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Staff Picks: March 6

Susannah Mitchell

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The connections we have with ourselves and those around change constantly. These beautiful sketches and watercolors detail these relationships in a simple, yet meaningful way. From a child using their headphones to displace themselves from a tumultuous family life to a pair of best friends sharing secrets, artist Hunter S. uses this collection to analyze the delicate webs that connect all of us from a modern perspective. The connections we curate between the people we love and see every day impact us more than we realize, and I don’t think I’ve seen this illustrated in a better way.

Katharine Swindells

Online Co-Head Copy Editor

Disclaimer: I barely made it through Physics 1, so take everything I say with a pinch of salt. Anyway, I recently started reading about the Holographic Principle, a theory developed in the ‘90s that essentially says that it may be possible that we are all holograms of information projected onto a 2D plane. There’s tons of information about this, and you literally just have to google “hologram universe” to find articles about the simulations, experiments and evidence that back up this Matrix-like theory. A word of warning, it may make you feel like everything you’ve ever valued is somehow a lie. I may not know a lot about quantum physics, but I’m practically an expert on existential crises.

Mike Thibodeau

Online Co-Head Copy Editor

Sporting KC’s season starts this weekend, and I’m really excited. I’ve been following the offseason all year, but if you want to catch up on it, I’ve got the perfect little guide. Check out this video and article here at

Matt Kaplan

Eastipedia Editor



When we get on an airplane, we all think “what if?” What if something bad happens? Well, at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, the snow-covered runway led to a pretty scary situation for many people aboard a Delta Airlines flight.




Celia Hack

Online Opinions Editor

Anyone who has wanderlust needs to check out The New York Times’ series of “36 Hours” videos, where they explore a different city each week for 36 hours. This week, they explored Rome, featuring some of the best restaurants and places to visit. They interview locals, restaurant owners and passers-by who give their opinions on the different cities that are featured.

Daniel Rinner

Online Sports Co-Editor


If you enjoy baseless generalizations about entire generations as much as I do, you’ll love this BBC article about how the latest generation is surely going to struggle in the workplace.  Articles like this aren’t rare because so many people are still trying to determine how social media and smartphones will affect society’s communication skills. It’s easy for me to forget that I am part of the first generation to grow up with instant internet access. Yet, I doubt the effects on young people will be as drastic and negative as some analysts have predicted. But why trust me? I’m one of them.

Michael Kraske

Online Sports Co-Editor


Momofuku Ando, the Japanese businessman who invented ramen instant noodles, would have celebrated his 105th birthday today. If you’ve been on Google anytime today, you would see a graphic of Ando, enjoying a bowl of his delicious ramen. That’s how I stumbled upon this interesting article about how Ando invented instant ramen, and became successful — but not instantly.  “The noodles were instant, but Ando’s success wasn’t.” He even went to jail for tax evasion, though he claimed it was for providing students with scholarships. He had a pretty interesting life, so scroll down on the link to find the story about Ando.

Stella Braly

Homegrown Editor

The Ting Tings, known for their song “That’s Not My Name,” haven’t been talked about very much in America since that song became popular. Recently, I noticed that they were on the lineup for Buzz Beach Ball. I decided to look them up and see where they’ve gone since “That’s Not My Name.” Their newest hit, “Wrong Club,” is completely different in the best way. The Ting Tings have definitely changed their sound to give their music a lot more substance.

“Wrong Club” studio version

“Wrong Club” live session

Will Clough

Online News Editor


I love foreign policy, but it’s things like this that make me nervous. Knife attacks to the face are nothing to joke around about. Foreign service is something that I’m really interested in, and every time I think about becoming something related to it, like the ambassador to South Korea, I get excited. It seems like the perfect job: travel, culture and helping our nation. But then I hear about something like this. Luckily U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert is fine after being attacked in the face with a knife, but I am still reminded that representing and protecting our nation is never an easy job.

Leah O’Connor

Podcast Editor

At first glance, the title of this article made me laugh. “Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Is Now a Ballet Composer.” A pretty hardcore guy, to say the least, composing a ballet? Madness. But upon reading and listening to the ballet preview, I realized that it was actually pretty cool. Plus it sounds really good, too.

Matthew Bruyere

Video Editor


Vice News did a story about what’s happened to the Boston bomber and his trial. When the Boston bombing happened, it was the top story for all of America, but since then it has kind of faded away. It’s very interesting to see a follow up on it after so long.


Sean Overton

A&E Editor 

img-vanessa-prager-04_1332164365Vanessa Prager is a dope Los Angeles-based artist who has taken the typical portrait, and in her own style, used it to create a dream sequence. The portraits practically put you in a trance, and when you look at them, you’ll feel like you’re dreaming.

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