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Spring 2011 issue of aThEENs, the newsmagazine for and about teenagers of Athens, Georgia. A publication of Geoffrey Graybeal's News Editing & Production (JOUR 3510) course in the

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  1. 1. aThEENsSPRING 2011 A new mAgAzine just for And feAturing Athens teensAthens teensGo Green teenFrom ecofashions toeating organically Bthe decline? On loGGinG pg. 14 & 15 pg. 8 Athens Youth sYmphonY Gearing up for its next performance pg. 26
  2. 2. Too young to go to the bars and clubs, too close to be wowed by the University of Georiga campus, and too indifferent to cheer for the Dawgs, Athens’ teens have a completely different aThEENs? view of the town. They know Athens to be a place of incredible diversity - both racially and economically. With a poverty rate hovering around 30 percent, they know it to be an “inner- city” comparable to bigger cities like Atlanta. They know it to be home of the “Gladiators and the “Jaguars.” Most importantly, they care about this town in a way college students cannont understand, because this is truly their home. aThEENs is a magazine for Athens teens. It’s about issues teenagers face, some specific to Ath- ens and others applicable to all teens. It’s about what Athens teens do - for fun and for work. It’s about the high schools, the focal point for any teenager. And it’s about the future, because contrary to many Georgia students, Athens teens do hope to leave the Classic City someday. So dig in and hopefully you’ll find aThEENs informative, fun and specially for you. Also, hit up the website at for more content, including video. - The aThEENs staffThe Staff Lilly Workneh Crissinda Ponder Devon Young Maggie SiuCo-Editor, Media & Co-Editor, Media & Co-Editor, Media & Media & TechnologyTechnology writer Technology writer Technology writer writer Sydney Kida Sarah Page Maxwell Kerry Boyles Satyam KaswalaEnvironment Writer Environment Writer Environment Writer Environment Writer Meg Goggans Meredith Seay Keir Bridges Michael Barone Health Writer Health Writer Health Writer Health Writer Patricia Miranda Nick Sobrilsky Jen Ingles Andrea KingCommunity Writer Community Writer Community Writer Community Writer
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  4. 4. 4 Media & Technology Technology Make Classrooms SMAR “Today’s students are used to using technology and we have to engage the students in a way that they are used to,” Beggs said. Although technology use could be limited in secondary school systems, institutions of higher learning make sure that students are receiving a 21st Century education, which includes a reliance on technology. “I think higher education has been leading the way, we’ve been adopting much faster than K-12 [schools], but I think they are trying to catch up,” Beggs said. Marc Ginsberg, an English teacher at Cedar Shoals High School, uses several forms of technology in his classes to en- gage students. “All of the things that a “Multimedia makes lot of people would have done at one or it so much easier two points in high school on for faculty to bring their own for a project you different kinds of can do in your classroom now, content to their stu- pretty easily,” Ginsberg said. Ginsberg dents.” assigns projects for his students - Thomas Beggs, UGA to bring out their creativity throughout the school year, including record- Thomas Beggs poses with what he calls the “standard ing Othello soundtracks, and generating sound slides using model” of technology in classrooms around UGA campus. Microsoft Photo Story. Photo by Crissinda Ponder “I think it’s more enjoyable, for both myself and the stu- S dents, to offer those kinds of assignments because it’s a long year and I can only read the same essay on Othello so many By Crissinda Ponder times, and they can only write the same kind of assignment so many times,” he said. chools are relying on multimedia to give Every classroom at Cedar Shoals is equipped with an LCD students alternative platforms for learn- projector, a SMART board, a DVD/VHS player and wireless ing— both in and outside the classroom. connectivity. Each department has a cart of laptops that can be Gadgets and gizmos, projectors and checked out for class use. PCs, screens and SMART boards – teachers The school also has a set of digital cameras, iPods and may have banned these from classrooms SMART response systems, which are similar to clickers. before, but they are making their way back “You have to change it up to let different students show in today. their understanding in different ways, otherwise, it’s going to “Multimedia makes it so much easier for decrease motivation,” Ginsberg said. faculty to bring different kinds of content When Beggs came to the University in 2003, only about 30 to their students,” said Tom Beggs, coordinator of classroom percent of classrooms had technology. Today, technology is support in the University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and present in 96 percent of the classrooms on campus. Learning. He said most UGA classrooms are equipped with a “stan- Now that we are in the digital age, the technology teachers dard model,” which includes a LCD projector, a Blu-ray player would normally confiscate is getting its use in education. and a document camera. The more basic forms of multimedia – VHS tapes, and old school overhead projectors – are being replaced by SMART boards, laptops and much more.
