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Parking problems on campus could be solved with shuttles, expanded lots

October 18, 2017

Parking is one of the issues on campus that pretty much everyone complains about at some point in time. The problems typically involve the price of parking passes and the lack of available spaces, and the issues with parking most acutely affect students that commute from out of town.

New social media campaign brings awareness to sexual assault

October 18, 2017

A lot of my time this past week has been spent “liking” posts on social media, which up until recently had been a pretty standard activity. This standard activity has not been me just merely double-tapping a picture of a cute outfit or liking a post of a sarcastic and topical meme however. I have been showing support in the most basic of ways by liking every post of #MeToo that I have come across. I think I have liked more posts online in just this past week than I have every done in my time on the internet.

Letter to the Editor: Pruitt helps continue anti-environmental Trump administration

October 18, 2017

Dear Editor, On October 11, the PBS program Frontline aired “War on the EPA,” an alarming documentary focusing on Trump appointee Scott Pruitt’s ties to the big oil and coal industries and how he has acted to further their interests as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The day before PBS ran this program, Pruitt had announced the repeal of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which nudged states toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants over the next two decades. In his brief tenure as EPA head, Pruitt has repealed or blocked many other common sense regulatory measures protecting public health, such as banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide shown to damage the brains of fetuses and infants.  Chlorpyrifos is manufactured by Dow, and Pruitt vetoed the ban after a private meeting with Dow’s CEO. In a Pulitzer Prize winning series, New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton has publicly exposed Pruitt’s beholdenness to polluters, unearthing emails from Devon Energy in Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma with wording Pruitt used verbatim in his protests against EPA rulings. A climate change denier, Pruitt has obstructed attempts to move our country away from dependence on dirty, polluting energy sources toward renewables.  As […]

Alternative strategies needed to prevent further accidents on Cascade

October 11, 2017

A pedestrian was hit by a car on campus last Friday crossing at the corner of 4th and Cascade Ave. The female student was on a bike, and was hit by a passing vehicle while riding through the crosswalk.

‘Rick and Morty’ goes beyond the brand of entertainment to explore societal issues

October 11, 2017

Entertainment isn’t always simply about entertaining people.

Rhett and Link can still bring out the mythical best in us all

October 11, 2017

During the years of 2008-2010 there was a global recession, Captain Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates by the Navy SEAL team, and the iphone 4 was released by Apple. The years of 2008, 2009, and 2010 were not only a time of great change and trauma for the world but for me as well.

Active shooter awareness is critical in time of national tragedy

October 4, 2017

In the case of an active shooter, UW-River Falls has a written “Emergency Response Guide” posted online. It details the steps that a person should follow should an active assailant appear on campus unexpectedly. The first recommended course of action is to run away if at all possible. Failing that, a person should hide out of view where they are offered protection from potential gunfire. The last resort is to fight off the assailant with whatever is on hand. The University has determined that this three-step process is the most effective way to react to this sort of situation.

Dealing with head lice is a pain, but can be done

October 4, 2017

Dear Abigail, Some of my friends recently contracted lice, and I was wondering what the best methods were for treating them. How do you look for nits? What are some places in the area you can go to get supplies? Sincerely, The Friend Without Lice   Dear the Friend Without Lice, I am so sorry to hear about your friends contracting lice! While it is a very unfortunate thing that can happen, it is also very common and nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s just one of the things that happens when you hang out in people’s dorm rooms! When it comes to treating head lice, one product isn’t necessarily better than another. Your friends just need to be very thorough with the entire process. The first thing they should do is to go the store and get some kind of topical product that will work to kill the lice.  Walgreens on Main Street has a variety of lice treatment products in stock right now. It’s best to have an extra set of hands to help apply the product and be sure to follow the directions of whatever product they purchased as best as you can. When it comes to nits, which […]

Sustainably Ugly: Ugly food may be the solution to under-balanced college diet

October 4, 2017

Growing up I’ve had a strange relationship with food due to my parent’s choices in employment.

Desensitization to violence raises questions for gun control in America

October 4, 2017

Guns are all over America. In practically everyone’s homes, mine included, in movies, sold in the toy aisle, enmeshed into our cultural values and norms, and prominently shown on our tvs.

NFL protests divide the nation on issues of free speech

September 27, 2017

As the country reacts to the NFL’s recent decision to protest social injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem, we as citizens of the United States are being thrust into a position where we must take a stance on whether or not this is socially acceptable.

Local hospital experience raises concern for national healthcare

September 27, 2017

At the end of last semester there was a lot going on at once. For starters, my junior year was finally coming to a close, summer was almost here, and the United States also happened to be embroiled in some of the first early fighting over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. I was also going to weekly doctor appointments to investigate if I had a serious pre-existing heart condition. 

Childhood fanfictions help build skills for future writing projects

September 27, 2017

I saw myself as a superhero when I was twelve years old.

An open letter to former Vice President Joe Biden

September 27, 2017

Nearly a decade ago, I watched you along with Senator Barack Obama become the Vice President and President of the United States, respectively. More recently, last January, I watched as you and President Obama left office to go back to being private citizens. It wasn’t easy seeing you and him leave, but nothing will last forever.

Letter to the Editor: Hurricane impact causes deeper look at climate change

September 27, 2017

With deadly hurricanes slamming Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, tragic
earthquakes in Mexico and hundreds of western wildfires now lowering air
quality in our own region, it’s hard to know what more can be said to
convince skeptics that the earth really is in violent revolt against human
abuse of the environment.