december 9, 2011
â€œonly the insane equate pain with successâ€?
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Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/21
You will be placed in a moral dilemma this week when two TV channels showing “Who’s the Boss?” re-runs and you’re forced to choose between episodes.
Pisces 2/19 – 3/20 We know you love your dog, but you need to stop spending your food budget on canine cashmere sweaters. Seriously, it’s a dog. Aries 3/21 - 4/19 All the stars and planets are aligned for you this week. Know that drastic haircut you’ve been thinking about? How about that awesome face tattoo? Get them both.
Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 Brace yourself — your brand new iPhone 4S will find its way into the washing machine this week and you will be forced to use your old BlackBerry while you wait for Apple to send you a new one.
Taurus 4/20 - 5/20 Neptune is in line with your creative side this month, so get out that paintbrush and start creating. Better yet, get a little extreme and make that statue of the Virgin Mary out of toenail clippings that you’ve always dreamed of.
Aquarius 1/20 - 2/18 Congratulations. You’ve won a weekend at a fancy penthouse in New York City. And by “fancy penthouse” we mean a seedy one-bedroom with no hot water. And by New York City we mean Compton, N.J.
Gemini 5/21 - 6/20 This might be a good week for you to lay low — apparently that scene you made in front of the Theophilus Tower didn’t rub people the right way, even if your lawyer is trying to play it off as performance art.
mix-tape express yourself
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Musical preference says a lot about who a person is: laid back, peppy, homegrown, secure. Consider that the next time your favorite song comes on. What does it say about you? Here are some songs about expressing yourself. “Who Says” Selena Gomez and the Scene “I’m no beauty queen, I’m just beautiful me, who says, who says you’re not perfect, who says you’re not worth it.” Selena Gomez sings a song meant specifically to get you out of a funk. If you’re having
a bad day and feeling low, this is the perfect song. “Firework” Katy Perry “Baby you’re a firework, come on let you colors burst.” Never be afraid to be yourself. If someone has a problem with who you are, they’re not worth having in your life. “Dirt Road Anthem” Jason Aldean It’s that small town lifestyle where everyone knows everyone. It can be hard to be unique in small-town
Cancer 6/21 - 7/22 Love is in the air for you during dead week. Don’t be afraid to tell your crush how you feel with a truly original gift. Although the bouquet of used kitchen utensils might not get the reaction you were hoping for. Leo 7/23 - 8/22 No one appreciates your originality, but keep your chin up. Just because no one here understands your clown make-up or homemade hobohair shoes doesn’t mean you’re not a true individual. Virgo 8/23 - 9/22 Remember, cool people don’t need friends to have a good time. They need sugar pills to have a good time. Libra 9/23-10/22 You’ll start your superhero career early next week when an icicle breaks off the awning outside of Bob’s Place and you suddenly gain the strength and speed of inedible chicken cordon bleu. Scorpio 10/23 - 11/21 You know that feeling you’ve been having, like someone’s watching you? Yeah, that’s a polar bear.
America, but this song proves you can be. “Dust in the Wind” Kansas Dreams are a vital part of who we are. Don’t let them get away from you. “We R Who We R” Ke$ha Yes, she may be the glitter freak, but she knows a thing or two about being herself. “DJ turn it up, it’s about damn time to live it up, I’m so sick of being so serious, it’s makin’ my brain delirious.” “Beautiful Day” Kerli Estonian singer Kerli sings an upbeat song about a beautiful day when the world is turning for you. It’s never too late to make your move.
“Shake it Out” Florence and the Machine Anything gets you down, shake it out. It might be hard to dance with the devil on your back, but get up the strength, shake him off and be you. “Lights” Ellie Goulding Just remember to be strong. “Suddenly I See” KT Tunstall Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out who you are and what you want — when you do, click this track. “Don’t Wanna Be” Gavin Degraw “I don’t wanna be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately. All I have to do is think of me and my peace of mind.” Enough said.
