February2017

  • Old Thread, New Stitches

    Fast fashion is all the hype. But there’s a way around it. When I was young, my mom shopped at thrift stores for my clothes and would sometimes make things for special occasions. To refresh my memory on all of that, I called her to ask a few questions...
  • A Green Screen

    As the theater lights dim and the screen illuminates, the Athena Cinema’s Sustainability Series begins to unfold. For the past six years, the biannual series hosted by Athens’ beloved local theater has inspired viewers to consider solutions to environmental issues and challenges. Twice a year, the Athena screens six...
  • Making Game Day Sustainable

    It’s game day. Fans prepare themselves with hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and a few cases of their favorite beer. Meanwhile, their team is suiting up, blaring music and preparing to leave it all on the field. Fans might bring jackets to stay warm and athletes might wear ankle braces to...
  • Cleaning up “Dirty South”

    In the heart of Appalachia, Ohio University is constantly seeking new ways to preserve the natural beauty that surrounds the 213-year- old campus. One way the university is working to build a more sustainable future is through the construction of new, environmentally friendly residence halls, particularly on South Green....
  • Serving their Responsibility

    For many business owners in the Athens area, working in the food industry offers an opportunity to make an impact on the community with every dish they serve. Local chefs are increasingly buying food products with a sustainable conscience, and businesses such as Crumbs Bakery, 9 Tables and The...
  • Reproduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Condoms, menstrual products, sex toys and other personal care goods generally have two possible life paths. The products are purchased, used and eventually disposed of. But it’s how they’re disposed of that determines which path they take. It’s impossible not to see the signs. They take up almost every...
  • What the Frack

    On Dec. 13, the auction began. Nineteen parcels of land in Wayne National Forest were leased to the highest bidder for development of oil and natural gas wells. From an initial starting price of $2 per acre, some bids climbed to over $5,800 per acre. By the sale’s end,...
  • The Road to Efficiency

    Athens County is in the middle of an upgrade. A new loan program for electric and hybrid vehicles is steering the community toward sustainability, creating a community of electric vehicle owners and a chance to win millions of dollars. UpGrade Athens, a project of the environmental resource group UpGrade...
  • Living as One

    Before hiking more than a mile to class each morning, junior Kelly Fernandez deposits the waste from her breakfast into the compost bin that sits on her front porch. Later, Fernandez will roll the bin to the vegetable garden along the side of her house and use the compost...
  • Designing to Make a Difference

    It’s 8 a.m. at Green Edge Gardens in Amesville, Ohio, and a cloud of fog lingers just above the top of 10 greenhouses. The sound of farmer Kip Rondy’s boots sinking into the damp, gravel-laden Earth complements the gentle pitter patter of raindrops hitting the tops of the greenhouses....
  • Designing to Make a Difference (Vol. 10, Issue 3)

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  • Dustin Lynch gives Athens “One Hell of a Night”

    Despite the bleak weather outside, country fans flocked to campus Friday night to see country artist Dustin Lynch perform. The show started off with a bang and didn’t falter for a second. The lively music was accompanied by spectacular special effects involving strobe lights and fog. Opening for Lynch...
  • Saving and Spending on a College Budget

    Saving money in college is a challenge when it’s already spread thin across textbooks, groceries, going out with friends and emergency expenses. But people, even notoriously broke college students, can save money as easily as they spend it. Andy Fodor, chair of the finance department in Ohio University’s College...
  • Migos to Headline #15 Fest

    After the #Fest lineup was announced a few weeks ago, the grayed-out box on the lineup graphic left attendees wondering who the mystery headliner would be. The headlining artist on the ticket this year is Migos, infamous for its No. 1 song in the country, “Bad and Boujee” (“Raindrop....
  • Sip of the Week: Mint Milkshake at Court Street Diner

    The beginning of a new year brings the start of a new semester, and with it, a common goal among the adventurous (and not-so-adventurous) to try new things. What better way to add some variety to life than heading out to get milkshakes on a random weekday? Served with...
  • Dish of the Week: Casa Nueva’s Seasonal Smackdown

    Have you been getting tired of the classic dining hall dessert options? A warm brownie topped with Latte Custard, served with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and Créme Anglaise may be a new option for you. It may be cold outside, but the warm brownie and paired coffee custard is...
  • Artists on display at Donkey Coffee

      As you walk through the red-framed door of Donkey Coffee and Espresso, you see two square canvases spattered with gold and copper paint accentuating an otherwise ordinary white wall. Upon a closer look, you realize in the center of the canvases are coyote skulls. The artwork are a...