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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Beauty Alert: Winter 2013’s Hottest Makeup Trends

Just as the seasons change, our makeup must follow suit. Summer gives way to warm, dewy complexions and light tones that reflect the sun and sand. Yet, winter brings a different kind of feeling, a cooler, cozier atmosphere. Whether you are preparing for work or class, or are enjoying a night out with friends, here are some winter makeup tips to have you looking your best.

The first step in applying makeup always begins with the face. Think of your face as the blank canvas in which you have to build upon. Of course, you want your skin to look even and blemish-free. But, we do not always have the perfect complexion—this is where the magic of makeup comes in.

Start with a concealer stick that suits your skin tone and use it to cover up your troubled spots. This is great for under the eyes because it eliminates the look of black rings. Next, use a foundation or a bronzer. If you have a pale complexion, choose a foundation that is closest to your tone in order to avoid looking too dark.

If you tan into the winter months, use a bronzer that will make your skin glow. You can use a combination of liquid and powder if you prefer, or just one or the other. Powder tends to look less cake-like and more natural.

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How to Keep Hair, Skin and Nails Healthy for Winter

The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and Starbucks already has their red holiday cups. This can only mean one thing, winter is right around the corner. Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up in a favorite sweater, sit by the fireplace and drink warm beverages. Although all these activities sound enticing, beauty-wise, the long winter season could be your worst nightmare.

Less humidity means better hair days, but winter brings the risk of dry skin, chapped lips, and an overall lack of that healthy glow. Before you fret about how to maintain dewy skin, luscious locks, and manicured nails, there are several tips on how to continue looking your best through the cold winter months.

Winter consists of bitter winds, steamy showers and drying indoor heat which can suck the life right out of your skin and hair. According to Women’s Health Magazine, “Dehydrated skin cells turn over more slowly, causing a buildup of dead skin, which hinders light reflection. Circulation also gets sluggish and just like that, your glow is gone and fine lines look more pronounced.”

A solution to enhance lackluster skin in the winter is to make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Omega-3s, essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and walnuts are also very crucial and beneficial for one’s health, especially when wanting to keep hair and skin from drying out. Taking vitamins could not be stressed enough.

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Online Dating: Relationships or Just Hook Ups?

We have, eHarmony, and there’s even It is no secret that online dating has become a phenomenon among all types of people in the past decade.

A Pew Research survey found that about 1 in 10 Americans has tried at least one of these online dating websites.

Nutrition professor Amanda Enright has seen a mix of results in online dating.

“Although I personally have never tried online dating, I have friends who have done it and have had various levels of success.  I’ve been to weddings of people who have met online and they definitely are meant for each other.  I have other friends who have gone on dates with people they met online who turned out to be complete weirdos,” she said.

The vast majority of college students might think, “I’m not that desperate yet,” but the truth is, if you’ve used Facebook to message someone you met at a party the night before, you’ve basically made an attempt at a form of online dating.

Other than Facebook being a popular means of social dating for college kids, online dating now comes in the convenient form of applications as well.

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The Vine Video Epidemic

Have you ever heard of the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Well, how many words is a six-second video clip worth? The Vine video epidemic is growing increasingly popular each day, capturing the attention of people from all around the world.

According to, there are currently about 13 million vine users across the globe. Five tweets per second also featured a Vine link within them. It is obvious that the use of video in digital media has added to the way information and entertainment is distributed. The most amazing thing, however, is that such impact can be created within a six-second time period. But, why are people so drawn to these short video clips?

Some of the most popular Vines include people getting hurt, doing something funny, or showing off a talent. However, although most videos are made for fun, some have skyrocketed individuals to stardom.

A few notable Vine sensations are younger than college students, yet have had incredible success.

Terio, the young boy who was made famous by his cousins’ Vine post of him dancing in the street, has gained instant fame. Because of this video, “Oooh Kill ‘Em” has become a common catchphrase used by many people.

