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The Benefits of Organic Meat

Because of the rapidly increasing “green” movement and growing concern for the environment, organic food is at the forefront of many consumers’ minds--and that includes meat. Raised without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics or other harmful substances, organic meat involves sustainable farming practices that help keep the environment clean and pristine. Compared to conventional meat, choosing organic can benefit your body as well as the planet.

To reach organic standards, meat must be free from antibiotics, growth hormones, bioengineering and ionizing radiation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Organic meat farmers adhere to guidelines that promote ecological balance, including the use of renewable resources, the conservation of water and the avoidance of farming methods that pollute the air, water and soil. Many organic farmers raise their animals in pastures rather than closed feedlots, resulting in “pastured,” “free-range” or “cage-free” animal products.

When meat satisfies the requirements for organic processing in America, it receives a “USDA Certified Organic” label to distinguish it from conventional meat, the United States Department of Agriculture notes. Although organic meat is not available at all grocery stores, you may be more likely to find it at natural health shops, farmers markets, food co-ops or straight from local farms.

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Reuse, Redesign and Rewear Your Clothes

Recycle ClothesRemember that awful shirt you got for your birthday a couple years ago? Or that shirt that went out of style the second you bought it? Or that shirt that shrunk or you grew out of? If you haven’t already disposed of the piece of clothing that does not appeal to you anymore, hold onto it and simply revamp it.

Revamping an old article of clothing may be the extra push or last technique you need to hold onto it. The technique of “recycling clothes” is also trending in the fashion world amongst many fashion designers.

For example, according to, fashion designer Gary Harvey can take a pair of jeans, a trench coat, an army jacket, wedding dresses or even newspapers and turn them into stylish vintage ball-gowns.

Luckily there are many tips and techniques out there for a person to utilize when trying to redesign an old article of clothing. For starters, the supplies you will need to complete these transformations are: crafting scissors, basic sewing kit, and accessories (buttons, sequins, beads, etc.). Scissors will either become your best friend or worst enemy when dealing with cutting old clothes. When starting off, I would recommend re-designing the oldest articles of clothing for practice purposes.

A basic sewing kit will include a variety of needles and string for stitching/sewing small projects. This can be purchased at stores such as Target, CVS and Walgreens. Accessories can be purchased if you’re feeling ambitious and creative.

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Spring Break 101

Wild and crazy college spring breaks have been infamous in history. Glorified by MTV’s “Spring Break” for a long time now, this week has become the biggest party of the year for many college students., an Internet based travel company specializing in spring break vacations tailored to college students, says some of this year’s top destinations are Cancun, Panama City Beach, Bahamas and Punta Cana. Each of these places provides both fun and sun, and many students here at the University are packing their bags to head to these cities.

Junior Shelby Goldman will be spending her spring break week in the Bahamas with her boyfriend. “I am so excited to be getting away to somewhere warm!” she says. Many other students will be visiting Panama City and Punta Cana as well.

However, not all students traveling for spring break are taking trips just for leisure. A new and different option that is becoming a popular spring break choice amongst students is volunteer trips.

These “alternative spring breaks” allow students to travel and see different parts of the world while at the same time making a difference in a community somewhere.

One volunteer trip offered by the University is to Guatemala. According to the University’s site, students “participate in volunteer activities in Guatemala such as building and education, along with other activities.”

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Feel Like Redecorating? Try Some of These Dorm Ideas

Dorm IdeasDecorating a room is a great way to express yourself. Many interior-decorating techniques can be used to create an image you want to convey towards the company you have over.

One of the best places to try decorating extravaganzas is in a dorm room. Why you may ask? Well for starters, it’s not permanent. By the end of this semester, many of you will be moving out of your dorm rooms. That poster, bedspread, or color-motif you originally set up in your room is not permanent. If in a couple of months, weeks or days you don’t like your original design of the room, it’s very easy to change it or spruce it up with a couple of steps.

The dorm is also a great place to express yourself because it’s a time of independence. You’re moved out of your house and this is your time to learn about yourself, especially through the form of expression. Use the dorm as a venue of expression, and decorate. There are many techniques and tricks to design a dorm room.

