Play PokerSue B. and Towers are famous – or infamous – for their regular poker games. These are great ways to have fun without leaving the dorm, and it’s always easy to find new players. However, one can only play five-card draw a few thousand times before it gets boring. Next time you play, why not try a variation on the game? Seven-card stud is a simple alternative, and it’ll get you some good practice for the low-stakes tables at Niagara Falls. A fun variation on seven-card stud is Baseball, where threes and nines are wild, and getting dealt a four gets you an extra card. Another very popular variation are the Hold-’em variations. Texas gives each player two down cards and shares five down cards among the players. Each shared card is turned over one at a time, with a round of bets after each one. The Omaha variation does the same but gives each player four cards. Visit http://www.cardgamerules.homestead.com/Poker_Rules.html for more details.
Make SnowflakesWhy not decorate your room to make it a fun place to hang out? An easy, inexpensive way to beautify your small space is by making your own snowflakes. First, cut out the diamond shape to the left. Then fold corner A to corner C. You should have a right triangle with the right angle pointing down. Fold corner D to corner B. You should now have another right triangle with the hypotenuse on your right. Fold the bottom corner – corner AC – up and to the right, so the edge of the fold bisects the right angle. Fold the top corner – corner BD – down so the edge falls onto the edge of the last fold. It should look like an ice cream cone with two triangles poking out. Now take a scissors and off the top triangles, across the top of the ice cream cone. Now you are ready to make your own unique snowflake! Make cuts into the ice cream cone. Experiment with different shapes and sizes. The more cuts you make, the more intricate your snowflake will become. Unfold and voila! Instant snow! Not that there isn’t enough outside.
Watch odd moviesSometimes the best cure for escaping an enclosed space is through a “great” movie. Several movies have achieved cult status, as indicated by their strange and usually inexplicable number of fans. The following three movies come highly recommended for small groups of friends to view. You should have no problem finding them amongst the collections of your friends.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Classic. The film follows – or kind of follows – the tales of the historic Knights of the Roundtable. This low-budget British comedy is jam packed with all types of randomness. Even if you are not a fan of British humor, there is at least one thing for everyone to laugh about.
Animal House: Frats, booze, a toga party – it could be UR or any other college, which is why “Animal House” is a must-see. The story follows a fraternity house and its battle against the dean of the college, who is trying to kick the frat off campus for good. The boys seek revenge to protect their brotherhood and hilarious antics ensue!
Zoolander: Relatively new to the college cult movie circuit, Zoolander’s fan-base has been growing thanks to the comedic personalities of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The pair play two international supermodels, pitted against each other as enemies who must join forces to stop the evil fashion designer Mugato – played perfectly by Will Ferrell.
Surf the ‘netIf you can’t gather any of your hallmates to join in an activity, play some games one on one with your computer. I’m not talking high tech RPGs here – flash based Web site games are entertaining enough to save an afternoon or evening from boredom.Yahoo! Games: Can’t find a second, third or fourth for euchre? Yahoo! Games is your solution. Sign up for a free account and you can find yourself playing with people from Alaska to Sweden. http://games.yahoo.com.Homestarrunner: Homestarrunner.com is becoming the college cult favorite of the Internet. The cartoon site acts as a home for its characters. The highlight are responses by character Strong Bad to e-mails from his fans. Witty, grammatically correct and off the wall, Strong Bad’s E-mails will have you tipping back in your school-provided wooden chair. http://homestarrunner.com.Orsinal: Don’t waste all these games in one night! Orsinal has taken familiar animated web games and put creative twists on them. Give them a try – I’m sure you’ll get addicted to at least one. Try “Fishball” or “Firedragon.” http://ferryhalim.com/orisinal.