SLUTS, DILDOS, BASKETBALL, STRIPPERS,BEAUTY, POETRY, AND GRADUATION
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ARTEMIS. THE DAUGHTER OF LETO AND ZEUS AND THE TWIN SISTER OF APOLLO. ARTEMIS IS THE GODDESS OF WILDERNESS, THE HUNT AND WILD ANIMALS, AND FERTILITY. ARTEMIS WAS ONE OF THE OLYMPIANS AND THE VIRGIN GODDESS. SHE WAS ALSO THE PROTECTOR OF WILD ANIMALS SEEING TO THEIR WELL BEING AND REPRODUCTION.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
As I was putting together the magazine, I discovered that quite by accident, most of the articles were about sex, in one capacity or another. I worried, would this deter people from reading the magazine. Would people be offended? With the Kent State population, let alone the American people, so polarized over every possible subject, I wondered if this issue would spark more controversy than I had intended. However, I came to a number of conclusions. Humans are by nature, sexual creatures. Homo sapiens are of a very small group in the animal kingdom who are built to enjoy copulation and procreation. Why not investigate it? Why not spark conversations about it? Why not help people realize that people really do talk about sex? Everybody does it sometime, so why not bring it up? Furthermore, Kent boasts itself as a leader in diversity- not only in terms of its population, but also in terms of the variation of viewpoints presented. Subsequently, it is in the spirit of Kent’s aim to enlighten on all fronts that I present these articles. I guess my whole rationale was not just to extend diversity, but to encourage the humanization of so many groups which are so easy to dehumanize. It is so easy to categorize and stereotype groups of people, and subsequently forget that they have fears, hopes and dreams that may be entirely similar to your own. I know I often have to remind myself of that simple lesson. I hope that this issue not only broadens your horizons, but also encourages the community to remember that we all are members of the human community and all have a beating heart, regardless of occupation, personality or even politics. Enjoy! Mary Wagley
Passion! Penis! Steve Harbaugh
Table of Contents page
The Power of One…Team Amanda Burke
Girls Girls Girls Amber Hayland
The Girls We Know and Often Love to Hate Amanda Stanley
Where Do You Go From Here?page 21 Lindsay M. Branson The Eye of the Beholder Sarika Jagtiani
What’s That You’re Drinking? page 29 Heather Evans Poetry Allison Prichard, Melanie Wilson, Dirk Mellon, Clayton Rainsberg Movie Reviews Adria Barbour
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Passion Parties was founded in 1994 with a mission statement that emphasized “sharing products that enhance a woman’s relationship and adding to the philosophy of women helping women.” Passion Parties has more than 5,000 independent consultants nationwide and the company has more than 300 items in their inventory.
By Steven Harbaugh
photo: Amy Mitten
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Corrigan offers various types and styles of toys such as the Jungle Jigglers - Dolphin, which is designed with dual speed controls and dual reversible rotation.
photo: Amy Mitten
estled deep inside a suburban housing development is the host home for Pleasure Parties, an adult toy sales party that caters to women. It’s not a Tupperware party or a candle party—the participants must be over the age of 18 and they must be open-minded. Katie Corrigan, the executive director of the company, is laying out items on a long, purple table. The goodies include adult toys of all shapes and sizes, motion lotions, erotic books and massaging oils. Seven women in their mid-forties have gathered for tonight’s event. “For some people, they don’t put all the toys out at first like it should be this element of surprise, but to me, I put it all out here in advance,” she explains as she passes out a pen and paper to tonight’s guests, along with purple folders containing catalogs of the company’s products. She instructs them to write down two chores they hate and why they hate them. After doing so, she asks the women to say “I hate sex because…” and then follow the phrase with one of the reasons why they hate chores. One lady begins: “I hate sex because I get dirty and it hurts my back the next day.” Laughter erupts. The activity continues. It doesn’t work well in every instance. But it’s done to prove a point: to make sure these women feel more comfortable with frank discussions of sexuality. The women at tonight’s party are not perverse
Reclaiming repressed female sexuality through sex toy parties. sexual deviants. They might be teachers, secretaries, or housewives. Initial frank discussions of sexuality cause them to giggle under their breath. You can tell this is completely new to many of the women. And you can tell they are having an absolute blast. Corrigan begins her next activity, passing around a red, heart-shaped pillow and having the women say “penis” every time the word “passion” is said during the presentation of the items. They can choose to ask a question or say “penis” instead, passing the pillow along each time someone says it. This continues throughout the presentation. Every time Corrigan says “passion,” one of the women shouts “penis” and laughs. The Presentation A variety of items are introduced. Sensual bath salts and body scrubs are introduced first.
Then Corrigan describes the unisex climax enhancement gel, the company’s #1 bestselling product. Corrigan explains that the gel is rubbed gently onto the clitoris. One of the women holds up a folder in front of her face suddenly and giggles, noting that her mother is in the room seated across from her. The initial introduction of such frank sexual talk has surprised her. Next comes the lubricant. “I’m a big fan of lubricant,” Corrigan admits. She allows the group to taste test several flavored lubricants and feel them on their hands to compare consistencies. All the lubricants are water-based, condom-compatible, and non-sticky, she explains. One particular lubricant is waterreactivated. “Be careful when picking up cups later,” she laughs. A waterproof lubricant in a phallic-shaped bottle is presented. “This is pretty much for your marathon sex. This is
the ‘the kids are gone for the weekend and I’m not putting my clothes on’ lube,” she says, passing it around to sample. Edible body powder is introduced next. Corrigan explains that sometimes when women tell their husbands that they enjoy one particular sensual act, such as kissing on the neck, the man will do it all the time and ignore the rest of the body. The edible body powder solves that problem. “Men have one erogenous zone,” she explains. “We have like 5 billion.” Corrigan stresses communication as the most important factor in relationships, even above the products on the table. “Men don’t understand that it takes a lot to get to the ‘OK, I need you right now’ point,” she says. A minty gel for women that don’t like to give oral sex is next. “We’ve all heard to use Altoids or ice cubes or cough drops,” Corrigan says, noting that the gel is much better than anything else available. The Sex Toys Then come the muchawaited items on the table: the sex toys. Corrigan stresses the ground rules for introducing sex toys into lovemaking sessions. “If a man is intimidated or penis conscious, he may not want a penis-looking item in the bedroom,” she says, showing some odd-shaped devices. One looks like antennae and another looks like a bullet. The “Pink Passion” vibrator is passed around. Corrigan explains that pearls and vibrating bullets will almost always be present at the base of the dildo because that way once inserted, it reaches the nerve
endings of the vagina. One woman likes the “Pink Passion” a lot. “I’m going to go to the bathroom, I’ll be right back,” she jokes. “Nubby G” is next, a smaller curved vibrator designed to hit the infamous G-spot. “He produces a more advanced orgasm,” Corrigan smirks. The “Cosmic Invader,” a large blue apparatus is next and very loud. It sounds like a buzzing hummingbird. After a variety of sex toys have been passed from hand to hand, the woman at the end hands the pile of six dildos to Corrigan. “My, what a collection you have,” Corrigan jokes. Other vibrators are shown. One has a dolphinshaped clitoral stimulator. Another has a rabbit-shaped clitoral stimulator. Corrigan says the infamous “Rabbit” vibrator even made an appearance on “Sex in the City.” A variety of penis ring stimulators are passed around next. Corrigan actually doesn’t recommend one item called “The Powerhouse”. “I don’t even have a penis and that hurts me,” she says. The last item is a male masturbation sleeve named “Gigi”, a pink jelly-like tube. “This society is very anti-anal sex,” she says. “But you can flip Gigi inside out and it looks like an anus.”
