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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    A federal judge sentenced Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, to three years in prison for a series of charges for various crimes, including tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

    Before sentencing Cohen, Judge William Pauley said “Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct” and had “lost his moral compass,” adding that “as a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.”

    According to ABC News, in addition to serving three years in prison, Cohen is required to pay $1.39 million in restitution, $500,000 in forfeiture for his campaign and finance crimes and $50,000 for lying to Congress.

    Pauley explained to Cohen that the fine for lying to Congress was meant “to recognize the gravity of the harm of lying to Congress in matters of national importance.” In addition, two out of Cohen’s 36-month sentence are tied to his lying to Congress charge, Politico reports.

    While Cohen did not receive the four or more years that federal prosecutors wanted, his sentence is the biggest punishment as of yet in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    The longtime Trump lawyer, who was once in the president’s innermost circle, had declared in the past that he would “take a bullet for the president” and “never walk away.” But when FBI agents raided his home, office and hotel room, Cohen turned on his former boss and began to cooperate in investigations targeted at Trump and the Trump campaign, including Mueller’s investigation.

    Earlier this summer, Cohen seemed to signal a shift in his legal strategy, as well as a shift in relationship with Trump, telling ABC News that he would “put family and country” before Trump.

    In the courtroom Wednesday, Cohen was visibly upset, and choked up while reading a printed statement.

    “Today is the day that I am getting my freedom back,” Cohen told the judge. “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired.”

    Referring to Trump’s recent comment that his former personal attorney was “weak,” Cohen noted that his former boss was correct, but that his “weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump.”

    “Time and time again I felt it as my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” Cohen said, with his family present in the courtroom.

    Before receiving his sentence, Cohen accused Trump of causing him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light.”

    Guy Petrillo, Cohen’s attorney, argued that he “came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in the country,” adding that Cohen received “threats” because of his cooperation with the investigations, ABC News reports.

    Although the special counsel’s office appeared to be willing to give credit to Cohen for his cooperation, prosecutors from the Southern District of New York took a tougher stance.

    Jeannie Rhee, a prosecutor from the special counsel’s office, said Cohen had provided “wide ranging and helpful” information in regards to the Russia probe, but did not inflate the value of that information. Nicolas Roos, a prosecutor with the Southern District of New York, said that Cohen “didn’t come anywhere close to assisting this office in an investigation, adding that “the charges portray a pattern of deception, of brazenness and of greed.”

    Minutes after Cohen was sentenced, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current attorney, noted the length of the sentence in comparison to other involved in the Russia probe and called Cohen a liar.

    “This is the first real criminal sentence,” Giuliani told Politico. “I have no idea if it’s the right one or not, but I do know he’s proven to be a consummate liar who has lied at all stages of his situation.”

    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), said he hopes Cohen’s sentencing will encourage other to “come clean.”

    “Cohen is one of the only individuals who lived in Donald Trump’s personal, political and financial worlds,” Swalwell said. “I would like to see Michael Cohen come clean, wholly before Congress, about what the president knew and what he was doing politically and financially with the Russians. I would like to hear from him. Just for the country’s sake.”

    Cohen has been ordered to report to prison on March 6, 2019.

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    In Avengers: Infinity War, Star Lord (played by Chris Pratt) and Spider Man (played by Tom Holland) only got to meet for a brief moment before they suddenly dissipated into nothingness, along with half of the entire universe (thanks a lot, Thanos). But lucky for us, it looks like Pratt and Holland will be teaming up again in Disney Pixar’s new original movie, Onward.

    The new film, which had originally been referred to as an untitled suburban fantasy, follows two teenage elf brothers (Pratt and Holland) who embark on a quest to see if there is still magic in the world, Variety reports.

    “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Dan Scanlon, director of Onward, said in a statement. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

    Scanlon, who directed 2013’s Monsters University for Pixar, said he was only one and his brother was three-years-old when their father passed away.

    Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are also joining Pratt and Holland in the cast of Onward, according toE! News.  

    Producer Kori Rae, who also worked on Monsters University with Scanlon, said “Chris brings equal parts huge heart and fantastic humor to his character,” and that Spencer “can do it all. We’re especially excited about the depth as well as humor that she brings to her character.”

    According to Scanlon, Holland “has an infectious charm and sincerity that makes you root for him in every character he plays,” and “there is no one funnier than Julia.”

    “But she also brings a warmth and loving side to her character,” Scanlon said of Louis-Dreyfus.

    Holland, who has been known to accidentally spill secrets about upcoming movies, shared the news of the new Pixar movie on his Instagram account.

    “It is announcement time! I am so excited. I’ve been trying to keep this a secret for so long—and I just can’t do it anymore. I am lucky enough to be making a Pixar movie...I'm so excited I finally get to share this with you,” Holland exclaimed. “Let's make a great movie!”



    My friends at @DisneyPixar have allowed me to make a very exciting announcement... #onward

    A post shared by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on

    As usual, details surrounding Pixar’s new film are tightly under wraps. 

    This definitely sounds like it’ll be a fun and exciting movie with a very talented cast. Onward is set to be released in theaters on March 6, 2020.

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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.)

    Congress Reaches Deal to Curb Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

    After witnessing several congressmen depart from Capitol Hill following sexual harassment allegations and the use of taxpayer money to cover up inappropriate behavior, Congress has finally reached a deal and is ready to pass a bill to crack down on lawmakers that sexually harass their staff.

    According to The Huffington Post, House and Senate lawmakers worked out the differences between bills passed by each chamber and reached an agreement Wednesday to overhaul congressional regulations governing sexual harassment, allowing for both chambers to vote on the bill in the coming weeks, before Congress adjourns for the year.

    “We have reached an agreement with the Senate on a strong package of reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 that will focus on protecting victims, strengthening transparency, holding Members accountable for their personal conduct, and improving the adjudication process,” Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) said in a statement.

    “The agreement reflects the first set of comprehensive reforms that have been made to the Congressional Accountability Act since 1995,” the lawmakers said.

    In the House’s bill, it was required that lawmakers pay out-of-pocket for all settlements relating to sexual harassment and discrimination, but the Senate bill still allowed for lawmakers to use taxpayer money. Congress reached a deal requiring lawmakers to be personally liable for all sexual harassment and retaliation settlements, but not for discrimination settlements, ABC News reports.

    “I think it will send that message that there is zero tolerance for bad behavior,” House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) told ABC News.

    The House bill originally provided legal representation to all accusers, but the Senate bill did not. According to HuffPost, the final language will allow for House staff to have access to House counsel, but Senate staff will not have that option.

    In the agreement, however, harassment protections will be extended to unpaid staff, including interns and congressional fellows, and an electronic system will be implemented to process sexual harassment claims, ABC News reports.

    Lastly, the House bill required for there to be an impartial probe, but the Senate bill did not. The final agreement did not include that provision.

    Here are some of the other provisions from the agreement via a press release from Reps. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN):

    via The Huffington Post

    Speier, one of the leaders for the House bill earlier this year, said she is currently working to introduce bipartisan legislation in the next Congress to include provisions that did not make it into this final bill, according to an aide. She is also looking into whether the House could implement these provisions for itself in the next Congress.

    “We believe this is a strong step towards creating a new standard in Congress that will set a positive example in our nation,” reads the statement by Speier and her fellow House lawmakers, “but there is still more work to be done.”

    Nancy Pelosi Strikes Deal With Disgruntled Dems, Paving the Way for Her Speakership

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) came to an agreement with Democrats that had tried to derail her bid for Speaker of the House, all but ensuring her election to the speakership.

    According to USA Today, Pelosi announced that she is “comfortable” with a proposal for term limits for leadership positions within the Democratic caucus, and in return, a critical number of fellow Democrats have announced that they will support her in the January 3rd vote.

    Under the proposal, top House Democrats would only be allowed to serve four two-year terms in their posts, including any posts that they had served when the Democratic party had the majority in the House, Politico reports. That means the proposal would also apply to Pelosi’s two deputies: Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

    To be nominated for a fourth term under the proposal, Pelosi would need to get a two-thirds majority vote from House Democrats.

    “Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the agreement.

    Following her announcement, seven of Pelosi’s critics released a joint statement supporting her for Speaker of the House.

    “We wish to thank Nancy Pelosi for her willingness to work with us to reach this agreement,” the lawmakers wrote. “We are proud that our agreement will make lasting institutional change that will strengthen our caucus and will help develop the next generation of Democratic leaders. We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress.”

    According to Politico, the proposal will come up for a vote before February 15th. Even if the proposal fails, however, Pelosi said she will still abide by it, limiting her tenure to a maximum four years.

    Some Kotex Tampons Recalled After Unraveling in Users’ Bodies

    In the latest menstrual hygiene news, Kimberly-Clark has issued a voluntary product recall on its U by Kotex Sleek Tampons after reports that the feminine hygiene products unraveled or broke apart in users’ bodies, The Huffington Post reports.

    via U by Kotex

    The company issued a press release Tuesday advising retailers to pull the tampons off shelves due to a “quality-related defect.”

    According to the recall announcement, Kimberly-Clark said it received “a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms” and that some users had to seek “medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

    The recall only pertains to the United States and Canada, and is specific to tampons manufactured between October 7, 2016 and October 16, 2018, and distributed between October 17, 2016, and October 23, 2018, Hello Gigglesreports.

