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February 16, 2012

Cirque du Soleil goes Pop:

Co-op Culture
StudentS who Share a roof, houSehold choreS and a SenSe of community.

Performing to SongS of michael JackSon.

what it’S like to be the victim of grand theft auto.

Dude, where's my car?


homework right next to them just to piss them off a little bit and for my own amusement. Note to Sellards girls: just because you were whispering, doesn’t mean I couldn’t hear you. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the women I met in that house. Some of them are still near and dear to me. After all, we got to know each other through threehour cooking shifts in the kitchen, where we would blast hip hop music, make fools out of ourselves and laugh off the daily school stress. The benefit of the estrogen-infused house was the sense of family we inevitably felt living with each other. Considering how limited we were with private space in the house, we all knew each other’s problems. While that sounds like a complete invasion of privacy, it was like having a powerful support system of 50 caring women. (Who runs the world? Girls.) If cooperative living solely meant spontaneous dance parties in the middle of the kitchen throughout the week, I would have never left Sellards. Since that’s hardly the case, I’ll stick with just two roommates.

{From the Editor }

WhAT’s hOT ThIs WEEk
ThuRsDAy FEb. 16
WhAT: aer WhEN: 9 pm WhERE: granada Why yOu cARE: dynamic duo, david von mering and

’ve done the cooperative living thing before, and while I am a big fan of the community feel, I am referred to as the “one and done” scholarship hall kid because after one solid year of living with 49 other women at Sellards, I was out. I am sure I am not the first person to say this, and I am sure that I am pissing off women across campus as they read this, but with women come unnecessary drama. Do you know how many times I walked into the public lobby, and two girls were having one of those intense conversations that you know you don’t have a place in, and they glare at you like you meant to steal their precious little high school drama secret and put it all over Facebook? Too many times. So I’d sit around in the lobby working on my

carter schultz play what they call a “slow roller coaster ride through the amazon.” check it out for yourself. $10

FRIDAy FEb. 17


WhAT: campus movie series: twilight breaking
dawn pt. 1

inexpensive film. see if that person is a keeper ;)

WhEN: 8 pm - 10 pm WhERE: kansas union Why yOu cARE: drag your loved one to this

sATuRDAy FEb. 18
WhAT: mardi gras masquerade ball with sunu WhEN: 10 pm WhERE: jazzhaus Why yOu cARE: wear a mask and take on another

identity as you dance the night away to this afro-beat, funk band. $4

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suNDAy FEb. 19

along with the film from the same country. get some culture.

WhAT: international food and film festival WhEN: 1 pm - 6 pm WhERE: kansas union, woodruff auditorium Why yOu cARE: enjoy foreign food that goes

MONDAy FEb. 20
WhAT: comedy and pizza, featuring baby wants candy WhEN: 6 pm - 9 pm WhERE: kansas union, ballroom, level 5 Why yOu cARE: free food and free laughs. why

hasn’t this been in your planner for weeks?

TuEsDAy FEb. 21

part of the sellards gang: from left to right, rachel menager, nadia imafidon, meredith walrafen, charlotte davis, aileen barnes

editor sss nadia imafidon associate editor sss lindsey deiter designers sss emily grigone, allie welch love sss sasha lund, aliza chudnow, rachel schwartz school sss allison bond, megan hinman campus + town sss kelsea eckenroth, john garfield, brittney haynes entertainment sss kelsey cipolla, rachel schultz, alex tretbar play sss sara sneath, rachel cheon, lauren shelly contributors sss michelle macbain, landon mcdonald, lizzie marx creative consultant sss carol holstead 02 16 12

All in the family

WhAT: fat tuesday parade WhEN: 12 pm WhERE: starts at aimee’s coffee house, downtown


Why yOu cARE: maybe not as wild as new orleans parades but celebrate mardi gras by enjoying the lawrence version, led by lead singer of truckstop honeymoon.

congressman emanuel cleaver ii WhEN: 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm WhERE: dole institute of politics Why yOu cARE: congressman cleaver is well-known and respected for his commitment to civil discourse and his leadership of the congressional black caucus. hear how he made it all happen.

WhAT: public service & contemporary politics with



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love: sharing spaces find out if you and your partner are ready to move in together.

school: master of the minutes tips for time management. entertainment: movie review friends with benefits doesn’t sound so friendly this time around.

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table of contents
entertainment: happY birthDaY, bottlenecK celebrating a quarter decade of live music in downtown lawrence.

campus & town: what it’s liKe being the victim of grand theft auto. plaY: DrinK this... wasssail this hot holiday cider is sweet and spiced, and you can add brandy to it!
photo bY Jessica Janasz

cover: andrew haverkamp, resident of the olive house


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The Hookup
Dear Michelle, I’m in my 40s and have been seeing this guy for a few months now. He’s attractive, attentive, treats me like a queen, and the sex is awesome. To top it all off, he’s five years younger than me. The only thing that I question is how much sex is too much? Am I crazy, or should I be thrilled that we are having sex every single day, multiple times a day? Sometimes I get a little sore, and sometimes I’m just tired. But he seems willing to satisfy himself (I feel a little guilty). Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s been so good and so much fun, I don’t want it to end, but I feel like he may kill this old lady from too much of a good thing. —Loving My New Man

