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ARIES (3/21 - 4/19) Someone’s made a proposal that doesn’t quite sit right with you, Aries, but take time to think about it. Does it truly threaten your values, or are you simply afraid of what you don’t yet understand?

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SCORPIO (10/23 - 11/21) Loneliness is not a permanent state of being, Scorpio. Nor is it a personality flaw. You are a brightly-burning world in and of itself; remember that the stars still shine when you gaze at them alone.

SAGITTARIUS (11/22 - 12/21) Beneath the surface things are different, Sagittarius. You know that. But you have the option to keep living life as if it’s the same. Will you deny yourself growth by denying what you feel? CAPRICORN (12/22 - 1/19) Trust is not something that comes naturally to you, Capricorn. The only person you really trust is yourself. But when it comes to these kinds of decisions, you must allow yourself to rest. AQUARIUS (1/20 - 2/18) You think you’ve come in last place, Aquarius, though the race has not begun. The time for fears is over; the time for work is now. When you stand amidst the mighty oaks, you’ll understand your strength. PISCES (2/19 - 3/20) It’s tempting to say yes to every opportunity that presents itself, Pisces, but you would be wise to exercise some selfrestraint. When you act slowly and with purpose, the world bends toward your will.

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scene from sad to rather comical. The rest of the movie is just one big flashback. The girl’s name is Angelica, but her storyline is starkly reminiscent of a Cinderella story — she even comes with her own evil stepfamily — as she catches the eye of a rich, upper class passenger who sexually harasses his way to her heart. Don’t let this fascinatingly dull romance plot distract you from the multitude of eccentric subplots on the ship blatantly stolen from other movies. We are introduced to off-brand Cruella De Vil and her two jewel-thief henchmen being pursued by a detective who isn’t important enough to deliver complete lines of dialogue. The lounge singer has two dogs that have been copied, collar colors and all, from 101 Dalmatians (1961). Let’s not forget that there are the ethnic anthropomorphic mice — presumably Russian as they look exactly like the mice

from An American Tail (1986) — who are passengers as well. Their small but vital role in finding lost jewelry resolves all the conflict within the first 30 minutes of the movie before the ships starts sinking. This is just as well, because by the 30 minute mark, we were all rooting for the ship to just sink already and end our trial of endurance. The most notable chaos factor in this movie was not its disaster voicework nor its plagiarized characters, but rather the animators’ uncanny obsession with cleavage shots. We at AMP Watches lost count of all the obscene cleavage shots within the first half of the movie. In fact we forgot to have any emotion at all when the ship sunk and a handful of passengers died because we were too busy speculating why so much of the budget was spent on making this movie Tit-anic more than anything else.


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’m not even going to start to mince words with this one. I could honestly drop off the face of brutal capitalist academia if I got a penny every time someone told me “you’re going to be an…. ummm….what?” whenever I told them my career aspirations of being a music therapist. When I mention this profession to people, about 0.01 percent of people congratulate me for it, and the other 99.99 percent just give me a blank look on their face. So I definitely feel that it’s time to educate on one of the largest psychological developments of this century. Music and psychology actually have a long and somewhat conjoined history, dating all the way to the ancient Greeks with Aristoxenus, who dissented with Pythagoras’ string octave discovery by offering the theory that music could only be understood through perception and memory, rather than by physical means. However, the two never really started to mix until the 1960s with the development of the first empirical psychology studies, led by Carl Seashore, who developed tests to assess musical perception as well as determine the link between music perception and fields like auditory and visual processing. “But Danny, what in rat’s patoot do they even do???” Today, music therapy has evolved into a specialized subpractice that incorporates teachings from music theory to socio-

