What to Wear for the Big Game

Finding an outfit for Game Day is nothin’ to sweat, but it’s understandable if you’re a little hung up on it. Last year, finding Giants gear to borrow was easy, but since I don’t know any Ravens or 49ers fans this year it’s time to get creative.

The day of the big game is always a major munching, crunching, and chillaxin’ day, so being both cute and comfortable is optimal! If you’re going to a low-key party or staying in with a few friends, try pairing slim cut jeans with tall boots and a cotton tee, in your team’s colors if you have one, and some cute accessories like bangles or studs.

If you’re going out somewhere to watch the big game and you want to look a little nicer, try tight jeans and ballet flats or ankle boots with a slouchy,sequined sweater.

If you’re a really big Baltimore or San Fran fan you may want to pull out all the stops with nail polish, headbands, scarves, hats, and the whole nine yards. No matter what you’re doing, being festive is just more fun.

So what will you do on Sunday? For awesome tailgate/party recipes and check out our Big Game Pinterest Board and stay tuned for more tips and yummy game day food this weekend!

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4 No Fail Ways To Create Cool Instagram Photos

In case you haven’t heard, B&N College is running a contest to find your best original Instagram photos for our National Class of 2017 calendar! We’ve been amazed to see how talented some people are with Instagram. After leafing through almost 4,000 entries you pick up a thing or two about what makes an Instagram picture really pop. Here’s the inside scoop on some of our favorite tactics and filters!

1. Focus on one object and angle the camera so your object of interest takes up the whole camera. Up close pictures are very easy to enhance by sharpening the contrast and using a filter like X-Pro II, which gives your photos a more vibrant and warm effect. Lo-Fi might also be a good option as it adds rich colors and strong shadows to the image.

 

2. Create an interesting arrangement of the subject(s) in relation to the background and surrounding elements.Play with and manipulate the objects by moving them more to the side, forward, or backward. To make objects appear larger, move them closer to the camera and vice versa. Amaro will add more vibrant light to the picture, especially towards the center. This naturally draws the viewers eye to where you want it.

 

3. Take an action shot that tells a story. Insta-jump shots or pictures where people are laughing and doing other silly things are often more interesting than if everyone is pretty and posed. Early Bird fades  and blurs the colors of a photo making it look like a throwback, and the Valencia filter can make the picture look as if it were taken in the sixties.

 

4. Capture gray, moody skies on a cloudy day. I’ve noticed grim lighting actually works very well with the low resolution of most smartphones. The picture here is unfiltered, but you can use a filter like Sutro to give the setting a smoky, creepy kind-of-look, or Brannan to add a greyish tint and enhance dark tones for a metallic feel.

 

There are a ton of ways to make interesting Instagram art, just remember to have fun and change it up! Don’t just post pictures of food or scenery. If you’re going to post selfies, be tasteful about it (and leave out the duck face).

Don’t forget to enter your best original photos into the B&N College Photo Contest which ends on Monday, February 4th by uploading photos to instagram with the hashtag #bncollege. What do you think makes a great instagram photo? Tell us in the comment below or tweet at us @bncollege!

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Childish Gambino Cast as a Vampire?

Donald Glover a.k.a. rapper Childish Gambino a.k.a. Troy Barnes from NBC comedy series Community has already managed to make headlines this year by appearing as Hannah’s boyfriend, Sandy in HBO’s scandalous series Girls. So what’s the newest item on Glover’s resume? In case being a rapper, producer, comedian, and actor wasn’t enough, he recently nabbed a spot on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake. As a young comedian, Glover has built a solid portfolio. If you’ve managed to avoid Girls and Community, I’m sure you’ve heard of a little show called 30 Rock where Glover got his first big break as a comedic writer.

This  is not the first time the Childish Gambino has lent his voice talents to an animated character. Last year he and fellow rap mogul Tyler the Creator teamed up to make an appearance in another CN cartoon, The Regular Show. In his guest spot on Adventure Time, Gambino will be playing Marshall Lee, the musical male Vampire counter part to Marceline the Vampire Queen. How cool is that? The episode will air on Feb. 18, 2013 and is called ‘Bad Little Boy’. Watch the preview clip below:

http://youtu.be/e9cjeiGH-Ic

Love Childish Gambino? Look for him in the Valentine’s Day movie called The To Do List which also features SNL castmember Andy Samberg and Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza.

