At Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Students Show Off Their Personal Style

Describe your look.

My dress is from Perverze, tights are Chanel, fluffy jacket from Tsumori Chisato, and cowboy boots.

What do you love about Bunka Fashion College?

The people here are cool and interesting. It’s been great meeting and getting to know them.

How does it feel to physically be back at university?

It’s not 100%  normal, but it’s quite calm. I’m happy to be back, but I still miss the exciting vibes from crowds of students.

What song sums up your 2020?

Sakamoto Shinnosuke’s Stay Home.

Haruka Miura, 22, BA fashion global business, year four

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Describe your look.

I’m wearing straight-leg, light-blue Levi’s with black Dr Martens six-eye boots, but the black Prada puffer jacket is the main attraction, of course.

What do you love about Bunka Fashion College?

The inspiring people you meet from all kinds of backgrounds. It’s also interesting to learn what their tastes are like through fashion and music.

How does it feel to physically be back at university?

I rarely met people during the self-isolation period, so I was happy to see my teacher and classmates for the first time in a while. It’s much easier to engage in class in person.

What song sums up your 2020?

Chloe X Halle’s Do it.

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Why You Should Give The Gift Of College This Holiday Season

My kids have the glorious problem of too much stuff. They have half-finished Lego projects in every room but the kitchen. They have laptops, tablets, cell phones, board games, marble mazes, cameras- anything they could want they have (even if they might disagree). So what do you give them?

There is tremendous pressure to give stuff; for children to have something to open on the big day. But how much of that is the kids, and how much of it is us putting our expectations on them?

But I Have To Give Them Something

In 2015, UpTV in collaboration with the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club gave kids 6 – 11 a choice: They could keep their dream gift or a present for their parent(s). Both gifts were placed on the table in front of them. Every single child picked the present for their parents.

This is consistent with larger trends and studies that have found younger generations value experiences over material possessions. Kids don’t need fancy gifts, they need something that means something and adds real value to their lives. Now more than ever families need help with saving for college because the education landscape is likely to change in the wake of COVID, and it’s impossible to say what higher education will look like in the future.

Finances are tight for most Americans right now, but for those that are able to give you could change someone’s life for the better.

529 Plans

To many Americans the 529 plan has become the default vehicle for higher education investing. The plans off potential tax, estate, control, financial aid, and addition benefits depending on your state of residence. They are also one of the best options for gifting money for purposes of a higher education. You can gift via 529 plans in one of three ways:

  1. Open an account for them – Opening your own 529 account gives you total control of the assets for the beneficiary, whether it’s your child, grandchild, or just someone important to you. You control the investments, if and when withdrawals are made, and the flexibility to make changes if needed.
  2. Contribute to an existing account – If you want to contribute to, say, your niece’s 529 account rather than having to open one yourself, you can gift to the existing account. Anyone can contribute to a 529 plan: Relatives, friends, colleagues- anyone. Plus, every 529 savings plan and most prepaid plans offer an electronic gifting solution. This usually means a code attached to an account: Visit the landing page, input the code, make a gift via credit card or EFT. If you have a 529 account or know someone who does the account owner can visit the site of or contact the plan provider for gifting options.
  3. Buy a gift card – If you or a loved one do not already have a 529 plan and you don’t want to open one yourself, you can encourage a
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Boston College Women’s Basketball Defeats UMass 90-82 in Overtime

It was another big win for the women on Sunday as they escaped a furious UMass comeback to win 90-82 at home. Led by Taylor Soule’s 29 points the Eagles jumped out a fifteen point lead after the first quarter, but UMass would not be deterred as they fought and clawed back to tie the game. Full recap via below.

Via press release

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass – Junior forward Taylor Soule tied a career-high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Boston College past UMass 90-82 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. BC moved to 2-0 on the season while UMass fell to 1-1.

Makayla Dickens added 15 points and 10 rebounds as five Eagles finished in double-figures. In her second career collegiate start, junior Clara Ford was fantastic in the contest as she notched 15 points and 16 points for her first career double-double.

