Hungry Minds serves meals with a side of disappointment

By KAYDEE JONES

Gull Life Editor

Generally speaking, people are not okay with change. Even so, it’s safe to say that a lot of Salisbury University students, including myself, were more than ready to experience the brand new Academic Commons, and all of the benefits that came with it when it opened this fall.

Then Hungry Minds happened.

Hungry Minds Express is a restaurant in GAC that is the equivalent replacement of Gull’s Nest, which used to be located in GUC. In the four weeks that Hungry Minds has been open, it has been nothing short of a disappointment.

My first experience at Hungry Minds was met with confusion. The Gull’s Nest days were gone where you peered at the menu and then gave your order to an employee, who gave it to the cooks so you could go on your merry way with your order slip to the cashier.

In the Hungry Minds world, students create their order on a touch screen. When they push “complete order,” two receipts print out and students are expected to give one receipt to a cook, and the other to a cashier.

This wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t have to stand around awkwardly most of the time for a few minutes for a cook to be available to take your slip. Perhaps a simple order basket would help aid this confusing system.

Better yet, Hungry Minds could take a look at Wawa’s food ordering system. Customers order with a touch screen like Hungry Minds, but the orders go straight back to screens on the cooking side so that the cooks can see them right away instead of taking the time to wrangle up receipts.

The other bothersome thing about GAC’s eatery is the price tag. A plain cheesesteak with fries and drink combo at Hungry Minds comes to $12.72. A long cheesesteak from Gull’s Nest was $9.39, according to the menu still hanging up inside of the door.

I couldn’t locate how much a combo with fries and a drink was; however, fries alone cost $2.19, which still adds up to be more than a dollar less than the Hungry Minds price. This doesn’t even take into account the customization of food and adding of ingredients which Hungry Minds charges for. There was no evidence that Gull’s Nest did the same when it was still open.

The difference may not be astronomical, but it adds up quickly for college students.

The space itself is also an issue. The ordering area cannot support the capacity of the students that are always in there. In addition, there is significantly less seating than there was for Gull’s Nest which can be problematic for students who want a place to eat their food other than on the floor.

I realize this isn’t something that has an easy fix. No one has the power to magically expand the place. But perhaps a better set up, which could probably be attained by simply moving the huge chip rack from the middle of the room and moving or adding two more drink machines into the hallway where the microwave sits, would make a huge difference in the ordering and waiting process.

Some positives of Hungry Minds are the variety of different options on the menu. Patrons can choose from a long list of food items and then customize their order (for extra money, of course) which is more satisfying for consumers than picking from a shorter list like Gull’s Nest had. And let’s be real, the food in general is way above Gull’s Nest’s quality, which makes it worth the rather long waits, which of course could be due to the popularity of the establishment.

Areas they should work on from a student perspective would be to add a section in their menu about the specials. They are advertised on the screens and signs but they aren’t easily accessible—a student told me they had to design the special on their own. Perhaps there is already a tab that escaped my gaze, but I didn’t come across it in my look through the menu.

A suggestion box would also be a simple change that would make a huge difference to students with complaints. If one exists, it doesn’t stick out, which defeats the purpose of a suggestion box.

I want to stress that I don’t blame the workers at Hungry Minds—it’s evident they work hard to get food out in a timely manner and, from what I’ve seen, they get orders right most of the time. I’ve seen vast improvements since I first visited the establishment during the opening week of school. For instance, no one knew what set of numbers to call out at first but now the cashiers write it on the top of your receipt to avoid confusion on the part of the customer.

I also realize it may not be fair to compare it so heavily to Gull’s Nest, but as a student that has been a part of this campus for almost five semesters, it’s hard not to.

Despite my complaints, I’ll probably still frequent Hungry Minds because of its convenient location in the library. There are areas where Hungry Minds can improve, but this is true for every restaurant. I look forward to seeing how the establishment grows and changes in the coming weeks.

 

 

Presidential Debate Recap: Hillary – 1, Donald – 0

By Luke Wathen

Staff Writer

The night of Sept. 26 hosted an event that Americans have been anticipating for over a year: the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage in their solemn glory for what many hoped to be a verbal bloodbath.

And a bloodbath it was. While both candidates took the stage with heads held high and an air of confidence about them, only Clinton left with her pride intact.

To understand what caused Trump to do so poorly in his first one-on-one presidential debate, it is important to look at his past performances.

