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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    There are thousands of quizzes, lists and extensive articles that help you find the perfect college—but what if you aren’t convinced a traditional college degree program is right for you at all? Sure, traditional college experiences are so diverse that it seems counterintuitive to claim all universities offer a conventional college experience, especially considering some colleges allow you to create your own experience and, in some cases, even your own degree.

    While buildable courses might not be the best for those of us who still struggle to find inspiration to make a four-ingredient omelet (seriously, indecisiveness and creativity is a difficult combo to balance), there are other options besides buildable majors and overall four-year programs.

    Although there are a myriad of resources for those of us who know that college is the right choice (or we might not be completely certain, but are ready to risk it), figuring out if college or a four-year degree program is the best path, in general, can be confusing AF. Whether you’re a rising high school senior, you took a gap year (or two) between high school and college, or it’s been a few years since your high school graduation, there are ways you can find out if college is the best choice for your needs. (You know, without gambling your credit score. *sobs in student loan debt*)

    1. Sit in on a college class

    Step up your college visitations by signing up to sit in on a class. While not every college allows the option for visiting students to sit in on classes,  try talking to current students and see if they can sneak you into a course. We get it: Everyone’s trying to find innovative ways to sleep through a lecture while simultaneously absorbing the course material (forget having better sex, sleeping while studying is our ultimate fantasy). While sitting in on a class that you’re not even enrolled in seems like more work, it could give you some valuable insights on college life.

    If you email a professor (or three) about observing their class and none of them respond (because college professors are canonically terrible at that), then sign up to audit a class. Most universities offer an option to audit a class. While you still have to pay money to audit a class, they’re typically offered at a reduced rate because you aren’t actually eligible to receive credit for that class.

    Sure, paying money to gauge interest in a future career or college itself may not sound ideal, and you’re not wrong. But, auditing a class or taking the time (and money) to travel and visit a campus could help you gain a more tangible understanding of the college experience—which will help you decide for yourself if this is what you want right now in your life.

    Related: What to Do When Your Parents Are Too Involved in the College Process

    2. Talk to people in your aspiring industry

    Talking to people in your (hopefully) future industry can feel scary. Well, talking to people in general is frightening because people are terrible. While talking to people in your dream career might not help you get over your phobia of talking to people, it can help you understand how individuals become (apparently) fully functioning professionals.

    If making verbal words work (or words in general) is a dilemma, here are some potential questions you could ask to gain a better understanding of the company and how you can get into the industry.

    • What kind of degree (if any) did you get before your first entry-level job in this career?

    • What courses did you take in college?

    • In what ways do you think a four-year degree helps you be a better employee?

    • What are some of the education requirements for this field and how have they changed since you started this job?

    If you still have questions, ask a professional in the industry if you could job shadow them for a day. Job shadowing can help you learn what types of skills and education go into that vocation, which will help you decide if college can help you become a more efficient asset to that line of work. A lot of industries and companies offer job shadowing opportunities that you can apply to, so you don’t have to suffer through those dreaded cold emails. (Unless that’s your jam, but if it is we’re def judging and somewhat jealous.)

    3. Research job requirements

    A quick Google search of the job requirements for a publicist would yield a plethora of outdated criteria. However, you can use your Insta-sleuthing skills to search LinkedIn for recent publicist openings. Scroll through the entries and write down any of the common requirements, whether they’re programs, education or soft skills. Listing these commonalities could help you figure out what degree, if any, is right for you.

    Searching aimlessly for similar job openings could give you thousands of results, so make sure you research the companies you’d like to work for and prioritize those requirements on your list. If you find that college could help you get your dream job, this list could ultimately help you find the college and the major that could set you apart from your competition in the industry.

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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.)

    Christine Blasey Ford Calls for FBI Investigation Into Her Sexual Assault Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh

    The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, wants the FBI to investigate the incident before the senate holds a hearing on the allegations. According to CNN's Anderson Cooper, in a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, her attorney argued that "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions."

    When requesting to speak with Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Ford's lawyers cited the "vicious harassment and even death threats." As of right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a public hearing next Monday, where they'll call both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify. While Ford said she'll talk with the committee, she doesn't want to do so at a hearing on Monday. Her lawyers are currently seeking a way Ford "can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security," the letter said. 

    According to CNN, Grassley said that there were never any plans to sit Ford and Kavanaugh together while testifying. "Immediately after learning of Dr. Ford's identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims," he said. We've offered Dr. Ford the opportunity to share her story with the committee, as her attorney said yesterday she was willing to do. We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable. The invitation for Monday still stands."

    Grassley continued, "Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay."

    Feinstein, however, said in a statement that she supported Ford's proposal. "We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing. A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to. Only then should the chairman set a hearing date," she said. "I hope that each and every one of us will immediately denounce the horrific treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford. That this brave woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking. This abuse must stop. We're better than this."

    Kavanaugh has strongly denied Ford's allegations, calling them "completely false."

    Julie Chen is Leaving The Talk Amid Allegations Against Her Husband Les Moonves

    Just a week after her husband Les Moonves resigned from his post as chief executive of CBS after sexual misconduct allegations, Julie Chen is quitting CBS'The Talk. She announced the news in a video message that aired on Tuesday's The Talk, a talk show that she co-hosted for nearly a decade. "Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and young son,” Chen said. "Thank you viewers for allowing me into your home. It was a privilege."

    The video was apparently filmed from the Big Brother set, another CBS show that Chen has worked on for years. According to CNN, she'll continue to host the reality competition. 

    Chen's decision to quit The Talk came after days of uncertainty about her status at CBS. Moonves is facing allegations of sexual misconduct by several women, which first surfaced in a report by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker. Chen has publicly supported her husband, who's denied the accusations. She even released a statement calling him "a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader."

    Ireland Officially Repealed its Constitutional Ban on Abortion

    After Ireland voted to overturn the country's abortion ban by 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent, Irish President Michael D. Higgins officially signed the referendum bill into law on Tuesday. As a result, the Eighth Amendment — which granted "an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn child,"— was formally repealed. Now, the Irish government's recommendation is that women are able to access abortion within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, BBC reported

    "It’s done, it’s really done and while we wait for legislation that so urgently needs to be passed, what a moment this is," the Abortion Rights Campaign tweeted. "And you, all of you that gave so, so much and worked so, so hard to make this happen, this moment is for you."