Making a statement with style
His dark purple flannel shirt, dark wash 511s and beeswax desert boots tell a different story. Cowan’s style is simple and down to Earth but never sloppy or careless. “You have to wear something, and you might as well look nice,” Cowan said. Heavy on the classics, his wardrobe favorites include, “Clark Desert boots in beeswax leather, and this (aubergine Woolrich Flannel) shirt ... a violent blue Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County T-shirt and my Levi 511s.” In addition to nailing men’s style, Cowan had a few pieces of advice regarding women’s fashion. “Improperly fitting bras are awful,” Cowan said. “It should only look like you have two boobs. Leggings aren’t pants. Underwear is a must, especially under skirts.” Name: Jeff Kloepher Major: History Year: Sophomore Jeff Kloepher doesn’t let labels stick to him, and describes his personal style as hipster. “Clash of a little bit of everything,” Kloepher said. “Hipster, goth, cyber goth, what-have-you — mainly hipster.” Kloepher said he is “sick of seeing major brand-name clothing — Hollis-
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Senior Douglas Hogan plays pool Monday at the Garden Lounge. Hogan describes his style as portraying “the protagonist of a hyper-real stereotypical, metanarrative.”
nicole lichtenberg rawr Style is a statement of someone who is: Upbeat, outgoing, shy, quirky. The University of Idaho is a fashion runway without high-paid models. Name: Hannah Lynch Major: Graphic design Year: Freshman Hannah Lynch combines comfort and fashion in her cozy, simple style. “I make sure I am comfortable every day, but still put-together,” Lynch said. “I love black, I’m not colorful.” Lynch said she loves sweaters and scarves, but people should not sacrifice
appearance for the sake of comfort. She advises comfort-lovers to avoid looking like they just crawled out of bed by leaving “hoodies, and bell-bottoms and sweats in general” at home. “If you want to be comfortable, wear leggings,” Lynch said. Lynch said her favorite designer is J. Crew and style icon is Rachel Bilson. Her style pet peeve is trend-followers and anything bedazzled. Name: Max Cowan Major: General chemistry, international studies Year: Freshman Max Cowan said he “didn’t know he had personal style.”
3 ter, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle” and wants to see more people wearing their own style. His style icon is his friend Amber, a graduate of the UI. A shopping spree with Kloepher leads to Metro Clothing Company and The Crypt in the Capitol Hill section of Seattle. Name: Max Leu Major: Clothing, textiles and design Year: Freshman Max Leu said his style is “form-fitting, gaudy, themed, costumey (and) wrong.” “I love attention,” Leu said. “Style is an art form. It’s important to present yourself as unique. It’s important to stand out.” Leu said a pair of knee-high boots from a thrift store is his favorite item of his wardrobe. Although Leu usually shops second-hand, he admires the designs of Alexander McQueen. His fashion idol, Lady Gaga, takes every risk she can. “I love how her outfits are always so different,” Leu said. Leu advises an increase in belts and decrease in Ugg boots. His style pet peeve is when girls wear “unattractive silhouettes, like bad baby-doll dresses.” Leu’s style advice to the world: “Dress crazier. Experiment with things.”
