Category: Campus Living



On Friday, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and the Elmhurst Art Museum are free to the public. They are located across the street from campus (may be mistaken as part of the college). My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time visiting these institutions.



After lunch at PieFive, we checked out the art displayed at Lizzadro. The art displayed were made from various gems, minerals, and stones such as nephrite, jasper, and amethyst. The lower level showed a map of the abundance of fossils found in Illinois!



Then in a sixty-degree weather in February we headed across Wilder Park to visit the Elmhurst Art Museum. It’s been over a year since I had visited and it was exciting to see new exhibits. Inside there was a swing in made of desks guests can swing on! Art from local communities displayed current social justice issues. Outside there a work titled SkyCube providing vision to the clouds presented in a frame!



I enjoyed the day because it was spent with my person (and as the guy in the relationship it was comforting knowing these attractions won’t hurt my wallet! haha). We saw Elmhurst College students in the Art Museum and I think more should take advantage of the free admissions and exhibits composed of Chicago and regional artists.



Soon as I figure out how to upload photos, I will I share!









First Year Seminar: Local Choices, Global Effects

Did you know that the college has a 5 – year sustainability plan?
This is why I love Elmhurst College.
There are a lot more things that the college does to attain a environmental friendly community.
Sustainability is an issue in the world and Elmhurst College is a leading example of sustainable living.


The first year seminar course Local Choices, Global Effects,  focuses on sustainable living and tackles three main units: Food, Waste and Energy. The first part  “Local Choices” can refer to the college campus. The class is spear-headed by sustainability committee member, Gurram Gopal and the Office of Residential Life Coordinator, Christine Smith.


I used to think sustainable living was like an IPhone – It’s really cool but unnecessary. Because people have access to limited resources, it’s important for individuals, communities – the world – to be conscious of their influence to the environment.


For the energy unit of the course, we visited the first environmental friendly building in the city of Elmhurst – West Hall. Fun facts about West Hall:


  • Achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the coveted Gold level
  • Has 42 Solar panels on the roof tops
  • The roofing is made of recycled cans that resemble slates
  • Beneath the parking lot are six giant tanks that store rain water
  • Has motion-sensing lights in the corridors
  • Home to both trash and recycling chutes


Cool stuff, but to go green doesn’t just mean one has to build an award-winning hall. When we visited the boiler room, we were given tips to save energy on campus. When you feel that your residence hall is too hot, call the boiler room to lower your temperature. A system in the boiler room can check the temperature of any room, at any building, at any time. Do not just open the window because all the energy spent on heating the room will go out the window. After hearing the amount of money the college (essentially you, the students) pays for the annual electric and heating costs – you’ll want to do everything you can to “go green” and to save energy.



Think Twice Before You Swipe (Your Jaypass)!

For residence students, it is often hard to keep track of how much is spent on meals because food money is placed on our jaypass and a swipe is all it takes to purchase a meal. Commuter students however are not required to have a meal plan and as a commuter I usually use my debit card to purchase food from the cafeteria. I am aware of the amount of money I spend in the cafeteria and the Bluejays’ Roost. Don’t get me wrong, I like Chartwells because they provide great tasting food compared to other college campuses, but I don’t plan on spending $8.00+ every time I eat on campus. For those on board, here are some wisdom I have gathered to save money on food!


1. Try the Salad Bar! Because you pay by weight, you control how much you will pay. But if you eat salad everyday, you’re going to get bored!

2. Try the Sandwiches! You can purchase satisfying sandwiches for around five bucks. But you might have to wait in line before you can enjoy one!

3. Eat Out! There’s a lot of restaurants in downtown Elmhurst that are a five-minute walk from campus like Chipotle and Meatheads!

4. Attend Events! A lot of events on campus offer free food and sometimes full meals. You might have to R.S.V.P. to some!

5. Bring Lunch from Home! If you’re a commuter, wouldn’t it be nice to brag about your mom’s special cuisines? -Or if you’re a residential student you can make your own lunch after you’ve visited the nearby Kmart or Jewel Osco!

6. Ask Your Friends! Jaypass money does not roll over to the following semester so if your friends have plenty of money left in their jaypass by the end of the semester tell them to not waste their money and instead be nice and spend it on you!

7. Purchase Only the Sides! When you only purchase two sides without an entrée, you’ll be served more of the sides to fill up more of the plate space!

8. $5 Meal Challenge! I’m currently looking more to what Chartwell’s $5 Meal Challenge, I hope it is what is advertised!


Be sure to experiment on your food experience because even though it’s only my first semester of college, I am always looking forward on new ways to spend my time and money. If anything else comes up, I’ll post it in the future.