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My home away from MSU is in the Pend’Oreille Valley in British Columbia, about fifteen miles from the small city of Trail. We’re close to the United States border, near the Waneta Dam where the Pend’Oreille and Columbia rivers converge. My dad lived there before he met my mom, and I have spent every summer […]

With the holidays over and the New Year underway, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a financial slump. To overcome this and prepare for a successful year, it’s important to find a few ways to revitalize your finances and get back on track. Start out by assessing your spending from the past year. By […]

In need of a relaxing night in? We have the perfect reading list for you. This winter, curl up with a cup of cocoa and one (or all) of these best-selling novels. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closeby Jonathan Safran Foer Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is on a mission through New York City to find the lock […]

Our lives are fast-paced and frenetic enough, and though it’s nice to have things to accommodate the quick pace — smartphones, TiVo, etc. — it’s equally important to buck the trend at times and settle into a calmer atmosphere. Music affords us a perfect opportunity to unplug, and an unheralded but impressive acoustic artist like […]

Michigan State University alumna Lauren Hall was in Grand Rapids, Mich., with her boyfriend, Derek, celebrating their anniversary when they received a surprising gift from a thoughtful stranger. The couple was at dinner when an older man sitting at a nearby table started talking to them. “He said we reminded him of himself and his […]