Her Campus Gettysburg Launched!



September 29, 2015


Jules Sippel
Campus Correspondent, Her Campus Gettysburg

Stephanie Kaplan
Co-Founder & CEO, Her Campus Media LLC

Jules Sippel Launched Chapter of the International Online Community for College Women on September 29, 2015

GETTYSBURG– HerCampus.com, the #1 global community for college women has launched its newest Chapter at Gettysburg College serving as a hub for everything Gettysburg women need to know about the world around them. Her Campus Gettysburg can be viewed at hercampus.com/gettysburg.

Her Campus Gettysburg was founded by Campus Correspondent Jules Sippel.

“We’re thrilled to open up Her Campus Gettysburg and to work with people as talented as Jules,” said Her Campus CEO and Co-Founder Stephanie Kaplan. “As the new semester begins, having students at an academic institution like Gettysburg College contributing to Her Campus on a regular basis should be a tremendous resource for our growing audience.”

Her Campus serves as a career-launching point for its team of college journalists. Since joining the Her Campus Team, members have been offered jobs and internships with Glamour, Vogue, Buzzfeed, VanityFair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, People, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Lucky,Esquire, O magazine, MTV, The Washington Post, Digitas, Ogilvy, and many more.

Founded by three students while they were undergraduates at Harvard — Stephanie Kaplan ‘10, Windsor Hanger Western ‘10, and Annie Wang ‘11 — Her Campus was a winner in Harvard College’s business plan competition in 2009, was a Gold Winner & Best All-Around Team in MassChallenge in 2011, and was named Top Small Business of the Year by the Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2013, among other press and awards.

About Her Campus Media LLC:

Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women. Written entirely by the world’s top college journalists – with 6,000+ contributors and counting – HerCampus.com features national Style, Beauty, Health, Love, Life, Career, LGBTQ+, High School, and Real World content supplemented by local content from 280+ campus chapters nationwide and in seven countries. In addition, Her Campus offers the HC Study Break email newsletter, Her Campus Blogger Network, High School Ambassador Program, Her Conference, Her Conference: High School, College Fashion Week®, Her Campus Shop, The Her Campus Guide to College Life, and even more products, programming, tools, and events to fulfill its mission of serving college women across every platform.

“Dogs are everywhere….”

“Dogs are everywhere, almost everywhere that I go…. They have too much, and then they have too much again, and then more.  They leave their scent behind them everywhere they go;  oh, dogs are everywhere that I go….”                                                                               –Dogs Are Everywhere, Pulp

It’s no secret that we here at TO&E like puppies.

Today, we’re here to tell you about a very special dog!

Meet Bones, the dog of my family’s priest, Father Adam.  When I first became Catholic, I (understandably) fell head over heels for Bones, and never looked back!


Like me, Bones has had some medical issues.  Recently, a tree branch stuck in his mouth kept him from romping around as usual.  Luckily, he had a speedy recovery!

As a result of this injury, Bones has been nominated for the “Hambone Award,” for strange insurance claims, which could help his vet win a $10,000 grant to help other pets like Bones!

Voting closes tomorrow, but please take a moment to vote for Bones!

Those VEGANS….


For many people, this word conjures up evil images of naked, blood-throwing PETA fanatics who detest humanity and want to pull out the canine teeth of lions.

Image via @vegansidekick on Instagram

Image via @vegansidekick on Instagram

One family friend went so far as to compare my veganism to dishonoring war veterans— just how, I’ve yet to solve (for the record, a veteran friend of mine subsequently explained that he supports my choice, so he didn’t seem too offended).

Well, I hate to disillusion you all, but….

  • My protein levels are good; my doctor has verified this .
  • Same with B12.
  • I’m not starving to death (despite my mom’s worry!).

    Like this wonderful Spinach Fruit Salad!

    Thanks to meals like this wonderful Spinach Fruit Salad!

  • I actually have some great recipes.  In fact, I’ll be running an upcoming review and giveaway with Kate from My Spiritual Roadtrip featuring some particularly delicious treats… Stay tuned for more!
  • I wear cruelty-free clothing and don’t feel the need to rip it off to prove a point.
  • I don’t banish my friends from the dinner table for putting butter on their mashed potatoes.  To each his/her own, whether or not I agree.
  • It’s not that hard to replace milk with almond milk or eggs with flax seed.
  • It doesn’t cost much more either.
  • I lift weights, quite successfully, so no, I’m not a pathetic, plant-fueled weakling.
  • Cows haven’t taken over the world since I became vegan, nor have they starved because I eat grains.
  • Plants do not have nociceptors.  They do not feel pain.
    Just ask Melvin!

    Just ask Melvin!

