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Finding Your Way Around



An Issue of Health


A Choice for the Choiceless: A Definition of Health


Not Here! Not At Stout!






Go For It: In Pursuit of Music


Music in Menomonie


Our Judgment


Bake Night


Hip/Iddy/Hop Poster Series


Pepper Issue No.01

17. Lets Work it 18.

To Make An Idea: An Intro to the Creative Process & Ideation


Our Good Friends in GCM


Space150: Becoming Sucessful After You Graduate


Wanted: Pepper-kids


Issue Credits

The Key Personal Creative Musical Society Miscellaneous

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Why Health? When I Googled ‘Health’ there were about 1,110,000,000 results! Thats impressive! Health is not simply how you feel today, whether you eat healthy, or exercise. The issue is much more expansive. This issue of Pepper Magazine discusses the idea of health, not only as a physical object but also as a concept. Mental, physical, emotional, creative, and spiritual health are all components of the society in which we live. Being healthy or being within a healthy atmosphere is very general however, and that is why we decided to dig deeper into our thoughts on what exactly health means to us.

The Reasoning

Pertaining to Our Readers

Each following issue of Pepper will have a theme, something to tie all the loose ends together. Since the articles come from multiple sources we need something that unites and unifies us as ‘Pepper-kids’ (the individuals working on the magazine) into Pepper as a magazine.

If you look on the WhereIsPepper blog you will find a digital copy of the issue where you can leave comments. What does health mean to you? Helping us understand our readers will greatly help us create content that intrests our peers, that’s why we are here in the first place.

What is Duo-tone?

Contact Us

We always like to keep people on their toes around here and add a little spice. You will notice as you look throughout the issue that we decided to use duo-tone printing. This means that we are only using dark grey and bright pink. Why, you ask? We answer with, why not? Giving yourself restrictions will make you think in different ways, we love that idea.

Lets hear from you. We would love your company and assistance for our next issue. E: W: Editor-in-Chief: Jonathan Sollie

continue reading for health’s sake...

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Article by Luke Sollie,

Design by Jonathan Sollie

Health is hard work. And for some, health is just straight up tough luck. In a world brimming with intellectual thinkers and free-spirited rolling stones, the concept of a one track mind should appear a thing of the past. But health, to us, is vegetables and yoga. It is a flat stomach, low cholesterol, and plenty of sleep. If we look comparable to Susie Sue trainer, we rejoice with a Jersey Shore fist pump. To us, health is a checklist. As long as we have the control to sufficiently manipulate our lives to marginally abide by nature’s rule of thumb, we’re gravy. Everyone who is either unwilling or unable to toe the line is lost, but why? At one point in my life, being healthy meant a very specific thing. Health was measured on a scale of normality, and in my youthful ignorance I justly excluded obvious abnormalities. Although not explicitly healthy, a carbonated beverage, such as Pepsi, could be forgiven. But at the same time, there was an understanding that things of that nature only get worse with time. Things like that are minor. That’s health below the magnifying glass. In spite of that,

At one point in my life, being healthy meant a very specific thing.

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Obesity, malnutrition, and susceptibility to disease are some of the primary thoughts that come to mind when, health, as an issue, is brought to the societal forefront. But I would be remiss if not to admonish that mental and physical disabilities, as nearsighted as it is, were what I, and what seems to be the vast majority of our culture, see as unhealthy. These are the noticeable(s). Though, what a turning point in life led me to realize is that the idea of health isn’t exclusive. It is our personal perimeter of mental normalcy which determines health. Of course, yes, there are medically institutionalized standards, but there are our individual standards as well. Health is not a thing; so much as it is a state of mind. A kid that I went to high school with opened my eyes to this realization. He had been involved in an accident that left the doctors dumbfounded as to why they were in surgery to repair his knee ligaments instead of preparing the scalpel for his limb’s amputation. And due to complications with his recovery, atrophy left his leg with nearly no muscle and comparatively similar inability to bend. He’d been using crutches on and off for 6 months. To run, every time he used his crippled leg, he had to quickly stutter-step in order to effectively gain speed over walking pace. I was just sitting outside after class, minding my business. As I looked up, I saw him lining up to race some friends across the school’s playing field. The shot was fired, and he jumped to a huge head start, but an essentially onelegged attempt is what it is, and he inevitably lost. But something laid an epiphany right across my face. What struck a chord with me was the smile on his face; how absolutely euphoric he seemed to be, solely because he was running. He was unhealthy, but somebody clearly forgot to pass him the memo.

Stereotype condemns deviation from the norm as obsolete, difference as inferior. Understanding that can make us better evaluate how we look upon difference. Is it not true that if our comfort insists we are okay, we are just fine? A man running a marathon does not consider himself sickly because he is doing so on prosthetics. An autistic savant who can recall and replicate any song he has ever heard is jaw-droppingly extraordinary; who cares if he failed arithmetic. And an individual who does not sleep because their mind’s creativity demands they write, or draw, that they play or they strum, is not ill; it is what makes them right. We, as a whole need not open our eyes, but our minds. Because our eyes got us in the trouble we’re in. Health should not be defined as something that keeps you alive; instead, it ought to be explained by that which makes you feel alive.

there is another realm of rightness that we also scrutinize. Into my teens, what automatically received the no-go stamps were the visually recognizable. Seeing somebody on the street with a recognizable limp?...Yep, not up to par. That brand of labeling is obviously different from health in terms of counting calories, but the person was clearly not standard packaging; which immediately means crippled and ultimately, unhealthy.

It is OUR personal perimeter of mental normalcy which determines health.

