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Opinion

Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

The Electronic Dance Music Lifestyle

djsetElectronic Dance Music, or EDM as it is more commonly known, seems to be more popular than ever. This music is made by DJs with typically loud and continuous beats. It has been on the rise recently and has been integrated into mainstream radio and television.

The popular music festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival saw crowds of about 320,000 people over three days, all there to enjoy the music. Although EDM has only recently become popular, it has actually been around for years, as it started as an underground movement in the 1980s.

Many young people believe EDM is more than a music genre for some it has become a lifestyle. Hardcore EDM fans revolve their lives around the music, shows, and artists. There are numerous blogs dedicated to this genre where fans communicate and bond over the DJs, new music and their experiences at the festivals.

The reason why EDM is so important and life changing is because of the different things you experience and learn from the music and the festivals.

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Time for a Pep Talk: The Truth about Energy Drinks

In today's busy world, there aren't enough hours in the day to finish everything that needs to get done. Between writing papers, completing internships and maintaining some semblance of a social life, it can be exhausting being a college student. Thankfully there are ways to try and regain that alert feeling.

While coffee and soda have always been the caffeinated beverages of choice for anyone looking for some quick energy, there has been a rise in the popularity of energy drinks in recent years.

Names like Red Bull, Amp, Monster, 5-Hour Energy and Rockstar are all over store shelves and are very popular amongst high school and college students.

Yes, energy drinks are a quick, easy source of caffeine, but what's really in them that makes them that way? Are they any worse for your health than a twelve ounce can of Coke?

According to the Mayo Clinic's website, that can of Coca-Cola contains between 30 to 35 milligrams of caffeine. By comparison, a twelve ounce can of Mountain Dew contains a whopping 46 to 55 milligrams.

This may sound like more than enough caffeine to keep the average person awake long enough to get through the day. However, these numbers fall far short of the caffeine amount contained in energy drinks.

An eight-ounce can of Amp contains around 73 milligrams of caffeine, while Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar all contain around 80 milligrams.

Yet, 5-Hour Energy packs the biggest punch; cramming a whopping 207 milligrams of the caffeine into every two ounce, shrink wrapped bottle.

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Is The Need for Coffee Really Necessary?

coffeeFor many of us, coffee is the single most motivating thing that gets us up in the morning. We're all more than familiar with the feelings of increased alertness and motivation that follow a cup of joe.

That is because caffeine is the most common psychoactive drug found in the market today. The biochemical structure of caffeine is similar to that of adenosine, a substance that is naturally found within our bodies. Adenosine binds to the receptor cells in our brain that make us feel relaxed, calm and even sleepy (on particularly rainy days).

However, because caffeine's chemical structure resembles that of adenosine, it can successfully bind to the adenosine-specific receptors in the brain and thus stop adenosine from binding to those receptors. It also promotes the release of calcium ions from the nerves, resulting in the increased feeling of alertness.

Contrary to common perception, caffeine itself does not actually have special properties that cause the brain to feel more alert; rather, it just blocks from making us feel drowsy.

Moreover, caffeine has numerous other benefits. It has been recently found that caffeine improves memory. I'm sure many of us have personal experience with this property of caffeine, especially during finals week.

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Let's face it, most of us are probably guilty of receiving a text message behind the wheel and fighting off the urge to pick up the phone and see what Earth-shattering update awaits our response. After all, what's the harm in just glancing down for a few seconds to at least see who the message is from? What could possibly go wrong?

Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, Distraction.gov, there is plenty that can happen when you take your eyes off the road for just a few moments. The site says that "sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds." At 55 mph, that's equivalent to "driving the length of an entire football field, blind." While people of all ages are guilty of this particular brand of multitasking behind the wheel, teenagers are predominately who are associated with texting and driving.

Distraction.gov also says that of the 15 to 19 year old drivers who are involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of them were on their phones when the accident occurred. The Los Angeles Times also recently reported on a study conducted by two professors at Pennsylvania's Kings College, which found "four out of five college students texted while driving, and that males in particular were more likely to downplay the dangers of distracted driving, because they believed they were skilled drivers." Garold Lantz and Sandra Loeb, the professors behind the study, also told the Huffington Post that students feel if something bad does happen because of texting behind the wheel, it will simply happen to somebody else and not to them.

