />

addicted.org.<br />

All the UA substance abuse programs are under the<br />

Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services (CRIS). Their<br />

goal is to create an engaging environment for any students<br />

currently recovering from addiction or those considering<br />

recovery. They have more staff and therapists than most<br />

other college recovery programs and offer unique services<br />

like drug testing so that students can do any court mandated<br />

testing in a place where they feel safe.<br />

In their largest service, they provide a 24/7 safe<br />

space for recovering students within their Collegiate<br />

Recovery Community (CRC). This community offers<br />

tailored tailgates, family dinners, group meetings,<br />

counseling and scholarships. There is also FORGE<br />

(Focusing on Recovery through Guided Exploration) which<br />

helps students develop the skills they need for long-term<br />

recovery commitment.<br />

UA Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a club<br />

on campus focused on changing drug policies to enhance<br />

the health and well-being of the students. They neither<br />

condemn nor condone drug use, instead using their voices<br />

to speak up against the dangers of misusing drugs and the<br />

failures of the system built on the “War on Drugs” policy.<br />

Recently they brought a resolution to the SGA to create a<br />

new medical emergency assistance policy since the current<br />

medical amnesty policy does not encourage students to<br />

come forward about peers who are overdosing.”<br />

A policy centered around abstinence is not effective,<br />

we need to change it to something that helps people rather<br />

than hurts them,” Gabby Abashian, a sophomore marine<br />

science/biology student at The University of Alabama and<br />

SSDP Community Outreach Coordinator, says. “Which<br />

includes less disciplinary action, bringing more Narcan to<br />

campus and certifying<br />

more people.”<br />

While there are a lot of things being done to offer<br />

support to all the students suffering from substance abuse,<br />

the main issue is getting students to recognize signs of<br />

addiction and to admit they need assistance. Media and<br />

college culture have glamorized the idea of substances, and<br />

culture has shamed the idea of young people reaching out<br />

for help, especially with what is considered a problem for<br />

“older adults.”<br />

This is only made worse at UA, where many<br />

students are drawn to the University because of the<br />

idealization of parties. Youth does not make anyone<br />

immune to the effects of alcohol, and as students, there is<br />

a lot to lose in the aftereffects. The biggest thing that can<br />

be done in today’s culture is to normalize the discussion<br />

of substance abuse. Students need to know it is not<br />

something to be ashamed of and that they have<br />

supportive places to turn to.<br />

To improve your eating and lifestyle habits, take advantage of the<br />

nutrition services offered by the registered dietitian at the<br />

UA Student Health Center and Pharmacy:<br />

• Individual nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy in the<br />

areas of healthy eating, weight loss/gain, GI conditions, food<br />

allergies/intolerances, diabetes or hypoglycemia, heart health and<br />

disordered eating.<br />

• Measurement of metabolism and body fat.<br />

• Nutrition presentations for student groups.<br />

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In Spring 2023, our staff worked over<br />

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