April 17, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 26 | Fayetteville, AR
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Scene on campus
In the middle of an on-campus food desert, one brave food truck has set out to feed the hungry students outside of Old Main.
KAYLA EIFFERT Kappa Delta
Kayla is a sophomore studying advertising and PR. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What started as a FedEx truck was transformed into Café Tusk, a food truck providing a menu inspired by food that is quick and tasty. Food trucks everywhere have become increasingly popular, and Chartwell’s has jumped on the bandwagon of this new trend. “Basically what spurred this movement would probably be diversity and placement of food on campus. This is the only place on this side of campus to get food, aside from Dickson,” James Hogue said, Chartwells supervisor for Café Tusk. “They [Chartwells] just wanted to make more accessible food for students and make it more fun. You’re coming to a food truck, its awesome.” All of the food is cooked fresh by a supervisor, prep cook, and lead cook. The menu oﬀers a Philly cheese steak, fish tacos, falafel and chicken tinga tacos for lunch as well as cupcakes or tater tots for snack options as well. Since first opening their window on March 11, the truck has become increasingly popular, now averaging around 80 orders per day. If you ever find yourself on the east side of campus during the week between the hours of 10:30 to 2:00, stop by Café Tusk, and try it out for yourself!
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ABOUT THAT SORORITY BUZZFEED QUIZ... Have you ever burdened yourself with questions like, “Am I in the right sisterhood?” or “Where should I have actually pledged?” Lucky for you, Buzzfeed has all the answers.
LAUREN RANDALL Alpha Delta Pi
Lauren is a freshman studying English / journalism. You may contact her at email@example.com.
In late March, a quiz was released claiming to know the exact chapter that was right for you even going as far as saying, “You don’t choose the sorority life, the sorority life chooses you.” Fortunately the quiz is in quality company just look under, “Which Boy meets World Character are you?” and “Taco Bell Cured Every Stoner’s Menu Board Anxiety.” Top contributor, a.k.a. Austin Hunt or as he calls himself an “editorial fellow and professional wrestler,” has created the ultimate informal recruitment in just about seven questions. Finally we have someone who knows exactly what they are talking about, but seriously, this quiz is lacking some serious credibility. The quiz is based on a series of questions ranging from which fraternity crest you like best your preferred color combination. I say for recruitment this year, ladies, let’s ask our potential new members how they spent their spring break to really get a feel if they are right for our sisterhood. The questions have no bearing on where you should be whatsoever one answer
affects the whole sorority. For example if you choose, “Your mom and dad said it would be good for you to rush,” then you must be Delta Zeta, or if you “ate pizza over spring break,” then why are you even a Chi Omega? You were meant to be Kappa Alpha Theta. About 17 of our writers took the quiz themselves. Eight girls (including myself) got Zeta, three Kappa Kappa Gammas, three Alpha Omicron Pi’s, one Delta Zeta, one Delta Gamma and one “GDI.” Out of the 17 girls, only one actually got the sorority she was in and six had some friends or family to the ones they were given. Odyssey writer, Tri Delta Laura Selak said, “I got Kappa Kappa Gamma. The description was way off. No lie, I took it like 80 times trying to get Tri Delta.” The quiz gives no real reasons for why you got the sorority you did and only mentions what a badass or chill person you are. As far as I’m concerned Tri Delta, Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu, Kappa Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi weren’t even options. According to the quiz, if you are a Delta Gamma, you hate sorority stereotypes, if you are an Alpha Omicron Pi then you are the ultimate bad ass, a Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Zeta or a Kappa Kappa Gamma just consider yourself a chill person in general, and if you are Zeta well according to Austin Hunt you have a lot of friends. A top commenter on the feedback portion of the quiz noted, “Sororities are different at every school.” There is noway to exactly measure which sorority you should have been, each chapter is completely different on every campus. While it would have been interesting to know where you really belong chances are you already are in the place you were meant to be.
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Self health & fitness
THE POWER OF YOGA If you’re tired of your boring old workout routine or running mile after mile on the treadmill, yoga is an amazing alternative.
ALEXANDRA SERRANO Kappa Delta
Alexandra is a sophomore studying communication. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The eastern practice of yoga has provided long lasting health benefits for both your physical and mental well-being, which are both equally important to college students. Some of these benefits include flexibility, muscle strength, posture and help to alleviate high blood pressure and anxiety. Sandra Kincaid, a sophomore here at the U of A, decided to begin her teacher training at Yoga Deza studio this past month. “My favorite part of doing yoga is the connection I get to my body and the awareness it fosters in my life on and oﬀ the mat,” she says. “I wanted to create a deeper connection to my yoga practice and gain a better understanding of the correct alignment for poses.”