  5. 5. es High SchoolRTer “We’ve come a long way,” Beggs said. Check out the multimedia feature at! “For the last eight years we’ve been very busy trying to work with faculty to find out what it is they want, how to improve the technology they use and how they want to use it.” Several instructors allow personal laptop use in class and often use com- puters during instruction to go through PowerPoint presentations, audio and video clips. Marguerite “Peggy” Brickman, an associate professor of plant biology, uses alternative forms of instruction on a daily basis. For instance, her classes use audience response systems, or clickers, daily. “I think if you just sat in the class and you’re kind of taking notes, you have this false feeling of, ‘I got it, I got it,’ it isn’t until you see a question you’re like, ‘I don’t know what she’s talking about,’” she said. “The clickers are more of having [the students] practice their understand- ing of what we’re talking about,” she said. Because Brickman’s class sizes can exceed 300, it’s important for her to hold Peggy Brickman operates the projector and computer screen from the head of her her students’ attention. biology lecture. Photo by Crissinda Ponder. “I definitely feel like [the students] re- spond to visuals of all kinds, especially animations or video clips,” Brickman said. “Students don’t really want to sit there and just passively absorb what the instructor at the front is teaching; they kind of want to be actively engaged in learning and doing something.” Beggs said using multimedia has more benefits when compared to lecture-only instruction. “Instead of just saying it, you can give visual examples of what you are talking about,” he said. The Center for Teaching and Learn- ing is thinking about what technologies will be implemented on campus in the near future. “Technology is used heavily on this campus every day,” Beggs said. “I think we’re at a point where we are kind of slowly evolving, and I think that bringing in content and people from a distance using video conferencing tech- Cedar Shoals teacher Marc Ginsberg’s classroom SMART board projecting the nologies is the next step.” daily agenda. Photo by Crissinda Ponder Page designed by Kerry Boyles
  6. 6. 6 Media & Technology Teen Jobs How Athens Teens Can Get Hired K By Nicholas Sobrilsky aThEENs staff aeli Jones position will often not get knows about work, he said, and they persistence. should not anticipate high The 19-year- salary jobs while still in high old said school. she started “They’re not going to get Martin Hogan, 19, a student food looking rich on the first job,” he said. for retail Some Clarke Central High services worker at the University of jobs at age School students have not only found Georgia in his employee uniform. 16 but found no open positions for work but must work so many hours Photo by Nicholsas Sobrilsky. two years. She enrolled in a class on that they have trouble keeping possible workplaces. business, in which she built a resume and up with their studies. Sam Hicks, Jones said teenagers should “find practiced interview techniques. But her department chair of counseling at Clarke a place that will go along with your applications were rejected three times for Central High School, said teachers will schedule.” her lack of work experience, and in one often send those students to his office for Clarke Central students who want afternoon, she drove to three different advice on balancing school and work. more personal guidance through the businesses for interviews. “There are a lot of kids here [at the job search, application and interview “You can get really frustrated,” she school] who have to work 30, 40 hours to processes can visit the school’s career said. support their family,” he said. center. But even with school aid, Hicks With an unemployment rate Students who want to work but have said, persistence might not be enough. in Georgia of more than 10 percent, a less dire need, Hicks said, should fill “Since the economy went south three according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor out applications to many businesses, years ago, those jobs for kids aren’t there Statistics, and competition from adults form networks with peers and possible anymore,” he said. laid off during the recession, teenagers employers, and show persistence with in Athens face strong difficulties Jones eventually landed a job. finding a job. Knowing how to approach the job search as a teenager will help teens gain the Can Teens Make Green? work experience they need for $7.25 future jobs. The minimum wage in the Roy Adams, 51, co-owner United States as of July 24, 2009 of the Adairsville, Ga. thrift store Heavenly Hand Me Downs, The unemployment receives 10 to 12 job applications rate among people ages 16 from teenagers each semester. He and older in Georgia in Jan. 10.4 percent said that a teenager applicant’s 2011, seasonally adjusted. The knowledge is less important than national unemployment rate for their willingness to learn and put this age group was 9.0 forth effort. “You can usually tell if they’re lazy,” he said. Adams expects his workers both to be dependable and responsible and to provide their own transportation. Teenagers who do not show genuine interest in the
  7. 7. 7 Media & Technology Love at First Click Athens Teens Explore Online Dating By Maggie Siu G aThEENs Staff one are the days of meeting your potential date they’re Lexi Hall checks her Facebook account in at school, church, the movies or even the mall. interested in. between classes. Photo by Maggie Siu. There is no longer the hesitation before reaching Social for the home line phone to ask for a date. When networking sites have made it easier to learn more about who it comes to meeting new people and finding new interests you. “Facebook is a socially acceptable way to stalk interests, technology has made it more effective than going out or people you meet. You’re naturally going to want to know if the boy joining multiple organizations to reach others. Instead of meeting or girl you met at a party last night is in a relationship,” said Orr. new friends through mutual ones, you can friend each other on Not only has social media helped people meet, it has also Facebook or mention each other on Twitter. Friends can Skype maintained couples’ relationships. Long distance seems more and see each other without actually meeting up. manageable when Skype allows webcam use or when Facebook However, cyber-dating also poses disadvantages. Users can shows new photo albums. easily lie about their age, appearance or location. They can post “[Social media] allows you to keep tabs on what [your misleading photos or skew their interests or