Dorm Room Cooking: Pasta

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

By Mikaela Antonelli 

Living in the dorms is a once in a lifetime experience, not always a fantastic one, but still a once in a lifetime experience. With this new environment come a new diet and a new way ofliving. You are living in a small area with another person, but also you are living in a hall with about 30 other people. in this environment you are encouraged to eat at the dining hall conveniently located near where you are living. The dining halls at CSU are fantastic for first year students, it’s like having mom live with you all over again, the food is always there and ready for you to consume, however you can easily grow tired of the food in the dining halls, be it because there is not too much choice or you frequent the same dining halls too often, it can get a little repetitive, and using the kitchen in your hall can be crowded and frustrating. This semester I have moved my meal plan down to only one a day, this has provided me with new choices in my meals but also some room to explore. When I make myself meals for lunch or dinner it has usually been the typical Top Ramen, sandwich, or Easy  Mac, but there are so much more opportunities to make great meals with just a microwave and a coffee maker. For my first endeavor I chose to try and make pasta in my microwave. Using the idea of top Ramen it was quite easy and cheap to make.

What you need:

  • Box of spaghetti (any type)
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Butter
  • Sauce (if desired)

First you need to take about a half handful of spaghetti and break it into about ¼ the size of the regular spaghetti and place into the bowl. Next pour water into the bowl till the spaghetti is fully submerged. Finally you just set it in the microwave for about 7 minutes. After your spaghetti is fully cooked drain the water. Finally add the butter and spaghetti sauce. (In my meal I did not have any sauce so I just used butter but sauce is fairly cheap so you can add this as well.)

How To Make a Tablet Case

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Jul 112012

Author: Logan Martinez

By Logan Martinez


After going out and celebrating all that return money in the mail with a new pricey tablet, the money it takes to cover it can seem just as high. There is a quick and easy solution to the cover problem: making the cover from an old book or notebook.

Ever noticed how an iPad is the exact same dimensions as a composition notebook? It would conceal the iPad perfectly – the problem? It is the exact same size. Luckily, Norcom, a composition notebook manufacturer that sells their products in large chain stores like Wal-Mart, makes a composition book that has a hard cover with margins roughly five millimeters larger around the pages than the typical notebook.

This is the perfect notebook to conceal an iPad. Other tablet covers vary, but this concept works for any tablet or e-reader, with the proper finding of a book that has dimensions similar, but slightly larger than, any tablet.

Now, here is how to take a notebook, some spare plastic and a hot glue gun and making a case for under $5.


  • Norcom Hard Cover Composition Notebook for an iPad (from Wal-Mart, $1.97) or for other tablets, any book that matches the dimensions of the tablet
  • A plastic lid from a square package with rounded edges, or the plastic out of the tablet case
  • A razor blade
  • A hot glue gun
  • Some elastic or your sister’s old hair bands (elastic from Wal-Mart craft department is around $1 to $2 varying on length)
  • Magazine clippings
  • Regular school glue
  1. To start off, take the composition book, flip to the center page where the seam is exposed and take the razor blade and cut the seam until the pages will pull out easily. Trim the threads out of the hard cover after removing the pages.
  2. Now, Tear out the information paper that lines the hardcover, so the cardboard inside is exposed.
  3. After removing the information liner, take school glue and cover the cardboard on either side with it. Place your magazine clippings over the glue to where it is nice and smooth and looks nice. Press the notebook for about 10 minutes under some heavy textbooks while the glue dries, so the cardboard doesn’t warp.
  4. While the glue is drying, take the plastic lid and trim out the center, leaving about an inch of plastic to adhere to the cardboard of the book, scissors or razorblade will work for this. The spine of the book will cover the left edge, so only measure out the top and bottom corners on the right and the edges on the right, top and bottom. Trim the plastic where necessary to fit around the tablet closely. If the edge is taller than the top of the tablet, trim it to where it is the same height. Cut out notches where the headphone plug-in and buttons are located.
  5. After the glue dries, take the hot glue gun and the plastic that form fits around the tablet and glue it into the cover where it fits the tablet in comfortably and the cover closes over it.
  6. Wait about two minutes for the hot glue to dry and place the tablet into the case. Now, take the elastic and form it around the right top and bottom corners and hot glue them to the back of the cover where they are stretched tight enough to hold the tablet in the case.

