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BY Vanessa Wilkins USC junior Vanessa Wilkins answers five questions many incoming freshmen have on their minds.

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1. What’s the worst mistake you could make at a college party? There are plenty of bad choices that you could face at a college party, among them being wearing uncomfortable shoes, dancing on an elevated surface or drinking too much “fun punch.” However, the VERY worst mistake that you could make is not having a buddy system with your girlfriends. It sounds cheesy, but a buddy system is crucial at college parties, because you should never walk anywhere alone late at night, no matter how safe you feel or how close you are to your dorm.

3. What if the food sucks? Most freshmen are required to have a meal plan, which makes for a very rough experience if you can’t stand the food in your dining hall. Try asking the food staff if they have a vegetarian option, which is sometimes better than the regular meal, or stick to foods that dining halls can’t mess up such as cereal, sandwiches and salads. Luckily, most schools host multiple free events every week that includes catering-read your school’s bulletin to find out where these events are when you need an escape from dining hall food.

2. How do you find alone time if your roommate is always in your room too? Take time to enjoy your room to yourself when your roommate is in class, or when she goes to eat. If she skips class and never seems to leave the room, you might want to talk to your RA. She can help the two of you work together to create some sort of roommate

4. Are you automatically a loner if you opt for a single dorm? Absolutely not! The only thing you’ll miss out on by living in a single dorm is roommate drama. You might have to put yourself out there more, but you will still make plenty of friends in your dorm if you try! Take advantage of the events hosted by your RA, and sit with strangers in the dining hall to meet new people who

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live in your building. Everyone is new as a freshman, so it’s not weird to walk up and introduce yourself to anybody. Also, for the first few weeks of the semester, keep your door open when you are in your room so that people can stop by and say hello. You’ll be surprised by how jealous all of your friends get when they see how much space you have to yourself. 5. How do you avoid the Freshman 15? Making and maintaining a balanced schedule is the best way to avoid the Freshman 15. Most college students gain weight during their first year because of three things: more stress, less sleep and 24-hour unhealthy food options in the dining hall. By following a structured schedule of eating three meals a day, setting aside time for studying and homework and going to sleep at a reasonable hour, you will highly reduce the probability of gaining the Freshman 15. It is also important to stay active in college. Just because you’re not a varsity athlete anymore doesn’t mean that you have to give up sports altogether. There are plenty of club teams to try out for, or if you’re just not into sports hit up the gym with friends!


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Our Campus Circle college interns give you tips that will help you survive freshman year. 1. Avoid an overbearing schedule first semester Getting acclimated to college life can be a tough transition. You don’t need to make the task any more difficult by taking your hardest classes first semester. It’s best to wait those out until you are fully settled in and have a kung-fu grip on school. In that time you’ll be able to find out the easier professors or maybe meet an older friend or two who have taken the class and can help you. 2. Grades do matter You might just need the credit, but the grades can keep you from taking other classes you need. 3. Don’t sh** where you eat It’s very easy to make meaningful relationships with the people who live in your freshman hall. But one should be cautious in developing relationships with the opposite sex.  Being friends is totally fine, but if you’re thinking about getting hot and heavy with the girl/boy next door, make sure you’re ready to see her/him every day even if things go south.  4. Embrace your meal plan… As much as you might think the dining hall mirrors a prison cafeteria, having a meal plan is one of the nicest luxuries that go underappreciated.  When students get older, they typically ditch their meal plans and opt for off-campus dining options. Although this move seems awesome at first, you’ll find yourself missing the days when you could just swipe a key card and eat everything in sight. 5. …But still learn to cook Because the meal plans get old. And dining hall food can suck. 6. Smile and hold the door Everyone is going to have a bad day once in a while. Although


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you’re failing grade in chemistry might be difficult to fix immediately, common gestures such as smiling at strangers and holding the door for people can go a long way. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, general politeness will do wonders for your morale.  7. Don’t be show-off It’s only natural you’ll want to impress your new friends. The pregame in the dorm might seem like an excellent platform for you to show the world how easily you can rip a few shots, but don’t get carried away. Know your limits.  Nobody enjoys waking up and saying “What the f*ck did I do last night?”  The answer isn’t usually pretty. 8. Remember that a 2 at 10 is a 10 at 2 Part of college is exploring your sexuality. However, don’t get carried away trying to sleep with every person that crosses your path, especially when alcohol is involved. That late night hookup might have seemed like a great idea at first, but waking up in bed with someone you’d rather not be with isn’t a pleasant experience. 9. Rubber up Dorms are a hotbed for unwarranted disease, bacteria and just straight-up gross crap. You are probably about the fourth person to use that shower stall in the last two hours. No amount of Purell can cleanse your unscathed skin from that filth. Not to mention all that person-to-person contact going on in such tight living quarters. So, just rubber up—wear sandals in the showers. 10. Actually try Your mom won’t be forcing you to wake up and make it to class, let alone study. Nonetheless, your mom is paying for you to be here, so put in a little effort and see what you can get out

of college. You might even learn something! Don’t completely blow it and end up kicked out of this magical haven. 11. Good relationship with your professor = good recommendation letter I wish I knew how to make professors like me. Having a professor you can talk to about school even after you’re done with their class can be useful. If you plan on going to grad school, you don’t want to ask the professor you’ve nodded at in the hall for the past two years for a personal letter. That’s no good. 12. Get in good with your TA If the TA sees you in class every day, it could positively influence your grade by gaining you higher participation points than other students who do not go to class. 13. Befriend your RAs You never know when you might need a friend in power. Having overly loud music and other prohibited things in your room could go from a citation to a friendly slap on the wrist. These guys should be on your side. They know what’s going down; it’s just a matter of how they choose to deal with it. After all, they are students too. 14. Find a secret spot to study on campus…and don’t tell anyone where it is! It’s tough to study in your dorm room when you know all you really want to do is visit your friend from down the hall, and even in the library you’re bound to run into someone you know. If you really need to study, your best bet is to find a secluded area on campus where there are no distractions. 15. Be open-minded College is your one chance to experience everything and truly

