February 26, 2015Matt and Vivienne Inlow are a married couple that attend George Fox University. They are both music majors in their senior year. Before attending GFU, they attended community college and participated in their church’s youth and music ministries. Because of this, they had several years together as a couple before attending GFU. Matt and Vivienne at 15-2003 Matt and Vivienne at graduation-2006 Matt and Vivienne in Rome-2007 Matt and Vivienne began dating when they were 15 and were engaged when they were 19. I asked them if they thought if people should be a certain age before getting married, or if they believed qualifying for marriage was more concerned with the maturity of the relationship. Vivienne said that she definitely thinks the maturity of the relationship is a larger factor. However, age can be a factor, because a person changes so much from 19 to 30, so you have to be willing to grow as a couple through that. College is a time of change in and of itself. I asked Matt and Vivienne if being married while attending college could be stressful. Matt and Vivienne said that, because they had been married for several years before starting college, it was a little different. Matt said, “[the] first year of marriage, you’re getting to know each other and learning how to live with each other.” Vivienne mentioned that if a couple got married while in college it could be more challenging because of that fact. She said that it would not be bad, but probably challenging. “If you’re really confident with that person,” she said, “…and know it’s the right thing to do, I think it’d be a really cool story and a really cool experience.” Marriage and college could be hard to balance; a common motif for college students is staying up late and getting little sleep. Matt and Vivienne said it is still a part of life as a married couple, if not more. Matt mentioned that when you live off campus you have to cook, clean, and pay bills much more than those who live on campus. Also, when you are married, you have another person’s schedule to worry about—“You have somebody to take care of and be mindful of.” They used the following example: If they were alone, they might do homework while eating dinner, but because they are eating together they decide to watch Netflix or something similar instead. They both realize that marriage adds extra time in your schedule, but also adds extra experiences with a best friend. You have someone to do homework with, a shoulder to cry on, and a friend to walk with you through the stress of the college experience.
February 25, 2015Why is suicide a topic that is only broached when it takes someone we love? Why do we wait to learn how to spot the signs of someone who is contemplating taking his or her own life? When someone has thought about harming him or herself, why do we call that person a coward who is pathetically weak? Why do we feel the need to tell people to “snap out of it”? There are many myths spread about suicide and those who have thought about or attempted suicide. Thanks to the uninformed, one of those myths is that the people who kill themselves are pathetic. This is not a conversation, but instead a negative and uneducated rhetorical assumption. As someone who has reached out to many people who have struggled with the thoughts of taking their lives, I can tell you they are far from pathetic. The truth is they are scared, depressed (which is not a choice on their part), and at times feeling that leaving this earth will benefit their family and friends. And yes, we know this is untrue, but in those moments they feel this is real. Suicide will touch each one of us sometime in our lives, whether it is through a well-known, beloved actor such as Robin Williams, or through a co-worker who smiled every time we spoke to him or her. The after-effects are catastrophic, not only for the people left behind but for the community. In the last two months, Newberg has lost two young men to suicide. Loss of life is hard no matter the circumstance, and suicide often leaves more questions and blame than a natural passing. Here at George Fox, suicide prevention is barely talked about. While there was a brief mention of Suicide Prevention Week last fall, and suicide is discussed in some psychology classes, the collective student body, as a whole, is not talking about prevention or awareness. There is no active, educated conversation being led by the administration or by the student body. The Center for Disease Control has warned the world to stop overlooking suicide as something selfish, but instead encourages nations to educate and create prevention awareness. The suicide epidemic kills more people than car accidents, is the third most common killer of young people, and plagues our veterans. Perhaps it is time to ask yourself, “What can I do?” Imagine if a group of students, staff, and faculty took the initiative to either create a program or join a program in which those who are suffering can reach out without fear of judgment. What if the administration made mental health issues a priority on campus so the entire student body could engage? What if they mimicked some of our more outspoken students? Our students share their passions for injustice on campus. A few weeks ago, several brave and passionate students stood outside for 27 hours to bring awareness of human trafficking to campus. Last semester, over twenty students stood in a circle around the quad to protest events in Ferguson, Missouri. So in answer to the question, “What can I do?”, both you and I can create a space for honest, thoughtful, productive conversation here on campus. Suicide is nothing that should be shoved into a corner. We must move to bring it into the light and then talk about how we can prevent it. As the body of Christ, each of us should be looking to hold up one another. Let us be stewards who offer a smile, hand, and friendship to those who are hurting beyond our understanding. One person can make all the difference in someone’s battle with suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255. This is a twenty-four hour hotline.
