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Author archive: Bennett Ryynanen

October 3, 2018

The Student Voice reviews ‘Spotlight’

In honor of student journalism’s return to campus, I decided to review one of the best tributes to the trade in recent memory. 2015’s “Spotlight” tells the story of the Pulitzer-winning Boston Globe team who uncovered longstanding patterns of sexual abusive behavior in the Catholic Church. The movie not only tactfully handles on difficult subjects, but also provides one of the most realistic depictions of journalists’ day to day work.

May 2, 2018

DECA trip gives valuable experience for future career

Standing for Distributive Educational Clubs of America, DECA is a competitive business conference with a wide variety of events to compete in. They range from marketing based challenges such as fashion merchandising to left-brained, number crunching events like accounting. Andrew and I, both Marketing Communications majors, became a team of two in the event of the same name.

May 2, 2018

Puppy petting zoo aims to relieve finals week stress at UWRF

The event ran from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the first of day of three. For the entire three hours, students were steadily filtering in and out of the petting zoo or gathering around the sides to find the best angle for their pictures. The fraternity even created a Snapchat filter to plan for the occasion.

April 11, 2018

‘A Quiet Place’ keeps audiences silent, in suspense

The movie, directed by “Office” alum John Krasinski, opens on day 89 after an unspecified apocalyptic event. Using minimal dialogue, the movie relies heavily on visuals to communicate just enough to the viewer about what’s happened to the world. Newspapers scattered throughout the ruined city establish exactly how quickly society fell to this unseen threat. One headline reads, “It’s sound.” “You’re on your own,” says another.

April 11, 2018

UWRF receives gold rating in STARS sustainability evaluation

This semester, UW-River Falls was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its improved sustainability initiatives. For the first time, the school was awarded the gold rating on AASHE’s STARS evaluation.

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.