“You can’t really love or care about anyone else unless you love yourself.” | Pictured: Malcolm Jones/Photo by Bahar Amalfard/Staff

“You can’t really love or care about anyone else unless you love yourself.” | Pictured: Malcolm Jones/Photo by Bahar Amalfard/Staff

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On Tuesday, Sept. 9, College freshmen Jake Grant and Andreas Katehis decided to bring together their talents and pull a prank on their friend.

While Katehis was counting the hours to the end of his birthday, Grant sat in dismay as he contemplated the struggles of a freshman with tons of homework.

Their peak of boredom that night led them to prank their friend by printing flyers of a Goat Herding Club with their friend’s contact details on them. But their way of adorning the campus with these flyers was not a conventional one.

“We were dressed up in suits and [Katehis] rolled me out on a desk chair around campus,” Grant said. “I also wore a borrowed helmet from my friend that said ‘Make good choices.’”

The prank went even further as the two printed about 60 flyers, “because after 60, my printer ran out of ink,” Katehis said.

That night, the current co-presidents found many students who joined in to laugh at their prank. The next morning, Katehis proceeded to print another 100 flyers to bring the joke to a larger scale. The two walked around campus and covered ground from Few and Evans to White Hall.

They soon started receiving calls and emails from various Emory students. Some contributed to the prank, and some were genuinely interested.

“We found people who thought: if this is a prank, it’s hilarious; but if this is real, then I want to do it.” Grant said. “So yes, we started off as a joke, but now we’re trying to make it real.”

Currently, Katehis and Grant are in conversations with real goat herders and hope to invite one to speak and educate the members of the club. Moreover, the two also found farms closer to campus, and next, they aim to progress with a few club field trips. But before bringing all these plans to reality, they realize that they need to get permission from the Emory student government to be an official club on campus.

Katehis and Grant strongly believe that a significant amount of education can be acquired from outside the classroom and they’re interested in being able to provide a learning experience to students in a novel way.

Grant said he empathized with all other Emory students who were stressing about their workload, since he was also sapped the day the club was conceived.

He trusts that the group will be an outlet for others to “chill out” while also learning something new. Katehis also believes that the group would be “great” to have a good time and also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, both of which the two have had the chance to partake in since the prank began. More so, the club has no application process so anyone is welcome to join.

Katehis and Grant were so overwhelmed by the community response that they felt compelled to make a Facebook page. After a week, 5,061 individuals have viewed the page and about 724 individuals have interacted with it.

When these two freshmen informed their families of what had occurred three weeks into their college life, they said their parents were slightly concerned, but for the most part, laughed along with them. Grant’s family owns a horse farm, and it also has a small number of goats. When Grant proposed this venture to his father, the latter just said “no.” However, as the conversation continued, Grant’s father contributed a few ideas to take the endeavor further.

Grant and Katehis are two lively boys who are trying to transform a joke into an endeavor. The club hopes to have biweekly meetings but, for now, the Goat Herding Club is holding their first information session this Sunday at 4 p.m. in White Hall.

—By Sumera Dang

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Just in time for fall and, subsequently, legging season, Spanx has just launched a new line of jeans. Spanx denim is a skinny fit, comfortable and versatile must-have addition to any closet. Don’t be fooled by any preconceived notions you may have about the word “spanx” because these jeans are not like any other. Offered in both indigo and black, Spanx denim look like jeans but fit more comfortably and snugly than normal ones.

Josie Brucker is the store manager of Emory Point’s very own Fab’rik clothing store, which is now carrying Spanx denim. A small boutique-style clothing store with trendy and affordable clothing, Fab’rik also gives out a 15 percent discount for students every Tuesday. Brucker said she was very excited about the new brand, while she herself sported an indigo pair.

To kick off the debut of Spanx denim, Brucker invited a few local fashionistas, including Stephanie Loutsenko of Her Campus Emory and Alaina Banks of the fashion blog Butterfly Parkway to the Emory Point Fab’rik store last Tuesday to see the jeans for themselves.

