Christie slims down for election

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is surrounded by his family as he accepts his second term as governor.  PHOTO from CNN

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is surrounded by his family as he accepts his second term as governor. PHOTO from CNN

Americans everywhere are waking up to see Chris Christie reelected as the Governor of New Jersey.  They are seeing a much slimmer version of Christie, however, online and on the front pages of several newspapers in the tri-state area.

According to an article from USA Today, Christie had a gastric bypass surgery in February of 2013 due to family considerations and personal issues.  Since the surgery, there have not been nearly as many comments regarding Christie’s weight in the news and his weight loss has seemed to help him pave the way to a landslide victory over challenger Barbara Buono yesterday.

But did it really help?  Would his weight loss have had a significant effect on the results of the governor’s race?

“I think he would have still won by a wide margin if Christie hadn’t slimmed down,” said Danny Shin, a junior at Communications High School.  “I don’t really like Christie, but Buono stood no chance against him.”

A Quinnipiac University survey in February showed that Christie was still far ahead in the polls, with a 62-25 percent margin over a then unknown democratic challenger.  In yesterday’s election, Christie defeated Buono by over 20 points: a 60-39 percent margin, according to CBS News.

So maybe his weight didn’t play too much of a role in yesterday’s election.  But with Christie most likely running for President in 2016, there is a still a possibility that it may play a small part.

How to savor your Halloween candy

The first week of November is difficult in several aspects.  From the declining temperatures to mid-term exams for high school and college students, people often struggle the week after Halloween.

Some also struggle by eating an ample amount of Halloween candy that was bought on sale or earned through trick-or-treating.

Here are a few tips to make your Halloween candy last in order to make the late-year swing a little bit better.

1. Keep it out of sight.  By storing your candy in a safe place, such as in a refrigerator or pantry, you’ll be able to focus your mind on other things, like maybe that term paper due tomorrow.

2. Use it as a reward.  Successfully read a chapter of a book?  Run for 5 miles?  Sit through an entire episode of Pretty Little Liars with your sister?  Reward yourself with a few pieces of Halloween candy.

3. Be smart.  Pace yourself.  Eat only a few pieces each day, eat it only when you really want it, and by eating a small and constant amount, things won’t be so bad.



4. Don’t.  It might not be useful to eat all of it, as it then it’ll be gone much too quickly.  However, at least you won’t have to think about it again.

Campus Spotlight: Rutgers University

I continue my college dining features with Rutgers University, a large school with over 28,000 undergraduate students spreading across 3 separate campuses in the state of New Jersey.

I focused mainly on the largest campus, located in New Brunswick.  The New Brunswick campus is divided into four main campus areas, as located on their campus map.  Rutgers has four main dining halls on campus, each with its own unique style.

“There are four different dining halls, one on each campus,” said Monica Marrone, who is currently a sophomore at Rutgers. “On each campus there is always an entree section with hot food available, a cook-to-order bar, soup and salad bar, and so much more. All of these things are pretty much always available and it’s all you can eat so you can go up as much as you want.”

The menus rotate often and include a variety of vegan and vegetarian options due to the diverse culture of the students at Rutgers.  However, students can find other options off campus.

“If you’re not eating on campus you [can find] the infamous food trucks,” said Marrone. “They are a staple of Rutgers that everyone has to do just once and has the best greasy food you’ll find.”

“The grease trucks. are delicious,” said Kaitlyn Cooper, a Rutgers freshman.  “Also, a lot of local food places have a deal with Rutgers where they can take our RU ID’s so we can swipe in and get store credit, which is cool.”

Whether it be on or off campus, food of kind is easy to find with the vast amount of eateries

The food court at the Busch Campus Center, located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, offers a variety of food options.  PHOTO by MATT LAMB

The food court at the Busch Campus Center, located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, offers a variety of food options. PHOTO by MATT LAMB

at Rutgers.

“Really everything is great,” said Marrone. “Especially the occasional ice cream splurge.”

Campus Spotlight: The College of New Jersey

Once students start college, they face many tough decisions in order to survive on their own and to succeed at the highest level, from when to study instead of party, when to stop watching Netflix and of course, what to eat.

There is always the myth of students gaining the “Freshman Fifteen,” but it really all depends on both the quality and quantity of what you eat.  The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ offers a variety of healthy and quality foods that are sure to help bust that myth.

“TCNJ has a variety of food, from salad, pizza, burritos, pasta, and a grill,” said Mike Smeaton, a freshman at TCNJ.  “You can get almost anything at Eickhoff Hall, the dining hall [on campus].”

