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Travel Survival for Students: Budget a Disney Trip Without Going Broke

Inexpensive Travel How To. Destination: Disney World By: Arianna Cecchini

Growing up, every child dreams of going to Disney World; why wouldn’t you want to go? Mickey Mouse, Cinderella’s Castle, food, specialty shops, music, parades, fireworks, rides – it’s truly a magical experience. Being in college, clearly money is an issue to most students, and Disney World would seem out of most students’ budget, but Disney can be an affordable, fun trip for college students too. Disney has amenities that can eliminate costs and dramatically drop the price of a trip. Getting to Disney for under $500 dollars is easy to do for a few days.

Most students would eliminate Disney as a vacation option from the get go because being under the age of 25, you cannot rent a car. Conveniently, Disney offers free transportation service to, and from, the Orlando International Airport, on their Magical Express Bus. It picks passengers right up from their terminal and brings each party to the front lobby of their respective hotel.

It is a quick 30 minute ride where they play a fun Disney video for passengers. Disney then offers free bus transportation from each hotel to each location in Disney; whether it be a theme park, water park, another hotel, or Downtown Disney. Wherever a traveler wants to go on Disney Property, the bus will take the passenger – and pick them up, without any charge. It is fast and convenient for passengers not to worry about the cost of renting a car, or the stress of driving in a unfamiliar area.

Disney also has an array of hotels and resorts on their property, some very expensive and luxurious – others cheap, yet still fun to stay in. For college students, Disney offers three hotels: All Star Music, Sports and Movies which are on average around $90-100 a night.

That is cheaper than most hotels anywhere and this is on official Disney grounds. The rooms are a good size with two full beds, a TV, a shower, and the hotels all have pools, gift shops, as well as food courts. The price can be as low as $25 dollars per night for the maximum of 4 people per room when divided by how many people are traveling. A stay at Disney can be affordable for anyone to do – especially college students, who don’t have excessive money on their hands.

The flight, is typically the majority of the expense on a Disney vacation, but does not have to be. There are ways to avoid getting hit with large flight expenses. One tip is when to buy the tickets. Airlines post their sales on Tuesdays around 3pm so flight prices tend to be the cheapest around that time until about Thursday morning when the prices are raised for the weekends.

The worst days to buy airline tickets are Sundays and Monday; generally when they are the highest priced. Jetblue, Southwest, and Airtran tend to have the cheapest prices, whereas Delta and American Airlines are known for ripping off their customers. An easy way to compare prices quickly and easily is by utilizing Hotwire or Expeida. These sites offer the best prices and times for flights. Using sites like these can possibly save hundreds of dollars, which most college students do not have to waste.

Lastly, if a family member, or the purchaser themselves, is a member of AAA or AARP, usually discounts are given, which can save loads of money.  To get round trip airfare non-stop for about $210 dollars is not difficult to accomplish if you actually sit down and use the mentioned techniques to save the money. Disney World is only a short flight away, and it doesn’t need to be a trip that empties the bank account.

When people think Disney World they often think of over-priced admission charges into the 4 major theme parks. Yes, Disney just hit an all time high with pricing: a charge of $100 dollars a person per day for only one theme park, but this can be avoided with a little elbow grease. If someone wants to hit three parks over their stay in Disney, they should consider purchasing the 3-day park pass. This cuts down the price of each day by about 15 dollars. The pass might cost roughly around $250 but if divided by the 3 days the cost per day is less than $100 dollars.

Disney offers this for 2-10 days, and the more days one stays, the cheaper the offer ends up being per day. The passes have a no expiration add-on for a low price, so the ticket can be used until the days bought expire. Sometimes it is cheaper and more cost efficient to buy the no expiration pass, if not the days must be used within 14 days from the first day of purchase.

As much as Disney can seem expensive to enter, buying the right tickets and making the right moves while planning is essential, and is where people can save money.

