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LIFE. AND HOW TO HAVE ONE.
March 1, 2012

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FEATURE: SEEING THROUGH THE SMOKE
Finding the reasons why some students love cigarettes

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REd, wHITE ANd blUSH dOdGING A bUllET

Our guide to pairing wine with food

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Witnessing a drive-by shooting

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got my Descartes on, in other words. And yet, smoking was never something I considered. It never came up, even though I had always been armed with my ingenious “I’m not a butt kisser” reason not to smoke that I’d thought of in sixth grade. It’s too bad I didn’t get to use that one. Even in high school, none of my friends smoked, and I was never across the street from the school where the “smokers” socialized before class started. They had to stand across the street because our school was a smoke free zone. Call me crazy, but I enjoyed my side of the street getting to know the variety of people whose lungs were clean and didn’t leave that ever so pleasant smoky fragrance in my hair. Even my father smoked cigarettes before I was born, but he quit when my brother (my parents’ first child) was born. I am so proud of that fact. In the back of mind, I’ve always thought if he could give it up for us, I’d never start, for him. Seemed like a fair enough trade to me. And here I am 20 years old and have never smoked a cigarette. I wonder if saying that makes me lame, or if it makes me one of those gorgeous gods with amazing hair. You’ve seen my hair. It’s definitely the latter.

WhAT’s hOT ThIs WEEk
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WhAT: rock chalk revue WhEN: 7 PM WhERE: lied center Why yOu cARE: no one can turn down a caMPus
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remember having peer education groups come into my classroom once or twice a year throughout elementary school and speak to us about the dangers of smoking. I remember thinking that these students were the coolest kids in the world; all the women in the group had long, beautiful, sophisticated hairstyles, and all of the men were cute jocks. They just seemed to have their lives together. I wanted to be just like them. If they said don’t smoke, I wouldn’t smoke. It was a clever strategy, really, sending high school students into our class. When you are a kid, every older student seems like a god, a standard to live up to. They taught us to repeat the simple phrase “smoking isn’t cool, just say no.” The gods spoke. I vowed to never smoke. Then I went through the obligatory rebellious phase where I just started questioning everything under the sun. I

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WhAT: ku’s dancing with the stars WhEN: 7 PM WhERE: kANsAs union, ballrooM Why yOu cARE: watch soMe of our very own
“faMous” Jayhawks dance the night away.

sATuRDAy MAR. 3
WhAT: Men’s basketball vs. texas WhEN: 8 PM WhERE: allen fieldhouse Why yOu cARE: because our teaM is caPable of
nights like last saturday night with Mizzou.

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WhAT: Jayhawks aMazing race WhEN: 11 aM - 4 PM WhERE: kansas union Why yOu cARE: ruMor has it, you can win an iPad.

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WhAT: free argentine tango oPen Practica WhEN: 8 PM - 10 PM WhERE: signs of life, 722 Massachusetts st. Why yOu cARE: take a break froM doing hoMework for
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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 contributors sss Michelle Macbain, landon Mcdonald, lizzie Marx creative consultant sss carol holstead 03 01 12

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WhAT: cia inforMation session WhEN: 5 PM - 7 PM WhERE: visitor center Why yOu cARE: because it has been your dreaM
to work for the cia since you were a sMall child.

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WhAT: Poetry slur WhEN: 7 PM WhERE: Jazzhaus Why yOu cARE: take out your Mid-week frustrations
on stage with PerforMance Poetry.

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campus and town: what it’s like to... witness a drive-by shooting
A Topeka senior’s evening stroll turned dangerous fast.

play: wine and dine

How to put together a sophisticated meal for those who can’t tell a cabernet from cranberry juice.

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speak: next to normal
Learning to love and forgive her sister’s illness is one of life’s biggest challenges for one Jayplay writer.

Israel Nebeker, the band’s lead singer, catches up with Jayplay before the group plays in Lawrence on Saturday.

entertainment: Q&a: blind pilot

school: falun dafa
A growing category of spiritual discipline. It’s not just about yoga anymore.
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Catch of the Week
//aliza chudnoW

The Hookup
Dear Michelle, I’ve experienced a very strong smell sometimes when going down on a woman. What is a woman supposed smell like when I go down on them? Is there anything else that can leave that unpleasant odor on someone? Wondering What’s Wrong Dear WWW,

jonna ramos

hometoWn: overland park year: freshman major: occupational therapy interested in: men

What’s a deal Breaker When it comes to a guy? Body odor, or if he’s a jerk. I also hate guys who makes stupid sandwich jokes. Like go make me a sandwich. So not a fan of those. What makes you a catch? Well, I’m fun and outgoing, friendly and I am open to new experiences like rock climbing and going on road trips to different places. I love getting in the car and driving somewhere random. My favorite places to go are Branson, Mo. or Lake of the Ozarks. the first thing you notice in the opposite sex? Their smile. I like perfect, straight, white teeth. Best date experience? It would have to be Valentine’s Day my junior year in high school. My ex-boyfriend and I went to dinner, the movies and then went cosmic bowling. I spent all night hanging out with him and his family. It was great getting to spend the whole day with someone that I love. celeB crush? Chace Crawford. He plays a hot, mysterious, caring guy in “Gossip Girl”, and although he might not be like that in real life, I like to believe he is. ideal first date? I feel I am really traditional when it comes to the first date. Dinner and a movie. I don’t want to do something crazy on the first date. So like a nice restaurant and a movie after. favorite thing to do on a friday night? Go out with the girls. favorite restaurant in laWrence? McAllister’s because I am a sucker for their sweet tea. major turn ons? He has to have a nice personality and be kind. He has to be outgoing just like I am. He has to have a great smile, and be someone I can talk to. Also, he must have a sense of humor. Quote or saying you live By? “This too shall pass.” It just means that whatever situation you’re in, whether it’s a fight with a boyfriend or drama with the girlfriends, things will get better and you shouldn’t dwell on it.

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The female vagina contains delicate natural bacteria that helps maintain the healthy and normal balance of microorganisms in the vagina. When this bacteria is disrupted or prompted to overgrow, the result can sometimes cause the foul odor you experienced. If the odor resembles a “fishy” smell, the culprit is likely a condition called bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is often mistaken for a yeast infection or trichomoniasis because of the itching and burning sometimes accompanying vaginal infections. Along with the possibility of itching and burning, the most obvious symptom of BV is the “fishy” odor and grey discharge. Only a doctor can properly diagnose the condition, so never feel intimated or scared to encourage your sex partner to seek treatment for BV or any other vaginal infection. If left untreated, BV may increase a woman’s risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, pregnancy complications, post-operative infections and leave her susceptible to herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. Infections of BV are often caused by the following: -Multiple sex partners. -E. coli spreading to the vagina after anal sex. Always change the condom and wash the penis, mouth and/or hands thoroughly after anal play. -Heat and moisture. Wearing breathable, cotton underwear is important. Avoid tight, synthetic fabrics and thong underwear. -Poor health. Smoking, excessive caffeine and excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided.

