Heard on the Hill



  • “The best part about going home to Colorado for Thanksgiving break is that I can smoke weed right after I eat.”
  • “I’ll pretty much do anything for a quick 20 bucks.”
  • “Grades are important, but if you cheat someone will die.”
  • Guy #1: “Five Guys is pretty steak-and-potatoes: boring.”
    Guy #2: “But it’s still good.”
    Guy #1: “So let’s go ALL the time then!”
    Guy #2: “Serious, selection is not important when it’s that good.”
  • “It seriously didn’t work? Well, fuck me sideways…”
  • “I just want to get hit by a car. Because either I won’t have to deal with shit anymore or I’ll just be injured and I’ll make bank.”
  • “I was peeing my pants on stage when I was singing karaoke but I just kept going for my fans.”
  • “Yeah I made out with him for a while because he was nice. I like to think I’m pretty polite.”
  • Girl 1: “Let me drive you, it’s dark.”
    Girl 2: “No, I’m going to do a light sprint. Plus if I die you can have all of my things. Even the $10 in my bank account.”
  • “We need to start being aware of more shit, you know?”

Age of Athleisure


By Hannah Pierangelo


KU Fit Instructor leads a relaxing yoga class at the Ambler Recreation Center.

Among the rows of ellipticals, treadmills, and weight machines at Ambler Rec, fashionable gym wear strikes. Strappy-back sport bras, vividly patterned leggings, sleek-and-shaping yoga pants, and, of course, a sea of sneakers in every color combination imaginable.

Fashion meets athleticism, it seems, in a fast growing trend that’s sweeping the nation. According the global information company The NPD Group, US consumers spent more than $300 billion in the active wear industry last year. With the market expanding in a such a huge way, it’s not hard to see why an increasing number of companies are eager to jump in.

Stores like Forever 21, Gap, Free People, and H&M are among a few fashionable clothing stores that have joined the trend and added lines of active wear. In fact, H&M’s collaboration with Alexander Wang last year for sporty, stylish active wear and casual apparel was massively popular and sold out almost immediately.

The Business of Fashion guesses that the trend for wearing gym clothes beyond the gym most likely spurred from 80s aerobics culture, when sweatbands, legwarmers, and leotards were fashionable in every day outfits. Now, the trend has turned to yoga pants, athletic shorts, and stylish sneakers.

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For many, it’s comfort that reigns above all. Functionality still matters, and the added fashion is just a bonus.

“I typically wear athletic clothes on campus and while I am lounging because it is comfortable to me and looks better than wearing a big t-shirt and shorts,” says Lanie Leek, a senior journalism major. “It’s easy to wear in any weather. I am able to layer and sometimes I still feel like I have a sense of style while wearing workout clothes.”

Leek says she prefers to wear Gap athletic clothes because of their cost, but also wears Lululemon for its high quality clothing, despite the price tag. Her favorite item is a green Lululemon tank top that she wears all year long.

“I like to express my style with gym wear by pairing fun patterns together and wearing bright color in the summer and darker colors in the winter,” Leek says.

Since gym wear has suddenly gained a sense of style, it’s not uncommon for athletic clothing to be worn casually, too. It’s becoming increasingly popular to wear gym wear everywhere. Yoga pants are attending brunch with friends and fashionable sports bras are dressing up casual street style. While this is nothing new on campus (we’re all too aware of the important role Nike sneakers and leggings play in college day-to-day style), it’s also a hot trend with other demographics.

Dawn Dowers, 46, is a competitive bodybuilder from Wichita, Kansas, and also a health and wellness coach with Isagenix.

“I like to wear stylish athletic wear to the gym, but first and foremost, fit and function have to come first,” says Dowers. There are a lot of times I’m in my gym clothes almost all day long.”

Dowers estimates 90 percent of her gym clothes are Lululemon, and the rest are either Nike, Under Armor, and Victoria’s Secret.

“The reason is they simply hold up. Yes, you may pay more initially, but in the long run, it saves me money because they wear the best,” she says.

For Dowers, stylish and functional gym wear matter beyond comfort. They’re part of her job. “I take all of my gym clothes and have them branded with my company’s logo,” she explains. “Since my business is in the Health & Wellness Arena, I do not walk into a gym without being branded. That also plays into why I’m very aware of how my attire looks. If I look like I just threw something on this morning, it’s not going to make a very good impression for my business.”

