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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Now that autumn is officially approaching, we can finally indulge ourselves in all of our favorite pumpkin spice goodies without anyone telling us it’s too early to do so. But while the weather is still relatively warm out, there’s only one thing to do: get our hands on a delectable pumpkin spice frozen treat. Luckily for us, Halo Top just announced that their limited edition Pumpkin Pie ice cream — the brand’s most popular flavor last autumn — has officially returned for 2018. But that’s not all — Halo Top is also giving pints of this seasonal favorite for free.

    Halo Top’s seasonal Pumpkin Pie ice cream debuted in 2017; although, it officially became available in stores in August last year, almost a whole month sooner than this year. Now that it’s here, though, we are welcoming this tasty autumn treat with open arms.

    According to Bustle, this seasonal ice cream consists of pumpkin spice-infused ice cream, with pieces of actual pie crust sprinkled throughout. PopSugar described Halo Top’s limited edition ice cream as “not too sweet, not too overpowering, and not even the slightest bit artificial — it's as if you blended an actual pie into a creamy pumpkin milkshake and served it in scoops.” If that makes you want to go to the store ASAP to go and get a pint, you’re in luck, because Halo Top has also blessed us all with a free pint of Pumpkin Pie ice cream.

    via Halo Top

    To celebrate the popular fall flavor’s return, Halo Top is giving out free pints of it. “We’re excited to bring back Pumpkin Pie for our fans, one of our most successful flavors from last fall. It’s the perfect fall flavor, and now our fans can enjoy a free pint on us to welcome our favorite season of the year,” Doug Bouton, President and COO of Halo Top Creamery, said in a statement to Bustle.

    Now here’s the scoop on how to score your free pint. According to Food & Wine Magazine, all you have to do is head over to Halo Top’s website starting at midnight EST on Saturday, September 22 and retrieve the coupon. All you have to do is print out the coupon and present it to one of the many retailers nationwide that carry Halo Top, including Target, Kroger and Walmart, to receive your free pint of ice cream. The offer is good only on September 22, which is perfect anyway since it’s the official start of autumn.

    There are, of course, some stipulations. As previously mentioned, the coupon must be printed and it’s only redeemable on September 22. In addition, the coupon can’t be combined with any other offers, discounts, or promos, and there is a limit of one pint per customer while supplies last. Lastly, it’s limited to U.S. residents — except in the states of California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, where customers are limited to dairy-free and vegan-friendly varieties.

    There is no word yet on how long the Pumpkin Pie ice cream will be in stores this season, but last year it was in stores through November. In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying all the Pumpkin Pie ice cream we can. Happy almost-fall, y’all!


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    The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed attributed to a senior Trump administration official who wrote that “many of the senior officials in his own administration” are working against President Donald Trump from within “to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” Trump later blasted the op-ed on Twitter, calling the essay “gutless” and again referring to the publication as “the failing New York Times.”

    “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the anonymous Trump administration official wrote. “…We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.”

    The author of the op-ed claims to support the president’s policies, but does not support the president’s temperament, writing of a president that is unfocused, with poor decision-making abilities.

    “Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back,” the anonymous individual wrote.

    via Alex Brandon/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK

    According to ABC News, the anonymous Trump official goes on to lay out how Trump appointees have worked to shape policy, specifically on foreign policy, that are at odds with the president’s preferences in order to protect certain norms.

    “It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t,” the official wrote. “The result is a two-track presidency.”

    According to NBC News, the anonymous Trump administration official also confirmed reports that there were, at one point, internal Cabinet discussions regarding removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th amendment, but wrote that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

    So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over,” the official said.

    The official also explained why things have been so troubled in the White House.

    “The root of the problem is the president's amorality,” the official wrote. “Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

    Shortly after the essay was published, Trump blasted the piece, telling reporters Wednesday afternoon at a White House event that the anonymous individual is “probably [someone] who is failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons,” ABC News reports.

    “An anonymous editorial. Do you believe it? Gutless editorial,” Trump said.

    “I'm not president, which hopefully will be in about six and a half years from now, The New York Times and CNN and all of these phony media outlets will be out of business, folks,” Trump added. “They'll be out of business because they'll be nothing to write and nothing of interest. So nobody has done what this administration has done. I agree, it's different from an agenda which is much different than ours and it's certainly not your agenda, that I can tell you.”

    Not long after, Trump sent out a one-word post on Twitter: “TREASON?”

    “Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?” Trump later questioned the report. “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

    The scathing Times essay comes just a day after an advance excerpt of a highly critical book of veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward was published and similarly painted a picture of a president who is rash. Trump, however, has tried to discredit the book as a “work of fiction.”

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called on whoever wrote the op-ed to resign from the administration, saying they were a “coward.”

    “The individual behind this piece has chosen to deceive, rather than support, the duly elected President of the United States. He is not putting country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the American people. This coward should do the right thing and resign,” Sanders said in the statement.

    Sanders also called on The Times to apologize as well.

    “We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the paper chose to publish this pathetic, reckless, and selfish op-ed,” Sanders said in a written statement. “This is a new low for the so-called ‘paper of record,’ and it should issue an apology, just as it did after the election for its disastrous coverage of the Trump campaign. This is just another example of the liberal media’s concerted effort to discredit the President.”

    The Times, however, explained its decision to publish the anonymous op-ed in a note to readers that it, saying it is being done at the request of the author to not jeopardize their job, while adding that publishing the essay anonymously is “the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.”


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    On Tuesday, Brett Kavanaugh began his Senate hearing confirmation before the U.S. Supreme Court, but not without a heavy backlash. 

    President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July of this year to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, “amid concerns that his appointment could endanger women’s rights to reproductive healthcare,” according to Hello Giggles.  

    Kavanaugh’s conservative views have come under intense scrutiny from women’s rights organizations and liberal advocacy groups, as his stance on the monumental Roe v. Wade case is still unclear, leaving the possibility of the 1973 court ruling to be overturned. 

    In response to yesterday’s hearing, women dressed as handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale waited in the hallway outside the hearing, while several activists found their way inside the court room and interrupted proceedings by shouting, “Threat to women’s rights,” and “Hell no, Kavanaugh.” 

    CNN reported that at least 30 demonstrators were arrested throughout the day, one of those being actress Piper Perabo. The 41-year-old posted a video on Twitter of herself being escorted out of the court room. She later tweeted, “I was just arrested for civil disobedience in the Kavanaugh hearings. Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women. I can’t be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away." 

     

    Shaunna Thomas, executive director and co-founder of women’s right group UltraViolet was also arrested for demonstrating inside the courtroom and The Women’s March Twitter account tweeted that several women's right’s activist groups teamed up to organize these civil protests.

    Kavanaugh’s hearing will continue until September 7, and after the first day of his hearing ending in many arrests, we can be certain the conversations and civil actions will only get more polarizing.


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    As the room broke for lunch on day one of Judge Brett Kavanuagh’s Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court, a man approached him and attempted to shake his hand, according to NBC News.

    The exchange, captured by photographers was tense, but the man hoping to have a few words with the Supreme Court nominee was Fred Guttenberg, the father of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

    “Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away,” Guttenberg tweeted. "I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence."

    The tweet quickly gained traction and received a personal response from Raj Shah, White House Deputy Press Secretary. He tweeted, "As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him. Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened."

     

    ​Guttenberg immediately tweeted back, challenging that version of events: "Incorrect. I was here all day and introduced by Senator Feinstein. No security involved. He turned and walked away.”

    Guttenberg has been outspoken since Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced because of the large support the nominee has received from the NRA. He tweeted in July of last year, "Kavanaugh must not become a Supreme Court Justice," calling him a "risk to public safety."

    The Hill reports that Guttenberg also claims Kavanaugh directed security to kick him out of the hearing, identifying him by bracelets he wore in memory of his slain daughter. 

    Guttenberg, along with other family members of victims of the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida have begun campaigning to raise the legal age limit for buying fire arms, create a waiting period and ban bump stocks, according to The Guardian. 


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    Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    President Trump Says He Is “Willing to Do Anything” For Border Security

    With just nine days remaining for Congress to pass legislation before a government shutdown occurs, President Donald Trump threatened a shutdown showdown over border security, ABC News reports.

    “If it happens, it happens,” Trump shrugged of the possibility of a government shutdown during a photo opportunity with GOP leaders at the White House Wednesday. “If it's about border security, I'm willing to do anything,” Trump said.

    via Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Trump’s comments are a stark contrast from congressional leaders who have said that they are hoping to put off funding for a border wall until after the midterm elections.

    “We have to protect our borders,” Trump stressed. “If we don't protect our borders, our country won't be a country so if it has to do with border security, I'm willing to do what has to be done.”

    Earlier Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Trump was on the same page as congressional leaders.

    “That's not in anyone's interest, and he knows that,” Ryan said of the possible shutdown. “I think the results will prove itself.”

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said that the congressional leaders’ meeting with Trump on Wednesday was “productive.”

