LIFE. AND HOW TO HA VE ONE
THE ins And OUTs Of TATTOOs
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tattoo. I also don’t have kids and a person EDITOR | GABRIELLE SCHOCK
close to me has never passed away, so I ASSOCIATE EDITOR | SARAH CHAMP
have no one to pay homage to in ink form. DESIGNERS | ALEX MILBOURN,
I then thought about all the little things MAX AYALLA
that make me happy: Hello Kitty, a movie CONTACT | BAILEY ATKINSON, CHRISTINE
marathon on Netflix, smoothies. All of these CURTIN, TAYLOR LEWIS
things would make for pretty ridiculous MANUAL | CHRIS NEAL, KATIE JAMES
tattoos — can you imagine someone with NOTICE | AMANDA GAGE, NADIA IMAFI-
a smoothie sprawled across her back? DON, MATT GALLOWAY
PLAY | DREW WILLE, JEFF KARR, MAX
If you were held at gunpoint and OK, so my tattoo ideas are pretty terrible
absolutely had to get a tattoo, what would compared to the incredible ones I’ve seen,
HEALTH | BRE ROACH, CHRISTY NUTT, KYLIE
you get? especially considering the art of tattooing
I read this question in a magazine has come such a long way. Did you know CONTRIBUTORS | CHANCE CARMICHAEL,
recently and I started wondering what I’d do archeologists found mummies with tattoo- DYLAN DERRYBERRY, JAROD KILGORE,
if I were in that position. What tattoo would like markings? And that a new type of ink LANDON MCDONALD ,MAGGIE YOUNG,
I get if I were strapped to the artist’s chair, actually fades over time? For more on the SAVANNAH ABBOT
world of tattoos, check out Jack’s story on CREATIVE CONSULTANT | CAROL HOLSTEAD
unable to escape until I received my ink?
The people I know who have tattoos page eight.
always say that no matter what the ink is, Who knows what tattoo I’d end up with
it should mean something to you. The name if I were forced to get one. Let’s just hope
it’s nothing I’d regret forever. In fact, let’s JAYPLAY
of a lost loved one or a religious symbol are The University Daily Kansan
both things you typically see tattooed on also hope it’s in that ink that eventually
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to those people who aren’t afraid to have GABRIELLE SCHOCK | EDITOR Lawrence, KS 66045
those words or images permanently placed
on thier bodies.
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I’d want it permanently on my body. I’m not WIT’ FAcEbOOk PAgE and your
married so that rules out a wedding date contributions could be published!
KANSAS IN HEAT // How to Have a one-nigHt Stand
> Tackling the sticky situation of relationships.
-Male condoms: lubricated, non-lubricated, 4. Have foreplay with the lights on.
1. Don’t get drunk!
spermicidal lubricant, magnums, for her In addition to the turn-on of seeing your
The decisions you make under the influence
pleasure, latex, and non-latex. Arm yourself partner being pleasured, having the lights on
may not be the same ones you make when
with a smorgasbord. is a great way to further establish safe sex. In
sober. In The Journal of Studies on Alcohol,
-Female condoms: unlike male condoms, this brighter environment, you can explore your
Antonia Abbey and her colleges found that,
can be inserted prior to sex play and provide partners genitals and look for any sores, scars,
while under the influence, partner risk (risk of
protection for the outer part of the vagina. bumps, or warts. If you notice anything out of
contracting a sexually transmitted infection),
-Dental dam (a flat, square piece of latex the ordinary, you can politely excuse yourself.
did not influence willingness to have
used for a barrier during cunnilingus, fellatio, 5. Be prepared for bad sex!
unprotected sex. Even though there was an
and anal play). If you can’t locate a dental dam, You cannot anticipate your partner’s sexual
acknowledged risk of contracting a STI from
try this: carefully cut a condom length-wise from knowledge or skill. Be prepared for a less-than-
this one-night stand, unprotected sex would
base to tip and spread out over the genitals. enjoyable tryst. There are no guarantees for
still occur if the person had been drinking.
-A small vibrator. This allows for pleasure satisfying one-night stands.
2. Be armed and ready for battle.
without genital, anal, or oral contact. 6. Don’t exchange contact information. Don’t
Condoms are a must for sex with anyone other
3. Be Honest. Discuss your sexual history - promise to call.
than a monogamous partner. Unfortunately,
past and current STIs. If you discover a potential dating partner,
condoms don’t protect against all STIs. Let’s
If you approach the subject of sexual history don’t have a one-night stand with him or her!
not forget that STIs can be transmitted through
and possibility of transmitting or contracting This is a one-time experience without emotional
other ways. The medical profession has seen
STIs and your partner refuses to disclose, leave investment. Communication of expectations
a growing trend of chlamydia and gonorrhea
immediately! What do you have to lose except and having a mutual understanding of post-
found in the throats of patients who participate
the not guaranteed possibility of orgasm? coital conduct is a must. Wait to have sex with Contributed photo
in unprotected oral sex. Before you meet up Michelle MacBain is a graduate student from
Can someone lie during a one-night stand? someone you fancy outside the bedroom. Kansas City. She studied sexuality, psychology and
with your one-night stand, use this check-list communiction studies at KU and The University of
of sex armor: Absolutely! Which is why having your sex armor Amsterdam.
|MICHELLE MACBAIN |
is so important.
FIVE quESTIoNS// teCH n9ne & MiCHael deliCH
>Two people. Five Questions. See how they stack up.
|CHRISTINE CURTIN |
aaron “teCH n9ne “ yateS MiCHael deliCH
> Rapper and Emcee from Kansas > Senior from Kansas City, Ks.
