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Microsoft CEO Apologizes for Advising Women Not to Ask for Raises


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night after receiving heavy criticism for suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises at a celebration for women in computing. When asked what advice he had for women who feel uncomfortable asking for a raise, he said women who don't ask for raises have a "superpower" and gain good karma by trusting the system to eventually give them the right raises in the long run. 

"It's not really about asking for the raise," Nadella told the audience of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, "but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don't ask for raises have. Because that's good karma, that'll come back." 

Many audience members and online watchers took to Twitter to complain about Nadella's sexist-sounding comments:

California Now Requires Students on Campus to Mutually Consent Before Sex


California is now the first state to require college students on campus to receive active consent before they can engage in any sexual activity. Governor Jerry Brown announced Sunday night that he signed the affirmative consent bill that defines when "yes means yes" and adopts requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. 

Rather than using definitions of nonconsent such as “no means no,” the bill chooses to define active consent, which is described as “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” by each party to engage in sexual activity. The law applies to all colleges and universitites accepting state financial aid. 

The passing of the bill comes in light of increasing pressure from students and universitites nationwide who want better ways of handling sexual assault allegations. 

Clemson University Suspends All Frat Activity After Student Death


Clemson University in South Carolina suspended all fraternity activities this past Tuesday after a Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge died during a fraternity run. The school cited the alarming number of other fraternity offenses in the past month as other reasons for the suspension. 

Sophomore student Tucker Hipps, 19, was found dead in a nearby lake under a bridge just a day before the suspension. His head injuries suggest that he probably fell more than 20 feet from the bridge and hit rocks in the shallow lake, according to police reports. Hipps apparently went for a jog with the fraternity around 5:30 a.m., and frat members said reported Hipps missing around 1:45 p.m. when they realized he didn't return with them. The eerie 911 call can be heard here.

Currently, the police don't believe that Hipps' death was related to hazing and said they would have nothing more to say about the case. However, the school paper The Tiger News said there were allegedly "reports on social media" that hazing played a part in his death. The national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon is investigating Clemson's chapter for these hazing allegations. 

Vive Smart Bracelet Alerts Friends When You're Too Drunk


University of Washington students won "Best Product Concept" at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit - Design Expo 2014 for their non-working prototype called Vive, a smart bracelet that notifies friends when you've had too much to drink.

The prototype bracelet contains integrated sensors that detect your personal alcohol levels and dehydration. It connects to a Smartphone app via Bluetooth, and when users tap their bracelets together, they get friend requests. As a security feature, users can only see each other on the app when both parties approve their friend requests.

When the bracelet detects you're drinking, it periodically vibrates, like a friend checking in with you to make sure you're okay. If users squeeze the bracelet, Vive assumes you're still in control. Check-ins become more frequent when Vive senses your blood alcohol levels rising. 

If you don't squeeze the bracelet, however, Vive will send an alert to your friends' phones so they can find you and make sure you're safe. 

The designers say that Vive was born out of a conversation with the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists (SARVA) at the University of Washington, in which they learned that alcohol is the weapon of choice for people looking to commit rape or sexual assault. In fact, at least half of sexual assaults involve alcohol.

4 Ways Disorganization Affects Your Grades & How To Fix It


It’s the middle of the school year, and let’s just say things are starting to get a little messy... literally. Slowly, the crisp clean notebooks, binders, and folders you started out with are turning into untidy heaps as you stuff them with all sorts of miscellaneous papers. History worksheets are now somehow haphazardly tucked into your math notebook, while your old math tests are feeling a little out of place in an English folder. Oh, and the planner that you wrote every single little “to-do” in at the beginning of the year? Long gone and forgotten, sadly—probably crying in the dusty corners of your cluttered locker.

But disorganization isn’t your biggest problem—your grades are at stake here! Those homework assignments you decided just not to submit because you just couldn’t find are totally taking hits at your grade. Let’s not even mention that research paper you completely forgot about and how many points your teacher said would be taken off for every week late. Worst of all, it just keeps adding up!

It’s time to break free from the cycle of chaos that disorganization creates and get back on track with your grades to end the year with a nice GPA.  Her Campus has the four ways you’re letting disorganization affect your grades as well as what you can do to stop them:

Messy Habit #1: You’re constantly losing things you need!

Cue Britney Spears’s most famous single: “Oops, I did lost it again!” Just kidding. But you probably do feel like you want to scream and shout (and let it all out) every time you can’t find a darn pencil or when you lose that handout you just got.

The Solution:

10 Summer Programs That Boost Your Resume For College


Although you may not have started college applications just yet, most of you are probably thinking about them. Maybe you’ve already cracked open a SAT/ACT book or two or maybe you’ve even already started the scary season of standardized testing for college! You’re pretty sure you’re maintaining or at least working towards a GPA you’re happy with and you’ve been involved with extracurricular activities and leadership positions at school, whether it’s playing for the marching band or serving as editor of the newspaper. So all that’s left is to do is wait for this school year’s end and enjoy another summer of sleep, TV shows, and more sleep before starting the next year, right? Wrong!

