Have you ever found yourself blowing off studying because it’s an ABC Family Harry Potter weekend and you haven’t seen the second half of the fifth movie in like forever? What if you could combine your love of the boy who lived and your desire to graduate before you hit thirty? For students at California State San Marcus, that dream shared only through Tumblr in the middle of the night can come true. The college is now offering a Potter themed study abroad trip to the land of Rowling. Read more on College Candy…
It’s already been two years since Hurricane Sandy, and the nightmare it caused for New York City and its neighbors is far from forgotten. When Beauty Bar founder Jennifer Walsh lead a six-month volunteer movement in the hard-hit Rockaways, she saw the storm’s massive devastation firsthand. Walsh was inspired to give back, so she launched a charity-driven line of bath and body products that supports local communities. Pride & Glory offers a series of collegiate bath and body products (made in the USA!) for college students and university sports teams’ biggest fans. Each school featured on the products chooses a favorite charity, and two percent of the profits from each item sold is donated to that charity. The company also aims to give back by reminding college students how important small acts of kindness can be, and Walsh is currently on a college tour educating young people about exactly that. What makes me so gushy about this line is that it start with just one person’s voice. I can’t speak for Walsh, but I tend to feel very small in the face of devastation, and I love that she channeled that feeling into creating something bigger than her. We can all take a major cue from that. Maybe beauty can change lives!
When I first went into college, I was adamant about not “going greek.” I will not buy my friends and I will not subject myself to the ridicule of being hazed, I thought. I knew some of my girlfriends would decide to join sororities and some would not, but regardless of who came and went, I knew that my true friends would remain close to me. After a year in college, a few of my hallmates convinced me to attend a rush event, where I’d have the opportunity to visit their sorority and get to know the members: it was nothing more than an informational gathering with food and “mocktails” (drinking was prohibited), so I decided to humor them and go. I left there that night feeling like there was a whole new world outside the confines of my dorm room; one that not only broadened my horizons socially and allowed me to meet a ton of fascinating women of different ages and from different backgrounds, but one that would also give my daily routine some structure. Members were required to obtain a specific GPA, remain involved in a certain amount of extra curricular clubs and activities, and uphold the values of the organization— these requirements would be monitored closely or else you would lose your membership. Before I knew it, I was recruited and decided to go for it. Keep reading »
Caitlyn Kovacs, a 19-year-old sophomore at Rutgers University, died early Sunday after passing out at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. According to the New York Daily News, Kovacs’ friends noticed she “appeared to be in distress” early that morning. She died at a nearby hospital less than half an hour later. Kovacs was majoring in animal sciences and was described by her friends as upbeat and involved, with a good head on her shoulders. The story of her death remains pretty sketchy, and authorities are investigating but if any further details have been discovered, they haven’t been made public.
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Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz made headlines earlier this month by carrying her twin-size mattress with her everywhere, in order to draw attention to the fact that the student who raped her has not been expelled. Keep reading »