    Users can check to see if they have a defective box by checking the lot numbers located on the bottom of the box. A full list of those lot numbers are listed on the company’s website. Users can also search a lot number to see if a box is defective.

    “The safety of our consumers is our top priority,” the company said. “We are putting systems in place to prevent the occurrence of similar issues in the future.”

    What to look out for...

    Celebrate the holidays right and live out your Gilmore Girls dreams by having lunch (and lots of coffee) at Lorelai and Rori Gilmore’s house from December 22nd to January 6th at Warner Brothers Studio! 

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    Are you thinking about an extraordinary career path? Bored of flipping through the masses of dry college guidebooks? Don’t fret. Being just two or three years shy of 20, it’s a lot ofpressuretohave everything “figured out” yet. You may have even taken a careers course or workshop in high school, and still haven’t got a clue what kind of career you might be interested in. Maybe your friends have detailed plans (*astonished stare*). Or perhaps you have a general idea of the subject area (e.g., science) to pursue, but aren't yet familiar with how niche and specific the potential career pool is out there (marine biologist, forensic chemist and archaeologist—just to name a few!).

    Here are seven super-cool and totally legit jobs you may have never known existed until now, as well some educational paths to get there, as a start!

    1. Canine trainer or behaviorist

    Consider a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in: Animal Behavior or Studies 

    If you to spend your life around puppies, but you’re not super interested in doing the years of veterinary school to get dog-time as your day job, this may be a dream come true for all you die-hard dog fanatics out there.

    You’ll spend time actively analyzing and deciphering puppy behavior, practicing the most ethical and effective training methods. Employees often work in doggy daycare, animal shelters, boarding kennels and clinics. Daily activities you’d be responsible for with the pups include actively implementing learning techniques, building habits and other cleaning duties.

    A major in animal behavior (diploma in canine behavior science) will give you the informative background on the physical and psychological systems of animals, to ensure proper care and handling. Sample classes that you’ll take include canine development, biological rhythms and aggression. The ideal puppy trainer will multitask, handle emotional outbursts with patience and have a sense of consistency and hunger for constant improvement. Just keep in mind that training can become repetitive at times, because not all dogs grasp new skills at the same pace!

    2. Food stylist

    Consider a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in: Food Science, Nutrition, Culinary Arts

    If you’re that friend who’s always setting the brunch scene to get an Insta-worthy shot for the ‘gram, then consider becoming a food stylist. These spunky designers work on a variety of sets, often for flyer or advertising photo shoots. They’re in charge of preparation, nutritional safety measures (that’s where the science background comes in), and carefully arranging the food to perfection.

    Sample courses you’ll need to take include food safety systems, processing and microbiology. A great eye for detail, clear communication skills and an overall creative perspective will come in handy for the role. Through a unique blend of food science and culinary arts courses, you’ll be well-equipped to practice the best (strict) safety measures and spiff up some tasty dishes.

    Bonus: free food. Need we say more?

    3. Museum technician

    Consider a bachelor’s degree in: Art History, Life Sciences (concentration in Museum Studies if possible)

    If your friends and/or family have started rolling their eyes whenever a day plan is mentioned because they know exactly what you’ll say (the museum, duh), take pride in it! You’d get to spend time with beautiful artifacts and time-travel during work. Being a technician involves a comprehensive understanding of the museum area of focus – be it art, history, science or a combination of these – as well as a general hunger for knowledge.

    Most trainees start out as interns or volunteers at specific exhibits or sections to gain experience, so it’s a good idea to get your foot in the door early on through walk-in, on-the-spot interviews with the museum staff. You’ll need a sharp eye for detail and data, as you’ll be working with some very fragile and precious objects. Perks? Paid vacations  as well as membership passes to other galleries.

    4. Professional matchmaker

    Consider a major in Psychology, with master’s program in Interpersonal Relationships

    Do you have a reputation for always being the one hooking your friends up, successfully? Can you outsmart the online dating algorithms? If you can easily see the chemistry between people, their long-term potential, and sense right off the bat reading online match convos whether it’s a yes or a hard no, you might actually be a great matchmaker IRL. Empathy and the ability to dish out constructive criticism makes for a golden combo here.

    A typical day for a matchmaker involves booking appointments, seeing clients and providing time-sensitive relationship advice. If your academic interests lie in psychology, then lucky you, because courses in personality, human behavior and even psychopathology are critical for a well-rounded analysis of two (hella complex) individuals.

    5. Greeting card designer

    Consider a bachelor’s degree in: Visual Arts, Graphic Design

    Yes, you can totally embody Tom from 500 Days of Summer. The greeting card industry, like any publishing gig, can be difficult to break into, but once you’re in, the rest is a designer’s cloud nine. Get recognized through your unique style of art, and make sure to maintain a pristine portfolio showcasing some of your best stuff while you’re at it. Sometimes, artists gain popularity on virtual marketplaces such as RedBubble or Society6, which make for a great starting point.

    Greeting card designers are typically in charge of the selection, drafting, production and revision of ideas and artwork. Many of these positions are freelance, part-time or both—but full-time opportunities are definitely out there (typically granted with seniority).

    6. Travel writer

    Consider a bachelor’s degree in: English, Communications, Journalism

    Do you dream of getting paid to take vacations, and have a knack for telling stories that get everyone in inspired? If you know how to shoot stellar photos on the fly, travel writing may be the picture-perfect fit! Exploring unforeseen spots and being perpetually immersed in a state of adventure is not a joke. Aside from capturing those breathtaking shots, travel writers are also responsible for delving deep into the culture of the particular area they visit. They can gather readers all over the world to sit with them on a virtual campfire through every adventure. Want in? Check out some popular travel writers documenting their journeys for a sense and inspiration on how their writing takes flight (literally!).

    7. Entertainment tagger

    Consider a bachelor’s degree in: Film Studies

    Get your popcorn and pizza ready, because it’s always movie night when you’re a tagger. Be the first to review new shows and release your inner critic in all of its glory. And yes, that means kissing business casual goodbye—hello 24/7 PJ parties!. Do make sure, however, that your ability to convey a succinct, crystal-clear message is top-notch. They’re 100 percent checking for enthusiasm and bucket-loads of passion.

    Sure, it sounds simple, but Netflix is actually looking for an educational background in film to ensure that taggers are well-versed in film theory and terminology to be able to describe in detail what makes for a particular genre. Daily roles as a tagger are similar to those of a librarian: meticulously categorizing based on keywords, or tags. If you know a second language such as Spanish or French, all the better. It’s a very niche area to get into, but the film junkie with a diverse taste and right attitude will flourish in the role.
    College hopeful, this has been a non-exhaustive list of some pretty rad careers. But there’s so much more to keep in mind. It may be helpful to stay as an undeclared major or even take a gap year to give yourself ample time to figure out what really clicks with you. A good starting point would be to evaluate your strongest subjects and analyze which extracurricular activities you’ve joined throughout the years. Ask around as much as possible, and consider finding a mentor. Good luck!

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    Having an invisible emotional plastic bubble can be comforting — it allows you to keep people at an arm’s length and helps you better dictate who you let into your life. However, that emotional unavailability can ultimately be damaging to current or potential relationships. And while we all know that all collegiettes are strong, independent women, we also know part of being strong means allowing other people into your life.

    Though emotional unavailability often affects romantic relationships, it can be harmful to other aspects of your life as well. Similarly, being emotionally available can have a positive effect on your life.

    “Becoming emotionally available opens up every corner of your life – not just romance, but friendships, family, business connections, educational connections. People are drawn to someone who is emotionally available,” says Bryn Collins, a licensed psychologist and author ofEmotional Unavailability: Recognizing It, Understanding It, and Avoiding Its Trap.”

    Sound familiar? Here are five tips for how to curb that emotional unavailability and open yourself up to better and healthier relationships.

    1. Recognize any fears you have

    Failure is a vital part of life. However, failure oftentimes breeds a fear of failure.

    “One of the biggest reasons people cut themselves off in relationships is fear: fear of rejection, fear of not being ‘good enough,’ fear of intimacy, fear of not being in control,” says Collins.

    Though fear of all of those things is understandable, it can ultimately lead to an overall lack of being vulnerable to friends and partners. Usually, when people are harboring so much fear, it’s easy to withdraw from relationships and shut yourself off to anything deemed as ‘weak.’

    “Relationships inherently require vulnerability and many people feel as though being vulnerable is emotionally dangerous — as though their vulnerability makes them weak," continues Collins. "Actually, vulnerability is a strong position and strengthens a relationship.”

    Veronika, a senior at the University of Toronto has experience with this. “I generally don't like being vulnerable and that's why it took me a bit to open up to my boyfriend,” she says. “I think what helped is considering him a best friend and trusting him enough to confide in him.”

    Like Collins suggests and Veronika knows, opening yourself up to people and confiding in them one of the best ways to start being a more emotionally available person. There’s an exchange of trust that happens, ultimately leading to stronger relationships.

    2. Trust yourself

    We’ve all heard that saying — before you can love someone else, you need to learn to love yourself. The same holds true when talking about trust.

    “Trust is also important and trusting yourself is step one,” says Collins. “Trust has four components: predictability, reliability, truthfulness and honesty. Self-confidence is important as are good communication skills.”

