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Five secrets to know about UIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus Find out these little known but helpful tips SCOTT DURAND Design editor


reshman year at the University is a time for exploration and discovery. For me, there were a few nuances of campus that would have improved my first year had I discovered them earlier. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a short list of five things I wish I would have known going into freshman year:

Setting up Internet in the dorms For some, this may have been a no-brainer, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m willing to bet Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the only one who struggled with setting up the dorm room Internet on move-in day. Students moving into the newer dorms in University Housing, Nugent Hall or Bousfield Hall, should skip this section, as these tips wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply. For almost everyone else, dorm rooms will not have Wi-Fi available. Instead, each room comes with a small hub and a special cable that connects the hub to the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall jack. Personal wireless routers are technically not permitted, and although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard of anyone having their door kicked in for having one, an Ethernet cable is the only rule-abiding option for connecting to the hub. Because of this, my first piece of advice is to buy an Ethernet cable that stretches at least 14 feet. It seems excessive, but both dorm rooms Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in had a wall jack on the opposite side of the room from where I studied. Cables can be purchased at the Illini Union Bookstore, as well at the front

desk of many residence halls. Secondly, some dorms have its jack located on a small white box attached to the wall. These boxes have a jack placed dead center on the front that, surprise, will not connect to the Internet. The correct jack is hidden on the underside of the box on the left. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure that out.

Post office hidden right in the center of campus Altgeld Hall, the building with the large bell tower on the corner of Green and Wright streets just off the Quad, houses a small post office. For many, it will prove more convenient than the office on Third and Green streets. To find it, walk down Wright Street until you see a large blue mailbox next to Altgeld Hall. The post office is located just inside the door closest to the mailbox. With short lines and a friendly and helpful staff, I have had nothing but good experiences using Altgeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post office.

Two bike repair shops close to campus Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bikes, located at 1003 S. Lynn St. in Urbana, is a family owned bike shop that offers affordable, fast repairs, in addition to selling new and used bikes. On foot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a hike from campus. However, the Green bus makes a stop a few blocks away. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the distance be a deterrent, the service at Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is fantastic, and everyone working there is knowledgeable and welcoming. The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, located at 608 E. Pennsylvania Ave., is a less traditional bike shop that gives students a chance to work on their bikes themselves, and


Students wait in line at the Altgeld Hall Post Office to deliver letters and packages in between classes. it also sells used bikes. Co-op members are given access to the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage, including tools, parts and the help of knowledgeable staff. For students interested in fixing, or learning to fix their own bikes, the Bike Project is an excellent option.

toms end up, because they already know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick and came in to get treatment. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just going to McKinley to see if that sore throat is something more than just a cold, make an appointment so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expose yourself to a wealth of different illnesses in the process.

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McKinley Health Center, located at 1109 S. Lincoln Ave., is an amazing resource for students. Among other services, students can pick up various health supply kits and receive treatment from doctors and nurses. But for people like me, who rarely get sick, navigating these services when you finally feel ill can be challenging. The best tip Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve picked up from the doctors in this regard is to make an appointment before visiting for a check-up. There are two wings patients are sent to depending on whether they have made an appointment, and the wing for walk-ins is by far the most contaminated. This is where many students with advanced flu, strep and mono symp-

And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually allowed to. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts sits at 500 S. Goodwin Ave. in Urbana, and boasts an impressive schedule of concerts and plays. But for me, the most enticing part of the building has always been its rooftop. Had some upperclassmen friends not shown me the staircases on either side of the building leading up to the top, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure I would have ever noticed this quiet little getaway in the middle of campus. And not to worry, the Krannert Center roof is open to students. Just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell anyone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a secret.

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Staying social while living alone can be a challenge If living alone, take steps to keep involved socially KATIE TRAVERS Staff writer


iving alone may seem like the undesirable of undesirable situations in college, but depending on your situation, it may be a great idea. Living alone can provide the solace of your own place to study, work and sleep, uninterrupted. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a great way to avoid a not-so-great roommate situation. But it can also be a challenge. Living alone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially during college â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can have the potential to become isolating, what with the amount of individualistic work that academics require, and just the blatant fact that many of us have not spent that much time outside of our parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stepped all that far into adult life, so it can be difficult to leap into a version of adult living that includes being alone. So, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to go for it, it would be wise to remind yourself of some key ways to live alone and do it well. This may sound obvious, but if you are going to go it alone, you have to make sure to keep up with friends. It is easy to let your social life go by the wayside when your social life isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t built into your apartment or dorm. Though roommate problems can arise, there is something to be said about the friendship that roommates provide, and even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the best of friends, the simple notion that loneliness is minimized by another body. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to consider. For freshmen, I would advise steering away from more solitary dwelling. Freshman year of college is such an important time to make new ties and to learn about yourself and others. Living in dorms and with a roommate or roommates is key. Almost everyone faces some

sort of challenge with their freshman year living situation, but that is just a part of life and yet another important life lesson to gain insight into how you want to be and of course, your understanding of other people. I know that my roommate and I learned a ton from each other during our year of living together, and however unexpectedly, there was a moment in time when I saw our friendship turn into something like a sisterhood of sorts. For transfer students, it can be a little bit easier to live alone since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already taken the independent plunge into college. For upperclassmen, I would say you have to know yourself, but living alone is not a bad option. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an upperclassman living alone, it might be a bit easier because your social situation will be well-sorted. Even still, as you try to understand living alone, remember to keep social. Make sure to join clubs and find ways to figure out your social life, since the ideal built-in roommate friendship will definitely not even be a possibility. Be honest with yourself before living alone. Will you make sure to see friends during the week? Do you get lonely really easily? Remember that even if you are picky or see yourself as having too many quirks to successfully have a roommate, you can and should communicate differences with your living partners. Most want a positive living environment, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel deterred from roomies just because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re picky. Work to find people who work with your ways; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible. Keep in touch with your friends, and keep them aware that you live alone and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have those built-in roommate friendships around to keep things from getting lonely. (Hint: This is a good way to remind them to organize dinners and such during the week when all anyone cares about is getting their work done.)

Katie is a senior in LAS. She can be reached at

Guidelines for getting along with your roommate HANNAH PROKOP Daytime assignment editor


ne challenge of college is trying to figure out how to live with someone in a room that may be as big as your closet at home. Whether your roommate is your best friend or a complete stranger, there are ways to make it work. If you live in the dorms, your resident adviser may tell you to make a list of roommate rules. While most people do not write out an actual list, talking about certain roommate rules is not a bad idea. Mention the things that make you tick right away. If you hate sharing clothes, tell your roommate before he or she asks you to wear your favorite shirt. If you like to keep your food for yourself, suggest to your roommate that you have separate stashes from the start. Making these rules clear early on will help you avoid potentially awkward situations later in the year. It is OK to want personal space, but remember that sharing can benefit you both. If you let your roommate wear your clothes, you can borrow his or hers. Even sharing food may sound like a good idea when you are starving and have nothing to eat. Whatever you choose, make sure you and your roommate have good communication and are on the same page about what can be shared and what is off-limits. Setting boundaries is a good idea even if you are rooming with a friend. It is not necessarily true

that best friends canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t room together. Living with a friend instead of a complete stranger can make life easier, if you remember a couple things. Respect your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space and belongings. While it may be tempting to take your best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes or to take a nap on his or her bed without asking, remember you are both living in a small room, and everyone needs some personal space. Also make sure you are not spending all of your time together. You will already be seeing a lot of each other if you are rooming together, so try some new activities alone. It will help you be more independent and allow you to learn how to make new friends. Not everyone knows his or her roommate. If you room with a complete stranger, definitely set up roommate rules. Keep an open mind, and try to be friends or at least friendly with your roommate. Sometimes, roommates just do not click. If you do not think you and your roommate will become best friends anytime soon, do not worry. You still have plenty of opportunities to make friends with your neighbors and other students from classes and organizations you join. Of course, we have all heard some roommate horror stories, and it is true, awful roommates exist. There are slobs, people who wake you up in the middle of the night and some who have no notion of personal space. If you find yourself with a roommate who is unbearable, move. There are ways to transfer dorms and change your roommate. Talk to your RA to see what your options are.

