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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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Look Good, Feel Good: A Local Shopping Guide

Shopping GuideWith fashion trends constantly changing it can be hard to keep up as a busy college student. Whether you are in need of something to wear out to local bars such as the Draft House or Jack’s on Brighton Avenue, an upscale outfit for a night out at the Avenue in Pier Village, or a basic ensemble to throw on for class, there are several boutiques and shopping centers in the surrounding area that accommodate for all.

Located about 20 minutes from the University, The Grove at Shrewsbury is similar in design to Pier Village but offers a variety of chain retail stores such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Free People, and much more - even a Starbucks for your daily coffee fix. According to the Grove’s website, many of these stores even offer discounts up to 15 percent off to students and teachers with the proper ID.

The Grove also hosts seasonal events boasting live entertainment and dinner specials. Their website provides an up-to-date calendar of such events, including live music every Friday night at D’Jeet restaurant. Coming up is the “Fall Festival,” which will be held Saturday, October 22, and will feature a Halloween parade, DJ, and more. The Fall Festival will also sponsor a clothing and shoe drive to support the American Red Cross, according to the website.

“I love going to The Grove with friends,” said Amy Rodriguez, senior. “The outdoor atmosphere and affordable prices make it a great place to spend the day. Also, the student discounts some stores offer are a great plus.”

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Organic Eating Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy LifestyleMany people contemplate over whether or not to buy organic products. It is commonly known and publicized that eating organic fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. But where do we begin?

The United States Department of Agriculture’s definition of organic food indicates that it is generally free of synthetic substances, contains no antibiotics and hormones, has not been fertilized with sewage sludge, was raised without the use of most conventional pesticides, and contains no genetically modified ingredients.

Though eating organic can be a bit pricey, it does not mean you have to uproot your eating habits entirely or empty your savings account. Simply incorporating organic fruits and vegetables into your diet will jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

According to, organic options are healthier options for both people and the planet. The clinic indicates that certain types of pesticides used on conventional produce can cause skin irritations, hormone and reproductive problems, and can even be carcinogenic. These issues can cause direct harm to our metabolic process.

Most people do not think about the effects that pesticides have on our bodies over time, however, the dangers are present. There are many documentaries such as Food Inc., websites like, and research studies done by Cornell University’s Center College of Agricultural and Life Studies that advocate organic food. The common theme in these resources is that organic food is not tainted with chemicals, and therefore, it is a healthier option.

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Dating on a College Budget

Fall is that sort of picture perfect time of year. The weather could not be crisper, the sun could not feel warmer, and the leaves could not be more colorful. It’s the time for sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, and having fun with your friends and family. Spending time outside is ideal, because in only a few short months it will be too cold to get out of bed in the morning. But once all the pumpkins are picked, and the apples have made enough pie and cider to last you all winter, what’s next? If you are in the mood to take on a fun project, think about having a few close friends over for a fabulous fall gathering.

Having a small get together can be stressful for any host, and if you want to make it memorable for you and your guests, throwing some store bought frozen h’ordeuvres in the oven, and combining them with soda and iced tea, isn’t really going to cut it. Skip the traditional three-course meal- it’s time consuming and expensive. Instead try a spread of finger foods that reflect those well-prepared three courses. Throw in some seasonal drinks, and decorate simply, yet festively. You will have yourself a get together you can be proud of, and one that your guests will rave about.

A successful party, no matter what time of year it is, can be greatly influenced simply by the décor. Since we are in college, spending the money we don’t have on decorations doesn’t seem practical. However, there are a few easy ways to transform any space into an autumn abyss without blowing your budget. To start, candles alone can make a great difference. Stop and Shop Food Store in the West End of Long Branch carries natural soy blend candles priced at two for five dollars. They come in a wide range of scents for fall, and with just two of the same scent, you can really warm up a room.

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Alternative Methods for Conquering Addiction

Conquering Addiction Alternatively

Needles. The pierce of the skin pinches and penetrates the body, often leaving a lingering, sometimes painful, and sometimes euphoric post-effect. While illicit drug users utilize needles as a means to inject harmful substances to their bodies, needles can also be strategically used to holistically cure the body of blocked energies that contribute to addiction.

It’s easy for college students to form addictive habits. Whether it is coffee, cigarettes, food, or alcohol, chances are you can think of one addictive trait that you have. These habits are unhealthy, but fortunately, there are a variety of ways to deal with all ranges of addiction.

Traditional addiction rehabilitation methods include practices such as the 12-step group program, and a raw detoxification regimen. However, according to the Freedom Center of the- US, around 22 million people who have attempted to go into rehab have been unsuccessful or discouraged by those who tell them how few people succeed after completing treatment.

 Acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of holistic medicine, has advanced into a successful, non-traditional addiction rehabilitation method used today.

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Falling into Autumn Fun

Autumn Fun

As of September 23, fall is officially here. Now is the perfect opportunity to get together with your family and friends to enjoy the season at its finest. Even with the fading of the summer sun, there are many outdoor activities bursting with excitement. Apple and pumpkin picking, haunted hayrides, haunted houses, and Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest are just a preview of the many local activities to participate in. Who says you have to be a little kid to still have fun during the season of trick or treating and pumpkin picking?

If you are looking for some fearful fun, provides great suggestions for some of the more terrifying venues in the area. The top three visitors picks are the Field of Terror in East Windsor, NJ, C. Casola Farms Haunted Hayride of Terror in Camden, NJ, and the Pennhurst Asylum located in Spring City, PA.

Field of Terror is a six-acre haunted cornfield with scary surprises lurking in every twist and turn. Visitors have been so scared upon visiting the cornfield, it has received a 10 out of 10 scare factor according to “This is definitely not made for children,” said Edith Altomare, a senior at Georgian Court University. “The field gave me nightmares, and I’m 21 years old. It’s a fun activity to do on the weekend with friends, no matter how old you are.”

C. Casola Farms Haunted Hayride of Terror offers three haunted attractions including a hayride, barn, and trail –each of which are considered to be some of the scariest in New Jersey, according to The Pennhurst Asylum is a “haunted” asylum and museum, featuring a ghost hunt and spooky tunnel of terror.

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