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The Plan

Our Experiences Shape Us

Not Here! is a new campaign on the UW-Stout campus to curb hate, bias, and bullying of fellow students. The faculty and staff are posting duct tape strips on their doors with the handwritten words Not Here! and a brief message about the campaign to shed light on the subject around campus; especially in the dorms.

There are lots of students attending Stout that have been sealed out from experiencing other cultures before they entered the college scene. I have talked to numerous students who mention that their hometown is all white folk with a very close knit community. I can speak from experience because I moved from Burnsville, MN to the next town over, Lakeville. Who would have thought that just a ten minute drive could drop the minority level from 45% to less than 5%? People’s thought process about minorities is much different in Lakeville than it was spending my first 15 years in a rapidly growing and cultural town. Lakeville is still rapidly growing just as Stout’s enrollment (up over 1000 students in the last few years) but the largest growing population is still white middle-class folk. When you spend all of your time with people like yourself who think like you, you may fall prone to ‘group think’. If everyone you associate with thinks the same way you do there is a greater chance you agree with a groups actions before you think about it yourself and analyze what exactly is going on. When someone has different opinions, thinking, or social-economic status than you have been accustomed to, confrontations come up. I think this is where a great deal of the problems with Stout lie.

The Chancellor has sent out numerous emails within the last month about confrontations and issues within the student body. The incidents range from hateful name calling about sexual orientation and race to actual fights breaking out, and in one situation, a students death. We are all ‘college students’ and should know better. As parents would say, “when will you finally grow up?” It seems that some students may be stuck in their middle-school ways.

The Problem UW-Stout has really been pushing diversity around campus (colleges in general) since I arrived 4 years ago. We are still a largely white student body with an increasing Hmong population (very few Hispanic, African Americans, or others). The campus has many students from larger cities (Twin Cities, Madison, Milwaukee) and just as many from very small towns (yes, smaller than Menomonie). I believe this is where a great deal of the problem lies. With the school pushing diversity and a student body with very different backgrounds, beliefs, morals, and everything changing more rapidly than Menomonie can handle, we are bound to have problems. 04

PLEDGE SHEET Students and faculty can sign the pledge to make a difference in their community. See below.

Take Initiative There will always be hate, racism, sexism etc. but many Stoutionians have had enough and are trying to do something about it. Everyone is always pushing to be different than the next person but not willing to accept the other person’s differences. I hope that this new campaign makes some changes around campus. It seems hard as ever to get college students to actually react to the current situation. Everyone says they would like to do something about it and complain but in reality only a few take action. This time lets actually do something about a problem and not just talk about it. You may not agree with everything that someone represents but they probably don’t agree with everything you do either. Article, Design & Photography by Jonathan Sollie



Lines were out the door with over 300 students and faculty in attendace. There were free window clings, stickers and t-shirts . 12.13.2010

This is an example of what many RA’s and Hall Directors posted up on their door to bring light to the campaign and show their support.

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yoga untangled its all physical and mental

While its practice has been around for thousands of years in eastern philosophies, its popularity is at a high in our western culture. Yoga classes are now being offered at every major gym club and private studio’s seem to be popping up in suburbs across the country. What is it about, this workout that has received so much positive attention and initiated major changes in our fast and steady lifestyles?

Article by Sarah Huckaby,

Design & Photography by Jesse Lindhorst

so what? When done correctly, yoga can be a very cleansing practice with multiple benefits. It is a work out of the body which can include sculpting and toning muscles. Using these various muscles, yoga poses can increase lubrication in joints, ligaments, and tendons; which in turn increases flexibility even without conscious awareness. What does that mean exactly? Certain poses use various parts of the body. We like to think we need flexibility in our muscles therefore we consciously try certain exercises to increase it, which does work but only to some extent. To reach maximum flexibility we need the release of our joints, ligaments, and tendons which aren’t so easy to stretch separately. The physical aspects of yoga may be enough to draw you into the practice, but the largest and most powerful benefit of yoga is the awareness of the body working harmoniously with the mind. Mentality throughout yoga is very relaxing as it is designed to keep you in the present moment by focusing your awareness on your own breath pattern and coordinating it with the movements of your body. In turn the practice of breath in itself has multiple benefits such as slowing heart rate and reducing blood pressure, boosting our immune systems, and can even release neurotransmitters such as Serotonin and Oxytocin which aid in much psychological impairment like depression and anxiety.

Many avoid yoga with the rumors that you “have to be flexible,” or “have to be spiritual,” but that’s far from the case. Yoga is just like any other exercise, it’s not a onetime miracle workout by any means. You do have to train your body as well as your mind, and you do have to practice in order to achieve many of these benefits. Just because it’s not a high cardio, heavy weights kind of exercise doesn’t make it easy.

it’s not a onetime miracle workout by any means. you do have to train your body as well as your mind.

Yoga takes on many forms in order to work with multiple interests. Those looking for a more relaxed and slow pace workout practice Hatha Yoga which is most inclined to teach movements with the conscious awareness of one’s own breath. Those looking for a more of a physical workout may practice Sculpt yoga which uses weights along with common yoga poses, or Vinyassa Yoga, which uses position sequences in a quicker set that continuously works various parts of the body. Whether looking for a stress release, toned muscles, or just a way to keep your mind in the present, Yoga can be a nice change to your workout routine. It is important to listen to your body and move at your own pace as many instructors can include increasing variations of a single pose. It should not be taken as a competition with others in the class, but a personal experience that involves your body, your mind, and your patience.

