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Jen Lassen

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“Non-Sexy” Halloween Costumes for Every Girl

10/23/2014

It’s time yet again for girls to break out their brassieres, fishnet tights, and animal ears for the biggest theme party all year: Halloween night. But…wait a second. What about the girls who don’t want to dress as “sexy cops”? Where’s the aisle in Spirit Halloween labeled “non-sexy” Halloween costumes? Ladies, I’m right there with ya…and although that aisle is non-existent, it doesn’t mean you have to dress like Karen from Mean Girls as a “mouse…duh.” Check out these hilariously cool “non-sexy” costume ideas that you can DIY and totally rock this Halloween.

Real-life Emojis: Are your text messages entirely composed of those adorable small pictures instead of actual words? These costumes are for you, girl.

Human Pinterest Board: Take your “Food” and “Fashion” Inspiration Boards to the next level by making them your costume.

Deviled Egg, not a sexy Devil: A clever, hilarious take on the classic Devil costume…

Golden Girls, not a Pin-Up Girl: Who said old ladies aren’t cool?

From Harry Potter Celeb to Feminist Sensation: Emma Watson’s Inspiring UN Speech

10/1/2014

We all know her as Hermione Granger, but Emma Watson has recently proven herself as much more than the studious girl waving her wand at Hogwarts. Her new life as a post-college grad led her to become a Women Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations (casual). And what will she do as an ambassador? Well, for starters, she launched the HeForShe campaign, aimed at rallying one billion men and boys to advocate for gender equality. Her passion for putting an end to the gender inequalities females face worldwide stems from her role as a, drumroll please…feminist.

In her buzz-worthy speech at the U.N., Watson discussed how feminism and being a “feminist” have somehow become misunderstood. She talked about how these terms carry a widespread negative connotation, and questioned why and how it happened:

“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.”

I’m sure many of you can relate. From my experience, there’s a stigma against feminists as anti-this, anti-that. But essentially, feminism is a movement. It’s an empowerment for change; a call to action; a strong female force for equivalency; an avenue for self-advocacy. And men shouldn’t be afraid to get on board.

Watson then asked the important questions: “If not me, who? If not now, when?” She challenged all listeners to start caring, stop waiting, and do something about the issue of gender inequality.

What We Learned from Jane Goodall

9/22/2014

Recently, we had the honor of hearing Jane Goodall, in the flesh, give a talk at our University. Absolutely. Incredible. I don’t even know how I’m able to put this experience into words right now…! Dr. Goodall, an outstandingly accomplished, absolutely remarkable, superbly intelligent woman of 80 years old (rather, 80 years of profound wisdom) has impacted the way we understand ourselves; how we interact with our environment; and why we should start thinking critically about our future. She is the ultimate role model: smart, poised, humble, passionate, funny, and makes admirable, impactful improvements to the world around her.

Dr. Goodall’s unique, fresh perspective on how we live offered us these gems of insight. Read on for a dose of inspiration that just might alter your own perspective, too:

What’s New with Bucknell Dining

9/16/2014

A new academic year means new changes at the Buck. From comfy new chairs in the Library Couch Room, to flashy new television screens and game tables at Uptown, to a brand-spankin’ new residence hall in the works…change is happening like never before. But amidst all this change, what’s really on everyone’s mind? Food.

The Bison, Bostwick Marketplace, 7th Street Café, and The Flying Bison (Flyson?) recently decided to shake things up with new food, new hours, and new nutrition options. Check ’em all out…and, of course, bon appetite!

 

NEW FOOD:

Outfits Fit for Summertime Frolicking

7/6/2014

In the summertime when the sun's shining brightly, it's tough to not have a good day. Seriously...how could you be unhappy when you're surrounded by your best friends, dancing like fools beneath the summer sun and romping though the lush green grass together? But of course, as fabulous collegiettes, we've got to look our best at all times...even if the inescapable summertime accessory is beads of sweat on our brows and backs. This outfit guide will give you great tips on how to dress appropriately for some apropos summertime tomfoolery.  

 

Free to romp: It's called a "romper" for a reason, ladies. Invest in a cute cotton one, either in a solid color or a fun floral print, and I promise you won't regret it. Pair with some awesome gladiator sandals, diva shades, and piles upon piles of bracelets, and feel free to romp all day long.

Is Technology Making Us Loners?

