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SNEAK PEEK: CLASS IS BACK IN SESSION

ON THE ORIGIN OF THE HILL Like primates and homo sapiens, The Hill shares a common ancestor with Style on the Hill. We decided to stop dragging our knuckles and employ the use of stone tools to transfer our success in the blogosphere to the permanency of print. We fell into the process of bipedalism, and so can you. If you want to be a part of the next issue of The Hill, or are interested in advertising, email us at styleonthehill@gmail.com.

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TA B LE OF CON TEN TS CONTRIBUTORS TIME CAPSULE

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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TRENDING ON THE HILL

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Five ways to Upcycle Frugal Finds Recipes Get Off Your Ass

HORNY ON THE HILL

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Friends with Detriments Office Sex

SPOT TED ON THE HILL

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The Notorious Jayhawk Cafe

ANDREW W.K. INTERVIEW

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MERCHANTS

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ST YLE ON THE HILL

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Class Is Back In Session Manly Must-Haves Kansas Couture

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MEET THE STAFF Founder, H.B.I.C. Sabrina Liedtke Editor-in-chief Maria A. Juarez Executive Designer John Michael Reynolds Assistant Designer Allyson Maturey Jon Marzette Director of Sales and Advertising Whitney Antwine Photographers Max Mikulecky Vasu Gupta Dusty Kerbs Baylee Sowter Alexandra Julian Moore John Michael Reynolds Tyler Roste Writers Preston Bukaty William Ashley Maria A. Juarez Steph Stoss Whitney Antwine Erica Staab Jacqueline Lumsden

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Stylists Sabrina Liedtke Molly Curley Circulation Directors Kelcee Schlotzhauer Courtney Green Models Megan Dobson Kacey Williams Trell West

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LETTER FROM

TH E EDITOR

I

recently watched my fa-

This same idea applies to The

vorite Beethoven sym-

Hill, or any group that aspires to

phony on YouTube. I’ve

produce something greater than

listened to it hundreds of times;

themselves, and I – the conduc-

I know every dip and crescendo,

tor – would have never seen these

key change and curve of the song’s

printed words in a bound publica-

movement, but it wasn’t until I

tion had it not been for the unwav-

actually watched the musicians at work when I felt a damp pressure behind my eyes.

NOBODY CAN WHISTLE A SYMPHONY

ering dedication and teamwork of this staff. Each individual is instrumental, and

It was so incredible it prompted a

whether it be the cellist’s stroke or

physical reaction within me that I’ll

the designer’s eye – nothing wor-

never forget it. Prior to this point,

thy of our pride is possible unless

I had only admired the symphony

we renounce our self-importance.

as an end product, never once con-

Nobody can whistle a symphony,

sidering the painstaking contribu-

and no editor alone can create,

tions of each individual musician.

publish and share a magazine.

Because each part of the whole worked together in egoless co-

- Maria A. Juarez

hesion, they created an achingly beautiful piece of art that’s still being celebrated centuries after its debut. Without collaboration, this symphony would be nothing but the dream of a composer.

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TRENDING HILL ON THE

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WH AT T H E KI D S A R E D O I N G T H E S E DAY S.

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TTW WEEEETTSS ON THE HILL KINGSLEY

@KINGSLEYY

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Don’t get offended cuz some of you stank bitches walking around with weave smelling like wet dogs and bologna in this heat. 07 13 13 EMMALINE RODRIGUEZ

@EMMALI0N

Late to work because Dennis had to love on me and call me cutie-pie about 5 times. #lfk

QUINN KATHERMANN @QUINNK

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How did I get on the mailing list of Forever 21?

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IF A WHITE GIRL HAS BRUNCH AND NOBODY IS THERE TO INSTAGRAM I T, D I D I T R E A L LY HAPPEN?

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HOLY SHIT LOUISE’S DOWNTOWN RESTROOM IS CLEAN WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING?

BOB SAGET @BOBSAGET

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Feels good to be out here in Kansas! WILLIAM BETTES

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Before sex I think a man should have to ask us if we would like a “push notification” ANDREW WIGGINS

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HOW COOL WOULD IT BE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN O F F E R E D T R AY VO N MARTIN A RIDE HOME TO GET HIM OUT OF THE RAIN T H AT N I G H T.

Who had the nerve to name a cereal Life? WHITNEY CUMMINGS

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Why are there so many hot people at the pool?! Why can’t you all be lumpy and unattractive and bizarre like me?! HOLLY NEY

@BAGOLLY

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If the lady at Victoria’s Secret whips out the measuring tape to get my bra size, I tell her I’m underwear shopping and whip out my vagina. BRITNEY BEZLER

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WAYS TO UPCYCLE FRUGAL FINDS TRANSFORM THE SEEMINGLY HOPELESS INTO SYSTEMATIC ST YLE.

1 ALL JORTS OF SEXY

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WRAP IT ALL UP Makeover granny’s vintage hair shield into a fun and sexy bandeau top. *Safety pins not included*

OVERSIZE ME Repurpose those super adorable and awkwardly sized $2-$9 tanks, sweaters and button-downs into a chic belted dress.

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Custom fit those $7 mom jeans into the sexy, figure flattering jorts you never thought existed.

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THRIFTSFORMER

Make those $8 maxi skirts that are either too short or too long into your very own Goldilocks tale. Wear it as a simple belted, strapless, mid-length dress.

STEP UP YOUR GAME Be your own Cinderella when you find the perfect pair of vintage boots under $20. People will be kickin’ themselves for not being able to find a pair to call their own.

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GL AZED

P I N E A PPL ESR I RAC HA

W H AT YO U NEED 1 8 OZ. CAN OF CRUSHED PINEAPPLE (WITH JUICE) 1/3 CUP SRIRACHA 1 TABLESPOON WHITE SUGAR 1/4 TEASPOON SALT 1/4 TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER 1 TABLESPOON PARSLEY FLAKES 2 CLOVES OF FRESH GARLIC (FINELY MINCED) 1 CUP GREEN ONION (OR APPROXIMATELY THREE SPRIGS)

Well, dear readers, summer is over, and with its

OPTION 1

end comes the death of free time, warm nights and lounging by the pool. But don’t put away

SIMPLY COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS IN LARGE MIXING BOWL

the grill just yet because it’s prime tailgat-

FOR A CHUTNEY STYLE SAUCE.

ing season, folks. So in an effort to prolong that summer heat, here are two kick-ass

OPTION 2

hot sauces to keep you warm during those

BLEND IN A FOOD PROCESSOR FOR A SMOOTH MARINADE.

brisk fall cookouts. With these sauces, you’ll make Bobby Flay your bitch and show your friends who the real sauce-

YOU CAN DIP OR TOSS CHICKEN WINGS IN THIS SAUCE, MARINADE

boss is!

VIRTUALLY ANY MEAT IN IT, OR BRUSH IT ON STEAKS WHILE GRILLING.

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OVER

CL A SSI C B UF FALO

W HAT YO U NE E D 1 POUND OF BUTTER (YES, THAT’S ALL FOUR STICKS) 1 CUP LOUISIANA STYLE HOT SAUCE 1 TEASPOON CAYENNE PEPPER 1/2 TEASPOON WHITE SUGAR SAUCE PAN MEDIUM-SIZED MIXING BOWL LARGE MIXING BOWL

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VASU GUPTA

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WHISK TOGETHER HOT SAUCE, CAYENNE AND WHITE SUGAR IN A MEDIUM MIXING BOWL.

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PLACE MEDIUM BOWL IN LARGER BOWL AND LINE THE SPACE WITH ICE. SET ASIDE.

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MELT YOUR BUTTER IN THE SAUCE PAN UNTIL LIQUEFIED.

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GRADUALLY WHISK BUTTER INTO YOUR HOT SAUCE MIXTURE UNTIL THOROUGHLY BLENDED. FOR A MORE “RAW” HEAT ADD MORE CAYENNE TO TASTE. IF YOU ARE WANTING A TANGY SAUCE, ADD MORE OF THE LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE.

