We are NOT a beautiful & unique snowflake

If you haven’t seen the cult classic Fight Club then you most likely do not have an obsession with Chuck Palahniuk like the other Y Generation cronies. Chuck Palahniuk has been writing since 1990 and among his works are Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Snuff, Haunted, Tell All, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Pygmy, Stranger Than Fiction, Fugitives & Refugees, and his newest Damned. Palahniuk does a wonderful job of being dark and satirically honest; most of his novels are categorized as media res. We can get up close and personal with the cult god at the Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Although this event is currently sold out there is overflow seating available. The DMA is hosting additional events in this Arts & Letters Live Series with Dava Sobel and Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith. Students get access to these events for a whopping $10 which is a steal considering the normal price is $25. The DMA is also close to the DART red line, so don’t forget to use your UTD DART pass and ride downtown for free. The DMA does a wonderful job of creating interesting and intellectual events that fit perfectly into a college student’s tight budget.

http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/Events/ArtsLettersLive/SpecialEvents/index.htm

Halloween Costumes on a Budget

With the approach of Halloween comes the approach of a fun holiday tradition: costumes. Halloween is the one time a year it’s socially acceptable to dress up in crazy costumes. Creativity is encouraged and humor is rewarded. With the exploding trend of Halloween super stores, it’s easier than ever to put a costume together. However, the price for a store-bought costume is soaring. If you don’t have $100 to spend on a costume, here are some ideas to help you avoid those pesky overdraft fees.

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Mid Semester Blues Pick-Me-Up!

Eyes crossed from the mid semester blues? Perhaps a good breakfast will do the trick to get your butt back in gear to finish out the semester strong. I recently had the grand pleasure of checking out a local hole-in-the-wall donut shop that is disguised as a pizza joint Monday-Friday. This delicious hidden treasure is within 5 miles of the UTD campus and is located on Preston, right before Frankford. Hypnotic Donuts is inside The Pizza Guy and man am I ever glad that I found this gem.

My roommate told me we needed to get there early but I had no idea that by early she meant at 6:30AM on a Saturday morning. Perhaps her intentions were correct because the weekend prior, they had SOLD OUT of donuts at 7:45am – just 45 minutes after they open! We arrived at The Pizza Guy, waited in our car patiently for the clock to strike 7:00AM. We were in line with 5 other people at 7:00AM when they opened up the gates to foodie heaven. The process was simple: look at their list of gourmet donuts, pick your poison, tell the sweet lady what you’d like, she writes it on a box, and then they dress the donuts while you patiently await your breakfast. Continue reading

DIY College Investment: Clippers

Hair Clipper set organized and laid out

One thing a lot of our college brethren’s cut back on is getting hair cuts. As men on the pursuit of knowledge we tend to neglect what we have on top of our brain, and much rather put on a hat then to invest in a hair cut we end up hating anyways. I get it you’re in college, whether you are living on a loan or a scholarship the point is we are all on some time of limited budget. Let’s face it, paying more than 10 dollars for a hair cut can rack up and money be spent on better things like a case of beer, shots, and cool clothes … I mean, paying off student loans and bills … Yeah, that’s what I meant.

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Conquering the land of Fried Food!

On Saturday October 8, I went to the State Fair with an association I’m currently in called FSA. As a group, we all met at UTD and carpooled to the Dart Rail station. There are two special trains that run for specifically to the State Fair so no stops are needed. Around 5, we arrived and turned in our empty Dr. Pepper cans so we only had to pay $5 for admission. There was a TX vs OU game going on this weekend, so I expected the fair to be super crowded, however, by late afternoon, many people had left the fair. Even better, we met up with the FSA from UT. It was smart to go late since it was cool and windy for a change; however it ended up raining when I left.

Walking through one side of the fair

Awaiting me all around the fair was fried food! Since I was with a group, we all shared what we got so everyone got to try out a lot of different fried food. I bought fried vanilla cake balls and fried Snickers. Other things my group had were fried watermelon, funnel cake, Belgium waffles, sausage on a stick, and more.  Overall, I would say everything was delicious – however, quite expensive. Sharing is always a good option when it comes to trying out a lot of food.

Fried and other Delicious Food!

There were also many fun rides to go on; if you’ve never been on the ferris wheel, it’s a memorable experience and a pretty view from above. Other than rides, there were a lot of carnival games across from the food stands. There are huge stuffed animal prizes that everyone wants to have! Although it was a lot of money gone to waste, getting a huge prize would make up for it. My friends won a huge wolf-like puppy and the red angry bird along with the minion from Despicable Me. We also went to the car show when it was sprinkling outside. There were new, shiny cars, but I do not remember the names of them.

Large prizes and the car show

Overall, I would say the State Fair of Texas was a success. It was an enjoyable event even though I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. It’s good to go with a group or a couple of people, so you can all enjoy the experience together and share food rather than spend a bunch of extra money. Even so, many people who haven’t gone still have a bit over two weeks to still go. I will actually be going again either this weekend or the next for sure.

Money isn’t EVERYTHING, Jett!

Wake up kids, it’s October and that means the Dallas Art District is celebrating Art in October, which is the biggest art event in Dallas. This week you can catch three monster stars of their own time unite in one movie for an epic screening at the Annette Strauss Square for a viewing of the 1956 classic Giant.

Giant movie poster

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If you love classic films or have a need for a little Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson, this is the movie for you. Giant was one of the last three films that James Dean would film as a leading actor, and he died before Giant was released. See him in this epic Western drama romance about a Texas Rancher on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm outside the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Annette Strauss Square. This event is free and seating is on the grass so be sure to bring blankets and chairs! Also, don’t forget you can take the DART rail down to the Arts District and ride for free with your UTD DART pass. While you are down in the Arts District, be sure to enjoy the creative eats at the food trucks that are scattered throughout the area.

The Endless Possibilities of a Plain White Tee

Every female college student should invest in a few Hanes v-neck plain white tee’s. The possibilities with this one piece of clothing are endless. They come in a pack of three for about $7, and I assure you, you won’t regret a single penny spent. Here are just some of the ways you can utilize your new plain white tee.

White Tee with Cardigan White Tee with Scarf

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Dress it Up- You can wear your white tee with a high-waisted skirt and a blazer for a job interview or a nice pair of skinny jeans and heels and you’re ready for a night on the town. Or Dress it Down- In a hurry to class or just not in the mood to get ready? Slip on a pair of shorts or some leggings with your tee for a more casual look.

Wear your white tee with a cardigan or a vest, with fun scarves and necklaces, or layer with colored tank tops for a unique style. You can even add a big belt buckle to make a statement.

There are many ways to make your white tee your own. You can start simple by tie dying or splatter painting your shirt- not only is it fun to make with your friends, but it is also fun to wear. You can grab a pair of scissors and make it a cropped tee, or add fringe to the bottom. You can even cut your t-shirt into a scarf. Make a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and add glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones, patches, and all sorts of other things. To make something even more advanced, transform your tee into a dress for the college that you attend by adding ribbon and fabric of your school colors.

White Tee with Gray Cardigan White Tee with Leather Jacket

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The plain white tee is a must have for your college wardrobe. Not only is it affordable but gives you the ability to transform it into whatever you want it to be to match your personality.