traits. According significant other] is up to,” said Lexi Hall, a 19-year-old to a survey done by Northwestern University, approximately 45 sophomore at the University of Georgia. “It sounds awful, but percent of 65 surveyed users reported problems with significant having a long distance relationship is difficult.” others that were caused by facebook. While it’s usually reserved for Hall, who is currently engaged to a U.S. Navy sailor, frequents adults, younger users are beginning to utilize social networks for Facebook and recently started a Twitter account. Her fiancé is meeting people and maintaining existing relationships. currently stationed in Pensacola, Fla., but she says social media “Sadly, some individuals do not consider themselves to be in a has made their relationship more manageable. relationship until it’s announced via their social networking site,” “It has made it so much easier to communicate and feel closer said Asher Orr, a 16-year-old student at Jefferson High School to one another. Sometimes someone will post a comment on my in Jefferson, Ga. “Couples often wall or photo on Facebook, and deliberately post certain materials on he’ll ask questions, but we’re really their partner’s wall to display a public open with each other,” said Hall. image.” As these social media sites For some teens, the decision continue to gain popularity, they to become “Facebook official” has are also changing the dynamics of become as important as the decision dating in the 21st century. Social to date in the first place. The question media tools sound appealing of becoming Facebook official is when it comes to advancing more common now than actually communication and allowing more becoming an official couple. For some, freedom to learn about others. the status simply does not define the However, with these changes, there relationship, but rather spreads the are also complications on how news quickly to the public. to maintain a relationship in the As for meeting new people, social networking world. Facebook suggests new friends Now instead of going steady, and similar interests to other users. we’re going Facebook official. Twitter has a section to suggest We’re not having friends seek out followers that you have in common relationship statuses because we with current followers. Blogs often can read them on profiles. We’re share links or connect through tags advancing to messaging programs for users to find and discuss similar to talk instead of picking up the topics with each other. Social media phone. We’re poking crushes on connects all of us, whether we’re facebook, retweeting them on aware of it or not. According to Zogby Twitter, calling them on Skype, Interactive, research shows 94 percent or commenting on photos from of Facebook users often use the Flickr. networking site to check out someone Page designed by Sydney Kida
  8. 8. 8 Media & Technology Battle of the Blogs By Lilly Workneh “Any technology is better than paper through engaging in the activity. aThEENs Staff and pencil,” said Mark Ginsberg, a “The blog has been such a blessing to literature teacher at Cedar Shoals High my life,” said Sophia Danner-Okotie, a School. Ginsberg has incorporated blog- 19-year-old University of Georgia sopho- It has been a gruesome battle: Many ging into his teaching lessons to allow more. Okotie’s blog, Fresher Fash, focuses blogs have fallen and tweets currently students to be part of a virtual commu- on her creative expression in styling and stand in victory as teenagers move to- nity and post their writing clips online. designing outfits. “Styling myself has ward Twitter and abandon their blogs. “I think that blogging will allow them to given me the inspiration to style others.” It is no secret: When it comes to find- keep writing. Most of them are new to There are many motives behind blog- ing out information, many of us want it the virtual community aspect and I think ging. Many teenagers see it as a way of to be short, clear and to the point. After they’ll like that.” self-expression, some find it as a way of all, isn’t that the genius mastermind plot Yet, encouraging students to blog releasing their thoughts and anticipating behind Twitter becoming so popular? outside of the classroom has proven feedback, and others think of it as a great Many take this to mean that the good particularly difficult and Ginsberg also way to build an online portfolio of their ole’ use of blogging is becoming extinct sees a decline in blogging and a shift to interests, hobbies and talents. among teenagers, as many of them resort more popular sites such as Twitter and “I have posted some of my styling on to “micro-blogging” on sites such as Facebook. the blog and received amazing reviews, Facebook and Twitter, where this form of “I think students just don’t have the but most of all, I began to build a port- expression is generally shown. time to blog as much these days and folio for a possible career in the fashion “I just don’t think I’m that interest- many don’t have In- ing to blog about,” said Maegan Scott, a ternet access in their 17-year-old senior at Cedar Shoals High homes,” Ginsberg School in Athens, Ga. “I find it interest- said. “I also think ing that people think they’re that inter- entertainment plays esting to blog about.” a factor. Many stu- Research conducted between 2006 and dents would rather 2009 showed that bloggers between the choose sites such as ages of 12 to 17 fell by half, leaving it now Facebook and Twit- at only 14 percent of children between ter because they are these ages who actively blog, according simpler, easier and to a recent New York Times article. entertaining.” Instead, teenagers are more active on Although many sites such as Facebook and Twitter where students are not as many find easier ways to socialize and receptive to blog- stay connected with friends. ging as others, some “Tweeting takes less brainpower do find it enjoyable which is why I think this generation and consider it to enjoys it,” Scott said. “Twitter limits you be a valuable lesson to 140 characters so if people don’t care in writing. Some Sophie Danner-Okotie, 19, is a sophomore at the University about what you have to say, they don’t students enjoy the of Georgia, who enjoys publishing post to her fashion blog, waste much time reading it.” closer sense of com- Fresher Fash, along with spending time on other social Many teenagers have turned away munity it brings in from blogging due to the time commit- such a vast world. media sites. ment required in writing lengthy posts. “It enhances the Some feel as though their work goes un- feel of the classroom,” Smith said. “Soci- styling industry,” Okotie said. noticed due to a lack of a large