VOL 3 ISSUE 3
A Look Back at Hurricane Sandy: A Process of Recovery The Future of Rutgers: What’s Next? 2013 Gubernational Elections: It’s Time to Vote!
C ď‚„ Photos by Elaine Reinoso
Take a trip to somewhere both historic and haunted. We present you our top three picks.
Rutgers University had some hiccups, but hereâ€™s why you should look forward to tomorrow.
8 Traveler Magazine may have made a mistake naming Newark, N.J. as the unfriendliest city in the world, and hereâ€™s why. FASHION
10 Conquering your identity crisis: we present you our second fashion shoot, featuring student model Joanna Tsuo!
26 N.J. and Staten Island: A look into two points of view of recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
30 The 2013 Gubernational election is here. Do you know who to vote for? SEASONAL
38 Are you doing anything for Thanksgiving break? If not, you should check out these alternatives.
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AUTUMN HAIKUS By Sidra Bajwa An aching heart lights up In the atmosphere catching Each glimpse of breath near. His mischievous eyes Under the moonlight softly Stumbled into me.
autumn IN MEDIAS RES By Martin Tadashi Reyes As I gaze into this endless deception, Embraces my soul towards temptation; A path without direction, Everything is an illusion. A dream with no conclusion, Fantasies carry me through premonition; Always, I think of new words, While I go on a journey through both worlds.
Credits Editor-In-Chief Martin Tadashi Reyes
Advisor Robin Gaby Fisher
Executive Editor Vanessa Anosike
UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR Rachelle Exantus
Creative Director Chantal Fischzang
Graphic Design Princess Hickmond Lala Shahsamand Mariam Badie Tiffany Hale Ryan Saavedra Lucero Hernandez Alyson Whitehead
ART DIRECTOR Karen May Cunanan SENIOR DESIGNERS Roshni Asawla Bryan Choi
Fashion Editor Ashley Okwuosa
Copy Editor Chinwe Adaeze Onuoha
SENIOR COPY EDITOR Khrishna Kashiwala
Entertainment Editor Kristine Villanueva
Treasurer Tyraesha Hagans
Social Media Director Mark Carrione
Writers Raphaella Abad Kesi Ayanna Clarke Arelene Hernandez Areej Quraishi Jannel Varona Liza Akopdzhanova
Contributors Paulino Dela Pena Johanna Tsuo Elaine Reinoso Rhys Valmonte
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From the editor The autumn season is in full motion and the leaves have fallen. In Greek mythology, the story of Persephone (the goddess of vegetation) is a story dedicated to the four seasons. Her beauty caught the attention of Hades (the God of the underworld), who tricked her by kidnapping her making her his bride. Her mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), was saddened when she discovered her daughter missing. She searched for her everywhere; in desperation, she prayed to Zeus, to help bring her daughter back home, but there was nothing he could do. Vegetation was abandoned, colors fade, and the warmth and brightness of the land transformed into cold and darkness. Much to Demeterâ€™s surprise, Persephone traveled back to the upper world half of the year to reunite with her mother and to help flourish the earth with beautiful plants and wildlife.
vibrant became stagnant. Homes were flooded with water, people were left without the use of basic amenities, and power failed all over the northeast region. After the storm, I thought that I fell into an apocalypse every time I looked outside of my window. Everything seemed out of place. However, while I was in the midst of all of that chaos, I moved forward. Now, the Jersey Shore is on its way of becoming a great tourist attraction again. After much needed reflection, I learned that hardships are temporary. Although it may not seem that way at first, that little glimmer of hope that we feel after bonding with friends and family helps bring communities together. As the fall semester continues, I am looking forward to the great changes that will occur on campus and I hope that all of you will have a successful academic year. Enjoy our issue!
I love reading about this myth because it helps redefine my views about life. Sometimes when tragedies occur, we are under the impression that we have exhausted all of our options. But, just when we least expect it, the impossible happens. When hurricane Sandy hit NJ, the shoreâ€™s waters destroyed many homes and businesses with extraordinary force. In less than 24 hours, communities that were once
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Haunted, or Historic ? by Jannel Varona & Kristine Villianueva
Ghost stories become local legends; local legends often become believable, spinning truth into lore. We visited haunted places from our youth, only to find much evidence to dispute rumors we heard in the past.
Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum 593 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ 07066 (732)-340-1571 Everyone pretty much assumed this place was haunted because it had the word “plantation” tacked onto it. But we found nothing eerie about the place. Overall, it looked quaint and inviting instead of rickety and falling apart. One of the few examples of 17th century architecture in the United States is located in Clark. The house was built in 1690 by a physician/surgeon Dr. William Robinson. Along with his wife and three children, Dr. Robinson permanently moved to the house from Scotland. In 1686, Dr. Robinson expanded the property by buying about 50 acres of land along the Rahway River and then bought another 700 acres across his property. He died in 1693 and two other families took the house before the Township Clark bought it. THE METUCHEN MEETINGHOUSE Located in Metuchen is a site that represents the approximate location of the Metuchen Meetinghouse. Also an 18th century cemetery, it lies beside the Metuchen train station. Nearby residents also used the cemetery as a place to find some quiet time. Although most people don’t find it haunted, it’s a neat place tucked behind a curtain of trees with a lot of history.The First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge in 1717 constructed this as a place to hold church services and weekly meetings. The meetinghouse was first built as an octagonal shaped building, but it was lost to a fire after it was built. When it was rebuilt in 1753, the size was expanded to meet the growing population of the town. 1835 marked the end of the 118-year history in Metuchen when the meetinghouse was torn down.The meetinghouse was not only used for weekly meetings and church services, it was also used as headquarters during the Revolutionary War. General Stirling of the continental army helped Washington escape to the Watchung Mountains.Washington was able to save his troops and eventually win the war of American Independence. Mountains. Washington was able to save his troops and eventually win the war of American Independence.
