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March 2, 2012

“we’re watching you”

Hello, hookah, pg. 3 The new lipstick, pg. 4 Kiss ‘n’ tell, pg. 6

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Pisces 2/19 – 3/20 Your relationship with Siri is getting a little out of control. Just because she loved you once doesn’t mean you need to cut off communication with real people.

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Aries 3/21 – 4/19 Guys, taking your girlfriend to see “Think Like A Man” does not mean she will be able to read your mind after. Girls, going to see “Think Like A Man” does not mean you will land a boyfriend with your new “insider knowledge.” Taurus 4/20 - 5/20 Pinterest is just so interesting, but then again, so is real life. Try it.

Gemini 5/21 - 6/20 Your March Madness bracket is gold. You should definitely bet all you have on that. Cancer 6/21 - 7/22 You’ll finally start believing in karma when attacked by a rabid squirrel after you pull a “hit it and quit it” with your roommate.

3.2.12 Libra 9/23 - 10/22 You think it’s cute that you and your new fling look alike … everyone else thinks it’s creepy. Scorpio 10/23 - 11/21 Please brush your teeth before you come to class. We can smell your nap mouth on the other side of the room. Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/21 You can avoid a speeding ticket by convincing the officer you drive when sleep walking.

Leo 7/23 - 8/22 Moscow Mardi Gras is Saturday. Just remember the amount of beads around your neck when you wake up translates perfectly into how much class you don’t have.

Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 You will realize somewhere between your third bowl of ice cream and second Big Mac that the final testing for Vandal Fitness Challenge will probably not be your finest moment.

Virgo 8/23 - 9/22 Just because you think a Nalgene water bottle is unbreakable, doesn’t mean you should try to run over it with your car.

Aquarius 1/20 – 2/18 You might want to put a lock on your cellphone. You don’t want all your obsessive pictures of people’s feet getting out. Awkward.

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With the sun teasing through the clouds and snow, many of us are dying to bust out skirts, shorts and tanks to make way for spring. In the meantime as the snow falls and the wind breaks, let’s heat the remaining lectures and hours of gym with beats to warm up for spring break. Call it the spring break prefunk if you will.

The song is mellow and has a beat too good to leave it alone. Encore deserves an encore.

“Wind Up” (2000F & J Kamata remix) Encore “Should I stay, should I go, I really don’t know.,”

“ADHD” Kendrick Llamar Like most of Llamar’s songs, his beats and words are strikingly

“Falling” Iration Sit on the beach and drink a mojito with the one you love — you might get a kiss in the sun on your next tropical adventure, or at least be able to dream about it.

unique. When vibing to this song, just make sure not to zone out too hard. “I Want to Pass Out” The White Panda A mash up to get you in the mood for break. Seriously, don’t party too hard to this song. It’s a great workout beat to get your sexy on at the Student Recreation Center. “Love” Boom Clap Bachelors Strut to this jam and turn your headphones up a few steps, it’s time to feel as fabulous as you look.

Love, boom, clap. “Send Me on My Way” Rusted Root A blissful tune to prepare for the calm and carefree feeling of weekends and trips ahead. “When I Come Around” Dom Kennedy Get in the zone to this song and forget you were single on Valentine’s Day. “Two Door Cinema Club” (The Twelves remix) Something Good can Work

Sure to put you in a good mood wherever you are. “We’ll be fine” Drake A wind down tune, this song might create some meaning for your more serious side. “Rack City” Tyga For those who want to feel like getting down on the dance floor, this might just be your party beat. Isla Brazzil can be reached at



Ritual relaxation Hookah can provide escape from daily stressors

Sophomore Tom Schultz exhales a cloud of smoke during a hookah smoking session Sunday. Schult said he enjoys the relaxing aspect of smoking hookah.

