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April 10, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 28 | Baton Rouge, LA

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: BAMMA OR BONNAROO? page 3 SEE SONGFEST! page 5 GIRLS IN THE GYM: THE STRUGGLE page 8

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www.theodysseyonline.com If you aren’t reading The Odyssey I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems, but that ain’t one! Ok but really, really, I have yet to feel sappy about becoming your Editor In Chief.

MALENA MOREAU Delta Zeta Editor-In-Chief

Malena is a junior studying public relations and mass communications. You may contact her at mmore16@ lsu.edu.

I have a few big plans you will most definitely see over the course of the remaining semester as well as next year. However first and foremost, I would just like to say being an Editor-In-Chief is a dream come true. I feel like some sassy business lady who’s about to run the world. Who run the world? Girls! I just fit a Beyoncé and Jay-Z reference into two paragraph. Life = complete. It’s like they’re married on paper! On a completely, more related note, The Odyssey at LSU will be doing some rebranding and looking for more writers. If you’re interested, please email me! This publication provides a valuable medium and solidarity between chapters on campus. I want to continue to encourage that, but in order for this to happen, we need more variety! The Odyssey has also been a great way for me personally to find my voice as a writer. I truly feel we can provide that service for everyone! If you have any other suggestions regarding this publication, I would love to get some emails! I really would like some insight as to what Greeks at LSU truly want to read. Through this, we can better shape our paper to fit our audience’s needs. Here’s hoping we grow together. Deuces homies!

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS: BAMMA OR BONNAROO? Summer is right around the corner and there’s one pressing decision that all SEC kids must soon make.

WILL HARRISON Kappa Sigma

Will is a freshman studying Sadly, this is the biggest marketing and English. You may contact him at wilrh94@gmail.com. decision that many Greeks, myself included, will have to make all year: Bonnaroo or Hangout? The choice is yours. Will you spend a sandy weekend singing into the Bamma breeze, or four fuzzy days indulging in some good-old-fashioned Appalachian excess? Every year, thousands of SEC students flock to the region’s two most popular music festivals. Although there may be the odd handful of Californians or carpetbaggers come down to Dixie chasin’ their favorite headliners, it’s pretty obvious that here, like in the NCAA, SEC kids run the show. In Tennessee, there’s certainly no shortage of volunteers willing to pay good money to turn-up at Bonnaroo. Between some thick accents, an overwhelming number of orange flags and the ubiquitous skunky smog, campgrounds in the Roo can be strangely reminiscent of King’s Day in Holland, you know – just with fewer teeth and better manners.

A little more than a dip-spiting distance from the gulf, the warm sands of Alabama’s Hangout Fest also provide an ideal habitat for the SEC scholar. The home team here may not be as visible as the volunteers, but they’re everywhere, nevertheless. When music breaks on the beach, you won’t hear the ocean, but you’ll probably hear the Tide roll at least once. I hate Saban Bamma, but I sure love Hangout. Between sets on the beach and sex on the beach, everyone’s sure to have a good time. Before you buy a wristband, though, there are a couple of bummers you should probably be aware of. Unlike Bonnaroo, there’s no camping at Hangout and condos aren’t cheap, especially for the Hangout weekend. They also book up quickly, so you need to act now. Like, right now. Go. Hangout occupies four of the busiest blocks in Alabama and has a heavy police presence. They may not snatch your beer or take you to jail for a joint, but these guys don’t play around, especially with harder drugs. Discretion is the name of the game here, kids. If you’re cheap like me, or you just dislike cops, Bonaroo is the place to be. Grab a tent, borrow a truck, buy some groceries and get yourself to Tennessee. You can even bring your own beer (three cases per person – no bottles). Just don’t forget toilet paper...and try to leave your guns at home. Summer music festivals are all pretty rad, but these two events are just a stupid cool. Jack White or Jack Johnson, Kanye or The Killers. No matter which festival you go to this year, you’re going to have a killer time.


