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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Holiday season is the one time of year its perfectly acceptable to dress extra AF. Adding glittery accessories is an easy way to take any ordinary outfit and make it holiday-ready. When you're busy spending your spare cash on gifts, it can be hard to find room in your budget for holiday party outfits you'll only wear once or twice. Spare your bank account and add these budget-friendly accessories to the outfits you've already been wearing this winter. 

    We combed the internet and found the *sparkliest*, most-extra accessories to take your holiday outfits to the next level. Here are the shiny picks we added to our cart:

    Sparkly tights

    Tights with Rhinestones ($25), Calzedonia

    No time to find a dress for a last-minute holiday party? Pull on these rhinestone-studded tights and don your favorite LBD. 

    Metallic crossbody

    Metallic Candy Handbag ($20), Forever 21

    Why just eat Christmas goodies when you can wear them too! Show off your quirky side by adding this candy-shaped crossbody to your next holiday outfit. Style with your favorite velvet mini dress for an uber festive look. 

    Crystal hair clips

    Tasha Twinkle Star Hair Clips ($16), Nordstrom

    Add these cute clips to your favorite going-out look. Stars are always holiday approved! 

    Statement earrings

    Pendant Crystal Earrings ($26), Mango

    ICYMI, 80's accessories are huge this winter! Pair these oversized chandelier earrings with a blazer dress for the perfect office party look! 

    Sequin beret

    Sequin Beret ($3), Shein

    Don't let a bad hair day ruin your holiday spirit! This festive beret goes great with your classic white tee and jeans look. 

    Rhinestone belt

    Silver Rhine on With Glam Belt ($23), Windsor

    We're sure Carrie Bradshaw would love this rhinestone belt as much as we do. Pair with black denim your favorite bodysuit for the perfect night-out look!

    Loving the sparkle trend as much as we are? Show us your festive AF looks by tagging @hercampusstyle on your next 'Gram! 


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    Pretty much all beauty routines have a tool that takes them to the next level. From the handfuls of brushes to the variety of sponges that help ace your glow, we’re always trying out new items that make our look totally flawless.

    Today we’re talking about the skincare tool that’s been floating around influencer-Instagram and seems to be a topic of question among many new skincare lovers: facial rollers. They’re everywhere and pretty AF, but with all the options on the market, it may be confusing as to which facial roller you should actually be using. “They seem really cool and I want to get into them, but I don’t know much about them,” explains Morgan Mullings, a junior at St. John’s University.

    Have no fear! While there are many different types of facial rollers to shop, there are really only three that you should become an expert on (and potentially treat yourself to).

    Smooth Stone Facial Rollers

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Meet the NEW improved Jade Roller. ✨Recently your feedback has told us that our Jade Rollers weren’t meeting durability needs. We’ve heard your concerns loud and clear and are excited to bring you a new and improved Jade Roller! Now crafted with improved hardware and higher quality ethically-mined stones to withstand the tests of time and use. Jade Rollers improve circulation and vitality, help with de-puffing and easing facial tension. Metaphysically, Jade is used to enhance harmony and bring positivity and peace. Now available online @Sephora and herbivore.com 💚🙌💚 If you have purchased a Jade Facial Roller that was damaged within the last 90 days, please contact us at info@herbivorebotanicals.com.

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    The most commonly used (and Insta-worthy) are facial rollers made with stones like rose quartz, jade, amethyst and other minerals. The stone roller, which has been used in China since the17th century, is a great starter tool if you’re interested in rolling.

    While each stone has basically the same benefits, the metaphysical and spiritual meanings of the different stones vary. YouTuber Marianna Hewitt discusses the spiritual aspects of stone facial rollers in her video that goes into detail about jade rollers and how to use them.

    “Jade is said to help with anxiety and fatigue, and then also has healing powers in it,” she explains. “So, other people like it because if you like crystals it's like putting crystal energy right into your skin.”

    The facial roller featured in Hewitt’s video is from the brand Herbivore ($30), known for its clean beauty products featuring simple and eco-friendly ingredients. Similar to other stone facial rollers, Herbivore Botanicals describes their smooth stone facial roller as a product that “supports lymphatic drainage to reduce the appearance of puffiness, and wrinkles.”

    Alla Rickett, a junior at Elon University, bought her jade roller from an apothecary and has all the feels after adding it to her skincare routine. “It just feels really good on my skin, I feel like it’s taken my skincare routine to the next level,” she says.

    Use your stone roller after applying serums to help them soak into your skin, which is also a way to give yourself a soothing face massage. Whether you use it daily as a part of your personal ritual or just want to give your skin a refresh every now and then, this tool is the easiest and simplest to use.

    RELATED: 7 Skincare Habits All College Girls Need to Have

    Hexagonal Tourmaline Stone Face Roller

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    PRESS PLAY ▶ Follow me (@kimterstege) for more! Woohhh it's #MaskMonday again 💕My bestie @elinevanlent brought me some sheet masks from Japan so I wanted to give it a try. 🏯✈️🇯🇵 ——⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, I have no idea what this mask is supposed to do, what brand it is or what the instructions are. But it felt very hydrating and nourishing. ⠀ .⠀ I wanted to also feature my @nursejamieLA UpLift because I've been obsessed with it! I've been using it for a while now and it feels so amazing on the skin (like a massage) and every time I use it I see some slight lifting effect. Which is amazing. If you've had your eye on this tool for a while now, definitely invest in it because it's totally worth it. I personally can't wait to try out more of @nursejamiela products and tools!⠀ ——⠀ SOME MORE INFO⠀ It's an innovative tool is encrusted with 24 massaging stones containing tourmaline quartz to tone, tighten and energise skin. The roller replicates the techniques used in Nurse Jamie’s signature facials. Celebs like @khloekardashiam and @kimkardashian swear by this tool!⠀ .⠀ Does it work: 5/5 ⠀⠀⠀ Worth it: 5/5⠀⠀⠀ ——⠀⠀⠀⠀ #kimterstege #skincarediary #1minutemakeup #nursejamie #uplift #beautytool #dutchblogger⠀ - 🎶 Acejax feat. Danilyon - By My Side

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    Similar to stone facial rollers, the Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller ($69) is “designed to energize, enhance, revive, and uplift your skin,” according to Nurse Jamie. The roller is hexagonal with 24 mini tourmaline stones to give a deeper reach than a smooth stone roller.

    According to Tati Westbrook of GlamLifeGuru, if you want a product that not only firms saggy skin but also depuffs baggy under eye areas, then this is the tool for you. “If you wake up puffy, this is your best friend,” she says. “You don’t need to use those gel eye patches––you can just go under the eye for about 45 seconds with [the roller].”

    In her, Luxury Products Worth The Money video, Westbrook explains how the $69 price tag might be steep, but the product is well worth the money.

    For your skincare routine, the tourmaline roller is best-used before applying any product to firm the skin in a relaxing, vitalizing way. It’s useful for those days the bags underneath your eyes are larger than your carry-on luggage and you don’t have time for firming gel or under eye patches. 

