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Visitors can add to the ball of paint by rolling their color of choice. (Photograph provided by Erika Nelson, World's Largest Things, Inc.)

Painting a different kind of picture

This not-so-little gem exists in Alexandria, INBy Kendra Smalley | Contributor Viewing roadside attractions are fun ways to break up the monotony of a long car ride, but sometimes they can feel a bit anticlimactic: you unload from the vehicle, shuffle around a quirky property, snap a few pictures, then […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
(Photograph provided by Rachel Klink)

Friendly competition

Intramural soccer members talk about their hopes for the seasonBy Rayce Patterson | Echo The chill bites. The wind tears. The rain demoralizes. Despite these adverse conditions, 18 warriors choose to do battle in a contest of strength and skill every week. The reason? To have fun and participate in […]

by · November 3, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Linda Taylor's newest book covers the basics of the editing world. (Photograph provided by Linda Taylor)

The first draft journey

Linda Taylor describes the editing process of her latest book “Word by Word”By Hope Bolinger | Echo  “Everybody needs an editor,” according to Linda Taylor, assistant professor of professional writing. Yes, even editors need editors. Taylor discovered this early in the process of revising her latest manuscript, “Word by Word: […]

by · November 3, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
The ultimate standoff: The Bean and Starbucks. (Photograph by Ellie Bookmyer)

The coffee drink debate

With so many coffee houses in the area, how will you choose?By Hannah Stumpf | Echo For as small as Upland is, the surrounding community has a high coffee shop to person ratio. With so many choices, it can be hard to know which coffee shop has the best latte, […]

by · November 3, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Brecken’s Breakdown

Brecken’s Breakdown

By Brecken Mumford | Echo Have you ever had to make a difficult decision and sought the advice of someone else — or maybe even multiple people? Have you ever already known the choice you wanted to make but felt like you had to seek out validation for that particular […]

by · November 3, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Fall Fashion Week

Fall Fashion Week

By Hope Bolinger and Hannah Stumpf | Echo   Want more out of your view? Click here for the PDF version.

by · October 27, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Melon & Gourd 2017 Friday Entrances (VIDEO)

Melon & Gourd 2017 Friday Entrances (VIDEO)

The Echo’s Friday coverage of Melon & Gourd 2017, Third West Wengatz’s annual week-long tag game traditionBy Eric Andrews | Echo Video produced by Naomi Noyes | Echo Each year, the men of Third West Wengatz participate in a week-long game of tag. The game culminates Friday morning before chapel, when […]

by · October 24, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Multimedia
The first cache found. The location is indistinct because geocachers are not allowed to reveal where they discovered the caches. (Photograph by Hope Bolinger)

Geocache me outside

A worldwide hobby can be found in UplandBy Hope Bolinger | Echo The phrase “treasure hunt” often brings to mind imagery of gold-thirsty pirates scouring beaches with shovels in hand. But a modern-day treasure hunt requires a few simple items: a phone or G.P.S. for coordinates, a car (if you […]

by · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
A group of friends can even make themed costumes, as exemplified by members of Gerig. (Provided by Hannah Stumpf)

Custom costumes without the cost

How to make an inexpensive Halloween costumeBy Hanna Smith | Contributor It’s October. Pumpkin-flavored everything is in all the stores, and Halloween is just around the corner: costume season. But a store-bought costume can cost $20 on average. That’s too expensive for one night of visiting Halloween open houses or attending […]

by · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Brecken’s Breakdown

Brecken’s Breakdown

By Brecken Mumford | Echo I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty thankful for fall break last week. I spent fall break at home in Novi, Mich., which was an unexpected shift in my original plan for this year, but I’m really grateful for the opportunity I had to […]

by · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times