matt maw rawr Smoking a hookah is the 16th century equivalent of going for beers with friends. University of Idaho junior Blayke Olson said he first started using a hookah — a device used to smoke flavored tobacco through chilled water — when he was 18, as a birthday present from a friend. “It was kind of like what we would nowadays in getting a couple beers with a couple buddies,” Olson said. “I think it’s always been somewhat peaceful and relaxing.” Olson said he first learned about hookahs in an eighth grade history class. He learned about its connection with Hindu culture and its use in conversational groups, where they discuss philosophy. He said his experiences with hookahs have all been pleasurable. “It’s actually a really calming experience. It’s really relaxing,” he said. “That’s mainly what hookah is

for, in my belief.” The hookah’s history can be traced at least five centuries back to India, Turkey, Egypt and other Arab and Middle Eastern regions. The phenomenon has gained favor in the West with hookah experimentation in the 1960s. Hookahs were used to smoke hashish and opium originally, but tobacco mixed with fruit, molasses and honey has become standard in most places. Nicole Tyllas, co-owner of the Wanderer’s Tavern in Moscow (formerly the Umoya hookah lounge), said many factors contribute to the hookah experience. Tobacco can come in different flavors, like strawberry and apple. Replacing water with chocolate milk, juice or wine can alter the flavor and quality of the smoke. The quantity and size of bowls, the shapes of the pipes and hookah bases and characteristics of the hoses and mouthpieces also contribute to

the sensation. The hookah ideal is grounded in tradition and history, Tyllas said, and her experiences with it remind her of the past. “The talking, the conversation, the relaxation that it provides — it sort of reminds me of being around a campfire, in a time before my own,” she said. “It got to something that was very ancient in me, and connected me to my human origin and community origin.” Tyllas said the activity promotes compassion through the sensitivity required when smoking with other people. “It’s more than just having a conversation with other people,” she said. “You have to be aware of their body signals (while) you’re sharing this thing together … I very much enjoyed that. I think that was the most positive thing that I took away from it.” Max Gash, employee at Glassphemy in Pullman, said the culture

is still young in America, and more prominent in cities like Seattle and regions of California and Colorado. He said Glassphemy has had a hand in cultivating it in the Palouse, and he likes that the primarily college-aged users have begun crafting their own hookah context. In a society of achievement and ambition, Gash said hookah could provide some healthy perspective. “We’re locked in this go-go-go, automaton, forward-facing culture, and hookah is about taking time,” Gash said. “It’s circular, and it’s not aggressive. We’re dilating, opening up and slowing down.” Olson said some have used hookahs to smoke illegal drugs, but he doesn’t agree with that. He said shisha tobacco doesn’t build an addictive dependence in people, and he’s never seen anyone behave irresponsibly after smoking it. Tyllas said many of the harmful elements in cigarettes aren’t found in shisha, and the experi-

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ence isn’t any more dangerous than the caffeinated, addictive espresso in lattes. “A lot of the chemicals and additives that cigarette companies put into the cigarette are not found in hookah, and we can show them the tobacco,” she said. “You can see the tobacco strips cut up, and you can see the little pieces of fruit, or the little sticks from the fruit, mixed with the molasses.” Tyllas said she doesn’t know the future of hookah culture in the Palouse, but it has a lot of room to develop. “It’s very young, and there’s a lot of opportunity for growth and creation and definition,” she said. “I would say it’s pretty open, but here in the Palouse, (Umoya) leaned more toward the relaxed atmosphere, and people seemed to enjoy that.” Matt Maw can be reached at

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Nail polish regains popularity as colorful accessory kristen koester-smith rawr Nail polish has become something of an “all the rage” item, with sales of nail polish and other manicure/pedicure items increasing. The sales of these items are up 65 percent since 2008, according to NPD Group, a top-ranked market research firm used by the media and research industries. Nail polish has been around a long time, but there’s been a sudden peak in interest. According to Leonard Lauder, the chairman emeritus of Estee Lauder, nail polish is the new lipstick. Lauder coined the phrase “lipstick index” in 2011 to explain the rise in sales of lipstick in a tough economy. “We have long observed the concept of small luxuries, things that can get you through hard times and good ones. And they become more important during harder times,” Lauder told Time magazine. “The biggest surge in movie attendance came during the 1930s during the (Great) Depression.” Lauder said people, mostly women, are buying nail polish, like they did lipstick, to make a statement instead of buying expensive clothes or accessories.