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Pure Barre Red Bank Hosting College Night for Local Students

Pure Barre Red Bank is hosting a college night for local students Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:45 pm at the studio located at 127 Broad Street.

College students will transform their bodies in the one-hour, low-intensity high-impact workout that incorporates all of the common problem areas for women, including their seat, thighs, abs, and arms.

Classes are a combination of yoga, ballet, and Pilates and no dance experience is necessary. Students pay a reduced price of $20 for a single class or $100 for a month of unlimited classes. To reserve your spot go online to http://purebarre.com/NJ-redbank/ or call 732-842-7873.

Students are encouraged to sign-up with other friends and classmates and enjoy the total body workout to current and up-beat music in Pure Barre's fun atmosphere.

Jessica Ketchel, a current college student and Pure Barre client stated, "Being a senior in college I know first-hand how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy body weight. It has been a relief to find Pure Barre because it is not only effective, but it fun and addictive and I always leave class feeling accomplished. It definitely beats going to the packed gym at school and the results are much more noticeable."

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The Importance of Internships

Many colleges and universities, including Monmouth University, require many undergraduates to participate in internships to fulfill certain graduation requirements. While some students may view the experience as nothing more than an inconvenient task, internships can undoubtedly turn out to be one of the most valuable aspects graduates take away from their college experience.

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 57 percent of employers prefer applicants that have internship experience. That means that the pesky internship requirement you are required to fill, will give you a serious edge over other applicants who lack that experience.

Internships are significant because they give students an insight to the field they are looking to go into, as well as valuable hands on experience.

The most obvious skills students will gain are those that require them to be hands on, such as learning how to use media equipment in broadcasting or performing medical procedures as a nurse.

However, an internship will also expose students to an actual job setting and get a feel for how to interact with bosses or supervisors, as well as how to carry themselves professionally and how to be an efficient employee over all.

Many students have held part- time jobs while attending school, but the majority of college students usually lack that experience of an actual professional full time job or setting.

Participating in an internship teaches students how to dress professionally, to work for extended hours, and to take on more responsibilities.

There are certain things that just cannot be learned in a classroom. For me personally, completing an internship was one of the smartest decisions I have made as a college student.

No matter how prepared I believed that I was for the real world, ultimately, there was so much I still needed to learn that my textbooks did not prepare me for.

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The Current Addiction with Online Shopping

Is it Just a Phase or Will Online Shopping Always be Popular?


Shoes_1COLOROnline shopping is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me and my wallet. There are so many products that can be purchased with just the click of a mouse. It is hard to not get caught up in the moment and spend all of your money in a matter of hours. Avid online shoppers can most certainly agree with me on this though, online shopping is not meant for the weak.

My online shopping obsession came forth this summer. I was interning at Redbook magazine; that was mistake number one. The mistake wasn't because I was interning at Redbook, interning at Redbook was a truly amazing experience that I wish I could relive every day. The mistake was that I was interning at a women's magazine that focuses on many different topics, one big topic being fashion. Every day I would walk into that office and be mesmerized by someone's outfit or the clothes picked out for photo shoots. My eyes were constantly being opened to new shirt and pant combinations, new summer heels, and new accessories to perfect your look. Basically, my eyes were opened to every fashionable item I did not have. So, I made it my mission to buy everything.

When I say everything, I don't mean literally everything, but close to it. My weakness was shoes. Well, my weakness has always been shoes but as for online shopping, shoes became my hottest item to buy. Every woman knows that shoes can make or break an outfit. Once I ordered one pair, I couldn't control myself.

Some people may think online shopping is difficult because of sizes and then returning items if they do not fit. I am the person to tell you to trust your instinct and your judgment when it comes to sizing. I know that in boots and closed-toe shoes I am a size eight but in open-toe shoes I am usually a size smaller. Therefore, going by this led me to selecting the perfect size for each shoe I had purchased.

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How Accurate are Biographical Films?

CrazySexyCool_The_TLC_StoryBiographical films and documentaries about the lives of famous figures have been made for years. The biographical movie "CrazySexyCool" which was about the music group TLC premiered on October 21 on the television station VH1 and was a huge hit.

