When it comes to money, college students are always trying to find ways to save and stretch their dollar a little further. Students nowadays have so many expenses which makes it hard to save money for recreational activities. There are many different ways to save money in college that most students are unaware of from couponing, using a student ID for food discounts to selling old clothing.
We have all seen or heard about the TLC show “Extreme Couponing” but as college students we are so busy that we do not have time to sit and clip coupons out of the Sunday paper. However, there is an easier way to use coupons without the hassle. Websites like RetailMeNot and coupons.com offer printable coupons. On these websites all you have to do is pick from the categories such as foods, health care, household, restaurants, etc., browse the coupons, select the ones you want and they all print off at the same time. Place them in your wallet and next time you go out for groceries use them to save a couple of dollars, if not more.
Many restaurants in the Nacogdoches area offer student discounts for those who show a student ID. There are are also plenty of restaurants that offer nightly specials that do not require you to be a college student. Ocean Buffet offers a 10 percent discount with student ID, Arby’s offers a 20 percent discount, La Carreta Mexican Restaurant also offers a 10 percent discount to students and CiCi’s Pizza also offers a discount to students who show a college ID.
Other Nacogdoches restaurants that offer nightly specials are:
Textbooks are one of the biggest expenses that students cannot avoid. The easiest way to save money on books is to buy used ones or to rent them. In most cases textbooks are available for rent at half the price you would pay for a new book. The only downside to renting textbooks is that you are unable to sell it back at the end of the semester and you have to keep the book in good condition. Used textbooks can often be found in really good condition so you can save money and at the end of the semester you can sell them back.
A few websites where students can rent, buy and sell textbooks are:
College students are required to write papers all semester and most professors require students to turn in more than one hard copy, which means a great deal of ink and paper. Printer ink can be really expensive, but there are also plenty of ways to save on it.
Here are some local retailers that offer discounts on printer ink:
Thrift stores and consignment shops are good places to shop when on a budget. Clothing at these stores is often in good condition and is sold at really affordable price. Furniture, kitchen items and some electronics can be found at these stores at very reasonable prices.
A few consignment and thrift stores in the Nacogdoches and Lufkin area are:
Consignment shops not only offer clothing, jewelry and furniture for sale at very cheap prices, but also allow customers to bring in lightly used items to sell. The Rose Cottage in Lufkin allows customers to bring in clothing and jewelry, the items are displayed for 90 days and when the items sell, the customer receives 40 percent of the selling price. Kimberley’s Kloset and A Hot Mess also work the same way. For more information on how to consign at these stores, visit their website. If you are home in the Dallas, Austin or Houston area for the holidays a major store that offers cash on the spot for gently used clothing is Plato’s Closet. These stores take trendy young men’s and women’s clothing.
SFA’s Student Activities Association plays movies in the student center almost every week. Student tickets for the SAA movies are only $1 and popcorn, candy and drink deals are only $2. Admission to all SFA sporting events including football games, women’s and men’s basketball games, baseball games and men and women’s soccer games are free to students. Carmike Cinema’s offers $6.50 tickets for movies during their matinee times on Sunday through Thursday, which is $2.75 off of their regular night and weekend prices.
There are other offers that companies offer college students. Apple offers students an eight percent discount on all of their products. HP offers up to a 30 percent savings with their education discount. Amazon Student is a free membership on Amazon which gives students free prime shipping, which includes free 2-day shipping on all orders for six months. They also offer a 50 percent discount for a one year subscription for Amazon prime a total of $39 a year which also includes one Kindle book to “borrow” form the amazon virtual library each month, unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV shows. Sam’s Club also offers student’s a $40 discounted membership to their store which also includes a $15 gift card.
Homecoming week starts this Monday for Stephen F. Austin State University.
The student run organization, Traditions Council, has run homecoming since their formation in 2006. They are responsible for planning and executing a majority of the Homecoming events.