Dear LMNM, A common question, believe it or not, is are we having too much (or too little) sex? Well, in my opinion, the only sex that boarders on too much is anything that is unhealthy. It sounds to me like your sex is very healthy. You are excited to be together, make each other feel good, and find fun and exploration in the activity. Eventually, the sex will taper off to just once a day. Don’t be anxious when this happens either. Your sex life with a new partner will help establish a deeper intimacy down the road. The skin in and around the genitals is delicate and full of nerve endings, so caution might be necessary for certain sex acts. Frequency and aggressiveness will affect this area. If you find yourself experiencing any pelvic pain, vaginal pain or irritation, pain during urination, or (if you’re doing this) pain in the anus, avoid sex until you can see the doctor for a quick checkup. If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, why not go anyway? Get a pelvic exam, pap smear and STI

test for peace of mind. Encourage your partner to do the same. With a clean bill of health, you can get down and dirty any time, any place. In addition, always keep a high quality lubricant on hand. I use a brand made especially for women. It is silicone-based, so it does not absorb into the skin as quickly as water-based (KY, Astroglide). Unfortunately, the silicone-based lubes cannot be used with silicone toys. Be sure to have both a silicone and a water-based option for intercourse. Remember, as you age, the level of natural lubrication can decrease. Lubrication is a quick and easy solution to dryness during sex, but prescriptions are available as well. Women have the option of using estrogen creams or suppositories to increase natural lubrication in the vagina. Talk to your doctor about these direct hormone options. If you’re still producing natural lubricant, just use the over-the-counter lubricants when necessary. Finally, if you find yourself needing to slow down, communicate this to your

partner. Suggest alternative methods of intimacy: sensual massage, a shower or bath together, oral sex only, paint each other with chocolate or whipping cream, or tell each other your fantasies. Be creative and go beyond intercourse to establish that romance and intimacy. Have fun on your new adventures.

Michelle Macbain, Kansas City, is a graduate student in Communication studies. she studied psychology and Human sexuality at Ku and the university of amsterdam.

Dating Tip: aManDa Wiggans &
braD turnbuLL
// sasHa LunD Brad knew he wanted to do something special, so he planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for his girlfriend of five years. “She always told me that she didn’t want to look like a scrub when I propose, so I told her we had reservations at a nice restaurant,” Brad says. Then he told Amanda that he had to go back to the office, and asked her to meet him there. When she arrived, Brad had left a note on his door with her first clue to the scavenger hunt. “Every clue took her to a different place, and then told the story of a significant happening in our relationship that was paired with the location,” Brad says. The last stop for Amanda was the stone bridge at Potter Lake, and Brad says he still remembers the moment he saw her walking down the hill. “She saw me at the bridge, and it was the longest walk of both of our lives.” Then he gave her the last clue, which asked “Do you remember the time I asked you to marry me?” and got down on one knee. Amanda admits that she was surprised. “We had been together for so long, it just felt like all of my dreams were coming true.” The pair advises other couples to keep an open line of communication. Amanda says the key is to support and choose to love each other every day.

Catch of the Week

// sasHa LunD

DanieL goLDsCHMiDt
HoMetoWn: MinneapoLis, Minn. year: fiftH-year senior Major: MusiC tHerapy interesteD in: WoMen

CeLebrity CrusH: Tina Fey, she’s so amazing. She is an amazing writer and actress, she’s hysterical. I would die if I ever met her.
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Music brought Amanda Wiggans and Brad Turnbull together. They met during classes when they were both music majors at Truman State University. “It was love at first sight for me,” Amanda says. “She knew right away when I first walked in the doors of her first class, but it took me a while. I was really shy,” Brad says. It didn’t take Brad too long, because they’ve been dating since October 2006. In July of 2011, Brad decided to take their relationship to the next level, and he proposed. Dating tip: Use past memories of your relationship to show each other how you feel. 02 16 12

Major turn-ons: Intelligence, ability to communicate, passion for mastery and artsy. Being open to the concept that anything in the world can be art. Major turn-offs: Being dumb, immature, unable to communicate and being closeminded. Hobbies/interests: I’m a piano tuner and technician, I like spoken word, I play a lot of piano, guitar and sing and compose. I’m the director of an a capella group, and I really enjoy it.

WHy i’M a CatCH: I am open to criticism, and always strive for self-improvement; I believe in communicating my feelings, and I hear that girls like it when guys can sing and play instruments. favorite LaWrenCe Hangout: It’s a tie between the Burger Stand and Henry’s. tHeMe song to your Life: Rachmaninov Crescendo #3. It has everything. It has tribulation, triumph, romance, and reminiscence with a focus on balance between virtuosity and humility.



