Happy Halloween!!

The booksellers at the Emporia State University Bookstore sure do have some spooky spirit!

We heart Bo Peep and her Sheep!

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Spring Student Model Search

We are very excited to announce the launch of our Spring Student Model Search! We are looking for fresh, fabulous student “models” and we’re coming to you first, NYC! This exciting campaign will be kicking off at FIT & Columbia University and will soon arrive on college campuses nationwide. Interested students should submit a photo and full contact info to bnmarketing [at] bncollege [dot] com Full posts →

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Freaky Friday: Halloween Edition

For months we have been bringing you ghostly tales from college campuses across the country, with hopes of sending shivers down your spine or in some cases, making you laugh. Below is a story inspired by elements of our previous tales. Be forewarned, you may think you ‘ain’t afraid of no ghosts’, but this spooky story is not for the faint of heart! Read on for our Freaky Friday Halloween Tale.

Widely known as ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, New York City is the perfect setting for this tale. Following the events of this story, students can now choose the ‘Paranormal Activity’ housing option if they are willing to dwell with residents who are not of this world.

Late one Friday in October, a music student was practicing the piano when he heard moans, rattles and other sounds of a person in pain coming from the stage above him. The room suddenly became very cold, and a young woman carrying a black cat became visible on the stage. She approached him, said “please stop,” and left the auditorium.

In a room down the hall, another student was studying when she overheard the auditorium doors slam closed. “I waited as the steps got closer & then nothing appeared in the hallway…I heard the steps pass by and then go down the other stairwell.” Known as the “Phantom of the Fourth Floor”, there had been several sightings of a mysterious girl who repeatedly showed up yet was unknown to any students. Sounds of furniture moving overhead are often heard on the same floor, which could be expected in a busy college building…if there were more than 4 floors.

Rumors circulated that the unexplained figure’s black cat roamed the campus on Halloween, bringing misfortune with every step. That Halloween, intent on disproving the ghost-stories, a group of students set out on what they joked was “Ghost Seeking 101”. They started at the auditorium, winding their way through the underground tunnels, which were supposed to be off-limits to students.

As they turned a dimly lit corner, the mysterious melodies of an unknown pianist began to fill the tunnel. The group caught a glimpse of two bright orbs in the distance, moving quickly towards them. Frozen to the spot, they realized these were the eyes of the black cat, which dashed passed them without pausing. The silhouette of a woman began to take shape in front of them, and the group ran screaming, proclaiming they had seen a ghost.

One of the students chanced a last glance behind him and to his astonishment, the figure had silently moved within feet from where he stood. He picked up the pace beneath her watchful eyes and caught up with his friends outside, all of whom were now convinced that the music they heard was other-wordly. Though the group met no other misfortune that Halloween night, they were spooked into never crossing the path of the black cat again.

Do you think the spirit in our story is one of the dedicated people who choose to remain part of their campus community – even after their death? Is there a different kind of unnatural existence haunting a dorm on your campus? Share your college ghost story in the comments below and they could be featured here!

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12 Tips From the Class of 2012

The school year is in full swing and it’s the beginning of my last year at the University of Delaware. Upon approaching my senior year, I began to think about the last few years of my college life and what I wish I knew going into this experience and what I’ve learned. So here’s my list – let it be your ally, your lifeline, and your best friend. And if it inspires you to create a list of your own share it with us! We love to learn!

1. LAUGH every day. The more you laugh the happier you’ll be. Laugh at yourself, laugh at a book, a TV show, whatever works for you. But take that time to take a break from the stress and just laugh.

2. In 10 years it won’t matter. In 10 years the fight you had with your roommate, the one bad grade you got, or the boy or girl who broke you’re heart won’t matter, so when it feels like it’s the end of the world, remember that you still have your whole life ahead of you and it will get better.

3. Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Don’t wait until the last minute. You’re going to have to do what you’re procrastinating eventually and you might as well just get it over with so you aren’t stressed.

4. Join an Organization! Maybe it’s Greek life, or maybe it’s a club or organization you’re passionate about! Joining an organization helps you connect with your school and build long lasting relationships!

5. Intern anywhere and everywhere! Interning is a way for you to find out what you love and what you want to do in the future. You get experiences you’d never be able to get anywhere else, and you’ll gain real experience that will be valuable when you leave college.

6. Tell your friends how much you love and appreciate them! Compliments are contagious, and you’ll be surprised how much love and support come back to you when you take the time to show you care!

7. Do something that scares you at least once a semester! Participate in that contest that challenges you, study abroad, experience something new – just push yourself further all the time. You learn the most about yourself when you leave your comfort zone.

8. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Mistakes are unavoidable and if you don’t fear them then you can correct them, learn from them, and move forward.

9. Utilize your campuses resources! Use the free tutoring, the library, the career service center, everything that will help you to better yourself in the end. Never again will you have so many free resources at your disposable.

