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And you get a Humpback whale

By Sophia Coleman

November 12, 2012

In the midst of all the media coverage of the presidential election and Superstorm Sandy was even bigger news—the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things has returned after a two-year hiatus!Michael Kors glam-studded high tops and Brooklyn Piggies gourmet pigs in blankets were just two of the 49 products the billionaire media mogul blabbed about in her list, revealed Nov. 6 on her website. It’s clear these useless items were...

About fUGGin’ time

By Sophia Coleman

November 5, 2012

Sorry sorority girls, but I’ve heard glorious news: The era of UGG boots may finally be coming to an end.The company reported Oct. 25 that sales are down 31 percent and it plans to slash prices. A pair of the sheepskin atrocities currently costs between $135–$200, a hefty price for marshmallow-shaped feet soaked in winter slush.“The worst is yet to come,” Sam Poser, an analyst at brokerage firm Sterne Agee, told the Huffington Post ...

Halloween’s innocence scared away

By Sophia Coleman

October 29, 2012

When I was a kid, the nights leading up to Halloween consisted of crafting costumes with my family. The smell of spray paint, foam and markers filled the air, and a monstrous mess grew on the floor of the garage. In 1993, my mom and dad designed beautiful sea creature costumes for my sister and me, artfully cut from pieces of spongy foam and painted with lifelike precision. When the masterpiece was placed over my head, I tran...

Athlete profile, Vanessa DiBernardo

By Brandon Smith

October 15, 2012

Age: 20College/Team: University of Illinois Fighting IlliniAchievements: Named Player of the Week by The Big Ten, Top Drawer Soccer and College Sports Madness.The Big Ten, Top Drawer Soccer and College Sports Madness have all recently dubbed Vanessa DiBernardo, center midfielder for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignwomen’s soccer team, Player of the Week after she helped her team defeat Michigan State with a ...

Disposable fashion, no passion

By Sophia Coleman

October 15, 2012

Too many mornings I wake up and think, “I have nothing to wear.” If you look into my closet, you’d probably think it looks like Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Akira had a booze-induced threesome, procreated a few dozen times, and puked all over my wardrobe.There are sweaters and jeans in every color of the rainbow piled high on wire shelves next to cardigans, blouses and skirts hanging haphazardly or crumpled on th...

Designer egos stifle fashion’s voices

By Sophia Coleman

October 8, 2012

Quote approval has been a hot debate in journalism lately, and it’s no surprise that divas in the fashion world are included on the list of culprits who have little faith in journalists.Several brands have made headlines for pressuring publications and reporters to take pieces off the Internet or run corrections. The PR rep for Yves Saint Laurent wrote to online fashion publication Business of Fashion in mid-September aski...

Don’t get your panties in a bunch

By Sophia Coleman

October 1, 2012

Oh, look, Victoria’s Secret is offending people again. During the week of Sept. 24, the lingerie retailer was forced to pull its new “Sexy Little Geisha” get-up off the shelves after backlash from angered bloggers.The Asian-inspired ensemble from the company’s “Go East” collection included a mesh body suit with floral patterns on the bra cups and crotch, a tiny floral fan, a removable obi belt and matching chopst...

Cycling accidents increase when pedal meets metal

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 1, 2012

Chicago cyclists might have to double-up on their protective gear because according to city data, biking accidents have been continually rising since 2001.With more cyclists on the road, the Chicago Police Department has seen a 38 percent increase in bicycle accident reports between 2001 and 2011, according to a report released by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in 2011.Since 2005, there have been 1,000 repor...

Wildcats thrash Coyotes, ready for Big Ten home opener

By Nader Ihmoud

September 24, 2012

The University of South Dakota Coyotes couldn’t stop the Northwestern University Wildcats, resulting in a 38-7 defeat at Ryan Field Sept. 22.The game got out of hand early, as Northwestern scored touchdowns on each of its first two drives and scored 28 points during the first half. Venric Mark, the Wildcats junior starting running back, led the way with three rushing touchdowns and a 100-yard rush heading into the second half...

Disproportionate concern for model size

By Sophia Coleman

September 24, 2012

The weight debate of plus-size models is again making headlines in the fashion world.Australian model Robyn Lawley announced Sept. 19 on “Good Morning America” that she is the first plus-sized model to star in a campaign for high-end fashion designer Ralph Lauren.Media outlets around the world are covering this story as if it were some phenomenon, which it sort of is, considering the brand was notorious for severely ed...

Farmworkers protest Cultivate Fest

By Dannis Valera

September 24, 2012

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) staged a protest at Chipotle's Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park. The CIW is a Florida farmworker organization that developed the Fair Food Program, a partnership between farmworkers, tomato growers, and ten leading food corporations--Chipotle has not signed to be a part of the program.At the protest, the CIW and their allies criticized Chipotle, saying the c...

Message for the seasonally challenged

By Sophia Coleman

September 10, 2012

The fashion choices of Chicagoans, like our notorious weather, are unpredictable. It’s a rare day when you put on that perfect outfit that is not only stylish but also shields you from every element that comes your way. Though it is hard to gauge what to wear day by day, normally it is easy enough to have some margin of comfort. But then there are the crazies: people who can wear heavy knits in the dead of summer and leo...

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