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Top 5 Most Beautiful Campuses in the U.S.

Are you living on one of the top 5 most beautiful campuses in the US?

Remember those days during junior year of high school spent Googling every college from Maine to Maui in search of the top 5 most beautiful campuses in the US? There were dream schools, reach schools, match schools, and safety schools, and the list seemed to grow on a daily basis. Did the school have the right major? Was there a club team for the sport you played in high school? Was the tuition affordable? In choosing a place to call home for the next four years, only so many questions could be answered on the school’s website. But more than academics, Greek life, or student activities, one search criteria was more important than the rest when deciding where to apply: the campus tour. During this campus tour did you figure out if you are wanting to attend the top 5 most beaautiful campuses. 

No matter how great a school looked on screen, nothing can change the fate of where you send the Common App more than the first time you visit the campus. NYU might have had the best department for your intended major, but New York City might not be the small college-town feel you imagined. You might be a big fan of Syracuse or Boston College sports teams, but can you survive a New England winter? We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but it is much harder not to judge a college by its campus, especially when you are on the search for the most beautiful campuses.

There is obviously a lot more to college than the beauty of the campus, but it’s easy to fall in love with the most beautiful campuses that will make your high school friends jealous when you start posting photos on Instagram during orientation. No matter their school, many readers will surely be irked that their alma mater is not on this list (Full Disclosure: the only reason the University of Miami is not on this list is because I felt obligated to be unbiased). College campuses are some of the most beautiful collections of landscaping, architecture, and foliage in America, but the 5 most beautiful college campuses (according to College News) exceed expectations…  

Also read: Top five most haunted campuses


5. Dartmouth College

As a member of the Ivy League founded in 1769, Dartmouth’s New Hampshire campus offers a beautiful mix of history and nature. With American elms throughout the campus and picturesque backdrops of the Connecticut River’s Upper Valley, Dartmouth is not only an Ivy but also has one of the most beautiful campuses ever. Don’t take our word for it, check out their webcams.

4. Sewanee: The University of the South

Rather than the campus or the quad, Sewanee’s massive 13,000 acres of mountain property is officially referred to by students as the Domain, and the landscape views atop the Cumberland Plateau certainly give students a reason to love their campus.

3. University of Chicago

If urban settings are you’re idea of beauty, the University of Chicago’s architecturally grand campus will keep you motivated while studying at a top-ranked university. Casually walking past several buildings that are listed as National Historic Landmarks on the way to class only begins to describe the campus’ aesthetic appeal. If anything this definitely counts as the top most beautiful campus in Chicago.    

2. Lewis and Clark College

Recently named America’s greenest college by the Princeton Review, Lewis and Clark College’s Portland campus is both sustainable and breathtaking. Nature lovers will not find a more fitting campus that immerses students in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.   

1. Pepperdine University

If you’re looking for the top 5 most beautiful campuses, it’s hard to beat Pepperdine’s Malibu location with sweeping Pacific views and palm trees aplenty.  Imagine dorm rooms with ocean views and it’s easy to imagine why Pepperdine tops this list for having the most beautiful campus.


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Top 10 Costume Ideas For Halloween 2015

Halloween 2015 will bring in the big names for costume ideas

The top 10 costumes for Halloween 2015 are here!

Halloween 2015 is a favorite college holiday, and college students across the country have the chance to display their costume creativity without the restrictions of a themed party. Not since the pressure of choosing a costume for the school parade and trick-or-treating during elementary school has Halloween been such an important (and busy) time of the year. After the high school drought where trick or treating was lame, the time has come again that you can be anyone for a night. Which one of these top 10 costumes for Halloween 2015 will you be this year?

To help you out, College News has compiled a list of the top 10 costumes for Halloween 2015.

Also read: Costumes4less.com- The NAME that spells trust and trendiness in the Halloween Costume sector

10. Minions

For a holiday that is a kid-favorite, why not go full-ten-year-old this Halloween 2015 season? These little goofballs from Despicable Me are as popular as ever with their own summer blockbuster, so this is a great year for you and your friends to break out all of your yellow clothing, pop on some goggles, and have a blast in a night that caters to the villainous.

