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Create Your Own Winter Wonderland

Winter WonderlandThe holidays are a great time to create new memories, while reminiscing on old ones, which is why it’s the perfect time of the year to get friends and families together! It can be difficult to get a large group of people together with conflicting schedules, but throwing your own party can be the dream reunion waiting to happen, especially themed parties.

Themed parties are a great, easy way to make the event exciting, and memorable! Themes give people a chance to get excited and engage in the celebratory spirit together. Fellow students mention why they like themed parties so much!

“Themed parties are fun because I get to dress up all throughout the year, not just on Halloween!” says senior Jaimee Saracen. Kara Hunt, also a senior, mentions she prefers themed parties to non themed parties because they are “not typical.”

The Main Event Company, an Atlanta-based event-planning group attributes the theme to be an important part of any event, “For most events and parties, the fun, the atmosphere, and the memories revolve around a theme.”

Going along with the seasonal motif, one of the quickest themed parties to put together is a winter wonderland themed party. Quick tip, it’s always easier to correlate themed parties with the seasons. Why you may ask?

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Finding Fun Off Campus

Fun Off CampusFor those of you who live in Long Branch but are not from Monmouth County, the activities you may want to do seem limited. The West End is filled with different places to go out to eat, or grab a drink, but after the first few times it could get repetitive.

The great thing about West Long Branch and Long Branch is that both towns are surrounded by numerous fun and different activities that will keep you entertained and always finding something new to do.

Red Bank is definitely a town you should check out if you want to get out of the West End for a day. They have numerous great restaurants of all different varieties, so whatever you are in the mood for, there is something for you.

For example, there is Juanito’s, a Mexican restaurant, Siam Garden for those of you who love Thai food, and Front Street Trattoria, an Italian restaurant. Red Bank also offers a diverse bar scene.

If you are looking to dress up for a night out on the town, check out Red, The Downtown, or Taste. For a more casual low key night, stop in The Globe or Brannigan’s. The shopping is great in Red Bank as well. According to, the stores include, Urban Outfitters, Dor La Dor, and Hi-Def.

One store to check out is Funk and Standard Variety Store, which is a quirky little store that offers different trinkets and books that will keep you entertained for days.

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How to Write a Professional Email

Professional EmailBack in the olden days before cellphones and the Internet, were the days when sending a message to a friend meant sending them a letter and waiting days, sometimes weeks, for a response.

Now talking to anyone is as simple as sending him or her a text message and receiving a response within minutes, making the days of letter sending practically extinct.

Emails have replaced hand-written letters which definitely has its benefits, speed being number one, but it also has its draw-backs. Learning how to write a professional email is a skill every college student would benefit from learning.

Here are some tips for writing a professional letter, that will show your boss, professor, or potential employer that you should be taken seriously as an adult.

First, open your own g-mail, or professional email account. School accounts are fine, but they only work until you graduate and looks better in an inbox than your school student ID number, or worse, using your personal email account,

Also, this is beneficial because your professional email account and your school email account will be separate, so the risk of losing an email from a potential employer in the midst of emails from your professors and school functions is not there.

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Eating Healthy HolidaysWhen the holidays arrive, the temptation hits. Your mom’s famous apple pie, your grandmother’s potato latkes. Cakes, cookies, rich entrees and countless side dishes adorn the holiday buffet tables. It can be a healthy eater’s nightmare. But if you prepare yourself with the right tips and tools before you go to a holiday party, you may find that saying “no” to another bite of cheesecake is easier than you thought.

According to the Mayo Clinic, limit yourself to three bites of any dish that you’re desperate for. This way you get the satisfaction of eating something rich and delicious without all of the calories.

When eating rich foods, it is important to take your time. Savor every bite for better enjoyment and to allow that feeling to travel to your brain. It usually takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full. By eating slowly, you might be less likely to be tempted by the apple pie.

Christopher Hirschler, PhD, assistant professor of Health Studies says, “Enjoy the food you eat, but consider focusing more on the quality of the food rather than the quantity. A full plate is not always better. Consuming more can lead to physical as well as psychological discomfort as well.”

Emily Hunter, a junior says, “I think the trick to eating healthy is eating smaller portions so that you are able to still enjoy the holiday food, without overdoing it. Just because it is the holidays, doesn’t mean we should have to change any of our original day-to-day healthy eating habits.”

