Pay Increase for UW System Faculty Approved

Elizabeth Vierkant –  The Board of Regents recently voted to increase the annual pay of University of Wisconsin System faculty and staff by three percent. The voting took place on Dec. 6. The new pay policy was passed unanimously. According to Chancellor Bob’s Blog, for the past six years, payment increases have been less than…

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New Policy May Eliminate Small Majors

Elizabeth Vierkant –  A new policy was recently proposed by the University of Wisconsin System. This revision would include the elimination of all programs that do not graduate at least five students on average each year. Each degree program is reviewed every four years by the Planning and Review Committee (PRC). The PRC looks at…

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Stout Voices Heard in 2018 Election

Elizabeth Vierkant-  The 2018 midterm election took place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and its results were announced early on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The University of Wisconsin-Stout students’ votes played a major role in the results this year. Wisconsin’s new governor is democrat candidate Tony Evers, defeating Incumbent GOP Governor Scott Walker. Democrat Tammy Baldwin was…

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UW-Stout’s Upcoming Video Production Major

Mackenzie Peterson – The University of Wisconsin-Stout is adding a new bachelor of science degree in video production that will be available through the communication technologies department starting in Fall 2019. Keif Oss, lecturer, worked with Peter Galante, who will be the program director, to develop this major. Oss said this program is unique which…

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Upcoming Changes to UW-Stout’s Entertainment Design Major

Mackenzie Peterson- The University of Wisconsin-Stout will be undergoing some revisions to the entertainment design major. Jenna Derivan, a freshman currently majoring in entertainment design with a concentration in animation, was able to give some insight on what exactly these revisions encompass.     Currently, UW-Stout’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in entertainment design prepares students for…

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A Look into Sexual Violence in Menomonie

Elizabeth Vierkant –  Sexual violence has been a major topic over the past few years. University of Wisconsin–Stout student, Ryan Leckel is conducting research on sexual violence in Menomonie. Leckel, is a senior in the applied social science program, is conducting this research for his capstone project. This is the final thesis conducted by students…

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Voter Suppression Silences Students on Campus

Elizabeth Vierkant –  The 2018 midterm election is approaching. In Menomonie, this election will select the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, United States senator, representative in congress (District 3), representative to the assembly (District 9), the Dunn County sheriff, and the Dunn County clerk of circuit court. John See, a…

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UW–Stout’s Second Annual Free Speech Week

Mackenzie Peterson –  The University of Wisconsin–Stout recently celebrated their second annual Free Speech Week, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation (CSII). This took place Oct. 15-18. Free Speech Week is an event that happens every third week in Oct. to raise public awareness of free speech and to celebrate…

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Kavanaugh Confirmed Following Tumultuous Hearings

Elizabeth Vierkant –  A testimony regarding sexual assault allegations was given by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  These allegations regarded Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It occurred on September 27, 2018. In court, Dr. Ford gave her statement, stating that the alleged sexual assault occurred thirty-six years ago. She and Kavanaugh were in high school at the…

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Online Classes: Interactive or Inactive?

Mackenzie Peterson –  Online classes are something that is offered at many schools. They are convenient and flexible with busy schedules, there is zero commute, and it can help improve student’s self discipline. Yet, many students tend to not utilize this option and stick with traditional classes. There are many different reasons why students may…

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Student Debt Raises Concern on Campus

Elizabeth Vierkant –  Student debt is at an all time high in the United States. According to the financial office this isn’t a major problem on University of Wisconsin Stout’s campus, but debt continues to rise. According to Bill Kryshack, a professor in UW–Stout’s Business Department, students graduate with an average of $27,000 in debt….

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The News We Don’t Know

Elizabeth Vierkant –  In recent years, it has come to the attention of many Americans that they have a lack of knowledge about world news. “I agree that this is a problem,” Maria Alm, Dean of the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CACHSS) program at UW–Stout, said. “Many of our students are…

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Millennium Hall Changes Name to Sorensen Hall

Katie Schulzetenberg – It was unanimously approved on August 23 by several staff and faculty members including Chancellor Bob Meyer to change the name of Millennium Hall to honor the late Chancellor Emeritus Charles W Sorensen. The new name of the building, which is effective immediately, is Sorensen Hall. There will soon be a new…

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Stout: Under Construction

Elizabeth Vierkant –  Changes are being made to several buildings on University of Wisconsin–Stout’s campus. Merle M. Price Commons, North Hall, and Bowman Hall are all currently under construction. Several of these projects began when students were off campus this summer. Construction on Bowman Hall began late spring last semester and will continue through late…

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UW-Stout Swimming Pool to Stay Closed

Logan Myhre – The University of Wisconsin–Stout has decided not to repair its swimming pool according to a memo emailed to Stout students, faculty and staff. According to the memo, written by Phil Lyons, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and student life services, the pool was closed over winter break to conduct a full maintenance review….

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The Future of SSA

Elizabeth Vierkant– The Stout Student Association (SSA) recently held their election for the 2018-19 school year at University of Wisconsin–Stout. This election began on March 26, at an event called “Dips and Debate,” where candidates for vacant positions were able to speak with students. At Dips and Debate, Vice President and Clerk of Elections Elle…

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