Hannah is a junior in Media. She can be reached at



Organization and cleaning tips for apartment living ALISON MARCOTTE Features editor


ouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gained access to your new apartment keys, claimed your bedroom and posted on all your social media platforms about this monumental milestone. After relishing in the idea that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be living with your friends and have complete freedom in your first apartment, the excitement begins to fade once you realize that this means mom wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be doing your laundry or washing your dishes, and that a meal plan might be far away as your own kitchen comes into view. No matter how stressful life becomes or how high your workload piles up, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still have to be the one to throw your trash away and clean the living room. But by following a few organization and cleaning tips, apartment living can stop being a headache and instead become the fun and memorable year you always envisioned.

Kitchen 1. Assign whom will bring what appliances. To prevent overlap and overcrowding, you and your roommates should decide who brings which items to the apartment, such as silverware, pans or the coffee pot. One easy way to figure this out is to create a Google Doc among roommates that each person can fi ll out. 2. Have everyone choose a shelf for his or her food. With everyone buying groceries at various times, it can get confusing whose food is whose. One system you can implement is for every roommate to have his or her own shelf or cabinet in the kitchen for food. For other items in the fridge, freezer or any other shared area, everyone can have a different colored sticker for their food to distinguish who owns what. 3. Remember to clean the fridge. By cleaning the fridge every few weeks, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get rid of bacteria and any forgotten rotten food. Also, knowing what food you have and do not have will help when going grocery shopping in the future.

Bedroom 1. Use bed risers. If you need more room for storage, using bed risers is one way to solve the issue. In the extra space, you can store items such as shoes, clothes or books.

2. Bring home your suitcase, but keep a duffle bag. Suitcases can take up a lot of space in your room. After moving everything into your apartment, bring home your suitcase and just keep a duffle bag for weekend or holiday trips away. 3. Only bring seasonal clothes. Just bring fall clothes if you need to save space and are planning on going home during holiday breaks. During freshman and sophomore year, I ended up bringing back my winter clothes after Thanksgiving break.

Living room 1. Use a whiteboard or bulletin board. Last year, my roommates and I put up a whiteboard in the living room. We would often write down important or funny messages on it. Having a whiteboard is a good way to leave each other notes or reminders, such as wishing someone a happy birthday or letting them know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to the grocery store later that day. 2. Dust and vacuum frequently. Forgetting to clean the living room is a sure way for things to get messy, disorganized and unlivable. By cleaning the apartment once a week, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll prevent items from getting piled up, lost and discarded. 3. Have a designated basket for mail. Last year, my roommates and I just had one mail key to share among us. We had a basket where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put everything that came in the mail, such as bills or packages, so everyone knew where to look if the mailbox was already emptied.

Bathroom 1. Have a caddie full of cleaning supplies. Mustering up the motivation to clean the bathroom will be easier when all of the supplies are gathered in one place. In the bucket, you should include rubber gloves, rags, glass cleaner and disinfecting wipes, to name a few items. 2. Have your own spot for toiletries. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sharing a bathroom with a roommate, have a spot, such as a shelf, to put items such as your toothbrush, contact solution and face wash. This will make items easier to fi nd when you can barely open your eyes in the morning as you get ready for your 8 a.m. class. 3. Use removable adhesive hooks or over-thedoor hangers. These can be used to hang extra towels if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough hooks already installed in the bathroom.

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Tips for making your first move-in day successful Trash bags a key for stress-free moving MAGGIE HUYNH Managing editor


the day you have likely been counting down to since you received your acceptance letter: move-in day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the day you leave home and head to ChampaignUrbana to start the next four years of your life. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say goodbye to your parents and maybe shed some tears as they leave you at your dorm. Then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll excitedly text your best friend about your newfound freedom as a shiny new college student and start making plans to explore campus with your roommate. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the general idea you probably have when you think about your fi rst official day at the University. Unfortunately, move-in day is a pretty terrible experience I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wish upon my worst enemy. Not to put a damper on the perfect image you have in your head, but when thousands of freshmen, plus their families, are trying to move-in, it can be pretty chaotic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always scorching hot, boxes are piled up everywhere, all the dorm elevators and staircases are packed with people trying to get through the building and having to physically move all your stuff into your room is exhausting. On the bright side, with three years of moving into my freshman-year dorm and two years

of moving into my apartments, I can say with confidence that I have mastered the art of movein day. The fi rst thing to keep in mind is that while you will be at school for nine months out of the year, you will not need to move your entire life to your dorm room. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget that you will have Thanksgiving break and winter break, both of which will give you the opportunity to bring your cold-weather clothes from home to campus. So when you are packing up in August, stick to your summer essentials and fall clothing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually no need to bring over all your winter gear for the beginning of the school year. After deciding what clothing you want to bring, pack it into trash bags. Trash bags are probably the only reason I can bring so much to school without having my parents make two trips to campus. While you will need boxes for your other items, limit those boxes if possible. Trash bags will squish together and take up less space in the car. Also be sure to separate your clothing by bags. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mix sweaters, shirts, pants, etc. into the bags because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just be harder for you when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unpacking. When packing your other belongings into boxes, be sure to label the boxes with exactly whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be fun having to sift through all your boxes to fi nd what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for. And then comes actually moving in. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rely on there being moving carts available for when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re moving in. Be smart about how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re


I-Guide Trent Houdek loads a duffle bag out the van of a freshman moving into Hopkins Hall on move-in day Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. going to carry your items to your room, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a higher floor in your dorm. Again, this is where trash bags come in handy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to carry up multiple trash bags than multiple boxes. After youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fi nally gotten all of your things into your room, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mix in your things with your roommateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belongings. It can be hard to both be unpacking at the same time in a small dorm room, but try to keep your things on your respective sides. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to unpack different things at the same time. Unpack your items by the sections of your room. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be easier to unpack the items for your closet and then

move on to unpacking the items for your desk than doing both at the same time. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to keep promoting the trash bags here. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing unpacking, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about a bunch of boxes being all over your room. Just dump those trash bags out and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have an easy clean up. So once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done unpacking and done with the hard part, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fi nally time to take a look around and get excited about the next year of your life.

