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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Basket Alternatives

Easter is coming up soon and although you may no longer be­lieve in Peter Cottontail, baskets are still a fun way to celebrate the holiday. But, if you are tired of the traditional milk chocolate eggs and marshmallow Peeps, you may want to think about way to rein­vent the Easter basket. Here are a few tips on how to revamp this holiday tradition.

Fill your basket with candy-less snacks such as popcorn, chips and cookies. You can make quick and easy sugar cookies and even shape them into bunnies and Eas­ter eggs. They will be fun to dec­orate and eat.

Chocolate-dipped pretzels are a twist to a sweet treat and can solve your salty and sweet crav­ings. Stick them into a Styro­foam block and create a bouquet that can be placed into a deco­rated f lower pot or plastic cup.

You can also make your own candy with three ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, and melt­ed chocolate. Crush a package of Oreos, mix it together with a package of cream cheese and roll them into balls. Then, dip them in chocolate and add sprinkles and you have your own choco­late truffles that are ready to eat. Stick them inside plaster Easter eggs and scatter them throughout. You can finish off this food-filled basket with K-cups for a Keurig or a gift card to a favorite coffee shop.

Sophomore communication major Danielle Trentin enjoys the thought of putting a twist on tradition. “I love coffee, make­up, and clothes. I would love to receive any of them in my bas­ket,” she said.

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Spring Picnics Come With A Meaty Price

It’s the spring season, which means it is almost time to start slap­ping some all-beef patties on an open flame, melting some cheddar cheese on top, and smothering it in ketchup. Now imagine grilling that burger in 105-degree weather with 90 percent humidity. What if you couldn’t have one without the other? What does eat­ing a hamburger have to do with the weather?

It may not be the actual burger it­self, but the production of the cattle that has to do with the effect on the environment. Health studies profes­sor Christopher Hirschler said, “The United Nations came out with a report in 2006 that stated that animal agri­culture attributes more greenhouse gases than does transportation. That’s largely because of cows and the meth­ane that they produce.” Hirschler continued. “The vast majority of sci­entists, 95-98 percent, feel that it (the earth) is warming and it is man-made, at least in part. It is a result of all the fossil fuels and all the gas we’re pro­ducing.”

According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), one-third of the fossil fuels in the United States are put toward raising animals for food.

According to Hirschler, cattle in the United States are fed corn that he said is not naturally what cows eat. He said, “It takes oil and gasoline to get ready to grow corn. You need water to grow the corn. So you spend all this energy and water to produce the corn and then you give it to the cow. So that in and of itself is not environmentally sound.”

According to Heidi Estes, Eng­lish professor and environmental enthusiast, the consumption of meat raises carbon dioxide emis­sions in the atmosphere. She said, “By the amount of gas that the cow emits, it is a significant contributor to climate prob­lems.”

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Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Irish Recipes

soupIn America’s view, St. Patrick’s Day is typically filled with drink­ing and dressing in green accom­panied by a party or attending a parade. Though the focus of the holiday differs from Ireland, there are still traditional Irish foods you can incorporate into your celebra­tion. Whether you are looking to cook an Irish meal on the holiday for your family or offer your pals some Irish treats, there are plenty of ways to celebrate by eating.

If you want to hold a tradition­al dinner, there are a number of foods available. For starters, you can make Irish potato and leek soup, two vegetables often eaten in the Emerald Isle. This soup requires two leeks, one pound of potatoes, half a teaspoon of white pepper, an ounce of butter, two thyme sprigs, half a cup of heavy whipped cream, half an onion, and vegetable broth.

Begin by dicing the potatoes, chopping the onions, and chopping the leeks much like you would cel­ery. Use butter instead of spray in a pot and turn on the stove. Then combine the potatoes, onions, and leeks into the pot. Let this cook for around 15 minutes while stirring every three minutes.

Once the 15 minutes is finished, add the broth to the pot along with the white pepper and thyme. Let the pot sit while stirring occasion­ally until the soup begins to sim­mer. At this point, let the soup cook for another ten minutes, then puree the soup using a blender. Fi­nally, mix in the whipped cream and your soup will be complete.

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Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Pub Crawls

St-Patrick-Parade-New-YorkSaint Patrick’s Day is a unique day when people nationwide all of the sudden finds their Irish roots. Unlike the traditional holidays, there may not be much gift giv­ing but instead there is still a need to celebrate. Every year, March 17 marks the day when America gets painted green. Practically every­where one turns, they can spot Irish flags, green attire, lepre­chaun accessories and numerous “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts run­ning around the town.

