Dorm room living on a full stomach

When it comes to the dinning halls it will be your best friend for about the first month. Your mom isn’t there to cook for you and you may be at a lost for words every time your stomach growls and you crave Bagel Street Deli for the 100th time of the day. Your budget won’t make the cut and swipes just aren’t doing the trick. It is time to learn how to cook… without parental guidance. Here is your go-to guide of dorm room recipes.

Nelson & Boyd Market shopping list

– 2-3 swipes will fill your mini fridge –

  • Bagels
  • English muffins
  • Eggs or Egg Whites
  • Ham or turkey – Optional
  • Cheese spread of your choice
  • 3 to 4 veggie options (Greens) Avocado if lucky!
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Cake mix of your choice
  • Paper products – Plates etc.
  • Snag some butter, S&P and sugar packets form the d-hall — FOR FREE!

Mini dorm room kitchen essentials:

Breakfast

            They say breakfast is the most important part of the day, think about it… It is the only thing that gets me out of bed. Cereal was so High school, oatmeal is way too adult-y and honestly carbs are made for our fast paced college metabolism.

We know your heart is set on Bagel Street but check out this quick and easy bagel sandwich… and it’s low-key healthy!

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Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Crush

Ingredients

  • 1 Everything Bagel Thin or bagel of your choice
  • ¾ cup egg whites or one regular egg
  • 10-15 fresh spinach leaves or veggie of your choice
  • 1 spread of creme cheese of your choice (Veggie taste amazing)
  • Optional meat of your choice! (Turkey was my go-to)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl (paper products work or a microwave safe dish— check out this all time favorite) add egg whites and spinach leaves. Place in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, keeping an eye on the eggs so they don’t overflow.
  • Smear wedge of creme cheese on bagel thin, spoon egg out of bowl in a single patty and place on top of cheesy everything bagel, top with avocado (if nelson market is on it’s A-game) add optional meat slices and enjoy.
  • YUM! – Feel free to make these in advance for those 6 AM classes.

Recipe accommodated from Foodie Crush to fit your dorm room needs!

— Insider —

If you are a reckless dorm-y and store a toaster in your room, toast bagel while eggs are microwaving!

Lunch

Now that you’re in college we don’t get that saved by the bell lunch break. If you’re lucky the lines wont be too long at the dinning halls and you can swipe in for Nelson pizza… wood fired, cheesy, pepperoni pizza. I can almost taste it!

-Have no fear, your pizza fix is here-

Ingredients

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Photo & Recipe Courtesy of Happy Deal Happy Day
  • English Muffin
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of your choice

Instructions

Remember when you thought you grew out of Lunchables… you didn’t. Take your English muffin, top it with pizza sauce and cheese and add any toppings of your choice. You can either eat it plane or stick it in the microwave for melted, gooey, yummy cheese. — Good cold or heated!

Quick and easy lunch, Healthy too!

 

 

Dinner for 2

Your roomie and you are in for the night. You just got back from Ping and have no desire to ruin your workout with the Shively pasta station.

Stop by the market on your way home from the gym and pick up the trendy new spaghetti everyone is talking about; Spaghetti squash!

You could do this with your eyes closed and the taste is to die for!

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Recipe & Photo: http://momtomomnutrition.com

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Left over pizza sauce from lunch or pasta sauce of your choice (Butter is yummy too)

Instructions

Use a sharp knife (or handy scissors) to pierce the Spaghetti squash in a few places to allow steam out when cooking. Microwave for 5 minutes, rotate and microwave for another 5 minutes until squash shell is soft to the touch.

Remove from microwave and let rest for 5 minutes to allow squash to finish cooking inside. Caution! Will be HOT!

Use a sharp knife, cut each end off of the squash.

Next cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Allow the squash to cool for a couple minutes.

Once cooled, remove seeds. Once removed, using a fork, gently scrape the tines or the fork around the inside edge of the Spaghetti Squash to shred the pulp into strands.  Place the strands (spaghetti-like ribbons) in a bowl. Top with the sauce of your choice and enjoy!

This healthy Italian dish is perfect to share! Save one half for lunch later or make it a roomie date!

