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Eating well and college don’t typically go hand-in-hand. As classes and social lives busy our schedules, home-cooked meals turn into faint memories and convenience becomes the theme of our diets. For many, pizza, beer, Easy Mac and Jimmy John’s make up the food pyramid, but for the health-conscious students, their pyramid consists largely of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. As a firm believer in the “you are what you eat” mantra, I identify with the latter. Since starting college, I’ve always made an effort to buy groceries and eat healthily, but when school’s in full swing, the balance of my diet goes out the window. With little time (OK, and maybe a lack of energy) to really prepare anything, I would consistently eat salad, fruit, yogurt and other on-the-go snacks, not realizing the insubstantiality of it until I crashed.

My dad likes to call this eating like a rabbit. This rabbit-like diet got me through the week all right, but I couldn’t help but notice how weak or tired I felt after only a few protein-deprived days. And it became even more apparent just by how much better I felt anytime I would eat a burger, piece of fish or even some almonds. In more extreme cases, such eating habits might teeter on the line between being healthconscious and disordered eating, medically recognized as “orthorexia.” For more on what this disorder entails, read Bre’s story on page nine. While it’s important to get an adequate amount of the stuff on the bottom of the food pyramid, it’s even more important to not take creative control of the pyramid and overdo or entirely omit a food group.




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> Tackling the sticky world of relationships.
KJHK caller asks: I’m a virgin and I do masturbate. I easily orgasm by stimulating my clitoris with a vibrator. However, when I masturbate vaginally, I can’t. I have a standard vibrator. Am I not angling it correctly? Is it not long enough? I do feel some pressure but I don’t come close to having an orgasm. Please help me! Michelle answers: Let me start by congratulating you on engaging in self-discovery! Taking time to explore your body is key in the recipe for sexual success. I’m sure you’re curious about the g-spot orgasm. This spot is typically located about two inches inside the vagina, above the pelvic bone. Masturbating in a back-and-forth motion with a straight vibrator won’t stimulate your g-spot. Try this: 1. With your palm down, insert two fingers inside your vagina. Hook them towards your pelvis to locate the soft, rounded area just above your pelvic bone.

CATCH of THE wEEK // Daniel Prioleau
> A weekly peek at a fish in the KU sea.
Hobbies: I like playing on X-box, going to movies and parties with friends, and watching “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” “Covert Affairs,” and “Jersey Shore.” Turn-ons: A girl with a nice smile and an athletic body. An accent is kind of cute, too. Turn-offs: Stuck-up girls and smokers. How to win my heart: If she is an all-around cool person, is nice to everyone and into sports Also, I like girls who can be kind of a dork sometimes and do funny stuff that makes me laugh. I would describe myself as: Laid-back and dorky. Most embarrassing moment: My friend and I were at McDonald’s, and there were these two girls in front of us. I accidentally dumped my fries in my lap. Celebrity crush: Beyoncé. favorite quote: “Push yourself to the limit, and when you get to that limit, push even farther.” |TAYLOR LEWIS |

Contributed photo Michelle MacBain is a graduate student from Kansas City. She studied sexuality, psychology and communiction studies at KU and The University of Amsterdam. 2. Round your fingers in a “come here” motion to stimulate this area. You’ll start to feel a tingling sensation. This means you hit the spot. 3. Relax and enjoy. If you try for the g-spot orgasm and don’t achieve climax, don’t sweat it. |MICHELLE MACBAIN |

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How wE MET // Jessica GreGG & Trevor sherPinG
> All great relationships had to start somewhere.
He thought she was annoying. She thought he was awkward. So how in the world did Trevor Sherping, a sophomore from Mulvane, Kan., and Jessica Gregg, a sophomore from Lenexa, wind up together? It all started last year when the two lived on the same floor. After moving into Templin, some friends organized a game of hostage, a game where blindfolded players are dropped off at remote locations and must describe their whereabouts to their “rescuers” via telephone. Gregg was in the same car as Sherping. “She was in the backseat of my friend’s car and was screaming because she was scared,” he says. “That was my first impression of her: off the wall and crazy.” But over time, his feelings changed and he started seeing her in a different light. Gregg, who, at the time, was more interested in Sherping’s best friend, had her doubts. She was hesitant to jump into a relationship. In fact, she turned him down the first time he asked her out. It was only a matter of time, though, before her feelings started to change as well. After confessing how she felt, the two went out to dinner in what they consider their official


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Contributed photo First impressions: Both Sherping and Gregg admit they were’nt initally attracted. first date. And last November, they became an official couple. Ten months later, their initial impressions are long-forgotten. Thanks to living in close quarters, they are closer than ever. “We never had that ‘whole dress up and go on a date thing’,” Gregg says. “Because we lived together, we saw each other every day. We saw each other at our worst times. We just saw the person as the way they were.” |TAYLOR LEWIS |

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College can be a pretty overwhelming time. Daunting classes, crazy weekends and crowds of students ready to steamroll over the freshmen makes it feel like there’s no stopping the madness. Luckily, everyone soon falls into new friendships. For some students, there’s someone even closer to them that they can turn to—their sibling. But having someone you’ve known forever right by your side isn’t always easy.


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When Kelli Klecan, a sophomore from Topeka, came to KU last year, she looked to her older brother, Kurtis, now a senior, for advice. Whether it was showing her how to buy books without spending thousands of dollars, moving boxes into her dorm room or just answering the phone, Kurtis automatically assumed the big brother role. “You want to help your sibling out and help her get in really fast,” Kurtis says. “I could teach her where to go and what to do in Lawrence when she first got here.” Sharing insider information with a younger sibling is often the go-to assistance an older sibling first offers. Dr. Don Lynch, a psychology professor at Unity College in Maine, says this can help strengthen the relationship right off the bat. “Having an older sibling on campus, who helps you learn the ropes with things even as simple as finding a classroom, really makes the transition to college go more smoothly,” he says. “It’s very valuable stuff.” Mark Krutty, a sophomore from Olathe, noticed the same benefits from his older sister Brittany, a senior. In their case, not only did Brittany help him when he first arrived, but she also had an effect before he even stepped foot on campus. “I knew what to expect,” Krutty says. “Seeing her here definitely helped me know what I could look to later in college.”

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While school is easy to handle, things get a little trickier when siblings and parties mix. And, if siblings have differing personalities, it can really start to jump off the deep end. Kelli and Kurtis consider themselves opposites—Kurtis is more of the partier, while Kelli is more reserved. Kelli says it took her a while to see Kurtis in his partying glory, especially since they hang out in the same group of friends and live one block away from each other. “When I got to KU last year, obviously as big brothers do, he was like ‘come over, let’s have some fun.’ Drinking wasn’t something I wanted to pursue, but I eventually learned that I could go over to his house and not drink with him and still have fun,” Kelli says. Brittany and Mark also hang out in the same group of friends. While both sets of siblings enjoy having friends in common, Dr. Lynch says in other siblings’ relationships, this can cause some tension. “Competition can put a lot of stress on siblings,” Lynch says. “It’s part of your developmental growth period. When you have social stuff going on, having and hanging out with your own separate friends is important.” While Mark and his sister haven’t had any huge fights, he thinks there should be some regulations between how siblings interact in social settings. “It depends on what your relationship is with your sibling before you come to college,” he says. “But I think it’s good to draw a line between how you socialize so you don’t get too frustrated with each other at any given point in time.” | CHRISTINE CURTIN |

Contributed photo Kelli and Kurtis Klecan

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It’s common for siblings to share with their parents what their brother or sister has been up to at college. Even the strong-willed siblings who swear to secrecy can crack under mom or dad’s pressure. “There is potential for some real conflict when parents get involved in college siblings’ relationships,” Dr. Lynch says. Like Kurtis and Kelli experienced, it’s not always best to clue the parents in on certain activities. “If we fight ever, it’s about the fact that I tell mom stuff that she doesn’t need to know exactly,” Kelli says. Brittany and Mark had it a little easier. Their parents would more so ask general questions about their relationship at college than get involved. “That type of conflict can not only damage the relationship between siblings, but also the relationship between the siblings and their parents,” Dr. Lynch says.