Homecoming court is decided on a point system. Candidates will get points for participating in events in addition to the points they get for popular vote. The top three candidates for Senior King and Queen will then have an interview with a board of faculty and staff members. The interview counts for 25% of the total points, making it the first time that the king and queen will not be solely decided by students.
The Involvement Center is also offering a “board game” style schedule that, once completed, will enter students into a raffle to win 250 dollars or a Kindle Fire. They can pick up the schedule in the Involvement Center. Students take the schedules to the Homecoming Headquarters set up at every event where their “board game” will get the corresponding sticker for that event.
This year’s theme is “Let the Games Begin.” Decorations will go up Sunday night. There will be characters from different games placed throughout the campus.
“Each day will have its own game theme and the decorations will be dispersed across campus,” said Nicole Lejeune, Vice President of Traditions Council.
The themes for each day (in no particular order) are Pokemon, Scrabble, Monopoly, Dominos, Candyland, and Madden.
Monday morning the Homecoming week starts off with Opening Ceremonies at 10 am at Surfin’ Steve. The court candidates will be announced and the fountain water in Surfin’ Steve will be dyed purple. Online voting on Axes, SFA’s new social network, will be open until 5 p.m. To vote online students can go through MySFA. Here is how students can reach online voting.
The organizations competing for the Spirit Organization Award will be announced during the Homecoming Kickoff. Organization boards (ply wood that is decorated by competing organizations) will be presented. The Spirit Organization Award will be decided by a point system just like Homecoming Court. Organizations will gain points by participating in and winning events. Then Kickoff will shift gears. Participating organizations will run game themed tables in the plaza. Students who participate will earn raffle tickets to enter drawings for movies and electronics, like iPod speakers and a printer.
There will be a blood drive starting at 9 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. Organizations and court candidates can give blood or have others give blood in their name to earn points. Physical voting for Homecoming candidates on the plaza will start at 10 a.m. A validated student ID must be presented in order to vote.
The day ends with the Amazing Traditions Race, a campus scavenger hunt. The winning team earns the prize of 100 dollars.
Voting for Homecoming Court on the plaza continues until 2 p.m. when voting is stopped for counting. The campus recreational center invites all students to come by and tie dye a shirt at 4.
Homecoming Court candidates and organizations can gain points by participating and winning in the ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership Honor Society) Trivia Bowl at 5. Groups of 4 to 5 students compete against each other in a battle to see who knows the most trivia.
The organizations will be competing with each other once again at 2 p.m. on the plaza for the Big Event Food Drive Build. All through the week organizations will be turning in cans for the food drive into the Involvement Center. They will use those cans to build an object pertaining to the theme selected by the judges.
At 5 o’clock the Homecoming Court will be revealed at the Cheer Competition/Court Reveal in the Grand Ballroom. There will be ten students in the court, a duke and a duchess from each class plus a king and queen from the senior class. After the court is reveled organizations will compete by performing their cheer in order to obtain more points in the race for the Spirit Organization Award.
The day starts off with two golf tournaments hosted by the Alumni Association. The tournament for traditional golf will be held at 10:30 in the morning while the tournament of disc (Frisbee) golf will be held at 2 in the afternoon.
At 8:30 p.m. the torch light parade will begin. Glow sticks will be handed out to students. The king and queen and the court will lead the parade with a torch in hand. They will march from Surfin’ Steve down Raguet Street to Starr. From Starr they will head towards the intramural fields to the spot where the bonfire will be held.
After the bonfire is lit there will be a Bonfire Pep-Rally. During the pep rally Lumberjack’s head football coach J.C. Harper will come and talk to all the students and the winner of the Spirit Organization Award will be announced.
At 9:30 after the pep rally local Texas Country star, Aaron Watson, will hold a concert on the intramural fields, hosted by Student Activities Association.
The final day of the Homecoming week starts at 8 in the morning with a 5k run at the parking lot behind Schlief Tennis Complex on the corner of Wilson and Starr.
Then at 10 o’clock the Homecoming parade will be held on Main Street downtown. Campus and local organizations along with the Homecoming Court will be on floats supporting their organizations and local businesses.
