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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

How to See the World Before 65

See the WorldIn my closet, you will not find a sparkly Juicy Couture handbag or chic dresses by Michael Kors. You won’t find leather Coach wallets or Gucci sunglasses. But instead, you might find some piles of maps, an old purple suitcase, and some postcards.

This is because I would much rather spend my hard-earned cash on trips to Rome, London, Paris, the Bahamas, or Oslo than on a pile of fabric from the Monmouth Mall. Unfortunately, when traveling, I’m still on a student’s budget, also known as the budget of someone who asks for $10 of gas at the Exxon on Second Avenue.

Even with an $8.25 hourly wage, it is still possible to see the world while you’re still young enough to enjoy it. That is, if you know when to save and when to scrape as you go about planning your next big excursion.

If you’re planning a big trip across the pond, a travel agent is a great tool and starting point that many wrongly see as a silly luxury. According to “When Using a Travel Agent Might Be a Good Idea” from, “While they may use many of the same web sites as the ordinary consumer when planning a trip, they do have the added advantage of having access to the latest sale and promotional information.”

Travel agents generally have a cache of upgrades and other perks at their disposal that they can offer to their clients. This is especially true if you are a repeat customer. And, many of these perks are not advertised or available to those booking their trip via the Internet.”

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The Craze Behind Black Friday

default article imageThe day after Thanksgiving, more commonly known, as Black Friday has become such a part of American culture that it almost seems to be a holiday itself. Huge retailers such as Macy’s, Toys ‘R Us, and Best Buy dedicate a large piece of their marketing to advertising their door buster sales and deals for the most wanted products of the year.

Shoppers are known to camp out, push through the aisles, fight for merchandise, and walk out with holiday gifts, and money saved.

Store hours are modified for the day, and employees experience a day of work that is anything but normal. Rosario Pucci, a senior, works as a specialist at the Apple Store in The Grove plaza located on Route 35 in Shrewsbury. “I worked almost 20 hours on Black Friday,” said Pucci.

“The doors opened at 11:00 Thanksgiving night, and what you would imagine the Apple Store to look like on Black Friday, times that by one thousand,” said Pucci on “the shift from hell.” People everywhere, with a million questions, demanding to be assisted by short-staffed consultants.

“Apple slashed prices for years hottest items like the iPad 2 and MacBook Air,” said Pucci. “When a product is in that high of a demand for a lower than usual price, people don’t see camping out as that bad of an idea,” said Pucci.

According to, a website dedicated to apple intelligence, “Apple Store discounts are extremely rare and with more stores open than ever before, the temptation was too much for many.” Apple reportedly had its biggest sales day of all time, according to and a source inside Apple corporate.

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Create Your Own Winter Wonderland

Winter WonderlandThe holidays are a great time to create new memories, while reminiscing on old ones, which is why it’s the perfect time of the year to get friends and families together! It can be difficult to get a large group of people together with conflicting schedules, but throwing your own party can be the dream reunion waiting to happen, especially themed parties.

Themed parties are a great, easy way to make the event exciting, and memorable! Themes give people a chance to get excited and engage in the celebratory spirit together. Fellow students mention why they like themed parties so much!

“Themed parties are fun because I get to dress up all throughout the year, not just on Halloween!” says senior Jaimee Saracen. Kara Hunt, also a senior, mentions she prefers themed parties to non themed parties because they are “not typical.”

The Main Event Company, an Atlanta-based event-planning group attributes the theme to be an important part of any event, “For most events and parties, the fun, the atmosphere, and the memories revolve around a theme.”

Going along with the seasonal motif, one of the quickest themed parties to put together is a winter wonderland themed party. Quick tip, it’s always easier to correlate themed parties with the seasons. Why you may ask?

Decorations, food, drinks, attire, music and location require little time and effort in the planning process! For example, stores everywhere are stocking up with holiday decorations, foods, music and activities, not to mention the amazing sales everywhere too! After this article, you’ll be able to set up your dream winter wonderland themed party in no time. Now, let’s get started!

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Finding Fun Off Campus

Fun Off CampusFor those of you who live in Long Branch but are not from Monmouth County, the activities you may want to do seem limited. The West End is filled with different places to go out to eat, or grab a drink, but after the first few times it could get repetitive.

The great thing about West Long Branch and Long Branch is that both towns are surrounded by numerous fun and different activities that will keep you entertained and always finding something new to do.

Red Bank is definitely a town you should check out if you want to get out of the West End for a day. They have numerous great restaurants of all different varieties, so whatever you are in the mood for, there is something for you.

For example, there is Juanito’s, a Mexican restaurant, Siam Garden for those of you who love Thai food, and Front Street Trattoria, an Italian restaurant. Red Bank also offers a diverse bar scene.