    Believe it or not, I can be vegan, healthy, and a relatively good person! 🙂

Four Things

I’m currently bundled up in approximately half a dozen layers while freezing my roommate out as I recover from what is quite possibly food poisoning.  While I feel pretty terrible in that regard, I also feel pretty bad about not posting more regularly as of late.  What can I say?  School, work, Her Campus, and life in general have gotten in the way.

In the spirit of a quick, yet meaningful post, I was inspired by Kimberley’s Chronicle, who was inspired by Two Thirds Hazel, who was in turn inspired by the internet and Divergent’s Four to post about Four Things.

Four Nicknames:
-Jules:  Variants include Jul, if you’re particularly special, or Julie if you’re my boss, who I’m not sure knows my actual or preferred names.
-Jewie:  No one’s quite sure where this originated, aside from being a variant of my given name.  If anyone outside of my immediate family refers to me thus, however, I’d be worried.
-Fishy:  If and only if you are my mom, or vice versa.  It’s appalling how many of our conversations are entirely Finding Nemo quotes.
-Princess:  Assuming you recognize my regality.

Once a Princess, always a Princess.

Once a Princess, always a Princess.

Four Things In My Bag:
-Marty:  My iPod is always there.  If I’m on campus, he serves for communication.  Off campus, he serves as, well, comfort.  What more is there to ask for?
-Lip balm:  At present, a grapefruit EOS serves this purpose (although, ironically enough, actual grapefruit interferes with my medication).
-A book:  Right now, it’s James Deetz’s In Small Things Forgotten.  This fact is very much a product of my being a student or being a reincarnation of Rory Gilmore;  it’s the former at the moment.
-A planner:  I picked up a tiny planner in the Dollar section of Target that’s absolutely perfect for slipping into my bag.  It definitely comes in handy when someone asks “Are you free…?”

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once:
-Beauty and the Beast:  Waaaaaaay too many.  I started watching this one on repeat at as early an age as I can remember, and never stopped!
-Grown Ups:  Ironically enough, I can’t stand this movie.  However, my family has a certain affinity for it, and I’ve sat through it countless times as a result.
-The Phantom of the Opera:  Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler…. For what more could any theatre-fan ask of the silver screen?
-RV:  Growing up, this film was our go-to for any and all road trips and vacations.  Now, it’s tear-inducing nostalgia.  #RIPRobinWilliams


Four Favourite Drinks:
-Coffee:  Was this not an obvious response?
-Iced Tea:  Specifically from Dunkin’ Donuts.
-London Fog:  Now that it’s getting cooler out, this is my go-to Starbucks order (at least until Apple Cider returns, and the two alternate!).
-Water:  Because, you know, it’s essential to life and whatnot.

Four Random Things I’m Thinking About:
-Jane Eyre:  I just finished this novel (finally!) for my English class, and it’s been one of those books that isn’t “finished” regardless.  The hopeless romantic in me is overjoyed, the cynicist in me is incredibly skeptical.
-Penny:  My advisor’s lovely dog.  I’ve unofficially adopted her (and told him as much) after working an absurd number of hours in the office last week.  The puppy cuddles were quite welcome amid my excess stress.

-How crappy I currently feel:  I truly don’t want to complain, but this is rather horrid.  Can’t I have a period of time in which nothing hurts?
-Flies:  There is a plethora of them in my new house.  It’s small enough, without sharing!  Maybe this will decrease come winter?

Four Top Places I’ve Traveled:
-Gettysburg, PA:  Okay, so I technically live here.  But hey, there’s no place like home!
-New York, NY:  I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I’ve visited the city, but I love it every time.  I’ve contemplated living there numerous times, but I’m just not sure I could tolerate that many people.
-Ocean City, MD:  I can’t stand the beach.  I’m way too pale to get any enjoyment of a sunny, sandy day.  The boardwalk, though, I like. I like the boardwalk a lot.
-City Point, VA:  Visiting Virginia this summer was absolutely amazing.  Richmond was great, but the City Point view was insurmountable.


Four Places I’ve Lived:
-Pottsville, PA:  Home of Yuengling brewery, John O’Hara, and the Molly Maguires, you’ve nevertheless most likely never heard of Pottsville.
-Minersville, PA:  If you’ve never heard of Pottsville, you’ve most certainly never heard of Minersville.
-Schuylkill Haven, PA:  I spent the most time in Schuylkill Haven, yet have the least to say about it.  Some great teachers, but a rather horrid school system.
-Gettysburg, PA:  I guess you could say I like this one. 🙂

Four TV Shows I’m Currently Watching:
-The Tudors:  After doing my graduation-requirement major research project on King Henry and his many wives (with an emphasis on his beloved Jane), I was enthralled by their legacy.  Unfortunately, I’m only now getting around to watching the entire series.  RIP William.
-Pretty Little Liars:  I have tried repeatedly to watch this series, but get sidetracked every time.  Now that I’ve recently gotten into the habit of watching primarily one series at a time, this will hopefully be concluded soon.  I’ve often been compared to Aria (and if it means I can pretend to date Ian Harding, so be it).
-Courage the Cowardly Dog:  Holy nostalgia.  This show terrified me as a kid, and it terrifies me now.
-NFL:  Since I don’t have actual TV, let alone time to frequently watch it, I’m going to count my obsessive following of these boys’ games as my fourth show, at least since baseball season concludes.  Packers, Broncos, and Jets, in that order.