Sex toy cleaning oil is shown next. Corrigan says normal antibacterial soap can be used to clean toys too. “Or Comet,” one lady announces. “Omigod, you’re a freak!” Corrigan shouts.The ladies laugh. Corrigan remembers another item she forgot to bring. The item she explains is a buzzing hairbrush. “If you do have kids, I recommend the buzzing brush,” she says. “When they hear the buzzing as you brush their hair, they become familiar with it. Then when they hear the buzzing coming from your room, they won’t think anything of it.” The women laugh again. After the presentation, the women order items that have ignited their interest. The majority of Corrigan’s party guests have been women, although she does do couples parties. Her parties are designed to cater to both the desires of the sexually inexperienced and the sexually adventurous. “It’s not about being perverse,” she says. “It’s about being sexually free and able to discuss sex with your partner.”
Interested in booking a party? Feel free to contact Katie Corrigan, Executive Director and independent consultant at: (440) 785-4703 Cell Phone (888) 420-1501 Toll-Free Or check Katie’s business out online at: www.katiespassion.com
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THE POWER OF ONE…TEAM Amanda Burke
en and women have essentially always been
separated by gender, especially when the issue discussed is athletics. Years ago women were viewed as frail and delicate. In fact, women were not permitted to participate in strenuous physical activity. Dr. Theresa Walton, assistant professor in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport comments, “Sport has traditionally been seen as an arena for men to express themselves.” However, times do change. Today, an athlete has no gender or set body type. An athlete is simply an individual devoted to sport who works diligently with a competitive spirit to maintain and improve skills vital to success in sport. Consequently, women’s athletics has gradually begun to gain respect in a male dominated society.
As the women’s basketball team prepares for the first game of the season on Friday, November 19, they are ready to prove not that they deserve to be on the basketball court; that is a reality, but that this is the year for women’s athletics, and this is the time for students and the surrounding community to get involved. The women’s basketball program has experienced nothing but success since its inception. Over the past 25 years the program has enjoyed twelve 20-game win seasons, five MAC championships, four MAC tournament championships, five Eastern Division championships, five NCAA tournament appearances, and most recently, a WNIT appearance. Although this year’s team has gone through a metamorphosis because of the loss of three key seniors to graduation and the addition of two new assistant coaches, the 2004-2005 season outlook couldn’t be brighter. Redshirt junior guard Malika Willoughby is the first to state that this year’s team is not composed of one star but of many capable
players, and “everyone should and will need to step up and do her job.” The season looks to be filled with many highlights and heart pounding games. With three starters returning, two new additions, and generally much improved players, there is cause to be optimistic about the upcoming season. Because this year’s team is smaller, they will rely on quickness, be aggressive offensively, and like always, tenacious on defense. Lone senior Melissa DeGrate will prove to be vital to the outside scoring game. DeGrate finished among the top 10 in the MAC in threepoint shooting last season. DeGrate along with redshirt junior Malika Willoughby, will step up to be the vocal leaders this year. After transferring from Wisconsin-Green Bay and sitting out a season due to NCAA regulations, Willoughby has been thrust into the starting point guard position. Last season she led the MAC in assists per game with 6.72 and was second in the MAC with 3.0 steals per game. This year she has recently been
named to the Preseason MAC All-Conference Team. Junior forward Lindsay Shearer had her own success last year. Besides averaging 14.9 points per game, and nabbing 8.1 rebounds per game, she was a 2004 All-MAC Team selection and named Academic All-American. Subsequently, Shearer has also been named to the Preseason MAC AllConference Team. Shearer will provide experience in the post and be the key scorer in the paint. Juniors Kacie Vavrek and Tiffany Kelly will provide a spark off the bench. Vavrek stepped up in key games last season providing much needed scoring and should do the same this season. Kelly is a feisty scrapper. She will be relied on for her defense and ability to force turnovers. Sophomores La’Kia Stewart and Mallorie Griffith both will see more playing time. Stewart saw limited action her freshman year due to an injury. However, she showed great promise late in the season and has continued to improve. Stewart’s slashing moves to the basket will help to make Kent State more of an offensive
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“This team is bonded! It seems like they all know each one of them has something invested in this team”
threat. Look to see Griffith more aggressive in the paint. She will have a greater role this season as a scorer. Rounding out the team are freshman newcomers Ashley Harkins and Jennifer Moody. Harkins is speedy and should catch on quickly and thrive with Kent State’s tempo. Moody adds needed size to the line-up. The freshman inexperience will be cured with basic skill development and playing time. Moody and Harkins will need to adjust to the physicality of women’s Division I college basketball to be successful this season. In addition to each player knowing her role this season, setting goals and having team chemistry are factors that will determine success. Although it is important for coaches to create goals for their squad, the players must have their own set of expectations. Associate Head Coach Lori Bodnar points out, “Goals are important because the team is not just playing for us, but they are playing for themselves.” This is precisely why just before the first practice of the season begins; the players sit down to a meal and establish their goals for the upcoming season. Sophomore forward Mallorie Griffith feels if this year’s team can “work as a team” Kent State will “win as a team.” Bodnar also states, “I have noticed how the players function together
during individual workouts. This team is bonded! It seems like they all know that each one of them has something invested in this team.” That something isn’t just sweat and time, but heart and soul. It is evident to everyone involved with women’s basketball that goals will be set high and the chemistry of this team is strong. While basketball is on the top of the list of priorities for these athletes, being a student is always number one. Head Coach Bob Lindsay makes this precedence. Each student athlete must record eight study table hours per week until an acceptable GPA is earned. Under Coach Lindsay’s tutelage it is evident that these athletes have been able to succeed on the court and in the classroom. The 2003- 2004 women’s basketball team had a great season ending with a 19-11 record and being one of 32 Division I teams nationwide to receive an invite to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). However, this by no means surpasses the impressive team grade point average of 3.02. With all of this success, the women’s team has been thrust into the role of student leaders. This is not because they play the game of basketball, but because of their educational accomplishments and intense community involvement. Areas of focus within the community include
American Cancer Society and Portage County Special Olympics. Each year, money is raised and time is spent to support these causes. These student athletes do not join in these events because they must, but because they want to. Each student athlete understands how important it is to give back to the university and the community that has supported them. When these eleven athletes step on to the floor of the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center as a TEAM on November 19 to take on American University, they will be ready to play. Sophomore Mallorie Griffith couldn’t have said it better, “We will get out of basketball what we put into it.” Through their hard work and devotion, these women have gained respect as students and athletes. Because of the success of the women’s basketball program in the past and undoubtedly in the future, these athletes are viewed not as a group of women gathered to play a game but as a team of talented athletes ready to show they can win.
