Clandestine Artists

To The Clandestine Artist

Someone will eventually wave back at you as you wave through a window.

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Clandestine Artists of the World,

I understand what you're going through. You may be running out of topics to write about, ideas for photoshoots, inspiration for a song, or even confused because you can't decide whether you actually want to be an artist or not; I get it. Art has never been something people are open about, especially to people who don't understand the beauty in art; the inspiration, the process, and the end result. Only creatives know what this is like and they also know that it's not an easy process.

If you're juggling between being a creative and letting that creativity free-flow like a river or conforming to what your friends like or what your family is telling you to do, let me enlighten you with some words: it's your life, live it your way and do not conform. Conformity is the worst thing that a creative can do because you're giving up your edge. If you "decide" that the artistic life isn't for you because you're letting people's opinions change your mind, are you even a creative?

Creatives don't stop creating from one setback, no matter the severity. Football players play through injuries (if they're allowed) and golfers have to work on their swing day after day after a bad game, so what makes you so special to be secretive about your creativebug? Are you ashamed to be creative and innovative?

You may not like the music that your generation listens to and you may enjoy classes that specialize in music, Broadway, and film while your friends don't enjoy it so much. Don't let these influences change your path because the world needs creatives to help create a better tomorrow. Ha, see what I did there?

I was a secret creative in high school and I was almost ashamed of my creativity and the gifts that I was blessed with, but then I realized that I wanted to get the Choral Arion Award in my graduating class, so I had to start being more open creativity and express myself more, which paid off because I was chosen to be the student director of my senior year musical revue and I was awarded the Arion Award, so needless to say, that just elevated my love for performing more. When I got to college, I met people who share the same feelings I have about musicals, theatre, and literature, but I'm not ditching my other friends because they don't understand the excitement I feel when expressing my opinions or showing interest in something artistic. You can't help that you're an artist, so you may as well embrace it.

Sincerely,

A former clandestine artist

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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