Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Even if you’ve never been to a party or bar, I bet you know their number one rule: Never leave your drink unattended. There’s also its cousin, never accept a drink from someone if you didn’t see them make it. Why all the rules?

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In the United States, 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s nearly one in five. Often, the assaults are facilitated by the use of date rape drugs. These include Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

Problem is, these drugs can be difficult to detect, and up to now, no one has figured out a reliable, and discreet, way to check for them and still maintain your drink. That may change with a new idea from four undergraduates at NC State University. They’re developing a nail polish, Undercover Colors, which changes colors in the presence of common date rape drugs.

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Looking for a Party? We’ve Got Your Biggest and Tamest Party School Rankings

As students are heading back to campus this fall, at least some of them have only one thing on their minds: Where’s the next party? If they’re headed to UC Santa Barbara, they probably won’t have to look too hard to find it. However, if they attend Liberty University, a party is going to be pretty hard to come by.

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Mike Simmons of eCollegeFinder created maps outlining the biggest party schools and the tamest party schools in each state after looking at the party data gathered by College Prowler. Each school was ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the biggest and tamest party scene on the respective scales.

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Greek Life: Not Just What You See in the News

Another day, another story about Greek-letter organizations doing things to reinforce every stereotype people have against them. What was it this time? The chapters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Chi Omega sorority on the University of Pennsylvania campus held a mixer with a “gangsta” theme.

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The chapters are now, deservedly so, getting reamed for being culturally insensitive. This party led a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine to label UPenn students “shmucks” in a letter addressed to “Penn Kids.”

He wrote, “You’re not actually kids, after all: You’re adults. Maybe you were raised with too much “faux” ironic comedy racism in your pop culture to know the difference, but making fun of other races? Not actually cool. So grow up.”

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Fun Date Party Ideas for the New School Year

If you are in a sorority or fraternity, then I bet there is one thing that you have sorely been missing this summer and can’t wait for school to start again so you can have it. What could I be talking about? Date parties!

If you are new to the Greek Life and haven’t got a clue what a date party is, let me fill you in. Date parties are usually themed parties hosted by a fraternity or sorority. Members of the fraternity of sorority get to a bring a date to these parties and the couples usually dress up according to the theme.

Although date parties are a lot of fun, sometimes it can be hard to think of a theme. If you are the party planner for your group, feel free to snag some of my ideas from below and then party the night away!

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How to Throw the Best New Years Eve Party

New Years Eve is almost here. You could go out to the clubs and bars with your friends and spend a lot of money, or you could host a party at your home! Here are some things to keep in mind if you are planning on throwing a New Years party!

Have a Theme. Okay, there’s the obvious “See Ya 2010, Hello 2011” theme, but what about getting more creative? You could make your party’s theme be anything from old-school Hollywood to black-and-white-attire only to a pajama party or to a New York City themed party. It’s always more fun when everyone has to dress up in a costume- just make sure yours will be the best. For more ideas for unique party themes, check out these ideas!

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Best and Worst Pies to Indulge in This Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching and one popular American tradition is the assortment of pies that will grace your holiday table.

Whether your heading home to a home-cooked meal courtesy of mom or dad, or staying on campus and creating a dorm room delight, skipping dessert is probably the last thing you’re considering.

So, instead of depriving your body of a holiday treat, check out our list of the best and worst pies (according to calorie and fat gram count) typically served at holiday parties to give you an idea of what kind of semi-healthy indulging you’re willing to engage in. Read the rest of this entry »

Best and Worst Dips to Indulge in at College Football Parties

College football season is well under way and while most students are worried about the stats, the players, and the pigskin, there are a few of us football fans out there that enjoy the sport, but also love the socializing that comes with watching games.

From tailgating on the campus lawns to beer pong in the dorms, college students cheer on their teams from the sidelines, but also from their couches while watching the game on television. Either way, students will often throw game day parties and, thus, a plethora of fattening (yet irresistibly delicious) foods is not far behind.

The most popular game day snack is probably the chips and dip set up. Although affordable and quick to prepare (lets get real- most of you are buying chips and dips from your local grocery story and simply adding a spoon once you pop the lid), chips and dip can also be a delicious, but dangerous, delight.

Here is a list of the best and worst popular dips, according to calorie and fat content, to give you an idea of just what kind of indulging you’re willing to undergo. Read the rest of this entry »

Roofies Suspected in the Hospitalization of 12 Students


UPDATE [10/25/10]: After further investigation, officials reported that the students were drunk, not drugged. Nine of the hospitalized students had been drinking Four Loko, an controversial alcoholic energy drink.

Twelve Central Washington University students were hospitalized Friday night. The students, 11 of whom are female, were the victims of spiked drinks, although the contaminating substance is still unknown. Several of those hospitalized reported consuming only one or two drinks before falling ill.

Around 11:00 P.M. police responded to a report of a girl lying unconscious in the back of a car. When authorities arrived at the girl’s residence in Roslyn, they found several more students similarly afflicted. Guests at the party reported that the girls very suddenly started vomiting and losing consciousness.

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LSU Leads Top Tailgating Schools in the U.S.

tailgate foodFootball season is finally here! At the University of Oklahoma, football is almost a religion, and part of the religion is the tailgating parties that occur before the game starts.

Tailgating usually consists of a big group of people getting together a few hours before kick off, grilling some burgers, and drinking a few beers. It is a great time to build team spirit, get excited for the upcoming game, and catch up with friends. At my school, we shut down one of the main streets in town with tailgating madness. It’s a huge blast!

Disappointingly enough, OU was not voted one of the top tailgating schools in the USA this fall. According to the Associated Press, the honor of best tailgating school belongs to Louisiana State University. The factors that pushed them over the edge include their tailgating cuisine: spicy alligator, andouille sausage, and gumbo. Man, that sure beats a Ballpark Frank, in my opinion.

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