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TEN DIFFERENT MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THIS SUMMER LUCY HARRISON Kappa Kappa Gamma

Lucy is a sophomore studying mass communications. You may contact her at lharr41@tigers.lsu.edu As LSU students, we know all about Louisiana’s most popular summertime music festivals, such as Bayou Country Superfest right here in Baton Rouge and Jazzfest in nearby Nola. However, for you lovers of live music who have some free time to travel, this summer is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and learn about the multitude of music festivals that await you all over the country. Ranging from the big name festivals to the more obscure events, here’s a list of ten different music festivals for you to check out this summer: 1. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA Price: $375/3-day general admission pass Okay, so even though traveling all the way out to California from April 11-13 for a music festival that’s literally in the middle of a desert may seem slightly absurd, this festival sounds like it’s worth the trouble. Headliners include Arcade Fire and Skrillex, and it’s the place where OutKast will kick off their summer reunion tour. Also, Coachella is frequented by tons of celebrities, so if you go you’ve got a shot at meeting past attendees that include Clint Eastwood and Katy Perry. 2. Shaky Knees Music Fest in Atlanta, GA Price: $169/3-day general admission pass Fans of alternative artists, such as headliners The National, Modest Mouse, and Alabama Shakes, will enjoy this festival that takes place May 9-11 in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. Shaky Knees might be new to the festival scene (this summer will, in fact, be the second annual Shaky Knees Music Fest), but it’s sure to provide a fantastic weekend nonetheless. 3. Wakarusa in Ozark, AR Price: $194/3-day general admission pass If you’ve ever dreamed of camping out in Mulberry Mountain while enjoying the musical stylings of The Flaming Lips, Bassnectar, and many more, then Wakarusa is the music festival for you. From June 5-8, music lovers descend upon the little-known town of Ozark to enjoy live music with this scenic Arkansas town as the backdrop. 4. Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN Price: $100/3-day general admission pass Okay, so being a native Memphian who has attended this festival every year since ninth grade, I may be slightly biased, but BSMF is truly one of the most diverse, lively gatherings that the festival scene has to offer-not to mention, it’s by far one of the most low-priced festivals. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, BSMF is May 2-4 and, this year, boasts its most diverse lineup yet. Artists ranging from rapper Juicy J to alternative band Foster the People to old school artist Kid Rock are featured headliners. BSMF has something for everyone of every musical preference, and is located near legendary Beale Street (hence the festival’s name); how could it possibly disappoint?

5. Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL Price: $229/3-day general admission pass A three-day festival that combines popular live music with the beaches of Gulf Shore, Hangout is quickly becoming one of the season’s most well-attended festivals. This year, headliners such as The Black Keys, Jack Johnson, Outkast, and The Killers will entertain the crowds from May 16-18. Enjoying your favorite bands right on the beach? Sounds like an ideal experience if you ask me. 6. Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL Price: $400/3-day general admission For you all EDM (electronic dance music, for those of you who might not know) enthusiasts, this festival is a must-see. From March 28-30, you can enjoy some of the most talented EDM artists (Krewella and Avicii, to name a few) in beautiful, beachy downtown Miami. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous this summer, you can even check out Ultra Worldwide in Croatia from July 11-13. Although undeniably pricey, the Ultra experience seems like it’s worth the extra cash. 7. Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, TX Price: $50-$160/2-day general admission pass From May 31-June 1, FPSF has drawn in some pretty impressive headliners this year: Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang clan, and of course many more. Another affordable festival, FPSF also gives local artists a platform on which to perform and grow; this year, local favorites such as Wild Moccasins and New York City Queens are scheduled to perform. Go support Houston’s local artists while also enjoying more well-known artists and buy a ticket to FPSF.

8. Country Thunder Music Festival in Twin Lakes, WI Price: $190/3-day general admission pass Forget Bayou Country Superfest-country music lovers, Country Thunder Music Festival is your dream come true. Some of country’s biggest names will be performing at the festival from July 24-27: Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, and many, many more. Plus, you get the pleasure of live music combined with camping in the picturesque village of Twin Lakes. If you consider yourself a fan of both country music and the great outdoors, Country Thunder is right up your alley. 9. Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN Price: $234-$284/3-day general admission pass One of the season’s most popular festivals, Bonnaroo is considered the ultimate festival experience: full-on camping out (yes, this includes not showering unless you’re willing to pay) in a tent or RV combined with one of the season’s most impressive lineups. From June 12-15, huge artists such as Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, and Jack White will headline this highly anticipated festival. Interested in channeling your inner hippie and/or experiencing some of the biggest names in the music industry in the flesh? If so, definitely look into Bonnaroo. 10. Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL Price: $250/3-day general admission pass A three-day festival that is set up in Chicago’s famous Grant Park from August 1-3, Lollapalooza is a perfect excuse to visit the great city of Chicago and enjoy some high-quality live music while you’re at it. Headlined by some of music’s most popular names, such as Lorde and Kings of Leon, Lollapalooza is the perfect way to end your summer before heading back to school.


