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Jon Linker finds strong fan base in University area

Jon Linker performing at The Milestone. Photo by Lee Pham.

Jon Linker hunches over his plate of ribs, getting in a quick meal while he discusses plans to set up for the show that night. He stands a few inches over 6 feet tall and decks a beard worthy of the Duck Dynasty clan. He’s wearing a button down flannel shirt, jeans and large leather boots.

His ensemble creates an appearance that clearly says “stand back,” but in reality Linker’s personality couldn’t be further away from stand-offish.

His group, Jon Linker Band, remains a favorite with students at UNC Charlotte who frequent bars around the school.  Local to the Piedmont region, the band plays a couple times a week in the University area and Linker, lead singer and guitarist, plays solo gigs as well, including an open mic night he hosts weekly on Wednesdays at Boardwalk Billy’s.

The group members’ interactive relations with the University area community takes their reputation to the next level. They’re always willing to talk with fans, and quickly respond on networking sites.

The band proclaimed first fan Ethan Creed, a UNC Charlotte Civil Engineering major, tries to attend shows whenever he can. “I saw them perform at Bad Dogs one Sunday this summer and loved their alternative southern vibe,” said Creed. “I went up to Jon after the show and shook his hand and he’s never forgotten who I was. I just enjoy watching him perform. I think he’ll become a comedian one day.”

The fan’s support means a lot to the band for varying reasons. Although Creative Loafing Magazine posts all their show times, the band rarely gets coverage besides word of mouth from their fans. The members spend time interacting with supporters before, after and even during the shows. While finishing their food before the show, over a dozen people approach them, which a majority of the band knows by name. No more than five minutes pass before someone else walks up to get in a few words, and they couldn’t be happier about it.

Earlier that day Linker spent his free time looking for the Charlotte Beard and Mustache club meeting, a group he now feels accomplished enough to join after a few years of working on his facial hair. “I’ve been working on mine for just as long, but I can’t keep up. Jon’s definitely the beard man of the group,” said Harry Kolm, bass player for the group. Kolm bears a flesh colored beard that looks more like he forgot to shave this week than actually tried to grow it out.

Kolm has played with Linker longer than the other two members, Taylor Newell on drums and Julian (Jay) Boucherle on guitar and vocals, but they all rag on each other like a group of brothers. Each of the members brings a different flavor to the group. Kolm loves jazz-rock fusion, while Boucherle is into blues.

Newell’s interest in funky beats takes his music listening anywhere from dubstep to old school funk. The one genre they all agree on and tend to have the most influence on the group’s music is ’90s grunge alternative. Hearing Linker’s Eddy Veeder style voice on top of their melodic acoustics makes the influence easy to identify.

“We are not a country band,” the members said loudly in unison. While they admit to enjoying the classic forms of country like Johnny Cash, they can’t stand being compared to modern country music. Southern rock infiltrates their songs, but never country.

If you’re a fan, you know to pay close attention to Linker’s voice too, and not just for the sound. While the other members make up the rhythm section, Linker provides the words. Lyrics are the most important element in a song to him, and it’s where the band starts when creating a new song. The band’s newest songs feature Boucherle as lead vocals, which show goers liked last Thursday during their show at the Milestone.

The band’s success and recognition started to take off rapidly within the past year and they’ll be spending this summer traveling and doing shows. Linker loves playing live, but making records in the studio is where he really wants to be.

Finding time to practice can be hard and they usually use shows as practice time. The four members make up five other bands as well, though Jon Linker Band holds the fort for priority. When things get more settled, they hope to have more time to dedicate to recording albums. The band prefers playing at smaller venues with an intimate crowd.

During summer Linker opened up to his student fan base that he had become comfortable with, allowing him to experiment live. One night, he announced to the crowd that he felt like he was playing in his own living room –hence the little of the band’s first album, The Living Room. Now working on their third album, the band has come a long way since then and the future looks promising.

“I want to have a sponsored tour. I don’t want to get in a van and travel all around the place looking for gigs and trying to promote myself. We just want to make enough to live off of and start putting out records. I’ll be playing music and making records until the day I die,” said Linker.

To hear Jon Linker Band and find out about their next show, click here.

Eating healthy during busy finals: eat snacks instead of full meals

You rush out the door to make it on time to class in the morning, with just enough time to make sure you have all your materials and books. Class runs until noon, and then time to cram in errands before working all night. Forget about days off –those are for laundry, cleaning and house work. You eat when you can and sleep when it’s necessary.

