Entries Tagged as 'Life on the Hill'

Heard on the Hill

11.10.2016

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  • “How do I tell a boy that I care about KU basketball more than him?”
  • “Your slipping sounds like a dog is slurping.”
  • “There’s so much red. It’s like my period and I hate it.”
  • “He does meth; he doesn’t want vegetables.”
  • “Zombie movies are bad influence on people.”
  • “It’s Halloween, someone has to die.”
  • “I just want to tell him ‘Hey, you’re cool and all but we should just be friends so I can date your brother.’”
  • “Your penance is to say 7 Hail Mary’s and go to Burger Stand.”
  • “Call me…piglet.”
  • “Embryos are cool and stuff.”

LFK Coffee Guide for Beginners: Alchemy Coffeehouse & Decade

11.09.2016

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By Elias Medici

Coffee is indeed a drug. Could you go to rehab for it? I believe you should. College students suffer the addiction, cringing for more while the night owl stays up late staring aimlessly on blackboard to decipher whether to finally start studying or keep wasting more money on Amazon. However, coffee does have its positive perks, one in particular being a social remedy practiced in the vast jungle of Lawrence’s exquisite coffee spots.

Let’s play the name game. When I provide a word, allow your brain to trigger its first response immediately to it. Okay? Okay. The first word is “mosquito.” You most likely thought of the word “bite,” or, “Malaria/Zika virus” to show-off your political relevance. Now, let me provide the word relating to this article’s purpose, “coffee shop.” What did you think? It was most likely “hipster,” and, yes, that is an accurate connection. Typically, this is a pre-cautionary signal to most people. But, these unique coffee spots are not just for the hipster breed; they are actually fun and cool!

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Alongside my sidekick photographer Maggie, our first spot was Alchemy Coffee & Bake House on 19th and Massachusetts St. The little shop is located in a petite plaza with a narrow driveway and a huge parking lot that fits up to three cars. We were forced to park, illegally, at a residential lot not far from it. However, there is available parking across the street; we were just lazy.

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The aroma walking in reminded me of a hookah lounge that had a baby with a nursery that lacked any plants. The space is tight with a small corridor in the back for food, a center with tables, and a main counter for coffee on the final side. All these intricate instruments were displayed and, to my surprise, there was no menu. I know what you’re thinking at this point, “Wow, that oozes hipster,” but bear with me. The man read my mind and translated my visible feelings into a dynamic concoction that he called “mocha.” It was wonderful and cheaper than Starbucks. We proceeded to sit down at an empty table and enjoyed the atmosphere. People were friendly and completed homework assignments politely in their own manner. For some reason, five of the 16 people in the shop were wearing Christmas sweaters. Don’t say the H-word; it was probably just an accident. We both rated this quaint, unique shop a strong A grade.

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The next and final shop of our short tour was Decade, a coffee shop in the eastern section of Lawrence’s emerging art district. Thankfully, there was legal parking. The exterior had this architecture similar to a San Franciscan home with a tight landscape more than one story high. Walking in, we were greeted with a wooden staircase and a coat rack that immediately made me think of an Urban Outfitters entrance. Don’t say the word please. At the top, there were tables lined up and organized and people were smiling, completing their study. There were families with children, to my surprise, eating a light meal and enjoying coffee. On the walls were local art displayed and shelves full of ceramic and wooden works. The main counter was similar to Alchemy’s and had the diverse instruments that I could probably not pronounce a single one of their proper names correctly.

dsc_0148We ordered food this time, a $12 grilled cheese accompanied with tomato bisque topped with goat cheese. I ordered my second “mocha” and we sat down at the counter due to it being packed in the seating area. They also had a porch with a huge group of friends laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Definitely the outside area is a great place to hangout and chill, if it’s open. When we sat down, we were greeted with flash cards that had open-ended and extremely personal questions. We didn’t play it. By the time we were done munching, it was 30 minutes later. Upon leaving, I took the “In what ways are you a difficult person to have a relationship with?” flash card as a memory of our beautiful time at Decade. We rated it as well a strong A with a great emphasis on its social ability.dsc_0157

It’s highly recommended to unwind with some of your best pals at these shops whether it’s on the weekend or after class. Everyone needs a balance to his or her busy schedule, and this is a perfect way to counteract stress resulting from being productive. Can you get addicted to coffee? Yes, absolutely. Will there be a hipster at your planned visit to one of the two coffee shops mentioned? 100 percent there will. Will you have a wonderful time and enjoy yourself? I am positive of it. Take my word and go explore!

Photography by Maggie Russell

Heard on the Hill

11.03.2016

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  • “In my opinion, few things match a nice circumcision.”
  • “Is it really a spooky day if you haven’t eaten an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips?”
  • “I got to ride in a Subaru today. It’s always a good day when you get to ride in a Subaru.”
  • “If I drove right now, I’d get a DUI.” (Heard at 11.39 AM)
  • “I’m so ugly, I’m leaving.”
  • “That’s just how I generally feel, not dead but crusty.”
  • “Fuck, I wanna be white trash.”
  • “Drink jumbo margarita like a dog.”
  • “I have $10 on my face right now, I am not sweating that shit off at the gym.”
  • “I don’t know why my mom is never excited when I meet boys.”

WTF Is Up?! – More Gilmore Girls, More That’s So Raven, and more…more!

10.28.2016

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By Darby VanHoutan

Okay so yeah, I got food poisoning and broke my phone, but now I’m 5 pounds lighter and have an iPhone 7! Let’s look on the bright side. Here’s WTF happened everywhere else this week.

