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The Food & Wellness page is pretty straight forward: food and wellness, but with a twist! Our stories are created by college students and created for college students. Cheap meal ideas, mental health discussion, and tips for study are all the kinds of stories you'll find here.

Freshmen Respond to Eating Well on 19-Swipe Meal Plan

Written by Carolynn Bructo Freshmen at RC are required to choose a 19-meal-per-week plan, and sometimes it can be difficult for them to learn how...

“Low Fat” and “No Fat” Are Not What They Seem to Be

Written by Isaac Davis The quest for a “simple healthy diet” has become increasingly less simple. One area that can be particularly deceiving are low fat,...

Eating Gluten-Free On Campus More Challenging Than it Sounds

Kaitlyn Evernham is a freshman biology major who has celiac disease. The Brackety Ack sat down with her and asked some questions about how...

Foods Against the Flu: Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy

Written by Isaac Davis Darkening evening skies and crisp mornings signal the oncoming Autumn. While the start of Fall is an undoubtedly beautiful season in...

Mill Mountain Coffee VS Fruitions

Written by Madalyn Chapman and Shamira James If you’re looking for a cozy, warm, and inviting atmosphere that doubles as a great place to study...

Serving Face: Skin Care Tips and Tricks

Written by Shamira James If you've ever been perusing in Walmart, Target, Ulta or any grocery store you’ve probably stumbled into the promise land that...

The Swipe Out: The Cavern Craze

Written by Shamira James I know we’ve all felt this way so let’s just put it out there: Cavern ain’t what it used to be....

Pros and Cons of Iconic Halloween Goodies

Written by Aeryn McMurtry Full-Size Candy Bars Pros: The gold mine of trick or treat candy. You know you’ve hit the best house when the full-size...

The Swipe Out: Go and Shake It Up, What You Gotta Lose? A Hot...

Written by Shamira James We all have favorite Commons meals, right?  Like those days where if we for some reason don’t make it, we’ll be...

Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life…Or Not!

Written by Isaac Davis Moving rapidly through my third year as an international student in the states, many of the culinary mysteries I first encountered...

Cold Weather Self-Care: Tricks and Treats

Written by Aeryn McMurtry October marks the beginning of fall weather: shivering cold and beautiful colors on all the trees around these Virginia mountains. Cold...

The Swipe Out: Let’s Get This Bread

Written by Shamira James Sometimes when things fall flat, it’s good to have a backup plan. You know: the backup plan, the fallback, the next...

Editor Goes Vegetarian For a Week: RC Dining Options Cater To Special Diets

Written by Aeryn McMurtry RC prides itself on keeping an inclusive and healthy menu for students with various food allergies or personal diet habits. As...

Counting Calories Can Have Consequences

Written by Isaac Davis In an age obsessed with image, diet and nutrition why is nearly 40% of the US obese (CDC 2018)? Rising rates...

Sushi Provides Different Meal Choice: Local Restaurants Offer Dish as Specialty

Written by Lorin Brice Hall This week Commons served sushi alongside its normal lunch. Commons has always had a secondary meal option during the lunch...

Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle! Try Some of These Timely Treats

Ah, Thanksgiving, you treated us well. We love your turkey with cranberry sauce and your awkward family reunions. We will forever cherish the tea...

Combating Seasonal Depression: The Importance of Winter Mental Health

Written by Aeryn McMurtry Mental health is one of the most overlooked and least discussed aspects of physical wellness. It can be affected by things...

The Swipe Out: Easy Like Sunday Morning Brunch

Written by Shamira James I want to preface this entire piece by saying I am 21, tickling 22, and am allowed to drink inhumane amounts...

Commons, Cavern, and…Kroger?

Written by Lorin Brice Hall Everyone’s hungry and sometimes we don’t want Cavern, or Commons isn’t open. So we go to Sheetz or some other...

Skin Care in the Name of Self Care

Written by Alexandra Gautier Many student come into college thinking that their problems with acne and skincare would vanish as soon as they moved in....