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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Keep Calm and Just Graduate ...Whenever You Can

Graduation_2-26May 2015 - the long anticipated date that I have been waiting for since the first day of freshman year.

This is the date that I have been writing for almost three whole years on every job, internship, and summer program application.

May 2015 is my expected graduation date. The word, "expected" scares me because expected does not mean definite, it is more like your graduation date is an estimate of when you'll finally complete all of the credits the school requires you to fulfill. What if May 2015 comes along and I'm not walking across that long stage with the rest of my classmates?

When I entered the University as a freshman, I never gave second guessed when I would be graduating, it was always May 2015. But now with being only a little over a year away from the actual date, I find myself stressing out more than I ever have.

My major never changed, so luckily my sequence chart is successfully being filled, but my life plans have changed and unfortunately there is no sequence chart for that.

When I started off as a chemistry major I wanted to graduate, go onto obtaining my master's degree, and eventually work for a big cosmetics company, working my way up to making five-digit figures. Is that my plan now? Not so much.

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Spring Break Body Ready?

The countdown is on - three weeks to spring break. If you are lucky enough to be leaving snowy, dreadfully cold weather, you probably have several pictures of Victoria's Secret models taped all over your refrigerators for body motivation just in time for that exotic vacation. I am guilty of it too and I'm not even going to be in a bikini anytime soon.

Most girls on a college campus have been extreme dieting and hitting those late night gym sessions after class to look their best when hitting the beach.

Now let's be realistic for a minute. No fad or crash diet is going to get you to look like Miranda Kerr in three short weeks. Honestly, you should really be embracing whatever size or shape you are and love yourself for who you are.

However, if you really want to be serious and take up a healthier lifestyle, it does require weeks and even months in advance of hard work and will power. If you already planned ahead and have been diligently drinking your green smoothies and eating salads, you are on the right track.

So what do you do when you have been pigging out on Chipotle every day for lunch and hitting up Taco Bell for a midnight snack and your vacation is creeping up? For starters, put down that quesadilla you're munching on and listen up.

If you want to be a healthier version of yourself by the time you board that plane for spring break, or just in general, there are a few healthy remedies that I personally am a fan of and swear by.

A few tricks to lose that bloated feeling and get you feeling lighter is by drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. According to womenshealth.com, "A mug of hot lemon water in the morning wakes up your digestive system and helps get things moving. You can also drink green tea with lemon if you don't like the taste of warm lemon water on its own."

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The Super Bowl Of NASCAR: Daytona 500

130226124353-danica-patrick-daytona-500-1-single-image-cutOn Feb. 23, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will kick off with the 56 running of the Daytona 500. This race is often referred to as the "Superbowl of stock car racing" despite the fact that, on its face, it appears to be more like traffic on the Garden State Parkway at 200 m.p.h than something like Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks down the field at MetLife Stadium.

But while football remains, arguably the most popular sport in America, a few comparisons can be drawn between NASCAR's biggest race and football's biggest game.

While Daytona International Speedway did not release any official attendance figures for last year's Daytona 500 (as is often the case with many NASCAR venues), in 2012 the track sold 140,000 of its 167,000 seats.

By comparison, the 2013 Super Bowl at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome, sold 71,024 of the stadium's 73,208 seats. Yes, this was much closer to being a sellout crowd, but when you bear in mind that the Superdome's seating can be expanded to accommodate a little more than 76,400 fans, and factor in the millions of other fans who were watching on television, it is clear that while NASCAR may never pass football, NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the country.

That's right. I called NASCAR a sport. For almost as long as man has tried to ration the idea, we have been debating if athleticism indicated drving a racecar.

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Does Age Matter When it Comes to Love?

Valentine's Day has just ended, and whether you were cozied up to someone special, venturing out with someone new or drowning your sorrows in chocolate, you were thinking about relationships on Feb. 14.

Relationships are tricky, for two people to decide to become exclusive requires a lot of elements to align. So does age factor into one of those elements? Are we confined to dating the people born within the same year as us, or can we venture out of that scope by two, five or 20 years?

As John Mayer and Katy Perry recently sang on their duet song "You Love Who You Love", sometimes that's a person 20 years older or a couple years younger. Age doesn't matter, what matters is the chemistry between people. All's fair in love and war.

