Dish It: Patriotic Popsicles

Labor Day means a lot of different things for people. For some, it signifies the end of the summer season. For others, it’s the ultimate acknowledgement of the American workforce. Whatever meaning it holds for you, why not enjoy the day with a treat that deserves a celebration in itself? These Patriotic Popsicles are healthy, delicious, and come as a swirled mixture of red, white, and blue.

We found the inspiration for this recipe on Babble and thought it sounded just too tempting to pass up. Keep reading for the easy instructions.



1 cup of strawberries
1 ¾ cup blueberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup of honey
6 Popsicle molds (or 6 Dixie cups and Popsicle sticks will work fine)



1) Rinse the blueberries and strawberries.
2) Puree each fruit separately.
3) Stir 2 tablespoons of honey into the blueberry mixture and 1 tablespoon into the strawberry mixture.
4) Put the cup of yogurt into a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Now you have the red, white, and blue components.
5) Now you will begin making the actual popsicles. First, spoon the blueberry mixture into the bottom of each mold (or cup). Freeze for 30 minutes.
6) Add the yogurt layer and freeze for another 30 minutes.
7) Insert the stick (the handle) and top off with the strawberry layer. Freeze for several hours.

Yum! What are your favorite recipes for Labor Day Weekend?

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Download Worthy: Ultimate Checklist

We all know the feeling: you have somewhere to be and haven’t packed a thing. Sometimes, the problem is getting started. Get a jumpstart on packing by downloading the Ultimate Checklist app. The app is pre-loaded with packing lists for more than 50 different occasions, from beach trips to Christmas parties to packing for college. Edit, export, and add to each checklist in order to personalize it for you needs or start from scratch and create your own (you can store an unlimited number of lists so don’t feel the need to skimp!). Share and email lists with friends and family and easily send them to the printer if need be. Packing has never been SO simple!

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The IT List: Fabulous Fall Flats

When you’re scurrying from class to a group meeting to the library, the last thing you need is your shoes tripping you up (literally). We’re here to prove that you don’t need sky-high heels in order to look fabulous. This fall, flats are stepping it up (no pun intended) and making a big statement. Find which style suits you and you’ll be ready to put your best foot forward (okay, that time the pun was intended). We’ve got plenty of shoes that are as ready to move as you are!

Trend: Going Green

Despite the leaves changing to shades of red and gold, green is still making its own statement as one of the “Shades of the Season.” Slip into a hunter green pair of flats or add some shine to a jade-colored pair of smoking slippers with small studs.

Trend: Mad for Plaid

If you’re pretty much over the floral-overload that comes with the spring and summer seasons, plaid might be a refreshing pattern change. Whether you go for casual slip-ons or stylishly comfortable flats, you’ll look polished while strut from place to place.

Trend: To the Point

Pointed flats are the perfect way to dress up a casual outfit or put the finishing touches on a dressier look. Vibrant picks add a fun pop of color, while metallic or animal print give a wilder edge.

Which would you choose? Post a comment!

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“In My Kitchen” with Ted Allen

You might recognize him as the host of the Food Network’s Chopped, but Ted Allen is no stranger to working the stove himself. In his new cookbook, In My Kitchen, Ted shares one-hundred of his recipes for the passionately culinary. His book is meant for people who don’t just make food in the kitchen, they thrive there.

We’ve got a sneak peek at one of the mouth-watering recipes from the cookbook.

Bruschetta with Strawberry and Tomato Salad

“Yep—strawberries and tomatoes. I love serving this to people who don’t know what’s coming. They scratch their heads, expecting bruschetta to be topped with tomatoes, but what’s that other familiar flavor? They always love it. Consider: tomatoes and strawberries are both sweet, tangy, and juicy. They’re both fruits. They’re even both red. The more I think about it, the more I want to try this on top of pasta. . . . For now, though, the combo makes a perfect summer appetizer.” – Ted Allen, on his Bruschetta

What You’ll Need:

1 cup diced fresh ripe strawberries

1 cup diced grape tomatoes

1 small garlic clove, minced

3 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal ½ inch thick

* Makes 10 to 15 hors d’oeuvres

What You’ll Do:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Let rest for 30 minutes, stirring now and then.

2. Heat an outdoor or indoor grill or grill pan to medium-high. Spread out the sliced bread on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Transfer to the grill, and toast the bread until golden all over, 2 or 3 minutes per side.

Arrange on a platter.

3. Cover the warm grilled bread slices with a generous layer of strawberry-tomato salad. Serve immediately.

Fun fact from Ted: Lots of people, even fancy food industry people, aren’t sure how to pronounce the word bruschetta: it’s brew-SKET-tuh.

Ted Allen will be signing copies of In My Kitchen on September 6th at the new Rutgers University campus bookstore.

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Christina Aguilera – Ready for Her Comeback

A sneak peek at her new video!

Christina Aguilera, the pop princess with the booming voice, is ready for a huge comeback this year with her new album. During the past few years, Christina went through tough times with her very public divorce and the media critiquing her personal life and physical appearance. However, Christina has moved on and recently told Access Hollywood that she is in a good place.  Her new album is coming out and has been somewhat of a “rebirth” for her.

The album features the work of many well-respected producers and songwriters, most notably Max Martin. Martin is the production genius behind Britney Spears’ mega hit “Baby One More Time…”

Christina Aguilera on "The Voice"

Christina’s debut single off the album is called “Your Body,” a pop/dance track that has a tad bit of R&B flavor. She has mentioned the album will be very similar to her older album (Stripped), because it will have “pop ballads” and “dance pop songs.” Between her upcoming album and a new season of The Voice, it’s shaping up to be a stellar year for Miss Aguilera.

Do you think the album will end up on top…or just flop?