The final event of homecoming will be the football game at 3 in the afternoon as the SFA Lumberjacks face the Nicholls State University Colonels. The Lumberjacks come into the game as the favorite. Lumberjacks are 2-4 (1-1 in conference) while the Colonels are 1-5 (0-2 in conference). Both teams are coming off a game from the same opponent. Lumberjacks played Sam Houston Bearkats on October 6th and lost by eight points. This past weekend the Colonels faced off against the Bearkats and lost 41-0. During half time the homecoming court will be introduced a final time to all those present at the game.
For a full schedule of all the events and information or forms to register for the parade visit the Involvement Center or Homecoming web page at http://www.sfasu.edu/studentaffairs/94.asp.
SFA’s Catholic women’s sorority, Kappa Upsilon Sigma, welcomed twelve new pledges to their organization this fall semester.
Kappa Upsilon Sigma is a spiritual, service and social sorority. The sorority is made up of twenty-three members and two SFA faculty advisers.
Throughout the semester the ladies of Kappa plan social events with other organizations at SFA’s St. Mary’s Catholic Campus ministry, participate in spiritual activities and spend time working with their philanthropy, Heartbeat Pregnancy Center of Nacogdoches.
Each semester the active members of the sorority vote on a pledge master for the next semester. This semester Kappa had two pledge masters, sophomores Sara Matassa and Mikayla Mock. This is the first time that the sorority has had two pledge masters.
“Having two pledge masters has been a great idea, you have to find a balance and communicate well with one another,” co-pledge master Mikayla Mock said. “We both contribute in ideas and it especially helps to have two people when you have a busy schedule.”
The pledge masters are in charge of recruiting new girls, organizing the activities for rush week. They also plan other activities for the pledges throughout the semester.
“As a pledge master, my job is to motivate girls to join Kappa Upsilon Sigma,” Mock said. “I have to promote to girls that our sorority is a welcoming organization founded on a strong sisterhood bond and on the Catholic faith.”
The pledge masters developed the theme “Faith Strong, Kappa Strong” which they incorporated throughout their rush week which took place the second week of September.
“We wanted this theme to not only apply to the week, but possibly throughout the whole semester,” Mock said. “Our mission was to uplift girls and remind them of their strength as women in their faith and how they can find strength in a sorority.”
The process to joining Kappa is different from the process that girls go through to join Panhellenic sororities. The process to joining the sorority is different than that of Panhellenic sororities. The difference is that Kappa does not choose the girls they want in their sorority. They allow any girls attending SFA to join their organization.
Kappa uses different methods to recruit girls. During the second week of school, active Kappa members set up a table inside the student center and pass out informational flyers. The girls also have a table set up during all of the summer freshman orientations and during SFA’s Involvement fair.
Girls who are interested in becoming a part of Kappa are invited to attend the interest meeting. Potential members attend the interest meeting where they meet the officers and current members of Kappa and are given a brief history of the sorority.
Rush week takes place a week after the interest meeting. Rush consists of a week full of social and spiritual activities that give potential members an opportunity to get to know the active Kappa members and to learn more about the sorority. This week also gives the potential members an opportunity to interact and bond with each other.
During rush week this semester, the pledge masters put together a “Meet and Eat” dinner, a movie night and a Mary Kay make-up session given by one of the advisers. The spiritual activities included praise and worship, attending weekday mass and praying the rosary. Each of the pledges was given a hair bow and a rosary that the pledge masters made themselves.
Rush week ends with a “pledge ceremony” where girls pledge the sorority, after this the pledge semester officially begins. During the pledge semester the pledges attend all of the Kappa events and meetings with active members and also have their own “pledge outings.”
“We plan on taking the pledges on “pledge outings” such as going to the movies, bowling, playing mini golf, going to the park, having sleepovers and going shopping,” Mock said.
Pledges also attend their own meetings conducted by the pledge masters, during their pledge meetings they learn more about the history of the sorority, the Kappa prayer and the sorority symbols. During the pledge semester, the pledges are also required to interview each active member separately. This gives the pledges an opportunity to learn more about the actives.
