I aim to reach my aggressive goal by getting small donations from a large amount of people. It’s going to be a challenge! You can help by donating $5 (or more if you can). I feel that asking a mere $5 in exchange for not speaking for a month is a reasonable request that anyone can appreciate and it couldn’t be easier: simply hit the Donate Now button and use a credit card.

Spread the Word

Tell people about SilentClark and the Social Media Experiment. (Share links to the blog posts, the Fan Page, and simply talk about what I am trying to accomplish.)

Follow me on Twitter: @SilentClark (This is a steady stream that will be flowing anytime I would normally be talking. I recommend using lists to keep the people you follow organized. I would put SilentClark in its own list. New to Twitter? You don’t even need an account, simply goto and read over the most recent posts anytime.

Become a friend on Facebook: SilentClark Harris (This will be the same steady stream of what would normally be my spoken voice.) Become friends to see how SilentClark handles public and sometimes private situations.

Join the Facebook Fan Page: Silence Cancer – I’ll be posting a few daily updates here and links to new blog posts.

Together, we can Silence Cancer once and for all by raising funds to help find a cure and by creating awareness for both the disease and the needs of those whose lives it affects. 

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Carrie Niland May 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hi there. – I am a picture editor with AOL news. I’m a hoping to obtain a picture of Clark Harris to run with our news story. Is there any chance you might be able to send something. Our email address is

Thank you!
Carrie Niland

SilentClark May 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Carrie, please tweet at me @silentclark or you can take anything from the blog or the Silence Cancer Page’s photo section on Facebook.

Amber Cleveland July 21, 2010 at 2:52 am

Hi Clark,

Already donated, very happy to do it. Will tweet about it, but 1st have a question…after I donated the message came up and said that it was for a walk on August 22, 2009. Could you clear up the confusion for me? Maybe you have already done this somewhere on your blog or on twitter, but I just started following so I am not sure.



SilentClark July 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Something much have gone wrong – could you tweet me @silentclark or find my on facebook “SilentClark Harris” – don’t see record of your donation so that is strange.

Did you follow the thing from the website?