If you’re employed and in school, then you can probably relate to this lifestyle. This is the life for a typical working college student, and with barely any time or cash to spare, it can be difficult to eat the right foods. But that is no excuse. When it comes to eating right, you don’t have to spend a lot of cash or time in the kitchen cooking to eat healthy. According to UNC Charlotte’s Registered Dietician, Katie Powers, two important things to eating healthy are daily habits and picking the right foods.

“Eat good snacks. You don’t even have to eat full meals; you can eat snacks all day. You should make sure you’re getting all your food groups even if it’s just in snacks,” said Powers. Eating from each food group is important, but it’s also critical to eat a variety of colors in your foods. Different colors of foods contain different types of vitamins and minerals essential to our body. With the processed food readily available, people rarely get the daily intake of the natural elements we need from food.

Become familiar with how to read the labels on your food, they are your friends. Read the list of ingredients. The fewer ingredients listed, the better the food is for you. Be wary of anything that you can’t pronounce or don’t recognize as a natural food. The fat contents on the label can be tricky, because some fats are good for you while others your body doesn’t recognize. Avoid trans-fat and be wary even if the label says zero grams. If the ingredients list hydrogenated oil, there’s a high possibility the food contains trans-fat.

Watch out for hydrogenated oil, this is the bad stuff that develops trans-fat. Our bodies cannot digest oils that have been hydrogenated, which means that an extra hydrogen atom was added to the food during a chemical process to make the food the right texture and consistency. The calories from the oils are stored in our body as useless fat and build up in our arteries which can lead to serious health issues. Food companies have gotten smarter about their labels since consumers have become more health conscious. In order to reach FDA standards, they decrease the serving size so the trans-fat content is below the amount that requires putting trans-fat content on the packaging. This is why checking the ingredients and having even a minimal understanding of what they mean is important.

If the food exists naturally, like fruits, vegetables and even minerals like salt, then it’s good for you. Plain and simple. Salt often gets a bad rap, but we need salt. The best time to get your daily intake is in the morning. Some students skip eating breakfast all together. If you’re one of these, you have now identified your first step to eating healthier. Eating breakfast will jump start your metabolism for the day, and help your body perform at its best. Allyson Miller, a History major here at UNC Charlotte, learned that eating a healthy meal in mornings is the best start to her day.

“I feel better when I eat better,” she said, but she wasn’t always a healthy eater. “When I was a freshman, I would wake up with just enough time to get ready and get to class. I would always be starving when class was over, then I would cram in food from the dining halls or Wendy’s and not be hungry again until way later that evening. Then my sophomore year I had an 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. I would always be up in time to eat breakfast before. I would have more energy those days and would end up eating three times a day instead of just two,” said Miller.

Students may want the fast food and convenience food, but there are other alternatives here on campus. When it comes to the dining halls you have to make the right decisions. It’s OK to have a piece of pizza, but pair with a salad and water instead of three other slices of pizza and a soda. Substitute unhealthy food items out of your day. Instead of a smear of cream cheese on your bagel, use an avocado. It’s just as creamy and gives you fat that our bodies need. The fruit cups, sushi and salads available on campus are prepared fresh daily, but can get expensive. Buying your own fruits and vegetables cost significantly less, and this way you can plan out what you’re going to eat.

Planning out what you will eat for the day is helpful. That way you know what food groups you aren’t getting enough of and can make up for it in snacks. Choosing the right snacks make a large difference in healthy habits. Indulging in that bag of chips or candy bar from the vending machine only leads to more cravings for junk food. Your body receives inadequate nutrients from junk food, which leave you fatigued and craving more sugar. Eating healthy will also help you to stay focused and energized during the day. Getting into healthy habits will make eating right fairly easy. You may not see results instantly, but over time the benefits of eating right will improve many areas of your life.

Grabbing the $1.25 soda hurts your wallet and health. Research shows that cutting sodas out can reduce up to 10 pounds per year. We need water and it’s free. If you don’t like drinking unfiltered water, invest in a bottle with a built-in filtration system. Carrying a water bottle will also influence you to drink more water, since it is right there. Try making a goal of how many bottles you will drink that day.