    RELATED: I Tried Microneedling to Get Rid Of Acne Scars, AKA Stabbing My Face With a Dozen Needles

    Microneedle Facial Rollers

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    ⚡️I’ve been using the Ora Microneedle Face Roller since the beginning of July. I have to admit thinking about tiny, 0.5 millimeter needles gliding over your skin and creating micro punctures is and was extremely scary to me. But as I got more comfortable with it I realized it really was rather painless and my skin reacted to it well. ⚡️It is said that the tiny punctures signal your skin to produce collagen and elastin. Which then helps with fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and scars. That collagen boost plumps, smooths and resurfaces your skin. It is Ideal for uneven tone and texture, it takes me about 10 mins and I use it twice a week. • • • #glamrph #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #motd #lotd #instablogger #instaglam #beautyblog #blackgirlswhoblog #blackgirlmagic #melaninpoppin #flawlessskin #flawlessbeauty #glowup #beautycommunity #skincarecommunity #beautybloggers #skincareobsessed #microneedleroller #oramicroneedleroller #sundayskincare #selfcare #selfcaresunday

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    Now, the microneedle facial roller is completely different from the others. This abrasive beauty tool features tiny needles that painlessly (yes, painlessly) slide over the skin, puncturing it as a way to alert the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. It may seem scary and intimidating, but microneedling is not new in the beauty industry, and this inexpensive tool makes it easy to do at home.

    The ORA Microneedle Face Roller is only $26 and features 0.25-millimeter needles. It’s very important to find a roller from a brand that can be trusted; you don’t want to get the cheapest one you can find. Kim Sevy, licensed Esthetician, explains in her video below exactly how to microneedle.

    When dealing with microneedles, the face roller size matters! Needles 0.1 to 0.2 millimeters work similar to the stone face roller, the small puncturing allows the skin care products to better absorb into the skin better. However, the 0.5-millimeter needles actually puncture the skin enough to the point where there is new skin growth. Think back to the times you’d scrape your knee or elbow as a kid and you’d eventually grow back the skin. Gross, I know, but with microneedling, it’s less pain and gives off smoother complexions. Like with any beauty tool, it’s important to read the instructions carefully. And when in doubt, talk to your dermatologist.

    Overall, face rollers aren’t just another Instagram trend, but an innovative new tool to add to your skincare routine. Whether you’re looking for a simple relaxing tool like the stone rollers, or you want a tool that creates a deeper skin change like the microneedle roller, these rollers are a great way to save money on facials and other beauty procedures. Roll on!













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    We’ve been grieving ever since it was announced last May that the fifth season of Jane the Virgin would be the show’s last. But the latest JTV-related news from The CW has lifted us out of our mourning period.

    On Monday, a rep for The CW announced thatJane the Virgin will be getting its own spinoff series. While it will be related to the show in some ways, it unfortunately won’t be following the story of any of the characters we’ve come to know and love.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Although not many details about the show's plot have been revealed yet, Variety reports that the series will be an anthology, with each season following a story written by Jane's lead character Jane Villanueva. And though Jane won’t be physically in the show, there’s a rumor that Gina Rodriguez might be set to narrate it. (Which, obviously, we're all down for). 

    Additionally, Rodriguez is listed as an executive producer for the show, along with creator of Jane the Virgin Jennie Snyder Urman. The original show’s writer, Valentina Garza, is also on board for the spinoff.

    Even though we won’t be seeing much of Jane and Rafael in the spinoff, we can at least be comforted by the thought of a new cast of characters filling the void once the final season of Jane comes to an end.


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    It’s hard to image the Twilight series without a shiny-skinned Robert Pattinson and a sullen-looking Kristen Stewart, but that’s exactly what could have happened if Stephenie Meyer would have gotten her way.

    For the movie’s 10th anniversary, Buzzfeed released a post from Meyer’s own website where she talked about her dream cast, which included Henry Cavill as Edward Cullen and Emily Browning as Bella Swan. She wrote, “[Cavill] is the only actor I’ve ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen.” She also talked about how much she loved Emily Browning’s lips because, apparently, Kristen Stewart’s aren’t good enough. 

    But aside from her strong opinions on who should play the movie’s main characters (which, of course, were overlooked), there were some other suggestions thrown in there as well. She suggested Charlie Hunnam for Carlisle Cullen; John C. Reilly, Dennis Quaid and Vince Vaughn for Bella’s father Charlie Swan; and (our personal favorite) John Stamos as Laurent.

    Though it would have been amusing to see Superman as Edward and Uncle Jesse as Laurent, the original cast is definitely our preference.


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    The way someone uses, saves and thinks about money speaks a lot about their personality and upbringing. But if you're like us and obsessed with all things astrology, you know it can also provide a little insight into their zodiac sign or vice versa. Are you a Sagittarius who is always dropping cash on amazing trips abroad, making everyone jealous? Are you an Aries who turns everything into a competition, even how you spend or save money? Here is a general overview of how your sun sign might impact money habits.

    Aquarius

    When it comes to money, those under this zodiac sign are talented at balancing between spending and saving money. Aquarius people are known to place a huge emphasis on personal freedom, meaning they understand that building up their savings is the key to long-lasting financial freedom. That being said, they're also much more community-based than the other signs, leading them to engage in activities that aim to help better humanity, and may use their finances to help support those around them who may be struggling. They are the friends that constantly forget to pay you back, but will come in clutch when you really need it.

    Pisces

    Pisces are incredibly creative and artistic, but in terms of money management, this focus on intuition can be self-sabotaging. Those under this zodiac sign don’t place too much importance on money, though they are willing to set goals and save to achieve their dreams. They're those kids texting the group chat for utilities the day after rent is due. It is advisable that Pisces have a financial plan in place for the future to help them avoid getting to lost in the moment and only spending rather than saving.

    Aries

    Known for their fiery temperament and risk-taking attitude, Aries enjoy living in the moment and spending money like there’s no tomorrow. That being said, Aries work just as hard as they spend, and when they want something, will do everything in their power to get it. It's important for Aries to take this energy and aim it towards building up their savings, allowing them to continue living that fast-paced lifestyle no matter what comes their way. Aries, always stay on your grind!

    Taurus

    Taurus people place a high emphasis on stability. This means they will always be well-organized when it comes to their finances, whether that be through paying their bills on time or building up their savings through direct deposits. On the flip-side, they are also known for being tempted by anything luxurious that brings personal pleasure, leading them to be quite big spenders – every Taurus dreams of a sugar daddy. Luckily, they understand that you need to have savings to feel good in the long-run.

    Gemini

    Geminis are dynamic and smart, often going to great lengths in pursuit of what's new, which may eat up their savings. They often struggle with their head, which tells them to save, and their inner self that says spend, spend, spend (mainly on food, tbh). It can be hard to make the decision between practicality and pleasure, but Geminis will always have a back-up plan to keep their financials healthy. Being grounded in the fact that there is only one financial reality is the key to saving up for that next big trip. A good goal would be to set up some short-term savings plans for a rainy day.

    Cancer

    Those under the Cancer sign are known for being very emotional, which leads them to seek security through financial planning. They make money a priority, believing it to be the key to a happy and healthy life, and are always quick to support their friends and family financially. They are often very skillful at investing and are the best at keeping track of who owes what when splitting the tab at brunch. They are always at the top of your Venmo feed, requesting $1.23 for that single avocado from Trader Joe's you asked them for. 

    Leo

    Leos are extremely good with money management; they are likely to use credit rather than debit or cash because they understand the importance of building up a good credit score. They are also very protective of their close family and friends, making them always ready to provide financial help. Related to this, Leos just love to spend generously when it comes to friends and family, using any occasion as an excuse for buying gifts. They are the ultimate mom friend. 

    Virgo

    Unlike many of the other signs, Virgos are not known for irrational spending, seeing it as a bad habit or a sign someone was spoiled. They are very practical and always save some money on the side for emergencies, but this amount of control can make them seem thrifty to others. They are that one friend who always claims they are broke, yet somehow can afford spending $30 every Sunday on brunch. It is important to remember that investing in yourself is just as important as investing in the community and future.

