Christmas Music: Ban Before December

Christmas Music: Ban Before December

By all means, I am a fan of the Christmas season and all that comes along with it… but my appreciation begins December 1, no sooner.

I’m not being a hater, I do appreciate hearing “This Christmas” and all alike, but just around Christmas time. People start counting down the days until Christmas back in July, especially don’t retailers.

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To My Friends Who Voted For Donald Trump

Hello there. I didn’t block you on Facebook.

I’ve been watching what you’ve been up to, watching as your feelings progressed in this election cycle.

I’ve watched you support your favored Republican and then, often begrudgingly, switch your choice around as the race narrowed and our country’s divide widened. Many of you voted for Donald Trump. Many of you cast that vote half-willingly and posted about it afterwards, as if you owed the world an explanation…or else, defiantly, since you knew your liberal friends would look at you with paranoid eyes.

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iPhone 7: Apple's Best Yet

Way back in June of 2007 Apple entered into the smartphone world with the iPhone 1 and quickly became a leader second to none. Now nearly 10 years later, iPhone is on its 9th generation.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which were released in the United States on Sept. 16 of this year, show just how much the iPhone has advanced over the years.

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Why You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once)

Why You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once)

Last December, I was getting ready for a week long trip in Arizona with a friend who attended school in Tucson. The trip had been planned for five months; we were going to stay on campus, do a little sight-seeing, and hike Mt. Lemon.  

Yet, plans changed abruptly when Delta cancelled his flight back to Tucson a few hours before my plane was going to take off.

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End of Semester Stress? 5 Steps For Coping With Anxiety

End of Semester Stress? 5 Steps For Coping With Anxiety

You are presenting today in your public speaking class.  Your hands and legs begin to shake, sweat begins to run down your arms and legs, and your throat seems filled with gunk. Fear and anxiety have overtaken your body. 

However, you are not alone; 40 million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder and 75 percent of them experience their first anxiety episode before the age of 22, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  

College presents many opportunities for young adults to become anxious.

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How To Beat Cabin Fever

The walls start closing in and you feel like your bed has become your best friend. The temperature outside is in the negatives and you find yourself spending more and more time in your dorm room. We’ve all been there. Soon you forget what it feels like to even be off campus. You long to get out and see the world around you again, but you can’t seem to beat those wintertime blues.

You could be experiencing cabin fever, which is “an intense anxiety reaction to feeling restricted in a confined space indoors with nothing to do, or not wanting to do anything, for a period of time,” said Dr. Gordon MacKinnon, professor of psychology. “An example is being shut-in during a snowstorm for several days.”

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Keep It Hot This Winter: How To Stay Warm & Trendy

Keep It Hot This Winter: How To Stay Warm & Trendy

Sometimes the weather is so cold, you just want to pile on layers and layers of just about anything to keep warm, but follow these simple tips from the fashion experts at Bebe in the Somerset Collection to stay warm and trendy.

Store Manager Nicole Argento predicts that wool trench coats and midi-length down puffer coats (just below the knee), are the ticket to protect you against the harsh cold, but still look fashion forward. 

“Puffers with faux fur hoods, belts, and gold or silver accents are everywhere. We’ve received many in our shipment dating back to September,” Argento said.

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Semester In Europe Teaches Student To Open Her Eyes To All Everyday Experiences

Semester In Europe Teaches Student To Open Her Eyes To All Everyday Experiences

Often times we find ourselves believing that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, and while I understand that I am one of these believers, I was privileged last year to test this theory.

Going over to Europe, I was convinced that America was a cultureless mass, and that we used the word freedom as a bumper sticker in a vain effort to make people think that we are the best country in the world.

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That's What Christmas Means to Me

That's What Christmas Means to Me

As we get closer to Christmas and the end of 2015, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season that includes preparing for finals, making last-minute shopping trips, and packing up to head home for Christmas break. Add to the fact that our political correctness-obsessed society has told us that we can’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore, that we have to call Christmas Trees holiday trees because it’s less offensive, and that Santa has become the main attraction that takes the attention away from the baby in the manger.  As a result, this time of year can be very bittersweet for Christians.

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Humility of Christmas

Humility of Christmas

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

Jesus was born and placed in a manger teaching the lesson we are to put others before ourselves. The season of Christmas can be about us, what we want, the gifts we get for others and our family. However, Jesus lived a life of humility, and you could say he was born with humble beginnings.

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Music To My Ears: Keeping Sane During Finals

Music To My Ears: Keeping Sane During Finals

The day is a long one with three classes, one presentation and intramurals. Your mind is tired and your legs are sore. Yet, once you enter your room and turn on your favorite song, all the stress of the day disappears and calmness comes over your body. 

Research has shown that music can slow your heart rate, relieve muscle tension, slow down rapid breathing and decrease the level of stress hormones released.

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