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Experiences you’ll have during your first week at Rutgers

(09/16/15 10:59pm)

Well you made it, the first week of school has come and gone just as quickly as it arrived this year, leaving students with a flurry of unread Sakai announcements higher than the score of the Norfolk State game. As the streets of New Brunswick settle, and the tables at the University libraries gain the populace that hotspots like Easton Avenue once had, fall semester truly begins its onset. Albeit still early in the year, Inside Beat knows that even the most studious seek refuge from an especially tedious homework assignment. Procrastinate with us as we recount the things you may have experienced during your first week at the Rut.


Syllabus Week Drinking Games

(09/03/15 8:46pm)

Now that August has once more come to its annual, bittersweet close, those who live for the warm summer months will quickly be trading sunscreen for syllabi, and beach volleyball for football games. As yet another academic year resumes in its traditional whirlwind of “hoo-rah’s” and scarlet apparel, Inside Beat likewise returns to welcome Rutgers’ newest Scarlet Knights to the collegiate community, while also offering ways to make the transition from lazy family BBQs to College Avenue “dages” a little easier. For those age 21 and older, and feeling a little nostalgic, jot down these simple drink recipes and games that are a throwback to childhood, and a tribute to adulthood. 



Picture perfect picnic, fast hacks for al fresco dining success

(04/14/15 10:34pm)

Temperatures rise, limbs kept idle by the frosty gusts of winter are shaken out to participate in Frisbee games on college quads, and all around, eyes are shrouded by sunglasses. Tis the season of spring, and naturally, the season of spring flings. Inside Beat guides you through the transition from in-dorms to outdoors, and in doing so, tells you just how to ace your first spring picnic date without really trying. (Just don’t tell your date that).




Trade in the pub for a pot luck: DIY celebrations for St. Patrick's Day

(03/12/15 5:12am)

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.



Local band Fiscal Cliff stands on edge of musical greatness

(02/19/15 11:11pm)

Breaking into the New Brunswick underground music scene in a self-described “bluesy indie” explosion of sound is the Jersey City and Hoboken based band, Fiscal Cliff. Now composed of members Carlos Perez, an Arts and Sciences sophomore, Mike Prussack, a New York University first-year, Manny Ray, a William Paterson junior, and Luis Garrido, a first-year student in the Rutgers School of Engineering, Fiscal Cliff was not always as refined as it is today.


Valentines Day Drink

(02/13/15 1:27am)

Whether you’re planning on playing footsie with that special someone at a romantic restaurant, canoodling in the kitchen while making a homemade Valentine’s day dinner, or rebelling against the holiday by taking advantage of the various heart shaped pizza deals with friends, somehow, food in its various forms always seems to steal the Valentine’s Day spotlight. For those 21 and over, redirect the attention by following these simple steps to make the Drunk in Love, a sweet drink sure to either woo your valentine or change the color scheme of Valentine’s Day from pink and red to a blackout –– for those looking to celebrate in a manner that’s more rambunctious than romantic.



Breaking habits, avoiding resolution commitment phobia

(01/23/15 3:13am)

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.



How to Survive Cyber Monday

(12/02/14 2:13am)

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 Cyber Monday.


How to Survive Cyber Monday

(12/01/14 4:25am)

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 Cyber Monday.


How to Survive Cyber Monday

(12/01/14 4:18am)

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 Cyber Monday.


DIY Friends-giving

(11/25/14 10:44pm)

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many students make plans to leave their college campus to trek home and give thanks to family and hometown friends. Thanksgiving is characterized by the turn of the lock in the door of a dorm room and a weekend bag slung over one shoulder for some — for others, it is just the opposite. In place of travelling home, many students are creating a new sort of Thanksgiving tradition in which they forego the expense and hassle of travel and instead give thanks with friends from the comfort of the University. This growing phenomenon, dubbed “Friendsgiving,” allows students to exercise their creativity and put a unique, independent, DIY twist on the holiday. Inside Beat offers helpful tips for a successful Friendsgiving for those planning to give thanks on the banks of the old Raritan this year.


Different types of shoppers you’ll encounter on Black Friday

(11/25/14 4:19am)

Merely hours after the turkey has been carved and the thanks have been given, another “holiday” demands to be recognized. This event, which prompts people to excuse themselves from family reunions in favor of dashing out to the nearest shopping mall, is Black Friday. If your post-Thanksgiving plans include participating in the Black Friday shopping craze for the first time or heading out as an annual tradition, trust Inside Beat to familiarize you with the different types of Black Friday shoppers you might encounter at your favorite stores this holiday season.