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Foot Patrol Presents: How To Be Patriotic

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Today we’re happy to feature another great blog post with tips on being patriotic from our Penn State Foot Patrol member Maddie Hendricks. Hope you’re having a great summer, Maddie!

American pride is more than just a theme for a college party, it’s a lifestyle. Not only will we shortly celebrate the 4th of July, but we will be cheering for our favorite American athletes in the 2016 Summer Olympics. That’s a lot to be excited about — all for our wonderful country! Here are a few ways you can express your patriotic spirit, so that you can truly bleed red, white and blue.

Listen to a USA Playlist

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While this may turn some people off to the American theme, country music is important to the United States, as we can claim it to be “our music.” So, by all means, blare your speakers loudly and sing about the country terrain, pickup trucks, blue jeans and beer. Attending a country concert this summer is highly encouraged as well! Some of the biggest names in country may come to a city near you, including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood, as they all have 2016 summer tours. Don’t be afraid to summon your inner-cowboy (or cowgirl, of course.)

Travel the Country

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Now I know we all might be a little broke from college life, but one thing that might be worth spending what little money you have left is taking a road trip. There’s no way better way to appreciate your country than getting out to see its beauty with your own eyes. Travel to new places and visit historic monuments! Go to states that you have never been to before. Visit our nation’s capital and go to some museums. See the beauty of American land through visits to National Parks. You will really feel patriotic once you have traveled from sea to shining sea.

Dress Patriotic

This one is a given. One of the first thing people notice about you is your clothes. Why not show them your American pride? You can find American clothing anywhere, any style, especially around the 4th of July. But that doesn’t mean that you have to wear it one day of the year — wear it year-round! The opportunities are endless.

Be Politically Active

Did your school host a rally? Several Presidential candidates visited my hometown and spoke at local universities. Whomever is your candidate, it is always important to be politically active. Attend the rallies even if you do not agree with the candidate — maybe you can open your mind to other opinions. Even more importantly, when the time comes: VOTE! Make sure you register and show up to the polls. Vote on who you think would make the next best leader for your country. The United States of America was built on the power of the people. Do YOUR part!

Decorate Your Room

Whether you want to get started in your room at home this summer, or collecting items for your hip dorm or apartment next year, there are many ways you can make your room “American”, and you don’t have to paint your walls! Try hanging a small American flag above your bed. Maybe you can hang red, white and blue twinkling lights. In addition, try to purchase a few American room accessories. A perfect example is the Flag Pillow made by League! League sent me one of these and it has been on my bed ever since. Just doing simple things like this will add some spirit to your room or dorm. That way, when someone walks in, they will know you are a proud American.

Make American Food


While hotdogs and hamburgers may be a given (and encouraged of course), that not exactly what I mean by ‘American food’. There are ways to express your hunger while being even more patriotic. Express your American pride with a few hours in the kitchen with your friends.

16 Songs For Your Summer Playlist

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Today we’re happy to feature another great blog post with an excellent summer playlist from our Penn State Foot Patrol member Anna Schweidle. Hope your summer is fabulous, Anna!

Finals have wrapped up, graduations are happening — it’s that time of year! While in some places the temperature is still hovering in spring-like territory, it doesn’t mean summer isn’t on its way!

Music and summer go together perfectly. Whether your lounging by the pool, sipping strawberry lemonade, relaxing on the beach, adventuring in the great outdoors, or traveling abroad this summer here are some tunes that will definitely get you in the summer mood.

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Dreaming by Smallpools

“The world is in your palm now
So take a breath and calm down.”

Fun, catchy song that perfectly captures the angst of summer. Be sure to check out the Chainsmokers remix, too. Listen here.

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Easy Love by Sigala

“Simple melody, simple melody, sing a simple melody
There’s something easy love can be.”

British DJ Bruce Fielder is the genius behind Sigala. You’ll love this catchy pop tune that will make you dance in your seat! Listen here.

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She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks

“So now you pour your heart out
You’re telling me you’re far out
You’re not about to lie down for your cause.”

This retro-sounding British band is great fun to listen to and is the perfect music for the beginning of a great party. Listen here.

Junk of the Heart (Happy) by The Kooks

 “See I notice nothing makes you shatter, no, no.
You’re a lover of the wild and a joker of the heart,
But are you mine?”

So good, The Kooks make this list twice! A great song for that summer romance you’re hoping will happen. Listen here.

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Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun

“Thought I’d never see
The love you found in me
Now it’s changing all the time.”

This electronic music pair from Australia brings together deep beats with great vocals and great showmanship. Listen here.

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Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

“I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now.”

Sadly, The Verve broke up in 1999 — but you can’t help loving this song with it’s incredible mix of orchestral and pop sounds (and a sample from the Rolling Stones). Listen here.

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Waves by Sleeper Agent

“In the sticks we’re barefoot friends
We chew on leaves
And quote Huck Finn.”

You might recognize Sleeper Agent’s lead singer as Alex Kandel appearing on The Voice. But while the band was together, they created a group of perfect road trip tunes. Listen here.

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Crash Into Me by the Dave Matthews Band

“Into your heart I’ll beat again
Sweet like candy to my soul
Sweet you rock
And sweet you roll.”

This was a massive hit in 1997, and is still one of the best lightly romantic songs around. Trivia point: Dave Matthews wrote this song on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Listen here.