9. Supreme Court Justices

Admit it; Halloween is a time to judge.  Whether judging costume contests or the amount of skin your ex is showing, the whole world is on trial on Halloween. Since the Supreme Court is coming off a big year with marriage equality, why not honor them with a Halloween costume. It’s as easy as finding an old graduation gown around campus. Bonus points if you can find eight friends to join you.

8. Police Officer

The police were all over the news this year, so plan on plenty of people reenacting Let’s Be Cops at Halloween 2015 parties no matter their stance on the issue. This costume is a great excuse to have a pair of handcuffs for the night, too.     

7. Slutty (insert occupation here)

Girls have it pretty easy on Halloween when it comes to costumes.  From nurses to nuns, adding tights or shortening the skirts of everyday uniforms is a college Halloween go-to. While this costume goes more for sexy than scary, doing it right will make your costume a hit.

6. Orange is the New Black

Pick up an orange jump suit from any of the thousands of Halloween 2015 costume stores that will pop up around campus and add a personal touch to become a character from the Netflix favorite. Just don’t pull a Julianne Hough and make your personal touch black-face so you can be Crazy Eyes for a night.

5. Morph Suit

If you can’t decide on a single costume this year, look for a lime green morph suit and your Halloween shopping will be complete. Add to the ambiguity by carrying around a selfie stick and people will think you are tech savvy enough to Photoshop any person into your photos.


Still have a closet full of soccer equipment? Break out the shin guards and celebrate the United States Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory this Halloween. Pick a favorite player and throw her number on your back because 2015 was a big year for U.S. soccer that will still be relevant in October.

3. The Classics

Pirates, princesses, ghosts, and witches fill the streets on Halloween, and most of them are about four-feet tall. Take a trip home one weekend before Halloween and see if you can dig up any of your own old costumes. It might be fun to revive the old standards with a college-twist this year now that treats are more about shots than sugar.

2. What NOT to Wear

A great Halloween costume will get likes on Facebook and laughs at parties, but a terrible costume has the potential to haunt you long after the ghost decorations are traded for turkeys. Do yourself a favor this Halloween 2015: don’t dress up like Hitler, Bill Cosby, or ISIS. Call it an early Christmas present to yourself, and have fun without being stupid or offensive.

You should also read: 5 Halloween activities for adults

1. Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been making headlines with his outlandish remarks during his 2016 presidential run. Expect people to be rocking that horrible hair and smug look on thier face when they impersonate this presidential troll for this top costume idea for Halloween 2015.

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Syllabus Week: What Students Don’t Want to See

Back to school time can be aggravating for these very reasons

The first week of a new semester usually means one thing for college students: syllabus week.  Whether your school calls it “shopping” or “drop-add,” it usually means a week with little homework and a lot of partying. In between reuniting with folks who spent a semester abroad and shuttling back and forth from Bed Bath and Beyond for dorm room comforts, students listen to their soon-to-be professors outline what the class will learn, his or her classroom policies, and what will be expected from the students over the course of the semester. More than papers due and weekly readings, there are two classroom policies that scar a syllabus: mandatory attendance and laptop bans.

I understand why professors frown upon a sea of laptops or an empty classroom on a Friday morning, but students also justifiably feel contempt when their first interaction with a new professor is a syllabus full of more rules and consequences than the material they are excited to learn.   

Despite studies that praise the benefits of handwritten notes, today’s college students are overwhelmingly plugged-in. Smart phones and tablets let students get their reading done in almost any situation without the burden of a textbook, and everything from tuition to course registration is done online. Why is it that the only place on campus that use of technology is frowned upon is the actual classroom?

I don’t understand why professors shy away from technology rather than embrace the added value technology brings to the classroom. Of course, not all professors treat a laptop as contraband, but a “no laptop” rule in bold print on a syllabus or strict penalties for using any technology more advanced than a ballpoint pen is not what students want to see on the first day of class.

This is not to say that texting in class or paying more attention to Facebook than the lecture is not extraordinarily rude to not only the professor but also other students. It is just as rude as texting during a movie or spending an entire lunch with your parents glued to the Facebook app on your phone. Rather, this is a matter of trust between professors and students—a trust that some professors discard as early as syllabus week.  

