Colleen Leahey, Reporter

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Dec 9, 2010

How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship

Last June, collegiate students nationwide were silenced by shock and sadness after news of the murder of UVA lacrosse star Yeardley Love surfaced. Article after article proceeded to litter the Internet about Love and George Huguely’s relationship, many claiming there had been telltale signs that his violent temper would lead to serious danger.

Dec 2, 2010

WikiLeaks: Friend or Foe?

WikiLeaks. I asked one of my roommates what she thought of the controversial website this morning and she responded, "Wait, what's WikiLeaks?" The site has become huge in the past few months, if not days. Yet, it has slipped past the radar of many educated college students. Even the majority of those that are aware of its existence seem to get confused when the specifics of the site are discussed.

Dec 1, 2010

Princess Life vs. College Life: Who Has It Better?

When the news of Prince William's engagement to long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton hit the Internet several weeks ago, hearts all over the world broke in two. Women's dreams of becoming the newest member of the Royal Family were shattered in an instant.

Nov 30, 2010

Major Decisions: Taking the “Un” Out of Undecided

When you first arrive on your university's campus at the ripe age of 18, the world is your oyster. You have yet to begin your four years of college education, which have a heavy hand in shaping your future. To quote Remember Me, you are most likely undecided... about everything.

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Nov 29, 2010

A Few Ideas for Improving the Professor/Student Relationship

Raul Ramos, a professor at the University of Houston, acknowledged his total disconnect from campus life during his first 8 years at the university. He then -- along with his wife, kids, and 2 dogs -- moved into an on-campus dorm in an effort to become more acclimated with the students and their college life.

Robotripping, Four Loko, and Other Ridic Ways College Kids Get Messed Up

It's not difficult to get messed up in college. Keg shells line frat house walls and liquor seems to flow freely from faucets, available whenever the time feels right. Yet, students continuously resort to more creative techniques to make their heads spin. Why?

Casting Call: 8 Classics [GALLERY]

When reading novels, everyone has an idea in their head. But, in light of the recent casting of Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, we've picked a celeb for each novel that would be perfect as the hero or heroine. Pick a book from the list, snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate, and escape from the world (and the cold) for a few hours by creating your own mental movie with the help of these novels.

Harry Potter Goes to College?

For those die-hard Harry Potter fans out there like me—whose favorite pastime includes arguing over which house their real-life friends would be in— it can seem unfathomable, absolutely preposterous that some people have never read the Harry Potter series.

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Nov 12, 2010

College… Quidditch?

It’s no secret that Harry Potter and his fantastical friends have taken the Muggle-world by storm. As we anxiously await the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, it's not tough to lose hours daydreaming of charging through the brick wall to Platform 9 ¾, hopping on the Hogwarts express, and challenging evil with a wand in hand.

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Nov 9, 2010

After The Midterm Elections – What Happens Now?

After last Tuesday’s midterm election votes were tallied, Republicans gained control of the House. Dems still control the Senate, but the right has certainly swept in and gained an enormous (and not unexpected) amount of clout on Capitol Hill. What does this mean for the next two years?

Nov 8, 2010

Dina Lohan: The Toxic Parent

Lindsay's mother, Dina, recently appeared on The Today Show to chat with Matt Lauer about her daughter's status at the Center. Comforting many Americans by informing them of Lindsay's "relaxed" and "happy" state, Dina then proceeded to discuss Lindsay's plans to open her own rehab facility.

Nov 1, 2010

What To Expect When You Head to The Polls

Tomorrow Americans nationwide will be heading to the polls to cast their vote for the 2010 Midterm Election. Many recently graduated high school seniors are finally old enough to exercise their right to have a voice in deciding the future of their state representatives and will be voting for the first time.

Oct 29, 2010

An Ode To Halloween

Amid the holidays that I passionately adore, there are some that rank higher than others. Halloween is one of my favorites. I love the autumnal weather, the unnecessary amounts of chocolate, and having one day to claim "my life is a masquerade" and not be greeted with WTF looks. I love it so much, in fact, that I have decided to write a poem.

Oct 22, 2010

Previving Breast Cancer: Q&A with Maureen Dolan-Galaviz

On January 11, 2011, Claudia Gilmore will undergo a preventative double mastectomy with reconstruction. The 23-year old does not have breast cancer, but has a genetic mutation that makes her more likely to develop cancerous cells in the future. She began writing a blog about life with the mutation several months ago.

Oct 20, 2010

The Lost College Stereotypes

According to an article on Gawker, there are only three types of students left in college: the snob, the dropout, and the cheater. We at CollegeCandy found this analysis to be total bullsh*t spewed by someone who hasn't seen the inside of a lecture hall in 10+ years rather flawed, for it omitted several all-too-common college students.

Oct 19, 2010

Get the 411 on the Midterm Election

Amid this chaotic media mess, there are several sources that are not only reliable but also non-partisan. They provide voters with the facts, avoiding the echoes of emotion and party allegiance.