    While it’s obvious that most people need to trust someone in order to open up to them, it’s also equally, if not more important, to trust yourself. You need to be able to trust your own decision-making skills, your own boundaries and your own ability to communicate with your friends and SO. If you block emotions from yourself, how are you supposed to share them with those around you?

    Related: What to Do If Your SO Has Anxiety or Depression

    3. Set boundaries

    Even though being emotionally available is important and has the ability to make your relationships thrive, it’s also good to know your own limits. Being emotionally available is hard; opening up to people makes you more vulnerable to getting hurt. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set your own boundaries for how vulnerable you want to be.

    “Have good boundaries – don’t permit yourself to be used or abused,” suggests Collins.

    While it’s good to be emotionally available, you don’t want to be available to the point of people using you or taking advantage of your emotions. While hopefully this won't happen, it’s something to be wary of.

    4. Communicate, communicate, communicate

    Everyone knows that at the core of every relationship is good communication. Despite that, it can be difficult to communicate with your partner, especially if you struggle with being emotionally available. However, a lack of communication when you’re feeling particularly distant can leave your partner at a loss for what to do – which is the exact opposite of what should happen in a healthy relationship.

    “It's important to keep talking about your feelings when you're in a relationship, even if it makes you uncomfortable,” says Rachel Fitzgerald, a senior at the University of Windsor. “Tell your partner how you're feeling and why – and if it's about them, make sure you don't use words like, "You always..." or "You never..." because it can make your partner feel attacked. Instead, try, "I'm feeling ____ because _____" and you'll probably get a lot further.”

    Similar to being vulnerable in relationships, having good communication in relationships will make them so much stronger.

    5. Find out what’s causing you to distance yourself

    For some people, being emotionally unavailable may just be part of who they are. For others, it may boil down to other elements like being stressed or the way you were raised. Regardless, it’s important to work on recognizing the triggers that make you becoming emotionally distant.

    “Recognizing and combating the fears … is also critical,” says Collins. “Working through fears and unlearning childhood damage help as well, perhaps with a therapist.”

    Whether you going through the causes of your emotional distance with a professional or getting a handle on any day-to-day things that may prompt you to pull away, recognizing these triggers can make it easier to stay emotionally present in the now.

    “I find that I'm usually emotionally distant when focusing intensely on school or work – I block out my SO when I'm stressed out,” says an anonymous collegiette. “It's helpful for me to involve him and remind myself that he's here and willing to help so I don't have to face everything alone.”

    If you know what your stressors are and what tends to make you more distant, you’re more likely to know when you’re being distant because of your own boundaries or when the distance is caused by a different source.

    Being emotionally available is definitely hard work. As collegiettes, we’re often taught to power through and sometimes that means bottling everything up even though it may not be the healthiest way to go about things. Opening up to the people around you can help reprieve you from some of the burden of carrying a bunch of stress and emotions around. So take the plunge, trust yourself and open up a bit.

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    Black Mirror, a show that keeps you up at night with its dystopian, unexpected plot lines that seem all too plausible doesn’t seem like the place for a pop star—but plot twists are what the show is all about, right?

    Miley Cyrus, everyone’s favorite Disney star turned music icon, revealed that she will appear in the upcoming fifth season of Black Mirror. True to the show’s habit of leaving its viewers guessing until the last minute, the plot of the season and Cyrus’ role in it have yet to be revealed.

    On Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Wednesday, Miley answered the question about her appearance in the show with a coy nod of her head. She told Stern, “If you guess it, then I will shake my head yes, or no.” According to Stern, she nodded “yes.” Of course, we’re more than willing to believe him.

    Although the episode plots and premiere date for season five is still unknown, it’s likely to be full of twists and turns, disturbing scenes and storylines that leave us uneasy for days. But maybe seeing Miley on screen will make it a bit easier to handle.

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    Netflix definitely knows how to start the year off right—and it's perfect for binge watching until the start of spring semester (too soon?).

    Here are a few shows and films you should watch next month:

    1. Solo: A Star Wars Story - January 9

    If you didn't get a chance to watch this Star Wars film in theaters, Netflix has your back.

    Young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a Wookie named Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), the crew devises a plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission—the Millennium Falcon.

    2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2 January 25

    "Females are strong as hell!"

    The series revolves around Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after being rescued from a doomsday cult in the fictional town of Durnsville, Indiana, where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to get a fresh start, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gets a nanny job for socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski).

    3. Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp - January 29

    A movie with Paul Rudd AND Evangeline Lilly playing a badass hero. Heck YES.

    In the film, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Lang must once again become Ant-Man and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

    4. Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 - January 30

    It's been 14 YEARS, yet Disney and Pixar managed to live up to our expectations and hopes with the sequel to everyone's favorite superhero family film.

    In Incredibles 2, Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) is called to lead a campaign to bring back the Supers, while Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) learns to navigate the role of a stay-at-home father with Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack. However, their mission is derailed when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. 

    Here are a list of more shows and films coming to Netflix:

    January 1:

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3
    • Across the Universe
    • Babel
    • Black Hawk Down
    • City of God
    • Comedians of the World
    • Definitely, Maybe
    • Godzilla
    • Happy Feet
    • Hell or High Water
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer
    • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    • It Takes Two
    • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
    • Jersey Boys
    • Mona Lisa Smile
    • Mr. Bean’s Holiday
    • Pan’s Labyrinth
    • Pinky Malinky
    • Pulp Fiction
    • Swingers
    • Tears of the Sun
    • The Addams Family
    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    • The Dark Knight
    • The Departed
    • The Mummy
    • The Mummy Returns
    • The Strangers
    • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
    • Watchmen
    • xXx
    • XXX: State of the Union

    January 2:

    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    January 4:

    • And Breathe Normally
    • Call My Agent!: Season 3
    • El Potro: Unstoppable
    • Lionheart

    January 9:

    • GODZILLA The Planet Eater
    • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    January 10:

    • When Heroes Fly

    January 11:

    • Friends from College: Season 2
    • ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium
    • Sex Education
    • Solo
    • The Last Laugh

    January 15:

    • Revenger
    • Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

    January 16:

    • American Gangster

    January 17:

    • American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

    January 18:

    • Carmen Sandiego
    • Close
    • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
    • GIRL
    • Grace and Frankie: Season 5
    • IO
    • Soni
    • The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B
    • Trigger Warning with Killer Mike
    • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5

    January 21:

    • Justice

    January 24:

    • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
    • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    January 25:

    • Animas
    • Black Earth Rising
    • Club de Cuervos: Season 4
    • Kingdom
    • Medici: The Magnificent
    • Polar
    • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2

    January 27:

    • Z Nation: Season 5

    January 29:

    • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All
    • Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp

    January 30:

    • Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2

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    Kimberly-Clark recalled regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek Tampons after reports that the tampons were unravelling inside of users.

    According to a press release by the organization, there were reports of tampons “unraveling and/or coming apart upon removal, and in some cases causing users to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

    The tampons being recalled were distributed for sale between October 17th and October 23rd. The lot numbers affected by the recalled are available via the press release from Kimberly-Clark, The Washington Post reports.

    WebMD reported that users who develop vaginal pain, bleeding, or discomfort, vaginal itching or swelling, bladder and/or vaginal bacterial and/or yeast infections, or other symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting should seek immediate medical attention.

    Kimberly-Clark also advises that users who experience issues with their products contact their customer service team. 

    Kimberly-Clark said that they would continue to prioritize customer safety and are putting systems in place to prevent this from happening again, according to The Washington Post. 

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    A new study in The National Bureau of Economic Research studied a hassle-free way to guarantee low-income students a free college education and the results showed that it works. The percentage of low-income students at the university in the study jumped from 13 percent to 28 percent — all by sending information about a free tuition policy to qualified students and publicizing the policy clearly, according to The Atlantic.

    The researchers examined a targeted campaign at the University of Michigan. The campaign, the High Achieving Involved Leader Scholarship (HAIL), encouraged low-income, qualified students to apply to the University of Michigan with the guarantee of an undergraduate education with no tuition or fees. Each student, their parents and their high school principal were sent a personalized mailer offering the scholarship to students —even if they didn’t fill out FASFA. 

    The HAIL is a new program at the University of Michigan that differs from other similar programs because the advertising focuses on the fact that free tuition is guaranteed to the accepted students, as The Atlantic noted. The study found that this language may have even encouraged students who would not have gone to college anyway to consider the University.

    Students who received this personalized mailer were reportedly twice as likely to apply to the University of Michigan than students tested in the control group. 

    The study also addresses a phenomenon known as undermatching — referring to when students don’t attend the most selective college that they would be accepted by. Adam Harris noted that under-matching ultimately hurts students because they are less likely to graduate and receive the social benefits that come from attending an elite college.

    Another study found that the chances of a student under-matching is less likely when students’ admission is guaranteed through state policy — and when it's as transparent as possible what admission to their schools of choice would require and what it'll cost. 

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    Recognizing the current social issues is like a double-edged sword. Society seems bleaker if you’re aware of what’s going on behind the curtain, but being aware means you can ultimately contribute to bettering the state of things.

    As a women’s studies major, I will always believe in the latter. Choosing to pursue a degree in women’s studies was an easy yet complicated decision, given how we live right now. Each day, I am outraged by the cases I hear silencing women’s rights. Simultaneously, I’ll see every woman on my campus wearing a “Future is Female” tee, sticking feminist logos on their laptop, and tweeting out in support of #MeToo.