Oh…Snap!

Raven-Symoné released some big news this week. The actress and host is leaving “The View” before the end of the year. Oh wait, but there’s bigger news. She’s leaving the talk show in order to spend more time on the “That’s So Raven” spin off.

I know. Breathe in. Breathe out. Symoné will work as executive producer and actress (still portraying Raven Baxter). The show will feature Raven Baxter, older now as a single mother raising two children. One of the children discovers that they have visions. ~oh~. ~snap~. There’s no name or release date for the show yet, however it was Raven-Symoné herself that confirmed it on “The View”, calling the new show “That’s So Raven Two”. She’s working with both Disney and ABC and sounds like a very busy girl.

A Month Away from A Year of Gilmore Girls

Here’s a list of things to remember: November 27, Netflix, carry-out Chinese Food, the feels. Another vital thing is ~of course~ the return of Gilmore Girls. The show is picking up 10 years later with a four part event that will be released on Netflix on November 27. The series is titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

The Town of Stars Hollow website has been counting down via Countdown Clock last week with the following message:

What is this clock counting down to? We’re not sure! But we’ve seen such things around the world wide web and thought our site was equally deserving of some real state-of-the-art features. 

Please enjoy our brand new clock on the home page and join us when it hits zero to see what might happen. We have literally no clue how this works!

Well, surprise! The clock was counting down to a brand new trailer that debuted at 10 a.m. CST this past Tuesday. Spoiler alert: The trailer doesn’t disappoint and can be seen in full → here.

Bye Bye Vine

I personally spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through six-second-long videos on Vine in my younger years. I made truly hilarious videos in the halls of my high school that in all actuality, weren’t funny. It’s the thought that counts. However, in a press release issued on Thursday, the twitter-owned video sharing app announced some changes.

There will no longer be an actual Vine mobile application. They assured users that no content will be taken down and they will notify the public before any more changes. In the press release, they thank users and assure that more updates will be given via Twitter and their blog. In the meantime, please look off into the distance and have a moment of silence for all the Vines from 2013 to now that changed your life.

Not Everyone’s A Star, Mr. Trump

Ya know that exhausted, aggravated, petty feeling you get when watching anything involving the presidential election of 2016. Yes, the election is important and I am ecstatic to cast the ~frick~ out of my vote, but my brain just can’t handle it.

Well, someone was evidently feeling the same way this week. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating the vandalism of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was found vandalized completely on Wednesday with a suspected pickax. In translation, someone just couldn’t, even. They grabbed an ax and they went to town on the Republican nominee’s Hollywood star.

The LAPD has currently one suspect, James Lambert Otis, in custody on $20,000 bail. In an interview with CNN, Otis said he would sell the parts to the star and give the proceeds to the women accusing Trump of sexual assault.

Heard on the Hill

10.27.2016

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  • “I told Hillary Clinton ‘Happy Birthday’ before my sister”
  • “That sounds like a disease an Oompa Loompa would get.”
  • “Is Neil deGrasse Tyson the gay one from How I Met Your Mother?”
  • Person 1: “Wow, that’s a lot of money.”
  • Person 2: “Yeah, but not enough to buy a cousin.”
  • “She’s cute but that girl is a witch.”
  • “So, the gender neutral term for sugar daddy is glucose guardian and damn do I need one of those.”
  • Second time I saw her she just sat on my lap and showed me her herpes.”
  • “I would get a Ph.D. in Hawk wristbands.”
  • “You have the Vineyard Vines app? What does it do? Tell you cool things to say?”
  • “I’m starting to think Trump’s pulling a fast one on us.”

WTF Is Up?! – A Debate, A Documentary, and More!

10.21.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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There’s only one day left until Homecoming, a week until Halloween, and about a million weeks left until Christmas break. This doesn’t leave much time to stay updated so here’s WTF happened this week!

Goodbye Michelle/ Thanks Obama

It’s about that time. Imagine slow, sad, somber music playing (think “Good Riddance” by Green Day) as America’s favorite family leaves a giant white house. After almost eight years, President Barack Obama along with his family are due to leave the Washington D.C. very soon and T Magazine (The New York Times Style Magazine) documented the end of an era spectacularly.

First lady Michelle Obama is one of the cover stars of T Magazine’s “Greats” issue. Let me spoil it for you and let you know the FLOTUS is ~killing~ it. With perfectly shaped eyebrows, amazing bone structure, and an undeniably kick-ass way of doing things, Michelle Obama steals the show. Included in the issue are love letters (must-reads btw) written by Jon Meacham, Rashida Jones, Gloria Steinem, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Gloria Steinem describes Michelle as “a tall, strong, elegant and seriously smart woman who happens to live in the White House”.

The Documentary We’ve Been Waiting For

Variety magazine let the world know about some very exciting news this week. There is a documentary coming about America’s badass-sweetheart Cara Delevigne. The movie, titled “The Cara Project” was bought by Revolver Entertainment and will document Delevingne’s journey from model to actress.

Delevigne began acting in the 2015 movie “Paper Towns” after receiving TWO British Fashion Awards for “Model of the Year”. The actress/ model/ eyebrow goddess has also starred in “Pan” and most recently “Suicide Squad” with multiple more movies on the way.

There’s no release date or trailer yet, although Revolver Entertainment said it should be released in the United States and Canada in the next few months. I will no doubt purchase the first ticket.

