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Direct Messaging: Who Gets Your Vote?

With Snapchat’s newest update including an in-app chat log allowing for temporary text, instant video and images, the app joins Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and many other apps currently engaged in a direct messaging war, or a fierce competition to win over the most users for the purposes of private conversation. You’ve heard the names: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat – what do you use? If you’re not set on which one to make your direct messaging app of choice, have a look at these pros and cons of just a few top chatting apps: (more…)

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5 Ways To Spice Up Your Usual Coffee or Tea

It’s that time of the quarter again – we’re sleeping less and procrastinating more, and libraries are becoming fuller and fuller … you get the drift. As a college student, chances are you’ve probably formed a mostly healthy dependence on caffeine at one time or another. But just like many exciting things in life, the latte or black tea you’ve been chugging a few times every day is probably starting to get a little old. Before you start feeling hopeless and imagining life without caffeine, here are five simple ways to spice up your usual coffee or tea, ensuring that you and caffeine will be spending many more long days and nights together. (more…)

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Food and Dining

Ramen Burger Tutorial


If you’re a foodie, your friends probably hate you. I mean, we’d all like to think that our friends don’t hate us – and it would be a comforting sentiment if it were true – but chances are every time you talk about how Chipotle doesn’t serve “real Mexican food” or refuse to drink a non-craft beer, your friends come one step closer to pushing you out of a moving car on the 405 Freeway. Hopefully they’ll do it near a Zankou Chicken – everyone knows it’s way more authentic than Falafel King.

If you identify as a foodie, you have two responsibilities in your friend group. No. 1: Feed the masses. Every time you make your friends a fontina and prosciutto quesadilla at 1 a.m., you’re delaying your freeway death by at least a week. No. 2: Keep them current on food trends. Everyone wants to be cool, and everyone wants to be a part of the edible zeitgeist. You’ve done your job every time a friend impresses someone by using the term “gastropub.”

With the ramen burger, you can do both of those things – killing two birds with one burger, as they say. The ramen burger was invented by Keizo Shimamoto in Brooklyn, N.Y., which has been dubbed the hipster capital of the world. Since debuting at the Smorgasburg outdoor market in the summer of 2013, the ramen burger has sold well, and it tastes like Florence and the Machine’s first album, before they were cool. Enjoy. (more…)

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Food and Dining

Healthy Stress Eating Alternatives

Have you been stress eating so much that you’re embarrassed by the amount of money you’re spending on snacks? You’re preaching to the choir – I’ve ordered so much pizza in the past couple weeks that the delivery guy not only recognizes me, but walks toward me among a group of people to give me my food. With midterms upon us, adding to the already never-ending stream of work we have to do, snacking on junk food every day may seem justified in the moment, but all of that junk can sneak up on you. If you can’t seem to stop turning to junk food to soften the blow of midterms, try these healthy alternatives to your cravings.


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