Monday, October 20, 2014

...of a Fun Night with Friends in Cedar Falls

Hey again guys, Star Grace here to talk about some fun and great deals in this college town!

This past weekend my friends and I decided we wanted to rent some scary movies, so we headed to Family Video in Cedar Falls, and with their recent updates and renovations we were able to snag a deal.
Last year a new pizza place called Marco's was built right next to Family Video, and they have a great deal for college students! If you buy a pizza they will give you a free movie next door at Family Video!

Marco's Pizza is delicious and has lots of great toppings and sides. Like Papa John's, they put garlic sauce on the side, but you can also have the sauce infused in the crust FOR FREE! It is delicious; my personal favorite is pineapple and ham pizza, but their sausage and cheese pizzas are delicious too! After buying the pizza, they handed us our receipt which we brought over to Family Video, and we were allowed to pick out our free movie! 

Since it is October, we decided what better way to celebrate than with a spooky movie?! It took us a long time to decide which movie to pick because Family Video has hundreds of great movies, and at such great prices too!

Overall, Family Video and Marco's Pizza made for a great Friday night, and lots of fun memories with friends. It's always fun to explore different things to do on and off campus!

Until next time,
STAR Grace

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

...of an all nighter!

Picture this. It is a Wednesday night and you are about to go to bed...when all of a sudden you remember you have a test the next day! So now you have to heave yourself out of your warm bed and crack open the books. Now maybe you won't find yourself in this exact situation, but it is one of the many ways that will lead to your experience with the dreaded all nighter! (Cue ominous music) Even though you will be staying up all night, it doesn't have to be that bad. Here are some tips that will help you survive the night.

Iowa Cycles sculpture at night (right outside of the Union)

Tip # 1: Turn off all distractions! While a little bit of light music can help you focus, Netflix, Facebook, Snapchat, and others are not your friend when it comes to studying. A simple cat video can throw your whole study plan out the window.

Tip #2: Open a window! I know that we live in Iowa and it gets really cold here (and I do mean really cold), cold air is probably one of the best things that can keep you awake. Don't believe me? Think back to those long nights when you just can't get to sleep. I guarantee it, your feet aren't warm and cozy.

Tip #3: Get moving!  Now after a while, your feet and legs will probably get pretty sore from sitting. The best thing to do is to get your blood moving by doing some sort of physical activity (i.e. walking through your dorm or running in place.) You can keep on studying by writing some questions down on note cards and taking them with you. 

Tip #4: Reward yourself with a treat! To keep your mind focused, you can always reward yourself every so often with a snack, which you can get from Biscotti's or the 23rd Street Market. Keep in mind, there are good snacks and bad snacks for studying. For example, some good foods would be fresh fruit (which is packed full of complex carbohydrates and natural sugars), sandwiches and other foods that are high in carbs and proteins.  Also don't forget to drink plenty of water to keep your brain and muscles hydrated.
 Biscotti's (aka where the snacks and coffee live)

Tip #5: Don't forget to breath: I know a college schedule can be overwhelming and things can sneak up on you, but it is something that everyone experiences. As long as you follow these tips and don't let the work get to you, you'll do great! Just take a deep breath and tell yourself you'll be fine.

~Star Eliza

Monday, October 13, 2014

...of Halloween in the Residence Halls

Halloween is approaching, and the residence halls are really getting into spirit!
-Lauren, STAR

.....Of Purple and Gold Chairs

Ever since President Bill Ruud has been on campus, there have been changes and improvements around every corner. The most noticeable as you frolic through campus you might ask? It's the purple and gold chairs! These chairs have added a great place for students to meet between classes, study for the upcoming exam, or a great place for a photo shoot.

While I had a great time taking pictures for fun, there have been alumni and even newly weds spotted taking some great photos with the glorious purple and gold chairs. While I enjoy the chairs, they are not the only thing Dr. Ruud has brought to campus. He has created a dynamic library with different environments for student learning. From the open floor plan that promotes collaborative learning and conversational volume, to the silent floors and private study spaces, there is a place for everyone to get their study on! Dr. Ruud has also made social improvements, as he can be spotted at most all university events and even walking his dog through campus.

Me and President Ruud
at the Homecoming game

Dr. Ruud and his wife even pass out cookies to the students during finals week. Who doesn't like a cookie or two to distract from the daunting task of studying?! Something that started with purple and gold chairs has really turned into a great experience for all students on campus! Thank you Bill Ruud!