FINALLY – The Last Presidential Debate

The last of the three 2016 Presidential debates took place this past Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wore an eggshell pantsuit and Republican nominee Donald Trump wore a red tie. I’m sorry but this is truly the most exciting stuff I can tell you. Topics discussed included: immigration, abortion, Russia, and the economy (which honestly neither of the candidates had cumulative ideas about). This served as the last time for the candidates to speak both directly to the public and face off against each other before the election on November 8. It was moderated by Fox News reporter, Chris Wallace, who was honestly unintimidated and effective.

There’s plenty of jokes to be made and snapchat filters to be added regarding the debate but also some ~freaking~ important issues being handled by one outsider elitist businessman and one qualified scandal-surrounded woman. There are many polls like CNN, CBS, and more have Secretary Clinton winning. However, Donald Trump himself tweeted at 3 a.m. that he won. Very ~reliable~.

Regardless of funniness of candidates or memes made with pictures of them – it’s important to remember one important thing: one of them will be making decisions FOR you in less than three months.

Bobby Shmurda

This past Wednesday, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda was officially sentenced to seven years in prison. Shmurda was first arrested in December of 2014 outside of a recording studio in Manhattan.

The rapper (arguably most famous for his song “Hot Nigga”) first accepted a plea in early September. However, he urged the judge to withdraw his plea in court on Wednesday saying he was forced by his attorney. The judge didn’t back down and carried out the September ruling.

Oh, and when the rapper was first arrested and his bail was set at $2 million, his record label (Epic Records) didn’t bail him out. In an interview with the New York Times the 22-year-old said, “When I got locked up, I thought they were going to come for me, but they never did”. Is that not some of the most depressing gangster stuff you have ever heard?

Heard on the Hill

10.20.2016

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  • “After this day, I just want my crack pipe.”
  • “Fuck yeah, T-Mobile is my homie.”
  • “Hot chocolate is coffee, right?”
  • “I’m pissed off, I’m gonna get a granola bar.”
  • “Kansas football is like my sex life.”
  • “You even wonder what human would taste like?”
  • “We’re not in England right now, you can’t just say that!”
  • “Don’t look at me in that tone of voice!”
  • “I wish Clay Aiken still made music.”
  • “I love sturdy, hefty ginger men. It’s a fucking fetish.”

WTF Is Up?! – A Dank New Show, A Flawless New Covergirl, and More!

10.14.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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Fall break is over and now we have to be ~productive~ and get ~focused~ and eat more than just our roommate’s leftover Pizza Shuttle. That doesn’t leave much time for staying informed so here’s a little update on WTF happened this week!

Martha & Snoop

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are having a dinner party and you’re invited. In August of this year, the duo announced that they would have a show. So I waited, and waited, and waited. After one trillion and half years of waiting, the release date has been announced and it is spookily close.

Their show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, airs on November 7. Are you kidding? That’s like tomorrow. It will debut on VH1 and has an accompanying (& notably quite lit) trailer that can be viewed → here.

Is Shailene Woodley an IRL Dauntless?

Actress Shailene Woodley demonstrated her kind of badass, real life qualities last Monday. In a two-hour-long Facebook livestream that has been viewed over 4.5 million time, Woodley peacefully protests the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (A pipeline that would aggressively hurt the lives of Standing Rock Sioux tribe).

BUT WAIT. At the end of the video, Woodley was arrested by police for trespassing. The heavily armored officers stopped Woodley on the way back to her mobile home. In the video they refuse to answer questions when Woodley asks why out of the hundreds of protesters they arrested her. ~Spoiler alert~: It’s cause you famous girly!

The actress has since broken her silence via Instagram.

Breaking Gender Stereotypes & Poppin’ Highlighter, Oh My!

James Charles. You may not recognize the name now but trust me, you will. Covergirl announced Charles as their first male Covergirl (a Coverboy if you will). He is scheduled to launch a new lash line they have coming out as well as lots of appearances in commercials. Let me tell you: the boy is 17 and shapes his eyebrows better than any human being I’ve ever seen.

Arguably, the first time the world heard of him is when he infamously re-did his school photos with a ring light to ensure his highlight would be poppin’. He uploaded ~this~ photo to Twitter and it went viral. The rest of his Twitter and Instagram accounts are filled with unique makeup looks that could more than likely make a blind man see again.

Trump’s Tapes

BREAKING NEWS: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said some dumb stuff, again. Of course at this point, this absolutely wouldn’t be newsworthy. However, I believe this one is worth noting due to the effects it’s had on the nominee. A recording of Trump in 2005 on an “Access Hollywood” bus has him saying derogatory things about the things he has and will do to women because he was famous. He is talking to reporter Billy Bush who laughed along. View the video/recording here.

During the second presidential debate, Trump said the eleven year old recording was just “locker room talk”, which is a statement so stupid I don’t even know how to insult it. Although many republicans stuck by him in his earlier statements, multiple senators and political officials aligned with the GOP are pulling their support. His own running mate said he didn’t condone the nominee’s comments and canceled all of his upcoming events with the campaign. Stay. Tuned.

 

 

Heard on the Hill

10.13.2016

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  • “I haven’t listened to modern music since 2013.”
  • Person 1: “Are you guys ready for Thanksgiving?”
  • Person 2: “I am, to eat mashed potatoes.”
  • “I’m the PCP of people.”
  • “Is it weird that I recognized that guy by his calves?”
  • “Last time I was in this bathroom I was snorting cocaine.”
  • “I love you more than Mormons love Diet Coke.”
  • “I just wanna burrow into the Earth right now, I just love nature, man.”
  • “I feel like every time I sneeze I’m burning brain cells.”
  • “Dog shit is usually a bad omen, man.”
  • “I’ll be right back, watch my ripstik. Watch that thing with your Goddamn life.”

