Interviews with 17 former college athletes, insights from previous investigations, and input from experts suggest an alarming pattern of abuse.

Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Lindsay Dodgson

Hillary Dole’s first Toque Friday ended with a broken nose and a bloody face.

The event, she told Insider, was an annual tradition for the Cornell University softball team when she joined as a freshman in 2017. All new recruits were instructed to pull beanie hats over their eyes and stand in a line. Then, while they were effectively blindfolded, their teammates and coach yelled at them to run.

“It was confusing, chaotic, intimidating, and I didn’t know what to do,” Dole told Insider. “I ran because the culture [in sports] is such that you just kind of do what you’re told — that’s just how it is when you play on a team. And so I ended up running 40 yards face-first into a brick wall.” …


Both tea and coffee can boost your energy levels, but they contain varying amounts of caffeine and antioxidants. Here’s which is best for you.

Coffee and tea can both boost your energy levels. Photo: d3sign/Getty Images

By Caroline Tien and Samantha Cassetty

Coffee and tea are two of the most common drinks in the world. Both contain caffeine, antioxidants, and can help you feel energized, making it difficult to decide between the two.

Here is everything you need to know about the differences and similarities between coffee and tea and which is better for your health.

Coffee has more caffeine

Coffee and tea both contain caffeine, a stimulant that can make you feel awake and energized.

A large 2015 study found people who consume a moderate amount of caffeine have a lower risk for type 2 diabetes than people who do not consume any. …


Insider spoke with interior design experts Tamara Day and Jeremiah Brent about how owners can make the most of their money when tackling a renovation.

Insider spoke to design experts about how to make the best plan for renovating your home on a budget.
Insider spoke to design experts about how to make the best plan for renovating your home on a budget.
Insider spoke to design experts about how to make the best plan for renovating your home on a budget. Tamara Day/”Bargain Mansions”

By Samantha Grindell

The point of taking on a renovation project is to create a space that makes you feel at home.

But the actual process of a renovation can be stressful, particularly if you don’t want to spend too much money or aren’t sure how to start the project.

Insider spoke to two design experts — Tamara Day, an interior designer and the host of HGTV’s “Bargain Mansions,” and Jeremiah Brent, a designer and the host of TLC’s “Nate and Jeremiah By Design” and Netflix’s “Say I Do” — about the best way to approach a renovation. …


Netflix’s powerful work, based on the August Wilson play, is certain to find Oscar attention thanks to Boseman and Viola Davis in the leads.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Photo: Netflix

By Jason Guerrasio

As “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” opens, two Black boys run through the dark woods. A barking dog is heard in the background. You are to believe director George C. Wolfe is giving us another harsh look at racism in America in the 1920s.

But out of nowhere, a few torches light up around the boys, revealing the smiles on their faces. …


New research suggests that when obese moms exercise during pregnancy, it can impact their children’s DNA.

Pelvic floor exercise is not just for postpartum women. DragonImages/Getty Images

By Kelly Burch

It was my due date with my second child, and I was laying on my back, legs lifted into the air.

I wasn’t in the hospital delivering. I was at the gym, completing what I could of a TRX class that I’d been attending throughout my pregnancy.

“See you Thursday,” the instructor said as everyone rolled up their mats and began filtering out of the studio.

“Hopefully not!” I replied.

Throughout my adult life, I’ve loved going to the gym. Being active has huge health benefits, and in my case I feel it’s particularly important. I’m obese, and probably always will be. Although I’d be a prime candidate for surviving a famine, my genes aren’t quite a fit with modern life, where movement is limited and snacks are not. …


New York City schools are closed indefinitely. Experts criticized the decision, since super-spreader locations like bars and gyms remain open.

Two children play on a basketball court in New York City on July 30, 2020.
Two children play on a basketball court in New York City on July 30, 2020.
Two children play on a basketball court in New York City on July 30, 2020. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

By Anna Medaris Miller and Mia de Graaf

New York City schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

De Blasio said the decision was based on a strict policy decided months ago that once the city’s rate of coronavirus transmission surpassed 3%, in-person classes would be suspended.

The move drew sharp criticism from infectious disease experts and epidemiologists, who questioned why the mayor had not followed his other strict rule: to shutter restaurants, bars, and gyms once the city’s transmission rate surpassed 2%. …


The CDC has new advice against traveling on Thanksgiving. Insider asked psychologists for tips on how to cancel plans with family at the last minute.

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By Julia Naftulin and Anna Medaris Miller

Breaking tradition with your family can feel daunting, especially when it comes to the holidays.

But with coronavirus cases spiking across the country, it’s natural to reconsider any plans to get together for Thanksgiving next week.

In fact, CDC officials today urged all Americans to reconsider traveling to another person’s household for Thanksgiving, whether it’s a walk or a flight away.

“We’re alarmed,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said on a call with reporters on Thursday announcing the guidance cautioning against Thanksgiving travel. “COVID-19 is turning out to be quite a formidable foe.” …


Ash and Mars Fite shared the reality of living in a tiny home on wheels with two kids and a dog.

The Fite family lives in an 80-square-foot van.
The Fite family lives in an 80-square-foot van.
The Fite family lives in an 80-square-foot van. The Fites

By Samantha Grindell

More and more people have started living in vans and RVs, embracing tiny homes and life on the road — but few actually know what a typical day is like for these nomads.

As part of Insider’s “A Week in My Tiny House” series, Mars and Ash Fite documented a week in their 80-square-foot van with their two kids and dog to show people what it’s really like to live in a tiny home. …


From traditional and comfortable furniture to bold colors, here are the design trends that will be popular in 2021.

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Modsy’s Trend Report was released on Wednesday. Modsy

By Samantha Grindell

Like anything else, home decor evolves. And although the bigger shifts are more noticeable over longer periods of time, there are typically new trends that enter the design space each year.

To help people keep abreast of these trends, Modsy releases an annual Trend Report full of predictions of what will be popular in people’s homes in the coming year.

Insider spoke to Modsy’s vice president of style, Alessandra Wood, about the trends people will embrace in 2021 and why they’re making people feel at home. …


Daily masturbation isn’t always the cause of lackluster partnered sex, and it can even be healthy. Expressing your needs to your husband could help.

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Photo:Crystal Cox/Insider; Samantha Lee/Insider

By Julia Naftulin

I think my husband has a problem with porn and masturbation. Maybe I’m exaggerating and his daily habit is normal, but I’m unsure.

The problem started on our honeymoon. He said he couldn’t be intimate with me because he had been masturbating so much. …

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