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// APRIL 7, 2011

life. and how to have one.
CONFLICTING VIEWS QUESTION THE
HEALTH EFFECTS OF ARTIFICIAL SUGAR
Tread lighTly
BARefoot RunnIng shoes
mImIc the nAtuAL wAy to Run
gOSSiP girlS
one JAyPLAy wRIteR deALs
wIth hIgh schooL ReJectIon
SWeeT TrUTh
APRIL 7, 2011 // volume 8, issue 25
* Cover photo by AdAm buhler
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4 KANSAS IN HEAT
how to AttrACt the Attention of A Cute
bArtender
7 HAIr cArE
is strAightening your hAir good for you or
bAd for you?
tAble of Contents
10 DoINg WITHouT
Q&A 11
one JAyplAy writer deCides not to reAd
Celebrity news for A week
plAin white t’s guitArist And voCAlist tom
higgenson disCusses the bAnd’s evolution
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pushed ourselves to the limit. If I had
been allowed to wear a mustache, I would
have rivaled Steve Prefontaine’s glorious
upper lip protector of the elements. What
a glorious time to be...
Wait a minute. What’s that pain in my
knees? I guess I forgot about the countless
hours of physical therapy, ice baths and
stretching that followed my numerous
running injuries. My knees still pop when I
stand and I worry that they will deteriorate
in the future. I was told by a doctor who
studied my form that I was landing on my
heel, thus setting myself up for injury. I
was told that barefoot running will help my
form and balance as well as strengthen
muscles in my legs that are not worked out
when wearing running shoes.
Becky Howlett’s story on barefoot
running shoes (page 13) interested me
because I haven’t kept up on advancing
footwear technology since I stopped
running competitively. I had heard good
things about FiveFingers barefoot shoes
and have even seen them around town
before. While dismissive of the shoes at
first, the idea of running in a shoe that
simulates the feeling of being barefoot
intrigues me. After a restless winter
indoors, I think I might treat myself to a
pair and stretch my old running legs out
again. I wonder if I can still pull off my
short shorts as well.
THE STAFF
EDITOR // MOLLY MARTIN
ASSOCIATE EDITOR // JONATHAN HERMES
DESIGNER // ALExANdRA AvILA
CONTACT // ALExANdRA ESPOSITO, CAROLINE
KRAFT, LAURA ERdALL
MANUAL // GABRIELLE SCHOCK, JENNIFER
dIdONATO, LINdSEY SIEGELE
NOTICE // BECKY HOWLETT, SARAH CHAMP
PLAY // BEN CHIPMAN, MICHAEL BEdNAR,
LINdSEY dEITER
HEALTH // JUSTINE PATTON, ELLIOT METZ,
JACK RAFFERTY
CONTRIBUTORS // MIKE ANdERSON, MICHELLE
MACBAIN, BRITTANY NELSON, SAvANNAH AB-
BOTT, CHANCE CARMICHAEL, LANdON MCdON-
ALd, ALEx TRETBAR, ZACK MARSH, BRITTANY
CLAMPITT, CHELSEA THENO
CREATIVE CONSULTANT // CAROL HOLSTEAd
I have a history with running. I spent
many years training non-stop by running up
mountains and across the Texas deserts. I
ran through the woods — on what we called
“adventure runs” — and when a body of
water threatened our trail, we took off our
shoes and swam, only to continue running
when we found land again.
We ran through quarries and
neighborhoods. We were chased by dogs
and farm owners who yelled at us to stop
trespassing. We were fearless when
confronted with hail storms, lightning
strikes, unbearable heat, snow, rain, wind,
mosquitos, barbed wire fences, electric
fences, horses, police officers, giant trucks,
ice cream trucks, lemonade stands and shin
splints. We were reckless and sunburned.
Our shorts got shorter each year, further
breaking our shackles to long, heat-trapping
gym shorts that those who didn’t know any
better wore.
We averaged around 70 miles per week.
Our 5K times dropped every weekend. We
broke through the 16-minute barrier and JONATHAN HERMES | ASSOCIATE EdITOR
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> Tackle the sticky world of relationships.
kansas in heat // PICKING UP A BARTENDER
a. My advi ce i s t o st ay away f r om
bar t ender s . Si mi l ar t o mus i ci ans ,
bartenders have the opportuni ty to bed
a lot of patrons; and easily, I might say.
Mal e bartenders may be more gui l ty of
t hi s behavi or t han f emal e bart enders;
therefore, femal e patrons may be more
suscepti bl e. For you men out there, hot
femal e bartenders are the hol y grai l of
hook-ups and not likely to fall for any lines;
they have heard them all.
If you evol ve past the i ni ti al pi ck-up
and involve yourself in a relationship with
a bartender, the perks are fantastic. You
always have a seat at the bar, automatic
fri endshi p wi th the other regul ars and
f ree dri nks. Unf ort unat el y, bart enders
cont i nuousl y encount er t empt at i on.
Jealousy and mistrust can be an obstacle
in a relationship with a bartender. If you
choose to date one and have an ounce of
jealousy or mistrust, as the clock turns to
3:45 a.m., that little voice in the back of
your head will wonder, “Where is he/she?”
