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ROCKET

THE SPRING ISSUE

2011. VOL I. ISSUE I

Justin Miller Editor-in-Chief Soojin Ock Creative Director Selden Koolman Art Director Evrett Paist Photo Chief Valerie Santiago Managing Editor Lauren Jones Copy Chief Anne Dorf PR Director

MASTHEAD & LETTER FROM THE EDITOR TREND REPORTS A peek at this spring’s essentials. DO-IT-YOURSELF Learn to make your own studded denim.

Feature Eden Stuart Glynnis Stevenson Heidi Koehler Jane Solis Grace Martini

MUSIC Check out the latest hot and not tunes.

Style Alissa Johnson Sonja Paviour Suzannah Howell

COMEBACK KIDS Kaveh and Molly talk SA election, and more.

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Beauty Francesca Rizzo Elizabeth Ostick Zoe Altholz

ON THE COVER

UNDER THE SUN Throw those bland bathing suits to the curb.

PHOTOGRAPHY Pocket Yiqing Sun

SWEET ESCAPE Brighten your makeup this spring with bursts of color.

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CLOSE-UP A look at two senior guys.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Booking Charlotte Spriggs Dasha Godunova Megan McCarthy

POWER POSE Casey Sears poses at the Wren Chapel.

contact us at:

magazine.rocket@gmail.com

THE LAUNCH

elcome to Rocket, the first-ever magazine for student artistic expression via fashion, photography, and feature—an exemplar of creativity. This magazine’s evolution miraculously took less than a month; as soon as I received the support of the Publication Council in early April, the team and I dove into perhaps the hastiest, and exhilarating, weeks yet. We had to truly juggle the most pressing month of the entire academic year with organizing and developing an entire magazine from the ground up. I owe many thanks to every dedicated individual who contributed to the launch of this magazine. Speaking of which, our première Spring issue notably features Kaveh and Molly, whose conviviality is nearly contagious.

The duo met us at the Wren Chapel for their shoot weeks ago, both gleeful and honored, but I assure you, K&M, it is we who are honored. We also gleaned some swimming garb and created our pseudo-Roman inspired bathing suit spread, which, after a few weekends of rescheduling around gloomy weather, was shot at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater. What this issue lacks in size it certainly makes up for in color, literally. The makeup spread in the latter part of the issue is bursting with the colors of Spring, the season of crisp rebirth, fresh change—and, in this case, new publications. It’s safe to say W&M now has a fashion magazine.

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By Alissa Johnson.

Photos: Elle.com; prabalgurung.com; johnlewis.com; tecknicolor.fls.wordpress.com; jillsandler.com (2); Nordstrom.com; prada.com; prĂŞt-a-beaute.com

Photos: charlotteronson.com; isabelmarant.tm.fr; dior.com; Couture Candy, Wildfox Couture, style.com, Endless, streetpeeper.com, nastygal.com, shopbop.com, Harvey Nichols, Sperry, and Tory Burch

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MUSIC

JANE SOLIS GIVES THE LOW-DOWN ON SOME

OF THE LATEST RELEASES IN MUSIC. FROM GAGA TO CRYSTAL STILTS, SHE HAS IT COVERED. 1

Crystal stilts, a garage rock band

hailing from Brooklyn, New York, has just released their sophomore album In Love With Oblivion. On their second CD, the group moves away from the dark, eerie sounds that pervaded their first album in favor of music with a certain surf guitar charm and plenty of vibrant tambourine shaking. This album masterfully integrates the eclectic, drone-heavy beats with a fun, sun-soaked sound. After a four year hiatus, Radiohead has returned with The King of Limbs. The first half of the album is chaos, filled with rhythmic, heavy percussion while the second half is a softer, more dreamier with slow guitar strums and deep steady drum beats. Limbs, with only 8 songs and totaling thirty-seven minutes, is pretty short—but nonetheless a good listen.

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Photos: peaceblind.com; justinbreathes.com; mogmusicnetwork.com; wired.com

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Gimme Some, the newly released album by Pete Bjorn and John, is a delightful triumph. It gets straight to the point with their signature guitar, bass, and drums to deliver their good ol’ sound. The duo has ceased to produce music with a mainstream, forced feel and returned to the rhythmic, punchy style they’ve been loved for since back in the day.

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Lady Gaga’s new single “Judas” is a bitter disappointment; it’s just another catchy pop tune that sounds exactly like many of her other songs, mostly ‘Bad Romance.’ It’s sad to say, but this track simply falls short of the creativity and originality for which that Lady Gaga is known.

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ith fashion, along comes music. And with the birds achirpin’ and the sun shinin’(well sometimes), I’m sure you are dying to drive with the top rolled down, blasting your music out loud twamp-style. And luckily the music scene has been hitting it hard this year with the most inventive, oh-my-freakin’-gosh musicians, who are taking the music scene to a whole another level. Be sure to check out Sleigh Bells, a duo that makes heads bang with their heavy hitting, raw sounding beats; the indie groups Best Coast and We Are Trees, whose songs of love and heartbreak shine light on the inner hipster; or even Dubstep, with their killer power-heavy bass that might actually break your headphones.

Crystal stilts

pETE BJORN AND JOHN

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HEAD IN THE GAME Molly keeps Kaveh levelheaded.

