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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Amazon announced on Tuesday that its increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees across the U.S., effective November 1. The pay increase will affect 250,000 Amazon employees and 100,000 seasonal workers during the holiday season. Whole Foods Market employees will also receive the newly minted wage. 

    "We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead," Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us."

    According to The Washington Post, Amazon has faced "harsh criticism" for its wages in the past. The average worker made around $28,446 last year, which translated to about $13.68 an hour. Just last month, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill called the "Stop BEZOS Act" which set out to require Amazon and other large employers to cover the costs of food, stamps, public house, Medicaid, and other federal assistance received by employees. Sanders said that Amazon doesn't pay its employees a "living wage,"— despite Bezos being the richest person in the world — leaving them dependent on these assistance programs. 

    On Tuesday, Sanders praised Amazon's pay raises. "Today I want to give credit where credit is due, and that is that Mr. Bezos and Amazon have done the right thing," he said. "This is a significant step forward for many thousands of Amazon employees."

    Sanders continued, "Not only does this make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Amazon employees, it also sends a message to the fast food industry, the airline industry and the retail industry in general that the time is now to begin paying workers a living wage."

    Bezos thanked Sanders on Twitter, adding that he "hopes others will join in." In Amazon's announcement, the company said it would begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 for more than 10 years. 

    "We will be working to gain Congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The current rate of $7.25 was set nearly a decade ago," said Jay Carney, Senior Vice President of Amazon Global Corporate Affairs. "We intend to advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country."

    Amazon is currently the country's second-largest private employer. 

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    Halloween is coming up fast, and we are so here for all the creative costumes and pumpkin flavored everything. If you're especially into this spooky season, take some inspiration from these cool tats for your own ink!

    1. Skeleton Hands


    Pushing up daisies Thanks for coming by @michdas

    A post shared by Alex Royce (@alexroycetattoo) on

    While definitely spooky, skeleton hands can also come off as graceful. An artsy tattoo like this one is sure to be a hit.

    2. Black Cat 

    Getting a tattoo of a black cat is very much in line with the Halloween spirit, but it is also said that tattoos like this represent both femininity and mystery. Now if that's not spooky, I don't know what is!

    3. Full/Half Moons

    This is a great idea for those of you who prefer more subtle, rather than explicitly halloween-y, tattoos. Plus, how cute is the placement of both of these?

    4. Two Faced 

    If you're looking for something a little less basic, but just as creepy, this might be for you. Check out @savichan for more inspiration.

    5. Ghost

    Ghosts make surprisingly great tats, and just as wonderful Halloween costumes.

    6. Bat

    While bats are sometimes more cute than creepy, they're perfectly dark enough for an eerie Halloween tattoo.

    7. Autumn Leaves

    Show your love for fall with these dainty maple leaf tattoos – beautiful in black and white or color!

    8. Witch Hat

    Getting a witch's signature accessory is an awesome tribute to the witchy side of your personality. 

    9. Spider

    Is it even with Halloween without an iconic spider? NEED. 

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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.)

    FBI Investigation Into Kavanaugh May End Soon or Already Be Over

    On Tuesday, the lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford — the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault who testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week — wrote a letter to the FBI saying they still haven't been contacted about investigators' probe into Kavanaugh. "It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you," attorneys Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich wrote

    As of Tuesday, agents had interviewed "at least four key people,"The Wall Street Journal reported. Though the FBI has until Friday to wrap up the investigation, according to POLITICO, the FBI could wrap up its investigation into Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday. This could then lead to a final Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court later this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the bureau's final report will not be made available to the public; however, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressing for a public release — albeit a redacted one — of the report. If the latter doesn't work out, all 100 senators will only have access to the report in a secure setting. 

    An attorney for another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez — who claims the Supreme Court nominee exposed himself to her a party in the 1980s — said he's concerned that the FBI "is not conducting — or not being permitted to conduct — a serious investigation," the Associated Press reported. The lawyer, John Clune, said he provided the FBI with the information of 20 witnesses who might be able to corroborate her account, though he's not sure if any of them have been contacted. 

    Authorities Investigation Suspicious Packages

    After two packages were delivered to the Pentagon that eventually tested positive for ricin on Monday, an envelope addressed to President Trump was sent to the White House that appeared to be connected. CNN reported that the envelope meant for Trump "contained a substance suspected to be ricin," though a Secret Service spokesman confirmed that it was "not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House."

    Ricin is highly toxic and often used in terror attacks. The two envelopes sent to the Pentagon were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson. The FBI and Secret Services are currently investigating both situations. 

    NY State Launching Probe Into Trump

    The state of New York is launching an investigation into Trump following a bombshell report from The New York Times which accused the president of participating in "dubious tax schemes" during the 1990s, "including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents." The financial schemes reportedly allowed Trump to pocket at least $413 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate business. "The Tax Department is reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation," the department said in a statement on Tuesday. 

    According to the Times' report, a large portion of the $413 million came to Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes, going as far as setting up a fake corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents. Trump also allegedly helped his father take "improper tax deductions" worth millions more and "formulated a strategy" which allowed his parents to undervalue their real estate holdings on their tax returns, thus reducing their tax bill — and Trump and his siblings' tax bills, too, when the properties were transferred to them. 

