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6 Patriotic Ways to Celebrate America’s Most Overlooked Holiday: Armistice Day

11.11.2018

By Caleb Hundelt (hardtack words by Olivia Favreau)

This November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, so we’ve come up with some fun ways that will allow you and your party guests to truly immerse yourselves in the horrific nature of The Great War!

  1. Bake some inedible hardtack!

In this time of remembrance and festivities, why not try out the BelVita of World War I? Requiring only three ingredients and boasting jaw-breaking properties, hardtack is the perfect recipe for your Armistice Day table. With its hints of salt and chalk, your guests will experience the cold horrors of limited rations during trench warfare right in your living room.

Recipe:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Desperation

Enjoy!

2. Hold a gas-mask masquerade!

Tell your friends to show up to your Armistice Day party wearing their most crude WW1-era gas masks. Whip up some mustard gas to put in your Febreze wall plug-ins and try to identify each other while you suffer from the extreme mutagenic and carcinogenic effects that you think you’re protecting yourselves from!

 

3. Give yourself trench foot!

This takes some preparation. Fill up a large bin of water in advance and just make it as septic and unsanitary as possible. When the crowd arrives, have them put their feet – shoes and all – into that nice, lukewarm bacteria bath. Make sure your doctor friend isn’t present for this one. He’ll only be a party-pooper and try to stop you from experiencing necrosis!

4. Have a propaganda poster contest!

This one really gives a chance for your artsy and psychologically manipulative pals to shine. Whoever can create the most culturally inaccurate, semi-racist propaganda poster wins the rest of the hardtack!

5. Play “Clue” – World War 1 style!

Bored with the regular old Clue? In this exciting take on the classic board game, you try to pinpoint not just the culprit of one murder, but also the cause of nearly 40 million civilian casualties. Was it imperialism, nationalism, militarism or a complex combination of these factors and many others? Who knows, but it’s probably easiest if you just blame Germany and ignore everything else!

6. Read All Quiet on the Western Front bedtime stories!

As the night closes in and your friends head home with post-traumatic stress disorder, don’t forget to include the children in the festivities as well. Whip out your favorite passage from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and allow your child to sleep with the graphic descriptions of wartime violence. With luck, not only will they fall asleep with horrendous nightmares, but they will also lose their innocence and be forced to reconsider their outlook on the world.

 

Happy Armistice Day!

 

4 Tips for Reinvigorating Your Closet on a Budget

11.06.2018

By Miranda Dorsey

When it comes to clothing, I have often been told that I have expensive taste. And I’ll be honest, this has gotten me in trouble in the past.  However, if you follow these tips, you’ll find that you have more money to spend and more clothing in your closet.

  1. Shop “New” Items… And Then Wait.

Even though I’m a huge fan of shopping the “new” section of every store, or spending hours sorting through all of the different categories that every clothing website has to offer, I know that this is one of the worst ways to find deals.  Because why would a company put something new to their store on sale if they don’t know how popular the item will be yet? Instead, I’ve started to shop for new items, just as I always would, and then wait for them to go on sale. My Google Chrome account contains an entire folder for clothing items I’m waiting to go on sale. It sounds like something obvious, but it’s been a game changer for me.  

2. Check out the Clearance or Sale Section.

On top of waiting for my favorite items to go on sale, make sure you always check out the sale/clearance section of any website. I’ve noticed that they don’t always list sale/clearance items in the regular sections of the site, so it’s important that you check both sections just in case.  This way, you’re saving money while still finding adorable items to add to your wardrobe.

3. Don’t Fall for Gimmicks Designed to Get You to Buy.

I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m a sucker for sales. Whenever I get an email from a company proclaiming that this is it – the biggest event to ever happen – I can’t help myself. It’s not easy, but developing self-control is key when it comes to saving money on clothing from higher end brands. Another common gimmick is the “Only ‘x’ Items Left!” line. This line has been my enemy for quite some time, because who wants to miss out?  I sure don’t. And of course, if I don’t order the limited availability item right now, right this second, someone is going to come along and do it for me. But this is exactly what they want you to think. Don’t give in to this gimmick just because it seems like an item is going fast. Instead, monitor the item to see how fast it’s actually selling. In most cases, an item that is not for sale with just a few left will be safe to wait to purchase.  

