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Specialty grocers cater to all appetites BY TANYA TRIVEDI STAFF WRITER

Avoidance is one of the most commonly used mechanisms by college students. They often wonder: Can I put off finishing my research paper for a couple more days? Can I avoid making another trip to the grocery store? While this second task can often feel time-consuming or overwhelming, grocery stores provide a wide variety of options near our campus and have staff dedicated to helping their customers.

County Market is a full-service supermarket with five Champaign-Urbana locations, with the Campustown location situated at 331 E. Stoughton St. Lee Lewis, manager of County Market, said they “go out of (their) way to make sure that the customer is taken care of.” Casbah , a deli at 1715 W. Kirby Ave. in Champaign, is known for its deli and fresh meat, which is sourced from local farmers. It also carries imported cheeses and fresh bakery goods. Natural Gourmet , located at 2225 S. Neil Street, is a great option for those who are vegan or maintain a strictly healthy lifestyle. This grocery store specializes in providing a full range of vitamins, supplements

and healthy food alternatives including gluten-free and organic products. If planning to cook an authentic Asian meal, students may consider Green Onion Asian Market at 2020 S. Neil St. It specializes in Korean, Japanese and Chinese products that are often difficult to find at traditional groceries. Green Onion also offers a wide selection of liquor, beer and deli items, along with Korean movies and dramas.

World Harvest Foods exposes its customers to a wider variety of international foods, claiming that it gives Champaign-Urbana “a taste of the world.” It carries olive oils from four continents, as well as an assortment of over 100 types of gourmet and international chocolates, cheeses, coffees, teas, jams, pastas, sauces and spices. World Harvest Store is at 519 E. University Ave. in Champaign. Strawberry Fields, 306 W. Springfield Ave. in downtown Urbana, is a natural food store that carries a variety of organic produce, vitamins, supplements and natural bodycare products as well as an in-house bakery, coffee bar and catering services. It also carries a number of teas that run the gamut from medicinal blends to organic gourmets and coffees in bulk.

As a special service to its customers, Strawberry Fields features services from on-site nutritionist Susan Kundrat. Ying Meng, graduate student in Food Science, said students may avoid grocery shopping because of three reasons: lack of time, limited transportation, and the comfort of

having so many restaurants on campus. However she thinks it is something all students must do on a regular basis eventually. “People can get tired of a very good restaurant, but they will never say no to homemade food,” she said.

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hen moving into a dorm, the goal is to avoid any unnecessary and inconvenient Wal-Mart runs, but it’s inevitable — people forget things. You might remember the Christmas lights you’ll hang up but never turn on, and the John Lennon poster every college student owns. But odds are, you’ll forget to bring all the little things you need. Here are the often forgotten, but always necessary, dorm room essentials.

1. Ear plugs A set of ear plugs usually costs less than $1, but their function is priceless. Just put them in, and voila — the much-needed silence of the library comes to you.

2. Q-tips You’ll need them to clean your ears, your drain and your keyboard. In short, they just come in handy.

3. Trash Bags The can is provided, but the bags are not. You don’t want to be responsible for cleaning out an unlined can, especially when you get sick.

5. Cold medicine When you’re living what seems like 10 feet away from 40,000 other people, chances are you’re going to get sick, and you’re probably going to get sick often. Don’t suffer; bring a homemade first aid kit to combat any bugs.

6. Batteries Unless you plan on getting up every time you want to change the television channel, batteries are a must-have.

7. Duct tape Hang things, make things, fix things. With duct tape, the possibilities are really endless.

8. Door stop An open door is a great way to make friends. Although an old book may do the trick, coming prepared with a door stop is a safer bet.

9. “Forrest Gump” Who doesn’t love this movie? You always know what you’re going to get. It’s a comedy, a drama, a romance — it’s even historic.

10. Nutella

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Five tips to make subleasing easy MORGAN QUILICI Staff writer


tudying abroad can easily be the most exciting time of your college experience, while the time before you leave can easily be the most stressful. From getting your visa to filling out course approval forms, the whole process can be a little daunting. But the most dreadful aspect of this process is finding a sublessee. With many options out there for finding a sublessee, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to be intimidated. To ease your pre-departure worries, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve compiled a list of places to go to find your perfect sublessee, as well as some of my tips to help you along the way.

Your realtor The first step I would suggest when trying to sublease your apartment is going to your realtor. They can often provide you with helpful tips and tricks for making the process less stressful. When I went to Roland Realty, they put me on a sublease list. I still havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard anything from that, but my friend who is with JSM

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Apartments found her sublessee by submitting her listing on the JSM website. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for quicker results, submitting your listing on the website may be the best way to go. JSMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website also has a FAQ page that lists frequently asked questions and answers. Even though the questions were geared more toward JSM tenants, I still found it informative and helpful.

The Study Abroad Housing Board The Study Abroad Office provides a great resource for students who are studying abroad and trying to find a sublessee. The Study Abroad Housing Board can be accessed through the study abroad website under Resources. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before You Leaveâ&#x20AC;? and then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Housing in Champaign-Urbana.â&#x20AC;? Because you need a Net ID and password to access the board, it ensures that you are only dealing with current or future students of the University.

Craigslist Now I know what you are thinking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no way am I using Craigslist because

thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so creepy. To be honest with you, that is exactly what I thought when using Craigslist to find a sublessee was recommended to me. A student who went on my study abroad trip last year told me that Craigslist is how she found her sublessee and suggested that I give it a try. So, the next day I made an anonymous ad and within 24 hours I already had two interested prospects. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still in communication with one of them, and my fingers are crossed it works out. But with Craigslist, you do have to be a little more careful because you never know who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with, so my advice is to include as little information about you in your ad as possible and set your email as anonymous.

