An Energy Boost for Your Finals Week

By: Hayley Hasberger 

Online Section Writer 

Finals week is here and students are focused on studying, writing papers and completing projects. We’re all so ready to finish out the semester on a high note or graduate and move on to greater things.

Many students look to caffeine as their savior during this time, but there are many other options that can help boost your energy and keep you focused. It’s important to keep in mind that food high in calories and fat make the body more tired because they’re harder to digest and contain less nutrients that aid in energy production. Here is a list of healthy options that will keep you full of energy and ready to “crush it.”


Foods such as oatmeal and whole-grain cereals offer long-lasting energy. Whole-grains contain beta-glucan, which provides a more sustained energy release by delaying stomach emptying and the absorption of glucose in the blood. Also, as an added bonus, the vitamins and minerals in whole-grains such as B vitamins, iron and manganese work together to help the body metabolize and produce energy.


Yogurt, a simple and quick snack, includes the simple sugars lactose and glucose, which can provide ready-to-use energy. Similar to whole-grains, yogurt contains B vitamins that assist in energy production to fuel the body. The high amount of protein in yogurt slows down the absorption of lactose and glucose which makes it a perfect combination to provide a quick boost of energy that is long-lasting.


            To get their daily dosage of caffeine, many people prefer coffee over tea, however some teas like green tea contain the compound L-theanine. When this compound is combined with caffeine, it can lessen the negative effects of caffeine such as anxiety or the jitters that comes with drinking coffee. This will help increase your focus and be ready to tackle whatever finals week throws at you.


Not only are bananas an easy snack to carry around, they also contain B-vitamins, carbohydrates, potassium and fiber that assist in the creation of longer-lasting energy in the body.


Like yogurt, eggs contain protein which gives you a steady source of energy. Eggs also contain the amino acid leucine that stimulates energy production by helping cells absorb blood sugar and breakdown fat to use for energy


Hummus is made from chickpeas, sesame seed paste, olive oil and lemon juice, making it a food packed with carbohydrates, protein and fat. The carbohydrates give you a nice boost of energy while the protein and fat work to stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down the carbohydrate intake for steady energy.


Nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are high in protein and healthy fats as well as carbohydrates and fiber that offer a sustained energy boost. Nuts also have vitamins and minerals that assist in converting food to energy and helping decrease tiredness.

Keeping in mind these healthy, energy boosting options, here are a few on-campus locations that offer snacks and beverages to fuel your body and mind:

  • MLC
    • Jittery Joes
  • Tate
    • Starbucks
    • The Market
  • Science Learning Center
    • Coffee and Bagels
  • Law School
    • Jittery Joes
  • Joe Frank Harris
    • Red Clay Cafe
  • Main Library
    • Tween the Pages
  • Amos Hall
    • Au Bon Pain
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital
    • The Station





Georgia Activist to Host book Launch Party

Jamaican immigrant Mokah-Jasmine Johnson is in the fight for racial justice.

February 14, 2018

Athens, Georgia—Artist and activist Mokah-Jasmine Johnson has spent the past few years of her life fighting for justice and building a movement in the college town of Athens, Georgia.

Now the activist and educator is set to release her debut book “Spirit of an Activist: Stop Sitting on the Sidelines” during a launch party at Cine (234 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, Georgia) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. The book is available for presale.

“I wrote the book to give an account of how a wife, mother and entrepreneur could become who I am today—an activist seeking social justice in my community,” said Mokah, who moved to Athens in 2011.  “I want people to know and understand that it only takes one event to stoke the fire and desire to make a change, but it can take a lifetime of experiences and allies to build a movement.”

“Spirit of an Activist,” tells Mokah’s story from her early days as a Jamaican immigrant to the United States, to her recent work in building the Athens (Georgia) Anti-Discrimination Movement in response to racial injustices not only in her hometown, but also across the nation.