 

 Dessert

Don’t think we forgot about the quick delivery of Insomnia Cookies, yes dreams really do come true in college.

Sweet treats are the key to my heart and always seem to occur late night when nothing is open but hot fresh Insomnia Cookies… those snicker-doodles are the key to my heart.

 

Mug Cake Picture via Pinterest - Dorm room recipes
3 – 2 – 1 Chocolate mug cake

Microwave Mug Cake

3-2-1

3 scoops of cake mix – Any flavor works!

2 tablespoons of water

1 minute in the microwave

Melt in your mouth cake and almost positive it’s faster than Insomnia!

 

 

 

No need to have an empty stomach now! Check out Pinterest for more dorm room recipes!

S.L.A.C.K News

Good Thursday morning from RTV 206. The sunny skies of yesterday are gone, and The Weather Channel predicts rain will bless us for the rest of the day. Though, these rain clouds have a silver lining; temperatures in the mid-60s are more than welcome. Today, celebrate the spring period in the ancient Japanese calendar from March 5 to the 19th, when insects begin to awaken, and the first peach blossoms erupt into flower. (Note: peach blossoms in Athens may be sparse. Creepy crawlies will not.)

 

Food

Eatin’ around Athens, from savory to sweets you can find all your favorite dishes. Your original favorites to new favorites, Girl Scout season is back! This weekend make sure to get a taste of Athens new local cuisine; Mr. Taco and OMG! Rotisserie.

  • Recently voted Best New Local Restaurant, OMG! Rotisserie. Located on 39 Columbus Road it is worth the drive off campus to try a taste of their slow roasted rotisserie chicken and soul food sides made from scratch with fresh local ingredients.

  • No more adventuring outside of Athens to get your favorite Mexican dishes. Mr. Taco opened last month, located 122 W. Union St. Real Mexican tacos, quesadillas, burritos and fresh made spicy salsas all at a great price ($1.75-7.00.)
  • Get your Girl Scout cookies from the Athens Local Girl Scouts. For $4 a box you can get Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and all the rest of your favorites. They will be tabling at the front of Baker University Center this Thursday from 4-6pm.
  • If you thought burrito buggy was your favorite food truck, think again. Petru Mobile Chocolatier sells homemade chocolates, truffles and chocolate bars made from whole trade, organic chocolate. Petru plans to expand and sell pudding, homemade s’mores and hot chocolate.  Located outside of College Green Tuesday through Friday and in the parking lot of Premiere Video, 284 E State St., on Saturdays.

 

Events

There is always something to do in Athens so come check out the events happening. With the time changing from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, you’re going to want to plan your weekend ahead of time.

  • If you are looking for live music and entertainment for this weekend without having to worry about the approaching rain, check out Casa Nuevas’ musical lineup with artists such as Union Fire, Word of Mouth Jazz Band, Bowie Tribute Night, and more!
  • The 16th annual Souper Bowl will take place on March 13th from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Athens Community Center. They have soup and bread from some of the best restaurants in the Athens area, homemade desserts, live music, and handmade ceramic bowls. The proceeds from the event benefit the Athens Area Mediation Service. Tickets are $25 so reserve your spot at www.athensmediation.com.
  • On Saturday, March 12th at 9 a.m., the Athens Farmers Market will be open for all things fresh and local for any lover of food and culture. Make sure you check out the inside and outside vendors during the winter schedule. With over 100 market vendors, you can find fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, meats, eggs, poultry, baked goods, herbs, flowers and plant starts, and much more.
  • Ready for the weekend? It’s time to prepare for Mill Fest here in Athens! It is the beginning of fest season with huge parties leading up to the 14th edition of numbers’ fest. Once the craziness is over, Beautification Day will be on April 17, 2016. This is where students and members of the community come together to do projects around town that include street cleanup, painting, landscaping, graffiti removal and the planting and re-planting of gardens. Make sure you sign up to help Athens look great.

 

Politics

Forget Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders politics on campus at Ohio University are just as interesting!