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personality development. Let’s get real here, everyone has a song that melts all their problems away. The fundamental idea is the same for music therapists, although it might not even be a full song — just the affective response to pitch and tone is enough to help a patient cope with whatever neurological/psychological stress they may be enduring. The fields of Alzheimer’s research, Autism treatment, and childrens’ trauma therapy is where music-based therapy really shines. Many Alzheimer’s patients who listen to a song from a time period in which they lost their memory will have a part of their brain activated when listening to that song and remember other things from that time period, often very clearly too. And even outside the field of trauma, Autism, and Alzheimer’s, the subject of music cognition is still a fascinating one. I formerly worked in a lab on campus focusing on music cognition, and it explores topics like identifying wrong notes based on cultural background and chromesthesia, a sound-to-color form of synesthesia where musicians can reportedly “see” the song they’re hearing. And really, music psychology is very much in its infancy, like most brain sciences, so it’s a field that’s only going to get more exciting and fascinating in the coming years. I cannot imagine any musicophile that wouldn’t get excited about this, let alone not even know what it is.

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Jo: Look, I have so many examples of this, I cannot count them. Shoutout to That One Tall Boy from my freshman art history class and That Guy From the Dining Hall I Thought I Was In Love With For Two Full Years. Should I use AMP as a way to tell them??? Should you??? Maybe.

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MO: Attention That One Cute Person in Your Class, Last Chance Lover likes you. DONE! Jo: Slip them this issue in class (like you know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Arthur Weasley slips Kingsley a copy of the Quibbler in a stack of paper? Like that). MO: Not all of us are majoring in Harry Potter studies. I have never spoken to a person in my life, so I don’t know how to help you. Jo: Just sit next to them and mutter jokes under your breath until they laugh. That’s what I do when I do talk to people.

I have found it takes many open conversations and experiences to begin to understand a person. What’s the best way to go about having meaningful interactions with people? - People are so complex and so am i!! MO: Have you thought about feeding people? It always works for me. Food opens up

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people and makes them talk about their family, travels, and dreams. Jo: Go to Walmart with them at midnight. Literally most of my early Very Deep and Meaningful conversations have taken place in the car on the way to or from Walmart very late at night. MO: Caveat. Don’t go to Walmart at midnight if you just met the person... Jo: True.

Asking for advice on attending a happy hour solo. - Prosecco

MO: Prosecc-go! Actually, I am really bad at this, so if it works out well, let me proseccknow. Jo: I refuse to make a prosecco pun, but I’ve been practicing going places alone since I’ve lived in Madrid. I, too, am very bad at it, but that might because I don’t actually speak Spanish very well. Go for it! If it doesn’t go well, tell yourself that at least you didn’t have to order in another language. MO: And then Responsibly Drink™ your heart out.


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Let’s be honest: Sometimes, reading entire novels is too much work. It’s the end of the school year, after all, and we all have other stuff to read for class; personally, I’m trying to make it through a whole-ass Icelandic epic by the end of the week. So, if you’re short on time and like to read — and, you know, are in need of a respite from reality so that you don’t go insane from finals — here’s a list of some of my favorite short stories, which, luckily for you, you can read online for free, right now. “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong

If you haven’t read anything by Alyssa Wong yet, I’m about to change your damn life. Her story “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s fucking fantastic. “Hungry Daughters” touches on a lot of topics, including power, gender, family, and our own dark appetites, but most importantly, it grapples with the subject of home. If you find yourself craving more of Wong’s work, try “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” next.

“The Wives of Azhar” by Roshani Chokshi

“The Wives of Azhar” is one of those short stories that’s so wonderfully written you could read it over and over and over again just to bask in its beauty. There’s something about Chokshi’s writing style that’s utterly irresistible — every story of hers I read makes me marvel at her use of language. This grotesque and lovely little retelling of “Bluebeard” is a story about storytelling itself, one that any reader or writer can appreciate. Other short stories by Roshani Chokshi include “The Star Maiden” and “The Vishakanya’s Choice.”