Maggie is a senior in Media. She can be reached at

Move-in resources ease moving process for 1st-year students Take advantage of University Housing tips, I-Guides SARAH SOENKE Assistant features editor


elocating most of your possessions into a half-closet-sized room this fall can seem like a daunting task, but new students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do it alone. Smiling upperclassmen donned in bright orange will be waiting to greet you, direct you to the right place and even help you lug up your boxes to your new home. Yes, Class of 2017, thank your Illini Guides, the returning residents who volunteer to make your move-in day that much easier. However, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of advice to make the moving process easier on the new studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; end. The first would be how many people to bring along for the job. University Housing recommends bringing at least one family member or friend to watch the car, but students are welcome to bring along more. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to think the more the merrier, in this situation, there is a point when too many people can slow down the move, said Tori Baier, I-Guide in 2012 and junior in Fine and Applied Arts. Baier recommends keeping it around two people, the average number of assistants she saw as an I-Guide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bringing four or more people is just too many people in the dorm room,â&#x20AC;? Baier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(You) have to think about (your) roommate bringing family too and how many people can fit in a room.â&#x20AC;?

For those with a smaller support group, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to worry. Whether a student is flying solo or is driven over by someone who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assist the move, the I-Guides are always here to help. Extra planning can make a one-person move easier as well. I was lucky enough to have my father and younger brother act as the muscle for my moves until last spring when I had to take on the task myself. While each resident can rent a dolly to take the heave out of getting boxes from the car to the dorm, I found that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of importance in how you organize. Packing your belongings in mid-sized, stackable bins and boxes can turn five dolly trips into two. Even more, simply having less will make the process easier. It seems self-explanatory, but it may be hard to part with everything non-essential. Many students canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to say goodbye to half of their wardrobe, hobby collection or library of books. However, remember most dorm rooms are small enough to begin with, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only entitled to half (if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in a double). Cluttering the space you have can make it seem even smaller. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grabbing a couple of I-Guides for help or downloading the new Move-in Day App, new residents are provided several resources to make the first day on campus more enjoyable. Taking advantage of them can ensure a successful move-in, no matter if you have mom and dad helping you or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re settling in yourself. Sarah is a junior in Media. She can be reached at





















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budget Set limits, cook your own food and buy groceries often night when the procrastinator in you is going to need that Trenta coffee from Starbucks to finish that project. Do not get in the habit of frequently purchasing expensive restaurant food that will only empty your wallet and fill out your waistline.

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Although the transition from dorm living to apartment living can be an exciting one, becoming more independent may be difficult. With more independence comes more responsibility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rent, maintenance issues, food â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all new things to worry about. When you previously relied on the dining hall to provide you with all the food you eat, preparing your own food can become a significant challenge. Here are five healthy tips to help you make it through the year without starving, mooching food off of your friends or going broke by frequently ordering takeout.

Set a budget Consider this new aspect of your life as training for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;real world.â&#x20AC;? After graduation, you will not have a meal plan, or some type of budgeted cafeteria eating. While University Housing made everything easy by organizing your room and meals into a nice contract, now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you to keep track your own expenses. After setting your money (or your parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) aside each month for rent and other expenses, settle on an amount you need for food and divide that into four weeks. Each week, you can use this money to do grocery shopping. For the amount that remains, allow yourself to use it for takeout for that day you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like touching the stove or that rough

Limit yourself Peer pressure does not only apply to drugs and alcohol. It also applies to eating. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is turn down your best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offer to go get pizza. And ice cream. Or drinks at Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Or maybe you are the one doing the offering. For most people, money doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow on trees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to turn down peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitations. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also OK to celebrate that one time after making it through midterms or securing your dream internship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it too much. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takeout is generally more expensive than preparing your own food. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just alluringly convenient and tasty. While you are budgeting your expenses, decide on a number of times you will allow yourself to buy restaurant food on a weekly basis. Keep track, and if you exceed your allowed numbers, you will face the financial consequences. An extra $8.50 at Chipotle every week is an extra $34 you could save every month. Spend wisely.

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As a college student, people expect you to be broke, stressed and sleep-deprived. Thus, free, cheap and discounted food is always prevalent on campus. You may feel bad attending that cultural event or info night in which you are not remotely interested but the feeling will pass. Your time as an undergrad is only a few short years, and soon this time will pass and you will pay your dues to society. Until then, take advantage of the fact that this campus has a lot of perks to offer you. Whether you get unlimited chips with your Burrito King meal, coupons for new restaurants in issues of The Daily Illini, fundraisers at Potbelly or free lunches at the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resources Center, faculty, restaurant owners and fellow students have your best interest in mind. Food is a basic need, but there are also other cooler things on which you can spend your money if you budget your expenses properly. Moving from the dorms to an apartment can be quite the transition, but it teaches students to build good financial and dietary discipline. Eunie is a junior in Fine and Applied Arts. She can be reached at

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Cooking is scary, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to your parents or the Ike having your meals ready at the exact time that you need them. For those who have the time, cooking in an apartment is a great way to improve your baking skills, relieve stress and bond with roommates. Whereas cooking in dorms can be difficult with limited kitchen materials and time, cooking in apartments has fewer restraints. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more time and space, and you get to prepare whatever you please from the comfort of your own home and appliances. Spontaneously preparing a batch of chocolate chip cookies after class may sound great, but for those who have limited time, providing your own meals may seem more like a nuisance than an opportunity. When you are run down on energy and time, the easiest go-to is takeout. However, if

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you prepare a good amount of food over weekends, eating during the week may be less difficult. It could be as simple as boiling pasta on a Sunday afternoon, and putting it into five separate containers and reheating for lunch Monday through Friday. Sacrificing an hour here and there could save you a lot of time and stress when things are in full swing during the week.

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hummus on a pita with stir-fry vegetables. Another great meal is putting stirfried vegetables or meat in a panini.

than usual, it can be frustrating especially if you are unlucky enough to not have a dishwasher.

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Also never doubt the classic cheap and easy meals like sandwiches and salads. Another incredibly easy and fi lling meal is a simple baked potato. Although it often seems like a side dish to a steak, it can easily stand on its own. Not only can you top it with butter, but cheese, chili, sour cream and even stir-fried vegetables. An extra tip is that complicated meals can sometimes be overwhelming when you are just cooking for one. I come from a family where everything is made from scratch from bread, to noodles and tortillas. Making your own tortillas and bread can certainly take a lot of time that could be used for studying or writing that paper. Among these overwhelming meals include breading and frying meat and vegetables. I made eggplant Parmesan all the time at home, but when you are getting lots of dishes messy for one person in a (likely) smaller kitchen

This especially gets hard toward the end of the semester when you have fi nal projects and exams coming up. I admit that in the spring, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I made a single meal in a week-long period. The best way that I found to avoid this is to have a recipe book and making menus each week with a weekly grocery trip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; kind of similar to penciling in the gym at certain times as opposed to just â&#x20AC;&#x153;fitting it in whenever you can.â&#x20AC;? Always having food in the fridge is a good encouragement in itself. When you have the dilemma of deciding whether to swing by one of the convenient restaurants on Green Street or cooking when you get home, having food that might be going bad soon makes cooking lunch or dinner much more appealing.