    Libra

    Libras have a hard time making decisions, and this is true of how they handle their money as well. They are just as likely to save money as spend it, though they do enjoy purchasing anything that looks or feels good, making them come across as impulsive spenders. They almost always have their finances under control, however, making all other signs envious of how easy they make money management seem. "What, like it's hard?" is the constant response when other signs ask how they do it. 

    Scorpio

    Valuing strategy and control, Scorpios always play to win in the financial game. They try to save regularly, spend only on the essential items they know are necessary and work hard to put themselves in a better financial position. They're the kids buying stock from their dorm rooms, though they are extremely disciplined and always consider every aspect before making a decision to spend or invest in something. When Scorpios set a goal, nothing will come in between them and the expected outcome. 

    Sagittarius

    Those under this sign are known for being intensely curious about the world at large, leading them to spend and invest their money on experiences rather than material objects. They often have trouble differentiating between treating yo' self and overspending, but are optimistic that everything will turn out fine no matter what decision they make. This can make them seem very lucky when everything works out for them.

    Capricorn

    Capricorns focus on climbing the professional ladder, preferring to work hard and save for the expensive version of something rather than spending their hard-earned money on short-lived trends. No one would ever call them cheap or tacky. They know the importance of feeling secure in your future and make sure to have financial contingencies for any situation. Capricorns hate being tied to anything like debt or a loan, and wil pay back any money owed down to exact cent ASAP. What's up Capricorns, let's get that bread.

    All of the traits and personalities listed here may not be one hundred percent accurate of course; we’re all a lot more complex than that (we see you moon signs!). That doesn’t mean they can’t be useful, however. Use these descriptions as a way to help you see where you might struggle with money and how you can build on your financial strengths. Before you know it, you’ll be a master at saving and consciously spending.


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    Ariana Grande is not here for her fans — or anyone — bullying her ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson. 

    The Saturday Night Live star first posted a message on Instagram on Monday, explaining how people's negative comments have affected his mental health over the past few months; particularly since he and Ariana broke off their engagement in October

    "I've kept my mouth shut. Never mentioned any names, never said a word about anyone or anything. I'm trying to understand how when something happens to a guy the whole entire world just trashes him without any facts of frame of reference," Pete wrote. "Especially in today's climate where everyone loves to be offended and upset it truly is mind boggling. I've been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months."

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Pete continued, "I've spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly only in the hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don't want to be on this earth. I just want you guys to know. No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won't. I'm upset I even have to say this. To all those holding me down and seeing this for what it is – I see you and I love you."

    The message clearly resonated with Ariana. She posted a screenshot of Pete's note on her Instagram story later on Monday, alongside a message of her own. 

    "I know u already know this, but I feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others. I really don't endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity," Ariana wrote. "I care deeply about Pete and his health. I'm asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet."

    Ariana referenced her own struggles with negativity, too. 

    "I've learned thru my own mistakes not to be reactive on socials, so I do understand, but you truly don't know what anybody is experiencing ever, regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public," Ariana wrote. "I can promise u that so please let whatever point you're trying to make go."

    She made sure to end her message with a positive note about Pete: I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you've gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point."

    On the same day, an Ariana fan account tweeted an apparent screenshot from her, discussing Davidson's Instagram post. The screenshot reads, "i have never encouraged anything but forgiveness. i care deeply about pete and his health and would never encourage any kind of mistreatment. i haven't seen any of it because i'm blocked but i want you to know that i would never want or encourage that ever and you should know that. i care about him deeply."

    It seems to be legit since Ariana herself responded to the tweet with a heart emoji. 

    Hopefully, both Ariana and Pete will get to a place where they can be happy and unbothered by trolls. 


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    If you can't wait until April for the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you're in luck — the show has a holiday special hitting Netflix on December 14. 

    But even that seems too long to wait for more of Sabrina, her aunts, Ambrose, the Weird Sisters, and every other member of the Chilling Adventures gang. Thankfully, Netflix dropped a trailer for the special on Tuesday. 

    Titled "A Midwinter's Tale," the episode features the Church of Night coven celebrating the Winter Solstice, A.K.A. the longest night of the year. There will be pagan carols, séances, ghost stories, evil Santas — practically everything a typical Christmas includes, right?

    The trailer looks particularly exciting, with everything from Zelda lighting a yule log to Ambrose attempting to escape some spooky creature. 

    In addition to the holiday special trailer, Netflix recently debuted a teaser for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's second season, which is expected to premiere on April 5, 2019.


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    OK, let’s just be real here. There is no real way to put a positive spin on long-distance. It just isn’t great. If you and your SO are in the midst of the college transition and focused on making the most of your last months of pre-college life, you’ve probably started to consider the strain that college will put on your relationship. Whether you are attending schools 30 minutes away or across the country, the structure of your relationship will inevitably change when you are no longer living in the small high school bubble together.

    If you’re serious about staying together in college, which is no small task, there are a few ways you can give your relationship a better chance at overcoming the college transition and the distance. 

    1. Set some ground rules.

    First things first: Before anyone hops on any planes or drives off for move-in day in the fall, you’ll want to lay out a basic plan with your SO for your expectations. Some factors that you might want to consider are whether you will remain exclusive or not, and what you both qualify as “cheating.” Even though in high school your SO may have been your rock and favorite person, that doesn’t mean you’re wrong to feel curious about what else is out there, especially as you are about to enter a whole new environment and dating pool. With Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter at your fingertips, a whole new arena of "emotional cheating" emerges, a relationship gray-area that constitutes no actual physical cheating, but involves a borderline romance with a third party. Unfortunately, it is way too easy for the lines of what constitutes cheating in a relationship to get blurred, so check in with your SO to make sure you are both on the same page.

    In college, which is a notorious breeding ground for casual hookups and no-strings-attached flings (often combined with alcohol), the draw of infidelity can be far stronger than in high school. That said, it’s also not a bad idea to check in about how your SO feels about you participating in the party scene on campus and vice versa. Now, it isn't to say that your SO should by any means dictate when you do or don't spend a night out. That is so not cool. However, if you are really in a mature enough place to keep this relationship going through college, you may want to get into less comfortable hypotheticals like, “What if one of you has an accidental, drunken hookup with someone else?” or, “What if you notice a plethora of new, hot girls in their Instagram follows?”

    This isn’t to say that your relationship is inevitably doomed on account of college hookup culture. Just make sure that you have a thorough chat to know that you’re both on the same page when it comes to what is and isn’t cool in terms of being with other people when you aren’t around.

    2. Communication is key.

    Though two weeks after orientation, you’ll likely be dying to reconnect with your SO and spill all the details about your dorm room, roommate and the soft-serve in the dining hall, make sure you keep the level of communication between you up even after the initial Welcome Week craze and newness fades. So, what’s the best way to make sure that you don’t end up going 10 weeks without calling? Plan. Ahead. Now.

    Once the school year really gets rolling, you will be overwhelmed. Guaranteed. When you have a political science paper to write or a bio exam hanging over your head, your mind won’t be on bae, and rightfully so! Instead of waiting until you are both swamped with assignments, pencil (or type) each other into your calendars. Try to set up weekly chats over FaceTime and follow through with them. By staying consistent and establishing a solid routine for checking in with one another, you’ll be better able to keep the connection between the two of you strong and to remind your bae that you’re still thinking about them. On the flipside, if you begin to find these weekly talks more of a chore than a pleasure three months down the road, it may be time to re-evaluate your feelings.

    Related: 5 Ways to Make Your Relationship Work When You're Both Busy

    3. Craft a bucket list.

    One of the ultimate blessings of college is long holiday breaks. Back in high school, with a barely-two-week winter break, there was hardly time to get into the holiday spirit before you were taken right back out of it right after the new year. However, you will likely have close to a whole month off in college, which means it is time to get planning!