// MICHELLE MACBAIN
Q. How can I pick up a bartender without sounding like everyone else?
Mike Anderson, Dellwood, Minn. graduate student, and Michelle MacBain, Kansas City, Kan., graduate student,
are the hosts of Kansas in Heat, a talk show about sex and relationships that airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on KJHK,
90.7fm and at kjhk.org.
a. It’s tough isn’t it? Bartenders, like waiters,
are difficult to flirt with and/or seduce. You
could go the creative route and try some
snappy dialogue when the place isn’t busy.
But I’m a fan of the social-proof route.
If you really like this bartender then try to
make friends with people who work there.
I’m not saying go to this bar every day, but
when you do, try to build rapport with the
staff. Be genuine. The goal is to have the
other bartenders talk about you in a positive
light; that way, when your bartender talks to
you, he/she may already have a positive view
of you. Think of it like frst winning over his or
her friends.
At thi s poi nt, there’s more trust and
comfort, whi ch coul d resul t i n a more
flirtatious or even seductive encounter. You
could even host a party and invite some of
the bartenders, giving you an excuse to also
invite him/her to an environment where there
is no bar between you. Once you both are no
longer in a money-exchanging position, he/
she will feel more comfortable to flirt with
you.
// MIKE ANDERSON
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> Two people. Five questions. See how they stack up.
FIVE QUESTIONS // DAN SMOLIC & RYAN HOAG
DAN SMOLIC
> Dan smolic is a chicago senior whose major is sociology. he
works at johnny’s tavern anD plays on kU’s rUgby team.

RyAN HOAg
> ryan hoag is a high school tennis coach anD special eDUcation as-
sistant in minneapolis, minn. he playeD nFl Football For eight years
anD was a contestant on season 4 oF the bachelorette in 2008.
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There is nothing like warmed-up pepperoni, mushroom and onion pizza
from Johnny’s Tavern.
i love sugar cereal for a midnight snack. something like peanut butter
Captain Crunch or fruity pebbles.
gym is defnitely the most pointless class in high school. i was already
in three varsity-level sports and somehow they thought it was super
important for me to run the mile every week.
unfortunately, study hall has become the most useless class. The idea is a
great one, but it has become a social hour, where students don’t work and
instead visit with their friends. . . that is, if they actually show up.
my birthday is the best, because no matter what anyone else wants to
do, it is up to me. There is always a great party and it is the one day of
the year that i get something i want instead of something i need.
my favorite day of the year was the other day actually, which was the
frst day of tennis practice. i coach high school tennis and it is my abso-
lute favorite thing to do.
my best friend. i always end up laughing about whatever made me mad. i am always open to helping others, while forgetting to help myself. i hold
in my bad days. if i am to speak of [a bad day], the frst person i go to is
my mom. she is always there for me.
eyes, because they are the best way to tell the most about someone. i would say the smile, because that one little thing can brighten some-
one’s day. On a girl. . . the butt.
// lAurA erdAll
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> Our weekly peek at a fsh in the KU sea.
interests & hobbies: goi ng out wi th
friends, cooking, traveling, meeting new
people, beer, burgers and sandwiches, pop
culture, television, movies, music, social media,
blogging, puppies, and singing and playing
cover songs on my guitar (i take requests).

tUrn-ons: sense of style, confdence, sense
of humor, ambition, sarcasm, a great smile,
creativity and a love for katy perry.
tUrn-oFFs: high-maintenance girls, girls who
are uncomfortable with themselves, bad taste
in music, smokers, picky eaters, excessive use
of “um” and “uh” and girls who can’t hold a
conversation.

where might we spot yoU?: louise’s
downtown on Thursday night or working in the
ku info booth on Jayhawk boulevard.
awkwarD Dating moment: freshman year
i asked a gorgeous girl out on a date at a frat
party and was completely and totally rejected
on the spot. Three years later, she’s one of my
really good friends.
why i’m a catch: i’m a good listener and
always remember the little things. i’m really
laidback, super outgoing and i’ll get your
heart racing in my skin tight jeans.
who’s yoUr celebrity crUsh?: ellen
page. i get her Twitter updates sent to my
phone. it’s like she’s texting me.
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good for you bad for you //
Straightening your hair
> Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
Using a straightener may give hair a chic
and smooth look — but flat-iron users may
be sacrificing their hair’s health if they aren’t
taking the proper precautions.
Any type of heat, whether it’s from a fat iron,
hair dryer or curling iron, damages the hair,
says Kaila Shockley, a cosmetologist at Hull’s
Place, a salon in Chanute. The fat iron breaks
down bonds in each hair strand that make
the strand curly or wavy. Once the bonds are
broken, the hair straightens.
Split-end decision: Using leave-in conditioner or
other products can protect your hair from heat
damage from fat irons.
Photo by Justine Patton
Protecting hair from this heat is important,
says Shockley. Natalie Meyer, Wichita junior,
says when she straightens her hair she puts
the flat iron on a low heat setting and uses
a leave-in conditioner to protect her hair.
Shockley recommends using heat protectants,
such as Chi Silk Infusion or 12 Benefits
products, which prevent the most damaging
heats from reaching the most critical parts of
the hair. That way, individuals can still get the
sleek locks they want and avoid unattractive
split ends and breakage.
Verdict: OK for you.
// JUSTINE PATTON
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Sweet nothings: Cofee drinkers may prefer
artifcial sweeteners rather than real sugar for
their low-calorie value. But the substitutes’
health efects remain unclear.