    “Well clearly the president campaigned on securing the border and building the wall and we strongly support those efforts,” Scalise said. “There is some wall being built. Obviously there’s a lot more wall that we want to see built.”

    As the deadline to pass a funding bill quickly approaches, Scalise said Congress with keep working to pass other appropriations bills ahead of an anticipated short-term continuing resolution that will fund the government through December, ABC News reports.

    “I’m confident that the House is working to make sure that we properly fund the military,” Scalise added. “And there are a number of other bills to fund different parts of the government where we have agreement between the House and the Senate, and we’re trying to get all those bills to the president’s desk.”

    Currently funding expires at the end of the day on September 30.

    Facebook & Twitter Say They Will Do More to Combat Misinformation At Senate Hearing

    Senior executives from Facebook and Twitter apologized for their slow response to stop foreign agents using their platforms to interfere in U.S. elections and issued promises to further combat these issues during a social media hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

    The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, which featured the testimony of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, focused on whether regulatory changes are needed for the social media companies, USA Today reports.

    “We were too slow to spot this,” Sandberg said in her opening statement, referring to Russian efforts to spread divisive propaganda and misinformation during the 2016 presidential election. “And we were too slow to act. And that is on us.”

    via Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    “We’re getting better at finding and stopping our opponents,” Sandberg said.

    “We weren’t expecting any of this when we created Twitter over 12 years ago,” Dorsey said. “We acknowledge the real-world negative consequences of what happened, and we take full responsibility to fix it. We can’t do this alone, and that’s why this conversation is so important, and why I’m here.”

    Both Sandberg and Dorsey outlined the steps their companies are taking to identify and stop foreign campaigns, while also calling for more collaboration between tech companies, the government and third-party researchers.

    Dorsey discussed labeling automated accounts, or bots, on Twitter, and Sandberg said Facebook had removed hundreds of pages and accounts engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

    When asked by lawmakers how Facebook deals with users intentionally spreading false information, Sandberg said that drawing the distinction between hate speech and misinformation is “very, very difficult.” Sandberg said Facebook has hired third-party fact checkers, and if they deem content false, Facebook decreases its distribution, warns those that have shared that information and provides similar articles so users can view “alternative facts.”

    Dorsey said Twitter hadn’t done enough to warn users that they have been following fake accounts or had been targeted by foreign governments, adding that “it’s something we’re going to be diligent to fix.”

    According to USA Today, lawmakers said they appreciated the social media companies efforts, but did not know if it was enough to satisfy their concerns.

    “I’m skeptical that, ultimately, you’ll be able to truly address this challenge on your own,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “Congress is going to have to take action here.”

    Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the committee, said he still had concerns about the social media companies’ ability to remedy these problems.

    “Without question, positive things are happening,” Burr said. “But clearly this problem's not going away; I'm not even sure it's trending in the right direction.”

    Google had also been invited to the Intelligence Committee hearing, but declined to send a senior executive, NBC News reports. The committee declined Google’s offer to send its chief legal officer, and so a chair with a “Google” placard was left empty during the hearing.

    U.S. & Canada Resume NAFTA Talks

    The United States and Canada have resumed and made progress in talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, and officials from both sides worked into the night on Wednesday night to flesh out areas for further discussion.

    “We sent them (the officials) a number of issues to work on and they will report back to us in the morning, and we will then continue our negotiations,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters when leaving the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington on Wednesday.

    via Reuters/Chris Wattie

    Freeland sounded upbeat after emerging from talks on Wednesday, saying, “We are making good progress. We continue to get a deeper and deeper understanding of the concerns on both sides.”

    Freeland did, however, say that there would be no trade deal until the last issue was nailed down.

    President Donald Trump has threatened to move forward with a deal with Mexico, ending the 25-year-old North American trade deal, which covers $1.2 trillion in trade, Reuters reports. The United States and Mexico reached a trade agreement at earlier last week, increasing the pressure for Canada to agree to the new terms in order to be included in the regional trade agreement.

    According to Reuters, Trump expressed optimism on Wednesday, saying he expects to know whether a deal could be struck with Canada within the next few days.

    Trump nor Freeland have not detailed the progress that has been made between the two North American countries.

    The two countries are currently sparring over issues related to Canada’s dairy market and patent protections for U.S. pharmaceuticals.

    What to look out for…

    September 6 is “Read a Book Day,” so what better way to celebrate than by reading one of these awesome must-read memoirs for college women?


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    If you mooch off your bestie’s Netflix subscription have a Netflix subscription and you haven’t seenSierra Burgess Is a Loser yet, then you should stop reading this article right now. Seriously, this interview is teeming with noncontextual and contextual spoilers. So if you’re planning on divulging in the second part of Noah Centino’s movie-based thirst traps on literally everyone, then GTFO out of this article because we’re not about to become the Tom Holland of your Netflix binging ventures.

    Now that that’s straightened out, if you’re still on this page, then you either have an obsession with spoilers (weird, but we aren’t judging too much) or you’ve already fallen in love with Jamey, Sierra and Veronica simultaneously. We feel you. 

    We were lucky enough to talk to actress and model Kristine Froseth, who portrays Veronica, an apparent mean girl, in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. However, Sierra and viewers soon realize that Veronica only uses her mean girl status as a coping mechanism and later transitions into an empowering role, both for herself and her new bestie Sierra. Froseth isn’t a stranger to being an empowering voice, as she’s used her platform to speak out against abuse in the fashion industry. Aside from our inquiries on how Kristine Froseth got into the headspace to play a high school bully (before Veronica’s character development, obviously), we asked Kristine Froseth about her high school experience and her life philosophies. (We also sort of pitched a sequel to Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, nbd.)

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Her Campus: In Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, you play Veronica, who starts off as a mean girl. What’s it like to play the resident mean girl? How did you get into the headspace of being someone that finds joy in consistently pushing other people down?

    Kristine Froseth: Well, I definitely had to go back to my own high school experiences where there we tons of those girls like Veronica. I dress a lot of Veronica’s characteristics from them, actually. I went back to those days. But, I also wanted to make sure that Veronica didn’t just only become the mean girl—that she would have this depth and the audience would understand why she is the way she is. That she wouldn't be just a shallow "villain." So, I kind of drew a lot of inspiration from my own experiences with mean girls in high school.

    HC: I feel like everyone has had those experiences with means girls in high school, unfortunately. Throughout the film, Veronica transitions into a "loser" herself and develops a friendship with Sierra, and even shows empathy toward Sierra after she acted like a mean girl herself. How do you think young women can learn to reclaim the "loser" label for themselves and defray bullying in their own school or life? Because Veronica kind of reclaims the loser label herself when accepting that she isn’t a mean girl anymore.

    KF: That’s a very good question. I think, ultimately, once you kind of open yourself up to others around you and you really embrace who you are, it’s all about that, in the end. That’s what it takes. It’s a defensive mechanism really, the cool girl personality that she puts on. That’s not really her. So, I think she was always kind of a loser, or whatever the definition of a loser is. I think once she finds her true self after learning a lot from Sierra, she’s finally herself, and I think that’s kind of what it takes.

    HC: Absolutely, absolutely. Overall, Veronica goes through some major transitions throughout the film, from becoming a reformed mean girl to learning what she wants in her life, beyond what she thinks boys want to see from her. Have you learned anything about yourself from portraying Veronica?

    KF: I have! Definitely the fact that I still struggle as an adult not to judge a book by its cover. You know, to see myself and to be true to that. So, it’s a constant reminder to me. After shooting, it was definitely a lot more in my face—the reminder of it and trying to live by it. So, I’ve definitely grown in that way.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    HC: Did you find yourself relating to Veronica on any other levels?

    KF: Yeah, I did. I didn’t really know who I was in high school. I moved a lot, so I kind of was in different social groups. I was always adapting to everybody because I wasn’t really sure of who I wanted to be or who I wanted to hang out with. I do think I’ve kind of put on a little facade sometimes to fit in. I know Veronica puts on this facade, so in that way we had that similarity and struggling with home situations for sure. You know, not as intense, obviously. But yes, I do share some of my own personal experiences in that aspect as well.

    HC: I think that everyone puts up this sort of facade or barrier to hide their true selves at times. I think that’s really important for Veronica’s character to be shown in that respect.

    KF: Yeah, it is. And it’s a shame because you can’t really have true relationships when everyone’s just putting up a facade.

    HC: Absolutely. What are some other important lessons that you hope viewers learn from Veronica?

    KF: I really hope that, after watching this, everyone will try to be a bit more open to why people are the way that they are—that there’s always a story. To never judge, basically. And try and understand where they’re coming from, regardless of how awful they may seem in the beginning. In the end, you realize that Veronica isn’t this awful, shallow cold mean girl, she’s just really lost and struggling. You know, it’s no excuse, but I do hope people will hopefully be more open to each other and be more themselves, so there’s no secret or facade.

    HC: I think that’s a great lesson for anyone.

    KF: Yeah. It’s difficult, but yes.