While snacking on appetizers from Marlow’s Tavern and perusing the store’s apparel, the women discussed the latest fashion trends and what they’re most excited about for fall. The fashionistas then tried on their own pair of Spanx denim.

Every reaction was the same. Shouts of excitement, only slightly muffled, could be heard behind changing room curtains as each girl tried on her own pair of Spanx and, evidently, loved it. As they emerged from the fitting rooms, not a single pair of Spanx looked out of place. The best part of this new brand of denim, as voiced by all, was that it looked great on all of them despite their height differences. Spanx denim represents a comfortable and stylish pair of jeans and the perfect studywear for a day in the library, a day running errands or an evening dressed up with heels. The bottom line was that Spanx denim were a must.

If you’re looking for an amazing purchase and perhaps a classy and elegant place to shop, Spanx denim is great for a day of studying, while perusing the shelves of Fab’rik can provide a nice study break as well. ​ 

—By Hilleary Gramling

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Wheel: When did you declare your major?

Johnson: So, at the beginning of freshman year at Oxford, I was pre-med, and I thought I basically had to be a bio major because I was like, “Oh, that’s ‘the rule’, right?” As I learned more about the pre-med track, I quickly realized that being a bio major wasn’t actually “the rule” and that was when I fell off the bio major “wagon.”

 

Wheel: What was your major during that interim period? How did you end up switching back to biology? 

Johnson: Well, I was an art history/visual arts major for a little while, but then last year (my junior year), I kind of had a mid-college crisis and decided that I wanted to do pre-nursing instead of pre-med. When I made that decision, I took a step back and realized that I actually do love biology and wondered why I ever let go of it in the first place. I don’t know, it’s weird … I just love the technicalities and logistics of biology because it affects the world in so many different ways, and there are so many different things you can study since it has so many different facets. On top of all of that, the requirements for the biology major really overlapped with the pre-nursing requirements. Yeah, it can be super overwhelming at times, but overall, I’m really happy with my decision.

 

Wheel: What is the best bio class you’ve taken thus far?

Johnson: I think my favorites were actually Biology 141 and 142! I guess, in a way, they were wake-up calls for me as a freshman at Oxford. It was the first real class that made me feel like I was in college. It was awesome. It just gave me a new perspective on biology and how to really study it — not “high-school” study it.

 

Wheel: What is the hardest class you’ve had to take for your major? 

Johnson: Chemistry. I hate chemistry. It’s not a bio class, but it’s required for the major. Since I’m such a visual person, I can’t see atoms and molecules, so the concepts are really hard for me to grasp. For some people, it’s a breeze, but not for me, that’s for sure! The two chemistry classes I took were definitely the hardest parts of my biology journey, but now I see how important they were for my major. At first, though, they were terrible. I’m just not about that chemistry life.

 

Wheel: How do the biology classes here compare to the ones at Oxford? 

Johnson: Hmm … I think the biggest difference would be that at Oxford, at least from my personal experience, it’s more of a personal journey. Since the classes were smaller (about 15 students in an intro bio class at Oxford versus about 70 in one here on the Atlanta campus), I really got to know everyone in them very well — we all struggled together. I think both campuses have excellent instructors, but I do feel like I got to know my professors at Oxford a little better. Besides that, from my experience in bio classes here, everything goes at a much quicker pace, and there’s a lot more pressure on the student to know the material and keep up.

 

Wheel: Do you have another major or a minor? If so, how has it complemented your major or given you a unique perspective? 

Johnson: I’m a visual arts minor. First of all, it keeps me sane. It’s completely different from sitting in a lab or lecture hall; it’s much more creative and active. It also happens to complement my major very well, especially since I’m such a visual learner. I remember in my freshman year, my professor told me that I was welcome to use a big piece of paper in her room, and so I did! I drew out every single biological process, and it really helped me learn the material. I learned a lot about color coordination and different color theories and patterns and how they help you be more visually receptive to things and remember them more easily. And it works for me!

