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september 23rd, 2010
life. and how to have one.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | volume 8, issue 6
16 Q&A WITH MATT AND KIM
THE UPBEAT POP DUO GRACES THE
GRANADA STAGE
13 WESCOE WIT
“I THINK I’M GONNA RETIRE MY
PENIS FOR A WHILE.”
GOING THE DISTANCE 6
STAYING CLOSE TO YOUR SWEETIE IN
A DIFFERENT CITY
FAMILY MATTERS 7
ONE JAYPLAY WRITER’S EVOLVING
RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER
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while no one was looking (he also loves
baked goods). But there’s something about
the methodical process of mixing all of the
ingredients together, placing them in the
pan and waiting for them to be done that’s
incredibly satisfying — not to mention the
sweet sugary aroma that fills my house
afterward. I forget about the mountain of
homework I have to do and momentarily
stop thinking about becoming an actual
adult in two and a half months (scary!).
But, as yummy as brownies and muffins
are, they don’t always do the trick.
The second category of foods I have
a very close relationship with can be
summed up quite easily: potatoes — of
all varieties. A good starchy potato holds
the answer to many of my problems. It’s
what I eat when I go into bouts of deep
depression. For example, when FOX
cancelled Firefly, I ate a family size bag of
potato chips. When I’m feeling nostalgic
(aka terrified of graduation), I eat potato
wedges. And when I really start to miss my
boyfriend, who goes to school in Colorado,
I bring out the big guns: mashed potatoes.
I eat a lot of mashed potatoes. Throwing
a full stick of butter in the mix doesn’t
hurt, either. After all, cardiac arrest
would undoubtedly put a halt to all of my
problems, anyway.
For more on comfort food, check
out Jacque’s article on page 11 and
afterwards, eat up.
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I have two very distinct categories of
comfort food — each is a godsend in its
own way.
The first, hands down, is baked goods:
what I eat when I’m really stressed out
about school.
I have no doubt this comes from my mom.
I have vivid memories of her yelling at the
television when the ku basketball team was
losing a game. her face would turn red and,
I swear, smoke would stream out of her ears.
Then, like clockwork, she would go into the
kitchen during halftime and make cookies.
now, don’t get me wrong, I love cookies.
I would never complain about someone
making me cookies, but I learned at an early
age that baking is a good way to deal with
stress, whether it be a test or a tragic loss
to k-state.
In fact, this past weekend, amidst the
long and painful stretch that is my quarter-
life crisis, I not only made dark chocolate
brownies, but also strawberry and blueberry
muffins. sadly, these didn’t last long, as my
kitten got a hold of a small fraction of them ANNA ARCHIBALD
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kansas in heat // SETTING THE MOOD
Q. Twice I have brought this girl back to my
place and both times nothing romantic has hap-
pened. We end up just talking and watching
tosh.0. How do I spice it up and get things mov-
ing a bit quicker?
Mike Anderson, Dellwood, Minn. graduate stu-
dent, is the host of Kansas in Heat, a talk show
about sex and relationships that airs Wednesdays
at 11 p.m. on KJHK, 90.7fm and at kjhk.org.
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> Tackle the sticky world of relationships.
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a. I think I know what you mean: You want
some physical escalation of any kind that
leads down the romantic/intimate lane.
My frst question for you is have you made
any sort of move or advance that could be
interpreted as romantic? If you are waiting
for her to make the frst move then you will be
waiting forever.
The majority of women worry about the
connotations of making the frst move, and
want you to make it. This doesn’t mean jump
her bones, nor fat out asking her if you can
kiss her (terrible idea). It means that you
should verbally escalate the relationship by
letting this gal know how you feel. Move a
little closer on the couch and get confdent
about your words. It sounds like you are at
the point of the dating process where you
want this person to see you as a potential
romantic suitor, so build up the romance.
Fix up your place. Make sure it looks clean
and inviting. Try setting the mood and lighting
some candles. I know that sounds cheesy,
but it works. Take some pride on making your
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palace a palace of romance.
Next time you are on your couch don’t watch
tosh.0 (although it is a great show). Don’t watch
anything. Build romance, put on some good
tunes and let your friends Al, Barry, Prince, and
Marvin help you out. You’d be amazed on how
setting the right atmosphere will breed romance
and intimacy.
If you really want to escalate things, invite her
over for some chocolate taste testing. Everyone
loves chocolate, which is an aphrodisiac. While
you are both enjoying the mood, your chocolate,
and maybe some strawberries, listen to some
Sade. Sade is responsible for the conception of
half of you that are reading this column. Putting
on some Sade is like fshing with dynamite.
You may have noticed that nowhere have I
mentioned alcohol. If you want to incorporate
some wine or champagne, fne, but you really
don’t need it. Confdence is incredibly sexy. In the
end, let this gal know your romantic intentions.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If you
have gone on a few dates and things look good,
you have nothing to worry about.
Do you have a question for Kansas in Heat?
Send it in to kansasinheat@yahoo.com or check
out the Kansas in Heat Facebook page.
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five questions // Brad witherspoon and justin springer
> Two people. Five questions. See how they stack up. | EllEN ShEfTEl |
BRAD WITHERSPOON
> Brad Witherspoon is a ku alum from humBoldt, kan. he graduated
in 2009 and Was a guard for the ku BasketBall team.
I’m going to go with October. I mean basketball starts in October, so really
it should be everyone’s favorite month.

I mostly stick with macaroni and cheese. Noodles and cheese just go
together, right?

This is a tough one. I’m going to go with a chimp. It’s one of the smartest
animals out there and they look like a ton of fun.
Tomorrow, or is it tommarow? That’s defnitely it. I can’t even spell it right!

I’d say a fight attendant. You’re on a plane all day, so that seems like it
would be pretty cool to me.
JUSTIN SPRINGER
> Justin springer is a lineBacker for the ku footBall team. he is a
senior from los fresnos, texas.
My favorite month is defnitely february. I like how it’s cold and it’s also
my birthday month.
I will always make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They’re always
so good and fll me up. I also love waffes at midnight. It’s my favorite.

A monkey. They seem like they would be really fun to play with. They’re
also really badass.

