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Lifestyles

Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Hit the BrickWall

default article imageLocated minutes away from the University campus, the Brick Wall Tavern in Asbury Park is a culinary diamond in the rough. To those unfamiliar with Asbury, many consider it home to some of the finest culture in our vicinity.

With several art galleries, famous concert venues, and phenomenal restaurants all located within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, Asbury has something to offer for everyone. The Brick Wall Tavern sits on Cookman Avenue, roughly considered the downtown strip of Asbury. Cookman offers eccentric consignment shops, paranormal stores, and lavish eating establishments, and above all a great scene of locals.

The Brick Wall Tavern sits adjacent to the Annex, a unique bar that resembles something out of The Shining but with friendly bartenders and no elevator doors. Unlike the majority of restaurants located on and around Cookman, which appeal to a ritzier, yuppie demographic, The Brick Wall Tavern distinguishes itself by serving American style comfort food with a modern and trendy twist. It’s perfect for the college aged youth looking to escape the dismal shackles of cloudy Long Branch.

Having gone out previously for a night of hard drinking on the town, I had visited the Brick Wall and thought it reminiscent of a restaurant/bar called “Silk City” located in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA. When I asked a personal friend and University student Adam Slover what keeps him going back to the Brick Wall he said, “It’s the people. It’s all about who comes to the Brick Wall, there’s a real sense of community. And an awesome array of beers that are ever changing (literally monthly) so you’ll never get tired of the selection. And the girls are just plain hot.”

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De-Stress a Stressful Semester

default article imageStress is a consistent, tiring reality that everyone deals with in one way or another. Midterms, papers, projects, and tests piling up once the semester is underway can create a lot of tension. According to studygs.net, an online education service for students, excessive anxiety and stress can take a negative toll on our bodies both physically and mentally, with symptoms including exhaustion, loss of/increased appetite, headaches, crying, sleeplessness, and oversleeping. However, there are many ways to combat the negative associations brought on by stress. The University hosts many activities and provides services that can reduce or even help completely rid excessive amounts of stress.

Webmd.com references physical activities such as yoga, meditation, Zumba, or a regular exercise regimen as excellent ways for the body to release chemicals called endorphins. The site notes that endorphins trigger a positive feeling that aids in reducing negative thoughts caused by stress. The University offers yoga and Zumba classes, and free use of the Multipurpose Activity Center, all of which students can take advantage of to help keep a balance in their busy schedules.

University senior and avid Zumba attendee, Jaimee Saracen states, “Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed from a long week of school work, I’ll take the Zumba classes the University offers. The class is a great way for me to feel less stressed, and go into the following week with a clearer mindset.”

According to Zumba.com, the Latin-inspired dance fitness program is more upbeat and fast-paced than yoga, but exerts similar endorphins. Zumba classes are offered every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Boylan gym. The classes are free for any student and faculty part of the University community.

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Look Good, Feel Good: A Local Shopping Guide

Shopping GuideWith fashion trends constantly changing it can be hard to keep up as a busy college student. Whether you are in need of something to wear out to local bars such as the Draft House or Jack’s on Brighton Avenue, an upscale outfit for a night out at the Avenue in Pier Village, or a basic ensemble to throw on for class, there are several boutiques and shopping centers in the surrounding area that accommodate for all.

Located about 20 minutes from the University, The Grove at Shrewsbury is similar in design to Pier Village but offers a variety of chain retail stores such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Free People, and much more - even a Starbucks for your daily coffee fix. According to the Grove’s website, many of these stores even offer discounts up to 15 percent off to students and teachers with the proper ID.

The Grove also hosts seasonal events boasting live entertainment and dinner specials. Their website provides an up-to-date calendar of such events, including live music every Friday night at D’Jeet restaurant. Coming up is the “Fall Festival,” which will be held Saturday, October 22, and will feature a Halloween parade, DJ, and more. The Fall Festival will also sponsor a clothing and shoe drive to support the American Red Cross, according to the website.