following. ety is growing technologically and I think There are many benefits blogging has However, those who do continue to that writing on the Internet passageway to offer. Along with discovering a sense blog, do so with a passion that disregards is another way to spread the word and of self, finding comfort in self-expres- a care for their number of blog followers, build a closer environment.” sion, and relating to others on similar reposts or page views. Smith enjoys blogging both inside and likes and viewpoints, blogging provides “I consider blogging as a pathway of outside the classroom, often publishing an outlet that allows teens to persevere expression,” said Alex Smith, an 18-year- many of his writing clips focused on a and take pride in their individuality. old senior at Cedar Shoals. “I love pre- variety of topics ranging from political The battle is ongoing and perhaps senting myself and getting my opinions analyses to college football. blogs will soon be armed with a powerful out there.” “I post my opinions on some kind of weapon that will bring greater competi- Teachers have encouraged blogging in disposition dealing with society,” Smith tion to Twitter and Facebook. Regard- the classroom as a way to create an open said. “I enjoy talking about both positive less, those who enjoy the true purpose forum and allow students to be techno- and negative aspects.” of blogging and all it has to offer have logically aware of the different inven- Despite the decline, blogging will already found victory. tions of expressing themselves via social always remain a favorite pastime of those media. who enjoy the benefits and advantages Page designed by Sarah Page Maxwell
  9. 9. 9 HealthCool TreatsHeat DebateAthens teens choose: Yoforia vs. Yoguri By Keir Bridges aThEENs staff Major newspapers and food andhealth blogs nationwide have been noting $3.95, while at Yoforia, customers receive a tub they may fill with multiple flavors and toppings for 39 cents per ounce. Original is probably ordered the most, but many people are dedicated to one flavor in particular. Taro [a root vegetable] has beenthe rise in frozen yogurt’s popularity as a “I think Yoguri has better tasting yogurt,” one of our biggest hits. Many people havedessert, often citing health benefits as op- Smith, who has frequented both shops, said, never tried anything taro-flavored beforeposed to other frozen desserts as the cause. “but Yoforia is cheaper, and you get more, and are intrigued because it tastes so dif-The increase in national chains, such as and there’s better variety of flavors.” ferent from anything else. It offers a newPinkberry, has been a subject of discussion For Yoguri, its College Avenue location experience.”as well. in downtown Athens could also affect its Hitchcock said she prefers the original With the opening of Yoforia and the con- customers. topped with a variety of fruits such as kiwi,tinued popularity of Yoguri, frozen yogurt “It’s pretty popular with both [teenagers strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries.shops are also on the rise in Athens. and college students], but in this town it’s “I really like their mango in either place,” Local teenagers have different opinions often the college kids we see the most. There said Smith.on the reasons for frozen yogurt’s recent is also quite a large group of adults who Dasher said she enjoys working in thesurge. come in on a regular basis, especially earlier yogurt shop, because “It’s really fun to “The health aspect. People think it’s okay in the day before the college kids get out of see all the different types of people. I loveto indulge in that since it’s supposedly better bed,” said Dasher. meeting new people and I get to do that afor you than ice cream,” said Audrey Smith, As for the most popular type of yogurt lot there. I especially love when our regulara 15-year-old Cedar Shoals High School ordered “It’s so hard to say,” said Dasher. costumers come in. A lot of them are veryfreshman, while browsing at the Athens- “There are huge fans of all of the flavors. nice and fun to talk to.”Clarke County Library. Ivy Hitchcock, a 13-year-old who is Frozen Yogurt: A Frozen Yogurt Ice Creamhomeschooled in Athens, had a different Healthier Option?take. Shaking her head, she said, “Tastesgood. I don’t think we [teenagers] re-ally care if it’s healthy. The healthy part’s abonus.” Made With Yogurt Cream “A little of both. I think that since it’s arelatively new phenomenon many peopleare still trying it out, and the ones who dotry it often love it,” said University of Geor-gia freshman and Athens Academy graduate Fat Content Less fat, but fat-free 10-18 percentRose Dasher, 18, an employee of Yoguri. “It’s yogurts may have moresort of a novelty. People like to experience sugarnew things. Also, we do often get peoplewho come in for the health benefits. It’shard to find a treat like that that’s actually Cultures Yogurt is fermented, Ice cream is not fermented, sogood for you.” meaning that live these beneficial cultures are Smith and Hitchcock agreed that frozen bacterial cultures are not present.yogurt is popular among teenagers. added to milk. These “Definitely, yeah,” said Smith. cultures are beneficial. “Very,” said Hitchcock. Dasher said the price can be a factor in Lactose Content Contains enzymes that Does not contain thesethe number of teenagers they see. “Since it make digestion easier, enzymes.can be pricey, I think it’s often a matter of especially for lactose-who can afford it. So if there is a high school intolerant people.kid who gets money from their parents,then they’re going to be able to come in Sugar Content More sugar Less sugarpretty often,” she said. Price can also affect a teen’s decision Sources:  about which yogurt shop to visit. At Yoguri, a small, plain yogurt with the Page designed by Andrea Kingcustomer’s choice of two toppings costs
