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‘Beauty and the Beast’ exceeds expectations

It’s been 26 years since Disney released its animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and now, we are once again invited to relax and pull up a chair as the company proudly presents a stunning live-action remake of the movie. “Beauty and the Beast,” based on the original French fairy tale of the same name written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, is about a beautiful girl, named Belle, who agrees to trade places with her father after he is taken prisoner for trying to steal a rose from the Beast’s garden. The Beast, however, is actually a prince who...

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Valentine’s Day date ideas under $50

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably realizing that the $20 in your bank account isn’t going to cover an extravagant dinner at a top-notch restaurant or the present of your loved one’s dreams. The good news for financially strained college kids is that there are plenty of low budget Valentine’s Day activities and gifts that will make the day just as good and, dare I say it, even better than it would be if they dropped $100. You’re probably asking yourself what kinds of activities there are out there that are budget-friendly and still romantic...

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Remember the past, live in the present

Remember when we were kids in elementary school, talking and laughing with friends on the playground during recess and just starting to learn what subjects in school we liked and which ones we despised with a passion? Making friends and determining what we liked and didn’t like seemed to be simplistic back then, but as we got through high school and eventually moved on to college, the bar was raised, and everything seemed to get 10 times more complicated. Have you ever wondered why you choose certain people to befriend or why you prefer to keep yourself busy with...

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Beat the boredom: Top 11 things to do at home over the break

We may have been listening to Christmas music since July, but the time has finally come for winter break, and with it comes a plethora of holidays and the inevitable cloud of boredom that hovers over young adults. Here’s a list of activities you can do to beat the boredom back at home during the long and well-deserved break. 1. Do you wanna build a snowman? Or a sandman? Being back in your hometown for a month can be refreshing, and as tempting as it is to burrito-wrap yourself in your bed and watch Netflix all day, fresh air...

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Florida’s voting curse

There’s a universal shadow of fear and uncertainty that surrounds this 2016 election, and, as a member of the generation who’s first time it is voting, I have to echo the nationwide sentiment that has been circulating around the country since the primaries: this is probably one of the worst elections America has ever faced. I have to admit that I didn’t feel as hyped up about voting as I should have been. I understand the importance of voting, and I still exercised my constitutional right to do so, but it’s hard to be excited when you’re not crazy...

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Safe spaces on campus are a required resource

We live in a world where in order to be considered a well-developed or fully educated person, you have to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. While venturing out does have benefits, it’s not as essential as society makes it out to be. A comfort zone is a place where a person can feel safe and secure to be themselves and learn. If someone feels comfortable in an environment and with certain people, then it seems counterproductive to tell them to do something completely different, just so they have the possibility of developing new attitudes...

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Put down your phone, and focus

Today’s day and age is embodied by the hopeless devotion to trends and technology, promoting a brilliantly self-indulged society that, consequently, focuses on the wrong issues the world faces. When the iPhone 7 was released on Sept. 7, lines and crowds sprouted up across the country. Some consumers allegedly spent up to seven hours waiting for a new phone. Teenagers across the globe strive to replicate the trending fashions of the season, desiring nothing more than to get their hands on the latest clothing styles and shoes. Every day, there seems to be a commercial for a new car...

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Society’s rules on remembering mistakes

The word “mistake” is defined in the dictionary as being “an action or judgement that is misguided or wrong.” You’ve made mistakes, and I’ve made many mistakes. If mistakes are so common and expected in life, then why do we as a society judge people on their mistakes and use them as labels? One of the most common “mistakes” I hear about, via TV shows or social media, among other outlets, is teen pregnancy. People are labeled for being teen parents, but we don’t always know the circumstances behind it. We don’t know the whole story, and yet we...

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Whistle while you work: Students should take the initiative to volunteer

When you think of volunteering, usually a common synonym that links to that term is “helping.” And sure enough, we help others by donating our time and efforts to certain organizations and causes, but there’s someone else we help who we don’t really think about at times: ourselves. I recently had the opportunity to travel with a group of FGCU students to the Animal Refuge Center. When I signed up for the event over the summer, my main thought was that, as a freshman, I wanted to get a head start on fulfilling the 80 service learning hours I...

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Beauty is not skin deep

Think of a Disney princess, any Disney princess. Picture her in your mind. Chances are she’s physically beautiful. On the outside, Disney princesses look flawless, but it’s their kindness, outlook and personality, among other traits, that make them so attractive to children and adults alike. Being physically attractive does not automatically make someone beautiful. Inner beauty counts more than people seem to realize. In today’s society though, inner beauty seems to be riding shotgun to outward beauty. Physical beauty has power in today’s world, and people judge others and formulate opinions without even getting to know them. We live...

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