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The sign out front flaunts garlands and bows for the holiday season. (Photograph provided by Hostess House)

Party in Marion like it’s 1817

A Grant County event meets the Ghost of Christmas PastBy Hope Bolinger | Echo Not too often will the Ghost of Christmas Past and Christmas Present meet in the same place. On Dec. 8, for the third year in a row, the 105-year-old Hostess House will host Dining with Dickens. […]

by · December 1, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Pictures from preparation for the ISS coffeehouse in years past. (Photograph provided by Christine East)

Par-Tea

ISS invites all of campus to its latest eventBy Andrew Shriner | Contributor  International Student Society (ISS) is throwing a party on campus. Or, rather, a “Par-Tea.” If you like international coffee, tea, snacks and performances, then this is your kind of party. This year’s Par-Tea is a new spin on […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
With exquisite-looking dishes such as these, it’s hard to imagine executing one’s own Thanksgiving plans without a mishap. (Photograph provided by Jennifer Moore)

Rethinking the Thanksgiving table

Not all traditions have to stay the same this November seasonBy Joshua Henreckson | Contributor  Okay, so you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. It doesn’t matter how it happened — maybe it’s longstanding tradition, or maybe your aunt Carol is bedridden with influenza — whatever the reason, you now bear the horrifying […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
Brecken’s Breakdown: Everyone isn’t for everyone

Brecken’s Breakdown: Everyone isn’t for everyone

How to love in a lonely communityBy Brecken Mumford | Echo  Something I say a lot? I love people. Something I mean whenever I say it? I love people. Something I strive to do? I love people. Something I don’t always do well? Love People. Throughout this semester, I’ve really […]

by · November 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Life & Times
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