49ers to trek to Atlanta for the Magnetic Music Festival

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The dreaded drawn out winter weather finally lifted and festival goers itch with anticipation for April 20th to arrive.

This Saturday, thousands of EDM lovers will flock to Atlanta in their fluorescent gear for the largest one day electronic music festival in the southeast.

Magnetic Music Festival, presented by Liquified and Disco Donnie, features three stages with artists such as Zeds Dead, Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, FLOSSTRADAMUS, Kid Cudi, and many more.

Disco Donnie may sound familiar due to their control over Sugar Society in the Carolina’s. The venue is located 20 miles outside of the city at KSU Sports and Recreation Park, which offers an incredible backdrop of Kennesaw Mountain.

Several UNC Charlotte students are making the short trek down to Atlanta for the show, including Charlotte’s own 704 Bass Heads. Having rap artists on the line up is unusual for EDM festivals, but Kid Cudi’s addition is proving to be popular with ticket holders.

For 704 Bass Heads members Sean Ege and Kris Nick, it was the deciding factor to attend the festival.

“We both love him so much, but Nick’s seen him live so now it’s my turn, especially with the new INDICUD album coming April 16.” said Ege. “Flux Pavilion should also be a name to look out for due to his new EP, Blow the Roof.”

Ege saw FLOSSTRADAMUS last Wednesday in Raleigh and expects nothing but quality sets from them at Magentic.

Joe Burns, owner of the UNC Charlotte flag featured in Superspeed Magazine and mechanical engineering major, will be in attendance on Saturday.

“I just can’t wait to get there and breathe the air.  The second you step out of your car in the parking lot you know you’re in a different world. I can’t wait for that feeling,” said Burns.

“I am worried about the line up though ‘cause it hasn’t been released. There are three different stages so I’m really hoping Flux Pavilion and Zeds Dead aren’t playing at the same time,” added Austin Cureton, a CPCC student and frequent show attendee. The lineup is not expected to be released until the day of the show.

“Kid Cudi is adding a different feature to show, and his music is perfect for 4/20. That was a smart move on their part to attract people who might not usually attend EDM shows,” said Cureton

Ticket prices start at $70, and will continue to increase as the date gets closer. You may purchase tickets at the venue as long as the show has not sold out. You must be at least 16 to attend.

Proper forms of identification are required. For a detailed list approved forms of identification and more information, click here.

Disc golf, hiking and recreation at nearby park

Reedy Creek Park is home to the area's oldest disc golf course. Photo by Lee Pham
Reedy Creek Park is home to the area’s oldest disc golf course. Photo by Lee Pham

A cold breeze still whips across the lake from the cold of the winter months, but the sun shines warm from above. You can hear the laughter of kids playing, mixing in with the chatter of their parents. Birds and critters emerge to get a taste of fresh air. Disc golfers hit the trails that are dotted with hikers.  A group of elementary school students walk in single file towards the Nature Center behind their tour guide. Springtime has arrived again at Reedy Creek Park in Charlotte.

When outsiders think of Charlotte they may think of city life and NASCAR, but the city has a lot more to it. One of the best hidden treasures lies on the edge of University City, just eight miles from uptown and five miles from UNC Charlotte.

Looking at a map of Northwest Charlotte, the park is the largest chunk of greenspace in the area with over 800 acres of rolling hills (if you include the adjacent nature preserve) and recreation.

North Carolina’s immaculate beauty runs from coast to coast, and Reedy Creek Park shows off what the Piedmont region has to offer.  Located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Piedmont literally means “foothill,” stemming from the Latin phrase “pes montium.” And when you’re in the park, you’re surrounded by rolling hills. The scenery captures you and makes you forget that you’re in an urban area. Components within the park such as basketball parks and playgrounds help classify it as an urban park.

“We need parks because it adds to the environment and community of the area,” said Ethan Creed, a Reedy Creek Park goer and UNC Charlotte civil engineering student. “We live in a very, very fast growing and developing area with masses of housing units. Those don’t give us the opportunities that a park does.

It’s for the public to use, just like roads. And we need it, just like roads and housing.” Creed frequently visits Reedy Creek Park with friends to play disc golf or just relax.

“Even sometimes when I’m bored I’ll come here by myself and just enjoy the scenery. It’s breath taking. I grew up playing outside so it was unbelievable when I first came to Reedy Creek. It made me feel like home,” said Creed, who recently took a class that discussed incorporating the natural environment into engineering.

