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DIY Costume Ideas: Save Money and Look Cute

Olaf FrozenThere is no other holiday quite like Halloween. During this time of year, haunted hayrides may not be the only thing that spooks you, but expensive Halloween costumes may be equally as frightening. But fear not, you can look amazing this Halloween without breaking the bank by making your own costume.

When you buy a costume from the Halloween store chances are that at least three other people will have the same one. So instead of having a who wore it better faceoff you are better off creating your own unique get-up. So light up your favorite fall candle and grab a pen because I am about to give you some great DIY Halloween costume ideas.

#1. Rosie the Riveter:

For my pro-feminist ladies this costume is perfect for you. All you need is a jean button-up with the sleeves rolled up. A pair of jeans or shorts. Grab a red bandana for your hair. Apply a bold red lip and some eyeliner to finish off the costume.

#2. Audrey Hepburn:

For this costume wear a black dress, black long gloves and a tiara. Make sure to put your hair up into a sleek bun and you will look simply elegant this Halloween.

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How to Overcome Feeling Homesick While at School

HomesickEveryone says that college will be the best four years of your life, which is true, but no one tells you about the hardships that come with it. College can be difficult. The workload is harder, you are forced to be more independent, and you’re away from home for the first time. 

When your older siblings, parents, and friends all tell you about how much you’ll love college, they all skip out on telling you that being away from home is a huge adjustment. But fortunately for us college students, homesickness, like many other sicknesses, is temporary. 

Initially, it is very tough to let go of your hometown, your childhood friends, your parents and everything you once knew. But eventually you will accept the fact that you are beginning a new, exciting chapter in your life. 

Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean your friends, family, and hometown are disappearing forever, it just means that there is a bit of distance between you and them now. But that distance will soon become second nature to you. 

Caitlin Smoler, a sophomore health students student, said, “At first it’s really scary being in such a new environment but once you get used to it, the experience of freedom is amazing.” Smoler got through her homesickness by embracing the independence that college allows you to have. In college, you get to start over. 

You get to make new friends and be the person you have always wanted to be but might have previously been afraid to be. 

You get to stay up however late you want and eat ice cream at any hour of the day, and quirky perks like those make college that much more enjoyable and that homesick feeling will slowly start to go away. 

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What Exactly is a Man Bun?

Man Bun 1Less then two years ago, if you were to hear that a guy was growing out a man bun, you would probably think it a little odd. Nowadays, it is a common trend for males. The man bun has skyrocketed in popularity since 2013 and become a regular hairstyle for men.  

So what is a man bun? A man bun is a type of long hairstyle that involves the tying of one’s hair into a single bun to be placed upon the crown of the head. A man bun is a very simple hairstyle that just requires the male to have long hair. The length of the hair is a big factor when deciding which type of man bun is desired—yes, there are different types. 

1. The Top Knot also known as “the Semi Bun”

The top knot man bun only uses the hair on the top of the head. The top knot does not use hair on the sides or back of the head. It’s also referred to as the semi bun because it only uses one third of the head’s hair, so the bun is smaller than the one that can be achieved with a full man bun. This type of man bun has also become quite popular as one can achieve a top knot in only a couple months of starting to grow out their hair. 

2. The Pineapple

Since the hair is tied on the center of the head, you don’t need as much hair length as with the a full man bun. Thus, you can tie a pineapple hairstyle with just a few months of growing out the hair (like a top knot), but also with longer hair so it is very versatile. 

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Benefits of Small Universities

Benefits Small UniversitiesIn life, we are faced with a myriad of pivotal life decisions. Deciding on where to attend college is certainly one of them. For the next four years, this place will be where you meet lifelong friends and grow into adulthood. 

Perhaps, the university’s proximity to your home, campus, class sizes, or majors offered were factors in your decision-making process. Many of us that chose Monmouth can agree that the class sizes, location, and beautiful campus attracted us to the small university. 

Of course, when we make a decision we sometimes wonder if would have been happy with the alternative. In our cases the alternative would be universities that are similar to Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State and the list goes on. We all have a friend that attends one of these larger universities and boasts with school spirit causing you to become a little envious from time to time. But I assure you we are not missing out. 

Let’s start with the class sizes. At Monmouth, most classes cap at about 35 students compared to larger universities where there may be over 200 students in a lecture. Smaller classes allow you to engage in the lecture and actually show up to class. 

Nicole Gallagher, a sophomore psychology student shared her thoughts on lecture halls with me, “Honestly I would probably skip class a lot at a big school. Many professors take attendance at Monmouth reinforcing the importance of attending each and every class.” 