During the GOP primary season, Trump made a habit of hounding his various opponents about their alleged weaknesses and shortcomings. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were notable targets, and both suffered a drop in support after Trump’s mockery.

Yet, whenever it came time to discuss actual policy proposals, Trump all but disappeared. After being so eager to lambast his fellow candidates, he would slip into silence and let his adversaries duke it out.

This strategy of making short but memorable outbursts made Trump excellent fodder for the 24-hour news cycle and world of entertainment. As a result, the other candidates lost out on publicity and their campaigns faltered until Trump was able to clench the nomination.

The strategy of condensing his campaign to short quips may have let Trump seize the Republican nomination, but it may prove his undoing in a general election. While Clinton seemed much more poised and articulate during the debate, Trump appeared visibly shaken and desperately tried to compensate for his past statements on issues ranging from global warming to racial relations.

That is not to say Clinton has not had her fair sure of issues as a candidate. The ongoing investigation regarding her use of a private email server, her role in the Benghazi attacks of 2012 and the leaked Democratic National Convention emails that paint her as a corrupt figure have no doubt shaken the nation’s confidence in her.

Even with a laundry list of controversies tied to her name, Trump did little to bring attention to them. Besides a few passing mentions of her private email server and her controversial tenure of Secretary of State, Trump was so busy covering his own tracks and denying the unconstitutionality of “stop and frisk” procedures that he failed to even see Clinton’s history of hypocrisy and unethical practices.

The debate is still fresh in the minds of the American people and the coming days should tell how this will impact the overall election. But for now, it seems that the once mighty Donald Trump has fallen and the presidency is ripe for the taking for Hillary Clinton.

Gull Jams Album Reviews: “Strange Diary” by Psychic Twin

By Drew Lacouture

Staff Writer

With the sub-genre of synth-pop becoming saturated and watered down, Psychic Twin bursts onto the scene with a bittersweet and lavish debut project. After several years of generating buzz, Erin Fein creates a balance of sugary choruses with just enough indie style to appeal to a wide audience.

Rather than bangers and big vocals, this group relies on subtle production to present a short but rewarding experience. Although, based on the intro “Heart Divided,” some listeners might instantly say dislike it because it sounds like every standard EDM album opener.

The staccato synth line in the next track “Strangers” instantly warms the ears for what is to come, and while the lyrics are repetitive, the line “That even when we build these mighty towers I know that we can take them down again,” will be stuck in heads for days.

The same can be said for most of the tracks here. Fein wrote this album amongst a break-up and it shows, but it is never too abrasive. The track that steals the show is “Hopeless” which resembles the style of the group Phantogram but better.  The killer outro “The Deepest Cut” evens dates back to New Order and it is fantastic.

All this is done without Fein and her musicians trying to sound edgy or indulgent (cough, cough, Halsey). As stated earlier, this album contains familiar sounds but the execution is so tightly performed and authentic that it almost feels like the listener is there in the studio.

Similar to artists in their soundscape like Pure Bathing Culture and Chairlift, it is clear that a significant amount of thought and care was put into developing the beats in these songs. Each small element of the song is pleasant and well placed, though it still has a couple of hiccups, especially towards the first half.

For example, “Running in the Dark” has the same bass line throughout the entire song. Adding a second measure of different notes after the first and then repeating two measures rather than one would have made for a more compelling instrumental.

This album is simple at its core with just nine tracks and thankfully it does not overstay its welcome. “Stop in Time” was exactly the length it needed to be but “Chase You,” as immersive as it is, might just be a little longwinded for some.

There will be some tracks that might breeze by like “Unlock Yr Heart,” which is why it is important to give the album multiple tries, not that it is heavy or complicated, just relaxing. Fein compliments this with her breathy singing, especially on the track called “Lose Myself.”

The dreamy world inside of Fein’s head might require multiple listens to really stick, but when it does, you will be playing it while cleaning the apartment or when you want something soothing to listen to after a bad day. This album is not perfect or innovative, but it accomplishes exactly what it is meant to.

Environmental and Native American issues collide at Standing Rock

By Val Petsche

Staff Writer

In the southern region of North Dakota, thousands of protestors, activists and regular human beings alike have gathered with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect sacred land from a major oil pipeline.

Ever since April, members of Standing Rock established camp along the Missouri river as a form of protest against the Dakota Access Oil company. Now, more than 3,000 people along with 300 other tribes stand in unison to demonstrate peaceful protests against the large corporation.

