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Lifestyles

Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Gifts Ideas Galore For Those In Need of a Quick Fix

chocolatecupcakesIt’s that time of year again sweethearts- the day filled with red hearts, roses and endless box­es of chocolate. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow which means another gift giving holiday for that spe­cial someone. If you are stuck on a gift idea for your significant other, here are some unique ideas that will hopefully make life a little easier.

It is often said that the typical boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses have become a cliché and although some girls oppose the “thoughtless” gift, others love the tradition from their man. Boys take note.

Freshman business major, Brit­tany Lamb, revealed that she still gets smitten when given these classic gifts. “I absolutely love getting chocolates and flowers. In my book it’s not considered a cli­ché at all,” Lamb praised. “It’s an expected gift this time of year.”

According to gathered online statistics, Americans consumed 24.5 pounds of candy per capita in 2008. However, for the portion of girls that find chocolates and roses to be a bore, here are some differ­ent ideas.

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Nearby Restaurants To Impress Your Valentine

lifestylesAlthough cliché, dinner for two is one of the most valuable Val­entine’s Day traditions instilled in our culture. With the holiday coming up right around the corner, these romantic restaurants in our college town area will make for a memorable meal this season.

Long Branch is a great place to start. While it is obviously the most convenient town in regards to travel for MU students, some of the best places are located in your backyard. Long Branch offers a number of different dining styles. If you and your date are looking for a romantic location with a great view, McCloone’s Pier House lo­cated in Pier Village would be a great start.

Student Government Associa­tion President, Oscar Sanchez Jr., adores the hot spot Pier House. “McCloone’s is a great date spot. Besides the amazing seafood they offer, you can enjoy the beautiful ocean view. That, combined with the dim lighting, can really create a romantic evening for a couple.”

Although a little pricey for col­lege students on a budget, junior Kristen Harz says, “The food is worth the price. It is very deli­cious.”

An advantage of McCloone’s is it’s proximity to the beach. After dinner, you and your significant other can talk a nice walk on the beach.

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Break Tradition With These Valentine’s Day Gifts

52-cardsValentine’s Day has always been about the tradition of a man spoiling a woman with affection and gifts. But even though the holiday does involve tradition, this does not essentially mean you need to give a typical gift. Now that this thought has been invoked in your mind, are you going to look for a great original gift this Valentine’s Day? Toss the same old chocolates and flowers idea out the window because there’s still time to create a personal gift for your special someone.

Most importantly, base your gift off of what interests your partner the most. If they love to eat, get to their heart through their stomach. If their niche involves arts and crafts, combine creativity with romance in order to make the perfect gift. If you are looking to break the trend of the conventional dinner and flowers and want something new and exciting, this article is for you.

Say your special someone loves sweets. A great present would be personalizing the treats you plan to give with a special touch. For instance, avoid the typical cupcake with pink frosting and instead make heart shaped cupcakes and write on each cupcake one of your partner’s favorite things. That way it is a treat they love, involves hobbies they love, and it all is coming from someone they love.

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What You Should Knot Do To Your Hair

Hair is an important aspect of appearance for pretty much everyone. It is an essential ac­cessory, and it can take a lot of work to maintain. Many people often find themselves wishing their hair was more manageable, longer and smoother, or even a different color. Most of the time, frustration is the only thing that comes out of the struggle for style. In order to achieve the hair you wish for, it is important to know more about the topic. Through my current internship with a hair coloring company, I have learned a lot of information regarding hair. Some facts that you may not have known about hair are:

1) Hair is dead once it leaves the root. 2) The average head has 100,000 strands of hair. 3) Blondes not only have more fun, but more hair with an average of 120,000 strands. While brown comes in second place at 100,000 and red in last at 80,000. 4) You can lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. 5) Hair grows .3-.5 mil­limeters per day, which translates to 12-15 centimeters a year. 6) Hair is the second fastest grow­ing tissue in the body, second to bone marrow. 7) Vitamins C and D and protein can aid in hair health. 8) Pigment is what gives hair its color. With age, hair has less pigment, which results in un­wanted grays. 9) Factors such as drugs, medicines, and even iron deficiency can result in hair loss. 10) Baldness comes from genes and is experienced by fifty per­cent of men and forty percent of menopausal women. 11) Hair has two main ingredients—keratin and water. 12) Eumelanine and phaeomelanine are proteins that determine hair color. Dark hair has more eumelanine while light­er hair has more phaeomelanine.