Many people enjoyed the movie and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of unheard information that was never spoke about nor seen in the group's lives while they were in the spotlight, yet was featured in the film.

So this makes me wonder, how accurate are biographical movies? If a filmmaker decides to make a movie that is based on a true story, they must first retrieve accurate facts.

The screenwriter helps with this process. They must change the movie in accordance to time and they choose to leave out any parts of the story that may be deemed as boring or confusing. The filmmaker wants to tell a story but they also wants the film to be successful and enjoyable to the audience.

Some inaccuracies are small and trivial such as in the movie "Braveheart" made in 1995. The Scottish people in this movie are wearing belted plaid on their dresses but that style was inaccurate for that time period.

Some differences are bigger, for example, the star of "Braveheart" is William Wallace. He is in a relationship with the princess of France yet in actuality this never happened.

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Managing Money as a College Student

It is clear that college is definitely a new experience and while many students would like to have a steady income, most are not sure if they can keep up.

Whether you're looking for money to put on the side or you need to contribute to college bills; money needs to come from somewhere.

The life of a broke college student is often a sad road, especially if you have no idea how to budget your money!

Let's first take a basic economic lesson-don't spend money you don't have. Budgeting becomes a lifestyle while you are a college student however, there are a few ways to manage your money.

During college, all your necessities are already paid for. Your food, room, bathroom, and furniture are all paid for, so a huge income is not completely necessary because you have all the essentials.

Any money you have or earn would be for extras such as eating off campus or maybe a shopping or a movie day, which is often nice but not always do-able.

To budget, one must learn how to be a savvy shopper. I am not saying to never treat yourself to indulgences like shopping or a night on the town with friends.

I am referring more to looking for sales when shopping and even if it comes down to it, using coupons when going out. I know this sounds so cliche mom like, but coupons are distributed for pretty much everything, including restaurants and frozen yogurt places, so don't be embarrassed. If anything, your friends will appreciate saving a few dollars.

Depending on what kind of person you are and how well you manage your money, college budgeting could go a few ways.

If you are a very impulsive buyer, like myself, and you want to have the ability to be able to buy things when you please, whether you really need the item or not; you're going to need a little extra cash.

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Reality Television and Teen Pregnancy

An Opinion on how Reality Television Glorifies Young, Teen Pregnancies


teen_momReality television became popular not too long ago, but popular for all of the wrong reasons.

In June of 2009, "16 and Pregnant" first aired, and had such success that "Teen Mom" followed after. Documenting teenage girls through fights with their babies' father, tears and changing of the diapers, makes these issues all seem okay. These type of reality shows solely glorify and misconstrue teen pregnancy.

"16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" are my least favorite reality shows. If I catch even an episode of these shows, I usually turn the TV off and feel like I just wasted my time on watching something that made part of my brain die off.

Some of the moms on this show do a great job taking care of their children, such as Maci and that is why they are the favorite teen mom amongst all the viewers.

I do think that they deserve a nice pat on the back for their performance, because all moms, regardless of age should strive to be responsible mothers.

On the contrary, other teen moms hand their baby off to be their family's responsibility and go out to live an irresponsible teenage life, and this is where I get lost.

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The Importance of Young Adult Voters

When it comes to politics, many of us shy away from the subject. Whether it is because we are uninformed or misinformed, the entire matter can carry a looming and almost portending sort of sense with it. Understandably, it's intimidating.

As a key target audience for political front-runners in all parties, college students and young adults in general are bombarded with very mixed and confusing messages from networks on television.

Matters concerning us are often the center of contentious debates. Such topics include student loans, the housing and job markets and the environment.

Since we are viewed as a demographic that can swing either way politically, candidates want our vote. And believe me, they will work for it.

These facts make it all the more important for us to do just that, vote. We are an educated, opinionated, large and important group of people.

We are the future of America. But unfortunately. a large percentage of young adults are not voting.

As a consequence of not voting as much as we should be, we are only putting ourselves and our futures at a major disadvantage.

Many of the important issues today, are unique to us or are very crucial in how they will affect us later in life.

I hate to admit it, but we will be the ones left to face these mounting troubles that have previously never even existed.

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