Four Things I’m Excited For This Year:  
-Launching Her Campus Gettysburg:  I’m super ecstatic to come onboard hercampus.com as Gettysburg College’s Campus Correspondent!  We launch September 29th, so keep an eye out for more information!
-Autumn:  My birthday’s the day before Halloween, and I’ve always had a love for the season that surrounds it.  Black cats and scary stories and hoodies and scarves and apples galore!
-The Lunar Eclipse:  While my astrophysics class continuously terrifies me, it continues to fascinate me.  For example, later this month there will be a lunar eclipse and I’m super excited to see it!
-Thanksgiving:  Each year, Gettysburg’s Dining Center has a campus-wide Thanksgiving dinner, where they provide a hearty vegan option and you get to share in celebrations with 11 of your closest friends.  Soon after, Thanksgiving break will allow me to visit my family (and Cooper!) and enjoy my mom’s equally wonderful vegan “turkey” option!

And so, my favorite number, Four, for the sake of your entertainment!


“This book is about….”

In the era where Fifty Shades and mass-market novels detailing the seduction of zombies dominate the NYT Best Sellers lists, I’ve grown to expect little from a lot of the “literature” surrounding me.

Many times, I know my personal expectations are too high.  I’m an editor— it’s to be expected.

Regardless, I’d like to think that the basics of the English language (you know, the grammatical aspects drilled into your mind through the first eight years or so of American schooling) should stick.  Punctuation and capitalization, for example:  if you can’t begin a sentence with a capital letter and end with a period (yes, even online), you probably shouldn’t be writing much.

In a similar vein falls another pet peeve of mine, as displayed in my recent reading of “Discovering Out Past:  A Brief Introduction to Archaeology.”
“This book is about archaeology and how archaeologists conduct their work to better understand the past” reads page four.

I realize that not everyone majors in English.  Heck, the general population continues to struggle with homophones.  In no circumstances, however, should anyone write out exactly what their piece is about — particularly in something being written for publication!

Whatever your discipline, this should be inherent in your writing.  Your reader isn’t stupid:  he/she didn’t pick up Pride and Prejudice expecting to read about puppies.

Your title should say this.  Your words should imply this.

What do you know about Fibromyalgia?

Whatever my problems end up being, I can relate.

Claire's comfy corner

It’s Fibromyalgia awareness week 6-12 September 2015.  So do know what Fibromyalgia is? Unfortunately lots of people are still not aware of the condition or the terrible effects it has on both sufferers and their families.


Fibromyalgia (FMS) is an invisible illness, we may look fine on the outside but we are in so much pain.  Most people look at me and think there is absolutely nothing wrong, but so many things are a struggle.  I feel old before my time.


There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, it is a long term condition, it is chronic pain, we sometimes have good hours or days but it will return with a vengeance.  The pain varies in intensity from moderate to severe and we can feel it anywhere – my shoulders, neck, left arm, left knee and hips are where I feel the worst pain – I have severe burning, throbbing and…

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Hey, TO&E, where’ve you been?

I’ve been super crazy busy lately.  Granted, this is how I prefer my life.

Classes have finally resumed, which makes me absolutely ecstatic.  I’m taking astrophysics.  Considering my reputation as arguably one of the world’s most humanities-centric individuals, this is laughable.  There’s far more math than pretty pictures of stars, unfortunately. The class, however, also involves trips to the wonderful little place known as the planetarium, so it’s almost worth it.

Check out this picture of Pluto taken by  New Horizon's recent flyby.  This is pretty freaking cool.

Check out this picture of Pluto taken by New Horizon’s recent flyby. This is pretty freaking cool. (Image via New York Times)

I’m also working pretty intensely on Her Campus Gettysburg.  Her Campus is “the #1 global community for college women.”  As Gettysburg’s Campus Correspondent, I’m essentially president and editor-in-chief, working with the national organization to promote the work of Gettysburg College students!  As the launch date of the site approaches, my team and I are working to produce some great content, so keep an eye on it.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter as well!


So rest easy, TO&E’s not going anywhere any time soon.