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BY CAMPUS CIRCLE STAFF find yourself. When an opportunity comes your way, pounce on it. You never know when you will have such freedoms again. College is the only place where you can jump in the school fountain at midnight – you can’t do that in the “real world!” 16. Check out all of the booths and vendors At any given moment, there is some booth handing out free swag on campus. You may not want to stand in line, but do it anyways. The reason that the line is so long is because it is full of upperclassmen that understand how awesome free stuff is. So go collect your free stuff! 17. Don’t lose your head As your first time away from home, away from supervision, away in a collegiate dream—you might want to go a little crazy. That’s fine, but keep it in moderation. There are horror stories of students who couldn’t handle the lack of restrictions and they just completely lost it. Don’t be a statistic. You’ll have a lot more fun in the long run if you can keep yourself in control. 18. Don’t live with your high school friend Perhaps you and your best friend from high school are going to the same college. If so, that’s great! You two will have a blast; however, you should not live together. College is the place to meet new people and make new friends, and living with someone that you know, especially a best friend, might keep you from doing so. 19. Don’t believe all the Greek stereotypes We’ve all heard about the typical rowdy fraternity boys and sorority girls whose brain cells have been replaced by their superficiality. But when you meet these students, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out what Greek life is all about. If Greek life interests you, then you should do your research and talk to the organizations before considering the pros and

cons. If you decide that Greek life is for you, focus on school for the first semester and get acquainted with managing your time before you decide to join an organization. 20. It’s OKAY to ask for help Weather you need help writing that research paper or editing that essay, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Your college has more than one resource that can help you with your homework, paper, project, etc. Just because they told you in high school that once you got to college you’d be on your own, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to seek help. Visit your professors during office hours and check out those resource centers. 21. Unplug when necessary Technology can be the best learning tool for anyone starting college. A laptop is an essential part of your education but if misused, it can take a toll on your grades. I can’t emphasize it enough: get off Facebook! Your friends aren’t going anywhere so put down your MP3 player, your iPad, your laptop and cell phone, and read your textbooks. 22. Always, ALWAYS lock your bike Bikes and bike parts are a popular object of choice for thieves at large universities. Either no rider knows how to lock up his or her bike or they refuse to spend the extra few minutes to do so. I’ve never seen so many bikes with one tire. Learn how to lock it up, and save yourself some hassle. 23. Learn time management Plan out all school/work related events and assignments. 24. Join a club It will allow you do something with your free time and meet new people.

25. Avoid the bookstore; buy your books on Amazon or online I wish I knew how expensive campus bookstores are. Seriously, over $100 for a book I’ll use for one semester? God forbid you have one of those professors who require his or her own book for a class. Good luck selling that twelfth edition book to someone who needs the thirteenth edition. Amazon is a money saver - remember that. 26. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but do stick to what you know They say college is all about finding yourself. It’s essential to the experience that you branch out as much as possible and expose yourself to new ideas and activities. This process is crucial in personal development, but do realize when you’re a fish completely out of water. You might think African Tribal Dance was the thing for you, but maybe you’re kidding yourself. Don’t lose sight of the skills that got you into college. You’ll find using them will help smooth out the transition into new territories. 27. Don’t stress! Four years can go by quick and if you spend a third of your time stressing every quiz, test and final, you’re going to have a bad time. I’m not saying don’t study hard, but after cramming for eight hours straight, trust yourself that you’ll do fine on the test. 28. And lastly: Remember that you’re still a freshman! There will come a point in your freshman year when you think you’re the big man on campus. Your social life will be buzzing, the tests may seem like cake, but you’ve still got a long way to go. Although you are high on life, don’t get lost in clouds. Make friends with upperclassman if you can; they’ll keep your head in check. Campus Circle - August 15-28, 2013



A DIVE INTO DISPARITY FOR THE COLD WAR KIDS Nathan Willett talks about the band’s album and sound.

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The Cold War Kids are originally from Long Beach, Calif.

BY DASHEL PIERSON PLESA The Cold War Kids have propelled and lodged themselves in a precarious position. The Long Beach locals, acclaimed for their simplistic sound and raw approach, are dabbling in unconventional elements of sound. With their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, the Cold War Kids have incorporated artificial drums and electro-y synths— techniques one would imagine the traditional garage-rockers to consider blasphemy. So why would they change a formula that has clearly worked in the past? Because this new approach works just as well, that’s why. “There were a lot of moments where there was tension and mixed feelings about it,” said Nathan Willett, the band’s front man, with regards to the innovativeness on Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. “I think it was part of the journey in breaking down the walls of how we’ve done things in the past and seeing what we could get away with.” The new sound came with a fresh addition to the Cold War Kids. Dann Gallucci, producer, sound engineer and former guitarist for Modest Mouse, produced and played guitar on the new record. “I think he brought a certain fearlessness towards certain sounds, like synthetic sounds or certain ways of arranging songs,” remarked Willett about Gallucci’s inventive influence on the group.