The Merchant and Drovers Tavern Museum 1632 St. Georges Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065 (732)-381-0441 Passing by between Westfield and Rahway, stood this haunted house, which to our surprise, is actually a museum. At night it looks spooky, each crooked window scarcely lit by electric candles. From the outside it looks old and riddled with ghosts. The paint chipping away and most people think it was pre revolutionary. It isn’t, however, but it sure is old. A three-century old building, now known as the Merchant and Drovers Tavern Museum is located in Rahway. Three years after it was built in 1795 and owned by the Squier family, this building was developed into a hotel. During this time, only men were allowed to stay in hotels and depending on their place in society, they either had a bed to sleep on or the hard floors. As the years went by, this building continued to change and modernize from its original foundation. In 1926, the building could not be modernized any longer and was closed down. According to Alex Shipley, the Director of Museum Operations, Ghost Hunters, television’s number one paranormal reality series on the Syfy Network visited the place two years in a row. Ghost Hunters was able to record a response from what they would call ‘friendly ghosts’. Shipley says he hasn’t experienced much paranormal phenomena, save for some ghostly footsteps up the main stairs that remain unexplained. Are they haunted or just historic? Either way, there is a lot more knowledge to be acquired through history. Perhaps there is more to the past than ghosts could tell us.
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Newark, NJ: The Unfriendliest City? by Jannel Varona
The city of Newark should not have been ranked the unfriendliest city in America -- let alone in the entire world! On the August issue of Traveler Magazine Condé Nast Traveler, the annual list of top ten friendliest and unfriendliest cities on the planet was released. Along with Newark, Atlantic City was also ranked top nine on the list. Oakland, California was also placed third on the list. According to CNN.com, these findings were results from the 46,000 or so readers of the magazine that voiced their opinions on a survey from their favorite airlines to the best hotels. “I visited Newark on business and would not recommend
“I visited Newark on business and would not recommend this city for anything, except a cheaper/less busy airport to fly into while visiting other cities.” this city for anything, except a cheaper/less busy airport to fly into while visiting other cities,” said one reader. Newark has even given a bad reputation over the years,
because of reasons such as its crime rates for example, leading to pre conceived notions in its first-time visitors . However, this bad reputation is still not enough for Newark residents to accept their city of as the “unfriendliest city.” “I can’t disagree too much, Newark is unfriendly, but I don’t think it’s the unfriendliest. I guess from an outside perspective, Newark looks bad. It honestly depends on which part of Newark. I live in the Ironbound and people there are pretty friendly,” said 23-year-old resident Jeanette DeJesus, a graduate student from Rutgers-Newark. Another Newark resident Adel Aide said, “I’ve been living here for 50 years and I don’t think Newark deserves the title of ‘unfriendliest city.’” “Considering that the metro area is where I’m usually based, Newark is not as unfriendly as most people think it is. It may look unfriendly but that doesn’t mean the people are. When it comes to Newark as a place, it’s really just a matter of where you are and what time it is. In a student’s point of view, it’s unfriendly as it gets when it comes to the incidents on campus crime alerts. But at the same time, it may not be Newark - but yourself,” mentioned Allyza Umali, student at Rutgers University in Newark. Just like any other urban city in America and in the world, Newark has its beauty and its flaws. Looking at other places to visit during a business trip other than Newark
International Airport, there are various tourist attractions that can be found in Newark that offer its visitors a friendly experience. Opened in 1997, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has been showcasing artists all over the world who can entertain any audience. Home to more than 170 restaurants, the Ironbound can satisfy anyone visiting on a business trip. Newark Pulse.com’s 2013 People’s Choice Awards also named Ironbound as its “Best Neighborhood”.
Gwen Fowler, a student at Rutgers University in Newark said, “I’ve had better experience in Newark than in New York City. I once asked directions on Broad Street and people helped me out. If I were to ask someone in New York, I’m sure they won’t even give me the time of day.”
“I think Newark suffers from a poor image that paints the whole city with a wide brush. If they are equating unfriendliness with crime, that’s one thing. I’ve never encountered an outwardly unfriendly person, although the incidents of street crime in some parts of the city certainly don’t seem welcoming. As with any urban city, there are good areas and bad. I think that people who want to visit can have a great time at places like the Performing Arts Center or Prudential Center and great food in the Ironbound! A little homework goes a long way!” mentioned Brian Horton, the multimedia journalism professor at Rutgers University in Newark.
“I’ve had better experience in Newark than in New York City. I once asked directions on Broad Street and people helped me out. If I were to ask someone in New York, I’m sure they won’t even give me the time of day.”
Before readers of Traveler Magazine Condé Nast Traveler voice their opinions on future surveys on the unfriendliest cities in the world, they should not only take the bad things into consideration but also the good things a city like Newark has to offer. Both matter show how a city deserves rank number one as the friendliest or the unfriendliest city in the world.
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THE THREE FACES OF EVE Concept, Words and Photographs by Martin Tadashi Reyes Styling by Ashley Okwuosa Hair and Makeup by Jannel Varona Model: Joanna Tsuo *All items listed are by Midnight Bloom. 411 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
You’ve been figuring out how to stand out without being ridiculed. And after tedious attempts of mixing and matching (or mismatching), you decided to give up, wave the white flag to fashion, and succumb to wearing sloppy jeans and an old sweatshirt. Granted, you’ve dressed much, much worse. But don’t lose all hope; we’ve narrowed down the best possible exit strategies, one of which is your niche. And soon enough, you will stand out, and be proud about it.
