The Bluff For all who love Loyola Marymount University! <![CDATA[ Fireside Is Dead To Me]]> Wed, 1 May 2013 03:37:45 +0000 <![CDATA[El Tarasco Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 22:25:39 +0000 <![CDATA[ Buca di Beppo- Multiple Twin Cities Locations]]> Cuisine: Italian (family style)
Restaurant Features: Bar

Locations: **St Paul (site of this review), Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Minneapolis

St Paul 2728 Gannon Road  St. Paul, MN 55116  651.772.4388
Burnsville 14300 Burnhaven Drive  Burnsville, MN 55306 952.892.7272
Eden Prairie 7711 Mitchell Road  Eden Prairie, MN 55344  952.934.9463
Maple Grove 12650 Elm Creek Boulevard Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.494.3466
Minneapolis 1204 Harmon Place Minneapolis, MN 55403 612.288.0138

Links: Buca di Beppo website  Google Map
Atmosphere: Big, loud, happy and crowded, warm and cozy.  There are many sub-sections to the large restaurant, many of which have long tables to fit large parties.


Menu:  Appetizers include Garlic Bread (with or without mozzarella), Bruschetta, Fried Calamari, and Pan Fried Fresh Mozzarella.

**Buca offers three portion sizes for their entrees: Individual (1 person), small (serves 2 or more) and large(serves 4 or more).

Salads include apple gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella caprese, chopped antipasto, Caesar, warm tomato spinach and the Di Beppo 1893 salad.

Baked pasta specialties include manicotti, stuffed shells, baked ravioli, chicken cannelloni, and lasagna.

Pasta dishes include spaghetti marinara or with meatballs, linguine frutti di mare, ravioli al pomodora, gnocchi al telefono, macaroni rosa, tortelloni, penne arribbiata,  penne campofiore, fettuccine alfredo, and  shrimp fra diavolo.

Entrees include chicken saltimbocca, chicken with lemon, chicken marsala, chicken, eggplant, or veal parmigiana, salmon with pesto, veal limone, and porchetta rustica.

Desserts include tiramisu, double dark chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate cannelloni, spumoni, chocolate vesuvio, and apple crostata.
Price guide:
What we ordered:  My companions and I ordered several dishes to share, starting with Buca's delicious garlic cheese bread.  Heavy emphasis on the garlic!! They slice the cloves and put on a very generous amount.  The bread is crispy and absolutely amazing!


Mussels served in-the-shell with Marinara sauce. These were the most delicious, tender mussels I have ever had the pleasure of consuming.  On the small side, but with amazing flavor.  A must-try if you like mussels!


We had the chicken Canneloni  ( Pasta tubes are overflowing with 100% chicken sausage, Italian
cheeses and fresh sage. Smothered with provolone cheese and Romano
cream sauce. Served on a bed of fresh marinara sauce.)




Macaroni Rosa ( pasta with sliced chicken breast, broccoli, peas, mushrooms and Roma tomato bruschetta. Tossed with marinara sauce, a hint of cream
and corkscrew pasta.) This was so much better than it looked! The portion size was huge for a small, and loaded with ingredients and sauce.

Chicken Marsala (Sautéed chicken breasts and fresh mushrooms in a sweet Marsala wine reduction).  Very good, but disappointing to only get two chicken breasts in a small order.


Apple Gorgonzola Salad (TartGranny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and Gorgonzola
cheese are tossed with fresh Romaine lettuce and our Italian vinaigrette).  Wow!


Manicotti ( Tubes of pasta stuffed with a rich blend of ricotta, mozzarella and
Romano cheeses and fresh Italian parsley, topped with creamy béchamel
sauce on a bed of  homemade marinara sauce.)


Garlic mashed potatoes


Spaghetti and meatballs (Imported Italian spaghetti with Buca's famous half-pound mouth-watering meatball smothered in  homemade marinara sauce.)


Service: Wonderful! We made our reservations several weeks in advance and requested a space that was a little more private.  They put us in the corner or the restaurant at a round table for 8.  So nice that we could all see and talk to each other! It was a very busy night (as it always is at Buca), but server did a great job making recommendations.  One thing that is slightly inconvenient is Buca's inability to split up checks.  No matter how many people are in your party, they will only give you one check per party.  They will, however, run as many credit card transactions as necessary :)
Overall Impression: Excellent Italian food, as long as you like garlic! Vampires beware of Buca and anyone who has eaten there within 12 hours! Great place to meet for large groups.  Reservations are needed.

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<![CDATA[iLMU App Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:04:37 +0000 <![CDATA[ El Porto is the original El Tarasco - and the Best]]> Seriously? Is there any reason to rate Mexican restaurants when you have El Tarasco in the lineup? Junior Super Deluxe. 'Nuff said. The Guac rocks.

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<![CDATA[Rock & Brews Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:13:11 +0000 <![CDATA[ Classic Rock, Beer Garden, Great Food. What Else Could I Ask For?]]> Two things that can really make my day are beer and Classic Rock. Combine them together and add in some really good food and we might just have a winner! I truly think I've found my new favorite place to eat in El Segundo. Sorry Richmond's Bar and Grill. Havana Sandwich Company it's been fun and Big Mike's I'll never forget your Philly Cheese Steak, but there's a new joint in town and I'm a lookin' and I'm a likin'!