Amy Rosio, the manager of N.W. Beauty in the Palouse Mall, said nail polish trends are similar to clothing trends. “It’s like how you see the latest and greatest in fashion trends,” Rosio said. “It’s in the magazines, it’s on the runways. It’s the same reason why I’m wearing the Tom’s shoes, anything of that nature.” She said when the brand OPI first came out with its shatter nail polish, it was such a popular trend that the shop had a page long waiting list for people who wanted to purchase from the next shipment. Rosio said the newest trend in nails is the magnetic polish. To use, people paint the nails, then hold a designmagnet above the nail before the polish is dry and the magnet will move the polish into a design. Rosio said sometimes she can tell a lot about a person from their nail polish. Some people are routine and wear the same color or shade all the time, she said, while other customers paint their nails differently from day to day. She said age could also affect the way people do their nails. “I get a lot of older ladies that come in and love some of the newer colors, like the Nicki Minaj collection, but they will not wear it because

they do not feel that its age appropriate,” Rosio said. “I noticed a lot of people will paint their toes something crazier than they would ever paint their fingers because they can hide that.” Danielle Maynard, University of Idaho senior, said the colors she uses to paint her nails sometimes reflect her mood. “If I’m feeling kind of sluggish I might just put a clear polish on,” Maynard said. “If I feel like going out and having fun, then I’ll definitely add some bright colors and maybe do something funky, like one time I put hearts on all of them.” She said she always likes to have a theme for her nails, and her latest theme is “Barbie Pink.” Rosio said she has seen women stand in the polish aisle for 20 minutes trying to decide between colors that are only minutely different. She said there are 101 different ways women can chose nail polish. Maynard said she likes to choose her polishes by the names. “Right now I have Japanese Rose Garden, but I really like names. There’s one by OPI called Nyphette. I love it,” Maynard said. Kelvin Jackson, UI junior,

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Rio Harris, sophomore in public relations, shows off her freshly painted nails in her room in the Kappa Alpha Theta house Monday. “Nail polish is a fun way for me to express my personality. I can make it look any way I want and the color options are endless,” Harris said. She is notorious for matching her outfits to her nail polish.

said he thinks the way a girl does her nails can say something about her. “I think girls who have acrylic care more so about their appearance than a girl who just paints her nails, however I feel like girls without polish at all don’t value their appearance,” Jackson said. Jackson said he takes into account how a girl’s nails look when deciding if he wants to pursue a girl or not as well. “If she doesn’t take care of herself then I can’t ex-

pect her to take care of me or of a relationship,” Jackson said. “So if a girl has nasty nails then I definitely wouldn’t talk to her.” As for himself, Jackson said whenever he is at home he goes to get manicures and pedicures with his mom. He said that some people think its feminine, but he likes to take care of himself. “When you look good, you feel good,” he said. Kristen Koester-Smith can be reached at



Online life (not-so-private) Facebook poses problem for underage drinkers Underage drinking happens, it’s inevitable, but displaying public proof is not the smartest idea. Social networking through sites like Facebook has become the norm. We are posting details about our lives on a daily basis, giving ourselves less and less privacy. Because of this, we might not always have control over the photographs our friends tag us in on Facebook. We can un-tag these molly photos, but no file can be permanently deleted from the cyber abyss. Once something is posted online, that person has lost all control of where the photo or video goes, and who sees it. Just because we are a generation comfortable with displaying our entire lives publicly, shouldn’t make it OK to post law-breaking scenarios for the world to see. This is not to say we shouldn’t have fun. College is supposed to be the best four years of our lives, so making it the best is essential. Just remember that being a generation who relies on technology does mean everyone and anyone could be watching. Our generation is constantly under a microscope. Employers, professors and law enforcement are just a few of the people in our lives who can access. If you don’t think these people are checking your page, think again. When applying for a job, it is not just an application, resume and portfolio employers are looking at — it’s your Facebook profile, too. Facebook is used to verify if