Considering Cohabitation
From 2000 to 2011, the number of unmarried people living with their partners increased from roughly 3 million to 6.7 million, a 123 percent increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It could be because of the economy. It could be because some people of the current generation place less emphasis on religious morals. It could be because people don’t want to get divorced, so they are just living together instead to avoid the messiness associated with it. At least, that is what some think. “The taboos against living together, primarily religious, have become less powerful. Also, the divorce rate is so high that people want to take their relationships for a test run. Living together is much bigger than just dating, but not as big as marriage,” says Johanna Lyman, JOY professor in Wai Koloa, Hawaii. As a JOY— Just Own Yourself— professor, Lyman teaches people how to create relationships and experiences they want, so they can lead a full life. Melanie McQuade, Lenexa senior, and Jim Stanton, Overland Park, started dating in October 2010. They have technically been living together since July, but since November 2010, when they each had their own places, they have been staying at the same place. They now live in a house with two other people, which Stanton says works out best in terms of finances. Money was not an issue for McQuade, but she did have some things to consider before moving in with Stanton. “If we did split up, what would we do? We could still live in the same house; just not have the same room. Or I could move in with my parents and commute. I had backup plans,” McQuade says. Stanton says that he enjoys living with McQuade and that it is a lot more intimate when people do live together. “I think if you can still just really like a person when they’re in their pajamas and just woke up, then that’s really something,” Stanton says. After McQuade graduates this May, she and Stanton plan on getting a place together in Kansas City, Mo. “My mom always told me you should live with someone before you marry him or her so you can see if you are compatible to spend the rest of your lives together,” McQuade says. But people don’t always see cohabitation as a step before marriage, Lyman says. “People, especially women, tend to assume that it’s a stepping stone to marriage, so I would be careful with assumptions before you move in with someone,” Lyman says. Stanton and McQuade think cohabitation has increased because of both costs and convenience. “People are now more accepting of that kind of living situation. If someone has to move away, the other person doesn’t have to follow, and it doesn’t result in divorce,” McQuade says. Rose Reynolds, Overland Park senior, and Nathan Hutchcraft, Lenexa senior, have been dating for two and a half years, but do not live together. While some people move in together for financial reasons, these two don’t live together for that same reason. Reynolds says the rent would be higher if she just lived with Hutchcraft, so she lives with three other roommates, which is more cost effective. However, Reynolds does stay at Hutchcraft’s place so often that some people think she does live there. “One reason I stay at his place is because we share groceries. I’ll get off work and we’ll eat dinner. And I’m like, ‘I could go back to my apartment, or, he has a nice big bed, I could just stay here,’” Reynolds says. After graduation, Reynolds will work more to make more money, so the two will be able to afford to live together. Reynolds believes that moving in together is the step before marriage. “I’ve even heard from this Catholic woman, before she divorced, that I should live with my boyfriend before I got married,” Reynolds says. Hutchcraft thinks that our generation isn’t bound by “unnecessary morals” like the generations before us were, which is why more people cohabit. However, Meredith Hiller, St. Louis sophomore, believes that the deterioration of these morals shows a disregard for the sanctity of marriage. “It’s just become something of convenience. But, if you live together before marriage, it just encourages temptation to have sex. If you live together, what do you have to look forward to when you get married?” Hiller says.

The number of partners living together has increased, but before signing that lease, there are factors you need to consider. //Rachel schwaRtz

photo illustRation by claiRe howaRd

Things to consider before getting married, according to Johanna Lyman, JOY professor.
1. Financial arrangement and expectations.

Lyman says money is one of the main factors that break up relationships. You need to see what each other’s money mindsets are beforehand.

2. General expectations.

These are general housekeeping things, such as who will cook and clean, and how neat the other person is.

3. How you will spend your time.

When people move in together, they sometimes lose contact with friends, women moreso than men, Lyman says. What times will you carve out to spend time with friends or family? Agree to these times in advance.


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Survival Skills:




Learn how you learn: Someone has to figure it out
// meGAn hInmAn You’re in class reading the PowerPoint, taking notes and listening to the lecture. You may not know it, but each person is learning the information in three different ways — reading, writing and listening. “I can’t just expect all students to read the book and get the ideas,” says Joyce Claterbos, lecturer in the School of Business. If just reading the book doesn’t work for you, try writing more or listening closer. Claterbos has been teaching Survey of Marketing and Strategic Management for 20 years and offers her students study tips that incorporate all three of these learning methods. She suggests reading the material before class and making an outline, listening to the lecture and taking notes in a way that helps you understand the material and reviewing the slides and your notes after class. “The better students are the ones who actually go through some form of that process,” Claterbos says. Dallas Wilkinsen, a junior from Fairbanks, Ala., and one of Claterbos’ current students, learns best by writing. He studies by writing a question or vocabulary word on one side of a note card and the answer on the other side. He also uses the note-taking tips Claterbos provides. Wilkinsen simply writes down what he thinks is most important from the lecture. No matter your method, it’s important to study the way that works best for you. “If it’s successful, don’t change it,” Claterbos says.

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Get Involved:

The International Film & Food Festival
// meGAn hInmAn

But it's not the kind of map that has been collecting dust in your glove compartment.It's a big map that shows Lawrence as the living, breathing city it is,

not a sketch of roads and landmarks.Look for the best deals/drink specials in town, see what events are taking place in your own backyard and see where crime is taking place all throughout the city. Scan the code or type in the URL and see for yourself.

Your Sundays might be reserved for curing hangovers and tackling homework, but it’s time to switch it up. On Feb. 19, spend your Sunday at the International Film & Food Festival. “It’s a great way to experience the world outside of Lawrence without having to leave Lawrence,” says Sushu Wang, senior from Manhattan and the Films and Media coordinator of Student Union Activities. The festival is now in its fourth year and is hosted by SUA. It used to be a three-day event, but to maximize cost efficiency, they compressed it all into four foreign-filled hours, Wang says. The lineup features films from France, Georgia, Italy, South Korea and the United Kingdom, plus the four best student-submitted films, as determined by the SUA committee. All the films will be less than 25 minutes long and, though the event is come-and-go, there will be an intermission to eat food from each of the featured countries.

“It’s an opportunity to try something totally different from [your] everyday routine at KU,” says Rebecca Swearingen, adviser for Films and Media with SUA. Neal Supernaw, a freshman from Valley Center, says he is most looking forward to seeing the Georgian film, which is a documentary.Wang’s favorite is the South Korean film, which features a girl preparing for her day. The film from the UK stars Keira Knightly and Colin Firth and features classic British humor, while the Italian film has “a great twist at the end, which people will appreciate,” Wang says. Even if it delays your homework, it’s a good way to spend your Sunday. Who: Student Union Activities WhAt: the International Film & Food Festival When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. Where: Kansas Union 5th floor, Woodruff Auditorium CoSt: Free for KU students, with ID; $5 for general public.

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Time Management for students

//megan hinman

We know you’re busy. Here’s how to stay sane.