 

Wheel: That was an awesome example of a way that you were able to apply art to biology. Has the reverse ever happened?

Johnson: In one of my drawing classes at Oxford, we had a unit on nude compositions, which focused a lot on anatomical particularities. It was really cool because I was really familiar with human anatomy since I was also in a human physiology class. We also did drawings of the human skeleton and visually, that made it easier for me to approach my drawings.

Wheel: Bio is a pretty popular major at Emory, as I’m sure you know. Has that ever intimidated you? Do you find it to be a competitive major? 

Johnson: I do think that it is a very competitive major. However, the way that the biology major is set up makes it so that each student has his or her own journey; you get to make it your own, essentially. Besides the core requirements, there’s a wide variety of courses to choose from, which means that no two biology majors are the same, and I love that. I feel like, at Emory, we tend to compare ourselves to others in terms of academic performance, but I feel like this is one major (probably among a lot of others) that has so much diversity within it that there isn’t as much competition. Biology majors’ course choices are, in way, a reflection of themselves and their unique personal interests. For instance, a biology major with an interest in ecology will have a much different experience than one with an interest in human physiology.

 

Wheel: In your opinion, what is the key to being a successful bio major? 

Johnson: Two big things: balance and optimism. Science is a lot — for anyone. I feel like the biggest thing is juggling all of the different components of the field in order to complete them and do them successfully. Be realistic, figure out what works for you, stick to that and don’t overwhelm yourself. The second thing is optimism, just because it’s hard. It’s really hard. But you have to be positive about your entire learning experience. I think Emory does a great job at promoting a liberal arts education in general, which helped me to be optimistic and to think, “This a great opportunity for me to get knowledge; to get a great education.” I might be struggling, other people might be struggling, but we’re all in the same boat so you can’t beat yourself up over small things. The reality is that this is a very difficult major to complete. That being said, it’s doable. Plenty of people have done it. A positive attitude really goes a long way.

 

Wheel: So, you’re a senior and you probably dread this question, but I have to ask: what are your post-graduation plans? 

Johnson: I want to go to nursing school (hopefully through Emory’s accelerated program) and then ultimately become a midwife. I’m actually in the process of applying to different nursing programs in the metro Atlanta area.

 

Wheel: What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about majoring in biology? 

Johnson: I’m all about purpose. If you’re truly passionate about biology, then it’s definitely for you. Your major should be something that you’re not only interested in, but also something that you’re interested in diving deeper and deeper into and gaining more and more insight in. I never get bored of bio. Everything about it is just so intriguing to me.

You don’t have to be an expert at “speaking the language” or spitting out random facts — you just have to love it. If your major doesn’t get you really excited about learning, you should ask yourself why you’re doing it.

—By Leila Varzi

 

ask a major

Meet Geraldine Nabeta, an Emory College junior and a German studies major. She came to Emory with a deep interest in furthering her understanding of German literature and culture and has been studying German ever since.

Nabeta describes the German studies curriculum as “rigorous.” Though she was allowed to opt out of certain prerequisite classes in German using her IB scores, Nabeta mentions that the Department of German Studies maintains a very language-intensive program.

“German is not an easy language to learn,” Nabeta said. “It’s expected that you take the necessary classes to prepare yourself for higher level language training.”

Certain required classes for the major can also be used to satisfy Emory’s general education requirements, such as German 301 and 302, which are writing classes. According to Nabeta, it is a very engaging major and the intensity is designed so that students are immersed in German culture and gain proficiency in the language. But a German Studies major goes beyond the classroom learning experience.

“The German Department has weekly lunch meetings where students get to speak in German about anything,” Nabeta said. “We go to Zoe’s Kitchen, or Chipotle, or Cox and even the professors come to join us.”