    To have something fun and exciting to look forward to when you are reunited over Thanksgiving or the holidays, start putting together a checklist for all the activities you are dying to do together back home. The holidays are practically made for couples’ activities. Take the traditional, yet classically romantic route and go ice-skating or sledding, bake cookies and drink hot chocolate, watch seasonal movies and sing along (or hum) to the Charlie Brown favorite, “Christmas Time is Here” or go hunting for some mistletoe. There is nothing like a cute winter date to brighten your spirits, rekindle the spark between you and bring tidings of comfort and joy.

    4. Send mail (yes, the snail kind).

    In college, it is easy to feel more than a little disconnected from life back home. Everything is new and fresh, and while that can be exciting, it can also understandably make you miss the people who you love most and who remind you of home. Though a text goodnight or a shared link to a hilarious meme from your special someone is always nice, there is nothing quite as heartwarming as receiving a good, old-fashioned letter or care package.

    Maybe it is the Mr. Darcy-loving part of us all, but there is something crazy romantic about opening up a handwritten paper (especially when it’s in cursive, swoon) addressed to you. Before you shoot off another lengthy message on your phone, grab a pen and put your feelings down on paper. The letter doesn’t have to be about anything monumental or life-changing. In fact, some of the sweetest thoughts you can share with your SO may just be about all the little things that you miss about them and how eager you are to see them soon. Trust us, when they get that letter through campus mail, it will make their heart swell and serve as a gentle reminder for why the trials and tribulations of long distance are worth it.

    All other tidbits aside, what matters most when it comes to stretching a high school relationship into college is how serious you and your partner are about each other. The amount of effort that the two of you put into keeping things special and genuine is exactly what you will get out in the long run. There is no special formula or recipe to the long-distance game, and it’s pretty clear by now that no one has all the answers. If nothing else, make a pact with your SO before you ship off come fall that you’ll be true to yourself and honest with each other, and move forward from there.


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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.)

    Robert Mueller Issues Sentencing Recommendations for Michael Flynn; "Loose Ends" in Russia Investigation Being Tied Up

    After 19 interviews with former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, special counsel Robert Mueller told a federal court on Tuesday that due to Flynn's "substantial assistance" to the Russia investigation, he should not get jail time. CNN reported that according to the sentencing memo Mueller filed, Flynn not only gave prosecutors "a road map" for the Russia investigation, but may have even encouraged others to cooperate. Flynn initially agreed to cooperate with the investigation after he pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about communications with Russia's ambassador. 

    According to HuffPost, Mueller's prosecutors have recently said that they're "tying up loose ends" in the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. In addition to the Flynn sentencing memo, memos about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen are due at the end of this week. Like Flynn's did, Manafort's and Cohen's memos will give an idea regarding how much they cooperated with the Russia probe. Just last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his involvement with the proposed Trump Tower in Miscow during the 2016 campaign. Manafort, on the other hand, has been accused of violating his cooperation agreement by lying to the special counsel, CNN reported. 

    The Russia investigation has already resulted in numerous Russia operatives being indicted for spreading false information on social media. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates has also been cooperating with the probe. 

    Podcast Helps Solve Decades-Old Case

    A man who's been at the center of Australian true-crime podcast The Teacher's Pet was reportedly arrested and will be charged with the murder of Lyn Dawson, his late wife. The Australian reported that Chris Dawson was taken into custody Wednesday morning, more than 37 years after Lyn first disappeared from Sydney's northern beaches.

    This was, in large part, due to Hedley Thomas' investigative series, which brought renewed attention to the case. According to the podcast, Dawson, a former professional rugby player who later became a high school teacher, was having an affair with a 16-year-old student who was also the family's babysitter, at the time his wife went missing in 1982. Per Nine News, Dawson has always denied being involved despite two coronial inquests that concluded he killed her.  

    Dawson is currently awaiting extradition to New South Wales. 

    Trump Dubs Himself "Tariff Man"

    President Trump targeted China in a series of tweets on Tuesday, threatening to impose more tariffs if a "real" trade deal can't be reached. “....I am a Tariff Man," he tweeted. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for doing so," adding that it would "always be the best way to max out our economic power" and that the U.S. is "now taking in $billions in Tariffs."

    However, while tariffs may generate some revenue for the U.S., Trump didn't mention that various producers throughout the country are often given retaliatory tariffs, only furthering the trade war. Also, as NBC News points out, when foreign goods are made more expensive by tariffs, the expense charged to the importer is eventually passed down to American consumers. 

    After Trump's tweets, stocks sank, despite rises just days earlier when China and the U.S. were considering putting an end to the escalating trade war. 

    What to look for...

    The Oscars. They're not for a few months, but Kevin Hart was just announced as the show's host. 


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    Whether you have a big, irritating zit or pesky little spot, acne is never ideal. I have what I would consider pretty common acne: the occasional pimple and a stubborn set of blackheads that no pore-strip can seem to conquer. Acne is generally a result of hormones, hereditary factors and stress (especially the stress), but the good news is that successful products and regimens exist out there to help nourish your skin and reduce bumps.

    Let me make one thing clear: Attacking your skin with harmful acids that burn or exfoliants that leave your skin raw is not the right approach. But showing your skin some basic kindness with soft, soothing products will go a long way! I’m on a constant quest to find more acne-curing products my skin adores, so this week I tested out acnedote™ Pimple Patches from Alba Botanica®.

    acnedote™ from Alba Botanica® is actually an entire skincare regimen that works to keep skin clear and beautiful. It uses plant-based ingredients to gently address problematic skin, so you don’t have to worry about irritation. The whole line includes a cleanser, on-the-go towelettes, a scrub, astringent, oil-free moisturizer, a peel, and spot-treatments. It’s basically every skincare treat you could ever want, all in one totally affordable and botanically-based collection. I was already in the acnedote™ Face & Body Scrub fan club (it targets all-over acne, not just your face), so testing out the pimple patches was obviously high on my beauty bucket list.

    Here’s how it went down.

    Alba Botanica® works under one impactful, positive message: to Do Good, Do Beautiful. You can see this in all the body-loving products that nourish the skin, all the while respecting nature and the planet. Just like every other product in the acnecdote™ line, the patches are 100 percent vegetarian. No animal-testing, no parabens, no synthetic fragrances, no harsh sulfates, and no artificial colors. Plus, everything is biodegradable, so you can feel extra good about your beauty routine.

    Key ingredients in the pimple patches are tea tree oil, witch hazel, and salicylic acid. How do the patches work their magic? Each patch draws fluid and oils away from the skin and underlying blemish, reducing inflammation. But don’t worry, the patch’s tight seal helps keep skin moist to encourage faster healing, which means you can say bye-bye to that blemish, like, so fast.

    Here’s what happened.

    When you open the box of patches, it almost looks like a cute little band-aid strip filled with tiny translucent dots. The patches come in small and larger sizes depending on the mass of the pimple you’re treating. The first night I used these, I had two little (but painful) zits on my nose, and thin red ones on each cheek. After cleaning my skin thoroughly, I put a larger patch on my nose to cover both bumps, and a small patch on each cheek.

    The directions recommend leaving on anywhere from one to eight hours, so hoping to get the full effect, I slept with these little beauties on the whole night. They stayed totally in place while I slept, and even more importantly, they kept me from touching my face. I don’t pick, but I definitely touch and pop my pimples – I just can’t help it. Luckily, the barrier prevented me from irritating my spots even further, and it’s also designed to keep bacteria out.

