The Lush Garden
Aug29

The Lush Garden

A guide to summer cocktails from the garden It’s hard to imagine a better way to top off an afternoon in the garden than by settling into a lawn chair with a refreshing summer cocktail and admiring your work. Even better if you can actually harvest a few ingredients from that garden to add a satisfying twist to that beverage of choice. With that in mind, we asked a few area cocktail aficionados to suggest their favorite recipes. What...

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CLICK It: Is College Worth It? Depends on Your Values
Aug29

CLICK It: Is College Worth It? Depends on Your Values

In the Valley, where you can’t throw a hacky sack without hitting a campus, September means back to college. Keep scrolling down for infographs. The value of a college degree can be debated — among people who have earned them, more than 80 percent say it was a great investment in themselves, according to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study, “With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them” — and it can also be quantified. The estimated...

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Scene Here: Slippery Slope
Aug29

Scene Here: Slippery Slope

It’s human nature to want to see just how far an idea can be pushed. Take Slide the City for instance,  the 1,000-foot slip-and-slide that transformed Appleton Street into a lazy river for the Celebrate Holyoke festival this past weekend. It’s easy to imagine the thought process that gave rise to the creation of this monstrous rubber ode to summer childhood fun: Perhaps its creator was enjoying the ride on that iconic piece of...

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Between the Lines: In Defense of Safe Spaces
Aug29

Between the Lines: In Defense of Safe Spaces

The University of Chicago may have sent one of the most bizarre and shady freshmen welcome letters I’ve ever seen, when they mailed the missives to the class of 2020 last week. The main thrust of the letter isn’t to welcome but to put freshmen on notice that the university doesn’t “condone” safe spaces or trigger warnings. The letter from “Dean Jay,” aka Dean of Students John Jay Ellison, notes that there are university administrators...

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Backtalk: No to GMOs, Right to Roam, and Hot Takes on Pearl Street Nightclub
Aug29

Backtalk: No to GMOs, Right to Roam, and Hot Takes on Pearl Street Nightclub

Avoid GMOs; go organic Farmers have increased their pesticide use on GMO crops three-fold compared to standard conventional use; that’s enough reason to avoid GMOs (“Vermont’s Short-Lived GMO Experiment” Aug. 11-17, 2016). Most GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are “Roundup Ready” meaning the plant is resistant to the pesticide containing glyphosate, its main ingredient. The World Health Organization, and California, have labeled...

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News of the Weird: Virtual Fandom
Aug29

News of the Weird: Virtual Fandom

The phenomenal Japanese singer Hatsune Miku — 100 million YouTube hits — is coming off of a sold-out, 10-city North American concert tour with high-energy audiences — blocks-long lines to get in; raucous crowd participation; hefty souvenir sales — except that “she” isn’t real. Hatsune Miku is a projected hologram on stage singing and dancing, but her band is human, and her May show in Dallas, according to a Dallas Observer...

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