Jen Lassen

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Ode to Yik Yak


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


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


“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.

How to Have the Most Productive Spring Break Ever


Spring Break has finally arrived!...but is it really a chance to relax? For those of us lucky enough to be chillin’ stateside over break (I feel you, ladies), Spring Break may feel more like a large to-do list than a chance to unwind. Between internship and job interviews, coffee dates, lunch outings, quality time with family and-don’t forget!-preparation for the rest of the semester, how in the world can people think that Spring Break is actually relaxing? However, if you plan properly, Spring Break will feel like a breeze…maybe not an ocean breeze, but hey, you get the idea. Follow my tips for a successful Spring Break that’ll make you feel calm with each “check!” off the list.

Plan out each day (that means time for yourself, too!). Since Spring Break is such a limited amount of time, don’t waste all of it away. Sure, it’s absolutely necessary to catch up on sleep and have time for yourself, but sitting on the couch for three straight days binging on Netflix? Maybe not. Take time to think about what you absolutely need to do over break (attend an interview, complete an exam or large assignment, etc.) and write it down in your calendar. That way, you’ll feel a sense of responsibility to complete these tasks when you say you’re going to do them. If you map out a schedule ahead of time and tell yourself over and over again to stick to it, you’ll feel less stressed, more productive and will have more time to relax when you need it most.

Wonder Woman Syndrome: Why We Feel the Need to Do It All


At Bucknell, it’s no secret that we go to school with some pretty amazing students. Bucknellians here, there and everywhere are doing research to solve medical mysteries; volunteering in impoverished regions all over the world; directing their own plays or dance showcases; interning at the top companies in the country and so much more. But the catch? They’re doing it all…at once. Especially us girls.

One can refer to this “doing it all” attitude as Wonder Woman Syndrome. For those of you that know me, I’m the poster child for it. Between classes, meetings for clubs and organizations, homework and projects, leadership roles, volunteering and more, it seems that I barely have time to eat, sleep or breathe some days. But on this campus, I know for a fact that I’m not the only girl who’s got this “syndrome.”

While I’m staring at my Google Calendar-which looks more like a colorful LIFE board than it does a blank page-I glance over to the girl sitting next to me and her calendar looks the same. Yikes. I then receive a text from my friend that screams sheer panic: “SOS. So stressed out…what do I do?!” followed by lots of unhappy Emojis…not good. I pass by my girl friends in the Bison who are shoving quinoa to-go into their bags, whizzing by me on their way to the library, then to a meeting, then back for a project. And repeat.

The New Millennial Women: Why We're a Big Way


It’s 2014, and the women of our generation are thriving now more than ever. With technology to our advantage, we’re savvy and smart self-starters that get what we want. But how do we do it, you ask? Where’s the sudden confidence boost that’s made women all across the country-and all over the world-start their own businesses; speak their minds; express themselves through writing, the arts, fashion and more; and revolutionize the way we’re viewed in society? The answer: it’s the result of the Y2K “new age” rubbing off on us. And no, we’re not brushing this dirt off of our shoulders.

There have always been “It Girls.” Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn…need I name more? But the world simply admired them and put them on a pedestal. We praised-and still continue to admire-them for their lady-like manners, exquisite fashion choices, charm, and perfect looks; there’s no doubt that their influence has spanned decades. But who are the “It Girls” of today? Well, they’re the movers and shakers, the “New Millennial Women” doing big things…and as Miley would say, they can’t be tamed.

ACE Brian Miller


             It’s not every day that one person can make you laugh, read your mind, and perform magic AND live music…mind. Blown. Fortunately for us, Bucknell’s bringing you the chance to see someone like this!

            ACE will sponsor an event featuring comedian/magician/musician/mind-reader Brian Miller on Friday, Jan. 24 at 9:00 p.m. in the ELC Hearth Space. Miller, who hails from Buffalo, NY, currently participates in national tours of his variety act.

            His act includes magic, comedy, mind reading, puzzles, games, and live music into one unforgettable show. Audience members will interact with Miller and participate in something that most college students don’t do on Friday nights.

            Miller, a passionate magician and so much more, has also spent time as the resident magician at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. He has authored many e-books about his tricks.

            ACE brought comedians to Bucknell in the past, but there’s never been anyone like this on campus. Don’t miss your chance to check this guy out and see what he can do…because just like that, abracadabra! and he’ll be gone. Enjoy quality time with friends at a night you’ll never forget!



Money vs Experience: The Question of Unpaid Internships


There’s no question that internships—paid or unpaid—provide college students with priceless career experience. University students all across the country, including myself, are willing to sacrifice two to four months of receiving monetary compensation for hard work at a company they would potentially like to work for post-graduation, weighing the experience and networking opportunities they gain through interning against receiving payment. However, have employers gone too far when it comes to the work they request of interns? Are interns working too many hours or benefitting a company at the same level of paid employees?

Recent lawsuits reveal that unpaid interns are beginning to fight back. Within the past three years, law firm Outten & Golden filed Class Action Complaints against Conde Nast, Fox Searchlight, NBCUniversal and the Hearst Corporation on behalf of former interns. These complaints focused on overworking the interns for longer hours than required/necessary and on the lack of monetary compensation for interns’ work, specifically work the interns produced that greatly benefitted the employer versus just the intern.

A recent article entitled “A Shocking Number of Unpaid Internships Could Be Illegal” from printed the qualifications for legal unpaid internships.

“Here are the six criteria from the Department of Labor, all of which an unpaid internship must pass in order to be legal:

The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of LinkedIn


YIKES. Time to make a LinkedIn profile? Might as well be time to say goodbye to the best years of your life. “Jobs” and “Networking” are two scary, scary words for college students like us … but navigating LinkedIn doesn’t have to be frightening. Take my tips to make your LinkedIn profile reflect who you are, your accomplishments and your career goals, so you can put your best foot…er, social media profile…forward in the job market! 

The Great Debate: Style vs. Fashion


Picture this. You’re briskly walking through the mall when you’re about to pass by your favorite store. As you approach closer, you see the most amazing outfit. And it’s not just any outfit. We’re talking front store window, on the mannequin, perfect in every single way. You stop in your tracks, wide-eyed and awe-struck, and your body instinctively tells you to go into that store, break out your wallet and buy every single item on that mannequin.

Kudos for copying an exact display in a store window! Sure, you’ll look great in that outfit, but what makes it unique? Because you’re unique, aren’t you? We all are unique. And our clothes should reflect that. It’s time to re-hash the age-old argument: “what is style” versus “what is fashion,” because while the two are related, they are distinctly different concepts.

Fashion is a price tag, while style is a state of mind. You can purchase fashion; there’s no doubt about that. But how you wear the clothes, accessories and shoes that you own is priceless. There’s a certain finesse associated with having true style. Style is being able to mix pieces from designer brands, flea markets, thrift shops and go-to stores. It’s not playing ‘copy cat’ from store windows, catalogues or other people you see on campus.