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TV Dating Versus Real-Life Dating: 5 Lessons to Learn

Samantha Dawn | Freelance blogger
If you get all of your dating advice from reality shows, then chances are you’ll be ill prepared for the real dating world. It can be tough out there as made evident by FANGLE’s survey on several students’ worst dating experiences. The real picture is far from airbrushed couples in magazines and on TV, even if it’s touted as reality programming. FANGLE is here to clear the air with five lessons that years of The Bachelor, Love Island, Beauty and the Geek and all other romance-themed reality shows have taught us.

On love at first sight
If you haven’t caught on yet, several factors of reality TV are manipulated for a certain outcome. Including casting. Producers predetermine a pool of contestants where personalities and compatibilities are already known off screen. Contrary to what the screen says, falling in love at first sight is rare. Word of advice–don’t pass on the chance of getting to know someone just because they didn’t elicit special feelings upon first glance.

On physical appearances
It wasn’t much of a surprise when former Bachelor Sean Lowe divulged that contestants were asked to change their look for the show. Being a form of escapism, reality shows usually highlight beautiful people with enviable lives. However, this creates unrealistic expectations. Physical attraction may be important, but deciding to be in a relationship with someone shouldn’t be based on looks alone. Other traits such as intelligence, humor, and kindness may be more appealing in the long run.

On relationship ideals
Television has a way of setting standards that are impossible to reach especially when it comes to love and romance. This year’s winners of the british reality show Love Island are the perfect example of this. Ladbrokes reported that Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham were fan favorites and even walked away with the prize. It was a match made in reality TV heaven. Despite their palpable chemistry on air, Fincham admitted that their first time together did not exactly set off fireworks. Not everything about dating is as seen on TV. Not all dates revolve around a helicopter ride overlooking the mountains. Avoid disaster by keeping communication lines with your partner open especially when it comes to your needs.

On casual dating
Even though dating shows can put casual dating in a negative light, there’s really nothing shameful about it. It may even be healthy to keep options open. Arie Luyendyk Jr., of The Bachelor, took back his proposal to Becca Kufrin to instead propose to Lauren Burnham. That may have been brutal, but it’s better than forcing a marriage he didn’t want. It also speaks about the time frame of most dating shows— it’s hard to decide on marrying a person after only a few months! So by all means, date around. Safely of course.

On happy endings
At the risk of sounding cynical, a happily ever is fairy tales material, not exactly real life. It is everyone’s hope of meeting their forever person. But just look at Pop Sugar’s list of former contestants of The Bachelor if you want proof that happy endings are more fiction than fact. Many of the engagements fall off after a few months and only a few are made to last. (Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, are in fact one of the lucky few who have managed to make it stick.)

Before you put yourself out there, remember that not everything you see on screen will happen in real life. There’s nothing wrong about holding out hope as long as you can keep a realistic attitude about love.

A Love Letter to Social Media

Jamie Clarkson | Social Media Manager | jc063415@ohio.edu

I love social media. Ever since the days that I used the built-in camera on Instagram, I have cherished the feeling of being connected to the world. It was nice to know that I was anything but isolated in my little corner of the universe.

My love of social media has recently become sentimental. Beginning in June of 2018, I took over the position of social media manager for FANGLE Magazine.

Before, I never thought that these apps on my phone could one day become a career. When I realized I could have a future on these platforms without being photogenic and mildly interesting, I was hooked. I was never influencer material, anyway.

Now, Twitter polls, Facebook shares, and page views look very different. Not to say that memes have lost their luster, I still spend my free time laughing at childhood photos of Cardi B. If anything, these inside jokes mean so much more. I now appreciate the strategy it takes to go viral. Or, maybe the lack of strategy. Sheer dumb luck is admirable, too.

Where I find wonderful things online, I also find my pet peeves. The standout being the resurgence of the “RT in 5 seconds or else” trend. While I try to formulate how I can get more engagement for FANGLE and being happy with a dozen clicks, I am watching strangers on Twitter share photos of spiders and instantly getting thousands of retweets. Sheer dumb luck may be admirable, but, it is also endlessly frustrating.

We all love social media for the same reason we hate it: things explode for no reason. Why was In My Feelings by Drake the song that everyone decided to dance to outside of the car? Who knows, but who cares? That is why we loved it.