Who’s your Gallagher, a comedian, because he smashed fruit for a
My kids. They’re the biggest Tech N9ne fans that I know –
all 3 of them!
Christiania, Denmark. If you’ve ever been to Denmark and
Favorite place to Lake of the Ozarks. You never know what to expect when
visited Christiania, you’ll know why. I can’t say in case my
you spend a weekend down there, if you know what I mean.
kids are reading this, but you’ll know. visit?
Are you a
I’m a night person because I’m a vampire, stupid – didn’t morning person Night person, because I can eat fourth meal at Taco Bell.
you know that?
or night person?
Five Guys. They’re the only place that I can find or create a Favorite fast Taco Bell, obviously, because it stays open late.
barbecue hamburger. food restaurant?
I like the vibe from all the fans, mostly female. They really
love great music. I had my first paid show there when I What do you Football gamedays. You’ll always find fun adventures on
was in my teens and it’s been wonderful ever since. like best about those days.
• Talk to get the professor’s attention
• Care more about the grade than the
• Aren’t afraid to speak in class,
regardless of statement’s importance
• Dress to impress professor
• Sit in the front row, center seat to get
• Make sure to show up to class as
early as possible
• Visit every office hour without a
| BAiley ATkiNsON |
Photo illustration by Chris Neal
The term “teacher’s pet” is often thrown
around in a classroom setting.
everyone knows “that student” in class who always has to contribute and always • Ask questions to verify understanding
tive and easy to follow. Rausch says she
sucks up. it’s pretty obvious how other students feel about those types of students, but likes the feedback because when nothing • Are interested in topic
how do the professors feel? is said during a lecture, she can’t gauge if • Only speak up in class if confused
Dr. Craig Martin, biology professor, thinks that the term is used mostly among students the students are getting the information or about topic
and not with professors. “i am always very impressed with a students who has a lot of not. • Dress to impress other student (or
questions and a lot of things to say,” Martin says. “But there is a line where they seem to Martin and Rausch both suggest that dress to personal comfort)
be forcing questions or asking questions that aren’t as good as other ones and they seem students take advantage of special oppor- • Sit in the front row, center seat
to just be asking for asking’s sake.” tunities that professors offer, such as of- because you cannot hear or
Marilyn Rausch, a journalism lecturer, says a teacher’s pet is a student who thinks he fice hours or study group sessions before see well
or she will get favorable treatment by engaging the teacher in a certain way. Rausch exams. • Get to class on time, but don’t rush
says she follows a model taught by her third grade teacher: be proud of what you can Teachers are not the only ones who want • Visit office hours to verify lecture or
accomplish and not what you can get away with. This means students must earn their students to participate in more out-of-class discuss assignment
grades from their work, not from the way they interact with the teacher. opportunities. “ i wish i had developed a re-
“My job is to teach you and your job is to be a professional student, so i prefer that lationship with more professors earlier on
the relationship stay at a professional level,” Rausch says. “you as a student have a by going into office hours,” says Meredith
professional obligation to do the best that you can, and i, as a teacher, to do the best Walrafen, a senior from Overland Park.
that i can.” While the line between being an en-
sarafina kankam, a senior from Overland Park and biology teaching assistant, defines gaged student and a teacher’s pet is thin,
a teacher’s pet as someone who tries to get a better grade or get on the good side of a the differences are clear. Professors and
teacher. she believes this happens especially at the end of a semester. students agree that teachers’ pets are an
kankam noticed students trying to suck up to her, either by starting pointless conversa- annoyance and take away from the class.
tions or asking unnecessary questions, since she grades the weekly assignments.
Journalism lecturer Rausch, like Martin, says they appreciate when a student is being
engaging. The feedback from students makes the teaching experience more interac-
CaTCH Of THE WEEk // bAiley cArlson HOW WE MET // Abbie Keleher And MichAel Jolley
> A weekly peek at a fish in the KU sea. > All great relationships had to start somewhere.
aBOUT ME Abbie Keleher, a senior from Bartlesville,
Ok., came to college with the planning not
Name: Bailey Carlson to date until senior year. However, after an
Year: Senior encounter with a half-naked sophomore the
Hometown: Lawrence, Kan. first month of her freshman year, the plan
Major: Elementary Education changed.
Interested in: Men Keleher and Michael Jolley, a graduate
from Overland Park had an interesting start to
their relationship. Keleher and friends went
Interests: Cupcakes, “Criminal Minds,” football, fashion, Lady Gaga and tutoring children. to visit a friend at his fraternity at the start
Turn-ons: A man that is confident in himself and not scared to laugh at his own jokes. A guy of the year. The friend told his roommate,
that can liven up a boring situation with his self-confidence and ability to make people laugh. Jolley, that a few girls would be coming over
Turn-offs: I don’t like guys that look like they just rolled out of bed. They need to be put later that night. “So, the showman that I was,
thought that I should time my shower with Contributed photo
together; something they can be comfortable in all day but still look cute.
their arrival,” Jolley says.
Notice first in partner: The color of their eyes. I like green eyes!
Which Jolley planned perfectly; Keleher is sure he did it on purpose. The two spent the
Perfect first date: A laid-back, nothing too fancy afternoon at the ballpark eating peanuts. and friends were at the fraternity for only a rest of the night talking and planned to meet
Tailgating with friends before and then watching the fireworks afterwards. few minutes before Jolley walked inside with the next day at a tailgate. Soon the two started
Why she’s a catch: I have a spontaneous outlook on life, love to watch football, and am nothing but a towel on. “I was like oh my attending church together, which they still do
willing to try new things. I love to laugh and always find the positive in situations. Hanging gosh, I didn’t know you guys were going to be almost three years later.
with the guys is not a problem and I love to have fun with anything and everything that I do. here, I am so embarrassed,” Jolley says.