This $3.8 billion project, stretching 1,172 miles, crosses the Missouri River and would threaten the tribe’s source of drinking water as well as trespass onto ancient burial grounds. It is also where 570,000 barrels of crude oil would be transported from the Bakken formation to Illinois and Iowa every day.

For many environmentalists, an infrastructure project of this magnitude raises alarms as to the implications it may have on the surrounding ecosystem. For the Sioux, it endangers both their culture and way of life. After all, as the demonstrators say in a slogan that most have adopted, “water is life.”

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted Dakota Access permission to begin construction in July on the pipeline. Under this loophole known as Nationwide Permit 12, the company did not have to wait for pending environmental regulation or the permission of local tribes.

The Sioux at Standing Rock sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and sought a restraining order against the oil company, which U.S. Judge James Boasberg denied.

Shortly after, the Department of Justice, Army, and the Department of the Interior intervened, releasing a joint statement that ordered Dakota Access to halt construction until further review.

More recently, this past Labor Day protestors were on a routine march to join in prayer when construction workers began bulldozing a two mile tract of land nearby. The site was officially recognized as ancestral burial grounds only a day before, prompting demonstrators to erupt in anger and protest.

Amid opposition, tensions escalated further as security workers used attack dogs and mace on the demonstrators. Company workers eventually retreated from the scene and what may be referred to as a riot. Thirty people were reported affected by the pepper spray and several were bitten, including a child and one pregnant woman.

What occurred at Standing Rock that day is reminiscent of the abuse inflicted on African Americans during the civil rights movement. The company’s actions were extremely unwarranted, for those protesters were on Federal land within the confines of the Reservation, acting in non-violent protests.

Though future precedents are uncertain, the Federal government’s issuance provided a victory for the Sioux, whose interference can be seen as a significant historical moment in reform regarding consideration for Native American rights.

While it is hard to foretell how the extent of this event may unfold, it is clear what people are capable of when they unite for the common good. It is our duty as humans to protect this beautiful earth and the grounds which support our bodies. This is nothing new to Native Americans, whose way of life involves protecting Mother Nature.

Sadly, all too often opinion leaders fail to prioritize such issues that greatly affect the health of our earth, and cries for help go unnoticed. Only when we as a human race understand the impact of our actions may we see the possibility for a thriving, sustainable planet in the future.

How Far is Too Far

By LILLY METCALFE

Staff Writer

With descriptive language, personification and the perspective from a six-year-old, the novel “Too Far” by Rich Shapero encompasses all three of those things. The novel had potential to be a great read but it fell short due to the confusing plot and the creepy fact that the children were discovering sexuality at such a young age.

If the novel Bridge to Terabithia had a fraternal twin or part two, this novel would be it. The storyline is very similar. The two children use the wilderness and their imaginations in order to escape their everyday reality.

The two children, Robbie and Fristeen, were six-years-old and about to enter the first grade once the summer ended. They both came from very different homes, but each home was falling apart. Fristeen’s mother was a drug addict. Robbie’s parents’ relationship was struggling and leading to a divorce. Robbie and Fristeen used their friendship, wild imaginations and the woods to escape their home troubles.

The novel’s format is simple as if it was written for a middle school audience, but the content is very adult as the characters explore their independence and sexuality.

Robbie challenged the authority of his parents, when he claimed since turning six and being more mature than his five year-old self he should have more freedom, like explore the vast woods.

The author made Robbie and Fristeen have sexual tension and feelings towards each other. They shared their first kiss, saw each other’s genitals, held hands and claimed it was okay because they were going to get married.

There were also many sexual references like when Robbie was counting Fristeen’s teeth he got distracted about how warm and smooth her mouth was. These references and descriptions made the novel very uncomfortable to read because the children were so young.

The perspective of the novel is through Robbie’s point of view and that is how the plot unfolds about the parents’ relationship and the impact it has on Robbie and Fristeen.

Their active imaginations are seen through the metaphors and personification of the woods. The use of the personification was interesting and made the book stand out from others, but it may have been too much. There came a point when the story didn’t make much sense and was hard to understand because these literary devices were being over used.

The ending was very poorly written. It was a huge disappointment especially as it was tied all together at the last two pages of the 244-paged novel. The ending didn’t make any logical sense, which is what ruined the reading experience.

