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Now, we don’t want to encourage you to procrastinate or anything (we take school very seriously here, duh) but we also know that sometimes what you really need during an intense study session is a quick break, to laugh a little, catch up on what’s trending and in the news, and recharge before you  sit down to write that 10 page essay. The College Mixer is our attempt at making things easier for you — here are today’s top links from around the web!


Award-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan (via Wall Street Journal)

 Philip Seymour Hoffman - Magnolia

In a tragic turn of events this weekend, 46-year-old Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment. The loss stunned friends, family, and fans alike, as he was definitely a singular talent. (If you’re wondering what this means for the upcoming Hunger Games movies in which he was set to continue his role as Plutarch Heavensbee, it looks like the show will go on but with a heavy heart.)

J.K. Rowling Tickles the Sleeping Dragon (via Oh No They Didn’t!)

 Hermione and Ron - Harry Potter

Sorry, Harry Potter fans. As it turns out, J.K. Rowling was JK-ing when she wrote Hermione and Ron into a relationship. She said in a recent interview with Emma Watson (Hermione herself!) that Harry and Hermione should’ve wound up together. If that doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. #RonAndHermione4Ever

Bruno Mars’ Halftime Show: 7 Observations From The Field (via Billboard)

 Bruno Mars Super Bowl Half-Time Performance

Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? Just kidding – that’s a dumb question. Of course you did. Since you already know that Bruno Mars pretty much killed it (even with the super odd addition of Red Hot Chili Peppers? Also, why was Anthony Kedis wearing those weird leggings? Just wondering) you should totally relive it all with this article from Billboard.

Do College Students Know More About Justin Bieber’s Arrest Or The State Of The Union? (via Huffington Post)

You can probably guess what the answer to that question is already, and if so, you’re probably already shaking your head in disappointment. Seriously, college students, get it together. This is shameful. Also, Justin Bieber needs to just stop it and go home.

Centenary College Takes Obama’s Advice, Raises Minimum Wage For Its Employees (via Huffington Post)

Way to go, Centenary College! Minimum wage is no fun, especially when minimum wage is hardly a liveable salary. Centenary College, in accordance with President Obama’s urging, has taken steps to ensure that their minimum wage employees are making at least $10.10 (the new minimum that will soon take effect.) Color us impressed!

What was your favorite link of the day?