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87th Academy Awards recap

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the 87th Academy Awards ceremony aired and honored the best films of 2014. Last year’s Oscars were hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and Neil Patrick Harris took over the role this year for the first time. Surprisingly, many reviewers noted that Harris gave a bland performance, despite having hosted the Tony Awards and the Emmys in the past.Read more >>



California’s drought causes city to reconsider desalination plant

With California in its driest spell in years, the city of Santa Barbara is considering whether to fire up a desalination plant that was completed in 1991 for just the occasion. Initially, the plant began operation only to be shut down when the rains poured from the skies over the lush green coasts of California. During these last 24 years, the Charles Meyer Desalination Plant has remained idle, while water flowed from the state reservoirs.Read more >>



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Hope abounds with sustainability competition

The first ever Hope Collegeresidential hall sustainabilitycompetition kicked off last Thursday, following the kickoff of the fifth annual Hope cottage energycontest on Feb. 9. The competitionsaim to educate Hope students about the benefits of conserving water and energy and reward them for doing so. The information
for the dorm competition can be found at on the Eco-Agents page..Read more >>










Study shows depression as a mental illness may be over-prescribed

Much of human society seems absolutely enamored with the use of drugs (both legaland otherwise). Throughout much of the last several decades, pharmaceutical prescriptions for a number of illnesses has increased.For instance, the antibioticazithromycin is often prescribed by medical professionals for sinus infections, despite it being well known that sinus infectionsare often not infections, or if they are, they are not treatableby antibiotics—a few days of Mucinex is needed to relieve the buildup of fluid that may be the result of rhinoviral infection, or simply a change in climate.Read more >>



Men’s basketball wins on Senior Night

In front of a packed crowd in DeVos Fieldhouse the Flying Dutchmen capped off their regular season with a suffocating defensive effort. Hope College ran away with a 56-41 victory on Senior Night, while setting a DeVos record for fewest points given up in a single game. Read more>>