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Applied Arts as a Blank Canvas

Article, Design & Photography by Jesse Lindhorst

Here at UW-Stout we have a highly regarded art and design department filled with hard-working and imaginative students being taught how to apply their creativity to the world outside of the classroom. I consider myself honored to be an art student in this community of amazing artists. One of the questions I ask myself time and time again when entering the Applied Arts building (APPA) is why isn’t this building open for students to use their creativity throughout, on walls and lockers, to turn the mundane into something inspiring? Countless people

agree, including myself, that APPA is a completely uninspiring space for creatives to learn and work. I visited an art school in Madrid, Spain last year to see what the environment was like compared to what I was used to and what I found took my breath away. The outside walls of the building were expansive and bright. Detailed murals done by many different students continued into the building, covering lockers with sketches and paintings, murals done on ceilings and floors. There was something to be said about the freedom of that creative space. 03 01. Hallway (Un)Decor The hallways of APPA. Blank and dreary. 02. Hallway Decor This is the hallway, covered top to bottom with murals and art within a fine art university in Madrid, Spain. 03. Creative Lockers Another great example of student expression inside this Madrid art university. 04. Big Bunny The styles of characters and scenes painted throught this school are endless and quite inspiring

Beyond my view of what the building should look like, everyone seems to have their own vision on the way the APPA’s space should be utilized. Should every inch of the building be covered with color, paintings and illustrations? Would it be better if there were walls designated for posting anybody’s work freely? Or do we need to think about leaving the building clean in an effort to keep students’ creative development their own? I asked students, “What are people’s thoughts on having such a bland Applied Arts building at Stout?” and the responses were all over the map.

Gabrielle Acuña • Graphic Design Junior “APPA is not fine! There is nothing really inspiring about it. It is not an atmosphere that appears to be conductive to creative thinking and engagement. Its gray cinder block walls are not inviting. There needs to be more of a sense of an artist community. Large pieces of artwork should be hanging in the foyer above the Furlong Gallery; 5 of them. The messages that someone put on the walls and doorways is a good start, too (referring to the recent addition of vinyl lettering installed in APPA). It needs color and life; It is so drab. I remember when I was trying to decide on colleges, I was extremely disappointed with how the art department looked. It looks like normal hallways and normal rooms. Artists are anything but normal, and I can’t believe those walls have gone so gray for so long.”

Trisha Jacobson • Interior Design Senior “Personally I like it (white walls of APPA), I feel like it’s a blank canvas and doesn’t persuade me to design one way or another. It’d be awesome to have our own lounge though, where we could have funky colors and could all gather to collaborate or exchange ideas.”

Ashley Hohnstein • Graphic Design Sophomore “More art. It’s too white, I can understand white in the classrooms as far critiquing background... but I think that the halls need to be covered in posters/art pieces, kind of like the printmaking room. But I feel like there needs to be a mutual respect for putting your stuff up on the walls, so people don’t vandalize it or steal it. I’m not too sure the respect would be there for some people. But... more art. This was one of my main qualms in coming to UW-Stout, the art building looked too plain and I associated that with the art program maybe not being too strong.”


In all of this many are against the idea of doing mural art but are more interested in having walls open to the students to post us pieces themselves, from paintings and illustrations to quotations and the like. Simple elements of inspiration that don’t necessarily have to influence other students style but instead spark ideas because ideas can be pulled for all types of sources, it just helps to have a place where they can be easily found and what better than the building where the art and design students do all of their thinking and creating? If you are interested in looking into the topic a bit more or would like to do something about it, Nancy Blum, one of the design professors in APPA, is working on talking to the board in getting the building more open for artistic expression from the students and faculty. She is presenting examples of other schools to them and seeing what the higher-ups think of the whole thing. Let us know what you think. Hop onto or shoot us an email (whereispepper@uwstout. edu). Maybe we can make something happen.

Ashley brings up the need for balance between the openness of posting art and the cleanliness of the classrooms for educational purposes. Yet there are those who believe that there is no need to have art blazed across any of the walls of APPA except for the display cases on account that it influences creative development in a way other than the students’ own.

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SINGING WITH A SMILE. Tim plays a four hour gig at Menomonie, WI’s Log Jam Bar and Grille. Menomonie was home for four years of his life during his UW-Stout career.

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In Pursuit of Music

Article & Design by Jonathan Sollie Photography by Colin Schye

Lets just drop our day job and go for our dreams? Let’s just drop our day job and go for our dreams! That is exactly what Tim Howe decided to do. “I’m 25 and thought it was not a bad idea at this point in my life...gotta do it right now if I am going to,” said Howe, about his decision to quit his day job and pursue playing music full time. Howe is a 2008 UW-Stout graduate with a concentration in studio art. Throughout college he made money using his skills as a caricature artist. He worked at the Twin Cities theme park, Valley Fair and the Mall of America. “It was nice to use the art degree a bit,” said Howe, but he said good money got progressively worse. “I made out really well my rookie season” but the pay gradually decreased. A caricature artists pay is based

totally off of commissions so when there was a rainy day or a lack of people the pay went down. “I would sometimes work ten hours and may make nothing.” His drawing job taught him how to speed up his drawing process. He said that his drawings became “more stylized” and that he was known as the “speed artist” by some of his college professors. As Howe looks back, he said, “I took several graphic design classes” but wishes he pursued more. “It is hard to apply for a design position while having a studio art degree.” After five years of making people chuckle with his distorted portraits and about a year working as a server and bartender at the Rudy’s Red Eye grill in his hometown, he decided that there was no better time to go >> for his dream than now.

