It has been shown through a variety of shaving gel commercials and ads for hair removal (for women, of course) in magazines that women should be dolphins. I mean, why else are women portrayed in advertisements and T.V. as having zero leg or armpit hair, let alone facial hair *gasp*. It’s lik…

During my spring break travels, I decided to pick up “Crazy Rich Asians” for my airport reading. I thought it would be a fun, light-hearted read for vacation — and I wasn’t disappointed. I read the book rather quickly, and while there were certain aspects that clearly stood out to me indicat…

Healthy coping mechanisms? Haven’t heard that name in years. I thought crying in your car and starting to drive home at midnight was a normal response to a minor inconvenience.  Now, if you know anything about me, you would know that humor is healing. I laugh at, and with, myself because I h…

Nothing screams “surprise” more than a brightly colored, sparkly package in the mail. Every month, I receive a subscription “box” called Ipsy. Now, I don’t get excited about most things, but, feel free to ask my mother, every time I see the glimmer of pink on the kitchen counter I turn into …

This spring break I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to work with the International Children’s Outreach. During my time of service, I learned much about civic and community engagement as well as my own personal desire to advocate for school-aged children and their hardworking families. …

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Welcome back to the mess that is my blog! Truthfully, I have been the busiest bee in the world and finding time to put on makeup is slim to none. With that being said, on a Friday night I decided to turn myself into a Bratz Doll. I don’t know her name, but I assume it’s something sassy like …

Often we talk about wanting more for ourselves or our loved ones. Whether it’s tangible or not, we strive toward goals relentlessly, without considering the consequences. What’s wrong with planning to be bigger or better? 

Welcome back to another article! It’s a new week and a new slate so let’s get started! My sleep schedule has been a bit messed up and I’m not sure why. I’ve been waking up way too early for my liking and haven’t been able to fall back to sleep, but early last Thursday I woke up to a really p…

It’s a lonely thought that not many people will know you for who you truly are and all that may entail. Individuals come into your life and see the parts of you they want to see and they take parts with them when they leave.  

Over two years have passed since the polarizing 2016 election grounded to a halt with the victory of Donald J. Trump and the prompt commencement of a two-year-long investigation – oftentimes reasonably referred to as a political “witch hunt” – into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded …

I enjoy gossip. I am well aware that it is not a healthy characteristic of mine, but I don’t believe I am alone in saying that a juicy conversation about someone else’s life can put a lot of things into perspective. Suddenly, my day just seems slightly better and I’m able to appreciate the f…

One of the greatest twists of irony that falls on students who major in what they’re passionate about is the slow decline and eventual loss of any and all interest in that passion throughout their college career. I have definitely found this to be the case when it comes to my love of reading.

Of recent, I have learned that not only am I an avid writer who strives to reach people with my thoughts, but with my voice. After getting a glimpse of my spring courses, I have a few similar themes across the board. As I explore various platforms and the corresponding intended audiences, I …

This past fall was definitely one of the most difficult times in my life. I was stressed, anxious, and depressed almost every day. It took me back to my days in middle school if I am being totally honest. My fate was in my hands and my entire future was riding on every choice I made, but at …

The Chicago Bears finished off the 2018 season with an impressive 12-4 record. Their four losses were by a combined 14 points. They finished the season winning 9 of their last 10 games, with the outlier being that game against the Giants that they should have won.  The last time the Bears fi…

My best friend called me easy once. As a young woman who considers herself both strong and independent, my immediate response was anger. Coming from someone who is supposed to support me, it was really shocking that that’s how he perceived me to be. However, after spending more time talking,…

The Chicago Bears are headed back to the playoffs for the first time in eight years after dismantling their biggest rivals, the Green Bay Packers. It is clear who the top dog is in this division now.  Even though the 24-17 score made it look like a close game, the Bears had control for most …

The Chicago Bears knocked off the Los Angeles Rams and their vaunted offense on a chilly night at Soldier Field. The Rams looked uncomfortable all night, partly due to temps in the 20s, but mostly due to the electric crowd and the dominating Bears defense.  With the low scoring 15-6 final, I…

A message to everybody: To you, I am a somebody, but this is not just some body to use. My objective is not to be an object of your possession but a symbol of your affection, so let’s keep this professional.  

I expected all the jokes I received. Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony and even the infamous Lava Girl. Going into it, I knew I wanted a change and I was ready for it. Pink hair? Hell yeah! Not only was I breathing in hair chemical dyes, I was breathing in a fresh start. Pink hair wasn’t …

What a roller coaster of ups and downs.  A big Chicago Bears win on Thanksgiving in Detroit led to a great week of practice, followed by a terrible game against the Giants, then a great fourth-quarter comeback, only to ultimately lose in overtime. After a good enough game on Thanksgiving, Ch…

Fans of Comedy Central’s hit show Broad City will be excited to learn that Abbi Jacobson, one of the two stars and creators of the show, released a new book on October 30. 

