How to save money while buying groceries
Feb22

How to save money while buying groceries

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells Grocery shopping is an integral part of any functioning college student’s life, from non-traditional students with families to feed, to dorm-living freshmen The concept of grocery shopping is quite simple– buy food to eat for a certain period of time, take home and eat said food, and then go back to the grocery store after that food is gone. But, there are some tricks to making the most of grocery shopping, so that the trip is less expensive and helps you save time. 1. Check what you already have. First, make a list of the groceries you want to pick up. Write out all of the items you think you may need. Then, go through your pantry and see if you need to add anything to this list. Check how much of certain products you have, such as milk or eggs, and see if you need to stock up. This in turn will save time and consolidate your visits to one trip. 2. Find recipes for the week. Ever watch an easy recipe tutorial on Facebook or miss your mom’s chicken noodle soup? When grocery shopping, a good way to eliminate wastefulness or excess buying is to come prepared. Plan out what you want to eat for the week, including snacks and the core three meals. The meals you plan don’t have to be fancy (though you are welcome to experiment). If you plan to have sandwiches for the week, make sure to jot down the items you will need to pick up in order to accomplish those meals. This not only saves time throughout the week, but it also allows for a way to experiment with making new meals as well as saving on items that might expire. You can find good recipes on allrecipes.com. On this site, you can plug in certain ingredients as well as the time period in which you want to cook. Tastee can be found on youtube.com. These videos help guide you through the cooking process. Tastee chefs cook alongside you and give instructions as they go. 3. Buy different brands. When shopping, don’t always go looking for the name brand items. When on a budget, make sure to compare prices and labels. Sometimes the store brand will be the better buy. Also, make sure to check out the price per ounce. This can be found under the price, and will usually be a small portion of the price listed. This helps to show how much each item is selling for per ounce, as compared to the one next to it, and can...

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Sodexo offers specialty nights, 1845 Grill serves breakfast
Feb08

Sodexo offers specialty nights, 1845 Grill serves breakfast

Published in the February 8, 2017 issue of The Bells The dining hall has gone through many changes since its inception. Most recently, students saw the cafeteria-style dining moved from Hardy Hall to the new and improved student union, Bawcom. Now there are even more changes coming to the dining process on campus. Recently, the dining hall (which is open to all students, but more namely those living in residence halls) has begun doing specialty dinners. Specializing in one particular type of meal makes it easier for students to decide on where they want to eat that night. Some of the specialty nights have included meals such as classic southern chicken dinners, burger and pizza dinners, and various other southern, home-grown classics. These nights have been successful in pleasing the university community, including students and faculty alike. Eating in the dining hall can be the quite the experience for all, as the buffet tends to offer many varying options to appeal to the Cru community. Whether students are eating in the dining hall with friends, to wandering in 10 minutes before class for a quick bite, many Crusaders have a positive tale to tell when speaking about their dining experiences. “There are a few things students should know about eating in the dining hall,” says Elizabeth Sawatzki, sophomore Spanish major and Sodexo employee. “We are now not allowed to put ice cream in cups for those who enjoy root beer floats, but you can transfer it yourself manually.” The dining hall employee said for another dining hall treat, students can toast cookies in the toaster to make them yummy and warm. “Another tip I’d give to students is that If one station is out of a condiment or topping you like, always check a different station. There will more than likely be one with some. It’s really just learning the hacks for the dining hall, and making the most of the situation.” The dining hall also provides meals to the university community through various fast-food chains that are open on campus. This includes a student favorite– The 1845 Grill, which is also located in the Bawcom Student Union building. The grill is known for the fresh foods it serves at a reasonable price. Their hours range from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays. Some of these times vary by day, which allows students to enjoy various dishes such as pancakes or tacos between classes. “Honestly, it’s nice to get a burger from the Grill every few days,” said Freshman Criminal Justice major,...

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How to turn New Year’s  resolutions into healthy habits
Jan25