The food in Disney is unlike that of any other theme park; it is actually tasty, and Disney offers so many different locations and options. In Magic Kingdom there is a burger joint in the back by the Tomorrow Land Speedway, where one can get a bacon cheeseburger with French fries and a soda for about $9. In Hollywood Studios there is a café similar to this one, tucked back by the StarTours ride, which offers the same type of deals for good fast food. All of the parks have these small, off-the map, cafes, that are great for budgeting money.

Another trick about Disney is to know that there are water fountains everywhere. There is no charge for continually refilling your water bottles. The Mickey Pop Ice Cream bar on the other hand is $3.75 and is worth every penny, so spend the money and try one. Other than that, food really is not overly expensive, or something to worry about, in Disney, like it can be in other parks. They realize it is a lot of money to travel their and to get in the parks, so they tend not to rip off their visitors with the food costs, which helps us college students who have a tight budget.

Disney can be an affordable trip for any college student who is looking to get away to a fun, warm place with some friends. There are so many ways to save money and to get there and back for $500 dollars is totally doable; sometimes it can even cost less depending on the time of year one is going. Disney is the most magical place on earth, highly recommended for a group of people or a couple, it will not let you down. It is Disney World after all.

Thrifting: Style Has No Price Tag

By Aundrea Murray


Who knows how to turn a penny into a fortune more than frugal college students? The majority of us hustle funds in order to survive the frantic lifestyle. Food, books, board – not to mention a social life – can run pockets dry in a blink, so a clothing budget is required for most. Sweatpants, leggings, oversized sweatshirts and flannels are some of the most prominent types of clothing seen at school…Where can one go to find the clothes they want for the price they need? Thrift shops. What makes fashion interesting is how formless, limitless and ever-changing it is. Style has no price tag.


I have formulated a list of vintage stores, antique boutiques and consignment shops in Hartford County, all worthy of a visit.


1. Panache, West Hartford.

Panache is one of the fancier consignment shops in Connecticut. Most people envision racks of worn out and worthless clothes when thrifting comes to mind. However, this place is sure to impress you more than even most places in shopping malls. Their vast collection includes tailored blazers, high-waisted jeans, slacks, vests and coats in nearly every size. What brings me back here at least once a month is their expansive collection of accessories. It’s the perfect place to grab a reasonably pried gift for yourself… and for someone else.


Karma’s Closet, Newington.

This store requires a bit more patience, but may be worth the looking around. Karma’s Closet offers a vast array of popular brand names at completely unexpected low prices. I once scored a 100% vintage Chanel handbag. The wear and tear was a bit noticeable, but still makes for a great makeup bag. Shoppers should schedule at least an hour to give this place their undivided attention, but are left with the possibility of leaving with jaw-dropping deals and/or items. Many of my distressed jeans have been found in-between the racks, just hiding out waiting for the right owner.


Antiques On the Farmington, Collinsville

I was recommended by a professor to shop here after I fell in love with a 50’s inspired, vintage letterman jacket he was wearing. The style of the coat was nothing compared to the price: a measly 7 bucks. It’s a little bit of a drive from Central, but well worth the commute. The store offers more mature pieces which are perfect for interview gear or even when you need a pair of leather loafers. It’s almost hard to believe that Antiques On the Farmington is selling used items.


Elite Repeats, Cromwell

Similar to other antique stores, this one manages to showcase an abundance of options for cheaper clothing. One of the highlights of this store is it’s shoe collection. Most people could not imagine buying already-been-worn shoes. However, if you need a new pair of gym sneakers or some last minute heels, this store is perfect.


Vintage Chic by Design Studio, West Hartford

Have not been to this one just yet, but rumors have been flying around the university about how great of a place it is. They are notorious for their prices and selection being versatile. Check it out and feel free to tweet The Recorder with how you liked it!

Where Comfort Meets Classic

By Aundrea Murray

 Who knows how to remain fashionable when you are rushing for a 9am class while rubbing day-old makeup from your eyes and wiping freshly spilled coffee off of the seats of your car? Making sure that you do not over-accessorize, or simply ensuring that your lips are not dry, might not be the first few things on your mind as a college student. My opinion: flaunt what you have. Show off that beer t-shirt you won at a bar, and dust the caked snow from your UGG boots. A “laid-back” approach to your wardrobe is one of the highlights of being in school. You can dress how you want, when you want, and still turn heads without killing your toes in heels.