Now the case is finished! It even conceals the tablet so if left out on the table while getting coffee at a coffee shop, it is not easily recognizable.

How To make cream cheese frosting, cheap and easy

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Jul 112012

Author: Logan Martinez

Via HeatherHeatherHeather, on Flickr

Via HeatherHeatherHeather, on Flickr

Everyone has a sweet tooth, right? Especially around those stressful times of the year when papers are piling on top of each other and exams seem like they are every other day by now.

It is also that time of year when funds are short and maybe one can only afford the cake mix or the frosting, but not both. Well, there has to be something in the cupboard that can suffice as a topping to the delectable treat that is patiently sitting in the basket waiting to be taken home and mixed up and baked.

Well, there are items in the cabinet that can create the perfect topping to whatever treat that is going in the oven: cream cheese frosting.

This is a simple cream cheese frosting recipe that not only is cheap, easy and can be made from items in the cabinet, it is also healthier to top any treat with because it lacks th extensive preservatives store-bought frostings host.




4 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 ounces butter or margarine, softened

1 cup powdered sugar


  1. First put the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl and soften them in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. Be sure to not melt them.
  2. Next take cake beaters or a fork and mix them together until they are well blended.
  3. Now, after they are well blended, add the powdered sugar a half-cup at a time. Blend together until creamy, add powdered sugar to taste, this can take more or less depending on personal preference.
  4. After letting the baked goods cool, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top and enjoy!


This recipe is super easy and can be done by anyone. After preparing, refrigerate any leftover frosting to keep.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

How to Make a Placemat Clutch for Under $3

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Jul 112012

Author: Logan Martinez

By Logan Martinez

Placemats have always been seen as a one purpose kind of object, but this tutorial takes that ordinary object and turns it into a great, usable purse.


1 placemat (sold at all grocery stores and dollar stores, the one used here was bought at The Dollar Tree for $1)

A button or charm

1 old elastic hair tie

Needle and thread or sewing machine


First, fold the placemat in half and determine where it should be fastened down with the button or charm. In this tutorial, the placemat was folded in half and then folded again where the ends folded to the center over the fold. Pin this spot where the button would be best.

  1. Take the button and fasten it to the purse where it was marked, using a needle and thread.
  2. Where the placemat will fold over and meet the button, rip a small part of the seam holding the outside edge together, as seen in photograph.
  3. Take the elastic hair tie and sew the placemat back together with the tie inside of the hole, make sure to sew it down where it will fit snuggly around the button.
  4. Now that the button and elastic fastener have been attached, fold the placemat in half with the short sides together, match them up where the button is on the outside and the fastener will come together and pin the sides all the way down to the fold.
  5. All it takes now is to take the needle and thread and sew the sides all of the way down to the fold, or do the same with a sewing machine.


That is all it takes! Simple, inexpensive and easy to use. It works to hold all the essentials, even a small notebook. Works great as a last minute gift for friends for that Valentine’s Day gift too!

How to Make a Personalized Cork Board

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Jul 112012

Author: Logan Martinez

By Logan Martinez

Decorating small wall spaces can get cramped quickly, especially in a dorm room or apartment. Well, why not make some of those essential pieces a little more fun to look at?

A bulletin board does not have to be square or simple, so grab some scissors and run to the craft store to make your personalized bulletin board.


A roll of cork OR cork squares (available at Wal-Mart, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

  1. Scissors or an Ex-Acto knife
  2. Printer
  3. Paper
  4. Tape
  5. Marker

First, find the dimensions of the space your bulletin board will take up.

Then, you can find a shape or image that you want to use, this article uses a camera as the shape of choice, but there are so many different ideas, including logos, vehicles or animals.

After deciding on the shape, paste the image in Excel. Crop around the shape and enlarge it to the dimensions from step one. Now, when the image prints, it will come out on several sheets of paper, rather than shrink to fit on one page.