When it comes to relationships it should matter more about who the person is, not what their age on a piece of paper is. Recently my sister stopped seeing a guy because she believed he was too young. She would say it's a shame he is too young, he's a great guy. I could not wrap my head around why she would let something as small as age get in the way of her having a potentially beautiful relationship.

On the other hand, I have a friend in a relationship with a guy two and a half years younger than her and she does not think she could find a better guy if she tried. She says that sometimes she sees the age difference, but in the end they are in love and age doesn't matter one bit.

So how can my sister find it weird to date a guy one year younger, yet my friend finds she has never been happier?

It comes down to a matter of chemistry. If you click with someone, you click with them. Age is not a determining factor in any relationship. It all matters if the people in the relationship fit together.

Sometimes it comes down to a matter of chemistry, but it also matters where the two people are in life. In my friends case she is in college and her boyfriend is still in high school, their chemistry is strong enough that even though they are at different places in life, their love is stronger.

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Honest Hearts Produce Honest Actions

There are many morals that people hold close to them. Respect. Loyalty. Trust. Honesty. Today, I am here to talk about the gray area of honesty. Is it really the best policy? Or are white lies worth it in the long run? Most people will tell you to be honest because every lie catches up with you eventually. It makes sense. Think about it.

For example, remember that time you told your mother that she looked nice in her new dress and then your father came home and told your mother she looked like a grandma?

All you had to do was tell your mother the dress was hideous and that she is so beautiful you wouldn't want her to be caught wearing such an abomination.

However, you lied and now your mother is giving you the evil eye because you almost let her walk out of the house wearing a dress from 1953.

So, point of the story is not to lie, right? Well some people will argue that little lies are okay every once in a while. That those little lies are meant to avoid something bigger.

For example, you friend asks you to hang out but you want to hang out with your significant other so you tell your friend you can't because you don't feel good.

Then you and your partner go out to dinner and BAM there's your friend with his/her mother. Now, not only do you look like a big fat liar to your friend but his/her mother as well.

This can be argued from another angle as well and that is that sometimes people just cannot handle the truth. I will give you an example that all girls are inevitable for.

Don't you deny it either ladies because we all know you'll be lying. For example, one of your girl friends is dating this guy that you absolutely can't stand, for whatever reason.

Maybe he was a past cheater, maybe he hangs out with a bad crowd or maybe you had a secret crush on him in elementary school and never got over it. Regardless, you don't like the kid.

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The Effect Award Shows Have on Social Media

award_showsAs a college student who is active on social media, it may be common knowledge that Pharrell Williams wore a hat that resembles Smokey Bear's famous headgear on the Grammy's this past month. Or even that Jennifer Lawrence fell up the stairs when going to accept her Oscar last year.

But the real question is, do you even have to watch these award shows to know about what's going on live at the show? Do you need to watch the Grammy's or the CMA's to know that Taylor Swift sang a sappy or angry love song about one of her ex-boyfriends?

If you have Twitter or Facebook, you probably don't.

It drives my family and friends insane when I force them to watch these award shows, but no matter what they say, they sit through the show just to appease me.

This past month I was tasked with making the most difficult decision of my entire life: Do I watch The Bachelor Wedding Special, or do I watch the Grammy Awards?

As a reality TV junkie, I was at a crossroads being that both specials were on at the same time. Knowing that the Grammy's would be live streamed through the people I follow on Twitter, I chose to watch the wedding.

It wasn't really the most difficult decision of my life, but my twitter followers made this somewhat hard decision a much easier one.

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The Special Significance of Valentine’s Day

valentines_significanceWhen it comes to holidays, people tend to think of the major ones, like Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter. Even smaller ones like Halloween or St. Patrick's Day might even make the list.

While all of these holidays all have some sort of cultural or religious significance behind them, one comes to mind that can raise a few eyebrows as to whether or not it has any meaning behind it.

Valentine's Day has always been viewed as a romantic holiday; a day to spend time with that special someone.

Yes every holiday has been commercialized to a certain degree. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the obvious ones.

On its face, Valentine's Day almost seems like a Hallmark creation invented to sell cards and candy.

Last Feb. 14, CNN.com released some statistics about Valentine's Day. The news outlet projected that the average person would spend around $130 in total on that day. In addition, they anticipated that, across the country, $1.6 billion would be spent on candy, $1.9 billion on flowers and $4.4 billion on jewelry. The article also forecasted that 145 million cards would be sold and there were a whopping 1,400 different varieties of Hallmark cards available to choose from.