Set-up is the foundation of any room, especially when a room is limited in space. It can be difficult for many people to decorate a limited space without overdoing it, and essentially over-cramping it, making the room seem more cluttered and busy. In a dorm room, occupancy ranges from one to three individuals, which can lead up to three beds, three dressers and three desks. Creating space in a dorm room can be difficult, but with some techniques, more space can be created, making it easier to decorate.

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Will the Real Winter Please Show Up?

Real WinterThe weather that Mother Nature has been gracing us with seems to be the only thing more unpredictable than scoring a prime parking spot in the zoo, better known as the commuter lot.

Scarves, hats, gloves, and heavy puffer coats are considered typical winter fashion; however, the recent indecisive weather pattern has made wearing a t-shirt to class in February the norm on campus.

The Washington Post reported that many parts of the central and eastern United States have been experiencing temperatures 20 to 30 degrees warmer than average. The unusually warm weather has transformed winter fashion, causing students and faculty to adapt to the random changes to the best of their ability.

“I’ve noticed my students coming to class dressed in layers,” said communication professor Shannon Hokanson. Hokanson, who takes an interest in fashion, sees the relatively warmer weather as a positive opportunity.

“Ponchos are also very popular among my students,” explained Hokanson. Entering the world of high fashion this fall season, ponchos have made a smooth transition into the winter season considering the current weather pattern.

Ponchos are available in knits, sweaters, or coats. These three styles can be seen often on campus, particularly due to the often changing weather. The ability to incorporate layering without sacrificing personal style makes this fashion style ideal.

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Becoming a Better “You” with Pilates

Becoming a Better YouThrough emphasizing proper breathing technique, correct pelvic and spinal alignment, along with concentration on fluid and smooth flowing movement, anybody can become become deeply in tune with their body. You can even learn how to manipulate and control its movement.

In the practice of Pilates, it is the quality of movement which is valued over the quantity of repetitions. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, it is important to remember that proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Lastly, learning to breathe properly can also reduce stress.

According to, Pilates exercises help develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deepest abdominal muscles along with the muscles that are closest to the spine. Control of the core is accomplished by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Pilates strives to elongate and strengthen, thus improving muscle elasticity along with joint mobility. A body which is balanced with strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the feet and ankles, according to No muscle group is over worked or under worked. Your entire musculature is evenly conditioned and balanced, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with improved ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That is why so many sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as an integral part of their training regimen.

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The Perfect Weapons of Mass Seduction for Valentine’s Day

Valentines DayThink back to around January 5th. It’s only five days into the New Year and you head to your local supermarket to pick up a few essentials. However, when you begin roaming the isles you notice there is a reoccurring color theme taking over the store – pink and red. “What happened to New Years?” is probably what you’re thinking. Well, for your convenience, all of the New Year’s paraphernalia is already located in the clearance aisle and the holiday has only just come and gone.

That’s right. The stores are in full Valentine’s Day mode. There are chocolate boxes scattered here and there, chocolate roses in full bloom, and a teddy bear holding a big sign that says “I Love You.” At this point, you might be thinking “No, Valentine’s Day. I hate you.” But whether you’re single or in a relationship, the occasion can actually be enjoyable without falling into the easy “chocolate box gift trap.”

Many foodies agree that nothing says “I love you” more than preparing a home cooked meal or at least enjoying a meal together. “Cooking together and making a meal from scratch is beautiful,” said Elena Cirillo, University alumni. “And maybe even messing up terribly and having to order pizza afterwards is okay too.”

If you have even the slightest culinary skill, are able to follow directions, and can add a little pizzazz to your presentation, you already have the recipe for success. offers six different Valentine’s Day dinners for two, with options ranging from pasta to lamb to salmon. The recipes are supposed to be complimentary of each other, but who says you can’t mix and match according to your own taste preference? More information on these menus can be found at

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Campus Relationships: A Guide to College Dating

As New Year’s resolutions and celebrations begin to fizzle out, many students here at the University may start to notice a theme circling about in numerous stores in the area. This would be the next big event on many calendars: Valentine’s Day.