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Websites like roomster. com, and offer a forum for finding roommates. However, they may just be a trap for getting your money. I used Roomster, and after a few days on the site, I kept getting emails that said I had new messages, but in order to read the messages I had to put in a credit card number. Sketchy, right? Although you may have a different experience with these sites and personally find them helpful, my advice is to only use them as a last resort.

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Check pet policies before signing lease SARAH SOENKE Staff writer


ogs can be a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend, but they and other pets arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a friend to University privately owned housing. While some students may think that moving out of the dorms means leaving the fish-only pet limitation behind, apartments and other housing arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t typically more animal-loving than University options. When looking for an apartment or house, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume that pets are allowed. If anything, the opposite should be expected. Some privately owned housing does not allow any pets at all in any of their locations, while others have only a small percentage of their housing pet friendly. The only exception to this are pets that are used for medical needs (e.g., guide dogs), but this still needs to be approved by management. After finding management that allows pets, the research doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. Rules and regulations may severely limit which pets are allowed. For example, according to Campus Property Managementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, the properties allowing dogs still prohibit Dobermans, rottweilers, pit bulls, bull terriers or any mix involving one of those breeds. With cats generally requiring less maintenance and causing fewer disturbances, they are accepted in more locations than dogs. CPM offers eight locations that are dog- and cat-friendly and offers five additional locations that allow only cats. Managements can vary on regulations and rules. University Village at Champaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website specifies that dogs have a 40-pound limit, and similarly allow no aggressive breeds such as rottweilers, bullmastiffs and pit bulls. Typically, the limit is two animals per residence.

Research shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be limited to the Internet either. Some companies, such as Indigo Place Apartments, simply say â&#x20AC;&#x153;pets are allowedâ&#x20AC;? on their website while still having rules and regulations to its policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We allow cats and dogs, but with dogs thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a breed limitation,â&#x20AC;? said Chelsea Norton, leasing manager for Indigo Place Apartments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are certain breeds that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow, like pit bulls, Akita, Doberman pinscher. But we do not have any weigh restrictions.â&#x20AC;? One of catch to any pet owner is the fee associated with keeping a pet, even in places that allow them. When first applying and signing a lease at some locations, all pets must be approved by the management, and documentation needs to be filled out with the leasing office before the pets move in. Heavy fees follow these approvals. Norton said Indigo Place requires a $350 pet deposit, of which half is nonrefundable because carpet treatment is required after the tenants and pet(s) move out. Indigo also charges a monthly $25 pet rent, with a limitation of two pets per apartment, she said. CPM charges $300 per animal, while University Village charges $250. In addition, some properties add a monthly fee to the rent, such as University Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $25 charge. Companies include these additional fees for sanitary reasons, said Stephanie Kerr, employee at CPM. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The apartments are so small, and people filter out of them so much every year. It just tends to keep them cleaner.â&#x20AC;? Certain University apartments are included in the pet-friendly list of options. The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ashton Woods apartments allow pets but has still tight regulations, similar to privately owned housing. The University specifically lists its pet policy online at Breaking management pet policies can come with expensive repercussions if

caught. Fines can quickly pile up, starting with the initial fine of discovering a pet that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed, followed by an additional fine for every day the pet stays on the premises. Some management companies, such as the Ashton Woods apartments, may take action into their own hands by stating that unapproved animals are subject to immediate removal. Ashton Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; website also says the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cost of removal, any damages, and cleaning will be billed to the residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University account.â&#x20AC;? Management companies apply these rules to all unapproved pets, including those that are simply being temporarily watched for a friend or that are visiting for the day.

For many management companies, disobeying pet policies for a week or more can lead to eviction. Animal-loving students living on or near campus should weigh the benefits over the costs for owning a pet. Keeping a pet at home requires extra research and documentation, needs management approval and adds additional fees and monthly charges. Even after addressing those initial requirements, management companies have rules regarding pet maintenance and have no tolerance for any aggressive or disruptive animal behavior.

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hen people think college living, the last thing that may come to mind is a house. More often students opt to live in dorms, apartments or sorority and fraternities houses. Fewer students choose to live in a model two-story home with a driveway, yard, porch and mailbox. Syed Kaus ar, senior in LAS, lives in a house in Champaign with three roommates. “One thing that really prompted us to live in a house was the free parking,” Kausar said. Kausar mentioned that a house also has a more comfortable feel. “We liked the high ceilings, and it makes us feel more at home,” he said. Kausar and his roommates’ home is located in-between two separate apartment complexes. It has a porch in the front and a cellar in their backyard. They stumbled upon their house from their close proximity to it when they lived in an apartment the previous year. “We had lived right across the street in the apartments last year, so we always knew about the house,” Kausar said. Their realtor is Campus Property Management, and all realtors inform their clients about various living options pro-

vided by them. CPM, along with many other realtors, such as Roland Realty and Professional Property Management, offer houses to lease. Their websites provide the option to look at and choose from many houses on campus. Students may also opt to live in a house because of its price compared to other living arrangements. Kausar, who pays around $300 per month, said it’s relatively cheaper to live in a house. “Some pros are that you don’t have to worry about having a lot of disruptive neighbors, you have a designated unit to yourselves, and it is nice having your own space,” he said. But living in a house also comes with its downsides. Kausar described the unique living arrangement in his home. The entire main floor unit of the house belongs to him and his roommates, but the upper floor has another set of tenants. On top of having to share a house with others, Kausar said his house is fairly old and has a “creepy basement.” For those students who are genuinely looking into renting out a house but are worried about the difficulty of the process, Kausar said the process of leasing an apartment or a house is exactly the same. “The only difference about renting a house from an apartment is that our utilities bill is split with our neighbors who live upstairs,” he said. A house could be an unconventional but fitting option for students who want a new living experience. “I would defi nitely live in a house again,” Kausar said. “For people who want less of a disturbance and a space to get things done, I would defi nitely recommend a house, but if they like a more social environment I would say live in an apartment or the dorms.”