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The first three paragraphs of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” make up one of the best short story openings I have ever read in my entire life. Alaya Dawn Johnson (who wrote one of my favorite books, The Summer Prince) is immensely talented, and it shows. She walks the walk, too; the entire story lives up to that incredible opening, managing to be clever and delightful until the very end. I honestly can’t fathom how

boring someone would have to be in order to not love this story. Yes, all of you on that one internet forum, I’m looking at you.

“Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light” by Sarah McCarry

The first time I read “Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light,” I felt like someone had straight-up cracked open my ribcage and punched me in the heart. That is, I felt understood in a way that’s so rare it left me shocked. I’m not just saying that as a twentysomething-year-old girl hoping to move to New York City someday like the main character; I say that as someone who has felt profoundly lonely at certain points in my life. If you, like most humans, have ever felt lonely and afraid, especially in a new environment away from home, this story has something rare and precious to offer you, and you’ll have to read to find out what it is.

“Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead” by Carmen Maria Machado

“Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead” was the first short story I read by Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties (which I raved about a couple of issues ago). It was so good I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since—I constantly remember that last word (yes, word) and shudder. If you’re not too internet-savvy, you might not completely understand this story or appreciate its genius. But if you’re pretty familiar with the practice of crowdfunding, it will hit you hard. You’ll be devastated, but you’ll also be in awe of Machado’s brilliance. Join the club. Writing credit: Hannah Popal

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a 16.3 percent chance a rapist will end up in prison for attacks reported to the police. Often the blame is directed at women; they are told to drink less and wear more. Boys are immature and have low self-control, but women should know better. If it happens to you, then you should have known! What we don’t realize is that it is a woman’s choice what she decides to do — dressing or acting a certain way doesn’t make a woman any less worthy of respect. Boys should be able to respect each and every woman, no matter the situation, and understand that no means no. And it is our fault for not forcing them to do so. Because of this, the vast majority of sexual assaults go unreported and unpunished. RAINN reports that nearly 70 percent of victims don’t inform the police and only 25 percent of reported assaults eventually result in arrest. According to the National Institute of Justice, fear of blame commonly prevents women from reporting their attacks. Unfortunately, we do blame women for the tragic violence they experience, augmenting their shame and hopelessness. They are assaulted, taken advantage of, and silenced, yet we blame them for everything they are forced to endure. Instead of helping her get back up, we watch her suffer alone. Instead of helping her gain justice, we watch her struggle to return to her normal life, knowing that her attacker will not get the punishment he deserves. Why do we propagate a culture that overlooks the transgressions of men? Instead of correcting their mistakes from the beginning, we let them believe that it is okay for them to disrespect the boundaries of others. Why do we excuse and encourage their behavior when it is so evidently harmful, not only to themselves, but also those around them? Until we begin to hold boys accountable for their mistakes, they will continue to replicate, and even escalate, those mistakes. Both girls and boys deserve better. They deserve more respect, more attention, and less violence. We cannot continue to promote this blanket statement to explain what the male experience is and should be; especially when, by doing so, we strip individuals of their autonomy, stunt interpersonal relationships, and greatly increase the potential for dangerous and belligerent behavior. It is time to give girls and boys what they deserve. This mentality of “boys will be boys” is detrimental to our society as a whole. Instead of creating a societal ideal of men as protectors of women, we excuse and promote their aggressive and cruel behaviors with this phrase. When will we realize that instead of raising boys, we need to raise men?

ADIVA SAHAR freshman | neuroscience When not juggling the struggles of being a pre-med student, Adiva can be found living large with an empty wallet.

