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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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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.)

    One Student Killed in North Carolina School Shooting

    A North Carolina high school freshman is now being charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed a fellow student on Monday. According to officials, the shooting occurred during a fight between two students that was the result of "bullying" and a conflict that "started several days" ago. "And as fear took over, a young person bought a gun to solve the problems," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said. 

    Aside from the victim, 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen, no one else was injured. CNN reported that within minutes of the fight's commotion, two police officers and a school resource officer entered the school and were told by a teacher who the suspected shooter was. Jatwan Craig Cuffie, also 16, was taken into custody. 

    After the fatal incident, Butler High School went on lockdown only to continue classes later that day. According to Wilcox, "dozens if not hundreds" of students witnessed the shooting before fleeing in panic. He defended the controversial decision of resuming classes by saying that the school wanted to make sure students had safe transport before they could go home. 

    Police have not disclosed what sort of gun was used. 

    Suspected Mail Bomber Had List of 100+ Additional Targets

    Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected of mailing 14 pipe bombs to leading Democrats, critics of President Trump, and CNN, reportedly had a list of more than 100 other potential targets. Senior law enforcement officials told NBC that Sayoc was researching political figures, journalists, and entertainers. The FBI said it is warning anyone who may have been a potential target, especially since it's not known if any undelivered pipe bombs are still in the postal system. 

    The news came on Monday, the same day that Sayoc's initial hearing took place in Florida federal court. He's facing five federal charges— interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers — and could receive up to 48 years in prison if he's convicted. 

    However, Sayoc's lawyers told CNN's Jake Tapper on Monday evening that he intends to plead not guilty. "He remains innocent. And nobody has been able — in a court of law — to say that those were bombs that he sent," said Daniel Aaronson, one of Sayoc's attorneys. "Therefore there is no reason why he should speak or possibly have any information to impart."

    Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Appears in Court

    Robert Bowers, the gunman accused of killing 11 people and injuring six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday could face the death penalty, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bowers made his first court appearance on Monday, where he was seen in a wheelchair after reportedly being injured during the shootout with police. He was ultimately charged with 29 felony counts, which included 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder and 11 counts of obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death. Bowers is also facing 11 state charges. 

    Pittsburgh-based US Attorney Scott Brady "has begun the process of seeking the death penalty" for Bowers, CNN reported. Sessions would have to give final approval, though. On Monday, he called the shooting a "murderous rampage."

    "This was not just an attack on the Jewish faith," Sessions said. "It was attack on all people of faith, and it was an attack on America's values of protecting those of faith. It cannot, it will not, be tolerated."

    What to look for...

    (Free) food near you. Halloween is Wednesday, and a number of companies are giving away food for free or at a discounted rate. 

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    First-grade teacher Megan Luloff is being investigated by the Davenport School District after she wore blackface to a Halloween party, The Herald Sun reports.

    The Root adds that the district itself is already under state supervision due to discrimination against minority students. It reportedly places a disproportionate percentage of minority students in special education, and punishes them more frequently and more harshly than their white counterparts.

    You would think this would be a cue for employees to stay far away from anything that could possibly be perceived as discriminatory, or, you know, anything that’s been blatantly understood as such for decades.

    Apparently not.

    The Quad-City Times reports that Luloff and a group of friends went to the Walcott American Legion’s “Boos Bash” dressed as characters from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.” Luloff was attempting to channel LaFawnduh, one of the film’s only black characters. (That’s an article for another day.)

    Wouldn’t you have loved to be in the room when they were deciding who would dress as who? Did they know it was wrong, and just hoped Luloff’s privilege as a white woman would protect them from censure? Alternatively, did they know and just not care about the racist connotations? There's no way they could just not know, right?

    As Vox explains, blackface has its origins in the minstrel shows of the 1800s, where white people would use grease to paint their faces in cartoonish imitations of black people. The idea, as it is for those who still do it today, is that race is a thing to play with, a mask you can put on for a few hours and a few laughs, then take off at the end of the show.

    Unfortunately, actual black people don’t have this luxury. They can’t just shed their race whenever it’s convenient for them.

    When there are so many comprehensive, well-researched articles about why blackface is offensive, it makes Megyn Kelly’s too-common cluelessness (whether it’s legitimate or not) all the more frustrating.

    As for Luloff, the school district said in a statement that it “strives to provide a quality education enriched by our diverse community, in a fair and supportive environment for all. The images run counter to the respect, values, and beliefs the district promotes and should not be a reflection on the District as a whole.”

    The statement, shared by the Quad-City Times, adds that an investigation is ongoing.

    In conclusion: Blackface is racist. White people, do better. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.

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    If already having their clothing line and cosmetics company wasn't enough, the Jenner sisters just launched another line of ultra-chic products. This time, the duo collaborated with a new partner — Walmart.

    Kendall + Kylie for Walmart Iridescent Oil Slick Mini Tote Crossbody ($27), Walmart

    Last week Teen Vogue reported the launch of a new online-only collab between the mega-store and the Jenner sisters. The pair started their design careers back in 2012 with the debut of their juniors collection Kendall + Kylie, and have since designed for everyone from Topshop to PacSun. There’s no denying Kylie’s success as a makeup maven, with her cosmetics company Kylie Cosmetics launching its own collabs and exclusive collections (we predict a Kendall Collection coming in the near future).

    The 42-piece line is full of fanny packs, mini backpacks, crossbody bags, wallets and other small accessories perfect for adding to your holiday wish list. The collection is available for purchase on November 7, but preorder is available now. With prices topping off at only $36, there’s no need to choose only one!