Spends the most money on: North Face apparel. I love to be warm and cozy and a good Keleher couldn’t help but notice Jolley, but
North Face always offers comfort on a drizzly day. | BAILEY ATKINSON | questioned the timing. Keleher says that she | BAILEY ATKINSON |
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GOOD FOR YOU BAD FOR YOU// POPPIng YOuR JOInTS BETTER OPTIONS FOR BAD SITUATIONS
> Sometimes it’s hard to tell. >If you’re going to do it, be smart.
Popping your joints may not be so bad for gabe Bellovin, a junior from Westchester, Kara Roberts smoked a half pack of clove
you after all, besides the people who will glare n.Y., says he pops his knuckles at least six cigarettes daily before a co-worker turned her
at you when they hear that popping sound. times a day and he often pops his neck and on to the electronic cigarette, or the e-ciga-
There isn’t evidence that says popping your back. He says it is a nervous habit and does rette. Two months after Roberts, a 24-year-
joints will lead to joint deterioration, and there not feel a difference. He said he’ll continue to old Lawrence resident, started using the
is inconsistent research to say you will get do it unless evidence proves otherwise. e-cigarette, she quit smoking. “My smoking
arthritis later in life, says Sandy Bowman, a If joints are popped time after time, the re- habit didn’t control my life anymore because
there were no restrictions on where I could
physical therapist at Student Health Services. lease of pressure gives an increase in comfort
smoke, and I started not needing it as much,”
Popping your knuckles could make them and motion, so you are inclined to do it again,
bigger, but just because you do it every day Bowman says. For $25 you can buy an e-cigarette that
doesn’t mean it will happen, Bowman says. Ligaments, which hold bones together, start has three parts: a re-chargeable battery, a Photo by Christy Nutt
People get the urge to pop because of out loose, so if your ligaments become too atomizer and a cartridge. The battery fuels the cigarette, she noticed she could taste again
joint stiffness or because it’s a nervous habit. loose from popping, your joints might not give atomizer to convert the liquid in the cartridge and began to breathe easier. “There was no
When you pop a joint, there is a release of you full support. It is also possible for a joint in to vapor when the user inhales. One cartridge mess, no smell and I immediately started sav-
pressure, but sometimes it’s a tendon shifting your neck or spine to pinch a nerve. equals approximately one pack of ciga- ing money and feeling healthier,” she says.
over a joint, Bowman says. If you find it difficult to stop popping, Bow- rettes. It cost $7.50 for eight cartridges. The The transition from traditional cigarettes
man suggests trying not to do it frequently. If e-cigarette looks like a cigarette, taste like a to the e-cigarette might not be easy for every
there is no pain when you attempt to pop any cigarette and allows the user to inhale nico- smoker. “For heavy smokers who are use to
tine. But e-cigarettes use water vapor instead strong cigarettes, the e-cig doesn’t always
joints and you do not make any fast move-
of smoke. There is no tar, carbon monoxide, satisfy their cravings,” Isaac says. He says
ments, then it is probably fine, she says.
second-hand smoke or mess. the e-cigarette is popular in his store with
Sam Isaac, owner of Discount Tobacco in senior citizens and people that can’t smoke
| KYLIE NUTT | Lawrence, says the e-cigarettes contain only because of the health risk.
nicotine derived from plants, whereas tradi- The e-cigarette is not currently regulated
tional cigarettes consist of only 30 percent by the FDA.
nicotine. The other 70 percent is additives.
Roberts says after switching to the e- | CHRISTY nuTT |
Photo by Kylie Nutt
THAT’S DISGUSTING // wEARING UNwAShEd CLoThES
When trying on clothes in the fitting room, you If the underwear is packaged, it’s probably fine.
usually don’t think they are dirty. You’re prob- This is why men usually don’t have to wash new
ably not going to wash a shirt or jeans before underwear.
you wear them. But, you might want to recon- Marwa noaman, a senior from Jersey City,
sider that. nJ., says she tries on a lot of clothing when she
It is possible to catch antibiotic-resistant shops, but she takes caution when trying on un-
bacteria through the transfer of clothes, says derwear and swimsuits.
Dr. Philip Tierno, a clinical professor of After people have tried on the same cloth-
microbiology and pathology at new York ing, the sloughed off skin cells accumulate on
university’s School of Medicine. the inside of clothing. Organisms grow on them
MRSA, methicillin-resistant and begin to smell. Perspiration can also collect
Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph bacterium in garments, which serves as food for bacterial
that is resistant to some antibiotics, growth, Tierno says.
according to the Centers for Disease Control | KYLIE nuTT |
and Prevention. This bacteria can be caught
wearing clothes without washing them first,
even though the probability is very low, Tierno
It is crucial to bandage any cuts or scrapes
before trying on clothes. Open wounds can
cause these dangerous bacterium. “It can pre-
vent the problem of a disaster,” Tierno says.
Keep your underwear on when trying on un-
dergarments. There is a lot of contamination in
underwear and swimsuits because many wom-
en try them on naked and remove the protective Photo by Kylie Nutt
liners, Tierno says. If you buy non-packaged un-
derwear, it is important to routinely wash them.
AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE WORLD OF INK
| JACK RAFFERTY |
It took 11 months and nine appointments with Ben Alvarez, owner of Done-Rite Tattoos, for me to finish my sleeve.
