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Health Nut: Dude, Where’s My Towel?

Ladies and ladies read this closely. Pay very close attention. I've got a story to tell, this is a story that can maybe one day save your life. Listen up!

How many of you out there dorm? Raise your hands--no one's looking. Okay, you can put your hands down. Now how many of you share a bathroom with more than two girls? Come on, put your hands back up. Damn that's a lot of you.

Now if you're one of those gals that leaves your towel in the bathroom because you're thinking you're the only person that uses it, I have bad news.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your roommate or your suitemate might go into the bathroom towel-less but comes out dry as hell after a shower? That chick used your towel. This should be disturbing to you. Not only is it nasty, it's also unhealthy. The body sheds skin cells constantly and those cells will cling to the towel that you will use the very next morning. All types of bacteria and germ-infested critters have now gotten onto your body and you're at risk for bacteria to infest your skin as well. Take this as a lesson--never leave your towel unattended!

Health Nut: Dude, Where's My Towel?

Ladies and ladies read this closely. Pay very close attention. I've got a story to tell, this is a story that can maybe one day save your life. Listen up!

How many of you out there dorm? Raise your hands--no one's looking. Okay, you can put your hands down. Now how many of you share a bathroom with more than two girls? Come on, put your hands back up. Damn that's a lot of you.

Now if you're one of those gals that leaves your towel in the bathroom because you're thinking you're the only person that uses it, I have bad news.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your roommate or your suitemate might go into the bathroom towel-less but comes out dry as hell after a shower? That chick used your towel. This should be disturbing to you. Not only is it nasty, it's also unhealthy. The body sheds skin cells constantly and those cells will cling to the towel that you will use the very next morning. All types of bacteria and germ-infested critters have now gotten onto your body and you're at risk for bacteria to infest your skin as well. Take this as a lesson--never leave your towel unattended!

Campus Trends: Podcasts Leap Out of the Speakers and Into My Heart

Podcasts are my new favorite form of communication. I may be a little bit behind in this trend, but my collection is growing. I subscribe to Grammar Girl and I just downloaded a free version of Pride and Prejudice. My friend Matt, a manager at his college radio station, said that his station has weekly

New TV Show Distorts “Greek” Life

"After watching the second episode of ABC Family’s new sorority/fraternity dramedy "Greek," the only impression that remained was the feeling that at the end of my life I would want that hour of time back."

New TV Show Distorts "Greek" Life

"After watching the second episode of ABC Family’s new sorority/fraternity dramedy "Greek," the only impression that remained was the feeling that at the end of my life I would want that hour of time back."

Politically Savvy: It's Not Too Late to Help Save Student Financial Aid!

Almost two weeks ago, the House passed the College Cost Reduction Act, which would increase federal financial aid for students and lessen the burden that many face trying to pay for college. This week, more updates: this past Friday, while we were all anxiously awaiting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (wait...maybe that was just me), the Senate was working to pass its version of financial aid legislation, the Higher Education Access Act, 78-18. This bill will increase grants for low-income students and and help make student loan debt more manageable. Then, the Nelson-Burr amendment was introduced, which would amend the bill to give student loan companies an extra $4 billion -- that would mean $4 billion less in grants for students who need it. However, millions of American students from Campus Progress and the Campaign for College Affordability called their Senators to tell them to vote against the Amendment -- and it worked. The bill passed and the amendment failed, which means students will received that extra $4 billion in grant aid! Though the House and Senate have both made great strides in protecting the financial futures of college students, there is stil some work to be done. The House and Senate will now form a conference committee to discuss combining their two bills, and then the bill needs to be signed into law by President Bush - who has already threatened to veto it. What can you do? Get involved and take action now! Join the millions of college students working to make a difference with the Campaign to Make College Affordable. Check out their website for more information about these important reforms and about how you can easily call and email your Senators and Representatives to make sure they are supporting your interests!

Politically Savvy: It’s Not Too Late to Help Save Student Financial Aid!

