Costume Corner: Halloween Costume Ideas Week 5

I wanted to make sure that the Costume Corner was diverse and offered costume ideas for every person, in every situation, so this week we bring you costumes for the ever hard-to-disguise baby bump. I went over to Brit + Co  for some inspiration and all of the costumes they had were adorable so I decided to post them all! The dress-ups featured here work on the premise of, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” If you’re sporting the bump this Halloween season, by all means, show it off.

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From left to right:
1. Juno
2. Sunny Side Up
3. See-Through Sonogram Belly
4. Treasure Troll
5. Wrecking Ball (with backup dancers)
6. Garden Gnome
7. Wrecking Ball (solo)
8. Classic Pumpkin
9. Bun in the Oven

Detailed instructions for these costumes can be found here.

If you and baby try any of these, or any of our other Costume Corner costumes for Halloween, don’t forget to tag us @millikinect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

What You Can Buy Instead Of One Month’s Rent At The Woods

The Woods at Millikin is a “gated community” with apartments for Millikin University students. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with a “fantastic view” of Decatur neighborhoods and right next to train tracks to wake you up at any given time of the night. Sounds lovely. Take a guess for how much rent is. $400 per month, $500 tops? Wrong.

Rent alone for each person is a whopping $750 plus utility costs which brings it to around $800. So if 4 people are living in one Woods’ apartment, they are paying around $3,000 a month. Seriously?

Let’s play a game called, “What Can You Buy Instead Of One Month’s Rent At The Woods?”

1. A used 1992 Pontiac Bonneville

$750

Pack up your things and start living in the back seat of this beauty. You even save $50! If you get tired of this car after a month, you can just buy a different one!

2. 32 Blu-Ray movies

$800

That’s 32 reasons to not do your homework!

3. A 2 year membership for “Bacon of the Month” club

$800

This sure makes me hungry. Too bad I have no grocery money because it goes straight to my monthly rent.

4. Round trip flight to Las Vegas

$500

And you know the parties will be better there!

5. A Puggle

$700-$800

Because who needs a place to live when you have an adorable puppy to keep you warm and happy?

Millikinect’s Top 5 Men’s Shoe Picks for Fall

There are many choices when it comes to shoes.  Whether it is casual or sport specific footwear we have come to help steer you in the right direction.   Sometimes it is hard to choose what to buy because there are numerous styles of shoes out there. Regardless if you are a Sperries type or like to walk around in the latest Nikes, Converse, or Air Jordans you will want to take a look at some of the latest upcoming shoe releases with help from our friends at hypebeast.com.

1. Nike KD7 “On The Road”

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“The latest variation of Nike’s KD7 is inspired by road games for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. Each shoe is dipped in shades taken from the Oklahoma City Thunder’s away uniform. As such, Nike’s latest campaign for the KD7 takes a look at Kevin Durant‘s journey on the road. The reigning MVP admits that it takes extra effort to be the best at what he does. On away trips, Durant makes sure to get in an extra half-hour session of shooting before games. It’s that dedication that helps him sink game winners against opposing teams. ” Quieting a crowd on the road with a big shot is one of the best parts of basketball,” he says in a new Nike Basketball visual. ” That’s what I love the most. Hitting the dagger shot or hitting the game winner, going out there and just dominating, that’s what life is about on the road.” The KD7 “On the Road” will be available on Nike’s website and at select retail locations globally on October 23″ (Chris Harris, hypebeast.com).

2. Nike Flyknit Roshe Run “Triple Black”

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“A combination of Nike’s most covetable technologies come together in the newest release from the Swoosh camp: the Flyknit Roshe Run. After taking a first look at the sneaker just last month, here we take a closer inspection of this detailed release. The Flyknit upper plays perfectly into traditional woven autumnal motifs, executed with an intricate honeycomb pattern at the toebox and traditional heather black at the midfoot. These features rest atop a clean black Phylon outsole, irresistibly cushioned per the Roshe Run design canon. Pick up this release at select Nike stockists in the coming weeks” (HypeBeast Staff, hypebeast.com).

3. Saucony Originals GRID 9000 “Spice” Collection

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“Saucony has come out with a set of new colorways for its classic GRID 9000 model dubbed the “Spice” collection. The new iterations take on colors representing spices from across the globe including paprika, cardamom, rosemary, fennel, cinnamon and turmeric, while the shoe’s construction consists of rich suede and mesh. While the design for the “Spice” collection are on point, the shoes themselves sport supreme comfort through its G.R.I.D technology. The Saucony Originals GRID 9000 “Spice” Collection is now available at Saucony retailers worldwide” (Alex Lindrum, hypebeast.com).

