Addicted to the thrill

Sam Kilgard- There are many events in this world that get one’s heart pumping: asking your crush out on a date, starting a new job, even attending your first day of college, but nothing compares to the feeling of standing in front of an audience and performing. Public speaking is a common phobia. So many…

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Tune in, it’s award season!

Cameron Parrucci-   The Grammys came quickly and went even faster, and unfortunately, left a lot of people with a bad taste in their mouths, depending on how much you love Beyonce, apparently. However, the Grammys are not the only award show we have to look forward to — or, alternately, be worried for —…

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An Ice Cold Pat on the Back

Shannon Hoyt-   Nineteen years ago, a collection of people in Alaska cut a hole into the ice of a lake and jumped in to raise money for the Special Olympics. Today, this event is now a successful nationwide fundraiser: the Polar Plunge.      Karen Kraus, Regional Director of Development for Special Olympics Wisconsin,…

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The Poetry of Penance

Ryan Curtis-   The Entertainment Design professor Kevin Pontuti has been working on a visual poetry series titled “The Poetry of Penance.” The short film series is described as: “Set within the psychological landscape of the European middle ages, these short vignettes — Cantos — use magical realism to explore themes of love, sin, remorse…

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The Coax: Origins, inspirations and the future

Cameron Parrucci-   From tributes honoring 1970s psychedelic masterpieces, to writing an album about the drag of living a nine-to-five lifestyle, to playing and booking over a hundred shows in one year, Tom Lescovich of The Coax is no stranger to the intricacies of music, and his band wonderfully reflects that. The Coax, if they…

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The Game Design and Development Process at Stout

Ryan Curtis- Stories begin with ideas. Those ideas are then turned into video games by Game Design and Development students. However, games don’t just appear out of thin air. A development process is undertaken before the completed games are showcased at the Stout Game Expo every semester. Students of GDD 325, Two Dimensional Game Design…

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Tank shines new light on history of Menomonie

Mary Peters- Retired University of Wisconsin–Stout journalism professor, David Tank, has long stunned Dunn County with his photography skills. On Dec. 3, Tank gave the community an inside look into the making of his published works. “Postcards from the Past: Then and Now Pictures of Dunn County,” “Postcards from the Past: Then and Now Pictures…

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A New Sound for an Old Town

Sam Kilgard- As the temperature continues to drop, there is something coming soon in December that may just warm you up. Every semester, the University of Wisconsin–Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir perform a concert for the community. This year’s concert is titled “A Sound Experiment.” “Many of the songs people will be hearing are…

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A Civil War Christmas

Shannon Hoyt- “Christmas has been celebrated at Wilson Place [Mansion] since it opened as a museum in 1976,” said director of education and programming, Melissa Kneeland. In the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, residents could view over 30 Christmas trees placed throughout the mansion. And in recent years, Wilson Place has celebrated an exhibition Christmas. In…

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Family for Christmas

Shannon Hoyt- Magical, tender, warm-hearted, sweet and fun: these are just a few words that describe not only the most wonderful time of the year, but the Menomonie Theater Guild’s most wonderful Christmas play of the season. “A Little House Christmas” is a classic holiday story for those who hold this spirited day close to…

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Small Town Man with Big City Dreams

Sam Kilgard- When you’re young, you dream for the stars, but as we grow older many lose sight of the vivid, vertical light beams and focus on more dimly lit goals. One small town man is trying to touch those stars and is currently on the right path to do so. Nolan Hall, a 21-year-old…

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International students fill UW–Stout with culture

Cameron Parrucci- Menomonie got a little taste of the rest of the world on Thursday, Nov. 10 for the 2016 University of Wisconsin–Stout Cultural Show. Many international students came together to inform not just the student body, but Menomonie locals about the varying cultures of their home countries. The show began with an hour of…

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Former Art Professor’s Labor of Love

Ryan Curtis- The Furlong Gallery is currently showing hundreds of color pastels done by artist and former University of Wisconsin–Stout professor, Charles Wimmer. The showing will continue until its closing reception on Dec. 16. Wimmer has been creating this pastel artwork since his retirement in 2001. He was also one of the original pioneers of…

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Bowling For Soup: A Perfect 300

Cam Parrucci- Bowling For Soup, the band behind your favorite pop punk hits such as “1985” and “High School Never Ends,” arrived at the University of Wisconsin–Stout on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as the Blue Devil Productions’ big show for the semester.   Mixing a wicked concoction of their most well-known hits (and covers) and some…

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