Learn A New Language

By Nora Cashell

Whether you’re interested in German or Pig Latin, learning another language is something that should be on your bucket list.Panorama of Madrid, Spain

“There are more than 6,000 languages in the world, and while many of these are notcommonly taught and aren’t spoken in most countries, students can reap a variety of benefits, both academic and personal, from studying any foreign language.” wrote Kalli Damshen from the Standard Examiner.

[Exterior of the Coliseum, Rome, Italy] (LOC) Even if it’s just learning “Hello” in 10 different languages, you’ll be impressed by one’s ability to pick up these new words.

If you’re more serious about learning a new language than you could sign up for a course at your local college or give Rosetta stone a try.

So when in Rome, learn Italian.

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The Big Question: To Go Completely Vegetarian, or Not?


Photo: Michael Hänsch Flickr/CC

By Danielle Gillette

After trying my hand at part-time vegetarianism for the past couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that full-blown vegetarianism and/or veganism isn’t really for me.

I know, I know, there are so many proven benefits to it- this article from the Vegetarian Times outlines several of them, including living longer, saving money and keeping your weight down.

One of the other benefits they cite is that it’s easy to make the switch to vegetarianism, and this ten-step transition guide tries to make the switch as easy as possible too.

Though it may not have been that easy for me, personally, to do even half-time vegetarianism this semester, that’s not to deter anyone else from trying! There are tons of vegetarian recipes out there, and making at least one meal a week vegetarian can have a big impact on your health and on the environment: according to Kathy Freston, if everyone in the U.S. went veggie for one day, we’d save 100 billion gallons of water.

So, though I may not be converting completely to vegetarianism, I will strive this summer to have at least one vegetarian day a week. Lots of great produce will be in season, and I’m looking forward to getting more veggie cooking experience from the comfort of my kitchen at home.


Buy Tickets To See That Ridiculously Awesome Band

By Nora Cashell

Rev. N.L. Williams playing blues guitar while "Blind" Johnny Brown plays a resonator guitarEveryone has that band that they love, yet somehow always finds an excuse not to see them.
Whether they’re playing too far away or the tickets are too expensive, there is always some obstacle in the way of you and your favorite band.

Well seeing that band should be on your bucket list.

No matter what stands in your way – even if you have to take a plane or go on a boat-you need to that concert.

Elton John live LP

These tickets might cost you a month’s rent, but it is definitely an investment in memories. You can goto Ticketmaster or even craigslist to find a deal.

You’ll be around people who are die-hard fans just like you, not too mention in the same room as your favorite artist even if you are 500 yards away from them.

So go see that concert, even if you can’t afford groceries for that month-it’ll be well worth it.

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