“The police shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin woke me up, but surprisingly, six years later a drink called “Niggarita” made me jump into action,” Mokah writes of her first foray into local activism. The discovery of the drink on the menu of General Beauregard’s, a Confederate-themed bar in Athens — home to the University of Georgia — made national attention and spurred Mokah and her husband, Knowa, into action.

Part survival manual, part manifesto for the examined life and part biography, “Spirit of an Activist” is an honest and searching book that will inspire readers to actualize their potential as citizens during these desperate and politically fraught times.

Mokah’s voice is one of wisdom, experience, leadership, and love — with a parting message that we are all bound together as neighbors, no matter our differences.


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Mokah-Jasmine Johnson is an educator; activist; and music, media and marketing entrepreneur. She is a mother of four and grandmother of two. Mokah, along with her husband Knowa, co-founded the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a grassroots organization that aims to combat discrimination through education and activism. She holds an M.S. in education, media design and technology from Full Sail University and a B.S. in marketing management. She is also the vice president and co-owner of United Group of Artists (UGA Live), a marketing, consulting and event production company. In January on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mokah and her husband Knowa were honored by Georgia State Rep. Deborah Gonzales with a House Resolution honoring their community service.

Need an Excuse to Enjoy Chocolate this Valentine’s Day?

By: Hayley Hasberger 

Online Section Writer 

Chocolate…there are hundreds of combinations and ways to eat it. There are the basic varieties of dark, milk or white chocolate. The basics can be enhanced with nuts, toffee, extracts or spices. You can even consume it as a beverage or melted to create a fondue. Chocolate is also commonly found in baked goods such cookies, brownies and cake. There are just too many forms and possibilities of chocolate combinations to list them all. Yet, no matter what way you prefer your chocolate, it will always leave you feeling satisfied. If you needed another reason to love chocolate, cocoa has multiple ingredients that can be healthy for the body; as long you’re eating chocolate in moderation and not that entire 1 pound chocolate bar in one day.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and many people will be buying and gifting chocolates to their friends, loved ones or even themselves. Even though you may love to eat chocolate for its decadence, do you know its nutritious background?

The cocoa bean, and therefore cocoa, is a main component in the production of chocolate. Cocoa contains a large quantity of compounds called flavonoids, which are antioxidants. Flavonoids assist in reducing blood’s ability to clot by lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation, in turn helping reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks. The cocoa bean contains high quantities of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Cocoa also contains many essential minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese, which positively contribute to our daily health.

Not only does cocoa contribute to physical health, but also mental health. Cocoa contains an antidepressant and stimulant called phenylethylamine that acts similarly to dopamine and adrenaline. If you really like chocolate, even tasting it can release dopamine in the brain that can boost your mood.

Because the cocoa bean itself contains all these nutrient compounds, the chocolate that is most beneficial for you to eat is dark chocolate. This is because dark chocolate contains the largest quantity of cocoa, and the more cocoa the better. On average dark chocolate contains about 70 percent cocoa, though there are some varieties out there that contain over 80 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, milk chocolate normally contains 50 percent cocoa, yet some milk chocolate candies can contain as little as 7 percent cocoa. Sadly, white chocolate only contains cocoa butter, which provides none of the nutrients held in the cocoa bean.

A drawback worth mentioning about the cocoa bean is that it is 50 percent fat, mainly composed of saturated fats. Therefore, chocolate itself is fattening because it also contains milk and large amounts of sugar. Milk adds to the fat content, which can affect cholesterol level, and large quantities of sugar are known to have negative effects on health such as weight gain. Also, you must take into account anything you are pairing with your chocolate such as nuts, toffee or fillings, all of which can dramatically increase the fat and sugar content. So, always be mindful of how much chocolate you are consuming and the quantity of cocoa in the product, since that is the healthy component.

Even though there are some negatives to chocolate, it has its positives too. So, continue to savor your chocolate fix, no matter how you choose to enjoy it. Valentine’s Day is a just another good excuse to treat yourself to a delicious cocoa product.




Tarte Foundation Receives Backlash for Lack of Diversity

By Kalah Mingo

Creative Director


The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation launched on Jan. 21 and retails for $39 online and in stores only at Ulta.