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THE RIGHTEOUS A.K.A.
THE CLASSY LADY
A lover of lines and structures, this is you. A neutral palette from the makeup and the effortless braided hair, you fight with the vast majority of commercialized, streamlined, over popular, “everyone has it” look. You thrive in one-of-a-kind dresses and outfits but focuses primarily on comfort, stepping up a notch making sure you’re not blending in the crowd too much. You like to play safe, but perhaps have thought of crossing that line.
Baroque Print Shift Dress, $40 Tiered Earrings, $17.75 Gold Bangle, $23
WANT THIS LOOK? Eyeshadow: Almay Eyeshadow For Brown Eyes Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Lip: Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational One Size Fits Pearl Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse
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“Seeing Eye” Knit Sweater, $44 Faux-Leather Leggings, $15 Buckle Bracelet, $18 Solid Black-Plated Bangle, $26 Teardrop Earrings, $7 Black/Silver Infinity Ring, $21.20 Black Chain Ring, $47.75
WANT THIS LOOK? Eyeshadow: Rimmel London Colour Rush Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Lip: Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Petal Rebel Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse
THE REBEL A.K.A.
THE FREE SPIRITED
You conform to structure, but prefer not to live by its standards. An insurgent, if you will, you just don’t care if you let your hair down like a lion’s mane because you are ready to pounce and do it with vigilance. You are a fighter, a strong lover, and that’s a one up. You’re into blacks, leather, and hard looks but aren’t afraid to be block it with a pop of color. Because you know, you’ve become a badass. SCARLET / Fall 2013 / 15
THE RUCKUS A.K.A.
THE DIVA u
Black Sequined Blazer, $53 Gold Sequined Pants, $47 Over-sized Chain Necklace, $25 Chain Drop Earrings, $30 Chain Link Bracelet, $20 Bar Ring, $15 Island Gold Ring, $12 Curved Ring, $12 Chain Drop Earring, $30
Always the “superstar” and the attention-grabber; making sure you go big and never go home. Lover of the glitz and glam and the outlandish silhouettes; you’re more than willing to get dramatic and over the top for a grand entrance. Dark, smoky eyes, and luscious red lips, you’re definitely waiting for that close up. You just like to admit the fact that every man will want you, and every woman will want to be you.
WANT THIS LOOK? Eyeshadow: Elf Studio Beauty Book Smoky Look Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Lip: Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Berry Ready
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From Top to Bottom:
Quilted Backpack, TOPMAN, $50 Teal Sweater, Uniqlo, $39.90 Slim Fit Straight Jeans, Uniqlo $49.90 Printed T-Shirt, TOPMAN, $30 Waylin Oxford, Aldo, $110
ď€´Sweaters are the perfect way to revamp your summer tees!
EDITOR’S PICKS From Top to Bottom:
Baroque Style Tank, TOPMAN, $32 X Watch, Swatch, $120 Old Navy Slim Fit Jeans, $29.50 Shopper Bag, Zara, $79.90 Original Boots, Clark’s, $120
Watches make a great gift idea!
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EDITOR’S PICKS From Left to Right:
Rose Gold Mesh Necklace, Skagen, $57
Oversized Biker Jacket, Topshop, $120
Skinny jeans, Uniqlo, $39
Blouse, Uniqlo $29
Dune Satchel, ASOS, $109.65
Dark wash skinny jeans are a flexible essential.
From Top to Bottom:
Majestic Cut Out Boots, Topshop, $90 Hooded Crop Army Jacket, Topshop, $44 Split Shoulder Metallic Tee, Topshop, $44 Fuscia Satchel, ASOS, $47.25 Rose Gold Mesh Cuff, Skagen, $65
ď€śBright clutches add a chic touch to any outfit.
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: A GLANCE BACK, A STRONG LOOK FORWARD by Mark Carrione
Photo Creds:RU Football pic credit: www.northjersey.com Mike Rice pic credit: www.wagonheim.com UMDNJ pic credit: rbhs.rutgers.edu The beloved State University of New Jersey underwent much ridicule from media outlets and patrons alike after the transpiring events that took place during the scandal of Mike Rice, Rutgers University’s basketball coach last year. These series of events left a hollow point wound to an otherwise bulletproof university reputation. However, with a closer look at the university’s present and future, has Rutgers’ name truly been tarnished? Here is an in depth overview of the past year, not only recapping the bad, but also looking ahead to it’s bright and prominent future in both academics and athletics. THE MIKE RICE, BASKETBALL SCANDAL On December 13, 2012, Rutgers Scarlet Knight’s head basketball coach, Mike Rice, was suspended for three games without pay, as well as fined $50,000 for proven allegations of abusive behavior towards his players. Rutgers athletic director (AD), Tim Pernetti, was provided with video evidence of Rice’s behavior during a Scarlet Knights’ basketball practice dating back to his first season as head coach. Originally, Pernetti kept these events quiet, seeking to bypass the media. Mike Rice was under the athletic associations watch and could have been granted a return as head coach for the 2013-14 season upon good behavior. However, this incident went viral on April 2, 2013, as ESPN’s Outside The Lines television show aired the footage previously seen only by Pernetti and his staff. The following day, Rutgers fired head coach Rice. According to the (Newark) Star Ledger, the firing of Rice came after Rutgers President, Robert Barchi, saw the video for his first time. Even with the firing of Rice, the scandal was far from over.