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I ate python stew in my husband’s village. After the snake was beheaded, skinned and eviscerated, it was cooked with palm oil, tomato, cayenne pepper, and a green veggie, called Bitter leaf. It was then, served over rice. The meat was succulent but, there was not enough of it – like eating a chicken back. Being from the South, I’ve eaten plenty of rabbit and buffalo, as well as tortoise and alligator. Buffalo is like beef delux and a heck of a lot more healthy. Rabbit is also a tasty meat that is healthy. In my view, regardless of what is eaten (as long as it is not human), whether it tastes good or not really depends on the cook.MILAN – The Prada winter fashion show was pure entertainment from the real live actors modelling the clothes, to the huge red-carpeted runway set in the ballroom of an invented palazzo, to the eccentric and at times dramatic outfits.Such Hollywood A-listers as Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Emile Hirsch and Jamie Bell walked the runway with a naturalness that confirmed their talent as perfect players in the Prada pageant.Most of the actors wore the collection’s staple overcoat, long, black and elegant with wire-rimmed sunglasses tucked like a handkerchief in the breast pocket.Only Adrian Brody donned a double-breasted red overcoat with a black velvet collar and fur-trimmed lapel, and sported matching red-lensed, round sunglasses.Overall Miuccia Prada’s winter 2013 collection presented Sunday, the second day of the four-day Milan menswear preview showings, spoke of a man who likes to be both eccentric and mysterious, is quite sure of himself and at times a bit of a snob.He wears brooches that look like medals on his jacket, prefers vests to sweaters and likes the arrogance of a high stiff collar on his white shirts. He’s not embarrassed to wear underwear as outerwear and toss off his overcoat to reveal a pair of boxer shorts paired with a tuxedo shirt and gartered knee socks.Somewhat of a dandy, he prefers his hair long, as is tempted by the eccentricity of a moustache.Leave it to Miuccia, who every season proves to be the most creative of Italian designers, to put on a show where despite the thrill of Oscar-winning actors playing the part of models, the clothes still kept the leading role. It’s late at night and a friend takes out a small Prada pouch; in it – his collection of pharmaceuticals, he’s got everything from Adderall to Xanax, throw in some Vicodin for good measure. I’m there with my best friend, it’s a rainy day, we’ve rushed over, the meds have mixed and we’re on the rescue. Making sure he’s okay. Last year, over the summer, I was with a friend in the park; we were joined by an acquaintance, who pulled out a backpack full of little boxes, clear and full of multi-color pills. This is the newest trend, bags of pharmaceuticals handed out like candy corn. I heard, through the grape-vine, that brings harrowing news, that he was discovered naked in bed, his heart given out. I briefly dated someone, by briefly, I mean, we met … had a drink. He was cute enough to drag home, make out and kiss, then he became too comfortable. Confessions poured out. He’d only had one drink, maybe two. He was on Lexparo, he gushed this quickly, the glazed look in his eye was striking and frightening, he rattled on about his latest suicide attempt with surprising ease. Needless to say there wasn’t a second get together, I tried to kick him out – yet it was one hell of an effort. I should have known the look, the washed over smile that’s both eerie, sometimes human, but mostly bland. Someone on an SSRI never seems to have a sparkle in their eye. Last year (or was it two as well), in one of the most harrowing moments of my life, I crashed off Celexa, my shrink at the time, had referred me to a sort of ambivalent psychotherapist that took my money and gave me a prescription, after prescription. I discovered the calming effects of a small dose of Ativan at that time. He took out his pad, gave me pills and never followed up. Then one day my insurance ran out, because I was a waiter, and was instantly fired, because that’s just what happens. Let me also note, that it’s very uncommon for waiters in New York to have health insurance. Crashing on Celexa was this mind numbing – altering concept, I wrote about it , a blow by blow of each sullen moment, as the drugs strong hold left me weak and listless, I understood first hand, how people could easily commit suicide when withdrawing if unsupervised. To this day, I get about one person a week, asking for help, reaching out in desperation because the drug hasn’t worked or they’re trying to quit.Most just chose to comment and leave their story, take a moment to read them. This drug, even though it seems to mask depression, giving the illusion of normal so important in our culture, is nothing but a wrapping, a shroud for the mind, a mist of detachment. I liken it to a pink sheet wrapping my emotions, when the drug wore off, all at once – the torrents of happiness and sadness and those things that I’ve never been able to control well – came gushing. During withdrawal, it acted as a permeable membrane, allowing only sadness. How masterful these drug companies are. Now scientists are developing Orexin A, that’s supposed to cure the need for sleep. Originally developed for the military, there are net rumors that it will be available by prescription. I’m sure it’ll be the next Adderall. I’m sitting at my favorite bar, having my vodka soda, talking to my hot bartender crush. We’re talking about the new hot nightlife trend, Adderall. At cocktail parties it’s whispered about, it’s a better high then coke and you’re more in control. Someone is trying to convince someone to get it for them. Someone has it, there are rumors, it is wanted. The hot bartender is telling me he has a source, he winks. It’s ever so mysterious. He tells me, he likes to take it, when he’s cleaning his apartment, it’s better for focus. I imagine him dusting in the buff and sigh. Someone else mentions, “it’s great for weight loss, that’s what all the skinny celebs are taking”. Most everyone I know is on a pill or trying to get one; everyone I know is trying to cure something. My friend, with the Prada pill bag, was trying to cure a broken heart. This most impossible promise, that everything will be fine if you just take a pill. A few months ago, I went to my primary care physician. I confessed I was a bit bummed. He causally offers a prescription for Lexapro, tells me it’s great. I cringe; try not to run out of the office screaming madly, I explained the hold it had on me. He smirked, “it couldn’t have been that bad”. Rapidly, a pill will mask the symptoms of everything; we will forget who our natural selves are; as we pop big pharma like they’re M&Ms. I’m happy I’m detoxing shortly, no booze, just tea. I’ve always been a watcher and observer, trying to balance the writerly need to experience and the compassionate need to listen to stories and understand. Gawker has called us the creative classes. But I don’t think pill-popping is confined to just the artsy types. Dash Snow comes to mind. But it’s rampant in CEO culture, with the wealthy, with those that have access and want to try new things. After all, pills are expensive, so pill-popping is for the rich. Our culture pushes us to try the newest latest shinny object, weather it be tech, clothing, accessory or drug. Then again, aren’t they all sort of the same thing. Check out the book,[]My blog and other work,[] Follow Alex Geana on Twitter: As an investor, this interests me a lot. Amazon seems unstoppable. However, high fashion is tough. When I bought myself a Prada suit at Barneys for my birthday, I was surprised to find out that I wear a 36 Prada suit jacket (but I wear a 38/40 in Paul Smith and Zegna). Also, Barneys tailored the suit for me after I bought it. Designer clothing is one of thing you can’t really showroom, because fit is everything. Fit matters less in a pair of LL Bean jeans than it does in a Lanvin blazer or a Gucci shirt. I stopped ordering designer clothing from Bluefly, because I could never get the fit right. However, I still order designer shoes from Bluefly, because a shoe size is a shoe size. If Amazon can work out some sort of avatar-based virtual dressing room, it’ll put department stores out of business. Barneys is already on the ropes. I love Barneys. I love Amazon too, but I never see any super models when I’m shopping at Amazon.We know the ; but what would you do-woo-woo for a different kind of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 perhaps?While you can attempt all manner of feats to obtain a Klondike Bar, there’s not much to get Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (the announced in October) if your own an older Android smartphone. Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone was and comes pre-loaded with ICS; it remains with Ice Cream Sandwich, as owners of non-Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus S phones await their updates. So when can you expect Ice Cream Sandwich to be available on your Android phone? Below, we’ve rounded up the latest, manufacturer by manufacturer:SONYIf you’ve got a Sony Xperia, Ice Cream Sandwich should be arriving at the end of March or beginning of April 2012. In , Martina Johansson of Sony Ericsson provides a timeline for the roll-out, writing that Sony’s developers are busy “merging…current Xperia software with the new features in Android 4.0.” The big update is due in a few months and will come first to the Xperia arc S, the Xperia neo V and the Xperia ray; these will be followed by the Xperia arc, the Xperia PLAY, the Xperia neo, the Xperia mini/mini pro, the Xperia pro and the Xperia active. Basically, all your Xperia devices are going to get Ice Cream Sandwich eventually, ; there is no firm release date for the Tablet S as of yet, however. By way of explanation for the wait, Johansson also lays out the process for integrating Android 4.0 with Sony’s own software. Since many mobile manufacturers place their own skins or flavors on top of Android (think Motorola’s MotoBlur or HTC’s Sense), it takes some time to satisfactorily combine the two. These bullet points serve as a nice primer on the ICS delay for all manufacturers: SAMSUNGSamsung’s Galaxy Nexus already has Ice Cream Sandwich, of course, and most Nexus S phones should have already received an over-the-air update. The status of Android 4.0 for other Samsung smartphones is less clear. Here’s what we know, for now:- Samsung Nexus S phones on December 16. If you own a Nexus S, you should be using an Ice Cream Sandwich device at this point.- The Samsung Galaxy S II of 2012, as will the . – The Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Tabs were both on track for Ice Cream Sandwich, until they weren’t, until they were again, maybe. Basically, Samsung claimed that they would update the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 and then announced that they would not, due to the limitations of the device’s RAM and ROM to run both ICS and a bit of touch-interface software called TouchWiz simultaneously. Now, apparently bowing to consumer pressure, Samsung is re-examining ICS for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tabs, . UPDATE: As of January 3, Samsung said it will not introduce a full ICS upgrade for the Galaxy S smartphone.LGIce Cream Sandwich updates to LG devices will start in Q2 2012 (that’s some time between April and June) and will come in two phases.1. In the first phase, the Optimus LTE, Prada Phone by LG 3.0, Optimus 2X, Optimus Sol, myTouch Q and Eclipse will all get ICS. This will begin in Q2 2012.2. In the second phase, the Optimus 3D, Optimus Black, Optimus Big, Optimus Q2 and Optimus EX will be updated. That will start in Q3 2012, or some time between July and September 2012. Missing from the list, : the LG Nitro HD, the G2X, the Thrill 4G, the DoublePlay, the G-Slate and the MyTouch. MOTOROLAThere’s not a boatload of Motorola ICS info — especially on specific phones — though the company, which Google recently agreed to acquire, is gearing up to push forward Google’s newest mobile OS to its handsets. – The Motorola Droid RAZR will get Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012, . – The Droid Bionic and all Xoom tablets will be upgraded to ICS eventually, . – No updates on the Droid X or Droid 3, the Atrix 4G or the Photon 4G; Motorola says it is “planning on upgrading as many of [its] phones as possible.”- On specific devices, a post on the official Motorola website from December 7 had this to say about specific devices and ICS: “[O]ver the next month we will be determining which devices will get the upgrade and when — and we will communicate this as information becomes available.” It’s been about twenty days since that pronouncement; look for additional details and decisions about individual Motorola phones and Ice Cream Sandwich, then, within the next two weeks. HTCFinally, we come to HTC, maker of several well-selling Android handsets, including the popular HTC Evo. is all we’ve heard:Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound*, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G* and HTC Amaze 4G* through close integration with our carrier partners.We also got a glimpse of what is supposedly one of HTC’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phones, the HTC Ville, . BGR says the Ville is set to launch in April. —–And that’s almost everything we know on the mobile Ice Cream Sandwich front! Developing and testing a new Android operating system can clearly be a difficult and lengthy process for the manufacturers, so all of this is subject to change and could become irrelevant overnight. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on all the latest major developments in the Android 4.0 world as the news breaks. Also on HuffPost: The is definitely a time to experiment with fashion, but model Anja Rubik took experimenting to a whole new level on Monday night.Rubik, who showed up on the arm of designer Anthony Vaccarello, was also wearing one of his creations: a cream-colored satiny dress with gaping holes in the, uh, chest and lower abdomen areas. Not only was Anja doing our favorite meme, , but when we saw her in person on the red carpet, we were afraid more than just her leg was going to pop out.It’s not like Anja’s afraid to show her body — she posed for the . But, first , and now Anja… is there about to be a whole new trend? Are hipbones the new cleavage?And … there’s no way she’s wearing underwear with that, right? Just sayin’.Check out Anja’s dress below and weigh in: is her look a fashion home run?Click below to see the rest of the! When we watched dance her fashionable butt off in a new music video for H&M, we started thinking about how much we love when models and editors shake it for the camera. with Anja Rubik to celebrate the relaunch of Vogue Paris’ website, Raquel Zimmermann has and it’s no secret that Take a look at the fashion videos below and let us know which is your favorite?Want more? Be sure to check out Stylelist on , , and .Coco Chanel and Anna Wintour both managed to become living incarnations of that 20th-century obsession (that we now take entirely for granted),…If we were asked to assemble our dream dinner party, our fantasy guests would likely include Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama.The crazy thing is, it’s actually happening. As you might have heard, in New York on June 14 — and as it turns out, our favorite Vogue editor-in-chief will be in attendance as well.The good news? There are invites up for grabs for . The bad news? Anna Wintour is making the whole thing sound very, very intimidating in The clip, released by the Obama 2012 campaign today, was filmed right in Anna’s famously cavernous office for maximum scare-factor. And despite wearing a cheery scarf around her neck, Anna keeps her voice clipped and cool and offers nary a smile.Geez, as if meeting SJP, FLOTUS, POTUS and Anna wasn’t already nerve-wracking enough.Would you dare to dine with Anna? Check out the video above. If you’d rather embrace Anna and Obama from afar, you can pick up some (see the pics below!)And if you’re more of a Romney fan… well, . Seriously.”Sporty” is rarely a word we associate with . But and the woman turns into a expletive-spewing, beer drinking, foam finger-wearing sports maniac!Well, sort of. Wintour, an avid tenis fan, engaged in some moderate cheering and even cracked a smile at Wimbledon 2012 this weekend, which she attended with partner John Shelby Bryan. The editrix watched from the Royal Box (you know, ) and socialized with Important People including Miroslava Vavrinec, Roger Federer’s wife. (Anna’s a big Federer fan, .)So what does the ruler of the fashion world wear to a tennis match? Prada, of course. We stand corrected: it was Marc Jacobs!Check out Anna going (moderately) wild for her favorite sport.PHOTOS:Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on , , and .Radar:Although head Vogue-ette Anna Wintour has previously made light of her ex-assistant Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling roman a clef, we hear the Devil may care after all. Sources say Wintour has been doing everything in her power to ensure the film version of The Devil Wears Prada fizzles—even threatening to blacklist some of the fashion world’s biggest names if they agree to do cameos.When Wintour got wind that producers had been recruiting major designers for walk-on roles, sources close to the film say she unleashed a flurry of phone calls intimating to the aspiring thespians that they’d be persona non grata in the pages of her high-end glossy if they participated. Hey, remember that time when ?Yes, it really happened. On Wednesday night, the Vogue editor-in-chief found herself in Colbert’s unflatteringly lit, garishly decorated studio (so very un-Vogue), sitting for an interview for an episode of And of course, because Anna is made of pure magic and genius and all things cunning and clever, her “Colbert” performance was actually quite charming. Despite Colbert’s protestations — “Don’t suck me into your gay world!” — Anna managed to get Stephen smiling… and knocked him down a few pegs. Colbert was all, “I don’t really trust Prada, because my understanding is the devil wears Prada. And this is a Christian nation, madame!” And Anna was all, “That movie was so last year. Really, we’ve gone way beyond that movie.” Stephen, you just got served. Not one to be deterred, Colbert also made sure to ask the burning question we’ve all been dying to ask Anna:”Is there ever a time you can not care about fashion? Do you ever just say to yourself, ‘Today, to hell with this!’ put on your zebra-striped sweatpants and go to Long John Silvers and just lose yourself in a pile of batter fried shrimp?”See how Anna responded (as well as her thoughts on ) in the clip above.  