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While the newfangled album features a new member and even newer sounds, many original Cold War Kids qualities still linger: Willett’s emotional howls sauntering over simple yet precise piano, striking guitar and the pilot appearances of synthetic rumblings. The album’s title and underlying sentiment stem from Willett’s admiration of Nathanael West’s Great Depression novel, Miss Lonelyhearts. In West’s story, an advice columnist becomes disillusioned with his work. He loses touch with how he can actually connect with his readers—complete strangers—or anybody, really. Willett feels that, “There is an impossibility of really connecting with another person.” This apathy towards human intimacy explicitly manifests in the new album’s melancholically tender song, “Tuxedos.” “It is part story and part abstract,” said Willett about the song. “There’s something about loneliness and distance that is on the rest of the record, you know, like a character who is a stranger at a wedding. He likes the anonymity of being in a tuxedo and just blending in while surrounded by others in tuxedos.” That type of poignant ambivalence is a typical trait of the Cold War Kids’ tunes, but it’s wedged in an album ripe with atypical electric pulses. Another proverbial element of a Cold War Kids album is

the artwork. The band’s bassist, Matt Maust, typically creates the album covers, and the scant sketch over a blood-red drench on Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is no exception. “The artwork has always given a visual backdrop to the music,” said Willett. “There’s something very scraggily and minimal but also beautiful and precise about it that is very important to the band.” The last song on the album, “Bitter Poem,” sounds messy, with fuzzy xylophone-like bells mixed with electronic beats and piercing guitar spasms. On top of the melodic disorder, Willett frantically staggers at his audience: “Did you…did ya? Did ya say you were happ-ay for me?” That chaotic composure—like every time it’s played, the erratic sounds can’t be precisely duplicated—is ironically neat. Within the bedlam, the Cold War Kids miraculously produce harmonious purity. It’s true, with the new record, the Cold War Kids are vulnerably positioned—whether it is with a new member, an indifference to their audience or dangerous experimentation with new sounds—but that is right where they belong. Willett and the rest of the Cold War Kids thrive in tormenting states, like the grueling setting for Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, because that is what their best product feels like: agony. Beautiful agony. The Cold War Kids will be performing at The Wiltern on Sept. 19.

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BY SAMANTHA OFOLE A great movie title matters. Just ask David Lowery, the writer and director of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. A romantic story that follows three characters on various sides of the law, the title conjures up the authentic, atmospheric tang of a 1970’s western movie, and for Lowery, it was the perfect title for this outlaw drama that stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. “The title was a phrase that went back before I wrote the script,” said Lowery. “I really wanted the movie to have the feeling of an old folk song or an old gospel song, or something that had that kind of musicality to it…I thought it dramatically worked as it gives it that folklore quality.” Lyrics from a song he had previously heard and filed away as a potential movie title influenced Lowery. The independent filmmaker initially tried to find a shorter and equally memorable title, but he was unsuccessful. “At first, I thought, there is no way I am going to release a movie with this title… people would come up to me and say; ‘Great title, I can’t wait to find out what you change it to when you release it,’”said Lowery. “We did half heatedly talk about other options, but at a certain point, everyone really liked it and was behind it… nothing worked in quite the same way, so we decided to go for it.” Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is the tale of an outlaw (Affleck) who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife (Mara) and the daughter he has never met. Featuring powerful performances by Affleck, Mara as well as Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine, Aint Them Bodies Saint is a movie about “consequences and repercussions,” according to Lowery. “It is about the doomed love of two American outlaws in the waning days of the West,” said the self-taught filmmaker who Variety magazine hailed as one of their “10 Directors to Watch”

for 2013. “They have known each other since they were kids. One has grown up and one hasn’t, and the journey of the movie is him realizing that he has to.” The film is a huge accolade for the director who skipped film school (pursuing, but never quite finishing a degree in English literature). Lowery has always aspired to be a film director and

“At first, I thought, there is no way I am going to release a movie with this title…” picked up a video camera when he was just 7 years old. “I never went to film school and wanted to figure it out myself and get my hands dirty as quickly as I could, so I started just making films. They started off terrible but got better, and

then at a certain point, they started getting into film festivals.” His lucky break came in 2011 with the release of a short film called Pioneer. A film that did really well at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals, it helped Lowery gain recognition in the industry and led him to find the cast and resources for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. “Although I didn’t write the script with anyone in mind, Casey [Affleck] was the first person I wanted to meet with for the character Bob,” said Lowery. “I was fortunate to have all my first choices with the cast. Along with the script, I had sent them Pioneer to give them an idea of what I could do with written material, and they were excited about it.” “[Lowery] wrote a really good script,” echoed Mara who plays Casey’s love interest, Ruth. “I loved the whole world and the relationship between Bob and Ruth, and I also wanted to play a mum as it’s something I haven’t done before and felt his film Pioneer was different and interesting. He wrote such a beautiful script, and I had a feeling about him and knew he would [write] something great.” Shot in five and a half weeks, the movie debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category. IFC Film picked it up shortly after. “My last feature was shot in 14 days, so I thought I had time, but I now realize exactly why doing 99 takes will be a great thing if I had the luxury to do that,” reflected Lowery. “I am a messy perfectionist and like things to get to a state of perfection and then destroy that perfection a little bit. We had a low budget and so didn’t have time to take it as far as I really would have liked to. But I had good actors who nailed it, a good technical crew and a tremendous team working with me.” Ain’t Them Bodies Saints releases in theaters August 16. Campus Circle - August 15-28, 2013



DISH: Pain & Gain, Mud and “Girls”: Season 2 Jaimie Trueblood

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BY JEREMY ROSS The Majors: No director evokes greater enmity from critics than Michael Bay, whose testosterone-fueled toy commercials masquerading as feature films have been a regular blight on theaters. While Pain & Gain hardly transforms him into the Coen brothers, it’s a step in the right direction for Bay, who approaches the film with a bit more restraint than usual. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are perfectly cast as bodybuilders caught in an extortion and kidnapping ring, since both are experts at approaching big lugs with a nicely comic touch. Pain & Gain still has the trademark flash of a Michael Bay film, with its ostentatious displays of wealth, dumb-as-rocks ethnic humor and complete lack of subtlety, but there’s at least some attempt at subtext and a decent amount of possibly unintentional selfsatire. Pain & Gain is a likable movie that assaults the senses far less than the usual fare. One of the miracles of filmmaking of the past several years is the emergence of Matthew McConaughey as a respectable actor, and Mud continues McConaughey’s development as an actual acting talent. The actor, best known for appearing shirtless in Kate Hudson romantic comedies, once again expands his range in this backwoods melodrama, which stars him as a hermit who befriends two young teens. This is not only a triumph for McConaughey, but one for director Jeff Nichols, whose Take Shelter featured a similarly enthralling lead performance by Michael Shannon. The cast is uniformly good, from the two young teens to Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard and Joe Don


