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DID YOUR PROFILE PIC COST YOU A JOB? p. 14 Hookah health hazards p.09 Be a man! Brew your own beer p. 08 The fastest way to the freshman fifteen p. 10 WHAT DO THE INTERNET AND VODKA HAVE IN COMMON? p. 13 Smart phone face-off p. 12 PEOPLE WATCHING p. 07

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NOVEMBER 2010

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS HOOK UP DRUNK ‘JERSEY SHORE’ MAY HAVE STARTED A DEADLY TREND ...SHOCKER, RIGHT?

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at least one third of the GTL acronym won’t kill you

Our Black Hair

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What if there was nowhere for you to get your hair cut within 40 miles? What if you drove to another state for hair styling? These students are locked in a small city where no one understands them.

Behind Closed Doors page 28

Rape and other sexual assaults around campus may not be reported often, but drunken nights can lead to painful mornings that leave an emotional scar on the victim.

Protect Your Rep

page 14

If a Google search of your name returns sloppy drunk pictures and an extensive police record, potential employers may already know more than enough to tell you “the position has been filled.” We’ll help you fix that.

GTL will kill you

page 24

Okay, maybe ‘kill’ is a little strong, but an overload of the G and T could pose extensive health concerns you don’t think of when you’re focused on getting tan six-pack abs.

Battle of the Smart Phones page 12 No longer the niche choice of techie geeks, smart phones are increasingly becoming the norm. So how do they compare?

plus friends don’t let friends hook up drunk (p. 33)

Home Brewed Beer page 08 Forget picking up a case at the store, students are making their own beer at home. But when they tried to start an official club, Iowa State poured that idea down the drain.

the fastest way to a freshman 15 (p. 10) tapping into ames’ water (p. 11) unicyles (p. 36) turns out, more students should be on food stamps (p. 35) what’s worse: A cigarette or a hookah? (p. 09) people watching games (p. 07) net neutrality and vodka (p. 13) proper pavement etiquette (p. 06) Photography: Laurel Scott, Design: Alex Meyer (Cover) Photography: Laurel Scott, Design: Patrick Crowley


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www.ethosmagazine.org IN AN ELECTION YEAR WHEN GAY RIGHTS BECAME A FOCAL ISSUE, THERE’S A PERSONAL STRUGGLE UNDERNEATH. Hear the podcast about what some people face because of the politics against gay rights. -- by Tyler Kingkade DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT FRESHMAN 15. A college degree means you’re less likely to become obese. -- by Nathan Curtis

HOW TO FIX YOUR BEDROOM SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET SOME REST. -- by Cicely Gordon

READY TO UN-FRIEND FACEBOOK? So are the people behind these new websites meant to be the anti-Facebook. -- by Clarissa Stoll

THE DES MOINES MUSIC SCENE IS ABOUT TO BECOME OBSESSED WITH CASHES RIVERS. -- by Riley Ubben

SPEAKING OF MUSIC, WHAT HAPPENED TO AQUA AFTER “BARBIE GIRL”? -- by Sean Flack


1947. 1964. 2010. Ethos magazine is a large part of the reason why I am at Iowa State University. Countless times I’ve heard fellow journalism majors talk about how they couldn’t wait to apply to work for the Iowa State Daily, while I always had my eyes set on being a part of Ethos. I did not envision myself as being editor-in-chief when I entered college, but thanks to a love affair with this magazine, here I am. That’s why after watching the struggles beset on Ethos, I find myself more dedicated to rebuilding the strength of the magazine. Ethos was first established in 1947 as the Iowa State Scientist (Scientist for the Liberal Arts and Sciences during a time when each college had its own magazine). In 1964, the name changed to Ethos. Today this magazine is a treasure of that era that endured by winning dozens of regional and national awards.

Tyler Kingkade editor in chief

We’ve actually been in Ames longer than the city has been arguing about whether or not to build a new shopping mall.

editorial

But the magazine struggled over the past few years, as funding was cut, salaries were cut, the staff size shrunk, managing editor features editor and suddenly a business and operation model Ethos ran for years became incapacitated. In 2010, the Government Mary Runkel Corrin Hatala Andrew Lopez & Josh Peterson of the Student Body allocated the magazine only one-fourth senior editor copy editor humor editors the funds it did five years prior. For that reason, Ethos printed three issues rather than four in the 2009-10 school writers: Kristine Ahlfield, Emily Bloomquist, Nathan Curtis, Mindy Dickerson, Shanna Delfs, Hannah Gilman, Nicole Gustafason, Jody Korthaus, Sarah Loghry, John Lonsdale, Madi Linkenmeyer, Kelly year, for the first time in its history. Mantick, Katelynn McCollough, Kaitlin McKinney, Toni Mortensen, Devon O’Brien, Melinda Shultice, At the same time, as I became managing editor last year, I Clarissa Stoll, Nick Tillinghast, Riley Ubben realized Ethos badly needed an online presence (I must note I am not someone who buys into the “print is dead” myth). art When we requested funding to build a new website, we faced opposition by some GSB members who worried it would set Patrick Crowley Laurel Scott creative director photography director precedent to fund a student media organization for media. (What if the Lego club came in and demanded a new website?) Danny Maller & Ryan Hubbard Alex Meyer & Erica Wilson We did win in a vote by the GSB, but the bill was then vetoed by junior creative directors senior designers President Luke Roling. We were left broke and in need of a new game plan. designers: Amanda Riesenberg, Amber Oppelt, Amy Simmonds, Brady Rebhuhn, Grant Awes, Julie Cronin, Kelly O’Halloran, Kelsey Wolfswinkle, Kyli Hassebrock, Maggie We had our own shortcomings as well, but we have been on a Goldsmith, Josh Peterson, Maggie Thilges, Mekell Helle, Michea Boyd, Seth Lunsford mission to correct every little error we could find and persevere despite our troubles. photographers: David Derong, Annie McGuire, Whitney Sager,Katelyn Williams So that’s why I intend 2010 to go down as the year when Ethos re-emerged. Our new logo is what the ISU illustrators: Jacob Marti, Jaymi Pham, Joshua Burhite community will see for years to come. We launched a new website with a new advertising direction and greater purpose. Our staff has Matthew Sorensen grown to a size Ethos has not director of advertising seen in years. If you’ll allow me to pat ourselves on the back for a moment, Emma Watkins Rebecca VanDeCasteele advertising, as I hope you’ll note, is doing advertising coordinator assistant director of advertising fantastic. We have thoroughly gone through our writing to make certain it meets advertising representatives: Julia Anderson, Amanda Laverman, Ashley Bernhagen, Sam Gerken, Rachel Laubenthal, Cody Recker high standards. It’s safe to say our photography and design are the best on campus. online Ethos magazine is a needed voice Sean Flack & Michea Boyd Cicely Gordon at Iowa State to truly cover the assistant online editors convergence editor culture in Ames, and we are working hard to make sure it thanks stays here. We have met our special thanks to: The Salon Professional Academy, Meredith challenges head-on, and despite Corporation, Des Moines Register, Juice, Dan McClanahan, Papa John’s, setbacks, we remained determined to Chantell Moody, Chandler Faldet, and Mark Witherspoon launch Ethos into its glory days. a very special thanks to: our faculty adviser, Deb Gibson

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Quickies fast fun for everyone

tunes you need

Design PATRICK CROWLEY

The Ten Commandments According To...

THE JERSEY SHORE By: J O S H PE T E R S O N & S TA F F Illustration: JOSHUA BURHITE

KANYE WEST // “MONSTER” We’re over the Taylor Swift thing by now, right? ‘Ye gets an A-list lineup together for this track with Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj all making brilliant cameos. And it’s gold. THE LIMOUSINES // “INTERNET KILLED THE VIDEO STAR” KRIS ALLEN // “ALRIGHT WITH ME”

different definitions of ‘grenade’

MARK RONSON AND THE BUSINESS INTL // “INTRODUCING THE BUSINESS” NATASHA BEDDINGFIELD // “STRIP ME” JESSIE J. // “DO IT LIKE A DUDE”

Hate on Miley all you want, but you can’t deny that you’ve drunkenly sang along to “Party in the USA.” Good news: one half of the songwriting team behind that masterpiece is busting out with a singing career. Her debut is pop perfection. BRUNO MARS // “GRENADE” KINGS OF LEON // “THE END” We had a hard time nailing down one song off their new album, so we went with the first track. If you liked any of their previous albums, you won’t be let down. INGRID MICHAELSON // “PARACHUTE”

Got a paper due in an hour, but can’t seem to kick your episode of writer’s block? Or maybe you’re just recovering from a drunken night of epicness. Don’t fret! Find a random photo on your computer and change the extension from ‘.jpeg’ to ‘.doc’. E-mail it to your professor as you would your final paper. When they open the attachment, they’ll receive an error saying the file is corrupt— buying you at least a couple hours.

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ROBYN // INDESTRUCTIBLE THE MORNING BENDERS // “COLD HANDS” We like bands who aren’t afraid to dress normal, resisting trendy circulation-cutting pants and child sized shirts. Add to that a ramshackle charm and a freakin’ glockenspiel and you have this track we adore.

