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Politically Savvy: Is it really sexism?

After one of the longest presidential primary races ever, Senator Hillary Clinton has finally conceded her bid for president on Saturday, after Senator Barack Obama finally clinched enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination. It has been a long, intense, unpredictable and exciting primary season that made history in many ways. And although Clinton may

Get Empowered: Are You Addicted to the Net?

On any given day, I'm "plugged in" to some kind of technology for the majority of the hours I'm awake.

Get Inspired: Get to Know Your Local Library

When your parents envision your college career, they probably like to think that you spend hours and hours researching and pouring over books in the university library until the wee hours of the morning. They may have this image in their head because that's what they did back in the day, or maybe they called you at midnight on a Tuesday and wanted to know what all that music was in the background ("Oh, I'm just at the library."). Either way, the truth is that you probably don't spend as much time at the library as you used to. I can't blame you! That is why they invented Wikipedia, right?

Now that it's summer you may still be pulling the library line if you happen to be living at home ("Mom, Dad, see you later I'm going to the library to get a head start for next semester!"), but really, you should try visiting your local library because they actually have some really interesting things and a lot of helpful resources–and it's free!

Books get a bad reputation, but there are so many different kinds, there is bound to be something you like and the joys of going to the library is that if you don't like the book, you can just return it. No commitments, no costs. Some electronic catalogs actually let you search by subject so you can find books that interest you. Plus, books are a great accessory for lounging by the pool and going on vacations without ever leaving your house.

Most libraries also offer music, DVD's and magazines too. Instead of renting a DVD, you may be able to find the same one at your local library or you might be able to get them to request it from a different library nearby. The music may be a little cheesey, but every once and a while, you may find something you like, or maybe you'll find that you just like cheesey music in general! The library is also a fabulous, air-conditioned space to lounge on the couches, drink coffee, and read a free magazine that you don't have to worry about recycling (or hoarding) when you're done with it.

Other things to look for are free movie nights, book clubs, and volunteer opportunities at the library. The summer months have a tendency to be slightly dull coming off an exciting year of college life, but the library is a good place to use up your free time and your parents will be proud when you tell them you're going to the library. Just remember that they used to spend many hours at the library when they were your age, and they probably know what time it closes, so you may want to come up with another excuse for going out late (Wal-Mart is open 24 hours a day).

UChic Pop Picks: Twilight

This book that is the first book in a four book series by Stephanie Meyer. The series has been described as a vampire romance/action, but don’t let the subject matter turn you off. If you enjoyed the gripping Harry Potter series and the moments in the books where you had no choice but to continue

Get Inspired: Host a Sex and the City Premiere Party

Only two days remaining before the day that we have all been waiting for. I started a countdown on my Myspace back when there was 72 days left. The anticipation is killing me. I started renting all of the DVDs from seasons 1-6 months ago to refresh my memory and ignite my excitement, and I have to say, it worked pretty well. Every time I see a preview for it on TV, I get chill bumps and my stomach does back-flips. It’s true; I just can’t wait for the Sex and the City Movie!!

Somehow, I just don’t think that two hours and fifteen minutes is going to be enough. There is just so much Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha and I need to catch up on. If you’re anything like me, you want those minutes to last, and the perfect way to stretch your SATC time is with a premiere party!

Your premiere party can be as extravagant or low-key as you’d like. Incorporating elements from the show is a must, though. Here are some suggestions:

Gather up your best girlfriends and watch the 6th season before going to the theatre, so you’ll be all caught up for the movie.

Play a Sex and The City trivia game to jog your memory about all of your favorite cast members and episodes.

Host a brunch. Get together with your besties and catch up on gossip just like our favorite SATC crew.

Get together with your girls or go out on the town. The only rule is, drink Cosmos!

UChic Pop Picks: The White Lie

A white lie is defined by as “an often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth.” I’ve been debating lately amongst my friends whether or not it is best to tell the whole truth or whether, at some points in our lives, little white lies are necessary. I’m here to bring you both sides of the

OMG of the Day: Robert Redford to Wed!

I know Robert Redford really wasn’t from our time. More like from our parents’ generation. But we all know who he is, and we’ve definitely seen All the President’s Men or The Horse Whisperer one too many times. He was attractive when he was younger, and certainly still quite attractive as an older man. So

Get Empowered: Jane Doe Kits Decrease Stigma for Victimized Women

Date rape is an obvious issue on college campuses. With all the booze, bars and lack of authority figures, many girls are forced to make decisions about their bodies for the first time. And sometimes, things can go terribly wrong. And when things do go wrong, the victim is left feeling completely powerless.

Glimpse of Gorgeous: What’s Your Signature Piece?

For Linus, it was his blanket, and in The Devil Wears Prada (the book) it was a white silk Hermès scarf for Miranda Priestly. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld incorporates white camellias and quilted bags into each collection, and for Coco Chanel, it all started with the little black dress. There are thousands, maybe even a

Get Inspired: Start a Blog!

Do you remember your middle school diary?

Dear Diary, today is day number 143 of my secret crush on Bobby. Today he looked at me twice and then asked to borrow my pencil. I think we are in love. We are going to get married and have 4 kids.

Well hopefully, you have grown out of your life-documenting diary days and have matured into keeping a journal, or better yet, a blog! Blogs are the diary of the 21st Century, and they can be awesome professional tools, as well as great ways to vent and let others know what is going on in your life.

There are several great blogging platforms out there including Blogspot, WordPress, and Xanga, and it only takes a couple of minutes to have one up and running. If you are internet savvy, you may think about building your own, but for the majority of us, these sites are the way to go.

One of the most important elements of your blog is its name. You want to let people know what they will be reading about before they even start. Think about an aspect of your personality that will be reflected in this blog or a topic that you would like to continually cover, and go from there.

Although you may not think about blogs in this context, they are great resume' builders, and are easy ways to gain professional knowledge while you are still in college. Pick a subject that applies to your future career field and blog about topics related to that field, whether they be in the news or elsewhere. Then, when you apply for a job, employers can log onto your blog and discover that you really do know what you are talking about.

If you aren't interested in starting a professional blog, other blogs are cool too. It's nice to have a space to vent about life and share your opinions with the world. Just be careful about what you post. You don't need to start making enemies through your blog. Think about who might see your writing, and go from there. Leave the crush documentation in your middle school diary. If you feel the dire urge to talk about it, call your best friend, don't post it on the internet.