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Kristen Lanski

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Work Your Way to a Healthy Summer!


So, HCers, the year is drawing to a close and everyone is shoving finals out of their mind to focus on one thing: summer. Everyone’s got their summer setbacks, be they tackling a three month internship, or getting to the beach enough. But my problem? Exercise. Now this may be counterintuitive to most, because you’re always running around. But every once in a while I tend to veg out. When the summer sun rolls around, sometimes I just have to lounge on the couch, watch Big Brother, and kick it with some chips and the air conditioning. Let me tell you my plan to get fit this summer!

1.     The first step of GTL- GYM!
Planet Fitness, World Gym, and several other locations office college student packages that give discounts and special packages for college students that can’t do a whole yearlong membership. If they don’t advertise it, ask!

2.     Swimsuit Season
This is the time to grab your bikini and your best friends and head to the sandy shores. Organize an impromptu beach volleyball tournament or relay race, your friends—and your glutes!—will thank you.

3.     Gamers Galore
There’s nothing I like better than getting my entire group together and have a Kinect or Wii competition to work off some calories. Most fun way to work it!

4.     Dance!
Grab some buddies, or have a solo sesh. Blast some pop or punk and kick your legs til you can’t breathe. This is the fastest way to get a quality workout in while enjoying your favorite jams, and I promise the time will fly.

DORM DEALS: Add some zest to your room for $50 or less!


In a furniture funk? Spice it up next semester! I recommend trying a whole new style to make your home away from home feel like… well… home! A whole new take on your living situation can be just what you need for a great hangout, a study retreat, or just your own sanctuary from the stressors of being your glamorous self!

This artsy wall clock is soothing and super cute. Toss it on your wall and you’ll always know the time.

For relaxation, comfort is key. These squishy pillows are ten dollars and prevent nasty neck cramps while squinting over a textbook.

To keep your feet warm in the tough Oneonta weather, this Flokati rug covers your room with leisurely comfort after a long day.

This organic pillow says volumes about what’s important to you—fresh and sweet, this find is only twenty dollars!

These earthy vine decals are sure to stick with no trouble. They liven up the space and are easy to peel off, too!

To show off your glam side, take a look at this classic wall piece that inspires beauty. It’s only 24.99 and breathes life into your room!

We all know that classic game—Twister. This version is hip and updated and perfect for a small space!

Waiting for Washers-- What to Wear and When!


HCers, are you ready for part two? It feels funny writing so much about clothes, until you realize how much of a staple they are. Fashion is a big part in the lives of most collegiettes™, so why not treat your outfits with care? I usually end up doing about two loads a week… I’ll admit I brought almost my entire closet to school with me! But I had no idea how easy it can be to take care of my stuff!

Firstly, did you know that most of your clothes don’t require constant laundry? I have the terrible habit of wearing a pair of jeans once, tossing them on the floor before bed, and then throwing it all in the basket for cleaning. Turns out, lots of your favorite garments can withstand any number from two to six wears before you need to consider cleaning it!

Now, before I let you in on this, I want to start by adding a disclaimer. When I was young, my brother had a policy of always sniffing his stinky t-shirts to see if it was “wearable”. Now that’s a stretch. But if you have any doubts, just wash it.

Jeans: You can get through four or five wearings without throwing them in the hamper! Denim is durable; and it’s actually more beneficial to wash them less, because too frequent cleaning will make them fray and fade! *Note, jeggings or anything of the sort should be washed more frequently because of the nature of the style and fabric.

Skirts: Same number as jeans, four wearings will work because think about it: how many strenuous sweaty activities do you really do in a skirt?

Tops: Every one to three wearings these should be taken care of, and tees after every time. Basically it all boils down to what you did that day in that outfit.

Waiting for Washers-- The Plight of a Clean-Clothed Collegiette™


Living in a FYE (First Year Experience) building this year as a freshman has certainly been… interesting. Although most of my experiences have been really positive, there’s one thing that drives me crazy—Laundry. Now let’s be honest, it seems like a silly topic, but you know it’s not.  It’s a time commitment, it’s a competition, it’s an obligation.

Luckily, Tobey has three laundry rooms, and the dorm has a total of ten washers and twelve washers—of course it’s never enough. And let me tell you, hauling my hamper to the third floor is no picnic. But it’s all about timing. The most opportune slots are mornings, especially on the weekends. I woke up early (for some) at 12 on a Saturday morning and every machine in the building was empty. Heaven!