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1. Thou shall wear a t-shirt before it’s time to go out. 2. Thou shall pump in the club and pump in the bed. 3. Thou shall leave the grenades and hippos at home. 4. Thou shall never look like a pilgrim from the ‘20s. 5. Thou shall shun the shit out of Angelina. 6. If thou can say, “I’m done with Ronnie” once, thou shall repeat it for at least another three months. 7. Thou shall GTL (unless thou checks out our feature on page 24). 8. Thou shall worship no false Situations. 9. Thou shall not smoosh with more than three roommates. 10. If thou was punched in the face at a bar, thou shall go out and get into another fight tomorrow.

...nominates themselves to be the CyRide DJ, playing their ear buds loud enough for everyone to hear. And why are you still listening to Jagged Edge? ...talks loud on the phone in the bathroom. We don’t want to hear the drama you endured when you ordered food at Panda Express while we’re taking a deuce. ...pukes on the top of the keg. That is so not classy! ...who is still using AIM. Really? You’re probably getting made fun of on Skype. ...wears foot gloves. ...takes our Jersey Shore commandments seriously. Unless, of course, you’re Snooki.

TWO DOOR CLUB // “I CAN TALK” TUNES YOU’D BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT: Black Eyed Peas,“The Beginning” Don’t worry, it will be overplayed everywhere anyway. // Ke$ha “We R Who We R” // Lee DeWyze “Sweet Serendipity” We still firmly believe that Crystal Bowersox should have won this last season of ‘Idol.’ // Taylor Swift,“Haunted” Unless you wanted to see what she’d sound like if she fronted Evanescence? // You, Me & Everyone We Know,“A Bigger Point of Pride”

our new favorite drinking game

pedestrian piggyback: When at the bar, jump on the back of the biggest motherfucker in the building. See how long you can stay on. *Ethos is not responsible for any black eyes or broken noses caused by said motherfucker

04| Snooki want smoosh-smoosh!


MAPPING THE NEWS

Did we mention Ethos launched a new website? Beyond awesome.

awesome A study of US college students found that over a two-year period, both men and women had twice as many one night stands as first dates. #morals

hilarious

Jason Segel heads effort to make next Muppet movie. He plans to get the original songwriter.

New York’s “The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.” If only there were more bearded politicians like Jimmy McMillan.

P!nk prepares to release her greatest hits album, reminding people that she has actually been around for over a decade now.

New Medal of Honor video game allows you to play as the Taliban. This could possibly be the definition of “too soon.”

no laughing matter

The third season of Jersey Shore is scheduled to premiere in January, sans Angelina (better known as the “Staten Island Dump”).

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sidewalk etiquette By NICOLE GUSTAFSON Illustration SETH LUNSFORD Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I get 10 minutes to walk between classes in Hamilton Hall and Design. Anyone familiar with campus knows that’s a bit of a trek, but I manage to make it to class only a minute or two late. What doesn’t help me out, though, is all the people walking around like they’ve never used a sidewalk before. Allow me to review for you some simple rules. Read them, remember them and try not to get in the way anymore.

walkers

1. If you can’t text, talk or select a song

and walk at the same time, then you don’t belong on the sidewalk with everyone that can. Most people are trying to get to class in a timely manner, and you slow our progress when you fail at multitasking.

2. Do not, I repeat, do not stop for a

long period of time in the middle of the sidewalk. There is plenty of grassy space for you to stand and do nothing.

3. Not very observant? Don’t feel bad,

you’re not alone. Here’s something it seems most people haven’t thought of -- people on CyRide are trying to get to class too. We learn in preschool how to take turns, so what makes people think that it doesn’t apply to them when they cross the street? The bus needs to be on time, too.

4. Ok, I get it.You’re so popular that you

walk everywhere with a huge entourage and you all have to be side by side. I don’t care. Other people have just as much right to the sidewalk. Have some of your friends fall in step behind the rest of the group. Otherwise, next time, I might not move out of the way for you.

bikers

1. Don’t pass someone so closely that you come within inches of hitting them. This is common sense! You would be pretty pissed if someone walked by you, swinging their backpack and knocked you off your bike. Unless the person is wearing a University of Iowa shirt, give them some space.

2. If you are about to pass someone who

might not be aware of your presence, don’t just sneak up on them. One night I was walking on campus, and there was no one around me. It was dark, and a bicyclist flew by, almost hitting me. It scared the crap out of me, but after I calmed down, I couldn’t believe that person had been such a dick. He didn’t even give me any kind of warning. We all know college students love to use their mouths for various things. Next time, use it to tell someone you’re about to pass them.

3. Some people don’t think bikes belong

on campus sidewalks at all. Bikes traveling quickly can be dangerous to walkers if they get in a crash. On the other hand, bicyclists argue that they have just as much right to use the sidewalks and that walkers should take responsibility for their own safety. Breanna Lubkeman, sophomore in history, says,“It is way easier for people who are walking to move out of the way than it is for someone on a bike who is going really fast.” Regardless of your position, bicycles are still allowed on the sidewalks, so we should all try to share the space.

Has CyRide ever stopped a block away from you only to stay there for a solid ten minutes? Check out ethosmagazine.org to see what the hell they’re doing!

06| Move, bitch! Get out the way.


people watching the art of

By NICK T I LLI NGHAST Photography WH IT NEY SAGE R We’re all guilty of it. Whether it’s intentionally or by accident, we all have allowed our glossy eyes to stare blankly, as innocent passersby cross through our peripheral vision. The art of people watching -- we gawk, we relate (or un-relate), we repeat. Creepy? A little bit. But where does it go from here? Let’s at least make it more interesting. We are a competitive nation, might as well live up to our reputation. #bustingrhymes First and foremost, for any of this to work, you need a comrade -- someone who is just as sadistically into the game as you and willing to go to great lengths in order to keep the little integrity the game possesses intact. There has to be trust; no one should walk away truly offended.

Name Game

Back Story

This one falls just a smidgen under the obnoxious radar; however, played correctly, it could potentially make someone’s day. Here’s the lowdown:

This game will allow you to get your creative juices flowing. Many of us dream about doing something different with our lives than what we are currently stuck doing. If you look around, there are people just like you all over -- dreaming the same dreams. Ever wonder what their story is?

You and your competitor find a cozy bench or grassy spot 20 feet away from a busy walking path. Once settled, decide on a time limit. As soon as you reach an agreement, start the clock. The premise of the game is to see how many people you can get to respond to you by shouting out random names. Betsy, Michael, Jeremy -- all possible names, but can they be found on the path? For each person who responds, one point is awarded. First one to five is the winner, otherwise whoever is ahead when the allotted time expires is crowned victorious. If someone is to approach or curse at you in the middle of the game, game is awarded to whoever called that name. If the person approaching is much bigger than you, I suggest you run.

The premise of this game is to give your personal thoughts a break and to give others a chance. If you are stuck people watching, pick some people out and give them a back story. Are they wearing a lab coat because they just got out of bio lab or because they are pretending they’re on Dexter’s Laboratory? Let your imagination make the call.

From Watching to Talking: The Random Conversation

(For Brave People Watchers Only) First, start 20 feet from a busy walking path. Once settled, each person picks a passerby of the opposite sex for the other to confront. This game requires each contestant to go one at a time, so they can witness each other’s conversations. The premise of the game is to get the phone number or e-mail of the person approached. Time will be recorded in case both contestants are successful. The kicker is, if the person you approach has a significant other of any kind, it’s an automatic disqualification. This game relies on one’s inner instinct and ability to read people. Basically, this game is for creepers. Let the rookies sit this one out.

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people & culture Design RYAN HUBBARD

Brewing Up Something New By: K AT E LY N N M C C O L L O U GH Illustration RYAN HUBBARD

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Last year, new things were brewing here at Iowa State. That is, until things slowly came to a halt. The making of homemade beer had been gaining popularity across campus for some time. Students that made their own alcoholic beverages enjoyed the hobby and felt it was time for a club dedicated to the craft at Iowa State. However, a few roadblocks prevented this from happening. Although Iowa State lists over 100 clubs, a fermentation club isn’t one of them. Many students see the brewing process as an exciting challenge with enjoyable results. Making beer or wine is legal, and several other universities have clubs associated with the trade. The University of Missouri has a group called the Mizzou Fermentation Club that works alongside their Colleges of Agriculture and of Food and Natural Resources. That’s not to say students haven’t attempted to establish an ISU Brewing Club. Matthew Nosco, junior, says he and his friends tried to start a club

but ran into some hurdles. There was an intensive bureaucratic process that considered the club sensitive in nature. “These problems weren’t insurmountable by any means,” Nosco says, “But made [the club] a larger inconvenience and taxed our motivation to get it going.” The club was going to experiment with wine and cheese making alongside soda and beer brewing. Along with “a curiosity to get a better appreciation for the chosen drink of college students everywhere,” Nosco says. “I believe a better understanding decreases the chances of treating something such as alcohol irresponsibly.” Student enthusiasts, like freshman Andrew Monson, are hoping someone will step forward and continue to work toward a new club here at Iowa State. “Creating your own beer gives you the freedom to make the beverage as weak or strong as you desire,” says Monson. He claims the results of his hard work, if done correctly, almost always seem to taste better than store-bought beer.