WTF Is Up?! – Hurricanes, Robberies, and Rehab – oh my.

10.07.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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You have to take the wins with the losses. That’s what I learned this week after seeing six puppies right before shattering my iPhone. The world took some W’s and L’s this week too! Really, WTF happened this week?!

WTF Is Happening in Florida?

Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have been evacuated after warnings of a category 3 Hurricane Matthew. President Obama has issued an emergency declaration for the state of Florida. I’m not completely positive what this entails but it. Sounds. Spooky.

Hurricane Matthew was fatal to an estimated 100 people when it hit the Caribbean. On Thursday afternoon before the storm is set to hit, winds were already up to 140 mph. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has declared Florida coasts unstable and begged his residents to evacuate. “Do not surf. Do not go on the beach. This will kill you. There is no reason not to leave” said Scott on Thursday. Many news stations have an ongoing hurricane tracker to brace for when Matthew hits the United States.

Why Kid Cudi is Important

On Tuesday night Kid Cudi did one of the bravest things a human being can do. He admitted that he needed help. In a Facebook post, the rapper announced that he had checked himself into rehab for depression on Monday. Cudi starts the post talking about how difficult it was to find the words. “I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life. There’s a ragin’ violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it”, Cudi said in his post.

Throughout the entire post Cudi apologizes and thanks friends and fans that supported him. This is why it’s important. There is no need to apologize for a disease so why do people treat mental diseases differently? Cudi is brave and honestly, has some bangers. I hope for more bangers in the future. His website provides one clear message; “cudi. #brb”

Why Kim Kardashian is Important

It was late Sunday night/ early Monday morning when things got bad for television personality Kim Kardashian West. Kardashian West attended a Paris Fashion Week reception in Paris, France with bombshell sister Kourtney Kardashian. It was hours after the pair left the event that the world learned of Kardashian West’s robbery.

According to Paris officials Kardashian West was in her apartment (2 miles from the reception) alone when two men burst in. She was then bound, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint of nearly $9 million in jewels. Her husband Kanye West abruptly left the stage at his concert in Queens, as soon as he found out the news (obviously).

Kardashian West was unharmed but reportedly very shaken (obviously). The internet, of course, has since been petty. Petty AF. Millions have attacked her saying she asked for it in what she wears, what she puts on social media, and how she portrays herself. Lovely insight world! I’m no expert but in my humble opinion; no one asks/deserves to be bound, gagged, and robbed. Kardashian West hasn’t spoken out personally but was seen safely leaving for Los Angeles with husband and ~adorable~ offspring on Thursday.

Trump DC Gets Tagged

Republican Presidential nominee and all around deplorable Donald Trump recently has a new hotel in the works in Washington D.C. I know. BREAKING NEWS. It gets better. On Saturday afternoon the construction site was found covered in graffiti saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice, No Peace’. Authorities have made no arrests and the sites have since been covered with plywood. Plywood. Of course, because makeshift coverings of activism will cover up a world-wide movement for equality. View pictures → here.

Heard on the Hill

10.06.2016

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  • “OMG you’re like the wife I never wanted.”
  • “This may be weird, but I love to hustle people.”
  • Person 1: “It was a brown cigarette.”
  • Person 2: “It was a joint.”
  • “She never had kids, but she did have polio.”
  • “Dude, if this was a carnivorous forest all the trees would eat us.”
  • “The drunkest I’ve ever been was on Ash Wednesday.”
  • “I feel like I need to tell my mom I skipped class.”
  • “I know the song ‘Bounce it’ by Juicy J is describing his observations at a strip club, but with my eyes closed and headphones on, it makes me feel like my dreams will come true.”
  • “Why don’t you shit someone else’s pants for a change?”
  • Person 1:“What’s the difference between three cups of jungle juice and four cups of jungle juice?”
  • Person 2: “The hospital.”

 

Seeing Red: KU Strives to Increase Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

10.01.2016

By Ellie Milton

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From the moment college freshmen step on campus, they are warned about the dangers of rape and sexual assault. We have all heard the statistics; one in five college women will be raped by the time they graduate, and that number shrinks to one in three when you consider women in Greek sororities. But what many college students aren’t aware of is what’s known as the Red Zone. The Red Zone is the first six weeks of the semester; studies have shown that this is the time where freshmen women are most likely to be raped.

As an incoming freshman, the allure of fraternity parties and bars is almost constant; many students have never experienced a “party” scene, and are eager to explore the wonderful world of Natty Light and Franzia, while other students are more experienced but still want to have some good old-fashioned college fun. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going out on a weekend; contrary to what many individuals seem to suggest, sexual assault is not caused by excess drinking (I’m looking at you, Brock Turner). Unfortunately, many sexual predators will use alcohol and drugs as a weapon against a potential victim. Everyone has heard the rules; don’t let your drink out of your sight, never accept a drink from someone, watch your drink being poured, the list goes on and on. The idea of college students drinking has never been the problem, it is the predatory environments in which the drinking takes place.

Of course, not every single fraternity house is breeding rapists; rape is the fault of only one person, and that is the rapist themselves. However, when there is little to no repercussions for rapists, the act is almost encouraged simply because one can get away with it. A 2007 study conducted by Loh et.al. showed that fraternity members are three times more likely to rape.   So what is KU doing to educate its students about the red zone? The university has implicated several programs and campaigns to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus such as the “My Cup is Not My Consent” and “Jayhawks Love Consent” campaigns as well as Panhellenic/IFC sexual assault education. The Panhellenic Association has implicated a program called CARE sisters, a group of Greek women that are trained to provide support and education for fellow Greek women. Additionally, every KU student is required to take an Alcohol Edu class and a sexual assault education online program before the second semester.

