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Jayplay LIFE. AND HOW TO HAVE ONE.

February 9, 2012

suite success

BMX LIFERS street, vert, dirt and flatland racers tell all

how going potluck led to a lifetime friendship

the sweet and sour lemonheads: Q&A with musician evan dando


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{From the Editor }

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ayplay has gone edgy! Within these pages you’ll see a diverse mix of KU student lifestyles and interests, like thrill-seeking BMX riders, an erratic yet resilient rock n’ roller, spicy Valentine’s Day sex positions, and young people using their techno-savviness for… online dating? Yep. It’s not just for TV dinnereating, 50-somethings anymore. Plus, there’s your two extroverted, edgy editors who ooze sarcasm and love colorful speech. Who knows, by next week you might be reading about how I got a tattoo (again) and eloped in Vegas over

the weekend, and Nadia had a change of heart and moved to Spain to be a painter and sent her editor’s note from Barcelona on a canvas with acrylics. Okay, so I’m exaggerating. But we’re still really excited about the new look and tone of Jayplay this semester and hope that these changes have intrigued you, our readers, too. I firmly believe that taking risks and challenging myself is the only way to truly grow and improve, and that goes for Jayplay too. Check out page 9 for Chris Neal’s feature “A Two Wheeled World: The Life of A BMXer” to read about riders who take huge risks and challenge the laws of gravity. Sometimes they pull off jawdropping stunts, and sometimes, well, they don’t. Jayplay is going for big air this spring too, and sometimes we might biff it. But I guarantee we’ll always get back on the bike.

What’s hot this week thursday FEb. 9 What: bob marley tribute When: 10 PM Where: jazzhaus, 926 Massachusetts st. Why you care: because they be jammin’.

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What: love/hate story slam When: 7 PM Where: lawrence arts center, 940 new hampshire Why you care: telling your story about love or

hate to a room of strangers could be the cathartic release you were looking for.

saturday feb. 11 What: men’s basketball vs. oklahoma st. When: 3 pm Where: allen fieldhouse Why you care: you’re a jayhawk, and this is

what we do.

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sunday feb. 12 What: moe. When: 7 pm Where: liberty hall, 644 massachusetts st. Why you care: this progressive rock band has already produced 17 albums. check em’ out.

monday feb. 13 What: chamber ensemble of the shanghai chinese orchestra

When: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Where: lied center Why you care: chinese folk music has a

nice ring to it, doesn’t it? photo by brent disney

All in the family EDITOR sss NADIA IMAFIDON ASSOCIATE EDITOR sss LINDSEY DEITER DESIGNERS sss EMILY GRIGONE, ALLIE WELCH LOVE sss SASHA LUND, ALIZA CHUDNOW, RACHEL SCHWARTZ SCHOOL sss ALLISON BOND, MEGAN HINMAN CAMPUS + TOWN sss KELSEA ECKENROTH, JOHN GARFIELD, BRITTNEY HAYNES ENTERTAINMENT sss KELSEY CIPOLLA, RACHEL SCHULTZ, ALEX TRETBAR PLAY sss SARA SNEATH, RACHEL CHEON, LAUREN SHELLY CONTRIBUTORS sss Michelle Macbain, landon mcdonald, LIZZie MARX CREATIVE CONSULTANT sss CAROL HOLSTEAD 02 09 12

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table of contents

hook up: Spice up your Valentine’s day with these new moves.

love: Spend your Saturday nights looking for love from the comfort of your couch.

entertainment: William Elliot Whitmore retraces roots in Kansas.

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campus & town: Here’s a tip: Servers are students, too.

play: The modern day tea party.

personal essay: Going potluck— the lucky draw. Cover: Pro BMXer Terry Adams

photo by chris bronson

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LOVE

Dating Tip:

The Hookup

Andrew Feigenbaum and // Aliza Chudnow Andrea Mauzy

Chocolate Kiss - Anal

Michelle MacBain, Kansas City, is a graduate student in Communication Studies. She studied Psychology and Human Sexuality at KU and the University of Amsterdam.

I love love! Even though some of you may regard Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday,” remember that love is not only shared between romantic partners, but between you and anyone in your life that is lucky enough to have your love. This year, instead of dismissing the day as commercial, remind those closest to you of the love you have and share. Take the day to feel love and celebrate a romantic partner, friend, family member, or cherished pet. Remember that love is shared and experienced in many different ways — find your own way to tell those you love, “I love you!” Now, for those of you looking to experience something new with a romantic partner, here are a few new sex positions in the popular holiday sex position series.

Cupid’s Arrow

In this standing missionary position, both partners face each other and the receiver lifts and places one leg around the giver’s hip; the giver supporting the receiver’s leg by holding the thigh. If the receiver is very flexible, try raising the leg and placing it onto the giver’s shoulder. The giver can then bend and flex his/her legs to penetrate the receiver. Aim for the bullseye!

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The giver kneels on the bed or floor, resting his/her bottom on his/her heels. The receiver kneels in front, placing his/ her knees slightly in front or on either side of the giver. This position allows the giving partner access to kiss, touch, and caress the receiver’s body, while allowing the receiver the closeness not often experienced with other rear entry positions. Don’t forget to keep your favorite lubrication within reach!

Rose Bud - Cunnilingus

The receiver lays on her side. The giver lays on his/her side perpendicular to the receiver with his/her head between her thighs - head facing towards the vagina, not the anus. In this position, the receiver has control of her hips and level of oral penetration, allowing for either softer or more aggressive stimulation. The giver can stimulate himself/herself with the free hands, or use them to explore the receiver’s body.

Pop the Champagne - Fellatio

The receiver kneels on all fours and the giver lays further down the bed with their head between the receiver’s knees. The giver performs oral and can use their mouth and hands to caress and explore their partner’s whole body, stimulating the scrotum and anus. The receiver can dip and raise their hips to carefully thrust in and out of the giver’s mouth. Wellendowed men and those with a sensitive gag reflex will benefit from taking this one slow.

Email your questions to michelle@michellemacbain.com

The minute Andrew Feigenbaum saw Andrea Mauzy, he immediately thought she was cute. A mutual friend thought the two would instantly hit it off, so when they were introduced to each other at Andrew’s fraternity house at the beginning of the fall semester, sparks flew. “When we first met we were definitely flirting back and forth,” Andrew, a junior says. “It was really, really nice, nothing felt forced at all.” After spending time during the day hanging out at one another’s houses or driving around town, going on late night food runs to McDonalds, the two decided to take their relationship to the next level and be exclusive. But not before Andrew revealed to Andrea that he would be studying abroad this spring semester. “He told me he was studying abroad in Japan and I just kind of went with it,” says Andrea, a junior from Kansas City. “That was at the beginning when we first met, but I soon started to like him so I didn’t really care anymore.” The night before the two parted ways, Andrew cooked Andrea a homemade meal— macaroni and cheese— and they watched one of her favorite movies, Little Rascals. Although this was the last night they would be physically together for eight months, they both were determined to make their relationship work no matter how far apart they were from one another.