From work to play, and everything in between in the day, gym clothes seem to fit almost any situation. According to The Huffington Post, we’re now living in the Age of Athleisure.

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at The NDP Group, says, “Casual and ‘athleisure’ have taken on a life of their own. This is no longer a trend—it is now a lifestyle that is too comfortable, for consumers of all ages, for it to go away anytime soon.”

Photos by Hannah Pierangelo

Street Style: Blazer Daze


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Christina Lord / French Literature graduate student

How would you define your style?
A lot of things, but more professional since I teach.
Where did you get that bag?
At a consignment shop before I moved here. 

Photos by Abby Liudahl

The $20 Challenge


by Audrey Danser

I love thrifting; call it my version of a sport. The thrill of the hunt takes me back time and time again—sometimes I find a gem, other times I leave the shop empty handed. Of course, I often find myself among a sea of shoulder pads and nylon fabrics, but hidden between grandma’s silk tunic and grandpa’s old-fashioned knit tie is potential. Potential to create a style that no one else can mimic!

I attribute some of my most unique looks to my second-hand finds. It is easy to rationalize experimentation when you have a seeming endless supply of creative potential to pick from and the price tag is less than a cup of coffee. With $20, let me show you how it is done.

Look: Natural Monochrome

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Tunic: Salvation Army, $2.99

Skirt: Salvation Army, $2.99

Boots: Goodwill, $9.99

Jewelry: garage sale, $3.00

Total: $18.97

There you have it. A quick, easy look that doesn’t break the bank. Think you’re up to the $20 challenge? Show us your look on social media (tag @styleonthehill).


Heard on the Hill



  • *Student on the phone*: “Yes mom, I’m studying for my tests. Okay, I will talk to you later.”
    *Turns to friend beside him*: “So how much are you selling the Adderall for?
  • “All I remember is my flask hitting the concrete and that’s when I came to.”
  • “Whatever, I don’t give a shit about him anymore. I hope he dies alone with his stupid man bun.”
  • Girl: “How old do you have to be to sign up for farmersonly.com? I’m getting desperate for a formal date.”
  • “I said, ‘did you smell my armpits?’ They smell like margaritas.”
  • “I can’t wake up this early anymore.”
  • “Poets probably hate it when we interpret their poems wrong. They’re probably like, ‘stop interpreting my flowers as vaginas.’”
  • “I’m so confused. More and more everyday.”
  • “I was like, ‘I’m either going to punch him in the face or flick him.’ So I flicked him like seven or eight times.”
  • “I’m so poor I had scrambled eggs and wine for dinner last night.”

Heard on the Hill



  • ​”Steak and Shake was a better decision than hooking up last night.”
  • “I just found out my dog is 5 pounds overweight. Now I’ll probably have fat children and a fat husband too. I’ll just have a reality show called ‘My Fat Life.'”
  • Girl: “Do you think you’ll get married after you graduate?”
    Friend: “Absolutely not, but he’s a great lay for senior year.”
  • Girl 1:”Does he like, say words?”
    Girl 2: “Yeah, I think he does, but he just doesn’t know a lot of them.”
  • ​”Animal crackers are weird because it’s like are they sweet or savory?”
  • “I just cried to my dad on the phone for hours because he keeps asking me what I’m doing after graduation.”
  • “Anthony Bourdain. That man could write a novel about a flip flop and I would read it.”
  • Girl: “I don’t want to gross you out, but I was totally throwing up all morning.”
  • “I’ve been thinking I should share something controversial on Facebook soon.”
  • Professor: “How many of you travel?”
    *Nobody raises their hand*
     Professor: “You guys don’t travel? What’s wrong with you guys?”
     Student: “Um, we’re broke college kids struggling to pay rent.”

Trending Buns—Man Buns, That Is


By Cassidy Ritter

Man bun rocker Brogan Moroney’s hair rests a little below his shoulders at about 12 inches in length. Until this summer, Moroney, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., never put his hair up; instead he always wore a hat. When he woke up for the first day of his internship, he didn’t know what to do with his hair so he put it up into as much of a bun as he could. “It was kind of a pain in the ass, but I wore it and I was like, ‘Oh, everyone’s going to think I’m a huge hippie,’” Moroney says. This is when Moroney first partook in the man bun trend.

Brogan Moroney, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., wears his man bun with shorts and a t-shirt.

