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Nathan Sparks

December 4, 2008

Christmas season becomes overwhelming

Christmas is coming, although our looming assignment deadlines and final exams can make it seem much farther away than it really is. I’ll spend some time with my family, watch my brother and cousins open their gifts, and probably watch a few Christmas specials on TV. Like most of us, I still look forward to […]

November 20, 2008

Jimmy John’s to build new restaurant in RF

The sandwich delivery chain Jimmy John’s is expected to build a restaurant near UW-River Falls on the southeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Spruce Street. The project began when a new Jimmy John’s franchise operator leased the site from Martinsen Land and Investment Oct. 29. The project is expected to receive city approval soon, and […]

November 13, 2008

Winter’s approach brings peace of mind

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s getting cold enough at night to frost up our car windows, the colorful autumn leaves have died and fallen and there’s little or no snow to make up for their absence. Everything’s very drab and chilly. However, this doesn’t bother me as much as it might bother […]

November 13, 2008

WRFW to celebrate 40 years on the air

The UW-River Falls radio station WRFW is planning an anniversary banquet Saturday, Nov. 22 to celebrate its 40 historic years of broadcasting. The event will take place in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. The banquet is primarily being held for UWRF alumni who contributed to the station, Journalism Professor Sandy Ellis said. Faculty […]

November 6, 2008

Congratulatory letters to McCain, Obama

I have been following the 2008 election attentively since the primaries began. I am not a very political person, but I do have my own opinions and concerns about both of the major candidates. I decided to write two congratulatory letters-one addressed to John McCain, the other to Barack Obama. Needless to say, I will […]

October 30, 2008

Halloween goes beyond costume, candy

I remember one dark and surreal night 17 years ago. I had no idea where I was. I was cold and confused and had only my little brother beside me, and even he was difficult to focus on through the blanket of snow that was falling. It was hard to imagine that we would ever […]

October 30, 2008

Political clubs prepare as election looms

With the 2008 election in sight, UW-River Falls’ political clubs have been busy preparing for the big day. The College Republicans, College Democrats, the Union of Democratic Progressives and Rise Up for Women’s Rights all have their own plans leading up to Nov. 4. College Republicans student contact Casie Kelley said in an e-mail interview […]

October 23, 2008

Irrational fears, compulsion often utilized to generate blameful acts

When the Founding Fathers of the United States of America hammered out the Constitution in 1787, they were not expecting perfection from their fledgling nation. Instead, they saw the potential for many mistakes that had troubled other countries for centuries. Showing remarkable foresight and wisdom, this first American generation sought to protect the people from […]

October 23, 2008

Best Western hotel under construction near University

The giant hole in the ground at the corner of Cascade Avenue and Main Street next to the Mariachi Loco restaurant will not remain a hole forever, as Twin Creek Construction Company builds a new Best Western hotel on the land. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2009, and the foundation of the […]

October 16, 2008

Outdoor art exhibits decorate campus

There were many sights to see at UW-River Falls from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10 – a pair of human hands rising from the soil, glass bottles growing from the trees and even Ronald McDonald and the Burger King fighting on the University Center lawn. These were just a few of the 34 works created […]