-Use of an intrauterine device (IUD) or other insertable method of birth control. -Routine douching. Your body is extremely capable of filtering out toxins, expelling post-menstrual fluid, and maintaining bacterial balance. Douching will strip the natural bacteria from your vagina, causing vaginal infections to occur. Douching should be avoided. -Scented or treated toilet paper, fragrant personal hygiene products, and any soap with dyes and perfumes.These should be avoided. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), although BV will sometimes clear up without treatment, all women with symptoms should be treated to avoid complications. Male partners generally do not receive treatment, but BV may spread between female-to-female sex partners. The CDC goes on to list two common antibiotics used to treat BV: metronidazole or clindamycin. Remember, although treatment may cure the infection, BV can recur after treatment. Take care in exercising the precautions listed above. A woman should be in tune with her body. This means looking at, touching and smelling her vagina to monitor any changes. Grab a hand mirror, lay down on a towel in your bathroom or bedroom, and inspect in and around your vagina for any visual changes. A healthy vagina will be void of any warts, cuts, sores, rashes, unusual discharge or foul odors. Finally, for you men. A woman will never naturally smell like flowers, fruit or perfume. She will have the natural and erotic scent of a woman. If you have a problem with that, you’re not worthy of anything she has to offer.

michelle macBain, kansas city, is a graduate student in communication studies. she studied psychology and human sexuality at ku and the university of amsterdam. Email questions to michelle@michellemacbain.com

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The Anti-Social Network

//sasha lund

Facebook has people getting green... with jealousy.
municating with that person, and it might go down memory lane. They can find themselves in a physical affair because of that path; it’s a really slippery slope,” he says. Both Hull and Krafsky agree that the best way to prevent potential relationship problems from social media is to keep discussion about it open. Krafsky recommends allowing it to be a repeat discussion point, instead of talking about it once and filing it away. “You can’t be on Facebook and not talk about it with each other. Don’t discount it as a website. Facebook is very much a part of real life.” Krafsky reminds users that if there is a Facebook-related problem in your relationship, the issue probably lies within the relationship, and it doesn’t stem from social media. “If you’re finding that social media is negative in your relationship, it’s up to you to figure out why. More than likely it’s a relationship issue that needs to be fixed.” Once you find a balance, Krafsky says Facebook can be a very enriching part of daily life. He even explains the ways a couple can use Facebook to improve their relationship. There are advice groups and pages on how to become closer or add sizzle to your sex life. Krafsky suggests subscribing to those that interest you and using them as inspiration. “The majority of social networking aspects are positive; it’s just a matter of how you’re acting on them,” he says. Alex Lickerman, assistant vice president of student health and counseling services at The University of Chicago, agrees. “There are absolutely positive aspects to Facebook. In this fast-paced world it makes catching up extremely easy.” The problem, notes Lickerman, is that many people use Facebook as a substitute for real socializing. “A Facebook relationship is entirely different from a real relationship. It’s a way to keep in touch with people while also keeping them at arm’s length,” Lickerman says. Ashley Rodgers, the senior from St. Paul, says common sense is the key to using Facebook and maintaining a healthy relationship. “If you use it in the right way, you’ll be fine. The problem is, too many people post pictures they shouldn’t, and people jump to conclusions,” she says.

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ight-hundred forty-five million people use Facebook, and like them, you have probably logged on once or twice. We use the popular social media website to chat with friends, play games or as Ashley Rodgers, a senior from St. Paul, Minn. puts it, keep track of people we might not otherwise keep in contact with. But as Rodgers and many other students know, your Facebook account can cause major problems with your significant other. A 2009 study concluded that Facebook led to increased jealousy in 19.1 percent of relationships. Vickie Hull, a marriage and family therapist at 1201 Wakarusa Dr., says Facebook is mentioned several times a day in her therapy room. “The problem is not the site itself, but the trust problems that arise because of what gets shared on these sites without the partner’s knowledge,” Hull says. She says the most common problems couples experience from social media are when one partner flirts with someone else on the website or reconnects with exes. With a 2008 study by Pew Internet and American Life Project finding that 22 per-

cent of Facebook members use the site to flirt, this problem could be more common than most people think. Reconnecting with an old flame is exactly what inspired Jason and Kelly Krafsky to write their book “Facebook and your Marriage.” Jason and Kelly, known as the “social media couple,” had been married for 14 years when they both created Facebook accounts in 2008. Soon after, Kelly informed Jason, who had friended ex-girlfriends, that she had added her first love on Facebook. After discussing it and deciding it brings up unnecessary issues, they both decided to unfriend their respective exes. “As her and I were talking through what this meant, it opened up the door for us to say, ‘Who are we friending?’ All of a sudden, you’re brought into that person’s life,” Jason Krafsky says. Jason Krafsky explains that typically, what will start out as an innocent conversation over the Internet can often lead to a physical affair. “People think they are just accepting a friend request and then they start com-

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Vickie Hull, a marriage and family therapist in Lawrence, warns against some of the most common relationship problems that can arise from having a Facebook account:
Reconnecting with exes. Flirting with someone other than your partner. Sharing sexual photos with others. Publicly breaking up with someone online. Fighting publicly on Facebook. Getting back at your partner in a public way. Sharing personal information without your partner’s knowledge. Not facing the reality that social networking is public – Nothing is private!

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Couples Advice:
// RACHEL SCHWARTZ When Jarrett Lies first met Nick Aguilar in sixth grade, she thought he was annoying and quiet. Nick, now a junior at Baker University, would always make fun of Jarrett, an Olathe junior. But the two became friends as they got older and attended the same junior high and high schools. Before high school, Nick only cared about soccer and his friends. Come high school, a stronger relationship began to develop. Jarrett and Nick soon started hanging out one-on-one. One snow day Nick came over to Jarrett’s house and from then on, they started dating. The two have been in a serious relationship now for more than four years. “Nick’s my best friend. We have fun together. We’re in a serious relationship, but we’re not serious all the time,” Jarrett says.

JARRETT LIES And nICK AGUILAR
dATInG TIp: Don’t talk poorly about your partner to others. If you have a problem with your significant other, confront them about it. For Jarrett, it’s important to keep relationship problems between her and Nick. Jarrett says it’s one thing to ask a friend, “What would you do if your boyfriend did this?” but it’s another to share personal details. Instead, Jarrett talks directly to Nick about it. “That way you never resent your partner, because your arguments are settled quickly and without any involvement from anyone else,” Jarrett says. Nick agrees that venting to people about personal relationship problems is never a good idea. “For one, they probably don’t want to hear about it. And two, it’s disrespectful to her,” Nick says. Jarrett and Nick think that talking to each

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other when they have problems with each other is very helpful to their relationship. “It brings you closer because you’re able to really learn how to work out issues. If

you confront your problems right away, it helps you know the other person better,” Jarrett says.

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Couples Advice:
// AlizA Chudnow

Get Involved:
AlternAtive BreAks
// Allison Bond comfort zone,” Sitz said. Learning about the elderly population in America taught Sitz how much fun it is to meet people and hear their stories. “It’s incredible,” Sitz says. “These people are still so full of life.” Sitz is now the co-coordinator for summer breaks with Bailey Reimer. The education piece of Alternative Breaks speaks most to Julia Barnard, codirector of the program with Stephanie Jian. Barnard says it’s different from any class she has taken at KU because the Alternative Break program has an emphasis on lifelong service commitment. One of the goals for the program is to have students walk away with a commitment to service, whether incorporating it into their career or daily life. It’s very fulfilling, Sitz says. “You begin to think, ‘I could have been sitting on the couch, doing nothing, watching Jersey Shore, or I could be here helping people.”’ When Hannah Sitz, a sophomore from Andover, went to Atlanta, Ga. during the winter break of 2010 for a KU Alternative Breaks program, she spent three days snowed inside an Atlanta hotel room because of a blizzard, which hadn’t occurred in Atlanta in the previous 16 years. Sitz and six other students then spent the last two days of their trip working with the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, working at a professional clothing closet and helping people with computer internet resume skills, and at Café 451, serving coffee and pastries at a cafe which helps people with mental and physical disabilities. “The upside to that is we got to know each other in our group very well,” Sitz says. Alternative Breaks offers several different programs to students looking to travel around the nation for hands-on-service opportunities. Dedicated to increase awareness about issues such as health, education and environment, each trip focuses on a combination of service and learning experiences. Trips are offered during winter and spring break, summer, and weekends to more than 350 students each year. “You go to do service, that’s the emphasis, but you’re learning new things and doing new things as well,” Sitz says. “You don’t know what you’re going to learn.” Sitz also traveled to Nashville, Tenn., for a winter break trip in 2011. The trip included a lesson in Wii bowling with an 80-year-old woman named Margaret as Sitz learned to work with the aging population in a group called Fifty Four. “At first I was like, ‘Why would I want to go do that?’ But then I pushed myself out of my