is rumoured to be pregnant with her first child. The 29-year-old Devil Wears Prada actress and her fiance Adam Schulman reportedly arranged a dinner in New York on Thursday night to announce the happy news to family and close friends.A source told party celebrated into the wee small hours at the Picholine restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and, according to the source, the actress was said to have a visible baby bump. they said.The couple – who have been together since 2008 and engaged since November last year – have yet to set a date for their wedding.Meanwhile, has revealed how much fun she had playing Catwoman in the forthcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.She told The Daily Record: > IN PICS: PREGNANT CELEBSAlso on HuffPost:SAN JOSE, Calif. — An attorney for Apple told a jury Tuesday that bitter rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy.Samsung chose to copy, making its smartphones and computer tablets illegal knockoffs of Apple’s popular products, attorney Harold McElhinny claimed.Samsung “has copied the entire design and user experience” of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, McElhinny told a jury during his opening statement at the patent trial involving the world’s two largest makers of cellphones.In his opening statement, Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven countered that the South Korean company employs thousands of designers and spends billions of dollars on research and development to create new products.”Samsung is not some copyist, some Johnny-come-lately doing knockoffs,” he said.Verhoeven asserted that Apple is like many other companies that use similar technology and designs to satisfy consumer demands for phones and other devices that play music and movies and take photographs.For example, he said several other companies and inventors have filed patent applications for the rounded, rectangular shape associated with Apple products.”Everyone is out there with that basic form factor,” Verhoeven said. “There is nothing wrong with looking at what your competitors do and being inspired by them.”A verdict in Apple’s favor could lead to banishment of Samsung’s Galaxy products from the U.S. market, said Mark A. Lemley, a professor and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology.A verdict in Samsung’s favor, especially if it prevails on its demands that Apple pay its asking price for certain transmission technology, could lead to higher-priced Apple products.The witness lists of both sides are long on experts, engineers and designers and short on familiar names. Apple CEO Tim Cook is not scheduled to testify.On Tuesday afternoon, Apple designer Christopher Stringer wrapped up the first day of testimony discussing his role in helping create the company’s iPhone and iPod during his 17 years at the company.Dressed in a tan suit, the bearded and long haired designer said because of Apple’s desire to create original products, he and his co-workers surmounted numerous engineering problems such as working with the products’ glass faces in producing both products over a number of years. Stringer said he was upset when he saw Samsung’s Galaxy products enter the market.”We’ve been ripped off, it’s plain to see,” Stringer said. “It’s offensive.”Trial resumes Friday with the testimony of Apple senior vice president for marketing Philip Schiller.Cupertino-based Apple Inc. filed its lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year and is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.The case marks the latest skirmish between the two companies over product designs. A similar trial began last week, and the two companies have been fighting in other courts in the United Kingdom and Germany.In the patent case, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last month ordered Samsung to pull its Galaxy 10.1 computer tablet from the U.S. market pending the outcome of the patent trial. However, she barred Apple attorneys from telling jurors about the ban.Apple lawyers argue there is almost no difference between Samsung products and its own, and that the South Korean company’s internal documents show it copied Apple’s iconic designs and its interface.Samsung counter-claims that Apple copied its iPhone from Sony. In addition, Samsung alleges Apple is using some of Samsung’s own inventions without payment, such as a computer chip at the heart of the iPhone.Samsung lawyers also stressed the company has been developing mobile phones since 1991, long before Apple jumped into the market in 2007.Also at issue at the trial are some of the most basic functions of today’s smartphones and computer tablets, including scrolling with one finger and zooming with a finger tap.Tuesday morning’s proceedings began with a bit of drama.First, a juror pleaded with the judge to be released from the trial, saying she suffered a panic attack and spent a sleepless night after belatedly discovering that her employer would not pay her salary while she served. A sympathetic judge granted her request and left the jury with nine members.Then the judge rebuked John Quinn, one of Samsung’s attorneys, for refusing to stop a line of legal argument the judge said she had ruled on numerous times.”Mr. Quinn, don’t make me sanction you,” the judge said as the lawyer continued his argument. “Please. Please. Please, take a seat.”Quinn relented and sat down, but his tenacity underscored the high stakes of the trial that is costing both sides millions of dollars in legal fees and expenses. Battalions of lawyers from prestigious law firms are working overtime to file myriad court documents.The most senior lawyers on each side charge upward of $500 an hour for their representationLegal experts said that most patent disputes are resolved way before trials that can bring unpredictable and ruinous verdicts.”A patent case of this magnitude has the possibility of impacting phone technology for years to come,” said Manotti Jenkins, a patent attorney with no stake in the trial. “Given the substantial revenue that is generated by smartphone technology, companies are likely to prompt more litigation of this type and continue to use the courts as an attempt to protect and expand market share.”Like most normal people everywhere, we adore Miranda Priestly — so ruthless but with a heart of gold! Anne Hathaway — so bumblingly green but then wins in the end! The clothes — so chic!Well, at least they were chic six years ago in 2006, when the lovable flick was first released and we first rooted for Andy Sachs to survive at Runway in all of her argyle skirting and earnest ambition. The most iconic okay, the best scene in the movie is the montage set to Madonna’s “Vogue” of Hathaway morphing from frumpy duckling to Chanel-feathered swan with a little help from Runway’s sample closet.But we recently watched the movie again at a girls’ night, and as we quoted most of the movie’s lines back verbatim, we kept analyzing the film’s fashion. In six short years, what hath time and trends wrought of all those statement necklaces?Of course, trends from 2006 haven’t quite yet garnered the LOL-ness we usually reserve for looks from 20 years ago. (We can’t wait to see what people think of ombre hair in 2032.) We suspect the tweed newsboy caps aren’t gracing too many heads these days, but some of the movie’s style — red lips, blunt bangs — seems here to stay.We can’t decide on our own, so check out the slideshow below (and watch the Vogue scene!) and tell us which looks you think are still trendy in the comments.PHOTOS:The Wall Street Journal:Pope Benedict XVI is appealing to a new group of admirers: marketers seeking not blessings but pontifical product placements.Since his election last year, the pope has been spotted wearing Serengeti-branded sunglasses and brown walking shoes donated by Geox. He owns a specially engraved white Apple iPod, and he recently stirred much publicity with a pair of stylish