“I love going to The Grove with friends,” said Amy Rodriguez, senior. “The outdoor atmosphere and affordable prices make it a great place to spend the day. Also, the student discounts some stores offer are a great plus.”

The Grove West, an extension of The Grove, is located just across the way on Route 35 and offers additional stores, events, and promotions, all of which can be found online at thegrovewest.com.

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Organic Eating Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy LifestyleMany people contemplate over whether or not to buy organic products. It is commonly known and publicized that eating organic fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. But where do we begin?

The United States Department of Agriculture’s definition of organic food indicates that it is generally free of synthetic substances, contains no antibiotics and hormones, has not been fertilized with sewage sludge, was raised without the use of most conventional pesticides, and contains no genetically modified ingredients.

Though eating organic can be a bit pricey, it does not mean you have to uproot your eating habits entirely or empty your savings account. Simply incorporating organic fruits and vegetables into your diet will jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

According to mayoclinic.com, organic options are healthier options for both people and the planet. The clinic indicates that certain types of pesticides used on conventional produce can cause skin irritations, hormone and reproductive problems, and can even be carcinogenic. These issues can cause direct harm to our metabolic process.

Most people do not think about the effects that pesticides have on our bodies over time, however, the dangers are present. There are many documentaries such as Food Inc., websites like wholefoods.com, and research studies done by Cornell University’s Center College of Agricultural and Life Studies that advocate organic food. The common theme in these resources is that organic food is not tainted with chemicals, and therefore, it is a healthier option.

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Staying Healthy With Good Mood Foods

Staying Healthy Good FoodsUniversity students know that there is nothing like starting the day with a fresh cup of coffee and bagel toasted with cream cheese from Einstein’s. Likewise, there is nothing like going out late night to McDonald’s for the one dollar Big Mac special. While these indulgences are great in the moment, do you ever feel like afterwards you have a tough time concentrating on your work, and overall feel fatigued? Chances are it is due to the tough time your body is having digesting that coffee, bagel, and Big Mac combo. According to justeatthis.com, everything you put in your body has a chemical effect, which is why food affects your mood.

“Good Food Good Mood” an article from Be Smart, Eat Smart, Live Smart online, states that eating under stress can cause digestive disorders and avoiding fat, especially oils, can cause hormonal imbalances that result in irritability and quick tempers. With hectic schedules and living away from home, college students commonly make these mistakes and as a result, their stress levels increase and good moods decrease. The secret to feeling better: good mood foods. Good mood foods provide the key ingredients to a happy personality, and allow for a much healthier lifestyle.

Without certain key nutrients our bodies do not know how to function and feel deprived.

When we eat the right meals, our mood has the potential to improve, thus allowing for a successful day. This is something that we have all learned in our basic science classes, but tend to disregard and cave into our cravings instead.

Justeatthis.com suggests incorporating “mood supporters” into your diet such as vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, beans, nonfat dairy products, egg whites, and whole grains for vital nourishment. These foods provide nutrients that support the chemistry within our bodies, and if eaten in moderation, help reduce the risk of depression and promote a healthy sleep pattern. So instead of having that high carb bagel loaded with cream cheese for breakfast, try one of Einstein’s under 400 calorie selections, like the bagel thin sandwich with egg whites, Swiss cheese, and asparagus.

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College Student’s Guide to Fall Entertaining

default article imageFall is that sort of picture perfect time of year. The weather could not be crisper, the sun could not feel warmer, and the leaves could not be more colorful. It’s the time for sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, and having fun with your friends and family. Spending time outside is ideal, because in only a few short months it will be too cold to get out of bed in the morning. But once all the pumpkins are picked, and the apples have made enough pie and cider to last you all winter, what’s next? If you are in the mood to take on a fun project, think about having a few close friends over for a fabulous fall gathering.

Having a small get together can be stressful for any host, and if you want to make it memorable for you and your guests, throwing some store bought frozen h’ordeuvres in the oven, and combining them with soda and iced tea, isn’t really going to cut it. Skip the traditional three course meal it’s time consuming and expensive. Instead try a spread of finger foods that reflect those well-prepared three courses. Throw in some seasonal drinks, and decorate simply, yet festively. You will have yourself a get together you can be proud of, and one that your guests will rave about.

