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Six ways to deal with a difficult roommate

February 11, 2014

Most likely every college student will have to live with one or more roommates during their college experience, whether they live in University housing, an apartment or Greek house. It is also likely that not all roommates will become or remain best friends after living with each other.  Kevin Butz,...

Staying in same apartment has benefits over moving

Staying in same apartment has benefits over moving

February 11, 2014

Most people are surprised when I tell them I’ve lived in the same apartment with the same roommate for three years. I’ll admit, it has its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change a thing. For one, I’ve never had to move out. That means for me, summer vacation requires a suitcase of clothes. No co...

Maximizing space, comfort in bedrooms

Maximizing space, comfort in bedrooms

February 11, 2014

The transition from living at home over the summer to moving into a dorm or apartment can be a big one. At home, one is allotted multiple rooms with space to move around and store everything. Plus, students have the luxury of their parents’ decorating, which makes the home cozy and inviting. At college, livi...

Studying abroad? Start browsing subleasing options

Studying abroad? Start browsing subleasing options

By David Rothmund

February 11, 2014

When Alla Krashevsky, junior in LAS, was notified she would be studying abroad in Granada, Spain, in August, she was teeming with excitement. But with plans to travel abroad, every study abroad student must make arrangements for things back home. Waiting until the last minute can become stressful, and ...

Six ways to make your dorm room or apartment feel more like home

Six ways to make your dorm room or apartment feel more like home

By Mara Shapiro

February 11, 2014

Leaving home can be tough for a lot of college students. However, it is still possible to make a college dorm or apartment a “home away from home” through various decorative and comforting tactics and items. 1. Posters Posters are a great way to decorate the dreary dorm walls. Posters of music artists, movies, sport...

Five ways to divide up roommate chores

Five ways to divide up roommate chores

February 11, 2014

Avoid the mess of unclean dishes, scattered laundry and dirty floors with creative ways of dividing house responsibilities. With these ideas, there won’t be a need for passive aggressive notes or unnecessary tension. Instead, you will most likely experience better communication and form a stronger friendshi...

Owning pets on campus is costly, but oh so rewarding

Owning pets on campus is costly, but oh so rewarding

By Saher Khan

February 11, 2014

A house is not a home without the ones you love, and that includes pets. Whether it is a cat or dog, having pets creates a different dynamic in one’s home, and that dynamic is especially felt on a college campus. Sidra Ismail, junior in Media, has a Persian cat name George living with her at school ...

Dorms to apartment, teenager to adult

Dorms to apartment, teenager to adult

February 11, 2014

Once freshman year is done and in the books, University students may find themselves with the option of being able to transition from dorm life to apartment living.   The prospect of moving from one’s dormitory into an apartment can be quite an intimidating feat. This was the case for April Wash...

Dream house made of campus buildings

Frank Warren, author of the New York Times’ best seller, “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God”, presented a multimedia presentation at the Foellinger Auditorium on Nov. 5.

February 11, 2014

Haven’t you ever wanted to go to Foellinger Auditorium, pull the screen down, and play video games on the projector? Wouldn’t it be great to have a kitchen as big as Ikenberry Dining Hall? The buildings we enter every day for lectures and discussions on campus are extraordinary, so I decided to create my d...

When (and how) to settle landlord disputes

By Alice Smelyansky

February 11, 2014

We get it all the time – whether it’s the old woman who skimps you on tips because you look too fresh-faced, or your employer who makes jokes at your expense, people like to take advantage of you because of your age. But your landlord, who takes quite a hefty sum out of your pocket every month, ...

Avoid packing unnecessary baggage for school

Avoid packing unnecessary baggage for school

By Declan Harty

February 11, 2014

At the beginning of each semester, thousands of students arrive on campus, bringing with them heaps of clothes, treasured pictures of loved ones, and, although perhaps unknowingly, items that they will never use. Unnecessary items brought to campus may range from school supplies to cars, according to Tri...

Roommate Compatibility Quiz

Roommate Compatibility Quiz

By Raymond Sobczak

February 11, 2014

Whether you are an incoming freshman or a seasoned upperclassman, picking a roommate is tough. With more than 40,000 students on campus, finding the perfect roommate can feel searching for a needle in a haystack. And once you find potential roommates, there are numerous factors to consider, such as lifesty...

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