First Experience
I'd have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I mean it's not often that a restaurant can pull off the whole "Beer Garden" thing in LA. Most of the time the food sucks and the crowd is shady but Rock & Brews has done a good job with this one. The food is really good and the crowd is pretty mixed from older couples to young students. You get the occasional family who lets there 2 year old run around the place, but it didn't bother me at all. The first time I went the service wasn't that great but I gave them the benefit of the doubt in that they had literally just opened days before. The second time I went the waitress was on her game!

Best/Worst Part
I'd have to say the best part is just the overall atmosphere. Like I said before drinking a beer, I recommend the Racer 5, eating good food and having great music on makes the experience great! Because of the Beer Garden setting you don't have to wait to be seated. You can walk right in, find a table with some space and sit down. I could see this being an issue on really busy nights, but in all it will force you to sit next to a stranger and you might just meet someone awesome. 

The Beer Garden is outdoors. In the day time they raise huge umbrellas to keep the sun out and in the evenings they put on the heat lamps. I have no idea what the plan is for rain. They have a small seating area inside, but I would imaging Rock & Brews is more of a "non-rain" place to go.

Food Recommendation
As far as a food suggestion I recommend the Blue Cheese Bacon Burger. It reminds me of the Father's Office burger with blue cheese and bacon on it. You can order regular fries or sweet potato fries. I usually go with the half and half. Drink it down with a Racer 5 and you're good to go!

They also have pizza which I have yet to try, but I did once go with a vegetarian who got some veggie salad pizza thing and she said it was great.

You can check out the menu here.

Random Tip
Follow them on twitter @RockAndBrews. The first time I was there I checked in on foursquare and they hit me back up on twitter asking me how the food was. They don't have a happy hour or any specials but I would imagine in the near future they might tweet out some offers.

Update (10/11/2010)
I went to Rock & Brews' Rocktoberfest this past Friday. Great times with an Oompah Band! Also I found out that they have no corking fee! This place just keeps getting better!

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<![CDATA[ Heart of A Lion by Kyle Keiderling]]> Heart of a Lion: The Life, Death and Legacy of Hank Gathers by Kyle Keiderling.  It was published this year and offers a detailed account as to why his life, a life that ended twenty years ago, is still an important and influential gift to this day.  For not being a huge sports fan, I was able to find a story in this work of non-fiction and make connections to to my life as a student at LMU and the legacy he left behind.
     The book opens with a foreword by Bo Kimble, which provides the framework for the rest of the book because at the time these two friends did everything together.  The book is not about a tragedy, but rather about the triumph of Gathers' individual life and the team the team that fought for him after his death.  Anyone can say what it is that makes a player great: his determination, his athletic skills, his attitude.  But this book really explores what drove Hank Gathers from the beginning and that is what made him a great basketball player.  He wanted to get his mom and family out of the projects of North Philadelphia by getting into the NBA.  The book, at 364 pages, is all tied together by this.
     Unless you're a sports fanatic, the USC stuff is pretty boring and non-relatable.  It gets interesting when the Gathers and Kimble decide to go to LMU because  of "The System."  He would have to deal with people constantly asking him what LMU was and saying they were sorry that he wasn't playing at a "real school."  The book also did a great job explaining the System in an engaging and exciting analysis.  
     The night of Gathers' death is actually described in the middle of the book so that the emphasis shifts to the triumph of the Lions 1990 team and their NCAA tournament.  Keiderling does a lot of research for the book and breaks down Gathers' last game into moment by moment steps of what everybody who had anything to do with Gathers or the Lions, including Gerston himself, was doing watching the game.  However, the author argues very clearly that his death should not be the thing for which he is remembered for.
     Having being non-cognitive for this LMU season, I found that as a LMU student that the most fascinating aspect of the story revolved around their run to the Elite Eight.  For that time they were America's team.  No matter who was in their bracket, people wanted the Lions to succeed and were all over the sports world, including Sports Illustrated.  But not all the events after Gathers' death were stirring and inspirational.  The lawsuit that followed afterward tarnished LMU for years and is the reason why the gym has never been renamed after him.  All we have is Hank's House, and that is the name of the book's last chapter which explores what the LMU community is now twenty years later because of Gathers' time spent here.  The relevancy of this chapter is inescapable to any student no matter what the degree of his or her participation is in the school.  If nothing else, this book offers a portrait of an outstanding student who we all strive to imitate.


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<![CDATA[ TCB about TCA]]>
It began with looking up what courses could be transferred over and what requirements can be met with these classes.  This is found under the Transfer Agreements section of LMU’s registrar website.  Because SMC has such a high velocity of students to LMU, this articulation agreement can also be found on their website in a list form offering you what you can choose from.  For example, I wanted to get my American Cultures out of the way (after wanting to shoot myself after taking a day and half of a woman’s class at LMU) and was able to find that an Art 72 at SMC would meet that requirement.  There is also an Existing Histories database that can be viewed to see how courses from non-articulated schools have transferred in the past.  It shows what students have been able to get away with.

Next, I filled out a Transfer Course Approval form with information about what classes I was taking and the LMU equivalency.  I took it to Linda Jorgenson, my awesome Coordinator of Academic Services in the film department who has done 99% more than any advisor I’ve ever had, and she signed off on it right away.  Then I dropped it off at the Registrar’s where nothing happened.  I guess they would have contacted me if those courses were not transferable for any reason, but I just went ahead and took my summer school at SMC.