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Katie Russell, a freshman, and Marlon Addison’s, a junior, relationship started off as a summer fling. Katie attended Marlon’s high school graduation party with a few friends, not expecting anything but a fun night out. When the two crossed paths at the party, they instantly gravitated toward each other. During that summer, their relationship blossomed. They discovered a shared love of concerts and went to see The Fray together as their first big date. By the time summer came to an end, Katie and Marlon, both from Olathe, decided they wanted to continue their relationship even though Marlon was going away to college and Katie was still in high school. dAting tip: Keep it fun. It’s good to know why you fell in love with each other in the first place. It has been two years and four months since that fateful summer night when Katie and Marlon first met, and their relationship is stronger than ever. Marlon transferred to KU from Johnson County

Community College, so this year they are experiencing KU for the first time . “We walked around campus together, and found our classes,” Katie says. “It was fun having that beginning college experience together.” “Fun” is a word these two use often as they are constantly venturing down Mass. Street searching for a new restaurant to try or going to different concerts together. Every Monday morning they send each other a text with a list of reasons they love each other, and to recap the previous week or weekend they shared together. “It’s important to continue to remind one another why we are together and what we love about each other,” Katie says. “On our two year anniversary, I framed two pictures of us and a list of promises that I made for our relationship.” Whatever happens in the future, the couple made a promise to love each other and understand each other, two things off their list they plan to continue to do forever.

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Better Options for Bad Situations: Bad Breath
It happens to everyone. Don’t let it get the best of you.
t any given moment, half of the U.S. population has bad breath, according to a study from the Council of Scientific Affairs. That could be half the people who speak to you every day. If you’re not proactive, you could end up on the less popular side of that statistic. Your errant exhalation could ruin sharing secrets and holding close conversations. It could even ruin a romance. Evan Williams, a senior from Olathe, knows what it’s like to experience deal-breaking breath. “It was just awful. I wanted to go brush my teeth and drink a bunch of water and just get the taste out,” Williams says of the time he had to end a potential relationship because of the stench of his love interest’s breath. “It just tasted stinky in my mouth.” Brushing your teeth and flossing daily are the obvious solutions for bad breath. Plaque build-up can lead to serious health issues, so it’s essential to eliminate this problem through these morning routines. Mouthwash mostly just covers up the smell, according to the American Dental Association, as do gum and mints. The ADA recommends brushing your tongue if you seem to have a build-up of plaque, which will look white and fuzzy on your tongue. Eating foods that are high in Vitamin C, like citrus fruit, may cure your bad breath before it begins because Vitamin C battles against bacteria formulation and fights gingivitis, a gum disease that increases chances of bad breath. Drinking lots of water (aim for eight cups) every day can also prevent bad breath, which forms fastest when your mouth is dry, according to the ADA. No matter the cause of your malodorous mouthful of air, keep up with your cleaning, and don’t let your oral odor become offensive.

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Better Options: The common cold

//allison Bond

Mom always tells you to get plenty of sleep and drink lots of fluids when you get a cold. But have you heard how these home remedies can help you overcome cold symptoms?
agree that getting plenty of sleep and drinking the recommended eight glasses of water or juice a day are the most effective ways to over the common cold.

ChICken nOODle SOup

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Eating chicken noodle soup when sick is nothing new; it makes us feel better. But can chicken noodle soup really help with cold symptoms? Physician Stephen Rennard, and University of Nebraska Medical Center researcher, conducted a chicken soup study that looked at the effects of “Grandma’s soup” on the common cold. While colds are the result of a viral infection in the upper respiratory tract that causes inflammation, Rennard found that eating chicken noodle soup could help reduce inflammation through the slowed movement of neutrophils, the white blood cells that trigger inflammation, thereby reducing cold symptoms. Chicken noodle soup can also increase hydration and is nutritional. However, Rennard’s “Grandma soup” is a recipe that includes chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery and parsley. Not all chicken noodle soup recipes may offer the same effects.

t seems I am constantly sick throughout the winter. Each winter across campus I see the thinning of classroom attendance and constant coughing from those who tough it out. The common cold can’t be cured but people everywhere have tried different home remedies to help with symptoms. “My mom used to make me a Hot Toddy every time I was sick,” Alicia James, a senior from Topeka, says. “It had whiskey, tea and honey all mixed in and it broke up whatever was in my chest and even cleared the nose.” While home remedies like these may help with cold symptoms, experts still 03 01 12

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There is no direct medication to cure a cold. However, other medical cold remedies could help with symptoms. Congestion and coughing can be treated with a decongestant or antihistamine, says the American Lung Association. Taking Vitamin C supplements can also help boost the immune system. The Mayo Clinic warns on their website though, to “remember that cough and cold medicines won’t make a cold go away any sooner.”

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A Western prActice With virtuous teAchings

Falun DaFa

// megAn hinmAn holding your arms in a circle at a 45 degree angle up and away from your body for several minutes, but Kara doesn’t notice because it improves her tolerance and the meditation makes her feel comfortable and peaceful. Some schools, like Columbia University, have practice sites and organizations for people who want to practice together, though Falun Dafa is a very personal exercise. There used to be a group at KU, but it ended when many of the involved students graduated. Because of this, Sophie and Kara join members of the community to practice at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court. Cat Howland leads that group and is a testament to Falun Dafa’s powerful benefits. In 2001, doctors told Howland that her heart would fail because of the pituitary damage and adrenal issues she had been dealing with for years. She had exhausted every remedy she could find when a friend recommended that she try Falun Dafa. Her chronic illness and the allergies she had since childhood were gone eighteen months after she began practicing. “Everybody that practices has a story of how their body or mind changed, or both. It’s just part of our experience,” Howland says. “It’s real common to have incredible miracles happen.” When Howland moved to Lawrence in 2003, she recruited her friend Joyce Mitchell to join her in practicing. “I think any kind of meditation that people do is good. You’ll get benefits. But with this practice, when you bring in trying to live by those principles of truth, compassion and tolerance, it takes you to another level,” says Mitchell, who is able to maintain her stress levels from her hectic family life through practicing Falun Dafa. “You end up seeing your behavior, and it gives you a means to change it.” When the weather is nice, the group practices in a more traditional way — outdoors at South Park, on Massachusetts Street between 11th and 13th streets. It is always free to practice Falun Dafa, no matter where you go. Similarly, all Falun Dafa-related materials, including books, music and DVDs, are free online at www. falundafa.org.

One Of the mOst persecuted OrganizatiOns in china
The Chinese government deemed Falun Dafa, alternatively named Falun Gong, a “heretical organization” in 1999 and began to persecute practitioners. Since then, millions of Falun Dafa faithful have been denied the right to this peaceful practice, according to Kansas Falun Dafa Association. Once Falun Dafa practitioners are in custody of the Chinese government, they are often subjected to various forms of torture, including electric baton shocks, mental abuse and sexual violence, the KFDA says. “Since 2003, Falun Gong has been largely suppressed or pushed deep underground in China while it has thrived in overseas Chinese communities and Hong Kong. The spiritual exercise group has become highly visible in the United States since 1999, staging demonstrations, distributing flyers and sponsoring cultural events,” says Thomas Lum, specialist in Asian affairs, in his report to the U.S. Congress in 2006. Though the U.S. government condemns the persecution, many Chinese practitioners here are fearful for their safety in practicing. “Because of the persecution, Chinese people have fled all over the world. They are moved by these principles, and they are passionate about Falun Dafa. They tell all their friends and family about what’s happening, so I think there’s a real awareness now of what’s really happening there,” says Cat Howland, leader of the local Falun Dafa group.