BEER CRAZY!

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A visual brewing tutorial (highly informational, we know).

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Brewing beer is a fairly simple, though it can take up to a month if done properly. People can purchase brewing starter kits containing all the ingredients needed to make a decent batch. Kits range in price from $30 to $100, making 48 12-ounce servings of beer. You begin by selecting the beer type and gathering the equipment needed. It’s important to sanitize equipment

06|And if you’re drinking, well, you know that you’re my friend. And I say,“I think I’ll have myself a beer.”

before you create the wort, or raw beer liquid. Next comes fermentation, which should take a 7 to10 days. When that’s completed, it’s time to prime the beer, or add more sugar, before bottling. Lastly comes the storage process, known as bottle conditioning. During this time, carbonation takes place. This will take at least a week, but then it will be ready to serve.


Hookah Health Hazards Ramen noodles, cramming for tests, hooking up and boozing. Ahhh, the life of a college student. None of these activities scream “healthy.” We often don’t think about what we’re putting into our bodies. Young adults have a reputation of being a very unhealthy demographic, and some students add to that by smoking tobacco in different forms. Hookah has become a popular tobacco choice throughout the United States in recent years, and particularly in Ames with the opening of the Chicha Shack in 2004. A hookah is an instrument for smoking tobacco. The smoke is filtered through water before being inhaled by the user. It is popular and common because it is legal for anyone over the age of 18. Ray Rodriguez, health promotion coordinator for the Thielen Student Health Center, says the short-term effects of smoking hookah are similar to that of a cigarette. This includes relaxation and euphoria for the user, commonly called a “buzz.” Long-term effects of using hookah are similar to cigarettes as well, including many forms of cancer and addiction to nicotine. Because it is filtered through water, each hookah inhale is less potent than smoking tobacco in the form of cigarettes or cigars. However, a typical cigarette takes about 10 minutes to smoke, while smoking hookah with friends as a social activity can last 45 minutes to an hour. This can really add up in terms of nicotine consumption, considering how many times you could inhale within the hour.

Reports by the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society have shown that in a one-hour hookah session, users consume about 100 to 200 times the smoke and about 70 times more nicotine than they would in one cigarette. Rodriguez says countries with high use of hookah, such as Middle Eastern countries where hookah originates, smoke an average of 15 minutes compared to the United States average of nearly an hour. In addition, alcohol is often served at hookah bars, which adds to unhealthy behavior. Nico Martinez, an avid hookah smoker and senior in materials engineering, says students are not informed to the fullest extent they could be about the health effects of hookah. “I think students who smoke hookah regularly are the type of students who do not necessarily care about the safeness of hookah smoke and use other drugs, therefore it may not be of great importance to them.” “I don’t usually think about the health effects,” says Martinez. “These days, smoking hookah is a social event. The bars are designated as a place to sit back, relax, have a smoke and enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances. That’s all I’m there for.” As college students, we should be informed of these effects, but not necessarily rule the activity out completely. Hanging out with friends while enjoying hookah is not horrible, just don’t overindulge and add to our unhealthy stereotype.

chilly night?

Warm Up WITH A HOT TODDY By C H E L S E A E V E R S Photography DAV I D D E R O NG

By: N I K K I K E R NS

llustration RYAN HUBBARD

No, we don’t mean you should listen to Usher’s latest album (though we won’t argue if you do). A real hot toddy is a hard cider beverage often suggested as a remedy for those with a classic cold—or those who just want to have a fun night. Try one next time you get a case of the winter blues.

Check out ethosmagazine.org for more drink recipes!

Heat up the honey and lemon juice in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then stir in the hot cider and whiskey and drink up. The only way this beverage would be better is if Usher himself served it to you. 1½ OZ. WHISKEY

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health & body

Design AMANDA REISENBERG

Kill two birds with one stone; gain weight while being social. An average 12-ounce beer carries 125 calories, while a samesized vodka cranberry or gin and tonic contains 300 calories. Surely, you’ll need more than one to have a good time, just be cautious and make sure you don’t drink too much, because if you throw up, it will set you back a couple calories.

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Cap off your night of indulgence with some delicious drunk munchies courtesy of the Welch Avenue food vendors. You can pamper yourself with a Super Dog or a gyro, which pack 580 and 460 calories, respectively. For maximum effect, get all three. You’re worth it.

FRESHMAN

FIFTEEN

take CyRide to class

By PATRICK CROWLEY

Why risk losing precious pounds while strolling through our beautiful campus when you could safely sit your fat fanny on the bus? Sure, you may only burn 45 calories per venture across campus, but that adds up. Why break a sweat if you don’t have to?

Photography LAUREL SCOTT Welcome to college. Your parents have big expectations for you: get good grades, learn to domesticate yourself and maybe even find that special someone. They are also anticipating that you will return home for Thanksgiving break a little more “doughy” than you were on move-in day. We say, do them one better. Why settle for a “freshman 15” when you are fully capable of the “freshman 40”? Grab a donut, and we’ll take you through these glutinous guidelines.

By MINDY DICKERSON Women in the 1800s wore clothing that made themselves appear pregnant, which was an attractive look in this time period, according to Mary Lynn Damhorst, Professor of Apparel Education Studies and Hospitality Management.

bagels for breakfast Actually, Don’t worry about that freshman fifteen. A college degree means you’re less likely to become obese. Check out ethosmagazine.org for the scoop!

load up on desserts By the time you reach college, you know the ultimate way to stack on the pounds is to load up on the sweets. Make sure to get a couple scotcharoos every time they serve them at the UDCC, and you’ll be well on your way to your weight-gain goal. With 326 calories, 123 of them from fat, you can reach that Kirstie Alley physique before winter break.

Being skinny wasn’t always attractive. A thin body type wasn’t preferred by men who were looking for a woman, with whom they wanted to have children.

Photoshop is not only used to make models appear skinnier, but it is also used to make plus sized models look bigger too.

10| I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.

If you’re truly invested in this calorie consume-a-thon, skip the apples and granola bars in the morning. Instead, opt for a bagel with cream cheese. A plain bagel with a tablespoon of cream cheese will start your day off with a solid 243 calories. Add two percent milk, and you’ve got a good dose of saturated fat on top of it.

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The average plus sized model wears a size 10, 12, 14 or 16; making all average sized women in the U.S. plus sized or overweight.

About percent of all photos in magazines are retouched.

Although the media is prone to using models who are “cocaine chic” (the look of a model who is so skinny, s/he appears to be using cocaine), it is beginning to feature people with healthier bodies.

TWIGGY was one of the first drastically skinny, international models in the 1960s. After Twiggy, skinny models were the new norm.


TAPPING INTO AMES’

By SARAH LOGHRY Iowa State is known for its efforts in “going green.” Stickers on light switches about conserving energy, reCYcling bins on the street and solar-powered trash compactors on Central Campus give it away, but we get the idea. While the new trend is all about saving the planet, there are a few things that sometimes override that desire — things like convenience and money. It’s easy to walk into a store and buy bottles of water, but how much does that water really cost? According to the Food and Drug Administration, Americans consume around 7.5 million gallons of water per year. That averages out to about 26 gallons of water per person annually. (Do you have to pee yet?) If all you drank were brand name bottled waters like Smartwater, Fiji and Aquafina, it would cost you $156 per year. On the opposite end, you could be shelling out only $23 a year if you bought off-brand cases of water. What about the rumor telling everyone they shouldn’t refill disposable plastic water bottles? In 2005, someone thought it would be a good idea to take a college student’s thesis and pass it off as fact. A vicious chain e-mail circulated the Internet for years warning of cancercausing chemicals in the plastics of some bottles of water. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has done extensive research on the chemical and says that it is of no harm to people, but they do suggest washing your water bottle with soap and water. Some people think buying water filters that either connect directly to their faucet or come in a pitcher form can save them money in the long run. These brands, like Brita, PUR and Filtrete run between $28 and $38. While that one-time purchase seems like it could save money, things like filters that clean the water have to be changed every three to four months. No matter the brand, you will still be spending at least $40 per year on new filters. The last — and simplest — way to get water is straight from the tap. Many people complain they don’t like the taste of tap water or that they don’t think it’s clean enough. According to the city of Ames, the water is taken from the Squaw and Skunk Rivers, treated, made drinkable and distributed to the community. The EPA sets standards for public drinking water supply, and the the Iowa Department of Natural Resources can also set higher standards if they wish. Pollution-wise, the contamination levels in Ames’ water supply are well below the EPA’s highest levels allowed. On average, drinking water from the tap will cost you five cents per year. That’s it. Add that to the price of a reusable water bottle, which ranges from $4 to $15, and you can drink quality tap water and buy a brand new water bottle every year for less than purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Maybe now that $1.25 bottle of water will make you clutch your wallet and walk over to the drinking fountain instead.