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Baker, but McConaughey is the wonder here. The Idiot Box: Approximately one million people watch an average episode of HBO’s “Girls,” which approximates to one viewer for every 10 articles written about Lena Dunham and her vast influence on culture. The overwhelming majority of people who have thus far ignored Dunham’s sitcom can catch up on the show’s second season with its DVD release. The second season reveals that the show is not a knowing look at the narcissism of the millennial generation, but a continued display of Dunham’s own narcissism, best shown in an episode devoted almost exclusively to her romping naked with a handsome, successful doctor (Patrick Wilson). Other than Dunham, only Adam Driver makes a strong impression as her sometime boyfriend, and for adeptly handling the material Dunham has thrown at him, he deservedly earned an Emmy nomination. A second signature HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” also receives a DVD release for its third season. While “Girls” turned itself inward during its second season to ill effect, this expansive Jazz Age drama had an opposite problem, as it attempted to juggle stories for an increasingly large cast. The show features an embarrassingly rich cast of talented actors, from nominal leads Steve Buscemi and Kelly MacDonald to well-respected character actors such as Bobby Cannavale and Michael Shannon. However, the most impressive may actually be Gretchen Mol, the late‘90s punch line who fully redeems herself as a gleefully amoral

madame. Everything about “Boardwalk Empire” is impressively crafted, but it occasionally suffers from a staid dullness that disappears only when Mol’s Gillian Darmody appears to cause trouble. The fourth season of “Community” is a curiosity, as it’s the first season without creator Dan Harmon, and presumably last, since Sony rehired Harmon for the fifth season. Without the guiding hand of Harmon, whose stamp on the material made “Community” such a distinctive series, the fourth season often seems to be a pale imitation. However, the charm and comic talents of the cast (including Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Alison Brie) help keep the season watchable. Still, the fourth season proves neither fish nor fowl, not quite the delectable acquired taste of the previous seasons but also lacking the broad appeal that could win over the wide audience that NBC desired for the show. Blu Notes: Some flops are so legendary that they become more renown than successful films, and no film is more synonymous with box office failure than Ishtar. Directed by Elaine May, the longtime Mike Nichols collaborator and occasional comedienne, and starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, the film is a shaggy tale of lounge singers caught up in CIA intrigue. The film receives its first digital treatment with a release on Blu-ray, giving viewers a chance to reevaluate the misunderstood failure, which has its oddball charms.

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LOVE ADVICE FROM MTV’S “GIRL CODE” STAR, APRIL ROSE Having guy trouble? This actress gives us her advice! BY CAROLINE SANFORD

April Rose also starred in Adam Sadler’s Grown Ups 2.

As seen on “Girl Code,” April Rose gives quality advice when it comes to boys and relationships. Campus Circle came up with a few questions we were dying to know the answers to. Here are her responses. Campus Circle: What’s the best way to go from being friends with a guy to being romantically involved with him? April Rose: I think the sooner you let a guy know that you’re interested in him more than friends, the better. I think that’s the same way with girls. The longer a guy waits to “get with us,” the more of a friendship realm that they’re in. And then they get put to the friend zone. So I think it needs to be introduced quickly that you’re interested in this guy. CC: What are the dos and don’ts of online dating? What should you put on your profile? AR: Your profile shouldn’t be your whole life story. I think guys like a little bit of mystery, so you don’t want to tell them everything about you; you want them to be curious. And then [they will] send you a message and ask you about it. Don’t put a picture from 10 years ago; put a current picture up. Don’t try and hide and put and picture of your dog. CC: Can a girl truly change a guy that she is dating? AR: That’s, like, a serious question! You can change a guy, but you have to make sure that he’s changing to better himself and not just changing for you. It has to be mutually beneficial for both people. It has to be something that will be better for him, [like] if you want to change his eating habits and things like that. CC: What’s the worst thing a girl can do on a first date? AR: Don’t fart. Don’t talk about your ex-boyfriends, oh my gosh. And don’t sleep with a guy on a first date. That’s huge. And I have friends that do that. And guess what? The guys don’t call them back for a second date. They already got what they wanted, and they never got to know you. CC: What are some of the signs that your man is being unfaithful? What should you do if you


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think your boyfriend is cheating? AR: My big sign is if he’s hiding his phone, his phone’s on silent, his phone’s turned upside down on the table. I think the phone is the big one. I know in the past some guys have had two phones. That’s definitely a sign! There’s no excuse for having two phones. If a guy disappears all night without saying “goodnight” to you, that is definitely a red flag. There’s no reason for a guy to ever disappear for an entire night. Everyone has their cell phone latched onto them 24 hours a day, and you know it. CC: What should a girl do if she has a crush on one of her friend’s boyfriends? AR: Ah b**ch! If you have a crush on one of your friend’s boyfriends, you need to separate yourself. That is a huge violation of girl code. You cannot steal your friend’s boyfriend. You need to remove yourself from that situation. CC: What if they break up? Can you date one of your friend’s ex-boyfriends? AR: If your girl friend breaks up with a boyfriend, the only way that you [and the ex-boyfriend] can date is if this is the perfect guy, soul mate, that you guys are going to get married and have children and spend every day of the rest of your lives together. It has to be that serious, because that person that you share the rest of your life with is the most important person. It’s not every day that you meet that person. You’re a b**ch, but you found your soul mate, so congradu-f**kin-lations. CC: What’s the best way to break up with a guy? AR: Oh my gosh, I’m so bad at breaking up with guys. I mean, the best way to break up with a guy is [to] say it and be honest and verbally talk to them. And then delete them from your phone, because if you break up with them and get back together with them in the future, they’ll always be insecure. In the back of their head, they’re going to be thinking, “Well, she might break up with me again, so maybe I should have a girl in my back pocket just in case.” There are so many girls that are like, “I’m going to break up with you!” and they just throw that casually out there. But it makes guys feel insecure, or then they’re thinking, “Well, I need to find another girl because my girl could break up with me at any second.”