Girls, Girls, Girls by Amber Hyland
Jada and Raven, two dancers at the Babylon in Austintown, approach me with carefree smiles, similar to those of the teenage looking girls airbrushed on the front awnings of the club. Their smiles fade when they notice my notebook sitting on the table. “What’s this for?” Raven asks, trying to read my handwriting. I explain that I would like to know about their jobs, and if they find anything empowering about it. “Empowering?” Jada asks. They both begin to laugh. “We’ve been set up,” Jada says. “The manager just told us to come out here and talk to a girl on the couch. We thought it would be your first night dancing or something.” I look down at my pale green business suit. In comparison to Jada’s tan, blue and white striped halter bikini and Raven’s tropical pink floral bikini top and matching hot pants, I look nothing like a woman who is ready to take the stage. An immediate divide is set between us, and there is a spurt of uncomfortable silence where I pray they don’t think I will stereotype them as oversexed drug addicts. Before I can ask any questions, a cocktail waitress hands them a note written on the back of an advertisement for the club’s amateur night. “Who’s Rick?” Raven asks Jada. “You know how many Ricks I talk to in a night?” Jada responds. The dancers immediately discard the note. The club has a strict policy that prohibits them from forming relationships with clients. They giggle for awhile, and then proceed to talk about what it is like to be a dancer at a gentlemen’s club. “I’m in it for the money. It’s not something fun. Well, it can be fun…” Before Jada can finish her sentence, the manager tells her to go on stage. “It’s always me,” Jada says. She gets up from the black and red leopard upholstered couch, weaving through an intimate arrangement of zebra printed lounge chairs and palm
trees with bubbling trunks. A Barry White song fades, transitioning into a popular radio single. Jada wipes down the pole at the center of the stage, her gold heart necklace glitters underneath the glow of black lights. At 7 p.m. on a Saturday, the Babylon has just opened. Only one man sits at the bar. As Jada swings around the pole, his eyes never glance in her direction. The only eyes that follow Jada are the seductive ones engraved on a plaque near the front entrance. Under the engraved eyes reads, “Please do not touch the entertainers.” Jada moves up to the lip of the stage as another song comes on. At other gentlemen’s clubs like the Babylon in Austintown, women strip for profit. The impact of cultural taboos about sex has caused a number of stereotypes to surface. Some may think these women are oversexed.
Some may think they are addicted to drugs. But Sarah, a former cocktail waitress at the Diamond Lodge says, “It’s not like it is on television. We’re not all drug addicts. We’re just everyday people trying to make ends meet.” While there is a high risk involved in working at a gentlemen’s club, many of these women are willing to take the risk to put bread on the table, or to pay for college. Somewhere lurking beneath the stereotypes are everyday people trying to survive. Under the Black Lights The décor of a gentlemen’s club may vary, but, in general, people know what to expect. As Kirissa, who has worked at the Babylon for six years, explains, “People come here for boobs and cheap beer.” Beyond the boobs and cheap beer is a working environment where the bottom line is making enough money to pay the bills. Sarah says that
since the environment is so competitive, there can be problems. “The industry is shady. You don’t know who you can trust. If you upset someone you work with, they gang up against you. It is like high school intensified a million times,” she says. She adds that this competitive drive affects the attitudes of the club workers. “All of the workers are very defensive. You are always waiting for someone to try something they shouldn’t try.” And sometimes the customers will. Sarah says she was once stalked at the club. A man around her age would sit in her section, buy nothing and write notes. When the bouncers asked him what he was doing, the man said he was only writing poetry. A bouncer noticed Sarah’s name on the paper. Once, the man was waiting in the parking lot for Sarah. Luckily, the bouncers
walk the women to their cars every night. After three weeks, the man disappeared. No one dismissed him. His actions were not against club policy. Bouncers are on the floors to take care of customers who try to go against the policies. Most clubs have policies that prohibit the clients from touching the dancers or propositioning them for sex. Ed Hill, the operations manager at the Babylon, says that he eliminated bouncers two months ago. This may be a security concern to some, but Hill says, “I run the club, not the customers. And they know that.” Angel, who has been working at the Babylon for two weeks, says she feels safe. “There are cameras everywhere. Our manager walks us to our cars at night and waits for us to get in and start the car.” Despite club policies and how safe women feel, some clients will try things they aren’t supposed to. “They think licking isn’t a form of touching. ‘But I’m not using my hands,’ they say,” Kirissa says. “Sometimes you will hear them shouting things like, ‘I want to fuck you.’ There is all this other sneaky shit they try to pull.” While some may think that men are just looking for some touch, Sarah says she understands why some men really come to the clubs. “Many of the guys that go there are lonely, looking for companionship,” Sarah says. “You could go to a bar and it doesn’t always guarantee that a female is going to talk to you. If you go to a strip club you are guaranteed to have a girl come up and have a conversation with you.”
