In the first episode of the freshoutofsomewhere podcast, we are joined by 2 special guests: Yama Marong and Hunter Lockett. Real people, real stories of students who attend The University of North Texas. We take a candid deep dive into sexual harassment, dating, and consent within college culture. content warning: strong language, and mild sexual themes“
“Do you feel safe on campus?” was the question posed to several students at UNT. After filming the podcast, I wanted to hear additional stories and perspectives on this topic. Pictured below are 3 young women who all have varying opinions on sexual harassment & safety on campus:
Do you consider yourself a person who owns a lot of shoes? Okay, now ask yourself, do you really wear and use all of them?
As a person who works at a retail shoe store, I own plenty of shoes. Shoes here, shoes there, shoes everywhere. I buy shoes that I honestly don’t really need. One day, I was talking with my co-workers and as we talked, I couldn’t help but notice that most of us were guilty of buying shoes and not wearing them.
Yes, I used to feel some type of guilt about buying unnecessary shoes, that is, until, I came across this non-profit organization called, It’s From the Sole, on Instagram. It’s From the Sole, is a non-profit organization that collects and gives away shoes to those in need in New York and other metropolitan cities.
I mean I’ll admit that I have shoes that I have probably worn once or twice, and they are just sitting there in the corner of my closet. After learning and watching videos of Andre McDonell, founder of From the Sole, walking down the streets of New York giving out shoes to those in need, it really made me realize how fortunate I am and how I can turn my guilt into comfort and gratification by donating my shoes.
In my opinion, I think its because when I was younger I didn’t have the luxury of buying any colored shoes available, which ultimately made me want to work hard to buy every shoes of my choice. Little did I realize that, yes, shoes are what I wanted but not what I needed. Now I understand the little things we take for granted and figured out how I could be helping and start donating some of my shoes that I really don’t wear instead of stacking them up and eventually throwing them away later like some of us usually would.
To know more about how this organization works, here is a list of the process as described in their website.
The Process of It’s From the Sole
- They collect and accept new and gently worn shoes
- They work with everyone from local residents and businesses to universities and schools to collect sneakers and shoes.
- They hand clean and launder all sneakers and soles to ensure they are in proper condition, including replacing old insoles and shoestrings.
- They distribute refurbished and new sneakers to those in need on an ad hoc and scheduled basis.
Although there are many organizations you can donate to, It’s From the Sole, caught my attention even more as Andre McDonell appeared on the Ellen Show almost a month ago to talk more about how this organization came about. You can watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJg0ZYTxcM. This just shows how it has become a world-wide organization willing to help people from different countries and not just in the U.S.
Don’t you want to turn that guilt into satisfaction of knowing you helped someone in need by simply donating your shoes? Check out http://www.itsfromthesole.org to find out how you can get started and donate. Or you can look up any nearby location that accepts shoe donations because we can all agree we all have at least one pair of shoes in our closet that can make a difference in someone else’s lives.
the following are reasons why next time you’re searching for a new outfit you might want to consider thrifting, the healthier and cheaper shopping method for fashion
1. not gonna lie, it’s pretty cool
You can find so many unique articles of clothing while thrifting, pieces that become real gems in your closet. You can find used clothing from twenty years ago or something that was the latest trend from 2 months ago. Either way that shirt looks really cute on you, where’d you get it? Thrift store? no way!
2. it’s the better bang for your buck
Thrift store prices are very low from the beginning. Shirts for as low as $2 in some places and jeans for $5, but wait both have a yellow tag which means they’re 50% off today.
3. you’re during the environment a favor
In 2013, Americans created 15.1 million tons of textile waste. Textiles that are mainly not bio-degredable and made with toxic dyes and chemicals. We’re producing more clothing than we need but only because we the consumers continue to give a demand. It’s time to give the planet a rest from creating more clothing when so much exist already. Reduce, reuse, recycle, the steps to creating a more sustainable lifestyle should also be applied to your closet.
4. it’s the ethical option
The fashion industry is not the cleanest of all industries. Many of us have heard about sweatshops and if anyone were to ask we would reprimand such cruel conditions. But we support such abuses by paying for products made by companies who do not care for their employees. Workers are taken advantage of by companies who make them work cruel hours, low wages, and in very dangerous working conditions and environments. By thrifting we lower the demand to companies who exploit and abuse their workers. As a consumer we must vote with our dollar. It’s important to remember who made your clothes and think about the conditions they were made in. These aren’t just workers but people.
curious on a little more?