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Dating Tip: Keep in touch by whatever means possible, and always be patient with your partner. It has been a month and a half since Andrea and Andrew have been in the same room, ate a meal together or cuddled on a couch, but thanks to Skype, they are still able to not only talk, but see each other every day. The two are constantly communicating, whether it’s texting about their days or saying ‘sweet dreams’ over Skype at night, proving that even the distance can’t seem to stop them from flourishing as a couple. Being apart has really taught them how to be patient with one another. “When you are away, you have your own separate lives,” Andrew says. “Until I leave for Japan in April, I am with my family in Boca Raton, Fla. and Andrea has class, so we have to be really patient and really flexible with each other.” While the couple is adjusting to being states apart, they will soon have another barrier to cross; being half-way around the world from one another. When that time comes, they will continue to manage their relationship in stride, and prove to themselves that although they miss each other, they can still make it work. As history has proved time and time again, distance makes the heart grow fonder.


LOVE

Virtual Romance

How to meet your soul mate without getting out of your pajamas. // Sasha Lund

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MORGAN LAFORGE

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t’s becoming increasingly common for college students to meet dozens of eligible partners without even leaving their couch. One in ten American internet-using adults have used online dating, according to Pew Internet and American Life Project, with the youngest age group of 18-29 year-olds being the most common online daters. One KU student using Plentyoffish.com, who goes by the username Hawrk, has been experimenting with several online dating websites. “It’s just a different way to meet people,” Hawrk says. “I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to find yet, but it’s a way to see what’s out there.” Students who use the internet to find love are becoming more common, says Julie Spira, an online dating expert and author of “The Perils of Cyber Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking For Love Online.” “You’re busy, you’re on your computer, you’re on your smart phone, so you’re much more technologically attached. With online dating, you meet people you may never have met in your normal routine.” Dennis Dailey, retired Professor of Social Welfare, explained that online

dating is just a new, tech-friendly form of making connections with people. “From my own perspective, all it represents is creative young people using available mechanisms. Before bars, it was church socials. Before socials, it was arranged by parents.”

“With online dating, you meet people you may never have met in your normal routine.” With the growing trend of students using these methods, many websites have been set up that are specifically targeted at college students. Spira recommends websites like DateMySchool.com because of its specialized tools used to help students meet people they might not otherwise meet. “I think that it’s a great site because it allows you to meet people in a different curriculum, or someone studying the same thing at another school. Sites like that are going to increase social dating,” says Spira. DateMySchool.com is unique

to the social dating scene because it requires a university email address before joining, to ensure only students and alumni can utilize the service. Spira says that once a student has decided to try online dating, they must be aware of the strategies that can be used to increase the chances of meeting someone they’re compatible with. She compares using online dating services to finding a dream job. “Look at your personal life the same way as a job. There’s going to be some rejection.” To make the process easier, Spira suggests that someone expect it to take six months. She recommends allotting a certain amount of time each day into searching for people you might be interested in. While online dating is becoming a fast trend within universities, experts are encouraging online daters to use caution when selecting potential partners. “Online dating safety is a very big hot button issue for me. There are a lot of stories about people being assaulted so it’s important to not feel as if you’re in a relationship with someone you’ve never met, you just know them from behind the keyboard,” says Spira. Dailey cautions students who use “hook-up sites,” websites that are used for the sole purpose of finding a partner to have casual sex with. “You don’t get as much information on the spot, but it’s not that much different than hooking up with someone at a frat party or a bar. There’s dangerousness in all of that.” The risks of online dating is one reason many students have yet to jump on the internet dating bandwagon. Some students feel that they can’t know who they are really talking to when meeting someone over the internet. “Online dating is super creepy,” says Kayci Vickers, a senior from Eudora. “There’s no way to know who’s actually on the other end. You might think you’re talking to a 22-yearold stud when it’s actually a 45-year-old sex offender.” Dating online may not be the most popular way to get a date, but Dennis Dailey, retired Professor of Social Welfare, says he doesn’t think it’s going away. “Technology is here to stay. It’s one way people can do it, and some people might find that better than going to a bar.”

Staying safe when dating online Julie Spira, online dating expert and author of “The Perils of Cyber Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking For Love Online,” offers these tips to keep students safe when meeting people over the internet. Don’t talk to people without a photo posted. These are most likely the people who are either dangerous or already in a relationship. Don’t give out your personal information. Keep information such as last name, address and phone number for after you meet. When you’re taking your relationship from online to offline, make sure you feel comfortable at all times. If you start to feel uncomfortable, tell them you have a meeting and leave right away. Meet in a public place, and let a friend know where you’re meeting. Text a friend, and let them know that your date is going well. If it’s not, tell them you’re going to leave.

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Celebrity Dish:

band, The Queers. I went on more tours in high school including ones with Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger. I’ve always been obsessed with music. My parents told me that when I was a toddler, I would sit in front of MTV & tap away to the beat of the music.

Thomas Becker

// Rachel Schwartz

Thomas Becker is the guitarist in the Kansas City, Mo., band The Beautiful Bodies. The band has been together for about seven years, but he joined the band two summers ago. The Beautiful Bodies are a mix of punk, indie, dance and pop music. Becker says they just took their favorite musical interests and “shook them up.” They’ve been compared to a mix between the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and No Doubt.

Thomas Decker on far right.

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HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN MUSIC? Yes, I’ve played music almost all of my life. My first tour was when I was 15 with my high school band called The Breakups, with a punk daily

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WHAT SHOULD WE LOOK FOR NEXT FROM THE BEAUTIFUL BODIES? We are going to Los Angeles to record an album in a month, so we are doing a KickStarter to help raise money for that. People can go online to pledge money and get a variety of prizes depending on how much they pledge, including the opportunity to come do guest backup vocals in LA. We are having a KickStarter party/concert at the Riot Room in Kansas City, Mo., on February 25, which I’m excited about. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DATING IN SCHOOL AND DATING IN A BAND? If you’re on tour all of the time, it’s so up and down; you get to see someone for a long time then not at all. But if you’re in school and around that person all of the time, you don’t get that escape. There are benefits to being on tour, but it’s definitely harder. Dating normally can be a pain in the butt.

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE NOTEBOOK? Yes, I saw it in theaters with my ex-girlfriend. I was bawling. Anyone who has seen The Notebook and didn’t cry, I don’t think you could trust them. They could end up being a serial killer one day. That’s my advice. Way less cheesy than my other advice.

// Aliza Chudnow

Ibrahim Berro Hometown: Memphis, Tenn. Year: Sophomore Interested In: Women Major: Double MajorHistory and Political Science Describe your perfect date night. A formal dinner of French cuisine where I will be wearing a tux, followed by a stroll around a European city I’ve never been to before. Who is your celeb crush? Rachel McAdams Major turn ons? Girls that can carry a conversation. Girls that are in shape, and up-to-date on current events. Sports fans are preferable. Major turn offs? Picky eaters, blonde moments and lazy people. What’s your favorite romantic movie? I love romantic movies. The Notebook is my favorite because Rachel McAdams is in it. Ryan Gosling inspired me to grow a beard like his... it’s just a damn good movie.

