Student Experience Blog: Student Life

Gambling: It’s for the Children

Generally speaking, if there’s a fancy event on campus, it’s in the Langroise foyer and I’ll have done my best to be in attendance. Last night’s fancy event—Kappa Casino—happens to be an event that my sorority hosts. Kappa Casino is a fundraiser for our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, and had local impact; the $1,600+ raised last night from poker buy-ins and raffle ticket sales will be used to buy books for kids at Lincoln and Van Buren Elementary.

But that’s just the end result of last night’s philanthropy event.

Foggy Mornings, Firefly Nights

I'm about to throw a bunch of numbers at you. Keep track of these, they'll be coming up again sooner than you think:

10, 7, 5, 18, 87, 306.

No, these aren't winning lottery numbers. No, these aren't the coordinates to some far off star system. But these numbers do relate to the first week and a half of my Winter Term experience so far.

We Gotta Fight for Our Right to…Fight?

The first (and only) rule about Fight Night, readers, is do not talk about Fight Night. Otherwise, you’re going to end up looking in a box with Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in it.

Wait, no. Sorry. I’m mixing up my Brad Pitt movie references. Seriously, though, you are not supposed to talk about Fight Night.

So, naturally, we’re going to talk about Fight Night (I know. I’m ever the rabble-rouser. I blame public schools and violent video games.).

My Friends Are Getting Married?!

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to watch one of my best friends marry the girl of his dreams. And I mean it seriously, too; he was dreaming of this day way before she even agreed to date him in the first place. I've known Jordan (the one in the dapper suit on the left) since the 4th grade, so I know a bit better than most that even when he was dating someone else through the majority of high school, Megan (the blushing bride on the right) was always the one he was most serious about wanting to settle down with.

A Very Yotie Christmas

It’s crunch time, readers. The last hurdle. The semester’s crescendo. The final frontier.

Finals week starts today and it’s taking a toll on all of us. The stress and tension the whole campus is experiencing is causing an eerie, hushed mood to fall over everything.

And frankly, I do not care for it. Not a bit.

Parties Aplenty

My week has been so crazy that somebody might need to call me a doctor.

Or, you know, 11.

Holiday Responsibility

We’re a day away from Thanksgiving, and indications include the appearance of the “Pilgrim Panini” in the Caf and an abundance of canned food drives. The C of I Thanksgiving break is only a few days long, but it’s not too much of a downer, as we’re off for Christmas break just two weeks after Thanksgiving.

8 week slump

It's been 8 weeks of school here at C of I and I've had one of the best times of my life. I've made some great friends, had some crazy times and learned a lot. Halloween was awesome, bowling night was a ton of fun, and the Yote Fam cheer section at the NNU game was crazy to be a part of.

Dos and Don'ts: Laundry Day

Welcome to the second installment of Dos and Don'ts, the monthly series in which I impart the wisdom I've gathered over 4 and a half semesters of college life to you, the reader. Don't worry, it's a lot more fun than it sounds.

The 2013 Cultural Show

The hottest topic right now with the International Student Organization is the annual Cultural Show. This is the biggest event that the ISO hosts and the preparations for it this year are absolutely incredible.  

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