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Transition of leadership in student organizations brings about opportunity for change

May 4, 2017

As this academic year comes to a close, we at the Student Voice are in the process of passing the power to our new leaders. This had led to a bittersweet feeling as those of us who are graduating prepare to leave the newspaper behind, and those of us who are about to step into leadership roles get ready for new responsibilities.

Ask Colleen: A farewell

May 3, 2017

Dear Colleen,

How did you get started with writing an advice column? What has been your favorite part about doing this column? Did you learn anything along the way?

From,

Colleen

A thank you letter to Falcon Nation

May 3, 2017

To Falcon Nation:

Thank you. Thank you for the memories. Thank you to the coaches, the players and even my fellow Falcon fans who I have been on this incredible and roller coaster-type ride with. I have had the pleasure, and an unbelievable opportunity, over the past five years to get to know hundreds of people from players to fans. The experiences I can take away from Falcon athletics are infinite, and the memories bring an ear-to-ear smile to my face.

Keeping a diary is like building a time machine of our lives

May 3, 2017

Humans are forgetful creatures. Our brains start deteriorating as we get older, we take longer to learn new things and we don’t remember new information as quickly as we did, but the worst part is we lose our memories. It’s such a sorrowful thing that we start to forget the important moments or old friends in our lives.

Publishing opinion pieces denouncing climate change can be damaging

May 3, 2017

The Student Voice and the New York Times, two papers never before mentioned in the same sentence, now have something in common. Recently, both papers have published opinion pieces denying the validity of climate change.

Letter to the Editor: Student Government Association must resolve internal issues

May 2, 2017

My name is Patrick Okan. I was on the Student Senate (now called SGA) from 2008-2012. I served in various roles, including as the spring 2011 elections commissioner and on an elections reform committee in 2010.

Alcohol in the University Center could have positive impact on drinking culture

April 27, 2017

Students who voted in the Student Government Association election this semester were given the chance to weigh in on whether they would support the sale of alcohol in the University Center. We think it’s a great idea.

Ask Colleen: On campus or off

April 26, 2017

Ask Colleen,

I’m currently a sophomore and, as you know, students are required to live on campus for their first two years. Since I’ll be a junior next year, I really wanted to live off campus.

Trump’s first 100 days highlight spreading of fear, hate

April 26, 2017

Trump’s first 100 days have been anything but a success. I would characterize this first chunk of his rule by the 100 headaches I have succumbed to because of his antics or the 100 nights I have gone to bed worrying about what America would be like tomorrow.

Demonizing climate change skeptics hinders scientific progress

April 26, 2017

In the current political climate, a particular set words is thrown around a lot: anti-science and the climate change denier. The two terms are, at the heart of the matter, insults proclaiming a person is irrational. The primary users of the terms are Leftists and those preaching that catastrophic climate change is imminent.

Letter to the Editor: Both sides not represented in rugby article

April 26, 2017

We, the women’s rugby team, are upset with the article published in the Student Voice on April 21 because of the failure to report both sides of the story. We are disappointed that we were not given a voice, as none of the current team members were ever contacted in regards to the piece.

It’s On Us Week of Action shows that sexual assault is everyone’s issue

April 20, 2017

The It’s On Us Week of Action is coming up, and it marks an effort by UW-River Falls to bring attention to an important issue: sexual assault on college campuses.

Characterization in fantasy is important to get lost in the story

April 19, 2017

As a creative writing major, I have spent the past few semesters learning about how to properly craft a fictional story to gather readership.

Ask Colleen: Dealing with the senior slide

April 19, 2017

Dear Colleen,

I am a senior graduating in May, and I have lost all of my motivation. There are 17 days of school left, and the motivation is gone. I feel like I have hit a wall.

‘Girls’ showed awkward reality of being a 20-something

April 18, 2017

I was a latecomer to the “Girls” bandwagon. And by “Girls,” I do not mean the name for young women, or the word used often to inappropriately refer to grown women. Instead, I am talking about the HBO show “Girls” created by Lena Dunham.