Guys Tell All: 3 End-of-Semester Dates for Hoosier Couples

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Yet another fall semester is coming to a close and that can spell trouble for a relationship.  As the pressure of finals ensues, you may find it difficult to keep that spice in your companionship.  There’s no need to worry, College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University’s Guys Tell All feature this month includes some fresh tips to kick-start a date night in the midst of final exams.

Italian Retreat
Nothing ignites a sense of passion quite like a glass of pinot noir and premium Italian cooking.  Although a bit cliché, a trip to Bloomington’s premiere Italian eatery, Grazie, will surely put a romantic spin on your evening.  Don’t be afraid to doll yourself up; dressing to-the-nines adds to Grazie’s classy atmosphere.  It’s worth mentioning that Grazie is on the expensive side; however, it’s nevertheless a nice change from ordering the routine munchie madness.  When you order at Grazie, remember that wine is the perfect complement to Italian cuisine, especially a red sauced pasta.  After enjoying an elegant dining experience, make your way over to Oliver Winery’s downtown bar for the perfect nightcap.  This establishment offers a wide selection of wine. From semi-sweets to dry whites, you’re bound to find the  perfect wine to fit the evening.  Wine tasting can be an adventurous affair for a couple.  If you aren’t of the legal age to consume alcohol, head on over to Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse for a delectable dessert. We highly recommend the chocolate pate: a rich chocolate terrine with berry coulis and a artisan chocolate twig.

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Netflix Night In
Money and time can be a rarity for college students. You may be taking some time off from your part-time job in order to prepare for finals.  If your pockets seem a bit emptier than usual, a date night out might not be financially possible.  However, you can still make a date special without spending your whole week’s paycheck.  Then again, maybe money isn’t the issue.  You or your significant other might not have enough time to enjoy a night out due to studies. How about we kill two birds with one stone here?  Let’s try a homemade meal, followed by desserts and Netflix.  For dinner, get out of your comfort zone and try a new recipe. Stuffed peppers can be quite tasty and fun to make, especially if you stuff them with something exotic (crab,bacon, etc).  When it comes to dessert, baking cookies can be cheap way to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

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B-Town Beats
Mark your calendars, the hit a cappella group Straight No Chaser will be  returning to Bloomington at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18th at the IU Auditorium. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the all-male singing group, Straight No Chaser been a part of IU’s music scene for some time now.  The group’s upbeat energy and charm is sure to send your date night in an optimistic direction.  Before we get ahead of ourselves here, you might want to have a little bite to eat before attending the show.  CLCS IU recommends trying Sweet Grass, if you haven’t already.  This restaurant offers delicious, moderately priced food and, trust us, this restaurant sets the mood for a romantic evening.  For instance, as you sit down the server will light a candle, all-the-while establishing a casual environment to ensure comfort.  Be sure to grab your tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office, they’ll cost $37-$55, depending on your preferred seating.

We hope these date ideas spruce up your relationship as the semester comes to a close. We know it can be stressful to balance both studies and emotional commitments. One of these fun date suggestions should fit your finals week schedule.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Hoosier Couples’ Guide to Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving break has officially kicked off in all it’s calorie-inducing greatness. In all your soon-to-be thwarted attempts to dodge B-town traffic, you may find yourself sitting in gridlock of boredom. Crank up the radio and block the stressful thoughts, College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University is here to help you fit in a dinner date and prepare you for your partner’s family dinner this Thanksgiving.

Having trouble finding a classy way to chow down on a Turkey leg at your boyfriend’s family dinner? Meeting your significant other’s parents can be a stressful affair. No worries, CLCS IU has fresh tips and tricks to ensure a lasting first-impression. Proper table etiquette is often overlooked and with all the combined stresses of a first encounter, could be the the last thing on your mind. We’ve outlined a list of 5 overlooked, table tips for classy dining.

Tip #1 No Fidgeting, Keep The Elbows Off The Table
When stress levels raise, sitting still can be a chore. It’s good to remember that it’s just dinner, focus more on making a positive impression.

Tip #2 Compliment, Compliment, Compliment
When it comes to the culinary arts, cooks seem to have a intense sense of pride in their creations. The pot luck style of dining is a go-to method during Thanksgiving. Go ahead and compliment each dish, depending on the family size, you’re bound to make some friends.