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After examining the physical and emotional boundaries in an age gap relationship, it’s important to remember the psychological effect it might have on a person. According to Omri Gillath, an Associate Professor of social psychology, younger parties might subconsciously use their older partners as a replacement for their parents or as a security blanket. Inversely, older partners might see their younger halves as a fountain of youth. “It can give [the older person] a fresh perspective, or make you feel young again,” Gillath says. “But it can also add stress because your partner isn’t mature enough or doesn’t have your life experience.” Couples with large age differences might face some judgment from the public. Although these types of Hollywood relationships receive criticisms from the public, they don’t receive more or less than any other celebrity relationship, Heath says. She says that couples must be prepared to face the disapproval from their family and friends, because while they might have an ideal relationship, people looking in will draw their own conclusions. Brown’s family and friends have fully supported her relationship, and although problems can arise in age-gap relationships, she believes that everyone is capable of making it last as long as they’re smart. “Just be wise,” she says. “Are you a relatively stable, mature, self-sufficient person? Do you have good boundaries? Can you say no? A lot of those things are essential to any relationship, but especially if you’re going to start dating someone older, you need to be aware that a lot more complications can come.”

Photo illustration by Morgan LaForge Numbers game: Consider all the factors before dating someone older or younger than you. After hanging out with a group of friends one summer night, Jay walked Lawrence sophomore Katie Brown to her car. As he was hugging her goodbye, he confessed that he was really liked her and asked if she would like to go out sometime. She eagerly accepted, as she had grown increasingly interested in him through the summer months as well. There was only one thing: she was 19. He was 28. When the two first met through the KU Swing Society, a swing dancing club, during Brown’s freshman year, she was instantly attracted to his helpful nature; Jay was accustomed to serving people after spending six years in the Navy. Although he was dating someone else at the time, the two remained close. It wasn’t until last summer, though, that they began to see each other as more than friends. For many, a nine-year age difference would be cause for concern, but it was nothing out of the ordinary for Brown. “My parents work with college students, so I have always been used to interacting and relating to people much older than me from a very young age,” Brown says. “But [his age] was definitely something I took into consideration before dating him.”


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According to Sonja Heath, assistant director at the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, there are a variety of factors that students should consider before jumping into a relationship with someone who is significantly older or younger than they are. “I think it might be safe to say that if you’re older, you’ve had more relationship experiences. You might also be more in touch with the things you want out of a relationship – emotionally, physically, mentally,” Heath says. “As a younger person, though, you might not know.” Knowing what you want to gain, Heath says, is one of the most crucial elements of having a successful relationship. It’s possible that an older partner will be more eager to settle down or more comfortable going a step farther in a sexual relationship. Confusion can easily occur if the couple is unwilling to talk openly about their personal comfort levels. Also, she says that it might be difficult finding common interests to bond over. Unlike some, Brown hasn’t had any issues in those departments. She says that one of the main reasons she was drawn to Jay was because of his straightforward personality. Like herself, he gave open and honest answers that didn’t leave her unsure of anything. Additionally, Brown could appreciate the fact that although there was a significant age difference, because of his time in the service, they were in similar stages of their lives. “If he had been 28 and if he had had a career and a job and had been totally outside any realm of me, that would’ve been something where I would’ve been like, ‘OK, let’s take a major double look at this before I start dating you,’” Brown says. “But I feel like yes, he’s much older, but we’re in kind of the same boat. He just happened to have spent six years on a boat.”

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Beetlejuice might bring back memories of your childhood summer camp or make you think of Winona Ryder, but what about as an ingredient in cosmetics and even foods? Carmine is a natural red coloring extracted from the cochineal beetle of South America and is used to dye a variety of products from cosmetics to yogurt and salad dressings. Although Sophia Wornick, a freshman from San Francisco, isn’t concerned about the products she enjoys containing carmine, the thought of eating or drinking something colored with crushed up beetle shells grosses her out. “I’m a vegetarian so that’s totally disgusting to me,” Wornick says. Jessica Jones-Dille, marketing manager for Wild Flavors, Inc., Erlanger, Ken., who sells carmine and other natural dyes to manufacturers, says most people don’t know carmine comes from beetles. Jones-Dille says manufacturers want natural ingredients so their products are label friendly. Manufactures often chose carmine over


BETTER OPTIONS FOR BAD SITUATIONS// > If you’re going to do it, be smart.

Whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine, it’s easy to find an excuse to not make that extra effort to walk across campus. It’s simple, but when the weather’s uncomfortable, it can seem difficult to climb the mountainous hills and hundreds of steps to trek across campus. Benefits like improving your posture and increasing your blood circulation may be worth walking, says Patty Quinlan, nursing supervisor at Student Health Services. Quinlan recommends getting at least 30 | CHRISTY NUTT | minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy. There’s a greater benefit by doing one 30 minute workout since it increases your pulse and heart rate, Quinlan says. But still completing the 30 minutes during the day is better than no exercise. An easy way do get your daily exercise in, is by walking to classes instead of taking the buses and elevators. On average, there are 16,600 KU on Wheels rides a day, wrote Margretta de Vries, parking commission secretary Photo by Christy Nutt Beetlejuice: Your favorite foods and drinks may at KU Parking & Transit. With 29,462 students contain dyes from beetles. enrolled last year, according to University

other natural red dyes because it is more stable and doesn’t fade. Carmine performs like red-40 without having the negative effects of synthetic dye, Jones-Dille says. A 2007 study from South Hampton, United Kingdom, linked artificial colors to hyperactivity in children. Jones-Dille says that because of the study there has been an increased interest in natural alternatives to artificial dyes especially in products for children.


Photo by Kylie Nutt Power walk: Trekking across campus is a suprisingly easy way to get exercise. statistics, about every one-in-two students ride a bus. If it takes ten minutes to walk to one class and you have three classes, you are done with your workout for the day, Quinlan says. There are an estimated 30,000 steps on campus, says Curtis Marsh, program director of KU Info. With this many steps, it’s easy to get a good workout on your way to class. If you want a more challenging workout, consider jogging up the steps, Quinlan says.




> Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
Like many students, Mary Kate Sheehan saw the final Harry Potter movie this summer, but not just the regular 2-D movie. Sheehan, a freshman from Lynnfield, Mass., experienced Harry Potter in 3-D. “It definitely gets you into the movie, like you’re a part of it,” Sheehan says. She says she enjoyed the 3-D version even though it made her motion sick at times. The 3-D experience has hit theaters across the nation, but what are the effects of the 3-D craze on our eyes? At this point, nobody knows the short or long term effects because no studies have been done, says Scott Hickman an optometrist at Lawrence Eye Care Associates. Children typically develop the ability to see 3-D by age 3. There is a possibility that when young children watch 3-D, they prevent this development, but this has not been proven, Hickman says. For adults, eye conditions often cause problems when watching 3-D. “If you get fatigue or a headache when watching 3-D, take it as a warning sign and see the eye doctor,” Hickman says. The most common conditions that cause problems are Amblyopia, more commonly known as lazy eye, and Strabismus, where the eyes are misaligned with each other. “If you’ve seen your optometrist recently and don’t have any eye condition, it is probably okay to enjoy 3-D,” Hickman says. Verdict: Good for the you if you’ve had a recent eye exam and no eye problems.

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From healthy eating to an unhealthy obsession
Anorexia was coined in 1868. Bulimia was coined in 1979. Orthorexia was coined in 1997. The first two you may be familiar with, but the third term may have you pulling Google up on your phone to search it. These three words share similar roots, but eventually branch out into different disorders.

Photo illustration by Rebecca Dreyfus Fruits ‘n’ Veggies: Limiting your diet can be harmful.

One eating disorder that makes being healthy harmful.
limited diet can create nutritional deficiencies leading to a compromised immune system and a greater risk for many illnesses,” says Ann Chapman, dietitian at Watkins Memorial Health Center. Our society has become desensitized to diets that restrict because they have made it normal to become a selective eater. Some diets have you eliminate an entire food group (carbohydrates for the Atkins diet) making it more acceptable to have particularities of foods. bery handle bars may not be your idea of fun, but nixing nearly every aisle puts you… well, at the produce section. Jon Marzette, a senior from Lawrence, doesn’t let the center or frozen food aisles scare him. “I just eat whatever I think is awesome, and that is usually pizza, burgers, wings and more pizza. If it’s ‘healthy,’ then that’s just a plus,” Marzette says.

“Health Food Junkie” It may be hard to differentiate between a healthy eater and someone who has Orthorexia. Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center out of Lemont, Ill., provides a clear-cut guide to determining the disorder. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to figure out if you’re a healthy eater or a “health food junkie:” 1. Do I completely avoid foods with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives? 2. Has my opinion of acceptable foods re duced my diet to consuming less than 10 foods regularly? 3. Do I have a fear of eating out because I cannot control how my food is prepared? Orthorexia is an obsession with healthy or righteous eating. Due to the fact that it’s a newer disorder, many may be seeing this term for the first time, but it shouldn’t be undermined. In 2004, the University of Rome surveyed 400 students to see how prevalent the disorder was. Out of those 400, 28 of them (6.9 percent) showed orthorexic behavior, which is a higher percentage than Anorexia and Bulimia combined. Before you think you don’t fall into this category, ask yourself if you are a healthy eater, and then you can start to define the lines between healthy and obsessive.

Let’s pretend for a minute that you love celery because it’s an unprocessed whole food. You love celery so much, in fact, that you eat it every single day because you are obsessed with the health benefits. Then you discover that celery is better once dipped in hummus, but you make sure the hummus doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial dyes that could be considered unhealthy. Next, you read an article about the health benefits of carrots, so you add those into your daily food routine. Pretty soon you are only eating five or six different foods because these foods are what you have established in your brain as “healthy.”

While some can eat whatever fits under a $5 budget without blinking an eye, others get sucked into being overly health conscious. The University of Kansas has many options to healthier, unrestricted alternatives. The KU Wellness through Nutrition organization is one that provides students with knowledge on healthy food alternatives as well as ways to cook healthier. Matt Koontz, a senior from Overland Park, is the president of the organization and has a healthful mind and eye when it comes to food. “What I eat plays a significant enough role in my overall wellness that healthy eating becomes a conscious decision,” Koontz says. He is healthy about being healthy and knows that his energy relies on getting enough of the right kinds of food. Eating a wide range of foods is necessary, and when one begins to eliminate or restrict certain foods in an attempt to achieve what they think is ultimate health, it can eventually take a reverse effect. Chapman suggests a website called This website can help detail a healthy, variety-filled diet. So before you begin to limit your foods to only a few, consider being healthy rather than obsessive over health.

Despite the stigma, it is acceptable to eat processed foods in moderation, according to Chapman-- especially since avoiding processed foods or foods with additives/preservatives in them makes your grocery shopping experience less than exciting. The broken grocery cart with the sticky wheel and slob-

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What to Know About Bras
the myths about sleeping in bras at night, women’s breast growth depends on hormonal stimulation when a young woman becomes menstrual and if she gains or loses weight, McDaneld says. Sagging is not closely related to not wearing a bra, DeSalvo says. It is more dependent on weight gain, weight loss, pregnancies, natural aging and gravity. Bras can help, though, if a woman’s breasts are starting to sag because it can make them look and feel better, DeSalvo says. Occasionally, the underwire will break through the fabric, which can gauge the skin and scar it, McDaneld says. So, go through your bra drawer and throw out the old and damaged bras. Remember to wash bras regularly because they will last longer. Perspiration and sloughed off skin cells accumulate all the time and can eventually deteriorate the fabric and be less comfortable, McDaneld says. Here you go ladies; this guide will be your best friend to help you determine whether you are wearing the perfect bra or if it is time to retire that old tattered one. Jenise Bishop, a bra fitter at Linda the Bra Lady in New York City, says if you do not have a flattering silhouette underneath your shirt and your breast tissue is not smooth under the cups, then you do not have the correct bra size or style. Finding the perfect fit is 95 percent about how the band fits you and only 5 percent about how the straps fit, Bishop says. The band is what supports your breast, the cups are to cover your breast tissue, and the straps give a little lift once you accommodate it with your torso, Bishop says. Bishop says you can measure your bust size in a few easy steps:

Photo illustration by Abby Davis Choose wisely: Selecting the right bra prevents a variety of problems. Why do we wear bras? Is it because they’re good for us? Will they prevent our breasts from sagging or keep them from growing if we sleep in them at night? Women hear many myths about bras, but what is actually true? Wearing a bra is a personal preference, but it is a social norm we tend to follow, says Sue McDaneld, a nurse practitioner at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. There are some cons when wearing a bra, but a simple tip can help women prevent the negative effects. Women can unintentionally alter their menstrural cycle and increase the risk of infertility if a bra causes frequent rubbing on the nipple, says Carolyn DeSalvo, OB/GYN at Watkins Memorial Health Center. The rubbing can trigger the breasts to produce milk. To prevent this, DeSalvo recommends wearing a supportive bra, especially during exercise. Wearing an ill-fitting bra can cause rubbing, skin tags, irritation and yeast infections along the bottom of the bra line. If a woman has a history of yeast infections, constantly wearing a bra bring on infections because heat and moisture get trapped against the irritated nipple, McDaneld says. To prevent this from happening, it is crucial to wear the correct bra size. Getting fitted at a department or lingerie store is free and painless. Hannah Rutzick, a junior from Plymouth, Minn., says she was fitted two years ago at a Victoria’s Secret when she went bra shopping and has not had any problems since. It is a quick process because the bra fitters measure around your chest with your clothes on. There is some physical benefit for large breasted women to wear a bra because it provides better support and comfort, especially with physical activity, McDaneld says. Women with large breasts tend to have increased neck and back strains because they carry a lot of weight, so wearing a supportive bra with wide straps will help reduce some of that strain. The caveat for a large-breasted woman wearing a bra is that the straps are not too tight because they can cut in and cause worse back pain, DeSalvo says. For small breasted women there is no health benefit if they wear a bra or not; it is a matter of preference and comfort, McDaneld says. The bra fabric does not necessarily matter, whatever feels comfortable for each individual woman, McDaneld says. Bras with hard or rigid lace may cause more irritation and synthetic bras can increase the risk of skin infections because the fabric traps sweat and moisture. The bra fabric depends on the activities the woman will be doing while wearing the bra, McDaneld says. There is no medical basis to say underwire bras cause cancer, DeSalvo says. Underwire bras can cause inflammation because they rub and this sometimes can cause confusion during a breast exam, so some say it is cancer, but it is not, DeSalvo says. Wearing a bra 24/7 will not affect your breasts in a negative or positive way as long as the bra is clean, Dr. DeSalvo says. Despite

