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Music and Your Mood

Music has power to alter the moods of all those who come to hear it. In the past, some types of music have had the ability to start riots, while other kinds can promote peace. Some tunes can make someone fall in love, while other songs can encourage hate.

Does music have some mind-altering power? I absolutely think so.

Since the spirit of music is so influential, it is vital to deliberate what style of music is appropriate in specific situations.

First step in judging what music is most proper is to consider all types of music. There is a time and place that fits all music whether it’s rock and roll, rap, hip-hop, soul, R&B, electronic, or soft instrumental Jazz!

The second step is to scan the area in which the music is going to be played.

The atmosphere in the room should somehow reflect the music playing. After attending many music festivals, I have seen this phenomenon first hand.

While hopping from shows to see a variety of different bands, I have seen how the music can change an attitude in a heartbeat.

Music can influence people into having a good time or do the very opposite.

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Three...Two...One...Happy New Year!

new year resolutions“I’m going to get back in shape.” “I’m going to quit smoking.” “ I am going to do more for the community.” These phrases seem to be part of every conversation from December 26 up until after New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s resolutions seem to have become a cultural norm during the holidays, but at the same time people have become so desensitized that there is really no true desire behind these self improvements for the New Year.

If we make these empty promises every year that never get seen through, a question comes to mind, why?

Let’s face it, most of us who decide to take on a New Year’s resolution and end up forgetting about it, or give up by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. So why bother if we are not going to fully commit? Advertising has a part in it.

Usually around the holiday season, there are tons of commercials that offer great deals on gym memberships, or support groups to help you quit smoking. Even restaurants and other vendors create drinks, food, and hold retail sales that will “help you start off New Year resolution right.”

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Beyoncé’s Blue Baby

beyonce4 vma 2011We all know how ridiculously famous Beyoncé is: there is no one out there that doesn’t know of her existence. She can even make grocery shopping look fierce.

No one can resist from busting out of their chairs every time her hit “Single Ladies” comes on, doing their best interpretation of Beyoncé.

Don’t sit there and shake your head, you know you’ve done it. For the people who are reading this and going, “I’ve never, ever done that,” you’ve probably done it the most, don’t deny it.

Straying away from Beyoncé wannabes, her career is immense; filled with Destiny’s Child and solo album hits.

If you had to look to any one celebrity, to see who did everything right it would come down to one word: Beyoncé.

A few years after marrying the infamous rapper Jay-Z, they kicked their marriage up a notch (or nine months to be exact) and announced that they were going to have a baby.

Let’s back track to last years VMA’s: Beyoncé comes out on stage singing her song “Love on Top,” the song that would make you reach for the volume and turn it up to its loudest. Through the entire performance she’s dancing and singing, making it seem effortless, while wearing a glittery blazer.

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When’s the Next Election?

election2012It’s interesting to me that all of a sudden, my generation is the generation in charge. It seems like just yesterday I was graduating high school, and now, in just a few short months, I’ll be graduating college, looking to move out of my parents house, join the work force and begin my life as a real person.

Someone once said to me that our generation is the first and only generation that could go away to school for four years, graduate, and then move back in with their parents. It’s the sad hard truth of what our lives as young Americans has become. It seems that finding a steady job right out of college that can supply you with a decent salary and benefits has become less and less likely.

After spending X amount on four years of education, it is nothing less then frustrating to know that using your degree and your good grades as a means to getting a job that interests you isn’t enough anymore. It seems the old saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” is more valid than ever before.

Why is that? Why is it so tough for post grads to find stability in the work force, and begin their adult lives? Some of our parents were married with children when they were our age, while now; most of us are still children ourselves.

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All Good Things Come in Pairs

All Good Things Come in PairsI believe that twins share a bond deeper than any other relationship in this world.

The entire experience of being a twin has promoted wonder, curiosity and what seemed like an obnoxious question - “do you like having a twin?” The truth is, I don’t know what is it like to not have one, as this is the only life I have known. My unique circumstance has helped me live an interesting life.

Some people seem offended by the statement that “twins” are the closest of any set of siblings and often attempt to get defensive. I have heard statements that are endearing, such as “ me and my sibling are only 13 months apart, we are just like twins.” This is not accurate in my opinion. Actually for us, we have other siblings that are  “close to our age” and from a first-hand experience, I can state that the bond is in no way, shape or form “the same!”

How can anything be compared with sharing the womb with someone for nine months? Being born minutes apart and having someone the same exact age as you, sharing every significant moment together for the rest of your life; how can this be compared with siblings who are months apart? Through photographs and memory enhancement from the stories told by my parents, the sharing started as soon as we came home. We were placed in a cradle together, where we are told that we used to steal each other’s pacifiers, cried, slept and ate at the same time. Rituals that “singleton siblings” do not get experience together, that we did - were our baptism, communion, confirmation, birthdays, graduations, getting a drivers license; this person is by your side through it all. That is just special in its own right.

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Only One More Year

Only One More YearThe end of the world seems to be as insignificant as a trending topic on Twitter these days. Any crazy person can get on the news and alert the public that the end is near, and then he or she is made a mockery of when life and time is still in existence.

The 2009 John Cusak flick “2012” may have struck some fear into the hearts and minds of the non-believers. It made $166.1 million in the box office, but Hollywood produced blockbusters are merely for entertainment purposes, and not many people want to take them seriously.

However, according to the Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012. But even still, you can’t be too sure how credible the Mayans are. They couldn’t even predict their own extinction.