Almost two weeks ago, the House passed the College Cost Reduction Act, which would increase federal financial aid for students and lessen the burden that many face trying to pay for college. This week, more updates: this past Friday, while we were all anxiously awaiting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (wait...maybe that was just me), the Senate was working to pass its version of financial aid legislation, the Higher Education Access Act, 78-18. This bill will increase grants for low-income students and and help make student loan debt more manageable. Then, the Nelson-Burr amendment was introduced, which would amend the bill to give student loan companies an extra $4 billion -- that would mean $4 billion less in grants for students who need it. However, millions of American students from Campus Progress and the Campaign for College Affordability called their Senators to tell them to vote against the Amendment -- and it worked. The bill passed and the amendment failed, which means students will received that extra $4 billion in grant aid! Though the House and Senate have both made great strides in protecting the financial futures of college students, there is stil some work to be done. The House and Senate will now form a conference committee to discuss combining their two bills, and then the bill needs to be signed into law by President Bush - who has already threatened to veto it. What can you do? Get involved and take action now! Join the millions of college students working to make a difference with the Campaign to Make College Affordable. Check out their website for more information about these important reforms and about how you can easily call and email your Senators and Representatives to make sure they are supporting your interests!

A Chic and Simple Summer Meal

"Conveniently, the summer offers an array of delicious foods that grow great during the season and pack the produce floors. Strawberries are one of those foods, and can be eaten in many unconventional ways. This member of the rose family is known to be regular summer treat, but did you know it makes for a great salad ingredient too?"

Glimpse of Gorgeous: SHOCKING NEWS! Celebrities are People Too!

Fashion magazines are my anti-drug. I get a high from page after glossy page of fabulous clothing, designer accessories, and exquisite advertising. For me, they are a source of inspiration and motivation not only for my wardrobe's sake but for my career and my daily life. I subscribe to four, Hearst Tower is the background on my MacBook and every time I think that one day I will sit in that building and write for Harpers Bazaar or Marie Claire, I get chill bumps because I can think of nothing I want more in life than to produce beautiful art. Never have I looked at a cover and said, "Oh gosh, I wish I could be as perfect as Anne Hathaway!" because I know for a fact, that she probably wishes she had Mandy Moore's hair or SJP's body.

However, the writers at Jezebel.com do not share my same enthusiasm or lighthearted regard for celebrity covershots. In fact, in a recent article "The Redbook You Should Have Seen on Newsstands," the writer expresses her utter disdain for the dramatic results of a photoshopped picture of Faith Hill calling the pre-airbrushed Faith "wrinkly and grossly overweight." It also suggests that we should stop buying women's magazines altogether (no, No, NOO!) But as I look at the two pictures, I can hardly tell the difference, and either way, I think Faith Hill looks lovely.

It seems to me that everyone is always looking for somewhere to put the blame for their self image issues, or eating disorders. A lot of the time, the liability falls on celebrities. People we don't know, who are imperfect just like all of the other humans. The ones with flaws, and cellulite, and believe it or not-bad hair days every once in a while! Who cares if their pictures are airbrushed? If my face was going to be seen around the world, I would want it to be touched up a bit too. There was never once a claim made that they are perfect or that everyone should look just like them, so why is anyone measuring their self worth with a magazine cover? Appreciate the brilliant articles, laugh at the advice columns, or if nothing else, just look at the pictures and appreciate it as art instead of a manual for life.

Really the bottom line is, Faith Hill is in her forties, and airbrushed or not, wrinkly or not (I'm not even going to touch the grossly overweight comment), she looks stinkin amazing. Beauty is in individualism, so never compare yourself to someone else, celebrity or otherwise. Everyone has flaws, so embrace them and stop beating yourself up over them. Find what makes you feel gorgeous and then, by all means, BE GORGEOUS!

If you want to check out the before and after cover shots for yourself, visit www.jezebel.com

Breaking Up Is NOT Difficult To Get Over

"The purpose of our little “Break Up” parties are to celebrate the rebirth of a friend who is now entering the world as a single woman, and that could be a positive thing. Why spend your days, months and years depressed and constantly thinking about a relationship that probably wasn’t destined to last?"