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Ashley Smalls

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I am very proud to have such an extensive writing background which includes articles written for, and The Daily Collegian. Listed below are links to my work. I do hope that you enjoy.


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The Best Walking Shoes Under $65

A good pair of walking shoes can make or break your workout. But with so many options, it can feel overwhelming to choose the right pair. And when you do find sneakers that fit the bill—the soles need to be flexible, so it should be fairly easy to fo

Northern Lights May Be Visible in the Midwest Tonight

The Midwest should count their lucky stars since parts of the area may get a rare look at Aurora Borealis, also called Northern lights, in the sky. The special event may only last for up to 10 minutes in places such as Illinois, Iowa and Colorado and possibly in Cleveland, Seattle and Boston.

Governor Chris Christie Gets Stuck in a Jam

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some explaining to do! The possible Republican White House candidate is in the middle of a scandal over his administration's role in shutting down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, the country's busiest bridge which connects Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee, NJ, in early September.

Stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Injured in Car Crash

The cast of the TLC hit show were involved in an accident Monday night in Milledgeville, GA, just 20 minutes from their home. According to reports, a truck without its lights struck the family's vehicle as they were turning at an intersection, causing the collision. Paramedics happened to be nearby and assisted the famous brood.

Polar Vortex Brings Dangerous Chill Nationwide

A phenomenon known as a polar vortex is dominating headlines across the country as it brings the coldest gust of winter air in decades. Affecting up to 187 million people and putting 26 states under warnings or watches, temperatures have reached unbearable lows thanks to the artic cyclone.

Missing Man Found After Photo Appears In Newspaper

Nicholas Simmons, a 20-year-old Rochester, NY, man who disappeared from his family on New Year's Day, was found in Washington, DC, thanks to a photo of him in . Jacquelyn Martin, the Associated Press photographer who took the picture, saw Simmons pressed against a steam vent to keep warm in an area where homeless people often gather in cold weather.

Snowstorm Causes Transportation Problems

Winter storm Hercules did a lot more than prevent kids from going to school today; it stopped most people from going anywhere. More than 1,500 flights were canceled across the country, adding to the thousands already canceled yesterday.

Snowstorm Expected to Hit the Northeast and Midwest

It's only the second day of 2014, but the New Year is already about to experience its first major snowstorm. According to a warning from the National Weather Service, the New York City metro area, among other locales, will see blizzard conditions starting Thursday afternoon.

Robin Roberts Acknowledges Longtime Girlfriend for the First Time

In a year-end post on her Facebook page yesterday, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged and thanked her long-term love Amber Laign for the first time. "I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together," Roberts wrote.

Delta Airlines Glitch Provides Buyers with Cheap Tickets

Call it a late Christmas miracle! Thanks to a bug on the Delta airlines website as well as other flight booking sites, some lucky travelers were able to save up to 90% on airfare. CBS New York reports that for about two hours on Thursday morning, the mishap resulted in incredible prices for tickets that usually cost hundreds of dollars.

UPS and FedEx Miss Christmas Delivery Deadlines

Many UPS and FedEx customers just may prefer to stick with Santa for sending presents next year. That's because the gifts they had shipped through those two major services didn't make it under the tree in time. "We're terribly sorry," UPS spokeswoman Natalie Black told CNN.

JetBlue Offers Free Flights to Lucky Travelers

Santa may have his sleigh, but a few people who need to get home for the holidays have their own special ride in the skies thanks to JetBlue. The airline surprised some stranded folks, who had posted on Craigslist's ride-share community board looking for lifts, with free flights to their destinations.

Apple and China Mobile Partnership To Start Next Year

The tech giant just got a whole lot bigger! Apple has joined forces with China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile company, to bring the iPhone across China starting January 17, 2014 with preordering available as of December 25. "Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together," Tim Cook, Apple CEO said via a press release.

Winners of 'The X Factor' Season 3 Announced

After three months of watching the most talented performers compete, judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland crowned the winner of season 3 of The X Factor last night. Real-life couple Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton, also known as Alex & Sierra, claimed victory after going up against Jeff Gutt and Carlito Olivero in the two-part finale, which started last week.

Credit Card Breach Could Affect Nearly 40 Million Target Customers

It seems like Black Friday shopping could put some people in the red. Target has confirmed that data from about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been stolen from customers who made in-store purchases from November 27 to December 15.

Two Winning Tickets Sold in Mega Millions

At least two people became multi-millionaires Tuesday night after lottery officials announced that two tickets matched the numbers for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second largest prize in U.S. lottery history. Although the winners have yet to come forward, the first ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, CA, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesperson for the California lottery.

Man Killed at Short Hills Mall While Defending Wife

Authorities are searching for two suspects in the violent carjacking that took the life of Dustin Friedland. Friedland, a 30-year-old attorney from Hoboken, NJ, was trying to protect his wife from the carjackers when the shooting took place in the parking lot of an upscale mall in Short Hills, NJ.