A small classroom environment allows professors to actually get to know their students and at the end of the semester, they will know you by your name and not as a number.

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Fall Makeup Trends

Fall MakeupFall is officially upon us and the colors of the leaves aren’t the only thing that’s changing this season, make up trends are making a transition as well. This fall we say good-bye to summers pink and nude palettes and swatch them in for warmer colors. 

Nicole Frame, adjunct professor for the communication department, explains how her make up changes this time of year “My bronzer and gold palettes go into hibernation for the fall, sadly. I love to pull in deep purples and browns this time of year.” Using Frame’s technique, browns and purples are a perfect way to recreate a fall edition of the smokey eye. 

E.L.F. has a 32-color palette ($7, for your smokey eye needs. For mascara, Frame recommends Trish McEvoy Mascara “ It stays put, no clumps, and peels off… yes, peels off! A must try.” After this make up shopping spree, check out ReadySetGlamour’s YouTube channel and click her video “Grunge Fall Makeup Tutorial: Fall Smokey Eye” it’s super easy and I recommend everyone checking it out.On top of eye shadows changing, so are the lip colors. It’s time to pack away your shimmery coral lip-glosses from summer and replace it with matte lipsticks. 

Dark matte lips are just as hot as your pumpkin spice lattes this season. For this look, I recommend trying NYX Cosmetic’s Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6, in colors Copenhagen, Cannes, and Transylvania. 

Jackie Burzo, a junior health studies student, is a huge fan of the dark look, “I love darker colored lipstick! My favorite is Dark Side by Mac.” Jackie also mentions how Mac is one of her favorite makeup brands along with TwoFaced, “They’re the only kind I use because I am very picky.”

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The Struggles of Being Gluten and Dairy Free in College

Struggles Gluten Dairy“Wanna go grab some pizza?” No I can’t. “Oh, then why don’t we go out for ice cream?” No I can’t. “Okay, Chinese food?” No I can’t. 

That brief dialogue sums up my life. Going out to eat with friends or even attending any get-togethers or events is always a hassle because I’m intolerant to both gluten and dairy. I’m well-known for taking my lightly salted Quaker’s rice cakes topped with all natural Skippy peanut butter everywhere I go, just in case there isn’t anything I’m able to eat. If you’re out and there’s no food for you, you just might starve.

Going out to a restaurant is a major step outside the comfort zone for gluten and dairy free folks as well, especially if it’s a restaurant you haven’t been to before. People with this allergy have to research the menu prior to getting there to ensure that they can cater to one’s dietary needs. 

The most awkward part is ordering food. Usually my order goes along the lines of “Can I have the caesar salad with no parmesan cheese, no croutons, and no dressing?” The waiter’s response is typically, “So you just want lettuce?”, and I reply, “Yes, just lettuce.” Then you have to make certain the waiter has fully understood you and has written down your order correctly. No one wants to be that aggressive customer that questions the waiter’s listening skills, but the gluten and dairy free population can’t take any risks. This whole process makes something that should be enjoyable, eating and socializing with friends and family, inconvenient and burdensome.

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On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Pink SmoothieEating healthy in college is a constant struggle, especially when the salads can top $11, but eating healthy and having time to eat breakfast is an even bigger struggle. “Healthy” truly is a lifestyle; you have to be committed. Now, I am no poster-child for eating healthy (I pretty much bathe in carbs), but I know how important eating a healthy breakfast is. 

Amanda Drennan, a junior communication student said “I have really early classes in the morning. With all of the work I am up doing in the late hours of the night I don’t get much sleep, so I try to get as much time of sleeping in the morning before my 8:30 classes,” she said. “Sometimes I am able to eat a quick something on the way to class, but I don’t have time for much else,” said Drennan. 

This sentiment of lack of time is a problem that I would say the majority of us have, but getting up an extra 10 minutes early to eat something could make all the difference. A super easy way to get that jolt of energy in the morning, without the coffee,  is to make smoothies!

Ally Afanador, a sophomore English student, said, “Smoothies are such a great way to get some of your daily vitamins and minerals. Ally’s usual go to recipe is: two types of frozen fruits, plain organic yogurt, skim milk, flax seed, handful of ice. Depending on the size of the blender and your preferences, the ratios of these ingredients will vary. Smoothies are something that are easy, quick, and healthy. Throw your smoothie in a travel cup and you’re good to go. Any kind of blended drinks or even instant breakfast drinks are a great way to get your fill of breakfast without having to take time in the kitchen. 

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How Healthy is That Third (or Fourth) Cup of Coffee?