No matter the amount of awareness and education provided by the university, rape and sexual violence on campus still happen at alarming rates. The Red Zone may soon be coming to a close, but that unfortunately does not mean that sexual assault will cease to occur. In the semesters to come, it is incredibly important to raise awareness and provide increased education to those on campus. Until the “one in five” statistic has been demolished, sexual assault will remain a huge threat on every college campus and requires attention throughout the school year, not just during the red zone time.

WTF Is Up?! – Rihanna in Fashion, Drake in Film, Emma Watson at the UN, & More!

9.30.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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It’s here. It’s Friday. To celebrate, you should pet a few dogs, chug a margarita (or seven) and find out WTF happened this week!

Drake’s Acting Returns

Drake gave us serious flashbacks to his Degrassi days this week. I don’t mean that he goes by Aubrey again or is returning for another season. I mean that he released his anticipated short film Please Forgive Me on Apple music. Of course, I’m a petty girl and don’t pay for Apple music, so I only have a few details. The director, Anthony Mandler, who previously worked with Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and more, was inspired after listening to the album Views. A little over 30 minutes long, the video follows a very dramatic Drake through desserts while songs like “Controlla” and “One Dance” play. I’ll watch it once one of my glamorous friends lets me borrow their Apple Music account. Watch it for yourself → here.

Emma Watson Gets Real AF

Last week well known actress and badass Emma Watson took the stage at the United Nations to introduce a plan called “He for She 10X10X10 Impact Report”. This plan encapsulates a strategy to address sexual assault on college campuses. The campaign itself is set out by 10 universities, including 10 heads of state, 10 global CEOs, and 10 university presidents (Hence all the 10’s in the name). According to Watson’s speech at the UN, it will establish concrete goals to not only help eliminate sexual assault at universities but create more welcoming environments to learn and live as well.

In her speech, Watson discussed her experience at her own University of Brown and what kinds of positive things they’re doing. Like in many cases, Watson recognized that just because her university experience was positive and accepting, it didn’t mean that other people were experiencing the same things. She described that universities can serve as catalysts for positive change and more accepting practices to help address the problem of sexual assault instead of the more common tactic of sweeping it under the rug altogether.

The “He for She” campaign was first started in 2014 by the UN Goodwill Ambassador Watson herself. However, due to the fact that sexual assault is being characterized as something that isn’t actually assault, Watson made her way back to the UN stage to speak on behalf of these two years after the introduction.

The Chainsmokers Do It Again

Okay – I’ve had my fair share of mixed feelings for The Chainsmokers. However, the new song they released this past Thursday titled “All We Know” is. my. jimmy-jam. They announced their new song via Twitter and it rose to #16 on iTunes within four hours. I’ll be honest and tell you I don’t completely know what the song is about because all I know about the song is that ~beat~. The song features vocals from Phoebe Ryan and Andrew Taggart. I know what you’re thinking, “does Chipotle take Beak-Em-Bucks?”. The answer is yes. To answer another question I’m sure you’re wondering, Andrew Taggart is ½ of The Chainsmokers duo and also sang in their last hit called “Closer”.

You can find the song on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and whatever else you use for music and utilize it for all your pre-gaming needs. Trust me. You won’t regret it.

Netflix Does It Again

A new show was released by Netflix this week. I know. They have to stop creating all these bangin’ shows so I have more time to focus on my studies. However, the new documentary Audrie & Daisy is completely worth putting aside time for. The show follows the stories of two teenage girls from separate sides of America (California and Missouri) who experienced tireless bullying as a result of sexual abuse situations. It will make you want to cry, scream, and hurt no matter how old you are or what sex you identify with or how much homework you’re procrastinating on to watch it. View the trailer → here.

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I doubted Rihanna. That was my first mistake. On Thursday the superstar, singer, and model reinforced her other title – fashion designer. Only 12 days ago, Rihanna (serving as creative director of Puma’s women’s division) announced she would debut her newest collection at Paris fashion week. Well, ~bravo~ Ri-Ri, bravo. The 2017 Spring/Summer collection for Fenty x Puma had it’s show on Wednesday September 28.

The show was live streamed (for free) by the music streaming site (owned by Jay Z), Tidal. It was held at a rather genius location of a grand hotel accessible to everyone. The collection was full of pastel versions of oranges, greens, purples, blues, and more. The clothing included staples for everyday, like sheer sweatpants, platform sneakers and distressed hoodies. Rihanna herself described the collection as “Marie Antoinette at the gym”. Oh yeah and Rihanna wore one of her own designs to the show as well – a floor length pink ensemble that nearly brought me to tears. Duly noted my Queen, I will never doubt you again.

Heard on the Hill

9.29.2016

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  • “I don’t believe in parking tickets.”
  • “So is this a drug company? Oh, wait no, cos it’s not Missouri.”
  • “I’m dancing so hard, my butt has left my body.”
  • “Last night I came home from the bars and had a full steak dinner.”
  • “Everything’s better when it’s lit.”
  • “I would vote for Kristin Chenoweth for president before anyone else.”
  • “Hopefully this flash drive doesn’t have any porn on it, but nowadays you really can’t be surprised.”
  • “I made out with a guy last night and he looked like my brother.”
  • “And she just pulled her retainer out of her boob.”
  • “Is it acceptable to go to dollar night in a matching sweatsuit?”

