WTF is Up: 6 Things to Know

9.22.2014

By Arena Chitanavong, Austin Fisher, Sara Kruger and Callan Reilly

 

As millenials’ support for marijuana legalization increases, legalization proponents saw recent victories. Colorado recreational marijuana sales outpaced medical sales in July and the state has made over $37 million since January just from taxing trees.

Just over half of Americans over the age of 16 – 50.2 percent of them, or 124.6 million – are single, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds. This is the first time the majority of the country has been single since such record-keeping began in 1976, when it was at 37.6 percent.

Fringe is the look this coming spring. Jazz Age-inspired fringe has long been a staple, while the look appeared on Spring 2015 runways like at Etro in Milan. The collection featured American Indian-inspired fringe on hemlines, boots and purses.

What are you more excited for: the release of the iPhone 6 or the iOS 8 update? With the innovative upgrades and updates, there can still be downsides to the new technology.

Society’s views on relationships are evolving, according to Austrian futurologist, Prof. Reinold Popp. His study on relationship trends shows that couples therapy will be the norm, independence and living separately are a must, and online dating will remain popular, just to name a few.

The most memorable doe-eyed sixties fashion icon turned 65 on Friday. In a birthday tribute to Twiggy, Vogue wrote that her alluring assets are “a Cockney accent, a lack of sophistication and of conceit, a limited vocabulary, and a very sweet nature.” Twiggy’s freckled nose, round eyes and cropped hairstyle has yet to lose its grip on American fashion lovers’ hearts.

Street Style: Teal Feels

9.18.2014

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Photos by Hannah Mougel

WTF is Up: 7 Things to Know

9.18.2014

By Brooklyn Barnes, Samantha Darling, Victoria Kirk and Kristen Polizzi

 

Alternative band St. Lucia will be playing at the Granada this Saturday. The concert is part of the Red Bull Sound Select tour, which also features Rose Quartz and The Electric Sons. The concert is free with RSVP here.

If you want to see Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris star in the newest mystery-thriller, “Gone Girl,” before the rest of the country, start planning a road trip to Missouri. The film is expected to premiere on Oct. 2, a day before the national premiere, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where part of the movie was shot.

Four students from North Carolina State University have developed a special brand of nail polish called Undercover Colors. The nail polish has the chemical capability of detecting if date rape drugs have been put in a drink. If the girl stirs her drink with her finger and she’s wearing the nail polish, it will change colors if drugs are present.

Country artist Logan Mize will be performing in Lawrence on Sunday, Sept. 21. Mize, from Clearwater, Kan., has made it big in Nashville, and is taking his talents through Kansas. Tickets are $12, and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

Renowned horror and fantasy novelist Stephen King will be in Kansas City on Nov. 13 to discuss his new book “Revival.” Don’t miss out. You might regret it. Forever. And ever.

A life-sized bronze statue of singer Amy Winehouse was unveiled on what would have been her 31st birthday, Sunday, Sept. 14. The statue is in Camden, North London, where Winehouse lived before her death in 2011. Winehouse’s father told BBC the statue “will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area.”

Still looking for something to do this Friday night? The Used and Taking Back Sunday are playing a free show Sept. 19 at Power and Light in Kansas City.

Street Style: Queen of F*!$ing Everything

9.15.2014

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WTF is Up: 8 Things to Know

9.14.2014

By Arena Chitanavong, Austin Fisher, Victoria Kirk and Callan Reilly

 

KU basketball coach Bill Self caught up with college friend and country super star Garth Brooks last week. The Rosemont, Illinois concert was the opening night of Brooks’ tour. The next day, the two Oklahoma State grads worked with 150 kids from the local Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army.

A new study showed that in young women’s weekday reports of skipping school and failing tests, these instances were significantly linked to more frequent sex and less frequent condom use on that same day.

The “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was cleared of murder charges, but found guilty of culpable homicide on Thursday. His sentencing has been set for Oct. 13 and he can spend a maximum of 15 years in jail.

