POLITICALLY

CHARGED
diferent views can
put relationships in
an un-united state
life. and how to have one.
OCTOBER 23, 2008
ALSO INSIDE
GENERATION SLACKER: Why we can’t
keep our noses to the grindstone
BOD MOD: Let your skin speak
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October 23, 2008
Jayplay
CONTENTS
notice 4-9 | health 11
contact 15-17 | play 18-19,21 | manual 20
reviews 21-22 | speak 23
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October 23, 2008
Volume 6, Issue 9
Members of SELLOUT! tell what it’s like
to be in a cover band 6
they’ve got you covered
a writer learns the value of a plunger and
some tough lessons in community living 23
a dirty job
when a signifcant other is of a different political
party, the opposing views can either create a spark
in the relationship or just add fuel to the fre
Cover photo illustration by Allison Richardson
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sunday, oct. 26
When I worked
at a fabric store, I
could spend an
entire 8-hour shift
wandering the aisles
of fabric, contemplating which hue of taffeta or
which pattern of feece best captured my es-
sence as a human being.
My boss, Karen, was of a much different
mind-set regarding work. Karen was in her 50s,
rigorous and resolute, and a strict disciple of the
manic rhythm of retail.
She scolded me for sitting on the counter to
rest my feet, even when there were no custom-
ers in the store. She wouldn’t let me wear a
sweater over my short-sleeved uniform, even
when the store’s temperature seemed to dip
near arctic lows in the winter.
And, of course, I wasn’t allowed to shop
while I worked—a reasonable yet nearly impos-
sible decree. I couldn’t help it if, while paying
ever-so-close attention to vacuuming the dingy
brown carpet beneath me, I happened to be
distracted by the new fashion prints just begging
to be transformed into dresses and drapes and
anything in between.
The maddest I ever saw Karen, though, was
when I asked a young couple what they planned
to make with the 15 yards of brown fabric
they were buying, to which they replied that
they were dressing up as “shit” for Halloween. I
laughed hysterically for a good 10 minutes, then
suggested they use textured moleskin fabric to
up the authenticity of their poo look. The con-
versation horrifed Karen, as well as the three
other older women in the vicinity.
Most of the store’s customers happened to
be older women, and this often presented prob-
lems. A jittery woman with a heavily powdered
face once complained that I looked like a “tart,”
while another woman refused to let me cut
her fabric because my nails were painted black,
apparently a clear sign that I was affliated with
the devil and intended to curse her Winnie the
Pooh fannel.
My trials and tribulations at the fabric store
showed me, among many other things, the glar-
ing work ethic differences between older and
younger generations of employees. To my elders,
I was an obscure deviant of a thing, prone to
laziness and unprofessional behavior. To me, they
were out-of-touch work zombies who zapped
all the fun out of the job.
Carly’s story on page 15 explores this phe-
nomenon of generational differences in the
workplace, and she’ll tell you how to avoid all
the common faux pas young employees tend to
make.
And FYI: Discussing Halloween costumes
based on bodily functions isn’t mentioned in the
story, but I'd say it's generally frowned upon.
l Megan Hirt, editor
editor’s note
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October 23, 2008
NOTICE
By Sean Rosner
srosner@kansan.com
Kelly McReynolds frst went under the
needle her freshman year. Sitting awkwardly
in a barber chair with her shirt pulled up to
expose her back, she waited nervously un-
til the buzz of the needle broke the room’s
silence.
McReynolds, Santa Fe, N.M., senior, had
been planning this for weeks. A fan of Man
Ray’s photograph “Le Violon d’Ingres,” which
depicts a woman with f-shaped holes similar
to a violin’s on her back, McReynolds de-
cided to replicate the photo by getting two
f-shaped holes tattooed on her own back.
Now that the time had come, though, she
was beginning to second-guess her decision.
Holding her friend’s hand, she stared at the
white tile foor and braced for the painful
process to begin.
“When the needle hit the skin, it wasn’t
as jolting as I expected,” McReynolds says.
McReynolds since has returned to the
tattoo parlor twice to add to her collection
of body art, and she is one of many people
doing so today. Once the trademark of pris-
oners and bikers, body modifcations such as
tattoos and piercings exploded into popular
culture in the early ‘90s and have continued
to grow in popularity.
A 2006 study published in the Journal of
the American Academy of Dermatology found
that 36 percent of people between the ages
of 18 and 29 had at least one tattoo. That
same survey found that 32 percent of peo-
ple in that age group had at least one body-
piercing, which is a piercing somewhere
other than in the earlobe.
So how did tattoos and body-piercings
go from counterculture to commonplace?
Clinton Sanders, professor of sociology at
the University of Connecticut and author
of the book Customizing the Body: The Art
and Culture of Tattooing, says the growth in
popularity of tattoos and body-piercings
has been a natural progression. Sanders says
most people get tattoos and body-piercings
because they see someone they know or
admire, and the growth fuels itself. Sanders
also attributes the popularity to television
shows like LA Ink and Miami Ink, which have
turned tattoo artists into celebrities.
Though the inspiration to get a tattoo
or body-piercing may come from others,
it can be extremely personal. Sanders says
body modifcation is important because it
allows people to set themselves apart from
the ordinary. He says that tattoos especially,
because of their permanence, are a huge
commitment to the ideas of the people who
have them.
“Tattoos are the ultimate stability in a
world that is dominated by change,” Sand-
ers says.
Matt Simon, Omaha, Neb., sophomore,
has a quote by the ancient Persian poet
Rumi covering his left arm, which reminds
him to take risks and think independently.
On Simon’s right arm are four bands rep-
resenting life, death, love and sympathy for
others, things he says he would give his soul
to. Simon says his tattoos represent ideas
that he wants to live his life by.
“I wanted to incorporate them into my
body, so they are a part of me physically and
not just in my mind,” he says.
As body modifcations have grown in
popularity, so has their acceptability. Sanders
says that although tattoos and body-pierc-
ings used to be a way to “thumb your nose”
at society, they have since lost their deviant
appeal.
The declining association between body
modifcations and delinquency has changed
the opinions of people who once found
them unbecoming.
Steven Bridgman, a tattoo artist at BDC
Tattoo, 938 Massachusetts St, has a full
sleeve of tattoos, as well as tattoos on his
neck and hand.
“I don’t even scare little kids anymore,”
Bridgman says.
But one place that is still relatively inhos-
pitable to tattoos and body-piercings is the
workplace. David Gaston, director of the
University Career Center, says acceptance
from employers has not changed as quickly
as tattoo and body-piercing popularity has
grown. He says that the issue can vary de-
pending on the industry, because some job
felds require less face-to-face interaction
and some job felds are more relaxed about
appearance.
But Gaston is quick to note that career
paths can change unexpectedly, and students
should be prepared for whatever they are
faced with.
“Students need to think through things
before they do them,” he says. “I remember
folks telling me that when I was younger.
Nothing has changed.”
More than skin deep
The motivations and implications of body modification
Tattoo and body-piercing trends
Naval rings, tribal armbands tattoos, and Asian calligraphy tattoos have all
had their share of the limelight, but what’s hot today? Tattoo
artists Scary Carrie and Steven Bridgman from BDC Tattoo
discuss what’s currently big in body art.
• Tattoos on the rib cage:
Though it is one of the most painful
places on the body to get a tattoo,
the rib cage has become a popular
canvas for tattoo artists lately. The
ribcage offers a big area for detailed
pieces, and can be easily concealed.
• Portraits: “Portraiture is fucking
enormous right now,” Carrie says.
Black and gray portraits have been
a tattoo staple for years, often used
as a way to pay tribute to a lost
loved one or favorite celebrity, but
full-color portraiture has made a big
splash recently.
• Gauged earlobes: Though
generally relegated to certain subcul-
tures, the act of stretching an earlobe
piercing has taken off lately. Most
gauge sizes stay around or less than
one inch, though Carrie says that
people could stretch their earlobes
down to their waists if they really
wanted to.
