Students travel to Taos for spring break to experience sustainable, alternative living

This multimedia package won First Place in Feature Writing and Second Place in Multimedia in 2013.

Tajar Work and Claire Tyson hand-pack dirt into recycled car tires. Stacked tires pounded with dirt create a stable structure and ensure insulation for the house. PHOTO BY HALEY LUKE

Read the full story and watch the video here.

TAOS, NEW MEXICO — Underneath a sky of stars on a dry New Mexico mesa, Tajar Work stood next to the fire she and her friends built together. She flipped her hood up around her shoulder-length dreadlocks and lit a Pall Mall cigarette. The smell of burning wood and sage from the fire lingered in the cold night air as she exhaled.

This is a story and video I did during spring 2012 spring break. There was a new class called Off The Grid in which six students traveled to Taos, New Mexico to experience living in sustainable homes called Earthships. I had the pleasure of traveling with them and documenting their experience for a text story as well as a multimedia video element. 



Alumnus Eli Chi starts testosterone treatment, transitions to male gender

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When Eli Chi was asked how he identified his gender over a year ago, he freaked out. It was the first time he was offered an alternative to what he had become used to since high school. The question ignited a shift in his gender identity.

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