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Lauren Simenson

Lauren Simenson is a student at UW-River Falls.

May 2, 2018

Journalism degree can be useful in many areas of life

One of the first lessons that is driven into young journalism students is the duty journalists have to the people that they serve. Journalists work for the public and are (or should be) beholden to the readers first and foremost.

April 25, 2018

UWRF to feature ‘Year of Canada’

This upcoming school year the UWRF campus will shift its focus from the country of South Korea to our neighbor to the north. For the 2018-2019 school year, the UWRF “The ‘Year of’ Strategic Implementation Committee” has decided to feature the country of Canada. The selection committee is made up of the Provost, the director of the library, director of student life, director of global connections, a food service representative, chair of student senate and two or more faculty or staff from the University.

April 25, 2018

Danger and harassment can be around any corner for women

Nearly everywhere I go, especially when it is dark out, I get that familiar sense of anxiety and acute awareness of the people around me. That horrible dawning feeling of dread that creeps over me when I am out in the world is not unique to my experiences however. This is a pretty universal feeling felt by all women.

April 18, 2018

College basketball still fails to give proper compensation to women’s coaches

The Star Tribune reported on April 13, one day after Whalen’s coaching announcement, that her contract to coach “begins with a base salary of $400,000” and will increase each year until the final fifth year of her contract to $547,391. This amount seems laughably low to me given the knowledge I have on the exorbitant amount of money that male college coaches make.

April 17, 2018

Six students vying to represent their college in SGA elections this week

For the upcoming senator election, there are six candidates running to represent their respective colleges on campus. There are no senator candidates running to represent the College of Education and Professional Studies. According to Jacob Timm, the oversight and rules director for the Student Government Association, election rules state that “eligible voters may only cast votes for candidates running for college senator seats within their own college.”

April 11, 2018

Opinion on scary movies has changed from fear to appreciation

It may just be me, but I think that scary or horror movies these days are some of the best movies being shown in theatres right now.

March 28, 2018

Facial experience can lead to being comfortable in one’s own skin

I walked into the salon eight minutes after my appointment was set to begin, which, according to my standards for time was very late. After a hurried, but heartfelt, apology to the front desk, I followed my esthetician down a brightly lit hallway where the dense cream-colored carpet muffled the sounds of our steps.

March 21, 2018

‘Seinfeld’ was great for its time, but we need to move ahead

For someone who is part of a growing number of people who rarely watch regular network tv shows on an actual tv, I can only assume these reboots of classic television programs are meant to lure people back to watching tv in real time. Not for me. I prefer the original thank you very much.

March 21, 2018

Digital marketing key to attracting incoming freshman

At the start of last semester, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls became home to 1,325 new freshman students, the largest since 2009.

The increase in freshmen at the University might be thanks to two vital departments on campus, Admissions and the University’s Communication and Marketing Department.

March 7, 2018

Residents take sides on City Council’s latest ‘dam’ decision

Neal Gilbertson, 74, has been a resident of River Falls his entire life. Like many residents of River Falls, he has a bright blue sign on his lawn notifying his neighbors about his opinion about the dams in the Kinni River.

March 7, 2018

Best picture nominees display contrary image of cigarettes

For anyone who has spent any time with me since Christmas, the subject of how excited I am for the Oscars has definitely come up in conversation at least once. Award season, in my opinion, is the best season – and I am taking a firm, ‘sorry, not sorry’ stance on that.

February 28, 2018

RiseUp, Western Wisconsin! motivates people to take action against injustice

This past weekend was the one-year anniversary celebration of the grassroots organization RiseUp, Western Wisconsin! RiseUp was started right here in River Falls and came together shortly after several River Falls community members came home from the first Women’s March in Washington D.C in January 2017