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Campus Life’s Guide to a happy, healthy summer

When you’re studying for exams, sometimes all you can think of are the days of summer freedom ahead of you just waiting to be filled with exciting events. However, when summer actually rolls around, it seems that many of our lives are filled with jobs and lying on the couch watching re-runs of Friends. Consider this your saviour — the ultimate guide to summer activities, goals, drinks and cures for your woes. You always said you would make your summer worthwhile — now’s your chance.

By Lorraine Forster
Gazette Staff

As easy as it is to head down to the nearest beach and bake for a few hours in the sun’s rays, why not be adventurous this summer? Try something you’ve never done before and you may discover a new passion you never knew you had. Here are The Gazette’s suggestions. Some are wacky, some are tame, but all of them get you out of the groove you may be forming on your couch.

1. Participate in a triathlon.
For those of you who are less athletically inclined, a triathlon is an athletic event in which participants compete without stopping in three successive events, usually long-distance swimming, bicycling and running. If you’re looking to get into shape or you just have competitive blood running through your veins, you can contact a number of triathlon clubs to enroll in an event. They also offer training and support for athletes of all levels. Here are a few to check out:

The UWO Triathlon Club, now accepting registrations for summer 2004 (www.uwotriclub.com).
The C3 Canadian Cross Training Club in Inglewood, Ontario (for those of you in the GTA): www.c3online.ca.

2. Host a lavish dinner party for your friends.
Make everyone dress up and get out of those flip flops and horrible faded jean shorts for a night. To class up the event even more, serve champagne and hors d’oeuvres and speak with a French accent. Incroyable!

Here’s an easy, yet classy idea for hors d’oeuvres:

Caviar Canapés

5 thin slices firm, white sandwich bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 to 3 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
1 ounce caviar (preferably osetra caviar)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush bread with melted butter and cut out approximately 20 1 1/2- to 2-inch circles with round cookie cutter; arrange, buttered sides up, on a large baking sheet. Bake in middle of oven approximately 7 to 10 minutes or until pale golden. Remove from oven and cool completely.

To prepare, top each toast round with creme fraiche or sour cream spread thin (don’t use too much creme fraiche or sour cream as the flavor of the caviar will get lost); top with caviar. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve, but don’t let sit too long as bread toasts will become soft.

Makes 20 canapés.

3. The fate of Canada is in your hands.
Head to the polls on June 28 and show those politicians what you want. Don’t know how to vote? Call Elections Canada at 1-800 INFO - VOTE or visit http://www.muchmusic.com/events/muchvote04/howtovote/ for information on how to register.

4. Instead of catching up on your trashy romance novel reading this summer, why not write one of your own?
Novelist Toni Morrison once said, “if there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So what are you waiting for? For help on how to get started on your bestseller, visit http://www.peacecorpswriters.org/pages/depts/resources/
resour_writers/100daysbook/bk100da.html. It shows you how you can write a novel in 100 days and takes you day by day through all the steps of novel writing.

5. Arm yourself with a credit card and see what wild and crazy items you can find for sale on the Internet.
Aside from your basic eBay purchases, there are many wacky things to buy on the Internet. Here are some unusual online shopping sites where you can spend your summer paycheques on totally useless things:

Mullet wigs — business in the front, party in the back:
Lobster grams — what better way to show someone you love them:
And the number one weirdest thing you can buy on the Internet is:
Owl Puke — kids can dissect this pellet of owl puke and find out what’s inside: www.amazon.com

6. Write to your local paper about a current event, a political controversy or just anything that’s on your mind and see if they publish your thoughts.
Since The Gazette is done for the summer, you can write to The London Free Press. They welcome and read all letters, but reserve the right to publish them. Make sure to include your full name or surname and two initials, address and day-time telephone number. Try to keep it under 200 words.
E-mail: letters@lfpress.com
Fax: 1-519-667-4528.

7. The Olsen twins did it so why can’t you? Start your own business and someday you may just find yourself as the host of the next Apprentice.
Whether you have your sights set on making millions or you’re just starting up a lemonade stand, starting your own business is a great way to break out of the retail or landscaping rut that most students find themselves in when looking for a summer job. The easy to use www.entrepreneur.com has all of the tips you’ll need to start your business and keep it running.

8. Get blender happy and wow your friends and family with your smoothie-making skills.
There’s nothing better on a scorching summer day than kicking back in the sun with a cool smoothie. The many exotic summer fruits available this season offer a wide range of smoothie combos, so throw some frozen fruit and juice into a blender and see what you come up with. My personal favourite is a combination of frozen strawberries, kiwis, milk and vanilla yogurt.

9. Use someone else’s trash as your treasure.
The only thing better than finding a bargain is finding a whole store full of bargains. Value Village offers designer duds, used books and CDs and even furniture and appliances for almost nothing.

10. Once you’ve found great bargains at Value Village, try getting things for free.
Sites like www.thefreesite.com and www.coolfreebielinks.com offer free samples of everything from razors to Jelly Belly candies. Try writing to your companies, tell them you’d like to sample their products and see what comes your way.



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