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Elizabeth Roberts

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Wine Riot D.C.- Young Adults Learn About Wine Through Taste Testing


In an effort to remember what you drink and why you like it, Wine Riot D.C., premiered on May 5, 2012 at DAR Constitution Hall. A wine tasting show specifically targeted toward young adults, Wine Riot aims to increase knowledge about diverse types of wine for aficionados who love the taste but lack the facts.

Second Glass, the producer of Wine Riot events across the country, bridges the information gap between wineries and wine fans. Second Glass targets their events towards college students and young professionals that enjoy wine but don’t know which type works best with them.

Filippo Lapides, national brand ambassador for Giorgio & Gianni Lambrusco, recommends that the best way for an individual to choose what wine is best for them is to pour a little bit into a cup and take note of the smell and color.

“Color can tell you a lot of whether the wine is filtered or unfiltered,” Lapides said. “Filtering is part of the fermentation process to make sure there isn't any sediment and this affects the middle palate where a lot of the flavors occur.”

Based on the flavor of the wine that can be sweet, dry, heavy, etc., patrons can figure out which taste appeals to their particular taste buds.

Appearing in Boston, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, Wine Riot aims to made wine education a recreational activity. Besides the wine, the event is all inclusive with a DJ, opportunities for on-site informational wine classes and a free photo booth to memorialize the night.

Not Just a ‘Female’ Social Issue- College Males Taking an Active Stance on Domestic Violence


In a University of Maryland advocacy presentation against domestic violence, the audience wasn’t comprised of a full house of women; male participants dominated almost a quarter of the seats. On Oct. 20, the leadership series “Voices of Social Change” hosted UMD alumna Suzanne Marcus, co-founder of District Alliance for Safe Housing.
Morgan Granger, sophomore psychology major, says the number of men that showed up at the presentation surprised her. “It was good to see so many guys interested in the issue and hopefully this high number will continue to increase,” Granger said. “They play an equal role in perpetuating or ending domestic violence, it’s their responsibility as much as a woman’s to try to stop it.”
There are less than 5 safe house establishments for victims of domestic violence in the D.C. area. One of these is DASH, a safe place for male and female victims, as well as families gripped by domestic violence. “At a domestic violence shelter, it’s a really a matter of life and death,” Marcus said. (Photo credit to

Where Eco Meets Living Art Deco: D.C. Fashion Week Fall 2011


Blue wrap became more than starchy hospital gown material on Monday, Sept. 19, when D.C. Fashion Week launched its eco-fashion show at the World Wildlife Foundation. Although blue wrap is typically used as the sanitary barebones form of “clothing” that hospitals give during check-ups, 14 finalists of Project Blue Wrap used this material as an unconventional form of fashion.

The show began with speeches from D.C. Fashion Week’s environmental sponsors, Perkins and Will design firm and Inova Health Systems. Perkins and Will was rated the most sustainable architecture firm by Architecture magazine and reduced its energy consumption by 35% last year. From 2009-2010, Inova eliminated one million pounds of medical waste through monitoring their hospitals through an incentive program. “Being a responsible member of our community also means being responsible to our environment,” Inova Director of Sustainability Seema Wadhwa said.
While Inova’s video presented the fact that “More plastic than plankton resides in some of the remote parts of our ocean,” I was reminded that the culture of sustainability is further created when education meets art. This is similar to Alexander McQueen’s post-mortem Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit “Savage Beauty” which ran from May 4- Aug. 7 2011. In one of McQueen’s premier dresses, he used medical glass slides as a divergent from typical gown materials, dyeing the slides red. By using materials that would easily be tossed in the trash, he created environmentally sustainable couture.
Pictured below is photographer Racquel Segall who took the runway shots of all of the models, Wadhwa and HC UMD Editor-in-Chief Liz Roberts, all holding their blue wrap gift bags that came with the runway show.

A Day In the Life of a Buyer


It was a walk-in closet the size of a convention center when the Moda and Fame wholesale clothing show came to New York City on Feb. 19.  Garment, accessory and shoe designers were packed into a high-energy warehouse, awaiting boutique owners and stylists to pick over the coveted trends of the season.

Buyers typically go behind the scenes in environments like this two to four times per year to cover the fall and spring lines of traditional and eclectic designers. Buyers are the people who represent the style for a store, generating looks and holding responsibility for the critical selection of deciding what’s in and what’s out. Every piece of clothing has been extensively thought over regarding whether the target consumers, such as the college market, will buy it, the price of the material and when the store will be able to stock the new merchandise.

As a buyer intern for Red Hue Boutique, 36 Maryland Ave. in Rockville Town Center, my responsibilities include conducting trend research, writing press releases, maintaining the display models for the windows, steaming clothes, contributing to D.C. Fashion Week 2011 and assisting owner Silvia Huezo with any help that she may need with the store.

D.C. Fashion Week 2011


Assisting behind the scenes of a runway show means voluntarily throwing yourself into a slew of stressed designers delegating clothes assignments, hairstylists frantically tossing styling equipment to each other and models struggling to put on outfits in the 30 seconds they have before strutting the catwalk.  Surprisingly, this was one of the highlights of my experience at D.C. Fashion Week 2011 from Feb. 21- Feb. 27.

Hairdressers backstage at D.C. Fashion Week 2011

D.C. Fashion Week is the largest exhibition of fashion apparel in the District of Columbia, according to The designers that make the list for the runway are either directly from the metropolitan area or international designers. One of these designers is my employer, Silvia Huezo. A native of El Salvador, she “draws inspiration from popular culture as well as ethnic cultures, music, art, high fashion, films and social activism.” Huezo connects the positivity she sees in these areas to her preferred medium of fashion. In-house productivity is due to the family business type of line, with family friends commissioned to sew and produce the clothing in El Salvador. This can ease the mind of any fashion-oriented consumer who worries about the unethical business practices since Red Hue operates 100% sweatshop free. The benefit of having so many local designers at an event close to the University of Maryland is the opportunity to shop at these vendors due to their close distance. 

Thinking of Going Abroad?


Check out junior Elizabeth Roberts' photos from her winter study abroad trip to Chile!

Evening performance, Santiago, Chile.

Rainforest, Pucon, Chile.

Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile.

Casual mansion, Santiago, Chile.

Meeting Famous Authors: Not Your Typical UMD Winter Term Study Abroad


Before I boarded my plane to Chile, I expected to go to South America and learn some more conversational Spanish, hang out with the locals and learn about literature. But I got more than just a great tan from the hostel rooftop on my study abroad trip: I got the opportunity to meet a famous Chilean author.
The three-week University of Maryland study abroad program “Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change” ran from January 2-22, 2011. Taught by UMD faculty Professor Vivianne Salgado, the class was exposed not only to her knowledge as a native of Chilean capital Santiago, but also her connections in the literary world.
Taking the metro, our class of 14 students was personally fed lunch by Pia Barros, a renowned Chilean short story writer and essayist. She and her husband made us lunch and invited us into their home for a traditional lunch of humitas (hot breaded corn dough sautéed with onions and spices, wrapped in corn husks), fresh fruit, bread and strawberry juice.