    We are living in an incredible moment right now, where feminism has not only become recognized, but trendy. And from my perspective, I often question how I feel seeing my in-depth studies translate into popular culture? An you know, there are a lot of conflicting feelings, actually.

    Feminism is one of many topics at the heart of women’s studies discipline. Despite the name, the women’s studies major actually focuses on the relationships between gender, race, sexuality, and class. Given all these elements of identity, seldom do I ever think about helping only women with my studies; I want to serve humanity as a whole.

    And that’s why feminism is a complicated idea to untangle, especially when I encounter it in popular culture. There are so many ways in which the public engages with feminism, with some ideas ringing true according to the research I study, while others being misunderstood. As I scroll through my social feeds, watch the news, and talk to my peers, I encounter a whole lot of differing perspectives.

    So, here are four sentiments I reinforce on a daily basis as I earn my women’s studies degree while navigating a “woke world.”

    1. I'm hopeful when fellow college women contribute valuable insights.

    When I hear fellow students talk about feminist issues, my heart fills with hope. Women speaking up is so important to what I study. As a women’s studies major, I’m always taught to seek out the voices of all women, from different backgrounds, races, and classes. My major teaches me to think about privilege and what it means to be one woman who is also of a certain race, class, gender and sexuality and why those differences matter. Therefore, every different voice I hear in between classes, in line at Starbucks, or in my Women’s studies classes means the world to me. These are the voices of different kinds of people and I know I need to hear them to understand our world a bit better.  

    What’s more is that in my women’s studies classes, I encounter women from a plethora of disciplines. Some students are on a pre-med track while others are into activist work. I, an aspiring feminist writer, activist and lawyer, feel like every women’s studies class period is incredibly insightful.  All of us will use this knowledge to make sure whatever field we are in is fairer and juster.  Listening to women from different fields is always so interesting. Sometimes outside of my women’s studies classes, I’ll talk to other women about feminist issues. One time, a classmate made a great point on how paid maternal leave should be especially enforced for lower socioeconomic families, and it was so articulate I’d guess that she was studying women’s studies too (plot twist: she wasn’t).

    However, in my women’s studies classes, I get to hear my classmates talk more in depth and it’s always so enriching. For example, when a black sister talks about how so-called “liberating” partying culture actually oppresses people like her, I want to do nothing but hype her knowledge up (usually by nodding my head vigorously). Her personal experience is backed up by women’s studies research, like studies which find that black women on average are less likely to hook up at frat parties due to white men thinking of them as “cheap” or “easy” or “overly sexual” in comparison to white women. These women around me live their lives and search to find the wrongs in them, but they come to the table to discuss them and that is absolutely outstanding.

    2. The trendiness of feminism is inherently limiting.

    Don’t get me wrong, the more feminists, the better! But as someone who’s studying feminist studies, I can see both the pros and cons with making it “trendy." Of course, if feminism is trendy, then more eyeballs will see it and want to explore it right? It’s wonderful to have more people study feminist ideology because it means more people will contribute to feminist causes. But exactly how many of these “feminists” go beyond just liking posts on Instagram?

    We have to remember that everyone is inclined to follow the status quo. Right now, being a feminist is trendy. But it wasn’t always good to be called a “feminist”.

    Back in the '70s, due to media messaging from (of course) patriarchy-controlled companies, being called a feminist was deemed insulting. It could mean you were a men-hating person looking to overthrow all men in power, or an overzealous lesbian (or both). No offense to any beautiful lesbians out there, but demonizing a sexuality based off an ideology is disgustingly wrong. However, nowadays, being called a “feminist” is becoming conveniently trendy, so more people are willing to call themselves as such. Though as a women’s studies major, I’ve learned that bandwagoning feminism is risky and it happens more than we think.

    It looks so “woke” to like feminist posts on Instagram or to slap a “The Future is Female” sticker on your laptop, but when you do that, what exactly are you saying? I hope you’re saying that you acknowledge that you have it rough as a woman, but that other women have it rougher than you for reasons you may not immediately understand. I hope that you’re saying you want to listen to women’s experiences before you judge them for yourself. I hope that when you say you’re a feminist, you won’t enable toxic people in power to oppress women who may not be exactly like you but who deserve the same equality as you. I hope you acknowledge the privileges you have just as much as the injustices you face. I hope when you wear your trendy t-shirt, you admit you don’t have all the answers but want to learn them all from listening to yourself and all other women equally.

    Basically, I hope your trendy feminism means something more to you and causes you to act on it. To go out and vote for people who will stand with women, to sign petitions for issues you care about, to simply talk about issues with your peers to get to a solution. I hope that your trendy feminism envelopes your everyday life and makes you want to support other women both like, and unlike, yourself.

    3. I feel more confident defending ideas, because I know what I’m talking about.

    Knowledge is power, right? Studying women’s studies extensively for my degree gives me the authority to educate others on what I’m learning. Albeit, no matter how I well-versed I am, I am never going to just magically know the answer to dismantling toxic patriarchy or bridging the wage gap. But when you comb through years of research and hold complex discussions with other scholars like yourself, you have to know what you’re talking about. In a feminist-trendy world, I feel more confident in joining the conversation because of the knowledge I have. I am always eager to share it with others. For example, when I look at commercial feminism at play on TV and online ads, I have the knowledge to make me think twice about them.

    Again, feminism is conveniently trendy, and companies like to take advantage of that. When a Dove commercial screams #GirlPower by including women of different races, skin tones and body types, that’s great. But when they proceed to sell skin bleaching creams, they are contributing to toxic colorism, the precise opposite of what their ads stand for.

    From what I’ve learned, skin bleaching is a huge industry which profits off of women feeling ugly for being too dark. Colorism also contributes to why we think of darker women as lesser than lighter women. Poverty myths associated with darkness also come into play, so buying bleaching creams can also demonstrate how financially well off a darker woman actually is, encouraging them to keep buying them.

    All of these horrible norms are perpetuated by the same brands who claim to be super “woke”. When it comes down to profit, where did these brands’ precious feminism go? As I pursue my women’s studies degree, I study these types of phenomena all the time. I don’t feel as uncertain about calling brands out because I do have the information to back it up, which I’m always so grateful for.

    4. Feminism has to call everybody out, including other women.

    There’s a lot of feminist issues that deserve further discussion. White feminism is one of the first that I had to study, but I still don’t believe people truly understand what it is. Firstly, I never want to come off as someone who looks to blame others. I think every person has a role in every issue. In my opinion, no one is absolved of responsibility when it comes to injustice towards women.

    But as I’ve learned, everyone has some sort of privilege, some more than others and sometimes we don’t want to see it or admit it. Privilege is a heavy word because when someone tells you you’re privileged, you feel like they’re saying you had it easy. You went through your own trials to get to where you are, and it hurts to be told that you actually had it easy when it feels like you totally didn’t. But acknowledging privilege doesn’t mean dismissing your personal struggles. It means understanding that you, a person of a certain identity, reap the benefits of the system whether you meant to or not.

    If you’re white, for example, there’s a whole set of barriers that you don’t have to face even as you pour your blood, sweat, and tears into getting a good education and career. The everyday occurrences in your life are also privileged as well. If a white woman is stopped by a white male cop for speeding, the chance of the woman being in life-threatening danger is slim. But for a black male, of course, it’s a different story. Job interviews, frat parties, college admissions, these are all the institutions which look to benefit only one group while disparaging others.

    As a women’s studies major, I know I am privileged in a lot of ways. I’m traditionally able-bodied, cisgender, and heterosexual; these are identities that society privileges. At the same time, I am a woman, an Asian person of color, a Muslim, young and middle class; these are identities which oppose those who are privileged. I have to acknowledge all of these identities and understand what they mean to the social structure I inhabit.

    White feminism essentially erases the ideas of privilege. I still remember one of the first unrealistic white feminist ideas I ever encountered. Once in high school, I saw that a white woman on Facebook said she “didn’t need feminism” because she lives a great life where she wants to be at home and cook for her husband while he earns all the money for the household.

    First, a white family is already more preferable in most high-end jobs, so her husband has a better shot at maintaining a good, stable income. Then, there’s the implied “choice” that this woman had; if she wanted to, she could work but she chose not to. That choice is a luxury, as many lower socioeconomic women of color can’t afford to stay at home if they want to support their families. These women are often pushed toward lower paying jobs, especially lower-income immigrant women who are trying to build up their wealth from almost nothing. Bridging the national gender pay gap would make it so that these lower-class women could make more money and maybe have more time to spend at home with their families.

    It's understandable that not every person is going to think this far ahead. That is why I am studying women’s studies, so that I can investigate these issues further. But I believe every person has a responsibility to at least try to understand other people’s realities. This one white woman recognized her own reality as the one every other woman faces, which is very wrong. I was in high school and I didn’t know anything about feminism at the time, so I wasn’t in a position to educate her. I didn’t know any better and maybe neither did she. However, that’s why it’s worth revisiting issues, and using the voices of others to give you the context you need to come to a sounder conclusion. That’s what I do every day in class, and while it’s taxing to find answers to problems, I’m so happy this area of study enables me to do so. 

