Student Voice


November 30, 2023



Reagan Responds

Reagan advises on new love and women’s basketball

May 9, 2019

How do you break the ice in a new relationship?

Breaking the ice can be tricky at first. I think the best thing to do when in a new relationship, is pick an activity that is often done for first dates. Two people could go for a walk while talking to try to get to know each other a little better. Going to a movie is also a good way to get a conversation going and it provides minimal time for awkward moments. Going to see a movie passes the time, gives both people something to participate in, and provides enough substance for conversation for the rest of the date together. If movies don’t sound interesting there is also going to sporting events, going mini golf- ing, getting coffee, etc. the best way to break the ice in a new relationship is to do something that both individuals can participate in and enjoy. Having fun leads to natural conversation and feels a bit more relaxed than going to dinner or attending some sort of fancy upper-class event. Getting to know each other is going to be the best way to break the ice and having some sort of activity to do while trying to get to know each other will make the process significantly easier. Having small conversation starting questions is also a good way to break the ice. Conversations in a new relationship don’t have to be serious and intense. They can be simple, surface level questions that give each person just a little bit more insight into the other. Examples of this would include favorite foods, favorites color, what their hobbies are, etc. those topics can serve as great conversation starters. No matter what the people in the new relationship are interested in doing for an activity, the goal should be the same, to get to know each other better and have some fun in the process. That is the most effective way to break the ice in a new relationship and can provide a great foundation for the relationship moving forward.

What do you think are the expectations for Coach DuDonis’ first season with WBB?

I think that the expectations for Coach Blake DuDonis are going to be fairly high heading into his first season with the Women’s Basketball team. This past season, the Falcons had an interim coach that essentially took them within one game of a playoff berth. We saw the potential in the team last year and I think that similar success can and should be expected in the upcoming season. The Falcons have some of their best players coming back next year including Crystal Pearson and Jenna Zeman. Last season, Zeman showed that she has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the WIAC which will be a huge asset to DuDonis in his first season as head coach at UWRF. I thought that Interim Head Coach Derek Staley did a good job last season as a young head coach. However, I look forward to seeing what Head Coach DuDonis will do with this talented roster. If it was up to me and my expectations, I think making the playoffs is a must, even though it’s his first year. The Athletic Department at UWRF made the decision on this hire. Considering how last season ended, I think there should be expectations of playoffs at UWRF come next season. This is a talented roster that has shown in the past that they can compete with almost any team in the WIAC. Given what happened last year, and given the current tal- ent on the roster, playoffs should be an expectation going into next year. I have faith that DuDonis will do a quality job in his first season at UWRF, and I look forward to covering the team next season for the Student Voice. Essentially, if it was up to me, I would make the expectations for DuDonis and the Athletic Department a playoff berth in his first season as Head Coach at UWRF.

Reagan Hoverman is a student at UW-River Falls.