July 19, 2012
Editorial: Use of ‘study drugs’ gives unfair advantage

Co-created this web-exclusive editorial with the ISD Editorial Board. This piece appeared July 19th, 2012, on the Iowa State Daily website.

Pressure.

“Pressure” is one word that single-handedly unites college students from all walks of university life. All students have felt it, whether from their parents and peers or within their major. There is pressure to keep up, to slow down, to stay focused, to stay current and, most of all, to succeed.

This push for excellence has brought many to their breaking point. Everything students once achieved in high school all of a sudden just isn’t good enough anymore, and the pressure to do something about it can be overwhelming. Finding themselves in this situation, many students believe they’ve found a way to push their excellence to its limit using one, or sometimes two, pea-sized pills that send their mind into a utopia of concentration. Out of all this pressure a new “study drug” is born, and its name is Adderall.

Adderall is a combination of two drugs, dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, and is used to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder, more commonly known as ADHD. Those who struggle with ADHD have trouble focusing and holding attention on a day-to-day basis. Adderall helps to focus those who are prescribed to take it by releasing different chemicals into the brain.

Simply put, it’s a whole lot of focus all bundled up in one small, convenient pill. This focus, however, is meant for those who are rightfully diagnosed with ADHD. Studies suggest students with ADHD are at an increased risk for academic problems, lower GPA and compromised academic coping skills. College students with ADHD tend to report more academic problems than students without the disorder.

Adderall allows those students who are given a disadvantage by this disease to keep up and be on the same level academically as those who do not have ADHD. Therefore, those students who do not in fact have ADHD, but still take Adderall to get that extra push of focus to help them academically, should be considered cheating when they pop that pill.

Like steroids are illegal for athletes to help increase their performance levels, Adderall should be considered a method of cheating when it comes to performance in the classroom, especially at the college level.

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April 11, 2012
The hunt for happiness

This story appeared in spring 2012 edition of Trend Magazine on April 10th, 2012.

Link to PDF’d issue: 
http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/trend/publication/Trend_Spring_2012/Trend_Spring_2012.pdf

Words by Clarissa Stoll
Trend Magazine Writer

Happiness is a state of mind and, though fleeting, can be satisfying beyond any material purchase. 

Quick Fixes

“Way too many of us have been led astray by the ‘search of the Holy Grail’ of possessing things, achieving goals that other well- meaning persons tell us we should achieve and looking like we think society want us to look,” says Donald M. Kaesser, Ph.D, licensed psychologist, certified health provider in psychology and founder of Central Iowa Psychological Services. “So one thing to do is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again by focusing on the now, [which] includes how you are dressed, how your clothing literally feels on your body as well as how your body itself feels when you are sad or a bit down in spirits.” 

VISIT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY
Submerge yourself in a soothing story, be inspired to be the success you thirst for.

CLEAN UP YOUR SPACE
The physical act of housecleaning will melt calories, energy and anxiety.

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April 11, 2012
Spring 2012 Trend Magazine Issue

Trend Magazine’s spring 2012 issue printed April 11th, 2012 on Iowa State University’s campus. The cover photo is pictured below: 

Read the actual printed version of the magazine here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/trend/publication/Trend_Spring_2012/Trend_Spring_2012.pdf

Locate my published material found within the issue:

  • The Hunt for Happiness, pages 72-73

Trend Magazine is written, designed, edited and photographed by students at Iowa State University. Trend is sponsored by the Government of the Student Body. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not reflect the views of the university. Letters to the editor are welcome and may be emailed to trend.eic@iastate.edu.

Trend Magazine is a student-run publication that focuses on fashion, beauty and lifestyle in the Iowa State University community. It strives to produce a professional publication each semester during the traditional school year. Several committees comprise the Trend staff including: editorial, graphic design, fashion styling, advertising, public relations, photography and finance. Trend welcomes all majors into the club. The first issue of Trend was published in the Spring of 2006, and since then the magazine has won two awards.

(Source: Trend Magazine Homepage)

December 2, 2011
Project Runway: four freshman take the annual cutthroat competition by storm.

This story appeared in fall 2011 edition of Trend Magazine on December 2nd, 2011.

Link to PDF’d issue:
http://www.aeshm.hs.iastate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Trend_Fall_2011.pdf 
Link to Trend Magazine Website:
http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/trend/index.html 

Words by Clarissa Stoll
Trend Magazine Writer

On the last Sunday in September, fourteen teams of students sewed, stitched, pinned and yanked apart yards of fabric to prove they could “make it work” during Iowa State’s seventh annual Project Runway competition. It was four freshmen, however, that formulated unforgettable fashion for designer guest judge Anthony Williams. 

“The winning design was so smart, and the great thing about it was that they had a powerful story to match the powerful look,” said Williams, season 7 contestant on Project Runway.

Ashley Antle, Student Union Board Fine Arts Director, emailed participants the night before the competition revealing details of the theme of the next day’s challenge informing teams to, “design your garment based on a time of day, any place of your choice, and a date that can be from the past, present, or future.” The example forwarded was an evening in Paris in the 1960’s. Students had overnight to brainstorm ideas about their designs for the next day.

Photos Ryan Dehamer and Ryan Riley

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December 2, 2011
Fall 2011 Trend Magazine Issue

Trend Magazine’s fall 2011 issue printed December 2nd, 2011 on Iowa State University’s campus. The cover photo is pictured below:

Read the actual printed version of the magazine here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.aeshm.hs.iastate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Trend_Fall_2011.pdf

Locate my published material found within the issue:

  • Project Runway, pages 30-31

Trend Magazine is a student-run publication that focuses on fashion, beauty and lifestyle in the Iowa State University community. It strives to produce a professional publication each semester during the traditional school year. Several committees comprise the Trend staff including: editorial, graphic design, fashion styling, advertising, public relations, photography and finance. The first issue of Trend was published in the Spring of 2006, and since then the magazine has won two awards.

