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To kick off our opening weekend, we’re giving out tons of free prizes!

Just buy a ticket to any of our movies playing on the weekend of May 19-21 and you’ll be entered to win one of our amazing giveaways.

First place winner will receive a free movie ticket good for five different films.

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To Read or Not to Read

I’ve loved reading ever since I was young. However, I didn’t really get into reading until I read the Twilight series.

People always have really strong opinions about this series. They either love it or hate it. I had a really intense obsession with the series all through middle school. I had every poster and piece of memorabilia humanly possible. I can’t imagine how much money I spent, to be honest.

I have since read it back (several times) and didn’t enjoy it nearly as much.

However, it was the Twilight series that ultimately got me into the Harry Potter series.

Unlike someone, I didn’t really get to grow up with the series. I didn’t read it until I got into high school after writing it off for years.

The kid I babysit for now just finished reading the series and it was awesome reliving the series with him. He is obsessed. He asks me about a million questions per day about my favorite books, favorite characters, favorite scenes, etc. His mom is actually a published author, so she instilled a love of reading early.

Reading can be really amazing and powerful and I hope it isn’t lost in the age of technology.

Singin’ in the Car

Why don’t more people sing in the car?

Almost every time I reach I stop light, I look around at the cars nearby. While I’m busy singing my head off, everyone is just sitting stoically, just trying to get through their commute. Well, that or texting.

So today I say screw texting and driving! Singing and driving is a way better alternative.

National Karaoke week is just a few weeks away, so here are my favorite songs to sing in the car, shower, or anywhere your heart desires.

  1. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  2. Alone – Heart
  3. Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  4. Africa – Toto
  5. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston 
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  7. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  8. Faithfully – Journey
  9. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  10. Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

It’s almost impossible to sound good singing these, but that’s the point!

Happy crooning!

How to Succeed During Registration Without Really Trying

Okay, you might have to try a little.

Registering for classes is probably the biggest pain in the ass, but putting in just a little bit of effort can save you a lot of stress in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of class registration.

  1. Know your registration time slot. These can be found here.
  2. Be sure there are no holds on your account that might prevent you from registering. This can be done through WPConnect. Simply log in, select the ‘Student’ tab at the top of the page, and click the link that reads ‘View Holds.’
  3. Make an appointment with your advisor. You need to meet with your advisor to receive your registration PIN. (At least, I haven’t discovered the way around this one yet)
  4. If you can’t fit this into your schedule, be sure to attend one of the group registration sessions.
  5. Plan out several potential schedules and write down the CRNs. This is the most complicated and also the most important step.
    • I have work in the afternoons and I like to give myself Fridays off, so planning my schedule in advance is crucial because I need to get into classes that are offered Monday-Thursday before 2 p.m.
    • I typically write down all of the classes that I need to take that are offered in this time range and see which ones combine together to make a schedule that works.
    • It is important to write down the CRNs because this is the information that you need to register.
    • Bringing this information with you to your registration meeting makes the experience way easier. I prefer to do this on my own because I’d rather not rely on an advisor who knows little to nothing about my individual college experience.

Ultimately, if you follow these steps, your registration process should be relatively painless. A little bit more effort might be involved on your part, but it is definitely worth the effort. By doing these few things I am able to get the classes I need during the times that I want, and you could too!

Don’t make registration worse than it needs to be!

The Way the Cookie Crumbles

As an introduction, allow me to remind everyone of this FRIENDS gem with this really great quality video. “The One With Phoebe’s Cookies” is an iconic episode in which Monica really wants Phoebe’s grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe. Phoebe’s grandmother swore never to allow the recipe to leave the family, so Monica bakes a million different variations of chocolate chip cookies in the hopes of stumbling upon the correct combination. It ends up being revealed that Phoebe’s grandmother got the recipe from her French grandmother, “Nestley Toulouse.” This, of course, is just the recipe written on the bag of Nestle Toll House chocolate morsels (morsels is my favorite word, had to throw it in here).

Moral of the story? Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies are the greatest of all time. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat.

This, of course, annoys me to no end because I hate Nestle. You can read a little about their controversial practices here. If you’re worried about this being a biased source, which is something I try to be conscious these days, I implore you to do your own research. Most concerning to me is their commodification of water. Okay, tangent over. Kind of.

That being said, on the back of Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels (morsels!) there is a recipe.

I would definitely encourage everyone to make this recipe and use another brand for the chocolate chips. Then you can exploit the recipe without supporting the shady company! And just in time for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week.

Enjoy!

#JustWillyPThings

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As a commuter, I barely spend any time on the William Paterson University campus. I basically go to my classes and then leave. But there are still some things I’ve noticed or learned to love or hate throughout my time here.

  • The Geese – My whole posture stiffens whenever I see even a single Canadian Goose, which happens daily. I creep past as quietly as possible and avoid eye contact lest I end up like this unfortunate student. They are all over the place and they just poop and glare menacingly at you. Not what I want to see every morning.
  • The hike to Hobart – It bothers me endlessly that the parking lots in front and behind Hobart Hall are for staff only. Especially at 8am when all of the spots are available and I just walked all the way from lot 5.
  • Employee lots – In general, the employee lots seem way too big. I’ve never seen one even close to being full. This is super frustrating when you’re running late and driving around in circles looking for a spot. Just feet away there are rows and rows of parking spots just waiting to be filled, and yet…
  • Parking – This one’s obvious. Parking sucks. Take 8ams to avoid this.
  • Professors using technology – This cracks me up in every class and is not exclusive to William Paterson. So many of my professors don’t know how to use the projectors in the room. It’s a huge project when they want to play a video, and when they finally find the right source, they can’t figure out the sound. It wastes so much of the class period and is hilarious every time.
  • The Bumper Magnets – I live in Wayne, so all I see are the WP bumper magnets they give out. They must give each incoming student about 500 of them. I wish they would give out something useful like a water bottle or a drawstring backpack.