To help with the time management puzzle, Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out (Holt, 2004) created a strategy called The Four D’s for when you didn’t plan as well as you thought you did, and you need more time in the day. DElETE: Proactively decide that you just don’t need to do something. That doesn’t mean skip your hygienic routine because you don’t feel up to it. It means realize that there are more important things to do, and you just don’t need to fix your hair and makeup today. DElay: Schedule your task for another time. It’s not procrastination. It’s guilt-free reorganization. You still need to clean your room. It can just wait until Saturday, when you have time to vacuum and pick up all those clothes off the floor. DiminisH: Come up with shortcuts that will allow you to still get the job done, but quicker. When you thought cleaning the kitchen would only take 20 minutes, but the fridge alone has taken 30, just leave it at that. That’s the worst part anyway, right? DElEgaTE: Realize that you can’t do it all, and ask someone to help. Make a deal with your roommates that you’ll get the house ready for the party if they go to the store for last-minute supplies.
photo illustration by tyler bierwirth

Her alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. It’s pitch-dark outside and she crawls out of bed to get her mind set and ready for the day.. She’s not a morning person, but she makes time in her busy schedule for this: Exercise. It’s the only time she can fit in a workout, and she needs it to manage her stress from her daily tasks. She is Libby Johnson, a senior from Lawrence and student body president, which probably makes her one of the busiest people on campus. But she knows all about how to manage a packed schedule. Her typical day consists of attending multiple meetings, responding to tons of email, talking with fellow senate members, and going to class. Though Johnson’s schedule is unique, it’s not hard to identify with her busy lifestyle. “One of the most important things I’ve learned through being involved in college is learning how to balance different areas of your life and prioritize,” Johnson says. “You have to think about what’s important and make sure that those are the things you’re spend-

ing time on. Take time to plan out how you’re going to spend your time and also be flexible for changes.” But how do you plan? Julie Morgenstern, author of “Time Management from the Inside Out,” says one of the most important things you can do to manage your time well is to use a single, consistent planner. Whether that device is a smart phone app or a daily calendar, make sure that you record everything in the same place. “Time management is a puzzle,” Morgenstern says. It helps to be able to see it all in front of you. If you write your tasks in separate places, you may be unknowingly creating what Morgenstern calls a “blind spot,” which is a missing piece of the time puzzle. It’s important to look at everything in context and fit the puzzle pieces together. By being able to see your time plotted out in front of you, you change your perception of time from relative and qualitative into concrete and quantitative. Hunter Hess, a senior from McPher-

son, knows what it’s like to have a busy schedule. This year, he was a winner of the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership, or Ex.C.E.L., award, which is given out every year by Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) and other campus organization representatives. Hess says that managing time can sometimes take the spontaneity out of things, but he plans so that he can have time for his friends, be successful in school and work, and keep up with the responsibilities that come with winning the Ex.C.E.L. award, like planning the Blueprints Leadership Conference. “You can do all of these things, but you just have to plan a little more carefully. It may not be as spontaneous, and you have to exercise moderation and constraint, which is difficult in some cases,” he says. “Just keep in mind what your priorities are.” Rueben Perez, director of , or SILC also recommends prioritizing your activities. “You’re here for an education and

that needs to always be your priority,” he says, though he does see students putting their extracurricular activities before their schoolwork. “Sometimes you can ‘major in involvement’ and forget your academics.” The most successful students Perez has seen are the ones who manage academics, involvement, which could be anything from a being in an organization to having a job, and what he calls “self time,” which includes time for exercising, eating healthy, having a significant other, or just relaxing. “I’ve seen students balance that and do all that very well,” he says. So, it can be done. Johnson and Hess both say that having a busy schedule has actually helped them manage their time better. Involvement and activities on campus provide structure to an otherwise lazy day. For additional help with your planning skills, the SILC offers time management workshops. Visit for more information.


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HOME in college
//Sara Sneath

Finding a

Student cooperatives find a sense of community.
abriela Toledo sits in the front room, a long narrow space at the entrance of a 33-bedroom house. Her hands rest on her lap; her boots are crossed; a slight smile plays in her lips and eyes. A man rings a bell, calling residents from the kitchen to the dish soap-green room in which Toledo sits. About 15 people stroll into the room; in PJs and wrinkled clothes from the day before, they are as comfortable and mismatched as the couches they sit on. Toledo’s housing application is passed around as the interview begins. The questions are much different than those on the survey Toledo filled out to be matched with roommates in her current residence, the Connection at Lawrence. Instead of being asked things such as, “What kind of music do you like?” they ask her, “Why do you want to live here?” Toledo, a graduate student from Havana, Cuba, tucks her long black hair behind her ear as she answers. She says she and her three current roommates never fight, but they also never talk. The four have a financial obligation to the apartment complex. However, they never agreed to the amount of time and respect they would give one another. “It feels like I’m living alone,” Toledo says. Toledo says she wants to live in the Sunflower house because the residents have not only agreed to live in the vicinity of one another, but with one another as an intentional community. The Sunflower residents react by snapping their fingers, explaining to Toledo that snapping during house meetings means understanding or agreement.


