Inexpensive good times

By Katie Hernson
September 20, 2001

by Katie Hernson

staff writer

College students are always looking for a cheap thrill, or at least an inexpensive good time. Something about spending fifty dollars just to get a decent meal at a nice restaurant turns us off. You know you can afford it now but then the end of the semester comes and all the sudden you’re broke again. There is the impression that because Cabrini is located in Radnor, there are not many places you can go eat or be entertained for less then a MAC machine minimum of twenty bucks, but you’re wrong.

We all know about Campus Corner, but sometimes you just have to get out of the room to eat. Don’t worry; there are plenty of places in the area to get cheap grub. If you like the usual pizza, hoagies or subs, and other Italianesque foods try Altemeo. It’s a nice little restaurant in Wayne, you can eat in or take out, and if you really like your dorm room they do deliver. If you are not a big fan of Italian food there are the big franchise places that will serve you a big meal for you’re buck. Chili’s is on Lancaster Avenue a mere five minutes from campus. Bennigan’s is a bit farther away but well worth the trip assuming you have a ride. John Harvard’s Brew House is a little bit more expensive, but you can still get a nice dinner for less than twenty dollars.

If you don’t mind the cafeteria or food court’s menu, and you just want to get off campus try bowling. It’s cheap, it’s easy, you’re sure to have a few laughs, and you can stay at the alley for hours. There are plenty of bowling alleys in the area, within a thirty-minute drive. Devon Lanes is the closest, just north of Cabrini on Rt. 30. Facenda-Whitaker is a huge bowling complex in Norristown.

If you don’t like bowling you can always go into Philadelphia, you don’t even need a car for this adventure. Septa runs the R5 regional rail right through Radnor, that only costs $3.75. The school shuttle will take you right to the train station, and then you’re on you’re way to the big city.

Philadelphia has many attractions for the poor college student, the art museum, sports events, South Street, among others. Cheap seats at the Phillies game are about ten dollars, and you can always move down. South Street is a great place for students to go, with small shops and eateries, and more tattoo and piercing parlors than you’d know what to do with. There are also plenty of venues to see live music in Philly, such as, The Academy of Music, the Mann Music Center, the TLA, the Electric Factory, and the Trocadaro.

Even if you don’t have a lot of money you can have a good time on or off campus. Always check the Cabrini Activities calendar to check out what kind of free activities the school has planed. There is always fun to be had in and around Wayne and Radnor.

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