red loafers that may or may not be from Prada. like Rachel Zoe, Arianne Phillips and Nancy Steiner are used to earning top dollar to make celebrities look camera-ready. But recently they had the tables turned on them, posing for painter Kimberly Brooks as part of her new series “The Stylist Project.” And much like her aesthetically attuned subjects, Brooks took a highly detailed approach in rendering their likeness. Click here to leave a comment.HuffPost High School welcomes a lively, thoughtful debate in the comment section. Keep in mind that the articles here are penned by young authors, so please keep criticism respectful, and help us to keep this a safe and supportive place for writers of all ages to contribute.I had my very own Carrie Bradshaw moment this week: I bagged a Balenciaga for 25 quid! The Shrug – oh yes, handbags this posh have their very own names – nestled on my arm as I dashed between meetings. It whispered sweet nothings as we sailed around the supermarket and even brought glamour to a sweaty, crowded bus journey. Standing room only? An armpit shoved in my face? With The Shrug by my side I could rise above it all. Needless to say, our love affair didn’t last. After discovering that designer bag rental is the latest credit-crunch way to remain on-trend, I hired The Shrug for a week to add some oomph to my outfit at a very posh function. Just like Cinderella, however, my bag was on the clock. As midnight chimed we scuttled home, then tearfully parted company next morning, when I lovingly wrapped The Shrug inside The Jiffy and posted it back to its rightful owner. Still, my few days with the Balenciaga reminded me that, in these cash-strapped times, it’s more important than ever to find short-cuts for living the high life. After all, just because the economy has nosedived, we don’t want to, do we? Sure, our budgets might be getting tighter than our skinny jeans, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop having fun. Recession or not, we still want a home that looks great, a wardrobe to rival Carrie Bradshaw’s and enough left over to enjoy a special dinner at the end of a hard week. Not easy on a credit-crunch salary, but I’m on a mission to prove that it’s possible to find ways to wear Prada on a Primark budget. Every week in Skint in the City I’ll be sharing my efforts to live like a million dollars on a less-than-wonderful wage. From feathering my nest for free to grabbing the luxe look for less, I’ll bring you a warts-and-all account of my adventures in riding out the recession with style and passing along all the tips I learn along the way, such as where to ferret out the best spa deals and how to cut corners when it comes to entertaining friends. Having spent years living on a titchy salary in some of the world’s most expensive places, including Barcelona and St Tropez, I’ve learned plenty of tips from my continental sisters; such as how to buy Pucci and enjoy supper at the must-go restaurants while living on the slimmest of budgets. I’ve learned to decorate apartments on a shoestring in some of Europe’s property hotspots, but it’s not been plain sailing. Just recently, for example, I fell in love with the tobacco-coloured walls of a Parisian bistro and set about trying to recreate them at home. The result? Let’s say it was more Scunthorpe Working Men’s Club circa 1952 than a 1930s bistro by the Seine. Still, now that I’m happily settled back in Glasgow, my quest to bag the high life on a shoestring budget continues. Week by week, I’ll be road testing ways to live like a million dollars on a credit-crunch wage and finding out how to cut corners without anyone noticing – and I want to spread the news. This week’s been a busy one. As well as renting The Shrug for a fraction of its retail price I also arranged a house-swapping holiday. Yep, I’ve just agreed to hand over my home to a total stranger and her family, in return for using her place in Malaga over Christmas. Free accommodation and all we pay is the flights. Barmy or brilliant? Time will tell. Her house comes with a pool, so swapping Glasgow’s southside for southern Spain seems like a no-brainer – on paper at least. In preparation I’m now packing away all the things that are too good / embarrassing / shabby to share with my guests, and cleaning the house like it’s never been cleaned before. The thing is: can I trust my fellow-swappers not to trash the place? In my quest to save a few quid, have I gone too far? My guests have assured me that they’re very laidback, but some of their recent questions are making me wonder. I’ll let you know how it goes. You can read more tips for living stylishly on a budget at .Follow Ashley Lennon on Twitter:NEW YORK — Lauren Weisberger has made another deal with the devil.Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the author of “The Devil Wears Prada” has a sequel planned for next April.”Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns” continues the adventures of former magazine assistant Andrea “Andy” Sachs, now a bridal magazine editor, and the imperious boss she thought she had escaped, Miranda Priestly.Published in 2003, “The Devil Wears Prada” was adapted into a hit film of the same name starring Meryl Streep as Miranda and Anne Hathaway as Andy.Weisberger is a former assistant at Vogue and Miranda is widely considered a fictionalized version of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.By Linda Rosenkrantz for Want to give your baby a name that truly telegraphs a sense of style? One way is by going directly to the world of high fashion: representing several different cultures, the names of many 20th/21st century fashion design icons prove to be exceptionally distinctive, diverse, creative and inspirational. Here are the Nameberry picks for best :Community Notice:We’ve made some changes to our badge program, including the additionof our newest badge: Community Curator.From big, bouffant hair at Prada to smoky "rock chick" eyes at Pucci and Cavalli, take a look below for the lowdown on the biggest trends to emerge from Milan Fashion Week.Click here to leave a comment.HuffPost High School welcomes a lively, thoughtful debate in the comment section. Keep in mind that the articles here are penned by young authors, so please keep criticism respectful, and help us to keep this a safe and supportive place for writers of all ages to contribute.History was made in dramatic style on Sunday as Ben Ainslie won his fourth consecutive gold medal, making him the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time.Huge crowds came to watch the talented 35-year-old as he battled the choppy seas in his Finn dinghy named “Rita”.Ainslie has beaten the current record held by great Dane Paul Elvstrom who won four golds between 1948 and 1960. Together with the silver medal he won in 1996, Ainslie now has an incredible five Olympic medals in five consecutive Games.Danish Sailor Jonas Hogh-Christensen gave the Brit a run for his money but Ainslie managed to finish in the top spot.Speaking after the race he described himself as “speechless” and made a special mention to Hogh-Christensen’s performance.However, when asked if he’d be sailing again in the 2016 Olympic Games, he replied “never say never, but I’d be surprised if you see me in Rio”.Earlier in the day British hearts were broken on the water as Sweden denied Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.The defending Olympic champions sailed exceptionally throughout the week and came into the medal race with an eight-point lead over Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.However, it was Sweden, not Brazil, that proved Percy and Simpson’s undoing as the Brits lost their crown to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen.The British pair came into the medal race with a comfortable lead, knowing fourth place or better would guarantee them gold.They also needed to finish sixth or higher should third-place Sweden win the medal race, which, unfortunately for Percy and Simpson, they did.Britain entered the final leg of the race in sixth but slipped away in the last 100 metres to finish eighth, handing Loof and Salminen gold on the Nothe Course.Percy and Simpson had begun the race strongly and rounded the first mark in fifth, with main pre-race rivals Scheidt and Prada eighth.The Brazilian pair moved up to fifth at the second mark, but Percy and Simpson remained in front and crossed the mark four seconds ahead.The Brits were having to hold their nerve to keep Scheidt and Prada at bay, but opened up a three-place gap with a marvellous turn at the third mark. Sweden rounded the fourth mark in the lead and Great Britain in fifth, while Scheidt and Prada were ninth of the 10-boat fleet.Percy and Simpson’s attention soon turned to Sweden instead, who threatened their gold medal position.The Brits needed to finish sixth or higher if Loof and Salminen won the medal race, but suffered on the final downwind as they went from as high