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Fun Ideas to Do & Places to Go For Winter Break

Camelback MountainWith winter break right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with your time off, a whole month leaves a lot of room for fun.

Here are some ideas and suggestions of what to do and where to go before the spring semester starts:

• New York City- The city is one of the most popular places to visit, especially around this time of year. If you’re ready to face the large crowds of people and want to cross something off your bucket list, then going to Time Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve is the perfect trip for you. Even if you don’t want to go on New Year’s Eve, any trip planned to NYC will always lead to fun things to do.

Jamie Sayegh, a senior health studies student said, “You can see a show on Broadway and then get something to eat. Some good places to go to are Shake Shack and Max Brenner.”

There are also tons of stores for shopping or you can just walk around Central Park and find many things to do like visiting the zoo or going ice skating.

• Skiing- Another popular activity to do during this time of year is to head up to the mountains to ski and snowboard.

“I’m from upstate New York so a lot of people like to go on ski trips during winter break. Popular places to go are Jiminy Peak or to go to Mount Snow in Vermont,” said Tricia Race, a senior psychology student.

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Healthy Alternatives to Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Pumpkin PuddingThanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what we have, but also the day when everyone eats an insane amount of food. And that’s just at dinner; there are still desserts afterwards, like pie, which is the last stop before the food coma. All of these calories add up, so here are some healthier alternatives, as well as tips, for Thanksgiving desserts.

Merrily Ervin, a professor of nutrition science and Coordinator of School of Science shared two of her favorite healthy recipes. The first she said is “very easy, elegant, and tasty!”

Roasted Pears with Amaretti and Amaretto

Serves Four

• 3 T Amaretto or other almond-flavored liqueur

• 1 T balsamic vinegar

• 4 firm-ripe Bartlett pears, halved lengthwise and cored

• 1/3 cup water

• 4 amaretti cookies (Italian almond macaroons; 1/2 inch diameter), crumbled

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Oreo, Tie-Dye, French Toast, and Cap N’ Crunch Bagels? The Bagel Nook Will Have You Hooked

Bagel DessertThe Bagel Nook is anything but your average bagel store. With unique creations like Fruity Pebble bagels, Jalapeno Cheddar cream cheese, and monstrous truck sandwiches, The Bagel Nook will have you wishing for more than one stomach.

This young, fresh and new establishment opened its doors this past September.

Located in the Raintree Shopping Center in Freehold, NJ, store hours are Monday-Saturday 6:00a.m.-3:00pm, and Sunday 6:00a.m.-2:00pm. With fast service, this is the perfect place for any commuter that wants a little something before their first class.

When customers have a little time to spare, they can sit at one of the many tables throughout the café. Box signs, chalkboards, and a large flat screen TV fill the surrounding walls.

The Bagel Nook takes bagels and spreads to the next level. “There aren’t many better things in life than a good book and a good bagel,” noted Stuart Rosenberg, associate professor of management.

Well, bring the book and The Bagel Nook will provide the bagel. The selection includes Oreo, Cap N’ Crunch, Tie-Dye and French Toast bagels. For spreads, options include Birthday Cake, Strawberry Banana, and Bacon Scallion cream cheeses.

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Overcoming Your First Heartbreak

Do you remember your first heartbreak? You were probably in high school or college and loved that person with all your heart. One way or another you broke up and thought you would never find love again and would grow up to have 50 cats. But guess what? You found love again, it was in fact en­tirely possible.

The first heartbreak is always the hardest because you don’t know what to do or how to react to get over it. Getting your heart bro­ken is never fun, it can lead to over thinking your entire relationship and question what you did wrong and you could go into a tailspin of bad choices and carelessness.

Of course you’re going to need time after a heartbreak to sit around and feel sorry for yourself as you cry and watch Dirty Danc­ing on repeat. That is all complete­ly normal after a first breakup. However, after that stage of tears and ice cream you have to figure out how to get over it and begin to think in a different mindset.

Ali Galjour, a freshman English major shares her opinion, “I think that getting over your first heart­break is one of the hardest things anyone has to go through. The best thing to do is keep your head up, eat lots of ice cream, stick with your friends and family and al­ways remember that there are bil­lion of people in the world which means that someone someday will love you unconditionally.”