Three-year-old Ava Ryan has become a Vine hit thanks to her mom’s account. Ava gives advice on being the life of the party, eating tomatoes, and reading. Through Vine, this young girl has been able to share her precocious advice with her 127,000 followers. 

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Drinks You May Be Missing

We’ve all heard of the popular coffeehouse brand, Starbucks. With the largest coffee shop company in the world, Starbucks has become a household name. Known for their strong roasts and the well-known green twin-tailed mermaid logo, they have built a customer following that rarely strays. However, many Starbucks drinkers may not know of the hidden recipes that can be created, but aren’t featured on the menu.

The “Starbucks Secret Menu” as it is known by Starbucks junkies, is a secret list of drinks that baristas can make, as long as you request the correct ingredients. These recipes are more out of the ordinary than the regular coffees and Frappuccinos featured on the menu. From pumpkin pie to Starburst, there is bound to be a flavor that fits you. With the uniqueness of the recipes, you’ll definitely want to try them all.

Because it’s fall, everyone is pumpkin crazy. But, aren’t you tired of the same old pumpkin spice? Switch it up with a hint of chocolate. By adding mocha syrup to your pumpkin spice latte, you immediately have a chocolate pumpkin latte. Chocolate and pumpkin, what could be better?

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A History of Halloween’s Creepiest Creatures

There are many frightful creatures that have always accompanied October’s well known holiday, Halloween, but few are aware of how those creatures came about.

The most notorious vampire first appeared in 1897 when Irish author, Bram Stoker, introduced his titled book Dracula. Although Stoker did not invent the idea of a vampire, he gave the creature its modern flare. Most do know the tale of Count Dracula, a blood sucking vampire from Transylvania, but not many realize that Stoker was influenced to create his fictitious character by a real person, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. In the 15th century, Vlad III ruled over Romania and became famous for his pleasure in tyranny and torture.

Graziella Ruffa, a sophomore business major, believes that Dracula is the scariest tale of all. “Who would ever want their blood to be sucked? Especially since they look like a human, you would never know until they show their teeth. By that time, it’s too late!” Ruffa said.

Nicole Rubino, junior health studies major disagrees with Ruffa mainly because the media has made such a vampire frenzy. “No one is afraid of Dracula because he is overrated,” Rubino said.

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Halloween Costume Craze: Minions, Miley and More

Halloween is the one day a year people can dress up as whatever or whoever they want and enjoy themselves. The costume options are endless.  From couples costumes, to scary costumes, to sexy costumes and funny costumes, Halloween is sure to bring out everyone’s fun side.

Already assembled and accessorized costumes can be purchased at stores like Party City. For women, their costumes range in prices as low as $29.99 to as high as $139.99. The prices may be high but most costumes include all of the accessories so the buyer does not have to run around from store to store trying to find the proper accessories to complete the outfit. The top women’s costumes according to Party City this year feature themes such as cops, devils, witches, superheroes, animals and neon-colored monsters.

The top costumes for men according to Party City include cops, superheroes, animals and television and movie characters. The men’s costumes tend to be cheaper but can also reach as high as $199.99. This is because the men’s costumes do not include as many accessories as the women’s costumes do.

Couple and group costumes can be more fun than dressing up on your own. Common couple costumes that can be purchased at Party City are Batman and Batgirl, Superman and Superwoman, a football player and a referee, peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, ninjas and firefighters. The couple costumes sold at Party City range from $29.99 to $54.99.

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Spooky Seasonal Snacks

Halloween is right around the corner and those who like to celebrate the holiday like 10 year olds are sure to be costume shopping, hanging up spooky decorations and making festive recipes. One of the great things about Halloween is that it is a holiday that can be fun without having to spend tons of money.

Even students on a budget can partake in activities associated with Halloween. This is definitely the holiday for those who love DIY projects. Aside from saving money on homemade costumes, yummy, festive treats can be made as well for those hosting Halloween parties or attending as guests. If you are looking for something to spark your creative fire, Pinterest is an awesome site to check out for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. Anything related to fall and Halloween recipes can be found on the site and the app, including detailed recipes and mouth-watering pictures.