The Department of German Studies also encourages its students to partake in study abroad programs and internships. Nabeta herself applied to RISE Germany, a summer program that provides students with the opportunity to conduct medical research at premier research institutions in Germany.

“I applied to do research on cancer and psychosis,” Nabeta said, “but RISE Germany offers a lot of other options.”

Nabeta was also keen to mention Emory in Vienna, another summer program where students can study German literature and culture in classes taught by faculty from both Emory and the University of Vienna in Austria.

Fortunately for German studies majors, studying German language and culture also opens up many future job opportunities. The German carmakers BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz all have headquarters in Atlanta. Porsche in particular is intent on offering Emory students opportunities to work with the company.

Additionally, for those interested in health-related fields, Germany champions the development of cutting-edge surgical and medical technologies.

“German companies are always keen to hire individuals who show an interest in Germany, so knowing German language and culture is only to your advantage,” Nabeta said. “The Department of German Studies here at Emory has been named a Center for Excellence, meaning it’s one of the best in the country. In other words, you’re in really, really good hands.”

Overall, Nabeta’s experience with the Department of German Studies has been one for the books.

“The faculty really wants to throw out the stereotype that you can’t do anything with a language major, and it shows it in the way they teach us,” she said. “One professor, Hiram Maxim, is basically my unofficial adviser. I’ve never had a class with him but I go to him for everything, whether it’s about my schedule or applying for scholarships. He always helped me, regardless.”

In the near future, Nabeta wants to begin mentoring other students learning the German language.

“I want to get rid of the notion that German is a harsh language, because it’s so interesting,” she said.

To Nabeta, her major in German studies has made all the difference in her college career, and she encourages all who are interested to look into joining the department.

“I personally know around 20 to 25 students majoring in German studies,” she said. “So we are always happy to see new faces in the department!”

— By Ricardo Pagulayan

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August 23, 2014. It was a day anticipated by thousands. Parents let go of their adult-sized babies amidst tears and the Emory community prepped its campus and resources for the most dynamic renewal of the year.

August 23 was a date to remember for the more than 1000 first-year students who officially moved into Emory College to be part of the Class of 2018.

Fully clad in their upside-down maps and “EMORY UNIVERSITY” lanyards, the newbies on campus weren’t hard to spot. Still, they grouped together and trudged through (arguably) the most stressful day of freshman year, managing to weave through new friends, new independence and, ultimately, a new home.

Move-in day was just the beginning of a journey that I, a first-year student myself, am beginning to call the “Freshman Experience.” And although it can be argued that every year of college comes with its own respective “journey,” the freshman experience is the foundation for the three that follow.

From the first few days of Orientation to the heartfelt Creating Emory sessions, we were pulled into the Emory community the minute we stepped on campus.

“My OL (Orientation Leader) made my first week a little less stressful by making me feel welcome,” freshman Andy Dong said. “She was really enthusiastic and just really happy to be there helping us.”

The morals and standards shared here were instilled into us by the dedicated (and surprisingly perky) upperclassmen guiding us through every step. This extended into the various Creating Emory sessions.

“Creating Emory really helped me find my inner self and feel like I belong here at Emory,” freshman Christian Meyer said.

“Only when Creating Emory began did I truly feel comfortable at this prestigious university,” Jake Duel agreed, as Christian silently nodded his head next to him.

And then came Songfest: a whole gym full of freshman screaming at the top of their lungs, each for a different team, each with a different chant. As we watched each other dance on the floor, we threw up our hands in response to insults from other halls and convinced ourselves that we were better than the rest. We watched Dooley in action for the very first time, and left with both victory and loss under our belts.

After struggling through OPUS appointments and Add/Drop/Swap, we were introduced into the world of college classes — a realm that the vast majority of us dreaded entering. Still, after a few weeks of adjusting to the expectations and course loads, many of us had positive hopes for the remainder of the semester.