When professors have rules that threaten a student’s independence, the trust between professor and student is alienated. While in college, students should be learning how to make choices that will prepare them for a career. Deducting points from their final grade if their cell phone rings during class hardly discourages students from bringing their phones to class or prepares students for future success. Grades should be about learning the material, not following the rules.

It is just as demeaning when a professor makes students sign-in to class like they are showing up for jury duty. Why do professors continue to feel the need to hold their students’ hands with frivolous classroom policies? Threatening to drop a student’s final grade by a full letter due to absences or being late too many times does nothing more than insult the value of grades in general. A good grade should be the product of hard work rather than a reward for perfect attendance.  

Beyond a matter of trust and poor grading standards, I would even go so far as to say that professors that feel the need to enforce mandatory attendance and technology-free classroom policies are sometimes trying to turn the blame for poor teaching on the students. Can you blame students sitting through boring PowerPoint presentations of information found in the reading for wandering to Facebook? Dare to be more interesting than a Wikipedia article with lively class discussions and energy. Give students a reason to close their laptops and come to class!   

   A company may fire an employee for spending half the workday on YouTube or taking too many vacation days, but a college student is not an employee. Tuition is expensive, and student debt is out of control. Most students are paying a lot of money to learn, so if you are a professor who hates laptops or factors attendance into final grades, my simple request is that you trust your students to respect your time rather than threaten them. It may very well teach them a valuable lesson.

Tech Review: Phiaton MS 100 BA Balanced Armature Headphones

Tangle Free Cable and Clear Sound Make Them a Winner for Working Out


Headphones are never an easy purchase. After that pair of Apple ear buds that came with your iPhone stop working, shopping for a fresh pair of ear buds is a struggle. Upgrade to Beats by Dr. Dre? Switch brands and go for Skullcandy? Grab the cheapest pair of ear buds in the electronics department at Target? There are just so many options to consider other than heading up to the Apple store to pick up another pair of EarPods. If you are looking to upgrade your choice in ear buds and ready to pay around $100, look to Phiaton.


When buying a car, you wouldn’t spend the money on a Mercedes S-Class if you plan to go off-roading. With headphones, the primary use for the headphones you are about to buy should be the deciding factor. Will you be wearing them to the gym? Will you use the microphone when you are on the phone? Do they need to be able to fit in your pocket? These are the nonnegotiable functions of ear buds, and the Phiaton MS 100 BA Balanced Armature headphones offer all of these functions and more.


Gym: If you are looking for a pair of ear buds to use when working out, the Phiaton MS 100 BA ear buds are a reliable source to keep the music pumping while you’re pumping iron. For the runners of the world, don’t worry about losing the ear buds while running because the headphones come with four sizes of ear tips. Nothing is more frustrating than losing an ear bud when you’re in the zone, and the four sizes of ear tips ensure that your headphones will stay inside your ears. In terms of ear buds, Phiaton is offering one of the best in-ear options available for music lovers that like to hit the gym.


Easy Remote: The Phiaton MS 100 BA headphones have an easy to use microphone for phone calls. It’s an easy one-touch in-line remote that makes it simple to switch between music and calls. A lot of ear buds offer this feature, but the MS 100 BAs try to simplify the system. If you are a fan of the volume control on the remote on Apple’s ear buds, be aware that these headphones don’t offer that option.


Tangle Free: The biggest strength of the MA 100 BAs is the tangle free cable. Nothing kills the mood to listen to music like digging for ear buds in your pocket or at the bottom of your purse only to find a tangled mess. The cable on Phiaton’s MS 100 BA headphones eliminates the frustration of spending time untangling the knots. Phiaton also includes a carrying case to store the conveniently lightweight ear buds and make sure you are not back on the headphone market any time soon.


Sound: The sound quality of the Phiaton MS 100 BA Balanced Armature headphones is another selling point. The enhanced clarity for your music is expected with the $100 price tag, but the reason to go for these headphones is definitely the tangle-free cable. Great headphones that are easy to carry make for a smart purchase. One thing to keep in mind is that Balanced Armature headphones are not jumping on the “all about the bass” bandwagon. If you are into dubstep or want to hear a lot of bass when you listen to music, you might want to look elsewhere. For clear, balanced listening of a wide variety of tunes, however, these are a great option. 