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Heading out to catch some summer rays isn’t exactly what it used to be. Sure, we’re still happy — make that thrilled — to swim, play, relax and just have fun in the sun, but when you’re slathered in sunscreen (as you should be) a glowing tan is harder to come by. Which is why we’re stocking up on bronzers and other sunshimmering beauty and hair products this season. From powder to surf spray, here are seven items to add in to your summer makeup bag and hair care arsenals, because you don’t need to skip the SPF to glow. 1. What: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder, $38, Why: If self-tanners make you shy or you’re just looking for a sun-kissed glow, this smooth pressed powder gives you a natural-looking “tan” without risking wrinkles. 2. What: MAC Temperature Rising nail polish in Tropical, $18, Why: Keep the sunny theme going all the way to your fingertips with this glittery bronze polish that contains conditioners and UV protection.

3. What: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $25, Why: Ever wish you could get those perfect post-beach hair waves, even if you’re literally states away from the ocean? This salt-infused spray mimics that sexy, sunny hair, adding volume and texture. Surf ’s up!

here’s a new spin on creating highlights. This shampoo and conditioner lightens blonde hair the more you use it, so it looks like you’ve been out in the sun all day, even if you were actually escaping the heat inside clearing out your digital video recorder with the air conditioning on blast.

4. What: Avon Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream, $10, Why: Fake a deeper skin tone, moisturize, conceal flaws, hide redness and get SPF 15 protection all from one product! This BB beauty cream comes in five shades, so you can swap out darker lotions as your tan deepens.

7. What: Benefit’s The Bronze of Champions bronzer kit, $32, Why: Give your eyes, lips and cheeks an instant bronze boost with this box brimming with Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter for Face; Creaseless Cream Shadow in BikiniTini; Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte; Hoola Bronzing Powder (with a powder brush); Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola; and They’re Real! Beyond Mascara. Um, we’re buying it just for the fun product names.

5. What: Bronze Buffer, two for $10, Why: You tried your best, but sometimes faux tan accidents happen. (Why must ankles and knees be so hard? Why?!) No worries. These sponges erase the unwanted color in an instant, so your pretty glow stands out — not the error. 6. What: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.99 each, Why: If you used lemon juice as a teen to lighten your hair,

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CALENDAR BBQ’s Best, strut their stuff at the Long Beach BBQ Festival, August 16th-18th.

WHAT’SHAPPENING All the cool places to go and fun things to do. august 17 Sony Pictures


Exposition Park 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles

With the use of Quantum of Solace, an original Ian Fleming James Bond story title, there now remains only four unused original Fleming

amateur and professional participants. Two stages provide live entertainment for adults and children with artisan exhibits and cantinas. Featured cookers for this year’s event are Porky-NBeans, Howling Coyotes Southwest BBQ, Cowboy’s Barbeque & Rib Company, Johnson’s Bar-B-Que, and Tennessee Q. When Friday, Aug. 16, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 Times Friday: 5-11 p.m., Saturday: Noon-11 p.m., Sunday: Noon-10 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $13 Festivals Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival Rose Bowl 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena The event features watermelon carving demonstrations, recipe, eating, seed spitting and wearable art contests with nightly prize drawings. The coronation of the Watermelon Queen and her court is always a highlight, along with local bands and national touring acts. There will be a bazaar marketplace, arcade games, watermelon-themed games and attractions, and an array of festival food favorites and beverages. When Friday, Aug. 16, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 Times Friday: 5-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Noon-10 p.m. Price $10 SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

titles that could possibly have been used as a title for this film. These are: The Property of a Lady, The Hildebrand Rarity, Risico and 007 in New York (aka Agent 007 in New York). However, none of these were used in favor of the original title, Skyfall.

Times Gates @ 5:30 p.m. Prices $10


When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Festivals Long Beach BBQ Festival Rainbow Lagoon 400 Shoreline Village, Long Beach The best BBQ chefs from around the country gather to grill their award-winning ribs, chicken, sausage, pulled pork and other favorites. Judging and trophies are awarded to both


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Festivals Chinatown Summer Nights Chinatown Central Plaza 947 N. Broadway, Los Angeles Experience the many culinary offerings of Chinatown through “Iron Chef ”-style cooking competitions, great dining by local restaurants serving authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine and non-stop noshing at L.A.’s best gourmet food trucks. Experience music combined with interactive art pulses—from dancing on Chinatown’s large outdoor dance floor with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Valida and more to curated large-scale outdoor video projections. You can also take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities and watch some of the best local music acts in L.A. When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 Times 5:00 p.m.-Midnight Price Free Expos Los Angeles Black Book Expo L.A. Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles A full day of activity featuring authors, storytellers, spoken word and poetry performances, musicians, exhibitors, children’s book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, panel discussions, editors, book reviewers and more. When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

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Times Noon-6 p.m. Price Free