Saher is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at

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Apartments give you extra benefits, responsibilities KELLY CHUIPEK Staff Writer


fter living in the dorms for my freshman year and spending the past two years living in apartments, I have learned why most universities require freshmen to live in the dorms. Apartment living requires more responsibility than I could have ever imagined. Although my list of responsibilities doubled, apartments add to a college experience by providing a space to call your own. Here is a list of the main differences between dorm living and apartment chilling.

Meal plan vs. planning your meals Although the food quality wasn’t always the best and it wasn’t always convenient to eat during the dining hall hours, I do miss the convenience of having somebody else plan and cook my meals. It wasn’t until I moved into my own apartment at the age of 20 that I realized just how poor my cooking skills were. My talents in the kitchen were pretty much limited to grilled cheese, sandwiches, eggs, frozen pizzas and Easy Mac. Thankfully, my roommate identified my need for cooking lessons and taught me how to make items like tacos, grilled chicken and

even homemade chili. Now a seasoned pro (or at least better than I was), I still miss the ease of simply walking to the dining hall when I was hungry. There were no grocery lists, prep time or dishes to clean. It has finally made me understand why my family has always had a designated pizza night — cooking is a lot of work.

Space to entertain As a freshman, I was so excited for all of my friends from other schools to come visit me and to show them how much fun Champaign can be. The idea was great — until three of my friends came the same weekend and I realized that I had no space to entertain them in my tiny dorm room. We were literally on top of each other for the entire weekend. However, that is one of the best parts of living in an apartment. Whether it is a couch for visitors to crash on, space to have a party or a place to cook a friend a meal, an apartment means more space. There is no reason to fit four people in one tiny twin bed (FYI it gets really hot), because there is plenty of couch space for everyone.

Added responsibility Pretty much the only responsibility of living in the dorms freshman year was making my bed (sometimes) and taking the trash around the corner when

the garbage got full. In an apartment, that list grows considerably. There are many responsibilities that need to be taken care of, such as setting up cable and Internet, coordinating paying for the electric bill with roommates, paying rent, loading and unloading the dishwasher and taking the trash to the Dumpster. If these are ignored, the outcome can be disastrous. Dishes will pile up and the apartment will smell, and garbage bags will ruin the feng shui vibes of your beautifully decorated apartment. At my apartment’s lowest point last year, we had about eight garbage bags sitting out on our balcony. Eventually taking those all down to the Dumpsters was a terrible experience. It is better to be proactive about the added responsibilities than to let them pile up, literally. While having an apartment is fun, remember what we all learned from Spider-Man: “With great power comes great responsibility.”

A room of your own I remember the difficulty freshman year in trying to coordinate schedules with my roommate in the dorms. Some nights she would need to stay up late to study for an exam, and I would want to go to bed early. On other days, she would have an 8 a.m. class, whereas I could sleep in until 11. As a result, there were many nights that one

of us would be woken up by a light when somebody would be trying to find their pajamas, and there were many mornings where I woke up from hearing oatmeal being made in the microwave at 7:30 a.m. Now that I live in an apartment, I never have to worry about this. I can stay up late watching a movie and studying, while my roommate can choose to go to bed early and just go to her own room. Nobody needs to coordinate schedules, which makes it a much less stressful environment.

Location preference After living in the Six Pack my freshman year and making the 20-minute trek to class to get some Starbucks or to hit up the library, one of the best parts of living in an apartment is getting to pick your own location. As a person who likes to be close to Green Street (and mostly Potbelly), I pick to live close to that. If you spend much of your time at Canopy Club, it might be better to choose an Urbana location. If being near the ARC is a main priority, you can choose to live near there, too. With so many different apartment locations around campus, everyone can find a space to call home.

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Colors, space-saving accessories make for great room 2. Organize CHRISTEN MCGLYNN Staff writer


our plain block walls, two beds, dressers and a closet. This often describes the starting point that many students living in the dorms face. How can college students make this work? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always that one girl down the hall with the perfectly designed room, or guy next door who has turned the bland room into one of prime decor. I often would catch myself wondering what exactly turns a room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the ever-cliche phrase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;drab to fab.â&#x20AC;? Here are a few simple rules to live by when preparing to decorate the dorm:

1. Color-coordinate Just like an outfit, everything looks more put together and organized when matching. If you and your roommate absolutely canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide on one color in particular, try to find a happy medium that will mesh well together. Try to avoid clashing patterns. If the colors are entirely different, opt for a solid colored bed spread because that will often be the largest patterned item in the room.

Trying to optimize space is a necessity when people have to live in a small room with very limited square footage. Shoe racks are a positive attribute to any room. If you are choosing not to bunk your beds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although it creates a more spacious environment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bed lifts can be used to provide extra space for drawer bins. For those who may need extra closet space, I have found five-sided hangers to be especially handy when closet space is limited. These types of hangers allow five shirts to be hung with only one hanger and create more room overall in the closet. Fold-up shelves also fit conveniently at the bottom of any sized closet and create room for miscellaneous items.

