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Politically Savvy: Was 2008 a big year for women in politics?

I don't know about you, but I'm a little tired of hearing about the same things in the news right now: Rod Blagojevich, corruption, scandal, and the failing economy. It's a lot of doom and gloom out there in the news right now, and it's not looking pretty. But there is one piece of good news

UChic Pop Rocks: Revolutionizing Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl Fan here, your one and only source into the not-so-scandalous life of a Manhattan college student. OK, so I may only live on the Upper West Side, but I have my own juicy information to share. This is one of the most important things you will read all day. It will change an

New Shoes, Please!

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High college fees put U.S. behind

In case you’ve been living in a Y2K bunker for the past eight years, here’s a news flash: College is getting expensive, and its price is increasing every day. According to, “The cost of attending college has risen nearly three times the rate of the cost of living.” The results stemmed from a report

UChic Pop Rocks: Unsportsmanlike Conduct

It seems like pro-athletes continually reaffirm the time-honored cliché of the obnoxious, meat-head jock (see: every teen movie ever). The latest: This week, NHL player Sean Avery was suspended indefinitely from the NHL for publicly talking smack on his ex-girlfriends. The Dallas Stars forward made this statement Tuesday morning at a press conference: “I’m really

Politically Savvy: Hillary Clinton For Secretary of State

Did you think Hillary Clinton was fading out of the public spotlight after her campaign for the presidency ended in June? Think again. Rumors have been circulating for weeks that President-elect Barack Obama may nominate Senator Clinton for Secretary of State, one of the highest and most-respected positions in his cabinet. An interesting move, indeed.


I know that somewhere, there’s a written list of rules for girls. Rules that usually don’t get followed, but if you’re found to be a rule-breaker, you could get the cold shoulder for DAYS. Days, people. So I’m not really sure where these rules come in when you’re stuck in the middle of two of

Saving Superwoman: Super Role Models

In honor of the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week and Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, IBM hosted a WomenSpeak Webcast where the top international female businesswomen gave advice to other rising superstars.

This initiative was started by the Kauffman Foundation, but IBM took it to the next level with the webcast themed “Women Entrepreneurs Leading Innovation Globally.” You may be thinking that entrepreneurship is only a business thing but both innovation and entrepreneurship are essentials for the superwomen of tomorrow. These tips can be used in both the office and the classroom, not to mention the after graduation job hunt.

“Innovation means different things to different people. For me it is improvement on an existing product or process that betters our quality of life” says Bola Olabisi who called in from the UK. She also believes that we superwomen must be realistic when pursuing our ideas. Doing the research, weighing the pros and cons and staying tenacious are all important for taking your new “it” thing to the top and succeeding in any endeavor.

Another panelist, Maria Contreras-Sweet, who founded the first and only woman-owned bank in California, had special advice for young innovators. She says “Trust your own instincts. Figure out what would make your life easier and patent it. What you feel, everyone else feels and that is the next innovation.”

IBM exec, Amparo Martinez, explained to listeners the three essential ingredients for future entrepreneurs (and superwomen): leadership, innovation and talent. She also stressed the importance of collaboration. “None of us are as strong as all of us.” Remember every superwoman needs a super role model and other superwomen for support.

Marsha Firestone expanded on these important innovator traits when she gave the scoop on an unreleased study by the Center for Women’s Business Research which polled the top grossing female owned companies to find the 7 characteristics of every successful businesswoman. The list included the desire for lifelong learning and a continued push for overall growth. For more visit in a few weeks when the official numbers are revealed.

Other tips on innovation included asking your team for ideas because sometimes leading can require following. Communicating with your peer group can also be vital to getting ahead. As well as strategizing for that promotion by finding a mentor and asking other superwomen how they made it to superhero status.

Moderator and IBM VP, Marilyn Johnson wrapped it up with the perfect call to arms for superwomen worldwide, “Don’t just multitask but hypertask, and do it with style.”

See you innovators in the skies…

UChic Pop Rocks: Email: No, We Can’t

The US is seen as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Everyone uses email, talking on a cell phone is as common as breathing, and it won’t be long till someone’s thumbs freeze into permanent hooks from Crackberry texting. But the President of the United States, it turns out, is not

Phones stop awkward situations

Verizon forgot to advertise their most important feature to their cell phones. Now, I'm not just talking about any feature, I'm talking about the best feature ever, also known as "the awkward situation prevention tool." This tool comes in quite handy when dicey situations arise, so I'm willing to wager that about 85 percent of