After getting my grades at SMC, I have to bring back my academic transcript (which is completely free for the first two official documents) so that it can go on my records.  This  is where a little problem came up.  That Art class that I wanted to go to my AMCS ended going to into my Critical Arts are on my CAPP report.  I talked with Jorgenson, and she said all I need to do was fill out a Petition for CAPP Adjustments.  This was also rather simple.  I took it to the Registrars and within a week, my CAPP report said that I had fulfilled my core requirement for American Cultures.  Trust me, I know that the idea of taking a class or two over the summer may seem like punishment, but if I had to choose between taking an 8:00 AM class that was my third choice at LMU or  an online class, I’d take the latter.  The hassle is practically nonexistent compared to speaking with advisors and teachers into getting into a filled class during your senior year.]]> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:45:56 +0000
<![CDATA[ Having A Horrible Counselor Doesn't Affect Me]]> When I went to SFSU I never knew what I was doing when it came to registering for classes. Which is probably the reason I took a whole year of pointless classes that only count as electives, or even worse didn't even transfer to LMU. I never had a counselor and if I did no one ever told me about it. I didn't even know we were supposed to consult a counselor before signing up for classes. So when I got to LMU I decided I wasn't going to let this happen again and the school had my back on that.

For my first semester the English department had me speak with the Dean about which classes to take. She was really helpful and gave me a print out of all the requirements I needed to fulfill. For my second semester however I was supposed to speak with my counselor....who never returned a phone call or an email so once again I spoke with the Dean. I am the type of student however that already knows every class I want and need to take and has my whole schedule ready before I talk to my counselor. I still like to talk with a counselor though to make sure I'm on the right track. So the Dean just kind of stared at me and said "Yep that's right" which happened again with my counselor for this semester (the first time I had ever met with him)

As for the actual registering for classes I have never really had a big problem getting the classes I want. In fact I always  make the perfect schedule and then get bored during the summer and find an even better schedule. Things always work out for me and I think it's sad how stressed out people get about not getting the classes they want or need. So I'll just keep my finger crossed for next semester and hope everything doesn't fail for my final semester in college!

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<![CDATA[ Good team makes Fun Nights Out]]> I am a transfer student and I have only been at LMU for a year, so I'll be honest, I don't know too much about the basketball team, its players or their track record. I do know however how much of a blast I had at every game I went to this past year. At the other two colleges I have attended I never went to basketball games, probably because neither of them had basketball teams so I had no prior experience of college related sports. However, when I got to LMU I started going to the basketball games with my friends and was pleasantly surprised. 

Not only did we always get free stuff, be it a shirt, bag or sticker but everyone was always so pumped up which made the games super fun. LMU also started tailgating before the games where we would get amazing BBQ food. As for the actual games I was fortunate enough to transfer to LMU the year that the basketball team got really good. Every game I went to was exciting.... but nothing beats the Gonzaga game. After beating a ranked team that was nearly impossible to beat, the entire crowd stormed the court. I was punched in the back of the head and trampled to the floor but the adrenaline completely numbed me and got me to jump back up and join the mob. Then there was parent weekend where once again we beat another good team.

Even though I had no previous experience with college sports and don't really know anything about the team or game, the men's basketball team never failed to give me and my friends a good night. 

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<![CDATA[ Our time will come]]> Since becoming a faithful Lion in 2005, I have had a love/hate relationship with our basketball team. I attended more games then the majority of the student body, mostly because I was an active member of ASLMU and the Loyolan, and I knew when there would be free bandanas and tee shirts to be passed out. There were some good times (rushing the court), great times (winning over Gonzaga) and really sad times (getting our asses kicked by Gonzaga)

Part of the reason why I loved going to the games so much was because of Roar (the LMU student cheer (drinking) team.) A lot of Lion pride, a lot of beer and a lot of boat races. It was hard not to catch the enthusiasm that is created here. I highly recommend checking it out. I went all four years, but only became an official member my senior year. 

I know one day, LMU will have the opportunity to have a great athletics team, and basketball will be at the forefront of that. 

L M U U U U U 

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<![CDATA[The Bridge: Cinema de Lux Quick Tip by StevenMarie]]> the Rave, part of a Rave Motion Pictures which has theaters in twenty states.  I feel like I lost the most stable part of my life here in LA.]]> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 23:44:33 +0000 <![CDATA[ Young Athletes: Are They Too Driven to Succeed?]]> Hank Gathers, an American college basketball forward for LMU, died tragically at twenty-three years old.  He was driven from the time he grew up in Philadelphia, played for USC, and transfered to LMU to be the best ballplayer, the fastest runner, the lottery pick for the NBA draft.  It was this single-minded vision that catapulted him into the spotlight as a star player, and it was this same blind drive that caused him to chose performance over health in the long run. 

After being diagnosed with a heart muscle disorder, hypertropic cardiomyopathy, his doctor prescribed Gathers a beta blocker to regulate his heart.  The drug made Gathers sluggish, tired, and moody, but it kept him alive.  After trying to induce his doctors and his coaches to take him off the prescription drugs so that he could continue to perform as he had previously on the court to no avail, Gathers took it upon himself to decrease his dosage, ultimately leading to his collapse on the court and his death.  Sports fans and parents alike remember this March 4, 1990 game, in which a young life was cut short prematurely, but who do they blame?

