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10 The Hill would like to thank the following people and organizations for their contributions to Volume 4: Zachary Blatt, Todd Chappel, Brian DeArmon, Ben Dillon, Kevin & Tammy Kulm, Evanthia Omoscharka, Anthony Pierangelo, Glenda Pierangelo, Sue Tanner, Lew Wiens, KU Student Senate, and the KU School of Engineering.


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Sex & Relationships

Wake Me Up When The Semester Ends It’s Complicated

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Working Wonders Color in the Air Ink on the Hill Street Ink

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What Podcast Should I Listen To This Summer? A Smash Hit


Hoodie Allen Left Me A Happy Camper Middle of the Map


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Navigating Gender Pronouns Intersections of Art + Engineering

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Flashy Feet Get Delicate Cotton Candy Vibes

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Street Style Editorial


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WRITERS + CONTRIBUTORS Callie Byrnes Allison Ellis Madeline Farber Logan Gossett Georgia Hickam Imani Jacobs Aleah Milliner Mary Ann Omoscharka Darby VanHoutan

PHOTOGRAPHERS Emma Creighton Abby Liudahl Skyler Lucas Ikeadi Ndukwu Maggie Russell Sabrina Sheck

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM Audrey Danser Holly Kulm





EDITOR’S letter I spent the afternoon at the Campanile last week. Not in it—I’m aware of the superstition, guys. Just around it, looking over the green valley, Potter’s Lake, all the blossoming trees and the football stadium, and then I realized. I’ll be graduating next week. I can finally walk through the damn thing. I can’t believe how fast this year has passed. Just months ago (it seems) I was new to my editorship and I was only figuring this thing out as I went along. But once immersed in a project, especially this project which has grown into a great passion of mine, it’s amazing how quickly one learns. I have never felt more at home than I am here, at the helm of The Hill. Still, it’s a little hard to wrap my head around the cap and gown, walking down the hill, finally turning my crimson tassel. It’s even harder to think about what happens to me on the day after. I don’t have a fall semester ahead of me anymore. I’ll never have to take another final (hallelujah). But suddenly I’m faced with, what now? For the past year, my life has revolved around this magazine. From the thrill of choosing content and brainstorming with my staff to the minutia of grammar consistency, funding calculations, and printing press checks, I’ve loved every moment of leading this publication. I think we’ve built something more than just pages of paper that you can hold in your hands. I think we’ve finally built something permanent. And trust me, I don’t take that word lightly. Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a project is only as good as the team behind it. I could not have asked for a group of people more dedicated, passionate, and genuinely

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happy to see this through, and only because of the help that I’ve had is this magazine possible. So I want to say thank you. Thank you a thousand times. I’ve heard it said that working hard for things you don’t care about is stress, and working hard for what you love is passion. I think there’s some truth to that. Even the stress seems okay when you’re working toward a goal. In our cover story, Intersections of Art and Engineering, we spoke with engineering students who are striving to keep their creativity alive in everything they do. We wanted to prove that passion and practicality don’t have to be separate entities. Students can, and should, have both. Passion is what makes a project come to life. I can speak from experience on that one. So I’m graduating next week. I don’t really know what’s next. I guess I’ll keep my eyes open for a new project, a

new passion to push me forward. I hope that each of you do the same. Thank you again to all of you, who are as much a part of Style on the Hill as I am. We couldn’t do it without you. Campanile, here I come.

—Hannah Pierangelo

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Food & Drink

WAFFLE-GASM Words by Darby VanHoutan Photography by Ikeadi Ndukwu

It’s official. Waffles are art. Well, technically waffles are flour and sugar and other boring ingredients, but Lawrence native Sam Donnell, founder and owner of The Waffle Iron, made them art. Donnell put together the flour and sugar and created the magic that can only be found at The Waffle Iron. “I like the idea of taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary,” Donnell says. Mission accomplished, sir. I will never utter the words “ordinary” and “waffles” in the same sentence again. Imagine, if you can, a waffle dream-land full of creative waffle combinations such as: blueberry lemon curd, fruit n’ syrup, pork butt



chili verde and more. Of course, these platters wouldn’t be complete without Bloody Marys, coffee, Mimosas and more. The gypsy-esque breakfast spot started last year, and has been a big hit ever since. I visited The Waffle Iron myself on the last Sunday it was located at John Brown’s Underground. I walked in 20 minutes before they were set to close at two o’clock. Although it was about to close, the small space filled with seven tables was packed, loud and smelled like heaven. The restaurant offers new choices every day, and this was the last day they were going to be at this location, so they had lots of interesting combinations. I ordered some

fruit n’ syrup waffles, very obviously indicating that I don’t like to live life on the wild side. From here, I guzzled down mugs on mugs full of their delicious coffee. The waffles come out presented like artwork with swirls of syrup and aesthetically placed blueberries and strawberries. It’s natural to hesitate before first shooting an Insta-pic and then completely ingesting them without a second thought. The idea of waffles came to Donnell while he was working on a farm in California. It was both there and during time he spent working at another farm in Hawaii that Donnell began cooking. When he wasn’t working, Donnell

was mastering his curry recipe. Donnell says space from The Basil Leaf, an Italian restauhe made it hundreds of times before he real- rant on 9th street. Since The Basil Leaf is only open Monday through Saturday, Donnell and ized it wasn’t bad. He wasn’t the only one who noticed. Don- crew saw it as an opportunity to move in on nell’s friends, who it turned out were also pret- Sundays. It’s here that The Waffle Iron resides, ty educated on waffle combinations, told him open from 10 am-2 pm Sundays. It is devasabout the popular Thailand dish that mixed tating that we can only obsess over these waffles one day a week and must now wait hours waffles with curry. “I made that combination over and over to snap that perfect drool-worthy Instagram again and then I realized I was good at it,” shot. The things we do for true love... It’s obvious to see Donnell says. From there, Donnell “I like the idea of taking that The Waffle Iron has come far. Sam Donbegan making his legsomething ordinary nell himself has traveled endary waffles for the and making it from Kansas to Hawaii Lawrence coffee shop and California, and then Decade on 9th street. extraordinary.” back to Kansas again, After gaining a fan club for his waffles, Donnell took it one step fur- getting better all the time. Along with the crether and started The Waffle Iron. After Don- ator, the shop itself has both transformed and nell’s stop at Decade, the waffle-stop was lo- moved...a lot. “I can’t believe how much better it has gotcated right above John Brown’s Underground on 7th street. They recently learned that JBU ten,” Donnell says. “I wish we could see the would be needing their space back and The waffles I made at Decade compared to the ones I make today.” Waffle Iron would have to move again. Well, if it only gets better from here, then After my own experience it was hard to believe that the wonder that is The Waffle I’ll follow those waffles wherever they go. Iron was on the move again. It currently rents



A Quest for “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” The Godfather is one of the most prolific American movies involving Italian culture. Though the film focuses on the mafia and its head, the infamous Don Corleone, this quote about a common Italian dessert is perhaps one of its most memorable. Clearly, someone has his priorities straight. I come from an Italian family, and my relatives always talk about the holidays and family gatherings when cannoli dotted huge silver trays and disappeared in minutes. I never got to taste those cannoli, and I never learned to make them either. Unfortunately, my grandmother and great aunts passed away before I had the chance to learn. But somehow, even without the tradition being passed down to me, cannoli have become my favorite Italian dessert and I’ve decided that I must find the perfect recipe. It’s been a quest six years in the making.



CANNOLI Words and Photography by Hannah Pierangelo

Cannoli, on the other hand, are centuries in the making (which may explain the difficulty I’ve encountered in finding the best recipe). Essentially, the desserts are small tubes of fried pastry dough filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chips. Sometimes the ends are dipped in chocolate, chopped pistachios or candied citrus. Cannoli date back to early Middle Ages Sicily, when Italy was under Arab rule. During this period, Sicily gained agricultural goods like pistachios, lemons and sugar cane, which may have played a large role in the creation of cannoli. In fact, cannoli may have even been derived from a Persian dessert at the time, consisting of a fried dough shell filled with various sweets. If you know any Italian, you might recognize the word, too. “Cannolo” means “little tube.” You might also notice that “cannoli” is the plural form of the dessert. It’s not commonly referred to in the singular, but that’s also not very surprising. Who would ever have just one?



Traditionally, cannoli are made for Carnevale, the springtime festival before the fast for Lent. Parades and masquerades are famous celebrations during Carnevale, and Venice is especially popular for its elaborate festivities and masks. Other traditional foods for Carnevale include lasagne, sanguinaccio (a chocolate blood pudding) and frappe, which are lightly fried pastries dusted in sugar. The light, creamy texture of cannoli filling makes it a refreshing sweet for springtime (or anytime, if you ask me). Despite how little time it takes to consume cannoli, they require a bit more effort to prepare. For me, I’ve spent countless afternoons trying to roll the dough to the right thickness, trying to blend the ricotta to the right consistency, trying to make the perfect cannoli. I even made my own cannoli frying forms for this project (they’re titanium, which means no rust!). But truly, I’ve found that understanding the ingredients makes the most difference. That, and a lot of practice. Let’s begin with the filling. It’s usually made with ricotta cheese, which is used in just about anything requiring filling. I liken it to the American usage of cream cheese. You’ll find a savory ricotta layered in lasagna or stuffed in ravioli and manicotti, or you can sweeten the cheese with sugar and it’s a perfect dessert filling for cannoli or cheesecake. Traditionally cannoli ricotta is made from sheep’s milk, ricotta di pecora. I get by with whatever’s at the grocery store, typically cow’s milk ricotta, which is extremely moist. The moisture content in the cheese is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. In my first attempts at cannoli, the undrained cheese made my filling into slush, and turned the crispy fried shells soggy in no time. So I learned a critical lesson that could only be taught by experience: strain the cheese. The most effective method



