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A Piece of Cake

Without a car or your own kitchen, cooking in a residence hall is a difficult task—myth or fact? The truth is, whipping up a batch of delicious treats doesn’t have to be complicated! With just three simple ingredients, baking supplies from your community office, and 30 minutes to spare, you can make any of the recipes below. Head to Walgreens or CVS on Franklin Street (or Rams Head Market) to pick up the necessities, and get ready to eat!

Banana Pancakes


• 1 ½ large ripe bananas
• 2 eggs
• 1/8 tsp baking powder

1. Crack eggs into a bowl, add the baking powder, and whisk together.
2. In a separate bowl, lightly mash the banana. Pour wet mixture into the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
3. Using 1 to 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake, cook in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Once bubbles begin to form, flip the pancake and cook for another minute.
4. Top with butter, maple syrup, berries, or anything else!


Peanut Butter Cookies

• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg

1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and egg.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and refrigerate dough for at least one hour or until firm.
3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and press down with a fork, making crosshatch marks.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.


Nutella Brownies

• 1 ¼ cup Nutella
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup all-purpose flour

1. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth. Pour into baking pan and smooth top with spatula.
2. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let brownies cool and set before serving.

The best thing about cooking in your residence hall? Food is a great way to make friends! Once you’ve cleaned up, share your treats with suitemates, floormates, or whoever happens to pass by.

Bundle Up!

Residents hanging out
Residents in Connor just enjoy hanging out and sharing laughs with each other.

Top Ten Cold Weather Activities

“Nobody on the road…Nobody on the beach…I feel it in the air, that summer’s out of reach.” As I was walking to class the other morning in the seemingly frigid 40 degree whether, I couldn’t help but enjoy the coincidence of my iPod’s shuffle giving me those classic Don Henley lines.

Make no mistake, the nippier weather is indeed on its way. Though there may not be anything more pleasant than those “crisp, cool October nights,” what about those harshly cold evenings that leave you running for the warm cover of a heated building?

For many of us, the transition from the active, late summer times of the beginning of the semester to the cooler months of fall and winter can be a challenge. Here are my ten favorite things to do when those cold fronts come moving in: Continue reading Bundle Up!

The Village Life

Top 10 reasons to live in an on-campus apartment

You’ve lived in a traditional residence hall, but now it’s time for a change. So you should move off campus, right? Not necessarily. Read on to find out the top ten reasons you should live in an on-campus apartment.

The buildings in Odum Village, which contain four one or two-person apartments each, give the community a neighborhood vibe.
  1. Less anxiety about money. If you’re like me, you’ve heard horror stories from your friends living off campus about how they divide expenses up among their roommates. The great thing about living in an on-campus apartment is that charges are billed in the same way that residence hall charges are. When you’re not constantly worried about conflicts with others over money, you have more time to focus on what really matters!
  2. Dedicated staff on call 24/7. You live in an off-campus house and you accidentally lock yourself out one night while your roommate is out of town for the weekend. What do you do? In the on-campus apartments, there is a resident advisor, a community director and a facilities representative on call at all times. Any problems you have can be taken care of right away, day or night! Continue reading The Village Life

Tonight we’re going to…party?

Fun alternatives for weekends in Chapel Hill

Photo of students swing dancing
Students practice swing dancing at the Carolina Swing Club. Twice a month, dances are held on Saturday nights in Durham and Carrboro.

“Hey, I’m hosting a party this weekend. Want to come?”

If you’re like me, those words bring a smile to your face. “Yes!” you think. “I actually have friends!”

But if you, like me, avoid partying, those words also worry you. Will alcohol be there? Will you be pressured to drink? Most importantly, can you still have fun if you say “no, thanks”?

At Carolina, the answer to the last question is a resounding yes! No matter what lifestyle you choose, our campus and community offer a wide variety of things to do, see and experience.

Continue reading Tonight we’re going to…party?

Going pro in the kitchen

Learn healthy recipes that you can make in your residence hall

Students watch as Chef Paul cooks.
Learning from a master chef.