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“I would sometimes work ten hours and may make nothing” -Tim Howe

“We have a gig in a month.” Tim said “I knew like 5 songs”


TWO MAKE A PARTY: Mr. Howe singing and playing the acoustic guitar while Josh Smeltzer is keeping the rhythm on the ojimbe hand drum.

Howe had played at bars and coffee shops, such as Logjam, The Buck, and Acoustic Café, with the Aristocrats around Menomonie, WI. During this time, he was still attending school. He started playing with the band his junior year, in 2007, when “Josh and Nick came up to me at Open Mic night and asked if I would play with them.” Howe had 18 credits at the time but decided he could find time to learn the cover songs. The band set up a show within a month of Howe joining the group. He said, “I sat in my room on the guitar figuring out songs. We have a gig in a month. I knew like 5 songs and the band told me they wanted to see if we could get 30 songs learned. Can you learn this?” Howe replied, ”I guess.” To memorize the songs, “it came down to having them looped on my iPod for weeks.” His first big show finally came. He finally made good money for playing for only a few hours. Howe had a great time and this is when he first thought he could make some money doing something he really enjoyed.

ST. LOUIS ‘09: An example of Mr. Howe’s illustration skills he perfected at Stout and at his characature jobs.

The 3-piece band played shows where it was “so packed that we started bringing little fans to shows because we were sweating so much.” He said that it is a “great time even when it gets a bit crazy. We played straight through with a few second breaks.” Howe said, “We would play some acoustic songs when our drummer left and when I took a break they would just jam for a few minutes.” Towards the end for the Aristocrats, “We were playing 100+ songs set…dang…how did I memorize all of those songs?” Now that the Aristocrats are done and Tim quit his day job he is playing with just a drummer. He plays everything from Eminem to Don McLean. “Trying to learn an upbeat cover like an Eminem song is much harder. There are fast words and many verses, it makes it difficult.” He said “playing a Rihanna song with many less words is much easier.” There have been many Minneapolis/St. Paul venues he has played at from Fine Line Music Café, Plums, Molly Cool’s, Zorbas and local coffee shops. He also plays at the

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Logjam, The Buck and The Acoustic Café in Menomonie. Howe is asked back to play often at Logjam and Rudy’s (his old serving/ bartending job). When asked about wedding gigs (he chuckled a bit) and said, “My rate for weddings is high. They are so hectic sometimes.” Once he was asked for one song but then they decided they wanted a song for each person walking down the isle as well. “That is not what we agreed to” but it was only the day before the big day. Howe mentioned that for weddings you could charge much more because you have to “be there, be (dressed) appropriate, and be at coordinating rehearsals. It ends up being a lot more than just a song.” Tim stated that he is “playing about four days a week. It is still like a full time job.” Even though he has dropped his ‘normal’ day job for a night gig he is still putting in time booking and playing shows. For now it seems to be working great and he will continue to live his dream of making money for playing music.


MUSIC SCENE Article by Chris Lyons, Design & Photography by Jonathan Sollie

their many couches and separate levels. The Raw In the always exciting non-stop action that is life in Deal usually hosts more acoustic/indie/folk based Menomonie, the choices of what to do every night are shows with a bit of funk here and there. Keep an eye so numerous…wait, what?! WRONG! This place is so boron this venue as they continue to book more shows; ing at times, that some consider a trip out to Wally-World they are definitely helping to raise music awareness. exciting. Sounds like a chore to me; and some people wonder why the bars are so full each night. That’s beside the point, so curb your alcoholism for a minute and keep The Mabel Tainter Theater- The theatre is a prestigious reading. In my past four years of Stout life I have condowntown landmark that deserves its respect in the stantly been in search of a “scene” for the music comarts community. Playing host to many shows, varying munity and have not been able to pinpoint or rally many from local jazz bands to national blue-grass to traveling troops. Maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places, guitar trios. Each year they have a musical plethora of a maybe I didn’t look hard enough, or maybe I just suck. schedule that brings great talent into the town, but this Sure, there are always flyers in the Penco windows, BDP talent usually comes with a price tag. Expect to pay a shows every Thursday, and bit more for these events, usually due to shows listed in Volume 1, great artists and their expensive yet classy but a scene needs a bit more This place is so boring at times, that remodeling. Still a bit spendy for your stanthan this to really start a dard broke-ass college student though. some consider a trip out to public buzz. As the only Wally-World exciting. UW school without a music Waterfront Bar & Grill- Never a musical minor/major I would have let down, each week a different show on thought there were still enough musicians, fans, and Thursdays and Saturdays. They have hosted everything enthusiasts to fire up more shows or even a weekly all from hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, funk and anything jamages show. The truth of the matter is that Menomoming in between. This is hands down my favorite place in nie is musically starving in the public eye. Now I’m not town to see a show and grab some grub or a drink. With a claiming this town doesn’t have potential cause there full in house PA system, converted stage area and dance are huge amounts of talented individuals in this town floor this is easily the place to drag your buds out to and hiding in the woodwork, I have witnessed plenty of dare them to stand still once the music begins. Only them. Let’s take a look at what this town has going for downside for the scene is that because it is a bar it’s 21+ it so far. Downtown has some fairly decent places but each night, but still the biggest contributor to bringing each has its own personal style and maybe a few flaws. great music to Menomonie. Thursdays are free and Saturdays usually have a cover of $2-$5 and include a free drink Acoustic Café- Offers a nice atmosphere for a personal coupon with door cover. Props to the “Front” in my book. setting and subtle acoustic shows, but has minimal space for a stage/playing area as it is a restaurant. This place is great because they allow all ages inside and even have What I am hoping to inspire here is beer on tap while still remaining family friendly. One some local cameraderie, to start a mudownside is that as soon as the volume goes up the qualisic scene in this barren wasteland... ty of sound goes down; Acoustic Café does not have great acoustics for higher volumes or electric instruments. Various downtown bars- Bringing in cover bands now The Raw Deal- Sports a great list of organic eats and and then that do nothing but drive people looking treats and a supporter of everything local from infor music away does not contribute to much of a mugredients to breweries. This place hosts all ages, is sic scene. I consider this background noise for those family friendly and has a relaxing atmosphere with who want to stay out until 1AM before going to dance on a skinny ledge that they’ll forget the next morning.


