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December 14, 2017

Online classes, while tempting, need further development

Online classes are often subjected to complaints from students across UW-River Falls. One of the more infamous courses that students once had to take was online physical education, which prompted students to exercise with videos and corresponding questions about heart rate and diet. Anyone over the level of freshman knows about this course, and knows that the course was rarely, if ever, taken seriously. Eventually, it was changed to in-person because it was very obvious that it was not achieving desired results.

December 7, 2017

Trump decision to scale back national parks disrupts nature, future preservation

Trump recently made a proclamation effectively shrinking the size of two national parks in the U.S.: the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante parks in Utah.

According to an article from USA Today, “The Bears Ears National Monument will shrink 85 percent to 201,876 acres, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut by 39 percent to 1 million acres.”

November 30, 2017

Complaints about Dining Services need to be voiced

On Tuesday, Dining Services and representatives from Chartwells made an appearance at the Student Senate meeting to present information about their services and to hear the complaints of the public. The event, however, was not well advertised, so no one from the general public showed up to voice their opinions. This is not, however, because everyone is satisfied with the quality of food and services.

November 16, 2017

National reporting culture of sexual assault stands to be drastically changed

Allegations of sexual misconduct recently began pouring out of Hollywood in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since October, when the claims were first made, dozens of other prominent figures in the entertainment sector, like Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey, have been called out on inappropriate behavior towards men and women alike.

November 9, 2017

Ask before you assume: creating a campus climate of inclusion

The Student Voice recently made a mistake. In the last issue, in the article entitled, “UW System’s free speech policy, Young Americans for Liberty spark controversy at UW-River Falls,” one of the quoted people, Ardin Fischer, was misgendered. Rather than “her feelings,” the article should have read, “their feelings.”

November 1, 2017

Large academic course cuts at UW-Superior restrict options for students

UW-Superior is the latest school in the UW System to undergo a major overhaul of its offered academic programs. The university will suspend nine major programs including journalism, sociology, political science and theater, according to an article from the Duluth News Tribune released Tuesday. A total of 15 minors will also be suspended, including geography and physics.

October 25, 2017

Students should engage with campus opportunities to ensure that they remain available

This week is the Student Government Association’s “It’s on Us” event, which is a part of the “Week of Action.” The idea of the event is to bring in speakers, movies and presentations to highlight the ongoing issue of sexual assault and violence on college campuses. The event attempts to overcome stigmas about sexual assault that prevent people from reporting incidents. It also provides outlets for victims to receive counseling and support, and it offers opportunities to learn about signs and prevention methods.

October 18, 2017

Parking problems on campus could be solved with shuttles, expanded lots

Parking is one of the issues on campus that pretty much everyone complains about at some point in time. The problems typically involve the price of parking passes and the lack of available spaces, and the issues with parking most acutely affect students that commute from out of town.

October 11, 2017

Alternative strategies needed to prevent further accidents on Cascade

A pedestrian was hit by a car on campus last Friday crossing at the corner of 4th and Cascade Ave. The female student was on a bike, and was hit by a passing vehicle while riding through the crosswalk.

October 6, 2017

UWRF student hit while crossing Cascade Avenue

A female student was hit by a vehicle at the corner of 4th and Cascade Ave. at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The student was crossing Cascade Ave. from the main part of campus, biking towards North Hall. She was struck by a blue car, according to a witness Eli Gallenberg, a sophomore at UWRF. River Falls Police Department and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. The victim had lacerations on her left arm and was checked out by River Falls EMS. The Student Voice will have updates as they become available.