If you are looking to dress up for a night out on the town, check out Red, The Downtown, or Taste. For a more casual low key night, stop in The Globe or Brannigan’s. The shopping is great in Red Bank as well. According to, the stores include, Urban Outfitters, Dor La Dor, and Hi-Def.

One store to check out is Funk and Standard Variety Store, which is a quirky little store that offers different trinkets and books that will keep you entertained for days.

Also stop in Backwards Glances, a thrift store that has everything from vintage records to posters, to vintage rock tees. The best part about all these places in Red Bank is everything is walking distance from one another.

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How to Write a Professional Email

Professional EmailBack in the olden days before cellphones and the Internet, were the days when sending a message to a friend meant sending them a letter and waiting days, sometimes weeks, for a response.

Now talking to anyone is as simple as sending him or her a text message and receiving a response within minutes, making the days of letter sending practically extinct.

Emails have replaced hand-written letters which definitely has its benefits, speed being number one, but it also has its draw-backs. Learning how to write a professional email is a skill every college student would benefit from learning.

Here are some tips for writing a professional letter, that will show your boss, professor, or potential employer that you should be taken seriously as an adult.

First, open your own g-mail, or professional email account. School accounts are fine, but they only work until you graduate and looks better in an inbox than your school student ID number, or worse, using your personal email account,

Also, this is beneficial because your professional email account and your school email account will be separate, so the risk of losing an email from a potential employer in the midst of emails from your professors and school functions is not there.

Start with a professional greeting. According to, “Dear,” “Hello,” “Good Afternoon,” are all acceptable. Always address who you are emailing by their proper name, “Mr. Smith,” “Mrs. Smith.”

One important part of this step is making sure you spell the name of whoever you’re addressing correctly. A small mistake like this could end up costing you big in the long run.

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Eating Healthy HolidaysWhen the holidays arrive, the temptation hits. Your mom’s famous apple pie, your grandmother’s potato latkes. Cakes, cookies, rich entrees and countless side dishes adorn the holiday buffet tables. It can be a healthy eater’s nightmare. But if you prepare yourself with the right tips and tools before you go to a holiday party, you may find that saying “no” to another bite of cheesecake is easier than you thought.

According to the Mayo Clinic, limit yourself to three bites of any dish that you’re desperate for. This way you get the satisfaction of eating something rich and delicious without all of the calories.

When eating rich foods, it is important to take your time. Savor every bite for better enjoyment and to allow that feeling to travel to your brain. It usually takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full. By eating slowly, you might be less likely to be tempted by the apple pie.

Christopher Hirschler, PhD, assistant professor of Health Studies says, “Enjoy the food you eat, but consider focusing more on the quality of the food rather than the quantity. A full plate is not always better. Consuming more can lead to physical as well as psychological discomfort as well.”

Emily Hunter, a junior says, “I think the trick to eating healthy is eating smaller portions so that you are able to still enjoy the holiday food, without overdoing it. Just because it is the holidays, doesn’t mean we should have to change any of our original day-to-day healthy eating habits.”

Erika Kurdyla, a junior, agrees that smaller portions are key. It’s a great way to be mindful of what you are eating along with how much. Kurdyla also recommends using a smaller plate instead of a larger one, this way you are less likely to over eat from the beginning.

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Prepare for Graduation With a Student Internship

Student InternshipWith the fall semester almost over, many seniors are beginning to fill out one of two types of applications: graduate school or employment. The thought of either one can be scary. For those looking to attend graduate school, emotions not felt in years are likely to return. We meet again with the fear and anticipation of rejection. However, for the majority nothing is probably more frightening than the idea of beginning the interview process for post-college jobs. “I think interviewing is probably the hardest part of applying for a job, and once you get that over with, everything becomes easier,” said Kim Rookwood, a senior.

The opportunity to participate in internships is disappearing quickly. But have no fear! The University offers many services that can be the key to getting your resume in the “yes” pile, as well as providing resources for helping you get an internship that will make you stand out.

Many students are unsure of where to even begin when embarking on this important process. The Career Services Center for Student Success, located in the lower level of the Student Center, is a great place to start when looking for resume and interview tips. “Career Services helped me format and organize my first resume. They also gave me tips on interview skills. They even offer coaching services for preparing for interviews,” said Amy Rodriguez, a senior. “It is a scary thought to be leaving the comforts of Monmouth so soon, but the school offers a lot to help you prepare,” Rodriguez added.

“In this competitive market, internships can make a big difference in how qualified a candidate is for a position. Internships translate into experience, and that, along with decent grades and good skills, can mean the difference between winning or losing a job offer,” said William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services.

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What Not to Wear: Fashion Trends at the University

Not to defines fashion as “a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.” But is it really that simple?

Fashion is more than just a definition. It shapes who we are as people. “Fads are ever changing,” says Elena Cirillo, retail sales associate at Posch Boutique in Rumson. “Fashion is when your style is everlasting and classic.”