I’ve found is to take a thin, clean dishcloth (it’s not as porous as cheesecloth), wrap up the cheese inside, and manually squeeze out as much liquid as possible over the sink. Now when it’s time to fill the cannoli shells, the ricotta will be thick and smooth, but not dense, and you won’t end up with the texture of a melting smoothie. As for the dough, the most important part here is thickness. Once the dough is made (with a little wine for flavor) and chilled, roll it out to 1/16th of an inch thick on a floured surface. The dough must be very thin in order to fry evenly and crisply in the oil. The signature shape of cannoli is a simple circle, occasionally rolled into an oval, which is then wrapped around a metal form for frying. The edges are “glued” together with a dab of egg white. A helpful tip: the egg white really does act like glue when cooked, so be careful not to use too much. If the egg white drips onto the metal form, the cannoli shells adhere to the tubes and become difficult to slide off. I’ve broken a handful of shells this way! For anyone without a cannoli form (or too lazy to bother), there is an easier way. Plenty of Americanized recipes offer new twists on the old tradition, like frying cannoli “chips” and using filling as a dip, or baking small circles of dough in a muffin tin and adding filling to the cups to create a kind of cannoli cupcake. There’s actually a lot of room for variation and creativity in the kitchen, and some of these methods are a little less work, too. I’m not certain I’ve found the best recipe for cannoli yet. I might be searching forever, but I don’t mind. It’s a good excuse to make cannoli (like I need one). Even so, I’m sharing the best recipe so far. I hope you enjoy, and remember an old Italian adage in the kitchen: Chi mangia bene, vive bene. He who eats well, lives well.

Recipe 4 cups flour 2 Tbs. granulated sugar ½ tsp. Cinnamon ½ tsp. Salt 4 Tbs. butter, diced in tiny pieces 1. 2.

1 cup + 3 Tbs. Marsala wine 4 large egg yolks 2 egg whites, whisked lightly Vegetable oil for frying

Whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Add the cubes of butter, working it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until the mix starts to feel sandy. 3. Add wine and egg yolks, and stir with a stiff spoon until it starts to come together. 4. Mix and knead by hand, then separate the dough into halves and roll each into a smooth ball. 5. Chill for 1 hour. 6. Once the dough is chilled, start a deep pan of oil on the stove and heat to 360 degrees F. 7. Roll out one ball of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. You’ll want a sheet of dough about 1/16 inch thick. Cut dough into approximately four-inch rounds using a biscuit cutter or a bowl. 8. Lightly roll circles into an oval, if desired. Wrap a circle of dough around a metal cannoli form. Dab some egg white on the edges of the dough, then press firmly to adhere the edges of the circle together. 9. Fry each cannoli in hot oil for 1-2 minutes. 10. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

2 lbs. Ricotta 1 ½ cup powdered sugar 4 tsp. Vanilla Zest of 1 or 2 oranges (to taste) ¼ chocolate chips, or to taste 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.


¼ chopped pistachios, or to taste 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Intensely strain as much moisture as possible from the ricotta. Whirl the cheese in a blender. Mix in powdered sugar, vanilla, orange peel, chocolate chips, and pistachios. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff. Combine the whipped cream and the ricotta cheese by carefully folding the two together. Chill until ready to fill cannoli shells. Spoon filling into a gallon-size Ziploc bag, then trim one corner to leave about ½ inch diameter gap. Carefully squeeze the filling into the cannoli shells one at a time. Eat right away! The filling will soften the shells if stored. For best results, only fill the shells just before serving. Enjoy!




Words by Darby VanHoutan Photography by Skyler Lucas

Some gelato would go nicely with this slice of cheese pizza from Rudy’s. You’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. We’ve all thought it, right? Luckily, so has Dan Blomgren, Lawrence businessman and badass maker of Italian yumminess. Blomgren began Cibo Sano Italian Grille, a restaurant located at 6th and Wakarusa, and things have only gone up from there. Cibo Sano offers exactly what the name entails when translated from Italian, healthy food. A cibo, as described by Blomgren, is what the entire world obsesses over at huge chains like Chipotle: a build-your-own burrito where you choose the meat, rice, vegetables and toppings step by step. However, Cibo Sano does it a little differently. They offer different sizes of cibos or even a build-your-own soup, which is exactly as delicious as it sounds.

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It was inside Cibo Sano, right when you walk in, that Blomgren began Crema Dolce Gelateria, which serves strictly gelato. From here he got the idea to make it a stand alone business. He gained the keys to the space above Rudy’s Pizza, previously Bloom Bath & Body, on January 1st and that’s when Crema Dolce Gelateria became its own store. His gelato masterpiece opened this spring and has since served up Italian gelato and sorbet daily. I sat down with chef and businessman Dan Blomgren himself to get insight on all the behind-the-scenes deliciousness. Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that gelato, which I happily shoveled in whilst discussing more gelato.





DB: No real food. Just sorbets [and] gelatos, although I’ve also hooked up with a guy name Claud. He lives here in town. He’s from France and he’s Paris trained, Paris born. He makes me things like pastries, eclairs...I mean all kinds of stuff. I’ve definitely started slow with the pastry side of things, but we’re growing into that. I’m also playing around with the idea of

DB: Yeah. When I went to Italy is when I had gelato. I’ve had it a few times in the states but not many places do gelato. What happened is when I had this restaurant [Cibo Sano], people were wanting dessert and I couldn’t find a dessert from my suppliers that was affordable and really good. So I decided I would add gelato to the mix. After I thought of that, I went to gelato

breakfast along with teas and coffees, that type of stuff.

school in North Carolina and learned how to make it.

WHEN DID ALL OF THE ITALIAN FOOD-MAKING START FOR YOU? DB: I opened the Cibo side of things about a year and a half ago. Then in August of last year, I opened the gelato side. When the space opened on Mass Street, I took advantage of it.


YOUR GELATO IS AMAZING. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? DB: I’m definitely getting better. I’m trying more things now. I make everything in house but the place I get the ingredients from makes so many different ones that my possibilities are endless. I’m willing to go back to school to learn anything else I need to, [but] right now I just don’t have the time. There’s all kinds of things I could learn to make, like macarons [and] tiramisu.

DB: We have later hours, especially on the weekends. I’m trying to cater to the crowd that’s eating dinner at all of the restaurants downtown and then if they want to go somewhere else for dessert, maybe they’ll walk up to my place for gelato or sorbet or whatever else we have that day.



ARE YOU THE ONLY GELATO CHEF AT CREMA DOLCE? DB: I’m the only one here that knows how to make it. To be honest, it’s not that difficult and I could definitely teach other people if I need to. It takes practice. The more you do it, the better you get at it. I’ve been at it for almost a year now and every once in a while I still screw up a batch. The texture might be wrong; somehow I get the flavors right, but the texture can be off sometimes. When I mess one up, I never sell it. I always throw it out and start over.

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE NEW LOCATION? DB: I’m the guy that used to own Cork & Barrel here in town. About fifteen years ago I looked at that same spot to put a high-end wine store. So, I contacted Bloom and asked to take their lease over and they declined. It’s such a cool space and I’ve had my eye on it for such a long time. When I saw it went up for rent, I couldn’t wait. After I sold Cork & Barrel, I worked for Grubb and Ellis here in town, so I know the principles of real-estate. I called a friend there and said, “I need that spot. Get it for me,” and now here we are. It’s working out really well for me. It’s a cool space.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ICE CREAM AND GELATO? DB: Ice cream is made with cream and gelato is made with milk. The biggest [misconception] is that ice cream has a lot of air whipped into it (that’s called over-run) so the more over-run the higher the percentage. Ice cream is 60-70 percent over-run, and gelato is only about 15 percent. That’s why gelato is so heavy and creamy in your’s not air, it’s product. So that’s another reason you can get by with a small gelato, because it’s more satisfying than a cup full of air. A sorbet is just like a gelato except that it’s made with water instead of milk. There are no other differences.



WILL YOU OPEN MORE GELATO SHOPS IN THE FUTURE? DB: I mean, of course, but let me take ‘em one at a time. I gotta see where this goes. I can tell you that the interest in franchising has been astronomically strong. As far as the food aspect and the gelato aspect, I can see it growing.

I am definitely no gelato expert, but after trying multiple flavors from the genius himself, I may consider it my next profession.

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the semester ends

I left Europe for Grad school and accidentally ended up with a boyfriend 5000 miles away Words by Mary Ann Omoscharka Photography by Abby Liudahl Confused already? Just grab a cup of coffee, sit down comfortably on your couch, bus seat, or Starbucks sofa and pay attention. I’ll walk you through it. There is absolutely nothing unique or ground-breaking about long distance relationships these days. Usually, the story is pretty sim-

ple. Boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl. They date for a certain amount of time, develop mutual affection toward each other and eventually one of them, sometimes even both, have to move to another city, state, country or, in my case, continent. Nevertheless, they decide to continue in this kind of madness be-

cause as the Plain White T’s sing “A thousand miles seems pretty far but they’ve got trains and planes and cars, I’d walk to you if I had no other way.” Couples all around the world try to make the best of it by keeping in touch frequently and meeting whenever it is possible. You’re THE HILL


probably wondering, how long could something that feeds off video calls and instant messages survive? Trust me, I am too, because I wouldn’t be referring to a relationship as if it were the Loch Ness monster unless they both had something in common: the fear and uncertainty of the unknown. Yet, the thrill is undeniable. And you know what? It can happen to the best of us. Countdown until I take off for the U.S: 30 days. “That is all I get and then I am out of here”, I thought. These are my last moments to enjoy with those I care about until I return to Europe, but it’s also the last chance to burn some bridges, forever. I had a very clear and comprehensive plan in my head that I was going to follow religiously. New life, new beginning at its finest, right? As a music enthusiast but no party freak, I decided to start that month off with a concert that took place in a local bar. Just me, my best friend, our greatest memories and a few lovely melodies. After a while, we realized there were more familiar faces in the venue as one of the performing band’s members, whom we had met before, approached us to say hello. Now, I might or might not have talked him into staying with us until the early morning hours but what can I say, there were way too many important topics to discuss. Like our dogs, that we so had to walk together some time soon (and we did, several times). Countdown 15 days: We talked every day and spent every possible second of free time together. I kept asking myself, “what could go wrong with having a little romantic adventure before crossing the ocean”? We were both very clear on the situation and circumstances, which meant that any kind of evolving butterflies had to be slaughtered, even though the chemistry was obviously there. Countdown 1 day: We said goodbye with no big gestures or messages for the future. By the time I boarded the plane I felt relieved, yet oddly trepidatious. Anyway, we somehow managed to keep in touch since the minute I landed. There were so many new experiences and observations about my new home that I always wanted to share with him. We became each other’s every day “good morning” and “goodnight,” only at some absurdly crazy hour due to a seven hour time difference.