    Back in May, when the vote took place, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called the decision "Ireland's second chance to treat everyone equally."

    "A hundred years since women got the right to vote. Today, we as a people have spoken. And we say that we trust women and we respect women and their decisions," he said. "For me it is also the day when we said 'No More'. No more doctors telling their patients there is nothing that can be done for them in their own country. No more lonely journeys across the Irish Sea. No more stigma. The veil of secrecy is lifted. No more isolation. The burden of shame is gone."

    What to look for...

    A response from Kim K. about whether or not her, Kanye, and the kids are moving to Chi-town.

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    After two years abroad, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is finally coming back to New York for 2018! The lingerie brand dropped the news yesterday via a series of Instagram posts featuring models interacting with classic New York sights, including taxis, the subway and Grand Central Station. 



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    While we don't know the full list of Victoria's Secret Angels yet, some models have already confirmed their participation including Toni Garrn, Shanina Shaik and Barbara Palvin. One face we won't see is longtime Angel Alessandra Ambrosio who hung up her wings in 2017



    A post shared by Barbara Palvin (@realbarbarapalvin) on

    A new Angel who will be joining this year's cast is America's Next Top Model alum Winnie Harlow who, according to Vogue, "dropped to the floor and started bawling," when she found out she had been cast. Known for being open about her skin condition vitiligo, Harlow's casting is a great move in diversity for Victoria's Secret.



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    This show will mark the sixteenth time New York has hosted the infamous event. While the actual date for the show has not yet been released, we can expect it will be sometime in November. We can't wait to see what craziness the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show brings this year!

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    Kylie Jenner shares so much with her fans—pictures of her adorable daughter Stormi, previews of her latest beauty collections and glamorous snaps of her life. But last night, Kylie shared some new info with her fans: she had put milk in her cereal for the first time. 

    Wait, what?

    After learning this fun fact about Kylie, I had so many questions. Does she just not like milk? Does she hate soggy cereal? Does she have some sort of dietary restriction that prohibits her from consuming dairy? Does the always trendy Kardashian-Jenner clan have some new method of consuming cereal that we don’t know about? Thankfully, Kylie followed up her tweet to answer questions from fans and give us all the details. 

    First, Kylie explained that she has “always liked dry cereal” and simply never topped it off with milk. 


    One Twitter user then asked her what kind of cereal she paired with her milk. Her response? Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

    Another fan wanted to know what kind of milk she put in her cereal. Kylie said that she used regular milk, but asked if she should try a different variety next time. 

    And another tweeter asked Kylie the hard-hitting question: did she put the cereal or the milk in first. Kylie, the smart and savvy gal that she is, of course put the cereal in the bowl first. 

    Famous faces like Seth Rogen even got in on the fun. He told Kylie that she has a lot to look forward to when she tries another classic like PB&J. 

    One fan even used a still from Jordan Peele’s Get Out to joke with Kylie about how she was eating her cereal. 

    And with Kylie's large social media following, I wouldn't be surprised if dry cereal were to become the next big trend in breakfast foods. 

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    This summer has been full of passionate celebrity romances, but I think Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin just took the cake. While sightseeing in London, Bieber was spotted serenading his fiancée (maybe already wife?) outside of Buckingham Palace. 

    With only his guitar and stellar vocals, the 24-year teen idol sang “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman, and his own single “Cold Water." In between songs, he nodded his head towards Baldwin and declared, “that girl right there is the love of my life everyone." Isn’t that so cute? Where can I find myself a man like that?

    Baldwin and Bieber’s whirlwind of a romance began back in 2015—however, they ended things soon after they got together. Then back in May of this year, the pair rekindled their relationship and by July they were engaged! Just a few days ago, the couple reportedly got married in a small courthouse ceremony and are making plans to have a religious ceremony with family and friends. Baldwin has denied this claim, though.

    Either way, I think we can all agree that their relationship is goals. All of my congrats to the happy couple!

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    During a press conference on Tuesday, Hawaii senator Mazie Hirono did not hold back her denunciation of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s handling of the allegations of sexual assault from Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    Blasey Ford alleges that when she was 15, she attended a house party with friends and not long into the party she was trapped inside a bedroom with Kavanaugh and his friend. Kavanuagh tried to forcibly remove her clothing and when she screamed for help, he placed his hand over her mouth to stop her. 

    Sen. Hirono, a member of the Judiciary Committee, called for the FBI to lead an investigation into these allegations before any testimonies from Kavanaugh or Ford are heard. 

    During the press conference, a reporter asked Hirono if having women on the committee would help and she fired back with, “Guess who’s perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country, “ she said. “And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and and step up. Do the right thing….for a change.”

    The support for Blasey from Democratic senators has been outpouring. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, called it "shameful that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans on repeating the ugly piece of history by doing to Dr. Blasey Ford exactly what they did to Anita Hill,” USA Today reports. 

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already delayed Kavanaugh’s hearing, which was scheduled for Thursday. The new hearing is scheduled for Monday. 

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    There is a famous cat out there that is a war hero with a medal and everything for his courageous acts. Honestly I am ashamed I didn’t know this earlier. And now you know about him too. 

     Simon, our spotlighted hero, as Time notes, is the only cat to ever receive the highest animal military award. The Dickin Medal for gallantry was awarded to this furry friend after his bravery in 1949.

    After being found in a port in Hong Kong, Simon was brought on board the British ship Amethyst to help rid the rat infestation. While on board the Chinese Communist forces attacked the ship, sending the soldiers on board into a 101 day siege. They had very limited sources and Simon single handedly destroyed those rats, helping to keep the crew fed until the siege was over. Besides this, poor little Simon had suffered some injuries, including a burn to his face. He didn’t let this stop him from being the most helpful kitty on board ever.

    via Pigeon Frame

    Once the crew returned to safety, news spread about Simon's fearlessness, and the fan mail came flooding in. The star had to get his very own naval officer to sort through all his written admiration. He was awarded the Dickin Medal which is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, being the highest honor for an animal.

