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Dos and Don’ts of Freshman Year

My little brother graduated high school the same weekend I graduated from KU, and he’s headed up to Lawrence in the fall. Sometimes, when I don’t come across as lame as I actually am, he asks me for advice about things in Jayhawk land. Sometimes he completely ignores my advice, and most of the time that’s a good idea. But on the off chance that one of my theories pans out, I just throw everything at him in hopes that something will stick.

Do get involved on campus. I didn’t really start looking for things to join or places to meet people until the beginning of my Junior year when I kind of accidentally joined the Lied Center Students Association, and it ended up being a really awesome experience that introduced me to some awesome people. Check out the list of student groups on the KU website, but also ask around. Upperclassmen know which clubs would be the best fit for your personality

Don’t join every single club on campus in hopes that it will expand your “networking.” I truly believe that being too involved  is a very real thing. If you don’t have time to sit down and do nothing for at least one hour a day, it’s time to let something go.

Do go to the rec. It’s such a great facility and a good place to get some studying done if you bring flashcards for the elliptical. Check out the “free climb” times when you can climb the rock wall, and take the class to get belay certified. It’s quick and easy and then you can go with your friends instead of having to trust some random stranger with your life. Will belayed me one time and when I got 10 feet away from the top and wanted to come down, he yelled at me until I knew I could do it.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. This includes foods you’ve never eaten, Bands you didn’t think you’d like, and people who don’t act just like your high school friends.

Do put the phone numbers for all of the late night food delivery places in your phone, preferably with one unifying emoji next to the name so that they can all be easily accessed (I recommend one that looks like a moon). Because when it’s 2:30 and you need a Chicken Caesar Pita, you don’t want to waste time google-ing the number (Pita Pit: 785.856.2500).

Don’t forget to pick-up your basketball tickets. After you buy the sports pass, they will be released in groups of 4 or 5 games. The first pick-up is typically the biggest one. You already paid for them, you might as well go. I can’t tell you how many of my friends missed the pickup dates and couldn’t go to really awesome games. Go here and click on “Tickets” on the yellow bar, then “Student Tickets.” Look up the three pick-up dates and PUT THEM ON YOUR CALENDAR. Set an alarm to go off all day, because you will forget.

Do set your alarms on your phone before you go out at night, or better yet set them to repeat every week at the same time.

Don’t let anything stop you from having the time of your life. That includes people who have a different set of priorities. Set your own personal set of rules and live by it. More people will respect you for sticking to your guns than for adopting someone else’s.

Do fall in love with our campus. You won’t realize until you go somewhere else just how lucky we are to have such a huge amazingly beautiful place to learn. It’s filled with different types of architecture and loads of secret spots that are fun to explore. Take a look around, and don’t be one of those people who misses out on things until after they come back as an alumni.

In the end it doesn’t really matter what rules I lay down, because there’s so much to discover your first year that you’ll end up with your own list of things you tried and failed, or tried and turned out to be the best thing you could have imagined. The important thing is to remember that Freshman year is all about trial and error. The best thing you can do for yourself is to fix the errors and turn them into your biggest accomplishments.


The Boom Boom Couple: It Was Bound to Happen Eventually *UPDATED*

Last month, the twitter/facebook/college-website world of Lawrence was buzzing about what was soon to be deemed “Boom Boom Couple;” A pair of 19-somethings who got drunk on Halloween-not unlike everyone else in this town- and got down and dirty in the Boom Boom Room at the Hawk.

For those of you who aren’t aware, the Boom Boom Room is one of six locations in the Hawk, each with their own bar and DJ. These rooms consist of

  • Main Bar- Creative name, self-explanitory. Includes the largest dance floor (with pole), nicest bathrooms, booths, tables, & some kind of arcade game that no one actually plays. Located On ground level with one of the doors to the patio.
  • Pine Room- The second room to open as capacity increases, the Pine room has the other door to the patio (and usually a shorter line), Wooden booths and tables line one side of the wall, with a bar on the other. Creative decorating by the locals in the form of what I like to call “Sharpie Art” make the wooden finish almost impossible to see, but Vandalism Room doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. This room also includes the smallest bathrooms in the place, including the women’s room which features two toilets and no divider. Get ready to make new friends in line!
  • “Downstairs”- Sometimes also referred to as the patio, this area is down the stairs and outside, although it does have some kind of tin roof to keep out the rain, snow, pouring down of puke from close-by senior houses, etc.It’s the only area where it’s both socially & legally acceptable to smoke. The Bar down here tends to move a little faster than upstairs, maybe because they’re just trying to stay warm. However, their shots also tend to taste terrible (I have a feeling this is where they put the new bartenders).
  • The Martini Room- The classiest part of the Hawk is like saying something is the cleanest bart of a bathroom, but whatever- that’s what the Martini room is. No dance floor really, just higher tables, a bar with what I like to call “medium shelf” liquor and some leather couches that are sticky no matter what. The Martini room is also the only place in the hawk that uses actual glasses as opposed to plastic cups.
  • The Boom Boom Room- Finally, the CDC hotspot scene of the crime. The Boom Boom Room is probably best described as the dance club room in the Hawk. It is definitely the darkest, with a lightshow that rivals a bassnectar concert, and more diseases than the anyone would care to admit.