Tip #3 No Texting At The Table
As tethered as we all seem to be to our cellular devices. There’s no need to bring it to the dinner table. If you insist on bringing it, be sure to flip it to silent or turn it off. We don’t need Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda scaring grandma at the table.

Tip #4 Use The Napkin
We assume you’ll be dressed to the nines this Thanksgiving. To avoid any unwarranted spills or mishaps, gently unfold the napkin in your lap. Throughout dinner, occasionally dab your mouth, we don’t need a cranberry-stained chin.

Tip #5 Know Your Utensils
In most cases, the salad fork is shorter than the dinner fork, measuring in at six inches. Also, you may notice that the second and third tines of the salad fork are connected to a rod, for strength. If you don’t feel like analyzing your fork under a magnifying glass, try the “outside-in” rule.

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A Black Friday Breakfast

Thanksgiving break gives you the illusion of relaxation, but we all know how busy your week can get. Planning a date during this festive week can be challenging. CLCS IU has a few date night ideas for you and your beloved this Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is a chaotic event filled with lengthy lines, cranky shoppers and cold weather. If your schedule is filled to the brim with family parties, then it’s time to think outside of the box. Embrace the chaos and turn Black Friday into a romantic adventure. Who doesn’t love an early present? After you’ve endured a frantic evening of shopping, your stomach may begin to growl. A Thanksgiving themed breakfast is in order. Cooking as a couple can be both fun and tasty. CLCS IU has included a few recipes below for fabulous pumpkin pie french toast and pumpkin bread with a healthy twist.

Pumpkin Pie French Toast 
2 Eggs
1/4th Cup Milk
1/4th Cup pumpkin puree
1/4th teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8th teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
8 slices of bread (Texas toast)

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Pumpkin Yogurt Banana Bread (Oven Time: Sixty Minutes) 
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 large bananas
2 eggs
½ cup Greek Yogurt
3/4th cup brown sugar

We hope these tips will come in handy this Thanksgiving.  If you’re stressing about meeting your partner’s family, don’t fret, just act natural.  Let them get to know the real you.  Don’t stress over date night plans, invite them to your family’s Thanksgiving.  On behalf of everyone here at CLCS IU, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Student Of The Month: Justin Lohmeyer

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Within the fabulous limestone castles of Indiana University wanders artists, economists, writers and many, many more building blocks of our generation’s future. If there’s one thing we value here at College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU, it’s student leadership. Whether it’s a student who sits on the board of an on-campus organization, an executive of a club or even a Greek member, these individuals all have something in common, initiative. These are students that convert their free time into guiding and helping others. These intelligent individuals are candidates for CLCS IU’s student of the month.

Our selections for student of the month for September is Naperville’s own, Justin Lohmeyer. Along with many like-minded Kelley students, Justin has devoted a great deal of his time to his coursework. The Kelley School of Business draws students from all over the country and, in Justin’s case, it was a hop, skip and jump away. As a Naperville native, attending IU’s business school didn’t seem far-fetched, so he packed his bags and made his way down to Bloomington. When it came to choosing a major, Justin was set on becoming a marketing mogul with an economics minor. Now, with his final semester approaching, Justin has managed to sign on board with motor vehicle giant, Toyota. Even with the business school schedule Justin still makes time for his hobby-paintball.

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Founded officially and fully recognized as a registered student organization in 2011, the IU Paintball Club has established quite the presence here at IU. At the beginning, IUPB had only six active members. As of 2014, the club has reeled in nearly 18 competitive players and over 40 recreational players. Justin is both the co-founder and president and was a major player in building the club, despite his heavy work schedule.

“At first it was hard to manage both school and the club, but after a few years i now can balance both fairly easily. Its all about planning out your days ahead of time and not procrastinating,” said Lohmeyer.

As mentioned earlier, Justin practices the art of marketing. When it came down to advertising for the club he was most certainly the man for the job. Whether it was late night flyer runs or morning chalking, Justin and his cohorts got IUPB on the map. We got a chance to sit down with Justin to get the scoop on what the paintball club is all about.

“The paintball club was established in order to bring students who enjoy this growing sport together and let them share a common bond. Among the members, collaboration on group projects and studying assistance occurs when needed,” stated Lohmeyer.

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With an imminent graduation from the business school, founding IU’s paintball club and signing on with Toyota aren’t the only achievements that make Justin Student of the Month material. Here at CLCS IU, we believe it’s noteworthy when a student goes out of their way to help others. In Justin’s case, he does this academically, recreationally and professionally.