DuckTales Woo Ooh!

New Episodes of DuckTales Coming to Disney XD in 2017


Disney XD announced last week that new episodes of the beloved cartoon series “DuckTales” have been ordered for a 2017 launch on Disney XD channels worldwide. Huey, Dewey and Louie will be back with Uncle Scrooge in a reboot that will also feature a collection of beloved characters including Webbigail Vanderquack, Duckworth, Mrs. Beakley, Gyro Gearloose, Magica DeSpell, the Beagle Boys, and everyone’s favorite Launchpad McQuack.   


“DuckTales” originally aired as part of a syndicated cartoon block called “The Disney Afternoon” from 1987 to 1990. In addition to the 100 episodes produced during that fantastic era of cartoons, the feature film “DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp” premiered in 1990. Disney XD’s new episodes will end a 27-year drought without new adventures in Duckburg.


“DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD in a press release. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books, and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”


No news if “TaleSpin,” “Darkwing Duck,” or “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” will be making a comeback, but news of more “DuckTales” is like Christmas morning for kids that grew up the 90s. Good luck getting the enduring “DuckTales” theme song out of your head for the rest of the day, because the only reasonable response to this news is…DuckTales Woo-Oooh!


GALECA Honors LGBT Film and TV Achievements


When Amazon’s “Transparent” won the Golden Globe for Best Series Musical or Comedy in January, the LGBT community kicked off a fruitful awards season that culminated in Sunday’s Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Winners Toast. With the scope of great television and films that vie for mainstream awards growing each year, niche awards like the GALECA Dorian Awards give the industry a chance to reward some of the best entertainment that missed the televised red carpets.


Over 120 entertainment journalists across the US are members of GALECA, a group founded in 2008 by US Weekly television critic John Griffiths. The group aims to both promote entertainment journalism and remind audiences that the LGBTQ community has played an important role in the history of enhancing culture at large.


Taking place at Hollywood’s The Pikey Café and Bar, attendees included representatives from the winning films and shows like Melora Hardin from “Transparent” and Robert Michael Morris from “The Comeback” as well as ABC Studios executive Patrick Moran, author Anna David, and actor and LGBT-rights activist Wilson Cruz. Hardin was on hand to collect the five Dorians awarded to “Transparent” including TV Comedy of the Year and LGBTQ TV Show of the Year. Blair Late of “Newlyweds: The First Year” fame on Bravo served as the evening’s emcee.


Also in attendance were Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, one of the two couples that brought their fight against California’s Proposition 8 all the way to the Supreme Court. Their legal crusade was documented in HBO’s documentary “The Case Against 8” which won filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White the Dorian for GALECA’s Documentary of the Year.


Although his presence was only felt in a crowd-pleasing video message, George Takei was honored at the Winners Toast as the recipient of the Timeless Star award, GALECA’s award for lifetime career achievement.


The Dorians are named in honor of Oscar Wilde with a nod to his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” The response to LGBT media has certainly come a long way since Wilde was imprisoned for his sexuality with shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent” winning not only Dorians but also Golden Globes and Emmys. For a full list of Dorian nominees and winners, visit GALECA.org.


Kentucky Wesleyan College Upgrades ERP

KWC Selects Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise as Its Higher Education ERP System

Higher education is going digital. From the Common Application to applying for graduation after four years of study, almost every step of a student’s college career requires some form of digital input. Whether colleges send laptops to new students or offer a seemingly endless supply of computers in university libraries, an undergraduate student needs to be online to succeed on campus, and administrative campus computer systems have grown into a billion-dollar business since the 1980s.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC)—a United Methodist-affiliated school in Owensboro, Kentucky—has won the most Division II men’s basketball national championships in the country, but the four-year liberal arts college is stepping up their digital game by choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. KWC has selected Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise, and KWC students will rely on this easy-to-use academic management system for almost everything including admissions, registration, billing, financial aid, student services, fundraising, fiscal management, human resources, and payroll.

“We’re executing a long-term plan to strengthen our institution and have set ambitious goals to increase enrollment and improve our retention rates,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Dehn. “In pursuit of these objectives, we want to provide our faculty, staff and students with the information they need to make data-driven decisions. CAMS Enterprise will provide us with these capabilities and will help us achieve these institutional goals.”