“I like the freedom of being able to choose my own classes. In high school, I was bound by a certain set of requirements, and now I am finally allowed to explore my different interests,” freshman Monica Schweizer said. And that, largely, is true for the vast majority of the freshman class. With most of its members coming from the top of their respective high school classes, the class of 2018 is beginning to learn what it means to truly be challenged and pushed to new mental and educational limits.

Following, a topic that is close to us all: the DUC.

“They have surprisingly good food, and the staff treats me like I am family,” freshman Peter Zheng said. This opinion seems to be shared throughout the freshman class.

Still, some freshmen choose to steer clear of the meal plan and explore the other dietary options on campus. Freshman Deion Love echoed this statement (almost regretfully) by admitting to having “only 77 Dooley Dollars left.”

All in all, freshman year has barely manifested itself.

It is the beginning of a new crossroad, the beginning of what is said to be the “best four years” of our lives and the official beginning of our adult lives. We may still get lost on the way to class and forget to check Blackboard for our homework. We may still have trouble finding time for both work and play or figuring out how to use the waffle maker at the DUC. We may still be completely confused about where the next four years will take us. But honestly, we should be.

We should be branching out, making new friends and learning things we never thought we would.

We should be lost and curious and learning to fit in, just as the freshman class before us was and the freshman class after us will be.

So here’s to us, Class of 2018. Here’s to us and the next four years.

— By Sunidhi Ramesh

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Emory students arrived back on campus to some new changes this year, such as the Woodruff Library and the Dobbs University Mail Center. However, Emory Village has also shook things up a bit. The restaurant formerly known as Doc Chey’s Noodle House, a Village staple, has changed its name to Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl. The seating and interior remains almost identical, but the menu has become streamlined and customizable, offering healthier and fresher dishes for about the same prices of old.

Dragon Bowl has now taken on what seems to be a popular business model for upscale fast food.  As you wait in line, you choose an option in each of the four categories (Style, Base, Meat, Veggie) and build your meal before ordering at the counter. It looks like Dragon Bowl is taking notes from Chipotle’s business model by offering a few options in each category, and then letting the customer decide how he or she wants to combine them. That is probably the best part about this restaurant concept, the way you can combine flavors. The main difference is that Chipotle builds the meal as you walk down the line, whereas you order with a cashier at Dragon Bowl, and your food is then brought to your table.

So, enough about the concept. How does it taste? Clearly the quality of the ingredients is an upgrade, but portion size takes a hit. As a whole, the Asian food tastes great and is most definitely fresh.  However, certain items should be changed. The chicken is very fatty and chewy — not what I would expect when everything else is so clean. Also, the dumplings are described as pan-fried but seem to be hardly anything more than steamed. I love steamed dumplings as well, but I, as well as others, were mislead by the description on the menu.

Lastly, I would suggest that Dragon Bowl add some more dishes to the starters.  Currently, it just offers two types of dumplings and edamame. Since you have to wait for your food to come out (unlike Chipotle), I think having more starters would be a great way to expand the menu and create a slightly longer dining experience. The drink menu has been expanded, though, with different beers, sakes and teas to choose from.

Overall, it is exciting to construct the plate by choosing different combinations, but some just do not work together. The cashier will help guide you if you find yourself stuck between two options or are unsure which veggies go best with the style you chose.

The move toward an increasingly streamlined and healthy menu is a smart one for the Doc Chey’s brand. According to their website, they serve locally grown and seasonal ingredients, which is a popular move among a younger crowd of diners who increasingly demand fresher and healthier food. I believe the renovation of the menu will keep Dragon Bowl relevant, especially among Emory students’ short list of frequented restaurants within walking distance of campus.

— By Ethan Samuels

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Photo by Hayley Silverstein/Contributing Writer. College freshmen Greta Luna-Priego (LEFT) and Safiyah Bharwani (RIGHT) hold up their tickets in excitement as they look forward to experiencing their first Music Midtown.

While the weather may say otherwise, autumn is fast approaching, and Music Midtown is becoming the traditional headliner for the end of summer. Since Music Midtown’s revival in 2011, some of the best rock, alternative, rap and pop acts in the world have been coming to Atlanta to serenade festivalgoers at Piedmont Park.