• Stars: Whether in a group, alone,
outlined or flled in, stars are highly
sought after. “Everybody wants a
nautical star now,” Carrie says.
Photos by Ryan McGeeney
Kelly McReynolds poses in the same
position as the woman in artist Man
Ray’s 1924 photograph, “Le Violin
d’Ingres.” McReynolds has also has a
snowfake tattooed on her left side.
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October 23, 2008
NOTICE
Q: You came to the University in
2005 to celebrate KJHK’s 30th
birthday. What memories of KU
have stuck with you?
A: One of the things I found out about
that night was that the KU radio station
was the one that Wilt Chamberlain used
to have a show on. I think that was before
the AM/FM switch. I remember the record
room where the radio station does its
broadcasting from was impressive also.
Q: You had a radio show when
you were in college. What kind of
show was it?
A: Yeah, back on WBAU at Adelphi U. in
Long Island. We had a show that showcased
hip-hop, back when hip-hop was only about
singles and there were very few albums.
There were no guarantees on recordings,
so we’d actually record some of the local
artists on our own, and people would think
they were records.
Q: What do you think of college
radio today?
A: I think college radio has to really re-
establish and fnd itself on helping out local
talent. I think too many college stations
are trying to copy what the regular radio
does. I think it’s a decision that affects the
innovation of fnding new music and new
artists.
Q: What’s your take on the state
of hip-hop and rap music today?
A: I’m a little bit envious of the way that
other genres take care of themselves, and
really envelop themselves into the projec-
tion and knowledge of their history. I feel
that rap music and hip-hop was led down
a neglectful path. Often you see the artists,
producers, labels, lawyers and accoun-
tants—and at the end of the day the fans
know very little about what they’re lovin’.
The stories are not told well enough to be
preserved.
I became a fan of rap music and hip-hop
because I knew it was a genre that was
based on knowledge and the playing of
records. And if you knew the record, you
knew the musician. You knew the whole
history of why started to make their music,
the break beats and everything. It was a
quest for musical knowledge of the pio-
neers that I wanted to aspire to myself.
Q: You’re known for being politi-
cally active and working with Rock
the Vote. What role are you play-
ing in this election?
A: I think the most important part I play
is guiding the artists of the last 10 or 15
years to step up in their responsibility
to lead. Whether it’s the Green Party or
Democrats or Republicans—whatever it
is, so long as it’s forward and correct, then
I’m down. But to get out there at age 48
and be one of the few that’s depended
on to get 22-year-olds to vote is stupid. I
don’t believe an artist who’s 24 or 25 years
old—especially young black artists—should
defer to somebody older because they feel
that they’re not adult enough yet to tell
people.
Q: What can students at the Uni-
versity of Kansas do to become
more politically involved?
A: I tell them that it’s a big world out
there. So you want to involve yourself with
movements. If you ask a lot of questions,
there’s always organizations that will fnd
some answers for you. Involve yourself in
an organization. Then you’ll be able to form
your own personal position off of that. But
be sure to spend a little time in your own
little head, so you know it’s your own path
that you walk on.
Q: What are your thoughts on
Republican presidential candidate
John McCain?
A: You know I’m the guy who wrote “don’t
believe the hype,” so perception is some-
thing I choose to stay away from. But per-
ception is the only thing I can go on, and
he appears to be a nice, gentle, 73-year-old
guy, even teddy bear-ish. Who knows if
that’s an act or a trained persona, but I feel
that, if elected, McCain will say around June,
“Hey, this job is crazier than I thought,” and
in July he’ll turn it over to Sarah Palin.
Q: What about Democratic candi-
date Barack Obama?
A: Barack Obama, regardless of what you
think, seems like he’ll roll up his sleeves on
day two and go to work.
Q: What would you say to some-
one who thinks voting is a waste
of time?
A: I’d tell them that voting is as important
as washing up in the morning. Now, you
don’t have to wash, but you can’t go around
saying that something stinks when it could
be you. And another thing about voting,
just because you voted doesn’t mean that
you get immediate props. Just because you
washed doesn’t mean you’re going to get
a standing ovation because you scrubbed
your tail. That was an obligation you had
to fulfll to yourself because you’re mature
enough to understand the responsibility of
cleanliness.
—Matt Bechtold
with Chuck D,
rapper and activist
Chuck D is best known for his 20 years as frontman for
the rap group Public Enemy, but he’s also known to be
highly outspoken about politics and activism. He took a
few minutes to talk with Jayplay about college radio, the
state of hip-hop and rap today, the presidential candi-
dates and students’ responsibility to be involved in the
upcoming election.
Contributed photo
Chuck D challenges America’s youth to get involved in the presidential election.
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October 23, 2008
NOTICE
by Nina Libby
nlibby@kansan.com
If you want to get down to the sounds of
Journey, Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin, then
SELLOUT! is the cover band for you. The Law-
rence-based band is made up of eight ordinary
people who transform into their favorite icons
to play pop classics. Gene Simmons, Elvis Presley,
Wonder Woman and Marilyn Monroe are just
some of the faces you’ll recognize on stage at
SELLOUT! shows as the musicians play smash
hits to get the crowd movin’ on the dance foor.
Steve Ozark, SELLOUT! bassist and Gene
Simmons look-alike, started the band eight
years ago with guitarist Nick Kounas. Ozark
says the band prefers covering pop songs rath-
er than producing their own songs.
“We didn’t name the band SELLOUT!
meaning selling out venues. We named it mean-
ing we’ve sold out completely—what we like to
call cheese with extra cheese,” Ozark says.
SELLOUT! plays over-the-top hits from the
past 40 years, and focuses on ‘70s disco and ‘80s
pop tunes.
“I go to all the SELLOUT! shows at the Jaz-
zhaus because I can dance to the music they
cover,” says Rachel Stelmach, Overland Park
senior and SELLOUT! fan.
Steven Kurutz, author of the book Like A Roll-
ing Stone: The Strange Life of A Tribute Band, ex-
plains the appeal of bands covering pop classics.
“Think about going out to a club on a Friday
night. Do you want to hear songs you’ve never
heard of or songs that you can dance to and
have fun to?” Kurutz says. “Cover bands will get
an immediate reaction from the audience when
they play songs that the crowd is familiar with.”
SELLOUT! is by no means a full-time job. The
band performs on weekends at venues like the
Bottleneck, the Jazzhaus and occasionally at wed-
dings. When they’re not performing, the mem-
bers of SELLOUT! are working 9-to-5 jobs.
For the members of SELLOUT!, performing
is a time to release and relax.
“Playing in SELLOUT! is both a passion and
hobby for me, “ Ozark says. “Playing bass keeps
my hands in shape, keeps me young, kills me
early and as long as we’re learning new songs
it’s exciting.’
Here’s a look at the people of SELLOUT! as
both performers and professionals.
Shake-ya-boogie with SELLOUT!
Behind the scenes with a local cover band
photos by Alex Bonham-Carter
SELLOUT! poses at The Jazzhaus before playing for a packed crowd on October 4. The band
impersonates characters of American history, fctional and non-fctional. The usual set of SELLOUT! is
“jukebox covers from the past and present,” with an emphasis on requests from the audience.
Jenny Smith — Singer
Smith was recruited for SELL-
OUT! after a former member of the
band saw her perform at a Renais-
sance festival four years ago.
During the week, Smith is a dis-
tributor for Mel-O-Cream Inter-
national, Inc., a business that makes
bakery products for supermarkets.
Before SELLOUT!, Smith was a
lounge singer at Harrah’s Casino in
Kansas City, Mo.
“I consider myself an entertainer,
not a musician,” Smith says. “After
performing with SELLOUT!, I real-
ized that no other gig is as fun as this
one.”
Smith says she picked Marilyn
Monroe as her stage personality af-
ter a number of failed costumes.
“I started as Cyndi Lauper, but we
had a personality confict with that
costume,” Smith says. “Joan Jet was
way too racy because I was about 40
pounds heavier at that time.”
