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No time to escape the wrath of whipped cream

 Bryan Mangieri

Reporter

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Members of three organizations (Professional Administrative Staff Association, Classified Staff Association and Faculty Senate) joined together Feb. 14 for a Valentine’s celebration in the Raider Room for the event, Just Desserts.

Many claimed the reason they went was for the camaraderie from colleagues.

Crystal Myers, I.T. services support assistant and CSA president, said Just Desserts gave incentive to the attendees who mingled.

“What better way to draw in people than with food?” Myers asked, rhetorically.

“Is there any other reason?” Pam Emmons, director of EmPower and EmPower Works, asked rhetorically, as well.

Still, others in attendance found a far, more sinister reason: retribution.

When the pie hits their eyes…

Seven campus “celebrities” volunteered for a pie to be thrown in each of their faces. Those who won the raffle—tickets sold at a dollar a piece—then picked from these seven of these “celebrities,” including Isabelle Billen, Bret Wood, Ken Roper, Chris Leland, Chris Meyer, Tim Campbell and Brian Perryman.

Proceeds benefitted all three organizations.

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Although the “celebrities” tried keeping unblemished by wearing safety glasses and see-through, plastic ponchos, none escaped the ramifications of the raffle.

In fact, student Shelby Simons attended Just Desserts to witness whipped cream smeared across the face of Perryman, the director of the Professional Training Education Center. Simons works as an office aide with Perryman.

Perryman, who will serve as the next PASA president, considered the pie thrown into his face as a rite of initiation, even exclaiming glee.

“I think it’s important to celebrate camaraderie, love, peace and goodwill,” outgoing PASA president said, Bob Davis.

Despite the mess in the Raider Room, the whipped cream didn’t hit the fan.

Sweet treats and awesome eats for the sweetheart

Skylar Wright 

Features Editor 

Gift ideas and date choices are always tricky in relationships, and no holiday makes that more obvious than Valentine’s Day. Standbys like jewelry, flowers, chocolates, cards, dinner and a movie will usually do the trick, but if you really want to impress the one you love, give them something a little more thoughtful than a heart-shaped box of sugary sweets.

Valentine proposal illustration

Valentine’s gifts can be even scarier if the date comes in the beginning stages of a relationship. If you’ve only been dating a short time, giving her a diamond necklace or him plane tickets six months in advance could get you in trouble, or you might have an awkward moment on your hands.

Local date ideas

Some date ideas for Bricktown would be to eat at “The Melting Pot” with some ice cream from “Marble Slab Creamery” afterward. If you want to go to a wine bar and bistro, “The Mantel” is a great choice. Italian food is always a great choice, so maybe “Zio’s Italian Kitchen” would fit your date’s expectations.

Know your date and if you don’t know what they like, ask! If they don’t like Mexican food, don’t eat Mexican.

A great way to make the night memorable would be with the horse and carriage rides available outside of “Spaghetti Warehouse.

Gift ideas

As for gift ideas, it’s good to know your date or loved one well. Keep your ear out for little things they might mention they want. The days of cassette tapes are long gone, so give the modern version with songs on a USB stick. Homemade thoughtful wall art almost always makes a great gift. Get quality square canvas prints of your favorite photos that they’ve snapped and arrange them on a canvas.

You can also make a romantic coupon book full of your ideas. You could have one coupon saying date night, then maybe one that says free back rub, to be used whenever they want. If you aren’t in touch with your creative side, the traditional flowers, card and teddy bear are still great.

By 15th Street News Posted in Features Tagged Bricktown, Carriage, chocolate, Date, DIY, DIY gifts, Flowers, , Gift, home, Mantle's, Marble Slab Creamery, Melting Pot, restaurants, sweetheart,

The right attire can lead to a heart’s desire

 

Skylar Wright

Features Editor 

After the new year, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives and greeting-card writers start planning for love’s big day. Having a night out? Make it romantic. Staying in? Make it new and different. Putting together a new outfit? Make it suit the occasion.

Ladies, whatever you are doing for your big night out on Valentine’s Day, it calls for some extra care with your attire. This is not just any day. There are greeting cards about this day, there are chocolates shaped into hearts, there are oversized teddy bears, anything to do with love, its available in February.

Want to create a romantic look? Lace, girlie prints and flowing, bohemian styles work great to create a romantic Valentine’s look. To make it holiday-specific, throw in some red and pink accents, and maybe even a heart-shaped accessory for good measure.

To get Emma Stone's fiery look, try the BCBG Max Azria lipstick-red cotton-and-lace strapless sweetheart "Roselle" bustier dress from Bluefly.com for $125.29. Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

To get Emma Stone’s fiery look, try the BCBG Max Azria lipstick-red cotton-and-lace strapless sweetheart “Roselle” bustier dress from Bluefly.com for $125.29.
Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

Valentine’s Day does seem to cry out for romantic looks, but classic is always appropriate. Accessories are the key with the understated look. A red nail polish or a red or pink scarf would work well.