While freshmen will miss out on the festival due to ignorance of its existence, and other students will say the tickets are too expensive (to that I can only say that it is cheaper than seeing all of the acts individually), those that are attending the festival are going to experience the best two days of music in Atlanta.

As an Atlanta native and a regular at Music Midtown, I believe that I am qualified to help you survive the festival from when the gates open on Sept. 19 at 4:00 p.m. to when you officially lose your voice at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night when you watch Eminem or the Zac Brown Band take their final bow.

Stay Hydrated
This seems pretty obvious, but you will be miserable if you forget to drink water. You are allowed one factory-sealed bottle of water or one empty water bottle when you enter (Music Midtown isn’t falling for your water that somehow tastes and smells like vodka or tequila, so don’t even think about it). Drink two gallons (or 16 cups for those who can’t do the math) of water 24 hours before the festival, so you start the weekend hydrated. And, no, alcohol does not count as a hydrating liquid.

Alcohol (21+ only)
You can buy drinks from vendors at the festival, just be prepared to spend too much money on a beer. If you are sneaky, you can try hiding a flask of your favorite beverage on your body, but don’t be obvious about it (no one has a flask-shaped tumor). Make sure you pace yourself in terms of drinking. You don’t want to be blackout drunk at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday for two reasons: you wasted your money on a festival you won’t remember, and your friends will hate you because they had to take care of you.

Dress Accordingly
Dress for the weather, and don’t be that person in a $300 outfit and high heels in the pouring rain and mud (you may look cute, but also really stupid). Be creative and fun with your outfit, just make sure it is comfortable, and you are okay if it gets ruined.

Plan Ahead
Pick out who you want to see before you go so you don’t miss your favorite acts. If you are going with a group of people, whoever the majority wants to see is the act that you go to (sorry, but this is America, and we are a democracy). You can be one of those people who stay at one stage the entire day in order to get the best spot for that one band you are obsessed with, but it is better to be towards the back singing your heart out with all of the bands you love than to spend the day waiting around and awkwardly singing along to songs you don’t know for that one hour you see your favorite act. Being the tech savvy generation that we are, Music Midtown has an official app that will make sure you don’t miss anything.

What to Bring
Remember: KISS (keep it simple, stupid). The essentials consist of: a water bottle, sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses you are okay with potentially losing or breaking, cash, a small bag to keep everything in, a blanket if you prefer to sit on the hill and just chill and your ticket.

Girls, even though you think you will touch up your makeup, you won’t. If you do wear makeup, make sure it is waterproof. Guys, actually bring a bag or a backpack even if you think it looks lame because you cannot fit everything in your pockets, and you will probably lose something if you try to.

The most important thing about Music Midtown is to have a good time, and if you fall asleep with your ears ringing and an exhausted smile on your face, you did just that.​

— By Hayley Silverstein

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Dear Doolina,

I want to wear crocs with socks because they’re comfortable. But my friends keep oppressing me. What do I do?

Sincerely,
Socked in the croc

Dear Socked in the croc,

Here’s a haiku filled to the iambic pentameter with advice:
Wear your crocs with socks
You do you and I won’t mock
Like pirate hat kid

Delightfully,
Doolina

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Dear Doolina,

I’m going to a networking session and the dress code is business casual. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

Sincerely,
New to Networking

Dear New to Networking,

Congratulations! You’ve entered the world of the phonies (Holden Caufield would have some choice words for you!). Networking is a necessary evil in today’s world — well, only if you want to get a job, that is.

I’m assuming you’re asking about the female business casual dress code because males have it a lot easier in this regard (button down shirt, nice pants and decent shoes). For women, the options are plenty, and that’s where the problems start.