So, when did it go from “It would be cool to hang out when you come back” to “I miss you”? Am I in a long distance relationship right now? There are numerous flashbacks that could indicate so. First of all, we kept on making more and more plans for the summer, when I come back home, from seeing concerts to even going on road trips. Secondly, we had our first Skype video call after almost a month and a half since I had left, and there is no need to say that I was completely nervous and super excited at the same time. At some point, the internet connection got so bad I tried shifting between four different electronic devices just to make sure I had a clear picture of him on my screen. Thirdly, as most people communicating on a daily basis, we developed our own “online language,” which has gone through some serious changes over the months. For example, every time we disagree about something, I send him a Zooey Deschanel doubting face GIF, just to make sure he got the picture. It kind of makes you sad, doesn’t it? From how I see it, distance does not only make the heart grow fonder, but makes the mind go nuts as well. All of a sudden, everything started falling into place. I found myself craving more and feeling that time was passing by slower than ever. However, it wasn’t until one time when we were joking around and he said “I have never dated someone and not been able to see them for half a year” when I realized I might actually be in a relationship. Long story short, long distance relationships are complex, bizarre and certainly not effortless. Especially the ones you did not expect or plan to have once you decided to move to the other side of the world. Nonetheless, when we have genuinely resonated with another person, it is in our human nature to want to give it a try and just see where it takes us. Or, it may be the oh-so-familiar and long-established principle that what we cannot have, we simply want more. Who knows? Peter McWilliams was onto something when he wrote, “It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it does?” I am definitely eager to find out. Countdown to seeing him: 11 days.

From how I see it, distance does not only make the heart grow fonder, but makes the mind go nuts as well.




WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DATE AS A FIRST GENERATION MUSLIM-AMERICAN Words by Maddie Farber // Photography by Maddie Farber and Abby Liudahl In a small Chinese restaurant, Omar Rana, a senior at the University of Kansas, anxiously awaits for his date to show. After a friendly smile and wave, his date, Ryan, joins Rana. The two flirt and eat, but because Rana is a practicing Muslim, he has to be wary of not showing too much PDA for the fear of running into someone from his Mosque. In the Islamic world, dating isn’t always as casual as it is with non-Muslims, and often comes with stricter guidelines or is considered taboo. He’s also gay, so for him, dating is even more interesting. His parents, both conservative Muslims, are not on board.

“As far as dating goes, it’s very different because I am gay, and identifying as gay is not something that is highly respected in our religion,” Rana says. “It’s been particularly hard when I go home. I want to go on dates with guys, but I always have to make sure I don’t go places where there are people from my mosque.” Rana has had to keep his intersecting identities a secret from most people in his community, including his parents. “This aspect of secrecy surrounding dating in the Muslim community, regardless of one’s sexuality, makes having healthy relationships very difficult when everything has to be behind



closed doors,” he says. Rana’s situation is especially complicated, but even for straight Muslims born in the U.S., dating depends on an individual’s socialization and upbringing. For example, according to Pew Research Data, 56 percent of Muslim-Americans want to adopt American customs and ways of life, and 63 percent of Muslim-Americans see no conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern culture. Despite this, acceptance of certain “American” ways of life—like dating— highly depends on the family’s acceptance of these Americanized practices, Rana says. Beverly Mack, a KU professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, has been working with practicing Muslims for 40 years, and says that for Muslim women, the game of dating and relationships can be just as, if not more, complicated for Muslim men. “Group dates are common, but if it’s a more serious date oftentimes [she] will double date with a sister, brother, etc.,” Mack says. “I don’t know of a lot of practicing Muslim women, or Muslims in general, who will go on a regular old American, one gal/one guy date.” Practicing Muslims assume a more conservative nature with regards to dating, even if they are first generation American, Mack



says. What’s normal for non-Muslims is liberal for practicing Muslims. As a backlash to living in a sexualized culture, Mack says even first generation American-Muslim women will wear the veil as an outward sign to the young men around them that says, “I am off limits.” “Veiling is their advert, a powerful indication, for not buying into what American cultur says women should be doing sexually,” Mack says. “It is hard to be a teenage girl or young woman in a society that sexualizes women all the time.” Zainab Shakir, a senior at the University of Oklahoma who is also a first generation Muslim-American, agrees that the dating culture for a Muslim-American really depends on the family. Like all religions, Islam is heavily dependent on the individual’s interpretation (or in this case, the family’s interpretation), of the religion and Quran, she says. However, Shakir explains that dating culture has changed significantly since her parents’ time, and for her, there’s both a generational gap and a cultural gap. “My parents were born in India, a predominantly Hindu country, which has a more conservative culture than the U.S. just in general. Dating was more like “courting,” for religiously observant Muslims. Dating is standard practice for young people looking to settle down and get married, just like in every religion,” she says. More conservative families stick to the older method of courting or arranged marriages, while the rest date conventionally, Shakir says. Despite this, some things have remained the same, like the emphasis on dating Muslims with similar values and interpretations of Islam. “My views on dating aren’t that different from my parents’. We basically agree that dating is a means to an end; in other words, dating is a means of finding the person you want to ultimately marry,” Shakir says. “I think my mom would actually

like to see me express more interest in dating, since she got engaged at 23 and I’m nearly 22.” In Islam, there is no set clergy, and no standardized “clergyapproved” interpretation of the Quran. The Quran really emphasizes interpreting the text for yourself, and that can be a double-edged sword, Shakir says. “That’s also why asking about Muslim-American dating culture is so difficult—people are more likely to answer from the viewpoint of their ethnic culture, which heavily shapes how they interpret Islam,” she says. Compared to Rana, Shakir doesn’t feel a need to keep secrets—and she doesn’t want to. “After all, I’ll want my parents’ approval on a husband one day. With the exception of more conservative families, I think girls are open with their parents about who they’re dating.” Shakir knows of a couple of girls whose attitudes toward dating differ from those of their parents, and as a result they don’t feel comfortable telling their parents what they’re up to. She says these situations typically arise when girls feel as though their parents are preventing them from having normal social lives. For Shakir, who says she was raised about as “Oklahoman as it gets,” her view of dating as a Muslim is entirely based on her understanding of the Quran. In other words, for Shakir, she approaches dating like any other American girl would: meet someone, trade numbers, see how it goes. “It’s not a big secret in my family. My parents don’t really care unless you think you’ve found ‘the one,’ etc.,” she says. “The religious element really only influences how far you go in terms of intimacy with someone. And since plenty of Muslim people aren’t super religious (ours is an increasingly nonreligious generation after all), for me, dating is no different for Muslims than it is for non-Muslims.”





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WORKING WONDERS An interview with Meredith Moore

Words and Photography by Aleah Milliner



“Eric Dobbins started Wonder Fair in 2010 right after graduating KU. He eventually moved to California. Paul, my husband, and I have co-owned Wonder Fair since 2011 and Henry is our newest co-owner. Eric was an unusual artist in that, like me, we have an entrepreneurial side and we always have. The entrepreneurial side of art does not come naturally to a lot of artists, but I am really interested in seeing how you can have a creative career and still work within a system that is not designed to reward original makers. I love the challenge of doing that work. I think Eric felt the same way.”

“People would always come into the store and we would have great conversations about stationary. I would have the best time talking to people about letter writing. I like the idea of getting like-minded people together. At the time, I was already becoming too busy to write letters, but I could make this a part of my workday. Oh, and I started to feel like I should be one of those people who writes thank you letters. I am constantly feeling grateful to people.” (The Letter Writing Club meets on the third Sunday of every month at Decade.)

WHAT WORK DOES WONDER FAIR DO TO SUPPORT ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY? “I should start by saying that we could always do more. Because we are growing into our new space, what we are mainly doing right now is trying to make sure we are growing the right way. For example, adding the art supplies was a response to artists asking us to do that because a lot of them don’t feel their values line up with that of corporate art supply stores. I hope that because we have entrepreneurial skills and staffing, we can sell art supplies and make them more readily available. One thing I hope I’m doing for artists locally is championing their cause. I attend a lot of arts and culture related meetings and I try to be a part of the conversation about how money and resources are given to artists locally. If I know artists feel a certain way, I can go and advocate for them, especially as it relates to city funding for art projects.”

HAVE ANY COOL STORIES COME OUT OF THE CLUB? “We have a member who has been writing letters to her grandmother. She had never really communicated with her grandmother before this. She feels very much that this is a thing that she will feel really grateful for having done. [Writing letters] is a strangely wholesome way to make a connection.”


“It is secret only in that when things are secret they are a little bit more exciting and enticing. The joke of the secret society is that it is supposed to be a response to the way the art world can be sort of insular and not welcoming to outsiders. Anybody can join our secret society. We are about creating intriguing mysteries for people to solve. When we finish building out the space, it will be a permanent, interactive art installation of puzzles to solve and things to explore that will send people out on different adventures around town.”