I can’t stand the word “pop.” Just say the name of the drink, like Coke or
Pepsi. I can’t stand it. Maybe it’s just a Midwest thing.
I think I would have to go with doctor. To save somebody’s life would be
amazing.
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Zach Wright poked Kylie Nutt before he even
knew her. Granted, it was just on Facebook.
The relationship began when Wright saw
Nutt’s picture on his friend’s Facebook wall and
was immediately enticed. “I thought she was
beautiful and asked my friend to introduce us,”
Wright, Cedar Park, Texas junior, says.
Wright thought his friend mentioned him
to Nutt, Shawnee senior, but after the friendly
Facebook poke she responded with ‘Do I know
you?’ Wright says.
Nutt admits she had no idea who Wright was
at the time. “To be honest, I thought he was kind
of creepy,” she says.
After Wright explained how he found her
on a mutual friend’s wall and thought she was
beautiful, the two began talking regularly. It’s
been three years and the couple is still happily
together. They enjoy playing with their new
puppy, having a regular date night on Thursdays
and traveling. “I couldn’t ask for a better
boyfriend,” Nutt says.
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how we met // megan elliott & brent f. crouch how we met // Zach Wright & Kylie nutt
| BECCA HARSCH | | EllEN SHEFTEl |
Contributed photo
Worth the wait: Megan Elliott and Brent Feppers
Crouch, both Overland Park seniors, lived fve
minutes apart growing up. Te couple didn’t
meet until freshman year at KU.
Contributed photo
Friend request: A Facebook poke initiated the
relationship between Kylie Nutt, Shawnee
senior and Brian Wright, Cedar Park, Texas
junior. Luckily, she didn’t think he was too
creepy.
> All great relationships had to start somewhere.
> All great relationships had to start somewhere.
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Megan Elliott and Brent Feppers Crouch lived
just fve minutes away from each other during
high school, but didn’t meet until their freshman
year at KU. Elliott and Feppers Crouch, both
Overland Park seniors, ended up firting and
wrestling in the grass the frst night they met
when the cops showed up at a mutual friend’s
house party.
A year later, Elliott and Feppers Crouch saw
each other again. Soon after, Feppers Crouch
reached out to Elliott’s roommate in hopes of
getting Elliott’s phone number. “I thought it
was cute that he was putting the effort in,”
Elliott says.
The couple went on their frst date at Zen
Zero, where they had to wait a long time for a
table on Valentine’s Day sophomore year. “We
were both really nervous,” Elliott says.
The couple say they are silly together. They
enjoy trivia night at Wayne & larry’s, even
though they’re not very good at it.
“We like to pretend to be kitties,” Elliott,
owner of two cats says. “I don’t really like
cats,” Feppers Crouch says as they both
laugh. The couple say they meow at each
other and meow songs together. Elliott and
Feppers Crouch will celebrate their two-year
anniversary on Valentine’s Day, 2011.
Favorite music: Britney Spears and Selena
Notices First iN a poteNtial
partNer: Eyes and smile. Eyes give more
depth and a mysterious aspect to a guy that
makes him more intriguing. I also love when
a guy has dimples and cracks a side smile.
Something about that is just sexy.
turN oNs: Tall, good teeth, ability to make me
laugh, confdence and knows how to cook.
turN oFFs: Guido-styled hair, bad breath, dirty
fngernails, hairy feet and ogre-esque etiquette.
why i’m a catch: I’m very outgoing and
I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m a total
domestic diva and I love to have a good time.
catch oF the week // matt araiZa
> Our weekly peek at a fsh in the KU sea.
NickName: Gorda comes from my
tendencies of eating all of the time. Gorda is
“chubby” in Spanish. I’m always cooking for
myself and others.
iNterests & hobbies: laughing really
loudly, being super sarcastic, swimming,
shopping and dancing. I really will dance
anywhere. In my offce, in my underwear,
in my apartment, out at bars or out on the
marching feld. When a bombastic song pops
into my head, I just have to work it out!
HOMETOWN: Plano, Texas
MAJOR: Communications & Spanish
YEAR: Junior
INTERESTED IN: Men
| BECCA HARSCH |
signifcant in a long distance relationship
because interaction is less frequent and there
is more room for misinterpretation. “Having a
healthy balance of friends and other activities
makes it easier to cope with the inherent strains
of a long distance relationship,” Wade says.
What makes the distance
Worth the effort
At the end of the day, either the distance is
worth all of the effort or it isn’t. For Olney, the
distance makes the heart grow fonder. “There’s
nothing more exciting to me than knowing I get
to see him soon,” Olney says. Lutz thinks the
relationship will work if you’re with the right
person. She says when she and Mester are
together the distance doesn’t matter and the
light at the end of the tunnel makes it all worth
it. “Every relationship, long distance or not, has
it’s hardships. Ours is distance,” Lutz says.
do you think long distance relationships work? Why or why not?
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Sweet Separation: Although being apart may pose challenges for couples in long distance relationships, with a lot of communication and trust, the
relationship can grow and prosper.
Photo Illustration | Jessica Janasz
| ELLEN SHEFTEL |
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GoinG the
distance
couples cope With
less face-time.

Sammy Lampe | Houston senior
“I think they can if both people trust
the other person and are willing to
constantly work to stay together.”


Heidi Zarda | Shawnee senior
“I think it can work, if both sides are
mature enough to work hard at it.
Relationships in general take work,
but long distance relationships take
even more work. There needs to be a
lot of trust.”

Lanie Smith | Salina junior
“No because the lack of physical
contact. I mean I wouldn’t want
to date someone I couldn’t see
frequently.”

Ian McLean | Topeka junior
“It all depends on the people
involved. In my experience, no, but
I think it’s possible if the two people
are committed.”
busy schedules, the couple tries to talk on the
phone or skype about twice a day, but with
Lutz’s classes and Mester’s 9 to 5 job, it can be
diffcult.
if you’re not serious about
it, don’t do it
Though long distance relationships may not
seem hard to maintain, the reality is they take a
lot of time and effort. The couple must make a
commitment and be dedicated to each other.
Olney admits that being far away from each
other for prolonged periods of time can ignite
jealousy. She says if she’s worried or upset
she’ll ask Konicki about it, trusting his answers.
Olney says it’s important to not be jealous
and understand the relationship will be hard. “It
all comes down to if you want them in your life,
without being there physically all the time, or
just not in your life at all, period,” Olney says.
For Lutz, seeing Mester’s friends spend more
time with him than she does makes her jealous.,
but “We talk through it and know each other’s
friends well enough to know we shouldn’t feel
that way,” Lutz says.
Lutz says long distance relationships are
hard and not for everyone. “I defnitely wouldn’t
recommend it to jealous people or people who
can’t budget time. The time between seeing
each other can be the hardest and frustrating
because it feels like a waiting period,” Lutz says.
Hitting rough patches seems to be inevitable for
all relationships, including long distance ones.
Olney admits to being frustrated at times.
“It comes down to whether or not you think you
would be happier apart,” Olney says. “For us,
the answer is no. I think we would rather not
be together physically all the time and still have
each other in the end.” Lutz says early on in the
Meredith Olney hears her phone ring and
rushes to answer it. She beams when she sees
it’s her boyfriend, Shane Konicki, a senior at
Wichita State University.
Since phone calls between the couple
are few and far between, Olney, sophomore
at KU, enjoys each one. Olney, like many other
KU students, is involved in a long distance
relationship. Making time to talk to a partner
who lives elsewhere can be diffcult, but Olney
and Konicki stand together despite popular
belief that long distance relationships don’t
always work.
Olney frst met Konicki in ffth grade when
they did musicals together. She had a crush
on Konicki until freshman year of high school
when he moved to Canada. When he returned
to Wichita in 2007, Olney says they immediately
reconncted. “The reason why I still had a crush
on him was because he was the frst boy I
liked.”
hoW they do it
Long distance relationships require more
effort than ones where couples can interact
frequently face to face. While phone calls, text
messages and emails make things easier, Olney
says it’s not the same as seeing each other in
person.
Though both Olney and Konicki are from
Wichita, the couple’s one-year relationship has
been mostly long distance. Olney commutes
back to Wichita about once every two weeks,
and even though Konicki wants to go to flm
school in Chicago, the couple has decided to
stay together. “I think the distance actually
makes us closer,” Olney says. “We really don’t
fght that much because that smothering effect
isn’t there.”
Sarah Lutz, Overland Park senior has it a
bit harder than Olney. Lutz met her current
boyfriend, Kurt Mester, at a three-day church
camp retreat. He currently lives in Chicago after
graduation while she attends KU. She says their
one-year relationship works because Mester is
more mature and focused on the future. With
relationship was a bit of a rough patch because
of the distance. “I would constantly question
whether or not this was a good situation to put
myself in,” Lutz says.
hoW to cope
Being in a long distance relationship can cause
additional stress and anxiety. Dr. John Wade,
Outreach Coordinator for the Counseling and
Psychological Services at KU says a signifcant
number of students seek help at CAPS for coping
with long distance relationships. Wade also says
that different people will be affected differently
by being in a long distance relationship, but is a
higher chance for uncertainty about the other
person’s actions. This and not communicating
often can result in depression and loneliness.
When it comes to advice to students
involved in a long distance relationship, Wade
emphasizes communication and balance.
Communication is important in any relationship,
but the importance of it goes up in a long distance
one. He says communication is especially
Meditation, if practiced on a daily basis, can
create inner peace and an inner sense of well
being. Denisenko recommends meditating twice
a day for 30 minutes, preferably at the beginning
and end of the day. The effects will not be
immediately recognized, but over time you will
begin to feel less stressed and less emotionally
attached to situations, Denisenko says.
Meditation takes practice, Denisenko says.
“People tend to quit after several weeks, but if
you stick with it over time, it becomes a part of
your routine for the rest of your life.”
Eventually meditation will quiet down the
mind’s constant activity, creating a clear
focus for the person medi tati ng. “I don’t
stress out anymore, ” Deni senko says. “I
percei ve thi ngs di fferentl y. It’s amazi ng
knowing that meditation will create life long
positive benefits for those who practice it.”