10. Forgive. Forgive yourself, forgive your roommate, forgive all those who have wronged you. Negative emotions are a waste of time and effort. In the end, you only hurt yourself by holding grudges.

11. Decorate your room every year! Start each new year with a fresh new style to get you motivated and excited for the year!

12. Show School Spirit! Now is the time to paint your face, wear your school colors in your hair, and look completely ridiculous to pledge your undying love to your school teams. So have fun with it and go big!

~Alyssa B., the wise one at University of Delaware

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Freaky Friday: Brooklyn College

With the launch of our Halloween Contest on Facebook this week, we are getting into the spirit of the season. As if the yummy treats floating around for the ultimate Halloween treat bag weren’t enough to make us reminisce on our days of trick-or-treating, we also came across this video from students at Brooklyn College. See for yourself if this Halloween-inspired video tempts your sweet tooth, or sends your running in fear!

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GMU WHAT!: A Closer Look At George Mason

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely,” said Augustine Rodin.  ‘College years’ are an important time in one’s life to make friends, create memories, be social and develop an education all at once.

Hail to George Mason! When you first arrive on campus, it can seem chaotic! Countless types of people you’ve never seen before, each more unique than the next.   However, even though there are thousands of diverse students, there is a close knit of friends you will develop within the first week.

George Mason, located in Fairfax, Va. extremely close to the nation’s capital, is an up and-coming university. Mason’s slogan, “innovation is tradition,” not only exemplifies this campus, it expresses Mason’s values as a whole. Mason is a close-knit family as well as the communities surrounding it, striving to be the best it can be.  The seven-foot tall George Mason statue greets students from all over the country. It’s not only a campus symbol; it has become lovingly embraced by the university community. The statue is a constant reminder of the ideals most important to the university: freedom and learning. Legend has it that rubbing Mason’s toe before an exam will give students good luck!

Don your green and gold! Is it basketball season yet? Mason gives encouragement and cheer to it’s fans come October. Cheerleaders, Masonette’s dance team, pep band, Doc Nix & the Green Machine, and the Gunston mascot, provide entertainment and spirit for thousands. “The Green Machine” provides a unique link between music and athletics, to promote school spirit and morale. “The Green Machine” has also performed for a wide variety of audiences and events on a national level. Mason excels in not only basketball, but 12 other sports. Our traditional Mason Madness game in the middle of October, gives students a glimpse of this year’s men and women basketball teams during a night of fun with appearances by NYC Bucket Drummer “Peter Rabbit”, Doc Nix and the Green Machine, Urbanknowlogy, the Masonettes and the Mason Cheerleaders. Come Spring, it is Homecoming time! Make sure your all decked out for this event! Mason has a tailgate event during the day, with food, contests, and games following a huge basketball game at night! I look forward to this event all year!

As soon as you step foot on this GREEN campus, there are thousands of opportunities, activities, sports games, and diverse students. Mason is gradually growing and expanding architecturally as well as academically. I love being a George Mason student and I’m so excited to get a kick into fall semester! GO PATRIOTS!!!!

~Melissa G., GMU Top Fan

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Keep It Simple

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Dish It: Shrimp Scampi

With no parents around, it is hard to find a good meal. Going out to nice restaurants starts to add up and buying all the ingredients to make a gourmet meal takes way too much time. What we need is a meal that doesn’t take over 15 minutes to make and can be made under $8.

What if this meal could impress the ladies, or guys, and even leave you some leftovers for lunch the next day?  Here is what I did for a special dinner for my girlfriend. I was tired of taking her out to the same old restaurants, so I decided to rummage through my cabinet and rustle up something that I had never made before.

Here is exactly what I did. Time to make some Shrimp Scampi: College Style!

Here is what you are going to need:

1 pack of Ramen noodles

1 package of shrimp (shelled and deveined) – Can substitute for chicken if you like that better.

Garlic Powder

½ Stick of Butter

Salt

Pepper

First step: Bring a pot of water (big enough to hold the Ramen noodles) to a boil. For a little extra seasoning, you can add a little salt before you add the noodles.

Next: Put the Ramen Noodles, just the noodles, into the water and cook for 6-8 minutes. Strain the noodles after they are done.

Then: Melt the butter in another pan (large enough to hold the shrimp). Add the shrimp to the melted butter.

Next: Cook the shrimp for 4-6 minutes until they become a pinkish white color. Turn the heat off and add a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

 

Finally: Add the contents of the shrimp pan to the noodles and dig in!

This may sound too good to be true, but once you take a bite, you will change your mind. Who needs to order take-out when you can make a gourmet meal right in your very own kitchen! My girlfriend loved it and I can almost guarantee your significant other will love it too.