Recently, the popular makeup brand Tarte Cosmetics has been criticized for the lack of shade range in its launch of the highly anticipated Tarte Shape Tape Foundation. The brand’s newest release had big shoes to fill considering the success of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, a cult favorite. However, the new foundations fell massively short of expectations.

The initial launch included two different foundation formulas–hydrating and matte–each with 15 shades.To consumers’ disappointment, there’s an imbalance of shades with 12 varying shades of light to tan and only three deep shades catered to people of color.

Faniché Brown, a third year international affairs major from Darien, Ga., was one of Tarte’s fans that was disappointed in the new line, especially as a woman of color and makeup artist herself.

“It seemed that they put more effort into making sure the lighter shades varied in color and undertone in comparison to the three deeper shades that had the same undertone…,” Brown says.

Brown has done makeup as a hobby for more than five years and currently works as a freelance makeup artist.

Tarte explained that they have plans to expand the shade range with 10 more hues. Still, several popular beauty influencers such as Alissa Ashley, Jackie Aina and James Charles have denounced the product for the exclusive shade range that leaves out deeper skin tones.

Brown had planned on buying the new foundation until she realized the incomplete line didn’t come in her shade.

“…a brand as established as Tarte Cosmetics shouldn’t have launched a product if the line wasn’t complete,” Brown says.

Tarte fans and makeup lovers took to twitter to voice their discontent:







Tarte later released a statement on their Instagram story in response to the heavy backlash:

“It may be too little too late, but we can assure you this was not meant in any kind of malicious way. We all just got so caught up in #shapetapenation and seeing your tweets asking for it… We wanted to get the product out as fast as possible, & we made the decision to move forward before all the shades were ready to go. We know there is no excuse, & we take full responsibility for launching this way. We lost sight of what’s really important in this industry, & for those who feel alienated in our community, we want to personally apologize. We’re doing everything in our power to bring those unfinished shades to market as fast as we can, at any cost. We CAN and WILL DO BETTER.”

Soon after their statement, they released three more deeper shades in each formula, however, not everyone is satisfied with the quick fix:



Samrin Martin, a public relations major from Lawrenceville, Ga. was not appeased with the additions and suspects it was a marketing strategy.

“As a big brand, they know better,” Martin says. “I feel like this might have been a ploy to receive more attention due to all the backlash.”

Martin is passionate about makeup as she’s worked as a freelance makeup artist with Chanel for five years.

“… these shades are not adequate at all. It is not fair that women of color have to suffer because high-end brands think they are losing money by creating more shades for us,” Martin says.

With brands from Fenty to Huda Beauty, and many more taking the steps to create a more diverse and inclusive line of products, does Tarte have an excuse?

Brown has decided not to buy from Tarte Cosmetics anymore despite her love for their eyeshadows and concealer.

“I will miss my Shape Tape Concealer, but in good conscience,” Brown says. “I can’t support a brand that doesn’t support me.”

The beauty realm expects and demands better. Will the industry listen?

The Irony of the Black Vote

By: Nia Waller 

Online Section Writer 

Twitter exploded on Jan. 3, 2018 when Democrat Doug Jones beat Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat. In a state like Alabama that is traditionally red, Roy Moore should have seen an easy victory, but Moore’s race was littered with controversy. After announcing his Senate campaign, Moore was followed by several sexual allegations from various young women. Although many of our elected officials, even some in the highest offices, have still won elections with sexual assault allegations following them, Roy Moore’s case was special. Not only was he accused of dating young girls, Moore had been dismissed from two courts for what other judges interpreted as overstepping his bounds on religion stances. After being appointed as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore installed a 5,200 pound marble statue of the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building. After refusing to take it down, Moore would be unanimously voted off of the court after only two years of service. In 2012, Moore would be elected again to the bench, and ousted again quickly after. In 2016, he was accused of urging Alabama state court judges to defy the Supreme Court decision declaring the right for gay marriage.