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Tenth Amendment seems to lack the same attention that the First and Second Amendments have. There are several benefits to a stricter incorporation of the Tenth Amendment that include implementing better public policy and shrinking the size of the federal government. When discussing how the government grew larger and larger to overstep its bounds, we begin by analyzing the history at the time. Perhaps during the Cold War, the image of a strong national government was needed in order to counter the Soviet Union. Or earlier on, during the Great Depression and subsequent World War, a strong national government was needed to lead the states through the crises of the time. As the stakes grew during these crises, the natural response would be to give the national government the

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power needed to handle such problems. However, these powers in the long run are not as beneficial as they need to be because the national government is not the best suited to deliver long-term programs. The national government has a tremendous problem with collective action, as shown by terrible voter turnout and public knowledge about government actions. Since the national government is further removed from their constituents, they already have a huge amount of legislation to work through and they cannot be held as accountable as other forms of government. Both of these problems are incredibly important in considering how decentralization would help both the public and government to work. How does this relate to the Tenth Amendment? It’s simple: the Tenth Amendment is designed to prevent hyper-centralization. In the past decades, the federal government has garnered more and more power, which would not be a problem if the Tenth Amendment was as enforced as the other amendments to the Constitution. There are a few examples, mostly in recent history, that show what happens when the federal government gets involved in areas where the need for their interference is debatable. We have seen how the introduction of the Affordable Care Act went wrong and how the bill itself has been questionable in its attempt to give healthcare to people. From a strict, textualist approach to the Constitution’s mandates, the federal government has no role in that area. There would be several advantages to this more textual type of approach to the Constitution and allowing the other tiers of government to handle the legislation that the federal does. The clearest benefit would be the balancing of legislative work that the state and local governments would have. Simply put, if state and local governments were given wider bounds to work within, they could bear more of the brunt of work than what the federal government currently allows. Lightening the load on the federal government allows for a greater revision of any new laws they would need to pass, which would ideally create better laws at the end of the process. So, in this sense, a stricter enforcement of the literal meaning of the Tenth Amendment would lessen the workload that the federal government has by shifting the weight from the topmost tier of government to the lower two tiers. In doing this, we would also grant the states another status in our democratic republic: that of laboratories of democracy. Granting the states the function of “laboratories” means we allow states to craft their own laws on contentious policy issues. For example, there is currently debate over whether or not teachers with concealed carry permits from their states should be allowed to carry their firearm inside their schools in case of a shooting. The idea is not that teachers be forced to carry a Glock into the classroom, but rather that those who want to carry their firearm should be allowed to do so. The merits or faults of this legislation on the federal level are debatable. However, the state of Utah tested this by allowing teachers licensed to carry to do so within that state’s schools. A state has taken a hotly contentious policy issue and has instituted it in a more effective way. This is what the Tenth Amendment was designed to do. Let the government that is more responsive to their constituents — the state or local government — make their policy, rather than a national government that is farther removed. A tiered government should allow those lower tiers to function and make their policy. A state government that doesn’t make policy isn’t a government at all. One of the great features of our

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nation is that we have individual states, but if those governments aren’t allowed to create their own laws and policy to affect their citizens, what’s the point of even having a state government? If we have a state government that is completely dependent on their national counterparts, there is no reason to have a state government. The Tenth Amendment assures that the states are given their role as policy makers, and ensures that their role as laboratories of democracy is secure. I mentioned the example of giving the option for teachers to carry concealed weapons, but a hypothetical way to consider an application of the Tenth Amendment would be in regards to the healthcare law passed during the Obama administration. Instead of passing a comprehensive healthcare law, one that was only narrowly allowed to exist by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, perhaps it would have made for better policy to create a mandate for the states to enact the law. The national law was a “one-size-fits-all” law riddled with flaws that state governments had to closely comply with. Perhaps it would have been better to allow the states to create their own healthcare law and implement it in a way that would have worked better for the state’s own citizens. States that had huge support for a single-payer system of healthcare — namely California, who had a bill that would have put such a system in place — should be allowed to institute the system, if that is what their voters want. But just as states that support the system should be allowed to put a healthcare system in place, states whose governments reject putting in the system should also be allowed to do so. This is somewhat reminiscent of the Nullification Crisis of the early 19th century, though the Nullification Crisis was important in its own right because it expanded the power of the federal government over the states. If the states have to comply with laws that would ultimately inflict harm upon the citizens that they are ultimately held more accountable to, then why should we have the states? If states are not able to enforce the laws they believe are necessary to keep their state best regulated, then why are states necessary? In an era that prides itself on a centralization that has grown since the New Deal, a decentralization of government is damn near necessary if our government is to remain the gold standard that it once was in the world. Make no mistake — I do not believe there should not be a reneging of the Constitution. The Constitution is one of the finest political documents to come out of the past three centuries. However, as James Madison noted in Federalist No. 51, men are not angels. Governments become overburdened and fat, then they overstep their boundaries. This was the goal of Tenth Amendment: preventing the national government from growing fat and running rampant. Some would argue the opposite, that the national government by virtue is better suited to make policy for all states. But it’s a foolish notion that a national body would be better suited to make policy for what are essentially 50 miniature nations in their own right. If one would argue that state laws on issues such as gun control would then outweigh any local laws, I would then argue that they can and do have equal weight. For example, look to the gun laws of Illinois and Chicago. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Second Amendment was ruled applicable to the states. In a show of federal law being supreme, the Second Amendment was shown to be greater than state law — an exception to the assertion I made earlier in regards to healthcare. But to get back on topic, local municipalities (such as the city of Chicago itself ) then began to outlaw firearms inside their jurisdiction. I am slightly surprised