  10. 10. 10 Health Organic Eating Athens strives for better living through farming, restaurants By Keir Bridges aThEENs Staff In Athens, consum- ers seeking organic and locally-grown foods have a number of options. Dianne Simpson, a Wat- kinsville resident with two sons, Alexander and Ben- jamin, attending Oconee County High School, says that books and documen- tary films influenced her decision to feed her family more organic and locally- grown foods. She says that, aside from the health benefits, the inhumane treatment of the animals in commercial farms discussed in these books and documentaries was a large factor in her The specials board at organic restaurant Farm 255, located at 255 West Washington St. decision. The Simpson family’s and his brother Timothy, an Oconee was “Yummy!” produce and meat are all organic, in Middle School student, affirming that They also noted, however, that it is many cases local, and they try to avoid they definitely thought it was weird. usually more expensive. all processed foods. Laura, 17, and Leah Ballard, 14, are Local restaurant Farm 255, and the During growing season, they buy both Oconee County High School local organic farm supplying its food, their produce at the farmer’s market students. are part of the Full Moon Cooperative. and from local farm Fields of Grace. When asked if teenagers thought eat- “We emphasize ecological approaches The rest of the year, they buy boxes ing locally-grown or organic food was to agriculture,” says Farm Manager Jack of organic produce online from Viking weird, Laura said, “If you were super Matthews. Produce, which delivers orders to the adamant about it, people might think Community involvement is impor- customer’s doors every Thursday. that was weird,” but that, otherwise, it tant to them; the Community-Support- When asked how her sons feel about wasn’t something they thought teenag- ed Agriculture (CSA) program allows the food, she says she feels it’s about ers think about very much. members to pay a certain amount in educating them to make healthy deci- Each knew a classmate who felt exchange for a weekly supply of fresh sions for themselves and that establish- strongly about eating organic but said vegetables. ing these healthy habits will help them both students came from families who Members also have designated days once they are on their own. also felt strongly about it. to help on the farm, connecting them When she became a vegetarian for They eat organic food sometimes, with the food and with their local a while, she says her sons found it but, as Laura said, “Food is food.” farmers, which Matthews cites as a strange, but did not want to read the They agreed that you can taste a dif- main objective of the cooperative. literature or see the films that had ference in organic food, for example, led to her decision. This statement sodas with natural sugar taste better. Page designed by Patty Miranda was punctuated Alexander grimacing Leah’s first response to the question
  11. 11. 11 Health Body & Soul local health club she was instantly hooked. “I think it’s very effective and fun. It definitely helped my core and general muscle tone.” After go- ing alone for a few months, Maggie Teens shape-up with Pilates also began encouraging some of her friends to try Pilates with her. By Meg Goggans Mary Rabun, also a 19-year-old student at UGA, was aThEENs Staff skeptical of the unconventional exercise at first, but agreed to accompany Maggie to a few classes. “I didn’t feel noticeably more toned at first, I mainly felt more limber. But the focus on breathing did make me feel more relaxed.” Another 19-year-old UGA student, Elizabeth Karam, agrees. Karam began doing Pilates her sophomore year of high school at her local gym. “I prefer it because it doesn’t feel like I’m do- ing a strenuous workout that I would typically dread. Instead it just makes me feel stronger and more relaxed after.” Rabun and Swindle now tend to focus on a less intense ap- proach that doesn’t involve the typical Pilates apparatus. They opt for mat-based exercises and classes that are just as easy to do at home. “It’s a really convenient way to keep up with your stretches at home” Rabun says. Pilates was first developed by the German born physical trainer, Joseph Pilates. As a child growing up with health prob- lems, Joseph was always interested in improving health and personal fitness. After drawing from a variety of Eastern fitness techniques and even Zen Bhuddism, he began to emphasis the Mary Rabun, 19, practices some of her Pilates exercises importance of breathing during his sessions. When he moved to New York City, his method continued to attract followers. In a serene, white-walled room, a group of focused students When asked how the method can attribute to this healthier appear to defy gravity. They carefully move their bodies across lifestyle, Martin replies, “Awareness, breath, flow, concentra- a strange, wooden contraption. Their defined legs fly upward, tion, control, efficiency, harmony – you can apply this to all over their heads, and back down with poise. Elastic bands are aspects of your life. It’s not just a resolution but a way of mov- stretched to their furthest lengths, positioned from the heels ing that teaches you about your body – a learning process that of the students’ feet to the backs of the wooden equipment. A lasts a lifetime.” soft, non-distinct melody glides around the room. As with most exercise, Pilates increases energy and pro- A slim, young woman calls out instructions for the class in a motes balance. The focus on breathing further connects your comforting, soft voice. Amanda Martin, the teacher at Balance, mind and your body. Maggie and Mary both claim that Pilates a local Pilates and wellness studio here in Athens, instructs her has been beneficial in helping them achieve an overall health- classes with enthusiasm and positivity. After the students fol- ier lifestyle, especially with the stresses of school. “It definitely low her lead, the soothing quiet resumes and a series of steady increased my self-esteem and decreased my stress level”, Mag- inhales and exhales float through the air of the classroom. gie says. Pilates is a well-known fitness method that has been catch- At the Balance studio, Martin stays true to Joseph Pilates ing on for decades all across the country. Celebrities from promotion of body, mind and spirit. “Teaching Pilates goes Jennifer Aniston to Madonna to Gwyneth Paltrow all swear by beyond the exercises, it will give you the tools to make health- it. It’s done in studios all around the world and today teenagers ier choices outside the studio where the real transformation around in Athens are beginning to catch on to the Pilates trend begins. It relaxes you, educates you, gives you energy, self- as well. confidence and an awareness about your body that is immea- When Maggie Swindle, a 19-year-old student at the Uni- surable.” versity of Georgia, tried the fitness method a year ago at a Healing Arts Studio UGA Rec Balance Centre in Athens Center Pilates & Wellness Studio The Healing Arts Centre Studio offers traditional The University of Along with their group holds its Pilates classes in Pilates classes daily, as well Georgia’s Ramsey apparatus classes, Balance the Sanghra studio. as therapeutic yoga and Student Center offers offers classes on the mat for Yamuna body rolling. regular Pilates as well as a $10 and Remedy, an herbal phar- your second class is free. macy, is also located in the Yoga Pilates fusion class. centre. 675 Pulaski Street 160-1 Tracy Street 678.596.2956 300 River Road 706.546.1060 834 Prince Ave 706.542.5060 706.613.1142 Page designed by Jen Ingles