There’s a reason that the Boom Boom is always the last room to open at the Hawk. It’s where you find yourself at the end of the night. The people dancing in their look like drunken versions of those flailing kite men that they inflate outside of Car dealerships after a Hail Sale. It’s gross, it’s cheap, & its what makes the Hawk, the Hawk. So on Halloween, when the undeRAGErs came out in full force, it was no surprise that the Boom Boom was up and running. The difference this time is that things got a little too out of hand for even the crowd at the Jayhawk Cafe. And this time, there’s incriminating evidence. What resulted spread at a speed unmatched by the KU Track Team. Tweets with three different pictures of the couple in various positions went around, as well as screenshots of both of their facebook profiles. The Boom Boom Guy already has a parody twitter account and was even interviewed on the radio shortly following that weekend. The  Boom Boom Girl has virtually gone off the grid, but apparently is a Freshman from Manhattan. Rumor has it that she’s transferring altogether at Semester. Pictures also showed up on and the hashtag #BoomBoomCouple was even trending in Lawrence.

It’s really interesting to see the difference between the slut blasting of the female in this picture versus the hail to the dude in the very same one. This is not to say that they are the first couple to attempt such shenanigans, nor will they be the last. Unfortunately, its just not as easy to get away with as it used to be. Either way, I think this should serve as a lesson to us all. Memories are fleeting, but instatweeted pictures are forever.

Not quite sure how I missed this before, but apparently some people went above and beyond with their Halloween Costumes, and decided to BE the boom boom couple. Talk about a quick turnaround.
She even got the right pair of socks!

The Birth of “Fake Famous”

I was just telling Kay earlier this week how long it’s been since we’ve had an “epicly awesome night,” and low and behold the Shark Attack gods answered my prayers on Thursday night at Sandbar. I decided to bring my big camera- Dean- which led to the creation of yet another blog on my part (I seriously have a network of them that absolutely no onereads) called Fake Famous – It’s a Where’s Waldo of sorts. Explanation Below:

At Sandbar one night, I debated bringing my trusty camera “Dean” with me because it can be a little large and in the way sometimes. One of my roommates convinced me to take him last minute, and I haven’t looked back since. Once there, everyone I encountered wanted to know:

  • “Uhhh, like, why is your camera so big?”
  • “Are you a professional?”
  • “So, you like pictures huh?”
  • “Who do you work for?”
  • “Is this your job?”
  • “How do you work that thing?”

At the beginning, it was annoying. However, it soon blossomed into what would become constant entertainment as we discovered that everyone else loved having their picture taken just as much as we did (and sometimes more). So we decided to take advantage of their vanity, and take pictures with as many strangers as possible. The next day the results were hillarious, and my beautiful and brilliant roommate, Jackie dared me to start a blog documenting our adventures being paparazzi to the non-famous. The idea is that if you see anyone you know, you can direct them here so we can credit them/link to their facebook/ ask for their phone number/ make them famous too! And if you see us out at the bars come take a picture with Dean & Me!

Rock the Casbah

Did you know that the restaraunt you’re standing outside- The Casbah- has been occupied by many different businesses, but they’ve all somehow kept the same name?

Currently The Casbah is primarily used for The Burger Stand, one of the best places to get burgers in Lawrence The US  THE ENTIRE WORLD THE UNIVERSE, but before that it was a vegetarian market. The Casbah & Nice Cafe resided here until sometime post-2009, when the burger stand moved in. On the lower level of the Casbah, there was an art studio with art for sale!

The Casbah Market is a new ALL vegetarian grocery store specializing in affordable organic and local produce and packaged goods. Not your typical grocery store, the Casbah is decorated with highly polished natural wood, hand-blown glass lighting, and off-beat artwork. There is also the Jamaican-inspired Nice Café located inside the store that is very nearly all organic and mostly vegan. The menu features a jerk-style tofu, rice and peas, terrific salads, fresh juices, and much more. It is primarily take-out, but all the to-go containers are 100 percent compostable and made from renewable resources. The café is also available for catering.


Before that, The Casbah has housed LuLu’s Noodles, which eventually moved to the Westport-Kansas City area, and has now become very successful. See more here:

Before even that existed, The Casbah was a bead and bohemian clothing store,

Ahh, the Casbah. Back in the day I remember when the Casbah was a bead store! That’s right. No organic goodies, no freaky downstairs art, just beads and clothes and maybe some art and of course, that squeaky floor.


One of the greatest things about Lawrence is it’s rich history and culture. The Casbah is just one example of a location on Mass that has gone through transformation after transformation of perfect niche for the current community culture.

(c) John Steinmetz

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