Like panhellenic sororities, Kappa also carries out the “big sis” and “little sis” tradition. The pledges are considered “littles” and the actives are called “bigs.” Each pledge has a big, which is kept a secret until later in the semester. Throughout the pledge semester the pledges receive different secret gifts from their big.
The pledges find out who their “big” is during Induction. Induction is the final step to officially becoming a member of the sorority, this is an over-night event also hosted by the pledge masters. Induction always takes place towards the end of the semester.
Kappa has other traditions similar to those of some Panhellenic sororities. During home football games, Kappa puts out their wooden letters and the girls all sit together by them. Another tradition they carry out are paddles. Both the “littles” and “bigs” decorate paddles for each other; these are typically exchanged in December during the Kappa formal.
“This semester I am most looking forward to the transformation of Kappa,” says Mock, “The new pledges have such great personalities; I cannot wait to watch them grow and blossom through our sorority.”
Currently Kappa is holding a “diaper drive” for their philanthropy. The sorority is asking for donations of baby items, they have boxes set up at various churches around town as well as at the Catholic student center. Later in the semester they will also be working with Habitat for Humanity and are planning a purity retreat for young girls at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Although Kappa Upsilon Sigma is a Catholic based sorority, members are not required to be Catholic. Kappa welcomes girls from all different backgrounds. The next rush week will be held at the beginning of the spring semester. For more information on Kappa or other organizations at St. Mary’s Campus Ministry visit www.sfacatholic.net.
On an early Friday morning, while most prepare to put an end to a busy week, a few hundred vendors brace themselves for a busy weekend setting up their booths for the Nacogdoches Trade Days event. Nacogdoches Trade Days is a flea market where on every third weekend of each month members of the community, out-of-towners and yes – even SFA students are able to sell trinkets, knickknacks, clothing and other items for profit. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. vendors are set up awaiting customers at their booths.
Although Nacogdoches Trade Days has been operating for over 22 years, owners Arnold Montes Jr. and Frank Rodriguez Jr., first cousins, have “successfully” ran their business for over eight years.
“[It] had already been started,” Montes said, “we just took it over.” Montes explained that when the two bought the land there was only a small acre of Trade Day’s property on both sides of the street as well as an empty car lot. That empty car lot has now become Piney Woods Motor Company, another business owned by the duo. A single lot is 12 feet by 25 feet deep and cost only $35 for rental. ”We typically have about 100 to 125 vendors for the event,” Montes said. With the exception of dogs, cats and alcohol, vendors are allowed to sell anything from clothing, jarred foods, furs and furniture. ”There are always lots of garage sale type items here,” he said.
There is no age limit for vendors nor is there a limit to how many items a vendor may sell, only a sales tax number is required. Montes explained that vendors can get a sales tax id from www.sba.gov and the id will permit vendors to sell their items legally.
”We police things here so that everything goes smoothly.” Montes said. Friday is usually the ”set-up day” for most vendors.
John Smith of Waco walked the lot inspecting the property to “see what he was in for.” Though he was a first time vendor for the Trade Days event, Smith said he was a “veteran in the flea market business.” He had been selling in the flea markets since 1983 and always makes successful sales. Smith had also heard that Trade Days was “one of the best” flea markets around and was assured that he would turn a large profit.
“I bring my own equipment,” Smith said. “There are over $2,500 worth of items I’m bringing here.” Smith’s equipment consists of an assortment of home repair tools and vehicle parts. He exclaimed that his booth is always the first to be set up at other flea markets. “I have a good system in how I do things,” Smith said, “I cannot tell you what it is though, it is a secret,” he said jokingly.
Montes explained that they are a very family-oriented business, “This is a place where many families come out, have a good time, and hopefully pick up a few things that they like.” Montes proclaimed that the crowds vary each day but Saturday is the day you really want to come.“That is the day where you will see the largest crowd,” he said.
This is the one and only location and here you will find one of a kind things. Montes will be sure to tell you that they are “not like any other.”