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residents of the ad astra house.

photoS by melanie laforge

The Sunflower house, located at 1406 Tennessee, currently houses 28 people in its 33 available rooms. It is the largest of the three student housing cooperatives that fall under the University of Kansas Student Housing Association. The Ad Astra house, located at 1033 Kentucky, has 10 rooms and the Olive house, located at 1614 Kentucky, has eight. Both the Ad Astra and Olive houses are at full occupancy. The Lawrence co-ops are part of a much larger trend. The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2012 as the International Year of Co-ops. says the goal is to highlight the cooperatives’ contributions to socio-economic development, specifically their impact on poverty reduction, job creation and social integration. The International Cooperative Alliance website says a cooperative is an independent group of people united voluntarily to meet shared economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. A cooperative can take many forms from, a business such as the Merc, to production or housing. The University of Kansas Student Housing Association, or UKSHA, is the local nonprofit organization that maintains the Sunflower, Ad Astra and Olive houses. It is not affiliated with the University of Kansas. About a year and a half ago, the Sunflower house was in need of serious repair. The building was dilapidated; bathrooms did not work; it became a squatters’ haven. UKSHA requested help from a national co-op nonprofit by the name of NASCO, or North American Students of Cooperation. Together the entities decided that UKSHA could not afford to repair the Sunflower house, nor could it take out a large enough loan. As a result, in June 2010, NASCO Properties purchased all three houses. Daniel Miller, the general manager for NASCO, says the organization quickly got to work on rebuilding Sunflower. He says the remodeling took about six months. During that time, most of the residents were evicted. To populate the house again, an intern from NASCO and six or seven residents from the Olive house and Ad Astra house moved into Sunflower. With the help of NASCO and the other UKSHA houses, the Sunflower house is functioning once again. Miller says Sunflower is a good-looking co-op. The members who live there have formed committees; they know how to plan and carry out marketing; how to deal with conflict when it arises; and, how to perform basic maintenance on the house, he says. Miller says the house is self-aware. “The co-op has members who know what is going on and are involved in managing and educating new members,” he says. NASCO Properties and UKSHA continue to act as a system for the co-ops to pool their resources. Miller says inhabitants carry out the day-to-day operation of a co-op. They decide their own rent and do minor maintenance on the house, like replacing a doorknob or cleaning out the pipes under a sink. If an issue arises that they do not know how to fix, they can turn to the experience of the other co-ops in UKSHA or NASCO. Miller says NASCO also provides loans for co-ops with larger maintenance issues. Jason Hering, the former UKSHA president, says that while it has not always been the case, leases for the UKSHA co-ops last six months or one year. All of the houses expect members to contribute about five to eight hours each week on the house. This time is contributed to chores, like sweeping the porch or cooking a meal; committee meetings, for issues such as maintenance or recruiting; and house projects, such as replacing a toilet or retiling a floor. The rent for each house varies depending on the size and desirability of the room. Currently, the average rent per month for the Sunflower house is $395, the Ad Astra house is $350 and the Olive house is $330. These amounts include utilities and some bulk food purchases, such as rice, beans and popcorn. Andrew Haverkamp says the day-to-day of each house varies because of the cultural differences among the houses. Haverkamp, a current resident of the Olive house, says the Ad Astra house is primarily focused on sustainability. The house has a large compost operation and a beautiful garden, and the residents collect rainwater. “Then, Sunflower house, they have a lot of different committees. They eat dinner five days a week together, whereas our house sort of has a reputation for being a little bit more relaxed. We have bonfires. It’s pretty chill,” Haverkamp, a senior from Hoyt, says. Krista Jobst lived in the Sunflower house from August to December 2008. Jobst, a sophomore from Tonganoxie, says 27 people lived in Sunflower when she resided there. She says residents tended to hang out with those who lived in the same wing of the house or who had similar daily schedules. You could find something going on at all hours of the day and night, Jobst says. “You woke up, saw your friends, went to work or school; then, when you came back in the afternoon or evening there were always people playing video games, ordering food, making food, playing weird games on the computer or playing music,” Jobst says. “There were a lot of people who used to get together and sing songs upstairs on the piano or with their guitar or their banjo. That was really fun.” While the culture of cooperatives may vary among houses, the mindset behind cooperative living has changed little throughout time. According to, the Olive house, opened in 1939 and originally named the Jayhawk Co-op, was KU’s first independent cooperative living arrangement. The website says that the all-male student cooperative grew out of the difficult economic environment of the Great Depression and attributes much of the early success of the Olive house to a late-1930s undergraduate named Gerald Fiedler. Among Fiedler’s correspondence during the summer of 1939 is a letter to a potential recruit in which he wrote, “Everything will be done to maintain a high standard of living at a minimum price. We will buy wholesale where possible and members will be allowed to bring meat and fruit from home if they live on a farm. They will be allowed a reasonable rate for it.” The original Jayhawk Co-op closed in 1943. The house went through a series of cooperative inhabitants, including an allfemale group who renamed the house “the Kaw Koette Co-op,” and was eventually sold in 1965. The house ceased operation as a cooperative for more than 30 years, until UKSHA purchased the property in 1998 and reopened it as a coed-cooperative. The newest co-op, the Ad Astra house, opened in 2005. Eight women and two men occupy its 10 rooms. They have dinner together every Friday and Sunday night at a round table adorned with a KU tablecloth. This Friday, Sara Mae Martens, a graduate student and practicing architect, is the cook. Martens has long blond hair and straight bangs. She leans forward, her shoulders curling inward, as she laughs at a story told by one of her roommates, Ana Wilde. Wilde, an AmeriCorps member, says the key to a co-op is cooperation, which doesn’t always happen when you have a bunch of people living together. There was a man living in Ad Astra for about a year, she says, who graduated from KU and took an internship position in Kansas City. The internship turned into a full-time job and it became easier for him to stay in Kansas City. Though he no longer occupied his room, Wilde says, someone else began to. “He was spending more and more time there. All of a sudden, we don’t see him at all, and we see this new gentleman, Wilde says. Wilde’s roommates stop her storytelling to correct the word “gentleman” to describe the room’s new dweller. “Ok, guy. So there’s this new guy. There are signs of him. He’s not like living, living in the house, but he’s definitely in that room,” Wilde says. “The previous resident said this friend of his was going to stay for a couple days. A couple days turned into a couple weeks, and then no communication came from either the former member or this guy.”