Ms. Kincaid is one of many people who have seen a positive impact in her life after practicing yoga and incorporating its values into her everyday life. “Outside of training, we are asked to go to three classes a week, so I attend classes at least six times per week,” she says. It’s obvious then, that yoga is an ongoing learning process. You might not even be able to touch your toes the first day of class, but if you stick with it, you’ll see results.
“I keep learning more and more benefits of yoga as I go,” Sandra says. “When practiced safely it can really help better your posture and gives you an incredible workout that works all of your body!” Another benefit yoga has to oﬀer? It’s for everyone. Many studios oﬀer classes open to every fitness level, no matter your age or your gender. When you walk into a studio, there is no fear of judgment and you are free to relax and focus on yourself. There are several studios in the area that have flexible schedules and oﬀer classes at an aﬀordable price. Many studios oﬀer discounts and occasionally oﬀer free lessons as well! So next time you are in a workout funk, take a risk and see what yoga has to oﬀer, it may change your life more than you think.
WHAT, EXACTLY, IS IN OUR WATER? Conspiracy theory. A lot of people do not listen past the utterance of these two words.
HANNAH ZAFUTA Kappa Delta
Hannah is a sophomore studying
deficits and impaired fetal brain development observed in animals after long exposure to fluoride. Flouridealert.org is devoted to the topic and any impending questions. They state tens of millions of people in China and India now suﬀer serious crippling bone diseases from drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride.
But I think they are psychology & creative writing. entertaining. I do not necessarily believe or disbelieve certain theories, but I do find the stories interesting. Much to the dismay of my Twitter followers forced to endure ridiculous retweets, I started following a couple twitter accounts with far-fetched ideas.
Arthritis suﬀers report more pain with a higher fluoride intake. Skeletal fluorosis, a bone weakening disease, is a result of fluoride. Cancer, infertility, increased blood pressure, kidney damage, hypersensitivity, endocrine disruption and thyroid disease are all threats of fluoride. Fluoride is hazardous is to infants and children, and swallowing the chemical gives teeth little benefit, the claims say.
Unlike Tupac’s resurrection, Bigfoot, or Area 51, I stumbled upon an unexplained circumstance that aﬀected my life: water fluoridation. The United States, unlike 98 percent of Europe, supports water fluoridation to benefit the general oral health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends up to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride per liter of drinking water.
Why in the world does our country feel the need to add this substance to our water when it’s already heavily distributed in our toothpaste, mouth-wash, and whitening strips? The only benefit it scientifically proves is preventing tooth decay. Is our government trying to downsize the population by putting a killing agent in our drinking water? Maybe, maybe not. The risks were still enough for me to make the switch to toxic-free toothpaste from Ozark Natural foods.
However, fluoride is considered highly toxic by some who claim it has a direct correlation to negative health eﬀects including memory loss, neurobehavioral
FREE SUMMER Summer
around the corner, a month away for us students here at the U of A. We try our best to stay focused
Kappa Kappa Gamma Bridgette is a freshman studying journalism and political science major. You may contact her at email@example.com.
on schoolwork, but thoughts of endless summer days make concentrating a challenge. We start to think of fun things to do during the hot days and cool nights. Of course, going to the pool or lake is at the top of the list. However, if you are an individual who is not content with doing the same thing all summer long, then below are a few ideas that could add variety to the rain or shine days. 1. Run a fun 5K with friends. Believe it or not, but not all 5K (3.1 miles) runs require running! The Color Run, Color Me Rad, and Color Vibe 5K races hardly have participants running the full 3.1 miles. The point of these races is to become covered in colored cornstarch and paint while walking, jogging or running the 5K with friends and family. People come from all over the country to participate in these fun and colorful events. Usually the registration prices range from $25-$50 dollars, but that fee covers the t-shirts, and extra merchandise given out in the race-day bags. Check out the 5K races websites to find the next event closest to you! 2. Go to an outside summer concert. It could be Luke Bryan or an upcoming artist, does not matter the genera or celebrity status, the experience of an outside summer concert with friends is unbeatable. You do not have to pay an outrageous amount for the ticket to have a good time. From personal experience, the grass seating make the whole experience more enjoyable and are a lot less expensive. Check out www. StubHub.com or local event websites for listing of upcoming concerts. For those who live in the North West Arkansas and outlying areas, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly will be performing an outside concert May 30 at the Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR. 3. Set a goal/goals to accomplish before going back to school. Some people look at summer, as an opportunity to endure in self-change or self-fulfillment. With endless days, there is plenty of time to set goals and see them through. Whether the goal is to eat healthier, workout more, spend more time with family, or less time connected to social media, the change is possible. 4. Take a fun, inexpensive, weekend trip. Nothing says summer time fun, like packing up a car and road tripping to somewhere with family or friends. It could be taking oďŹ€ to a town with a carnival or fun music festival; any weekend getaway can make for a pathway to new experiences and memories. Checkout www.hotwire.com for great hotel deals.