Oct 18, 2010

Yes Means You’re Idiots

This past weekend, the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter at Yale University led pledges across campus, blindfolding them and forcing them to chant "No means yes, yes means anal." The boys were led across Yale's Old Campus, which is where the majority of freshman females live. The pledges also shouted about necrophilia -- you know, that charming habit of having sex with corpses.

Oct 15, 2010

WTF Friday: $20 Says This Woman is Single

We've all heard of crazy cat ladies, but crazy rat ladies? Yikes.

Oct 14, 2010

Why Vote? 5 Good Reasons to Hit the Polls

November 2nd is quickly coming. Yep, the Midterm Election -- when you get to vote for your favorite Senator, Congressman/Congresswoman, or Governor for your state -- is almost here! Although there's a ton of hype about the election in the news, it often flies over the heads of many college students (and, dare I say, females).

Oct 11, 2010

The Real 7 Reasons Your Roommates Hate You

The Huffington Post created this gem of a slideshow several days ago. Liz O’Neill claims that the usual reasons your roommates loathe you (you’re a slob, a mooch, etc.) are veils for deeper, subtler issues. Actually, they hate you because you are prettier than them. And, you’re going to make more money than them in a few years!

Oct 6, 2010

The Unsung Heroes: Obama and (Community College) Education

On Tuesday, October 5, President Obama and Jill Biden hosted the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. In an attempt to draw attention to his education plan, Obama claimed, “"We want to make it easier to connect students looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire.

Oct 4, 2010

Kiss and Tell 2.0

While tirelessly working on a PowerPoint presentation for my Foreign Policy class this past Friday, I was forwarded another slew of slides chock-full of facts, images, and evaluations. However, these were far from academic. As I clicked a link in the email, I was led to an article detailing one Duke University female’s fake senior thesis, titled “An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics.”

Sep 29, 2010

Rock the (Midterm) Vote: Understanding The Issues

In about a month, the U.S. midterm elections will take place nationwide. With 37 Senate, 435 House, and 37 Governor spots up for grabs, the American citizens (yep… you!) will be in charge of determining who will fill those seats.

Sep 29, 2010

STDs: Dont Ask, Don’t Tell?

Sarah woke up one Sunday with an aching pain in her throat. The night before, she had felt a bit sick after a week of intense studying and paper-writing. But, deciding her sanity was more important than her health, she threw back a few shots of Jose and hit the town with her girlfriends.

Sep 27, 2010

College Campuses Are Not Always Safe

This past Friday, 19-year old Seton Hall student Jessica Moore and several of her friends left campus to check out a party about a mile away. As they enjoyed the company of their fellow students in a privately owned house, a man attempted to enter the party without paying the cover cost.

Sep 23, 2010

Get To Know the Tea Party Movement

Last week while ellipticizing at my university’s gym, The Rachel Maddow Show played on one of the large TVs facing the cardio section. (Yeah, that's what happens when you go to school in D.C.) The hot topic of the day: Christine O’Donnell.

Sep 20, 2010

A Day in the Life of a College Student

A few days ago, The Huffington Post provided its readers with a BLS pie chart that depicted the daily schedule of the average college student. Apparently, we are barely grooming, sleeping 8+ hours, and living "pretty awesome" lives.

Sep 17, 2010

SNICK – Where Are They Now?

Before Saturday nights were all about saying up late and quizzing each other with exam flashcards and making a lot of bad choices, they were about tricking your babysitter into breaking your bedtime rules so you could watch SNICK. Because it wasn't a quality weekend if you didn't scare yourself into never sleeping after watching Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Sep 13, 2010

College Won’t Get You a Job, But It’s Still Worth It

Recently, there have been several stories questioning the worth of a college education. Are we paying too much for a future that consists of scanning the classifieds for low-skilled work in flannel jammies while spooning Ben and Jerry’s into our higher-educated bodies?

Sep 8, 2010

WTF is TLC Thinking?

As I was channel surfing the other day, I paused on TLC to watch an old episode of What Not To Wear. After countless "Umm… no"s, a few "I wish Clinton wasn't gay"s, and too many moments in the painful-to-watch but wildly-entertaining 360° mirror, the show went to commercial.

Sep 1, 2010

Real Life Happens Offline

At the bar this past weekend, I saw a flash go off in the corner of my eye. A group of seniors lovingly grouped together to document their last first-night out in college. Moments later, as they began to separate from their completely posed positions, I heard a backwards-hat clad boy shout to the cameraman, “Tag me, bro!”

Aug 30, 2010

Sign Off and Get Some Shut Eye!

It’s no secret that we live in a technology-obsessed age. Smart phones dominate our lives, laptops are constantly...on our laps, and a few hours sans wireless scares us more than the recession. Although they’ve all made life undeniably cushy, they’ve also impinged upon a practice that is absolutely essential for our mental and physical health