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16 Funny Halloween Costumes for 2014


If you’re one of the many, many collegiettes who view Halloween as an excuse to dress in ridiculous clothing and get a good laugh out of your friends, you’ve come to the right place! If you can be anything for one day, why not be something hilariously original? Here are 16 ideas to get you started in crafting an entertaining costume!

1. Be Trashy

Make a dress out of a trash bag—all you need is scissors—and when people ask what you are for Halloween just answer, “I’m trashy.”

2. Be Easy

Yet another low-maintenance costume, simply print out a picture of a Staples Easy Button and tape it to your chest.

3. Gold Digger

Stack on all the gold jewelry you own (necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings) and don an all-gold metallic outfit. Complete your look by carrying a lightweight shovel with you for the night or wearing a gold hard hat. 

4. Freudian Slip

17 Sexy Halloween Costumes for 2014


If you love to show a little skin on Halloween, here’s your go-to list of ideas for keeping your seductive edge this year. Whether you choose a tried-and-true, stereotypical costume with a new twist or a costume that's classy with a hint of allure, get ready to turn heads this fall!

1. SWAT Team

Dressing up as a police officer is pretty overdone, so take it to the next level and be a badass SWAT team member. Wear all black, add some high boots and criss-cross black belts around your hips. Get a cute white T-shirt (perhaps under a black jacket or vest) and draw “SWAT” across the chest. Add a Nerf or Airsoft gun, and you’re ready for action!

2. Rebel Angel

You don’t have to choose between wings or horns! Be the best of both by dressing as an angel who joined the “dark side,” so to speak. You can decide how much angel and how much devil to add to this costume. Dress in a classic white dress but add a studded belt and heavy makeup, or wear a slinky red or black dress with some wings and a halo!

3. 1920s Flapper

How to Shave 'Down There'


Shaving down there can be a great option—it’s cheap, painless, private, and no appointment required.  But if done correctly, shaving can result in all kinds of nasty razor burn, ingrown hairs, bumps, and irritated skin. Here are HC’s essential steps for a quality shave:

1. It’s best to invest in a razor with changeable blades, rather than using the cheap disposable razors that come in packs of five to ten.  You might even consider buying a man’s razor, which have the same moisturizing/soothing strips built in but are constructed for coarser hair.  Make sure it has moisturizing strips and "micro-fins" or cushions.  We recommend the Schick Quattro For Women.

2. Before you even get in the shower, if the hair you’re planning to shave is longer than a ¼-inch, trim it down with small manicuring scissors (we suggest a smaller pair of scissors because it will be easier to maneuver—you do NOT want to accidentally nick yourself). 

3. When you get into your warm bath or shower, don’t shave right away.  The warm water will soften the remaining hair in 5-10 minutes and make it easier to shave (if you’re not shaving in the shower, covering the area for a few minutes with a warm, damp washcloth will have the same effect).  If you want to soften the hair even further, try a dollop of hair conditioner.

4. To reduce the possibility of getting ingrown hairs, exfoliate the area.  You can simply scrub the skin gently with a washcloth or loofah.

12 Over-the-Top Holiday Decorated Houses


Merry Christmas, collegiettes!  Add some extra cheer to your holiday by taking a look at these ridiculously over-the-top, eye-popping decorations on these houses!  

16 Movies to Watch Over Thanksgiving Break


As the holiday season approaches, let's hold off on the Christmas movies for a couple more weeks.  In the meantime, get ready for Turkey Day with one of these classic Thanksgiving films!

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin and John Candy star in this John Hughes comedy about a high-strung advertising executive struggling to travel home to Chicago for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious but well-meaning shower ring salesman as his only companion. 

2. Home for the Holidays (1995)

After losing her job (and making out with her soon to be ex-boss) and learning that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending Thanksgiving with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.

3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

The 30 Scariest Movies of All Time


Grab a blanket and a buddy (or five!), because you're going to need both to make it through these films!

All of the following movies are proceeded by their dark reputations: they are the goriest, freakiest, and most terrifying horror flicks we could find. They're sure to put you in the mood for Halloween!  Watch at your own risk, and be ready for nightmares, because the content of these films tends to linger...

30. Ju-on (2000)
The original Japanese version of The Grudge, Ju-on is the six-part chronicle of the tenants of a cursed house where a man killed his wife and son in a jealous rage.

29. The Crazies (2010)
A remake of a 1973 film, The Crazies is a classic Midwestern horror flick in which a small town in Iowa becomes infected with the “Trixie” virus. It’s basically a zombie movie, because everyone in the town gets turned into coldhearted killers, but the stakes get even higher when the cause of the virus is discovered.

Hair Loss In College Women: What Causes It & How To Stop It


Just your normal morning routine: drag your half-conscious butt out of bed, shower, get dressed, start brushing your hair… What the crap?!? Did all that come from me!?!?

If you’ve ever glanced down at your hairbrush and found a sizable clump of freshly-pulled hair, or looked at your hair and realized it appeared way thinner than it used to be, you know how frightening it can be. For many women, our hair is closely tied to our self-image. We style it to express our personality and style; bad hair days can leave us feeling crappy and dirty hair is one of the first things that makes us crave a shower. With all that in mind, imagine how frightening it would be to have to deal with your hair thinning and falling out on a daily basis!