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t is arguable the nastiest day of the week—one of those April showers that make an early appearance at the end of March. And it shows. Swem is packed: students in squeaky rain boots socialize on the first floor, computer screens alternate between Facebook, Pandora, and homework. Kaveh and Molly enter the social me-

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lived in the same dorm” story. Kaveh is unusually dressed in the unofficial school uniform of a W&M hoodie, loose fitting jeans, and a pair of Nikes (which he got for nearly seventeen bucks at a thrift store). But as he launches into a story about his Warby Parker glasses, (similar to TOMS Shoes, this company delivers one pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold), Kaveh becomes truly animated when discussing the sartorial. An avid thrifter, Kaveh considers true style to be “like your fingerprint” in its uniqueness. He operates by two solid rules: pairing loud pieces, such as a fire red cardigan, with more subdued ensembles; and buying one thing that he would not have bought last time, which ensures an ever evolving style. Molly, too, is dressed cozily—blue seats, a long sleeve marathon tee, and brown Uggs. Comfort is most important to staples are white v-necks and jeans, which she claims is her devoid of personal style. Though, we had to be honest: basics don’t get much chicer than a crisp white tee, and quality denim. She is subtle, relaxed, and certainly the moderator between the two—the rationality that keeps Kaveh within feasible limits. And it’s this calmness that compliments the excited eccentricity that flows from Kaveh. This level of close personal friendship, this cohesive codependencey, is what led Kaveh to choose Molly as his running mate, a decision that—given the pair’s mutual social circle and graduating class—did not go questioned. “I didn’t want to choose someone for the

sake of running, because then I wouldn’t have been excited about it,” said Kaveh, declaring that his pairing to Molly is not a marriage of convenience. It’s a certain ennui with the ‘politics as usual’ scene that drives their desire to helm the SA; as non-government majors (a rarity within itself for the assembly, where the two of them have started and are the only members of the “Non-Government Caucus”), the duo sees the organization as an opportunity to assist students in getting more involved with issues they’re passionate about, whether those issues include parking, food services, or something in between. “It’s more than money,” Molly insists; Kaveh adds, “The most exciting thing for me [is] when we can find a student that’s really passionate about something, and Student Assembly can give them the opportunity to get involved.” This enthusiasm for putting the students back in the student government led to the creation of their tag line “Take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.” The seriousness spread, however, when the publishing fire storm burned the duo toward the end of their campaign. “[It] reaffirmed why we’re doing this,” said Kaveh, “as well as my faith in the student body.” After the ‘scandal’ broke, the campaign, previously consisting solely of Kaveh, Molly, and a few others, found a host of new supporters. “All of a sudden, we had so much support,” said Molly. Kaveh adds, “I’m never going to forget that. You can’t forget that.”

PLAYING AROUND

dia viewing room with bright smiles and an inexplicable sense of ease that seems to flourish from the amiability on which the duo operates. The jabbing and bantering shared between them becomes an apparent testament to their degree of friendship, which is something that exceeds their average TWAMP “we met each other because we THE SPRING ISSUE 2011

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OLYMPIC COUNCIL

swimsuits, models own; accessories, models and stylist own. BEAUTY ARTISTS: FRANCESCA RIZZO & Elizabeth ostick. hair stylist: zoe altholz.

Photographed by Evrett Paist Styled by Soojin Ock


VENUS OF LOVE swimsuit, model owns; accessories stylist own.

APOLLO SHINES swimsuits, models own; accessories models & stylist own.

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GODDESS GAZE

swimsuits, models own; accessories, models & stylist own.

MOUNT OLYMPUS swimsuits, models own; accessories models & stylist own.

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LEMON HEAD

Old fashion Candy Buttons. BEAUTY ARTISTS: FRANCESCA RIZZO & ELIZABETH OSTICK.

SUCKER PUNCH Classic lollipop. Model: Bernadette Sy. opposite page: Model: Angelina Calin.

charge your look with sweet bursts of color, from neon blue to hot pink.

E P A C S E T E E SW Photographed by Evrett Paist.

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SOUR POWER

HARD CANDY Strawberry rock candy. Model: Elaine Vega.

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casey sears CLASS 2011 MAJOR “Neuroscience and Women’s Studies.” POST-GRAD “I’m going to teach high school Biology through Teach American, Indianapolis.” ADMIRE “Joe Quinn. He’s always up for an adventure, and I mean adventure because every day with Joe is something completely new.”

joe boselovic CLASS 2011 MAJOR “English; I’ve always been

RES LIFE “It’s been a good chance to get my life organized and prepare myself for greater leadership. As a Head Resident, I like developing the close relationships with the RAs on my staff.”

Photographed by Pocket Yiqing Sun

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Photographed by Evrett Paist

STAPLE “Cardigans. They’re good for every weather [condition]. And Converse; every guy should own a pair of Chucks. I own twelve pair, my favorite being a white pair with the four horsemen of the apocalypse sketched on the sides.”

into books and words, I guess.” POST-GRAD “I’m going to grad school most likely at UPenn, or University of Wisconsin for education.” ADMIRE “My friends, or Jamel Donnor—Professor Jamel Donnor, who is in the School of Education.”

FILM CLUB “ I started the Art House Film Club because I found it terribly odd that any college wouldn’t have any sort of real organization for watching more artistic films. I put it together in hopes that it would appeal to a broad group of people on campus who were also interested in watching and talking about film.” STAPLE “A nice, crisp shirt and a good pair of jeans. I’m not into being too flashy; it’s all about the presentation if you want to get yourself correct."

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