    When I took the patches off in the morning, they were easy to remove without any painful pulling or tugging. I could see a little bit of moisture and oil from my skin on the patch, but there wasn’t any residue leftover on my face. By morning, the spots on my cheeks had totally lost their redness and flattened down to nothing. The pimples on my nose were more stubborn, so the next night I put a small patch on each zit, giving them individual attention. When I woke up, they had totally disappeared, and in a matter of 48 hours the zits that had been driving me crazy were no more.

    I would recommend these pimple patches to every skincare-obsessive, especially because they’re translucent and totally discreet. You can barely even see the patches placed on my cheeks, and I would feel 100 percent comfortable and low-key wearing these grocery shopping or out on a coffee run. Plus, with no strict time limit for how long you have to wear the patches, this treatment is totally flexible for any schedule, whether you only have an hour before class or a luxurious eight hours to invest on your skin.

    With about 10 minutes more each week, you can incorporate acnedote™ from Alba Botanica® into your routine, no problem. You can shop all products in the line here, then just sit back, relax, and watch the incredible results roll in!


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    We aren’t always as kind to our skin as we should be. Between forgetting to cleanse after an extra sweaty gym session, not drinking enough water, and putting our bodies through all the work of college life, it doesn’t come as a surprise that pimples, dullness, dryness and more can pop up during the semester.

    Thankfully, there are a few products on the market to help nourish your skin (and hair, body and soul too, if you want). The greatest recommendation as of late comes from our favorite Instagram influencers! Her Campus and Alba Botanica® joined forces to launch an impactful program with them about these earth-friendly beauty products. We’re showing how women every day can Do Good, Do Beautiful with their skincare routine. So, with feeds flooded with all the wonders of this regimen, here’s what you need to know about these skin-loving products.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    #sponsored #giveaway Life isn't just about walking down a well-paved path. It's about tackling challenges head on and doing the best you can to make the most of your life. Will it be easy? Not at all. But will it be worth it in the end... you never know!😉 ... 👉So on that note, pimples are a bit like "hiccups" or obstacles in your life. They happen out of nowhere and you want to do your best to get them out of sight. Somedays they go away on their own and other days you need to take action for them to be gone, but given the hundreds of products available, which do you use? ... 👉So in partnership with Alba Botanica, I'm giving you my thoughts on all three of these products you see. Better yet, I want to give one follower the chance to win a prize package! 🤗So enter below by following these rules: 1) Like this photo 2.) follow @albabotanica and me 3) tag a friend who makes the world more beautiful for a chance to win! (👉USA only and product prize is the following: An Alba Botanica prize bundle with products like Acnedote™ Pimple Patches, Acnedote™ Face & Body Scrub, Acnedote™ Clearing Gel Peel, Hawaiian lip balm, and Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer) ... P.S. this is also a sneak peek of my latest painting project! The blue bathroom!😉 . #afitandfabulousmichele #AlbaBotanicaGlow #InfluenceHerCollective #DoGoodDoBeautiful #skincare

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    The Alba Botanica® brand has been iconic since 1979 when they set up with a simple mission to Do Beautiful. That means their whole line is made of botanically-based, 100 percent vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you, your friends, people, animals and the earth as a whole.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    What are the Alba Botanica® products that influencers are loving right now? Anything and everything from the acnedote™ collection, ranging from pimple patches to a face and body scrub. Geared towards calming irritating pimples and banishing breakouts, there’s nothing better for faster healing.

    Depending on your need, there’s a product that offers a solution: The clear peeling gel dries up blemishes, the oil control lotion helps you achieve a visibly clearer complexion. And while acnedote™ may be trending at the moment, Alba Botanica® has a ton more available whether you’re trying to prevent sun damage or address your oily skin.

    The best part is that these products are free from sulfates, parabens, artificial colors and all the other things you want to avoid putting on your skin. Better-for-you products means better results when you’re treating acne – and it feels good to know that what you’re using in your daily routine isn’t leaving a huge environmental footprint either.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    **Giveaway** The perfect travel, on the go or at home product for kissing those breakouts goodbye. I’ve partnered up with @albabotanica to give you a chance to win your own skincare bundle. Keep reading to find out how to enter! #AlbaBotanicaGlow #influenceHercollective #sponsored Giveaway Rules 1) Must follow @albabotanica & @laysummers 2) Tag a friend who makes the world more beautiful for a chance to win this prize package 3)Must live in the U.S. You’ll win an Alba Botanica prize bundle with the Acnedote™ Pimple Patches, Acnedote™ Face & Body Scrub, Acnedote™ Clearing Gel Peel, Hawaiian lip balm, and Hawaiian Oil Free Moisturizer **Giveaway ends 10/10 at 11:59pm

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    Are you ready for the one-way ticket to clear, happy skin? Visit Alba Botanica® to pick up your faves, and make sure to share the skincare love by spreading the crucial Do Good, Do Beautiful mission with your friends and classmates. Here’s to more natural elements in our beauty products and feeling beautiful outside and in!


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    You may know Brett Dier as Michael on Jane the Virgin, but most recently he can be seen starring in The New Romantic, which first premiered at SXSW back in March of this year. The film chronicles the journey of Blake (Jessica Barden), a college senior and aspiring journalist, who becomes a sugar baby in order to gain an interesting experience to write about that will hopefully win her a $50,000 prize in a journalism contest. Brett stepped into the shoes of Jacob, a college journalist and classmate of Blake’s, who shows a bit of a competitive side in the movie.

    Brett spoke with Her Campus about his character Jacob’s overlooked relationship with Blake, what advice he would give today’s 21-year-olds, what it's really like to work with Gina Rodriguez on the set of Jane the Virgin and more.

    Her Campus: What do you think about the invention of dating apps? Is it killing the dating culture or improving it?

    Brett Dier: It’s strange… I do find it to be a bit strange. People have more opportunities to meet and they can do anything now because of dating apps. Hey, if it sparks some love, that’s all that matters to me.

    HC: What was it like working with Avan Jogia and Camila Mendes?

    BD: You know, I met Camila, but I didn’t get to work with her too much. I met her for one day and said “Hi” to her. Avan is so cool to work with. He’s so great and has the coolest style that I wish I could pull off! He actually just dyed his hair pink and he’s the only one who can pull that off.

    HC: Blake starts off in the movie as a little naive and inexperienced in life. Do you think this is a journey of a young person finding themselves and just overall experiencing all the unknown that’s out there in life?

    BD: Of course. It’s what life’s about—going through stuff and experiencing life makes you stronger in the end. Being a sugar baby, it hurt her [Blake] and messed her up, but you grow when you mess up and you grow some armor, but not in a bad way.

    HC: Do you think Blake completely overlooked Jacob all along and didn’t realize that they were a great match?

    BD: Yeah! They’re both interested in the same stuff, but there’s a little competition there. I hope they have a successful relationship and that it’s not just a college fling. I hope they remain friends.

    HC: What would Jacob’s future career be after college?

    BD: I’ve actually never thought about that! I think Jacob’s career would be pretty good. He wouldn’t be a ginormous success, but with what he likes, I can see him writing for a very strange magazine or a weird book.

    HC: What were you like at 21, and what is one piece of life advice that you would give to a 21-year-old today?

    BD: I’m still the same dude that I was at 21 years old and “know” the same shit. Follow your heart no matter what. It took me a little while. I was still living in Canada and was constantly turned away as a new actor. Always take the time to take chances and take healthy risks. It keeps life alive. Honestly, I love failing.

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    FINAL SEASON WILL BLOW SHIT UP🐛

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    HC: Let's talk about Jane the Virgin for a bit, what can you tell us about this upcoming last season? I mean, is Michael really back or are we being toyed with?