Cherished by some, dreaded by many, this “Hallmark Holiday” is encroaching upon us and whether you love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it.

Shipments of flowers, cards and candy have begun to flood the Hawks Nest and University Store. Romantics all around will soon begin to search for the perfect ways to show that they care.

However, in college this can be a particularly hard task to complete. Many questions can arise when considering this topic, such as what exactly is ‘dating’?

 Is it different than a relationship? How do you know if feelings are mutual or if you are just a friend? What makes a pair exclusive?

After asking several students here at the University, I was able to get some opinions on these questions that may help lighten the load of this task.

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Quick and Easy Recipes for College Students

Easy RecipesSpring semester is here, and for many of us it means saying good-bye to home-cooked meals and the luxury of having your meals already prepared. As many of us indulged in delicious holiday meals over the winter break, many of us are dreading our meal options over the upcoming semester.

Especially with schoolwork, clubs and activities and work, it can be difficult finding time to cook a meal that requires little effort. On the plus side, stirring up a meal will also save you some cash from dining out and tends to be healthier.

Food critic Michael Hill states in one of his reviews, “Restaurant food has up to 200 percent more calories than advertised.”

Luckily, there are many quick, easy recipes you can utilize over this semester.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be broken up into different sections to give you an array of meal options that can be made quickly. Two meals will be given for each different mealtime.

However, if you don’t find any of these recipes useful, there are great cookbooks available online on sites such as and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble. These cookbooks are easy to understand and geared at college students.

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A New Ballet Inspired Workout

Ballet Inspired WorkoutA ballet-inspired “barre” workout has been sweeping the nation.

Its popularity is driven by women wanting to achieve a dancer’s physique and strength, with or without tutus and ballet slippers.

At Align Pilates in Minneapolis, noses drip with sweat, muscles quiver with exhaustion, and Beyoncé blares from the speakers as class instructor Adrienne Fitzmaurice affirms what everyone is thinking:

“Yes, this is hard!” she hollers, encouraging the women to pulse, which means to make tiny movements and hold each pose for just three, five or 10 more seconds. “Especially if this is your first class ... you probably think this is crazy!”

Crazy hard anyway. That’s the verdict reached in the dressing room following the 60-minute class where a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet movements, along with bursts of cardio and the use of a ballet barre for support and resistance provides a high-energy, full-body workout.

“Everyone’s been talking about getting their butts kicked in barre class,” said Sarah Pepin, 35, Minneapolis. “I’ve never worked every muscle that way before. I could hardly walk the next day.”

Barre is a buzz in the U.S., but the idea originated in London 50-years-ago with famous German dancer Lotte Berk.

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Empowering Women is to Empower a Whole Society

The Arab popular movements that erupted a year ago are producing significant political changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, with Syria possibly being added to that list. The futures of these countries however, remains uncertain; the challenges they face, both internal and external, are enormous.

From the beginning, women have been at the forefront of the march for freedom in the Arab world. Historically, they have been underappreciated, and continue to face major obstacles as a result of cultural heritage, despotic authority, patriarchy, and tribalism. The consequences of these barriers are conveyed through literacy rates, individual rights, and political participation.

Literacy rates are much improved for young females in Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. However, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization female adult illiteracy rates are in the double digits in all Arab countries except Kuwait, Qatar, and Palestine.

While divorce rights are equal in Libya and Tunisia, they favor men in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, women normally cannot initiate divorce procedures, and as for inheritance rights, women receive half their brother’s share in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Their share is even less in Yemen.

In some countries, women do not have equal citizenship and/or legal entitlements. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that women’s political participation remains undervalued, with the regional percentage of Arab women in the lower houses amounting to 10.9 percent, and in the upper houses, if applicable, to 7.5 percent. The regional average in the Americas is 22.2 percent, with Europe at 21.8 percent, and China at 21.3 percent.

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