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BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Suspense, romance and mystery — “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn has it all. When Nick’s wife Amy goes missing and a perfectly crafted murder scene is set up in their apartment, Nick becomes the prime suspect. While the novel appears to be following the typical “marriage-gone-wrong” mystery plot, Flynn quickly reminds readers that everything is […]

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BYOB: Wynne’s War by Aaron Gwyn

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Wynne’s War by Aaron Gwyn

Part western, part war story, “Wynne’s War” by Aaron Gwyn guides readers through the hilly terrains of Afghanistan on horseback with a tale that’s uniqueness is sure to captivate. The novel follows Corporal Elijah Russell on a covert, special forces mission led by the elusive Captain Wynne. Russell is instructed to train the horses, but is not […]

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BYOB: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

Critically acclaimed author Jodi Picoult came out with her latest novel “The Storyteller” in May 2013. “The Storyteller” follows along Picoult’s usual themes of family and struggle, but this novel had a historical element that is not usually a staple of her works. The story centers around the Holocaust and one woman’s story of surviving […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, be proud

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, be proud

When I run, sometimes my ego gets the best of me. Thoughts creep into my mind about how fast I should be going, how far I should run and what I should accomplish on my runs. While it is good to have goals and to always strive to improve, it is important to realize that […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, cross training

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, cross training

Pick up any running magazine, go to any running website, google any training plan and on it you will see days dedicated to “cross-training.” I have always rolled my eyes at these training days, thinking “I want to be a better runner. The only way to do that is well, run.” Even when I was […]

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Ask Abby: approaching professors, life in fast forward

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Ask Abby: approaching professors, life in fast forward

Q: I often want to talk to professors about intellectual ideas, but I find myself clamming up and feeling extremely vulnerable when I go to talk to that person. I’m OK in class and in a lot of social situations, but then I go to talk to a professor, and it seems like I’m looking […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, partner up

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, partner up

One of the best ways to stay motivated to workout and stay in shape is to get a workout partner. This past week I decided to go work out with my friend BethAnne, who is also a member of the Army ROTC program here on campus. I haven’t yet decided if it was a wonderful […]

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Fashion alert: spring essentials

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fashion alert: spring essentials

This is the season we have all been waiting for; goodbye winter, hello spring! It is time to spice up your wardrobe with bright colors and prints, any bold or neon colors will leave all eyes on you. There are so many different looks to choose from, so make this spring all about being daring […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, morning workouts part two

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, morning workouts part two

In a column a few weeks ago, I talked about wanting to change my workout routine from being an evening exerciser to a morning exerciser. Over the past two weeks, I have been working on getting up earlier three times a week and getting my workouts in rather than waiting until I have had a […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, destressing

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, destressing

One of my favorite things about running is the emotional effects it has on runners. Like many artists or writers who turn to a blank canvas or page to find peace or meaning, the road (or trail or dread, I’m sorry treadmill) provides that for runners. Whether the struggle is school, work or personal, there […]

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BYOB: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

The latest young adult franchise is the “Divergent” series. The movie based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Veronica Roth hit theatres last weekend. Roth followed suit of many young adult novels of creating a futuristic or post-apocalyptic world. In her world, society is divided into “factions,” and each person takes an aptitude […]

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Ask Abby: tough breakup

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ask Abby: tough breakup

A week or so ago, my friend’s boyfriend of three and a half years broke up with her. Every day last week, she pretty much was crying all day. I’m trying to stay supportive and deal with the negativity, but in the past few days she’s taken her obsession with this breakup to a new level. She’s […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, morning workouts

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, morning workouts

The winter months proved difficult for me to get workouts in as I was a fan of my evening runs. My day was over, I may still have a little bit of work to do, but I could throw on my shorts and t-shirt and go for a run about 7 or 8 p.m., sometimes […]

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Ask Abby: No Motivation?

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ask Abby: No Motivation?

Q: I have been attending classes and trying to stay focused, not to mention participating in the many extra-curricular activities that I am involved in. It just seems as if I have fallen into this routine, and I donít know how to get out of it. My time management is off, I’m procrastinating, and I’m starting […]

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Building projects on campus work to limit carbon footprint

| March 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
Building projects on campus work to limit carbon footprint

With construction in full swing on campus comes a large amount of building materials that must be purchased, which can leave a large carbon footprint. Thankfully UNC Charlotte remains conscious of the environment by creating a program to reduce the environmental impact of construction. The Construction and Demolition Recycling program has been put in place […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, mountain running vs. trail running

| March 17, 2014 | 1 Comment
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, mountain running vs. trail running

Recently, I came across an article on something called mountain running. Apparently, it is growing in popularity as of late. When I first came across it, I was expecting it to basically be really hilly trail running, you know, running in the mountains. However, there is a lot more to it. All trail running is […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, high altitude

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, high altitude

It took me a while to work up the motivation to lace up my running shoes this last week. I was enjoying catching up with old friends and running just kept getting pushed down and down on my priority list. When I finally headed out, I quickly realized that running in Utah is much different […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, keep going

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, keep going

Since it is spring break this week, it could be really easy to blow off your runs because of travel plans. If you’re staying in town, you might want to take this week as a break from everything, even workouts. However, taking a week off can slow down your progress and be discouraging once you […]

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BYOB: “Inferno” by Dan Brown

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “Inferno” by Dan Brown

Dan Brown, bestselling author of “The Davinci Code,” impressed readers once again in May 2013 with the release of his latest novel, “Inferno.” The newest novel features much loved character Robert Langdon in a new mystery. Langdon was featured in Brown’s previous novels “The DaVinci Code,” “Angels and Demons” and “The Lost Symbol.” Brown effortlessly […]

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Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, rain runs

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fitness column: kickin’ asphalt, rain runs

I conquered another four miler this week. We survived snowpocalypse 2014 and were presented with the most beautiful weather this week. North Carolina is weird. I couldn’t believe that one week I was bundled up like the kid in “A Christmas Story,” and the next week I was running four miles in a tank top […]

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