    Kendall + Kylie for Walmart Blush Saffiano Faux Leather Small Backpack ($21), Walmart

    The line features holiday-ready details like sequins, metallics and brightly colored patent leather. With everything from staple pieces, like this solid colored backpack, to trendy must-haves, like this iridescent crossbody bag and sequin fanny pack, the line offers something for everyone. It is still to be determined whether the collection is a one time launch, or if the sisters will continue to design for Walmart in the coming seasons. 

    Kendall + Kylie for Walmart Sequin Fanny Pack ($18), Walmart

    The budget-friendly line is sure to sell out quickly, so get shopping! The line is only available exclusively through Walmart's website.

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    Rosanne Nelson, mother of Caitlin Nelson, is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Sacred Heart University after her daughter died following a pancake eating contest sponsored by the university. reported that the lawsuit takes issue with Sacred Heart University for approving of the contest without reviewing the possible dangers and not providing accurate medical personnel.

    Nelson reportedly died in a hospital three days after the contest. Following her death, the university held a service in Nelson’s honor and flew the flag at half mast. 

    A representative for the firm bringing the case to Superior Court said, "These contests are significantly more dangerous than people realize and it's critically important for the public - especially educational institutions - to understand that certain foods are safer than others and a modicum of forethought can literally save lives,” according to ABC. 

    Nelson was studying social work and working with children affected by the Sandy Hook shooting while at Sacred Heart University, ABC reported. 

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    Lazy Oaf, a London-based fashion company founded in 2001, is known for its crazy, out-there, or rather “wacky” designs in their womenswear, menswear, and accessories. Lazy Oaf’s latest collab, “Lazy Oaf x Daria,” will make you feel beyond nostalgic and bring you back those 90’s MTV days. For those of you who aren’t aware of Daria, it was an MTV cartoon show that aired from 1997-2002. Recently, MTV announced the reboot to Daria, with a twist, calling it Daria & Jodie

    Lazy Oaf x Daria is the collaboration we all were dying to see happen, without even realizing it. Between the notorious crazy patterns and bold prints Lazy Oaf takes pride in and the disposition associated with the main character, Daria, it creates one hell of a 90’s throwback in today’s fashion world.

    The collection is full of 11 pieces and uses grungy colors to portray the significance of the character Daria throughout the collaboration. Some pieces in the collection include logos and sayings like “I Hate Everybody” and “Sick Sad World,” which is beyond relatable to the show, making us feel as sentimental as ever. Along with the decorations to the garments, the silhouettes and types of pieces are pure throwbacks itself. This includes plaid skirts, high neck/turtlenecks, crop tops and so on. Basically, just picture the 90’s vibe and the components of 90’s fashion and combine that with grungy colors and logos, and you’ve brought the "Daria" series alive with the help of Lazy Oaf. 

    Through a statement on Lazy Oaf’s site, they explained the collaboration, “her attitude of poking fun and not taking anything too seriously is carried through the whole design ethos, continually inspired by youth nostalgia, teenage rebellion and a sense of apathy towards conforming to the norm.” Thank you, Lazy Oaf, for this collection that brings us back to our young childhood years in life through a fun, unique line that we can’t wait to try out. 

    It was the odd twist to street wear that we never would have thought of, but we aren’t mad about it. Check out the full Lazy Oaf x Daria collection here. You can now shop this collection and revamp your wardrobe with “Daria” sensation and our youth brought back to life. 

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    Donald Trump is visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday after 11 people were killed during Shabbat services at Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday. NPR reported that the visit coincidences with the first funerals for those killed, and it comes after the mayor and other communities leaders asked Trump not to visit. 

    Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto, told CNN“I do believe that it would be best to put the attention on families this week and if he were to visit, choose a different time to do it” like after the victims have been put to rest. Both Pennsylvania Senators have confirmed that they will not appear alongside Trump, as have other political public figures like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 

    Pittsburg Mayor @billpeduto appeals to Pres. Trump to delay visit: "We did try to get the message out to the White House...I do believe it would be best to put the attention on the families this week and if [Trump] were to visit, to choose a different time to be able to do it."

    — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 30, 2018

    A White House official said that Trump could not have visited the city later in the week because of his rally schedule leading up to the election next week. Trump has been insisting on making time to visit Pittsburgh since the tragedy occurred on Saturday, according to CNN

    Community leaders have been speaking out ever since Trump’s plans to visit were released. Progressive group Bend the Arc said that the president would not be welcomed into Pittsburgh until he fully denounced white nationalism. Rabbi Jeffery Myers, who led the Saturday services that were attacked, told CNN’s New Day that “I'm a citizen. He's my President. He is certainly welcome.”

    Following the shooting on Saturday, Trump insisted that the synagogue needed armed security. He responded to questions about gun laws by saying, “If they had some kind of protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation,” according to Vox.

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    In an interview with "Axios on HBO" released Tuesday, President Trump declared he planned to end birthright citizenship with an executive order (which, to be clear, would involve some moves on the 14th amendment to the constitution that aren't entirely within his power to make.) 

    Birthright citizenship, also known as jus soli, is the right to citizenship for anyone born in a country, no matter if their parents are citizens.

    "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits," President Trump told "Axios on HBO." 

    According to USA Today, however, there are over 30 countries that have birthright citizenship, including Canada and Mexico. 

    The basis for birthright citizenship in the U.S. comes from the 14th Amendment, which states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States." This Amendment was passed by Congress in 1866, after the Civil War and during the period of Reconstruction, as a way to grant emancipated slaves citizenship. It nullified Dred Scott v. Sanford, an 1857 Supreme Court decision, which had held that those descended from slaves could not be citizens. 

    Most legal experts agree that President Trump's plan to ban birthright citizenship using an executive order would be unconstitutional. Traditionally, changing the Constitution requires an agreement by a two-thirds super-majority of Congress and then must be ratified by three-fourths of states, currently 38 out of 50. 

    Opponents were quick to point this out, also noting the racist nature of this proposal.  