Nacogdoches Trade Days is located on 1304 N.W. Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75965. To inquire about becoming a vendor, contact Arnold Montes at 936-675-4099.
Some time in the 1970’s a rumor developed that stated, “If you go into the Stone Fort Museum you will not graduate.” The myth is exists to this day and is common knowledge to SFA students.
The Stone Fort Museum opened to the public on the Stephen F. Austin campus in Nacogdoches Texas in 1936. The Stone Fort is a replica of the original Stone House built by Antonio Gil Y’Barbo in the late 1700s.
Y’Barbo was one of many citizens forced out of East Texas by the Spanish Crown’s New Regulations of 1772. Y’Barbo travelled down to Mexico City to try and reverse the new law and was eventually allowed to return to East Texas. Five years after being forced to abandon his home he had helped around 350 people to resettle in a town called “Neustra del Pilar de Nacogdoches,” now known as Nacogdoches.
Y’Barbo built the Stone House and used it as a store where he sold goods to the townspeople. Y’Barbo sold the Stone House in the very early 1800’s to Jose de la Bega. From that time until its destruction in 1902, the house was used as a “grocery store, restaurant, lawyers office, courthouse, cobbler shop, jail, military barracks, saloon, and a fortification” (Stone Fort Museum).
The Stone House was never meant to be a fort and did not inherit that nickname until the mid 1800’s when the owner of the building named his saloon “The Stone Fort.”
In 1901 the Perkins family purchased the building and eventually had it torn down. A women’s group known as Cum Concilio Club rescued the bricks of the building and dumped them in a vacant lot where they sat for about five years. In 1907 the club used the bricks to build a memorial building. It was used as a library, museum, and a meeting place for local clubs and teachers.
A more accurate replica of the Stone Fort was built on the SFA campus in October of 1936. This replica is used as a museum to showcase east Texas history.
The Stone Fort Museum staff is currently taking down “Cornerstones of the Community: African American History in Eastern Texas” and preparing for an exhibit on George Louis Crockett, an East Texas preacher.
Before the Stone Fort Museum was built SFA had a certain fascination with the Stone Fort. The Stone Fort is the namesake for Stephen F. Austin State University yearbook. In fact, the 1924, the very first yearbook was titled ‘Stone Fort.’
Despite the myth (about not graduating) being proven wrong, most students still refuse to enter the museum until they graduate. Sunshine Kemp, junior, and radio/television major said that she is not going to enter until she graduates because school is hard enough as it is, she doesn’t need a curse working against her as well.
“I’ve been wanting to visit since freshman year, but due to tradition, you just don’t go. So, in a few months, I look forward to walking across the stage and right into the fort.” Said Katy Macrae, senior and film major.
However, there are some students who denounce the curse.
“I’m graduating in December. Everything is set in stone. The curse does not exist.” Said Monica Mayfield, senior Education major and Stone Fort student employee (as she stood inside the stone fort).
“If you’re going to be in a city, the best thing to do is learn about the history of it… The stone fort is very instrumental in Nacogdoches history. People should learn more than just Nacogdoches history, they should learn about East Texas history and the Stone Fort Museum is full of it.” Said Julissa Lopez, junior, communications major and Stone Fort student employee.
Information on the Museum
Their hours are
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
You can find out more information about the Stone Fort Museum at their website: http://www.sfasu.edu/stonefort/
All information was obtained from the Stone Fort Museum, Curator Carolyn A. Spears, and the museum website (listed above).
The student center cafeteria made some changes over the summer break; returning students were surprised to see that the cafeteria had knocked out a wall, rearranged some of the food stations, and added an express feature.
Over the summer the dinning services decided to get rid of the glass wall on the south side of the student center that separated a carpeted room from the rest of the cafeteria.
“The setup in that room was not conducive to students using it.” said Marvin Grand, Senior Service Director, so they remodeled.