Beyond looking for some companionship, Mel Thompson, a health education instructor at Kent State, says our society expects men to enjoy gentlemen’s clubs. “Part of being masculine is being oversexed. If a man isn’t interested in sex, something about his masculinity isn’t right. It’s the same reason people in this society have trouble with homosexuality. If someone said, ‘Let’s go to a strip club.’ And you said no, they can say ,’Why not? Aren’t you a man?” Thompson says. These expectations can have detrimental side effects. Thompson explains sometimes men who objectify the dancers can become fixated on them. She adds that this obsession can lead them to place unrealistic standards on other women they are in relationships with in. “You have to have someone distinguish between reality and fantasy. Sometimes that only takes reminding a man that his mother is a woman, or that his daughter is a woman. A man probably wouldn’t want his mother or daughter doing this,” Thompson says. “These women are still human beings. Everybody is somebody’s daughter.” “These people can’t see this anywhere else. They actually believe that the girls are interested in them. Actually, the girls are interested in their
wallets,” Sarah says. Some men will spend a large amount of money at the clubs; this makes some dancers feel like they are in control. “I can see how the money is very empowering. You can be an honest woman and work at McDonald’s and make a couple hundred in two weeks. Or you can be a stripper and make hundreds of dollars in one night,” Thompson says. “Men come and spend all their money on me. It’s like, ‘Here I am. You know you like it, but you can’t have it,’” Kirissa says. Despite the fact that dancers can make a lot of money in one night, Raven says that women who want to be dancers may not consider all the consequences. “Don’t do it,” Raven laughs, making it difficult to know if she is being sarcastic or sincere. She immediately adds, “There are no benefits, no workman’s comp., no health insurance. If you work here all of your life and you don’t save money, you just fucked yourself over. It’s like someone who never even had a job.” Outside of the Club A popular stereotype about dancers is that they have a difficult time forming intimate relationships. Sarah was dating someone when she first worked at the Diamond Lodge.
photo: Pat Jarrett
photo: Pat Jarrett
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He didn’t like that she flirted with other guys to make money. “I felt guilty flirting with other guys and going home to someone else,” Sarah says. “The stress was getting to me. I was starting to get bitter towards males, seeing how perverted and stupid they could be every night.” Raven says she is offended when people think it would be difficult for her to have a normal, romantic relationship. “Why would it be
stripping means to people, Knapp says that both stripping and modeling makes an object out of the person. “With stripping you are a sex object. With modeling, you are more of an inanimate object.” Despite this, Knapp does not feel objectified. Instead, she says she feels more comfortable with her body. She says she cannot understand why some women are so uncomfortable with
exotic dancers feel empowered. “People in those environments are screaming about your value, ‘I think you’re gorgeous. No one ever hears, ‘I think you are so intelligent.’ Is that empowerment—because you look good?” Thompson asks. “It depends on whose perspective you are looking at. It is about justifying making the body into a commodity. I’m under the assumption that you don’t go to exotic dancing clubs to have a drink,” Thompson says. “I can’t imagine this is empowering from my different for me? If someone is perspective. It is reinforcing the themselves. She adds that she serious about you, they won’t idea of women getting paid to notices how women will be say anything. They won’t talk look pretty.” hesitant to take off their robes about your job,” she says. Although Sarah was not before showering in the dorms. a dancer, she ended up seeing “Some girls wait until Shooting down the herself as an object. they are behind the curtain to stereotypes “I started seeing myself take their robes off. You will as an object and not a person,” see this little hand poking out People have asked Amy from behind the curtain,” Knapp she adds. “I started using my Knapp, a senior art education says. “I don’t care. I just take my cleavage to get what I wanted major, why she isn’t a stripper. robe off. The world is not going from people.” As a nude model, she should be to self-destruct for that five Thompson said people comfortable taking her clothes often have misconceptions seconds that someone saw my off in front of people, they say. about dancers. They often butt.” But Knapp says there are a few believe these women are Knapp feels that this major differences between nude behavior can be attributed to oversexed or have unusual models and exotic dancers. sexuality. But, the most our culture. “Nude models aren’t dangerous stereotype is that “America is so behind supposed to move at all. on a so-called sexual revolution these women are less than For a stripper it is all about human. because it is a Protestant movement,” Knapp says. “People will think that based society. It is natural to be “Also there is a difference in these women are morally interested in naked forms, but dynamics. For a nude model it bankrupt because they can it’s something you don’t see all is all about natural poses and never picture themselves in their the time. Our society creates a the curvature of the spine. You position. Then they dehumanize friction between what you want can sit in unflattering positions them. That is the heart and soul and what you are supposed to where your breast can get of the danger of objectification,” want,” Knapp says. squished. Strippers accentuate Thompson says. Knapp says that this their sexiest parts.” She adds, “It’s not a friction encourages people to go She adds, “The career I would suggest if I were to gentlemen’s clubs. audience is also different. For a a career counselor. It is like you “If you want to get a kid stripper there are the creepy old to touch something, tell them wear the Scarlet A in society. guys and the 18- year- old boys. not to touch it. It’s the same with Imagine going to a cocktail For a model it is a group of party and saying, ‘I work in nudity,” Knapp says. educated college students who exotic dancing.’ Everyone is Although Knapp feels want to draw well.” looking at that person through a empowered by being a nude Regardless of what different filter.” model, some would question if
“I’m in it for the money. It’s not something fun. Well, It can be fun…”
The Girls we Know and Often Love to Hate! But What is a Slut, Really?
