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WTF Is Up?! – The Media, the Women, and More!


By Darby VanHoutan


Just because it’s a new year it doesn’t mean it’s a new us. Well, it’s not a new me at least. It’s 27 days into 2017 and I am just a bucket of L’s. However, I’m an ~informed~ bucket of L’s. You can be too. Here’s (a very short list of) WTF happened this week.

Viola Davis Makes Moves

Award season may have just started a few weeks ago with the Golden Globes, but actress Viola Davis is already making history. The South Carolina-native just became the most nominated Black Woman in Oscar history. This is exciting (AKA Yasssss, queen).

It all started in 2009 when Davis was nominated for her supporting role in the movie Doubt. Her second nomination came in 2012 for her lead role in the movie The Help.

Her most recent nomination came for her supporting role in the movie Fences.
This all translates to the fact that 59-year-old Davis is a bad bitch regardless of her skin tone, age or gender and deserves all the awards the world can offer. Another point history moment to note is that for the first time in Oscar’s history, a black actor has been nominated in every category.

The award show airs this Sunday.

The Exact Reason the Media Won’t STFU

A fairly certain way to ensure journalists don’t STFU, is to tell them to STFU. This is essentially what Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s chief White House strategist, just did.

“The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country” said Bannon in an interview. This quote was precursored with Bannon saying, “I want you to quote this”, which makes what he said even better.

Based on this and other things said in the interview, it shows that Bannon is in agreeance with his higher-up, President Trump, who in one interview described journalists as “among the most dishonest people on Earth”. (If that’s true you should trust none of the information I provide you with in this column).

Bannon rarely ~graces~ the media with his comments, usually only providing interviews the journalists at Breitbart News, a website that Bannon was in charge of until about 4 months ago. Based on the bulk of what was said about the media in this interview, I’m sure they’re hoping he keeps that trend up.

My Kind of Mash-Up

Imagine if your best friend and favorite hunk got together and made a music video just for you. You’re in luck. Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik did just that. Well, I suppose the best friend and hunk analogy only works if you’re okay with a very strange sexual music video being made by the two.

Late Thursday evening, the two singers released the music video for their new song I Don’t Wanna Live Forever from the 50 Shades Darker soundtrack. Thankfully, the video features no clips from the movie. I say thankfully because sex-god Zayn and Taylor Swift need no accompaniment. Based on all the L’s we’ve taken this week, we’ll take this one as a W. Enjoy!


Heard on the Hill


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  • “I hate philosophy. Apparently, I might not be real. God might not even be real.”
  • “You look like the kind of kid to be deadly allergic to peanuts.”
  • “Does W come before R in the alphabet?”
  • Person 1: “When I’m high, I can tell which lines in reality shows are scripted.”
  • Person 2: “That’s like the worst super power ever.”
  • “I took so many damn chicken tenders, like I filled my bag up.”
  • “Imagine if cotton candy had nipples and you mixed it, that’s what this strawberry milkshake tastes like.”
  • “The guy next to me smells like cheese, Gouda.”
  • “Why are you studying for that final? You already took it!”
  • “Damn! That boy is serious if he took you to the Cheesecake Factory!”
  • “Why do I have to get a turtle for your success?”

Glossier Serums: How Super are the Supers?


By Rebekah Swank


Well friends, I have been using all three of the Glossier serums for about four weeks now. Here’s how it’s been going…

I pulled up the website to order these tiny bottles of goodness ($65 worth of goodness) and the Super Pack was sold out. I got onto Glossier.com four or five days in a row before I could finally order it (I took this popularity as a sign that the serums were truly worth it). When my package finally arrived, it came in a clean white box. “The Supers,” was printed in small letters on the front. When I opened it, powdery pink painted the inside. I pulled out a page of stickers, tiny emojis and graphics matching those from the website on it. Then I saw a poster, a few informational and promotional inserts, and under it all were the Supers. All three of them. I have to give it to Glossier, their design aesthetic is very pleasing.

When I first began implementing the Supers into my skincare routine, I realized that I was not exactly sure how to use these bad boys. Let’s face it, this was the most money I had ever spent on a skincare product (maybe any item ever) and I did not intend on wasting it. I didn’t know how to apply the serums, in what order to use them, or how they would react with my other skincare products. I tried searching online, but all I found were reviews and articles describing the serums. Then I realized something: Glossier is all about personalized and individual skincare and makeup. These products are gentle and natural so that they can fit into anyone’s routine. I am the one who decides how to use the serums. I make the decision on how to fit the serums into my daily routine. So that’s what I did. However, one thing became very clear during my research: one should never use a serum more than once per day. They are extremely concentrated.

Here’s how I incorporated them into my skincare routine. Every morning I wake up and use a tough cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and apply that with a Clarisonic brush. Immediately following, I use a gentle foaming cleanser from Aveeno. After I dry my face,  I apply a pore-shrinking toner to my face and neck with a cotton round. Then come the serums. I squeeze a drop of Super Glow on my forehead and both cheeks. I rub it into my skin, spreading it upward and outward. I do the same thing with Super Pure, and follow it with an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15. I do nearly the same routine at night, and after toner I use Super Bounce (I usually rub this one over my lips and under my eyes too) followed by Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus moisturizer. Beauty is pain, right?

