Danielle Lutjens | Banner | Benjamin Woofest, sophomore biomedical science major, prepares himself for an hour session of relaxation in the sensory deprivation pod filled with a saline solution to create a feeling of ant-gravity.

Flotation therapy tanks help students relax

Sensory deprivation tanks, flotation therapy tanks, isolation tanks or float tanks. These are some of the modern names for what neuroscientist John C. Lilly made in the mid-1950s. Typically, float tanks consist of a closed-off room or pod roughly the size of a small shed that is both sound and light proof. It is filled […]

Kelsie Stevens | Banner | David Nelson, Riverside resident, enjoys the weather while reading books from The Downtowne Bookstore in downtown Riverside, Calif.

Downtowne Bookstore offers affordable used books

Tucked away in the back corner of a historic building across from the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside sits a small bookstore with an enthusiastic staff, retro atmosphere and a wide selection of books. Downtowne Bookstore sells a wide range of used books and was purchased by its current owners, sisters Nadia and Vira Lee, […]

Kelsie Stevens | The Banner Victoria Carrillo, manager of Sweetosaur, rolls frozen gelato mix to create chocolate-rolled ice cream for one of its many dinosaur-inspired treats.

Dessert meets dinosaurs

Milkshakes and dinosaurs, two seemingly unrelated things, can be paired together to create a rare culinary experience. This is what Sweetosaur, a dinosaur-themed ice cream and shake shop that opened last May at the Galleria at Tyler offers its patrons. One treat Sweetosaur offers is the “Clever Girl,” a strawberry milkshake adorned with a ring […]