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Cornell Alumni Earn Medals at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Six Cornell alumni won medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, reports the Cornell Chronicle.  

Laura Fortino, Jillian Saulnier, Lauriane Rougeau, Ben Scrivens, Rebecca Johnston and Brianne Jenner were all Cornell Big Red ice hockey alumni; the women earned silver medals with Team Canada while Scrivens earned a bronze medal with the Canadian’s hockey team.

“We have a lot of Cornellians who cheer for us,” says Jenner, who served as an assistant captain for Team Canada. “It always surprises me a little, but it’s great! It just feels like Cornell hockey goes deeper. And we certainly feel the support. There was actually a Cornell jersey in the stands at one of our games in Pyeongchang. I’m very proud to have gone to Cornell and to have been part of the Cornell Hockey community. And the fans are what make it so special.

In addition to the Cornell alumni who earned medals in hockey, former Cornell track and field players Jamie Greubel Poser and Josh Kirkpatrick competed in the bobsled competition. This year’s winter Olympics was Kirkpatrick’s debut with Canada, and he finished 12th in the four-man bobsled.

For more on the Cornell alumni who earned medals at Pyeongchang Olympics, click here.

Arctic Temperature Rise

Climate Change Fears as Arctic Temperature Rises

The Arctic experienced record warmth this month after a major heatwave. It is yet to be determined as a freak occurrence, yet climate experts warn that the Arctic temperature rise is unprecedented.

The primary concern among scientists is that global warming is damaging and eroding the polar vortex—winds that insulate the north pole.

“This is an anomaly among anomalies,” said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. “It is far enough outside the historical range that it is worrying—it is a suggestion that there are further surprises in store as we continue to poke the angry beast that is our climate.

“The Arctic has always been regarded as a bellwether because of the vicious circle that amplify human—caused warming in that particular region. And it is sending out a clear warning.”

Ruth Mottram of the Danish Meteorological Institute said “Spikes in temperature are part of the normal weather patterns—what is unusual about this event is that it has persisted for so long and that it has been so warm.

“Going back to the late 1950s at least we have never seen such high temperatures in the high Arctic.”

While it is normal for temperatures to fluctuate in the Arctic north as a result of the strength or weakness of the polar vortex that works to deflect warm air to keep the region cool, the recent heat peaks that the area has been experiencing have been lasting longer and longer.

Robert Rohde, lead scientist at Berkeley Earth, said “In 50 years of Arctic reconstructions, the current warming event is both the most intense and one of the longest-lived warming events ever observed during winter.”

 

Matt Forte Retirement from NFL

NFL Star Matt Forte Announces Retirement

NFL star Matt Forte announces retirement from playing after 10 NFL seasons.

On Wednesday February 28, the Jets’ running back took to social media to release an emotional statement. “It’s time for the workhorse to finally rest in his stable,” he said. “For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that i’ve loved since I was six year’s old, but after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL.”

The announcement of retirement comes amid knee complaints during two seasons in New York despite a contractual obligation that tied him to another year to the New York Jets, but the player left on his own terms.

Forte has had a highly successful career, having ranked 33rd in the NFL’s career list. Forte spent the first eight years of his football career with the prestigious Chicago Bears. The New York Jets signed him to a three-year contract worth $12 million back in 2015.

“While my heart is a bit heavy as i close this chapter of my life,” Forte wrote, “I am excited about what the future holds.”

The 32-year-old NFL star has received a huge amount of support following his announcements. Former Bears center Olin Kreutz said that he was “one of the best all-around backs of his era, if not the best.”

The New York Jets’ Jamal Adams called Forte “a true class act” while former Chicago Bears full back, Jason McKie, addressed the NFL star by saying “I knew you were special the first day you set foot in Halas Hall.”

Now that Forte has retired from the NFL, the Jets have a spot open and will save $3 million on their salary cap. Meanwhile, Forte will be able to direct his commitments and energy elsewhere, with his family and health.

Further reading: Down to Eight: NFL Playoffs Are Here

Sexual harassment Allegations

Ryan Seacrest Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest denies sexual harassment allegations once again after his accuser went public.

The TV personality’s former colleague and stylist Suzie Hardy alleged that he had sexually harassed her for six years beginning in 2007, when the pair worked together at E! News.

An article published by Daniel Holloway inVariety outlined an occasion that occurred in 2010, whereby Seacrest “allegedly reached down and tightly grabbed [Hardy’s] vagina.” In 2013, HR executives at E! inquired about the nature of Hardy’s relationship with Seacrest. “I never touched him, I never kissed him, I never f-ked him, nothing. But I said ‘He touched me,’” Hardy told Variety. Two weeks after the meeting, Hardy’s contract with E! News was terminated.

Seacrest responded to the Variety article in a statement on Tuesday, calling it a “salacious story.”

The 43-year-old said “This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if i paid her millions of dollars. I refused.”

