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Indoor Cycling: the type of exercise that bring a newly inspired clothing trend

by Courtney Brooks | October 29, 2014

Lately, it seems that people are more obsessed with working out than ever before.

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This fall, instead of sweaters and boots, the rising trend seen throughout campus has been workout clothes paired with a cool pair of Nike Free Runs, while our Instagram newsfeeds are covered with “fitspiration” photos.

This rise in exercise is not just a phase; it is a result of the growing varieties of the many different types of exercise offered to UNH students at the Rec Center. One workout in particular that is quickly gaining the popularity of many students and faculty is indoor cycling.

Indoor cycling is done on a stationary bike in a fitness studio. The workout is typically around 45 minutes long with a few breaks added in.

Throughout the indoor cycling class, an instructor guides the participants through various stages on the bike, ranging from warm-ups and slow climbs to uphill sprints. The atmosphere is very upbeat with loud music motivating you the whole way through.

Jackie Hinrichs, one of UNH’s very own indoor cycling instructors, fell in love with the exercise because of the speed, the sweat, and the dedication to working out. “Spinning [indoor cycling]  is one of the most rewarding cardio activities you could ever possibly do,” she said.

Here are her top three reasons why you should give it a shot:

1.For those of you who get bored doing the same workouts on a treadmill or elliptical day after day, substituting in a indoor cycling class is a great cardio workout. In a typical indoor cycling class, you burn about 500 calories, which is much more than you would burn on the treadmill for 45 minutes. Also, you control the tempo of the class because the bikes have adjustable tensions, so you can always try to burn more!

2.If you’re looking to get that perfect Kim Kardashian “bubble butt” look without doing 1,000 squats a day, indoor cycling is the workout for you! This workout targets the glutes and the legs and helps build muscle and tone up.

3.Working out is always more enjoyable when it is done with a friend. Having someone next to you motivating you makes you work harder and the time pass faster. In a indoor cycling class, you are never alone.

Aside from the encouraging instructor, you are always surrounded by people with the same goals as you that push you to succeed. It is a great environment to be in!

If any of this appeals to you, Jackie, as well as all the indoor cycling instructors at UNH encourage you to try out a class. Beginners and experienced riders all welcome!

Social Media-Induced Heart Attacks We’re All Guilty of Having

by Kaitlin Mahar | October 29, 2014

We all are well aware of the privileges of social media: connecting with friends, keeping up with class work, creating and going to events, etc. However, as Voltaire (yes, Voltaire, not Uncle Ben – there goes another loss for Spider Man) once said, with “great power comes great responsibility,” and, anybody who has ever been a little too interested in a page where they don’t belong knows, the consequences can be mortifying.

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Accidentally Liking Someone’s Post from Weeks, Months, Years, etc. Ago
Don’t you dare deny it. We’ve all done it, and no matter how fast you may click that like or favorite button, there’s no bringing it back. Maybe, if you’re lucky, the person upon whom you’re testing your detective skills (which, in case you didn’t notice, clearly suck, by the way) won’t notice. But, more likely than not, they have noticed and will probably be avoiding you for the next three to six years.

Creeping on Somebody’s Social Media Page and Making the Mistake of Following/Friending Them
Everybody knows this one, and if you are actually capable of committing such a heinous social media-creeping faux pas, than you are one special kind of person. And not the good kind.

The difference between liking and friending, favoriting and following, etc. is that the latter is much, much worse. Not only will the person inevitably get your request, but it is also far more difficult for you to catch it. Therefore, you discover that your ability to conceal your identity as a psycho with little-to-no boundaries needs an overhaul. And, depending on your relationship, or lack thereof, with your victim (because at this point, I think it’s safe to call them a victim) you want to crawl into a hole and die. I won’t stop you. Be sure to give your family my condolences.

Revealing Your Creepy Ways to Your Victim
If you are not able to differentiate between what you have learned through your inherently snoopy ways, then just get off the computer, phone, tablet, EVERYTHING. And don’t think the word “snoopy” makes you synonymous with a cute, innocent puppy, because, given your track record on social media, your victim thinks of you as less Snoopy and more Cujo.
If your victim happens to mention that she is secretly a fan of Nickelback, and you casually mention that you know, because you saw the status she posted about going to their concert in Wisconsin three years and eight months ago, she will have a restraining order written up faster than you can get through the first chorus of “Rockstar.”