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DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS? It sounds cheesy but look for someone who makes you happy. You should find someone who is compatible to you. If you figure out you are an independent spirit, it is probably good to find someone with a compatible spirit. I feel like I’m quoting someone from The Notebook…

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IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN IN A RELATIONSHIP WHILE ON TOUR, HOW HARD IS IT TO MAINTAIN THE RELATIONSHIP? A lot of musicians have the tendency to pretend they are rock stars and “what happens on the road, stays on the road.” They cheat a lot. I’ve never done that; I think it’s totally inappropriate. When you’re on tour, you need to have a lot of trust in the relationship. It wasn’t easy with me being gone so much. They needed more, which was hard to give.

Boxers or Briefs? Commando.

Favorite song to workout to? Any southern rap songs. The best dating advice someone’s ever given you? If you need to get out of there, tell her you forgot your wallet and call me. Drink of choice? Beer, but if I’m feeling classy I’ll go with a gin and tonic. Worst date experience? I called the girl by the wrong name. I mean, we were just hanging out and it was the beginning of a courtship. I called her by my ex-girlfriends name. What is your best feature? I’ve been told my eyes and also my chill-topull ratio. If you could have any superpower what would it be? I would like to be like Magneto, but instead of metal I’d like to attract plastic.


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Survival Skills:

TOMS Campus Club

Is studying in groups better?

TOMS seeks to raise awareness on campus for people across the world without shoes. //allison bond

//allison bond

It is not always about how much you study but how you ace the test.

“I like to study by myself,” says Kelsey Anderson, a junior from Joplin, Mo., who mostly studies at home. “I get too easily distracted, otherwise. If other people are talking, I’ll start listening to them and stop what I’m doing.” It seems every college student has their preference on how they best study. Whether it’s at home or in the library, students know what study locations work best for them. But I’ve always wondered: Is it better to study in groups or alone? Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed, a KU professor in the psychology department, says we don’t know yet which is best, and there is little to guide us in terms of research. “Studying effectiveness has quite a bit to do with what students actually spend their time doing while studying,” Dr. DiGennaro Reed says. Staying focused on studying and using good notes to review are some ways she thinks would help with studying habits. Shaun Jiang, a senior from Quingdao, China, says that by studying in a group, “we can communicate together and answer questions we have. It helps that we can share ideas.” A study conducted by Arkansas State University claims to show that there is no direct relationship between the amount of study time and academic performance success, but rather how effectively the time is spent on studying that influences better academic performance. It seems group versus individual studying is a preference students have to individually make. Some students prefer incorporating both into their study routines. Sammy Engelson, a sophomore from Plano, Texas says, “I like small groups of two to three people. That way if I need to study by myself I can but if I have questions I have people that can help.” Whether studying with friends or alone, good study habits are a definite must for good academic performance.

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Duke University offers tips on how to create an effective study group: Have 3 to 4 members (no more than 5 max). Meet at least once a week. Make a serious commitment to show up and to do the required preparation prior to any group meeting. Choose a group leader/facilitator to keep the group on track and on task within each session.

Julia Miggins wants to be part of something special when she graduates college with her business degree in May. She realized, however, that she didn’t have to wait until then to make a difference. Julia found TOMS Campus Clubs while searching online for job opportunities with TOMS shoes. “I started looking at it and said ‘Whoa. This is a big deal,’” says Miggins, a senior from Tulsa Okla. and president of KU’s TOMS Campus Club. “I was surprised that Lawrence didn’t have a group like this already.” TOMS Campus Club, Lawrence edition, started just this semester, when the club had its first meeting to decide which events the group wanted to participate in. “One day without shoes” was an event that created buzz talk. Planned for April 10, the event invites partcipants to walk shoeless through Lawrence, along with more than 1,000 other groups in 25 countries that will be doing the same. “Wherever you are in the world, you walk around barefoot for some part of the day and when people ask you “Why are you barefoot?” you tell them a little about the movement. We want to challenge people to see what it would be like for someone else who doesn’t have shoes,” Julia says. Students involved in the club are excited about the opportunity to raise awareness for others. “I like how TOMS company is not just about making money but also about helping others and helping third world countries,” says Paige Gramlich, a senior from Prairie Village, Kan., and treasurer of the group. For more information to get involved in this new campus group contact Juila Miggins at jmiggs@ku.edu.

Better Options for Bad Situations:

Dandruff

//megan hinman

Keeping the snow out of your hair, winter weather or not.

This winter hasn’t been brutal, but that doesn’t mean you’re safe from one of it’s woes— dandruff. Or, at least, those flakes you find on your scalp that we call dandruff. Actual dandruff, or seborrhea, is a slightly different condition with extra treatments, such as medicated shampoo and conditioner. So what’s the flaky stuff? It’s dry skin, says Jim Grimes, owner of Headmasters Salon at 809 Vermont. But since it’s on your head, the treatment is different than that of regular dry skin. Step 1: Don’t wash your hair so often. “When the external environment actually adheres to your hair, it’s important to wash,” Grimes says. But usually, you can just rinse away the residue from the day. Step 2: Use cooler water when you wash your hair. People tend to dry their hair out because they wash it every day with water that’s too hot. Step 3: When you do wash, use less shampoo. A pea-sized drop will do. Step 4: Lather up the shampoo in your hands, then apply the foam at the scalp. Scrub it in with your fingertips instead of just pushing the soap around with your palms. Michelle Tucker, a junior from Wichita, says her dandruff is manageable, though gross.“I think it helps if you just try to keep your scalp clean,” she says. If these steps don’t improve your dandruff, or if your flakes are more thick and scaly, you may have seborrhea, which is a common form of the skin condition eczema. If so, a prescription-strength shampoo may help, so talk to your doctor.

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entertainment

Iowa songwriter returns

to his Lawrence roots

//alex tretbar

William Elliott Whitmore recalls his musical coming of age and his old ties to Kansas

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William Elliott Whitemore performs tomorrow night at the Granada with longstanding Kansas friends from local band Horse Weapons and Denver act Me For Radness

He’s an accomplished musician who’s toured with Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), City and Colour, Murder By Death and Converge. His last couple records were released on ANTI-, a label that has put out albums by Spoon, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Nick Cave and Tom Waits, among many others. William Elliott Whitmore is nearly a household name in the indie music world, and his rise to success has traces through Kansas. Whitmore has lived his entire life on a family farm in southeastern Iowa, but he considers Lawrence and Wichita integral to his transformation into a skilled touring musician. He performs tomorrow night at the Granada, with some of the same people who influenced him during his early years on the road. Whitmore spent his childhood learning