    The report was the result of the Times reviewing more than 100,000 pages of financial documents, such as bank statements, financial audits, and canceled checks, among others. Trump's lawyer, however, denied the accusations. "The New York Times' allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false, and highly defamatory," attorney Charles Harder said in a statement to the paper. "There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. The facts upon which the Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate." 

    What to look for...

    Lots of Mean Girls references. It's October third!

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    When it comes to picking out your latest fall fashion accessories, there's one piece you won't want to forget about adding: glasses. Whether they're a prescribed pair (where are all my nearsighted ladies out there?) or a prescription-less pair just for fun (don't worry, your secret is safe with us), glasses and sunglasses can completely add and alter to the mood of your outfit. They can easily take an outfit up a notch and add some ~extra personality~ to a look. 

    To get all set with the trendiest glasses for the fall season, I tried out a few pairs from Zenni Optical's newest collaboration with Timo Weiland, filled with the most fun and fashionably unique glasses ever. From getting some work done in the office to enjoying my weekend outside in this *amazing* fall weather, their glasses can seriously up your fashion sense, no matter if it's for work or play. 

    Something classic

    Don't let the term "classic" fool you — these glasses are definitely fit for the modern day woman who wants to look profesh AF. The round wire frames have been popularized by hip and artsy Instagram influencers alike (but forreal, those influencers make these glasses look so good). I decided to give this trend a try and it's official: I'm now a FULL believer in wire-framed glasses. They are so lightweight and simple, adding a sophisticated touch to any look you're sporting.

    These glasses came in the UV+ Blue Blocker lenses, which work to protect your eyes from blue light exposure and UV light. We're exposed to blue light and UV exposure all the time, whether it's from sunlight exposure, artificial light sources, or our laptop and phone screens. Blue light-filtering glasses work to protect this exposure that can cause eye strain and headaches, along with potential permanent eye damage down the road. Especially for those long days of working on my laptop (and then coming home to watch Netflix on my laptop), it's so nice to have a pair of glasses that protect my eyes throughout the entire day. Plus, it doesn't hurt that these glasses keep me looking #cute from day to night. 

    Try modern

    Next, I tried the Escape frames in Pine. This pair came with prescription lenses (because I have awful vision and have since 2001). It's a super modern look with a fun and colorful twist. I personally loved these — they added something different than just a regular pair of glasses, but like, nothing too crazy. When I first wore these frames, I got SO many compliments, especially about how unique they were. I love that these are super wearable for the office, class, or just running errands throughout the day. Not only are they super cute, but I should note that they are SO comfortable and lightweight. 10/10, would recommend wearing these for whatever your day calls for.

    Go bold

    Now these are what I call a statement piece. The Breezy frames give such a ~cool girl~ look and add such a stylish touch to any fall outfit. These frames — which can be made with both sunglasses lenses or prescription/UV+ Blue Blocking lenses — are perfect for adding that extra something to your fave outfit. They are guaranteed to give you that Instagram influencer look for any football game day or apple-picking adventure during the fall season. Plus, they're definitely on-trend with their '70s vibe. Overall, these frames, especially with the sunglasses lenses, are my fave new pair that I'll be keeping in my purse all season. 

    Check out the full Timo x Zenni collab on the Zenni Optical site!

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    It’s safe to say that Lana Condor and Noah Centineo are the IT stars of the moment. 

    After starring in Netflix’s hit rom-com To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the duo garnered tons of well-deserved attention from fans and critics alike, with Noah developing a passionate and intense internet following (much like Timothée Chalamet at the height of the Call Me By Your Name craze).

    Dubbed the internet’s next boyfriend, Noah was also featured in another Netflix original, Sierra Burgess is a Loser

    And the obsession with Noah Centineo continued yesterday, after it was announced that he would be featured in the new Charlie’s Angels film. And while it’s great that Noah is getting work, this casting news left many fans asking one very important question—what about Lana Condor?

    Lana Condor deserves just as many opportunities as her white male co-star. And in case anyone needs a reminder about how amazing Lana is, here are some reasons Lana is awesome AF. 

    1. She doesn’t just act…she is also a trained equestrian. 

    Lana revealed to Just Jared Jr. that she used to ride horses competitively

    2. She’s played a bad-ass superhero. 

    Lana played Jubilee in the action film X-Men: Apocalypse

    3. She’s already landed a major TV series. 

    Lana can be seen in Syfy's new show Deadly Class in 2019. 

    4. She connects with fans. 

    She often talks with fans of TATB on Twitter. 

    5. She’s relatable on so many levels—especially when it comes to breakfast burritos. 


    6. She’s often hilarious on social media. 


    7. She’s supportive of her friends and co-stars. 

    8. She knows how to have fun.

    As demonstrated when she played Truth or Dare with her TATB co-stars. 

    9. She’s a fashion icon. 


    10. She works hard but remains full of gratitude. 


    11. And most importantly, she’s inspiring girls everywhere.

    Basically, Lana Condor is a legend who should be in every movie. Take note, Hollywood.

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    Fall may have just gotten here, but if you’re ready to step through the wardrobe into a wintry wonderland, you might have the opportunity soon. Netflix has announced that it will be adapting C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia into a series of new original films.

    It feels like just yesterday that Disney adapted the series of fantasy novels, written by C.S. Lewis, into a series of movies that began with 2005’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and also included Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. Disney's fourth Narnia film, The Silver Chair, was supposed to start filming this year. Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham assures that fans have been clamoring for more. “It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world,” he said in a statement.

    The franchise follows the four Pevensie children—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—escaping from their home in England into a magical alternate reality during World War II. They encounter such creatures as a half-human half-goat faun named Mr. Tumnus, the evil, manipulative White Witch, and Aslan, a wise and noble lion.

    Though it is not yet known exactly how many films will comprise the new Netflix project, producer Mark Gordon mentioned “multiple projects” and “both stellar feature-length and episodic programming." The Chronicles of Narnia is comprised of seven fantasy novels, so surely source material will not be an issue for the production.

    I still have a lot of questions: Will the Netflix adaptation take the series in places Disney never did? Will this Prince Caspian be nearly as hot as the Disney one was? Will Edmund still make the mistake of eating the Turkish Delight? (Probably.) We’ll have to wait and see.

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    With the fate of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanuagh’s approval hanging in the balance, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally on Tuesday to blatantly express his doubts of the nominee’s sexual assault accuser. 

    During Dr. Ford’s testimony last week, she recounted her alleged assault at the hands of Kavanuagh with as much detail as she could remember. 

    "I had one beer. Well, do you think it was -- nope, it was one beer," Trump said during the rally. "How did you get home? I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know."

    The president’s mockery of Dr. Ford drew large cheers from the crowd who were in attendance, but several senators who will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, were deeply troubled by the president’s comments. 

    Senator Jeff Flake, an once outspoken supporter of Kavnaugh’s confirmation, who has now called for an FBI investigation into Dr. Ford’s allegations, said President Trump’s remarks were just wrong. 

    "I thought it was obviously insensitive and appalling, frankly. There's no time or place, but particularly, to discuss something so sensitive at a political rally is just wrong," he told CNN

    President Donald Trump was in Mississippi to speak about his trade deal with Canada and Mexico and give one final push for his re-election campaign, The Washington Post reports, but his remarks regarding Dr. Ford were the focal point of the night for many. 

    Senator Lisa Murkowski of Arkansas, who is still on the fence about where she stands with her vote told reporters, “I am taking everything into account. The President’s comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate”

    Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told CNN, "This vile, mocking attack on a credible, immensely powerfully eloquent survivor of sexual assault is a mark of disrespect and disregard not only for Dr. Blasey Ford but the entire survivor community.”

    Senator Angus King of Maine also said the comments "made me feel sort of sick."

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    From the events that occurred in the premiere episode of Manifest, you could be forgiven for thinking this show was just another classic thriller based off of Lost. All the drama seemed to be related to the passengers and their family members adjusting to Flight 828's return after five-and-a-half years, and any of the weirdness that occurred, from Ben and Michaela hearing voices, to the number 828 showing up everywhere to the plane blowing up on its own, could be explained away as some supernatural force working for good—a plot point many shows have used over the years. In "Reentry," however, the show took a turn to the horrific, changing everything we thought we knew about what happened to all the passengers on Flight 828. 

    The episode began right after the plane seemingly blew up all on its own, following the interrogation of the 20 passengers who were at the scene, including Ben and Michaela. After being released from government custody, the family drama kicked back up again, with Ben and Grace dealing with Cal's adjustment to home life and figuring out their own relationship, especially since Olive finally reveals that Grace had been seeing someone while Ben and Cal were away. At the same time, Michaela is trying to re-establish a relationship with her best friend Lourdes, eventually deciding to lie to her friend and claim that she never wanted to marry Jared, though a flashback proves this false. In addition to the family tensions, a new character and quick story arc is introduced that sees Ben hearing strands of music in his head and helping prove the innocence of another passenger's left-behind son.   

    In between all of this drama, the strands of a horror show began weaving themselves into the plot, focused around a shadowy figure who is first seen in one of Cal's drawings. When Ben asks his son who everyone is in the picture, Cal claims they are his family. Ben presses further, but Cal claims he doesn't know who it is and begins to erase the mysterious figure. 

    Screenshot from NBC's Manifest

    A few scenes later, an actual shadow in the shape of a person is seen following one of the plane passengers—a woman who was shown on the news speaking out about what she thought might have happened. She is shown intermittently throughout the episode, but it's the last scene that really ups the creep factor. 

    While Ben and Michaela are enjoying being with their friends and families again, the woman sits watching her interview on TV. As she watches, the shadowy figure moves across the walls behind her. The shot cuts to the TV, there is a sound similar to a gunshot and blood splatters all across the TV screen. 

    This was a shock after all of the good feelings the show had produced relating to the importance of family and relationships. There's also the question of what this means for next week's episode and the season as a whole. And why was Cal the only one who seems aware of this shadow figure?

    It can feel at times that Manifest is trying to be too many things at once. Hopefully this new focus on horror can center the show in one genre and allow them to truly explore what exactly the passengers from Flight 828 brought back with them. 

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    Cold weather makes us want to curl up in a blanket ball with an infinite mug of hot cocoa, but unfortunately, the real world awaits us, even in the winter. And also unfortunately, the real world usually requires real clothes, as in something other than boyfriend sweatpants or patterned PJs. Sometimes getting dressed in the winter seems like a choice between being warm or looking cute, but don’t let winter give you an ultimatum. With the right approach, you can do both.

    1. Fleece-lined leggings

    Basically, every girl already owns a pair of basic leggings, but we’re all kidding ourselves if we think they will keep us warm enough in the winter. Ideally, we wouldn’t need to buy yet another pair, but once you try on some fleece-lined leggings you will understand. Cozy and versatile, they’re perfect for that trying-to-look-like-you’re-not-trying-look, or even literally not trying at all. We don’t judge.

    2. Blanket scarves

    When an outfit involves the word “blanket,” you know you will be warm AF. You can style blanket scarves about 100 different ways too, so they work with a variety of outfits. You can dress up sweatshirts and leggings or dress down a cute dress and tights. If somehow you still feel cold, you could always just use it as an actual blanket.

    3. Robe coats

    We applaud whoever decided to make robes into socially acceptable outerwear. True genius. They're comfortable and easy to throw on over anything, just like a robe, but trendy and chic, like a good coat. Then all you really need are great shoes for a fab outfit. Plus, the wide array of different kinds of robe coats makes it easy to tailor to your own personal style. You can choose the edgy oversize trend or opt for a more classy beige pick, like this one from H&M.

    4. Chic snow boots

    Feel free to wear your Uggs until the day you die, but anyone who has experienced a harsh winter knows they just do not cut it in in the more frigid temps and are slippery when you cross an icy campus. For those going to school up North, or any collegiette who likes to keep her toes extra toasty, you will want to find a nice pair of snow boots, but not the clunky, hideous ones from your childhood. Don’t worry—these leather ones from Sorel prove you can still be chic in the snow.

    5. Snuggly socks

    A nice pair of wool or thermal socks easily make your outfit cuter and your feet warmer. Wearing socks that barely peek up from behind your boots subtly changes an ensemble, adding just a touch of color or a cute pattern. For a bolder look, go with over-the-knee socks over leggings or tights.

    6. Layering outerwear

    Sometimes one jacket just isn’t enough. Plus, guys double up on outerwear all the time, and anything guys can do girls can do better, right? As an eternally cold human being, I frequently wear layers of sweatshirts, jackets and coats. To avoid looking like a marshmallow though, you have to pick your layers carefully. An unbuttoned flannel under a jacket under a coat looks pretty good, or of course, you could go with the classic sweatshirt under vest combo. The oversized coat trend mentioned earlier works nicely with this trend too, since it can fit over just about anything.

    While some people choose to give into the cold and misery of winter, you’re better than that. Nothing can stop you from being your fine, stylish self—unless you’re snowed in. Then by all means, keep your PJs on. We’re not unreasonable, after all. 


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    At 2:18 pm EST today, President Donald Trump sent a presidential alert to every cellular device that was connected to wireless providers participating in Wireless Emergency Alerts. 

    The message read, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

    The message was accompanied by a special tone and vibration that was repeated twice. 

    FEMA reports that this is the fourth Emergency Alert System nationwide test and the first national Wireless Emergency Test.  The purpose of this test is to provide a, “national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.” 

    The test does not come directly from the president, even if the name suggests otherwise and are pre-written and approved messages from government agencies.

    The tests were initially implemented following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. 

    These alerts are not full proof though. In January, Hawaii’s emergency alert system sent a message to over one million cellphone users warning of a ballistic missile threat. The warning was a mistake but has since raised concerns of nationwide alerts like these. 

    Today’s test was originally planned for September 20, 2018 but was postponed due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

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    Just yesterday, I was perusing through the spooky section of Hulu and watched an episode of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series from the 1990s. That was when I remembered that IT’S GRITTY REBOOT TIME!

    Like clockwork, the full trailer for the new Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina dropped today, and it’s definitely less teenage, more witch. We see Sabrina Spellman (Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) on fun, Halloween dates with Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) and celebrating her Sweet 16 with her friends, but nothing can ever truly be normal when you’ve been biologically predisposed to dark magic.

    As Sabrina narrates in the trailer, she “would have to choose between two worlds: the witch world of her family, and the human world of her friends.” True to the original, we see glimpses of her bickering aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto), and even her man-turned-black-cat Salem. (Although I have a feeling he won’t be as sarcastic and wise-cracking as he was in the original series.)

    The rest of the trailer is a romp through the darker forces Sabrina will have to face- a ceremony involving blood, dark rituals, demons, and three evil witches who mean business. “You’re going to die, half-breed,” one of them tells her.

    Forces from the underworld begin to threaten Sabrina’s life as a human, and it’s up to her to protect her friends from harm. “I’m not an evil person,” she says, “but these are desperate times.”

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arrives on Netflix on October 26. Check out the trailer below:

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    Since the 2016 presidential election, things have been pretty, uh, chaotic — to say the least.

    Considering the vast majority of our readers have let us know that they’re stress-y and depress-y politically, we knew it was important to start looking for ways to start some real conversations to make everyone feel less helpless ASAP.

    That’s why we wanted to make a cool tool for y’all to use to start conversations with your friends about the issues that are driving you to vote in the 2018 midterms. Whether you’re panic-texting your group chats about climate change or protecting Roe v Wade, hitting the streets to talk about the way the U.S. handles immigration or criminal justice reform or freaking out about whether you’ll ever pay off your student loans, there’s still time to take all that fear and anxiety and turn it into action on the state and local level.

    What made your list? Share it with your friends and start some real conversations about what matters to you before election day. You can also read more about these issues and elected officials that are fighting for the same causes you are via NextGen’s Ballotready.

    After all, friends don’t let friends skip out on elections (because that’s a dick move that affects all of us).

    Want to know more about how young people are taking on the midterm elections? Check out our Youth Vote hub.

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    Today in why the fuck would this ever happen, the first test of the federal emergency alert system to cellphones went out. So if you're wondering why you got a text from the president today, you weren't the only one — and if you were less than thrilled about it, you were definitely not the only one.

    Tons of people took to the internet to express their frustration, panic, or straight up confusion, resulting in dozens of pretty amazing memes. Nothing makes us all bond quite like taking to Twitter to drag something we're all mad about, and today, it was about this bizarre new system of letting us know something is wrong.

    1. First of all, it gave most of us minor heart attacks.


    Because who expects their phone to start aggressively screaming in the middle of class?

    2. Others were creeped out.


    Something about a text from the federal government just feels WAY too weird.

    3. Then came the made-up tweets.


    Aka some serious fictional LOLs.

    4. Our first thought was fuckboys, too.


    Like, can we just NOT?

    5. And the fact that it happened on Mean Girls Day was... well-suited.


    This is never gonna be fetch.

    6. Others used this as a chance to highlight important issues.



    Rightfully so.

    7. And to remind us of just why getting tweets in this particular time is so jarring for some.

    Harsh, but true.

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    It seems like Disney really knows the ways to our hearts with this new shoe and accessories line with Vans. Disney is coming for our wallets with these new collaborations lately – first, it was the Colourpop collab for a new Disney Princess inspired makeup line, and now this. This magical collection will not only feature super cute shoes but will also offer Disney-inspired apparel like crewnecks, backpacks and socks.

    This time around the collaboration is all about the eared icon himself, Mickey Mouse! In honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary, this collection is dedicated to the well-known mouse.



    90 years of Mickey Mouse! Time to celebrate with a new #DisneyxVans collection arriving soon.

    A post shared by vans (@vans) on

    The collection launches on October 5th and will feature classic Vans shoes with limited edition Mickey Mouse inspired prints and stitching. In the collection include a pair of Vans inspired by Mickey Mouse’s OG red and yellow outfit and classic movies and shorts featuring the main mouse (it's so subtle and so stylish).

    A personal favorite is the Fantasia-inspired vans that feature blue and yellow details that look like something Mickey Mouse would actually wear as he tries to control the dancing brooms.

    Oh, and don’t think the other famous mouse is getting left out either! There will also be Minnie Mouse inspired accessories and vans. I mean, you can’t have Mickey Mouse without Minnie.

    According to, the collection will range from $12 to $80. It’s a good time to start making those Christmas/Hanukkah lists now and send this article to all family members as a BIG hint. They can be bought online at Vans or in stores at participating Vans stores. 

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    Once you're in college, the one night event of trick-or-treating turns into four or more days (a.k.a. Halloweekend) of costume parties and free booze. It takes months of preparation to make this the best weekend of the year. Halloween is no longer a day but a season, and it goes a little something like this.

    The night starts off with everyone going out in costume to Chipotle for boo-ritos.

    Or boo-wls. Nah, that just doesn't have the same ring to it.

    Then you and your roommates go and get ready hours before the party just so you can take a million pictures.

    Even though you'll only Instagram one.

    You leave for the party, and you start to notice the stares. 

    Your costume must be even better than you imagined. People can't stop looking at you.

    Oh, wait. They're trying to figure out what your costume is.

    You tried to be original with your costume, but you must have tried a little too hard. No one knows who or what you are.

    Once you get to the party, you start comparing your costume to everyone else's. 

    Surprisingly, you've already seen four other girls with the same costume. At least they get it.

    You're probably doing this...

    *clinks, appears to be having fun*

    But secretly wish you could be doing this...

    *checks Twitter to see which movie is coming on Freeform next*

    Halfway through the night, you realize that most of your costume's accessories are missing.

    It doesn't matter, though, because no one seems to notice, and the party is still bumping.

    You and your roommates decide to leave early because free booze just doesn't compare to free candy. 

    Can't we just go back to a simpler time?

    You attempt to pass as trick-or-treating youths, but parents assume you're trying to lure their children away Hocus Pocus-style. 

    You just want candy, and everybody knows what's leftover in those Target bins tomorrow is the equivalent of pure garbage.

    You go back to your dorm all like, "I'm never doing this again."

    Until you realize this was only the first night of Halloweekend.

    So you proclaim that tomorrow night will be better and get ready to take on the next costume party.

    One down, three to go. 

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    A large group of law professors are the latest to object the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as more than 560 of them from nearly 100 schools penned an open letter to the US Senate on Wednesday urging that he be disqualified. 

    For the law professors, it was Kavanaugh's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that convinced them he wasn't qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. "We regret that we feel compelled to write to you to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land," the letter says, per The New York Times

    Eight of the letter's signees are professors at Yale Law School, where Kavanaugh obtained his degree. The dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, and scholars from Stanford Law School and Cornell Law School also signed the letter. It will remain open for additional signatures through Thursday. 

    Kavanaugh is facing — and denying — sexual assault allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and sexual misconduct allegations from other women. Just as Kavanaugh did, Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. In the letter, the law professors criticized how Kavanaugh dealt with both the accusations and his testimony. 

    "The question at issue was of course painful for anyone. But Judge Kavanaugh exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry. Instead of being open to the necessary search for accuracy, Judge Kavanaugh was repeatedly aggressive with questioners," the letter reads. "Even in his prepared remarks, Judge Kavanaugh described the hearing as partisan, referring to it as 'a calculated and orchestrated political hit,' rather than acknowledging the need for the Senate, faced with new information, to try to understand what had transpired. Instead of trying to sort out with reason and care the allegations that were raised, Judge Kavanaugh responded in an intemperate, inflammatory and partial manner, as he interrupted and, at times, was discourteous to senators."

    The FBI is currently investigating Ford's allegations, though the agency only has until Friday to do so. While some senators, such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are determined to nominate Kavanaugh, others are still on the fence. This includes Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who was the recipient of another open letter made public on Tuesday regarding Kavanaugh.

    Signed by more than 800 faculty, administrators and staff at colleges and universities who live and work in Collins' home state, the letter urges her to vote no on Kavanaugh's nomination. 

    "We are at an historic juncture, and your vote, your words, and your actions as our representative will be a focal part of what happens this week," the letter to Collins says. "Will you send a message to the tens of millions of American women and men who are victims of sexual violence that their experiences will be met with indifference and even disbelief? Or will you make a choice for the greater good, and send the message that survivors can trust that they will be heard if they have the courage to come forward?"

    All of the signees said they have students or colleagues who experienced sexual violence, and some of them even experienced it themselves. 

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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.)

    Trump Responds to NYT Tax Investigation as Backlash Ensues

    ICYMI, The New York Times published a bombshell report on Tuesday which accused President Trump of participating in fraudulent tax schemes throughout the 1990s to greatly increase the payout he'd later receive from his parents. Trump was able to reportedly pocket at least $413 million in today's dollars, mostly due to him helping his mother and father dodge taxes by doing things like setting up a fake corporation to disguise millions in gifts. 

    Trump responded to the report on Wednesday by lashing out at the NYT. He also referenced a common term used in economics — "time value of money"— to somehow claim the newspaper's reporting style was "old." Regardless, the Times' article adjusted figures for inflation and did not appear to calculate time value of money.

    Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also refuted the report's claims. "Fred Trump has been gone for nearly twenty years and it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times," Sanders said in a statement, referring to Trump’s late father.

    She continued, "Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions. The New York Times’ and other media outlets’ credibility with the American people is at an all time low because they are consumed with attacking the president and his family 24/7 instead of reporting the news."

    Meanwhile, Senate Democrats publicized the report in a renewed effort to get Trump to release his tax returns. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said that he would be "happy" to look into the report's allegations. The state of New York is currently investigating the claims.

    Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Termination of Legal Protections for Immigrants

    On Wednesday, a California judge blocked the Trump administration's attempts to end protections — known as TPS, or temporary protected status — which allowed immigrants from four countries to live and work in the US. Prior to the ruling from US District Judge Edward Chen, hundreds of thousands of immigrants were facing the possibility of being deported. According to CNN, Chen ruled that the government has to uphold TPS and employment authorizations for TPS beneficiaries as a lawsuit challenging the government's attempted elimination of the protections continues. 

    As TPS currently stands, people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador — otherwise known as countries currently facing natural disasters or war — can remain in the US until conditions improve back home. The lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to end the temporary protections accuses them of being motivated by racism, citing Trump's reference to "shithole countries" in January. 

    Devin O'Malley, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, condemned the ruling in a statement. "The Court's decision usurps the role of the executive branch in our constitutional order," the statement read. "The Court contends that the duly elected President of the United States cannot be involved in matters deciding the safety and security of our nation's citizens or in the enforcement of our immigration laws. The Justice Department completely rejects the notion that the White House or the Department of Homeland Security did anything improper. We will continue to fight for the integrity of our immigration laws and our national security."

    Others, such as Working Families United, celebrated the decision. "This shows that Trump’s move to terminate TPS was based on his racial motivations and not in any law or consideration of safety," the group said in a statement. "With the suit still in court, Congress must act to create a pathway to legal residency and make the protections permanent."

    Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne Conway Defend Trump Mocking Christine Blasey Ford

    As the FBI continues its investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school, Trump used a campaign rally on Tuesday to cast doubt on the accusation and make fun of Ford. "I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer," Trump said, mocking Ford's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, when she recounted her assault with as much detail as she could remember. "How did you get home? I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know."

    A number of senators spoke out against Trump's behavior — even Sen. Jeff Flake, who was once a staunch supporter of Kavanaugh's nomination, called the comments "insensitive and appalling,"— but Sarah Sanders and White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the president. When asked about what Trump said at the rally, Conway first insisted that the White House and Senate Judiciary Committee have been "incredibly accommodating" when it comes to Ford. "She provided her testimony, she still has no corroboration for her testimony,” Conway said. "The president is pointed out factual inconsistencies. By Ford’s own testimony, there are gaps in her memory, there are facts that she cannot remember."

    Sanders had a similar response, saying that Trump "is simply putting out the facts of the matter." She reportedly refused to say whether Trump still thinks that Ford is a "very credible witness," as he said just last week.

    What to look for...

    A Star Is Born. The film is set to be released tomorrow, but it's premiering in a number of theaters across the US tonight!

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    Celebrity street style always provides a lot of inspiration for those of us just trying to keep on-trend and Paris Fashion Week was full of dramatic, yet replicable, looks. Black clothing, and shoes, was a big trend seen throughout the week, as was glitter, whether embroidered into dresses or sweaters. Here are a few of our favorite looks that are sure to give you some inspiration this fall. 

    1. Nina Dobrev



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    Nina Dobrev had a number of great outfits during her time in Paris, and our favorite was this black Dior dress with black booties. It really goes to show that all you need to look elegant this fall is a well-cut LBD and some cute shoes; no need for fancy accessories!

    2. Shay Mitchell



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    The earth-tone colors in this outfit and the super cozy coat make it perfect for the fall season. Just add some knee-high (or higher) boots as Mitchell has done to really create some flair and turn it into a going-out outfit. 

    3. Shailene Woodley



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    Mixing street-clothes with high fashion is always a great way to spice up your look a bit. Woodley's combination of an embellished t-shirt with a layered skirt and heels created an outfit that could be worn anywhere and for any function. Why not try something similar with items in your own closet!

    4. Sophie Turner



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    With a short, silver skirt and a twist-tie top, Sophie Turner looked stunning at her first Red Carpet appearance with Joe Jonas. Her unique boots really brought the outfit together and added a futuristic touch to it all. 

    5. Kate Mara



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    Who knew plaid pants could look so good?! Kate Mara definitely took a risk wearing a glittery, patterned sweater with those pants, but she pulled it off and you can too! Add the perfect fall coat and you'll look like a fashionista in no time. 

    6. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid



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    Both Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid went for a more casual look this year, giving us lazy girls plenty of inspiration. Start wearing clear raincoats and small backpacks as accessory pieces and you'll be able to spice up any outfit. 

    7. Alicia Vikander



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    It can be scary to mix and match different patterns, but as Alicia Vikander showed us at Paris Fashion Week, it's not that hard to make such a combination look good. Just make sure there's a clear theme of color running through the whole outfit and you'll be good to go!

    These are just a few of the amazing outfits celebrities rocked at Paris Fashion Week. Take some tips from them to spice up your own style a little bit this fall!

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    No matter how high-profile a couple is, they still experience some of that classic relationship awkwardness. (It sort of comes with the territory of loving another person.)

    In a visit to Sussex, the English county they serve as Duke and Duchess of, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stood together greeting a group of local children. A video surfaced of a sort of awkward moment of PDA between the royal newlyweds. Take a look:

    Meghan attempted to put a hand on Harry’s back, but he kept moving around to pat more children on the head. (Is patting children on the head a traditional thing for figureheads to do during appearances?) As Harry moved, Meghan still kinda kept her hand hovering over Harry’s back, waiting to touch it again when he would become more still.

    People are lauding over this kinda awkward maneuver, but I don’t really understand the hype. Has nobody else ever tried to hold hands with their person while driving, weirdly alternating between interlocking and letting go? Or snuggling and having an emphatic conversation at the same time, moving away when you need to gesture with their hands?

    I think of this interaction as more of a way that Harry and Meghan are just like us (except, you know, part of an ages-old monarchy). The two also flew Economy class on a New Year’s trip to France. They love watching reality TV together. Meghan’s family got into some drama before their wedding. They’re just people!

    Cringe at Meghan and Harry’s PDA if you must, but just know that you have done something equally cringey, yourself. Awkwardness is what truly bonds us all.

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    Every girl knows the struggle of finding that one skin care product that truly works. Sure, it might add a million additional steps to your routine, but it’s worth it to see your face smooth and wrinkle-free. Korean beauty is all about taking care of their skin, and Korean beauty products are known to be gentler, natural and sometimes a bit…interesting. So here’s everything you need to know about Korean skin care products (and where to find the best ones!)

    The gift of FLAWLESS skin

    Korean beauty products range from the most unusual things you’ve ever seen to your more basic face masks and creams. But what they’re best known for are products that won’t burn or harm your skin. Instead of just cleaning the surface of your skin, they usually focus on making it look glowy and renewed. So we reached out to collegiettes to share their must-haves with us. Rachna Shah, a freshman at Dartmouth, shares her favorite routine: “Some of my favorite products are the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.”

    Valentina Rodriguez-Zapata, a student at Parsons the New School of Design, says “I go to a school that's predominately Asian, more Korean than anything. Eighty percent of students are international university-wide so I hear all of their obsessions with the beauty brands. [They have] alternative ingredients, gives a glow and aims for soft but glowy. American brands are meant to build an endurance to need even more product; Korean products just helps maintain and not build a tolerance.”

    Although Korean beauty has a lot of perks, it does come at a price. Some brands can be kind of pricey, thanks to shipping costs. Additionally, you need a bunch of different products due to a detailed step-by-step process.

    So where can you buy these magical products?

    You can buy these products virtually ANYWHERE ,from Amazon, to Wish, to questionable sites online. But don’t risk going on these sites for the sake of better skin; make sure you double-check the site is legit before purchasing anything! Instead of dredging the internet for options, try out some brads that already have a good reputation. Glow Recipe and Soko Glam are the largest retailers for Korean beauty products, so if you’re looking for the good stuff straight from the source, definitely check them out.

    Valentina says, “Nature Republic is like the best go-to for me on Korean skincare. I use their silk cocoons for my blackheads and it’s great as it's an extended purpose after the cocoon is boiled and making silk,” she says. “I use so many cell activators for my scars and it's amazing for me especially for my skin (it's like a ghost so I get a lot of biopsies), the sheet masks are always amazing, personally the caviar one from NR is the most nourishing and glowing, and the feet masks are out of this world.”

    And yes, feet masks are totally a thing. Who says skin care has to stop at your face? The feet mask eliminates dead skin cells and make your feet baby soft. And speaking of weird products…

    Related: 5 Summer Beauty Products You'll Be Surprised You Haven't Tried Yet

    Weird products you’ll be oddly obsessed with

    From salmon egg cream to fermented grain makeup remover, Korean beauty has it ALL. Here are some weird products you might enjoy, (If you DARE!) 

     1. Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask Pack

    This sounds kinda weird—Okay, REALLY weird—but, animal milk is constantly used to rejuvenate your face. Donkey’s milk is a bit of a stretch, but hey, if it works, it works. This mask is specifically targeted at anti-aging. It's also not too pricey at just $19.99 plus shipping cost. 

    2. Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

    You know that weird slimy trail snails leave behind when they move around? Well some Korean beautician decided “Hey, let’s put this on our face” and It’s made of 95 percent mucin, or snail secretion, and it works to moisturize and keep your skin healthy and smooth for a longer period of time than most moisturizers.

    3. Bubi Bubi Bubbling Lip Mask

    At least this product isn’t made with animal secretions! But this ain’t your momma’s lip mask. Without the need for micro beads or plastic products, this mask uses natural ingredients found in papaya and grapefruit to eliminate you lip’s dead skin cells. Bubbles – who knew, right? The best part is it's only $14.90, plus everyone's favorite two words – FREE SHIPPING.

    4. Disco Kitten - Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Mask

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend—and sometimes, our best friend must be rubbed up against our skin to keep us youthful. Sounds just like an episode from Game of Thrones. Pearl and diamond powder are used in this 20-minute face mask to boost elasticity and deliver moisture. Might not be the weirdest thing you’ve had on your face, but who can they they’ve had their skin rejuvenated by diamonds? This one does come with a hefty price tag at $23.00 plus shipping. 

    5. The Crème Shop Detoxifying Charcoal Foot Mask

    Last, but not least, the foot mask. The last possible place you’d think needs some TLC. This charcoal infused sock-like mask removes odor and leaves your little piggies feeling soft. There’s plenty of options for Korean foot masks out there, but so far this is the cheapest option at just $4.99, and if you want to skip the shipping cost, you can treat yo’self to more skin stuff on Hollar and receive free shipping of $25 or more!

    Are all the steps worth it?

    Although it may include five or more steps, the results are amazing and long-lasting. In fact, Her Campus writer Claire Biggerstaff tried the ten-step process herself, and she said the process helped improve her skin a ton. Usually with American products, there’s only a three-step process that can still leave your skin dry and can fail at keeping acne at bay.

    Rachna says, “Korean skin care regimes may often seem quite intense since they often involve anywhere from six to 10 steps, but I've heard that they bring about great results.”

    The best advice to make time for all these steps is to probably do it after you shower or before you go to sleep. You don’t want to rush skin care and possibly irritate or harm your skin if you’re in a hurry.

    If you need proof of the miracle of Korean skincare, just check out some Korean beauty icons online. Yea, once you stare at CL’s face, you’ll be adding these products in your cart faster than you can say K-Pop. May the Groupons rain upon your glowy face.

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