-Star Olivia

Monday, October 6, 2014

...of a Concert Lover's Dream

Hey Followers! Lots of exciting things are happening at Gallagher Bluedorn and on campus lately, one of which I was able to experience for a very reasonable price! The Pentatonix concert!!

For those of you that don't know, Pentatonix is an acapella group that sings covers of popular songs and some orignial songs as well! This past week I attended the concert with my boyfriend, Skylar, and not only did I enjoy the show but my fellow STARs: Hannah, Diann, & Joslyn did as well!

This was my view during the concert! 
The concert was awesome, the crowd created such a fun environment, and Pentatonix even had someone from the audience get on stage and serenaded her.  And they also had us help them sing along for one of their songs. The group performed lots of their well known covers and even a few awesome original songs!
Overall it was a night I would never forget; they put on a great show and coupled with my great seats at such a low price I couldn't complain about one aspect of that night! (Be sure to check out my links below for some links to Pentatnix's music!)

 If there is anyone who really couldn't complain about their night it would be my fellow STAR, Hannah, she stayed around after the concert waiting in the freezing cold to try to catch a glimpse of the members of the group, and oh boy did it pay off! Hannah and her roommate not only got a better look they also got to take pictures with the members of Pentatonix! Below is a picture collage of Hannah, and her roommate with every member of Pentatonix!! How awesome is that?!

Skylar & myself before the concert

For those of you who are not huge fans of Pentatonix, you might be thinking, "What other bands has/or will UNI host and who coordinates them?" That is a wonderful question!! These awesome concerts are normally coordinated by the student group, CAB, otherwise known as Campus Activities Board, these wonderful students are in charge of selecting bands/musicians to perform on campus. The campus hosts these concerts all over campus, whether its Nielsen Field-house,  the UNI Dome, Gallagher Bluedorn, and McLeod Center! the past UNI has hosted: Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Hoodie Allen, All-American Rejects, and many more! In the near future another acapella band, StraightNoChaser and TimeFlies will be performing!

Many of these concerts allow students to purchase them before the public and at a lowered price, now how awesome is that!?

So future Panthers be sure to be on the look out for awesome events in the future, and current Panthers be sure to keep on your "A" game to hunt down these awesome deals on campus.

Here are some links to Pentatonix's songs and videos on Youtube! Be sure to check them out, you wont regret it!
and my personal favorite (if you love Queen B), Evolution of Beyonce

P.S. Be sure to stay tuned everyone, in the near future there will be another post about other great things happening in Gallagher Bluedorn!

Until next time,
-STAR Grace

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

...of a DM Foam 5K Runner!

Last Thursday, Dance Marathon held a Foam 5K that I ran with my roommate.
A brief summary of Dance Marathon:
Dance Marathon is a movement involving some high schools,
but mostly colleges all across the country that fundraise money year-round
for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals all around the country.
The year concludes with "The Big Event"
which consists of essentially a 12-40 hour dance party.
This is also where the total amount of money raised for the kids is revealed!
So with that being said, the people that want to run the 5K register and pay to run, which most of the money goes into that grand total amount raised for the kids. Dance Marathon (DM for short) decided to put a twist on the average 5K - a foam 5K. While running the 3.1 miles, there were many different "stations" around the route on campus. After running through the tunnel, we got pelted with water balloons. I did not get very wet at this station because I dodged the balloon thrown at me, but my roommate got more wet than I did. After running for a bit longer, we came across a tent-like structure that had a foam machine inside. The volunteers inserted soap into the machine and it spit out bubbles that built up from the ground! This was my least favorite part because it got my shoes dirty but it paid off. Why? The next station was the best: a tarp laid out on the Campanile lawn and was wet and soapy! My roommate and I dove head first onto the tarp and got soaked! We were able to dry off a bit as we ran to the next station; there were volunteers that had hoses and sprinklers on the route! We ran some more and found another foam machine, so we ran through that tent and then we were done with the foam part but still had a little bit more running to do! We sprinted to the finish line-- a tunnel of other runners' arms--which was pretty exciting! I felt a huge sense of accomplishment after running the 5K. I had never ran one before so I was a little scared when it first started! The most rewarding part of the night was actually seeing the kids that we are raising money for. They were so excited to be running/walking with us!
This was a great experience and I cannot wait to raise more money for the kids!

-STAR Hannah

Monday, September 29, 2014

...of the Botanical Center!

When ever I feel stressed at school I like to go the Botanical Center on campus to relax. Today I took you all with me!

STAR Eliza~