Write it out:
Journal keeping as a form of expression, stress relief
melissa flores rawr Journals are everywhere and they’re as different as the people who write in them. They can be pink or leather bound, themed or a forum for free expression, typed or videotaped, hidden under mattresses or posted online for the world to see. They’re called by various names — journals, notebooks, diaries, blogs — and while they’re all different, they share a common bond. Every journal is a place for writers to develop thoughts and concepts, reflect on ideas and work through the creative process. Jeff Jones, a lecturer in the department of English at the University of Idaho, prefers the term notebook and defines them as a comfortable space for capturing thoughts and ideas, and working on aspects of craft. “With many other arts, the idea of practice is embedded — music, dance, theater,” Jones said. “However, with writing, we tend to have the idea that it just takes time, as if all I have to do is sit down and knock out this five-page essay and be done with it. I think that’s not the best way to think about writing. Just like any art form, it requires practice, and a notebook is the best place for that.” He also said it’s important to have a place to explore creative thoughts and write down developing ideas before they’re forgotten. “I’m completely taken with Natalie Goldberg’s defense of free writing — that we all have these lightning-bolt moments, but if we don’t sit down soon afterward and try to capture the energy in the idea, it’ll, poof, be gone,” Jones said. Goldberg also writes about using a journal or notebook to create a free space to let
the mind roam, Jones said, to foster and pursue what Goldberg calls the “wild mind.” He said it can feel dangerous or risky, but a space for complete freedom of thought and expression is necessary, which is why he assigns notebooks in his classroom. “I’ve found them essential,” Jones said. “It’s true, though, that some students don’t take to free writing as readily as others. Everyone’s different, everyone has a different process, but it never hurts to try a new method to generate work.” For some, getting started can be daunting. Sara Ramirez, UI sophomore, said the last time she started a new journal she broke it in by carrying it around with her. “I’d take my journal everywhere and if I saw something that I didn’t like or just wanted to write or I felt inspired, I would just take my journal out and write it down,” Ramirez said. Writing down creative ideas, recording observations and journaling for class aren’t the only reasons students start journals. Erin Nansel, UI freshman, said she started journaling
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because it is an entertaining way to create a document of her present life for the future. “When I was a little kid, my mom bought me a diary, it was a Barbie one,” Nansel said. “A couple of years ago I found it again and I thought what I wrote was funny, and I was like, ‘Wow, why did I do that or why did I say that?’ So I
started up again so in a couple years, or like 10 or 20 years, I can see what I was doing.” Ramirez said she started journaling to capture ideas, and create an outlet for stress. “Once I write them down, I can think more clearly about what’s stressing me and then I can reflect on that and think of possible solutions,”
Ramirez said. Nansel said she also uses her journal to vent about frustration in a positive way. “When I’m really stressed, I’ve noticed that when I write in my journal, I feel better,” Nansel said. “It’s my way of getting my steam out without getting mad or irritated.” It can be difficult to get into the swing of journaling, Nansel said, and the best way to utilize and keep up a journal is to write in it every day, even if it’s only a few sentences. “You just have to do it because it’s easy to not do it,” Nansel said. “You just have to do it, keep doing it and then it becomes a habit and it’s no longer a hassle anymore, it just feels good.” Jones recommends Goldberg’s book “Writing Down the Bones” to anyone interested in keeping a journal or notebook. “It’s utterly inspiring,” Jones said. “If you haven’t kept a notebook before reading this book, you will after.”
Stories we tell Local writers discuss their process
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Scott Janke, owner of Read It Again Inc. and a fantasy literature writer, tends to his store on Second Street in Moscow. Janke said he thinks a lot about how he will organize a story line prior to actually writing.
matt maw rawr Daniel Orozco, associate professor in the University of Idaho English department and published fiction writer, said declaring your intent to be a writer is on par with challenging the gods. “To be a writer is so abstract,” Orozco said. “It’s like an act of hubris to say ‘I want to be a writer’ … I just kind of put one foot in front of the other, basically, and waited to see where it would lead me.” He said he hated writing in school but decided to pursue it in his 30s for reasons that mystify him. He likes to immerse himself in the creation of fictional worlds, and enjoys the problem-solving process of shaping words to dramatic effect. Writing is re-writing, he said, and he loves revising his work. He doesn’t write to
establish an audience or tell the world his message. “I don’t know if I have something to say,” he said. “The audience for my writing is me inside my head. The fact that I’ve found an audience is great, but for me it’s always about puzzling out and solving a narrative problem.” Orozco said he doesn’t like to talk about the business side of writing with his friends, but he will discuss the art of writing with anyone. The only significant competition a writer has is with himself, he said. Associate UI English professor Kim Barnes has published two memoirs and several works of fiction. She said she writes to understand the motives and makeup of existence. People have life stories, she said, and those can be jumbled by pain and loss. “Every day we wake up and tell ourselves the stories
she said. “If you don’t take of our lives,” she said. “But if your time to practice your something disrupts that, we meditation, go to bed Buddhist can fall into chaos. My job is and wake up Buddhist, you to help people make sense of won’t grow (as a Buddhist). It’s their life narratives.” like that for me.” Such disruptions make Tim Rich, Sisters’ Brew cafe the best stories. Barnes said co-owner, writes her second memfor two non-fiction oir, “Hungry for websites about the World,” was a stamps, TV shows kind of tale she’d and old movies, never attempted and was published before, and it was in the fantasy difficult to explore fiction magazine her motives and “Bards and Sages work through the Quarterly” last year. “silence and shame” He said his first of her experiences. “I want to write kim barnes explorations into fantasty literature something that will were through the break your heart and be beautiful,” Barnes said. superhero comic books his father bought for him when “Something that will stay he was a child. The first novel with you because it affected he read, H.G. Wells’ “War of the you deeply.” Worlds,” further cultivated his Barnes said writing is as imaginative interest. He said he much a discipline as anysees each day’s events through thing else. “It’s like any other practice,” the lens of a storyteller.