(Source: Trend Magazine Homepage)

September 13, 2011
Mercedes-Benz fashion week spring/summer 2012

This web-exclusive story appeared September 13, 2011, on the ISD Style website.

Read the full article here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.isdstyle.com/2011/09/13/mercedes-benz-fashion-week-springsummer-2012/

By Clarissa Stoll 
ISD Style Writer

Designers from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week unveiled gallant graphics, foiled floral fabrics and structured sheer styles for the polished public to sport this spring. The weeklong event is held biannually at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Nicholas K, a brother/sister design duo, opened Fashion Week with their line capturing city chic with cool country in comfortable gauzy leggings complementing cloaked cowl necks. Sandy camels and caramels initially colored the collection then evolved into seascape shades of slate, sage, greige and mauve. Edge meshed with elegance that created a line laced with graceful grunge in fishnet tunics, knotted rope belts, leather cord cuffs, fringe detailing on over-sized outerwear juxtaposed with sheer strappy chiffon dresses and delicately draped separates. Absorb classic cool in contrasting textures, such as silk and leather, layered lengths, opt for a loose tank dress under a chunky cropped knit jacket, and embellished accessories, think thick wedges or an arm of different bangles and bracelets.

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September 12, 2011
Luca Luca fashion week spring/summer 2012

This web-exclusive story appeared September 12, 2011, on the ISD Style website.

Read the full article here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.isdstyle.com/2011/09/12/luca-luca-fashion-week-springsummer-2012/

By Clarissa Stoll 
ISD Style Writer

Cutting the muffled chatter of honored company, the stage lights shifted to soften on the silhouette of a modern day brunette Bridget Bardot as she girlishly swept down the runway in a puffed short sleeve button shirt dress painted in a cascading rose print.

Candy colored jeweled polka dots persistently popped up on pencil skirts, cropped blazers and see-through shirt sleeves while striking stilettos in glossy patent gold and color blocked cobalt and magenta were must-haves that would fulfill all footwear fantasies — true trends to take note on for the fashion forward female.

As for accessories, bandeau twist turbans topped tresses in a variety of velvet, sequins and punchy pigments of periwinkle, turquoise and evergreen. Skinny belts cinched the waists of strapless day dresses, satin evening gowns, campy cyan jumpers and trim business suits.

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August 30, 2011
DIY braided headbands for fashionable football fans

This web-exclusive story appeared August 30, 2011, on the ISD Style website.

Read the full article here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.isdstyle.com/?p=3346

By Clarissa Stoll 
ISD Style Writer

Opt out of blending into the background with this bright, budget-friendly accessory. Our craft will calm down your frizzies and add excitement to your ensemble. A true one-of-a-kind trim for your tresses. With our help, it will be a cinch to show off your Cyclone spirit.

What you will need:

  • A T-shirt of your choice — Jo-Ann Fabrics is a sound source to score two for $7 cardinal and gold cotton shirts.
  • Needle and thread
  • Ruler
  • Scissor
  • Tape

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April 4, 2011
Scavenger hunt finishes ISU fashion week

This web-exclusive story appeared April 10, 2011, on the ISD Style website.

Read the full article here (or copy the link below into a new browser):

http://www.isdstyle.com/?p=2776

By Clarissa Stoll 
ISD Style Writer

Iowa State University’s first annual Fashion Week finished Friday with a scavenger hunt to find ‘Flat Mary.’ Students were given 10 clues, sent via Twitter and Facebook, at noon and were enticed with a prize package from The Fashion Show 2011.

Apparel Merchandising Design and Production senior Cassandra Leif, 23, was the first to locate ‘Flat Mary,’ which rested on an open door to the Mary Alice gallery in Morrill Hall. Leif had not planned to participate; however, when viewing her e-mail between classes at Parks Library, she realized the illustration had yet to be found and voted to venture out. Within minutes, Leif had found ‘Flat Mary,’ and Toni Mortensen, senior in Apparel Merchandising Design and Production, ready to greet her with goodies.

“I have had classes in Morrill Hall and have been to the gallery multiple times, especially to see this exhibit because of my fascination with wedding dresses,” said Leif. “So I decided to just walk over to see if she was still there, and to my surprise, she was.”

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February 23, 2011
DIY: Pretty your pumps with hand-made peony shoe clips

This story appeared in the February 23, 2011, edition of the Iowa State Daily Style section.

Read the full article here (or copy the link below into a new browser): http://www.isdstyle.com/?p=2399

By Clarissa Stoll 
ISD Style Writer

Versatile. Practical. Affordable.

Quick, think. What is the first thing that migrates into your mind when you see these three words? Is it “pretty”? Probably not, but there is a good chance it may be “boring.” Unfortunately, there are myths out there that the style-savvy must shell out to haveexpensive taste or else surrender to a simpler fashion. With the pocket books we college students currently carry, there is no way we can continually cash out on anything costly. Nevertheless, there is no need to be negative — we have a penny-pinching solution: hand-made shoe clips.

Shoe clips can run from $10 to $200 so why not do it yourself at a fraction of the cost? In only five steps, you can have an accessory that will last indefinitely. Get funky with polka-dotted prints, sassy with turquoise tulle, or add an extra sparkle with sequins for a customized creation.

Place them on your shoes — pumps, flats, boot straps, ankle straps — purses, sweaters and sashes. Clip them in your hair or even on a piece of jewelry. Great for gifts for your grandmas and gal-pals, these clips will put an extra spring in everyone’s’ step.

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