Hey guys! My name’s Olivia Dibs and I am a total foodie. The first step to recovery is acceptance, right? I’m so happy to get to bring you the scoop on all the good grub in Syracuse!

Year and Major/Minor: I’m a junior broadcast journalism major with a nutrition minor

Hometown: Queens, NY, about five minutes away from where 50 Cent grew up. THUG LYFE.

Most Embarrassing Moment: I tend to fall on my ass a lot, so I’m kind of past the embarrassment thing.

Movie I Could Watch Over and Over Again: Superbad. I’m a sucker for fat Jonah Hill.


Artist To Watch: Mikky Ekko

Posted: February 8, 2013 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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mikkyI’m in a bit of a pickle. You see, I actually purchased a single from Rihanna’s latest album, Unapologetic. In all honesty, it’s rare that I ever purchase any music, let alone Rihanna’s, as the convenience of Spotify and the internet have made it easy for me to listen to anything as much as I want. Considering the fact that I rarely listen to Rihanna and think “Hmm, that song’s pretty fan-freaking-tastic,” I knew something was wrong when I listened to “Stay” and nearly cried.

For those who don’t know, “Stay” is the official second single from Unapologetic and it received its debut on SNL back in November. Given Rihanna’s typical style and the overall direction of the album, the song received relatively mixed reviews from fans and critics. In my opinion, the only issue with the song is the fact that it’s on this particular album, but that could just be the misguided opinion of a girl who loves ballads almost as much as she loves puppies. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore the beauty of “Stay” and Mikky Ekko as both an artist and writer.

Of his released music, standout tracks are “Pull Me Down”, “Feels Like the End”, and “Sedated.” Because he contributes vocals to “Stay,” I’m desperately hoping that Ekko makes an appearance in the video and some frantic Rihanna fans decide to do themselves a favor and Google him until their fingers are nubs. I mean, it’s difficult to find music that’s somehow beautiful and haunting, but Ekko does this extremely well, and I’d be doing everyone a disservice if I kept this fact to myself. Check him out on Spotify, or visit his website at www.mikkyekko.com.

– Tenaysia Fox

So shots are brutal, we can all agree. But aren’t they significantly LESS brutal than I don’t know, shoving vodka up your cooter? The alternate means of conceiving alcohol nowadays are bizarre, disturbing, and totally unnecessary. Whatever happened to simple straw sippin’ Svedka?

vodka-eyeballingPeople have apparently gotten bored of downing drinks through their pie holes, and have thus turned to other orifices. The nose, eyes, vagina, and anus are now taking the brutal brunt of our dire need to get drunk. I wish I was kidding.

“Hard Liquor Snorting”- I might not be far off in saying that our generation has an obsession with snorting things. They enjoy the instant high and the social atmosphere that comes along with “linin ‘em up like free throws,” but as much as that’s true, there are some things that are better left un-snorted. Hard liquor should be one of them. These days, people will take small cups of hard liquor and put tiny straws into the cups, placing both straws into their nose. Then the obvious occurs, and they snort the liquor into their system, often causing teary eyes and sometimes fainting. This practice, though not nearly as disturbing the later described methods, is still enough to make me tear up at the mere thought.

“Vodka Eyeballing”- Sometimes known as vodka eye-shot, is just that. This trend, supposedly started by female bartenders in Las Vegas looking to make more tips, is where one will pour a shot’s worth of vodka into their eye, instead of downing it through the mouth. This extreme method of consumption will no doubt get you fucked up, but is said by medical professionals to be a dangerous hobby that can cause long term damage. Like, duh.  In my girl-on-girl opinion, there’s nothing sexier than a women who can open the throat n throw ‘em back, flipping her head up once the shot is taken. That’s hot. Pouring an entire shot of vodka into your eye, ruining your make-up, and tearing up uncontrollably, that’s not.

“Vodka Tampons”- This trend, started by Pop singer Ke$ha, (well, not really), is, to me, the most disturbing yet. It’s when females, or let me rephrase that rather, crazy fucking bitches, soak unused tampons in vodka, and then insert them as they would a tampon during their menstrual cycle. Once again, the alcohol enters your system much quicker and gets you drunker faster. My hope is that it gets you messed up enough to not feel how terribly that probably burns/stings. Lord, if Vodka kills my throat so badly, I can’t even imagine what it would do to my lady parts.

Butt Chugging”- As “Urban Dictionary” describes it, is “the act of ingesting alcohol through ones rectum” Basically, your frat boys and Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville wannabe’s of college campuses around the country placing funnel tubes into their rectums, while laying down, and essentially “chugging” the alcohol that way. “The idea is to increase the alcohol’s effect and the speed with which one becomes intoxicated.” And we thought chugging competitions were bad before…

Whatever happened to good ole fashioned oral consumption? Only reason I’d ever even maybe consider any of the above is to cut calories, kidding, but not really.

