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A Cost-Effective Guide to Fall Decor

fall_decorIt’s that time of year again, with crisp leaves crunching underfoot, cider simmering and a chill in the air. But before you unpack those decades-old plastic pumpkins and puffy paint-inscribed “Give Thanks” signs, consider a more modern side to fall decor. The key to a fresh fall spread say Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, owners of the custom design company Anders Ruff- http://www.andersruff. com/- is all about embracing natural elements.

This doesn’t mean spending a small fortune on high-end seasonal items. Think natural fabrics, earthy colors and an approachable-yet-sophisticated atmosphere. “Get rid of the fake stuff _ bring in the real _ and don’t be afraid to use old pieces from your home in new, unusual ways,” Anders said.

An approachable feel is as much about design as it is about practicality. “We both have young kids, so we create designs that are elegant but not too formal,” said Anders, who incorporates inexpensive items like Kraft paper into her fall party prep, using it for everything from lining the dinner table and to wrapping dessert stands. “It gives it a rustic feel and makes cleanup easier too.”

Not sure where to start? Although much of the season is about what’s familiar, check out these tips to freshen things up.

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Heavy Text Books, Light Wallet

Students Consider Multiple Sources When Searching for Costly Text Books


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At the beginning of each semester students scramble to buy their required text books and sell their old ones for the best price possible. The University has a campus bookstore that can help students with most of their text book needs, but there are many other outside resources available as well.

Buying text books, no matter the seller, can be quite expensive depending on the book and condition. Many sellers offer, however, a way to essentially borrow text books for a flat rate through the semester. The University’s book store also offers this option.

Bill Rainey, campus book store employee explains why it is such a great privilege. “Students renting are allowed to keep the book until the last day of finals,” Rainey said. “Many online book rental places have a fixed number of weeks that are not long enough to cover our semester resulting in additional charges.”

Online vendors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, however, have a flexible time policy when renting text books and even allow students to extend their rental periods. According to their websites, both vendors’ typical rental periods are 130 days, but Barnes and Noble offers shorter rentals for a lower cost. New or used condition is not guaranteed for rentals from either vendor.

Sophomore Tyler Vandergrift said that he saved money by renting books instead of buying them. “I bought from the bookstore and Amazon last year and spent nearly $500 a semester,” said Vandergrift. “I decided to switch to renting all my books this year from either the bookstore or chegg.com and have cut that cost in half.”

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Senior Hawks Prepare to Take Flight

perkinsWith over half of all college graduates jobless or underemployed, University seniors face the challenges of standing out when bachelor’s degrees are a dime a dozen and jobs are few and far between.

Graduates need hard skills rather than diplomas, according to a recent article from the Associated Press in The Atlantic about how graduates are more likely to be underemployed to make ends meet with loans.

Students are more likely to work as “waiters, waitresses, bartenders and food-service helpers than engineers, physicists, chemist and mathematicians combined,” AP concluded.

Each University student’s educational experience is unique, and students from all different majors have advantages and disadvantages.

“I found it somewhat difficult because I needed one more credit for graduation because of my chemistry minor and there wasn’t anything I could take, but I’m really excited to graduate and move on to graduate school. I am applying to chiropractic schools now,” said Allison Day, health studies major.

Other students have found fewer difficulties with senior year. “I don’t feel that I’m having any difficulties. I’ve had a lot of good help from Dr. Mitchell, and everything has been pretty smooth,” said Anthony D’Elia, political science major.

“I’m going to Washington for the DC semester and I plan on going to law school when I graduate. Professor Bordelon has really helped with the law school application and meeting those requirements,” D’Elia continued.

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Music Moves More Than Dancers

For centuries now, music has played a very important role in the world. It’s a way for people to express themselves, be entertained, listen to for pleasure, etc. One thing music has always been used for is a way to motivate people. This can be seen all over the place, especially in the sporting world.

While teams warm up for games, there’s always music playing in the arena as a way to get the team fired up for the upcoming game. Another example is, when one goes to the gym, all you have to do is look around and see people running on the treadmill or lifting weights with headphones on.

Frank DeGenaro, a University alumnus said, “Music is the best way to shut out all else. You can’t control what noises are outside of your headphones, but you can control exactly what’s coming out of your iPod. This allows you to focus and find that competitive part of you. You can sit and just stare and listen to whatever pumps you up. Then you can go out on the field like an animal,” said DeGenaro, who played four years of football and baseball in high school.

“It drives me when I need an extra push-- the song ‘Carry On the Flame’ by Santino Noir has lyrics that push me when I feel like I can’t quite push to the end of my run. Not only that, the music itself lets me get distracted from worries and I just use it to pace out my runs. Running for an hour and a half would be really boring if I didn’t have some good tunes to listen to,” said Pikaard.

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Were We Always Alone?

NASA Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Streambed on Mars


NASAWater as we know it is the essence of life, for without it, almost no form of life could ever exist. Last Thursday on September 26, NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that a stream of water once coursed the now desolate Martian landscape as the rover scanned the surface.

According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, “There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence -- images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels -- is the first of its kind.”

The NASA scientists are closely examining the images of stones that are cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock. By examining the intrinsic qualities of the rocks such as their size and shape, the NASA scientists can get “clues to the speed and distance of a longago stream’s flow,” according to nasa.gov.

By analyzing the size of the rounded pebbles embedded in the slab, the NASA scientists estimated that water was flowing about a yard a second and was between ankle and hip deep, according to the New York Times.

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Is Plastic Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?

Plastic BurningMost young adults see credit and debit cards as a means to an end, but do not know the benefits or negative effects they can have on credit scores, making it more difficult to finance future investments.

