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Home for the Holidays Contest Final Version (3)

Everyone’s favorite season has finally arrived! It’s the time of year when ice skating downtown with friends every weekend is the norm, drinking hot chocolate and eating sweet treats daily is acceptable, and heading home to spend time with family and friends is what every college student looks forward to the most. I, like most students, love being away at school for the majority of the semester. However, as soon as Mariah Carey Christmas carols hit the radio and bells start ringing for The Salvation Army outside of the local grocery store, my anticipation to get home for the holidays begins.

Although we all look forward to heading home for the holidays, we at understand that for some, it can be difficult to get there. No one should have to spend their holiday in a deserted college town for lack of traveling expenses. Now, with our help, hopefully no one will have to! We are proud to announce our Home for the Holidays contest. We are celebrating the season of giving by paying for one student to travel home for the holidays. One lucky winner will receive a $300 check to spend on travel expenses this holiday season. Whether by plane, train or automobile, we want to send you home for the holidays!

To enter, simply answer the question “What do you love most about going home for the holidays?” through our Facebook or Twitter page. For Twitter, tweet your answer to @ecampusdotcom using #homefortheholidays. For Facebook, visit the Facebook page and click on the Home for the Holidays link at the top of the page.

For those of you who will be traveling on your own dime this holiday season, don’t forget to check out for top travel deals.

Good luck and happy holidays from the team!

VOTE NOW for Your Favorite Photo! #beattheboredom

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We selected 7 awesome students’ photos to become finalists in our Beat the Boredom photo contest! Everyone will receive a $25 prepaid Visa gift card, but only one lucky person will walk away with the grand prize. Visit our contest page today and cast your vote before it’s too late! Voting ends at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 11. Help us decide who should win the $500 grand prize!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. There were so many creative photos! To see other awesome entries search #beattheboreom on Twitter and Instagram!

Win $500 When You #beattheboredom!

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Have you heard about’s Beat The Boredom photo contest? Any student that enters a photo of them “beating the boredom” with their textbook box is eligible to win one of seven $25 Visa gift cards, and one lucky student will receive the grand prize of $500 to spend however they want!

What would I do with an extra $500?! I could easily spend it all in one day. It’s actually sad thinking about how I’d have no problem spending it all in a matter of hours. I’d probably first treat myself to a spa day. I’d get myself a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. Then, with the money I’d have left over, I would go to the mall and easily spend the rest on clothes, shoes and accessories. Or I would use the $500 towards an iPad (I’ve been really wanting one)?! If that didn’t happen, maybe I’d buy myself a camera. There’s a million things I would do with $500!

What should I do with an extra $500? That’s a whole different story. I should put it towards my monthly rent payment. Or I should put it into my savings to use for future school expenses. But that’s the difference between would and should.

What would you do with an extra $500? Submit your photo in the contest and you could be the lucky winner! Better start thinking about what you would do with some extra money. In the meantime, here is a little motivation to help get your creative juices flowing. This robot box is anything but boring!

 BotBox is the Proud Winner of the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award

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We are proud to announce we are the winner of the 2012 College Life Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Website to Buy College Textbooks! This is an award that helps students figure out which online textbook seller is the top choice.

The award is given annually and the winner is voted for by the readers. In the competition, there were a few other online textbook sellers that were strong competitors. But, after one month and thousands of votes submitted, proved to be the best of the best.

“We are very thankful for our loyal customers who voted for to win the 2012 College Life Readers’ Choice Award.  Whether students choose to buy from our large stock of new and used textbooks, rent their textbooks, or get eTextbooks from our ever growing selection, we strive to provide college students with a great textbook experience from beginning to end. And it’s that type of commitment to our customers that wins us an award like this one.” stated Matthew Montgomery, President and CEO of is proud to receive this award and would again like to thank their customers, and everyone who voted, for their support. can’t wait to do this award justice and show that they are the Best Website to Buy College Textbooks!


16 Weirdest College Mascots

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As the NCAA tournament continues, we are seeing a lot of  college mascots cheering on their team.  However, there are a slew of mascots all over the country that are a little off-beat.  Here are some of the weirdest mascots from around the country.

1. Fighting Pickles
Like many other schools the North Carolina School of the Arts decided to let their students decide when it came to choosing a mascot. Apparently as a joke the Fighting Pickles was suggested and won the contest in 1972. The pickle has remained their mascot till this day and is still one of the most outrageous mascots in college sports.