-Deanna Viel


Congratulations! You’re in a new relationship! This guy is AMAZING! He’s everything you want; he’s tall, his hair is great, he’s in _______________ (insert your favorite frat here).  You want to be your best self for this guy; meaning hurry up, you don’t have that much time to change your personality!

One way to start molding yourself into this “ideal woman” is to watch his favorite television show and then pretend you’ve watched it since the beginning.  And based on what that show is, you can figure out a lot about this guy right up front.

Let’s say his favorite (and your NEW favorite) show is….

Entourage.  You’ve got a winner here!  Head out to Bed, Bath and Beyond right now and stock up on dishware because you are going to need a lot of bowls and they’re not exactly for cereal. This guy is entranced by the life the Entourage crew leads, except he’s not as hot as Vince and not as successful as Ari. Basically he’s the “entourage” of someone successful who has yet to come along, so he’s just biding his time by smoking everyday and sitting around in backwards hats and hoodies.  Yeah, he’ll come with you to ___________ (insert ANY location that isn’t academic or parent related). No, he didn’t go to class today.  But you know what? He’s your bad boy phase; go for it!  Who else will smoke you out while watching Netflix with you for three hours?

Sports Center.  Not just one show, but the entire channel. That’s it. Frankly you’ll probably marry this guy because he’s sexily athletic and is way too interested in the game to do anything to really piss you off, and in the end you just don’t want to be annoyed, right? He’s THE stereotype of man; his favorite color is blue.  He likes beer.  He wants a girl who is cool enough to actually talk to and hot enough for his friends to high-five. He has poker/bowling/bar night with his friends, which is awesome because then you and your friends can go on your own screaming wine binge. These guys aren’t all identical twins; they have little quirks too.  But it’s something small, like “I’m scared of the dark”.  If you’re in-between two of these guys just pick based on whoever’s athletic prowess makes it into the bedroom and whose mom is better.

How I Met Your Mother. This guy is the shit, and you better watch out because everyone else thinks it too.  Everyone likes him. Not only is he super nice, he IS one of the sharper tools in the shed. He’s really well rounded, he reads books for pleasure and is always down for a midnight McDonalds run because hey, we’re young and he wants to live life.  The problem with this guy, however, is he IS the shit.  Look at yourself right now. Your pajama pants have ridden so far up your body they’re basically doubling as a bra, but despite having friends over you haven’t felt the need to fix it. No one would look twice at you right now and think you would be a good match for this guy. Even if you are lucky enough to find this guy and hitch up as equals, there will be fifty people off to the side saying, “HE’S with HER?”

-Taylor Kowalski



“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” -Ernest Hemingway


Going Greek has become the latest trend this year, and I don’t think many people will be going back to regular yogurt anytime soon. Not only is it exotic and trendy, it also seems to be the healthier option between the two types of yogurt out there. Greek yogurt has removed much of its lactose, liquid whey, and sugar –all while packing double the protein, cutting sugar in half, and containing the same amount of calories that regular yogurt has.

Not sure which side to take in this battle? Here are the nutrition facts of both Chobani yogurt and Yoplait yogurt.

Chobani: plain flavor

Calories: 140

Fat: 0 g

Protein: 23 g

Calcium: 30%

Sugar: 9 g

Yoplait: plain flavor

Calories: 170

Fat: 1.5 g

Protein: 5 g

Calcium: 20%

Sugar: 27 g

Here is a closer look at why Greek yogurt is nutritionally better for you.


Well there is none. Nothing in the world is more appealing than food with no fat. Compared to the regular yogurt, which has 1.5 grams of fat, it is obvious why Greek would win.


As shown in the nutritional facts, Greek yogurt contains five times the protein that regular yogurt contains. Protein helps promote fullness and repair muscles and is vital to your diet.


Greek yogurt contains 30% of your daily intake of calcium, whereas regular yogurt only contains 20%. Although there is not much of a difference, it still accounts for that extra 10% that your body needs everyday.

If you want to add some more healthy goodness into your Greek yogurt, add some fruit and granola to it. You can also use Greek yogurt as an alternative in baking recipes, substitute for sour cream, salad dressing (with added spices), and much more!

Happy eating!

-Chelsey Perry

Words O’ Wisdom: Super Bowl Edition

Posted: February 4, 2013 by jerkmagblog in WORDS O' WISDOM
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“The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.”

-Bob Schieffer