“This organization’s purpose is to help students to succeed in college by having friends to encourage them along the way,” stated Justin.

Know a fellow co-ed that should be our student of the month? If so, head on over to our CLCS IU Facebook page, hit that “like” button and message co-editors Drew Eldred and Kelsey Roadruck with your submission of confident co-ed. Who knows, the next feature could be you.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 5 Hoosier Football Players All Co-Eds Should Know

 

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Nothing quite personifies American spirit than college football Saturdays. From the early morning breakfast clubs to tailgate outings with your favorite co-eds, this magnificent day may be the only chance you have to enjoy a hot dog at 11:00 a.m. With that being said, it’s about time to saddle up for yet another exciting season of Hoosier football. We know it can be challenging to actually attend the game after an intense tailgate session, but College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University hopes you head on over to IU Memorial Stadium to catch kick off. Not familiar with the team? No worries, CLCS IU has compiled a fresh list of the top 5 players you should be watching.

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The Natural Leader
First up, we have the general of our Hoosier offense, Nate Sudfeld. Lucky number 7 can be found at the quarterback position. The QB is the on-field organizer and he can usually be seen throwing the football. You won’t be able to miss this guy, the QB is at the center of attention and steals some serious air-time on the jumbotron. Last year, Sudfeld split time with Tre Roberson who recently transferred to another school, giving Sudfeld the official start. Over the past few years, Sudfeld has earned the respect of his teammates and, as a junior, is ready to lead our Hoosiers to victory.

The Dynamic Duo
Judging by this season’s premiere performance against Indiana State University, Tevin Coleman (6) and D’Angelo Roberts (20) are a running tandem to be feared in the Big 10 Conference. IU opened fire against ISU with a combined rushing attack of over 350 yards, which is why we couldn’t mention one of these hustling Hoosiers without the other. Coleman, the junior out of Tinley Park, is said to be the understudy of his senior counterpart, Roberts. This on and off-field relationship is obvious considering the thrashing they gave ISU’s unsuspecting defense.

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The Man Up Front
Bobby Richardson (95), a Hoosier defensive tackle made his presence known last week by sacking ISU’s QB Mike Perish three times. The defensive tackle is the first line of defense against the offense. They can be seen lining up directly across from the offense on the line of scrimmage. Sacks aren’t exactly common in football, but when a player exceeds even one sack in a game it’s impressive. Without a doubt, Richardson brought his “sack lunch” to last week’s match up. Stay tuned for more fabulous plays by this Hoosier Daddy.

The High Flyer
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s superman? No, that’s just IU’s own primetime receiver Shane Wynn (1) doing what he does best, catch footballs. In most cases, you can find a receiver lining up on the edges of the field. These players soar through the air, catching anything that’s thrown in their general direction. In Wynn’s case, he does this very, very well. Hoosier football fans should be excited to see the chemistry between Wynn and Sudfeld this season.

The Hoosier of the Midway
The final pick of our top five players to watch list lines up at one of the most intimidating positions in all of football, linebacker. Forisse Hardin (7), a senior out of Louisville, Kentucky offers a degree of athleticism opposed to the “brute” style of play. If you’re not familiar with the position, a linebacker has various responsibilities that make him a diverse player but you can find him making all those bone-crushing hits. Being a standing senior, Hardin brings leadership to the Indiana defense, which will definitely be needed this year.

We hope this list was helpful in familiarizing yourself with our Hoosier football program. Take CLCS IU’s advice on this one, if you pick a favorite player you generate more interest in the game itself. More interest makes the day’s activities more exciting, we don’t need you regretting not going to an IU football game 30 years from now. On behalf of CLCS IU, happy game day.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 5 Campus Safety Tips for Hoosiers