Rewind to the summer of 2012. Former assistant coach to Mike Rice, Eric Murdock, provided Pernetti with the original video of Rice’s actions. Murdock claimed that Pernetti did nothing about the evidence being shown to him until other Rutgers officials saw the video in December. It was then that Pernetti suspended Rice. Once the video went viral, the university was forced to relieve Pernetti of his duties as AD. Now, fast forward to present day. Murdock is currently facing legal actions for his wrong doings on how he displayed the footage to certain media outlets. The ongoing scandal has put Rutgers University in a tough situation as it attempts to right the wrong that has been done. These unfortunate events have also left a sour taste in the mouths of Rutgers alumni, current students, and NCAA fans across the country.
“Rutgers University has made strides to, not only to alleviate the bad, but also push for an even better, more prestigious university”
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SCARLET KNIGHTS MOVE TO THE BIG TEN: THE 2012-13 basketball scandal overshadowed exciting news for New Jersey’s State University. In 2014, the Scarlet Knight Division One program will officially make their move to the Big Ten Conference for the 2014-15 athletic season. In November of 2012, Rutgers announced this move, making an already prosperous athletic department even that much more credible. President Barchi was quoted by the Associated Press in his press conference announcement saying, “The Big Ten is really where Rutgers Belongs.” Rutgers has played in the Big East conference since 1991. The Big Ten Conference is known for it’s competitive play, hosting some of the most premiere athletic schools in the country, such as Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State. What does this move mean for Rutgers? The Big Ten will gain a Rutgers athletic program that has dramatically progressed since the early 2000s. Specifically in football, the Scarlet Knights have been a consistent force to be reckoned with dating back Greg Schiano’s tenure as head coach. Schiano finished his 10-year allegiance with Rutgers with a 68-67 overall record (56-33 from 2005-2011) and won a total of five out of the six bowl games the Knights appeared in. Current Head Coach, Kyle Flood, ended his first seasonwith the team, last year, as the team went 9-4, entering the Russell Athletic Bowl only to fall to Louisville in a heart breaking over time defeat. The Associated Press ranked the team as high as 15th in the country during the 2012-13 season. With its athletics on the rise, Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten is historic and monumental for the university’s legacy and future. COLLEGE RANKINGS AND UMDNJ Aside from its athletic program, Rutgers University has been making noise in its academics, as well. Yearly scholastic college rankings from multiple organizations were released and Rutgers University (New Brunswick and Newark) ranked high in many categories. Here is a list of just some of the rankings Rutgers has received:
#20 in the world for arts and humanities U.S. News & World Report: America’s Best Colleges Top 25 Public National Universities NCAA
Times Higher Education (U.K.) World University Rankings
“Yearly scholastic college rankings from multiple organizations were released and Rutgers University (New Brunswick and Newark) ranked high in many categories.”
#9 in the nation, Academic Progress Rate for football players. Only state university among BCS programs to finish in the top 10 for five years straight. Campus Pride Index: LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate 5 stars out of 5 (Rutgers–New Brunswick); 4.5 stars out of 5 (Rutgers–Newark) U.S. News & World Report: Best Business Schools Top 100 nationwide (Newark and New Brunswick) *For full Rutgers University rankings, please see the official Rutgers University website, under the About Rutgers section. Not only its already existing schools making the highest rankings among universities across the country, Rutgers University also expanded its Newark campus, proudly adding UMDNJ to the Rutgers’ family. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) has been active since 1970, andis regarded as one of the most prestigious health science research school in the country, containing eight distinct academic units within the school. Rutgers, already known for its premiere research department, sees this move as an opportunity to boost the University to a top 25 spot in research across the country. The merge was effective on July 1, 2013. Overall, the disappointing and inexcusable scandal of Mike Rice did temporarily hurt the reputation of a fine institution. However, with its sights steadily looking toward the future, Rutgers University has made strides to, not only to alleviate the bad, but also push for an even better, more prestigious university. Rutgers will continue to make
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A View from
Staten Island by Arlene Hernandez
The blue morning sky lifted my spirits as I prepared for my trip to Staten Island. I didnâ€™t know what to expect when I got there. Hurricane Sandy devastated the island a year earlier and my assignment was to report on the progress that had been made. Would it be desolate?
I wondered. Depressing? I set my GPS and started driving, pausing only to take a call from Beverly Neuhaus, director of the newly opened Sandy Resource Center in the Midland Beach section of the island. “You may want to set out a little early,” she said with a laugh. “I can guarantee there will be a lot of traffic.” I didn’t think much of her warning. I had given myself an hour for drive, plenty of time. But once I hit the Staten Island Expressway I understood what she was talking about. It was snarled mess. I wished I’d given myself two hours.
“...Imagine my surprise when I saw no such devastation. Not at first anyway.Staten Island looked normal”
I merged into the tangle of slow moving cars. With nothing better to do as I inched along in traffic, I began noticing people in the cars around me: A group of girls who looked to be in their early 20’s, wearing beach clothes and sun glasses, singing along to the radio; an older man in business attire talking on his Blue Tooth between sips of coffee; a woman immersed in what appeared to be an amusing conversation with the young girl seated next to her. I imagined that many of the cars were headed where I was. That was a good sign. The everyday lives of the residents of Staten Island were drastically changed last Oct. 29, when Super storm Sandy roared through the northeast. New York had one of the highest death tolls, and half of the deaths were in the borough of Staten Island. Homes were gutted, roads were destroyed, and people went without power for days and sometimes weeks. Those were the stories I recalled as I neared the Sandy Resource Center. So imagine my surprise when I saw no such devastation. Not at first anyway. Staten Island looked normal. People were bustling around. Businesses were open. Homes were intact. But as I got closer to the center, the landscape suddenly took a turn for the worse. Street light were tilting and the road was bumpy with potholes. This was a neighborhood that was still recovering. The center, which opened in June, was welcoming. A large table that displayed brochures and flyers with information about resources for storm victims. The women at the front desk were kind and courteous, offering beverages and snacks to visitors. “Having worked in community and human services, I wanted to help those in need,” said Neuhaus, who started the outreach from her car. “I found it highly uncomfortable conducting consultations in my car, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to open this new location in June. It’s clean and has a welcoming feel to it where visitors can come in and get information on housing repairs, updates on new programs and grants, free internet access, and even mental and emotional health services. We have councilors here who are ready to listen to what one has to say. Free meals are also served for here or to go from 1-4pm.” She continued.