Your confidence in dressing down will show on a sleepy face, and many of the students here at Central straddle the line between high fashion and “what the F are you wearing?” Comfort meets classic when you pair the right sweatshirt with the right boots. Why focus on makeup when midterms are already creeping up? Right?

My “Fashionable Fantasy” of the week is junior, Jessica Jenkins. The mood of her day is exemplified by her entire outfit. If she is wearing leggings, you can bet that she has a pretty easy going day ahead of her. Fast-forward to a day filled with broadcast classes and tons of running around and shooting. In such scenarios, you might even catch this avid heel-wearer in the comfiest of sneakers. Jenkins forever remains polished, poise and powerful with her style.

“Someone is always asking where something I am wearing is from; at least once a day”, she admits.

Our campus is a runway for the athletes, the art kids, the “anyones” and the “anythings”. In better terms: students have been more focused on getting to class on time than being fashionably late. Who cares? Before spending hours in your closet, searching for the most popular brand to wear, check the weather, focus on how cold it will be today and  work with that. While others are dashing hall to hall avoiding the cold, you will be fastening the zipper on your fleece, relishing in its warmth.

Individuals who are naturally fashionable seem underrepresented. The ones who can flawlessly rock yoga pants with moccasins are not appropriately recognized. As always, it takes true skill to orchestrate a detail-oriented ensemble. And it is amazing to look good without having to try.

So what is my style tip for the week? Be you. No cliché. No repetitive answer, and certainly no preaching. If there is anything I have realized as a young adult it is that our youth is the best accessory for us to embrace. Fashion always will be a practice of absolutely no limits. With that being said, give those jeans with the holes in the crotch one more shot before throwing them out. Thank me later.

Students Embrace Insanity

By Acadia Otlowski

Two weeks ago, the four hundred students who occupied CCSU’s gymnasium were attending a popular new workout class: Insanity.

Insanity started out as an “extreme home workout DVD,” but its creator, Sean Miguel Thompson, better known by his stage name, Sean T, expanded the system into classes that are now being practiced across the county.

Three days into the semester, January 15, ReCentral held a promotional class at 7 p.m. The first 300 people arriving siezed the opportunity for a free “Insanity @ ReCentral” t-shirt. ReCentral completely ran out of shirts, forcing them to order more for those who showed up after the 300 person cutoff.

“My worst fear was that like five people would show up,” says Alessandra Daniele, the instructor who taught the fitness class. Naturally, Daniele was surprised at the sheer volume of people who attended the class, recalling that “So many people kept piling in.”

Daniele won a scholarship towards her Insanity certification at a conference. Sean T was the keynote speaker at this conference, and Daniele had the opportunity to meet him.

“It was such a good experience,” says Daniele, “…awesome.”

The staff who attended the conference came back to Central Connecticut State University motivated to promote the new class, Daniele being no exception.

“We didn’t give them time to think about it,” says Elizabeth Urcinas, assistant recreation director for Student Activities & Leadership Development on campus. It was ReCentral’s hope that, because students were coming back to campus with their new year’s resolutions, the event would gain some traction. The turnout was greater than they expected.

“We tried to get as many people as possible,” says Urcinas, who contributed to promoting the event heavily. But even she was surprised at the number of students who attended the class.

Instructor Daniele was ecstatic about the success of the event. She typically teaches Insanity classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings where attencdence typically is much smaller.

“It was awesome, unlike anything I’ve ever done,” recalls Daniele.

There are video recordings of every class taught by ReCentral, including the Insanity class that drew record numbers.

“Everyone is smiling through the whole video,” says Urcinas. ” Maybe a couple people sat down, but there was so much energy in that room.”

Even Daniele was impressed at the amount of effort that the students and faculty put forth during the class.

“The first time I did it I struggled, so I was impressed,” says Daniele, who believes that group dynamic is a motivating factor for students. “[The makers] send me the DVDs every month so I can learn the moves, and I hate doing it alone. Just teaching the class makes me motivated to do it.”