By Amanda Stanley
ou might see her on campus, in the bar, in class or at a party. You don’t know who she is, or her name. But you’ve already got her labeled. She’s the “slut.” But what exactly defines a slut here at Kent State? It is a word we have all been using since high school, but do we really know what it means? What makes us label someone a slut? Slut is derived from the Middle English word of Slutte, meaning a lewd woman. Slutte is derived from Slattern, meaning an untidy woman, which is derived for the German verb Schlottern which means to hang loosely. So essentially the world slut means a loose woman. Most people probably first started to hear the word slut in high school. Our peers started spreading rumors, and in a small high school setting, rumors can spread like wildfire. But on a college campus, especially Kent State, there are just too many people for a rumor to make its way across
the entire campus. The majority of us tend to judge a woman simply by what she is wearing. Keep in mind that there are may different kinds of sluts. Gothic sluts, preppy sluts, and hillbilly sluts all make up just a small portion of the varieties of loose women which abound in this world. However, there is a sort of standard uniform. most typical slut attire includes the following: a short skirt, or extremely low rise pants. She may even complete the lower half look with a thong peeking out from her pants. The shirt, for lack of a better word may include a tank top- preferably one that shows a lot of cleavage. And finally, what would a slut be without a very chunky pair of shoes? Thomas LaMarca, a sophomore nursing major agrees, “If you see a girl in a short skirt, a thong sticking out, and her breasts hanging out, you’re going to think that that girl is a slut,” he says. “She may not be, but she is definitely
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giving off that impression.” But what if a girl is dressed more conservatively? Is it still possible that she may be labeled a slut? Many students agree that the label is based on more than the way a person dresses. “Attire alone doesn’t make one a slut. Sure there are stereotypical styles that a slut would wear, but there are also good girls who like to dress that way too,” says Adam Zucarro a senior advertising major. Many of the students here in Kent also believe the way a woman portrays herself is mainly the reason that she is a slut. “In high school it may have been about just clothes. But it college I think a lot of it has to do with alcohol. A girl who has been drinking too much may start to do things she wouldn’t normally do,” says Jaime Turner, freshman journalism major. Zucarro also adds, “A slut over uses alcohol or drugs as an excuse to be promiscuous. Are you really so unbelievably out of it that you don’t realize what you are doing? Someone who is confident and in control is much more attractive.”
Where Do You Go From Here
Women of Kent State might be thinking, wait a minute what about the guys? There has always been that double standard that a woman who is promiscuous is a slut and a guy who is promiscuous is “the man”. Is there really a male equivalent of the term slut? No, there isn’t. Sarah Dick, a sophomore business major, says slowly but surely that double standard is being broken. “I think this is just the beginning. With shows like Sex and the City that celebrate and discuss a woman’s sexuality in a very honest manner, men are learning that it’s okay for a woman to be sexual and be honest and open about it,” Dick says. As people get older they tend to believe that they get more mature. If this is true then why do they, as supposedly mature college students, still spread rumors and trash talk? The dirty secret of the world is that parts of us never really ever mature. So long as there are tables to dance on, alcohol to drink and men to sleep with, the sluts, whether open or incognito, will be out in all their glory.
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Where to go and what to do when the real world lands firmly in your lap.
Lindsey M. Branson
December 18th at 2:30 in the afternoon I will be in the M.A.C center with my parents, grandparents, boyfriend, aunts, uncles, and friends looking on at me. There will be a short ceremony, mainly for my mothers’ sake for I’m not too concerned with “walking” at my graduation ceremony. Officially at the end of that day I will have two Bachelor’s degrees; one in American Sign Language and one in sociology. Hooray for me! Now what? Where do I go? What do I do? I have this paper that tells me I’ve graduated; but what does that mean? I personally sat through 161 credit hours worth of information and knowledge that has prepared me to face the world. Last year according to the Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Kent State University; 4604 got their bachelors from the Kent State University and regional campuses. What is going to set me apart from these people? Will I just be another face in the crowd or will someone want to hire me?
The Career Services Center 261 Michael Schwartz 330-672-2360 http://dept.kent.edu/career/
You need to get out there and stand apart from other applicants. Get in employers faces; make 15 calls to human resources. What are my options? What are your options? This after all is your world too. Some of you may be graduating and even if you’re not you will be soon. This is a valid concern for everyone out there. In today’s world it’s not easy to find a job. If you’re finding it difficult to get a job one of your options is graduate school. Kent State offers a number of graduate programs from communication studies to audiology. If graduate school isn’t your piece of cake then like the masses you’ll have to find a job. Some people find a job quickly and some struggle for months on end. Luckily there is help out there for you Kent Staters. There’s a mystical place called Career Services. Career Services offers everything from career counseling to a Career Research Library. They will work with you on your resume, help you write that killer cover letter. This is one service that is out there to make that transition to the real world hopefully a bit smoother. I think that those people who struggle out there finding that perfect job don’t use the resources that are offered here at this university. It can be as easy as making connections on campus. Getting to know your faculty and getting to know the different offices around campus can help you find a job. There are a few professors and members of the faculty on campus here who are looking out for me right now. They have a copy of my resume in case they see something that might interest me. Its important to not only be looking out for yourself but to have other people out there working on your behalf. So having said all that, I’m out there in the real world looking for a job. Guess what? It’s not that easy. All these helpful little tips aren’t leading me in the right direction…Yet. Luckily I’m not as pessimistic as previously stated. I have hope and I’ve seen the system work for my friends who are recent graduates. I know that if I just use the system and work my angles
something great will come along for me. But getting a job isn’t about sitting down and waiting for things to happen. You need to get out there and stand apart from those other applicants. Get in employers faces; make 15 calls to human resources. Maybe your resume isn’t as impressive as the guy sitting next to you but if you make a great first impression future employers are going to want a second. So I’m going to stop writing this quazi-helpful rant and get out there and find my job. Wish me luck. And send any interesting well paying jobs my direction!!!
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By Allison Pritchard
Black squirrels gallivant outside my window across the blanket-like grass. I sit inside, confined in the cage. No playtime in the grass for me. The past made a visit today. Lurking mongrels remain. Remnants of my past life crowd my room like a hundred junk-filled garbage bags. Sun-bleached memories haunt me, hour two, hour twenty-two. How long will I yearn to be in your life? How many times must I do the wrong thing, in fear of losing the spark, the life, my heart, my prom, my kiss, my dance in the park at sunset, my moments, and my love? Why am I still looking at the back pages when I am so far ahead in my reading? My childhood monsters still lurk in the dark, waiting for me, and my flooded depression. Move on, forget, and marvel at the moments, they say. Suppress leaks of tear and the scraping of nails. Anguish and ache simmering on a stove for years, hot and confined to a pot, forever ready to explode. “I don’t want to hurt you,” you say? Well, every time you walk away you do just that. Just one night: “I love you.” Just one nightAnd even then, I knew you’d go back to Her. I was the one who cared. I was the one who gave you lucky pennies. I brought you that bag of goodies in a brown paper bag when you had the flu. I was the one who loved you. No, I’m not the one.
