interns en Obama's second inauguration: What's the point? <p>As the buzz surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration grew, so did talk over the <em>point</em> of celebrating the ceremony for a second time. Some asked whether this was a necessary tradition, or simply a costly affair that was inappropriate for such tough economic times.</p><p>Yet an estimated one million people chose to travel to the nation’s capital to see the ceremony on Monday—often standing from a distance where nothing could be seen—and those that I spoke with had no trouble explaining to me why the ceremony was important to them.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Sally Mairs 56423 at Obama's second inauguration: What's the point? Laura Dudek - Everyday Toxins <p>In 2006, thirteen men and women from Maine participated in study titled “Body of Evidence: A study of Pollution in Main People” sponsored by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, which sought to draw attention to the growing presence of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. The study looked for a handful of known toxins and heavy metals, some which have been around forever, such as lead and arsenic and some, which are relatively new, such as phthalates, flame retardants, and perfluorinated chemicals. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:40:00 +0000 Laura Dudek 47248 at Local salons and cosmetics going all-natural <p>As consumers demand more environmentally conscious products, companies have been responding with hybrid cars, green cleaning products, and organic food. The beauty industry is no different, and some salons and make-up lines are going “<em>au naturel”</em>. WAMC’s Elizabeth Conkey has more…</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Conkey 37569 at Promotional stunt for new SUNY Albany restaurant causes stir on campus <p>Blue Agave Mexican Grill opened last week in the campus center of the University at Albany.</p><p>The restaurant’s menu includes quesadillas and burritos. Student diners are giving the cuisine early positive reviews.</p><p>Despite praise for taste, the restaurant has also got the attention of students and faculty who are speaking out after a promotional event for the grill’s opening day.</p><p>Yampiero Polanco, University at Albany senior and President of Fuerza Latina, a student run education, and advocacy group focused on Latino culture described the promotion.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Roy Frias 36580 at