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GET OFF MY FELLOW BABY JAYHAWKS:

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AND NOW A WORD FROM SOME BADASSES:

our years ago (which felt like only a week ago), I was a

WHITNEY ANTWINE

freshman. The stormy seas that accompanied my depar-

VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING CLUB

ture into the university lifestyle saw no shortage of the

“My junior year – just through my attendance at the

need for belonging, yet I went about it the wrong way. I learned

Spring 2013 Ad Crawl in New York City – I made more

(much later on) that your future employers don’t care if you can

than 160 connections on LinkedIn. Not only were they

take four Budweisers in a beer bong, nor will your Call of Duty

connections with peers, I made connections with the hu-

kill-death ratio impress anyone in the real world.

man resources directors of global advertising agencies.”

Getting involved on campus and in the community may seem daunting as a freshman, but as a seasoned senior I can attest that the long-term benefits far exceed the initial anxiety that comes with meeting new people. In fact, it will be the best decision of your life.

EMMA HALLING STUDENT BODY VICE PRESIDENT

“Being involved in student groups like the Commission on the Status of Women helped me to hone my leadership skills and professional interests. In fact, my student group

So don’t wait until your junior year to get involved – when you’re scrambling to compile your resume and connections (like me, but I was lucky). Tie yourself to the university so that you can

involvement put me in contact with the nationwide organization for which I now serve on the board of directors, and helped me to determine my career path after graduation.”

be legendary. Don’t be too cool to do something. Like, what’s the worst that people are going to say? Oh, look at that guy! He recently volunteered at a homeless shelter. That’s soooo dumb. Oh, that hurts so much coming from someone who may one day be on the receiving end of a soup kitchen ladle. Besides, it’s more likely that you’ll meet the love of your life, best friend or future employer at the Big Event than on Xbox Live. Oh, and partying is far more rewarding when you actually have a reason to party. - MARIA A JUAREZ

MICHAEL GARRETT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BIG EVENT

“Getting involved on campus with something such as the Big Event is incredibly rewarding. Not only do you get to meet students that share your interests, you also get to give something back to the university and to Lawrence. For me, KU didn’t feel like home until I got involved with activities outside of just going to class. Plus you get to meet cute girls.”

REUBEN PEREZ DIRECTOR OF THE SILC OFFICE

“The best way to get involved is to literally have the courage to attend just one event or meeting, stick out your hand to meet new individuals, and say, ‘I’d like to get involved.’

One campus involvement can lead

to so many other involvements and opportunities and it can happen that easily. You just have to show up!”

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YOUR ASS ASS ASS ASS ASS HEATHYR JOHNSON CCO DIRECTOR

“The Center for Community Outreach is a place that combines varying talents, fosters lifelong friendships, supports academia, and continuously prepares its members for life after college. Our style of

volunteerism is not just a resume builder, but is meant to instill a mindset of service into the lives of KU students that they will carry long after they graduate. Come hang out in room 405 of the Kan-

sas Union to learn about how you can serve and smile with us.”

HANNAH SITZ

DIRECTOR OF ALTERNATIVE BREAKS, TRUMAN AWARD RECIPIENT

“Making a difference has never been so much fun. Alternative Breaks are great ways to spend your academic breaks doing something mean-

ingful while traveling across the nation with other KU students. Through direct service and reflection, Alternative Breaks are life chang-

ing ways to learn about some of today’s most pressing social issues.”

AND NOW A WORD FROM YOUR PRESIDENT:

I

f you involve yourself, plug yourself in and connect to KU’s “social

Don’t be afraid of change. The geography of your freshman living can

institution,” you can become as prepared for the professional world

direct your experience at KU. On-Campus Living, Greek Houses, Schol-

as the best Ivy League undergrads. Professionally, you will hear this

arship Halls, apartments... whatever. These will be your communities at

all the time, “that student from the Ivy League sure is smart, but I want

first, but eventually, you will demand more. As you explore, build con-

to hire a graduate from KU. They get it. Those KU students know the

nections and diversify your experience, you will become self-discovered,

value of hard work.” This “social institution” doesn’t have a building, it

involved, prestigious, and connected to Jayhawk Nation. The trick is to

doesn’t have a degree, but it’s available to us all the same; we just have

get out of your shell, explore and identify what you like. Then, capital-

to find it. 


ize on that opportunity. Finally, build it up and leave it better than you found it. Explore. Capitalize. Build. -MARCUS TETWILER

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WHAT WERE BEFORE REA A GUIDE TO GET

THINKING ABOUT HOW TO FULFILL YOUR COURT ORDER

PLANNING SPRING BREAK

CCO (CENTER FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

THE BIG EVENT

GET TIN’ SOME RESUME CANDY, PERHAPS. MEET CHICKS WHO AREN’T BL ACKED OUT. TACKLE SOCIAL ILLS WITH CONCRETE CONTRIBUTIONS TO BENEFIT THOSE WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO P L AY A N G R Y B I R D S O N T H E I R I P H O N E 4S.

GET DRUNK. DISGRACE YO U R S E L F. P I S S YO U R PANTS. BE HUNGOVER. RINSE, REPEAT. REFLECT ON YOUR DEATHBED.

ALTERNATIVE BREAK

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YOU DOING DING THIS? D A T A S S I N V O LV E D

MASTURBATING ARGUING WITH YOUR ROOMMATE ABOUT

FACEBOOK

NOW WHAT?

THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA CREEPIN’

GREAT! NOW YOU CAN HELP OTHERS NOW THAT YOU’VE HELPED YOURS E L F.

SHOULD WE INVADE?

YES

NO

STUDENT SENATE

PLANNING A FRIEND’S B I R T H DAY BASH

GET A LIFE

SUA

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W

e’ve all heard it before: the Kansas Jayhawks football team will be better

this season. Kansas football fans have heard this phrase countless times over the last two seasons and the program has become the joke of the Big 12. Then again (and forgive me for saying this), the Kansas football team will be better this season. It’s not difficult to emerge from an abysmal 1-11 campaign (cue the “it can only go up from here” cliché), but the 2013 season will be the one that helps turn this program around. I’m not saying the Jayhawks will play in a bowl game or fight for a conference championship, but Jayhawk nation finally won’t be embarrassed to root for this program.

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The team’s improvement begins at the quarterback position, which is perhaps the most prominent in sports. Brigham Young University transfer Jake Heaps is arguably the most talented quarterback to come to Kansas in the program’s history. Heaps was a high school All-American quarterback who was ranked number one in the class of 2010. Although he struggled to adjust to the college game at BYU, Heaps has the potential to make the Jayhawks a significantly better team in 2013. The other newcomer for Kansas, junior wide receiver Justin McCay, will also have a major impact in 2013. Similar to Heaps, McCay is an extremely talented player who was unable to deliver at Oklahoma University. As a four-star recruit, he was widely considered to be one of the best receivers in his class. In the end, the combination of Heaps and McCay will dramatically upgrade the Jayhawk offense, which last season had no passing game and saw no wide receivers catch a touchdown pass. This is college football; receivers are there to catch touchdowns. Though it will take more than Heaps and McCay for Kansas to make progress in 2013. The pass defense needs to improve, and Charlie Weis needs to find a kicker, but it’s refreshing to see talented players finally play in Lawrence. While Kansas probably won’t shock anyone with their regular season performances, I guarantee that the 2013 season will be the start of a new era for Jayhawk football.

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WE’RE OLD ENOUGH, SO LET’S DISCUSS IT.