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essential life skills // MEDITATION
> In case of emergency, read quickly.
A simple change in the way you perceive life
can have a lasting effect. This simple change
can be achieved through meditation.
Meditation can affect a person on three
levels: physically, mentally and spiritually,
says Dmitriy Denisenko, a Lawrence-based
primordial sound meditation instructor.
Primordial sound meditation involves a
mantra, a word or sound that is repeated
to allow the person who is meditating to
concentrate. A special pose or posture is not
necessary in primordial sound meditation, only
a comfortable position that will allow you to
clear your mind.
| jON hErMEs |
Contributed photo
Ohmmmm: Meditation can create an inner peace
and well-being. It’s great to relieve the daily
stresses of school or work.
16 to 18 inches from the curb - farther away
is illegal.
Though there isn’t a lot of parallel parking
around town, Krull says he sees some bad
attempts when people try to pull in front frst.
Martin, the parking queen, says driving a
smaller car, practicing, and having friends guide
you can help ensure a legal and accident-free
parallel parking job on those tricky side streets.

essential life skills // PArAllEl PArkINg
> In case of emergency, read quickly.
Ashely Martin caught a classic way-outside-
the-lines parking job near Corbin Hall. Looking
at the picture she took on her cell phone,
Martin, Wichita senior, chuckles. Her friends
call her a parking queen.
But in three easy steps, no one will be
laughing at your perfectly parallel-parked car.
Larry Krull, owner of Midwest Driving
School, 1514 E. 24th St., gives these steps:
1) Pull even to the car in front of the spot you
are aiming for, leaving about two to three feet
on the side.
2) Reverse the car straight back until your
tires are even with the end of the other car.
Then, quickly turn your steering wheel to the
right. Continue to back up at a 45 degree angle.
3) When the front of your car has cleared the
back of the other car, quickly turn your wheel
to the left. Then, slowly swing your car into the
parallel parking spot.
“The key to making this all work is quick
with the steering and slow with the car,”
Krull says. If the car isn’t quite in the right
position, Krull says to readjust by steering
back to the right. The car should rest about
| BrENNA lONg |
Contributed photo
In between the lines: Parallel parking may seem
tricky, but with a few easy steps you’ll be able to
squeeze into that spot on busy Tennessee Street.
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clothes,” she says.
There is no requirement to be a fashion
or textile major, and anybody with an eye for
design can apply.
In the end, fnalists can gain exposure for
their work and add it to their resume. Past
winners have had the opportunity to display
their outfts in stores on Mass Street and later
go on to design for the Guess by Marciano
fashion company in New York.
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get some culture // Project runway Prelims

> It’s not all about fast food and beer pong. > It’s not all about fast food and beer pong.
In the world of fashion, one day you’re in,
and the next day you’re out.
With the return of SUA’s Project Runway
competition, students across campus are
called to pull out their sketchpads and dust off
their sewing machines. By studying different
aspects of design and fashion, students can
learn how people are infuenced by art in
everyday life.
The frst preliminary project is about
fnding a place on campus or in Lawrence that
inspires students, who must create a project
based on tht location says SUA member
Laurie Gallagher, a Lenexa senior. The top fve
contestants then advance to the fnal show.
After the fnalists are picked, they have
little over a month to complete three outfts
based on different challenges. The level of
commitment can be intense, and the skills
and countless work hours required can prove
daunting for some.
Rachel Lantis, Hays senior, says she would
love to try out. “I think I would have some
really fun and creative ideas, I just don’t know
if I have the skill level for actually making
| amanda kistner |
Contributed photo
Make the cut: Sharpen your sewing skills and
enter the SUA Project Runway competition. Te
preliminary challenge asks contestants to create a
design based on a Lawrence location.
all the way to the Monarch Monitoring Project
in Massachusetts, says Chris Tonkinson, the
program’s registrar.
Tonkinson says the tagging program plays
a vital role in connecting the general public
to research studies, the natural world and
conservation efforts.
To learn more how easy it is to be involved
in the research visit monarchwatch.org, and
start catching butterfies.
get some culture // tag Butterflies
Poised with a net in hand, Hannah Jones
races through the prickly grass hoping to catch
one this time. She swoops her net amongst the
dew-covered sunfowers and peeks to see if
she caught a butterfy. Success!
Before the Monarch Tagging event at the
Baker University Wetlands, Jones, Maize
sophomore, didn’t think much about the pretty
creatures. “Now if I see a butterfy, I think, oh, I
wonder if it is tagged.”
A few hours at the tagging events helps
researchers tag nearly 3,000 butterfies. The
Monarch migration pattern trickles into the frst
weeks of October. With a $15 tagging kit and
a few minutes of online instruction, students
can easily become expert catchers. More
than 200,000 tags are issued to people around
the country, says ChipTaylor, Monarch Watch
director.
Each butterfy tagged gets a little sticker with
numbers and letters pressed on its wings, and
then Jones says, “1,2,3, fy to Mexico!” With a
little toss into the early morning light, she hopes
her butterfy makes it there.
Butterfies found at KU have even reached
| Brenna long |
Contributed photo
Free futtering: Relive your childhood by tag-
ging butterfies. Your butterfy could migrate
all over the country, and perhaps reach the
Monarch Monitoring Project in Massachusetts.
the big day. From that point on, wedding bells
rang for her future.
Even after high school, friends would call
her up for advice. This is where Hocking
learned the art of understanding the bride.
“When they woul d ask me for a col or
choice, I would turn it back on them. It’s their
wedding!”
Understanding the bride and groom help
Hocking cater to the couple’s wishes. She
pays close attention to detail, even to the
point of wearing the wedding colors during
appointments. Hocking says it gives a subtle
sense that she really listens to everything
they say.
After the wedding, Hocking stays in touch
with her clients with calls and cards. She
wants to serve her clients in any way she can,
and she enjoys the whole process from first
phone call to wedding anniversaries.
“I talk about weddings a lot,” she says. “I
love them so much I can just go on and on and
on.”
in the life of // a wedding Planner
> Living vicariously through others is okay with us.
No-stress weddings are Carmen Hocking’s
specialty. With her wedding planning business,
A Beautiful Wedding, 2814 Trail Rd., she has
planned more than 1,000 weddings.
“I had my chance, now I want to make theirs
just how they dreamed,” she says.
Her office walls are laced with wedding
bliss, from wedding gowns to pictures of happy
couples.
Before having a quaint office at home,
Hocking helped with her first wedding at the
age of 13. In 1969 for her sisters wedding, she
helped pick the flowers and cake, and even
stood next to her sister as maid of honor on
| amanda kistner |
Contributed photo
White wedding: Carmen Hocking, owner of her
own wedding planning business, specializes in
no-stress weddings. She helped with her frst
wedding at 13 and was hooked.
PITCHERS
Want to improve your endurance in high-
energy activities? A new study conducted
at the University of Edinburgh showed
that sports drinks, like Powerade, quickly
replace fuids and electrolytes lost through
perspiration to improve hydration and
energy levels.
Each day Chris Newman drinks between
seven and 10 electrolyte-enhanced drinks.
“I go through Gatorade like water,” Straight,
Stark senior, says. “A while back I read that
there’s too much sugar in Gatorade, so I
started drinking Smart Water to cut back.”
While limiting the amount of sugar
intake may be a good start, Straight may
be overlooking the amount of salt in his
liquid intake. An electrolyte is a derivative
of salt that is needed to promote hydration,
especially after exercise.
Ron Maughan, a professor of sport,
exercise and health sciences at
Loughborough University, says people
need to be aware of their own level of salt
intake in their everyday diets.
“If they’re working hard in hot climates
good for you bad for you // ElEctrolytEs
> Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
| MEGAN RUPP |
Is it in you?: Electrolytes from energy drinks like
Gatorade can be benefcial if you’re involved in
high-energy activities.
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For college students, pulling an all-
nighter is almost a rite of passage. Alyssa
Philips, Perry senior, admits she has
resorted to last minute studying too many
times while at KU. “A lot of the times it’s
the only way I can ft in a solid amount of
studying,” she says.
As bad it may be, Philips is not alone.
In a study conducted at St. Lawrence
University in Canton, N.Y., two-thirds of
students reported that over the course
of a single semester, they had pulled at
least one all-nighter.
“Whatever you think you’re learning
between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., you’re not,”
says psychology professor Pamela
Thacher, who wrote the study. She
suggests getting at least ninety minutes,
if not three hours of sleep to help retain
information. Though cramming might help
students perform well the following day,
Thacher says in the long-run students
who repeatedly pull all-nighters have
lower grade point averages.
better options for bad situations //
All NIGHtErs
> If you’re going to do it, be smart.
| MEGAN RUPP |
Contributed photo
Up ‘til dawn:
Tough many
students pull
all-nighters
cramming for
tests, sleeping
for a few hours
is more benef-
cial and allows
you to retain the
knowledge.
John Wade, outreach coordinator for the
University’s Counseling and Psychological
Service, says cognitive capabilities,
retention and memory, suffer greatly form
sleep deprivation and that the likelihood of
mistakes is likely to increase.
“In some ways, studying is a lot like
working out,” Wade said. “You wouldn’t
work out with only three or four hours
to rest. You need the rest period in order
to synthesize and be able to use the
information you’ve studied.”
and losing a lot of sweat, a high salt diet
may be benefcia,” Maughan says.

