Archive for February, 2012

Relaxation: A Past Time

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A sigh of relief, left my body, as I rested my head on my soft pink pillow and flipped the channel to Criminal Minds (even though I’ve seen every episode at least three times). New to the 21 club, not to mention I’m just four months away from graduation aka the real world, one would imagine that I would jump at the chance to immerse myself into the facade of Friday night. With adulthood heading my way, one would say that my future includes college loans and nights out which are far and few in between. Yet instead I found myself longing to be in a place that didn’t include bright lights, colorful flashes, loud music, a dance floor or big crowds in numbers I couldn’t even attempt to count. I wanted to be in my bed, a place which has become very foreign, to do something that has become rare, relaxing.

From the moment we step out the door onto the streets of New York, The hustle and bustle of the city is engraved in our minds at an instant. We are constantly on the run, trying to match the heartbeat of the city that never sleeps, all in an attempt to find our own pulse. And then you turn 18, and off to college you go. We sprint into “college student” mode desperate to fulfill all which makes the experience: education, work, and oh yes, that thing called fun. You turn into an adolescent determined not to cheat yourself in either area because as students we work hard, and whoever said you couldn’t have it all?



We have time for everything else, juggling school and work, and of course a night on the town with the girls. But why not time for relaxing? Is it a fear that it may provoke laziness or is it a fear that we may actually enjoy it and long to make it a hobby. Relaxation is a thing which often seems to be apart ofAmerica’s past time. It has been written out of the routine of our daily lives. Something that is essential to our well being has become the rarest of them all. For some, relaxation is sitting in a quiet place with no outside interruptions, or brushing off the dust on the piano that hasn’t been played in years, or simply indulging in a hobby that has gotten away from them. And then you have good old fashion resting: laying in bed, lounging around, easing your mind, and relieving the stress from your body. Why not take it even further and venture out to a spa, a place that not only puts your mind at ease but your body as well. Besu Salon and Day Spa offers a great package for students which includes a free relaxing Swedish massage, with the purchase of BeSu Signature Spa Facial, a free mini “pick me up” spa facial with the purchase of a full leg and bikini wax and tons of other packages at a discounted rate for students.

It is easy to feel lost, overwhelmed and stressed throughout one’s journey of college and on the road to adulthood, but through it all we mustn’t forget to find time to relax and create a pace that allows us to do so. I was a little more than half way through my third episode of the mini marathon and I have never felt more satisfied with my decision to stay in on a Friday night. I rolled over to go to sleep, and the final words I released into the night’s air were “I should do this more often”.

Samantha Williams, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, 2012

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Feed Your Sorrows with some Sweets

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

It had to happen. The really belated Valentine’s Day post. This is mostly because I had an odd Valentine’s Day this year. It started extremely sour and then came an extreme desire to make cupcakes. For a long time, I never celebrated Valentine’s Day. Mostly because after grade school, you no longer get free chocolate or candies. Well, as I said before, it had a terrible start. So instead of being sour, I turned all my frustration into a cupcake making storm. Okay, maybe not a storm, but nevertheless it provided just another excuse for productivity and creativity, two wonderful friends that come and go as they please though never quite when I would like them to.

I used the magic of Google and clicked on whatever site came first for Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting.

Five eggs, four hours, three burned fingers, and five fingers sticky with delicious cream cheese frosting goodness later, I finally finished what became 102 cupcakes.

I am not a baker. I do not usually have successful baking projects even though I adore sweets. Most of the time, something goes completely wrong because I forget an ingredient, the order of ingredients or the correct measurements. Despite my history of screw ups, I persevere. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think these cupcakes turned out half bad.


Just a warning. The recipe was made for regular sized cupcakes but I was using a small cupcake pan because I just prefer tiny cupcakes. Therefore, the timing in the oven had to be cut in half. My first batch was done in 20 minutes. I tried them and realized they were too dry because they were a smaller size. The second batch was 15 minutes. Softer, but not enough. I settled on 11 minutes for my third and fourth batch. They came out wonderfully.

This is my firsthand proof that sweets don’t have to be bought from bakeries where buying a single cupcake might cost just about as much as a tall latte from Starbucks. And when you make them yourself, it makes it all the more precious. Enjoy and experience the baking rather than just buying something quickly and carelessly.

However, if you need to satisfy that cupcake craving on the go and on a budget, there is an amazing tiny bakery in the Village called Apple Cafe Bakery. From cupcakes to muffins to more, your sweet tooth will be treated well. Click below for more savings for this amazing little place.