ReCentral has doubled the number of classes being offered in reaction to the new fitness studio in Memorial Hall.  Even in standard classes, without heavy promotion, the number of students has been up.

Much different than in the past, “Our classes are three or four times the size,” states Urcinas. She remembers it being hard for students and instructors to make it to class because they were held in multiple, different locations across campus. Urcinas believes that it is easier for instructors when their equipment is in a single location.

Before spring break, ReCentral hopes to host another event, similar in breadth to the Insanity event, but on the subject of Zumba.


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App Review: KCCO

By Paige Brown

I’m not one who usually downloads apps onto my iPhone, but for a while now I have been, what a lot of people may call, a Chivette.

The Chive is a website dedicated to entertaining followers with fun pictures and videos. There is a free app that you can download on your phone so you can take them with you anywhere.

Once you open the app, you can choose from tons of categories, from sexy girls and leg gaps to “Mans Best Friend,” an entire category of photos of puppies.

It’s definitely something that sucks you in and can keep you busy for hours on end.

More and more people are becoming part of The Chive revolution. Almost every corner I turn, I see t-shirts with Bill Murray on them and whispers of “Chive On” through friends and followers.

While at a beerfest in early fall, one of my close friends was wearing a shirt that said “The Chive” when a random guy came over, shook his hand and walked away. We then realized that he whispered “Chive On Man” to my friends and slipped a $5 bill into his hand.

Just last week I read a story about a waiter at a restaurant that was wearing a lanyard that said “The Chive” on it. He went to clean his table after the guests left and found the credit card receipt with a $100 tip and the famous phrase “Chive On.” As a waitress, I just purchased a lanyard, too. Lets hope it works out for me.

Seriously, the amount of people who follow this website is simply crazy. People who don’t know what it is see it as just silly photos of drunk people, random fun facts and sexy girls. But to Chivers and Chivettes, it’s almost a lifestyle.

They just opened up a shop online where you can purchase anything and everything that says “The Chive” on it. From mugs to lanyards, tees and tanks, to coozies for your beer. Within the first week, almost everything was sold out.

I know I probably sound like I’m part of a crazy secret cult, but anyone can download The Chive. It can keep you entertained for hours on end and…its free.

If you’re bored and feel like looking at some entertaining photos, download The Chive, you won’t regret it.

Keep Calm and Chive On.

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Between the Sheets: T&A

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By Lauren Cannon

“All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.” Yes ladies and gentleman, those are the wise words of refined rapper 2 Chainz. But is all that 2 Chainz wants is a big booty hoe? What about some personality, a nice smile, or maybe nice legs and a nice chest?  These are the philosophical questions I ask myself these days. So, what does it come down to? What attracts you boys?

Boobs and booty, breast and buttock; whatever you call it these are the two anatomical features of the female body that seem to be the most desirable to the male species.  Now, some ladies aren’t always well-endowed in these departments. You may have a big ass but no boobs or big boobs but no ass, or you might have both and in that case, you’re lucky. Now that it’s fall, we are seeing a lot more girls covering up there upper half in cute sweaters and scarves, but putting their lower end on display with a nice pair of leggings and yoga pants.

This is why I decided to find out what guys are really thinking by surveying 50 male students at CCSU. I asked these men one question; what is your favorite female body part, with the possible choices being of course, butt or boobs. I was able to dive deeper into the male mind for a few days and find out what they really do like better. Now, when I say I was surprised by the outcome I am not lying, I really did not expect to get the results that I did.

72 percent of the males I asked chose butt as their favorite part, 20 percent chose boobs as their favorite body part, 4 percent chose “both” and 4 percent chose “other”.

Now you’re all probably wondering  to yourself who chose other; well ladies, there is still hope out there. While passing out these surveys, I stumbled across Matthew in the computer lab, a very sexy 20-year-old construction management major here at Central. Instead of booty or boobs, or even legs, he put down smile.