First of all, there’s a sort of spectrum of business casual, ranging from more casual to more business-y. A dress that’s one step up from a sundress, paired with the right jacket or cardigan can work wonderfully. You can’t go wrong with neutral colors and a pair of nice dress pants with a slightly more casual top either. I always bring some kind of jacket along with me too — you can easily make your outfit more dressy by adding a jacket, and it’s nice to have some flexibility when you’re not sure what everyone else is wearing.

When you get to the event, see what everyone’s wearing and reassess, but don’t worry. They’re really just looking to see if you have unyielding charm, a perfect GPA and a smorgasbord of extracurricular activities that are unique but still bland enough to be acceptable. Good luck!

Delightfully,
Doolina

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Dear Doolina,

Over the summer, before arriving at Emory in the fall, I bought a whole new wardrobe. Now that I’m here, I feel like I hate everything I bought and don’t want to wear any of it. What should I do?

Sincerely,
Fashion Fanatic

Dear Fashion Fanatic,

It seems to me you have three options:
1) Embrace your natural self and become a nudist.
2) Donate and/or sell your entire wardrobe and buy a brand new set of everything.
3) Make do with what you have. College is about being resourceful, learning about yourself, and coming to terms with who you really are. Also about being cheap, because tuition is expensive. You can keep your clothes and re-work them to fit the kind of style you want, or go to a thrift store (Rag-o-Rama, Last Chance Thrift Store and Buffalo Exchange are all great choices) to reinvent your look without emptying your wallet.

In the end, it’s true that your fashion represents who you are to the world and your clothing choices do matter. But there are ways to give your wardrobe a makeover without traveling all the way to Narnia and breaking the bank.

I personally endorse option number one, but I’m a skeleton and we’re nudists to the bone.

Delightfully,
Doolina

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Dear Doolina,

Are leggings pants? I and all other college females are dying to know.

Sincerely,
Lovin’ my leggings

Dear Lovin’ my leggins,

Yes, leggings are pants. And I’m not pulling your leg(ging) on this one.

Delightfully,
Doolina

Sometimes I’m that annoying girl who wears things “ironically.”

I know, I know, hipsterdom is so mainstream now, and by saying that I just sound like a, ehem, effing hipster, but fashion is more than fitting into specific genres, trends or movements; fashion is an intersection of art, culture, history, personal expression and if you want, politics.

So sometimes I wear a black and white sweater that reads “Bourgeois” across the front.

I want to make something very, very clear, particularly for those who have seen me on campus and seriously wondered why the hell I wear it (because I am sure the majority of the student population think about this): I don’t support the upper middle-class and I heavily criticize the American capitalist economy as well as profit-maximizing business models.

Let me rephrase – I don’t believe in the exploitation of the majority for the benefit of a few, nor am I a supporter of the bourgeoisie. Instead, I would consider myself on the complete opposite side of the political spectrum. That is, to put it simply, as left as you can get.

I don’t enjoy labels, particularly ones that pigeonhole myself into a specific political party, so let’s just say I align with many anarcha-communist ideologies. Whatever that means.

The point is, I wear the sweater because I represent the exact opposite. That doesn’t make a lot of sense and relies on the assumption that many people actually know me, but that’s just it, those of you who do know me well understand the point I am trying to get across, and some of those who don’t have sparked conversations with me about it.

That’s right, an article of clothing has resulted in heated political debate. Don’t get me wrong – I understand the hypocrisy inherent in me simply wearing my sweater: I went to a store, presumably with a car that I was able to put gas in, purchased the commodity and now have the privilege of wearing at an elite university where many people at least know what the word is.

But at least I’ve used the privilege I have to represent something I strongly believe in. As Walt Whitman said: “If I contradict myself, then I contradict myself. I am
great. I contain multitudes.” He also said something like “It’s pretty sweet when people turn fashion into politics.” I’m kidding. That was Ralph Waldo Emerson. I’m kidding again.

Fashion can be politics and politics can be fashion, it just depends on how you go about framing it.

— By Priyanka Krishnamurthy

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