One With Nature


A day with nature around Indiana State University Campus on May 25, 2016


A beautiful Koi Pond located next to the Condit House of President Bradley on ISU Campus.



A unique piece of Algae from ISU Koi Pond on May 24, 2016



This is Erin, a sophomore nursing student at IVY Tech, having her daily visit to campus to study and enjoy the scenery.


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A wonderful  “Chorus of Trumpets” sculpture by Howard Kalish, located on the Terre Haute Arts Corridor on the campus of Indiana State University on the Rankin Plaza, 200 North 7th Street.


Mid-day blossom flower found on ISU campus right outside the Financial Aid Office.


5 Reasons Fashionistas Should Flaunt Real Fur

Real or Faux Fur

Fake fur or Faux Fur has been booming in today’s generation of fashion. Yes, it looks nice but it don’t last no time. Its possibly you can get a few good wears out of it until it starts to matt, look dry or go bald. Who wants to walk around flaunting their stuff looking like a bath rug fresh out the dryer? If you’re a Fashionista like me, you get my gist. Real fur needs to make a come back. Listed below are the top 5 reasons why anti-fur activist should reconsider real fur in fashion.

Be Fur- Free

So why not real fur? Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals on fur factory farms—dismal, often filthy places where thousands of animals are usually kept in wire cages for their entire lives. As on factory farms where animals are raised for food, the methods used on fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals. Unfortunately, no federal humane slaughter law protects animals on fur factory farms, and killing methods are gruesome. Animals are electrocuted, beaten and poisoned.

Here’s a look at what to expect when you’re rocking your next million dollar piece of rabbit fur wondering who’s the animal behind all that luxury.

Animal Rights

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters. They believe together we can make a difference by signing their petition. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.


Photo: Danity Kane for Peta  Danity Kane is a multi-platinum, international, chart topping, independent female music group that supports being fur-free.

Don’t Believe The Hype

Where on earth did you get the idea that animals were skinned alive to make fur? Synthetic fur alternatives do not have the strength or durability of real fur, and depending on the source it can be hugely versatile and suit a huge variety of requirements. Thats why campaigners are losing their fur-free battle because fur is making a comeback. Those who continue to support the fur industry refuse to acknowledge the media on why they still incorporate fur in their clothing. 

Many faces of Hollywood would rather go naked than where fur while 15 celebrities beg to be different. Highly famous celebrities like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Joan Rivers, Beyonce and Paris Hilton has no shame in their fur game. Fashion Designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott and Jean Paul Gaultier have turned fur into a runway star over the course of recent seasons.With advanced techniques for dyeing, shaving and shearing to alter texture, fur is now an all-season fabric.


Man in the mirror: Karl Lagerfeld’s self-portrait by Linda Sharkey  Designer Karl Lagerfeld has been using real fur in his designer Fendi Label for 50 years.

The Comeback 2016

The global fur sales are on the rise. The U.S. spent $1.39 billion on fur in 2013, a solid 10 percent increase over the previous year. According to an independent PriceWaterhouseCoopers Italy study, the fur industry raked in about $35.8 billion in retail sales between 2012-2013. Changing attitudes and a shift in global economies have had a hand in the trend. China’s growing upper class is responsible for buying 16 percent of the world’s fur, on par with the U.S. and just behind Russia, who make up around 20 percent of the market.

This is a 2016 Internastional Showcase by Chanel flaunting their new Fur and Leather pieces.

Be Inspired

Please, Please, please don’t let others ruin your decision to express yourself. Fashion is about experimenting with who you are and expressing your different personalities. Judgmental people will always have something to say. Yes, animals was probably killed to consumed the fur you’re wearing but two right don’t make a wrong. What about their hundred dollar smart phone their using and the sacrifices the individuals in the international labor factories had to make? Worker are kept away from their families in sweatshops practically slaving long hours for little pay and even committing suicide over the popular iPhone device. So with that being said, flaunt your stuff how you want too! 

Photo by: Google Images: This is a picture of a model featured on an iPhone 4s cellphone case sporting her luxurious fur hat all while showing off her beautiful facial features. 




About the Author!

Hello, I am Raven Wilson. The author of this blog. I am quite indecisive on my career path because I have a variety of specialties. Once I receive my degree I plan to go grad school for Business Administration. My sister and I are the first two in our immediate family to attend college. Our family is small and we do not have any family businesses. I think going into business in grad school will help me one step further to owning my own small business. Outside of school, I am a CNA and Home Health Aide. This is the first step to my career considering I want to be the primary provider for my own clients. I am also into fashion, social media, arts and crafts and being a positive role model to others. I have a 2 year old daughter named Alani. As a backup plan, I always wanted to be an elementary education teacher. Owning my own daycare would be nice too. As far as PR, I hope to get an internship helping me further my studies. I transitioned from multimedia as a concentration last year and jumped into PR because I didn’t feel broadcasting was for me anymore. I’m not sure of all the things I  can do with PR or the right routes to take but upon graduation or a little bit after I will have a definite plan. I am hoping this course will shine some light on my decision.