Keep your findings to yourself, and, if you can’t, then just please save yourself the embarrassment and don’t bother “researching” at all. (And frankly, I don’t know why you were wasting your time on a Nickelback fan in the first place…)

I would say that it’s okay if you’ve done one, or even all of these things, but “it happens all the time” and “its okay” are lies that girls are all too familiar with telling, so I’ll spare you.

If you or your friend has been a culprit of this cyber-stalking, please seek assistance, possibly through the guidance of a licensed therapist. And as for those of you who are doing the stalking: put your hands in the air and slowly back away from the social media accounts. There is so much more to life than knowing every aspect of your crush’s existence, or finding new reasons to hate your current infatuation’s ex. This is an intervention. Seek help.

The grass is greener here

by Courtney Brooks | October 29, 2014

More often than not, someone always has something negative to say about our school. It’s like the grass is always greener on the other side; every other school seems to have something to offer that we don’t: better food, nicer dorms, bigger parties…you name it, we’ve complained about it.

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I am guilty of this myself, but that stops today! This past homecoming made me realize just how much there is to appreciate about being a Charger and why I am proud to call UNH home.

For a small school, in a small city, in an even smaller state, UNH has more spirit than most of the bigger, division one schools. As if the fact that we are only the second in the nation to have a blue turf field to represent our football players doesn’t say it all, the enthusiasm behind the sea of blue at the homecoming game on Saturday was electric. Everyone was wearing their blue and yellow with pride, cheering the football team into a 42-14 victory over Merrimack.

This homecoming, UNH went all out! The weekend started with the Swimsuit Sprint and was followed by a concert by the popular Sammy Adams. The university didn’t have to do this—they wanted to because they wanted students to be able to enjoy this weekend to the fullest and I think many of us fail to realize that. We are part of a university that genuinely cares about each and everyone one of its students, that wants us to have fun and succeed in everyway possible and that was proven this past weekend. This is huge because at many schools, students are just another number, another source of income from tuition, but at UNH, we are family. That is something that should never be taken for granted.

After a great weekend, I’ve realized that the grass is, in fact, not greener on the other side, its greener where you water it. In other words, instead of focusing on what other schools are doing, we should be focusing on all that our own is doing. A little appreciation goes a long way and all of us should be expressing gratitude for our school, not putting it down.

And if you still aren’t happy here, instead of complaining, do something about it; join a committee or a club and make a change! This schools is ours, it is what WE make it.

Why I’m moving on

by Caitlin Duncan | October 29, 2014

You came into my life at a very strange time and in a totally unexpected way. I was bored with my life. I was craving excitement. I needed something new. I needed something to make me feel alive again. You walked into my life and took me by surprise. You were straightforward and honest; two things I admire the most in people. You continuously kept butterflies in my stomach, and you forced me to stay on my toes.

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At first, I wasn’t sure of the idea of you. I’d vowed to myself to only focus on school and work. I tried to stay away, I really, truly did. But something inside of me pined for you. You were exactly what I wanted and needed in my life. You were new and exciting. Not to mention, you were older and dangerous in a sense, and I found myself completely infatuated with you.

We talked for hours on end in person and the second we left each other, we continued our conversation through text. I’d find myself sacrificing sleep so I could be with you, and trust me, that is a big deal because sleep is my one true love. I found myself putting off homework and losing focus in class because I was thinking about you all the time. But to me, none of this mattered. Because you made me happy, you made me feel beautiful, and most of all, for the first time ever, you made me feel that I was entirely worth it.

As the weeks of the semester rolled by and leaves began to change colors and gracefully fall from the trees, I identified with those leaves. I’d changed a lot because of you. I was happier and I felt more beautiful. And just as the leaves did, I fell for you.

It wasn’t until I’d fallen that you began to step on me, ripping me apart beneath your unaware feet. I began to find myself exhausted and irritable. I began to blame myself for your lack of communication, and I wracked my brain, attempting to figure out what I did wrong if you didn’t want to hang out with me that day.