Since I have been using the serums, I see small changes in my complexion. My skin is extremely soft and smooth. I can definitely see Super Bounce at work. I think it is my favorite so far, especially due to its milky texture. I still have yet to see major changes in the brightness of my skin, and my breakouts have persisted. Perhaps, Super Glow and Super Pure need more time to take effect. All three of the serums feel light and clean on my skin, and they never feel slimy or heavy.

Overall I’m liking, not ~*loving*~, the results. Stay tuned for the final review in four weeks. TTYL <3


My Final Thoughts on Tomi Lahren


By Ellie Milton


I am a liberal, and I admire Tomi Lahren. Yes, you read that right. Tomi Lahren, for those of you who don’t know of her, is the host of Tomi, a talk show on the TheBlaze network. A political commentator best known for her Final Thoughts segment on her show, Tomi has been the target of immense criticism as well as a large amount of praise as clips of Final Thoughts have circulated social media platforms this year. Tomi’s political beliefs and mine could not be more different; she has expressed her opposition to feminism, is opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, and constantly refers to liberals as “special snowflakes” (a new term coined to label liberal individuals as sensitive, entitled, and “unique” beings) as well as openly expressing her disagreement with any and all democratic ideologies. As a self-proclaimed liberal feminist, many would think I would despise Tomi and her outspokenness; however, I consider Tomi a great role model for millennial women.

No, this isn’t a satirical article. I did use to hate Tomi with a fiery passion. I considered her entitled and out-of-touch with reality, as many people still view her. However, as I have continued to watch her show, follow her on social media, and examine her professional life, I have developed admiration for Tomi. Although we disagree on almost everything when it comes to politics, Tomi’s pure passion for what she believes and the unapologetic way she stands up for herself is the epitome of a strong, empowering womanhood, and that is something I respect immensely. Tomi is a prime example of not apologizing for who you are; she knows what she believes and she is unwilling to change who she is simply because she receives backlash. Her debate with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show exhibited poise, professionalism, and passion. She has spoken out several times about the importance of having conversations with those who disagree with you, and frequently notes that whether the viewer is agreeing or disagreeing with her, they are still reacting to it and that is what is important.

Although Tomi’s beliefs are pretty much the exact opposite of mine, looking at her as a fellow educated and empowered woman instead of an enemy showed me that it is extremely important for “open-mindedness” to not solely extend to those on the side of your own political ideologies. Too often, I witness individuals, who claim to be open-minded, refusing to respect, listen to, or understand opposing opinions. Observing only opinions that coincide with your own is not only hindering to your personal knowledge, but it impedes any attempt to gain respect from those who disagree with you. Tomi is an extremely successful and educated young woman, and her confidence, knowledge, outspokenness, and ability to laugh at herself is something we should all take notes on when it comes to publicly expressing our political viewpoints.

I am a Democrat. I am a feminist. I would probably fall into Tomi’s definition of a “snowflake” for supporting certain policies. I support Black Lives Matter, I voted for Hillary, and the thought of Donald Trump being president makes me feel like Michael Scott did when Toby came back to Dunder Mifflin. I also find the twitter memes about Tomi pretty funny, but I’d like to think Tomi does too. All these things aside, I respect Tomi Lahren and her opinions. I consider Tomi a role model. I think Tomi’s confidence is incredible, as is her pettiness on twitter. We may not agree on much, but I think Tomi and I would agree on one thing: there are few things more important than having confidence in your beliefs. And those, America, are my final thoughts.

Halloween Jamz


We love Halloween here at Style on the Hill! We want to make sure you are being thoroughly entertained all day so here is a Spotify playlist to enhance the spookiness:

KCFW S/S ‘17: Wednesday Runway Show


By Mary Ann Omoscharka

Kansas City Fashion Week celebrated it’s 10th runway season last night at the Union Station in downtown Missouri. Nine designers presented their S/S ‘17 collections on a European-style runway, where the models walked “freely” among the seated guests.

The atmosphere was full of excitement and high expectations that were definitely met by the end of the night. Style on the Hill sat front row, in order to make sure we bring you the most fabulous experience through our own eyes.

The evening opened with a collection by Eltee, a brand founded by Laura Talken in 2011. The leading highlights of the collection were peaceful nude tones united with breathtaking emerald green.



The second designer to showcase her work was Irina Tevzadze, a designer and artist originally from the country of Georgia. Tevzadze presented a (not only) childrenswear collection in earthy colors and clean cuts.


As next, the show continued with a two-in-one presentation by LV SWIM a brand created by Lauren Victoria Hulen, who brought patterned swimwear and Earkandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry, whose edgy jewels perfectly completed the ready-for-the-beach outfits and made us miss the summer already.


TR Brown designs by Tiffany Brown, who took us on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea with her combination of  turquoise-based garments and playful straw handbags.


The night carried on with an adorable children’s clothing collection, Aerona by Morgan Mason. The models looked fierce in their über-modern outfits, frisky hairstyles and fancy face-art.


