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Author archive: Sophia Koch

December 13, 2017

In the search for student diversity, CAFES still has long way to go

Christian Sosa is one of three kids from a mixed-heritage family. His mother’s side of the family is from the U.S., his father’s is from Honduras, and Sosa was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s a native English-speaker, but while he was growing up, his parents tried to teach him Spanish with primer books. He learned some of the language, but it didn’t flow naturally at first.

December 13, 2017

Start applying: why internships are a valuable part of the college experience

In high school, I never heard much about internships. It was a word I heard from time to time, but I never quite bothered to find out exactly what they were, and it was never impressed on me just how important they are once you get to college.

To all freshmen starting college: start looking for them now.

December 6, 2017

Reading Vonnegut in the Trump era: how required reads can be relevant

I recently read my second ever Kurt Vonnegut book, the first being “Slaughterhouse Five,” which was a requirement when I went through high school. Vonnegut is one of those authors teachers try to push during high school, but I don’t think we are fully equipped to understand his work at that point in life.

December 6, 2017

UWRF Honors Program uses pennies to fight hunger in River Falls

A student approaches a table in the UWRF University Center and puts a handful of pennies in one jar, boosting her college’s chance of winning a competition, and then she puts a handful of nickels, dimes and quarters in another college’s jar — increasing her own college’s odds even further.

November 15, 2017

In trout projects, ‘restoration’ and ‘natural’ may not mean what many think

When asked how restoration efforts along the Kinnickinnic River should be handled, students and residents in River Falls answered with roughly the same response: they want the river to be more “natural.” This response, however, leads to a different question: What do words such as “restoration” and “natural” really mean, and do definitions of the words match up with what is actually done to environments such as the Kinni?

November 15, 2017

Providing scientific context for human-caused climate change

In light of the column submitted to the Student Voice by Jack Romanik and his statements regarding the questionable validity of human-caused climate change, I would like to take some time to stop and look through some of Romanik’s claims and provide scientific context.

November 8, 2017

The little adventures are sometimes the best

I find great value in random, little adventures.

Well thought out, carefully planned adventures are great in their own right. I went to Scotland last summer, and though the trip took a lot of planning and effort, it was one of the most fantastic I’ve had a chance to go on during my college career.

November 8, 2017

Power of presence: how an active villain can create emotional attachment

Villains are fascinating.

A badly-done villain tends to be an extremely underwhelming experience in a movie or book. The protagonists’ victory feels hollow, and the viewer/reader is left to wander away from the experience feeling distinctly unfulfilled.

November 8, 2017

Timeless ‘Skin of Our Teeth’ play taught humanity, crises management

By day he is Nathan Brown, an elementary education major at UW-River Falls. By night he is Henry Antrobus, son of George and Maggie Antrobus who have been married only 5,000 years. His two personas could not be any more different, at least on the surface.

November 1, 2017

From farm fields to Florida: UWRF students’ research yields valuable trip

Stella Pey is a senior in crop and soils who will be graduating in May. She spent this past summer doing research work for Holly Dolliver, associate professor of geology and soil science at UW-River Falls.