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Online classes, while tempting, need further development

December 14, 2017

Online classes are often subjected to complaints from students across UW-River Falls. One of the more infamous courses that students once had to take was online physical education, which prompted students to exercise with videos and corresponding questions about heart rate and diet. Anyone over the level of freshman knows about this course, and knows that the course was rarely, if ever, taken seriously. Eventually, it was changed to in-person because it was very obvious that it was not achieving desired results.

Actively making friends can affect graduating on time

December 13, 2017

The fall semester of my last year in college is almost over, and for the first time, I am feeling nostalgic about saying goodbye to my seat neighbors in my classes and even to some of my small group members. I have now reached a point in my collegiate career where everyone I know is starting to graduate, which means that the chance to see them for a couple hours each week is disappearing.

Horoscopes by Beth: December 15

December 13, 2017

“Lo, how does thy in possession of silly effeminate wiles approach the holiday of Christ? How may I be certain of the rightfulness of my actions if I am but a peasant, unaware of the planet’s alignment and their tricks within thy fate?” This is what you probably thought this morning, but don’t worry because your friendly neighborhood reviewer is here to read those planets and align those signs for you.

Start applying: why internships are a valuable part of the college experience

December 13, 2017

In high school, I never heard much about internships. It was a word I heard from time to time, but I never quite bothered to find out exactly what they were, and it was never impressed on me just how important they are once you get to college.

To all freshmen starting college: start looking for them now.

Letter to the Editor: tax reform bill comes at the expense of most Americans

December 13, 2017

Dear Editor,

Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the GOP tax “reform”
bill in its House and Senate versions is basically a massive give-away to
the richest Americans at the expense of everyone else.

Trump decision to scale back national parks disrupts nature, future preservation

December 7, 2017

Trump recently made a proclamation effectively shrinking the size of two national parks in the U.S.: the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante parks in Utah.

According to an article from USA Today, “The Bears Ears National Monument will shrink 85 percent to 201,876 acres, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be cut by 39 percent to 1 million acres.”

Freshman perspective: Charlie Swanson

December 6, 2017

Growing up in Lino Lakes, Minn., I was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful school district. I had access to all the resources and help that I could have wanted. Education was prioritized over everything else in my family, which lead to a lot of pressure on me to succeed in the classroom. However, video games, sports, friends and sleep all took precedence for me. 

Going to college was always my goal, but I didn’t take my education as seriously as a college bound student should. Coming into the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, I knew I would have to finally learn how to become a student in order to be successful.

Freshman perspective: Bennett Ryynanen

December 6, 2017

Before college, I was homeschooled all the way through tenth grade. My junior and senior year of high school were spent at a community college in Brooklyn Park, Minn. UWRF was not my first exposure to the college classroom, but that doesn’t mean I was an expert on the college experience. My first semester here is nearly complete, and I’ve enjoyed my time thus far. Pre-finals judgments may be a bit premature, but I suppose they’re all I have to work with right now. 

Turning 22 gives perspective on journey from shy high schooler to confident adult

December 6, 2017

This past year was notable for a lot of reasons. I cried over the results of a presidential race for the first time. I planned my first surprise party. I began my last year of undergrad. I also turned 22.

Reading Vonnegut in the Trump era: how required reads can be relevant

December 6, 2017

I recently read my second ever Kurt Vonnegut book, the first being “Slaughterhouse Five,” which was a requirement when I went through high school. Vonnegut is one of those authors teachers try to push during high school, but I don’t think we are fully equipped to understand his work at that point in life.

Complaints about Dining Services need to be voiced

November 30, 2017

On Tuesday, Dining Services and representatives from Chartwells made an appearance at the Student Senate meeting to present information about their services and to hear the complaints of the public. The event, however, was not well advertised, so no one from the general public showed up to voice their opinions. This is not, however, because everyone is satisfied with the quality of food and services.

Letter to the editor: revised air quality regulations at risk of harming public

November 29, 2017

As if the Trump administration’s attacks on public health and the environment weren’t enough, Wisconsin Public Radio reported on November 21 that the Wisconsin State Assembly is considering a bill to eliminate all of our state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year.

Net neutrality is under threat, but there’s something you can do about it

November 29, 2017

It began as a series of experiments in the 1960s. Few at that time could have envisioned how their creation would revolutionize every facet of our world.

A ‘pretty’ resume is not always a useful one

November 29, 2017

As a college junior I am continually looking for ways to better market myself to potential employers. For instance, during the second week of the upcoming spring semester, I will be in the Washington, D.C. area attending the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School.

‘Nathan For You’ shows the need to check the legitimacy of celebrities’ stories

November 29, 2017

Nathan Fielder, host of Comedy Central’s reality show Nathan For You, is no stranger to the needlessly elaborate. For three seasons, he’s used his aptitude for the unconventional to help struggling small businesses overcome hurdles, usually through over-the-top marketing stunts.