The Verdict: good for you. Drink
electrolyte-enhanced drinks to replace
the salt and fuids lost after high-energy
activities.
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become addicted to a certain food. “It’s like
taking medicine to some people,” Gould says.
“It’s very seductive because it’s legal and it’s
advertised everywhere.”
Gould says college students often fall into
this trap. “It’s is a big transition in their lives and
can cause some of them to gain up to 20 pounds
from eating comfort food,” Gould says. He also
says the frst year of college is the worst for
students because it is the frst time some of
them are away from their families.
Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, says
if someone’s only coping mechanism is to
turn to food then it will negatively affect their
weight and their health. “It’s likely that you will
continue to gain weight, which will turn your
coping mechanism into the problem itself,”
Albers says.
To avoid this problem, Albers advises people
to monitor what types of foods they are using
for comfort. If the food is unhealthy, like a piece
of cheesecake, she suggests only using it to
soothe yourself, instead of as a treat.
If you’re eating habits become a problem,
Albers says to consult a professional
psychiatrist. “A mental health professional
can help you get to the bottom of why you
are comforting yourself with food and help
you fnd some healthy alternatives such as
relaxation techniques, self massage and other
distractions,” Albers says.
food
for
ThoughT
feelings, Albers says. “If you fall down and your
mom gives you a cookie, you will associate that
cookie with a soothing feeling.”
Ben Martin associates his comfort food,
which is homemade fried chicken and mashed
potatoes, with happiness. “It reminds me
of being back home and having family get-
togethers,” says Martin, Fort Worth, Texas,
freshman. Martin says he loves to go home
because his mom always makes fried chicken
and mashed potatoes for him. When he can’t be
home, he drives over to Kentucky Fried Chicken
for his comfort food fx. “I actually ate some last
week because I was missing my family,” Martin
says.
Although people often use comfort food as
a tool for happiness, it can also be used as a
reward or for celebration.
Daniel Guebara likes to eat cheese dip when
he celebrates. He makes it at home using
Velveeta cheese, Rotel and hamburger meat.
He usually eats cheese dip while watching
basketball and football games on TV. “I always
have it on Super Bowl Sunday,” says Guebara,
Deerfeld, Kan., junior. “It’s my favorite
celebration food.”
Comfort food has many benefts, but it can
also have downfalls. Roger Gould, associate
clinical professor at UCLA and author of Shrink
Yourself, says some people turn to comfort food
to deny the problems in their life. They can even
How tasty treats can alter your mood
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2-1/2 to 3 pounds of broiler-fryer
chicken cut, cleaned and dried
1 cup all-purpose four
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
vegetable oil
brown paper or plastic bag
black cast-iron skillet
paper towels
1. Mix dry ingredients in brown paper
or plastic bag. Drop 1 or 2 pieces of
chicken into bag and shake until meat
is coated. Continue until all chicken is
coated with seasoning.
2. On high, heat vegetable oil in skillet.
Add chicken to skillet in a single layer,
don’t overcrowd.
3. Reduce heat to medium and cook
uncovered until meat is browned on
both sides. As a general rule, cook
chicken for about 15 minutes on each
side. Before serving, allow chicken to
drain on paper towels.
Southern comfort: Some students turn to traditional
food like mashed potatoes and gravy after a bad day
of classes or fght with a signifcant other. Whatever
the reason, this and other types of comfort food evoke
a feeling of happiness that relieve stressful and emo-
tional situations.
Jp
Shelbi Hines loves to eat Oreo ice cream.
Whether she is sad because she misses
her family or ecstatic because she aced the
psychology exam she studied for all night, Hines
grabs a bowl of Oreo ice cream and digs right
in. When Hines’ boyfriend broke up with her last
year unexpectedly, she turned to her favorite
ice cream for comfort.
“I almost ate the whole carton,” says Hines,
Bexley, Ohio, sophomore. “My stomach didn’t
feel too good afterward, but it defnitely cheered
me up.”
College students, like Hines, often turn to food
for comfort because it is accessible and quick,
says Susan Albers, a psychologist and author of
Eating Mindfully. Albers describes comfort food
as any food that induces a feeling of soothing
and pleasure. It can also be something that you
associate with past experiences.
This feeling is both biological and
psychological. “Certain foods stimulate feel
good chemicals in the body such as serotonin,
the same neurotransmitter that is impacted by
Prozac,” Albers says. Sugary foods, like Hines’
Oreo ice cream, have this effect because they
immediately spike your blood sugar and cause
excitement and happiness. However, people
can associate any kind of food with happiness,
Albers says.
This association happens early in life because
we cognitively associate certain foods with
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craving fried cHicken?
try out this simple recipe from
www.soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com.
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the University Career Center, says those
relationships are part of what makes working
as a student so important.
“Regardless of what career you go into, you’re
establishing a track record for yourself. If you’re
a good solid worker and you really develop good
relationships with the people you work with,
you’re going to have a great reference for you
when you graduate,” Hartley says.
The diffculty of working and studying at
the same time arises when the two begin
to interfere with one another, as they did in
Barker’s life. Hartley says that students need
to plan carefully so that they can make money
but still try to graduate in four years to avoid
raised tuition. For some students it’s just not
possible to do both. But careful planning and
knowing what you’re capable of is important
for any student. Hartley says a student working
10-20 hours while taking a full course load will
probably manage to stay on top of both school
and work. If students are working more than
that, they could start to get burned out.
Working through college has become
increasingly important for students faced with
the price of tuition and other school costs.
Tuition for the 2010-2011 school year for a 15-
hour course load rose to $3937.50, or $262.50
per credit hour, for residents, and $10,340.25, or
$689.35 per credit hour, for non-residents. And
according to KU’s tuition compact overview,
tuition has increased an average of 9 percent
every year for the past 30 years. The tuition
compact, which began the fall semester of
2007, allows students to pay a fxed rate for four
years. After that, the compact expires, requiring
students to pay a higher tuition price if they plan
on being here longer than four years.
For some, the extra load can be too much to
handle, and graduating in four years seems an
impossibility. Casey Bear, Baldwin sophomore,
tried to take classes and work during her
freshman year to pay for rent. Bear pays $360
for rent and $100 for bills each month, so in
order to make that money she worked 20-30
hours a week at the Melange Apron in Baldwin.
She says she quickly became too tired to keep
up with her studies and decided to take a
semester off, save money for living expenses
and then go back to school.
So she stopped taking classes and started
to work more at the Pulse in the Kansas Union,
which she says changed her attitude about how
work and school can ft together. Bear won’t
graduate in four years, but she has a renewed
sense of what she needs to do in order to be a
good employee as well as a good student.
weekday that goes according to plan, Barker
will fll the daylight hours with going to class,
working out, and doing some homework
before he clocks in. And Henry’s, he says,
is a good environment, where he’s able to
develop benefcial relationships with his fellow
employees, the customers, and management.
“They respect their workers and that goes a
long way. And it’s cool, you can actually feel a
relationship with the place that you’re working
rather than just going in,” Barker says.
Ann Hartley, an associate director at
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Mix it up: Caesy Bear, Baldwin Sopho-
more works at Pulse in the Kansas Student
Union to support payments for tuition,
rent and other living expenses.
PHOTOS BY | BEn PIROTTE
It’s a busy afternoon at Henry’s. Art hangs
along the walls, enhanced by soft, low lighting.
Relaxing music plays overhead, and the baristas
operate the coffee machines with confdence
and charm.
But the coffee shop’s tranquil atmosphere
belies the lives of its employees. For Josh
Barker, Hamilton senior, work doesn’t come to a
close when Henry’s hours do. After closing time,
Barker empties the espresso machine, takes
out the trash, sweeps, restocks, adds up the
credit card receipts, brings all the chairs inside,
cleans the restrooms, and prepares for the next
day. Only then is he able to go home, relax, and
focus on other things — like schoolwork and his
relationship.
Barker also works as a bouncer at Wilde’s
Chateau and is a creative writing major enrolled
in 15 credit hours. He says that balancing two
jobs with school is diffcult, but necessary
because of his living expenses and tuition costs.
And he’s just one of many students across the
country working their way through college.
According to the national Center for
Education Statistics, about 45 percent of full-
time college students and 79 percent of part-time
college students were employed in 2008. And
the American Council on Education, using data
from a study conducted by the U.S. Department
of Education, shows that two-thirds of working
students fnd employment in order to be able to
pay for their tuition, fees, and living expenses.
However, sometimes there’s a greater cost, and
it’s one that a paycheck can’t absolve; students
with jobs have to fgure out how to juggle work
with school, and it’s not always an easy feat.
Last spring, Barker picked up a job to pay
for rent. But once his work hours started
to affect his academic performance, he
dropped some of his classes and lost his
scholarship, causing him to have to work
another job to pay for tuition.
This cycle was diffcult for him to overcome,
and he says that it took time for him to fgure out
how to be a student and work at the same time.
He realized he had to fnd a routine, one that
adhered to his schoolwork, his jobs, and his
personal life. He honed his time management
skills and created a daily schedule so that he
could stay on top of school and work. On a
— DAvID gASTOn
DIRECTOR OF THE UnIvERSITY
CAREER CEnTER
know yourself.
know what you’re
able to handle.
Juggling the demands of a
full-time Job and course-load
WORDS BY | AMAnDA SORELL
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| University Career Center |
(www.ucc.ku.edu)
110 Burge Union
The University Career Center offers a
variety of services to students, including
interview preparation, resume building,
and career planning and advising.
| KU Career Hawk |
(www.kucareerhawk.com)
All of the University Career Center’s
resources are available on this website,
which allows students to see upcoming job
fairs, browse interview opportunities, and
fnd links to internships and part-time and full-
time job listings, both on- and off-campus.