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Yoga Has More Benefits Than The Eye Can See

There are a lot of fads that arise on those mind-controlling social media platforms that are, for lack of a better word, stupid. However, there’s one trending topic that has that has the ability to benefit and enrich our lives. No, I’m not talking about selfies or even the Hotline Bling over­dubs—I’m talking about yoga.

You’ve all seen it at one time or another on Instagram, some really in shape person telling you how being bendy has dras­tically changed their outlook on life. Stretching? I don’t even want to stretch for the remote when it’s on the coffee table next to me.

But think about it, yes it can get tiring seeing all these “yo­gis” on your newsfeed talking about being enlightened through their process, but when was the last time a social media takeover was something that was actually beneficial to our lives? Yoga is actually something very com­plex and fulfilling.

“There are 195 Sutras, or prin­ciples, of yoga as a lifestyle. Only two of which pertain to the physical practice,” said Megan Langrehr, a Monmouth gradu­ate who now teaches yoga at Sid Yoga in Towson, MD, and Yoga Centric in Bel Air, MD. “Through the growth of my yoga practice- physically, mentally and spiritually- I have allowed my vision of life and my purpose in the Universe to shift to an en­tirely new domain.”

Constantly witnessing the highlights of people’s lives at the tap of a button has the ability to be discouraging to say the least. This is where practicing yoga and its lifestyle mantras can step in and make those anxieties qui­et down.

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Beauty Tips for the Cold Weather

With fall in full swing and win­ter quickly approaching, the drop in temperature does not only give us rosy cheeks and frostbite, but it also dries out our skin. During the colder months, our skin and hair becomes dry and lacklus­ter due to several factors. Bon­nie LaPlante, an esthetician in Lenox, Mass., tells WebMD that, “As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.” But fear not, there are some ways to combat Mother Nature’s attack on our skin by implanting some tricks into our beauty regimen.

1) Exfoli­ate

Exfoliat­ing removes your dead skin. Once the dead skin is re­moved, your skin will absorb moisturizer better.

2) Moisturize

It is extremely important to use moisturizer during every sea­son. However, in the winter it is crucial. Moisturizing will com­pletely rehydrate your skin. Per­sonally, my favorite face lotion is Olay Complete with SPF because it leaves my face feeling smooth and protects my skin from the sun all year round. For body lo­tion any lotion made by Aveeno and Nivea are usually great.

However, Professor Ciezak, an adjunct communication professor uses coconut lotion during the winter. Coconut lotion provides an even deeper level of moisture than the average drugstore brand. Any lotion will do the trick, but coconut lotion will leave your skin extremely hydrated. These drugstore brands are reasonably priced making them affordable for us college students.

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How to Be Money Sensible As a College Student

Money Wise FrontpageMost college students find themselves stuck between wanting to spend money on whatever they want and attempting to save for the future.

It is crucial for college students to be more conscious of how they spend their money and choose to spend it wisely. This is the time in our lives where we begin to prepare for our future. Therefore, it is important that we are more aware of our spending habits and to have some savings set aside.

There are many different ways that students can cut back on spending and start saving their money. The first way students can save their money is if they cut back on unnecessary spending.

Jenna Hersh, a senior finance student and President of the Economics and Finance Club, said, “The two main areas that students need to cut back on spending are takeout food and for clothes and other items that you don’t need.” Most of the money that college students spend is on food. Whether you’re out with your friends, grabbing Chipotle, Jr’s, or Panera, all of these trips will add up and cause your bank account to shrink.

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Balancing School and a Part Time Job

Student Part Time JobHaving a part time job seems like an easy way to make some spending money in college.  However, as school commitments begin to increase, dealing with classes and a job can become increasingly stressful. 

So how is it that students can manage to balance both?  It often comes down to developing good time management skills and finding little stress relievers in order to calm down before you go into panic mode.

Having good time management skills has been a lesson taught to us again and again and it is incredibly important. Dealing with a job takes up a substantial amount of time, which ends up giving you less time to complete schoolwork or study. 

