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Students showing more interest in local and state government vital to democracy

October 20, 2016

On Sunday, Oct. 16, candidate for the U.S. Senate Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) were in the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center, campaigning for Feingold as one of Feingold’s many stops around the state.

Job emails promising $300 usually too good to be true

October 19, 2016

Attending college can be very costly with today’s tuition rates, so many students take on part time jobs in or around campus to make supplementary income. Some students may take on an on-campus position offered through federal work study, while other students may prefer to work for the multiple businesses in and around the River Falls area. However, most of these positions pay far less than the one offered in an email sent out to me last month.

‘A Prairie Home Companion’ continues to be an influence

October 19, 2016

The deep voice, and sometimes the nose breathing, of radio show host, musician and author Garrison Keillor has been a soundtrack to my childhood ever since I could remember, even when I used to beg to be able to listen to literally anything else. Now, I look forward to hearing old episodes of this baby boomer classic more than I ever thought I could imagine, or will admit to my parents.

Ask Colleen: Getting on the Dean’s List

October 19, 2016

How do I get on the Dean’s List this semester? Before college I never cared about making a Dean’s List, but now that I am at college it seems to be a bigger deal. Do you have any advice on how to make the list?

Ask Colleen: Messy roommate and campus glares

October 13, 2016

My roommate has really been bothering me lately because she isn’t even remotely clean in our shared living spaces and when I try to talk to her about it she gets very defensive and comes up with a million excuses and never takes responsibility.

Trump’s behavior promotes rape culture, is intolerable

October 13, 2016

If you own a television, use social media or look at what is trending online, you’ve undoubtedly heard Donald Trump’s degrading remarks about women. In a recently leaked conversation from 2005, Trump speaks with television host Billy Bush (with a microphone on him, nonetheless) openly about being able to do whatever he wants with women, simply because he’s famous.

Student Health and Counseling Services: All-nighters are not worth it in the long run

October 12, 2016

Planning on pulling an “all-nighter?” You may want to get some sleep instead. Research continues to show that more and more students are not getting enough sleep. Only 45 percent of UW-River Falls students got enough sleep to feel rested four or more days of the week when they woke up in the morning, and 40 percent of UWRF students had more than a little to a very big problem of sleepiness during the daytime in the past seven days, according to UWRF National College Health Assessment Data.

Applefest offers food, music and autumn colors

October 12, 2016

It is common knowledge that Americans have the least, and take the least amount of, vacation days than almost any other country in the world. I firmly believe that there is always time for a quick getaway to recharge, change up your everyday environment and just plain enjoy yourself!

Annual art installations should be appreciated by all

October 6, 2016

The 25th Annual Outdoor Art Installations were held on Oct. 5 and 6. The installations featured artwork created by students and faculty, as well as pieces created by full class sections.

Trash can squirrel is a sign of things to come

October 5, 2016

I remember walking back from the University Center my freshman year and seeing a squirrel eating a corn dog. Back then I thought it was adorable and immediately uploaded it to my snapchat story, but looking back on it I should have been disgusted.

Exploring in River Falls may take going beyond the trail

October 5, 2016

Many people know about, probably even visit, Glen Park.
It’s a great place to go read a book on a quiet afternoon or eat lunch on a warm summer’s day, but most people do not look beyond the mowed lawn and the playground sets.

Conforming to societal beauty standards just as valid as ignoring them

October 5, 2016

You know that feeling you get where you’re riding a roller coaster and you are teetering on the top of the big drop? That feeling where your muscles clench, and a swooping sensation of dread settles into the pit of your stomach? I had that same feeling of tense regret last Thursday when I found myself lying on a table, staring into a bright light, with a strip of hot wax waiting to be ripped off my face. And like being on that roller coaster, just waiting for it to go over the edge, it was far too late to turn back.

Ask Colleen: No desire to do homework

October 5, 2016

I hate homework. I never do it. I’d rather be baiting piranhas with my toes than wasting my days away on this crap. On the rare occasion that I actually do my homework, you’ll find me sitting in some obscure corner in one of these buildings frantically writing 10 minutes before class.

Enforcement of university smoking ban should be up to the smoker, not others

September 29, 2016

UW-River Falls is supposed to be a tobacco-free campus, but this semester, a visible increase in smokers can be seen in front of North Hall. It seems that the cement and brick structure near Cascade Avenue has become the new “smoker’s corner,” often filled with groups of people puffing away as students pass by during the day.

Ask Colleen: Finding my people on campus

September 28, 2016

Ask Colleen,
I am having a really hard time finding “my people” on campus. It is my sophomore year on campus and I feel like the friends I do have aren’t really the people I want to hang around with. I don’t know if I should ditch them and find new friends or just keep the ones I have. I’m scared to try and join a new friend group.