Have you been to any community events sponsored by Carolina Dining Services? Earlier in the semester, Cobb community had one with Chef Paul Calice, Executive Chef of Carolina Dining Services. I went to this event and learned how to make cake in a cup!  While eating out is nice, there are many ways to make a hearty meal right in your residence hall.

About 20 excited students and RAs filed into the small meeting room in Lenoir next to Jamba Juice and soon the real fun began.  Chef Paul informed us that eating healthily does not have to be difficult nor expensive; on the contrary it could be fun, fast, and oh-so cheap.

Continue reading Going pro in the kitchen

10 months, 10 ways to get involved

A month-by-month montage of why residence life is rad

by Katie Jansen, guest blogger

Ever wondered what a year living in a residence hall at Carolina is like? There’s something special about each and every one of the ten months you’re living at Carolina, and the fun you’ll have makes a year at Carolina pass by so quickly!


My lyric poster is one of my favorite decorations in my room.

Move-in day is always really exciting. You’re getting your keys, checking out your new digs, meeting (or reuniting with) your roommate, and moving in boxes upon boxes of important stuff while pouring gallons upon gallons of sweat. Then you’re deciding who gets which bed, whether you want to bunk or loft or leave the beds down, and how you want to arrange your room (the possibilities are nearly endless!) Eventually comes the decorating (my favorite part!) Make sure to bring lots of photos, posters, decor—anything to make your room feel like the home it’s going to be. Some cute ideas I’ve seen:

~stringing photos along a clothesline and taping it to the wall (make sure you don’t use tape that will peel the paint off!)
~making a collage of photos all over the wall (layering and crossing the photos as different angles looks best!)
~putting up cool posters, or making your own! (I made one using a collage of my favorite song lyrics.)
~using cool light fixtures (Just make sure they’re Housing approved! My roommate and I have paper lanterns strung along both sides of our room.)

After this flurry of activity, your room is home sweet home. Then there’s going down the hall or around the suite to meet your neighbors, and usually your RA tries to swing by to say hi, too. It’s a really fun day that’s a great way to kick off a year at Carolina! Continue reading 10 months, 10 ways to get involved

Top 10 study snacks

The top 10 things to munch that won’t leave you in an exam slump

Bagel sandwich with meat, cream cheese, and vegetables
Healthy sandwich for on-the-go


Finals are quickly approaching.  With the stress of papers and the ever-present all-nighter, your brain could use all the help it can get.  Try these healthy snacks that will keep your mind fresh and your taste buds satisfied.

1. Yogurt: Pack some yogurt in your backpack along with a crunchy cereal of choice and your favorite fruits to mix in.  The carbs from the cereal will give you energy while the protein in yogurt will keep you feeling full all the way through your calc review session. Continue reading Top 10 study snacks

When procrastinating…bake!

Using community kitchens in the residence halls

Cooking in the residence halls

Hey everyone! My name is Paulina and I’m a rising senior from Raleigh, North Carolina. I’m studying business administration and am minoring in journalism. As you all prepare to join the Carolina community, I wanted to share my experience with eating on campus.

As a first-year, I was looking for anything that would make my transition to college a little bit easier—which is why I decided to purchase a meal plan. The food was already cooked and prepared, I could eat as much as I wanted, and best of all, there was no mess. I never even had to wash dishes. Most of my friends had meal plans too, so trips to the dining hall turned into social hour (or hours).

Continue reading When procrastinating…bake!


Carolina Dining meal plans offer variety and convenience

Everyone’s gotta eat, and what’s really nice about UNC is that there are always places to grab a bite. There are two main dining halls on campus where your meal plan will get you into: Top of Lenoir Hall on North Campus right next to the pit and Rams Head Dining Hall on South Campus which is in the Rams Head Plaza. You should get to eat in Lenoir when you come for Orientation, so that visit will give you a taste for what to look for in Lenoir.

Now I could tell you about dining hall hours and what kind of tax savings you can get when you purchase a plan, but what I really think you should know is where the hidden gems are within the on-campus dining locations, and a few delicacies that everyone on UNC’s campus should order from Franklin Street and beyond.

Continue reading Mmmmm….food!