Earlier, Neuhaus had been meeting with a couple whose home had been heavily damaged in the storm. “When I asked them what they needed to get done, they glanced at each other and said, ‘Everything. We don’t even know where to start.’” It’s been almost a year and many (people) are still trying to get back to normal. We have gotten various grants that are enabling us to help many people get their homes repaired.” Neuhaus said she was satisfied with the government’s response to the disaster. “I think FEMA has done a great job in helping these people,” she said. “Overall, I thought that the response for aid was done in a timely and professional manner, some areas more than others. However, there are still people struggling. Many are shocked to find that there are still people in dire need of assistance.” She recalled the story of a couple that had lost everything. “While living in a hotel room paid for by FEMA, the mother was going to open a can of spaghetti when she realized she didn’t even own a can opener anymore. Something as miniscule as a can opener doesn’t seem like much to one who is used to having it but once we no longer possess it, it truly means the world. What we are handling is more than just home repairs and information on grants. We are dealing with people’s emotions and their need for normalcy.”
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MORE THAN COFFEE: A Sense of Community Helps Rebuild the Jersey Shore by Kristine Villanueva Last October after Hurricane Sandy hit all I knew was one thing: I wanted coffee. Despite numerous warnings to stay indoors, I ventured out to my nearest Wawa almost certain that it would be deserted or probably closed. Much to my surprise, the staff was working full force - and the coffee line stretched around the building. No one could possibly know what that first sip of coffee felt like. That cup of Joe brought warmth and comfort. I knew that’s what the other people in line truly wanted and Wawa was selling it by the cup full, all because they decided to stay open. A year later, I knew this was why NJ residents have survived whatwas called a hundred year stormcreating the greatest comeback story the state has ever known. If you’re a New Jersian then you would know – we’re what you call “Jersey Strong”. Most parts of the state have recovered. But the remnants of destruction Hurricane Sandy left behind still echo along the coast. My experience at Wawa is but one example of how New Jersians are able to build strength from destruction. Along the shore, the sense of community and eagerness to help each other is what fuels progress. “You get a sense of the local people coming together almost as one family - doing whatever we can to help each other. We love it here. This is where we live,” said Theodore Weiland, 24 of Manasquan.
Weiland works in Seaside for Ergo Clothing, surf and skate apparel company. Professional surfer for Hurley Clothing Jon Rose, created Waves for Water and reached out to founder of Ergo clothing Peter DiSpirito to help with Sandy relief. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to Sandy aid. Together they raised 1.3 million dollars. Although Waves for Water mainly focuses on clean water initiatives, the money raised has also gone to grants, rebuilds for schools, and fire departments. In addition, they have helped rebuild forty homes and created the Bucket Brigade, trailers that provide residents with relief and building supplies. Local businesses have also provided much to those in need. “[We’re] here as a sense of community, taking care of people that were displaced. We were feeding them for free, “said Jimmy Kumaras owner of Jimmy’s Place pizzeria in Belmar.
Although the shore has not completely recuperated, most people feel good about the progress made in the past several months. Rides in Seaside and Wildwood are closed, creating a more subdued atmosphere. On the other hand, shops are open, boardwalks are rebuilt, and new sand has been laid down to make the beaches safer. “I’m amazed that [the shore] came this far,” said Cathi Trangone, 60, of Lyndhurst, “The media sensationalized everything to the negative – not the camaraderie or the working together.” Altogether, the improvement so far is enough to attract more than just local tourists. People out of state were also visiting New Jersey beaches this summer. “Nothing really changed, there really isn’t anything different,” said Joel “A sense of community was always there, but I can tell it was definitely stronger after the storm,” Salonga added. The shore means more than just a tourist attraction. Salonga explained that he and his family go to Wildwood every summer. It’s a tradition that’s been kept alive since childhood. This “Jersey strong” attitude affects more than just residents. It brought back a tremendous atmosphere of positivity that all people could enjoy, even without the rides and a number of shops still closed due to flooding. Shortly after progress seemed to skyrocket, a fire broke out in Seaside devastating the south end of the boardwalk. Although the fire was a major setback, residents were already thinking of ways to rebuild before the fire was able to be tamed. “It was surreal,” said John Glaudel of Huntington County. “I was way up north and I could smell the smoke.”
Glaudel also builds homes that will be better prepared for future storms similar to Hurricane Sandy. People who live down the shore have made their home part of their identity. These residents have spent the past year rebuilding the shore – and even themselves. After the storm one thing is made evident: there is still much to be seen. From where I stand, I find that restoration of the shore as an uphill battle, but going up a positive slope. In the end, only time can tell. So what of New Jersey’s future progress? In response Weiland said, “We’re going to ride it until the wheels come off, and just keep going.
As an architect, Glaudel has spent the last two months helping with Sandy restoration. After the fire, Glaudel continues to help rebuild after the fire.