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FRIENDS WITH

DETRIMENTS WRITTEN BY SAM POIRIER

This one is tricky because signing up for a friend with penetra-

"un-relationship." Having someone to smooch and smush around the

tion benefits sounds like a great idea to a rookie, especially one with a

clock followed by a Taco Bell breakfast was as much as I had wanted out

breakup chip on the shoulder. Between a heavy schedule of homework

of romance, anyway. And just like that, my no-strings tryst came to an

and homies, the idea of a relationship that requires significant time and

end.

restraint can seem exhausting. Lugging around a ball and chain doesn't sound appetizing to many people this age. So, of course, a shag con-

It soured dramatically. One morning I rolled over, but instead of

tract with no obligation seems like a solid plan for the time being. This

wanting to frisk him awake, I felt oddly repulsed at the sight of this

scenario, however, can be much more complicated because we forget

naked bag of bones beside me. Our little project that had been rub-

to factor in emotions. Certain films as of late only make it worse with

bing me so right was beginning to rub me wrong. The repulsion quickly

romantic finales for the on-screen couples who began as "just friends,"

transformed into annoyance. The thrill and fun that had been the wind

and where there is nookie, there is love, but in reality, it's a much sticki-

to my sails ceased as the question of dignity crept on. I poked him to a

er situation. I took a crack at it recently and didn't end up with a fantasy

conscious state and greeted him with a stink eye, and as we attempt-

conclusion to report on. In fact, it was far from dreamy.

ed to talk our way back to the honeymoon, that muffin-loving feeling slipped further and further away. The desire for something more

Last summer kicked off with a split that torpedoed my little heart. I

meaningful than doggystyle at 3:47 a.m. eclipsed the initial want of

experienced a brief period of nightly cocktails and rom-coms, but cry-

free love. Unfortunately, it took me a few more rolls in the hay to real-

ing and moping gets old fast. My sentiment was spent. Consequently,

ize that notion entirely. It took several more after that to further grasp

I spent the months following my breakup pity party engaging in a vari-

he would never truly give me what I wanted beyond hearty thrusting.

ety of sketchy activities. School ended. It was hot as spit outside, and

The wet season came to a close.

miraculously all of my best friends were single, as well. Life was one big Vegas bachelorette bash minus the plastic tiaras and penis party

So I quit it. A friend had suggested somewhere during this mess

favors. In the midst of this boy buffet, I was introduced to a beau who

that sex doesn't always carry the same value for everyone. Luckily, my

happened to live down the street. We didn't waste time in discovering

neighbor and I are still able to be chummy, and I'm sure he would still

a mutual interest in late night visits to knock boots. The added conve-

lend me some sugar if I ever needed it.

nience of having a play friend a few houses away made it near impossible to refuse. After some momentary hesitation, we agreed to try it.

There aren't a lot of rules to play by in this matter of affairs, but it

It was then I entered into the danger zone.

is extremely crucial to recognize what you need out of the situation. Settling for anything is about as satisfying as a gas station cappuccino;

Initially, it was flawless. We managed to create a stress-free shag

in the end, it’s nothing but powder and hot water. My story didn't come

environment. Obviously, I was stoked to be getting stroked. I got to

with a fairytale ending, but I wasn't exactly expecting one. It's not a

parade around town with my fellow damsels until the wee morning

romance for the books, but I figure it was time better spent rather than

hours, and if the night's fortunes didn't include a new Rico Suave in my

hours of Netflix while painting my dog's nails. It was a win/win. I was

company, the neighborhood cuddle buddy always came in handy. The

able to get jiggy while learning a thing or two, and life lessons always go

first few months had me believing that I had mastered the art of the

down smoother with a little sex on the beach.

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COUGIN’ FUCK,

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I’M 28.

WRITTEN BY WHITNEY ANTWINE

I was shocked when he said he’d never been to Henry’s Upstairs. I

sexually than men ten years older, but that glimmer of innocence and

was even more shocked when he said, “Well, I just turned 21 like eight

excitement in his eye as he tells you he wants to go down on you (you

months ago.” I should have known when he offered to burn me the

mean they like foreplay, too?) is certainly enough to get a lady riled up.

mix CD we listened to during our midnight escapade, or maybe it was when that other guy told me he’d love to go out, but could only go to

No woman should ever be embarrassed by the fact that she en-

Brother’s because he doesn’t turn 21 until December. This December.

joys sex. We aren’t talking chronic promiscuity (no judgements here

That’s when it hit me: I’m a fucking cougar.

if that’s your thing), but there is no shame in knowing who you are and being happy with who that person is. The days of slut-shaming are

I love men. I love the way they look. The way they dress. The way

over. It’s 2013. Women are allowed to have sex and like it. It doesn’t

they feel. And men’s cologne. Mmmm. I won’t apologize. Researcher

make them slutty just like it doesn’t make a man slutty. Double-stan-

Alfred Kinsey found in the 1950s that women have more orgasms in

dards can suck it.

their 30s than at any other time in life. In fact, he specified that women at the ages of 27 and 28 as the peak of the peak. While I believe

I haven’t completely dedicated myself to the Millennial Gen-

“sexual peaks” are determined by the individual, I certainly can’t let

eration. Let’s be honest, age ain’t nothin’ but a number. But I have

this alleged sexual prime slip between my pretty little fingers.

dedicated myself to being comfortable in my own skin. If that means hooking up with young bucks in a dark car in an alley behind Louisiana

And this is not intentional, but inevitable when 18-24 year-olds

Street, then a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

comprise most of Lawrence. Sometimes the brews keep flowing and the next thing you know you are making out like high schoolers in a parked car. Maybe that’s because not that long ago, he was a high schooler. As I approach my own ten-year high school reunion, I have to remind myself that I’m not getting any younger. I’m like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, “I get older, and they stay the same age.” I’m almost positive it’s the hairless chest, and no matter how many beers are consumed, he still maintains that high school pole vaulter’s body. He also still appreciates the thrill of making out. I’m only 28, but there is a definite decrease in lip-locked endurance with older men as compared to these young babes on campus. Sure, he’s less experienced

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OFFICE SEX HOW I NEARLY ENDED MY CAREER BEFORE IT BEGAN

WRITTEN BY NICK LONGSFELD

I

started a new job this summer, and I had sex with one of my co-

Office politics, as you may imagine, has nothing remotely to do with

workers the very first week. Am I proud of that fact? Yes, obviously.

anything political. Except if you count lying, talking behind peoples’

But at the time I was replete with worry. Would everyone else in the

backs, shady deals made behind closed doors, judging people, and jock-

office find out the next day? Would I be fired for such casual bouts of

eying for power. It’s a high-stress environment where people are catty,

indiscretion, especially in my first week? And more importantly, was this

judgmental, and behave very similarly to the main characters in Mean

girl on birth control? That still is most important.

Girls.

One thing, among many, that you’ll never learn in college is how to

I can’t speak to how much my own office this summer was truly like

navigate the delicate waters of an office. For those that know me, I’m

this, but it was a weird feeling being thrown back to the bottom of the

always myself. I’m loud, brash, arrogant, and generally indifferent to the

social ladder, where I had to watch what I said, who I talked to, and what

opinions or feelings of others. This, no doubt, turns off many who meet

I said to who I talked to about I had said to someone else. Especially as a

me, but I don’t really care (see previous sentence). For my flaws, I can

young professional, and especially since this was my first “career-type”

also be loyal, open, and completely honest about, well anything really.

job, I really had to be mindful of the impression I made in this office.

It’s a polarizing dichotomy, but it’s always worked to some degree. I find

Gone was the, “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that had reigned supreme

if I be myself, some people will gravitate towards me, and others won’t.

through college. I had to start giving fucks, lots of fucks, because this was

C’est la vie.

my one major shot at a salary. After twelve months of failed interviews that led to zero job prospects, I knew I had to impress my boss enough

This summer turned that line of thinking on its head. In college,

to make him want to hire me permanently. So I started watching what

where people are liberal and open and experimenting with their sexuality,

I said, how I acted, and started giving so many fucks, I was like Santa on

it’s fine to be shy, or a bit of an asshole, or a bit of both. College is a time

Christmas.

when you truly grow into your personality, blossoming into that beautiful flower that is you. People are drunk and their memories are forgiving, so there’s a lot of chances to work on your social skills. Not so much in an office. You see, in an office, everyone plays the game of office politics. THE HILL

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I worked hard, kept my head down, and did my best to be affable.

If only I had done something differently, right at that moment, things

For those that watch Mad Men, character Bob Benson was my idol. Be

would’ve been okay. I can remember that moment with this night. We

congenial, smile a lot, remember peoples’ names, offer to help whenever

we’re leaving the bar, but there was the question of what to do next. Split

and wherever you can. Do quality work, do it efficiently, and don’t dick

a cab? Go with my friends? Or, make a move and see where that takes

around on the computer. The strategy was simple, and I followed it well

me? In my mind, what’s left of the conscience I have screamed, “No.

enough for the first...four days.