    President Trump has campaigned against the 14th Amendment on the basis that it will help to crack down on illegal immigration. According to the Pew Research Center, around 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in 2014, about seven percent of the four million births that year. The news comes soon after the U.S. military announced it was sending 5,200 troops to the border in anticipation of the so-called "caravan of migrants" making their way through Central America. 

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    Vice President Mike Pence was highly criticized Monday after appearing at a campaign rally for Lena Epstein, a Republican candidate for the open congressional seat in Michigan's 11th District, where a "Messianic rabbi" invoked Jesus during a tribute mourning the deaths of 11 people from the recent shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

    Messianic Judaism believes that Jesus is the messiah and considers the New Testament to be authentic.Accordingly, it is not recognized as Jewish by mainstream Judaism in the U.S. nor by the Chief Rabbinate, the supreme spiritual authority for Judaism in Israel.

    The movement is most known for the organization Jews for Jesus, founded in 1970, which declares that "Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with God the Father."

    According to NBC News, Pence invited Rabbi Loren Jacobs to the stage after hearing him give a prayer backstage. 

    "We often have ecumenical prayers at the beginning of events that aren't an endorsement of any particular faith," Pence's deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen told NBC News.

    Jacobs graduated in 1979 from the Jewish studies program at Moody Bible Institute, a leading Christian college in Chicago, and was ordained as a rabbi by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, located in Florida, soon after. Since being ordained, Jacobs has contributed a a number of columns to the Jews for Jesus publication Issues. Jacobs is currently the senior rabbi, and founder, of Congregation Shema Yisrael, a Messianic congregation in Michigan. 

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    Unless you really don't care about skincare (which, HOW?), you've probably noticed that simple, clean face oils are popping up all over the place. As a skincare obsessive, I needed to get to the bottom of this trend. What makes them clean beauty? What makes them so ~green beauty~ worthy? And what makes them so damn Instagrammable?

    If you've paid attention to Face Mask and Chill, my weekly Instagram Story segment on the Her Campus Instagram, you know my skincare routine is a bit... excessive. There's nothing simple (or really even clean) about my skincare routine at all. From serums to acne stickers to sheet masks to expensive moisturizers and lasers, I really am that extra. And I wouldn't change my routine for the world. In a lot of ways, it's a major form of self care in my life, and it helps me spend some time with myself after a long day at work or a rough mental health day. It's not like I don't enjoy spending an hour a day shoving different products into my pores.

    But there's something ~dreamy~ to me about the idea of one product that can do it all. Especially when I'm traveling, it can be a pain in my ass to try to manage to get all of my skincare products into one convenient little TSA-approved bag, so the concept of a face oil made of simple, green ingredients kinda makes my heart since.

    That's where Everyday Oil came in.



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    I found Everyday Oil on Instagram, as I find most of my new beauty products these days. Instagram is such a haven for exciting new beauty trends, and when I saw it I was like, yep, this is a must-try. The packaging itself honestly makes me drool: it arrives in a glimmering, thick glass bottle, with a super minimalist design. It was made for shelfies, as I believe all beauty product should be in 2018, aka The Age Of Instagram.

    But what's inside is so damn good too. 

    Made up of coconut oil, argan oil, lavender, clary sage, and more yummy, yummy ingredients, this is simplicity at its best. It smells AMAZING, and it goes on so smoothly. I used it everywhere on my body, from my face to my hair to my ass, and my skin just drank it right up. It left me with a nice, dewy glow, so this is more a fit for those of us who want to look just a liiiiittle damp at all times, rather than the matte-fans among us. 

    What makes face oils so special is that they really can do it all.

    You can use them as an oil cleanser, and it'll honestly blow your mind that they can take off every single bit of makeup you've got on. Even for me as someone who doesn't wear much makeup, face oils really provide just an extra level of clean. They make my face feel as soft and fresh as an exfoliating, intense cleanser without all of the harsh scrubbing.

    Am I giving up my length routine as a whole? Nope. But I do reach for the Everyday Oil on days where I want to keep things a bit lighter, on my lazy days, and on days where I just do not have time for a 7-step skincare routine. I've also got the travel size for work trips, and it's so much more convenient than it used to be to gather up all of my bottles and serums and creams. 

    A word of caution: though we freaking love coconut oil, it's not going to vibe with everyone's skin type. My skin digs it, but other people have found that it causes breakouts, so def do some patch testing before going all in! 

    Want more beauty wisdom? Follow @HerCampusBeauty, and tune into @HerCampus on Instagram every week for wellness & beauty segments!

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked the FBI to investigate an alleged scheme to concoct sexual misconduct allegations against him.

    According to NBC News, an email had been circulated to journalists over the past month from a woman who alleges that she had been approached and offered thousands of dollars if she would say that Mueller, who is currently investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, had harassed her, and to sign a sworn affidavit accusing Mueller of sexual misconduct.

    “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation,” Peter Carr, the special counsel’s spokesperson, said in an email.

    The woman identified herself as Lorraine D. Parsons to Politico, allegedly worked at worked at the law firm Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro at the same Mueller did in 1974. Reporters said she was supposed to allege that the sexual misconduct took place during that time.

    NBC News gave the woman’s name to the spokesperson for the law firm, which is now called Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who said that they “have no record of this individual working for our firm.”

    In an email to Politico, Parsons said that a man named Bill Christensen contacted her by phone to inquire about Mueller.

    “I’m not sure how he knew that I ever worked there or worked with Robert Mueller. I reluctantly told Mr. Christensen that I had only worked with Mr. Mueller for a short period of time, before leaving that firm to have my first son,” she wrote in her email.

    The woman said Christensen “then changed his tone, and mentioned that he might be able to help me pay off some debt. He knew exactly how much credit card debt I had, right down to the dollar, which sort of freaked me out.”

