Fall Awakens

By Carson Yenchar The fresh smell of crispy, clean leaves drifts through the air. A small breeze brushes the top of the vibrant trees like the gentle touch of a mother’s hand. Fall has arrived. You can see it on the trees, the burning colors of fire engulfing the pale sky. It’s a great time…

A Documentary of Central Street

By Claire Gault Fairy lights, swaying trees, and souvenir shops made up this lengthy brick street. After a long week of classes at The Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), this scene gave me much-needed peace within the bustling city. Still a lot of people, but the white noise was permeated by lively Russian music. We…

Pollution

By Racheal Chris Pollution is the introduction of unwanted and dangerous substance into the environment. This effect can destroy both the ozone layer of the atmosphere and the environment at large. Causes of pollution vary from one’s personal behavior to industries that manufacture daily products. Well said and researched, there are quite a number of…

I Can Recycle That?

By Marie Clark There is so much stuff that can be recycled that most of us don’t know about. While recycling comes third to reducing our use of things and reusing what we already have, I find it to be one of the most important things we can do when we are really done with…

Talking About Health

By Cameron Jenkins Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for your health. But, how do we actually know this? How is a food actually deemed the term “healthy”? As a student studying Food Science and Nutritional Sciences, I hear about this process a lot– the good and the bad. If you hear it…

Just Plant Flowers

By Corrine Johnston You’ve probably heard by now that the bees are in trouble. This is nothing new. In fact, the bees have been on a downward spiral since World War II according to Marla Spivak, a bee scientist at the University of Minnesota. See her TED talk here The reason why? We changed our…

Welcome to RISE

By Remi Gonety RISE means Welcome to me Welcome is a word that anyone can hear wherever they go Welcome can reduce, for a moment, the uncertainty that one is sure to undergo “Welcome”, the RISE mentors and ambassadors joyfully told me when I arrived Welcome was more than a word, it was “we are…

Hiking the Greatest Wall

By Claire Gault Jagged in geometry as piranha teeth, over 3100 staircases in total lay before my skinny and sweaty 18 year old frame. We couldn’t wait to jump into the fish’s mouth, or what one would call upon a single sight The Great Wall of China. My group of 13 was entering the JuYongGuan…

Hanging Outdoors: How It Helps Your Body

By Marie Clark As a Kinesiology major, my brain sometimes gets stuck in the mode of how something impacts people physiologically. However, I have never thought too much about what being outside in nature does for your wellbeing. So, to start off the school year, I decided to take a scientific approach to why you…

What RISE Means To Me

By Racheal Chris RISE is an opportunity I could never imagine missing. Honestly, I didn’t exactly know what to expect when I got here. Upon arrival, I received warm welcomes from some of the  students and the Director, Dr. Laurie Thorp herself. RISE is more than environment sustainability. There is a sense of inclusion in…

What RISE Means To Me (With Plants)

By Corrine Johnston Plants go through stages of development from seed to maturity. While people and plants are rather different, both plants and people grow. My experience with RISE can be compared to the growth of plants. The seed Each seed of the dandelion is pushed up through the floret and develops a feathery filament…

Farming in Detroit: A Photo Exploration

By Lindsay Mensch Last Sunday, several RISE students and I had the amazing opportunity to visit four farms in Detroit to learn about using hoophouses (also called high tunnels or passive solar greenhouses) to extend the growing season. These farms all differed in why they grew, what they grew, and how they grew, but all…