Nick Kounas — Guitarist
On stage he is Jim Morrison, but
during the week, Kounas is busy
running two businesses.
Kounas started Splash Place-
ment, an advertising agency in Law-
rence four years ago. He also owns
six rental properties in Lawrence.
He graduated from the Univer-
sity of Kansas 10 years ago with de-
grees in business and advertising.
Kounas acts as a “hype man” at
SELLOUT! shows. He sometimes
stops the vocalists to get the au-
dience to sing along, or he’ll jump
off stage and play his guitar on the
dance foor.
Kounas has seen members leave
and return and some that never
come back.
“SELLOUT! is a revolving door
for a musician,” Kounas says. “I’ve
performed with nine different fe-
male singers, seven drummers, four
horn players, fve guitarists and two
keyboardists.”
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NOTICE
Steve Ozark—Bassist
Ozark owns Ozark Talent, a talent
agency that has booked more than 29,000
concerts on fve continents for an assort-
ment of bands. He started the business
20 years ago and has booked groups such
as Alkaline Trio and Savoy Brown.
Ozark came to Lawrence in 1985 after
completing his master’s degree in educa-
tion at the University of Missouri.
“I moved to Lawrence to play bass for
The Backsliders,” says Ozark, who has
also played bass for Bo Diddley, Spencer
Davis, The Coasters, The Drifters and The
Marvelettes.
Ozark started playing music in eighth
grade after being injured playing basketball.
“I won the Mr. Camp award for South
Side Chicago basketball camp in eighth
grade, but the knees went out, so I took
up music,” Ozark says.
His Gene Simmons costume is a per-
fect ft.
“I like being Gene because people
who know me don’t know it’s me, and it
hides my age,” Ozark says. “At least I’m
younger and less ugly than Gene.”
Stephanie Kacsir —Singer
Kacsir is a fashion buyer for kids’ acces-
sories and shoes for 4,400 Payless Shoe-
source stores. She lives in Topeka with her
husband and children. She graduated from
Kansas State University with degrees in
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By Chris Horn
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A bag workout
Ask any of my friends and they
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senger bags, duffels, totes and the oc-
casional man-purse are all part of my
ever-growing collection. I’ve already
added three more since I arrived in
France.
The French share my love of bags,
and this love is all-inclusive—even
the straight guys wear bags on their
shoulders. Among the recognizable
bags is a style that I haven’t noticed
much in Lawrence or even New York
City. Many young French people are
sporting old-fashioned gym bags of
all shapes and sizes.
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Guy 1: (talking about the presidential
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Guy 2: I would watch that. Except I think
McCain would actually win in a fght.
Guy 1: How? By gumming him to death?
Guy 1: You going to get a fsh taco?
Guy 2: Nah, I get enough of that in the
dorms.
Guy: I’ll be there in a jumpsuit and a
fedora. What are you guys going to wear?
Girl: (on phone) You could never be a
college athlete…Yeah, well, speed walking
to class doesn’t count.
Guy: (singing) Teddy Grahams, oh, Teddy
Grahams…
Girl: Hey, what are you eating?
Guy: Damn, girl. I said Teddy Grahams.
Guy: I’ll vote for whoever can help me
achieve my American dream, and that
dream is having a cheese tube permanently
installed in my mouth.
Girl: (on phone) I think I just got double-
teamed by Jesus.
Guy 1: She said I was erratic in bed last
night.
Guy 2: So does that mean you were
sloppy?
Guy 1: I don’t know. I did move around
a lot.
Guy 1: What is that?
Guy 2: A cellular telephone. I’ll tell you
about them later.
Girl: Are you going to be one of Palin’s
Joe Six-Packs tonight?
Guy: You know it!
Girl: She was blasting Disney music the
whole time I was reading. I could hear her
singing to all the Hercules songs.
Guy: I love Hercules.
Guy: I like white shoes the best. You just
have to be ready to buy a new pair every
week when you spill beer all over them.
Girl: My grandparents are all about orgies.
Guy: (looking at another guy) Wow, that’s
a serious eyebrow. Is he a cyclops?
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HEALTH
Coffee has earned a bad rap for every-
thing from its caffeine, which can cause jit-
ters, to its color, which can stain teeth. In
truth, java isn’t all bad for you. Its caffeine
works wonders as a stimulant and its anti-
oxidants help health in a variety of ways.
Though coffee is most commonly used
for quick pick-me-ups during late night
study sessions or morning classes, caf-
feine can boost the body as well as the
brain by enabling faster muscle contrac-
tions during athletic activity. “Its proper-
ties as a stimulant can improve the way
your muscles work,” says Philip Gallagher,
assistant professor of health, sport and
exercise sciences at KU. The caffeine in
coffee is actually powerful enough to be
considered a “controlled” substance by
the International Olympic Committee.
Coffee’s antioxidants also possess
positive powers. Studies link antioxidants
to protection against diabetes, Parkinson’s
disease and liver and colon cancer. Gal-
lagher says coffee’s antioxidants can also
potentially improve heart health and met-
abolic rates. Though there are other ways
to ingest antioxidants, grabbing a cup of
joe is among the most convenient.
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coffee
ear candling
Ear candling is an ancient practice used
to remove wax from the ear. Ear candles
are narrow hollow cylindrical cones made
of cloth and wax. The tip of the cone is
placed into the ear. After it is lit it burns
for about 10 minutes. Once the ear candle
is extinguished it is believed that the rem-
nants in the cone are wax from the ear.
Sarah Ferguson, assistant professor of
speech-language-hearing: sciences and dis-
orders at the University of Kansas, says,
“Ear candling (a) is unnecessary and (b)
can be dangerous.” She also says there is
no reason to remove ear wax unless the
ear canals are so plugged that it causes
discomfort or hearing loss.
While ear candling may feel good,
it can be very dangerous. Ferguson says
there have been cases reported of people
having the hot wax drip into their ear ca-
nal and burn them. She also says that ear
candling doesn’t actually do anything and
the “debris” found in the cone isn’t ear
wax, but wax from the candle.
Ferguson says if you have problems
with ear wax you should see your doc-
tor before trying any home remedies. And
if self-management is recommended, the
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13 October 23, 2008
FEATURE
12 October 23, 2008
FEATURE
illustration by Catherine Coquillette
By Matt Hirschfeld
mhirschfeld@kansan.com
When my friends and I get together, it can
sometimes be a political lovefest. Most of our
political thought is like-minded, but we have one
friend (yes, only one) who is of an opposite po-
litical affliation, and he always remains quiet.We
attempt to playfully antagonize him, and still not
a peep.
“You should never discuss politics with
friends,” he says as a rule of thumb.
We concede and back off.We’re friends—we
can avoid politics to keep the peace.
The same can’t be said for intimate relation-
ships. Couples share their lives—including pol-
itics—with each other, and silence isn’t always
an option.
Couples with different political affliations
can have a diffcult time knowing where to draw
the line when America’s politics get confused
in the politics of a relationship. Couples can feel
as if they are voting against their partners when
voting for political beliefs and values. Some
know when to call it quits and leave their beliefs
on the ballot, while others can’t resist the urge
to push the hot button issues to the point of
ruining a relationship.
Clarissa Unger has answered her campaign
phone, “Kansas for Obama,” ever since Sen.
Barack Obama was tapped as a Democratic
presidential candidate. As deputy state coordi-
nator for Students for Barack Obama, the Colby
senior is heavily involved in electing Obama as
president. She’s so involved that, in part, it cost
her a relationship.
She had been dating her now ex-boyfriend
for almost a year, and when the state
primaries and elections began
to heat up before the end of
last year, she started spending
more time campaigning. Her
ex, a Republican, became
upset because they weren’t
spending enough time to-
gether.
“There was one point when
he told me that he thought I was
more interested in the campaign than
I was him, which actually I think was probably
true,” she says.
He wasn’t as involved in campaigning for the
opposing party, which augmented Unger’s frus-
tration. As the end of 2007 neared, she says the
two broke up over a phone call that involved
Unger telling her ex that she had the oppor-
tunity to attend a New Year’s Eve party with
Obama.