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OF THE SMART PHONES By E MI LY BLOOMQUIST It seems like everyone on campus has one these days. Smart phones are almost a way of life. Searching the web, updating your Twitter account, and using your apps to do virtually anything. So, to those of you who haven’t already hopped on the bandwagon, this will be your go-to resource for finding the smart phone that will work best for you. Of course, there are hundreds of phones to choose from, but we will focus on the Apple iPhone 4, the Motorola Droid X, and the Blackberry Curve. According to the Nielsen quarter one report for 2010, RIM, the company that owns Blackberry, controls 35 percent of the market. Next is the iPhone with 28 percent of the market, and finally the newest of the three, Android phones, control nine percent of the market. This is to be somewhat expected, since both iPhone and Droid are in their early years, and Blackberry has been sold since 1996. Most importantly, I’m sure you want to hear about price. If all of the phones are ordered online, here are the current prices. iPhone 4 starts its 16GB at $199.99, with a two-year agreement and its service provider. Droid X also sits at the $199.99 price with a two-year agreement. The Blackberry Curve can be purchased through your carrier for free (after the online discount), of course again, with a two-year contract. Each of these phones require a minimum of the $30.00 a month data plan in order to access the web, so that will be tacked onto your monthly phone bill as well. 12|I should have left my phone at home because this is a disaster.

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EDITORIAL: Net Neutrality

B@NDWIDTH

BULLIES Should the FCC tell Google, Verizon what to do with their investments in technology?

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ou and your two roommates, Emily and Katie, have been planning an “epic” weekend since Monday afternoon. Friday night rolls around, and you all decide to pool your money to buy a $36 bottle of Grey Goose vodka. As you pull up to the liquor store, Emily and Katie both hand you $3, leaving you to foot the rest of the $30 bill. You weigh your options – are you better off just shutting up and paying so you can all get sloshed? Or should you tell them they owe you $10 if they want to drink? Surprisingly, this question finds itself at home in the net neutrality debate. Net neutrality, according to Lawrence Lessig and Robert McChesney of the Washington Post, is the idea that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat content alike, moving it at the same speed over the network. In other words, companies like Mediacom shouldn’t be able to choose which websites (or types of file sharing) have access to faster bandwidths, leaving companies that aren’t financially astute to utilize slower bandwidths. To consumers of the Internet, net neutrality seems like a fundamental imperative to the foundations of the “information superhighway.”

Proponents of net neutrality support agreements that block ISPs from filtering or interrupting content. They also say the proposed “tiered services” would put new companies at a disadvantage by giving preferential treatment to established online companies that could afford to pay fees to ISPs for premium delivery. Sounds like the concept of net neutrality is all about equal access and digital freedom, right? Not so fast. What about companies like Verizon who invest millions into advancing fiber-optic technologies? Should they be expected to share the benefits of their research and implementation with freeloaders who haven’t contributed so much as a dime? John Thorne, senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Verizon, accused Google of this freeloading at a conference marking the anniversary of the Telecommunications Act.“[Google] is enjoying a free lunch that should, by any rational account, be the lunch of the facilities providers,” Thorne said. So back to Emily and Katie and that ever-enticing bottle of Grey Goose. In this instance, your role is similar to that of Verizon’s, while they are acting like Google or Skype. Is the

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greater good of getting drunk more important than emptying your wallet? Is the advancement of technology more important than breaking even, much less making a profit? Not in a capitalistic society. The real issue here is not net neutrality; rather, it focuses on rights. Whose are more important? If our rights as consumers are more important than a business’s rights, net neutrality legislation should get the green light. But if business’s rights in a capitalistic economy are more important, net neutrality impedes on turning an “honest” profit. As users of the Internet, net neutrality affects us all. Being ignorant of an issue of this magnitude, especially in an age where information inundates us, is inexcusable. For now, we can all rest assured our rights are intact, but this fight is not over. The Federal Communications Commission continues to struggle for validity of their self-proclaimed jurisdiction over the issue of net neutrality. But if their argument falls upon deaf ears, we will no longer have a watchdog contending for our rights, and our Internet experience will change dramatically. Now where is that vodka? ethosmagazine.org

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14| I don’t give a damn about my reputation. You’re living in the past and it’s a new generation.


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WAYS TO PRESERVE YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION

Trust us, it’s easier than you think!

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We’ve all done it. You type your name into the search engine and hit enter, awaiting the results of just how “famous” you really are. You might think it’s vain, but Googling yourself has actually become a near-necessity in today’s working world. The complexity of the internet and easy-to-use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made our lives public; there’s no denying it. And now more than ever, employers are judging your online personality before they meet the real you. Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. Here are ten ways to keep your online reputation in check.

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NIX THE QUESTIONABLE FACEBOOK PHOTOS So you won the kegstand/flippy cup/pong triathlon last weekend. That’s great, but was it really necessary to tag yourself in 17 pictures retelling the evening’s hazy events? Go ahead. Take photos. Revel in your glorious victory—but keep it offline. Your next boss shouldn’t be the one who sees you downing a FourLoko in a minute flat. “There are numerous ways negative content can hurt an ind ividual,” says Josh Ingalls, Campus Relations Manager for the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines. “It is rather easy to keep this type of information off the web—simply don’t put it there.”

REVISIT YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS

Social media is constantly changing. This means sites like Facebook and Twitter are adjusting user privacy all the time. However, these two websites are very different—Twitter contains snippets of information limited to 140 characters, while Facebook can quite possibly represent every aspect of your life. Kim Caponi, associate director of ISU Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Services, says, “I’d lock Facebook down pretty tightly. I’m amazed at how open [students’] information is—their walls are open for anybody to see. It can be embarrassing.” Caponi suggests either keeping your wall and photos private or being very cautious about the nature of content you provide. That said, many personal branding professionals suggest the exact opposite for Twitter. Because you are only allowed to post a limited amount of information, it should be easier to filter. And since it’s becoming more of a trend for potential employers to check out your Twitter, if you’re posting professional content, it’s probably to your advantage to make one available. It will show you have a true interest in your area of expertise.

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USE YOUR REAL NAME Online aficionados often argue on this one. Some say you should go by an alias online by using your middle name instead of your last name on Facebook, or by making up a nickname on Twitter and other social media sites. This way, when potential employers and other professionals go to look you up online, they find nothing, and you’re in the clear, right? Not anymore. That may have worked five years ago, but nowadays it can be a red flag. In a day and age when even your grandma has Facebook, people are going to be suspicious if you, a young professional, don’t. If you complete the steps above, using your full name shouldn’t be a problem because you won’t have anything to hide. If you’ve already established a Twitter or blog under a less-than-impressive label, it may be best to start from scratch with your actual name. Why? If you use your real name, your Google results will start to fill with professional tweets and blog posts, pushing negative and irrelevant content further down the list. Just remember the point of this step is to be professional—keep the one-night stand stories for Friday nights with the guys.

BRAND YOURSELF GET REALLY GOOD AT ONE THING

“The most important thing in life is to figure out where you want to go,” says Dan Schawbel, personal branding professional and managing partner of Millennial Branding LLC, a firm focusing on creating online brands for both personal and corporate use. “If you don’t know, you’re going to be in trouble because you can’t focus on your reputation. You have to find your niche, create a strategy, and become and expert in your field.” Don’t try to do everything—now is not the time to spread yourself too thin. Figure out that one thing you’re good at and become great at it.

16| I am number one. Two is not the winner and three: nobody remembers.

The Internet has created endless opportunities to promote yourself to a large audience for little or no cost. Creating this online identity— also called “personal branding”—doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, Schawbel’s most recent book, “Me 2.0,” gives four steps to doing just that. “The first step is to discover yourself,” Schawbel advises. “You find out who you are, and start building your plan. Then you’ve got to create a personal branding tool kit—make a blog, a website, business cards and a portfolio CD.” Once you have these, Schawbel says, you can communicate with prospective employees and other professionals by networking on and offline, writing and interviewing, and getting press. The last step is to maintain your reputation. “You want to keep an eye on how people perceive you,” Schawbel says. “Then, if need be, you can do something to change it.” Ingalls agrees personal branding can make or break your ability to outshine competition in the job market. “As a recruiter at Principal,” he says, “I only see a few résumés that have a link to a personal website. It is a great opportunity for students who wish to take advantage of it.” Ingalls suggest investing in a self-titled website domain name. “If possible, purchase www.yourname.com,” Ingalls advises. “It’s usually pretty cheap, and one of the surest ways to bring your online identity together.” Ingalls suggests using your website as not only a portfolio and résumé hub, but also a place to provide updates and link to relevant sites and businesses you’ve worked for. “The key with a personal website is to make it a onestop shop,” Ingalls says. “You want [visitors] to feel like they found everything they need to know about you.”