“Parks are also built for safety reasons,” Creed said. “Would you rather have your kids playing outside in the street or in a park?”

The N.C. native recently visited New York City, but doesn’t think Central Park or its 843 acres compares to Reedy Creek.

“Central Park has nice green ways, but no parks in NYC compare to Reedy Creek’s rolling landscape,” he said.

Anyone can find an activity they enjoy at Reedy Creek Park, from children to adults.  The park holds free activities for kids on the weekends and occasionally during the week as well, particularly when it gets warmer. It is located adjacent to the nature preserve, which houses classrooms and exhibit halls filled with information waiting to be discovered. The building houses several local wildlife species, including the corn snake.

Reedy Creek Park inspires learning and community relations. The nature center belongs to the North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers. They also support the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Julia, a volunteer at the park, recognizes the importance of the park in local education.

“Charlotte has a large population of kids who are homeschooled,” she said. “The park offers homeschooling programs so that the kids can get together and interact. We offer programs for public schools as well, but homeschooled children can often be isolated from other kids, so the park gives them opportunities to grow in different ways.” Julia also enjoys the activities at the park. Whenever she gets the time, she attends the yoga class on Tuesday nights from 6:15 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. It costs $5 per class, but they do provide yoga mats. Some of the yogis get together before hand and hike.

The 10 miles of hiking trails show off the flowing landscape, but venturing off  from them will show you a side of Charlotte you never knew existed. Out here, you’ll find remains from the John Robinson Rockhouse, babbling brooks and hidden caverns. Adventurers say there’s a field of rocks where you can jump from one to the other, or just relax reptile style and feel the warmth of the sun while lounging on cool stone. However you enjoy Reedy Creek Park, it remains special to the Charlotte community.

Cut the light: craft beers for under $10

Step outside of the Budweiser cooler and open your taste buds to other brands. Several brewing companies offer beer with superb taste in a variety of flavors for a great price. Not for indulging, craft beers have better flavor than light beers and are meant to be savored. Here’s a quick list of companies with a diverse pick of six packs all under ten dollars.

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Magic Hat Brewery in Vermont sells a wide variety of beers and some of the best flavored ones. You can purchase Magic Hat at Harris Teeter along with other major grocery stores. If you are looking to enjoy some new exotic flavors, this is a great brand to check out. They usually have variety 12-packs out for the current season. Grab one of these if you want to be adventurous and aren’t sure what kind of beers you like. For non-risk takers and those sticking to a six-pack, No. 9 is a classic favorite from this brand and has a hint of apricot. Average cost: $8.99

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Terrapin Beer Company specializes in six-packs and individual bottles. Brewed just down I-85 in Atlanta, the pictures on their cases and bottles appeal to Southern outdoorsmen. This brand has endless flavors and is always coming out with new ones. Sweetwater 420 and Sweetwater Blue top the list for fans. Sweetwater blue is brewed with blueberries, adding a delicious scent and sweet taste that doesn’t overpower like some fruity beers. Total Wine carries a majority of their beers, and you can also mix and match through the store’s “build your own six pack” offer. Average price: $8.99

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Flying Dog beers are not for your flavor picky drinkers. These unique beers pack a lot of punch and come with quirky names to match. This brand has the full gambit to chose from including darker beers like porters to hoppy IPAs and even their take on a German classic, the In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen. Brewed in Maryland, Flying Dog has an oyster stout, the Pearl Necklace, which is brewed with local oysters from the Rappahannock River. To spice this beer up a bit, add a splash of your favorite dark liquor; I enjoy Crown Royal Maple. The bottles display art work from Ralph Steadman, known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las  Vegas. Average price: $7.99

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Award winning and easy to find Sam Adams beers are often overlooked.  The collection of flavors are more robust than your average Budweiser, even in their traditional Boston Lager. This is a good beer if you’re not too fond of unusual flavors. Sam Adams offers seasonal beers and small batches which may not always be at your local supermart. I highly recommend checking out Merry Mischief, a gingerbread stout from this past holiday season, before the weather gets too warm. Speciality stores such as Common Market in South End may still have it in stock.  Average price: $6.99

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North Carolina’s own Highland Brewing Company has a smaller collection of brews. They may not be as renowned as some larger companies, but their tastes still measure up. The Gaelic Ale is a classic from Highland with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter that anyone can enjoy. For dark beer lovers, the Black Mocha Stout offers flavors of chocolate and coffee and won a silver medal at two beer festivals. This brand is offered at Total Wine. Average price: $8.99

Greenhouse orchid sale ends today

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Orchid sale at McMillan Greenhouse ends today. Photo by Michele Karr

If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift or haven’t picked up the flowers, stop by the UNC Charlotte McMillan Greenhouse. Today is the last day to purchase plants from the orchid sale.

