Archive for September, 2011

As seniors, we get asked a lot of questions. Among them, the one question I despise most is “So…what are your plans after graduation?” Okay, I get that it’s the most realistic and obvious question you can ask any senior, but you know what? It hurts. It feels like getting stabbed in the part where it hurts the most. Clearly, it’s because I absolutely have NO idea. Well, I do have an idea but I mean, I still don’t know.

From what I have heard about post-graduates, I divided up them into five categories: the “All-Around-the-World”, the “Corporates”, the “Internationals”, the “Peacemakers”, and the “Bums”.

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Prada and Armani are giant names; they are houses people recognize whether they follow fashion or not. Yet, few truly understand the differences in their approaches to design. They represent a spectrum in fashion; Miuccia Prada is the directional and forward-thinking designer who helps create the seismic shifts that inspire other designers to see things differently. Giorgio Armani is the designer that came out with a signature look at the onset of his career (shoulder-less, sharp, deconstructed suit) and has a specific consumer that comes back season after season for slight modifications to beloved looks.

Armani SS 2011 (Left) and Armani SS 2012 (Right)

This season, each perfectly fulfilled their specific roles. When describing collections, terms that often come to mind are ‘directional’ or ‘innovative.’ When a collection is great, it usually incorporates those two characterizations because they signal that changes are coming, that something exciting is happening in fashion. Yet, this perception can exclude great designers like Armani.

Armani is not looking to create the most innovative collection. His focus lies in making functional, well-made, tailored and beautiful clothing. That is what he makes, and luckily, that is what his consumers look for. His business wear and evening wear are for a specific clientele and is well marketed through award show presence, cinema wardrobe and extravagant parties. The Armani consumer wants suits for work, dresses for evenings, simple color palettes and sexy professionalism: effortless elegance.

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“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

If you thought you couldn’t get any more post-apocalypse, screw-big-government than “1984” or “Brave New World,” then Jerks, I introduce you to “The Hunger Games.” FYI, this is not your typical teen trilogy. Yes, the days of Judy Blume and “The Baby-sitters Club” are over. Death and violence amongst kids take the win.

A civil war has resulted in a new nation, Panem. It is divided into 12 districts, which are controlled by the Capitol. To remind the districts of their defeat in the war, the Capitol devises the Hunger Games. Every district must send two teen contestants, where they backstab and kill each other to win. Katniss’s sister, Prim, is drawn on her first and only ballot. Determined to protect her sister, Katniss then does the unthinkable: she volunteers to take Prim’s place.

Okay, “The Hunger Games” is not terribly gory, but it’s up there. Personally, I don’t think it should be in the same category as “Twilight,” “The Vampire Diaries” or other works of teen fiction; they can’t even compete. Of course, every popular teen fiction book must have a film-version counterpart. The film adaptation fo “The Hunger Games” is coming out next year. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be drooling over Gale. If only the actor wasn’t previously in a Miley Cyrus movie…

-Vania Myers

I was recently informed that my hard-bitten political musings are a representation of me as a writer both personally and professionally. I guess that holds some cause for concern, but the way I see it is if Laura Bush can get away with Involuntary Vehicular Manslaughter, then I still have a decent shot at Secretary of State despite calling Tea Partiers stupid. Oh, you didn’t know? Laura Bush killed a guy.

So, with that out of the way I’d like to move onto another bit of monumental political stupidity that has become so proudly part of our lives as Americans. Apparently, and I did not know this, you ladies out there who have received the HPV vaccine Gardasil run the risk of mental retardation. And by “retarded” I mean the medical, Sarah Palin-friendly sense of the word, not the typical use normally associated with Mrs. Palin.

This striking medical news is according to presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, who is also well known for enlightening us about the fictitious $200 million a day presidential visit to Asia as well as asserting that slavery produced a ‘mutual esteem’ rather than, oh I don’t know, mass oppression, racial subjection and a belief in genetic superiority.

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One of the things that has shocked my friends back home the most about life in ‘Cuse, aside from the fact that no one on the East Coast uses the acronym DGAF (Don’t Give a Fuck), is the oddity that there are zero toilet seat covers on the SU campus, let alone in the city of Syracuse.

After talking with some girls on my floor about it, it seemed as though I was the only one who finds this lack of bathroom hygiene a bit weird. So I pose this question: Is not providing toilet seat covers strange, or am I just being a snarky bitch who can’t handle swatting or laying down toilet paper for the next four years?

If you are like me, though, you’ll be pleased to know that the Starbucks on Marshall St. has seat covers and all you need to do is a buy a cup of coffee to use it! Minus points for SU, +1 for Starbucks.

-Fresh Meat

Fashion week is still in motion, and with that comes a lot of information.  One of the most interesting factors about fashion and its seasonal changes is how designers perceive the moment. How do they capture the time we live in? How does it translate into garments? What do you and I want to look like in six months? These are all questions that designers grapple with when working on new collections. They have to figure out a direction, a way to move forward from what they have already done.

Prada Spring 2011

Oftentimes, there is a seasonal coherence where the collections as a whole look incredibly similar. There is a general wave of interpretation of which the color palettes are similar and the shapes and perceptions of the body are united in one direction.  The shift is usually a bit gradual or can be marked by a strong break such as a “Monkey Business” Prada collection or Phoebe Philo Céline collection that brings pajama dressing to minimalism.

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Meet Trevor Harwell, a 20-year-old computer repairman from Fullerton, California. His story is particularly of interest to me because I’ve been having computer problems, and it seems that each guy that comes to fix my computer lately has had some look of perversion in his eye. Lucky for me though, my repairman wasn’t Trevor Harwell who was installing software onto women’s laptops that would suggest that they take their laptop in the bathroom when they shower.

“You should fix your internal sensor soon. If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor.”

First of all, can we just point out how completely moronic you have to be to actually take this suggestion? You should NEVER put your computer in a hot room, let alone a steamed bathroom. Second, wouldn’t that seem strange to any of these women? I mean, how stupid can you be? Obviously he was going to get caught. So it turns out that this little perv, who, judging by his picture hasn’t even come within three feet of an actual vagina, had thousands of naked pictures and videos of women showering.

-Julia Fuino