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December 12, 2018

FERPA’s role with student information

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.”

November 19, 2018

UW-System tuition freeze limits opportunities for UW schools

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.

May 3, 2018

The future is uncertain, but there are ways to take control

Graduation, for many people, is right around the corner. This moment is the one you have been waiting for these 4 + years of college, but now that it is here, you might not know exactly what to do. There probably isn’t anyone who is fully qualified to give advice on what to do next, but we at the Student Voice have decided to take a shot at it.

April 19, 2018

Choose healthy coping methods as finals approach

The end of the semester is beginning to draw near. Finals and projects are beginning to loom, and it is time for the Student Voice to write its compulsory, biannual editorial about how to not burn yourself out as things get crazy.

April 11, 2018

Videoclip reveals unsettling truths about media in the U.S.

Around two weeks ago, a videoclip started circulating social media that painted a chilling picture of modern television news.

April 5, 2018

UWRF is predicted to grow, so where are we putting people?

The Student Voice does not see this as a sufficient or fair plan. One of the roots of this problem is the two-year residency rule. This is a UW System policy, and it requires that first and second-year students must live in the residence halls. There are exceptions for anyone over 21 years of age, veterans, married students or people with extenuating financial circumstances. Students can also opt out of living in the dorms if they have a permanent address within the approved commuting zip codes.

March 29, 2018

Voting in local and state elections is critical to democracy

We are living in a time when a lot of contentious political issues are up for debate. The future is uncertain, and we as voters have an opportunity to sway which direction it goes. However, this first requires that we get out and make an informed vote.

March 22, 2018

Mental health is something that society needs to take seriously

The UW-River Falls Student Government Association is working with Student Health and Counseling and Student Involvement to sponsor a Mental Health Awareness Week April 2-6. Details on what will go on during the week are yet to be released, but the SGA has been discussing bringing in therapy dogs and hosting speaker Kevin Hines to talk about his experience as a suicide survivor.

March 8, 2018

Small changes can have a big effect on campus life

In just about any given environment, the people living or working within it will notice things that they want to fix. A university is no exception; thousands of people walk the halls of the buildings and sit in the classrooms every day, and many of these people have one or two things they think can improve.

March 1, 2018

Kinni dam removal has finally moved forward, but not fast enough

A resolution was finally approved regarding the removal of the two dams that are blocking the Kinnickinnic River through River Falls. The final decision was unanimously in favor of eventually removing both dams, though the hydroelectric license will be renewed one last time.

February 22, 2018

Gun violence is horrible, but will only change if we demand it

In one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, 17 people were left dead last Wednesday after a lone gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire on the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

February 15, 2018

Alarms need more communication, respect in order to be effective

A fire started in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on Tuesday, which ultimately prompted an evacuation. Students, annoyed at what they thought was a drill, reluctantly filed out into the snow, many of them without jackets because they thought they would be let back in the building after five minutes. Even after it became clear that the alarm wasn’t a drill, students didn’t take the danger seriously and were occasionally darting back into the building to grab items.