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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Staying Healthy at MU

Staying Healthy at MUMany people are guilty of saying, “I don’t have time to go to the gym,” or, “I don’t want to go to the gym alone!” However, getting fit is easier than you think, and it only requires a few lifestyle changes.

First off, it’s important to set a schedule to find time for exercise. Find the perfect time to head over to the gym, whether it is in the morning, right after your classes end for the day, or in between classes. Keep track of your exercise in a journal, which will help keep you motivated as well. If you’re uncomfortable going to the gym alone, find a gym buddy whether you ask a friend or just an acquaintance from class. Exercising is actually a great way to bond and make a friend or two!

There are plenty of ways to get fit right here on campus. This fall, take a stroll and appreciate the beauty that engulfs our lovely university. Monmouth’s fitness center, located in the OceanFirst Bank Center, is free to all staff and students and can be utilized for strength, cardio, and flexibility exercises, to name a few. You can even sign up for group fitness classes, such as yoga and kickboxing, on the “Monmouth Recreation” app.

You can always take up an activity off campus to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Freshman animation student Michael Gatta has taken up a great activity to stay fit. He said, “I exercise by fencing with my friends. It’s really beneficial because it’s fun and a great way to stay healthy.” It’s important to have fun while exercising, so grab a few friends and find an activity you all enjoy!

If you find a sport you excel at, you can always join an intramural team on campus! Monmouth University offers a vast selection of intramural sports such as volleyball, tennis, basketball, and softball. You can participate in these intramurals competitively or recreationally. If you’re interested in an intramural sport, keep an eye out for the registration dates!

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There’s More To Life Than Just Existing

More to Life than Existing 1Every moment, we are living and dying with each and every breath. A simple fact of life is that you’re living. However, as we go through the motions of our everyday lives, we often forget this simple fact. Rather than living we begin to simply exist.

We go to jobs that leave us uninspired, count down the days until our next break during the semester, and often forget to tell those around us how much we value them. Our deadlines and daily obligations make us feel as though we don’t have time for others and even ourselves.

That exam we have to study for hinders us from taking a trip to the beach. Our nine to five workday prevents us from taking that much-needed vacation. We often feel trapped in our own lives by our constant obligations.

But here’s a fact that we are often too afraid to admit to ourselves: you can do anything that you want to do. If you’re unhappy with your job, quit. Don’t like where you live? Move. We are not here to live in fear of our own lives. We are here to make them the most fulfilled and amazing they can be.

Mary Harris, a specialist professor of public relations has come to embrace this shift in perspective. Professor Harris’ philosophy behind this idea is the following, “Doing something differently will make you feel more alive.”

Harris encourages people to ask themselves, “Do I feel like there’s something missing from life?” If the answer to that question is yes, then you must ask yourself, “How can I cultivate change?” 

Doing something that makes you feel alive does not necessarily have to include a plane ride or some elaborate adventure, but it can be acts on a much smaller scale. Volunteering your time, going for a walk, star-gazing, or just taking the time to be alone with your thoughts can renew an appreciation for life.

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Healthy Kickstarters for Fall

Healthy Kickstarters FallYou can feel a growing sense of excitement intensify as summer fades, leaving the crisp fall breeze in its wake. It’s that time of year again - apple cider, raspberry pie, and pumpkin spice lattes. We begin to abandon our sun- soaked spots at the beach and begin wrapping ourselves in layers of blankets while binge -watching full seasons of Netflix (we’ve all been there).

 A lot of things can be said about fall - it’s comfy, nostalgic, and most importantly, there’s a lot of food. Often, people use fall as a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to health. With so many holidays around the corner, (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, to name a few), it becomes easy to stray off the path of fitness we set for ourselves the season prior. We become less active, indulge in more food, and lose the spark that motivated us to stay in shape during the summer.

 It’s important to enjoy the fall in all of its sugar-fueled, food-induced glory. Indulging in the occasional apple tart or pumpkin pie is all well and good, but balance is key. Now, people prescribe to the most far-fetched ways to stay healthy. Crash diets and ridiculous workout fads plague our perception of what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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The Benefits of Running

Benefits Of Running 1For anyone feeling stressed, sad, or just plain antsy, exercise is the best medicine, particularly running. While it can sometimes require lots of endurance, it will leave you feeling happier and healthier. As college students, it is important for us to stay active and be healthy, especially when we have homework, exams, club meetings, internships, and everything else on our plates.