And this is why I’m moving on. I was so captivated and caught up in you that I didn’t realize how horrible you were treating me. Instead of realizing that you’d make time for me if you wanted to, I told myself that I did something wrong. Instead of knowing that you should be fighting for me, I put up the biggest fight of my life, trying to win you over. And now that I’ve taken a step back, I’ve realized how much I was doing for you, when you were doing nothing to keep me, this is why I’m moving on.

I’ve realized that I deserve better. I’ve realized that sometimes you need to forget what you feel, and remember what you deserve, and I deserve so much more than you. And that is why I’m moving on.

Movie magic

by Caitlin Duncan | October 22, 2014

Why is it so easy in movies? Why is it that the guy falls in love with the shy, quiet girl that nobody notices? Why does the girl always break through the tough guy’s shell and see the softer side of him?

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Movies always end the same way. The guy and the girl fall in love, and bam…happily ever after.

Movies never show the reality. The characters, in their made up worlds, don’t fall for the wrong person; they never have to sit there and stare aimlessly at their phone, waiting for a text that never comes.

Movies don’t show the hurt that people feel when they fall in love with someone they know they can’t have. The characters don’t ever sit there and physically ache for that person’s touch.

More importantly, movies never tell the truth about heartbreak. No one ever told us how much it would actually hurt when you found out the boy you liked had kissed another girl at a party. No one told us that we would sit on our bathroom floors and cry until we couldn’t feel anything at all. No one told us that he would walk into our lives like a hurricane only to leave us with nothing. No movie ever taught us how to pick up the pieces and move on. Love is not as it seems in the movies; not at all.

From a young age, girls are taught that one day their Prince Charming will come. No one tells us we have to kiss a few frogs first, and what happens when we do. Movies need to teach us that life isn’t perfect and love isn’t easy. Most of all, movies need to stop creating this fantasy that love just happens.

Love is a beautiful and powerful thing. There will be laughter and smiles, but there will also be pain and tears. Love means sacrifice and fighting for that person. Love means embarrassment and awkward first kisses. Love isn’t easy at all, and this is what movies should be teaching us.

Emma Watson makes strides towards an equal society

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

By Nicole Sansone
Contributing Writer
nsans1@unh.newhaven.edu

Two weeks ago, Emma Watson made a very important speech. She stood up in front of the UN Secretary General, Executive Director of UN Women and many other important people as she addressed the gender issue of inequality all throughout the world.

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This speech was not only an incredible milestone for women everywhere, but for men as well. As Watson explained in her speech, when people hear the word “feminist,” they immediately associate it with “man-hating.” But what many people do not take into consideration is the actual definition of what a feminist is. A feminist is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

Over the years, if a woman has claimed herself as a feminist, a man has immediately assumed that she is “out to get him.” In the defense of men, it has sometimes been that way. Personally, when I used to think of the word “feminist,” I thought of an extremely bitter woman who resents men and ultimately gets nowhere with her efforts because she is promoting hate rather than peace. A part of me believes that to be true, because I have felt like that in the past.

But today I consider myself a feminist only because I strive every day to have the same rights as men. It doesn’t matter if it’s social or economical; I do everything in my power to make myself equal to men, not superior or inferior.

But the point of Watson’s speech is that it should not be this hard of a fight and we NEED to make a change if we want to see results. Men are still paid more than women in many different areas of work, they don’t have to worry about sexual harassment or rape nearly as much as women do, and they don’t have to be scared of potentially losing their job or not even getting a job due to the fact that they could become pregnant one day. There are so many different areas where it seems that men have it far easier then women, ultimately leading the women to resent men.

But we have to take the men into consideration. Watson stated, “I have seen young men fighting mental illness, but too scared to ask for help in fear that they will look like less of a man.” This statement is exactly what makes Emma Watson’s speech so important for our day and age. She is a woman promoting peace; she recognizes that men and women both have it hard.

We need to work together, as not only women, but also a global society to make things better and to make things right. It is time that girls can express themselves freely. It is time that they can go to school and get an education without fearing that they could potentially be sexually assaulted as a result of how they dress. It is time that women no longer have to hide their sexuality in fear of what a man might label them. It is time that men do not seem “weak” if they ask for help. This starts with us; this starts now. As Emma Watson said, “Both men and women should feel free to feel sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to feel strong.”

University of no parking

by Courtney Brooks | October 22, 2014

It has been said before, and until it is resolved, it will probably be said again, that the parking, or lack thereof, is the biggest issue on this campus.