I want to write something that will break your heart and be beautiful.”
“Just about every experience I have during the day will make me go off somewhere else and start thinking how that could be in a story,” Rich said. “I get into the mood to write thinking about those things, and then just turn them into stories.” This means he never has trouble coming up with ideas, he said. His wife frequently reads and provides feedback on his work. She will be honest without cruelty and read multiple drafts, and he has the freedom to play with ideas. Such a regular, objective perspective is crucial, Rich said, and every writer would benefit from something similar. “You never stop learning how to make a story better,” Rich said. Scott Janke, owner of used bookstore Read It Again, Inc., said he started writing early in his life, with character stories and outlines for games with his friends. He prefers to write fantasy literature for its sense of imaginative mystery, but is also interested in TV and film genres. He said he organizes a lot in his head before he sits down to write, particularly with first sentences. “I will probably write that a hundred different times, while I’m in the shower, while I’m walking the dog, while I’m on the treadmills, whatever it is,” Janke said. Janke said whether writing fantasy entertainment fiction or complex literature that gives insight on humanity, all writing helps hone a writer’s craft. He hopes to have some recognition internationally but has no ambitions of becoming the next Stephen King or Nora Roberts. Whatever he writes, Janke said he enjoys texturing his worlds with details. “When was the last time you looked at a sunset?” he said. “Notice the world around you, and maybe I can make you a world.”
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Tattoo artist Telisa Swan said women tend to want tattoos that are pretty and decorative, while men go for something more grisly. “It’s like men will wear their demands on the outside, something kind of gruesome a lot of the time or death-related, or maybe more warrior-ish,” said Swan, of Swan Family Ink. “Women tend to want to beautify themselves with tattoos and men maybe want to more express themselves with tattoos.” Swan hadn’t intended to be a tattoo artist, it just snowballed into a career after she did her first tattoo in 1993. Swan said she thinks people get tattooed for healing purposes and that she does a lot of memorials, along with religious tattoos. “I love to do portraits,” Swan said. “It’s something that I’m
good at and it really seems to make people happy. A lot of times they’re memorials for something and it helps the person to heal somehow so it makes me feel good.” Swan said people like tattoos because they are a display of exerting control over their bodies. “I get a lot of women and especially those who are getting divorced or something like that,” Swan said. “It’s just like they have this idea of their personal freedom and they can express themselves by getting tattooed. But I’m not exactly sure what makes them so popular, because it’s painful and it also carries social stigma.” The pigment in the ink makes the tattoo permanent, Swan said. A tattoo places particles of pigment in the upper layers of skin
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Political science senior Lindsay Oden shows off his tattoos Thursday in an abandoned lot. Oden got his peace-sign tattoo (not shown) at Untamed Art and his skull tattoo at Falling Moon in Moscow. Oden said he likes tattoos because it allows him to express himself and communicate his personality to those around him.