Gathers' mother seemed to blame LMU and her son's doctors as she hired Bruce Fagel to file lawsuit against them both, seeking millions of dollars for her loss.  But who ultimately is responsible?  Gathers for failing to heed his doctor's advice?  The glitter of a professional career in sports?  In the end, the lesson that must be gleaned rom this tragedy rises and falls on society's need for the best and brightest of stars no matter the cost.

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<![CDATA[Dean Scheibel Quick Tip by StevenMarie]]> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 21:02:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Tompkins Square Quick Tip by StevenMarie]]> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 20:54:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Tompkins Square Quick Tip by hankgathers]]> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:23:15 +0000 <![CDATA[ Let's go Lions]]> Experience
Some of my favorite memories from being in college. Great last season(beat USC and Notre Dame on the road, and Gonzaga at home).

The Lions will be even better this year. Max Good and crew has really turned this team around and the school and administration are behind this team.

Best/Worst Part


Go to every game you can. They are fun and free for students.


Student/Alumni/Random Tip
Tailgating just started this year and it is brilliant.

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<![CDATA[Vinny's Pizza Quick Tip by hankgathers]]> Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:14:13 +0000 <![CDATA[ Real Pizza for Real College Students]]>      I can't really remember how I found out about this place.  It was probably one of my off-campus friends who brought me here because he could no longer waste money on expensive campus food.  I remember the smell of baking pizza drifting through a cracked window right next to the oven.  I walk in to find the epitome of the definition of a hole in the wall.  It all seemed a little sketchy to me.  But do not be intimidated by the claustrophobic interior because, somehow, Vinny's has become the most reliable food joint for students who don't have Lion dollars to spend.
     Vinny's offers a limited menu of pizza, pastas, calzones, and sandwiches at cheap prices and good portions.  Once you've been there once, you know what to expect and expect nothing more.  They are fast and they do deliver to the dorms on campus.  Delivery may just be about the best option because, even though it is so close to school, it is not really a place that many sit down and eat.  That's because there really isn't a "there" to actually eat in unless you want to stare at the wall on an uncomfortable stool.  Personally, I like to go to one of the two tiny bar tables out front and fight my way through the wind blowing everything on my table as I have my pizza.  My friends will cram themselves around the sidewalk as they all fight for the limited space on the table, as I watch the staff making the pizzas inside through the window because the ghetto parking lot offers nothing of a view.  This is part of the experience because I just don't see the point in bringing home cold pizza.
     And the pizza here is great.  I am not saying this is the best pizza you'll ever have but the marinara is homemade and the dough is nice and chewy with a thin crust.  Me and my friends usually like to go by the slices instead of getting whole pizzas, and I would recommend this.  You can get a slice of pizza, a salad (nothing more than lettuce, shredded carrots, a cherry tomato or two, and dressing) if you want to feel like you're are at least trying to do something remotely healthy, and a drink all for a few bucks.  The pastas are great for a cheap dinner, and I hear the hot sandwhiches are amazing.  I would stay away from the calzones because they are not that great.
     Overall, this is a truly wonderfall place to get off campus for an hour between classes.  The staff here is also great and extremely friendly.  For not being a huge pizza fan, this is a place where I feel like I am actually getting a unique taste which makes me keep coming back.


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<![CDATA[ The Truest Counselors at LMU]]>      This review is not an evaluation of the institution and the policies that make up the financial aid requirements at LMU because God knows how they actually end up evaluating every single student on their individual needs (how the hell does my financial aid statement change drastically every new year?).  This is more of an overview about the effectiveness of the financial aid office with the counselors who work there, and how easy it is to find help and get questions answered.  Over the years, the financial aid office has proven to be the most reliable and most productive service provided at LMU.  Student Housing, the Registrar's Office, and the Controller's Office have all at one time or another been a real pain and given me runaround.  But the f-aid office has always been very accommodating with regards to what can be very personal issue for some individuals.
     Located on the second floor of Xavier Hall, the office has never been crowded enough to make me wait for a lengthy period of time.  Their system is set up to and excels at accepting walk-ins for counseling sessions.  Just go to the main desk and put your name down on the sign-in list.  It's just going to the doctor's.  Of course, the office is also great for taking care of any standard procedural matters that need to be taken care.  The student workers at the desk are both professional and knowledgeable about anything ranging to FAFSA to holds on your PROWL.  They are able to look up everything there on the spot about your records and can give you any information about what kinds of forms you need to fill out or what is missing.  I never have to come back or go to another office or wait for a phone-call.
     However, what truly stands out about the financial aid is that it offers free counseling sessions.  These professionals know all the in-and-outs and are there to help you whether you have a single question or need to have an hours long conversation.  I not going to lie.  Financial aid can be a bit frightening, and the counselors are there to be honest.  There is absolutely no bullshit.  It is kind of like being off the record.  Don't be afraid to ask any kind of big picture questions.  What would you do in my situation?  Would it be better to do this or that.  What usually happens under these circumstances.  Should I accept this loan or that one?  They are not afraid to tell you what you need to hear.
     This may seem to be a little contrived, but the LMU's financial aid website is also a very useful tool.  It is probably the most navigable and instructive site that any service at LMU offers.  You can find all the forms there and extensive information on all the grants/loans.  The f-aid office knows what questions students and parents have, and they give you all the answers on the website without hindering the availability of the counselors to help with individual circumstances.