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banjo from his grandfathers and listening to his parents’ Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Charlie Pride records. Along with a wide variety of soul singers, these artists deeply influenced Whitmore’s early songwriting years and helped guide his style into a stripped down blend of folk, country and blues ­—with a dash of punk. At 18, Whitmore ventured into Iowa City to play small gigs and check out DIY punk shows. These were cheap or free all-ages shows in simple, unorthodox locations, organized with the unspoken mentality that even you, the audience member, could “do it yourself.” It didn’t take money, a promoter, or an expensive venue to put on a concert. Whitmore eventually encountered the hardcore punk/screamo band Ten Grand, an in-

tensely adored group within certain circles in Iowa City and Wichita. “I had my toes in the water, but Ten Grand really showed me how to go about it in a semi-professional way and really attack it,” Whitmore says. Whitmore started joining the band on tours, often playing in Lawrence and Wichita, where Ten Grand frontman Matt Davis’ parents lived. It was on these tours that Whitmore began writing more serious songs about the natural tranquility of farm life— he alternates between touring and country living in Iowa. Ten Grand let him play before each show, travelling as a semi-roadie. Whitmore met people throughout the country that proved helpful years later. Matt’s younger brother Dan (of Lawrence bands Living Ghost and Horse Weapons) grew up in Wichita and eventually became a prominent figure in Wichita’s independent music community. He first met Whitmore when travelling to Lawrence to see him open for The Vidablue. Ten Grand formed as The Vidablue, but in 2001 sold the name to Phish’s Page McConnell for $10,000, hence the new moniker. Eventually Dan formed the indiepunk group Ricky Fitts with three fellow Wichitans. Ricky Fitts gained a following in Wichita similar to Ten Grand’s devoted fanbase, and even toured extensively with Whitmore, just as Ten Grand had. Ricky Fitts guitarist Casey Loren first met Whitmore in 2002 when the group played with both Ten Grand and Whitmore in Wichita. “It was a really different time in a lot of ways,” Loren says. “My exposure to those

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people is what shaped how I feel about so many different things. It could never be duplicated, how magical that situation was.” Loren now performs as Me For Radness — a clever inversion of “Reefer Madness.” He’ll join Whitmore tomorrow at the Granada as the opening act. Loren, who lives in Denver, loops hip-hop beats, sings and plays guitar and live mandolin, though his recordings include keyboards and bass. He also collaborates with rappers Antimosity and Yours Truly. Dan will perform tomorrow with the heavy psychedelic four-piece Horse Weapons, singing and playing guitar. Matt Davis suffered a seizure and died unexpectedly in late 2003, and Ten Grand broke up. Matt’s death was emotionally crushing and a definite turning point in Whitmore’s musical career. “He passed away right before my first record came out, Hymns for the Hopeless, and I started touring alone,” Whitmore said. “I missed those guys. But I had lots of friends in different towns that I’d gotten to know through touring, and I haven’t stopped doing it since.” So if you catch Whitmore, Davis and Loren tomorrow night at the Granada, you’ll bear witness to a longstanding musical friendship. Whitmore admits that, for him, it all began with Ten Grand, Ricky Fitts, Iowa City and Kansas. “Ever since I was old enough to get my hands around the neck of a guitar I was trying to learn chords,” Whitmore nostalgically recalls. “Years went by, I got to know the guys from Ten Grand, and I jumped in the van with them— and then the rest… just went on!”


FEATURE

A Two Wheeled World The life of a BMXer

// Chris Neal

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magine yourself flying off of a ramp on a bicycle. You kick the frame of the bike out from underneath you and all you have to hold on to is the handle bars. You’re attempting to do what is referred to as a “tail whip.” If you don’t get the bike’s frame back underneath you, expect a lot of pain when you come crashing back to earth. BMX has been a continually growing sport dominated by bikes on twenty inch wheels and mostly male riders since the 1960s. We can see these two-wheeled daredevils doing anything from flying around a dirt track to launching themselves into the air to do a double backflip. But what makes them do it? Is it a way of life, or is it something they do just for the thrill?

Seasoned BMX rider Grant Meisenheimer does a double tailwhip while practicing on the half pipe at the Kansas City indoor skate park.

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Zunwu Zhou, a freshman from Wuhan, China practice his flatland riding at Wescoe Beach.

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the nation, and eventually the structure of the Bikes bikes evolved into something that was more racing efficient. BMX stayed true to its racing heritage until the late 1970s when some riders began doing tricks on their bikes instead of just racing around the dirt track. This soon became the thebranch branchof BMX of BMX known as known as free“freestyle BMX. ” It wasn’t the 1980s style BMX. It wasn’t until until the 1980s that that the freestyle branch split the intodifthe difthe freestyle branch split into

ferent disciplines we have today: street, park, vert, trails, dirt and flatland. Today there are BMXers of all different ages that participate in events nationwide. Tyler Stuart, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been racing on the dirt tracks for about eight years. With over 500 races under his tires, 20 of which were national events, he can finally consider himself to be an avid rider. He says it’s the thrill of

competing against other riders that keeps him on the track. “It’s a place where I can really show my skills as a rider,” Stuart explains. The reasons people become drawn into the sport vary from one person to the next, but for many of the older riders, seeing it on TV got them hooked. Grant Meisenheimer, an 11-year veteran in the Lawrence BMX scene, first saw the sport during an


FEATURE X-Games event on TV and began taking his bike off small jumps when he was 14. When the Lawrence skate park was built the same year, he says he was immediately hooked. For like Anthony Anthony For the younger younger riders, riders like Guerrero, seeing the veterans at the skate park fly through the air was usually what got them riding. “I started going to the skate park, and seeing Grant do fuckin’ tuck no handers (when the rider tucks the handle bars into their lap while in the air, and then releases their hands from the bike) and tail whips in front of me, that’s what really got me going,” Guerrero says. For some riders, going without their bikes would be like trying to walk without their legs. BMX has become a way of life for them, and not being able to ride on two wheels in not an option. “I was married once and that was one reason why we split up,” says Meisenheimer. “She didn’t like me riding as much as I did.” Although some riders can’t live a day without their bike by their sides, there are some who see it as a strictly recreational sport. Rider Zunwu Zhou, a freshman from Wuhan, Wuhan,China, China,sees gotgot into the into thesport sport after seeing it on TV and in magazines. But to him, BMX is only a hobby and his main focus is on his education. Zhou practices flatland BMX, a form of BMX where the rider performs tricks on a flat surface

without the use of jumps or ramps, on occasion at Wescoe Beach. He says that is the best place for him to practice due to the smooth surface that the area provides. Non-Flatland riders have a harder time practicing on campus, however, because jumping off things and Unigrinding rails is frowned upon by the university. While astaking taking Whilehehedoesn’t doesn’tsee seehimself himself his riding to the professional level, Zhou does see BMX as a useful tool in helping him prepare for his future. He says it has taught him how to focus on a task and how to work to accomplish his goals. Damon Mar, a graduate student from Lawrence, also sees his BMX riding as something to do for fun, but he believes that he would not be the same person without BMX in his life. “It has completely shaped who I am,” Mar says. From the clothes he wears, the music he listens to, the people he looks up to, and the things he wishes to do in life, like becoming a mechanical engineer, Damon says he owes all of it to his riding. Mar has been riding for almost 12 years, and has had experience in street, park, dirt, and flatland BMX. The thing that he says his craft has done for him the most is something that can be seen as universal with almost all BMXers. “It sharpens you mentally to have to focus and that can

Riding in a professional worLD

PRO BMXER TERRY ADAMS The BMX spark hit professional BMX flatlander Terry Adams when he was 12 years old. Seeing riders perform tricks on TV and in magazines convinced him to hop on a bike and try them himself. Soon after he decided to try out the BMX scene, the desire to go to the professional level consumed him. BMX is a sport that’s rules are made by the rider, and as a kid, Terry says he had an addictive personality that made the sport fit him like a glove. Flatland BMX caught Terry’s eye when he first saw adults doing it. “It looked like they were floating,” he says. Flatland seemed to be more complicated than other BMX branches, so he decided that he would take the challenge and learn it.