  12. 12. 1212 Health Eating Disorders Teens push bodies to match media image, peer pressure By Meg Goggans aThEENs Staff M allory Williams, Rebecca Jones and Katie Smith, all 13-year-old students at Clarke Middle School in Ath- ens, sit in the cafeteria with their daily lunches. Smith pushes her almost finished sandwich aside. “I feel confident when I look in the mirror because I know that I was made the way I’m supposed to look,” she says. Jones agrees with Smith, saying, “I don’t really feel any pressure from people. I like my weight the way it is.” After the other girls distract them- American adolescents often feel pressure from media outlets like magazines selves with their brown bag lunches and and television to be a certain weight. Photo by Meg Goggans. school books, Williams is left at the table. When asked if she would change some- thing about her body she hesitates for can take a toll on the stress and pressures adolescents face in their daily lives. say the numbers of this survey may be9 some form of social phobia. Researchers a moment, looks up, and admits, “I am NEDA also states that while the main- even higher, as many teens are ashamed who I am, but maybe I might change my stream media does seem to play a large of their disorders and choose to remain size a little.” role in teen body perceptions, reasons silent about their condition. “People with anorexia definitely “This is not an eating disorder. It is a stress isolate themselves from others and social situations so they are less tempted to and poor coping skills disorder.” eat,” Crawley explains. “All people with eating disorders feel a sense of failure and --Connie Crawley, health and diet expert shame that can interfere with their social interactions.” In a culture that is saturated with the for these disorders vary from person to Eating disorders can have both short- fascination of beauty and self-image, person. Teens may develop them as a re- term and long-term mental and physical adolescents can often find themselves action to the demands of adolescence or effects. wondering how they fit into society’s pressure to fit in and be accepted by their Some effects of anorexia can include predetermined ideals of body image. peers. When life gets stressful, some tend a slowed pulse, muscle and hair loss, A recent poll done on advertising to use food as a way to feel like they’re yellowing of skin, and thinning of bones. in America reported that the public is gaining some form of control. Bulimia holds consequences similar to bombarded with nearly 5, 000 adver- Connie Crawley, a health and diet ex- anorexia, but can also cause severe intes- tisements daily, whether consciously or pert at the University of Georgia, agrees tinal problems and major throat issues. unconsciously. These advertisements with these reasonings. “Some people Treatment for these disorders is often often show thin models and promote have control issues with their parents or a difficult to implement, but is a neces- body images that are often not typical of chaotic home environment and find that sary means to provide healthy counsel to the average person. food and exercise are the only things they those affected. Exact treatments may vary Maggie Grady, a 19-year-old student can control. Some people use food as a from person to person and can often be a at the University of Georgia, has felt the way to deal with stress and cope with the struggle. pressures of these kind of media ide- ambiguities of becoming an adult,” she 12 Crawley recommends that family and als first hand. “I always see celebrities says. friends show compassion and support for with perfect bodies and I think I want to A recent study from the Archives of those they know who are affected. “It is a look like them. I’ve considered skipping General Psychiatry surveyed more than disease that just takes time for recovery. meals and I usually say I’m on a diet,” she 10, 000 adolescents ages 13 to 18. They need to understand that this is not admits. Nearly .3 percent of those surveyed an eating disorder. It is a stress and poor Along with this media scrutiny, were anorexic, .9 percent bulimic, and 1.3 coping skills disorder that has the symp- school, family, friends, sports, clubs, and percent had a binge-eating disorder of toms of disordered eating. It is treated by other activities, teenagers are faced with some kind. helping the person to learn new coping certain expectations of body image, ac- Subjects with disorders were much skills and methods for reducing stress.” cording to the National Eating Disorders more likely to have problems with alco- Association (NEDA). All of these factors hol and were more inclined to suffer from Page designed by Nicholas Sobrilsky
  13. 13. 13 Health Check out the multimedia feature at! Tastefully Tackling Obesity Shannon Clarke prepares a salad for dinner at The By Meredith Seay Village Summit Dining Hall. Photo by Meredith Seay aThEENs Staff “Hmm. Do I want Doritos, Skittles, a cent. The statistics also shows a steady gram that has a mission that “encourages honey bun, or a Snickers?” is a question rise compared to just eight years prior a lifetime of healthy eating by providing teenagers find themselves asking while where the obesity rate was 14.8 percent. each student with the affordable oppor- staring through the glass of a vending The Youth Behavior Survey data from tunity to consume meals that are nutri- machine loaded with sugar filled fatten- 2007 gave data for youth in Georgia tious [and] appealing…” ing treats at school. As with many, at this specifically. In Georgia, data shows that Angie Garcia, Nurtition Services point convenience and tastiness takes 18 percent of youth in grades 9-12 are coordinator from Clarke County District priority to healthiness. overweight and 14 percent are obese. says that “ the changes were made for the Health officials recognize the rising Being obese is an issue within itself, better and I hope that it can be a start to rates of obesity as a growing epidemic but according to health officials it also better habits for all of the students” when that requires immediate attention. Kath- leads to other problems. Having such an asked about the changes Clarke County erine Ingerson, a registered dietitian at has made to the lunch menu and vend- the University of Georgia’s Food Services ing machines. Administration says that the main fac- Along with high schools, colleges tors contributing to teenage obesity are are also stepping in to help with healthy “poor nutrition choices, physical inactiv- decision making. UGA’s Food