Project Runway wrapped up season fourteen on Nov. 5, crowning Ashley Nell Tipton the winner of nearly $300,000 worth of prizes. Tipton’s final runway show was inspired by Mexico City in the 1950s, full of hand-dyed pastels, floral crowns, and lace. The major factor separating Tipton from her competition was that her collection was entirely plus-size, the first of its kind on Project Runway.
Tipton’s career on Project Runway found her on the top and bottom, judge’s score-wise. She began the season by making a name for herself, winning two of the first three challenges. However, in the recent weeks leading up to the finale, Tipton lingered at the bottom, with designer Kelly Dempsey leading the pack. This led many people to believe that Dempsey was the obvious winner, causing an uproar on social media. Critics of Tipton’s collection claim the sole reason she won was due to her entire collection being plus-sized. In response to these sizeist critics, Tipton has stated, “My collection was cohesive. My collection was wearable. My collection can also go for straight-sized women. I’m a talented designer and that is why I won.”
Tipton's goal for the future of her brand is “to be in reach for every plus-size woman out there. Sky’s the limit.” Tipton has a unique take on plus-size fashion, with bold, bright, and daring designs and colors. “I love color and I’m very inspired by curvy women and helping them feel good in their clothes,” explains Tipton. “I want to offer plus-size women the opportunity to wear fun colors and to avoid the pitfalls of only wearing black because many curvy girls think it is the only color that is slimming.” Tipton is currently in the process of shopping her line at department stores, agencies, and investors; Project Runway fans are waiting see what bold designs Tipton creates next.
Before Mickey Mouse, there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the first character Walt Disney ever created. The silent film Sleigh Bells was just recently rediscovered; it was produced in 1928 and features Oswald among other characters. Disney and his animator, Ub Iwerks, created Oswald together, but due to contractual disagreements with Universal, they dropped Oswald and went on to create Mickey Mouse. “There’s a good argument to be made that had Walt Disney not fallen out with Universal over contracts, he would have gone on to make one hundred more Oswald films and Mickey Mouse may have never have been created,” says Justin Johnson, an Animator Programmer at the British Film Institution (BFI). Oswald and Mickey are said to both be very much alike. Cartoons back then tended to be very generic and lacked personality, but both Mickey and Oswald are very fun and mischievous, and they share many physical traits.
New York-based FanDuel and Massachusetts-based DraftKings are the two largest daily fantasy sports operators. You pay a few dollars, draft a team for the day, and see how much money you win. People have walked away with millions of dollars after playing.
However, New York's state attorney demanded they stop allowing residents to play because the gambling is illegal under New York state law. FanDuel plans to take every possible legal route to remain in business, and DraftKings will also attempt to negotiate with the state attorney to dig itself out of its current hole. Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, a major financial transaction processor, told all of its daily fantasy sports operators to stop accepting players from New York in light of the state attorney's demands while both the corporations work things out in court.
It is common for students to spend their days watching Netflix and hanging out with friends and end up panicking when 10 o’clock hits. The sun starts setting faster and the clock is ticking quicker than usual. The dream of getting a good grade on the test or assignment the following morning is fading away. There is only one option left: pull an all-nighter.
Urban Dictionary defines an all-nighter as “[High school and college students] ditching sleep to spend several more hours cramming for tests, only to notice … drool on [the] desk in front of the class the next day.” While most people go in with the vision of a productive night and competing work in success, they often forget the suffering and crying that must be endured throughout the night. The emotions that individuals go through can be explained through the 7 stages of grief (because most of these people can find themselves mourning their sanity and the little quality of life they have).
Horror struck Paris. In total, six locations were targeted by the terrorist group ISIS: Stade de France, Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, restaurant Le Petit Cambodge, Concert venue Bataclan restaurant Le Belle Equipe, and Avenue de Republique. At least one hundred twenty-eight people are dead from the gunfire and blasts. U.S President Barack Obama spoke with the France President, Francois Hollande, to offer help in the investigation of this horrific attack. Obama said, "This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share." He called the attacks an "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians." Not only was this an attack on Paris, but it was a threat to everyone else. Russian leader Vladimir Putin sends his condolences to Hollande and France saying, “Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes." Hollande had told a group of reporters outside Bataclan that "terrorists capable of carrying out such atrocities must know that they will face a France that is determined and united."
Fourteen people were killed in Le Petit Cambodge; civilians had heard gunshots from outside and then the glass windows of the restaurant shattering down. Mostly all dropped to the floor hiding under tables. The worst scene was at Bataclan with at least eighty left dead. A witness told Radio France that they had heard attackers shouting “Allah Akbar” as they entered Bataclan shooting their rifles. A journalist who was at a concert there escaped and told CNN; "We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.”