Brogan Moroney, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., wears his man bun with shorts and a t-shirt.

First, what is a man bun? It’s not the butt of a hot guy walking to class or breaking a sweat at the gym. A man bun is a hairstyle when a man with shoulder length or longer hair secures it in a bun towards the top of the head. Some men use gel while others use the unwashed look for a more rugged feel. Either way, it’s supposed to look like men didn’t put much time into their hair, even if they did.

“The man bun looks like you didn’t try, but it was such a pain in the ass to grow,” Moroney says.

Buddha is the first trendsetter of the man bun, which dates back to sixth and seventh century BCE. Next came the Terracotta Warriors from third century BCE, according to Male Standard, a men’s online magazine. These warriors were among the armies of Qin Shi Haung, the first Emperor of China. Fast forward through the samurai time period to George Harrison in the ‘70s and you’ll find male groupies rocking the man bun hairstyle, too.

After the ‘70s, man buns were labeled as hippie hair until 2003 when David Beckham reinvented the bun to a slicked back hairstyle signifying game time.

So when did the man bun become what it is today? This look combines hipster and hippie with a nice beard or scruff to top it off. Similar to other fashion trends, the bun became popular when celebrity actors started to wear it. Take Ivan Vanko in 2010, playing Whiplash in Iron Man 2, who wore half his hair in a bun and the other half down to his shoulders with a clean-cut mustache and small beard. Then Tom Brady wore a similar quaff in 2011. After Brady, many other popular celebrities followed suit including Colin Farrell, Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Styles and that hottie strolling to class on campus.

Today, there are more than 26,000 posts with “#manbuns” on Instagram and more than 40 accounts dedicated to this style.

David Cooper, a graduate student from Overland Park, wears a full beard to compliment his man bun.

David Cooper, a graduate student from Overland Park, wears a full beard to compliment his man bun.

Bob Brandt, owner of Malls Barber Shop, says he thinks the man bun is “for the younger people of this time.” Brandt has owned the barbershop for 47 years. “They [hairstyles] come and they go,” he says. “We’ve had some we didn’t like and we cut them anyways.”

Jeffrey Brown, a barber at Malls Barber Shop, thinks the bun will be worn in Lawrence for another two years, but he will be happy to see it go. Just like any other hairstyle, people wearing man buns will look back in 15 years when they are in a professional job and wonder what they were thinking, he says.  

Hairstylist Alyssa Keberlein first noticed the style transforming from actors to college students about nine months ago. Keberlein’s not a fan of the style, though, which could be why she thought it would only stick around for another year. She said the man bun is not attractive and looks girly. Katie Thompson, a freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., says man buns frustrate her. “I don’t have much hair so it frustrates me when I see a guy with better hair than me.”

Contrary to Thompson, Natalie Schelbar, a freshman from Tulsa, Okla., says she loves the man buns. Schelbar said if she dated a guy with a man bun, she would make sure the two of them had matching buns.

Not all girls’ opinions of the bun are black and white, though. There is a fine line between a good man bun and a bad bun in my mind. A good man bun is defined by the his style. I, for one, am not a fan of the man bun in LFK worn by hipsters and hippies, but find it to be a sexy style among surfers in Australia.

I could never date a guy with a man bun unless he rocks the look with a surfboard in hand. The man bun in LFK looks like a lazy college look for guys who didn’t want to pay for a haircut. This looks says: “I woke up late for class and threw my hair up as I ran out the door.” If I was on the west coast and saw a man bun, I wouldn’t think twice about the look. Near any beach town, the man bun becomes a statement that says instead: “I wake up early to surf and don’t need hair in my face to catch a rad wave.”

If a guy wants to wear a man bun, he needs a strong, wide face with facial hair, says Monica Funk, a junior from Overland Park, Kan. She thinks the bun works on some guys and not on others.

Collectively, the challenge with buns seems to be having long enough hair. Christian Hardy, a sophomore from Derby, Kan., began growing out his hair 11 months ago. His hair now reaches the back of his collar but says he still struggles to put all his hair up. To compensate, he wears his hair half up, half down with gel on top and along the sides for a cleaner look, though occasionally he tosses on a hat to avoid dealing with the awkward length.

Brogan Moroney said he, too, went through many awkward stages and styles until reaching optimal length for a man bun. Moroney, like many, began with a buzz cut and let it grow from there.