The summer of 2018 made me recognize all the reasons I loved social media in the first place.

When Instagram released the “Ask Me a Question” feature for their stories, I felt like I was drowning in Q&A’s. However, as I sit back and watch the popularity, I realize this is the type of light-hearted communication that made me love the platform initially.

With the institution of 280-character tweets, I see that Twitter is trying to make their platform more user-friendly and conversation-driven. As users, we now have more freedom to share fully formed thoughts without being cut short. We say goodbye to the 140-character limit, but we watch trial-and-error work in our favor.

I spent a fair amount of time this summer on social media. I was constantly wrapped up in strategy and worrying about what was good or bad. I was nervous that this work would turn me away from something I always felt a connection to. In the end, it just made it that much more special.

Social media—I love you.

How to Prepare For The Upcoming School Year

Haylee Followell | Associate Editor | hf211816@ohio.edu

Although it’s still summer and bobcats still have another month before move in day, you might feel frazzled with the growing to-do list before school. It’s never too early to get organized, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the start of the school year. FANGLE is here to help with 5 things to check on before move in day!

1. Check account balance on your “My Ohio Student Center”

Have you looked at how much your fall semester total is going to be? Have you looked to make sure you wanted to be apart of the Ohio University legal service? Take out student loans if needed and make sure you know how your fall semester is being paid for. Nothing is more stressful than waiting until the last minute to figure out loans; give yourself at least two weeks to apply for a loan, depending on the company it could take longer.

2. Talk to your roommates–who’s bringing what?

Dorm decorating is one of my favorite parts of move-in, but accidentally having two tvs and three rugs can make it a hassle. If you know who your roomates for the year are going to be, start a group chat and discuss what everyone is bringing. If you haven’t met your roommates, this is a perfect icebreaker! Try to message your roommate on Facebook, Instagram or email. It is also super helpful to make a checklist of the items you already have and items you still need to get.

3. Finalize & mark important events- meal plans, classes, etc.

It is important to make sure your desired meal plan, roommates, and classes are finalized before arriving to school. Classes are more flexible to change during the start of school, but it becomes harder to change after August 20. Is this your graduating year? Have you decided to graduate early? If so, know the dates on which you need to apply to graduate. Figure out important dates before the start of school. If you’re planning to study abroad, know the dates application and payments are due as well. Have you checked if there was any summer homework? Nothing is worse than showing up to the first day of class not prepared.

4. Tie up loose ends at home

Is there a summer job you need to put your two weeks in for? Do you need to let your boss know you’re leaving for the school year? Have you discussed with your employer if you will be returning for breaks? Are there any appointments you need to go to before school? Depending on how far away from home, it is sometimes easier to go to your yearly appointments during summer or winter breaks.

5. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Book Bucket-list: 10 Books To Read This Summer

Erin Gardner | Editor-in-Chief | eg245916@ohio.edu

Are you bored yet? FANGLE is here to help with 10 book recommendations to keep you busy this summer.

The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer

Shy college freshman, Greer Kadetsky meets Faith Frank, a sixty-three-year-old trailblazer for the women’s movement. Greer is extremely infatuated with her boyfriend, Cory, but when she hears Faith talk about women’s rights, she feels something spark. Wolitzer reminds women and men alike that love isn’t everything. Bring this gem along on a beach day and be reminded that you’re a badass.

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

In this timeless novel, Hinton introduces Ponyboy Curtis, a greaser from the north side of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pony’s brothers and friends depend on each other—they have to. The clash of social class teaches Pony that in the end the Greasers and the Socs aren’t that all different. Published in 1967, this cult classic is the perfect summer read when the summer blues are in full swing.

Sociable – Rebecca Harrington

Elinor Tomlinson, with a degree in journalism, moves to New York and hopes to marry her journalist-turned boyfriend while writing catchy and zingy opinion pieces. Her reality: she nannies for two toddlers and sleeps in an unkempt apartment. After landing a job at Journalism.ly, she learns she effectively writes shareable, relatable content and soon becomes popular. But with internet fame come its flames. This relevant read is a personal favorite of FANGLE.

Text Me When You Get Home – Kayleen Schaefer

Every woman knows this phrase—text me when you get home, get home safe, call me if you need me, love you. Schaefer, through interviews with historians, celebrities, authors and producers, reconstructs how we as society view friendships. Take this nugget for the book club with your girls (and guys).