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BATTLE OF THE INTELLECTUALS: THE NJ GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION by Liza Akopdzhanova and Ashley Okwuosa
BUONO VS. CH
“The New Jersey Gubernatorial Election will be held on November 5, 2013. Republican, Chris Christie is running for re-election against Democrat, Barabara Buono.”
BARBARA BUONO was born in Newark, NJ. She received her B.A in Political Science at Montclair State College and then received her J.D from Rutgers School of Law. She is a current member of the NJ State Senate serving NJ 18th Legislative District. And now she is running for Governor of NJ. She wants to focus in on the middle class and improve their living situation. According to her official page, “Buono For Governor”, as a Democrat, she is fighting against the assault on LGBT rights, women’s health and against gun violence. She is fighting for a better education system, for a better economy, and for better healthcare. She believes in the equality of all people and continues to fight for it; for the gay and transgender community in NJ. In 2008, she sponsored a marriage equality legislation and later on expanded the states hate crimes so that transgenders would be as equally protected. And recently she cosponsored a bill in banning conversion therapy, a treatment that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation, from homosexual to heterosexual. As for gun control, she plans for a face-to-face sale of ammunition, the supply of bullets and shells and urges for universal background checks on the buyer by the licensed retail dealer before the purchase of guns. Buono has proven to help strengthen the economy with the work she has done in the past. She has passed one of the largest small business tax cuts in state history, which helped small business owners expand and hire more workers. During her time on the State Budget Committee, she cut $4.5 billion in state spending while increasing school and healthcare funds. And if she is elected, she wants to expand small businesses in the emerging markets, helping create jobs as well as raising minimum wage so that people could comfortably live, instead of facing struggles. She also plans to restore NJ’s Earned Income Tax Credit, protect property tax relief for family’s that need it more and create more efficient transportation in order to attract and keep businesses running. Education is a key role in bettering the economy. There needs to be an educated workforce that can compete in this competitive global economy. All of that begins with students getting the education they need. Buono wants to expand learning programs so that each child can meet higher standards. She is also planning to work to bring down tuition costs while partnering with businesses with colleges throughout the state. This way, students will be able to get the skills and opportunities they need for better jobs.
As for another main issue, healthcare, Buono plans to restore funding for women’s health and she is aiming to lower the cost of insurance and expand coverage. In the past she has sponsored legislation to make sure that insurance companies cover mammograms. As well as promoting successful stem cell research. She was also a huge reason why Chris Christie backed down and agreed to expand Medicaid, which gave many NJ residents the chance to receive medical insurance. It is her drive that pushes things through. CHRIS CHRISTIE who is the current governor of NJ, is also a Newark City native, the University of Delaware alumnus went on to complete his education at Seton Hall University School of Law. As the incumbent governor of the state, Christie, a member of the Republican party has tackled various social issues. According to various news sources, Christie changed his position on gun control after facing increased pressure. He had previously believed in outlawing the sales of .50 caliber rifles and five-foot-long snipers but has now rejected the ban, Christie did sign a law that N. J.’s background-check system that is consistent with the federal terror watch list, while another would call for the submission of mental health records into the federal background check system throughout the state. Christie recently signed a bill to outlaw gay conversion therapy for anyone under 18, this “treatment” would have made it acceptable and more importantly legal for anyone believed to be homosexual to undergo corrective therapy. This is refreshing for Christie who has previously stated that due to his catholic faith he will never change his mind on gay marriage and this has caused him to veto any gay marriage bill. Christie has said that during his reign as governor, N.J. has received the most education funding ever and a merit pay to reward New Jersey’s finest teachers has been implemented. Although this strategy has begun in schools in Newark, as of now it is still working its way to the other school districts of the state. Other feats that have been achieved during Christie’s reign as governor are four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes. The best job growth in 12 years, nearly 130,000 new private-sector jobs were added So with the NJ Gubernatorial Elections just around the corner, it is imperative that those who can partake in the voting process exercise their right and in the best way possible. The best way to make sure that you’re making the right decision is to be well informed about your candidates and the policies that they are looking to put into place, especially since they affect all New Jersians.
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AFTER THE BATTLE by Kristine Villanueva
Snip, Snip, Snip! That was the sound of the scissors cutting through my mother’s hair. As her hair fell to the cold bathroom floor, she insisted that I cut out larger portions to speed up the already painful process. Afterwards, my mother didn’t utter a sound. But, the tears on her face said everything. I remember when my mother first asked me to cut her hair. I was shocked. I tried my best to make light of it, but my mother was insistent.Before my mother was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, I had urged her to get her breasts examined. But, she didn’t want to go. After a year of me persisting, she finally did. When she got the bad news, she was consumed with uncertainty and doubt. “I was afraid because I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about it,” my mother said, “I thought that when someone had breast cancer, they were going to die.” To be quite frank, there were times when I felt as if all hope was lost, especially after her cancer treatments began. Every day became a struggle. My mother, who was once high spirited and strong, became weak. My relatives were not able to fill my mothers shoes. I found myself in a position that I was not prepared for. Clearly, I did not have a lot of experience with cancer, but I trudged on.
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“Cancer isn’t a death sentence anymore.” From the time of her diagnosis onwards, my daily routine changed. Because her immune system was so fragile, I washed my hands almost fifteen times a day to protect her from getting an infection. I even had to change my diet because she could no longer enjoy the rich cuisine that we once had. Despite our worst fears, she underwent a mastectomy and she is alive today. Even though a cancer diagnosis is terrifying, there are a lot of treatment options that are available. “Cancer isn’t a death sentence anymore,” said Gemma Reyes, 48, of Staten Island. Reyes, who is now an oncology physician assistant, was motivated to change professions after her husband became ill. He had stage 4 lymphoma. The diagnosis came as a shock to her and her family, much as it did mine. The odds were against her husband, but she felt she could find treatment options. The question was, which ones? “Even with twenty years of experience in health care, there was so much we didn’t know,” Reyes said, “however, when we first had this experience with cancer we wanted to be a part of it. What they learned, she said, “a positive attitude contributes greatly to the success of recovery.”