Ironically, Nostradamus, the famous French apothecary who lived during the 1500s, also predicted that the world would end in December of the year 2012.

For me, it is chilling that Nostradamus is credited with predicting many of the world’s major events, hundreds of years before they occurred. In his writings, he seems to have predicted the death of Princess Diana, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Stop Procrastinating... Starting Tomorow

Stop Procrastinating Starting TomorowIt is 11:45 pm and you are sitting at your computer furiously typing away. To the outside world, you are a dedicated student staying up late to get your work done and should be commended. However, what they do not know is that you are on page two of your seven page term paper that accounts for 40 percent of your final grade and needs to be dropboxed by midnight. Procrastination. We all do it. But why?

If there is one thing most college students know well, it is the act of procrastination. “I’ll start studying for the exam when I get back from work.” “I’m going to get some lunch, and when I get back I really am going to get started on that pile of homework on my desk.” My personal favorite is, “I’ll work on my paper after my power nap, that way, I am more refreshed.”

Everyone procrastinates sometimes, even college professors. “Your papers will be graded by tomorrow.” “I’ll have the grades posted on e-campus by tonight.” “I don’t have a handout so I’ll send out an email with instructions for the assignment.”

Although procrastination is a normal part of life, it important to realize when it becomes a major problem. According to, “20 percent of people are true procrastinators who consistently avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distraction.” People who often wait until the last minute to do things tell themselves that they perform better under pressure, but waiting to do things only increases the chance for mistakes.

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Look Before You Eat

Think you know what you’re eating? According to the USDA, in 2009, 93 percent of soy, 93 percent of cotton, and 86 percent of corn grown in the U.S. were GMOs, “genetically modified organisms.” GMOs are organisms that have been created through techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE).

This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Surprised? Incredible isn’t it?

“Pesticide companies develop genetically engineered food crops by combining deoxyribonucleic acid  (DNA) from plants, animals, bacteria and viruses, to contain or resist pesticide, which results in more pesticides sold and sprayed,” says Michael Hansen, Chief Scientist of Consumers Union. “Genetically engineered foods contain untested novel foreign compounds that can be detrimental to our health.”

American consumers deserve    d, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale.

Robert Brackett, the Director for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration stated in a testimony before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry that FDA is confident that the bioengineered foods in the United States market today are as safe as their conventional counterparts. The FDA has found no evidence to indicate that DNA inserted into plants using bioengineering presents food safety problems.

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Happy Christmahanakwanzika!

ChristmahanakwanzikaLet’s face it, the holiday season is upon us. There is no more putting it off. Everywhere we turn from Wilson Hall to the dorm’s decorations, the holidays are thrusted into our faces. Perhaps the most obvious sign of the holidays is the television specials we all know and love.

There are the “25 days of Christmas” on ABC Family, “A Christmas Story” on every channel at least once, and the “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.” Now hang on a minute, what do all these television specials have in common? They are all solely about the Christmas holiday. Not once do you find a Hanukkah television show (besides the one-time “Rugrats” Hanukkah special that aired 15 years ago) or a Kwanza special aired on national television.  In our lifetimes, national television has only aired one children’s holiday special that had nothing to do with the most commonly celebrated holiday during this season, Christmas.

Why does the world neglect the fact that Christmas is not the only holiday occurring this time of year? Does the United States not pride itself in its cultural diversity? The lack of media and representation of the other holidays featured during the Christmas season has posed a problem for years. However, the United States government is trying to take small steps towards diversifying the holiday season.

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Sorry, You Can’t Eat Today... or the Rest of the Semester

For those who do not know this now, please be aware: if you do not have the unlimited meal plan, you will eventually run out of meals at the Dining Hall.  When will this happen?

For some, it may take until the last day of the semester to be told that you are out of “swipes.” But for the unlucky others, you may find yourself waiting in a long line during the dinner rush hour, presenting your student ID, and finding out that you have no longer have any more meals.

If you are one of those students, you’re left with the declining dollars that you may have been saving for your daily dose of Java City coffee every morning. Here’s the sad news: you have to spend that money buying yourself food to last you through the rest of the fall.

Most encounters at the Dining Hall that end with the shock of learning you have no meals usually play out like this scenario. 

My friends and I were going to lunch at the Dining Hall on a Friday afternoon last spring. I scanned in, along with my other two friends who followed behind me. We began to walk in when we heard the lady at the desk tell our other friend that her ID was not scanning. She tried again and failed. She was then told to visit the office in the lounge of the Dining Hall. If you are ever told to go into that office, expect bad news.

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Holiday Madness

Holiday MadnessJust as we take the last bite of our king size Snicker bars, and put the pumpkin carving knives away, we begin to hear the subtle sounds of jingle bells. As the door closes and the last trick-or-treater is on their way, we as controlled and obsessed consumers are pressured into wearing red and decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween.

Um hello, the pilgrims are totally offended. After all, we completely disregard the fact that Thanksgiving does come before Christmas.

Turkey and stuffing are the staple of the American heritage, yet we only honor the over eating and over indulging day for a short time. The leftovers are not even in tupperware as we quickly run to line up at malls and outlets for Black Friday sales.

As we run to the stores at 5:00 am with mashed potatoes barely digested and dessert slowly coming up our throats, we are hypnotized by the idea of completing all holiday shopping in one single hyped day.

And as we rest our feet later that day, we then rush to storage or the attic to gather the lights, Christmas tree, garland and wreaths.

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