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<![CDATA[ It's Italian and It's Little]]>      That's right, it is better than C&O's.  Little Kitchen has none of those excruciating lines, crowds, or wait times.  None of that cheesy music blasting through the speakers that make guests yell at the top of their lungs across the dinner table.  None of that rushed attitude the servers give off as they try to get you out of there as fast as they can to rotate the tables.  When matched up with C&O's, the prices are exactly the same per plate.  The proportions may not be as big as they are at C&O's, but who the hell can eat all that food anyway?  It's about quality not quantity.  The complimentary focaccia bread may not be as good as the infamous garlic rolls, but at least they're not 300 calories a bite.  And they have actual specialized pizzas here from dough made at the restaurant. 
     Italy's Little Kitchen is properly named because it is just that:  little.  The intimate ambiance is neither distracting nor incredibly distracting and forgettable.  The layout is cool and different.  It is just kind of awesome that the weird triangular patio, if it can be called that, has nothing but a view of KFC and a driveway.  The atmosphere created in this restaurant allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy one another's company as you share a meal together.  That is why this place is a remarkably good fallback place for couples on a date.  While not incredibly original, the unobtrusive setting and staff allow you to give all your attention over to your date.  This place is also great for double dating.  They easily put three tables together to accomodate six of us, and we had a great time drinking wine and taking pictures.
     The staff know that this is a restaurant that people want to come because they do not want to be rushed.  It is a place of intimate, quiet conversations.  In terms of the actual servers: nothing stellar.  But also nothing to complain about.  They do their job and do not intrude.  They are very professional without being professionals.
     But truly, the reason for going here is the food itself.  While it is nothing revolutionary, the taste can be considered gourmet for the price.  The pastas are hit or miss based on what other people tell me about what they ordered.  I've only got one pasta there before.  I wish I could remember what it was, but it was nothing spectacular which is probably why I can't remember.  The raviolis are where it's at.  The spinach ravioli is simple, basic, good.  The butternut squash ravioli is almost sweet and offers something not found anywhere else I've been.  My favorite is the mushroom ravioli.  It has portabello and champigno mushrooms, which I like to get with the pesto cream sauce.  This place really is a hidden Weschester gem that we just happen to see everyday.


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<![CDATA[ Crazy Fun Night]]> Since I am a transfer student all of the major and annual events at LMU this past year were my first. One of the best times I had my junior year at LMU was at Madness at Midnight. Every year the entire student body gathers in the gym to watch the basketball team do their first practice at midnight and to celebrate the beginning of the basketball season, a very big deal. This year, and luckily my first year attending this event ASLMU decided to put on a dance after the festivities.

First and foremost the best part of the entire night is the fact that so many students gather together in such a small space, fully dressed in LMU attire to support the basketball team and to be united as one student body. It is a very uplifting event and is the best display of school spirit I have ever encountered. On top of the cheers for certain players and the blow horns going off in general, Iggy the Lion is there to get the crowd even more pumped up. This year it was dark in the gym with a light show spectacular going on to give the space a more clubby and hip feeling. 

The dance afterwards was even more fun because we were free to run onto the court and turn a basketball practice into a club/ dance party. All of my friends and I had a blast. Though it is certainly a very late night, since it starts at 10 and goes well after 2 am, it is completely worth the next morning of drowsiness. 

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<![CDATA[ Handy, Helpful and Happy]]> Most students hate the registrar at their schools. Whether they don't get their transcripts sent out on time or they are on hold for hours just to talk to one person, the registrar's office often does not have a good reputation.  I have had this experience at 2 of the former colleges I went to. At San Francisco State University I could never get a hold of a single person over the phone. When I did go into the office it was either closed or the lady was extremely rude to me. And of course my requests for transcripts and a major change never went through quicker than a month. The same sort of thing was at Marymount College. The women that worked at the registrar's office wouldn't even look up at you unless you said something and then they would tell you to wait... for an hour. They would randomly decide to close the office for no reason and you couldn't even attempt to get a hold of anyone over the summer.

LMU's registrar though is completely the opposite. Whenever I have a question someone always picks up the phone and someone always has a prompt answer. They always know what they are talking about and I have a strong feeling they are open 24/7. The people that work there are always super friendly and go out of their way to help you with anything you need. One time I was supposed to deliver a document to some other office and I ended up at the registrar's office. Even though I was in the completely wrong place the girl at the desk said it was ok and that she would make sure my paperwork got to where it needed to go.

I do not have one single complaint about the registrar at LMU. The workers are friendly whether it is in person or over the phone and they always know what they are doing. I never get someone who has to transfer me a million times just to find out when school starts and I certainly am not invisible when I walk in the office. 