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“It Ain’t Hip to Sing About Tractors or Trucks”

The Traditional Sound of Country is Beginning to Transform More into Pop Music


country_to_popThere has always been a certain stigma attached to country music, that it's uncool because of its twangy sound and subject matter. To quote country singer Brad Paisley's hit single "This is Country Music," "It ain't hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, or mama. Yea that might be true."

However, in the next line Paisley makes no apologies. "But this is country music, and we do."

Despite the pride for the genre that Paisley expresses in this tune, there has been movement in Nashville recently.

Record labels are now signing acts that are willing to stray from the traditional country sound and record songs that could best be described as a hodgepodge of elements taken from other genres.

Many artists now utilize an electric guitar sound, which is not always bad. But many have also adopted the same generic, computerized cadences used in rap songs, and some even use hip hop elements like AutoTune.

Because of this shift, the line between pop and country is now more blurred than it has ever been before.

Current country artist and judge on NBC's The Voice, Blake Shelton, angered fans of traditional country.

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The Constant Desire for Tanned Skin

Ninety plus weather, bright sunrays peeping through the palm trees' shades, warm sand hugging our toes. The ocean water singing to us waiting for us to dive in for a refreshing swim. Oh summer, how we miss you.

But what is it about summer, other than the warm welcoming weather and all that time off from school that we love so much? The sun-bathed skin color everyone achieves of course.

That natural glow we all get during the summer months is a glow many strive for all year long. What exactly is it about this tanned color skin that has people doing crazy things over the winter months?

Thousands of people are constantly spending money throughout the frigid winter to achieve or maintain that summer tan that comes out once a year. Of course without the sun's strong rays, people go to extreme, dangerous measures. Tanning beds and self-tanning lotions and sprays is the alternate to sun bathing.

What is it about this orange-like color that has people either deep frying themselves or bathing in chemicals that I'm pretty sure do not belong on their bodies?

Tanning salons make tons of money thanks to these color-obsessed individuals, which is awesome for the economy, but not so awesome for the human body.

If standing outside under the sun's natural UV light is extremely dangerous, what makes people think that lying in, what feels like a human over, being hit by rays all around is any healthier?

I personally have never been in a tanning bed or used self- tanning products; I'm more of a natural look kind of gal, but I do find myself surrounded by people who are into the tanning life.

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Let The New Semester Anxiety Begin

stessed_students"The things that have been most valuable to me, I did not learn in school," said Will Smith.

Society has brainwashed our generation into believing that school is the only doorway to success, that attending school is the best option we have as young adults.

What if I said society was wrong? Now don't misinterpret my words, I am not talking about education, I am specifically referring to school. As Will Smith agrees, the most important things in life are not learned between four cement walls in an hour long lecture.

We have recently started our spring semester at the University and I can bet my money that the majority would agree this by far has been the best start to a spring semester because of Mother Nature's wonderful touch.

Let's be honest now. The only reason we have not yet complained about our new classes and the dreading assignments is because most of us have not really had class all week.

Nonetheless, I would not place the spring semester top in my list of things I am excited for, especially not after the long, relaxing winter break we just had.

Compared to high school and younger students, I guess we are lucky in the sense that we get an entire month of a break while they only have a single pathetic week and half off.

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14 Things You Should Stop Doing in 2014

Take a look at your Facebook or Twitter feeds and tell me what you see. If you don't mention links to popular websites such as "BuzzFeed" or "Elite Daily" with posts about the hundreds of things you should be doing in your teens, twenties, thirties, then I'd call your bluff.

The millennial generation has grown accustomed to mainly consuming media in list form and relying on this practice to spoon-feed the guidelines to life. With that being said, here are 14 things that young adults should stop doing in 2014:

1) Having Regrets:

Have you ever wanted to try something but held back because of uncertainty or fear of what others may think? Newsflash! The best moments of your life typically begin one step outside of your comfort zone.

For example, many students that did not study abroad because of fear or doubt wish they did when they had the chance.

Be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities that are at your disposal while you can and not look back years from now with what-ifs.

2) What Others Think:

If you allow others' thoughts and comments dictate how you live your life, then you will waste all of your time scrambling to please everyone, which is merely impossible. All of that wasted time could have been spent on engaging in something that you truly enjoy and that makes you happy.

Remember what Dr. Seuss taught us when we were little, "we're all a little bit weird," so embrace it and just be yourself.

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