Now personally, I came from a self-laundry-doing background. I’ve been doing my own clothes for a little while, but my parents will help me out if I forget about it or I’m in a hurry. I’m telling you this because the majority of my friends here have been doing their own laundry for a long time, so I felt a little unprepared. That is, until I met a girl in the building who described in detail how she, on a weekly basis, mails all of her dirty laundry to her family back home (on Long Island), and they send it back to her completely finished. I don’t feel so guilty anymore.

The Finest Feeds: The best blogs to frequent


So, HCers, this week I was a little bit stuck on finding a topic to share with you guys. I searched for some inspiration with my friends and classmates, but nothing really stuck. To let it sink in a little, I turned to my default boredom and procrastination activity: browsing my Google Reader.

For those of you who don’t know how it works, Google Reader lets you take the links from newsfeeds all over the web and organize everything in one place. It’s got tons of amazing features like tagging and re-blogging. Unfortunately, I’m no tech-whiz, so I usually stick to the basics. I grab up the sites I want to read from every morning and scroll through as I’m eating cereal or heating up some leftover Chinese. I figured I’d share my favorite websites with you guys. These make me think, laugh, and give a little brightness to my day. Hope you guys enjoy!

For all the latest pretty products:
The primary writer for the site, Karen, is fun and brilliant, giving all the latest info on new make-up products and trends. She’s always entertaining and gives the best tips on new lines coming out soon.

SUCO In Session: What Should I Take?


Registration—fast approaching, right? It’s definitely getting to be that stressful time of year. But no worries, choosing classes can be quick and painless. Even it’s your first semester at Oneonta, or your last, there’s no reason not to have a good time on the way to that grad cap. With some inquiry and research, I drummed up some fascinating and pretty easy courses that can spice up your semester, while also cutting you a little slack!

PHED 205: The Media and College Sports
Studies the relationship between the media and athleticism at the college level. Great for anyone interested in communications, physical education, or just sports in general. Taught by Pausewang, it takes place in the Fall semester, 6:00-8:30 on Wednesday nights.

MCOM 252: Writing for Radio, Television, and Film
Encourages writing habits that dictate how to write professionally in the given areas, exploring what it’s like to write for the eye and ear. Take this if you’re an English major or participating in WONY on campus. This class is given MWF by Wickham from 2:00-3:15.

COMM 244: Managing Conflict through Communication
Being given by Dauria this semester, this Conflict Management course covers everything, including communication skills, negotiation, listening, and mediation. Anyone who likes communication, interpersonal relationships, or if you just want to solve an issue with your roommates better! It’ll be taught Tuesday/Thursday from 10:00-11:15am.

PHED 106: Health Through Physical Activity
This is a basic course that offers a great instructor along with principles of warming up, stress management tools, and other ways to stay fit and healthy for life! Seek this class out as it is offered by two professors at different times.

Cultural Spotlight!


In honor of the tragedy and perpetual suffering the people of Japan are facing, I wanted to reflect a bit on their culture and the way they live their lives. Humans live so differently all across the globe, the only thing we can do is embrace others’ cultures and try to see what it’s like to experience life in a totally different way.  But maybe we’re a little more similar than we might think…
Ramen noodles, a college staple, are extremely popular in Japan and years of training are required to become an expert at creating the broth.
Remember Full House, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Boy Meets World? We all watched theses hits when we were younger. They’re all currently shown in Japan with increasing popularity.
Japanese often feature commercials with American celebrities, including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Tiger Woods as well.
Ever have trouble with saying “yes” too much? The word “no” in Japanese is banished. Any questions asked of Japanese citizens should never lead to a negative response.
In Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, it’s known that women can feel safe and secure for the most part at all times. Japanese women are not ogled or objectified, and men are usually reluctant or mortified to make extended eye contact, so no need to fear traveling alone.

March (Movie) Madness


Lazy Sunday, wake up in the late afternoon… and figure out what to do all day! As you may have been able to tell from my last article, I’m stuck with a bit of a Mid-Semester Slump. The March mush—depressing brownish piles of snow--- might be getting to me. I’ve been daydreaming, waiting for warm sunshine and the chance to lie out between classes. So this Sunday, after I had tackled everything due for Monday, I decided to relax in the best way I knew how. Cozying up in my dorm and watching some simple, guilty pleasure movies.