Holloway told CBS News on Tuesday “We obviously wouldn’t have published the story if we didn’t feel that it was highly credible and highly compelling.”

Co-editor-inchief of Variety took to Twitter on 27 February claiming to have spoken with Seacrest’s publicist before publishing the article: “We asked to speak to Seacrest directly and his reps declined to make him available. Seacrest’s reps claimed to have evidence discrediting the accuser, Suzie Hardy, but refused to provide that as well, citing legal restrictions.”

A spokesperson for E! News has said that the investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against Seacrest had been carried out in thorough detail. “The investigator is an attorney with nearly 20 years’ experience and is highly regarded professionally. Any claims that question the legitimacy of this investigation are completely baseless.”

Amid the sexual harassment allegations, Seacrest will still host coverage from the red carpet at this year’s Oscars awards ceremony as scheduled.

Further reading: Louis C.K. Admits to Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Dick's Sporting Goods No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles

Dick’s Sporting Goods to No Longer Sell Assault-style Rifles

Major American sports retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods have announced that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles in its stores. The move comes after news that Nikolas Cruz, the Florida gunman behind the horrific shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland February 14 that killed 17 students, had previously bought a gun at a Dick’s store back in 2017. The gun used in the shooting was not bought from Dick’s, however.

Chairman and CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Edward Stack, said on Good Morning America, “Based on what’s happened and looking at those kids and those parents, it moved us all unimaginably.”

“To think about the loss and the grid that those kids and those parents had, we said, ‘we need to do something’… And we’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently,” he explained.

Talking about how easy it is for people to purchase assault-style rifles, Stack said, “We did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun. We looked at that, and said, ‘The systems that are in place across the board just aren’t enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that.’”

When asked if the decision to stop selling guns would ever be reversed, Stack assuredly said no. “We’re staunch supporters of the second Amendment. I’m a gun owner myself. We’ve just decided that based on what’s happened with these guns, we don’t want to be a part of this story and we’ve eliminated these guns permanently.”

Dick’s Sporting Good’s’ decision to stop selling assault-style rifles is a momentous step forward in the fight for tighter gun control laws in the country.

On Tuesday, relatives of the victims of the Florida shooting gave emotional testimonies during a legislative hearing to determine whether or not the age limit for buying long guns could be raised from the young age of 18 to 21.

Further reading: When Will Horrific Scourge of School Shootings in America End?

Chocolate Rose Petal Cookies

Chocolate Rose Petal Cookies Recipe

Tasty, sugary treats every once in a while, are good for the soul. These gorgeous chocolate rose petal cookies are enough to get the mouth salivating, and are simple to make, too!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 110 grams Butter at room temperature
  • 60 grams Icing sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. rose petals
  • Chocolate glaze

Method

  1. To begin preparation for the chocolate rose petal cookies, stir together flour and baking powder. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Gradually add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat until well-combined.
  2. Add in the sifted flour mixture and rose petals. Cover the batter in greaseproof wrapper and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2-inch apart on the tray lined with a baking paper. Lightly flatten them with a spoon.
  4. Bake in the middle part of the preheated 350F oven for about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Remove to wire racks and cool completely. Dip with the chocolate glaze.

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Vitamin C

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Did you know that all natural Vitamin C serum can protect your skin from photo damage, while brightening and smoothing your complexion?

Mad Hippie’s award-winning vitamin C serum works to even out skin tone and smooth out texture, keeping your skin clear and beautiful. The vitamin C serum also helps to inhibit photo damage from the sun—the cause of some 90 percent of skin ageing.

Ingredient highlights

Vitamin C (Sodium ascorbyl phosphate) 

Few ingredients in skin care have as much solid evidence as to their effectiveness as vitamin C. A vital element in the production of collagen, this vitamin can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration, while offering antioxidant protection from photoaging—a leading cause of ageing skin.

Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a more stable and bioavailable form of vitamin C than the commonly used L-Ascorbic Acid found in most skin care products, provides the same benefits, without the risk of oxidation and irritation that is often associated with L-Ascorbic Acid.  

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a protective antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration.

Ferulic acid

A natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants. When combined with vitamins C and E, ferulic acid has been shown to have a compounding antioxidant protective effect.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid works to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid begins to deplete as we age.

Allure magazine has called Mad Hippie’s vitamin C serum “a miracle worker”, while beauty and lifestyle magazine Marie Claire described it as ‘what we in the industry call magic’”.

Visit www.madhippie.com for more information!

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Kylie Jenner Announces Birth of Baby Girl

Kylie Jenner Announces Birth of Baby Girl

After months of frenzied speculation in the media about the pregnancy, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner, announces the birth of her baby girl. In a statement published across her social media platforms on Sunday night, the 20-year-old said:

“I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.

Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering and life-changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it. I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn’t wait to share this blessing. I’ve never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

Reactions to the news have been monumental. When Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her daughter, her mom and manager Kris Jenner tweeted, “God is SO good!! I am so excited and thrilled to welcome another precious baby girl to our beautiful, ever growing family. We are blessed beyond belief!”

Along with the announcement, Kylie Jenner also published a 10-minute video via YouTube documenting her pregnancy journey. The video has racked up almost 22 million views in just 12 hours.

Further reading: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are to Be Married

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Easy, tasty and nutritious, this mushroom risotto recipe is perfect for the time-pressed student. Here, we offer the basic ingredients, but you can play around with them to suit your liking. Throw in other seasonal vegetables like peas, carrots, butternut squash, broccoli and beets for a varied dish with extra nutrients. If you’re a meat eater, stir in diced chicken or beef and swap the vegetable broth for chicken.

This mushroom risotto recipe serves four.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly chopped
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • 2 cups mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 cups risotto rice
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, optional
  • 1 bulb garlic, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • Parmesan, optional 

Method

  1. Preheat olive oil in a large skillet, or use a medium-sized pot.
  2. Stir in the onions, peas, mushrooms, thyme and salt and sauté for around five minutes.
  3. Add risotto rice into the mixture.
  4. Slowly pour in the vegetable broth, stirring all the while.
  5. Add the nutritional yeast (optional), garlic, pepper and baby spinach.
  6. Pour in the rest of the vegetable broth in steps until the risotto rice has absorbed all the liquid and tastes al dente.
  7. Grate parmesan (optional) on top of the mushroom risotto before serving.

Further reading: The Top 4 Foods High in Vitamins

Let College News  know how you get on with this mushroom risotto recipe!

Source: Recipe modified from foodista.com

New Year's Resolutions

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Year-on-year when January rolls around, I make promises to myself in the form of New Year’s resolutions from the standard “I’ll eat my five a day” and “I’ll join the gym” tropes to the more career-centric “I will build my portfolio each month” and “I will network more”. I’m not alone; according to Statistic Brain Research Institute, around 41 percent of Americans also usually make New Year’s resolutions.

While we set resolutions with the best intentions, changing life-long habits can prove to be difficult. Health.usnews.com tells us that a whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions made by Americans fail within just a couple of months into the new year. If you really want to stick to them, it’s key to be passionate about what it is you want to achieve. Make a note detailing why you want to achieve it, when you want to achieve it by and set attainable steps that will ensure you reach your goal.

Changing habits

Humans are creatures of habit. Habits help us move through day-to-day tasks such as eating breakfast or traveling to school as if on autopilot. But some of our habits are decidedly “bad” or unhealthy for us (like smoking or eating junk food). Our habits tend to be deeply ingrained in our subconscious, so in order to break them (well, the negative ones, anyway) we need to become conscious of our habits and work to replace them.

Habits can occur because of repetitive behavior and according to the National Institutes of Health, “Habits can also develop when good or enjoyable events trigger the brain’s ‘reward’ centers.” This interesting little nugget explains why harmful habits such as smoking prove so difficult to change.

Break unhealthy habits by finding the trigger for it, dealing with it and offer yourself a substitute to replace the trigger with. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat less chocolate, then find the chocolate in your home, remove it and replace it with something healthful like fruits to satisfy any sweet cravings. Reward yourself with something other than food—such as a cinema trip—at the end of each successful month to give you motivation, positive reinforcement and incentive to carry on. 

Goal-setting

Goal-setting plans often fail because the goal in itself is not specific enough. For example, if your goal is “to be healthier in 2018”, make it more specific by changing the phrasing to “stop drinking fizzy drinks by June” or something similar. Once you have a specific goal in mind, devise a plan—put useful, actionable steps in place to ensure that you achieve your end goal. In this scenario, you may begin by limiting fizzy drinks to just one glass per day in January. In February, this action would evolve into just two glasses per week and so on until you have successfully eliminated them.

Put pen to paper

Write your goals down in a journal. Research carried out by Dr Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, found that those who write their goals by hand regularly are more likely to achieve their goals and dreams than those who do not—42 percent more likely, in fact. Plus, there’s nothing quite so cathartic as ticking items off of a to-do list, am I right? Gretchen Rubin, author of Better than Before (2015) says “People who monitor behavior tend to do a better job, even if they’re not actively trying to change.”

Reassess New Year’s resolutions regularly

A simple yet effective strategy that can help you keep on track with your resolutions is to systematically check in and reassess them. Do this as regularly as every month and you’ll able to pick up on and correct some behavior patterns that might be sabotaging your goals. This trick is also useful in figuring out whether your resolution is a little too ambitious so that you can tweak it as you see fit. Flexibility in this way means that, hopefully, you’ll reach the end of the year feeling more successful in reaching your goals and less guilty with altering your resolutions.

Do you have any tips to keep New Year’s resolutions? Let College News know!

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