  • Politics are getting local! Student Senate elections are heating up here at Ohio University. According to The New Political, there are two tickets gunning for your vote when the election begins on March 29 and ends March 30. The UNITE ticket is running 37 candidates, while the Impact ticket is running only 19 candidates. Passive campaigning will begin March 10, while active campaigning, including five debates, will begin March 17.
  • Are you planning to vote in the 2016 election? The Ohio University College Democrats want you to commit to vote in both the primary and general elections being held this year. The organization can be seen throughout the campus passing out “Get Out To Vote” cards, reminding students when and where to cast their ballots. The organization won a contest held by the Ohio Democratic Party, and won more points than any other Ohio chapter by registering students to vote.

  • When you’re partying during fest season — which begins this Friday — watch for cars in the streets. There’s a debate in Athens City Council of whether to close certain streets for Fests. While the city closes streets for the annual Halloween block party, members of the council are concerned with the human and economic cost of closing streets for the frequent fests.
  • The search for the next OU Vice President for Student Affairs continues. Jason Pina is the second and final candidate in OU’s search for the position which was vacated by Ryan Lombardi earlier this year. This is not the first time Pina has applied for the position. He first applied for the position four years ago, but was beaten to the position by Lombardi.

 

Sports

It’s an exciting time for Ohio University sport fans. The baseball team is just heating up, starting off their spring season. All while the men and women’s basketball seasons are coming to an end, with high rankings in the MAC tournament.

  • The Ohio University baseball season is underway and the men faced a rough start with a tournament held at Wafford. The team played four games, only resulting in one victory with a large 16-2 margin. The bobcats continue their spring season this Wednesday, March 9th when they take on Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia.
  • The MAC tournament is the next stop for the women’s basketball team . The team clenched the number one spot after recently defeating Bowling Green University. The bobcats are next to face Buffalo in the quarter finals this Wednesday, March 9th, at noon in the Quicken Loans arena.
  • The Ohio University men’s basketball team is headed to the MAC tournament as a number two seed. The team secured the number two spot after a victory against their rival, the Miami Redhawks. The bobcats tip off Thursday, March 10th, at 6:30 against the Northern Illinois Huskies. The game is to take place at Quicken Loans arena, in Cleveland, Ohio.


Arts

As the spring rains greet us, we are in turn greeted with a wide swath of artistic endeavors. From live performances to more personal, artisanal distractions, Athens is bubbling with events that tickle our creative ethos.

  • From now until the 27th of March, the Ridges is hosting a free event, a Creating Visual Meaning Exhibition, where parents and children alike can cooperatively work on “shared creative activities.” You know what that means. Arts and crafts. More information here.
  • Hey, podcast geeks. Guess what. Superman is coming to campus this Saturday. That’s correct, MemAud will host An Evening with Ira Glass the night of March 12 at 7:30pm. Reserve your ticket.
Photo courtesy of Alex Driehaus, taken for The Post.
Photo courtesy of Alex Driehaus, taken for The Post.
  • Some monks from the Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in India – no, actually, Indiana – are making a sand mandala on the fifth floor of Baker Center. Well, re-making it; it was mysteriously destroyed on Monday night. Regardless, the monks are scheduled to complete the mandala by Thursday, so stop by Baker before they ceremoniously re-destroy it by dumping it into the Hocking River. Samsara and all that.
  • Watch theatre students throw together haphazard theatrical productions on Friday, March 11. Midnight Madness, at 11pm in Kantner, is a weekly event where students produce a show in a week. Should go great, or terribly. Either way, neat-o.

 

When your invitation is your “letters” – Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference 2016

“Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta… whatever your letters, we are all Greek together”

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Conference, a weekend full of impacting speakers, workshops and bonding throughout the Greek community. Over 3,200 Greek members attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV) conference in Indianapolis.

AFLV an event held to stay true to the mission of sorority and fraternity members, to exemplify and live ethical values. The AFLV conference strives to educate the leaders of universities across the nation, as an attendee from Ohio University I can proudly say that I was educated to be the best leader I can be to the Greek Life community at Ohio University.

 

The AFLV leadership conference took place from Thursday, February 4th to Sunday, February 7th at the J.W Marriott Conference Center. Keynote speakers filled the agendas of sorority and fraternity members. Speakers shared their stories and made sure we left with more than just a note pad filled with quotes and bullet points.