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Be you a freshman frantically scrambling from class to class or a senior on the eve of graduation, staying safe on campus is of the utmost importance. In college, the Hoosier co-ed experiences their first taste of freedom. With this privilege comes a host of wonderful experiences. As Hoosiers, we love to make the most out of each weekend and with that being said, it’s good to be aware of the safety of both yourself and your classmates. College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University brings you the top five campus safety tips. Let’s say you scheduled an evening class and you really aren’t comfortable walking alone at night. If so, IU offers a safety escort service that will provide rides for any student in need. Worried about a cab fare? The safety escort service is actually funded through the IU parking services so your ride won’t cost a penny. You can reach the safety escort service at (812)-855-7233. The hours of operation are 8:00 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. CS1 Did you know that we have one of the best police cadet programs in the country right here at IU? CLCS IU highly recommends that you know how to get ahold of the campus police. You can find both cadets and officers patrolling around campus on a regular basis. In most cases, these Hoosier cops can be quite approachable and are willing to help you out. If you’d like to report any suspicious behavior or are in general need of a law enforcement officer you can contact the IUPD on your mobile device by dialing either 9-1-1 or (812) 855-4111. The ancient practice of the buddy system, a method of travel that we can never outgrow. Yes, the art of buddy walking was taught in preschool but that doesn’t mean we can’t use it to make our way safely across campus. If you find a friend that has a similar class then the system is equally beneficial. If not, you could always treat your buddy to a frozen treat at Bloomington’s fabulous Hartzell’s ice cream. IU is a big place, with the towering buildings and winding sidewalks it can be easy to get lost. For our next campus safety tip we remind you to always be mindful of your surroundings. Now as cheesy or cliché as that sounds, keeping your head on a “swivel” provides that environmental consciousness to ensure safe travel. As productive college students, we like to develop routines. With that being said, developing a set path from point a to point b can help you avoid unsafe detours. Try picking a route that’s more populated with other students and is full of streetlights. If you have taken a stroll behind Woodlawn by the river I’m sure you’ve seen the grey posts sporting a big red button. These neat devices are scattered all around campus and it wouldn’t hurt familiarizing yourself with their locations. 2nd3_zpscddf9f0e For our final tip on campus safety we suggest you know some moves. Now we don’t mean the latest dance moves you’ve been practicing for IUDM, we mean butt-kicking karate moves. IU houses one of the best martial art programs in the country, with courses ranging all the way from basic self-defense to advanced Taekwondo. Nothing screams confidence and strength in a co-ed than knowing some karate. Get ready to hit the mats for some professional martial art instruction. We hope these tips provide some insight on getting around campus safely. Get that cell phone out and enter both the IU safety escort and IUPD numbers. Also, remember to stick to routes you’re familiar with so you can make it from point to point as quickly and safely as possible. CLCS IU wishes you a safe and productive week. 053_zps22f09ded (1)Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

The Comedy Attic Presents: Brooks Wheelan from SNL

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Graphic created by Drew Eldred

What better way to kick off Welcome Week than sharing a laugh with a friend at Bloomington’s own Comedy Attic.  Saturday Night Live’s Brooks Wheelan will be headlining August 21st through the 23rd at Walnut’s legendary giggle factory.  This comedic performance  will be a great addition to your Welcome Week festivities by adding a little diversity to your agenda.  A comedy show is unique, original and the ensuing laughter could shake the awkwardness out of a first date.  College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU gives you the who, what, where and when on funny man Brooks Wheelan.

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If you haven’t heard of him already, Brooks Wheelan is most known for his appearances on SNL, but before his ascendance into comedic stardom, Wheelan studied at the University of Iowa and soon ended his college career with the ultimate punch line – a biomedical engineering degree.  Soon after, Brooks found himself in Los Angeles working as a test engineer all the while dabbling into the stand-up comedy scene.  Having already performed for younger crowds back in Iowa, Brooks then devoted his full-time to studying and writing comedy.  Perhaps you’ve heard of College Humor?   If not, this joke giant has spread across the Internet like a wild fire igniting laughter from dorm rooms to crowded computer labs.  Mr. Wheelan figured it a resume booster so he became a main contributor of College Humor.  With major success on the site and at a series of comedy clubs around LA, Hollywood soon caught wind of Wheelan’s talent and before a moments notice he was offered a spot on the renowned comedy show, SNL. A Saturday sketch you might be familiar with could be his “Public Service Announcement on Irresponsible Behavior.” After only one season on SNL, Wheelan began his tour around the country performing at various stand-up comedy shows. Aren’t we, Hoosiers, lucky that this talented young man is making a pit stop here in fabulous Bloomington?

