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Save your money with this DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Nothing screams Christmas like a good ole’ ugly sweater. Every year, there are ugly Christmas sweaters spotted everywhere around campus, especially Christmas parties. Barnes & Noble has one that is $40 — what a rip off — so don't bother blowing a paycheck on a sweater with Santa’s face on it when you can make one on your own. You no longer have to fear spending a wad of cash on an ugly sweater that you are probably going to wear once a year.

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Things we want to see at the new Hidden Grounds

We’ve all seen it in every show on television. Every squad from back in the day always met at their neighborhood’s coffee shop/diner to catch up on life. There was Tom’s Restaurant in "Seinfeld," Central Perk in "Friends," and on "Lizzie McGuire," the “ultra hip”Digital Bean.

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#FreeTheNipple — Cabaret Theatre's 2015 Directors Showcase brings fresh talent on stage

Cabaret Theatre hosted their 2015 annual edition of the Director’s Showcase last Friday as an opportunity for first-time directors to present a one-act play of their choosing. The event itself gave many students, directors and actors exposure to theatre and the production process. Actors consisted of seasoned, experienced Cabaret performers and students who were just getting their feet wet for the first time on stage. Elizabeth Alt, a School of the Arts and Sciences first-year student, gave her thoughts on how her first directing experience went. “Working with characterization was the hardest part for me.

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Turkey trouble drinking game

Gathering around one table to give thanks, your family is finally all together at last. After fierce cross-interrogation about your classes, GPA, social circle, love life and career plans for the next 50 years, there’s left nothing for a Rutgers kid to do but pop a bottle and embrace the evening.

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Conversations we're dreading this Thanksgiving

Ahh, Thanksgiving dinner. You haven’t seen such a delicious bounty of properly cooked food since you kissed your loved ones goodbye and returned to campus at the beginning of the semester, but don’t think you will be chowing down so fast. The only level of anticipation surpassing your broke, collegian hunger is that of your doting relatives. Sort of a cross between an incredibly nosey first date and FBI background check, their questions are sure to flow more easily than the whiskey from the not-so-secret flask your weird uncle always pockets for the holiday season.

Olivia Gerrits
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Local artists bring work, stories to Hidden Grounds’ Arts & Crafts Fair

Hidden Grounds devoted their space last Friday night to some of New Brunswick’s up-and-coming artists and crafters, who packed into the Easton Avenue hotspot with nothing but their creations and a dream. Droves of shoppers stopped by the fifth installment of HG’s Arts & Crafts Fair to support the Rutgers students, and one alumna, displaying their art and passions for all to see (and hopefully buy). Inside Beat has the scoop on the creative forces behind the tables, whose stories were as diverse as the products they sold.

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Hosting your own lazy New Brunswick Friendsgiving

As Thanksgiving makes its way into the fall semester, thoughts of home-cooked meals and a break from long study sessions fill the minds of the Rutgers community. But before you can eat your mom's famous stuffing, there's one holiday that still needs celebrating — "Friends-giving"

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There was 'No Chill' at Vic Mensa's Beats on the Banks performance

Vic Mensa certainly wasn't "down on his luck" at last night's electrifying Beats on the Banks performance hosted by the Rutgers University Programming Association. The 22-year-old hip-hop artist received a lot of positive reactions during his performance at the Rutgers College Avenue Gymnasium, although his predecessors on the stage had some mixed reviews and feedback from students. The doors opened at 7 p.m. and students walked into a mix of mash-ups, techno and house music under the performance of Daniel Boutoussov, a School of the Arts and Sciences junior, performing under his DJ name, "Chayu." Boutoussov was highly energetic and eagerly interacted with the crowd during his time on stage.  Although about one-third of the total crowd arrived in time for Boutoussov’s performance, the students in attendance seemed to be enjoying his music and level of interaction. Kevin Lopez, a School of Engineering junior, was impressed with Boutoussov's performance. “The opening performance was great, I liked the diversity in genres.” Lopez said.


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