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Be truthful, compassionate and tolerant. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it’s easier said than done. Those virtues are the core of Falun Dafa, a Buddhist spiritual discipline that combines meditation and repeated exercises for an all-encompassing experience in Qigong, a category of Western health practices that includes Yoga and Tai Chi, but Yoga and Tai Chi don’t teach the virtues, just meditative poses. Falun Dafa, which began in China in 1992, can improve mental and physical wellness by channeling, enhancing, purifying, circulating and strengthening energy, each of those actions with its own exercise. If you’re able to find an inner peace, the practice may also improve your schoolwork. Sophie, a graduate student from China who has practiced Falun Dafa for about a year and a half, says she has

experienced great improvement in her schoolwork since she began the practice, among many other benefits. The more you practice, the more powerful your meditation will become, increasing your chances of seeing results. “I’m a person that is afraid of difficulties, especially assignments in my courses, such as ‘write a paper,’” Sophie says. “I always begin my projects near the deadline so I always have little time to finish it because I don’t want to face the difficulties. I have a lot of anxiety.” After practicing Falun Dafa, she has been able to face her challenges more confidently, with a good attitude and finish assignments on time. Another student who practices, Kara, a senior from China, has seen improvements in herself since she began practicing with her mother in China in 1997. Some of the exercises are difficult, like

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Q&a with:

Blind Pilot

//Kelsey cipolla

The past three years have been busy for Blind Pilot. In 2009, the band released its first album, a folksy blend of pop and indie rock that earned one of the top spots of Billboard’s digital album charts. The success led to appearances in clubs across the country, a spot in the Lollapalooza lineup and a performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Late last year, the six-piece Portland-based band released their sophomore effort, “We are The Tide,” which they’re currently playing on tour. Catch them on Saturday, March 3 when they perform at the Granada. Until then, get acquainted with Blind Pilot’s songwriter and lead singer, Israel Nebeker.

How did tHe band get started?

Ryan (Dobrowski, drummer) and I met in college, and we both did a study abroad program together in England in a town on the coast of Cornwall. It’s sort of a vacation destination and a big surfing town. There are lots of musicians playing music on the street. We just decided to do that. I had my guitar and he got together a sort of trash kit with a five gallon bucket and a cheese grater and bottles and a sketch pad. We loved meeting people that way, and it turned out really great. Then we finished school, and a few years later we ran into each other in Portland. We wanted to do just a regular bike trip, and it just seemed to make sense, since we’ve done it before, to bring our instruments and fund the trip that way.

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from left to right, luke yolstie, Katie claborn, ryan dobrowski, israel nebeker, ian Krist and dave Jorgensen are blind pilot. the indie-pop band will play the Granada saturday, march 3.

How did biking witH instruments work out for you?

We had bike trailers. Ryan had his drum kit. He had this kind of cool system of nesting his drum kit, sort of like Russian nesting dolls. I had a guitar, so I had it easy. Our goal that time was to go from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. We made it as far as San Francisco. We went to the museum of modern art there and when we came back, our bikes were stolen. That was the end of the trip. It was the greatest experience of my life, musically or not. We came back and recorded “3 Rounds and a Sound.”

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do you Have a tour bus tHis time around?

named for a woman “of montreal,” this band is creeping up charts all over the continent.
Of Montreal’s newest album, Paralytic Stalks, has a funky, jazzy and electronic vibe to its first few tracks. Listening on, the band’s style is much more complex, featuring a flute, violin and steel guitar. Although it’s hard to pin down an exact style or genre, it’s clear that this album is a truly personal creation from songwriter Kevin Barnes as he reflects on emotions ranging from anger and self-hatred to thoughts on human existence and relationships. It’s eclectic, but the album forces the listener to get immersed in the music and experience it along with the musicians. “You just want to dance silly when you hear them,” says Claire Pedersen, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., majoring in graphic design. “Their vocals make you feel as though you’re in someone’s backyard for a private concert in the summertime.” The band recorded Paralytic Stalks, its 11th album, in Barnes’ home studio in Athens, Ga. For the first time, Barnes worked with session musicians, or musicians hired just for a certain period of time, while recording. Many of them are now touring with Of Montreal. Barnes made a strong connection with session musician Zachary Colwell, who arranged all of the brass and woodwind pieces for the album, and as a result became the newest member of the band. Kevin Chael, a senior from Olathe majoring in mechanical engineering, has seen the band in concert. He says they use props and costumes to help engage the audience and play their music videos on a screen behind the stage. “It all told a vibrant story,” Chael says. “They were pretty trippy.” Unfortunately many fans in Kansas will have to wait to see the album performed live. Although currently on tour in the United States, the performance closest to Lawrence is in Oklahoma City on March 12.
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Of Montreal's Paralytic Stalks
//rachel schultz

We have a tour bus, but I don’t know if it’s a legitimate tour bus. It’s an old crown school bus from the ’70s. We gutted the whole thing and put in wood floors. I love touring in that thing because it feels like home.

How is tHe new album different from your first?

We were going for a different sound this time. I definitely write songs that I don’t think are anything like Fleetwood Mac, but I was listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac at the time and I thought it would be a fun thing to try to make it more of that rich or classic sound. The last one was so sparse, and I think that was the strength of it. We didn’t want to do the same thing again, so we kind of did the opposite.

you’ve played in lawrence before. wHat was your impression of tHe city?
It was amazing. Really, truly amazing. We see a lot of big towns and we see a lot of small towns, but I remember just having the most incredible day ever there. We went and got this incredible Mexican food. There were like these two women from Africa and they got up and started dancing in the restaurant. I was like, “This is an incredible place.” We met a lot of really good people.

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Paralytic Stalks is of montreal’s 11th album.

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SMOKE SIGNALS
smokers are everywhere. what Drives them to light up?

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n the especially warm, recent sunny days, anywhere from five to 20 people can be seen on Wescoe beach. There are guys in plaid shirts and tight jeans, girls with piercings and patterned tops, guys in polos and Sperrys, and girls in long tops with leggings and Uggs. Some are sitting down reading, some are standing in groups talking, and some are on their phones. They have cigarettes in hand, smoking them quickly before they run off to class, or just relaxing, taking long, slow drags.

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Despite the warnings on cigarette packs, in TV commercials and in school throughout childhood, more than 15 percent of college students smoke regularly, according to a study conducted in spring 2011 by the National College Health Association. Other non-habitual smokers include people who smoke when they drink, stress smokers and social smokers. More than 1,000 people 18 years or younger start smoking each day. There are a plethora of reasons people start smoking, and once you start smoking, it can be very hard to quit. This is in part because of the addictive chemical known as nicotine. Addiction’s MAny PersonAlities As many know, nicotine is the main addictive property in cigarettes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nicotine increases the amount of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases happiness, released in the brain. These effects wear off after just a few hours, so some continue smoking to keep achieving this feeling. If your smoking becomes regular, your brain will want that reward dopamine gives you, resulting in addiction. smoking helped her acclimate to the new environment and make friends. “Smokers stick together. You go outside and, even at bars here. You meet people when you’re smoking,” Hale says. Hale says smoking relaxes her when she is stressed out, and she also enjoys smoking after she eats. Since she smokes a pack each day, Hale says she smokes just about anywhere, anytime. She even smokes when she’s drinking coffee in the morning. “Of course I smoke when I’m out drinking. I definitely smoke more then,” Hale says. She doesn’t mind that she has to go outside to smoke, but does enjoy places, such as casinos, where you can smoke inside. All other public places like restaurants, bars and taxis are now under a smoking ban, since the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act was passed in 2010. sMoking sociAlly More students consider themselves social smokers than habitual ones like Hale. More than half of college student smokers are considered social smokers, according to the American Lung Association, which

Advice from Howard Ahn, a Chicago senior, who quit smoking:
“Reducing cigarettes does not help much to quit. It’s better to just quit cold turkey.” Anticipate tempting situations you will face. “It’s hard to resist when there are other people smoking, or when you are drinking, or after having a meal.” Avoid triggers when you can. “Avoid any situations that may trigger your desire to smoke again. Avoid places that smell like cigarettes,” Ahn says. means they usually smoke around other smokers. One of these people is Jeff, a sophomore from Iowa. Jeff began smoking at age 16 with friends, usually at parties. He says he continues to smoke because when you smoke, you have the opportunity to meet more people. Jeff smokes daily, but he still considers himself a social smoker because he usually smokes around others on campus or with his roommate. One in five of these social smokers become daily smokers sometime during their college experience, according to the American Lung Association. He also smokes on the porches at bars and doesn’t see a problem with indoor smoking bans. “Not everyone who drinks, smokes. Typically places that are nonsmoking have a back porch or designated smoking area,” Jeff says. nicotine nostAlgiA Giselle, an Overland Park senior, says the main reason she smokes isn’t for social reasons, and it’s not because of addiction. Giselle says she just enjoys smoking. “There are so many people smoking on campus and every time someone walks by I have that nostalgic feeling,” Giselle says. Giselle, who smokes an average of one pack in three days, quit smoking for a year but started again in college. She says quitting wasn’t difficult for her; it’s a matter of if you want to quit or not, and she just didn’t want to quit. However, most people have a tougher time quitting smoking. According to the National Institutes of Health, almost all people who try to quit smoking experi-