Seven of the attackers were killed in suicide bombings. Four more were killed, three of whom were wearing explosive belts during a police raid. Five other suspected attackers are claimed to be “neutralized”; whether they are dead or not is unsure. The total amount of attackers and whether they are dead or alive is also unconfirmed.
This is a very difficult time for France and the citizens who live there. U.S. citizens in Paris who are safe are being asked by the State Department to call their families. Those Americans in France needing assistance should call 001-202-501-4444. Americans concerned about loved ones in Paris should call 1-888-407-4747.
At the University of Alabama, three police officers were suspended with pay on Monday, Nov. 9 for abusing their force to end a party upon Alabama defeating LSU in a football game. The students were sure it was just the police to shut the party down, but it quickly got out-of-hand. Videos went viral from two perspectives: in and out of the house. Inside the house, an officer was seen telling a student he was under arrest as he kept trying to force his way in. The student kept asking if he was being detained. The officer had no warrant and gave no reason, so the student tried shutting the door, and the officer barged in, tackled, tased, and beat the student outside of the door upon being dragged out which is where the second video was shot. Chief Steve Anderson of the Tuscaloosa Police Department said he was “deeply disturbed” by what he had seen in the videos and disappointed in the actions of the officers. The school is still deciding whether or not the officers handled the situation appropriately, but three students will still face charges for resisting arrest and harassment and obstruction according to Chief Anderson.
The terms ‘college’ and ‘university’ are often used interchangeably. The overarching difference between the two is that the programs of a college are narrower and oftentimes have no graduate study options. Universities, on the other hand, are composed of multiple colleges, schools, or departments, making them typically larger institutions with broader alternatives for majors and degree options in both undergraduate and graduate programs. For example, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro houses seven schools and two colleges, including the Lloyd International Honors College. The four-year programs of both, universities and colleges, progress towards the fulfillment of bachelor’s degrees.
Public vs. Private
There are two overarching types of colleges or universities: public and private.
On social media, there is a thin line distinguishing authentic and fabricated content. With shows like Catfish thriving, there is no exact way to determine what is real and what is fake. Famous Instagram model and YouTuber Essena O’Neill recently released a video sharing her take on the whole ordeal. The nineteen-year-old Internet star decided that social media should be more realistic, vowing to quit all social media. Why? As posted in her blog (which began shortly after her published promise to quit social media), she “found social media (the current system) to be just contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other,” convincing her that her life “wasn’t good enough.”
O’Neill has a point. As stated in her video, “having it all on social media means nothing in your real life.” Following her powerful messages, she received a lot of critiques. The most common critique was her vow to give up social media only to create a blog. Obviously, she is not too keen on her word. Also, recent information provided by some of O’Neill’s former friends suggests that her whole speech was based off of a terrible break-up. As many may recall, O’Neill briefly discussed her boyfriend who felt depressed in her teary-eyed state.
In response to her video, twins Nina and Randa Nelson, with whom O’Neill stayed with while in Los Angeles, created a YouTube video of their own. As the Nelson twins put it, O’Neill “wasn’t at the pinnacle of her success;” she was only in LA for vacation. The Nelsons believe that O’Neill’s video “reveals what she’s looking for”
To be the president of the United States, a person must meet many requirements including being a natural-born citizen. A ten-year-old girl from Massachusetts named Alena Mulhern is trying to change this. Mulhern was born in China, but she has lived here since she was ten months old and has basically grown up in America. She says that this law prevents many people from doing great things in politics. She asked the committee to think about how many people this affects and to realize it is all because of a law passed over two-hundred years ago. “I am just as much as an American as you are and everyone else,” says Mulhern, “and I don’t even remember China that much.”
Although I do not plan on going into politics like this clearly brave girl, I can relate to this in my own life. I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea at nine months. I also do not remember it all, and I was raised by an American family. I do not know really any different lifestyle other than my life; I drive a truck, play sports, and grew up fishing and listening to country music. I am sure Mulhern has grown up in a similar way in her American family. The significance in saying that is there is no point in stopping people who are adopted or who have been here that long. There is so much potential and insight that they can teach us from their culture while in a leadership position in the government. If a person loves our country and is willing to step up and take the lead, then he/she should be given as fair of a chance as anyone else. Hopefully Alena can be an example for others who feel the same need to step up, take action, and open people’s eyes who do not see the side she is arguing.
Just face it; Thanksgiving is the ugly stepchild of holidays. After Halloween, the whole nation starts the countdown to Christmas. (The Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family is a perfect example of this jump between holidays; it is a countdown to the countdown to Christmas!) What happened to that idea of family coming together and just pigging out? Thanksgiving is that time to stuff your stomachs with the best fall food ever. Some people begin dieting months before every Thanksgiving in preparation for the huge feast. Unfortunately, times have changed, filling the thankful holiday with “Christmas cheer.”