Ohio – Stephen Markley

Although Markley’s novel is set to be released in August, the murder mystery is one to be watching. In a small Ohio town where there is only “war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity…where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment,” the novel is scarily applicable. Four classmates, Bill Ashcraft, Stacey Moore, Dan Eaton and Tina Ross, reunite in the podunk town, each on an undertaking. Read this page-turner on a rainy day with a iced coffee in tow.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One //and// The Princess Saves Herself in this One– Amanda Lovelace

Lovelace’s poems are packed full of raw emotion and feminine power. She makes a point of creating a list of trigger warning: child abuse, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, death, murder, violence, fire, menstruation, transphobia & more. “remember

to practice self-care before, during, & after reading,” she writes. These poems are perfect reading material for practical self-care—you know shit that is actually helpful like taking medication and sleeping instead of face masks and guacamole dates.

Tangerine – Christine Mangan

Alice Shipley is startled and confused when she sees her ex-best friend from college, Lucy Mason. Soon after Lucky tries to pick where things left odd, Alice feels smothered by Lucy. Alice’s husband goes missing and shit hits the fan. If you’re feeling saucy, give this a read on a pool day.

Feel Free – Zadie Smith

The collection of essays is organized into five sections—In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free. Smith tackles questions like what is the social network, why do we love libraries and what will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? This think piece is the perfect read in a coffeeshop on a breezy day.

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

Writer, Sal Paradise joins Dean Moriarty, a recluse and rebel, on a road trip from New York to San Francisco to Mexico. With no real plot, the duo experiences America in its raw form. Coming from the beatnik era, Kerouac’s novel has very little punctuation and sentence structure, which could be symbolic of the chaotic and messy way of everyday life. Give this one a read when your room seems too small and your town seems too suburban.

40 Songs You Need To Add To Your Summer Playlist

Haylee Followell |Associate Editor| hf211816@ohio.edu

The time has come when exams have ended, the sun is staying out longer and a cold beverage in your hand is a must. It’s finally summertime; whether you’re relaxing by a pool or working a summer job, there is never a time a summer playlist isn’t useful. FANGLE is here to help 40 songs, both current and dated, that will put you in the summer mood.

1. Letting Go- Saint Raymond
2. Stay- Post Malone
3. Dancing In The Moonlight- King Harvest
4. Cold Beverage- G. Love & Special Special Sauce
5. Japanese Denim- Daniel Caesar
6. Just A Stranger (feat. Steve Lacy)-Kali Uchis
7. Honey- Kehlani
8. Mr. Lonely (feat. Fat Lip)- Portugal, The Man
9. Come Together- The Beatles
10. A Little While- Yellow Days
11. Best Friend- Rex Orange County
12. 20 something- SZA
13. South- Hippo Campus
14. The Real Thing- Phoenix
15. Give Yourself A Try- The 1975
16. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
17. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
18. Island In The Sun- Weezer
19. Doin’ Time- Sublime
20. She Looks Like Fun- Arctic Monkeys
21. The Chain- Fleetwood Mac
22. She’s Not There- The Zombies
23. Summertime- Will Smith
24. The Louvre- Lorde
25. Golden Hour- Souther
26. Why Don’t You Get A Job?- The Offspring
27. For Emma- Bon Iver
28. Sit Next To Me- Foster The People
29. Finesse (feat. Cardi B)- Bruno Mars
30. Call The Police- LCD Soundsystem
31. Left Hand Free- Alt-J
32. Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
33. Santa Monica- Everclear
34. Everybody Thinks They Know (But No One Really Knows)- Naked Giants
35. Hunger- Florence + The Machine
36. Watermelon- Tom Rosenthal
37. Alaska- Maggie Rogers
38. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
39. watch-Billie Eilish
40. Don’t Make A Scene- Atlas Genius

Have a great summer!

Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Internship

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

Summer is approaching, and internships are lining up. The Ohio University j-school requires students to complete an internship as a graduation obligation. Whether it’s paid or unpaid, the internship process can be foreign and lonely. FANGLE is here to help with the top 5 ways to make that summer internship count.