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Unless you’re a freshman and are prohibited from having your vehicle on campus, every University of New Haven student has encountered the problem of circling the parking lots until you are beyond frustrated and probably a little dizzy, unsuccessfully looking for a parking spot.

With the addition of Westside Hall, it is obvious that UNH’s campus is exponentially growing every year. The problem is that as the number of students increase, the number of parking spaces decrease.

Currently, there are not even enough spaces for even half of the campus population and unless something is done, this is only going to get worse.

As a commuter, going to class is like going to battle; we are forced to fight with one another over the few parking spaces available, and, let me tell you, apparently all is fair while searching for parking.

As if the commuter lots aren’t difficult enough to navigate with tons of students rushing from class to class, the fact that there is no system of who gets what parking spots first makes the struggle that much worse.

There are times when I have been forced to skip class because I just could not find a parking space. I could be driving around the same parking lot for a half hour when someone with a much faster, much smaller car swoops in and steals the spot I was waiting for.

In the parking lots at UNH, the most aggressive driver usually wins the spot, while us more passive, patient drivers suffer the consequences by missing class.

The fact that parking is such a huge issue isn’t new or shocking to anyone at UNH.

Take look at the First Year Success Center Commuter Resources page online and they have a whole section dedicated to explaining how hard it is to find parking.

“Parking is one of the greatest challenges commuters face. There are never enough spots,” the site explains.

My question is—if everyone knows what a challenge this is, why is no one doing anything to fix it?

UNH is making all these great changes to better itself as a University; it is adding residence halls, updating old ones, and even adding a new college. Yet it is doing nothing to combat the biggest issue of all: parking on campus.

Can’t escape the high school classics

by Kaitlin Mahar | October 8, 2014

Chances are, unless it’s being made into a movie (ahem, The Great Gatsby), the odds of you revisiting anything from the arguably most scarring period of your life are slim to none, especially if there’s reading involved.

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However, there’s a reason these books are classics—no matter where you are in life, they are still as relatable and entertaining as they were when they were first written. Yes, I realize how nerdy that sounds, just get to reading.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. For fans of: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.
Whether you’re still coming to terms with your angst now, or you sow your anguish-ridden oats during your Evanescence-fueled emo days in high school, this book is the way to go. Filled with plenty of anti-authoritarian sentiments and expletives, you’ll be wanting to tell your parents where they can stick those care packages…just try to remember who pays your tuition.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. For fans of: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Once Jennifer Lawrence graced us with her presence on the big screen as main character Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games movie, everyone jumped on the bandwagon that was young adult dystopian literature. However, William Golding’s 1954 novel originated many popular plot twists found in today’s hit post-apocalyptic novels, especially considering a death that’ll leave you crippled with heartbreak, though I won’t say who…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. For fans of: The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Those of you who read Stockett’s wildly popular novel (or if you just watched the movie because you think Emma Stone is ridiculously hot, even when she looks like she stuck her finger into a 1950’s-style electrical socket), if social justice interests you, then I suggest you revisit this classic. While there’s less of a romantic aspect than that which is found in The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, too, gives a poignant commentary on the horrendous treatment of African-Americans pre-civil rights, and like Skeeter Phelan, Atticus Finch will be someone you admire for his integrity and bravery. (And, if you watch the film with Gregory Peck, you may find yourself saying “Emma who?”)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. For fans of: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
I know, I know, this isn’t exactly a “book,” but it is still worth your time to check it out. Even if you aren’t into the sappy, star-crossed-lover types of romances that Shakespeare and Green are well known for, you could still give this play a second look, if not solely for the reason that Shakespeare was a pretty hilarious, inappropriate guy, examples of which can especially be found in the character of Romeo’s goofy best friend, Mercutio. Seriously, just look up the definitions of some of the words and phrases he uses—it may have been 400 years ago, but a lot of the things this guy came up with were as hysterical as they were ingenious.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird (AP photo)

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird (AP photo)

We all know how daunting and inevitably boring reading these books can be. However, even though it may not be at the tops of our lists to read anything that isn’t assigned reading, everything deserves a second chance. We’ve grown up, we’ve learned more, we understand more—the only thing that has stayed the same are these stories. I hate to sound like my parents on this one, but try them again; you never know if your taste might’ve changed.