5. D.I.Y projects. Pinterest is filled with various Do-It-Yourself projects. Whether
it is turning an old door into a bed headboard or repainting a bookshelf, summer projects help pass the time blissfully. So grab a glass of lemonade and get to work! 6. For sorority girls, work on gifts and canvases for your future little. Freshmen sorority girls loved being showered with gifts from their bigs, which, is an experience they should give their littles as well. Taking time in the summer to paint canvases and make cute dorm room decorations will make the fall semester less stressful. Check out Pinterest if you are in need of ideas. Summer is just the break college kids need to get re-fueled to tackle another year full of long nights of studying and stressing over grades. So take this summer and do things that are relaxing, yet enjoyable, because before we know it, the next school year will have arrived.
Ideas debate & discuss
STANDING UP TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY For years now, the fashion industry has been ridiculed for creating body imageobsessed girls who are prone to eating disorders.
Alpha Omicron Pi
Haley is a senior studying journalism, advertising, PR. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In many cases, the ideals created by the industry have made it nearly impossible for a woman to accept and be happy with herself. Self-confidence has been replaced with self-destruction as girls flip through magazines and TV channels wondering why they aren’t as thin or perfectly proportioned as the airbrushed models and celebrities they admire. What would happen if we started to stand up to the fashion industry and Hollywood, and stop succumbing to the superficial standards they’ve set for us? Would they continue to behave as an elite society of flawless individuals, or might we open their eyes to what they are doing to women both young and old across the world? Though it has taken a while to get here, it seems the media and marketers are starting to listen, and are advertising their lines in a much healthier and realistic way. In 2004, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty sparked this movement when the company dared to do what no other company targeting women would do. They used women of all diﬀerent shapes and sizes to grab the attention of their target market, after research showed that the definition of beauty had become very narrow and unattainable, according to Dove’s website. The goal of the campaign was to show women that they don’t have to be a size zero or have a mile-long torso to be beautiful. In addition to the Real Beauty campaign, Dove released a documentary this year called “Selfie,” which seeks to prevent mothers from passing down insecurities to their daughters by encouraging women to be confident in their own skin. Dove seems to have inspired more and more companies to help females find body peace. Aerie, a lingerie company, recently launched a campaign similar to Dove’s. This promotion features girls who are not professional models, and whose bodies have not been retouched. The company targets girls between the ages of 15 and 21, a group that is believed to be the most likely to develop eating disorders as a result of a negative body image.
Not only are companies concerned with correcting the unhealthy idea of a so-called “perfect” body, but many companies are also working to remind us that age is just a number. In 2012, MAC Cosmetics used 90-year-old Iris Apple as the face of their brand. Ellen Degeneres served as a spokesperson for Covergirl, and Meryl Streep was pictured on the cover of Vogue. “For MAC to use a 90-year-old woman, it says that we’re not afraid to say that a women at any age can be really, really beautiful,” said a MAC spokesperson in an interview with the Today show in 2012. Even high-fashion designers and celebrities are striving to broaden society’s perception of beauty. Many designers are using models without makeup, for instance. An online clothing company called Betabrand chose only women with Ph. D’s to model their latest line, redirecting their customers’ attention to the value of an educated woman. Actress Cameron Diaz put her writing skills to the test in “The Body Book,” in which she stresses the importance of being healthy and natural. Her famous friends seem to agree with this message, as the new diet craze in Hollywood does not involve fasting or juicing but simply eating clean and wholesome meals. Younger celebrities are working to inspire confidence in young girls, too. Last week Lorde tweeted the real, unedited version of a photo from one of her concerts to reveal acne that the media had removed from the image. “Remember flaws are O.K.,” she told fans. Lorde isn’t the only girl flaunting her flaws. This past month, Facebook has been exploding with “no makeup selfies,” a viral trend that was started to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Girls post a selfie without makeup, and then tag a friend to encourage her to do the same. This endless selfie chain is inspiring girls everywhere to be confident and embrace their imperfections. The media is extremely pervasive in our lives. In our world, we are constantly refreshing social media on our smartphones, catching up on the latest trends by flipping through magazines, or are busy “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The fashion industry and Hollywood have used their influence in our lives to set unrealistic expectations to try and define what beauty is. By fighting back, we were able to prevent the media from creating their idea of the “perfect race.”