Film Minority Report Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian Street, Los Angeles The “PreCogs” were all named after famous mystery writers: Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie. When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 Times 8:30 p.m. Prices $10 Art Redondo Pier Chalk Art Festival Redondo Beach Pier 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach Help transform the Redondo Pier into a beautiful concrete canvas over the water. Enjoy art, music and fun for the entire family, and free chalk will be given to the first 100 preregistrants. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 Times 12-4 p.m. Price Free Film Vampire Movie All-Nighter Hollywood Forever 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles With The Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Interview With the Vampire and more. When Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 Times Dusk ‘til dawn Price $15 SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Comic Books Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention Shrine Auditorium 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles Meet stars from the original “Star Trek,” “Outer Limits” and more. When Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 Times 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price $10 Film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Billy Wilder Theater @ UCLA 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Did you know Quaker Oats Company originally financed the film? They hoped to tie it to a new candy bar they intended to

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Concerts Taylor Swift Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Nielsen SoundScan lists Swift as the most commercially successful country (or country/pop crossover) artist in digital music history. When Monday, Aug. 19; Tuesday, Aug. 20; Friday, Ausg. 23; Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $29.50 THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Food Los Angeles Food & Wine Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Featuring live culinary demonstrations highlighting Jenn-Air Master Class Series and tastings from world-class wineries, marquee events, the LEXUS Grand Tasting, book signings, mixology seminars, activations from returning sponsors such as The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Delta and after parties, all paired with performances from nationally recognizable artists. Enjoy delicious cuisine from more than 100 celebrity and world-class chefs, and more than 200 wines curated from prestigious wineries. When Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 Comedy Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla The one-night event features a riotous performance by the one and only Sinbad featuring his stand-up routine that covers hilarious observations — from the life advice his parents gave him, to why he is tired of people with no talent having clothing lines, as well as explaining who he “really” is. Pre-recorded live before an uproarious crowd at The Fillmore Detroit on Aug. 2 in the comic’s home state of Michigan, SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla will feature some exclusive footage – never to be shown again after the Aug. 22 event. Presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country. When Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 Time 8:00 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Expos AM2 Convention Anaheim Convention Center 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim There will be exhibits, AMVs, an arcade, a summer festival, World Cosplay Summit, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Rum Party Pirates, Cosplay Chess, dances, fashion shows, console gaming, an AniMaid Café, workshops, panels, concerts and more. When Friday, Aug. 23, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Film Grease Academy Hollywood 1341 Vine Street, Los Angeles The exterior Rydell scenes, including the basketball, baseball and track segments, were shot at Venice High School while the Rydell interiors, including the high school dance, were filmed at Huntington Park High School. When Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Times Gates @ 6:30 p.m. Prices $5, $3 w/ student ID

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Manhattan Beach Open Manhattan Beach Pier 10 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

The MBO is the longest running, continuous tournament for the sport. The most talented men and women converge on the beaches

Concerts Kristin Chenoweth Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles Though her starring role in “Wicked” is what made her a star, she actually won her Tony for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” When Friday, Aug. 23, 2013-Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Times 8:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $17 SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

of Southern California, all competing for part of the $200,000 prize purse and to have their names enshrined on the well-regarded Manhattan Beach Pier. All part of the AVP tour, the Manhattan Beach Open will provide a full weekend of world class beach volleyball and fun that has the local community, beach volleyball

Expos Big Bear Air Fair Big Bear Mountain Resorts 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake The skies will be filled with the sights and sounds of vintage Warbirds, Just in Time Skydivers, Mountain Fifes and Drum Corp. and much more. When Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Times 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Price $2 Food Eat Your Way Through LA: Spicy Tour Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City There is a fine line between “spicy,” where the food you’re eating is full of flavor, and “too spicy,” where all you taste is fire in your mouth. This summer, see which side of the line you fall on. From across L.A. and around the globe, see if you can handle the heat of this truly spicy tour. They’ll be hitting some of the hottest spots in L.A., from the traditional to the truly adventurous. Warning: this tour will be SPICY! Don’t be afraid...but don’t be too overconfident, either! When Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Time 10:00 a.m. Price $40 Music FYF Fest Los Angeles State Historic Park 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles Performers include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio, My Bloody Valentine, MGMT, Ty Segall, Flume and many more. When Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 Times 2:30 p.m.-Midnight WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

enthusiasts and beach lovers participating in an entire weekend of sun filled activities.


Sports WWE Summer Slam Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Don’t miss your favorite WWE superstars and divas live in action. When Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 Time 4:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $25.90

Festivals Fiesta La Ballona Veteran’s Park Culver City 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City Fiesta La Ballona continues to be a celebration of the past, present and future of Culver City showcasing both its warmth and its sophistication with live music on two stages, vendors, carnival rides and games, community stage performances, a petting zoo, pony rides, a food court, a beer and wine garden and more. When Friday, Aug. 23, 2013-Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 Price Free

bring on the market. When the film was released, the company began marketing its “Wonka” chocolate bars. Unfortunately, an error in the chocolate formula caused the bars to melt too easily, even while on the shelf, and so they were taken off the market. When Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 Times 11:00 a.m. Price Free

When Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013-Sun., Aug. 25, 2013

Concerts Black Sabbath Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list, behind Led Zeppelin. When Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $35.50 Film WarGames The Landmark 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles The scene where the FBI picks up Matthew Broderick was filmed at 7-Eleven in Big Bear. That 7-Eleven and the State Farm insurance agency next door are still there as of 2013. The tunnel and exterior used for the entrance into NORAD is the same tunnel used to enter and exit Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as well as in the climax of Back to the Future Part II. The tunnel is located in Griffith Park. When Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices $13 Campus Circle - August 15-28, 2013




Wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) runs with the ball after a reception during USC’s Spring scrimmage at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Los Angeles, California.

