The reality of real ingredients: Make the switch to organic skin care

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Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor and Staff Writer
October 3, 2017

Imagine washing your face at night with your regular skin care product. A little quarter sized dab in the palm of your hand and a splash of water as you rub the product into your cheeks.

Now imagine walking to the cabinet where you keep your household cleaning products, grabbing your kitchen counter degreaser and spraying yourself directly in the face—washing away the day’s grime as you scrub your cheeks with industrial chemicals.

The ugly truth is that there’s a very inadequate difference between these two situations. A lot of your routine products are tainted with the same chemicals you use to clean your floors and wash your windows… READ MORE

The power of mindful meditation in the midst of back-to-school stress

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Sophia Marchese, Associate Arts & Living Editor & Staff Writer
August 24, 2017

Fall semester is officially in session and with the rush of a new school year comes the pressure of new responsibilities.

For freshman and returning students alike, meditation is a valuable tool to help cope with stress and release tensions that come from a cluttered mind.

While it is often difficult to have constant control over factors of your external environment—especially while acclimating to a new semester—meditation is always there for your inner self. It is a practice that creates balance for emotional well-being and mental clarity… READ MORE

Being an ATLien during the Great American Solar Eclipse



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Sophia Marchese, Arts & Living Staff Writer
August 16, 2017

On August 21—for the first time in nearly 100 years—millions of people across the country will witness an extraordinary cosmic spectacle during the highly anticipated Great American Eclipse.

A solar eclipse is a special and rare astronomical occurrence that takes place when a New Moon passes between the sun and the earth. As the moon creeps by slowly, it blocks out the sun’s light and casts a giant shadow on certain parts of the Earth. In these mapped locations, day suddenly turns to night… READ MORE

When the dirty South meets South America: Georgia State study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador


Sophia Marchese, Arts & Living Staff Writer
July 7, 2017

When I made the decision to apply for an international public relations program at Georgia State, I really had no idea what was in store.

I knew it would be public relations. I knew it would take place in South America. And I knew my professor, Dr. China, would be the program director.

That’s about it… READ MORE

Touch your toes and ease your mind with a regular yoga practice

Sophia Marchese, Arts & Living Staff Writer
May 4, 2017


It may seem odd that stretching your body into different shapes and sizes is great for an all-around healthier and happier lifestyle, but that’s the gift of yoga. Body strength, increased energy, improved immunity, a focused and peaceful mind, discipline, patience—the list goes on.

Above all, yoga is an opportunity to live a balanced life on and off the yoga mat. It’s certainly not just about flexibility. It’s about uniting the breath with body and mind… READ MORE

Georgia State’s College of the Arts expects to make downtown Atlanta an arts destination

Sophia Marchese, Arts & Living Staff Writer
April 18, 2017

Georgia State is finalizing its newest academic unit, the College of the Arts, that will be fully functioning as of July 2017. The college is dedicated to increasing a Georgia State image that is representative of the growing arts and related media industries in Atlanta… READ MORE

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Second Helpings Atlanta: Partner Agencies near downtown

The nonprofit organization, Second Helpings Atlanta, rescues donated surplus meals and hand delivers them to Partner Agencies each day of the week according to scheduled routes.

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Each Partner Agency provides services that assist Atlanta’s homeless communities, such as food assistance or emergency housing. The following are some of the Partner Agencies near downtown Atlanta.

  1. Providing a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” Safehouse Outreach aims to foster Atlanta’s homeless communities into self-sufficiency. Leigh Hall, the agency’s Services Coordinator, says that Second Helpings Atlanta and its food donations allow a heightened focus on other services provided to its clients.
  2. A “gateway” out of homelessness is found on downtown Atlanta’s Pryor Street at the Gateway Center. This agency works to relieve Atlanta’s excessive homelessness with case-by-case management that provides frameworks to guide people from the streets to transitional housing.
  3. Located closer to Atlanta’s Grant Park, the Genesis Center focuses on underserved families with children in order to tackle homelessness through supportive services, such as childhood education. The center’s website says that “by tackling homelessness at its source, [they] help the general experiencing homelessness today, and break the cycle for those most likely to experience it tomorrow.”
  4. For over 30 years, the St. Francis Table has provided food services to Atlanta’s hungry. It is a part of the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta’s first ever Catholic church. Every Saturday, St. Francis Table serves food to over 500 people.
  5. With more than 250 beds, My Sister’s House provides safe overnight shelter, as well as transitional and residential programs, for Atlanta’s homeless women and women with children. Located on Howell Mill Road, the facility is in association with the Atlanta Mission, an initiative to end chronic homelessness in Atlanta.

The meal delivery services provided by Second Helpings Atlanta further the efforts of each of these Partner Agencies and contribute towards ending food insecurities within the city’s homeless communities.