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FEEL LIKE A WOMAN
I rarely find myself checking Facebook these days due to the immense deluge of my newsfeed by grandparents, aunts, uncles, moms, dads and long-lost high school acquaintances.
right above “how to keep a spider away” was this condescending and patronizing question.
KATIE HICKS Pi Beta Phi
Katie is a freshman studying English. You may contact her at I am also turned oﬀ by the email@example.com. amount of outrageous stories that are shared on my timeline: stories pressuring me to reshare so that I might go to heaven or so that a child’s dad will stop smoking and take them to Disney World seem slightly outlandish to me. Today, however, I found myself sidetracked in class by my infinitely long to-do list so naturally, my finger wandered to my Facebook app icon. I then noticed that I had a notification showing me that I had been tagged to an article titled “A Daddy’s Letter to His Little Girl,” and my curiosity got the best of me. Sitting, reading this article in the middle of many classmates, I felt myself becoming outraged at the nature of today’s society. Today marked the day where, for the first time, I found myself clicking on the “share” button. The featured letter was both charming and endearing. However, this is not what grabbed my attention. The father prefaced the letter by saying that when the words “How do you keep…” are typed into the Google search bar, the top result is, “how do you keep a man’s attention?” In disbelief, I immediately put it to the test. Sure enough, right below “how to keep a dog from digging” and
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in all the traditional characteristics of male to female courtship; I swoon when a car door is opened for me, blush when a chair is pulled out for me and am first to admit that I like a traditional pick-me-up-at-the-door date. I do believe that it is completely acceptable to demand these simple benefits of being a woman, while still holding some beliefs that may categorize you as a feminist. I believe in equality in the workplace, I scoﬀ at boys who joke about wanting me to make them a sandwich, and you will always find me voicing my opinion when I feel it to be necessary. This is why, as I sat in class reading what appeared to be a harmless Facebook post, I felt sorry for the women of this generation. Is this what our society is teaching today? We must work to be sexy in order to keep a man interested? Call me old-school, out-of-touch or maybe, according to Google, uninteresting. No matter what you call me, I plan to keep a man interested in ways that Google will never teach you. Interesting should mean that you have class, personality, wit and dignity. Women, let us strive for beauty that comes also with brains, confidence that comes from within, and opinions that are our own. Let us wear what WE like and NOT what we think will appease a boy. I can promise each and every woman reading this that class and poise is far more interesting than anything you will learn while browsing the web. As I am writing this, I can hear Shania Twain singing, “Let’s go, girls” in the back of my mind. Let this be a reminder that you are interesting just the way that you are. Someone out there will find you interesting when you are simply being yourself. Get oﬀ Google, put on what you feel best in, and go out to do what you like. You’ll thank me later, I promise.
Scene on campus
HOLLYWOOD’S NEXT GENERATION With many young
adult fiction novels becoming movies, new
moving in and girls are taking notice.
LEIGHA VAN SICKLE Kappa Delta
Leigha is a freshman studying journalism, advertising & PR. You may contact her at Ljvansic@uark.edu.
If you have not already heard about the incredibly handsome Theo James then you are behind. His lead role in “Divergent” will make you eager for the second movie to come out. Not only is this handsome hunk tan, sculpted and gorgeous, but he is also British. That’s right ladies, he has the accent that makes everything better. Just to add a cherry on top of the sundae, he can sing and play guitar as well. Channing Tatum better watch out for this up and coming actor who has all the girls’ eyes on him. Ryan Gosling better watch out too because the newest big love story will be out in June, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Ansel Elgort is playing Augustus Waters, and he will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love. This sweet and sensitive guy has only been in “Carrie” and “Divergent” so far, but his tall stature and tousled hair is a force to be reckoned with. He used to sing and dance in New York City, and he seems down-toearth and charming. Miles Teller is going to be a star with his awesome sense of humor, wicked charm and great looks. Not only did he make us laugh in “That Awkward Moment,” but he also stole our hearts and inspired us in “The Specular Now.” This fun guy will make you laugh daily on Twitter and
make you want to be as carefree as he seems to be. Zac Efron will have to keep an eye out for this new lovable, funny actor who will charm girls and star in comedic roles.
FASHION TRENDS THAT NEED TO STOP! While I am a member of an amazing Greek organization full of women who I adore, since joining I have began to notice some fashion trends that aren’t so cute because I’m observant like that.
Delta Delta Delta Laura is a sophomore studying marketing. You may contact her at Leselak@uark.edu.