1. Keep your bra on 2. Use a tape measure 3. To find your band size, measure underneath your breast 4. To find your cup size, measure the fullest part of your breast 5. To calculate, use a bra fitting guide on


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On May 15, at 7:30 a.m. in Sydney, Australia, while studying abroad, Rachel Austenfeld, a senior from Overland Park, had just begun her first half-marathon. The Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon took place right in the middle of the well-known city, and Austenfeld would run past spectacles such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Hyde Park. Austenfeld ran with study-abroad friends and finished the half-marathon in two hours and ten minutes.

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Contributed Photo Rachel Austenfeld (right) ran past scenic monuments, such as the Sydney Opera House, during her first half-marathon. It's so funny sometimes how you get yourself into things. I first found out about the marathon through a friend's Facebook status that I had met there: "Officially just registered for the Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon!" From the second I saw that, I knew I was in. I had always wanted to do a half-marathon at some point in my life, and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting. My two running buddies and I booked a hotel the night before located right next to Hyde Park. We figured this would be the best call since the race started so early, and we could just conveniently walk over to the starting line. When my alarm went off at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the race, I was ready to go! I put on all my gear and had peanut butter oatmeal and a banana for breakfast, with a generous amount of water. We left our hotel at about 7:05 a.m. to get a good spot at the starting line, and even though we still ended up in the back. I was so pumped. I felt completely invincible. I had been training, preparing, and waiting for this day for two months and it was finally here, all to be over within a few hours. Definitely a feeling I had never felt before. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful morning. I could see the glistening water in Sydney Harbour to my right, and the sky had a promising pink hue. And then all of the sudden, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...boom! We were off. I ran next to my good friend Katrina for the entire race. I definitely did a lot of thinking during the race, which I liked. It felt absolutely incredible to be surrounded by 10,000 other runners who were all in something together for the same common purpose. The first half of the race wasn't bad at all; I felt almost weightless. My breathing settled into a steady rhythm that almost made me feel as though I were walking. The very second we passed the halfway point, though, I could feel my muscles, joints and ligaments start to wear down. I kept pushing though and I wasn't going to walk, even for one minute. The entire time I kept thinking about how so many things we do in life are a mind game—how our mind affects our body in incredible ways. After we made it past the finish line, I was so excited to be done. There was just a common feeling of camaraderie and goodwill in the air, which I loved. We made our way back to Wollongong (a city just 50 miles south of Sydney where we lived), and after sitting on that train for an hour and a half, my joints definitely went into shock. That night, we had a big buffet-style dinner. I went to bed that night feeling happy, accomplished, and rightfully full. Training for and completing the Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon was something I will cherish for my entire life. It taught me that no matter what your goals are in life, you absolutely cannot settle for less, because they make up who you are. No matter what you will always learn something from striving to be your best self. I don't think I'm going to become a marathon junkie by any means, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.


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Justin Vernon, Bon Iver frontman, played to a full house last Friday in Kansas City, Mo.The band’s fall tour follows the release of its latest album, “Bon Iver, Bon Iver.”

Rob Moose (violin/guitar) is one of five members on tour who contributed to the band’s most recent album.

Michael Noyce (left) joins Rob Moose on guitar.

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Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is, in many ways, the poster child for the indie/folk movement, though he’s garnered more popularity than he likely ever imagined possible. His 2007 debut, “For Emma, Forever Ago” was famously recorded solo by Vernon in an isolated Wisconsin cabin. That sparse, minimalist debut led to an explosion of popularity for Vernon, leading to numerous festival appearances and collaborations with unlikely artists such as Kanye West. The “Blood Bank” EP released in the interim cemented both Vernon’s trademark vocal layering style and the anticipation for another proper full-length. “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” wasn’t recorded in a cabin. It came up in a proper studio under the production supervision of Vernon, and the new capabilities available to him resulted in a more filled-out sound. Though the trademark shimmery guitar strums and layered crooning are still around, the introduction of proper percussion and horns can come as a surprise to the unready. The horn section on “Towers” fits right in with the typical Iver-esque layered soundscapes, and saxophone can be heard meddling about here and there all throughout. The new elements work best when integrated in the traditional Iver sound. The saxophone sounds pretty great when filling out a reverb-y guitar layer on “Michicant,” for instance. While Vernon’s experiments often pay off, it’s hard not to hear the keyboards and wailing guitars on “Best/Rest” coming across like an ’80s power ballad. Perhaps most importantly, “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” sounds like a proper album. While “Emma” put Vernon on the map, it was intended to be little more than a demo, albeit an expertly executed one. If this album is meant to be Vernon’s clear vision of the Bon Iver sound, Vernon is likely to see his popularity only continue to grow. | BEN CHIPMAN |

Bon Iver played a sold-out show at The Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 9.

Michael Noyce (above), plays guitar and sings. Noyce is one of the four regular Bon Iver contributers on tour.

Mike Lewis (below), bassist, joined Bon Iver on tour after contributing to the band’s album, “Bon Iver, Bon Iver.”


