Late Classes Mean More Parties and Bad Grades

You may get more sleep when your classes don’t start until noon, however, a recent study shows that you’re more likely to drink a lot and receive poor grades as well.

Two St. Lawrence University professors surveyed 253 students and found that “night owls” party more and study less than their “early bird” counterparts.

“Later class start times predicted more drinking, more sleep time and modestly lower grades, overall,” said  Pamela Thacher, co-lead author of the study.

Thacher, who’s also an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Lawrence noted: “Later class start times seemed to change the choices students make: They sleep longer, and they drink more,” she said.

The one noticeable benefit to late classes is more sleep, but students aren’t getting quality sleep. Research shows that booze interferes with our deep sleep, so heavy drinkers feel tired most of the time, which could explain those not-so-hot grades.

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Best Snacks for Your College Bowl Party

The college bowls are looming which translates to parties, parties and more football parties! Food is, undoubtedly, the single most important part of any college bowl party. Okay, perhaps it’s the second most important part- I suppose you need to make sure you have a TV first. Once that’s all figured out (which is something I really can’t help you with) start brainstorming because I’m telling you, good food equals a good party.

Here are a few of my favorite college football party food ideas:

  • Sandwiches are a lot of fun because you can either go with a make-your-own sandwich bar or buy one of those huge subs that you always see the pictures of at Subway.

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University of Oregon Students Riot in Local Neighborhood

cruzerA group of 400 rioters stormed a neighborhood street in Eugene, Oregon on September 24, 2010. Some of the rioters were college students from the University of Oregon.

The riot occurred in the West University neighborhood. Many students live in this area and have “very large houses with basements (that) can hold a couple hundred people each,” according to the Eugene police spokesman Doug Mozan.

It seems that a party got out of hand, and the drunken party-ers spilled out of the house and into the streets. Once in the neighborhood streets, they began throwing bottles at officers, breaking car windows, and tearing down street signs.

These groups tend to “engage in group-think. It was like a flash mob, almost,” Mozan said. This means that if one person says the group should riot, this one person could influence everyone else to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the U.S.

OktoberfestAsk almost any college student what their favorite type of beer is, and you are likely to get a long babble about a particular brand or style and how this beer is the best beer in the world. However, we college students don’t know squat about beer compared to the Germans.

In Germany, there is a 16-day long festival devoted to beers, drinking beer, singing songs about beer, and just about any other beer-related activity you can think of. What is this fantastic beer-belly-inducing celebration called? Oktoberfest!

The original Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany every September. It is also the world’s largest fair, with around six million people attending every year. This year is the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, and the celebrations will start on September 18 and last until October 4, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons Not to Binge Drink

barMost students think that college is the time to party. You may have fewer commitments, more leisure time and no parental guidance; that sounds like an awesome time, right? Well living it up in college doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend it binge drinking. Sure, that peer pressure mom warned you about is tough to ignore in college. Plus, some parties can be socially awkward, and you may cling to the beer can to become more outgoing. While heavy drinking may seem like a necessary college pastime, it comes with several risks:

Your wallet: you probably thought it was just the books and tuition that broke your bank, but you can plan on spending $25 to $50 a night boozing it up at a club.

Weight gain: If you’re trying to lose the “freshman 15”, binge drinking isn’t going to help. There’s roughly 750 calories in 5 cans of beer and 2500 in 5 margaritas. Read the rest of this entry »

30 College Date Party Ideas for a Can’t-Miss Event

One of the most well-known Greek life traditions is the weekly or bi-weekly mixer. A mixer, also known as a social or date party, is when a fraternity invites a sorority to an event just for the two organizations. A private mass date, if you can imagine. There’s definitely a lot of booze and dancing involved.

Normally mixers are parties held at the fraternity house, private events at local bars, comedy clubs, movie theaters, restaurants, sporting events, tailgates, etc. Sometimes they can be lavish events at country clubs, or simple cheap BBQ’s in a park.

Often times the fraternity and sorority will theme their mixers and members will come dressed to the theme. It’s a great way to increase excitement and participation for the event.

If you are planning a mixer here are some great theme ideas:

    • “I’m glad I’m not…”: Dress as something you are not (cheerleader, pregnant, the Joker, a freshman, a fan from an opposing sports team, a nerd, etc.).
    • 80’s prom: Big hair, big sleeves and cheesy music are all you need.
    • Above Par: You’ll need golfing attire like argyle and tweed, and monogrammed golf tees.
    • Anything but Clothes: Dress in anything but clothes (Twister board, a picnic blanket, caution tape, a cardboard box, inner-tube with flippers, etc.).
    • Be my Date: Dress as a date on the calendar (Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, etc.)
    • Board Shorts & Bikinis: A luau-themed party will be complete with tropical drinks and fresh, bright flowers.
    • Celebrity: Spin this a number of ways – come as your favorite celebrity, have a red carpet Oscar-esque party, or even create the scene for your own tabloid debacle.
    • Come as You are: Last minute social notice, you go in literally what you are wearing when you find out about the event.
    • Cops and Robbers: Have fun dressed as good guys and bad guys, just don’t have the real cops called!
    • Cowboys and Indians: This wild-west theme can include a poker table, sexy fringe and generous portions of good barbecue!