Photo Illustration by Adam Buhler
that 64 percent of Americans wonder if sugar
substitutes are safe. Yet, according to the
American Diabetic Association nine out of 10
Americans use artifcial sweeteners. Every
one of those sugar substitutes is made from
something completely different. NutraSweet
and NectaSweet are far from equals.
Artifcial sweeteners are chemically
engineered in a laboratory. Splenda may start
out as natural sugar, but by the time it reaches
the consumer it has been treated with chlorine
and touts a new chemical structure. Aspartame
is completely artifcial, but is metabolized by
the body, whereas saccharin passes through
our system unchanged. Although they might
be packaged and marketed similarly, each of
these artifcial sweeteners affects the body
differently and getting to the truth behind each
Heidi Lesage has been a coffee drinker
since she was eight years old. A self-
described coffee junkie, she’s cut her “use”
down to three cups a day. She used to sweeten
her drug of choice with raw sugar, but for the
past fve years she reaches for Splenda.
But it’s not as instinctive as it used to be;
Lesage, Minneapolis senior, is almost ashamed
for someone to see her choose that little, yellow
packet. She thinks that Splenda gives her
headaches and recently she began to wonder
if it’s safe. “I’ve been using it for far too long
and I’ve actually been trying to switch back to
sugar,” Lesage says. “I think it’s just better to
go with something natural.”
Lesage is not alone in her concern about
artifcial sweeteners. A study done in 2006 by
Mintel, a market research company, revealed
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// BEckY HowLETT
What you need to knoW about artificial and natural sWeeteners
can be more than a challenge.
What are artificial sWeeteners?
Five FDA-approved non-nutritive sweeteners
are currently on the market: saccharin,
aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium
and neotame. Non-nutritive sweeteners have
no nutritional value, meaning they don’t have
any calories. This type of sugar substitute frst
was introduced in the 1950s, and today the
artifcial sweetener industry is worth more than
one billion dollars in the United States alone.
with more than 6,000 food products worldwide
containing artifcial sweeteners, avoiding them
completely can be a struggle. Amelia Brodrick,
olathe junior, tries to eat only organic food and
avoid anything that’s artifcial. “I use organic
sugar or no sugar,” Brodrick says. “If I get
Starbucks I don’t add any sweeteners.”
Since their introduction, sugar substitutes
have spurred controversy about potential
negative health effects. For more than two
decades, saccharin, known by the brand names
Sweet ‘N Low and Necta Sweet, bore a warning
label that the sweetener caused cancer in
laboratory animals. The warning labels were
removed in 2000 after the government declared
the cancer-causing effects of saccharin were
not valid in humans.
Although saccharin and aspartame have
been technically cleared of their former
carcinogen status, many consumers are still
wary about the safety of these sweeteners.
Donna Harkrider, Tulsa junior, is skeptical about
the validity of this negative image. “I don’t know
if I buy into all the hype that artifcial is bad. I
think it’s mostly hype,” Harkrider says.
artificial sWeeteners in soda:
Good or bad?
the not-so-sWeet
side of sWeeteners
research showing artifcial sweeteners are
absolutely safe,” Koonce says.
Koonce also says that Stevia appears to
be a safe option. Stevia, marketed under the
brand name Truvia, is a zero-calorie natural
sweetener that is made from the leaves of
the Stevia plant. Truvia harnesses the natural
sweetness in the Stevia plant and combines it
with erythritol, which is a naturally occurring
sugar alcohol found in fruits.
Some local businesses are gearing their
products to more natural sweetening options.
The homemade syrups at Java Break, 17 E.
Seventh St., are made with pure cane sugar
and do not contain artifcial sweeteners or
high-fructose corn syrup. The coffee shop
also sweetens its chai teas with honey. Justin
Gardner, Mesa, Ariz. junior and an employee
at Java Break, says very few people ask
to have their drinks prepared with artifcial
sweeteners. “I think the majority of people
want natural,” Gardner says. “Maybe one in
10 customers ask for their drinks sugar-free.”
What’s the bottom line?
With the prevalence of artifcial sweeteners
in food products and their allure for dieters,
these sugar substitutes are not likely to go away
any time soon. In 2004 the National Household
Nutrition Survey estimated that approximately
15 percent of the U.S. population uses artifcial
sweeteners on a regular basis.
Our bodies need sugar for energy and
everyday metabolism. As a registered dietitian,
Sue Martin says that artifcial sweeteners
have their time and place, but she would not
recommend using them simply in place of
sugar. “If you have to monitor your body sugar
levels, go ahead and use artifcial sweeteners,”
Martin says. “There’s a chemical aspect that
we don’t know the effects of yet so I wouldn’t
use them on a consistent and reliant basis.”
According to the World Health Organization,
only 10 percent of our caloric intake should
come from added sugar, which is about
200 calories a day on a 2000-calorie diet.
Moderation is key for both artifcial sweeteners
and real sugar. Jessica Hall, Lawrence junior,
doesn’t pay attention to whether she uses real
sugar or substitutes. “I don’t think there’s really
a difference for me,” Hall says. “An excess of
either is bad.”
Sugar is often demonized, especially in its
purported links to obesity, but sugar is not
necessarily bad in moderation. A teaspoon of
honey contains 22 calories, while a teaspoon
of sugar has 16 calories. In comparison, a
can of Coke contains 9.75 teaspoons of sugar.
When choosing natural sugar, keeping track of
your daily intake and calorie-count is essential
to maintain a healthy level of consumption.
One facet about artifcial sweeteners
is clear: they are confusing. With so many
different brand names and competing health
information, it’s diffcult to get informed and
easy to feel overwhelmed. So the next time you
fnd yourself pondering sweetening options at
the coffee shop, maybe play it safe and drink
your coffee black.
Sugar rush: Only 10 percent of our caloric intake
should come from added sugar. Moderation is
key for both artifcial sweeteners and real sugar.
Photo Illustration by Adam Buhler
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Soda, especially diet soda, has been under
siege for its purported link to health risks,
including heart disease, obesity, high blood
pressure and stroke. A 2011 study done by
the University of Miami found that those who
drink diet soda daily, rather than regular soda,
were nearly twice as likely to have a stroke.
Although research may show a correlation
between diet soda and these conditions, it
is still unclear why or how soda has these
effects on the body.
The presence of artifcial sweeteners in
diet soda is just one facet of this issue, but
despite concerns over the potential negative
effects, American consumption of diet soda
is on the rise. According to Beverage-Digest,
while overall sales of regular soda have
experienced slight declines each year since
2005, sales of Diet Mountain Dew and Diet Dr.
Pepper increased by more than fve percent in
2010. Last year Diet Coke sold more than 926
million cases in the United States alone.
Because diet sodas that are sweetened
artifcially have zero calories, they might
seem like attractive options for those trying
to watch their weight. But research suggests
that sugar substitutes may actually promote
weight gain. Sue Martin, a registered dietitian
for the Wyandotte County Health Department,
says that sugar substitutes are confusing for
our bodies and can lead to overeating. “When
you eat these sweeteners your brain thinks,
‘OK, I’m satisfying my sweet tooth,’ but you still
have that sweet craving because your body
didn’t receive any calories,” Martin says.
There’s jusT noT enough
research showing
arTificial sweeTeners are
absoluTely safe.
> Jamie Koonce
Chinese medicine practitioner
Sweet foods trigger our brain to expect
a high-caloric intake. Although artifcially
sweetened sodas don’t have any calories, they
still produce this response in our brains. These
sweet cravings not only persist, but may even
increase after a few hours. A study conducted
by Purdue University in 2008 confrmed
this phenomenon. The study, which used
laboratory mice, showed that mice that were
given diet soda sweetened with saccharin
actually gained more weight than those given
regular soda. The results indicated that the
artifcial sweetener slowed metabolism and
resulted in overeating.
What are natural
sWeetening options?
As a result of the limited amount of studies
on the long-term effects of sugar substitutes
on humans, some consumers are looking
for natural sweetening alternatives . Jamie
Koonce, a practitioner of Chinese medicine,
recommends seeking natural sweetening
options, including, cane sugar, raw honey
or sugar alcohols. “There’s just not enough
QuiCK Guide to SweetenerS
saccharin
Brand names: Sweet ’n Low & necta Sweet
Saccharin contains zero calories and doesn’t
raise your blood sugar. The FDA proposed a
ban on this sweetener in 1958, but Congress
overruled after widespread public opposition
to the ban. (Note: this was the only artifcial
sweetener available at the time.) Today, this
is likely the most researched sweetener and
it is often considered the “safest.”
aspartame
Brand names: nutraSweet & equal
Aspartame is widely considered the most
controversial artifcial sweetener. It is
approved in more than 100 countries and its
purposed links to cancer have been dispelled
over the years. However, a survey of
industry-funded studies related to the safety
of aspartame reveals that 100 percent deemed
the sweetener safe. Of the independently-
funded research on aspartame, 92 percent
claimed negative health risks.
sucralose
Brand name: Splenda
Sucralose is the newest non-nutritive
sweetener available and can be used
in cooking/baking. This sweetener was
accidentally discovered while trying to
create an insecticide. Although its marketing
campaign suggests “it’s made from sugar,”
the fnal product is so chemically altered that
it is very misleading to suggest it is natural
like sugar. Although toted as a no-calorie
sweetener, sucralose does contain calories.
Every cup of Spenda contains 96 calories.
stevia
Brand name: truvia
Unlike chemically altered sugar substitutes,
this is a natural sweetener made from the
leaves of the Stevia plant. This plant has
been used by indigenous groups of South
America for hundreds of years. It contains
zero calories and no documented adverse
health risks have been associated with the
sweetener.
erythritol
A natural sugar alcohol, it is essentially a
non-calorie sweetener, with only 0.2 calories
per gram. It occurs naturally in fruits and
doesn’t affect blood sugar. Unlike many other
sugar alcohols, which may have gastric side
effects, consumption of erythritol generally
doesn’t cause gas, bloating or have a
laxative effect. This sweetener can be used
alone, but it is also an ingredient of Truvia.
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> Absence makes the heart grow ... ?
Doing without // Celebrity news
It’s 2 a.m. Do you know where Britney
Spears is?
I do. Or I did, that is, until I decided to take
a week off from my celebrity-news addiction.
I have an embarrassing habit of checking
people.com more often than the news. But it
doesn’t stop at people.com — tmz.com, us-
weekly.com and even perezhilton.com all top
my list of most-visited websites each week.
