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Teresa Aviles

Teresa Aviles is a student at UW-River Falls.

November 20, 2008

Election initiatives loosen marijuana enforcement

Massachusetts recently passed a ballot initiative in the recent election allowing the decriminalization of marijuana. Michigan passed a medical marijuana law allowing for the legitimately ill to use, posses and cultivate. Hawaii and Arkansas both passed the ballot initiatives to make marijuana possession laws the lowest priority for local law enforcement. I think many people […]

November 20, 2008

Finalists named in chancellor search

The five finalists for the UW-River Falls chancellor position were named Nov. 18 at the Town Hall meeting. The search and screen committee comprised of 19 members, including students, community members, staff and faculty, chose the five finalists from 11 candidates whom they have been reviewing since June.   The committee made their recommendations to […]

November 13, 2008

Living situations should be decided on by students

Living in the dorms is the most influential time for a new college student. The student has a new opportunity to meet all different kinds of people, engage in various activities and be placed in an environment where everyone else is in the same situation. You are not alone. During my freshman year of college […]

November 13, 2008

Historic cemetery lost in modern community

In a city where college students dominate, the hidden treasures go unnoticed. One of many sites to see in River Falls is the historic Foster Cemetery. Unlike other cemeteries, this one is over 100 years old and is located in the woods on top of a bluff overlooking the Kinnickinnic River to the south and […]

November 6, 2008

Exploring River Falls’ landmarks provides new adventures

I wonder how well I would be able to map out an area like a city without ever seeing a map of the area prior to the mapping. Probably pretty well, however, I will never find out unless I was to be dropped off somewhere blindfolded. Exploring could be fun. Discovering new coffee shops, a […]

November 6, 2008

University develops strategic recycling plan

“It helps that the bins are a different color and they have the triangle on them,” Manny Kenney, assistant director of grounds maintenance and recycling coordinator, said. “These bins stay put and are more attractive. They fit the campus’ aesthetics.” Recycling bins that are usually used outdoors are actually plastic barrels painted blue. These barrels […]

November 6, 2008

University Center receives ‘interiorscaping’

  The UW-River Falls University Center acquired new plant life on Oct. 28 after a design company, McCaren Design Inc., was hired by a committee that scored three different design companies that proposed putting plants in the UC.   Walking into the south entrance there are two trees reaching to the top of the next […]

October 30, 2008

Classroom walls crave bright colors

I’m a good student. I go to class and take notes and study them for exams. I usually pay attention to what the instructor has to say (unless I don’t believe they have anything interesting to say). But I still feel that some classrooms are lacking an intellectual stimulus that universities should have. We need […]

October 23, 2008

River Falls’ lifestyle would benefit from Chinatown

River Falls will soon have another gas station on Main Street. In addition to a new stoplight at the corner of Quarry Road and North Main Street, there will be the town’s second Kwik Trip. Another gas station. Another gas station. Someone thought this move was a good idea. Do you think it is a […]

October 16, 2008

Bulk purchasing saves money, time, waste

There are some things that should definitely be taught in schools but are somehow looked over. Like how to reduce your electricity bill by unplugging all of your appliances when they’re not in use, or how to be a conscientious online shopper by using the less expensive services and classified sites. These things seem obvious […]

October 16, 2008

Ally training held to educate students about GLBT community

The Minnesota Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Campus Alliance held a three-hour ally training program at UW-River Falls Oct. 9. The event was held to train and educate those who attended on interacting with people from the GLBT community and how to deal with discrimination. “Let’s start with the word ‘gay,’” Ann Phibbs, the main […]

October 2, 2008

First presidential debate reminds columnist of elementary school

When I ran for class president in the third grade, I won. The runner-up became my vice-president. Our differences were what made us a great team as we worked hard together to represent our class of 30 students and to sell the most heart-shaped lollipop Valentine-grams of any other classroom that year.   I often […]