“The 1st thing you see when you meet a women is her face, her smile”. When I asked what else he liked in a girl he told me someone who can hold a conversation and even better, a girl who can start one. If your hearts aren’t melting yet, wait until you hear this. When I asked him what he thought of a girl lacking in the boobs and butt area he said “personality can make up for anything.”

But what is this obsession with a girl’s ass? I think that recently, guys are looking more at a woman’s curves as opposed to the iconic thin, runway model type.

I wish all guys could be like Matthew and not be obsessed over a girl’s body. One of my friends literally told me that he doesn’t even care what a girl looks like; if she has a nice ass then it’s on. That’s quite extreme. Not all guys will come on this strong or be this obsessed, but this phenomenon of big booty lovin’ is becoming more and more apparent these days.

I guess 2 Chainz has a point then doesn’t he, “she got a big booty so I call her big booty”

Love always,


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Between the Sheets: Oldies But Goodies

By Lauren Cannon

I find myself wondering if other girls or guys are thinking the same thing as I am, like  is it normal to “get with” a man 10 years my senior?  Do guys like it when girls talk dirty to them? These are all questions that no one can seem to answer, yet many of us are thinking them. This is a column that embraces sex, and will hopefully spice up your day of people-watching in the student center and taking notes in class. So go ahead, forget about class or that hot guy waiting in line at Pandini’s for a second and read “Between the Sheets.” Trust me: you won’t regret it.

You know that cliché term, “age is just a number”? Well for some, that age is something that can make or break an attraction.

Age: it’s that thing that tells us how old we are. I am freshly 21, and wow, not carrying around my sisters fake ID is actually amazing. This topic is something near and dear to my heart for the reason that I find myself drooling over older men. Yes, old men! Like my teachers or my neighbor who’s 34 and I’m pretty sure single (call me). People may think it’s gross, but it’s like that saying, “don’t knock it ’till you try it.” And boy, I knocked alright. Older men are like fine wine: they get better with age.

We all know the name for those 40-year-old single women who are smoking hot and look better than us. I’m talking about that rare species:  a cougar.  But what do you call a woman who’s just looking for more maturity and experience in a relationship? Are we gold-diggers, or maybe sugar babies looking for a sugar daddy? I think what we call our dilemma is normal. Most women want a mature man with experience; we are not all the dominant type. I think attraction in older men is quite normal. Don’t get me wrong, younger men are great. It’s not that I have an age limit or anything, but it seems that we as women are drawn towards a more refined guy.

Now ladies, I’m sure we have all used scholarly sources, aka Google, to find answers to obsessions such as mine. Trust me I’m the first to Google something like, “sleeping with older men” but I was looking for an answer that was more relatable; something that didn’t come from the opinions of random horny women all around the world. I decided to take my curiosity to the streets of Hard Hittin’ New Britain and the Blue Devils’ territory.

I asked three simple questions to 100 unsuspecting sexy women all around campus: What is the age of the oldest man you have hooked-up with? What is the age of the youngest man you have hooked-up with? Do you prefer younger or older men? With each survey I received back, along with a few dirty looks, I was able to understand that maybe my obsession wasn’t so much an obsession, but a healthy search for the perfect man.

In my sample of 100 girls the average age was 21. When asked if these girls preferred younger or older men, 87% said that they preferred older men, 6% said that they had no preference and 7% said that they preferred younger men. The average age of the oldest man that they hooked up with was 25. The average age of the youngest they hooked-up with was 20.

With all of that in mind, I think it’s safe to say that the older the man, the better. So, put this newspaper down and go get ’em ladies. You want a guy 10 years older or even 15, DO IT UP, GET IT, TAP THAT ASS! Who cares what people think anyways, I mean age is just a number right?

Love always,


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Mission: Bleed Blue Jumpstarts Student Participation

By Jacqueline Stoughton

Central Connecticut State University is enacting a new initiative in an attempt to bring more awareness and participation to on-campus events that are sponsored by various organizations that exist at CCSU.  They’re calling this new initiative Mission: Bleed Blue.