Using scissors cut out the image and tape it together to create one large image. Now, lie out the cork facing down and place the image face down on top of it and trace the shape onto the backside of your cork with a marker.

Depending on the density of the cork, use scissors or an Ex-Acto knife to cut out your shape, if using cork squares, super glue or a hot glue gun work well to glue the pieces of cork together. When applying it to the wall, use double-sided adhesive tape, or the adhesive that is included with the cork roll or squares.

Mount it on the wall and start pinning stuff to it! So easy, fun and a great conversation starter!

Note: when choosing the cork, some are very thin, so it would be good to double it up or mount it on a piece of cardboard for durability.

Nellie Brown, Women’s Hockey

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Jul 112012

Author: Hannah Woolums

By Hannah Woolums

Hockey is a very hands on sport that most people view as a male dominated game, but here at CSU women are given the equal opportunity to play this rough team. Freshman, Nellie Brown a double major in metal smithing and business marketing, has given her heart to the sport of hockey for over a decade. As a new student to the CSU community from out of state, Brown has already found a home within the women’s hockey team.

“I just started school this semester. I am from a small ski town called Sun Valley in Idaho. I played youth hockey in Idaho and on a girls high school team. I love CSU and going from working full time to a full time student has been great. My whole family plays hockey and soccer. I picked both sports up because they were available and I had a lot of influence from my brothers to play. I also just loved it once I knew how to play, and once I could actually skate. I have been playing hockey since I was 5 years old” said Brown.

When she joined CSU halfway through the year coming all the way from Idaho, she became part of the family that is now our CSU women’s hockey team and she proudly wears number 26.

“It has been amazing. Although I only joined halfway through the year I felt like a part of the team instantly. We travelled to Aspen Colorado, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Grand Rapids Michigan. The team also travelled to Buffalo NY and Chicago earlier in the year. Our season went okay. We came out even in our score, so we won and lost the same amount of games. But next year we are hoping to do much better” said Brown.

Before Brown officially became a Ram she was welcomed onto the women’s hockey team, and was given the opportunity to get closer to the members and learn their styles on the ice.

“I got to play in a tournament, before I was actually on the team, with a bunch of the girls. It was such a great experience because it gave me an opportunity to see if I was good enough to play, and it also gave me a chance to get to know the team before I tried out. I also had opportunities to practice with the team before I came here, and that was a great way for me to feel welcome on the team” said Brown.

The men’s and women’s teams have a few differences in the way they play the game, and sometimes members of the men’s team will come and assist at the women’s practices.

“Since we are different club teams we don’t do much together, but sometimes some of the guys will come and help out at our practices. The only technical difference between men and women’s hockey is that men can check and women can’t. Although it is for “our protection” you will find that many female hockey players would rather play check hockey” said Brown.

Her first semester as a Ram has already made an impact on her life and her college experience. Brown plans to stay on as a member of the women’s hockey team for the remainder of her CSU college career.

“I absolutely plan on playing next year. Of course I will have to work my butt off for tryouts, but I can’t wait. I have already learned not to take myself or the game too seriously, and that playing a sport you love is about having fun, and not winning every game. Don’t get me wrong, winning is great, but the CSU girls team has already taught me that you can still have a great time even if you lose” said Brown.

Claire Tegl a sophomore, but a rookie to the hockey team this year has been able to take the qualities that Brown has brought to the rink and apply it to her own skating.

“Nellie brought a competitive attitude, and a bright smile every day to the rink and she was very influential in the team’s successes in the spring semester! Nellie coming from a place that isn’t a big hockey state really proves that if you are determined you can become an incredible athlete” said Tegl.

Chris Hooyman, Rugby

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Jul 112012

Author: Hannah Woolums

By Hannah Woolums

The game of Rugby can be intimidating and intense but to some it provides them with an adrenaline rush and allows them to partake in a school sanctioned sport. For junior Chris Hooyman, a double major in English and Psychology, his five years of playing Rugby has given him something new to experience with his friends, and that is different from anything else he has done.
“I started playing my junior year of high school because I rode the bench too much in basketball, so after that season ended I joined the rugby team as soon as possible. I went to UNLV my freshman year (of college) where there wasn’t a team but transferred back here and since all my roommates were my high school teammates it was only natural for me to come back and start playing again” Hooyman said.
Chris has been on a member of the CSU Men’s Rugby team for 2 years now and he will always cherish the friends that he had connected with and will keep the perseverance and strength that he has acquired and apply it to other aspects of his life.

