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A quick, cheap meal for a college student


A box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Making dinner on a budget

College students, no matter the time of the month nor their financial situation always seem to be skimping on food. Cutting back on daily nutrients isn’t good for any reason so instead of missing meals, college students should eat smaller, less expensive items, like macaroni and cheese, supplemented with bigger meals throughout the day.

While I won’t say that the quick and easy meal of macaroni and cheese will save all the problems of what to eat while in college, I will say that mac ‘n cheese is a cheap way to replenish the calories that easily escape your body.

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Dapper Up For Spring

Learn to Tie a Bow Tie

Look dapper for any formal event with a proper bow tie

Look dapper for any formal event with a proper bow tie

With springtime right around the corner, people are starting to turn their thoughts towards flying kites, picnics and walks in the park. After months of nothing but snow and ice, everyone is ready to embrace the warm weather. Not only do outdoor activities become more popular, but it’s also the season for formal events. Continue reading

Releasing Your Own Music

Musicians are utilizing the Internet to self-publish their own work

Sean Neumann

Photo of Eli Tracy listening to music he published


The dawn of the Internet changed a lot of things in our lives, but the music industry was completely spun around with this new tool for artistry.

Musicians used to have to “make it” and sign a record deal before actually getting the chance to record and release their own music, but now with the advantages of the Internet, anyone with a microphone and some time on their hands can put out an album all by themselves.

First came Myspace.com, allowing musicians to create networks of fans and friends, and getting their music out into the world for free. But in 2008, Bandcamp.com changed the way do-it-yourself musicians were able to promote their music throughout this online community that was created.

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Study: Processed foods may be expanding, hurting your gut

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A recent study has linked food additives to chronic inflammatory diseases. Choosing a smoothie for breakfast instead of a bowl of cereal or granola bar will minimize the amount of additives you consume.

Researchers find link between additives
and chronic inflammatory diseases

By Klaudia Dukala

Despite the guilty feelings that come with them, sugary, processed breakfast foods like cereals and granola bars usually top the list of most people’s morning must-haves. But those guilty feelings are about to get a whole lot worse because with those types of breakfast foods come additives, and with additives may come various chronic inflammatory diseases, including those associated with obesity, according to research published last month in the journal Nature.

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The Alma Mater in winter. | Taken by Nicholas Fortin

  In all honesty I thought that assignment 3 would be the easiest assignment yet. In short, I was very, very wrong. I thought that since I had already compiled my photos in assignment 2 that adding audio to the photo essay would be a walk in the park. After finding it fairly easy to import all of my audio files I ran into my first problem. I would put an audio file into the timeline but it wouldn’t play back any sound. I checked and rechecked all of the sound settings on the computer and still couldn’t get it to play back. Luckily, I was assisted by a fellow student in the lab who knew that to get the audio to play back you had to change the audio settings in Adobe Premiere. I thanked said student and went on my way to completing my project.

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Assignment 2 Fortin





Hello again people of the internet,

It’s Nick back with another reflection on an assignment I’ve completed for Journalism 215. This time instead of learning how to use our camera we took the next step and made a photo essay. While I certainly found it harder to come up with “powerful” images, the editing process turned out to be easier the second time around and I made what I find to be a pretty cool video as a result.

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Assignment 1 Reflection – Helmuth



What’s a memory reader? Hard-drives are external? We have to use a Mac? Oh no. Walking into Jour 215 was like walking into a completely different world. I have grown accustomed to my PC and have only ever known print journalism.  That being said, when we were assigned our first project, I was extremely nervous. I was out of my comfort zone, and I thought my lack of expertise would put me behind.

I was mistaken.

It was so refreshing to know that there were other students in the class who were in the same boat as me. When we were handed our camera bags, I was at a loss for words. At some point in time, I was going to have to use every single piece of equipment in the bag. It was unreal. For this first project, we were required to use the hand held camera and the tripod. We were supposed to take a variety of still photographs and small videos in order to get familiar with the equipment. Baby steps, I told myself.

Over the weekend, I got a chance to really examine the camera and figure out how it worked. I had to Google how to take a picture on it, go figure! After I got through that minor rut, everything started making sense. I made a trip to Hessel Park and took the majority of my still photographs there. I ended up relocating and doing the video portion outside the Undergraduate Library on campus. It took me roughly 25 minutes to figure out why my tripod would no longer fit snugly in my bag after I was finished. After I completed the assignment, I started to feel a bit more confident. My images and videos weren’t the greatest, but the fact that I managed to get them successfully was a miracle to me.

Jour 215 is definitely going to be a challenge for me, but I’m excited all the same. Former student, Steven Bardwell, was in a similar situation as I am. When he began the class, he had very little experience with cameras and video. Unlike me though, he was warned ahead of time that the professor would push him to his limits as the course progressed. He knew what he was getting into, and had a positive attitude when he approached the class. He ended up excelling, “I have grown exponentially in my producing, shooting and writing abilities that I know will transfer over with me into my field of work after graduation.” Now that I am fully aware of what is expected of me, I intend to do the same.

If he can do it so can I.