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Ireland, Spring 2004 By Melanie Wilson
Outside my window, a bird is resting In the gutter and spring is undressing In the shadow of the winter moon. The sun like yellow crepe paper Crinkles with the northern wind Onto my windowsill. I watch the black skeleton of a tree bloom With ribbons of green leaves, The branches dancing in the Atlantic breeze At cottoncandy sundown. The sun doesn’t set here like it does in Ohio. Night bleeds like a tea bag infusing water, Stars slowly poking through the cyan sky until it turns to charcol blackness. In Ohio, the sunset is a fiery ball of colors, A pink so vibrant it can burn you And fades quickly into ink stain darkness. In this granite desert, I’ve realized where I come from Is not where I belong In Portrush, the seagulls boomerang Off the face of the cliff, The constant returning To where they came from. But we can’t return to our past selves After these fields of green and miles of yellow, When the real love sick soul is fluttering Under heavy flesh, grey stone bones, dirty breath. Beauty hurts too much to see. It splinters Sunday morning sky And I was born without a (history). I can’t trace the arteries of my ancestry tree Past the drunken death of my grandparents And I want nothing more Than to melt into the yellow mountains Of the inishowen, To belong to something bigger than me, Where the sun can paint me into blindness. I want to know what it feels like To live in a land That shapes you The way water shapes stone And molds you into the landscape With a history so fragile The fiddle can hardly hold the weight In the bow’s swan dive over string. The orchestrated landscape Peeling away on a bus ride through Donegal. The palette of colors always shifting under midday clouds. I come bearing nothing. My hands are too small For the heart of this ocean.
By Dirk Mellon
It’s been a minute since you’ve looked at my hands, wondering how much longer it will be? You pace around the room, waiting for your ride. How long has it been? Five? Ten minutes? With each passing tick, your pace quickens What is going through your anxious mind as you keep watch at the position of my hands. Are you going to be late? Did you forget something? The frustration on your face says it all. Each tick I make, laughter in your direction, For time is my friend and can never be yours. I run your life, control when you leave, but to you I am just a clock on the wall. You’re late.
You walk by me, as if you don’t remember those days I was something more in your eyes. In your garden, you spray me with weed killer worrying about the lives of other beautiful plants. But can you remember, days of forgotten youth, when you played in a field of yellow petals. I was a friend, an object of beauty, a flower in your young eyes. I became a bracelet you showed to all your friends; a bouquet of flowers for your mom. Can you recall, when I would die, with a blow you would send my children to their new lives. I stand before you now, a forgotten friend; A flower your eyes no longer see. Though our friendship may be over, I will not give up on your love, for I know your children will play in a field of dandelions.
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Although beauty can never be nailed down to one look or one ideal for all women, there are still some standards that many women aspire to meet.
The Eye of the Beholder The changing definition of beauty around the world. By Sarika Jagtiani
One only has to watch Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis’ expressions of awe in “Some Like It Hot” when they first see Marilyn Monroe to realize that she was, at one time, the epitome of sexiness. But times change. In today’s climate Monroe’s agent probably would have told her to lose thirty pounds before attempting to go out for the role of a sexpot. After all, Monroe was a size 14. It may be difficult to imagine that a size 14 would be considered sexy. If that’s difficult, try imagining a place where people don’t exercise and wear tight clothes. Or a place where foot binding is out but surgery to make eyes appear rounder is in.
Asia On the Oct. 6 Oprah Winfrey Show, a large portion of the show, which was about 30-year-old women around the world, was spent on beauty ideals. Reporter Lisa Ling offered information on Asia’s current state of beauty, where trading in some typical Asian features for Westernized ones is the norm. “In Asian cultures, it’s always been considered more beautiful if you have rounder eyes and more Western features,” Ling said. “I’m Chinese. If you notice on my eye, I have this sort of flap of skin over my eyes. What’s happening in Asia is they’re lifting the skin and making it more deep set. And it’s happening so frequently in Korea that a lot of women do it before they even get married and they don’t tell their husbands. And they destroy all their pictures.” In Korea, some go beyond eye surgery to a painful calf procedure where muscles are shaved to make legs look thinner. Ling said that Korean women believe that looking more Western may help find a good job or a husband. Taiwanese women also feel the pressure to Westernize their looks, according to business graduate student Chen-Mei Yang, who has been in the U.S. for two months. “Generally speaking, we, men and women, expect women in Taiwan to have thinner figures, big eyes and whiter skin,” said Yang.
“We think white skin can cover other shortcomings in bodies or faces. From men’s opinion, I think they like women with plumper bust and long straight hair and legs, so whitening cosmetics or losing weight products in Taiwan are popular.” Yang said that the American ideals that she’s observed – good figures, long legs, and beautiful faces – echo the Taiwanese beauty ideal. This may be, she said, because Taiwanese culture is greatly influenced by Japan, which is in turn influenced mainly by the U.S.
Ammar believes that women in the U.S. also have different standards of beauty depending on what part of the U.S.’ diverse culture to which they relate. “I think in the U.S. there are multiple standards of beauty depending on the subculture one belongs to – African American, Caucasian, Latina, etc.,” Ammar said. “The Egyptian ideals of beauty, the nationalistic ones, are closer to the African American, and Latina ones.” Ammar said there are two beauty ideals in Egypt
In today’s climate Marilyn Monroe’s agent probably would have told her to lose thirty pounds before attempting to go out for the role of sexpot.
Arab nations Nawal Ammar, associate professor of justice studies and interim director of women studies, is Egyptian by nationality, Lebanese by birth and has lived seemingly everywhere in the Arab world – from Cairo to Beirut, from Kuwait City to Baghdad. According to Ammar, women in the U.S. generally aren’t as concerned with fashion and beauty like women in the Arab world are. This sentiment was echoed on The Oprah Winfrey Show by Zain Al Sabah, whose great uncle is the Emir, the current ruler, of Kuwait. She said that American women dress for comfort, not as much for fashion and beauty as Arab women.
that “compete and co-exist.” Because Egypt was ruled by the Mohammed Ali dynasty and later colonized by the British, female beauty was defined by light skin, straight hair and a full figure. When nationalism rose in the early 1900s, however, Ammar said that the Egyptian beauty ideal, in part, meant darker skin and big, black eyes. Ammar, who has been in the U.S. for 22 years, said Egypt and the U.S. now share one common idea about beauty. “Both in Egypt and in the U.S. there is an emerging ideal of the ‘global beauty,’ such as Iman the model or Paula Abdul the singer – both a mixture of ethnicities, and styles.” She also said that two of Egypt’s traditional beauty
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rituals, using kohl (black eyeliner) and henna, still exist today.
