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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Vacation on a Budget

default article imageWhen one thinks of summer vacations for college students, tropical all-inclusive resorts seem to be the norm; however, if your budget does not allow you to sip cocktails for seven days on a superior island, don’t give up on a summer vacation just yet.

Planning summer vacations with a college student’s budget can be difficult, but it is by no means impossible. The following helpful vacation tips will allow your much deserved summer getaway to become a reality, without breaking the bank.

Rutgers University student, Megan Schaefer, is shying away from the traditional college student getaway this summer in choosing to take a road trip to Manchester, Tennessee.

“I am going to the four day musical festival referred to as Bonnaroo,” said Schaefer.

Road trips are a great way to cut the cost of plane tickets, depending on how many people you travel with. Despite dramatic gas prices, when splitting the cost amongst passengers it does not have as much of an impact on your wallet.

However, the indie-rock loving fan has advice for those contemplating taking the 15 hour drive for themselves.

“This event isn’t for everyone. I’ll be spending four days in the blistering heat, without a real shower and eating whatever I was able to pack into the car. It sounds crazy, I know but it’s the modern day Woodstock! I wouldn’t miss it.”

With Schaefer’s advice in mind, vacations are all about personal preference. If a road trip isn’t for you, there are other ways to save and cut personal budget costs in order to enjoy a well deserved vacation this summer.

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Sandy Feet and Good Things to Eat

lifestyles-sandy-feetThere is something fascinating about the warm weather and sunny skies that make people so happy. Summer instantly brings thoughts of relaxation. For some people, the most unforgettable moments of leisure during the summertime are found on the beach. Trips to the seashore offer endless opportunities for sightseeing and entertainment. Sunscreen, beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are just a few of the necessary items packed for the day in the sun. Many beachgoers bring a cooler full of drinks, lunch food and snacks. Those that do not come prepared with food, often head to the boardwalk for a bite to eat.

However, nourishing food choices may not be plentiful when venturing onto the boards in search of satisfying your hunger and thirst. Your cooler may also not be filled with the best nutrients that your body needs to enjoy the day in the sun. Consuming nutritious foods and beverages is not only best for your beach body but also for maintaining and safeguarding your health.

“Everyone is particularly mindful of body weight during bathing suit season,” said Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services. “Calorie intake is still very important, so you should be conscious of choosing the right foods to eat.”

If you are packing a cooler of food for your beach day, consider some of these healthy food choices. “Wraps are a great option for lunch on the beach,” said Health Studies Professor Julie Schaaff. “You can fill them with veggies, spinach, sliced turkey, lettuce, avacado; the combinations are endless!”

There are certain foods you should avoid on a hot day. “Foods and condiments like potato and macaroni salad, tuna salad sandwiches, cole slaw, and mayonnaise do not hold up well in the heat,” said Maloney. “Heat causes bacteria to grow at an accelerated rate, so foods like these can harbor harmful bacteria if left in the heat.”

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Fresh Faces are in Bloom: Spring Make-Up Trends

default article imageSpring is here and April’s showers are about to wash away the trends of winter. Red lips, smoky eyes and pale complexions that were seen throughout the University last semester will be present no more. Make-up, like fashion, is an always-changing industry. Colors, textures, tones and hues vary by the season and with what is “in” constantly changing it can be hard to keep up.

However, there is no need to worry; experts are saying that this season will leave ladies everywhere leaping into new, fresh looks that are easy to apply and fun to wear.

According to Ladies Home Journal, an online beauty blog, make-up artist Bobbi Brown is identifying natural lips, a sun-kissed face and shimmery eyes as his top picks for this spring. “The look for spring is pretty, and my favorite way to get it is with a hint of pink somewhere on the face. During New York Fashion Week, all the designers… wanted pink. We made it fresh by playing with textures from creamy to sheer and shimmery,” says Brown.

Senior Michelle Poterala is a sales associate at AveYou Beauty Boutique on Norwood Avenue in Deal. She agrees that a popular trend for make-up this spring is dewy, glowing skin. “You can achieve this look with a highlighter and blend along the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. In addition, rosebud color lips are nice for spring because it’s natural and flattering on just about anyone. It goes nice with a similar colored blush,” she suggests.

Poterala adds that many runways and magazines are incorporating cat eyes with bright blue, gray and green shadows this season. “Typically, a cat eye works best with a nude lip and not much face make-up, so the eyes are the main focus. If you don’t have a steady hand with liquid liner, Smashbox Cosmetics makes an easyto- use liquid marker pen,” she recommends.

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Wallet-Friendly Date Ideas

lifestyles-date-ideasLet’s face it, as college students, money can seem “tight.” College can be a trying time to save and budget money while attending school, full-time or part-time. With limited spending money, non-necessities are either very limited or taken out completely. So with these limited funds, it is sometimes hard to maintain a social life let alone a romantic relationship.