If you want to eat out without breaking the bank, here are the cheap eats and best deals on campus for food. Subway, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to eat fresh. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheap, and even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the first thing I think of when I hear the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;cheap food,â&#x20AC;? $5 for a foot-long sandwich is definitely a good value. Honestly, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the Subway diet actually works, but imagine how much money you could save if you ate a 6-inch sandwich every single day for lunch and dinner. Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, you already knew fast food had to make the list. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually think normal meals at Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are cheap; everything in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right Price Right Size Menuâ&#x20AC;? is priced around the dollar mark. The servings might be too small for you, but feel free to double up on the junior cheeseburgers; they are, after all, a little more than a dollar. The Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Sixth Street also has one of those fancy new touch-screen Coke fountains, go help yourself to a cup of orangeflavored Coke! When it comes to cheap fast food, you really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat Taco Bell. Some restaurants have dollar-taco days, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every day for those who want to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Mas.â&#x20AC;? A little short on cash? Head over to the Taco Bell on University Avenue and order a No. 1, just prepare for No. 2 later. Get it? Bangkok Thai is definitely one of my favorite places to go to for Thai food. With lunch specials for $5, and dinner specials for $6, how can you not love it? They serve Pad Thai on Mondays, fried rice on Tuesdays, basil chicken on Wednesdays, yellow curry on Thursdays and pad kee mao on Fridays. Save some money and try different types of food by eating there every single day for an entire week. Local bars are great places to save some money when it comes to meals. With the many bars around campus, you can always find a day when they serve food at a cheaper price. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery on Fifth Street has half-price burgers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Firehaus also has half-priced burgers on Thursday nights, while Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub on Green Street has a different cheeseburger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or sandwichrelated special every day of the week. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about bar specials without mentioning Wednesday nights at Brothers Bar and Grill on Green Street. Starting at 8 p.m., all wings are 15 cents, and the deal only stops when the bar runs out of chicken. For those of you who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do the math, $4.50 will get you 30 wings, making Brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wings the cheapest of the cheap food. So there you have it, the cheapest places to eat out in Champaign-Urbana. I know I probably left some places out, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find more deals and specials after you get settled in. Also keep your eyes out for coupon books around campus. Regardless, I would say cooking at home is probably the best way to save money, either way, eating out every day canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be too great for your body. Now go out and not spend money.

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More than chain stores for C-U grocery shopping JANELLE Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;DEA Staff writer


he freedom that comes with college gives students the ability to try new hobbies and stay out past curfew. It also means learning new responsibilities, such as keeping a closer eye on your bank account and feeding yourself. Ordering Chinese every night may seem like the best option, but learning how to grocery shop and get the most value out of a dollar will benefit you in more ways than one. Some grocery stores may have cheaper prices but are far enough off campus to be inconvenient for a lot of students. Meijer and Walmart are known to be cheap but require a longer bus ride than County Market or other grocers. Both Walmart and Meijer in Champaign are located on North Prospect Avenue, while the

Urbana stores are far from campus. County Market, at 331 E. Stoughton St., in Champaign has weekly sales for students and a sizeable produce section. County Market is also a favorite spot for making beer runs and for satisfying late-night cravings because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open 24 hours. Other grocers closer to campus can provide for students who have diet restrictions, health concerns or the desire to buy local food. Strawberry Fields, at 306 W. Springfield Ave., in Urbana has food that caters to several diet restrictions and carries a lot of unique health food choices that may not be found elsewhere. Vegans and vegetarians are sure to be comfortable in Strawberry Fields, but meat eaters are welcome, too. Strawberry Fields has a wide selection of local meats as well as quality produce. When students arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feeling well and want to try something besides over-the-counter or prescription medicine, Strawberry Fields carries essential oils, vitamins and other herbal remedies.

Common Ground Food Co-op, located at 300 S. Broadway Ave., in Urbana (inside of Lincoln Square Mall) provides a homey, local shopping environment for those who want to contribute to the ChampaignUrbana community and surrounding communities. Anyone can become a member of the co-op for a fl at $60 fee, paid all at once or in $5/month installments. There are no annual fees, and members receive special discounts on classes and bulk foods. Members also receive 10 percent off of their entire order four times per year. Common Ground even has its own cafe, serving pizza, sandwiches, coffees, teas and more. Urbanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market is right next door to Common Ground, in the parking lot of Lincoln Square Mall. The market is open from May to November, from 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday, rain or shine. A variety of locally grown produce fi nds its way to the market each week. Plenty of local meat, eggs, cheese and baked goods are also offered to market customers.

The options are never the same at the market, as the produce varies based on what is in season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a new adventure to grocery shop at the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. To get the most out of grocery shopping trips, prepare ahead. While it may be hard to plan a menu for the week for some, buying ingredients for favorite dishes is never a bad idea. Remember to take advantage of freezing, too. I like to buy a lot of vegetables, cut up half of them when I get home and throw them in a freezer bag for a stir-fry. Also, buying favorite foods in bulk can save money, as well as buying block cheeses instead of pre-sliced cheese, whole fruits and vegetables as opposed to fruits and vegetables that are already precut. etc. If unsure of what to do with leftover ingredients, Google â&#x20AC;&#x153;recipes with (left over ingredient),â&#x20AC;? and maybe a newfound recipe can become a new favorite. Janelle is a senior in Media. She can be reached at

Cooking for one Skip the takeout food; make these cheap, quick and healthy meals instead KAT BOEHLE Staff writer


hen moving into an apartment, one of the things that will likely be new to you is cooking for yourself. Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like me and come from a family where everything is cooked from scratch, and you are used to cooking for 4-6 people, cooking for one (or maybe two) will likely be a new experience. Although it is tempting to just buy a bunch of ramen, frozen pizzas and canned soups, cooking real meals is not too difficult. Typically, food dilemmas of a college student involve getting meals that are quick with minimum prep, healthy or cheap â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or all of these. These meals fit all of these criteria: Mexican-style food I imagine the Mexican food part feels random, but it is often my go-to for something quick and easy and not too terrible for your health. It also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

break the bank as a can of beans is typically good for two separate meals and costs less than a dollar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or a little over a dollar if you like organic. Tortillas, tacos and tostados also run cheap along with lettuce, cheese and salsa or jalapeĂąos. Casseroles Casseroles, although not always quick from start to fi nish, typically require minimum preparation, and then time in the oven, i.e. time you can spend writing that paper or studying. One of the simplest casseroles that make most people think of Thanksgiving, but can be eaten year-round, is green bean casserole. But this is not the only type of casserole you can make, casserole is one of those dishes where there are endless possibilities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one of those dishes where you can invent your own. Stir-fry Stir-fry is a very healthy and easy meal that not only cleans out vegetables and meats from the fridge but can also be eaten in a variety of ways. When you make it, it is typical to serve it on rice or couscous, which are all delicious, but there are other ways to serve them, too. One of my favorite meals to prepare is

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Freshman 15â&#x20AC;&#x2122; SARAH FISCHER THE DAILY ILLINI

The BeamWork class warms up on July 8 at the ARC. Workout classes at the ARC are a great way to stay in shape and avoid college weight gain.

Fast food and even the bus system, may make you pack on the pounds J.J. WILSON Assistant sports editor


hether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming to the University for the fi rst time or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re returning for another year, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing many students face as they make the transition back into the college life. Scattered all across campus though, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freshman 15â&#x20AC;? lies in wait. It can happen to people you know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; classmates, roommates, coworkers. But worst of all, it can happen to you. Fortunately, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to stop living in fear! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, you heard it here fi rst! You can keep your wardrobe right where you like it. You may even drop a size or two. The only thing you have to do is take advantage of these easy opportunities that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come across in your everyday, student lives.