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SEE SONGFEST!

The most comical yet impressive Greek collaboration of the year is rapidly approaching. Songfest, a dance competition comprised of paired sororities and fraternities, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, the weekend after Easter and the conclusion of spring break.

ELLIE NICOLE BOWEN Chi Omega

Ellie is a freshman studying business. You may contact her at ebowen2@lsu.edu.

This show is the primary fundraising event for LSU’s Greek Board of Directors, a board created in 2004 to unify Greek organizations and to serve as an advisory council to the office of Greek life. GBOD also coordinates other events including Greek Week and EMPOWER. Songfest has taken place annually for 90 years. It originally began as a men’s singing competition, but has evolved into a choreographed dance competition. Practices for each team are in full swing, preparing to perform under the bright lights of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center where LSU basketball games are played. So far, groups have performed their almost-completed dances for those in charge and the finished products will be shown, again, the weekend before the start of spring break. Over countless practices, participants have learned several minutes of hilarious choreography. The girls, usually with

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prior dance experience, underwent tryouts. While the guys were most likely selected at random or were brave volunteers, typically (aka always) without a background in dance. The number of participants per group can range from ten to forty. This combination makes for an exciting show of skilled turns and tricks accompanied by hilarious shaking and shimmying by the fellas. The overall show does not have a specific theme like Step Show. With Songfest, each team selects its own theme. The mixed music is coordinated with the dance and costume in order to entertain the eager audience. Each individual costume should only cost ten dollars, so those in charge have to be creative with their funds. Performances can be up to five and a half minutes with two minutes before to set up props. Five judges score the performances and factor in a few bonus point opportunities including t-shirt sales, ticket sales, and a banner competition. Judges also award recognition for Best Male Performance, Best Costume, and Crowd Appeal. Reigning champions for the past two years have been the Kappa Delta ladies, who were paired with Sigma Phi Epsilon in 2012 and Theta Chi and Phi Kappa Psi in 2013. Second place in 2013 was Phi Mu and Phi Delta Theta. Third place went to Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Theta Xi. The Songfest titles are up for grabs, and anything could happen! Pre-sale tickets are only eleven dollars, and at the door they will be fifteen dollars. Do not forget to go watch the show on April 27th that supports the Greek Board of Directors. You are guaranteed lots of laughs and hopefully some impressive dance moves.


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SPRING BREAK EATERIES Wednesday thru Saturday. Even though Buford’s is closed on Monday and Tuesday,

Spring break is quickly

approaching and for many

college students, meal planning is the last thing

on their to-do lists before leaving.

Bathing suit shopping,

CAROLINE HUDSON Alpha Phi

Caroline is a sophomore studying mass communications. You may contact her at chudso7@tigers.lsu. edu.

cooler painting and house

booking push eating to the back seat, which is why I have compiled a list of places to eat in Gulf Shores. This way no one goes too long without some sort of sustenance to balance out all the alcohol fun you are about to have.

Breakfast isn’t a top-priority on spring break for most college students since most

wake up past noon. Anyway, for those early risers, here are some delicious places to grab pancakes, coffee and even beignets.

Café Beignets of Alabama is the closest thing you will find to the golden fried-

dough covered in decadent powdered sugar you can get in Louisiana. They serve only beignets and coffee, but according to critics reviews, that is all they need to

serve since the beignets are authentic and made-to-order. If you have a wad of cash left over from your midnight run to McDonald’s, this is the place for you since they

only take cash. Located in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Café Beignets of Alabama is open Monday thru Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Kitty’s Kafe is the place to go if you need a more substantial meal in your system

to start off a long, hot day on the beach. Kitty’s serves everything you can think of from eggs and bacon to oatmeal and pork chops. It’s also decently priced for us college students. It is open every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located

off Gulf Shores Parkway. With free Wi-Fi, this is the perfect place to take a break and upload all of the awesome pictures from the day before.