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YOU NEED TO BE LINKEDIN Haven’t heard of LinkedIn? In short, it’s the professional version of Facebook, listing job history, interests and recommendations from colleagues. Don’t let the professionalism scare you just because you’re young or in college. LinkedIn is for everyone, and it’s quickly becoming a very popular form of professional communication and representation. “Most of the colleges at Iowa State have groups on LinkedIn,” Caponi says. “There are also alumni groups. These are good places to get connected with people from your major as well as alumni that already work in your desired field.” Caponi suggests students contact these alumni to do informational interviewing or use them as mentors. But before you decide to commit to the LinkedIn universe, make sure you’ve got the time to do it right. “The big problem with LinkedIn is that most people don’t fill out their full profile,” says Schawbel. “It actually makes them look bad. Don’t start networking unless everything is complete.” “Build a complete profile and start connecting to people you already know,” Ingalls adds. “After you’ve built some connections, go search for a company and you’ll be surprised at how many people you’re connected to at the second or third level. This is an easy system for getting an introduction to a company you’re interested in.”

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CONTRIBUTE TO OTHER SITES So now you’ve got a Facebook page, a Twitter, a LinkedIn profile and your own blog. If you’ve used your name to set these up, they will likely come up towards the top of your Google results. So what are the rest of the results made up of? All the other stuff search engines can dig up on you. This is why contributing to websites other than your own can be very beneficial. By posting regularly on professional forums, commenting on industry blogs, and writing content for online publications, you’re pushing positive content to the top of search results and increasing your chances of being noticed by the nearly 80 percent of employers that look to the internet for possible employees.

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GET CONNECTED Now that you’re a pro at creating an online identity, it’s time to organize your information. Caponi says one of the easiest ways to do this is to link your websites to each other. “I blog and I have a Twitter,” Caponi says. “I link the school’s Facebook to the Twitter, which feeds into the blog and LinkedIn. A lot of students can take advantage of that. It saves a lot of time.” By connecting your websites, you’re not only saving time, but you’re encouraging traffic between different aspects of your online personality. This linking makes it easier for viewers to get a better idea of who you really are and what you’re interested in. For instructions on how to link your social media and save time on all your social media sites, visit communicatevalue.com/articles or consider using widgets on your website.

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Thinking about un-friending Facebook? Check out some cool alternatives at ethosmagazine.org.

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KEEP TABS ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT YOU You’ve put a lot of hard work into maintaining your reputation. Now it’s time to monitor it. No, you don’t have to Google yourself every day. Instead, visit www.google.com/alerts and fill out a quick form. Google Alerts will send you an email as frequently as you like telling you what kind of results will come up in a search. Caponi, who signed up for alerts on her name, says it’s a convenient way to keep tabs on your reputation. “If my name is in the newspaper, if I’ve interviewed somewhere and it gets posted, if my name shows up online anywhere— I’m going to see that. It’s nice to know you’re being informed on what’s going on out there.”

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BE A REAL PERSON, TOO Before there was Internet, there was (gasp!) face-to-face conversation. Don’t get so caught up in your online reputation that you forget how to act professional in real life. And make sure you’re honest with yourself and your audience. If you can’t do long division instantaneously in your head, don’t list that as a quality online. If you’re shyer than Kristen Stewart in a porno, don’t say you’re a people person. No employer wants to hire someone who’s an online superstar but has the social and intellectual qualities of a brick wall in real life. Your online profiles may be the reason you scored an interview, but if you act completely different in person, it’s going to be obvious you fudged your way through it — and someone else is going to secure your dream job. You can talk the talk online, but make sure you walk the walk in real life.

Overwhelmed? Don’t be. You don’t have to complete all of these steps simultaneously, and you can still party-hop your way through Campustown this weekend. Someday, though, the inevitable will happen: you’ll have to find a job. But, if you follow the steps above and don’t live the public life of Spencer Pratt, you’ll score a “real” job (and hopefully a girl who’s more “real” than Heidi) in no time.


Everyone has bad hair days, but not everyone chooses to. The quest for good hair is a tough one, especially if you’re black in Ames.

g n i k a m the cut By J O H N L O NS DA L E Photography L AU R E L SCOTT Design PAT R I C K C R OW LE Y

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Her face said it all.

Every stylist in the beauty school salon knew she wasn’t happy with her cut. She wa nted French braids or twists in the front. Instead, the white woman who had cut her hair stayed on the side of the chair and watched the 10-year-old AfricanAmerican girl’s face go from a vacant stare to a disappointing gaze. Her step-grandmother regretfully lurked in the back, as the only African-American beautician in the shop, and offered to fix the young girl’s unfortunate mane in a separate salon she owned. The young girl left with her stepgrandmother but couldn’t help but wonder why everyone else was walking out with a smile on their face. She knew she wouldn’t be back. Frizzy and unfinished, the young girl got her hair redone the next day at the African-American beautician’s salon. Eleven years later, Natasha Oakley has never gone back to a salon where a white woman has to do her hair. Living in Ames, Oakley still has trouble with people not being able to manage her hair. Instead of choosing a salon in Ames, she drives the hour down to Des Moines to get synthetic hair and either does it herself or has a friend do it. Synthetic hair is fake hair that can be applied to one’s natural hair; wigs, fake ponytails, extensions -- everything is fair game. Oakley opts out of getting her hair processed or relaxed. When relaxing hair, chemical processes are used to strip the curl out of the hair, which can sometimes be dangerous and painful. Without “white” hair, she is forced to choose these alternatives because she can’t do anything else with it, and neither can anyone else. Oakley uses a variety of hair care products; olive oil for relaxers, Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer, gel, Softee Indian Hemp as hair grease for hair and scalp treatment, Motions shampoo and conditioner prod-

20| I whip my hair back and fourth—just whip it.

ucts, wrap lotion, Garnier Fructis conditioner and, on occasion, hair spray. Tonight, she has a red flower positioned in her short dark hair. Its color reflects the spark in her personality. She waves to a friend in the library as she walks over to a computer to send an e-mail. Oakley, an involved student, (three-time Dean’s List honoree and member of three different national honor societies) will graduate in the spring. Before she sits down to take a break after a meeting, she brushes her hand across her tight curls and stops to think about her last four years in Ames.

the relaxing “There have been black people here

in Ames for a long time,” Oakley says, in reference to the lack of salons and barbershops that specialize in African-American hair in town. “If you know there’s a market or a need, why wouldn’t you fill it?” “It just makes you feel ignored,” she adds, before claiming, “I’m being discriminated against.” Aside from the daily dilemma with her hair, Oakley, like many people of color in Ames, is constantly reminded that she is in the minority. “I remember my freshman year when I was standing and waiting for the bus … two white guys in a car came up close and yelled ‘nigger’ and drove off,” Oakley discloses. “Iowa State was my dream school. I was crushed. I guess I wasn’t surprised. It can happen anywhere. You just don’t expect that to happen.” A few weeks later, Oakley and her roommate were walking on Welch Avenue when a group of three white men came up to them and started talking about the rapper

Twista and hip hop. Although she liked rap music, Oakley was still offended because she and her roommate were African-American. “A lot of people are how they are because of how they were raised, where they come from. Somewhere along the way, a lot of what we learn and know is what we’ve been taught. But when we reach out, we can learn from other people.”

the parting Laryssa Clay, 22, is from a small town

in Iowa. Also African-American, her hair is short and semi-curly with a bronze tint to it. Like Oakley, she too has been faced with bouts of racism in Ames, from both sides of the spectrum. Whites and AfricanAmericans criticize her because she doesn’t speak as “black” as they say she should. Talking “black” to Clay means talking “ghetto,” and she prefers to speak like she is “educated.” Clay has encountered her fair share of ignorance. She’s had coworkers ask if her parents are together, assuming she doesn’t know who her father is because she’s African-American or that she has 10 different brothers and sisters from five different fathers. With this, many white girls also assume she can’t straighten her hair. But she can. Clay has the ability to straighten her hair just like the white girls who ask her about it. She has curly hair, and yes, even washes it. Clay knows many people don’t always understand because generally ethnic hair tends to be fine and dry. She does acknowledge if she did wash her hair every day, it would get damaged. This is different than most “white” hair which has to be washed because it gets dirtier quicker. Clay’s friends are mostly white, but her best friend is African-


American. The two of them used to play sports in high school and were roommates on trips they would take because Clay felt more comfortable with her. It was awkward when Clay would do her hair and have a white girl watching her, asking, “Why are you doing it like that?” “People think we’re a whole ‘nother species just because our skin’s darker,” Clay says. “No, we’re not

all the same, but we are all the human race.” “One thing that bothers me is if a white person walks into a room and says that they’re the only white person in a room with black people … they never think that it makes me uncomfortable to have been the only black person in that classroom before … to be in a white town,” she

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goes on to say. “Everywhere I go I’m basically the only black person. I get on the bus all the time and I’m the only black person. White people never think about that. When they’re put in a minority spot, it’s uncomfortable for them, but I think about that every single day.”