February 25, 2015The posters are up, the library is set, next is the show. Tonight, Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing opens on George Fox University’s secondary stage in the atrium of the Murdock Learning Resource Center. Cambria Herrera, the director, is excited to see what people will say. “I’m interested to see what the audience thinks and if they come away with any feminist perspectives on the play,” Herrera said. “[The play] is produced by the honors society here, Alpha Psi Omega,” Herrera said. “It is about three women, a mother, daughter, and grandmother. The daughter wins the national spelling bee. It is about their process through that, their relationships and how they hurt each other, a lot, in their attempts to care for each other.” Even knowing what the play is about, its name seems abstract. Herrera says the word eleemosynary “means charitable or the giving of the alms. It’s the word that the character wins the national spelling bee with. She talks about how that word is important to her family and important to her.” Why this play though? Herrera says she put plenty of time into choosing. “I read a lot of plays over break and I wanted to find one for women actresses. It’s what we mostly have in our department. And something that felt important to me at the time.” “Specifically, it’s about caring about people and hurting other people, which we all do and I like plays that make people consider how they treat other people.” She has specific goals for what she wants the audience to take away after watching the play. “I want people to think about relationships and how they treat their family, to think about what family means, and what it means when you can’t help but love someone but you still hurt them and they hurt you. The play seems to be applicable to a variety of people in their different walks of life. “I casted people that look really different even though they are playing a family. I purposely wanted them to look very different from each other so that it’s thought-provoking. That it’s any family and relationship.” It has been a long process of late nights in the library practicing, working with less than fifteen people. Still, those involved seem to enjoy it. “I think some of the funniest things about this process is one of the actors has to play a child, a six year old child, and one has to play a like 65 year old dead women. So that process is really interesting. There are lots of giggles when you’re trying to play a six year old,” Herrera said. Herrera’s passion for the stage started at a young age “I started as a kid acting and I’ve acted my entire life. Last year I took the directing class and from the first scene I directed I knew I really enjoyed it.” “I think I have always loved being an audience member than being on stage. Supporting people on stage is really fun.” And that is what she wants for her future. “My hope is to direct a main stage show next year, so I just wanted to direct a full length show. This is my first full-length play, and people were willing to audition.” “I’ve learned a lot about directing transitions.” Herrera also feels like she has learned much about working with others who have process and work differently. “I think that’ll help me in life with relationships too.” Eleemosynary seems to be a play with a lot of depth with a lot to say about relationships and how we interact. It will be playing February 27 and 28 in the Murdock Learning Resource Center at 8:30. Tickets are $5 at the door.
February 7, 2015Originally published in the print on Deb. 8, 2014. I meet Kenneth Hoover as he reaches the top of the stairs going to the first floor of the library. With a smile on his face, he asks, already knowing the answer, “We are going back down to the ARC for the interview, right?” I cannot help but chuckle and reply, “Yep.” Hoover often wears a baseball cap. The hat today is black, with the words “God’s Army” stitched on the front right side. As we sit down at one of the round tables inside the Academic Resource Center, Hoover, an Army vet and a junior majoring in Social Work, begins to tell me how he heard about George Fox University. “Before I got out of the military in 2011, I met a chaplain that worked with people with substance abuse issues,” Hoover said. “I told him that something has been tugging at me to work with people since I come from a family who experienced alcohol issues.” Hoover continues to reveal to me how the chaplain encouraged him to look at GFU, which had a reputation of supporting students. Their beliefs also matched his, and they had a program that would aid him in his call to serve those battling with addiction. Hoover started his journey to GFU by attending Olympic Community College in Washington, where he met certain prerequisites before transferring here. Hoover’s first week on campus, as a Bruin, was a good experience—mainly due to a meeting with Dr. Cliff Rosenbohm, who discussed what the big picture looked like with regard to the social work program. I ask Hoover what his first impression was as a nontraditional student. “I left a school where there were a lot of people starting back over again. When I walked on campus here, I did not see a lot of people like me,” Hoover said. “I did not see a lot of people looking like me, with gray hair and almost fifty years old. But I was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere, the holding open of doors, the smiles, the hellos, and the maturity