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Terrible Professor this Semester? Read This.

My worst professors were truly cringe-worthy. Need an example? Junior year, my advisor recommended I take “The Search for Life in the Universe,” to get a non-lab science class out of the way. The fact that I purposely skipped physics in High School in favor of taking nutrition did not faze me in the slightest. I did not stop to think about what kind of person it takes to get a PhD in the study of extraterritorial life. I did not do what I should have done and immediately log onto RateMyProfessor.com. Bad choice.

Know What You’re Getting Into

The most useful advice I have ever received for course enrollment is to always use RateMyProfessor.com, or talk to someone who has previously had this professor, before signing up for the class. You’re paying for your education, and having an interesting and organized professor is the first step toward getting your money’s worth. Information will allow you to choose a Professor whose class you will enjoy and do well in.

There are several things to take into consideration before signing up for a class: Does this Professor has a fair testing and grading system? Is the amount of work expected equal to the credits received from this course? Is this teacher’s curriculum style best suited for your learning needs? Each of these variables can affect your performance in the course.

Act Fast

Within the first week of “The Search for Life” I realized that the description for this class should have mentioned a Physics prerequisite. I did not need any knowledge of astrophysics, however, to figure out this Professor zero interest in people doing well in his class. I had neglected to do the research and now I had to make a quick decision whether to drop or change the course. If you notice one of these early signs of a bad professor, it may be time to get out while you still can.

Check your options immediately. You may be able to change classes. If there are other sections with a different professor you may be able to switch easily. If that’s not an option, you may be able to swap this course with another one that satisfies the same requirement before the Add/Drop period. If it turns out you’re just stuck taking this awful course it may be time to flip the switch into survival mode. Surviving doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. Chances are your peers are also having difficulties.

Talk to the people around you

Find out who takes really good notes, or perhaps has had prior experience with the material. Even better, find if anyone has had this professor. There may be tricks to predicting what will be on the tests. While taking an excruciatingly specific anthropology class for my International Studies minor, I realized some of the Anthropology majors in my class had taken several classes with this professor. They were able to not only help me study, but give me useful tips. They explained that although there were 3 required texts, this guy only pulled test questions from the book he had written himself - typical. The takeaway from this is professors and their teaching styles vary greatly. Whether you’re looking what courses to sign up for, or you’re enrolled in a miserable class, information can make all the difference.

 

If all else fails – just be glad your professor isn’t Severus Snape.

Who’s the worst professor you’ve ever had? Stay tuned for more college survival tips!

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Monday Morning Motivation

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3 Myths from Your Favorite Cartoons

Do you know what the fastest creature on two legs is? Weirdly enough, it’s not the road runner! We’re busting up these cartoon myths portrayed as fact in our new Fun Fact Friday post.

Myth: Road Runners are super fast.

Facts: According to 10,000 Birds the Road Runner can run up to 20 mph, still faster than most birds, but coyotes can reach speeds of 43 mph. However, Road Runners are masters at ducking and weaving AND can also fly. So chances are, a coyote would have a pretty rough time actually catching one for dinner. Silly coyotes.

Myth: The Tasmanian Devil tears through the lush, thick jungles of Tasmania causing stampedes and devouring all manners of species including “tigers, lions, elephants, buffaloes, donkeys, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, octopuses, moose, and ducks.”

Fact:The Tasmanian devil, despite what Looney Tunes depicts, doesn’t travel via mini-tornadoes through jungle, snarling and spitting, but IS “notoriously cantankerous” and “will fly into a maniacal rage when threatened.” These marsupials are in fact strictly carnivorous, according to National Geographic, and feed on small mammals, snakes, fish, and insects.

Myth: Popeye the Sailor Man’s  source of strength and huge muscles came from guzzling spinach.

Fact: Spinach is still good for you, but maybe not as good as you think. This myth is first in a line of what scientists call “Super Myths.” In 1870, a German study proclaimed spinach to have as much iron as a steak. Almost a hundred years later it was realized that this error was due to a misplaced decimal point making it appear spinach is extremely iron rich and caused a few generations of confusion.

By the way, the fastest animal on two legs is an ostrich. Happy Friday!

