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Author archive: Jack Haren

April 29, 2015

Tobacco kills, cannabis could positively impact the world

I never finished my planned review for “The Culture High,” but then the often glamorized “holiday” of 420 became a fitting reminder and reason to finish it. Cannabis is the documentary’s single word topic and there are many arguments within it worth elaborating on.

April 23, 2015

Documentary critical of current marijuana law, shows policy absurdity

“The Union: The Business Behind Getting High,” was the first documentary produced by Adam Scorgie and directed by Brett Harvey. It garnered a large enough following to make a second documentary, “The Culture High.”

April 22, 2015

Rugby culture differs from other sports

UW-River Falls men’s and women’s local club rugby culture differs from major U.S. sports in competitive and social aspects. Rugby is a simple game. It can be played with as little as a uniquely shaped ball, a mouth guard and a bunch of bodies with some shorts.

March 11, 2015

‘Citizenfour’ documentary resonates well after ending credits

Some friends and I drove to St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Feb. 15 to view the documentary premiere of “Citizenfour,” the film about the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

March 11, 2015

George Orwell novel ‘1984’ still relevant in 2015

In 2013, evidence of widespread surveillance actions were taken on domestic and national targets by the U.S. National Security Agency. Edward Snowden’s revelations conjure other connections to a novel written by Eric Blair–pen name George Orwell.

February 26, 2015

‘Citizenfour’ visually reveals monumental Snowden events

“Citizenfour,” the 2015 Oscar-winning documentary, provides invaluable visual historical detail of key moments between whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald that became publicly announced government secrets in 2013.

February 25, 2015

Gov. Walker’s budget proposal sucking blood from student body

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his $300 million UW System cut, which would take away $4.2 million from the UW-River Falls campus, is part of an overall state budget proposal, which is a balance attempt to solve the entire state’s deficit.

November 7, 2014

Costume influenced by Gonzo writer

This past Halloween I costumed as Hunter S. Thompson, and my experience took place over two and a half days.

October 31, 2014

Gonzo journalist lends literary influence to aspiring columnist

The Student Voice issues about a dozen editions each semester. I’ve only written two pieces and I’ve had a couple midterms already. This makes me either a failing weekly newspaper columnist or a slightly slow magazine writer.

October 24, 2014

New York protest breaks record

Last spring, I took a trip to Washington, D.C. with the UW-River Falls Environmental Corps of Sustainability to protest in front of the White House. 398 people got arrested, setting a record.