Summer on a Shoestring

Bump Set Shoestring!
August 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Recreation

By Megan McLin

It was a hot scorching Fourth of July at the BEF. The sun was in full effect and the food preparations were underway, but what fun activity could possibly seize the day? Kickball came to mind however, we didn’t have an actual kickball. Subsequently, horseshoe came to the mind but, we needed a fun fast pacing sport that could have everyone involved to play at the same time. Aha! An epiphany came to mind. A lonely volleyball that sat in the dorm was waiting to be spiked. Everyone had agreed that volleyball would be the BEF’s recreational activity for the shoestring crew. However, it was fun to bump the ball back and forth to each other but a net was needed in order to get the full excitement of the game.


A net for the volleyball game could not be funded in the budget this year however, that didn’t stop Adam and I from constructing a net on our own. Except what could we possibly use for a net? The only possible solution that came to my head when thinking about a net was the MELNHE plots. I know your thinking, trampling the MELNHE plot that’s forbidden! However, what I was thinking specifically was the snow fence that surrounds the plots.


The snow fence is very sturdy yet flexible and behaves like volleyball net. So, in search Adam and I went to the garage to find our supplies for the volleyball net. By Adam being more construction savvy than I, he found the other needed supplies to support the volleyball net.

To begin setting up the net, we cut the snow fence into three equal pieces that would stretch across the two poles that we found. We then set both poles and anchored them by ropes staked to the ground. Image

Moreover with hard effort our volleyball net was complete and ready for action! Everyone was in awe about how we legitimately made the volleyball net looked (in which I give more credit to Adam’s construction knowledge). Moreover, when everyone was done staring at the beautiful masterpiece, it was finally time to play volleyball. Everyone seemed to get the hang  of the sport even though there were funny mistakes here and there. Volleyball at the BEF has become a huge fun recreational activity that everyone has enjoyed. I hope that this activity stays as a new tradition for years to come at the BEF.


2013 Summer Budgets in Shoestring Project
August 8, 2013, 6:43 pm
Filed under: Cooking in the white house

By Tony Dong

It is not easy to manage the budget. Craig said this is the worst job in this world. In the past, Kikang used to be the person who took charge of the living expenses of the shoestring crew. This year, Tony took the job from Kikang because he thought if this was the worst job in the world, then all the other jobs he is going to do in the future must be better ones.

This summer, we still charge each person $6 dollars per day. Usually, people who own cars could go to North Conway and buy the food (Fig. 1) for crews. There are several large food stores in the town (i.e. Hannaford, Walmart, Grant’s). Also, we could also do the grocery shopping at Price Chopper in Lincoln if we get a chance to do some field work in Hubbard Brook or Jeffers Brook.  Later, all the receipts (Fig.2) were handed to Tony for organizing budget sheet. This year, we are doing a good job. Though the summer is closing in the corner, we still have some leftover money! Maybe we can buy ice cream (Fig. 3) or beer (Fig.4) in the end!

Grocery Star: Eric     Record:  $203.14 at one time in PriceChopper

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