Junior communication major, Mike Migliaro, reveals that he will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by “being Irish for the day with my fraternity brothers.” In his opinion, college students “can still celebrate the holiday while on a budget by staying close to home.”

If you are planning to go out on the town to honor the day, it is almost certain you are bound to find an event celebrating this March holiday. Both local and major cities plan events beginning in the early weeks of March to the end of the month to honor and cel­ebrate this day.

Depending on who you are, you may view St. Patrick’s Day fall­ing right in the beginning of our spring break lucky. This coinci­dence makes a great opportunity to explore different St. Patrick Day events happening in the tri-state area.

One of the most famed St. Pat­rick’s Day Parade happens an hour north in New York City. The city will be entering its 251st year of hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Parade making it the oldest city in the na­tion to do so. Saturday, March 16 marks the date NYC will be host­ing its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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The Secret Behind Weight Loss Explained

With work piling up and mid­terms nearing, it may seem like summer is still far away, but time flies and before you know it, May will be here. If you want to get in shape before you hit the beach, but feel like you do not have the time, there are some things that can help you achieve the body you are looking for.

Exercise is always a factor to keep in mind, not only for physi­cal appearance, but for your health. Maintaining an active lifestyle is essential for staying fit and energetic. Although that may not seem like a problem, students must worry about it now, everyone will experience aging eventually.

With that said, everyone is different, so the right exercise regimen has to be tailored to the individual. Whether you enjoy heavy lifting and building mus­cle, or extreme cardio and yoga, there is a workout out there for you.

Cardio is a must if you want to get your weight down, and also keep your heart healthy and re­duces stress.

Many exercises like running, power walking, biking, using an elliptical, jumping rope, and so on can be used to burn calories and increase heart rate. Home fit­ness videos such as P90x, Insan­ity, and MU’s own COREiculium are perfect if you would rather workout at home than go to the gym. These videos allow you to work on your abs, strength train­ing, and more in the comfort of your home or dorm room.

Chair of Health and Physical Education, Dr. James Konopack, adds that in order to lose weight and be happy about it, you must find a workout that is fun for you.

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Spring Break Travel Guide: Exploring Florida

snorkelingIf you are looking to plan a last minute Spring Break trip, with no passport or out of the country requirements, your de­sired destination may very well be Florida. The state is a short two hour flight and less than 20 hours driving distance if you want to take a road trip. Besides the moderately easy travel, the southern climate generates sun­shine year round making for a pleasant stay.

One of Florida’s most attrac­tive tourism spot is Fort Lau­derdale. Located in Southern Florida on the Atlantic Ocean, Ft. Lauderdale has 23 miles of clean beaches. The city holds many attractions such as visiting Everglades National Park and a vast night life from night clubs, to comedy clubs to western sa­loons.

For most spring breakers looking to party, Florida’s city of Miami is where college stu­dents nationwide swarm for their Spring Breaks. A half hour drive south of Ft. Lauderdale, the city famous for its gorgeous beaches and luxurious lifestyle.

Although Miami might be known for its upscale atmo­sphere, it does offer reasonable hotel prices with rooms starting as low as $105 per night accord­ing to sprinkbreak.studentads.com.

The infamous South Beach is a popular location, serving as the place to be during the day for the beach and at night for clubs like Liv and Set Miami. Downtown Miami also offers an assortment of clubs like Club Space, where the cast of Jersey Shore often ap­peared during filming.

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Affordable Bathing Suit Stores with the Latest Trends

bikiniSpring break is only two weeks away, and summer is just around the corner. If you want to show off the beach body you have worked so hard for, you might want to start shopping for the season’s hottest swimwear.

This year, the main feature of many bikinis is fringe and flow. While looking amongst shops, you will without a doubt come across fringed bandeaus in bright colors as well as bikini tops with fabric over­lays. Bold hues and block patterns are also in fashion, and these can really make your sun-kissed skin pop.

The retro swimsuits are making a quick comeback as they can be found in almost any bathing suit store. These vintage reflections are equipped with ribbons, bows, and high-waisted bikini bottoms. One-piece suits with strapless styles and peek-a-boo sides are also hot in this upcoming season.

Kyle Evans, a junior majoring in PR/Journalism said, “I usually prefer bikinis, but I have seen some pretty stylish one-pieces. I think girls should step out of the box and try something they’ve never worn before.”

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Does Organic Really Make a Difference?

On the left, bright orange Napa carrots are bundled together by their leafy green stems. Grown organi­cally, picked right from a farm in Howell, New Jersey and brought to the local grocery store to be sold.

