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Falling for Fall

Falling For FallWhat’s not to love about fall? The vibrant red and orange leaves, the fresh apples waiting to be picked, the smell of pumpkin floating around in the crisp, cool air. This colorful transition from summer to winter gives us plenty of opportunities to get together with our friends and family, whether we are creating spooky Jack-O-Lanterns for our Halloween porches or dorm rooms, or eating warm turkey from our Thanksgiving tables.

One of the most exciting parts about fall is that first morning when you look out your window and see a whole new world. As we take a look at the breathtaking autumn trees that resemble a scene from a magnificent painting, we notice that the leaves no longer contain their rich, green color. Junior biology student, Justin Badamo, explains why leaves change color in the fall. “It’s a chemical process,” he says. “Chlorophyll, the pigment that gives leaves their green color, breaks down in the fall and allows the leaves to appear yellow, orange, or red.”

It’s time to let go of that summer heat and to break out all of the comfy items from your fall wardrobe, especially those big, warm sweaters and cozy scarves. Lecturer of Psychology, Dr. Michele Van Volkom, loves the autumn weather. She enjoys this time of year when “the air gets cold and crisp and that humidity goes away.” Autumn is a lovely change from the hot, humid weather we were used to in the summer.

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Fall Fashion Trends for 2017

Fall Fashion Trends 2017Fall means crisp cool air, pumpkin picking, and of course pumpkin spice lattes. With temperatures decreasing, many of us can’t wait to break out our fall apparel that mirror the many colors of the season. So if you want to look your best with a PSL in hand, keep reading to discover this season’s hottest trends.

The color scheme of fall usually consists of reds, burnt oranges, and browns. However, Glamour Magazine, New York Fashion Week, and Michael Kors have strayed away from the typical to offer fresh looks for this season’s fashion. Glamour decided to take on fall by putting a dark twist on spring florals and calling them “moody florals.” So pink, lavender, and light yellow florals have made the transition to black, white, and burgundy.

While Glamour is keeping it simple with this year’s fall fashion trends, New York Fashion Week’s (NYFW) designers diversified fall fashion with unique designs. Similar to Glamour, burgundy was a very popular color for NYFW because of its rich, regal look. Shirts and dresses with fringes are also making a comeback as a simple way to add a sense of playfulness to any outfit.

NYFW has also incorporated a lot of gold into this season’s attire. It is a nice alternative to yellow, and it is a color that transitions nicely from the start of the fall months all the way to Christmas and the New Year. Regardless of color or fringes, one last fashion trend from NYFW is coziness because comfort never goes out of style. There is nothing better than a soft, warm flannel or an oversized sweater for a busy day of classes.

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Find Your Shade: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Line

Rihanna Fenty Beauty Line 1After about two years of development, teasing, and sneak peaks for Rihanna’s newest project Fenty Beauty, the wait has finally come to an end. On September 8, the celebrity’s beauty line finally became available at Sephora and fans absolutely lost it. This is quite different from work she has done for MAC in the past. Some may question why a successful singer like Rhianna would want to break into the world of beauty. John Inzero, a professor of communication, believes, “Many celebrities want to create a brand based on their lifestyles, giving fans a connection to their idols to be more like them.”

Inzero used the example of Michael Jordan and the iconic “Be Like Mike” commercial for Gatorade to illustrate his claim. When we see celebrities endorse certain brands as well as brands of their own, we all get a little satisfaction knowing our favorite celebrities use the same brands we do.

Rihanna’s weapon of choice for self-expression is makeup, and her Fenty Beauty line is a direct reflection of the artist’s creativity and individuality. The collection consists of a total of eighty products including a KillaWatt/Match Stix shimmer Skinstick highlighter, primer, Match Stix conceal and contour, Invisimatte blotting powder, tools, a universal Gloss Bomb, and lastly the most talked about, forty different shades of foundation, Pro Filt’r.

The entire collection prides itself on being 100 percent cruelty- free. This selling point urges me to let Rihanna take all of my money, and I’m sure many fans would agree. The Pro Filt’r foundations, especially the darker shades sold out within the blink of an eye, being the biggest hit along with the KillaWatt highlighter. The line literally “throws shade” with its multiple foundation shades.

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Organize Your Life

Organize Your LifeIt is not stress that kills us, but our reaction to it. When juggling a busy schedule, it is best to tackle things one at a time rather than obsessing over everything you have on your plate.

As college students we are constantly concerned with the amount of credits we have to take, assignment deadlines, readings, and quizzes. We allow our course syllabi to shape our lives for the next semester. We sometimes stress about the stress that we know is coming along with the new semester.

