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Since 1986, the American Girl franchise has done a fine job promoting equality among different ethnicities. American Girl creates dolls from a variety of backgrounds and from different periods of American history. Buyers can also purchase dolls that look like themselves.

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Whether we would like to admit it or not, Halloween is just around the corner. Crazy to think October is almost over if you ask me! I know most of you are beyond excited to spend the weekend going out with friends, dressing up as someone/something you’ve always wanted to be and deleting all …

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As we are finally entering the heart of one of the best seasons there is, aka fall, it’s about time we get fully embrace all it has to offer. Whether that be by creating DIY fall decorations or crafts, creative Halloween costumes, getting some fall style inspiration or trying out some season…

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“If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all.” We’ve heard the phrase since we were eight years old, but have you ever considered the importance behind this message? I do not think we often realize the power kind people have on those they interact with. Power to turn someone’s day a…

The past few weeks have seemed a little brighter around here—and it’s not just because the sun has finally started shining. There have been two major celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day and the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rising.

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I get this question all the time when I tell people it's my major. There isn't one simple answer though. I try my best to give people a comprehensive one. I usually say things like "creating virtual environments" or "developing easy-to-use user interfaces" but I want this post to expand on w…

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As the end of the year nears, stress levels are at their highest point. I do not know about you, but I am the person who obsessively plans out every little thing that needs to be crossed off my to-do list for the next three weeks. I’ve done this since high school, and in college this obsessi…

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Being kind is the most impactful and easiest way to be a great person. Sometimes I think that we can get so caught up in competition to raise thousands of dollars or to put on the biggest philanthropic event to raise the most awareness, because we think that that is the best way to be great.…

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  “... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." – Steve Jobs

In the perfect world, I would be able to travel to fabulous places every weekend of my semester, staying in five-star hotels and dining in the best restaurants. Unfortunately in this one, my savings from a string of teenage jobs have forced me to be a little more careful with my money. While…

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College is more than just studying for tests and working to get good grades. Over the past three years, I have realized what we do in the classroom may not always be the most important stuff we do while we are here. Here are the three things I find most important to do for others and for our…

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If there is one thing that is keeping Redbirds motivated the next couple of full days of school, it is spring break. Students in the classrooms, library cubicles and dorms are daydreaming of the sun-soaked filled adventures that lie ahead. Taking your midterm exams is obviously on the top of…

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As graduation approaches, I have been consciously making an effort to experience the parts of living in Bloomington-Normal that I have either put off or never got around to. Eating at DESTIHL was something I always said I would do, but just never ended up trying.I have always heard really go…

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Loosely defined, a ‘Bucket List’ is a list of things that a person wants to do or achieve before they die.  While the more introspective among us may have already started working on their personal, lifetime Bucket List, it is probably safe to say that the task is generally reserved for the 4…

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Walking into Take a Bite for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I knew I wanted to eat somewhere that I normally wouldn’t go, and this seemed like the perfect place.

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Following and continuing to listen to a music artist for 10 years is a long time. I’m sure everyone has a few favorite artists that were there when they started listening to music, and are still one of their favorites today. Artists that come to mind when I first got into music are John Lege…

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The two biggest chain Tex-Mex restaurants in Bloomington-Normal are Chipotle and Moe’s. We’re here to help you decide which is the best restaurant for you. Aaron has taken the side of Moe’s, and Nicole is team Chipotle. Let the debate begin.

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It’s Thursday night and you don’t feel like going out to a party or the bars, but you also don’t want to stay in and watch Netflix, and you most definitely do not want to study any longer… so what do you do? If you are like any of my friends and I, you pick the next option… going out to eat.

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2015 came and went. A lot of good music happened in 2015, but there were a few major albums and projects that did not end up happening for one reason or another. These are my 5 albums that I’m looking forward to in 2016. I’m looking forward to these albums for a variety of reasons. 

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This winter at Illinois State you might find yourself reaching for the same pieces you’ve pulled out of the closet for years. As accessories come and go and styles change over time, it’s tough to keep up. Looking at magazines can give inspiration, but for a student those high prices for the …

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When it comes to February 2nd, Groundhog Day, I feel most people have a love-hate relationship with the all-knowing groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. If you don’t know who Phil is, he is a groundhog who determines our fate for a long or short winter season. Pretty much every year, after Phil see…

The meaning behind the riots in Ferguson, Mo. and across the country isn’t just to get justice for one innocent, young man. It’s for justice for a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a “neighborhood watchman” after buying Skittles from a nearby 7-11, it’s for the 22-year-old father wh…

Feminism is about wanting the social, political, and economic equality for all women and men. For us millennials, that mostly means posting stories about catcalling and sexual harassment situations on Facebook and hoping that writing a long rant about it will call attention and get a bunch o…

The Halloweekend is coming to a close and with that, we welcome the month of Thanksgiving and all that its chilliness has to offer. A much needed break and quality family time is looming and us college students can hardly contain our excitement. Thanksgiving has always proved to be the best …

It seems as college students, we’re either really passionate about voting or we’re passionate about not voting. Whether it is the Presidential or local election, it doesn't matter; college students seem to be on one side of the fence or the other. I, for one, am a proponent for voting in eve…

Fall continues its strong suit having almost successfully turned every leaf into a divine radiance that embellishes the campus sidewalks. With that, Fall Fashion continues to plunder on and are we complaining? Absolutely not! While it’s fun to point out all of the fabulous trends that this s…

Some may associate legwarmers with their mother’s “Jane Fonda Workout Hour” VHS tapes of the 80s, but these simple sleeves have made a comeback and look fabulous with riding boots. Legwarmers have a stereotype of essentially being sweaters for your legs, but now there are ways to make them e…

Let me just say, I cannot believe it is already November. November is still full of fall colors with an added chill giving us a chance to wear chic clothing while still staying warm on the walk to class. There is an excitement of upcoming Holidays in the air and of the fashions we can only s…

Black Friday shopping may change a bit this year, many are making Facebook pages and petitions to tell business not to open doors on Thanksgiving evening.

