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National reporting culture of sexual assault stands to be drastically changed

November 16, 2017

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.

Are engagement rings really about them, or you?

November 15, 2017

“I made an investment.” My sister’s (ex) fiancée had reassured us of that no more than five times during our Christmas dinner, forcing her to hold up her ring with every single utterance and interrupting my older sister’s enjoyment of stuffing and chicken.

Taylor Swift album ‘Reputation’ evolves from her previous work

November 15, 2017

I think I love Taylor Swift’s music again.

The latest album installment, “Reputation”, has finalized Taylor’s evolution from a guitar-toting country music darling to a pop artist who expertly captures her experience in powerful beats. After searching unsuccessfully for services that could stream Reputation for free, I conceded defeat and digitally forked over the $13.99. I listened to the whole thing on earbuds jammed into my ears in the hour break between classes and concluded after just the second song on the lineup that it was money well spent.

Providing scientific context for human-caused climate change

November 15, 2017

In light of the column submitted to the Student Voice by Jack Romanik and his statements regarding the questionable validity of human-caused climate change, I would like to take some time to stop and look through some of Romanik’s claims and provide scientific context.

On Climate Change and Free Speech

November 15, 2017

This article is written in response to an article by Lauren Simenson, titled Publishing opinion pieces denouncing climate change can be damaging.

So we’ve gone over the cliff I had hoped to avoid.  One side is denouncing the other, in this case, I’d say without causation.  Target one, me.  Target two, a New York Times columnist.  Now, I find the comparison of myself with the New York Times journalist flattering.  I thank you for that. However, side stepping around the accusation that we’re climate change deniers is just plain insulting and dishonest, despite clearly implying it.  

Ask before you assume: creating a campus climate of inclusion

November 9, 2017

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.”

The little adventures are sometimes the best

November 8, 2017

I find great value in random, little adventures.

Well thought out, carefully planned adventures are great in their own right. I went to Scotland last summer, and though the trip took a lot of planning and effort, it was one of the most fantastic I’ve had a chance to go on during my college career.

Awareness for Misophonia brings relief and understanding

November 8, 2017

When I was growing up, almost every night the four members of my family could be found all sitting around our kitchen table eating dinner together. There was always delicious food, thanks to my mom, and lots of conversation and laughter.

Power of presence: how an active villain can create emotional attachment

November 8, 2017

Villains are fascinating.

A badly-done villain tends to be an extremely underwhelming experience in a movie or book. The protagonists’ victory feels hollow, and the viewer/reader is left to wander away from the experience feeling distinctly unfulfilled.

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

November 1, 2017

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.

The basic guide to food critique

November 1, 2017

As we know, it is every basic white girl’s duty to either run a food blog or own a food Instagram.

Ask Abigail: How to buy affordable makeup that isn’t tested on animals

November 1, 2017

Dear Abigail,

I’ve recently been getting more interested in makeup but I keep running into a problem when I go to purchase new makeup. I only want to buy makeup from brands that don’t test on animals but I also can’t afford to spend $20 on one eyeliner. Do you know of any good cruelty-free makeup brands that fit a college budget? Why do brands test on animals anyway?

Sincerely, An Animal Lover

Crisis in Yemen raises questions over American spending habits

November 1, 2017

Children in bright Halloween costumes with their chubby hands clenched around buckets of crinkly-packaged candy filled the feeds of my various social media accounts this past week.

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

October 25, 2017

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.

Instagram and reading can help stave off the senior slide

October 25, 2017

Senior year has made me regret ever using the word “busy” before in my life. Up until this year, I do not think I had any idea what this word actually meant, as I have genuinely never felt this intense feeling of being so “busy” before.