6/30/2014

You scroll through your Instagram feed-in silence-while you’re in the car with your family. You Tweet instead of striking up a conversation with your seatmate on the train. You text your BFFs instead of making plans with them, content watching Netflix alone in bed while you’re glued to your phone.  

Is technology making us loners? Are we, as “millennials,” becoming more comfortable with the idea of being alone, yet staying connected 24/7? Let’s think about it: how many minutes each day do we actually devote to technology? Take a moment to stop and think about each time you check your cell, post a status, or upload a picture. Personally, between the texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and emailing I do on a daily basis, my number probably hovers somewhere around two hours. That’s two hours less time I get each day to read, spend quality time with family and friends (sans the distraction of iMessages or Notifications), be outside, spend time writing, or anything other than staring at a screen. And let’s talk about the glaring irony present: I’m sitting here, typing away on my laptop, writing about how technology eats away at our personal time. Who’s pointing the finger now?

Five Steps to Dealing with Change

4/23/2014

Change: a five-letter word that symbolizes the inevitable. As I sit here and think about change, I realize that I’m different than I was five years ago, last year, last month, and even two days ago. We change and experience new things all the time; change will never stop. However, sometimes it’s difficult for us to handle these new beginnings, transitions, hellos, and goodbyes. We’re expected to suddenly adapt to different circumstances just because they happen; and oftentimes, we don’t receive a fair warning or the thorough explanation we want. When your world suddenly starts to shift, follow these five steps to genuinely embrace change and find happiness from the chaos.

Ode to Yik Yak

4/10/2014

Dear Yik Yak Creators,

Anonymity can be a beautiful thing.  We have the freedom of speech for a reason, so why not use it to its fullest capacity? With the creation of this new application, we are able to express what’s on our mind about the world around us, in 200 characters or less, without any repercussions. How liberating…until someone gets hurt.

Concealing your own identity shouldn’t mean creating a new persona for yourself.  Would you typically call a woman a slut; bash a fraternity’s reputation; or make snarky comments about your professor to their face? If so, congratulations! A mission of yours is to make people feel bad about themselves! Cool. Sike. When did rudeness become the latest trend? Especially in the form of anonymous posting? While I completely see how Yik Yak creates a social community in which people can relate to one another and “LOL” together, of course-based on a post or two, many of the posts about our Bucknell community are negative. There’s no denying that; we’ve all read ’em, liked ’em, chuckled at ’em, or been offended by ’em.

Demystifying the “Bucknell Look”…and How to Make It Your Own

3/28/2014

Longchamp bags. Barbour jackets. Tory Burch flats. These are some of the most popular items a Bucknell girl may own. But what exactly is the “Bucknell Look?” Why do people complain that everyone dresses the same? How can we—unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind females—stand out on our college campus that has been nicknamed “J. Crew U” and called “preppy” or “homogeneous?” First, it’s a matter of understanding why our campus seems to have its own “look.” Second, it’s about wearing what makes you feel confident. Period.

Psychology tells us that fitting in and seeking approval from others are two main factors that affect our day-to-day moods. We want to feel loved. We want to feel like people like us: like how we look, like how we dress, like how we talk and the like. The easiest thing to do? Dress like others you see so you don’t stick out like a sore thumb. But more often that not, dressing like everyone else means we compromise our own personal style. To fit in, we sometimes compromise not only our own style intuition, but often our integrity and individuality, as well.

The Benefits of Napping

3/22/2014

“It’s nap time” may be one of the most rewarding phrases in the human language…ever. There’s nothing better than curling up in bed after a long exam, staying up late or just because you need a break. As humans, we’re monophasic sleepers, meaning that we snooze for part of the day and stay awake for the other part. However, we’re the minority: about 85 percent of mammalian species sleep for short periods throughout the day, making them polyphasic sleepers.

Why do we force ourselves to stay awake for a majority of the day, and then crash for the rest? Babies nap, the elderly nap…why don’t we nap more often? There are certainly benefits to napping that are often overlooked in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of our lives. Well, HC readers, it’s about time we slow down, crawl under the covers and shut our eyelids for a short slumber. Here’s why.

Naps improve our alertness and focus. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a 20-30 minute nap is typically recommended to improve our short-term alertness. Napping for this brief period of time has proven beneficial for improved alertness, performance, and focus and won’t leave you groggy or mess with your nighttime sleep schedule.

Naps prevent us from making mistakes. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved their performance by 34% and alertness by 100%. Hence, naps kept them from making mistakes…meaning that naps will do the same for us.