Cheap(er) Theater in NYC

By: Samantha Baugh Campus Sherpa Blog Contributor, New York University If you are like me, you love going to see shows. Now, Broadway is probably your first thought but it can often be very difficult to find affordable seats to go see a show. If you are on a tighter budget, there are plenty of other exciting and affordable opportunities to see innovative and professional theatre. Location wise, East Village is a great place to look. The Kraine Theatre hosts play festivals throughout the year. They also have regular companies use their space. For example, New York Neo-Futurists hold a weekly show that is only ten dollars. The New York Theatre Wing is more expensive but they turn out a lot of incredible shows that sometimes even make the jump to Broadway. You have the chance to see some future Tony Award winning shows/actors/writers before they make their jump. The key is to keep an eye out for pop up productions around the cities. Often enough, a show will rent out spaces, sometimes even homes, to perform their work. I once went to an immersive production where I walked around the home as a play was going on. Comedy shows …

Family Visits

By: Rose Mannas Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, The University of San Francisco One of the most exciting parts about going to school relatively far away is having you family come visit you. It truly does give you something to count down to! My parents come to San Francisco about once an academic year, and my sister has come twice in my three years there (once for a job interview, but still). I really look forward to each time they visit. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman or a senior- your family come to see you at school is really a treat and a great break from your usual grind. Your parents might be interested in different things than you might think. My parents really wanted to see more of my every day life. What are the dorms like? The communal restrooms? Are the cafeteria lines really long during the school day? What are the classrooms like that you take your lesson in? When my parents came, I was much more focused on showing the city. They of course wanted to see San Francisco, but think of it this way. If you were paying thousands of dollars for someone …

The Do’s and Dont’s of New Cities

By: Marisa Borreggine Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of Washington If you’ve just begun college, or transferred to a new school from a previous university or community college, you are all too familiar with the confusion and wonder that comes with moving to a new city. The feelings that meet you aren’t exactly the same as they were in your childhood, moving to a new town and immediately making friends just because you were the same age. It takes a bit more effort to make this new town home, and to make those friends all over again. DO: Introduce yourself! Chances are, everyone at the bar/party/event you’re at is just as nervous about meeting people as you are. It does help to have a classic ice breaker (my favorite is asking if someone was in my [insert most interesting class I’ve taken] class, and when they weren’t just talk about that class!), but sometimes just saying “Hi!” is all it takes! Don’t: Introduce yourself to everyone… One of the more unfortunate parts of being in a new town is the idea that not every stranger is trustworthy, even at the local bar. Make sure to be aware of who you’re …

Out on the Town: Coffee Shops at the University of Washington

By: Sherpa Marisa Borreggine Campus Sherpa Staff Writer, University of Washington  1. Suzzallo Café: The Essential UW Café             Located in Red Square, Suz is the café you sit in for that awkward hour break in between classes your freshman year, because likely they’re all in the large auditorium hall, Kane, which is right next door. Like all the other UW cafés, they “proudly serve Starbucks”, along with pre-made salads, sandwiches, wraps, juices, etc. They also sell scantrons if you’re in a pinch, or if you’re prepared and want to buy 30 for the rest of your college career. Tip for this café: take some advice from a  Suz barista veteran, NO, we do not have pencils. 2. Parnassus Café: Underground, Literally. Parnassus is the unique café situated in the basement of the Art Building on the far end of the UW Quad. There’s always cool art, some cool people, and better food. There’s terrible service since it’s in the basement, but it’s pretty nice to sit in and just work on homework or read with no distractions, plus the music is always great. Tip for this café: always look at the posters on the billboards outside …

Out on the Town: Chapman University

One of the best parts about Chapman is its close proximity to downtown Orange, otherwise know as The Orange Circle. The Circle is full of hidden gems, and sometimes I make it a tradition to go around and try to explore them all, finding out which ones are my favorite. Among all of these amazing places in the upcoming college downtown area, there is an amazing Mexican restaurant called Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican. This place is one of my favorites, because it is a church that was turned into a restaurant. Imagine stepping into a holy place, and then realizing that they serve the best Mexican food in Orange County there. The atmosphere in the restaurant is wonderful, and I’ve never had a better burrito in my life. It’s hard to have a walkable campus in Southern California, and that’s why Chapman is so unique. We’re not a major car campus like other universities, and we have so many amenities within walking distance – this makes it a perfect place to walk-around and to live. I love it here, and want to make sure that people know that we are an amazing institution, and on the rise to becoming one …

Out on the Town: University of Oregon

By Sherpa Lauren Johnson Perfectly placed in between our spirited game days, campus plays host to the fall term street fair. Vendors from all over Oregon come out and bring the students super yummy food like Oreo dipped ice cream bars, snow cones, elephant ears, gyros, BBQ and so much more. But don’t worry, the food only makes up half of it! Students can buy jewelry, tapestries, posters and all types of super unique clothes! (I just bought a pair of adorable elephant shorts). The street fair is a dream land with all the food and goods you could ever ask for, enlivening our campus for three days twice a year.

Out on the Town: Cornell University

By Sherpa Alyssa Holman Although Ithaca seems like a small town with nothing to do, it’s actually bursting with life. And Ithaca is at its best on the first weekend of October for its annual Applefest. Applefest is a huge festival featuring every apple creation you could imagine: from hot apple cider to apple donuts to apple cake, any food that can somehow incorporate apples is sold at Applefest. Although Ithaca winters can get cold and long, fall in Ithaca is truly magical: the changing leaves are absolutely beautiful, and the magic of the season can be best encapsulated by the sense of community that Applefest brings. Over seven thousand people attend Applefest, including town residents, college students, and faculty. Each one leaves a little bit warmer, both from sips of hot apple cider and from the happy bustling of the Ithaca community. And, a tip for any of you first-time Applefest attendees: make sure to get the apple donuts and dip them in warm apple cider-the combination makes for the most delicious treat ever.