There’s no doubt that this year’s Welcome Week will be a hectic one.  If you’re interested in seeing Mr. Wheelan then you need to find a spot in your schedule that you can make it out to the Comedy Attic for a night of gut-busting laughter.  Brooks will be performing Thursday through Saturday  (August 21-23) for those of you who have your planners out.  Most shows at the Comedy Attic run at night, especially when it’s a famous comedian.  You can catch him at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, 8:00 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and his final two performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

With an electric or Internet bill planted firmly in your mailbox means scrounging up some extra cash for a night out can be difficult.  Luckily, Comedy Attic isn’t looking to take advantage of students by charging ridiculous prices for their events, which means the in fact have a student discount.  The Brooks Wheelan tickets come out to be $12 a pop but mix in that generous student discount and you’ll be spending only eight bucks of your precious currency. Hooray for more grocery money.

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Is your memory a little cloudy while trying to remember where the heck this comedy club is?  No worries, punch in 123 S. Walnut St. into your savvy smart phone and it will lead you directly to the Comedy Attic.  This place is a stone’s throw from Kirkwood Avenue and is nestled behind The Bishop.  How convenient?  If one fancies a nightcap after a robust night of laughter, be sure stop in for a drink.

We do hope you consider going out to see this great comedian at work, you won’t regret it.  After a stressful day filled with musty U-Haul trucks and pesky move-in inspections, sit back and let the comedic genius of Brooks Wheelan unwind you with uncontrollable amounts of laughter.  We, here at CLCS IU, wish you a comical Welcome Week.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Healthy Hoosiers: Eat This, Not That Fro-Yo

Graphic created by Drew Eldred

Graphic created by Drew Eldred

Nothing says summertime like a tasty, frozen treat.  This century old snack has made those lengthy walks down Kirkwood Avenue all the sweeter.  As healthy Hoosiers we should always be conscious with what we’re nibbling on, especially when it comes to these sugary tidbits.  Don’t worry, we won’t be bashing ice cream this entire article, but we will provide you with a healthy alternative that’s worth all the craze – fro-yo.

Why Frozen Yogurt?
I’m sure you’re asking yourself the burning question that we all face when your eyes furiously scan that frozen wonderland of a menu.  Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  If you’ve faced this dilemma before, don’t fret.  This highly debated predicament has been ping-ponged back and forth on health blogs and articles all across the Internet.  Alright, let’s weigh these two competitors in.   In the red corner, hailing originally from Emperor Nero’s snack fridge, we have ice cream. Really, though. The cold treat was discovered, per se, under this Roman tyrant’s regime. Additionally, this tasty treat contains 207 calories and has 11 grams of fat per serving.  Ice cream also shows high levels of cholesterol, a whopping 44 milligrams each serving.  In the blue corner we have a campus favorite that’s been challenging ice cream since the 1970s – fro-yo.  Charging ice cream right of the gate with a left hook, frozen yogurt has around 50 less calories and half the fat per serving.  Striking with precision, fro-yo thrashes its opponent by containing a barely noticeable amount of cholesterol.

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Now, before this fight gets out of hand it’s good to keep in mind that these may be the most dramatic differences between the two treats, but differences they are.  As young co-eds, we don’t usually keep an eye on our cholesterol.  The average diet of the typical college student ranges anywhere from Ramen to pizza, which might as well be considered cholesterol nukes.  It’s never too early to practice a healthy lifestyle, so it’s good to monitor fat and cholesterol intake.  A great place to start could be choosing the featherweight fro-yo over it’s heavyweight rival, ice cream.  When it comes to sodium, potassium and sugar, these guys are relatively the same across the board.  Before we move on, one more interesting fact about this delicious dessert.  Although the subject is currently a hot debate in the nutrition-sphere, frozen yogurt is said to contain probiotics that aid in the digestion process.

How To Eat It
Is there a way to enjoy frozen yogurt without increasing your calorie limit for the day?  College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at IU likes to think so.  Like any aspect to healthy eating, you should always watch your proportions.  In other words, leave room for some toppings.  Now we’re not talking about chocolate chips, crème de menthe or bits of Reese’s pieces.  Try caking on the gift of nature – fruit.   Blueberries and raspberries are high in antioxidants and taste fabulous.  Eating healthy is great, but it’s a great motivator to reward yourself from time to time. Sprinkle on some dark chocolate morsels or peanuts on your creation, the reward system can put that extra spin of positivity on your diet.  On your next visit to the fro-yo shop, pick a topping that will add a perfect amount of sweetness to your frozen creation.