Fighting Artichokes

2. Fighting Artichoke
Similar to the Fighting Pickles, the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes was chosen through a contest by the students. Selected in the 1970’s the students used the odd choice as protest to the school administration. Many students were furious with them for giving scholarships to out of state athletes that are were meant to be given to Native Americans. I think they made their point.

3. Boll Weevil
University of Arkansas at Monticello tops the list because of how strange and rather gross its mascot is. The Boll Weevil is an insect that is the number one enemy of cotton farmers all over the United States. Even though it is quite unusual, I guess it might be seen as intimidating especially if you are a cotton plant.

4. Banana Slugs
Like the University of Arkansas at Monticello, The University of California-Santa Cruz is on the list because of their choice of a very small creature as their mascot. Banana slugs are bright yellow slugs with no shell that live on forest floors and are not a likely choice to represent a school. The students chose this seemingly harmless mascot to protest the serious athletic competition that other schools promote.

5. Mastodons
Indiana Purdue University at Fort Wayne secured a spot on this list by choosing an extinct prehistoric animal as their mascot. A mastodon looks like a large elephant with lots of hair and long tusks. The mastodon became their school mascot after the student body president dared the students to be different and choose an unusual mascot.

6. Gorlocks
Webster College Gorlocks makes the list by taking the mythical route with their mascot. A Gorlock is a made up creature that was designed by students at the school and entered into a contest. It is said to have the horns of a buffalo, paws of a cheetah, and the face of a Saint Bernard dog.

7. Purple Aces
Evansville College’s Purple Aces mascot can be credited to the University of Louisville’s basketball coach. During the mid 20’s the coach said after getting beat by Evansville, “you didn’t have four aces up your sleeve, you had five!” The “Aces” nickname stuck and Evansville now has a mascot that closely resembles a pimp in a white and purple suit.

8. Rainbow warriors
The University of Hawai’i Manoa mascot is one that really threw me for a loop. The “warrior” part of the name is strong and common for a mascot; however the “rainbow” part is the complete opposite. The physical mascot however makes up for the name when he appears at the sporting events as a traditional Hawaiian warrior, adorned in tribal wear.

Ant Eaters

9. Ant Eaters
Although animals are commonly used as mascots, anteaters are not. The University of California-Irvine got their inspiration from a comic strip by Johnny Hart which featured an Anteater during the 1960’s. These days Peter the Anteater is looking pretty tough with his bulging muscles, jersey, and sweat bands.

10. Seawolves
When you think about what the Stony Brook University Seawolves mascot might look like you may picture a cross between wolf and fish like I did. The Physical mascot Wolfie appears to be all wolf but it turns out that Seawolves are a mythical sea creature. According to legend it can bring you good luck if you see one.

11. Battling Bishops
Ohio Wesleyan adopted their new mascot in 1925 due to the fact that there were quite a few other Methodist Colleges in the area and they wanted to stand out. Originally just “The Red and Black,” they hosted a contest in order to select a new name. The “Battling Bishops” ended up winning and makes the list due to the oxymoron the name seems to be.

12. Friars
Similar to the Battling Bishops the Providence College Friars are included in this list because of their religious nature. Providence is a private Catholic college in Rhode Island, so it makes sense that they are a religious bunch. The physical Friar mascot closely resembles Friar Tuck from Robin Hood sporting a round belly and big smile.

13. Trolls
The story behind how Trinity College became the Trolls is one that has many variations. The first is that in 1959 students took the letters in the word “Troll” out of the words “Trinity College.” Another theory is that the president of the time wanted to find a word starting “tr” that flowed perfectly with “Trinity.” Lastly some stories tell of Troll sightings in the area, so who really knows!

Little Giants

14. Little Giants
I think Wabash College was on the right track when it decided on the Giant for their mascot; however what I don’t understand is adding the “little” part.  Wabash College is an Indiana school for men that have 11 teams and 23 intramural sports. Some say they might have gotten the idea from the movie Little Giants but no one knows for sure. If so, Rick Moranis should be pretty upset!

15. Poets
Named after the famous poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the Whittier College Poets are not the most fearful of the bunch. Johnny the Poet is the official mascot and represents its 21 sports teams. This peace loving poet is not high on the intimidation factor but makes up for it with his scowling face and large fountain pen.

16. Lumberjacks
Northern Arizona’s Lumberjack mascot is not that strange but it doesn’t seem to fit the state. When I think of Arizona I think of a desert climate with tumbleweeds and cactus. After some research I found that it is actually home to quite a few forests that support local logging businesses.

Can’t get enough weird college mascots? Make sure and check out the Mascot Rumble on the Facebook page!

This is a guest post from our PR Intern Chelsea. Many thanks to her!