A successful party, no matter what time of year it is, can be greatly influenced simply by the décor. Since we are in college, spending the money we don’t have on decorations doesn’t seem practical. However, there are a few easy ways to transform any space into an autumn abyss without blowing your budget. To start, candles alone can make a great difference. Stop and Shop Food Store in the West End of Long Branch carries natural soy blend candles priced at two for five dollars. They come in a wide range of scents for fall, and with just two of the same scent, you can really warm up a room.

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Dating on a College Budget

default article imageFall is that sort of picture perfect time of year. The weather could not be crisper, the sun could not feel warmer, and the leaves could not be more colorful. It’s the time for sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, and having fun with your friends and family. Spending time outside is ideal, because in only a few short months it will be too cold to get out of bed in the morning. But once all the pumpkins are picked, and the apples have made enough pie and cider to last you all winter, what’s next? If you are in the mood to take on a fun project, think about having a few close friends over for a fabulous fall gathering.

Having a small get together can be stressful for any host, and if you want to make it memorable for you and your guests, throwing some store bought frozen h’ordeuvres in the oven, and combining them with soda and iced tea, isn’t really going to cut it. Skip the traditional three-course meal- it’s time consuming and expensive. Instead try a spread of finger foods that reflect those well-prepared three courses. Throw in some seasonal drinks, and decorate simply, yet festively. You will have yourself a get together you can be proud of, and one that your guests will rave about.

A successful party, no matter what time of year it is, can be greatly influenced simply by the décor. Since we are in college, spending the money we don’t have on decorations doesn’t seem practical. However, there are a few easy ways to transform any space into an autumn abyss without blowing your budget. To start, candles alone can make a great difference. Stop and Shop Food Store in the West End of Long Branch carries natural soy blend candles priced at two for five dollars. They come in a wide range of scents for fall, and with just two of the same scent, you can really warm up a room.

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Alternative Methods for Conquering Addiction

Conquering Addiction Alternatively


default article imageNeedles. The pierce of the skin pinches and penetrates the body, often leaving a lingering, sometimes painful, and sometimes euphoric post-effect. While illicit drug users utilize needles as a means to inject harmful substances to their bodies, needles can also be strategically used to holistically cure the body of blocked energies that contribute to addiction.

It’s easy for college students to form addictive habits. Whether it is coffee, cigarettes, food, or alcohol, chances are you can think of one addictive trait that you have. These habits are unhealthy, but fortunately, there are a variety of ways to deal with all ranges of addiction.

Traditional addiction rehabilitation methods include practices such as the 12-step group program, and a raw detoxification regimen. However, according to the Freedom Center of the- US, around 22 million people who have attempted to go into rehab have been unsuccessful or discouraged by those who tell them how few people succeed after completing treatment.

 Acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of holistic medicine, has advanced into a successful, non-traditional addiction rehabilitation method used today.

According to the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA), medical research combined with experimentation has revealed acupuncture as a highly effective weapon in the battle against chemical dependency. The NADA website evidences clinical success stories that implicate the alleviation of serious withdrawal symptoms directly with the strategic pin pointing of needles, ultimately encouraging addicts to stick with a treatment regimen.

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Falling into Autumn Fun

Autumn Fun

As of September 23, fall is officially here. Now is the perfect opportunity to get together with your family and friends to enjoy the season at its finest. Even with the fading of the summer sun, there are many outdoor activities bursting with excitement. Apple and pumpkin picking, haunted hayrides, haunted houses, and Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest are just a preview of the many local activities to participate in. Who says you have to be a little kid to still have fun during the season of trick or treating and pumpkin picking?

If you are looking for some fearful fun, www.hauntworld.com provides great suggestions for some of the more terrifying venues in the area. The top three visitors picks are the Field of Terror in East Windsor, NJ, C. Casola Farms Haunted Hayride of Terror in Camden, NJ, and the Pennhurst Asylum located in Spring City, PA.

