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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Warmer Weather Causes Earlier Allergy Season

default article imageWith heavy snowfall and frigid winters replaced by mild temperatures this year, many allergy sufferers have had no break from traditionally seasonal allergies. The mild winter paired with a seemingly early spring has forced sufferers to keep tissues on hand year-round; an irritating problem that may worsen in the upcoming weeks.

A mild winter can cause trees to pollinate earlier and could bring an early start to the allergy season. Pollen, one of the most common allergens, may be especially problematic this year as warm temperatures can allow plants to pollinate sooner.

“The ground never froze this winter so there will be an increase in molds. Also anticipate trees and bushes to flower sooner causing allergy symptoms to appear much earlier than before,” said Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), though 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies, approximately 40 million of these cases have indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy.

“The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are: tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergen; and, cat, dog and rodent dander,” the AAFA cites.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), trees such as birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers and generally pollinate in the spring.

With early March bringing temperatures as high as the 70s to parts of the U.S., it’s possible that these trees will pollinate weeks sooner, lengthening this year’s allergy season.

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Out With the Old, in With the New

03.21.12 Page 10 Image 0001Winter weather typically makes individuals more likely to stay indoors. The house is packed with old Christmas presents, board games and movies and other items obtained throughout the past couple of months. It’s now time for a fresh new start.

Spring cleaning can rid one of that winter rut, and help one move forward with the season of spring. It’s time to get your cleaning supplies together and prepare for a day of energetic spring cleaning.

Evelyn Herrera, a custodian at the University said, “I love spring cleaning at home. I throw everything out.”

Spring cleaning is different from your typical “cleaning-spree” because it’s a preparation of an allnew season.

A couple of places around the home that should be focused on during spring cleaning are closets, kitchen and storage rooms, said Cynthia Ewer, editor of Home Organized, in an online article. Though there are many other household places that could be tackled and cleaned out, these three locations in your house will be the easiest to de-clutter and yield that refresher for the start of spring.

These household locations can also be cleaned out in dorm-rooms, apartments and off-campus housing as well. A quick word to the wise from Closet Factory, a blog focusing on cleaning, says “tackle one room at time.”

Closets are now stuffed with “heavy-duty” clothing, such as fleeces, flannels, snow-jackets, snow pants, boots and clothes meant for rugged, cold weather. With warmer weather coming out, these clothes add unnecessary clutter to your closet. Cleaning and organizing website, Professional- Organizer.com, states, “A major source of closet problems is clutter.” Taking time to sit down and evaluate each article of clothing may seem redundant, but after this one evaluation your closet will appear, and be a lot less cluttered.” Ewer suggests that if bedding appears to be stained, shrunken or un-reusable it is a great idea to donate these clothing articles or just recycle them. There’s no use for holding onto these old winter articles because it is just clogging up closet space for items that actually need to be stored in there.

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New York Fashion Week Previews Upcoming Styles

New York FashionEach year the city that never sleeps welcomes designers from all over the world to display their newest collections over the course of eight days. The event becomes a top priority for celebrities, merchants and consumers alike everywhere. This glamorous event is New York Fashion Week, and students at the University can rest assured that they will be seeing its effects shortly.

The Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week boasted designers such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Miller and more than 200 others. Each of these collections have a theme may it be colors, design or overall feel. These themes are the basis by which many style forecasters predict the trends of this upcoming fall and winter.

So what styles should we expect to see around the University next semester? “Sleek minimalist tailoring, Asian influences, black-and-white graphic schemes, and bright color-blocking” were amongst some of the biggest trends seen across the board says Fashion Critic Booth Moore in an LA Times article titled New York Fashion Week: Trends In Women’s Wear.

Senior Amy Rodriguez, who is interested in fashion, watched clips of several shows on the Internet and has been following press articles over the past month about the presentations. “One thing I noticed to be consistent throughout many designers is the color orange. Many prints patterns and fabrics used in the cases are orange or shades or red-orange. I think we can expect to see a lot of this around campus next fall,” she says.

Another trend that can be expected for the upcoming fall semester here at the University is going green in fashion. And no, we are not talking about the color.

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The Benefits of Organic Meat

default article imageBecause of the rapidly increasing “green” movement and growing concern for the environment, organic food is at the forefront of many consumers’ minds--and that includes meat. Raised without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics or other harmful substances, organic meat involves sustainable farming practices that help keep the environment clean and pristine. Compared to conventional meat, choosing organic can benefit your body as well as the planet.

To reach organic standards, meat must be free from antibiotics, growth hormones, bioengineering and ionizing radiation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Organic meat farmers adhere to guidelines that promote ecological balance, including the use of renewable resources, the conservation of water and the avoidance of farming methods that pollute the air, water and soil. Many organic farmers raise their animals in pastures rather than closed feedlots, resulting in “pastured,” “free-range” or “cage-free” animal products.