Branded by Sher, established by Shermonda Green, followed with her visionary bright white garments and rainbow-y details that took us all the way back to the future.


The only gentleman of the night, who showcased his work on Wednesday, was Sheraz Pompey, bringing powerful color tones, sheer materials and lots of sequins.


Last but definitely not least, Munelle de Vie, who gave us all the feels with her Parisian chic inspired collection. Stripes and see-through tops. Preppy at first sight, sexy as hell at the second.


Photography by Maggie Russell

Ethical Shopping on a Student’s Budget


By Justin Hermstedt


The only thing better than finding a new piece of clothing you love is finding it for a good price. But when I say “a good price,” I don’t mean a fair price. I mean a cheap price.

Throughout the last decade, fast fashion has made it easier and easier to find cheap, trendy clothing. Everything else seems to cost more, but you can go to the mall any day of the week and grab a pair of jeans from Forever 21 for fifteen bucks.

The inconvenient truth of the matter is that the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, benefits from exploitative production methods overseas.

According to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, 97% of clothes in the United States are made outside of the country. Fifty years ago, over 90% was made in America. This outsourcing is fueled by a 71% cotton/29% polyester arms race, in which fashion companies vie to stay relevant by having the lowest prices. Companies that resist and only use factories in the United States, such as American Apparel, are basically being run into the ground. Strictly American-made brands cannot compete with fast fashion brands because, simply, the United States has much higher standards of how workers should be treated. There isn’t some nifty technology that has allowed clothes to be made cheaper. The cost has remained the same to construct a t-shirt, but the market demands the price to go down, so factory owners must cut corners to stay in business.

It’s widely accepted at this point that these factories barely provide their employees a living wage; the minimum wage in Bangladesh is $68 per month. However, the harms to communities in countries like Bangladesh are more than just underpaid employees. A more blatant, catastrophic example was the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The Rana Plaza was a massive building that was composed of several clothing factories, a few shops and a bank. The day before the collapse, cracks appeared in the walls, but the man in charge mandated workers come back the next day for work, threatening to dock a month’s pay if they didn’t show up. The building collapsed, killing 1,130 and injuring 2,500.

The documentary The True Cost (available on Netflix) discusses these issues and covers the grand scheme of things, including legitimate environmental concerns.

Should you feel awful and guilty for supporting this industry? That’s for you to decide, but I don’t think so. The system itself is the actual perpetrator, while you were just fiending for some dope threads. All of this is sad, and no one wants to contribute to it, so what can one person like you or me do? Particularly as college students, it’s not feasible to buy only hand-made-in-the-USA luxury brands. Can ethical shopping also be economical? Fortunately, there are some tactics anyone can employ to shop a bit more responsibly.

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Explore the vibrant world of shopping pre-owned.

Thrift shopping is an excellent and unique option. Sure, you could only see your parents pulling off a lot of the clothes, but there are always some gems that you couldn’t find anywhere else. Many stores are selective of what clothes they take in, meaning you’re mostly looking through high quality pieces for a low price. In Lawrence, check out Arizona Trading Company and Plato’s Closet for newer, trendier, branded clothes. Wild Man Vintage, Goodwill and The Salvation Army  are perfect for finding some rare, frugal items.

If possible, stop supporting fast fashion.

Hear me out. As awful as it sounds, giving up on stores like H&M and Forever 21 is the best thing to do. Chances are you can find those brands at Plato’s Closet a month later anyway (for half the price as well).

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Shop more efficiently.

Seek quality over quantity. Your clothes will last longer and the extra money spent will be worth it in the end. Be sure to buy clothes that you’re excited to wear. If you have no use for a piece any more, donate it; more clothes are being bought than ever before, which means landfills are overflowing with them.

4Seen above: a shameless plug of my personal favorite thrift shop find.

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All in all, the simplest advice is to reduce, reuse and recycle. As the consumers, we ultimately have the purchasing power to shape the fashion world of the future. Think of your dollars as votes. Vote for companies you want to see survive, and more importantly what types of unethical business practices you want to see die out. Every vote counts, after all.


Photography by Maria Rodriguez

WTF Is Up?! – New Headphones to Lose, New Videos to Watch, and More!


By Darby VanHoutan



Who Would Fight With Drake at Cheesecake?

The Canadian treasure that is Drake released a video for Child’s Play, a song from his most previous album Views, on Monday. The video is life changing. Of course, I may be biased because I wake up every morning and pray to a shrine filled with Drake pictures.

The video is set in the nicest Cheesecake Factory in history and features the rapper with a face full of cake for a majority of the video. It also stars a very relatable Tyra Banks who screams my new favorite line of all time “I call you Aubrey. Your mom calls you Aubrey. These bitches call you Drake”. If you’re having a bad week or enjoy an angry Tyra Banks, I would 10/10 recommend this video.


WTF is the Pipeline & Why Does it Matter?

At this moment, there are plans for a 1,170 mile pipe to be placed under the United States to serve the purpose of transporting oil.  This pipeline is set to cost $3.7 billion and will carry roughly 470,000 barrels of oil every day. I know. Cool, right? No. It’s a pipeline. We’ve heard about this before. However, this particular pipeline is set to be placed under North Dakota prairies. I know. Cool, right? No, it’s some prairies.