The Bears did everything they needed to do on Sunday night to beat the Vikings in prime time. The defense showed up big time with a fourth quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Eddie Jackson. The Vikings ran for a meager 22 yards and Kirk Cousins threw two picks.  The Bears ran fo…

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Originally, I had intended on starting my blog from the beginning—of my competitive running days that is. However, the weekend of October 27th, 2018 was so special to myself and my team that I feel it would be foolish not to share with my readers first and foremost.

I don’t want to talk about makeup today. I mean that is a little white lie because everything I talk about ends up tying back to what mascara I use or what highlighter gives you the most bang for your buck. Today, I dare to say, is only slightly different. I want to talk about my favorite ma…

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Editors note: Tiffany Morrison is a Vidette and ISU alumna. She graduated in may and is currently living in California. She is 20 miles away from Malibu. Here is her viewpoint on the California fire, what she is seeing and how to help.

For all students who are falling into a little bit of a fashion rut this season, the new vintage boutique in Uptown has plenty of fresh styles to spice up anyone’s look.

The Bears won again on Sunday by beating the Lions 34-22, pushing their winning streak to three games.  It was an overall dominating performance against a divisional rival. Mitch Trubisky looked terrific as he had a career day, throwing three touchdowns and running one in on his own. Allen R…

Health always comes first - Yes, I said it. Your health comes before anything else in this world, whether it be physical or mental health. When it comes down to it, you aren’t going remember that party you went to even though you were feeling down. All you are going to remember from that par…

The Bears dominated the Bills in what became a laugher at half time. After scoring 28 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 28-0 lead into half time, the Bears cruised to a 41-9 thumping of the Bills in Buffalo.

Halloween blues are upon us. I know, everyone loves the spooky season and as a makeup addict I can attest that Halloween is the prime time for painting your face and having it be socially acceptable; Zombies and devils have hung up their costumes and we are slowly falling into the boring lul…

Editors Note: Rachel Hickey is a general marketing and journalism major. She is from Peru, Illinois. Her emphasis will be a student athlete perspective on running. You can follow her on Twitter @r_hickey15.

After two disappointing losses in a row, the Bears got back on track Sunday vs the Jets at Soldier Field.  It was not an exciting game to say the least, but the Bears did exactly what they needed to do and pulled out the win, 24-10.  They ran the ball well, they played outstanding defense an…

Editor’s Note: Madelyn Dowd is a freshman journalism major. She is from Elgin. Her blog will revolve around makeup. Follow her on Instagram @mdowd3033

So I don’t always handle stress very well. I don’t deal with that stress by going out to a party and drinking all night until I want to vomit like most other 22 year olds. No, instead I cry. I cry hard and stuff my face with all of the junk food I can find.

Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has quickly become the latest feel-good obsession. As someone who has been a fan of the books since the publication of the first installment back in 2014, I’m incredibly happy that this series is getting the love it deserves, and rightly being prai…

If you asked me in April, July, or even at beginning of September if the Cubs would be fighting it out in the Wild Card game I would have laughed in your face. This team is a powerhouse, a team that had the NL Central lead, and best record in the NL, since early July, a team that was leading…

The conversations allowed for by the limited free time shown on the interval clock are always limited. A lot of the time when you get the urge to update a teammate on something, you’ve only got a few seconds before you both have to push off the wall again. Sometimes you are able to chat in-b…

In light of the most recent celebrity tragedies such as the death of Mac Miller, the weight of someone gone too soon hangs even more heavy on our hearts as we are reminded to take advantage of every single day we have here with our loved ones. 

The Buccaneers came on to Soldier Field on Sunday on the heels of its first loss of the season. The Tampa Bay team dropped a close one last Monday night to a tough Steelers team.  The Bears were coming off an exciting but underwhelming win in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. Many we…

This week I want to discuss another awesome campus resource – the Career Center! As an upcoming graduate this December, I am so happy that I utilized this service. I also want to point out that these services are also available to alumni – which is awesome.

Editor’s note: Jeremy Boyd is a junior finance major from Oswego, Illinois. Boyd's blogs will focus on professional sports. 