emotions on your skin — the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. “The particles of pigment are larger than your body can really deal with,” Swan said. “When you get contaminants in your body you process them out through your lymph nodes and out of your body … your body encases the pigment in your skin and kind of makes a protective coating around it and it holds it there to protect your body.” Swan said each client reacts differently to getting tattooed, from being completely stoic, to crying, screaming and cursing, but the reaction when it’s finished is always positive. “As soon as you’re done with needle-to-skin they’re great,” Swan said. “I think they have a residual endorphin high, so a lot of times they forget a lot of their stuff here. They walk out door and they’ve left their jacket and their wallet … There’s some euphoria at the end.” University of Idaho senior Lindsay Oden got his first tattoo when he was 19 and the other when he was 21. He has a skull with flowers growing out it — roots coming out of the mouth and flowers coming out of the eyes — and a peace sign made of an olive tree — one on each arm. “(The skull) symbolizes the afterlife. When I die my body will be returned to the earth where it came from,” Oden said. “And the other is because the most important value that we can all strive for is peace, and the olive tree is an international symbol of peace.” Oden said he likes the visibility of his tattoos. “I think that a tattoo expresses who you are (and) expresses your beliefs,” Oden said. “So I wanted to put it somewhere where people could see it and either interpret as they wanted to or see it and ask me about it.” Melissa Appel’s tattoo is of a shooting star with the circle of fifths from music theory and a line from a musical theater song called “Left Behind” from “Spring Awakening” on the back of her shoulder. “I am synesthetic, I see sound in color — conversations, music,
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English literature senior Rachel Harmon shows off her tattoo in her Moscow apartment Monday. Harmon said she got her tattoo May at Swan Family Ink. The tattoo was inspired by album artwork from the band “of Montreal.” possibly legs tattooed. a little bit, They’re not going to be lot of younger people and she tries natural sounds, and the notes are “For my back I’m thinking able to read it if it’s too small. It’s different colors according to what to talk to them about the stigmas not going to look perfectly straight about a big tree,” Oden said. “I that can come with tattoos. I see when I hear those particular think the tree symbolizes a lot of when you sag somewhere.” “I thought I had a handle on notes,” UI student Appel said. Appel said she is the process of things like strength and dexterity the stigma, but then I got my The song itself , she said, deand perseverance.” arms tattooed, my sleeves, and I’ll designing another tattoo. scribes her drive to be a musical He’s working on an hourglass “(I’m) also trying to figure out be in a checkout line somewhere theater actress and the different with wings for his chest to syma place I can put that,” Appel said. usually in the south (of Idaho) music symbols represent her pas“Originally it was going to be kind bolize mortality. and somebody’s just being so sion for the stage. “We all have to come to of like a flower bracelet and have rude to me, and I can’t figure out The biggest issue Appel faced grips with the fact that we’re the names of my five younger getting her tattoo was money and why,” Swan said. “Then I realize all going to die some day and siblings in there … I may get it on it’s because of my tattoo. People the possible ramifications in her our own personal hourglasses the back of my neck and have a have it in their mind that you’re career of choice. are going to eventually run tropical flower design.” some type of terrible person.” “Studying music and theater out,” Oden said. Oden said his skull tattoo took Swan tells her clients to requires you to be professional,” He said he likes tattoos the longest, but was less painful consider how their skin is goAppel said. “In the theater aspect because they communicate his than he expected. ing to age. you have to be careful where you personality to passers-by. “It’s like getting a flu shot a “They want to write, like whole put tattoos because of costum“It’s almost like literally bunch of times in a row, but evenBible verses on their rib cage in ing, and for me I wanted it to be wearing your heart on your tually you either get used to it or tiny little lettering and you have visible, but I needed to have in sleeve”, Oden said. “It’s like you become numb,” Oden said. to explain to them that over time a place that could be covered in wearing your emotions and Oden said he wants to get the your skin softens,” Swan said. make-up or a costume.” beliefs on your skin.” rest of his arms, chest, back and “Ink’s going to kind of spread out Swan said she interacts with a
Nerds vs. Geeks
What’s the difference between the two?