(www.careerservices.ku.edu)
The Career Services Alliance provides
links to all the different career centers on
campus, including the Business Career
Services Center, the Engineering Career
Center and the Journalism Career Center.
| Student Money Management Services |
(www.money.ku.edu)
3rd Floor of the Kansas Union
Student Money Management is a new
program that assists students with their
personal fnances and offers help in
understanding how to handle income and
expenses.
| Optimal Resume |
(http://ku.optimalresume.com)
This website provides various tools
necessary for building and presenting a
professional resume.
“I realized that I need to work and take just
a little bit of time off in order to get my stuff
together, get my money situation sorted out,
and then I can go back and have a renewed
vigor for school,” Bear says. “Working is an
important part of being a student or going into
that adult stage that college pushes you into.”
Some students fnd a job simply for that
reason; it pushes them into the work force and
offers them insight and experience. Alix Santa
Maria, Overland Park senior, doesn’t have to
pay her rent or bills during the school year. But
she says working 25 hours a week at Commerce
Bank teaches her to structure her schedule
and prioritize, even when the job hinders her
free time and keeps her from participating in
social events like football games. She says
being employed is worth the time commitment
and helps her save money for after graduation.
Of course, fnding a job can be diffcult,
particularly with the economic downturn. David
Gaston, director of the University Career Center,
says that the recession causes more people
to need jobs at a time when there are fewer
jobs to fll, and on-campus part-time jobs are
no exception. Gaston says that even students
who fnd a job on-campus might discover that
they’re working fewer hours.
The Job Location and Development program
was one of the steps the UCC took to overcome
the downturn and ensure that students could
still fnd employment by helping them fnd jobs
off-campus, Gaston says. He believes that
students who are able to work in college will
beneft from being able to consider their future.
Earning income, taking classes and applying
the skills they learn in school to their jobs can
be an important step toward whatever those
students do after college.
“I think you can do both, but you have to be
smart. Know yourself, know what you’re able
to handle, and then try to put yourself in that
position if possible,” Gaston says.
Steven Hawley, professor of physics
and astronomy, agrees that it’s important
to know how much work is too much, and
to ask for help when it’s needed. He says
he’s lenient with his students because he
understands that it’s diffcult to work while
at school, and advises students to realize
that discipline is key to time management.
Barker, Hamilton senior, smiles good-
naturedly about his busy schedule, and feels
confdent with what he can handle. Finding
time for work, school, and a personal life will
always be a challenge.
But whether he’s laughing with a customer
on a quieter day or laboring through a busy,
demanding work shift, Barker knows it will all
be worth it in the end.
“I haven’t made my folks take out a loan
for college, and that’s something when I get
my diploma that I can think about,” Barker
says. “That I got through it and I paid for this
myself.”
On-CaMpUS TOOlS fOR WORKing STUdenTS
Hard at work: Clockwise left: Kristi Scott, Columbus, Ohio, junior, shows of jewelry at Bauhaus.
Kenny Hitchcock, Wichita junior, helps customers at Pita Pit. Elise Langtry, Overland Park senior,
busses tables at Ingredient.
| KU Career Services alliance |
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| By audI mOrrIsON, as TOld TO mOlly marTIN|
What it’s like // to have a seizure
> We know you’re curious ...
They always start the same way. I feel the
muscles in my left arm twitch. I feel my eyes
futter up and down.
People must wonder, “Why is she fdget-
ing? Can’t she just sit still?”
I am fdgeting because I am about to go
into an epileptic seizure that I can’t control.
No, I cannot just sit still.
a minute later I feel nothing...
People tell me my eyes stop futtering
and roll back into my head. my left arm stops
twitching and starts convulsing along with
every other limb on my body. my jaw clamps
together and my teeth bite down on my tongue
and cause it to bleed.
sometimes I hit my head pretty hard. dur-
ing winter break of my junior year in high
school I was walking along the streets of
downtown Crested Butte, Colo. when I felt my
arm start to twitch. I fell over on my side and
hit my head on the sidewalk outside one of the
town’s shops. my mom and sister were there
to cradle my head and to keep my arms and
legs from failing too violently.
Three to four minutes later my body starts
to relax. my head aches.
Coming out of a seizure is like waking up in
the morning, but fuzzier, especially if I’m reeling
from a minor concussion. It takes me a few min-
utes to adjust and fgure out what happened.
I feel the stares of the people surrounding
me.
I wonder, “ahh, I had another one? Great.”
Contributed photo
Out of control: Audi
Morrison, West
Plains, Mo. junior,
says that after
having an epileptic
seizure she is sur-
rounded by onlook-
ers and it takes her
awhile to remember
where she is.
| sPENCEr alTmaN |
Wescoe Wit
> Lol.
Have you overheard any Wescoe witticisms?
Become a fan on Facebook and your post could
be published in Jayplay!
If I never slept, I would have at least a
million dollars.
GiRl:
Please stop checking your-
self out in that window.
GUY:
(to his friend)
How do I look?
Cheap.
Very generic.
like a Kroger brand whore.
GiRl 1:
GiRl 2:
GiRl 2:
GiRl 3:
How was class?
I puked.
so, better than last week?
much.
GiRl 1:
GiRl 2:
GiRl 2:
GiRl 1:
so, tell me something about yourself.
I hate people who randomly cry …
and I’m gay.
Fail.
GUY 1:
GiRl:
GUY 2:
That’s not fair.
don’t hate the teacher, hate the game.
GUY:
PRoFessoR:
Plug it with some-
thing bigger than
your fnger.
That’s what she said.
PRoFessoR:
GUY:
I think I’m gonna retire my penis
for awhile.
GUY:
I really wish drinks were allowed in this
chemistry lab. a beer sounds pretty
good right about now.
GiRl:
How do I get a job in this town?
In my experience, you either got to know
somebody or blow somebody.
GUY:
GiRl:
let me have a shot at that, dick.
Is that a name you’re calling
me, or a bad Freudian slip?
GUY 1:
GUY 2:
my sushi smells like when she’s wet, but I love it.
you’re a bad pet owner.
GiRl:
GUY:
celebRitWeets // @God_damn_Batman the Batman
| TaKEN FrOm TWITTEr.COm By sPENCEr alTmaN |
Like I always say: If you can’t beat them, join them. And then beat them. With your fsts.
about 4 hours ago via Batcomputer
Robin, sorry but I used your autographed Justin Bieber poster for ballistics test-
ing. Just kidding. I’m not sorry.
1:26 PM Sep 7th via web
New idea for a TV show. It’s called “Gotham Shore.” Basically the same as Jersey
Shore except I shatter the cast’s kneecaps.
2:17 PM Sep 2nd via web
Lady, the only way the Batman will “make an appearance” at your kid’s birthday
party is if the little turd is dead from poison Joker cake.
2:05 PM Aug 29th via web
Fool me once, shame on you. ... Shame on you for thinking you fooled me. Now
your arms are broken.
1:16 PM Aug 27th via web
It’s true, I have a contingency for everything. It’s just that sometimes the contin-
gency is an iced cofee and a dip in the jacuzzi.
1:31 PM Aug 24th via web
Caught Robin lifting his shirt and pointing at his abs in the mirror. Not sure what
he meant by “The Situation”, but I’m canceling cable.
1:30 PM Aug 19th via web
America’s Got Talent audition. Howie said “brooding” wasn’t a talent. So I showed
him my other talent, “groin strike batarang.”
1:12 PM Aug 17th via web
“The hero Twitter deserves, but not the one it needs. So you’ll
follow him. Because he can take it.”