On the right, carrots are trimmed and cleaned before they reach the buyer. These carrots were sprayed with sulfur dioxide to keep bugs away. They are neatly packaged in a plastic bag and ready to be con­sumed.

Megan Gray, an Ocean Grove resident and health enthusiast, is un­sure of which carrots to buy.

According to the USDA Consum­er Brochure, “Organic food is pro­duced without using most conven­tional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.”

There is conflicting evidence as to whether or not buying organic food makes a difference when it comes to health. Researchers have conducted studies claiming that conventional foods are detrimental to health and vise versa.

Chemistry professor Merrily Er­vin believes Gray should go with the carrots on the right. She said, “From the studies I have seen, there might be slightly less pesticide residue on organic than there is on regular (produce). But both of them are well below the established limits set by the FDA, so as far as I know, with respect to safety, there is no differ­ence with organic and conventional foods.”

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Spring Break Travel Guide

Viva Mexico: A Tale Of Three Cities

mexicotodayWhen college kids think of Spring Break, some think of adventures during the day and dancing at night.

According to U.S. News Travel’s Best Spring Break Destinations, Mexico holds every aspect college students desire. Home of four out of the 11 Best Spring Break Destina­tions, Mexico is only a short flight away, has many all-inclusive hotels for decent prices and attracts many college kids. If you are looking to find both an affordable and relaxing vacation, the country will definitely please you.

One of the most common spring break destinations for college stu­dents nationwide is Cancún. Gain­ing much of its popularity from an MTV special, Cancún is well known for its partying and wild actions. With clubs that stay open until 6:00 in the morning such as CoCo Bongo and famous bars like Señor Frogs, this destination pro­vides many opportunities for a great night. Though Cancún gets a repu­tation for the ultimate party destina­tion, it has much more to offer.

Sophomore political science ma­jor Dominick Mascitelli shared his experience. “I went to Cancún a few years back. It was beautiful there, I want to go back.”

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Trend Alert: Hair Chalking

Let’s face it ladies, it’s that time of the year when you are starting to get sick of your look and begin searching for a change. But the question is, what are you going to do?

The hair trend that is starting to take rise is called “Hair chalk­ing.” It is an easy way to tempo­rarily change your look. “Chalk­ing” is as simple as it sounds: you color your hair by using craft store chalk.

Dyeing your hair permanently can damage your hair. Kristine Simoes, specialist professor, shared her nightmare experience with dyeing her hair.

“Once in college, my room­mate and I tried to be blondes and bought hair color in Jamesway (a long closed discount chain). She was much closer to the color than I was and she became light, yel­low brown. My then (undyed) black hair became orange and broke off on the ends. I had to cut it to a very short bob.”

According to Kristin Perrotta, Allure’s executive editor, rain­bow streaked hair was first seen on runways about two or three years ago, featured by designers such as Prabal Gurung, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier.

However, Perrotta gives credit to reality star and fashionista Lauren Conrad for the trend. She tweeted a picture with hot pink tips at the bottom of her hair and everyone was buzzing about how she did it. Conrad’s stylist, Kris­tin Ess, told InStyle the secret to Conrad’s hair chalk. Once the word was out, Conrad and Ess posted a full how-to video on their website thebeautydepart­ment.com.

There are a lot more how-to videos than just the one on the website, but I am going to give you step by step directions on how to do it yourself at home.

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Spring Break Travel Guide: An Overview of Spain

BRIDGEWant to see a bullfight, watch beautiful flamenco dancers, travel to historic cathedrals, or experience another language? A trip to Spain may be in your future. Located in Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, the country is filled with different experiences.

According to the National Statistics Institute of Spain, the country is called home by about 47 million people. With culture, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean, moun­tain sides and cities galore, it almost seems unreasonable to not choose Spain as your spring break destination.

Toward the center of Spain and north of Seville lies the capital and largest city of the country: Madrid. Widely known for its soccer team, Madrid is popu­lated by 3.3 million people. Dr. Elsa Lake, Spanish professor at the University, was once a native to Madrid.

“My brother and I lived in Ma­drid for almost two years,” Lake explained. “When I go to Spain, I always go to Barajas Airport, the international airport in Madrid.” Hotels are scattered across the big city with different options available for your price range. For the daytime, activities can range anywhere from touring the national art museum Museo Del Prado, or viewing beautiful architectural pieces such as the Almudena Cathedral tour.

One of Madrid’s most popu­lar sites is the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) located in Re­tiro Park. The Palacio de Cristal is a large glass building origi­nally built in 1887 as a green­house. If you visit on a sunny day, the glass building also acts as a prism, creating rainbows all around the structure.

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