Walk everywhere One of the fi rst things the University pitches to you is its convenient public transportation

system. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start planning your schedule around the buses, figuring out just how long you can sleep in before youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to drag yourself to the bus stop and catch a ride to class. It sounds even better when the snow starts falling and sidewalks start freezing. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong; they are spot on, but not if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to keep off the pounds. The best advice is to suck it up and stay active. Your classes shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that far from where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living. And in the winter, as long as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not rocking a sleeveless, you should be able to keep your weight where you want it without freezing to death.

needs in this building, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too picky. All returning students know where this building is by now, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been remotely invested Illini spots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; namely football, which is all but conjoined with the back of the ARC. Freshmen, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an excuse either. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost guaranteed to walk past it on your way to the State Farm Center for Convocation. In case you are still clueless, the ARC is located on Peabody Drive, just west of Fourth Street.

If you eat a lot of fast food, there is no way around it. It might be tough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to let them down easy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about your weight, it has to be done.

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Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Activities and Recreation Center, loaded with workout equipment, an upstairs running track and courts for basketball, volleyball and even racquetball. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even got a competitive pool in the basement. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fi nd something that satisfies your workout

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It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter which way you drove onto campus. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all seen a variety of fast food chains, from Taco Bell and McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the new Wendyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Sixth Street, just off of Green Street. Before long, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be reaching out to all of the late-night delivery joints, ordering pizza and sandwiches to your stomachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content. I know you might think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to work out

perfectly and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to live as happy as ever, but there is only one way that relationship can end. If you eat a lot of fast food, you are going to gain weight. For most people, there is no way around it. It might be tough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to let them down easy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about your weight, it has to be done.

Take the stairs Some of you are going to be lucky enough to have elevators in your residence halls or private certified housing buildings (not you, Taft-Van Doren. Fourth-floorers, I know your pain.) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to make move-in day a whole lot easier, and you should take advantage of it that day. During the school year, though, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the easiest ways to stay moderately in shape. Think about it. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already going up or down, so why not take advantage of it on the days you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like going to the gym? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough thing to do, but resisting the urge could be your fundamental way of steering clear of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freshman 15.â&#x20AC;?

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uring freshman year at the University, many new students are introduced to an array of sites and ways to complete homework and more. Moodle is one of those sites that’ll be important in some classes students take. Moodle is a course management system that a number of classes use to host the online portions. Only classes based in LAS and Education use this platform to support supplemental readings, homework assignments, quizzes and more. Being that most first-year students will probably be new to using Moodle, it’s important to know how it works especially because some classes use Moodle a lot. Students will probably be less likely to lose easy points if they know how to navigate Moodle.


cademics at the University are never without online components. Compass is one online platform that all students use throughout their college years. Compass 2g is an online platform that’s powered through Blackboard Learn. It helps to bring additional educational content to classes online. Like Moodle, Compass holds a number of avenues from online homework assignments, quizzes, readings, grades and many other resources. All colleges at the University utilize Compass, so it’s not hard to be in at least one class where you’ll find yourself trying to navigate the ins and outs of it. When you log in, you’ll find a page quite similar to Moodle. All the classes that use Compass for supplemental readings and homework will have their own tabs to click on. There will be one box for announcements that usually includes dates when assignments are due or exam dates. Classes also vary in terms of what they will include on



Krizia is a senior in LAS. She can be reached at Compass. Some classes might only use it for readings while others will operate almost entirely through Compass. The unique thing about Compass is that there’s the option to personalize your page with an avatar image and update personal information about yourself. The tab to do that can be found under the tools box in “Personal Information.” Some professors like to have you personalize your page so it’s worth noting. Again, this is one website along with your Facebook page that should be bookmarked. Most students have at least two if not more classes that use Compass, and it’s important to keep up with it especially if there’s online homework. Online homework is definitely the way to earn easy points in a class. and you don’t want to miss out by simply forgetting about Compass. If there’s any confusion, the professor or teaching assistant are the best resources for extra help.

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Once you access the link, you’ll use your NetID and password to log in. After you log in, you’ll reach a homepage with all the classes that you’re registered for that use Moodle. Each class has its own tab you click on to get its content. From there, you get a page with the class’s specific content. Each professor has the page set up differently. Some will have links to articles you have to read for that week. Therefore, each class varies. It’s also important to look at the side tabs because a lot of professors will post important information about the class for that week: due dates for assignments, exam dates, the where and when for supplemental trips the class might require, etc. Staying up to date with your classes on Moodle could be the difference between an “A” or a “C.” Sometimes the most points are lost in classes because students forget to do the online assignments, which are a pretty decent chunk of the grade. Also, make sure to bookmark the link — it’s an annoying URL to type.





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campus of 40,000plus students is overwhelming to many. Plus, with so many one-way streets and buses, how will new students find their way to classes? Champaign-Urbana has been my home for my entire life, but navigating the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus felt like navigating a whole new world. To help you figure this campus out and get the most out of your smartphone, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve included the topfive apps you can use to navigate the sprawling University campus.

CU Buses As the name indicates, this app will help you navigate ChampaignUrbanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mass transit system. The app not only allows you to create trips and tells you which buses to take, but if the bus is late, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know. CU Buses keeps track of all buses in real time, so you know if you can take an extra five minutes to brush your teeth or print your paper before you run out to catch your bus. CU Buses also allows users to create a list of favorite bus stops for frequently traveled routes.

Blackboard Mobile Learn This app corresponds to the Illinois Compass 2g website,

run by Blackboard Learn. Through the app, you can view assignments, due dates, exam schedules, syllabi and more for all classes using Illinois Compass 2g. More and more courses are using Compass for assignment submission and grade recording, so downloading this app will probably benefit you at some point in your Illinois career, if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t benefit you right away.

Minrva Library The Minrva library app can help students navigate the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second-largest University library system. With over 13 million volumes, students often arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure where to start. The Minrva app provides a map as well as a search function to help students find books or other library materials as quickly as possible. Minrva also shows what types of loanable technology students can use, as well as how many of each type are currently available for checkout.

UI Dining app The dining halls at the University offer a variety of meals and options for all students, including those with allergies or diet restrictions. Do you want to try a new dining hall, but you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have vegan options? The UI Dining app can tell you, and it can also tell you which locations are open and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serving that day.

Google Maps Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Google to the rescue!â&#x20AC;? situation. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wandering around campus with some friends and suddenly, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a part of Urbana that you had no idea existed. Or you want to walk to downtown Champaign, but you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure how to get there. Google Maps will hold your hand without making you feel like a child. Google maps can give you directions for mass transit (but not as accurately as the CU Buses app can), walking, biking or driving. With Google Maps in your pocket, you should never be lost in Champaign-Urbana.