level of some of the students, especially in my classes.” As he continues to share his story with me, his servant’s heart guides each response and lightens up the room. As a nontraditional student, Hoover would like to see “some kind of gathering in which maybe we could start a support group for each other, whether it would be outside of campus or something where we can relax together and talk together.” Currently, GFU does not have anything specifically geared towards nontraditional students. David Weber, a graphic art design major and nontraditional student, is already seated in the Bruin Den waiting for me. Like Hoover, he also has an affinity for baseball caps. Weber served in the army for 16 years and was deployed in the first Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He hardly ever slouches and is very keen on keeping eye contact. When I ask him how he heard about GFU, he sits a little straighter and tells me his wife is an alumnus. He recalls his first week of school as “scary!” Thankfully, Weber was placed in contact with people such as Dr. Rick Muthiah who are at GFU to help students. He does not know other nontraditional students on campus very well. I ask him if he thinks nontraditional students are accepted on campus and he quickly answers, “No.” Weber shifts in the chair before continuing. “Sometimes it is the instructor. [For the younger students] it is the fact that I am as old as their parents. It gets weird for them to talk to me, so they don’t. Sometimes an instructor can treat me like a twenty-year-old.” As I probe further, I inquire if he can think of a way GFU might address the disconnect he sees with nontraditional students. Without missing a beat, Weber answers, “I think the instructors need to be aware [and] pay attention to the fact that [nontraditional students] have life experience…and adjust accordingly.” Dawn Killion, a junior in the nursing program and also an army veteran, believes that nontraditional students should not have to take LACI because most of them have “life experience,” just as Weber said. Killion sits down on the other side of a table and smiles; she almost said “no” to this interview. She first knew of GFU because she lives 20 minutes away. Killion recalls her first week as “completely overwhelming!” She continues, “First of all coming back to school, being 40, and then being around students who were 18 or 20—it was intimidating in a weird way.” Killion had several teachers who prayed in class, which affirmed for her that she was where God wanted her to be. There are several nontraditional students in the nursing program, but Killion is not connected with all of them. She is nervous about the upcoming Juniors Abroad trip to Ecuador this May because she knows no one in the class, not to mention anyone her age. Killion does not let age hold her back from creating relationships on campus. However, she does not think she would participate in a gathering of nontraditional students because any free time she has is dedicated to spending with her husband, son, and daughter. When I ask her if professors treat her differently because she is an older student, Killion replies, “Some of them are kind of weird, most of them have been good at talking to me on my level and just really treating me my age.” Killion pauses for a moment. “But I have other teachers who don’t quite know what to do with me, and that is frustrating. But overall, things have been pretty good.” Hoover, Weber, and Killion’s views on being a nontraditional student reveal that there is a major gap with similar students on campus. Most nontraditional students live off-campus—some with families. Balancing home and schoolwork does not always allow for an ‘80s Dance (of which all interviewees can say they attended in the actual ‘80s) or Glow-in-the-Dark Slip and Slide. Nontraditional students usually do not read The Crescent or attend ASC functions. However, they do feel nontraditional students have no collective voice.
December 11, 2014Looking forward to all of those Christmas and New Year’s parties… what to wear, what to wear. As the holidays approach in this crazy and busy season, let what you wear be the least of your worries. It is possible to look fantastic, make your friends envious, and still keep your budget intact. There are of course great black and white possibilities, as well as the classic red. Sequence and flash are always in, especially when it comes to the shoe. Your outfit can be more muted as you dress it up with a powerful pair of shoes, or chunky necklaces and earrings. And remember that great clutch purses are always in and fun to carry. And if its comfort you’re looking for, making a statement piece with colored jeans and a blouse is always good too. It’s also good to play with your hairstyle. Try pulling your hair back in a tight and slick bun or making it wavy and letting it fall down off your shoulders. There are also eye-catching hair accessories with feathers and rhinestone pieces that will add to your look. This Week’s Top Tip: The holidays can be a stressful time. It’s okay to dress down, but treat yourself to at least one time where you get to dress it up. Grab some once-loved or seldom-used clothes and shoes from your closet. You can also play it up with your make-up being on the lighter and simpler side, paired with a drastic eye shadow or lipstick. Don’t forget that second hand is always recommended and be bold enough to live outside your box.
