From Dreadlocks to Darth Maul, a Phone Call With Pat Seals of Flyleaf

10.23.2014

By Samantha Darling

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“Correct me if I’m wrong,” Pat Seals, bass player for the band Flyleaf, said. “But doesn’t Lawrence have the smartest people per capita or something like that?”

I told him I wasn’t sure, but that’s a reputation I’m sure the people of Lawrence, Kan. are happy to have. After further investigation, I found that Lawrence is ranked fourth on the 2014 list of “Most Educated Cities” in America by the financial website SmartAsset.com. So, close enough.

Pat Seals and the rest of the rock band Flyleaf were last in Lawrence about 10 years ago when they had a show at The Bottleneck, Seals said. Now the band is on tour for their newest album, “Between the Stars,” which was released September 16 of this year. When the band plays at The Granada on Friday, Oct. 24, Kansas will be the 12th state they’ve visited since the start of the tour at the beginning of October.

Since their last visit to Lawrence, the band has been busy. Their self-titled debut including the hit “All Around Me” went platinum.  The band’s next album, “Memento Mori,” hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Their single “I’m So Sick” is on the first Rock Band video game and the single “Tina” is on Guitar Hero III. In 2012, then-lead singer Lacey Strum stepped down after the release of the band’s third album, “New Horizons.” Without missing a beat, the band’s current lead vocalist, Kristen May, stepped in. When I spoke with Seals over the phone, the band was in Milwaukee preparing for their show that evening.

Seals said he looks forward to playing in Lawrence because it’s a college town and the crowd is more laid back. Everyone is just out to have a good time and as a result, the band feels more relaxed and has a good time too.

In that carefree spirit, we switched it up and I started sentences and had Seals finish them.

If I were an animal I’d be…
PS: a raccoon, because I’m always digging around in the refrigerator in the middle of the night.

My favorite part of Halloween is…
PS: oh man, the candy.

For Halloween I’m dressing up as…
PS: The band’s going to have a Star Wars theme. I think I might be the Darth Maul, maybe.

If I weren’t in a band I’d probably be…
PS: an art teacher… or a garbage man.

It’s embarrassing now, but in my early 20s…
PS: I had dreadlocks.

The best part of being on tour is…
PS: getting to do what I love.

But, the thing I miss most about home is…
PS: my wife.

The craziest thing to happen so far on this tour is…
PS: I got attacked by two German Shepherds while I was practicing outside the venue in Philadelphia! It reached 5 o’clock and the co-owner of the lot let them out to start watching it. I just happened to be standing on the inside of the fence, on the wrong side, and I had my headphones in. All the sudden I hear barking and I look over and they’re just right at my hand. I immediately yelled for help and the guy came over and called them off.

What we disagree about most within the band is…
PS: thermostat temperature, always.

If that’s the worst of their woes, I’d say the group has got it pretty easy. Lawrence awaits what is undoubtedly going to be a kick-ass show. We’ll even overlook the fact that you’re not a Royals fan and haven’t been following the World Series, Pat.

 

Edited by Katie Gilbaugh

Photos provided by Pat Seals

The 3 Investment Pieces to Get You Through Fall

10.20.2014

By Jordan MacGillivray

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Fall weather is sweeping in, and with the weather here in Lawrence, Kansas, I advise everyone to consider their outfits sooner than expected. This cold weather definitely calls for the fall necessities, which includes layers, layers, and, yes – more layers. However, figuring out what layers and, more specifically, which fall trends to spend your money on can be a challenge. I’m here to make that difficult decision easier.

1. Riding Boots

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The need for good footwear is imperative, especially when walking around campus and up the hill. A good, solid pair of riding boots is a pivotal factor in this season’s fall trends. Convincing yourself to spend the money on boots shouldn’t be too difficult since brown or black riding boots can go with everything from game-day dresses to skinny jeans and big sweaters. This is an ingenious way to make any outfit look that much more put together.