Now, moving on to lunch. The Flying Harpoon serves up poboys, gumbo and

hand cut potato chips as a side, all while keeping a fun atmosphere. With an outdoor

and waterfront seating arrangement, this is a good lunch spot to soak up even more sun than you already have. The Flying Harpoon offers happy hour (for those over 21) and is open for lunch, dinner and late night snacking every day of the week.

According to critics on Urban Spoon, this spot is a “great little beach joint” and the atmosphere is “quirky and friendly.”

If you are looking for a small, but fun getaway, I suggest Toby Keith’s I Love This

Bar & Grill. Although located in Orange Beach, it is only a short drive from Gulf Shores and will provide the whole group with a fun adventure. It’s touristy, but

this bar and grill offers unbelievable live music and late night festivities. It is open

every day of the week and serves American food like hamburgers, steaks, french fries, etc. You might even catch a glimpse of Toby Keith.

Dinner is probably the most important meal of the day on spring break, because

we all know the night won’t end for at least a couple more hours. With a 96 percent

approval rating on Urban Spoon, Buford’s Smokehouse BBQ is apparently the place to eat. It is only open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, but from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

the ribs and potato salad are a must try. Buford’s is located on Gulf Shores Parkway. If you are looking for something familiar, New Orleans-based Acme Oyster House

opened in March on the Intracoastal Waterway. It is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can find oysters of

any shape and size, poboys, crab claws and gumbo; as well as a great atmosphere and fun locals.

Last but certainly not least…dessert. According to the Advocate.com, located in

the Pelican Place Shopping Center is the state’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop dubbed “Liquid Freeze”. Opened in February, this ice cream shop provides patrons

with flavors like strawberry cheesecake and key lime pie. But that is not all; they

also have milkshakes, floats and smoothies to soothe your quenched mouth after the hours spent on the beach.

This list gives each spring breaker a guide to different restaurants for every meal

of the day, so there is no excuse to not have a great time and eat wonderful food while hanging with your friends and getting wickedly tan.


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SEVEN MUST-READS FOR YOUR SPRING BREAK OR SUMMER BEACH TRIP HAYLEY NICOLICH Chi Omega

Hayley is a sophomore studying English and Spanish. You may contact her at hayleynicolich@live. com. If you’re like me, you have to pack an extra bag for

every trip just to hold your books.

Even if you’re not a nerdy book enthusiast, it’s always

a good idea to have a good read handy for your down time on the beach. So here are a few of my picks for your next vacation.

“Paper Towns” by John Green Yet another one of John Green’s masterpieces, “Paper

Towns,” is an entertaining and thought provoking read. It follows the journey of Margo Roth Spiegelman, an

adventurous, quirky and rebellious youth who is determined to escape the confines of small town life. Quentin, or Q, is smitten with her and is determined to figure out the mystery that Margo makes of her

life. If that sneak peak of the story line isn’t evidence enough of this book’s read-worthiness, just remember

that it’s written by John Green, the literary genius of our generation.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple A national bestseller, this is a story of the intensely

intelligent, but bumbling and severely antisocial, Bernadette. Her daughter, Bee, is a child prodigy who

must deal with the embarrassment brought on by her mother ’s antics and the absence of her workaholic

father. When Bernadette disappears, Bee digs into her

mother ’s past and discovers a multitude of secrets that explain her strange behavior. This book will keep you

amused and intrigued wherever your road trip may take you.

“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other

Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling

“On the Island” by Tracey Garvis Graves This book has all the ingredients for a perfect sunny

Kaling’s autobiography is hands-down the funniest

weather read: a tropical location, handsome leading

“The Mindy Project,” you’ll know that Kaling is capable

cancer survivor, and his tutor, Anna, are stranded on an

book I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of “The Office” or of some pretty hilarious writing and her autobiography is no exception. It contains everything from fashion

advice to her views on Jewish guys so, as you can imagine, it’s entertaining.

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak Here’s a little historical fiction to mix things up.

“The Book Thief” is about Liesel Meminger, a young

male and a suspenseful (though, farfetched) plot. TJ, a island on their way to meet his family in the Maldives.

They must overcome their unusual circumstances and lean on each other in order to survive. The fact that Anna is 14 years TJ’s senior makes the book all the more risqué and engaging.

“Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver If you like books that are impossible to put down, this

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

girl in Nazi Germany. Liesel witnesses her brother ’s

one’s for you. I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep or eat for 48

I had to put at least one classic on the list. This book

town in Germany while her Communist mother flees

mean girl. She is part of the most exclusive clique at

is the perfect love story, but it’s no “Twilight.” The female protagonist, Lizzie Bennet, is strong and fiercely

independent, which is only one of the reasons that this book is near the top of my list of favorite books (and I read a lot). I recommend the annotated version of “Pride and

Prejudice,”, as the language can be a bit hard to follow.

death and is sent to live with foster parents in a small

prosecution under Nazi rule. Liesel’s love of books takes her on a journey in which she uncovers a way to deal with the cruel society that she inhabits. The book

is also narrated by Death, which gives it an attentiongrabbing edge.

hours while reading “Before I Fall.” Sam is your typical her high school and she is used to things going her

way, often at the expense of others. Friday, Feb. 12 is a

perfectly normal day for Sam – that is, until the crash.

Sam is forced to relive this day seven times, embarking on a journey of self-redemption and self-discovery. Happy reading!


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DEANDRA DE NAPOLI Pi Beta Phi

Deandra is a senior studying public relations. You may contact her at ddenap1@tigers.lsu.edu. With spring break quickly approaching, a lot of us are trying to shed some of those extra pounds, fast. What better way to do that than pump up your cardio routine right? Wrong. If you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently, there truly is only one way to do it, strength training. Strength training increases your metabolism so you can burn more calories 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And that, my friends, is the key to successful, permanent weight loss. I know a lot of girls who steer clear of the weight room because either: a.) They don’t want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, b.) They don’t feel comfortable in the weight room, c.) They don’t know how to use the equipment. For all of these reasons, I offer solutions.

First of all, it is physically impossible for a woman to look like the terminator unless she is on some serious human growth hormones (A.K.A., steroids.) Second, I know the weight room can be a little intimidating for girls and that’s totally understandable. Girls in the gym have a lot of obstacles to overcome. You don’t want people to look at you like you don’t know what you’re doing and you also don’t want the gym pedophile to stare you up and down. If this is your dilemma, you should either go to Walmart and buy your own set of weights, or grow some thick skin and learn to ignore it (I recommend the latter because all that equipment can really add up.) Finally, for those of you who simply just don’t know what you’re doing, that’s why I’m here.

pound of muscle burns six calories per pound per day, while one pound of fat burns two calories per pound per day. That four-calorie difference may not sound like much, but for most people, that’s the difference between living lean and being overweight.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that cardio won’t help you lose weight. What I am saying however, is that cardio can only offer you weight loss benefits in the short run, while strength training will build up your metabolism permanently. According to fitness expert Jim Karnas, a contributing writer for Yahoo Health, cardiovascular exercise will result in weight loss, but it will come at a cost as 60 percent of the weight loss will be fat, which is good; however, the remaining 40 percent will come from muscle, which is really, really bad.

Additionally, performing excess cardio can lead to: a slower metabolism, put extra stress on the adrenal glands, which can lead to fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, frequent illness, decreased memory/concentration and the inability to lose weight, increase the hormone cortisol, a major culprit of belly fat and finally, it can create injury.

Karnas says you never want to lose lean muscle tissue. One

After 20 to 30 minutes, most classic, steady state cardiovascular exercise begins to chew up your precious, calorie-burning muscle. The moment this happens, you are in a metabolic free fall. However, there is one thing cardio doesn’t kill—your appetite. Go out for a run, burn a few calories, then come back and eat up to twice as many calories. Translation: Weight (and fat) gain. Doesn’t sound like a solution to me.

As a runner, I know this is a lot to take in. And while I still do believe that cardio is an important part of your exercise routine that shouldn’t be neglected, I feel the same about strength training. If you’re simply doing one, and not the other, you will never get the results you’re looking for.


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FEELING STRESSSED? EAT! ANNA ROY Chi Omega

Anna is a freshman studying mass communications and public relations. You may contact her at aeroy58@gmail.com. Sometimes, the thoughts of the sunny, carefree days of summer get buried underneath test stress, drama with friends and family, and just really bad days. Your mind can get plagued with feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression. Fortunately, simply eating certain foods can change your mood! If you’re stressed, eat chocolate (as if you need another excuse to do so). Studies show that chocolate helps reduce stress and anxiety hormones, while raising happy hormones at the same time. If you want a bonus

dose of beneficial antioxidants, eat dark chocolate.