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Where to get it
With the amount of frozen yogurt shops here in our beautiful town of Bloomington, it can be exceedingly difficult to choose the big winner.  If you’re feeling a little mainstream and it’s your first time trying fro-yo, you may want to check out Red Mango or Orange Leaf.  Bloomington is home to a few independently owned frozen eateries so keep your eye out.  Chocolate Moose is the go-to spot for Hoosiers. On average, the line twists around the parking lot.  This homemade frozen yogurt is worth the wait.  If you find yourself on Kirkwood Avenue keep an eye out for both Campus Candy and Hartzell’s Ice Cream.  These shops offer a wide variety of fro-yo and have established a positive rep among IU students.

Although a creamy and chocolate-y ice cream treat is like a spoonful of heaven, fro-yo wins the war of nutrition.  We, here at CLCS IU, believe in fit and active habits and keeping a healthy balance in your diet will have you feeling confident each day.  Happy yogurt hunting everyone.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Cream & Crimson Careers: Top 5 Community Service Opportunities

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Throughout our college experience various opportunities arise to better our resume. The job market can be tough and any chance you can get to beef up that resume of yours will surely help down the road. Internships are a must but here at College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU we advise you take on some community service for an extra resume booster.  Thankfully programs like this can be found all around our fabulous city of Bloomington. CLCS IU narrowed the list down to five in order to save you some time this summer.

First up, we have the Salvation Army. Located on North Rogers Street, this Christian-based outfit has been offering aid and compassion to Bloomington citizens for some time now. This branch’s thrift store always welcomes fresh volunteers to keep the shop in tip-top shape. As for your duties, you can find yourself in the back room sorting donated clothing and even stocking shelves with new items. The Salvation Army volunteer system functions on a walk-in basis and you can stay for however long your schedule permits. If you’re interested in this great opportunity, get in touch with the volunteer coordinator Peter Iversen at 812-336-4310.

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Next, we have the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Originally founded in 1982, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects food from around the area distributes it to people with low incomes or other complications. Hoosier Hills is on the lookout for more volunteers to quality check and pack boxes of donated food. This organization has had a tremendous amount of success, volunteering for such an institution will look great on that resume. You can reach Hoosier Hills by either emailing volunteer@hhfoodbank.org or giving them a call at 812-334-8374.

Have you ever driven down Walnut Avenue and noticed a few signs directing you toward Wonderlab? If you’re not familiar with this campus cranny of a museum you may be missing out on some fun volunteering opportunities. Filled with hands-on activities for youngsters, Wonderlab serves the community by exposing children to the scientific side of things in a manner that ends with a smile and giggle. As a volunteer your job is to make the visitor comfortable while exploring the many exhibits. Young children can be shy, especially when exposed to things they don’t understand, if they have someone to walk them through the activities you can really improve their experience. If this sounds like a gig for you, head on over to Wonderlab’s website where you can find volunteer applications, training sessions necessary for service and additional information.

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When it comes to community service it’s good to find a program that you can truly make a difference at. You can do just that at Bloomington’s own Middleway House. This organization offers shelter and solace to victims of domestic violence. As a volunteer, you can almost act as a big sister or brother to these children by showing them love and comfort. 30 minutes of play can truly make a difference in a child’s eye. In order to volunteer for the Middleway House you must first complete a training session. There are no specific prerequisites for the position but be sure to bring in your completed application.

Lastly, we have the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club. Whether you attended an organization like this before or are vaguely familiar with it, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club can be a fun and productive experience. Found all around the country, these institutions offer a place where children can meet new friends and participate in fun, organized activities. As for your specific duties, these may include anything from organizing club activities to playing basketball with a group of children. For further information visit the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington’s website.

No matter what interests you most, serving the community in any way shows great character. When you sit down for that first interview your potential employer may note your volunteer experience and that little section of your resume could have a major impact on their decision. Remember, confidence is key in the interview process and we believe an extra addition of community service will act as a boost for just that. CLCS IU wishes you happy volunteering.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Date Night: Hoosier-fied Patriotic Plans

Graphic created by Kelsey Roadruck

Graphic created by Kelsey Roadruck

July 4th – a day to celebrate the anniversary of our independence and a time littered with cookouts, ameteur firework displays as well as good times with friends and family.  If you’re celebrating this patriotic holiday in fabulous Bloomington this year, then you’re in for a real treat.  From fireworks to parades, B-town goes full-swing for Uncle Sam’s birthday.  Making plans, let alone a date night, can be stressful for such a busy weekend.  College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU has a few ideas for a fun Fourth of July occasion featuring you and your other half.

