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Northwestern University
Grapples With Rash
Of Suicides

MSN News Special Report

Alarmed by the suicides of four students this year, including a sophomore found dead in his dormitory in late November, Northwestern University is boosting staff at the campus’ main counseling center.  Two new employees will join its mental health center, Counseling and Psychological Services, to perform suicide screenings and clinical support services, Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin announced in a message to students last week.  MORE

You’ve Graduated…

What Comes Next?

by Dani Phillips

Even when you decide to pursue the perfect job for you, that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be days where you are banging your head against the wall wondering why you decided to embark down this path in the first place. Maybe this moment will come when you’ve been up for 24 hours working on a final paper. Maybe it will come after you just found out you didn’t get the part for the hundredth time. The important thing to remember is that you chose this path for a reason, and if you persevere and play the game, your tireless work will be rewarded. You have to keep telling yourself that no one simply wakes up on the top. Everyone needs to pay their dues and climb the latter of success. It is also crucial to remember not to lose yourself along the way.   MORE

A Major


by Dani Phillips

Choosing a major is overwhelming to say the least. It isn’t just about picking a topic which you are interest in; rather, it is choosing which path your future will lead to. The gravity of this situation can be paralyzing and leave you doubting yourself. The thing everyone needs to understand is that you have to choose a major which can help you land a job in a field which you are passionate about. If you are excited to go to work everyday or at least appreciate the value of what you are doing, you can’t really go wrong.  MORE

The Adventure

Of Studying Abroad

by Dani Phillips

People like familiarity. We like to feel comfortable. While going to college in a different state pushes us slightly out of our comfort zone, there is still a sense of comfort in knowing that home is probably only a short flight or a car ride away. Studying abroad in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, or South America may seems frightening, but there are few experiences which can impact you in the same way and with such magnitude.  MORE

Hello New Boyfriend…

Goodbye Best Friend

by Dani Phillips

Getting excited about a new relationship is natural. You’re excited to learn more about your partner and teach them more about you. If it’s been awhile since your last relationship or in the case of your first serious relationship, it is normal to want to spend every waking minute with your new partner.  I have time and time again watched my friends get into relationships and come to prioritize their newfound boyfriends above all else. While a part of me understands their actions, another part misses sitting on the couch with them on Friday nights eating popcorn and watching episodes of The Office. Not to mention, it gets a little old hearing about all the cute and amazing stuff their boyfriend, who in the beginning can do no wrong, has done for them.   MORE

Dating is Dead

by Dani Phillips

In college, it’s conventional for one to meet their significant other at a bar or frat party. They exchange numbers and maybe go home together. He might text her, “hey did you get home okay,” afterwards, to which she would respond, “yeah thanks see you around!” A week or so later one might text the other asking if they’re going out tonight, they meet up, and so it goes. Eventually, after painstaking weeks or months of ‘what are we.’ the couple finally defines the relationship. And that is just the way things are.


Is “Hooking-Up”

Bad for Women?

by Dani Phillips

Since the rise of the current hookup culture, many are wondering if hooking up is in fact bad for women. The definition for what hooking up entails is tricky. Basically, it can include anything from a kiss to sex without any promise of a romantic relationship. Although there is no pretext implying that a hookup will lead to anything more serious, these relationships will often become rapidly complicated, as one party might develop emotional feelings for the other. Studies have been conducted proving that women are more often hoping for a relationship than men. This gives men an abundance of power which can be harmful to women.  MORE

Rising Rape

Reports On

Illinois Universities

By Abigail Dye

On-campus rape in Illinois is on the rise according to multiple Annual Safety and Security Reports. In 2014, there was a total of six rapes reported at the University of Chicago (UC). In 2016, a total of 15 rapes were reported. This means that the reported rapes at UC grew 150 percent in two years. 13 of the 15 rapes reported in 2016 (86 percent) took place in university residence halls. Unfortunately, these rising rape reports are not uncommon for colleges in Illinois. In 2014, Northwestern University (NWU) reported a total of four rapes, three of which took place in campus residence halls.   MORE