Jayplay:
Where was Sidewalks recorded and
what role does location play in your
music?
Matt Johnson:
We recorded Sidewalks in Atlanta,
but then we fnished a lot of it back in
Brooklyn. We wrote most of the songs
when we were in New York. But whether
you’re in a recording studio in Brooklyn or
Atlanta, you’re in a windowless room for
months at a time. I think we bleed through
in our music and our environment.
JP: “Daylight” achieved some pretty
huge success, being picked up for
everything from liquor commercials
to video games. Do your feelings toward
the songchange when it becomes
popular?
MJ: I think that song was a diffcult song to
write, but we knew there was something
there. We worked on it for seven months.
But it’s more important to me now.

JP: Do you ever get tired of playing live?
MJ: To a small extent we get a little worn out.
Some older songs, a song like
‘Yeah Yeah’ I still like playing at shows
because people are into it. But as far as
practicing it’s like ‘Ugh, we’ve played
it like 5 bazilion times.’ But I think about
the Rolling Stones and how much they’ve
played some of their songs.

JP: How do you keep the show’s energy up
when you’re sitting at a keyboard and
Kim’s stationed at the drums?
MJ: I’ve been sick of seeing the typical
band that’s looking bored on stage. If
you’re bored on stage I’m fucking
bored watching you. Bands that are
real engaging are real. Wherever your
music’s coming from, let it be seen. Not
the face you put on when you were
standing in front of your full-length mirror
with your guitar earlier today. We’re just
excited to go out and play until my
back goes out or something.
Q&A // matt johnson of matt and kim
NOTICE
It takes two: Matt Johnson and Kim Schifno
formed their dance punk duo in 2004 while
attending school in Brooklyn, New York.
Tey are currently on tour with a stop at the
Granada tonight, and are releasing their next
album, Sidewalks, Nov. 2.
Contributed Photo
| JOSh hAfNER |
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> Because we have questions. Celebrities have answers.
two meals in a day seems like a challenge.
I think just trying get sleep and food, the
things one needs to live, is the goal.
JP: Are there any new inspirations you
discovered over the course of writing
Sidewalks?
MJ: Kim and I are huge hip hop fans and took
a lot of inspiration from stuff we like that
have stong beats and hooks and we go
from there. We’re in the position where we
can make whatever type of music we want
to hear. We’ll put together fat beats you
can stage dive to.
JP: When were you last in Lawrence?
MJ: 2006 I’m guessing. Maybe 2005. We were
driving to go to Lawrence and the sky
starts getting super dark. Then comes the
crazy rain, and the hail comes and cars
are pulling under bridges. We go inside
this gas station and the news is saying that
there’s a half-mile tornado. We were not
only in a gas station but a gas station slash
freworks stand, and we’re like ‘There’s no
way we’re staying in this tin shack flled
with gasoline and freworks.’ So we start
driving and hit the pedal to the metal. We
out-ran the tornado. But then when we got
to Lawrence the power was out and the
show got cancelled anyway.
Matt & Kim are a dance punk duo from
Brooklyn, New York comprised of Matt Johnson
on vocals and keyboards and Kim Schifno on
vocals and drums. Their mix of booming beats
and lively melodies has garnered them a national
following as well as spots on shows Entourage
and Community and the video game Sims 3. Matt
spoke with Jayplay about the band’s upcoming
album Sidewalks, failed work-out plans and
their history with Kansas tornados. Matt & Kim
play at 7 p.m. tonight at the Granada.
JP: Did that happen once?
MJ: I had a back injury a year ago and
it was a pain in the ass. “I’m too young to
be feeling this old,” to quote Drake.
JP: Have you been jamming the new Drake
lately? It’s pretty good.
MJ: I liked the singles, but I got the album
and it felt like it was sort of rushed. I like
the up tempo stuff.

JP: What’s the most awkward show you’ve
played?
MJ: Sometimes we’ll do certain events like
when a certain company might be having
a party. It’s not your fans there, but
it seems like if we’re having fun other
people are having fun. Sometimes it’s
sterile but we generally joke on stage
and be human. If a band tries to
ignore that this is very awkward
and plays to the fctional
stadium audience in their head,
it gets even more awkward.
JP: What routines do you try to maintain on
the road?
MJ: Sometimes I go with a goal like exercising
and it totally fails by day three. I’m like
‘yeah, I’m going to be using these weights
every day’ and that totally doesn’t
happen. Even getting more than one or
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Q&A // Martin sexton
NOTICE
From the streets to the stage: Martin Sexton’s dreams of becoming a musician started as kid listening
to Peter Frampton. He sold 20,000 copies of a self-recorded cd by playing on the streets. Catch him
live at Te Bottleneck tonight.
Contributed Photo
Martin Sexton is a musician whose been recording his blend of soul and rock music since
1996. His latest album, Sugarcoating came out April 6. Sexton is currently on tour in support of the
album, and will be performing at 8 p.m. tonight at The Bottleneck.
Jayplay:
How did you become a recording artist?
Martin Sexton:
In the 1990s I was busking. I was a kid
fresh from off the Amtrak to Boston. I got
a job at a café, but I ended up getting
canned. I saw an artist in the square
busking and making some money. I
thought “that’s pretty cool, I want to
do that!” Necessity became the mother of
invention. I needed rent, so I got myself
an amp and a Stratocaster. I ended up
making more money busking than I had at
my job. After a while, I started recording,
and things just grew from there.
JP: What kind of music made you
decide you wanted to be a musician?
MS: I think it might have happened as a kid. I
was listening to my brother’s records in
the attic, and I found “Frampton Comes
Alive!” I heard his licks. I heard the crowd,
and he just wailed! That’s when the spark
was lit. I actually got the chance to play
with Frampton once. I know he must hear
stories like that all the time, but I still had
to tell him just how important his music
was to me.
JP: What’s it like to work with people, like
Peter Frampton, whose work you admire?
MS: Initially I get nervous, but eventually you
just reach this level of mutual respect with
the artist you’re working with. I just view
it like a dream come true. I have this
childlike sense of wonder, this sense of
“holy shit” when I get to do things like
that. I’m kind of pinching myself.
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> Because we have questions. Celebrities have answers.
JP: You do all of your own backing vocals on
your album. What led to making that
decision?
MS: I guess because I can. I remember when
we were recording The American, we
hired some backup singers. They did just
what I thought they’d do, and they were
good. But on playback, the music
didn’t feel done. I went in, and put down
some vocals in my “soul sisters” voice, and
that just had more personality. It was
different. I started doing that, again out
of necessity. If I go in and sing four parts
on a song, it just sounds deeper and more
rich.
JP: The song “Livin’ The Life,” from your
new album is all about evaluating your
life and realizing the kind of life you really
want to live. Is that story based off of
anything that happened to you?
MS: I was on top of the Tetons and a park
ranger came up to me. He was like, “Hey,
man, you’re Martin Sexton!” It turned out
he was a big fan. A few years ago, he
took a road trip across the U.S. listening to
my records the whole way. He said that,
along with some other experiences he had
on the trip, inspired him to quit his job as an
executive on Wall Street, and go into
forestry, which he’d always wanted to do.
He told me that he was making less money
now, but he knew he was on the right path.
That was just mind-blowing! To know that
my music could make that kind of impact,
that’s another dream come true. That’s the
story of “livin’ the life.”
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out & about // Who is your favorite superhero?
> Random people. Random answers.
| KAte LArrAbee |
Lars WhaLen
Fort thomAs | seNIor
“The Flash because he’s really fast and has an
awesome outft. I had pajamas with him on them
as a kid.”

JoLene sammons
WeLLsvILLe | FreshmAN
“Wonderwoman because she tells females you
can be fne and fght crime at the same time.”



aLLen barnes
KANsAs CItY | soPhomore
“Green Lantern. I like the ring, I love the ring!”





CarLos shumpert

KANsAs CItY |soPhomore
“Captain Planet because he was going green back
in 1993.”



arieL rhines
shAWNee | FreshmAN
“Batman. He didn’t need those fruity superpowers
to be awesome.”


hannah babCoCk
bItteNvILLe | juNIor
“Spiderman because I like how he can fing from
building to building.”





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hang out on campus?