The Works: Parade, BBQ and Fireworks
Nothing says patriot like a Fourth of July parade filled with red, white and blue floats accompanied by candy projectiles and antsy children.  If introducing this pastime to your significant other sounds like a cool date idea, be sure to check out Bloomington’s annual Fourth of July parade.  Keep in mind that the parade festivities start at 9:00 a.m., so this could be a great event to start off with. At 9:00 a.m. the Bloomington Community band will perform on the square near the courthouse.  The parade itself begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 11:00 a.m.

After such an event one’s stomach might growl, so whip out that charcoal grill and get cooking.  At first this method of making goodies may seem a bit excessive for just the two of you, but the ambience will surely keep the mood festive and patriotic.  Fancy yourself a grill-master?  If so, test your savviness by grilling some new recipes like shish kabobs with all your favorite fresh vegetables or meats.  You can find such food items at any local Marsh or Kroger.  If you shop more on the organic side, Bloomingfoods is always a great option as they offer locally grown vegetables and a variety of local meats.

After your food settles and the sun begins to plunge into the trees, head on over to Griffy Lake to catch the sunset for a romantic spectacle that you’ll both cherish. Right off of the bypass, this lake is practically a Hoosier’s backyard. Complete with hiking trails and boat rentals, you and your love can burn off those BBQ calories in a fun way. Griffy Lake could also be a great spot to watch some surrounding fireworks.

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Star-Spangled Saturday
This year Fourth of July falls on a Friday, so feel free to continue celebrating our nation’s birthday throughout the weekend. We know the town of Bloomington never sleeps, especially on a holiday weekend. With the slew of events scheduled on Saturday, July 5, you and your other half won’t have time to be bored. With that being said, consider this date idea a night on the town.

You can’t go wrong by starting date night off with dinner, at a romantic restaurant. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy getting dressed up for the occasional elegant night out? What better place to do so than Bloomington?  CLCS IU hopes you consider the great restaurants of Fourth Street as your destination.  The outdoor seating and an ethnic twist will surely spice up your Fourth of July.  If you’re in the mood for some good, old American eating, head on over to Upland Brewery or the famous Hinkle’s Hamburgers.

Top dinner off with the greatest fireworks show around – the Monroe County Fairground’s display.  Gates will be open at 3:00 p.m. with food and live music throughout the day.  The rockets are set to fire off around 10:00 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to shoot on over after dinner without feeling rushed.

Even as the last few mortars shoot into the sky we have yet another event to keep the festivities alive.  Kilroy’s Sports is a great way to soak up the summer this holiday weekend with its sandy patio. DIY beach? Yes, please. Kilroy’s Dunkirk will also be hosting an Independence Day bash beginning at 11:30 p.m. and Bloomington’s own cover band Homegrown will be headlining the event.  The Hoosier nightlife could be the perfect nightcap for any B-town based relationship.

Patriotic Plates and Fourth Flicks
Let’s say you and your partner aren’t exactly in the financial position to attend such events this July 4th.  No worries, CLCS IU has a few ideas to keep the holiday spirit alive at home.  Again, you could start your date off with dinner, but this time we’ll go the homemade route.   In this case, the possibilities are endless, but on July 4th you can’t go wrong with American cuisine. As we mentioned earlier, grilling brings out the energy of the Fourth of July, but it’s not the only way to enjoy a meat-and-potatoes, American-style dish.  The stovetop and oven are the cornerstones of American cooking.  A couple options for this method could be breaded chicken or pork chops baked to perfection in that oven of yours.  After you’ve selected what items you’d like to make, grab some sides with names that just scream ‘MERICA.  Such sides could include potato salad, barbecued baked beans, grilled corn on the cob or even southern style mac-and-cheese. Check out Marsh’s deli; it’s always featuring a creative concoctions.

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When you are finished with choosing your preferred dinner items you may feel your sweet tooth muttering, “Head to aisle five, cake mix awaits you.”  Ever since the dawn of humankind, baking goodies has been a fun and delicious activity for couples.   Get that thinking cap of yours out and come up with a creative dessert classic for your Fourth of July splurge. CLCS IU can’t get enough of American flag cakes. Of course, you could browse Pinterest for recipes, but we suggest putting your own patriotic spin on it. Additionally, CL’s editor-in-chief Shelly Marie Redmond recently shared some of her favorite Fourth desserts with a healthy kick, like No-Bake Team USA Cheesecake Pie.

