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Midwest Fall Fest this Saturday!

Written by Toni Tompkins.

KU’s third annual Midwest Fall Fest is this Saturday, but what exactly is Midwest Fall Fest?

It’s an event of the season, really. A celebration with autumn in mind. With a cool breeze that comes and leaves turning brown, it’s the perfect time to be outside. Midwest Fall Fest is packed with all kinds of activities and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy. As we explore all that Midwest Fall Fest has to offer, make your way down to the Lied Center parking lot for a day filled with fun: October 21st from 1-5pm.

Celebrate the Season

There are so many good things about Fall that it only made sense to make a festival appreciating it. Although temperatures are getting cooler, the sense of community gets warmer. Come together with others on a breezy autumn afternoon and experience all this season has to offer, brought together in this one event.

Live Music

Whether you’re into rock ‘n roll, “thrash-grass” or rhythmic blues, there’s music for all at the Midwest Fall Fest. Nothing can make a beautiful fall evening more beautiful than listening to the music you love live! Those who like older but alternative country will enjoy a performance by Split Lip Rayfield, Fall Fest’s feature band. If there’s nothing better than plain old rock ‘n roll, stay tuned for The Toughies performance. And, if the live music you prefer has more of a folksy rhythm with an indie style then you’ll be excited to hear that the multi-instrumentalist and soloist, Heidi Lynne Gluck, is also coming to Midwest Fall Fest. Whatever your music fancy, fest-goers will not be disappointed.

Try New Food

Who doesn’t love a good food truck? Comfort food of the season will be served by La Parilla, Torched Goodness and Coney Island Hotdogs. The variety these trucks have to offer is all you need to keep you satisfied at Fall Fest. Grab a Latin American snack of your choice when you start to get hungry, and for dinner dig in on a hot coney dog. For dessert, there’s your choice of crème brulee from Torched Goodness.

Explore the Community

If none of those music styles pegged your genre, then that’s even better. The Midwest Fall Fest is about bringing diverse, new, and interesting talent and activity to the KU campus. Not only does this apply to music, though. Unique vendors from the community will also be coming to Fall Fest. These include local artists, screen printers, and food trucks! Treat yourself to something new at this event filled with exciting and engaging activities, whether that be music, food, or art.

Have Fun!

Join the rest of the Jayhawk community in celebrating all the wonders of the fall season. There is so much that the Midwest Fall Fest has to offer, the only way to experience it is to go to the event yourself, and with free admission we’ll see you at Midwest Fall Fest.


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Why You Should Be Reading Ryan Lefebvre’s The Shame of Me.

Written by Taylor Tompkins.

“I knew this was a horrible indication that I was in deep psychological trouble. The agony of the night before slept right beside me the whole night. It was awake before I was, waiting to greet me” (page 19)

It is reported that 350 million people worldwide have depression, according to the World Health Organization, and celebrities are no exception. Through the pages of The Shame of Me: One Man’s journey to Depression and Back, readers are let into the experiences of a man who’s seemingly got it all.

In light of Mental Health Awareness month, SUA Book Club is discussing American sportscaster Ryan Lefebvre’s story. We will discuss how depression can accumulate through the years and how this disorder can impose a barrier in every aspect of life. A major aspect of Lefebvre’s book covers what caused his depression and how it all started. He credits most of it to his childhood and the toxic environments that he grew up in. In his words, this is what “opened the wound.”

His book also takes us through how Lefebvre finally made it to the end of the dark tunnel. Getting help from a therapist and developing a new outlook on life ultimately helps him with his depression today.

Come experience his journey with SUA’s book club Monday night at 6-8pm in the Kansas Union Crossroads room. We will have snacks!