You remind me a lot of myself when I was a freshman. Ambitious, intelligent, eager to explore, but apprehensive to leave the familiar behind. The first few weeks of college will be consumed with activities and social events in an attempt to make new students feel at home. But this isn’t home…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Donna Bennett is a senior at ISU from Mark, Illinois. Bennett is majoring in Communication studies. Her blog will concentrate on health related topics.

Swimming has been my silent teacher through each stage of my life. Since I was 4 years old this sport has slapped me in the face with every wrong decision I’ve made and granted me medals of honor for every good one. It has been there for me through every death, every accomplishment, every br…

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sierra Hobson is a junior at ISU from Geneva, Illinois. Hobson is  majoring in English studies with interest in creative writing and rhetoric. Her blog will concentrate on health related topics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kim Larsen is a night editor at The Vidette. . A senior at ISU from Chicago, Illinois,  Larsen is publication major in the Department of English Her blog will concentrate on book reviews. 

After three highly anticipated days of seeing where all this young talent will end up, the 2018 NFL Draft has finally come to a close. Although, just because the draft is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t look through and analyze which teams made a clutch move, and teams that should be kickin…

The 2018 NHL Playoffs are definitely a sight to see as no teams got completely shut out in the first round of the playoffs. The closest series that game to that was the Lightning and Devils series along with the Jets and Wild, with the Tampa Bay and Winnipeg winning their series 4-1, respect…

For 36-year-old Scott Foster, having to fill in for the Chicago Blackhawks as an emergency goalie was one of the last things he expected doing last Thursday night. The accountant from Oak Park, Illinois, practically said he could “poop his pants” with how nervous he was. But honestly, who wo…

Do you find yourself wanting to join a club filled with cool people, a fun environment and a game that could work your brain? Look no further because the chess team is up your alley.

The 2016-2017 Illinois State men’s basketball season was certainly a memorable one. The entertaining style of play, conference dominance, compilation of personalities, experience and overall level of talent on the roster made for one of the best teams in program history.

While this year’s draft class was definitely one for the books, one position that will always be in high demand are QBs. Those who received plenty of attention at this years combine include Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Sam Darnold just to name a few. But, there are 32 teams in the NFL whi…

The annual NFL Combine never fails to disappoint as rookies showcase their fastest mile, bench press reps, and other vigorous events. It’s where the rubber meets the road, where players can prove to different coaches who they really are. While it may be over, there are some moments that will…

With Spring Break just around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to make you all a blog on how to have a great spring break. Now I know, school and work takes so much out of you that you just want to sleep most of your free time but don’t fall into the slump of sleeping for 120 h…

If any of the Hawks players had to sum up the 2017-2018 season in one word, most of them would say it was “disastrous” or “horrendous”. Nevertheless, the Hawks have had an extremely poor season compared to previous years. It shows the affect on the players too.

It’s August, You are driving a car full of your personal belongs and you are about to move into your very first dorm room. I know, I know, you are pumped and full of excitement, but take a seat because you are about to face a couple of struggles as you figure out this school year away from h…

The 2018 NBA All-Star weekend was full of thrilling events from the dunk contest to the three-point competition. But the most anticipated event was easily the all-star game, which was Team LeBron vs. Team Steph. It was an exciting weekend for Cleveland fans as they saw LeBron James’ game win…

The Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniel’s has shocked everyone with his decision to remain in New England, after turning down a contract with the Indianapolis Colts, which everyone thought he was going to take. The news came so surprising to his agent Bob LaMonte, that he terminate…

Every twenty-four hours you’ll take 20,000 breaths, speak 48,000 words and you’ll laugh. Maybe cry.

Colorful streets, home made tortillas and lush green backdrops are at the forefront of my memories as I look back to where I was at the beginning of the New Year.

Well, it’s that time of year again where the best team from the NFC faceoffs against the best team in the AFC in hopes of winning the Championship game. This year, we get to see the Philadelphia Eagles go up against the dreaded, New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. A rematch of Super Bowl …

The Blackhawks have fell several points out of the playoff race, currently sitting at last in the Central Division after losing three straight games. A lot of hard work and commitment will be needed if they want to dig themselves out of this hole and still make the playoffs. Coach Quennevill…

As the 2017 NFL season winds down, only four teams remain after an astonishing year which saw some surprising outcomes. Two games are left to decide the Super Bowl LII participants. One game is between the Jags at Patriots, while the other matchup is the Vikings at Eagles. Both games are goi…

A game that looked promising early didn’t end quite as planned as the Blackhawks lost to their division rivals, the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night in Chicago. Brent Seabrook scored the one and only goal for the Hawks during the first period after being a healthy scratch in Ottawa the …

When I was sixteen, I worked as a cashier at Panera Bread.

