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Check in on your mental health this holiday season

Check in on your mental health this holiday season

By Christine Sheriff, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

We are well into the holiday season at this point. Thanksgiving has passed, and “season’s greetings!” seems to be on everything, including that coffee you get each morning. The air continues to get cooler as we approach the “most wonderful time of the year.” With all the lights and festive e...

Stay relaxed during a busy winter break

Stay relaxed during a busy winter break

By Shivali Shukla, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Hot cocoa. Marshmallows. Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey on the radio. Bright lights lining every corner. The holiday season is finally here, and no matter what you might associate this time of year with, it’s usually a time to wind down and enjoy a short break from the usual chaos of the semester. ...

Gift smarter as a broke college student

Gift smarter as a broke college student

By Meghan Lyons, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Something dreadful is coming up. The first thing that probably jumps into your mind is the F word: Finals. December is quite dreary with final exams, but in my eyes, there is something a little more worrisome. It is probably the last thing you would expect, but the scariest thing about the month of December...

Immerse yourself in holiday spirit with movies

Immerse yourself in holiday spirit with movies

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Holiday movies are a staple of the season. Whether you’re enjoying them with family or passing time by yourself, watching a holiday movie is one of the best ways to get in the spirit! Below is a list of movies, some of which have withstood the test of time. Whether they’re from decades ago or from t...

Tune your New Year’s resolutions to college life

Tune your New Year’s resolutions to college life

By Cassie Reichert, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The new year is fast-approaching, and it’s time to reflect on the past year and make some changes. You’ve likely made resolutions in the past that you rarely follow through on, but college is a great time to commit to new habits that will help you out in the real world. Ring in the new decade by adop...

Avoid gift-giving monotony by shopping small

Avoid gift-giving monotony by shopping small

By Ava Traverso, Special sections editor

December 5, 2019

Once the finals season is over and you can finally relax at home, it may seem that the rest of the holiday season will be nothing but smooth sailing. However, the holidays can offer more stress than school, and one of the largest sources tends to be gift-giving. Whether you waited too late to order o...

Spread holiday cheer without sacrificing your sanity

Spread holiday cheer without sacrificing your sanity

By Clare Budin, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 5, 2019

The holiday season provides excellent opportunities to connect with family and friends, as everyone’s injected with a dose of the warm and cheery holiday spirit. However, even the most patient celebrator can grow sick of the thousandth rendition of “Jingle Bells” or the twentieth showing of ...

Spend holiday break with your roommates

Spend holiday break with your roommates

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

When you get to college, your friends become your family, especially your roommates. Therefore, when the holidays come around, it’s important to celebrate them with your college family, too. There are many ways to go about this, and one of them could be decorating the apartment. As the holidays loom ...

Flourish in spirit during finals season

Flourish in spirit during finals season

By Ava Traverso, Special sections editor

December 5, 2019

After returning to campus from Thanksgiving break, it’s exciting to be able to celebrate Christmas with your college friends before going back home for the holiday break. Then, your stomach drops when you remember all the exams, papers and assignments left to turn in over the final two weeks of th...

New vices, old stomping grounds

New vices, old stomping grounds

By Noah Davis, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2019

Winter break: a month of freedom from being quarantined on campus, devoid of the classes or resume-padding internships that consume a college student’s life over summer. Finally, the ample time you’ve been waiting for to spend with old friends and/or significant other is here, but there’s just on...

Distract yourself from finals with holiday activities

Distract yourself from finals with holiday activities

By Natalie Stanowski, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

Make some homemade hot chocolate With winter kicking into high gear, what better way to warm up than with a cup of hot chocolate? Whether you use cocoa powder or get fancy with a crockpot and melted chocolate, there is no drink more in-tune with the holiday spirit than some hot chocolate. Decorate y...

Shoppers explore ways to give back in holiday season

Shoppers explore ways to give back in holiday season

By Molly Zupan, Special Sections Editor

December 3, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and we all know what that means. Malls and stores are going to be jam-packed with shoppers who are all on a mission to find the best deals and best gifts for family and friends. Aside from being avid gift-givers and holiday fanatics, these people have something in commo...

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