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‘No confidence’ vote from faculty senate highlights unease at UWRF

May 5, 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, the UW-River Falls Faculty Senate passed a resolution of no confidence in UW System President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents. Through this action, the Faculty Senate condemned the weakening the tenure and shared governance in the UW System and called for them to recommit themselves to the Wisconsin Idea.

Lauren Abroad: he end of the journey

May 4, 2016

A cue that my semester abroad had come to an end was the sizable amount of legroom that I enjoyed on my flight home. After many cheap flights on tiny European flights, I was very excited to fly home with Delta. How could I ever have thought that Delta flights were cramped?

Students should maintain respect, decency in online interactions

April 29, 2016

Writing things specifically with the purpose of embarrassing, hurting or ruining the image of other people behind the mask of online anonymity is a terrible thing to do; it says a lot about a person who does this for no other reason

Students should make voices heard voting in Student Senate elections

April 14, 2016

Student Senate elections are coming up. UW-River Falls students will have the option of voting online for their choice of Senate president along with other members of Senate including the vice-president between April 27-29.

Budget cuts threaten the effectiveness of great UWRF professors

April 14, 2016

When society says, “You can’t,” I say you can. When someone doubts your abilities, confidently tell them, “Just watch me.” These are lessons taught and practiced within the walls of Professor Warren Johnson’s Marketing Communications classes.

STEM job prospects not as plentiful as the public assumes

April 7, 2016

One of the most important yet complex questions we face as educators is: How do we best prepare our students for life after the university? As part of a national trend, our campus is moving toward STEM-related fields and majors (Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Math).

After CAS budget crisis, students and faculty must still work with respect

April 4, 2016

As all of you know at this point, UW-River Falls is facing harsh budget cuts that are putting the quality of education at the university at risk. The College of Arts and Sciences at UWRF is especially feeling the pain, facing a $1.5 million cut.

Women’s History Month gives time for reflection

March 24, 2016

It is a subject of debate currently whether women are entirely equal in the US, with each side presenting at least some valid points. However, regardless of the answer, women’s history month is made no less important as a time to focus on and celebrate half of the world’s population.

Students and faculty should speak out against current budget cuts, fight for a quality education

March 23, 2016

I just returned from my first Faculty Senate meeting at UW-River Falls. I was there as a photojournalist, but it was hard for me to separate my feelings from my work as I was observing a meeting where topics that have largely impacted on my life were being discussed with strong tension in the room.

Guest speaker brings discussion of hookup culture to campus

March 23, 2016

Last night I had the opportunity to hear Lisa Wade speak about hookup culture on college campuses. Wade has a PhD in sociology from UW-Madison.

Everyday social media users ought to be avoided as source of legitimate news

March 10, 2016

Members of faculty are worried about losing their jobs while students are concerned about possibly not being able to finish their majors or minors due to the cutting of classes and department funds. Everyone seems to be stricken with worry and lost in a confusion of misinformation.

‘A Happy Death,’ a little-known precursor to renowned author

March 10, 2016

While many of us are familiar with the novel “The Stranger” by Albert Camus, less know the book that it was originally supposed to be. “A Happy Death” is the novel that Camus had written originally. The novel was nearly lost, as Camus did not publish it after writing it, instead opting to leave it alone. While it was written between 1936-1938 it was not published until the year 1971, more than 10 years after the death of Camus.

Lauren in Paris: French food for the soul

March 10, 2016

When I think of Paris I tend to think of food first. I think of chefs in tall white toques that have studiously learned classic French techniques in culinary schools whose names I cannot even pretend to pronounce properly. Then, I’ll think of duck; even before I consider French desserts and pastries.

The death of George Martin brings back beloved Beatles memories

March 10, 2016

In a year that has seen the deaths of many musical giants, music fans all over the world are struggling to keep up with the grieving. On Tuesday night, fans were shocked with yet another fallen giant, Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

UW-River Falls pulls off another great, informative TEDx event

March 3, 2016

With this year’s TEDx event, the second on campus, the impression seemed to be that it would be a dud compared to the first one put on last year. Fortunately, the event managed to exceed expectations and provide another fascinating variety of enjoyable subjects.