Mr. Heavy’s- Either you know all about this secret dungeon or have absolutely no idea it ever existed, probably due to the fact that its Menomonie’s only host to hard rock and metal shows. I have heard of some great shows at Heavy’s and even been to some (In This Moment played there several years ago). All this place needs is a little organization and better promotion and

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it could easily become home to the Menom underground hard rock/metal scene. This is also a bar so it’s 21+ but shows are usually free, be warned however to bring some slippery shoes though so your feet don’t stick. UW-Stout MSC- Home to Free Music Thursdays, monthly open mic, and the host to some big campus shows over the years including Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Motion City Soundtrack, Mae, Mason Jennings and many more. As the MSC is now closed for a questionable timespan (estimated finish + 4-6 months= completion date) we will not be getting any more shows until it opens once again, but in the meantime I did hear that BDP will be doing events at various establishments around town. This could be positive in helping out the scene as it will get students and music groups out to different areas in the town, hopefully inspiring those establishments to start booking more on their own. BDP free shows are always positive, it’s just too bad not many students know or care enough about it to make it there on Thursday night because they’re too worried about where to sneak off to at 9:30 for pre-gaming.

LIVE MUSIC? WHERE? Keep your eyes peeled for live music at the Acoustic Cafe in town.


Keep true to yourself and let no one stand in the way of what you wish to accomplish!

ent; the biggest problem is word of mouth, advertising, and a piss poor lazy attitude from people who never want to leave their house/dorm/whatever. I would love to see music begin to make more of an impact in this town, hell maybe one we’ll even get a music store with actual music, records, instruments or who knows what else.

What I am hoping to inspire here is some local camaraderie, to start a music scene in this barren wasteland we call a college town. Are you in a band? I want to know about it. Do you know of a band in the area? I want to know about it. How about a cool show happening in the area? I want to know about it. Basically I want you to fill me in on what you think people should know or want to hear about. Each of us is musically biased, including me, but if you tell me about something, I will post about it whether I think it’s great or not. Do you hate and disagree with everything I’ve said so far? I want to hear about that too! Send me your hate mail, slander and disagreements, or just post them on the WhereIsPepper site. If you are in a band and go to Stout I want to hear from you, or if you just want to be more involved. There are a lot of things happening in the town already by a lot of people who hold the tal-

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the Driving Force

Article by Chris Lyons, Design by Jesse Lindhorst & Photography by Tegan Liepitz

Wondering where some of today’s up and coming metal acts are originating from? Western Wisconsin is not the first area to come to mind, but is the location of Eau Claire’s Our Judgment. Using their tantalizing riffs they are sure to get any pit moving; this five piece group is comprised of Jake Olson- Vox, Steve Sauers- Guitar, David Schian- Guitar, Chris Galetka- Bass, and Anthony Buckli- Drums. Our Judgment come out guns-a-blazing on each track with well thought out guitar soundscapes that drift between melodic chord progressions, punishing breakdowns and anthem-like scream-out-loud vocal sections. The group began taking shape in 2008 when David and Anthony got together to begin a hardcore/metal outfit as they continued to search for other members. Eventually the others were added to the group with Chris rounding out the group in the summer of 2010. They have recently recorded their latest EP release “To Be Human,” which can be found on numerous sites such as iTunes, Napster, Last.Fm, Amazon, Zune Marketplace and more.

As the group considers music to be a category of art, they are constantly striving to create different moods and concepts for their listeners by combining meaningful lyrics with the riffs and melodies of each song. The group is always looking to further their musical talents as they draw inspiration not only from each of their musical influences, but also from bands they share the stage with. It can be seen in the energy of their live shows that if this group continues to advance and grow they have potential to be a driving force in the Midwest scene. Listeners can hear the progress the group makes throughout their songs whether it is the chilling screams of Jake Olson or the constant double bass thunder of Anthony Buckli. When can Our Judgment be seen next you may ask? This summer the group is planning a touring cycle for July, so be on the lookout for show dates. Can’t wait that long? You can find out the latest show information on their webpage via Facebook where you can also listen to songs and contact the group. Music They Enjoy: After the Burial, Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, August Burns Red, Miss May I Sponsors: Clarity Clothing, After Eleven, Wonderful Life, Sleepyhead Clothing Contact info:

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Bakenight starting up something fresh I have been best friends with Amber since junior high. After we found out we both have the same quirky sense of humor our friendship just stuck. Through high school, middle school and now college, our silliness amazes others and is abounding to us. We are not unlike salt and pepper however; or more accurately peanut butter and jelly. I, of course am the jelly and Amber the peanut butter. We just work together, no one can explain it, and no one dares try.