How to turn New Year’s resolutions into healthy habits

Published in the January 25, 2017 issue of The Bells The New Year rolls in each year with an abundance of New Year’s resolutions, many of them relating to health and fitness. Whether it is to work out more often or to eat healthier, as a new year comes around, gyms seem more packed than usual and grocers nationwide begin selling out of fruits and veggies. But as the year continues, the ambition to keep those resolutions seems to slowly fade away. Gyms suddenly become less packed, grocers stop advertising healthier options, and people start to fall back into old habits. Once seemingly achievable goals start to seem impossible, and they are inevitably forgotten until another year rolls around and the cycle repeats. What people don’t seem to comprehend is that the resolutions they make can’t be a one-time change. They have to be lifestyle changes. When trying to achieve a better body, it seems as though no one wants to put in the hard work. From quick-fix drinks to medical procedures, many people want to reap the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle without actually living one. To achieve a better body, people have to change their lifestyle and really put sweat and hard work into it. The popular 70-30 ratio of good health–70 percent food and 30 percent working out–is important to remember when attempting to change unhealthy habits. One way to make a lasting change is to make better food choices. It isn’t about completely eliminating the foods you enjoy, it’s about moderation and modification. Love fries? Find a recipe for sweet potato fries. Can’t go without having tacos on Taco Tuesday? Make them at home to ensure the ingredients are wholesome. By spending money on food at the grocery store instead of wasting money at the drive-thru, you are able to control factors like portion and the quality of ingredients. . Along with making good choices, it is also important to be consistent with lifestyle changes. Whether you choose to run a mile everyday or eat healthier, you have to really stick to these choices in order to see results. This will help these changes become habits. From staying healthy to dropping a few pounds, the New Year is a fresh start to achieve your new (and old) resolutions.. Maybe this year we can all form healthy habits instead of looking for a quick fix to all of our problems. And if not, there’s always next January,...

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Crusader athletics programs prepare for Spring sports season

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells As Cru football heads into another playoff game, sports fans are hopeful for a championship win and ready to watch other Cru sports teams take the field and the court when the spring semester arrives. From baseball and softball to tennis to golf to basketball, sports fans can expect teams that will represent them well Cru Baseball and Softball kick off their seasons this coming February. They play various teams throughout their season, which commences in February and finishes up in April. Having already started their seasons, women and men’s basketball will continue their season into the spring, ending their regular season games in February. Our women’s team leads with a 4-6 record, and our men are right behind with 2-5 record. Both teams are made up mostly of freshmen, which allows for a lot of energy on the court. . And even though the teams are young, they have both proven that they are not easily defeated. The golf team will also start playing again in February after a brief hiatus. Having placed first in two previous tournaments, the team will continue to strive for the best. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said sophomore engineering major, TJ Crenshaw. “Overall, we’ve really grown close. It’s been a bonding experience I won’t likely forget, and I’m excited to see how far we can make it in the upcoming games. Go Golf Cru.” Many students are also preparing to go out and support our teams. “I can’t wait to go support all of the people I know.” Says junior marketing major Kelly Carlin. “I have lots of friends playing in a lot of the spring sports. Sometimes people forget to come out and support these teams, but it’s a great experience and the teams really appreciate it.” Spring sports are on the way, so get ready to go out and support the...

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Campus crowns Miss MHB 2017

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells A crowd of parents and students sat anxiously Saturday evening in Walton Chapel, waiting to see who would become Miss MHB 2017. As a hush fell over the spectators, Miss United Way, Bridgit Sillman, was announced as the competition’s winner. After the announcement, the junior education major’s fellow contestants ran to hug the newly-crowned pageant queen and celebrate her victory. “It still doesn’t quite feel real,” Sillman said. “My com group leader texted me that night and asked how do you feel, and my response was exhausted but also wide awake, overwhelmed but also really calm, still pretty sure it’s all a dream. That’s kind of still how I’m feeling, it doesn’t feel real.” Despite her dream-like state, the new Miss MHB wowed the audience and the judges with her emotional performance of “Fight Song,” in American Sign Language. Sillman has always had a passion for the language and children with special needs, especially those who suffer from emotional disorders like her brother. “I see my platform as more community-based versus campus-based because it affects more people in the community then it does on campus,” she said. “I am a firm believer in early intervention, for all special education. The sooner you’re able to implement behavioral modification, the better.” Sillman also believes helping children and other community members who suffer from such disorders will not only help these people, but it will also help to erase the stigma associated with emotional issues. While the education major is eager to start work on her platform, she is still reveling in the experience that was pageant and the friendships she made along the way. “It was really hard because those friendships didn’t come until the end for me, but throughout the last few weeks we were able to open up and be transparent about how this all was affecting us,” she said. “We all sacrificed so much to do this, it wasn’t just a piece of cake. Being transparent was really something that I learned throughout this entire experience.” Sophomore journalism major, Felicia Suominen, who represented Gettys Hall, echoed Sillman’s feelings about the sisterhood that arose from the shared pageant experience, and said she also learned a lot about herself. The Miss MHB Pageant has become a highly-anticipated event each year not only because it is entertaining, but because it portrays the women of the university in a positive light. The contestants are not only celebrated for their outer beauty, but for their inner beauty as well. Hundreds turned out for the last night of competition to see the crowning and...

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