    BD: This is the last and final season, and I went to the writers’ house and watched the last three episodes. All I can tell you is that this season is really gonna take people for a spin. I’ve completed eight episodes with them this season.

    HC: What is it like working with Gina Rodriguez? What has been the most memorable moment of being on set with her?

    BD: Gina is incredible. I love working with her. She’s both so supportive and creative. As actors, we both challenged each other and she’s such a great person.


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    Nine-year-old Dane Best stood up against a decades old anti-snowball fight bill in his hometown of Severance, Colorado - and won. On Monday, Best gave a three minute presentation to the Severance Town Board on why the ban should be lifted.

    The Greeley Tribune reported that Best found out about the ban during a field trip and decided to take action. The ban is part of a larger ordinance restricting missiles and rocks being thrown at people or property and snowballs fell under the definition of missiles. 

    Best celebrated his legislative victory by throwing the town’s first legal snowballs with his 4-year-old brother, Dax Best. Mayor Don McLeod presented the snowballs to the young boys as they celebrated the official end of the ban.

    Best’s grandfather, Rick Best, told reporters at The Greeley Tribune how important it was for children to learn about their influence in local government and that Best has “always been timid and bashful, so when he told me he was doing that, I said, 'Good for you, Daners.’”

    CBS News hinted that Best’s legal fights with the Severance Town Board may not end at legalizing snowballs.

    Best’s pet guinea pig is also reportedly illegal in his small town as another ordinance define only cats and dogs as pets.


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    An emergency contraceptive vending machine is expected to debut at Yale University before students leave for winter break, according to NBC Connecticut. “There will definitely be Plan B in there and there will definitely some sort of other over the counter medications and there will definitely be condoms available near the machine,” said Yale College Council Senator Ileana Valdez.

    The idea was proposed to the university by student Grace Cheung because emergency contraception “is often difficult to get, both at Yale Health, and at nearby pharmacies, and it is often a very uncomfortable and humiliating process.” Cheung told NBC Connecticut that she hopes an emergency contraception vending machine “would not just help make it more of a private process for students, but to also open up the conversation around safe sex on campus.”

    Stanford University currently has a similar vending machine that supplies generic forms of Plan B, pregnancy test, feminine hygiene products and other drug store necessities. Previously, Her Campus reported that Stanford implemented these machines to be more responsive to the everyday needs of their students.

    Parteek Singh was credited by The Telegraphfor coming up with emergency contraception vending machines. After seeing female friends struggle to get emergency contraception in a timely manner, Singh thought vending machines would make obtaining safe sex supplies as easy as getting a midnight snack. 

    Yale University clarified that their health center already provided Plan B and other emergency contraceptives free of charge to Yale-affiliated members. Despite this, student Trina White told NBC Connecticut that “Yale doesn’t want to be super public with it,” so having a vending machine on campus would greatly benefit students.


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    “If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no peace.” This is one of the many chants that rang out in the night at UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday.

    For over two hours, students and community members gathered to protest the university’s decision to reinstate Silent Sam, a Confederate monument that’s been a source of heated controversy for years now.

    On August 28, 2018, the UNC-CH Board of Trustees, along with Chancellor Carol Folt, were tasked with devising a plan for the statue’s fate. This assignment was a response to the results of a protest eight days prior, where the statue was knocked down off its pedestal.

    The BOT approved a four-part proposal for the monument on Monday morning, with a 12-2 vote. The two members who voted against the proposal were UNC-CH Student Body President Savannah Putnam and board member Allie Ray McCullen. The proposal includes a plan to build a University History and Education Center in what is known as Odum Village, a former student family housing site that is scheduled for demolition. The center is projected to cost $5.3 million to build, plus $800 thousand annually to maintain.

    It’s important to note that 13 of the 14 board members are white, and 10 of those 13 are middle-aged men. The lack of young people of color, or women of color more specifically, on this board is apparent. Having a more diverse sample of opinions may have changed the entire outcome of Monday’s meeting.

    However, as Secretary Bill Keyes mentioned, the UNC Board of Governors did not allow the BOT much room to do anything significant with the statue. It was stipulated that the proposed plan had to be a “lawful and lasting path” that “preserves the monument and history.” It seems that destroying it, as many students and community members want, was never in the cards.​

    Ioan Tran, 23, is one of those community members. Tran, a community organizer and activist from Durham, North Carolina, told Her Campus they’d like to “Put Silent Sam in an incinerator, and let every black person and person of color in the town of Chapel Hill and on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus press that button to light that shit on fire.”

    Tran suggested the university should use the money it’s spending on the Education Center to support black student organizers on campus. They said this funding would allow black students to implement their own community surveying process, because “It shouldn’t be up to the chancellor and this university to decide [what happens to Silent Sam].”

    Other community members focused on fostering solidarity with black students.

    Aman Aberra, 25, is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at Duke University. He attended the protest with Duke Students for Justice in Palestine and Demilitarize Durham2Palestine, to support affected UNC-CH students.

    “I think showing solidarity in the streets is really important to express what the masses feel on these issues … I think most people saw from the turnout that there are a lot of us that are in opposition to not only the idea of putting up a Confederate statue, but now the idea of putting it up in some kind of protected sanctuary or safe space,” Aberra told Her Campus.

    The university may not be listening, but many in the Triangle are. With such broad, passionate community support behind them, UNC-CH students and faculty have spoken out en masse against the monument’s reinstatement.

    Alexis Hinnant, 21, is a Communications major and member of the Black Student Movement at UNC-CH.

    She told Her Campus that the university’s attempt to “contextualize” the monument through the Education Center will likely just further its complacency towards racism, rather than being honest about the harm it has and continues to cause: “I want her [Folt] to know that it’s traumatic to have to walk through there [McCorkle Place, where the statue previously stood]. My own personal story [is] of not feeling safe, and like UNC is not for me, despite all the ads and pamphlets that we make to make it seem like UNC is for everyone.”

    The BSM echoed these concerns in a statement released on Monday, saying “By returning this monument that glorifies the Confederacy and white supremacy to our campus, our University’s leaders are reaffirming the racist beliefs and ideals that led to its erection in 1913.”

    In condemning UNC-CH’s explanation that the plan is intended to prevent violence and “maintain order [emphasis theirs],” the BSM cited Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from Birmingham jail.

    “...the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice [emphasis theirs]; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

    In line with this prioritization of order, the proposal includes a plan to create a 40-person “mobile force” of police, which will cost $2 million annually, plus an initial $500 thousand in equipment costs. 

    UNC-CH Black Faculty released a statement on September 6, urging university officials to permanently remove the monument. The statement was written by 54 black faculty members, and cosigned by over 400 non-black faculty members in support: “To reinstall the Confederate monument to any location on UNC’s campus is to herald for the nation and for the world that UNC is not a welcoming place for Black people. … A symbol of racism, violence, and white supremacy has no place on our 21st century campus often called the ‘University of the People.’”

    Concerned community members believe the monument is a consistent source of danger for students, from both police and and white supremacist organizations.

    During Monday night’s protest, police officers in riot gear pushed against barricades and ripped signs out of protester’s hands, just over three months after pepper-spraying students and ushering neo-Nazis from the pro-Confederate hate group Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County safely past the barrier surrounding the statue’s pedestal.

    Silent Sam’s history is not all that complicated.  It is, as many have pointed out, rooted in white supremacy and violence against African-Americans. At the monument’s dedication in 1913, Julian Carr proudly recounted how he whipped a black woman 100 yards from the statue’s pedestal, in front of a garrison of 100 soldiers.