2. Outerwear

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The beginning of our fall season has brought many inches of rain with endless amounts of cold wind. A nice windbreaker or anorak is of the upmost importance, and the great thing is there are many affordable options – H&M has great ones! However, when it comes to a strong jacket that is primarily for warmth, I recommend investing in one that will last for many years to come. A jacket with an inside that can be taken out can also double as a raincoat or light top layer. For inexpensive trends, try outerwear in jewel tones or soft, romantic colors. I’m particularly interested in the pastel pink, faux fur coats.

3. Dark Wash Denim

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When it comes to jeans, I recommend investing in a good pair of dark wash skinny jeans. These jeans are essential for cold weather and are transitional into any approaching season. This fall, dark plum and emerald green colors are extremely popular, and what better way to incorporate these hues into your wardrobe than colored denim? Instead of investing in trendy high-end pieces, there are much more affordable places, like Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters, that have countless colored jeans that will be useful this season.

Any trends emerging this season can be found at assorted stores for an inexpensive fix. These 3 staples will get you through this season and many seasons to come.

 

Photos by Hannah Mougel

Model: Nikki Snyder

WTF Is Up: 8 Things to Know

10.16.2014

By Samantha Darling, Victoria Kirk, Sara Kruger, Kristen Polizzi, and Callan Reilly

What do supermodel Naomi Campbell, Ebola and fashion have in common? Campbell, through her Fashion for Relief foundation, is working to launch two benefit fashion shows in New York and London in February to help raise money to fight the disease.

The Kansas City Star is aiming to set the Guinness World Record for most people dressed as “Wizard of Oz” characters. Grab your ruby slippers and 1,093 of your closest friends, and head to the Legends Outlets this Saturday Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for a group picture.

A study by Pornhub and Buzzfeed — yes, you read that correctly — shows that women prefer lesbian porn because it’s more “true-to-life” than heterosexual porn. Don’t believe it? Check out the report on Glamour.

Tired of the high-waisted shorts look? Unfortunately for you, high-waisted bottoms continue trending into fall. Hip-huggers’ decade long reign is drowning in this year’s excess of abdominal coverage–seen on the runways of Balenciaga, Burberry Prorsum and Jean Paul Gaultier.

The cult hit “American Horror Story” is now into its third week of the fourth season, “Freak Show.” The Huffington Post looked at the real American history behind this season’s sideshow theme.

Flaming Lips former drummer Kilph Scurlock has returned to Lawrence, and has “found peace” from his parting with the band. Scurlock, who was not a fan of the band’s work with Miley Cyrus, was fired from the band six months ago. He will be performing a live set after a screening of “Phantom of the Paradise” at the Lawrence Arts Center on Oct. 30.

Think you perform better in bed after a glass of wine? Think again. Health magazine has a list of the best and worst food and drink options for your sex life. You’ll never look at sesame seeds or avocados the same way.

Clothes are to houses as hunger is to thirst, according to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Fashion is as much based on utility as basic human needs, and Lagerfeld’s architectural perspective shines through in the Chanel Cruise 2015 campaign.

Street Style: The Thinker

10.09.2014

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Photos by Marlee Schuld

Street Style: Throwback Thursday

10.09.2014

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Photos by Hannah Mougel

Butt Why? The Return of the Backside

10.05.2014

By Christine Stanwood

It’s a breezy, 75-degree day outside and I decide it’s the perfect time for a joyride. I roll down my windows and turn on the radio. Jason Derulo is crooning, “You know what to do with that big fat butt,” over the airwaves. Not quite feeling the popular tune, I quickly turn off the radio and focus my attention to the newly yellow leaves on the trees throughout campus. Ah, Jayhawk Boulevard! Free at las—asses, more asses. Yoga pants and high-waisted jean shorts quickly blur my vision. I drive back home and turn on MTV only to find Nicki Minaj twerking in a neon pink thong to her newest hit, “Anaconda.” Face palm, America.