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Good luck to all you cupcake lovers out there. 🙂


Sophia, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Breakfast Life

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Sunday morning: oatmeal or cereal. Monday thru Friday morning: pop tarts, Saturday morning: pizza from the night before. This bare line up of  “food” happens to be apart of the typical college kid breakfast menu. For some, the days when mom and dad use to make breakfast seems far from one’s memory. While for others, it feels like it was just yesterday they were being called out of the bedroom in a hurry or being told with urgency to finish getting dressed so that more than five minutes could be spent at the table to eat and indulge in family banter. In fact, many people may find themselves struggling to remember the last time they sat down and had a meal before noon. Our eating habits are only one of the many things that changed upon starting college. With this transition came the disappearance of a real breakfast meal. It is proven that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet who is it important to?

Ihop Pancakes

Over the years, snacks-to-go such as yogurt, pop tarts, fruit etc. have come to take the place of a good old fashion meal. Not the kind of meal that will make you feel full for all of 10 minutes, but the kind of meal that leaves you feeling satisfied, sleepy and rejuvenated all at the same time. Research has proven that there is significant importance to eating breakfast. According to a recent survey done by Food Insight, 93 percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal yet less than 44 percent are eating it everyday. Other studies such as the Georgia Centenarian Study in conjunction with the 21-year study of Older Americans, show that people who eat breakfast on a regular basis have lower rates of Type 2 diabetes, are less likely to develop heart failure, and are subjected to a longer than average life span.  Fast food places that offer a breakfast menu have also done a good job at easing in the picture. With the exception of Ihop who serves breakfast all day and all night. In the quick service restaurant industry, fast food breakfast purchases rose from 18.8 percent to 21 percent over a five year period, along with the sales of breakfast sandwiches rising to 19 percent.

With all that is to be gained from eating breakfast, who wouldn’t want to? What’s really standing in the way? A line we have adapted to using, which has also integrated itself into other areas of our lives; “I don’t have time”. Lunch is becoming the new breakfast because we “don’t have time” to wake up earlier, squeeze it in, or make it apart of our daily routine. Perhaps some of the things we don’t have time for now, are things that would extend our time later on in life. Breakfast is one of the many things being shuffled around to accommodate the busyness of being students and adults.  Making time for breakfast means making time for the important things; energy to live and adding years on to our life.

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Samantha Williams, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, 2012

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The Chris Gethard Show

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Where do I even begin?

The Greek guy in spandex?

The guest known as “The Human Fish”?

The, anyone-can-call-in, policy on the show?

Public access television is a very colorful world of utter randomness, hilarity, confusion, and inexplainable delight. This week I attended The Chris Gethard Show, a show that airs every Wednesday at 11:00PM on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and is hosted by the very funny, very cool, Chris Gethard. A free show is the next level of NYC student discounts!

Clip from The Chris Gethard Show

A well-known figure at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) and famous for his presence in sketch/improv comedy, stand up, and comedy writing, Gethard has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan to talk about his life-long trouble with the last name GETHARD (Get Hard… I mean, come on!) as well as his most recent book “A Bad Idea I’m About to do.”

The entire experience of being in the audience was one of the most random things that I’ve ever been a part of, but also one of the funniest. Anyone can attend and it’s free (cha-ching for another student discount in NYC). A free comedy TV show in NYC! You can check out some of his episodes here:

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Paul, Auburn University 2012

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Campus Clipper Podcast

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Listen to a few NYC college students hash it out about what to do on dates, how to live well in the city without going broke, and how to deal with homeless people. Find out how you can save big with Campus Clipper coupons and learn how you can pursue your dream career without losing hope. Also, we discuss the do’s and don’ts’ of trying to save money on a date!

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The art of “Hygiene”

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

In society today appearance is everything; ever heard of the quote “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Nowadays, society is forced to look at someone and come up with the notion of who the person is and where they’re from. Good thing, as students we have mastered the art of taking care of ourselves and our appearance. The art of “Hygiene.”

Hygiene is the quintessential must for a healthy body; maintaining it in your everyday life will most importantly prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Many people are very conscious of their hygiene; it is what will help in the process of others judging your book by your cover (majorly). The better we’re presented the more assured we are of showing an image that reflects our personalities. With bad hygiene, let’s just say you won’t want to experience it.

Hygiene is what can make or break a person; as students, though it’s easy to wake up fifteen minutes before class and throw on yesterday’s outfit, it’s important to look somewhat decent. You don’t know who will end up as the class guest speaker while you’re sitting in a pair of torn up dirty jeans and yesterday’s underwear. Of course, smelling good comes along side hygiene and is a must. You can’t impress someone with nasty smelling breath, and an odor coming from your body; wear a welcoming scent as to not scare people away. Grooming, just like smelling good will help on your approach. Growing out a month full of facial hair without the proper grooming will have more running away from you then getting close to you. Long Story short, Hygiene is a MUST!

