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8 colleges that are more fun than yours (for now!)

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8 colleges that are more fun than yours (for now!)

In college you get 4 years to have the best time of your life. Would you rather spend it stuck in a dorm room or at the likes of a beach party, jungle-themed rager, or indoor sledding party? Some schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to scoring a high fun factor in college, but there is always room for your school to catch up. We’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best events and listed some advice on how to start having a good time at your own school.

1. Block Party

What it’s all about:

The annual block party takes place in May on Palmer Street and attracts tens of thousands of college students from all around the university. Houses open their doors and students hop from party to party.

How to throw it:

If you want to throw a block party you need to think strategically. Areas filled with college students are prime locations. Steer clear of residential areas and high traffic roads. If the residents living on the street are on board and you choose a good location, your block party will be epic.

2. Beach Party

What it’s all about:

18,000 people from in and around Santa Barbara head to the beach in bathing suits with floating toys to celebrate the sunny California lifestyle. It’s a beach party gone wild.

How to throw it:

Living near the beach is reason enough to have fun all the time. Set a date and location and spread the word. Since the event is on a beach, entertainment is included in the form of sun, sand and waves. Just make sure everyone knows to bring a bathing suit and a good attitude.

3. Concert 

What it’s all about:

Also known as “Walk In Lay Down,” WILD is an event that involves students lugging comfy furniture like sofas and armchairs to a field, drinking and watching live music. The school has recently made lounging easier by setting up blow up couches for party-goers.

How to throw it:

Concerts are a bit tricky to set up. If you want to book big acts, you’ll need funding. Fortunately, many colleges are willing to give funding to student organizations that want to hold an event that is fun for students. If you know of any clubs on your campus that are focused on music, join up and propose the event. If you have the support of your club members, it’ll be easier to score funding from your school!

4. House Party 

What it’s all about:

Indoor snow, sledding, multiple ice luges and all white attire make this party the snow day Los Angeles always wished it could have.   

How to throw it:

There are tons of house parties at almost every college. The secret to a great one is to make it unique. The more you can think outside the box, the better—like snow in LA, your event will have a bigger turnout! Do a little brainstorming and try to put together a theme worthy of being remembered.

5. Holiday Events

What it’s all about:

Lots of colleges do St. Patrick’s Day big, but being the largest school in a city full of college students and Irish Americans, Boston University does it huge. Subways are a mess as 600,000-1,000,000 party-people cram in and travel to “southie” (South Boston) to watch Boston’s historic annual parade.

How to throw it:

Although holiday events are widely known as a time for family fun, when inundated with college students they become way more fun. Find events like parades and outdoor festivities that are open to the public and then spread the word! Tell your friends and get serious about making sure every college student in your school knows that whatever event you choose is going to be the biggest party of the year.

6. Fraternity/Sorority Party

What it’s all about:

What do you get when you put together a tree house, a waterfall, a pool, and a whole lot of fun-loving college kids? JUNGLE PARTY!

How to throw it:

Greek life is known for throwing killer parties. The tricky part is throwing a memorable one. Everyone expects a classic kegger. It’s your job to think of something a little more surprising. To do this, your frat/sorority is going to need to put in a lot of time and a lot of resources, but it will be worth it. Plan, decorate, put together a theme and make full use of pledges.

7. Long-Term Party 

What it’s all about:

Who would have thought a bike race could warrant a week- long party? Indiana University takes advantage of the Little 500 by adding festivities like Slip ’n Slides, live concerts, and frat parties, making this one of the most awesome combinations of college events around. But hey, any excuse to party, right?

How to throw it:

If you are motivated to put something really big together, extend the festivities from a night to a week. This can generate buzz and excitement for the event that would otherwise be limited. It also allows room for a combination of awesome events so that there is something for everyone! If you have the resources, you may as well keep the festivities going as long as possible.

8. Food-Centric Party 

What it’s all about:

An annual festival chock full of music, food and art! About 12,000 students and community members get together, watch 8 bands and eat over 18,000 pounds of fresh crawfish. Awesome.    

How to throw it:

Everybody loves food, especially college students. If you can find a way to mix it into your event, people will flock. Crawfish are an awesome idea for NOLA since they fit within the city’s culture, but pizza is another more affordable and viable option.

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

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The truth is that microwaves can be used to cook more than just popcorn and ramen. We’re talking everything from eggs to baked goods! So if you feel like skipping the dining hall for a day, but still want to eat a nutritious and filling meal, give these recipes a try. They’re cheap, convenient, and you can cook them without even leaving your room.

Breakfast

Ham, Mushroom & Swiss Scramble in a Mug

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

1 egg

1 tbsp. water

¼ cup chopped mushrooms

1 thin slice deli ham, chopped

Shredded swiss cheese

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Microwave Breakfast Sandwich

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

1 egg

1 tbsp. milk

1 tsp. butter

1 dash hot sauce

1 bell pepper (diced)

1 onion (diced)

Ham (diced)

1 slice American cheese

1 English muffin

Salt

Pepper

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Lunch

Homemade Single-Serve Mac and Cheese in a Mug 

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

Large mug/bowl

1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni (or preferred pasta)

¼ cup water

1/3 cup Cheddar-Jack shredded cheese (or preferred cheese)

2 tsp. milk

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15 Minute Chicken Fajitas

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

2.5 qt microwave safe dish

½ large onion

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 sprinkle southwest seasoning mix