“What you don’t know about man buns is you don’t just grow your hair, you have to cut it all the time,” he says. “So then I started getting a trim every couple months where basically they just cut the back so I wouldn’t get a mullet and then let the top grow and now it’s all even.”

It’s “been there, done that” for Mike Maicke, a junior from Chicago who regularly wears a compact man bun with minimal stragglers. Maicke said he didn’t know how to tie his hair when he began growing it out.

Mike Maicke, a junior from Chicago, sports his man bun on campus with a flannel and jeans.

Mike Maicke, a junior from Chicago, sports his man bun on campus with a flannel and jeans.

“It kind of took me awhile to get the routine down to do it myself, which is pretty embarrassing,” he says. “It’s something you should know how to do. But yeah, my hair was at an ideal length so after some practice I was just putting in beautiful buns daily right out of the shower.” Before learning how to do it himself, girls at bars would put his hair into a bun, he said. After about a month of practice, Maicke said he became used to putting it up and it now takes about 10 seconds to do.

Photos by Cassidy Ritter

                                                      Variations on the #manbun
This look is a combination of ‘70s hippie meets today’s hipster. It’s an unwashed, just rolled out of bed look generally accompanied by a beard and mustache. A typical man bun pairs nicely with a flannel and leather boots or jeans and a graphic, faded t-shirt.  
This is for the professionals—think red carpet Jared Leto at the 2014 Golden Globes. A slick man bun requires gel along the top, sides, and sometimes bottom of the bun to contain stragglers. Unlike the typical man bun, this style calls for a suit or nice button down shirt with sleek dress shoes.
This hairstyle may be hard to find around Lawrence, but it’s still part of the man bun family. This look is the reverse mullet—it’s all about party in the front (or top if you will) and seriousness in the back. Take a one or two length buzz cut along the sides and back leaving long hair up top. To style, use gel to slick the top in hair in place and create a clean cut bun with no stragglers.
This seems to be a popular look, but provides more of a challenge for men. Brogan Moroney once wore the braided man bun for a KU football game but says it’s not something he could do regularly even though he received compliments galore. Mike Maicke says, “I love the progressiveness in our society with the male hair so I guess I’m a big supporter of that. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to perfect the braid that might be a little bit out of my skill level. But if you have the right hair and the right slight of hand and can do it on your own then that’s something you should go for.” If you see this look, congratulate the guy rocking it because he put in extra effort this morning.


















Campus Q&A

By Chiaki Tomimatsu

You might recall when Style on the Hill introduced a trendy new hairstyle called the man-braid a few weeks ago. Does that mean the man bun is a thing of the past? The answer is no. Here’s James and Shane, two KU students, to share their experiences with the man-bun.

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Why did you choose to have a man bun?

James: “Do you know Jon Bellion? Because of him. Also, it makes me feel pretty.”

Shane: “I chose to have a man bun because I enjoy many aspects of having long hair. Buns are a good way to style long hair and very convenient in most situations. Also girls really dig man buns!”

How long have you been growing your hair?

James: “The top part, over a year.”

Shane: “I got a haircut about two and a half months ago to switch to the undercut man bun I have now. Before that I had a regular man bun for about half a year. It takes about a year for my hair to grow long enough to put it in a bun.”

When do you tie your hair in a bun?

James: “All the time except for when I go to bed.

Shane: “Right now I have it in a bun about 50 percent of the time and wear headwear the other 50 percent. When I had a full man bun I wore my hair down much more.”

Do you like having a man bun?

James: “I do, I like being referred to as the man bun guy.”

Shane: “I really enjoy having a man bun. It lets me express myself and isn’t as plain as other haircuts.”

Photos by Emma Creighton

Dejembe is for joy: A tribal beat for KU


By Erica Staab 

It’s a Monday night and about ten people are gathered in a semi-circle, each with a tribal drum between their knees. Their hands slap the head of the drums, playing along with the director, Dylan Bassett, in a warm up that sounds more like a heartbeat than an exercise. The rhythm transports us from the stuffy practice room in Murphy Hall on the University of Kansas campus, to a far away country in West Africa. This is where the music and drums being played originated from.

“Slap tone tone, slap tone tone,” Bassett says in a voice just loud enough to be heard over the drum beat, instructing the group on the rhythms and songs to practice next.