    Parsons said she told the man that she was not interested in the offer and disconnected the call. She said he called her back a few days later, now offering to pay off $34,000 in credit card debt and write her an additional $20,000 check if she came forward with accusations against Mueller. Parsons was also offered a $10,000 bonus Christensen’s client, Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman.

    In a Facebook video posted on Tuesday, Burkman said that he is planning a press conference on Thursday to “unveil the first of the sexual assault victims of Robert Mueller,” Politico reports.

    According to NBC News, over the past two years, Burkman had been investigating the murder of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who is the subject of a conspiracy theory that he played a role in the hacked Hillary Clinton emails that WikiLeaks released prior to the 2016 presidential election.

    Burkman has been allegedly investigating sexual misconduct and alcohol-related allegations against Mueller.

    In a phone interview with Politico, however, Burkman insisted that he had no part in the Parson story.

    “We never paid anyone. This woman named Lorraine Parsons, I don’t know who it is. I’ve never heard of her,” Burkman said. “I’m not sure a Lorraine Parsons exists.”

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    Congratulations to Hilary Duff and partner Matthew Koma, who are now the proud parents of a precious baby girl!

    The Younger actress shared the news of her little bundle of joy with her followers on Monday evening, revealing that she gave birth to her daughter on Thursday, October 25th, Hello Giggles reports. 

    Duff wrote that she delivered Banks Violet Bair at home, and that “this little absolute magic.”

    Koma, a musician, also made a sweet announcement on Instagram, sharing the same photo.

    “We welcome a beautiful daughter, little sister, and best friend for life,” he wrote. “Could not possibly be more grateful for our growing family and for the [peach] who makes it all possible. Cloud ten.”

    Duff also has a 6½-year-old son with ex-husband and former NHL player Mike Comrie, The Huffington Post reports.

    The happy new parents announced that Duff was expecting back in June, and the actress has been very honest and open about her pregnancy journey.

    “The boobs are big the belly is big the body is big,” she wrote on Instagram in July. “Man.. pregnancy is hard. Giving love to all mamas who make it look effortless... this journey is hard as hell and also incredibly special. [...] sick of getting up 9 times a night to pee and looking at this weird body in the mirror that is not my own at the moment.”

    Congratulations to the happy family!

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    We all know that periods can totally be the worst. Cramping, bloating, back pain…the list of hell-ish symptoms goes on and on. No matter your specific symptoms, period pain can make you feel like all you want is to lay in bed, eat ice cream, and watch Netflix until it’s over.

    But how do you know when these period pains are abnormal, and that the severity of your symptoms are way more extreme than they should be? If you’re unsure if your periods are “just bad periods” or something more, endometriosis is a condition that you shouldn't rule out. Endometriosis, or endo for short, is a chronic disease that affects an estimated one in 10 women of reproductive age and causes several types of pain in different areas of the body.

    One of the most difficult parts about endo is the fact that it can take a long time to get a proper diagnosis. That’s why it’s important to speak up and start the conversation about endometriosis. Here are 10 things you should know about endo to better understand the disease.

    1. An estimated 1 in 10 women of reproductive age are living with endometriosis

    Given the odds, you most likely know or have known someone who lives with endometriosis. This condition occurs when tissue that acts a lot like the lining of your uterus starts to grow outside of your uterus where it doesn't belong. These out-of-place growths, called lesions, can cause inflammation and severe pain throughout your cycle. Although it may not seem like it’s a super common disease, endometriosis affects so many women in so many ways.

    2. Proper diagnosis of endo can take up to six to 10 years

    Yes, you read that right. Endometriosis can be extremely difficult to diagnose for multiple reasons: the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and the lack of awareness of the condition can lead to a long battle of trying to understand and identify the pain they experience. This can mean years of visits to multiple physicians with little to no accurate diagnosis or answers.

    Many also attribute this painful phase before a diagnosis simply to lack of awareness and conversation on endometriosis. Doctors, friends, family and peers may write off these symptoms as “just a bad period” or as a different condition, leaving many women feeling lost. This is why understanding endometriosis and learning how to start the convo about endo is so important. SpeakENDO’s doctor discussion guide can help you prepare for a productive conversation with your gynecologist.

    3. There are three most common symptoms, but not all women experience all three

    Although endometriosis symptoms can vary from person to person, there are three most common symptoms:

    1. Painful periods
    2. Pelvic pain in between periods
    3. Pain with sex

    Although these are the most common symptoms, there is a long laundry list of other symptoms that women should be aware of. The symptoms can be mixed and matched in so many different ways, varying from person to person, therefore making it so much harder to diagnose.

    4. Other symptoms of endo may have nothing to do with your period or the pelvic area

    Some other common symptoms are painful bowel movements, painful urination, pain in the lower back, abdomen, or groin, difficulty participating in day-to-day activities because of excessive pain, exhaustion, or weakness. Take SpeakENDO’s Symptom Quiz to see if you have symptoms that may be related to endometriosis.

    5. Endometriosis may be hereditary

    If there’s a history of endometriosis within your family, doctors believe that you are more likely to experience it during your lifetime. Other potential risk factors of endometriosis include never giving birth, starting your period before the age of 11, short menstrual cycles, and abnormally long or heavy periods. Unsure if your period is “normal”? SpeakENDO has a super helpful rundown on their website of what’s considered normal and when you should reach out to your gynecologist about your period concerns.

    6. Endo lesions can be found in the bladder, bowel, ovaries and other organs

    Endometriosis lesions can grow in multiple organs in the pelvic area and can form scar tissue between these organs. When these lesions stick together, they can cause even more pain for in the pelvic area. 

    7. Women who experience infertility, or trouble getting pregnant, may also have endometriosis

    Studies suggest that approximately 25% to 50% of infertile women also have endometriosis — that’s why many health professionals will ask if you’ve ever given birth if they’re considering endometriosis as a possibility. However, it’s important to note that this correlation hasn’t been proven for sure since endometriosis is so different for every woman.

    8. There can be overlapping symptoms or associated conditions with endometriosis

    Some conditions that may be associated with or can have overlapping symptoms with endometriosis include uterine fibroids, painful bladder syndrome, adenomyosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We know — these all sound super scary and confusing. That’s why it’s super important to talk to your gynecologist about your symptoms to get a better idea about the possibility of endometriosis.

    9. It can be hard to describe and speak about endometriosis to others

    Many women with endometriosis can find it difficult, awkward or downright confusing to explain to gynecologists, friends, family and employers and teachers how endometriosis may be affecting them. SpeakENDO has tons of tips and examples on how to start the conversation about endometriosis.

    10. There are more resources available to you than you may think has an amazing list of resources that are there to help you understand endometriosis better, the symptoms that come with it, finding the right OBGYN/endometriosis specialist for you, and more.

    If any of the endometriosis symptoms listed above sound familiar or possible to you, be sure to visit your OBGYN if you want to discuss your situation and potential options for treatment.

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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.)

    Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Support Trump on Birthright Citizenship

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday backed President Donald Trump’s vow to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizen parents, saying he’ll introduce legislation along the lines of Trump’s executive order proposal, The Huffington Postreports.

    “Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship,” Graham wrote in a tweet. “I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform — and at the same time — the elimination of birthright citizenship.”

    During an interview with “Axios on HBO” taped Monday, Trump said he was considering issuing an executive order to end birthright citizenship, calling birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and saying that the system “has to end.”

    Birthright citizenship is specifically written into the text of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and has been affirmed by the Supreme Court, and would most certainly require a change to the constitution, not just an executive order or legislation, experts said.

    Graham, who had called for a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship in 2010, said that it “is a magnet for illegal immigration” and “needs to come to an end.”

    “I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President,” Graham added.

    According to HuffPost, Vice President Mike Pence spoke on the matter Tuesday, saying that the language of the 14th Amendment does not specifically lay out whether it applies to people who are not in the country legally.

    “We all cherish the language of the 14th Amendment,” Pence told Politico Playbook, “but the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th Amendment subject to the jurisdiction thereof applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally.”

    Pharrell Williams Threatens to Sue Trump Over Use of His Song Following Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

    Pharrell Williams is not too “happy” that President Donald Trump used his song during a rally following the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting.

    Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after the president played the singer’s popular 2014 hit “Happy” at a political rally in the Midwest, just hours after nearly a dozen people were shot and killed in a synagogue.

    “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Williams’ lawyer, Howard King, wrote in the letter, according to USA TODAY.

    via Lisa EK - Flickr

    The singer’s lawyers noted that not only was the song played at an improper time, it was also in violation of “copyright infringement” and “trademark rights.”

    "There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter read.

    The cease-and-desist letter made it very clear that Williams does not want Trump to use any of his music in the future.

    “Demand is hereby made that you cease and desist from any further unauthorized use of Pharrell Williams’ music,” the letter said.

    Grandfather Makes Cool School-Bus Costume for Grandson Who Uses a Wheelchair

    Blake Mompher, 5, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal column does not completely close during pregnancy, requiring the preschooler to use a wheelchair. Blake loves Halloween and the color yellow, so this Halloween, Blake will be celebrating in a cool, one-of-a-kind school-bus costume that his grandfather, Gary Mompher, made.

    Gary Mompher, the family’s “handyman,” told ABC News that he likes to “tinker around a lot so I thought it would be fun to make it.”

    “I love to see Blake smile,” he added.

    via Megan Mompher - ABC News

    Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, said that they had “always had a bus in mind because [Blake] really likes school buses,” and she should an image from Pinterest to her father-in-law.

    Gary Mompher went to work on the school-bus, adding hand-painted red lights and custom lettering on the side of the bus.

    “Blake lives in a county and it’s a school bus so we threw in the words together and named it ‘Blake County Schools,’” he said. “It was that easy.”

    “Blake sees other kids running around and they’re able to wear full-on costumes and he just can’t do that,” Blake’s dad, Aric Mompher. said. “Our goal as parents is to make Halloween special for him and it so happens that my dad is very talented.”

    via Megan Mompher - ABC News

    According to ABC News, Gary Mompher’s talents shined in 2016 when he made his grandson a yellow bulldozer for Blake; however, the crawler was too heavy, and made it difficult for Blake to move freely on his own.

    Last year, health problems prevented Blake from celebrating his favorite holiday, so they made sure to go all out this year.

    “It was like a miracle to see him get in the school bus,” Gary Mompher said of Blake trying on his costume for the first time. “He immediately started rolling the chair and trying to run me down and everybody down.”

    Blake showed off his nifty school-bus costume at a school Halloween function on Friday, and was met with high-fives and M&Ms, his favorite candy.

    “Just to see him happy, it means the world to us as parents,” Megan Mompher said. “The joy in his face and the smile that Blake brings. It outweighs the hard that he goes through.”

    Blake already has his Halloween costume idea ready for next year: a yellow fire truck.

    What to look out for…

    Happy Halloween, everyone! Have a SPOOKtacular and BOO-tiful day!

    via Giphy

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    This article has been syndicated from SpeechLyss, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here

    Let's face it — the grad school search is seriously strenuous, yet the very first question friends/family/faculty will ask you is where you will be applying (it's the worst). It was the number one question I received whenever I mentioned grad school applications. I also found that it was the hardest question to answer. The question always sounded so casual, “So where are you applying?” ...As if I’d had one specific place in mind forever! 