As for why KWC went with Three Rivers Systems, Dr. Dehn spoke to specific advantages of the CAMS Enterprise software. “Its Student Risk 360 module will help us proactively identify and intervene with at-risk students while there’s still time to turn them around,” she said. “Its Degree Audit module will provide our students with a clear understanding of what they need to do to progress towards graduation. And its built-in business analytics will help us track our progress toward meeting institutional goals and will provide us with the ability to drill down deeper into the data for improved analysis and decision-making.”

KWC joins other Methodist-related institutions including Alaska Pacific University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Louisburg College, and Spartanburg Methodist College that use CAM Enterprise as their ERP system. Three Rivers Systems provides ERP software focused solely on higher education. “Kentucky Wesleyan College is clearly committed to the success of its students and continuously seeks to improve student learning, residential life, undergraduate research, access to technology, and service to the community,” said Amir Tajkarimi, founder and president of Three Rivers Systems.

KWC plans to use the new software to increase enrollment and improve student retention rates. Apparently, it takes more than great professors and championship-winning athletic teams to attract and keep students enrolled in today’s competitive college market.


Vicki Lawrence Advocates CIU & You


Vicki Lawrence wears a lot of hats as an actress, comedienne, musician, game show host and more. From her time on “The Carroll Burnett Show” and “Mama’s Family” to recent guest spots on “Hannah Montana”, Lawrence’s generation spanning career as a sitcom star has made her a household name that always keeps audiences laughing. In 2010, Lawrence was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic urticarial (CIU). CIU is a form of chronic hives that has no known cause, but almost 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease. Donning yet another hat as the face of the CIU & You campaign, Lawrence wants to make sure that Americans with CIU know how to identify the disease and get the right treatment. I had the opportunity to talk to Vicki Lawrence and Dr. Beth Corn about the important work they are doing to let people with CIU know that they are not alone.  


When asked what she thinks the biggest change in television has been during her long career, Vicki Lawrence did not hesitate with her answer: “Reality TV, don’t you think?” Her fast response is characteristic of her proven ability to be quick on her feet that helps her in life and on the improv stage. Hives have never interfered with Lawrence’s career, but her experience with CIU has inspired her to reach out to other people confused by and suffering from the disease.


Joining the conversation was Dr. Beth Corn. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a Board Certified Allergist practicing in New York City. In addition to her 20 years of experience in healthcare, she is also a board member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). CIU & You was developed in partnership with the AAFA and made possible by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Genentech, and Dr. Corn added her medical perspective on CIU to the conversation.


Dr. Corn explained that CIU can be broken down to simpler terms: chronic (six weeks or more) idiopathic (no cause) urticarial (hives). She stressed that CIU needs to be treated by a specialist or dermatologist, and the main goal of CIU & You is to encourage anyone experiencing the symptoms to reach out for proper medical help.


Lawrence’s personal CIU story began when her hands started itching. “The initial reaction is ‘I’ve done something wrong,’” she said about an outbreak of hives. “It’s hard to accept that there is no cause,” she continued in reference to the fact that no change in things like diet or detergent can cure CIU. Lawrence wants to direct people who are looking for answers to visit the CIU & You website, track their symptoms, and get to an allergist or dermatologist for treatment.


The sitcom star decided to use her familiarity and approachable demeanor with fans to bring awareness to CIU. She says that she is “happy to put her face on the website if it makes people comfortable. We want to help people get to the right specialist.”


Dr. Corn is thrilled that Lawrence has partnered with CIU & You. “She makes it so much more real,” she said. “It lets people with CIU feel like they’re not alone.”      


The CIU & You website offers a downloadable symptom tracker and discussion guide for patients to use when discussing CIU with their dermatologist or allergist. You can visit the website here.


As for where you can expect to see Vicki Lawrence next, she is currently on the road with the stage production “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show.” While she continues to charm audiences across the country with her wit, Vicki Lawrence’s work with CIU & You certainly proves that there is a lot more than one side to this extremely talented woman.    