definitely be taken outside of BMX and be put into other things.” Riding BMX has taught Mar many different things, but there is one life lesson that BMX has given him that all riders share since “it “It gives you a certain motivation, a certain determination, and a since sense that if you put your work in you will get something out of it eventually,” Mar says. An understandable statement con-conunderstandable statement when

Eventually, Terry reached the level he is at today and became one of the best flatland riders in the world. He is even the owner of an XGames gold medal for flatland riding that he won while competing in the 2005 X-Games in South Korea. The X-Games is an annual sporting event held in the both the summer and winter for extreme sports like BMX, skateboarding, snowboarding, etc. Even though he now travels all over the world and is sponsored by big name brands like Red Bull, he still feels that being able to ride with his friends is a much better option than competing. For Terry, it feels good to train hard and win, but the feeling isn’t as pure as just having fun while riding around with his friends.

sidering the amount of time riders devote to riding and learning new tricks. Grant Meisenheimer, for example, says he has spent tens of thousands of hours to get to the level he is at now, and all of those hours were spent doing trial and error runs until he accomplishes what he wants. The same goes for riders across all the disciplines of BMX.

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Get some culture Karaoke scares the crap out of me. I’ve played bass live in a band at least a few dozen times and even sung occasionally, but the idea of standing by myself and belting Hall and Oates for a drunken mob sends chills up my spine. If the simple thought of attempting this yourself is nerve-wracking, “It’s Karaoke Time with Sam and Ducky” is your downtown laughter oasis.

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Most people, especially those who have never actually stepped up the plate (me included), envision karaoke as a nightmare of embarrassment, but Sam Gunnerson and Ducky put on an unusually comfortable show each Tuesday night at the Jackpot. Gunnerson, a bartender and performing musician himself (he plays in Jabberjosh, Horse Weapons and Swanson), feels that too many local joints focus solely on the negative aspects of singing solo. “No one wants to be insulted,” Gunnerson says. “Here, even if you can’t carry a tune, you’re still going to be appreciated. If someone has the balls to sing, you gotta give that person praise.” Gunnerson has emceed for Jackpot’s karaoke night for about a year, and Ducky began as co-host about six months ago. The two bring a communal philosophy to the decades-old game (karaoke is a Japanese portmanteau of “empty” and “orchestra”), encouraging and reinforcing simple fun in place of the typical exploitative or humiliating tone. Gunnerson considers his weekly stint a necessary outlet for both him and the night’s regular attendees. “I never thought I’d have anything to do with karaoke,” Gunnerson says. “But now it’s

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“The Grey”

It’s that whole Flintstones kids’ vitamin shit – 60 to 100 strong and growing!’

// Landon mcdonald

Start with Ernest Hemingway’s concept of nature as a macrocosmic mirror for a man at war with himself. Then factor in Cormac McCarthy’s fascination with characters whose wicked lives only achieve release in the instant of their own ugly, passionate demise. Finally, add one royally pissed off ex-Jedi and a pack of ravenous wolves, and you’ll have some idea of the experience awaiting you in Joe Carnahan’s survivalist drama “The Grey.” Equal parts action flick and existential thriller, “The Grey” is far more than just an excuse to watch Liam Neeson sucker punch wolves for two hours. In fact, those going in with the expectation of a popcorn movie may emerge disappointed. Although steeped in geysers of gore and surgically applied tension, “The Grey” is spare and moody where lesser films would have howled for more jumpscares and clumsy humor. Neeson plays Ottway, a sniper in the employ of an oil company stationed in the farthest reaches of the Alaskan tundra. Ottway’s job is to kill any beast that gets too close to the drill site and its workers, a squalid crew of maladapted loners and ex-cons like himself. After an unspecified tragedy involving his wife, he’s spent years making an island of himself, ritualistically preparing for his own death.

This attitude changes quickly, however, after a terrible plane crash leaves himself and seven other survivors stranded deep in the frozen wilderness, pursued by wolves that seem almost supernaturally cunning and cruel. No actor alive can exude world-weary tenacity better than Neeson, and he infuses Ottway with a gruff, wounded grace rarely glimpsed among today’s sorry crop of action stars. And special mention must be made of Greg Nicotero’s special effects team, whose mangy timberwolves gradually come to resemble four-legged angels of death, aberrant evidence of a blind or indifferent God. Yet despite the film’s bleak outlook, the action never lags and the ending manages to feel genuinely triumphant. Here’s the first great movie of 2012.

Final rating: 3 ½ out of 4 stars


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Q&A

with Evan Dando //kelsey cipolla

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Evan Dando started his band The Lemonheads in 1986, creating college radio friendly alternative rock and popular 80s punk records. Over the years, The Lemonheads released more records, including the mainstream breakthrough “We Need to Talk About Ray,” which it has been played Band members have constantly changed over the years, except for Dando, now 44 years old. The band is currently on tour, with Chuck Treece of Bad Brains on drums and Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday on bass. Q: Few artists have found a way to make a band work once original members leave, but you’ve successfully coped with tons of changes while still making records and touring. How have you done it? Well, I started early. I founded The Lemonheads with two high school friends who both were accepted and went to Harvard University. Obviously being in a punk band wasn’t their only goal. Once I realized I could play the drums and the bass, and thus record all by myself, I decided to just keep the name. A big part of the equation was going on tour by myself. The songs still worked that way, so I was off and running. Bands break up and fire drummers often enough that there were always new victims waiting in the wings. Q: Why has the band line-up been so inconsistent over the years? I have no idea why the band has been so volatile. Especially considering what a normal, steady, solid, and un-weird person I am. And I never mess around with other bandmate’s groupies. Q: You’ve been in the industry for a long time. With all of the knowledge you have now, if you could go back and do anything differently, would you? No. Q: Why have you been playing “It’s a Shame About Ray” on this tour, as opposed to some of your other material? I think “Ray “ is our best album. It’s a good trick. An old rocker like myself needs an angle. “Rudderless” and “The Turnpike Down” and “My Drug Buddy” are among my best ever songs . Q: You’ve played in Lawrence before. Any memories of those shows or thoughts on the city? Always love going back to Lawrence. Makes me think about one of my heroes, William Burroughs. The town is cool. I like it. Q: How has your musical style evolved over the years? Well, I started out just praying to the deity of 1977 punk - The Users, The Nosebleeds, The Adverts, The Pagans, The Pistols, etc.- and then I backed off a bit and got interested in melody, nostalgia and slow country. Somewhere in 1987-88 I went through a serious metal phase. Q: What are you listening to now? Meredith Sheldon, The Band, The Beach Boys and that first Specials record, The MC5, Black Flag, and that girl that does the umbrella-ella-ella song.

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Wescoe Wit

What do you know about...

