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My top five places to eat in a college town

February 3, 2011


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Chipotle Mexican Grill is up there with the top places to eat in a college town. It’s usually in a convenient location and it’s pretty cheap as well. You can get a burrito or a bowl for about five dollars. If you’re in a hurry and you’re looking for somewhere cheap that will fill your appetite, Chipotle is the way to go.  A few years ago though, finding a Chipotle was just like finding good gas prices today.  You would hear about the good gas prices but could never find them. Now you can find a Chipotle in pretty much every city. It’s also not a bad place to take a date either.  Good food and it’s relatively cheap for two people.The only downfall is if you’re craving a late night hunger, Chipotle won’t be an option.

  • Pros: Cheap, convenience, good atmosphere
  • Cons: Not open late, no dollar menu, no delivery
Taco Bell

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Thinking outside the bun? Taco Bell is a great way to go. Taco Bell has a great value menu and it’s typically convenient for everyone to get to. The three items for two dollars meal deal is the best deal in the league. You typically can’t find a deal like that anymore. Taco Bell has been around for quiet sometime and has built credibility for a lot of its customers. They also do a good job with their advertisements using celebrities in their commercials.  I’m thinking that if somehow they could make a play land inside Taco Bell, I’m not sure I could ever leave. Taco Bell is open till around 2:30 a.m. so it’s a great cheap place to satisfy your fourth meal hunger .

Pros: Convenience, cheap, open late, drive-thru

Cons: No play land, no delivery

Jimmy Johns

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Jimmy John’s is another great place to grab a bite to eat if your not looking for a burger. Jimmy John’s has great deals on subs. Even though they may not have the five dollar foot long deal like Subway, they deliver. Any type of fast food restaurant other than pizza places that deliver, definitely gets bonus points in my book. The only problem with Jimmy John’s is there really aren’t many of them. Primarily (now this is just my opinion) I typically only see Jimmy John’s around college campuses. Which is a shame because I think it’s a great place to eat. Another good thing about Jimmy John’s is they’re open relatively late as well. Some of  the prices could be better but hey, what can you do right. Ordering online is also another thing that I like. Overall I would say Jimmy John’s is a great place to get something to eat late at night.

Pros: Delivery, order online, hours of operation

Cons: Convenience, prices, no drive-thru

Hungry Howies

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Hungry Howie’s might be the primary pizza provider of all college campuses. They always have great deals and know how to market their products. In Kent, Hungry Howie’s has this deal called beat the clock and the way it works is at 5 p.m. you can call  and at whatever time you call that’s how much the pizza is. So if I called at 5:09 p.m., I only pay $5.09 for the pizza. It’s a pretty cool deal.  The only problem is it’s pizza, so if I want something right away it will take a little longer. Hungry Howie’s is all over, so finding one isn’t that big of a problem either. So if you’re hungry late at night and thinking of a cheap pizza place, Hungry Howie’s is the route to take.

Pros: Deliver, open late, great deals, convenience

Cons: No drive-thru, not the fastest service


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So if you’re walking around and need someplace to go but everything is closed and you don’t have a car, Sheetz is the best place to go. Sheetz is open 24/7 which is probably their best quality. It may not be the best place to take a date but if you and your significant other are looking for something quick to eat, Sheetz is a great place. The only problem with Sheetz is when you order and after you get your ticket you have a little time to kill, your forced to stand their awkwardly looking at people you don’t know.   I think if they somehow installed some type of video game system that would be the icing on the cake for Sheetz. Sheetz is all over the place now. You can find one in any city. What is also nice is they have a place where you can sit down and eat, fill-up your tank and grab snacks for the road all in the same place.

Pros: Open 24/7, relatively fast, dollar menu

Cons: Don’t deliver, awkward waiting for food


Fist Pumping Like A Champion

January 28, 2011

So what is fist pumping exactly?  According to Wikipedia, the fist pump is a celebratory gesture in which a fist is raised before the torso and subsequently drawn down and nearer the body in a vigorous, swift motion.

Tiger Woods Fist Pumping

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Many famous athletes have been known to fist pump in celebration. The most famous fist pump would probably be when Michael Jordan hit the game winning shot over Craig Ehlo to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989. Tiger Woods has been spotted once or twice fist pumping after making an incredible golf shot.  Tennis players have also been known to be expert fist pumpers after winning a long volley. Fist pumping has been around in sports ever since I was born. It’s kind of like the go to celebration if you don’t have anything else to do. I myself have been known to be an expert fist pumper. I use it when I do something good in a sport and I have also been known to fist pump when I receive a good grade on a paper.

But, if we were to really talking about expert fist pumpers, we definitely cannot forget about the expert fist pumpers who do it on “The Jersey Shore.” Now, I know that fist pumping has been around for quite some time now but it seems like lately the new dance move “fist pumping like a champion” has taken off and created a lot of buzz around college campuses. “Fist pumping like a champion” is when someone punches the air in an upward motion repulsively to the beat. Mike “the Situation”, Snooki, Jwow, Vinny, Ronnie, Sammy and Dj Pauly D all members of  “The Jersey Shore” cast have perfected the fist pump.

Urban Dictionary defines fist pumping as, a classic guido move, newly popularized by MTV’s show “The Jersey Shore.” This all started when MTV first aired its show “The Jersey Shore” and Dj Pauly D was doing something which looked like punching the ground. After asked about it he said he was just beating that beat up. Today, students can walk around and go to college parties and notice that students everywhere are beating that beat up as well.

Fist pumping has caught on like a wild fire, especially in dance clubs. If you’re ever at a club and you don’t know what to do, all you got to do is beat that beat up. Dj Pauly D has also came up with a song that is called “Beat That Beat Up” which is focused on fist pumping. The song has caught on very quickly. The song is played after every win the professional hockey team the Washington Capitals get.

So what is the deal here? Is this something that will stay or is just something that will only be around for a few months.  I personally think it’s something that has been around for a while but will become popular again. Everyone knows what it is and it’s not a hard move to do. Whether it be while someone is dancing, or celebrating after something good that just happened, fist pumping is here to stay. And remember, if you ever score or point or everyone is dancing around you and you don’t know what to do, just start beating that beat up like there is no tomorrow.