4. If an Item Sells Out, Poshmark is Your Best Friend.

One of my favorite websites of all time is Poshmark. The premise is simple enough. You list the old clothing that you don’t want anymore, and someone finds it and buys it. It’s eBay exclusively for clothes. However, unlike thrifting, it’s easier to search and tailor the website to exactly what you’re looking to buy. I’ve found so many amazing designer pieces in new or like-new condition listed for much less than the sticker price. For example, I bought one of my favorite Gal Meets Glam dresses for about 70% off the original listing price. You can even save searches in your browser and go back later to check for more products that have been newly listed, which is something I do for some of my favorite brands.

5 Dirty Little Life Hacks you Wish you Learned at Orientation

10.19.2018

Photo by Logan Gossett. Modeled by Karsan Turner

Words by Karsan Turner

Every freshman’s first semester at KU is daunting. You signed up for every interesting club at KU during Hawk Week, but now you have to figure out how you’re going to fit a Quidditch match, rock climbing and rowing practice into the same day. You also think Watson’s the only library and that Anschutz is a Holocaust Museum — it happens to the best of us.

You’re paying top dollar to sit in those creaky desks, so you’re going to want to take advantage of everything KU has to offer. To help you achieve this, here are some dirty little secrets that will help you maximize your first semester.

  1. Learn Proper Dorm Etiquette

Did you know…?
a) The floor in the bathroom is meant for walking on and not puking on?

b) Using Axe body spray to mask the smell of weed in your dorm room makes your room smell like Axe body spray and weed?

c) Not everyone on your floor is majoring in “Being Loud as Crap at 1:00 A.M.” studies?

  1. You Can Cuss

That’s right! You’re no longer under the tyranny of Mommy and Daddy, so watching your language is off the roster. KU loves freedom of speech! Your friends cuss, your professors cuss, hell, even I cuss! In high school, you’d get in trouble for saying “piss,” but in college, “piss” comes out of our mouths more than it comes out of our pee-pees. Swear on, sailor!

  1.  The Underground Exists

Now that we know college is cool for cursers, it’s good to know they have a hip hidden cafe. I fucking went my whole goddamn first semester at KU not knowing about this place. I wasted so many trips to Oliver “Shit-Hole” Hall to microwave my reliable three-course meal of oatmeal, mac-n-cheese and a granola bar. Once I knew about this place I shit my pants because the Underground only has one bathroom stall.

  1. Learn to Walk

This grinds my fucking gears, man. I can’t tell you how many students I dodge walking to class who walk on the left side of the sidewalk. You wouldn’t drive into oncoming people, so don’t do it on the sidewalk with your fucking feet.

  1. You’re not Sponsored by KU, Stop Dressing Like It

This is past infuriating: it’s just sad. In college, you’re the hottest you’ll ever be, and you’re going to waste this window of hotness hoping your first Tinder hookup’s gonna take you back to his/her place and rip off your Jawhawk buddy system tee? And throw away your drawstring sports backpack, what are you going for a hike? Stop wearing athletic shorts — you’re not my Dad doing yard work. Wear non-cargo shorts or jeans like a fucking adult. Stop wearing graphic tees every day. If you’re wearing tees, keep it simple. And don’t even get me started on KU attire at KU. Okay, you got me started: STOP WEARING KU SHIT AT KU. WHAT FUCKING SCHOOL DO YOU GO TO? IS IT KU? I COULDN’T TELL BECAUSE YOU’RE ONLY AT KU WITH YOUR FUCKING KU SHIRT, SHORTS AND CRIMSON AND BLUE LANYARD FUUUUUUUUUCCCKK — excuse me.

Send a presidential alert to your family and tell them not to get you anything KU related, or, if they do, just give it to the trash can.

So there you have it, 5 tips for every KU freshman. If you follow these tips you will succeed in (a) not throwing up on the floor, (b) walking, and (c) dressing yourself.