a person’s “private life” coincides with the type of employee the business wants to hire. If employers find unappealing photos, it could hurt the applicant’s chances of being hired. The circle of exposure extends further than the younger generations. Even my grandmother has a Facebook. I’m not sure how often she’s checking up on my page, but I care about her spencer opinions of me. If a police officer finds rawr a photo of someone drinking underage on Facebook it gives the officer hard evidence of that person breaking the law. This could bite a student even harder if they were caught underage drinking, taken to court and had these incriminating Facebook photos used against him or her. So have fun, enjoy your life, just be smart online. Make profiles private so only friends can see photos and status updates, don’t friend people you don’t know and watch what you post and how you are tagged. Some things, no matter how special the memory or how funny the moment, are just not for the public eye. Think before you post. Molly Spencer can be reached at

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While “doing it,” “shacking up” and “knocking boots” are a just a few of the many ways to reference sex actually referencing sex, students have become increasingly open about discussing “the deed.” “I grew up really in Moscow and Pullman,” said University of Idaho sophomore Alycia Rock. “I think it may have had an effect on how I thought about (and) acted toward sex because my schools were small.” High school is a time of many transitions. The academic load increases, the importance of popularity intensifies and those teenage hormones are raging. For many, Rock said, sex isn’t a topic often discussed until the high school years. “I think that larger cities have more of an issue with underage sex, alcohol, drug use, things like that,” Rock said. “That being said ... it wasn’t something I really thought about actively until high school.” College, Rock said, is a place to meet new people and try new activities, and sex is one of them. “It’s interesting for everyone — everyone has something

to contribute, some story to tell,” Rock said. “Especially the girls.” After having “the talk” about sex with her family, her parents set certain boundaries as a guideline for Rock’s behavior. “Oddly though, within groups of girls we talk about sex freely,” Rock said. “Whereas when I talk with boys about sex, they seem to have a lot more questions.” Rock said close family members, despite their having been a support system for many years, aren’t always the easiest to talk to about sex. “I am definitely, and I think most people are, more comfortable talking about it with my friends,” Rock said. “(My friends) haven’t known me my whole life... It’s too weird to think about your family members having sex.” Discussing sex with friends can be easier, Rock said, because one is able to create their own reasoning, thoughts and opinions of sex, instead of being influenced by family ties. “They don’t see me as their child or their sister,” Rock said. “I’m their friend. I’m my own person.” UI sophomore Evan Davies is open to talk about sex, but


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doesn’t see it as an overly important subject in his life. “I don’t usually talk about sex unless it’s with a select group of people, just because it’s something that never comes up,” Davies said. “I don’t make a big deal about sex. It’s not a huge deal in my life, and I guess that’s why I don’t talk about it all the time.” Like Rock, Davis sees how the wide range of personalities within your group of friends can have a strong influence on the conversation and said the gender of your friends can have an even stronger pull. Davies said women are characteristically chatty, gossipy and can even be overly open with their “gal pals,” while men are usually seen as the ones to limit conversation to a few grunts and laughs. “It’s like we have our own little language,” Davies said. “It’s like writing in shorthand, only you talk in shorthand.” These differences in communication styles are an integral part of how sex can be viewed at the college age. “I don’t talk about (sex) with my guy friends ever,” Davies said. “Particularly the ones I grew up in high school with. We would talk about girls, but the actual act of sex — none

of them actually knew at that point still.” Sharon Fritz, a psychologist in the UI Counseling and Testing Center, said there’s a decrease in the differences in how men and women communicate about sex. “It’s becoming less and less of a stereotype,” Fritz said. “Men are tuning in with their emotional and intellectual side, and the gap between men and women, in that sense, is becoming smaller.” Fritz said the media could be both beneficial and detrimental to the generation’s communication. “It can have both effects,” Fritz said. “Being sexual and having those images more present ... gives them information, but they’re exposed to it, desensitized and they don’t understand the significance of (sex).” Fritz said regardless of outside influences sex is something that requires not only trust, but relationship building. “One thing I see with students is a breakdown at the end of a relationship,” Fritz said. “Boys and girls — students can put too much emphasis on the action (of sex), not on the relationship.” Chloe Rambo can be reached at