Despite a career filled with controversies and failures, Moore found himself backed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. So, how was Moore defeated? The answer is simple: black people, specifically black women. While immediate exit polls showed that Moore still won 68 percent of the white vote, black people came out overwhelmingly to cast their vote for Doug Jones. Black voters lifted Alabama out of a two decade-long Republican rule. Although black people are only 13 percent of the population in the United States, black people represent 25 percent of Alabama’s population. The Democratic Convention focused on getting the message out about Jones’s time as a crusader against white supremacy, he prosecuted the white men that committed the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Black voters were especially energized about keeping Roy Moore, a candidate who proudly referred to the period before the Civil War as “great,” even though we “had slavery,” out of Alabama office.

So, what exactly is the irony in all of this? Most of the Twitter reactions on the Jan. 3 were users “thanking” black women for getting Doug Jones elected. Although the Democratic public and the Democratic Convention does have black women to thank for a shiny new Senate seat, what exactly have politicians done for black people in Alabama, or other Senators elected largely by black vote done for black people lately?

The Democrats have historically relied greatly on the black vote to put and keep them in office. Democrats are practically promised the black vote, without ever doing anything in return. Although the NYPD has stayed in the news for the past decade for beating and even killing its black citizens, New York always clenched a Democratic Senate seat with the help of the black vote. Poverty in Michigan is exponentially linked to the horrible job market for black people and an education system that doesn’t help black kids, but Michigan has remained a blue state since 1992. This phenomenon isn’t just restricted to Senators. While the black population of Atlanta celebrated the election of Keisha Lance Bottoms, one of its many black Democratic mayors, one of her first new polices greatly increased police presence and gentrification in a city that had long asked for the opposite. We get them elected, and they do the bare minimum, or sometimes nothing at all for us.

The last Presidential election helped showcase just how powerful losing the black vote can be. With the divisive words of Donald Trump, the Democratic Party was absolutely certain that they could clinch a win with the help of the black vote in pivotal states like Michigan. When the results came in, narratives poured in about why black voters didn’t turnout for Hillary Clinton as willingly as they did for Barack Obama. The answer was simple: she didn’t align herself with them. Black voters weren’t willing to forgive statements about black men being “super predators,” or her general lack of any true ability to relate to black women or men. Black people are no longer supporting those who don’t truly support them. No, they won’t vote for Republicans, they just won’t vote.

If Doug Jones wants to keep his Senate seat, he has to keep the black vote. Keeping the black vote means supporting the struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama, fixing the classically broken Alabama justice system and fighting voter suppression that barred many black voters from polls. If Jones and other Democrats want to ‘thank’ black women, they need to do it in statutes, not statuses.



5 Books You Might Have Missed in 2017

by: Diana Richtman

Entertainment Writer


It’s no secret that 2017 was a crazy year. With classes, work and campus life, there might not have been a lot of time left for much else. It’s important for college students to set aside time in their busy schedules for relaxing. Speaking from my experience, fiction reading is one of the best remedies for stress. Fiction offers escape and adventure into worlds potentially unlike my own and inspires empathy that can be helpful in navigating a world that at times seems more divided than united. If you’re trying to read more in 2018, consider checking out one of these five books that were released in 2017 that you may have missed.

1. “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah’s parents are very traditional and really want their daughter to find an “Ideal Indian Husband”. The only problem? Dimple’s not on board. She’s more concerned with starting college than snagging the perfect man. Before starting school in the fall, Dimple attends a summer program for aspiring web designers. Unbeknownst to Dimple, Rishi, the boy her parents have arranged for her to marry attends the summer program too. Rishi’s job is to get Dimple to fall in love with him. In this rom-com novel, there’s sure to be a lot of love and laughs.

2. “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone

A more serious read, “Dear Martin” is about Justyce McAllister, who is one of the best in his class, and is set to attend an ivy league school. When he has a run in with the police, he turns to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for guidance. Justyce starts writing in a journal in which he addresses the entries to Dr. King. When Justyce and his friend attract the attention of a white off-duty police officer, shots end up being fired. In the aftermath, Justyce is the one who’s in the spotlight for better or worse.