4 chicken breasts (sliced)

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Dinner

3-Minute Meatloaf 

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

½ cup raw hamburger meat

1 egg

1 tbsp. parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. Italian seasoning (suggested Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb)

2 tbsp. ketchup

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

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Quick and Easy Stuffed Peppers

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

2 large red bell peppers halved and seeded

1 can stewed tomatoes

1.3 cup quick-cooking brown rice

2 tbsp. hot water

2 green onions thinly sliced

½ cup frozen corn

1.2 cup kidney beans

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

½ cup shredded mozzarella

1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

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Desert

Minute Microwave Cheesecake

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp sour cream

1 egg

½ tsp. lemon juice

¼ tsp. vanilla

2-4 tbsp. sugar replacement sub (taste as you go)

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Microwave Apple Crisp

8 gourmet meals you can cook in a microwave

You’ll need:

4 medium tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats

½ cup Original Bisquick Mix

3 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

¾ tsp. ground nutmeg

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Win a ValoreBooks #ChillOutKit

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Whether you’re taking an impromptu trip to Cancun, or hanging in the dorm catching up on sleep, Spring Break is the time to reward yourself, let loose, listen to some tunes, and relax. Good news! We’ve lined up the ultimate Chill-Out Kit, including an iPad Mini, Bose headphones, an Urge Bluetooth speaker, and more! Entering is easy - you just have to “like” our Facebook page and fill out a quick form. You even get bonus entries for sharing the giveaway with your friends.

Need some ideas to help chill-out this spring break? Here are three: 

1. Dorm room party

If you’re planning on having a staycation to save some cash, why not bring the party to you? Download some music, invite some friends over, and then dance the night away! Need some music suggestions? Check out this blog post for the top 7 pregame songs.

2. Study break

Take advantage of your short break from all of that studying. Search through the ValoreBooks Marketplace for a book to read for pleasure. Try a classic like The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye, or maybe something a little more fun like Harry Potter. Then go outside, find a nice tree to sit in or spread out a blanket, and enjoy some peaceful reading time.

3. Beach party

For those of you who are traveling to warmer locations, there’s nothing like a little music to make a day at the beach an instant party. Bonus: bring a Frisbee or soccer ball to get a fun beach game going.

 

We want your spring break to be as awesome and relaxing as possible. So, enter to win the ultimate Chill-Out Kit, share it with your friends, and we’ll all cross our fingers and toes that you win!

Win a ValoreBooks #ChillOutKit

 

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

by ValoreBooks

Some of the most successful people in the world got there without the help of college. In fact, these celebrities were forcefully removed from college and went on to lead lucrative and famous lives anyway. But with midterms heating up, don’t get any bad ideas in your head. Getting kicked out of college is definitely not a recipe for success. The people below are the exception rather than the rule:

1. Paul Newman

 

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

Actor, director, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Paul Newman was expelled from Ohio University for supposedly rolling a keg into the president’s car. The president presumably forgave Newman after he won his first Golden Globe.

2. Woody Allen

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

A well-known American director and actor, Woody Allen was expelled from NYU for having poor grades. Despite the fact that many glorify his exit from college as a genius dropout, Allen has confirmed that he was expelled in interviews.

3. Samuel L Jackson

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

Actor Samuel L Jackson was expelled from historically black Morehouse College for locking board members in a building for two days in protest of the lack of black board members. Apparently the real life Jackson is just as bad a** as all the characters he plays.

4. Ted Turner

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

Billionaire Ted Turner is known as the creator of CNN, the first 24-hour news network. He was kicked out of Brown for doing the unthinkable: he had a girl in his room.

5. Salvador Dali

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

This Spanish surrealist painter was expelled from the Academy of Art in Madrid. He was expelled for stating that his professors were unable to challenge him and were not even qualified to be evaluating his work.

6. Ted Kennedy

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

The youngest brother of the famous Kennedy family was a spotty student and was eventually expelled from Harvard for paying a classmate to cheat for him.

7. Harrison Ford

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

Actor Harrison Ford was expelled from Ripon College for failing a philosophy class at the end of his senior year. He could get himself out of a room full of snakes with only a bull whip, but apparently philosophy and senioritis conquered one of America’s favorite heroes.

8. Robert Frost

8 celebrities that were kicked out of college

Frost, a famous American poet, is rumored to have been expelled from Harvard for giving a prank haircut to another student. Frost was removed from the institution due to the school’s zero-tolerance for hazing policy.

 

15 great 90s movies you should watch again

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If you were born in the 1990s, you should be proud. Why? For starters, it was a decade of awesome and unforgettable movies. So re-visit these films for a quick fix of nostalgia and entertainment. The list below is a blast from the past that includes some of the titles we think are most worthy of re-watching. Better yet, we’ve got inexpensive copies of each film in the ValoreBooks Marketplace!

1. Pulp Fiction

15 great 90s movies you should watch again

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2. Titanic

15 great 90s movies you should watch again

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3. Forrest Gump

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4. Silence of the Lambs

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5. Groundhog Day

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6. Fight Club

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7. The Big Lebowski

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8. The Lion King

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9. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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10. The Sixth Sense

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11. Clueless

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12. Home Alone

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13. Goodfellas

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14. The Sandlot

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15. The Mighty Ducks

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