Top 5 Fails of the Woods at Millikin

For many of us, the topic of the Woods is an uneasy one. Much of Millikin’s students share the feeling of frustration towards the Woods. Factors of frustration occur almost every day, and I’m sure each person living in a Woods apartment right now can personally share their horror stories. Below you can find the top 5 Fails of the Woods in recent years!

1. The contaminated, crummy couches. 

These extremely outdated couches were finally thrown out this past summer. Although the Woods got rid of these diminished forms of furniture some apartments still have them. This picture shows the mess these couches caused and that they were outside for nearly a month until they were finally thrown away!

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2. The unreliable security.

Of course, the Woods promotes its security as if it were the best in the world. As if the “gated community” keeps all forms of violence out. This is a perfect way to bring in more residents every year, especially when the parents’ grab hold of this awesome security. However, the Woods needs to realize that leaving a gate open for weeks at a time completely defeats the purpose.

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3. The slow maintenance.

Now, I know the maintenance deal with a lot and work ungodly hours, but maybe if they are so swapped with these hours, the Woods needs more staff! Many reports provide proof of residents waiting 2 or more weeks to get a fire alarm fixed. A FIRE ALARM! This rings up a huge issue because it is now putting lives in danger. More horror stories tell of large-scale insect invasions. Or how about the case of a mangled lock on the front door going unfixed for weeks?

4. The perfect(ly high) price for college students!

This is the most frequent complaint about the Woods. The price has gone up every year and will continue to rise in years to come. This would be completely understandable if the Woods made regular, significant renovations, put in top notch appliances, or offered a “resort style” pool year round. The prices are far higher than better apartments available in Decatur.

5. The ambiguous rules.

Many students skim over the actual rules of the lease they sign, ultimately missing crucial factors that would really trouble residents. For example, the lease states “you can be reassigned to a different unit or different roommates at any time” or “you are banned from conducting immoral practices in your apartment”. It is evident that if this rule was more known among residents, it would cause more uproar than it has now.

Share your experiences with the Woods in the comments! If we work together, perhaps we can get better treatment for residents of the Woods in years to come.

Underrated Horror Films to Watch This Halloween

Everyone is familiar with Michael Myers, Freddy, Jason, Leather Face, Chucky, Leprechaun, Ghost Face, and things like The Exorcist, The Omen, and modern fare such as Saw and The Conjuring. Here are a handful of alternative and underrated horror films to watch this Halloween!

Black Christmas – Though obviously best enjoyed around Christmas, this often undiscovered cult classic is all the more fascinating to watch just to realize, without it, there would’ve been NO Halloween film series, as well as its countless followers. Give credit where credit is due, and give it a chance! This film favors atmosphere and dread over blood and gore.

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Lovely Molly – From the director of films that got huge success like the Blair Witch Project, a film shafted as far as theatrical release and audience recognition, and The Conjuring (NOT scary), a film with similar themes of domestic drama and possession horror, comes this terrifying, beautiful, tragic, and perfect little horror drama is left to indie festivals and DVD. This film is moody, atmospheric, riveting, scarring, and truly affective.

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Inside – This French horror film is something you watch once then can never sit through again. A young pregnant woman spends Christmas alone only to be repeatedly attacked by a psychotic woman obsessed with taking her unborn child. This bloody violent spectacle leaves you with this constant feeling of dread and sheer terror but it is beautifully made.

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Trick ‘r Treat – The perfect alternative to the previous decade’s usual options, this film is produced by Bryan Singer and stars a wide range of familiar faces. This Pulp Fiction-esque structured horror film celebrates any and all facets of Halloween, whether it be killers, witches, werewolves, vampires, jack o lanterns, costumes, decorations, candy – seen through the eyes of multiple age groups. It’s a truly unique blend of dark comedy and horror.

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Have any other great horror gems? Leave them in the comments so we can all check them out!

Top 5 Must-Watch Scary Movies

1. Annabelle
Now in Theaters
“A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.”

Stars: Ward HortonAnnabelle WallisAlfre Woodard

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322940/

2. Ouija

In Theaters October 24
“A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.”

Stars: Olivia CookeAna CotoDaren Kagasoff

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1204977/

3. Exists

In Theaters October 24
“A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.”

Stars: Samuel DavisDora Madison BurgeRoger Edwards

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1988621/

4. Before I Go To Sleep

In Theaters October 31
“A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.”

Stars: Nicole KidmanColin FirthMark Strong

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1726592/

5. Jessabelle

In Theaters November 7
“Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.”

Stars: Sarah SnookMark WebberJoelle Carter

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2300975/

What scary movies will you be watching for Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

Amanda Bynes: Nursing an Idol Back To Health

“They continue to write lies about me and it really hurts my feelings because they are calling me insane and I’m actually really smart.”

This quote came from the 28 year old talented actress Amanda Bynes, who has recently been in the media and is constantly showcased as being crazy. Amanda Bynes was a role model for tons of children that grew up in the 90s watching her comedic performances throughout Nickelodeon on The Amanda Show.

Her trouble with the law began in 2012 when she was charged with two hit-and-runs and side-swiping a police car. She has also been charged with doing drugs and vandalizing other people’s homes. On July 22, 2013, Amanda’s mother was granted conservatorship of her finances. She was soon after placed into the UCLA medical center in order to receive mental health treatment. On September 28, 2014, she was again arrested for another DUI, and just on October 10th Amanda tweeted obscenities about how her father molested her as a child, and then quickly denied that any of those events had ever occurred. Currently she is hospitalized in Pasadena, California for fourteen days since her last tweet on October 13th and has been placed on a psychiatric hold.

Amanda was a teenage idol, but it’s unfair for people in society to put her (and other celebrities) on a pedestal. This month is mental health awareness month and people need to pay recognize that Amanda is alive and working on her illness. She can improve her health, and her parents are helping her as much as they can, but these situations do not happen overnight. It’s a long process. Let’s stop waiting for the worst to occur to Amanda, and instead encourage and support her during her time of need. She is still that same girl that made us laugh. So, let’s start laughing with her again, instead of laughing at her.

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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.