In 1950, Dr. Seuss’ “If I Ran the Zoo” told the story of Gerald McGrew and his plans if he were to own a zoo that creatures known as Nerds would come from the land of Ka-Troo. The American Heritage Dictionary lists Dr. Seuss as the originator of the word ‘nerd.’ It defines nerd as: “1) A foolish, inept, or unattractive person; and 2) a person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.” And then there is the Renssaleer Polytechnic Institute who claimed “knurd,” (drunk spelled backward) meant people who prefer technical hobbies to socializing. But Rob Gibson, sixth-year marching band member and self-proclaimed nerd and geek, has his own definition. “It’s difficult to define geek or nerd because I use them interchangeably,” Gibson said. “There probably is a definition, but these terms are thrown around so loosely that it seems to be very subjective.” Gibson said the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a nerd is devotion — there is a common goal they are all trying to achieve. That goal, he said, is usually academic. Though Gibson could define what makes up a nerd’s personality, he could not describe physical characteristics. “I’m less interested in what people look like as opposed to who they are because I want to know who they are, because that is the person I am interested in,” Gibson said. “Looks change, but your personality and who you are develop. You’ve got your core and that’s going to remain.” Gibson said he has never seen the stereotypical nerd with glasses and a button up shirt. He believes that movies and television shows use those physical stereotypes to save time. “I think you stick to stereotypes so you can go in and out of scenes in shorter time and people can understand what’s going on by the way they are dressed without saying much,” Gibson said. “You can automatically define them by what they are wearing and certain stereotypes.” Gibson believes that is not true in real life, however. “I’m a nerd and I dress for com-
fort,” he said. “It goes back to the core and personality.” Additionally, Gibson claims he is a geek. “In band, we call ourselves band geeks, which seems to be the social norm regarding most band individuals,” Gibson said. “Society is in agreement with those participating in the band as well as those not participating in the band that we are bank geeks.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines geek as “1) a person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy; and 2) a person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.” It also defined geek as a carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts. Gibson said “band geeks” are passionate and love music. “We are all spirited, and we don’t really apply to the social norm and we aren’t out here to be cool or to impress people,” Gibson said. “We are here because we want to be here and we are confident with who are.” Gibson said he doesn’t apply stereotypes completely because their accuracy is limited. He said there is a threshold. “If you are talking to someone out on the street, I am a band geek, but if you are talking to someone on the professional level, I am a member of the Vandal Marching Band and I am very passionate about what I do,” Gibson said. “These are my interests and this is how I display them so it’s a sense of professionalism.” Andy Read, UI student, describes his passion with computers as geeky. Read said both terms — geek and nerd — have negative and positive connotations. “Nerds tend to be the sort of people that want to get deeper into understanding issues than others would,”
Read said. “They want to truly understand how something works.” Geeks are interested in things that others are not interested in and are dedicated to what they like, he said. “They really don’t care that much about what other people think about them,” Read said.
But Read said the common geek and nerd passions are now becoming popular. “I don’t know if now everyone wants to be unique now, but now it seems that a lot of things that were once nerdy or geeky are becoming popular like Star Wars, or gaming among everyone,” Read said. Read said nerdy and geeky trends have become even more mainstream because of the Internet. “Before, only some people could operate a computer due to its difficulty,” Read said. “Now computers are becoming more user-friendly and with the help of the Internet, it seems that everyone can operate a computer — they think of themselves as computer geeks.” It’s always been apparent that nerds are smarter than most people so they’ve accomplished more things, he said. “Now you have these nerds that are famous and everyone wants to be like them,” Read said. “People like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates because of their success.”
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Two is better than one “If (Ashley’s) down about something, I can just feel it. It’s kind of weird how that works,” Lindsey said. “You just develop a bond you won’t find with a lot of people. It’s better to embrace it instead of just hate being a twin. There are a lot of benefits.” Lindsey said she knows twins who absolutely hate each other because growing up people put them in the same identity bubble. “Ashley and I have always had a pretty good relationship probably since we’ve been through so much together — it’s rock solid,” Lindsay said.