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Jackie and Wilson by Hozier

” ‘Cause with my mid-youth crisis all said and done
I need to be youthfully felt ’cause, God, I never felt young.”

Irish singer Hozier burst onto the scene in the USA with his brilliant song Take Me To Church last summer. But his album is full of other great songs, such as Jackie and Wilson. Listen here.

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Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums

“Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning
Honey, while the stars are still shining
Wake up, would you like to go with me
Honey, take a run down to the beach.”

What says summer more than surfing? This song features a bass line reminiscent of the classic surf bands of the sixties. Listen here.

Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver

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“All the young fools, we’re starving in the back
Credit card shoes, we’re weekend millionaires
Just tryna be cool, yeah one day we’ll be there.”

Katelyn Tarver might be best known for her role on the kid’s show Big Time Rush, but she’s become a pop powerhouse. Listen here.

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Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont

“Don’t say a word while we dance with the devil
You brought a fire to a world so cold
We’re out of time on the highway to never.”

Another British DJ in the mix! Duke Dumont is definitely perfect for your summer playlist, and since summer is all about going to the ocean, this song is perfect. Listen here.

Diane Young by Vampire Weekend

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“Irish and proud, baby, naturally
But you got the luck of a Kennedy
So grab the wheel, keep on holding it tight
‘Til you’re tottering off into that good night.”

Try not to dance while you listen to this song. It simply isn’t possible. Great song for driving with all the windows open. Listen here.

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“The silence in the air felt like my soul froze
Am I just overthinking feelings I conceal
This gut feeling I’m tryna get off me as well.”

The lyrics might be a bit love sick, but the beat is definitely danceable. You’ll want to blast this one while you groove. Listen here.

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Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers 

“Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around.”

This is the perfect song for late night, hot and sweaty dancing. Check out the various remixes, too. Features Daya on vocals. Listen here.

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Cold Cold Man by Saint Motel

“You’re the only one worth seeing.
The only place worth being.
The only bed worth sleeping’s
the one right next to you.”

Referred to as “dream pop,” this band offers a danceable acoustic-style sound with great vocals and lyrics. Listen here.

How You Can Make A Difference This Earth Day

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We’re excited to have Noa Ohcana, our Foot Patrol member at the University of Chicago, share a wonderful blog post about ways you can make a real difference for Earth Day. Here at League Collegiate Outfitters we also take steps to help our environment, such as using only water-based ink. These tips, however, can show you how, as the average person, you can make a difference.

On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. In an age where we have access to volumes of information about topics such as climate change and global warming, it’s surprising how little we know about how our actions affect our collective home.

All it takes are some small lifestyle changes to make a big impact! What can you do to help? Here are some tips:

Add More Plants Into Your Diet

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Greenhouse gases are basically gases that make up the atmosphere and absorb the infrared radiation reflected off of the Earth’s surface, trapping heat. Rising temperatures have significant impact, from rising sea levels to severe weather. Reducing the amount of greenhouse gases plays a tremendous role in alleviating the effects of climate change.

What most people don’t know is that meat and dairy production is a HUGE contributor to the creation of these gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. A simple and easy way you can help is to lower the amount of meat and dairy you eat. It may be hard at first, but here are some delicious recipes to help get you started- one for each meal of the day!

Build Exercise Into Your Daily Commute

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Next, behind meat and dairy production, another known contributor to greenhouse gases is exhaust from transportation vehicles. What can you do to help? Ride public transit or carpool whenever possible. It takes only slightly more effort to make big changes. When it’s nice out, even try to forego using your car and bike or roller blade! It saves you from finding extra time to exercise (you build it into your transportation time) and is also friendlier to the Earth.

Turn Off and Unplug

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A great way to save money while helping the environment is by reducing your electricity usage. Turn off and unplug devices in your home when you’re not using them. Even something as simple as turning off lights when you leave a room can help, and many utility companies actually offer rebates for switching both your appliances to less wasteful versions and your light bulbs to CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs.

Bring Your Own Mug or Bottle

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It’s time to make the change and be that reusable coffee mug or water bottle carrying person! Many cafes and coffee shops actually offer discounts for bringing your own mug. Helping the environment and saving money is a win-win. Pro-tip: most Starbucks cafés actually have reusable mugs alongside their disposable cups on hand. That said, if you’re going to sit there for a while, ask for your drink in one of their mugs. If you’re on the go, the next best thing is to be sure to recycle. 

Pop Some Tags At Your Local Thrift Shop

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Treating the Earth better revolves around consumption. One big way that you can reduce your consumption is by frequenting your local second-hand shop. They are great places to find affordable clothing and housewares that allow you to be mindful about the earth and your budget. If you’re not down for the “thrill of the find,” just be mindful of what you’re throwing out or simply not using in your own home- many of these items can be donated for others to reuse.

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It’s easy to go about your day, participating in behaviors that feel completely disconnected from the Earth. But this Earth is our home and we need to respect it and acknowledge the repercussions of our actions. Whether it’s eating less meat or dairy, using public transportation more often, turning off a light switch, carrying around a to-go coffee mug, or buying second-hand items, it’s important for us to understand how we affect our Earth. If there’s any message to take away on this Earth Day 2016, it’s to be conscientious — future generations will thank you!