Around Town

By Madeline Erdossy

Are you feeling a little stir crazy post Snowpocalypse Part 2? Here’s what you should see and do in Chapel Hill now.

Kipos Greek Taverna

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Photo by Dara Schwartz

The newest addition to Franklin Street dining, Kipos Greek Taverna offers Greek classics like baklava and mousaka made by two charismatic chefs straight from Greece. Savor food served mezze style accompanied by a variety of Greek wines and liquors. Grab a drink like the Athena or buy a pastry from their all-day bakery and enjoy the homey atmosphere only found at Kipos. 431 W. Franklin St., (919) 425-0760; Kiposchapelhill.com

Steel String Brewery

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Photo by Dara Schwartz

Carrboro welcomes Steel String Brewery, which prides itself in furthering the North Carolina craft beer movement through its assortment of ales. Though they don’t serve food, they have partnered up with food trucks so customers can enjoy a beer and some street food while sitting outside in the beautiful winter weather. Non-beer drinkers, don’t fret! Steel String also serves wine, crude bitters and sodas. 106A S. Greensboro St., (919) 240-7215; steelstringbrewery.com

Thrill City

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Thrill City, a student-run apparel brand, started up in the summer of 2011 with very little direction. They’ve since figured out their brand and are now are selling their merchandise at their first retail location on Franklin Street. They’ve also recently started a locally-focused online magazine. For the first time ever, the community has a magazine made solely by students filled with smart opinion pieces, great photography and all things Chapel Hill. 422 W. Franklin St.; Thrillcitync.com 

He’s Got the Beat

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By Mary Frances Buoyer

Carter Fourqurean doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to his involvement with Vinyl Records UNC, the University’s student-run, service-based record label that helps campus musicians break into the industry.

“It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done in college, and there’s nowhere else where college students can get hands-on experience with professional equipment,” Fourqurean says.

Fourqurean, a senior media production major and co-president of Vinyl Records UNC has been involved with the label for over a year. Students can record with state of the art equipment for free, which is the reason why Fourqurean says he loves the label the most.

For more information, check out Vinyl Records UNC on Facebook or follow on Twitter @vinylrecordsunc.

The Buzz About Town

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Photo of Joey Skavroneck by Bernadine Dembosky

By Isabella Kinkelaar

The buzz around campus, Buzz Rides that is, is a new transportation service free for UNC-CH students Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

Co-founder Joey Skavroneck is a sophomore in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Skavroneck and his business partner Parker Draughon got the idea for their company after they went on a Kenan-Flagler global immersion elective trip to India. There they got to visit a variety of companies, study business management operations and most importantly ride around in open-air taxis, known as tuk-tuks. Skavroneck wanted to bring that experience back to Chapel Hill.

“It’s not just a ride home, it’s an experience,” he says. You can tell through his enthusiasm that he has a real desire to help the UNC community travel home safely, and isn’t just interested in making a profit.

Currently the company has four electric vehicles, all driven by volunteers who only accept tips as payment. “The drivers are people who care about getting kids home safe, and they love the interpersonal experience,” Skavroneck says.

His short-term goal for Buzz Rides is to get the cars fully wrapped in advertisements. Right now one car is covered in three-dimensional advertisements for Roote, a student-run nonprofit retailer of local, natural and sustainable products. Skavroneck is eager about the company’s next big move, which is the launch of the Buzz Rides app coming out within the next month.

For more information about Buzz Rides visit buzzrides.com or their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @BuzzRidesUNC.

Spotlight: Lauren Friedmann

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Photo by Audrey Hum

By Kali Hackett

Champion of the dance community, senior Lauren Friedmann is one of the driving forces behind the dance minor at UNC. Friedmann is working to solidify the minor and create opportunities for generations to come. Majoring in mathematics and economics, she releases her creative energy through dance. She dreams of becoming an arts philanthropist and currently channels her passion for philanthropy as the co-president of the Carolina Dance Project, an organization that brings dance education programs to Durham schools.

For more information, check out the Carolina Dance Project on Facebook.

Bryn Renner Talks Fall Fashion

By Marisa Hill Dunn 

Bryn Renner, UNC’s star football quarterback, is just as savvy about the sport he plays as he is about the clothes he wears.

He has his perfect first date outfit planned to a T. “Some Lucky jeans, a big button down, nice Fossil watch, probably some Cole Haan shoes,” and of course “a little gel.” How did Renner become so designer chic? “I have a GQ subscription so I’m trying to get up to date on everything,” he says.