CoffeeFor most college students, coffee is an absolute necessity.  Not only is it a tasty drink, but it also motivates us to get through the day knowing that at some point, we will get another caffeine fix. As much as college students thrive off multiple cups of coffee a day, when is our coffee addiction too much and unhealthy? 

Let’s face it; coffee is always there for us. It keeps us awake for those torturous 8:30 a.m. classes, it keeps us up after a three hour class ending at 9 p.m. when we have a paper due the next morning. It gives us an excuse to take a break from homework and go on a “coffee run,” or we can meet up with a friend and catch up on the latest gossip over a cup of coffee.  It almost seems as if coffee is the cure to everything.

“Coffee is what gets me through not just my day but my existence,” said Erin Lupo, a sophomore education and English student. “You can get a lot of different flavors and coffee just brightens my day,” said Lupo. 

There is always a brand of coffee one prefers over another and on most college campuses, it seems to be a fight over Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks.

Here at the University, I think it is safe to say that we are on team Dunkin’, due to the fact there is now a Dunkin’ Donuts on campus. 

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Put the Phone Down!

You’re at a party and it strikes you as odd how most people are on their phones, rather than enjoying the company around them. This is a theme relevant not just to parties. You’re at a football game and you’ll notice people sitting on their phone checking Twitter instead of looking up and watching the game. 

Or, just walk into any restaurant and you’ll see people at a table with eyes glued to their phone, or better yet taking pictures of their food, rather than talking to whomever they may be sitting with. Some restaurants are even introducing tabletop pads from which you can access your social media from. 

It seems like today, everyone is more concerned with how their lives appear on social media rather than how they actually appear in person. In the last 15 years the cell phone has conquered the world.  It would be easy to make a list of 50 ways these phones have improved our lives but what about the detriments they have had on society? With a society that has become so superficial it is hard to see how the benefits outweigh the damage we are doing to ourselves.

Kyle O’Grady, a marketing alumna said, “I understand technology has its advantages, but we are being ruled by the technology rather than using it as a tool anymore.” “I have seen people at parties sit on their phones the entire night. Then the next morning they put up a picture saying what an amazing time they had,” said O’Grady.

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Are #SquadGoals Causing Harm to Today’s Generation?

Taylor SwiftAlmost every young person nowadays has an Instagram account. Often people will use catchy hashtage that catch on and is soon seen under every picture’s caption on Instagram’s popular page. 

Underneath the picture you’ll find one of the hastags being, #squadgoals, a saying that has taken over almost every social media platform.  Squad goals represents the want for physical perfection and celebrity status.  Young generations today are striving to create the perfect squad with the perfect look and perfect friends. 

Celebrities today are no strangers to squad goals and one of the most perfect examples is Taylor Swift.  The country singer turned popstar has a seemingly endless friend group full of the hottest stars and is growing in numbers every day.  From Victoria’s Secret models like Karlie Kloss, singers such as Lorde and even Law and Order: SVU’s own Mariska Hargitay are all a part of Swfit’s squad.  

No one seems to be able to escape the spell Swift has created and everyone is wishing to be a part of the elite.  Swift’s music video for her single “Bad Blood” seemed less about plot and more about how many of her famous friends she could fit into three minutes.  The beauty they have leaves the public striving to achieve the same thing.

These squad goals and celebrity friend groups seem harmless and fun but idolizing only the beauty and nothing else is actually pretty damaging.  

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Travel Bucket List

Whether it be taking a day trip to Pennsylvania, going on a week vacation to Florida, or even an overnight stay at Atlantic City, traveling is a passion for many people. I always love recommending new travel destinations to friends and family, but am also always looking for new places to visit. There are a few places I feel everyone should travel to at least once in their lifetimes. 

#1. San Diego, CA. 

From amusement parks, to beaches, to casinos, this city is definitely on my travel bucket list. Juliann Fiorentino, a senior communication student, went to San Diego over the summer and absolutely loved every second of it. “There’s an island an hour away called Coronado that is absolutely gorgeous,” Fiorentino said. She described it as a “small little beach town with tremendous history.” It is a relaxing vacation, but also very educational. Fiorentino took a tour of the island while visiting and she said she highly recommends this vacation to anyone. 

#2. Walt Disney World, Fl. 

For those of you who know me personally, you know about my passion for Disney. For those of you who don’t know me, I have been to WDW a number of times, and it never gets old. No matter your age, this is a place you must visit at least once. Disney is not just for families and children.

Downtown Disney, in the process of a name change to Disney Springs, is the perfect spot for adult nightlife. You can experience a movie at the AMC Movie Theatre, go bowling at the Splitsville, go dancing to live music, or enjoy a cocktail at one of the restaurants. 

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