One great way to juggle a busy schedule is to get organized. It is a simple yet beneficial way to take control of everything on your plate. Planners are the perfect solution for that. Jot down what needs to be done and when, and tackle one thing at a time. In doing so, it is also helpful to prioritize your tasks so that important things are taken care of first. There is nothing quite better than the feeling of checking tasks off of your to do list.

A Senior Communication student, Kayla Cardona stays organized to balance her last semester and working full-time. “It’s extremely important for me to have everything mentally sorted to meet all my deadlines. I am pretty stressed with my busy schedule, so going to the gym is a great way to block out the world eliminate some of that stress,” said Cardona.

Another way to handle a busy schedule is to allocate specific times for certain tasks, for example homework, working out, and seeing friends.

Kayla Greiss, a freshman social work student said, “I’m still getting used to my schedule with classes and work three times a week but I organize my week in a planner and set aside certain times a day for my homework, seeing friends, and relaxing with Netflix on.”

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Find Your Niche: The Benefits of Getting Involved at MU

Benefits Of Getting Involved At MUCollege can be the best four years of your entire life…or the worst; it all depends on you. Almost anyone who graduated college would tell you that the absolute key to making the best of your four years is getting involved on campus. Another part of that key is also studying a subject that you love.

Getting involved does so many things for you. It introduces you to people who have the same or similar interests to you, it provides you with fun extracurricular work and events, and it really gives you another purpose on campus than just being a student.

Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities, said, “Getting involved helps students feel connected to and a part of Monmouth University.  It is an opportunity to meet people, support each other, learn from your experiences here, and build a resume through outside of the classroom opportunities.”

Monmouth’s campus has hundreds of organizations, clubs, and service opportunities that anyone can get involved in and if you don’t see something you like or you want to add to the selections, you can do that too.

These clubs, organizations, etc. all surround one main idea or purpose that is applicable to the hobbies/interests of many students. This is why when you join one thing, it opens you up to your own little world filled with people that share a common interest. This makes it easier to make friends to begin with, if you are a freshman, or to add to your already existing friend group.

Senior biology student, Shannon Marren, is involved in an incredible amount of things on campus. She is captain of the Monmouth Dance Team, a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, a member and mentor of the Honors School, a member of numerous honor societies, and was most recently an Orientation Leader this past summer.

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The Importance of Punctuality

Importance of PunctualityPunctuality is what separates those who are in the minor leagues and those who are in the major leagues. To be punctual is to be properly on time and prompt. Being late is not only rude to those waiting for you, but makes it appear that you have poor self-control. Distractions, disorganization, laziness, and lack of focus all correlate to those who consistently end up being late. Luckily, there is hope for all of you out there, as long as you pay close attention to these tips.

Know the reason you want to be punctual; make your goal crystal clear. To become punctual, you must make it habitual to your daily routine and then stick with your new lifestyle.

Being on time will lessen your stress of running late and reduce the bad energy between yourself and your co-workers by arriving promptly.

To become punctual, you must know how long the tasks you do on a regular basis take. If you have work at say 8 a.m., you must plan an appropriate time to sleep,  to wake up, have your clothes that you would like to wear the next day planned, breakfast ready, and a driving route that will guarantee you will be 10 to 15 minutes early as a precautionary action. How long does it take you to brush your teeth?

 How long does it take you to do your hair? These small tasks add up and you must plan accordingly.

Adjunct biology professor, Kelly Zimmerman, shared her view stating, “There is no big secret to being punctual though I think a big part of it is respecting the people you are supposed to meet with. Their time is as valuable as yours and it’s rude to keep people waiting.”

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How to Have Your Best Summer Yet

Have Your Best Summer YetAfter a long, stressful semester, summer is the perfect way to wind down, spend time with friends and family, and catch some rays. For some students, summer means working, interning, or taking summer classes. Regardless of what your summer plans and obligations entail, here are some ways to make this the best summer yet.

According to Elite Daily, planning a trip is first on their list of ideas on how not to make this summer a bummer. Whether you are going to another country or staying close to home, getting away for a while is the perfect way to brighten your mood and alleviate whatever stress you may have.

Acquiring a new hobby is a great way to alleviate stress and acquire a new skill. Summer is the perfect time to learn how to cook, sew, and improve your writing or even scrapbook. This time off is a great excuse to get healthy and start working out or doing yoga. For those of you, who live locally, check out EvenFlow Yoga in Red Bank or Coba Yoga in Little Silver.

For those of you that find joy in helping others, get out and volunteer somewhere. Nonprofit organizations like Lunch Break in Red Bank or Boys & Girls Club of America, also in Red Bank, will gladly accept those willing to volunteer.

Professor of communication, Claude Taylor, gives his recommendations for making this summer the best one yet: “I think the first thing to do is deliberately schedule your plans to rest and relax. This means making a weekly or monthly schedule for when you plan to do things that help you rest. If you are a beach person, get a badge and pencil in your days at the beach. Second, I would recommend trying a new hobby or leisure activity that you’ve always wanted to try to just learned about. To me, it’s fun to learn new things.”