“We are so different which is probably why we complement each other well because if you’re too similar you end up hating each other.” The women said they have favorite twin moments every day and are constantly making each other laugh. One year, they spent most of their time away from each other. Ashley said it was really hard for her because she feels she’s more dependent than Lindsey is. “I haven’t had a relationship like this with anyone else and I don’t think I will,” Ashley said.
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Sophomore fraternal twins Ashley (left) and Lindsey Anderson (right) hang Christmas ornaments on a tree in their off campus apartment Monday. The two said they often have uncontrollable laughing fits, making ordering through drive-thrus almost impossible.
Twins talk about similarities, differences and life together molly spencer rawr Growing up as a twin, one never has to worry about lacking a best friend. Pete and Jeff Chambers were told by their mother they wouldn’t ever have to worry about being alone. The two are from Kennewick, Wash., and a family of six. “We have two older brothers that are 9 and 11 years older than us,” Jeff said. “By the time we were in middle school they were off to college, so if one of us wouldn’t have been born, one of us would’ve been pretty much an only child from sixth grade on.” The boys are fraternal University of Idaho seniors, but people often mix them up. “I do enjoy going along with it when I’m called Jeff,” Pete said. “Other times it’s tough to know when it’s appropriate to make fun of somebody versus
just letting it slide.” Recently, a professor could not tell them apart. Pete said he spent the entire class debating whether or not to correct him. Pete said he doesn’t understand why people get them mixed up so often because Jeff is a foot taller than him and is blonde, while Pete is brunette. On Black Friday last year, Pete said he woke up at 4 a.m. to go shopping for a black jacket, and then had to work an eight-hour shift the rest of the day. His brother woke up at noon and also went shopping for a black coat. He ended up getting the jacket that Pete was originally looking for but couldn’t find — the better jacket. The boys said they frequently show up to class wearing the same outfit without even seeing each other ahead of time. “I think having a twin is such a rare thing, it’s not that common,” Jeff said. “Every
now and then it occurs to me ‘whoa, I’m a twin – what are the odds of that.’ And then I wonder what it’s like to not have a twin … I guess I’ll never know.” Ashley and Lindsey Anderson, UI fraternal twins, said their twin relationship resembles that of an old married couple. “We have a lot of ups and downs but more ups for sure. It’s cool to have a best friend,” Ashley said. Growing up, Ashley was the pink girl and Lindsey was the purple girl. Ashley hated pink as a little girl. “I remember (Mom) dressed us in matching clothes but different colors until the age of 12. It was really embarrassing actually,” Lindsey said. “I’m glad those days are over.” Lindsey said being a twin is like having an “Ashley monitor.”
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Music education majors and fraternal twins, Pete and Jeff Chambers, walk through the Administration Lawn to their class in Ridenbaugh Hall Monday. The two said they share a great deal in common and will often unintentionally show up to classes wearing the same clothing.
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Junior diatetics major Anna Hein practices during a ballet class Friday in the Physical Education Building.
kristen koester-smith rawr The point of a toe, line of an arm, and the feeling of soaring through the air, using every muscle perfectly in sync and making it look as
simple as walking. This is ballet, something mostly seen in movies and on stage and that only a few ever feel. Anna Hein, student in an advanced ballet class at the University of Idaho, said bal-
let is a meditative act for her. “You get really in-tune with yourself,” Hein said. “You can really think about the different parts of your body and how they react to each other — kind of what’s holding you all together.”