You can learn more about the TCNJ dining services here.  However, there’s more to the dining experience than on-campus food.

“As for off-campus, a variety of eateries provide food like fat sandwiches, pizza, wings, and Chinese food,” said Smeaton.

According to, students use personalized dining plans, which are set up during the housing application process.  These plans vary in how many swipes and meal points a student gets per semester.

“The food is really good,” said Smeaton.  “But it can get old kind of quickly.  To spice up your routine, there’s a location called T-dubs underneath the freshmen dorms where you can purchase cheesesteaks, quesadillas, and other snacks late at night.”

“Since the regular cafeteria closes at 8 p.m., [T-dubs] is great late at night,” said TCNJ freshman Ashley Pinnola.  “There’s a wide variety and it’s all pretty good food, too.”

While food is often an entity that can have a negative effect on students, the dining services at The College of New Jersey does their best to make life “a whole lot easier.”

The TCNJ dining hall offers a variety of quality food.  PHOTO from CREATIVE COMMONS

The TCNJ dining hall offers a variety of quality food. PHOTO from CREATIVE COMMONS

The Inside Scoop: Diners

The Park 9 Diner in Howell offers a variety of different foods.

The Park 9 Diner in Howell offers a variety of different foods.  Photo by MATT LAMB

Ah, the diner.

Everyone has their favorite restaurant, and once I finished my errands for today, I hit mine, the Park 9 Diner in Howell, on this lovely Columbus Day.

I was seated immediately.  My waitress brought me a glass of water and asked if I wanted anything to order, but I wasn’t ready yet.  She said she would come back.

Each item on the menu sounded better than the last; from succulent sandwiches to premium burgers to pancakes.  I had too many options, but I went with the delicious (yet messy) Philly Cheesesteak Wrap, which included Philly Steak, cheese, peppers, and onions.  And French Fries.

My bill was relatively cheap, I left a good tip, and that was that.  I’m ready to go back tomorrow.

“The great thing about diners is you can get anything you want whenever you want,” said one employee.  The employee, who asked only to be referred to as John, is a host at the Park 9 Diner.

“You can get breakfast at midnight and a burger at 7 a.m.,” said John.  “And the atmosphere of diners are so homelike, too.”

The variety and quality of the food and friendly atmosphere are just some of the reasons that make diners so special.  You can check out all Park 9 has to offer on there Facebook page, and learn more about diners.

My Media Autobiography

Several types of mass media play a large role in my life.

Several types of mass media play a large role in my life. Photo Illustration by Matt Lamb

I’m a part of the new age.  I live in an exciting time that gives me access to several different types of mass media, all allowing me to gain necessary information.

There are eight types of mass media, all of which have an important role in my life.

1.) Books.  Although not the most impactful, books still play key roles in my life.        Reading books allow me to venture off from any problem I may have.  Books also help me learn new vocabulary, which is essential for journalists, like myself.

2.) Newspapers.  Before the Internet took over my life, I could always depend on newspapers for up-to-date coverage on anything.  I still read newspapers, albeit online editions; they still have not fallen behind on their news coverages.

3.) Magazines.  The only magazines I read are Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly.  However, these magazines are adept at providing different angles on news stories, and their excellent features are why I love them.

4.) Movies.  I rarely go to the movie theaters anymore.  However, I’m still an avid movie watcher. My goal one day is to capture an audience with my writing like filmmakers do with emotions they convey in their movies.

5.) Recordings.  Recordings, mainly music recordings, are something that will never fade, largely because they vary so greatly within themselves, and that’s why I enjoy nearly all types of music.

6.) Radio.  The radio.  The one thing that connected me to the world when I lost power from Hurricane Sandy.  The radio is the one thing that brings me current news and music when I’m on the go.  And for that, I thank the radio.

7.) Television.  It is something I’ve always had an inclination to.  It is truly one of the best news mediums and I know it will always have the hot scoop.

8.) The Internet.  My lifeline.  My main news outlet.  The one thing that imbibes me 24/7.  I can say that the Internet will always grab my attention first, and will never fail at delivering breaking news.

Currently, I attend Communications High School, where I’m the Sports Editor for the school’s newspaper, The Inkblot, and participate in the school’s broadcast club.  I’m an aspiring broadcast journalist, and hope to not only major in broadcast journalism in whichever college I will be attending next year, but also to make that a career of mine.

The media has and will continue to influence me in life choices.