What’s sadder than a romantic date evening spent wishing you’d worn something else? Well, lots of things, actually, but it’s still an unfortunate spot to be in on a Valentine’s date. So, a few tips to help you love what you end up in, no matter which way you go:

  • Be yourself — If it’s not “you” on Feb. 13, it’s not going to be you on Feb. 14. By all means, take risks — fashion is all about it — but make sure what you wear suits your style.
  • Be subtle — If you choose to some Valentine-specific accents, be selective and err on the side of caution. If you’re carrying a heart-shaped clutch, leave the heart-shaped earrings at home. Please.
  • Be comfortable — It can be tempting to throw comfort to the wind when dressing for a special night, but beware: Discomfort can ruin the mood. At the very least, make sure you’ve got room in your dress to enjoy a truffle or two and that you can walk in your shoes. You never know where the evening might take you. Be ready for a romantic stroll around town.
  • Be versatile — If your date location is a surprise, wear something you can dress up or down and carry different shoe, accessory and makeup options along on the date but don’t take your whole room. Just a few things to make your look pop if you need a little extra sparkle.

Romantic night out or special night in, what you wear can make or break your date as much as where you go and whom you go with — but it can definitely make you happier with the pictures after the fact. Valentine’s memories are forever. Just ask the greeting card!

 

 

By 15th Street News Posted in Fashion Tagged Accessory, Attire, Comfort, Date Night, emma stone, , greeting card writers, Lace, Pink, Polish, pop, Prints, Red, romantic, romantic valentine, Scarf, Sparkle, Style, , , Versatile

Zombie love story provides alternative date fare

 

Chelsea Ratterman 

Editor in Chief 

 

Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film franchise called “Twilight.” Well, meet its counterpart, “Warm Bodies.” Another book to film teen romance, this one deals with the bottom tier of the supernatural world, the zombie. And perhaps might also serve as an alternative film for your Valentine’s Day date night.

Inspired by the book by Isaac Marion, the movie opens to R (Nicholas Hoult, “X-Men: First Class”), the main zombie, narrating as he trudges through an abandoned airport. It has been abandoned because the human race has been practically obliterated as a result of the zombie apocalypse. But R is a little different. He has retained some of his intelligence. He wonders about how he came to be this way, and why he is different from his fellow airport residents. He resides in an empty plane, full of records and things he has swiped on his meal trips. The narration proves amusing, and far more literate than the zombie’s grunts and stuttered words.

Zombies exist of flesh and brains, but here the brains serve as more than a food source. When consumed, they let the zombie experience the human’s thoughts and feelings.

We are then introduced to Julie (Theresa Palmer, “I am Number Four”), the daughter of the leader of a compound of humans. They are out on a retrieval mission for supplies when R and his band of zombies ambush them. Here is where things get a little weird.

R, in all his oddness, seems to fall in love with Julie. Still narrating, he helps Julie escape the zombies and he attempts a greater effort at communication with her.

The movie progresses with our two characters learning about each other, and R seems to be recovering from his zombie state. As a result of the unusual relationship, other zombies seem to begin to recover. They, in turn, then assist in a battle with the “bonies” or zombies who are too far-gone to recover.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in "Warm Bodies"  Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer star in “Warm Bodies” Photo courtesy of mctcampus.com

One thing that may strike the viewer is how the zombies came to be. We see R, in his human state in a flashback, standing in the airport. He is narrating about how being a zombie is lonely, and we see masses of people walking around on their phones and texting. To assist in the zombie recovery, a connection was needed to be made with them, to bring them back to a human state. See where this is going?

The lack of human connection caused by the obsession with digital communication is what results in the zombie apocalypse! That’s right kids; turn off the phone and go play a nice game of soccer, because it might keep you from becoming a flesh-eating zombie! Seriously.

This isn’t a corny knockoff of the “Twilight” movies. The actors here are full of emotion, and a connection is made to the couple that wasn’t felt with the vampire saga. Here, we feel R’s need to connect and Julie’s want to help him and gradual attachment to the zombie. While not a tear jerker like the soon to be romantic competition “Safe Haven,” this film pulls at the heart strings as the pair moves ever closer to resurrection. You will leave the theatre with a spring in your step and a feeling of satisfaction that is rare in films of the teen romance genre. One more familiar with the story of “Romeo and Juliet” might even be able to identify the correlating characters as the film progresses.

The movie is rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language. Brains are consumed here. R takes leftovers with him to his plane and we see him munching on a handful of pink brains, so for those of a squeamish nature, snack time is generally a quick affair.

 

Campus organizations host V.Day activities

Bryan Mangieri

Features Editor 

Sweetheart or not, those celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 14 should face no problem finding fun on campus.

For the students…

Library Club students are selling candy bars for Valentine's day as a fundraiser for their organization.

Library Club students are selling candy bars for Valentine’s day as a fundraiser for their organization.

The Library Club is hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center. Club members will be selling candy bars for one dollar each at the information desk.

Each candy bar bought earns the buyer an entry into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Cheddar’s Casual Cafe. According  to Library Club advisor Brad Robison, all proceeds will benefit the Library Club, and that participants do not need to be present at time of drawing to win the gift card.

For faculty and staff…

Staff and faculty are invited to gather from 2- 4 p.m., Feb. 14 in the Raider Room, for the “Just Desserts” event. Three organizations (Faculty Association, Professional and Administrative Staff Association and Classified Staff Association) are coming together for the potluck luncheon.

If that’s not enough, with a one-dollar ticket, staff and faculty may win a chance to throw a pie in the face of campus “celebrities.”