WHAT’S COMING UP FOR WONDER FAIR? “We are building our secret society headquarters. We will be relaunching the secret society when that is finished. We plan to hold six art exhibitions a year in line with Final Fridays. We will also be doing more teaching workshops in the future.”






COLOR in the AIR

Words and Photography by Ikeadi Ndukwu



It was a bright Saturday afternoon, the slope along Potter Lake was crowded with people wearing white. Well, for about 15 minutes, before they were covered in colored cornstarch. I was at the Holi event hosted by the KU South Asian Students Association in April. Holi is the Hindu Spring Festival of colors and love. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil. While it is a religious festival, it has become popular around the world, including right here on campus. During a Holi festival, people will throw dyed powders and water at each other. Following the color fight, I was exhausted but felt I had learned something. Those who care about you will always have your back. After all, when someone is chasing you with a lot of yellow powder, who else will flank and douse them in green powder other than true friends?



BIG DADDY CADILLAC TATTOOS (BDC TATTOO) 938 MASSACHUSETTS ST. Big Daddy Cadillac tattoos, more commonly known as BDC on Mass Street, is where you can find one of Lawrence’s freshest faces. Erin Bratzler is serving her apprenticeship that she started just this January. Young and enthusiastic, Bratzler traveled to Lawrence from Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is either 3 or 4 hours away, “depending on how fast you drive,” says Bratzler. She started as an art student at the University of Kansas and then the idea of putting her art permanently on human beings forever,sparked her interest. “I didn’t see a future with art, career wise, until this [job at BDC] came up and it definitely is my best option,” says Bratzler. She describes her beginning days as “hounding people constantly until they gave up and gave me a job.” If that isn’t #FutureJobHuntGoals then I don’t know what is. The best part about her artistic

journey? She sees herself improving already. “I mean every single piece I learn something. They all require something different. There’s also a teacher who gives me new ideas constantly,” says Bratzler. Bratzler doesn’t seem to be settling down on any one favorite type of tattoo style, either. “Really, I’ll do anything. I like things that have some sort of an outline to it. I don’t like doing things with no black lines anywhere. Every piece should have some black in it,” says Bratzler. As a person whose closet is 80% black, I concur. She, of course, has nothing against color, and describes herself as down for anything since she’s learning so much. With an apprenticeship, there’s a lot of time for growth. There’s no set amount of time to a tattoo apprenticeship, it all depends on how and when you finish everything you must complete. Each

of these milestones requires a certain amount of time where you must cover a variety of tattoo techniques under the guidance of a teacher. The teacher, which I imagine as some tattoo master dojo warrior, oversees Bratzler until a state board who certify her after she finishes her training. BDC tattoo can be found nestled between The Toy Store and Wild Territory on Mass Street in downtown Lawrence. It actually settled at this location ten years ago after moving around Lawrence for a few years before that. “Big Daddy Cadillac was the nickname of the original artist here so that’s where the name comes from,” says Bratzler. There are currently three tattoo artists, one tattoo apprentice, and one piercer at BDC. They take appointments, or, for more spur-of-the-moment decision makers, walk-ins when available.

INK ON Remember in middle school when you used to draw on yourself in homeroom? Then you would go home and your Remember in middle school when you used to draw on yourself in homemom and dad would yell at you and scrub it off in the sink room? Then you would go home and your mom and dad would yell at you and you would scream, “THIS ISN’T JUST A PHASE MOM and scrub it off in the sink and you would scream “THIS ISN’T JUST A THIS IS THE REAL ME!” PHASE MOM THIS IS THE REAL ME!”. Well it’s not just Sharpie anymore. I personally got to sit Well it’s not just sharpies anymore. I personally got to sit down with two down with two of Lawrence’s own tattoo artists, without of Lawrence’s own tattoo artists, without their tattoo guns sadly, to talk their tattoo guns sadly, to talk about art and what got them about art and what got them started. You might have a collection or be new started. Whether you have a collection or are new to the tatto the tattoo world, either way we have the DL for ink on the hill. too world, we have the DL for ink on the hill.



THE HILL Skin Illustrations has been around since 1995 and has been at the same location at North 2nd Street for the past nine years. The shop houses four tattoo artists, two hair stylists, and two piercers. The shop was started by the late Russell Bishop and his wife, Jan Bishop, who is now the owner. Jarod Hackney has been a tattoo artist at Skin Illustrations for almost a year. However, it wasn’t always tattoo guns and cool piercings for Hackney, who began his official adult-ing job as a telemarketer in Wichita, Kansas. “Honestly, I was working on an art degree and had seen people tattooing on TV, and I had a family but absolutely no money. I know a lot of artists say they did it for the art, but I did it for money,” says Hackney. Amen. While working as a telemarketer, the idea of leaving the 9-5 grind appealed to Hackney. He already knew he was an artistic person and would be practicing that while working on an art degree. Why sit at

a desk all day when he could be a tattoo artist? Hackney is a Kansas native, originally from Haysville, a small town just outside of Wichita. He would be the first to say he’s grown a lot since leaving Haysville after high school. From Haysville to a recently closed tattoo parlor in Wichita called Bullwinkles, to JP Cruse in Wichita, and now to Skin Illustrations in LFK, his art has grown with him and he’s not shy to admit it. “Fuck yeah I’ve improved since 2008. It’s a practice-makes-perfect thing,” says Hackney. It was in 2008 that Hackney began his apprenticeship in Wichita. In his apprenticeship, he tattooed along with cleaning up and doing whatever the boss said, like most newbies. He notes that the tattoos he made while learning are very obviously upscaled by ones he does now, although it’s the practicing at the beginning that got him here. Hackney’s favorite style of tattoo is Amer-

Words by Darby VanHoutan Photography by Skyler Lucas


ican traditional, with lots of black and greys. An American traditional tattoo is your typical “Sailor Jerry” tattoo or one with lots of black outlines and a limited amount of color. “I always liked this style. The past shops I worked at weren’t traditional at all. There were lots of colors and no one knew how to use black. That’s what really makes the piece—if you can do it and make it look finished without color,” says Hackney. To Hackney, this is something that both artists and the people getting tattooed tend to look over. The simplicity of black in a piece and not crowding in so much color is vital to tattoos. Even before the addition of color, as Hackney noted, a tattoo should look both complete and bad-ass. THE HILL


Street Ink

Evan Jevnikar

Photography by Abby Liudahl, Hannah Pierangelo and Emma Creighton

April Richardson

Evan VanWyck

Zak Blatt

Emma Gregg

Darby VanHoutan



Lamisa Chowdhury



this summer?

Graphic by Audrey Danser

What are my plans?


Staying local


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What’s my mood?

Feeling academic?















HOW A VIDEO GAME BECAME A COMPETITIVE SPORT Words by Callie Byrnes Photography by Ikeadi Ndukwu

It started with a fist bump. That was Robert Fraser and Daniel Coppock’s way of wishing each other luck before their big fight. A small crowd began to gather, pressing close to get a better view of the action. With $60 and the glory of being victor on the line, Fraser and Coppock ignored the onlookers as they turned toward the blocky ‘90s TV, gripping their GameCube controllers in concentration as the screen lit up with two large, bold words: “Ready. Go!” And the fight began. This is a weekly routine for the two. They meet every Thursday at Merchants Pub & Plate along with 30-40 others to compete in the local Super Smash Bros. tournament. Fraser, 19, and Coppock, 18, are undisputedly the best players in the house, and nearly every week they find themselves going head-to-head in the grand finals. This childhood



game had become a competitive sport that brought them together. Super Smash Bros. is a fighter video game that was first released for Nintendo 64 in 1999. The game got so popular it resulted in three sequels and a worldwide competitive scene that somehow found its way to Lawrence. “My goal was to always build a community that could sustain an event series that would make people from around the region travel to us,” says Lux Fukato, a University of Kansas graduate and a key player in Lawrence’s Smash Bros. scene. “These were especially important since the alternative meant traveling 4-8 hours to other places in order to play in a quality tournament.” Fukato began by inviting players to his apartment for friendly

games, but soon he was hosting small tournaments. By the time he graduated, the Casbah, Merchants, Boom Comics and the Lawrence Public Library had become venues for tournaments that players traveled to from all over Kansas and Missouri. More weekly tournaments are soon to come, Fukato says, run by people he trained before he left. Vincent Czerwinski, a sophomore at KU, is another tournament organizer in Lawrence. Like Fukato, he started by hosting games in his home. “Eventually I didn’t have enough room in my apartment for everyone anymore, but I didn’t want to kick anyone out,” Czerwinski says. He went on to start the weekly tournament at Merchants with the help of one of the bartenders, another Smash Bros. enthusiast. Through entry fees, most tournaments offer money to people who rank first, second and third. Players like Fraser, who wins nearly every tournament and makes around $300 per week, are able to financially support themselves with their earnings alone. Fraser quit his job and uses his free time to practice the game so he can continue winning money to pay his bills. But money isn’t what brings most people out to play—it’s the community, Czerwinski says. People bond over the game. “[The community] is the main reason I’m still playing Smash,” says Averil Morrisette, a player from Olathe who is ranked in the Top 20

worldwide of the Wii version of the game and travels nearly every weekend for tournaments. “You get to meet all of these players from around the country and around the world. Everyone becomes really good friends because of the video game that brought you together.” These friendships keep competition from becoming too aggressive — players often wish each other luck before games, congratulate each other on winning and give each other tips and tricks. Perhaps this friendliness also stems from the fact that Super Smash Bros. began as a family game people played with siblings and friends growing up. It’s this same nostalgia that keeps so many gamers playing and brings them into the competitive scene. “There’s not a kid in the ‘90s who didn’t have this game on Nintendo GameCube,” says Fraser, who was the best player at his daycare. He jokes that he went from being king of his daycare to becoming the king of Kansas as he worked his way to the number one GameCube player in the area. Fukato says the people in the community, especially locally, make a game with no real inherent social value a worthwhile investment. “I say ‘especially locally’ because I’ve traveled the country to play in events and every time I’m always reminded there’s no place like home,” Fukato says.