Don’t do it. Dating people at work is a bad idea. You don’t know why exactly, and you will Google it later, but you’ve seen enough romantic

And then this girl walked into my office. That may sound cliche, but

comedies with Matt McConaughey to know this is a crazy dumb idea.”

that’s literally all she did. She stopped by to say hello and have a quick

Like every other regretful mistake in my life though, I promptly said, “Ah

chat. Standard small talk about where I went to school, where I was from,

fuck it.”

etc. Basic bullshit. No love interest sparked. Our eyes didn’t lock. She just swung by, introduced herself, and moved on. It was all very professional, I swear.

The next morning was okay enough. I had a raging headache, didn’t really know where I was, and my stuff was strewn all over the room. Pretty standard start to a Saturday. We said our semi-awkward goodbyes

That weekend though, Cupid did a drive-by and fucked up my whole

and shared one of those next morning kisses that are always really gross.

life. I was out drinking with friends downtown, as we’re want to do on a

You know, where your mouth is dry and tastes like an ashtray dipped in

Friday night, and I noticed this girl happened to be at the same bar. In

Rumplemintz, so you try to avoid making any real contact with the other

an effort to be polite, I went over to say hello (remember where I said

person? “Oh, uhhh, yeah uhh bye...okay, yeah bye. I’ll call you.”

be congenial and smile a lot?). We chatted again, for what seemed only briefly at first. But by that time, I had been drinking a bit, so I was los-

The rest of the weekend, I lost my mind thinking of every way I had

ing my normally firm grasp on social etiquette, the English language, or

screwed up, and every way this scenario could go bad. By Monday morn-

balance. My memory of the events that transpired can be most aptly

ing, I was scared to even show up to work. What happened to keeping

described as a “brown-out,” but at some point later that night, there was

my head down? Smiling and being congenial did not mean smiling and

sex. I remember that part.

being co-genital. So what began as a casual encounter with a co-worker quickly devolved into a high-stress situation, where every day I feared my

Have you ever done something seriously wrong, like gotten punched

mistake would get someone else fired. Or worse, me.

at The Hawk or been mugged in Las Vegas or been to jail? I have, and each time there’s a distinct moment in my memory where I know, I fucked up.

W EEK

W EEK

I started this internship rightly enough. Wore a suit the first day, was polite, held doors for people, etc. etc. The mid-size office has that generic description that aptly fits most corporate jobs in middle America - cubicles, offices, hallways, bathrooms. There’s nothing new-age or revolutionary about the space, which is unfortunate because after watching both seasons of HBO’s Girls I was hoping for something with a downtown loft/ uptown luxury kind of feel - exposed brick, Mac computers, a bevy of other interns wearing jeans in the office - that sort of thing. But alas, it was nothing like that. Just a plain, nondescript office environment that’s perfect for encouraging people to do little else than sit behind a computer and get shit done from time to time. Lots of square-toed shoes though. I guess no one reads Style on the Hill.

Officially “talked to” today by my mentor. I didn’t really understand the whole exchange, mostly because it was coded in stern warnings and vague references, and I’m neither the best at reading people nor listening to them. However, I could get the general sense that something was amiss, it involved certain parties, and I was clearly one of them. Immediately I was thrown into a state of paranoia. Everyone knew what had happened. Everyone knew I had been reprimanded, and there was worse to come for my partner in coitus crime. For the rest of the week I remained in a state of tension, tip-toeing around to avoid coming into contact with anyone.

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Except of course on the weekend, where I bragged to my friends. Naturally.

This is the week I made my first “mistake.” By mistake I mean banging.

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The paranoia had worn off slightly, but it was still there, creeping at the edges of any social interaction. My natural self-conscious tendencies were eating away at my ability to function as anything but a strung-out mess. Luckily it’s a accounting firm, so everyone sort of resembles that anyway.

God bless the troops for Memorial Day. A short week and a high workload means I’m confined to my own office. I hunker down behind my computer screen and actually work all day to prevent passers-by from having a casual chat.

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W EEK

Unfortunately in an email I’m alerted to a social event in the coming weeks: an all-office baseball game (Spouses or significant others welcome!). My mind races. I need someone that’s amiable enough to sit with for four hours, friendly enough to talk to my co-workers, and pretty enough to make everyone jealous. I begin shopping for trophy-dates, asking a few of my female friends to join me in attendance, but I quickly give up on that plan. As of now, there is no one. So. Fucked.

W EEK

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After a boozy weekend at the lake, I’m starting to feel a lot more passive about this whole thing. Just as I would inevitably turn from 8 hours of work per day to 8 hours of Internet blog reading, things are settling down. Fuck it, maybe I’ll just roll with this chick to that Royals game thing. I need to work on my bedroom skills anyway. Dust off the cobwebs in a way my right hand will never be able to.

Abrupt turnaround. Said girl hasn’t set foot in my office since the last time, around Week 4. It was probably something I said or did, I’m not sure which. For the most part though, my goal has been to keep a low profile and let time drive a wedge into this relationship. Occasionally I’ll consider texting or even talking to her, but that small, barely audible conscience of mine reminds me that inter-office dating is a bad idea. Best to let things dissolve naturally I suppose, and fizzle out over the long course of the summer.

Also thus far I’ve neglected to mention that this girl comes into my office nearly every day to chat, which I wouldn’t mind if I was a nice person who had feelings like a normal human, but I’m not. That’s why I’m always playing the, “Look baby now’s not a good time,” routine. Can’t you see I’m trying to handle some emails? Damn girl.

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That’s how the story ended; things indeed fizzled out. While that doesn’t make for the most climactic of reads, this is my life I was dealing with, so I wasn’t in the mood for some Ocean’s 11 type thrill-seeking. Frankly, it was a perfect way to end it. Nothing blew up, no drama erupted at the office, and although we didn’t get to have “relations” on my desk, it’s nice to know that we can still be friendly and work together. I only say that because it’s nice to know that shit won’t hit the fan and I won’t be fired. The storm seems to have passed, and I can’t help but be overlycautious about preventing another bout of indiscretion.


SO WHAT BEGAN AS A CASUAL ENCOUNTER W I T H A C O -W O R K E R Q U I C K LY D E V O LV E D I N T O A H I G H -S T R E S S S I T U A T I O N , W H E R E E V E R Y D AY I FEARED MY MISTAKE WOULD GET SOMEONE ELSE FIRED. OR WORSE, ME.

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WE SEE IT. WE CALL IT OUT.

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s many seasoned veterans and newbie freshmen know, The

The fines for these citations are more lenient than laws in other

Jayhawk Cafe, most commonly known as “The Hawk,” has a

states. For example, the first offense for serving a minor in the state of

notorious reputation of serving minors. For many years, The

Kansas is a $500 fine, which is an insignificant amount compared to the

Hawk has been a drunken safe haven for freshmen, allowing them to live

profits made at the bar on a standard weekend night. The second and

the college bar experience three years ahead of the legal time. Assuming

third offenses are a $750 and $1,000 fine, respectively. At the fourth

this is common knowledge to the rest of the KU community, how is this

offense and on, the punishment includes at least a $1,000 fine along

infamous bar legally allowed to keep its dirty doors open?

with weekend suspensions. A bar wouldn’t get its license revoked until

the eighth offense. Between 2009-2011, The Hawk was successfully In 2011, the Lawrence-Journal World requested records of all the

prosecuted twice and had eight cases pending, but the bar was only

local bars that had received citations for serving the underage crowd,

seventh on the list with the most prosecutions. So, what’s the catch?

and The Hawk was near the top of that list. During that year, it had 23

The reason that many bars are allowed to continue to cater to minors is

citations from Alcohol Beverage Control, second only to Abe and Jake’s

because the violations are counted over a four year period. As long as

Landing with 28. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that there

any Lawrence bar is not successfully prosecuted more than seven times

were exactly 23 cases of underage drinking at the bar. If ABC issued

over the course of four years, then its license cannot be revoked.

multiple citations within the same night, then those could actually end up being clumped together as a single citation. There’s also a long delay between citation and prosecution, sometimes up to a year.

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With that, may many more generations of freshman classes be able to bask in the underage glory that is The Jayhawk Cafe.