Going to class and keeping up good grades is super important and at times seems impossible.  What students need to do is find the delicate balance between going to work and doing a good job there, and still being able to give a hundred and ten percent towards school work.

 Natalie Carpentieri, a senior graphic design student said, “I try to finish the most important things and the stuff with the earliest due dates first.”

 “I also make schedules and to do lists in order to keep myself organized and so that I remember all that needs to get done.  Another thing I do to deal with stress is go for a run in the morning and it gives me energy throughout the day,” said Carpentieri.

Finding an activity for stress relief is just as important as keeping up good grades and succeeding at your part time job. Students who are constantly on the go without a break often crash and even get themselves sick. Burning out due to stress is often seen in college students which just ends up leading to nowhere good.

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5 Must Try Recipes for Die Hard Peanut Butter Fans

Peanut Butter FansCalling all peanut butter lovers! If you are a die hard fan of peanut butter, I advise you listen up. Whether you love peanut butter and jelly, or you prefer peanut butter on just about anything, you’re bound to find a recipe here that you’ll enjoy.

Peanut butter is a beloved food for most.

“Anything with peanut butter and banana is good,” said Georga Torres, a junior chemistry student.

“I love apples and peanut butter the best,” says Tommy Chung, a sophomore marketing student.

Here are five great peanut butter recipes that any peanut butter lover has to try:

1) Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

This is a healthy snack that does not take long to make. They are great for in between classes because they are great for on the go. The recipe calls for a mixture of 2 1/2 cups of rolled non-instant oats, a 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, a 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 large egg 2 mashed bananas, and a 1/3 cup of peanut butter peanut butter.

Bake the mixture in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. All that’s left to do after that is cut them into bars, and eat all that peanut butter goodness!

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Festive Fall Recipes

Fall RecipesWe are halfway through fall and as November is quickly approaching, Pumpkin spiced latte’s, Instagram pictures of everyone at pumpkin patches, a lot of throwback Disney Halloween movies, and of course football is everyone’s Sunday plans this time of year.

Whether it’s scary movies or maybe even watching the leaves change colors, there’s something about this time of year that gets everyone excited, especially for baking. One of the most special things about fall is the savory scents and delicious food that comes with the season. Scents and flavors like cinnamon, apples and caramel instantly can take you to a happy place.

Adjunct professor of history and anthropology, Robert Grasso, loves this time of year specifically for the food. “My favorite fall recipes have to be butternut squash and pumpkin soup, I make it every year once the leaves change,” said Grasso.

Time to put those apples from apple picking to good use. Dr. Jamie Goodwinuhler, an instructor of psychology loves apple picking with her daughter. “When the weather is just right it’s time to embark in fall festivities and baking is one of them,” said Goodwinuhler.

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Alternatives to Coffee

Despite popular belief, there are college students that do not like coffee. Though they may be a minority, all coffee haters can rejoice because there are plenty of alternatives.

Not only do these alternatives give you the energy your average cup of joe gives you, but they are super healthy and have tons of nutritional benefits. So if you don’t like coffee or planning to drift away from this popular beverage, I have the perfect list for you.

“For individuals avoiding caffeine, fruit infused water is a great way to jazz up water,” said Aimee Orndorff,  Resident Dietician of Gourmet Dining on campus.

It may come as a surprise since this drink is associated with relaxing, but tea is the closest alternative you can get to coffee.

Becca Leone, a sophomore marketing student,  is a huge fan of tea, “I don’t drink coffee because I don’t like the taste, so I just drink tea instead because I feel like it gives me a lot of energy plus it has a better taste then coffee.”

There are tons of flavors for teas, which come with different caffeine levels. According to, brewed black tea contains the most caffeine, green tea is second, and white teas are third.

“Green tea, hot or cold, is a great option for individuals limiting caffeine as it typically contains half the amount of coffee,” said Orndorff.

As far as health benefits go, teas have been known to be good for the heart, lower chances of cancer, and decrease cholesterol. And if you need yet another reason to start drinking tea, it’s also super cheap.

If you feel overwhelmed on what teas to choose take some of Becca’s favorites into consideration, “I love green tea for the energy in the morning and chamomile tea at night because it helps me go to sleep.” 

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