Wild West College Part

  • Decades: Dress as a stylish person from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or ’90s.
  • Dudes and Dolls: You and your date can dress like a well-known doll (Barbie and Ken, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, action heroes, Cabbage Patch Kids, etc.).
  • Famous Couples: Go as far back as the romantic Romeo and Juliet, or as recent as the train-wreck Tiger and Elin.
  • Graffiti: Everyone wears white shirts, then have plenty of markers on hand to decorate one another. Ties in well with the 80’s theme!
  • Kentucky Derby: Big, fancy hats, a crisp seersucker suit with a bright bow tie, and a supply of mint juleps will set the scene for this Southern-inspired party.
  • Kindergarten: Recreate your look from the first day of kindergarten, serve finger foods, spiked juice boxes, and try silly games like hopscotch or kickball.
  • Letter S: Build your party around the letter S. Serve sandwiches and shiraz, play sixty’s music or bands that start with S, and dress like something that starts with the letter s, like a sailor, singer, softball player, snowman, Snoopy, shacker, etc.). This can apply to any letter.
  • Masquerade: The ultimate in classic dress-up! Have everyone bring a mask, or have the supplies on hand to make them at the party.
  • MTV: A true rock-star, music video-themed party where everyone’s favorite songs are played and they arrive dressed like MTV stars like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, etc.).
  • Nautical and Nice: Take a page from the Hamptons and wear nautical attire. That’s boat shoes, plaid shorts and bright Polos for the guys, and bold navy and white stripes against soft khaki shorts for the girls. A crab boil is the perfect dinner to tie the theme together.
  • Neon colors: A perfect excuse to buy glow sticks, black lights, and really tacky lipstick!
  • Olympics: Each couple can represent a different country, play light-hearted games like Bocce, horseshoes, or even volleyball, and serve an array of international cuisine. The torch is a must!
  • Pajama Jam: Sexy or comfy, everyone arrives in their favorite PJs for a cozy party. Have plenty of popcorn and show a movie outside.
  • Peace and Love: Throw-back to the groovy 60’s with a tie-dye or boho look.
  • Red Light, Green Light: If you’re single you wear green, if you’re in a relationship you wear red, if “it’s complicated” you wear yellow.
  • Speak Easy: A sexy, smokey cabaret-themed party inspired by the roaring 20’s.
  • Superhero: Dress like as your favorite comic book or action movie star, like Batman, Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Captain Planet, etc.).
  • Ties and Tiaras: This black-tie event will show everyone you really can clean-up from your typical campus look.
  • Toga Party: The standard fraternity party, this is a throwback to your Greek roots.
  • What Used to be Cool: Trends from the past like scrunchies, spandex, acid wash jeans, flannel and worker boots, poodle skirts and leather jackets… you get the idea.

If you’ve enjoyed a really creatively-themed party, let us know about it in the comments below!

How to Throw a Fourth of July Party on a Budget

american flagIf you’re spending the summer on campus or at home working at the country club, you’re probably watching your budget. But hosting a Fourth of July party is not out of the question, despite what you have saved in your checkings account.

Follow these tips to throw a frugal but super fun Fourth of July party.

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Host an Olympic Party in Your Dorm Room

cupcakeWith the 2010 Winter Olympics just a few days away, why not curb the winter blues and host an Olympic-themed party in your college dorm room or apartment during the opening ceremonies?

Consider this Olympic kick-off party just another reason to gather some friends around, nosh on some great food and drinks and become inspired by the young athletes who have trained for their entire lives for this day.

Here are few tips to get your Olympic party going.

  • Don patriotic clothing: Guests are only allowed to wear clothing that represents their country of origin. So if you hail from the U.S., red, white and blue digs must be worn and for your dorm buddy who comes from India, green, saffron and white clothing is their ticket into the soiree.
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Best Halloween Party Ideas

halloween partyHalloween is almost here! Hopefully you’ve already picked out your costume, but if not, check out EDUinReview’s recommendations for the best Halloween costumes. So, now you have a costume.

Do you have plans? Well, if not, why not throw a party? Everyone loves parties, especially themed parties. And if you need a few ideas for what would make a ghoulishly awesome Halloween party, check out these ideas:

1. Jason/Freddy Kruger Party– Two of the scariest, evil bad guys ever: Jason and Freddy. You can easily plan a party around this. Tell your friends to come dressed as either of these villains, their victims, or even Wes Craven. Then pop in the DVD and start getting scared. You can play games such as whenever someone dies, everyone has to tell their own creepy story, or whatever creative ideas you can come up with.

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Best Halloween Costumes for 2009

It’s October! And you know what that means: Halloween!skeleton mask

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was a kid, it was all about the candy. Now that I’m in college, it’s about having a better costume than my friends. My first costume when I was a baby was a pea-pod. I remember being a butterfly for four years in a row when I was 6-10. I like to think that my costume ideas have improved since my childhood; however, last year’s attempts to turn a black cocktail dress into a “Desperate Housewife” didn’t really turn out too well.

This year, I plan on picking my costume from one of the following lists of the top costumes for 2009. Read the rest of this entry »


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