Marnelle Garraud was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line and finished with 15 points, seven assists and three steals for BC. Cameron Swartz added 10 as BC nailed 24 of its 28 free throws in the overtime victory.

The Eagles outscored UMass 30-15 in the first quarter, which was kick started by three, three-point field goals in the first five minutes. Ford had a strong first quarter as she recorded eight points and eight rebounds.

Boston College’s strong offensive showing continued in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest. Soule added 10 points in the frame bringing her total to 14 in the first half. The Eagles led by a score of 48-35 at the break with help from 59% shooting, while out-rebounding UMass 24-12.

The Minutewomen came out of the locker room scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter. Boston College got on the board in the second half with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter on a Dickens jump shot. The Eagles led the contest 57-55 after three quarters of play despite being outscored 20-9 in the frame.

Boston College was unable to close out the game in regulation, as UMass hit a late three pointer to tie the game at 77. Soule led the Eagles in scoring in the quarter with seven points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Dickens and Ford led the charge in overtime with four points each to secure the victory for the Eagles. Boston College displayed strong defense in the extra frame by outscoring UMass 13-5 while holding the Minutewomen to just two field goals.

Boston College is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Conte Forum as they look to remain undefeated against Providence. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.

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Reese, Miller spark No. 12 Maryland women past Davidson | College Sports

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Angel Reese and Diamond Miller each scored 20 points, five Maryland players reached double figures and the No. 12 Terrapins broke away from Davidson after halftime for a 94-72 season-opening win on Friday at the Gulf Coast Challenge.

Davidson was within 40-37 at halftime but Reese scored five straight points just over a minute into the third quarter as Maryland forced three consecutive Davidson turnovers, including back-to-back steals by Reese and Miller.

Miller’s 20 was career high. Katie Benzan added 13 points while Ashley Owusu and Faith Masonius scored 10 each.

Freshman Reese, Benzan, a graduate transfer from Harvard, and Mississippi State transfer Chloe Bibby (nine points), combined to score 21 of Maryland’s 27 points in the breakaway third quarter.

Chloe Welch led the Wildcats with a career-high 23 points and sophomore Peyton Carter scored nine with four rebounds in her first career start. Cassidy Gould added 10 points.

Maryland shot 50% for the game, making 34-of-68 but just 2-of-13 from distance. The Terps pounded Davidson in the paint, 60-32. Maryland had 10 steals — Miller. Bibby, Mimi Collins and Masonius each with two.

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Sarah Fuller, Vanderbilt kicker, set to make college football history

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Women’s soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.

“Let’s make history,” senior Sarah Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

No woman has appeared in an Southeastern Conference football game or for any Power 5 gridiron team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003. April Goss was the second with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.

A senior from Wylie, Texas, Fuller made three saves last weekend as Vanderbilt upset top-seeded Arkansas 3-1 in women’s soccer to capture the program’s first Southeastern Conference Tournament title since 1994. Fuller played every minute of the tournament and said it’s an honor Vanderbilt called on her to help out.

She’ll be wearing “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet.

“I think it’s amazing and incredible. But I’m also trying to separate that because I know this is a job I need to do and I want to help the team out and I want to do the best that I can,” Fuller said. “Placing that historical aspect aside just helps me focus in on what I need to do. I don’t want to let them down in anyway.

COVID-19 protocols and restrictions have left coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri. That’s why he reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose for some help.

And if she is called upon to assist, Fuller will make history.


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Women’s soccer keeper Fuller poised to make college football history

(Reuters) – Sarah Fuller, a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt University women’s soccer team, will suit up for the Commodores men’s football team as place kicker on Saturday when they face the Missouri Tigers.

With several members of the football team in quarantine due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, ESPN said it had confirmed with a team official that Fuller will make the trip to Missouri with the men’s team.

Vanderbilt Football posted a Tweet “History in the making” accompanied by a picture of Fuller in uniform.

Fuller posted a similar message on Twitter “Let’s make history. #PlayLikeAGirl #AnchorDown”.

