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At last, spring is rapidly returning in all her glory and we’ve seriously been missing her. After a cold, long winter — marked by even longer nights in the library, consider rewarding yourself with a scenic outdoor study session that’ll not only boost your mood, but your GPA.
While many of us hit the gym to prepare for summer, train for an event or just get in shape, Roman Miranda, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, was inspired to pursue a life of health and fitness by a drastic change in his life.
‘Tis the season of sneezing, coughing and sniffling. Nothing is more distracting than trying to study when the person next to you at Club Alex is hacking up a lung or trying to sleep when your nose is more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey. While the wintry ice has melted and the sounds of birds chirping are heard around campus, strains of the “Rutgers plague” still linger. Let Inside Beat help you channel your inner germophobe with these helpful tips.
Those 21 and over at Rutgers will find any excuse to drink. On snow days, you would think the liquor stores are giving out alcohol for free. When spring rolls around, the minute temperatures hit 60 degrees, backyards around New Brunswick are filled to maximum capacity while classrooms have maybe 2 or 3 desks filled with kids who obviously didn’t get the memo.
They say that everyone is Irish on
St. Patrick’s Day, making the hunt for celebratory green all the more competitive. While many holiday festivities necessitate out of ordinary fashion codes – cough cough Halloweekend – St. Patty’s is singular
in its steadfast sartorial demands.
Notoriously viewed as a
drinking holiday in the States, St. Patrick’s Day originated as more than an
excuse to don emerald clothing and shamrock strung necklaces. The holiday,
traditional to Ireland, is a religious feast day celebrating the work of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, who is remembered for his efforts to bring
Christianity to the pagan people of Ireland.
William Shakespeare once wrote, “Now is the winter of our discontent.” A line that might be irrelevant outside
of an English class surprisingly becomes just the opposite if we imagine our
respective beauty regimes as personified rebels, quoting the Bard’s line back
to us in a fit of snowy rage.
Danielle GonzalezAssociate Features Editor
The dawn of midterms is approaching, the sun sets a little later each evening and hushed murmurs of a fabled, promised break could mean only one thing: winter is on her way out, and spring is on her way in.
The most romantic day of the year is approaching faster than a coked-up heartbeat. If there’s a certain someone in your life who you like even when you’re not drunk, you’re probably busy trying to decide between flowers and chocolates. However, both options are incorrect. What you really need is something so original that it’s actually slightly disturbing. What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means: three Valentine’s Day gift ideas that no one asked for.
This Valentine's Day, channel the holiday spirit and wear your heart on your nails instead of your sleeve. Fabulous nails are in style all year 'round, so don’t settle for your average French manicure. This cute nail idea will put you in the mood to impress that special someone, while trying something a little different! We’ve fallen head over heels for this simple, trendy, easy design for DIY "Heart Monitor" nails.
Low on time, cash and creative ideas? You’re in luck. We’re about to save you tons of trouble and money, at no cost to impressing your loved one.
As the radio stations begin to play the same shuffle of slow ballads, and your TV is overtaken by jewelry store advertisements, Cupid readies his bow and arrow, preparing to take aim at hearts this February 14th. Inside Beat is celebrating the holiday with a little storytelling — let's take a look at how Valentine’s Day is redefined throughout the years.
What’s worse than having a crush? Working up the courage to do something about it. Making a move is scary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun. Use these sneaky-sweet tips to grab his or her attention and we promise, they won’t be able to resist you!
There was a time in my life when I was physically fit. I was in elementary school, and back in those days, schools across the nation would hold a yearly physical fitness test in gym class. This was before everyone got an award just for participating, and the competition was cutthroat.
Some like it bronze, some like it gold –– but whether you identify as friend or foe of the tanning industry, it is impossible to ignore its presence on Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus. In correlation with the eternal popularity of fitness culture in the collegiate environment, a trend only boosted through the rise of social media, ladies and gentleman alike are attracted to the appearance of a healthy glow, especially off-season. With Greek formal recruitment set to launch this weekend and spring break a slim six weeks away, now is the time to read the fine print and perfect your own sunless routine.
