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.

Free Halloween Movies in Downtown Decatur!

We get it, college students are broke. So what’s better than a free night out? On October 17th and 18th, The Avon Theater in downtown Decatur will be showing free Halloween movies for the public.

Beginning on Friday, they will be showing BeetleJuice at 10:30 PM.
Saturday they will be showing Trick ‘r Treat at 10:30 PM.

700 seats will be available each night.

This is a great way to celebrate the Halloween season for couples and singles alike. It’s sure to spooktactular!

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Final Oakwood Festival of the Season

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With the leaves falling and temperatures changing, what better way to take advantage of the beautiful weather before the chill sets in than the Oakwood Festival? For months this festival provides live music, good food and drink, and great company; and this is the last one of the year! The performances will include a wide variety of artists from Eric Burgett to Murder of the Crowes. To find out more information about the artists or the event itself, visit the Oakwood Street Festival Facebook page and RSVP to the Block Party event to close the summer season.

This  Saturday, October 18th from 5 PM to midnight is the last opportunity to experience the local street atmosphere of the block party. Don’t miss your chance!

Carving Fun for Halloween

Pumpkin carving dates all the way back to the 17th century. In the early 1800s it was normal for the “Jack-O-Lantern” to be used as a source of light during these years. Before the “Jack-O-Lantern” became popular, people of this age used “turnip lanterns” to guide themselves through the dark. These face-like lanterns represented the dead during Halloween time. This trend of carving messages or pictures into pumpkins has been a trend since and continues to become a fun fall activity for everyone. The options are endless when deciding the perfect carve that best fits you. Below are some of the hundreds types of pumpkin carving ideas for you to enjoy and hopefully try out!

The Artistic Pumpkin

If you are super artistic then this will be an enjoyable project for you. Create a masterpiece of your own or carve out your favorite artist’s painting or drawing. Below is a picture of the Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh expressed through pumpkin carving! Pumpkin (artist)

The Pump-Man

This idea is a creative and time-consuming one! Just like a snowman, compile two to three pumpkins together to construct the ultimate pump-man. Using glue or just gravity to keep each parts of the body together. Before compiling them carve out a face for your pumpkin and maybe even buy some props like hair or paint to give your pumpkin the most fashionable outfit.

The Original

For many the original face of the pumpkin is not a first option, but it is a great template to use for young kids not familiar with this activity. This is also a carving option that is short and sweet and easy to do with a lot of people at once.

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The Pumpkin to Represent Your Favorite Character

This option allows for much creativity and enjoyment for people since they are allowed to decide on their favorite character! Templates are available online or in certain stores for carving that will most likely include one of your favorite characters! For example, you could carve your pumpkin to look like Sponge Bob Square Pants!

Simplicity

Want decorations for your front porch or house but don’t have enough time to carve? There are multiple ways you can manipulate the original pumpkin to make it pretty and presentable. One way is to carve a tiny circle from the top of the pumpkin and place a candle inside to light your walkway on Halloween. Another way you could refrain from the mess is to paint the outside, instead of carving. With this option you could paint your favorite school, a cool pattern, flowers, a picture, your name or any other innovative ideas you may come up with!

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Having a hard time finding pumpkins? If you live near the Decatur area you can visit pumpkin at patches in Warrensburg, Champaign, or Bloomington!

Black Bart’s Pumpkin Patch

9381 West Wise Road, Warrensburg IL 62573

Email: info@blackbartspumpkinpatch.com

Phone: (217)-672-8287

Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

3902 South Duncan Road, Champaign, IL 61822

Phone: (217)-359-5565

Rader Family Farms

1238 Ropp Rd., Normal, IL 61761

Phone: (309)-275-8765

Spooky Sipables: Halloween Drinks for All!

It’s Halloween season and there are new, fun drinks to try! Whether you’re an alcohol-lover or just looking for something to trigger your taste buds, these cocktails and mocktails are very easy to make!

Booooozy Drinks:

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Witches Brew

2 oz. mixed pineapple and cranberry juice 2 oz. 7-Up or Sprite
1-1/4 oz. shot Malibu Coconut Rum

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/witches-brew-halloween-cocktail-recipe/index.html

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Apple Pie Punch

2 cups apple juice or cider
4 ounces spiced rum
2 ounces cinnamon Schnapps
1 red apple, sliced

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/apple-pie-punch-recipe.html

 

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Candy Corn Vodka

Skinny Vodka
1 Cup of Candy Corn
Mason Jar

Place Candy corn and vodka into the mason jar
Secure and shake
Leave for 3 hours
Strain the liquid out

http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2013/10/skinny-candy-corn-vodka-recipe/

Non-Booooozy Drinks:

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Widower Maker Green Smoothie

1 Cup of White Grape Juice
1 Starfruit
1 Cup Honeydew Melon
1 Kiwi

Blend together until smooth

http://justdipitinchocolate.blogspot.com/2013/09/widower-maker-halloween-green-smoothie.html

 

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Dragon’s Blood Punch

1 (46-ounce) can red punch (recommended:Hawaiian Punch)
1 (46-ounce) can apple juice
1 (48-ounce) bottle cranberry juice
1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale
Ice cubes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/dragons-blood-punch-non-alcoholic-recipe.html

 

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Vampire Bite Mocktail

2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
1/2 cup apple juice, chilled
1/4 cup grenadine
1 1/2 cups seltzer water, chilled

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/vampire-bite-mocktail-recipe.html

 If you see any drinks here that look and sound delicious or one you have had the pleasure of enjoying, make sure to tweet @Millikinect and let us know what you think!

Get to Know Ryan Daykin!

My name is Ryan Daykin. I am a senior Communication major with an emphasis in public relations. I’m really interested in the food service industry, so expect posts from me about local eateries, micro-breweries, and wineries within driving distance of the “Millibubble.” I hope my contribution to Millikinect encourages you to check out local hot spots for good eats and even better drinks.

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