    As you could probably tell, feminism really can’t be explained in just a word, a t-shirt or a hashtag. It’s an ongoing dialogue that I will probably keep studying until I can barely read the words in my women’s studies textbooks anymore. But it’s a field I’m so passionate about, where I never find what I learn pointless or boring. Every bit of education I receive in this field is precious to me as I try to figure out ways to make the world simply more rewarding and equal to all types of people from all places.

    Thanks to this present feminist-trendy world, I have never ever been more engaged. As I finish pursuing my undergraduate degree in women’s studies, I hope I can continue to educate others and be educated by them too. I just need to get over my perpetual shyness, and maybe I can tap the girl next to me in English with the #MeToo sticker on her water bottle and have a little chat with her about it and many other feminist issues I want to explore.

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    Baby, let the games begin. Taylor Swift blessed fans with an epic gift on December 13th, (which also happened to be her birthday — happy birthday, Taylor!) announcing that she is bringing her Reputation Stadium Tour to Netflix. The 29-year-old pop star shared the trailer for her Netflix documentary Thursday, and it’ll be here so soon.

    Swift much of the past year taking her Reputation Stadium Tour all across the globe, and even though her tour just recently wrapped up, she sure knows how to treat her Swifties to the best holiday present ever. She filmed an entire concert for a Netflix documentary, and gave us a minute-long preview of the upcoming special, which will be available on New Year’s Eve, according to Hello Giggles. I mean, could there really be a better way to close out 2018?

    The preview begins with flashes of Swift performing, according to Cosmopolitan. “When she fell, she fell apart,” a voice over says. “When she rose, she rose slowly. She heard echoes of new words. Without your past, you could never have arrived.”

    We already have goosebumps.

    The pop star took to social media to announce the news, writing, “Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! Today I finally get to show you something we’ve been working on for a while... the trailer for the Reputation Stadium Tour.”

    The Netflix special will feature the Reputation Stadium tour in its entirety, and there’s sure to be some fun behind-the-scenes parts, too.

    “You made this tour so insanely fun for all of us on stage, and I’m really excited that we will have this memento of the memories we all made together this year,” Swift told her Swifties. The pop star added that she loved sharing the stage with Camila Cabello, Charli XCX, her band and dancers, all of whom she says “shine so brightly in this film.”

    “You’re the best. Thank you for everything,” Swift concluded.

    Whether you couldn’t make it to the Reputation Stadium Tour or just want to relive it, this Netflix special is sure to be nothing less than magical. We only have one question: Are you ...Ready for It?

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    Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who cultivated relationships with the National Rifle Association and conservative political officials, has signed a plea agreement for acting as an agent for the Russian government.

    Butina, a former graduate student at American University, agreed to plead guilty and, as part of her plea deal, cooperate with investigators in ongoing probes. Her cooperation in these investigations could shed light on Russian efforts to infiltrate U.S. politics with not just cyber operations, but with the collecting of human intelligence.

    According toPolitico, in a Washington D.C. federal courthouse Thursday, Butina admitted to participating in an information collection operation that put her in contact with prominent officials tied to the Republican Party and the Trump campaign.

    ABC News reported that Butina admitted that she and an unnamed “U.S. Person 1,” which sources have identified as Republican operative Paul Erickson, “agreed and conspired, with a Russian government official (“Russian Official”) and at least one other person, for Butina to act in the United States under the direction of Russian Official without prior notification to the Attorney General.”

    The “Russian Official” appears to be Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian Central Bank and a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to court documents, Butina told the Russian government that she had “laid the groundwork for an unofficial channel of communication” with the next U.S. administration.

    Her efforts to gain close access to prominent Republican officials began in 2015, where she, later that year, helped to organize a trip to Moscow for NRA officials.

    “We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later,” Butina said of the planned trip, according to the court filing.

    Butina had passed on information about the relationships she was developing to the Kremlin, including a relationship with Erickson, Politico reports.

    When arrested in Washington, D.C. in July on charges of conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent, prosecutors said Butina has cultivated a romantic relationship with Erickson as a cover and had used sex as a tool to infiltrate powerful political groups, ABC News reports. But the government backed away from those claims in Thursday’s filing.

    Butina, who has been in jail since her arrest and indictment, was confronted by the judge regarding the conditions of her confinement. The Russian government had criticized those conditions, and her attorney complained that she had been left in solitary confinement for too long.

    When asked if her mind was “clear” and whether the conditions prompted her to plead guilty, Butina told the judge that her mind was “absolutely clear.”

    Ahead of the Thursday hearing, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry told reporters in Moscow that the Russian government “will support any decision [Butina] might take aimed at her liberation” and called for her “soonest release from custody.”

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    Federal prosecutors are investigating President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee for possible misspending of the more than $100 million in donations raised for the inauguration, sources told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

    The Journal reported that prosecutors in the investigation, which is being handled by by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, are looking into whether the committee accepted donations from individuals hoping to gain influence and access into the Trump administration.

    According to CNN, which also confirmed the report, giving money in hopes of political favors is illegal, just as misuse of money is.

    Such misspending from the committee, which was registered as a nonprofit, could constitute a violation of federal corruption laws, according to The Huffington Post, and if it is true, would make it the latest probe into whether members of Trump’s inner circle inappropriately spent funds in association with his campaign.

    In a statement, Trump’s inaugural committee said the ceremony was “in full compliance with all applicable laws.”

    “The (committee) is not aware of any pending investigations and has not been contacted by any prosecutors. We simply have no evidence the investigation exists,” the statement said.

    “The (committee’s) finances were fully audited internally and independently and are fully accounted,” the statement continued. “Moreover, the inauguration’s accounting was provided both to the Federal Election Commission and the IRS in compliance with all laws and regulations. These were funds raised from private individuals and were then spent in accordance with the law and the expectations of the donors. The names of donors were provided to the FEC and have been public for nearly two years and those donors were vetted in accordance with the law and no improprieties have been found regarding the vetting of those donors.”

    According to The Journal, the investigation arose from materials that were seized by federal prosecutors in when former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen’s home was raided in April. Michael Cohen was just sentenced to three years in prison for violating campaign finance laws with the hush payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with Trump, as well as for tax evasion and lying to Congress.

    A source who spoke with The Journal said FBI officials obtained a recorded conversation between Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump, during the raid. Wolkoff had expressed concerns regarding the committee’s spending in the conversation.

    CNN previously reported that the committee had received a record-setting $107 million in donations, primarily from donors who gave $1 million or more.

    When asked about the report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday, “That doesn't have anything to do with the President or the first lady. The biggest thing the President did, his engagement in the inauguration, was to come here and raise his hand and take the oath of office. The President was focused on the transition at that time and not on any of the planning for the inauguration.”

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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.)

    Bomb Threats Reported Across the U.S.

    Dozens of institutions and business across the United States received bomb threats Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations.

    It is unclear at this time if the threats, which were received in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Miami, Washington D.C. and other locations across the country, are connected, CNN reports. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they are aware of the threats and are working with law enforcement on the matter.

    “As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety,” the FBI said.

    According to ABC News, the New York Police Department said it was monitoring multiple bomb threats received throughout the city, but deemed the threats to be not credible.

    Massachusetts State Police are also monitoring multiple bomb threats emailed to businesses throughout the state.

    An Oklahoma business received an email demanding $20,000 via Bitcoin or an explosive device would detonate.

    screenshot obtained by ABC News

    The email was similar to an email warning shared on social media by the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Police Department. “The Police Department has found NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE that these emails are authentic,” the Cedar Rapids Police Department said. “It appears to be a robo-email that has been sent throughout the area hoping to scam businesses out of money. We have also received information that businesses in surrounding counties may have also received this email.”

    The email was similar to other threats, including a threat received by The Bronx High School of Science in New York City. A NYPD spokesperson told ABC News the school received a threat that a pipe bomb would explode in 20 minutes if $20,000 bitcoin payment did not occur.

    Bombs threats were also received in the Chicago area, including Aurora City Hall, the Aurora Library and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

    According to CNN, email threats were also made in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, Canada.

    Melania Trump Calls Journalists “Opportunists”

    First Lady Melania Trump said the hardest thing about her time in the White House is seeing “opportunists” use her family name to advance their careers, all the while not accurately recording history, NBC News reports.

    In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the first lady rebuked journalists, saying, “I’d say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers.”

    “It doesn’t hurt,” Mrs. Trump added. “The problem is they’re writing the history and it’s not correct.”

    Mrs. Trump’s criticism came after Hannity prompted her to share the “hardest thing” she has experienced as first lady, The Huffington Post reports.

    In regards to her husband, the first lady said she doesn’t always “agree with his tone and I tell him that.”

    “So as I said before, sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t,” Mrs. Trump said. “I said, ‘You know, I don't think you need to tweet that out.’ But in the end it’s his decision, he knows the consequences. He is an adult, but he is a fighter.”

    In the interview, which was conducted on the U.S.S George H.W. Bush after she met with service members, the first lady said she does “what I think is right.”

    “I want to stay true to myself and what to do is right and what is wrong and live meaningful life every day,” she said.

    Meanwhile, Mrs. Trump’s husband, who has had quite a bitter relationships with journalists, reportedly cancelled this year’s White House holiday press party.

    California Proposes Text Message Tax, But New FCC Ruling Could Block It

    California regulators want to tax text messages to increase funds for programs that to help bring connectivity to underserved residents.