4. Supra Skytop IV Featuring Laser-Etched Pony Hair Suede

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“As a mainstay brand within the realms of skate and lifestyle, SUPRA continues to develop one of its iconic silhouettes. The classic Skytop IV is the latest in the range to receive a unique update, as the laser-etched sneaker is composed of black pony hair suede and olive textile with a geometric pattern. Chad Muska’s signature model is a ruggedly constructed high top featuring a clean vamp and set apart with a short black eyestay, while the upper is comprised primarily from the laser-etched pattern of olive chevrons and black diamonds. Sitting atop a black SUPRAFOAM midsole and a black rubber outsole as well as a toe bumper to provide superior traction, the sneaker is an amalgamation of SUPRA’s direction in merging functionality with style. Finishing touches include a neoprene bootie and black kidskin lining that further enhances the comfort and support levels. Keep an eye out for this rendition of the Skytop IV to release at SUPRA and its stockists worldwide this month” (Arby Li, hypebeast.com)

5. Nike Zoom Hypercross Trainer Black/ Turquoise

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“Using the same proprietary Zoom Air cushioning technology as the recently released Nike LeBron 12, these Zoom Hypercross Trainers are designed for versatility across multiple court surfaces, both indoors and out. Featuring contrasting panels of turquoise and dark green-grey, the lightweight mesh upper features soft, pliable foam on the inside for training-specific support and a better fit. The selling point however are the Zoom Air shock-absorption units, which provide fast and responsive traction while allowing for agility on the court thanks to its full rubber outsole. The Zoom Hypercross Trainers will be available at multiple retailers” (Gavin Yeung, hypebeast.com).

It is easy to tell that we are just scratching the surface of a few of the latest fall releases.  Be sure to stay up to date as we will be bringing you more of our editor’s top picks as the semester goes on.  We will discuss our Top 5 Boots for Winter in our next edition.

What shoes are you most excited about for fall? Share your favs in the comments below or connect with Millikinect on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Costume Corner: Halloween Costume Ideas Week 4

This week’s costume is for all the couples out there. I know you’ve been agonizing over which costume will perfectly project your relationship to the world and this one is it!

The Tooth Fairy and a Beloved Tooth
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This idea comes from Julie Ann Art and although it does require a bit more time and money than some of the other costumes we’ve featured here, it was just too cute to not share with you all.

The most involved part of this costume is obviously the tooth costume. Instructions for the molar can be found here.

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Thankfully, whoever chooses to be the Tooth Fairy doesn’t have to work too hard to create a costume that easily identifies you as the keeper of all baby teeth.

Supplies Needed:
Crown/tiara
Fairy wings
White leotard or white tank and shorts
Tutu
Tights
Rod/dowel/stick for the wand
Craft foam/paper

The only crafting required for the fairy costume is to make the tooth wand. Draw a molar on craft foam, or a sturdy paper like card stock, and cut it out. Attach to whatever you’re using as the base of the wand with hot glue (or any other type of strong adhesive).
You may also consider carrying a pillowcase that you “collect” all of the teeth in.

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If you and your sweet tooth try this, or any of our other Costume Corner costumes for Halloween, don’t forget to tag us @millikinect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Enjoy!

10 Life Hacks for Every College Student

1. Microwave Two Bowls at Once
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Whether you’re short on time or just REALLY hungry, there’s an easy way to microwave 2 bowls at once. Simply place one bowl on top of a glass and voila!

2. Expand Your Condiment CapacityExpand-Ketchup-Cups
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Never run out of ketchup again – simply unroll the edges of a standard paper condiment cup to increase its capacity.

3. Impromptu Corkscrew
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Don’t let the lack of a corkscrew stop you from enjoying that Pinot Noir. Try a fork and a screw to uncork your favorite vintage.

4. Smarter Snacking
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Simply cut or tear out a side section of your popcorn bag and you’ve got an instant popcorn bowl. There’s no need to dirty a perfectly clean bowl.

5. Beverage Organization
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Keep your booze chilled and tidy by using a binder clip to keep it stacked in a small fridge.

6. Quadruple Your Closet Space
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Don’t let small closets, or no closet altogether, stop you from stocking up on this season’s latest trends. Use tabs from soda/beer cans to hook hangers together and instantly increase your closet space.