MELANIE LIKES GOLDSCHLÄGER, BUT GOLDSCHLÄGER DOESN’T LIKE MELANIE

ESTABLISHED IN 1919, THE J AY H AWK C A F E H A S B E E N A STAPLE AMONG KU STUDENTS, 21 YEARS-OLD AND UNDER.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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outine is something very familiar to a

Abbott can also be seen with his other

“I really like going to the barbecues on game

man many Lawrence residents know –

companion, a life-sized doll with dark brown hair

days. I can walk down there to the games. I’ve

Dennis Abbott. Abbott is a Lawrence

and startling, unblinking blue eyes. Her name

really got to look into when the first game is,”

native who currently resides somewhere near

is Bala, and he lovingly refers to her as “baby.”

he said.

17th Street. Many can see him walking down

Bala, however, did not seem to be the only

Massachusetts Street pushing a grocery cart or

woman in his life. Resting on the middle of the

Right outside of Quinton’s, his cart waited on the

dining in one of his favorite restaurants. Despite

table were three photographs of a mysterious

sidewalk. Today, it contained three or four brown

his widespread recognition, Dennis remains a

blonde woman.

leather couch cushions. Abbott said that he had

mystery. Where did he come from? What’s his

just found them somewhere and was planning on

story? And most importantly, what is the name

“That? That is just the girl,” Abbott said as he

taking them home with him. He plans on making

of his life-sized doll?

picked them up and showed them to me. After

them into a comfy bed for his room.

he gazed at them for a brief moment, he sat Abbott visits Quinton’s Bar and Deli at 11:00

them back down and took a sip of his Dr. Pepper.

a.m. every day – just in time for lunch.

Unraveling the mystery that is Dennis Abbott is going to take much more than a glimpse into his

Like most residents of Lawrence, Abbott is a KU

lunchtime routine. Abbott is a friendly face who

“I always have the ham sandwich,” Abbott said,

sports fanatic. He eagerly described his room at

likes to venture to his favorite spots downtown,

as he munched away in his regular booth. He

home, which boasts a large blue Jayhawk, along

not only for the food, but to see his friends. As

sported a bright red football jersey for a team

with a desk chair of which he too seemed proud.

the waitresses glance behind their shoulders and

that he couldn’t recognize: the Kansas City Chiefs.

wave, it’s clear that Abbott plays a prominent Just like many other Jayhawk fans, tailgating is

role in the Lawrence street scene.

his favorite part of football season. When asked “My name is Dennis Abbott and I’m 48 years

about basketball, he said that it was just too far

“I like to come [to Quinton’s] all the time

old,” he said in between bites. “I live with John,”

for him to walk.

because of the girls,” he said pointing a finger at

he said. “He’s my friend but he is kind of hard

the waitresses in the corner who smiled back at

sometimes.” He said nothing more about John.

him.

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If you’re wearing a diamond tipped tie, you’re a nitwit because the 80s knit fad has made a strong comeback thanks to its ability to spice up any outfit. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of knit ties. The knit tie should be considered a “skinny” tie. You wouldn’t wear a tube sock around your neck, so don’t wear a non-skinny knitted tie, lest you end up on the wrong side of an ill-inspired pun. Wear it right, and you will look suave and confident.

I LIKE TO COME [TO QUINTON’S] ALL THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE GIRLS.

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E C O H O M E ECO HOME L

ocated down a rough and dusty road six miles west of Lawrence, atop a steep hill that overlooks miles of green fields and the blue waters of Clinton Lake, sits the Eco House at 523 North 1500

Road. Hidden behind a grove of tall pines, the home feels separated from the rest of the world by the surrounding tranquil country setting. Though the views are captivating, they are equally matched in beauty by the modern designs of the Eco House.

A strikingly modern single-slope metal roof and bright yellow and

orange stucco walls contrast against the rugged natural landscape, creating a unique divergence of modernism and nature. This is a continuing theme evident in not just the home’s setting, but also in its interior design and functionality.

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N I C K N A M E D T H E “ E C O H O U S E ”, T H I S R E N T A L H O M E H A S E N V I R O N M E N T A L A S P E C T S S U C H A S G E O T H E R M A L H VA C ( H E A T I N G , A I R C O N D I T I O N V E N T I L A T I O N ) W I T H Z O N E D R A D I A N T F L O O R H E A T , E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N T A P P L I A N C E S , PA S S I V E S O L A R D E S I G N , CONCRETE AND METAL CONSTRUCTION.

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THE MODERN ST YLES OF THE METAL CEILINGS, ULTRA-CONTEMPORARY FIXTURES AND SLEEK SPIRAL STAIRCASE ARE COUNTERBAL ANCED BY THE MANY TRADITIONAL TOUCHES.

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Mark and Niki Schnieder own the Eco House. The Lawrence couple

perception of a more spacious and inviting living environment. The

purchased 80 acres of land in 2003 when the property consisted only

80 acres of the land the house occupies near Clinton Lake are open,

of a garage foundation and a double-wide trailer. Their grand vision,

natural and low-maintenance. Mark also plans to someday install solar

however, was to construct a modern “green” vacation home to rent to

panels to the house for an additional eco-friendly component.

visitors and for special events. After two years of custom design and work, the home now sits as a The Schnieders hired local architect J. Stephen Lane because of

symbol of eco-chic meets country-living, fashioning one of the most

Lane’s affinity for creating “custom homes that use environmentally

unique places to stay for a trip to Lawrence. The unique juxtaposition

friendly design.” According to Niki, sustainability concepts were

of contemporary and country in the Eco House’s exterior creates

important from the beginning of the project, when the couple decided

an eclectic vibe that does not end at the home’s doorstep. Upon

to reuse the existing structure on the property.

walking inside, guests are greeted by a hodgepodge of diverse yet complementary styles. The modern styles of the metal ceilings,

“We were influenced by the footprint of the original garage

ultra-contemporary fixtures and sleek spiral staircase are counter-

foundation,” Niki said. “We also wanted to incorporate a lot of natural

balanced by the many traditional touches. These include many older

sunlight by designing an open floor plan with lots of large windows.”

wooden furniture pieces that are given an extra hint of character due to some subtle wear and tear. The many works of art throughout the

The thoughtful attention to detail as the owners developed a sustainable structure is a distinct quality of the home’s layout. This idea, coupled with Lane’s “philosophy of architectural design, to be more observant of naturally occurring materials to create self-sufficient lifestyles,” has proved successful in every aspect of the Eco House. The home uses geothermal energy to heat and cool the house. An anglevaulted ceiling on the main level creates the ability to capture more natural lighting as well as solar heating. This openness also creates the

house exhibit a strong sense of traditional southwestern culture that parallels the home’s color pallet and stucco walls. A guest book rests on the living room coffee table, documenting the long list of happy tenants who have rented the space. Many have commented on the comfortable openness of the house, as well as its breathtaking views and the serene environment it creates. One entry in particular captures most aptly what all others have tried to express: “Thanks for a peaceful house to call home.”

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I N T E R V I E W B Y B AY L E E S O W T E R

THE HILL SITS DOWN WITH THE PRINCE OF PART Y

M AY B E S I N C E N O O N E R E A L LY KN OW S WH AT H A P P E N S WH E N YO U D I E, M AY B E YO U G O I N TO S O M E OT H E R D I M E N S I O N T H AT’S E V E N PA R T I E R T H A N T H I S O N E.

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WHAT IS TIME?

EW W.K.

I mean it’s definitely a very baffling and unusual phenomenon. It’s hard exactly to figure out where it starts and where it ends. It’s perpetual, it’s consistent, but it’s not clear exactly how it moves. I mean that way

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it seems most of us humans experience time in this sort of left to right, linear version where something happens before, something is happening now and something is happening in the future, but it’s possible that time might be more like a spiral, like a whirlpool. Sometimes that’s how it feels to me. Everything is happening at once, and it can seem like it was the past or something that’s happened in the future. But maybe it’s kind of all

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GUITAR IN THE SHAPE OF A PIZZA.

rotating in a big spinning wheel rather than a long line. But it’s also a very valuable and very intangible substance. It’s this thing, time, that we have a limited amount of, and we don’t know actually how much we have at any one moment. It could be over at any time, so it’s very precious. Very, very precious. That’s why we can never be lazy and never take it for granted and do as much as we can with the time we have right now. It could be some time, the way we experience time, like maybe the way an animal like a dog or a birdie, fishie, or a horsie or something. They might experience time in a totally different way. I mean I think I heard someone say that dogs don’t have any concept of past or future. They’re just always in the present, now, at all times. Which is kind of hard to imagine what that’s like, but it’s a neat idea. The one thing I can say about time is that it’s time to party.

