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Emma Graham

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A Collegiette's Guide to the Election

11/11/2012

“Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.” – President Barack Obama, Victory Speech, November 6, 2012

An election that had us all on the edges of our seats has finally come to a close. We watched closely the as the Electoral College votes rose well above 270 but no one was too quick to claim President Obama’s victory, including Governor Romney himself. We questioned if we would really know who will lead our nation into the future by election night, but thank goodness we did. No longer will my Grey’s Anatomy marathon be interrupted by political ads, and thankfully we can all look forward to a better future as Americans (we hope).

Election 2012: Why Our Vote Counts

10/1/2012

"Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. " – Thomas Jefferson

 It is common to be apathetic, to disagree or even be disgusted by our elected officials. This anger and distrust of our system comes from the perceived dissolution of the consent of the governed. Our rules have not changed, and our voting methods have only advanced to increase fairness, it is not the state but each and every citizen who has the power to change what we determine as ‘wrong.’ We are the same American electorate that elected Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama. We have created change, and we have the power to create that change again, we just have to believe in our own ability to make a difference. The best difference between our electorate and that of President Lincoln’s is that this time (thank goodness) we are not all white male property owners. Just five years before
President Lincoln was elected, a literacy test was adopted into the voting process, deliberately discriminating against Irish-Catholic immigrants. Today, we are lucky. Arguably our great country is not perfect, but we have the ability to make it so. If you are a woman, you have no excuse, it is your responsibility to vote. Women died for the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920, guaranteeing women’s suffrage. Exercise your right, write in your own name for goodness sake, just VOTE.

Passion for what you believe can be rooted in a great number of things. If you believe in something, you must fight for it. The greatest opportunity you have as a citizen to express your passion is in the voting booth. You aren’t just voting for the next president as well, do your local election research because grassroots politics affects you on a day-to-day basis more than you can imagine.

The Perfect Red Lip

9/5/2012

I wish I had a Yves Saint Laurent lipstick for every time a woman told me she cannot pull off the red lips look. I would be able to match every outfit to a perfect shade. Perhaps in another life. In this life, however, I want you to know that you can pull off absolutely anything you WANT to pull off. Fashion is experimentation, style, is having the courage to wear something you love and something you feel great in.

I first discovered red lipstick like any aspiring Spice Girl. It was 1997 and I was wearing my mother’s favorite green satin shirt as a dress, the buttons were undone to reveal my healed chickenpox. Gold clip-on hoop earrings took away from my long blond locks that went untamed, until my mother forced me to look like a lady for school the next day.

I went into my very own makeup box I had gotten for Christmas a few weeks before, and as the only girl in the family, it was definitely a one of a kind makeup box. It was far too advanced for the cosmetic talents of a seven year old.

I grabbed the red, smeared it across my lips, grabbed my favorite stuffed animal and flounced downstairs to announce to my father that I was wearing that very outfit to school the next day. English primary schools with school uniforms do not take kindly to burlesque-looking seven year -olds. Needless to say, I think he had an early introduction of what to expect in my later years.

Fast forward fourteen years, and I finally have figured out how to wear the perfect red, maybe not pairing it with green was a start.

The first rule of thumb with any product is quality over quantity. If you have one shade you love, wear that shade, rock that shade, and keep a steady supply of it handy. Know your skin tone and what looks good, for paler skin tones, stick to a neutral ‘blue-based’ tones. For medium and darker skin tones, brighter, orange hues will compliment you best and will make your lips pop!

Obama's Endorsement of Gay Marriage: What it Really Means

8/26/2012

The issue of gay marriage has greatly divided the aisles of American policymakers for years. An issue delicately intertwined with religion, tradition, values and progress is one that presidents have tended to avoid. The important thing to understand is the symbolism in Obama’s announcement and the evolution of his own position on gay marriage itself. In an April 2008 interview at the Saddleback Presidential Forum, Senator Barack Obama announced that as a Christian; “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman”(Politico). Obama’s attitude continued to evolve as he understood the importance of ending discrimination in a changing nation. In an interview with ABC News on May 9 this year, President Obama expressed his personal support for same-sex couples to marry: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married” (Politico).