//john garfield

Jazz sounds and perception

I am getting ready to rape this vending machine. - guy 1 Did you just say that? - guy 2 It ate my money. - guy 1

//kelsea eckenroth

Do I want to go to the Hawk? No, I’m not trying to….just no. - girl She was super hot, but like angry-hot, so I don’t know. - guy I feel like I should have gotten an A. You get a pitchfork, I’ll get a torch. - girl I think I love her? - guy 1 Are you serious? - guy 2 She’s got a big ol’ ass. - guy 1 Do you just, like wake up in the morning and think of how you could look like more of a hipster? - girl 1 No, I… - girl 2 Does your sorority allow that? - girl 1 I’m waiting for the day we actually learn something. - guy I drank the Mike’s hard lemonade you left in my fridge. Don’t tell the guys I said this but I thought it was pretty good. - guy

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When you hear the words “weird bodily noises,” what do you think of? I’m sure it’s nothing close to jazz music. Pete Williams is working on a project called “Weird Bodily Noises: Race, Gender, and Alternative Jazz History in Kansas City.” His research focuses on jazz and improvising musicians, artists, and dancers in Kansas City whose performances challenge widespread ideas about race and gender in American society. “I’m not as interested in defining what jazz is and who a jazz musician is, but I am interested in the ways that other people do that, especially musicians,” he says. Williams, a Ph.D candidate and graduate student in the American studies department, was inspired by Kansas Citybased jazz performer Mark Southerland’s band Snuff Jazz when they performed in Lawrence three years ago. He thought Snuff Jazz was interesting and complex. The band stuck out to him because they

were different than the mainstream music he heard around Lawrence. These jazz musicians incorporate music costumes, lights, stage settings, and other aspects of performance that we don’t usually associate with jazz. Williams decided to explore this type of improvised jazz that is spontaneous, interactive, skillful, and often performed in groups. Williams’ research goes deeper than just the technical elements of the music. He is interested in the connection between jazz, race and gender and whether the way jazz musicians move has anything to do with their perceived race or gender. Jazz studies often only focus on the sound of jazz music as if it were abstract, not the physical presence of a musician making the music. As part of his research, he asks musicians what it’s like to play music, asks dancers what it’s like to move on stage with musicians, and also observes the way they do these things.


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Blessing and a Curse: Students in food service speak out about what it’s like from the other side // John Garfield

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eavy homework and odd schedules lead many students to food service in pursuit of a quick, convenient

buck. By constituting both supply and demand in the industry, students as customers are often not unlike those serving them. In spite of this, many students are still bad customers, according to employees. To gain perspective on the issue, I interviewed Brett, a KU grad with line-service experience, Emily, a transfer student and waitress, Daniel, a former Haskell student and delivery driver, and Kara, a KU student with waiting and delivery experience. Given the condition of anonymity, they were able to share candidly without fearing for their jobs. The Industry When I asked Brett if students sympathize with food-service employees, his response was nothing if not depressing: “It was clear that people of all ages and social statuses barely view those in the service industry as people, let alone anything like themselves.” Though he admits frequent exceptions to this, the other interviewees, overall, supported his claim.

Kara explained waiting tables as an inherently humbling experience because many regard it as a lowly occupation that defines the employee. This sentiment she explains as especially frustrating when it comes from student customers. She expresses pride, however, in working her way through school while having to watch other students out having fun. Emily also admits learning a lot about character and integrity from waiting — something she hypothesized the more judgmental folks know little about. Tipping Of all aspects of the employee-customer relationship, tipping is paramount for servers and drivers. Though many believe the burden of compensation to lie on management, most servers and drivers are paid below minimum wage. They instead perform services for the customer, where the customer’s compensation is essential to their jobs. Serving wages amount to an entire $2.13 an hour. Drivers, though paid more in the $4-6/hr. range, have to pay for fuel and frequent maintenance. Though stores often supply delivery fees to reimburse fuel, Daniel explains that customers often mistake this for a tip.

For Emily and Kara, it is obvious that being stiffed does not always mean a customer has malicious intent. Many students, they believe, are not aware that they are supposed to tip because their parents have always paid or because of different customs in their native country. There do, however, exist those who justify not tipping because they cannot afford it. If you ask servers, though, that is tantamount to not having money to eat out or order delivery. Though perhaps a result of not depending on tips, Brett reminds us that there are sympathetic students who are good tippers and that “it isn’t fair to just throw young people and students under the bus.” Intoxication As long as students party, drunkenness will present problems to food service. Surprisingly, the interviewees regarded intoxicated patrons more as wild cards than anything. “Drunk customers go either way,” Emily says, explaining that they are either “super sweet and love you” or “still love you but totally forget to tip.” Brett goes a step further, saying drunks can be entertaining. Emily, as well, acknowledged that, if nothing else, they were good for a laugh. Though Daniel expresses frustration about catering to the wasted, he reports that they are often good tippers in groups, with stoners being his favorite customers. As Kara will tell you, however, coordinating deliveries can be tedious when drunk students attempt to yell over parties without knowing their address, phone number or order. Despite their occasional charm, drunken customers exhibit some nasty tendencies, something Kara knows all too well. At her old job, students would frequently trash the event room with some having actually urinated in the hallways. BreakS Though criticism pervaded the interviews, absence seemed to make hearts grow fonder when it came to school being out. Emily and Kara express that, as servers, their jobs are less stressful when students are gone, but that they ultimately want them back. This condition, however, proved subject to whether the employee’s earnings reflected their tips.

As an hourly line worker, Brett disagreed, proclaiming that “there were nice things about them being in town, but I don’t know anyone who didn’t adore the time you got to catch your breath when they were gone.” For some, however, a much-needed respite is worth the drop-off in business. Though, as a delivery driver, Daniel depended on tips, he readily expresses the scorn he developed working for a big chain: “the tips lacked, but I was sane.”

Tips on tipping Restaurants:

<10% - deplorable service 10% - bad or impolite 15% - alright 20% - good service >25%+ - exceptional

Deliveries: $5 – 20: $2-3 $20 – 50: $3-6 $50-100: $5-10

Note: There are no hard rules. Long meals and long drives deserve special consideration.

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campus & town What it’s like...

to play football for KU as told to Matt Galloway by D.J. Beshears

contrubuted photo from kusports.com

D.J. Beshears is a junior wide receiver for the Kansas football team. On Sept. 10 against Northern Illinois, the Denton, Texas native would make a play he and the crowd at Memorial Stadium would not soon forget. In a wild game with a surplus of offense and a deficit of defense, the Jayhawks trailed late, 38-42. Then the “D.J. drive” happened. Football players rarely get the chance for walk-off wins. In baseball, you can win it in the bottom of the ninth. In basketball, you can hit a late buzzer-beater to seal the victory. It just isn’t as common for position players in