The African Drum Ensemble at KU, known as ADEKU, performs on campus to bring a sense of community to students and beyond. You may have heard their tribal sound at a Hawk week event, or danced to the rhythms at the annual KU Dance Marathon, where they perform every year. ADEKU was founded in 2007 by Khalid El Hassan, the Associate Director of the Kansas African Studies Center, through a grant from Chancellor Hemenway. The ensemble plays music from three main areas in West Africa: the ancient empire of Mali, Wolof of Senegal and Ghana.

This year, the group consists of around twenty members. There are two sections within the larger group, an advanced group for those who have experience playing, and a beginner group for those who might not have ever touched a drum before.

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The drums, ornate and earthy, are called djembes. They are held between the knees and played with the fingertips and palm. There are also the dunun and the djabara, both of which are slightly larger and are played with a mallet. These are the drums from the ancient empire of Mali. Wolof of Senegal and Ghana have drums of their own that the group also plays.

“Traditionally, these drums were played by tribal members in order to celebrate different occasions,” said Kimberly Simonetti, a KU graduate. All the rhythms have their original purposes. Some were played at weddings and ceremonies. Others were part of a right of passages.”

One traditional rhythm the group plays originates from the dance of the strong men in North East Guinea, Bassett says. When two young men within a tribe had an issue with one another, they could get together and fight it out. This particular rhythm was played while they fought. Now, this ceremonially piece is played at parties and other gatherings to dance to, he says.

Traditional West African music isn’t written down, it is passed down from generation to generation. This is still how much of the music is learned and spread across the world today. Drummers travel to West Africa and watch others playing the rhythms in order to learn them for themselves. Traveling to West Africa and seeing rhythms that were familiar and learning new rhythms was an inspiring experience for both Bassett and Simonetti. Bassett took videos of his own to help the group here at KU learn more of the traditional rhythms.

One of the original meanings of the word djembe means to come together in peace, Bassett says. Playing together is a way for people to come together authentically. “It hits you in a deep place when you are playing music together. It speaks in a way words can’t speak.”

This music is for everyone
At the beginning of each semester, interested students are encouraged to stop by and participate in a class. No matter what your experience level is, this group welcomes you in. If you are interested in joining, make sure to come to the first meeting of each semester. After that, new members are no longer accepted.

Leah Stockton, a freshman minoring in African Studies from San Antonio, Texas discovered ADEKU while browsing the different KU clubs related to Africa. She had no prior instrumental instruction before wandering into the first ADEKU rehearsal of this semester. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be any good at it at all,” Stockton says. “I don’t want to say it was easier than I thought, but I was able to do it.”

Learning a new lick takes time and repetition. The group’s hands fumble as they try to get it down. But when the rhythm comes together, it’s a powerful sound. “When you play it’s relaxing, but you’re also focusing really hard,” Stockton says. “And once you fall into the rhythm it just feels really good.”

Along with beginners, the group also has a place for advanced drummers to really get their groove on and learn new skills and techniques.

A well seasoned percussionist, Donovan Miller, a KU sophomore from Woodbury, Minn., says a friend of his got him involved in the group. He has been playing drums since he was 3 years old.
“Drums are just fun,” he says.

Watching Miller play, you can see his passion as his body is overcome by the beat and he dances along. As the group strikes the drums, their whole bodies seem to be engulfed by the sound. The connection with the rhythm is palpable as the players smile and laugh with each other. When the song ends, there is nothing but joy and quiet as the last reverberations settle.

“Djembe is for joy,” Bassett says with a smile on his face.

Heard on the Hill



  • “Taste that Kansas City cock in your mouth New York. It tastes like barbecue.”
  • “Who needs sleep when you can overdose on coffee?”
  • “She’s kind of cute I guess if you’re into trolly bitches.”
  • Girl: “My blood’s pumping beer at this point.”
    Guy: “Isn’t that a normal thing?”
    Girl: “It has been since last night.”​
  • “Of course they bring out brownies on day 1 of my diet.”
  • “I feel like you would have fun in a room by yourself.”
  • “I need four shots of Crown and four shots of something free.”
  • “We don’t give out free shots…”
  • “Acid, man.”
  • “These squirrels are way too fucking comfortable. At this point I could bend over and pet one.”
  • “Oh, I’m getting stressed, time to take my shirt off.”
  • “Freshmen keep you young.”