Society’s fascination with celebrities comes
from a number of places, says Jake Halpern,
author of Fame Junkies. Among these is our
need to understand powerful societal fgures.
Celebreality: Lindsey Siegele tries going a week
without her daily fx of celebrity gossip sites.
Photo by Lindsey Siegele
“To some extent, we’re kind of hardwired for
this,” Halpern says. “It just goes terribly awry in
modern-day culture.”
Today’s celebrities may not have much to of-
fer me — aside from their entertainment value
— but I still miss reading about them. My morn-
ing web routine has been greatly altered for the
past week, and I want to know what horrible
getup Ke$ha’s wearing and how Charlie Sheen
is “winning” again.
Spying on the lives of the rich and famous
gives me a glorious escape from my own life. I
know that this addiction is trite, and when I en-
ter the career world, I don’t want to be check-
ing tmz.com from my work computer. For now,
however, celebrity news provides the kind of
delicious gossip my own life lacks, and I’m re-
luctant to let it go for good.
When I ask Halpern if celebrity fascinations
like mine can be a good thing, he laughs and
then says, “Uh, not really,” but I can’t help my-
self from wondering what Lindsay Lohan would
say.
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Q&A // Tom Higgenson of plain wHiTe T’s
Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson has been creating music with his Chicago-based band
since his high school days in the late ’90s. After several independent releases over the decade, the
band saw international success from hits like the twice-Grammy-nominated “Hey There Delilah”
and “1-2-3-4.”
Higgenson says that today the band’s accomplishments and maturity have infuenced their new
work. Inspired by a Cirque du Soleil show, Higgenson and the rest of the group sought to capture
the same sense of youth and wonder with their most recent album, Wonders of the Younger. In
creating the record, released last December, Higgenson says the band raised the bar. The group
wrote prolifcally and spent more time than usual in the studio.
Now on the second leg of their tour, Plain White T’s will play at the Bottleneck in Lawrence on
Tuesday, April 12.
Higgenson took some time to talk with Jayplay about the new record, what keeps him motivated,
and the ups and downs of touring.
What sets Wonders of the Younger apart from
Plain White T’s earlier albums?
I would say it’s the best album we’ve ever
done. It’s the frst album we’ve ever done
that’s had a concept behind it. There’s an
ongoing theme throughout the album of a loft of
innocence, trying to regain some of the sense
of wonder and adventure you have when you’re
a kid. We’ve never gone into an album with a
theme or concept before so it’s a big step for
us.
Which song, past or present, are you most
proud of and why?
When we make something new, that’s the
material we’re most proud of because it’s
For love of the music: Plain White T’s will play at
the Bottleneck on Tuesday, April 12. Tom Hig-
genson (front, center) is the band’s frontman.
Contributed photo
new, fresh and we’re just the most excited
about it. There are some songs on this album
that really made me push my boundaries as a
songwriter. The song “Cirque Dans La Rue” is
about being dissatisfed with where you are in
life, wanting to run away and fnding a bunch of
people that are outsiders just like you. Even the
arrangements and everything about it make it a
very unique song.
What artist or album is your favorite to listen
to right now?
Well, you can’t ask me that because Panic! At
the Disco just put out an album [Vices & Virtues]
like three weeks ago, so I’ve been listening to
that nonstop. I was really nervous about that,
too, because they kind of lost half of the band,
but they killed it. It’s a great album.
What inspires you and keeps you motivated on
a daily basis?
It’s just the love of music, for me. That’s what
it’s always been about. That’s why I started
writing songs. I love music so much that I just
want to live it and breathe it. We have had
some success and a couple hit singles, but
[with our new album] we just really wanted to
focus and make an album that would hopefully
stand the test of time and stand on its own. We
wanted to push our limits and excite people, so
it was inspiring to raise the bar and challenge
ourselves.
What’s the scariest tour moment you’ve
ever had?
We were on tour in Australia and I had strayed
from the group to go get some food. I was
walking to this Indian restaurant and there was
this homeless guy who was kind of being shady.
He came up to me and asked me for money or
whatever, so I gave him maybe like a buck. And
he literally put his hand on my neck, like grabbed
it, just to scare the shit out of me. He said, “Is
this all you’ve got?” or something like that. For a
second I thought, “This is it. This bum’s going to
murder me.” But it was only a second and he let
me go, and I just walked away really fast. And
I ended up getting that Indian food and it was
delicious. In fact, it was probably even more
delicious after that experience because I felt
alive and more appreciative.
Who’s your hero?
There’s a difference between idol and hero,
but for me, they’re kind of one in the same.
[John] Lennon and [Paul] McCartney. Those are
my idols, but they’re also my heroes because
they did what I would love to do and what I’m
trying to do.
If your tour bus were to break down and leave
you stranded in any city, where would you
want to be and why?
We had a day off on this tour and for some
reason we stopped between two cities in this
town called Pocatello, Idaho. So we’re rollin’
up thinking, “Oh, man, this is going to be a shit
town, wherever the hell this is.” And, yeah, it
was a really small town, but it ended up being
awesome. The hotel we were at had an indoor
water park, a pool table and ping-pong tables,
and there was a great restaurant right across
the street. The town had such charm that it
reminded us of being like 10 years old, out on
a family vacation. I guess it’s not where I’d love
to get stranded, but it was a surprise how cool
that town was.
What’s the most important goal you have for
your music or for yourself as a musician?