Hair loss is actually a growing phenomenon in young women. Contrary to popular belief, men aren’t the only ones who endure some type of thinning or hair loss. According to, hair loss actually affects around 40-50% of women! According to a recent article in Marie Claire, the average age of women experiencing hair loss is 30. If you heard it was something you only had to worry about post-menopause, you’re wrong! The only thing women are spared from is the receding hairline characteristic of many balding men—women usually see a general all-over thinning, with perhaps a slight concentration of hair loss at the center part.

Whether you know someone who’s dealing with this, or it’s your own hair that’s starting to thin or fall out, here we cover some of the most likely culprits. You should definitely talk to your doctor if this is happening, but—good news—chances are it’s something that’s easily treatable.

What’s Normal Hair Loss?

21st Century Love Lessons from Jane Austen Novels


What is it about Jane Austen? How is it that even in today’s world—where women are incredibly independent, juggling careers, finances, and love lives—we still return to these 19th-century novels time and time again? Perhaps we love the sensory smorgasbord of formal balls and teas, billet-doux and ribbons, surreal mansions and cute countryside homes; the spice of amour and scandal; and, underlying it all, fundamental and timeless lessons about the bonds that hold people together, be they family, friends, lovers or spouses.

Even if you’ve never read any of Jane Austen’s novels, here are some of the core lessons that she imparts to her 21st-century readers:

Lesson #1: First impressions can (and tend to) be wrong! Make sure you take the time to really get to know someone before you judge him or her.

Pride & Prejudice may be the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels. It centers on the romance between the standoffish Mr. Darcy and the equally proud Elizabeth Bennet. At the beginning of the story, she feels certain that Mr. Darcy is the last man she could ever fall for. He is unbelievably rude and seems like the worst company a girl could ask for! Later on, however, Elizabeth realizes that he is, in fact, a very responsible, caring man who would do anything for her! The man she thought she despised is actually the man she loves.

Ever judged a guy without giving him the benefit of the doubt, only to find later that your first impression was wrong? This can go both ways—the surly guy you meet at a party can turn out to be a softie once you get him in a different element, but the cute barista who’s been flirting with you can be unbelievably self-absorbed upon closer inspection.

Lesson #2: Find the balance between head and heart.

I'll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Collegiette Overachiever Complex


What do you have to do today?

Does your stomach twist into knots in response to this question? Are you feeling overwhelmed by a long list of claims on your time? Do you ever feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin, even though you’re a willing participant in everything that’s eating up your time? If the answer is yes to any of these, it sounds like you could be struggling with the so-called “overachiever complex” afflicting collegiettes nationwide.

Why Do We Need to Do It All?

It’s amazing how many collegiettes today freely admit to being overachievers. As University of Michigan graduate Erica Avesian asserts, “I would definitely describe myself as an overachiever. I'm always on the go and I put 110% effort into every single thing I do. Joining one club is not good enough for me; I have to join 4 or 5 clubs and take on a leadership role in each one. I strive for perfection and don't quit until I've done something just right. During the school year, I have classes, extracurriculars, internships, a part-time job, etc. I do it all and then some.”

Young women today are faced with an unprecedented amount of stress, due to the fact that we’re conditioned to try to “have it all”—the enviable job, the perfect body, the dream house, and someday a beautiful family of our own. These overwhelming expectations trickle down into our everyday college lives. Our youth and sense of invincibility give us an added boost of confidence as we chase after every opportunity. While it’s fantastic that the current generation of collegiettes believes we can do anything, over-ambitious individuals can easily fall into the habit of piling on more and more commitments at the expense of our health and well-being.

14 Economics Major Campus Cuties


Meet Ben Forster, this week’s campus cutie!  Ben is a New Englander who spends his time at BC doing a ton of extra-curriculars, including intramural sports.  You can find him relaxing outside Bapst (just don’t all mob him at once, ladies), and perhaps even doing a dead-on imitation of the Gingerbread Man from Shrek.  Oh, and he loves Emmanuelle Chiriquí from Entourage (Googled her— she’s hot). 

The Basics

Name: Ben Forster
Hometown: Suffield, Connecticut
School/Year: A&S, 2013
Major: Economics

BC Life

Activities/Clubs: Boston College Republican Club, Appa, and some absurd number of intramural teams
Best Class: Israelis & Palestinians
Worst Class: Labor Economics, which is as much work as it sounds.
Bapst or O’Neill: Ya know, I used to be strictly O'Neill and thought Bapst was a silent prison, but it's growing on me.  It's about a 50/50 split now.
One thing most excited about for senior year: The possibility of getting a mod.

Favorite Place to Eat: If it didn't have those unbelievably long lines, it's Hillside by a mile.  Or the Matt Saffi football tailgate on Shea.
Favorite BC Sport: Toss-up between football and hockey.
Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus: Bapst Lawn.  Great place to just hang out or play a little soccer.

Advice to Freshmen: Stepping outside of your comfort zone and signing up for things like Appa, Kairos, and 48 Hours give you a new group of friends and some of the best week(ends) of your life.