Lauren Mytnik

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Tailgate with style


It’s football season. And you know what that means … tailgating! Here are a few options for you to stay stylish while cheering on the Redbirds!

1. Neon ISU tanks
These are a good option because the fit is comfortable and they look super cute on! Campus town has a wide variety of colors to choose from and they can go with any sort of bottoms. Leggings, jeans, shorts, or yoga pants would look great with one of these tanks!

2. DIY Cut Off
For those super sunny days a cut off might be a great choice. Students get a bunch of free shirts throughout the year whether they are the red alert shirts, or regular old ISU red and white shirts, you most likely have a few of them to spare. Take one and make your own cut off and sport an off the shoulder look with a pair of jeans.

3. Rock your school colors
A fun way to dress up and still be in school spirit is to dress in the colors of your school. So, for us Redbirds, an easy way to do this would be to wear red jeans and a white top. This way you can get a little dressier than normal but still fit in at the tailgate.

4. Plain Jane
You can’t go wrong with the classic ISU t-shirt, white shorts, and a pair of flats. This look is never out of style and you can be comfortable all day long. Throw on a pair of shades and you’re set to go for the day.

Homecoming Week


Get your GOOVE on this October for Homecoming! The festivities begin on October 1 and continue on until the big game against Southern Illinois University on October 6.

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s Homecoming week.

Monday, October 1
Monday marks the Homecoming Kickoff in the quad from 6-8 p.m. that will have free food and a live concert.

Tuesday, October 2
The Redbird Rumble Teams competition will get students riled up and ready for some friendly competition. Grab some of your friends and come out to Hancock Stadium at 7 p.m. to compete in a variety of team tasks.

Wednesday, October 3
Come down to Adelaid Street Field at 4 p.m. to cheer on the Rebird Women’s soccer team against Loyola. Be sure to wear your ilstu gear to show off some school spirit!

Thursday, October 4
Bassnectar returns to ISU again! The doors open at 6:00 p.m and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Friday, October 5
ISU Bring it to the Stage Variety Show and Royalty Crowning will be from 7-9 p.m. in the Brown Ballroom. Get in a few laughs at the Variety Show before they announce the Homecoming King and Queen!

Saturday, October 6
Saturday is the big day! The Homecoming parade will start at 9:30 a.m. and will take off at the corner of University and College Ave. ISU Redbird’s will face Southern Illinois at Hancock Stadium at 1 p.m. Bring your friends and your Ilstu spirit and cheer on your fellow Redbirds to victory!

Eight ways to spruce up your dorm


Move in day is finally over! Now it’s time to add some excitement to that very plain dorm room. Here are some easy ways to spruce up your space to make it trendy in no time.

Find some cheap, fun curtains to hang up in your room. These can add color to your room and dress it up! You can hang these over your closet or windows (or both). You can purchase a cheap shower rod at Ace (which is close to campus, behind the Pub II) to hang up your curtains infront of your closet.

Target is always a great place to find some inexpensive lamps. You can use these on your desk or you can get a floor lamp to add more lighting and to add personality, instead of just turning on your fluorescent ceiling light.

Rid yourself of plastic crates
Yes, they are convenient! But, square storage ottomans can be just as effective in storing all your stuff and they look much better than those plastic bins.

Throw pillows
Search stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx or Home Goods for throw pillows that accent your comforter. These will make your room instantly look more homey.

Area rugs
These are a great way to make you and your roommate feel more at home. Area rugs can be super cheap and instantly add a welcoming feel to your room.

Decorative bulletin board
Take an average cork bulletin board and cover it in fabric. The board can still be used to put reminders, notes, and pictures and it also looks a lot better than the boring brown cork.

The annual all-nighter


You know finals are right around the corner when you are up at 5 a.m. studying!

Virtual makeover sites that work


Want to make a drastic change to your style but afraid of the outcome? Using an online virtual makeover site can help you with your tricky style decisions. There are a bunch of different sites out there for girls to use in order to try out different hairstyles but some are better than others.

Mary Kay  
This site you have to make an account for, but it is well worth it! This free virtual makeover site lets you try on all shades of Mary Kay makeup, as well as try on hairstyles of all different colors. Once you upload a picture of yourself the site instructs you on how to define different areas of your face and this helps to have a more accurate placement of hairstyles and makeup. The site also puts all the different cosmetics you select on a side bar so you can purchase them if you like the look!

In Style
Virtual hairstyle sites can be hard to maneuver, but In Style makes it so easy! This site also defines areas of your face so that the makeup and hair match up to your face too.  In Style offers over 100 celebrity hairstyles to try on and they include complete celebrity looks, which include the makeup the stars wore. One unique aspect of this virtual makeover is that they put how-to tips on the right hand side to help you achieve your desired look.

Cosmo had tons of hairstyles to choose from... all of which were celebrity styles! This made it easy to find a specific look that you wanted to achieve.  However, this site did not offer face-tracing so the hairstyles and make up did not match up perfectly to your face.

Tyler Lindquist ‘13


Name: Tyler Lindquist ‘13

Age: 21

Major: Accounting Bs/Mpa

Hometown: Batavia, Illinois

Affiliation: Sigma Phi Epsilon

Relationship Status: Single

Ideal Date: “A candlelight dinner and then a long romantic walk on the beach… just kidding, probably a dinner and movie, or something fun like putt-putt or go-karts.”

Favorite Food: Filet mignon or Macaroni and Cheese with hotdogs

First thing you notice about a girl: Eyes

Last song played on iPod: “Old Alabama” by Brad Paisley

Celeb Crush: “Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie… I could go on for days.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: “After college I plan on working in Chicago for a while and eventually moving south to either South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, or Georgia. So if things go to plan, I'll be somewhere in that process but you never know where life will take you.”

Random fact: “I've seen 15 Dave Matthews Band concerts and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.”

Emily Gibbons


Emily Gibbons, sophomore political science major, is taking over campus by getting involved in many different student organizations. She is a determined student who puts her hard work ethic to use every single day at Illinois State. Read our interview with Gibbons to find out more about what she does for our campus.
HC: What organizations are you involved with on campus?
Gibbons: I am the president of the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma and I am involved with College Republicans. Also, I am on the Civic Engagement committee within Student Government Association and a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda.
HC: What made you want to become involved with so many organizations?
Gibbons: I like being extremely involved on campus because I had so much free time first semester my Freshman year, and I just really like being involved and informed.
HC: What qualities do you have to possess in order to hold the positions that you do?
Gibbons: To hold the positions I do, it is required to be a good communicator as well as having a backbone. Being a leader isn’t hard. It just takes dedication and passion for what you’re doing.
HC: What is the best and worst part of being so involved?
Gibbons: The best part is how many people you meet and make connections with. The worst part is being forced at a young age to take time management seriously.
HC: How do you think your involvement will help you in the future?
Gibbons: I think being involved will help me in the future with time management, communication, and networking.
HC: What advice would you give students who are unsure about joining a RSO?