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It has been 14 years since the Chicks — formerly The Dixie Chicks, a name recently changed due to its association with the Confederacy — released their 2006 masterpiece, “Taking the Long Way,” and threw up one of the greatest musical middle fingers ever. In 2020, a lot has changed — the Chicks have a new album, a new name and lead singer Natalie Maines has a newly finalized divorce, which takes center stage in “Gaslighter,” released July 17.
There are no rules when it comes to fashion, especially when dressing for quarantine. To start simple — pants? Who needs ‘em? Wearing clothing at all is optional when in the comfort of your own home — just make sure your Zoom video is off! But really, quarantine, despite its constrictive qualities, presents us with a unique opportunity to express ourselves through clothing. The fashion floodgates are open, and everything is fair game — anything from PJs to prom dresses.
Self care is a necessity skipped by many University students even before the coronavirus pandemic, but something absolutely essential to practice while self-quarantining and social distancing. Meditation and face masks work for some, but there is one tried and true method that is universal — a good old-fashioned dance party. Here are 20 songs to get your feet moving, your fists pumping and your spirits rising — all from the safety of your own bedroom.
With every new decade comes a new signature style to add to the list of possible party themes. From the glamorous 1920s flapper to the hippy-dippy 1960s flower child to the shoulder padded 1980s dancing queen, there are certain iconic looks that have stuck to their designated decades like glue. However, when analyzing the most popular styles of the 2010s, it seems as though almost every trend has been a resurrection of a preexisting one. Fashion has always been cyclical, but never more so than now, resulting in a 2010s style that is nothing short of eclectic. Moreover, one can’t know what the iconic look of a decade is until at least a decade later. So, let’s relish in this uncertainty and reminisce on the trendiest looks — some borrowed, some new — that have shaped this most recent decade.
How do animal print jackets, cowboy hats, BDSM lingerie and trumpet style gowns coalesce? Only under the umbrella of “Savage,” the ingenious theme of Fashion for a Cause’s season nine show. This highly anticipated event is put on annually by Fashion for a Cause, a student run organization on Grounds dedicated to connecting the University with the Charlottesville community through a combination of artistic expression and community outreach.
“It’s a lot like on Saturday Night Live when Stefan described his favorite clubs because it has everything. It has a killer dress, it has a super weird mannequin, there’s retail workers that speak in riddles, there’s Gwendoline Christie as the dominatrix.” This was Chandler Ferrebee, assistant programmer and communications manager of the Virginia Film Festival, in her amazingly accurate introduction to the Friday showing of “In Fabric,” written and directed by Peter Strickland. However, despite the hilarious veracity of this preface, there is not a comparison in the world that could have prepared the audience for what they were about to watch.
First came “Do” — the two letter tweet that broke the internet Oct. 5, but only long enough for the one and only Harry Edward Styles to drop his next album teaser. Cryptic, black and white block-lettered signs popping up all over major cities read, “Do you know who you are?” followed by the subtly powerful acronym, TPWK, referring to Harry’s mantra, “Treat people with kindness.” The signs, which also displayed the Columbia Records logo — Harry’s label — were clearly a promo for his upcoming album, but what do they mean? The answer came on Thursday with the launch of the website doyouknowwhoyouare.com. Here, fans typed their names and were given a positive attribute — “Anna, you are thoughtful. TPWK. Love, H.” In a way only Harry Styles could think up and pull off, album promotion doubled as an important reminder to fans that they are loved, valued and accepted.
The advocacy around the “Save Lambeth Field” initiative will be written into the story of the University. Although I will leave the official narrative to its organizers and participants, I wish to paint a picture of the events that led up to the Board of Visitors’ decision to remove Lambeth Field from consideration as a site for a new softball stadium. I believe that Lambeth’s modern day legacy should include catalyzing a change in the way that the University engages students in decision making.
On Monday morning, The Cavalier Daily Editorial Board published a piece that called on the Deans Working Group to subsume the role of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the Historic Landscape. However, I believe that the Advisory Committee is well positioned to create change. The Deans Working Group put serious thought into the creation of the Committee, and the extent of that foresight should not be underestimated. The success of Friday’s public input session should be attributed to the thoughtful leadership and collective expertise of the Advisory Committee.
On June 1, 2017, I will begin my term as the Student Member of the Board of Visitors. Before my term begins, I want to take the time to introduce myself to the University community, and to share with you all my vision for the upcoming year. For some of you, this may be a reintroduction, for others, it may be the first time we’ve interacted. Regardless, I am happy to greet all of the Hoos who have taken the time to read this article. I will do my best to make it worthwhile.