“He wasn’t too excited about it at that
point, and so I spent NewYear’s Eve with Barack
Obama instead of him,” Unger says.
Men’s and women’s different ex-
pectations about political beliefs affect
how couples communicate the issue,
says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, author
of Making Love, Playing Power: Men,
Women, and the Reward of Inti-
mate Justice. “Men have been
taught to set the agenda,” he says. “They
feel they are entitled to their needs.” He
says women, however, think they need
to fght for fairness regarding issues they
strongly believe in.
Dolan-Del Vecchio offers James Carville
and Mary Matalin as an example of politi-
cal opponents who manage a relationship
without politics becoming a problem.
Carville worked as a campaign adviser for
Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential elec-
tion, and Matalin worked on George H.W.
Bush’s campaign as a strategist to get Bush
re-elected in the same election. And yet,
Dolan-Del Vecchio says they learned to
negotiate the differences. The couple has
been married for 15 years and has two
daughters.
Luke Matheis has also become
skilled in negotiating differences.
Matheis, a member of KU College
Republicans, has dated several lib-
eral women while at the Univer-
sity. The Overland Park junior
says his conservative politics
formed when he started
college. He maintains the
same tolerant mindset
through each relationship.
He says that when they
discuss politics, his girl-
friends listen to what he has to say, and he
listens to what they have to say.
“It’s their beliefs, their opinion, and
that’s what they think. I have my reasons
for why I think the way I think. I don’t really
get defensive about it at all,” Matheis says.
Diana Carlin, professor of communica-
tion studies, says couples should attempt
to try to understand and respect their
partner’s beliefs. Politics is a value and
emotionally laden issue in relationships,
and politically mixed couples may give each
other issues to think about when discuss-
ing politics, but they are not going to admit
change in political beliefs right away.
That’s how Carlin and her husband have
learned to deal with being registered with
different political parties. She says that,
when they discuss politics, they usually talk
in a lighthearted fashion, but also have seri-
ous conversations. She says each of them
is willing to concede when the opposing
party makes sense.
“While it’s important, you realize it’s
not worth jeopardizing a relationship,” she
says.
A couple who has the same political af-
fliation should be a less complicated stroll
to the voting booth. But Gina Burrows and
George Dungan could only be so lucky.
Both are members of KU Young Demo-
crats, and Burrows, vice president of the
group, says she and her boyfriend of nine
months, Dungan, communications director
of the group, supported different candi-
dates in this year’s Democratic presidential
primaries. Burrows, Salt Lake City junior,
backed Sen. Hillary Clinton, while Dungan
supported Sen. Barack Obama.
In February, when the two caucused for
their respective candidates in Lawrence,
they were on opposite sides of the building
during the caucus. Dungan, a Lincoln, Neb.,
junior, says the experience of being on op-
posite sides was more fun than anything be-
cause he knew Obama was going to blow
Clinton away in delegate support. Burrows
also says that during the six-month del-
egate battle between Clinton and Obama,
friends made jokes and assumed because
she was dating Dungan, Burrows would be
an Obama supporter, too.
Burrows says when Clinton conceded
in June, it was an “I-told-you-so” moment
for her boyfriend, but the couple has man-
aged to strike a balance of knowing when
to joke and when to be respectful of one
another. It helps that they have a similar
political basis to return to if discussions
become too heated, she says. Dungan says
most of the time he enjoys having different
opinions so they can actually talk and dis-
cuss politics and not just always agree.
“It’s nice to be with someone with the
same political leaning, but it’s even better
when she’s her own person with her own
views,” Dungan says.
Burrows is now an Obama supporter,
and both she and Dungan support Obama’s
pick of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate.
She says she and her boyfriend also bond
over questionable political moves of the
opposing party, such as Sen. John McCain
choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running
mate. “We both unifed over the outrage
for Democrats, and me as a woman,” Bur-
rows says.
Alyson Beach had no such luck during
the 2004 presidential election. The 2007
graduate broke up with her now ex-boy-
friend of one-and-a-half years just before
the presidential election between Demo-
cratic Senator John Kerry and Republican
Governor George W. Bush. Her ex-boy-
friend is more conservative, she says, and
it wasn’t a coincidence that they broke up
just before the election.
“He would see something for Kerry
and I would see something for Bush and it
would just escalate to something unneces-
sary,” she says.
Beach says she is more of a passive per-
son when it comes to bringing up politics,
and she says her ex couldn’t resist mak-
ing remarks when politics came up. The
two are still friends and can now actually
discuss politics without fghting, she says.
Because the two aren’t attempting to make
a relationship work, fewer obstacles are
present.
Politics was defnitely a factor in the
breakup, she says, and now is more wary of
dating guys with strong political differences
in the future.
“It defnitely made me gun-shy about
the whole thing,” she says.
Couples can learn to accept each
other’s beliefs without feeling threatened,
says Lawrence clinical social worker Ruth
Shadel. She says that couples who disagree
on issues such as politics should attempt
to actively listen. Active listening involves
one person explaining a point he or she is
attempting to make, and the other person
explaining back what he or she heard.
“It’s not a matter of agreement, but to
understand what they are saying,” Shadel
says. Active listening helps clarify why cer-
tain issues, such as politics, could be a prob-
lematic factor in the relationship.
Shadel says couples who are attempt-
ing to actively listen usually fall into one of
two categories. One person has the fear of
confronting the situation and chooses to
avoid the situation entirely.The other can’t
resist pushing his or her beliefs on his or
her partner instead of keeping his or her
beliefs to his or herself. Either factor can
lead to confict and can hinder understand-
ing to accept differing beliefs without feel-
ing threatened.
Lori Hutfes, former Democratic state
representative from Johnson County, has
her 13-year “confict” under control. She is
in a politically un-unifed marriage and met
her husband, Mike, in Topeka while he was
Celebs take sides, too
• Lauren Conrad of The Hills and Laguna Beach
fame clapped for Republican support at the
White House Correspondents’ Association
dinner in April, but she remained silent for
Democrats. Her Hills co-star and ex Brody
Jenner supports Barack Obama.
• Actor James Caan donated the maximum bid
($4,200) to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential
bid campaign, but he’s now a supporter of Sen.
John McCain and attended the 2008 Republi-
can National Convention.
• Politically oriented celebrity couple Republi-
can California Governor Arnold Schwarzeneg-
ger and journalist Maria Shriver are supporting
different presidential candidates in this year’s
race. Schwarzenegger, following his party’s suit,
supports Sen. John McCain, and Shriver, niece
of former President John F. Kennedy, supports
Sen. Barack Obama. The couple announced
their support of the two candidates within
four days of each other.They’ve been married
since April 1986 and have four children.
don’t always
Red and blue
While U.S. politics are heating
up headlines, politically mixed
relationships are feeling the burn
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FEATURE
working for the Speaker of the Kansas
House and she was serving her term as
state representative. She now works for
the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and
he is a republican lobbyist in Topeka. They
have a son, Sam, 7, and a daughter, Kier-
stin, 10.
While in college, Hutfes says, she
never would have imagined she would
marry a Republican, but says this can actu-
ally strengthen relationships because the
couple crosses boundaries that would
never be touched in politically similar re-
lationships.
She says she is a big environmental-
ist but has a weakness for warm, long
showers. Her husband sometimes inter-
rupts her in the shower and says, “Lori,
Al Gore is on the phone and he said
enough already! You’re killing the polar
bears!” Hutfes says her daughter re-
sponds, “Who’s Al Gore and why is he
calling mommy?”
Her daughter occasionally sees the
couple sparring over political issues, Hut-
fes says, but Kiersten just laughs and says,
“I love my parents because they argue
about important things like global warm-
ing and ice sheets in Antarctica. Other
parents argue about silly things.”
Hutfels says both she and her hus-
band being moderates also helps. A lot of
people are in the massive middle, she says,
and identify themselves within each party
but have more in common than they think.