I know it’s not Christmas, but I just can’t help it. This movie is single-handedly the best Christmas movie of the millennium, in my humble opinion. (The timeframe doesn’t allow for the one that makes me feel even guiltier, Jingle All The Way.)

The Cause of Guilt: So much smiling, candy, and overall happiness should be either illegal or absolutely mandatory. Any movie in which a full-grown man uses the term “Swirly-Twirly Gumdrops”, there might be a little cause for concern

Why I Can’t Help Myself: Number one, Zooey Deschanel. Wonderful actress, singer, all of the above. Then of course, seeing Will Ferrell in yellow tights was kind of like a car wreck… You just can’t look away.

But for me? I’m a sucker for a good happy ending, and this one is perfection.

Bring It On
Brr, it’s cold in here! There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere! Oh man, from the dreamy Jesse Bradford to the destruction of high school and community stereotypes, Bring It On embodies everything fun and sassy about the teen years.

The Cause of Guilt: It’s a movie about Cheerleader competitions. And let’s be honest, any movie that racks up that many straight-to-DVD sequels might be getting into “The Land Before Time” territory. Bring It On 13, anyone?

Vacation Aspirations


Over the wonderful Snow Day, when I knew I should’ve been studying, I may or may not have ended up lounging in my bed snacking and watching TV. I knew it was wrong, but relaxing just felt so right :) Instead of finalizing my Psych notes, I ended up daydreaming about Spring Break and how nice it would be to escape from the weather for a day. So here are my favorite ideas for a fun, much-needed getaway.

As much as I love the snowy hills of Oneonta, some heat would be perfect right now. Imagine warm sun, soft sand, and clear blue ocean as far as the eye can see. That, my friends, is what led me to the secluded Shoal Bay, Anguilla. If you’re not familiar with it, Anguilla is a small island in the Caribbean, just an hour trip from Puerto Rico, and a fraction of that from other nearby islands like St. Kitts and St. Thomas. This Caribbean hot spot is groomed with exotic snorkeling locations, historical landmarks dating back three centuries, and nightly entertainment in the form of local musicians. Haven’t you always wanted to swim with the dolphins, ladies?

But what I really need is utter relaxation. The Wellness Tours provided  by Lux World Travel seem ideal. A tempting trip to Thailand initiated a wonderful stream of daydreams. The program offers yoga on the beach, cleansing religious rituals, and scores of massages and therapeutic experiences. Cleansing and restoring would be heavenly, especially on the soothing shores of Thailand’s foreign soil.

Next I thought about more adventurous locales. Born in Philly and raised in Buffalo, I’ve been accustomed to snowfall since birth. Naturally, I seek out a cozy cottage with the chance for thrills. Mount Tremblant has been open for over fifty years, and has a rustic charm that is absolutely irresistible. Quebec’s French heritage enhances this prime ski spot in northeastern Canada with a classical atmosphere. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, even dog-sledding—you name it, they provide it.

Horoscope Scoop

Here's the thing-- everyone's heard about the Horoscope drama, but never fear: it turns out, the "new rules" of horoscopes don't really apply to those of us in Western Culture. However, tons of collegiettes check their daily predictions religiously. So I thought I'd check out this hobby, and give a little summary on your horoscope sign!

What's your sign?

Capricorn-(December 22- January 19)     Aquarius-(January 20- February 19)
Pisces-(February 20- March 20)                  Aries-(March 21- April 20)
Taurus-(April 21- May 20)                            Gemini-(May 21- June 20)
Cancer-(June 21- July 22)                            Leo-(July 23- August 23)
Virgo-(August 24- September 22)               Libra-(September 23- October 23)
Scorpio-(October 24- November 23)           Sagittarius-(November 24- December 21)

The run-down

The Goat
You tend to be reliable and trustworthy, with a no-nonsense attitude.
            Element: Earth
            Color: Navy
            Main qualities: Ambition, independence, and prone to success.

The Water-Bearer
You're free-spirited, innovative, and are thought of as something of a visionary.
            Element: Air
            Color: Turquoise
            Main qualities: Determined and intellectual

The Fish
Full of emotion, you love caring for others, as well as looking good!
            Element: Water
            Color: Lilac
            Main qualities: Imaginative and artistic

The Ram
You're totally courageous with initiative, and a thirst for excitement!
            Element: Fire
            Color: Red
            Main qualities: Ambitious and energetic