Sallie Mae published a study in 2009 that discussed how students charge an average of $2,200 in direct education expenses.

Eighty-four percent of undergraduates had at least one credit card, up from 76 percent in 2004. On average, students have 4.6 credit cards, and half of college students had four or more cards. The average (mean) balance grew to $3,173, higher than any of the previous studies. Median debt grew from 2004’s $946 to $1,645, the study concluded.

The most shocking statistic of the study discussed how, “only 17 percent said they regularly paid off all cards each month, and another 1 percent had parents, a spouse, or other family members paying the bill. The remaining 82 percent carried balances and thus incurred finance charges each month.”

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University Alumni Gets Down to Business

University AlumniPatty Azzarello, University alumni and successful business woman revisited her place of higher education last Tuesday to share her secrets about making it in the real world. University students and faculty gathered around to listen to her various career accomplishments and tips for technology in the real world.

Azzarello has been in the work force for 25 years and has held positions such as Vice President, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of various software companies and currently runs her own independent business. She talks about some of her personal highlights in her career thus far.

“There were two positions I had, one was in the beginning of my career and one was much later in my career that were very significant for different reasons,” Azzarello said. One of these positions was being a sales engineer where she would frequently be left alone to deal with customers, business deals, create marketing relationships, recruit and train resellers and developing marketing programs. She held this position at the age of 22.

“Why that job was so important to me was because it was just me and I had to figure out how to do everything, and I really learned what makes business happen,” Azzarello said. “I had to make everything happen by myself and I probably took the skills I learned there and used them in every job I ever had.”

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Have You Paid Your Bills?

The University’s Office of the Bursar Handles All of Students’ Billing Needs


Each semester, many students find themselves in classes where their names aren’t on the roster. If they have experienced financial difficulty in paying for the class, or the University has not received their payments, then the Office of the Bursar is here to help.

The Office of the Bursar deals with matters of tuition, room, board and fees and all other aspects of students’ financial accounts. “We also charge for any books that are charged against a student’s financial aid,” said Jonas Javier, Bursar. “Another primary thing we do is process student refunds after financial aid or any over payments, and we also disperse any financial aid that a student is receiving.”

One of the consequences of not paying bills by the deadlines that the Office of the Bursar sets each semester is being dropped from the classes that were not paid for in a process called deregistration. “Deregistration happens long after the actual semester payment deadline is,” said Javier. “Even though it sounds unjust, in reality what that does is open up course registration for other students who have paid their bills.”

Often students will find the means to submit their payments after the deadline and after which point they have already been dropped from their classes. For this, the Office of the Bursar has a solution. “We have a process called retroactive registration, in which we do instruct students that have been cancelled,” said Javier.

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Conquering Dreams Through the Civil War

features-civil-warThroughout our nation’s history, numerous significant events have made an impact on the way our country is today. The Revolutionary War, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, The Great Depression, World War II, September 11, and many more. Out of all of these events could the most significant event be, perhaps, the Civil War?

According to Greg Caggiano, aspiring teacher, Civil War enthusiast, and history blogger, the Civil War is just that. “It is the single defining moment where we decided as a country are we going to stay together or are we going to allow other states to secede. I take a more sympathetic approach to the south, but regardless it is still a defining moment in our nation’s history. There is no event more important than the Civil War. Revolutionary and World War II were important too, but the Civil War is where we come into our own as a country,” said Caggiano.

Ever since Greg was seven years old, he has always had a love for history, especially the Civil War. Now 14 years later, he is well onto his way into adult hood and at times can resemble a Civil War soldier with his solid build, short brown hair and scruffy beard.

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Liberal Arts Across the Disciplines

No matter their major, all students attending the University are required to take the same courses to fulfill general education requirements. These liberal arts and humanities classes are designed to give students a wellrounded education and are, according to many professors and students, important.

Jean Li, ancient history professor, speaks out about the general education requirements in the history department. “History touches upon every aspect of contemporary society,” she said. “A business major should know why economic systems developed the way they did. For example, they should know the origins of our current system of banking arose in Renaissance Europe to meet certain demands of globalized trade. Law or pre-law students learn that history is inherent in law. The law is built upon history; lawyers argue based on precedent.” She continues that history can be used for various reasons in other departments such as communication and political science.

Li believes that the history requirements are minimal and should be more diversely focused on. “I think it’s important for students to take History 101 and 102, not just one or the other,” she said. “I also think it’s important for students to take world (not European or American) history classes. Students need to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional ‘Western Civilizations’ since contemporary society is truly global. If you think about it, human societies have never been isolated, but global in their own ways. History ties all the disciplines together. It, along with anthropology, is the study of human achievements,” said Li.

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Giving Life to Synthetic Organs

features-giving-life-to-synthetic-organsThree short years ago, Andemariam Beyene was studying geology for his PhD in Iceland when his physicians found out he had a golfball sized tumor growing in his trachea (windpipe) which blocked his breathing. After going through aggressive rounds of surgery and radiation therapy, Beyene’s health continued to deteriorate, according to The New York Times, as the tumor still persisted.

It seemed as though all hope had been lost, for without a transplant, Beyene would almost certainly have died. Beyene soon thereafter enrolled in a revolutionary operation. Tissue engineers from London created an artificial windpipe of a special plastic and coated it with somatic stem cells from Beyene. According to BBC, an Italian physician, Paolo Macchiarini, at the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, led the pioneering surgery.

The technique is special in the regard that it does not require a donor. It uses the patient’s own somatic stem cells to vascularize and coat the artificial organ with “cells, blood vessels, and nerves to become a living functional part of the human body,” said Henry Fountain of The New York Times.

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