Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:35 pm

Man buns: A hairstyle for the new age

By CARLY MCHUGH
Staff Writer
Sacha Sunnasy shows off his man bun. PHOTO BY CARLY MCHUGH Give us a head with hair – long, beautiful hair – and put it into a luscious head-turning bun.
A new trend has struck many social media sites including Facebook, BuzzFeed and Instagram. Man Bun Monday is a day designed to appreciate mid- to long-haired men who choose to adorn their heads with suave, show-stopping buns.
And some of the ladies love the idea.
“I think it comes from this new idea of sexy with men,” said Sheridan College student Natasha Seifred, of Burlington. “It’s no longer clean cut metrosexual, it’s more of a hip lumberjack look that women like now.”
It’s no secret that along with beards and moustaches, man buns have become more popular than ever, and their wearers have no reason to be shy for what they have to offer.
“I think every day’s a good day for man buns,” said Sacha Sunnasy, an Electronic Engineering Technician...

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From curb to living room

By CAMILLE PASCO
Staff Writer
Above, crafter Bob Whissell, co-founder of Not Too Shabby Furniture. Right, a Willow in White Lazy Days Pet Bed from the Whissell’s Not Too Shabby Furniture business. PHOTOS BY CAMILLE PASCOWith two households working together and five dogs getting in the way — an idea was sprouted. This triple dream team started their homegrown business Not Too Shabby Furniture just a few months ago and never expected it would grow this rapidly.
When first meeting self-made crafters Bob and Anne Whissell, and daughter Nicole, a valuable lesson is to be learned: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
The idea, to make pet beds out of old drum tables they would find in local stores or on street corners, came from being dog owners themselves. They do all of their work in their double garage five days a week.
They simply remove the drawers of the drum tables and convert the bottom into a bed for people’s pets with the top doubling as an end table and durable piece of furniture.
“I have three dogs of my own. I...

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It’s true: No pain no gain

By ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writer
Women’s Knights basketball player Kait Marquard rides a spin bike during practice while on modified physical fitness as she recovers from a concussion. PHOTO BY ANDREA CROSBYThe Lady Knights basketball team trains hard to constantly improve its technique and physical fitness to excel in performance during the game. 
With help from trainers and coaches, the players have a daily routine of physical fitness that gives them a variety of exercise outside basketball practice. 
Alex Effer, one of the Lady Knights basketball teams’ trainers, talks about how he and co-trainer, Jack Wilson, run the warm-up during practice, and their plans for the team in the upcoming weeks. 
“We do a lot of dynamic stretching before the practice to get them warmed up.” We also do a couple plyometric movements, to get them to improve on their jump.” “Tuck jumps, jump squats, exploding movements, sprints and shuffles across the gym to get their heart rate up and their hips warmed up, so they can perform the drills and not feel sore the next day.”
Wednesdays and Thursdays they...

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There is always a way out of Hell

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Sixty-seven per cent of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been a victim of one form of domestic violence. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTOPHER BREENThey looked like the perfect young family; a husband and wife with a son and a daughter, but behind the mirage, her life was full of fear and violence.
In 1983, she was a young waitress of 19 and he was an attractive young man with the Canadian Armed Forces and she found herself attracted to him from the beginning.
“He was European. He was fit. He was young, charming and funny,” she said. “But he was also deeply troubled.”
Looking back she didn’t see him the way she does now. What she saw was a young military man who had wanted to be a national soccer player but his parents wouldn’t allow him to go to practice. She didn’t see the emotional, psychological and physical abuser he was underneath.
“I honestly think that before he was in the military he was always a troubled person,” she said. “Looking back on...

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Diabetes is on the rise

By LAITH KADHIM
Staff Writer
Halloween is fast approaching, but with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) estimating diabetes’ prevalence in 3.3 million Canadians and 1.46 million Ontarians, alternatives to sugary foods may be worth considering.
Maddy Easson, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, lists poor cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure (which can lead to heart disease), Type 2 diabetes and kidney failure as some problems people encounter when ingesting high amounts of sugar regularly.
Stephanie McLaughlin, 22, of Niagara Falls, has had Type 1 diabetes since she was 12 years old. She attributes the early onset diabetes to the sudden change of diet when she became vegetarian.
McLaughlin takes her mandatory once-a-day needle, and a quick acting insulin pen after each meal. For fast absorption of insulin, the needle is injected in the stomach. For a slower absorption, the injection is made in the arm.
“I was actually more healthy after I got diabetes because...

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Proper hygiene can keep the flu away

By STACEY BULMER
Staff Writer
With flu season approaching, students should be extra careful and keep the spread of germs to a minimum.
A good way to do that, said Mark Grabner, registered nurse and professor at Niagara College, is washing hands with soap, coughing or sneezing into your elbow instead of hands, and consider getting the flu shot.
“The development of the flu shot is based on different [virus] strains from around the world,” Grabner said, so every flu vaccine is different, a “cocktail of antibodies.”
“The flu runs rampant” during the winter months, so proper hygiene is a necessity.
“Once I saw a young teenage boy in the washroom run water over his hands, flick the water on the mirror, and leave the bathroom,” Grabner said. “He didn’t even use soap,” and it was “one of the most unsanitary things I’ve ever seen.”
Breanna Kehoe, a 21-year-old Practical Nursing student, said one of the best...

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Fatigued students should analyze diet

By JILL BORDEN
Staff Writer
Every student has experienced it.
Many blame lack of sleep, lack of coffee in the morning or busy schedules.
While all this may be true, it’s likely related to your diet.
As students get back into the school routine, nutrition becomes a second thought as going from class to class limits time and attention to your body’s needs.
With morning classes, breakfast is most often skipped and replaced by a coffee and a muffin or bagel, lunches are skipped all together and dinners are overeaten.
“Skipping breakfast is really hard on the body,” said Joanna Cielen, a Wellness and Nutrition professor here and holistic nutritionist, “but [a coffee and a muffin] is the worst way to start your day because two things are happening: one, you’re loading your body with excessive carbohydrates and simple sugars, and two, you’re stimulating it with caffeine.”
This kind of breakfast is quick and on-the-go, but so deprived...

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