The evening began with Jessica Ekstrom, a speaker from the millennial generation. Sharing the story of success after interning for The Make a Wish foundation to growing her own business Headbands of Hope. Over 3,200 men and women, tired from long days of travel, filled the ballroom. Jessica takes the stage with a smile on her face, a jewel stone headband, and the start of her story. The audience quiets down, the sleepy expressions perk up with laughter and become intrigued by Ekstrom’s story.

Jessica filled us with life advice “People in there twenties need to quit listening to those who say they can’t, and start acting to show that they can.” Jessica spoke for around an hour, leaving me with one of my favorite quotes.

“If I’m not failing at something, I’m not trying hard enough.” – Jessica Ekstrom

The entrepreneur spoke to the millennials of the audience, reassuring us with courage and confidence as we embarked on a weekend of learning and growing.

When you put 3,200 Greeks in a room you are bound for a fun weekend. Between speakers and educational learning sessions, the evenings were filled with hypnotist, gourmet dinners and dance parties. Attendees could attend many educational sessions from recruitment training, financial advice, risk management, and a big focus on the social media of Greek life.

The three thousand attendees represent over twenty-seven organizations on campuses nationwide; one event brought all of us together. Together we are bound to make a difference on our campus.

The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.
The Ohio University Attendees at the awards banquet dinner.

Ohio University sent twenty-five attendees to the AFLV conference: Women’s Panhellenic Association, Inter-fraternity Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.

The exec members of each council are excited to take what they learned at AFLV and share it with their chapters. Beyond the knowledge they learned at AFLV the Women’s Panhellenic council brought home the outstanding council management award.

Tony Haynes, Multicultural Greek Executive member states, “One thing this conference has taught me is our fraternities and sororities shouldn’t limit ourselves to our own organization.”  Haynes quote really stuck to me, as a Panhellenic women on campus we tend to get caught up in our own “letters” and forget that we are all one community.

Together Greek Life makes up 60 percent of the graduating students at Ohio University. We are the future, we are the leaders and we are proud Greek Life members at Ohio University.

 

 

 

 

Donut Worry go to McHappy’s

I can’t lie, I love my Tim Hortons too… Stumbling upon Athens, Ohio your everyday Tim Hortons latte and donut begins to compete a little more with the hidden gems found throughout the bricks of Athens. McHappy’s Bake Shoppe a donut shop that speaks for itself “smiles by the dozen.” It’s actually a funny story of how I stumbled upon this hidden sweet treat gem. Training for the Athens half marathon, I began to run a little more outside the bricks and over the bridge, around mile five I was mind blown by the things that existed just over this bridge. Over this bridge and pass the hocking McHappy’s was almost like grandmas house, a little brick building that sums up the simplicity of Athens, Ohio. Forty years of baking fresh donuts and pastries McHappy’s expanded it’s brand to five locations but the Athens store just felt like home. That feeling of sitting in your kitchen and grandma just baked so many cookies, the smell fills the air and you just can’t pick one. Thank goodness it’s only 9.50 for a dozen because getting one would almost be a crime.

McHappy's Bake Shoppe
Gloomy days, sweeter donuts. Being snowed in with a maple glazed donut makes the snow fall sweeter.

Do you ever have that feeling where nothing is sweet enough? When one “timbit” doesn’t cut it, well McHappy’s Bake Shoppe hits the spot. The wire racks filled with mouth watering donuts glazed to perfection, some jelly filled others maple filled, it wasn’t just a donut it was a taste of satisfaction. One dozen later and I was smiling, ear to ear my sweet tooth caved. The taste of the maple cream filled donut was something you just can’t find at your commercial coffee shop. If you aren’t craving the sweet glazed donut, don’t worry they have fresh made muffins, strong brewed coffee and a drive through for these wintery months. Yes, my mouth is watering thinking about the sweet satisfaction that filled the air of McHappy’s…”donut worry” i’ll be back for more. All in all Athens is pretty “sweet” it gives you this desire to be healthy, to live a fit life but some times that motivation from your half-marathon training leads you to sweetest of them all; a little brick bakery, called McHappy’s.