 Now with prices rising, a night out at the movies or a restaurant can be extremely expensive and dig a large hole in a college student’s pocket. According to Michael Ceply, media blogger of The New York Times, “The National Association of Theater Owners said the average ticket price for 2011 was $7.93.” Along with movie prices, the average cost of dining out is hiking up as well.

The NY Daily News states, “According to industry publication Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN), a second straight year of rising commodity costs will force restaurant chains to pass on higher food costs to consumers by hiking up menu prices.” With prices inflating everywhere, it can be difficult for college students to afford eating out or escaping to the theater for a romantic evening. However, have no fear. There are many other inexpensive and even free date ideas out there for couples to engage in. Dating does not have to suffer because of a person’s finances.

As stated before, movie prices are rising significantly. With the establishment of Red Box Movies, a kiosk of DVD rentals, usually located outside of convenience stores or grocery stores, an individual can rent a movie for the reasonable price of one dollar a night. So, rent a movie, buy a bag of popcorn and some treats and the movie theater can be recreated in the comfort of your own home.

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NJCA Conference Presents RU Sure Campaign

default article imageLong Branch, NJ (April 15, 2012): The Communication department at Monmouth University sponsored the 16th annual New Jersey Communication Association (NJCA) annual conference on April 14, 2012. The event included four panel sessions, a business meeting as well as awards that took place throughout the day.

One of the panels was focused on the “RU SURE” campaign, at Rutger’s University, against alcohol abuse had many great points especially for college students. The panel was presented during the third session, and provided a lot of information regarding underage drinking and Rutger’s initiative to work against alcohol abuse by college students. The student filled panel focused on the campaign that has even gotten national recognition from the Department of Education for its success against an issue that is so prevalent on college campuses. They group of organizations in “RU SURE” also work to teach students how they can regret decisions they make while under the influence of alcohol, a side effect many do not think about.

The New Jersey Communication Association works to promote, sustain and recognize excellence in communication scholarship, research and application as well as to provide a network for fellowship, contacts and professional opportunities for those practicing communication within the state of New Jersey.

April is Now Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

lifestyles-april-is-parkinsons-disease-awareness-monthOn March 30, 2012, the U.S. Senate declared April Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website, as many as one million individuals in the U.S. live with Parkinson’s disease.

While approximately four percent of people with the disease are diagnosed before the age of 50, incidence increases with age. It is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. While the average age at onset is 60, people have been diagnosed as young as 18.

For Kathy Maloney, the Director of Health Services, this disease hits close to home, as her father battled the disease and ultimately passed away from. She mentions that while there is currently no cure for the disease, there is treatment.

One of the key developments is the deep brain stimulation surgery in which a neurosurgeon implants electrodes into the brain. These electrodes are connected to an implantable device that is placed under the skin on the chest. The device, an electronic stimulator, sends electrical impulses to the brain to help ease the symptoms of tremor. The procedure can be done on one side or both sides of the brain depending upon which side(s) of the body is most affected. This is a treatment, not a cure.

Maloney states that the disease is the second most common neurogenerative disease affecting older adults.

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Wear the Rainbow

lifestyles-wear-the-rainbowNeon colors are making a notable appearance in men’s and women’s spring fashion. From gym wear to weekend clothes and everything in between, the neon color trend is becoming a popular style among students at the University.

T-shirts, jackets, sneakers, dresses, nails, purses you name it, it’s neon. But what has inspired this retro 80’s trend to take over campus in full force? It may be more than the expected incentive from the runway.

Tom Gliozzo, a senior, believes, “Events, such as Barstool and Day Glow, have been the forefront for the neon trend.”

Gliozzo thinks these house-music infused events which many University students attend in neon apparel have spilled over into everyday life. Neon styles are being displayed on and off campus rather than just at an event where the trend is expected to be worn.

A University employee at Einstein Bros Bagels, Tiffany Ivory, has also noticed the neon trend among students.

“I notice the style in both men and women,” said Ivory. “I tend to see a lot of neon athletic clothes.” Neon colors are not only taking over men’s and women’s casual style, but the colors are becoming a dominant trend within athletic apparel.

Popular athletic brands such as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas have all jumped at the opportunity to capitalize on the consumer interest in the neon color trend. Everything from sneakers to gym bags are now being designed with neon colors.

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Easter is No Yolk

easterbasketcupcakesfinishedWhen Easter rolls around, it is a time of great joy and celebration. This holiday is a new beginning for those who participate and practice the holiday, as a season of Lent, fasting, praying and palms giving. The main focus is in honor of Christ’s rising from the dead as he conquers sin and the consequences of sin, death.

 Campus Minister, Gabriella Furmato, states, “The Resurrection encourages hope for new life, not just on Easter, but also on every day, in every moment for many individuals who celebrate the holiday. In this time people try to be better Christians, and grow in their relationship with Christ.”

 Though Easter is an extremely spiritual and religious-oriented holiday, there are many other orientations and associations with the holiday as well. The establishment of the “Easter Bunny” as a mascot for this holiday has also created another aspect of the day.

According to, “The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s.”