This time last year, the University of Southern California (USC) community was ecstatic about the potential of its upcoming season. As the preseason No. 1 with a quarterback that was the frontrunner for Heisman, a national championship seemed like it was the only option. But we all know how that season ended: not good. Now heading into the fall, USC won’t find itself sitting atop any polls (they’re ranked No. 24 on USA Today’s poll), and some might even consider them lucky to even be on any. But despite all the haters, the 2013-14 season looks like it could hold a lot more promises than last, as an easier schedule, a far deeper roster and a lot less expectation could leave them with a legitimate chance to play for the BCS title.  The biggest question for the Trojans, as it has been all year, is: who’s going to replace Matt Barkley?  At the end of last season, it seemed Max Wittek was ripe for the job, but his inability to complete routine passes in their Bowl game against Georgia Tech left many coaches and fans questioning his talent.  Coming up in the ranks to challenge Wittek are underclassman Cody Kessler and true freshman Max Browne. Kessler only appeared in a couple games last season but showed signs of serious potential and excellent quarterback swag. Although Browne hasn’t proven anything at the college level, he did leave high school as the top ranked quarterback of his class, receiving much praise for his pro-style offense and being compared to greats like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton


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BY HENRY FOSTER RUBENSTEIN Manning. However, no matter who is taking the snaps, USC will have one of the nation’s top receiving corps to throw to. Although the Trojans lost their No. 2 receiver Robert Woods to the draft, they’ll bring back Marqise Lee, last year’s Biletnikoff (an award given to the country’s top receiver) winner. Although Woods won’t be by his side, Nelson Agholor will provide a nice complement for Lee. Agholor had a solid 2012 season and should expect to see a significant amount of action this year, especially with defenses double-teaming Lee. After the receivers have taken flight down field, USC will boast two explosive tight ends in Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer. Even with all that talent in the air, USC still has plenty of skill on the ground. Making up to the lineup is Penn State transfer Silas Redd, D.J. Morgan and Tre Madden, who missed the entire 2012 season with injuries. Although the offensive line struggled last season, allowing more sacks than a potato farm, they return the majority of their starters and have plenty of young talent coming up. But after last season, the biggest concern for USC shouldn’t be putting points on the board - it’s stopping them. Even though the Trojans did lose their free safety captain TJ McDonald and corner back Nickell Robey, they bring back a string of defensive players that include Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard and Devon Kennard back from injury.  USC will have to look to incoming freshmen to help fill the

Do the Trojans have what it takes to make it to the BCS?

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gaps, but that’s something I think this recruiting class will be able to handle. Make sure to keep an eye out for the defensive line.  2012 wasn’t a banner year for USC and its defense, but the experience gained will certainly propel the Trojans through 2013. Former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin had a lot of trouble last season with PAC-12 offenses, but I predict his replacement, Clancy Pendergast, will provide a game plan that is a lot more aggressive and more fitting to USC’s talent. In respect to the rest of the PAC-12, USC will have one of the deepest lineups and one of the easier schedules. Tough road matchups will come when they face Norte Dame in South Bend mid-October and again when they head up to Oregon State in early November. Fortunately for the Trojans, they face their two biggest competitors in Stanford and UCLA at home in the Coliseum. Currently, I have them favored in 10 of their 13 games, with the remaining three up for grabs. After a 7-6 season, the expectations aren’t very high for USC, but that could be exactly what they need. The pressure might not be on the players; however, another lackluster year will certainly send head coach Lane Kiffin packing.  But, the suave leader has had impressive seasons before, and I expect 2013 to be another one of them. They might not be the nation’s top team week one, but if all the right pieces fall into place, the Trojans could be sitting real pretty come December when the BCS pairings are read. 

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley (17) is forced out of bounds by Baylor’s Chance Casey at the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowa


Brett Hundley, UCLA’s do-it-all quarterback, has noticed changes. Some were subtle, like the stirring of a breeze. “There are people I’ll see on campus who go, ‘Oh, that’s Brett Hundley,’ but they won’t come talk with me,” Hundley said, chuckling between bites of pasta at a campus cafeteria. “I’m a regular person. I’m going to talk with you.” Some hit like a wind gust. “When I first got here, USC was huge,” said Hundley, who attended high school in Arizona. “They were running the town for a minute. Now I walk around L.A. and I see UCLA gear rather than USC gear.” He can take at least partial credit for any wardrobe change. There were heavy expectations placed on Hundley as a redshirt freshman last season and he lived up to the billing. The Bruins finished 9-5 and won the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division. Hundley set a school record with 3,740 yards passing, which already has him ninth on UCLA’s career list. The reward? Greater expectations. Heisman Trophy trackers have Hundley on the radar. One online sports book has him at odds of 33-1 to win it. “They need him to be the face of the program,” said Chris Huston, who runs, a site dedicated to college football and the Heisman chase. “You need a player that makes kids think of the school. Brett has a chance to be that guy.” Hundley is among the 30 players on Huston’s watch list. And Hundley is even higher on a more important list. NFL scouts, who usually give sophomores a cursory look, are already talking about Hundley being a top-10 draft pick when he decides to make himself available. UCLA’s fan base is completely smitten. Hundley received 89 birthday greetings on his Twitter feed, many offering congratulations for the national championship and Heisman Trophy — neither of which he has won yet, of course. No wonder there is some tapping on the brakes around UCLA. Too much, too soon seems the concern. School officials are considering a Heisman campaign, but it’s for Anthony Barr, a senior linebacker who is projected as a top-five pick in the NFL draft.