Halloween 2013 has come and gone, but the memories of the glorious costumes will remain in our hearts...until next year. I was happy to see that students were creative in their costumes instead of just throwing on lingerie. So, here is the countdown of the best costumes I've seen on campus t…

With the start of November comes the beginning of “No Shave November.” Throughout this month long event, some guys will go all out growing a complete beard, while some will only partially commit. Depending on the guy, I think that No Shave November can be okay. But I know some guys that have…

Whether you have been too busy or overwhelmed with thinking about Halloween costumes, there are some easy costumes you may not have thought about and will cost you little to nothing this Halloween. If you need some inspiration, you have come to the right blog.

It is that time of year once again; scurrying to find the best Halloween Costume. This is always a hard decision because you don’t want to look like you are trying to hard, but at the same time you want people to compliment your outfit. If you are single you are obviously going to looking fo…

Previously I wrote a blog post about my time in the Blue Mountains, which is just outside of Sydney, Australia. Little did I know that my timing was dead on; I picked the perfect time to tell you all about the Blue Mountains. And now, I get to tie my story into some current events. Most of y…

Though this style makes me think of the 60s and 70s, patchwork elbows have become more elaborate. What used to symbolize reinforcement now gives off a chic look. I have seen multiple sequin elbow pads on shirts this fall. Usually paired with a solid sweater, these sequins are made to show a …

Though he is best known as the “dread locked, rapping guy” on MTV’s The Real World III San Francisco, Mohammed Bilal is now known as a diversity consultant, musician, poet, and writer who educates audiences about today’s social problems. Since being on “The Real World,” Bilal’s life had chan…

Prior to coming to college, I did not really celebrate breast cancer awareness month because no one in my family has battled breast cancer, so it never really had an impact on me. But once I got to college and was living in the dorms, the month of October took on a whole new meaning. My RA f…

It is almost mid-October, also known as the time of the year when it is winter in the morning and summer in the afternoon. With Illinois weather, it can be a complicated task when deciding what to wear for the day. Factor in some lecture halls are cooler (or hotter) than others and this beco…

This fall’s best trends are all based upon fads that have come and gone, but this one may be the most enjoyable yet. Alright ladies, bust out those tutus and let your inner five year old flourish. Yes, the ballerina look is back.

Some may know that Lamar Odom, husband to Khloe Kardashian, has been in the news for some not great reasons recently. There have been rumors of drug addiction, cheating and just not being home in general.

This past week there has been buzz around Hollywood or you may have even seen for yourself Kanye West's freak out towards Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter. Everyone saw friends tweet about how Kanye has gone off the crazy cliff, but what really happened?

The weather is cooler, the trees are changing, and leggings are becoming a more popular piece of clothing showcased this fall, but the reason why may surprise you.

Though it may not feel like it now, fall is just around the corner, which means cooler weather is bound to kick in. Have no fear, bold colors and heavier material are always there to save the day and we will soon be putting away the tank tops and craving those cable knits.

College students will have to find a new way to get to bars while drinking at night. Bloomington City Council approved the ban for consumption of alcohol on “party buses.” The council had its meeting on Monday, where they voted 6-2 to approve the ban.

In a recent article in College Social Magazine it was stated that, "your book bag says more about you than you realize." College students carry around pounds of textbooks and class materials on a daily basis, with some walking a great distance to and from campus each day. Though there have b…

Victoria’s Secret PINK is a brand embraced by many, and Illinois State University has been showered in PINK love by being added to the list of campuses around the country involved in a special “sisterhood.”

Though monograms may offer the effect of high society and wealth, the simple, yet etiquette letters have been spotted on more than just stationary and jewelry these days and the power associated with them has changed as well.

Everyone has probably seen it, or at least heard about it: Miley Cyrus’ latest video “Wrecking Ball”. Cyrus released the song earlier this month. Many were not shocked when the video came out and one of the first things you see is Miley on a wrecking ball, naked. The song was described as a …

It is a sure sign that fall is around the corner once Starbucks’ famous Pumpkin Spice Latte starts brewing again, and consumers can't seem to get enough.

Has anyone else noticed that lace is in high demand these days? Lace is not just for your grandma's fancy tablecloth anymore, but every piece of apparel as well. Being a child of the 1990s, I immediately think of frilly dresses with layers of lace trim and lacey headbands with obnoxious bows…

This is easily the best remake I’ve ever seen, and I promise it won’t bastardize your childhood. Kontor Record’s brilliant redesign of the turntable allowed them to ship vinyl records out to advertising firms, as opposed to CDs which ad agencies are currently flooded with. Knowing that the a…

If any of you are like me, you probably spend a nice chunk of your day on Pinterest. While exploring what the site has to offer, I came across a new fad that is taking my Pinterest feed by fire. The fad, which is a brilliant idea, is known as Goodwill to Polyvore Board Comparisons. If you ar…