I can’t be the only one crazy to think that this ass obsession is getting out of control. Butt why?

Recent articles in the New York Times and even Vogue are saying that butts are back in style. Having a juicy butt could be comparable to flannel for fall. Patricia Garcia, associate culture editor of Vogue says in an article, “In music videos, in Instagram photos, and on today’s most popular celebrities, the measure of sex appeal is inextricably linked to the prominence of a woman’s behind.”

Here to stay
Being attracted to a big butt isn’t just a fad. David Buss, Ph.D., psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin discussed the topic in a recent interview for Men’s Health Magazine. He talked about why the attraction of a butt is primal. He states in the article that, “If a woman has a full tush, that’s a signal to your primitive brain that she’s probably carrying enough fat to become pregnant.”

Is it possible that we could credit this recent exposure to, dare I say it, men? We know the age-old trick: men are taught from a young age to hold open the door for women, to not only be polite but to also get a quick peek at her behind. Will Webber, junior at the University of Kansas says that men are helpless to the allure of the big backside.

“We’ve been taught since the stone age to seek out wide birthing hips and start big families with big butts,” Webber said. “Personally, I believe this evolutionary trait is obsolete—much like the presence of wisdom teeth—because I’m not trying to have any kids in the near future.”

If men’s views on butts are shaping pop culture, are women changing their lifestyles to shape their butts? Bianca Fugate, senior at KU doesn’t think so.

“I personally do not focus on my butt when I go to the gym,” she said. “I figure that if I’m working on my body as a whole, my butt will do what it’s supposed to.”

Fugate believes the focus on butts varies from woman to woman.

“Some people like their butts more than anything else on their bodies, so for them showing off their butt makes them feel more confident with themselves,” she said.

However, not all men are on board with this trend. At least in collegiate culture, often times you’ll overhear guys discussing their preference of being a “tits guy” versus an “ass-man.” Collins Uwagba, a senior in the KU Pharmacy school explains that being a “tits guy” can trump the butt trend.

“I like tall slim girls, and that doesn’t really come with them having a big ass,” he said. “A big ass doesn’t really excite or entice me.”

Regardless, we all know that trends are cyclical and next year could easily be the “Return of the Rack” and cleavage could be the new black. But Webber doesn’t think the butt obsession is going away anytime soon.

“I think it’s probably here to stay,” he says. “Or who knows, maybe men will soon come to the realization that girls do, in fact, poop.”

 

Photo by Allie Welch

Edited by Katie Gilbaugh

A Beginner’s Guide To Bubble Soccer

10.05.2014

By Kristen Polizzi

Mike Marcus, a University of Kansas senior in the religious studies department, spits strategy from the sidelines of a makeshift soccer field in Watson Park.

“I don’t know why I’m yelling,” he says. “They can’t hear anything inside those things.”

Marcus motions vaguely toward his teammates, a cloudy cluster of 20-somethings whose earlier athleticism gave way to waddling and falling sometime after they suited up. This is what I came to see: a budding sport and a gawker’s delight. I’m talking, of course, about Lawrence’s premier bubble soccer league, which has drawn spectators and slowed Sunday traffic at the corner of Sixth and Tennessee for the past three weeks.

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The guide

For the ill-informed, bubble soccer is, in the most transparent terms, traditional soccer with a twist. Teams of six battle for the ball in 20-minute halves. They shoot. They score. But one glaring peculiarity tips the scales from sport to spectacle. And that is the bubble.

Players bumble about with all but their legs tucked inside giant, inflated, crystal-colored orbs, which act as buffers for bumps and bruises and, at the same time, effectively level the playing field for novice and experienced athletes. This is about fun, not finesse, and most certainly not about fancy footwork. In fact, players are probably better off knowing less about soccer and more about basic physics. Because when bubble-to-bubble contact sends opponents flying with the force and directedness of a human pinball machine, you may realize that ‘sizing up the competition’ carries some serious weight.