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<![CDATA[ Great Teacher, Annoying Class]]>
Now don't get me wrong I had an amazing teacher (Dan Speak). He was funny, interactive and really took to heart what students said. He didn't shoot you down unless he was being sarcastic and really encouraged the class to do the readings and participate. One day he even stuck his wedding ring in his nose to show how big his nostrils were, very amusing. However the content of this course made me stare out the window and have mini nervous break downs every meeting. Like I previously said, I already contemplate life on a daily basis and it drives me crazy, so being forced to do so in a formal setting for 3 hours a week was not exactly what I wanted to be doing in class. Plus when we got to the idea of whether personal identity was mental or physical the content was completely over my head and I just couldn't grasp what the point was sitting there and trying to answer things we never would be able to.

In the end I got an A so I really can't complain too much. I guess I understand why it is a core requirement because some people are different than I am and just go about their days without contemplating the meaning of life at all. I get that the university wants to force it's students to think about what they want to do in life and get motivated. However, most students take this class as a freshman who are just entering the scary world of college and I took it as a second semester junior who was ready to get out. ]]> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 18:14:22 +0000
<![CDATA[La CabaƱa Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:07:07 +0000 <![CDATA[ Blueberry Galore]]> Whether it's the Panera by Trader Joe's in Westchester or the one in the Marina, it never lets me down. I could go to Panera for breakfast, lunch and dinner however breakfast is my all time favorite. I used to only go there for lunch and get a different amazing salad every time, but one time I decided to go for breakfast and it has now become my favorite spot for anything blueberry.

The first time I went for breakfast I got coffee and a blueberry bagel. Unlike bagels you buy from the grocery store that kind of seem fake and unhealthy, Panera's blueberry bagels are fresh and have a multi grain texture. I felt like I was eating a healthy breakfast rather than a processed gross one, and the best part was that I was eating out. They give you the perfect amount of cream cheese to slather on and the coffee has the perfect bitter bite. 

The next time I went to breakfast at Panera I saw in the display case a beautiful looking blueberry scone. Without hesitation I ordered the scone, which was sprinkled with powdered sugar. This scone is the best kind I have ever had. With the perfect crumble and amazing blueberry flavor, I refuse to go to get anything else at Panera for breakfast.

Of course, Panera also offers amazing soups, which you can get in a bread bowl, sandwiches and some of the best lemonade in town. For a quick bite, coffee shop feel and amazing food, Panera is the perfect place for any meal.

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<![CDATA[ Relaxing Atmosphere, Bad Food]]>
When seated you are brought chips, salsa and butter. Whether anyone actually puts butter on the chips might be something the restaurant would want to consider. Though the salsa is thinner and a bit more watery than the average pico de gallo that is usually served with chips, it still has a nice spice to it. Most restaurants that hold Taco Tuesday nights charge a dollar per taco. However, La Cabaña is on the more expensive end and charges two dollars. After seeing the size of these enormous tacos though, you will understand where your extra dollar went. 

Rather than having a list of the tacos that are offered for Taco Tuesday night, La Cabaña provides the regular menu in which you have to thoroughly search for tacos and their descriptions. There are five different types of tacos offered including two hard shell tacos of either beef or chicken and three soft tacos of fish, carne asada and chicken. The hard shell tacos come with iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese and each soft taco comes with different complements. The soft fish taco comes with crema, cabbage and salsa fresca; the soft chicken taco comes with green cabbage and salsa fresca; and the soft carne asada taco comes with salsa ranchera. The difference between the salsas and cabbages is not noticeable, but the meats offer a variety of tastes. 

With their greasy shell and unflavored filling, the hard shell tacos are not even worth the $2 or the stomachache that follows. The chicken hard taco is completely bland and the meat in the beef hard taco was tough and chewy. Both tacos crumble everywhere when you bite into them making them both very difficult to eat. 

The soft tacos are definitely the way to go at La Cabaña. Not only are they tastier, but they are also easier to eat. The soft chicken taco was good but provided nothing special. The fish in the soft taco is perfectly breaded without too much or too little crunch, and is one of the two best tacos of the group. Out of the five different options the carne asada soft taco is by far the best. With juices that spill out of every end and flavor that could knock you off of your feet, the carne asada puts the rest of the tacos to shame. 

The service at La Cabaña is prompt and the waiters are friendly. The restaurant even has a chef in the back making fresh tortillas over a fire stove. Though the atmosphere of this restaurant is refreshing compared to the rowdiness of most Taco Tuesday restaurants, the quality of food just is not worth it.]]> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 18:35:03 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Fun Night Out and Delicious Food]]> To end the stressful school year and finals week, me and a good friend decided to take our mom's to C & O's Trattoria on Washington Blvd for a girls night out. My mom and I had never been before, but my friend and her mom had, and insisted it was the best place in town. Though it was extremely built up for us, the restaurant offered nothing short of a great time.

It was a Friday night and it was extremely crowded with loads of people waiting outside the restaurant for a table. We put our name in expecting it to be at least an hour wait however our name was called after only 15 minutes. While we were waiting a worker came out with a huge tray of garlic bread balls for those that were ravenous waiting for a table. These garlic bread balls are by far the most amazing invention on earth. With a perfect crispy outside and softy inside, the bread was bursting with amazing herb and garlic flavor. Once we were seated a server came around with more bread balls and refilled the plate every time it ran low. We cracked open a bottle of wine and enjoyed the bustling and upbeat atmosphere.

