Lawrence’s Best Date Options for Everybody’s Price Range


Words by Nicole Mitchell

Graphics by Karsan Turner

Choosing a place to go on a date is tough. Especially when you think that you’ve seen everything there is to do in Lawrence. Finding date activities that won’t break your budget is even harder. However, they do exist. With that in mind, I saved you the trouble and compiled a list of things you may not have thought of when deciding what to do on your next date night.

Stargazing at the grove: If you live on campus, this is the best place to relax because you don’t have to drive anywhere. Bring a hammock or pack a picnic. FREE

Go geocaching together: If you’re new to geocaching, it is a community treasure hunt. Download the app or use the website and try to find treasure planted by other locals. Just don’t forget to bring something to replace what you take! FREE

Walk around the farmers market: Buy some veggies and make a meal together like you’re on a cooking show. Or just try out the food samples and look at the cute dogs that are there. Saturdays from 8 A.M. – noon until Nov 17th (824 New Hampshire St.) or tuesdays from 4 P.M. – 6 P.M. until Oct 23rd. (725 Vermont St.) FREE

Visit Dempsey’s Burger Pub: Wednesday trivia night and $3.50 pint beers! Enjoy answering trivia together and have a cold one. $3.40+

Sing karaoke at the Replay Lounge: Every Tuesday starting at 6 P.M. $2.50 singles and $4.50 doubles, $4 reanimator shots. $2+ a $2 cover fee

Final Fridays: Every last Friday of the month, visit Lawrence galleries, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants to view local made art. FREE

Attend a concert: Lawrence has a ton of places to watch shows. The Granada, The Bottleneck, Lied Center, and more. Visit a local show, your favorite band, or someone you’ve never heard of before. FREE – $50

Drink + Draw at Gaslight Gardens: Held every Thursday evening from 7-10pm. While it is a free event, you’re required to bring your own media (e.g., paint, pencils, and paper) as well as pay for any drinks you may get while at the Beer Garden. While the facebook page says that the last date is September 27, it will continue on as long as weather permits. Free + Media

Eat at the Sandwich Bowl: A casual restaurant located on W 6th St. with lots of sandwich choices. Whether you’re in the mood for a hamburger, a grilled cheese, or a club sandwich, this place has you covered. $8-15/meal.

Breakout Lawrence: Because who wouldn’t want to spend an hour trapped in a room with your loved one? $30/person

St. John’s Oktoberfest: If German food, culture, and beer interests you, Oktoberfest is just the right place to go. Entrance is free. Only September 29 from 4pm-10pm at 1234 Kentucky. FREE Entry + food and drinks ($25-$50)

Mass St. Fish House & Raw Bar: If you’re into seafood and want a nicer place to go to this is your place. While I’ve never eaten here before (I don’t eat fish), the photos look beautiful and the reviews are nice. ~$30/person

India Palace: This restaurant has a variety of indian foods within a wide range of prices. If you would like, you can get the palace dinner for two which is around $40 or the vegetarian dinner for two for about $36. Or get something completely different. It’s your life. Located on 129 E 10th St. $35.95 – $39.95

Epic Fun Center: It’s open 7 days a week with multiple activities including laser tag, mini golfing, and arcade games. This is especially fun if you want to have a competitive night with your partner. $20/person


Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “Barron Trump’s not autistic he’s just a time traveler.”
  • “I’ve had microwaves and toasters mixed up my whole life.”
  • “I’m not doing much today, just Saran wrapping a car.”
  • “I still need 17 more shots to be where I wanna be.”
  • “Yeah, I had sex in a port-a-potty.”
  • “I’m pretty sure forking is sexual.”
  • “It smells like death is coming out of me.”
  • “I have some virginities I need to take.”


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


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.

Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “I’m not trying to suck your dick, I need help!”
  • “I think both sides of my brain start working when I do that and it hurts.”
  • “How did I wear cashmere?!”
  • “You are so cum-focused.”
  • “I love big noses.”
  • “Okay so you, me and Allie are the prostitutes?”
  • “Honestly if my body looked like that I’d be a mean bitch too.”
  • “Theoretically, I love operas but I just can’t get on board for this.”
  • “Should I hot-box the elevator, dude? hahahahha”
  • “Ooo man buns are hooottt!”


How it Feels… to be Diagnosed with Cancer


Story by Brianna Childers

In spring 2017, University of Kansas student Brianna Miller, a senior from Mission Viejo, California, found out she had cancer. This is how it felt.

The day I found out I had cancer, my doctor called me an hour before my American Lit final. It was May 12. I had been having swollen lymph nodes for five months at that point.

My biopsy, which my doctor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital had sent to Mayo Clinic, showed I had stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The doctors wanted to get a second opinion but there was a 75 percent chance it was cancer.

I quickly texted my parents and went to go take my final. The day the doctor called a week and a half later to confirm that I had cancer I was nannying. I called my mom right after because she had already been making plans with an oncologist just in case. It didn’t really hit me for quite a while.

I had been researching Hodgkin’s and found out that a lot of times, it’s a very quick treatment and 95 percent of the patients, within the first two rounds of chemo, go into remission. In my mind, I thought “that’s not bad.’’ It’s easy to think on the better side of things when you haven’t hit the reality of it yet.

But then we went out to The Hawk that night. It was dollar night and I just got so drunk. We went back to my friend Claire’s apartment and I cried for the longest time, mostly about losing my hair.

I flew back to California three days later and I didn’t come back to school until spring semester of 2018. My first day of chemo was June 22, two days before my 21st birthday.

A lot of people don’t know things about cancer other than it’s a terrible disease. When you think terrible, you think there’s gotta be something that tells you that you have it. All I had were lymph nodes in my throat that were swollen, so I thought maybe it was a thyroid problem because I felt perfectly fine.

They popped up overnight, one on each side of my throat over my collar bone. They were the size of ping pong balls. I also had a tumor in my chest that was 10 centimeters long, which is more than a third of the size of my chest.  That means it had been growing for at least a year for it to get that big.

I had no idea, which is funny, because when you have a cold, you feel like you’re dying but you have cancer and you feel perfectly fine.

My last day of treatment was November 21. There is a 30 percent chance the cancer will reoccur. There is a chance I’ll develop breast cancer or heart disease because of chemo. There is a chance I’ll get thyroid cancer or have thyroid problems because of chemo.

I used to be a people pleaser, but after getting a cancer diagnosis, you think “shit, I need to change things around and do things that are for me.”.  The rest of my life I’ll be living with “well it could come back” or “I could get secondary cancer” so you really have to learn to live every day as your last. People say that, but it’s true for cancer patients.

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