 

Chicer than you think: a beginner’s guide to platform sneakers

9.19.2018

By Rebekah Swank

Gone are the days of butterfly clips, purple glitter lip gloss and gaucho pants…or are they? There’s a new trend making all of our suppressed Spice Girls dreams come true, and it’s one people pretend to hate: the “ugly” platform sneaker. You might have heard them called “Dad shoes,” “space-age trainers,” “chunky commuters,” the list of nicknames and insults goes on.

You’ve probably seen this style on Instagram more than you have in real life, and that’s because most people are terrified of these monstrously bold shoes. This trend hasn’t been adopted and embraced by Instagram famous teens and sorority girls. These shoes make a statement. They aren’t for the faint of heart. And they’re expensive AF. (I don’t know about you all, but I don’t have $895 for a pair of Balenciaga Colorblocked Washed Triple Sneakers.) That’s all valid rationale for leaving this trend behind.

However you feel about these shoes, you can’t deny their versatility. These sneakers can be paired with high-waisted mom jeans and a blazer for coffee with your pals, or a midi dress for a day at the office. The fashion world has been making a transition to more comfortable styles with the introduction of athleisure and athluxury markets, so this trend is here to stay.

If you’re looking to explore this trend or increase the number of statement pieces in your closet, here are some semi-affordable options to start your sky-high sneaker collection.

Disruptor II Premium Sneaker, $64.99

This is the perfect platform to ease you into this trend. C’mon, dip your toe in the water with some good old FILA Distributors.

 

Nike Air Max 95 SE Glitter, $170

Hello? It’s the shoes you would have killed for in second grade. They want to chat with you.

 

Thick Soled Sneakers, $69.90

Unsurprisingly, Zara is on top of this trend, handing us something stylish and inexpensive. We don’t deserve you, Z.

 

Ciara Chunky Trainers, $65

Lisa Frank meets sneakers in these metallic works of art. I have a feeling Sporty Spice would give these shoes two thumbs up.

 

ASOS DESIGN Denial Chunky Sneakers, $72

With these leopard print babies on your feet, there’s no telling how much fun you’ll have.

 

Steve Madden Current Leather Sneaker, $103

These sneakers give you the best of both worlds with a subtle print and a pop of color.

The Evolution of Identity Politics and the Devolution of the Democratic Party

3.07.2018

By Logan Gossett

Pride, absent delusion, is a consequence of achievement. I did not abolish slavery, nor was I a pilgrim that successfully cultivated North American soil. As David French noted for the National Review, advances of the past command gratitude, not pride. I am grateful for the abolition of slavery; I am proud, and relieved, that I learned potty-training. There is an important difference between the two.

Delineating what necessitates pride and what necessitates gratitude exposes a microcosm of identity politics’s myriad flaws: it creates fractious, delusional pride in identity rather than unifying gratitude that’s granted potentiality by self-determinism; it replaces gratitude for what our predecessors did (e.g., devise a government that respects self determinism, abolish slavery, and scaffold indiscriminate suffrage) with pride in what we didn’t do (e.g., the aforementioned). By attempting to represent the interests of the marginalized, it suppresses the voices of the individual.

In the Federalist Papers’ lauded tenth entry, James Madison, writing as Publius, attempted to reconcile the rift “factions” create between liberty for all individuals and security for asset-possessing individuals. The essay’s undulating principles extol self-determinism and employ representative government to uphold it. In the Federalist Papers’ tenth entry, Madison says “[But] it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.”

Factions as Madison describes them will naturally form between those with commonalities, but the individuals therein included are not defined by their faction. The social advocacy of the Federalist Papers No. 10 is that the republic should 1) safeguard factions from dictating a nation’s legislation and 2) prevent factions from overriding an individual’s inherent self-determinism.

Identity politics creates factions that prescribe allegiances to individuals — whether by skin color, income, sexual orientation, or any another appraisal method. This conflates the best interests of an individual with the best interests of factions.

The waxing of identity politics in American political rhetoric has diluted discoucourse. News and op-eds are replete with self-parodying presuppositions about opposing factions.