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MANUAL DOING WITHOUT // carbohydrates
> Absence makes the heart grow…?
week. At first I was at a loss, I didn’t want to eat salad two meals a day for a week, even though I do enjoy it. So I did some research and found lean proteins like salmon, eggs and chicken are low in carbohydrates. In the beginning it was tempting to grab a breadstick at work after being in class all day and getting to my shift starving. It got easier; I would make a salad for lunch, and then try a new recipe for dinner, like honey-mustard salmon, which turned out to be pretty awesome. “Low-carb diets can be effective, but they are more of a fad diet,” says Ann Chapman, registered dietician at Watkins Memorial Health Center. “They are hard to maintain because you get tired of not eating grains.” While I would never want to give up carbs for good, it did make me think about my eating habits and it was definitely easier to work out without a heavy meal in my stomach. | KATIE JAMES |

Photo by Katie James Carb control: James limited her carbohydrate intake for an entire week. Pasta. Smothered in cheese and served with hot, garlic breadsticks. Sounds heavenly if you ask me. While it is nearly impossible to completely go without carbohydrates, I will admit my food pyramid could be a little more balanced. Between working at an Italian restaurant and being too tired and lazy to do much more than boil some water for mac and cheese, I eat pasta at least three times a week. I had always thought that going on a lowcarb diet would be too difficult; I loved my carb-heavy foods too much to give them up. Nevertheless I decided to give it a try, cutting out pasta, breadsticks and crackers for the

> In case of emergency, read quickly.
to keep your passwords and other information safe since they are stored in the history after you visit a website. Here are the steps you can take browser history for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari users. Firefox: Go to the “tools” menu, located at the top of your browser’s window. Select the option “clear recent history.” Check the boxes for “cache” and “cookies,” then press okay and reopen your browser. Internet Explorer: Go to your tools menu and select “Internet Options.” Then, press the delete button under “browsing History.” Make sure to select the boxes for “temporary Internet files” and “cookies.” Close your browser and reopen it. Safari: Go to the main menu and select “Reset Safari.” Be sure to check the boxes for “empty the cache,” “remove all cookies” and “close all Safari windows.” Then click reset. | CHRIS NEAL |

GET SOME CULTURE // GLorIoUs to VIeW Project
> It’s not all about fast food and beer pong.
ages from the University archives tying in old to new. The panels feature black and white photographs, color paintings, and text about each site. “These places have been alive for a long time. People have been walking the routes I take for almost 150 years,” Chassica Kirchhoff, a graduate student from Springfield, Mo., says. Kirchhoff helped write the text for the panels. This is the first time students have been able to work with the museum’s staff to create something, rather than an exhibit of established pieces. “It’s a chance for people to see realtime original graphic arts products, being made by students, and see how they bring history to the present,” says Susan Earle, curator of European and American art at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Our hope is that seeing the history reinvigorates students and gets them involved in campus.” | KATIE JAMES |

Photo by Chris Neal Clean sweep: Clear your broswer’s history to keep passwords safe. At one time or another, we’ve visited a website that our friends or significant others might call us out on. Whether you’re checking out the boob tubes or looking up the latest World of Warcraft news, clearing your browser history could save you from embarrassment and also keep you safe. Lyle Harte, a sophomore from Overland Park, says his browser is set to always delete his web history when he closes the window. It increases his Internet speed, and he doesn’t want people seeing what he’s been looking at online. Brett Gerstenberger, a Client Solutions Specialist for the KU Information Technology department, says deleting you browser is a good way

Contributed photo Did you know?: A new exhibit offers little known facts about campus. How much do you know about the KU campus? Did you know there used to be swimming at Potter Lake? Or that Fraser Hall once looked completely different? “Glorious to View: the KU Campus Heritage Project” exhibit at the Spencer Museum of Art focuses on the prior history of campus with a modern twist. The exhibit runs through the end of the year and is a unique collaboration between the Spencer Museum of Art staff, Spencer Research Library and advanced graphic design students. It features Spooner Hall, Fraser Hall, Old North College and Potter Lake. Each historic site has a dedicated panel designed by the students that features im-

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Photo illustration by Rebecca Dreyfus Practice makes perfect: Photograph various subjects often to improve your skills.


We’ve all done it before; taken a picture and thought, “That looks terrible!” Many of us don’t have the time or resources to take a photography class, between classes, jobs, and countless hours of homework, not to mention workshops can be pricey. Here are some tricks to improve your technique quickly.

foCus on fundamentals
The fundamental elements of a photograph provide the foundation to build your picture on. Is the lighting good? Is the subject in focus? Did you crop the photo so it looks like they are cut off at the ankle? Make sure you keep the horizon straight; these are all things to keep in mind when setting up a shot. “It’s important to know all the rules when it comes to fundamentals, because then you can tweak them, and make them your own,” Havana Mahoney, a senior from Manhattan, Kan., and majoring in photo media, says. Then you can bend them, but still have the basics to begin with.

all about the lighting
Lighting can make or break a photo. It’s what will catch a viewer’s eye and draw them in. When using natural lighting, you want to avoid the time of day when the sun is directly overhead, because it can be too bright and jarring. “I like to catch dawn or dusk when simple tips to improve your photographs using natural lighting, its not so harsh,” Justin Bell, a senior from Gardner, Kan., says. You can also do dramatic things with a flash at night, or use a long exposure. At night, starlight can be used to make it look like the stars are moving, Bell, who is also a photo media Rule of thiRds: think of the photo with a tic-tac-toe board major, says. Matt Needham, a Lawrence-based wedding and portrait photographer, says lighting is the key to any photo. “It’s what drawn on it. You want to keep the subject of the photo where the lines people will remember, if there’s an interesting shadow or a lot of contrast,” he says. Pay attention to the natural light availintersect. able to you and then try supplementing with the flash on your camera to create different angles with the light. Composition: the way all the elements of the photo work


together and how the shot is arranged. natuRal lighting: a photograph taken using whatever light is being given off from the sun, rather than an artificial source, like the

get to know youR subjeCt

A good portrait gives you a glimpse into the subject’s life and personality. It tells a story about that person. “You want to look at it and feel something,” says Laura Wolfe, Photographer and Studio Owner of White Lotus Photography, located in camera’s flash. Lawrence. Spend some time with your subject and make them feel comfortable before you put them in front of a camera. depth of field: how in focus the background of a photograph is. You’ll get a more natural expression, Wolfe says. Ask questions to get a sense of who your subject is, and what they are Short depth of field: the subject is in focus and passionate about. “I sit down on the floor with the children I photograph and just play with them before I take their picture, the background completely out of focus. so they open up and act more natural,” Wolfe says. long depth of field: the subject and the background are both in focus. shutteR speed: the length of time the shutter of the camera is open, determining how much light is let into the camera. Situations with low light should have a longer shutter speed. Situations with lots of motion or bright light should have a shorter shutter speed. apeRtuRe: the aperture is like the pupil of your eye. Depending on how big or small you make it, the more or less light is let into the camera. exposuRe: how much light is let into the camera based on the shutter speed and aperture. A photo that is overexposed looks washed out, and a photo that is underexposed looks too dark.

tips foR beginneRs
Practice, practice, practice, “It’s the skills the person behind the camera has that make the photos good, not how expensive the equipment is or how many megapixels the camera itself has,” Bell says. It’s not necessary to have the most expensive camera available, if you are familiar with your camera’s features and how to use them. Needham says to explore the Internet and watch tutorials on different techniques and how to use camera settings. “There is so much good information on the Internet, combined with the instant feedback of a digital camera that can really help you improve quickly, so take advantage of it,” he says. | KATIE JAMES |


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> New places, new faces.
There’s only one place in Lawrence where you can buy a smoothie, a magazine, a long board, jewelry, an iPod and clothing all in the same store. That store would be Hastings, and the list of things you can buy there goes on and on. Located at 1900 W. 23rd St. behind Freddy’s and right next to Cork & Barrel, Hastings is easy to miss if you aren’t searching for it. One student who discovered Hastings last year is Chris Lindsey, a senior from Alton, Ill. “When Borders closed, I wanted to find another place like it and Hastings is pretty close but with way more stuff,” says Lindsey. “You can rent movies and video games and even buy used books to save yourself some money.” Hastings is a place where students can study as well. Tucked in the corner is a small coffee shop, called the Hardback Café, where people can gather, study or go alone to drink a coffee and indulge in a book. “Hastings is a one-stop shop,” Alex Berryman, video associate at Hastings says. “It's fun. You can get your coffee, grab a magazine or book, and read to your heart’s desire. The best part is, if you aren't feeling books, you