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Possibly the most enjoyable part of decorating a room is the creativity aspect. Pictures are often a fun way to enhance a plain room, and finding unique ways to present them instead of just using a simple frame is also part of the fun. One way in particular that has become popular is stringing them on clothespins along the top of the ceiling for a rustic, homey feel. Others tend to get a little artsy and create an entire collage of pictures on one wall, which can be an interesting way to incorporate both your and your roommateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos. Besides pictures, there are multiple ways to add pops of color to a room, such as patterned curtains, which can be used


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Sorority house life defies stereotypes TAYLOR ELLIS Staff writer


ecause of the stereotypes associated with being a member of a sorority, it’s easy for people to assume that actually living in a sorority would be fake and annoying. When about 50 girls are all packed into one house, it makes sense that people would think the worst — rude comments, constant crying over ex-boyfriends and a sister who sloppily comes home from a night out and needs someone to hold her hair back. Although occurrences like these are inevitable every now and then, there were times when living in my sorority house surprised me in a good way. First of all, there’s the assumption that we’re all always on a diet; however, this is possibly the furthest thing from the truth. When the bell for dinner rings at the elderly time of 4:45 p.m., it’s safe to say you’ll hear a stampede of girls running down the hallway in anticipation of the delicious food that awaits them. By about 9 p.m., stomachs grumble once again and that means it’s time for a food run. Between Steak ’n Shake, Second Story Pizza, Jimmy John’s, Chopstix or any other delicious fast food on campus, the possibilities are endless. And trust me, no girl is happy when the McDonald’s on Neil Street is out of ice cream. When entering our beautiful sorority house, many would assume that the girls inside would look just as elegant as the

place we call home does. However, block sweatshirts, fraternity T-shirts, basketball shorts and leggings are a much bigger part of our daily clothing choices than sundresses, skirts and even jeans. If makeup is on, it’s kept to a minimum, and our hair usually just falls every which way — there’s absolutely no need to look perfect. In fact, when one of my sisters did try to look cute while just lounging around the house, she would often be asked multiple times, “Why do you look cute? Are you going somewhere?” Obviously, being comfortable is our No. 1 priority. Even though it may seem cliche, living in a sorority house is when you truly see how much your friends care for you and how much you care for them back. When you live in a house with 50 of your closest friends, you begin to learn so much more about each other. This also means knowing more about the struggles your friends face from day to day. Whether it’s bringing a friend some soup when they’re sick to just trying to make them smile after they know they bombed a test, living in a sorority can teach you how to be a better friend. When you see someone every day, it’s hard not to become more involved in her life, and this involvement makes us stronger. By living in a sorority house, I learned that the stereotypes aren’t true, and in some cases, reality is actually the complete opposite of what’s assumed. It’s not all pillow fights and doing each other’s makeup — it’s building long-term friendships in a house that can barely handle us.

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Weighing the benefits of re-signing can be tough Pros:

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I’ll be blunt. Moving sucks. It sucks a lot. Trekking boxes and boxes up three flights of stairs in 90-degree heat is no picnic. You’re sticky and sweaty, and your parents are trying to keep a distance while also fussing over this and that. It’s not a fun day. If you decide to re-sign, you don’t have to bother with moving in again.


ast year, my roommates and I were met with a question many upperclassmen face each fall: to re-sign or move on. This decision weighed heavy on our minds and our wallets. If we decided to re-sign our same apartment, we would face a small increase in rent but also multiple renovations, including new kitchen appliances, carpet installation and completely redone bathrooms. In the end, we made the choice to stay, and I couldn’t be happier with it. But I realize that not everyone has new bathroom tile to tip their scale in the direction of staying. For those of you trying to make up your minds this fall about apartment hunting, here are a few pros and cons to set the record straight:

You know where you stand with your neighbors

When your apartment is your apartment for more than a couple of semesters, it instantly transforms from a place to sleep to Your Place. You’ve been there longer, so the place holds memories. It just feels like home. You already know what to do when the dishwasher is being difficult and which outlets work. Basically, you’ve figured the place out.


If you love your neighbors and they decide to stay, hallelujah! If you want to kill your neighbors, at least you know this and can avoid ever seeing them. But if you decide to move into a new place, there is some partial fear of the unknown. If you thought your last apartment’s neighbors were bad — just think, they could be worse. Something to keep in mind.

New year doesn’t feel all too new On the downside, your place is now effectively old. There’s nothing new to get jazzed about because everything is essentially as you left it. A fresh semester may feel a little stale with an old place.

Same complaints

If your walls were scoffed before, they’re still going to be. If you accidentally burned a hole in the carpet, it’s still going to be there. If you’re sick of your location, well, the apartment doesn’t have wheels. It still won’t be as close to the bars or the Quad or Second Story as you want it to be.

Friends who were close may move and feel far away Just because you don’t switch apartments doesn’t mean your friends around you won’t. Consider what it might be like if you’re friends from upstairs move to Urbana. Will it be as fun? You might want to think about how much you love your apartment for your apartment or how much you love it for the people it puts you in close proximity to.