that the ban has not been challenged in court (where it would most likely be thrown out), but to give local municipalities and states the ability to create their own laws and sovereignty is greater than ensuring the Second Amendment is upheld. Essentially, the Tenth is greater than the Second. For another example of federal law being outdated and non-reflective of current society, consider California. California has very slack laws concerning marijuana, laws that are also becoming commonplace in many other states. Yet even under a progressive president for eight years, federal marijuana laws haven’t changed much. A person running a completely legal dispensary in California can still be hauled off by federal law enforcement at nearly any point. There is no justice in hauling off a businessperson for running a business that sells something arguably less damaging than alcohol. The current administration does not help this incredibly complex and fragile situation, walking back on agreements and rolling back on the progress made for seemingly no reason (especially coming from a party whose platform is allegedly concerned with ensuring that states’ rights are upheld). If that were true, then why is there a president and attorney general gripping onto outdated laws that

attempt to smother the state’s right to make its own laws? I cannot comprehend the mental gymnastics required to make that logic work. Essentially, all of my points lead to this: let the states have their role in creating their own policy. Trim the fat that is the federal government, and roll back its involvement in creating such specific policy. There is no reason that a government centered on the East Coast should make policies for a state that’s still majorly dominated by woodland. Alaska is not Maryland is not Massachusetts is not Oklahoma. Policies designed to be a one-size-fits-all for 50 individual states are not good policies. Let states make changes to federal law to make it better suited for the state and the citizens that are affected by it on a daily basis.

NATHAN FARMER sophomore | political science Wants to be the next Hamilton, just without the sex scandal.

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Final Round Up

Food For Thought

This is the last Food for Thought of the semester and my last one ever, so I wanted to make it a special edition to help you all out. This time around, I’m giving you a round-up of my favorite restaurants near UTD (divided into categories so you can choose by your priority). Some I have reviewed in the past, others are well known, all I personally endorse. I’ll give you the name, location, and a brief review of why I recommend it.

Proximity

These are restaurants around the Coit and Campbell area that you can likely get to via the bus route or walking. They are in order of my personal favorites.

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Lover’s Eggroll 16627 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 Lover’s Eggroll is a small Chinese takeout place that may not be not much to look at, but it remains one of my top two Chinese takeout spots. The prices are pretty low considering the huge amount of food that you get, and they have a combo deal that includes a drink and an eggroll. I can confirm that the eggrolls are pretty delicious, and service is quick and no fuss.

Raising Canes 7651 Campbell Rd, Dallas, TX 75248 It’s Canes. It’s across the street. You can’t go wrong.

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Mooyah 2160 N Coit Rd Suite 130, Richardson, TX 75080 If you like burgers and you haven’t been to Mooyah, I don’t know what you’re doing. They don’t have my favorite french fries in the world, but they do give you a lot of them so if you’re going with a date, it’s best to share one order of large fries.