> TV, movies and other goodies to devour instantly.
Have you ever seen something so terrible you wonder how it could have possibly been made? How people could have been paid to put it together? “Tin Man” will make you ask those questions over and over until your eyes roll out of your head. “Tin Man” is an unnecessary 2007 steampunk update of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Zooey Deschanel stars as D.G., a girl who doesn’t fit in in her vague Midwestern town and dreams of a wonderland. She’s swept into Outerzone (that’s steampunk for “Oz”) via tornado. There she meets her scarecrow, the non-scarecrow Glitch (played by Alan Cumming), her tin man, the non-tin man Cane, and her cowardly lion, for some reason named Raw. D.G. sets out to defeat her evil sister Azkadellia (an updated wicked witch) and reunite with her Outerzone parents. “Tin Man” is unbearably long. At almost five hours, it feels like watching paint dry. Deschanel is at her clunkiest and delivers lines like somebody who has no grasp of emotions. Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss have fun with their roles as Glitch and The Mystic Man (the Wizard), but they don’t make the series worth watching. The dialogue is awkward and the plot is convoluted, but worst of all, it’s called “Tin Man” for seemingly no reason. If you hate The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, then this is for you. If not, skip it.



Photo by Drew Wille Something for everyone: Hastings houses everything from beverages to books. can check out the rest of the store. We literally have everything "entertainment" you can think of." Next time you and your friends need an entertainment fix, stop by Hastings and lose yourself in its endless selection of books, music, movies, games, electronics and more.


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Saints Pub + Patio
‘Hey, my name is Drew, I need to be picked up at _____,’ wherever you are. We’ll come pick you up, bring you to the bar, you’ll have a good time and whenever you’re ready, we’ll give you a ride home. There’s no drinking and driving,” says Mike Reiner, owner of Saints Pub + Patio in Lenexa and the new Lawrence location. “It’s not only good for us, but good for our guests as well.” Reiner reassures KU students that Saints’ menu is college-friendly. “We give a lot of specials, like on Tuesday we have $1 sliders, so you can come in and spend five dollars and be completely full.” Nick Fleer, a senior from Overland Park, has frequented the Saints in Lenexa and is glad there’s finally one in Lawrence. “They have this sweet thing called a beer tower. It’s this big tube, about two and a half or three feet tall, and they fill it with beer. There’s ice in the middle and a tap on the bottom, so you can just sit it on your table and fill your cup. It’s badass,” Fleer says. If you haven’t already, check out Saints

They’ll even pick you up!
Pub + Patio, located at 2329 Iowa St. For those curious about Saints, Fleer describes it as a “mixture of Tonic and Applebee’s.” “It’s a sports bar where you can go to just eat and have a drink, or you can go there to have a good time and party with your friends,” he says. “It’s like having the best of both worlds.”


Photo by Morgan LaForge Drinks and a designated driver: After a night of drinking, Saints + Patio will give you a ride home. Known for its made-from-scratch menu, drink specials and outdoor patio space, Saints Pub + Patio has finally made its way to Lawrence. With more than 47 televisions available for the sports enthusiast, Saints is the new place to be on game day, or any day. Saints Pub + Patio is a sports pub that can only be found in two states, Iowa and Kansas. They’re known for their outdoor patio spaces that have televisions embedded in the walls of the building, and also for their free shuttling system for guests to and from the bar. Saints is a trendsetter in the sports bar industry and is expanding with a goal to please customers everywhere. Since opening September 1, Saints Pub + Patio has gained a lot of attention from KU students. Students not only view Saints as a new restaurant and bar where they can socialize but also as a place for employment. Daryl Green, a senior from Wichita, works at Saints and was hired during open interviews, which were held in late August. “I wanted to work at Saints because it seemed like a nice place and I had been looking for a bartending position around Lawrence,” Green says. “The most exciting part has been learning everything about Saints Pub + Patio and knowing what their philosophy on service is.” The free shuttle system Saints provides is another reason for its popularity. It’s an element that sets this bar aside from all the rest in Lawrence. “We have a number that you call which is 785-856-2301, and it goes to a cell phone to where our shuttle guy will answer it. You say,

Photo by Morgan LaForge

weekly specials
$2 Drinks from the bar, including shots Steak Night: $9.99 (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.)


$1.50 Domestic Drafts 25¢ Drafts $1 Sliders DJ G Train (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) (10 p.m.) Free Karaoke (9 p.m. to 1 a.m.)


50¢ Wells $5 Any burger with chips or French fries DJ Soap (10 p.m.)


$3 Double vodka energy $3 Boulevard Wheat drafts 1/2 Price on all wine $2 SoCo Lime Shots DJ Cyncere (10 p.m.)

50¢ Wings (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) $3 Any Jack Daniel’s cocktail

50¢ Wings all day $3 Saints’ Bloody Marys Free pool all day


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> Get it while it’s haute. The organic and earthy vibes of the bohochic style are the ideal complement to the approaching autumn season. Boho-chic is a style that combines hippie and bohemian influences all into one category. The look is supposed to portay a carefree and calm character. Staple items of a breezy boho fashionista include; a billowy top, flowing maxi dress and gypsy-style jewelry. A majority of the billowy tops are produced with a sheer cotton material to continue with the light-hearted theme. If you want to bring the boho to a new level then try suede heels with fringe. The root of the fashion trend is nature. When selecting items for a boho outfit, look for earth tone colors and simple clothing pieces. Keep an eye out for authentic designs with intricate patterns and unique visual appeal. Boho-chic isn't just a fall fashion fad, it represents a life perspective. The wardrode conveys a laid back and open-minded outlook to others. Kick back with a fresh boho inspired flare and turn a new leaf with an easy-going perspective this fall.

> Get it while it’s haute.
After a summer of long nights and lazy mornings, it’s understandable that the common theme for the last three months has been comfort. This being said, the Campanile bells have rung, the campus doors have opened and summer break has come to an end. So toss away those two week old, grimy gym shorts and cutoff tanks and let’s make class a little classier this semester. Comfort is key if you’re sitting in a desk all day, but instead of the summer go-to gear, try a pair of khakis and a polo. Most clothing companies aren’t going to sell you something that’s uncomfortable (if it is you probably shouldn’t have bought it) and being presentable in class will do wonders for your demeanor. Professors and faculty, as well as your peers, will respect someone that respects themself, so take the time to get up, bathe and wear something that hasn’t been sitting in the corner of your bedroom all summer. Although there are those who have been cursed with the dreaded 8 a.m. class and want to grab at every second of sleep they can snag, getting up early and doing more than rolling out of bed will really kick start your day. I’m not saying wear a three piece suit to class (although I commend those of you who do take part in that lost art), just simply dress to impress and remember; look good, feel good. So as you prepare for your various lectures and discussions this semester ditch the drawstring and wear something with a zipper and pockets, preferably wrinkle-free. | DYLAN DERRYBERRY |

contributed photo Bohemian Rhapsody: Boho trends are fun yet wearable.


contributed photo Comfort is Key: Khakis are stylish and a comfy way to look polished.