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my sport. But against Northern Illinois earlier this season, I got the chance to score a getahead touchdown on fourth down, with nine seconds left in the game. And it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. I was able to put us in great field position on that last drive with my kickoff return. I got some good blocks, but I also had to make some guys miss on my own. I spun off a tackle and hit the sidelines, and from there, it was off to the races. That’s what I thought, at least. A Northern Illinois player blindsided me and stopped me from scoring the touchdown. Looking back, it was probably better that we were able to drain a lot of time off the clock given the way the game was going, but I wasn’t thinking of that at the time. In the heat of the moment, I was definitely trying to score

right there. We drove down to first and goal fairly easily, but we hit a wall right outside of the Northern Illinois end zone. It got more and more tense in the huddle as we failed to score on the first, second and third downs. Coach called a timeout before fourth down and we had a chance to regroup. Then when the play call came in Jordan Webb, my quarterback, the pressure kind of dropped a bit to be honest. It was a mesh play, and we had run it tons of times in practice that week. It was something we all executed very well. In the huddle, Jordan told the line to get their blocks, and if they could hold the defense off for at least nine seconds, we would score. As it turns out, Jordan only needed three seconds. I was actually his last read on that play. I was dragging along the goal line and

“I fell backwards into the end zone and heard the 50,000 people at Memorial Stadium erupt in cheering.”

the defense was in man coverage. The pass came in kind of wobbly, but I was able to reach forward and grab it at the one yard line. From there, I fell backwards into the end zone and heard the 50,000 people at Memorial Stadium erupt in cheering. I didn’t even need to look at the ref. I knew I’d scored. God was on my side, and he helped me get in there. The referee did confirm it, but they decided to review just to be safe. My wide receivers coach David Beaty actually came up to me on the sidelines. He was praying that I caught it. “D.J., are you sure you caught it?” he asked. “Yeah, I know I got it, coach,” I said. The play was upheld, and our defense held them out of the end zone on their final Hail Mary play. To be honest, it was really Jordan who led us to victory that night. I was just glad to accommodate him. That week, I got props from my teammates, the coaches and even the tutors. No students came up to me on campus and congratulated me, though. Maybe if I was a basketball player they would have. We don’t get that much recognition since we wear helmets.


campus & town 10 things you didn’t know about

The Merc

//kelsea eckenroth

The Community Mercantile Market and Deli, better known as The Merc, is a full service grocery store that sells local, natural and organic foods and products. General manager Rita York provided these 10 things about The Merc, located at 901 Iowa St.

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The Merc was founded in 1974 by Lawrence residents and was originally an organized buying club where people got together to buy bulk foods.

The Merc purchases $1 million worth of products each year from local producers.

75 percent of the produce sold at the Merc is organic.

The Merc partners with its non-profit sister organization, the Community Mercantile Education Foundation (CMEF), for the School Garden Project called “Growing Food, Growing Health.” This project works to bring local food to Lawrence schools.

Its seafood is 100 percent sustainable, with no growth hormones or antibiotics.

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The mural on the outside wall of the Cork and Barrel at 9th and Mississippi streets is left from when The Merc used to occupy that location in 1993. Dave Loewenstein, a local artist, painted the mural.

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The Merc works with more than 200 small local producers within a 200-mile radius of its location.

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The Merc offers cooking, nutrition, and wellness classes taught by professional presenters.

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The Merc almost went out of business in 1993 after Wild Oats opened in Lawrence. The Merc survived because of the relationship and strong ties it has with the community. Wild Oats ended up going out of business instead.

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The Merc is represented as a coop. This means the community owns it and anyone can become an owner or shop there. photo by kelsea eckenroth

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Eat This: Café Beautiful

//Rachel Cheon

A beautiful private dining experience in Lawrence Café Beautiful is a small, reservationonly restaurant located at 730 Massachusetts St. above Tonic. The chef prepares elegant 8-9 course meals consisting of various Japanese and Asian fusion foods, sushi being the specialty. Even though Café Beautiful does not have a sign outside or advertisements anywhere, Café beautiful has been in Lawrence for six years, and reservations for the week of Valentine’s Day are already filled. MinhAnh Pham, junior from Overland Park, went there with her boyfriend Yong Kam, senior from Seoul, South Korea in April last year. “From the dishes, quality, and ambiance, it was the best place to take my boyfriend for his birthday,” says Pham. Melinda Roeder, chef and owner of the restaurant, took it over two months ago, after she got an offer from the founder and previous owner, Chef Suken. She first came to restaurant on a date

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five years ago, then remembers having “the best meal of my life”. As a culinary student, Chef Suken was her mentor for Asian fusion foods, and now as the new owner of the restaurant, she continues the tradition of offering the best private dining experience with the best ingredients and best recipes available. “You are only with the person you bring here. The intimacy, the pace of the night, and the experience is just so special,” Roeder said. She cooks with local poultry and other ingredients from Kansas farmers. She buys fish from fishermen in New York, Seattle, and Honolulu. “I get to talk to the fisherman as he is yelling ‘Hey, what are you pulling up down there?’ to the shipman, and I get to ask him ‘Hey, can I buy one of those?’ and there’s the fish on my doorstep, less than 24 hours in ice,” says Roeder.

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Out & About

//Rachel Cheon

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s inevitable to see couples or would-be couples planning dates. Dates are not always cheap, so I asked students: How often men should pay for dates? “Men are obligated to pay on dates. It’s mens duty. For the most part, if he is taking out a woman on a date, he should pay. But it is nice to have your date pay for the date once in a while.” Rithvik Mogali, freshmen from Overland Park. “If it’s just you two, the man should always pay. If it’s a date in a big group, then you don’t necessarily have to pay.” Arthur Ankeney, junior from Columbia, Mo.

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“It depends. If you guys are just starting to date, I think guys should always pay. If you’ve been dating for a while, it’s okay to split half and half.” Nilam Patel, junior from Rolla, Mo. “I think 100 percent, unless she offers like on his birthday or something. Usually, gentlemen should do it.” Pheonia Griffith, junior from Guyana, South America. “I definitely think on first date, guy should pay. But since we are in college, I’ll give leeway if we are dating.” Emily Paulson, sophomore from Libertyville, Ill.

“I think that on the first date, guys should definitely pay, kind of to impress the girl. But I understand the financial situation, so it’s up to each individuals.” Jessica Leeker, junior from St. Louis.

“I think men should pay like first five dates until more serious relationship is established. Then they can start dividing the expenses.” Marina Guzman, senior from Paraguay. “Men should always be willing to pay and offer, but probably once relationship progresses, it will start to even out.” Josh Harper, graduate student from Ashville, N.C.

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“I think we should all be gentlemen and just pay for our ladies. That’s the least we can do.” Bakary Suso, junior from Gambia.

“Growing up, it’s always been a gentleman thing, but it’s nice to have women pay for a few dates. I think now, three-fourths of the time dates should be paid for by a guy, so that it reminds us that we are in a partnership.” Belal Ndiaye, senior from Senegal.

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Tea Time Would you like a cup of tea? //Rachel Cheon

Forty percent of college students say they endure stress often, and 20 percent say that they are constantly stressed out, according to a 2008 survey by the Associated Press and college TV network mtvU. Some students choose to rely on tea to deal with stress. Going out for tea calms and relaxes them, provides an environment to socialize with friends, and also makes them feel better about their health.