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Prepare for Graduation With a Student Internship

Student InternshipWith the fall semester almost over, many seniors are beginning to fill out one of two types of applications: graduate school or employment. The thought of either one can be scary. For those looking to attend graduate school, emotions not felt in years are likely to return. We meet again with the fear and anticipation of rejection. However, for the majority nothing is probably more frightening than the idea of beginning the interview process for post-college jobs. “I think interviewing is probably the hardest part of applying for a job, and once you get that over with, everything becomes easier,” said Kim Rookwood, a senior.

The opportunity to participate in internships is disappearing quickly. But have no fear! The University offers many services that can be the key to getting your resume in the “yes” pile, as well as providing resources for helping you get an internship that will make you stand out.

Many students are unsure of where to even begin when embarking on this important process. The Career Services Center for Student Success, located in the lower level of the Student Center, is a great place to start when looking for resume and interview tips. “Career Services helped me format and organize my first resume. They also gave me tips on interview skills. They even offer coaching services for preparing for interviews,” said Amy Rodriguez, a senior. “It is a scary thought to be leaving the comforts of Monmouth so soon, but the school offers a lot to help you prepare,” Rodriguez added.

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What Not to Wear: Fashion Trends at the University

Not to defines fashion as “a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.” But is it really that simple?

Fashion is more than just a definition. It shapes who we are as people. “Fads are ever changing,” says Elena Cirillo, retail sales associate at Posch Boutique in Rumson. “Fashion is when your style is everlasting and classic.”

The power of fashion is that you can do with it what you want. However, have you ever questioned someone in the past, thinking to yourself, “That is exactly what NOT to wear?” Students in Professor Claude Taylor’s communication theory class recently had a lively discussion about the communication concept of symbolic interactionism and related it to fashion on campus. With Taylor’s guidance and a collaboration of the students’ ideas, the class agreed that “conformity is a difficult concept. Being in style means you dress like other people in some way.” Within these parameters, however, there are personal constructs that everyone has regarding fashion do’s and donts

So what classifies an outfit a fashion no-no? Well for starters, it depends on the place, time, and situation in which the fashion crime has been committed. Let’s face it -we live in a world where we are judged on our appearance on a daily basis. Whether dressing for a professional or social occasion, what we wear makes a first impression within a matter of seconds.

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Making Vitamins and Minerals a Part of Your Daily Routine

A Daily Dose of Vitamin Goodness

Vitamin GoodnessThe change of seasons means saying goodbye to the more mild autumn and saying hello to the artic chill of winter and all that comes with it: freezing temperatures, colds, the flu, stuffy noses and more. suggests incorporating a new routine of vitamins and minerals into your diet each season. Research shows that the body needs a minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to remain healthy and to function properly.

University Professor Mary Harris, Director of the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society, said depending on a person’s nutrition, there is an importance to taking certain vitamins to supplement one’s diet. “Even a person who partakes in good nutrition is almost always deficient in certain vitamins and minerals,” Harris said. “However, good nutrition is number one, and combining that with the appropriate vitamins is the appropriate thing to do. Supplementation in combination with a proper diet is really essential. One without the other is not as beneficial. If a person eats a horrible diet, but takes a multivitamin, they are missing the mark.”

At first glance, a shelf of vitamins may seem overwhelming with variety. How do people know which types to choose? The Cornell University Chronicle states that vitamins are divided into two categories: fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are found in foods containing fats and oils and are stored in body fat. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and mix easily in the blood. Some vitamins are antioxidants—chemicals that prevent damaging changes in cells and may help protect against cancer, heart disease, and aging.

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College Students Take Business into Their Own Hands

Take BusinessThe term “the college experience” is often used, but what exactly does it mean? For senior Erica Murray, the college experience is simply four years of freedom while learning the necessary aspects of a future career.

Some students, like senior and previous Push the Envelope PR intern, Kara Hunt, consider the college experience an opportunity to gain real world exposure in their perspective field.

Some students, however, think outside the box.