Spreading positivity

by Caitlin Duncan | October 8, 2014

Since the app “Yik Yak” became the hottest app on campus, a cloud of negativity has been hovering over UNH.

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People have been targeting specific people or groups on this anonymous app, and it is really taking a toll on campus.

Lately, everyone is so cautious of their every move on campus, in hopes that they don’t end up on Yik Yak. But even if they aren’t doing anything wrong, it’s highly likely that someone will find something negative to say about that person.

All of these unnecessary posts are making people on campus miserable. Instead of saying negative things about someone anonymously, why don’t we try to use it positively?

Maybe this is a long shot, but can you just think of how much happier our campus would be? People could stop worrying that they’re doing something wrong every time they leave their room.

It’s even possible less people would look so upset while walking around campus.

Using Yik Yak to spread positivity around campus isn’t the only way to do it.

Something as simple as smiling at someone passing by you can make someone’s day, or holding the door open for someone, and letting them go in before you. Sometimes, little gestures can go a long way in people’s lives.

If you want to do something even more extravagant, perhaps you can try complimenting someone once a day, or even offering to pay for someone’s snack at the C-Store.

You can do anything you can think of in order to spread positivity around campus. We all live here together, and it’s not right that we’re miserable because everyone has been so negative.

If we can all try being nicer to one another, campus will be a much better place. No one wants to spend college being miserable because of other people on campus.

One simple, nice gesture really can make someone’s day. We should all try it.

Namaste

by Courtney Brooks | October 8, 2014

Yoga pants are more than just stylish sweatpants

The number of girls wearing Victoria Secret’s signature yoga pants, with some tacky version of “PINK” woven across their bottoms, compared to the number of girls who actually have been to a real yoga class, is unsurprisingly disproportionate.

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Believe it or not, there was a time when yoga pants were more than just a fashion statement, suggesting that you were too lazy to put on real pants but not quite at rock bottom yet, sporting your boyfriends sweatpants.

What many of us fail to realize is that if we actually wore yoga pants as they were intended and went to a yoga class, the benefits we would gain are unlimited.

Whether you’re trying to avoid the freshman 15 or just hoping to lose a few pounds for the upcoming Halloween costume season, yoga is the perfect work out to accomplish your goal. It is a common misconception that yoga is not really a work out because it is “only stretching” but if you give it a shot, you’ll soon see how false that is.

Yoga is a physical practice; it focuses on building strength and flexibility while creating an inner balance in the body. This is done through a series of postures and breathing successions, each designed to target a specific muscle. Most of the newcomers, who had claimed that it was “only stretching” before class, started walking out drenched in sweat, breathing heavy, with their foot in their mouth.

Another reason to practice yoga, which is perhaps even more beneficial to us as college students than it is to anyone else, is because it relieves stress and is relaxing. Although it is a physical practice, yoga is also very spiritual and focuses on mediation and integrating the body, mind and spirit into a workout.

Yoga teaches you how to find your peace, both on and off your yoga mat. It unclutters the mind and allows you to look at the bigger picture; most of the time after walking out of a good yoga class you realize that any problems you might be facing aren’t really as big as you once thought. The next time you’re stressing out over an assignment or you’re fighting with your roommate or you’re just feeling a little homesick, try going to a yoga class and you’ll feel much better.

New Haven is the perfect place to begin your yoga practice because there are so many studios, including UNH’s own Rec Center, in the area that offer all different types of yoga. Downtown, there is True Bikram Yoga Studio, which offers a very structured form of yoga practiced in a room that is heated to about 100 degrees; this is perfect for athletes with sore muscles or anyone who is into high intensity workouts.

Breathing Room Yoga is also downtown and is a more relaxed studio, offering basic classes for beginners and a mix of meditation classes. This studio is perfect if you’re looking to just unwind and escape from the real world for an hour.

My favorite studio, Balanced Yoga in West Haven, is a perfect combination of a high intensity workout combined with relaxation. It teaches Vinyasa yoga, which is a type of flowing yoga practiced in a warm, candle lit room.

No matter what studio you decide on, practicing yoga will change your life for the better. You’ll notice your clothes growing looser and your mind growing quieter with each class you attend.

 

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