the weave Clay’s mother had always done her

hair until Clay learned how to do it herself in high school. Because of the lack of African-American salons in Iowa, Clay often travels to Illinois. The only white person who she has trusted with her hair is her brother’s wife, who has African-American siblings and children and understands how to take care of the different types of hair. Unless someone is professionally trained and has had practice, people just don’t know how to take care of it. With biracial cousins and a mother who is white, Clay remembers seeing her cousin’s hair after their white grandmother did it -- a complete disaster. Clay waited two years before she found someone to do her hair in Ames, and even then she has to drive to Des Moines to get the products for her hair (although she doesn’t like to). White saleswomen usually tell her to get all kinds of different products that work well for her type of hair, when usually none of them work at all. To get synthetic hair, she orders it online or makes the drive to Mid-Kay Beauty Supply in Des Moines, really the only mid-Iowa beauty supply store that caters to different types of hair. When she wants variety, she buys a sew-in hair piece, a type of extension, but has to wait until she finds someone to put them in.

the trimming Back at home in Chicago,

Robert Bond went to a barbershop where he

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learned to cut his own hair, and was doing so by the time he started high school. The barbershop was mostly African-American, but anyone was welcome to stop in for a haircut. The barbers knew how to work all hair types. Around Ames, he’s willing to help people if they need their hair worked on. With his own pair of clippers and a nearly-buzzed head of hair, he’s had friends who have come to him out of desperation because they got their hair cut in Ames and didn’t like the way it was done. Aside from the fact that Ames has no adequate barbershops, he agrees that other ethnic venues around here could be improved upon. The Baptist church he attends, he recognizes, is completely different than the ones back home, “the music, the preaching, everything.” “[Not] Having a multi-racial church is not the issue; the issue is that we have a lot of churches here in Ames -- non-denominational, Baptist,” he explains. “Ames in general needs to recognize there’s a diverse crowd here and needs to stop catering to one particular crowd. We need things here to make people feel comfortable.”

the layering In the 2009 documentary, Good

Hair, Chris Rock tries to answer the question of what “good hair” actually is. “Daddy, why don’t I have good hair?” his daughter asks him -- similar to Oakley’s childhood experience at the salon. Dr. Joel Geske, associate professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and chair of the Diversity Committee at Iowa State, shows the documentary in class. “The biggest issue is a lack of services for African-Americans and the other diverse communities within the city,” says Geske. “It makes you think twice about living [here] if the community as a whole doesn’t have the support services available. It’s one thing to recruit a diverse community to Iowa State, but the bigger issue is being able to retain and keep the people here.” Geske offers possible solutions to the “problem.” One solution univer-

sities throughout the United States have come up with is having beauty salons bring someone in once a week to work on ethnic hair, but Geske notes that even that solution isn’t the right one. What may seem like a small issue is actually a much larger one. Geske himself had a former colleague have to schedule a hair appointment on a specific weekend just so she would have time to travel to get it done. “When people have to start travelling like that, that is when it becomes a larger issue,” Geske says. “We take so much for granted in the dominant culture. Sometimes the choices [for others] are much more limited.”

the styling Lauren Nelson, 21, is bi-racial. Sit-

ting in Caribou Coffee, her curly hair is pulled up into a composed afro. She feels like it’s obvious to everyone that she’s biracial; it’s always something that’s on her mind. She constantly feels like she has to set a standard. She feels she already stands out because she’s 5 feet 10 inches. Her parents met in college when her mother started cutting her father’s hair, and now she cuts both his and Nelson’s hair. Besides her mother, Nelson won’t let anyone else touch her hair because of the fear that, not only white people, but no one will know how to handle it. Big and curly, Nelson’s hair can’t be tamed with “black” hair care products because it ends up being too greasy. She washes it every other day, brushes it in the shower with massive amounts of conditioner, dries it for a while, then blow-dries it for twenty minutes and picks it out for both volume and to get it out of her face. Matching her brown hair, Nelson has big, brown eyes. She runs into a predicament because not only can she not find the right hair care products in Ames, she can’t find makeup to match her skin, either. Tinted moisturizer only comes in dark and really dark. She envies women with straight hair even though she loves her curls. She is curious as to where women

in advertisements get the products for their tight curls because she can’t find any of them, not in Ames anyway. During the summer, Nelson worked the front desk at a resort in Okoboji, Iowa. Her mother thought it would look more professional if she pulled her hair back. As a journalism student at Iowa State, Nelson began to think -- black women in the media don’t have, big hair so why should she? “I started to think, I wonder if people only see my hair?” she elaborates. “Do I have to change and conform just to not be judged? The first three days of the job, this guy called and later came in and said I sounded white. After that, I wore my hair down and out.”

the reveal Natasha Oakley’s 21st birthday was

in April. Two friends took her to the salon, Beautiful Beginnings, on the southeast side of Des Moines. It was the first time Oakley had set foot in a salon in awhile. Sitting in the chair surrounded by her friends, Oakley waited as the African-American beautician attached a black and bright-red weave ponytail. The beautician turned the chair slowly and Oakley looked at her long, spiral curls. The young girl with the frizzy hair and once-vacant stare was now looking back at her in the mirror. She smiled.

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Buff muscles, fitted shirts, rigidlysculpted hair, perfect tans — what’s not to love about these party-hardy boys featured on MTV’s hit show “Jersey Shore”? It’d sure be a wake up call to see them in even 10 years. If everyone lived like they do, everyone would die. Well maybe not die, but their lifestyle definitely does some irreversible damage stemming from their daily routine of GTL, which stands for gym, tanning, laundry. As ridiculous as this may seem, a lot of college students are following on the trail blazed by Ronnie, The Situation, Pauly D and Vinny.

“The only thing we care about is gettin’ girls and going to the gym.” — Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

Working out has become an everyday activity not only for television stars, but for college students as well. New addictions are perpetually popping up because of the example they set. Gymorexia, a new word populated by Generation Y, has become a wellknown example. Urban Dictionary sums it up as “someone that will eat whatever they desire with no regard to the nutritional content and rationalize it by going to the gym later and engaging in hours of strenuous exercise to ‘work off’ over-indulgences in food.” Jeff Barton, owner of Fitness World and a personal trainer, advises doing something everyday. He says this doesn’t mean hitting the gym hard for hours; it can be as simple as a brisk walk. When asked if he thought working out too much was a negative, Barton responds, “It’s a big misconception that working out is the key to a better body and all that, which is kind of true, but it’s a little bit of a half-truth. Rest is the key; that’s when all the change

gym•or•ex•ia [jim-uh-rek-seeuh] noun - person who will eat whatever they desire with no regard to the nutritional content and rationalize it by going to the gym later and engaging in hours of strenuous exercise to “work off” overindulgences in food.

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occurs. If you don’t have rest, you are not gonna get the results you want.” Austin Ruter, junior in kinesiology and health, works out four to five times a week and takes a series of supplements including whey protein, waxy maize (a carbohydrate), a multivitamin, ZMA and L-Arginine. He also takes natural testosterone boosters on a four-week cycle. He

doesn’t admit to being gymorexic, but he feels gymorexia is a real problem on this campus and people can “get addicted to the blood and sweat that they put in.” Barton believes working out becomes a problem when you are prioritizing it instead of important things in life, such as relationships, family, friends or work. “You just end up getting into a rhythm,

day to day, and you feel like something is missing if you don’t go one day,” he says. Barton says the media, including Jersey Shore, has a role here. “I think the media does influence working out. You see these guys, and they are all ripped, and if that’s what they are saying is what you need to do [GTL] to get that body then, well, you better do it!”

tan•or•ex•ia [tan-uh-rek-see-uh] noun - often used to describe a condition in which a person participates in excessive outdoor sun tanning or excessive use of other skin tanning methods (such as tanning beds) to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale 26|I’m gonna soak up the sun. Gonna tell everyone to lighten up.


“My bronzer’s leaking off my face!” — Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

Tanning is the second component of the unsettling GTL formula. Indoor tanning has become so popular today that negatives associated with a lifetime in the sun are now showing up in young people. Dr. Kathy Cook, board certified dermatologist at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Ames, says she sees 25-yearolds come into her office already showing signs of premature aging. These signs include wrinkles, fine lines, more heavily freckling and other indications of sun damage. Skin damage occurs the first time people tan, even just once. The revised health care bill passed in March includes a new 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services. ‘IN GENERAL.—The term ‘indoor tanning service’ means a service employing any electronic product designed to incorporate one or more ultraviolet lamps and intended for the irradiation of an individual by ultraviolet radiation, with wavelengths in air between 200 and 400 nanometers, to induce skin tanning.” Originally there was a 10 percent tanning tax along with a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery, but the latter was named exempt from the tax due to lobbying of the American Medical Association. The tax is to help compensate for the cost of melanoma in health care. Now, even after the exemption of cosmetic surgery, the tanning tax is expected to generate $2.7 billion. Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, the “Jersey Shore” star famous for her perfected hair pouf, rephrased the tanning tax in her own words saying, “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. I feel like he did that intentionally for us, like McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning. Because he is pale and he would probably wanna be tanned.” McCain responded to Snooki in a tweet: “U r right, I would never tax your tanning bed! Pres Obama’s tax/ spend policy is quite The Situation. But I do rec wearing sunscreen!” Not surprisingly, tanning salon owners, like Ali Tiernan of Simply Tantastic in Ankeny, are heated over the new fee. “I don’t know why they think that

