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Making the most of your weekends

Case by case

Eva Chan

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Focus
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Fall break has come and gone and chances are that you did nothing productive. Midterms probably took over your life the week before the glorious weekend full of nothing and you really haven't had a chance to hang out with your friends for a while. Now is the perfect time to go explore all the great things that Cleveland has to offer with your friends since the semester is going at a slower pace now, hopefully (but don't wait until the last week of classes to catch up on everything).

Sure, I know what you're thinking. You're wondering what there really is that you can do in a city like Cleveland. Now that we're halfway through with the semester, most people have their weekend go-to plans that they have grown complacent with. Don't settle for your Friday burrito at Chipotle on Coventry Road or just head out to Tower City for a movie. Just because you're on a tight budget, it doesn't mean you're limited in options.

The most important thing you should do first is pick up your RTA pass if you haven't already. It surprises me how many people don't take advantage of it (you already paid for it with your tuition). Whether or not you have a car on campus, your RTA pass can help you get to a lot of places. Sure, it's not the most convenient source of transportation when you just need to run to the market to pick up a few things. However, it's definitely useful when you're going out with a big group of friends and only one person has a car.

I'm a big fan of going to try new restaurants because who doesn't like good food? Coventry is usually the first thing that pops into people's minds when they want to head out for a meal, because it's just a hop and a step away from campus, but there are so many other options that are just as feasible.

Little Italy is packed with restaurants, and people tend to forget that there's so much just a few blocks away from campus. If you and your friends plan ahead a little, research for some restaurants downtown or Ohio City (just a hop on the Red Line Rapid to West 25th Street) on sites like citysearch.com or metromix.com. Most restaurants have happy hour specials with appetizers at a fraction of the usual cost, so it can be a great opportunity to try some new things. If bar-hopping is your thing (and you're of age, of course), the downtown and Ohio City areas are also great places to explore. Restaurant.com is also a great website because they sell gift certificates to select restaurants for 50% percent off or more.
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Soccer

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