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

LLCs offer close community on large campus Dorm communities allow students to get to know others with similar interests, aspirations REEMA ABI-AKAR Staff writer


here are nine Living-Learning Communities the University offers in various dorms. Each is geared to a specific group of students, and each is meant to build friendships and connections. Current LLCs are: Global Crossroads, Intersections, WIMSE, Health Professions, Sustainability, Unit One, Innovation LLC, LEADS and Weston Exploration. Last year, I was part of Intersections,


an LLC devoted to discussions about culture, race and diversity, and bridging the differences among them. PAR houses two of such LLCs, Intersections and Global Crossroads. I think I made the right choice to start out within an LLC as a freshman. Not only does it provide a threshold for these in-depth topics, it also helped introduce me to the University and to friends whom I’m still connected to a year later. There were different sorts of activities and events that were just for our group, and we got to move in a few days early, which is always a plus. We could get acclimated to navigating the campus and living in the dorms, and

we got to know others who shared similar interests. While it’s true that each LLC varies with its events, members and framework, they are all meant for students to have a more community-based — hence the term Living-Learning Community — comfortable dorm setting instead of the classic dorm setup. In addition to that, students in LLCs have priority access to certain classes that are usually held within the same dorm, so students merely have to walk down the hall to get to their class. The coordinators of these communities strive to bring in relevant speakers and presenters of topics relevant to the community. Last year, for example, there were speakers from several different cultural backgrounds who came to Intersections, all with diverse experiences that were pertinent in this day and age. While regular dorms do offer some of

these perks, students in LLCs have easier access to them. I would get regular emails from our program director, so I could plan around a Thursday night if I knew there would be an Intersections program or event at that time. I still keep in touch with many of my friends whom I met last year at Intersections, and it was a nice way to meet people in an informal group environment. All in all, living in an LLC was a memorable experience for me, and I’m glad that I could be a part of a small niche within such a large student body. Really, that’s the goal of any student here — to find a small group of people they relate to and stick with them. It doesn’t matter what size the University is, as long as you can make it smaller with friendships and connections.

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Hidden apartment costs can add up if you aren’t careful Parking, utilities, laundry can add up to make cheap rent difficult on wallet

from water usage to garbage disposable. Most are not. Utilities to check are phone, Internet, cable, water, gas, garbage disposal and electricity. Ask if there are any seasonal expenses not included in your rent, such an air conditioning fee in the summer or additional heating costs in the winter. These can quickly strain your budget.

Transportation MOHAMED ELRAKHAWY Staff writer


you’ve found the apartment of your dreams, one that’s conveniently located near the ARC, the Quad or County Market. Not only does it have a great location, but it also seems like this one won’t destroy your budget and lead you to eat ramen every night. Sounds amazing, right? Not so fast. If you’re a first-time renter, there are a variety of extra expenses you may have to take into account before signing your name on that dotted line. While an apartment may seem great on the surface, an assortment of sneaky charges could quickly reduce your wallet size if you’re not ready for them. Here are some factors worth considering.

Move-in cost Renters will almost always be asked to come up with a security deposit, a fee that is usually refundable at the end of the lease term. But in some cases, the landlord might impose nonrefundable move-in fees. Both typically cover fixing damages to the apartment after the tenant has left. Keep in mind that these are separate from the application fee, which typically covers the cost of running the renter’s application and credit background. Even with the refundable security deposit, however, you should be well aware of the chances of losing some or all of your security deposit, no matter how well you care for your apartment. Yours truly lost all of his deposit even though the apartment was crystal clean before leaving.

Utilities Some apartments are all-inclusive, meaning your rent covers everything

Owning a car on campus can be a real advantage if you need instant transportation or if you go to places the bus route doesn’t cover. However, the big downside is the parking, which is notoriously difficult around campus. Check to see if parking is included in your rent. If not, you may have to buy a separate parking permit, either for a space in your apartment’s lot or somewhere nearby from the University. These could be a monthly commitment or a yearly pass; the University charges around $660 for a student permit for the academic year. If you don’t have a car, the bus system here is fantastic, and you’re already paying for it in the transportation fee. Getting a bike is another great option, especially if you can store it in your apartment.

Laundry One of the most dreaded activities is laundry, which can also eat away at all your loose change. Many buildings have a communal laundry room that requires exact change, while others will give each apartment its own washer and dryer units. If you have your own units, the cost of water and electricity will have to be factored in. Doing only full loads, using the right amount of detergent and sharing with your roommates if each has a small load can help lower the cost of cleaning your wardrobe. With lots of paperwork, shopping around, and untangling all the extra fees that come with apartments, renting an apartment might seem like a daunting task. Being careful, having a plan, and reading the fine print will save you money in the long run and ensure that your budget stays right within your limits.

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Before leaving, consider benefits of dorm JOLIE HUANG Contributing writer


ecause of the constant rush of homework and social events, little time may actually be spent in the dorm. Therefore, many students may be unaware of the amenities that their residence halls offer. Before writing off a dorm as ‘lame,’ here are some hidden gems that may be worth taking advantage of before moving to an apartment.

Music practice rooms For all the aspiring musicians out there, a few private housing dorms contain practice rooms. Both Illini Tower and Hendrick House boast a practice room furnished with a piano that can be checked out with a room key. Newman Hall contains a practice room as well, but according to Michelle Vosky, senior in LAS and office worker at Newman, the policy at Newman is a little different. “Residents need to meet with the musical director before being granted access to the practice rooms,” Vosky said. This ensures that the facilities are only opened for students who actually need to use them. Students should look in to these residences if they’re hoping to run through pieces without having to walk all the way to the Music Building.

Exercise rooms Students can combat the freshman 15 at the ARC, but for

some it may be halfway across campus. The residence halls all contain workout rooms conveniently located inside the hall or nearby. All exercise rooms are outfitted with equipment ranging from stair climbers to weights. All it takes is a walk downstairs in workout gear to get some exercise. Students can contact residence halls and ask about what specific equipment they contain.

Community kitchens If you don’t live in an apartment, University Housing provides a chance to make one of those home-cooked meals you miss. Each dorm has one kitchen, except Daniels and Sherman Hall, which have two, complete with a refrigerator and stove. Jenny Marco, sophomore in LAS, said she loves having a kitchen within such close reach. “I used to bake all the time at home, and these kitchens let me continue to do so,” Marco said. Students can check out a key at the front desk of the residence halls to access the community kitchen for the night. Reservations should be made in advance.