Sadly first dates aren’t in Renner’s near future. He has a girlfriend who is fashion savvy as well. “She’s really big into maxi dresses,” he says, although he admits, “I don’t really know what that is.”

Renner’s favorite store is Nordstrom, but he probably won’t stop by for the next few months as the intense practice schedule puts him in sweats for most of football season. “The season is kind of tough, you don’t get time to dress up for things,” he says. “You try to dress up on the weekends.”

Besides his fashion sense, Renner says he is best known on the team for his competitiveness. “I hate losing,” he says. “Even with this little trash can game in the locker room. It’s a big fit if I do lose.”

With a stylish, GQ-reading quarterback who has a knack for winning, you aren’t going to want to miss any football games this season.

Carolina Homegrown

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By John Geraghty

It’s fitting that the new release from Campfires and Constellations will be titled “Carolina Homegrown,” considering the five-piece folk-rock band was truly born and raised in North Carolina.

In 2010, the band began as an acoustic project between leads on vocals and guitar, Charlie Smith and Corey Bax. Since spring of 2012, the band has evolved to its full potential, adding Ernest Thompson, Stephen Mooneyhan and Daniel T. Perry IV.

Campfires and Constellations is currently recording new music with UNC Vinyl Records. “It’s forthcoming, we’re not rushing it,” says Corey Bax. Their previous release is available on Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp.

The band of UNC-CH seniors is already quite well known among the Chapel Hill community, having performed at the Local 506, He’s Not Here and throughout Fraternity Court on game weekends.

“Everything you see is basically born of the stage,” says Charlie Smith. Their major influences include Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Robert Earl Keen Jr., and Doc Watson.

“We like beer-drinking music, ya know…just tryna raise some hell,” says Smith.

Although their after graduation plans are unknown, ultimately the band would like to continue working together.

“If people wanna hear it, we’ll keep playing,” Smith says. “If you come to a Campfire show, you better bring your f***ing mouth guard because we’re gonna try and knock your teeth out.”

Follow Campfires and Constellations on Twitter at @CampfiresFolk, or visit their Facebook page here.

Blonde Ambition

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Photo by Dara Schwartz

By John Geraghty

Blonde, beauty, brains, and a whole lot of talent. She can bend and snap, too.

“Omigod you guys!” Jessica Hoffmann seems more similar to her upcoming leading role than the Carolina theater community could have ever imagined.

From November 22-24, UNC-Chapel Hill students will have the opportunity to see Hoffmann perform in Company Carolina’s fall main stage production of Legally Blonde: The Musical as leading role, Elle Woods.

If you’ve seen previous productions on campus, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and HAIR!, then you must be familiar with her massive talent.

What you probably did not know is that Hoffmann is a business major at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and has interned for AEG Live in Los Angeles. Although not pursuing theater as a career, she intends to combine her passion for the arts with her knowledge of business as a liaison between creatives and suits. That’s right, she’s an unexpectedly brilliant Southern California girl, just like her current role.

One thing is different, she’s chasing after her own dreams and not Warner’s. Additionally, she’s not a Delta Nu or part of the UNC Greek system, but has rather found her own “sorority or fraternity in a sense,” within the close-knit theater community.

Theater has taught Hoffmann focus, discipline and teamwork, all of which will ultimately benefit her in the long run within any professional arena she decides to pursue.

“I’m a little insane, but I honestly don’t think I’m crazy enough for theater,” Hoffmann said.

However, she is crazy enough to survive tech rehearsals, a competitive major, and a vibrant social life. How does she handle it all “so much better” than many other students?

“Good question. I drink a lot of coffee, and a lot of water so I don’t kill my vocal chords with the coffee.”

Photo by Dara Schwartz

Photo by Dara Schwartz

SCOPE Blog Under Construction–New Issue to Hit Newsstands March 1st!

Hello,

We are working on a brand new SCOPE blog set to release in March along with our Great Expectations Issue! SCOPE will continue to be The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s cultural catalyst, giving you all the latest trends in pop, politics, food and style.

Keep on the lookout for our Great Expectations issue set to hit newsstands on March 1st! Our March cover star is… Skye Bolt, a top recruit for the #1 ranked UNC Baseball Team!

Thank you for stopping by! We look forward to seeing you again in March.