But she and her husband also know at the
end of the day what’s important.
“You need to respect that they feel as
strongly about politics as they do, even if
they’re not exactly the same,” she says.
Photo illustration by Allison Richardson
Having different political beliefs can actually allow
couples to become closer, as long as each person
respects the other’s opinions.
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October 23, 2008
CONTACT
By Carly Halvorson
chalvorson@kansan.com
Every morning during my internship
with a non-proft insurance association last
semester, I would log into my company e-
mail, my personal e-mail and, most impor-
tantly, Facebook. After more than seven
months of being able to learn what couple
broke up or browse my friends’ photos
while getting paid $13 an hour, one fateful
morning, I was greeted with “the rat,” the
company’s nickname for a prohibited Web
site. My Facebook usage had fnally caused
my employers to block the Web site. I was
frustrated that they took my favorite time-
waster away from me, but then my rational
side took over and I asked myself, “Shouldn’t
I be working, anyway?”
With some companies going as far as
creating recess periods during the workday,
many have noticed a general trend in the
new crop of young employees. According to
a study by Roger Hill at the University of
Georgia and Susan Fouts at Western Caro-
lina University, employers from the baby-
boomer generation have grown increasingly
frustrated with their young employees, no-
ticing a lack of work ethic and overall lazi-
ness when it comes to work.
When describing her own work ethic,
Chelsea Rutrough, Salem, Va., freshman,
admits the amount of work she puts in is
dependent on how important the outcome
is to her. In general she works hard, but if
she doesn’t care much, Rutrough says she
doesn’t put in as much effort.
“I work hard and put in as much as I
need to get what I want out,” Rutrough says.
“Students don’t want to be stuck at work.
They would rather go to work, do what they
have to, and leave as soon as they can.”
In her article, “The Work Ethic, in a Mod-
ern Guise,” Joanne Ciulla, author and profes-
sor at Jepson School of Leadership Studies
at the University of Richmond, says recent
college graduates enter the workforce with
three qualities that set them apart from
older generations: a sense of entitlement to
a do-over, expectation of rewards based on
time put into work and not the quality, and
feeling they are above average compared to
their peers.
“These aren’t necessarily bad qualities,”
Ciulla says. “It’s just that every generation,
every change gives employers different chal-
lenges in terms of what they have to work
with.”
Ciulla cites the current education system
as a signifcant contributor to these behav-
iors, and she says grade infation is the main
culprit.
“Grade infation is the saddest failure
of the education system,” Ciulla says. “If
students go through college getting A’s and
B’s all the time, they end up thinking they’re
pretty good, and the problem is that some
of them really aren’t. I don’t believe in blam-
ing students. It’s an education issue.”
In her article, Ciulla calls this the “Lake
Wobegon effect,” which is based on a fc-
tional town created by author Garrison
Keillor in which all the children believe they
are above average despite evidence to the
contrary. Having such an attitude can lead to
students working less but expecting more.
Even worse, Ciulla says, is that young work-
ers do the bare minimum in order to keep
their paychecks, and getting fred is of little
concern because they can always get an-
other job.
Others point the fnger at more general
Why being a student employee is often seen as being a bad employee
Common work faux pas
Photo illustration by Jessica Sain-Baird
Excuse me! Over here! Young employees have earned a reputation for being lazy on the job, yet they tend to feel a sense of entitlement and think they are above average.
Now hiring: Lazy college graduate
Employees young and old aren’t per-
fect, and everyone needs a little help on
what to do (and not to do). According
to Mannersmith, an etiquette consulting
frm, student employees tend to make
the following mistakes.
Watch what you write
Using abbreviations more suited for
chat rooms, neglecting to use punctua-
tion and forgetting to check spelling are
all regarded as signs of laziness. It’s im-
portant to maintain professionalism in
all areas of the workplace. Also, e-mail
is open to scrutiny by employers. Many
companies adhere to the New York Times
rule: If you aren’t comfortable with the
contents of your e-mail being published
on the front page of the Times, you
should reconsider what you’re about to
say.
Use sick days appropriately
The name says it all. Sick days are in-
tended for when you feel truly ill, not
for recovering from the night before. It’s
easy for employers to tell when a per-
son is legitimately sick or just doesn’t
want to come in. So, calling in sick the
day after the NCAA championship
probably wasn’t the best idea.
Work when you’re at work
“Stealing time” is just as bad as steal-
ing tangible objects from your company.
This is when you are physically present
at work, but doing other things instead
of your job. Short breaks throughout
the day to check e-mail or to surf the
Web are generally acceptable. However,
don’t make these breaks too long or
too frequent. Limit yourself to a 5- to
10-minute break every couple hours.
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offenders, such as the student’s family or
the community where he or she grew up.
If a student is raised in a home in which
the parents are unsatisfed with their jobs,
it will be diffcult for the student to be-
come attached to a job, as well.
“How much would you really worry
about career opportunities with a com-
pany if you’re planning on getting a bet-
ter job in a year anyway?” says Brandon
Dekosky, Overland Park senior.
Dekosky says he thinks that, for stu-
dents, the interest is more in the dollar
fgure on the paycheck than advance-
ments in a career. Because of such priori-
ties, Dekosky says employers would most
likely complain that students don’t show
enough dedication to their jobs.
However, not all employers see stu-
dent workers as lazy workers. Using gen-
erational nicknames, such as “baby boom-
ers” for those born between 1940 and
1960 and “Generation Y” for those of us
born between 1982 and 2001, can actu-
ally cause division within the workplace.
Kathy Buzad, assistant director for the
American Federation of Teachers, a trade
union, says these labels promote expecta-
tions of the certain behaviors associated
with each category.
“We really have a problem with the
stereotyping of behaviors,” Buzad says.
“People say that younger workers don’t
care as much as older workers do, but
that isn’t true. We need to be very careful
of this categorizing. It can cause divisive-
ness in the work place.”
In her experience working with teach-
ers and union organizers, Buzad says she
has not noticed a difference between her
older and younger employees.
A fnal reason that could account for
the differences between older and young-
er employees is work environment. Paul
Marquardt, a client relations manager for
Embarq, provides internal consulting to
the Internet and phone service company
from a human resources perspective. Ac-
cording to Marquardt, older members of
the workforce feel these work ethic dif-
ference exist because younger employees
weren’t exposed to as much manual labor
as the older employees.
“Now that we’re moving into a more
technological age, many folks think that
a younger person’s work ethic must be
lower,” Marquardt says. “People tend to
glorify the way things used to be as how
things should be, and that’s just not true.”
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CONTACT
Francesca: I don’t think it takes a sex-
pert to tell you the reason you’re not get-
ting laid is because you are clearly a CREEP-
ER. You are forgetting most girls don’t come
to the bar drunk. Sure, many girls are tipsy
when they arrive, but they can still recognize
you as that guy who mysteriously shows up
at The Hawk every time they do.
What the hell are you doing at The Hawk
anyway, McLovin? Drunk girls won’t sleep
with you because your voice still cracks
when you say hello. If they were looking to
screw someone in their class, they would go
to Hashinger Hall’s Singing Bee, or whatever
activity the dorms have planned for that
night—not to the bar.
Stop going to the bars to try to pick up
women. You will have better luck in the lob-
by of your residence hall. Those drunk girls
have to go somewhere after last call, and the
lightweight freshman that are the most likely
to sleep with you will be going back to the
dorms
Matt: Alcohol is not always a precursor
to sex. If you think this, you have a lifetime
of blurry nights and a lot of apologizing to
look forward to in your future. I don’t know
where you came up with this notion—per-
haps from an older sibling or a friend, but it
needs to end.
I’ll concede that alcohol is an effective
social lubricant, but it doesn’t always work
as lubricant for the bedroom. Sex can turn
sloppy, and sometimes your partner can
pass out before you even get there.
All I hear about college is that you have sex
EVERY DAY! I haven’t had sex yet, and I go
to The Hawk every day to hang around with
drunk girls. Why won’t they sleep with me?
