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Hunger Pains

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I’ve mentioned before how I can’t hold my focus when I’m hungry. This usually means that if I’m sitting through more than a couple hours of class, its a smart move on my part to have a snack on hand!

Sometimes I’ll pack something simple like a small container of grapes or a banana. Sometimes I’ll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an egg sandwich. For the days I’m on campus all day, I’ll pack a lunchbox full of things (leftovers, instant oatmeal, fruit, etc.)! And sometimes I’m lazy the night before and walk to Subway instead. Eat a big breakfast, snag some hummus and pretzel chips from the Student Union, and a foot long can last me lunch and dinner! I’ve noticed that not letting myself get too hungry is really crucial around seven, the beginning of my three hour evening class. If I don’t eat something then, by eight o’clock I just want to bang my head into things! There’s nothing wrong with the class, besides being long, and I do like the professor a lot. But ugh, who wants to hear about the War with Mexico when your stomach hurts and your head hurts and ugh! You see what I mean?

Surely I can’t be the only person who has this problem! The point of this, really, was to ask you guys a few questions. :) How do you handle your hunger pains? Do you pack foods? If you do, what sort? Or do you rely on the student union and it’s row of snack machine? Or do you venture further off campus and eat at one of the many surrounding restaurants? Please, share your wisdom with me! I’ve got to admit, I’m tired of eating Subway or croissant sandwiches whenever I forget to pack food, haha. Our email is, I’m looking forward to your replies.

Time Flies

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I cannot believe this. I feel like the semester started but a couple of weeks ago, only to end my American History class with the announcement that in two weeks, we’re taking our Midterm! How did it get to be midterm time already? I suppose that this means its time to crack down on the studying. Thats the thing about history classes, there’s just so much to remember.

Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying my Wednesdays on campus all day. This past Monday I made the awesome discovery that the Smoothie King in the library now sells hummus with pretzel chips. For those of you who are unsure of what this is, hummus is a dip/spread made of chickpeas and other vegetables. They have classic hummus, hummus with chili peppers, and hummus with garlic. There’s actually more than enough in the package, too! This pulled me through to lunch today, and I was glad to spread my leftovers on a sandwich. I thought that was pretty cool. Another cool thing is the Wednesday markets. Today, I tried some of the food sold at these booths, and it was really good! Home-made, affordable, and delicious. Just the way I like my food, haha.

Do you guys eat on campus very often? There are a lot of options available, right at your fingertips! There are also a lot of restaurants surrounding the school, many of them within walking distance. Do you have any suggestions or favorite places to visit? Share them with us in an email to!

Fall Frolic: Bradenton Style

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Wow, Fall Frolic… The sounds of excitement and music fill the air. There are many clubs on campus eager for student involvement. Many special interests are being represented today, as I look through the crowd from behind the ‘Brain Bowl’ table, I see avenues in Science, Law, Mathematics, and Joy. Mostly joy, its the common thread. The smiles are everywhere and the live band

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is jamming out tunes that you can’t resist dancing to… not even sitting down. To spice things up Phi Beta Lambda is serving up coffee and doughnuts with their sign-up sheets, raising money for the cause.

Showing a club memberships can put an extra sparkle on your transfer application, to a higher institution, or when designing your resume. I love to see interesting things about people and I imagine that you can show a bit of personality by presenting what you find interesting, grabbing that communicative edge.

Here for the students are the Student Ambassadors! These awesome people lend a helping hand any time special events or volunteer opportunities come up, giving these student representatives a chance to get points towards tuition.

Speaking of interesting, the math club is exuding it’s calm-and-cool intellect into the crowd grabbing choice attention with the clean and prepared appeal. In the distance the science club is dazzling students with 21st century accomplishment, but also suggesting how to become part of the whole thing.

Oh… they started serving food! 25 cent pizza? woah! talk about being in the right place at the right time.

p.s.- You have got to check out the Sand Art crew… that is interactive.

If you have questions about student life at SCF, admissions or enrollment, e-mail us at

More Quirks

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     I was sitting in the student union one day near the start of this semester, probably eating chili.   Next thing I turn around and noticed a large, flat-screen television hoisted on the wall above the ATM.  This seemed like quite an upgrade of technology and it piqued my curiosity.  Then a few weeks later I saw one in the Academic Resource Center.  It turns out they’re a multi-functional educator.  They’re called Electronic Dispatch for Emergency and Academic Notices.  I probably would have given it a name you didn’t need to look at ten times before writing it down.  Perhaps ‘MCC News Television’, or even easier ‘MCC TV.’  Nonetheless, these EDEAN machines let the students know simple things like the time, weather, news articles from around the world and MCC sporting events.  They also inform students of emergencies like hurricanes and other important information for our lives.
  Now that I have imparted one more quirk about MCC Venice to you, I will leave you one last tidbit: the cafe doesn’t serve soup anymore.  You have to wait until next winter… and I miss the chili.

Second Chance

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If you’re like me and the other 99% of the world population there are often times when you get hungry. My high school graduation was a great moment since I told myself I would never try High School food again. Needless to say, High School left me with a negative outlook on school food. However, once I discovered the Lancer Café at MCC, my perspective on the matter changed drastically. I can actually remember the first time I approached the cafe lady. 

“Well hello there, young man! How can I assist you today?” She asked.                    

“W-well, I’m sort of new and I don’t know where the line starts…” I spat out nervously, realizing how novice I sounded. 

“Well you order here, and then get rung up over there. Our specials are: this, this, and this. I would recommend…..THIS, made by yours truly.” she said with a big warm smile. 

“Then I’ll have that!” I said. 

She was very helpful and made me feel right at home. Moments later, after being rung up an the register, I took my first bite of what was then “The Meal of the Day”. All of a sudden, I could taste a gallimaufry of flavors, seasonings and spices that I had never experienced in school… maybe Carrabba’s, but never school. So if you feel that school food deserves a second chance, I would highly recommend trying the Lancer Café located in Buildings 14 and 500, The Student Union. Since then, I have become a frequent client there. If you’re lucky, you might even meet my favorite lunch lady (who’s name I cannot disclose for privacy issues), but one thing is for sure, it’s hard to eat only once.


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Whether it’s before class, during or after I’m sure most of us find ourselves getting hungry while on campus. The Lancer Cafe has good food at a reasonable price and a nice variety…including a salad bar, sandwiches, pizza, etc. I have eaten lunch in the cafeteria a few times and all of my visits were good. I’ve never heard any complaints and the staff is always friendly.

One of the things I like the most is that they take debit cards, which is convenient and fast. The cafe on the Bradenton campus is in the Student Union (Bldg. 14) and they are open Mon.-Thurs. from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Fri. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The summer hours are Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The cafe on the Venice campus is also in the Student Union (Bldg. 500). The hours remain the same as the Bradenton campus during the fall and spring terms, but the summer hours on the Venice campus are 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

I have found that the cafe is also good place to study in groups while grabbing something to eat at the same time.  Don’t forget if you’re in a hurry and just need to grab a quick snack there are always the vending machines which are accessible in many campus buildings year round. So stop in the Lancer Cafe and get some fuel for your brain!