Sweet, savory or spicy — it’s all the farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif.— Cultured, a family business established in 1996 that specializes in sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kombucha, strives to provide its unusual organically fermented products at the weekly North Berkeley Farmers’ Market to the diverse community that shops there every Thursday.     Cultured is one of the many companies that follow the policies set by…

Eco-friendly market creates sense of community

BERKELEY, Calif. — “Free samples! Free samples!” a woman proclaims as we pass her fruit stand at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, organized by the Ecology Center here in and just north of the University of California sprawling campus. Underneath a bright blue sky, cradled in between a grocery store to the east and a busy…

Some colleges make SAT optional

Admissions officers at test-optional colleges and universities are relying on new ways to review a student’s academic ability without looking at their standardized tests scores. “By allowing students to apply as test-optional, they are indeed giving the student a choice on how they present themselves to an admissions committee,” said Jeremy Lowe, who is the…

Comic books climbing high

The daily reads of Patrick McAuliffe have flourished into a multi-billion dollar entertainment phenomenon. “I got into comics young, but the super hero movies started when I was young, too,” said McAuliffe, 27, of Orlando. He has been watching and reading since the trend of comic book movies started lightly in the early 2000s with…

More students opting for first two years at community college

Michaelyn Hoeres is unsure what she wants to study in college.  The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18-year-old, who graduated from Freedom High School in June, worried about paying thousands of dollars per credit for general education requirements. So, she’s spending her first two years of higher education not on a sprawling University campus, but instead at Northampton…

Trust in the media plummets

Jessica Himelfarb is wary of the state of the news media. She said in a recent interview at American University that amidst the publicity of fake news, she doesn’t trust the media to give her accurate information and inform her fully about what’s going on. “It’s brought to the awareness of everyone the pervasiveness of…

Americans weigh in on Trump…so far

If Gary Bochner could go back in time, he’d do November differently. Bochner, 58, who voted for Donald Trump says that he would vote for another candidate. Bochner says that seeing that President Trump has not done any of the things he promised and has even made enemies with many world leaders, he is rethinking…