In the middle of our meal music started blasting and all of the waiters came around with glasses of wine to toast everyone that was there as the entire restaurant sang "That's Amore!" at the top of their lungs. And in case someone didn't know the words they even handed out little sheets with the lyrics on them so everyone could join in the fun. Many times a fun place like this has a great atmosphere but lacks in the culinary part, however the food here was amazing as well. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauces on all the food was perfectly spiced.

I definitely plan to return to C & O's and recommend it to anyone and everyone that lives in the area!

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<![CDATA[ The "Legitness" of Huesman]]>
Making up the north end of the East Quad, Huesman Hall became the first home away from home for many men entering the college life.  And there couldn’t have been any place better.  Let’s simply start with its location.  You could not possibly be any closer to the Lair which acts as your personal kitchen in the dorms or to Malone which is the mecca for freshmen activity.  East Quad itself offers a more controlled and secluded environment from the other freshmen dorms that gives off the feeling of being more independent without being secluded.  Two grassy lawns are in front of Huesman and Sullivan acting as a courtyard and serving as fields for soccer and now volleyball.  There is nothing like having your own personal backyard and there’s a fountain.  A legit fountain.   Huesman also use to be a great location for parking because we use to be able to park right behind the Del Rey theatre.  However, most of these spots have become CSA reserved, and we now have to park in the Del Rey lot. 

The structure of the hall itself makes it the best dorm on campus.  Having just one floor, no one has to climb up down stairs eight times a day.  And being on the first floor allowed for one or two escapes from the window and the possibility of smuggling a huge Christmas tree in from that window.  The building is comprised of two Ls which garners a mild rivalry between the Westsiders and Eastsiders.  On the corners of the two Ls are where the RA rooms are, but if you live at the very ends like I did, the RAs will never have an excuse to venture that far down.  I did not have a single problem with them when I was there.  The rooms themselves are large and spacious.  Just to give you a picture, I could stand straight up on my lofted bed and still not touch the ceiling.  There was absolutely no stepping on my roomie’s stuff, and we both had our own personal space.  At opposite ends of the Hall are the Huesman Lounge and Huesman chapel.  Being so close to these things on the way home from class motivated me into actually seeing what kind of activities are actually going on for game night and into alleviating my guilt as a Catholic to actually go to Mass. 

The legitness of Huesman comes from it being the perfect size to actually get to know every single person in the Hall.  Whether its from kicking the ball around on the way to class with the guys playing outside the front door, or having damn good poker games in the study rooms, or sharing a cigarette with that guy on the East side out front, Huesman is a great place, for lack of better place, to hang.  And don’t worry:  females know where to go to pre-party.]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:04:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Fritz B. Burns Recreation Center (LMU) Quick Tip by DevonCook]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:28:02 +0000 <![CDATA[LMU Farmers Market Quick Tip by DevonCook]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:27:41 +0000 <![CDATA[The Bridge: Cinema de Lux Quick Tip by DevonCook]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 19:45:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Best Classes I had at LMU]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 22:58:46 +0000 <![CDATA[The 10 Best Places to Study on Campus]]> Sat, 5 Jun 2010 17:06:41 +0000 <![CDATA[ Music for the Music Un-Junkie]]>      I am in no way a music enthusiast nor treat the indie scene as a religion, but to ignore the influence of KXLU 88.9 is impossible.  Unlike the Roar Network which offers student-run television only every two-weeks, this radio station is operated in the public interest by its student, faculty, and volunteer staff 24 hours a day without repeating its content.  And it's entirely commercial-free, which is probably its biggest draw for me not being a music junkie.  For those times when I absolutely can not stand the library on my itunes and when the radio seems to be playing the same song over and over again, KXLU's selection of rock, jazz, and Latin is just the thing to keep my mind at ease writing those long papers the night before.   
      What makes KXLU so great is its accessibility.  They have a Livestream on their website which can be accessed at a touch of a button.  What I like to do is open the Live365 Player Window and move it up to the corner of the screen as I work on an assignment or project.  For most programs the DJ will not interject for a good 20 to 25 minutes so that there are basically no distractions.  Also on their website is a program schedule so that you actually know what it is you are listening to.  And if you hear a song that really captures your attention, it is also easy to look up what that song is.  After the broadcasts, the djs will put up the entire song list up on their blogs that can be found through the website.  
     It's difficult to review the station in regards to its content.  It at times can be a little too electronic, delve too far into experimental, or sound like a Tarantino wetdream.  But even if some of the shows are a little too "out there," they have great DJs that know there stuff.  The DJs are even better in the peak hours, and every time I tune in, they always accept requests.  True, every once in awhile they can ramble (earlier today there was a ten minute interruption in which I had no idea what they were talking about), but this does not take away from the refreshingly genuine quality of the DJs and the institutions that they have formed.
     Here are some programs I recommend to first time listeners.  Demolisten is a famous program that only plays demo tapes, which is a great concept but can only be taken in small doses.  It is not long before I lose interest because, let's face it, they are still demos. Another  KXLU program that is either a hit or miss is Center Stage with Mark Gordan, which is a talk radio program devoted to art, entertainment, theatre, and film.  With my pursuit for film, I thought I would love this program but it all depends on who the guest speaker is and the talk radio format does not stand alone.  Besides that, check out Mike/Jon on Thursday mornings even if they can get a little experimental.  I also love Markness hosted by Mark and Mass Production on Monday from 12-2am, which sometimes plays older music.  Finally Alma Del Barrio is a Latin music program that has been in existence since 1973 and takes up the weekends at the station.  Though not my favorite type of music, it is heavily influenced by culture, and you'll know what you get.  I think I can honestly say anybody can find something they would enjoy from this radio station.]]> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 22:01:07 +0000
<![CDATA[History of International Film - FTVS 314 Quick Tip by StevenMarie]]> Fri, 28 May 2010 21:00:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Alternative Baking Company Quick Tip by devora]]> Thu, 27 May 2010 21:08:38 +0000 <![CDATA[ Intramural Soccer]]> This year I made a new group of extremely athletic friends. They invited me to join two intramural teams with them one being dodge ball and one being soccer. Now I have played soccer since I was 4 years old. I played AYSO in Redondo Beach, made Select and All Star teams, played on two different club teams and also played in high school. Soccer had always been a passion of mine. Being a midfielder, sprinting up the sidelines and passing the ball to someone who scores is by far one of the most rewarding and amazing feelings of all time. Then I got to high school and soccer suddenly became political. It was no longer about the game and having fun, but about who could flirt more with the coach and get onto varsity. High school soccer ruined the sport I was so madly in love with for me and after my junior year of high school I didn't touch a soccer ball again... until this year.