—Douglas, freshman
with Matt Hirschfeld and
Francesca Chambers
and
Why is it that guys just want sex and then
become uninterested? If the sex is good,
why not pursue the relationship? Isn’t sexual
attraction part of the relationship?
—Janet, junior
THIS WEEKEND
PLAY
The University’s very own radio station will cele-
brate 33 years on the air the only way it knows how:
large and in style. Saturday, KJHK will be celebrating
with a birthday bash at the Granada, where popular
remix artist Diplo will make bodies gyrate and fow
with his penchant for Miami booty bass mash-ups.
For the past seven years, this Florida artist has
conquered the dance foor with his own ready-made
cocktail of crunk, Brazil’s baile funk, dance hall electro
and Bhangra beats. He’s helped such artists as M.I.A.
break onto the main stage with his mixtapes, and he
recently worked with recent Lawrence visitor Santa-
gold.
KJHK station manager Elise Stawarz says the sta-
tion looks for artists for its annual birthday party
that ft its alternative sound, and Diplo proves to be
the perfect ft. “This birthday party shows our lon-
gevitiy and the support of the students to keep this
station going for so long,” Stawarz says. The celebra-
tion will likely include a birthday cake and a piñata.
The party starts at 8 p.m., costs $15 to enter and is
open to all ages. Diplo will be joined by fellow Mad
Decent label mates Abe Vigoda, Telepathe and Boy
8-Bit. Check out the record label site at http://mad-
decent.com/blog/ to see what you’ll be missing if you
don’t come along for the ride.
—Derek Zarda
And please, don’t take Fran’s advice
about stalking the residence hall lobbies.
That’s breaking news of a residence hall
stalker waiting to happen. And even if you
do, the inebriated girls will probably be sur-
rounded by their smart, cautionary friends.
It’s also not uncommon for freshmen to
have fake IDs, but save yours for buying al-
cohol at a liquor store. For the time being,
bars are not your scene.
I would also like to take this opportunity
to commend and thank these “Hawk girls”
Douglas is pining for. Thank you for not liv-
ing up to the stereotype of “drunk girls.”
Thank you for avoiding such freshmen as
Douglas. And thank you for knowing when
to say “No, thank you.”
Francesca: The general consensus
among my guy friends is that it is possible
for good sex to turn into a relationship, but
unlikely. When guys go looking for a one-
night stand, they aren’t planning for a rela-
tionship, no matter how amazing the sex.
One guy told me that if the sex is good, he
usually assumes it was a one-time occur-
rence. You both might have been wasted, in-
hibitions were gone, so you were throwing
each other against the wall—but sober sex
is probably not going to be that kinky with
someone you barely know.
Also, the sex might not have been as
good for him as it was for you. Another
friend said that when guys are really drunk,
it’s diffcult to even get it up, much less have
good sex. And even if it was good, it’s likely
your partner won’t remember it anyway.
All the guys I talked to also said the
qualities they look for in a hook-up are im-
mensely different than what they look for
in a potential love interest. “Dating isn’t just
about sex,” one friend said. Even if the sex
is good, you and your one-night stand have
to have a spark in other areas besides the
bedroom.
Unless you’re just looking to get laid, too,
then don’t have sex with guys you’re not dat-
ing.
Matt: It’s all about the chase, Janet.
In strictly sexual situations, guys want you
until they have you. When they have you,
they’ll consider a relationship beyond sex.
Try fnding guys who want more than
sex in the frst couple of dates. You will have
established that you want more out of a
relationship and the sexual attraction will
be at its height because the mystery will
still be alive.
I disagree a bit with Fran’s friends. If the
sex is good, it is more likely a relationship
will develop. Guys will be coming back for
more, and feelings beyond sexual will even-
tually develop.
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By Brianne Pfannenstiel
bphannestiel@kansan.com
Because real politicans can’t always be
as entertaining as their Saturday Night Live
couterparts, students are trying to shake up
politics as usual this election season by add-
ing a few simple twists to traditional political
events. For many of us, this will be the frst
time we get to vote in a national election.
Here are a few ways Lawrence youth are add-
ing a little fun to the process by stepping up to
promote political awareness and involvement
in fresh ways that appeal to younger voters.
Political party
Buhler senior Michael Gray decided to
help host a watch party with an “Ameri-
cana” theme for the vice presidential debate
on Oct. 2 complete with fried chicken and
mashed potatoes.
“We’re all sort of political nerds,” Gray
says. “We’re all involved in student govern-
ment and we talk about the election, so [the
debates] provided new commentary for us to
discuss.”
Although 52.4 million people watched the
frst presidential debate, that number could
hardly compare to the nearly 70 million who
tuned in to see Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe
Biden battle it out Oct. 2 in the VP debates.
Students had plenty of options to choose
from when deciding where to tune in on the
action, and whether it was at Abe and Jake’s,
the Kansas Union or Nunemaker Center on
campus, students found exciting ways to spice
up the evening.
The watch party at Abe and Jake’s Landing
began with a conference call with Gov. Kath-
leen Sebelius to generate discussion before
the debate was shown on a big screen TV.
Other students chose to participate in a fo-
cus group at Nunemaker Center. Manhattan
junior Rita Weiss says she enjoys the atmo-
sphere of watching the debates in a group.
“I like watching with this group,” Weiss
says. “I like hearing people’s thoughts as it’s
going on. I defnitely had my own opinions,
but this initiates dialogue.”
Study participants at Nunemaker turned
dials that corresponded to how they felt
about the candidates’ words as they spoke.
The data compiled at KU will eventually be
combined with data from colleges across the
country, according to study organizer Mary
Banwart, associate professor of communica-
tion studies.

Get out the vote
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only
41.9 percent of people aged 18-24 voted dur-
ing the last presidential election in 2004, a full
10 percent lower than voter turnout for peo-
ple ages 25-44. That was a dramatic increase
from the 32.3 percent of 18-24 year olds who
turned out in the 2000 election, but activists
are looking for an even bigger youth turnout
this November. Many student activists are
taking it upon themselves to see that young
people are getting registered by creating ex-
citing ways to entice them to the polls.
Kansas for Obama and the Douglas
Party like a patriot
Be a maverick and shake
up election season
Contributed photo
Election night doesn’t have to mean a boring evening sitting in front of the TV watching CNN. Costumes and
politically themed food and drinks can give anyone a good excuse to throw an election party.
Politically correct cocktails
After this marathon election season, relentless advertising and never-ending media coverage,
we could all probably use a stiff drink come Nov. 4. Here are a few patriotic cocktail ideas to
celebrate Election Night.
Red, White & Blue Martini
4 oz. ice
1 oz.Vodka
2 oz. pineapple juice
3 tbsp. Coco Lopez coconut milk
1 oz. Half and Half
1/2 tbsp. Blue Curacao
1/2 tbsp. almond-favored liqueur
Blend frst fve ingredients and pour into
martini glass. Pour in almond-favored liqueur
so that it sinks to the bottom. Lightly pour
Blue Curacao along rim of glass so that it
foats on top to create red, white and blue
layers.
www.chiff.com/a/politics-drinks.htm
The Arizona Maverick
4 oz. ice
1 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
3/4 oz. simple syrup
3 lemon wedges
1/2 of a ripe peach
1 oz. champagne
Muddle the peach and lemon in the simple
syrup, then add the bourbon and ice and shake
well.Train into an ice-flled, old-fashioned glass.
Top off with the champagne and garnish with a
slice of peach.
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Democratic activist groups, have created
a “Baracktoberfest Pub Crawl” in which
they start at opposite sides of Massachu-
setts Street, and hit bars between Sixth
and 11th streets, registering anyone in
sight to vote.
“We decided to get people registered
at bars because a lot of times these are
people who are interested in politics but
don’t know that they need to get regis-
tered or how to register,” says John Cross,
a KU graduate and the Douglas County
Student Outreach Director for the Kansas
Democratic Party. “It’s really about fnding
people who are interested in politics and
empowering them.”
