The Peoria Journal Star reports on the annual prairie burn at Green Oaks biological field station.
Students from Knox College received a hands-on lesson in the effect of prairie fires Saturday at the college’s Green Oaks biological field station near Dahinda.
The annual prairie burn is part of an ongoing effort to recover the native prairie grasses that once dominated the landscape in this area.
Burns are conducted on a three-year cycle, and this year eight acres were burned over three different small prairies.
The Epoch Times, Dublin, Ireland:
Abela and his team of student researchers are conducting a study of approximately 1,000 adolescents in Montreal and Shanghai. He found that the rapid change in China’s culture and its embrace of materialism has increased depression rates.
“Materialists have a fragile sense of self because their worth depends on attaining external things. The quality of their interpersonal relationships suffers and they feel more stress while pursuing extrinsic goals,” Abela said in a McGill magazine.
Psychologist Tim Kasser of Knox College found materialistic children have less self-esteem, less happiness and describe experiencing more signs of anxiety than their peers.
Studies of adults link materialism to poor relationships and unhappiness and researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia, found materialistic people were more likely to experience anger and depression.
Researchers have also been aware of a connection between depression and increased alcoholism and illicit drug use, but the connection can be complicated.
New head basketball coach Rob Purlee brings in his first recruit as a head coach.
Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
Rob Purlee roped in his first recruit as the Knox College men’s basketball coach on Wednesday, and it was a big one.
Try 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds of big.
Alex Schobert, a two-year starter at Belleville West in suburban St. Louis, committed to the Prairie Fire last Friday and his deposit money arrived Wednesday, making him the first recruit of the Purlee era. The bruiser chose Knox over Illinois College, Washington University (Mo.) and Maryville University (Mo.).
Not only does Schobert add size to the Prairie Fire frontcourt, but he comes battle-tested. At Belleville West, a school of 2,400 east of St. Louis, Schobert averaged nine points and five rebounds his senior season against some of the best competition in Illinois.
Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
The Knox College for Kids summer enrichment program is expanding this year to include younger children and an afternoon sports program, organizers say.
Normally offered as a morning classroom-style program in which children who have completed grades three through eight have access to more than 40 classes in art, music, theater, dance, literature, writing, history, mathematics, science and languages, the program will include those who have completed first and second grades this year.
“There were a number of parents in the community that had asked questions (about whether) there is anything for the younger kids,” said program co-director Jason Helfer. Organizers have “created the program with the best intentions of serving this younger population. We’re hoping that there will be an interested group of parents and their children that will take advantage of this.”