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Co-op Culture

Wilde says she and the other members of the house held several meetings and were ready to throw the new guy out when out of the blue the new guy asked if he could help around the house. “He was like, ‘Hey guys, I’ve been down there for a couple weeks. Is there something I can help with?’” Wilde says. She says he helped clean and everyone was happy, for a very short time. “That slid him in. And then, he never cleaned again,” Wilde says. She says the new guy eventually signed a lease, but never became a good cooperator: He didn’t take the time to care for the house or nurture his relationships with the other house members. Wilde’s roommate, Jena Hartman, says a good cooperator is one who takes advantages of the diversity in the house, who spends time exploring the different cultures and opinions among roommates. Cooperators share a common sense of community, not necessarily a common taste in music, which is why, “What kind of music do you like?” isn’t a question asked during the interview process. Gabriela Toledo moved into the Sunflower house on Feb. 8, 2012.


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Michael Jackson’s pop hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s still resonate today, his concerts were known for their theatrics and artistry, and the singer’s personal life made headlines almost yearly until after his death in 2009. Now his memory and inspirational creativity lives on with Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil, coming to the Sprint Center Feb. 21 and 22. The show combines Michael Jackson’s music and love of all things magical with the modern performance of the Cirque Du Soleil cast of more than 60 people. The music is all original recordings by Jackson, and instead of having a Jackson impersonator on stage, creator Jamie King relies on the choreography and music commemorate Jackson’s legacy. The audience gets an inside look at the Michael Jackson’s life off the stage, including his inspirational “Giving Tree,” a tree at his residence that he claims to be the source of his musical creativity. The show’s publicist, Maxime Charbonneau, says this Cirque production is different than other Cirque performances because

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it is more mature and geared toward music fans, with less focus on acrobatics than previous shows. “I describe it as a hybrid/blend of both worlds coming together,” Charbonneau says. “We pay tribute to the artist and the human being he was.” Charbonneau says the show is more like a pop rock concert and a mix of dancing, acrobatics and live music. This Cirque Du Soleil performance is an extra-special feature specifically for the entertainment industry in the Midwest. “Typically, Kansas City receives Cirque du Soleil productions that have been traveling for 10 or more years. This speaks highly of the up-and-coming arts and entertainment community in Kansas City,” says Mary Cissetti of Global Prairie, a marketing firm for the show. Tickets are available through the Sprint Center, and at most major online ticket retailers, like and, for as low as $50-70.
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The husband-and-wife band had their start in the heart of New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina forced them out of their home and onto the road. After nonstop touring and living out of a van with their two daughters, Truckstop Honeymoon finally settled on Lawrence as their new home. Mike West and Katie Euliss honed their punk-infused style of bluegrass in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans — they even took their name from their own wedding night spent at a truck stop near Lafayette, La. Their home was flooded by Katrina while the duo was on tour, so they were forced to stay on tour without a home to return to anytime soon. Fast-forward to the present: Truckstop Honeymoon has toured all over the world, including shows in Australia, Holland, Germany and the United Kingdom. They’ve released seven albums, and a 2007 documentary explored the band and its family’s triumphs and struggles. West and Euliss now have four kids.

Since arriving in Lawrence, the band has opened a recording studio, The 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, and organized an annual Mardi Gras parade whose popularity has increased each year. You can pick up an instrument and march with them and many others on Fat Tuesday this month, Feb. 21. They march from Aimee’s Coffeehouse to Free State Brewery for Mardi Gras each year. Their latest album Steamboat in a Cornfield, which claimed the top spot at KJHK last week, retains the bluegrass spirit but leans a little more toward 1950s rock ‘n’ roll.





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Movie Review


//landon mcdonald If Valentine’s Day left your heart clogged with an excess of gooey sentiment, head on down to Liberty Hall and bleed that sucker dry with “Shame,” director Steve McQueen’s lacerating rumination on sex without love, love beyond hope and epicurean angst in the city that never sleeps. To be clear, the subject of the NC-17 rated “Shame” is sex addiction, a topic too often consigned to the realm of chump comedy. Here it is presented clinically, devoid of all irony or even the semblance of titillation, a tightly wound character study with urgent implications on the lurid, lecherous beast that dictates so much of what we say and do. On the surface, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to have it all: looks, easy charm and a well-paying job at a generic Manhattan firm. Yet he has no ability to grasp matters of the heart, preferring instead to devote his attention to another bodily organ, a joyless compulsion that has driven him into a private hell of dingy sex clubs, group-discount prostitutes and a computer hard drive filthy enough to plug a landfill. This life of empty hedonism is interrupted by the whirlwind arrival of his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan), another lost soul hoping to make it as a torch singer in a town full of attention-starved performers. Brandon’s reaction to her dirge-like rendition of “New York, New York” conveys every bitter ounce of their shared, mercifully unspoken past. This scene, along with another single-take confessional towards the end, contains some of the most fraught, devastating uses of silence I’ve ever heard put to film. Fassbender wears the Brandon character like a stretched-out leisure suit, to the point where you can literally see him coming apart at the seams as he struggles to balance his meticulous facade of normalcy with that insistent, all-consuming urge. Mulligan plays Sissy as a burnt-out angel, the course of her earthbound spiral weirdly beautiful to observe. Together, the two of them make self-destruction an emphatically creative experience, one whose themes resonate with all the power and potency of, well, an orgasm.