William Paterson is a great school over all. These are just some everyday stressors or annoyances that drive me up the wall. Get it together, people.

An Ode to Special K

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Oh, Special K, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Special K, primarily Special K with Red Berries, has been my favorite cereal for as long as I can remember. This can probably be attributed to the fact that it was my mom’s cereal. While I was being bought boxes of Cheerios or Raisin Bran, my mom got to eat Special K. And the forbidden fruit–red berries in this case–tastes the sweetest.

Special K with Red Berries has the perfect bran to fruit ratio. When you get sick of the bran, you can break up the flavor with a nice strawberry taste. When the strawberries start to become too overpowering you just scoop up some bran. Special K with Red Berries is easily one of the best duos in breakfast food history.

The cereal is sweet but healthy. So many breakfast foods that are marketed for weight loss or heart health or an abundance of vitamins taste like crap, quite frankly. They have no flavor and are the consistency of cardboard. As if mornings aren’t tough enough they expect you to welcome your day with that garbage? Pass. Instead, I indulge in a nice, flavorful bowl of Special K and I’m ready to take on the day. If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, it’s definitely a better alternative to the high calorie stack of pancakes or even a bowl of Lucky Charms.

I shall but love thee even better after dinner. Special K can be a great dessert or evening snack. Its sweetness makes for a great pallet cleanser and, again, you aren’t going to go over your daily calorie intake unless you eat the whole box in one sitting (which I could probably do easily).

Special K is the best breakfast cereal hands down. I’d give my vote to Special K with Red Berries specifically, but there are an abundance of options to choose from. It’s versatile, it’s delicious, it’s healthy. How can you go wrong?

photo credit from Kellogg’s India

Putting the Pedal to the Medal

mazda_6_white_sedan_front_side_angle_moving_wallpaper_-_1280x800I’ve never technically owned a car. There is a car in my household (or in my driveway, ba dum tss) that is reserved for me exclusively, but as my dad loves to point out, it isn’t my car. The first was a silver 2011 Mazda6. Now I drive a white 2016 Mazda6. It still isn’t my car.

Suddenly, my parents started taking $200 odd out of my bank account monthly to put toward the car. I don’t even know if I’m making payments toward the car itself or putting money toward the insurance. The money is just gone, which is so frustrating because they only started doing this once I got myself a steady income. I’m sure if I vocalized this frustration they would equate it to taxes and then make a condescending remark about how as a liberal, I should love paying taxes.

Frankly, I just don’t understand the whole obsession with cars. Or rather, I can understand it. I’ve been obsessed with my fair share of things (the Twilight series immediately comes to mind), but the car obsession doesn’t apply to me even a little bit. I like my car. I take pride in keeping it nice and clean, but ask me anything about horsepower or mileage or whatever people talk about in reference to cars and my eyes will literally glaze over. If I’m talking about my car it’s to brag about how little clutter there is in comparison to my friends or to complain that the check engine light is on AGAIN.

I love “my” car because I love being able to get where I need to go without relying on other people, but cars really are such a hassle. I’m thankful that I can still rely on my parents to deal with the dirty work that comes with my car. Sorry, the car.

The Perks of Taking an 8am

8 a.m. classes are definitely not for everyone. In fact, for the first full half of my college career I refused to even entertain the idea. Nothing seemed worth waking up that early in the morning (despite having woken up significantly earlier for high school). I was forced into a change of heart when I got a different job picking up kids from school. In order to get to Montclair by the end of their school day, I needed to have all of my classes done by 1 p.m. This meant I was going to have to start earlier. Horrifying.

Except that it wasn’t. Sure I can’t stand waking up early in the morning and I feel like a zombie half the time, but getting all my classes done early is such a relief. The sooner you start, the sooner you can get back home. Plus, you don’t have to worry about parking. The parking lots are practically empty when I pull up. I have a plethora of spots to choose from, which is a major stress reliever.

I’m up earlier in the morning which forces me to go to bed earlier at night. Additionally I feel more productive. Sure I nap now and again, but usually once I’m awake I stay awake. It’s also a great way for me to juggle 19 credits and my job. Taking classes at 8 also allowed me to choose classes that meet from Monday to Thursday, leaving me with a three day weekend. Life-changing. Not having classes on Friday has completely changed my college career, and I’m so glad I realized how good a slightly longer weekend is for me.

8 a.m. classes aren’t for everyone. If you really struggle to wake up in the morning or have an exceptionally long commute, it may be too difficult to pull off taking a class so early. But if you live on campus or live a stone’s throw away then it’s something you should consider with an open mind.

Chips and Dip: The Ultimate Snack

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Even if “Chips and Dip” wasn’t the name of the prompt, I would choose chips and dip as my favorite snack food. Why? Because it’s clearly the best option. Allow me to explain:

Chips and dip is as versatile a snack food as you can find. Have you seen what kind of chips exist these days? We’re no longer limited to Plain or Ruffled or Salt & Vinegar potato chips. We can have Lays Chicken and Waffles, Lays Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, or even Lays Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger potato chips. I don’t know why anyone would want these things (seriously Lays, what are you doing), but should you grow tired of a classic potato chip, there are a slew of other options for you. And should you start getting sick of those flavors, you can switch up the dip! French Onion dip is a personal favorite of mine, but I don’t discriminate.

That’s not even to mention all the other chips. Tortilla chips or Doritos with salsa are practically an entirely different snack but they conveniently fall under this nice umbrella of “chips and dip.”

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