    Via Meowingtons

    Sadly, Simon passed away a few weeks after making it back home. He was buried at PDSA’s Animal Cemetery with full military honors. He still remains the most distinguished cat in the military’s history for obvious reasons. Just look at his cute face. Simon kicked ass and has gone down as a legend for all felines out there. We stan.

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    In only two episodes, Lifetime’s new drama, Youhas already established itself as one of the creepiest shows on TV. Between captives in bookstore dungeons, poisoned lattes and romantic dates with a sinister stalker, it seems as though there is a twist and turn around every corner that will leave you saying, “Oh my God, what just happened?” In case you missed it, here are some of the most OMG-worthy moments from episode two. 

    ****Warning: Spoilers****

    1. Joe uses the Cloud to stalk Beck.

    Given the fact that the entirety of You thus far has been about Joe using various pieces of technology to learn all there is to know about Beck, this isn’t super surprising, but it sure is terrifying. The ease with which Joe is able to access all of Beck’s information on the Cloud after she purchases a new phone to replace the one he stole is very alarming. Even as Beck is setting up her new phone in her apartment, Joe is standing on the street using her old phone to access her texts, emails, social media accounts—basically her whole life. Let’s just say that after watching this episode, I was triple checking the security of my iCloud.

    2. Paco almost discovers Benji in Joe’s bookstore dungeon.

    Sweet, sweet Paco—let’s hope nothing bad happens to adorable Paco. If you remember, Paco (Luca Padovan) is the cute neighbor kid that Joe really cares about. In the pilot episode, we saw Joe bringing Paco books, showing him the book repair room and generally acting the way any big brother would. However, in this week’s episode, Paco decides to head to the bookstore to find a new book and starts to venture into Joe’s basement. Things get scary when Joe rushes down to the basement and we think that Paco will have to pay dearly for discovering Joe’s dirty little secret. Thankfully (I think), Joe catches Paco before he sees Benji and gives him a good scolding. Hopefully these harsh words will keep Paco safe.

    3. Peach is related to JD Salinger. 

    Beck’s bestie Peach (Shay Mitchell) is throwing a party, and guess who Beck brings as her date? You guessed it—Joe. As Beck is preparing Joe for how to best interact with her Ivy League friends, she lets it slip that Peach Salinger is related to famed literary recluse (and author of The Catcher and the Rye) JD Salinger. This relation is somewhat surprising, but seems fitting given that literature and books are major themes in this show. 

    4. Joe’s ex-girlfriend is nowhere to be found. 

    At Peach’s party, one of Beck’s friends approaches Joe as he is leaving and brings up about the whereabouts of his former girlfriend, Candace. Apparently, she dated Joe for a while and then “ran off to Rome” and she hasn’t been heard from since. Yeah…that doesn’t seem suspicious at all. Beck’s friends seem suspicious of the fact that Joe dates women who mysteriously vanish, but the alarm bells haven’t gone off for Beck just yet. Hopefully, she wises up before Joe sends her off on a permanent European vacation. 

    5. Benji is even more of a terrible person than we initially thought. 

    In an effort to escape from Joe’s prison, Benji offers to share his darkest secret with Joe in exchange for freedom. So, what is the artisanal soda maker’s shameful secret? Well, he’s complicit in the death of a fraternity pledge who died after an evening of heavy drinking and hazing. And if he thinks that this secret will bring him into Joe’s good graces, he’s got a surprise in store.

    6. Joe’s co-worker is really into book release parties. 

    This was a positive and uplifting moment in an otherwise dark and sinister show. Joe’s fellow employee at the bookstore, Ethan, is really excited about the release of the new Stephen King book. Like, he’s really excited. And while Joe is trying to keep his dark secrets hidden, Ethan is just worried about what snacks he should serve at the release party. Like with Paco, I’m hoping that pure, innocent Ethan minds his business and avoids the wrath of Joe. 

    7. Benji bites the dust. 

    While we probably saw this coming (because how long can you really hold someone in a bookstore dungeon), the way in which Benji dies is the alarming part of this story. After telling Joe about his peanut allergy and gluten intolerance, Joe decides to eliminate Benji with a peanut oil latte. This serves as a reminder to not share your deadly food allergy with the person that wants to kill you. 

    8. Joe has a sad backstory.

    While it’s easy to assume that Joe is an awful person for stalking Beck and killing Benji (maybe also Candace), this episode offered us a brief look into Joe’s past. In a quick flashback, we saw a teenage Joe being physically abused by an older man (who might be the owner of the bookstore). And while this is no excuse for Joe’s frightening and vile behavior, this childhood trauma could explain how Joe got to where he is today. 

    Catch new episodes of You, Sundays at 10pm on Lifetime. 

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    This summer, fans became worried sick about Demi Lovato’s hospitalization following an overdose. But the shock among fans couldn’t compare to what one of the people closest to her might have felt. Demi’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, spoke to the media for the first time since her daughter’s overdose. “It’s still a difficult thing to talk about,” De La Garza told Newsmax TV. “I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day.”

    De La Garza, who is the author of the bestselling memoir, Falling With Wings: A Mother’s Story, talked about the moment she found out about Demi’s hospitalization. “The first lines of these texts were saying, ‘I just heard the news, I’m so sorry, I’m praying for your family, I’m praying for Demi.’ I was in shock," she said. "I thought, what is going on? … My heart just dropped.”

    With oldest daughter Dallas by her side, De La Garza first heard the news from Demi’s assistant, Kelsey. She recalls anxiously asking about Demi’s condition. "I said, ‘Is she OK?’ And she stopped for a second and she said, ‘She’s conscious, but she’s not talking,’" she said. "I knew at that point that we were in trouble.”

    Demi, who is reportedly entering rehab, had been sober for six years before relapsing and overdosing. During the Newsmax TV interview, De La Garza said that currently, Demi is "doing really well."