If you’re anxious, eating any kind of fish can calm your nerves. Try eating sushi the day of a big test to ease anxiety. The omega-3 fatty acids help control anxiety as well as helping your skin and hair. Angry at someone? Drink tea! There are so many different kinds of teas that can help you calm down, concentrate, curb cravings or even manage weight. A warm cup of tea calms you down and minimizes feelings of anger. In addition, the herbs in tea have been shown to lower cholesterol and prevent certain cancers. If you’re having a bad day and just feel cranky, eat berries. They have antioxidants to keep neural pathways running smoothly, balancing your mood. Add some raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries to your diet. Feeling sad? Even if you don’t know why you’re

feeling that way, eating a bowl of cereal can help. Vitamin D from milk promotes happy thoughts in your brain, and the carbs from the cereal make your body produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone. If you’re feeling unsettled or upset by something, comfort food in the form of a PB&J sandwich is the answer. Just like the cereal, the carbs from the bread raises the serotonin hormone as well as settling any nervous butterflies in your stomach. Stayed up late cramming for a test and barely slept? Eat a spinach salad for lunch. Spinach increases the blood flow to the brain, helping you stay mentally alert even if all you want to do is crash in a Middleton study cubicle. If you’re worried about something, eat a bowl of soup. The combination of water, fiber, and protein, as well as being warm, will calm you down and ease your mind.


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YOUR HYPOTHETICAL WEDDING BAILEY WAX Chi Omega

Bailey is a freshman. You may contact her at bwax@lsu.edu. Do you remember the first boy you ever loved? You know the one I’m talking about. His finesse in the sandbox drew you to him from day one. His strict diet of paste, play-doh and Tyson chicken nuggets kept his toddler physique in the best of conditions. His sketchers light-up shoes simply lit up your whole world aflame. At the ripe old age of four, you were ready to commit your life to the boy who hoarded the good crayons in his desk and convinced you to cut your hair with safety scissors. Well thank God that didn’t happen, right? But as we get older, the fantasy of that magical day never dies. The. Wedding. Day. For most girls, college is the time to focus less on the groom and more on the bridesmaids. We’ve all heard that college, specifically being in a sorority, is when you’ll find your bridesmaids. While this, for the most part, is simply wonderful, there are things to be wary of. People are like a fine wine. They need time to mature and come of age. Just like that young pasteeating boy in the sandbox needed time to mature, so do many of your fellow sorority sisters. Imagine having your fellow Greek brothers and sisters be a part of your wedding party as they are now. It’d be like formal on crack, except about 98% less white dresses and 60% more family members thrown your way. The wedding party would be quite the spectacle. And you know exactly which girls would be there. After semesters of going out and spending nights with your sisters, you know them better than most. There would be the one who every time she drinks, always goes overboard. You’d be trying to cut the cake and meanwhile she’d be right in your ear the whole time, “Can I tell you sumfing... You look beyuuful.” Then there’s the weepy one. You know her. Tough exterior when she’s sober. But get a drink in her and the waterworks come on full. It’s really difficult to fully enjoy the “Cupid Shuffle” when you have Weeping Willow hanging on you, bawling about Brady taking Alena to bus trip when he knew she wanted to go and she gave him her heart and so on. Then of course there’s the slightly slutty one. The one you can’t blame because she’s pretty and just so sweet...but good lord is she tonguing the bartender? Yes. Yes she most certainly is. And then there’s the worst. She’s most likely your best friend. She’s the honest one. Alcohol becomes a truth serum for her. She’s charming and outgoing. That’s obviously why your grandparents are sitting with her. But as you watch from the dance floor and see the growing expression of concern/horror appearing on Memaw and Papaw’s faces, you come to the shudder-inducing conclusion that she is undoubtedly recanting the escapades of freshman year spring break. The bouquet toss causes a fight worse than little sis selections and you can’t help but breathing a sigh of relief as the limo pulls away. But you love them. And sorority blood is definitely thicker than water. So maybe they aren’t as bad as the paste-eater. Sure, they cry and drink and have inappropriate make out sessions, but they’re your sisters. And your hypothetical fantasy wedding wouldn’t be the same without their hot messes.


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Magaine, Glamour, and Instyle) are…

MARY MORGAN KELLEY Chi Omega

Mary Morgan is a freshman studying mass communications. You may contact her at mkell62@ lsu.edu.

Hello, my name is [insert full name] and I am a

shopaholic.

1. Black and White aka the tuxedo. Work those

contrasts! Black and white are classics but would you ever wear them together? You should! Go bold and

stick out. This trend is ALL OVER Love in Towncenter. They feature black and white shorts, maxi dresses and

adorable sandals. This store is very reasonably priced and they love all the college gals!

2. Fringe! Fringe is here to stay, yay! We all love

Can we add “shopping addict” to the list of the Seven

mixing a little western/indie into our wardrobe. But

past your favorite shoe store, looking in the window,

wants to buy something that looks cheap, and if not

pink wedges staring at you creates a feeling like no

there is hope for all of us fringe lovers! Head over

when I saw those shoes, I knew I needed them. I had to

even hashtaging about it (#Fringfav). Why not go over

I mean, HELLO has anyone seen Confessions of a

3. Florals. It wouldn’t be spring without them. Spice

Deadly Sins? Everyone can agree that when walking

most fringe ensembles are a little too pricey. No one

and having the new spring collection Tory Burch pastel

done correctly, fringe has that potential. Worry not,

other. I don’t know how y’all would handle that, but

Heels Boutique also loves this fringe phase! They’re

have them. I couldn’t pull out my AMEX fast enough.

there and get a new fringe cover-up for under $45!!

Shopaholic? If Rebecca Bloomwood can open 15 credit

up your wardrobe without looking too “maw-maw”

Wrong…I was so so wrong in thinking that.

different color florals and styles. Dresses under $40,

cards so she can have an amazing closet, why can’t I?

I overconfidently walked up to the register to pay

and then it hit me…I have a problem. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right?

I can’t seem to wrap my head around WHY I can’t

have the new Maxi dress from Eros that I’ve been eyeing

or the latest Marc Jacobs fringe bag I saw while flipping through the spring issue of InStyle Magazine (aka the

Bible). Why can’t I have all of the latest trends in my closet? Why do I have to be a poor college kid!?

College budgets are hard. Between the money spent

going out, eating out, and the occasional new dress for a fraternity formal, there isn’t much left to splurge.

So how? How can I stay trendy and feel fabulous on my college-girl budget? I want to feel as beautiful

as the models in the magazines look! Trends were everywhere but I chose to not look at them unless they were featured in the latest issue of Vouge. I didn’t know

how to incorporate high-end fashion into my everyday

wardrobe. But then I thought, why deprive myself of

being fashionable and feeling beautiful if I don’t have to? SO I decided to be both fashionable and frugal!

Now that NYFW is over (RIP) it is time to hit the

stores and find some affordable yet Emma Robertsesque clothes. The top 5 trends (according to Elle

in your floral dresses. Apricot Lane has a plethora of

shirts under $30! You name it and they probably have it in floral.

4. Pastels. It isn’t spring without some pastels. No

need to buy pricey designer brands when you can

get tons of options at Bella Bella Boutique on Perkins

Road. They have pastel rompers galore! Not to mention beautiful, flowy, and pastel pink tops! Bella Bella is affordable but offers the latest and greatest trends so you too can channel your inner Kardashion.

5. Wide leg trousers. Can I be biased towards this

trend? I LOVE it and recently bought two pairs myself! Eros Boutique in Towncenter can be a little pricey but

they recently had a 75% sale! Eros offers many sales and they’re very regular. If you hit the deals, Eros has wonderful college-girl affordable pieces. However, if you’re on a little bit tighter of a budget go to Vertage

Clothing on Perkins Road. They have printed, white, and all other kinds of wide leg pants. Now, all you

need are some new wedges to go along with them… .#stillsortaanaddict #sorrynotsorry

Be young, be beautiful, stay stylish, and enjoy being

a shopaholic (as best as a college gal can). And always

remember- true beauty is shown by confidence and

a smile. Beauty is not Vera Wang and Bobbi Brown. Fashion, beauty, and style don’t have to cost an arm and a leg!!! All stores sell the latest trends. And no one will care about the designers name if you don’t...