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Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young dead of apparent suicide at 29

Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young has died at the age of 29, TMZ reports. The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Jett Jackson on Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug. 19, Lee's publicist confirmed. E!
'Bachelor' Star Gia Allemand Dead at 29 of Apparent Suicide |

Gia Allemand, cast member from Season 14 of The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka, has passed away at the age of 29 from an apparent suicide, People reports.Gia had been hospitalized at University Hospital in New Orleans on Aug. 12 and was said to be in critical condition.
Will Finn Hudson Die From Drugs on Glee? |

While many fans continue to mourn the loss of Glee star Cory Monteith, FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly has revealed details about how the show will deal with portraying the on-screen death of his character, Finn Hudson.Reilly stated that Monteith's death will not be ignored and they "will deal directly with the elements of his p
Has 'Man of Steel' star Henry Cavill found his Lois Lane?

Most women just dream of dating Superman, but The Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco actually is! Multiple reports confirm that the starlet is in the beginning of a new relationship with Man of Steel star Henry Cavill.An insider revealed to Us Weekly that Henry, 30, is a "massive Big Bang Theory fan" and "has always wanted to date her.

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Songz produces Inevitably good EP

While many of Trey Songz fans patiently wait for his next album entitled “Chapter 5,” the R&B singer released an EP, “Inevitable,” to help raise money for his Angels with Heart foundation.“Inevitable” includes five singles: “Top of the World,” “What I Be On,” “I Do,” “Outside (Part 1)” and “Sex Ain’t Better Than Love.”“Top of the World” is a positive song depicting Songz come up and his ambition.

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Drake hits high note

Drake told us on his last album to thank him later — but after listening to his new album, “Take Care,” it’s safe to say hip-hop needs to thank him now.When Drake released “Marvin’s Room,” I knew “Take Care” was going to be music my iPod was going to greatly appreciate. Drake’s music from the new album provides a more mature tone compared to his previous releases.Drake knows how to paint a picture in your head of what he’s talking about. Even if you’ve never been through his problems, he...

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J. Cole debuts album filled with emotion

It’s official: J.Cole’s new album “Cole World” is the hottest thing out right now. After much anticipation and several days of waiting, I can honestly say “Cole World: The Sideline Story” was worth the wait.What makes “Cole World” stand out is that you’re not just listening to song after song; it’s like you’re listening to J.Cole tell a story.There really aren’t any tracks from “Cole World” that disappoint, but there are some that stand out from the rest.

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Rent the Runway comes to Penn State, allows students to rent designer dresses

Penn State fashionistas on a budget will be happy to hear about Rent the Runway’s fall trunk fashion show, which will allow students to rent designer dresses at affordable prices.It all started with a website founded by two Harvard University graduates who wanted to give girls a chance to wear designer dresses they usually couldn’t afford, Penn State’s Rent the Runway Representative Samantha Malandra said.According to the website, Rent the Runway maintains exclusive relationships with top...

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Ashton Kutcher disables Twitter after Joe Paterno tweet

Actor Ashton Kutcher released Wednesday that he would take a leave of absence from Twitter due to a tweet he sent about Penn State firing head football coach Joe Paterno.Kutcher tweeted, “[sic] How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”He was immediately bombarded with tweets from Twitter users who were upset over his supposed support for the coach.

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Cooper to discuss Penn State on talk show

Journalist and television personality Anderson Cooper will be airing a special episode todaycalled “State of Shame: The Penn State Scandal” on his talk show “Anderson” on ABC23 at noon.Cooper will interview an audience of about 120 Penn State students, and he’ll also interview former members of the Penn State community who considered Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno to be like family.Along with the students, other members of the Penn State community will be in attendance at the show, including...

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'Full House' star to visit as part of LateNight

Fans of the popular sitcom “Full House” will get the chance to see Uncle Joey as one of the acts for the Student Programming Associations LateNight.Dave Coulier, who played Uncle Joey, will join Judah Friedlander and perform at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall.The show is free for Penn State Students with a valid university ID and entry is based on first come first served basis.

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DeGraw, Cook perform in Rec Hall

It may have been behind schedule, but fans said the Gavin DeGraw and David Cook concert was well worth the wait.DeGraw and Cook performed last night at Rec Hall, kicking off the first of many events for Penn State's Homecoming Week as well as DeGraw and Cook's national tour.Rec Hall was filled with a crowded audience standing as close as possible to the stage to see the artists.

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The 2011 Wedding Showcase helps brides with wedding woes

“It’s been a blast,” bride-to-be Lauren Leap (senior-health policy and administration) said. “I’m getting married two months after graduation and from this event I’ve gotten ideas for flowers, cakes, transportation and I was able to do all the pricing.”Businesses of the wedding industry from all over Pennsylvania came out to wow Leap and others at the 2011 Pennsylvania Wedding Showcase. The bridal show featured businesses from State College, Bellefonte, Altoona, Dubois and Clearfield. Vendors...

