6 Simple Reasons To Visit Summerfest This Year

6 Simple Reasons To Visit Summerfest This Year

Now’s the time to be in Wisconsin, clearly, with Summerfest’s 50th anniversary here and in full action.
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Now’s the time to be in Wisconsin, clearly, with Summerfest’s 50th anniversary here and in full action. This year instead of starting with the tradition of “The Big Bang” opening night fireworks, Milwaukee experienced the bangs of thunder and lightning overhead the headliners performances but that didn’t stop crazy Wisconsinites!

1. The Booze

If you’re over the age of 21 be prepared to uber home or have a DD because the alcohol stands are a huge part of the Summerfest experience. Wisconsin is all about their beer and the best place to come to know that is at Summerfest, if you’re from out of state. If you’re from in state garb your favorite beverage and show everyone how Wisconsin does it.

2. The food

If you’re on a diet you’re not anymore! It is far too difficult to turn down the delicious fried food that Summerfest has to offer. Meat lovers are extremely encouraged to visit for the food because deep fried bacon is a thing, there’s bacon in drinks, in burgers and basically anywhere you ask them to put it. The Classic Wisconsin Summerfest meal, however, contains only one food group, carbs. Head over to SAZ’s for a SAZ’s sampler containing a plate of cheese curds, sour cream and chives fries, and mozzarella sticks. If you go to Summerfest and don’t try a SAZ’s sampler basically you messed up big time.

3. The friends

Summerfest is such a fun place to meet up with friends and enjoy the day together, or just the night (while this is much harder to find people this way) But seriously the best way to enjoy good music is with good friends jamming out next to you so go call up your friends and enjoy the many concerts left that Summerfest has to offer.

4. The Music

Time flies sadly is not coming for the fourth year in a row, but many people see this as a time to celebrate. The lineup this year is over the top as every year in the past. There is a perfect mixture between pop, rap, country, EDM, anything for all ears. Have to work one night? No worries there are 11 nights to catch someone from your favorite music genre. At only $20 bucks a night you better be prepared to go to multiple nights so start listening to the artists coming and get ready to shout their lyrics across the Summerfest grounds.

5. The money

While at the end of the night Summerfest does seem like a money sucking trap, where else are you able to go to a music festival with 15+ acts in one day for only $20. There are always amazing deals too when considering going to multiple nights of Summerfest, all worth seeing any of the performers Summerfest hosts. And you should be able to spare more than a couple of bucks for some Wisconsin cheese curds, cause who else does deep fried Cheese better, worth the money.

6. The Memories

While Summerfest may have some high and low memories associated it, it is such a fun place to visit at least once. There will be so many positive things to look back at in the future thanks to Summerfest, or at least funny Snapchat stories to see the next day. At Summerfest the music sounds better, the drinks taste stronger, and your laughs are louder. Go grab a ticket while you still can and Smile on.

Cover Image Credit: Sierra Gardner

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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.
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If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

Cover Image Credit: Beyoncé's Facebook Profile

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15 Last-Minute Fall Activities For Anyone Who Hasn’t Done Anything Yet

You don't want to wait another year to do these fun things!

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With the weather we keep having here in Ohio, it feels as if we have just skipped the season of fall altogether and went from summer straight to winter. What is that about? Fall is my favorite season and every year I tell my friends that we should do all these fall-related activities. Last year, I didn't do any of them. And this year, that same ending is likely to be repeated. So, if you're like me, and haven't done anything related to the season, here are fifteen activities you should plan before the season is completely over.

1. Go apple picking

Either to an actual orchard, or you could go to the grocery store and buy a bundle of apples, place them in a basket, and pose by any old tree, and take pictures. No one will be able to tell the difference.

2. Go to a pumpkin patch

Or any grocery store and buy pumpkins of various sizes and tell yourself you didn't have time this year to go to an actual patch.

3. Go to a haunted house

Why pay $35 or more on a haunted house, when logging onto Blackboard or Canvas can give you an even bigger scare for free?

4. Get lost in a corn maze

Picture this: going to the grocery store with your mom, she wanders off, and you spend the remainder of your trip trying to look for her. It's basically the same thing.

5. Have a scary movie marathon

A fun roommate bonding activity: put on a scary movie, scream, and jump, then go to bed. All the while, it's pitch black outside. What's better than that?

6. Get dressed up

Wear a tuxedo or formal dress to classes and you're all dressed up. Or find a costume at Goodwill and wear that.

7. Go out partying

Or get dressed up at your dorm/apartment and stay in and watch movies or do homework. You could go out in the cold in a costume or you could stay in and huddle under three blankets. The choice is up to you but staying in already sounds so much more enticing.

8. Go camping

And try not to think about how dozens of horror movies end when a group of people going camping. That would just ruin your fun.

9. Buy a pumpkin spice latte

Go to Starbucks. Order a PSL. Take one sip. Post a picture of the drink on your Snapchat or Instagram story. Then throw it in the garbage because those drinks are trash.

10. Jump into a pile of leaves

And try to ignore the fact that there could be thousands of little bugs and germs within that pile and just try to reach your inner child.

11. Drink apple cider

This will bring back some memories from your childhood. But as an adult, don't look at the nutrition facts. Especially the sugar content.

12. Carve or paint pumpkins

Take out your grocery store bought pumpkins and carve or paint away. While you're doing that, throw those pumpkin seeds into the oven to have a snack when you're done carving away.

13. Eat a caramel apple

This will get you into the fall spirit: with a sweet snack that is almost healthy.

14. Step on every leaf you pass

Hearing that satisfying crunch of leaves as you step on them is one of the best parts of fall. The worst is when you step on a leaf and it doesn't crunch.

15. Get ready for Christmas

Just blatantly ignore the wonderful Thanksgiving, and start preparing for Christmas. These deals won't last long.

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