To keep putting out music that people connect
with. I think so many bands fade out and just go
away after a while, and I think it’s all about losing
that inspiration for bands. So I think my ultimate
goal is to keep doing this, keep connecting with
people for as along as we want to. I never want
to put out an album that fans don’t appreciate or
relate to. So my ultimate goal, I guess, is to keep
meaning something to people.
What advice do you have for college-aged
students who are aspiring musicians?
Focus on music. As soon as your homework
is done, don’t go out looking for chicks and
getting wasted, but sit with your guitar and sing
songs about how you can’t get any chicks. Or
write a song to the girl you love. Just dedicate
your time because that’s what it’s all about —
dedication. The more time and focus you put
into it, the better you’re going to get and the
more it’s going to mean.

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Those are the dumbest things I have ever
seen. That was Lynnette Dornak’s frst thought
when she saw Vibram FiveFingers, a type of
barefoot shoe identifable by its rather strange
exposed-toe design. But on the recommendation
of two separate friends, she tried on a pair.
Her attitude towards FiveFingers has done a
complete 180 since then.
Dornak, Lawrence doctoral student, is now
so addicted to her barefoot shoes that when
her dog decided to make them an afternoon
snack the day she was going out of town, she
picked up a new pair on her way to the airport.
She has been a faithful FiveFingers wearer
for more than a year and half now. “I am their
biggest spokesperson,” Dornak says. “I can’t
stop recommending them to people.”
Dornak got her barefoot shoes specifcally
because of their reputation to decrease
Foot-loose: Wearing barefoot shoes can strengthen muscles that don’t get much attention on a regular
basis and can also improve your balance. Barefoot training can help runners and walkers alike by
improving form and reducing injury.
Photo Illustration by Jessica Janasz
// BECky HOwLETT
running injuries. A poll done by runnersworld.
com found that 66 percent of runners surveyed
suffered some kind of injury in 2009. Many of
the repetitive injuries associated with running
are directly related to heel-striking, in which a
person lands on their heels.
Heel-striking can be very damaging in the
long-term, especially for your knees, and an
estimated 75 percent of runners in the United
States heel-strike. A 2010 Harvard study found
that barefoot runners are less susceptible
to injury because they land in the middle to
forefront of the foot, which helps the body
absorb the impact of hitting the ground.
Shoes such as Vibram FiveFingers and
Merrell barefoot shoes are designed so the
wearer gets the same benefts of actually going
barefoot. Micah Clement, a personal trainer
certifed by the National Academy of Sports
Medicine, and who has a degree in kinesiology,
says that, evolutionarily speaking, humans were
not designed to wear shoes. “Barefoot shoes
are returning back to basics as far as the body’s
concerned,” he says.
Barefoot shoes improve posture and help tone
an often under-developed group of muscles.
“when you go barefoot you engage muscles
you never even knew you had,” Clement says.
“The frst couple of weeks, your calves are on
fre.”
Barefoot shoes build up stabilizer muscles in
the calves and feet that go unused when you
wear regular running shoes. Clement says to
expect a considerable amount of soreness
for the frst several weeks after switching to
barefoot shoes as your body strengthens these
muscles.
Training in barefoot shoes also allows you
to feel and respond to changes in the ground
more readily, which leads to better reaction
time and decreased risk of injury. Regular
running shoes can impede your reaction time,
which often results in falls or sprained ankles.
Barefoot shoes put you in direct contact with
terrain, improving your ability to detect subtle
fuctuations in ground levels. This allows the
brain to signal muscles to react faster and
better maintain your balance.
Clement, a longtime sufferer of knee injuries
that required multiple surgeries, says that his
knee problems disappeared when he started
wearing FiveFingers three years ago. He also
recommends them to people with lower-back
and ankle issues; however, he says that those
who are not at least somewhat active may
not have the leg strength to jump right into
FiveFingers.
Some barefoot-shoe wearers have fallen in
love with FiveFingers for reasons other than
running benefts. Chris Albrecht, Olathe senior,
doesn’t even run, but he reps his FiveFingers
wherever he goes. In his barefoot shoes he has
climbed a fourteener in Colorado and walked
the Great wall of China. He also sports them
everyday on campus. “For that one person that
looks at me funny, I’ll get nine people that ask
me about them,” Albrecht says. “If anything,
they’re a conversation starter.”
Although barefoot shoes have been a trend
in the outdoor industry for the last few years,
the shoes are fairly new around Lawrence.
Sunfower Outdoor and Bike received its frst
shipment of FiveFingers on March 1. Sam
Gleeson, a kU graduate and employee at
Sunfower, says the store is trying to get the
word out that it has FiveFingers in-stock. “It’s
almost impossible to buy them directly online
from Vibram,” Gleeson says. “It’s better to buy
them in-store anyway, because then you can try
them on and make sure they ft properly.”
Vibram’s website is so back-ordered that
consumers looking to snag a pair will probably
have more luck fnding their size at local stores.
Besides Sunfower, you can fnd barefoot
running shoes at Gary Gribble’s Running Sports
and at Backwoods Adventures in Overland
Park.
Quick Guide to Barefoot ShoeS
Vibram FiveFingers
$75-$125
These barefoot shoes are characterized
by their unique webbed-toe design. The
12 different styles vary by type of material
(some are kangaroo suede, while one pair
is even made of neoprene), amount of tread
or specifc to activity. when shoes get dirty
or smelly, simply throw them in the washing
machine and let them air-dry.
