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5 Things You Need to Do Before A Workout

6/14/2014

We all know that warming up and cooling down are essential for a good workout experience, but what about the things you do before hitting the gym? From eating right to stretching, those few minutes before you power on the treadmill can help you make the most out of your workout. Whether you’re a varsity athlete or a recreational gym girl, keep these tips in mind for the best workout you can have!

1 hour before your workout: Eat right!

Should you eat before working out, or just not eat at all? Should you scarf down a meal or just settle for a small snack? Among the biggest dilemmas we face before working out is the question of how much, when and what we should eat. While your food intake ultimately depends on your own body’s needs and the intensity of your workout routine, make sure you get enough sustenance prior to your workout.

“Never work out on an empty stomach, you won’t have enough energy and you’ll most likely feel sick,” says Jessica John, head personal trainer at the University of Chicago. “About an hour or so before you work out, eat a snack or a small meal, especially one that’s got carbohydrates and protein.”

Carbohydrates, whether simple or complex, give you the energy you need to last through your workout. John suggests stocking up on fruits and grains, both of which are good sources of carbohydrates, as they’re light and provide you with energy. Couple this with protein-rich foods, which help build muscle while keeping you full, and you’re well on your way to a great workout!

6 Ways to Rock a Remote Internship

6/7/2014

You snagged a remote internship, meaning that you get to work from home and spend your entire summer with family and friends! But as fun as that sounds, you still need to work and complete all your intern responsibilities… with all the distractions at home.

When you have a remote internship, how can you stay focused and make sure you’re getting things done? We’ve got five easy ways to do so for you!

1. Plan out and stick to a work schedule

To fight all the distractions that can take you away from work at home, come up with a work schedule to stay organized! Lay out all your responsibilities for the day or week, and then map out time blocks that you’ll use to complete each. That way, you’ll stay on track and fight the temptation to be unproductive, which happens a lot with remote internships.

“I set out a work schedule every week and a daily quota based on that schedule. This helped me reach my content goals every week and kept me on track,” says Megan Fink, a senior at Southern Mississippi University. “To make a remote internship work, you've got to be naturally task-oriented and organized. No one is holding your hand anymore.”

If you do find yourself straying away from your schedule, you may need to alter your agenda a bit or create an incentive for you to get back on track. For example, you can extend your lunch break in your schedule so you can recharge more, or you can let yourself chat with friends for a half hour, but only after you finish a large task. There are many ways to keep yourself to a schedule, so think of ways that will work for you!

2. Get rid of any distractions

NEWSFLASH: Need-to-Know Stories 5/23 – 5/30

5/31/2014

This week, Nigeria's government announced that it had found the whereabouts of more than 270 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from a school in April, but officials are adamant about keeping their location a secret for security reasons. The world also lost a revered literary figure in Maya Angelou, who passed away Wednesday. Finally, White House press secretary Jay Carney is stepping down, ending his years of serving as a White House spokesperson.

Welcome back to NEWSFLASH, giving you the week's biggest stories!

Nigeria Announces That Missing Girls Found

A Nigerian military official declared Monday that the government had found the more than 270 girls who were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram in April.

However, given the circumstances, Nigerian officials refuse to disclose the girls’ location. The military also stated that it cannot use force to free the schoolgirls, fearing that such a decision could result in a high number of casualties.

The girls were kidnapped April 14 from their school in a rural village. News of the girls’ disappearance did not garner international attention until May, when governmant officials and others across the world urged action.

Revered Poet, Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou Dies

5/28/2014

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you." -- Maya Angelou

World-renowned poet, novelist and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday at the age of 86.

Helen Brann, Angelou’s literary agent, revealed that the writer died in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.

Angelou’s role as a poet, novelist, dancer, professor, singer, actor and activist defined her as one of the most talented women of her time. President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, and in 1993, she read her famous original work “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

But Angelou’s literary career was defined by I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography that took readers through some of the most agonizing moments of her life. Pages upon pages of beautifully written language transported readers into a rural Arkansas rife with racism, and the memoir opened their eyes to the terror of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Angelou’s mother’s boyfriend.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was an international bestseller that propelled Angelou to literary stardom. She later penned six more autobiographies.

Angelou was born in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, but later moved to Arkansas and then San Francisco to study dance and drama. She dropped out of the program at age 14, and at 16, she become the city’s first female streetcar driver.

Nigeria Claims to Know Location of Missing Girls

5/27/2014

A little over a month after the mass kidnapping of over 270 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorist group, the Nigerian government announced that officials have found the girls.

Unfortunately for the girls’ parents, the same officials have refused to disclose their exact location for security reasons.

"The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you," says Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria's chief of defense staff.

The Nigerian military has ruled out the use of force to rescue the girls, fearing that such an operation would lead to heavy casualties. Demonstrations have sprung up in Abuja, the country's capital, as citizens call for the government to take an aggressive stance.

"We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back," says Badeh, who spoke to demonstrators and journalists about the complexity of taking military action.

Talks have reportedly taken place between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram to negotiate the girls’ return.

Shortly before Nigeria discovered the girls’ location, it was revealed that the country’s government had recently been close to securing a deal with Boko Haram. But officials called off the agreement, which would have released some of the girls in exchange for imprisoned Islamist militants held by the government.

NEWSFLASH: Need-to-Know Stories 5/9 – 5/16

5/16/2014

A Turkish mine accident leaves almost 300 dead in the town of Soma, igniting protests in Turkey's biggest cities against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. In South Korea, crew members driving the Sewol ferry at the time of its April 16 sinking have been charged for their role in the disaster. Finally, ex-New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder related to a double homicide in July 2012.