Amidst the shouted New Year’s Eve ball drop countdown and couples lip-locking as the clock struck that fateful double digit is the promise of a new year, ripe with opportunity. When the glittery, champagne soaked excitement of New Year’s Eve fades into the confetti-strewn floor, the call to commit to a New Year’s resolution sounds. As January comes to a close, Inside Beat presents a list of the top 5 most popular (and not surprisingly, most commonly broken) resolutions, and explains how to avoid the inevitable resolution commitment issues. Take the “pro” out of “procrastinate”Procrastination is a college student’s kryptonite. If you’re stuck in a constant cycle of hitting the “next episode” button, close your laptop and remind yourself of your priorities. Keeping a planner not only allows you to record both your long and short term responsibilities, but also allows you to plan to execute such responsibilities efficiently by displaying their due dates in a linear progression. Similarly, making and displaying a daily to-do list on a whiteboard or on your phone will help you regulate your schedule by serving as a constant reminder of what you need to complete by day’s end. Having constant visual reminders makes you less likely to procrastinate. Bonus: you’ll actually be able to celebrate “Sunday Funday” with your friends instead of catching up on two weeks worth of work. Be a QuitterPerhaps one of the most difficult resolutions to uphold is quitting smoking. To simultaneously save both your lungs and your wallet, dispose of any lingering cigarettes you may have lurking to avoid temptation. Recording the number of days you don’t smoke will remind you of the willpower you demonstrated and will accordingly make you more determined to continue your no smoking streak, thus lessening the likelihood of breaking the streak and starting over. According to WebMD, Nicotine gum and patches are healthier alternatives for those looking to slowly wean themselves off of cigarettes. More importantly, however, is choosing to surround yourself with people who don’t smoke so you won’t socially relapse. The taste of success is much sweeter anyway.(Don’t) Do It For the ‘GramNo matter how many likes your overly filtered pictures of food, scenery and/or pets generate, or how many views your status update tempts, you miss out on what’s going on around you when you have both your eyes and your thumbs glued to your phone screen. Those lacking the willpower to stop scrolling but who are looking to reduce their social media use should sign out of their accounts. Repeated prompts to sign back in will become irritating, time consuming, discouraging and ultimately tempering the desire to do so. After all, the world can wait to hear how you’re a nightmare dressed like a — well, you get the point. No Ex ZoneSome of us break our resolutions before they’ve even been in effect for a solid minute. If you’re in this elite group of resolution rompers, chances are you sent a few text messages that you aren’t proud of to your ex while ringing in the new year. Put your phone down, stop stalking ex bae’s social media accounts and surround yourself with people who make an active effort to be a part of your life. Continuing to socialize with your current friends and putting yourself out there to meet new ones is a foolproof way to resist sobbing over a sappy rom-com and sending the inevitable “I miss you” text. If all else fails? Get a cat.Alternatively, the Please Flex ZoneMaybe you’re tired of hearing, “Do you even lift, bro?” or maybe you’re determined to kick your late weekend night grease truck trips. Regardless, many people become determined to adopt a healthier lifestyle when a new year dawns. So, no matter how determined you are to channel your inner ‘80s workout video star, maxing out your credit card on spandex and white sweatbands is not the most realistic way to achieve this goal or inspire long lasting motivation. Instead, set yourself up for resolution success by not simply looking the part, but by acting the part and taking the necessary steps to fulfill your resolution. If you find it difficult to get out of bed and to the gym on cold mornings, form a home workout to avoid forfeiting physical activity for the day. Certain magazines and On Demand TV fitness shows offer such do-at-home suggestions. Forming a strict workout schedule, whether at home or at the gym, will make you more committed to following it, especially as it becomes a characterizing part of your day. Similarly, those looking to maintain a healthier body weight are shown to achieve their goal weight faster when they aim for loss in smaller, more realistic increments, i.e. 5 pounds instead of 30. Certain smartphone apps allow users to log their daily food intake and physical activity, making it even easier to track progress. Sweaty is the new sexy. While others may have called your resolution “basic” for its commonality, Inside Beat’s realistic resolution tips will ensure you won’t be making the same resolution next year to compensate for a failed 2015 attempt. After all, that’s so 2k14.
From your first secret Santa exchange with friends to the final toast on New Year’s Eve, the winter holiday season is arguably the most fashionable time of the year and probably the most overwhelming.
Much to the delight of
retail workers everywhere, gone is Black Friday and its accompanying in-store
shopping craze. While the competition for parking spots and premier places in
line has come to an end, avid shoppers can still indulge their need for the latest
styles on another infamous shopping day, Cyber Monday. Throw on your sweats,
grab your debit card and trust Inside Beat to school you on how to survive
It’s the time of year when we gather around huge plates of food with our loved ones and stuff as much into our mouths as we can. Before we know it, we’re back to those New Year’s resolutions that involve trying to fit back into the pants you swore fit a month ago. Eating healthy during the holidays sounds like a joke, but it’s definitely possible with minimal effort.