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    An interview with Ashley Novoa of the Chicago Period Project

     This week, I spoke with Chicago Period Project founder and president Ashley Novoa. The idea for her organization was born on Nov. 8, 2016, after the tumultuous presidential election. She decided that day that she wanted to give back to the women of her city, and that providing them with menstrual care was the best way to do that. 

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    It’s not just allergies

    It’s allergy season. As someone whose entire existence is decimated by the invisible pollinated particles that infiltrate Chicago’s air come spring,  I know this season all too well. It’s the season of endlessly stuffy noses, eyes that never stop itching and drainage that never stops dripping. But this year may be worse than usual. While perusing some local news sites for first-blog-inspiration (yay!), I came across a Block Club Chicago article that made my heart sink into my already-congested chest (not yay). In short, the article said this: We’re in for a drier, warmer spring than usual, which typically means higher levels of pollen. Higher levels of pollen = higher…

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    Chicago-area colleges make effort to reduce food waste across campus

    Chicago-area colleges tout new programs that are saving their dining-hall food from going to waste. DePaul University students can now take food to-go in boxes that can be composted, and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) students will soon get bargains on convenience store food that’s getting old. That’s important because colleges nationwide are throwing away 22 million pounds of food each year — as much as the weight of almost 1,700 elephants. But Chicago’s schools fail to get much notice in national surveys that judge their programs’ effectiveness.

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    Students and staff call for action after recent report on Chicago recycling

    DePaul students and staff have called for an improvement of recycling practices in Chicago, following a report that much of the city’s recyclable items have instead been sent to landfills. The increased interest in recycling follows a massive investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) and NBC 5 Investigates that revealed that more than half a million Chicago recycling bins have been tossed in landfills over the past four-and-a-half years. The report says that a large portion of the problem is rooted in a city rule that states generally recyclable materials can be marked “grossly contaminated”— and sent to landfills—if the bin contains as little as one plastic bag or…

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    West Loop flourishes from millennial boom

    Reading the news these days, one might come to the conclusion that millennials are destroying industry after industry. But locals say that such a trend is not so in Chicago’s West Loop. “West Loop’s population has grown significantly over the last five to 10 years,” said Matt Letourneau, president of the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL), a non-profit community organization comprised of volunteering West Loop residents. “New residents always bring new energy to an area, but millennial residents have brought even more energy than expected.” West Loop has been named the country’s “top millennial hot-spot” in a recent report by residential rental website RENTCafe.com, which says 73 percent of the…