Socialize

It’s important to communicate with your colleagues and editors. Although it can seem appealing to pop in the headphones and go to town on the to-do list, it’s beneficial to make friends with fellow interns and employees. By creating daily conversation, you foster relationships with the office and develop your accountability and leadership skills. If you’re of-age, go grab drinks with your editor or the other interns. If there’s a company outing, show up and mingle because it can only benefit you.

Ask questions

Asking questions is not a sign of weakness; it demonstrates that you are passionate to learn and grow from your mistakes. Don’t be ashamed of not knowing policy or formatting. Employers will appreciate your eagerness and willingness to absorb information and better yourself.

Pay attention to AP

Depending on the company, AP style is crucial to the format. Knowing AP might be required, so it’s a smart idea to familiarize yourself with it. You can download the style guide here. For example, numbers one through nine are spelled out, 10 and higher are generally written out numerically. Dates are communicated numerically. August through February are abbreviated when used with numbered dates, while March through July are never abbreviated. Months without dates are not abbreviated. Also, spell out states when standing alone and abbreviate them after a city except Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. AP is extremely different than MLA and understanding the basics can go a long way.

Network

An internship is an excellent opportunity to brand and promote yourself as a possible employee to your authority. Having an updated resume and clean-looking business cards are smart ideas. Also, taking a look and cleaning up your social media profiles could benefit you in the long run. Employers can and will predetermine your professionalism and accountability toward the job.

Get shit done

Especially if the internship is unpaid, it is easy to feel that the work is busy work or mindless labor. However, it is important to realize that the internship could amount to a paid internship or an entry-level job. Commit yourself as a steadfast and passionate employee and only produce work that you are proud of.

FANGLE understands that the #adulting is hard but utilizing these tips can make internships easy.

ScreenShop: What You Need to Know

Tarein Phillips | Culture Staff Writer | tp314215@ohio.edu

Technology keeps making the impossible possible – especially in the world of fashion. ScreenShop is an app in which the user can screenshot a desired outfit, upload it to the app and the app will then generate exact or similar pieces from the outfit.

FANGLE took an inside look at the ScreenShop app to find how it works, which are detailed in steps below.

Step 1: Screenshot a picture of an outfit you like from Instagram

Step 2: Upload the screenshot to the ScreenShop app  

 

Step 3: Allow yourself to be amazed

Once ScreenShop processes your screenshot and uploads it into its system, similar or even exact items from your picture will display and give you the option to buy it! And don’t worry, even if your funds may be depleted, ScreenShop gives you the option to ‘heart’ every item that you like and add it to your favorites to save for later.

You can also see other uploaded screenshots from around the world and decide if you want to ‘pass’ or ‘add’ the screenshot to your own selection.

ScreenShop is a great cool app to add to your home screen that will help to fulfill all the fashion needs your heart may desire.

5 Active Cults Worth Knowing

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

Cults are a part of American history. During the 60s and 70s, a multitude of cults developed from the underground, believing in several ideologies ranging from the afterlife to various gods. The more infamous cults are The Peoples Temple and The Branch Davidians. The Peoples Temple, or ‘Jonestown’, led by Jim Jones, believed in a capitalist utopian society. The notable defining moment in the Guyana cult is the mass suicide where 918 people drank Kool-Aid mixed with cyanide. The Branch Davidians, led by David Koresh and Benjamin Roden, was a cult in 1995 that divided between the Shepherd’s Rod and Davidians. It is most associated with FBI sieging Waco, Texas, in 1993. FANGLE investigates five active cults that have a following.

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Brazilian Waxes: A Walk-Through

Kailee Missler | Lifestyle Writer | km199116@ohio.edu

For those who don’t know, a Brazilian wax is a wax that takes off all the hair in your pubic and anal area. This sounds extremely scary, especially for people who have never experienced being open with their body around another human being. That’s not even including the pain they expect to come along with it.  This article will walk through the process of getting a Brazilian wax, what to expect, and is it worth it.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Zuck Getting Grilled

Kailee Missler | Culture Staff Writer | km199116@ohio.edu

On April 10, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Congress to answer questions about his multi-billion-dollar company he is the CEO of: Facebook.  The two, five-hour long congressional hearings took place back to back, where members of both the House and the Senate asked Zuckerberg hard-hitting questions in regards to data storage, concerns with user privacy, and the Cambridge Analytica breach.

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