WTF Is Up?! – Another Hashtag, The Divorce Heard ‘Round The World, & More!

9.23.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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I may have slept through my alarm on three different occasions this week but who’s counting? The W’s outweigh the L’s and now I just need to catch up on WTF happened this week!

A 4th Grade Teacher Restores Your Faith in Humanity

In the midst of a mental breakdown at the Underground on Tuesday, I did what I do best. I exited out of the stuff I was supposed to be working on and got onto Facebook. It was here amidst the procrastination that I discovered Mr. Reed.

A first year teacher in Chicago, Dwayne Reed, created a ‘Welcome’ video to his incoming 4th grade students. In the video Reed demonstrates the riveting things his class will take part in during 4th grade like: history, science,  and mathematics. He also raps about his style, love for pizza and excitement to meet his (lucky, blessed, fortunate, etc.) 4th grade class.

I’ll let you know that I’m not exaggerating when I say that I will pre-game to this uplifting, life-changing rap. After watching the inspirational video at least five times in a row, I even felt motivated enough to finish my homework.

Love Isn’t Real – (Evidence Included)

I’ve never been 100% sure of whether real love exists in the world, but after what happened on Monday I’m on the side of the skeptics. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt. The two of them, although technically being together since 2004, have been married since August of 2014. (Remember the flawless wedding where Jolie had a veil covered in doodles done by her kids? *sigh*)

There aren’t many details regarding reasons behind the divorce. According to TMZ, the first source to leak the news, the main reason is just unsolvable differences between the two. Obviously love is cool and I’m sure sometimes marriages are pretty cool and 100% of the time couples, even mega-admired, mom & dad, indestructible, power couples, don’t need to give other people a single reason for their separation. Jolie is also requesting physical custody of their six children and visitations from Pitt.

Most importantly, let’s remember that this event occurred while Mercury was in retrograde and so the situation may never make sense to anyone.

Gigi (Bad B!tch) Hadid

Model Gigi Hadid was legitimately swept off her feet this weekend, during the Max Mara event at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday. While strutting away from the show with model/sister Bella Hadid and weaving between paparazzi, Gigi was grabbed from behind and picked up by a random muggle who was then elbowed in the face and chased by the model. It’s about as amazing to hear about as it is to watch.

Of course society then attacked the model for doing what people tell young women to do everyday – defend themselves. The Sun newspaper tweeted a story about the incident with the headline “NOT MODEL BEHAVIOR: Gigi Hadid aggressively lashes out and ELBOWS fan in the FACE after he tries to pick her up.” This tweet was later amended, most likely after they realized “oh wait…why am I using caps lock so often?” or “Wait maybe the focus shouldn’t be on a defensive model but instead the random civilian who picked up a 21-year old off the ground while she was leaving her place of work?”

Hadid took to Twitter herself saying that “ I had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot think he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho”.

WTF Is happening in OK & NC

Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police on Tuesday. Scott was shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina after being forced to exit his car while sitting outside the residence of another individual who was set to be served a warrant. According to police, after he was approached (for apparently just sitting in his car) the police asked him to exit the vehicle and drop his weapon. According to Scott’s family, he was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school at his bus stop. The city of Charlotte has been in a state of constant protests every night since the incident.

Terence Crutcher was killed by police on Friday September 16. Crutcher was shot by the police in Tulsa, Oklahoma after officers were called to the scene of a car blocking a road. When officer Betty Jo Shelby arrived, Crutcher interacted with her in a scene that was recorded from four different angles. Although all the concrete details of the case are not evident, the details available are the videos showing Shelby shooting an unarmed Crutcher. Shelby was immediately put on a paid leave before being charged with first-degree manslaughter on Thursday evening. According to Shelby, the fact that Crutcher was unarmed was not evident to her and she felt in fear of her life.

This is where it becomes necessary for an opinion to be had. The issue isn’t going anywhere. The hashtags aren’t going anywhere. That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you see a video of a man being shot to death isn’t going anywhere. Research things. Talk to the people around you. Find out the insecurities and un-easiness your peers may be feeling around you that you may not even be aware of. This situation has gone past the stage of WTF.

A Thank You Card to Shawn Mendes

I may indeed be the only 19 year old who consistently listens to Shawn Mendes and announces it to people but in the hopes that I’m not, let me tell you some exciting news – Shawn Mendes has a new album. The first millisecond that it was available, I sat down and listened to it in it’s entirety and I would 10/10 recommend it to a friend. Mendes tweeted out a link to the album, which is available FREE on Spotify.

The album is titled Illuminate and was released by Mendes today. It contains a total of 12 songs including the hit Treat You Better released earlier this year that I KNOW you all jam to in your car when you think no one is watching. The album is filled with guitar, Mendes’ vocals, and ~all~ of the feels. Go ahead. Listen to it. No one will judge you. I support you. Do it.

Heard on the Hill

9.22.2016

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Heard on the Hill is back!

  • “Let’s play a game called ‘How lit can I get in a minute’.”
  • Person 1:“Is that a condom?”

          Person 2: “No it’s a beef ramen.”

  • “Stop being a bad bitch, go to bed!”
  • “I would pole dance for a pizza right now, just saying.”
  • “I really want to order something but I can’t read the menu because I never learned to read cursive.”
  • “I thought I lost my shirt. Then I realized I’m wearing it.”
  • “I think Michelle Obama’s kinda hot.”
  • “Can I use beak Em bucks at the liquor store?”
  • Person 1: “What are you up to tonight?”

          Person 2: Well, NBA 2k17 came out and I got ton of rice cakes, so that.”