Words and Photography by Allison Ellis



From throwing cake to crowd surfing on an inflatable boat, Hoodie Allen’s Happy Camper tour left me feeling like an actual happy camper. Hoodie Allen isn’t your typical rapper, and is most likely one name that doesn’t ring a bell. The cool thing about Hoodie is that he’s an independent artist, which means he’s not affiliated to a label and puts everything out on his own. He’s unique because he really cares about his fans and isn’t in the business solely for the money or the fame. And he proved it by putting out his sophomore album Happy Camper for free. The amount of love he has for his fans and the amount of work he puts into his music is what makes him one of my favorite artists. Without knowing it, I had secretly been listening to Hoodie years ago when “No Faith in Brooklyn” was on the radio. I didn’t officially become a fan of his music until I stumbled upon his album People Keep Talking on YouTube while in class and couldn’t get it out of my head. My first time seeing Hoodie in concert was last summer when he was a part of the “Boys



of Zummer” tour alongside Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, and MAX. When I heard he was embarking on his own headlining tour this spring, I knew I had to grab tickets. Unfortunately, Lawrence wasn’t a stop on Hoodie’s tour, and Columbia, Missouri turned out to be the closest show. As a KU student, I felt a little unsure about making the two and a half hour trip over to Columbia and surrounding myself with the Jayhawks’ notorious rival, but, I figured Hoodie was worth it and decided to make the trip anyway. The sold out show was held at The Blue Note, a nice cozy venue situated just minutes outside of downtown Columbia and not too far from the University of Missouri campus. Before the show, I tried to keep my research on what the show would be like to a minimum, because I wanted the show to be a complete surprise. Even though I ended up getting to the venue a half hour after doors opened, I still managed to get a decent spot in the venue, despite worrying that I’d be stuck in the back with a bad view. Hoodie’s openers were Blackbear and

SuperDuperKyle, with a third act, Marc Goone, being added for that night’s show only. I wasn’t too familiar with Goone or any of his songs since he was a local artist from the St. Louis area, but he still put on a good set. Blackbear was up next and I have to admit that he was my favorite opener of the night. I had been dying to see him live for over a year, so finding out that he was going on tour with Hoodie was a bonus. Every song he performed was outstanding, I couldn’t pick a favorite if I wanted to. After a set change, SuperDuperKyle’s set was up next. SuperDuperKyle, or just Kyle as he is also referred to, was completely new to me, but I admit that his songs were catchy and he had lots of impressive dance moves, like during “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love.” His set was filled with a light saber fight, lots of 90’s inspired choreography, and a bunch of Smash Bros. references. I had to look up a few of his songs after the show because he was honestly that good. Once the openers were all done, the crowd began to grow restless knowing that

Hoodie would be coming on soon. Hoodie opened his set with the first track on Happy Camper, “Intro to Anxiety,” a happy, upbeat song that got the crowd riled up and excited for the show. I’m guilty of skipping over it a few times when listening to the album, so I wasn’t too familiar with the lyrics and couldn’t get as into the song as I wanted to. He followed with my personal favorite from the album, “Remind Me Of ” (which I had probably jammed out to at least 20 times or so during the drive over). He sang other songs from his sophomore album, such as “Too Invested,” “Are U Having Any Fun?” and “So Close to Happiness,” along with throwbacks such as “No Faith in Brooklyn” and a “Two Lips/Casanova” mashup that was added to his setlist for his seasoned fans. Up next was “Cake Boy” — another favorite. For this song, Hoodie exited the stage and made his way to a landing that was located toward the back of the venue. Since I follow Hoodie on Twitter, I knew he was planning to throw a cake into the crowd during this song, so I was on edge as I waited to see the unlucky target. Once Hoodie began the song and had everyone’s attention centered on him, I turned around at just the right moment to catch a crew member

throw a small cake out into the crowd. When the song ended, Hoodie made his way off stage to and our attention was then redirected with an awesome guitar solo by Hoodie’s guitarist. Following the guitar solo, a small inflatable boat was brought out from backstage. Again, from social media I knew Hoodie was up to no good, but I also knew that this was a shenanigan that I wanted to be apart of. Hoodie returned from backstage, jumped on board and was launched into the crowd (with the help of a crew member). I had managed to inch closer to the stage throughout the show and was hoping to help Hoodie sail amongst the crowd, but I wasn’t quite close enough. Hoodie’s first attempt was a fail. The boat ended up capsizing, causing him to fall straight into the crowd. The boat was brought back in and Hoodie made a second attempt to crowd surf, this time with the boat positioned right in front of me. I was overcome with a sudden surge of thrill and excitement as I waited for Hoodie to crowd surf in my direction. His second attempt was successful and the crowd (including myself) had the honor of helping push him along. Talk about a wild ride! Once Hoodie and his boat were brought back to the

stage, Blackbear joined Hoodie on stage to sing “Surprise Party,” during which balloons were thrown out into the crowd to create the true party atmosphere. I was definitely feeling this song because it was one of my new favorites on the album, and I was stoked to finally hear it live. Hoodie brought out Kyle, too, and they performed “Champagne and Pools” with Blackbear. This song revamped the energy in venue, and from the crowd’s reaction, I could definitely tell it was a favorite. I wanted the concert to go on forever, but I knew the end of the setlist was drawing near. Hoodie finished the show with an encore by singing a sincere version of his song “King to Me,” and ended with a final throwback, “No Interruption” followed by a storm of confetti. Hoodie Allen put on an amazing show that earned a top ranking spot on my list of noteworthy shows that I have attended—and honestly, I’d have made another road trip to see his next show in St. Louis, if my bank account had allowed it. If Hoodie ever swings by your city for a show, I highly recommend checking him out and seeing his talent in person.



100+ BANDS // MAY 4-7


MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Obviously they’re a headliner, but that’s not the only reason to see this kick­ass band Saturday night. The other reason is pure, unbridled rock music, which Manchester Orchestra delivers like no other. 2014’s release COPE boasted a powerful, heavy hitting tracklist that will knock you off your feet. Couple that with the fact that they’re playing coolest outdoor stage in Kansas City (the one and only Crossroads KC), and this makes for a set you won’t want to miss.

Go listen to: “Every Stone”

COLD WAR KIDS You’ve probably heard “First” everywhere by now. It’s on the radio, it’s on that Spotify playlist you checked out last week, it’s probably the melody that’s randomly stuck in your head right now. You’ll have the chance to hear it firsthand when Cold War Kids play the first headlining set of the weekend. The #1 Alternative song comes from the band’s 2014 album Hold My Home, which sees the band reinvigorate their sound successfully. Watch the Long Beach alt­-rock band tear up the stage Friday night at Crossroads KC.

Go listen to: “All This Could Be Yours” 36



For an indie twist, look no further than the Midwest’s own Me Like Bees. Hailing from Joplin, Missouri, this quartet packs an upbeat, melodical punch to their songs, and they’ve got hooks for days. Seriously, one listen of “Tundraland” and you’ll be doomed. Fresh off the release of their EP There Will Be Time, Me Like Bees are a band to put on your must s­ee list while at MOTM this weekend. Catch them Friday night at the Record Bar.

Go listen to: “Tundraland”


To put it simply, The Struts are the rock band of your dreams. They’ve been crushing the Alternative Charts with their ridiculously addictive single “Could Have Been Me,” which really embraces the carpe diem attitude we all yearn to live by. Perhaps more importantly, these English rockers has been likened to The Rolling Stones, and their classic style of rock and roll easily fills a gap in this generation of music. But don’t go out of your way or anything—The Struts will be opening for Cold War Kids Friday night, so why not kill two birds with one stone? You don’t want to be sitting at home, imagining your front row spot, thinking “it could have been me.”

Go listen to: “Kiss This”

ROCKET BOYS Texas-based The Rocketboys just might be the indie rock band you’ve been waiting for. And they might be more familiar than you think—their newest single “Vive Voce” was featured in the final season soundtrack for the ABC TV show Glee. Leaning more toward pop­-rock, this band provides heartfelt lyrics and damn catchy hooks that you won’t get out of your head (nor will you want to). See them Saturday night at The Brick.

Go listen to: “Loud and Clear”

Words by Hannah Pierangelo Photography courtesy of Middle of the Map Fest

CAPTIVA Kansas City’s own Captiva are playing the festival this weekend, and if you’re not familiar, now’s the time to get familiar. The band just released a self­-titled EP in December that combines bold rock and roll with a jazzy sound that’s smooth and almost sultry. It’s the kind of music perfect for the hot, sunny days that come with summer (which is just around the corner, by the way). Don’t sleep on this band! See them Wednesday evening at Californos Patio and don’t forget to ~stay buzzed~

Go listen to: “Chemicals” THE HILL


NAVIGATING GENDER PRONOUNS Photography by Skyler Lucas Modeled by Isaiah Woodward & Micha Cox

