HC Wake-Up Call: 'Time' Honors Christine Blasey Ford, Trump Foundation Engaged in 'Persistent Illegality' & This Scary Clown Delivers Donuts

Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

“Time” Honors Christine Blasey Ford With Powerful Cover

Since coming forward last week to share her account of the night she alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexual assaulted her, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has inspired other survivors to come forward with their stories of sexual assault. To honor her powerful testimony, Time dedicated the cover of their magazine to her.

According to Time, the cover for the October 15th issue was created by San Francisco-based artist John Mavroudis, who used Ford’s words from her testimony to recreate the now-iconic image of the professor raising her right hand, with her eyes closed, swearing to tell the truth. He drew each word by hand, recreating the image with her words in a process he described as “like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.”

“The memory quotes would be attached to her forehead area, and the quotes about wanting to help I placed on her hand. The hand could be seen as welcoming, but also deflecting,” Mavroudis told Time. “It’s a fascinating process to watch the face take shape, while hoping that you’ve captured the essence.”

Mavroudis’ efforts created a powerful image.



When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford walked in to face the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, raised her right hand and swore to tell the truth, it was clear that an unassuming psychology professor and mother of two was about to change the course of current events in real time. “I am here today not because I want to be,” Ford said to Senators, who were prepared to assess her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her some 36 years ago, a charge he vigorously denies. “I am terrified.” At stake was a potential lifetime appointment to the #SupremeCourt that could change decades of legal rulings and affect the nation’s faith in its judiciary. The hopes and fears of #women and men who have lived with the trauma of sexual violence were riding on the credibility of Ford’s testimony. By the time the hearing ended, Ford had done more than prove herself a credible witness. Women called into C-SPAN to tell their own, decades-old stories of harassment and rape. #WhyIDidntReport exploded on social media, a rallying cry for those who had never gone public about their own sexual assault until then. Ford’s testimony slowed the machinery of political power when it was fully in gear. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Oct. 3 found that 45% of respondents thought Ford was telling the truth, compared to 33% who believed Kavanaugh. That’s a marked shift from 1991, when Americans sided with Clarence Thomas after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. The facts remain unsettled, and Ford’s testimony may not prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But it was a powerful warning that wealth, status and a record of professional accomplishments were no longer enough to override credible allegations of sexual assault, no matter when they occurred. To young #men, it was a message that drunken violence could shadow them. To victims, Ford’s testimony was an invitation to speak up, no matter how powerful the accused, no matter how long ago the attack. People will listen, the country seemed to reassure them. We will believe you. Read this week’s cover story on TIME.com. Illustration by John Mavroudis (@zenpop) for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign

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After Kavanaugh’s and Ford’s testimony last week, an FBI supplemental background investigation was ordered to investigate the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Senators just received the results of that investigation on Thursday. A confirmation vote has not yet been scheduled, but will likely take place this weekend.

Regardless of what the Senate decides, Ford has definitely left a mark on American history.

As Haley Sweetland writes in the accompanying cover story, Ford's testimony “was a powerful warning that wealth, status and a record of professional accomplishments were no longer enough to override credible allegations of sexual assault, no matter when they occurred.”

Trump Foundation Engaged in “Persistent Illegality”

According to a new court filing by the New York State attorney general’s office, the office said it sued the Trump Foundation due to “persistent illegality,” not politics.

The Trump Foundation is currently seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, which alleges that the foundation misused its money “numerous times” in ways that violated New York charities laws, and denies that it has ever engaged in illegal activity, ABC News reports.

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Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office disagrees and claims the Trump Foundation “coordinated extensively” with Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Donald J. Trump used his control over the Donald J. Trump Foundation for his benefit to advance his personal, business, and political interests in violation of federal and state law governing charities,” the court filing said.

Filed by the attorney general's Charities Bureau in the state Supreme Court, the lawsuit seeks to dissolve the Trump Foundation and prevent the Trumps from serving as directors of any other charities in the future.

When the lawsuit was filed in June, the president attacked it.

“The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000,: the president wrote on Twitter at the time, referencing New York’s former attorney general.

The attorney general’s office has denied it pressed the lawsuit because of political reasons.

Oral argument on the motion to dismiss the lawsuit are set for later this month.

This Scary Clown Will Deliver Donuts to Your Friends

Don’t get me wrong — I love donuts. But do I love them enough to have to snatch them from the hands of a beyond-scary, It-style, smeared face paint and pointy fangs clown? Perhaps I could go without. But if you want to deliver some donuts (and perhaps some nightmares) to your best friend (or nemesis, we don’t judge) for Halloween, then this scary clown might be for you.

Hurts Donut, a donut mini-chain with locations throughout the Midwest and the South, has brought back its “Scary Clown Deliveries,” a service it originally introduced last Halloween, Food & Wine Magazine reports.

Until the end of October, you can have a terrifying, Pennywise-esque clown deliver a dozen donuts to your friend’s doorstep.

“Wanna scare the sh… Shprinkles out of your friends!?” a Hurts Donut location in Katy, Texas wrote their Facebook page. “SCARY CLOWN DELIVERIES.”

Yeah, that would scare the shprinkles out of me, too.

According to Food & Wine, the delivery service costs $5, in addition to the price of the box of donuts. And from the video clip below, the service looks totally worth it (as long as I’m not on the receiving end).

So basically the clown will chase after you until you take the donuts, and then continue chasing you. At least you get delicious donuts in the end?

To arrange this scary clown delivery, check your nearest Hurts Donut Facebook page to see if they’re offering the service, and set up a time and date with the donut shop.

But if scary clowns aren’t really your thing, fear not because on Valentine’s Day Hurts Donuts rolls out its “Cupid Delivery,” where a grown man wearing a diaper and feathered wings does an interpretive dance while delivering your donuts.

What to look out for…

Domestic goddess Martha Stewart shared some Halloween decorating tips for those of us on a budget, and I am so ready to start my Halloween decorating!