Pools Students may want to cool off or swim laps, but the trek to the ARC or CRCE may not be worth it. This is less of a problem for residents of Bromley Hall or the Europa House. Both of these private housing options provide residents with access to pools. Bromley offers a large, heated indoor pool, whereas Europa House contains an outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall and water slide.

Computer labs Academics are a major part of life at the University. With essays to print and midterms to study for, technology has become a resource necessary for many assignments. But what happens if the printer dies or the Internet stops working? This is where computer labs come in. Every University Residence hall contains a 24-hour computer lab. These computer labs come outfitted with equipment rentals, scanners and consultants to help with any technological issues. Students can contact a residence hall for specific information on what equipment the lab offers.

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Thinking about leaving your dorm? You might miss having a front desk Desk clerks offer residents 24/7 friendly service, peace of mind BY ZEFAN ARAYA STAFF WRITER

Though many students are eager to leave University Housing for an independent apartment life, the dorms offer a service that apartments don’t match: 24-hour support via the dorm’s front desk. The front desk is staffed with student workers 24/7 who are ready to help residents with anything from walking directions to maintenance requests. What do front desk clerks do for all that time? “It depends on the time of day,” said Megan Hawver, sophomore in LAS and desk clerk at Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall. During the day, desk clerks spend time sorting mail, answering residents’ questions and managing the dorm’s lost and found. “Since it’s the beginning of the year, a lot of students are unfamiliar with campus, and you have to help them out,” Hawyer said. “We get a lot of questions on how to get somewhere or what bus to take.” All desk clerks are also required to work one night shift a week, with the shift falling between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. “(Night shifts) are either really boring or really chaotic,” said Samantha Newman, junior in LAS and desk clerk at Pennsyl-

vania Avenue Residence Hall. “I’ve had shifts where nothing happened all and others where, like, someone would throw up and I would have to get ahold of an RA to clean it up.” Newman thinks the prompt and readily available maintenance is one of the perks that the front desk clerks provide. “Maintenance is easier to get ahold of here than in an apartment because they come tell us, and we put in a request, and they get to it in about a day or two,” Newman said. “You don’t know how long it’ll take in an apartment.” The front desk lends out movies and various games to residents as well. Hawver said the biggest benefit is that someone at the front desk is always available to answer questions about the housing website or other technical questions. “We’re kind of just a connection to University Housing,” she said. From questions such as “How do I figure out the new laundry website?” to ones like “How can I get package notifications?” the front desk clerks are always available to help.

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Living together but in separate bedrooms has many advantages XING ZHUO Contributing writer


ettling down” might sound too early for most college students. Students enjoy intimacy but not all-day-long companionship. They prefer going out on a date, finishing dinner and a movie, sweating on the dance floor and, afterward, “your place or mine.” Living at different places allows couples to have time of their own, watching a Sunday football game at home with friends or going on a shopping outing with the girls. However, if “settling down” is on your mind, living together may mean more than you think. After two years in a relationship, Frank Lu, graduate student in electronic and com-

puter engineering, and Alice Li, senior in ACES, decided to move in together this summer. They found a four-bedroom apartment off campus and invited two other friends to share the expense. Both Lu and Li used to live in separate studios, but they enjoy their time much better now than ever before. To the couple, convenience always comes first. Initially they would adjust their own schedule to make room for spending time together. Lu might have Thursday afternoons off, but Li is preparing for a quiz the next day. Sharing an apartment provides an opportunity for the couple to be together even when they are busy because nothing matters more to them than just “being together.” Now, Lu can stay at home, prepare dinner for Li, and from time to time mind his own business while still taking care of his girl. For a graduate student like Frank, life

is becoming routine, nothing like his past four years on campus. Meeting professors, going to the lab and working as a teaching assistant hardly leaves him wanting to depend on what Green Street has to offer for refreshments. Li purchases spaghetti, meatballs and ketchup for when the chef of the house comes home. Li said Lu knows her stomach better than she does. She said jokingly that the reason for moving in together was Frank the gourmet, not Frank the boyfriend. Of course they fight, but living together makes it easier to clean up the mess. Lu once had to climb onto Li’s window and beg her for mercy after a dispute. Now, the girl mad at him lives under the same roof. It’s much more comfortable for him to grab a pillow, lean on the door and apologize from time to time while watching “Breaking Bad” on a laptop. Think about the window-

climbing in winter and you’ll agree. This brings up the last tip: Even for the not-yet-but-soon-to-be married kind of relationship, have a room of your own. You may want all-day-long companionship but not every minute. You certainly don’t want your dirty clothes and messy desk to ruin your relationship. When getting into a fight, you will probably prefer to stay in your own room, rather than one of you finding another shelter. If things didn’t work out, you wouldn’t want to decide who will find a new place to stay. Li understands the essence of a girl having a room of her own. As Virginia Woolf puts it, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Same with writing homework.

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Living with random roommate can be daunting, rewarding experience BY STEPHANIE KIM CONTRIBUTING WRITER

College is often regarded as the ideal phase of life for exploration and self-discovery. As a clueless and timid freshman, it was only natural for me to feel nervous and a little queasy about being out on my own for the first time. It didn’t help that I would have to live with a complete and random stranger. With my experience and those of others, consider the list of pros and cons of living with a random roommate before making your decision to room with an acquaintance or close friend.

Pros A one-time experience


It’s understandable that one would feel nervous about rooming with a random roommate. But just think: College will probably be one of the few times you’ll

ever get to live with a complete stranger. Living with a random roommate allows you to go through the transition from life at home to life at school with another student who is going through a similar experience.