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Video Music Awards to Feature a “Most Share-Worthy Video” Category

The VMAs are going viral.

Since YouTube exploded into popularity back in 2006, the world of music has changed intensely. Thanks in part to artists like Justin Bieber (who as we all know, was discovered on YouTube) and Lady Gaga (who was the first performer to reach 1 billion views), social media has become a major player in determining the success of an artist. Now, more than ever, music videos can be shared and viewed across the globe with only a few clicks of the mouse.

MTV, a channel once dedicated to airing music videos, has decided to embrace this shift by adding a new category to their Video Music Awards: “Most Share-Worthy Video.” Parodies, remixes, and covers took catchy tunes from radio mainstays to all out Internet sensations throughout the year. MTV has decided to acknowledge the impact of the viral videos with the introduction of their new category.

Video-lovers can vote by tweeting their pick using the hashtag designated by the MTV website. This new development is exciting, not just for pop music fans, but for social media fanatics as well.

The VMAs air Thursday, September 6th at 8/7c. Who will you be voting for?

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Tweet Your Way to the Top

With Social Media becoming an integral part of everyday life, it’s hard to find a college student who isn’t connected. While social media platforms can be used for sharing photos and communicating with friends, they can also be valuable resources when it comes to academics or job hunting.  Last week we divulged our secrets for the perfect Facebook profile and this week we’re helping you tweet your way to the top. Keep reading!

Keep up with current events. Because Twitter is continuously updating, it’s an easy way to stay up-to-the-minute with news. Follow accounts like Time Magazine (@Time) and the Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) for what’s going on in the news and accounts like Mashable (@mashable) for social media updates. You’ll be on top of what’s going on around you which can be very helpful at a job or in class.

Learn about your industry or major. By following accounts that frequently tweet about your selected course of study, you can easily keep an eye out for helpful articles about the industry. Learn about trends, what kinds of jobs are available, and anything else that will give you an edge in your major.

Look for jobs. Believe it or not, many companies post job listings right on Twitter. In addition, certain accounts are dedicated to posting jobs specific to a particular industry (Fashion, Technology, etc). Even if you can’t find the exact job you’re looking for, it’s definitely a good place to start.

Stay connected with your school. Nowadays, tons of colleges and universities have their own Twitter accounts. Keeping up with these is an easy way to know what events are going on on campus as well as any other valuable information they might share.

What other advice do you have? Post a comment or tweet us – @BNcollege!

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National Waffle Day

There is nothing better than a big, fluffy, home-made golden waffle in the morning…with lots of butter and maple syrup.  I wish it were “National Waffle Day” everyday because they’re simply THAT delicious! Interestingly enough, the holiday was established on August 24, 1869. The overall idea behind the holiday acknowledged the patent of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy. Because we can’t resist celebrating, we’ve got a tasty and simple recipe from the Food Network that only takes 10 minutes!

What You’ll Need:

2 frozen waffles

Ice cream flavor of your choice

Confectioners sugar (if desired)

What You’ll Do:

  1. First, toast the frozen waffles as you normally would.
  2. Let them cool.
  3. Sandwich a scoop or two of ice cream between the waffles.
  4. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a holiday for every food you loved to eat?

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Top 10 Colleges for Tech

In a world where keeping up with the constantly-changing technological landscape can seem impossible, these tech-savvy colleges and universities have made extraordinary efforts to stay up to speed.  We came across this article on Mashable and knew it was worth writing about. Check out some of the schools that made the list:

Georgia Tech – Georgia Tech’s College of Computing has launched a program aimed at bringing in more female engineering students and diversifying the engineering discipline. In conjunction with their Advanced Technology Development Center, they have raised more than a BILLION dollars in financing to help entrepreneurs grow more than 130 tech companies.

Hamilton College – Imagine attending a school where there is almost one computer for every two students. At Hamilton College, that vision is a reality. The college’s IT Services department is dedicated to providing current software and devices for faculty members to use in the classroom. In addition, personal computers must meet minimum requirements before they are allowed to access Hamilton’s Wi-Fi  Network. It’s no surprise that many of the school’s graduates have been recruited by technological leaders like Google, Apple, and IBM.

Washington University in St. Louis – Washington University’s school of Computer Science and Engineering boasts more than 80 courses, but the school doesn’t just want an extensive technology department. They want to work technology into all facets of campus life. The high-speed campus network connects all of their campuses and provides links to Internet2 and National Lamda Rail.

Want to see what other schools made the list? Check out the full article on Mashable here.

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The IT List: Fall Nail Trends 2012

Usually, the arrival of autumn means deep burgundies, stormy navies, and rich eggplants in the nail polish department. While this rings true for Fall 2012, there will also a few other trends gracing the nails of fashionistas everywhere. Keep reading to see which polish shades and trends we’re most excited about.

Sticking with classic autumn shades is a sure way to be on trend this season and the rich colors look great on both short and long nails. Opting for a deeper jewel tone, rather than just black, is an easier way to sport the darker trend. A rich forest green or an opaque grape are both excellent choices.

Why have a traditional French manicure when you can put a little twist on it? Feel free to play with colors and textures on your quest for the perfect French. One look we love combines a matte polish with its shiny counterpart as the tip. Sephora by OPI sells a top coat that can turn any polish into a matte version that makes it easy to switch it up at any time!

The last nail look that is going to make a splash this fall is what we like to call the “Muted Mani.” Rather than bold neons or deep hues, it uses soft shades of grays, taupes, and nudes. If that seems too tame for you, add a sparkly top coat for an ethereal glisten.

What nail polishes will you be scooping up this fall? Head to your campus bookstore for all of the hottest Nicole by OPI shades this fall. Keep an eye out for our Pinterest board featuring tons of nail ideas, colors, and tutorials – coming soon!

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