With nude photos of celebrities being hacked and issues of privacy making headlines, is Iggy Azalea the next victim? Reports surfaced this week that a sex tape featuring the rapper is being shopped around to porn sites.

The total student debt in the United States recently topped $1.2 trillion. On “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explained that lower state funding for higher education and rising tuition might be to blame.

Younger couples who share household chores equally report the highest quality sex lives, according to a new study. The report from researchers at Cornell University and Georgia State University finds that spouses who split work around the house have the most sex and are most satisfied with their frequency of lovemaking.

Vox’s Danielle Kurtzleben says student debt may be contributing to why millennials are avoiding credit cards. Giving up on plastic can affect credit history, which can affect finances in the future. However, the mere 37 percent of young credit card-holders could change the way credit reports are rated.

On Tuesday, the Fashion Rocks 2014 show featured two hours of live music from some of music’s biggest names, like Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. In addition to the music, the night featured fashion, booty and even booing.

Extreme Midget Wrestling

9.12.2014

By Maddy Moloney

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I didn’t believe it either, with my face pressed against the car window as I rode shotgun past the Granada. The sign read “Extreme Midget Wrestling” Thursday, Sept. 11. I didn’t realize midgets could be extreme… or that they wrestled. Or that you are allowed to call them midgets. To the best of knowledge, I thought the term “midget” was derogatory, but I suppose “Extreme Little People Wrestling” doesn’t have quite the same effect.

My curiosity got the best of me, and I dragged along my partner in crime, Erica, to witness the spectacle.

We arrived at 7:15 p.m. to a short line in front of the Granada and paid a hefty $14 for general admission because the $20 ringside tickets were sold out. We wandered in and found a spot close to the stage, directly in front of the pint-sized wrestling ring.

The crowd seemed to hold a wide variety of patrons made up of herds of drunk fratstars all dressed in U.S.A. apparel, some drunk unimpressed hipsters and a couple sets of dads with their kids – because what better way to bond?

Eventually, 8 p.m. rolled around. This was the time the show was supposed to start, but the midget divas kept us all waiting until about 8:30. Naturally.

When the wrestlers finally did come out on stage, the crowd went wild. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about midgets wrestling really gets a drunk crowd going.

The first fight was between Mike Hawk, a feisty little guy with a mohawk, and The Rookie, who had hair down past his shoulders, with the referee being called the Little Pecker Head who donned a Nacho Libre-style mask.

Once the fight started, all the doubts I had vanished. The wrestlers were good – and cheesy. You could clearly tell the moves were choreographed, but between that and the metal music, it only helped to hype up the crowd.

The first thing you should know is that midgets fight dirty. They weren’t even ten minutes in before Mike Hawk started bringing out weapons. There were metal chains, shopping carts and a small step latter that the wrestlers used to help beat the shit out of each other.

The second thing you should know is that midget wrestlers love to talk about their penises. There were plenty of obscene hand gestures, and at one point, the crowd started chanting “Little Penis.”

The next round starred Fabio, who looked like a cross between Fabio and Tim Riggins, and the Little Pecker Head. The fight was close, but Fabio ended up coming out on top.

The final round involved a two-versus-one match, with the winners of the past two rounds fighting the previous champ, Canada. To say the fight was intense would be an understatement. About halfway through, all the other previous wrestlers joined the stage to start wailing on one another.

After about half an hour of fighting, one by one the wrestlers bowed out until The Rookie defeated Canada to win the title belt.

After the round, the wrestlers came out on stage to thank everyone for coming and then promptly brought the night full circle by closing the show yelling, “Now let’s get drunk!”

 

Edited and photographed by Hannah Swank

WTF is Up: 9 Things to Know

9.10.2014

By Brooklyn Barnes, Samantha Darling, Kristen Polizzi and Blake Schuster

 

Broadway industry leaders dimmed the lights on 40 theater marquees to honor Joan Rivers after hearing protests from several theater producers and artists. Leaders reversed their previous decision to reserve the honor for active Broadway actors and lights were dimmed at 6:45 p.m. last night for 1 minute.

As tension flare in the Middle East, artists of Gaza use their artwork of the destruction as their own form of resistance.

