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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

The Perfect Weapons of Mass Seduction for Valentine’s Day

Valentines DayThink back to around January 5th. It’s only five days into the New Year and you head to your local supermarket to pick up a few essentials. However, when you begin roaming the isles you notice there is a reoccurring color theme taking over the store – pink and red. “What happened to New Years?” is probably what you’re thinking. Well, for your convenience, all of the New Year’s paraphernalia is already located in the clearance aisle and the holiday has only just come and gone.

That’s right. The stores are in full Valentine’s Day mode. There are chocolate boxes scattered here and there, chocolate roses in full bloom, and a teddy bear holding a big sign that says “I Love You.” At this point, you might be thinking “No, Valentine’s Day. I hate you.” But whether you’re single or in a relationship, the occasion can actually be enjoyable without falling into the easy “chocolate box gift trap.”

Many foodies agree that nothing says “I love you” more than preparing a home cooked meal or at least enjoying a meal together. “Cooking together and making a meal from scratch is beautiful,” said Elena Cirillo, University alumni. “And maybe even messing up terribly and having to order pizza afterwards is okay too.”

If you have even the slightest culinary skill, are able to follow directions, and can add a little pizzazz to your presentation, you already have the recipe for success. Foodnetwork.com offers six different Valentine’s Day dinners for two, with options ranging from pasta to lamb to salmon. The recipes are supposed to be complimentary of each other, but who says you can’t mix and match according to your own taste preference? More information on these menus can be found at foodnetwork.com.

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Campus Relationships: A Guide to College Dating

As New Year’s resolutions and celebrations begin to fizzle out, many students here at the University may start to notice a theme circling about in numerous stores in the area. This would be the next big event on many calendars: Valentine’s Day.

Cherished by some, dreaded by many, this “Hallmark Holiday” is encroaching upon us and whether you love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it.

Shipments of flowers, cards and candy have begun to flood the Hawks Nest and University Store. Romantics all around will soon begin to search for the perfect ways to show that they care.

However, in college this can be a particularly hard task to complete. Many questions can arise when considering this topic, such as what exactly is ‘dating’?

 Is it different than a relationship? How do you know if feelings are mutual or if you are just a friend? What makes a pair exclusive?

After asking several students here at the University, I was able to get some opinions on these questions that may help lighten the load of this task.

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Quick and Easy Recipes for College Students

Easy RecipesSpring semester is here, and for many of us it means saying good-bye to home-cooked meals and the luxury of having your meals already prepared. As many of us indulged in delicious holiday meals over the winter break, many of us are dreading our meal options over the upcoming semester.

Especially with schoolwork, clubs and activities and work, it can be difficult finding time to cook a meal that requires little effort. On the plus side, stirring up a meal will also save you some cash from dining out and tends to be healthier.

Food critic Michael Hill states in one of his reviews, “Restaurant food has up to 200 percent more calories than advertised.”

Luckily, there are many quick, easy recipes you can utilize over this semester.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be broken up into different sections to give you an array of meal options that can be made quickly. Two meals will be given for each different mealtime.

However, if you don’t find any of these recipes useful, there are great cookbooks available online on sites such as Amazon.com and bookstores such as Barnes and Noble. These cookbooks are easy to understand and geared at college students.

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A New Ballet Inspired Workout

Ballet Inspired WorkoutA ballet-inspired “barre” workout has been sweeping the nation.

Its popularity is driven by women wanting to achieve a dancer’s physique and strength, with or without tutus and ballet slippers.

At Align Pilates in Minneapolis, noses drip with sweat, muscles quiver with exhaustion, and Beyoncé blares from the speakers as class instructor Adrienne Fitzmaurice affirms what everyone is thinking:

“Yes, this is hard!” she hollers, encouraging the women to pulse, which means to make tiny movements and hold each pose for just three, five or 10 more seconds. “Especially if this is your first class ... you probably think this is crazy!”

Crazy hard anyway. That’s the verdict reached in the dressing room following the 60-minute class where a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet movements, along with bursts of cardio and the use of a ballet barre for support and resistance provides a high-energy, full-body workout.

“Everyone’s been talking about getting their butts kicked in barre class,” said Sarah Pepin, 35, Minneapolis. “I’ve never worked every muscle that way before. I could hardly walk the next day.”