Injinji Socks
$12
These toe socks are specifcally designed with
FiveFingers in mind. you can wear FiveFingers
with or without the socks.
Merrell Barefoot Shoes
$90-$120
Get the benefts of going barefoot without
sacrifcing style. These shoes have more
traditional tennis-shoe and sandal designs.
The barefoot line also touts Vibram soles.
For barefoot newbies, Merrell’s website also
has videos with information about how to get
started and a “Top Ten Tips for Beginners”
guide.
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MOVIE rEVIEw // The LincoLn LawyeR
> Hollywood hits, indie ficks and everything in between.
What is it with Matthew McConaughey
and lawyers? With the exception of the
underrated Frailty and his hilarious turn in
Tropic Thunder, McConaughey seems unable
to deliver a decent performance without
resorting to some variation of the high-
powered attorney he has played in everything
from A Time To Kill to Amistad. His newest
legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, is an above-
average potboiler blessed with a frst-rate
cast and a refreshingly retro soundtrack that
harkens back to the heyday of 1970s police
procedurals.
The flm, based on Michael Connelly’s
bestseller, centers on Mick Holler
(McConaughey), a silver-tongued criminal
defender who operates out of the backseat
of his vintage Lincoln Town Car. His client
roster mainly consists of call-girls, biker
gangs and other less saintly denizens of the
City of Angels. The plot kicks in when Mick
is employed by Louis Roulet (Ryan Philippe),
a Beverly Hills playboy charged with brutally
assaulting a hooker. Intrigued by his high-
class client’s claims of innocence, Mick delves
deeper into the case and quickly fnds himself
embroiled in a devious conspiracy.
Since modern audiences are well versed in
every plot twist a story like this can offer, flms
like The Lincoln Lawyer tend to live or die by
their casting savvy alone. Thankfully, Brad
Furman has populated his flm with a rich bevy
of character actors to liven things up.
William H. Macy provides the laughs as a
closeted gumshoe while Marisa Tomei smolders
as a local prosecutor who doubles as Mick’s
ex-wife with benefts. Even the great Bryan
Cranston makes the most of his all-too-brief
appearance as a perpetually peeved homicide
detective. And McConaughey, with his drawling
magnetism, proves himself a capable leading
man when freed from the shackles of his dismal
romantic comedies. Is a restraining order too
much to hope for?
// LANDON MCDONALD
MusIc rEVIEw // obiTs – ‘moody, sTandaRd and
pooR’ (sub pop | 2011) > KJHK’s weekly guide to sonic consumption.
Brooklyn’s Obits are back with straightforward,
ass-kicking rock and roll on their sophomore
follow-up to 2009’s I Blame You. The group
features members from a variety of projects,
most notably Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and
Pitchfork (late ’80s post-hardcore band — not
the trendy website).
The album’s opener, “You Gotta Lose,” is
balls-to-the-wall indie punk. Angular guitars
and a to-the-point rhythm section keep the
sound sharp and tight. Guitarist and lead singer
Rick Froberg shouts recklessly in desperation,
but there’s a certain swagger and cockiness
to his howls. A formula appears as the album
progresses, but every great band/songwriter
develops a style and runs with it. It’s not overly
predictable here.
The tenth track, “Standards,” must have
guitarist Sohrab Habibion singing lead, because
the vocals just don’t stab as forcefully as
Froberg’s. Habibion lacks the wild high-end.
At times Moody, Standard and Poor is sparse
and post-punky — nearly psychedelic with
its off-kilter drone rhythms. But when Froberg
blasts into the mix it takes on a more early
‘90s hardcore tone. The fnal track, “I Blame
Myself,” surpasses all of these pigeonholes
with straight wah-guitar psychedelia. It oozes
an aggressive melancholy that builds to an
angry peak before falling into restrained,
plucked precision. It all crescendos again,
and Froberg’s voice never graces the mix. It’s
a fabulous instrumental closer.
Obits might be the gateway you’re looking
for if “hardcore” music is too much for your
delicate ears.
// ALEx TRETBAR
MusIc rEVIEw // ponyTaiL – ‘do whaTeveR you
wanT aLL The Time’ (we aRe fRee | 2011)
> KJHK’s weekly guide to sonic consumption.
Hailing from Baltimore, Ponytail play a
spastic style of art-punk. Fronted by the
fanciful Molly Siegel, the four-piece defy
boundaries with a kind of music that I might
reluctantly describe as “cute.” But it’s not
kittens or cookies — this is aggressive and
occasionally abrasive. But it’s the way Siegel
belts (usually) indistinguishable jargon across
jangled guitar licks. There’s no bass — just
drums, two guitars and Siegel’s shouts.
Tension and release seem to be themes on
the group’s third full-length, Do Whatever You
Want All The Time.
On the album’s second track,
“Flabbermouse,” you can make out a bit of
the lyrics: “Why? I don’t know why!” She
repeats this and sometimes it sounds like
other words, while syncopated guitars and
drums push hard in the forefront. It’s a bit like
Deerhoof’s stream-of-consciousness style of
mathematical pop. “Honey Touches” recalls
the approach of new-to-the-scene noise-
pop duo Sleigh Bells: rough and raw around
the edges, but a sweeter, calmer eye in the
middle of the storm. Siegel’s tone shifts from
inquisitive to celebratory, then from desperate
to matter-of-fact. And you can rarely tell what
she’s saying.