Playlist: Halloween Party



Get the vibes right with our latest staff curated playlist. It’s the perfect mix of Halloween and party, featuring classic themes like “Time Warp” from Rocky Horror, and modern pop with a creepy feel, like “Beggin For Thread” by Banks. We’ve got you covered this Halloween. Be sure to follow us on Spotify to keep up with the latest playlists!

Halloween Party Playlist

Street Style: Black and Gold


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Anna Balimero / East Asian Studies

Photos by Ikeadi Ndukwu

Stull Cemetery: Gateway to Hell?


Not far from Lawrence lies the sleepy little town of Stull. It’s here that a small, seemingly inconsequential cemetery sits on a quaint hill. A typical Kansas sight, if you will. But legend has it that Stull Cemetery is one of the seven gateways to Hell. Our staff photographers went to capture the creepy setting to get in the scary spirit just in time for Halloween.

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Photos by Skyler Lucas.

Supposedly there is a sealed staircase descending into Hell located somewhere in Stull Cemetery. It’s said that the staircase can only be opened on Halloween and the spring equinox. But once you descend into Hell…you can never return!

Halloween Must Watch Movies


Halloween is just days away! We’re getting into the spooky spirit over at Style on the Hill, brainstorming our costumes and watching scary movies. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Tell us what you’re watching this Halloween (if you’re not watching the Royals World Series game) and tag us on social media! We’re @styleonthehill.

Compiled by Holly Kulm
Graphic by Hannah Pierangelo

Street Style: Back to the Future


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Photos by Ikeadi Ndukwu

Heard on the Hill



  • “Is it a bad thing that I like this trash can more than most people? It’s just so metallic and personable.”
  • “You’d really need a shotgun to fuck up that pumpkin.”
  • “I’m starting my YouTube channel soon. You should star as my slutty girlfriend who comes on every so often.”
  • “I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get to the real world and I can’t take a nap every day.”
  • “College is mostly just sitting with a laptop in different places.”
  • ​”Welcome to rock bottom, I’ll be your tour guide.”
  • “I might need therapy to adjust back to real life after college.”
  • “I forgot that I was supposed to enroll today, so I might just drop out instead.”
  • “I didn’t know what Kansas was until like, junior year of high school.”
  • “She overdosed and then I texted her the next day asking if she knew where I could get drugs. Is that too aggressive?”
  • “In high school I would drink water everyday. Now being in college, I drink vodka.”

It Never Goes Away: Sexting Outlets Lack Security



By Logan Schlossberg

Ashlee, a student at the University of Kansas, was sending a nude photo of her entire body via Snapchat to her boyfriend while he was out of town. She accidentally put the photo on her “Snapchat Story” which is a public photo and video collage that disappears in 24 hours. The photo was up for about 15 minutes until she realized her mistake and deleted it.

“I was mortified to say the least,” she says.

According to a study by the University of Rhode Island, almost all college students are sexting.

“I don’t think sending nude photos is a new phenomena but the technology we have today makes this ability easier and unfortunately some of the technology can give you a delusion of safety,” says Jonathan Peters, journalism professor at KU. “You just aren’t as safe as you think you are.”

When a nude photo is sent through Snapchat or even an iMessage/SMS text message, that photo is archived somewhere. According to Peters, with Snapchat it is saved on a server, and through text messages it is saved somewhere within your phone carrier. So when you think your photo disappears on Snapchat, it really does not.


“I think it’s really common for a college kid to think their risqué picture is actually disappearing when they send it to someone on Snapchat,” says Theresa Murphy, a senior from Kansas City. “This is why I don’t send nude pictures. It seems too risky.”

Cell phones are not the only technological devices to worry about when it comes to nude pictures. Cyber security is not as secure as one might think. Now that we have things like iCloud and Dropbox, nude photos can be saved into hard drives on computers that people do not even know about.

“Say you took a nude video or photo on your MacBookPro and you want to delete it off of your computer,” Peters says. “That video still exists on your hard drive even when you drag it to ‘trash’ and then click ‘clear trash’. When you delete, the file itself doesn’t go away until you overwrite that same file up to 30 to 40 times with a different file.”

With safety issues in the technological aspect of sexting, experts find that, in terms of sexual health, there is no correlation between risky sexual behavior and sexting. It can, however, become a problem if your nude photos are leaked. This is where getting a job could become harder if potential employers see or find out about the photos.

