December 11, 2011 - 4:15pm
After being deemed a "critical maintenance project," Illick Hall is set to receive major environmentally-friendly renovations starting in May 2012.

A few green thumbs and a dire need for repair pushed the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to start the renovation process on one of its campus highlights: Illick Hall. Deemed a “critical maintenance project” by campus administration, a new roof and greenhouse complex will replace the original roof system starting in May 2012.

November 30, 2011 - 11:39am
Low heat, low lights and no TV are hallmarks of how four students live in their home at 821 Comstock Ave.

The amber glow coming from the dichloromethane bottle in the living room barely lights the space enough to read. The bottle is filled with old Christmas lights, dug out from the neighbors’ trash.

It’s one of Gavin Okoniewski’s favorite parts of the house.

“We’ve been trying to do this project basically on no money and very little supplies — things we find in the Dumpsters or what we can find for free on Craigslist,” said Okoniewski, a junior at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.