    The U.S. has such a vast variety of schools that offer incredible graduate programs. Determining the exact list of schools to send your application to takes time – and some pretty extensive research. Choosing the schools you want to apply to is so much more than picking them out of a hat (even though it may certainly seem like that is what we are doing sometimes!). Discovering and further selecting your top schools to apply to is a complex process, but it can be made much easier by narrowing down your options. The whole “narrowing down your options” deal can seem exhausting, too. But, not so much if you ask yourself what you are truly looking for.

    1. Do you prefer to stay close to home?

    This may be the single best question that will help you narrow down your search. Think about whether you can see yourself living far away from home for the next two years. If you can’t, you can easily narrow your search to find schools within a drivable radius of your hometown. While the U.S. does have hundreds of incredible programs, not all areas have large numbers of programs within a proximal driving distance. It is also important to keep in mind that there are thousands of people in your same shoes. Narrowing down options too much can decrease chances of acceptance for first-time applicants. Say you just want to be able to get home easily for holidays and weekends. If this is your preference, narrow your search to within 2-4 hours of your home. 4 hours may sound like a long drive, but again, you don’t want to narrow your search too much.

    2. Are you an adventurer?

    Many of us millennials are thrill-seekers and explorers. You may be interested in going somewhere farther away from the comfort of your hometown, home state, or even home country! If this description fits you, you will likely be looking for a school that both:

    1. Suits your interests, and
    2. Is located somewhere off your parents’ ideal map of potential graduate schools (sorry mom!)

    Even though you may be down to go just about anywhere, you likely have specific opinions on what exactly “going somewhere adventurous” means to you. Is it somewhere warm and sunny? How about a busy city? Maybe it’s somewhere near snowy mountains. Regardless, you likely have somewhat of an idea of a climate or setting in which you’d like to spend the next two years of your life. However, if you’re not so sure, there are plenty of ways to seek out the programs in your ideal location. The resource I provide in the last question of this post may help you find some potential destinations!

    3. Do you have specific interests?

    This is a great question to ask yourself before you begin looking into programs. If you have specific interests within your field, find out whether a program offers related courses or clinical experiences. Finding this information out can help you easily narrow down your search. Specific interests may be as broad as medical- vs. school-based Speech Pathology. Some people just know they want to work in a hospital. Others can’t picture themselves anywhere but an elementary school.

    By searching with my specific interests in mind, I was able quickly skim through any research projects a program completed. This allowed me to easily discover whether any of the school’s researchers had similar interests as me, simply by skimming through their “Research” page. Whenever I saw either of my interests listed as the same interests of a certain professor, I would click on their bio to learn more about their research. I was able to form an opinion about the school fairly easily. I presumed the researchers would likely be the professors I would be learning from when I would attend the program. Because you’ll likely be learning from these professors, it’s important to find a school that researches topics you’re interested in.

    4. What kind of financial aid are you seeking?

    Financial aid is a necessity for many students. A big downfall of some programs is that they simply don’t offer it, and some only offer certain forms of financial aid. For example, some programs offer scholarships students must apply to. Other programs instead offer opportunities such as Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. If you are seeking scholarships, it is important to find out what scholarships your department offers. Not all departments offer scholarships to first-year graduate students who didn’t come from their undergraduate program. Schools will do this because even though your transcript says you have great academic abilities, your work ethic may be a different story. The program may wish to get to know you as a student before dishing out the cash.

    Asking myself these questions proved to be the most efficient way to compose my list of schools and ultimately find the right grad school for me! I hope this helps ease the grad school search #struggle.

    Read the full post here

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    On Boy Meets World, Mr. Feeny could do no wrong. He always knew just what to say to help Cory, Shawn, Topanga, and the others through the rough years of adolescence. It turns out that William Daniels, who played Mr. Feeny on the 1990s TV series that aired for seven years, is still prepared for all of life’s obstacles.

    The 91-year-old actor stopped an intruder from breaking into the San Fernando Valley, California home he shares with wife Bonnie Bartlett.

    Daniels, who also provided the voice for KIT the talking car on NBC’s 1980s series Knight Rider, was asleep when the intruder entered his home. “Luckily, Mr. Daniels was able to frighten away the person and the LAPD quickly responded,” his publicist told ABC7.

    The former Mr. Feeny gave Good Morning America the light-hearted take we needed to hear from him. “…I beat him up and he ran away with bruises all over him. Would you like to print that? You better not, it’s a total lie.” He continued in a serious manner: “We were asleep and I heard bang, bang, bang… Bonnie screamed and this person fled.”

    Boy Meets World fans celebrated their hero’s latest triumph on social media, including one who knows Daniels better than the rest. Will Friedle, who played lead character Cory’s obnoxious older brother Eric Matthews, tweeted his support to Daniels and Bartlett. “Don’t ever mess with Mr. Feeny!” he said.

    Good to see that at least some of our childhood role models are still doing admirable things, but who are we kidding? Mr. Feeny couldn’t disappoint us if he tried.

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    We know that Grey’s Anatomy is always showcasing some pretty crazy cases, but they’ve also covered a number of creatively innovative surgeries, as well. On last week’s episode, “Everyday Angel," Alex and Jackson performed surgery on a little boy with bony growths on his scapula. Upon discovering that the growths were cancerous, they came up with a way to let the little boy continue on with his adventurous childhood. In an effort to not leave him with either the death sentence of cancer or the loss of both of his shoulders’ mobility, they removed the scapulas, performed radiation therapy on them, and then replaced them back into the body cancer free. This might be the coolest surgery they’ve done yet, but it’s far from the only one to make the cut. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of nine other incredible procedures showcased on Grey’s.

    When they built a little boy a set of ears from scratch (pro bono!)

    In season 4's Halloween episode Ryan, the son of one of the hospital's employees went trick-or-treating for a set of ears. 

    When Meredith gave Megan a full abdominal wall transplant

    Struck with the idea after Alex tells her to stop picking at the wall in her bedroom, lest they need to replace the whole thing, Meredith successfully performs the fourth ever abdominal wall transplant.

    When baby Tyler was born with an encephalocele in the middle of his face

    Usually encephalocele​s contain brain matter, but Tyler's did not. The doctors were able to remove the growth, reconstruct his skull and leave Tyler with nothing but a tiny scar on his forehead. 

    When a machine was used to keep a woman alive without her heart

    Kelsey had a pseudoaneurysm along the suture line of her transplanted heart, making it useless. They removed her heart and used a machine to circulate her blood for her, keeping her alive just long enough to find a new match. 

    When Jo used Webber’s Path Pen to save a man's quality of life (BTW, it's a real thing!)

    In surgery with Meredith, Jo is struggling with whether or not remove a man's entire stomach, causing him to eat through a tube for the rest of his life or take half of the stomach and risk leaving Cancer behind. She uses Webber's Path Pen and determines that she can save half of his stomach. 

    When Derek removed half of a little girl’s brain

    When they noticed their daughter's foot twitching, a couple took her to a neighboring hospital where they discovered a brain abnormality which turned out to be Rasmussen's Encephalitis. Half of Jamie's brain was dead, and Derek removed it with the expectation of a full recovery. 

    When Callie created a new leg for a homeless man

    While sleeping in a dumpster, a garbage truck came, lifted the dumpster and threw everything in it, along with the homeless man—resulting in him getting crushed. His leg was stuck in his chest and he didn't want to live if he couldn't walk again. Unfortunately he died in surgery, but not before Callie had constructed a brand new leg for him. 

    When they used therapeutic hypothermia to help a man regain feeling in his legs

    After a car accident left Phillip with a crushed spine, Derek was not confident that he would ever walk again. Owen suggested therapeutic hypothermia, Callie did the research, and after cooling him down and rewarming him, Phillip was able to move his toes. 

    Meredith and Derek's clinical trial

    Meredith came up with the idea to treat inoperable brain tumors by injecting them with a virus targeted specifically to the tumor. After 12 unsuccessful attempts, they perfected the formula with their final patient, Beth, leading to the publication of the Shepherd Method. 

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    Kanye West has apparently decided that Trump’s politics are no longer convenient for him, the BBC reports.

    The polarizing rapper, fashion designer, and now-former Trump BFF tweeted on Tuesday that he’s “distancing” himself from politics and “completely focusing on being creative.”

    Funny enough, this enlightened announcement came on the same day that Footwear News ran a story on a Spotted report about West’s marketability.

    Spotted CEO Janet Comenos told the outlet that West is “an extremely risky choice, and not someone I’d be recommending to a brand in the fashion space.”

    She suggested that his erratic behavior (consumers rated West as more “wacky” than 97% of his peers) made him an unreliable brand spokesperson.

    West has certainly been busy over the past couple of years, but he’s really amped it up in 2018.

    This year, he’s tweeted photos of his “Make America Great Again” hat, bonded with Trump over their similar “dragon energy,” called slavery a choice, and given a speech in support of the president during his appearance on SNL.

    He’s also revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then said this was actually incorrect, and that he was just sleep-deprived, Refinery29 reports.

    While we can’t know for sure what West is experiencing mentally, we can hope that he’s finding some way to turn things around.

    Maybe removing himself from politics really is just a business strategy designed to clean up his image and make him more marketable. Or maybe he’s truly seen the issues with his latest position, and is now genuinely trying to make a change.

    People can (and should) change their views as they grow and learn. (Yes, this can apply to adults, too.) If that’s what this is, then good for him.

    In these uncertain times, maybe he’s just trying to regain his footing. Though a lot of us (thankfully) didn’t react in the same way, I think we can all relate to that feeling of being lost.

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    Last Friday, Netflix released the much-anticipated remake of a much-loved ‘90s sitcom—but with a few small differences.

    A darker take on the beloved Archie’s Comics character from the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Netflix’s new Chilling Adventures of Sabrinais not for the faint of heart.

    Just like the original, Sabrina is a teenager being taken care of by her witch aunts Hilda and Zelda, but this one has a little bit more gore, a bit more Satan-worship, a bit more drama and a lot more intense romance. So it’s not surprising that when the original cast saw some of the new show, they were a bit taken aback. Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart), Harvey (Nate Richert), Aunt Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Aunt Zelda (Beth Broderick) all sat down to watch scenes from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina–and if the screaming is any indication, they found it a bit scary.

    Caroline Rhea pretty much summed it up with a quick, “It’s terrifying, this show.” While watching a scene where Sabrina, played by Kiernan Shipka, starts making out with her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch) former-Aunt Zelda Beth Broderick yelled, “This is not our Sabrina.”

    Melissa Joan Hart decided that she won’t be letting her own kids watch it anytime soon. With all the blood, supernatural creatures, intense relationships and drama that fill the show, we really can’t blame her. Although, she did admit that they might like the new version better.

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is certainly is a far cry from the funny but not-as-Satanic-or-terrifying original. But, honestly, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the creator of Riverdale.

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    Halloween is upon us (like literally today rn and this weekend too) and that means that you might be frantically googling a last-minute Halloween costume idea, deep-stalking your crush’s feed to make sure they aren’t part of a couple’s costume with someone else or you’re throwing on your cutest bra and heading to the pre-game (do you.)

    But, of course that also means that people have capital-O ~Opinions~ about whether your outfits are too sexy, revealing or trashy (a word that this humble trash-bag loves to reclaim year ‘round but especially during the spookiest time of year and a word that is said with love, respect and devotion throughout this post. just FYI.)