The week is hardly halfway through and the sports world has been rocked with controversy. It’s not the horrifying video of former Ravens’ running back Ray Rice that’s the worst part either. Instead, all eyes are on the offices of the NFL. What matters now is who knew what, and when they knew it.

Author Emily Spivack talked about her new kind of fashion book in a question and answer session with NPR. Released in August, “Worn Stories” explores the meaning behind articles of clothing people just can’t get rid of, with notable accounts from the likes of performance artist Marina Abramovic and Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black.”

With the Power & Light District attracting so much attention, Westport underwent a bit of an image makeover to keep its dining atmosphere alive and its party scene bumping.

ESPN has famously avoided certain NFL topics the league frowns upon, but now that their top talent and reporters are caught in the crossfire of reporting the Rice situation, it seems ESPN isn’t letting the league off the hook.

In her new children’s book, “Firebird,” ballerina and KC native Misty Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. Copeland discusses expectations of the African American body and encourages young dancers to press on even if they stand out.

Studying abroad? One of the best things to do while away is trying the authentic cuisine of the place you’re visiting. The Daily Meal provides a list of the best restaurants to visit across the board in Europe. Everything is listed, from the best places to get pasta in Italy to the best bar in Finland.

White girls, rejoice! Pumpkin spice flavoring is now available in contraceptive form. At least that’s what it looked like when a smartly Photoshopped image of a Durex-brand limited edition Pumpkin Spice condom circulated the internet this weekend. The company took to Twitter saying, “We can’t claim this one, but we do love it when people spice it up in the bedroom.” Pumpkin spice it up, that is.

 

Gameday Street Style: KU v. Southeast Missouri State

9.08.2014

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Photos by Marlee Schuld and Hannah Swank

Street Style: Tropicana

9.04.2014

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Photos by Marlee Schuld

Street Style: Braids and Frames

9.02.2014

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Photos by Hannah Mougel

Raw Denim 101

8.27.2014

By Evan Shinn

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If you’re a male who considers himself down with the fashunz, buying your first pair of raw denim jeans was probably baptismal to everything you know about #menswear today. Whether purchased from a brand like A.P.C., Nudie or Baldwin, you remember how sacred that moment was when you coughed over a couple hundred dollars for a single pair of jawns. But more importantly, you remember jonesing for the day you’d finally wash them.

Because raw denim culture insists you refer to denim’s lifespan in terms of “months, washes and soaks,” dudes go months and years without washing their jeans in order to individualize the denim’s fades, tears and rips. So, wash day is a big fucking deal, as it commemorates the time and effort spent “going hard” in a single pair of jeans.

If the term isn’t cringe-worthy enough, explaining the phenomenon is. Most dudes won’t even mention it as to avoid conversations that end with, “But won’t they, like, start to smell?” However, not washing jeans is just a response to the way raw denim is produced.

During the color treatment stage of raw denim’s manufacturing process, the indigo dye in which the denim is dipped isn’t 100 percent absorbed by the fabric. Because of this, the denim loses a bit of its color and rigidness with every wash thereafter. So, in order to sharpen and personalize their denim’s fades, dudes go six months to a year without washing their jeans, performing any and every activity that will emphasize the denim’s natural folds.

I remember when I first copped some raw denim. I was so hype about the whole not washing shtick that after a night of heavy boozing and throwing up all over myself, I tossed my jeans into the freezer and scraped off the frozen chunks the next morning. Everything worked out OK, aside from the fact that my jeans were walking biohazards; the denim wasn’t ruined, but I probably should have just washed them the next day.

Some denim makers refute a lot of what raw denim culture preaches, like Self-Edge founder Kiya Babzani and 3sixteen founder Andrew Chen do in a video for the Crosby Press, “Denim Mythbusters.” They explain why not washing your jeans and other methods of cleaning, such as freezing and ocean-soaking, are “moronic,” and recommend washing jeans every two months, at the least.