Supplies:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1 block of ⅓ fat less cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 container of whipped topping

Directions:

  1. First, beat the cream cheese in a bowl for two minutes.
  2. Next, add vanilla extract, sugar and whipped topping. Beat mixture for two more minutes.
  3. Then, layer glasses with strawberries, whipped topping and blueberries.

Enjoy your dessert with a Fourth-festive flick. As of now, cinemas around town aren’t showing any movies that have a patriotic vibe to them.  Don’t fret though, Family Video is right down the road on South Walnut Street where you can find Fourth of July greats such as “The Patriot,” “Independence Day” and “Born On The Fourth of July.”  Cuddle up next to your partner in crime and enjoy a lovely date night in.

Whether you’re hitting the town or enjoying a comfortable DIY holiday, we here at CLCS IU hope you enjoy your Fourth of July in a fun, but safe fashion.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 5 Gifts for a Hoosier Daddy

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Gift giving can be difficult, especially if the recipient happens to be one of the most influential people in your life – your Hoosier Daddy.  From helping you with those first few steps to moving you into your collegiate dormitory, this super man has made his way into a special part of your heart.  With that being said, College Lifestyles Campus Satellite Indiana University believes in creative and thoughtful gifting and has a fresh list of five gifts that are sure to have your Hoosier Daddy smiling from ear to ear this Father’s Day.

#1 Fan
Have a dad that’s as big as a Hoosier sports fan as you?  If so, it might be a good idea to check out the ticket offers for a big game.  Be it tailgating before the Hoosiers hit the gridiron or watching Tom Crean’s boys dribble their way to a championship, making your Dad a season ticket holder could be a great option.  The tickets themselves can be expensive, so look out for the football and basketball combo for a slightly discounted price.

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Craft & Care
Next up we have a little idea for a homegrown care package that’s sure to impress any beer connoisseur on Father’s Day.  Don’t worry, if you weren’t able to get the weekend off and celebrate the big day with pops, all is not lost. Why not make a care package littered with the fabulous microbrews of Bloomington’s own Upland Brewery?  A clue to pick up these tasty ales for a gift could be the frequent visits to Upland when your parents’ visit.  Now, if your Dad is particular about his brews, be sure to get something he doesn’t always get to enjoy. Variety is good.

Memorabilia
There’s something about receiving a gift in the mail that adds excitement to one’s day.  If mailing a gift is out of the ordinary then use this care package method.  Because the contents of this parcel are up to you, think of stores that are unique to Bloomington.  Whether you like it or not, your Dad is proud of you for attending a prestigious school like IU.  He’ll want to sport that pride whenever he gets a chance and IU trinkets will do just that; trinkets meaning an IU coffee cup or bumper sticker with “Hoosier Daddy” printed on them.  Now, there are more than just mugs and stickers that act as such gifts. Seeing that Kirkwood is covered with IU-themed novelty shops, you might just have your job cut out for you.

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Cream & Crimson Swag
Ah, the “Indiana University Dad” t-shirt – a classic.  Dads can be pretty simple when it comes to give receiving so some IU-themed clothes could do the trick.  If his closet is overflowing with IU swagger, try to get something with a little pizzazz; be original.   At the IMU’s IU Bookstore, t-shirts with the text “Hoosier Daddy” on the front are being displayed near the entrance and will run you about $20.  The comedic approach is great, but if your dad is a meat-and-potatoes type of guy, a darker t-shirt may suit him better; one that he can wear out in the garage.

Quality Time in B-Town
Have you exhausted your all of your gift ideas these past 20 or so years? No need to get frustrated or stressed out thinking up some elaborate gift. How about an all-inclusive Dad’s weekend down here in the wonderful town of Bloomington?  Take him downtown for a lunch at Nick’s followed by a tour around campus.  Show him your favorite hangout spots and where you have had your favorite classes.  He’ll really enjoy this idea if he’s an IU alumni.  As mentioned earlier in the article, Upland Brewery’s headquarters are located in Bloomington and are a frequented attraction for both food and tours of the actual brewery. Cheers.

Whether you’ll be making a gift or having your Dad down for a Bloomington adventure, sit and think how wonderful it is to have a supportive father that’s been there all throughout your life.  CLCS IU hopes you make this Father’s Day a classy one by showing your Hoosier Daddy all the love and appreciation he deserves.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.