A lot of times, it can be hard for a busy college student to incorporate exercise into their routine. However, running is a great way to clear your mind and forget about everything on your plate for the time being. Fitness Magazine lists the top 10 benefits of running and here’s a few. Getting your heart pumping is one of the major benefits of running along with any other type of excerise.  The magazine says that running is the “king of cardio”, meaning it is good for your heart and significantly reduces the chance of falling victim to cardiovascular disease.

Secondly, a common belief about running is that it really wears on your joints. However, running actually strengthens your joints, contrary to what a lot of people believe. According to an exercise psychologist quoted in Fitness Magazine, whenever your feet slam down on the pavement while running, your bones and cartilage are stressed, which actually makes them stronger. This is different than something like yoga, for example. Yoga focuses more on stretching and the body whereas running benefits your body in ways that low-impact exercises never could.

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Fall in Monmouth County

Fall Monmouth County 1Believe it or not, there is more to fall than a pumpkin spice latte. With fall break just around the corner, there is no better time to learn about what’s going on in our area than to do something seasonal and fun with friends or family! So take a break from homework, papers, and exams, and get ready for Halloween murder mysteries, Pier Village’s fall festival, and more!

One event within close proximity to campus is Pier Fest, a free fall festival at Pier Village. Not only will this be fun, but it is perfect for a college student’s budget. It will be taking place Sunday, October 1st from 12-4 p.m. and there will be tons to do. Tired of dining hall food? Pier Fest not only has delicious food and drinks, but there will be live music and tons of local vendors and crafters. Pier fest would be a great place to go with roommates and friends to release some midterm stress.

A great way to enjoy yourself and help those in need would be to participate in Lunch Break’s Crop Walk, 2017. The wonderful nonprofit organization is looking for walkers to help them reach their goal of $120,000, and 14,000 lbs. of peanut butter, rice, and beans. Former Lunch Break interns across the board highly recommend helping out this organization in any way you can. Lunch Break is so much more than just a soup kitchen. They feed and clothe those in need, and give them access to basic amenities like taking a hot shower. Most importantly, Lunch Break gives them the hope they need for a better future. Registration for the walk will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 and then will start at 2 p.m.

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The Benefits of Musical Theatre

Benefits Musical TheatreWe have all watched at least one musical in our lives, whether on Broadway or right from our TV screens. Grease, Hairspray, Annie, and Wicked are just a few of the most popular musicals that have left long-lasting impressions on us all. No matter which musical you watch, they all have the same components; a close-knit cast, outstanding acting, infectious tunes, and a heart-warming message.

Who could resist the captivating tunes that escape right from the stage of a musical? Watching the actors sing and dance with joy around the stage will transport you into a whole other world. Both the lyrics and the melody evoke such strong emotions both on stage and in the audience. The music is sure to make you jump out of your seat, sing along, and dance! The music produced by the cast is such a powerful way to tell a story, to inspire others, and to teach a strong, lasting message. The compelling melodies will be stuck in your head well after the curtains have closed.

Freshman criminal justice student Gabriella Franco has experience in musical theatre. She shared, “When you’re in a cast with everyone, it gives you a sense of community and builds up a foundation for friendship.” Being a part of musical theatre is a great way to meet friends with the same interests as you. Franco also added, “If you’re having a rough time in your life, theatre is a form of escape.” No matter who you are, acting brings you into a whole new world and allows you to explore the depths of your character in a fun and exciting way.

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The Struggles of Commuting

Struggles Of CommutingIt is safe to say that every Monmouth student who commutes to campus hates the parking situation. With 59% of Monmouth’s student population living off campus, it’s safe to say that parking is one of the many struggles that commuters face.

Those who live on campus have the luxury of waking up at 8 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. class. Commuters have to wake up early to ensure that they have time to get ready, pack everything they need for the day, sit in traffic, and then struggle to find a parking spot. Most days you will see students handing their keys off to valet as they rush to class.

Adjunct professor in Foreign Language, Aurora Schlegel, had a lot of thoughts on the parking situation. “I definitely think the lots are overcrowded. Even though professors have their own lots, we still have similar parking issues as students. For example, I don’t always feel comfortable leaving my keys with the valet, and I know a lot of students feel the same. I would rather just park my own car and have my keys on my person.” The valet parking can sometimes leave people feeling uneasy, but sometimes it is a real life saver. When a commuter is running late because of parking, it is so nice to have the option to just drop your car and run.

Senior communications student, Kayla Cardona, who has a long commute, explained her frustration with the parking situation. “I am always so nervous that I’ll be late to class due to not being able to find a parking spot. It’s a huge inconvenience since we pay so much for tuition and parking still manages to be an issue.” She also expressed that she does not feel comfortable leaving her car with valet, despite its availability.

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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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