Words by Logan Gossett

After a baby is delivered, the genitalia between their thighs is noted, and the rest of their life is presupposed. Depending on the sex of the baby, relatives submerge them into a dogmatic vat of light blue or pink accouchements. Their favorite movie genre is presupposed. Their preferred extra-curricular activity in school is presupposed. Their sexual preferences are presupposed. Rather than acknowledging the ambiguity of identity, people act on the binary of sex. So, what is identity? Not much of anything, unfortunately. The Online Etymology Dictionary cites identity’s Latin origin as meaning “state of being the same,” which is about as unhelpful as saying “the color red is red,” and Merriam Webster essentially shrugged their shoulders when consulted: “who someone is: the name of the person.” As a

solitary word, identity is less structurally sound than a tower of stacked playing cards, but that’s nothing new. Most of the compelling questions in life yield further questioning, not sediment answers. German philosopher Martin Heidegger relentlessly questioned the state of being, and, after reading his work, “being” doesn’t even feel like a word. The repeated use of the word “identity” in sociological and linguistic research has diluted its meaning rather than clarified it. Identity is a garbled, abstract stew of unidentifiable leftovers at this point. By proxy, gender identity is equally abstract, but it doesn’t have to be untenable. Gender-neutral pronouns like ze/zir are becoming more popular, but singular they/ them pronouns are more often applied to gender-neutral people. Unsurprisingly, referring to men and women alike as “he” didn’t work out, but referring to a gender-neutral person as “he/ she” or—god forbid—“it,” isn’t working either. “For outsiders, they think we’re just being politically correct,” says University of Kansas



freshman Isaiah Woodward. Woodward wears two buttons to remind people of their gender identity as a genderfluid pansexual, which means their gender presentation isn’t sediment and their attraction is not limited to specific sexes or genders. “I decided that they/them would be something I’d want to try out because I was still exploring my identity at the time,” Woodward says. “I didn’t know how to pronounce ze or zir or whatever and that’s honestly why I didn’t use them [laughter].” Almost every definition of identity—no matter how circular and impractical—shares one trait: identity isn’t subjective. For instance, Bill Murray is an actor/comedian who voiced the titular cat in the 2004 movie Garfield. This isn’t open to interpretation. Regretfully, Murray did purr Garfield’s lines. As a result, he’s identified as the voice-actor for Garfield. Gender identity is no different. If someone who was born a woman identifies as a he, that someone is a he. People may see that woman and default to saying she, but that doesn’t define the person’s identity. “My pronouns, just like my height, are not a choice or preference of mine. They are part of who I am,” says University of Kansas junior Micha Cox, who identifies as non-binary androsexual trans. “When people

make perceptions of someone’s gender identity or pronouns they are forcing identity upon a person.” You don’t have to respect semantic accuracy when referring to gender-neutral people. People don’t even have to respect political correctness if they don’t want to (the Constitution doesn’t disallow bigotry, after all.) People do, however, have a responsibility to respect others and display empathy — to treat other people, regardless of their identity, like people. Adopting singular they/them for gender-neutral people is the most grammatically feasible option. Due to pronouns’ nature as a closed class part of speech, new pronouns are rarely embedded into the English language. The singular they has been dated back to 1794, and it’s still not ubiquitously accepted by grammarists. Some kids in Baltimore, Maryland have colloquially prescribed the term “yo” to gender-neutral people. “In our common conversations, we recognize words like ‘swag’ and ‘lit.’ If we can recognize this slang as a part of the English language, we should have enough respect to recognize people and their pronouns regardless of what it may be,” says Cox. The vat of gender binary language can gradually be emptied, but the act of respecting others can happen immediately.




The vat of gender binary language can gradually be emptied, but the act of respecting others can happen immediately.



Intersections of


Words and Photography by Audrey Danser Modeled by Krista Simmons

I remember as a young student thinking that I had to choose between either engineering or the arts—that the path to a career was only black or white. It seemed to be a choice that left no overlap between my two greatest passions. At that time, I wanted to be a dancer—a ballerina, specifically. I trained 12 years of my youth, spending precious moments practicing my art form; the bloody toes and sore muscles a constant reminder of my tormented love. I was talented, graceful. And then one day I just gave it up. My academic pride overwhelmed me, and I decided to sacrifice my artistic pursuits. Engineering, in my narrow view at the time, was the smart choice. The stable choice. The guaranteed job. I will not deny this rationalization of my former youth—I have been successful academically and have a wonderful job lined up after graduation—but the misconception that I had to sacrifice my other strength in the arts was false. I ended up choosing the safe path and cut out that which I thought would distract me from a career. Only now, upon graduation, do I realize the wealth of opportunities available to students, engineering or not, to become engaged in the arts, or even to forge one’s own path to pursue both. Engineering and Art are neither black nor white. Here, I begin to navigate that path by tapping into a network of artistic engineers pursuing various engineering degrees, while using the arts to enhance their field of study. THE HILL


Engineering, in itself, is actually a form of design. In fact, engineers are designers by definition—we just tend to deal with a more technical aspect. I asked my panel of engineers how they would define engineering, and each responded with a similar thought. “It’s where science and creativity meet,” says senior computer scientist and animator, Megan Teahan. “Engineering is taking this idea and starting to make it a reality. When I asked the reverse of the question, to define art/design in her own words, Teahan laughed, noting that she’d give almost the same definition. She explains that in both an engineering and an art application, one is essentially taking their idea and bringing it to fruition in a medium, whether through evoking certain emotion or developing the world in a more technical way. “In computer science, there’s a lot of creation—you basically have a computer and a text

editor and you just code until you create some app or program,” she says. “It’s the exact same in animation. You have this idea or story which you want everyone to see, so you draw. You are essentially taking these ideas and passions and

arts background and continued pursuit of these avenues in enhancing the fundamental degree they will soon receive. “Through engineering, you can enhance those [design] skills technically and mathematically,” she says. “An engineering degree is like a certification to do something you couldn’t do with your art. She sees that engineering has a great variety of roles, and in the role she hopes to take on, she’ll use engineering as a language. Bzron’s dream job is to work as a Disney Imagineer on the creative team. She sees her asset as realizing both sides of the design process, rather than solely technical or artistic. Acting as a liaison between art and technology, she could offer insight and suggestions on mechanics needed for the design of costumes, parade floats, and amusement park rides for Disney or another corporation. “I think someone who’s well versed in the mechanics is good to have in the creative

Engineers are designers by definition— we just tend to deal with a more technical aspect.



showing the world what you’re feeling.” Freshman Emily Bzron, a mechanical engineer and 3D visual artist, shares this point of view, commenting on the application. “In engineering you have a lot of technical information to keep in mind but when you combine that with art, you can think more freely and get more creative with your approach,” she says. These students realize the technical demand of engineering, but also see the value of their

Artwork by Krista Simmons clockwise from left: Ink and Gouache 5x8 (2015); Charcoal 7.5x9.5 (2015); Charcoal 14x16 (2013); Title Page artwork by Krista Simmons, Ink (2013)

process to throw out new technologies and see how they can be utilized,” Bzron says. She’s determined to actively enhance this part of herself though her undergraduate education. “I plan on minoring in industrial design just so I have an understanding of how a designer’s mindset works,” says Bzron. “That way when I’m an engineer, I can work in collaboration with them, but also on the behalf of them.” Teahan has a similar outlook regarding communication between the technology and art realm. This summer she worked as an intern at Disney, and upon graduation, she will be working full time with Disney’s ABC TV group in the media segment. She will work for the division of the company which creates mobile apps, Roku TV, Xbox 360, all dealing with episode and live streaming. She says that although the fundamentals of the job are technical, they’ve allowed her creative opportunities. “I’m not always sure if I’m the best technically, but I’m good at communicating,” she says. “With good computer graphics and computer science knowledge, one could easily transition into project management and be that liaison to the artists. Being able to work between a graphics software team and an artist, I’d use my skills to help develop that software to fit that artist’s need.” While Teahan and Bzron hope to act as a bridge between disciplines in-house for a company like Disney, Junior Krista Simmons, an architectural engineer and visual artist, realizes her strength in visualization when it comes to technical design and working with clients. Simmons, who is focusing in the lighting design realm of her field, sees her artistic training as helping her understand a client’s goal. “I think it’s easier for people who are creative in some sort of



way to understand someone else’s vision,” she says. “If you’re working with a designer or an architect, you’re going to be able to see what their end goal is better than someone else, and consequently, you’re going to be able to meet their goal.” On a more intimate level, Simmons further describes the art required for her path in lighting. It’s more than just meeting client demands. “I want to be able to use my artistic skills to make spaces really comfortable and also very interesting,” Simmons says. “There are a lot of things you can do with light in particular that really change how people can feel in the space. I want to come up with solutions that are visually appealing and not just meet the codes and fill the room with light.” Despite bright career paths mixing their strengths in the arts and sciences, for each, a course in engineering was not always the vision. Teahan considered applying to technical arts colleges, and Simmons recalled wanting to pursue writing or architecture early on. Teahan describes her pursuit of engineering as finding a path that best fit her, noting that reviewing her skill set upon entering college, she didn’t think she would have been as successful in an arts curriculum. Engineering has given her an opportunity to develop a certain skill set, and the aspect of engineering she is working in gets her as close to those artistic interests as possible. “You don’t have to go into the exact XYZ [major or] job to still be a part of something,” Teahan says. “I wanted to be part of animation, and I’m still pursuing that by finding a different option out there for me.” One option for students to keep actively engaged in the arts is to pursue the arts engagement

Engineering has the power to transform art by providing technological aid, and art has the power to elevate engineering through fresh perspectives. The disciplines are truly complementary. certificate offered by KU where students may take courses in two different arts disciplines and attend various art events. Through this program, Teahan has taken a basic drawing class and an animation class. The certificate gives students the ability to learn about art in general, or art forms which aren’t their own. Aside from the arts engagement certificate, many engineering students find that they can exercise their creative outlets in student organizations and in the community. Freshman electrical engineer Ben Schenberg is a budding musician in the Lawrence music scene. He’s played guitar for 12 years and notices the correlation between his

music background and extra curriculars, and his engineering discipline. “Guitar Theory has trained my brain to think more creatively, more intuitively,” he says. “I’m always looking for new, unique ways to make things better and make things interesting, and in engineering, we’re finding ways to make what’s always been, better than what it was.” This correlation will directly manifest itself in Schenberg’s further education, as he aspires to study sound engineering. In the meantime, he uses engineering as his intermediate step pushing himself in the path of music technology. He’ll continue to practice

guitar, singing, and write music throughout college on his own and in student organizations to set himself in this direction. And even for me, I did end up finding my outlet in the arts, diversifying my skill set and marketability as an engineer. Though I no longer found this passion through ballet, I found my artistic niche in college through Style on the Hill as a writer, designer, stylist, and editor. Engineering has the power to transform art by providing technological aid, and art has the power to elevate engineering through fresh perspectives. The disciplines are truly complementary. THE HILL



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FLASHY FEET LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO WEAR BORING SOCKS It takes a bold man to wear loudly colored, oddly patterned socks, proudly exhibiting them in public. It’s intriguing to see men taking risks with their daily style, especially with their feet. Whether they’re brightly colored, covered in various patterns, or have your favorite cartoon character on them, you can always use socks to amp up your style. When picking out a pair of socks, think in terms of the outfit you’re likely to be pairing them with—look for colors that complement your favorite shirts and jackets. You can be adventurous with your sock choices when wearing jeans and a T-shirt, or you can even add a bit of fun to a boring suit.