More than half of college student smokers are considered social smokers, according to the American Lung Association.
Brittany Hale, a senior from Singapore, started smoking when she was 14 years old, because her friends were smoking and it just went along with drinking. In Singapore, the legal drinking age is 18, but Hale says the bars aren’t strict and let younger people in. Since Hale became addicted, she kept smoking even after her mom caught her and disapproved. In one year, she went from smoking four cigarettes each day, to half a pack, to a full pack each day. When Hale first came to KU, she says

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There are complete smoking bans on more than 650 college campuses in the U.S., according to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.
ence withdrawal symptoms. These are greater for people who have smoked longer or more often. While she knows smoking is bad for her, Giselle says there are certain times that she just wants to smoke. Like Hale, smoking on campus helped Giselle make friends when she first came to KU. Smokers are pretty social, says Giselle, and talking about cigarettes or bumming from others are great ways to start conversations. Smoking is also a great way to take a break when studying for long hours. “You’re literally stepping outside and away from your work. I have a chance to just get away, be by myself or chat for a minute. I can just clear my thoughts and get back to work. It gives me some motivation,” Giselle says. SmokeleSS School campuSeS Since Giselle enjoys taking smoke breaks on campus, she says she would be angry if KU banned smoking, but she doesn’t really think it will happen. She had the experience of being on a college campus with a smoking ban when she went to Johnson County Community College for an artist lecture. She and her friends went outside for free food and to smoke, and she was surprised when the security guard told them they couldn’t smoke. There are complete smoking bans on more than 650 college campuses in the U.S., according to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. And while smoking bans and restrictions don’t prevent all smokers from smoking, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, they do drastically cut down cigarette use. Despite this, Giselle says a ban at KU wouldn’t stop her from smoking and she doesn’t think it would stop others either. “People are going to do what they’re going to do. There are hidden places where I could definitely go to smoke. And if you’re there all night like I sometimes am, you’re not really going to worry about someone trying to catch you,” Giselle says.

StreSS-relieving Smoking Jackie Sewell, Andover senior, grew up in a household where her mom, one of her brothers and both sisters smoked. Sewell says she didn’t think of smoking as bad though, until her teachers and D.A.R.E. officers started saying things like ‘Smoking is really bad’ and ‘Anyone who smokes is a bad person.’ These statements confused Sewell. She had never heard smoking was bad and, as she says, she thought, “My mom is awesome. She smokes. I don’t understand.”

Quitting Qualms
Thinking of quitting smoking? Here are some professional and peer tips to help you get started. A Five-Step Guide from the Center for Disease Control: 1. Get Ready: Set a quit date, remove cigarettes and ashtrays from your home and car, and, once you quit, don’t even smoke one more puff! 2. Get Support and Encouragement: Tell family, friends and even try counseling to help keep you in check. If your friends or family

smoke, ask them to not smoke around you. 3. Learn New Skills and Behaviors: Distract yourself with walks or talking to friends, and reduce stress by taking a hot bath or reading a book. 4. Get Medication and Use it Correctly: For a list, look to see the seven approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 5. Be Prepared for Relapse or Difficult Situations: If you relapse, you can always just try again. Beware of situations involving alcohol and other cigarette smokers.

Some evidence, including that from a 2008 study by the Pew Research Center, shows that smokers actually experience more stress than nonsmokers.
The message got to her and she became anti-smoking. Then, she says, once she was 19, she decided, “Hey, why not?” At the time, she was going through a lot of emotional distress and thought smoking might help her because it seemed to help her sister deal with stress. Sewell started

out just smoking about two cigarettes each week and now smokes about seven cigarettes a day. Whether or not smoking actually decreases stress is unclear because of conflicting research. Some evidence, including that from a 2008 study by the Pew Research Center, shows that smokers actually experience more stress than nonsmokers. In the study, of those who smoked, half said they often experienced stress, while only 30 percent of nonsmokers said they often experienced stress. According to the study, this could be a result of the anxiety and cravings in between cigarettes that the body develops over time. Other research points to cigarettes as a stress reducer. Information from the Cleveland Clinic says that while smoking increases stress on the body, it lessens emotional stress. This is because of the mood-altering components of nicotine. Sewell is one of those smokers who feel that smoking helps decrease their stress. “It just makes you feel better. After you do a bunch of work, you’re like, ‘Yeah. Cigarette. Awesome,’” Sewell says. Sewell does plan to quit smoking, but says she isn’t ready yet, because smoking is something she enjoys. She plans on quitting by the time she is 25. “I figure when I’m done with school and get my life together with a job and such, I won’t need to smoke anymore. I’m still in my phase with my determined time frame,” Sewell says.

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Movie Review: This Means War
// Landon McdonaLd

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Some films are noble failures; wellmeaning attempts to entertain that simply fall short for any number of reasons: contrived dialogue, miscast performers or the overreaching ambition of an unproven director. Then there are movies whose stunning bouts of ineptitude seem almost deliberate. The aggressively odious anticomedy “This Means War” is an interminable bore for men, an offensive chore for women and a sleazy, contemptuous affront to the intelligence of audiences everywhere. Like the satanically begotten hate child of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Twilight,” director McG’s newest cinematic booby prize features Reese Witherspoon as a scheming, vacuous strumpet who decides to break up the world’s most bro-mantic pair of super-spies to prove she’s not a scheming, vacuous strumpet. The two buddies she’s simultaneously dating (Tom

Hardy and Chris Pine) both work for the CIA, and once they find out what’s going on, both seem to have zero qualms about illegally tapping her phone and installing cameras around her apartment with the creepy/kinky intention of watching each other score. Despite the acting talent involved, none of these characters resemble anything other than shallow, self-involved idiots. They all act and talk exactly the same, and their actions only make sense when serving the whims of the vapid-fire screenplay. The generally likeable Witherspoon trades in her usual sunny demeanor for the ditzy, screeching neurosis of a Katherine Heigl character. Pine, known for 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot and not much else, succeeds in crowning himself King Douche in a movie full of hardy contenders. And speaking of Tom Hardy, what

is the future villain of “The Dark Knight Rises” doing slumming in a sloppy subcomic stinker like this? Let me be clear: I would never hate a film simply because it’s a romantic comedy. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is one of my all-time favorites. I’ll admit to liking “Easy A” better than most of “The King’s Speech.” But like my beloved horror genre, the rom-com is often home to guttersnipe charlatans who delight in taking your money and leaving you with a cynical septic stain in the place of a quality motion picture. And they’ll have no reason to change their ways until movies like “This Means War” quit turning a profit. So do your part and steer clear. Trust me, you’ll smell this one coming.

