Obama wins presidential election
Nov04

Obama wins presidential election

By Mateo Gamboa and Stuart Platt The Bells staff has decided to do something it has never done before. We are doing live coverage of the 2008 presidential election and will be updating this page hourly after 7:00 p.m. with student reactions, results, and other useful information. 7:46 p.m. With over 16 million votes counted, McCain is leading in the popular vote by 1 percent and Obama has control over more electoral votes with 82 as opposed to McCain’s 34. Freshman Hayley Shaffer is indifferent to each candidate but said, “If I had to pick a president, I would pick McCain.” 9:02 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama seems to be pulling ahead of the race with 206 electoral votes. Students comment back and forth as they anxiously await the election results trickling through the stereo speakers of the television screen. “I think it’s probably going to be Obama. It seems pretty stacked now against McCain,” freshman Justin Rippy said. Rippy did not vote in this election due to the hassle of absentee voting. “I’m not really a voter,” he said. “I’m just not that interested in this election. If I was home, I probably  would’ve voted.” Though Rippy and his friends seemed interested in the results of the election, they were fairly apathetic toward the outcome. “I would’ve probably written in Mickey Mouse on the ballot,” he said. “I guess Obama is the lesser of the two evils. Maybe we’ll get a tax break.” Rippy and his friends watched Monday night football last night in which the Redskins lost to the Steelers. “I guess we’ll see what happens,” he said. “The Redskins lost, and it was all downhill from there. Every time the Redskins have lost historically for the last 17 elections the party has changed hands.” 9:51 p.m. Obama is still looking strong with 207 electoral votes and 51 percent of the popular vote, but McCain remains a contender with his lead in Texas and a stand-still in Florida. McCain has 135 electoral votes and 48 percent of the popular vote thus far. The 270 mile-marker is quickly approaching for Obama, and with most of the west coast still up for grabs, a win looks likely. Sophomore Mandi Sanders voted early this year in Austin and feels nervous about the outcome of this election. She said, “I don’t want us to become a socialist nation.” 9:57 p.m. Sen. Barack Obama has just been elected president of the United States of America. Students in the SUB huddled around the TV in anticipation of the final election poll results and celebrated wildly with the announcement of the new president. Sophomore Obama...

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Feeling Hydrated
Nov04

Feeling Hydrated

Recommended water intake a day -10 8-ounce cups Any non-caffeine and calorie-free fluid is considered water. Choosing Starbucks drinks wisely makes a difference: Mocha Frappuccino Tall w/whip cream -280 cal and 11g total fat (w/out whip 200 cal and 3g total Fat) Caramel Macchiato Tall w/2% milk -180 cal and 5g total fat (w/ nonfat milk 140 cal and 1g total fat) White Chocolate Mocha Tall w/2% milk and whip cream -370 cal and 15g total fat (w/ nonfat, no whip 270 cal and 4.5g total fat) Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème Tall w/whip cream -410 cal and 11g total fat (w/out whip 320 cal 2g total fat) Mint Mocha Chip Frappaccino Tall w/whip cream -360 cal 14g total fat (w/out whip 270 cal 5g total fat)...

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Feeling Informed
Nov04

Feeling Informed

What is a calorie and why is it important? A calorie is a measured unit of energy. One calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. 3,500 calories= 1 pound of fat The recommended number of calories in a daily diet is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men, but depending on weight, height and activeness calories needed vary. Eat all regular meals including breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day because it jump starts metabolism. Keeping an elevated metabolism in return contributes to burning fat. Eating three meals and two snacks daily helps sustain metabolism levels. Warning: Try not to get too hung up on just counting calories. Plenty of foods show low in calorie but have questionable nutritional value. Reasons to eat a Banana a day: -They give an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. -Two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. -They help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, stroke, constipation, depression, heartburn, morning sickness, PMS, ulcers, smoking, seasonal affective disorder and stress. -They help to power brain activity and make students more alert. -The fruit helps in cases of mosquito bites and warts. Check out uncommon foods and their benefits: -Pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer. -Mangoes, plentiful in antioxidants, enhance eye health. -Ginger effectively treats nausea. -Vegetables such as alfalfa and bell peppers aid in the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, which are essential to human health. -Sardines, known for their antioxidants, supply energy to the...

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Feeling Fruity
Nov04

Feeling Fruity

Some disguised fruit drinks stack up the calories. A normal calorie count for an 8-ounce smoothie can be anywhere from 125 to 220 depending on the fruit and added yogurt and milk. Also size matters. Most serving sizes are three times the recommended amount. Freshens Smoothies (1 pint 5 ounces) Pineapple Paradise -331 calories Orange Sunrise -385 calories Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Squeeze -313 calories Peanut Butter Energizer -474 calories Low Cal Mango Beach Smoothie -90 calories Fruit juices are both healthy and great tasting. Some juices have added nutrients such as calcium and vitamin C, but they are already packed with healthy ingredients. Fruit juices are also fat free and have anywhere from 60 to 80 calories per half cup. They have phytonutrients which contain disease-fighting agents. However, everything is good in moderation. Too much juice can result in excess...

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Feeling Energized

Fitness & Wellness opportunities available at Mayborn Campus Center: Free “Cru-Fit” Fitness Classes: Cru-Crunch (abs), Kickboxing, Pilates, CycleFIT Spinning, Power Pilates and Yoga Wellness Wednesdays: Free informative health presentations given by experts in their field. Workouts vary for each individual depending on weight, height and desired outcome. Check out Mayborn Campus Center’s Human Performance Lab to get a free personal workout schedule. The facility offers a foundation for preparing a healthy...

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Feeling Balanced
Nov04

Feeling Balanced

The choice in foods and physical activity affects how one feels today, tomorrow and in the future.Here are some tips to get started: -Make half your grains whole -Vary your veggies -Focus on fruit -Get your calcium-rich foods -Go lean with protein -Find your balance between food and physical activity -Keep food safe to eat The food pyramid has been redesigned from what most of us grew up knowing. Here are some basics to consider: -Whole grains at every meal. -White rice, white bread, potatoes, pasta, sweets use sparingly. -Vegetables in abundance. -Fruits 2-3 times a day. -Plant oils at most meals. -Red meat, butter use sparingly. -Nuts 1-3 times a day -Fish, poultry, eggs 0-2 times a day. -Dairy or calcium supplements 1-2 times a day. -30 minutes of physical activity is required on most...

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