Castiglia Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Filmmaker John Borowski to make Documentary about Surrealist Vincent Castiglia


Many artists claim to put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work, but few go so far as to literally use their blood as an artistic medium. Surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia does just that with his paintings that use exclusively human blood on paper. His artwork has won global acclaim, but award-winning filmmaker John Borowski aims to tell Castiglia’s own surreal life story in the documentary feature “Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia.”


Castiglia is the first American artist to receive an invitation to exhibit a solo exhibition at the H.R. Giger Museum Gallery in Switzerland, and his work work has been featured on album covers and movie posters as well as the walls of renowned galleries. The artist previously reached out to his followers with an online survey to gauge interest in a reality show featuring his work. Borowski—an independent filmmaker best known for his “historical horror” documentaries about late-19th and early-20th century serial killers—responded to the inquiry saying, “You deserve better than a reality show that is sensational for a short time period but forgotten in the long run. You deserve a feature documentary film highlighting your life and the reasons behind why you create your art. A film will stand the test of time.”


Whether “Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia” will be able to stand the test of time as Borowski has promised relies mainly on fans of his films and Castiglia’s paintings. To fund the documentary, Borowski has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover production costs. Kickstarter—a popular crowdfunding resource for filmmakers and other artists—cannot offer equity in projects, so donations are all about wanting to see the project become a reality and novelty rewards for patrons. Among the rewards available in this campaign is a personal portrait done in Castiglia’s blood for a pledge of $10,000. Borowski has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 to cover post-production costs, perk-fulfillment costs, and expenses to conduct interviews with Castiglia collectors in the U.S. and Europe as well as trips to New York City to interview Castiglia in his studio.  


Borowski hopes to continue production of the documentary in 2015 and finish in 2016. He also plans to reunite with composer DC McAuliffe with whom he has collaborated on four past projects. Visit the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1707661554/bloodlines-the-art-and-life-of-vincent-castiglia

2015 NBA Trades by Draft Picks


In an era when many basketball fans find NCAA March Madness more entertaining than the NBA season, the NBA trade deadline is a fleeting moment in the spotlight for the professionals before all thoughts turn to Braketology. With the exception of a Billion Dollar Bracket, there are very few people who get paid to analyze the best college players, but the shuffle of prominent draft picks during the trade deadline proves that the NBA front office GMs have a lot riding on the potential pros making a name for themselves in the NCAA. In honor of the national obsession with college hoops, here are some NBA trades that made the deadline as told by draft picks…


The Phoenix Suns took first round picks in 2017 and 2019 from the Miami Heat in a three-team trade that landed Goran Dragic with the Heat.


The Utah Jazz won a 2017 second-round draft pick from the Pistons and a future first-round pick from the Thunder in a trade that puts Reggie Jackson in a Detroit Pistons jersey to make room for Enes Kanter in Oklahoma City.


The Philadelphia 76ers add to their hopes for future winning seasons with the Laker’s 2015 first-round draft pick. As for teams focused on the here and now, the Phoenix Suns got Brandon Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks added Michael Carter-Williams to the team.


The Sixers also grabbed a second-round pick in 2015 and Isaiah Canaan in a trade that puts K.J. McDaniels on the Houston Rockets bench.


Philadelphia kept rolling by picking up a lottery protected 2015 first-round pick and JaVale McGee from the Denver Nuggets in a deal that can be called a salary dump. 


The Houston Rockets surrendered second-round picks in 2017 and 2019 to the New York Knicks in a deal that brings Pablo Prigioni to Houston.


The Denver Nuggets secured a lottery protected first-round pick in 2016 in a five-player trade starring Arron Afflalo’s move to the Portland Trail Blazers.


The Phoenix Suns got a 2016 first-round pick courtesy of the Cavaliers as part of a trade that sends Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics.


The Atlanta Hawks got a future first-round pick from the Timberwolves for rookie Adreian Payne.


A 2019 second-round pick went with two guards to the Minnesota Timberwolves so that Mo Williams could wear a Charlotte Hornets jersey.


And finally, like collectors swapping trading cards, there were a couple straight-up, old-fashioned, one-for-one trades before the deadline. Most notably, Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett is heading back to Minnesota from Brooklyn in return for Thaddeus Young.