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Although he became chancellor in 2009, Dean van Galen's inauguration did not take place until the spring of 2010. Here, van Galen (right) walks in the ceremony procession. (Sally King / Student Voice)

Van Galen reflects on decade as chancellor

January 27, 2019

Since the turn of the 21st century, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has had six different people as chancellor. Out of those six people, Dean Van Galen, the current chancellor of UW-River Falls, has been in the position for ten years.

Sabbaticals give UWRF faculty opportunity for research, recharging

February 13, 2019

Every year about five faculty members on average are granted a sabbatical leave at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. A sabbatical is paid time away from campus for research or study and may last a semester or a full academic year.

Western Wisconsin sees growth in organic farming

February 13, 2019

When shopping for groceries it’s easy to fall into a zombie-like state and grab your weekly supply of meals and snacks, but if you look closely you might notice a rising movement that’s taking root across Wisconsin. It’s an increase in the amount of organic produce hitting the shelves.

Is the pen mightier than the keyboard?

February 12, 2019

In the midst of a 60-minute lecture, it can be a struggle to keep up with the professor’s quick pace or monotone voice. Most students opt for good old-fashioned hand-written notes, however, with the advent of laptop computers and tablets, digital note-taking is gaining popularity.

Campus dairy bar opens

The nature of dating in the 21st century

Campus under a polar vortex


Falcons comeback falls short in last second thriller

February 12, 2019

The UW–River Falls Women’s basketball team dropped to 7-14 on the season following a last second 63-60 loss against UW–Stevens Point at Don Page Arena on Feb. 2. The Falcons came into the game at the bottom of the WIAC standings with a 1-9 record. The UW–Stevens Point Pointers came into the game second to last in the WIAC with a 4-6 record.

Falcons fall to nationally ranked Titans

February 12, 2019

UW–River Falls Men’s basketball dropped to 8-11 on the season, including a 1-7 WIAC record, following an 80-69 loss to UW–Oshkosh at Don Page Arena on Jan. 26.

Falcons set for a showdown with top-ranked Tommies

Minnesota Vikings inch closer to wild-card spot in victory over Miami

Cleveland’s strange offseason sign for Twins to spend big

Men’s basketball treasures playing at U.S. Bank Stadium

Falcons men’s basketball makes history at U.S. Bank Stadium


Campus seeks solutions to hunger problem

February 13, 2019

Food insecurity is not something students often consider when looking at which college they will call home temporarily. Food insecurity on college campuses has become an apparent problem in recent years, including at UW-River Falls. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

FERPA’s role with student information

December 12, 2018

There are many students on campus that are unaware of how their personal information can become public once they register to become a student here at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Student privacy is protected under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). According to the university website, FERPA laws govern “The release of student education records maintained by the university, and access to these records.”

UW-System tuition freeze limits opportunities for UW schools

November 19, 2018

This fall began the sixth year with no change in the tuition costs of schools in the University of Wisconsin System. Gov. Scott Walker was the one to implement the tuition freeze back in 2013.


To give the Oscars their striking appearance, all surfaces have to be perfect. Gold plating is only one micron thick and would not cover even the smallest indent. To accomplish a perfect surface, the castings are plated first with copper, then nickel, and polished to a high luster.

Student Voice reviews Academy Award nominees

February 13, 2019

The Academy Awards, also known to many as the Oscars, is the oldest worldwide entertainment award ceremony, going on its 91st iteration. The first award was presented back in 1929, and has been a staple of film achievement ever since.

This Week in Books: Religion

February 16, 2019

Last spring semester, I began to recognize that the best way I could fulfill my academic desires of a strengthened education was by reading. Reading frequently, reading often, and reading on a variety of subjects. There are many reasons to pick up the habit of reading and I believe reading offers a lot to the human experience.