If you need help with hygiene, I will like to welcome you to Beauty & Youth Spa. Beauty & Youth Spa is a Full Service Salon and Spa for both males and females; it is a place where you’ll find a blend of great quality service. You can experience an Eastern European Spa, with services ranging from nail therapy, skin care, and assortment of body treatments; such as: laser treatments, and waxing.

Open seven days a week from 10:00 AM till 9:00 PM, Beauty & Youth is conveniently open for your every needs. With friendly staff that pays the utmost attention to detail and who keep all of their customers leaving satisfied and coming back for more of the services they offer.

Hey ladies ever needed a quick and easy way to take off the unwanted hair “down there?” Beauty & Youth offers a Brazilian wax used with painless wax that’ll leave you with nothing; both easy on your bikini area, and your money.

As a special offer for its Grand Opening, Beauty and Youth will give students a special spa package. $25 dollars for a unique chocolate manicure and pedicure, $35 Brazilian Wax, and 1/2 OFF all hair salon services with valid coupon and student ID. Coupon below.

For more info on Beauty & Youth you can go to their website at: or by phone: (212) 463- 0246

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The Secret to Spending is Saving

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Right now, the majority of students have spent their time on the internet searching for money saving deals because they’ve “lavishly” spent the money their parents have constantly told them to save. I say “lavishly” because we all know we have searched our rooms finding items we have no clue the reason it has been bought. Don’t worry, you’re not alone; I sit here as the “starving college student” and writing about the one thing my parents tell me not to do, “spend my money.”

New York City has tons to offer, whether it be a tour of the fine city itself or hole in the wall eateries that happen to be the greatest kept secret to many. As a student living and going to school in New York, it’s necessary to save much more than I spend. Either I spend my money for snacks to keep me up during class or more money to spend for textbooks; the majority of my hard earned savings will be spent all the years while in school. Doesn’t matter where you’re from or how you’re living, New York will suck the money right out of your pockets. Just one poof and the money you just received from your first paycheck is half way done. Because I tend to find myself spending more than I save, I’m here to help you save more than you spend.

Beyond schooling, there’s also a separate life; that being my social “activity” life. There’s no place better than realizing there’s life outside the burden of papers, and tests every other week. Just like every college student going on a quest through the internet and magazine for activities to do, I have done the same. This social “activity” life helps me save my money while having fun in the process. What many students don’t understand is, as large as New York may be, it offers a massive amount of discounts and free activities for you and your friends to enjoy. With loads of discounted and free things to do, I’m here to gossip about the city’s best kept secrets.

Now as students are learning to save, companies and magazines are coming out with ways to not only get them noticed but to help us in our money saving “process.” One magazine I love to look at that helps ease my pockets is, “Time Out New York” magazine, a magazine that comes out at least twice a month and is a great buy. With topics such as: “Best free events in the city”, “giveaways” “cheap eateries”, “this week’s offers” and more, they’re sure to give you anything to enjoy in the city for less.

Websites such as specifically a ticket based website, offers New York City dwellers free and discounted tickets to places such as: basketball games, plays, musicals, concerts, etc. Let’s not forgot our trusted friend Google, the most searched website will help save you if no one else will. Just type in keywords such as: “free in the city”, “discount events” and you’ll be sure to find whatever it is you’d like to do. So what better way is there to enjoy the beautiful city of New York than to do so with a friend and at a fraction of the original cost.

If you like to eat out as much as I do, how about you stroll your way down to “Ballaro.” Campus Clipper has a special coupon for the caffe prosciutteria, 20% OFF Dinner and 10% OFF all the time, with the coupon and student ID in hand. Nothing better than to save the money in your pocket and eat in the process. Hurry and check it out!

Olivia Orellano

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Oscar Parties

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The Academy Awards are less than two weeks away and for all you film or celebrity buffs out there, Oscar night is a great night for a party.
There’s nothing better than celebrities gathering dressed in outrageously expensive clothes to congratulate each other. Have a little fun at their expense. Host a viewing party with your friends and have a drinking game while watching the show.

Drink when/if:
– The music plays someone off the stage.
– Someone chokes up in their acceptance speech.
– There is a shot of Meryl Streep looking regal or George Clooney looking smarmy.
– Someone pretends to be surprised that they won.
– Brad Pitt is shown with his pimp cane.
– Meryl Streep loses.
– The presenter banter is awkward.
– You think someone was robbed.

You can get all the drinks and snacks you need for a party at Associated Supermarkets.