As a freshman, my friend Amber and I decided to try baking chocolate chip M&M cookies, just for fun. I, being the very inexperienced baker tried to get the cookie mix that comes in a package and the only instructions read “Add 1 cup of water.” That was not the type of baking Amber was thinking of doing. Her version of baking was more along the lines of cookies from scratch using flour, sugar, and vanilla, etc. I was, needless to say very worried at the outcome. I pictured the kitchen in the dorm covered in green cookie batter with burned cookie sheets and a thin layer of smoke resting near the ceiling after our attempt at baking. Now, I want to give us a little credit, we can cook fairly well, we got by on better things than Ramen and frozen pizza. Anyway, the cookies were definitely an adventure, and the kitchen did not look like the aftermath of a tornado after, in fact the cookies turned out to be pretty popular. So popular we decided to try making sugar cookies the next week and quickly our Thursday nights were filled with baking new and exciting recipes, from scratch of course.

Article by Caitlin Dresler,

Not soon after this Thursday madness started we found a third person to perfect our baking trio, Jesse. The three of us all brought different things to the table; Jesse brings the music and some of our most classic recipes like lasagna and ginger cookies. Amber, a director, keeping us all on track and making sure baking powder wasn’t used instead of baking soda (two very different things by the way). And then there’s me; I brought a special kind of chaos to the kitchen, I added the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients all out of order, added way more chocolate chips than were necessary to chocolate chip cookies, and pulling the mixer out of the batter before I turn it off (do not try this at home). Word got around and friends and friends of friends started joining us in the kitchen, more a distraction than a help; we suspect the smell of the baked goods wafted into their olfactory receptors and they were immediately drawn to the cookies, not us, but it was a night of friends and baking none the less.

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Design by Jesse Lindhorst

& Photography by Jake Tyson

Top-Left: Delicious mound of cookies from the Baking Extravaganza of 2010. The team pilled them high across a span of 5 tables this time around. By the end of the evening the cookies were eaten or bagged (for later consumption). Top-Right: Enough baked goods are consumed each bake night to turn each chef into a stick of butter. Here are the portraits of the original Baking Trio (1) Caitlin Dresler, (2) Amber Mike, and (3) Jesse Lindhorst.


Every week we learned more and more about the chemistry of baking. Amber and I definitely have different styles in the kitchen as well. We learned that pretty quickly; and we have met somewhere in the middle. She is neat, organized, and clean, whereas I am, well, the opposite of all that. When she decorates a sugar cookie with sprinkles the end result is picture worthy of a magazine. I tend to get more sprinkles on the table than the actual cookie. Just after we made Thursday night a scheduled weekly event, the kitchen in South Hall started to be remodeled. We were kitchen-less. Our friends, who lived in the freshman dorm CKTO decided that we should use their basement kitchen and the baking resumed. We started making dinner before we baked so that we could fill ourselves with real food at least before we ate rich sugary desserts. We baked birthday cakes for friends, all kind of cookies imaginable, pies and more.


Come Christmastime we decided that we would bake a kitchen full of baked goods to package up and give as presents to friends and family. What ensued would remain in infamy as the First Annual Baking Extravaganza. Recipes for Russian tea cakes, sugar cookies, cupcakes, almond bark pretzels, thumbprints, ginger cookies, peanut butter kiss cookies, and spritz cookies were baked in an eight hour day filled with flour, sugar and cookie pans. The clean-up of all the utensils, bowls covered in batter, and the counters no longer visible was daunting but it was how we measured the success of the day. We have had three more baking extravaganzas since then and each one continues to get bigger and messier. Now that we live off campus we don’t have kitchens the size of the one in South hall so we venture back there each year for a day of mayhem. When we started getting into cooking we tried to stay healthy but dinners like Five Cheese Lasagna, and Baked Macaroni and Cheese kept appearing on our dinner plates. Some of our more healthy dinners included tofu stir fry and veggie chili. One of our most favorite recipes after three years of cooking together has remained Spicy Peanut Noodles, which I will share with you. Over the past four years we took on cooking and baking a little bit at a time, with no more help than the internet and a few cookbooks. I hope I have put a little inspiration in the college students both in the dorms and living off campus to make use of that room called a kitchen, or more commonly known as that room that has the refrigerator that stores our take out leftovers. With a little research, really easy, delicious meals can be made that keep away that freshman 15 and the frozen pizza. Without further adieu here is our coveted recipe for Spicy Peanut Noodles, which for your information contain high amounts of protein, NO cholesterol, and NO preservatives.

Spicy Peanut Noodles 4 tablespoons soy sauce ½ tsp. ground ginger 1 pound firm tofu 1/3 c. peanut butter 3 tbsp. maple syrup 2 tbsp. rice vinegar 1 tbsp. water 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 1 garlic clove ½ to 1 tsp. chili paste 1 pound fettuccine or wide rice noodles 2 scallions

Preheat broiler Pat tofu with paper towel to remove excess moisture and cube into 1/2 inch pieces. Stir 1 tbsp soy sauce and ginger in medium bowl. Add cubed tofu and stir gently to coat. Mist a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil. Spread tofu on baking sheet in a single layer. Place under broiler for 5-10 minutes. Flip the tofu and broil for another 5-10 minutes or until light brown and crispy. Set aside. In medium bowl whisk together the remaining 3 tbsp. soy sauce with the peanut butter, maple syrup, rice vinegar, water, sesame seeds, garlic, and chili paste and set aside. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Rinse and drain the noodles, transfer to a large bowl, and toss with the peanut sauce. Serve the noodles topped with the tofu cubes and scallions.