The author made it seem like the children witnessed a murder in the woods as it describes a pool of red, a person they called the Dream Man bashing a head of a woman and spilling her brains as they interpreted as releasing her thoughts. It sounded like a murder, yet the author took it in a completely different direction at the end, which is why the ending made no sense. He also did not explain the importance of what the children witnessed either, leaving it all for the reader’s interpretation.

The novel could be a metaphor of life, death, sex and young love, but if so, Shapero failed miserably. This novel was an attempt at trying to be a literary masterpiece, but this novel should be used as a doorstop.

The novel is available on amazon, for only one cent, so any Salisbury University student can read it and give it a chance.

The Flyer gives “Too Far” a 3/10.

The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Rollercoaster of Emotions

By LUKE WATHEN

Staff Writer

Some films, for better or worse, have no protagonist. There may be a main character or characters that serve as leads, but their actions are far from moral, relatable or heroic.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is one such movie and despite its lack of a protagonist, it excels on most every level.

Released in 1999 and set during the 1950s, the film follows the titular Tom Ripley, a charming young man who makes a meager living as a piano tuner and bathroom attendant in New York City. Fate strikes when he is given the chance to go to Italy in order to convince millionaire Herbert Greenleaf’s son to return home.

Once in Italy, Tom meets Greenleaf’s son Dickie and is instantly drawn in by his rich playboy lifestyle. As time goes by and Dickie tires of Tom, however, Tom takes desperate action to hold on to the debonair lifestyle to which he is now accustomed.

Despite its age, this movie definitely warrants revisiting. The main actors are all at their youthful peak and the plot stands the test of time with its simple, yet profound theme of man’s duality.

Matt Damon gives a powerhouse performance as Ripley, a man whose youthful charms gradually serve as a mask over a cold, sociopathic interior. Alongside him are Jude Law as trust fund baby Dickie Greenleaf, Gwyneth Paltrow as Dickie’s fiancé Marge Sherwood and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles, Dickie’s hedonistic best friend.

Law gives a stellar performance as a pampered socialite and Paltrow’s character is nothing short of sympathetic but the real standout amongst the supporting cast is Hoffman as Freddie Miles.

Throughout the film, Freddie parades himself down the streets of Italy, daintily flicking his wrist as he talks and viewing Tom Ripley with amused contempt, all the while drinking wine and indulging in the pleasures of the upper class. Though the character himself is nothing short of despicable, you cannot help but enjoy Hoffman’s delightfully over-the-top portrayal.

The film is an emotional thrill ride from start to finish. Initially feeling a sense of connection with Tom Ripley and his desires to escape his drab existence, the connection quickly turns to disdain as he uses and abuses all those around him in order to keep his lifestyle intact.

Yet through it all, a part of the viewer wants him to get away with his actions. Perhaps it is that initial view of Tom that the audience connects with, or perhaps it is just people’s investment in Matt Damon as an actor.

Either way, Damon presents Tom Ripley, consumed by passion, to shed his old life and adopt a grander one. Whether or not his actions are justified depends on the viewer, but Tom’s desire to stop being himself will resonate with many.

The movie is available on Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime for a small fee. Watch this movie alone—it is quite emotionally taxing and requires a good deal of concentration and contemplation.

After watching it, one may very well find themselves asking the same question asked on the film’s poster: How far would you go to become someone else?

 

 

The New War Party

By Samuel Stevens

Editorial Editor

President Obama faced serious challenges at the latest G20 summit in China. The president ran the gauntlet of Russia, China and even the Philippines over the United States’ latest foreign policy missteps. Whoever becomes president after the election will have to cope with serious challenges on the world stage.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte told Obama he is “answerable only to the Philippine people,” according to a CNN report, following the Obama’s concern about Duterte’s extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals.

The United States government also poses a threat to Russia as it expands NATO into Eastern Europe. Whatever one might think of the Russian government, Vladimir Putin has reacted to what he sees as Western encroachment.

It is clear that the current administration has gone beyond the spectacular blunders of the previous one, worsening issues of not only national, but also global security.

The Democratic establishment has undergone a change from its previous anti-war stance and essentially adopted the policies of their alleged enemies, the neoconservatives. By any objective estimate, the Obama administration has been just as reckless with foreign interventions into the Middle East—specifically Syria—as the Republicans.

While the left-wing war faction uses air strikes, drone assassinations, and ground “advisers,” the damage to countries like Syria is just as disastrous as any ground invasion.

The American foreign policy establishment tends to use the term “rogue state” for nations like North Korea and Iran.