beauty is limited. “Definitely the tall, skinny, clone girl with blue eyes.”That was how she described the American image Central and South America of beauty. Someone in the vein of Kirsten Dunst. Things in Mexico may “I was culturized to think be a little different than here in that is beautiful,” she said. the U.S., or at least that’s the Tassone said the media case according to actress and provides images that are singer Patricia Manterola. unrealistic and difficult for “Men here, they like curves,” women to live up to. she said on The Oprah Winfrey “A lot of us don’t have 115Show on Oct. 6. “Mexican pound bodies with small hips women, we like to dress sexy. and large boobs,” she said. We love to wear tight clothes She also said, however, that that show our bodies.” there will be a shift soon. Or at Manterola said that although least she hopes there will be Mexican women rarely work out, one. she has started to work out like “It’s a shame [current American women. beauty ideal]. It’s disappointing According to Brazilian because there are so many and former Louisiana State beautiful, dark-complected University volleyball star women.” Luciana Reis, for most of the She then pointed out “women here [Brazil], having Lucy Liu and Angelina Jolie, a nice body is more important whose non-traditional looks than being married at 30.” have been praised as beautiful. “Since we were like little girls, Ammar, too, thinks the ideals of we grew up with the idea that beauty are shifting. you must have a nice body, “I think in the U.S., with because the guys always look the increased acceptance of at your body first,” she said diverse standards of beauty, we on The Oprah Winfrey Show. have been able to appreciate “Bikini fashion in Brazil is a big various types,” she said. business. It seems like our sizes are not as small as they used to Plastic Surgery Around the be, but they’re still much smaller World than American sizes.” It seems that thin Although liposuction is definitely in ,in Brazil. may have topped the list of According to the International plastic surgeries done in 2002 Society of Aesthetic Plastic in Brazil and Argentina, there Surgery, ISAPS, the country’s are plenty of countries where most common plastic surgery liposuction came in second or procedure in 2002 was third. liposuction. The procedure For example, although also topped the list in Brazil’s nose reshaping was the number neighbor Argentina. one procedure in France, liposuction was second, United States followed by eyelid surgery. In Italy, breast Kristen Tassone, augmentation was first, freshman theater arts major, followed by eyelid surgery and said the U.S.’ definition of liposuction.
In Australia, the results were a little different. Upper arm lifts, chin and breast augmentation were the popular procedures there. South Africa’s results may be driven more by health reasons than aesthetic ones. The first and third most common procedures in South Africa were Botox® and Perlane injections, both of which smooth wrinkles and “fill out” skin. The second most popular procedure, however, deals with the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has ravaged parts of Africa. Polymethylmethacrylate, or PMMA, is a type of bone cement. It is often used in the form of injections to relieve facial wasting, or atrophy, that often happens with AIDS patients. In the U.S., one might guess that the most popular plastic surgery procedure would be Botox injections – he or she would be right. The injections are followed by chemical peels and breast augmentations as the most popular procedures in the States. Although plastic surgery seems to be prevalent around the world, many hope that women see there are more than one way to be beautiful. Tassone said “there are two different sides of beauty.” According to women around the world, there are many more than that.
What’s that You’re Drinking? By Heather Evans
It was late one Saturday night when Jocelin Baker, freshman communications major, was hanging out at the residence hall across from her own with her friend Chloe and a group of people she had just met. Chloe left, but Jocelin decided to stay behind and socialize. When she was finally ready to leave, two men she didn’t know offered to walk her back to her room. Unaware of the danger she was putting herself in, she agreed and left with them. “They seemed like nice guys,” Jocelin says. On the way back, they stopped in another room where they handed her a mixed drink in a plastic water bottle. She didn’t know what was in there and didn’t think to ask. Within minutes after she began drinking it, she knew something was not right. She had only had one beer when she was out earlier, and she was already feeling light headed and sick to her stomach. She says she felt as though she had drunk significantly more. Fortunately, she was still coherent enough to realize she was in a potentially threatening situation. She was alone in a room with two unfamiliar men twice her size. She told them she was leaving and they insisted on walking her back, although she was against the idea. She started to feel too weak to argue any more and gave in. As she stumbled her way back with the two strangers, she ran into a close friend. The friend sensed that something was not right and walked Jocelin back to her room instead of the two strangers. Jocelin passed out safely on her bed and didn’t wake up until late the next afternoon.
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“I think it was the scariest thing that ever happened to me,” Jocelin says. Jocelin is not alone. According to The National Women’s Health Information Center, she is among the countless thousands of women ages 18-25 who will have date rape drugs slipped into their drinks every year. Lindsey Calderwood, Kent State senior history major, was also drugged. She was at Bowling Green State University watching one of her favorite bands perform. She slightly turned away from her beer to watch the band when the guy she was talking to apparently tampered with her drink, she said. Lindsey was in the company of her best friend who took care of her until she passed out later that night. “I felt really violated, had it not been for my best friend, I can guarantee I would have been raped,” Calderwood said. While it is never the victim’s fault, there are several precautions that should be taken to prevent date rape from happening. Dr. Leone of
the University Health Services emphasizes the importance of being aware of your environment and trusting your instincts. “If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right. Do what you need to do if you get a bad feeling and don’t worry about offending someone,” Leone said. It is important to watch your drink closely, never drink from a container that has already been opened, and keep an eye on your friends. Being knowledgeable of the different types of drugs and their street names can also help protect you from being victimized, she said. According to Men Against Sexual Assault, there are many types of drugs used for date rape, however there are three drugs that are used more frequently. Rohypnol, known on the street as “roofies” or “roaches,” is similar to Valium only more potent. Rohypnol is legal in some countries where it is used as a sleeping pill which makes it easily accessible, Leone said. When slipped into a drink, Rohypnol becomes undetectable, having no taste, smell, or color. GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyerate), another commonly used drug, is often called Liquid Ecstasy or Liquid G. GHB, which is described as having a salty taste, will begin inhibiting an individual almost immediately after ingestion. In smaller doses its effects are similar to alcohol’s and in larger doses it can lead to hallucinations, seizures, shaking, spasms, and vomiting. Ketamin, which is was originally just used for surgical procedures, is a date rape drug that allows you to be aware of what is happening yet disables a person’s ability to care. Ketamin, or Vitamin K,
causes retrograde amnesia and has effects that can last for up to forty-eight hours. Date rape has tremendous physical and psychological impacts, said Dr. Leone. Aside from the obvious health risks such as pregnancy, sexual infection, and the transmission of HIV, there are numerous psychological effects. While everyone copes with it differently, it can affect a person’s studies, work, concentration, and relationships. “If the person has a boyfriend or girlfriend, no matter how caring the partner is, it always affects the relationship,” said Dr. Leone. Seeking help is of vital importance. When someone has been sexually assaulted or drugged, they should go to a healthcare facility immediately. Whether or not the victim wants to give their name to the police is their choice, but all incidents must be reported by law. The University Health Services typically sets aside three hours to take care of rape victims and gather evidence if the victim decides to prosecute. Dr. Leone also recommends St. Thomas, which has a designated area for sexual assault cases separate from the Emergency Room. In order to properly recover from the tragedy, one should seek out psychological help, such as the Psychological Services at the University Health Services. Jocelin Baker said her experience is a major regret. “I wish I could go back to that night, not let those boys walk me back, not drink what they gave me, and not behave so irresponsibly, but all I can do now is learn from it and hope that other people do too,” she said.