12.9.11 Every bodily movement and placement in ballet is done with intent, Hein said. Everything has to work together to achieve the perfect look, down to the minute rotation of joints. Veronica Pupava, a dance minor also in an advanced ballet class, said she loves the “law and order” side of dance, the notion that there is a right and a wrong way of doing things. “I like that you have that consistency, and you’re always having to think,” Pupava said. “It kind of makes it so everything else falls away.” Pupava said dance can be peaceful and frustrating. The balance of emotions is what makes dance enjoyable for her though. Mia Song Seshiki, who teaches advanced ballet classes at UI, said dancing and moving are huge stress relievers for her as well. “If I don’t move for a week I get kind of antsy … My husband is like ‘you’ve got to do something because you’re driving me nuts.’ It’s also thinking of the artistic aspect of it,” Seshiki said. “In ballet it’s all about being artistic — so how to make your body an art form and creative.” Hein said she loves the rules of ballet, but it is still an art form. Expression still comes from the dancer, she said, even if they are following all the rules. “You can follow all those rules and be correct, but then there’s that extra that you can give it — that extra oompf of you that makes it yours,” Hein said. Seshiki said the best dancers are those who can follow the rules and are dynamic to watch. “Some people are really good technicians and some people are really good performers — some people are both,” Seshiki said. Seshiki said making ballet look effortless is one of its greatest challenges to dancers. Pupava said she hates that she has to make it look easy while dancing, but
that’s the reason she loves to watch ballet. “Ballet to the audience members seems like a little girl thing,” Pupava said. “But really the reality of it is that you have blisters and bleeding feet, and your teachers are telling you pretend like you have a meat hook in your chest making you stand taller. I’m always jealous of the football players who can make the ugly faces.” Not only do dancers have to follow rules while making it look simple, but different disciplines that have different rules. These methods include Russian, Asian, Vagonova — a type of Russian technique — and Balanchine. Hein said these technical differences are small, but they make a huge difference when they are presented on a stage as a whole. “One of them has your leg going out to second before it comes in to passé. The other one just has your leg going straight to passé. It’s just a bunch of little things, stylistic differences,” Hein said. All the styles approach ballet in different ways, but strive to achieve similar shapes — the longest line, or lifting up the body and working through the feet, Seshiki said. She said she thinks some of the techniques are more body-friendly, while some of them have a “do or die” air about them. “I teach modified Vagonova Russian style … We try to ideally get to a perfect turnout — 180 degree rotation from the hips. The modified, we focus on reaching out or lengthening the body. Old school Russian is a little more dainty, a little bit more delicate,” Seshiki said. Hein said that she wishes people understood that ballet isn’t just a sport, it’s an art. She said it makes her sad that people think of ballet as something that is boring or archaic rather than the ever-evolving beautiful art form it is.
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from page 10 “It’s an art and it should be looked at as an art instead of a sport ... It’s something to be mastered. It’s something that is continuous, that you work on throughout your life,” Hein said. Pupava said people don’t realize how athletic and competitive ballet truly is. She said she feels that people don’t think dancers work very hard, especially at UI. “Maybe we’re not working as much with academics … but you’re working in a different way, athletically. I’ve seen dance injuries (that) are sometimes even worse than the football injuries,” Pupava said. “I think people misconceive how tough it is to be a dancer.” Seshiki said she thinks many people view dancers as anorexic, and that is just not true. Professional dancers have demanding schedules, she said, and if they were feeling weak from not eating, their jobs would be in jeopardy. Despite the challenges and society’s sometimes-dismissive view of ballet, alex aguirre | rawr it continues to be a defining factor in
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the lives of dancers, even if they do it for different reasons. Pupava said she loves to be the center of attention when she is on stage. “I definitely love the spotlight. If I didn’t perform I don’t think it’d be worth it ... it’s the hardest feeling to explain, but it’s the best feeling in the world when you’re up on that stage,” Pupava said. Audiences can tell a lot about dancers when they perform, Pupava said. Hein said although dancing is important internally for her, people can see her love for dance when she performs. “Especially after I took that year off, I had people come up to me and say ‘wow I’ve never seen you so happy before, a part of you came alive,’” she said. Seshiki said when people watch her dance they can tell it comes from her heart. “It’s like ‘this girl, she loves to dance,’” Seshiki said. “It comes from the soul, rather than the methodical thought of ‘oh this step goes to this step, which goes to this music.’ It’s a true passion.”