For example, Chauncey Devega wrote for Salon in January, saying “Trump and the Republicans’ attempts to connect Democratic support for the ‘Dreamers’ […] with murder and gang violence, is one more example of how the American right has sought to incite violence against any groups or individuals it perceives as political enemies.”

A simplification of Devega’s rhetorical use of identity politics here is “the right hates hispanics.” The purported objective of the right to incite violence against hispanics in this example is a gross presupposition that ends discourse between democrat and republican factions before it can begin.

Joshua Mitchell, a professor teaching political science at Georgetown University, explained identity politics attribution of factions in City Journal’s publication.

Identity pertains not simply to the kind of person that we are. People have been sorted (and self-sorted) into kinds throughout history. Identity is different. First, it carries a determination about guilt or innocence that nothing can appreciably alter. Its guilt is guilt without atonement; its innocence is innocence without fault. No redemption is possible, but only a schema of never-ending debts and payments.

The issue of identity politics begins with devaluing self-determinism and it ends with what Mitchell described as debts. He continued to expound on the varying degrees of indebtedness, describing a christian hetersexual white male as the “epicenter of guilt.” The closer an individual is to the epicenter guilt, the more guilty and, thus, “indebted.” The further an individual is from the epicenter of guilt – heterosexual white male – the more innocent they are.

Mitchell posited that the panacea for the wounds of past transgressions, like slavery, is to unify around a gratitude for the potential America helps scaffold for all individuals, regardless of race and its arbitrarily prescribed modern debts. This is the dream Dr. Martin Luther King worked toward and, as Mitchell concluded, “If the party cannot find a cure for its confusion, it will expire in the paroxysm that identity politics produces.” Some traditional liberals share Mitchell’s sentiment toward identity politics.

In an op-ed published in the New York Times, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla denounced identity politics. “Finally, the whitelash thesis is convenient because it absolves liberals of not recognizing how their own obsession with diversity has encouraged white, rural, religious Americans to think of themselves as a disadvantaged group whose identity is being threatened or ignored.” Lilla continued, “Such people are not actually reacting against the reality of our diverse America […] they are reacting against the omnipresent rhetoric of identity.”

Identity politics have a checkered history in the United States, starting with the Ku Klux Klan. Fivethirtyeight observed the synergy between left and right – or even black and white – identity politics without acknowledging it.

In his New York Times op-ed, Lilla observed that “Those who play the identity game should be prepared to lose it.” Democrats are playing the identity game. In doing so, they renounce the hope and human commonalities inspired by traditional liberalism and opt for a convulsive emphasis of differences between American factions.

Of course, democrats with a rooting interest in identity politics decried Mark Lilla’s denouncement of it. Lilla’s coworker at Columbia, professor Katherine Frank, objected to Lilla’s counterpoint to identity politics, saying “Lilla’s op-ed does the more nefarious background work of making white supremacy respectable. Again.” This, despite Lilla’s explicit objections to identity politics largely because of white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

The democratic backlash caused by Lilla’s objections to identity politics is illustrative of the corrosive in-fighting identity politics creates, fracturing the democratic party internally, and widening the cataclysmic chasm between the democrats and republicans.

Identity politics appears to subvert the autonomy of individuals in favor of projecting the needs of the individual’s factions. Author Shane Phelan attempted to reconcile this conflict in Identity Politics: Lesbian Feminism and the Limits of Community. “[she need not] agree that my understanding of a good life is the true, the best, the purest. What she need do is believe that I mean what I say; that is, she must agree to treat me as a being competent to speak of my own desires and motives directly, even if she suspects that I am not.”

Phelan’s mechanism for identity politics depends on the individual’s voice being heard. In democratic identity politics, as professor Joshua Mitchell stated, the most important characteristic of individuals “is that we are white, black, male, female, straight, gay, and so on.” Rather than respecting the individual’s ability to express their desires and motives, this information is presupposed by our characteristics (i.e., identity) through identity politics.

Unifying gratitude for the liberty James Madison advocated for in the Federalist Papers has been replaced by a fractious pride in identity through democratic identity politics. Although democratic identity politics seeks to rectify the concerns of the marginalized, it mutes them.

 

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