“The friendships I’ve made over the years are a real treasure to me. There’s a certain kind of bond we all share from playing on the field together which makes me love every minute of it. Also, I feel that I’ll walk away from rugby knowing (or at least thinking I know) what it takes to be on the top of the mountain and I’ll try to apply that to other aspects of my life, which has been very beneficial” Hooyman said.
Through Chris’ adventures on the team many things have affected him, but one in particular has followed him all the way from high school into his third year of college; his nickname Type 1.

“I got the nickname on my first day of practice since there were two Chris’ on the team and because I have Type 1 Diabetes, and it’s stuck with me ever since” Hooyman said. “Playing with diabetes can sometimes be a hassle because I play my best when my blood sugar’s normal but obviously that’s hard to do since we’re running around so much and I don’t have much time to tinker with it but a lot of the time I feel pretty normal, I do always keep a Gatorade on me though just in case.”

Hooyman participates in a full contact sport but when the game of Rugby is compared to the CSU Women’s team, there is not a huge difference in what the players endure. The two teams support each other by watching the others practices.

“I don’t think there are any real difference between men’s and women’s rugby besides who’s on the field, which makes it great because everyone gets to play on a level playing field.” Hooyman said. “Occasionally, some of our players hang out and watch their game and vice versa but as far as I know there’s no organized support for one another.”

As far as the sport of Rugby goes Hooyman has continued to excel during his five years of playing, but that is not the only aspect of CSU that Chris has given effort to. His studies are an important part of his life and he continues to try new things even in his education, and is a pleasure to have in the classroom. Lauren Gullion, his E 210 Beginning Creative Writing teacher has been impressed by his writing and his participation in the progressing semester.

“Chris is wonderfully humble yet consistently high-achieving in his work. He never takes himself too seriously and is always a good sport, even when he gets volunteered by others to share his work out loud. One-on-one, Chris is eager to learn. He takes criticism with grace and humor, all the while remaining confident in what it is he set out to do. He’s just one of those students that make you smile” Gullion said.

Aspen Williams, Rugby

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Jul 112012

Author: Hannah Woolums

By Hannah Woolums

Rugby is a sport that is most commonly associated with males; it is an intense full contact sport with substantially less padding than other activities. This sport has also allowed for rising popularity amongst women. For junior, Aspen Williams, an Equine Sciences and Communications/Spanish major she has found a new curiosity in this intriguing form of recreation. Her interest was first peaked by a booth in the CSU involvement fair, leading her to join the CSU Women’s Rugby team.

“I’ve always had an interest in the sport but never played. I got into it after talking with some girls at the CSU women’s rugby booth at the Spring Involvement Fair. I’ve been playing for 3 weeks” Williams said.

Although only being on the team for a short time Williams has already been impacted by the sport and is taking away skills that she will always remember.

“It is not a huge commitment but we still get the experience of playing against other universities. I had no idea how to play rugby previously and will be taking away that knowledge along with new friendships” Williams said.

Even though she is knew to the Rugby, Aspen has the background of other sports that have come to her aid as a new member of the team. Williams’ speed from previous sports is attributing well to her new found pastime.

“Rugby is really cool because it is a full contact sport and it does not require you to wear any protective gear. Also, it incorporates aspects of many different sports. My abilities and speed that came from my participation in soccer and track carried over into rugby and allowed me to become a starter my first season” Williams said.

In regards to the rules of the game, Williams says that there is no difference between the women’s and men’s team.

“There isn’t a difference because the rules are the same. (But the women’s team is just better.)” Williams said.

Even though she has only been a member of the team for a short period of time, Aspen has already made her mark, and team president Madison Williams expects her to become an even better player as time progresses.