Now that you are more famil­iar with the facts, you need to know what you can do to achieve the look you are going for. The most important thing to do when wanting better hair is to take care of it. Protein and vitamins are essential for hair health and growth, so eat healthy. Iron and zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss, so make sure you have ad­equate amounts of both. Taking a supplement that has Vitamin B, like Biotin, will help hair growth. You are what you eat, and if you want healthy hair, you should maintain a healthy diet.

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The Coffee Battle

The Ongoing Dunkin’ vs Starbucks Feud


starbucksThough some may disagree, coffee is a beloved drink that helps people everywhere wake up in the morning. Coffee shops have been popping up across the nation as they are a great place to lounge, gossip, and even get work done.

While there are many locally owned coffee shops, such as The Ink Well located on Second Ave in Long Branch, there are also many chains across America. The two most loved coffee sellers across the nation are Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. The on-going battle between these two chains may live on forever as many have their choice of preference.

When freshman Jessica Caffey was asked which coffee chain she preferred she replied, “I am definitely a Dunkin’ girl. My favorite is their Mint Hot Chocolate. It’s so rich and it is guaranteed to stay hot on my commute to school.”

Dating back to when Dunkin’ Donuts originated in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts, its name gained its popularity primarily as a donut shop. Dunkin’ soon realized coffee could bring profit, but they began with just a basic cup of joe compared to the drink variety the chain has now.

The second you enter a Dunkin’ Donuts, you are faced with choices ranging from flavored coffees to lattes to hot chocolate. Another perk of going to a Dunkin’ Donuts is having the option of getting ice cream by Baskin Robins. It was in 1990 that Dunkin’ bought Baskin Robbins and three years later the two shops merged.

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A New Year, A New You

gymA New Year, a New You’ is what we tell ourselves every January 1. Some women make their New Year’s resolution to lose weight while some men make their New Year’s resolution to gain muscle.

The fact of the matter is: neither are quite as simple as they sound. In our current society, we can get what we want at the click of a button. The one exception of this fast paced lifestyle would be losing weight and gaining muscle.

Instead of becoming discouraged that neither is happening to your body after the first two weeks of the New Year, just remind yourself that your body has to become used to the constant exercise.

Women: if you do gain weight in the first two weeks of exercising, this is not unhealthy. In fact, this weight is due to your muscles becoming stronger. Men: it is rather obvious that you will not be able to bench press your weight in a mere two weeks of  exercise. Just keep in mind that your muscle mass is increasing even though you cannot yet see results.

Mindset is a major cause of a good or bad workout. If you are on a machine and keep thinking to yourself, “only five more minutes of this,” you will not have as good of a workout as someone who is not focusing on the time.

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Holiday Bites Sure to Entice

BROWNIEYet again, it is the glorious holiday season. What is it that makes this time of the year so wonderful, one may ask? For starters, the holiday season is typically comprised of family gatherings, winter festivities, frosty air, holiday cheer, and gift-giving. Perhaps the most delightful of all, however, is the delicious desserts that one may consume throughout the duration of the season.

Let’s take a moment to be honest with ourselves: eating desserts is inevitable during the holidays. Quite frankly, this time of the year is an excuse to devour these mouth-watering goodies that we may otherwise feel guilty even contemplating consumption. Now that you have been reassured that ingesting great quantities of holiday treats is acceptable, let’s take a look at some creative and delicious holiday treats that you bake to impress your family and friends with the originality as well as taste.

Instead of cooking regular vanilla or chocolate cupcakes, you can spice up the appearance by turning them into Reindeer Cupcakes. A batch of 24 of these cupcakes can finished within two hours by following a simple Betty Crocker recipe.

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Oh, There’s No Place Like Philadelphia for the H lidays

lifeWhile many North Jersey residents refer to “the city” as New York City, South Jersey residents prefer the smaller city of Philadelphia. While South Jersey locals are aware of the plethora of activities Philadelphia has to offer, many tend to overlook the Pennsylvania city in favor of the promoted New York City. With a wide range of activities from ice skating to plays to just enjoying the holiday décor, Philadelphia has everything to get in the holiday mood.

Without a doubt, one of Philadelphia’s most treasured holiday traditions would be none other than the annual New Year’s Day Mummer’s parade. These Mummers parade through the city commonly doing what is known as ‘the mummer’s strut’ in elaborate costume like outfits.

In fact, the term ‘mummer’ is German for ‘to masquerade.’ On January 1 at 10 am every year, they can be seen strutting on the streets of Philadelphia for eight consecutive hours eventually ending their parade at City Hall. English Professor Susan Stever has fond memories of growing up in Philadelphia and watching the Mummers strut.

