WTF Is Up?! Free Chipotle, the death of Twitter, and more.



By Darby VanHoutan

Congrats on surviving another week! Personally, I only cried into my iced coffee in public once this week. I did order a dozen Hot Box Cookies as well, but it’s lent season and God forgives. WTF is up everywhere else?

So We’re Not Going to Disney World?

The Super Bowl happened. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24 to 10. The game was played on Sunday February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. I don’t really know who I was rooting for. I like Cam Newton, quarterback for Carolina, because he’s beautiful and does the little celebration dances after he scores no matter how much they fine him (It’s gone as high as $10,000). I guess I should like Peyton Manning, quarterback for Denver, since a majority of America likes him, but he did something so upsetting that I don’t know if I will ever forgive him.

I may not know much about football but I do know that after you win the big important Superbowl a reporter asks you “What are you going to do now that you won the superbowl?” and you say “I’m going to Disney World!” and this is the American Dream. The reporter did his job at the latest Super bowl, but what was Manning’s response? He said he was going to go kiss his wife and kids and have a Budweiser. A BUDWEISER?! Personally, I think Manning should be arrested for treason against not only Disney World but America. The Denver quarterback also wasn’t paid a dime for this proclamation although the advertising was valued at $13.9 million.

I do know that I was rooting for Beyoncé and had a mini-heart attack when the beautiful piece of Hawaiian chocolate named Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance and had a dance off with Queen Bey and the band Coldplay.

It’s Not Too Late to Say Sorry – Chipotle Edition

Picture this: You’re on the 43 red KU bus, dragging your butt back to your room to work on more German homework when you receive life changing news. This life changing news not only changes your entire day and lunch plans, but your overall outlook on life. This happened to me on Monday. On this day, all a person had to do was text “raincheck” to 888-222. Then you entered your name and within 10 days a FREE BURRITO. This give away was only open from 11:00 am EST to 6:00 pm EST on Monday February 8. If you missed the time period I sincerely apologize from the depths of my soul, because this free burrito changed my life. Although the reason behind a free burrito matters to just about no one, Chipotle did have a motivation for this. The restaurant chain was closed on Monday for nationwide food safety meetings including 50,000 of its employees. This meeting was to address and change things that will prevent another pesky E. Coli outbreak like the one that made almost 500 people sick in 2015. I wasn’t that upset about it, but apology accepted Chipotle.

RIP Twitter

Buzzfeed News uncovered some big stuff earlier this week regarding everyone’s favorite social media, Twitter. Right now when a person opens up twitter, tweets show up in reverse chronological order, with the newest ones at the top of a person’s timeline. However the site is set to unveil an algorithmic timeline as soon as next week. I know right, what the frick is an algorithmic timeline? Basically, when you open up Twitter, the app will use an algorithm (smart-yness) to bring the tweets it thinks you want to see most to the top (AKA the most popular) regardless of the time they were posted. Many users of the popular app aren’t too happy about it. Mostly because it’s bad news for people who get that 1 pity like from their mom on their tweets (me), whose content will become not so popular and get lost at the bottom of a timeline.

Many changes have happened within Twitter recently since new CEO Jack Dorsey took over in October of 2015. One of these not-so-popular changes being the transition from the favorite to the like. There already is a sort of algorithmic system happening on twitter with the most popular tweets appearing under a section of your timeline that’s labeled “While You Were Away…”

Dorsey (@jack) also contradicted the news of a timeline change in a tweet he posted on February 6. This tweet stated “Hello Twitter! Regarding #RipTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week”. Confusing much @jack?

The Suite Life of me after Cole Sprouse returns to television

Ever since the Sprouse twins left television to go off and do adult things like graduate from NYU and start photography and video game design careers, my life has been a little less meaningful. However, news emerged this week that you might want to sit down for. Cole Sprouse (aka Cody Martin that used to run through Mr. Mosby’s lobby in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) will be returning to our screens after being cast as Jughead in the CW’s new show titled Riverdale. The show is based off of the comic book series Archie. Personally, I know -12 things about what Archie is. In summation, it’s about Archie, Betty, Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica who are living their teen years in a small town. So far the roles of Jughead and Betty (Lili Reinhart) are the only ones that have been cast. In our Sprouse-themed dream world, Cole’s twin brother Dylan would join in and it would be like The Tipton hotel all over again. Sadly, Dylan is busy doing Dylan things in the television world as well, working on a TV show called Dismissed. Regardless, we missed you Cole. Thanks for coming back.

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Photos by Emma Creighton