Each time I parked outside Alvarez’s shop, located in the Crossroads district of Kansas City, my stomach would flutter in
anticipation. My excitement arose partly from seeing my vision become a reality, but also from my endless conversations
with Alvarez about the fascinating world of tattoos.
The 58 markings archeologists found on the knee and ankles of Otzi or “Iceman,” a 5,000-year-old mummified
human body, places the origin of tattoos near 3,000 B.C. “Iceman,” found in 1991 in a glacier on a mountain
between Austria and Itlay, remains the best-preserved Bronze Age corpse ever discovered, according to
Smithsonian Magazine. Across Europe, archeologists have found clay discs and bone needles, believed
to have been for tattooing during the Upper Paleolithic (3800 B.C. to 10000 B.C.) period.
Prior to the discovery of Otzi, the earliest examples of tattoos were Egyptian, discovered
on female mummies dated to 2000 B.C. It wasn’t until the 17th century that tattooing was
documented in North America. A French explorer documented his account of tattooing
among the Hurons, a Native American tribe located in Eastern Canada in 1615.
Inspired by Thomas Edison’s device designed to make painting and embroidery
patterns in 1876, Samuel O’Reilly filed his patent for the first tattoo machine in 1891.
Thirty-eight years later Percy Waters, a Detroit inventor, received a patent for a tattoo
machine that resembles the one used today.
Since Percy Water’s invention of the tattooing machine in 1929, tattoos once considered taboo,
are more popular than ever. Throughout his 19-year career as an artist, Alvarez has witnessed this
first hand. “Tattooed folks used to be looked as military or ex cons, but these days it seems being
tattooed, especially as a musician or sports star, often denotes status. Young people seem to no
longer view being tattooed as anything other than success,” Alvarez says.
With about six tattoos shops per 100,000 people, Kansas City is the most tattooed city in
America. Alvarez’s shop has had a six-month waiting list for the past three years. Alvarez often
has customers offer to pay double in an attempt to get bumped to the head of the line. “I don’t
play favorites,” Alvarez says. “Everybody waits.”
Not only has the tattoo clientele changed, but the tattoo world has seen its share of trends.
“All around the world, tattoo trends change all the time,” says Martin Del Camino, artist and
owner of Ichiban Tattoo Studio located at 1912 Massachusetts St.
Del Camino began his tattoo career in Buenos Aires, before moving to the U.S. in 2000.
“Just 10 years ago, lower back tattoos were very common for women," Del Camino says.
"It’s sad, all those poor girls are now thought of as tramps.”
Technological advancements in the past 30 years have contributed to another growing
trend in the tattoo industry. No longer are people forced to bare a tattoo that they regret or no longer
feel connected to. You can remove that constant reminder of an impulse decision, past relationship or
wild night in Mexico.
09 Photo illustrations by Travis Young
TATTOO REMOVAL TRADITIONAL TATTOOS
It is estimated that of the 10 million Americans that have at least one tattoo, more than 50 percent Known for its use of bright colors and bold outlines, this style is thought to have originated on
regret the decision and would like it removed. Before the development of “pulsed” lasers in the military bases in the 1930s. Popular traditional designs include girls, roses, skulls and patriotic
1980s, effective tattoo removal wasn’t an available option. By directing the energy generated by symbols. “Designs were made to b simple, but catch the eye and get sailors and the like to spend
highly concentrated color light beams, pulse lasers are capable of breaking apart ink particles in their money,” says Andrew Milko, artist at Mercy Seat Tattoo in Kansas City.
human skin. This style has seen resurgence in recent years. “It seems like right now most people are
While laser removal has been proven effective at removing tattoos, it has often been a costly pretty receptive to traditional tattoos," Milko says. "They will never go out of style, because there
undertaking. Depending on the size, color and location, a full removal can range from several is something timeless about the designs.”
hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. However, the use of inks specially formulated for
easier removal has increased. BLACK AND GRAY TATTOOS
Since its limited release in 2009, InfinitInk is now available in 12 U.S. sates. The ink, initially
developed by professors Bruce Klitzman and Kim Koger of Duke University, has been proven to Black and gray is a style of tattooing that uses shades of black to illustrate depth often
remove from the skin three times faster than conventional inks during laser treatment. associated with charcoal drawings. With an emphasis on detail, this style is typically used to
The ink consists of inert plastic beads, containing colored dyes. The energy generated by the express a realistic depiction of an image, such as a portrait. With colored ink unavailable to
laser ruptures the beads, resulting in the leaking and removal of the ink from the body. While them, people in U.S. prisons began developing this style in the 1970s.
InfinitInk expects to release a full color line in the distant future, only black ink is available for
THE TATTOO COMMUNITY Modeled after the bold geometric designs common in tribal culture, this style became a
popular U.S. trend in the late 1980s. Done in black ink, the abstract symbols are designed to fit a
With an estimated 20,000 tattoo parlors in the United States, and a new one opening every day, specific part of the body.
the evolution of the tattoo industry is appearing on the covers of magazines across the world. “I
believe that mainstream society has stopped looking at tattoos as the mark of their underbelly,
and now that there is acceptance for the tattooed, perhaps society will take the next step and
recognize tattooing as the new modern art, “ says Rocky Rakovic, editor of Inked magazine. The oriental style of tattooing is known for using the entire body as one canvas. The images
Inked, a high-end glossy tattoo lifestyle magazine known for its avant garde photographs, flow into each other across the body to create a mural effect. “The tattoos flow along the curves
debuted in 2004. It’s evident from the international magazine’s growing readership that many, like of the body to create the uniform effect,” Del Camino says.