What does this really mean? Will we see Obama take a primary position in the 2012 election on the nationwide legalization of gay marriage? Absolutely not. While Obama’s support may act as a catalyst for other legislators to push this issue through congress, President Obama’s position is still aligned with Governor Romney, who feels that the issue should be left to the states. For gay rights advocates, it may seem unfortunate that the president shows no desire to pursue a new platform on a national level regarding gay marriage. The president's position does, however, provide hope for those legislators who do wish to convince state legislatures to alter policy initiatives on gay marriage gain momentum. Symbolism is usually dismissed as plain rhetoric, but when it comes from the White House, this symbolism holds more clout than we have ever seen before.

Words of Wisdom: Believe in Yourself

3/31/2012

It has always been said to me that interesting people, at 22, don’t know what they want to do with their lives. The most interesting people, at 40, still don’t. I think about this concept often, and wonder; who is really monitoring our life goals?

If you were raised by wolves, nudists or even the average American parents who love you, the inevitable question was often asked of you; “What do you want to be when you grow up.” I realised at an early age that my honest answer, “a pirate” often raised one eyebrow too many. “Not the mean ones,” I would detest, “but the fun ones, with lots of rum and jewelry.” Still sounds like a fun life to live.

A Race to The Grand Old House (Party)

2/25/2012

Public recognition, infamy, publicity stunts and mistakes, extremism, or lack there-of; The 2012 GOP race has possessed each of these qualities. It has been an interesting one to watch, and an even more interesting race to understand. It is February of 2012, leaving us nine months before Election Day. The race has divided the Grand Old Party, with levels of support strong for very different candidates. For the first time, there isn’t really a reason why these three politicians seem to have prevailed; Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have risen above the rest. This race has turned into a three man battle, and it continues to be between these men, or has the Republican party already decided?

Getting Ready For Class In 10 Minutes or Less

2/11/2012
The first day of class was easy. We planned our outfits days, maybe even weeks, before we actually put them on to strut down the quad for our first ever classes of Spring 2012. With our recently bought threads and our freshly polished, eager-for-spring faces, we entered our classrooms. Now of course, the main pillar of our college career centers around education and quality learning. However, extracurricular activities are a must, and like any woman, I am always on the search for prospective activities and applicants. After coming to a conclusion that there was not one boy who looked over at least 18 years old, or one who had ventured into the world of fashion beyond the Gap, I relinquished my desire to look stunning class after class. I have lost hope, but I have also been in College for four years. At this point in my undergraduate degree, I am lucky if I even wake up in time to put my contacts in. I would rather go blind.

As ladies of George Mason, however, we cannot let time constraints or the lack of Patrick Dempsey lookalikes on campus hinder our daily appearance. After all, you never know who you might run into!
Here are some of my favorites:

What's in Her Bag?: Emma Graham

12/10/2011

Any woman who has an immaculate bag absolutely scares me. It might be my own insecurity at the fact that at any given time, my handbag has about 12 bar or dry cleaning receipts, 13 sticky notes reminding me to do my laundry and random types of currency residing in the bottom of my bag. It took some time to prepare my bag for you, and give it a little once over, but I hope you enjoy a sneak peek at my daily essentials!

My bag is a Tory Burch slouch bag, with a beautiful big shoulder strap and then two little straps on the side. It I has loads of little pockets inside to keep me organized. Tory must have been looking out for me because this bag is a lifesaver! Among my complete disorganization, I have a few items in this bag that I adore, and I am definitely never going to leave my house without them.

The G20 Summit and TOMs

12/2/2011
Sometimes, as onlookers into the lives of others, we may have looked longingly into some with deep admiration. We may have considered, or admittedly desired to be just like them, and to emulate their lifestyle. Maybe that person was Victoria Beckham growing up, maybe now that person is Rachel Zoe… or maybe you are like me and want to be just like that guy who came up with the TOMS idea. Whomever it may be that you idolize, live your life like there is nothing keeping you from living that life you so badly want.

Current Events: What You May Have Missed

11/7/2011
Update on the GOP
Front -runner Herman Cain has found himself in a compromising position after three female employees admitted to ‘sexually suggestive’ behavior from Mr. Cain in the ‘90s on three different accounts. Cain defends one account, where he states that he compared a height of a female employee to his wife. The second account of sexual harassment, however, he denies any knowledge of. The third account surfaced most recently and was claimed by the woman to have occurred during Herman Cain’s time as the head of a restaurant lobby group. Cain has explained that the accusations are being made in a crude attempt to ruin his campaign; he maintains that the allegations will not affect his campaign in any way.  

A Brave Threat