When meat satisfies the requirements for organic processing in America, it receives a “USDA Certified Organic” label to distinguish it from conventional meat, the United States Department of Agriculture notes. Although organic meat is not available at all grocery stores, you may be more likely to find it at natural health shops, farmers markets, food co-ops or straight from local farms.

Organic meat is said to offer benefits for health, animal welfare and the environment. According to Princeton University, organic cows that are grass-fed tends to have less total fat and higher levels of omega- 3 fatty acids in their beef rather than conventional beef, making it a better choice for heart health than conventional beef fed a grain-based diet. In addition, organic farming bans the use of purported cancerpromoting growth hormones and antibiotics in animals, leading to fewer health risks in humans and minimizing the evolution of antibiotic- resistant strains of bacteria. Organic meat may also reduce animal cruelty and suffering. Organically raised animals often have drastically better living conditions than animals raised in feedlots and commercial farms, Princeton University explains.

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Reuse, Redesign and Rewear Your Clothes

Recycle ClothesRemember that awful shirt you got for your birthday a couple years ago? Or that shirt that went out of style the second you bought it? Or that shirt that shrunk or you grew out of? If you haven’t already disposed of the piece of clothing that does not appeal to you anymore, hold onto it and simply revamp it.

Revamping an old article of clothing may be the extra push or last technique you need to hold onto it. The technique of “recycling clothes” is also trending in the fashion world amongst many fashion designers.

For example, according to InventorSpot.com, fashion designer Gary Harvey can take a pair of jeans, a trench coat, an army jacket, wedding dresses or even newspapers and turn them into stylish vintage ball-gowns.

Luckily there are many tips and techniques out there for a person to utilize when trying to redesign an old article of clothing. For starters, the supplies you will need to complete these transformations are: crafting scissors, basic sewing kit, and accessories (buttons, sequins, beads, etc.). Scissors will either become your best friend or worst enemy when dealing with cutting old clothes. When starting off, I would recommend re-designing the oldest articles of clothing for practice purposes.

A basic sewing kit will include a variety of needles and string for stitching/sewing small projects. This can be purchased at stores such as Target, CVS and Walgreens. Accessories can be purchased if you’re feeling ambitious and creative.

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Spring Break 101

default article imageWild and crazy college spring breaks have been infamous in history. Glorified by MTV’s “Spring Break” for a long time now, this week has become the biggest party of the year for many college students.

StudentCity.com, an Internet based travel company specializing in spring break vacations tailored to college students, says some of this year’s top destinations are Cancun, Panama City Beach, Bahamas and Punta Cana. Each of these places provides both fun and sun, and many students here at the University are packing their bags to head to these cities.

Junior Shelby Goldman will be spending her spring break week in the Bahamas with her boyfriend. “I am so excited to be getting away to somewhere warm!” she says. Many other students will be visiting Panama City and Punta Cana as well.

However, not all students traveling for spring break are taking trips just for leisure. A new and different option that is becoming a popular spring break choice amongst students is volunteer trips.

These “alternative spring breaks” allow students to travel and see different parts of the world while at the same time making a difference in a community somewhere.

One volunteer trip offered by the University is to Guatemala. According to the University’s site, students “participate in volunteer activities in Guatemala such as building and education, along with other activities.”

University students may also consider a trip to Ireland for a week of studying abroad. Senior Kiley Minton is participating in the trip with several other students. “We are doing a tour that starts in Dublin and then we are heading across to Galway. After that we are going to tour through parts of northern Ireland,” she says.

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Over-the-Counter Drug Dangers

default article imageFrequently popping over-the-counter pills for everyday aches may be more damaging than the pain itself. When it comes to taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, most people have developed their own system that has little to do with the recommended doses. When pain is holding us hostage, our overwhelming desire to stop it consumes us, and sometimes counting out the correct dosage does not. The outcome may be that we double the amount, or even combine acetaminophen and add ibuprofen to our cold medicine as assurance. Most of us, if we bother to do anything, give the microscopic type on the label a quick look over and not think twice about it.

Melanie Ratajczak, a sophomore, said, “I don’t really see the long-term effects of OTC drugs. Any pain I feel, I just take an Advil.”

“I’m very concerned because nobody pays attention to the information on the side of the boxes,” says Lewis Nelson, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. “And if you say, ‘You can take 1,000 milligrams,’ people don’t know what that means, and they say, ‘Well OK, two pills sounds like the right dose’.”

According to USA Today, more than three quarters of American’s take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, which fall into two categories: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. Acetaminophen is used strictly for pain and fever. Unlike NSAIDS, acetaminophen doesn’t irritate the stomach. But because it is perceived as safe, people tend to load up on it without thinking. This has resulted in acetaminophen poisoning, the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

NSAIDS, meanwhile, dull the pain and fight inflammation. They include ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. The most serious side effects linked to NSAIDs are ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. These side effects, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, is responsible for sending more than 100,000 Americans to the hospital each year and result in 15,000 deaths. 