Social Time

While going out for a tea can be a great way to spend time alone, it is also a great way to socialize. Joshua Kim, sophomore from Daejeon, South Korea, does not drink alcohol, but he still makes time to hang out with his friends at coffee houses, where they often get tea together. “It’s nice to hang out with a group of friends while drinking non-alcoholic stuff,” Kim says. It’s less expensive than going out to eat. Tea is available at many coffee houses, and many coffee and tea houses are located near restaurants, which enables students to go socialize more after having meals together. Alex Zhao, junior from Shenzhen, China, goes out to eat several times a week, and always stops for tea after having a meal with friends. “Many American foods are fried, have lots of cheese in them or are greasy. Drinking tea after having them makes my stomach feel better,” Zhao said. She especially enjoys going to House of Cha and Starbucks after eating with friends downtown. Marina Rasuck, a senior from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, says that although she usually drinks tea at night to relax and focus better when writing papers or studying, she also drinks tea to socialize with friends, especially going out to drink bubble tea. “It’s usually with friends. It’s like a chill thing,” Rasuck says.

Relaxation

Tea can help with relaxation and reducing stress. According to a study done by University College London in 2006, teas, especially black teas, reduce the hormone called cortisol. Reducing cortisol helps you sleep better, lose weight and reduce stress. When Joshua Kim gets gloomy, he takes his laptop to coffee shops and orders tea to reduce his stress. “It pulls me together,” Kim says. He enjoys the variety of warm teas that are available, especially Solomon’s Seal Tea. Alex Klinghoffer, senior from Overland Park, likes to drink sleepytime, peach, and chamomile tea for relaxation as well. “I like drinking tea before bed or when I read because it helps me to relax,” Klinghoffer says.

Health

Teas are relatively cheaper than espresso drinks, are widely available and provide multiple benefits that can help students, such as maintaining healthy weight, healthy skin and providing caffeine. Drinking three cups of green tea a day helps burn fat and reduce appetite because the caffeine and metabolite (called flavonoids) in tea speeds up the rate that your body burns calories, according to research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Emma Leturgez, owner of local teahouse House of Cha, says she sees some students trying to switch from coffee to tea due to health benefits like these. For students who are making the switch from coffee to tea, Leturgez recommends Chai tea. “A good transition would be Chai tea here because Chai and coffee are kind of similar,” Leturgez says.

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photo illustrations by claire howard

Teas to try at various places in Lawrence: Kansas Union

Come to the lobby for teatime hosted by Student Union Activities. There is free tea, fruit punch, and cookies from 3-4p.m. on Thursdays. Starbucks (Various locations) Try a green tea latte. The baristas use green tea powder to create this delicious latte. You can ask for extra powder in the drink if you want a stronger green tea flavor. The green tea latte is not posted on the menu, but Starbucks at 647 Massachusetts St. has it. Java Break (17 East Seventh St.) Try Java Break’s homemade chai. In their menu, it says “we start with our English breakfast tea and slowly simmer it for more than an hour with honey, vanilla, and various spices before adding milk to order.” Definitely sounds more luxurious and better than teabag chai tea. House of Cha (21 West Ninth St.) Emma Leturgez, owner, says that bubble teas are the most popular among KU students who come. “Among them, taro flavor is the most popular. People really like that one,” Leturgez said. For non-bubble teas, try a pot of dark black pu-erh. “It’s also a pretty popular tea because people think it’s something that only we have down here, and it also has a nice earthy flavor,” she says. Brits (929 Massachusetts St.) At Brits, you can buy imports from Britain, including their famous teas. One of their best-selling products is Ahmed Lemon & Lime Black Tea. This tea can be either enjoyed hot or iced.


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The Presidential Suite //amanda gage

Finding a sister in an unlikely place I woke up abruptly and spastically jerked upright after a patchy, in-and-out night’s worth of sleep. The restless type of sleep before a big change. Today was move-in day—I was officially in college. So, I packed up the car and did my best to look presentable as I fought tired eyes by applying more makeup than usual. I had no idea what was about to go down. My mind circled around one thing—my roommate whom I’d never met. My mom lived in Corbin when she attend KU and fondly looks back on memories she made there, so I decided to follow in her footsteps. I knew a few friends from high school would be living there, but I ventured out of my comfort zone when I decided to go potluck and test if I could live with someone I knew nothing about. As a moderately shy girl before college, I would never go up to someone I didn’t know and just begin a conversation. Now I would be living with someone I had never even seen before, so you could imagine my nervousness. Finally after months of waiting, I saw the letter on the kitchen table that would reveal my roommate. As my mom handed it over, my heartbeat quickened and I practically ripped it open. KU Housing welcomes you, blah blah blah—Whitney Tangeman. Out loud and in my head, I repeated her last name a few times in an effort to score the correct pronunciation. I immediately switched gears, hopped a few feet over to the computer and opened Facebook. Yeah, a little creepy, but I didn’t even care. I had been anticipating this

moment for months, so I justified my Facebook stalker status, and there she was. Her big, bright smile and eyes were in sync and her brown hair was wavy and full. The words “so cute” immediately came to mind. Her image marinated in my mind as I wondered what she’d be like. My inability to think straight made the ten—minute drive from my house to Corbin seem like eternity. My mom and I approached the huge line of cars parked up 11th Street and the realness of the situation set in. I quit responding to my mom’s mundane questions reviewing if I had everything and felt my brow line raise up in worry as I watched boys, girls and parents haul mountains of shoes and clothes intertwined with hangers up the hill. We finally made it to the front door. At some point during the blur of the move-in, I spotted Whitney in the lobby. I did a double-take, and sure enough it was her. “Hey, Whitney, right?” were the first words I could blurt out, and when a large smile came across her face my nerves simmered as she responded, “Hey, roommate!” That day we continued to furnish and organize our large room, which we later liked to joke was the “presidential suite” because it was the biggest room on Corbin’s highest floor. Whitney was extremely considerate, and her politeness surpassed anyone I had ever met. I could sense her warmness in her voice and gestures. My overall reaction was relief. Granted, I didn’t know how the rest of the semes-

“Yeah, a little creepy, but I didn’t even care. I had been anitcipating this moment for months...”

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Amanda Gage (left) and Whitney Tangeman (right) dressed up for a night out on the town

ter would turn out at that point, but the vibes I was getting from Whitney were comforting. Whitney and I were alike in that we both were a little shy and very polite, and I could tell that we would get along. I was proud of myself for being confident and open enough to go potluck because it was something that could have potentially left me in a very bad situation and hindered my ability to transition into college and have the great friends that I have now. From move-in on, it was a learning experience. Our lives began to merge together when we conveniently ended up in the same sorority and we were lucky enough to share date parties, chapter events, and freshman outings with our other Kappa sisters together. It really connected us. As our relationship grew, we realized how lucky we were and that we really clicked. We were always considerate of

each other. It was second nature for us to chat about pretty much anything up until we said goodnight each night. We adapted to each other which allowed us to successfully coexist. Going potluck truly made me a more confident person, which allowed me to easily make new friends in college. Pre-Whitney, I was skeptical of change and meeting new people and nervous of how I would handle it because I’ve always been somewhat reserved. Growing up in Lawrence and knowing most of my hometown friends for the majority of my life never really allowed me to branch out and meet new people, and I tended to stick to my friend group and blend in. But I pleasantly surprised myself with this major decision, and a lot of it was because I got Whitney. She opened me up and greatly influenced me to come out of my shell.

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