A brief history

Where was bubble soccer born? Most likely on a Norwegian small screen, where the television series ‘Golden Goal’ publicized the sport (boblefotball) in 2011. Three years later, ‘The Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon brought it stateside and inspired the inaugural U.S. league in Chicago. And now, after touring countless fields and facilities in cities across the country, the fledgling sport has finally landed in Lawrence.

One thing is certain: We’re all beginners here.

About the bubble  

I should probably address the $400, 15-pound bubble in the room. How much protection does that beach ball behemoth really provide? Turns out, quite a bit. The consensus among players is that the bubble—although hot, heavy and nearly soundproof—handles high-speed collisions like champ.

“You’re living your parents’ dream,” Marcus said. “It’s a contact sport, but their kid is completely protected in this little bubble.”

Go to play

While this season is over, you may still have a (sporting) chance. Kyle Meyers, co-owner of Silverback Enterprises, the Lawrence-based event production company that hosts the local bubble soccer league, said another season is in the works.

“We’re still getting registration forms sent in and calls from people wanting to play,” Meyers said. “So we will probably start signups for another league right after this one.”

If the registration rules remain the same, leagues will be filled on a first come first serve basis. The price to play—$40 per person and $240 per team—includes custom designed uniforms. Watch for updates on Silverback’s website and the Lawrence Bubble Soccer Facebook page

Still need convincing? Check out what local bubble soccer players had to say. Then start toying with team names.

 

Meet the players and the ref who hosts their game

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From: Lawrence

Off the field: Pastor at New Church Lawrence on campus

Team: Ball Busters With a Sporting Chance

Rival: The Winners. We beat them twice.

Position: Forward…and linebacker

Experience: I’ve played [regular] soccer since I was four.

And that helps? Not at all.

Motivation: Pure fun…a little bit of wanting to slam into people. It’s half and half.

Performance (in three words or less): Slightly beyond shabby

Game winning strategy: Our team has a motto. Two words: no mercy. But we always say ‘two words’ first. So, really it’s four words.

GOAL!s: Go pro.

 

Brittany Besler

 

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From: Kansas City, Mo.

Off the field: Rocks the desk at Entercom (a radio broadcasting company in KC)

Team: The Marauders

Rival: [Calls to team captain] WHO’S OUR RIVAL? Ball Busters With a Sporting Chance.

Position: Wherever they need me.

Experience: About three years of [regular] soccer

And that helps? No. I couldn’t see my feet.

Motivation: I’ve got friends on the team, and it sounded like fun.

Game winning strategy: Attack.

GOAL!s: To score some.

 

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From: Lawrence

Off the field: KU sophomore studying economics

Team: Echoes of Distant Thunder

Rival: Whoever we’re playing next.

Position: Midfield or forward

Experience: I’ve played [regular] soccer since I was 5.

And that helps? I think so. It’s easier to move the ball.

Motivation: Some friends recruited me.

Performance (in three words or less): Make them bleed.

Game winning strategy: Hit hard and get up fast.

GOAL!s: Oh, I hope to be making six figures by next year.

 

Meyers

 

Kyle Meyers

From: St. Paul, Minn.

Off the field: Co-owner of Silverback Enterprises

What are the most important rules in bubble soccer? It’s a balance of fun and safety. Sometimes there’s a false sense of security that comes from being in the bubble.

Good players never take themselves too seriously.

Previous referee experience: Absolutely none.

Most controversial call this season: Last weekend there was a tie, so we decided to do a jousting face off.

Why does bubble soccer belong in Lawrence? It’s weird. It’s out there. But it’s also family friendly.

 

Photos by Kristen Polizzi

Edited by Katie Gilbaugh

 

 

M.O.T.H. Staff Collection: October

10.02.2014

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In our latest installment of M.O.T.H., the Style on the Hill staff has provided you with sweet sound-sations to revive you before midterms. Check out the rest of our playlists and follow us on the SOTH Soundcloud page.

 

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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Photos by Hannah Mougel

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

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