In intramural soccer you get to form a co-ed team. At all times there has to be an even number of girls as guys on the field and an upside is that if a girl scores a goal it is 2 points rather than 1.  Even though I had to buy cleats, since I had pretty much sworn off soccer forever and even though I didn't buy shin guards and got kicked a million times, I am so happy that I participated. Whether you have had a lot of experience with soccer or have never touched a ball in your life you are welcome to play. You get to make up your own stupid team names and you play 3 games not including playoffs and finals. 

I had an absolute blast being out on the field again in a non-competitive fun environment. Running up and down the field again, even though I was completely out of shape, kicking the ball to teammates and getting super excited when we made a goal made me remember why I loved this sport so much and also made me really miss it. The atmosphere and people were great fun.

However, there is of course a negative side to intramural soccer. First of all our games were on Sunday, therefore many teams would forfeit the games and not even have the decency to let anyone know that they weren't going to show up because they were too hung over from the night before. Also, the referees did not watch closely enough or even care if someone did an illegal throw in or tackled you to the floor. And lastly, all of the anger of losing and my own teammates making stupid decisions all rushed back at me at once in one of our games, reminding me of one of the main reasons I stopped playing soccer. I am too passionate about the game and I get way too angry.

Overall though intramural soccer was awesome. It's a great way to get your friends together to do something fun and active rather than sitting around staring at each other getting fat or playing beer pong. The people are fun, the game is fun and it is much more organized than I had ever expected it to be.

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<![CDATA[ A Hidden Gem in U-Hall]]> By far the best shop not only in University Hall but also on the entire LMU campus is the little bookstore on the first floor. First of all this bookstore has EVERYTHING! Whenever I need a little snack or a quick bite to eat, this place never lets me down. From their endless supply of Alternative Baking Company cookies to Chex Mix you cannot go hungry if you walk in this shop. One entire wall is dedicated to food, the front counter is stacked with more options and there is also a wall of refrigerated drinks. When I go in this place for something to munch on I often find myself leaving way later than I had planned on because I had spent so much time trying to decide what I actually wanted... Twix? Cookies? Dried Mango? They have it! 

It has also been my savior many times when I remember at the last minute before my test or final that I need a blue/green book. They have all of the school supplies you could possibly need from calculators to notebooks. When I moved into my new apartment I needed an extension cord and they even had that... and different varieties of extension cords too! The bookstore also has LMU gear from sweatshirts to keychains and of course an amazing selection of books including cook books (I have bought a few) and lengthy romance novels. 

Besides the fact that the bookstore has all of the amenities you could ever possibly need, they also buy back your books from you at the end of the semester. Though the regular bookstore does this also, the little bookstore never has a line and is conveniently located where, as an English major, all of my classes are. This is nice so that I don't have to trek all the way across campus by the Lion's Den just to get less than a quarter back of the money I originally spent on the books. 

Last but definitely not least, this bookstore has the friendliest and most amusing women as staff. One lady is always blasting oldies and singing along (I promise we are kindred spirit) and another lady that never fails to be super friendly and helpful. I feel like these women are my moms, or aunts or ok... grandmas. Not only does purchasing something from this bookstore always satisfy me but seeing these women just completes and brightens my day.

So if you ever need a snack, blue book, sweatshirt or just a friendly face to lighten up your day, stop into the little bookstore in University Hall, you won't leave unhappy.


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<![CDATA[Bookstore (University Hall) Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 16:37:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Lion's Corner Cafe (LMU) Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:35:49 +0000 <![CDATA[Pizza del Rey (LMU) Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:35:10 +0000 <![CDATA[El Tarasco Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:34:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Iggy's Diner (LMU) Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:27:48 +0000 <![CDATA[The Lair Marketplace Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:27:17 +0000 <![CDATA[The William H. Hannon Library (LMU) Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:26:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Lion's Den Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:25:40 +0000 <![CDATA[LMU Basketball Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:24:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Loyola Marymount University Quick Tip by michellebweiss]]> Wed, 26 May 2010 04:24:06 +0000