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Portrait of the Artist
Each photo on the wall shows a slice of Alex Moore’s life. One documents her brief obsession with Kit Kats. Another reveals her love of goats. In some she looks like a model while in others she appears to be a scared young girl. Moore’s photos, all self-portraits, are currently on display in the Kansas Union Gallery. It’s the first public display of her work and an exciting step for this junior from Green, who only picked up a camera a few years ago. Images of landscapes and still-life never appealed to her, but looking at photo streams on the popular photo sharing site Flickr, she noticed people taking self-portraits. She was amazed by their work and started trying to take her own photos using her mother’s basic point-and-click digital camera. After a period of trial and error, Moore started to get a better feel for how to take a flattering picture of herself. She also discovered the emotional benefits of photography. “It’s become something that’s almost therapeutic for me, to do a self-portrait,” Moore says. “If I’m really angry or stressed, I’ll take a portrait and I’m totally ok.” In some of the photos, Moore looks like she belongs in the pages of a fashion magazine, her long, red hair perfectly coiffed as she stands in the middle of the field. Other shots are more intimate. In “Layered,” she turns her bare back to the camera to show peeling skin, the result of a particularly nasty sunburn. “Every photo I take, I remember so vividly the time I was taking it, the exact day,” Moore says. She tried to capture that sense of the moment in the captions she wrote, strings of simple, child-like sentences describing what she did or felt the day the photo was taken. “That day I realized I really want to take photos that make people feel something — under their skin,” reads the caption for “Layered.” It was the way Moore captured such specific moments and used them to “tell mininarratives with each frame” that made the photos stand out to Bea Kilat, coordinator of the Student Union Activities cultural arts committee. The group runs the gallery, where four or five local artists are chosen to showcase their work each semester. This year, the gallery has featured the work of several photomedia students, including Moore. The photomedia degree program was established in 2008 and has attracted an increasing number of students, says Bryon Darby, an assistant professor of photography. While he attributes the popularity of the program to it being new and novel, Darby admits there is also a more profound attraction for many people. “Photography has this weird ability to reveal things you didn’t know were there, whether those are things about yourself or things about the people or places you photograph,” Darby says. “That to me is the strength.” Self-portraiture is nothing new in the world of photography, but there has been a shift in how people think about photography. Photos were once aimed to be objective and informative, but now more people are acknowledging that it is an inherently personal and subjective form of communication. “One thing I always tell my students is the more personal it is, the more universal it is,” Darby says. “The experience you’re having relates to everybody and you become a stand-in for the viewer.” Many viewers are responding to the personal nature of Moore’s photos. The gallery’s guestbook is filled with students sharing their thoughts on her work, including Emily Jalinsky, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., who has visited the gallery several times to escape into the open fields and lush forests captured in Moore’s images . Looking at the photos, most of which were shot on the farm where Moore grew up, Jalinsky says she was able to step back from the chaos of her day and “take a deep breath.” “The personal titles were an integral part to the show, so in the guest book I did a play on them and wrote, ‘That one time I was in a gallery and smiled to myself,’” Galinsky says.

The classic art of the self-portrait on display at KU.

//kelsey cipolla

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10 things you didn’t know about:

Teller's

//brittney haynes

photo by brittney haynes

Teller’s is a World Cuisine restaurant and bar located at 746 Massachusetts St. Owner Tom Wilson and general manager Philip Wilson provided these 10 facts about the establishment, which has been open since 1992.

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The building that now houses Teller’s was built in 1889 and was originally known as Merchant’s Bank. In 1930, the bank was remodeled and renamed The First National Bank of Lawrence. In 1932, after checking into the Eldridge Hotel and staking out the bank for three days, Clyde Barrow and two other men robbed the bank, getting away with $33,000. It was their biggest job, and the first bank they robbed in a string of robberies by a group that would be infamously known as the Bonnie & Clyde gang. In 1970, the bank moved locations and the building was used by the KU Department of Theatre for rehearsals. The building underwent a $600,000 renovation in 1992 and was re-named Teller’s Restaurant and Bar. The bathrooms in the restaurant are located in the bank’s original safe. There are two mores safes in the basement. Teller’s has an apprenticeship program with the Johnson County School of Culinary Arts. The restaurant always has two apprentices on hand. The current executive chef at Teller’s, Chef Patrick Chow-Yuen, trained with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay from Hell’s Kitchen. He also opened a restaurant called Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, which was awarded three Michelin stars. Teller’s uses two wood—fired ovens and supports local food suppliers when possible. The restaurant’s fish comes straight from source, and the beef and chicken come straight from local farms and are hormone-free. The restaurant changes its food and drink menus four times a year to accommodate the seasons. The wall murals in Teller’s were done by local artist, Stan Herd. The murals are all canvas and were only the second abstract works he’d done at the time.

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Dressing with style

//briTTney haynes

What inspires and influences fashion trends on campus

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We’ve all seen them — the group of guys wearing khaki shorts and pastel button ups, the girls in leggings and Ugg boots, or the group of football players in red and blue sweats walking out the doors of Wescoe. So what drives students to dress the way they do? What influences their style? I decided to interview students with different types of style to get some insight. I was sitting in my American Literature II class when two guys walked in and sat by each other. The looked like twins. They had the exact same style, haircut, and even the same bookbag. It was hard to tell them apart and even my professor mixed their names up. Brett Crawford, a junior from Olathe, and Cameron Birdsall, a junior from Mission, met their freshman year smoking on the stoop in front of Hashinger Hall. After discovering Tumblr and with help from mutual friend Sean Derry, the two coined their style as what they describe as “1980s traditional Americana.” “It’s not really about looking like friends,” Birdsall says. “It’s about dressing like an adult.” “We dress to impress. We want to look grown up but still have a simple, understated look,” Crawford added.

It’s not hard to spot men in fraternities. They’re pretty easy to see with their Sperry boating shoes, khakis and brightly colored polos. I’ve always wondered if they’ve had that style their whole life though. “I’ve worn polos for a while and I didn’t know what dressing “fratty” was like until I came to KU,” says Cullen

well-dressed. I want to be seen as a professional, as opposed to someone who just dresses in sweatpants,” he says. Taryn Eby, a sophomore from Topeka, and Macey Hundley, a sophomore from Netawaka, are roommates but have completely different styles. Hundley describes her style as ‘girl-next-door meets punk,’ while Eby describes her style as ‘glamour

“I’ve just always taken a lot of pride in my appearance. I think it’s important to look professional and put together because people judge you based on your appearance.”
-Stephanie Higinbotham
Moriarty, a freshman from Lansing. “I wasn’t into Sperrys or khakis every day of the week but a lot of the guys around here bothered me about it for awhile. I tried it out for a little bit and found out that I wanted to commit to it because I found out it was comfortable for me.” Alec Swall, a freshman from Overland Park, went along with what Birdsall and Crawford said previously. “I dress the way I do because I want to be seen as grunge.’ “Sometimes I dress like a hooker, sometimes I dress like the girl next door, and sometimes I dress like a grungy little hippy. I came from a really small town where everyone wore cowboy boots and shit and I made it my goal to dress as differently as possible. I got made fun of in middle school for wearing Converse and then in high school I got made fun of for wearing Sperrys before they were all the

craze. I just like to be different,” Hundley says. Eby says her style tends to have more of a “lace and leather” feel to it. “I like to dress however I feel that day. Like if I feel really tired or depressed, I wear a lot of black. Which happens to be most days. I also like to take my own unique spin on the trends going on right now. Like black leggings, not a chance. But shiny, fake leather looking black leggings, hell yes,” she explains. In her sorority, Stephanie Higinbotham, a sophomore from Andover, is the girl you go to when you need to borrow clothes. “I remember in 7th grade my mom’s neighbor had a bunch of Vogues and Harper Bazaars she didn’t want, and that’s how I started my knowledge with fashion. From then on, I’ve just always taken a lot of pride in my appearance. I think it’s important to look professional and put together because people judge you based on your appearance,” she says. College students get a bad reputation for not caring about their appearance, but from what I gathered, looking puttogether is on their minds. Students may have different styles, but they do want to look good.

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What Do You Know About…
In light of some disheartening statistics, Kansas has been reconsidering its prisoner re-entry programs. After all, 32 percent of prisoners who partake in the programs end up back in jail, as opposed to 25 percent of those in the programs who do not. Surprisingly, only ¼ of the program graduates who end up back in jail actually commit a new offense, while about 60 percent of the others who return have. It is for this reason that KU faculty members are banding together to advocate the program, and try to make it work better. Margaret Severson, a KU professor of social welfare, says that “In fact, most of those who returned did so for violations of their parole; a much smaller percent of

prisoner Rehabilitation?