Words by Georgia Hickam



Wacky socks give professionals a chance to be offbeat and playful, even when others around them may be slightly more hard-lined. It’s certainly an expression of individuality and personality. Our choice of clothing often dictates the way others view us, and it also impacts the way we feel about ourselves. What we wear can change the way we think and act. Something as simple as wearing a crazy pair of socks could help us feel braver and take more chances. So why not be a little rebellious next time you put on a pair of socks? It could totally boost your confidence!

Photography by Abby Liudahl

Modeled by Evan Jevnikar



GET DELICATE Words and Photography by Hannah Pierangelo Modeled by April Richardson

Statement jewelry is officially out. Instead, it’s all about delicate pieces: small charms, geometric lines, and traditional color that inspire a classic and timeless style. Simplicity is the accent, and thoughtful jewelry embodies a relaxed, carefree look. The best part? Simple jewelry and genuine metal never goes out of style, so you won’t have to worry about retiring old pieces. This is one style that carries over, season after season.

METAL MOVEMENT Silver and gold dominate the color scheme of delicate jewelry this season. Instead of the bold colors and chunky collars in statement necklaces and earrings, go for genuine silver or a calm rose gold to add just a dash of sparkle to your look. Long chains and tiny geometric charms inspire motion with jewelry, inspiring the eye to follow along each line. Plus, the delicate pieces are perfect for stacking. Layer necklaces, stack rings, and pile on bangles and wrap bracelets to add depth to your style.



ACRYLIC ATTITUDE If you can’t quite let go of statement pieces, then acrylic may be for you. The solid shapes and sharp lines easily add some edge to a style. With complex shapes, opt for a neutral color that goes with anything. For simple shapes, try small bursts of color to modernize your accessory game. Triangles are the perfect place to start—look for stacked triangle charms on a long chain for a sleeker, trendier twist on chevron.

SHEER SYMMETRY Sure to be a timeless favorite is the “Y” necklace, whose simplicity makes it an easy pair to any outfit, any season. The “Y” features a single strand that extends from the traditional neckline of a necklace, drawing a centerline on the body. Sometimes the long strand passes through an open geometric charm, like a circle or triangle, adding even more subtle motion to a jewelry piece. Not only is this a cool style, it also sparks the brain’s love of symmetry and pattern in a subtle way.

ELEGANT EARS This summer, try the fresh and fun trend of threader earrings. Long threader chains are completely customizable—wind them through any number of piercings to create as much or as little dangle as you like. If you have extra piercings in the lobe or cartilage, add a few mismatched studs for a little variance. Wear your hair in a loose bun, messy braid, or with a buzzed undercut to show off those ears!



COTTON CANDY VIBES Pantone introduces two colors for 2016

For the first time ever, Pantone breaks tradition and in-

Rose Quartz Serenity

Words by Mary Ann Omoscharka Photography by Sabrina Sheck and Abby Liudahl Modeled by Franci Burton Styled by Abby Liudahl



troduces not one, but two colors of the year for 2016 — gentle pink Rose Quartz and soothing blue Serenity. This combination is a call for harmony and peacefulness in today’s overly tense and chaotic society. According to Pantone Colour Institute, “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using colour as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to colour usage.” Sounds like the world is one step closer to becoming a better place, doesn’t it? As expected, those shades are dominating most of the major fashion, makeup and design trends all around the world. Who doesn’t love a blush pink silk dress under a gorgeous azure coloured trench coat, or pairing a baby pink lip and a pastel blue manicure? And we can certainly see some handsome gentlemen rocking a Serenity ­tinted suit. SOTH Style Tip: Create a romantic, soft smoky eye look by blending those those two colors together or try adding a sparkly blue eyeliner to some pink eyeshadow. Your eye makeup game will definitely be on point. Thanks to Pantone, spring will be in the air for a little longer this year!



STREET Photography by Ikeadi Ndukwu, Abby Liudahl, Audrey Danser and Hannah Pierangelo

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Feet First

Words and Photography by Abby Liudahl

WALK INTO SPRING AHEAD OF THE TREND A subtle trend has come into style this season: wearing high heels with socks. This look hasn’t taken over Kansas fashion (yet), but it gives anyone who wants to embrace this style the power to be a trend setter. The look doesn’t require much, you just need the right size heel, a basic print or color to work with and a sock that compliments or contrasts the look of your high heel. The pairing may seem strange, but done right, it can have astounding style results. When choosing a high heel, first go for what feels comfortable. This look can easily fit into your daily routine, so think about how much you’ll be on your feet and what environment you’ll be in. For color, consider solids or neutrals, because you can pair the basics with a printed or contrasting sock. Another reason to have the basic heel is simply versatility—you can pair a basic colored high heel with a different outfit, no sock



required. If you choose a heel with print, utilize a neutral or basic color within the pattern and pair it with a sock of that color, such as a cheetah print heel with a black sock, so that way the spots from the print tie into the sock color. Socks have become a massive part of style for women and men. They come in patterns, solid colors and graphic designs, which means you can have this year’s color of the year, serenity blue or an unexpected pattern, like glazed doughnuts with sprinkles, as your sock of choice. Depending on how you feel about your legs or the shape of your high heel, the height of the sock can be tricky. An ankle sock works with all high heels; it doesn’t take attention from the outfit entirely, and it shows just enough sock off for people to take notice. Knee-high socks have been paired with boots this past winter, but you can still use them to your advantage with high heels. Always

allow skin to show the separation from the knee high sock and the outfit, that way the sock stands out. I recommend knee-high socks in a basic color, because if you go with a pattern they may just end up looking like leggings instead. Frills, lace and buttons can add a feminine touch to your outfit. I would style frilly socks with a cheerleader designed skirt or you can even pair it with jeans to add color to separate the denim. While socks with heels may seem like a fashion faux pas, it’s become another way to add some jazz into your everyday look or night out on the town, and it shows that you’re ahead of the crowd. Try out this trend and express yourself through a detail in your outfit. Individuality is key even with the most basic of essentials: shoes and socks.



Facial Flair Words by Logan Gossett Photography by Maggie Russell Modeled by Jon Massey


1950s Mustaches and beards are uncommon, and their presence is associated with rebellion and the “beatnik” generation. Their growth is typically reserved for the professionals: philosophers, old guys, and leather jacket-wearing youths.



1960s While still uncommon, scraggly curled hairs were grown by countercultural hippies. Facial hair was still associated with rebellion, but it generally appeared lazy (this was modern facial hair’s sophomore slump.)

1970s - 1980s

The prime of lavish facial hair, embodied by the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibbs’ beard and Tom Selleck’s mustache. Unlike today, this era had no room for ironic hair-wear. A mustache was a mustache. A beard was a beard. It is what it is.

There are two ways to develop an identity and have a smooth conversation. The first way necessitates an unwavering commitment to acknowledging one’s weaknesses and a daily effort to rectify them. Every glance in the mirror demands a pep-talk, and every interaction with someone requires a “How did I do?” survey with questions like, “Did I make sufficient eye-contact?” “Did my hand movements look natural?” and “Did I mention the weather too soon?” When somebody rates the interaction with a three or lower (out of five), the interaction was a marked failure. More intensive conversation rehearsal techniques, such as watching George Clooney interviews and writing conversation scripts on the palm of your hand, might be useful (disclaimer: if your hands get clammy after pursuing the latter option, wash them immediately. Otherwise, handshakes will get messy). The second way necessitates hundreds of years of masculine genes and a few weeks of laziness: growing facial hair. Not only are fancy facial follicles among the best conversa-

tion starters, but they’re also an effective way to form a recognizable public image. All-star Rockets shooting guard James Harden is “The Beard.” He’s literally referenced to by his facial hair, not his name. Nobody’s assigning me the nickname “Skin-face,” and nobody’s about to compliment, “Wow, your peach-fuzz looks great!” As a chronically beardless man (I use the term “man,” even though I’ll comfortably be able to waddle into a McDonald’s PlayPlace well into my thirties), my face is at a Death Valley level of infertile. “No-Shave November” is consequently the most emasculating period of the year. “Hey Logan, are you participating in No-Shave November?” people will ask me, despite my three-month abstinence from shaving. Shaving is a formality at this point anyway. Facial hair is a lose-lose fad for people with baren faces like me, assuming it’s a fad. If funky follicles are vogue in perpetuity, it’s a disaster-disaster. Wearing a luscious beard or an ironic mustache is unquestionably practical, so its modern prevalence is understandable. Similar to wearing

a balaclava or a bandana, a full beard instills its host with a mysterious, tantalizing aura. Curious admirers will often wonder what’s sheathed beneath a beard, which is an unrivalled conversation starter. Beards and mustaches also appear to embody respect, or parody, toward the simpler times of the past. The expressionism of facial hair in the 50s is still a core tenant of facial hair today. There are few better ways to inaudibly make an immediate impression than fostering a toothbrush mustache under your nose or sporting a dangling Fu Manchu mustache. Empirically speaking, facial hair will experience innumerably more permutations. Speaking as an ambassador for those lacking coiffure, however, it appears that we’re living in a disaster-disaster scenario. Those who can grow facial hair shouldn’t wait until No-Shave November to sprout some stubble. Celebrate Mustache May and Just-Grow-Some-Facial-Hair June (but not Alopecia August), because fuzzy faces are growing rapidly.