China and Russia may not measure up to Western standards as liberal democracies, but the fact remains that the U.S. government has done a great deal to upset those powers, worsened by the hubris of America as the sole superpower.

While Republican candidate Donald Trump has made some hawkish comments with regard to Iran, a longtime target of the neoconservative establishment, he has also made offhanded comments about a less antagonistic approach to Russia.

Trump has no record on foreign policy. Some may argue that this shows his lack of experience or fitness for office. That may turn out to be true. Trump, however, is a CEO—he will surround himself with subject matter experts in order to make decisions.

What is clear is Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. The Democratic Party has shown it is comfortable with foreign intervention by supporting her candidacy. Obama’s foreign policy has only upset the entire Muslim world, forced Russia into a defensive posture and done nothing to solve terrorism.

Hillary Clinton is essentially a neoconservative, albeit with a different domestic agenda than her Republican counterparts. The United States and the world cannot endure more chaos created by Washington.

What this election and the past eight years have also shown is the transition of the “war party” to the Democrats. While the language used to sell these conflicts is different, the goal remains the same. The foreign policy experts in Washington want to maintain the American empire as the sole superpower.

With the end of the Cold War, this is no longer necessary.

Wars in the Middle East are to blame for the refugee crisis and the spread of terrorism. However, neither mainstream party is willing to pursue a domestic agenda to protect the United States from within. Real border security and a ban on immigration from countries with a history of terrorism, as Trump has proposed, are far more workable solutions than defending the chaotic frontiers of the American imperium.

The U.S. government’s foreign policy record since the end of the Cold War has been one of pursuing ideology over the actual strategic interests of the nation.

Hopefully, the next administration will pursue America first over ideology

Rest in Retweets, Harambe

By Riley Fanning

Staff Writer

Harambe will live on in our hearts, and on our screens forever. The now infamous killing of the gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo over the summer has sparked national attention.

The tragic incident was brought about when a three-year-old child fell into the gorilla exhibit, which resulted in Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, being shot and killed. There was extreme scrutiny of the event, and it has become a largely debated topic of conversation. People have mainly divided into two categories over who should take the blame: one camp is in favor of blaming the child’s inattentive parents, and the other believes the trigger-happy zoo officials should be held responsible.

Even more interesting than the fierce argument over what officials could have done differently was the sudden internet fame garnered by the deceased gorilla Harambe. Dozens of Facebook posts, vines, tweets and memes referencing Harambe have come about, quickly turning him into a viral internet star.

Harambe jokes have spread to all corners of the Internet. Social media users have coined a fascinating new phrase “D—-k’s out for Harambe,” a faux heartfelt calling for men to expose their genitals in honor of the dearly departed gorilla.

Members of the Cincinnati zoo became upset as the jokes surrounding the incident grew larger and more widespread, and in response sent an email out to the Associated Press stating, “We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe. Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us.”

As is to be expected with the internet, their call to end the jokes backfired. The official Cincinnati twitter was hacked and briefly converted into a meme account, until they regained control and deleted it altogether.

While some think the overtly sarcastic outrage over the death of Harambe is distasteful, others have made the argument that jokes are a way of coping with a difficult situation. People have taken this serious predicament and made light of it, and to say if it is right or wrong depends on individual opinion.

While most of the memes have been in good fun, there has also been a darker element at play. An unfortunate casualty of the internet sensationalism surrounding Harambe is comedian and actress Leslie Jones, of “SNL” and “Ghostbusters.”

Twitter users compared Jones, an African American woman, to Harambe in a flurry of racist social media bombardment. In reaction, Twitter chose to ban user Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative journalist who allegedly led the attack on Jones.

This has prompted a debate concerning censorship and free speech. The Harambe-induced internet rabbit hole has now inadvertently created a new conversation about where to draw the line on what should and should not be said online, particularly on social media sites.

It seems that despite the heartbreaking killing of Harambe, his death was most certainly not in vain. The incident has immensely impacted current culture, and even prompted new thought on the parameters of free speech on the internet.

Rest in peace, Harambe.

Stranger Things: A Love Letter to the 80s

By Luke Wathen

Staff Writer

Over the past few years, Netflix has cemented a name for itself with a plethora of original content. From comedies such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “BoJack Horseman” to the adrenaline-fueled drama “Narcos,” it seems that Netflix can do no wrong with their original programming.