Here’s the important part: these North Dakota prairies are home to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian tribe. The pipeline will run under their homes, villages, families, and cemeteries. This pipeline, which could result in spills and contamination of the water of the Missouri River which is essential to their lives, is set to be put in place soon. They have requested a halt to construction on this pipeline and it is currently up for debate at a federal court in Washington. It may take a judge until the end of the weekend to decide a verdict on whether or not to allow a continuation on the project.

Every day an estimated several hundred people from the tribe – many from around the country – make the trip to the construction site to protest the environmental tragedy. This protest has been happening at Cannon Ball, North Dakota since April.


Sia pays Tribute to Orlando Victims

I can’t count the amount of times I have been truly confused by a Sia video. However, the video released for her latest song The Greatest on Tuesday comes with a more straightforward message. Like previous videos, it stars dancer Maddie Ziegler who is this time accompanied by 48 other young dancers. The setting of the video seems to be throughout a house, ending with all the dancers falling to the ground in what looks like an empty club full of disco balls. Ziegler who is present throughout the entire video starts the video by smearing rainbow paint below her eyes.

Although not confirmed by the singer herself, this video seems like an obvious tribute to the 49 victims of the massacre that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this summer.


iPhone gets Extra

For those that didn’t attend the iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, what exactly happened there may be a mystery. I know that I personally found out everything from my Apple-obsessed roommate that shouted everything at me from across the room.

It started with a James Corden led Carpool Karaoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook and a randomly selected Pharrell Williams. Cook then took the stage at the launch and told us all about the ~things~. These things are the iPhone Seven, iPhone Seven Plus, Apple Watch, and some iOS10 (arriving September 13) that will no doubt update on my phone when I’m mid Instagram trolling. Both phone updates include new things such as: no headphone jack, more storage space, new colors (“jet” and “black” which are both…black), a water resistant feature, and I’m sure other technology things that aren’t made for muggle minds like mine to understand. Read all about EVERYTHING included in the updates → here.

Of course Apple also released a stroke-inducing video summing the event up as well. You could watch it – It’s pretty cool. There’s some drums and lots of words that go by too quick to read and lots of stuff in different languages. Basically, there’s some new phones, watches, and tech-savvy things that I will truly never understand.

High Waisted – A Party On Roller Skates


By Darby VanHoutan


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Jessica Louise Dye weaved in and out of the crowd, gin and tonic in hand, before bringing her roller skates to a halt and introducing herself to me. Dye is the lead singer of the surf-rock band from New York, High Waisted. She, with three bandmates in tow – drummer Jono Bernstein, bassist Jeremy Hansen, and guitarist Stephen Nielsen – carried with them an infectious vibe that made you want to stay a while.

Their website (appropriately titled highwaisted.party) describes every show as a party. I was determined to see if this was true. After watching Dye bend in half while singing and playing guitar, Bernstein throw out his shoulder from drumming, and the infatuation of the crowd, I’d have to say that they live up to their website. I also got a few minutes to talk to Jessica about what inspires her and how she got to where she is.


Q: What are you feeling at this moment?

A: Oh man, I’m really excited to take off my roller skates. I’m in a really good mood. The best part is that these shows have been really early which is such a contrast of playing in New York. There shows don’t normally start until ten or eleven o’clock. They’re late, late nights. Basically, in New York you see the sunrise often. Here, I’m playing at sunset so this whole tour has been a different vibe.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How long have you guys been on the road for?
A: God, nine days almost? About a week. The whole tour is 32 days total.


Q: Are you stopping anywhere in Lawrence after this?

A: After this? I don’t know yet. Let’s see how many gin and tonics I have.


Q: I read that you moved to New York to follow a boy. What would you say to the girl who did that now?

A: I mean, I’m the same person. I’ve been the same person since I was like fourteen. I just have more experiences and a lot more fun now. I wish I could tell the girl who was going through that New York breakup to keep being lonely, and savor that loneliness because it’ll eventually work out.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How did you guys find your aesthetic that you have now?

A: I just really like surf music. I realized that I can’t really dance so much. I’m a goofy dancer. But if you put on a good twist-and-shout and I slay. Okay? That is my jam. So I thought, okay I wanna play music that even myself could dance to. We also all have common interests in the genre. It’s also really fun to play. I love a good sentimental, sad song, but that’s not fun to play every night. Imagine if you went on a tour for a month, and you had to sing these songs that were about pain, hardship, and sorrow. God! How depressing. That’s not fun. I don’t wanna do that. I want to get on a stage every night and maybe sing about things that are the catalyst of sorrow but then spin it, make it happy, shake my hair, shake my booty, have a drink, high five my best friends and go to the next city.


Q: Would you describe the band as your best friends?

A: Absolutely, yes. If they’re not then we’re fucking up.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Do you guys ever fight?