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Cirque du Soleil pleases audience at BJC

There were clowns and acrobats but Cirque du Soleil was anything but a typical circus.Wednesday night the Bryce Jordan Center transformed into the imaginary world of Quidam — a world thought up by a young girl who was being ignored by her parents. She decided she needed to escape and in doing so, took the audience with her.Audience members gasped, cheered, screamed and jumped out of their seats from the many acrobatics and illusions they saw on stage.

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Jerry Seinfeld to perform comedy act at Penn State in October

Students who can’t get enough Seinfeld reruns can catch his new material on his countrywide tour, which will visit Penn State next month.Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will stop by Penn State for his stand up comedy tour at 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 21 in the Eisenhower Auditorium.Ticket prices vary depending on seating. They range from $76 for an orchestra seat in the front rows to $46 for a balcony seat.

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Lil Wayne drops 'Tha Carter IV'

Weezy F. Baby’s “F” might as well stand for “finally” — he finally released his album “Tha Carter IV” at midnight Monday after several delays to its release date.Unfortunately, the album wasn’t entirely worth the wait.Otherwise known as Lil Wayne, the artist didn’t manage to live up to the bar set by his previous effort, “Tha Carter III” with his latest album.

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"Watch the Throne"

Jay- Z and Kanye West are two of the most successful artists in the hip-hop industry today.Jay-Z currently holds the record for the most No. 1 albums, and all of Kanye West’s albums have gone platinum.With so much success on their own, it’s not a surprise that their collaborative album “Watch the Throne” has gone on to have the biggest one-week sales on iTunes digitally after only one week.

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Gelaro chosen to head 2011-12 Movin' On executive committee

Bryn Gelaro (junior-psychology) has been chosen to head the 2011-12 Movin’ On executive committee following his involvement on the CORE committee as a volunteer chair and as the director of events on the executive committee.Mike Stefanick (senior-hotel, restaurant, and institutional management) was selected for director of finance and Sara Costantino (junior-theatre) will serve as director of events. In addition, Tim Gould (sophomore-geobiology) was chosen for director of operations and Dan...

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Scream 4

Just like everyone else, the first time I saw the commercial for “Scream 4” all I could think was “Why the hell are they making another movie?”I automatically assumed it would be horrible with predictable murders, and of course, it would be nothing compared to the original “Scream.”And I was mostly right. The plot of the story is that Sidney Prescott has returned to Woodsboro to promote her new book, based on the killings that have brought her town-wide attention.

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Wiz Khalifa ticket information released

“Weezyville” may meet its match by month’s end — “Wizzyville.”Student tickets for Pittsburgh-based rapper Wiz Khalifa’s April 26 concert at the Bryce Jordan Center will go on sale for a discounted price of $28.50 at noon Feb. 28 at the BJC, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center and the HUB-Robeson Center.Tickets go on sale for the general public at 10 a.m. March 18, for $37.50.

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"No Strings Attached"

Romantic comedies are usually the worst movie genre you can possibly see.They usually contain cheesy pick-up lines, unrealistic endings, scenes that aren’t that funny and couples who don’t even belong together.But “No Strings Attached” actually breaks the curse.

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State Theatre appoints new executive director

The Board of Directors at the State Theatre announced the appointment of its new Executive Director Harry Zimbler , Kristy Cyone, marketing director of the State Theatre, said.“The Board is really happy with the new direction Zimbler is taking them in,” she said.Zimbler will help the theatre move forward and become more community based, Cyone said.

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Alumna reacts to Grammy consideration

Last week, Penn State alumna Rachel Millman was considered for several Grammy nominations - and even though she didn't get the nods, she said she is grateful for the chance."It was a big thrill to be a part of the first round of the 53rd Grammys and Nomination Consideration Ballots," Millman, Class of 2008, said.

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Rap, pop combine at HUB concert

Rapper J. Cole told the HUB-Alumni Hall crowd Friday night that a star is born every day.J. Cole and pop-punk band We The Kings performed as part of the Pringles Xtreme Campus Tour.Fans crowded the hall as J. Cole opened the concert by introducing himself as the first artist to be signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation.

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Campus tour to benefit Asian schools, new artists

A school will be built in Southeast Asia because two up-and-coming artists will play at Penn State this weekend,Tonight, the Student Programming Association will bring the Pringles Xtreme Campus Tour featuring J.Cole and We The Kings to HUB-Alumni Hall.For every school the tour visits, Jake Sasseville, host of TV talk show “Late Night Republic,” will build one school in Southeast Asia, he said. This effort is organized in conjunction with Room to Read — a nonprofit organization that promotes...

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University to screen film about domestic violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — and to inform students about domestic violence, Penn State is hosting a screening of the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story.”The screening will take place at 7 tonight in the HUB Auditorium, and will be followed by an 8 p.m. reception.“Telling Amy’s Story” is a film that follows the life of a domestic violence victim and the tragedy of Amy, a former Penn State student, went through, said Audra Hixson, assistant director for the Center for...

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