Author: Nate Bagley

What to give the guy who has everything

I’m kind of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. I’m not a big fan of decorations or snow, and I despise Christmas music. Even worse than the freezing temperatures and tacky, overplayed tunes is the shopping. I can barely bring myself to face the lines at Walmart to shop for groceries. You can only imagine the feeling I get when attempting to find some inane gift for a close friend or family member that is at once thoughtful, within my price range and not something they already have. It’s akin to holly, jolly Chinese water torture. Last year,...

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Ho ho ho, will you marry me?

Christmas is that festive time of year full of nostalgic lights, decorations, magic, music and marriage proposals. More people pop the question, or have it popped on them, during this time of year than any other. This is a huge step in a relationship and as the unofficial voice of romance on campus, this article will assist those looking to not screw it up. Here is a list of some of the worst marriage proposal clichés to avoid if planning to pop the question over the break. Take the restaurant setting. These guys probably think they’re clever and original with their detailed plan to treat their significant other to a romantic dinner at a swanky restaurant ending with a dessert or champagne glass accented by the glittery bling of an engagement ring. To clarify, just because it’s been done in movies doesn’t mean it should be attempted in real life. Even if it works, it’s outrageously tacky. An eating establishment, no matter how nice, is never the place to make a memory that you want to last forever, unless you want your marriage to be associated with bottomless breadsticks. Next we address the failures of the jumbotron option. Anywhere that a jumbotron is present, it’s overwhelmingly probable that a plethora of inebriated hotdog-eating middle-aged men, sweaty athletes and a blaring soundtrack consisting of The Adams Family theme played over...

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How to not suck at sucking face: The kissing guide you always wished you had

Let’s be honest. One of the best parts of dating is getting to kiss on the lips. We all think about it – some of us more than others. It is key to the success of virtually any romantic relationship. There’s so much more to it than pressing your lips against those of another person while wildly moving your head around, mouths agape in an attempt to eat each other’s insides. A good kiss is an art form, and as such, requires some preparation and thought. And that, my friends, brings us to the advice: How to not suck...

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Five things that ruin a date

Since I started writing this dating column a few months ago, the topic of relationships has been a constant topic of discussion. People approach me on a weekly basis and say, “Oh, Nate. You should totally write an article on (insert bad dating habit here). It drives me nuts when people do that on a date!” Ironically, there is an overwhelming consensus on the dating deal-breakers that will upset a potential partner faster than Bill O’Reilly at a Barack Obama Fan Club meeting. Here they are: 1. Texting – Hello phone addicts! You know who you are. You’re the...

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Lunch with President Holland

Recently I stood in the school cafeteria, blankly staring at the daily lunch selection. As I pondered upon what I would choose to nourish and strengthen my body and do it the good it needs, I turned and saw President Holland walk past me. I decided I’d take my chances and position myself behind him in line. Before I could work up the courage to strike up a conversation, he was offering to buy me lunch if I would sit and talk with him. On the outside, I maintained my composure and told him that it wouldn’t be a problem. On the inside I did a mental fist pump of victory. As we sat down to eat, I felt as if I was having lunch with an old friend. I was blown away at how personable and open Holland was. He started by asking me questions about my major, my family, my upbringing and life in general. He asked about problems that I’d seen in the years I’ve been a student here. I said that I felt that both the student body and the various organizations and departments on campus aren’t unified. I told him how I felt like some professors had lost their passion for teaching, and how some of the subject matter can become outdated quickly. I expressed my concerns about a lot of the bureaucratic red...

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