Women have occasionally appeared in U.S. college football games going back more than two decades but if Fuller gets on the field she will be the first to take a snap in an SEC game or the Power 5, a group of college football’s largest conferences.

In 1997 Liz Heaston became the first woman to play and score in a college football game when she kicked two extra points in Willamette University’s 27-0 win over Linfield College.

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason confirmed on Wednesday that Fuller was an option for the winless Commodores.

“Right now, we’re just looking at all options,’ Mason told Nashville radio station 102.5 The Game. “For us, talking to Sarah, she’s a champ, and no pun intended.

“Just coming off an SEC Championship in soccer… She’s a complete competitor. She’s an option for us. Right now, that’s where we sit.”

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris

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Ramirez leads No. 14 Arkansas women past Wake Forest 98-82 | College Sports

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Amber Ramirez scored 15 of her 22 points in the third quarter when No. 14 Arkansas took control en route to a 98-82 win over Wake Forest at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday.

Ramirez made all six of her shots, including three 3-pointersg when the Razorbacks (2-0) outscored the Demon Deacons (0-1) 37-18 in the third quarter to stretch a two-point halftime lead to 79-58. She scored the first eight points of the second half for Wake Forest with her second trey starting a 14-0 run to make the lead 61-42.

The lead was 21 entering the fourth quarter after the Razorbacks went 10 of 15 from the field, 5 of 7 behind the arc, and made 12 of 13 free throws.

Makayla Daniels added 18 for Arkansas, Chelsea Dungee had 17, Destiny Slocum 16, Erynn Barnum 12 and Taylah Thomas 11. The only two shots Ramirez missed were a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. She and Slocum knocked down four 3-pointers and Dungee was 10 of 11 from the foul line.

Gina Conti led the Demon Deacons with 23 points. Christina Morra added 14 and Alexandria Scruggs 13. Wake Forest had 19 turnovers that led to 26 points and only made 1 of 10 from distance in the second half.

It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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Boston College Women’s Basketball Stomps UNH 80-44

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College women’s basketball team started the 2020-21 season with an 80-44 victory over New Hampshire in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Conte Forum. With the win, head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee improved to 3-0 in season openers at the Heights.

All-ACC preseason pick Taylor Soule led the way for the Eagles as she recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Makayla Dickens added 14 points of her own on 5-of-10 shooting while junior Marnelle Garraud powered the defensive attack by notching four steals.

Junior Clara Ford earned her first career start and finished the afternoon with a career-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

The Eagles led the Wildcats 20-10 after one quarter of play with six points and four rebounds from Soule. BC closed out the quarter on a 13-2 run with help from two three-pointers from Garraud.

Boston College outscored the Wildcats 23-17 in quarter number two with another strong stretch by Soule. She finished the first half with 16 points and nine rebounds. BC was also helped by their stern defense, forcing 13 first-half turnovers.

The Eagles opened the third on a 17-5 run led by three, three-pointers from Dickens. BC went on to extend its lead to 67-32 heading into the fourth quarter. Disciplined defense proved key in the contest as the Wildcats were held to just five points in the quarter.

Redshirt freshman center Akunna Konkwo played in her first game as an Eagle and helped Boston College close out the contest by scoring seven fourth quarter points. The Eagles went on to outscore UNH 13-12 in the final frame and eventually topped the Wildcats 80-44.

BC returns to the court on Sunday at Conte Forum versus UMass. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with live broadcast coverage on ACC Network Extra.

Game Notes

  • BC opened its 49th season of women’s basketball with a 80-44 victory over New Hampshire
  • BC is 35-14 all-time in season openers
  • BC is 3-0 in season openers under Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
  • The Eagles are 19-8 all-time against the Wildcats, including 3-0 when opening a new season against UNH
  • BC has won nine straight in the series versus UNH and is 16-4 at home against the Wildcats
  • Taylor Soule finished with her 11th career double-double with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (12)
  • Junior forward Clara Ford finished with a career-high 12 points in her first career start
  • BC totaled 14 steals on the afternoon, the most in a game for the Eagles since 17 steals last season against Syracuse (Feb. 6, 2020)
  • The Eagles held a 38-22 scoring advantage in the paint
  • BC finished with four players in double-figures, led by Taylor Soule’s 22 points. Clara Ford (12), Makayla Dickens (14) and Akunna Konkwo (10) rounded out the Eagles with double-figures in the win

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USC women’s basketball vs College of Charleston score, recap

After an eight-month, COVID-19 induced break, South Carolina women’s basketball is back. The Gamecocks didn’t miss a beat, rolling to an easy 119-38 win over College of Charleston to open its season Wednesday.