The Transition

From High School

Dating To College Dating

by Abigail Dye

Going into your first year of college is a big deal. You have to get your books, decorate your dorm, try to get in good with your residence advisor, meet your professors, meet new friends and so much more. Along with all the adjustments you have to make, dating in college is a whole new ball game than it was in high school. Everything you knew about relationships, flirting and dating you can go ahead and erase from your memory – but don’t worry, it’s actually a good thing. Here are the 5 things you need to know about the transition from high school romances, to college dating.     MORE

The Triangle

Of Terror 

7 Ways To Balance

Sleep, School And Social Life

by Abigail Dye

There are three things one must balance in college that make up the triangle of terror. Sleep, school and social life. Legend has it that there is only time for two of the three. So, if you want to have a social life and good grades, you’ll get no sleep. If you want a social life and sleep, your grades will fall, etc. There is some truth to this, after all there are only so many hours in a day and college classes are extremely demanding. But, if you’re very efficient and productive with your time you can find a balance between the three – here is how.   MORE

5 Things

To Do For

Girls’ Night In…

by Abigail Dye

Let’s face it, college provides a lot of opportunities to go out. The go-to weekend during this period includes going out, drinking cocktails, meeting cute guys and flirting the night away. But, something that we as ladies must never forget is the importance of a girl’s-night. Here are a few fantastic ideas to woo your lady-friends by hosting the perfect girl’s-night in.    MORE

Why Being

Single In

College Is Ideal

by Abigail Dye

You’ve heard it a thousand times – this is the prime of your life.  The four years you have in college just may be the best years you live. You are currently writing the memories that you will look back at and call “the good old days” – so you should make the most out of it.  In college, the relationship scene is interesting. It seems like people are either bitterly single, or tied down. At this point in your life, there is so much to look forward to. A career, travel, networking, learning new things, figuring out what you want to do next – the list goes on.   MORE

9 Things

To Do Before


by Abigail Dye

College is a quick, important and incredible four years of your life. During that time, it is your job not only to pass your classes, but to take full advantage of the environment around you. Here are 13 things you must do before you graduate, and while you’re single.  Of course, you don’t have to be single to do or enjoy these things, well, most of them. But, you’ll have more fun completing these items alone. When single, you are more likely to meet new people and even be “adopted” into a friend group. Also, being single forces you out of your comfort zone and will allow you to open your mind and perceive experiences in a new way.   MORE

10 Ways

To Meet

New People

In College

By Abigail Dye

You are the company you keep – especially in college. While earning your degree, you are a part of a community made up of tomorrow’s leaders. One invaluable thing about college is the networking opportunities around you. You could meet a friend for life, a partner in business or someone who can help you progress your career.  The only thing about networking, is that it’s hard to make friends with new faces in new places.  Here are 10 great ways to meet new people in college.   MORE

What Is


And Should

You Care?

by Abigail Dye

With the endless number of social media trends, coined expressions and hashtags already taking over the New Year, the term “micro-cheating” is making a prominent scene. Micro-cheating goes hand-in-hand with the digital age and growing insecurities of young couples.  It is a term that means exactly what you think – “kind of” cheating. The grey area between being nice and flirting finally has a label. Cheating is a concept that is determined couple by couple and usually once the idea is established, ground rules are set. When the word cheating is mentioned, it entails the exchange of bodily fluids. Micro-cheating covers all the ground leading up to that scandalous first kiss.     MORE


Students Are Using

PORN To Pay Tuition

 By Abigail Dye

Young women at the University of Cincinnati are coming forward and admitting to engaging in online Internet porn to pay for tuition.  Yes, pornography has worked its way from the sets of Hollywood to dorm-rooms…specifically,  the dorm-rooms at UC.   According to Covenant Eyes, an online internet and accountability company, the United States generates $13 billion a year in porn revenue. That is over $1 billion more than the total revenue of the NFL in 2015, calculated by Jackie Wattles of CNN.


Cheap Dates

For The Broke

College Student

By Abigail Dye

College is a magical time with endless new experiences, lectures, friends, memories and so much more. What college does not offer is an endless amount of – cold hard cash.  It is not exactly easy to come up with the money for a fancy dinner date when in college, so here are five date ideas you can execute for next to nothing. MORE