This was a dream of mine for many, many years. I think maybe all the way back to 2003 or so. I had this dream of making an electric guitar in the slice of a pizza – pizza supreme, with all those nice toppings. Eventually, I was fortunate enough to meet the nice folks at the guitar company called “ESP” who are actually based in Japan, but they also have offices in the US. And a lot of the guitar players in my band have worked with ESP, so they’ve been supporting this party for a long time, and they said, “You know what, we’ll help make your pizza guitar dream come true.” It took about five years of work, but we finally finished it, and now it exists. I think it might be (as far as I’m aware) the only ever guitar shaped like a slice of pizza in the whole world. One of the most exciting things that ever happened to me in my whole life was when Pee-wee Herman tweeted about my pizza

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST SHOW YO U’V E E V E R P L AY E D? Well, there’s been a lot. And I really do feel like there are party angels, guardian angels, gods, or there could even be party demons. Some kind of, almost paranormal or supernatural forces that are protecting me and

guitar to all his friends on the computer and told the world that he thought it was cool. And that was a big deal to me that Pee-wee Herman liked it.

WHAT’S THE MOST PART Y THING, AND THE LEAST PART Y THING YOU CAN THINK OF?

this party and the partiers that are with me because we’ve had some really crazy, chaotic experiences. But we’ve always managed to make it out okay. So now I have to touch wood to knock on wood here. Gotta find some wood, just bare with me one second. I do apologize for this, I shouldn’t have said that, but now I just gotta find a little piece of wood real quick, and I’ll be able to finish answering the question. Just give me one second here. Okay here we go, some wood * knock on wood * So there was a show we played in Detroit, oh boy I don’t know, maybe 2004 or something where the whole crowd was jumping. It was at a place called, The Magic Stick, and they had bowling alleys in the basement and we were playing in the venue above the bowling alleys. People were jumping so hard that they actually caved in the floor, and the roof (the ceiling) of the bowling alley underneath us got completely caved in – that was pretty crazy. Fortunately, I guess no one was really hurt, and the damage wasn’t really that bad, but it was pretty intense. I actually just went back to that venue and everyone said, “Oh I remember you. You’re the one that caved in the floor from all the dancing.” You know, there’s been a lot of chaos and excitement at the shows, but it’s always a cheerful kind of crazy. It’s always a good attitude – a lot of kindness and friendship and warmth.

Well, I think the most party thing is probably just being alive at all. I guess that’s kind of how I thought of partying from the beginning. If you break it down, when you party, you’re celebrating something that you’re thankful for, that you’re grateful for, that you’re excited about. Like, a lot of people party on Friday because they’re celebrating the weekend, and they’re grateful that they have a break from work and people like to party on their birthday because they’re grateful that they were born. You know you party on the holidays, you could be thankful for the new year, whatever it may be, but if you’re alive that’s something to be thankful for every day, and that gives you that reason to be in a party state of mind every single day – to celebrate the fact that we’re alive, and we have this chance to enjoy our time here. So then maybe the least party thing would be dying. But who knows, maybe that’s like the most exciting thing of all. Maybe since no one really knows what happens when you die, maybe you go in to some other dimension that’s even partier than this one. So maybe instead of death, I mean death’s a mystery, we just don’t know. But the least party thing I can think of is just not partying at all. You know, where partying somehow never existed. styleonthehill.com

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F

OR 21 YEARS, the first door on the northeast corner of 8th

farmers that provide for it, and the new digs are being shaped to appeal

and Massachusetts Street opened into a restaurant called Tell-

to a crowd found somewhere between the well-off, suit-and-tie profes-

er’s. Teller’s was a beloved, time-honored Lawrence spot, but

sionals and the Natty Light-drinking, ramen-eating rabble on Lawrence’s

unlike many of Lawrence’s other beloved, time-honored spots — ahem,

spectrum of restaurant patrons. It’s not going to be the Wheel, by any

the Wheel, for instance — Teller’s was nice. Teller’s was really nice. Teller’s

means, but it’s not going to be too pricey to enjoy without having your

was where you’d go if you wanted a shot at getting laid on a first date.

parents there to foot the bill.

Teller’s was where you took your parents — and subsequently, their credit card — if you felt like eating something that wasn’t pizza or a janky box of

You may still even be able to get laid after taking a date there, too.

stale California rolls you bought at the food court in the Student Union. Teller’s was the restaurant at 746 Massachusetts St. until May 31, 2013:

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the day Teller’s closed that first door on that northeast corner for the last time.

I notice there’s no door, at all, in fact, where that old door used to be as I walk across Mass to the old bank building where Teller’s was, and

One hundred and eight days later, on Sept. 16, that door opened up

where Merchants will be. It’s Tuesday on the first week of this semester’s

into Merchants Pub and Plate, a new gastropub that will likely become

classes, and the only thing separating the building’s insides from the thick

known more for its extensive craft beer selection and high-quality pub

afternoon air is a big piece of wood with two hinges on one side and a

food than its upscale dining experience — the biggest paradigm shift from

latch, instead of a doorknob, on the other — kind of like you’d see on

the days when the sign on the door said “Teller’s.” Because the building

a house that’s boarded up during a hurricane. Three men are drilling, or

was originally built and opened by Merchants National Bank, finding a

sawing, or sanding something on the small flight of stairs that leads you

new name for the restaurant was hardly a feat. Moreover, Merchants will

up into the restaurant. They all glance over as I pull the temporary “door”

execute its farm-to-table concept, where its locally sourced gastronomy

closed behind me, confused about whether or not it’s cool if I can come

sets them apart from many restaurants in Lawrence, Kan. The name

in here without a hard hat and what not. “Everybody’s up by the bar,” one

“Merchants” reflects the relationship between its kitchen and the local

of them says to me. “The World Is Yours” by Nas is playing on the radio.

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Y O U M AY S T I L L E V E N B E A B L E T O G E T L A I D A F T E R TAKING A DATE THERE, TOO.

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Behind the bar, a tall, brown-haired man tops off a small glass of Left

look on his face expressing excitement to be showing off his fares. Before

Hand Milk Stout. Our photographer leans in to take a picture of it. “Let

this, he worked as the executive chef at The Oread. Coincidentally, The

it sit there for a few minutes,” he says. After a few minutes, little droplets

Oread stands where two beloved, time-honored Lawrence spots — The

of water will form all over the outside of the glass, giving it that sweaty

Crossing bar and (the original) Yello Sub — once stood, as Merchants will

that most glasses of beer have when you see pictures of them. “I heard

do with Teller’s. If things go the way for Merchants as they did for The

the people at Boulevard [Brewing Company] spent a couple thousand

Oread, Peterson’s excitement, and sweat, will be justified.

dollars to make their beer sweat in photos, once,” he says jokingly. “I’m not sure why they’d need to spend money on that; all you have to do is just let it sit.”

While Peterson heads back to handle something in the kitchen, I decide to take a look around the parts of the restaurant that haven’t been

This man is T.K. Peterson, Merchants co-owner and top dog in the

roped off for renovations. A lot of the original decor from Teller’s hasn’t

kitchen. Like the glass of beer he just poured a few minutes ago, he’s

been changed; all those dim, cylindrical lights suspended down from the

sweating a bit, but it’s likely because he’s been darting back and forth

steep ceilings are still there, and the same wood partition with wrought

from the kitchen with plates of food — some we can eat, some we can

iron accents that separates the bar from where the tables will remain as

take pictures of — while taking a few breaks to lend a hand with the on-

well. They were still working on the restaurant’s upper level, but from

going renovations. He doesn’t look very old, and he doesn’t come off as

what I could see, it still looked like it always has.

standoffish or anything; he owns a restaurant, but he’s more like your older cousin than your dad. He looks busy — a little tired, even — but keeps a

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There’s another man standing at the bar, now. His name is Philip Wil-

Merchants’ location — where Teller’s used to be — should aid in drum-

son; he’s the other half of the new restaurant’s ownership. Like Peterson,

ming up interest around town, but while Peterson makes it clear that

he’s no stranger to Lawrence’s culinary scene. In fact, he was brought

Merchants will maintain some of the fine-dining experience you would

in at Teller’s while the restaurant was struggling to stay profitable, he

have found at Teller’s, the new restaurant is set up to cater to the crowd

says. When it became clear that Teller’s wasn’t likely to survive, he and

whose proverbial appetite hadn’t ever really been whetted at Teller’s —

Peterson began squaring away financing and seeking out contractors for

students.

the new project. Two weeks after Teller’s closed, the two put out a press release, and Merchants was born.