Snail speed, extreme speed Reckless driving instigates road rage jared montgomery rawr Driving can be a liberating experience when making that first solo trip around the block, but the everyday grind of a commute to work or school can become tedious According to University of Idaho students, drivers have developed habits that contribute to the unpleasantness known as road rage. Patrick Green, a sophomore at the University of Idaho, said in different traffic situations, there are some tendencies that bug him. “The No. 1 thing that annoys me is when people don’t know the rightof-way at an intersection. We all learned that in driver’s ed(ucation),” Green said. “I also hate it when people take too long to park in a parking lot. You can just park farther away and walk

the extra 30 seconds.” These annoyances can happen at the mall or the UI campus, but Green said he also has highway pet peeves. “Another thing is when people are slow coming onto a freeway. That’s just dangerous. I always feel like I’m going to hit somebody,” Green said. “Also, one time, I saw somebody fail to pull to the side for the ambulance, and that almost caused a wreck.” Corey Becia, a graduate student in architecture at UI, said her inside city limits pet peeves include horns and blinkers. “A pet peeve of mine in heavy traffic is when people constantly honk their horns, and it’s clear that you aren’t moving anytime soon,” Becia said. “I also get annoyed when people don’t use their blinkers and slow way down when turning off of a road.” Becia said taking up



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Who is the best superhero around? The debate has raged for years — who is the best superhero out there — and University of Idaho students all have their own answer.

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more than one parking spot is aggravating. “It bothers me when people have trouble parking, because in parking lots, when they park next to you, they kind of overflow into your parking space, which can make getting in and out of your vehicle more difficult,” Becia said. Charles Van Ausdell, an architecture graduate student at UI, said slow traffic in the passing lane is a bad traffic offense. “Some people want

to travel faster on the highway, and they can’t if somebody is in the way,” Van Ausdell said. Van Ausdell said some drivers’ habits have severe negative impacts on road safety. “It’s not safe when people weave in and out of traffic unnecessarily,” Van Ausdell said. “It rarely ever saves you any time, and it puts other people in danger.” Van Ausdell said drivers should avoid eating, talking on the phone and

putting on makeup all at the same time while driving. “I don’t like when people multitask when driving,” Van Ausdell said. “It is reckless and dangerous. There’s no way you focus on the task at hand, and it makes the roads unsafe for everyone else.” Becia has a particular pet peeve when she’s driving on the highway. “It bothers me when people drive 5 or 10 miles per hour under the speed limit and conditions are

totally fine,” Becia said. Becia said while speeding is hazardous, driving too slowly makes cars a road obstruction, which isn’t any safer. Her other complaint with driving on the highway is similar. “It’s annoying when I have cruise control on, and there’s that one person that wants to pass you, and gets right ahead of you, and then goes slower,” Becia said. Jared Montgomery can be reached at

“My favorite superhero is Rogue, (from X-Men) because she’s a badass and she can still manage to live her life and be awesome without being able to touch anybody.”

“Batman. I guess it was the idea that even through he didn’t technically have superpowers. He’s just a normal guy (and) he was able to fight crime ... Batman had to be more clever (in) how he did things.”

Kim Edwards Junior in elementary and special education

Brennan Wright senior in sociology with criminology emphasis

“My favorite superhero is Rorschach, from Watchmen ... He’s superhuman, and he basically gets what he wants through whatever means he sees necessary. He also has a sense of justice within the world that Watchmen is located in.” Jeff Kloepfer Sophomore in history

“Iron Man and Batman. They just seem more realistic. The Batman’s more like human, with all the fancy gadgets and all the fancy cars, and the same thing with Iron Man.” Victor Ferral Senior in architecture

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