//john gaRfield crimes committed and program eligibility. Their research follows participants over multiple years, tracking how many have returned to prison following periods of a year, year and a half and two years. In addition to the realities of sampling errors, Severson argues the qualitative issues that have been ignored thus far regarding other measures of the program’s success: “When the participants were in the community, did they contribute to the economy? Did they pay taxes? Did they provide support for their families? Did they adequately parent their children? Those are the important questions we should ask and answer.”

those studied returned for new convictions. It is too early to say the program didn’t work.” Severson is co-authoring a piece to be published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation that argues that the program has been unfairly evaluated. Along with Severson are Kimberly Bruns, the project coordinator, Christopher Veeh, a KU Social Welfare graduate and doctoral student at the University of Denver, and Jan Hoon Lee of KU’s Center for Research and Data Analysis. The group believes that the state is not asking the right questions, and that sampling methods may have caused statistical errors. Factors they say have been previously excluded include gender, type of

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What it’s like to...

witness a drive-by shooting
//kelsea eckenRoth
When Brian Jay Gilmore, a fifth-year senior from Topeka, went home to Topeka one weekend, he saw a drive-by happen a block away from his house. One Sunday during my junior year, I went back to Topeka to visit my mom with the girl I was dating at the time. My mom had just gotten off of work but wasn’t home yet, and my girlfriend and I didn’t want to wait around. I suggested we go on a short walk around the neighborhood because it was a nice spring night. As we were walking, a gray Honda drove by going 40 mph in a 20 mph zone. The Honda kept circling the neighborhood, and whenever it drove past us, it would slow down and the people inside the car would look at us, and then speed off again. It circled the block two or three more times, and we started to think something weird was going on. An SUV appeared and pulled up next to the Honda. The people in the cars started cussing and yelling heinous stuff to each other like “I heard you were saying shit about my friend.” My girlfriend and I were familiar with situations like this because they happen a lot around where we grew up. We thought it might turn into a fight or something. We walked back passed the cars and when we were 20 feet away from them, six or seven gunshots were fired. It sounded like firecrackers were going off behind me. My girlfriend and I froze. It took us about 30 seconds to get our heads straight. It was like seeing a car accident. You think reality is playing a joke on you, but eventually you realize the situation is happening, and you have to make up a course of action. The shots ended, and the cars quickly sped off. I stood there confused, but my girlfriend told me we should call the police. We got back to my house to do so. Soon after I called, a police cruiser whipped around the corner, and I flagged it down. The officer asked if I saw the people in the cars, but I never looked at their faces. Growing up in a bad neighborhood taught me not to stare people down, and when you see something go down, you pretend not to see anything. After I talked to the officer, he sped off to catch the suspects. I didn’t hear anything about the shooting after it happened. I don’t even read or watch Topeka news because I try to distance myself from it as much as I can.
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Wescoe Wit

//kelsea eckenRoth

professor: I don’t wash my hands all the time so I have the immunity of a first grade teacher. girl: Some girls may find it attractive if a guy cries during the Notebook. guy: This guy’s body odor was like mashed potatoes and lime mixed with three-day old-dead rat. girl: Has your vehicle ever caught on fire? I am trained to use fire extinguishers. professor: You know what I’m thinking right now? FML. girl 1: Have you ever had a buttery nipple? girl 2: A what? girl 1: My mom loves buttery nipples now that she’s had one. guy: That would be the best thing to wake up to in the morning. girl: What? Your mom? professor: Now we have learned the history of the F word. Interesting. guy 1: Last night my toaster went off by itself. guy 2: Ghost toast! professor: Yes, I am giving you permission to research sex phone lines.

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KU stUdents and staff say what they are most looKing forward to in march. // rachel cheon

KaleB weaver senior Parsons sPanish major “March Madness, spring break, and for winter to be dead. Also, a trip to Joplin, Missouri to help with relief efforts.”

mcKenzie shUlte freshmen overland ParK film major “March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day and spring break. I need a break.”

emma dolPhin freshmen edina, minn. Biochemistry major “Probably spring break and getting closer to summer.”

Bo zhao soPhomore Xian, china aec (aPPlied english center) stUdent “Spring break. I’m gonna go on short trip to Missouri to help with the tornado relief as a volunteer.”

manogna thimma gradUate stUdent hyderaBad, india comPUter science major “Spring break. Although during most of the spring break, I have to write my thesis and work on projects.”

jae heUng ParK freshmen fort leavenworth comPUter engineering major “The Japanese exchange students that visit in March.”

charlie stocK senior toPeKa theater major “I’m looking forward to March Madness. Really watching enjoy as many games as I can.”

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Bell Pepper Salad

//Rachel cheon

I was flying with Delta Airlines this winter, and they served a a salad with lots of bell peppers in it for one of the meals. It is rare to have such a good experience with in-flight meals for me, but this salad tasted so delicious that I decided to replicate the recipe at home. Based on this experience, I came up with a recipe that is easy and quick to make and budget-friendly for students. This salad does not require chopping lettuce and stays fresher for longer than a traditional lettuce leaf salad. The salad from the plane had various colored bell peppers, cucumbers and kidney beans. Put all of those ingredients in a bowl, along with tomatoes, and butter or lima beans. I added these additional ingredients because they are also cheap to purchase, and add more flavor to the salad. The only work required is dicing the vegetables, opening the canned beans and tossing the salad together before adding the dressing of your choice. It takes less than five minutes to make, and is good for your health. Bell peppers are a good source of vitamin A and C and kidney beans and lima beans are good sources of protein, according to nutritiondata.self.com. One cup of kidney beans give you 30 percent of your daily protein value. Ann Chapman, a registered dietician at KU Student Health Services, says that the vitamins in this dish help the health of our skin and hair and boost our immune system, while the protein helps us stay focused and gives us more energy. In other words, it is better to have more protein than carbohydrates. “Having a piece of turkey will make you more alert than say, a bowl of pasta,” Chapman says. For even more protein, you can put bacon or boiled eggs in this delicious salad. It is sweet, healthy and colorful.

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Wine and Dine

How to pair wine with a meal

//katie james

Wining and dining isn’t just for your parents anymore. A wine pairing dinner can be a great way to relax and enjoy the company of friends in a more laid back setting than a bar or house party. “I like having wine with dinner, because it’s a slower meal,” says Taylor Dorman, a senior from Leawood, who first became interested in wine while studying abroad in Italy. “If you find a wine you like, its not just a ‘chug a beer’ kind of thing. You can just sit down and enjoy a whole meal together with friends.” Whether you’re new to pairing or not, this guide will help you build a foundation to have dinner matching success. There is one main guideline to keep in mind when it comes to menu planning and choosing the right wine to go with a meal. In general you want to match the color of the wine to the color of the protein you are eating. For example, you would want to pair a red wine with a steak, and a white wine with chicken or seafood. Lighter entrées require a lighter wine that won’t overpower the flavor of the dish. “You need to consider the intensity of the flavors in the dish. If it’s a heavier dish, use a lighter wine. You wouldn’t want to pair a really heavy wine with something like Alfredo sauce, the meal would be too rich,” says Ryan Sciara, managing partner for Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, located in Kansas City, Mo. When it comes to red wines, you should compare flavors between the wine and the dish, rather than contrast the flavors like you would with a white. “Something like barbecue that’s smoky and spicy would need a wine that is deeper in flavor, like a shiraz, that has a lot of flavor, versus something like a French red wine that’s much lighter,” Sciara says. Although pairing red wines with red meats and white wines with white meats is good to think about when choosing a wine, it is not a concrete rule. As with any rule there can be exceptions based on personal preferences or different flavor profiles in a dish. “Adding particular spices to a white meat item may warrant the use of a red wine because the spices may be too over the top for certain white wines to handle,” says Leo Dickson, the “Wine Guy” for the Culinary Center of Kansas City, located in Overland Park. “The same applies with certain red dishes. If you were enjoying steak tartar lightly seasoned and tossed in an extra virgin olive oil or a little clarified butter, a rich buttery California chardonnay would pair well,” he says. Flavors of the food may lend themselves to bending rules, but personal preferences can also influence wine choices. Some people just don’t like red wine so they will always choose a white and vice versa. Wines range in flavor from very sweet to very dry or tart. Those who aren’t as familiar with wine may like sweeter whites to begin with and work their way to drier reds. Wine is something you have to get used to before drinking really dry wines, says Emily Franke, a senior from Austin, Texas, who prefers wine to any other alcoholic beverage. “I would recommend starting with a sweeter white like a pinot grigio and then moving to a tarter one like chardonnay, and then it is easier to adjust to a red,” Franke says. “The important thing if you don’t have much experience with wine, is to just try things out and find one that you enjoy.” Whether you have a lot of experience pairing wine with food or none at all, a great evening with family or friends can be just a bottle away. Have fun with it, have everyone bring a bottle of his or her favorite wine, or a food to share. Even on a college student’s budget you can find a nice bottle of wine for $15.