Unlike the actual show “Mythbusters,” Babzani and Chen don’t disprove techniques with experiments and results; you kind of just have to take their word for it. In all honesty, I take their advice with a grain of salt, as I’ve seen some successfully faded jeans using the methods denim heads have created for themselves, but I’m very behind the line of thinking, “If your jeans start to smell, wash them.” Airing out, freezing and spraying denim with Febreeze will only go so far.

I understand the fear of putting $250 jeans into a washing machine. However, there are other ways of making sure your jeans get cleaned on which I think both denim heads and the “Denim Mythbuster” dudes could agree.

Like many Kansas City-natives, I copped a pair of Baldweezys, and fortunately for you, a wash was due. As much as I’d like to have washed them in the Chi-O fountain in SOTH-like fashion to mock ocean-soaking denim nerds, it wouldn’t have been environmentally safe or effective. Instead, I washed them my usual way and provided a guide for all you noobs.

 

Video by Andrew Shepherd with music by Emilio Quezada

Edited by Hannah Swank

August Mood Board

8.01.2014

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She’s Just Not That Into You…Or Is She?

7.16.2014

By Emma McElhaney

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It’s a common trope — the clueless guy who doesn’t take any of the hints an interested girl is sending him, even when they’re in capital neon letters. Before she made it clear she was into him, Emily Pinkston struggled to snag her current boyfriend’s attention.

“I sat behind him in class, and after I decided I was interested in him, I tried multiple times to walk with him after class,” said Pinkston, a University of Kansas senior.

He would either leave the room immediately, giving her no chance to show interest, or he would be engrossed in a conversation with someone else and she “would have looked dumb waiting for him,” she said.

“I would also try to talk to him before class about homework or other stuff, but it rarely extended beyond homework chat,” Pinkston said. “Finally, one day he turned to me and started talking to me after class to ask about my plans.”

For many guys, reading into a situation is risky — what if she’s just being friendly? But missing an opportunity could be equally as disappointing.

Doug Lawson*, a KU sophomore, said body language, such as a girl touching your shoulder or hands or giving you playful pushes, are good indicators of interest.

“If she feels comfortable enough with you to touch you, that’s a pretty good sign,” Lawson said. “If she hangs around — spends a longer amount of time with you specifically — or goes out of her way to continue a conversation with you, then she’s probably into you.”

It may be tempting to overanalyze all the signs, like body language or text messages, searching for a clear and obvious green light. However, Daniel Packard, professional love coach and touring speaker, said this isn’t a useful strategy.

“Nobody’s smart enough to think their way to love,” Packard said. “It’s too complicated; people are crazy.”

Sometimes life is uncomfortable, Packard said. You may be waiting around forever for an explicit, “Yes, I’m interested.”

“Things take courage, and people try to avoid courage, to try to skip that step and think their way through,” Packard said. “Even if you know what to say or not to say, if you walk up to her with the approach of, ‘I have to get this right,’ you’ve already lost the battle.”

Packard suggests focusing less on the outcome. Don’t be so caught up in whether they give you a yes or a no.

“Make your measurement of success be how you showed up. Were you courageous? Did you take a risk? Did you own what you want? These things make you proud of you. Then, no matter what they say, you walk away from the interaction feeling better about yourself,” Packard said.

Putting yourself out there can be scary, but through trial and error, Lawson said, you eventually figure it out. And sometimes it just takes courage.

“If you’re interested, ask her out,” Packard said. “People say no for a million reasons and none of them have anything to do with your worth. Just go for it.”

 

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Edited by Hannah Swank

July Mood Board

7.01.2014

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Ombre Trend Not Likely to Fade Out

6.18.2014

By Hayley Jozwiak

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Ombre was one of the most popular trends of 2013, but it’s not finished yet. It isn’t just for your hair anymore, either.

It’s a simple gradation of color, making one end darker than the other. It can be having dark brunette roots that gradually change to light blonde tips or nails painted a light pink ending in a deep red at the tip.

The ombre look became popular for hair because it’s very low maintenance. Elena Diaz, a hair stylist at Lou & Co Hair Studio in Lawrence,says its roots lie, well, in roots. “Ombre actually started when people got lazy and let their roots grow out without touching them up,” Diaz says. “They thought, ‘Hey, this actually doesn’t look too bad.’”

