November 12, 2019

The holiday season is here! The annual Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival will be held on Friday, November 29 in downtown Joliet. The University of St. Francis is looking for students, alumni and employees to walk alongside or ride on USF’s float in the parade a...

November 22, 2017

The holiday season is here which means one thing; great food! With great food comes a great amount of calorie intake. According to the Calorie Control Council, people typically consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving. It’s totally possible...

November 21, 2017

Whether you’re in need, worried about feeding yourself or your family, or are filled with the urge to help those less fortunate this holiday season, Will County is prepared.

As the holiday season quickly approaches, churches and other organizations in Will County are pr...

November 16, 2017

The holidays are a stressful time for all, getting the perfect gift for a loved one, finding the best cranberry sauce recipe and cleaning for the holiday party you are hosting is more than enough to make one want to pull their hair out. However, when a college student...

November 2, 2017

An enlightened fellow St. Francis student recommended something to me that I believe changed my college life forever. Two things that college students love are movies and saving money and with MoviePass you can fulfill both loves. MoviePass is a subscription-based movi...

January 31, 2017

In China, everyone turns a year older at the same time. Impossible, right? Although the Chinese celebrate their birthdays on different days just as Americans do, they all become a year older on Chinese New Year. This year, the holiday begins with Chinese New Year Eve o...

December 9, 2016

Calling all witches, wizards and even muggles. On December 9 at 7:00 p.m., select Barnes and Noble stores will be hosting a Harry Potter-themed “Winter Magical Ball” that many "Harry Potter" fans will recognize as being heavily inspired by the Yule Ball from “Harry Pot...

December 8, 2016

Sometimes, the weirdest gifts are the best gifts. Do I love the warm, fuzzy socks I get for Christmas? Of course. But are they super memorable? Not so much. If you’re looking to gift your gamer friends some fun, very memorable titles this Christmas, then this list comp...

November 21, 2016

An 86-year-old Georgia man has made quite a few premature babies a little cozier this holiday season. Ed Moseley has knitted more than 300 hats to donate to the NICU at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Moseley taught himself to knit so that he could make the hats...

November 11, 2016

The Toys’R’Us Big Book of Toys has arrived and with only  6 more Saturdays until Christmas, it's time to get your game face ready. But don’t worry, we here at the USF Encounter have your back with this list of the coolest toys on the market this year.

Before you st...

October 15, 2016

Today is Sweetest Day, typically known by most as a “Hallmark Holiday” that basically gives us a second Valentine’s Day in October. However, most people forget about Sweetest Day. If we remember, we give our significant others candy, cards, flowers and teddy bears just...

September 25, 2016

*Sings:* Oh, the weather outside is…still too damn warm! But have no fear, my fellow Christmas-o-holics. Christmas came early this year for us, for the City of Naperville has announced that the beloved holiday tradition of Christkindlmarket is debuting in its city.

Chri...

March 1, 2016

Everyone knows about the major March holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, but there are so many other weird holidays that you could be celebrating! In fact, there’s at least one Internet-official holiday for every day of the year. Here are some of the more inter...

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