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March 22, 2018

Mental health is something that society needs to take seriously

The UW-River Falls Student Government Association is working with Student Health and Counseling and Student Involvement to sponsor a Mental Health Awareness Week April 2-6. Details on what will go on during the week are yet to be released, but the SGA has been discussing bringing in therapy dogs and hosting speaker Kevin Hines to talk about his experience as a suicide survivor.

March 8, 2018

Small changes can have a big effect on campus life

In just about any given environment, the people living or working within it will notice things that they want to fix. A university is no exception; thousands of people walk the halls of the buildings and sit in the classrooms every day, and many of these people have one or two things they think can improve.

March 1, 2018

Kinni dam removal has finally moved forward, but not fast enough

A resolution was finally approved regarding the removal of the two dams that are blocking the Kinnickinnic River through River Falls. The final decision was unanimously in favor of eventually removing both dams, though the hydroelectric license will be renewed one last time.

February 22, 2018

Gun violence is horrible, but will only change if we demand it

In one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, 17 people were left dead last Wednesday after a lone gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire on the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

February 15, 2018

Alarms need more communication, respect in order to be effective

A fire started in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on Tuesday, which ultimately prompted an evacuation. Students, annoyed at what they thought was a drill, reluctantly filed out into the snow, many of them without jackets because they thought they would be let back in the building after five minutes. Even after it became clear that the alarm wasn’t a drill, students didn’t take the danger seriously and were occasionally darting back into the building to grab items.

February 8, 2018

Student organizations should be about quality, not quantity

UW-River Falls, as part of its marketing campaign, likes to advertise to students that it has over 150 student organizations on campus. This leads students to arrive on campus expecting a wide selection of diverse clubs with well-established members and goals.

February 1, 2018

UWRF directory can be a danger for students’ personal information

Most students from UW-River Falls have, at some point during their college career, gotten spam mail on their school email accounts. It comes in the form of job offers, false honor society invitations and loan notifications, and anyone who unwittingly clicks on the links stands the risk of inviting viruses onto their personal computers. Many of these emails look very legitimate and it can be very easy to fall into the trap.

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.