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The Bottleneck: Celebrating 25 years of live music
// Rachel Schultz ence’s side. According to Robin Smith, a senior from Lawrence majoring in English, it’s all about the live music. “One of my favorite guitarists makes faces while he’s playing that are very expressive,” Smith says. “It’s a kick to see what he’s thinking as he’s doing and feeling it. There’s something greater that happens in the moment when they’re all playing then and there. It can go farther than what’s accomplished in recording because there’s variation.” Elizabeth Bell, a senior in education from Coffeyville, visited the Bottleneck for the first time last month, drawn to the venue not because of its history but after hearing about the Quiet Corral show from friends. “It was really different than things I normally do on weekends,” Bell says. “Usually I just go out to different bars in Lawrence and hang out with my friends. This was cool because there was entertainment there, it made the night a different kind of fun.” The Bottleneck has always been host to some kind of live entertainment, but used to be known as the “Dynamo Ballroom” until the late 70s, then the “Off the Wall Hall,” and also “Cogburn’s” before Mosiman purchased the venue with a friend in 1985. “It’s crazy, some monster acts have all gone through the Bottleneck,” Mosiman says. “Sometimes they were sellouts and sometimes they played there for 45 people for 75 bucks, but they all played if you were paying attention.” the Bottleneck regularly hosts trivia night sundays, karaoke mondays and shows every weekend. check out these events coming up this weekend: FebRuaRy 23: SOJa the Movement Kids these Days FebRuaRy 25: Reverend horton heat larry and his Flask the Goddamn Gallows FebRuaRy 27: yo Mommas big Fat booty band

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Nestled just off of Massachusetts Street in the slightly quieter block of New Hampshire, the sounds of every genre of music can be heard cascading out of the Bottleneck on any given night of the week. Lined with posters of upcoming shows, the windows are colored with paper advertisements of hopeful future stars. Since 1987, the Bottleneck has played home to hundreds of local performers and countless traveling bands, including Foster the People who penned the current single “Pumped Up Kicks,” and older bands like the Pixies and the Flaming Lips. As the historic venue celebrates its 25th year of business, the Bottleneck’s owner, Brett Mosiman, attributes the success to hosting a wide variety of music and appealing to a larger population of students and the Lawrence community. “I think from the get-go it became apparent for us to survive, we couldn’t become a niche bar,” Mosiman says. “We’ll have metal, indie, we’ll have good

reggae, or good punk. It just has to be good, and that’s unique. The Bottleneck has always done everything to have a very diverse calendar.” Walking into the Bottleneck, it becomes evident that the venue is landmark of sorts. Photos from past performers line the walls like a museum exhibit, featuring many singers and bands who have ventured onto the historic stage. And Mosiman is serious about diversity. “I’ve fired people who say, ‘here come those stinky hippies.’ We want people to feel welcome; we’ve all been to clubs where the door guys look like they’re going to squeeze your head off. Not here.” Isaac Flynn is no stranger to the Bottleneck’s commitment to a diverse and welcoming audience and local shows, many of which are all ages, according to the venue’s website. Now the lead guitarist of Lawrence band Quiet Corral, Flynn played his first show at the Bottleneck when he was only 14 years

old. Quiet Corral is currently touring throughout the Midwest, but stopped back by Lawrence in January to play one of the most historic venues on the Midwest music map. “On the walls inside there’s everyone who’s played, from Radiohead to Wilco to the Foo Fighters,” Flynn says of the famed photo wall. “When you’re in there you feel like you’re in somewhat of a local hall of fame. It’s good to see who’s come through Lawrence and played that same stage.” The Bottleneck’s décor isn’t what attracts the bands, though. It’s the magic of performing live, felt rippling through the bar’s patron’s every weekend. “There’s so much energy from the crowd when you’re on stage; whatever happens, happens,” Flynn says of live performance. “It’s way more just of a ‘get up there and go for it and see what happens.’ When you’re live you have to play off your band members and just see how it goes.” The feeling is mutual on the audi-


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out and about... Would

campus & town you
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live in a co-oP?

have your car stolen

What it’s like... to

Lawrence has a long history of student co-ops dating back to the late 1930s. However, of the students I interviewed only one had heard about cooperative living. After learning a bit about the local student cooperative houses, students said whether or not they would consider living in a co-op.

lizzy Braden soPhomore from mission “I guess if a lot of my friends were in it. It would just depend on the community. Like, if they were kind of like focused on similar things or if we had similar interests. But not exactly the same, I couldn’t handle 32 of me.”

Kyle WhitaKer Junior from shaWnee “Co-ops would be a good way to build unity on the campus and get to know people on a deeper level. I think it’s good to know your roommates well. Honestly, it seems like a good idea.”

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meGan carr soPhomore from overland ParK “If we had similar personalities and if we like got along well, but I’m messy. So, there’s that issue.”

sandy Wood soPhomore from manhattan “I think you need your own space, if you’re living with that many people. I think it also depends on your personality. I’m pretty social, but I don’t know that something like that would work out for me, because I like my space.”

Summer Bradshaw, a senior from Olathe, walked out to the GSP-Corbin hall parking lot her freshman year and noticed her Hyundai Tiburon wasn’t in the spot she parked it the night before. Searching for my car in the parking lot felt like when you can’t find your car keys, but escalated times 10. At first I was kind of embarrassed because I thought I just forgot where I parked. After searching all over the parking lot in the rain, I went back to the spot I thought I parked my car and noticed glass on the ground. That’s when I realized someone stole it. I told the people inside GSP-Corbin the situation, and they showed me the security tape that showed two guys ride

// Kelsea ecKenroth up on bikes and break into my car. They smashed the window, cracked the steering column, put their bikes in the trunk and used a screwdriver to start the car and drive off. The Lawrence police department issued a three-statewide APB broadcast for my car. The whole time it was missing I hoped it wouldn’t be found. I didn’t want it back after someone violated it and wanted the insurance money to buy a new car. One month later my car was found crashed into a bridge in Kansas City, Mo. The whole left side of my car was pushed into the right side. At that point I didn’t even care that my car was found. I wanted to sell it, but I had to get it fixed and keep it because fixing it was cheaper than buying a new car. The worst part was that someone had violated my property that I paid for myself. I still had to drive my car every day for three years knowing someone had broken into it and taken it. I don’t know why they targeted my car because there was nothing visible inside, and it was kind of girly. I was scared shitless because my car was locked, and we’ve been taught our whole lives if we lock up our stuff, it will be safe, and everything will be okay.

lauren Johnson Junior from manhattan “I’ve known some people who lived in one of the houses and it didn’t work out for them. They ended up dropping out of KU. So, I think it could work or it could fail, horribly.