Search Halloween recipes on Pinterest and dozens of pages will pop up with countless spooky treats. One of the many recipes found on Pinterest is a simple snack perfect for any party, ghost pretzels. Using pretzel sticks, melted baking white chocolate, a tube of black icing for the faces and clear plastic bags, you have a yummy treat in a matter of minutes.

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Halloween Hot Spots

Are you looking for a fun night out that will get you into the Halloween spirit? Whether you want to be spooked by something haunted or dress up and hit the town with friends, there is something around the area for you.

An obvious choice is Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest. Located in Jackson, it’s not too far of a ride. The thrill of Six Flags’ classic rollercoasters is not the only attraction to the famous theme park this season. You will be greeted by ghastly creatures while roaming around the park and even have the chance to see shows and presentations tailored to fright.

New attractions include the Straw-Man Stalkers and the Manor, which is a tour of an abandoned haunted house. If you’re not up for the extreme scares, you can still get your adrenaline pumping on rides like Kingda Ka and Nitro. You have to hurry, because this Halloween-inspired event will only be running until Oct. 27.

Spanish and elementary eduction major Jessica Dayton said, “Even though the haunted trails cost more money, they are worth it. The insane asylum was so scary, but so fun.”

C. Casola Farms in Marlboro will be featuring their Haunted Hayride of Terrors on the weekends through Nov. 2. There are also three other attractions: a 3D Haunted Barn, the Haunted Wooded Trail, and the new Living Maze.

If you are brave enough to go by foot, you can walk through the back woods or get trapped in a labyrinth, but beware of who may be joining you. If you want a bit of a scare with the safety of transportation, the hayride would be a better option. The hayride is $15 alone, and the rest of the attractions are $12 each. If you want to experience them all, you can purchase a pass for $40, or $50 if you want to cut all of the lines. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to get a thrill.

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COREiculum Valedictorian Challenge Hits Monmouth

Eight-Week Challenge Offers a Free Spring Break Vacation as the Ultimate Reward

Are you looking for a fun, yet effective way to get in shape in time for spring break? Well, if you are, you’re in luck. With COREiculum, you can get a complete workout in the comfort of your dorm room.

COREiculum is a fitness program that started here on campus by alumni Andy Stern in 2012. Stern’s goal for this program was to tailor a workout regimen that could be completed by busy college students. As a former University student, he was familiar with the challenges we face every day, from being pressed for time with classwork, to having Dining Hall food as the only option. Because of this, he created the DVD workout program along with a diet plan geared toward college students.

This month, COREiculum is presenting an all new challenge exclusive to the University, the Valedictorian Challenge. The eight-week weight loss contest is more than just shedding pounds; it is a program designed to get you sculpted, toned and strong as well.  By using the COREiculum DVD, you can try workouts like plyometrics, total legs, and kickboxing, among others.

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Alex And Ani: Fleeting Fad or Here for Good?

When you walk around campus, you’re sure to see many people wearing bangle bracelets with dangling charms around their wrists. Some may have silver, some gold, and some may even mix and match. There might be a whole stack of bracelets on their arms, or they may only have one or two. This new Alex and Ani bracelet trend is becoming increasingly popular. But, will the fad die out or will Alex and Ani withstand the test of time?

Carolyn Rafaelian is the woman behind the brand, which is named after her two eldest daughters. The company was started in 2004, so it has been around a lot longer than many probably think. Featuring expandable bracelets, rings, necklaces and even wine glass charms, all of the products are made in America.

The concept behind the jewelry is Rafaelian’s belief in positive energy and symbolic empowerment. This is why each piece boasts a different charm. Each charm has a different meaning that is explained in the packaging. For example, the anchor represents hope, tranquility and stability.

Assistant to the Department of Disability Services Stacey Brewer said, “I have one as a gift from my daughter. It is the seahorse, which means patience. I really like how it is jewelry with thought behind it.”

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