For many people, Mardi Gras beads are nothing more than party favors, but for German–born artist, Stephan Wanger, they are a medium to create art.
“After my first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, I noticed the insane amount of beads that were thrown and hauled away at the cost of the taxpayer. Through research I learned that many cities celebrate Mardi Gras and that there is an enormous amount of waste. I couldn’t believe it. I started to use reclaimed Mardi Gras beads and glued them onto plastic planters,” Wanger said.
Trees have been cleared along the Kansas City Southern Railroad track in Grambling. KCSR Corporate Communications and Community Affairs Director Doniele Carlson said the company inspects its track and right-of-way for necessary maintenance.
She said though there is no specific requirement dictating how close trees can be to the track, KCSR likes to remove trees back to the right-of-way line for a variety of safety reasons, such as reducing the likelihood that trees or limbs will fall onto the tracks.
David Mills, professor of biological sciences and faculty in the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University, has been appointed as a ‘Primary Reviewer’ for the Next Generation U.S. Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce.
Mills will work with state and national leaders in a collaborative, state-led process as new K–12 science standards are developed to be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades, and will provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The first public draft will be released in April for public review.