December 9, 2014By Charlotte Gray – Guest Contributor College is a financial investment for most students. Especially attending a private university like George Fox University, most students graduate with some form of financial debt. Starting a life after undergrad with great financial debt can be scary and intimidating. GFU provides some resources to help students become financially literate; however, students still graduate not understanding how to pay back loans responsibly. SALT was created for students who are financially illiterate and desire to learn about managing money and paying back loans. “SALT a free, nonprofit-backed educational program that helps every student who wants a college degree to get it in a financially responsible way,” states the organization’s website. SALT covers all different types of topics like loans, budgeting, finding internships and career choices. They also state on their website that they attempt to give neutral advice, information, and provide interactive lessons for students to help them learn how to manage money in college and beyond. On the SALT website, www.saltmoney.org, students can select different topics or goals, read articles, participate in interactive tools, and even ask questions to experts in the field. SALT analyzes and looks deeper into different kinds of school loans in order to help students better understand the ins and outs of each loan. Overall, SALT can be a beneficial tool for students. There is a need for students to know and understand how to manage finances, whether that is personal finances or repaying loans. However, SALT is not the only resource and students should look at a variety of sources to make sure they are getting the most accurate information. GFU offers minimal resources and some seminars to help raise awareness of the importance of financial literacy. For students to be knowledgeable and responsible about finances it is important that they seek out other resources, whether that is seminars, financial advisors, or websites like SALT.
December 2, 2014“Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical.” Thus said Yogi Berra, a Hall-of-Fame major league baseball player for the New York Yankees. His words ring true in any athletic endeavor. When an athlete is out on the playing field, more than just physical habits are put to use. The mental aspect of sports provides a door to higher potential than just focusing on the physical. Coaches often implement one or more mind-relaxing skills to enhance athlete performances. One method suggests visualizing your performance. When you’ve practiced something for a long period of time, your brain learns how to respond to that situation. Just thinking of how you’re going to play in an upcoming game or how you’ll run at a meet can improve performance. This method can be used by meditation, or before going to sleep at night. Another method suggests voiding all negative thought directed toward your performance or self-esteem. All doubt and anxieties have to be put aside. If you’re going to perform your best, other stressors can’t be sitting on your shoulders. Verbally and positively reinforcing yourself overrides the negative thoughts and stressors that can affect performance. Setting goals is another outlet for athletes hoping to improve their athletic achievements. Making lists and staying organized is a technique used for academics or day-to-day life, but this can also improve athletic improvements. Setting a core drive behind an effort sets up a focal point for any athlete. Keeping those goals in the front of your thoughts can boost mental habits. Anything used to calm or prep for a game is considered a mental attribute and can contribute to a positive outcome. Superstitions and traditions fall into this method, helping athletes get into the zone or pumped up in their personal way to find a focus. All these are simple adjustments that can be made to better the outcome of an athletic performance.
December 1, 2014Fall has officially been here for a little while and so have the new fall television shows. When life gets busy, it’s easy to get behind on favorite shows or not have time to check out new ones. Back in September a new show called “The Mysteries of Laura” premiered on NBC as a new crime fighting comedy. The previews looked intriguing and funny, and so this show was put on my list of things to watch when I had the chance. I really wanted to like this show; I mean, it stars Debra freaking Messing, but after I viewed the 40 minute pilot, I felt very disappointed. This show had a lot of potential to be great, but the pilot did not sell me. Shows with strong female cop leads are nothing new to the television world, but “The Mysteries of Laura” tries to take a bit of a different angle. In the pilot episode, we meet recently divorced Detective Laura Diamond (Debra Messing) who works as a top police detective for the NYPD. She is asked by her boss to help with some investigation work for a man who has been receiving death threats. Laura and her boss go to the man’s residence and he is murdered before they are even able to leave the driveway to go home. Laura works with her partner Billy Soto (Laz Alonso) and her team at the precinct–Max Carnegie (Max Jenkins), a computer geek and Meredith Bose (Janina Gavankar), another detective–to solve the murder. All the while she must cope with the stress of being a mother to two rambunctious twin boys, Nicholas and Harrison Broderick (Charles and Vincent Reina) who are quite the holy terrors. At the same time she must balance dealing with her ex-husband Jake Broderick (Josh Lucas), a fellow police officer, who is more