“The way we have the restaurant set up, it’s almost kind of segmented. It’s ‘Pub and Plate’; we have a pub, and we have pub food that’s all done

The marketing strategy on the road to the restaurant’s opening —

really well with high-quality ingredients,” he says. “But also, our menu’s

which, Wilson says, will consist of a “soft opening” with friends, family

a little bit different in the way that it’s structured. We have a side where

and vendors the night before they open to the public — has largely cen-

there’s TVs, 30 taps at the bar, high-top tables where students can come

tered around its array of pub fare, which they’ve showcased at several

in and go, ‘Oh cool, I can go over there and watch the game, or I can go

of downtown Lawrence’s Final Friday events over the summer. Peterson

over there, make a reservation and sit with my parents up on the second

says he’s pleased with the reception the food — all of which will appear on

floor balcony and eat a $32 steak’ — you know, things that aren’t syn-

Merchants menu — has received, and that, combined with their efforts

onymous with a bar and grill. There’s a fine-dining aspect, but without any

to spread the word through social media, should give them a fair amount

kind of stuffy atmosphere.

of momentum come opening day.

MERCHANTS WILL HAVE THE L ARGEST BEER TAP SELECTION IN L AWRENCE.

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OWNERS PHILIP WILSON (LEFT) AND TK PETERSON (RIGHT)

W E R E A L LY W A N T T O M A K E S U R E W E M A K E T H I S T H E C R O W N J E W E L I T W A S , RESPECT THE COMMUNIT Y AND THEN OFFER SOMETHING TO EVERYONE THAT’S IN THE COMMUNIT Y — THE STUDENTS, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, E L D E R LY P E O P L E W H O W A N T T O H AV E A Q U I E T D I N I N G E X P E R I E N C E

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To top things off, if all goes according to plan, Peterson and

“We really want to make sure we make this the crown jewel it was, respect

Wilson hope to become the first restaurant and bar in Lawrence to offer

the community and then offer something to everyone that’s in the com-

rooftop dining. Upon approval, you’ll be able to have a beer and a bite

munity — the students, young professionals, elderly people who want to

to eat outside that window all the way up on the right-hand side of the

have a quiet dining experience,” Wilson says.

bar. They’re currently working with the powers-that-be within the city’s commission and historical society to map out the logistics, but they both seem set on having the rooftop open for dining by spring.

“I’m not really nervous about it,” he adds. “I’m psyched.”

For now, though, their focus is going to stay centered around

finishing up any and all renovations so it’s all ready for the first time someone comes in and orders a pint of one of their 30 domestic craft beers (or from their “hillbilly handle,” which serve up some cheap beer that they’ve yet to decide on). It’s a daunting task, and as you can imagine, there are a lot of bases to cover before the door — not the wood one with the latch, thankfully — to 746 Massachusetts St. opens on Sept. 16. They may be tired, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready. styleonthehill.com

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KANSAS COUTURE H O M E-G R OWN FA L L T R E N D S F R O M T H E R U NWAY TO T H E FA R M

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T A K E Y O U R F L O R A L P R I N T S INTO FALL BY PAIRING THEM WITH FUR ACCENTS AND A C L A S S I C U P D O .

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S N A K E SKIN – IN CONSERV A T I V E D O S E S – CAN T R A N S F O R M AN ORD I N A R Y O U T F I T I N T O S O M E T H I N G EXTRAORD I N A R Y. MIX IT UP WITH A PAIR OF LACE BELLBOTT O M S . THE HILL

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AMAZING SKIN & MAKEUP BY PAM BIEMICK 1420 WAKARUSA DR 785 842 0400

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MANLY MUST-HAVES T HE K NI T T E D T IE

T H E BOW T I E

If you’re wearing a diamond tipped tie, you’re a nitwit because the

The immaculate design of the bow tie communicates impeccable

80s knit fad has made a strong comeback thanks to its ability to spice

style and confidence. I suggest learning how to tie one yourself, as

up any outfit. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of knit ties. The knit

it adds to the badassness of the piece. Keep it simple by avoiding

tie should be considered a “skinny” tie. You wouldn’t wear a tube sock

intricate and bright patterns. I’ll give you three reasons why: First, it

around your neck, so don’t wear a non-skinny knitted tie, lest you end

mutates the accessory into a clownish farce. Secondly, it’s difficult

up on the wrong side of an ill-inspired pun. Wear it right, and you will

to match them with the rest of your outfit, and lastly, the tie should

look suave and confident.

blend in yet create harmony – not stand on it’s own.

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MA N MUSK This scent is olfaction perfection. A beautifully crafted blend of verbena, violet, iris and petrified whale vomit (ambergris) notes, this is the fall fragrance forerunner for sure. With distinguished clientele like Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood, Green Irish Tweed is worth every scent.

A N Y T H I NG Q UI R K Y What I have listed up until this point are the trendiest accessories, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t break the norm on occasion. There is a multitude of unique accessories there that aren’t exactly “mainstream,” but will nonetheless give your outfit a tinge of personality. I personally like buttons and pins. Some like hats. Find what defines you and wear it shamelessly. If I may soapbox, few things are more delightful than a quirky person who isn’t afraid to display the intricacies of their personality. It gives you something to talk about, and if you are thrilled about it, your audience will be too.

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S U S P END E R S

WAYFA RERS

Embrace your nerdiness and rock some

You can’t go wrong with classic wayfar-

suspenders. You ought to go all the way

ers (generalized as Ray-bans). They help

here and wear some square Wayfarers and

frame your face, while giving you a schol-

a bow tie. I would not advise you wearing

arly and refined appearance. Nobody looks

a regular tie here, it throws off the trend.

bad in wayfarers.

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CLASS IS BACK IN SESSION

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SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING ON HER: 3.1 PHILIP LIM INDIGO CUT-OUT DRESS ($297), RAG & BONE WINTER WHITE HALIFAX LEGGING ($171); ON HIM: VINCE. KHAKI JACKET ($595), 7 FOR ALL MANKIND SANDSTONE SKINNIES ($124), HUGO BOSS SHIRT ($95)

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SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN ON HER: J BRAND SUPER SKINNY IN HYDRA PRINT ($80), CROP BY DAVID PECK CHIFFON MIRANDA BLOUSE IN ORCHID ($245), MILLY SHOCKING PINK ZIP JACKET ($595); ON HIM: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA BUTTON-UP ($375), HUGO BOSS PANTS ($195), TRAFALGAR SUSPENDERS ($55), ROBERT TALBOTT SEVEN FOLD SILK TIE ($88)

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UNDECIDED ON HER: BLEUL AB REVERSIBLE PANTS ($73), ELIZABETH JAMES MEL ANGE MILO TEE IN HEATHER G R AY ($134), M I L LY J AC KE T ($925), F R E E P E O P L E F R I N G E M AU I V E S T ($136); O N H I M: N U D I E JEANS CO. PANTS ($179), RED JACKET PIRATE TEE ($46), RALPH L AUREN PAISLEY BUTTON-UP ($72), R A L P H L AU R E N C H A M B R AY B U T TO N-U P ($60)

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION ON HER: RAG & BONE BUTTON-UP ($290), THEORY STRIPED PULLOVER ($225), THEORY PANTS ($190), R. HANAUER BOWTIE ($55); ON HIM: H&M JEANS ($40), RALPH LAUREN PULLOVER ($112), ETON BUTTON-UP ($265) THE HILL

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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ON HER: ALICE + OLIVIA JACKET ($445), ALICE + OLIVIA PANTS ($86), THEORY ORENCIA BLOUSE ($235); ON HIM: JACK VICTOR SPORT COAT ($262), HUGO BOSS SHIRT ($95), J.Z. RICHARDS POCKET SQUARE ($50), DOLCE & GABBANA TIE ($175) THE HILL

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ST YLE PROFILE NAME:

Meg Magennis YEAR IN SCHOOL:

Sophomore HOMETOWN:

Wichita, KS MAJOR:

Undecided DESCRIBE YOUR LOOK IN 3 WORDS:

Damn. That’s. Fresh. WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR ST YLE INSPIRATION?