Ombre hair is making a comeback, but in a subtler way according to Leslie Stauffer, a hair stylist at Lawrence salon La Bella Vita Hair Studio. “Beauty blogs are saying that ombre is on its way ‘out’ and that sombre is coming in. Sombre is just a more subtle version of ombre,” Stauffer says.

Hannah Carey, a senior at the University of Kansas who recently dyed her brown hair with blonde tips, describes ombre as the “modern day tie-dye.” Her hair is light brown that gradually changes so that her tips are a darker blonde color. Her sombre look is so subtle, she says few people have noticed the difference.

Carey is excited about her refreshing look for summer and thought it was the perfect way to make a change to her hair without going overboard.“In a way, it’s non-committal,” Carey says. “If I decide I’m tired of it, I just cut my ends off. No harm done.”

Apart from her hair, Carey has painted her nails ombre a few times as well. She said it was easy to do because she already had a few shades of the same color.

Carey’s favorite part of the ombre trend is the opportunity to personalize it. “[Ombre] gives you a chance to add your own touch to it,” Carey says. “That’s what I love about it. It’s unique and individual, but still trendy.”

Or not, depending on whom you ask. Maddie Schultz, a KU junior, is tired of the trend because it’s overused. “I never understood the ombre hair trend, but at least it’s better than splashlights. Hopefully those never catch on,” Schultz says of the hairstyle that features a splash of color stretching from ear to ear to create a halo effect.

Another popular version of ombre has emerged through makeup. Stauffer says ombre has always been a big trend in makeup; it’s just never been called ombre before. Smoky eye makeup is a perfect example of this. It’s just a transition from a darker color to a lighter color found at the brow bone, Stauffer says.

Between the usual requests for smoky eyes, Stauffer has had a few clients ask for ombre lips. An ombre lip is a lighter shade toward the inner lip moving to a darker shade toward the outline of the lips.

Stauffer suggests to not overdo the ombre look: “If you’re going to do a smoky eye, tone down the lips and have them be a soft pink that is close to your natural lip color. If you’re going to do an ombre lip, then stick with a classic eye.”

Whether you try out the new sombre look, a smoky eye or even an ombre lip, it looks like this trend is sticking around, whether you’re into it or not.

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

The Fade: Suitable Way to Split or Cold Cop-Out?

6.11.2014

By Emma McElhaney

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Becca Campbell says she’s been the victim of the fade on more than one occasion.

“I’ve mostly had it happen when things were going more quickly than they were ready for. I think that’s kind of the trigger, and it’s just time for them to go,” she says.

It can happen after the first date. It can happen after you’ve taken the next physical step. It can happen before you even meet.

The fade – that kiss of death in any budding relationship – is what goes down when one person isn’t interested in another and slowly backs out without being direct about his or her feelings or intentions.

“It’s a very sly and inconsiderate way of tapping out of a potential, or real, relationship,” says Campbell, a recent University of Kansas graduate.

There’s a speed and simplicity to fading, says Suzanna Mathews, a dating coach and matchmaker in Wichita. Ending something via text is much easier than sitting down and having a heavy conversation.

“I find that a lot of people in their 20s are fairly fluid about dating. They hang out, they text, they maybe hook up, but they aren’t necessarily aiming towards a relationship,” Mathews says. “They don’t seem to need to pin down what it is. And that also kind of keeps it freer and more loose for when it’s time to drift away or do the fade.”

A Lesson from the Dating Coach: How to be Direct Without Being a Dick 

Instead of fading on the next date you’re just not that into, Mathews suggests serving up a “rejection sandwich,” or something positive and kind on either end with the rejection in the middle. She offers something like this: “I enjoyed meeting you, I just don’t really think we have a connection. But if I know someone that might be right for you, I will keep you in mind!”

Or maybe this: “I’m really glad we got to meet, and it was really cool to hang out with you. I just don’t think this is the right thing for me at this time, but you seem really wonderful and I know you’ll meet someone great.”