The power of fashion is that you can do with it what you want. However, have you ever questioned someone in the past, thinking to yourself, “That is exactly what NOT to wear?” Students in Professor Claude Taylor’s communication theory class recently had a lively discussion about the communication concept of symbolic interactionism and related it to fashion on campus. With Taylor’s guidance and a collaboration of the students’ ideas, the class agreed that “conformity is a difficult concept. Being in style means you dress like other people in some way.” Within these parameters, however, there are personal constructs that everyone has regarding fashion do’s and donts

So what classifies an outfit a fashion no-no? Well for starters, it depends on the place, time, and situation in which the fashion crime has been committed. Let’s face it -we live in a world where we are judged on our appearance on a daily basis. Whether dressing for a professional or social occasion, what we wear makes a first impression within a matter of seconds.

Victoria Markus, IT and Compliance Team Leader at Merck Pharmaceuticals, agreed that one common mistake the majority of individuals make is dressing too casually at work. Markus said that she is aware that some work places are more low-key and casual than others but her word of advice, “It is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed in a professional setting.”

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Making Vitamins and Minerals a Part of Your Daily Routine

A Daily Dose of Vitamin Goodness

Vitamin GoodnessThe change of seasons means saying goodbye to the more mild autumn and saying hello to the artic chill of winter and all that comes with it: freezing temperatures, colds, the flu, stuffy noses and more. suggests incorporating a new routine of vitamins and minerals into your diet each season. Research shows that the body needs a minimum amount of vitamins and minerals each day to remain healthy and to function properly.

University Professor Mary Harris, Director of the Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society, said depending on a person’s nutrition, there is an importance to taking certain vitamins to supplement one’s diet. “Even a person who partakes in good nutrition is almost always deficient in certain vitamins and minerals,” Harris said. “However, good nutrition is number one, and combining that with the appropriate vitamins is the appropriate thing to do. Supplementation in combination with a proper diet is really essential. One without the other is not as beneficial. If a person eats a horrible diet, but takes a multivitamin, they are missing the mark.”

At first glance, a shelf of vitamins may seem overwhelming with variety. How do people know which types to choose? The Cornell University Chronicle states that vitamins are divided into two categories: fat-soluble and water-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are found in foods containing fats and oils and are stored in body fat. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and mix easily in the blood. Some vitamins are antioxidants—chemicals that prevent damaging changes in cells and may help protect against cancer, heart disease, and aging.

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College Students Take Business into Their Own Hands

Take BusinessThe term “the college experience” is often used, but what exactly does it mean? For senior Erica Murray, the college experience is simply four years of freedom while learning the necessary aspects of a future career.

Some students, like senior and previous Push the Envelope PR intern, Kara Hunt, consider the college experience an opportunity to gain real world exposure in their perspective field.

Some students, however, think outside the box.

If you type the word “college” into the search bar of, an online website in which users can submit their own definition of any word, you receive some clever results. defines college as “an alternative to buying a Ferrari (they cost about the same).”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost for a four-year private institution, such as Monmouth, between the years 2009 and 2010 was $32,475. Keep in mind that number is per year. When all is said and done, four years at a private institution costs well over $100,000.

During that four-year period, if you need to pay off loans after graduation, the smart and most obvious thing to do would be to save money. However, college students and the idea of saving money go together like water and oil. Most part-time jobs don’t pay enough to grocery shop, let alone allow you to have extra spending money to enjoy yourself. A high-paying profession doesn’t happen usually until after graduation, so really, what is a college student to do?

Instead of waiting to graduate to join a business or company that someone else started years before, students have begun starting their own businesses while still in college to benefit financially and experientially.

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How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie ApocalypseThis past weekend, Asbury Park hosted the annual New Jersey Zombie Walk at the Convention Hall Boardwalk. Hordes of the undead roamed the town and left me wondering…What if? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emergency preparedness and response website, “ the rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”

According to, the Zombie Walk was started to provide a “full-scale horror fest featuring vendors, special guests, musical acts, performances, special presentations and much more.” But what if these were real zombies? What if these streets were really filled with infected members of our community who hunger for brains? What would you do if groups of them surrounded you with blood soaked mouths and gray rotting flesh?

“I’d shove my thumbs into someone’s eye sockets,” 24-year-old Michelle Worfield answered honestly. Her and five friends sat on the bench of Asbury Park’s boardwalk. She was dressed as a zombie soldier and her friends were zombies from other careers choices (two were doctors, the others were a janitor and a chef).

They all passed around a bottle of fake blood, which they drenched their mouths and clothes with. None of them had a plan for what they would do if they faced a zombie apocalypse. One of the zombie doctors, Corey S. from Pottstown, NJ said, “I’d just hide in my basement until everybody died.”

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