    The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) new surcharge wouldn’t tax per text message, but rather implement a monthly fee on cellular phone bills that have fees for text messages.

    The structure of the charge would vary from carrier to carrier.

    The 52-page proposal by CPUC Commissioner Carla J. Peterman lays out the details of the measure, and notes that California’s Public Purpose Program budget is increasing while incoming monies are dwindling, CNN reports.

    The commission, which is set to vote on the measure on January 10th, 2019, is facing opposition from groups like the CTIA, which represents AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile.

    However, a new Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ruling could complicate the proposal. According to ABC News, the FCC ruled that text messages are classified as “information services” and the government can only impose a tax on texts that are classified as “telecommunication services.”

    In a legal filing submitted Wednesday, the CTIA argued that if text messages are considered “information services,” then the CPUC can’t implement a surcharge otherwise it would violate federal law.

    The CTIA also argued that the measure would create inequity in the industry, with services like WhatsApp, Facebook’s Messenger and iMessage not falling under the proposed surcharge, CNN reports.

    “Subjecting wireless carriers’ text messaging traffic to surcharges that cannot be applied to the lion's share of messaging traffic and messaging providers is illogical, anticompetitive, and harmful to consumers,” the CTIA said in the filing.

    Following the FCC’s ruling, the CPUC could change its proposal before the vote next month.

    What to look out for...

    Ariana Grande dropped her new song Imagine!

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    Boston is a city that doesn’t get the credit it deserves for amazing brunch spots and Instagram-worthy desserts. Overshadowed by its glamorous East Coast neighbor New York City, Boston is known as the college town where you “pahk da cah in Hahvahd Yahd” and engage in some serious sports rivalries. However, Boston can definitely hold its own—especially when it comes to food.

    Influenced by the younger crowd, Boston has some of the trendiest restaurants on the East Coast. Whether you’re searching for your new favorite eggs benedict or just trying to chow down on a burrito after a night out, Boston’s food spots are sure to satisfy any craving you may encounter.

    For a quick cup of coffee:

    1. Pavement Coffeehouse

    A perennial college favorite, Pavement Coffeehouse not only makes for a great vanilla latte, but their bagel sandwiches are essential for a breakfast on the go. Try their Tequila Sunrise bagel for a twist on the typical bagel sandwich.  

    2. Thinking Cup



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    Thinking Cup is another cute coffee shop, with two downtown locations and another location in Back Bay. It’s known for some killer coffee that’ll make you feel a bit more hipster as you exit. Their coffee is not their only strength though—try their season specialty of hot, spiced apple cider.

    3. Tatte Bakery & Café,

    Tatte is featured all over the Instagram feeds of every young Boston college woman, and rightly so. Mainly known as a quick eatery that’ll provide you a warm cup of coffee on the cold winter days, Tatte is also known for its photogenic avocado toast—however, the Traditional Shakshuka is a hidden gem.

    For brunch dates with your girls:

    1. Trident Booksellers & Café



    It's time for Trident Trivia Tuesday! Can you identify this sandwich?

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    Trident is the cutest brunch spot that serves two functions—both an excellent place to eat and browse books! Usually, the line at Trident is insanely long, and you can’t make a reservation on the weekends, so it’s beyond awesome to have something to do while you’re waiting for your table. Don’t fret the long wait—the Choose Your Own Eggventure! dish is more than worth it.

    2. The Friendly Toast

    This hippy-dippy New England haunt is both aesthetically pleasing (There are Beatles references galore) and has some good eats. The Friendly Toast excels at both sweet and savory. Some favorite dishes? The French toast and the breakfast burrito

    3. Cafeteria

    This American-style restaurant is not only open for brunch—in fact, they are fantastic for dinner too—but they really shine during the morning hours. Again, the wait is long, but you can make a reservation so you’re not starving by the time you get a table! Try the life-changing Truffle Scrambled Eggs and treat yourself to the Cafeteria Cooler mocktail.

    For your mid-day cravings:

    1. Dig Inn



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    Dig Inn is the healthy eating spot of your dreams. Though it’s not only in Boston, Dig Inn’s warm and filling marketbowls are perfect for the eternal Boston winter. Though they have specific bowls made-to-order, try customizing your dish—it’s like a healthier Chipotle!

    2. Life Alive

    Another well-known healthy eatery, Life Alive focuses on providing organic and vegan cuisine. Though this doesn’t necessarily sound appealing to everyone, Life Alive has something for everyone. Some menu standouts include the Blonde Miso Ramen and the Ginger Crush juice.

    Hear from Life Alive fan and college women Jen, Class of 2020, who says, "I love Life Alive because there are so many unique plant-based options. My favorite is the Rainbow Harvest Bowl!" 

    3. Yamato II



    Sushi buffet!! @vivianfoodie #nomboston

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    Yamato II is one of the secret best sushi places in town. Located in Copley, this restaurant offers an unbeatable weekday lunch deal: all-you-can-eat sushi for less than $20. The only caveat is you have to eat everything put in front of you—which is the opposite of a punishment. The specialty rolls (especially the Snow Mountain Maki) also only add a $1 to your overall bill, so get ready to chow down.

    For a night out on the town:

    1. Boston Burger Company



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    Known for their #FreakFrappes and their gourmet burgers (reviewed by none other than Guy Fieri himself!), this is definitely the place for when you’re feeling a bit extra. You might not be able to finish everything by yourself, so bring a big group of people or your SO to split a milkshake with!

    2. Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar



    Monday’s done right. #TacoMonday 📸 @eastcoasttreats

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    A trendy AF Mexican restaurant, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar has two options—tapas or ordering your own meal. You won’t be disappointed with the copious amounts of chips and guac and the Crispy Zucchini Fritter Tacos. Also, they give you a free cotton candy tower at the end! Hit up Lolita for a night of luxury.

    3. Antico Forno

    Perfect for a date night or for when friends come to visit, Antico Forno is one of the reasons why Boston’s North End is known for its incredible Italian food. Make sure you’re hungry when you go—their mouth-watering pasta bowls, such as the Rigatoni Salsiccia, are never-ending.

    For your sweet tooth:

    1. Blackbird Doughnuts



    Classic Fall lineup. 📸@food.with.sass

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    Blackbird is often regarded as having some of the best doughnuts in the Boston area—and honestly, it’s true. Not only are their doughnuts great (ahem, the triple chocolate is to die for), but their iced coffee is refreshing as well. Their secret weapon? Their doughnut cakes. Your birthday will never be the same. 

    2. Modern Pastry



    Snow worries! ❄️ Plan accordingly and stock up on all your favorites!

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    Let’s put the historical rivalry between Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry to rest—Modern reigns supreme, but only by a little. Though you should try both, Mike’s Pastry is a tourist trap—Modern is a bit more authentic, and their cannolis are just a little creamier and crispier. Customize your cannoli with different fillings for an extra special dessert.

    3. Amorino Gelato

    Though it has solid gelato, Amorino is mostly known for providing the most Instagrammable ice cream you will ever eat. Get a Cono filled with a few different gelato combos (don’t limit yourself to one flavor!) and Amorino will make the prettiest gelato flower for you. Your feed just got a little trendier.

    For your late-night haunts:

    1. Amelia’ Taqueria

    Some of the best memories of any Boston college student are silently eating Amelia’s Taqueria burritos with their best friends after an eventful night out. Bostonians are loyal to Amelia’s Taqueria—and it’s open until 2 am, one of the latest establishments open in town. You have to get a burrito when you visit, and don’t cheap out on the chips and guac.

    2. Gourmet Dumpling House



    Boston rain and cold (in June) have you feeling blue? Dumplings are an ancient and proven cure!

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    Gourmet Dumpling House hits the exact spot when you’re exhausted after a day in downtown—their pork dumplings are the comfort food you’ve been waiting for. However, Boston is the city that sleeps, so Gourmet Dumpling House closes at 11:30. Plan your visit wisely.

    3. India Quality



    I always wanna try Indian food before. Thanks to my roomies I finally get to have some tonight! I know some people don’t really enjoy Indian food, but I think this is a great first experience for me. How do you feel about Indian food?👩🏻‍🍳👨🏻‍🍳 - 👌What I Have: Tofu Masala (my fav dish since I don’t really like meat), Chicken Jalfrezi (honestly we don’t even know whats that mean...but it’s good!), Shrimp Curry (a bit sweet, maybe not recommended), and Naan 🔹Name: India Quality Restaurant 📍Kenmore, Boston, MA ❣️Tips: you can choose the spicy level but I think mild/medium doesn’t taste spicy at all. The portion is kind of small. I would recommend coming in at lunch time if possible, since the price will be much better! - #foodiebrit_indian #indianfood #chickenjalfrezi #tofumasala #shrimpcurry #boston #instafood #foodie

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    Though India Quality has a location near Newbury Street, their food is best eaten take-out style with your best friends. You will definitely be feeling satisfied after a meal from here—try the Saag Tikki, Garlic Naan, Chicken Mughlai, and of course, the classic Chicken Tikka Masala.

    Your stomach is probably growling after reading this list. Here’s to hoping this list gives you some ideas for your next Sunday brunch or your next visit to Beantown!

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

    @weirdshame: I know I shouldn't, but I still just feel so awkward and ashamed about my period. It makes me feel gross. I'm supposed to be #empowered but like, I'm just not. Help?