Fans of Battles, Zach Hill (Hella) or Marnie
Stern would feel at home with Do Whatever,
but there are some wacky electronics à la High
Places or Gang Gang Dance that set the group
apart. It’s certainly on the poppier side of the
burgeoning noise scene, but this is no Justin
Bieber. It might take repeated listens before
Ponytail fully sinks in.
// ALEx TRETBAR
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SPEAK
I watched the lunch lady fdget with her hair
net as she stirred the marinara sauce with a
large spoon. Sweat trickled down her face and
the pit stains on her over-sized white t-shirt
had turned a yellowish tint. I wondered if she
was as lonely as me. I quickly snapped out of
my gaze when I felt a nudge on my shoulder to
keep the line going. I grabbed a bag of Cheez-
It crackers and blue PowerAde and tapped my
foot impatiently while waiting for my change.
This was the worst part of the day, walking
through the cafeteria to get to the bathroom.
I made sure to not make any eye contact; I
focused my attention on the tiled floor and
made my way past all the lunch tables. As if I
timed it perfectly, whispers began to fill the
room. Conversations stopped and the giggles
surfaced. The tiny hairs on the back of my neck
stood straight out and I could feel my face
begin to boil. Don’t cry, Laura. I had 15 feet to
go; I could see the women’s bathroom straight
ahead, my sanctuary and my escape.
Once I made it in I went to the last stall, threw
down my backpack and slowly lowered my
body to the ground. I always went to that stall;
it had the most graffti scribbled on the side of
the walls. I enjoyed reading the poems, the love
confessions and the “I hate the world” remarks.
I heard the last set of hands being washed and
the door swing behind them. I was fnally alone.
I began to sob, something that had become a
daily ritual in the last couple of months.
Rewind to two months before and you
wouldn’t have even recognized me. I was
outgoing, sat in the front row bleachers at
the football games and would hitch rides with
the cute senior boys. But that New Year’s
Eve changed my life forever. That night I not
only lost my best friend, the queen bee of
our sophomore class, but my friend group
completely shunned me and my entire grade
Lifted spirit: Laura Erdall (center) fnds comfort with her competitive cheerleading team after her
friends ostracized her from their social group and spread a hurtful rumor about her around school.
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eventually rejected me. It’s interesting how one
person can have so much power, and how that
power can hypnotize others around them and
eventually make them followers. Is this a cliché
of Mean Girls? Maybe so. But it doesn’t feel
like a cliché when it happens to you. One rumor
turned everyone against me.
On New Year’s Eve I stayed at my best friend
Anna’s house. It was after midnight when her
brother and his friend, who were both freshmen
in college, stumbled through the side door of
their sunroom. He dangled a half bottle of Jack
Daniels in front of us and motioned that we
follow them to the basement for some drinks. A
good hour of playing cards and darts went by,
and before I knew it I was alone on the couch
with my best friend’s brother. I’d had a crush on
him two years before, so you can imagine my
excitement when he leaned in and kissed me.
I mean, come on; I went from being his little
sister’s dorky friend with braces to making out
with him on the couch.
“What the hell?” I heard Anna demand from
the doorway minutes later. We pulled apart
quickly as she threw a water glass across the
room and stomped upstairs.
A few days later, the majority of my high
school already received news that I had
“slept” with Anna’s older brother, and this lie
made a pack of 16-year-old girls seem like
savages. They shoved me in the hallway and
called me “bitch” in the classrooms. I would
get threatening text messages from numbers I
didn’t even know. The harassment became so
horrible that I stopped going out and would stay
home every weekend.
I woke up one Saturday morning after another
eventful night of playing Super Mario Kart
with my fifth-grade brothers to find hundreds
of strands of toilet paper draped in our trees,
bushes and front porch. You would’ve thought a
blizzard came through and hit our house. From
far away it looked like a winter wonderland; up
close, it was a complete nightmare. Written on
the driveway in pink chalk and shaving cream
was a painful message: “Slut” and “Go to hell.”
What saved me was not therapy, but the girls
on my competition cheerleading team that I was
on throughout the entire year. Those women
stuck by me through all of it, especially the
senior captains. When I would get prank calls
from Anna and the girls while I was out of town
for cheerleading competitions, the captains
would take my phone and demand that they
stop. They’d also invite me over for sleepovers
and would let me tag along to go out to lunch.
They made me realize that I didn’t need to be
part of Anna’s click because I was better than
that. I had to start all over and go make entirely
new friends, and I did.
If it wasn’t for Anna and her followers I
would’ve never met the amazing people that
are still in my life today. I’ll see the girls now
and then when we all come back for breaks;
we’ll do a head nod and wave, but that’s about
it. People just pretend like nothing happened.
Besides me, my mother is the one who suffered
the most through it all. There were so many
times she wanted to call the mothers of those
girls and tell them what was happening. But I
always begged her not to, and she respected
my requests.
Whenever I’m feeling down she still says
to me, “Laura, if you made it through what
those girls did to you, you can make it through
anything.” I’ll never fully recover from what
they did to me but what happened has made me
become the strong woman I am today.
// LAURA ERDALL
a small rumor
that made a big
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