A: Absolutely! Don’t you ever fight with your mom or your brother? You have to. Your relationships aren’t healthy if you don’t tell someone that them clipping their toenails in the van is obnoxious. There are growing pains. We are brothers and sisters and we fight like that. That’s totally fine. We get to the venue and everyone does their job and we get on stage and everything is fine again. Even our fights are so baby. It’s like, “Wah, I wanted to go to Taco Bell and we went to Wendy’s”. They’re not real fights. They’re just family annoyances.


Q: What’s the difference between shows in New York and touring all over the United States?

A: It’s totally different. New York is like it’s own animal. People in the midwest actually watch your set. They come early and they’ll come talk to you at the merch booth and say hi. If they liked it, they feel obligated to tell you. That fun, positive feedback is really great. You don’t get that in New York. In New York everyone is just too cool.


Q: How would you describe a party?

A: Balloons, red lights, short skirts, and low ambitions.


Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Who is one person that inspires you creatively?

A: Patty Smith. I’ve read all her books and all her poetry. She’s such an influence.
The band is continuing their with a show today in Denver and other dates following it.

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3 Things to Know Right Now


By Kelsey Baska

Guys it’s official; I graduate next year. Yep that’s right; I’m a five year senior and feelin’ it. But that means that I have to start getting serious about my life because before you know it I’ll actually have to admit that I’m an adult. It’s kind of weird that being a grownup is coming in hot. But I’m also secretly excited because that means I get start to wearing professional business clothing to work and maybe I’ll have my own office or cubicle or something. But lately I’ve been feeling pretty inspired by some successful women and I wanted to share them all with you.

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Photo from Grammy.com

Brittany Howard is the lead singer and guitarist of the Grammy Award winning band Alabama Shakes. By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard how talented this band is. But my main obsession is Howard’s vocals. I mean, she has the most magical voice I have heard in a long time; it’s remarkably stunning and extremely powerful. This year was a big year for Alabama Shakes. Not only did Apple use their song “Sound and Color” for one of their advertisements but the band also made a huge sweep at the Grammys. They won Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance. I mean they are killing it. If you haven’t already, go listen to their latest album. Every track is phenomenal; there isn’t a song on that that I don’t like. And if you haven’t purchased your Buzz Beach Ball 2016 tickets, go do so because they are headlining and I can’t wait to hear them live.

Photo from theimpression.com

Photo from theimpression.com

Aliza Licht is one powerhouse of a woman. As SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and Twitter personality DKNY PR GIRL, she is definitely someone to follow if you are interested in pursuing a career in social media or fashion. I just finished her book Leave Your Mark and it’s amazing. She writes about her personal experiences and how she was able to become successful by working hard and learning from the people around her. She also gives a lot of tips and provides professional guidance on how to land your dream job. After finishing the book, I felt inspired to do my best and take advantage of my current internship by soaking up as much information as possible from my bosses and peers. Her book is literally a crash course on how to get where you want to be and her lessons are definitely applicable to anyone, no matter what your major is.

Photo from Bizjournals.com

Photo from Bizjournals.com

Dr. Jane Rose has quickly become one of my favorite professors here at the University of Kansas. She is the Director of The Agency, which is KU’s new student media organization in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Seriously, just google her; the woman is legit. I’m currently enrolled in her Journalism 201 class and it’s been a great experience so far. I seriously recommend taking one of her classes, whether you’re a journalism major and it’s required or if you’re just looking for a rad elective course. I trust her knowledge and I respect her so much. You can tell that she’s really passionate about what she does and genuinely strives to give you real life lessons that you can apply to your future career. Not to mention her wardrobe is so chic I can’t even handle it. She wears black almost every day and one time she wore a pair of leather pants to her lecture and I immediately went out and bought a pair for myself.

The Science of Dressing Well


By Hannah Sundermeyer

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Here at the University of Kansas, some days it feels like every day is pajama day. When you look around the Budig 110 lecture hall, you see a sea of sweatpants, ball caps, and oversize t-shirts. Nearly everyone appears to have just rolled out of bed, with the facial expressions to prove it.

But the guy and the girl dressed in jeans, sweaters and scarves are obviously out of place.

As I’ve seen re-tweeted countless times on Twitter, “College is really cool because you can wear the same shirt two days in a row if you have to. Your Monday, Wednesday, Friday people don’t know about your Tuesday/Thursday life.”

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While the allure to dressing down grows even stronger as we enter the painfully cold winter months, science and experts, including those who dress up, can tell you the benefits.

Harrison Rosenthal, a junior from Leawood, Kan., would describe his own sense of style as “professional student,” and says he likes to have his pants pressed, his shirt starched, and his shoes shined.

“I think that in college especially, it’s important to dress up a little bit to show that respect for your instructors and the work they put into the course,” Rosenthal said. “Dressing nicely is not a sine qua non of dressing expensively. You can look nice without spending a fortune on clothing. It’s important to be mindful of how you present yourself. Because that will ultimately play into your reputation, what people think of you, and that mindfulness is an important factor. “

But Levi’s said it best in their Winter 2015 collection campaign with the mantra; Do well, live well, and dress really well.

“You can express yourself and show people who you are without saying anything. I think that’s more important than the actual way you look. You can show what kind of person you are with what you wear,” says Christian Hardy, a sophomore from Derby, Kansas.