    @Blume: Firstly, you should never feel bad about the way you feel about your body. It's so easy to see posts on social media about being #empowered, and loving our bodies and our periods, but in reality, social media is a highlight real and many pages and posts don't show the work that went into getting to a place where you feel proud of things like your period. We all have different relationships with our bodies and our periods, and getting to a point of feeling proud doesn't always happen overnight. 

    I have PCOS (cysts in my ovaries) and believe it or not, 1 in 5 women do too. Yet, when I first got diagnosed, I barely even talked about it with my mom, let alone my friends. It took me almost 2 years before I really started opening up and talking about my experience with my period and in doing that I felt more #empowered. 

    If you are feeling awkward or ashamed about your period, try to ask yourself why? Is it because of the way other people perceive periods? Or maybe there's some reading you can do to help better understand your period? I was always told to not talk about my period growing up, and it was something I handled in silence. But, as I grew older, and saw so many incredible womxn talk about their periods and why it makes them feel empowered, I started learning more about the magic that is our bodies and the beauty in periods. Try opening up the conversation of periods with people you're comfortable with to see how they feel. Alternatively, there's some great pieces online about periods, like Rupi Kaur's poetry. 

    The road to accepting and loving all aspects of ourselves is long and confusing and can be difficult, but it's important to remember that you shouldn't feel bad about not feeling a certain way because society says you should.  

    Check out more advice from @helpmehc. We've got your back. Plus, get more from today's guest columnist, Blume, a company that provides safe, sustainable period products for women and girls who believe in the power of their choices.

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    A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala has died of dehydration and shock after being taken into Border Patrol custody last week, The Washington Postreports.

    According to The Post, U.S. Customs and Border Protection records show the girl, identified as Jackeline Caal, and her father were taken into custody around 10 p.m. on Dec. 6, just south of Lordsburg, New Mexico. Around 6:25 a.m., Caal reportedly began having seizures. Emergency responders registered her body temperature at over 105 degrees, and a CBP statement said she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

    Caal went into cardiac arrest during a helicopter flight to an El Paso hospital. She was revived, but did not fully recover, and died at the hospital less than a day later.

    In a statement released on Friday, Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, slammed CBP for being “inhumane,” and called for a “rigorous investigation” into Caal’s death.

    “This tragedy represents the worst possible outcome when people, including children, are held in inhumane conditions,” she said. “Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths.”

    This past February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement decrying the fact that “Unaccompanied alien children and family units are flooding the border because of catch and release loopholes.”

    There are a couple things about this headline that don’t sit quite right.

    First, there’s the continued use of the term “alien” to describe people who enter the U.S. illegally. While not in this case, the term is often preceded by the word “illegal.”

    The Border Crossing Law Firm’s website sums up the issue with this phrase quite nicely, saying it “implies that a person’s existence is criminal.” Contrast this with the typical criminality of acts that people commit. Only the first implies inherent illegality, just by way of being alive.

    Another thing about the DHS statement that struck me as odd is the use of the phrase “catch and release,” usually heard in the context of fishing. This, along with the use of the intense verb “flooding,” is intended to dehumanize and criminalize these immigrants.

    Caal’s death comes a few months after 18-month-old Mariee Juárez contracted an illness while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, before dying a few weeks after being released. Less than a month ago, Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at immigrants attempting to cross the border.

    If something doesn’t change soon, more people will die for trying to have a better life for themselves and their families. If a child dying in CBP custody isn’t enough to convince people that something is wrong, then I’m at a loss.

    Like a HuffPost News article from last June said, “I don’t know how to explain to you that you should care about other people.”

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    2018 was one rollercoaster ride when it came navigating our fashion trends. We tried it all — we cropped our tops, we swapped out jeans for sweatpants, we basically agreed that the 90s' were back and wore the era like no tomorrow. But with 2018 coming to a close comes a new year full of style possibilities. So what does 2019 have in store for our closets? With a little help from Pinterest's trend predictions, we're looking into our style crystal ball to see what's hot for 2019.

    Here's what we predict to be the 5 trends to try this upcoming year, along with some inspiration for how to style them from members of Her Campus's InfluenceHer Collective.

    1. Snake prints

    Yup, snake prints are sure to slither into your style without you realizing. Snake prints may seem a bit out there right now, but Pinterest says that hits for "snake prints" are up by a whopping 642 percent. There's clearly a lot of interest in this scaly animal skin motif, but it's more muted appearance compared to other animal prints make it an easy design to sport in everyday fashion. Expect snake print pants, shirts and of course purses this 2019. 

    2. Wraps and robes 

    2018 was all about comfy athleisure, but comfortable fashion is going to look more refined with wrap dresses and robes. Robe-like silhouettes look chic and elegant, wrapping around your frame loosely but still outlining your curves beautifully. Wrap dresses, robe-like cardigans and velvety looks are sure to please this 2019. 

    3. Sustainable style 

    After Meghan Markle made a point to wear sustainable and eco-friendly designers, there was no excuse for us not to get inspired by her thoughtful outfits. "Sustainable fashion" is up 34 percent on Pinterest, while #sustainablefashion comes out with nearly 3 million hits on Instagram. The rapid popularity of sustainable fashion signals a growing support for green designers, which we could all use more of. We hope 2019 focuses on making clothes more sustainable and we can finally phase out of toxic fast fashion as a result. 

    4. Statement sneakers 

    Starting in 2019, we may not be able to get away with calling humongous Balenciaga sneaks'"ugly" anymore. But don't worry — this doesn't mean you have to splurge on some Balenciaga sneaks. Be prepared to break out your favorite pair of sneakers with a fun color scheme to tie your 2019 outfits together.

    5. Unexpected bags 

    Long gone are the days of sporting a simple crossbody purse. From fur to fishnet, there are no textures or fabrics off limits for your bags in 2019. Making your purse your statement piece will be the look of 2019, mark our words.

    So that's the forecast on what 2019 style has in store. Let's see just how 2019 fashion unfolds and whether or not we will adopt these trends, just see them on the street, or be determined to make them a thing of the past. 

    All looks brought to you by members from Her Campus's InfluenceHer Collective. Are you an aspiring fashion influencer or blogger? Apply to join Her Campus's community of millennial and Gen Z influencers today!

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    This article contains syndicated content from My Curly Adventure, Our Wandering Mind, and Hey Ciara, all members of Her Campus’s InfluenceHer Collective.

    Let’s be real: there’s nothing quite as enriching and inspiring as adventuring out of your comfort zone every now and then. Whether it’s traveling out of the country for the first time, starting your first day of college, or even beginning your first day at your dream job, pushing yourself to embark on any new journey is a must in your early 20s. If you’re as wanderlust as we are, then you probably can’t wait for your next opportunity to explore the world around you. So, book that flight, apply to that job, or pack your things and just go, because you’ve got a whole wide world waiting for you.

    But hold on before you begin packing up for that next adventure — we totally believe in the power of being prepped with the must-have travel essentials and think you should too. That’s why we are obsessed with High Sierra’s line of go-packs, complete with every backpack and luggage piece you’ll need for any excursion.

    Want to see how influencers rock their High Sierra go-packs? Here’s how they take on the world with their favorite bags:

    Ciara’s trip to Costa Rica

    “I’ve just arrived in Costa Rica and it feels surreal. Suddenly, I’m back to where it all began. This is where I started my solo adventure around the world. I hadn’t quit my job and I had no idea that it was possible to live the life that I do now. This time around, I’ve been invited to Costa Rica for a wellness treat. After passing the exact same hostel I stayed in just two years ago, I suddenly got emotional. That decision to travel out of the country led me here now. I feel a bit of nostalgia and a TON of gratitude for how much has changed since then.

    I’m exploring Costa Rica with my High Sierra Packed Cargo Duffel! Being soil & waterproof, it’s been perfect for my return trip to a country that has a special place in my heart. Additional features include:

    • Main compartment with easy-access zipper opening
    • Front panel zippered accessory pocket
    • Duffel packs into the side zippered storage pocket
    • Adjustable and removable shoulder strap with pad
    • Comfortable padded handle wrap

    Cannot wait to share more from this trip! #AdventureThisWay”

    Olivia’s move to Australia

    “A little over a year, I officially moved from the U.S. to Australia after going back and forth the past couple of years. One of the main reasons I wanted to move to Australia is to travel. Whether it’s day trips to the mountains or weekend getaways to Uluru, traveling is definitely something I love doing and hope to continue doing while I’m here living in Australia.

    When it comes to traveling, I’ve always been a backpack type of person. They’re just so practical for holding your items, but also extremely versatile — from being a carry-on bag, to essential when it comes to hiking and carrying your gear.

    I got to test out the Pathway 40L Pack with a hike through the Royal National Park in Bundeena, NSW. With the 40L that this bag offers and all the storage and compartments, I could easily store and organize everything for my hiking trip away. I was able to pack our lunches, 4 water bottles, utilizing the two water bottle holders on the side of the bag and two in the main compartment, a picnic blanket, my huge camera case, and still have plenty of room to spare. With all the items that I was able to keep in my bag, I definitely know that it’ll be my go-to backpack when it comes to weekend getaways or even week-long getaways with the amount of room that’s in this bag.”