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CITES crucial in navigating campus technology University-operated technology group offers array of student services


CITES, the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology service program, offers students and faculty various services. Brian Mertz, chief communications officer at CITES, said one of the benefits they provide for students is the WebStore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an online software store, and there are some really big discounts on there for things like Microsoft Word or the Adobe suite, or products like Photoshop and Illustrator,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide free anti-virus software as well.â&#x20AC;? CITES also offers students a free 50-gigabyte account on Box, a cloud storage website, and runs the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Compass 2g website and the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s email system. One of CITES largest roles is dealing with

security issues, such as the phishing attack that occurred on campus last year. During the attack, at least 36 University email accounts were hacked and were used to spam other accounts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We help students with security issues, and we try to provide them with tips and guidance and tools to help them keep their information safe (and) their identity safe,â&#x20AC;? Mertz said. Mertz said that CITES advises students to come up with unique passwords that are exclusive to their University account, and also, they advise students to keep their passwords to themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see a lot of people who share their passwords with boyfriends and girlfriends. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually more common than you think to see us get an email saying that they broke up with their boyfriend or girlfriend and now they think that person is messing with their email account,â&#x20AC;? Mertz

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really encourage people to keep their passwords to themselves.â&#x20AC;? Mertz added that another way students can help protect themselves is by keeping a close watch of their technology when they go to the library or other public places. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really easy for these portable devices to go missing, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big problem that our security office deals with pretty frequently,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep your password secure and make sure your computer is up-to-date, but you also have to take that basic first step of physically protecting your device.â&#x20AC;? CITES also operates a help desk, located at 1211 Digital Computer Lab, where they take general questions and offer laptop support by appointment.

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Textbook, school supply tips to enhance classroom experience Although technology always seems to be our generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support system, many students still choose to bring a notebook and pen to class. This method is a lot easier to take notes of tables, graphs or diagrams. It is also always a safe bet to carry extra paper with you when a teacher decides to give out attendance points or offer a little extra credit. As a college student, you can spend up to $1,200 a year on textbooks. Trust me. That sure is a lot of money. Before heading to the Illini Union Bookstore or T.I.S. to load up on books after syllabus week, check out some prices online. Digital versions of textbooks tend to save money when compared with purchasing the actual book. There are many websites that resell them for a lower price, helping to cut costs. Some professors will even tell you where you can fi nd the book online, but it is always beneficial to do some of your own research before deciding. The items that college students need during class are usually on the heavier side. Most students choose to carry backpacks. It provides the easiest and most convenient way to get to and from class with everything you need. Some girls choose to carry bigger purses or tote bags that also work perfectly fi ne. Like a lot of other aspects of college, decisions are up to you. And even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something as silly as picking out what color notebook you want, college gives us a sense of a newfound freedom. So really, the decision is up to you, test it out for a few days and figure what works with your schedule.

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early August, superstores fi ll with frantic families picking up the necessary supplies that schools across the nation require before starting a new year. School supplies have become a staple in elementary, middle and high school-aged studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. Colorcoordinated folders, binders, pencils and pens wait to be exhumed on the fi rst morning of classes by children all over the nation. School supply necessities drastically change during college. No, you will not be handed a list that tells you what color highlighters you have to have and how many Post-it notes you need to buy. School supply decisions here go hand-inhand with the whole college mentality â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on your own. Some professors will have supply requirements and almost every class will have mandatory textbooks. However, deciding what to bring to class on a daily basis is really up to you. A laptop is a necessity to make your life easier. Whether you take notes on your computer in class or decide to keep it tucked away, you will need it eventually during the next four years. If a computer isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in your budget now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK. Almost all of the resident halls on campus have their own computer labs as well as many libraries across campus. Printing is also available at these labs for a small cost, but many people opt to have their own printer for convenience.

Students have many options when it comes to textbooks. The local bookstores, such as the Illini Union Bookstore, usually charge a higher price than finding the book online on Amazon. It just depends on how fast you need the book, so do your homework early when it comes to textbooks. *Prices subject to change





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Lightening the load of your backpack Avoid bringing excess materials to class BY EARN SAENMUK STAFF WRITER


students, we obviously need to bring study materials to class, but do we always need to bring everything? The answer: it depends. If you are more comfortable taking notes with a computer, then of course you need your computer. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather go for a classic note-taking method using regular notebooks, then your laptop is not necessary for class. The key to a lightweight backpack is to look at your schedule. It may seem obvious to everyone, but how many people actually do it? Put only what you need for the day in your bag, and life will be easier. Chances are, you have the same classes on alternate days, so you might only have to bring half the stuff to class in a single day.

Maybe instead of using a five-subject notebook, use five single-subject notebooks and only bring the ones needed to class. However, your risk of forgetting things will increase. The next tip addresses something we should try our best to avoid: bringing all of your textbooks to class. Some of you may think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need textbooks for class!â&#x20AC;? But sometimes, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Honestly, in the past two years of my college life, there was only one discussion section that I actually needed to bring my textbook to (I later took pictures of the section I needed instead of bringing the entire book). Most professors provide separate lecture notes, otherwise you just have to take your own notes. Unless you are specifically told to bring textbooks to class, just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Half of the weight in my backpack is from my laptop. I try to bring my laptop to class because it is faster to

take notes with, and it can be entertaining in between classes. Many of my classmates also use iPads or tablets as lightweight alternatives to laptops. I think that if you have the money, it is a worthwhile investment. Tablets are easier to carry and take less time to set up. However, I think a laptop alone is sufficient for classroom use. Many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care much about what they put in their backpack, but I think it feels a lot better not having to carry around something big and bulky all the time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to move around and, moreover, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause embarrassment when you try to access one of those spaces in the middle of the lecture hall. Besides, who wants to carry heavy stuff anyway?

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EDUCATION CONNECTION Succeed in online classes with good time management skills ADAM HUSKA Opinions editor


hen it comes to online classes, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably taking one because: You signed up for the ungodly lecture-discussion section at 8 a.m., eventually realizing you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen those numbers on a clock since high school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or perhaps never at all. You tried taking the class before with a professor who nagged on you more than a group of 1,000 teenaged girls on an anti-Bieber tweet. Or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like me, stuck taking a freshman course my senior year because, well, I was a freshman. Online classes can be essential in pushing you ahead in credit hours, getting a typically difficult class out of the way or giving you more flexibility in your schedule. And if you want to channel your inner-procrastinator and stereotypical college student, it can be your worst nightmare next to Amanda Bynesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Twitter account. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t manage your time and take the class seriously, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fi nd yourself wishing you would have taken that 8 a.m. lecturediscussion section with the pushy professor. Below are some tips to surviving your online class.

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Manage your time Although many online classes allow you to go your own pace, content is covered much more quickly. Most online classes are designed to cover the same amount of content as a semesterlong course into a six- or eight-week course. If you have one chapter due per week, divide the work throughout the week. Start with online lectures and notes; move on to homework assignments such as discussion posts or practice tests and then end with the chapter quiz or test. This way, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working through and practicing the content each day, rather than learning the content and taking the exam in one or two days. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also worth spending more time understanding the homework and lessons so that you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t scrambling to do so right before the exam. Check the course syllabus to see if you have extra assignments for a particular week and to make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing all the assignments each week as there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anyone monitoring your progress except yourself!

Identify course structure Many online classes rely on various interfaces for students to view content, complete assignments and take exams. While one website may have your online lectures and notes, you may have to take assessments and complete assignments on another. Other classes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like those at the University that use Compass â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may have all the content in one area. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get caught up in trying to remember what you need to do and where, bookmark all the websites and interfaces your course uses, naming them after its function. Aside from identifying the general course structure, familiarize yourself with the grading structure as well. Does the class calculate fi nal grades based on total points or are they weighted? That may determine what assignments you spend more time on and in what order.