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> Random people, random questions


“The fact that anyone in the world with a computer can search you on Facebook and know information you may not want them to.”

“I dislike the new chat format. I’d rather just see who’s online as opposed to who’s on and who’s not.”

“Facebook chat. It always decides to stop working when I’m talking to someone.”

“You can’t right click and save photos anymore. You have to download them and save them to your desktop.”

“I don’t like how public it is. You can’t choose who sees what. I like how Google+ lets you choose who you share with.”

“The pictures you get tagged in from the nights you don’t remember.”

“When people tag you in photos you didn’t want to be tagged in.”

“Everything. I’m not a big Facebook fan.”

> Feel free to swoon.
bining a little southern hardcore blend with the old Black Flag-style punk rock and some heavy vocals, guaranteed to get their fans up off their feet and dancing around the pit. The band has played with well-known artists such as The Damned Things and Thursday. “My biggest influences are Queen, Alkaline Trio, The Who, The Bronx, and Glassjaw,” says Jimmy Wing, lead vocalist. Although they don’t contributed photo have any full-length tours scheduled, they’re still rocking the local scene and paying tribute Anyone who ever said, “Rock is dead,” has to their fans in the metro area. “Music is music obviously never heard of The Runaway Sons. The guys from the high-energy punk rock band and we’re all just looking to make others happy,” says Wing. “The cliques should be from Kansas City, Mo., like their rock n’ roll done away with. It’s all rock n’ roll.” “loud and fast.” The Runaway Sons have two shows coming The Runaway Sons have sold out Lawrence up in October. They’re playing at Solace Music venues like the Granada Theater and the Venue in Joplin, Mo., on Oct. 21, and the Riot Bottleneck, but their favorite is still the Riot Room on Oct. 25. Follow the guys on Twitter Room in Westport, Mo. “We love playing in @TheRunawaySons. Lawrence,” says Jon Porter, lead guitar player and backup vocalist. “Some of the biggest | MAX GREENWOOD | shows we’ve played have been there.” Following the release of the band’s first EP, ¡Soy España!, they recently released their first music video, “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” earlier this year. They’ve perfected their sound, com-

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What is so hard to watch that it makes you want to drip blood in your eyeballs while eating cute kittens just to make it stop? I don’t know, but it’s significantly better than “Apollo 18.” A secret final mission to the moon has ended tragically for all three astronauts, mostly because they had to fight aliens. Because there are aliens on the moon. The government tried to cover it up and failed, because someone found the secret footage and uploaded it to the always reliable Internet. Also, the Russians landed on the moon. That sentence might seem extraneous within the context of this review, but at least then I’m giving you a good feel for the movie. By the end it appears the astronauts are ready to protect the world from both aliens and Russia. If an ironic “USA!” chant existed in fake 1972, then this would be an appropriate time for it. The rapid editing is unusual for a foundfootage film, and its voyeuristic feel doesn’t create empathy for the characters. None of the characters seem real or even different from each other. This especially hurts the

>Hollywood hits, indie flicks and everything in between.
film when it tries to get emotional toward its conclusion, but by that time it’s fallen so far in a crater, nothing would help it escape. This voyeurism reaches its peak when the alien zombie astronaut, Nate, looks directly into one of the 300 cameras abroard the lunar lander and bashes it with a hammer; a symbolic gesture that echoes what’s been happening to the viewer for the past hour.


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>Hollywood hits, indie flicks, and everything in between.
for the international peacekeeping force in Bosnia only to uncover a flourishing sex trade. Weisz, essentially reprising her “Constant Gardener,” succeeds in injecting the role with her usual heroic intensity. But the contrived script tries to reduce her struggle for justice into a simplistic crusade. The film has no shortage of fine performers doing their best to overcome the material. David Strathairn radiates noble exhaustion as an Internal Affairs agent and a hagard-looking Monica Bellucci appears as a devious bureaucrat. The great Vanessa Redgrave, unfortunately, barely registers in a do-nothing role as Kathryn’s mentor. The bleak Romanian landscape where the movie was shot almost warrants a character mention of its own, infusing the film with a suitably dreary atmosphere. Based on true events in the late 1990s, the film’s subject matter would lend itself better to the documentary format, where drama is mined instead of manufactured. What happened to these young women is horrifying. The only moments of real power come when their suffering is laid bare.


Contributed photo Larysa Kondracki’s “The Whistleblower” is an abysmal rarity. It’s a conspiracy thriller lacking any real thrills. This grim, plodding indictment of the United Nation’s handling of post-war Bosnia squanders the considerable talents of its cast and sends the audience out of the theater feeling anesthetized rather than enlightened. The 20-year saga of underage human trafficking in Bosnia is a tragic subject ripe for dramatization, but it deserves far better than this. Rachel Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, a plucky Nebraskan policewoman volunteering

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Balancing crazy cleaning habits with a relationship
The horrible roaring of the dreaded vacuum would occasionally wake me up. Not again; the vacuum was back. Saturday mornings were for sleeping in and relaxing. But not mine growing up. My mom, my sister Haily, and I were up and at it, cleaning the house. Vacuums swept the clean carpet, dust cloths wiped the few particles of dust sitting on the end tables and shelves, and cleaners added a sparkle to the fresh bathrooms. My dad would sometimes help when he wasn’t outside working in the yard, but my two brothers would never be caught cleaning the house. Oh, the special privileges of being a girl in my house. When my sister and I were in junior high, we had even more special privileges. We ironed clothes, too, after we finished vacuuming and dusting – the whole family’s clothes. My brothers worked at Hy-Vee so we had to iron dress shirts and slacks, which was the worst. Haily and I convinced my mom to pay us for our ironing because it was pure hell, standing for a couple hours at the ironing board with a hot iron, making sure we got every wrinkle out. I never thought the day would come when I would have more than one weekend away from cleaning the house. The day I moved away for college, I thought, “This will be great! No more Saturday morning cleaning because I have a housekeeper!” In Naismith, housekeepers clean rooms and bathrooms once a week. I didn’t think it could get any better. Well, that was until I realized the housekeeper did not clean to my standards. The floors and sink were still dirty. I would bring the vacuum from the first floor up to the seventh, so I could do it my way. I hadn’t realized I was so finicky. I looked around at friends’ rooms and they all seemed dirty. What was hair and make-up doing on and around the sink? Why were clothes on the floor? Apparently the dreaded weekly cleaning my parents made me do had turned me into a clean freak. But this was just a taste of what was to come. Four months later I met Zach, the guy who would become my boyfriend. Zach lived in quite possibly the filthiest house I had ever seen with six other guys. The first time I saw his house, alarms starting going off in my head. As soon as I stepped through the door, my feet stuck to the floors. Trash bags were piled up in the living room, furry mountains of lint and dust filled the corners, and empty beer cans were strewn across the fireplace mantle. Was this for real? Could someone’s house be that dirty? I was only two rooms deep and thought it couldn’t get any worse. But it could. In the kitchen, the counters were piled with oodles of dirty dishes. I tiptoed through the house because I did not want to touch anything for fear bacteria would contaminate me. During the tour of his house, Zach said several times, “I’m not like this. It’s my roommates.” And I thought, “Uh huh. Sure, that’s what they all say.” But then I saw his room and thought “OK, your room is not as bad as the rest of the house.” Certainly it wasn’t bad enough to make me run. Zach and I started dating in earnest, and I began spending more time at Zach’s house. Gradually, my inner clean freak took over and I started bringing his house up to my standards. I even organized Zach’s closet and house. Naturally, his roommates were thrilled to suddenly have a housekeeper tackle the kitchen from hell. Two years later Zach and I decided we would move in together. Once we did, though, I felt less eager to do all the cleaning. I thought Zach needed to pitch in. He was making the mess too. My suggestions that he help didn’t go over well. I was annoyed week after week when I asked Zach to empty the dishwasher or vacuum, and he gave me the same old excuse. “I’m watching a show. I’ll do it in a minute.” That minute turned into hours, and I’d get pissed because I wanted our apartment clean. I continued to do all of the cleaning and Zach would occasionally help. But each week I kept asking him to help me clean our apartment. Then one day, Zach brought me up short: “You’re not my mom.” Ouch, I thought. I’m definitely not his mom, and I definitely didn’t want him to think of me as his mom. That was a clarifying moment for me. I realized I needed to meet him halfway, even if that meant the clothes were not folded immediately or the dishwasher not emptied for a day. I realized if I wanted to be in a relationship, I couldn’t have everything my way. Once I backed off, Zach became more helpful. He started vacuuming, folding clothes, and picking up after himself. I learned to let go of having our apartment be as tidy as my parents all of the time. I will not completely stop being a clean freak, but I’ve learned to compromise. If the bed isn’t made one day, I’ll let it be. If our puppy’s toys are scattered across the floor, I’ll leave them there for the day. If Zach doesn’t pick up his clothes off the floor right away, I won’t yell at him to move them. That’s what relationships are about – give a little and meet in the middle, even if it’s in a room that hasn’t been cleaned for a week. | KYLIE NUTT |