    Jessica’s hike in Texas

    “One of my favorite things to do in the Hill Country is hiking Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg Texas. It’s a simple hike, but when you make it to the top you are rewarded with stunning views of the Hill Country. About 15 minutes outside of Fredericksburg is Enchanted Rock State Park. There are several different trails including Little Rock, Interpretive Loop, Turkey Peak, and many other trails. However, the most intense and popular trail is the Summit Trail, AKA hiking up the giant rock.

    I took my High Sierra Loop Backpack on my trip to be able to carry water, additional layers for when the sun started to set, and other items that we would need for the hike. The Loop Backpack was perfect with the padded shoulder and back plus the suspension to make the hike easier. I was able to fit everything inside of my bag with plenty of space to spare and still had the bottom compression straps in case I needed to carry anything else.”

    Trust us when we say you’ll be ready to take on your next adventure knowing you’re prepared with these influencer-adored travel packs from High Sierra. So, go ahead — get out there and explore!

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    Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. was evacuated Friday after receiving a bomb threat exactly six years after it was the target of one of the most horrific mass shootings in American history, leaving 20 young kids and 6 educators dead.

    NBC News reports that authorities were made aware of the bomb threat at 9 A.M after the Newtown Police Department received a phone call saying that there was a bomb at the school.

    Thankfully, after evacuating and searching the school, authorities found no bomb. However, students and staff were sent home for the day.

    According to The Cut, since the shooting, it’s been an excruciating six years for the Newtown community — and the victim’s families in particular. In addition to dealing with trauma and, for some, grieving the loss of their child, families have dealt with accusations from conspiracy theorists who promote the ridiculous belief that the shooting was a hoax.

    To make matters even scarier, the bomb threat at Sandy Hook was just one of many throughout the country this week.

    In an article on these multiple bomb threat, Dave Altimari of The Hartford Courant writes that at least 10 communities in Connecticut also faced threats. Other institutions facing threats include Columbine High School, which, like Sandy Hook, was the site of a tragic mass shooting in 1999. The school and several others in the area were placed on lockdown.

    The statement from the FBI on the recent threats reads “we aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”

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    It’s no secret that the road to college can be complicated and overwhelming for any high school student. From saving up to understanding the application process, there’s definitely a lot to take in. Thankfully, College Board has your back when it comes to getting to college.

    Starting this December for the class of 2020, College Board is here to help you through it all with their College Board Opportunity Scholarships. This new scholarship program has no minimum GPA, no essay, and no family income requirement— scholarships are rewarded based off all of your hard work and effort towards getting into college!

    So, how does this scholarship program actually work? Well, the more effort you put in, the more chances you get to earn money for college. The program outlines six key steps that students should take on their journey to college. Some steps are as simple as practicing for the SAT or completing the FAFSA for financial aid. The College Board wants to reward high school students who are really putting the work in towards getting to that college goal. Starting with the class of 2020, 4,000 scholarships will be awarded every year, ranging from $500 to $40,000.

    Sign up to start earning scholarship opportunities at Plus, you’ll be in the know about all the other awesome opportunities College Board has to offer for all high school students!

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    As the popularity of dating apps has risen, more dating platforms dedicated to niche groups have appeared. While these options can be nice for people who know what they want, at a certain point being too “niche” can start to feel like a cover for exclusivity and, in some cases, body shaming. This is the problem many are pointing out with the app Slindir, which launched in 2016.

    Slindir markets itself as a dating app focused on "health." An introductory blog post in its website stated that its intended purpose was to “bring together those who can say ‘Active is my DNA, feeling good is my purpose’, because we understand why it’s such a pivotal part of our everyday lives.”

    However, in an essay for Allure, Wellness Editor Rosemary Donahue contends that the version of “health” that Slindir promotes is exclusionary. As Donahue points out, with a name so dangerously close to the word "slender," it’s no surprise that the app has a limited view of health — seemingly focusing only on those who are white, able-bodied, and thin.

    For Donahue the app’s lack of self-awareness hit close to home. After receiving a pitch from the app, asking her to consider featuring it in a magazine, Donahue writes that “If the person sending the email had done even a small amount of research on the recipient of the pitch, they'd have known that I, in fact, have an eating disorder, along with 30 million others, just in the U.S.. To create an app that is potentially triggering to so many folks is exclusionary and dangerous.

    As a company, Slindir does acknowledge its own exclusivity. In the same blog posts where the company outlines its mission also states “So no, Slindir is not for everyone, and that’s ok.”

    For folks who are about bodies of all shapes, sizes and disabilities finding love and connecting (and never being shamed or made to feel less than), maybe it isn't. 

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    A viral photo from the Instagram account @lulurecruitment, promising free clothing to selected “ambassadors” who repost the photo on their own accounts, has been proven fake, BuzzFeed News reports.

    On Thursday, a company spokesperson told the outlet that “Lululemon is not associated with this account and we are working with Instagram to have it removed.”

    In addition to reposting the photo and following the recruitment account, the requirements specified that ambassadors had to have at least 150 followers to be considered. This figure definitely seems a bit low for a brand that already has 2.7 million followers.

    As of Friday morning, the @lulurecruitment account appears to have been removed from Instagram. Before this, however, BuzzFeed News reports that it amassed a whopping 211,000 followers.

    The scam is similar to one run this past summer by @nike.recruitss, a fake Instagram account that claimed to be associated with Nike. Just like the Lululemon scam, the Nike one asked participants to follow the recruitment account and repost the photo. The latter also had an oddly low follower requirement—250 was the minimum, to represent a brand with 83 million followers of its own.

    Like with the Nike scam, many people who participated in the Lululemon “promotion” were excited about the possibility of becoming an ambassador.

    “I would absolutely love to be an ambassador! Pick me!!” one woman said, according to BuzzFeed News. Another woman asked “How amazing would this opportunity be?!?!”

    Other people low-key wondered how anyone could fall for it:

    While the source of the viral photo is gone, a quick Instagram search for “lulurecruitment” brings up at least 20 other variants. Many of these have several thousand followers, and have posted the same recruitment photo on their accounts.

    While I certainly don’t think it’s necessary to bash people who participate in things like this, I do hope people will do their research in the future. Some smaller brands do use Instagram to recruit ambassadors, but I’d say your guard should probably be up whenever a big name appears on your feed, promising free clothing just for reposting a photo. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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    Content warning: This article discusses suicidal thoughts.

    Pete Davidson deleted his Instagram Saturday afternoon after posting two notes— one of which stated he doesn't "want to be on this earth anymore."

    "im doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so," Pete wrote. 

    According to Jon Cryer, who was trying to get in touch with Pete to check on him, he "is at SNL and accounted for."

    Machine Gun Kelly also tweeted that he's on his way to see Pete.

    The alarming note came after Pete weighed in on Kanye West's and Ariana Grande's recent back-and-forth on Twitter. Their interaction began on Thursday night, when Ariana jokingly tweeted that people should ignore the "grown men arguing" online — referring to Kanye's tweetstorm about his feud with Drake — while her and Miley Cyrus had new music about to drop. 

    Kanye tweeted a response on Saturday morning: "I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me."

    He added, "All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health so @ArianaGrande you know I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song."

    Ariana, in a now-deleted tweet, apologized and clarified her initial tweet. "With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. Period. I was making a comment [about] what men were doing at the time vs. women," she wrote. "It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive. I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope you feel well today."

    Afterwards, Pete jumped in with a note on Instagram. "Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health. I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this," he wrote. "We need people like Kanye. No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted."

    Pete's been open about his own struggles with his mental health — specifically borderline personality disorder and depression. 

    Many took to Twitter after Pete's mention of suicide to send him support, including Nicki Minaj and Kid Cudi. 

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    Offset spent part of his birthday on Friday recording an emotional video pleading that Cardi B take him back.

    The rapper shared the lengthy video to Instagram. "We’re going through a lot of things right now, a lot of things in the media. I want to apologize to you, Cardi. I embarrassed you. I made you go crazy," Offset said. "I was partaking in activity that I shouldn’t have been partaking in, and I apologize. You know what I’m saying? For breaking your heart, for breaking our promise, for breaking God’s promise and being a selfish, messed up husband."

    Cardi announced the two were splitting up earlier this month after Offset allegedly cheated on her with Summer Bunni.

    Offset added that he's "trying to be a better person," and references his and Cardi's 5-month-old baby: "I want to get this off my shoulders. I want to get this off my back. I apologize to you, Cardi. I love you. Kulture, I want to spend Christmas with you."



    F O R G I V E M E @iamcardib A L L I W A N T F O R M Y B D A Y

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    He continued, saying he wants to be able to spend the rest of his life with Cardi. Offset continued to deny cheating, though. "I apologize. I am sorry for what I have done to you. I didn’t f—k that girl, but I was entertaining it, you know what I’m saying?" he said. "I apologize, and I love you, and I hope you forgive me. My birthday wish is just to have you back."

    Summer has also denied the cheating allegations — or the recent ones, at least. She told TMZ that she hasn't "messed with Offset since he's had a baby. "I didn’t know how serious this marriage was. A lot of girls would just deal with this situation and just be like, ‘Yo, I’m the reason they’re getting a divorce.'"

    Cardi and Offset got married in September 2017, and Kulture was born in July of this year.

    Summer added that she "never wanted to break up a happy home." 

    Cardi has yet to respond to Offset's video.