Getting out of your comfort zone I see college to be a time to meet new people. Living with a random roommate is the perfect way to start. Sure, it’s a little uncomfortable at first, but that will only last for the first few weeks. Give it time and realize that you’re training yourself to get out of your comfort zone abd meet new people. This practice in building relationships will help you once you graduate and join the real world.

Learning to see beyond yourself Let’s be honest. Before college, everyone

thinks life is all about them. Living with a random roommate lets you to widen your scope of vision so you’re not so egocentric. You’ll begin to understand the unwritten rules of common courtesy and considerateness as you discipline yourself to be aware of those around you.

Cons Personality clash Sometimes people do not mesh. With a random roommate, this may very well be the case, an unforeseen one. If this happen, let’s hope you and your roommate can sort out your differences and be civil about things.

Different lifestyle Everyone lives differently. Some are clean, others are dirty. Some like loud music, others loathe it. The difference in

lifestyle can be daunting when it comes to living with a random roommate. That is why communication is key. Though it may be awkward, I highly recommend that you and your roommate to go over ground rules that will avoid future conflicts from arising.

Awkward communication Not only is there pressure to open up to each other, but there is also pressure to communicate one’s expectations and ground rules. Communication is essential in maintaining a healthy relationship with your roommate. It’s harder to do this with a random roommate because you are not familiar with one another, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. The awkward phase will pass. I promise.

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What kind of roomate are you?

The University calls upon its students to discover an upright, humble disposition within themselves to attain success past hardships that lie ahead. Indeed, the way out is through, but the main challenge may not come from your course load or financial predicament. No, it’s from an alarm clock ringing two hours before your set time and early morning full moons where the high winds from your fan aren’t kind. In other words, your main test at the University may in fact be your roommate. But it’s important to keep your head high and your vision straight. Answer these questions to see where you stand as a roommate.







It’s nighttime and your roommate is out. You’ve run out of cash, and the amount of food in your refrigerator is dwindling. Your roommate has a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, bowls, spoons and a little more than a cup of milk left. What do you do?

You both agree on movie night to invite friends to, but you haven’t agreed on a particular movie yet. Which option do you go with?

You’ve just completed your homework and want to listen to music, but your roommate’s face is deep in his studies. Should or should you not put music on?

You come home after a late night and there’s a sock on your door. Uh-oh. What’s going on?

You’re in class and receive a text from your roommate, who’s locked out of your dorm or apartment. What do you do?

A. You don’t eat the food. Obviously, since eating it would be a selfish thing to do, and it’s not even your food. You opt to either power through the night or ask someone down the hall for a solid. B. You wait for your roommate to come home and ask him or her to share. C. You use all of the milk, along with a bowl and spoon for the cereal. You’re hungry, your roommate will understand.

A. You go with your roommate’s choice. B. You ask all your guests to vote on which movie they want to watch. C. Double feature!

A. You put on Radiohead. Who doesn’t like Radiohead? B. You move to another room to put on music because you want your roommate to keep his or her concentration on studies. C. You ask if he or she thinks your music will be distracting and base your decision off the response.

A. You dismiss it and walk in. After a long day, you won’t let a sock get in the way of your warm bed. B. You knock and wait for an answer — better to be safe than sorry. C. You send your roommate a text and decide to come back later.

A. You call your hall adviser, who might have an extra set of keys. B. You leave class early to help your roommate out. C. You stay for the duration of class then run over to your dorm.

5. A — Your hall adviser’s job deals with these issues. They’ll know what to do above all and could save you a trip from walking across campus.

4. C — Who knows what this could mean — possibly a genius social experiment or your elusive roommate’s having a good night. Better to avoid interrupting and get some confirmation before anything else.

3. B — Even if they give you permission, chances are they’re probably just being polite. It’s better to leave your roommate in peace. After all, shouldn’t you have headphones?

2. C — Who’s holding back from two movies? Even if people leave before the end of the second, there’s no sense in fighting about it.

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Keep an eye out for creepy-crawlys bedbugs BY KAYLA BURNS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Imagine that one day your arm begins to itch and that when you look closer, there are little red bumps. You may be unsure of what these bumps are; you might ignore them for a while. After a week, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really ignore them anymore, and your whole body starts to have small bumps, with some areas covered in huge ones. After looking into it, you find the culprit and realize that you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been the only one snuggled up in bed at night. Nope, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a case of bedbugs. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long ago when stories of these tiny nuisances took over the media. They would hide in hotels and invade peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes through suitcases and other travel necessities. As much as we like to pretend bedbugs are a thing of the past, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and many students are encountering bed bugs every day.

Bedbugs, or Cimex lectularius, love to feed on humans. Adult bedbugs are one-fourth to three-eighths of an inch in length and are brown with an oval-shaped body. Sonia Nilakhe, sophomore in Media, had a recent encounter with bedbugs at her apartment. She noticed a few small bites on her arms and bigger ones on her back and legs. After a friend told her it was probably bedbugs, she immediately called her real estate agent. Sonia said her real estate agent gave her the number for pest control so she could schedule her own appointment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ended up having to stay at a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment on their couch for almost a week,â&#x20AC;? Nilakhe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a disaster ... (it) was hard to have to be living on someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s couch for a whole school week.â&#x20AC;? She said she was thankful the real estate agent took care of the problem promptly.

Some agents, such as Nilakheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, will also pay for pest control to take care of the problem. However, it is always a good idea to talk about these things when going into a lease. Roland Realty in Champaign, for example, said they take care of the cost of the pest control for tenants. The pest control company Roland works with applies a safe chemical that allows the tenant to stay in the apartment while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being treated, Roland said. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk to your realtor and make sure these things are covered, you could be stuck with an unexpected bill. To ensure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the creepycrawlies sleeping with you at night, make sure you always wash your clothes after a vacation and check the room for any signs of live bugs or eggs.