Dustin Hall, another KU graduate, has
seen potential students and young voters
have to sway elections, and has created a
Facebook group urging Democrats and
Republicans to register to vote.
“The frst time I was able to vote was
the year Al Gore and President Bush were
running against each other,” Hall says. “I
didn’t know the whole registration pro-
cess and by the time I fgured out where
I needed to be and what I needed to do I
had missed the deadline already.”
Hall is trying to make sure that this
same thing doesn’t happen to other young
voters by informing people about their op-
tions and responsibilities. But the process
doesn’t stop with registering or voting.
“There are so many ways for students
to get involved,” Cross says. “Our genera-
tion has never had such a huge opportuni-
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gin and end with that one vote on Nov.4.”
Getting involved
The party doesn’t have to end just
because the debates have. Election Day
is just around the corner, and what bet-
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night? Invite your friends over for a rous-
ing game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, or,
if you prefer, Pin the Lipstick on the Pit bull.
Ask guests to dress as political fgures and
award the best costume with an I.O.U. of
some kind—courtesy of our failing econo-
my. Look for more theme, decoration and
game ideas on Web sites like shindigzparty.
wordpress.com.
You can also get involved with the
election by volunteering at polling sites in
Douglas County. Students interested can
check out Web sites for the Kansas Re-
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brew coffee with a french press
Brewing your morning cup of coffee
from a conventional pot every day can get
boring. Making coffee with a French press
is a simple and unique alternative to brew-
ing the standard cup of joe.
A French press (available at TJ Maxx,
3106 Iowa St., for about $17) is a pot that
has a plunger with a screen flter attached
to it, and the plunger is pressed down
to the bottom of the pot to trap coffee
grounds after brewing.
A big difference between coffee from
a French press and coffee from a con-
ventional pot is the favor. Phil Duncan,
a barista at Starbucks, 647 Massachusetts
St., says French press coffee has a stron-
ger favor. The oils, which give coffee its
favor, are retained more in the French
press, Duncan says. The screen-like flter
doesn’t absorb as much of the favor as a
flter in a regular pot.
Step 1: Boil the water. Duncan says to
use two tablespoons of coffee per six
ounces of fresh water.
Step 2: Put the grounds at the bottom
of the pot. Duncan suggests grinding the
coffee right before you use it to get the
best favor.
Step 3: Pour the water over the grounds.
Place the cover of the press on the pot
while the coffee brews, but don’t press
the plunger down yet. Duncan says to let
the coffee brew for four minutes.
Step 4: After four minutes, slowly press
the plunger down to the bottom of the
pot. This traps the grounds.
Step 5: Pour and enjoy!
Duncan says not to let the coffee sit
for more than 30 minutes because it can
affect the coffee’s taste. And if coffee isn’t
your thing, a French press can also be
used to make loose leaf tea.
—Heather Melanson
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REVIEWS
PLAY
MOVIE: W.
Oliver Stone’s W. was supposed to be
the flm that broke the recent fop-fest that
political flms have been going through in
the past few months. It’s my guess, how-
ever, that W. will simply be joining the list
of reasons why studios need to stick to
escapist action and horror ficks for the
next year.
W. boasts an all-star cast featuring Josh
Brolin as Dubya, James Cromwell as Bush
Sr., Jeffery Wright as Colin Powell, Thandie
Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Richard
Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney. The movie alter-
nates between the years of Dubya’s rise to
power and his tenure as president. It shows
his partying days, in which he is protrayed
as having a serious drinking problem—as
well as the Bush family dynamic, which
pushes him to run for governor and even-
tually to president.
The movie garners laughs and has some
serious moments, but overall felt like it
couldn’t decide what kind of flm it wanted
to be. Some of the actors have admirable
character performances, but the use of
hyper-mannerisms and well-known Bush-
isms made many of the portrayals feel
more like you were watching an SNL par-
ody rather than a serio-comic biography.
Jeffery Wright as Colin Powell and James
Cromwell as H.W. both turn in excellent
performances. The movie doesn’t portray
Dubya as a malicious, power-hungry social-
ite, but instead as an ignorant, good-heart-
ed stooge who desires his father’s respect
and who was manipulated by those around
him, specifcally by Dick Cheney. Oliver
Stone missed the mark with this one. If you
want to see a solid political flm by Stone,
rent JFK.
—Miller Davis
MOVIE: Body of Lies
Body of Lies is a modern-day political
thriller set in the Middle East and Europe.
The story follows covert intelligence of-
fcer Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio)
and his struggle to bring down the deadly
terrorist leader Al-Saleem. Ferris is run by
Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), the reigning
czar of black-ops in the Middle East for the
CIA. Every day Ferris must track, torture
and kill suspected terrorists, all the while
unsure if he can trust those he is work-
ing with or if he is even able to rely on
his boss. Hoffman is portrayed as a loving
family man in his personal life, but an un-
finching leader in an organization that has
no oversight and very little accountability.
Ferris must ultimately decide if he is willing
to sell his soul for the safety and good of
his country.
Ridley Scott directed this very capable
thriller that takes a few predictable turns,
but generally keeps the tension high and
the audience guessing. Several scenes are
especially exciting, including a high-speed
helicopter chase and a clandestine pick-up
in the middle of the desert. DiCaprio turns
in a characteristically strong performance,
but Crowe steals the show with a perfor-
mance that simmers with spookiness
Body of Lies shows the power and ability
of the government through its technology,
but the flm also presents the scary possi-
bility that, despite all of our technology, the
government may still be fairly powerless in
the face of terrorism. It asks not only the
question, “Who watches the watchmen?”
but also “What if the watchmen are no
longer effective?”
If you enjoyed movies like Munich,
Rendition, or Syriana, you will enjoy Body of
Lies.
—Miller Davis
—Derek Zarda
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What are your Halloween costume plans?
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I want to be a robot because it looks super legit. It’d def-
nitely be homemade because all you need to do is take a
cardboard box and tape some aluminum foil on it.
—Kelsie Lange, Lawrence sophomore
I’m going to be a cat because cats look sweet, but if you
get on their bad side they can attack you. Just like me.
—Courtney James, Kansas City, Mo., freshman
I’m going to be a boxer because one, they’re badass and
two, the only thing I’d have to buy is a pair of blow-
up gloves. I already have shorts, a sports bra and my
bathrobe—just in case it gets cold.
—Tasha Parman, Derby senior
I’m going to be a police offcer, because I think it’s really
sexy to put someone in handcuffs.
— Jillayne Buckhalton, Overland Park freshman
I kind of want to do the old white-sheet-as-a-ghost
costume. It’s the old Americana, cliché costume that you
see in cartoons, but you don’t really see anybody wear-
ing it anymore.
—Lena Withers, Loveland, Colo., graduate student
I’m going to be Artie’s girlfriend because Artie from
The Adventures of Pete & Pete is awesome and everyone
would want to date him. It’s going to be homemade, so I
gotta fnd some tights and the glasses.
—Corinne Depperschmidt, Wichita sophomore
Wednesday Addams. I think it would be interesting and
stand out from the other costumes. I didn’t plan on buy-
ing the costume until I saw it at a store and tried it on. It
ft perfectly, so I got it.
—Sarah True, Shawnee senior
Sarah Palin. I want to do something buzzworthy, and
it’s projected to be the most popular costume this
year. I’m making it myself because its easy: blazer,
skirt, heels and a fake rife.
—Laura Kelly, Lenexa junior
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REVIEWS
MOVIE: The Express
In recent years, a formula has devel-
oped in sports movies: Find the story of
a team or individual where race had been
an obstacle, and make a movie.
Of course it’s more complicated than
that, even if movies like Remember the
Titans and Glory Road make it seem easy.
Those flms are by no means bad. The Ex-
press, however, goes a bit deeper.
The Ernie Davis story deals with rac-
ism at the height of the civil rights move-
ment, but it turns into something bigger
in the end. Davis helped pave the way for
the acceptance of black athletes in sports
with his amazing football skills and his
hard work, but died at age 23 from leuke-
mia, having never reached his goal of play-
ing in the NFL.
