By Thea Di Giammerino, Daily Free Press Staff Writer
What do stock tickers, a water bubbler, and dark rooms have in common? They’re all things BU students said they would donate to the school if they had $100,000.
The question was inspired by Harvard Law School alum William Falik, who, according to bostinno.com, recently donated $100,000 to his Alma matter and asked that he receive a restroom in his name.
“It’s really funny to donate a bathroom,” said College of Engineering sophomore Yvonne Wei. “I would donate money to a general fund – money is the most direct way to help a school.”
Wei said if she had to choose, she would donate money to expand the W. Bradford Ingalls Engineering Resource Center, engineers’ only 24-hour study area.
“We spend the entire night there sometimes,” she said, “and we need more room.”
College of Communication junior Tom Vellner and School of Management sophomore Nikita Virani also thought of their specific schools.
“I would donate to COM – make it look like less of a high school, update it a little,” Vellner said.
He also said he would bring dark rooms back to the building.
“I would love to see film put back in,” he said.
Virani voted for stock tickers, a suggestion she said was “super nerdy.”
“You know how in other schools they have a room with stock tickers on the walls?” she said. “I would want my name on that.”
Virani also said if she had to pick something less serious, she would want to bring a Panera to the GSU.
“I just really love Panera and it would be funny to have my name next to a Panera sign,” she said.
The water bubbler, better known to some as water fountains, was from College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Emily Cardenas.
“They’re too high for me – I don’t know who they’re made for,” she said. “We could use new ones.”
And then there were some students who said Falik had it right.
“It’s funny [to ask for a restroom], but it’s a good idea,” said ENG sophomore Audrey Lewis. “CAS could use new bathrooms.”
By Staff Writer Thea Di Giammerino
Boston University offers its students their choice of five dining halls, 22 restaurants and two delivery pizza places that work with various dining plans. But everyone has that one day when, clad in a T-shirt, sweats and slippers, you can’t make yourself walk out the door.
For students living in most of the dorm buildings on campus, the only approved cooking device is the 600-watt microwave that comes with a MicroFridge rental. But fear not – dining-in doesn’t have to be all ramen noodles and Hot Pockets. Some students on campus are getting creative – and the results sound delicious.
For something easy, stick with an old favorite Kraft Easy Mac, but mix up the sauce. You can heat red sauce in a microwave-safe cup, or you can get ambitious and make your very own cheese sauce. Here’s one recipe my own mother taught me years ago:
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a bowl (this should take about 30 seconds).
- Add 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of cheese and salt to taste.
- Cook on high 3-4 minutes, then serve over pasta
If you want something a little more gourmet, Alex Yellin, College of Arts and Science sophomore, has a quick and easy recipe for salmon filets.
- Take an inch-thick salmon filet and season with half a lemon’s worth of juice, a tablespoon of salt, half a tablespoon of pepper and a sprinkling of olive oil.
- Seal the filet in a plastic bag.
- Microwave on high for about 3 minutes.
“You can tell if salmon is cooked by looking at the center with a fork, and seeing that it’s turned orange all the way through, as opposed to pink,” Yellin said. For a side, consider a baked potato or corn on the cob, which both cook just as well in the microwave as they do boiled over a stove.
To cook a potato in the microwave, stab it several times with a fork then cook on high for about 4 minutes. To make corn on the cob, leave corn in its original husk and wrap in a damp paper towel. Each ear will take about one and a half minutes.
For dessert, try cinnamon sugar apples, courtesy of CAS sophomore Sarah Chudnovsky. “My grandma used to make cinnamon sugar apples for me and my sisters when we were little,” she said. “A fter going apple picking last semester I had a lot of apples sitting in my dorm room. So I got some cinnamon and decided to try it out.”
- Cut up the apple (peel it first if you prefer skinless)
- Place slices in a bowl with put 1 to 2 tablespoons of water
- Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar, then stir until apples are well-coated.
- Microwave on high 2-5 minutes, until apples are soft and cooked
Voila! You’ve just made a whole dinner in your microwave. If these ideas don’t strike your fancy, you can always go online for hundreds more microwave recipes.