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Millennials are the Future

Our elders consider millennials to be “whiny babies” and believe that those in their early twenties lack drive and ambition. The truth is, we are not perfect, but neither generation X, or baby boomers, or any other generation.

Professor Julian Garcia, an adjunct communication instructor, said, “Laziness is a trait that could be in any person no matter what age they are or year they were born.” So, why is it okay to single out young people today as especially lazy or needy?

People generally believe that since millennials grew up with texting, internet, and the ability to form instantaneous connections, that they are all impatient. Some studies show that millennials want immediate feedback and desire to have all of their ideas heard. Why are these things seen as negative traits by older generations?

Garcia continues, “Young people have different technology that they use and they were brought up differently and that might affect the way they work. They [millennials] may rely more on technology than older people, but they’re not lazy, it’s just a different approach to work.”

Liam Frank, a senior music industry student, said, “Many young professionals from this generation are starting to get opportunities to prove their work ethic since lots of companies want fresh young minds.”

The business world and the way the world works in general is changing and evolving a lot. Having young people starting to take initiative and bring their own ideas forward seems obvious to keep up with the changing times.

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The Benefits of Holistic Living

Benefits of Holistic LivingThere are many questions surrounding the ideas of living a holistic lifestyle. Most of the curiosity stems from those who do not practice or even know about such ideals and mindsets.

Holistic living is rooted directly to spiritual practices and beliefs about the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and soul. The practice of holism, or living a holistic lifestyle, has many benefits for not just the person participating, but for everyone and everything else the lifestyle affects.

The main belief is that everything in this world is connected. Your actions have a direct effect on those around you, the environment, the global industries, and your well-being. The world is to be viewed, as one working system as a whole, not as individual parts that do not have to do with each other.

Now before you go ahead and judge these like-minded people, junior communication student, Ayse Yasas urges you to “Do. Your. Research."

"Many people in my life have poked fun at me after going vegan but I know that a lot of them would change their mind if they knew what I knew. Ignorance really isn’t bliss because once you realize just how much what you do affects the world, your life and habits will change,” said Yasas.

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NERD CULTURE

Upon being asked to “define nerdiness” most people have the same reaction. A mild head turn, an inquisitive look, and then a sharp unquantifiable response because to most, nerdiness is something unique to the nerd in question. Nerdiness is beautifully defined in this quote siad by John Green to his brother Hank in a YouTube video:

“…Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousnesses.”

Definitions of nerdiness vary though, and upon asking, associate professor of political science, Kevin Dooley, said, “I think nerdiness is having an interest in things that aren’t commonly found as interesting to other people.”

On being asked the same question, professor of political science, Ryan Tetro, responded, “Nerdiness is when you have a vested interest in something that goes beyond what people think is normal or acceptable.” So with a working definition in tow, that brings us to a cross roads – is being a nerd an acceptable part of culture today?

The answer? YES. Being a nerd is imperative to making the world go around. When you embrace nerd culture, you embrace the idea that people expresses the unbridled joy that comes from someone loving something so much they cannot control it.

The culture of being a nerd is a culture of knowledge. A culture of perfectly acceptable, almost obsessive knowledge, focused on the happiness that comes with understanding something.  Being nerdy is not something derogatory, like some people may believe. It is a compliment to all who receive the word in there description, so on being asked whether or not they are nerdy, I received a barrage of answers.

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"Spring" into Spring with New Shoes

Spring into Spring with ShoesAs the warm weather of spring is approaching, the time to throw out those old sneakers is now.  To most people, sneakers are seen as a necessity for every day living. But to others, such as myself, they represent so much more than just a part of an outfit.  Shoes can show your interests, the type of lifestyle you live, and reflect who you are as a person.

There are multiple options for springtime sneakers.  Whether you want something colorful, comfortable, or vibrant, there is a shoe option out there for you.

Nicholas Messina, a communication professor, expressed his interest in fashion and shoes.  “I’ve really grown to like European fashion.  Most of the outfits I see tend to be well put together.” 

Messina also spoke about some of his favorite shoes for the spring.  “Aldos and Vans are usually my go to shoes.  But every guy should at least have one black dress shoe and one brown,” he said.

Messina believes that a person should purchase durable shoes that offer comfort and style.  This does not mean that you should buy the most expensive, but keeping in mind your budget will allow finding stylish and affordable footwear. 

Brendan Tedaldi, a sophomore student provided some additional insight on footwear with his experience as a former Footlocker sales associate. “Sneakers in my opinion are probably the most important part of the outfit.  It shows the type of person you are, and it can also be a stand-out piece to your outfit,” he said.

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