“Anything you can do to be warm and polite and kind of save their ego a little bit is good, but it’s okay to be direct,” Mathews says.

Dragging out something that’s going nowhere is a waste of time for both parties, Campbell says. If she’s not feeling it, she just tells the guy. “No one is really used to that kind of honesty, but I’ve wasted weeks and months on dudes who, if they had just said, ‘Hey, I’m not feeling it,’ we both could have walked away and saved face.”

People fade for a variety of reasons, including, obviously, just not being interested. Campbell suggests people may fade when things progress too quickly. Mathews says perhaps some people think the timing is off but would consider revisiting a relationship further down the road.

If you’ve been dating for months or years, Mathews says the fade isn’t an acceptable way to end a more serious relationship. You owe someone an explicit, clean break. “If you’ve only gone out a couple times or you’ve only made out at some parties, you don’t really owe them that same sense of completion.”

Mathews and Campbell agree that it’s not too hard to determine the difference between getting faded on and just playing hard-to-get.

“If someone’s really into me, they’re going to text me back within an hour,” Mathews says. “Anything over 24 hours’ lag time on responding to a text, you pretty much know they’re just not that into me.”

KU junior Will Putzier says he’s pulled a fade before.

“Initially I thought it had the potential to go somewhere, and then I changed my mind,” Putzier says. “I feel bad, because it had happened to me where someone just straight up told me ‘no’ and I thought that was a bad way to do it. I thought that being nice and not ever doing anything was better, which it probably wasn’t.”

Someone could flake out on you once for any reason, Campbell says. “I’ve learned that any person – girl or guy – when they want something, they will get it. So if they’re doing anything to keep it from happening, then they just don’t want it.”

Most people eventually realize they’re being faded on. They may want to avoid conflict and not ever bring it up.

“I think it became obvious pretty quickly, but it still took a couple of awkward conversations,” Putzier says. “It’s kind of like finding the balance between crushing them and being nice.”

Fading takes a lot of the pressure off the person who isn’t interested, but leaves the jilted party hanging. Campbell says that fading is too easy of an out, and she wishes people would just be more direct about where a relationship is heading.

“I don’t want people to just be able to walk away without addressing it. So I always bring it up, and I would recommend that to other people too, just for the sake of your sanity.”

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo illustration by Emma McElhaney

Netflix: A Binge-Watching Revolution

6.05.2014

By Erin Orrick

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Nine out of the 10 people I talked with as I stood outside Wescoe Beach admitted to it. Four of those 10 people did so sheepishly while the other five practically bragged about it.

I was skeptical of Jeff, a University of Kansas sophomore and the lone individual who didn’t cop to feverishly binge-watching a television show on at least one occasion. And I continued to hold on to my skepticism even when he told me it was because he didn’t own a TV.

Like the others, I asked him if he watches Netflix. “Well, yeah. Who doesn’t?” he said.

I joked that he was a rare breed, someone who watches Netflix, but has yet to binge-watch anything. “I’m sure it’ll happen someday,” he said. “It just hasn’t yet.”

Jeff is an unusual specimen, indeed. According to a 2013 survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a world-leading market research firm, 62 percent of nearly 2,500 online TV streamers interviewed binge-watch on a regular basis.

The word “binge-watch” isn’t new. According to oxforddictionaries.com, the term has been around in circles of television fans since the 1990s, but did not become mainstream until 2013. Coincidentally, this was the same year both of Netflix’s original series, “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” debuted.

The same Harris Interactive survey also revealed that 73 percent of those viewers polled defined binge-watching as consuming two to six episodes of a television show in one sitting, or roughly two to six hours of straight viewing.

This begs the question: Why do we spend countless unproductive hours on a couch staring intently at a TV show?

“I think what makes it so appealing is that people love to set their own timetables,” said Mandy Treccia, a writer for TV Source magazine and Examiner.com. “Everyone is busy, so instead of making sure that you’re on the couch in front of the TV at an exact time, you can just boot up your computer and pick a time and show that fits your schedule. I think people love having that extra sense of control.”