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One Dollar Slice

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Name: Mary Feddeman
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Concentration: Journalism major, Creative Writing and Urban Studies & Planning double minor

JK: What’s the inspiration behind your outfit today?
MF: I think I was just looking for something comfortable and kind of interesting, and definitely something autumn-ish.  In the winter, I wear tights pretty often, and I love loose, soft sweaters. The combat boots are my favorite shoes.  I feel powerful when I wear them, and the heels make a ton of noise when I walk, so they’re perfect for walking around on the eighth floor of Davis or on bricks in the Pit.  I like the disruption.

So I guess my inspiration was my own passive-aggressive personality.

JK: How would you describe your personal style?
MF:
My style is probably most influenced by where I am, so I’d cite Chapel Hill as the main inspiration for what I wear daily because I’ve been here so long, which means it’s pretty earthy and relaxed.  Lots of jeans.

New York has also had a strong influence on my style.  I stayed in the city for a few months this past summer, and I was definitely influenced by some of the styles I saw on subways, where I worked, and in parks.  While I lived there, I wound up dying the tips of my hair bright red and getting a tattoo one day: two things I probably wouldn’t have done before.  So yeah, I think the city hardened me and my style a little.

Lately, I’ve been mixing hard and soft elements a lot – a little bit of urban and a little bit of small town.

JK: What are your favorite trends?
MF:
Growing up in Chapel Hill, I’ve been raised to love Birkenstocks, though I don’t think that’s so much of a trend anywhere else.  I really like hats, though I don’t really wear many.  And brown leather jackets, though I don’t (yet) own one.  I like florals, especially floral scarves.  And I love intricate earrings.  I also really appreciate it when someone loves a piece so much they wear it to death.  I like when you can tell it’s been worn.

I think honestly my favorite trend right now is that anything seems to fly – I like that people are borrowing so much from the styles of other decades, while at the same time coming up with original pieces and ways to wear them.

And I especially like that older styles are considered semi-fashionable because I’m extremely cheap, so I can buy old things at the thrift store and still feel like a college student when I wear them.

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My suede brogues shuffled along the sidewalks of north campus, obscured by the fallen autumn leaves.  By the light of the setting sun, my eyes scanned the grounds for a fashionista.  Then Mary caught my eye, a small town girl with big city dreams.  Mary’s outfit was the apple of my eye…well, I should say the “Big Apple” of my eye. It combined the hard element of the city with small town class.  She began with a light grey cord sweater from Old Navy.  Cord sweater are staple in preppy fashion.  What set Mary’s apart from a normal cord sweater was that it revealed a bit more than one would imagine.  She paired it with a dark grey skirt from PTA Thrift Shop.  A pair of white textured socks that she got from her mom hugged her feet, and Mary finished with a pair of black boots that she bought from Macy’s.  Combat boots, a year-round favorite, gave her a tough appearance.

Subtleties offset her neutral-toned outfit.  These small details mimicked the foliage in color.  Mary’s burnt orange tights from Target, her orange feather earring from Top Shop, and red lipstick really gave her outfit a fiery quality.  She continued to accessorize with a bronze triangle stud and golden bracelet from Top Shop.  Bronze and gold jewelry is perfect for the summer and autumn seasons.  Mary completed her outfit with tortoise shell browline sunglasses, which she haggled for in Chinatown.  Without a doubt, Mary showed us how to bring the big city to a small town.

Managing Stress During Exams

With exams beginning this week, stress levels are rising to an all time high. While it is a well-known fact that stress is harmful to your overall well-being, many people often do not know how to cope with it. During this time of year avoiding stress is nearly impossible, but there are easy ways to reduce its negative impacts.

When managing stress, exercise plays a key role. Staying active daily is not only good for your body, but it causes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are essentially your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Take a study break and squeeze in 30 minutes or an hour of exercise. It can help clear your mind and let go of the tension that your body builds throughout the day. Making room in your hectic schedule to exercise may not be easy but it is definitely worth it.

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I am sure that we have all fell victim to the evil known as procrastination at least once, but time management can help a great deal in preventing stress. Some people like to make lists or write everything down on a calendar to stay organized and allot their time efficiently. While this sounds nice, in reality, it does not always work out the way you want it to. However, beginning that final paper a few days before the due date or not cramming for that chemistry final can certainly reduce your stress levels during exam time.

Talking about your problems, in moderation, to your family or close friends can provide the advice or reassurance that you may need during this time. Having a strong support system is important in coping with stress because it gives you the comfort of knowing that people are there for you when you need them. If the stress of finals becomes too much to bear, or you just need someone to talk to, counselors UNC-Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Wellness Services are always there to listen.