> Random people. Random answers.
| AmAndA soreLL |
austin Lentz
oLAthe
“Probably Mrs. E’s. There’s a lot of food and it’s a
nice social environment.”
MicheLLe arnoLd
overLAnd PArk
“I like Wescoe because there’s a lot of people.”
scott MaLone
kAnsAs CItY
“I guess this bench (in front of Bailey Hall) is good.
It’s really doing me well right now. It’s supporting
my weight and it’s comfortable.”
aMber FreeMan
mount PLeAsAnt, IowA
“Probably the Underground because there’s lots of
people. A lot of my friends go by there and there’s
food.”
cathy Wong
hong kong
“Wescoe Beach. I like sitting there and watching
people sometimes.”
dougLas speight
LAwrenCe
“There are two little nooks up on the third foor
of Strong with really deep benches and it’s really
quiet because no one wants to go up to the third
foor of Strong. So sitting up there is pretty good.”
shannon Murray
dALLAs, texAs
“The Underground because I usually see people I
know down there and it’s kind of a meeting place
for most people between classes.”
shea hoskins
oLAthe
“The Student Union because of the bowling alley. I
like to bowl.”
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Starting out as a social studies teacher in
his home state of Georgia, he won a local mu-
sic contest at Cheetah Marie’s Café and landed
eight golden hours in the studio. It was just
enough time for him to record his first album
and turn his art into a job. The 33-year-old guitar
strummin’ father of two doesn’t like to gamble.
Five or so years ago, he took a very calculated
step into the spotlight.
“Choosing to teach was actually costing
money because I had to turn down so many
shows,” Smith says. At the time he didn’t have
a manager or agent.
Jessica Cason, Tampa, Fla., senior, knows
his name because of good, old fashion market-
ing: word of mouth. “I know he’s really popu-
lar in the south and now he’s making his way
around the nation,” Cason says.

For free Corey Smith downloads, check out
http://www.coreysmith.com

STAGE PRESENCE // COREY SMITH
Corey Smith’s music isn’t found on local ra-
dio stations, yet he’s sold 150,000 albums and
700,000 singles. The progressive country singer
may not be mainstream, but his fans sure want
a piece of him.
Smith, who is half-blind after getting hit by
a rock as a kid, never dreamed he’d have such
a forward fan base. In fact, he never dreamed
he’d have a fan base at all.
| aSHlEY baRfOROuSH |
Contributed photo
From North to South: Country singer Corey
Smith started as a social studies teacher in Geor-
gia, but winning a local music contest gave him a
chance to record his frst album.
SCENE ANd hEARd // faT fREDDY’S
> New places. New faces.
The phone number hasn’t changed,
but the man behind the apron has.
“This is the pizza guy,” Fred Tucker says into the
receiver, keeping a low profle. With confused
callers he’ll go on to explain, “This is Fat
Freddy’s, formerly Gumby’s Pizza.”
In 1999, Tucker managed Gumby’s until
he few to Florida to run a full service Italian
restaurant called Broadway Ristorante Pizzeria.
“In Orlando, people would say ‘Oh, you have the
best pizza and I know pizza — I’m from New
York.’ And I’d be like, ‘Oh yeah? Well I’m from
Kansas and I just made your stinkin’ pizza,’”
Tucker says.
Ten years and one hundred pounds later,
Tucker brought the saucy East Coast style back
to Lawrence. On Aug. 1, he opened the doors to
Fat Freddy’s, 1445 West 23rd St.
“We started answering the phone ‘Thanks for
calling Fat Freddy’s,’ but it was scaring people
off because they didn’t know what happened to
Gumby’s,” Tucker says.
“It’s the same oven that was cooking
Gumby’s pizza. It’s the same dough mixer that
Do the Hokey Pokey (stix): Fat Freddy’s, for-
merly Gumby’s Pizza, is revamped with a new
menu including the famous Hokey Pokey Stix
and the new Kansas City Carnage.
Contributed Photo
was mixing Gumby’s dough,” Tucker says.
“But it’s not the same Gumby’s dough and it’s
not the same pizza.”
Tucker has even tweaked a few of the
original items creating Hokey Pokey Stix,
formerly Pokey Stix, and Big Fred’s Massive
Pizza, the former Big Ass Pizza. “Once I
establish my quality and re-brand as Fat
Freddy’s, maybe people will start ordering
my food for dinner, instead of after they get
drunk at 2 a.m.,” Tucker says.
| aSHlEY baRfOROuSH |
> Local musicians. Feel free to swoon.
Friday: Dollar Night
Thursday: Ladies Night
Ladies in free before 10PM
$ $
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that riders do this course at their own discretion
and, as always, should wear a helmet. Unlike
the state park trails, riders who drive to the
skills loop must pay the entry fee to get into the
park. Those who wish to avoid the fee can bike
in for free.

Perry Lake TraiLs
Although bikers who wish to ride this 20-mile
network of trails must drive 45 minutes, it seems
to be well worth the journey. Nick Hoelscher,
a KU graduate, has been biking in Lawrence
for four years and says that the Perry Lake
trails are his favorite because it’s a network of
trails. Riders have the ability to make their ride
whatever they want it to be — fast and easy,
slow and technical, or a combination of the two.
King, LMBC member, says the Perry Lake trails
are his favorite because he likes to create his
own ride. The single-track trails were built in
1996 and the entrance is located on the west
side of the lake.
Kansas might be known for being fat,
but Lawrence offers some biking trails that
challenge even the most experienced riders.
“We don’t have mountains in Kansas,”
Hoelscher says. “But you can still go out and
have an adventure.”
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Trek the trails: Many bike paths in Lawrence ofer courses for riders of all experience levels. Try
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Photo Illustration | Jerry Wang
| Kate Larrabee |
Jp
Switching gearS
ExplorE lawrEncE’s bikE trails
People may think Kansas is fat, but after
riding on one of Lawrence’s biking trails they
might change their minds. Lawrence has four
trails varying in diffculty that offer beginning
and advanced riders the opportunity to go into
nature and challenge themselves.
The Lawrence river TraiLs
This nine-mile loop is located in North
Lawrence and is used by bikers and runners
who have separate paths. Matt Pashang,
Olathe senior, has been mountain biking for
eight years and has been biking in Lawrence for
the past fve years. Pashang says he likes the
River Trails because they are nice and fast and
anybody can do them. He says they are the best
trails for beginning riders.
Art King, a member of the Lawrence Mountain
Biking Club, says the best way for beginning
riders to start is to go have fun with a group of
friends.
“It encourages you to keep riding if you have
people to ride with,” King says.
King started riding fve years ago on the River
Trail, which he also says is great for beginners
because it’s not too technical. The entrance
to the trails is located right off 8th and Oak
Streets.
cLinTon Lake sTaTe Park
Located west of the Lawrence city limits,
these trails are located in an Army Corps
Engineers park. Though there is an entry fee to
access a lot of areas in the park, the entrance
to the trails is not located in a part that requires
the fee. It breaks off into two trails with the blue
trail being easier and the white trail being more
diffcult. Pashang says a great thing about these
trails is the beautiful view of the lake. He says
the trail is mainly in the woods but comes out
of the trees every so often to give riders a great
view of the water.
cLinTon skiLLs LooP
This trail is a real challenge for experienced
riders. Pashang says this trail offers
experienced bikers a more challenging ride
with technical aspects. There are obstacles for
all levels — including teeter-totters, balancing
boards, ramps and bridges — but it is advised
Biking 101
• accidents happen. Nick Hoelscher, a KU graduate
who has been riding in Lawrence for four years,
suggests that riders should bring a frst aid kit with
them and always wear a helmet. He also suggests
that beginning riders should ride with a friend
because it’s more fun, and in case of
an accident someone is there to help out.
• Bring the right equipment. Hoelscher says the
terrain in Lawrence can be rough on bikes and fat
tires can happen easily. Matt Pashang, who has
been riding for eight years, says riders should bring
tire levers, a new tube or patches and a pump.
• never ride when it’s muddy. Hoelscher says it tears
up the trails and is bad biking etiquette. Never ride
after a rainstorm.
• always wear a helmet. It’s already been said, but it
can’t be said enough. Spills happen often when
riding, especially when people don’t have a lot of
experience, but also with riders who have been
riding for years. Wearing a helmet protects riders
from suffering a serious head injury.
• There is a large biking community in Lawrence. The
Lawrence Mountain Biking Club organizes events
that bring the bikers in Lawrence together to
have fun and help out the community. To participate
and meet other riders visit the club’s website
to see what events are coming up soon.
www.lawrencemountainbikeclub.org
With a change of restaurant plans
and a group of ffteen people, Wa, 740
Massachusetts, could not be friendlier in
accommodating a large group in a relatively
small space. Specializing in sushi and
sashimi, Wa has a decorative and intimate
feel, where you can watch the chefs roll
fresh sushi at the sushi bar or watch the
game on one of their fat screen TVs.
I shared some edamame with a friend and
then ordered the Pineapple Upside Down
Cake to drink. Infused with vanilla vodka,
pineapple juice, and grenadine, the drink
was a little too sweet, yet had a tropical
tang.
I ordered the Love Roll for my main entrée,
the closest item to a California roll. The roll
was a bit bland, however the menu offered a
variety of cultural-inspired rolls, like the Tres
Amigos and Filet Mignon roll. Our waiter
was attentive and the staff kept our large
group content. Most of the sushi offered
could not be distinguished from any other,
but the friendly service and ornate setting
satisfed.
| BRITTAny neLSOn |
restaurant review //
Wa
> The taste of the town, one meal at a time.
ReVIeW
movie review //
The Girl Who Played With Fire, sequel to the
sleeper hit, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,
makes for an effective thriller, but it lacks the
unabashed ferocity of its predecessor.
While Lisbeth Salander (noomi Rapace)
is hiding away in the Caribbean, Mikael
Blomkvist (Michael nyquist) takes a young
reporter with a major sex traffcking story
under his wing. After Mikael’s prodigy and
Lisbeth’s former, despicable legal guardian
are found murdered, all the evidence points to
Lisbeth as the killer.
Mikael immediately tries to fnd Lisbeth
> Hollywood hits, indie ficks and everything in between.
The girl Who played WiTh fire
to clear her name, who is out to do the same
on her own. In doing so, they both fnd
themselves knee-deep in corrupt politics,
sex crimes, and, most surprisingly, Lisbeth’s
enigmatic past.
Fire offers a complex, well-orchestrated
mystery that involves violence, sex and
politics. However, the easier-to-sit-through
approach also softens the visceral intensity
that drove Dragon Tattoo, and people may fnd
themselves less engrossed with this sequel.
What Fire suffers from most is the
separation of its two leads. Rapace and
nyquist both deliver fantastic performances,
but Dragon Tattoo revealed that both
characters functioned best as a team. not
only did they serve as foils to one another,
but their chemistry provided a much-needed
humanity to the frst flm, and could have done
the same for this one.
Although it’s a great thriller, The Girl
Who Played With Fire is more standard in
its execution, which may not have been so
noticeable if it did not have to compete against
itself.
| B.S. hadland |
as a long introduction to “Heat Distraction,”
which revolves around a central, ingenious
guitar hook. It sounds like the band is miles
away from any microphones, so drenched in
reverb that it could be underwater. The song
is vastly varied, with a quickly changing
series of chord progressions. It fnally works
its way back to the original idea, a jilted and
jangly monster of a riff.
“narrow with the Hall” is mediocre but
the bass eventually saves it. “Penal Colony”
is a piano ballad of sorts, with a melancholy
guitar and deadpan beat that never takes off.
“Bells” is essentially a blissed-out interlude
that bleeds into “China Steps,” the album’s
grittiest and strongest moment. Sinister
guitars clash on top of a simple hi-hat and
snare beat for the frst couple minutes, but
then back off. Unfortunately the edginess
never really resurfaces, but there are other
great numbers on the record.
music review //
Women’s 2008 self-titled debut was a
stunning and dirty pop gem, full of abrasive but
catchy guitar hooks, odd time signatures and
unorthodox songwriting. Songs like “Shaking
Hands” and “Black Rice” stood out, but long
droners like “Woodbine” seemed to serve only
as noisy interludes and tended to last past their
welcome.
Public Strain is a mature and feshed-out
version of Women, but it’s overall more reserved,
and not without its own repetitive soundscapes.
It kicks off with “Can’t you See,” which serves
> KJHK’s weekly guide to sonic consumption.
puBlic STrain
alex TreTBar |
(JagJaguWar)
Of all the restaurants in Lawrence, perhaps
none quite combines taste, style, and price
as well as 715. With a great atmosphere
to boot, the eating experience is diffcult to
surpass.
named for its location on Massachusetts
Street, the Italian eatery prides itself on fresh,
local ingredients and the abilities of its chef,
Michael Beard. The menu consists of both
simple and elaborate, including mundane
items like spaghetti and meatballs (which I
ordered), but also items like sea bass and
pizza with tuna and egg.
Despite its commonplace status, the
spaghetti and meatballs turned out to have
surprising character. 715’s handmade
version was surprisingly light and favorful,
with spicy meatballs and a more neutral
sauce that let the noodles and the meatballs
do the talking.

