7 Reasons To Be Happy To Be Back At Curry

7 Reasons To Be Happy To Be Back At Curry

We're back at Camp Curry, and here are some reasons to be excited about it!

Aside from the reasons to be happy to be back at any college across the country (seeing your friends, and returning to your freedom) there are reasons specific to Curry College as to why we should be excited to be back on campus. Here's a countdown of the top seven reasons we should all be happy to move back in!

7. The soft serve machine in the Stu

Yes, ice cream is available outside of college, but there's nothing quite like the readily available soft serve machine in the Stu. All you have to do is grab a Styrofoam cup or cone, and press and hold the pump (vanilla, chocolate, or swirl) for a few moments, and you have delicious soft-serve ice cream that you can indulge in as frequently as you want. It's a great after-dinner treat we've all indulged in at some point.

6. The Stu in general.

The beloved Student Center is the heart and soul of Curry. It's where we eat our meals, work out, play pool, shop, get our mail, etc. The Stu is the hub of student life and nine times out of 10 when you walk in, at least some of your friends are there. There's always someone you know. It's comforting to have something so familiar and so central to our daily lives on campus.

5. Jools.

If you go to Curry, you know and love Jools, the favorite employee of the Student Center dining hall. Perhaps the best part about Jools isn't her always-smiling face and always genuinely asking you how you are today, it's that she makes an effort to learn everyone's name. It's a special day when Jools addresses you by name. We all know that if we ever need anything, Jools is where it's at. She's a Curry legend.

4. The Quad.

Although ours is probably the smallest quad you've ever seen, we all have to admit that it's beautiful. And from the hours of about 8 to 4 p.m., depending on the weather, there are people everywhere on the quad, whether it be walking to class, sunbathing in the grass, or sitting on the "smoking bench," you can find friends to talk to on your way to grab lunch.

3. The infamous flag poles.

The flagpole on the quad is perhaps the most popular meeting place on campus, aside from the Stu of course. When meeting up with friends after class or before heading down to dinner, the flag pole is the place to go and because of the two semi-circle stone walls, it's impossible to miss.

2. Coffee from the Stu.

Okay, the coffee from the Stu isn't the best, but we're college students — we run on coffee. If you go to Curry, you no doubt know these red insulated coffee cups or the clear plastic ones for the iced coffee fans out there. You see them about 100 times a day around campus.

1. Late Night.

Late Night is popularly known as the best food served on campus. Whether you love the nachos, cheese fries, or the fruit smoothies, everyone has a favorite food from Late Night. And you know that if you run out of "Points," your friend will be there to vouch for you and buy you your favorite treat. Going to Late Night is good if you missed dinner and are hungry, or if you just want a reason to get out and socialize.

We don't call it Camp Curry for no reason. The camplike feel of the campus really does make it feel like home. When we move back in, we will be hit with a wave of nostalgia and deja-vu, and wonder why we left for so long in the first place.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.


Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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