Links from Our Group Chat: CA Wildfires, Birth Control, Forbes 30 Under 30 & More!

 NBC News

NBC News

California knows how to party, but right now, it’s suffering from three wildfires: Camp, Woolsey, and Hill. CNN reported that over 300,000 people had to evacuate their homes and some people lost theirs, including Miley Cyrus. The fires have spread to hundreds of thousands of acres and it’s devastating. To lend a hand, you can: donate to the Red Cross, support local organizations, contribute to a GoFundMe of a family that lost their home, visit Facebook’s crisis response page, or help out our furry friends.

Trump is trying to control birth control. Sounds like a tongue twister right? New rules created by the Department of Health and Human Services will make it easier to deny you coverage for birth control for “employers that object to birth control coverage based on religious beliefs, as well as nonprofit organizations and small businesses that "have non-religious moral convictions opposing services covered by the mandate." Stock up while you still can, ladies.

 Kelly Brogan MD

Kelly Brogan MD

In light of all the college sexual assault cases across the country, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to come out with something game-changing on how universities and colleges should handle such incidents. The new rules would give new rights to the accused, including the ability to cross-examine their accusers. They would reduce liability for universities, tighten the definition of sexual harassment, and allow schools to use a higher standard in evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault.

The eighth annual Forbes 30 under 30 list is out, featuring 600 trailblazers and game-changers in 20 industrys. 15,000 submissions were sent in, nominees were selected and vetted during a three layer process, leading the 4 percent acceptance rate which include people from Jeanie Buss (LA Lakers) to Tory Burch. For the full list, click here.

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Have you seen those viral articles about the small town in Italy wanting to pay you to move there? States across America are catching onto this wave and are paying stipends to those willing to work remotely. Oklahoma’s program, Tulsa Remote, is an effort to attract bright minded people to their city. The program will pay remote workers $10K to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a year. The pay doesn’t include the attractive incentives such as a membership (worth $1,800) to the 36 Degrees North co-working space, up to three months of discounted rent in a furnished apartment in Tulsa’s Arts District, and plenty of programming, events and community-building opportunities to help workers get settled. For more cities with similar initiatives, click here. *Searches google flights for tickets*

By: Ashley Banayan


Ashley Banayan is a senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism with a minor in Web Technologies and Applications from the Viterbi School of Engineering. Currently, she works as an editorial intern for Create and Cultivate. She has experience in traditional public relations, social media marketing, influencer relations, content creation, and web development. Furthermore, she is the founder of Geocasion, a company designing Snapchat Geofilters for both businesses and personal clients, garnering 4.5 million views. In turn, these experiences led her to focus on the convergence and disruption in media, communication and web technologies.

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