Basic flavor profiles of popular red and white wines
Whites: Chardonnay: tropical fruit, nuts, vanilla and peas Riesling: apricots, peach, floral notes Sauvignon Blanc: citrus, grass, herbs Reds: Cabernet: black currant, green pepper, spice Merlot: blueberry, plum, cherry Syrah: spice, prunes, berries Source: Leo Dickson, “wine guy” for the Culinary Center of Kansas City

Emily and Taylor’s favorite pairing dishes:
emily: “Cupcake Vineyards chardonnay is my go to white wine, and my roommates and I like make simple dishes to go along with it. Usually pasta with an olive oil sauce or marinara.” tayloR: “For red wine my favorite dish would have to be a rib eye steak with a cabernet, and white wine I would go with chardonnay with scallops or a seafood pasta.”

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Brain Boost Smoothie

//Rachel cheon

Angeline Song, junior from Los Angeles, says she put on about 10 pounds in one semester as a result of snacking on fast food and going out to eat more than cooking at home. She decided she needed to lose weight and get her healthy body back before going back home to California for the break. She chose to do a “juice fast”, in which she replaced meals with beverages such as smoothies or fruit juices. She drank lots of fruit drinks such as Odwalla Superfood drinks, and also made her own smoothies. This gave her the opportunity to experiment with many types of smoothies, but her favorite recipe is one she calls, “brain boost smoothie”. “I saw the recipe from magazine and tweaked it a bit. I call it ‘brain boost smoothie’ because of the fruits that go in the smoothie are known as brain foods,” Song says. Two main ingredients are blueberries and bananas. Staci Hendrickson, dietician at Healthy Balance, Inc., 535 Gateway Drive, says blueberries are known as superfruits because they are packed with antioxidants, which are especially good for the brain. She says blueberries and bananas are a very good source of glucose, which is a good, steady source of energy for the brain. “Our brain needs lots of sugar. It’s the brain’s favorite fuel,” Hendrickson says. This doesn’t mean you should snack on candy all day to fuel your brain. “Fruits tend to be more sustained source of sugar, while a pack of skittles would give you lots sugar quickly, but also a crash later,” Hendrickson says. To make the smoothie, blend together 1 cup apple juice, one fresh ripe banana, ½ cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup frozen raspberries, ½ cup of vanilla yogurt and four ice cubes. This makes two servings.

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Next to normal

//aliza chudnow

Aliza is learning to let go of her resentment and to embrace her big sister.
school in Vermont her last two years of high school to help her manage these issues. I’d seen her in the hospital before, but not like this. Once I got home that night, I began to sob. As I continued to replay the day’s events in my head, my tears turned to anger. I was 14. I spent my life admiring my sister, looking up to her. This was not supposed to happen. My sister was supposed to be my protector. She was supposed to show me the ropes of high school and give me advice that only an older sister could give. I vowed that after I got all my tears out, this would be the last time I allowed myself to be sad over her. She was no longer “sissy” to me. Six weeks later, my sister was released from the hospital with an official diagnosis: schizoaffective disorder. There are plenty of official definitions of the disorder, but all I knew was it made her a complete mental case. Numerous times during the next four years, I opened up the pantry in our kitchen and saw her sitting there, yelling at me to shut the door before “they” took her away. Or heard her screaming at the top of her lungs that she was going to kill herself, while I’d wrestle her to the ground after she attempted to grab a handful of pills. My home life was in constant chaos. The crazier she got, the more I hated her. At times my anger got the best of me. I would flip her off, or call her a mental case to her face. My only escape was school. There I was normal; happy even. From about 11th grade on, I spent most of my time at my friends houses, yearning to be anywhere but my own. I sometimes even caught myself fantasizing about being in their families. I would eat family dinners with them, and enjoy their family movie nights. But at the end of the day, I had to go back to my house. For the longest time I completely resented that. It wasn’t until the end of my senior year when I finally cracked and cried to someone other than my blanket about my sister. Her illness had gotten really bad, so my parents decided to move her to an assisted living home in Michigan, where people with disabilities like hers lived. Since her diagnosis, things were never the same with my sister and me. I learned to avoid her completely or give her one-word answers when I was forced to talk to her. That night when she said bye to me, I gave her a small hug, (probably the first time we hugged since that day in the hospital). I almost lost it. Once she was gone, I started to hyperventilate. The past four years I had treated her like complete shit. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that she was sick and didn’t do any of this to herself. I immediately picked up the phone and dialed my best friend Christie’s number. As soon as she answered, I started sobbing. My friends knew about my sister, but I never really talked about her. When they did bring her up, I just sort of laughed her off, so crying to Christie was a big step for me. I sobbed over the phone with her for hours, and she sat on the other end, not reassuring me that everything was going to be okay andnot telling me what I wanted to hear. Instead she just listened to my sobs until they subdued. Finally she spoke: “Your sister still loves you, you know, and I know you love her too.” That was almost four years ago. My sister is now back in Dallas. She is doing a lot better, attending community college classes and working with my dad. As for me, well, I have made amazing friends at KU, but none of them know this side of my life. For the longest time I was ashamed of my sister. When I came to college, I realized I didn’t have to tell anyone about her, and as time went on, it got harder and harder to talk about her with people. I blocked the past out of my memory. I have always had fears of people judging me, and I never wanted other people’s pity by telling them a “sob story.” But this is me. I’m not perfect. As much as I fantasized about that perfect family, my family is not perfect. For my 13th birthday my sister gave me a ring, which I have worn every day since. I constantly look down at my ring, and it brings me back to years ago when we stayed up late watching “American Sweethearts” or played cooking show at our grandma’s house. Sometimes I lie awake at night thinking about who my sister would be if she had never gotten sick, who I would be. Then I realize there is no use looking back. As hard as it is, I have slowly started to remind myself that it is time to let go of the past. Before it’s too late, I know I need to form a relationship with the person she is now; still my family, still my sister.

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aliza (right) as a 9-year-old, shares a moment with her older sister.

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walked into the psychiatric ward of the Dallas Children’s Medical Center, immediately searching for my 17-year-old sister. I scanned one face after another, trying to locate her familiar shiny, dark hair, bigtoothed smile and bright green eyes. When I finally found her balled up in a corner, she was hardly recognizable. Her hair was dried out, frizzy and looked days un-brushed. She had lost a good 15 pounds and her chapped lips were surrounded by sores. Her hands were a purple color and her fingernails were yellow, but what got me the most was her eyes. My sister has always had the most striking green eyes, full of energy and life.

When I looked into them that day all I saw was black, darkness. I knew that nothing with this picture was right. I had to get out of there. I began to shake and wanted to do nothing more than fall down on my knees and beg God for my big sister back. Instead, I sat there in silence. Moments later, she slowly made her way up to me, and whispered, “You don’t have to worry. They are coming to get me.” My parents said my sister had a mental breakdown. When I saw her, I knew it was something more. In the past, she’d dealt with anorexia and some behavioral problems and had been attending a special

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