Rockfish 7639 Campbell Rd #800, Dallas, TX 75248

This is the restaurant next to Cane’s that you’ve probably ignored. It’s a family dinner-type sit-down restaurant that serves mostly seafood, but I’m putting it on here because I love shrimp. Rockfish’s fried shrimp and fish is really good, the setting is cozy, and you can get a platter meal that includes shrimp, calamari, hush puppies, and fries. If you’re looking for a sit-down meal that’s close and isn’t Chili’s, I recommend Rockfish.

Offers a Student Discount: These are restaurants nearby that offer some kind of discount or promotion upon presenting your UTD ID. Most of these are also very close to UTD like the previous list, but come with the added bonus of saving a bit of money. They all have different promotions, most around 10 or 15 percent off, so I’ve only specified an amount on ones I can remember.

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Bethany’s Cafe 430 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 Despite not being super close, Bethany Cafe offers the best value on this list. I did a full review of them, but here’s the rundown. Located on Coit near Belt Line, Bethany is a cute cafe and bubble tea shop offering a variety of Asian fare. Despite already low prices (around $8 or less for an entrée), they offer a discount with a student ID card AND a free bubble tea with every entrée. Because of this sweet value, Bethany Cafe is my number one favorite takeout spot, and we occasionally still drive there despite living 20 minutes away.

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Little Greek 1920 N Coit Rd #241, Richardson, TX 75080 Little Greek is right around the corner from UTD, and I’ve given it a review before as well. They offer Greek and Mediterranean food, and they are much, much better than the Mediterranean spot in the Comet Cafe. They also offer UTD students a free drink.

La Madeleine 1320 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 This La Madeleine is in the same parking lot as Mooyah and Mi Cocina. I am a big fan of their chicken caesar salad, tomato basil soup, and almond croissants. They don’t advertise their student discount, but you just have to ask.


Fun Night Out : These restaurants aren’t as close to UTD as the previous two lists, but they make good date night spots or where to take your parents to impress them. I don’t know why these all ended up as Asian restaurants, but that’s where we’re at it seems.

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Zhabuki 2380 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074 Zhabuki Shabu remains my favorite place to take big groups and friends from out of town. For the full description of what hot pot is and how Zhabuki works, check out my full review. Sharing hot pot with friends is so fun and a delicious, and you also can’t beat the cheap happy hour prices.

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Monta Ramen 800 N Coit Rd #2550B, TX 75080 Also down Coit near Belt Line, Monta is a cozy noodle house. The atmosphere is classy and modern and the food is good. In addition to ramen, they offer some entrees and deserts.

Dansungsa Karaoke and Bar & Korean Food 2540 Old Denton Rd #300, Carrollton, TX 75006

This was my first excursion into Korean food, and after thoroughly embarrassing myself attempting to order, I really enjoyed it. All the way in Carrollton, Dansungsa offers Korean comfort food, a bar, and karaoke.Their entrées may seem pricey, but their portions are definitely shareable. They’re more like platters of entrées than individual meal, so getting four or five friends together and getting two or three entrées to share is going to be plenty of food and well worth your money. The overall atmosphere is a nightlife sort of vibe, with mood lighting and a bar. They also offer $2 draft beer, and there are karaoke rooms you can rent.

Hamburgers!

These are my favorite hamburger spots, ranked in order of whether or not they have cheese fries and how much I like them.

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Fuddruckers 741 Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075 Fuddruckers is a chain, but it’s a chain close to my heart because I grew up going there. Despite trying many burgers over the years, I still love Fuddruckers the best because of their perfect steak fries and delicious handmade buttery buns. Recently I discovered that they now offer Ultimate Cheese Fries. They are Ultimate in my heart. They’re also home to my favorite milkshakes.

