Spring abounds at Pinnacles Youth Park

This past weekend I was lucky enough to visit Pinnacles Youth Park, located about 12 miles north of MU’s campus off U.S. 63, on two separate occasions. As a recent immigrant from Texas, I’m enamored with the concept of spring. This season, and any other besides stifling summer, is a phenomenon that is largely absent…

Green is more than a color in MU Art department

Associate professor of painting William Hawk has been working at the University of Missouri for almost fourteen years, and his continued efforts to create a more sustainable department have made a significant impact on the practices of his students and colleagues. Since his arrival at MU, Hawk has noticed issues of sustainability rise to the…

Solar Dok offers sustainability, convenience

A new picnic table has taken up residence on the south walkway near the Plaza 900 dining hall. The table, called a Solar Dok, is a solar-powered station produced by EnerFusion for charging cellphones, laptops and other devices. Solar energy is collected through photovoltaic panels on top of the table and stored in the base…

Calling all Valentines: Senza offers gluten-free treats

Two steps inside Mary Manulik’s home you spot the cellos of various sizes spread across the living room floor. Music stands are positioned all about the room, and sheet music is strewn atop the piano. Two more steps and you’re inside the kitchen where heart-shaped sugar cookies and cheery pies adorn the counters. Manulik, owner…

Update: Bradford compost system fully functional

Numbers from last semester estimate that a total of 6,000 pounds of basic materials (food scraps and horse bedding and manure) were used to produce 4,000 pounds of compost at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center. Beginning Nov. 18, 2011, Bradford began its first cycle in its new composting system. Using food…

Review: Yes to carrots — moisturizing and eco-friendly

When it comes to eco-friendly products, the selection runs the gamut, both in price and in quality. Over the past weeks, I have experimented with various cosmetics in an attempt to weigh the pros and cons of going green at home. One of the brands I tried is called Yes to [visit website], a line of cosmetics…

Catacombs Art Market showcases local talent

Nestled in the midst of the North Village Arts District, Artlandish Gallery may appear to be a quaint space as far as art galleries are concerned. But take one step inside the gallery and the expanse of artwork of all types- ceramics, pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry, just to name a few- make it apparent…

FRESH reveals bleak reality

Picture the fast-food hamburger you ate for lunch yesterday afternoon. Chances are that beef came from a major industrialized food producer, not a locally owned and operated farm. That label on the wrapper that reads “100% pure beef” does not say anything about the amount of antibiotics fed to the cattle. Nor does it boast…

Leaves flutter like flames.

Leaves flutter like flames. In autumn- orange, gold, crimson– Aspens come alive. — More from the Leaf Lyrics collection: “Stuck in a garden with no way to bargain” – a limerick by James Jordan “All things elm” – a playlist by Kelly Gehringer “If trees had names” – an illustration by Kat Seal “Not all…