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TION A R T S ILLU d n a 2011 OP , H t s P 1 I of H CH 3 R P A U H M MAS S U O COM I . N R E E G P SPEP AN IN I E R E WH O T G N COMI





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Article by Adam Wheeler, Design by Jonathan Sollie, & Photography by Colin Schye


o we’re talking about health. Well not us, but me. I’m talking about my health and what I started doing for myself a few weeks ago. I started exercising regularly for the first time in over two years. Since I started going to Stout, four years ago, I was either physically incapable of exercising because it was too painful to do or I had no interest in making that part of my day. My freshmen year, I had an infection in my intestines that made it impossible for me to exercise without feeling intense pain. It would be caused by things as simple as playing a game of Frisbee. After I went to my physician to be treated, I didn’t have a desire to work out any more. For the last 3 years I’ve been sitting around and putting on the pounds. I also took up smoking, which has done nothing positive for my lungs. What gave me the motivation to get off the couch and start working out was that I realized I wasn’t being the person I wanted to be. I used to be a three-sport athlete in high school and weighed 170 pounds. Now I’m 21 years old and have put on 30 pounds. That’s not something I wanted for myself back when I was fit and it’s not something I should have to put up with when I should be at my physical peak right now. I made a decision that my physical fitness is something I wanted to take seriously and that was empowering. I spoke with some friends of mine who work out a lot. When I told them that I was going to start up a workout routine it was met with some skepticism. When they found out that I was completely genuine about what I planned on doing, then I got nothing but support. The people around me want to see me succeed. If you tell people around you about what your plans are, then you can talk to them about problems you might have and they will be able to better help you

achieve your goals. Plus, once you tell them about what you plan to achieve then they will keep you honest and I don’t want to be remember by my friends as a liar or a quitter.

“The people around me want to see me succeed.” Don’t be ashamed if you get tired quickly. The important thing is that you’re working out again. Take as much time as you need to recover, but don’t quit the workouts early. Finish everything you intend to do. When you accomplish all the things you wanted to do in a workout it will motivate you more and drive you to push harder the next time you exercise. Exercise is also a great way to take your mind off of things that are bothering you. Now whenever I have a problem that I’m having a difficult time dealing with I go on a run. It’s easy to forget about things when your lungs feel like they want to explode. I’m three weeks into my plan and I’m pleased with how I’ve been doing. I’m setting new goals for myself every time I go out and when I exceed my expectations it makes it all worth it. The only thing that is stopping you from being fit and healthy is yourself. It might look like a lot of work, but that is what commitment is all about. If you aren’t where you want to be right now doesn’t mean you can’t get there. Set a goal and achieve it. Don’t give it a try; just do it. Make people realize that when you want something bad enough you’re going to take it. That sort of confidence will flow into all parts of your life and you’ll feel better about every aspect of life.

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JUST GETTING JACKED Adam is showing off his new and improved abs. Quite impressive.


TO MAKE AN IDEA: An intro to the Creative Process & Ideation Article & Design by Jason Pfitzer

Let’s face it; all of us know exactly what it’s like to sit in front a blank canvas for hours, not knowing where to start. If you don’t have an idea to begin with, it’s hard to just pull one out of thin air. It’s hard, yes, but not impossible. Even designers that have been in the business for many years often have to make something great out of nothing at all. There’s a method to this special kind of madness. The process is different for everyone, but in this article I’m going to be outlining the process by which I arrive at my solutions, and how you can do the same.

1. The CLIENT 18

If they’re happy, you’re happy! The most important goal of any design project is to arrive at a solution that both you and your client are happy with. Even if they don’t always know it, the client usually has a pretty good idea of what they’re looking for. Don’t take “I don’t know…do something cool,” for an answer. A lack of direction can lead to a lack of progress and a waste of time for both parties. They know what they’re looking for. As a designer, it’s your job to help them explain it. Show them examples, fonts, sketches, ideas, and anything else you have that could help them find what they want. Before developing your ideas any further, it’s important to understand the general direction your client wants the project to go in. Meetings are crucial. The more information you can get on what they want, the easier the rest of the process should be.

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2. The IDEAS There’s always a better one. I consider the thought web to be the most valuable and crucial exercise a designer could do to think of a clever idea. The idea behind a thought web is to think of the main points first, and different words that are related to the main point, and then words related to those words, and so forth. An example of a thorough thought web is shown on the right. As you are considering different concepts for your design, being observant of the world around you is extremely important. Many ideas can come from the world around you, so keep your eyes open. Look for colors you like, cool typefaces, interesting interactions between different things, etc.


When you have a couple good ideas, start sketching. You don’t have to like it at first. Heck, you don’t have to like it after 300 sketches. Keep at it, and keep sketching until you find a solution that you know has tons of potential.

Don’t stop there. Take that idea and tweak it. Modify it. Change it. Mutate it. Have fun with it. Sometimes the best solutions are found on accident. Never call of the search early. Finally, when you have a solution, find a few more. Never get too stuck on one idea, because there will always be a better solution.

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3. The RESULTS Ensure happiness for years to come. Get on the computer. Start putting all your ideas into the wonderful world of the Adobe Creative Suite. Experiment with color, font, and texture as much as possible during this phase. Remember, these are the things you can’t sketch. There’s no harm in trying tons of solutions. Remember, the more ways you try, the more positive you will be when you make your decision.

Now it’s time to meet up with the client again and show them what you’ve got. Don’t ask them “Is this okay?”…you didn’t spend all that time and effort to hear a simple “I don’t like it”. You’re the designer. You’ve been hired to find the best solution for them. Present your idea as if you’re positive that your design is successful. If they still don’t like it, there’s not a lot you can do about it, but remember to pitch your design like you know what you’re selling.