Services ity, and over consumption of calories. offer private counseling sessions with Many times these factors arise from poor the registered dietitian to patrons of role models and nutritional ignorance at the meal plan. Although this service is home.” available and free, Ingerson is concerned Shannon Clarke, 19 year-old sopho- that students are not taking advantage of more at the University of Georgia, agrees the services. On a daily average she only Photo courtesy of meets with one to two students. “Con- with Ingerson about the contribut- ing factors of obesity. “I kind of agree sidering there are [more than] 8,000 because if you have obese parents, like unhealthy weight has also been cor- students on the meal plan, this means mine, it tends to be harder. They don’t related with having an increased risk to only 4-5% of students take advantage of get a lot of physical activity so they don’t chronic diseases including high cho- private nutrition counseling sessions.” push you to.” lesterol, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, Clarke, who has been looking for Clarke struggled with her weight as a and sleep apnea. Besides the medical guidance and advice on eating healthier, teenager due to poor diet habits at home. risks involved, obese teenagers are often was not aware of the service, but “would Her parents were out a lot when she was subject to ridicule and taunting by their like to at least meet with her for a ses- younger so instead of having a balanced peers that can cause feelings of inferior- sion.” meal she usually ate snacks out of the ity and inadequacy. The promotion of health to pre- pantry. Unhealthy food coupled with In order to promote healthiness vent teenage obesity is still evolving inactivity caused her to gain weight. and change among youth, the state of as schools in Georgia and across the In order to stop the weight gain and Georgia has launched several programs nation adopt health programs. Students maybe shed some pounds, Clarke de- geared toward the issue. The Georgia may complain about not having their cided to join her school’s track team. She Recreation and Parks Healthy Vend- favorite snacks available to them, but the began to lose weight, which also lead to ing Resolution was adopted in 2005 to ultimate goal is to teach students that a healthier diet. encourage healthier items being offered healthiness should play a more impor- According to the National Center for for vending Machines and concession tant role over tastiness in decisions on Health Statistics last updated for 2007- stands. food. 2008, American preteens and teens aged More locally Clarke County School 12-19 have an obesity rate of 18.1 per- District has joined this movement by Page designed by Crissinda M. Ponder implementing a School Nutrition Pro-
  14. 14. Go14 Environment Students use this trash bin to encourage recycling at Cedar Shoals High SchoolStudents at Clarke Central High School help to keep the community clean. & Save By Sarah Page Maxwell aThEENs staff Think ECO-nomically A thens teens say the town’s envi- ronmental ethos makes living an environ- mentally friendly lifestyle easily obtainable. An environmentally conscious attitude has become somewhat the status quo in the Classic City, according to one The rain garden at Cedar Shoals High School high school student. serves as an outdoor classroom and helps the “I hear a lot of people environment by collecting rainwater runoff. talking about going green,” said Adele Mea- Photos by Kerry Boyles. gher, a senior at Cedar Andrew Lentini, Program Coordinator, discusses sustainable living practices with Kevin Kirsche, Shoals High School. “Athens is a hippy town, and livingGreen Teens Director, at the UGA Office of Sustainability. here for my entire life has definitely had an impact on me. We care about our environment…” Meagher is a member of the PACS (Positive About Cedar Shoals) environmental club at her in Action! school, a club with strong initiatives in allowing teens to help preserve the envi- ronment. Sometimes the easiest, and most affordable, way to contribute to preserv- ing our environment is to take advantage of the resources provided around us. Check out the multimedia feature at! Page designed by Lilly Workneh
  15. 15. Green “Living on campus makes it pretty easy to reduce my Exceptionalcarbon footprint,” said Amy Wong, a freshman at the Univer-sity of Georgia. “There are bins everywhere in the dorms thatmake recycling easy. Also, I take the bus and walk every-where.” Wong is a member of the Go Green Alliance andthe Environmental Health Science Club, both organizationsthat find importance in limiting waste and taking care of our Green Teennatural habitat. Beyond the first step of eliminating our need toconsume and replacing it with an attitude more focused on Full Name:reuse, there are a number of smaller steps that can be takenon a daily basis that do not require a large financial nor time Andrew Wooyoung Kimcommitment. Hometown: “In my room, using a power strip makes it easy tohave a central source to turn off the power from different New York City, NYoutlets when I’m not there,” said Wong. Being aware of pow- Birthday:er usage is an easy way to control the size of our footprint. Both Wong and Meagher said switching from the March 7, 1993incandescent light bulbs most people use now to either com-pact fluorescent or LED bulbs can make a noticeable differ- Interests: Recycling, playing the Cello, tennis,ence in energy usage. Watching the length of showers is also environment, public health, medicineimportant for water conservation, but something that getsleft at the wayside in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. inspirational Kim Yu-Na, philanthropist and “We are a very green family,” Meagher said. “We figures: world-renowned Korean figurecompost the things we can and use them as fertilizer in ourgarden.” Both of these actions, composting and carpooling, skater, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim,can help to preserve the earth and save money. Medical Anthropologist and Living sustainably, when approached at a micro- Executive Director of Partners inlevel as opposed to a large-scale commercial level, is actu-ally less expensive than carrying on a wasteful lifestyle, said Health.Andrew Lentini, program coordinator of the University of Interesting Fact: He has competed at the Inter-Georgia’s Office of Sustainability. The main change that mustbe made does not include increased spending, but a change national Science and Engineer-in the way we think. ing Fair in San Jose, California. “It requires thinking about things on the front endrather than the back end,” he said. Check out more about Kim on pg. 16!