Welcome back to NEWSFLASH, giving you the week's top stories!

Mass Funerals and Anti-Government Protests Mark Turkish Mine Disaster Aftermath

Protests against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s administration heated up this week as the town of Soma mourned the at least 284 lives taken by a mine disaster.

Hundreds of protestors in Istanbul and Ankara faced off against water cannons and tear gas to oppose Erdogan’s response to the mine fire. An image of Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Erdogan, kicking a protestor has only fueled Turkish citizens’ anger.

A power transformer blew up during a shift change at the mine Tuesday, causing a deadly fire that choked miners and prevented their rescue. The death toll rose to 284 on Friday as more bodies were pulled from the mine.

Although at least 88 miners were saved in the initial rush following the explosion, the chances of saving the 100 or so still trapped are quickly diminishing.

Her Story: I Have Emetophobia & Generalized Anxiety Disorder

5/14/2014

I spent Thanksgiving of my sophomore year lying in my dorm room bed, too sick to move. Nauseous and lightheaded, I rolled around in my bed, shifting from one side to the other in a desperate attempt to sleep. I was still hungry since I had only managed to eat a few bites of a Thanksgiving dinner before the nausea had hit, forcing me to run to my room and shut myself in.

One day later, my body would start reacting the same way to liquids, even if it was just water. Give it a few days, and I would suddenly start to feel nauseous in class, out on the street, at parties, everywhere.

The nausea would ebb and flow throughout the rest of the year, but its persistence alarmed me and forced me to go see any doctor I could find, and when no doctor could figure out what was wrong, I sank deeper and deeper into worry. It became increasingly debilitating, and soon I was ducking out of dance rehearsals, avoiding the gym, and even skipping class for fear of becoming nauseous and possibly throwing up in public. I started bringing around one or two plastic bags everywhere, fearing that I would actually become sick while out and about.

After multiple doctors and hundreds spent on blood tests and appointments, it didn’t hit me that something psychological was at work until November while I was studying abroad. My throat felt like it was closing up while I was eating in a Berlin market. Then it happened in another market in Prague, a café in Vienna, a nightclub in Budapest. By the time I returned to Paris to finish off the rest of my quarter there, I wasn’t able to take public transportation anymore without gagging and feeling like I was going to vomit, so I’d walk the long 40 minutes to class each day.

NEWSFLASH: Need-to-Know Stories 5/1 – 5/8

5/9/2014

This week, the Obama administration announced it would help search for 270 Nigerian girls kidnapped in April by terrorist group Boko Haram. Additionally, Congress voted to create a special committee to investigate the Obama administration's handling of 2012's controversial Benghazi attacks.

Welcome back to NEWSFLASH, giving you the week's biggest stories!

U.S. to Aid in Search for 270 Girls Kidnapped By Nigerian Terrorist Group

On Tuesday, the U.S. government declared it would help Nigeria rescue 270 teenage girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group. 

The girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim northeast region. The incident occurred April 14, marking a fairly significant gap in time between the mass kidnapping and the start of serious search-and-rescue efforts.

The Nigerian government has come under scrutiny for not responding quickly enough to the kidnappings. The U.S. government  has agreed to send intelligence, law enforcement and military advisors to the country, and Britain, France and China have also offered to aid in the search.

In a video released this week, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau took credit for the mass abduction.

"I abducted your girls," Shekau says in the video. "There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell."

NEWSFLASH: Need-to-Know Stories 4/25 - 5/1

5/2/2014

This week, the Malaysian government released a preliminary report on the MH370 disappearance, a report that failed to offer any more insight or suggestions about the plane's disappearance on March 8. The U.S. Department of Education also released a list of colleges under Title IX investigations for mishandling sexual assault cases on campus. Finally, a failed execution in Oklahoma reportedly left a prisoner writhing in pain before his death, prompting a state investigation.

Welcome back to NEWSFLASH, giving you the week's biggest stories!

Malaysia Releases Preliminary Report On MH370 Search

The Malaysian government released a preliminary report on MH370’s disappearance, revealing miscommunications that stalled the search process.

The five-page report noted that air traffic controllers failed to notice that the plane vanished until 17 minutes after its disappearance. The document also revealed that it took Malaysia’s government four hours after the plane went missing to call for an official search and rescue operation. 

Other details were released in addition to the preliminary report, including audio recordings of conversations between air traffic controllers and the cockpit.

MH370 disappeared on March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane reportedly rerouted back toward Malaysia but then disappeared shortly thereafter. Weeks of searching have failed to produce any leads, leaving the MH370 case a mystery.

NEWSFLASH: Need-to-Know Stories 4/11 – 4/17

4/18/2014

A ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea, taking dozens of lives and leaving hundreds trapped as the ship gradually went under water. The literary world also mourned the death of Noble Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose works live on forever.

Welcome back to NEWSFLASH, giving you the week's biggest stories!

29 Dead, Hundreds Missing As South Korean Ferry Sinks

A South Korean ferry carrying at least 450 passengers flipped onto its side during transit, claiming 29 lives and leaving hundreds of other passengers missing.

The ferry was traveling from the northwest port of Incheon to the resort island of Jeju. Many of the passengers were high school students on a school trip.

29 people have been confirmed dead while around 270 people remain unaccounted for. The South Korean government originally pinned the number of rescued at 368, but a counting error later reduced the number to around 174.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud thump before the ship stopped and began sinking, though officials are still investigating the disaster’s cause. The captain was reportedly not at the helm when the ship started sinking and is now being charged with five violations that could imprison him for up to five years.