While some of these are cute and stylish and totally rock-able, others make me want to scream. Now look, I am no super fashionista. I try really hard, and I will question an outfit like five times before I leave the building. It’s possible that I’m just not srat enough to understand them. Maybe I’m bitter than I can’t pull oﬀ some of them. Another point to make before we start this journey together is that I am the anti-sorority girl. I am not preppy, I enjoy herbal tea, old vinyl records and shopping at Goodwill so y’all may not agree with me, and that’s ok! Huge shirts These are some of my favorite things. Major props to the ladies who actually try to look nice for class, but for the rest of us, these tents are the way to go. You throw them on over leggings/yoga pants/Norts, and you are ready to go in seconds! Also they allow you to do laundry less often because every sorority girl has about 2,000 of them. Monogramming Warning: rant approaching. This one has gotten out of hand and very quickly… It started as a couple of items (necklaces, car decals, towels) and has grown like the damn plague. Ladies, NOT EVERYTHING YOU OWN MUST HAVE YOUR MONOGRAM ON IT. I mean c’mon, you can get everything monogrammed now but why do you need a monogrammed keychain on your monogrammed backpack that contains your monogrammed planner??!? My personal favorite new item to flaunt a monogram is the bathing suit. Bathing suits? Really? You want your initials stamped on your boobs for everyone to stare at? It’s like y’all are afraid you’re gonna forget your initials so you had to put them everywhere to remind yourselves. Not showering I’m sure there’s about 50 percent of girls on this campus right now that haven’t washed their hair in about a day. Dry shampoo has been a personal savior to me this year because I am a part of that assumed 50 percent. You aren’t supposed to wash your hair everyday anyway! Plus it helps you master the art of fancy up-dos and wearing headbands! Or you can just put on a hat, but hey, you do you boo-boo. Chevrons This one kinda goes along with the monograms due to the fact that it’s also spreading like wildfire. Y’all know it’s true. Chevron clothing, chevron rugs, chevron bedding, and the list just keeps going. The best part is that usually when I see chevron, it’s usually a bright color and a monogram is soon to follow. Can we pick another type of horizontal stripe to obsess over?
This is another one that I just will never understand. We have a store in Memphis that sells nothing but this stuﬀ, and the place scares me. Upon browsing their website, I have noticed two things. 1) everything is expensive as hell and 2.) all the patterns look like the result of when the preppiest human being alive dropped some acid. That much pattern in any of those hues belongs nowhere on your body. It’s cute on a kindergartener, but unless you are going vacationing in the Hamptons with your polo team on daddy’s private yacht then there’s no reason to wear it. I will give Lilly credit though; they make a fantastic planner. Converse (specifically white ones) This is another one of those things that have become a staple of srat-hood. I’m 70 percent sure that every girl has a pair of these and the ones that don’t should because they’re the absolute best. I wear mine with basically everything because they’re comfortable and o so stylish #flawless Michael Kors watches I’m not about to pay that much money for a watch. Plain and simple.
@iamdevloper: If you watch the Social Network backwards, it’s about a man gaining more friends and a girlfriend as he spends less time on Facebook.
Step 3: throw it at another bird
give you pants that fit so you no longer need a belt.
@bazecraze: Are you a cat person or a person person?
@AnnDabromowitz: When I’m CEO of Subway, employees will no longer be called “sandwich artists.” They will be “sub humans.”
@casual_koala: Animals that lose their tails visit the retail store.
@KevinFarzad: College is expensive, BUT your student ID saves $3 at the movies. So really it pays for itself if you go to the theater 30,000 times.
@iwearaonesie: my signature move is yelling “where in the fridge?!” and “i don’t see it!” until my mom comes and finds the applesauce for me
@all_about_today: What I’ve learned from twitter is that if I tell a joke to 1,300 people, at least 2 will laugh.
@SandyEggoMonk: My signature move is not caring which one yours is.
@BeardSpice: How to kill two birds with one stone:
@titletown__: I dated a woman once.
Step 1: throw a stone at a bird
Most confusing twenty minutes of my life.
Step 2: go pick up that stone
@juliussharpe: At the very highest level of karate, they
@Shock_Monster: Anyone that says there are no stupid questions has never had to explain to a 5 year old why there are no pink bananas 267 times today. @LuvPug: It’s like the people who drive Smart cars don’t even realize that other cars are an option. @primawesome: Wait what do you mean Jesus loves me? Did he say something to you? OMG I’m freaking out right now tell me his exact words. @zzoker: Mathematics is the only place you can buy 60 watermelons and no one questions you