a 10 percent [increase] in the tanning industry is going to make [the government] more money?” gripes Tiernan. “With the drop in sales and the drop in customers, it isn’t looking profitable.” When tanning salons in Ames were approached regarding the tanning tax, they refused to talk, saying their store owners and corporate heads were not allowing them to talk about it. Some even abruptly hung up, as if the mere reminder of the tax ignites a bitterness. Salons are taking different approaches to handling the tax. Some salons are paying out of pocket for the tax from their bottom line (in other words, they are taking the increase in price out of their own profits and not charging customers) while others have their customers pick up the slack like a sales tax. Simply Tantastic chose not to take it from their bottom line. Tiernan claims the tax hit her salon hard, forcing her to fire employees to try to make up for the decrease in revenue. She adds, “There was a lot of talk of absorbing the tax and taking it on their bottom line. But then, people don’t know about it [the tax] and they need to know about it, so we chose not to do that. That [decision] was a common opinion in the industry (not to absorb it). If you absorb it, people don’t care.” Planet Beach, also in Ankeny, chose the opposite approach. Since the tax was implemented on July 1, Planet Beach has been swallowing the 10 percent increase on their bottom line. Tami Wayman, spa director at Planet Beach, thinks tanning salons are being targeted because “[the government] had to find some way to [make up for the health care reform’s cost.] There are a lot of doctors out there that believe tanning is a very negative thing, and they will tell their patients not to tan… so [the government] is gonna tax them because they are [tanning].” Another obstacle tanning is always facing is its negative effect on tanners’ skin, which is part of the idea of a “sin tax” on tanning — discouraging people from the dangerous activity while still allowing them to take part in it. Cook explains how tanning and light sources function. “Tanning beds use mainly UVA [rays] but some UVB has been measured. UVA will tan first without burning if not overdone, and that is why people erroneously feel it is safer than UVB.” The rays from tanning beds differ from how the sun’s rays work. “In nature, there is a spectrum of wavelengths,” Cook says. “UVC doesn’t really penetrate

the earth; UVA and B both do. The ozone layer blocks out the types of of cancer UVC; the visible for 15-29 year olds light reaches the earth. Because 1. Lymphoma UVA penetrates deeper than 2. Skin UVB, people tend to think 3. Testicular of it as a safe tan, but any 4. Endocrine tanning dam5. Ovarian ages the skin.” Cook ex— SEER Cancer Statistics Review plained there is now a link between UV tanning and melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Tanning in the natural sunlight puts a person at an increased risk, but tanning in UV light poses a substantially higher risk. Cook says melanoma most commonly has to be surgically removed with a large incision; melanoma when caught early and excised is curable, but metastatic melanoma, which means it has spread to other parts of the body, is “pretty much a death sentence if that happens because very few survive. So it’s a scary thing; it’s such a simple thing to help cut your risk — don’t tan.” What does it mean when our skin starts to tan? “The melanin, the color of the skin, is increased in production in response to the sunlight damage,” Cook says. “It’s trying to shade the nucleus of the cell to prevent UV light from striking it and causing abnormalities.” There are some safe alternatives to the traditional form of artificial tanning. Products such as daily moisturizers with gradual tanners are inexpensive, as well as spray tans. Spray tans are not included in the tanning tax and have no long-term negative effects. So just because the meatheads on “Jersey Shore” endorse excessive tanning and working out doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Keep in mind, they are the same who said: “These are rules to live by, shave last minute, haircut the dayof, maybe some tanning and the gym. You gotta do the guido handbook.” While there are definite negatives to the “G and T” of GTL, there isn’t really a negative to the L, laundry, component. If you are going to emulate anything from these guys, let it be how often they launder their clothing and not the destruction of their bodies.

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DOORS THE SILENCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT By KAIT LI N MCKI NNEY Photography A N N I E M C GU I R E Design K Y L I H A S S E B R O C K

“I woke up, and he was gone,” Chelsea recalls. “I was naked in his bed, and I just remember feeling really confused… like, ‘what the hell happened last night?’… I knew exactly what happened. I just didn’t understand how.” It didn’t take Chelsea long to find her clothes, wrinkled and lying by the door. Her purse lay beside her clothes, and most of its contents were spilled. “The first thing I wanted to do was get my clothes on and grab my purse,” she explains. “I just felt so vulnerable.” After dressing and picking up her pieces of gum, random coins and ChapStick from the floor, Chelsea quickly walked towards the door. Instead of walking out, she stopped at the door and looked around one last time. Photographs hung on the walls and a single trophy rested on the desk. “I just stared at the pictures he had with his parents and friends thinking, ‘How can someone like him do this?’” Chelsea, who only wants to be identified by her first name, left the bedroom and found the apartment empty, which made for a less humil-

iating escape. She exited through the front door and tried to never look back. Chelsea’s situation is very common among college students, but at what point is a situation like this considered sexual assault? Keep in mind, not every sexual situation can be labeled with a clear definition. Ray Rodriguez, health promotion coordinator at Iowa State, stresses the importance of agreement between both individuals when it comes to sex and other sexual activities. “If it’s against your will, without your consent, or [if you’re] unable to freely give consent, it’s sexual assault. Period.” It is commonly misunderstood that there needs to be a verbal ‘no.’ “It could be any other verbal or non-verbal indication that someone wanted to stop. Pushing away, breaking eye contact; that’s stepping back. It doesn’t matter what was said,” Rodriguez explains. “The absence of a ‘no’ is not a ‘yes.’” Chelsea only told a few close friends about what happened and when she did, she didn’t know exactly how to define her situation. “I don’t really remember what happened that night,” she says. “I know ethosmagazine.org

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In 95% of all sexual assaults, one or both of the individuals were under the influence of alcohol.

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we were all drinking, then the two of us went in his room, and it just kinda happened.” This can be a very controversial issue, especially when alcohol is involved. Rodriguez says 95 percent of sexual assault occurs when one or both individuals are under the influence of alcohol. Today, there is a conventional image our culture gives off regarding college life, so it doesn’t make Chelsea’s situation unusual. To students, party hopping seems to be fun only when it’s accompanied by alcohol. Think about a typical night on Welch Avenue. It’s not unusual to see girls with their clear water bottles filled with colorful, fruity concoctions, guys ditching the books and walking around with backpacks filled with Keystone or Bud Light. Alcohol seems to be the common ‘go-to’ in order to feel loosened up. Nevertheless, party hopping with friends can be exciting, but is it still fun when you’re with a person who can barely stand and is slurring their words? Some people tend to feel obligated to help them because of the vulnerable state they are in. In addition to alcohol, recreational drugs can also be a component in sexual assault. ‘Date rape’ drugs are a way to affect an individual’s ability to fight back, but are generally less prevalent on college campuses. The three most common drugs used in America today are Rohypnol (roofies), Ketamine and gamma hydroxybutric acid (GHB). These drugs have different effects on the body but all generate serious consequences for the individual who are given the drug. Rohypnol, despite the comedic results it may have had on four middle-aged men in Vegas who woke up with a hangover, it provokes scary repercussions. According to WomensHealth.gov, this drug is not legal in America; it is generally smuggled in from places where it is legal, like Europe and Mexico. Rohypnol takes roughly 30 minutes to fully affect the body and limits the ability to stand as well as the ability to speak clearly.

Ketamine works in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. The drug causes impaired motor functions and numbness. In some cases, the individual may be aware of what is happening but may be unable to move. In other cases, the period of being drugged is completely forgotten. GHB works just as fast as Ketamine but produces more serious effects. GHB slows the heartbeat, and can cause comas and even death. Ketamine and GHB are legal in the U.S. for medicinal purposes only. Although recreational drugs are dangerous, in actuality, only 1-2 percent of sexual violence occurs as the result of their use. With this, the issue of consent is affected mostly by alcohol. Tyler, junior in business, claims he drinks to feel more comfortable. “I drink to have fun, yeah, but it also helps me loosen up,” he admits. “It makes it a lot easier to talk to girls.” Tyler also points out that he won’t stop a girl who comes on to him if she has been drinking. “If a girl is texting me and flirting, and I know she’s been drinking, I’m not going to push her away because I think it’s ‘wrong’… [solely] because she’s drunk. It’s her who is making the choices.” At what point does the flirting and kissing heighten and progress into assault? “If a woman agrees to kiss, she agrees to kiss. If she then agrees [to touching], she’s agreed to that. But, agreeing to kiss is not agreeing to intercourse,” Rodriguez answers. He strongly reminds again, “The absence of a ‘no’ is not a ‘yes.’” Men can be victims of sexual assault as well. Interestingly enough, men have generally been more likely to step up about their experiences with assault than women have. Although it does happen that women are the abusers, more than 95 percent of reported cases show men committing assault against women. Statistically, 11 out of 12 men have not committed assault, but the men who have are usually consecutive offenders. It should be noted that


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the statistics are based on reported cases of sexual assault. Many cases go unreported. It should also be acknowledged that sexual assault also occurs outside of heterosexual relationships. Members of the LGBT community deal with these issues as well.

