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Author archive: Bennett Ryynanen

March 7, 2018

Bowls for Hope raises money for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley

Before the doors opened, caterers and event coordinators were busily providing finishing touches to their contributions. As people crowded into the University Center’s ballroom, the sound of lively conversation filled the area. Unlike most university-hosted events, this one consisted of more than just college students and faculty. Members from the River Falls community gathered for the ninth annual Bowls for Hope event this past Tuesday.

February 21, 2018

Falls Theater will add second screen, look to boost local economy

In business for over 90 years, the Falls Theater is a destination for local moviegoers and anyone hoping to watch a first run movie at a historic site. Earlier this month, the theater in downtown River Falls received a sizeable grant from the state of Wisconsin for renovation and expansion. In addition to driving new traffic to the theater itself, the renovation is intended to further stimulate the local economy.

February 14, 2018

Portugal. The Man rocks the Palace Theatre

Before they took to the stage last Friday, Portugal. The Man set the expectations for the rest of the night. A message appeared on the screen behind the stage reading, “We are not very good at stage banter, so tonight’s performance will feature some slogans written by our management. Thank you for your continued understanding.”

February 7, 2018

Chartwells improves dining options after student feedback

Dining services on campus have been a concern for a while now. From underwhelming options in the Riverside Commons to a lack of affordable meals in the Rapids, the frustration with the meal plans’ value is widespread. Last semester, students started to voice their dissatisfaction more than ever before. In mid-November, the problem was finally addressed.

December 6, 2017

Freshman perspective: Bennett Ryynanen

Before college, I was homeschooled all the way through tenth grade. My junior and senior year of high school were spent at a community college in Brooklyn Park, Minn. UWRF was not my first exposure to the college classroom, but that doesn’t mean I was an expert on the college experience. My first semester here is nearly complete, and I’ve enjoyed my time thus far. Pre-finals judgments may be a bit premature, but I suppose they’re all I have to work with right now. 

November 29, 2017

‘Nathan For You’ shows the need to check the legitimacy of celebrities’ stories

Nathan Fielder, host of Comedy Central’s reality show Nathan For You, is no stranger to the needlessly elaborate. For three seasons, he’s used his aptitude for the unconventional to help struggling small businesses overcome hurdles, usually through over-the-top marketing stunts.