as fourth to finish eighth overall to mean ended up with silver.Justifying a massive shoe collection may just be the central conflict between women and men, but now it’s become a major issue in one woman’s public divorce. that , a professional poker player and self-proclaimed “,” is being sued by her ex-husband for failing to report during their divorce proceedings. Beth’s shoe collection includes around 700 pairs of Louboutins and it’s even been featured on an episode of MTV’s Cribs. (Related: Does anybody else remember when Beth Shak was on ?)The shoe connoisseur’s ex-husband Daniel Shak claims he never knew about all of these pricey heels and that Now we’re sure their Fifth Avenue pad was a decent size, but we can’t help but wonder how 1,200 pairs of shoes can be hidden in any New York City apartment? And isn’t it just so typical of a guy to be completely oblivious to a woman’s amazing shoes? Beth told the New York Post:I’m shaking my head over this whole thing. He is saying he didn’t know the closet in our master bedroom existed.Beth doesn’t seem to be too shy about her stockpile, last year. Apparently, it took a national television segment to get her ex-husband’s attention, because he now claims that he’s entitled to 35% of her estimated $1 million shoe assortment. for more information and tell us what you think in the comments below.Check out Beth Shak’s massive shoe collection!Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on , , and .The came and went, with dozens of stars walking the treacherous Metropolitan Museum steps. But after two hours of the step-and-repeat routine, was nowhere to be seen. We waited and waited, for at least 30 minutes. Maybe Blue Ivy couldn’t get a sitter? Maybe she and Jay-Z were simply watching the livestream from their Tribeca pad? But of course, in Beyonce came, accompanied up the stairs by none other than Andre Leon Talley. And the dress was worth the wait: a dramatic black lace Givenchy confection, almost completely sheer from top to bottom. Seriously, you could see the outline of Bey’s entire lower body. Did Tina Knowles have a say in this?It was a much racier, more complicated look than we were expecting — and we can’t decide how we feel about it. Check Beyonce’s dramatic entrance. Do you love this look?Also on HuffPost: Celebrity minions really do get all the best jobs don’t they? Just who doesn’t want to be Beyonce’s professional tail feather fluffer?As Bey made her red carpet return at last night’s impossibly glamorous Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala), her first outing since giving birth, she needed a little help showing off her, errm, understated gown.The dress, made by Givenchy couture, was embellished with hundreds of crystals and featured a huge feather train.Let’s hope she wasn’t moulting all over that red carpet. > IN PICS: THE MET GALA 2012 RED CARPETAlso on HuffPost: The 2012 Met Gala red carpet was dazzling per usual, with style showstoppers like Rihanna, Rachel Roy, Paula Patton and Solange Knowles killing the red carpet with their fabulousity. But it would be Solange’s big sister aka Sasha Fierce aka Queen Bey akathat would steal the show…Beyonce!Can we just reflect on the fact that on January 7, 2012 the mega star gave birth to beautiful baby and on May 7, 2012 she stepped out in a gorgeous sheer gown?Sure, she has a team of people helping her get back to bootylicious form for her –but bravo all the same. The ultra see-through black lace Givenchy design was a little bit Las Vegas showgirl and whole lot of fabulous! Super sexy yet still sophisticated. The 30-year-old “Love On Top” singer was escorted down the massive red carpet by none other then our favorite Vogue editor-turned-reality show star Andre Leon Talley. Beyonce is hands down the best-dressed star in our eyes. What do you think?Check out Queen Bey’s amazing ensemble and ALL of the looks from the star-studded event in the slideshow below… Beyonce has given fans a sneak peek at her next music video for her single I Was Here, filmed in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, with some stunning photos of her performing on stage.The video will debut on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others.Earlier this week the Crazy In Love singer met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon inside the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City, where they discussed the new campaign.Beyonce posted this photo of herself with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on her Facebook pageShe is ‘donating’ the video to campaign bosses in a bid to encourage one billion people around the world to get active in their communities. SLIDESHOW: Beyonce performs for the first time since giving birth…As every student is made well aware of on a daily basis, internships and work experience places are proving increasingly crucial to opening doors and opportunities in later life and with 50,000 more graduates than in 2007, competition is fiercer than ever. With one in three entry-level jobs being taken by graduates who have already carried out work experience placements and internships at that particular company, it is clear that it’s time to start climbing the arduous ladder.I do however question whether companies offer these ludicrously sought after placements to ardent employees simply in return for slave labour with no further prospects or whether work experience provides an insight into the ‘wonderful world of work.’ Besides, many people maintain the view that the best intern and work experience opportunities in fields like politics, finance and the media are going disproportionately to those who are already privileged and well connected.As I am sure you have guessed from me writing this feature, I want to enter the viscously competitive world of journalism and the media and anyone in my position knows the work experience application drill. One must dedicate at least four hours to sending out ‘generic’ and overly zealous covering letters to every newspaper and magazine under the sun. It is also crucial to ensure that you have appropriately edited the name of the company in each mail (an embarrassing error made by one of my friends when writing to Elle magazine explaining how she would ‘love to undertake work experience for Cosmo’; pretty awkward.) Then, one must await their fate. Subsequently, an incoming email immediately lights up but after four years in ‘the work experience game’ I am never naïve enough to get my hopes up. This is outcome number one, one which I have come to refer to as ‘why did you even bother?’ and usually comes from a prestigious magazine like Vogue informing you that your meticulous effort of an email has ‘bounced’ because the recipient’s inbox is full. That is, ‘full’ of thousands of pitiful, neglected emails just like yours for spaces that have already been filled by journalist’s brother’s-girlfriend’s-17 year old-sister who have no clue what they want to do in life but are quite fond of the idea of sitting at a desk and gossiping about celebrities in their school half-term. If your email doesn’t ‘bounce’ then you may be confronted with outcome number two: a reply informing you that your recipient is ‘out of office and will reply to you upon their return’ (cue a slight lift in your hopes) ‘…but if you are emailing regarding work experience, there are no available placements until the year 3000.’ Great.I have, however, occasionally been lucky enough to experience outcome number three: an offer of a weeks work experience which literally feels like Christmas and your birthday all at once until you realise that after spending thousands of pounds on a degree you are jumping for joy at the prospect of working for free; weird. This week can evolve into one of two situations. Either five days of pure boredom in an office full of 50-somethings who perceive you as nothing more than an inconvenient good-for-nothing hopeful whose only purpose is clearing out old newspapers or making tea. You then proceed to stare at a computer screen until your eyes psychically ache, read the most obscure news articles about flying cats and use the spare time ‘constructively’ to delete over 1,000 junk emails whilst pondering all the people you could stalk on facebook if only you weren’t surrounded by prying eyes. Or, your week could evolve into an extremely worthwhile and enjoyable experience with people who are genuinely grateful of your free labour and sincere interest in your chosen field. I was lucky enough to experience this warm and welcoming reception at Now magazine. The office was super-swanky with a grand reception hall adorned with marble floors serving as the perfect catwalk for the 30-something’s in their Louboutin court shoes armed with Blackberry in one had and skinny latte in the other. Celebutante gossip flew around the office all day long and luckily I was seated near the editor listening in for all the latest on Chez and Ash’s relationship whilst