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The Utility of the Flip Phone

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

Sometimes it’s just about utility./PHOTO VIA Flickr user joelogon

The owner of the Dallas Cowboys boasts a net worth of $3 billion. No big deal, right? Just another CEO raking in revenue for possessing a wealthy enterprise. Not much of a difference between him and the Rupert Murdochs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world.

What’s shocking about Jerry Jones is, according to a CNN article, is that the football tycoon communicates via flip phone.

Jones was spotted at last week’s Arizona State-Notre Dame football game chatting on an old school flip phone. You would think he’d invest in the iPhone 5s or Samsung Galaxy Note, but I guess those phones aren’t on his radar.

When asked about his dated device on a Dallas radio sports show, Jones stated that flip phones worked for him and he didn’t have to deal with any pocket dialing with his phone.

I remember the days when everyone wanted a flip phone. I wanted one just to hear the clapping sound it made when I flipped it shut.

Looking back on the flip phone era made me realize that these phones weren’t that bad. Here are a few reasons why flip phones are still relevant:

  • PRICE

The cell phone market is primarily composed of smartphone devices, which aren’t cheap especially without a contract. Flip phones are exponentially cheaper than the phones out there today. Many companies are selling them at low costs with the purchase of a plan. If you’re attempting to ball on a budget, the flip phone is for you.

  • Durability

Flip phones are most likely going to last longer than the dainty iPhones. When you drop a flip phone, a minor scratch may be the worst outcome. When a cover-less iPhone drops, you might as well have Apple Care as your emergency contact. And you don’t need to buy a case for a flip phone because it can take on pretty much anything besides water.

  • Keypad Protection

Like Jones said, he doesn’t have to deal with pocket dialing. Smartphones are known for acting up when they’re put away in your bag or pocket. That gets annoying. Flip phones don’t have this issue. They physically fold to protect the keyboard from unwanted use.

Let’s remember that Jerry Jones is no spring chicken. The 71-year-old, like many older Americans, has trouble dealing with the vast world of technology.

It’s probably just easier for him to navigate a basic flip phone than a  smartphone. But I will say that he’s seriously missing out on Candy Crush.

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MUSE: College-Friendly Fall Fashion

By Clemence Pluche, Staff Writer

The maxi skirt and combat boots; two of many of the fall-friendly fashion choices./PHOTO VIA Clemence Pulche

Boston’s prominent collegiate youth play a great role in determining fashion trends. This fall’s trendsetters have shown us that fall/winter trends are a re-vamp of summer style. This is most commonly achieved by layering up and toning down; mini skirts become maxi skirts, the color palette darkens.

Some popular choices are:

Maxi skirts

Transitional weather is tricky when it comes to fashion, especially in a city like Boston with such erratic weather. A great way to avoid being too hot, too cold and anything in between is to wear a maxi skirt. Prints are always a fail-safe for changing weather. When paired with a bralette, a cardigan and some ankle boots, this look is a combination of both summer and fall.

Classic patterns and daring colors

Designers and fashionistas have been riding the vintage wave for ages, but this fan favorite has directly impacted this year’s fall fashion both on the runway and in street style. Old patterns such as houndstooth, plaid, tweed, ‘80s floral and pinstripes all made appearances in collections like Rag & Bone, Thakoon and Dolce & Gabbana. Patterned coats and skirts are more common, but if you’re brave, venture out with some tweed pants, a floral blouse or a plaid trench coat this fall for a statement look.

We have seen a progression in the color trends this fall. Winter white was a popular choice for designers at Fashion Week in Milan and New York. Naturally, as summer fades, darker shades of green begin to emerge; from forest-green to olive-green – this color is officially a trend of fall fashion.

High-waisted bottoms

High-waisted bottoms is and has been a steadfast trend amongst the youngsters of Boston. The varieties of which are endless. High-waisted jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, all add an edge and a dash of class to your outfit. It tricks the eye by elongating the legs and accentuating the waist.

Tan boots…or black

Boots of all shapes, sizes and colors have always been a fall staple. Unless you have industrial-quality Hunters, the snow-filled winters of Boston will not be kind to your boots. Fall is the best time to break out these boots before winter sets in and does them damage. Tan boots in particular have proved to be a staple of the Boston college student. The color goes with any pattern, color or texture, even overall looks for that matter (whether it be preppy, grungy or vintage.) As a word of advice when matching colors: Do not fear brown and black. Using both colors has a reputation as a big fashion no-no, but brown doesn’t necessarily look bad with black. Some black skinny jeans or leggings go perfectly well with brown boots. Though for the more classic at heart or for those of us who are more big-footed, black boots is always another good choice.

Knit beanies

The beanie is a fashion staple, whether the fashion be hipster, urban or high-fashion. The beanie is definitely a college-friendly (and wallet-friendly) accessory for chillier weather. Dress up an outfit with a bolder beanie color or dress it down with a subtle color. There is a definitely a beanie for everyone this semester.