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How To Avoid the Freshman 15 - A Guide For Northeastern Students

By: Marcella Kukulka

1. Establish a Workout Routine. Whether it’s lifting weights at Badger & Rosen or attending a group fitness class at Marino Center, establishing a daily workout routine is key to avoid packing on the extra pounds. Even if heading to the gym isn’t your thing, joining an intramural sport or an outdoors club can also keep you in good shape. One popular club is NUHOC, which offers to take students on weekend trips to hike, rock climb, bike, and ski. Find out how you like to stay active and don’t be shy to mix it up - the only way you’re going to stick to a schedule is if you actually enjoy what you’re doing!


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2. Motivation is Key. Sometimes you may be too tired, have too much work, or are just plain lazy. But ditching your workout isn’t the answer. Surrounding yourself in constant motivation is a nice way to get yourself to the gym. But how, you may ask? Enlist a friend and set some common goals for the semester. You both will feel equally responsible for helping the other succeed and you will have a whole lot more fun! If that doesn’t work, follow a Fitstagram to get your booty to the gym on a day that you just want to spend scrolling on social media.


3. Take Control of What You Eat. While it may be easy to take the first thing you see, it is always a good idea to survey the dining hall area before choosing your meal. The key to a balanced diet is to get a few servings of that food pyramid - grab a little protein, starch, vegetables, fruit and dairy. It’s also best to avoid processed and fried foods because most of the time these contain more calories and fill you up at a slower rate. While I know that the desserts at IV are irresistible, take everything in moderation (which means limiting your cookie intake to less than ten per meal)!


4. Netflix and Lift. Everyone knows that the majority of television at fitness centers generally sucks. So why not take the Netflix app on your phone as an opportunity to binge-watch the brand new season of “Stranger Things” while you lift weights at the gym. Not only will this keep you entertained, but it will keep you distracted from how tired you’re getting during a rigorous workout. Take my advice and try it out - you may as well be killing two birds with one stone.

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5. Lay off the Liquor. I know you don’t want me to say it, but it’s true! An influx in the consumption of liquor is normally the main reason of weight gain for college students in the United States. I’m not telling you not to drink, but Alcohol has a very high caloric intake, so setting a limit before going out for the evening is just one other method to make sure you don’t go home for winter break with a full-on beer belly!

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Links We Love: April 6th, 2016

By: Meredith Fisher

"15 Chic Spring Jackets — Because It's Finally Warm Again" on Refinery29

One of my many self-proclaimed talents may include procrastinating on the Internet, but I can assure you that it is not always wasted time. I have decided to share a few of my favorite recent discoveries, encompassing styling advice for spring, a look into the business of fashion, and a lighthearted list that will hopefully brighten your day as much as it did mine. I refrain from a common theme because there is never truly a method to my madness. Spring has sprung and it is time to bring back lightweight jackets, bombers and wraps in order to adapt to the warmer weather of the season. Especially in Boston, layers are essential in riding the erratic weather roller coaster and key transitional pieces are an important investment. It is time to embrace this season’s offerings including kimonos, wraps, printed blazers and more that will keep you warm during the Winter/Spring limbo. My favorite featured piece is the & Other Stories Patchwork Jacket.  

"How to Incorporate Color into Your Wardrobe if You Only Wear Black" on The Zoe Report

Everyday fashion is currently trending towards minimalism, featuring simplistic lines and neutral colors. While this is not inherently negative, it can often feel challenging to incorporate prints and color into your wardrobe. I for one, am personally guilty of often falling into a consistent stream of all-neutral outfits. Head-to-toe black is a statement in itself, but if you’re on the lookout for more eye-catching styling options, The Zoe Report has got you covered with ideas that even the most minimal dresser can appreciate.

"Remix My Sneakers" on The Business of Fashio

One of the main elements of the millennial generation is our obsession with individualism. We emphasize the importance in what makes us unique and we strive to stand out amongst the crowd. Modification “artists” such as The Shoe Surgeon cater to this growing desire by offering customization of shoes from Nike Air Force 1s to Adidas Yeezy 750 Boosts. Sneakers can be colorized to personal tastes and can even transplant soles from other shoe models. Although the luxurious customization options seem a bit out of price range, the exploration of the growing business will keep you engaged throughout the piece. As mentioned, “Having a unique pair of sneakers is a currency of street credibility,” reinforcing the idea that one size does not fit all.