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WORLD PERSPECTIVE I usually stay away from

writing about politics or

world events because to

be honest, I don’t really

know how to feel about them. However, I’m very

worried about the changes

In Venezuela, there are protests against the massive crime rates and the lack of

DOMINIK PECORARO

action by the Government to provide even the basic goods used in everyday life. In the Ukraine, they ousted a corrupt president and won their freedom from their political

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oppressors only to be occupied by Russian armed forces. In Egypt, there was a bloody

Dominik is a junior studying information systems and decisions sciences.

people are fighting to control their lands and lives. The world is becoming a turbulent

coming in our future that will directly impact us.

What I’m worried about is the revolutions taking place all over the world right now

on almost every continent. These revolutions are great things for these countries, but the political instability could mean worse things in the future.

revolt against their leadership and military in 2012 and 2013. All over the Middle East place and for our generation it could mean a lot of things are going to fall onto us.

As we see these revolutions unfold on Twitter and Reddit, we can see that there

are people being oppressed all over the world. I think something needs to be done, and while it isn’t our obligation to help them it will become a problem in the future

if we don’t react appropriately. I know we have plenty of problems in our everyday

lives. I’m just saying we need to educate ourselves about these problems, we need to understand why these people are in the situations they’re in and learn how to react

to these situations.These revolutions mean change. We must react with that change and continue to feel prepared when that change happens.

The Russian armed forces occupying Crimea means it is entirely possible

that we see war happen on a global scale. With the information available, we can literally see how it happened and what’s happening with both

sides instantaneously. If the situation escalates and war starts, we will have a major decision to make about our futures. A war

in Europe between two countries could bring upon a world

war that could span every continent and cause massive destruction on a scale we haven’t seen in the history of

man. It is vital we be prepared for this, and we make the correct decisions leading up to it. Our future is still uncertain, but we need to be prepared to take

the worst of the punches in stride while we hope for the best.

If war doesn’t break out, we’ll still be prepared

with the knowledge to continue avoiding conflict.

If it does break out we should be armed with the knowledge to understand and react to the

situations around us. My voice only reaches the people who read this paper and see this article online, but I still believe it’s important

for people reading this to know about what’s

happening in the world and to be prepared for

the worst even if the best is in sight. So if you

think I’m a fool ranting about things that don’t

concern you, that’s fine. But if you’re interested,

just google the situations happening around the

world, read about the things happening in America

that are unjust and wrong, learn about the situation in

Ukraine and why Venezuela and Brazil are protesting in

the streets right now. It never hurts to be well informed

and to be smart about how you react to the changing

political situations around the world.


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14 Humor lol @sammyrhodes: Maybe cologne should come with a two sprays a day lock on it.

@weismanjake: “This isn’t my first rodeo” -Guy at his second rodeo

@CineRobert: “Waaaah, my boyfriend is a jerk, but I’m gonna tell twitter instead of him because I

have the communication skills of a sea anemone.” @crunchenhancer: She’s got a great personality! It’s the other 6 personalities that I’m worried about.... @BookishBunny: Pretty much the only time I

WANT to hear about your ex is if she’s standing

behind me with a weapon, other than that I’m good. @Iwriteforcats: We get it, Japan.

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All of your cats can skateboard

Step 3: throw it at another bird

@zzoker: Mathematics is the only place you can

@Rod_And_Reel_: I’m unsure why I have emojis

@xJLynn: Its real cute how pedestrians confuse

@Lyss321: When your big smells like a walking

@bossy_bootz: My favorite machine at the gym is

@mspill2: you couldn’t have paid me to watch those

@all_about_today: What I’ve learned from twitter

@_JessieBelle_ :I have found my calling,

laugh.

#HabitatForHumanity

buy 60 watermelons and no one questions you “right of way” with immortality.

the one you put change in and snacks come out

is that if I tell a joke to 1,300 people, at least 2 will

that aren’t the American flag.

Reggie’s <<<< @delaneyps #ratchet

damn midgets wrestle around last night

and it is power tools #LSUGreekWeek

@BeardSpice: How to kill two birds with one stone:

@jprindle0224:

Step 2: go pick up that stone

#thingsidowhenmylaptopdiesinclass

Step 1: throw a stone at a bird

Finally

memorized

my “89” number after 3 years at LSU


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