What to do if you think you have been assaulted Dealing with sexual assault can be uncomfortable, but it is important not to keep it to yourself. Experts suggest talking with someone, even if it is just a family member or close friend. And if a victim wishes to seek professional help, Iowa State and Story County offer resources. Students and others can contact the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) through Story County, which can be contacted by dialing 29-ALERT. This activates police and medical response as well as ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support), a Story County organization. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and identities are protected as much as possible. From there, a victim will then get to decide what steps to take next, whether that is filing charges or just filling out a report. Filling out a report and filing charges are two different things, and many often confuse them. Filling out a report keeps the assaulter’s name on file. The assaulter will not be notified the victim filled out the report. Filing charges, however, will be less confidential, and the assaulter could potentially face federal charges. “Who knows if he did this to [other girls]? It is possible, since he got away with it with me, he could have done this to another girl,” Chelsea says. “Looking back, I wish I would have come forward about what happened. I think it would have [helped].”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Hook Up Drunk By H A N NA H GI L M A N

In the words of Coach Carr, don’t get drunk and have sex. Because you will get pregnant. And die. OK, so maybe that isn’t quite how the infamous “Mean Girls” quote goes, but it’s close enough. The “get slizzard and hook up” culture is huge on nearly every college campus, and, unfortunately, while doing “it” or getting close to doing “it” with some random guy on a Friday night seems like a good idea at the time, things aren’t usually quite so blissful the next morning. Or even the night of, when you get back to his place and sober up enough to realize he’s kind of creepy and you’re not as into him as you thought you were. Alcohol is a catalyst for bad decisions, especially when consumed in large doses. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Underage Drinking Research Initiative, alcohol is the drug of choice among adolescents, and when youth drink, they drink excessively. The NIAAA defines “drinking excessively” or “binge drinking” as a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 percent or above. For men, this equates to consuming five or more drinks in two hours and for women, consuming four or more drinks in two hours. For approximately 40 percent of college students, binge drinking is the activity of choice on any given Friday or Saturday night, which means things can get scary. In light of this, a number of prevention programs have been developed and a great deal of research has been conducted. Let’s Talk About It is one of many programs that addresses alcohol-fueled sexual decisions. LTAI uses scenario-based simulations to better understand how students respond to drunken hook-up situations. For instance, say you’re in line with your friends at Superdog at 1 a.m. (more than four drinks deep) and you’re flirting hard-

core with that guy you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Things get heated, and he invites you back to his place. In a similar scenario involving a hypothetical friend’s potential hook-up played out by LTAI, 141 students were given three situational responses to choose from. Thirty-nine percent of students said as a friend they would try to persuade her (Superdog line girl) not to go back to his place by warning her she might regret it, 21 percent said they would wish her a fun time and 39 percent said they would make sure she got home safely. In total, more than 70 percent of college students will hook up with a casual partner before graduating. There are a lot of statistics, but boil them down and the news is good: your friends have your back. More than 75 percent of students are watching out for their friends and trying to prevent drunken hook-ups from happening. Iowa State University sociologist Teresa Downing-Matibag’s research investigates the physical and emotional repercussions of no-strings-attached hook-ups. Downing-Matibag’s goal is to promote healthier intimate relationships among ISU students within and outside of the classroom. A 2009 study published by Downing-Matibag and graduate student Brandi Geisinger on 71 college students’ hook-up behaviors found students underestimate the risks (sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and emotional distress, just to name a few) that come with a night of “fun.” Bottom line, hooking up is part of the typical college experience. If you’re gonna do it (and let’s be real, you probably are), use the buddy system. Tell a sista (or brotha) where you’re going. Don’t go to some sketchy place with some dude you just met on the street. And always, always use a condom.

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EDITORIAL: Food Stamps

We’re all poor college students, so why aren’t more of us applying for food stamps? Let’s set some common ground. College students are poor. Everyone knows that. We eat Ramen, mac and cheese or hot dogs for every damn meal because all of the healthy food costs an arm and a leg — which you need both of, especially if you’re taking CyRide anywhere. After moving into my first apartment and fighting with my checkbook every time I went to the grocery store, I started to dread buying food. I would drag myself into Hy-Vee and the $3.99 per pound strawberries would stare and laugh at me. I mean, I could buy them, but that would mean less beer money and of course less money for bills, so I opted for off-brands and food on sale. Well, I’m a girl who loves to eavesdrop (who doesn’t?) and one day I heard a co-worker talking about how she needed to apply for food stamps again. I know what most of you must be picturing, but before we go any further, scratch the stigmatized image society has forced into our brains and picture this. A bright-smiled, energetic student, who works 16 hours a week at the ISU Admissions office, is on the honor roll, in a sorority and plays an active role in her church. Does this sound familiar? Maybe it doesn’t describe you to a tee, but I bet most of you are questioning how on earth she gets food stamps. I was too, and I asked her how I could get in on the deal. Applying online through the Iowa Department of Human Services’ (DHS) website is about an eight-minute process. “If you know that you qualify for work-study, or you know that you work at least 20 hours a week, and even though you’re making money

you seem to not have any left over, food stamps could be an option to help you save money and have a good nutrition plan,” Natasha Oakley, senior in apparel merchandising, explains. Although either qualifying for work-study or working at least 20 hours a week are the two main qualifications for students, there are multiple policies that apply to the notso-average college student. Check out the sidebar for a few, or visit the DHS website and pull up the PDF — student requirements begin on page 70. So you might be thinking food stamps are shameful and embarrassing. But I hope you made it this far, because after weighing the pros and cons of food stamps with Matthew Fay, junior in logistics, he brought up a valid concern. “I just don’t think I would want them. I mean I just wouldn’t want to lose my pride,” Fay says. I don’t blame him, because there is a negative connotation. But ask yourself these questions: Do you have loans? Are you the average ISU student who will be at least $30,000 in debt after graduation? Wouldn’t you like to take advantage of a program the government has made available for you? I know I would. The name “food stamps” doesn’t accurately describe the program because you technically do not use “stamps.” Rather, a pretty little debit card makes paying for food a breeze. “Food assistance” is the actual name of the program, and personally I like the idea of having an extra $200 a month (the maximum a student can qualify for) in case my gas bill skyrockets because Ames decided to become Antarctica again. “Even though some people would

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If none of these apply, you need to meet at least one of following: • work an average of 20 hrs a week and be paid wages • be eligible for a work-study program • be responsible for the physical care of a dependent household member under age 6 • be responsible for the physical care of a household member under age 12 when certain • circumstances prevent adequate child care and you from going to school and working 20 hours a week All of this info is in a PDF online. Just visit http:// www.dhs.state.ia.us/policyanalysis/PolicyMan ualPages/Manual_Documents/Master/7-i.pdf

question you being a college student and think you don’t need food stamps, it’s not a matter of being in college or that you need to look a certain way. It’s more about if you meet the requirements,” Oakley says. “I think you should take the chance and apply regardless of what other people say. There will always be people who have something to say because of the stigma that comes with food stamps.” I agree. Use the resources. In a time when the economy is uncertain and essentials are burning a hole not only in your wallet but your jeans, utilize programs that are out there. It’s no big deal to be a poor college student, but be a smart, poor college student. ethosmagazine.org

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Eric Doll think he is? By K R I S T I N E A H L F I E L D Photography A N N I E M C GU I R E Design J O S H PE T E R S O N //Eric Doll //senior in landscape architecture

How long have you been unicycling? Two years.

How did you get into it?

Well I started off in the juggling club, and I became the president. They gave me the keys to the locker where we keep the juggling stuff, and I decided to look around one day. I looked into the unicycle locker too, and there were about 10 unicycles in there. I wondered if it was really that hard, so I tried it.

How long did it take you to learn? About a month.

So can you juggle while riding the unicycle? I can. It’s one of my specialties.

Where do you park it when you ride it to class?

Mostly in the bike racks, but it’s great because you can park it along the fences that say “no bicycles.” One time I took it on a bus and the driver looked at me and said,“No bicycles on the bus.” I said,“OK,” and kept walking down the aisle. Then he was like,“Hey, no bicycles!” I was like,“It’s a unicycle, not a bicycle.” So he just turned around and let me go.

How do people react when they see you coming down the sidewalk? People freak out. They will go 10 feet into the grass to avoid me.

Do you ever tried to freak them out on purpose? Oh yeah, I’ll mess with them. When they go into the grass, I’ll go into the grass too and be like,“Oh no, it’s a unicycle, better watch out!” I’ll make a scene.

What’s the best part about riding a unicycle?

Well you can hold your coffee in one hand, talk on the phone and ride it--all at the same time.

What kind of tricks can you do?

I can hop up and down stairs, on benches, and ride along really skinny ledges. I recently found I’m able to jump the whole staircase leading up the library.

What is one thing you would like to say to everyone about unicycling? When you see one on a sidewalk, don’t freak out, give me a high five or something.

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