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Situated between Flora’s African Hair Braiding and The Music Store sits one of the oldest and most renowned tattoo shops in Columbia: Devine Street Tattoo. The black columns, bunted American flags in the windows and a vertical T-A-T-T-O-O sign are welcoming and recognizable as a shop steeped in tradition. Inside, I was greeted with a wall covered with painted flash sheets and comfortable couches.
Walking into a lecture hall on the first day of classes is terrifying enough, but what about when you’re one of ten women in a room of 90 males? Your mind goes racing. Will you be taken seriously? Will you be included? Will you be treated fairly? Will you be spoken to? Female engineering, sport management, or computer science majors must get used to these classroom ratios, as they’re all at least 70% male-dominated. As intimidating as this may sound to a college-aged woman, there is much less to worry about than you might think.
Whether you loved or feared them as a child, the villains of beloved animated films aren’t characters you’ll forget any time soon. Their unique character designs, sassy comebacks and exaggerated gestures have cemented them into a generation of childhood minds. But these characteristics aren’t just for comedy’s sake-- many of them point to the harmful phenomenon of queercoding. Queercoding is when traits and mannerisms typically associated with the LGBTQ+ community are assigned to a character in order to subtextually code them as queer. This concept is not new, though it has gained critical attention as the issue of LGBTQ+ representation in the media has become more mainstream. This is harmful because it creates the association between queerness and immorality in a society that still struggles with positive queer representation.
Clocks are strange, they don’t have agendas but move promptly.
When you go on social media nowadays, you might see a new addition to users' profiles. On Instagram, it's now an option to put pronouns next to your profile name for everyone to see. To a cisgender person (someone who identifies as the sex they were assigned at birth), they may not understand why putting your pronouns in your bio is important. However, to people who are transgender or non-binary, it’s a lot more significant than many others would think. In LGBTQ+ spaces, it's become just as important to introduce your pronouns as it is your own name. It's necessary to understand why the normalization of pronouns is happening and why cisgender people have to do it, too.
We, as a society, have finally reached a point where we truly understand the cure to a horrible hangover is a lot of sleep and a lot of water, but those are no fun. Sure, some people have their go-to greasy fast food breakfast or cleansing smoothie, but no one I’ve met has had some kooky mixture they stand by. Growing up, there were always those terrible scenes in movies where someone would make a concoction of hot sauce, grease and a raw egg and call it the elixir of life, and I always wondered if they actually did anything. In the name of science, I decided to find the top three oddest, grossest hangover cures and see if they do anything.
It may seem like everyone is spending a daily meal swipe at the Chick-Fil-A, but more students than ever before are following plant-based diets. Plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is vegan or vegetarian, but that plants are the focal part of their diet. According to a survey by College Pulse, 14% of college students are plant-based. This is almost four times the percentage of plant-based adults.
POV: It’s 2014. You’re getting dressed for school and reach for black tights, your new skater skirt from Kohl’s and a pair of black combat boots. You scroll through Tumblr while you wait for your parents to drive you. "Chocolate" by The 1975 is playing on your iPod. Life is good.
Fake parking tickets, sidewalk pavement, public buses. These are just a few places Ed Madden has inserted poetry as Columbia’s poet laureate. He has two main goals: to make poetry a public art and to promote the voices of local writers.
I don’t have very many childhood memories, at least not at surface level. Most require some strange, nostalgic trigger, like the mention of a Scholastic book fair or the movie Spy Kids, and some gentle coaxing before they come swimming back to me. One memory, however, stands out in my mind with inexplicable clarity. I was young, in elementary school, out on the playground with my little girl clique. I remember balancing unsteadily on top of those black plastic dividers that kept the wood chips in the playground when suddenly, someone said, “I’m starting a club, but you can’t be in it unless you hate pink.” Without hesitation, a chorus of our little voices rose up with refrains of “pink is gross,” and “pink is for girly girls.” I remember feeling oddly validated, as if I could hold my head a little higher having denounced such a vile color.
There are a select few things in life that just hit different: the sound of rain whilst vibing, flipping to the soft side of a pillow and that first sip of matcha tea. The drink is a Japanese green tea variant that takes young tea leaves and grinds them into a fine powder. When prepared in drink form, it has a smooth vegetal yet sweet taste with faint chalky undertones. The unfathomable wonder that is matcha tea ascends the planes of comfort and finds itself seated at the zen throne.
I skipped the last day of high school to go to your funeral.
Recently TikTok has started to feel a little too much like my middle school Tumblr feed. All of a sudden, I’m watching 14-year-olds rehash all the drama I’ve already dealt with, and I am getting so tired. From random unneeded discourse, to an overwhelming amount of misinformation, there is nothing that hasn’t been mentioned. One of the worst things to be rediscovered is the “I’m not like other girls” trend. Or, as it’s called now, “pick-me girls.”
Unity can be difficult to envision in a world
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only made-up holiday we can celebrate in February. Valentine's Day endorses buying cards, candy and overpriced flowers for your sweetheart, but what about those of us that don't have one? It's unfair to expect us to miss out on the fun. Since we are celebrating our significant other, we might as well celebrate our significant others too. Galentine’s Day started out as just an episode of "Parks and Recreation", but has become a movement for "lady friends" everywhere. It takes the pressure away from those of us that aren't in a relationship, but still allows us to celebrate the lovey-dovey month of February. Here are some fun ways you can celebrate this holiday on Feb. 13:
The first time I found myself at the chessboard was in fourth grade at an after-school chess club. I had no idea what the game of black and white wooden pieces across sixty-four tiles was about, but I figured it was better to kick it with my friends after school for an hour instead of going home. Our supervisor tried his best to explain the rules, especially why the knight moves in an L-shape rather than up, down, or diagonally. Looking back on it, I wish I had paid more attention to him because I could tell he was really passionate about the game (something I now realize all avid chess players are). I also know that most people who end up becoming Grand Masters, or top experts in the game, started before they were 10 years old so maybe I could've used this to my advantage if I wanted to become the next Grand Master to hail from Columbia, South Carolina. However, it didn’t take long before the end of the year tournament, where after losing 3 games in, I left chess alone for a decade.
Watch out “Monday Night Pav’s,” UofSC students are making other plans to start their week.
The year is 2010. You sit outside of school, anxiously awaiting the all too familiar groaning of your mom’s 1999 white minivan. Finally, you see the whale-like vehicle approaching. All of the other kids waiting on their parents’ luxury vehicles crane their necks to see what poor soul belongs to the minivan. The situation can’t get any worse—and then it does.
We're well on our way to celebrating our one year anniversary with the pandemic and we can’t help but sigh that being cooped up wearing our pajamas and sweats day in and day out has made us forget about the rush of playing spring dress-up.
The University of South Carolina is no stranger to a prejudiced history as an educational institution. Fortunately, landmark initiatives, alumni and student groups have paved the way for the university to progressively change in becoming conscious of students of all backgrounds, races, religions and ethnicities. Garnet & Black Magazine sat down with UofSC’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Julian Williams, to discuss his role and University efforts in changing the college culture.