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Get Out Of Town: Skyview Drive-In Theater

Many of us enjoy watching movies, but even more of us don’t want to pay the high cost of going to the movie theater. In Greenville, the only way to see current movies is the Globe, and while it is a good movie theater, and the prices aren’t too high, sometimes people want a bigger variety of movies, and don’t necessarily want to sit inside a movie theater for two and a half hours. Here enters the opportunity to get out of town and head over to the Skyview Drive-In movie theater in Belleville, IL. ...

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Ms. Morgan’s Menu Episode 1 – Brownie in a Mug

This recipe was from by Simply Recipes' Brownie in a Mug. 1/4 cup flour (50 g) 1/4 cup sugar (70 g) 2 Tbsp (13 g) cocoa (natural, unsweetened) Pinch of salt Tiny pinch of cinnamon 1/4 cup water (60 ml) 2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil, it's too strongly flavored) 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract ...

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Fall Coffee Drink Quiz

All right, the time has come for us all to put on a scarf, watch some football, and give a giant bear hug to the blessed season that is fall. Naturally, with fall comes the plethora of fall themed, pumpkin flavored coffee beverages. Of course we all have our favorite autumn inspired indulgence, but have you ever wondered what your beverage of choice says about you? This quick quiz will tell you which beverage best fits your personality. ...

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5 Tips for New Educators

Written by Liz Weder. Media by Michael Trieb. I can clearly recall my first day of teaching at Highland Middle School, 12 years ago. Students walked hurriedly down the hallway with wide eyes and smiles on their faces. A unique mixture of excitement and anxiety filled the air and settled in my heart. Everyone was hopeful to see their friends, but felt nervous about the experience of being in a new school. I hoped and prayed that the day would go well. Students approached my classroom door timidly with questioning looks. Each person was greeted by my smiling face and heard the comforting words, “Good morning! Welcome to my classroom. I will be your teacher this year.” The tension evaporated at the start of the new year. For me, my new career had just begun. For many new teachers, the first year of teaching can be a very exciting yet challenging time. The transition from being a student to becoming in charge of one’s own classroom can be filled with countless frustrations and stresses that can be difficult for new teachers to overcome. In a time when education is changing drastically with the adoption of the new Common Core Standards, changes in teacher evaluation, and many districts facing financial challenges due to lack of funding at the state level, the profession of education has challenged new teachers to excel quickly and take on many responsibilities. Here are some survival tips that new teachers can follow in order to make their first year of teaching a time filled with success. ...

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On The Importance of a Good Title

Written by John Thomas Brittingham. Media by Michael Trieb “I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” These are great titles. They are bold. They are inviting. Some might even say that they are epic. These are great titles, and they tell you almost nothing about the content of the book. ...

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Crafternoon Delight: Tie-Dying 101

Written by Erica Siddle. Media by Bri Phillips. As summer rolls around, fashion trends are starting to gear towards the brighter end of the color spectrum. And why not?! Nature has once again adorned its colorful coat, and we should too! This year though, things are going to be different. It’s time to take a fashion stand against blindingly fluorescent solids and start incorporating multiple colors, in a much less obnoxious way. The only solution is tie-dye...well, it may not be the only solution, but it is definitely the most fun! Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to making your very own tie-dye creations at a cost that doesn’t hurt the budget of a college student. ...

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Raspberry-Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Written and media by Kristi Reindl. I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for dark chocolate. Add raspberries, and I have the perfect combination in my mouth.  So when a friend sent me this recipe, I knew I’d have to test it out and I was not disappointed.  Plus, it is fairly easy to make.  I know your mouth is watering so don’t wait, try it for yourself! Makes 1 loaf Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 50 min ...

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Clothing Your Character: Spring Style Watch

Written by Maggie McCarthy. Media by Bri Phillips. Spring has finally arrived! Although this means shedding our peacoats, heavy sweaters, and snow boots, I think I can speak for most people when I say that these changes are welcome. The changing of season ushers in afternoons on Scott Field, walks around the Square, colorful flowers everywhere, and summer break fever. Not only does the warm weather free us ...

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Actions May Go a Long Way

Written by Kristi Reindl. Media by Briana Phillips. During my sophomore year of high school, I sat next to a boy in biology--a boy I wasn’t particularly fond of.  I knew nothing about him except that he was boisterous and loved counting how many times the teacher sent him to the principal’s office each week.  Though we shared a desk, I put as much distance between us as the table allowed while he riled the ...

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