Miss America Kira Kazantsev Was Expelled From Her Sorority For Hazing

  • Newly-crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of her sorority in April 2013 for hazing pledges, an investigation by Jezebel has revealed. Kazantsev headed recruitment for Alpha Phi’s Hofstra University chapter when she and her best friend both got the boot for making the pledges’ lives “a living hell,” according to sources. The recruits were reportedly called names, made fun of for physical imperfections, and sustained bruises and exhaustion for the physical tasks they were made to do. Hofstra reps say they spent several months investigating the two women’s behavior before banning them from future sorority activities. In a statement, the Miss America organization said Kazantsev was upfront with them about her expulsion and urged the public to focus instead on her achievements. But the truth is out whether she likes it or not. Maybe she can use this as a platform to encourage young adults in Greek life not to engage in hazing.[Jezebel] Keep reading »

Hilary Duff Would Totally Be Into A “Lizzie McGuire” Reunion

“I love it! I would be totally open to it. My schedule is a little busy right now. But um … why not? I mean, so many people loved her. I loved her. Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me. I got covered in goo every week, and I got, like, smashed in the face with a locker every single week. And all this, I mean it was a really, really fun show. And obviously people really loved her. Maybe a “Lizzie: Where Are You Now?” like 10 years later.”

In the midst of promoting her lovely new album, Hilary Duff told the Huffington Post that she would be down for a “Lizzie” reunion, which makes me the happiest camper on the internet because I’m pretty sure the world would greatly benefit from seeing Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda and even Kate on the same screen again. What would Lizzie’s life be like in 2014? Would she be super famous from her accidental moment of Italian pop stardom? Would she be a normal American chick fumbling through her twenties while still clinging to the bubble shirts and bell bottoms of her middle school glory days? Do she and Gordo have a love child? Is Ethan a hair model? So many questions. A reunion full of answers would be what dreams are made of! See what I did there? Clever jokes, you guys. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]

It’s Time To Cry: After Bride’s Death, Bridesmaids Wear Their Gowns To A Mud Race In Her Honor

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Shannon Hall, a 24-year-old from central Wisconsin, was set to marry on October 4 when she tragically lost her life two weeks ago in a car accident. She’s survived by five brothers and four sisters, and all of her sisters were to be bridesmaids in her wedding. Before her passing, they’d signed up for the Udder Mudder charity mud race, and Shannon had urged the ladies to do the race in formal dresses. Since they’ll no longer be wearing their bridesmaids dresses next month, the women decided they’d be the perfect attire for the race. On Saturday, 27 people who knew and loved Shannon teamed up to make it through the obstacle course. Shannon’s fiance, Justin Cyzan, was in the accident with Shannon and is still recovering from his injuries, but he was able to photograph the event. For a few hours, the grieving family had a reason to smile and laugh again — and to make Shannon proud. [ABC]

Hackers Threaten To Release Nude Photos Of Emma Watson After Her Feminist Speech At The UN

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  • Emma Watson may be the latest celebrity to have nude photos leaked on the Internet — in her case as retribution for a kickass speech she gave at the United Nations about feminism. 4chan, the hackers behind the nude photo leaks of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebs, claim they have naked photos of Watson they will leak. Whether such photos actually exist is debatable, but it’s extremely scary Watson is being targeted as a “whore” simply for speaking out publicly as a feminist. Either way … stay classy, 4chan! [Death & Taxes]
  • Congress is all, like, “It’s cool, we don’t need to fund the testing of backlogged rape kits. It’s not like that’s important.” [Mother Jones]
  • The New York Times Magazine had a piece this weekend on Jennifer Whalen, the Pennsylvania mother who has been sentenced to prison time for helping her 16-year-old daughter have an abortion. [NYT Magazine]
  • Several students at a school in the UK were sent home after the administration decided their uniform pants were too tight around the “calf and bottom areas.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Clemson’s Title IX Training Program Suspended Over Privacy Concerns

Stories like this drive me crazy: Clemson University was forced to pull a well-intended Title IX training program for their students because it included a survey about student sexual behavior that was ostensibly anonymous but required the students to be logged in with their student IDs.

A few thoughts: First, could they sacrifice design and just make a Google form? It’s easier to make that anonymous and you can still hand the data over to a third-party company to analyze. Second, could they make the survey optional? Third, did they bother to explain why they were asking the students about their sexual histories before the survey began? Keep reading »

Cocktail Hour: Say Goodbye To Summer With A Stripey Shandy

Cocktail Hour: Say Goodbye To Summer With A Stripey Shandy

Today is the last day of summer. I know. Where did it go?! I plan on bidding my favorite season goodbye from the roof of my building this evening, watching yet another gorgeous sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Join me — well, in spirit, from your own sunset-watching location — by stirring up a yummy Stripey Shandy. Get the recipe after the jump! Keep reading »

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