Not only are fancy facial follicles among the best conversation starters, but they’re also an effective way to form a recognizable public image.

1990S - MID-2000s Soul patches and dyed or braided beards. The less that’s said about this era, the better.

PRESENT Sprouting facial hair is a prerequisite to masculinity. Clean-shaven men suffer from perma-baby-face syndrome. Impressive facial hair is generally worn ironically. Regarding neckbeards, apply the “1990s - mid-2000s” rule. THE HILL





LE TOTE Words by Holly Kulm // Photography by Hannah Pierangelo

It’s a daily occurrence. You wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast before doing the damn thing. Life as a college student is not easy and every day we are faced with new challenges, so anything that makes the morning routine easier gets a golden star in my book. My biggest challenge? Deciding what to wear in the morning. This is usually a fun activity for me, but it does take time. I’m constantly thinking, “What if someone could just pick something out for me?” That’s when I discovered Le Tote. Le Tote is a clothing rental service based in San Francisco. You get three garments and two accessories in each “tote” for $59 a month. I was lucky enough to receive a discount on my first month so I decided to try it out. Let me tell you, wow! Amazing clothes, amazing customer service and the company is all-around awesome. I have gotten four totes so far filled with great pieces from Free People, Banana Republic, Betsey Johnson and other great brands. I even decided to keep some of the items for myself, which you can totally do and you get a special discount just by

purchasing from them. Some perks with Le Tote are being able to customize your tote before it’s sent. They style it for you, but if you don’t like something you can switch it out with the click of a button. Once you’re finished, voila! Your tote will be sent priority mail and be on your doorstep in three short days. And don’t worry about laundry, they wash everything for you after you’re done. My absolute favorite piece I received is a denim hooded jacket from Free People. It goes with everything and is super comfortable. I am probably going to cry when I have to send it back. In my last tote I also got an adorable gold, open-band ring. I’m definitely a minimalist and this ring is the epitome of minimal so it goes perfect with any look. Basically, everything I’ve received is great and has saved me so much time in the morning. Go out there and give it a try for yourself !



A simple one piece dress is really in style right now for its versatility and shape. It’s comfortable and airy enough for the hot summer days because of its loose fit. Maintaining the color scheme of Fourth of July is crucial, but this unique take helps you stand out against the crowd. This dress is simple in blue, but the tie-dye effect creates fireworks without really trying.



NAUTICAL If you’re the type of person to throw on something minutes before leaving the house, but still want to look put together, this look is your go-to. This simple striped navy tank dress is a great outfit for a day at the beach or a casual get together. To add the touch of red, incorporate a red flannel and tie it around your waist. To finish the look off, pair it with some comfy white sneakers or even a cute sandal.



EXPLODING FOURTH OF JULY STYLE Intro by Logan Gossett / Captions by Abby Liudahl and Sabrina Sheck Photography by Abby Liudahl and Sabrina Sheck Modeled by Franci Burton and Megan Reilly The Fourth of July is swiftly approaching, and so is the deadline for the perfect Fourth of July outfit. Dressing like Hank Hill is American (white shirt, blue jeans, charred red skin), but it’s traditional and overworn. Earrings or bandanas with American flag decals are an option, but that’s almost as lazy as draping an American flag around your waist and calling it a skirt. Colonial America didn’t win independence from Great Britain so future generations could be unoriginal. Here are some outfits that would make our founding fathers proud.

EYE CANDY Ray Bans are the perfect summer accessory. A pair of fiery red or icy blue Ray Bans combines two tasteful colors, plus it helps you fit in at any KU game! The lenses on these create a powerful color that helps you stand out in a crowd.

CAPITAL KICKS The outfit doesn’t have to scream Fourth of July, but these themed shoes add a nice punch of patriotism that’s subtle, but powerful for the outfit overall. You can use shoes as a way to pull off the flag look without overdoing it.



NO STRESS DISTRESS Comfy, cute, casual, period. Torn denim jeans with rolled up ankles allow for some breathability, which comes in handy on a hot day. The cropped shirt pulls in the stripes of the flag without being overbearing, but is still quite festive.

The theme of this collection is simplicity. The colors of America’s flag can easily be toned down into simple, single-toned colors for a look that’s not too over the top. The crop top is perfect for keeping cool on a hot July day, and showing off new summer kissed skin. Plus red is known to draw attention. Denim is the easiest way to wear blue, but don’t think you have to wear plain jean shorts all the time. Switch it up with a skirt instead. Try color blocking for an outfit that is original and trendy, while still celebrating the true colors of the holiday.




LOVELY LINES Going somewhere more fancy for the Fourth? Then this dress is for you! This striped blue and white dress is perfect for a day at the races. Pair with a bright red lip to give that extra sass to this Fourth look, and top it off with a neutral pair of wedges. To dress it down, pair it with a nude sandal and you’re good to go!





Florals for spring? Yeah, yeah, groundbreaking, we know. Floral patterns are a must of course, but this season we’re taking spring fashion a step further. Infuse your fashion with colors and textures inspired by nature and go bold with cuts that show off a little skin while you’re catching rays! Whether you’re going for soft, natural tones or brights this spring, it’s easy to incorporate that floral feeling in any outfit.

Words by Hannah Pierangelo Photography by Skyler Lucas Modeled by Audrey Danser and Emma Creighton Styled by Hannah Pierangelo, Holly Kulm and Audrey Danser





CORAL & floral Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you can’t layer anymore. Mix patterns with bold colors and make a statement outfit. This neutral, lightweight sweater is the perfect pair to a vivid solid dress, and the coral and blue hues echo throughout. Be sure to pull out subdued colors through accessories to bring the whole look together. Keep it grounded by drawing on earth-toned influences, like terracotta and turquoise.



H E A T W A V E Catching some desert sun? Lighten up your look and show off a golden tan with skin-baring basics. A pastel floral crop top is the perfect accent to the world’s favorite neutral—denim. Cuffed or cutoffs in a light wash keep the look airy, while a jean jacket adds a little retro texture to the outfit. If you’re feeling fancy, opt for a lacy skater skirt instead! Top it all off with sand colored boots and sunglasses, and you’re ready for anything. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.




Spring is romper season! What better way to embody the season than with an eye-catching floral print and a succulent shade of green? This romper incorporates the natural colors of trees that bloom this time of year. Plus, it’s comfortable, casual, and easy to style. Add ankle boots or sandals, simple gold jewelry, and enjoy the outdoors in this nature-inspired look.

washed OUT

With so much greenery this season, it’s a good idea to wash out your color palette occasionally. To stand out in verdant scenery, try a faded or light wash denim and a blouse in a pale or pastel color scheme. This look combines throwback cuffed mom jeans with a more contemporary top, creating the perfect casual style for spring. Tie a neutral sweater at the waist and pair with stand out shoes to complete the outfit.



GO bright Nothing says spring like a bright block of color! This look pairs a bold yellow solid with a royal blue all-over print, making for a standout combination. There’s no better time to break out your brightest pieces and style yourself in high-contrast colors. However, when going for an intense look, keep accessories to a minimum. No statement jewelry needed here—opt instead for simple pieces, or maybe nothing else at all.





Photography by Abby Liudahl and Ikeadi Ndukwu Modeled by Alyssa Peppiatt and Masashi Kunisawa

















Heard on the Hill

The staff spies have been listening to professors, students and campus randos for the funniest, weirdest and most out of context quotes. Though narrowing down the collection was a difficult task, we present you with a compilation of the funniest HOTHs from this semester.

“Those kids in the tour groups only see the bright side of college. They don’t see the dark side, which is very, very bad.”

“She looks like the type of girl that does Coke.”

Girl 1: “Last night was horrible. I’m never drinking again.” Girl 2: “You said that three days ago.” “This pizza was a better investment than my textbooks.”

“I would sell the majority of my organs for Beyoncé tickets.” Girl 1: “I could do a triathlon.” Girl 2: “Yeah, me too, but I don’t know how to swim.” Person 1: “Remember the last time we drank in here?” Person 2: “Yeah, I lost my virginity.” “She’s hot but she’s not hot enough to be that fucking crazy.” “I always see the same guy in the library whenever I pull all-nighters and I’ve never spoken to him but I’ve never felt closer to anyone else.” “If I could marry a fabric, it’d be chiffon.” “You’re too pretty to be worried about global warming.”

“I’m going on twenty-one hours of without sleep. Adderall is impressive, man.” “The saddest part about senior year is knowing in a couple of months I can’t be drunk almost everyday anymore.” “I lose a lot of things when I’m drunk. First of all, my dignity.” “My friend got offered to shoot porn for $4,000, but turned it down because she was afraid that her 16-year-old brother might see it.” “I’ve only had…um, I’m not sure how many drinks I’ve had. 7? 3?” “I think we should take a shot for every point we missed on our midterm that we think we deserved.” “I seriously couldn’t handle classes today with no wifi… what the hell are we supposed to do the whole time the teacher is lecturing?” “She’s doing cocaine even on a Tuesday night…. That’s when you know you have a problem. It’s totally okay if you only do it every once in awhile.” “Didn’t realize I was addicted to coffee, until I didn’t drink it today and felt like I had the fucking flu.”

“That test was such bullshit…I didn’t buy the book or study but I didn’t think it would be that hard.” 80


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Volume 4  

The Hill has returned to print! Published entirely by students at the University of Kansas, The Hill documents the fashion, culture, and lif...

Volume 4  

The Hill has returned to print! Published entirely by students at the University of Kansas, The Hill documents the fashion, culture, and lif...