Audrey, the New School
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New York Meets Mexico: Gabriela’s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I have a secret to tell. A secret in which only the readers of this blog will discover. I have a fetish for Mexican cuisine. Did she really just say that? Yes, I did. Is it weird? Maybe. Do I care? Not really. Why? Only because I stumbled across the most amazing restaurant and I fell in love. Gabriela’s, which rests on the corner of 93rd Street and Columbus Avenue, has the perfect blend of modern day Mexican cuisine and is perfect on any day of the week for city goers  in search of a good time and an amazing cultural experience.

Making its debut in the restaurant industry in 1992, Gabriela’s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar is said to have some of the best Mexican food one can ever find in the city. Greeted by authentic Mexican style doors, one is instantly tossed into an environment that embodies every aspect of Mexican culture from the music, to the décor, even down to the cushions on the chairs and the dish listings in the menu -they are first listed by their Mexican name with an English
translation to follow. And the staff is beyond friendly; as you are waiting to be seated, every server who passes by offers a smile. In the three times I have been there the service has been quick, friendly and consistent. The menu, which was created from family recipes, offers a full variety of Mexican Cuisine- quesadillas of all kinds (chicken, beef, shrimp etc.), guacamole, flautas, ceviche, tacos, salads, burritos and so much more. I ordered what is the best quesadilla I’ve had to date. You name it, they have it. The displays of the dishes are strategically detailed to resemble Mexican culture. Mexican style artwork border many of the plates on which the food is served while other dishes such as Flautas Jalisco, are served on long rectangular plates, with drapings that exude all that is Mexico.

One cannot turn a blind eye to the elaborate Tequila Bar, which is decorated by lights on top of lights on top of lights. In the warmer months, they even have an outdoor drinking area. It’s as close as you get to Mexico if you haven’t already taken that Spring Break trip to Cancun. What’s the one thing that’s more important than a student having a good time? The cost of said fun.  Gabriela’s is generous on your pocket, and isn’t just another place that will make a student feel guilty for spending money they shouldn’t have on service and food that wasn’t even worth it. Appetizers start at $9 with entrees being as low as $12 and did I mention it’s delicious?

New York has a world of opportunity when it comes to food, but Gabriela’s is different. It’s the cuisine, an environment that embodies the spirit of Mexico and the quality of the service which allows two worlds to collide; New York meets Mexico. Visit Gabriela’s website for a full menu listing and other information.

Thinking about paying Gabriela’s a visit? Be sure to make a pit stop at the Campus Clipper website to download a coupon that includes a complimentary 8oz frozen beverage with a Student ID.

Samantha Williams, State University of New York College at Old Westbury, 2012

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Love the Hair without the Holes in your Wallet

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Hair is often times one of the first things we notice about a person. It can shape how you feel about yourself and how others see you. Are you a neat and tidy person with clean, dye-free, long locks? Are you a hipster with hair that looks like its stuck to your head due to the massive amounts of creams and sprays you use in the morning just to get to “I just rolled out of bed” look?

No matter what your style, your hair is you and you are your hair. I just went from long hair to short, cropped hair and have realized that maybe I’m a short hair kind of girl. Being in my 20’s now and having had long hair for most of my life, I decided it was time for a change and off to the salon I went. I said one word to the stylist, “short.”

This woman has been doing my hair since I was about 10 years old and for her, my hair and the word “short” have never been uttered in the same breath to her by me. She stared at me blankly and asked, “How short?” And I repeated again in the most serious tone I had ever used when speaking to her, “Short.”

And so, she put my long hair into a neat, low ponytail and chopped off my hair right above my neck. After about a half an hour and some poofing and blow drying and I was shocked by the person I was now looking at in the mirror. I never really noticed my apparently existent bone structure underneath the long hair and bangs I had.

The point is, we all love that feeling after a fresh haircut. That “I feel like I can now take on the world!” feeling. It is a feeling that happens when we take care of ourselves in ways that we tend to forget about sometimes with our busy lives.

It’s little things like buying a bold new shade of lipstick, or a haircut. As much as we sometimes hate to admit it, how we look on the outside really does make a difference with how we feel on the insides. It’s not the most important thing because a sense of humor and intelligence tend to be traits people care more about rather than looks but as a full and happy person, feeling good about yourself can come from something you do just for yourself.

But let’s face it, looking feeling good about how you look can be a bit pricey. There are ways to avoid costs at the salon like washing your own hair before your appointment or requesting to not get your hair blow dried.

Another way to save is to print out the coupon below and heading to Kropps and Bobbers on Ludlow Street. Be sure to bring your student I.D. and the coupon to receive 15% off any salon service so you can get that “I can take on the world!” feeling.

Janet, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2012

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