“Mission: Bleed Blue is a new initiative we’re starting on campus where we’re sponsoring certain events throughout the semester,” said Brian Choplick, president of CCSU’s Student Government Association.  “If students go and swipe in at those events, they’ll earn a certain amount of points per event. Once they hit a certain amount of points they’ll be eligible for certain prizes.”

All students have to do to be in the running to win a variety of prizes is to swipe their Blue-Chip card at each event they attend.  The points earned will then be distributed through the collegiate links system.  Students are already registered within that system if they are actively involved with any club on campus.

“The point system is a little bit different than normal point systems.  It’s not like cash, where you give us points in exchange for something in return,” said Choplick.  “The first 200 people to hit ten points will win the first prize, which is a Mission: Bleed Blue t-shirt.  As people hit certain tiers in the point system, they’re eligible for the prizes.”

“The prizes get larger and cooler as you go up.  They’re apparel type items, but not the usual you would get,” said Michelle Zohlman, president of the Central Activities Network.  “We wanted to be different and make it stuff you couldn’t typically get at the bookstore.  It’s stuff you essentially don’t want to pay for.”

Although CCSU is enacting this new initiative to try and bring in more participation at campus events, lack of attendance and participation at such events was never a troubling concern, and certainly not the sole reason this initiative was created, according to the founders of the initiative.

“There’s never an amount of people that is too much. But, we should always be looking to improve the amount of people that attend events,” said Choplick.  “One of the things we’re attempting to address through this initiative is the completely false stigma that there’s nothing going on at Central.”

“The point of Mission: Bleed Blue is to reward students for being a part of the students activities programming on campus and to really show them that there are these things to do on campus and to tell them to keep supporting it because there’re these great programs that aren’t getting the support they should be,” said Zohlman.

Mission: Bleed Blue is defined as being it’s own entity.  It has no association with CAN, SGA or any other major organization on campus.  This is a new system that has been in the works since last November, and has just recently been announced this past August.

“I think that the Mission: Bleed Blue is a really good initiative to get students involved around campus and develop themselves as better leaders,” said CCSU student, Danielle McCormick.  “I have always gone to events and been involved on campus.  But, I definitely think that we need to get more people to come out and participate in more events.  This program is essentially the first step to making great leaders at CCSU.”

Mission: Bleed Blue has already begun, it’s first two events being the CAN Carnival and Family Day.  Its next event where students will be able to swipe in and earn points is at this weeks pep rally.

“From a CAN perspective, we’ve had the best attendance in events.  We’ve actually broken our record for events attendance,” said Zohlman.  “We’re interested to see how it’ll affect indoor events.”


Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Paige Brown

A new academic school year can be overwhelming. Thoughts of new friends, new classes in a new environment, and counting down the days to graduation – especially seniors. As all the excitement of a new school year surrounds us, we can forget about the most important thing, taking care of ourselves.


Yes, we eat, but for most of us, it’s not Mom’s home-cooked dinner anymore. For people that live on campus, you have the choice of making your own food or finding all of the menus to order takeout around campus aside from the dining hall. Commuters can face challenges with healthy eating as well. Yeah, you might go home to a hot meal but what about breakfast and lunch to get you through your classes?


Staying healthy isn’t just what we eat, it’s also about our physical activity. In high school, if you did a sport, you remember how easy it was to go out for practice and participate in gym class without running out of breath. Well, give it a few weeks in college and walking up those flights upon flights of stairs is going to wipe you out.


It would be so easy if we could just bring our moms everywhere, or even grandma for some tasty snacks. And if we could all be on a college sports team, we’d be forced into staying in shape. But since we can’t bring them and most of us aren’t on a college team, here’s some quick tips on how to eat healthy and stay in shape, on your own.


For breakfast, it is best to avoid daily amounts of pancakes and waffles smothered in syrup. Try grabbing some eggs with whole wheat toast and a side of fruit. The more fresh your food is, the more revived you will feel to start your day.




As tempting as the pizza and burgers are in Memorial, remember that the only thing that all of that grease will do is make you feel unhealthy, tired, and really…gross. Try making yourself a sandwich instead. You can’t go wrong with a turkey and cheese sandwich with a salad on the side. Add cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and a yummy dressing. Healthy can be tasty.