Hundley won’t be at Pac-12 media day Friday, either. Schools take two players to the event. UCLA’s are Barr and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. But the quarterback’s impact can’t be denied. The first time Hundley touched the ball in a college game, he ran 72 yards for a touchdown against Rice. By season’s end, he had passed for 300 yards five times and had engineered a 3828 victory over USC — the Bruins’ second win over the Trojans since 1998. Coach Jim Mora believes in the no-I-in-team philosophy — he probably would remove the letter from “Bruins” if he could — but he sees the rising tide. “I look at Brett Hundley as a guy who may not be a household name yet but hopefully becomes one,” Mora said. “The most important thing is we win games. If we win games, guys will get the notoriety they deserve.” The plan has been to bring Hundley along without too much pressure. His teammates voted him a captain before last season, but Mora nixed it, saying “there was already enough on his plate.” More is being added this season. Hundley has become the face of the program — literally. UCLA uses images of Hundley and Barr wherever possible. “I saw it on a poster the other day,’ Hundley said. “That was cool.” School officials also had Hundley call season-ticket holders in May. Other Bruins players also worked the phones, but the school put out a news release that Hundley would be calling. “I had a list of about 40,” Hundley said. “Every call, I said, ‘Hi, I’m Brett Hundley,’ and I’d hear ‘oh.’ Then it would be a whole conversation. I think I got through about 15 calls.” This is the first time in more than a decade that UCLA is perceived as having the best quarterback in Los Angeles. Across town, quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart won Heismans; Palmer, Leinart and Mark Sanchez were first-round NFL draft picks and Matt Barkley was a four-year starter. The talk will be about a quarterback competition at USC in August. Across town, the talk is about Hundley. “UCLA has had a real absence of players who generate

the kind of excitement that Brett Hundley is generating right now,” former UCLA coach Terry Donahue said. “It’s becoming more apparent this guy is really a special player, and maybe a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.” Hundley said his ego is “grounded” by his family, but his brand of humility comes with a personality hard to curb. Asked about the Heisman and he replies, “I’m trying to win a championship.” Yet, he adds that the Heisman “can be a byproduct and I would love to get it.” In fact, expects to at some point. Prodded about whether he had thought about an acceptance speech, Hundley said, “When the time comes, I will have a long speech for that day.” So it will happen? “I’m planning on it,” Hundley deadpanned. “I’m declaring it. It’s going to happen.” “Good for him,” said Noel Mazzone, UCLA’s offensive coordinator. “I would much rather him say that than say he was working hard to be Pac-12 honorable mention. That would worry me.” UCLA has one Heisman Trophy winner: Gary Beban in 1967. Yale has two. UCLA’s Cade McNown finished third in the 1998 voting and Troy Aikman was third in 1988. Drew Olson was the last Bruins player to get votes, finishing eighth in 2005. “It should be music to UCLA’s ears to hear Hundley mentioned as a candidate,” said Huston of “Winning the Heisman is a barometer of your program’s health.” Winning it would also shift the terrain in Los Angeles toward UCLA. “It would be huge for this school,” Hundley said. “I’m going to try to do it, or it may be Anthony Barr. Whoever does it, that will be huge for UCLA.” Twitter: @cfosterlatimes ©2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by MCT Information Services Campus Circle - August 15-28, 2013




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Steve Aoki performing at MGM Grand’s Hakkasan nightclub.

Wet Republic is a day club at MGM Grand; prepare for high prices, smiles and (of course) wetness!

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Hakkasan boasts crazy lights and amazing DJ performances.

YOUR VEGAS VACATION 2013 GUIDE The 411 on Sin City’s two hottest clubs. BY ZACH BOURQUE Sweaty clubs full of attractive people are about as synonymous with Vegas as Wayne Newton and slot machines. And with the never ending rise of EDM popularity acting as a backdrop, more and more world class venues are setting up shop all over the strip in hopes of attracting the world class talent that crowds are clamoring for. MGM Grand’s own Hakkasan is one of the latest to throw their hat in the ring. Opening last April, the three-story, 60,000-capacity nightclub has attracted some of the biggest names in EDM. With residencies featuring names like Tiesto, deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, it’s no wonder it’s shot to the front of the game with ease. While the floor-to-ceiling LED lighting, fog machines and ear shattering sound are certainly the main attractions, what stood out most at Hakkasan was the sheer variety of alternative options for those feeling a little less “ravey.” In particular, the Ling Ling Club and Lounge stood out for its relaxed atmosphere and laidback aesthetic. Tucked away just far enough to isolate itself from drunken stragglers, the

lounge packed plenty of couches to stay comfortable but just enough music not to lull you to sleep. But if you’re going to a Vegas club, you might as well go big, and the main club at Hakkasan is nothing short of stunning. With club tunes spun by deadmau5 on this particular night, the main room lit up in an explosion of lights, energy and fun. The post-midnight set time gave everyone in attendance plenty of time to get tipsy on (admittedly expected) overpriced cocktails, and the club remained open far longer than a similarly exciting L.A. equivalent. After crashing for a few hours and waking up to 100-plus degree temperatures, what comes next? Nothing washes away that hangover quite like a Subway Footlong, three Modelos and some more shenanigans at one of the many pool parties in town. Wet Republic at MGM Grand isn’t the newest in town but remains a staple in the crowded Vegas landscape. With a 2,000plus capacity populating the saltwater pools and seemingly never ending electronic music, it’s almost impossible not to be

entertained. The people watching alone is worth the price of admission, with a crowd impressively low in bros and high on pretty much everything else. And did I mention everyone was smiling? Pools inherently make people happy, so it’s no massive surprise. But when you get 2,000 people in good spirits drinking beers under the sun, the energy is completely contagious. Of course, the massively booming sound system didn’t seem to hurt either. What did hurt were cashiers arbitrarily creating prices up behind the bar, such as the odd $25.00 beer/bottled water combination that hit several thirsty pool goers. Regardless, sky-high prices are to be expected in this town, though some consistency would go a ways. Everywhere you go in Vegas is a veritable party and these two exciting, hysterically fun venues are no exception. Both represent cutting edge Vegas in every possible way and come highly recommended to anyone seeking a good time in the desert. Come for the women, come for the music, come for the party and leave your troubles at the door.


Campus Circle - August 15-28, 2013