  • “I sing the Greek alphabet when I run because it helps me concentrate.”

WTF Is Up?! – A Pitch-Perfect Wedding, An Essay by Knowles, and more!

9.16.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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A Powerful Essay by Solange Knowles
This past Sunday, activist, singer, and all around badass Solange Knowles published an essay on her website Saint Heron. Overall, the essay addressed the lack of comfort and acceptance of black families in predominantly “white spaces” and damn, it’s spot on. Although there are countless experiences that back up the fire-fueled sentences that Knowles writes, the essay was triggered by an experience her and her family had at the Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans, Louisiana this past weekend. Before the essay, Knowles documented the racism around her family at the concert with live tweets that she later removed.

One of these tweets was “I’m just going to share my experience … So that maybe someone will understand why many of us don’t feel safe … in many white spaces”. Documenting is exactly what the singer does. She explains how out of my altercations, a group of four white women threw food at Knowles, her 11-year old son, and her husband.

The essay is titled “And Do You Belong? I Do”.

WTF Is a Deplorable
This weekend, a presidential candidate made a comment that delivered a low-blow to the supporters of the opposite candidate. I know what you’re thinking….Donald Trump please stop being racist and homophobic! PLEASE JUST TAKE ONE WEEKEND OFF. However, it was Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that grouped together Trump supporters this weekend instead of the more common derogatory name-calling used be Republican nominee Donald Trump.

At the LGBT for Hillary Gala in New York City on Friday September 9, Clinton made the following statement: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Drumpf’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Then the world stopped. News outlets, Trump supporters, and that blonde woman that screams about things on facebook were all up in arms.

When I heard the news, I firstly had to look up what ‘deplorable’ meant. (BTW the definition is: causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad). I then sat back and thought, okay that’s a super cool word and I think I’m going to use it more often. After getting over my new found favorite word I went on to digest what Clinton had said.

Clinton has since issued a statement saying that she was probably too “grossly generalistic”. This apology for generalizing a group of supporters into a negative cluster is something that the Republican nominee himself has yet to do.

A Wedding to Make You Feel Aca-Single
I’m delivering you this news assuming that you are as basic as me and have seen and are passionate about the Pitch Perfect movies. Hoping that you are and moving on, let me tell you…two of the main characters just got hitched IRL.

Anna Camp (AKA the leader of the female a cappella group in the first movie that vomits all over everyone) and Skylar Astin (AKA the cute boy who’s the love interest of Anna Kendrick) got married this past Saturday and my heart completely disintegrated. Camp’s dress was strapless and designed by Reem Acra. She then gave everyone around the world a new reason to love her by changing into a life-changing, short, feather dress and gold sneakers. Multiple Pitch Perfect costars were in attendance Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow. The crew documented the entire thing via Instagram and the photographs are wholeheartedly worth seeing.

WTF Is Up?! – Brazil impeaches president, things get stranger, and more!

9.02.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

WTF-Darby

I paid my first rent, remembered to eat three meals a day, and managed to stay informed this week. Now, here’s a few happenings from the world for all! WTF happened this week?

 

2017 – Full of Stranger Things

Many people remember where they were when Michael Jackson’s death was announced or President Obama announced the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Me, on the other hand, I remember the exact moment I first saw Eleven – or Elle for short – on my television.

 

The Netflix original series Stranger Things debuted this summer, and the world has never been the same. The show follows some ~spooky~ happenings of adolescents living in a small town in Indiana. Don’t worry—I won’t give away any spoilers. Besides the fact that Barb is dead, Will was rescued from the upside-down, and Eleven has some sort of supernatural connection to the monster.

 

The most exciting part is that Netflix announced via Twitter on Wednesday that it has been confirmed for a second season that will come out in 2017. Unlike me, Netflix really didn’t give away any clues besides some 80’s-esque thriller music and words like “Palace”, “Storm”, “Pollywog”, etc. Good News! Only three months until 2017.

 

Brazil Seeking Leader

This past Wednesday while the rest of world was partaking in some dollar-night-like festivities, the Brazilian Senate impeached their president. The first female president of the country, Dilma Rousseff, was suspended this past May to await trial, and as of Wednesday, has been removed for the rest of her term.

 

This impeachment comes at the closing of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and, in summation, was due to what the Brazilian Senate saw as Rousseff covering up the country’s growing economic and social issues. The final vote in the Senate was 61 in favor of the impeachment and 20 opposed.

 

Rousseff’s Vice-President Michel Temer is currently serving as interim president, will remain in the position until the end of the term in 2018.

 

Willow Smith gets Shady

Ever since Willow Smith whipped her hair in 2010, I’ve been infatuated. The latest move by the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, is serving as the ambassador to Chanel’s AW16 eyewear campaign. The entire campaign, shot in black and white, features the model/actress/singer sporting….sunglasses. No virgin to starring in high end fashion campaigns, Smith has also modeled for Marc Jacobs and more.

 

Chanel creative director and all-around mastermind Karl Lagerfeld photographed the entire campaign which can be viewed here → AW16 Campaign.

 

One Big Explosion for Mankind

Facebook’s first ever communications satellite was set to launch this coming Saturday. The satellite, attached to sexily-named rocket SpaceX Falcon 9, would have extended internet access across 14 countries in Africa. However, during a static fire test this Thursday the rocket exploded. (I feel you, rocket) The explosion destroyed the rocket along with the entire payload, satellite included. Luckily, the rocket was unmanned and there were no civilians injured at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where it resided.

 

Don’t worry SpaceX, just like college students tell themselves every day – this too shall pass.

