Melanie Kessinger

Melanie Kessinger

Bio: Melanie Kessinger is a third-year English major with a minor in Italian at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Melanie grew up in Marin County, California and her passions for nature and horseback riding often inspire her writing. After graduating from college, she hopes to become a teacher and inspire young children with her love of journalism and reading. Melanie also enjoys spending time with her dog, Mocha, and wandering the aisles of Barnes & Noble.

Kylie Cosmetics Teases New Lip Products

Kylie Jenner’s makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, rose to popularity in 2015 with the launch of Kylie Lip Kits, a liquid lipstick and lip liner set. Six years later, the company has reached 25 million followers on Instagram.

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Eric Adams Leading NYC Mayoral Democratic Primary

As of Wednesday, June 23, Eric Adams is in the lead in the Democratic Primary for New York City’s next mayor. Voting has closed, but it may take a few weeks to learn who officially won the Democratic Primary for the Mayoral Race.

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Bidens Announce Passing of German Shepherd ‘Champ’

The Biden family reported on Saturday that their 13 year old German Shepherd, Champ, has died. A White House official informed CNN that Champ passed away at the Bidens’ home in Wilmington, Delaware. Champ’s health had grown worse over the past year due to his older age.

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New York Parents Want to Reverse School Mask Mandate

Parents in the Long Island area are calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to revoke New York’s state requirement that all children must be masked in school. They are hoping that their kids can experience a mask-free school day before the year ends. These parents are claiming that it is unreasonable for children to continue to wear masks, as they are sweltering in the summer heat.

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What Makes a Book “Good?”

An afternoon months ago, one of my peers asked me what I was currently reading. I happened to be reading two books at the time: a classic novel, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and a high-fantasy novel, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I only told her about the Dickens novel, although now, I am unsure why.

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Why the “Cheugy” TikTok Trend is Harmful for Young Women’s Self-Esteem

“Cheugy” is essentially a word used to describe anything that has gone out of style and is embarrassing to wear. My TikTok ‘For You’ page has recently been consumed by videos pointing out clothing items or trends that are now considered “cheugy.”

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Taylor Swift Fans Theorize She May Re-Release 1989 Before Red

On Friday, Taylor Swift announced via Instagram that she plans to release a re-recording of her fourth studio album, ‘Red.’ “This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even ten minutes long. Red (Taylor’s Version) will be out November 19,” wrote the singer in her caption.

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Kamala Harris Tours Southern States to Encourage Vaccinations

Vice President Kamala Harris has set off on a tour of the southern states in attempt to increase vaccination rates. As President Biden had set a goal to have 70% of American adults vaccinated by the 4th of July, Harris is now focusing on the South, which has the lowest vaccination rates in the United States.

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New York City Renames 16 Parks to Honor Black Americans

The New York Parks Department chose several parks to either name or rename after renowned Black Americans with connections to the city. The names of the 16 parks were revealed on Wednesday, June 16th at Mullaly Park in the Bronx.

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How COVID Has Forever Changed College Sports

As most of the Bay Area population is now vaccinated, life at my college has largely returned to normal. Many classes are meeting in person, the campus cafés have reopened, and sports teams are competing once more. I was able to gather with groups of friends while living in a dorm this spring. Occasionally, there were moments where I could close my eyes and forget the isolation of the past year; it seemed that life might completely return to what it was pre-pandemic.

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California Has Officially Reopened its Economy

California fully reopened its economy on Tuesday. The state will no longer be implementing its color-coded tier system; all counties are permitted to reopen at once, regardless of their coronavirus positivity rates.

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Delta Variant Cases are Increasing in the U.S.

The Delta variant, first identified as B.1.617.2 in India, has continued to spread across the U.S. This variant is more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-19 as well as the Alpha strain, which was first identified in the U.K.

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