I personally swear by the motto, “Dress well, test well.” But is there any science behind this? According to a study conducted by Northwestern researchers Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam in 2011, there just might be.

Galinsky told the Washington Post in 2012: “Findings show that it’s not just the experience of wearing the clothes, but the symbolic meaning they hold for people. It’s the simultaneous combination of the posture or the clothes and the symbolic meaning of them that matters.”

Participants were involved in a “Stroop test” involving the identification of the color of words written. For example—the word orange written in purple ink. One group performed the task in professional, white lab jackets and made half as many errors as the constant variable group without them.

While donning a lab coat may not be the best approach for your next exam, ditch the yoga pants and your GPA just might thank you.

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Don’t know where to start? Style on the Hill has you covered:

·      Invest in a great oversized sweater. You can throw this on over a pair of leggings and stay warm and snuggly for your trek through campus.
·      A swipe of a brightly colored lipstick can upgrade a basic tee and jeans from casual to chic.
·      You can even dress up a basic pair of jogger sweats with a leather jacket and a patterned headband to hide even your worst case of bedhead.
·      Busy week? Take an hour on Sunday to iron a few button up shirts so that you don’t have to worry about it later. These can be paired with straight-legged khakis or jeans. If you’re looking for something even more casual, opt for a flannel.
·      Channel your inner Chuck Bass with a peacoat. When shopping, look for more neutral colors such as black, grey, and navy.
·      Check out JackThreads.com for unique and inexpensive pieces including a wide variety of tees, sweaters, shoes and outerwear.

$20 Challenge: Downtown Dining


By Cassidy Ritter

After eating home cooked meals over break, it’s tough to face microwave ramen or the dining hall menu again. But as a college student, you have the ultimate superpower: thriftiness. Time to dust off that budget sheet and see how far you can make your dollar stretch. This weekend, we’ve got a brand new $20 challenge to keep you from going hungry or going broke.

On average, KU students say they spend $10 to $30 eating out on the weekend. College students’ time is spread thin and their wallets are even thinner. With an average meal costing $12.75 according to The Simple Dollar, it is often a challenge for college students to eat out. So, I left my credit card at home and hit the streets of Lawrence with only $20 in hand. My goal was to eat out all weekend, a total of six meals, on a $20 budget.


I spent $3 at Einstein Bros Bagels on a plain bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. For lunch I enjoyed two chicken tacos at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop totaling $4.34­­– my most expensive meal of the day. Spending only $9.84 on Saturday, day one, I felt I was off to a good start.

For Saturday’s dinner, my roommates and I went to McAlister’s Deli. We used our student football tickets to get $5 off our meals. With the coupon, the Stud Max, a baked potato, cost $2.50. This meal was a large portion of two loaded potatoes that could easily count for two meals.


Student Money Management Services employee Deanna Ambrose, a junior from Frankfort, Kansas, says if students are going to eat out they are better off paying more money for a filling meal that can result in leftovers for a second meal.

On Sunday I knew I needed to be picky about where I ate if I was going to make it through the weekend with $10.16 left in my pocket. My roommates suggested I indulge in fast food restaurants. Andrea Fogarty, a junior from Chicago, and Abbey Leis, a senior from Leawood, Kansas, say they eat at Wendy’s or Taco Bell when they need to save money. I steered clear of fast food restaurants because in my eyes, they were a cop-out.

Choosing not to eat breakfast at a fast food restaurant, I spent $1.72 on a strawberry knot and glazed doughnut at Munchers Bakery Sunday morning. For lunch I enjoyed two slices of pepperoni pizza and free honey at Pyramid Pizza. The pizza cost $6.01. For dinner, I ordered a single burger at BurgerFi where add-ons like cheese, onions, lettuce and tomato are free. I paid $5.95 for the burger, borrowing $3.52 from my friend to cover what was left to pay when my $20 bill ran out.


Over the course of the weekend I spent $23.52 on meals in Lawrence. After looking at receipts from the weekend, I talked to students at Student Money Management Services who had a few suggestions to other students eating out on a budget. Alex Alexander, a sophomore from Shawnee, Kansas, says if students can wait to eat dinner after 9 p.m. they should go to Chili’s for half price appetizers.

   Tips to Save $$$
Ask for a Student Discount: Though not many restaurants in Lawrence offer them, it never hurts to ask.
Drink water: Most places charge $2 to $2.50 for a soda, so always ask for a water cup.
Choose Carry-Out: Get meals to go to avoid adding a tip to your bill.
Use coupons: Whenever you can! Look for coupons in the student coupon book or planner, with football tickets, and through apps like Eat Street.

Ambrose recommends students to use the app Eat Street. “The more you use it to order food, the more coupons you get,” says Ambrose.

While it is nearly possible to eat out in Lawrence on just $20, it’s not the healthiest option. After six meals of doughnuts, pizza and any other bready delight Lawrence had to offer, I was ready to eat a homemade meal. My body and mind were sluggish and in desperate need of a detox. I ate bad meals because they were the cheaper option. I probably would not have made it through six healthy meals at restaurants on a $20 budget.




