Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Most Popular Costumes this Halloween

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by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

Every year in October, or sooner if you like to plan ahead, college students start making Halloween plans. We find out from our friends what they are doing, think about who we want to spend Halloween night with, and most importantly, what our costume will be.

The costume used to be the most important part to me. (How else would I have come up with the idea to be an Aerosmith groupie one year?) However, because I work with kids, I get enough of a Halloween fix at work seeing what their costumes are. Still, it never stops being entertaining to peruse the costume websites to see what is most popular that year.

First, you have Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga is probably the most fun you can have with a costume because the pop star is famous for her head-turning outfits. To make sure others actually recognize who you’re supposed to be, grab a wig in a bold color, some glittery eyelashes, and sky high heels. Just don’t run out and slap some meat on your body, á la Lady Gaga at the VMA’s last year.

by Luigi Orru

Since yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been released, it seems there is no shortage of pirate costumes. For the guys, if you can look as good as Johnny Depp then I’ve got no problem with yet another pirate, but girls, the slutty pirate costume is just a little bit unoriginal. When you see a hundred other slutty pirates walking the city streets Halloween night, you’ll thank me for telling you to try again!

It seems that it wasn’t until the Spiderman movies came out that flaunting your crush on a comic book superhero was considered “cool.” Well that tradition has carried over and now there is bound to be no shortage of superheroes. From Batman and the Green Lantern, to Spiderman and Wolverine, it might just be that superheroes are the staple for college guys. For women, we get to be slinky and sexy without being slutty.

by istolethetv

Whatever you choose to be, have fun with it! The whole point of Halloween is that we get to dress up as something we aren’t. So be original and get creative because it’s going to be another whole year before we get to do this again.

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Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011 [Infographic]

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From Predicting This Year’s Hottest Costume to Believing In Things That Go Bump In The Night, Here’s What College Students Had to Say!

Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011

Sneak Peek Into College Halloween 2011

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It’s Your Last Chance…

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…to enter BooookRenter’s $500 Halloween Party Sweeps!

Promotion dies Sunday, October 23 at MIDNIGHT. Enter now so you aren’t left in the cold!


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Studying Alone vs. Studying in Groups

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by Guest Blogger Laura H.

Studying alone and studying in a group both have their advantages and disadvantages. But what are the pros and cons of each?

The biggest downside to studying alone is that, well, you’re alone. A huge advantage of studying in a group is there are people around to push you through bouts of boredom or lack of inspiration when writing essays. Groups can also help you through particularly long nights of studying. If I know I have to study for more than 3 hours on one paper or test, I usually prefer to study in a group. That way, I am  able to ask those my classmates for help if I need it.

When studying, one should take at least a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. Use this time to stretch, watch a funny video on YouTube or go on a walk. It may be tempting to skip the study break and work for hours on end, but the small break every hour enables you to maintain purposeful focus for longer periods of time. Physically, your body needs a break as well; your brain will retain clarity with the break from the computer screen, and your back won’t tighten up from hours in the chair.

by Steven S.

While sitting with others can be helpful, studying alone is more advantageous when you have a very specific, deliberate task ahead of you and can’t afford to be interrupted. If, for example, you have a reading quiz in your 8 a.m. class and it’s 10 pm the night before, studying alone can help you focus on what you are reading..

Overall, the homework assignment or project may dictate with whom you work. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your particular situation.

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Trail Mix: Not Just For Hiking

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by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

Whether you’re stuck on campus for your long day of back-to-back classes, or just hungry and need a snack, trail mix is a simple treat that is tasty, quick to prepare, and packed with nutrients. Nuts are high in protein and antioxidants, seeds provide several minerals such as magnesium and zinc, and both of them are loaded with the healthy fat that keeps your skin and hair healthy.

by Andy Melton

Trail mix can be made by mixing any of the following together:

-Nuts: This includes peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts.

-Granola: You can buy straight granola in the bulk section of the grocery store, or look in the cereal section for granola with dried fruit and other sweeteners.

-Dried fruit: This can be as simple as raisins or be expanded to dried apples, cranberries, or my favorite, mango.

-Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds can add both taste and nutritional value to your trail mix.

-Other not-so-nutritious stuff that make trail mix taste really really good but isn’t necessarily good for you: M&M’s, anyone? If you need something sweet in your mix, dark chocolate chips provide more of those healthy fats while still satisfying your sugar cravings. In moderation, you can also add crackers, pretzels, popcorn, yogurt-covered fruit or white chocolate chips.

Any combination of these items is delicious and nutritious!

Have fun snacking!

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