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Midterm Stress Relief Remedies By Raphaella Abad We all know that mid-term week is right around the corner and this particular week of the semester can stir up some serious stress. Mid-term week is the first stressful week of the semester. During this time, you might become overwhelmed and nervous because midterms may determine a large percentage of your overall grade. Whether you’re in this situation or not; here are a few things to keep in mind in order to relieve stress during mid-terms. First things first, don’t miss class – or at least try not to. If you can’t go to a class make sure you let your professors know ahead of time. It won’t look like you don’tcare about what you’ll miss. It’s also good to have a study buddy that can give you copies of their notes in the event that you have to skip class. If you don’t have a study buddy, make sure to communicate with your professor is also a great way to ensure success on exam day. Another helpful tip is studying two weeks in advance. Instead of rushing through your notes, take the time to understand the material. Organization is key to staying prepared and ready for each exam. Make sure you know the dates of the exams ahead of time so you can organize each day to fit your studying time. Try not to panic if you have two exams in one day. Try to calm down and not over think it because that will just make matters worse. One method for preparation is studying in groups. Each person can help each other with what they don’t understand. Studying with
“Always stay positive; remember that where there is positive thinking there is a positive outcome.”
other people is not for everyone and is not guaranteed to work. But if you study with the right people, you can get good use out of it. It’s also a great way to make friends. If you prefer not to study in groups then tutoring is also a way to go about receiving help when you need it. Professors are always there to help you when you need it. Remember to go visit them during their office hours so you can speak to them when they’re less busy. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Another tip is to lay off your electronic devices for a while when studying or when preparing to study. You never want to be interrupted or get sidetracked when trying to study hard for exams. Stay healthy by eating nutritious foods, and is also a smart way to stay awake and focused. Try to steer away from junk food. Try toavoid energy drinks. Although they may appear to have long lasting effects, you’ll end up crashing after the caffeine wears off. No one wants to fall asleep during a mid-term exam. Instead, you should exercise to stay up and be energized. Exercising is a great way to get your energy flowing and blood pumping. Another helpful tip is to make study sheets and guides. This will help you remember and memorize things that you need for exams. However, try and remember that as good as studying can be, you don’t want to overstudy and end up frying your brain. Study breaks are ideal because they help you reenergize and relax from the late nights and long hours of studying. Giving your mind some time to calm down will help create the energy you need to continue studying. While on a break, drink a cup of calming tea instead of coffee for a much healthier alternative to relieve stress.
Try not to cram materials and information in one or two days. This almost never works. Cramming will not only make it easier for you to fail but it will increase your stress level, which will make the situation a lot worse. If you’re not sure of an answer when taking an exam always go with your gut instinct. (WHAT STUDY)? * Studies show that students do better when they go along with their instincts rather than overthinking their answers. The more you over think the more you will doubt your answers. Taking exams at your own pace and checking over your answers before you hand in your exam is a great tip that many students overlook. Checking your answers can also help you fix an answer that you might have overlooked. So, remember to always go over your test before handing it in. Also, get a good night’s sleep the night before each exam. Try not to go to sleep late, even if you are studying for an exam scheduled the following day because it is be harder to retain information. Having a good night’s sleep will ensure that you will be awake and fully energized for your exams the following morning. A good and healthy breakfast is also something to keep in mind. A decent sized and satisfying meal will help you through your test days. Last but not least, always stay positive. Whatever happens will happen, just try to concentrate and do your best. Good Luck!
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THE JOE THE CHEVRON Who’s it for? Those who want to keep it simple. Hey, at least you’re trying.
Who’s it for? The brave at heart; the big, burly, inner-wrestler in you.
DON’T STASH THE A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO MUSTACHERY “Admit it guys, November is one of the months with many observances and holidays, but you know what gets me excited? No Shave November. This tradition is also known as Movember. According to the Movember Foundation, “movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the US and around the world.” By doing this, “men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.”Plus, it’s only for thirty days! Just in case you’re interested in revamping your look, here is a quick view of the different mustaches you can try:
All mustaches maintained with
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler Power Razor,
Who’s it for? This is for the man who loves all the attention! If you aren’t a risk taker, this mustache is not for you.
by Martin Tadashi Reyes
THE ELDER THE COWBOY
Who’s it for? This look is for the true
THE FU MANCHU
Who is it for? If you can pull it off, then the heavens will bless your heart with kindness and wisdom.
authoritarians. Trust me, you will earn the respect of your fellow peers when they see you walking tall and proud.
