An Apple a Day | Red Light for Blue Light: How Technology May Contribute to Your Lack of Sleep

Sleep deprivation: it is a problem that students across the nation complain about almost daily. Personally, I can’t get through a conversation with someone without the words “I’m so tired” coming up, not to mention the slew of other complaints of work and extracurriculars contributing to the issue. It seems to all of us students that sleep deprivation is almost a way of life; we are lucky to be getting even moderate amounts of sleep daily. While many are quick to blame their course load, extracurriculars or social life for the epidemic, the issue may just lie in our hands—literally. According to many researchers, smartphones are to blame for many issues related to low sleep quality and lack of sleep.

FOOD WEEK | 5 Foods to Maintain Healthy Skin

As the weather gets colder and the wind shows its wrath more and more, it becomes really difficult to walk around campus every day. It can also be especially cumbersome during these chilly times to keep our skin smooth and soft. During the fall and winter months, our skin becomes really rough (unless we are blessed with some really tough skin). In honor of Food Week, here are five foods that can help you maintain that glowing, smooth, acne-free face during any season! 1.

AN APPLE A DAY | Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: The Benefits of Incorporating Pumpkins into Your Diet

With the chilly weather and colorful leaves rolling into the Ithaca area, there’s no doubt that fall season is upon us. And with the fall weather and ambiance comes the obvious pumpkin obsession:  pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pies (who could forget Patty’s delicious pumpkin pies?), and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Although most people think the pumpkin is just a symbol of fall seasonal bliss, it provides a lot of relatively unknown health benefits as well. Ever wondered what makes that pumpkin pie so orange? The beta-Carotene in the pumpkin is what gives it that red-orange color that looks so nice in the fall.

AN APPLE A DAY | To Floss or Not to Floss?

In an ideal world, flossing would be a part of everyone’s hygiene routine. At least that’s according to the American Dental Association. Sparks are flying, however, in regards to the actual effectiveness of flossing and whether it’s needed. For those of us taunted by the everlasting question “Do you floss every day?” at the dentist’s office, this debate needs a resolution. Generally, brushing and flossing helps remove plaque, the sticky film on teeth that can cause cavities.

PUTTING INTO FOCUS | Facebook’s Emotional Side

Earlier this week, I was greeted by the recent changes Facebook made to its “Liking” platform. Rather than only seeing the familiar blue thumbs up, I was met with a plethora of options, ranging from like to happy to surprise to angry. Sure, Facebook had warned us about this change, but none of us were entirely prepared for it. Now, as I scroll through my newsfeed, I am presented with a broader range of emotions, each characterized with a simple emoji. This year, I had heard many stories of what Facebook likes mean to the broader public.

PUTTING IT INTO FOCUS | Eight Things I Learned During My First Semester


It seems like it was just yesterday when I moved into my tiny dorm room on North Campus and started what would be the best four years of my life. Everyone has had that moment of excitement their first few months here — meeting new people, learning from amazing professors, enjoying the gorgeous campus around you. Those first four months contained not only excitement, but amazing learning experiences that I will take with me for the rest of my college career. 1. Take advantage of being a freshman: Freshman year is awesome, never forget that.

PUTTING IT INTO FOCUS | Eight Tips for a Stress-Free Day


Having a stress free day is not the easiest of tasks to accomplish. Whether you are studying for prelims, finishing work or running from building to building, everyday can be a stressful one. Getting up for classes, having a set schedule and maintaining focus is hard if you don’t have a daily routine. Below are eight tips to making your day less stressful and a bit brighter:

Wake up at least an hour before your first class. Sure this may be difficult, but it can make a big difference in maintaining a stress free morning.