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Enforcement of university smoking ban should be up to the smoker, not others

September 29, 2016

UW-River Falls is supposed to be a tobacco-free campus, but this semester, a visible increase in smokers can be seen in front of North Hall. It seems that the cement and brick structure near Cascade Avenue has become the new “smoker’s corner,” often filled with groups of people puffing away as students pass by during the day. The tobacco-free campus policy was implemented on July 1, 2013, according to the university’s website. It was up for review in August 2016 and will not be reviewed again until 2019. This means that we should have three more years of fresh air while walking to and from class. It sounds wonderful. The policy, while great in theory, is poorly enforced. Under the FAQ section of the page dedicated to the policy, it states, “The expectation is that persons will voluntarily comply with the policy.” Clearly, that is not working. The official document itself says, “Enforcement of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff and students to not only comply with the policy, but also to encourage others to comply in order to promote a healthy and clean environment in which to work, learn and live.” On the website, a […]

Ask Colleen: Finding my people on campus

September 28, 2016

Ask Colleen,
I am having a really hard time finding “my people” on campus. It is my sophomore year on campus and I feel like the friends I do have aren’t really the people I want to hang around with. I don’t know if I should ditch them and find new friends or just keep the ones I have. I’m scared to try and join a new friend group.

UWRF Student Health and Counseling Services to host annual WellCheck event

September 28, 2016

Wellness is wellness, right? Wrong. Wellness is made up of many different facets. From financial and academic wellness to nutritional and physical wellness, all areas are important to consider as representative of UW-River Falls. Whether you are busy with coursework, attending endless extracurricular meetings or on the hunt for new experiences, wellness follows you all throughout your life and it is never too late to learn more about how to be well.

Pet companionship is the purr-fect stress reliever

September 28, 2016

When I was little, my mom had a little Yorkshire terrier, Jessie, the last survivor of the two yorkies she had before my brother and I were born, her babies before her real babies if you will. When Jessie finally died, after a horrific ear infection, which is a story for a different time, my mom said that Jessie would be the last animal we would ever have in the house. And she was right, for a time.

Authentic adventure may involve avoiding the ‘tourist blob’

September 28, 2016

I spent a month this summer travelling abroad in Scotland through the UW-River Falls Wisconsin in Scotland (WIS) program. While I was there, I happened across an exploration phenomenon that seasoned travelers likely recognize and which first-timers should beware of. I’ve come to call it the “tourist blob.” A common theme in the WIS orientations was “Get outside your comfort zone.” We were encouraged to try new foods, explore strange places, talk to natives, etc., and I discovered that the very worst way to do this is to tour around with a large crowd of people you’re familiar with. It’s difficult to talk with natives when you’re cocooned inside a crowd of fellow Americans. It’s difficult to wander into shops you find interesting, or towards food you’d like to taste. You are, in effect, insulated from the culture. I met a woman named Aileen (Gaelic for Helen) while taking a ferry off the coast of Scotland, and she told me that her daughter had gone traveling alone when she was about my age. “She liked it better because she found people talked to her more and she saw more of the culture when she was alone. When you’re traveling with […]

Healthier food options on campus are a must

September 22, 2016

UWRF’s food provider, Chartwells, is heading into its second year of its seven-year contract. In June of 2015, Chartwells took over dining services from Sodexo. With the exit of Sodexo came the loss of many healthy food options for students.

Ask Colleen: Just friends or something more?

September 22, 2016

Question: I’m not sure if I should go to grad school or if I should take some time off from school and work first. I don’t want to feel like I’m behind but it’s also a big financial and time commitment. What do I do? – Indecisive Dear Indecisive, This question runs through my mind daily and I am sure the minds of a lot of different students. Let’s not even stop at students, this is something people ask themselves all the time. What do I do next? The good thing about this question is that it seems as though you have many options. First off all, congrats on getting your undergrad. That is an accomplishment in itself. It’s funny how 25 years ago obtaining an undergrad degree wasn’t very common. Now, going to college and getting your undergrad is almost expected. Societal norms can often put the pressure on recently graduated students. But what’s normal anyway? The day before classes started this semester I decided to change my major. I’m in my senior year of college and this whole time have been going to school for education. It was terrifying. I’m not going to lie, I was worried what […]

Student Health: How to adjust to college life

September 21, 2016

Advice to freshmen: Stay in town the first few weekends of college.

As summer fades, the sunny state of mind does not

September 21, 2016

As the sweltering heat of August gave way to an even warmer September, I was in a continual state of sweatiness that had nothing to do with the weather. Typically, I do not dread the beginning of school, especially now when I love the classes I am enrolled in. Lately, however, I have come to dread the question, “So how was your summer?”

‘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).