nonchalantly carrying out my assigned research on the potentially more controversial and far more cerebral papal visit. My week culminated in an interview with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long followed by ‘question time’, better known in the media world as shameless stalking and a firing of questions at The Saturdays. Upon my departure I wrote a standard thank you card with a cheeky ‘I hope to see you again soon’ line and on I went, only to be replaced by another hopeful intern a week later. The whole week was uncannily similar to a scene from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and the yummy mummies always arrived late to the office, but made up for it by leaving even earlier. This was the moment when I decided that I most definitely wanted to write slander about tinsel-town and get paid for doing it.In today’s incredibly competitive labour market, work experience matters more than ever when it comes to securing that first climb up the networking ladder and it really is crucial to get your hands on some even if it means making tea for snooty old men.One crucial thing I have learnt from work experience is that when/more to the point IF I land a journalism job, I will spare a thought for the bright-eyed, over dressed young faces in my office plonked next to the photocopier with fear and confusion in their eyes. Been there, done that, time to do it all again, for free.Follow Bianca London on Twitter:eGHZmFyID44mYu00M5dZQhYaAu%2FAmgJCGfYy66NCsZ3y2%2BCd8epkdQj2UKN14xi7V2f6zvgZ4FLzuHlXFqCtvHEMfu8cnurHR%2Bk7huUTK5GduMziZZw2K6rSnCeVSnLO4kIuB5Ua5hfpX3jCUjpesONZAp5v%2FZYto0CpL2BNQDbLKBQntDL%2BG2ZKPlg9r%2BFVeGHZmFyID44mYu00M5dZQhYaAu%2FAmgJCGfYy66NCsZ3y2%2BCd8epkdQj2UKN14xi7V2f6zvgZ4FLzuHlXFqCtvHEMfu8cnurHR%2Bk7huUTK5GduMziZZw2K6rSnCeVSnLO4kIuB5Ua5hfpX3jCUjpesONZAp5v%2FZYto0CpL2BNQDbLKBQntDL%2BG2ZKPlg9r%2BFVAre we at the dawning of the Asian model? Are Liu Wen and Shu Pei on their way to Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss’s iconic status? Judging from the kind of work the two models are getting, it seems that fashion has found new leading ladies in these Chinese beauties. Wen is the first Asian face of cosmetics giant Estee Lauder. She also appears in the new Gap ads. Pei, while being the face of Maybelline, also appears in almost every leading magazine this month as the face of Vera Wang. They joined Du Juan as China’s best-known model exports. For its December 2010 issue, U.S. Vogue had a spread featuring eight Asian models, namely, Juan, Tao Okamoto, Lee Hyun, Hyoni Kang, Liu Wen, Bonnie Chen, So Young Kang, and Lily Zhi. It was a move that was, like most things in fashion, met with applause and criticism. There were those who approved of Anna Wintour’s effort to be inclusionary in the pages of her magazine, which is almost always completely white-washed, and there were those who viewed the gesture as an act of tokenism, a way to appease those who clamor for diversity. Vogue has featured Asian models in every issue since.For his spring couture show for Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, one up majority of the fashion designers by having an all-Asian lineup. Before Tisci, this move was unheard in the international fashion arena where Asian models were limited to one or two at most shows, with the exception of Prada, which had not cast an Asian model for its runway show until recently. Prada is a late adapter when it comes to diversity. It had its first black model only a couple of years ago, in 2008 to be exact, after decades of runway shows.Asian male models too are on the rise. Louis Vuitton cast its very first Asian model Godfrey Gao for its spring campaigns, following similar castings from Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna and Giorgio Armani. In fact, before everyone jumped on the Asian bandwagon, Giorgio Armani was one of the firsts, if not the first, big-name contemporary designer to appoint an Asian model as the star of his ads. In 2008, Japanese-Chinese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro fronted the Emporio Armani campaigns. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Zegna and Armani all have significant presence in Asia and consider China one of their biggest markets worldwide.It’s hard not to take notice of the Asian fever that’s gripping the market. All that’s missing is a Vogue Italia All Asian issue similar to their best-selling Black Issue. Is Franca Sozzani working on one?There have been models of Asian descent in the past. Perhaps the most popular is Filipina Anna Bayle who has been dubbed the first Asian supermodel. Of course, the incomparable China Machado ranks up there too. There’s also Tina Chow and Devon Aoki. But never has there been such a resounding Asian force in the international fashion scene as there is now, which begs the questions: Are brands signing up Asian faces to gain a better hold of the growing Chinese consumer market? Is this their way of relating to their new consumers who lapped up luxury goods on a daily basis?If so, how come Louis Vuitton decided to have Caucasian models in its seemingly 1920s Shanghai-inspired ad campaign for its women’s clothes and not three of the eight models Wintour chose to feature in her magazine? Or is Louis Vuitton still banking on Asia’s colonial mentality and Asians’ aspiration for white skin and blond hair to sell its cheongsam heavy and panda printed collection? Who would sell more Louis Vuitton cheongsams? Wen and Pei or the Mandarin collar garbed trifecta of white models (Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristen McMenamy and Raquel Zimmermann) in Louis Vuitton’s campaign? Follow Blue Carreon on Twitter:Nicola Formichetti is on an Asian tour. A couple of weeks ago, I met him in Hong Kong for his pop-up Nicopanda store. During my one-on-one with him, he revealed to me that he was going to Bali for a quick break right after the store event. On Twitter, he took his followers on holiday with him via the photographs he tweeted of Bali’s sights and beaches. Today, he was in Singapore for the week-long fashion festivities in the city. First on his agenda was a sit-down conversation with British fashion journalist Colin McDowell, who has been a strong supporter of Singapore’s fashion scene. The conversation is part of a series of talks and workshops for the Asia Fashion Summit. Tomorrow, he will show Mugler’s fall 2012 collection, which he said he has tweaked for Singapore’s Audi Fashion Festival. Below are the highlights from the McDowell-Formichetti conversation:On his fashion education…I did not study fashion. I moved to London and I lied to my mom and told her I wanted to study architecture. I stayed at the university for one week and I went clubbing for the next three years. I don’t recommend that to anyone. On breaking into the fashion industry…I started working in a cutting-edge store in SoHo in London and that’s where I met everyone. Working in a store and being a shop assistant, if you don’t know what to do and you like fashion, I think it’s a great way of getting into the business because you do windows, cleaning, and everything. That was my school for two years, working in a shop and that’s how I met people in magazines and designers.On being half-Asian…I am 34 years-old, but I look younger because I am half-Asian.On the impact of social media…I love the whole digital world we are going to. I loved when the bloggers were sitting front row and typing and the editors were, “Argh”… I loved it. I loved the fact that we are all on the same level now. So you have to be good at what you do.On Twitter’s reaction to his work…It’s like your friends telling you if they like something you did. It’s so fast. I get to talk to so many people through social media. On meeting and working with Lady Gaga…I was listening to her music three or four years ago. She was known, but not famous. I saw her in an outfit that looked like she copied it on I wanted to do a shoot with her but many magazines declined. V magazine agreed, but nobody wanted to lend me clothes because she wasn’t cool. Too vulgar. People were really quite against her. Very few were supportive like Alexander McQueen and Prada. Prada always says she likes bad taste. Now that I think about it, maybe she likes Lady Gaga because she likes bad taste. Gaga made my creations alive. That was very exciting for me. It was like my creation had a voice. On working at Mugler…Creative director sounds amazing but I am just a collaborator. I just have a great team, a great atelier. And I just sort of help them out (laughs…), I do more than that. I got the call two years ago and I declined at the very beginning. Thierry Mugler was my absolute favorite and I didn’t want to insult him. I was very scared. Gaga convinced me to call them back.On building a brand…It has to be pure and has to come from you. If you think about money too much at the very beginning that’s not a good way to start. We creative people