The Breakdown:


1)   Einstein Bros Bagels: Bagel with smear, water cup = $3
2)   Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Two chicken tacos, water cup = $4.34
3)   McAlister’s Deli: baked potato (Spud Max), water cup = $2.50 (w/ $5 coupon from football ticket), could have counted as two meals


1)   Muncher’s Bakery: strawberry knot (.90), glazed doughnut (.60) = $1.72
2)   Pyramid Pizza: Two slices of pepperoni pizza (walk in), water cup, free honey = $6.01
3)   BurgerFi: single cheeseburger with onions, lettuce, tomato (all free add-ons) = $5.95

Total weekend costs = $23.52

Join our team for Spring 2016!



The spring semester is coming up! We’re looking for some excited and passionate KU students to be a part of the Style on the Hill/The Hill team. If you love writing, photography, design, marketing, or social media and care about telling stories both on and off campus, SOTH may be for you. We’re an entirely student-run staff dedicated to documenting the fashion and culture of KU and Lawrence on our website, styleonthehill.com, and in our newly revived digital magazine, The Hill.

Joining our team is a great opportunity for professional experience with a publication (perfect resume builder!), plus it’s a lot of fun.

Here’s how to apply:

  1. Fill out this quick questionnaire so we can get to know you and your interests!
  2. Email us a few samples of your writing, photography, or design work at styleonthehill@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and bringing our readers another awesome semester. See you on the hill soon, Jayhawks!

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.

A sense of community
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.

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!

Staff Style: Aleah


Welcome back to our final Staff Style of the summer! Today, meet our Assistant Editor Aleah.

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Junior and Assistant Editor Aleah Milliner has always loved fashion and is a big believer in dressing up everyday. She is currently refining her style and adding more and more neutral, –black, grey, and off-white— classic pieces to her wardrobe and is in search of the perfect ankle boot for fall. When she is not in classes at the journalism school, you will most likely find her drinking cold brew at Alchemy and reading her favorite blogs.

What’s the most creative outfit you’ve come up with?

This may not be my creation really, but I wore black tights under a pair of shorts with a tee and ankle boots. I felt so confident and styled in that outfit!

Most versatile piece of clothing you have. What makes it so great?

Maybe my jeans? I love Madewell’s denim. I would say it is versatile because with a good pair of jeans you can make so many different outfits. I honestly like to wear my black Nikes with jeans and tee for a casual look, and then a cardigan and heels to dress up.

That one outfit you’ll always remember.

I look back through my old photos on my computer sometimes, and I there are so many pictures of me in bad outfits. It makes me cringe. There is this one knit hat I used to wear all the time (like in high school, ahh). It was pink with a huge flower on it. I definitely remember that, not so much in a good way.

Unique personal project?

I’m a wedding photographer! I am sort of just getting started, but I love it so much. I love creating photos. And I blog. I dream of having a popular style blog…one day.

First childhood memory of fashion?

I used to do modeling when I was younger! I did small jobs around town, but being on set and trying on so many outfits picked out for me and then being photographed in them was so fun!

What’s the biggest misconception people have about fashion/style?

Maybe that it isn’t a big deal. I don’t know if that is a misconception but I think people dress down way too often, especially on our campus. Dressing up, in my opinion, is so much better! It reminds me of the quote “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

What is your signature style? / What is your ‘go-to’ look?

I’m changing my style up right now and trying to build my wardrobe accordingly. I love a chic, classic look. Basically, Madewell is Heaven to me so anything that they create. My go to look during fall, cause its my favorite season, is a pair of high-waisted jeans, a tank tucked in, my cream-colored cardigan, and a pair of tan booties.

The trendiest spot to be seen in Lawrence?

I love Alchemy! They have the best coffee, there are always friendly people around, and honestly a lot of fashionable people stop by. I definitely have found some inspiration there.

What trend are you obsessed with right now?

High-waisted jeans, overalls, and I love sets (matching skirt and top), although I don’t own any yet.

Why is fashion important?

It is so important to me because it is the way I express myself. I can tell others who I am through my clothes, especially when what I’m wearing might be a little “weird” to others. I especially love dressing up and wearing heels to complete a look- for some reason they give me confidence. I love the saying “look good, feel good.” It’s so true!

Staff Style: Hannah


Welcome back to another update of Staff Style, featuring our all new staff. We’re excited to share our fashion stories and style favorites with you each week! Today, meet Hannah.Staff Style Hannah 2

From the calm of Watson Library to the bustle of Wescoe Beach, senior Hannah Pierangelo and Editor in Chief endeavors to be queen of versatility and is always looking for the perfect way to pair her sneakers with any outfit. Though she’s more commonly housed in the computer labs at Stauffer-Flint working on her journalism degree, Hannah spends a few minutes in downtown Lawrence to talk about her casual style that aims to fit any situation.

What inspires your style?

I find music gets incorporated into every aspect of my life, and it inevitably shows through in my style, too. Sometimes it’s as simple as a unique graphic tee paired with colorful shorts or a skirt, sometimes it’s jewelry that’s inspired by musicians, and sometimes it’s just capturing the mood of whatever’s on my playlist at the moment.

Most versatile piece of clothing you have. What makes it so great?