Country Burger 3115 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75023 I’ve reviewed Country Burger in the past, and my opinion still stands that they are a good, no frills, hamburger. However, my heart was a little broken when I realised they were using miracle whip instead of mayo. However, they are a bit cheaper than Mooyah or Fuddy’s and they do have Cheese fries which come with Ranch, so they are at my number 2.

KATIE RISOR senior | atec/emac Thinks Whataburger is overrated and dry.

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Mooyah 2160 N Coit Rd Suite 130, Richardson, TX 75080 Mooyah again because their burgers are good, and there are locations all over the place. I actually like their burgers better than Country Burger, but I don’t like their fries all that much and they don’t even come smothered in cheese.

Twisted Root 730 E Campbell Rd #330, Richardson, TX 75080 I haven’t been to Twisted Root in awhile, but I do remember them being delicious. I don’t remember if they have cheese fries.

Honorable Mentions

Steak ‘n Shake I love Steak ‘n Shake. They’re the superior fast food burger, better than Whataburger. I will fight anyone on this. 85 Bakery 85’s pastries are my favorite treat-myself snack. They aren’t really a restaurant, so I couldn’t include them in the above lists but I felt I should mention them again. Well, UTD, it’s been real. I’ve really enjoyed trying new restaurants and writing about them for you. DFW has such a crazy variety of cuisines to try on every corner, there really is something for everyone. I hope this list will help you out the next time you can’t decide where to go.

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I start the shows by being like “only the finest in alternative hip hop and R&B.” It’s mostly Soundcloud rappers being emotional over really pretty beats, but it’s kind of eclectic too. I take breaks in the hip hop for jazz, blues, punk, and orchestral stuff when it fits.

What’s the reason behind the name of your show, “Get Real”?

Get Real is like a colloquialism that encourages people to stop acting a certain way and be themselves. Likewise, a lot of the music I play is kind of introspective and if you get into it, I bet you’ll probably start feeling that way too.

How did you come to be known as DJ Aggressive Love?

That’s like an old persona I used to joke around with years ago. I always said if I became a DJ, I’d call myself Aggressive Love, just playing around. Never thought I’d be doing radio stuff back then. But then I got the opportunity to realize that dream and I frickin’ ran with it.

What are some of the influences for your song choices?

Sometimes I’ll organize my show themed on an emotion where every hour is a different aspect of that emotion. Like for my Valentine’s Day show I had a show that was about romance. I think it was “new love” for the first hour, “making love” for the second hour, and “rejected love” for the third. That last hour was wild.

How would you say your music taste has changed over time?

I don’t know if I’ve changed much. I know my love for hip hop has matured. Like, I got into trap music. I used to be one of those

uptight “that’s not wholesome hip hop” kind of fools, but a DJ showed me how to appreciate trap and now I’m really into it.

What made you decide to join RadioUTD? I just transferred and I was lonely AF.

What are some or artist recommendations you have for someone needing some good vibrations?

JMSN has delicious R&B. He’ll sing his way into your heart and soul, no lie. Check out his track “Cruel Intentions.” That’ll put some butter on your scones. Rejjie Snow consistently puts out silky smooth rap. Check out “Nights Over Georgia” or “All Around the World.” Look up the Snakehips remix of Raury’s “Cigarette Song.” I play that bad mambajamba every show.

Any music releases you’re looking forward to at the moment?

Death Grips is gonna drop Year of the Snitch. I’m so excited for it, I didn’t even listen to the leak. My dude Slim Kuttie is making something; that’s bound to be great. I don’t know what happened to WOKE. That was a group made of Shabbaz Palaces, Thundercat, and Flying Lotus. They put out like one track and I never heard from them again. I guess that’s not an anticipated release, but I literally think of that once a week.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you or your show?

Literally anybody can come and hang out during my show, I’ll even play some tracks off your mixtape, but there’s rules: 1) Nobody talks while I’m talking. 2) I’ll only play your mixtape if it’s actually topshelf. 3) Blast that DOOM.

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