Even issues with mental health can come into play.

Taking a photo for yourself or for your partner is done intentionally, with you setting the parameters for how that photo or photos are going to be used,” Jenny McKee, health educator at the University of Kansas, says.  “When those photos are in the wrong hands, it can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety.  It can also cause a great deal of shame and self-blame.”


Bottom line: college students probably aren’t going to stop sexting. If you choose to do so, consider the following:
-Do not put your face in the photo
-Omit added features on your body like tattoos or piercings
-Do not take the photo with a background that is recognizable
-Make sure you are sending the photo to the correct person

Photos by Abby Liudahl

Street Style: Golden Glasses


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Mollie Hanselman / Graphic Design

How would you define your style?
Casual and comfortable. I really like loose fitting clothing.
What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall, because I can wear lots of layers and it’s not too cold out so I can still wear skirts.
Where do you like to shop at?
Urban Outfitters, H&M, and The Garage
Photos by Abby Liudahl

Heard on the Hill



  • Girl: “Don’t let me do anything stupid in Vegas this weekend.”
    Friend: “Define ‘stupid.'”
    Girl: “Like, don’t let me make out with anyone. At max, heavy groping.”
  • “My family keeps asking me what I’m going to do with my life and, you know, I really just haven’t been able to give them an answer. It’s been years.”
  • Girl 1: “I don’t think I filed my taxes.”
    Girl 2: “You’re parents probably did.”
    Girl 1: “Good, I’m not made for prison.”
  • “I just killed all the fucking spiders. You don’t want to fuck with me right now.”​
  • Girl: “In 2011, I won prom queen and had the most volunteer hours and read every Harry Potter book.”
    Friend: “God I would have hated you in high school.”
  • “Man, it’s hard being ugly.”
  • “I made my best Jim Halpert face at an imaginary camera when I saw her walk into the class.”
  • Guy #1: “Ready to kill arms today?”
    Guy #2: “Hell yeah bro, the curl room’s callin’ our name!”
  • “Yeah I didn’t go to bible study last night because Scandal was on….priorities…I’ll probably go to Hell because of it.”
  • Girl: “How was class today?”
    Guy: “I had a pretty solid class today; I got two girls’ numbers so I’d say it went well.”

Bring on the Braid


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We’re all too familiar with the man-bun trend that’s been taking over lately. But who needs buns when you can do braids?

Men with short hair can opt for small french braids to accent their stylish cuts or pull longer hair out of the way. Of course, long hair looks great with a braid too. We grabbed some handsome gentlemen to be our models, and styled their hair into one of our favorite new trends—the man braid.



Colin Murphy / Aerospace Engineering


Austin Hofmann / Computer Science


Jared Bohaty / Mechanical Engineering



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How do you feel about the man braid?

Austin: “I think man braids are interesting. I think people have always connected braids, and pretty much any “more-than-just-gel” hairstyle, with a feminine connotation, so seeing this rise in popularity is entirely inviting for a whole new demographic. I love it.”

Colin: “As an idea, I’m intrigued. Looking at it on hair models, it isn’t bad, but I’m definitely a skeptic to how long this will hold out.”

Jared: “It’s an odd style. I don’t know why men wore it hundreds of years ago and I’m not sure why we’re starting to now.”

Did you like how it turned out for you? Is this a style you might consider trying for casual, day-to-day wear?

Austin: “I only got to briefly see. I enjoyed the new look and it gave me ideas. I probably wouldn’t wear the hairstyles daily, but I am inspired to recreate it.”

Colin: “Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe if my hair was longer to do different styles, or something more subtle, but right now I’m definitely not sold on this becoming the next big style. For me, It seemed like a lot of effort for casual use, and a little flashy for my tastes.”

Jared: “It looks kind of neat but my hair is way too short to do anything fancy with it. I won’t be wearing a man braid any time soon because I prefer to keep my hair short. Plus, it seemed like a lot of work for another person to do, so I can’t imagine doing it myself.”

Do you think this a passing trend, or do you see it having some longevity in the future? Keep in mind that man-buns seem to have stuck.

Austin: “I think it’ll be one of those ‘why didn’t we think of this earlier?’ [moments]. Without being political, I think people finally integrating non-traditional practices opened the floodgates for new hairstyles.”

