By Keonya Jackson

With Cultural Crafts being an annual event for the Cultural Programming Committee, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on a past craft and research its cultural significance. Last year, Cultural Programming decided to make Guatemalan worry dolls, or trouble dolls. It was a super cool craft and in the Kansas Union.

There were all kinds of fabrics to make these little dolls out of, and yarn for the hair, or belts. The dolls were only about a inch tall so several people made a lot of these tiny dolls. The project allowed endless creativity; however, the really fun part about the worry dolls is the meaning behind them.

The dolls are traditionally made in Guatemala. When a child can’t sleep, because of worries or troubles, they will tell them to the doll and place them under their pillow. The idea is that the doll takes on these worries so that the child can sleep peacefully. Children often believe they are magical, and sometimes the parents will take the doll away at night to further reinforce the elimination of their child’s troubles.

Some places use these Guatemalan worry dolls as a psychological treatment. Studies have even been done on this practice and found that verbalizing things you are worried about will help wash your worries away.

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By Kailey Horosz

Although many may know that Halloween was originally called All Hallows Eve, they might not know exactly where it originated and how it came to be so popular in the United States.

Originally, the holiday was part of an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain which was to celebrate the end of the harvest season in the area currently known as Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. The belief was that the barrier between the world of the living and the dead would overlap and the deceased would come back to life causing damage to crops, sickness, and creating havoc for the Celtic people. However, in the nineteenth century Irish and Scottish immigrants brought the traditions of the holiday to North America.

Costumes were used to try to appease the evil spirits in Celtic culture. However costumes later became part of the Middle Ages when the practice of “souling” was in place in Europe, poor people would go door to door asking for food in return for prayers for the deceased. However, as this tradition came to the United States, it became a fun way for children to dress up as their favorite characters from that year.

Over the past years, Halloween has evolved and become a night of trick or treating and spending time with friends and family. As the popularity of this holiday increases and becomes more global other countries have increased their participation including, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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By Jeemin Kim

Lots of us are getting excited for the holidays whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, or…Bodhi Day.

Bodhi Day, December 8th, is a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. (Fun fact: bodhi in Sanskrit actually means enlightenment!) How the Buddha attained enlightenment varies from sect to sect, but many say  that the Buddha achieved enlightenment by entering deeper and deeper states of meditation while sitting under a tree over the course of 49 days.

Bodhi Day is observed in many Mahayana (one of three different branches of Buddhism) traditions including the traditional Zen Buddhist schools of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Japanese Zen Buddhists typically call Bodhi day rohatsu.

Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day in different ways, with many choosing to commemorate the event through additional meditation, studying of the Dharma, or chanting Buddhist texts (sutras). Some Buddhists celebrate with a traditional meal of tea, cake, and readings. Many perform kind acts to others to celebrate Buddha’s enlightenment.

Whether or not you are a Buddhist, spread some holiday cheer by performing a kind act this Bodhi Day on Monday, December 8th.

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By David Wiesner

Everyone has that one dessert they learned how to make from their grandparents. It is always made for every holiday because it reminds everyone of all of the good times they have with their family. This dessert is one that I learned how to make from my own grandmother, and it’s a holiday tradition for our family! We call this recipe Jell-O Salad, but you can call it whatever you want!

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1 Ib. Cottage Cheese

1 box (3 ounces) of Strawberry Jell-O Mix

1 container of Cool-Whip

1 can of crush pineapple



  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl.
  2. Put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, and let it chill
  3. When ready to eat, take out, and serve

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by Katie Miller

The following is a list of my top 5 favorite movies and why you should see them!


  1. Little Miss Sunshine

Filled with tragedy and triumph, this dysfunctional family movie is just about as perfect as it gets. A struggling family led by a broke life coach father and a previously divorced mother must go on a road trip so that their daughter can compete in a beauty pageant. Her brother, who has taken a vow of silence, their uncle who had just tried to end his life, and their grandfather who has recently been been evicted from a retirement home join them.

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth

A dark fairytale set on a military base in post-WWII Spain. Ofelia, the captain’s young step-daughter discovers a labyrinth where a faun instructs her to perform specific tasks in order to save herself, her mother, and her unborn brother. Despite the horrible events happening around her, Ofelia holds tight onto her innocence and curiosity.

  1. The Breakfast Club

A classic movie about students coming together during Saturday detention in the library despite their differences. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re really missing out. I cry every time the students’ emotions begin to surface. Anyone can identify with at least one of these compelling characters.