work than help. In the end, Laura is able to find the lead that cracks the case and through unforeseen events her ex becomes her boss at the police station, further complicating their relationship. “The Mysteries of Laura” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC, and interestingly enough, the character of Detective Laura Diamond was adapted from a Spanish television series called “Los misterios de Laura.” The pilot episode had some funny moments, but there were several aspects that I did not care for. To begin, I am not sure how I felt about Lara’s character. I liked her spunk, and though I felt that she was one of the strongest characters on the show, I also couldn’t help but feel that her character was a bit unbelievable. There were too many shifts back and forth between personality types. One minute she was in sweats and mom mentality, the next she was being the manly “bro” type at work and then in the next scene she was the sexy put-together woman who radiated femininity. In one scene, she would be painted as the overstressed, overworked, hanging-on-by-a-thread-for-her-sanity mom role. She would then walk into the police station like she owned the place, blow the case wide open with little to no clues and have nerves of steel when shooting at a suspect. All the while maintaining a stereotypical manly vibe of overconfidence, portraying and proving that she was a force to be reckoned with. Let me be clear: I am not saying that I don’t think that moms can be good cops or successfully balance the two full time jobs of having a career and being a mom. I actually like the idea that this is trying to promote, but I felt that the constant shifts in her character made her feel unnatural. The writers of the show were counting on the fact that Debra Messing was so likable in the early 2000’s hit sitcom “Will and Grace” that she could hold together the show and frankly though Laura is a funny and capable woman, I don’t think that she is able to do this. Ex-husband Jake Broderick The cast of supporting characters just did not do anything for me, except irritate me. Laura’s ex-husband Jake is, for lack of a better word, a total jerk. He’s the stereotypical ex who comes in and tries to be the “cool dad,” bringing pizza and Nerf guns to reward his disobedient children, all the while manipulating Laura and trying to have a say in her life. He constantly cancels on watching the kids and spending time with them. He seems to think that it is okay to shirk all fatherly responsibilities, and leave Laura to fend for herself with the boys, even if she had plans or needs to work herself. This wouldn’t have bothered me as much if the writers would have allowed me to just think he was a sleaze and leave it at that. Instead they constantly try to make him charming; just because someone is handsome and flashes a smile does not mean that they are excused from their horrible behavior. The children, though they are cute, are devious brats. Though they say things like “Sawwy mommy!”, this does not excuse their horrible behavior, which seems to be left unpunished and even rewarded. The children are also allowed to run around the police station, terrorizing the place with, again, no consequences, which doesn’t seem likely to be allowed in a real police station. Another character I had a problem with was Meridith Bose, a fellow detective at the precinct. It seemed like her only purpose in the show was to be a sex symbol. Every scene I saw her in, she wore a tight tank top that left nothing to the imagination when it came to cleavage. When comparing her to Laura, who is coming to work in turtlenecks and trench coats (meaning it’s obviously cold outside) this becomes especially apparent. I get that shows like to make women dress provocatively, probably to ensure a male demographic, but they could at least make an attempt to make her look a bit more professional. She was also shot down every time she had anything to say, which might contribute to why she seemed like not a very nice person. Maybe she has a larger role in further episodes, but as for the pilot, I felt like the plot would have been fine without her. Detective Meridith Bose Still I couldn’t help but keep thinking that this show felt like a mashup of other crime series that I have already seen before. The show tries to take some fresh angles by making the single mom trying to raise kids a bigger part of the plot, but overall it felt like the show has already been done before. Even though there were a lot that I simply didn’t like about this show there were a few things that I did enjoy. I liked some of the comedy of Laura’s character. Laura had some funny lines and had some spot on physical comedy that had me giggling. Laura unashamedly “jamming out” to the radio. I also enjoyed some of the cuts and editing that the show played with. In one scene Laura and her partner Billy were examining evidence and the screen was cut into two shots. One view showed the two detectives, the other view showed what they were looking at in the box, almost as if the viewer was seeing through the eyes of the detectives. I felt that it was cut very strategically and I really liked being given those two views at the same time. I also enjoyed the fact that Laura’s character wasn’t the most clean or organized person in the world. Seeing her messy car, which looked like a small hurricane had blown through strewing behind toys, goldfish crackers and paint, made me feel a whole lot better about the soda that’s been sitting in my console for a week. Even though the pilot was not my favorite, I’d still be willing to give this show another try and maybe watch one more episode to see if it improves at all. The pilot had a few good moments, but I would not recommend watching this show. I really wanted to like “The Mysteries of Laura,” but I guess you can’t win them all. Below is the link to a trailer of the show: “The Mysteries of Laura” Trailer