In response to Harris Interactive’s survey, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, said Netflix’s viewing data reveals that the majority of viewers prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace, a concept that Netflix has pioneered. Differing from Hulu or Amazon Prime, who also stream original series, Netflix’s own original programming is created for multi-episodic viewing, providing content with new norms of viewer control for the first time.

Whether it’s control or an intense lack of patience, Netflix’s new model of releasing episodes of original programming like, “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” all on one day has turned binge-watching into a national fad. It’s not necessarily an attractive one on some occasions, but a fad nonetheless.

“Oh, it gets ugly really quickly,” said Whitney, a KU junior, who was too embarrassed to reveal her last name. “I’m usually in a sweatshirt, yoga pants and my hair is a mess. It’s also really hard to binge-watch without consuming large amounts of food. I mean, you’re sitting in front of your TV, engaged, and at some point between hours four and five of non-stop watching, you don’t realize you’ve plowed through two bags of chips and a two-liter of pop already. It’s so addicting.”

Though Netflix’s model appeals to many of its nearly 34 million U.S. subscribers, the all-in-one release format has a few notable downsides.

For the binge-watcher extraordinaire, a typical network or cable 13-episode season lasts three and a half months. Netflix allows such a fan to cram 13 episodes all into one day, two at the most. Speaking from personal experience, this makes the next new season seem like an eternity away.

As a not-so-quick consumer, and in an age of rapid technology, you have to be wary of spoilers and essentially disconnect yourself from the Internet while you watch.

“I don’t think anyone has gotten it quite right yet,” Treccia said. “Netflix releasing 13 episodes of ‘House of Cards’ in one sitting is great, but either you sit and watch them right away or you try to avoid the Internet to make sure that you don’t get spoiled. The network models of 22 episodes are nice because you get more episodes than Netflix or cable, but because they stretch seasons from fall to spring, there are always a lot of breaks.”

Whichever model proves to cater to your personal preference, Netflix has re-invented the way TV shows are watched.

“I love Netflix,” Nate, a KU senior, said. “I love being able to decide what I watch, when I watch it and how much of it I watch. I binge-watch way more than I probably should, and I’m pretty sure it has adversely affected my grades at some point. Some shows just pull you in, and you can’t stop. It’s an addiction.”

I thanked Nate for his comments. He smiled, turned to walk away and then stopped. He looked over his shoulder and jokingly called back at me, “Do they have rehab for Netflix addicts?”

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

June Mood Board

6.02.2014

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Nail Fashion Takes a Sharp Turn from Classic Styles

5.13.2014

By Kathleen Smith

Rihanna- Nails

They are long, pointy and look more like a weapon of mass destruction than a fashion accessory – something more suitable for Catwoman than every woman. Yet despite the possible risk to humanity, they have become the newest trend in fashion.

When you turn the pages of InStyle magazine, you will spot them adorning the runway models during Fashion Week. They have many names from stiletto to almond to pointed to claw, but regardless, these nails have pierced the hearts of fashionistas everywhere and are quickly becoming a fashion staple.

Pointed nails are a trend many try through do-it-yourself projects. Gillian Walsh at Sally Beauty Supply in Shawnee, Kan., says the girls wearing them are about 22 to 30 years old and turn to Pinterest and how-to videos for pointed nail ideas. They then come to Sally’s to buy the acrylic nails, polish and clippers to make the sharp look.

Most of the girls are edgy or into fashion and want to wear a daring manicure. Despite having a nose bridge piercing, a nose ring and a large tattoo on her forearm, Walsh said she would never wear the look.

“I think they are to hard to work in. I might be edgy, but I also have a 3 year old at home,” Walsh said. “My friend Wendy wears them but she models and she’s more into fashion. She doesn’t have to get her hands dirty like me.”

You don’t have to do the nails yourself, since salons in Lawrence can achieve the pointed look for you. Tonya Wynn, a nail technician at Nail Citi, says you can get the look starting at $35. Its price is determined by how long your nails are and what polishes or appliques you may want.

