Homer, N.Y. -- Two teen boys talked as they fed the pigs at Luke Park's farm. The evening was cool for early summer. They didn't talk about girls or cars or parents. That night, like most, they talked about the farm they dreamed of starting together. They'd call it "Frost and Smith Dairy." It was July 1, 2015. Zane Frost was 17. Alex Smith was 14. Smith was the little brother Frost didn't have. Both boys had farming roots, but no family farm. They became friends working for Park. In the summer and after school, they fed the animals and mucked the stalls. They helped cut and bale the hay. And they talked about their dream to have farm of their own soon. That day, after imagining their future, Smith's life was cut short. He was lifting a hay bale, using equipment he was too young to operate, when something went terribly wrong in Cortland County, according to police reports. The boy, not yet old enough to drive, was found by the farmer, underneath a skid steer, a machine similar to a … [Read more...] about A boy, 14, found life and then his death on the farm; does someone have to pay?
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Elgin Community College will kick-off its new "Critical Engagement" event series with "Secret Wealth," a screening of a TED talk video featuring educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott, followed by a guided discussion about social and cultural capital and how to leverage that for personal success, on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building C, Room C120. The event is free and open to the public. "We're excited to launch this new event series with 'Secret Wealth,' which will be co-lead by Brittany Barber who is one of our most compelling staff members," said Liddy Hope, PhD, director of ECC's center for enhancement of teaching and learning (CETL). "Through our new 'Critical Engagement' event series, we hope to engage the community in relevant dialogue that tackles important topics." The event will be co-facilitated by ECC Student Life Coordinator Brittany Barber who is an advisor for Black Student Achievers, a student organization at ECC; a creator and manager of the college's … [Read more...] about ECC to host Sept. 19 event on social and cultural capital
In August 2015, Odd Lovoll returned once more to Norway, this time with two grandsons. They visited the little schoolhouse he had attended, and they inspected the hills and fields he had wandered as a boy more than 70 years before. As he watched the two young Americans cavort with their Norwegian cousins, he reflected — as so many immigrants have done — on the personal gains and costs of migration. The author of “The Promise of America,” a 1984 history of the Norwegian immigrant experience, Lovoll followed that in 1998 with “The Promise Fulfilled: A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today.” He also produced focused studies of Norwegians in urban and rural settings, the latter based on the immigrant experience in and around Benson, Minn. Lovoll taught at St. Olaf College in Northfield for 30 years until his retirement in 2001. In this autobiography, Lovoll recalls a childhood in 1930s Norway “happy as well as sad.” He was “an … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Two Homelands: A Historian Considers His Life and Work,’ by Odd S. Lovoll
Editor’s note: As part of a media transparency initiative, on Aug. 20, 2018, The Collegian spent the first day of publishing of the year telling our readers about us. You can read more about the people behind our publication in the Editor’s Blog. The culture of Fort Collins is vibrant and alive. There are many interesting people and events in our community, and it’s hard to describe them all in just a few words. Fort Collins is home to a diverse set of people that include artists, entrepreneurs, scholars and inventors who all have a story worth sharing. At the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the arts and culture desk serves as a gateway into the unique community of Fort Collins. We hope to bring out the humanity within our city’s culture, and our desk covers a broad expanse of topics and interests. We try to extend beyond Fort Collins to bring coverage of the growing arts and culture scene around Colorado and the nation. We create a platform for Colorado … [Read more...] about About The Collegian arts and culture desk
(Ann Voskamp) Dear Mid-life, 40-Something Birthday, Blow out your dripping candles from the Dollar Store this week, circling there on your gluten-free birthday cake like a miniature candlelight vigil because there you are: Forty-something. You’re about half way there, old BraveHeart. Half way. Barring an extravagant act of God and a lifetime of green smoothies, there is, at best, only half the track still stretching out ahead of you like your last invitation. So live backward from your 90th birthday cake. A post shared by annvoskamp (@annvoskamp) on Jul 9, 2018 at 10:49pm PDT Always: Live backward from the end goal. Look at who’s in the room singing off tune on your 90th birthday – and who are you making room for right now? I’m hankering to be the weathered woman of 9 decades, hunched over her cake, looking around a room of babies slung on hips and gangly, grinning teenagers and the gathering of the generations who know … [Read more...] about When you’re struggling with mid-life and another year older — remember this