Barre is a buzz in the U.S., but the idea originated in London 50-years-ago with famous German dancer Lotte Berk.

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Empowering Women is to Empower a Whole Society

The Arab popular movements that erupted a year ago are producing significant political changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, with Syria possibly being added to that list. The futures of these countries however, remains uncertain; the challenges they face, both internal and external, are enormous.

From the beginning, women have been at the forefront of the march for freedom in the Arab world. Historically, they have been underappreciated, and continue to face major obstacles as a result of cultural heritage, despotic authority, patriarchy, and tribalism. The consequences of these barriers are conveyed through literacy rates, individual rights, and political participation.

Literacy rates are much improved for young females in Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. However, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization female adult illiteracy rates are in the double digits in all Arab countries except Kuwait, Qatar, and Palestine.

While divorce rights are equal in Libya and Tunisia, they favor men in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, women normally cannot initiate divorce procedures, and as for inheritance rights, women receive half their brother’s share in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Their share is even less in Yemen.

In some countries, women do not have equal citizenship and/or legal entitlements. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that women’s political participation remains undervalued, with the regional percentage of Arab women in the lower houses amounting to 10.9 percent, and in the upper houses, if applicable, to 7.5 percent. The regional average in the Americas is 22.2 percent, with Europe at 21.8 percent, and China at 21.3 percent.

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Empowering Women is to Empower a Whole Society

default article imageThe Arab popular movements that erupted a year ago are producing significant political changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, with Syria possibly being added to that list. The futures of these countries however, remains uncertain; the challenges they face, both internal and external, are enormous.

From the beginning, women have been at the forefront of the march for freedom in the Arab world. Historically, they have been underappreciated, and continue to face major obstacles as a result of cultural heritage, despotic authority, patriarchy, and tribalism. The consequences of these barriers are conveyed through literacy rates, individual rights, and political participation.

Literacy rates are much improved for young females in Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. However, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization female adult illiteracy rates are in the double digits in all Arab countries except Kuwait, Qatar, and Palestine.

While divorce rights are equal in Libya and Tunisia, they favor men in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. In Saudi Arabia, women normally cannot initiate divorce procedures, and as for inheritance rights, women receive half their brother’s share in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. Their share is even less in Yemen.

In some countries, women do not have equal citizenship and/or legal entitlements. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that women’s political participation remains undervalued, with the regional percentage of Arab women in the lower houses amounting to 10.9 percent, and in the upper houses, if applicable, to 7.5 percent. The regional average in the Americas is 22.2 percent, with Europe at 21.8 percent, and China at 21.3 percent.

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Eat Less Meat, Help the Planet

Eat Less MeatOur meat consumption habits take a serious toll on the environment. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the production, processing and distribution of meat requires huge outlays of pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, feed and water while releasing greenhouse gases, manure and a range of toxic chemicals into our air and water.

A lifecycle analysis conducted by EWG that took into account the production and distribution of 20 common agricultural products found that red meat such as beef and lamb is responsible for 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse gas emissions as common vegetables and grains.

Livestock are typically fed corn, soybean meal and other grains which have to first be grown using large amounts of fertilizer, fuel, pesticides, water and land. EWG estimates that growing livestock feed in the U.S. alone requires 167 million pounds of pesticides and 17 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer each year across some 149 million acres of cropland.

The process generates copious amounts of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, while the output of methane, another potent greenhouse gas, from cattle is estimated to generate some 20 percent of overall U.S. methane emissions.

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When Will the Bullying End?

“Being bullied? Just act less gay, advise teachers.” This was the headline of a recent article in the London Evening Standard.

This headline leaves one to question, what is our society is coming to? Is it not okay to be different? Is expressing yourself as you are, frowned upon because it might alienate you from your peers?

Teachers are supposed to advocate for their students, lend guidance and are looked upon as mentors.

Schools are supposed to be a place that honors diversity and the unique quality that encompasses each child.

According to the article, “School children bullied over their sexuality are being advised by teachers to act less gay,” and given the advice “to wear their hair differently” as teachers felt they were making themselves a target for bullies.