Photo illustration by Chris Bronson Clean freak: Nutt struggled to balance her boyfriend with her extreme cleaning habits.


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Pursuing Love
The water is still. Across the lake, the sun cuts through the dark pines that spring up where the water meets land. Was it a mistake to move here? Twelve-hour days spent clinging to a ladder, brush in hand, beneath a summer Minnesotan sun is not exactly what I signed up for. Two months ago it had sounded like a great way to spend summer vacation. The opportunity to work with a dear friend and experience a new place seemed better than anything Kansas offered at the time, but I find myself missing home. These thoughts rock back and forth in my head, like the water softly lapping against the sailboats tethered to the docks. The sounds of the Westwood worship band practicing for this morning’s outdoor service scatter the thoughts of home from my mind. Down by the water a boy helps his young love in to a metal canoe. After finding her seat in the front, she tosses her straw bonnet to the belly of the canoe, letting her curls unfurl down her pepper skinned back. I watch their oars slice through the water propelling them through life together, and I am jealous. “Excuse me, do you know anything about what is going on at the amphitheater this morning?” I turn my head and there she is. Her beauty catches me off guard. Answers to her question fumble through my head, but all I can think is how her eyes sparkle like diamonds beneath the summer sun. After finding a spot near the back of the crowd, I manage to give Kate the details quietly as the Sunday service begins. Sitting on the grassy knoll beside her, I notice a blue fraying bracelet hanging from her freckled wrist and I imagine what it would be like to hold her hand. My mind begins to drift off into a sea of questions that swirl around this girl and her beautiful Minnesotan accent. “Would you want to take my canoe out with me?” Around us I notice people making their way to the parking lot, blankets in hand. “Sure, that sounds great,” I reply in disbelief that nearly an hour had passed since we first sat down. Sitting in the rear of the canoe I steer through uncharted waters listening to Kate. With each paddle we draw closer to the center of the lake, closer to each other. She spent the first month of her summer vacation in Costa Rica volunteering at a hospital, and is pre-med at the University of WisconsinMadison. “Want to drop the anchor and rest a little,” she asks. “OK,” I reply as I toss the anchor over the side. dock. Before I can catch up to her she jumps onto a boat and down the stairs disappearing into the cabin below. Without hesitation I hop the railing and follow her down the steps in to the darkness. “Where are you?” I whisper. “Over here,” she snickers holding a tan wicker basket. “Do you know who owns this boat?” I ask sitting down beside her. “No, but that’s what makes it exciting” she replies, opening the basket to reveal oranges, apples, and grapes wrapped in a red and white checkered cloth. She breaks a grape from the stem and hands it to me. I continue to stare transfixed by the moon reflecting in her eyes. Inside I feel myself slowly losing control, giving in to the moment. I watch my hand slowly push her bangs from her eyes. I draw her to me, my hand quivering as our lips meet. That kiss happened four years ago, yet I can still recall every detail. As that summer came to a close we worried what life apart would be like. I returned home a month before classes were scheduled to begin and two days later I knew. I knew that even if Kate was the only person I knew in Wisconsin, that was where I wanted to be. The following three weeks were spent filling out forms and convincing my parents and friends that I was making the right decision. It wasn’t until Kate and I later painted my bedroom that I truly knew I had made the right choice. Above my bed to accent the beige, she left a blue handprint. Beneath it she wrote, “I love you” in cursive lettering. Unfortunately the pursuit of love is unpredictable and such was the case for us. After a year of dating, Kate and I felt that our lives were moving in different directions and parted ways. Even though the right decision was made, her absence left a void in my life that only time could fill. Since then I have felt love’s sting twice more, and while I would like to say it gets easier, the truth is losing love is always painful. They’ve each left fingerprints on my heart that I now carry with me through life. While at times it can be tempting to lose hope, I still believe if you pursue love with a sincere heart, one day you will find it. And so will I.

Contributed photo Summer love: Rafferty fell in love while working at a summer camp in Minnesota. Sprawling across the boat, I begin to share my story. I tell her about my volunteering experiences in Cairo. I tell her about school at Colorado University and my plan to transfer to KU in the fall. She tells me about her love for water skiing and I tell her I’ve never been able to. We talk back and forth for hours. Above us the stars shimmer against the lilac sky. Looking at my watch I can’t believe it’s nearly 7 o’clock. Kate reaches for the anchor suggesting it is time to head back to shore. Paddling toward the marina, I can’t believe how much has changed in just a few hours. I never would have thought one afternoon, one person could turn my summer around. The stern scraping against the moss coloredrocks along the shore reminds me this is not a dream. Kate steps on to the embankment and steadies the boat as I make my way to the front. Together we pull the canoe with tired arms along the paint-cracked boards of the marina floor. Reaching her slip, I bend down to tie the canoe to the metal cleats fastened to the wooden plank. “Is there a special knot to tie this,” I say. “I quit Boy Scouts before getting the knots badge.” “Nothing special,” she replies, laughing. Finishing my knot I sit beside her on the edge of the dock, our feet dangling above the crests of splashing waves. “Thanks for taking me out today. I really had a good time,” I say. After an afternoon of conversation, suddenly I find myself tongue-tied. “ Jack do you like mischief?” she asks standing up. “What do you have in mind?” I ask. “Follow me,” she replies darting up the



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