MEAN GIRLS Starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey Written by Tina Fey Directed by Mark Waters I have to admit, when I saw the trailers for Mean Girls, I knew I had to see the movie. The first thing that caught my eye was the outfits, but when I sat down to watch it, I realized that the rest of the movie was good too. Usually I cringe at having to watch teen movies. With the exception of Clueless and American Pie 1 and 2, that is. And Mean Girls turned out to have the just the thing I was looking for, wit, sexiness, and a little heart mixed in without coming off as generic. The movie was pretty damn funny too. Lindsay Lohan plays Cady Heron, a sweet, naïve, and unnaturally attractive exchange student from Africa who hasn’t the slightest clue what she getting into by going to high school. Up until she moved, she had been home schooled. On the first day she meets up with two of the outsiders in school, a “Goth” girl and a gay guy (big shock) and is immediately taken in by them. Through them she learns about “The Plastics”; the most popular, and also the most vindictive and catty girls in school.
Pushed into making friends with the popular girls just to spy on them, Lohan slowly begins turning into the vapid, brainless and shallow girls she sabotages. She manipulates her new friends, ignores her old ones, and makes out with the most popular girls exboyfriend. Caught up in nearly all of her lies by the end of the movie, Lohan tried to make amends by apologizing to all that she hurt with a touching speech at the “Spring Fling” dance. Most but not all things are solved in the end, which is what I like about the movie. Even though Mean Girls was criticized for having a sickeningly sweet ending, it’s not so cut and dry as that. Cady did put forth the effort to make amends with all the people she hurt, but that doesn’t mean that everyone accepted her apology even though they applauded for her speech. They may have just wanted her to get off the stage. Kids are like that. And her relationship with ex-pal Regina George (Rachel McAdams) was glazed over with a noncommitting hand wave at the end of the movie. Just because McAdams waved to Lohan after school didn’t mean that they were friends again. After all Cady tried to steal her off again/on again boyfriend.
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Reviewed by Adria Barbour One of the things that irked me is that Cady took all the blame and responsibility for most of the bad things that happened in the movie. Absolutely nothing happened to the first girl who made her spy on the “The Plastics” and helped her to become what she was in the first place. This same girl, in the end, exposed all the underhanded things Cady did. And the other two main mean girls, played by Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, received no punishment at all. Despite these faults, Mean Girls definitely delivered the laughs, with sexiness and spunk thrown in.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Reviewed by Adria Barbour
I have to admit, this movie is without a doubt the trippiest flick since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The story goes like this: Jim Carey falls in love with Kate Winslet, a girl that he meets on a subway. They spend time together and she falls in love with him too, so Jim assumes that everything is okey-dokey. But then on Valentine’s Day, he goes to the bookstore where his girlfriend works, and Kate acts as if she doesn’t even know him, all the while kissing a younger guy on the lips in front of him. Jim later
finds out that she went to have her memory erased because she was unhappy with their relationship. Bitterness rears its ugly head, and Jim goes and does the same, enlisting the help of the company that erased Kate’s memory. But in the process of erasing all those heartrending moments, he realizes that he wants to keep his memories, and then the proverbial crap hits the fan. This movie confused the heck out of me. The movie starts out with Jim meeting this girl, and then a few scenes are shown with them laughing and playing around on a beach, then it switches quite brutally to Jim Carey crying in the front seat of
his car, remembering their times together. I honestly can’t tell you what Jim’s character did for a living or at what point in time the two start living together. The camera shots were pretty interesting, mostly because the movie didn’t employ the same technique that other movies do, by keeping the characters in the light. A small portion of the movie was shot in the dark, with only what looked to be a flashlight to light the characters’ faces. I really liked how most of the story took place in Jim Carey’s mind, which explained the choppy sequences, the intertwining of completely different scenes in his life and the blanked out faces once his memories began to be erased. I didn’t like how the movie switched between the erasing of his memory and real life, with the movie moving in no particular sequence until the end. All in all, the movie definitely left me raising that telltale left eyebrow, but I still enjoyed it. I think others will too.
Message from the President Dear Readers, Itʼs my great pleasure to welcome you to this issue of Artemis and to congratulate the writers, editors, designers, artists and advisers who have contributed their time and talents to this empowering endeavor. Although itʼs a relatively young publication, Artemis already plays a valuable role among Kent Stateʼs student publications as a place for women — especially students — to experience the creative process, hone artistic and editorial skills, and “exhibit” their work publicly.
In addition to the satisfaction — if not the thrill — of being published, participation in an effort such as this provides important opportunities for students to test the professional waters and gain experience that is very likely to be helpful in life after graduation. Artemis also is carving a small-but-special niche within the wonderfully diverse artistic community that is a hallmark of the Kent State community and surrounding areas. Having a son who has made sculpting his lifeʼs work, I understand how important it is for aspiring artists to have access to an arts community that is as nurturing as it is innovative.
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Starring Jim Carey Kate Winslet Written By Charlie Kaufman Directed by Michael Gondry
I encourage the contributors to this and all issues to continue supporting each other and developing your professional passions. I am confident that whatever path you choose, your passion, your Kent State education and the support youʼve found here will lead you to a fulfilling future. With best wishes,
Carol A. Cartwright President Kent State University
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Thank You Editor
Brandon Heath Walker
Special thanks to: Evan Bailey Lori Cantor Laura Davis Stephanie Languth Russ Lynn
I hope that this issue not only broadens your horizons, but also encourages the community to remember that we all are members of the human community and all have a beating heart, regardless of occupation, personality or even politics.
- Mary Wagley -