If you type the word “college” into the search bar of, an online website in which users can submit their own definition of any word, you receive some clever results. defines college as “an alternative to buying a Ferrari (they cost about the same).”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost for a four-year private institution, such as Monmouth, between the years 2009 and 2010 was $32,475. Keep in mind that number is per year. When all is said and done, four years at a private institution costs well over $100,000.

During that four-year period, if you need to pay off loans after graduation, the smart and most obvious thing to do would be to save money. However, college students and the idea of saving money go together like water and oil. Most part-time jobs don’t pay enough to grocery shop, let alone allow you to have extra spending money to enjoy yourself. A high-paying profession doesn’t happen usually until after graduation, so really, what is a college student to do?

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How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie ApocalypseThis past weekend, Asbury Park hosted the annual New Jersey Zombie Walk at the Convention Hall Boardwalk. Hordes of the undead roamed the town and left me wondering…What if? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emergency preparedness and response website, “ the rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”

According to, the Zombie Walk was started to provide a “full-scale horror fest featuring vendors, special guests, musical acts, performances, special presentations and much more.” But what if these were real zombies? What if these streets were really filled with infected members of our community who hunger for brains? What would you do if groups of them surrounded you with blood soaked mouths and gray rotting flesh?

“I’d shove my thumbs into someone’s eye sockets,” 24-year-old Michelle Worfield answered honestly. Her and five friends sat on the bench of Asbury Park’s boardwalk. She was dressed as a zombie soldier and her friends were zombies from other careers choices (two were doctors, the others were a janitor and a chef).

They all passed around a bottle of fake blood, which they drenched their mouths and clothes with. None of them had a plan for what they would do if they faced a zombie apocalypse. One of the zombie doctors, Corey S. from Pottstown, NJ said, “I’d just hide in my basement until everybody died.”

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Hit the BrickWall

Located minutes away from the University campus, the Brick Wall Tavern in Asbury Park is a culinary diamond in the rough. To those unfamiliar with Asbury, many consider it home to some of the finest culture in our vicinity.

With several art galleries, famous concert venues, and phenomenal restaurants all located within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, Asbury has something to offer for everyone. The Brick Wall Tavern sits on Cookman Avenue, roughly considered the downtown strip of Asbury. Cookman offers eccentric consignment shops, paranormal stores, and lavish eating establishments, and above all a great scene of locals.

The Brick Wall Tavern sits adjacent to the Annex, a unique bar that resembles something out of The Shining but with friendly bartenders and no elevator doors. Unlike the majority of restaurants located on and around Cookman, which appeal to a ritzier, yuppie demographic, The Brick Wall Tavern distinguishes itself by serving American style comfort food with a modern and trendy twist. It’s perfect for the college aged youth looking to escape the dismal shackles of cloudy Long Branch.

Having gone out previously for a night of hard drinking on the town, I had visited the Brick Wall and thought it reminiscent of a restaurant/bar called “Silk City” located in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA. When I asked a personal friend and University student Adam Slover what keeps him going back to the Brick Wall he said, “It’s the people. It’s all about who comes to the Brick Wall, there’s a real sense of community. And an awesome array of beers that are ever changing (literally monthly) so you’ll never get tired of the selection. And the girls are just plain hot.”

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De-Stress a Stressful Semester

Stress is a consistent, tiring reality that everyone deals with in one way or another. Midterms, papers, projects, and tests piling up once the semester is underway can create a lot of tension. According to, an online education service for students, excessive anxiety and stress can take a negative toll on our bodies both physically and mentally, with symptoms including exhaustion, loss of/increased appetite, headaches, crying, sleeplessness, and oversleeping. However, there are many ways to combat the negative associations brought on by stress. The University hosts many activities and provides services that can reduce or even help completely rid excessive amounts of stress. references physical activities such as yoga, meditation, Zumba, or a regular exercise regimen as excellent ways for the body to release chemicals called endorphins. The site notes that endorphins trigger a positive feeling that aids in reducing negative thoughts caused by stress. The University offers yoga and Zumba classes, and free use of the Multipurpose Activity Center, all of which students can take advantage of to help keep a balance in their busy schedules.

University senior and avid Zumba attendee, Jaimee Saracen states, “Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed from a long week of school work, I’ll take the Zumba classes the University offers. The class is a great way for me to feel less stressed, and go into the following week with a clearer mindset.”

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