    Building a “shrine,” as many have called it, to this monument makes it clear to many students that UNC-CH isn't considering its effect on the well-being and safety of its black students. 

    The latest protest ended with the crowd of about 300 holding hands and chanting a poem by Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army.

    “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”


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    I didn’t want to go to a women’s college when I was first applying to college. 

    At this point in high school, I had already declared myself a feminist, retweeting #GirlPower tweets and hoping to buy one of those “The Future Is Female” t-shirts. When my mom first brought up the idea of applying to Barnard College, I’d convinced myself that my reasons against applying were valid: A women’s college wouldn’t give me enough diversity of opinions. It would be isolating and insular. Attending a school without men would leave me unprepared for the harsh reality of the “real world.”

    This idea was steadfast until I went on a campus tour the summer after my junior year of high school to spark my true interest. I had just finished a separate tour of Columbia University, which lies just across the street, earlier that morning. I had thought there was no way Barnard, which took up a measly three city blocks total and had less than half the students could live up to the shiny Ivy League grandeur that Columbia’s looming buildings and manicured lawns projected.

    But standing in the lobby of Barnard Hall, the school’s main building, as a girl confidently explained the diversity of the student body and the empowerment she felt being surrounded by other “badass Barnard” students, I couldn’t help but look through the window at that tiny campus and imagine it as home. There was something different in the air at Barnard that I hadn’t found anywhere else yet, a sense of family among the students that I wanted to be a part of.

    It was spontaneous—Barnard ended up being one of the best schools I got into, and ultimately, the pull of NYC was too great to ignore. During my time here, I’ve found that senior-year me couldn’t have been more wrong about the women’s college experience. Fast-forward to two years later, and I’m a bold, brilliant, Barnard sophomore (that’s what the slogan says, anyway!).

     

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    I should start by saying that students refer to Barnard as “historically a women’s college.” However, Barnard, like many other women’s colleges, has controversial admissions policies regarding trans and non-binary students. Many consider us a school for gender minorities despite this fact. This was one of the first things I learned stepping onto campus: I’m at a women’s college, but what does “woman” really mean? And who does that affect?

    These are the kinds of questions Barnard students are exposed to daily, inside and outside the classroom. Our required first-year writing and seminar classes incorporate gender studies. I interact with students of different gender identities every day, whereas, in high school, I had met maybe one or two people who weren’t cisgender (i.e. identifying with the gender assigned at birth).

    I also get to connect with women of color who have different intersections of identity than I do, and work through different struggles because of it. And I learn to listen to them, to their stories and opinions. There is no shortage of diversity at Barnard, even without the men I thought I’d need to hear from.

    The women’s college experience is all about criticism becoming action. The very inception of Barnard in 1889 was a response to Columbia, which only admitted men until the 1980s. And even then, Barnard students aren’t entirely proud of our history: I’ve heard countless people point out that Barnard was originally conceived primarily to create socialites that would go on to marry Columbia men. Our tagline was (and in some places, still is) “Bold, Beautiful, Barnard,” until students decided it should be changed to “Brilliant” to remove the pressure of attractiveness from women. I hadn’t thought much about beauty standards before Barnard—I wore makeup every day in high school without a second thought, thinking it was just something I was supposed to do. Now, there’s no shame in wearing and liking makeup, but I almost never do; I have freed myself of feeling like wearing makeup is an obligation, understanding there are other parts of me that are more important.

    Even when a Barnard graduate created the emblematic, feminist “pussyhat" and the Women’s March, she fielded criticism from the trans community (including trans students at Barnard) about the hat’s exclusionary nature and connections to white feminism, or feminism that doesn’t account for, and even erases, the racial, class, religious and other forms of oppression some women also face. I attended the second annual Women’s March in the city last January. I saw tons of pussyhats on the heads of women old and young, but I didn’t don one myself. I even wrote an article for my Her Campus chapter about how the movement could do better, something my Girl Power high school self could never have conceived.

    Although the other schools I got into are no doubt great places, I don’t believe I would’ve seen the same level of dedication to gender equality as I see at Barnard. At my current school, I have become aware of the oppression I face as a woman, especially in today’s world. However, I have also become acutely aware of my privileges—something that the white feminism I’d known growing up didn’t adequately prepare me for.

    Before coming here, I’d thought a witty t-shirt and a few hashtags were enough to cement myself as a true feminist. I fell into the trap of making assumptions instead of asking questions, of painting broad strokes where nuance existed. I am learning to be a better ally, a better listener. And being a part of this Barnard family is to be part of a welcoming, unapologetic community. Attending Barnard has helped open my eyes and shaped the way I see the society I participate in.

    As for the part of me that naively wanted to be around boys, I realized that I wasn’t completely shut off from them—I just didn’t need them present in my learning spaces. There is something exciting, and precious, in existing in an intellectual space that was designed for me, not one designed for someone else that shifted to accommodate me later. Once I get out into the “real world,” I’m not going to flounder when I am working side-by-side with men. I will know, because of Barnard and the people there who have shaped me, what I am capable of and what I am worth.


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    Cardi B, the 26-year-old rapper known for "Bodak Yellow" and "I Like It," recently announced her split from husband Offset after only a year of marriage, revealing that the couple "grew out of love."

    According to PEOPLE, she revealed the decision in a video posted to Instagram, where she addressed the situation to her 36.6 million followers.

    “We are really good friends and we are really good business partners — you know he’s always somebody that I run to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time. It’s nobody fault I guess we just grew out of love, but we are not together anymore. I don’t know, it might take time to get a divorce and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father,” Cardi said. 
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Offset vaguely commented on the video himself saying, "Y'all won." 

    One month before before Cardi gave birth to the couple's daughter and first child together, Kulture Kiari, back in July, it was revealed that Cardi and Offset were actually married, PEOPLE reports. 

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    While some fans believe the statement is a joke, as Cardi is known for her pranks on social media, in January, Cardi confirmed that Offset was involved in a sex tape cheating scandal. 

    She later defended her decision to stay with her husband despite criticisms of his actions, saying in a now-deleted post, “Well if people are talking about it and keep asking me how I feel about the situation why not let them know? Right or wrong? No it’s not right for a n—a to cheat… But what you want me to do? Go f–k me another n—a? start all over again and get cheated on again? This s— happens to everyone and I be too You too… People handle they relationship different soo." 

    Cardi did not specify whether their decision to separate was related to Offset's infidelity or not, but the pair seems to be on amicable terms regardless. 


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    Former President George W. Bush gave a touching eulogy for his father, George H.W. Bush, at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, remembering his father as a humble servant and the “best father a son or daughter could have.”

    In his eulogy for his father, the eldest Bush son, who went on to follow in his father’s footsteps and become president, spoke proudly of his father, who passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

    “When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States: a diplomat of unmatched skill, a commander-in-chief of formidable accomplishment, and a gentleman who executed the duties of his office with dignity and honor,” Bush said of his father.

    “He was a genuinely optimistic man,” Bush said.

    Recounting stories of his father, as other eulogists did, bringing smiles to the faces of those in attendance, Bush acknowledged that his father “wasn’t perfect.”

    “The man couldn’t stomach vegetables,” particularly broccoli, Bush said, adding it was a trait he had passed on to his children.

    Like the other eulogists, Bush talked about his father’s zest for life, saying that the oldest Bush’s desire to live each day to its fullest stemmed from two near-death experiences earlier in his life — an illness in his youth and when, as a Navy aviator, his plane was shot down in the Pacific during World War II, The Huffington Post reports.

    “He taught us that a day was not to be wasted,” Bush said, noting that the oldest Bush always speedily played through a game of golf. “He played fast so he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day, to expand his enormous energy.”