3. “Dreadnought” by April Daniels

Although I haven’t gotten the chance to read “Dreadnought” yet, it sounds so different from anything I’ve read before that I can’t wait to get my hands on it. At the beginning of the story, Danny Tozer has one secret she’s trying to keep—she’s transgender. The action starts when she’s given the powers of Dreadnought aka the world’s greatest superhero. Those powers include transforming her body into exactly what she always thought it should be. Now, there’s no hiding who she is. Between coming out and saving the world, Danny is not the most typical superhero, but she’s arguably the superhero the world desperately needs.

4. “Shadowhouse Fall” by Daniel José Older

In the second book of Shadowshaper series, Sierra, the teenage hero everyone wished they could be, is back creating more art and working with more spirits. If you haven’t read the first book, be sure to check it out before picking up this one. In this sequel, Sierra and her friends fight more evil spirits and the gentrification of their neighborhood in Brooklyn.

5. “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour

This novel is the epitome of short and sweet. It’s the perfect length if you don’t think you have much time for reading. Marin leaves everything behind when she leaves her home in California for college in New York. It isn’t until winter break when her best friend Mabel comes to visit that she finally confronts the tragedy she’s been running away from. This book is an important reminder in the new year that sometimes it’s better to confront what scares us than run from it.

Remedies to Help You Survive Flu Season

By: Hayley Hasberger 

Online Section Writer

It’s that time of year when everyone is getting sick around campus and you’re trying to avoid catching anything yourself. Whether you’re getting over a cold, battling a sinus infection or fighting off germs with hand sanitizer, here are a few helpful tips and tricks according to Healthline that will get you through the flu season.

The most obvious and easiest thing to do is to wash your hands with soap and warm water as frequently as possible. Just think about how many door handles, hand railings, desks and other objects you touch throughout the day. This equates to a variety of germs covering your palms and fingertips that can be spread easily into your body if you touch your face or eat food without washing your hands first.

Your diet is important too. If you have ever wondered the reason behind eating soup when you are feeling sick, here it is: it’s purpose it to help boost your immune system. By eating light foods such as soups, fruits and veggies, your body is able to conserve energy for your immune system instead of using up energy on digesting food. Be wary though when choosing your foods. Avoid sugary foods, especially desserts, pastries, candy and sugar-filled drinks as best you can. Sugar weakens the immune system and will only make you feel more ill.

Warm beverages, such as tea, have multiple benefits for getting you through an illness. Warm beverages help soothe your throat and aid in reducing inflammation. Ginger teas are helpful for bringing down inflammation, clearing congestion and supporting the immune system. Lemon teas are also a good choice to increase your Vitamin C. In your teas, feel free to put a spoonful of honey, local and raw, or just have a spoonful by itself. Honey is full of antioxidants, has antiviral and antibacterial properties and is just another way to boost your immune system, which you cannot get enough of. Make note though that you should only have a heaping spoonful, since honey is so sweet and as expressed above, sugar is not good for your immune system when it’s trying to work hard to make you feel your best.

Another simple thing that can have an immense positive impact on your body is rest. Now you may have tests, club meetings, sport related activities or the thousands of other things that go on in a college student’s life, but it is extremely important to get rest. Rest means not running around all day doing things across campus. Rest means being good to your body, and taking time to sit or lay down. You can drink some tea or take a shower during this relaxation time to help soothe your body, or by all means do some homework, watch a movie or open a book. In addition to rest, you need to get adequate amounts of sleep. Sleep and rest provide your body with the energy to combat germs, which helps in decreasing the amount of time you are sick. If you don’t take time to rest and focus on getting eight hours of sleep, then your illness will only last that much longer.

These are just a few suggestions to help ward off a cold or flu and prevent you from getting sick. You can do it, all you have to do is focus on your health, be kind to your body and set aside time to rest.