    This is a painful reminder that those who suffer from addiction, however large their spotlight, have families who care deeply about them and suffer alongside them.

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    Being only 14 years old with such a huge spotlight on her, Millie Bobby Brown has had to grow up pretty fast—and that can be dangerous.

    On the Emmys red carpet on Monday night, the Stranger Things actress told Access that she stays in touch with rapper Drake, 31. "We just texted each other the other day,” she said, “and he was like, 'I miss you so much' and I was like, 'I miss you more!"

    Millie also revealed that Drake gives her advice about teenage dating. When asked about what advice he gives her, she was reluctant to share specifics: "You know, that stays in the text messages.”

    Maybe Millie’s relationship with Drake is innocent and I’m reading too much into this, but something about the situation rubs me the wrong way, especially that she doesn't want to reveal any details. As much as teen girls would love to have close friendships or relationships with sweet, charismatic older men, there’s still a certain abnormality about the whole situation.

    Fans on Twitter have been accusing Drake of “grooming” Millie, similarly to the way R Kelly acted as a mentor to underage girls, later guiding them according to his own sexual purposes.

    It shouldn’t be up to underage girls to figure out when they’re being targeted with creepy behavior, and I don’t blame Millie at all for being swept away by how cool it is to have Drake as a friend. However, this shouldn’t change the fact that grown men being close with underage girls is never a good and normal thing.

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    I’d like to take this time to personally thank Gucci for blessing us with the gift that is Harry Styles in fabulous suits cuddling with small farm animals.

    Harry Styles has proved again that he is as much a style icon as he is a best-selling singer/songwriter with this new photo shoot. Coming off of the wide success of his "self-titled" debut album tour, he is continuing his role as a model for the Gucci Tailoring campaign with this newest photo shoot, that is somehow better than the first one. (I’m still thinking about the promo video of him eating fish and chips in the designer Gucci suits.)

    The pieces that he's wearing are from the Gucci Cruise 19 collection with designs by Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

    Basically looking like a Greek God photographed in the historic Villa Lante in Rome, Styles sports several suits that echo his flamboyant and bold style. Oh, and of course, all while holding adorable farm animals.

    The photo shoot, which seemingly came out of nowhere, was a surprise to many including fans of Harry Styles. Let's just say they were not disappointed, giving Styles and Gucci much praise.

    While Styles' appearance in the campaign is why many are excited about the photos, the designs and suits featured in the campaign are also much to be praised. As the Dunkirk actor poses with the adorable farm animals, he effortlessly makes the multi-layered outfits work. The image features Styles wearing a light blue button-down shirt paired with a rustic orange velvet jacket that has delicate pattern work on the sleeves. All matched with a silk blue scarf and large tiger broach.

    Since it's Gucci everything is VERY expensive, but let's be real, we're all here for the Harry Styles content since we probably won't be getting any more until his next album. Regardless, just bask in all his glory now and maybe if we all wish really hard he'll come back just to wear more amazing suits.

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    We get it: If you've even ~breathed~ near Twitter in the last month and half, then you'd know that there's controversy around the Netflix series Insatiable. Controversy aside, Irene Choi has been putting in a lot of work to bring life to her character—the main antagonist of the series, Dixie. While Dixie appears like a villain at first, she's very much more misunderstood. And granted, we shouldn't need to say this, but don't harass any actors who might be involved in any productions that you find offensive, troubling or otherwise problematic. Actors aren't the characters they portray, even if it is scary difficult to delineate between an actor's stellar performance and their real-life persona. Still, it creates a cycle of toxicity that nobody needs in their lives, DMs or mentions. Seriously, actors aren't the same character you see on screen, and they're so much more than a singular production they're apart of, obviously.

    And if you have any doubts about that, then y'all need to pay close attention to Irene Choi's introspective messages because she has a lot of vital insight on not only Insatiable, but about having healthy discussions and learning from our discourse. 


    Her Campus: You portray Dixie on Insatiable, who acts as the villain in the series—how did you get into the mindset to play her?

    Irene Choi: It comes with, I think, drawing inspiration from a lot of people that I know and I’ve met in my life. Because she's such a caricature, I can’t say that she's inspired by this one super awful person that I know—that would be a very truly awful person. But, there are parts of her that are sort of like this collage of other people, other awful people that I’ve met, who had these sort of traits—and exaggerating those traits.

    In terms of preparation, because she's such a huge character, for me it’s kind of like a soldier going into the battle and getting ready for that process and putting on her armor. She's so 180 because of her character, so there was a lot to do. We had a dialect coach to help with the accent. Then, we had an actual pageant coach who helped us with how to do the pageant scenes and how to act and walk. Also, our hair and makeup team were so great and put the look together that was just so head-to-toe overdone all the time—full hair, full makeup and full accessories and a very bright, patterned wardrobe and high heels. Once we get to set and put on those high heels and they yell "action," it was kind of really easy for me to be like, ‘Okay, this is Dixie. This is no longer Irene.’

    HC: Have you learned anything about yourself from your time as Dixie?

    IC: That’s a good question. I think, just in general, being on this series. I’ve said this to other people, but I always feel like the best advice I’ve got as a younger actor was to really stick up for yourself and know your worth. Also, when you can, speak up for other people. Being on a show long-term—because this is the first show that I’m on long-term, so I’m in a lot of episodes, as opposed to before when I might have only been on a couple of episodes and only there for a couple of days—I was really sort of able to see that being done with a lot of our more establish cast members, who would definitely help out other people who weren’t really in a position to speak up for themselves. I think that was definitely really inspirational for me to actually see that because it was sort of a piece of advice that I had grown up with, and I’ve always sort of been aware of in this industry. Like, I’ve always had this piece of advice tucked into my head. And to see it to really see it being done from a cast of such great people, like these are just really talented people, and to see them really help out others was great to watch.

    HC: It's nice to see that idea of sticking up for yourself, as well as for others.

    IC: Yeah. I mean, I know it's an important lesson in general, but especially in this industry it's so important because I think actors who aren’t as established will feel like they're less human in a way when you're in a work environment like that–but it's not what that means at all. Sometimes it's important for someone who’s a bit more established to remind you and be like, ‘Hey, you're a person, you’re a human being with equal amount of worth as everyone else.’

    HC: Definitely. Now, I wanted to jump in to some of the controversy around Insatiable—many even wanted to boycott the series. What were some of your initial thoughts or reactions to this?

    IC: I wasn't entirely surprised. I mean, I was on the show, obviously, and I was familiar with the script. In the pilot, and also the script in general, there are some unapologetic and very provocative and sort of very eyebrow raising with their jokes. But at the same time, I knew they had a great and overarching message to it. So when the controversy came out, it was mostly in backlash to the trailer, so that wasn't a huge shock to me. It was surprising how big the controversy got, but I wasn't totally surprised. And I kind of knew that once the show came out that people would actually sit and watch it and see kind of what it was about.

    I think a lot of people kind of misjudged the trailer. I've seen a lot of comments and people sort of saying, ‘Oh, you know, I watched the trailer and I thought this was going to be awful. I thought this show was just going to be about fat shaming, but I realized once I saw it there’s a little bit more beyond that.’ Then, I’ve seen people who are saying, like, ‘I've taken something away from the show that I could really relate to.’ You know, it’s important for us to listen.

    There are people who are still very critical of the series, and it’s important listen to these concerns because they come from valid emotions and feelings and human experiences—but I still hope that everyone is going to be able to find something that’s relatable to them. The ultimate message is about self-discovery and self-love, and that is something that I think will, hopefully, apply to everyone. I think a really big message, also, is that a lot of people are very critical of the process of self-discovery of all these characters. It just seems so messy, and I think that in real life self-discovery is messy. 

    Not really portraying the super role model of these people who should be like, but certainly some of these inspirations come from real human experiences, where in real life discovering yourself has a lot of moments of denial and heartbreak and distress.

    HC: Absolutely. I like that because self discovery isn't clean cut, really. It's confusing, and it's a mess at times.

    IC:  Yeah, and there's self-discovery in the show within Patty, with obviously her weight loss journey wondering if she's beautiful now. Like, is she going to be accepted or will people sort of start treating her differently? With Bob’s character, with her bisexuality and relationship with sexuality in general, they just have to come to terms with how to label themselves. Everyone sort of has that journey.

    HC: Definitely. And given the controversy, do you think there are ways that people can criticize the show, and shows and movies in general, without harassing the people behind the production? Because I know there's been a lot of backlash, especially for some of the cast.  

    IC: Absolutely. I think it's important to realize that actors are actors, and that we don’t write our dialogues. I’ve seen people being like, ‘I can’t believe people would sign on to do something after they’ve read all the scripts.’ But it’s like, well, we haven’t. So just that actors are actors, and we don’t always write what we say. For everything that there is in media — except for very small portions like Sesame Street or something, you know what even Sesame Street has controversy — but there’s always going to be these opinions and these concerns that some people are going to find offensive. Whereas, others don’t.

    Like I mentioned before, it’s important that these concerns—like if people are feeling offended, that’s an absolutely valid emotion and feeling. But aside from that, it creates a dialogue. And it's important to engage that dialogue, as opposed to bullying people. Other than saying, ‘Hey, I think you should seriously go hide under a rock or whatever,’ which people are really saying. With social justice, we haven’t come this far without dialogue, right?

    With dialogue, there’s always going to be push back. Like I said with self-discovery, people will come to conclusions, but it’s not just a clean cut thing. Someone doesn’t correct you and you’re immediately like, ‘You’re right!’ There’s a bit of grappling with your feelings and emotions and your opinions. It’s a long process of learning these things. I think it’s ideal to create healthy dialogues where you’re not being mean, I guess. And ultimately, and hopefully, once you create healthy dialogue, then everyone can kind of go back and be like, ‘Okay, I’ve learned from this experience.’

    HC: Absolutely, and then it can move productions even further and we can have even better productions, which I think is the end goal—to improve, well, everything.

    IC: Exactly, exactly. Because there were people who wanted to boycott the show, and it was kind of like, ‘Well, you can’t really just censor everything you feel like is going to be offensive.’ Then, you’re sort of shutting down that dialogue, in a sense. In that case, you’re just telling people what to think and not exactly letting them get to a place where you want them to get to.

    HC: Yeah, it can take the context away from it all. If Insatiable were to be renewed for a second season, where would you hope to see your character go from here?

    IC: So far, we’ve only really seen Dixie be this caricature of this awful person. And we do kind of get to see little hints of her and why she is the way that she is—hopefully, we kind of get an opportunity to explore that future. It’s been explained in the series that she kind of deals with OCD issues and she’s sort of antisocial and misunderstood.

    At the same time, something that hasn’t really been, but has kind of been built into the context but hasn’t been said, is that she’s an Asian adoptee who’s growing up in the Bible Belt without a father figure and with a single mom who is a white mom and isn’t even the best parental role model. Perhaps, that is partially to blame for why she is such a wreck of a human being. And she’s best friends with her mom. Her mom could do no wrong in her eyes. Maybe at one point, we see that she kind of starts to question that and is like, ‘Wait a minute. Maybe I can be a better person, if I think for myself and figure out who I really am.’

    HC: Absolutely. What do you hope that viewers ultimately gain from watching this series?

    IC: I  think relatability and, ultimately ideally, a little bit of healing. It’s important to reiterate that the show is not trying to make fun of problems or glorify it or glamorize it. It’s important to realize that the show is a very heightened reality and none of these characters are meant to be role models. They’re just these caricatures or exaggerations of people. But the best comments that I’ve seen is that people are saying that they can find moments of relatability and some people will heal through some of their own problems, either through laughter or crying. After watching the show, they feel a little less alone.

    And again, it’s important to realize that this is not going to be a show that’s for everyone. Not everyone heals in the same way. People heal from their problems and relate to things in different ways. But, there are other shows for other people out there that help them in a certain way. I hope that this show helps people heal in a way that they haven’t really been able to find in a show before.

    Insatiable is currently streaming on Netflix.

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    Once again, J.K. Rowling is our hero, this time confirming a theory about her iconic series Harry Potter, more specifically, a theory about Hermione's name.

    A fan tweeted out a short theory about the scene in Goblet of Fire where Victor Krum tries to pronounce Hermione's name and fails, saying "Her-my-own." Hemione then teaches him the proper pronunciation, "Her-my-oh-nee." The fan thought it was J.K. Rowling's way of teaching us all how to say it, in a subtle manner of course, and it turns out the fan was right. Kudos to you for figuring that out!

    Rowling is always looking out for us, isn't she? It's the little things, really. It's no surprise we needed help because I don't know about you, but the spellings and names in the book were trying on my little fourth grade brain at the time. Having it sounded out for you makes it so much easier. Though now it probably doesn't matter, as the HP series is so big, you'd probably have to live under a rock if you don't know how to say Quidditch or Expecto Patronum. But, maybe that's just us.

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    We get it, friendship is hard sometimes. Especially in college and when your schedule is jam-packed with club meetings, study sessions and midday naps. Finding ways to meet your new besties can feel impossible and overwhelming. But what if—like almost every problem we face in the 21st century—there was an app for that?

    Sure, the idea of meeting people through an app might give you flashbacks to that awful Tinder conversation you had with a frat bro, but friendship apps don’t come with as many warning labels. (Of course, still be safe when using the Internet for anything!) After all, there are less expectations with friendship in general; most people are just looking for a new buddy to go to the movies with, or someone to tag along when they want to check out the new coffee shop in town.

    But if you’re still nervous about the potential awkwardness or discomfort when it comes to meeting your future BFFs through an app, we’ve rounded up some of the best options for you.

    1. Bumble BFF

    Bumble is a tried-and-true dating app, but that’s not all it has to offer—they branched out into both friendships and business connections with Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz, respectively. Bumble BFF works much like its dating counterpart: once you’re matched with someone, you have 24 hours to send them a message, and then they have 24 hours to respond.

    The app even had one million swipes the week that it launched, so there’s so many of potential friends out there. No shame in using a friendship app when everyone else is doing it, too!

    2. We3

    It’s all in the name with We3, and they understand that meeting one-on-one with a potential friend you met through your screen can be intimidating. That’s why they match people in groups of three—we know it’s been said that three’s a crowd, but in this case, it could get rid of all those awkward conversation pauses you have when meeting someone new. The groups of three help establish that this app is for friendship, not dating. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than going on a friendship app only to see that one person is mistakenly hoping to score a hookup on there.

    The app works by having you take a bunch of quizzes about your interests and beliefs, and then the algorithm matches you with your “tribe,” AKA group of three. I tried this one out myself, and rest assured that We3 really wants you to find your people, because there were so many questions, spanning from your political beliefs to whether or not you're an outdoors person. You just swipe right on a question for yes, left for no, and up if you're neutral about it. Sometimes they'll even ask for more specific info. When you're done, you’ll be able to see exactly which of your interests overlap, too, so you don’t have to think too hard about talking points. No pressure or stress, just new friendships. What more could you want?

    Related: 6 Ways to Make Great Friends in College

    3. Meetup

    Meetup is perfect for all those times you said you wanted to do something fun or different but didn’t have anyone to do it with. You can start your own group for people in the community to join, or you can hop into one of the popular Meetups. Examples include Book Club Meetup groups, fitness Meetup groups, networking Meetup groups and more. Whatever you like to do, we pretty much guarantee there’s other people in your community that like to do it too. Finding your new study buddies or workout partners just got that much easier.

    Meetup is free to download, but if you’re hoping to create a new group, you’ll unfortunately have to pay. You can try out their unlimited 1-month subscription for $14.99.

    4. Hey! VINA

    Hey! VINA is marketed as “Tinder for (girl) friends,” so you can rest assured there’s no creepy DMs to make you uncomfortable on this platform. And anyway, lady-friendships are the best.

    You take a quiz when you first sign up that will ask you about your interests and lifestyle, and then you can see how compatible you are when matching with others. Once you match with someone, you’ll be in a chat room with your potential new friend with the aim of making IRL plans ASAP—as little waiting for them to text back as possible. Then, let the wine nights and slumber parties begin!

    5. CLIQ

    We all love our core group of friends, but maybe you’re hoping to branch out a bit, because let’s face it: after a while, girls’-night-in can get a little boring. (Unless that’s more your speed, of course.)

    This is where CLIQ comes in: It’s a group-based app that works a bit like social media. Your group makes one profile (a “Cliq”) and can then follow other Cliqs to get updates on their activities and to message them about meeting up. The app is all about making genuine connections and meeting up IRL with other Cliqs—when you match with another group, the app will send you suggestions for things to do or check out together based on your shared interests. Easy peasy!

    Making friends can be hard, and turning to an app might not be your first chosen solution. But friendship apps aren’t as uncomfortable as people may make them out to be—in fact, they could lead to new connections you never would’ve known you could have. Hopefully these five apps are a great starting point for you to make all the friends we know you deserve!

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    Fans were elated to recently learn that, after years of speculating, television’s most iconic duo, Bert and Ernie, were gay. But now, “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman says that his comments about writing Bert and Ernie as a gay couple based on his personal relationship with his partner were misinterpreted.

    “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” he told the New York Times on Tuesday. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay. There is a difference.”

    Saltzman, who was a writer for “Sesame Street” in the 1980s and 1990s, told the Times that he did not restrict the characters to one, or any, sexual orientation, adding that while he believes the educational program should include a gay couple, it should be done with human characters, not puppets.

    He did not deny, however, that the two characters have a deep connection.

    “They are two guys who love each other,” Saltzman said. “That’s who they are.”

    The recurring question about Bert and Ernie’s sexual orientation came to the forefront this week when Saltzman told Queerty that he wrote the two characters as a “loving couple,” modeling the puppets’ relationship after his own with long-time partner Arnold Glassman.

    “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay],” Mark Saltzman told Queerty. “I didn't have any other way to contextualize them.”

    “I wrote sketches...Arnie's OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that's the Bert and Ernie dynamic,” he added.

    Frank Oz, who helped create Bert and Ernie nearly 50 years ago, said on Twitter on Tuesday that the characters were not gay.

    “It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course,” Oz said. “But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

    He added in one reply: “I created Bert. I know what and who he is.”

    Oz’s comments drew mixed reactions, with some fans upset over what they perceived to be dismissive statements from the puppeteer.

    “I understand,” Oz wrote to a fan. “It must make you feel very alone. But please read what I wrote: I'm very pleased people see themselves and others in a character I created, but that does not change the truth of who or what that character is.”

    After Saltzman’s interview renewed dialogue about Bert and Ernie’s relationship, Sesame Workshop released a statement, writing that Bert and Ernie were merely “best friends.”

    “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” Sesame Workshop’s statement said. “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits, and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.”

    Later Tuesday, Sesame Workshop issued a second statement, writing, “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance. It’s a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome.”

    The speculation about Bert and Ernie’s relationship is not new.

    In fact, according to the Times, Bert and Ernie came to symbolize gay rights when they were featured on the cover of The New Yorker after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. The cover showed the two puppets cuddling in front of the television, with the image of the Supreme Court justices on the screen.

    We may never know Bert and Ernie’s true sexual orientation, or perhaps, as Sesame Workshop says, they are simply puppets and don’t have a sexual orientation. And that’s okay.

    In the end, the puppets are, as Saltzman described, an example of love, meant to help young children through the issues of their young lives.

    “It’s like poetry,” Saltzman said. “It’s what you need it to be.”

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    Drake has filed a lawsuit against a woman who he says falsely accused him of sexually assaulting and impregnating her during a one night stand and has allegedly tried to extort the rapper for millions of dollars. The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday at the Superior Court of California, accuses Layla Lace (who’s real name Laquana Morris) of civil extortion, fraud, defamation, abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    In April 2017, Morris said on social media that Drake got her pregnant and ceased all communication with her. Morris had posted on Instagram what appeared to be text messages exchanged between her and the rapper, along with a photo of a lab printout of a pregnancy test order, E! News reports.

    Days later, Morris appeared on “Shade 45,” a SiriusXM show, to confirm Drake had impregnated her, Rolling Stone reports. “I know who I sleep with unprotected, period. So it’s 100 percent sure. He knows it,” Morris said during the interview. She made no mention of the alleged sexual assault at the time.



    @Shade45 #streetsweeperradio sits down with #LaylaLace the woman alledgelly pregnant by Drake. #jazziebelletv

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    On Tuesday, Drake filed the lawsuit against Morris. In the lawsuit, according to Rolling Stone, Drake admits to having had consensual sex with Morris at a Manchester, England hotel in February 2017, adding that “there is no credible evidence of pregnancy, nor any baby, which would have been born last fall.”

    Drake claims that Morris turned their encounter into a “fantasy relationship.” The court documents state that “[Morris] went ballistic at Drake for sending her home instead of allowing her to continue on his tour,” after which the rapper had apologized to her.

    During Drake’s 2017 European tour, Morris claimed she, of her own choice, booked a $1,600 flight to London after the rapper had to cancel a show due to illness. “If ima be there when it’s time to have fun, i should definitely be there when he’s sick as well,” Morris allegedly texted a mutual friend. The lawsuit claims Morris became irate when no one responded to her booking of the flight, ultimately canceling the flight.

    It was ultimately after Drake ceased all communication with Morris that she reportedly made her public allegation about the pregnancy, E! News reports.

    Drake says in the lawsuit that in May 2017, lawyers representing Morris reached out to his attorney and demanded money for Morris’ alleged baby. The lawsuit states that Drake, through his counsel, indicated that if the child was in fact his, he would support it, but due to various reasons, including the fact that he had used protection, he would therefore need proof and requested a paternity test. Drake claims that Morris refused.

    Soon after, the lawsuit claims, Morris’ lawyers fabricated a story that Drake had raped her during their encounter, and had even filed a police report. The lawsuit claims that, while Morris told police she and Drake had consensual sex, she told her lawyers that “she was raped, forced to perform oral sex and falsely imprisoned in Drake’s hotel room.”

    Drake’s lawsuit added that Manchester police cleared him of any allegations of sexual assault. However, Morris allegedly continued to demand money, posted their private messages on social media and threatened “to go public with salacious (and ever changing) false allegations of conduct that simply did not happen.”

    “Enough is enough. With this action, Drake is refusing to allow Layla to get away with her malicious plot and scheme to extort millions of dollars from him by threatening to go public with salacious (and ever changing) false accusations of conduct that simply did not happen,” the lawsuit states. “It would have been easy for Drake to pay for silence. However, Drake does not want to take the easy way out. Layla and her attorneys underestimated Drake's steadfast resolve not to pay hush money to avoid negative publicity arising from fabricated claims. He looks forward to holding Layla and those working in concert with her responsibly for he egregious misconduct.”

    “Drake preferred that he would not have to further engage with Layla in any way,” the lawsuit continues. “She made that outcome impossible, however, with her behavior and he had no choice but to file this action to expose Layla for the opportunist that she is and prove his case in a court of law.”

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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.)

    GOP Senators Tell Christine Blasey Ford to Testify or They’ll Continue With Kavanaugh Vote

    Republican senators have made it clear to Brett Kavanaugh accuser, Christine Blasey Ford: Show up on Monday, or we vote on Kavanaugh.

    “She said she wanted to appear but if she changes her mind and refuses to appear, there's not much we can do,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the number two Republican in the Senate, said of Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they both were in high school.

    “We can't force her to do that,” Cornyn said. “And so nothing really else would remain of the investigation and background of the judge and we would vote on the nomination.”

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley reiterated his invitation to testify before senators, either in public or in private, in a letter to Ford’s lawyers on Wednesday, ABC News reports. On Tuesday, Ford’s lawyers said she wanted the FBI to investigate her allegation before there was any talk of testifying, which is a sentiment that Senate Democrats have argued.  

    In a statement Wednesday evening, Ford’s attorney, Lisa Banks, wrote that “the Committee's stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding. The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth.”

    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who was one of the first Republicans to call on Ford to testify, agreed with Coryn on a Monday deadline, writing, “Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote.”

    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake urged Ford to testify, writing on Twitter: “When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It did so. I now implore Dr. Ford to accept the invitation for Monday, in a public or private setting. The committee should hear her voice.”

    Late Wednesday afternoon, Grassley sent a new letter to Democrats on the committee, denying their request to delay Monday’s hearing and dismissing calls for the FBI to investigate Ford’s allegations.

    “We’re not going to cancel any hearing until the last minute,” Grassley told ABC News. “I don’t know what the last minute is. But until the last minute in hopes that she’ll take us up.”

    “We’ve gone beyond what we did the first day of just having the open hearing she asked for. Because we've heard she may not want to come into that environment so we offered one more closed session or two ways of doing it by transcript,” he said, referring to how the committee has offered to hear from Ford in an open or closed hearing.

    When asked if Grassley thinks the allegations are credible, he said, “That’s why we’re having a hearing.”

    Anita Hill Urges Senate to “Push the Pause Button” on Kavanaugh Confirmation

    Nearly thirty years after she testified about her own allegations concerning now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill has called on the Senate to “push the pause button” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and take the time to put together a fair, impartial hearing.

    “My advice is to push the pause button on this hearing, get the information together, bring in the experts and put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics or by myth and bring this information to the American public,” Hill said.

    Shortly before Thomas’ confirmation, Hill accused him of making unwanted advances and lewd remarks during their time at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s. Thomas denied the allegations.

    In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, Hill told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos that she supports Ford’s request into her allegations against Kavanaugh.

    “Absolutely, it's the right move,” Hill said. “The hearing questions need to have a frame and the investigation is the best frame for that. A neutral investigation, that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question.”

    Hill, who is a professor of social policy, law, and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University, wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times this week, writing that there is an opportunity to do things better than her hearing in 1991.

    Hill wrote that a lack of a vetting process for sexual harassment allegations shows that the Senate Judiciary Committee has not learned anything from the Thomas hearing or the #MeToo movement.

    “To do better, the 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee must demonstrate a clear understanding that sexual violence is a social reality to which elected representatives must respond,” she wrote, adding that such hearing should be guided by experts familiar with sexual violence.

    Hill wrote in her Times piece that Kavanaugh has the “burden of persuasion” since he is the one seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to be nominated and to serve. It is not an entitlement and so a person coming into that position on the supreme court for a lifetime really has to have the full confidence of the American public. We need to be able to believe in the integrity of our courts, and that means believing in the integrity of the individuals who are on it,” Hill told ABC News.

    Facebook Allows Companies to Place Job Ads for Men Only

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had promise to “fix” Facebook in 2018, and it looks like there’s still more to be fixed. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the social media company for allowing companies to target job ads based on gender, meaning that there are ads that are directed only at men.

    The ACLU submitted a complaint on Tuesday to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that Facebook’s online ad platform allows companies to post ads that are only visible to men, thus excluding women and those who do not identifying as one particular gender or list their gender on their Facebook account. According to the ACLU, this practice is illegal and against the Civil Rights Act.

    The ACLU is also suing 10 other companies for allegedly targeting certain individuals with their job postings on Facebook. While emphasizing gender discrimination in the lawsuit, the ACLU also alleged that employers could discriminate based on age, since some of the companies had targeted job postings towards younger men.

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    According to Fortune, the ACLU learned that companies were targeting only men after they clicked “Why am I seeing this ad?” and used the tool to search for some of the job postings.

    The BBC reports that “Facebook is in the process of putting together data to dispute the findings and respond to the ACLU’s complaint.”

    What to look out for…

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    It only took one shot for great-grandmother and mayor of Livingston, Texas to get revenge on a 12-foot, 580 pound alligator. Judy Cochran had suspected the gator ate her miniature horse, which disappeared three years ago,USA Todayreports. 

    "As big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it,” she told reporters.

    Texas is one of the few states with legal hunting seasons for gators and in Polk County, where Cochran resides, that time frame is for 20 days in September. Hunters also have to obtain tags and permits, and all gators must be hooked before killed. 

    With the limited window of opportunity open, Cochran was prepared, and when she received a call from her son on Sunday of this week to let her know the gator had been hooked, she was ready.

    She was adamant that people know she followed the law, and that she is in no way a hunter, but is looking forward to the meat and has plans to display the head in her office. 

    After the deed was done, she told Dallas News, “Don't mess with Nana.”

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    Remember whenVeronica Mars was a potential reboot for Hulu, but we had no real answers? Well, now we know the truth: Hulu is picking up the series, set to premiere in 2019! 

    The new season will feature eight new episodes with Kristen Bell, who is Veronica Mars, naturally. Rob Thomas, the show's creator is currently starting to write the first episode but don't worry, we already have a summary for the revival: "Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach."

    I don't know about you, but I'm stoked. 

    Veronica Mars herself seems to be stoked too, as she posted an Instagram video announcing the show's revival. 

    To make the news more exciting, Hulu got SVOD rights to the original episodes and the 2014 film through an agreement with Warner Bros. These will be available to stream next summer, so in other words, we have plenty of time to re-watch the original show and gear up for the new season.

    Hurry, 2019. 

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    Coco is the latest Disney movie to capture my heart and others as well, I'm sure, considering it made $800 million in the worldwide box office. Yeah, it's *that* good. On top of the movie's success is this little girl's amazing costume that recently went viral on Twitter. 

    The tweet, originally posted by the little girl's brother, Alejandro, shows his adorable sister dressed up as Mama Coco—wrinkles and all. "So my Mom dressed my baby sister as Mama Coco just for fun and my little sister is loving it," Alejandro tweeted with the photos. 

    Okay, but could you just die?! It's sooooo perfect. She wins Halloween, and it isn't even here yet.

    Twitter users have been freaking out, too, and here are some of the best reactions:

    Now I have to *really* think hard on a Halloween costume that's better than this, BRB.

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