Fuck ton of magazines. I was always my mom’s Barbie doll, too. And I’ve always been good at three things: math, writing and fashion. Once I’m into a trend, it usually becomes popular later – when I’m over it. WHAT ARE THREE CLOTHING ITEMS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT:

Skinny jeans, boots and Mac lipstick. WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF FASHION ADVICE YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW?

Quality over quantity. I’m not one of those people who likes to shop at Forever 21. Like, I have clothes that I’ve had since the seventh grade because they are quality. Always quality over quantity.

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IT’S

G A M E DAY BITCHES

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t’s football season. You wake up early – some more eager and fresh-faced than

others – depending on the previous night’s shenanigans. You shower – maybe with a shower beer, maybe with a glass of ice cold water – and then comes the time to pick your gameday outfit. Skinny jeans and a Joe College T-shirt? Cowboy boots and a cotton dress? The options are endless. But, you see, the beauty of living in Lawrence is everyone already knows you’re rootin’ for the good ol’ Jayhawks, and therefore there’s no need to be so literal with your apparel. Go on and toss the KU jersey and jorts back into your closet and peep our fresh new palette.

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COLORED DENIM FTW

SPORTY SWAGSTAR

AMERICAN GIRL

CLIFFNOTES VERSION

You’ve seen it, you’ve loved it

If you live in Lawrence and

Ivory lace dress + red wool scarf

When on home turf you don’t

and now it’s time to incorpo-

haven’t dove into the wonder-

+ blue jean vest + cowboy boots

need to be obvious with your

rate it into your gameday steez

ful world of vintage Kansas gear,

= BOOM shacklackalacka. This

gameday apparel- sport pieces

- colored denim, that is. While

you may have a brain injury. So

look is perfect for those chillier

that are off-palette. Save your

a bold blue could do the trick,

how would you go about find-

games later in the season. By

Rock Chalk Jayhawk T-shirt for

and red jeans are always a great

ing these pieces? First, try St.

sporting a scarf, you are able

away games.

go-to, a mustard hue is an un-

John’s Rummage House, locat-

to add or subtract to your look

derstated masterpiece.

ed at 13th and Kentucky, or the

depending on the temperature.

Antique Mall on Mass Street.

Crisp walk to the tailgating

To style, I would suggest adding

Both are inexpensive goldmines

house: wear it. Four Solo cups of

a blue or white top with some

for vintage KU finds.

keg beer deep: lose it.

red accessories. Feeling extra confident? Try layering a fitted sweater over a chambray shirt.

OUTFITS TO AVOID

THE LYCRA DRESS

WHITE JEANS

THE MAXIDRESS

After drinking beer all day there is a 0 to -7

Been there, ruined that. Leave ‘em at home.

In any other scenario, I am more than all about it. In fact,

percent chance you will catch me in skintight anything. I suggest you do the same.

I am so pro-maxi that if I ran for Congress my platform would center around a woman’s right to choose a maxidress. When it comes to tailgating, however, it is simply more fabric to spill on. So keep it short and sweet and spill on your skin instead. styleonthehill.com

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A PORTRAIT OF A TATTOOED PROFESSIONAL: DAN COBURN

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WHAT FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO GET TATTOOS? My grandfather was in the navy – in World War II. He had an anchor and some other things on his arms, and I think that I was just kind of fascinated by that. So I just thought, you know – and also as a person from a very young

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age, who liked to draw and make art – thought it was incredible that you could

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decorate your body. I thought that was pretty cool. And so even from a really young age, I remember wanting to get tattooed and decorate myself like my grandfather.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS REGARDING THE CURRENT PERCEPTION OF TATTOOS IN PROFESSIONAL SETTINGS? I think that it’s changing. I think that it has changed. When I first started getting tattoos, in the early 90s, the idea was still taboo. You know, that idea is dissolving. I feel like tattoos are more and more acceptable, and body art is becoming more and more acceptable. I think that as an artist, it’s probably a little easier for me because somehow people expect artists to be eccentric. I think that having tattoos or having body art on you can be a bit of a burden on you professionally, so you have to be exceptional. You have to be really great at what you do. So, I just try to do that.

SO DO YOU THINK IT’S AN INDUSTRY SPECIFIC THING? I think it’s more accepted in the arts. I think that if I was trading stocks or had some sort of white collar job, it would maybe be a little bit different. I think that being an artist, it’s a little bit more accepted.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR THE UPCOMING INKED GENERATION THAT ARE ENTERING THE WO R KF O R C E T H AT M AY H AV E TAT TO O S OR OTHER FORMS OF BODY ART? My advice might be different than my own personal philosophy, but I think that you should be cautious, depending on what your profession is. And I’ve chosen just to personally be myself, and up until my hands were tattooed, up until a few years ago, it was only until I decided that I was going to graduate school to be a graduate student to be an artist. I knew that at that point in my early 30s that I decided that that was going to be my path and that I would never work for a corporate institution again, I decided it was safe to get my hands tattooed. So I mean, I would say, “Feel free to express yourself, but I think you should consider your future.” THE HILL

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WHY DO YOU THINK TATTOOS ARE BECOMING MORE ACCEPTED? I think that having tattoos or having body art is a fashion like anything else. The more people are exposed to a particular type of fashion, they just really don’t think about it anymore, you know? They realize there’s a person attached to that body or that piece of artwork and they realize that that person is – or can be a professional – that they’re really great at what they do regardless of if they’re decorated or not. I just think it’s taken time…I think it’s taken about thirty years for people to realize that just because you’re tattooed doesn’t mean you’re a criminal.

WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON THE CONVENTIONS OF PROFESSIONALISM - THE DRESS CODE OR APPEARANCE CODE? Well, I think that this idea of, you know, what’s proper attire for the workplace or what’s proper attire for a professional has also been changing over the last 30 years. We’ve seen companies like Microsoft and Zappos…they’ve decided to let their employees wear whatever they’re comfortable in, and I think that kind of business model and that idea about professionalism is changing, and I think that a lot of businesses are finding that employees are more productive when they can be themselves and feel comfortable when they can dress the way that they want or have tattoos or piercings.

DO YOU THINK TATTOOS AFFECT CO N D U C T I N A N Y WAY I F S O, H OW? Of course I don’t think that they [don’t affect professional conduct]. Or at least from my perspective, they don’t. I mean, I still behave in the workplace, regardless of whether I’m tattooed or not. I strive to be the best employee and the best professional that I can possibly be regardless of my tattoos. I think that when you’re tattooed and when you have body art, it becomes transparent. I don’t really even think about it anymore. So that’s why, doing this interview, thinking about participating in this was a little weird to me because it’s totally transparent. I don’t really think about it. I’ve never thought about it as an obstacle. styleonthehill.com

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CONFLICTS

F

ounded in Kansas City in 2011, Conflicts is a hardcore metal band

Aside from the band’s philosophy, the members have landed

consisting of members Nigel Williams (vocals), Johnny Tennal

themselves opening spots for bands like Emmure, Stick To Your Guns,

(guitar), Josh Tandy (guitar) and Lucas Dills (bass). The band

Hatebreed, whitechapel, Norma Jean and The Acacia Strain in Sept., as well

recently departed with the drummer, but made it clear that they are sure-as-

as gigs at festivals such as South By So What and Mayhem Fest. Conflicts is

hell not going to let that slow the band down. The men just finished recording

moving in full force and stopping for no one.

their upcoming full-length album, The North Slope, with Josh Barber of Covenant Studios. Barber has worked with bands such as Norma Jean, Your Memorial, and Hands.

Referring to themselves as "The Sewer Dwellers," the members of

Conflicts represent people who have struggled emotionally and financially throughout their lives. Whether it’s overcoming discrimination due to their musical style, the way they dress or "simply struggling for the money for dinner that night,” Conflicts aims to give hope to those who have been through similar situations that they’ve been through.

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