Only in Boulder…

The mantra "there's no place like Boulder" is frequently heard in this part of Colorado. Some of the best evidence for this claim lies in the events that are unique to Boulder County. Whether it be enjoying an Irish Car Bomb at Conor O'Neil's on St. Patrick's Day or running in the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, no tenure in Boulder is complete without experiencing all of the events below.

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Step 2: Pack lightly!

Looking around your old room and trying to decipher what to pack up and take to the dorms can be more than difficult. The process can be stressful, but this guide will explain all of the dos and don'ts to packing for the dorms. Advice from first-year freshman will help ease some of your anxiety.

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Step 1: Learn to love your roommate

As a freshman everyone has a roommate. This person may be someone you love and have known your whole life or a psychotic stranger. Either way, both of you have to make the best of living together. According to some Sewall resident assistants, frequent problems that come up with incoming freshman are things like not giving each other enough personal space, not being considerate of noise and light in the room, and being sensitive to sharing each other's things.

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Making the most of the meal plan

"Fine dining" and "college campus" are typically diametrically opposed statements. But CU thankfully offers a variety of eats to suit even the pickiest of palettes. The dining halls are scattered across campus, with each offering its own specialty to set it apart from the pack.

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Avoiding dorm food – on the college kid's budget

Students may have extra-skinny wallets after buying textbooks, clickers and computer software for school, but that doesn't mean they can't get an affordable bite to eat once in a while. For Hayden John-Williams, a sophomore philosophy and political science major, there's always a place on the Hill to get a cheap sub.

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Hittin' the Books

Here's a tip to college studying that may double, triple or even quadruple your productivity: leave the dorms. Get out. Find another location to take on your studies. A dorm room only allows you to be vulnerable to such distractions as hallway squirt gun fights, your neighbor's band practices, or the not-so-inconspicuous party going on in room 311.

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Still going strong

It's difficult to match the energy of screaming high schoolers being filmed for MTV's "Super Sweet 16," but a sold-out Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on Tuesday gave The Format a welcome they would not soon forget. After independently releasing their new album, "Dog Problems," in early July, The Format has been hard at work promoting their most recent project.

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Getting from point A to point B, Boulder style

Getting around in Boulder can be bothersome. Parking can be tremendously expensive and with skyrocketing gas prices, having a car in Boulder is becoming rarer among the student population. With this handy guide to public transportation in Boulder, you won't have to worry about such things, allowing you to focus on .

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New shopping hub slated to open in October

Boulder's city center will no longer be a pile of dirt once the construction of Twenty Ninth Street, Boulder's newest outdoor retail district, is finished. Twenty Ninth Street is located on 29th Street between Arapahoe and Walnut and is scheduled to open on October 13, coinciding with CU's parent weekend.

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Keeping your weight low, energy high

Making the transition from high school to college is often accompanied by the dreaded Freshman 15. Many high school athletes stop participating in sports once they get to college, drinks like soda and beer pack in tons of extra calories and mom is not there saying "eat your vegetables.

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