24 Girl Power Pins That Prove Females are Strong as Hell on

Mid-semester blues can hit, and they can hit hard. Escape your busy schedule, drama and bombardment from daily life and let a girl power pin ignite your internal female chutzpah. This list of small shiny accessories frivolously reminds us that we run the world (girls)—and we can do it. Wear them as your armor, or simply peruse the female power mottos for an emotional boost.


Must See: The Middle School Throwback in NEU's Theatre Department's Latest Musical

By: Non Kuramoto

Remember those awkward middle school days, when you felt lonely, but didn't know how to express it? You felt misunderstood by your friends and family, and had no real way to measure your success? Have you hoped to have grown out of all of that since, but still notice that it's never really left you? Sometimes, you catch a glimpse of that person as you look into the mirror. How do you feel?

The Northeastern University Theatre Department presents the laugh-out-loud musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, filled with quirky characters and catchy tunes that will have you jamming out.

Directed by Scott Edmiston, Chair of the Theatre Department, the musical achieves a balance between being incredibly funny and leaving pits in our stomachs from nostalgia of how difficult pre-pubescent life was for all of us.

The costuming is a key element that brings the characters to life, both on stage and within the audience members’ childhood memories. The costume designer for this play is Beckie Price CAMD’17, a fourth year theatre major on the production track with a concentration in costume design.

I interviewed Beckie about the process of designing costumes for a theatrical production, and to get her take on the play from a designer’s perspective.

N: How did you become the designer of the show?

B: I assisted Frances [Frances McSherry—also the advisor of Fashion and Retail Society!] when she designed costumes for The House of Bernarda Alba last semester. Scott was looking for a designer for his show, and she recommended me to him.

N: What has the process been like?

B: The process has been really great. It was very collaborative from the start. The design team (Director, costumes, set, light, sound, etc) met about the concept before winter break so we had time to hash it out, then we met again after winter break to finalize it. The entire design team came up with the concept together, so we were confident going in that our final products would work well together. I also met individually with Scott a couple of times to get his opinions on specific costuming ideas.

N: So what was the concept?

B: We started off by discussing a lot of different ideas—like do we want to be literal, or do we want to make everything abstract? In the end, we ended up choosing the very literal path; the theatre looks like a middle school gym and the audience seating is classroom chairs. We really wanted the audience to experience the “return to middle school” nostalgia, and to draw them in to feel sympathy for the kids. Also, since a lot of the songs are inside the characters’ heads and have fantastical elements to it, having the visual aspects be literal kept everything grounded.

N: What was the process of designing and finding costume pieces?

B: I did a ton of online research at the beginning. Several characters have very specific clothes, like a Catholic girls’ school uniform or a grammar school uniform. One character is a Boy Scout, and I had to figure out how many badges would make sense for his age. To get the pieces themselves, I did a lot of shopping. I searched through shops ranging from Old Navy to The Garment District, and found some stuff online.

N: What were some of the challenges you faced?

B: The hardest part was making everybody look like kids. I mean, I’m dressing college students to look like middle schoolers! I focused a lot on hiding curves in girls, and making them look as shapeless as possible. For the guys, I gave them tighter pants. [laughs] 

N: Which is your favorite costume?

Leaf Coneybear. I love his costume. His cape is traditionally red, but Scott and I decided that he lived on a farm with his huge family and hippy parents… so we tie-dyed his cape. Olive usually wears overalls, but I put them on Leaf. In the play, Rona mentions that Leaf makes his own clothes, so I’m putting a bunch of patches on the overalls to give it the hand-made look. He also wears a helmet that looks like a bear because he falls a lot, and wears cowboy boots. It’s all just so adorable.

N: What do you want people to look forward to in the play?

B: The show is just super fun, and the actors portray their characters perfectly—obviously the costumes help! I’ve seen the play a couple times already, and it makes me laugh every time. The show calls for audience volunteers and has a lot of ad-lib, so the play changes every night and you never know what you’re going to see!

N: What do you have in store for you?

B: Well, this coming fall, I will be on Co-op at the Drury Lane Costume Shop in Chicago. They make costumes for a lot of plays that move to Broadway, so I’m very excited. After I graduate, I plan to continue pursuing costuming, both designing and in the costume shop. I hope to stay in theatre because the TV and film industry can be more political while theatre will give me the freedom to be creative. Also, I just love the live aspect of theatre!  


Photo by Non Kuramoto

Photo by Non Kuramoto

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens on Tuesday, March 22 and runs until Sunday April 3. Tickets are $5-$8 for students and $12 for adults and available on MyNEU

Images: Northeastern University Theatre Department, Becky Price