Keep up with assignments, emails Because there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explicit reminders and instructions in online classes, emails from professors are usually important. Sometimes a professor will notify you of an extended deadline for an assignment, a question that was poorly worded or an incorrect answer, or tips and extra practice. Remember that even though you may not be face-to-face with a professor, he or she is still available to ask questions and address concerns via email. More importantly, keep up with your assignments because every point counts. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hesitant test-taker, make sure to complete all the other assignments to compensate. Chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have multiple assignments due each week, but in different forms: discussion posts and responses, multiple-choice quizzes, written reflections. If you want to succeed, track your own progress and keep up with every part of your class.

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pennies Living frugally as a college student AUDREY MAJORS Assistant copy chief


e’re college students — notorious for being broke or at least strapped for cash. And if you’re not, you probably still would like to save a few extra bucks. The good thing is as students, there are many ways to be either more frugal or shopping savvy if you’re just more conscious about your spending. Every student travels at some point. If you’re like me, living relatively close to home, you probably travel a lot. I swear I get beckoned home for everything from insignificant holidays to my cat’s birthday. On the other hand, if you live really far from home, you probably travel less, but it is much more pricey when you do. Either way, plan your trip ahead especially if it is around a busy travel time to save money. If you are taking a plane, train or bus, get your tickets ahead when they are usually much cheaper. Often

ordering ahead means tickets can be half or so less than if you buy a few days or the night before. Another option is carpooling, which can be a quick and cheap way to get home as well. Another simple way to save money is to take advantage of student discounts. From museums to clothing stores to restaurants, just flashing your student ID can save you money. My favorite discounts are the Art Institute of Chicago’s student price and J. Crew’s 15 percent off for students. But it’s not just brick and mortar locations that give discounts, so do many websites. offers a free student membership with free two-day shipping on many products for six months, which is especially useful when buying textbooks. Just don’t be afraid to ask at your favorite places or websites if they have a student discount because many do. This might seem like odd advice, but expand your grocery shopping locations. Many of us pick up our groceries at the campus County Market or Walgreens, both of which are convenient but can be pretty pricey. If you have the luxury of having a car or a friend

with a car, take advantage of that, and use it to get cheaper groceries. Getting off campus, grocery stories have to be more competitive in their prices because you have more places to shop, so use this to your benefit. Scour store ads for coupons or at least go to a few different shops, which can help you get the more competitive and cheaper grocery prices. Lastly, no one wants to hear this, but curbing your social spending can save quite a bit of money, too. Whether this is going out to eat or for coffee with friends every day, or going out for drinks with friends every night, it’s pricey. Most of us don’t realize or don’t want to acknowledge how much we actually spend when with friends, but it’s probably a lot. I’m not advocating giving up socializing, but switching to a dinner or wine night get together at someone’s house or apartment can be just as fun and much cheaper.

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Control spending, it’s easy to get carried away BY DANIELLE BROWN ASSISTANT ASSIGNMENT EDITOR

“Broke college student” is a phrase religiously thrown around. But why are college students stereotyped for having insane spending habits? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between the years 1999–2000, 76 percent of all full-time dependent students worked while enrolled, which included students with federal workstudy jobs. Those who worked put in an average of 22 hours per week and earned an average of $5,100 per year. However, there are resources on campus dedicated to students who need a bit of fi nancial guidance. The local campus TCF Bank is located in the Illini Union Bookstore. Being so close to college students, representatives from the bank said they see a lot of common issues students have with con-



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trolling their spending. “Common spending issues can include students that do not keep track of their account balance and may write a check or use their check card with insufficient available funds to pay transactions,” said Caryn Kolodziej Pellegrino, assistant vice president of retail sales support in Burr Ridge, Ill. Devin Bhard, senior in Engineering, said shopping on a college budget requires self-control from students. “I think it just requires a little bit of discipline. I personally don’t fi nd that too difficult,” Bhard said. “I kind of just go with the flow a little bit. I mean, I try not to spend too much money and try to be reasonable and healthy.” The bank wants to fix that problem and instill Bhard’s thought process into other students’ minds. The University’s TCF campus branch offers free fi nancial literacy seminars throughout the school year.

Students can learn just how to shop properly on a smaller budget. “I’m a little more conscious, mainly in regards to health. It’s a lot easier to save money but eat bad than it is to eat healthier and spend a little extra — something I wasn’t as conscious about as a freshman,” Bhard said. “Students should spend within their means. Always be aware of how much money is in their account and know when transactions have posted and been deducted from their balance,” Pellegrino said. Making and following a budget is one of the biggest obstacles for students. In that case, Mint, a fi nancial service, can help with that. You can log in from the website, or download the application in the App Store. It categorizes expenditures so users can set exactly how much they want to spend on, let’s say, fast food per month.

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what to RYAN WEBER Managing editor


orry, the high school basketball state finals tee isn’t gonna cut it here. But you can definitely (and should definitely) pack these essential wardrobe items and accessories. Just seriously, leave the [town name] High School stuff at home or at Goodwill.

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Sperry’s: Everyone has them — guys and girls — which is precisely why you shouldn’t. Believe it or not, but shoes say just as much (if not more, sometimes) about you as your entire outfit does. And if you’re wearing the same shoes as everyone else, what does that say about you? I don’t know either. Make a statement. High school apparel: Bring ‘em along only if you’d rather donate them in Champaign instead of at home. If you haven’t amassed 15 new tees by the end of first semester (what with Quad Day, barcrawls and Illinois apparel), you did it wrong. Wearing your old high school gear says you aren’t ready to grow up and move on, or it says you don’t care about your appearance. Neither option is going to fly well here, especially when college the biggest and most exciting step in your life up to this point. Sweat pants and yoga pants: Try as you may, by Week 3 you will think 9 a.m. lectures are devil’s gift to humanity, and you’re going to get lazy with your clothes. Before I continue, I need to say that everyone is entitle to their lazy days, but don’t tempt yourself too much by owing sweat pants and yoga pants in four shades of every color. Put on a pair of jeans. Seriously. Being too trendy: Fashion is cool, and it says quite a bit about you — but it isn’t everything. But doing your own thing, buying what you like (and not necessarily what everyone else is wearing) will be better for everyone involved. And there’s nothing better than wearing that unique find and hearing a stranger utter these words: “I love your shirt. Where’d you get it?”