Now, go out and design things! Remember, there are always more things to try, and always a better solution than the one you have. Leave your client with quality work that will last!

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space150 // Becoming successful after you graduate

01. NED WRIGHT Speaking at AIGA Minnesota’s Bridge event at UW-Stout. An important addition to being young and successful is facial hair.


Never be a creative, you’re not cut for it… No- literally do anything but design. -Anonymous Creative Director, space150

Work Hard, Duh!

The Space Cadets

“You need to have the willingness to work hard,” said Ned Wright, the 25-year-old Creative Director of a Minneapolis based interactive ad agency, Space150. Wright knows, more than most, how much hard work can create an opportunity for us. In 2003, at the age of 16, he started at Space150 at the bottom rung, typing in database information for 60 hours a week. His job came with no pay. Since then, he has worked his way up, slowly, although not too slowly… he is only 25. Wright also said that you should “use your passion to make your opportunities” and “don’t let anyone tell you if you are not cut out for the job.” At the end of Wright’s time as an intern he was told, “Never be a creative, you’re not cut for it… No- literally do anything but design” (Anonymous Creative Director, Space150). That really stuck with Wright, but before long he graduated high school and decided to attend UW-Stout with a concentration in graphic design. He has since proved that statement wrong. “That guy is now working for me,” said Wright, with a huge grin on his face. Most successful people have traveled a rough road to get where they are now. Steve Jobs got fired from his own company in the 1980’s (Apple Computers) and came back in the 90’s… Look where he is now, Fortune Magazine named Mr. Jobs the CEO of the decade!

Four UW-Stout alumni, working for Space150 in Minneapolis, came back to speak at AIGA-Minnesota’s Pivot event titled “Bridge.” How do you bridge the gap from a design student to a designer? 01. Ned Wright (creative director), 02. Andrew Beckman (interactive designer), 03. Matt Kuglitsch (design interns) and 04. Andrew Ridgeway and all spoke at the event and gave us their strategy on how to become successful after graduation.

The Designer’s Paradox The Space Cadets mentioned that as the perceived coolness of the job goes up, so do the hours. Along with a higher coolness factor comes a smaller paycheck. We all know that not all creative jobs make the big bucks and most of us creatives will end up working at your local Starbucks some time down the road, but why should that stop us? To make it in the creative world you will learn that “design is not a class, it is a lifestyle,” said Ridgeway. PERCIEVED COOLNESS

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03. 02. 04.

be the dumbest person in the room. -Ned Wright: Creative Director of space150


You Are So Cool!

Wrap Up

Yes, designing is ‘fun’ and ‘cool’ but it is by no means easy to become successful. The business is always moving and evolving at a rapid pace. Wright said in order “to be successful you need an opportunity to become successful.” If you do not find an opportunity, then make one for yourself. Beckman said that we should, “get inspired by where you want to be, not where you are.”

So go out for that impossible job interview. The worst that could happen is that you get turned down and learn for the next one. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not cut out for the job. Dream big and don’t regret failure; it’s only one more way you know what not to do next time and, maybe, something incredible will come from it. Remember, most of all, as Wright puts it, “be the dumbest person in the room.”

We all hear some ideas and think to ourselves, “that’s impossible,” or, “that’s lame.” At Space150 they like to be open to all ideas, even the supposed “impossible” ones. Nothing is impossible; some things might just be improbable. Matt said, “don’t hold it (your idea) too precious.” When we find ourselves comfortable is when our ideas get boring. When we find a good idea there is always a chance that there is a better one out there. We need to be open to new ideas, concepts, and keep ourselves thinking.

Article, Design & Photography by Jonathan Sollie

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Our Thanks We would like to thank everyone that helped produce this issue of Pepper Magazine. We call ourselves Pepper-kids for the fact that many students enlist their skills to put this final product together, run and update the WhereIsPepper blog, Twitter, Facebook and everything else that comes with producing a magazine these days.

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Editor-in-Chief: Jonathan Sollie Managing Editor: Jesse Lindhorst Executive Editor: Cait Dresler Web Developer: Cooper Whitescarver Photographer: Colin Schye Photographer: Tegan Liepitz Photographer: Jake Tyson Writer, Designer: Jason Pfitzer Writer: Sarah Huckaby Writer: Chris Lyons Writer: Luke Sollie Writer: Adam Wheeler Printer: Dani Beck Printer: Brandon Turner Editor: Aaron Rehlinger Advisor: Alex DeArmond

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Where Is Pepper? Pepper is all around you. It’s the students, staff, locals, and at the weekend party with people you don’t know. We are Pepper, and so are you. The idea behind Pepper is to take information and spill it. We wanted to start something that hasn’t been seen in Menomonie before. A student led magazine for students. We want a magazine that the readers are involved in creating. Have an article idea? Let us know. Is there something you’ve seen that blows your mind? We want to hear about it for our next issue. We are all about you and the things you do. Pepper Magazine: Each issue of the magazine will include just about everything, including art, music, local events, opinions, science, and issues pertaining to your life. The magazine was created to promote you and get your voice out. The basis of the magazine is to take the ideas we find interesting or important to us and pass the content to others for feedback. We want a magazine that is run by the readers, created for readers, with content about the readers. Blog: will accompany the magazine with extra content and article discussions. The blog promotes the magazine and helps us stay in touch with those around us on a weekly basis. You can post comments on our content with your Facebook profile, and we would love to hear what you think. We update often, so drop by and see what we’ve been cooking up.

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In this issue of pepper we deal with the idea of health. This encompasses everything from creative to social health, questioning what health...