should focus more on creative and money will just come. On suffering for his craft…I always go in as if it’s the first time, as if I am 18 and living in SoHo. I don’t suffer.Read more from me on Follow Blue Carreon on Twitter:Over the past few months, college presidents from across the country have founded a unique literary genre. Writing separate but nearly identical letters to their respective communities, countless presidents have hailed the virtues of a liberal arts education and the inherent strength of their institutions. They have lauded their resilience and their hope for the future. And then, mixed in there somewhere, they slip in another little detail: “We’re out of money.”One cliché employed by all of these presidents is that the ivory tower is not immune to the economic recession. Indeed, colleges and universities–private and public, large and small–have quite a bit to worry about these days. With the declining markets, they are seeing higher costs of borrowing, an impact on the size and quantity of donations, and sinking endowment revenue. Revenue from endowments often account for a sizable chunk of operating budgets, often covering about one-third of annual expenses. Many colleges and universities have set records in the last couple decades for generating unprecedented returns from an asset-allocation mix that looks very different from what most individuals typically maintain. Many of the wealthiest institutions tend to be light on blue chip stocks and treasury securities, and heavy on illiquid assets, such as private-equity, hedge funds and real estate and commodity holdings. This means that returns are heavily correlated with market performance; when times are good, their endowments swell. But nowadays, not so much.Colleges who promise need-based financial aid will also see unpredictable rises in spending as individual families find it increasingly difficult to pay steep tuitions. Compound all of this with the escalating costs of energy–the energy required to heat countless dormitories and academic buildings through a cold winter–and you begin to see a bleak future for America’s colleges and universities.In some ways, the financial crisis is more difficult for these non-profit educational institutions than for businesses. Colleges are held to higher moral standards than businesses–perhaps rightfully so. Students and faculty are hesitant to apply corporate models to their beloved institutions. Many view universities as havens from the world of fiscal concerns, where the life of the mind and the lives of students are protected above all else. They are even more uncomfortable with the traditional corporate solutions to balance budgets: increase prices, cut programs and layoff workers.College administrators are thus faced with some difficult decisions. Even Harvard University, with an endowment greater than the GDP of some small countries, is facing the largest budget shortfall in its 372-year history. Harvard College will have to trim its 2009-10 operating budget significantly, to the tune of $100 million, freezing salaries and postponing searches for most tenure-track faculty.Similar concerns exist at smaller liberal arts schools. At Vassar College, I am Editor-in-Chief of The Miscellany News, the campus newspaper since 1866 (). Vassar has lost about $250 million from its endowment over the past few months, and like many comparable institutions (Amherst, Williams, and Wesleyan) it will need to trim next year’s operating budget accordingly.This is the difficult part.Conversations about budget cuts almost always create sharp divides between a college’s constituencies. Faculty members suddenly distrust administrators, administrators begin to fear alumnae/i reactions, and students may begin to resent their alma mata for cutting a particular office or program.Despite student protest and complaints, Arizona State University will unceremoniously end contracts with more than 200 adjunct instructors. At Williams College, athletes are worried that budget cuts would affect their equipment and travel costs. Bowdoin College plans to freeze non-essential campus construction beginning next year. At Wesleyan University, the administration has made a controversial proposal to increase its enrollment by about 120 students over four years in order to take in an additional $3.9 million in revenue. Many students and alumnae/i fear that this will mean larger class sizes and a diminished quality of education.Vassar, too, has been forced to make controversial budgetary decisions. Last week for example, some alumnae/i and students questioned a plan to not renew the contracts of two adjunct professors in the English Department. These professors were liked by students, and specialized in the popular area of creative writing. The elimination of these two positions, the College has said, is part of larger need to reduce spending on faculty salaries by about $750,000 in 2009-10. While some have complained that the move will harm the creative writing program, administrators maintain that the staffing plans will only mean a reduction in 70-80 courses out of the 1,200 or more that Vassar offers, and that this move is necessary to balance the budget.After interviewing students, staff, administrators, faculty and alumnae/i, I find myself at somewhat of an emotional crossroads on the issue. On the one hand, I see students rightfully indignant when the economy threatens their favorite professors or programming. “Why would they cut something so essential? Why can’t they cut something else, anything else?” Part of me starts to get angry right along with them.A few hours later, I’ll interview an administrator, chomping at the bit to ask them pressing questions. Then I’ll notice their slumped posture–visibly exhausted and anxious, bags under their eyes and coffee cups overflowing their trash bins. They are, I quickly realize, working themselves as hard as they can to ensure the financial future of the College, often staying late hours and weekends. Suddenly I become empathetic. After all, aren’t these administrators being asked to do the impossible, to balance budgets that cannot possibly be balanced?Everyone has watched the news for the past few months, but somehow few people expect national events to affect students’ experiences in America’s colleges, or students’ ability to afford those colleges. Tufts University has not only given up construction of new sports and laboratory facilities, but its chief financial officers are considering eliminating the school’s need-based admissions policy. “The target of being need-blind is our highest priority,” Tufts president Lawrence Bacow told The New York Times in November. “But with what’s happening in the larger economy, we expect that the incoming class is going to be needier. That’s the real uncertainty.” The University’s latest prediction is that the financial aid budget will need to rise by about $4 million next year. Students have been up in arms about revoking financial aid, but the administration feels like it has its hands tied. “Everyone is going to have to sacrifice,” Bacow told the school’s concerned student government. Schools of all sizes will almost certainly have to become more need-sensitive in their admissions this year, and will likely be offering smaller aid packages. Tuition will likely increase at many schools too, making it increasingly difficult for many to achieve a college education.Kalyani Phansalkar, a sophomore at William & Mary College, knows that first hand. Phansalkar was unable to register for spring semester classes because the College was quickly forced to raise tuition as the economy sank. “My parent’s budget is still tailored to the former tuition,” she wrote in her college newspaper. “The difference between the two prices remains outstanding.”Her sense of hopelessness was matched only by that of William and Mary’s President Taylor Reveley. “No other college or university in America has had to overcome more adversity than William & Mary,” he wrote in his community letter, as if trying to reassure himself as much as the students and faculty. “We will be fine.”Higher education will be hurt by the economy. Students will receive less aid, non-tenured faculty will be let go, and support staffs will shrink. But the key to mitigating these truly unfortunate financial realities will be communication and discussion between administrators, employees, graduates and students. One letter from the president bemoaning the loss of the endowment–along with vague predictions of budget cuts–is not enough. College administrators should make sure to be as transparent as possible. Despite the crippling decline of Wesleyan’s endowment, their president Michael Roth has met with the student government multiple times in the past few months, and issued information through blogs, letters and even Web site dedicated to the financial situation with an informational video. 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