I have this amazing red/orange skirt and I adore it. It has pockets! It’s loose and comfortable and so much fun to wear. I can easily dress it up with a nice top and jewelry, or I can keep it casual with a v-neck and flats.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about fashion/style?

The biggest misconception is that fashion isn’t functional. I used to think this myself! But the fact is, if you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’re doing it wrong. Good fashion combines the best of both style and functionality.

What is your signature style? / What is your ‘go-to’ look?

Skirt and sneakers. I love being loose and casual, but still getting the chance to be dressy and girly. For me, that outfit is completely versatile—I can go anywhere and do anything! Whether it’s going to dinner with friends or climbing the hill to class, I like to think I can conquer the world in a skirt and sneakers.

What trend are you obsessed with right now?

I don’t know if it’s a trend or just a style, but I’m obsessed with everything “surfer girl.” Maybe it’s because I was born in San Diego (and find myself going back each summer), but I can’t help craving beachy waves, loose tops and strappy sandals. I love that this style has merged being fashionable with being active. I feel like the goal is to  always be ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and jump on a surfboard.

Why is fashion important?

Fashion is art that you wear. It’s the ability to express your individuality without acting or speaking.

Quick! Grab one thing from your closet right now. What is it?

A black peplum top, because it’s timeless and always classy.

Staff Style Hannah



Heard on the Hill


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The SOTH spies are at it again and have continued listening to professors, students and campus randos for the funniest, weirdest and most out of context quotes. Each week we’ll be posting a compilation of the best ones. If you’d like to contribute to Heard on the Hill, email your overheard quips to styleonthehill@gmail.com.

  • Student: “So the guy is standing butt ass naked in the street, his pecker in one hand and nothing but air and opportunity between him and this cop.”

  • Guy: *sits in the Gynecology waiting room at Watkins and looks around* “I think I might be in the wrong place.”

  • Girl 1: “No one deserves the death penalty.”
    Girl 2: “Yea, except Theon Greyjoy.”

  • Girls standing in line to get into bar: “I mean we all have boyfriends, so why are we even here?”

  • Guy: “So much stuff gets caught in my mustache.”
    Girl: “Flavor savers.”

  • Student: “I’m holding off on drinking water so I don’t dilute my alcohol content.”

Dressing to impress: a how to guide for landing the job


By Ashleigh Lee

It’s the night before a big interview and you are getting everything in order for tomorrow. Your resume is polished and printed. Your alarm is set, even though you won’t be able to sleep a wink. The only thing left to do is to figure out what to wear. You check the email again for the dress code– business casual. What does that even mean?

Kelsey Ploeger an assistant director at the University Career Center helps students with mock interviews, resumes and topical workshops. Ploeger helps break the differences between business professional and business casual. “Business professional is most normal for interviews, unless indicated otherwise,” Ploeger says. “Usually for women it’s plain colors, a blazer, pants, skirt and a blouse, and for men it’s nice slacks and a blazer.”

Business casual is less common, but allows for adding more personality to the outfit. “Here women can wear a casual dress or skirt without a blazer but maybe a cardigan or a sweater,” Ploeger says. “Men can wear slacks and a sweater as well.”

Ashley DeMond, a recruiter for Netsmart Technologies, recommends not being too bold in your clothing choices. “It’s more important to let your personality come out when you answer the questions during the interview than in the way that you dress,” DeMond says.

She says that it’s better to err on the conservative side and to always look sharp. “A lot of times people will come in and their shirts will be wrinkly or the shoes look worn,” she says.

One piece of advice that DeMond offers is to be comfortable in what you do end up wearing. You will appear more confident and know what exactly what you will feel good in.

Caitlin Uyemura, a senior in chemical engineering from Osage City, will begin working at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston after graduation as a stream process engineer.

“Engineering is pretty boring,” Uyemura says. “It’s usually frowned upon to be out the box.”

Uyemura interviewed for a summer internship at Chevron and kept her outfit simple. “For that interview I kept it pretty basic in business formal,” Uyemura says. “I wore dress pants, a blouse and low pumps.”

Uyemura’s advice to anyone going up for a big interview is to be overdressed than to be underdressed.

“More likely than not, a company is not going to not hire you for being overdressed,” she says.

Except maybe if you’re interviewing at Google. Kendal Harland a senior in computer science from Olathe, will be working for Google as a software engineer after graduation. He says that the recruiters told him specifically not to dress up for the interview.

“There were no specific requirements on what I couldn’t wear, as long as I just didn’t show up looking like a bum,” Harland says.

Start up and tech companies are usually very causal and do not require employees to dress up while interviewing or even while working. Most employees can be seen wearing graphic tees and shorts or jeans.

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“For my interview I wore some nice brown boots and a button up shirt,” Harland says.

Harland recommends that people research what you should wear to the interview and the company by doing a Google search or talk to someone who already works there. He said that he saw what everyone was wearing when he visited.

“I think the only reason why I didn’t wear a suit and tie was because I looked at what people wore to those types of interviews,” he says. “It never hurts to do a bit of research.”

If you need help with your resume or searching for a job, contact The University Career Center http://career.ku.edu/appointments or call 785-864-3624.

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