    HC: At the end of the film, Veronica sets off to become a professional philosophy queen. Are there any philosophies about life that you hope to take from Veronica's experiences and apply to your own life? Or are there any philosophies, in general, that you live by?

    KF: I forget the quote right now, but it’s basically just to be true to yourself. That’s basically what the quote is, very loosely. Shannon Purser would know this. She knows this stuff.

    HC: And are there any philosophies in general that you live by in your day-to-day life?

    KF: You know, be kind, really. And to have courage—I like that one a lot. I forget where that came from, or if that’s just a general insight.

    HC: Yeah, I think that’s a general philosophy, but it’s a good philosophy though. I feel like we don’t have enough courage in our own lives, as human.

    KF: I know. Fear really runs us. Do you have one?

    HC: Do I have one? I don’t know. I’d say I’d agree with courage and just believing in yourself. I feel like we get all caught up in being our worst critics when we should be our best critics, too.

    KF: I know! You should talk to yourself exactly like you talk to your best friend.

    HC: Absolutely. And what was high school like for you? I know you talked about it a little bit earlier, but how did you work through dealing with mean girls in your life?

    KF: I’m fortunately very close with my sister, and she would always have my back. She was always my best friend through it all. I had to move so much that I would always have to leave my friends behind and make new ones, so my sister was always a constant in my life. She was the one who got me through it all. I was bullied a little bit, but I know kids can be very horrible and I’m really grateful that I had my sister through it all.

    HC: It’s amazing when you have a support system in your family.

    KF: Yeah, exactly.

    HC: At one point in the film, Sierra is asked to fill in the blank ‘Sierra is...____’ ‘Sierra is what?’ If you could fill in the blank for who Veronica is, what words would you use?

    KF: Veronica is growing. She’s definitely growing. Hopefully, in the right direction.

    HC: Definitely. I think that’s the best way to describe her. That’s interesting. Where do you think Veronica’s story would go if the movie had continued?

    KF: Oh, wow. That’s a really good question. I feel like she and Sierra would become close. She definitely would not [be a] bully. I’m not sure she would hang out with her two friends, or her two former friends, still. Yeah, I wonder what groups she would be in. Or if she would just be with everyone. That’s such a good question—I need to think about that more.

    HC: I feel like it would be a good self-discovery experience for Veronica, herself, just to see where she would go.

    KF: Exactly. Because she spends all her life and energy and time on being this personality and this character. But, who is she really?

    HC: Yeah, that would be interesting to watch.

    KF: Part two. [laughs]

    HC: Pitch it to Netflix. [laughs]

    KF: Yes, exactly!

    HC: Was there ever a time in your life when you became friends with someone you used to dislike or who put on a facade that you didn’t really like? In high school or otherwise, maybe in regards to someone you have the wrong impression of initially and didn’t really want to become friends with them or get to know them better, but then you changed your opinion and started to become friends with them.

    KF: Yeah, that’s something that’s happened a couple of times. That’s usually always fear-based, kind of from both parties really. There was actually one mean girl in my high school that I become quite close to when she had kind of an intense fall in her "empire" or whatever in her high school life. And we kind of connected and that’s when I realized she wasn’t truly that facade that she put on. She was just really struggling with her own situations, so she was kind of like the main inspiration for Veronica, really. But it has happened, and I wish it had happened sooner because you spend so much time waiting when you could be best friends with all these people. You just never give it a chance.

    HC: And those learning experiences can help you keep that open mind [mentality] with other people.

    KF: Exactly. I try to remind myself to never assume or judge someone’s story.

    Sierra Burgess Is a Loser starts streaming on Netflix this Friday, September 7.


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    When it comes to packing your life into a teeny tiny dorm room, one thought comes to mind: How am I supposed to fit all my stuff into a 130 square foot box that’s barely big enough to hold my clothes, let alone everything I need to live for a year? Yeah, the minimal space struggle is no joke – especially when you’re squeezing in with a roommate or two.

    Luckily, college students for years and years before you have been innovating hacks and products to make every nook and cranny of dorms storage-ready. Now with a little help from PBdorm, you can find storage to fit everything you need into a small living space and still have room to breathe. From shoe racks to shelves to baskets, there’s a storage fix for everyone – so instead of feeling cramped, you can relax comfortably in your new home-away-from-home.

    1. Underbed See-Thru Organizer

    Keep clothes, bedding, extra school supplies – basically anything you need to stow ­– organized and out of sight with these stylish underbed bins. The best part? These little beauties are flexible, which means you have extra wiggle room to fit these under your bed nicely against those hard boxes or sports gear taking up an irregular amount of space!  

    2. Over The Door Modular Storage

    We can’t stress this enough: Over-the-door storage is essential for tidiness. You can’t make it through the year without utilizing your doors.

    But seriously, drape this fabric storage over your bedroom or closet door to hold jewelry, makeup brushes, sunglasses, keys or your wallet, and say hello to a perfectly organized bedroom, free of clutter.

    3. Over The Door Jewelry Organizer Mirror

    Have more jewelry than you can handle? Keep it sorted and in control with an over-the-door jewelry organizer, complete with a mirror to check out your cute lil’ self while you accessorize. We love that this design is open-concept, so you can actually see your jewelry instead of having to root through a box of tangled necklaces every day.

    4. A-Frame Storage Rack

    Not only is an A-frame rack essential for the girl with a teensy closet, but having one of these on display in your dorm is the chicest way to keep favorite wardrobe pieces on display and incorporated into your overall decor ~aesthetic~. Hang your jacket, hats and scarves on the rod, then store boots and more in the compartment at the bottom for maximum space saving.

    5. Over The Door Shoe Rack

    Instead of hiding shoes under the far corners of your bed, keep sandals and sneakers on display (but still away) with an over-the-door shoe rack that hangs easily on your bedroom or closet door. It’s totally see-through, so your best pairs are still in sight but not taking up any excess space.

    6. Closet Sweater Bins With Lids

    If you’re attending college across the country and can’t keep your seasonal outerwear stored with mom and dad until you need it, investing in sweater bins is a smart way to keep winter jackets and long-sleeves hidden away and fresh until you need them. These bins are stylish enough to stack next to your desk or bed, and any extra space inside can even be used to hold school supplies you’re saving for later!

    7. No Nails Wall Organizer

    Don’t sweat damaging your dorm room wall – this organizer uses adhesive strips instead of nails, so you can tack up your essentials without breaking any of the housing rules. Place it over your bed or desk for a pretty little nook to hold your phone and keep postcards from friends close to you.

    8. Adjustable Super Storage Lapdesk

    On days when you want to skip the library in favor of some downtime in your dorm, this lapdesk is great for providing a productive workspace and keeping your school supplies clutter-free. Compartments beneath the wood surface hold study essentials, and the cushion base keeps you cozy while you crank out that essay.

    9. Hanging Shower Dopp Kit

    Communal showers aren’t conducive to keeping your brush and hand towel safely in the bathroom, but this hanging shower kit makes it easy to keep your personal toiletries organized and together so they don’t get lost. Pack it full of your favorite bath products, and after you’re done toting it to the bathroom, hang on a wall hook or in your closet to save space.

    10. Ultimate Closet Storage Set

    Go big or go home with the ultimate storage set, basically everything you could need to maximize space this year, all in one package. This set contains sweater bins, a hanging organizer, sliding storage and more so your closet can be a neat and tidy oasis. Plus, if there isn’t enough room in your dorm closet, the laundry bag and bins can easily slide under your bed or desk too.

    There’s so many ways to maximize space in a small dorm, and all it takes is getting creative! Enjoy the back-to-school season, and cheers to starting the year off tidy.


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    Colin Kaepernick, a name that made his mark in not only American football history, but in the fabric of social awareness in America. Since taking a knee during the National Anthem at a game in 2016, Kaepernick has ignited conversations about Black oppression in America. As such a controversial a figure, the NFL banned Kaepernick, severing his ties with sports world in more ways than one. But now Kaepernick is making his way back into the sports spotlight as he has landed a spot as the face of Nike's 30th Anniversary campaign, and it appears that something as simple as shoe branding choice can make huge waves in our social narrative.

    The news broke last Monday when Kaepernick tweeted a Nike promotional photo, a black and white photograph with the caption, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything" and the hashtag, #JustDoIt. Kaepernick will not just model original Nike merchandise for the 30th Anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, but he will also have his own Nike merchandise branded with his name, including a pair of Nike sneakers and a specially designed T-shirt. Nike aims to up the social significance of their brand, looking for representatives and initiatives to contribute to minority issues like the ones Kaepernick is fighting for. The campaign will donate a portion of proceeds to the Know Your Rights camp, an organization started by Kaepernick himself in 2017. The Know Your Rights camp targets issues of lack of proper education, biased and harmful situations Blacks get into with law enforcement and other areas of concern for Black youth. 



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    Noah Centineo is probably the biggest heartthrob right now and if you're confused on why, don't worry- we're here to help. You can also look at a picture of him, I feel like that will answer a lot of your questions. There's more to him than looks, which is where we come in: here are eight things to know about the actor & total eye candy that is Noah Centineo.