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Thanksgiving Break alternatives by Vanessa Anosike
At one point or another during the thanksgiving holidays, you’ve probably asked yourself, “why am I sitting at home watching re-runs of Boy Meets World of which I’ve watched a hundred times before?” Or maybe you’re content with sitting at home, a cup of tea in your hands and a blanket over your legs as you read a steamy novel. Or even better, perhaps you’re always busy doing exciting things over thanksgiving break and if this is the case, Scarlet Magazine needs to be talking to you about it. However you choose to look at it, there are deadlines to meet and alas! There isn’t enough time to receive your expert advice. It all seems quite sad; the trees losing their leaves and most likely the fact that you’ll be losing some sleep over midterms. It depends on how you choose to look at your cup of tea; Scarlet Magazine chooses to look at the cup as half full. We choose to be thankful for the fact that death of leaves also means growth of new ones; that approaching midterms also mean that half of the semester is already gone. We choose to be thankful for you, our readers, and the support you continually show us. So cheer up readers because we still have a lot of great tips for things to do during Thanksgiving! Without further ado, and in no particular order:
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The Second Annual Harriers for Hounds 5k Run/Walk, Ocean City
Give back to your community
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. If you’re one of those people who wake up with a little bit more energy than the rest of us, put that energy to great use. Wake up a bit early on Thanksgiving morn ing and head to the boardwalk to participate in The Human Society of Ocean City’s 5K run/walk.
Lord & Taylor Windows
For more information, call 609-398-5068.
New York City’s Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Lord &Taylor celebrates the 75th anniversary of its annual merry displays with windows portraing a hearty Santa Claus making the most of his day off. The best part about this one is that it’s free!
Thanksgiving Spirit Cruise
Picture this: bundling up the family and taking them on a three-hour cruise on the Hudson River for Thanksgiving lunch/ dinner. New Jersey/New York Spirit Cruises will operate lunch and dinnertime cruises on Thanksgiving for around $70 a person. Some of the sites you’ll see include; The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Empire State Building and battleship Intrepid. Dinner cruise leaves from Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken.
Winter Garden Holiday Lights
Venue: Lord &Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th St.
If you’re a lover of all things theatre, this is a great thing to do during the break. Grab a couple of friends and head to New York City, the performance is a fascinating occasion. The ballet has been performed since 1954, but never grows old.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park
This has been a holiday tradition since 1989, the display portrays 50, 000 gleaming white lights that are hung throughout the Winter Garden, transforming the glass-enclosed atrium into a dreamy wonderland.
Tickets are still on sale. Looking for a way to burn off that heavy Thanksgiving lunch, try ice-skating at the Citi Pond in Bryant Park. This 17,000-squarefoot outdoor rink is free and open late but you’ll still have to shell out $14 to rent skates or you can bring your own.
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by Kesi Clarke
No Gift? No Problem! A Quick Guide on Spreading the Holiday Cheer The holiday season is approaching and now is the perfect time to either buy or create the perfect gift for your family and friends. Whatever you choose to do is completely up to you. In fact, if you don’t exactly know what to buy, there are some options listed below that can help narrow your choices.
after Black Friday, could be the right option for you – just as long as you have internet connection. Cyber Monday is a day in which online retailers reel people in by promoting big markdown prices on their products. By participating in Cyber Monday, you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own home or wait outside in the cold.
To begin, for those of you who do not want to be entangled in between crowded shopping malls and long lines, Black Friday would probably make your blood boil. In the United States, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when various retailers draw large crowds to special offers that you probably wouldn’t see during other times of the year.
Although shopping can be fun, there are some people who would rather take more of a creative route by making unique gifts for their loved ones. Doing this would significantly lower your chances of giving your loved ones the same gift as someone else. Plus, you wouldn’t have to break your bank, either.
On the other hand, if you are seeking a more relaxed shopping setting, Cyber Monday, which is the Monday
If you are interested in taking on this endeavor, here are some budget friendly Do-It-Yourself projects that you could try.
Gifts for your Mom, Sister or Girlfriend finally offers online shopping for customers in the United States and they also have clothes for the entire family. n addition, Forever 21 also has affordable clothes for young adults and children.
If you create something make sure you hashtag RUscarletmag so we can see what you made. Happy Shopping!
do it YOURSELF If you are interested in taking on this endeavor, here are some budget friendly Do-It-Yourself projects that you could try. Scented Candles Making your own scented candle is actually much easier than it seems. The best part is that you can personalize each candle with decorations and scents for the person you give it to. These make perfect gifts for Moms and friends. Items you will need
Gifts for your Dad, Brother or Boyfriend Gift giving for your dad or boyfriend can be very difficult because they usually don’t ask for much. But here’s a simple idea for the simple men in your life: If your brother or boyfriend likes to play Xbox for endless hours, then pick up a new controller or headset. Controllers break easily and controllers are like shoes for women; you can never have too many. He can invite his friends over to play Call of Duty and a headset can improve the overall gaming experience for the player.
/ Crisco-vegetable shortening / A heat safe container to hold the candle (a jar, sturdy glass container or empty candle jar with lid) / Candle Fragrance oil or Essential oil (Lavender, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Cinnamon)
/ Candle Wicks / Hot glue gun / Pyrex Measuring cup / Popsicle stick / A spoon / Decorations of your choice (check out your local craft or dollar store) / Crayons (for color)
StepS 1. Hot glue the candle wick to the bottom of the container that will be used to hold the candle. Use 2-3 candle wicks for larger jars. 2. The amount of Crisco you will need varies depending on the size of the container you will use for your candle. Melt the Crisco in the Pyrex measuring cup over some hot water on the stove. 3. Allow the Crisco to cool for 10-20 minutes and while it’s cooling wrap the candle wick you placed in the jar around the Popsicle stick so that it remains upright while pouring the Crisco into the jar or glass container. 4. Scrape the crayons of your choice into the hot Crisco so that it melts into the desired color. 5. Add 10 drops or more of the fragrance of your choice into the Crisco mixture and pour it into the jar you will use for your candle. Allow it to solidify in the refrigerator for 40 minutes and trim the wick close to the base of the candle mixture so that it can melt evenly. The last and optional step is to decorate and customize each candle as you wish! *Keep the candles in a cool place because they will melt in hot temperatures and never leave burning candles unattended!
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