  16. 16. 16 Environment Green Teen Making Environmentalism his Mission By Kerry Boyles aThEENs Staff C edar Shoals High School is known for its great recycling program, but one student in particular exemplifies what it which help organize the recycling for the school. In 2003, PACS was named the best high school recycling program Interact Club Presidents Andy Kim (left) and means to be environmentally conscious. in the nation by Keep America Beautiful. Rachel Adam (right) with former sponsor Sally Senior Andy Kim is passionate about the “I’ve started our school’s first orga- Dowling after the first recycling campaign was environment. nized recycling program for our sports implemented. “The environment provides us all [with] program especially at football games,” he makes me conscious of how important it is the resources to live an adequate life, and said. “Hundreds, even thousands of cans, to preserve and protect it,” she said. “When sustain life in the lowest levels of exis- bottles, and recyclables have been thrown I see him so motivated, it makes me want tence,” he said. “We need to conserve these away for the past years we’ve had football to increase my efforts. He shows me that resources in order to live a successful life.” at this school…Next year, we hope to col- there are so many easy steps that can make Because of this passion, Kim considers lect these recyclables and turn them in for a difference every day.” recycling to be incredibly important and is cash to donate to charities.” Sally Dowling, Kim’s Spanish teacher, incredulous so few people do it. These actions have not gone unnoticed says that Kim’s passion about the environ- “By conserving our natural resources by Kim’s friends and teachers. ment makes him an extraordinary teen. such as potable water, gas, and forests, we “You can find a few students scattered “I really think that there is very little can leave the remaining resources for our throughout high schools that are con- about Andy that is not exceptional,” she future societies,” he said. “All our society’s cerned about the environment but very said. “He is a born leader and an energetic natural problems can be solved through few teens, and very few adults for that crusader.” smart environmental actions and non- matter, care as deeply as Andy does,” said Though Kim may not consider himself to selfish acts. “ Kim’s friend Rachel Adam. “He doesn’t be “an energetic crusader,” he still has high Kim exemplifies his concept of “non- participate in environmental volunteer hopes for the future. selfish acts” by participating in several work for any ulterior motives like many “I’m looking at three possible career different clubs, but he says that spreading teens, he does it because he genuinely options now: doctor, policy, and research,” awareness can be even more important. wants to make a difference.” he said. “I’m thinking about exploring en- “When people become aware, their Adam also says she is inspired by Kim’s vironmental policy, since the Earth doesn’t thought process changes…and in the end, environmental awareness. really have its own attorney.” their actions change,” he said. “A teacher “Andy’s interest in the environment once told me that you can’t have change without awareness, and I’ve lived through this for a while.” Kim spreads awareness by working in the school’s environmental fair. The fair invites local educational organizations like Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Storm- water, Sandy Creek and 4-H to speak to students and provide interactive activities. Kim says the fair is held in the school’s rain garden, which is used by the school as an outdoor classroom. The garden also accumulates trash and keeps contaminants from getting into the rivers. But if trash gets into the rivers, Kim is there to pick it up. “Another activity I’ve participated in is Rivers Alive, which is a river cleanup proj- ect across the state,” he said. Kim also participates in Positive about Cedar Shoals, PACS, and the Interact Club, Kim poses with his environmentalism stand. Page designed by Devon Young
  17. 17. 17 Environment Green is the New Black Eco-friendly fashion Cheryl White holds up her favorite shirt from the Kika Spring 2011 Collection. Photo by Sydney Kida. at local boutiques Expo at the Classic Center on January White decided to support the envi- By Sydney Kida 29, many such businesses in the Athens- ronmental prerogative in her business aThEENs Staff Clarke County area were highlighted, venture mainly because as a mother she one of which was green wants her children and her children’s jeweler Beth Carter of Beca Designs. children to have a clean, safe environ- Sometimes environmental conscious- Carter’s jewelry pieces are made from ment in which to live. ness is not analytical or boring at all—it fused recycled glass in her studio in Kika Paprika products are green in a is fashionable. Don’t reserve the “Go- Colbert, Ga. Though she has been in jew- number of ways. ing green” idea for environmentalists elry production for about 10 years now, “We use organic cotton, and we grow and politicians. Try it yourself here in in 2007 she decided to make the jump to it right here in the United States, it’s actu- Athens! eco-friendly materials. ally out of South Georgia. We use This environmental fashion move- “Of course living in Athens we have recycled water bottles in many of our ment is more than a short-lived trend an unending supply of bottles to work pieces, and we choose to use eucalyptus because it’s impact is really important. with,” Carter said of her recycled mate- [plants],” White said. According to Starre Vartan’s The Eco rial. Indeed, home of a sprawling Eco-friendly clothing has its unique Chick Guide to Life, clothing production University and more than 90 bars to struggles as a green product. For in- directly affects people’s health and local choose from, Athens provides the perfect stance, it is more costly to make and to ecosystems where fabric fibers are grown setting for bottle-inspired art. buy. While a couple extra dollars for a and manufactured. Every step of cloth- While recycled glass can make an tank top that aids the environmental ing production requires its own set of outfit come alive, there is more to “green” movement may be easily dropped by a chemicals, thus producing its own type clothing than eco-friendly bling. There full time employee, a teenager’s budget of waste. are a number of different ways an entire might not be as forgiving. On the topic of green jewelry, Var- outfit can pass as environmentally Andy Hitt, an 18-year-old pre-jour- tan says, “No matter how supposedly friendly. nalism student from Lawrenceville, Ga., environmentally sound the operation, Kika Paprika, a socially responsible said “I would buy eco-friendly clothes mining is a dirty, eco-system destroying clothing line started if I thought it was really gonna help! A process.” In Green Chic, “We use recycled by a mother-daughter team in California, bunch of people would.” However, when Hitt was asked if she Christie Mathenson explains that there is water bottles in offers environmentally safe products to wom- would be willing to pay more than $20 for a tank top, she hesitated. no farming process in the world more pes- many of our pieces, en of all ages, shapes and sizes. The cloth- “I don’t know about $20,” Hitt said, “but I am all for cute tops!” ticide-intensive than conventional cotton and we choose to ing can be purchased through any of the Athens has a ways to go before there is an eco-friendly clothing store on every growing. Organic cot- ton, however, is grown use eucalyptus.” numerous company consultants. block downtown, but the city provides more and more options for teens looking without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. -- Cheryl White One such consul- tant is Cheryl White, to be eco-chic. Before the environmental movement This means none of a Kika enthusiast and mother of three reaches a point where every teenager can the nasty chemicals gets into the air, the located in Woodstock, Ga. open his or her closet to a rack full of water, the soil or your skin in organic “My sister sold the clothes for five sea- corn-based and organic cotton shirts, it is cotton growing. sons and I decided to become a consul- important to remember that a little social As the environmental movement tant. I love what they stand for, I love the responsibility can still go a long way. grows, so do the outlets available offering clothes and the choices that the company and supporting environmentally sound makes,” White said. products. Thanks to the Green Life Page designed by Maggie Siu