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Travel Tuesday: ‘if you could read this, thank a soldier’

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Travel Tuesday: ‘if you could read this, thank a soldier’

As I was walking to my class the other day, I came across a sign that read “If You Can Read This, Thank a Soldier.” I read it in passing, and thought to myself “That is really American.” I did not understand. I was in the second grade when September 11 occurred. Far away from […]

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Well worth the noise

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Well worth the noise

Currently, renovations are underway at the Colvard building (in case you do not know which building that is, it is the one missing a few walls). Construction began on June 23 of this year and has a projected finish date of Dec. 19. During construction, not only will the offices in Colvard be rearranged to […]

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Motivation Monday: walking vs running

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: walking vs running

What would you say is better for your health: walking a mile or running a mile? The popular belief is that running a mile would be more beneficial, however, this may just be a popular fable. Scientific and biological evidence shows that walking can be an equivalent alternative to running and may even be more […]

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Travel Tuesday: a home away from home

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Travel Tuesday: a home away from home

As international students we are constantly reminded of the fact that some time in our stay abroad, we will experience a period of time called the “hostility phase.” In this phase, we will be so home-sick and so culture-shocked that all we will want to do in retreat into our rooms, listen to the saddest […]

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Motivation Monday: preventing sports injuries

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motivation Monday: preventing sports injuries

Are you a student athlete, lover of intramurals, an avid gym-goer, or have a certain sport as your favorite hobby? If so, then you have likely experienced a sports related injury before. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskelatal Diseases, “sports injuries…occur during sports or exercise [and they] result from accidents…poor training practices, […]

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Travel Tuesday: finally a Niner

| August 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Travel Tuesday: finally a Niner

During the party that the International Club hosted for all interested international and national students, there was a booth where you could take photos with all kinds of crazy props. One of these props was a cut-out that read “Finally a Niner”. As I picked it up I thought to myself, “Is this all it […]

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BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” was published this summer.  The novel follows a sixteen year old girl named Emily Shepard who lost both of her parents in a nuclear explosion in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I know what you’re thinking, “so everyone turned into zombies.” No. Bohjalian masterfully writes a […]

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Motivation Monday: the power of the plank

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Motivation Monday: the power of the plank

It is a task more daunting than the one mile run. It is an exercise more demanding than the dreaded wall sit. It is a feat even more despised than a set of burpees. I am talking about the powerful position known as a Plank. With the numerous health and mental benefits that this exercise […]

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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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