Rakovic, view tattoos as modern art. The most common images from this style include Koi fish, cherry blossoms, dragons and
Inked readers get access to exclusive interviews with renowned tattoo artists and photographs samurai. “One dragon tattoo I saw was done so well that when the man moved his shoulders, it
of world-class work. The magazine’s coverage of the tattoo culture also includes celebrities. looked like the dragon was alive,” Del Camino says.
Recent celebs to appear on the cover include Avril Livigne, Ryan Phillippe, Pharrell Williams For some people, tattoos have the power to prolong feeling a connection to loved ones in
and Pink. Inked has a readership of 149,000 subscribers and has increased by more than 40,000 a way no other art form can. Jacob Moffitt, an alumnus from Wichita, has a tattoo of a soldier
within the past year alone. wearing a combat helmet on his left calf. Moffitt got the tattoo last December in remembrance
of his brother, Tom Moffitt, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in October 2010.
“I think tattoos express individuality and can display what is important and most dear to you in
your life,” Moffitt says.
While much has changed over the past 5,000 years, one thing that continues to be true is that
tattoos are used to outwardly express what is internally important.
1. Remove bandage after a few hours to allow
ON THE WEB
2. Treat with antibacterial ointment for about a
In July 2002, “tattoos” was the second most requested search term on the Internet and it
Use warm water and unscented soap to clean the
has remained the most searched beauty term since 2003. The increased online presence of the
tattoo once a day.
tattoo community the last 10 years provides enthusiasts, such as myself, a place to engage with
ink lovers from around the world.
With hundreds of thousands of user-generated images and stories, BMEzine is the largest 4. Do not swim or submerge the tattoo in water until
it is fully healed.
body modification website in the world. “BME contains the personal experiences of thousands
Do not pick at the tattoo. Scabbing may occur
of people all over the planet, in photo, video and text form. It serves to document the activities of
which could lift the color from the skin.
the body modification community in as complete a fashion as possible,” says Jen Savage, site
Thousands of websites like BMEzine act as cyber galleries, showcasing artists' work for
tattoo admirers from around the world. Similar to art forms, tattoos can be classified into distinct 09
styles. 9 08
GET SOME CULTURE // SWING SOCIETY
> It’s not all about fast food and beer pong.
and have fun. “It’s the perfect club,” Dodier
In case this still doesn’t sound fun to you,
you should know that the Swing Society even
goes on road trips for what they call “dance
Currently, there are two teachers for the
Swing Society, but on occasion, they will also
have a guest teacher, says Stuart Becker, vice
WELCOME BACK RAVE! president of the Swing Society. Attendees are
also very diverse, ranging from freshman to
THURSDAY, 9/8 older people.
So, if you feel like getting your groove on with
Photo by Chris Neal some swing dancing on Tuesday nights, check
Don’t know how to dance? No worries, out the Swing Society. Also, take a look at their
ABSOLUT DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT
you’ll get the “swing” of things. Facebook page or website for more information
The KU Swing Society meets every Tuesday regarding times, locations and events.
DOORS OPEN 9PM | 21+ TO ENTER at the Kansas Union to teach newcomers how
COME EARLY TO AVOID A LINE to swing dance and let the experienced ones | CHRIS NEAL |
ENTER OFF INDIANA ST. get their grove on. The best part about it? It’s
1200 OREAD AVE
Kaitlin Dodier, a senior from Fredonia, says
OPEN THURSDAY-SATURDAY | 9PM-2AM it’s a good cultural thing to go to with all of the
different types of dance styles you can learn.
It doesn’t require anything but for you to come
DOING WITHOUT// USING a LaPTOP IN CLaSS
> Absence makes the heart grow...?
As I walked to my first class of the day, the classroom is a good thing, but not entirely. Mar-
announcer in my head came on; “And now garet Severson, a social welfare professor, says
for our main event: Times New Roman versus students need laptops to take notes, but they
Chris’ sloppy handwriting.” are “seductive devices.” It’s hard to control stu-
My sloppy writing was getting the snot kicked dents from abusing them in the classroom.
out of it 30 seconds in. Instead of trying to go In my opinion, going without a laptop did
between Facebook, email and my notes on my make me pay more attention in class, but not
computer, I was furiously writing everything the being able to keep up with the professor isn’t
teacher said, half of which I couldn’t even read worth the hassle.
afterwards. I was only 10 minutes into class and
I was already checking the time on my phone. | CHRIS NEAL |
Long story short, not using a laptop in class
But what about those students who don’t
even own a laptop? I had trouble doing with-
out mine for one class, but they do it on a daily
Leo Castro, a senior from Olathe, knows my
CHECK OUT OUR DAILY SPECIALS! pain. Although not having a computer keeps
him from being distracted in class, he says it’s
9am – 2am not worth the hassle of having to write a ten Photo by Chris Neal
785.749.7699 page paper in one sitting or asking someone for
the notes because the professor is going too
Some professors agree that laptop use in the
LIGHTNING Photo by Chris Neal
When the thunder rolls, grab your camera.
| CHRIS NEAL |
Travis Heying – Staff photographer at The
Everyone has seen an amazing picture of lightning at one time or another. Ever wonder how Wichita Eagle
those photographers got that picture? It’s actually easier than you might think. Whether you have Trying to push the button over and over again won’t get you
a point-and-shoot camera or an SLR camera, here’s the steps to be able to do it: anywhere. “Rarely does that produce anything but a dark
Before getting into the technical stuff, a quick note on safety should be made. When taking pictures of frame,” Heying says. A clear understanding of weather
lightning, you always need to know where the storm is heading. Make sure you aren’t at the highest point is critical to shooting lighting. You need to know
in the area because that’s where cloud-to-ground lighting will most always strike. Be aware of your surround- what can put you at risk of being hit by a light-
ings, because you don’t want to be stuck outside in a thunderstorm while lighting ning strike. Heying also says that lightning is
usually at the front of a storm, so try to
is coming down on top of you.
stay ahead of the storm you’re taking
Also, stay away from metal objects. Until you know what you’re doing, don’t ever go
to the high points in an area or near a place with metal objects around.