If you want to stand out in an increasingly competitive sea of college applications, you want your resume to boast more than a perfect GPA, sweet test scores, and extracurricular involvement. Summer is the perfect time to do just that! You have three to four months without school to worry about, so why not get involved in a program that will probably only take up part of that time? There are so many different kinds of programs that there’s sure to be something that fits your interests. Participating in a summer program can be an opportunity to prove to colleges that you’re a productive go-getter about things you’re passionate about—the cherry on top of that nice resume you’ve already been building! Plus, you’ll get to meet new people, focus on things that interest you, and have a lot more fun than sitting on your butt at home! Here are HC’s picks of 10 summer programs to boost your resume for college:

1. Summer@Brown – Providence, RI

HC Writers’ Favorite Items In Their Wardrobes



Take a step into HCers’ closets and take a peek at a few of our staff writers’ favorite items in their wardrobes!


Spiked Necklace

Owner: Kelsey Mulvey, HC’s How She Got There Editor and junior at Boston University

“I'm seriously obsessed with this spiked necklace. I got it at this small boutique and it's been love ever since—the perfect blend between edgy and quirky! I love to take fashion risks of all sorts, but I tend to buy things with a lot of spikes. Unlike my lovely pair of Jeffrey Campbell spiked loafers (because those are obviously a necessity), I think this necklace represents my style and personality the best: funky but not too in-your-face.”

Poncho Cardigan Sweater

Owner: Ashley Young, Campus Correspondent and junior at West Virginia Wesleyan College

“This sweater is my favorite new item because it's simple, yet classic. I can throw it on and have that chic ‘it looks like I tried’ look, even though I threw the outfit together in minutes. To top it all, the neutral color pairs with anything!”

Little Black Dress

Owner: Hannah Orenstein, HC’s High School Editor and sophomore at New York University

Enter HBD Network's 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards!


Calling all our creative collegiettes!

Do you dream of becoming a designer in the fashion industry? Do you sketch your own designs in your spare time or even sew/hand-make them yourself? Would you love to have a handbag designed by you potentially recognized, manufactured, and sold by a well-name brand? If so, then enter HBD Network's 2013 Seventh Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards!


This design contest is the ultimate opportunity to make a name for yourself and get your foot in the door of fashion! 2000+ contestants are expected to submit their own handbag designs to various categories in hopes of winning the amazing prizes HBD Network is offering... such as Bloomingdale's carrying your designed handbag! Yes, Bloomingdale's, as in the upscale department store, Bloogmingdale's. Have I caught your attention yet?

IDHA Founder, Emily Blumenthal said, "One of the most thrilling parts of the Awards is that we have become the true talent source for discovering and launching new handbag designers and brands. The IDHA is a launch pad for bringing new and relatively unknown designers to the forefront, with brand-changing opportunities including a feature in the September issue of InStyle magazine."

There are six categories that you can enter including one specifically for students like you! They are: 

Best Handbag in Overall Style & Design: 

8 Fashionable Ways to Keep Warm This Winter


Though the weather outside may be frightful, what you wear shouldn’t have to be! As tempted as you may be to wake up and grab that old hoodie you’ve been wearing since high school and throw on that mismatching frumpy coat, don’t do it! And for those of you running as fast as you can from class to class to avoid the cold because you’re clinging onto those thinner outfits from fall and summer, it’s time to end those mad dashes! Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to drop your sense of style or the comfort of warmth. Her Campus has eight creative ways to keep you looking hot even in the cold.

Extra! Extra! Ear All About It: Earwarmer Headbands

Long gone are the days of puffy earmuffs. Earwarmer headbands are what are trending this season! They wrap around your head rather than over, reminiscent of those hippie headbands from summer. And yet, they usually come knitted and thick enough to cover the ears and keep them warm, making them a practical and stylish choice for winter. Here are a few of our favorites:

Etsy, $38

The Big Bow: Bows have been making a big comeback, so this earwarmer headband is a particularly popular one this season. Its size makes a bold statement and allows your ears to stay fully covered.

Etsy, $15

How She Got There: Julia Schwarz, Windows Phone and Windows 8 Developer


Name: Julia Schwarz
Job Title and Description: Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University studying Human Computer Interaction and Windows 8/Windows Phone developer for Electric Squash Studios
College/Major: College of Washington (Undergraduate); Currently studying Human Computer Interaction as a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University
Websites:  and
Twitter Handle: @julenka

Meet Julia Schwarz, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University studying Human Computer Interaction and a Windows 8/Windows Phone developer. As a female in the male-dominated world of engineering and technology, she’s proving that gender shouldn’t be a limitation to success or the kind of endeavors you take on. Together with her boyfriend, she has already developed and published two Windows 8 apps and six Windows phone apps under the name Electric Squash Studios. Having a knack for versatility, Julia has created game apps, trivia apps, a deal-finder app, and even an app that helps you take pictures of yourself without a front-facing camera using face detection in the rear camera and audio guidance. Users can now take those “selfies” with 8x higher resolution than if they used their front-facing cameras!