November 26, 2014Andrew Upchurch, coordinator of Shalom, a weekly student led chapel-elective, knows what he is about. Though it can be a challenge to pull together everyone needed to make Shalom a weekly success, Upchurch makes it happen. Explaining the purpose of event, Upchurch said, “Shalom is intended to be a space that breaks the norm of a ‘regular’ chapel worship gathering. We make as much of an effort as possible to include interactive activities and a more intimate, personal worship experience for those gathered.” He went on to explain, “Shalom is intentionally-student led. We wish to provide students … with a space to share with others how they are passionate about bringing Shalom into our world. The intent is that this encouragement and inspiration is amplified when someone … sees their peers intentionally living out the Gospel message through what they may be sharing at that gathering. This is why student leadership is so essential for this gathering.” The theme of Shalom this year is “Focus.” Through exploration of different manners in which Shalom participants focus on God, Upchurch hopes that “the speakers, musicians, and participants collaborate together to think about this idea and to, in turn, invite Shalom and the Kingdom of God to exist in our present world.” On the organizational side, Upchurch must coordinate the speakers with musicians and sound technicians as well as any other assistants that may be required for that night. “I try to organize the programming for each week as far in advance as possible,” Upchurch said. From there he organizes the evening around “whatever he or she has on their heart to share … We try to keep the songs as relevant to the shared message and to include whatever interactive activity we can if possible. Finally, all of this is done prayerfully and intentionally, keeping to our semester’s theme of Focus.” Lastly, Upchurch wanted to make clear how open Shalom is. “The invitation is extended to all,” he said, “As Jesus puts it, ‘Come and see.’”
November 26, 2014Fall fashion doesn’t discriminate against gender, so why should we? Let’s let the boys in on all the fun. Layering is always in for looking great in the cold weather with sweaters, scarves and jackets complimented with ties. But something we haven’t seen for a while is Letterman jackets. Yes, the jackets you wore in high school with your school’s logo on it. Back in style on a major level you say… yes, and they are hot. We can also see a trend in tandem with these jackets in the lower v-cut, three button “old man” sweater. This style looks great over a dress shirt and tie or even with a t-shirt. These looks can be playful for a day on campus, a Friday night football game, or worn for a job interview. You can also go so far as to having the George Fox logo put on your jacket or sweater. There is a local shop in Hillsboro called LaHaie’s, which deals exclusively in putting logos on jackets, sweaters, and even socks. So let your college pride show and flaunt your great fashion sense. And bow ties seem to be making it through the seasons too, so compliment your look with a great solid or patterned print. Don’t be shy to buy second hand, especially if you are on a budget. These items can be found new or used. Bargain hunting isn’t just for the ladies. This Week’s top Tip: Don’t be afraid to put a little thought into your daily duds. The ladies like a man who can dress for the occasion, beyond sport shorts and sneakers. Having some play in your wardrobe can be as simple as owning a few key pieces.
November 24, 2014Walking around campus feeling the chill of winter… we can be prepared and not sacrifice our unique style just to bundle up. There are so many great ways to layer, and also to cover the head, neck and hands while still looking fantastic! We can see the latest in matching headbands, gloves, scarves and hats that match and go great together. There are so many choices from knit and cotton scarves, fingerless gloves and mittens to breathable athletic material that we can wear for our outside workouts. The Blue Zone bookstore even has great fleece bands with our school logo on them. The infinity scarf is a great cold weather accessory as it bundles around the neck and doesn’t slip or fall down like a regular scarf might. The scarf is a wonderful alternative to wearing a necklace because it’s simple, warm and can really play up an outfit. The big knit scarf is great as well, thrown over the shoulder or just hanging down. The newest headbands can be just a simple one color design, or show off large flowers and ribbons woven in and out of it. You can also wear a traditional thin hair band accessory around the larger knit band around to accent your long locks and add some flare. Short hair is also fun to work with, as a great band or knit hat can have your shorter do curling out from underneath. The possibilities are endless, so express yourself and stay warm! This Week’s Top Tip: Dress appropriately for the weather conditions, including covering your head, hands and feet. This can be your last line of defense for staying healthy. The other trick is controlling your cool downs from your work outs, especially when you exercise outside. This is a tough one, but it can be a major way to get sick if not done properly. Bundle up even though you will be sweating, take your Vitamin D and C, and stay hydrated.