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Roses are red, violets are blue, hopefully "The Bachelor" love is true

Love it, hate it, can’t stand it or can’t get enough, it’s undeniable that ABC’s show "The Bachelor" is one of most successful television franchises of our time.  Not only has the series sparked 19 international editions, inspired three spin-off’s in "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor Pad" and "Bachelor in Paradise" and racked in roughly $190 million in annual advertising revenue, but in the heat of its 21st season, it’s got incredible longevity for a reality show. “What I find fascinating about the program is that it treats love and desire, which appear to be natural and spontaneous, as a matter of artificiality, codes and strategies,” said Jack Bratich a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. As the women vie for the affections of Wisconsin software salesman Nick Viall in the franchise’s 39th collective installment, you have to wonder why "The Bachelor" has elicited such passionate sentiments of allure and disgust among millions of viewers since debuting in March 2002, especially in the college student age bracket. Burning terms like rose ceremony, date card and Fantasy Suite into the cultural lexicon, "The Bachelor" cuts through the messy rituals of 21st-century dating to construct a formal process where female contestants from all over the country gather to battle in a 12-week, elimination-style dating competition for the heart of one eligible single man.


Detox from syllabus week by getting your life in order

Autumn is coming, and Rutgers — New Brunswick is ready. This past weekend the Scarlet Knights defeated Howard in the first home football game of the season, the closing of add/drop has officially locked us into our academic schedules and students have begun sporting flannels to class.


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.


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.


Rad Cat stops by Hidden Grounds just in time for sweater weather

The hot coffee brewed as people poured through the doors of Hidden Grounds coffee shop last Thursday evening, seeking haven from the chilly rain and seeking a new fall wardrobe. A beloved Easton Avenue coffee spot, Hidden Grounds frequently hosts pop-up shops for artisan vendors, but none share the special connection quite like the one with Rad Cat.  MK Rix, the brand’s founder, curator and chief operator, dreamt up the vision for the label while still a Mason Gross School of the Arts student only a few years ago.


How to make the most of summer music festivals

There’s no better way to commemorate a school year well done than reveling in the glory of one of the Garden State's finest music festivals. There's no experience quite like it — people from all over gather to soak up the sun and watch live performances given by their favorite artists.


PRSSA Fashion Show debuts new styles, benefits diabetes research

As the waters warm up and the nights get longer, April’s bonfires, picnics and outdoor activities have many of the University’s chicest ladies throwing open their closets in desperation, exclaiming that they have “nothing to wear.” With finals looming closer and temperatures boiling up to the 70s, it’s safe to say that New Brunswick has officially come down with a serious case of spring fever.

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At Senior Night, Janine Puhak ended her four-year career as the first female Scarlet Knight in history. During her time at Rutgers, she kept her identity a secret, living a high profile double life beneath the armor.

At Senior Night, Janine Puhak ended her four-year career as the first female Scarlet Knight in history. During her time at Rutgers, she kept her identity a secret, living a high profile double life beneath the armor.

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