7. Turn Up the Music
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Place your phone in a bowl and instantly amplify your favorite tunes, without disturbing your neighbors.

8. Take a Chill Beer
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If you’re in dire need of an ice-cold, thirst-quenching beer but don’t happen to have any chilled, this one’s for you. Simply dampen a paper towel, wrap it around your beer, stash in the freezer, and you’ve got a chilled sippable in 15 minutes.

9. Keep Your Crust Crust-y
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If you hate chewy, soggy pizza, try reheating your slice in the microwave next to a glass filled with a little water. The water will help stop the crust from getting chewy.

10. Prevent a Hangover
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Check out this nifty chart at youbeauty.com to avoid a hangover following your next all-night celebration.

Share your favorite college lifehacks in the comments! Or tweet us @millikinect.

Get to Know Ben Poundstone!

Hello all! My name is Ben Poundstone. I’m a senior majoring in Communication. I am a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon as well as Millikin Jazz Band II. I’m from a small town right here in Central Illinois so I know my way around Decatur pretty well. I’m very into sports, specifically golf, football, and soccer, but I wouldn’t limit my interests to just those. I’ll be sharing information about sports, music and many other topics so I hope you follow us here at Millikinect!

Do Not Miss This Year’s Unforgettable Halloween Perussion Concert

A quick reminder for everyone on our great campus about the Halloween Percussion Concert coming up on October 24th.

I had a chance to talk to percussionist Andre Kelly about the concert and get a little bit more information on what to expect from the show. “It’s a lot of fun pieces that we are doing” Kelly said. “One of the better pieces we are doing is Black Cage by Frank Zappa.”

Come out to support our great percussion program, and make sure not to miss this spooky concert.

Top 10 Films For A Girls’ Night In

Fall is a season filled to the brim with fun weekend activities. However, every once in a while a girl just needs a weekend to bum out on the couch with sweatpants, snacks, movies, and good friends. Redbox often has a disappointing selection of chick flicks, and going to a video store is such an effort. Netflix streaming service has a ton of great chick flicks and the best part about Netflix is that you don’t have to leave your house!

Here are our picks for the top 10 movies for a girls’ night in!

#10 The Craft (1996)
“At a Catholic school, a new girl falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against anyone who crosses them, even their parents.”

#9 One Day (2011)
“After a brief college romance, Emma and Dexter pursue separate dreams, but meet on the same day each year to compare their progress in life and love.”

#8 Saved (2004)
“When Mary, a devout senior at a Christian high school, accidentally gets pregnant, she starts to see her peers and her faith in a whole new way.”

#7 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
“This star-studded rom-com follows the intersecting lives of several couples who hazard the ups and downs of pregnancy and impending parenthood.”

#6 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
“Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who moves into her building on a wealthy woman’s dime.”

#5 Safe Haven (2013)
“When a mysterious woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, she begins a new life but remains haunted by a terrifying secret.”

#4 Clueless (1995)
“Meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.”

#3 Pretty in Pink (1986)
“Working-class misfit Andie thinks her dreams have come true when rich, popular Blane asks her to prom in this coming-of-age classic from John Hughes.”

#2 Titanic (1997)
“This cinematic spectacle — winner of 11 Oscars — follows society girl Rose and penniless artist Jack as they fall in love just as tragedy strikes.”

#1 Uptown Girls (2003)
“When rich girl Molly Gunn loses her father and her inheritance, she takes a job as a nanny for an 8-year-old who’s woefully neglected by her parents.”

Have any others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

Greek of the Week: Drew McDonald

By Brett Martin and Sam Deary

GOTW: Drew “Dreezy-Mac” McDonald

Starting with this post, we will be highlighting a Greek a week. This person will be someone of character and high morals, but who still has a fun and amusing side. Drew McDonald, President of Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha Lambda Chapter, has the honor of being our first recognized fraternity man. Along with being the leader of a Greek organization on campus, Drew is B.A. Art major, a part of Bronze Man Books, Brothers Moving Forward, and Millikin University’s Marketing Department.

Drew is not all business, however; he can also be found at the caf relaxing between classes, enjoying time with brothers around the Delta Sigma Phi house, and even spending some time alone catching up on the best post-hardcore and metal music. Because of his commitements and involvement on campus as well as his drive for post-collegiate success, we are recognizing him as our first Greek star of the week. Drew takes the honor of Greek of the Week by being a strong leader within his fraternity, while still managing to be a great friend to all who know him.