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Commonly Used Over-the-Counter Medications

default article imageAcetaminophen (Extra Strength Tylenol): for headaches, joint and muscle pain, fever. Overuse risks: liver damage or failure. May cause liver problems at lower doses in alcohol users, or in those who take other drugs containing acetaminophen.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin): a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Reduces pain and swelling related to arthritis. Relieves headache, fever, menstrual cramps. Overuse risks: gastrointestinal pain, bleeding, kidney damage.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): antihistamine used to prevent, reduce hayfever and other allergy symptoms.

Overuse risks: memory loss and disorientation, especially in elderly. Drowsiness, dryness.

Loratadine (Claritin): antihistimine used to relieve hayfever, other allergy symptoms. Overuse risks: sleepiness, fast heart rate. May lose effectiveness over time. Claritin-D includes an additional active ingredient, pseudoephedrine sulfate, which may cause insomnia or restlessness. Pseudoephedrine should not to be taken with certain medications for Parkinsons, depression, psychiatric or other emotional conditions.

Dextromethorphan: a cough suppressant, and Doxylamine succinate, an antihistamine (NyQuil Cough).

Overuse risks: can cause drowsiness, especially when mixed with sleeping medications and alcohol. Not to be taken with certain medications for Parkinsons, depression, psychiatric or other emotional conditions.

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How You Know When It’s Over

Evaluating Your Relationship Post-Valentine’s Day


How You Know Its OverSo this one is for all of you who are having or have had relationship issues with your significant (or not-so-significant) other. We’ve all been there; the relationship is dead and done and yet here you are, stuck.  Perhaps you are afraid you won’t find someone else, or that maybe this person is, in fact, your “soulmate.”  Well guess what. They’re not. 

So the real question is, how do you know if the relationship is over?  How do you know if the love is gone? (And by “gone,” I mean it has run screaming in the opposite direction of you two lovebirds).  Girls, ever had your man ignore all 17 of your phone calls when he’s “out with his boys?”  Guys, ever had your girl say she was having a girls’ night and “didn’t hear her phone?”  If you answered yes, I suggest you keep reading. 

In today’s world, anyone who owns a cell phone has it attached to their hip.  “I hate it when a girl I’m seeing ignores my calls,” said Max Weiss, 19, first-year student. If your significant other isn’t responding to your calls within a half-hour, you’ve got a problem on your hands.  “From a girl’s perspective, we always have our phone on us, always,” said Kimberly Kravitz, 20, junior communication major.   

Now we’ve all gotten the responding call that comes from the bathroom of some dirty club, where they can lie and tell you they are laying in bed thinking of you.  That’s the best, because we all hear the echoing voice in the stall and the toilets flushing in the background.  How romantic.   

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The Bonus Features of the Guggenheim Library

What the Library Offers to Students and Faculty


Bonus Feature Guggenheim Library“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library,” as stated by writer Jorge Luis Borges. The Guggenheim Library is frequently utilized by students, whether it pertains to their research or just for their leisure. Students can be found pouring over books and typing with such dexterity it hurts to watch. The sounds of clicks and pages turning set the background for the library’s other more beneficial aspects.

The Guggenheim Library, with its four levels and countless available services, contains much more than meets the eye. Besides the numerous collections and study rooms, librarians are always there for the students who inquire help or assistance in whatever endeavor it is that they are working on.   

The library is jumping on the technology band wagon and now includes a more diverse selection of informational media. Aurora Ioanid, Associate Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator, said, “The library is purchasing  40004500 new print/paper books each year in addition to other various resources, eBooks, print journals, and media. Books are just a fraction of what the library offers as resources.”

The plethora of resources available at the library is quite staggering if one can get their head wrapped around it. “The University community acquires and provides access to over 150 databases with various types of content. Most of them contain electronic journals (ca. 45,000 of academic, trade journals and magazines), streaming videos, tools, and a mixture of journals, eBooks, and nonpublished sources, like news,” Ioanid said.

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Becoming a Better “You” with Pilates

Becoming a Better YouThrough emphasizing proper breathing technique, correct pelvic and spinal alignment, along with concentration on fluid and smooth flowing movement, anybody can become become deeply in tune with their body. You can even learn how to manipulate and control its movement.

In the practice of Pilates, it is the quality of movement which is valued over the quantity of repetitions. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, it is important to remember that proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Lastly, learning to breathe properly can also reduce stress.

According to Pilates.com, Pilates exercises help develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deepest abdominal muscles along with the muscles that are closest to the spine. Control of the core is accomplished by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Pilates strives to elongate and strengthen, thus improving muscle elasticity along with joint mobility. A body which is balanced with strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the feet and ankles, according to Pilates.com. No muscle group is over worked or under worked. Your entire musculature is evenly conditioned and balanced, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with improved ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That is why so many sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as an integral part of their training regimen.

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