| THOMAS C. HARDy |
restaurant review //
715
> The taste of the town, one meal at a time.
A three-course dinner runs about $25 per
person. Try going for a reasonably-priced
lunch. either way, it provides a great date spot,
with an atmosphere boisterous enough to keep
any awkwardness away, and classy enough to
impress.

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| Sarah GreGory |
how to subsist off of more than hot Pockets and
Cheez-its. No matter how seemingly trivial the
conversation, it was most important to me that
I did what I could to make sure she never felt
unwanted or unsuccessful, as I had so many
times before.
In the year since my diagnosis, I have begun
to rediscover how to love life, and how to love
family. healing my mind and body is taking
time, as all things worth fxing do. I am still on
my prescription indefnitely, and I could stand
to gain a few pounds (I’m sure I’ll be kicking
myself for saying that in twenty years). as I
fnish this (in front of the television, as all good
writers do), that damned Sarah McLachlan
commercial comes on, the one where she
serenades mutilated puppies and kittens to the
tune of “angel.” There’s that one-eyed dog, and
here comes that frst itching of tears. It’s okay
to have them, though. I know something now I
didn’t as a teenager. I realize that it is okay to be
sad, but it is better to be happy, and that the key
to achieving happiness lies in those around me
— like my family, the ones who have been there
all along. Jp
SPeaK
the to being down
RediscoveRing happiness and leaRning to love life
Love/hate: After battling depression in college,
writer Sarah Gregory discovered that her mother
also sufered from the disease. Sarah’s relation-
ship with her mother has strengthened as she has
experienced similar emotions and experiences.
Contributed photo
I was never that close to my family growing
up, not even Mom. She was emotional. Like
cliché clockwork, she cried at the end of every
Touched by an Angel episode and the occasional
hallmark commercial. She had the tendency
to unknowingly wear her weariness on her
face -— at least I knew to mask mine — and I
berated her for it. She worried excessively about
me. I mean, obviously I was perfectly capable of
handling my own life at the age of 17. I preferred
Dad’s stoicism, and I tried to model myself after
him. I vowed to never be weak like her.
Two years later, all these self-righteous
feelings fnally started crumbling down on me.
after one painful break-up and one unsuccessful
semester, I was feeling pretty sad. I fgured this
was normal, and took the steps to improve things.
I cut off toxic communication with the ex, started
exercising and hung out more with friends. But a
year later, despite having a good boyfriend and
a full-ride, I was still sad, maybe even more so
than I was before. My stoicism was slipping.
Feelings of hopelessness and frustration came
with growing frequency, and so did the dreaded
tears. I lost confdence, I lost weight and I was
losing my relationship. The breaking point came
one sunny Sunday afternoon last November
when, despite my boyfriend’s insistence to the
contrary and my own common sense, I collapsed
sobbing at his feet, convinced I was utterly ugly
and unlovable. Faced with an ultimatum (either
I got help or he got going), I fnally swallowed
my pride and went to a doctor at Watkins
Student health Center. after a half-hour of
physical examinations and prodding questions
(“how often do you experience these negative
emotions?” “always,” “have you ever thought
about killing yourself?” “... Never”), I had an
offcial diagnosis: depression.
one week and a round of pills later, it was time
to tell the parents. This was the part I dreaded
most. after all those years of being, as I saw it,
the tough one of the group, I had to turn around
and tell them that I wasn’t even strong enough
to keep my own head together. I fnally mustered
the courage and sent an email.
a few hours later, I was greeted with this
response: “Welcome to the club; I’ve been
on Prozac since you were 15. Love, Mom.”
Immediately, my mind snapped back through
all those years, all those judgments I had made
of her behavior. I did the natural child-like thing
and blamed myself, thinking that if only I had
been a little more empathetic and a little less
ruthless, then maybe she would never have
been sad either.
once the guilt passed, I used our newfound
similarity as a stepping stone to fnally building
a relationship. We started sharing stories about
our lives, instead of shielding each other from
them. We talked of sex and recipes and God.
Mom kept on worrying about me, and I learned
to appreciate it.
My relationships with my dad and sister
evolved as well. I became more sympathetic
toward my father, who had had to deal with
the same things as my boyfriend - not just for
months, but years. I realized that the stoicism
I so admired was a coping device in itself, and
that even the other ‘tough guy’ of the group
could use some comfort now and again.
Finally, I picked up communication with my
sister, younger than me by four years, whom I
never previously had a relationship with, mostly
due to stubbornness. I gave her advice on
hairstyling (we share the same unruly curls),
on boys (we don’t coincide on that one), and on
scholarship interviewing. In return, she told me
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