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IT List: 5 Affordable Essentials for this Spring

Fashions this spring are fun and lighthearted so it’s easy to go overboard. This checklist of essentials will have you on-trend without toeing the line between cutie and crazy girl.

These accessories in Asian prints and neon colors are exactly what we mean by fun essentials, but be weary of looking like a flash back to the 80’s. The key to pulling these looks off is moderation and pairing with more neutral basics. We recommend going to scarf route to tie in Asian prints unless you are very adventurous-  like Jessa from HBO’s Girls.

Patterned and colored jeans are here to stay this spring and floral patterns are going bigger. Why not kill two birds with one stone with this sweet pair from Abercrombie & Fitch? Pieces that multi-task save you closet space and cash which is why we’re suggesting you tone down this colorful look with a dark colored boyfriend blazer that can keep you warm during the day or at night.

Boyfriend blazers are a bit longer than regular blazers so they also work well pair with dresses or skirts. This one is $60 from Topshop and we’re betting H&M also has a nice selection.

For more IT list trends check out these similar posts:
The IT List: Tweed
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Download Worthy: Viggle

You’ve probably checked into a location, but have you ever checked into a TV show? With Viggle, you can do just that. It’s a free app that gives TV-watchers rewards for checking into the shows they’re watching. Viggle automatically identifies (in a way reminiscent of the Shazam app) the television shows its users are tuned into and awards them points once they’ve checked in. Points can be redeemed via the app’s rewards catalogue for tons of different items, including gift cards and movie tickets. Feeling generous? Points can also be converted into donations to charity. Now THAT is cool.

What’s even more fun about the app is that users are encouraged to play along live. Answer trivia, see what others are Tweeting, and vote in polls. If you’re already watching the show, you might as well get points – right?

Have you ever used Viggle? Post a comment below and tell us your favorite feature!

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Shorty Award News: What Makes a Great Campaign Video?

This week a few of the BN College Award Leaders have shot the forefront of the race and are practically tied! But don’t forget, the top SIX finalists of the most interesting and relevant categories are the ones who go to the final judgement round in front of the Real Time Academy. The RT Academy, which includes personalities like Charlie Sheen, MC Hammer and Whitney Port, will choose winners based on relevance and engagement from the most popular and interesting featured categories. One way to get noticed is with a ROCKIN’ campaign video like the one we posted last week from BUCom. What makes a great campaign video? Here’s a look at some past and present ones that stand out:

Ole Miss ShortyAward Campaign Video 2

Mario and Fafa the Groundhog vs. Bieber DJ Campaign Video 3

FAU Owlsley Sports Team & Mascot Campaign Video 1

http://youtu.be/XpQ9R7YQmzw

What did we learn today? Charlie Sheen, music, puppets, and owls are awesome… and if you put a lot of work into your campaign video it shows! Keep it up and tune back in next week for more Shorty Awards updates as we get into the final two weeks of voting.

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DIY Dorm: SmartPhone Amplifying Speaker

Mashable recently pinned a tutorial on making an amplifying speaker out of a Pringles can. I love this idea because I am far too cheap to spend money on an iPod docking station. I may or may not have broken my last one by knocking it off the table during an intense dance party…

This project costs less than six dollars!

What You Will Need:

1 Pringles Can (minus the Pringles and crumbs)
Toilet Paper (approximately 14 inches)
X-ACTO Knife (or scissors)
Two Binder Clips (large)
Spray Paint (any color)
Sheet of Paper
Tape

1.Eat Pringles…

2. Trace the outline of bottom of your device (any iPod or iPhone that plays music out loud) onto the sheet of paper. Wrap paper over Pringles can, aligning the traced area parallel to the end of the can about an inch away from the can’s bottom. Use the knife or scissors (carefully) to cut around the inside of the outline. You want the hole to be a little smaller than your device so it will fit very tightly.

3. Position the binder clips metal hands open at a 90 degree angle. Rest the can on top on the clips so that they act as a stand. Tape the metal parts to the can.

4. Coat the outside of the can and binder clips with spray paint. Let dry for 2-4 hours.

5. Cut 14 inches of toilet paper. Insert throughout can – you want it to be evenly distributed.

6. Insert your device into your brand new amplifying speaker and start listening to your favorite playlist.

Other fun DIY Dorm Projects:

Smartphone Projector
Decorative Book Phone Charger
Instagram Coasters

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