Join ( or follow on instagram @whomademyclothesunt) UNT’s club that advocates for ethical fashion labor practices.
Find out if what you’re wearing is ethical at https://directory.goodonyou.eco and replace what isn’t.
Join the fashion revolution https://www.fashionrevolution.org
Welcome to the beginner’s guide to zero-waste living. You’ll never take the trash out again… kind of.
The next time you’re about to take the trash out, take an inventory of what’s in there. Sure it might not be the greatest smelling, but past the smell, take notice of all of the things that could be repurposed, recycled, and used again. How much of your trash was food that could be used as compost? How much of it was plastic wrappers, containers, or packaging for single use items or food? If you are like an average American, you produce about 4.5 pounds of trash a day. When these bits are part of our everyday life, it’s hard to picture the repercussions of our waste.
Zero-waste living is about not producing any garbage. You don’t send anything to a landfill, and you don’t throw anything into a trash bin inside or outside of your home. While this is the goal of zero-waste, it is more than understandable that this does not happen overnight. Any super-star zero-waster had to start somewhere.
While living trash-free might seem overwhelming, here are my top tips on starting your waste-free journey.
Are you somebody who cares deeply for the environment? Do you want to save money, or dodge the toxins that can be carried through plastic? Are you somebody who is tired of seeing litter on beaches, nature preserves, parks, roads, or anywhere plastic does not belong? Establish your reasons and write them down. Having solid reasons that keep you motivated is going to be key for when you need inspiration.
2. Get to know your Trash
To get rid of something, you have to know what it is first, right? Before chunking the trash can out, get to know what you’re throwing into it. Perform a trash audit for a week where you track exactly the things that are being sent to a landfill. See what you throw away the most, and try to tackle that first. Not only will you be making a noticeable improvement, but you’re scoring in on the instant gratification as well!
3. Phase Out
Now it’s time to be using all of the things you already have. You like me most likely already have backups for paper towel rolls, cotton swabs, napkins, and other items that are single use. During this time try your best not to bring anything new into your home. If you, like me, have a pantry/freezer/fridge already with bulk foods that get passed up for the more desirable options, plan to use the foods you already have by focusing your meals around them.
4. Swap as you go
You do NOT need to swap out all of your plastics and single use items overnight. As your items come to a finish, replace the products as you finish them. Begin with reusable cloth bags, mason jars, kitchen rags instead of napkins or paper towels, reusable water bottles, and reusable straws. Make sure to check secondhand stores for items and making sure that whatever you are buying will last you a long time.
5. Take Zero-Waste on the GO
Notice your patterns outside of your home as well. The same way you made an audit for your trash at home, try to keep track of the trash you accumulate when you are out and about. Do you often buy beverages and throw the cup away? Consider bringing a travel mug with you to the next coffee shop or your own tumbler to a gas station or take-out food chain. Do you find yourself using plastic utensils when you are out? Bring your own set of travel utensils, including a reusable straw. Do you often buy food when you are out? Pack snacks and meals in glass containers and jars or reusable snack bags before leaving. Don’t feel afraid to ask if you can use your own containers and jars.
6. Let it Rot
Forty percent of all food in America is wasted. When it comes to landfills, food makes up more than twenty percent of the solid wastes. When food is in a landfill, it can not decompose and instead simply sits there. Instead of decomposing, the organics release methane which is twenty times stronger than CO2 and contributes to climate change. But before taking your food scraps to your composite bin, think can I use this in a stock? In a soup? In a salad? If your food scraps have reached an end, you can compost them no matter where you live. To find the best method to compost for you and your living space, click here.
7. Enjoy the Ride
Zero-waste living is a journey and a full process that needs time, patience, education, and creativity at times. With every item is an alternative that may or may not be obvious. Joining an online community, Facebook group, blog or website can keep you involved and motivated to keep going. Remember that you’re doing this for a great cause, and don’t get too caught up if you don’t live a totally zero-waste life just yet. The point is that you’re aware, and you’re trying! You’re awesome for that and the Earth thanks you.