Keeping with this proud tradition is “Stranger Things,” a sci-fi series that is as much a love letter to 80s pop culture as it is a suspenseful drama. The show takes place in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana where the disappearance of a young boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) sends the town into total disarray. As Will’s friends, family and townsfolk struggle to find him, a supernatural presence lurks in the shadows and a sinister government agency tries to keep the whole ordeal under wraps.

Most of the cast are newer actors with the exception of Winona Ryder, who gives a sublime performance as Will’s grief-stricken mother. The other actors in the show hopefully will not be doomed to obscurity much longer as their performances are as laudable as that of Ryder. Throughout the eight episodes of the first season, I could not pinpoint a single performance that I did not like.

Though the plot is engaging and the characters are relatable, the show’s real strength lies in its ability to recreate the beloved decade of the 1980s. While “Stranger Things” is by no means the first series to successfully recreate the look and feel of a past era (“That ’70s Show” immediately comes to mind), it has quite possibly done the best job of it.

From the synthesizer-heavy opening complete with near-identical title font from the 1983 movie “The Dead Zone,” episode titles that would sit right at home in a Stephen King novel and a group of adventurous kids that bring back fond memories of “The Goonies” and “E.T.,” the show captures the look and feel of 1980s film and television on multiple levels.

Nowhere is this more perfectly encapsulated than in the show’s soundtracks. Anyone who was alive during the 80s or is simply a fan of the music of the era will immediately recognize familiar tracks from The Clash, Toto and Modern English as well as many others.

I could go on for days about how well the show embodies the look and feel of the 1980s, but it is worth noting that despite all of this nostalgia, the decade is but a backdrop to the main plot. What could have easily been a barrage of dated pop culture references and obligatory “Remember this?” moments is instead a suspense-driven drama that uses the familiar imagery of a past decade to identify with a sci-fi heavy plot.

If you have not seen “Stranger Things” yet, I cannot recommend it enough. Whether you are a fan of sci-fi, dramas, 1980s pop culture or just enjoy being entertained, this series will resonate with you on some level.

 

Saving Students’ Money

By Lilly Metcalfe

The simplest and most known fact is that college is expensive. There are many hidden fees that Salisbury University students need to be aware of so that they can save those extra twenty dollars for more fun nights at Cookout.

The most spending occurs at the school bookstore. Textbooks are expensive and sometimes are unnecessary, but students will not know for sure until halfway through the semester.

Never remove the clear plastic wrapping from the textbook until the second week of school, because upon returning it to the bookstore there will be a rewrapping fee taken away from the initial textbook value.

Even though you cannot return your textbook after the first five days of classes, you should save old book receipts. Near the middle or end of the semester, the bookstore will give you a small percentage of the money that you spent there based on those saved receipts. It is almost as their thank you for shopping there.

At the end of the semester there are a few locations on campus that will buy textbooks from students for dirt-cheap. So do not be surprised if a once hundred-dollar book sells for five dollars.

E-textbooks ruin bank accounts because of ridiculously high prices, which is why they are usually bundled with textbooks. They are normally required for a class homework grade, so they have to be purchased. The problem is that they cannot be sold to someone else and they expire after a certain number of days.

The newest addition to this moneymaking business is clicker licenses; luckily this year the bookstore has rebates for the inconveniences that this change has caused to those who have already paid their $40 for a clicker itself.

For the student to get the rebate money, they have to go through an online process and then mail the company specific documentation. Maybe after doing that, and if the envelope does not get mysteriously lost in the mail, there is a chance that the student can get their money back.

Students need to be aware of other on-campus costs as well. For example, losing a Gull Card is the worst thing that could happen to a Salisbury University student because not only does it access their dorms, it also allows them access into the cafeteria. Without it, students have a hard time getting to their rooms and going to eat food. Not only does it make the student’s life difficult if they choose to wait until some kind stranger finds and returns it, but if it is not found it will end up costing them twenty-five dollars to replace it.

Students need to make sure to fill out a room condition report thoroughly so they do not get charged for something they did not damage. There are many fees associated with the dorms like setting off alarms, leaving campus for breaks without signing out, failing room checks, and more. The best advice is for students to read signs, confer with the Salisbury University website, and to consult with Resident Assistants.

When leaving for the weekend, or for the semester, be aware of on-campus parking times because parking tickets are usually around $40, which can buy about four to five Chipotle meals.

These are a few easy tips and tricks to save some money while studying hard away from home.