~Chris W., student and master chef, Ball State University

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Paranormal Apparel Costume Contest

The Halloween countdown has begun! Get in the spirit by submitting your favorite, scariest, craziest or most outrageous costume to our Paranormal Apparel Contest on Facebook. If your costume gets the most “likes” you’ll win the ultimate Halloween treat bag. Enter now!

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5 Signs Geek Girls Are Taking Over The World

October is National Anti-Bullying Month aiming to raise awareness to this growing problem and to find potential solutions.  Bullying affects everyone, from kindergarteners to college students, and many are bullied for being “different”.  But, being different is something everyone should embrace– a message author Leslie Simon tells us in her new book Geek Girls Unite. Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world– and they should be proud of it.

"Geek Girls Unite" is available in bookstores now.

When I was younger, all I wanted to do was fit in. I desperately wanted to be cool just like all my friends. I wanted to look good in French cuffed jeans, enjoy listening to New Kids On the Block, and play field hockey without tripping over the ball. Unfortunately, there was an invisible fence around my world that would only let me wander out so far before it jerked me back to reality. I was a horrible faker and couldn’t pretend to be someone I wasn’t. So who was I? I wasn’t a fashionista or boy band fanatic or killer athlete. I was a girl who snuck downstairs to watch “Just Say Julie” on MTV, played “Jeopardy” with my stuffed animals, and acted out my own cooking show every time I had to do the dishes. I was a total geek.

It’s taken me a long time to say those words out loud but now that I have the courage to do so, hearing them fills me with a real sense of pride. Geek girls are at the top of our game right now and being an outcast is totally in. Here’s how I know:

1. THE SUCCESS OF WHITNEY, 2 BROKE GIRLS AND THE NEW GIRL: Amidst a fall schedule littered with dude-centric comedies that make most intelligent ladies want to facepalm, it’s so refreshing to see a gaggle of funny girl geeks taking over the small screen. All three comedies are different in scope — Whitney takes a snarky look at what happens when you live with your boyfriend and don’t necessarily want to get married; 2 Broke Girls is an Odd Couple-esque sitcom about a mouthy misfit and penniless socialite who decide to open a cupcake shop together; and New Girl places a recently dumped basket case in the not-so-capable hands of three clueless guys who don’t understand women. All offer up female characters we can all relate to.

2. GIRLS GO TO COMIC-CON: When the convention started in 1970, it only drew about 100 people. Fast-forward 40 years, and now nearly 140,000 geeks descend upon San Diego every June, just like the 501st Legion descended upon the Jedi Temple in The Clone Wars…or something. Not only is this a great place to meet your Jedi Prince, but it’s also a great place to unite with other like-minded geek girls. However, if you’re more interested in meeting sisters than misters, might I suggest attending Geek Girl Con? The first-ever event takes place in Seattle on October 8th and 9th and features expert fangirls like StarWars.com editor Bonnie Burton, Battlestar Galactica writer Jane Espenson, and famed herstorian Trina Robbins.

3. THE FRISKY: I can’t do my daily online rounds without landing on TheFrisky.com, an amazing lady-centric site that manages to teach me new things every day — and I’m talking about more than the latest rumors about which Kardashian sister is getting divorced, married, pregnant, or all three. With a slightly less cantankerous tone than Jezebel, Frisky writers (and readers) act more like your all-knowing big sister than the stubborn feminist. Earlier this year, it looked like The Frisky was about to close its beautifully stained doors but, thankfully, Buzz Media adopted the property and the site is now back and better than ever. If you love The Frisky, then you’ll also want to check out Zooey Deschanel’s lifestyle site, Hello Giggles, which is cuter than a pug puppy in a rain boot.

4. THE TINA FEY EFFECT: So who’s the funniest she-geek of all? I have to go with Tina Fey for $1000, Alex. Duh. Like most funny-girl geeks, Fey was a misfit who spent much of her free time mocking high-school classmates who reveled in prom and parties instead of, say, actually getting invited. Fey has also said that she was never a big hit with the guys, admitting on The Late Show With David Letterman that she “couldn’t give it away back in the day.” However, what she lacked in popularity and sexual prowess, she made up for in drive, motivation and whip-smart humor.

5. THE CREATIVITY OF iCARLY: I might not fit the target age demographic for the über-successful Nickelodeon sitcom, but that doesn’t make me love iCarly any less. In fact, I’ve been singing the show’s praises since Gibby first took off his shirt and Sam pressed the “Random Dancing” button on her universal remote control. Finally, a show for tweens that says it’s okay for a girl to be cute, smart and extremely tech-savvy. The plot revolves around Carly, played by the adorable (and totally age appropriate) Miranda Cosgrove, and her friends as they navigate through school while participating in a buzzworthy online web series named, you guessed it, “iCarly.” Not only does iCarly encourage fan interaction, but videos submitted through the show’s site are also incorporated into the action. Can you dig that synergy? I sure can. Now can someone please hand me a spaghetti taco? I’m famished.

~Leslie Simon, author

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