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Umbrella: It’s central Illinois, and it rains. A lot. But you’re thinking, “Nah, I don’t need one of those because I’ll just run quickly and get out of the weather.” I thought that once, too, until a torrential rain penetrated my “waterproof” backpack and destroyed a $200 textbook I was carrying. I now own four umbrellas. Waterproof shoes: Whether it’s an over-priced pair of Hunter rain boots or a plastic bag duct-taped around your shoes (I did it once, minus the duct tape), you’re going to have to buy them soon, rather than later. The first time you sit through four lectures back to back with soggy shoes, you’ll understand why these are a good investment. Plus, a pair of rainboots double as snow boots because as pretty as the day after a blizzard can be, you get to walk through it. Except, it’s not snow because the salt on the sidewalks has turned them into the Nile of slush. Please, don’t eat it. Ugly Christmas sweater: Have your tried shopping for one after Halloween? I guarantee you that you won’t find one anywhere. Start looking now. Partying during finals week in December when you should be studying just isn’t the same unless you’re decked out in a sweater with more bells and whistles than an iPhone. Underwear (and bras): If you can’t go 30 days without doing laundry, you don’t have enough. You’ll learn that when you’re one of 10 people waiting to use the one working washing machine in your building. Also, if you haven’t started buying fashion undergarments (read: Victoria’s Secret, Express, DKNY, etc.), start now: You’re going to be seen in them more often than you anticipate. Suit: You’re in the Big Leagues, now, and employers and recruiters expect nothing less from their prospective new


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Tidbits on how to make moving in a success

Consider fans, extra lights, hygiene essentials and campus maps for successful dorm and campus life ZACH DALZELL Staff photographer


oving into your new dorm room is an incredibly exciting time for every new college student. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after that initial excitement wears off that you start to feel it. The heat. For those of you who are unlucky enough to land yourself a dorm room without AC, like I did for two years, you will soon learn the importance of fans. Is one fan enough for your room? I guess it depends

on your heat tolerance. My sophomore year we used four fans to keep our room in Forbes Hall livable: a window fan to keep fresh air coming in and then three fans to circulate the air and to cool us off from the hot, humid central Illinois heat. For all of those fans, and the rest of your electronics, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need a lot of power strips. I came in decently prepared. I had three of them and my roommate brought one. But among all of my photography gear, our computers and printers, his guitar and amps, various lights, phone chargers, speakers and TVs, there just

werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough slots. I would pick up an extra set or two of power strips from a local store and save yourself the ridiculously exciting (note the sarcasm) and long bus ride to the mall. The majority of you will start to do this around Christmas time, but why not start early and pick up some extra Christmas lights from Goodwill to hang throughout your room? The main light in the dorms is a bit bright at times, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relaxing to be able to throw on a movie, turn the main light off but still have a decently lit room. It looks cool, and everyone loves it. Also, bring a personal light

stand for late night reading so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep your roommate awake with the main light. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rude, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending a year with this person, be polite. I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to say this as the majority of people wear it, but wear deodorant. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t currently, start. Honestly, add that to your shopping list ASAP. The dorms, even with AC, can get hot and you will sweat. You will sweat from walking to class. From working out. From taking a test in a room with a few hundred people. For the sake of us all, please wear deodorant and bathe. You will hear stories of roommates who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. A little

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bit of two-in-one shampoo and body wash and deodorant will make socializing much, much easier. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to shower a few times a day too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot and stepping outside in the central Illinois humidity is not pleasant. The dorm food is awesome, new and fantastic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for about three weeks. There comes a point when you get bored and you can only eat it every so often. Pick up a bus schedule so you can get to downtown Champaign or Urbana and find some real, delicious food. Even just buy some snacks. For those of you in the Ikenberry Commons leaving your dorm to walk to dinner can be a pain, either

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he first week on campus is great; I wish every other week of the school year was like it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s termed â&#x20AC;&#x153;syllabus weekâ&#x20AC;? for the fact that the only thing that gets accomplished in class is that teachers hand out and go over syllabi. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practically like having another week of summer, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about taking a test or quiz the first week, you can stop now. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new to campus or out of ideas, then here are five things you should do during your first week on campus while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re busy not doing homework.

This sounds so simple, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that will help you later on in the year. The first week, especially for freshmen, is all about establishing what the rest of the next four years will be like. So keep the door open in your dorm room, say hello to people in your classes and make an effort to be extra friendly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to hang out with high school friends during the first week because you already know them, but take a step outside your comfort zone and experience the amazing diversity that this University has to offer.

4. Buy apparel

1. Eat out on Green Street Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d venture to say that Green Street is the most happening place on campus, especially at night. Complete with bars, restaurants and stores, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically like a city block. Green Street has the usual chain restaurants like Noodles & Company, Chipotle and Panera, but also some Champaign-Urbana specialties like Zorbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Cravings. All of these places are delicious, and some are open until the wee hours of the mornings for any late-night cravings.

Last year my cousin, who goes to college in Missouri, was visiting campus and one of the first things she noticed was how many people were wearing orange and blue. People are proud to wear our school colors, so jump on the bandwagon and buy some spirit wear. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great that we have built such a great community and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be left out. As long as it says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Illinoisâ&#x20AC;? or has school colors on it, I guarantee that no matter what you buy it will be in fashion.

5. Attend a football game

2. Quad Day Quad Day takes place the Sunday before classes start, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to get involved in all of the Registered Student Organizations that are on campus. There are hundreds of booths that are set up on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you guessed it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Quad! From Squirrel Watching Club to Water Polo, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a club for everyone, and most have sign-up lists where you can write down your email address and receive updates about meetings and events. Although it might be sweltering hot and seem

Oskee-wow-wow! Show off your fabulous new sweatshirt at a football game. One of the great things about going to a Big Ten school is that sporting events are spectacular. Buy tickets and sit in Block I if you can, the student section, whose cheering and chanting is unparalleled. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an experience to see the sea of orange and blue in Memorial Stadium and feel so small in comparison.

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like thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no method to the madness, grab a friend and walk around. I guarantee that you will be handed more pens and bottle openers than you know what to do with, and you might end up actually joining one of the 17 RSOs you signed up for.


during an extremely hot day or freezing winter day, so be sure to have a microwave and pick up some easy, but filling meals that you can make yourself when you want to be lazy and stay inside. The best suggestion I can give is to bring some card or board games. Going to parties are fun but some nights itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to sit around with a large group of people from your floor and play games or watch a movie. The most important thing you can do here is be social and build a good group of friends. Hang out, go eat and study together.

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arking spaces on the University campus are limited, so it is both difficult and costly to get a permit. To get a parking permit as a student, you must pay $660 for a one-year permit that will last from August to July of the next year. In addition, student permit owners are only allowed to park in lots E-14 (adjacent from State Farm Center), F-23 (on Florida Avenue), and B-22 (on University Avenue), which are all located on the very edges of campus. Students living in the residence halls may also apply for a space in the parking lots adjacent to the residence hall they are staying in. Students who live off-campus may purchase a shuttle parking permit, which allows them to park at the shuttle parking lots located on the edges of campus during the day for $127. So there are not many options, unless you want to pay by the hour. You will be similarly hardpressed to fi nd long-term parking in Urbana. Most parking spaces are metered with vari-

ous time limits, the most common being two hours. Most metered parking locations cost $0.25 an hour, but metered spots on campus and in front of the Carle Foundation Hospital are $1.00 an hour. Meters are typically enforced Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but you should check the meter you are parked at for specific times. You can also pay by the hour in Champaign, but the city has some parking decks and visitor lots in addition to the metered spots. Rates for metered parking are higher in Champaign than in Urbana, with typical rates of $0.75 per hour. However, rates are typically enforced from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also purchase short-term parking permits ranging from one to 30 days to park at long-term metered spots. Parking in the Champaign-Urbana area is strictly enforced with towing and fi nes. Be sure to read all nearby signs and meters before parking to avoid them. State parking laws also apply, so be careful not to park near fi re hydrants and fi re lanes, or any clearly marked no parking zones.

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