Hollywood has officially shut down. In case you didn’t know, the writers that make Tinseltown what it is, have gone on strike. They want what else? More money. And in my opinion they certainly deserve it. Anyone who can create intense, mind-blowing episodes of 24 week in and week out deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. So since there are no writers in Hollywood, where does that leave the status of the nation’s favorite shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and the Colbert Report?

The sad news is most late night shows such as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and even Leno have gone into reruns until further notice. A star on the show Grey’s Anatomy has been noted saying Grey’s isn’t prepared for a writers strike and if a solution isn’t reached soon, the season could be over as soon as Christmas. Talk about some serious winter blues.

So how are people supposed to make it through the weeks when they expect their favorite show to be playing and it’s not? Well, one could argue that that time could be used for more studying and getting general work done.

But my advice is to indulge in some board games. Get your closest buds together and relive your childhood by playing Monopoly, Operation, Sorry or Candyland. You could even break out the cards and show off your killer skills at Spades, Bridge and Shanghai Rummy. If board games and cards aren’t exactly what you call fun, you can always pop in a movie. Maybe make it a themed night. The ideas here are endless. Perhaps you and your buddies decide to go all 80s and watch, what I like to call the Ultimate Trio: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. If you’re a guy and that’s a little too chick flicky for you, maybe check out Weird Science, Top Gun, The Goonies, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Another theme night idea might be to watch all black and white movies such as Casablanca and Citizen Kane.

If I still haven’t piqued your interest at this point, there are plenty of things going on around campus at night to keep you busy and if that doesn’t do anything for you, call the weekend early and hit up Franklin Street for some fun. The key here is to not panic. Order some food, get some drinks, and just chill for a bit. It’ll all be over soon and you can get back to watching those episodes of The Office.

By Brittany Murphy