Field of Terror is a six-acre haunted cornfield with scary surprises lurking in every twist and turn. Visitors have been so scared upon visiting the cornfield, it has received a 10 out of 10 scare factor according to hauntworld.com. “This is definitely not made for children,” said Edith Altomare, a senior at Georgian Court University. “The field gave me nightmares, and I’m 21 years old. It’s a fun activity to do on the weekend with friends, no matter how old you are.”

C. Casola Farms Haunted Hayride of Terror offers three haunted attractions including a hayride, barn, and trail –each of which are considered to be some of the scariest in New Jersey, according to hauntworld.com. The Pennhurst Asylum is a “haunted” asylum and museum, featuring a ghost hunt and spooky tunnel of terror.

Don’t forget about Six Flags Great Adventure’s annual Fright Fest, located in Jackson, NJ. Here, an entire amusement park of haunted theme fun comes to light. According to the Six Flags website, there are a number of hayrides, shows, and haunted houses taking place in October throughout the park.

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Local Night Life Specials for College Students

Local Night LifeFall is here and pumpkin spiced lattes are back. This summer we survived an earthquake and a hurricane, and fall could not have come sooner. The weather is perfect. Not too hot, not too cold, no need for air conditioning or heat that could sky rocket your utility bills for the month. Take that money saved and enjoy yourself this fall. Times are tough, and money may be tight, but a fun night out with your friends doesn’t have to be expensive. Many surrounding bars have adopted their own college night during the week, and offer drink specials for their close-to-broke college customers.

If you need a little pick me up on Monday to start your week week off right, Mix Lounge on Brighton Avenue in Long Branch has got your fix. Their signature “Mix Monday’s” features a full menu of martinis for half the price. On any other day their wide assortment of delicious flavored martinis will cost you $12 each, but on Mondays, get two for the price of one. The staff is very accommodating and personable, and is always ready to take your next order and give you suggestions when you can’t make up your mind. “We love ‘Mix Mondays’,” said Kim Rookwood, a Monmouth senior. “It’s our Monday night girls spot. It’s small for a bar, but the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.”

Tuesday...an awkward day of the week. You’ll almost never hear someone say, “Thank God it’s Tuesday,” unless of course, you go to Monmouth. For the 21 and over crowd, you have some options.

It’s a big night for Brighton Avenue. You have the ability to bounce back and forth between the ever-popular Jack’s, and the newer, yet equally appealing Draft House–neither, of which have a cover. Catrina Kostelas, a Monmouth senior, raves that Jack’s offers $2 Bud Lights, a great atmosphere, and even ski ball.

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The Balancing Act: School, Work and Social Life

BalancingFor students, college life is a balancing act. It is a new experience for everyone, and it sometimes takes time to find stability between your school, work, and social life. The beginning of each school year poses the same dilemma for most college students - to work or not to work? While you want to have as much free time as possible to earn straight A’s and hang out with your friends, you also want to have money to support yourself while living away from home.

 Many college students need to work while they attend school, while others just want some extra money so they don’t need to bother their parents for it. Each student that chooses to get a job adds another factor into their balancing act, making it all the more complicated. Next to academia, time management is one of the most important skills to learn in college and conquer before hitting the real world. The demands of school, work, and a social life leave you stressed and exhausted which will in turn negatively affect everything around you.

To help keep your balance, buy a planner, or take advantage of your cell phone’s calendar planning capabilities. A planner will help you map out school assignments, work commitments, and personal activities. When you see exactly when things are due in a calendar format, it makes it easier to create to-do lists that help keep your life organized. Writing important reminders down can also help your memory function. The University Bookstore sells affordable planners in a variety of sizes to help accommodate students’ needs.

After you are settled in your class schedule, look for a job that offers flexible hours that will work around your class schedule. Make sure you explain to your boss that you are a full-time student, and will need to take time off during finals to study, or whenever you feel overwhelmed with school work.

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Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey
07764

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu