5 SBU Food Hacks For The Student Running Out of Dining Dollars

5 SBU Food Hacks For The Student Running Out of Dining Dollars

Wolfie Wallet can't save you now.

Even though we're just five weeks into the semester, y'all are already running out of dining dollars. But it may not be because you're eating too much. To survive in this cruel world, you have to dine smarter at Stony Brook University. Follow these hacks and you may find yourself with extra dining dollars by the end of the semester.

1. SAC sides

Head over to the Southern BBQ station in the SAC food court and you can order just a side! From mac and cheese to mashed potatoes to baked beans, you can get a small plate for about $2. It may not be a meal, but it's a steal.

Total price: ~$2.50

2. Rice or noodle bowl for the soul

You know that Jasmine in the Wang Center burns a hole in your pocket every time you buy two sushi platters and an acai lemonade bubble tea. So next time, you can order a small bowl of rice or noodles from the Chinese food place. And maybe pair it with some kimchi or avocado slices.

Total price: ~$2.50–$6.00

3. Happy-tizers

If you're not too hungry, Jasmine also has really good appetizers like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) or croquettes (potato-filled goodness).

Total price: ~$3.50

4. Swipe in and don't look back

Swiping into West Side or East Side Dining may seem ridiculous for people with dining dollars, but hear me out. You can eat all the food you want and do work in the dining hall ALL DAY. Unlimited meals for the day for one price. Oh, yes.

Total price: $6.75–$9.95

5. Pay less, eat more

Swiping in after 9 p.m. at dine-in saves you a couple bucks. And if you swipe during breakfast hours, you can get in for just $6.75!

Total price: $6.75–$7.95

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...

As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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A Short Grammar Lesson

Here are some common mistakes that everyone makes.


English is a very confusing language. Its grammar makes it harder than most. Seeing as I want to become a copy editor one day, I figured I could give you all a brief lesson.

To, Too and Two

"To" is used when you are indicating a person, place or thing. "Too" is used when you are saying something is "in addition". "Two" is a number.

ex. Are you going to work?

ex. Too bad you couldn't come.

ex. Those two are up to no good.

There, Their and They're

"There" is used when you are indicating a place. "Their" is used when you are saying someone possesses something. "They're" is a conjunction word meaning "they are".

ex. She's over there.

ex. Their house is huge.

ex. They're having a party.


When a sentence is indicating a he/she/I, you use "who". When a sentence indicates him/her/me, you use "whom".

ex. Who is going? (unidentified he/she)

ex. Whom did you hit? (unidentified him/her)

When to Use a Comma

There are independent and dependent clauses in sentences. A prepositional phrase is a dependent clause. This means the phrase cannot stand on its own. Therefore, it requires a comma.

ex. After the fire, no one knew what to do. (Notice how "after the fire" isn't a full sentence, but "no one knew what to do" is.)

Another situation in which you use a comma is if you have two independent clauses. We call this a compound sentence. "And" and "but" are the most common coordinating conjunctions.

ex. She knew she had no chance, but she did it anyway.

You also use commas in lists. (Lists have three or more terms.) However, depending on how you prefer to write, you can use the Oxford comma. This means you use a comma between everything listed. If you choose not to use the Oxford comma, then you don't put a comma at the end between the two final words.

ex. (with Oxford comma) I need to work out, go shop, and do my homework.

ex. (without) My favorite foods are chicken, pasta and chocolate.

There it is folks. A short grammar lesson by me. I hope you learned something.

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