    “He was born with two settings,” Bush continued. “Full throttle, then sleep.”

    Though George H.W. Bush was born into a privileged family, his son said the oldest Bush “could relate to people of all walks of life,” HuffPost reports.

    “He valued character over pedigree and he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it,” he said. “In victory, he shared credit. When he lost he shouldered the blame. He accepted that failure is a part of living a full life but taught us to never be defined by failure.”

    As the eldest Bush son neared the end of his speech, he briefly shed tears as he described his father as the “best father a son of daughter could have.”

    Bush said his father taught him “what it means to be a great husband” and was a man to aspire to be.

    He spoke of a conversation he had with his father, which happened to be his father’s last words on earth.

    “Dad, I love you and you’ve been a wonderful father,” Bush said he told his father.

    “And the last words he would ever say on earth were ‘I love you, too,’” he said.

    The other eulogists from Bush’s U.S. state funeral spoke highly of him, with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who spoke of Bush as a world leader, saying that “every single person knew you were dealing with a gentleman.”

    Former Wyoming GOP Sen. Alan Simpson, an old friend of the oldest Bush, said the former president “never hated anyone,” adding that he “never lost” his sense of good humor, despite never being able to remember a punch line, ABC News reports.

    “Humor is a universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life,” Simpson said. “That’s what humor is.”

    Historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham, who delivered the first eulogy, told a story of a 20-year-old George H.W. Bush’s plane being shot down during World War II. Meacham said the former president often asked, “Why me? Why was I spared?” The Bush biographer said rest of Bush’s life, what he did and accomplished, was the proof that he was worthy of salvation.

    “America’s last great soldier-statesman,” Meacham said of the former president. “An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union.”

    After the church service, the president’s remains were transported to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington D.C. for the flight to Texas, where a funeral service will be held at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, ABC News reports. Bush’s remains will then be transported by train to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University, where he will be laid to rest with his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who passed away at the age of 92 in April, and their daughter Robin, who passed away at the age of three from leukemia.


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    Special counsel Robert Mueller is recommending that former retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn serve little to no jail time in exchange for the former national security adviser’s “substantial assistance” in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    “Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range—including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration—is appropriate and warranted,” the special counsel wrote.

    According to ABC News, Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period following the election in 2016 to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. As part of a plea agreement with the special counsel, Flynn agreed to cooperate in the investigation.

    Flynn’s crime carries a penalty of up to six months in prison according to federal guidelines, ABC News reports.

    Tuesday’s memo from the special counsel’s office appears to list at least three ongoing investigations being pursued by the Justice Department, and the office says Flynn has cooperated with the investigation into ties and coordination between Russia and members of Trump’s team, CNN reports.

    The memo says Flynn has assisted “on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russia” but the rest of the description regarding Flynn’s assistance is redacted.

    According to the special counsel, Flynn has “participated in 19 interviews with the [special counsel’s office] or attorneys from other Department of Justice offices,” and gave “firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials.”

    “His early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the [special counsel’s office],” Mueller wrote.

    “Additionally, the defendant's decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the (special counsel's office) and cooperate,” the memo said.

    Mueller noted in the memo that several of the investigations “in which [Flynn] has provided assistance are ongoing.”

    Flynn, a distinguished military officer with government experience, forged a close relationship with Trump during the 2016 presidential election, and became an advisor, CNN reports.

    Trump dismiss Flynn as his national security adviser 21 days into the new administration, calling him a “fine man” but said he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador during the transition.

    “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful,” Trump tweeted about Flynn last year.

    Flynn’s sentencing is scheduled for December 18th, ABC News reports.


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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.)

    Rudy Giuliani Blames Twitter After Typo Leads to Anti-Trump Website

    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s attorney, alleged that Twitter was behind a conspiracy to “invade” his Twitter account on Tuesday night after he accidentally made a typo in his post created a link which lead to a website that called Trump “a traitor to our country.”

    According to NBC News, Giuliani accidentally posted a link to “G-20.In” last Friday, when his tweet didn’t leave a space between a sentence ending in “G-20” and a sentence beginning with “In.”

    Jason Velazquez, an Atlanta-based web designer who runs a small online design business called Pixel Riot, quickly bought the domain and created a web page that said “Donald Trump is a traitor to our country,” The Associated Press reports.

    Velazquez said he saw it as an opportunity to “do something funny.”

    “I thought, ‘I could just buy this and put whatever I want on it,’” Velazquez told NBC News.

    “Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE,” Giuliani tweeted Tuesday evening.

    A spokesperson for Twitter said the social media giant can’t edit users’ posts and “the accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false.”

    Velazquez has been updating G-20.in with links to new reports about the Russia investigation.

    “I’m honestly speechless,” Velazquez said. “This would normally be a place where'd I'd make a big political statement, but the nature of this is so outrageous and hilarious that maybe I won’t.”

    USA Gymnastics Files for Bankruptcy After Larry Nassar Lawsuits

    USA Gymnastics has filed for bankruptcy as the organization struggles to recover from the lawsuits associated with the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

    According to ABC News, the organization filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, Indiana, court records said.

    The filing Wednesday said it would help “expedite an equitable resolution of the claims made by the survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar.”

    “We owe it to the survivors to resolve, fully and finally, claims based on the horrific acts of the past and, through this process, seek to expedite resolution and help them move forward,” recently-elected chair of the USAG’s board of directors, Kathryn Carson, said. “Our sport is safer and stronger thanks to the bravery of these women. The Chapter 11 filing and the expedited resolution of these claims are critical first steps in rebuilding the community’s trust.”

    USAG officials said claims made against the organization by Nassar’s victims are covered by insurance and would not be affected by the bankruptcy.

    According to CNN, Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics physician, was sentenced to 40 to 175 in prison in January after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct. Over 150 girls and women came forward and said Nassar had sexually abused them under the pretense that he was treating them.

    The organization is also currently searching for a new chief executive officer.

    “We hope to have this position filled in early 2019,” USAG said in their statement. “We’re looking for someone with experience and leadership skills to build a leadership team that will help all of us to continue to restore faith and confidence in USA Gymnastics, and to set and execute a clear vision for a successful future.”

    Nancy Pelosi Considering Term Limits on Committee Chairs

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reportedly considering placing term limits on Democratic committee chairs in an effort to secure the votes needed for her to become Speak of the House.

    According to The Hill, Pelosi discussed signing onto the rules change with Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), who had signed a letter saying he would oppose Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Perlmutter had suggested that he would change his position and support Pelosi if she were to place term limits on committee chairs.

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    Under current caucus rules, Democrats do not have term limits for chairmanships or ranking member positions, which some have criticized since it doesn’t allow for younger members to rise up within the party.

    Republicans have rules allowing members to only serve three terms as chair of a committee, The Huffington Post reports.

    “Leader Pelosi is sympathetic to the concerns raised by many newer Members, including many in the Freshmen Class,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill, said. “This discussion will occur in the Caucus where it belongs.”

    However, Hammill pushed back at the idea that the debate over term limits had anything to do with Pelosi’s race for speaker.

    “This debate has been occurring in the caucus for years and has nothing to do with her nomination for speaker. Reports to the contrary are false,” Hammill said.

    Even if Pelosi doesn’t make a deal on term limits for chairs, she still remains a favorite for the next speaker. The deal, however, could persuade some Democrats who have said they would oppose her for speaker, many of whom are freshmen, to support her.

    A vote on the speaker will be held on January 3rd, which is the same day when the House will vote on its rules package, according to HuffPost.

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