Do You Need a Break?

alt spring breakWith the cooler air of Fall upon us and the stress of a semester almost done, many of you are probably thinking break + spring!  Some of you will head south to Mexico, some to the east and the beaches of Florida.  Spring Break is a ritual that is sacred to the college student.  After all those months of hard work you deserve to have some fun.  Beaches, warm weather and dancing until 4am does sound like fun, but remember when we talked about money management….the average spring breaker will spend about $967 for that glorious week in paradise. 

 

What if I told you that you could go somewhere for spring break with friends for $200 or less….what if I told you that you could spend one week helping others, having fun and building your resume….well, you can!

Alternative Spring Break is your chance to go somewhere, make a difference and challenge yourself.  Memphis, Gulfporta and Kansas City are not your typical college spring break destinations, but there are people who need your help.  Alternative Breaks provide a variety of low cost, week long and weekend service opportunities. There is no more powerful service experience than when students are fully immersed in new communities and social issues. These opportunities not only contribute to a deeper understanding of social issues, service and community, but are often the sparks which ignite people to get involved in community service.

Dies this sound like something you might be interested in??? CLICK HERE for more information.

The application is DUE THIS FRIDAYat %PM IN UNION 324  CLICK HERE for application

Do you think you will participate in an alternative spring break trip while at UNT?  If so, why and where would you like to go?

I Have Something to Say

I bet you knew who your high school principal was and you probably even saw them on a regular basis.  Since coming to UNT you might still feel like you are 1 of 36000.  You might not know who the UNT president is, maybe you have never seen her on campus.  You might have concerns about a UNT policy but you are not sure who to ask.  This Thursday is your chance to meet UNT President Bataille.  She will be in the One o’clock lounge at 2pm to answer your questions.

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As someone who has been at a few different college campuses I can tell you that this is an amazing opportunity.  President Bataille is very student centered and she wants to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

This will be her 5th discussion with students and previous discussions have focused on:  parking, sustainability, tuition and scholarships. 

What is one question you would want to ask President Bataille?

Fall Into Information

8295Fall_Medium-medIt is November and before you know it your first semester at UNT will be done.  While we are 5 weeks away from the start of Finals week…there is no reason to panic.  There is still plenty of time to make the grade, get involved and end your first UNT semester with a bang. 

Do you have questions about registration?  Do you wonder what resources there are?  Then check out:

Academic Infusion Resource Fair

Nov 3, 2009 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A Night of Knowledge and Fun!

@ Kerr Hall Lobby

One Night Only!

Booths to include:
Colleges and Advisors
Learning Center
Career Center
Student Money Management
Libraries

 

I hope you will check this event out (especially if you live in Kerr).  Tell me what campus events/programs you have attended and did you find the information to be helpful.

Stingy Jack

Today is the University Union Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and it made me think about  the connection of Halloween and Jack o’Lanterns.

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I didn’t know much about the history of the Jack O’Lantern so I looked it up and here is what I found:

People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o’lanterns. (courtesy of the history channel)

Click Here to see some amazing jack o’lanterns

What is the most amazing carved pumpkin you have ever seen?

An Apple a Day

One of my favorite Halloween treats is the candy apple.  I remember as a kid that at least one house in my neighborhood would pass out caramel apples for trick or treat.

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Since this is the best time of year to enjoy a delicious treat on a stick I thought I would share my favorite recipe:

Peanut Butter Crunch Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 wooden sticks
  • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped Nutter Butters
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.
  2. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan.
  3. Spread the chopped cookies out on a dinner plate. Roll caramel apples in the cookies and place on the aluminum foil. Place the milk chocolate and white chocolate into separate microwave-safe bowls. Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle milk chocolate over the apples, then drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
What is your favorite fall/halloween treat?

What A Scream

One of my favorite things about halloween:  Haunted Houses!

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I love the anticipation of what is to come while I wait in line inching closer to the entrance.  I love the heightened senses when I step into the dark room.  I also love trying to figure out what is around the corner and seeing the people in front of me react.

This weekend is your last chance to catch one of the many haunted houses in the DFW area.  You will spend anywhere between 5-20 dollars to get in and some places do charge for parking.  I suggest getting a group of people together and make sure you bring one person who is easily scared….part of the fun of haunted houses are the reactions of those who are scared.

There are quite a few haunted houses in the area and here are some links:

Dr. Haunt’s

Cutting Edge

Zombie Manor

Do you like haunted houses?  What scares you the most?

 

 

Let’s Do the Time Warp

We are officially counting down the days until Halloween here on the blog.  This week we are going to have some fun and discuss all things Halloween.  One of my favorite Halloween traditions is to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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On Thursday, October 29th, The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the University of North Texas! The annual benefit screening features a performance by Los Bastardos, North Texas’ premier Rocky Horror shadow cast. All proceeds go to AIDS Services of North Texas.

Tickets are $5 in advance at the UNT Union information desk and $7 at the door. Screening is in UNT’s University Union at 10 pm, with doors open at 9pm. Come dressed in character and win a prize in our costume contest! Donations of nonperishable canned goods are also welcome.
Event sponsored by UNT’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Glad: UNT’s Queer Alliance. Come out and support AIDS Services of North Texas!

Click Here for Rocky Horror Picture Show etiquette and participation tips.

I am a huge fan of Rocky Horror and I could not imagine Halloween without it.  Tell me, what movie is part of your Halloween celebration?

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