Returning three starters and every key reserve from last year’s SEC championship squad, preseason No. 1 USC overwhelmed the thoroughly out-matched Cougars squad in a Colonial Life Arena reduced to 3,500 capacity and significantly altered to implement coronavirus protocols.

The 119 points are the most ever scored by USC under coach Dawn Staley and tied for third most in program history. The victory, by the second-largest margin in program history, also extends the team’s program-record winning streak to 27 games.

All 11 Gamecock players scored, with seven reaching double figures, led by 19 from junior forward Victaria Saxton and 18 from sophomore guard Zia Cooke. Saxton also pulled down 12 rebounds, tied for the team lead, and blocked a game-high five shots. Sophomore forward Aliyah Boston, freshman forward Laeticia Amihere and senior guard LeLe Grissett all recorded double-doubles as well.

3 Observations

1. Never in doubt

After practicing nonstop since July, Staley said her team was eager to finally face an opponent. The Gamecocks quickly went to work, with junior guard Destanni Henderson scoring the game’s first points in five seconds. From there, they were off to the races, as College of Charleston missed its first 16 field goal attempts and USC jumped out to a 24-3 lead.

The lead hit double figures within four minutes and never dipped below 40 in the second half. Carolina had 50 points with 3:26 to play in the first half, 75 with 6:47 left in the third quarter and 100 with 7:46 still to play.

2. Paint dominance

Charleston’s tallest starter stood just 6-foot-1, and the much-larger Gamecocks imposed their will in the paint, scoring 74 of their points there. They also collected 23 offensive rebounds compared to 10 defensive boards for Charleston for an staggering offensive rebounding rate of 69.7%.

3. A little hiccup

If there’s one area for Staley to harp on moving forward, it will likely be South Carolina’s turnovers. The Gamecocks lost four-year point guard Tyasha Harris to graduation after last season. In her place, Henderson and sophomore Zia Cooke both scored plenty and showed flashes of passing brilliance — a behind-the-back feed from Cooke on a fast break was particularly impressive — but the Gamecocks turned the ball over nine times in the first half compared to seven assists. That ratio did improve in the second half though, with 19 helpers compared to 15 turnovers.

Next game

Who: No. 1 South Carolina vs. South Dakota

What: Women’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Watch: Streaming online on (subscription required)

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College basketball 2020: Breaking down the ORU women |

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Keni Jo Lippe led the Golden Eagles last season with 18.5 points and eight rebounds per game.

Three storylines

The Golden Eagles averaged 69.9 points per game last season, and nearly all the offensive stalwarts from the team are now gone. Rylie Torrey, Montserrat Brotons, Jentry Holt, Sarah Garvie, Katie Kirkhart and Rachel Skalnik combined to average 43.4 points per game last season. The primary offensive option will Keni Jo Lippe, who poured in nearly 20 points per game last season and was a Summit League preseason first team selection this year.

When it comes to Summit League supremacy, the state of South Dakota has owned the league recently. South Dakota — last year’s regular season and tournament champion — was picked as this season’s champion, and South Dakota State was selected second. Meanwhile, ORU was picked fourth behind Western Illinois and ahead of North Dakota State.

Lippe will be Golden Eagles’ go-to option on the offensive end this year, and she’ll serve as a team mentor, too. ORU will have 12 newcomers on the roster, including eight freshman. Ariel Walker, a 5-foot-5 guard from Ozark, Arkansas, will be a junior after transferring in from Allen Community College, where she averaged 16.3 points per game.

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