“Local clubs spent all year working on costumes for the Mummers parade. This camaraderie, fair play, and kindness and the reciprocal neighborhood support really symbolized the city of brotherly love,” Stever recalled. “Jan 1st was often extremely cold in the 50’s and 60’s-but I have vivid memories of Mummers in full costume warming up in my school yard before the parade. I loved walking by to see the brightly colored feathers and hear the banjo music.”

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New York City Entices Many with Holiday Traditions

lifestyleIt’s the most wonderful time of the year—to take a trip into New York City. The holiday season is in full swing and the daily drone of school may not be getting you into the spirit. If you are looking for a place where you can forget your ordinary routine and enjoy the cheerfulness of the season, NYC is the place to be. The Big Apple offers many different options to help you feel merry and bright.

The most obvious place to start is in Rockefeller Center, home of the annual Christmas tree that is placed there every year. This year’s tree lighting took place on November 28th, and the tree can now be seen in its sparkling glory through the holiday season. The cherished yearly tradition has even more significance this year after Hurricane Sandy in which the tree, originated from Mt. Olive, New Jsersey, survived the mass destruction NJ endured.

After you visit the familiar attraction, you can make your way right to the Rockefeller Center ice rink, another landmark popular during this time of year. The rink offers a daily skating schedule, lessons, and even an opportunity for private reservations at its nearby restaurant. This is a fun option as it combines recreation with the spirit of the season all in one place.

If you love a good show, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is something to see. Highlighting the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, this performance takes the audience on a journey through New York City during Christmastime. You can watch Santa fly around in his sleigh through 3D technology, and watch a live nativity scene complete with real animals.

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Capture the Holiday Spirit with These Decoration Tips

It is a struggle to find the holiday spirit when being confined to cinder blocks, apart from your family, and without the smell of cinnamon candles or pine tree.

Professor Kathryn Nogueira, who attended MU and lived on campus for one year also had difficulty recapturing the Christmas spirit on campus in her time spent as a student.

“For me, I think it might have been difficult to get into the holiday spirit while living on campus because during those last few weeks of December, when you are still in your dorm, most students are focusing all of their attention on finals and not necessarily any upcoming holidays they might celebrate.” Nogueira recalled. “I think a lot of people also associate the holidays and their holiday spirit with the traditions they had at home or with their families growing up.”

It seems as if the only way to find the holiday spirit when in college is to add ambush your dorm with holiday decorations. Whether it be Christmas or Hanukah, there are plenty of ways to deck your dorm with holiday decorations.

If your holiday is Christmas, it is always a pleasure to find the perfect Christmas tree with your family and put it up in your house. As many of you probably do not have enough time to head home and follow through with the tradition. Fortunately, you can still make do with an artificial tree and spruce up your dorm for a low price.

An artificial tree can be purchased at the K-Mart on Route 36. A tree is just the first step to make your dorm reflect like the holiday season. The next step would be to decorate it with ornaments, lights, and a star. You and your roommates could even have a Christmas decorating party with your MU friends in order to spread the holiday spirit.

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Recreate Your Space Over Break with Simple Projects

One’s room is merely a reflection of their personality. Within four walls, you can easily learn what a person’s favorite color is, their fondest memories, musical interests, or heroes. These decorations represent the individual and express their lifestyle in a number of ways. If you are looking to transform your room into a personal safe haven, the following do-it-yourself projects can do the job at an affordable price!

A way to make your space clean and organized without taking away character is to draw attention to the small things. Replace calendars with a personalized chalkboard for under $20. For this task, all you need is a sponge brush, garage tape, chalkboard paint, and a piece of wood. Coat the board once with the chalkboard paint and let it dry for one hour. Then, add a second coat and let it dry for the next 24 hours. After the total 25 hour wait, you can now use it to record important dates and appointments, write your favorite quotes, or use as a place to draw.

Much like chalkboards, magnetic boards are also great for organization. A magnetic board can easily be made by lining a cookie sheet, or a pan, with contact paper. Magnet boards are useful for expendable memos, doto lists, and more.

It can be well assumed that everyone has heard the old age adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” By personalizing your space with pictures, you can consistently be surrounded by everything and everyone you care about.

Junior Lauren Cane said, “I have pictures of my friends and family in my room because I like to look back on the things I did and places I went and memories I made. It is fun to see the smiles we all have on our faces and remember those times.”

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