    1) Though he's no stranger to acting, Noah was really put on the map because of his role as Peter in Netflix's To All The Boys I've Loved Before. 

    He's the best fake boyfriend and honestly the cutest boy ever—Peter Kavinsky. Yep, that's Noah. He plays the role in To All The Boys I've Loved Before so well, it's hard to imagine Peter as a fictional character. The Netflix movie became wildly popular recently and he's a huge reason why. I mean, if a guy looking like *that* drove across town to get your favorite Korean yogurt smoothie, would you say no?

    2) He's about to star in another Netflix movie called Sierra Burgess is a Loser. 

     

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    I cannot wait for this, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one. Out on Netflix September 7, Sierra Burgess is a Loser follows a teenage girl named Sierra who poses as the popular girl in school when her number is given to the total babe that is Jamey, aka Noah's character, duh. I can't wait to see him be another cute love interest, OMG.

    3) He was on the Freeform's The Fosters...

    You read that right! Noah came in to replace Jake T. Austin in the role of Jesus

    4) ...And the show decided to come after all the new Noah lovers via Twitter.

    Apparently, The Fosters wants everyone to know who Noah's real fans are, as they tweeted some subtle shade on Twitter. Featuring pictures of the actor, the show tweeted, "To the boy we've always loved." Wow, okay. 

    5) He starred in Camila Cabello's "Havana" music video!

    He plays the love interest, of course. He's seriously too perfect, somebody stop him.

    6) After a lot of investigating, we found Peter Kavinsky's zodiac sign...

    ...and he's a Taurus sun with an Aquarius moon. If that doesn't make any sense to you, here's a breakdown of the research.

    7) That adorable scar on his face? It was a dog bite, just FYI.

    After a pure, cute interview with Buzzfeed, Noah revealed that a dog attacked him, causing some major damage to his face. Though you could see his teeth through the wound, Centineo was a total angel about it all, refusing to let anyone put the dog down because of its misbehavior. How could we expect any less though, honestly?

    8) And the most important fact of all? He's *totally* single!

    Yes, ladies, Noah is totally on the market! When he was asked by PEOPLE his relationship status, he replied "Single!" OMG. He's also really, really smooth. That pocket spin scene with Lara Jean in To All The Boys I've Loved Before? Improv. Yeah, he's got moves. Time for you to prepare yours, because he's available and now's the time to catch him.


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    Republicans may have the votes necessary to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, but Democrats aren't going down without a fight. The judge's confirmation hearings continued on Thursday, and the senate was thrown into chaos after documents marked "committee confidential" were leaked to the public.

    Dem Senators Cory Booker, Patrick Leahy, Mazie Hirono, and Dianne Feinstein were behind the breach, citing the need for transparency about Kavanaugh's professional history and his time spent working for George W. Bush. Booker led the way, releasing a batch of emails related to race. In one message from 2002, while discussing post 9-11 security, Kavanaugh said that procedures should be race-neutral though implementing them could take time. "the people (such as you and I) who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral DO need to grapple - and grapple now -- with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is implemented," the judge wrote about a possible interim policy. 

    Sen. Feinstein then read aloud another unreleased document, in which Kavanaugh openly discusses the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Regarding the case that legalized abortion on a national level, Kavanaugh specifically said that he was "not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent."

    The 2003 email statement contradicts Kavanaugh's previous public viewpoints. According to ABC News, he's repeatedly referred to Roe as "settled law." Kavanaugh has also stated that other abortion cases followed the precedent set by Roe, but he wouldn't comment on how he might vote on any future cases. 

    Kavanaugh also continues to ignore questions and requests for comment about other policies or things like Trump's attacks on judges. "I'm not going to get within three zip codes of a political controversy," Kavanaugh said on Thursday. "I've spoken about my respect and appreciation for the eight justices on the Supreme Court. I know they're all dedicated public servants who have given a great deal to this country."

    Republicans expressed their disdain for the leaked documents throughout the day. When Booker initially threatened to release the confidential information, Republican Sen. John Cornyn warned that he could be expelled from the Senate. 

    "Bring it," Booker replied. 

    Cornyn later accused Booker of "conduct unbecoming of a senator." 

    "Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Cornyn added, referring to rumors that Booker is considering a 2020 White House bid.

    However, Booker and other Dem senators may not have broken any rules. Bush's attorney actually authorized the release of the documents beforehand. 

    "We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker's staff asked us to,"said former President Bush's attorney, William Burck, in a statement. "In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public."

    Despite the drama, Republicans are still expected to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the fall Supreme Court term. 


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    Despite Brett Kavanaugh's attempts to avoid partisan subjects— he explicitly stated on Thursday that he's "not going to get within three zip codes of a political controversy,"— the Supreme Court nominee recently referred to birth control as "abortion-inducing," which is extremely inaccurate. 

    The comment came in response to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz asking Kavanaugh about his dissent in the 2015 Priests for Life v. the US Department of Health and Human Services. The religious organization sued over the Affordable Care Act because they felt that the mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage violated their religious freedoms. 

    Though the employers themselves didn't have to provide the coverage— anyone who objected to the mandate could send a form to an insurance company, passing along the responsibility — Priests for Life argued that they were still complicit. This was an issue for the group since they claimed IUDs and emergency contraception cause abortion instead of acting as birth control. 

    The District of Columbia Circuit eventually sided with the Obama administration over the religious group; however, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority. 

    He explained his decision on Thursday. "The question was first was this a substantial burden on their religious exercise? And it seemed to me, quite clearly, it was," Kavanaugh said. "They said filling out the form would make them complicit in the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to."

    Again, birth control — emergency contraception included — is not abortion-inducing. Take it from Princeton University: "Using emergency contraceptive pills (also called 'morning after pills' or 'day after pills') prevents pregnancy after sex. It does not cause an abortion."

    The same goes for IUDs, as The Cut reports: "There’s a chance the copper IUD might dislodge a fertilized egg, but even that’s moving the goalposts of both pregnancy and abortion." 

    Kavanaugh's use of the term has alarmed many — especially pro-choice advocates. Not only was the phrase he used adopted from Priests for Life, which opposes all contraception (and, as a group, celebrated Kavanaugh's nomination), but it also seems to indicate where Kavanaugh stands on abortion. 

    "Kavanaugh referred to birth control ― something more than 95 percent of women use in their lifetime ― as an ‘abortion-inducing drug,’ which is not just flat-out wrong, but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told HuffPost. "Women have every reason to believe their health and their lives are at stake."

    Laguens continued, "Let me break it down for you, Brett. Birth control is basic health care. Birth control allows women to plan their futures, participate in the economy, and ― for some women with health issues like endometriosis ― allows them to get through the day."

    Numerous senators also condemned Kavanaugh.


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    Republicans may have the votes necessary to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, but Democrats aren't going down without a fight. The judge's confirmation hearings continued on Thursday, and the senate was thrown into chaos after documents marked "committee confidential" were leaked to the public.

    Dem Senators Cory Booker, Patrick Leahy, Mazie Hirono, and Dianne Feinstein were behind the breach, citing the need for transparency about Kavanaugh's professional history and his time spent working for George W. Bush. Booker led the way, releasing a batch of emails related to race. In one message from 2002, while discussing post 9-11 security, Kavanaugh said that procedures should be race-neutral though implementing them could take time. "the people (such as you and I) who generally favor effective security measures that are race-neutral DO need to grapple - and grapple now -- with the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is implemented," the judge wrote about a possible interim policy. 

    Sen. Feinstein then read aloud another unreleased document, in which Kavanaugh openly discusses the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Regarding the case that legalized abortion on a national level, Kavanaugh specifically said that he was "not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent."

    The 2003 email statement contradicts Kavanaugh's previous public viewpoints. According to ABC News, he's repeatedly referred to Roe as "settled law." Kavanaugh has also stated that other abortion cases followed the precedent set by Roe, but he wouldn't comment on how he might vote on any future cases. 

    Kavanaugh also continues to ignore questions and requests for comment about other policies or things like Trump's attacks on judges. "I'm not going to get within three zip codes of a political controversy," Kavanaugh said on Thursday. "I've spoken about my respect and appreciation for the eight justices on the Supreme Court. I know they're all dedicated public servants who have given a great deal to this country."

    Republicans expressed their disdain for the leaked documents throughout the day. When Booker initially threatened to release the confidential information, Republican Sen. John Cornyn warned that he could be expelled from the Senate. 

    "Bring it," Booker replied. 

    Cornyn later accused Booker of "conduct unbecoming of a senator." 

    "Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to," Cornyn added, referring to rumors that Booker is considering a 2020 White House bid.

    However, Booker and other Dem senators may not have broken any rules. Bush's attorney actually authorized the release of the documents beforehand. 

    "We cleared the documents last night shortly after Senator Booker's staff asked us to,"said former President Bush's attorney, William Burck, in a statement. "In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public."

    Despite the drama, Republicans are still expected to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the fall Supreme Court term. 


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    Despite Brett Kavanaugh's attempts to avoid partisan subjects— he explicitly stated on Thursday that he's "not going to get within three zip codes of a political controversy,"— the Supreme Court nominee recently referred to birth control as "abortion-inducing," which is extremely inaccurate. 

    The comment came in response to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz asking Kavanaugh about his dissent in the 2015 Priests for Life v. the US Department of Health and Human Services. The religious organization sued over the Affordable Care Act because they felt that the mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage violated their religious freedoms. 

    Though the employers themselves didn't have to provide the coverage— anyone who objected to the mandate could send a form to an insurance company, passing along the responsibility — Priests for Life argued that they were still complicit. This was an issue for the group since they claimed IUDs and emergency contraception cause abortion instead of acting as birth control. 

    The District of Columbia Circuit eventually sided with the Obama administration over the religious group; however, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority. 

    He explained his decision on Thursday. "The question was first was this a substantial burden on their religious exercise? And it seemed to me, quite clearly, it was," Kavanaugh said. "They said filling out the form would make them complicit in the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to."

    Again, birth control — emergency contraception included — is not abortion-inducing. Take it from Princeton University: "Using emergency contraceptive pills (also called 'morning after pills' or 'day after pills') prevents pregnancy after sex. It does not cause an abortion."

    The same goes for IUDs, as The Cut reports: "There’s a chance the copper IUD might dislodge a fertilized egg, but even that’s moving the goalposts of both pregnancy and abortion." 

    Kavanaugh's use of the term has alarmed many — especially pro-choice advocates. Not only was the phrase he used adopted from Priests for Life, which opposes all contraception (and, as a group, celebrated Kavanaugh's nomination), but it also seems to indicate where Kavanaugh stands on abortion. 

    "Kavanaugh referred to birth control ― something more than 95 percent of women use in their lifetime ― as an ‘abortion-inducing drug,’ which is not just flat-out wrong, but is anti-woman, anti-science propaganda," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told HuffPost. "Women have every reason to believe their health and their lives are at stake."

    Laguens continued, "Let me break it down for you, Brett. Birth control is basic health care. Birth control allows women to plan their futures, participate in the economy, and ― for some women with health issues like endometriosis ― allows them to get through the day."

    Numerous senators also condemned Kavanaugh.

    If you're terrified by the idea of someone who is this aggressively wrong about birth control and abortions potentially getting to play a role in determining your access to it, it's best to call your reps. Like, now. 


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    Name: Leanne Cope

    Twitter Handle: @cope_leanne

    Instagram Handle:@leannemcope

    Whether you’d like to convince yourself that you’re an unofficial dance expert or become a dancing queen during long road trips, we’re all obsessed with dancing—regardless of whether we’re watching someone dancing or dancing ourselves. Granted, we aren’t alone because Leanne Cope dancing practically her entire life.

    Aside from training as a professional ballerina and working with the Royal Ballet Company, Leanne Cope has transitioned her craft onto the Broadway stage. While she performed as Lise Dassin in An American In Paris: The Musical in critically acclaimed theaters around the world, her role as Lise is her first time singing, dancing and talking on stage. Although this musical rendition of this musically-inclined love story might be her first time on Broadway, Leanne Cope went on to win Best Female Dancer at the 2015 Astaire Awards and the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence at the 2015 Theatre World Awards, both for her performance in An American in Paris.

    Though you might have missed out of seeing the musical in person, you can watch An American in Paris is select theaters later this month on September 20 and September 23. If for, whatever reason you haven’t already reserved your tickets, we talked to the Tony-nominated performer Leanne Cope about her time as Lise Dassin, dancing for the Obamas and her expanding career.

    Her Campus: You portray Lise Dassin in An American in Paris, which focuses on this sometimes complicated love story. Can you tell us anything about the first time you fell in love with dance and ballet?

    Leanne Cope: I started ballet when I was about five years old, and I started because my mom used to see me walking about on my tiptoes all the time. And she saw that I had a natural knack for ballet, so she sent me to along to ballet school. I think I must have fallen in love with it in a pretty swift way, actually. I was a kind of love at first sight with ballet, but I hadn’t seen a ballet until I was much older until I was about 12 years old. So, I didn’t really know it could be my job or my vocation, but I did it for fun. And I did it because my friends did it. Then, I took it a lot more seriously from about the age of 11 because I went away to boarding school then.

    Yeah, I think it’s something you kind of sometimes have a love-hate relationship with ballet. You can have good days and bad day, like with everything. Some days it’s going really well and some days not so well, but I still love going to the theatre and watching it. It is such a great feeling when you do nail something. If you do something really well, it’s such a good and fulfilling feeling to finish a ballet class or to finish a performance. So, I still have a great love for it.

    HC: Absolutely. And like you said, it has to feel refreshing after going through hours of practice and finally nailing a routine or nailing move.

    LC: Yes, exactly. I guess it's similar to how sports people get the time they want or they’ve run a race or something. It’s the achievement at the end of it. That’s such a great feeling when you’ve worked really hard for it.  

    HC: Absolutely. Then how did you first get involved in the industry?

    LC: Well, I went to ballet school when I was 11, so it’s a boarding school in London, and they just made me concentrate on ballet. It’s kind of similar to SAD in New York, New York City Ballet—it’s this worldwide school. So, I studied there for five years, and when to another school which goes from 16 to 18. Then I was lucky enough to get a job in the Royal Ballet Company, so I guess my career started when I was about 18. And, I danced with the Royal Ballet for about 12 years. I danced in the Covent Gardens with the company, and we did all the classics: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. I also got to dance some new ballets, which were choreographed—and a lot of Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon. That’s how I met Christopher Wheeldon before I got involved in An American in Paris.

    HC: That’s amazing. You also portray a French accent in your role as Lise. How did you study and research that accent?

    LC: Well, I studied French at school. I don’t speak it very well. But also, there’s this wonderful thing that all the ballet terms are in French. So, French became a language that I could understand quite well; I’m just not very good at speaking it. I used to, before every evening after rehearsals, I would come home and I would go onto YouTube. I would find a video of a French actress just speaking in an interview, so I’d listen to maybe Juliette Binoche or Audrey Tautou and just listen to them just talking in normal life. They’re not playing a role or such, just having a chat with another person. I might just have it on in the background when I was cooking dinner or while I was in the bathroom, so I could just surround myself with those sounds because I was just trying to take it in that whole time.

    But, we had a wonderful dialect coach that helps me and would be there every time I would say something slightly wrong. His hands would just go up in the corner [of the set] and I’d have to go and get notes from him. Another thing that really helps as we opened the show in Paris was being surrounded by French-speaking people really, really helps the accent.

    HC: That's amazing. especially with the innovative way that you kind of supplemented your teachings from your dialect coach with watching the YouTube videos.

    LC: Yeah, I just felt that I needed to surround myself with it because most of the other actors spoke with an American accent, well, they are American, anyway. But, it can’t be changed because, from where I stand, everyone has an accent. So, we all had to put an accent on. But in America, most of the actors spoke as they normally spoke, then myself and Max [Westwell] we had to have dialect coaching to get us to have that French accent.

    HC: Absolutely. Then what was it like preparing for the production itself. Was there just a thing as a typical day when you were on set?

    LC: Wait, for the show or for the movie?

    HC: The movie or either, sorry.

    LC: Well, to be honest, it’s made for film because we’re just filming one of our shows. Once the show is up and running, we don’t rehearse that often. We get notes, so if things aren’t running quite as smoothly, we get notes maybe once or twice a week. But, before we need to open, there isn’t really a typical day on set. It’s just what we need to work on that day, but we would always start with ballet class. We’d warm up in the morning, we’d have 45-minutes. Normally, ballet class is about an hour and 15 minutes, so it was shorter than normal. But, we had a 45-minute ballet class to warm our bodies up, and then we would have a vocal warmup to get ready to sing and talk. Then, they would kind of dip us into queue studio, so Christopher would be working and doing theme work in one room and then the assistant choreographer could be working and cleaning a dance routine in another room.

    So, there’s never a time when anyone was sat down kind of doing nothing and being about to twiddle their thumbs. They were always keeping up busy. We were always practicing something. There were quite a lot of scenes that I wasn’t involved with—the big scene, the kind of ‘stairway to paradise’—I wasn’t in those scenes. So, there was quite a lot of time where I was kind of by myself, where I’d go to the dialect coach or I’d go downtown and have an extra lesson. Even if you have a spare hour, you’d fill it with something, whether that’s learning a new line or going over choreography. So, it’s quite nice to not know what you’ve got that day and just come in and be prepared for anything.

    HC: And that’s a hard task in itself to be prepared for anything.

    LC: Yes, it is. It’s true. You kind of start the day thinking you’re doing the big ballet, and then they change their minds that they want you to sing. They keep you on your toes. They make sure you’re always warm, whether that’s vocally or physically—that you can just be ready for any bit of the show, at any time. Yeah, that is a challenge in itself.
     

    HC: And I know you just spoke on this a little bit, but in previous interviews, you’ve talked about how some of your pre-show rituals include bashing your pointe shoes around to get them ready for practice or for an actual performance. In addition to that, as well as stretching, are there any other pre-show rituals or routines that you go through to get read?

    LC: I always like to get to the theatre quite early. You don’t officially have to be in the theatre until the half-hour call. But in the West End, it’s slightly different because we do a group warm-up, so we have to be there an hour and a half before the show. But, I always like to get there at least two hours before curtains open, just to make sure I’m there, I’m ready and I’m in my dress room. The first thing I’ll do is have a cup of tea and put the kettle on and have a cup of tea and just relax in my dressing room. Then, I’ll just check that my shoes are all ready, make sure the ribbons aren’t loose, to make sure they’re more secure. Then I’ll do my costume prep, so make sure my hair is in pin curls and then I put my makeup on. Then, I tend to go down to the stage, just to feel the stage setting and practice some of the sets. Once I’m physically warmed up, I’ll move onto my vocal warm-ups.

    I would stick to the same type of routine, most days. I always had the same pair of leg warmers that I wore every single show to warm up in, and the same jacket. It kind of did the whole distance, Paris, Broadway and the West End—the same pair of leg warmers and the same jacket that I wore for every single show to keep me warm. And I’ve still got them actually, but I haven’t had to put them on since then, but they’re still there waiting in a drawer for the next show. [laughs[

    HC: That’s amazing, particularly with all the points in your routine and how it gets you in the mindset to work.

    LC: And I probably didn’t need to do them that way. I’d say, if it didn’t go to plan, I’m not one of those people that say, ‘Oh, I haven’t done this, now the show’s going to go badly.’ I don’t have to go exactly to plan, but it’s nice to have a routine. I think most people enjoy having a routine.

    HC: Absolutely. And in another interview, you’ve also noted that when you went through the audition for An American in Paris, it was the first time you spoke or sang on stage apart from dancing. What inspired you to go out for this audition?

    LC: Well, I didn’t really know that I was auditioning for when I started. Christopher actually sent me a message on Facebook saying he’d like to hear me sing, and I presumed it was for a ballet he was doing that he, maybe, needed someone to sing something.  So, I didn’t actually know what I was auditioning for, until a couple of weeks later when I got an email from a casting agency in New York it was headed with An American in Paris: The Musical. I was like, ‘Oh, so that’s what I was doing.’

    So yeah, I didn’t actually know. I guess maybe he didn’t want to scare me, and maybe if I was terrible, he didn’t want to feel obliged that he had told me what it was going to be and he didn’t want to get my hopes up, or something. So, he kept it very under wraps until later on when I got the email and found out what exactly it was for. But, it was scary for me because ballet is a silent art form. You don’t make any noise, even in a rehearsal studio, you don’t really ask questions. But in a musical, you can ask your co-workers questions and ask your director questions and have a conversation about the role. Just to ask those questions in rehearsal, let alone actually speak on stage and generally being more vocal, that was scary, especially with someone like Christopher, who I’ve known since I was like 13.

    I had always looked up to him, and he was this pinnacle of an absolute star choreography. We’d have to curtsy when he’d walk into the room, while I was at boarding school. To be on talking terms with him felt very strange. It was a change and it was nice because we were all equals, and we wanted to know our opinions. So, it’s now very hard for me to be in the studio and not have a voice and not want to ask questions. So, I feel sorry for the next person I get to work with because I’ll be chatting all the time.

    HC: But that’s nice, in a way, to see the flip side of the industry and to have gotten that experience. And then, you have extensive experience in dance and being on stage in general. Have you learned anything about yourself or your passion for ballet from your time being onstage?

    LC: One thing I’ve learned is that I’m definitely better—I’m a type of person where I’m a creature of habit. So, it really suited me doing a show eight times a week. Whereas, I’m sure a lot of ballet dancers—I remember doing a run of Swan Lake where we probably did 30 shows, and we all thought that was a marathon and we couldn’t spare the thought of doing another 35 shows—but for me, I really loved doing the same thing again and again and again. You never feel comfortable on stage, it’s not the most comfortable place to be, but I’ve got to a point where I walked on stage and I was like, ‘Well, I did this yesterday, and I did it the day before, so of course I can do it today. I got to the point where I can enjoy the show and the play and be brave enough to try something new. Then, figure out if it works. If it didn’t work, then if it works then try again the next day. And if it didn’t work, try something new.

    But for me, what I learned about myself is that I really do like doing eight shows a week. And when I’ve learned something, it really helps me become calm and it helped my confidence because it made me believe in myself a little bit more. And I think that all dancers and all performers can do well with that, actually. So, it helped me with that.

    HC: And that had to have been, like you said, a confidence boost and a validating experience to say, ‘Hey, I can do eight shows a week. I can do this.’

    LC: Yes.

    HC: And what’s your favorite part about being in this acclaimed musical production and seeing it hit theaters?

    LC: Oh goodness, it’s so hard to choose a favorite thing because this experience really has changed my life. I never imagined that I would be in a musical, let alone one that did as well as it did and being nominated for 12 Tony Awards and 4 Olivia Awards. It was just the most surreal experience. And sometimes when you’re on Facebook, a memory pops up and it will say three years ago today you were performing at the White House for the Obamas. And if I hadn’t have heard of An American in Paris, I would have never gotten to do that and get to record a cast album and go to the Tony Awards. Like Broadway was just the most magical experience, and Broadway and Bryant Park and just getting to sing. You learn as you go.

    I used to watch Smash when I got home from rehearsals because I didn’t know anything about putting on a Broadway show. So when I got home from rehearsals, I would watch Smash and I would go, “Oh, well, that must be coming next,” so I kind of learned from watching that TV program. But, it’s really just been life-changing, and I wouldn’t change any of it because it’s all been so wonderful.

    HC: Absolutely. It sounds wonderful, and the whole experience itself can absolutely be a favorite part. Then, what advice would you give to a college-age person who might be interested in dancing, whether that’s professionally or recreationally?

    LC: I think dancing is such a great way of exercising not only your body but also your brain. I’ve been doing a little bit of teaching recently, and I teach as young as four or five. And the most wonderful thing about dance is that it’s infectious, and you can pick it up at any age and any physicality can do it. So, find the type of dancing that you enjoy the most because it might not be ballet. It could be jazz, or tap, or samba, or it could be hip-hop. There are so many different types of dance, so find the one that you enjoy, whether you want to for fun or for a career. If you do want to do it as a career, I would say I was very much into doing just ballet from 11 years old. And now, I wish that I had broadened my horizons a little bit more at that age. I wish that I had carried on with samba and jazz, just so that now it doesn’t seem so alien to me. But I have to remember the times when I was seven and if I had only carried on a little bit longer it wouldn’t be so hard to, now, pick it up again. So, just try lots of different styles of dance would be the advice I would give to people.

    HC: And do you have any words of wisdom that you use to keep yourself motivated in your career?

    LC: I think it’s learning to believe in yourself. I think if Christopher hadn’t taken that risk to cast, well Chris and the producers, two non-speaking, non-singing dancers in a Broadway show. I never would have believed I could do it, but he believed I could. And by the end of it, I believed I could. So, I think it’s about believing you can and pushing yourself. Push boundaries because I never thought I would live abroad. I thought I’d always live in England. If an opportunity comes, jump in head first and just work really, really hard, and you’ll never know what you’ll achieve.

    I really didn’t think this was possible. If you had told me when I was 10 years old, ‘One day you’re going to perform on Broadway in an original part in a musical,' I would have never believed you. If you see an opportunity, you have to take it and embrace it in both your arms and be an absolute sponge. Take in every bit of information you can and absorb it. And most importantly: Have fun along the way.

    An American in Paris: The Musical will be in select theaters on September 20 and 23, and tickets are currently available for purchase


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    Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    Author of Infamous NYT Op-Ed Remains a Mystery

    Both the internet and the White House have yet to discover who is behind the opinion piece published yesterday in The New York Times, titled, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. The Times made the rare move of granting the author — who claims to be a senior Trump administration official — anonymity, supposedly because his "job would be jeopardized" by the disclosure of his identity. The scathing article calls Trump "ill-informed," and "reckless," though the author says they're working to thwart this behavior and parts of Trump's agenda. 

    For what it's worth, the president and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders have dismissed the article and its author as cowardly. "The media's wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump," Sanders wrote in a statement on Twitter, adding that anyone curious about the "gutless loser's" identity should call the "failing"Times' opinion desk. 

    Meanwhile, people on Twitter are going as far as conducting a linguistic analysis to try and unmask the author. A number of officials have already issued denials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, every single White House Cabinet Secretary, and more. First lady Melania Trump spoke out about the op-ed, though she technically didn't deny writing it. "Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation's founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy. The press should be fair, unbiased and responsible," she wrote on Twitter. "Unidentified sources have become the majority of the voices people hear about in today's news. People with no names are writing our nation's history. Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences. If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves. To the writer of the oped — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions."

    Check out these resources for theories:

    Trump Holds Rally in Montana

    The president covered a range of topics at his rally in Billings, Montana on Thursday, which was intended to promote senate candidate Matt Rosendale. However, Rosendale wasn't among them. Instead, Trump promoted Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, condemned the author of the anonymous NYT op-ed, and targeted Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Maxine Waters, the Affordable Care Act, immigrants, and more. He also predicted what might happen if he were to be impeached: the US would "turn into a third world country." 

    "I don't even bring it up because I view it as something, you know, they like to use the impeach word. Maxine Waters, 'We will impeach him.' But he didn't do anything wrong. It doesn't matter, we will impeach him," Trump said. "We will impeach — but I say how do you impeach somebody that's doing a great job? That hasn't done anything wrong?"

    Trump added that if he does get impeached, it would be the doing of his supporters. "It is so ridiculous. But we will worry about that, it ever happens, but if it does happen it is your fault because you did not go out and vote," he said. "You did not go out to vote, that is the only way it can happen. I will be the only president in history that will say what a job he has done, by the way, we are impeaching him."

    Rosendale eventually took the stage, but as soon as he left, Trump returned.

    Alex Jones Banned From Twitter

    Less than a month after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey declined to terminate the accounts of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars, the social media platform announced on Thursday that it was doing just that. Facebook, YouTube, and Apple all banned Jones in August, citing guideline violations, hate speech, Jones' glorification of violence, and more. At the time, Twitter said Jones' various accounts had not violated any of its community guidelines.

    For Twitter, the final straw seemed to be a recent interaction between Jones and a CNN reporter, Oliver Darcy, on Wednesday. The InfoWars host live-streamed the exchange on Periscope (which Twitter owns), and Jones can be seen accosting Darcy. He later did the same to Dorsey, who was on Capitol Hill to appear before congress regarding election interference and political bias on Twitter. 

    "We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts' past violations," Twitter said on the platform. "We wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case."

    Jones is known for spreading conspiracy theories and false information, including that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was a hoax, 9/11 was an inside job, and more. In addition to being banned from Twitter, Jones and InfoWars will also not be allowed to create new accounts on the platform.

    What to look for...

    A drink. The weekend is here, and it's National Beer Lover's Day.


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    So, you wake up the morning after a fun night with your SO or a new hookup, and the main problem on your mind is what you’re going to make for breakfast, when it hits you—I forgot to take my pill yesterday!

    If you’ve been here before, trust us: You’re absolutely not alone. In fact, one in two women may need to use emergency contraception in their lifetimes. And there’s no shame in this, so you don’t need to panic—just be prepared.

    Still not sure what emergency contraception is or how to use it? Well, let us introduce you to Preventeza by the makers of Vagisil. Vagisil’s products are designed by women, for women (a #girlpower win in our book) and they’ve been looking out for women’s sexual health for 40 years, so it’s no wonder women trust them—and you can, too. Preventeza contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone, which works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. The key here: Take it within 72 hours of your sexual encounter, because it’s most effective the sooner it is taken.

    Preventeza uses the same ingredient as many birth control pills, just at a higher dose, so you won’t be dealing with medications that are too unfamiliar. That being said, emergency contraception shouldn’t be a replacement for your regular birth control, and it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases—keep yourselves as protected as possible, ladies! Preventeza is the perfect product to keep on hand as a backup for when you’re in a pinch; e.g., when your birth control fails.

    If you’re still unsure about the effectiveness of an emergency contraception, approximately seven out of every eight women who would have become pregnant will not after taking Preventeza (when taken within 72 hours after intercourse, of course). Nearly half of all pregnancies remain unintended*, so why is it that only 18 percent of women have used emergency contraception?

    Well the answer is pretty simple: misinformation about EC and lack of awareness prevent women from using the products they need. Only a small number of women have used emergency contraception, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Vagisil wants to stop this cycle and help women feel empowered to look after their own sexual health, because any of us could be the one in two. To make emergency contraceptive more accessible (while also providing education and awareness), Vagisil has a Buy One, Get One Free (to keep or give to a friend) offer on Preventeza.com. Preventeza is also available over the counter (OTC) in Rite Aid stores and online, including Amazon.

    We encourage you to learn more about Preventeza and emergency contraception, so that you can feel empowered to take control. Additionally, Vagisil has launched a #WeAre1in2 campaign to raise awareness of the fact that 1-in-2 women may need to use emergency contraception in their lifetime due to the risk of unintended pregnancies. Show your solidarity with women being in control of their reproductive health by using #WeAre1in2 on social media!

    *Finer, L. B., & Zolna, M. R. (2011). Unintended pregnancy in the United States: incidence and disparities, 2006. Contraception, 84(5), 478-485.


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    I Did A Thing is our weekly advice column where the Her Campus editorial team helps you out when you ruin your own life (hey, we've been there). Email advice@hercampus.com for any and everything you need help with. We’ll answer you (anonymously!) on hercampus.com so we can all learn, together. We’ve got your back.

    @itscomplicatedaf: I think I like my ex's best friend... who also just happens to be my best friend's ex. I dated my ex for 3 years, and we had a really good relationship. However, we decided to split because of personal reasons. I never looked at a guy romantically for the past year, but recently, I have been attracted to his best friend. Last year, my friend had broken up with my ex's friend, which was sad for both of them. It's such an odd turn of events, but I can't help but continue to like him. He's a really nice guy, and we talk every once in a while. What do I do in this situation?

    @helpmehc: Wow. This is complicated as fuck. Here's the thing that kind of sucks: Sometimes, you really do just fall for the most random people. Sometimes that means you fall for someone who's totally perfect for you, and you have a really simple, easy relationship. Other times, it's someone who feels kind of off limits, and it gets a lot more complex. This is clearly that second one. Which is why you want to make sure this is a real feeling you want to pursue. No need to make this complicated by bringing up feelings that are only temporary! You say you think you like him—I'd figure that out first. 

    If you're sure these are legit feelings, it's time to start making moves. 

    What's going to really be your best bet here is 100 percent honesty and transparency, starting with the people who matter most. I personally would rank your friend at the top of the list, so I'd talk to her. Be straight forward, and say, "So I'm starting to have feelings for your ex." Give her a chance to take it in, and make it clear that you prioritize her feelings above all else. Let her know you wouldn't bring it up if you weren't sure there was something there. She might be upset, or kind of thrown, and she's right to be. As you noted, this is NOT an easy situation, at all. Whether you end up dating this guy or not, it's a good idea to make sure you and your BFF are on the same page. The worst thing in these kind of situations is to lie, and if something does come up romantically with her ex, you want to make sure she's not shocked or feels betrayed.

    At the end of the day though, your feelings matter, and girl code is only going to go so far if you start falling for this guy. Any friend who loves and cares for you is going to want you to live your best life, and if that means dating her ex, so be it. Just make sure you're talking it out and being honest about where you're at, and give her some time to heal and recover from the breakup before you start throwing your new relationship in her face. Even if nothing happens with this guy, at least your bestie knows you're always honest with her, 100 percent. 💖 

    Check out more advice from @helpmehc. We've got your back.


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    If you’ve been keyed into the pop culture landscape over the past few years, chances are you’ve seen Amanda Warren. The actress has kept busy appearing in hit television dramas like This Is Us and The Leftovers. She also had roles in three critically acclaimed filmsmother!, Roman J. Israel Esq. and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—in 2017. Now, she is taking on the role of Jane, a finance worker who is hoping to overcome professional obstacles, in USA Network’s highly-anticipated series, The Purge

    Her Campus caught up with Amanda to get the scoop on her new show, what it's been like to work on so many high-profile projects and the advice she has for young women.

    Her Campus: You’ve had a busy year! What it's been like working on so many high-profile projects at a time?

    Amanda Warren: It’s definitely something I never would have anticipated, having completed all of those projects by the age of 33. That’s just crazy to me, to have worked with Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Darren Aronofsky—all in one awards season. That just doesn’t happen every day and it’s been an embarrassment of riches. I take on the task with a tremendous amount of humility and gratitude. It’s been quite a fulfilling experience and nothing that I could have imagined happening this early in my career.

    HC: You're starring in The Purge TV series—where would you say the series fits into the larger story of the Purge franchise?

    AW: We are meditating a lot more on the human condition than what you see on the feature side of the franchise. The feature side of the franchise has given the viewers, including myself, so much as far as entertainment value and a meditation on what could be, and American society. But with that said I think that there’s a lot more character development, and therefore a lot more thought on the human condition and meditating on that just as well. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    HC: How would you describe your character, Jane?

    AW: Jane is a young, ambitious, driven, self-made woman in corporate, white collar finance America who’s just hit this roadblock with her boss. She’s quite ambitious and she’s quite deserving of all of the opportunities she’s received. So when she hasn’t excelled or advanced at the pace she’s supposed to, she finds a way to remedy that by hiring a Purge assassin. 

    HC: Is there anything that was particularly terrifying about filming such a scary show? 

