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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa alumna, artist helps people see the world differently

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Taylor Yocom has gone global. The young artist and recent University of Iowa grad has fans from all across the world, thanks to her series of black and white close-up photographs called “Guarded.” “I always wanted my art to empower,” she said. “Just today, I got an e-mail from a woman in South America who told me that my idea is being

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan grad students apply know-how to improving a Brazilian community

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. São Leopoldo is a long way from Ann Arbor, Mich. — right around 5,000 miles, to be exact. The small city near the southern tip of Brazil doesn’t really have much of an international profile. So why did 10 University of Michigan graduate students feel compelled to make the long trip there for two weeks in March? It all started when Ana

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin student discovers healing powers of gardening

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Lily Mank never had to stop to smell the roses. She was most likely planting them. “Just look at my name,” said the 2015 University of Wisconsin graduate who specializes in therapeutic garden designs. “It was only natural that I gravitated towards nature.” At an earlier point in her life, Mank considered a career in pre-med — for about a split-second. “It didn’t feel exactly right for

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota team wins top honors in energy-efficient home design competition

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Imagine you rip open the envelopes of all your monthly energy bills — gas, HVAC, hot water and electricity — and they all say “Amount Due: $0.” Sounds impossible? It could be a reality soon, thanks to recent energy-efficiency advances in home construction. And a group of several bright young engineering, architecture and design students at the University of Minnesota is leading the

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State students create app to show positive impact of recycling programs

From dormitories to the Horseshoe, Buckeyes are enthusiastic about the benefits of recycling. And a team of students from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and the College of Engineering created a tool that they hope will help spread that enthusiasm to municipalities of all sizes across the country. The group recently developed an app — called RecycleNow — that’s designed to help cities and other local governments quantify the economic, social and environmental benefits of recycling programs, thereby helping them make the case for continuing and expanding those efforts. “It brings all the environmental and social impacts

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State student sets out to 'save the world, one kid at a time'

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Ohio State student DaVonti’ D. Haynes has seen many memorable things in the few years he’s spent in Columbus. But the one thing he knows he’ll never forget is meeting the 8-year-old whose mother overdosed in front of her son. “He was in third grade,” Haynes recalled. “His mother was in bed with the little boy when she died. I met this

BTN LiveBIG: Spartan student makes worms fashionable

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Keeping worms in a bin under your bed certainly doesn’t sound glamorous, but it’s what got Elizabeth Brajevich, a junior at Michigan State, named as one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2015. Worm composting, a.k.a. vermicomposting, may have started in her dorm room, but it became a campus-wide initiative called Worms Eat My Garbage. “Vermicomposting is something that’s simple

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State student does it all, and then some

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Duck Yim, senior architecture student at The Ohio State University, is an outstanding example of what people can accomplish if they’re willing to push past self-imposed limits. With his incredible work ethic, varied interests and passion for service, Yim is charting a path all his own. “When I started at Ohio State, I worked really hard,” Yim said. “At 20 years old,

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana’s Little 500 supports scholarships for deserving Hoosiers

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Anything that’s described as being the “world’s greatest” can be viewed with skepticism. Still, it’s hard to argue with Indiana University’s claim that the Little 500, taking place this weekend in Bloomington, is “The World’s Greatest College Weekend.” So what makes this 200-lap, 50-mile relay bike race so special? Well, it brings out tens of thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants,