Having chucked a few beers and started grinding a sorority girl on the dance floor, you might start getting so caught up in the pride of rocking out at a frat party in your basScreen Shot 2012-11-20 at 4.03.46 PMeball hat and a pair of vans with socks pulled up so high that it almost makes people think you just came from a soccer game. What a friday night!

So, frat party-goers, have you ever thought of the multitude of alternatives to a frat party on Friday night? Time to raise the stakes!

We often forget that just a 30-minute BART ride away is the hustle and bustle of the city and its phenomenal assortment of after-dark entertainment (another reason why Cal trumps Stanford). It is understandable that as college students our limited budgets don’t give us free reign in choosing the swanky and avant-garde sort of weekend’s we might wish for, but the wide spectrum of choices allows for a middle ground to accommodate our budgets without sacrificing the fun. So next time, quit the grueling contemplation of which frat to go and hop on the Bart for some city life!

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Screen Shot 2012-11-20 at 4.21.09 PMWith the end of the semester rapidly approaching, the Clog knows what that means: empty wallets and Ramen noodle filled days. But, no fear, here is one way to get some quick cash…eBay! Whether its selling your old clothes, text books, or your soul — if you’re really desperate — eBay is a great platform to rake in some extra dough. Here’s why:

It’s is an international website, and serves many countries all over the world. Buyers and sellers use this platform to communicate with one another, and most importantly, to buy and sell goods from and to one another. It can be a great tool if you want to clean out your closet or tidy up your dorm room by unloading a bunch of semester-old textbooks or out-of-season clothes. Cashing in on the resale of those expensive books can be a much more economically feasible option than trekking to the campus bookstore where you can expect to receive pennies on the dollar for that pricey textbook.

Buyers and sellers exchange feedback with one another through eBay, in an attempt to keep the platform fair and honest, and so that both buyers and sellers know what they are in store for if they endeavor to conduct business with each other. Every time you complete a transaction, whether you are the purchaser or the purchasee, you are allowed to rate your experience. As a buyer, you are allowed to rate your experience based on a scale of 1 to 5 stars in four categories. These categories are: the fairness of the shipping price, the time it took for you to receive your item, the accuracy with which the item was described insofar as matching its true condition, and the level of communication between the seller and you.

As a seller, you typically can only rate a buyer as “good” if they pay; negative feedback rarely is given because a seller must report a problem with a buyer to eBay. Negative feedback on the buyer’s end is recorded onto the buyer’s record and can affect the ease with which they can transact purchases in the future.

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