“The great thing about rugby is how welcoming it is towards new members. For most girls, like Aspen, the first game they see live, is the one they are booted up for. Even though Aspen has only been playing for about a month she has already shown great athleticism and knowledge towards the game. Since she has played soccer it was a pretty easy transition for her and definitely attributes to her skills for rugby. I can see her developing into an even greater rugby player because she is dedicated and willing to put in the effort to be better, which is sometimes rare to find and something you can’t teach” Williams said.

Jamie Roberts, Skiing

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Jul 112012

Author: Hannah Woolums

By Hannah Woolums

Going to school in Colorado, skiing is for some, a major part of many students choice to either come to or stay in Colorado for school. Senior Jamie Roberts, a Fine Arts major with a concentration in Graphic Design, and a minor in Information Science and Technology, is also a member of the CSU ski team. She has been skiing since she was very young; and for her it was a final choice between University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

“I have been skiing since I was 3 and racing since I was about 8 years old. I grew up skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado. It was here or the University of Wyoming. I went to UWY for first semester, then came her because Colorado is the best” Roberts said.

As a long time runner in the skiing society, Robert’s inspiration to start this sport was because of her father. During her years of skiing she was able to see professional skiers around where she practiced giving her the inspiration to get better.

“My dad (Jim Roberts) got me started. He grew up skiing and racing in New Hampshire and moved to Vail to work on the race crew in the early 70’s. Also growing up around a ski resort got me started. The opportunity to race was there, the mountain and ski club (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail… who I grew up racing for) was close which made it easier and there were professional skiers all around (Lindsey Vonn, Chad Fleischer, etc.) to inspire me” Roberts said.

Over the last three years the CSU ski team has been a welcoming part of Robert’s life. Between traveling and being given the opportunity to meet new people she has enjoyed the experiences she was given.

“First and foremost it is FUN! Also the best part about being on the team is being able to represent CSU all around the state and nation while meeting a huge variety of people who share the best interest in the world with me… SKIING! Also traveling to many major ski areas and competing against athletes from much bigger and smaller schools. Meeting and hearing stories from athletes who grew up racing in other states has also been intriguing to me, we have athletes on our team from Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Maine and even the Netherlands! It’s very exciting to travel with such a broad group of teammates and explore many major ski resorts all around Colorado, as well as other states such as Utah and Idaho” Roberts said.

Jamie has also been a very nice asset to the team. For freshman Brenna Warren, as a first year member of the CSU ski team, she has liked having such a dedicated member to look up too.

“She is a great skier and good teammate. She is a wonderful skier to look up to for people who are first year college skiers because this year she has led our team to a second place position in the Rocky Mountain conference, and that means that we get to cheer on our team at regionals. Also, because she has a great attitude towards skiing and loves what she does” Warren said.


Campus Fashion: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

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Jul 112012

Author: CollegeAveStaff

By Emily Smith

 Stilettos. Pumps. Wedges. Kittens. Slingbacks. Boots. Platforms.

On Sun., April 15 all kinds of different high heels – fabulous and funky to sophisticated and summery – will make an appearance on the CSU Oval.

CSU’s Fashion Group International will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a charity walk in high heels. According the group’s Facebook page, the walk will raise awareness for women who are striving to become self sufficient. Partial proceeds will be donated to the Junior League of Fort Collins ABLE Women Career Closet – which outfits women in need with appropriate interview and work clothing.

“FGI decided to do the walk because we wanted to add more variety to our events that we participate in, beyond the annual fashion shows that we create and organize using student designs,” said Kealy Bowers, president of FGI.

Heels for ladies are encouraged, not required, and men are welcome to walk as well (or rock a pair of heels themselves!)

“We are most looking forward to helping outfit women who are striving to be self-sufficient in our local community,” Bowers said. “It will be a great morning filled with fun, food, music – all for the sake of a great cause.”

Participants can register in advance at the CSU iBox in the Lory Student Center or on for $30 for teams of four and $10 for individuals.

Or, registration will be available on race day at a price of $35 for teams of four and $12 for individuals. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race, which will be two laps around the Oval, begins at 9 a.m.

“We are very excited for the event since this is our first year putting it on,” Bowers said. “And we plan to make it an annual event every spring.”

For more information, students can visit Fashion Group International CSU Student Chapter’s Facebook page.