Many customers go to nail salons but really don’t know the difference in the nail styles, so Tracy Meisenheimer, owner of Nails by Tracy and CND certified master nail tech, says she requests that her clients send pictures of what they want before appointments. She has been doing nails for more than 20 years and was the first artist in Kansas to do Mink, a heat-activated type of applique that has 100-plus design possibilities. She was Mink trained by Naja Rickett, the nail artist who stars on the WeTV show L.A. Hair.

Meisenheimer offers stiletto nails that are very long and narrow with a sharp point, oval almond-shaped nails that have a slight point and a kitten nail that is short, claw-like and really pointed. Most of her clients prefer the almond shape, though she often wears her nails in the long stiletto style so she can showcase the look. The stiletto costs $75 and it takes two hours to do. She must fully sculpt the nails on a nail form, place the metallic fringe on the natural nail and shape it into a point, and then add acrylic. The almond shape costs $40 for a normal length and $60 for a long length. It is made from nail tips and then shaped before acrylic.

“This type of nail can be for everyone,” Meisenheimer said. “Most of my clients wear the shorter almond or kitten nail style. You just have to figure out what length you are comfortable in and be a little daring.”

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo by David Sims for Vogue magazine

Getting Canned or Popping Bottles: Beer is More Popular in Cans

5.08.2014

By Duncan McHenry

Canned Beer

As he settled into a wrinkled leather couch, KU graduate Kyle Gardner cracked the tab of a Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat. The dark, milky-sweet stout beer from Tallgrass Brewing Co. in Manhattan is Gardner’s favorite brew — and it only comes in a can.

“I actually like both [canned and bottled beer], but I can tell cans are definitely becoming more prevalent,” Gardner said. “Tallgrass beers actually only come in cans, and I’ve seen New Belgium and beers like that in a can, so I’m sure it will keep growing.”

For Gardner, canned beer is a gameday tradition no matter the season. When he’s in the mood for something less-than-top-shelf he’ll buy a six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys to share with friends during basketball games. And during football season, he tailgates with canned beers to avoid broken glass.

“You’re not hauling around a load of bottles. I’d much rather crumple up a can,” he says.

Gardner is not alone in his preference for drinking the planetary favorite liquid from a can. According to a 2012 Brewer’s Almanac Report, cans held 53.2 percent of the beer market share, and bottles held just 36.5 percent.

The rising popularity of canned beer has paralleled the growth of the craft beer industry. Many popular microbreweries such as Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are producing canned beer, and a few, like Tallgrass, are getting rid of bottles completely.

Many glass fans object to a metallic taste when they drink canned beer, which Cork & Barrel General Manager Brendan Dowdle says is all in their heads.

“Generally, I don’t get that metal taste some people are tasting. Maybe they’re just tasting the outside of the can,” he said.

With beer being such a light-sensitive drink, cans are actually a more effective storage vessel than bottles. A recent New Jersey Business Journal article, “Getting Canned: Why Beer Tastes Better, Sells Better in Cans,” said cans are more airtight than bottles and offer full protection against UV light. This is crucial to flavor because hops — the flowers that give beer its bitterness — can spoil easily with too much light.

With just five Ripple Glass recycling locations in the Lawrence area, ease of disposal is another factor in Gardner’s — and likely the nation’s — affinity for aluminum. Right now, the jury is mostly out on whether glass or aluminum is more eco-friendly.

In a 2011 article from Oregon Public Broadcasting, proponents of cans argue that aluminum is lighter and has a naturally lower carbon footprint from a packaging standpoint, whereas glass supporters say mining silica to produce glass is much less energy-intensive than bauxite used to make aluminum. To leave the smallest carbon footprint possible, the article concludes, the best option is a mug of beer from a local bar tap.

After Gardner and his friends had drained his six-pack of Buffalo Sweat cans, they threw the crushed empties in a grocery sack. But at least there’d be no urgent need for a trip to the recycling center, he said.

“It’s easier to dispose of and transport cans, I hate the clanking of bottles when I throw them into the glass recycling. It’s very jarring — especially when you’re hungover.”

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo by Duncan McHenry

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