Category: Lifestyle

The Rolling Dough

Food Columnist

Most of us have heard this grave tale; some of us have even lived it. You are beyond excited to finally be away from your parents, able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. You eat the food you have been told to stay away from, and you eat it all the time. Of course, the gym is there, but you will go tomorrow. You never even consider that your weight is changing until you head home for Thanksgiving or Christmas and you hear those words, “Have you gained the Freshman 15?” It is easily a college student’s worst nightmare when it comes to their body image. But do we really have any cause to worry? Do the Freshman 15 actually exist or is it something made up by parents, health officials, and magazine editors to have us look exactly the way they want us to? To answer this question and ask some of my own I took to the streets, or the tables in this case, to ask students if this weighty subject really is that “heavy.”

As I rolled into the cafeteria, I saw the same things I have always seen: a huge buffet of somewhat questionable meal choices and not enough options for the health conscious. Could this be the reason we are getting heavier? I headed over to the nearest table to find out if they thought it was.

“Can I ask you a question? Do you think the Freshman 15 really exists?” There was absolutely no hesitation in answering. “Yes. Definitely. No doubt.” I moved on to the next table. Same question, same answers. The same thing happened at the next four tables I asked. Then I got a surprise. Going up to senior Kenny Belgrave, I posed the same question. “Do you think the Freshman 15 exists?” He thought for a minute, then replied, “Depends. I mean if you’re drinking every weekend then sure. You’re gonna gain beer weight.”

More people started giving me the “depends” point of view as I went around. Freshman Jackie Holmes took it even further.

“I think if you maintain the lifestyle you had before such as a sort out a strict schedule you’ll most likely stay the same,” said Holmes. “But if you radically change, like stay sleeping in till 12 or stop eating full meals, you will lose or gain weight dependent upon who you become while in college and what schedules you set for yourself.”

In the end, I asked one hundred people the Freshman 15 question. 40 said definitely. 7 said it is 100% myth and 43 said it all depends on the lifestyle choices you make once you get here. However, this answer did not seem to satisfy my curiosity, so I took my question to some of the major news outlets to see what they were writing as colleges around the globe start their fall semesters.

According to The Huffington Post, the Freshman 15 “is a lie,” while The Michigan Times reports that “one in four freshmen gain 5% or more of their body fat, averaging about 10 pounds.” Shocker? Not to everyone. Papers such as Central Florida Future and Iowa State Daily acknowledge that it exists but say its super easy to avoid by eating right and going to the gym.

When it comes down to the heart of the issue, it’s about self-discipline and staying active. Sophomore Ashley Williams said, “I don’t have a car so I walk everywhere, which helps me stay healthy.” However junior Sydney Covey laughed it off. “You see that right there?” she said. “That’s a gym. It’s free. So what’s your excuse?”

Fall into style

Staff Writer

Summer has quietly faded away, making way for the return of autumn. As the golden crisp leaves fall to the ground around campus and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte re-enters your daily routine, the fashion trends of fall debut.
For fall 2013, the trends take inspiration from signature looks of classic eras to create the perfect look for today. Inspiration comes from the menswear iconized by Coco Chanel, the feminine waist coats Jackie O flaunted outside the White House, and even the punk plaid rocked by the virgin Madonna. But it would not be fashion if it did not include new additions from today’s generation, including leather in all forms, graphic sweatshirts and the much-loved knit beanie. So there is a little something for everyone, even broke college students. Let me show you how to ball on a budget.
As college students, it can often be difficult to stay “on trend.” However, staying fashion forward does not require clearing out your closet of all your purchases within the last year. Most students, let alone professionals, cannot afford the designers whose designs grace the runway (no, Kanye, none of my fellow classmates will be purchasing a plain white T for $120, unless it does free Boosie or help us find bikini bottom). But instead, this time of the year teaches us how to fall back in love with our closet…with the help of a few additional pieces.
One of the most popular looks of this season is streetwear mixed with a taste of the ‘90s. This is a look each of us can cleverly pull off simply by raiding our many local thrift stores. Find an old flannel that can wrap around your waist to finish off a look. And you know all of those retro pullovers you see on reruns of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that we wish we could have lived through the early ‘90s to wear? Well, now is your chance! Half-off Wednesdays at Salvation Army will be your new favorite day of the week.
Push those washed-out sweatpants you have grown a little too comfortable in to the side and instead grab a pair of slouchy pants. Whether they are harem pants, loose menswear or even a dressier “sweat” pant, wear them in place of your usual joggers. They can be found in a variety of materials from cotton, to linen or a coated leather look. Dress them up with a collared shirt and jacket or dress them down with a pair of sneakers and a phrased t-shirt.
Rihanna…Miley…Ciara. Probably the easiest craze this fall is the graphic beanie. With catchy phrases such as “Thug Life,” “Haters Gonna Hate,” and “Ballin,” this headwear will be sure to grab everyone’s attention. If you are a little more modest, feel free to opt for a knitted, studded or slouched beanie. Whichever you prefer, a hat can complement any outfit and most of all, make a statement.
So try pairing a vintage pullover with slouchy pants, throw on a beanie and wrap a flannel around your waist and you are set for the season. And if you don’t want to explore these trends through clothing, try accents of leather or plaid on a bag or pair of shoes. Or even simply a couple on-trend colors like gray or orange. Either way, know that you have options this fall when strolling around campus. Fashion is essentially what you make it.