  1. Death at a Funeral (the original British one, not that other one with Chris Rock)

This dark comedy is a bit ridiculous, but everyone can laugh at a body falling out of a coffin, right? The entire movie takes place during the funeral of the main character’s father, a man who was believed to be honorable and honest. When an uninvited guest arrives, things take an unusual turn.

  1. Another Earth

This movie is a bit slow, but so worth the watch. It will make you think about our place in the universe and the permanence of our actions. The cinematography is beautiful, and its solemn feeling is haunting. I’m left breathless every time I hear William Mapother’s character play an instrument made from a saw and see the images of the solar system accompanying it.

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By David Wiesner

My family and I eat this dish every year for the holidays. It’s one of the recipes that everyone wants and loves. It’s green-bean casserole, a classic holiday dish!


  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) Green Giant™ French-style green beans, drained
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can (2.8 oz) French-fried onions


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish, mix green beans, soup and milk.
  2. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, topping with onions during last 5 minutes of baking, until bubbly.



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By Mitch Raznick

Booking a local artist for Tunes @ Night is never easy, just because there’s such a great selection of local artists to choose from here in Lawrence. So many musicians in the area email the live music coordinators looking to perform and be a part of this great SUA & KJHK event. It’s an opportunity not only for the artist to introduce themselves to KU students, but also for the students themselves to become immersed in the local music scene. The SUA & KJHK Live Music committee loves showing KU students and other Lawrencians just what Lawrence has to offer in terms of its music.

Although the selection process isn’t easy, it’s fun getting into contact with these artists. Being that most of them don’t have official booking agents, the Live Music Coordinators usually speak directly to the artists to confirm info on dates, equipment, how much the artist will be paid and other details. This way, we really get an idea of the type of people we’ll be hosting for Tunes @ Night. And so far, they’ve all been great people who are genuinely excited to play our event. I’ve never seen as many exclamation points in professional emails as these artists often use.

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By David Wiesner

For the holidays, my family and I have many traditional recipes that we make every year, and this casserole is one of my favorites! Because it’s liked by so many people, it’s perfect for any holiday!


1 Stick of Butter

1 Can of Whole Kernel Corn

1 Can of Cream-Style Corn

1 Can of Milk

1 Can of Macaroni Noodles

I tbsp. of Salt

1 tbsp. of Pepper

½ of Stick of Velveeta Cheese


  1. Get a casserole dish, and dump the two cans of corn, a can of macaroni, a can of milk into it, and stir them all together.
  2. Cut the Velveeta Cheese into tiny cubes, and put them into the pan
  3. Cut the Butter into tiny cubes, put in the pan,  and mix them all together
  4. Put the Salt and Pepper in the pan, and finish stirring the mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 or until the cheese is golden brown
  6. When done baking, take out of oven, serve, and enjoy.

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“Rae got it going on pal, call me the rap assassinator Rhymes rugged and built like Schwarzenegger..”

For those of you who are familiar with these lyrics you probably know the masterminds behind them, and if not it’s The Wu-Tang Clan. They are back in the lab cookin’ up something hot: The Wu-Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. This album was produced secretly over six years and only one was copy was dropped. The point to the madness? The Clan wants to show that even in a world of illegal downloads and YouTube to MP3 converters, music can still be considered as valuable and prestigious as the work of the greats, like Bach and Beethoven. Music as an art form today has taken a new meaning.

The one of a kind, non-replicable copy of The Wu-Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is to raise awareness that music can once again retake its place in the world of Fine Arts. The copy is being offered for FIVE MILLION DOLLARS, which portrays music in the same context as famous works of art. This method artful music is not far into the future.  If artists not only value their work, but themselves again, music as a whole can regain its place among the Fine Arts.

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By Emma Hanson

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The holiday season has officially kicked off! On November 3, Starbucks brought out their iconic Red Cups. Dating back 17 years, the creative team at Starbucks decided to try something new as their market was expanding into countries outside of the US, like Singapore and Japan. At that time the company had 1,400 stores which today has jumped to over 20,000! Not only are the red cups back, but so are the holiday-themed drinks! There’s even a few new ones, for those who love to try new things! For the first time in 5 years, Starbucks has added a completely new beverage: Chestnut Praline Latte. This was released November 11 to the public, in addition to the Peppermint and Gingerbread lattes. Be on the lookout for these red icons sparkling the streets this holiday season!

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