Intrigued, I decided to read on and when I was finished with the article –something interesting started to happen- my mind started to change. Surprising, I started debating to myself, is this right? Is this wrong?

What the hell am I thinking? Of course it is wrong! But is it?

On one hand, I feel as though these teachers were completely out of line, by a lack of sensitivity to the issues that homosexual adolescents face.

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Inexpensive Gift IdeasIt is that time of the year again, the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, it’s the time of the year when you start to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The houses are all lit up with holiday cheer, the radio starts playing holiday music, and your favorite holiday movies begin to play on television. Although this time of year is celebrated and cheerful, it can also be a very stressful time for some people. You have to start thinking about what gifts you are going to give to your loved-ones and how much of a dent this is going to put in your pocket.

Being a college student means a lot of things; you study hard and play hard, but for the majority most of us are broke. The phrase “broke college student” was coined for a reason. This time of year can be extra stressful because you want to get your family and friends great presents, but you don’t exactly have the means of doing so and no one wants to come off looking cheap. What many of you don’t know is that there are so many different and inexpensive gift ideas that work for everyone and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

Let’s start with your parents. All parents love to show off their children. So a great idea for your mom or dad would be to take a picture of you and your siblings, print it out and put it in a nice frame. Run to Target or Wal-Mart and purchase a picture frame. According to walmart.com, you can get a standard size frame for as cheap as $12. This gift could potentially cost you less than $20 and it’s a gift that shows meaning and lasts a lifetime. Another great gift idea for your parents is a home cooked meal. How many times have your parents cooked you dinner? Wouldn’t it be nice to switch it up for once? This is an inexpensive version of getting them a gift card for a dinner at a fancy restaurant. It is also more personal. You get to spend quality time with your parents rather than sending them out to eat. What mom wouldn’t love that?

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Keeping Cool in the Cold

With another semester approaching its close so quickly here at the University, it can be hard to believe that we are already in the month of December. Many times students can even still walk to class without a jacket. However, it is inevitable that the time will come where students must pack up the flip-flops and tank tops and bundle up for the windy, rainy, and possibly snowy days that lay ahead.

Located in a climate that varies vastly day-to-day, it can be difficult to decide what students need here at the University in terms of a winter wardrobe. Winter clothes also tend to be bulky, which can become an issue especially in the dorms where storage and closet space is limited. Yet in spite of this, there are numerous tips students can take to make sure that they are not only warm in the winter but that they also look good while doing it.

“Layering is a great way to make use of clothes already in your closet. I usually always wear a tank or t-shirt under my sweaters for extra warmth,” said Jessie Sinai, senior. “It’s also convenient for classes in the chance that the rooms are too warm for jackets and sweaters!”

Another senior, Amy Rodriguez, said her winter must have item is her rain boots. “My biggest mistake freshman year was not bringing rain boots to school. I found out how quickly they were a necessity here within a few weeks. Once campus gets snow covered I just put on some thick socks and toss on my rain boots. They’re a life saver!”

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Don’t Stress Over the Little Things

Remaining calm in a stressful situation is a task many people find difficult to master. For the past four years, I have been a full-time student who has maintained a high enough GPA to fulfill the standards of the requirement to keep my scholarship while juggling a part-time job. Engaging in stressful situations has unfortunately become a hobby for me - from exams or important presentations to my overall performance at work. Eventually, I thoroughly started to enjoy the challenge of utilizing the skills I learned to obtain a successful outcome - almost like battling in combat and winning.

Tall, short, skinny, plump, male, female, stress does not discriminate against anyone! It is very important to be aware of some of the key techniques that can help you remain “triple C” cool, calm and collected, in overwhelming times.

For the past couple of years, I have been an employee of Capital Moving and Storage Co, Inc., a corporate moving and storage company that offers office relocation and corporate relocations. Currently, they are the top corporate moving and storage company in New York City, NY. Literally, I had to “work my way up the ladder” through some extremely “stressful” situations!

For example, I did everything from personal assistant to secretary to having my own cubicle where I organized warehouse inventory sheets that reflected updated lot allocations, provided billing services to customers and consulted with sales representatives for making competitive bids on projects due to operating expenses. These are just some of the difficult tasks that I had to overcome, but remaining calm helped me achieve my goals.

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