    The HC team are super big fans of people getting to put whatever the f-ck they want on their bodies and do whatever the f-ck they want with those bodies. So we circled up to talk about our own Halloween greatest (read: trashiest) hits, embracing our trashiest impulses and telling the haters to GTFO.

    Katie (@kathriller):  So Halloween season means that in addition to everyone looking super f-cking hot on instagram for two whole damn weekends, it also means the slut-shamers are out in full force telling you to “stay classy” or whatever. (Barf).

    So now I need to know everyone’s fave trash-tastic, sexy costumes RN and how they made you feel. And, if you’re nasty, What pisses you off about seeing slut-shaming on Halloween (or, like, ever)?

    Rachel (@rachelcharlenel): I 100% reserve the right to be slutty on Halloween, and also really any time. It's nice to be slutty on Halloween because you're not the only one. It feels like a powerful moment for girls, as fluffy as it sounds, because we're all tipsy and half-naked and screaming about Halloween and the patriarchy can't stop us. And yes, maybe we're doing it to be cute, but honestly, I don't care. If I want to be basically naked outside in 30 degree weather while walking to a frat party, I will, and I'll take as many thirsty Insta pics as I want. My sluttiest costume: a bra, weird tights, a super short skirt, and a leather jacket. And cat ears. Edgy cat. I wore this for like, three years in a row.

    HELLO sexy cat. 

    Also: A cheerleader from Glee, which was funny because I didn't know it was from Glee (borrowed it from a friend) and I'm gay. I have literally no interest in "classy" costumes and it's fine if you like them, but don't judge those of us who use this holiday to embrace tiny, ridiculous outfits.

    Sammi (@samanthakari): I myself have never dressed in a trashtastic manner — because I don't have the self-confidence to do so (unless we're counting Rocky Horror shadow casting, in which case, pic to follow, though it's trashier in the sense that it looks like I pulled my pieces out of the trash). 

    But everyone should let halloween trash bags live because it's none of they’re goddamn business what anyone else wants to dress up as or feels comfortable in wearing. To roughly quote Mean Girls, halloween is the one day of the year where this is supposed to be universally acceptable. You don't let us have anything else, let us have this.

    Colombia represent.

    Maggie (@maggiescenna): LET ME LIVE MY F-CKING LIFE.

    Why do you care what I’m wearing? i'm wearing it for myself because it's fun and it should be the one day (if there has to only be one day rather than dream world every day) that girls can wear whatever the f-ck they want and dress like a sexy librarian or whatever.

    Some sexy Halloween classics.

    And i wish i could dress like this all the time because I would. Wearing only a leotard is A.  the easiest thing you can do, no worries about an outfit, and B. mad comfy.

    Felicity Warner (@felicitywarner): Dressing up however the f-ck I want for Halloween is super liberating. Whether I want to dress in a giant T-shirt or a super short skirt, it's based off my personal decision and what feels good to me when I wear it. Halloween is a notoriously wild holiday — if people can dress up like scary clowns and grotesque zombies (which, pls don't come near me with that), then I think we can all manage me making my debut in a low-cut top. All in all, it's just a holiday. Dress classy, dress trashy, dress funny, or don't dress up at all — do whatever the hell you want because it's really not that deep y'all.

    Katie: Heck yeah. While there’s always room for discussions about sexualization and objectification (and how evil capitalist industries might participate in that without people really getting a say), I think it’s so important to talk about how costumes that may be revealing or sexy (or whatever term we want to use) are about autonomy and creativity and fun.

    My sister's sexy trash costume circa 2016 — because I'm still obsessed with it.

    Let people enjoy things and embrace whatever part of them they want to explore — this can be said for a Halloween costume or for every day. It’s never anyone’s business what you’re putting on your body and, as long as you’re adults choosing to do something that makes you feel cute and empowered — and you’re being respectful of other people’s space and autonomy — the sky’s the limit.

    I also can’t help but emphasize that a costume — no matter how beautiful and sexy it is —  never communicate consent or count as consent. I feel like cosplayers have to constantly drill this home with creepy people at conventions who don’t get the f-cking hint, but it’s relevant on Halloween too.

    Don’t shame people, mind your damn business and don’t touch them unless they say you can. (That’s also my go-to life advice too, tbh.)

    Check out our Halloween hub, because duh. Also: Tell us about your favorite trashy costumes & yell with us about slut-shamers on Twitter (@hercampus) & Instagram (@hercampus). Happy Halloween!

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    We all know Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River”—arguably one of the best breakup tracks of the early 2000s. Its cultural impact is undeniable: it was the song that Liam Payne auditioned with on the X-Factor in 2010 (so, if you squint, it’s indirectly responsible for the creation of One Direction), and it inspires such great nostalgia that Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig even wrote Timberlake a letter to get the song in her Oscar-nominated film. So how long does it take to create such a soulful musical masterpiece? According to Timberlake himself, only two hours.

    Timberlake released his first book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me, on Tuesday, and the autobiography included some little-known details about Timberlake’s life and career. Though PEOPLE reports that Timberlake never actually mentions ex-girlfriend Britney Spears—the inspiration behind the song—by name, he does divulge that “Cry Me A River” came to him almost instantly.



    Timberlake writes, “I’ve been scorned. I’ve been pissed off. I wrote ‘Cry Me A River’ in two hours. I didn’t plan on writing it.”

    Honestly, the song is so full of passion that it’s not surprising JT was swayed by his emotions to create such a powerful track. He was very clearly torn up about his breakup with Spears, writing, “The feelings I had were so strong that I had to write it, and I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen and, hopefully, relate to it,” Timberlake continues. “People heard me and they understood it because we’ve all been there.”

    His heartbreak, however, seems to be all in the past, since he’s happily married to Jessica Biel. But whether or not writing “Cry Me A River” was part of the plan for Timberlake, we’re so glad he did it.

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