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Eating healthy is possible even for dorm residents ALICE SMELYANSKY Staff writer


trolling through the dining hall can often feel like deciding between the lesser of two evils: goopy, cheesy goodness or a questionable meaty substance resembling packaged dog food. But browsing through the selection of food at your cafeteria doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to look like the music video to a tragic love song. With just a few ingredients and the will to abstain from the dining hall norm, you can become a food genius overnight. Rebecca Kusiak, freshman in LAS, refuses to play guessing games with her daily meals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to eat healthy, and a lot of times my options at the dining hall just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut it,â&#x20AC;? Kusiak said. Instead of indulging in soft serve ice

cream, she often cuts up strawberries and adds whipped cream near the waffle station to make a healthier dessert. For a substitute to a bagel and cream cheese, Kusiak likes to spread peanut butter on toast and then place sliced bananas on top. If you, like Kusiak, are a student in the dorms and feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re struggling for food that feels more homemade, these makeshift recipes will let you shy away from the planned meal.

Place edamame, carrots, broccoli and other accessible raw veggies on a paninimaker skillet. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Let the veggies sit for a few minutes before taking them off the heat.

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Homemade Quesadillas: Take pita bread or tortillas and spread shredded cheese in between two pieces. Microwave for two minutes and you have a makeshift trip to a Mexican restaurant before you.

Antipasto Ramen Salad: Grab some ramen and take it down to the cafeteria. Cook the noodles and drain the package. Add onions, pepperoni, black olives and Italian dressing from the salad bar.


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the smoke detector is not going off when the kitchen is veiled by a thick layer of black wisps, your home may have a city code violation, and it may be just the right time to call a housing inspector. When inspectors find safety hazards in your unit, they can issue a violation notice, so your landlord may resolve the issue.

The Tenant Union recommends telling the lessor about the problem first, and allowing time before contacting the maintenance division. Rebecca Hartmann, director at the Tenant Union, provided a few occasions in which it would be appropriate for a tenant to call the inspectors. Which of the following are code violations?

True or false, you may call the housing inspector for ... 1. Improper electrical wiring 2. Being charged for more electricity than you used 3. No lighting in the halls, common areas or parking lots 4. No heat or insufficient heat 5. Apartment not clean upon entry 6. The apartment not having a deadbolt lock 7. A leak in the ceiling 8. Mold 9. Infestation from roaches and bed bugs 10. Broken sofa For a housing inspector, please contact the Neighborhood Services Department in Champaign at (217) 403-7070 or the Community Development Department in Urbana at (217) 384-2436.

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606 E. White, C. NEW! Private Baths 1, 2, 3 BR 102 S Lincoln, U. Horizon Apts 2, 3, 4 BR 808 S Oak, C. Bi-Levels 2, 3, 4 BR Washer/Dryer, Cathedral Lofts, etc. 1014E-11Daniel, Bi-LevelsFree Parking 1, 2, 4 BR HOUSES: Persons,C.Washer/Dryer, HOUSES: 4 -11 Persons, Washer/Dryer, Free Parking !"#$%&#'()%*+"(,-+.%/+0,-'($%1#(-$%2%3#(+-045)%%2%6",#7-$%%2%8"59,):;'7+%;'-+<+))%%2%3#(+-#+(%%2!=8%%2%>"<04#'+)%%2%?')@;")@+-%%2% 205 S Sixth, C. Jacuzzi & Big Screen TV 3, 4 BR !"#$%&#'()%*+"(,-+.%/+0,-'($%1#(-$%2%3#(+-045)%%2%6",#7-$%%2%8"59,):;'7+%;'-+<+))%%2%3#(+-#+(%%2!=8%%2%>"<04#'+)%%2%?')@;")@+-%%2% !'0-4;"A+%84#(+594-"-$%B,-#')@'#C)%%2%8"(@+7-"<%8+'<'#C)%%2%8+'<'#C%B"#)%%2%>,-C<"-!=<"-5)%%2%/4,#7:9-44B'#C%%2%1#+-C$%1BB'0'+#( !'0-4;"A+%84#(+594-"-$%B,-#')@'#C)%%2%8"(@+7-"<%8+'<'#C)%%2%8+'<'#C%B"#)%%2%>,-C<"-!=<"-5)%%2%/4,#7:9-44B'#C%%2%1#+-C$%1BB'0'+#( 605 E Clark, C. Beckman View Apts 1 BR 337-8852 101337-8852 S Busey, U. Paid Utilities! 1 BR 203 S Fourth, C. Cathedral Lofts 1, 2, 3, 4 BR 805 S Locust, C. Large Apts. 2, 4 BR 311 E Clark, C. New 2 Bedrooms 2 BR HOUSES: !4 - 9 PERSONS, WASHER & DRYER FREE PARKING 803 S. First, 312 E. Clark, 314 E. Clark, 303 S. Fifth, 803 S. Locust Many Units Feature: Free Internet, Laundry Dishwasher, Microwave, AC, Ceiling Fan, Balcony, Cathedral Ceiling, Intercom, Contemporary Furnishings, Security Entry, Covered Parking, Burglar Alarms, Sound-proofing, Energy Efficient


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Lead the way. west. Join Our Geothermal Community


Geothermal Heating & Air


Energy efficient Low-E Pella Windows


On MTD Bus Line


Garages and Carports


5 Acre Lake with Jogging Path


Washer & Dryer Included



A new environmentally conscious community with 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.



The Daily Illini: Fall 2012 Housing Guide