    AW: It was scary for me because there is such a fan following. For me the actor, I just tend to follow the story, but I come from more of the, for lack of a better phrase, the "arthouse world," the "indie-feature world," so I’m not used to being a part of franchises like this. It’s been an exhilarating and exciting experience. Then again, at the same time, [you] just want to tell great stories and fulfill fan’s expectations—you just want to make sure you get it right, whatever that means. I just tried to really follow the story and concentrate on that because it was very exciting, but a little nerve-racking in a beautiful way. 

    HC: What do you hope viewers take away from this show?

    AW: Just trying to understand one another as human beings. And looking each other in the eye. Putting the laptops down, turning the phones on do not disturb, and trying to understand one another and what each other’s plights might be and where we all come from. I think that is the beginning of people appreciating and respecting one another in society, especially in this time in the global climate where people are very sensitized about a lot of major issues. I think that if we take the time to look each other in the eye and ask each other where we come from, why do you feel that way, what’s happened to you, or why do you want this, I think that we can begin to understand a lot more. And hopefully that’s something we can ignite with people across the board, as far as our viewers. 

    HC: That’s such a wonderful message! 

    AW: I think so! We don’t do it anymore. We just don’t do it. We don’t look each other in the face anymore and I think a lot of stuff gets lost in that, especially miscommunication. You text one another, there’s a lack of vocal inflection, so you don’t know what things really mean. You just have these words and there’s no warmth. There’s no warmth with this technology and communication. I think we just need to go back to basics. I think that’s really important and hopefully with the decisions our viewers will see our characters making on the show, hopefully that will propel people to do just that. 

    HC: You’ve had the chance to work with some legendary filmmakers like Darren Aronofsky and Martin McDonagh. What have those experiences been like?

    AW: A gift. A true gift. Life-changing. And also, the cinematographers too, like Ben Davis and Bob Elswit, who was on Roman J. Israel Esq., and Matthew Libatique. It doesn’t get any better than that. You’re just standing in the midst of some really special people who aren’t like the other children on the playground and you don’t just want to hear what they’re saying, but listen and observe, and watch how these people work so you can stay in good company, like I’ve been so fortunate to have done the past 10 years. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    HC: You’ve had the chance to work extensively in film and television. Do you prefer one medium over the other?

    AW: I just prefer to tell really great stories. I’m quite looking forward to getting back to stage work whenever that happens. I believe that a moment occurs when it needs to, and a moment is as long as it needs to be. So, I just really follow the story. And with that, it has never really steered me wrong. Speaking of my body of work, just following a really great story is what I can appreciate and what I come from as far as education, as far as having watched movies and television shows with my mother and father, and friends and family. So, it’s really important. A great story is always going to gravitate great viewership and great appreciation for the craft and for entertainment, and for the human condition. So, I just try to follow the story and usually that leads me to where I need to be in the moment. 

    HC: What has been the highlight of your 2018?

    AW: The Purge and before then, the SAG Awards and getting up on stage with Fran [McDormand], and Kerry Condon, and Woody [Harrelson] and Sam [Rockwell], and everybody, and collecting that Best Ensemble Award. And then to come into a franchise with 10 episodes on two different networks, SyFy and USA, with the full backing of Blumhouse Productions and UCP, it’s been quite the blessing. And, I’ve been able to stretch some muscles and reach in certain choices with my storytelling that I haven’t done in quite some time, probably since graduate school. So, it’s been a really beautiful experience. And, I’m in love with the city of New Orleans. It’s been great, and I’ve had the great fortune of working with some really fantastic people. It’s been humbling, it’s been beautiful, it’s been exciting and I’m just truly looking forward to how people receive the show. 

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    HC: What is one professional goal you hope to accomplish in the future?

    AW: My personal goal is just to keep working and keep telling some great stories. I think that with that will come a lot of beautiful opportunities and things that will have exceeded my expectations, like it’s done in my 10 years so far. That’s all I really want to do—tell great stories and be able to not just survive, but live a beautiful life and just have access to all the joy in the world. That’s really important to me. And that’s all happening. It’s been a really beautiful thing and I just want to continue on that path.  

    HC: What is one piece of advice you have for young women?

    AW: Follow your gut and do things without apology. If you stand by your convictions, then don’t apologize for it. I think that sometimes we can get a little caught up in what’s expected of us, and I think it’s very important to exceed expectations. Not just ours, but other people’s. Just keep going and do what you believe in and not really worry about anyone else. I don’t think anything can do you wrong if you stand firm in your convictions and what you believe to be good for you.

    Catch new episodes of The Purge on USA and Syfy, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.


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    Disney is rebooting the beloved High School Musical series for its brand-new streaming service, and this time as a TV series.

    For starters, the show's name is High School Musical: The Musical, and it will be shot docu-style as the story plays out over the course of 10 episodes. Strangely enough, the students at East High will be performing High School Musical as their actual winter theater musical. Huh? 

    Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow the students as they "realize that as much drama happens off-stage as on stage." What's more, every episode will feature a brand-new rendition of a song from the first film, along with an original song.

    The cast has yet to be decided, but casting is on the hunt for eight series regular roles (though no sight of Troy or Gabriella). Think you have what it takes to star in the new show? Check out the descriptions from The Hollywood Reporter for the eight characters, below.

    Ricky: Described as "a snarky sweetheart" and "a B-minus student," Ricky is also dating fellow student Nini but their unexpected breakup is what gives him the idea to star opposite her in the school play in an effort to win her back. Voted "Most likely to sleep through his alarm."

    Nini: It's finally Nini's time to go from chorus girl to star, and she also has a brand-new boyfriend from Summer camp on her arm. She is described as "an iron butterfly" and was voted "most likely to have a Hamilton lyric as her senior quote."

    E.J.: Completing the love triangle between Nini and Ricky is E.J., who is "the type of ambitious entrepre-nerd who brings homemade props to auditions." He is competitive to a fault and isn't going to let anything (or anyone) get in his way of co-starring with Nini in the musical. Voted "Most likely to report another student for cheating on a test." 

    Ashlyn: Brash and gutsy, Ashlyn’s mouthy attitude covers “new kid” self-doubt. A slightly woo-woo horoscope reader, she's finding her place in the school hierarchy. Worships Sara Bareilles and is an aspiring songwriter on the sly. Can't wait till she's old enough to vote, and she’ll march and protest in the meantime. Whether she’s cast in the musical or not, she’s got her eye on student council. Voted "Most likely to read your palm."

    Big Red: Ricky's lifelong wingman. Big Red is weirdly devastated by Ricky and Nini's breakup. He has secretly crushed on Nini since middle school, and her breakup with Ricky proves a moral best-friend dilemma. He joins the backstage crew to be "Nini-adjacent." Wants to start a garage band, but keeps forgetting to learn an instrument. Voted "Most likely to believe aliens are real, bruh."

    Gina: Would call herself a "wonderstudy." A polished pro with an Equity card and the unwavering belief that the drama teacher made a HUGE mistake not casting her as a lead. Gina is an entitled princess, but her ambition pales in comparison with her stage mother’s. Posts Instagram videos of her singing that go viral -- and makes Nini seriously start to doubt her own talent. Voted "Most likely to push you down a flight of stairs."

    Vikram: Captain of the color guard and the student choreographer of High School Musical. Beyoncé is his iPhone lockscreen wallpaper, and he already has his Tony Award for Best Choreography speech written out. Voted "Most likely to stage a flash mob on a field trip."

    Miss Jenn: The school's new drama teacher, Miss Jenn is high-energy and low-reality. She truly believes musicals can save lives. If only she believed in telling the truth on her résumé. She's moved back home to Utah after she left New York under mysterious circumstances, packing up in a hurry. Forces student choreographer Vikram to do a Kickstarter for the musical when the school board won't give her the $50,000 budget she asks for. Suffers serious imposter syndrome and would ultimately do anything for these kids. 

    There's still no official release date for the show, but since Disney's streaming service is set to launch sometime in late 2019, you can bet a premiere date will be around the same time.


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    Let's face it, Urban Outfitters really is the store of the century. With most of the brands we could need under the sun, the retailer has an overall vibe and variety of products that we totally dig. I mean, let's be honest, Urban Outfitters created aesthetic for many of us.

    Now, Urban Outfitters is introducing a whole line of beauty products under the name "ohii"that are sure to please even the most particular of beauty obsessives. Interested yet? Well, here's even more news. According to Cosmopolitan, not only are the products shelfie-worthy, they're also paraben-free and cruelty-free

     

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    Ohii Beauty's selection of products is set to include everything from matte lipsticks to skincare to hair wands. While shopping at Urban Outfitters can sometimes feel pretty pricey on a college budget, Nylon notes that many products come in between $10 and $24. Needless to say, this is going to feel like one the most tangible makeup launches to happen this year. With gorgeous self-care and lady boss branding, it feels accessible to the average woman in a way luxe beauty launches sometimes fail to be.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Ohii Beauty is available to shop starting September 10, but you can stay up-to-date on all the makeup haps' and product sneak peeks via their Instagram.


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