Colin: “It seems like this trend is a flashy imitation of the man-bun without as much substance. Part of what makes the man-bun work is how effortless and easy it is, but the braid is flashy, and a lot of work. Braids that imitate current hair trends, like an undercut french braid or a man-braid bun might gain some fleeting popularity, but as a whole, I would pin this as something that we’ll be over in a matter of months.”

Jared: “I think this will be more of a passing trend than the bun. The bun seems pretty easy to do, but having to braid your hair daily looks like it would get really tedious really fast.”

Styled by Emma Creighton

Photos by Ikeadi Ndukwu

LFK’s Best Kept Secret? Pie.


Pie display

By Cassidy Ritter

Ladybird Diner, at 721 Mass. St., is known for its specialty pies. We went behind the scenes with Ladybird bakers to see how the magic happens.

Walking into Ladybird Diner, I am welcomed by smiling faces, upbeat music and loud chattering throughout the room. To my left is a white bar with red, circular stools. Waitresses gracefully slide from the bar to tables throughout the room. I’ve walked into a 70s diner with a modern day twist.

Homemade pie is one of the life’s simple delicacies many people take for granted. That is, until you are a college student who no longer gets the luxury of homemade meals much less homemade pie. Luckily, this is what Ladybird is known for.

Ladybird was closed for almost five months after a fire ripped through the diner on March 3, 2015. Megan Heirford, owner of Ladybird, says the thought of staying closed never entered her mind. The diner reopened on August 13, 2015 bringing customers new and old through the door. “This time around I’m blown away by how people must have really missed it because we are selling more pies than ever.”

Once introduced to the staff, I am led downstairs to an unfinished hallway with a bright white room at the end. This is where the pie magic begins. Heirford introduces me to two bakers. They will show me the ins and outs of crafting the perfect homemade pie.   

On the weekends Ladybird serves about 600-700 customers and goes through about 250 pies a week. “We just fly through pies,” says Heirford. “There are some days we’re throwing them in the oven as quickly as we’re selling them. We run out of a flavor or two a day.”

Due to the high demand for pie, Ladybird bakes 45 pies at a time. “We start with frozen butter and keep everything as cold as we can,” says Heirford. The frozen butter is mixed into the dough and individually wrapped into 11-ounce portions, says Chris Shaw, baker at Ladybird. The dough then freezes for two to 12 hours while the filling is made.

Cherry filling

“You can’t just whip out a pie really,” says Heirford. “When you’re talking about dough if what you want is a result that’s going to be flaky but still have good structure then it needs to not be overworked and not rushed so things need to stay cold. So we start with really cold ingredients.”

Megan Lees, baker at Ladybird, mixes frozen fruit, cornstarch and about 14 cups of sugar over a conduction burner. When this mix begins to bubble the smell of sweet strawberries, rhubarb or cherry fills the air. Lees says this is about a 45-minute process.

Once the filling is cooled, the frozen dough is rolled out and placed in a pie tray. The filling is then added and crust is delicately placed on top of the colorful filling. The pie is then placed in the freezer overnight. The next morning the pie is placed in a 400-degree oven for 40 minutes ready to be served by 8 a.m.

Adding pie topping

Ladybird offers six to eight pies at a time, but has 50 pie variations. “One day it’s cherry rhubarb, and the next it’s blueberry rhubarb, and then it’s strawberry rhubarb,” says Heirford. “So it all kind of circles around this core group of fruits and custard bases that we work from but we combine them different ways so that it stays lively.”

Eric Pahls, senior from Beloit, Kan., visited Ladybird with his mother for a Sunday brunch that promised huge portions, a home cooked meal and a pie with a twist. Pahls ordered a slice of the Brown Butter Whisky pie topped with fluffy whip cream.

“I actually got a couple pieces and still have one in my refrigerator and I’m just waiting for a time where it’s socially acceptable to eat it,” he says.

The pie was “euphoric,” he says. The texture is similar to that of a pumpkin pie, but not as thick, and the sweet caramel taste is balanced well with the bitter whisky. Pahls says he’s had classic homemade pies before, like cherry and apple, but never anything like this.  

Ladybird Diner

Aside from their famous pies, Ladybird offers an assortment of food ranging from breakfasts, burgers, and home cooked meals like pea-less chicken pot pie, doughnuts and hand-dipped milkshakes.

A piece of advice around town: “Get there early, they run out of pie.”

Photos by Cassidy Ritter

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