WTF Is Up – Ryan Lochte gets confused, Natalie Portman gets spooky and more!

8.26.2016

By: Darby VanHoutan

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It’s time! It’s time to live strictly off of expired milk and frosted flakes, cry quietly on the KU buses, and it’s finally time to be back at KU. Of course, while you’re having weekly emotional breakdowns, the world is still turning and it’s up to you to stay informed and up to me to let you know WTF happened this week.

An Earthquake in Italy

An earthquake struck Italy this Wednesday August 24, hitting small towns the hardest. So far there have been 247 victims declared dead. The earthquake reached up to a size of 6.2 on the Richter scale, which translates to devastation. The cities of Amatrice, Accumoli, and Arquata del Tronto were hit at around 3:30 am (8:36 pm CST). The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is currently touring areas affected by the disaster. The death toll is unbelievably high and it’s believed that many more survivors may still be under rubble. The earthquake is two days behind us but the weight of the disaster is all around, as Italy and the entire world, mourn. 

Ryan Lochte

Once upon a time a beautiful, blonde angel named Ryan Lochte blessed all of our TV’s at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. We had some good times together. We laughed, cried and celebrated. However, the grand finale of his time in Rio de Janeiro will most likely be the most notable Yet, it didn’t take place in the pool.

After going out with three other teammates on August 13, Lochte told reporters about a robbery that occurred on the morning of August 14. According to the athlete, his teammates and himself were held at gunpoint. After many questions and surveillance footage, Brazilian authorities have revealed that Lochte fabricated the event. Later on, the swimmer came out and said that his testimony of the event may have been exaggerated. He has since lost four commercial endorsements and been summoned back to Brazil to appear before a judge.

There are still many questions unanswered for Lochte. Will he appear at the 2020 Olympic games? Will he color his hair purple? Will people realize that a man who exceeds at a sport can take missteps just like everyone else?

Two Girl Crushes – One Movie

Personally, I don’t think it’s fair to combine too many of my favorite things. However, the new film Planetarium might do just that. First of all, it stars goddess divine Natalie Portman, who could be in a 5-second-commercial and completely change my life as well as Lily-Rose Depp who is 17 years old  and makes Victoria’s Secret angels look like potatoes with legs. That’s not all. It’s also a thriller. WHAT!? The only thing missing is George Clooney and some sort of adorable puppy.

Portman and Depp play two American mediums in Paris, who get swooped up into ~spooky~ French adventure with a world renowned producer. The trailer doesn’t provide us with many clues besides Portman’s cute glasses, some saucy bath-time stuff and French…lots of French. The film has no release date as of now, but I’ll be patiently waiting.

New Semester, New Planet

Are you a student at KU looking for somewhere new to live? Look no further! Scientists have recently discovered a potentially habitable planet that’s only 4.2 light years (24,690,000,000,000 miles) away from Earth and the KU campus! According to researchers the new planet, named Proxima b, has a rocky surface similar to Earth but 1.3 times larger. Proxima b orbits its Sun, Proxima Centauri, and is the closest exoplanet to us in the Universe. There’s also many things that researchers don’t know like if there’s water on the surface, if it has an atmosphere, and whether it needs Hot Box Cookies. Hopefully, these questions and more will be answered in the following years.

WTF Is Happening in Europe – An Update on Brexit

6.24.2016

By: Darby VanHoutan

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This summer has definitely been one full of political tension and issues that hit home for too many people. Across the pond in Britain, millions of citizens turned out just yesterday to vote on a decision that will change the lives of not only the European Union but everyone around the world.

The United Kingdom held a referendum on Thursday (referendum: a general vote by the people on a single political question that has been given to them for direct decision) to decide whether Britain would stay in or leave the EU. The “leave” campaign won with 52% to the “stay” campaigns 48%. As the results from this voting piled in, the value of the euro dropped significantly to its lowest level since the 1980’s. In the hours since the voting, Britain has lost a total of 350 billion euro (this converts to about $389,304,995,370.39). This morning after receiving the news, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would resign by October. Cameron served as a leader of the “stay” campaign and an important voice in the debate. According to his speech, Cameron made the decision to step down because he feels that he would not be the right person to lead the people of Britain to their next destination.

Why did this happen? The reasons behind the “leave” campaign were promises such as restrictions on immigration, more money for an independent United Kingdom, better handling of crises, and other issues within the country. These issues include things such as lack of trust in people like the Prime Minister, the UK’s relationship with Europe, and the big names that backed the “leave” campaign. These names included that of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson (the head runner for replacing Cameron). Another thing worth noting is the different turnout of people at the polls on Thursday. There was a 25 percent turnout of people aged 18-25 and a 61 percent turnout of people 65 and up. Ironically, this decision made by a majority of older citizens, will be the issue for the newer generations instead to handle.

Currently, the EU is a 27-member block, being knocked down from 28 after Britain is the first country to exit. However, this referendum does not stand alone. This decision is causing traction and debated in other countries in the EU such as Scotland who voted to remain in the EU on Thursday.

What does this mean? Although the news on the decision is not even a day old, the ripples from Britain’s vote will surely last for decades. This decision shows that the United Kingdom is now independent from Europe and more right-winged than ever. This decision will change traveling from Britain to members of the EU and vice-versa. Technically, this decision isn’t a legally-binding one but it isn’t likely that the British government will ignore its voters. Within the vote was also the fact that there won’t be any ~major~ changes in the next two years. This is because it will take about this long for the remaining 27 members and the independent Britain to decide things like how to maintain trade, travel, etc.

 

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