While these are very basic step to zero-waste, I highly recommend these books to get more information on how you can take the steps to zero-waste and help you through your journey.
Preventing HIV in four easy steps
Ready in: 20 minutes
- PrEP (brand name Truvada)
- Step one: Knowledge
- The most important thing to remember is that HIV is no longer the deadly disease it once was. Now of course if left untreated HIV can have devastating effects upon the body. But if you’re smart, careful and conscious of the risks then you will be fine.
- Step two: Always, always, always use a condom or dental dam and never share needles
- Now I know you’ve probably heard this a million times, and there’s a reason for that, Condoms and Dental Dams work. 99% of all transmissions of HIV come from either unprotected sex or the sharing of needles
- Do note that lambskin Condoms are NOT effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. Only latex condoms are proven effective at preventing HIV transmission.
- Step three: Protecting yourself with medication
- If you are in exceptional danger of contracting HIV, whether by being in a long-term relationship with an HIV+ person or through some other means talk to your doctor about PrEP
- PrEP is short for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. Which is pharmaceutical speech for it’ll stop HIV from transmitting to you.
- PrEP is highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV ONLY when taken consistently and as prescribed.
- Step four: What to do if all else fails?
- Firstly, do not panic, if you suspect you have been exposed to HIV within 72 hours go to the emergency room and ask about PEP
- PEP stands for Post-exposure Prophylaxis and it has been shown to be highly effective at stopping HIV from taking hold within the body as long as the medication is started within 72 hours of exposure and continuously taken.
While this was a bit of a silly format for such a serious topic. Preventing HIV really is as easy as making a pie or cake. It is no longer the death sentence it once was. If you take all of the precautions you can there is a negligible risk of transmission.
The symptoms of HIV are hard to distinguish from those of the Flu. The symptoms include night sweats, fever, muscle aches, rashes, sore throat, and general fatigue. As well as being very similar to Flu symptoms HIV symptoms do not always manifest in everyone.
If you are worried that you have contracted HIV all STD clinics have a quick test that detects HIV in as little as a minute.
Most importantly if you even suspect that you have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours go to the emergency room and ask about PEP do not wait.
Never use a needle that was previously used by someone I don’t care if it was your uncle Jacob’s insulin needle DON’T DO IT.
What does cruelty free makeup mean? To put it simply,
a product being cruelty free means that the product itself and its ingredients were not tested on animals.
Implementing cruelty free makeup and skincare in my everyday routine is something I am really passionate about. While I don’t expect this video to completely change your view and what products you use, I merely hope it gets you thinking about what you are putting on your face and what other beings it may be harming. Switching to solely cruelty free products takes time, but I believe it is worth it!
Have you previously ever looked into all the ingredients of a product you were using? How important is it for you to know what you are putting on your skin?
On Tuesday, 4 February 2014, at 6:30pm, Holocaust survivor Jack Repp will give a free public talk in the Eagle Student Services Center (Room 255). The talk is sponsored by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the Leo and Rhea Fay Fruhman Foundation, and the UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program. It will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Repp.
Jack Repp was born in 1923 in Radom, Poland. His family was interned in the Radom ghetto in 1941. Separated from them, he worked in a labor camp in Radom in 1941-42, a Radom concentration camp in 1942-43, an ammunition factor until the end of 1943, and was then sent to Auschwitz.
The American army eventually liberated him from a work camp in Staldach, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1949 to work for his uncle selling clothes, and settled in Dallas in 1950.
For more information, contact Jewish-Studies@unt.edu or 940-369-8926.
On Wednesday Sept 25, from 3-5pm in the Willis Library Forum, UNT’s Model International Organization and Contemporary Arab+Muslim Cultural Studies Institute will co-host a panel on the current state of Syria. Panelists include Professors Emile Saliyeh (who will speak on the role of the international community), Ozlem Altiok (who will cover the impact of the conflict on Turkey, the Kurds, and refugees in general), Assad Naji (who will address the domestic side of the conflict in Syria), and Nancy Stockdale (who will provide insight on the US response). Each panelist will speak for 15-20 minutes, and then there will be a 40-minute Q&A. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.