In previous years there were long tables in the south side room with not much room to sit or allow people to pass through. This year they moved those long tables to different parts of the cafeteria and put the ”4-top” or square tables in the room instead. The smaller tables and more accessible room have allowed for students to be more comfortable when choosing to sit there.
“We actually are seeing that room being utilized more and more everyday,” said Grand.
Over the summer the food moved as well. The substation traded places with the make-your-own pasta station. The substation is now next to the pizza while the make your own pasta is located in the middle island next to the salad bar. New to the substation is the ability to toast your sub. Pre-made pasta has disappeared from the student center cafeteria and pre-made subs have taken its place.
The buffalo sauce, the spicy mustard, and other sauces had disappeared from the student center cafeteria, but reappeared a couple weeks into the school year. Other than those changes the student center cateferia food remains the same. There is still an extensive salad bar, the same cereal options, pizza, grilled cheese, veggie burgers, desserts, and the usual rotation of food.
The Real Food on Campus (RFoC) Express
Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the RFoC Express option that debuted this fall. Students can grab an entree, two sides, and a drink without having to wait in cafeteria lines. The entrees are usually six inch subs, wraps, or salads, while the sides consist of side salads or fruits/vegetables, and the drink is your choice of the standard cafeteria fountain drinks.
The only catch is that you can’t have a white to-go box and an RFoC Express option, but this has not become an issue for most people. Nicole Lejeune, senior Pre-Vet Student, said that she was really excited about it, and admitted shortly thereafter that she was probably more excited than she should be. She’s not the only one happy about the express option. According to Grand, students’ feedback is positive. Nevertheless the RFoC Express gives students more opportunity to eatwhile staying on the move.
RFoC Express was inspired by the students’ feedback of the cafeteria. Two times a year dinning services does a dining style survey. They found that a concern for students was the long lines at the Student Center Cafeteria. So they created the RFoC express.
“You no longer have to wait in line with a to-go box to get food,” said Grand.
In the past students on the go had to rely on the restaurants in the student center, like Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, and the C store, for fast food. While these options maybe quick and appealing to most students, they lack in nutrition and deplete a student’s bank account or dining dollars quickly. The RFoC Express gives students their food with the same speed fast food restaurants give them, but with healthier, albeit less, options.
In addition to the changes made to the student center cafeteria Dining Services has introduced an unlimited drinks program. Students can buy unlimited fountain drinks for a hefty price. $130 is what it cost a student to have any fountain drink they want from any of the SFA dining retail locations anytime those places are open.
This means that students can walk up to any retail store, like Chick-fil-A or Zoca, show them their unlimited drink pass, and they will give the student a cup to fill up with any fountain drink available. However, students cannot go into the cafeteria to redeem their unlimited drinks offer, nor can they redeem it on bottled beverages from the C-Store.
The idea was that students would be able to treat the student center like a cruise or disneyland. At these places you just buy a cup and you can have as much to drink as you want. The advantage for SFA students is they don’t even have to carry a cup.
“It’s not a bad idea, but it’s a little expensive,” said Jesus Tobias, senior and biology major.
Most students agree. According to Grand, only about ten people have signed up for it the last time he looked. That number includes students, faculty, and staff. So while Senior Jesus Tobias and most of the school are unimpressed, a few people are.
“It’s good for right now when it is hot, but when it cools down people are going to want something hot. I wouldn’t use it anymore.” Carmen Stanley, junior and Radio/TV major.
She is right; there are no hot drinks included in this program. However, since we live in Texas, cold weather won’t come until January.
Did You Know
Another service the cafeteria offers is the ability to look up what each cafeteria is serving. This option has been available for around five years, but is not well known. Here is how you get there.
go to this link http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSSW/StephenFAustin
or go to
On the left side of the screen you will see Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Clicking on these will allow students to answer the old and profound questions of, “What’s for dinner?”
Since the dining style surveys started, they have only gotten better according to Grand.
“We are a solutions provider. We manage services… but we also try to come up with solutions,” said Grand.
Surveys matter. The dining services department is always trying to improve student experience, so if you get a survey be honest with your critique and you might just get what you want.