The budget-friendly prices range from $8 to $40.

Other potter flowers and a few house plants are available in addition to the orchids.

With a little love and care, an orchid will stay in bloom for months.

Orchids don’t require too much light, so as long as you have an east-facing window they can be kept in a dorm room.

A south window that gets ample light will serve the purpose too.

Paula Gross, assistant director of the botanical gardens, suggests disposing of the orchid in a compost pile after the flower is out of bloom.

Composting involves piling organic matter and allowing it to break down into humus, a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

But some variations of orchids can rebloom.

“It’s easy if you follow the instructions,” said Gross for those interested in reblooming the plant. “Orchids don’t take much care. The tricky part is remembering to fertilize it once a month when the flower is not in bloom.”

To keep them healthy, orchids only need to be watered once a week and receive ample sunlight.

And while some of the orchids cost more than a bouquet of flowers, it’s a more meaningful gift that lasts longer than a few days.

Gross believes that orchids are more meaningful than a bouquet of roses.

“It may not be a good gift for a relationship just starting out, but an orchid is more special and elegant than flowers,” said Gross. “It represents something long last and not temporary.”

And plants aren’t just for long-term relationships either. For a friendly valentine, she recommends the cyclamen.  It’s colorful, small and requires little care besides sunlight and water.

After the flowers die and the leaves fade, just toss it anywhere outside to decompose.

They’re only $8 and will last a few months with the proper attention.

You can’t compare a dozen roses to a plant that may stay with someone for months, especially when the cost is almost the same or less.

Giving someone a bouquet of flowers is nice, but it’s an ordinary gift.

Potted plants are a better take on giving flowers because it conveys the same gesture, but they last a substantial amount of time longer than fresh cut flowers.

The sale will continue until the Greenhouse closes at 3 p.m. as long as supplies last.

Rain puts a damper on campus move-in

On-campus construction required the department of Housing and Residence Life to alter the move-in process for this academic year. According to the Director of Housing at UNC Charlotte Jackie Simpson, despite the delay caused by inclement weather on Friday, the move-in process ran smoothly.

“Friday afternoon and night was probably not a good experience for many people,” said Simpson. A large thunderstorm hit Charlotte and the lightening forced workers to cease from unloading cars. More people continued to arrive, causing a back-up that continued to build until the storm died down later on that evening.

Alyssa Bonge, a pre-nursing student, was in the middle of moving into Moore Hall when the storm hit. The process for Bonge and her family was not pleasant.

“We had to wait three hours in the rain before a shuttle came to pick us up and then while waiting in line to unload the car, my dad ran out of gas,” said Bonge.

Bonges and several others were confused when the workers UNC Charlotte provided suddenly stopped work due to the weather. The students and their families were not informed that since they were contracted workers, they had to cease working in the lightening for safety precautions.

Having contracted workers was one of the changes made this year. In previous years, students from campus organizations have assisted with the move-in process.

Another student, freshman Arpan Bhandari, was not fond of his first experience moving onto campus. “Move-in was a struggle,” he said. “The lines were backed up. It was a headache.”

“The whole housing staff felt very bad about the situation on Friday,” said Simpson. “But some things such as weather are beyond our control. We had been planning all summer for this event, so saying we weren’t prepared enough is far from the truth.”

One major difference in the move-in times this year was the split of Friday and Saturday move-ins. Buildings that were located next to each other, such as the adjacent freshman high-rises Moore and Sanford, had different move-in days in order to reduce traffic. This was beneficial to students, according to housing, since the parking lot next to the high rises is closed for construction.

Residence halls towards the north side of campus including Cedar, Hickory and Sycamore were given the same day move-ins because they are not affected by the construction.

A change that seemed to be favored by both students and staff was the set appointment times for move-in. In the past, move-in started at a certain time and all residents were allowed to come after that point.