Rob Brown plays Davis, a member of
the Syracuse University football team in
the 1960s and the frst black player to win
the Heisman Trophy. His journey is as re-
markable as it is heartbreaking.
The acting here is solid, anchored by
Dennis Quaid’s turn as Ben Schwartz-
walder, Syracuse’s head football coach.
Brown’s heartwarming performance as
Davis pairs well with Quaid’s hard-nosed
portrayal of Schwartzwalder.
The flm is by no means perfect. It runs
a little long and has some overly senti-
mental dialogue. In the end, though, the
incredible and tragic story makes up for
the flm’s shortcomings.
No movie could truly live up to Ernie
Davis’ story, but The Express is more than
worth the price of admission and will
keep you thinking long after you leave the
theater.
—Mark Arehart
MUSIC: Ben Folds, Way To Normal
Since his foray into a solo career, Ben
Folds has kept himself busy producing, ar-
ranging and entertaining in a variety of
ways. With his latest release, Way To Nor-
mal, Folds is back and armed with his up-
beat piano-rock and smirking, humorous
attitude.
On the frst track, “Hiroshima (B B B
Benny Hit His Head),” which is live, Folds
laughs at himself while describing a con-
cert in Hiroshima during which he fell
and hit his head. The fun—and occasional
profanity—continues with the fast-paced
track “The Bitch Went Nuts,” which cap-
tures Folds’ sarcastic and almost angry
outlook on life and, of course, love. Folds
collaborates with Regina Spektor on the
track “You Don’t Know Me,” and the two
sound as if their voices were destined
to be paired, with vocals bouncing back
and forth in a lighthearted, easy dialogue
about how even the closest couple can’t
truly know everything about one another.
The song “Effngton” is cleverly humorous,
as well, with Folds wittily contemplating
a “new effng life” in a “wonderful effng
place.”
Moments of quieter, refective piano
melodies aren’t lost on Folds’ new album,
however. The song “Kylie From Con-
necticut” has the same light, earnest piano
melodies as older Folds tracks like “The
Luckiest” and “Landed.”
While Folds’ blunt sarcasm seems
unusual for a 42-year-old, and even a bit
recycled from his past albums. Way To Nor-
mal is flled to the brim with catchy hooks
and cynical humor paired with genuine
emotion. With this album, Folds contin-
ues his tirade against broken relationships
and his search for a normal life, no matter
what that life may hold.
—Amanda Sorell
MOVIE: The Duchess
What is the meaning of friendship?
Can a friend be shared with your enemy?
Can friendship turn into romance? Would
you sacrifce your own well-being for the
sake of a friend? The Duchess presents all
these questions.
The movie centers on the epic fgure
of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire,
played incredibly by Keira Knightley. The
flm opens in April of 1774 when a mar-
riage contract is made between Georgi-
ana’s mother, Lady Spencer, and the Duke
of Devonshire, played by Ralph Fiennes.
Georgiana’s only duty is to give birth to a
son, who will be an heir for the Duke.
The marriage ceremony and wedding
night are awkward, and Georgiana naively
believes the Duke married her out of love.
While she bears and adopts daughters,
the marriage becomes strained because
of her supposed inability to bear a son.
To distract herself from her husband’s
distraught and disgusted attitude toward
her, Georgiana dives into the arenas of
fashion and politics, where she reconnects
with childhood sweetheart Charles Grey
(Dominic Cooper), and old emotions
come alive again.
Along the journey, Georgiana picks up
a best friend, Bess Foster, to accompany
her on vacations and outings. But Bess is
not what she seems.
From the writers who brought you
2005’s Casanova, The Duchess fnally pro-
vides Keira Knightley with the role she’s
been waiting for. She is not a soccer player,
a hit woman, a princess or a pirate, but
simply a woman who is tested with the
trials of her time.
The Duchess is a movie you cannot
miss.
—Mia Iverson
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By Susan Melgren
smelgren@kansan.com

There are some things every able-
bodied person living with modern conve-
niences should know how to do. Plunging
a toilet is one of them. Unfortunately for
me, I’ve had more than my share of frst-
hand experience with this. Not because of
any fault of my own, but because I live with
a lot of other people.
I’m halfway through my fourth year in
Douthart Scholarship Hall. Part of “schol
hall” living is taking responsibility for
the hall’s upkeep by cooking or cleaning.
Some personality quirk allows me to pull
wet clumps of hair out of drains without
finching, but the sight of leftover food
makes me want to gag. So I signed up to
clean bathrooms.
Usually this job isn’t so bad. Apart from
shedding lots of hair and leaving tooth-
paste in the sink, girls are relatively clean
in the bathroom. Every once in a while I
encounter a mess that makes me wish I
knew how to cook, but never in my fve
semesters of cleaning bathrooms had I
seen a mess like the one I found on a May
morning last semester.
It was a little before 9 a.m. on a
Thursday, and I headed to our community
bathroom to pee before my aerobics class.
I don’t remember what I was doing when I
noticed it, but the sight made me stop. We
have three toilet stalls in our bathroom,
and someone had clogged the middle toi-
let. Normally I wouldn’t care so much, but
I had to clean the bathroom that day, and I
feared this mess would still be there when
I got around to cleaning.
The mess was horrifc. Whoever had
clogged the toilet had the good sense to
turn the water off before it spilled over
the rim of the bowl, but the murky water
was backed up right to the edge and was
lapping dangerously against the rim. The
sight and smell of it turned my stomach.
I used a different stall and went to
aerobics. I checked on the mess periodi-
cally throughout the day. It was still there.
I wasn’t surprised. It was the responsibility
of one person, and whoever she was, she
surely wouldn’t fess up now.
When 7 p.m. rolled around, I knew I
couldn’t put off cleaning the bathroom any
longer. With a sense of dread, I begrudg-
ingly cleaned every other surface in that
bathroom, leaving a wide berth around
the middle stall. By this time, the mess
had only worsened. Someone had stupidly
tried to fx the clog by fushing the toilet
again so that the water had spilled over
the edges and covered the foor in a foot-
wide radius around the toilet.
I rolled my jeans up tightly and put on
my worn-out blue Old Navy fip-fops. I
heaved a huge sigh and grabbed the old
plunger with the red wooden handle from
the supply closet down the hallway. Then I
waded in.
I had plunged a toilet before. It was
disgusting, but it only took a few minutes
worth of work. This, however, was the
Goliath of clogged toilets. I stood for
30 minutes in the liquefed version of
someone else’s shit, thrusting that plunger
again and again into the bowl until my
back ached, my hands were blistered and
tears streamed down my cheeks. The
water would recede, so I would fush the
toilet only to have it back up on me again.
I switched plungers and fushed the bowl
time after time to no avail.
The more I plunged, the angrier I
became. Fury spread through every part of
my body. My muscles tensed up, my heart
rate accelerated and my veins fooded
with adrenaline. I was so mad I wanted to
throw up. All the while the cheery yellow
walls of the stall mocked my pain.
Finally, my efforts worked. After clean-
ing and replacing the plunger, I took a
long, hot shower. Steam covered the black
tile walls of the shower as I thoroughly
scrubbed every inch of my body, desper-
ate to get the flth off. In my mind, I made
another note in the book of wrongs I keep
against community living.
Cleaning that toilet was one of the
worst moments I’ve had living in a scholar-
ship hall. Living with a large group of people
is always challenging. The size allows for a
certain anonymity when it comes to taking
responsibility. With 20 people sharing that
bathroom, I could never narrow down the
number of culprits enough to pin the blame
on anyone. I still don’t know who made the
mess, and it’s probably better that way.
Several months removed from that day,
I no longer feel angry. I understand that
not everyone facing a clogged toilet knows
how to fx it. The water rises, panic hits,
you run, and someone else is left to mop
up your mess. I can now say I’ve been that
person.
And it’s okay. What can you do? After
all, shit happens. At least I know how to
clean it up.
Jayplay
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