Since then, many children believe that the Easter Bunny places eggs filled with goodies that they then search for the next morning. The website also states, “The arrival of the ‘Oschter Haws’ was considered childhood’s greatest pleasure” next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve.”

The children believed that if they were good the “Oschter Haws,” or the Easter Bunny, would lay a nest of colored eggs.” With an updated version of this myth, the creation of the Easter Bunny has stores everywhere filling their shelves with Easter Bunny themed treats and goodies in spirit of the holiday. Who doesn’t love a holiday dedicated to gorging yourself with Easter egg chocolates the morning of?

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Spring Into Fresh Food

default article imageSpring is here, and with it has come the peak of freshness for many fruits and vegetables. With summer on the horizon, now is a particularly great time for students to start thinking healthier when it comes to their diets. However, with popular dining establishments such as Nelly’s and Jr.’s Burgers open until the wee hours of the morning seven days a week, it can be especially hard to tame those bad eating habits so often associated with a college lifestyle.

“Lack of access to cooking equipment and refrigerators too small to hold fresh foods in the dorms is one of the main reasons I think many students might find it difficult to eat healthy,” says senior Amy Rodriguez.

“I am notorious for microwave cooking, even now living offcampus in a house with a fully equipped kitchen just because it is quicker and easier,” she added.

But have no fear! Students here at the University can still eat fabulous and fresh without sacrificing taste or time. One dish that is a personal favorite is the Mardi Gras Salad. The recipe can be found at cinnamonhearts. com. It incorporates fresh and healthy ingredients, such as spinach and mandarin oranges, without sacrificing taste. Students can also add Purdue Short Cuts chicken strips for added protein and substance or toasted walnuts for vital and beneficial omega-3 fats.

 Another student, junior Jessica Gordon, suggests frozen yogurt as an alternative to traditional ice cream desserts.

“Top It on Ocean Ave and Red Mango in Pier Village are two newer dessert locations around campus. They offer a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and many different toppings, including fresh fruits and whole grains. It’s similar to ice cream but much less heavy and fattening,” she says. R ed M ango b oasts t heir non-fat yogurts that provide a good source of calcium while remaining 100 percent fat free.

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Time to Get Glammed Out

LifestylesThe Glam Bar in Red Bank had their official launch part on Friday, March 23. All that attended walked the red carpet, getting the chance to check the place out and enjoy complementary food and drinks.

The Glam Bar is not your average salon. It specializes in blowouts only. They follow their motto: “no cuts + no color = all glam.” Like their website theglambars. com states, this allows the salon to truly concentrate on styling customers every need.

Elio Ventrella is the owner of the salon. This is his first time working in the field of hair and make-up. In 2007, Ventrella was diagnosed with breast cancer. He would go to salons for massages and other services where he would overhear women complaining about their appointments never being on time and rarely ever getting a good blow-out.

When he finished treatment in 2010, he returned to his job at Macy’s where he had been working for six years. “I lost my passion and drive,” said Ventrella. That is when he quit his job, applied for a business license and the idea of The Glam Bar was born.

He studied many other blowout bars before opening his own. “I went into any blow-out bar I could find and took elements from each,” said Ventrella.

For $40, customers can get the basic services that include a blowout, the make-up bar, the brow bar and the event bar.

Blow-outs are all the same price regardless of the length of your hair. The make-up bar provides customers with a plethora of looks to choose from. The event bar is a service provided by the employees to help the customer put an entire outfit together for the special event she is attending. The Glam Bar provides their own wardrobe for customers to choose from and a “glam coach” for all of their styling needs.

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Join the Party: Get Fit With Zumba Dance Fitness

default article imageThe appearance of beautiful warm weather is shortening the time left to make your dream beach body a reality. With only a few weeks to get your body in shape, living in a gym is not practical. One workout routine has revolutionized the world of fitness, Zumba Dance Fitness. Zumba is a fun, high-energy, dance party experience that will alter your opinion of working out.

Though it seems as if Zumba is a relatively new fitness craze, it has been a round for years. I n t he m id- 90’s a Columbian fitness instructor, Alberto “Beto” Perez, changed the work-out world forever the day he forgot his traditional aerobics music for his fitness class.

Perez improvised by using his own music, salsa and merengue, and focused on “letting the music move you,” instead of the standard way of loudly counting repetitions over the music.

The class was an instant hit. From that point on, Perez dedicated his career toward spreading his new found passion.

In 2001, Perez took Zumba Dance Fitness overseas to Miami, Florida where he met entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman a nd A lberto A ghion. T he three men together then took action in the world of business by creating Zumba Fitness, and trade marking “Zumba.”

As the exercise routine grew rapidly in popularity, Zumba classes across the country were in high demand with no professionals to properly teach it. Zumba Fitness created the Zumba Academy in 2005, which serves the purpose of licensing instructors to teach Zumba classes.

The Zumba craze spread like wild fire, resulting in what it has become today. From DVD’s to classes in gyms across the country, it has become a physical fitness phenomenon.


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