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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, 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 “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 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.” 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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Feathery Fall Fashion Trends

Fashion TrendsAs we enter fall 2011, feathers are trending and selling faster than ever. Designers are adapting to this new fashion trend, and have been incorporating feathers in their clothing, accessories, and shoes. Stores such as Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, and Aldo are stocking their shelves with their own rendition of feathery products.

Feathers were a popular fashion trend during the 70’s, and are making a 2011 comeback. Decades later, the trend now incorporates different lengths, colors, and overall fierceness.

Many New York City fashion and trade shows have been debuting feathers in their new fall lines. They were especially prevalent in the shows of Jean Paul, Chanel, and Pamella Roland during September’s Fashion Week. This 70’s trend paired with other bohemian style accessories is a great combination to embrace old school fashion with a modern age twist.

Feathers can be weaved into clothing, and added as a burst of color to handbags. They can even be the delicate fringe of ballet flats, and are also a popular medalion for long neckalces.

Another interesting place one may see the feather trend is in their nearest hair salon. Feather hair extensions are taking off at a rapid pace, and many people are weaving these colorful feathers into their daily hairstyles – whether you choose to wear your hair up or down. Hair expert and salon owner of Asteria Salon, Danielle Wade, says, “Feather earrings and other jewelry are thought to be the original inspiration for feather hair extensions. Then someone clipped their earring into their hair - and now we have blended the art of feather jewelry and the expertise of hair extensions to make the amazing feather extension.”

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Fast Cash for College Students

default article imageWorking one, two, maybe even three summer jobs really paid off, huh? To see all the money you saved up these past few months (hopefully, you did save) can give you a sense of relief, independence, and financial security.

Now that classes have started, you probably lack the time to work 40 hours a week, maybe even half of that. However, as college students, we often hate carrying that broke title on our shoulders.

Do you want some spending money this school year, so you’re not tempted to dip into your savings? Or, if you did blow a hefty amount of cash during the summer, here are some options on how to build that bank account back up.

As our generation has grown up in the powerful stage of social media and the Internet, it’s not surprising that many of these money-making ideas start with the web.

According to, there are numerous, yet simple, ways to snag some green. One that seems obvious, but often forgotten about, is selling your stuff online. Still have those textbooks from last semester that the bookstore didn’t properly redeem you for? Try posting them on sites such as, Amazon and Ebay for better luck.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to stop with books. If you have anything from home or your dorm that you don’t have a use for (and that receipt is expired) put it up for sale.

If you’re computer savvy, suggests creating your own website for some dough. If you know how to build content with text, music and video (and generate enough of it with consistency) you can then get advertisers to pay to be on your site.

There’s also something called earning sharing sites. Create your own work, whether it is text, video, music, photos and more and the more frequently people look at your work, the more green you’ll see. Such sites include,, and

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Fun Facts for Freshmen... What They Didn’t Tell You at Orientation

Fun Facts for FreshmenGreetings, freshmen. Welcome to college - the place where over the next four years you will grow intellectually, emotionally, and begin to discern the ambiguities that are your future. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Though college is arguably one of the most enriching and exciting chapters of life, it is not an easy adjustment.

However, the adjustment can be a fun challenge and certainly a learning experience. During this journey, it is important to take into consideration advice from your elders. Yes, the big scary seniors who have already endured three full years of this intimidating environment.

Remember just one year ago when the first day of school arrived and you woke up to the same alarm clock that has been waking you up at the same time for the past four years of high school? Only last time it was your senior year - the highly anticipated “top of the food chain” status you dreamt about since your freshman year.

This year is a different story. When you wake up on your first day of class, there is no bell to signal the beginning of first period, and you will not get a detention for being late. If you are late, too bad. Welcome back to the bottom of the food chain.

The University provides a great freshmen orientation in which students get to know each other, begin to get comfortable around campus, and meet upper classmen that offer some guidance and encouragement. It is very important to attend orientation mostly because you will be provided with vital academic and advising information that will help you throughout your years at Monmouth.

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