For point-and-shoot users, cameras have a manual setting that will allow you to freely Mike Yoder – Photo Editor of The Lawrence Jour-
change the exposure settings on your camera. You will need to go into that setting in order to nal World
shoot this kind of photo. With this in mind, you can safely take that sweet lightning picture. Yoder suggests a different way of controlling your shut-
Your first step is to have a way to steady your camera. The best choice would be to use a tripod, ter speed. Some cameras have a setting called “Bulb”,
but you can always improvise. For example, the photo shown was taken using a bucket and phonebook. or “B.” In this setting, as long as you have the button
I used the bucket as a base to set the camera on, and the phonebook to get the angle I wanted. As long as pushed down, the shutter will stay open. When you
your camera is not going to fall, anything should work. let go of the button, the shutter will close. He
Secondly, setting your ISO is probably the easiest thing you’ll need to do. The higher your ISO is, the brighter suggests using this setting and covering the
your photo is, and vice-versa. For this type of shot, you will want a lower ISO. Somewhere in the 100 to 200 range is front of the camera with a piece of black
fine, but feel free to experiment with it. cardboard. When lightning appears,
move the cardboard away, and
The next thing to do is set your aperture. Your aperture determines how large your depth of field is in your photo. Mike
when it stops, put the card-
Yoder, photo editor at The Lawrence Journal World, suggests using an aperture of f8 for this shot.
board back. This is anoth-
Now for the most important thing: the shutter speed. Your shutter speed is crucial for capturing a lightning bolt. For these types
er way to get several
of shots, you will want a very slow shutter speed to allow more time for the lightning to strike while the bolts of lightning
picture is still exposing. These two photos were taken by having the shutter stay open for 30 seconds. in one picture.
Some cameras won’t be able to stay open that long, so just have the shutter stay open as long as possible.
While the shutter is open, any lighting strike that happens within the frame of your camera will be captured.
Now that you have the basics of how to shoot lighting, go out and give it a try. But always be aware of your sur-
roundings and know where the storm is heading.
WESCOE WIT //
WhaT IT’S lIkE // to GIVE A LAP DANCE
> We know you’re curious ...
| BY KARMA AS TOLD TO NADIA IMAFIDON |
GIRL: There are freaking scratch marks on my
Guy: Haha niiice. GUY: “It cracked his ass up!” During the summer of 2011, a University of Kansas senior (stage name Karma)
went with her friend to a strip club and walked away with a new job. Although her
GIRL 1:”It’s by accident though.” intention was only to act as emotional support for her friend’s audition, Karma was
GUY 2:”You’re getting your masters by accident?” pressured by some of the girls working into auditioning herself. She has been dancing
GIRL 1:”Yeah…” at the club since.
GIRL 1: “My grandmother has old timers, it sucks”
GIRL 2: “Old timers?”
GIRL 1: “Yeah, old timers. You know, like, the disease.”
GIRL 2: “You mean Alzhiemers?”
Girl 1: “Oh! That’s why my professor was looking confused
when I told him.”
GUY: “She is one of the top five ugliest
GUY 1:”I don’t know what she’s doing, girls on campus…”
something on the floor.”
GUY 2:”I think she’s trying to fix her style.”
GUY 1:”I documented it.”
GIRL: “Being in class today had me confused
about my faith…I need to go to church!”
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At my job, I am an actress. I have a big Just like that, I embrace my character.
dressing room where I get all dolled up As Karma, I’m really into the lap dance,
and make good mone. moaning loudly, gyrating against him, rub-
It’s the way I go about getting money bing his face and grabbing his thighs.
that bothers some people. I wear a yellow I’m not actually thinking about the fact
metallic dress with cut-outs on the sides that I am grinding up on a man in his six-
and six-inch platform heels for six or sev- ties. I’m not thinking about the massive
A L L Y O U C A N E AT en hours a night. bruises that line my inner and outer thighs
Generally married men provide me from long nights of pole dancing. Instead
pasta,salad, with a paycheck. They could tell me they I’m spacing out, repeating one phrase to
invented a flying car that is going on the get me through the night. I’m making mon-
& bread market next year and I’ll support them. I’ll ey, I’m making money. I go through the
stroke their arm and drape my legs over routine but I’m not actually there.
5pm - CLOSE theirs. You do what it takes within bounds I made between $250 and $300 on just
to get cash. this one guy.
A man was about to leave when I sat I’m young and I have a good body. Peo-
down next to him. He only asked for one ple judge me for what I do but I don’t let it
CARAFES OF dance and I wasn’t going to turn down bother me. I make good money. It’s kind of
$20. He ended up buying 12 or 13 dances. dirty money, really.
PA I S A N O ’ S red, I led him into the VIP room. You may
think that old guys have problems getting
chablis, it up but that is not the case when a yougn, You can read Karma’s anonymous blog
hot, half-naked girl is on top of them. I’m at karmaschronicles.blogspot.com.
& sangria straddling him and rubbing up against
him and I can feel it. He starts to breathe
heavily. He tries to nibble on my ear and
2 1 1 2 W. 2 5 T H S T. slip his hand down my thong to touch my
crotch. I forcibly grab his wrists and push
785.838.3500 his hands down to his sides to make sure
he understands that that is not allowed.
Q&A // HYMN FOR HER
> Because we have questions. Celebrities have answers.
Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing are “Hymn for Her,” a dynamic duo that has set out to Jayplay: Hymn for Her is a
take on the world by…trailer? really creative name. How did you come JP: How did you learn how to play it?
It is exactly what it seems. This folk pop band travels around the country in a 1961 up with this? L: I practiced fretting, you know. It was
Bambi Airstream Trailer with their daughter, Diver, and their dog, Pokey. The two re- a lot of work, and I’m still working on it. I
corded their latest album “Lucy and Wayne and the AMAIRICAN STREAM” while on Lucy: Wayne actually came up with it. am still learning how to play it
tour last year in the 16-foot trailer they have made into their home. With the married He wrote a song called “Hymn for Her” a .
couple on numerous instruments like a handmade cigar box guitar, their sound is nothing long time ago, a couple years ago actu- JP: Which other instruments do you play
that anyone has been able to pinpoint with just a few words. Hymn for Her is seeing their ally, and then he thought it would be a in the band?
name placed next to band names like the White Stripes and the Black Keys with more of really cool name for a band. L: Wayne plays the kick drum, hi-hat,
a country Americana vibe. banjo, guitar and
Keep your eyes on the road because the Bambi Airstream trailer will soon be gracing JP: What’s the song about? harmonica. I play banjo and acoustic
us with their presence. Hymn for Her will be performing at Vulcan’s Forge in Kansas City, L: The song was about a certain route a guitar. Sometimes the ukulele and the
Mo on Sept. 25. girl’s house that you love and then the glockenspiel.
backward. JP: What can readers expect from your
recent album, “Lucy & Wayne and the
JP: How would you describe your music Amairican Stream”?
to someone who has never heard it L: Well I think the same thing as what I
before? said about our
L: Sort of soul, funk, blues, blue grass. music. Something that makes you smile,
Totally unique. Something different that and just makes you feel good.
makes you feel good.
JP: Why should students attend your
JP: What are your musical show in Kansas City on Sept. 25?
influences? L: We sound like a full band on our album
L: Well, mostly the road and traveling and but we also sound like that live. What
friends. And AC/DC! And Led Zeppelin, you see is what you get, whether it’s in
Joni Mitchell, but mostly just the live setting or recording too.
traveling and friends and
JP: So I’ve read that you live out of your
| NADIA IMAFIDON |
Airstream Trailer with your daughter.
What is that like?
L: Busy! We also travel with our dog,
Pokey. He’s our 90 pound black lab. So
there’s never a dull moment on the road.
JP: What is the story behind the cigar
box guitar that you play, Lucy? Hymn for Her will be playing at Vulcan’s
L: It’s a cigar box with three strings. One Forge at 8 pm in Kansas City, Mo., on
is a bass string, two are guitar strings. Sept. 25. At the concert, the high energy
A broom handle for a neck. Pretty much of multi-instrumentalists Lucy Tight and
you could use a broom handle or a toilet Wayne Waxing, and the vintage slides
plunger. Our friend, John Lowe, made it from the ’60s playing in the background
will most certainly give attendees a
and gave it to us as a gift.
STAGE PRESENCE // MY BROTHER, THE VULTURE
> Feel free to swoon.
Although they’ve only been a band
ESSENTIALS since September of 2010, My Brother,
The Vulture already has a lot to be proud
of. They entered a nation-wide competi-
tion and won a spot at the Warped Tour in
Kansas City. And as if that isn’t already
enough excitement for a relatively new
Contributed photo band, they recently recorded two new
The guys from My Brother, The songs at Rubber Track Studio in New
Vulture will be the first to tell you they’re York City for free.
at odds with what’s most popular in the The band is currently planning a tour
Lawrence music scene right now. They’ll that will kick off in January and it’s
also be the first to tell you they don’t give scheduled to play at the Kansas Union for
a shit. Tunes at Noon on September 23. As for
In a time where synthesizers or feeling slightly out of place among the
mandolins seem like absolute requi- folk and electronic wave that has taken
sites among local bands, these guys are over Lawrence, they don’t let it phase
producing some of the most gritty and un- them. “If it doesn’t have a mandolin it
apologetic rock to come out of Lawrence better have a fat- ass beat,” says guitar-
for a long time. As singer Alec Hernandez ist Jon Marzette. “Those are the rules of
says, “there’s not really a market for hard- Lawrence right now, and we’re trying to
913 N 2nd St er music in Lawrence right now,” but this break that mold.”
Lawrence, KS 66044 hasn’t stopped the five-piece from getting Kudos dudes. Someone’s gotta do it.
www.lawrenceallstarsgentlemensclub.com its name out and earning a respectable
level of notoriety. | JEFF KARR |
SCENE AND HEARD // JAVA BREAK
>New places. New faces.
The painted murals and graffiti on the
walls, the retro furniture, the old box-
style TV from the 1970s — no, this isn’t
your typical coffee shop. It’s The Java
For 17 years, students have trekked
from campus to downtown, searching
for a new place to study. Sometimes
Anschutz library just doesn’t cut it, but
W th Street
The Java Break, 17 E. Seventh St., is the
Photo by Max Greenwood
perfect spot to pull those annoying all-
The coffee shop is far from traditional works of art plastered across the walls and
with its cereal bar and al fresco food tables were all drawn by former students,
and drink menu, not to mention the lush, Lawrence residents and even the oc-
urban appeal. It’s a great excuse to grab a casional staff member, further adding a
coffee, study, or just hang out and catch historical element to the café.
up with friends. “I would like to think it’s our sand-
“I’m an art student and I feel it’s more wiches and beverages that attract
of a place where I fit in as opposed to students,”owner Derek Hogan says. “But
going to the library,” says Nici Ashner, it’s probably the 24-hour service that’s our
a junior from Overland Park.“I don’t do biggest attraction.”
schoolwork outside of the studio very of- The Java Break also has free Wi-Fi,
ten, but when I do, this is where I choose and the staff has an online blog. The cof-
to go.” fee shop is open seven days a week, 24/7.
By no means is the café a “hipster”
hangout, but rather, an alternative option | MAX GREENWOOD |
to other downtown studying spots. The
These Are My People
I had high hopes for my time abroad. Both
sets of my dad’s grandparents emigrated from
Italy, so 50 percent of my blood is legitimately
Finding spiritual identity in Italy
Italian. After three semesters of studying the
language in the States, I was ready to connect
with my roots in the birthplace of the Renais-
sance: Florence. I just knew that once I set
foot on the land of my ancestors, the language
would osmose into my brain, my Italian blood
would rise up, and I would blend right into Ital-
ian culture. In fact, they’d probably take one
look at me, see my Italian nose, my big eyes, my
olive skin, and think I was una locale (a local).
Instead, my first week of four-hour lan-
guage classes in Italy left me with hellacious
headaches. The rapid-fire Italian shot at me
from native Italian speakers was more than my
brain could handle. I got accustomed to say-
ing phrases like, “Ripeti, per favore?” (Could
you repeat that, please?), “Mi scusi?” (Excuse
me?), and most embarrassing of all was the oft-
repeated, “Mi dispiace, ma non ho capito.” (I’m
sorry, but I didn’t understand).
Another blow came when my host dad
said to me, “One of your parents is not Italian,
right?” Contributed photo
“Yeah, my dad’s Italian, but my mom While in Italy, DiDonato rediscovered her faith.
“I can tell.”
Seriously? Apparently I didn’t even look their days and nights with museums, shopping, happened just on the other side of that wall. never see. I realized that stronger than my cul-
like a legit Italian! bars and clubs and I wasn’t. I wanted something The Colosseum has had various uses through- tural heritage is the identity I have as a follower
I tried to convince myself as I walked deeper. out history: it was a quarry, provided housing for of Christ. It trumps everything, transcending time
through the bustling streets that these people, Something alive. Something eternal. So I talk- monks and was built to be an amphitheatre for and bloodline, connecting me to Christians past,
this culture, this land somehow resonated inside ed to God – a lot. I told God how frustrated I was entertainment. But there was only one use that present, and future. I hope that my life will make
of me. I strained to hear some ring in my soul of that my values didn’t sync up with the Italians’ the was running through my mind as I stood silently the martyrs’ count for something as I live with the
“Yes! We are one and the same! These are my way I’d imagined. I missed my life in Lawrence, crying, staring up at it. I remembered that people same dedication to Christ. There is a verse in the
people!” my friends, my family, and my church. who once walked the same ground I was stand- Bible, which says,
But it never came. I wasn’t in love with Italy One weekend I decided to meet up with a ing on went inside that arena, never to come out “Therefore, since we are surrounded by
the way my classmates were. My roommate was friend in Rome. I had a couple hours all by myself again. I tried to imagine what it would be like such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of
having the time of her life. Sweetly, she tried to before meeting her. So I hopped on the B line and to face brutal death simply for following Jesus. faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us
help me feel my roots, saying, “Oh, I bet you’re got off at the second stop: Il Colosseo, or, as we What were these people’s last thoughts as they down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
more Italian than you think!” But I wasn’t feeling know it, the Colosseum. watched the lions approach and heard the roar And let us run with endurance the race God has
it. For three weeks I wasn’t feeling it. Don’t get I floated along in the crowd of people exit- of thousands of people cheering for them to die? set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
me wrong – Italy certainly had its delights and ing the station. The Mediterranean sunlight tem- Did they feel at peace with their end, that they’d Since that day, I sometimes imagine myself
I thanked God for the opportunity to experience porarily blinded me from what was just across done exactly what they were meant to do in their in the arena, looking up at packed stadium seats
them. I saw works by Boticelli, Michelangelo, Da the street. Within a few seconds, my eyes adjust- time on earth? Did they realize that their choice to and seeing the martyrs, my people, cheering me
Vinci, and Donatello. Most nights we chased our ed and focused on the ancient, arched building identify themselves with Christ, even in the face on to life.
delectable three course meals down with fine towering over me. Dumbfounded, I stood there a of death, would make one girl thousands of years
wines, often followed by the dreamy goodness moment or two, just staring up at the Colosseum. later stand in awe? For the first time in Italy, my | JENNIFER DIDONATO |
that is gelato. How many times had I seen this building on cute soul rang with, “Yes. We are one and the same.
By day, I walked narrow cobblestone elementary school atlases, on t-shirts, magnets These are my people.”
streets that were often filled with the sound of and other cheap souvenirs? I gazed upon a cen- I walked away from the Colosseum that day
accordions or violins – just as you would imag- turies-old world icon as unexpected tears spilled with new perspective on my small life. I realized
ine Italy. Yet somehow it all felt so empty to me. down my cheeks. Why am I crying? that, like these martyrs, the choices I make now
Everybody in my program seemed content to fill And then I remembered what actually will affect people generations away, whom I will