Memorial Hall has many healthy choices for breakfast and dinner, but so does the Student Center. You can build your own Grinder at SubConnection or even create your own salad at Pandini’s.


The same rules apply for dinner. Just like lunch, try to avoid the pizza and fried food. However, another thing to keep in mind is portion. Just because it’s dinner doesn’t mean you need to overstuff yourself.


Remember your protein! Chicken is one of the best choices. Pair it with some veggies and a starch, like potatoes or pasta – again, in the right portions – you will fill up and feel good.


CCSU students are all given a BlueChip card. You can add money and use it at so many restaurants around the campus area; and of course we can’t forget Memorial. There are many healthy choices, but grocery shopping and outings are good alternatives when things get old.



When it comes to beverages, avoid soda. It’s full of sugar, it rots teeth and it is usually full of way too much caffeine. A glass when you’re out to dinner with friends is okay, but don’t drink it when you’re feeling thirsty.


Water is the best thing anyone can drink. Nowadays, you don’t even need those sugar filled sports drinks to hydrate with flavor. Try to squeeze a Crystal Light or Mio into your water and hydrate the healthy way. Yes, there are vending machine around every corner  filled with soda and energy drinks. Stick with the water, though. You’ll feel better and more focused than a quick and unhealthy sugar rush.


Remember to exercise! No, walking from Copernicus to DiLoreto doesn’t count as your daily exercise…neither does the stairwell.


You don’t have to be an athlete or bodybuilder to work out and stay active. Talk a run, jog, or even a walk during your free time. Also, a routine gym time is good to have set in your schedule.


CCSU has many places for you to be active and healthy. There are gyms all across campus, from the bubble in Kaiser to gyms in the dorms. Also, the campus makes a nice, relaxing scene to take a run or even a quick walk.

Summer Festival Previews

Five Forever to Remember Festivals of the Summer

By Morgan Skovich

1. Firefly Music Festival:  On June 21 – June 23 head on down to Dover, Delaware for some of your favorite bands. Great names such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, MGMT, Foster the People, Matt and Kim, Big Gigantic, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and dozens more will make its way into your own backyard. Attractions this festival holds along with these musicians is an arcade, an onsite brewery, hammock hangouts, an onsite wine bar and much more. Tickets are still available at Standard Pricing – $258.


2. Bonnaroo: Bonnaroo isn’t just a show – it’s a way, a spirit and a vibe. It is a four-day adventure with 150 epic performances such as Mumford and Sons, Paul McCartney, Macklemore, Billy Idol, Portugal the Man, Patrick Watson, etc. From June 13– June 16 Join the 80,000 campers who infest 700 acres of Manchester Tennessee. Tickets are still available for purchase – $269.50.


3. Made in America: Budweiser’s second annual Made in America Festival will once again benefit the United Ways of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, PA. It’s scheduled for Labor day weekend on August 31 and Sept. 1. It’ll contain an electric lineup such as Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5, Empire of the Sun, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa and many more. Tickets went on sale April 17 and are available now – $168.70.


4. Gathering of the Vibes: Gathering of the vibes will take place at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Ct. July 25-July 28. This event will feature John Butler Trio, The Roots, The Black Crowes, John Scofield and many more. Early bird tickets have sold out, but Way Advance ($195) and VIP ($475) tickets are still on sale. VIP ticket holders will receive perks like expedited entry, parking with easy in/out access, shaded camping areas with catered meals, snacks and beverages, air conditioned bathroom trailers and hot showers.


5. Alive@Five: Alive@Five is a concert series with live music from national headliners, which attacks after work crowds. Columbus Park is the place to be during the summer as Stamford Downtown supplies you with great music, great dancing and great times! The Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford produce Alive@Five on the Heineken Light Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Reckson and BevMax. Just one of their many performances occurs on July 12 and Matisyahu is headlining. You must be 21 and older to get into the concert area after 7 pm. Hands will be marked for under 21. Under 21 cannot leave and re-enter.