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alex West freshman from overland ParK “A cooperative living arrangement? I wouldn’t be opposed to it. I’m living in the dorms now. So, it’s kind of like having a bunch of different roommates.” // Kelsea ecKenroth Girl: For 10 and a half months he stopped making love to me! 10 and a half months! Guy: Ummm ok? Girl 1: My roommate puts mayo on everything. Girl 2: Ewwww that’s disgusting. Mayo looks like cellulite in a jar. Guy: Vomgross. By vomgross, I mean vomit gross. Girl: Ryan Gosling is like good wine. He gets better with age. Guy: Pinterest is like scrapbooking on steroids.

Professor: I obviously have to bring bon bons and toss them. Girl: There was a group of people smoking around me on Wescoe beach. Guy: People should think about smoking like they do farting. Always assume no one likes it, and never blow it in someone’s face. Guy 1: Dude this bag of chips is so loud. Guy 2: At least it’s not a bag of Sun Chips. Sun Chips are louder than a jet plane. Girl: We shouldn’t drink at 10 on a Wednesday at all, we should be playing Sudoku and crossword puzzles. Professor: I’m a professional procrastinator. That’s how I got where I am.

Jennifer Gray freshman from Kansas city “I would not be opposed to doing something like that. I’m in a sorority though. So, I will be living there for sophomore and junior year at least. But, if I hadn’t been doing that, it’s definitely something I would have considered. I didn’t know my roommates when I moved in. I’m open to living with whoever.”

Kaytlynn marceaux soPhomore from surPrise, ariz. “I would be a bit hesitant not knowing the other residents. I had bad experiences with roommates in the past, that’s why I live alone now.”

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Eat This... vEggiE lunch
// sara snEaTh amount of food out at a time. “If we put all the food out at once, people would take like, a ton of it,” Thompson says. Thompson, a veggie lunch coordinator, says the best meals are the ones that are unique, feed everyone and are under budget. Donations accepted during the lunch fund the $100 weekly budget, Thompson says, and the ingredients are all purchased at Checkers. This week’s cook, Seth Wiley, was able to make veggie jambalaya for a whopping $75. This is the first time Wiley, a junior from Topeka, has cooked for the Tuesday meal. He says he often attends the lunch and wanted to try his hand at cooking. All of the cooks volunteer through a sign up sheet at the ECM. Thompson says there are a lot of exchange students who cook. “I think they really want to share their culture with the community, which is really what it’s all about,” Thompson says. My favorite part of the veggie lunch was the table overflowing with bread. Every week, Einstein Brothers Bagels, WheatFields Bakery and Great Harvest Bread donate day-old bread. Underneath the table are paper bags for attendees to take bread home with them. Thompson says veggie lunch is more than just free food; she describes it as a gateway drug to the rest of the ECM. Thompson has been a veggie lunch coordinator since last summer, and around that same time that she also became a resident of the ECM co-op.

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As community members bustle through the front entrance of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries, Amy Thompson greets them with a hug, keeping an eye on the amount of food laid out for her guests. Thompson, a sophomore from Shawnee, says with an average of 200 veggie lunch attendees, there is a science to making sure there is the right

Drink This... wassail
// sara snEaTh As I walk into Harlow Sanders’s kitchen, I am greeted with a wall of cinnamon apple aroma. I can’t imagine a house with three men living in it always smells this good, but tonight Sanders, a senior from Branson, Mo., is making wassail. Wassail originates from England, and was actually a favored drink of Charles Dickens, according to Wassail — pronounced WAH-sehl — is a sweet holiday cider heated with spices and fruit. Sanders says his mother used to make it every Christmas. He called his mother for the recipe last semester, but she no longer had it, he says. The recipe he is using tonight is one he found online that he has used in the past. “This is the most in-depth recipe I could find. It makes a lot and will put you to sleep,” Sanders says. We begin by coring the apples and filling them each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. We place the apples in a baking pan with 1/8-inch of water. Next, we insert whole cloves into the oranges. Sanders uses a knife to puncture the oranges, to make it easier to insert the cloves about 1/2 inch apart. We place the oranges in a pan along with the apples and bake them diverted into my tummy. We cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice into the mixture. Then, we add the orange rinds. We leave the brandy out to allow the drinker to add it to his or her individual taste. The drink makes enough for 15 to 20 people and takes about 30 minutes to make; it is so rich it takes about the same amount of time to drink.

IngredIents: 10 small apples 2 medium size oranges
Whole cloves
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harlow sanders busy at work making wassail.

at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. While the apples and oranges bake, we combine the red wine, cider, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and sugar in a large pot. We heat the mixture slowly, without allowing it to boil. When they are done baking, we throw the apples into the pot. Not all of the apples make it into the pot, as some are

10 teaspoons brown sugar 2 bottles dry red wine ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks 1 ½ cup extra fine sugar 12 to 20 pints cider



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