Elo Ndupu, a mathematics major, said the move-in process couldn’t have been easier. “We got my keys right away and I was moved in within an hour. The staff was very helpful and seemed to be running things efficiently,” he said.

Ndupu is one of the residents who was lucky enough not to move-in during the storm on Friday evening. Hekmat Izzat, a resident of Scott Hall, also had a pleasant experience moving in.

“[The university] could have stopped the construction during move-in to open up some more room for cars,” said Izzat.

On the UNC Charlotte website Housing and Residence provided videos and tips to help students and their families be prepared for move-in. The university also sent out frequent email updates to keep students and parents informed before and during move-in weekend.

When commenting on the outcome of move-in weekend Simpson said she doesn’t believe this year was particularly good or bad. “This year was a learning experience and they are going to pick and choose what parts they decide to keep,” she said.

She feels that move-in weekends will continue to improve, especially when construction near housing areas is complete. According to the UNC Charlotte website, the construction should be completed by August of next year.

The ups and downs of weight loss in college

Maintaining a healthy weight might be difficult in college but it's extremely important thing to be aware of. Photo/ MCT

The “freshmen fifteen” is something that nearly all college students worry about at one time or another.

Still, many others tend to lose weight when they get to college. This trend can be caused by factors such as social pressure and changes in lifestyle. The situations vary between boys and girls and also between the healthy and unhealthy.

Society and the media pressure girls about what they should look like every day. Being extremely thin is an unrealistic image that is constantly in our faces.

Advertising and television also affects guys. Students are shown and told that guys should be fit and muscular.

Although it affects both genders, women tend to develop more negative behaviors.

Strong desire for weight loss can lead to diseases such as bulimia and anorexia: illnesses that are very serious and extremely dangerous to anyone’s health.

But losing weight does not always have to be a negative thing. If a person decides to start living a healthier lifestyle, it can be very positive.

Jenny Maley, a junior at UNC Charlotte, decided to make a change in her life back in November of 2010.

She had carried most of her weight from high school but put on about 60 pounds after a car accident disabled her from being active and starting school. After she recovered she knew it was time to make a change.

“I didn’t know you could mold your body, but I did,” said Maley. “I didn’t see results for about six months, but when I did all my hard work paid off. It’s not just about working out though.

People think that they can work out and eat whatever you want. It’s 60 percent food and 40 percent working out.”

Jenny avoided fast food and ate a lot of salads and fruit.

“I haven’t had pizza from Crown Commons since the semester started. The dining halls offer a lot of vegetables and healthy alternatives,” said Maley.

Even with a meal plan on campus she has managed to make the best out of what is offered and keep up healthy eating habits.

It is clear that she is dedicated to keeping the weight off. Being proactive about weight gain is extremely important. If students develop habits such as these, the freshman fifteen shouldn’t be a problem.

New and healthy habits may be hard to form when coming into college, and old ones become easy to break. These kinds of lifestyle changes can also lead to weight loss.

Males are not excluded from weight problems either. Females usually gain weight after they stop playing sports or becoming less active after high school.

Men on the other hand can often drop in weight. This may be because they aren’t doing things such as lifting weights as much as they did when on an organized team or in class.

“In high school I was really dedicated    to weight lifting and keeping a steady weight gain going. Now between classes    and work though, it is hard to put in as much effort,” said 49er junior Mike Teston.

Sports such as football and wrestling require weight lifting. Stopping this type of activity can quickly change someone’s weight because muscle weighs more than fat. Like Teston the lack of time to exercise is an issue for many students.

Several 49ers also admit to skipping meals because they are rushed between classes, work or one of the other things that keeps students busy.

Quick and easy meals that students often eat usually don’t contain many nutrients or real sustenance that are needed.

The change from eating meals cooked at home to a college diet can also cause people to lose weight. Living at home with parents usually means that there are snacks and food readily available, which is unlikely found in most college dorms or apartments.

This kind of dieting can be unhealthy though, and it is important to be sure that you get adequate amounts of what is needed for a balanced and healthy diet.

College is an experience that changes many students’ lives in many different aspects.

The dreaded freshmen fifteen is highly known and feared, although losing weight in college is becoming more and more prevalent.

It can be caused by negative factors but can also be a very positive thing in a person’s life if done appropriately.

Nonetheless the most important thing is being healthy and eating nutritiously.

If students can stick to this and maintain an active lifestyle, gaining or losing weight hopefully won’t be an issue.