Stockpiling Newbie freshmen aren’t the only ones that are allowed to pine for home sometimes. Being away from home can be great when it comes to no curfews and no house rules (no rules your parents assigned at least), but as soon as things get rough we’re all crying for our mommies.

When we’re at home and start sneezing there’s usually someone to take care of us. A mom, a dad, an unusually kind sibling. There’s someone to tell you to have soup and maybe warm some up for you, even if it is Campbell’s from a can. You can wrap yourself up in a blanket, camp out in front of the T.V. and daze in and out like there’s no tomorrow. But when you get sick here? No such luxury.

If you’re in a dorm room you either get soup from Crossroads or go in search of a microwave to warm up a can of soup from the dollar store. Your roommate may be nice and get you some, but they’ve got their own stuff to deal with too. They can’t exactly stick around the room to be your nurse, even if they are your friend. You’ve got to get off your butt and take care of yourself. If you’re in an apartment you’ve got to do the same, only with the added bonus of chores and no meal plan to ensure nourishment of some sort. There’s also school. Sure, you can skip a few classes if you really need to, but those essays and midterms aren’t going to do themselves. Missed lectures add up, and deadlines can only be pushed when you’ve got understanding instructors. College may not exactly be the same as the real world, but it’s closer than high school was.

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Oh that's nastyIt may fly in the face of everything your mother (and everyone else, really) has ever said to you concerning your health. It may seem unintuitive and basely upsetting. But according to science, a strong and healthy immune system is actually the most significant contributor to the all-too-familiar symptoms of the common cold.

This seems weird because we’ve come to expect that the symptoms of a cold are rooted in the virus or other foreign body that infects us, doing damage to our cells. Modern cold science has shown, however, that most symptoms like the sniffling, runny nose and ever-irritating cough are all products of our body’s “inflammatory response” to the infection, and not caused by the infection itself. Meaning that those with the most active immune systems are often most susceptible to the symptoms of the common cold.

Conversely, logic would hold that those with the worst immune systems will enjoy the illusion of health. So caress those doorknobs and share those drinks this season, it’s good for you!

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How Not to Fight Colds [NYTimes]


We’re sorry to tell you this, folks, especially during midterm season, but the Spring 2011 schedule is now available online. Feel the panic coursing through your veins. Embrace it. Stay cool.

While you’re at it, look at this in the best way possible. You’ve got a clean slate next semester, a chance to start over. Plus it’s not Tele-BEARS time yet, so you’re still in the arena of thinking about starting to think about next semester.

You probably don’t want to hear more advice from a Broadway musical, but we don’t care. So we’ll add: “don’t get hot, ’cause man you’ve got some high times ahead.”

At any rate, at least this means that we’re about a third of the way done with this semester. And that’s not something to sneeze at — unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of people who are sick and wheezing all over campus.

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