The 2017 NFL season is winding down, as we approach the home stretch. In a season of unpredictable injuries and suspensions, it has been a rollercoaster of a season for most teams. This upcoming week is crucial for those “in the hunt” as they hope to clinch a playoff spot in their division. …

I’ll be honest, there are a lot of things I am not good at. However, I have learned what I am capable of in order to succeed to the best of my ability.

Packed with unpredictable beats yet mellow themes, Jaden Smith’s debut studio album is an ambitious attempt at a genre bending sound as he attempts to find his voice in today’s music industry.

The latest news on Ezekiel Elliot isn’t good for Cowboys fans or fantasy owners. The next time the star RB will be able to play again is December 24 against the Seattle Seahawks. It was announced Wednesday that he would withdraw his appeal from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which means h…

The Green Bay Packers are on a three-game losing streak as they lost Monday night against the Detroit Lions 30-17, which happened to be the Lions biggest win at Lambeau Field since 1982. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 361 yards and two TD’s while Packers backup QB Brett Hundley threw for 26 o…

Fashion influences are all around us. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to look to celebrities and those in the limelight for the best fashion inspiration.

As Tuesday rolled around, it proved to be one of the most eventful trade deadlines in quite some time. While some teams were able to get players for a steal, other teams certainly got the short end of the stick. In all, there was 6 deals involving ten teams, eight draft picks, and six player…

That time of year. That time of year that’s here for only a small amount of time, and ever so sweetly kisses you goodbye as it escapes out the window with the hustle and bustle of the leaves. You wish so greatly that this time could stay with you forever.

The Blackhawks went up against the newest franchise of the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights at the newly built T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday Night. Like most road games for the Hawks, there was plenty of red among the numerous black and gold worn by the Golden Knights and their fans. The game w…

Opening night of the NBA season is always filled with surprises, as you never know what to expect. This although, can be good and bad. For the Celtics, the night did not go as planned as SF Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle injury which was a gruesome injury that…

For the past few days, I have felt both physically and emotionally drained. Overwhelmed, as many of us are, my exhaustion has consumed my motivation, leaving me uninspired.

The Blackhawks always know how to start off their season right, and Thursday night’s home opener was no exception. The United Center was filled with cheers as the Blackhawks reunited with fan favorite, Brandon Sadd, as well as embarrassing last year’s Stanley Cup Champion, the Pittsburgh Pen…

The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a strong start this season as they go undefeated into Week 5, being the only undefeated team in the NFL. Initially, they faced a 10-point deficit in Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter, but were able to rally back and def…

About a year ago, I met Radiance, my best friend, the greatest influence in my life, and the strongest woman I know.

Fear is a four letter word with an abundance of interpretation. We are fully aware when we are experiencing this phenomenon ourselves. However, we often become ignorant towards others when doing the same. We use comforting words such as, “It’s okay,” and, “You will be alright.” We place our …

The Chicago Blackhawks started their preseason on a high note as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. As most of the veteran players sat out, it was a good opportunity to see what the newer guys are capable of providing for the team, and the…

When I was 15-years-old, my best friend snuck into his dad’s office and stole his shotgun. He took the shot gun up to his room, along with a few shells, a piece of paper and a pen. He sat on his bed for about an hour staring at the wall, thinking of what he wanted to write. How do you tell t…

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Week 1 of regular season has come and gone, and it was a great opportunity for the rookie class to showcase their skills, either earning a starting position later on in the season or being a benchwarmer. While most of the games in Week 1 weren’t the highest scoring (lowest number for an open…

The other day, during a class discussion in my Middle Grades Literature class, I found myself disagreeing with many of my peers on a particular issue. We were discussing a character in the novel we are reading whom, despite her outward sense of purity and innocence, lacked in both confidence…

For most NFL fans, waiting seven months for regular season to start feels more like seven years. Sure, you got hockey, basketball or even baseball to watch in the meantime, but even two of the three sports finish their seasons in the summer (with baseball dragging on), so you still have two …

Today I want to share a lesson with my audience that I myself am still learning.

Once upon a time, fashionistas around the world hid away their beautiful white clothes come the first Monday of September. Fashion influencers continued to spread this rule decade after decade causing it to become one of the most famous fashion rules known to mankind.

Before I enrolled last fall to become a Redbird at Illinois State University, I was attending a community college. After deciding to move on to a four-year college, many people would say things to me such as, “Why would you give up such cheap tuition to go to a university?” or, “People typic…

1. Despite enjoying the nice weather, I have managed to develop several blisters on my feet from walking around campus.

“Dear little sister” is how I wanted to begin this entry. However, as I have learned over the years, that term is quite inaccurate for many reasons. Not only are you a few inches taller, you are without a doubt, a bigger person. You have a more accepting and compassionate heart than most I h…

Hi, my name is Dino. I'm Sierra’s dog. I know what you are thinking, where did Sierra go? Well, while she is away on business, I am taking over her blog! I am no expert in writing, but I will do my very best. A lot of people do not know this, but beagles can be very talented. Yesterday, I wa…

Aside from our declining environment due to the inevitable effects of climate change, I think we can all confirm that it is, in fact, summer. And you know what that entails: bonfires, beaches and spontaneous adventures with friends before the air turns brisk and all, including the leaves, be…

On a typical afternoon, rather than enjoying the nice weather or engaging in conversation with my loved ones, I sometimes prefer to ponder alone toward a blank wall regarding everything wrong with the world. Issues that I have no control over and will achieve absolutely nothing by simply ack…

Cooking and baking at home is the simplest and most cost-efficient method of leading a healthier lifestyle in the kitchen. No matter your culture, indulging in various meals and desserts is unavoidable -- as it SHOULD be.

I personally have never desired to be a teacher. Working with children is something I have always loved, however I can simply not imagine myself in a classroom for the entirety of my adult life.

Okay, some of you may have read the title and thought to yourself, "Fall and winter are forever away, why is she already talking trends???" Well, in the fashion industry, this is when fall and winter trends get reported, and just like every fashion blogger, I got excited and needed to be the…

The other night, my mother shared something with me I have yet to stop thinking about. As young women who both take pride in our bodies, my mother and I often find ourselves discussing health and fitness. This conversation was no different. However, in many ways, it was entirely.

With the warm winter months finally among us, it is a good time to talk about the beach, obviously. That being said, I am glad our society has come to a point where skin cancer has had more awareness and girls are choosing to get their bronze through healthier alternatives. There are many gr…

I hope you have been enjoying your first few weeks of summer vacation and have found time to reflect on completing yet another school year. Whether you finished with a diploma in hand or are just beginning to venture the four walls of your school or university, you have something to be proud of.

Although all the other fashion bloggers are reporting Cannes Film Festival and the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 show, I thought I would put a small hiatus in all those articles. Rather, I chose to talk about how to achieve the French girl’s style.

Each story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Endings are for goodbye, for closing statements and ultimatums, but I refuse to close this book. I refuse to turn to the final page because I know that once I am finished, I am no longer able to indulge in the satisfaction I felt when I first …

As we transition into spring there is one very obvious change in our wardrobes… colorful prints! SS16 was more about texture than prints so it is exciting for a little change. So what are going to be the top prints for SS17 you ask? Well here they are: 

One of the reasons why baseball is a great sport is because of its unpredictability. You can read all of the preseason expectations and make all the predictions in the world, but there are always teams that surprise with either winning or losing seasons. This brings me to my next point.

Last summer, I spent most of my time with The Jesse White Tumbling Team, an entertainment, gymnastics team in Chicago that was founded by Secretary of State, Jesse White. Becoming a member of this team was one of my biggest dreams. There were a number of shows I had during the summer where I…

As finals week is quickly approaching us, we are all cramming for our exams and anxiously anticipating the results that will soon follow. I think we can all relate to being enrolled in that one course, where we sit in that dreaded lecture hall, and die a little bit inside each and every day.…

I know what you all are going to say. Kyle, didn’t you just recently write an article on this team??? The short answer to that is yes. In particular, I stated an opinion as to why it would be tough for Colorado to ever be competitive with Coors Field as the team’s long-term home, considering…

This is a time when we do not feel like doing any more assignments, taking tests or writing papers. The semester is coming to an end, but the reality is that we are still students that have to take care of our responsibilities. I am guilty of procrastinating and slacking on my work. It is al…

Public service is the belief in doing beyond what needs to be done for your own self-benefit and, in my opinion, this is something that our generation has the potential to shape.

Well, Earth day is here making it the perfect time to talk about sustainable fashion. With the rapid growth of technological fabrics and the wearable technology still being developed, it is no wonder we nod our heads to synthetic fabrics, as it could not be done without them. Synthetic fabri…

In our everyday life’s we have many responsibilities to attain or fulfill. Personally, I often find it difficult to balance everything into my daily routine without the occasional freak-out. Presentations, exams, homework, oh my! It can be scary to try and manage our many, many obligations. …

By the end of 2015, it was a legitimate question as to who was the world’s best baseball player: Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, or Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. In the years before that season, Trout had easily outpaced Harper; the former won the first of probably several …