Is Technical Communication Disappearing?

Elizabeth Vierkant- A new revision has been made to the professional communication and emerging media (PCEM) major at University of Wisconsin–Stout. Soon, there will be only two concentrations instead of three. The current concentrations in PCEM are applied journalism, digital humanities and technical communication. They were introduced to the program in 2010. As of Fall…

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Stout Engineering Program Receives Anonymous Donation

Cece Jabs-   University of Wisconsin–Stout is well-known for its engineering majors, and the university has ties to several businesses in the area. The engineering program received an anonymous machinery donation valued at approximately $530K, which was donated in the form of two automated manufacturing cell machines. The machines were recently moved into Fryklund Hall…

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BREAKING: Ongoing police situation in Menomonie

Shannon Hoyt- UPDATED 7:16 a.m.: According to the Menomonie Police Department, at approximately 8:58 p.m. on Tuesday night, officers and Fire/EMS were dispatched to 2502 Harvey Dr. An altercation led to a man’s throat being stabbed. The suspect was later identified as 37-year-old David W. Hill, who fled the scene on foot before police arrived….

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What to Do In Case of an Active Shooter

Cece Jabs- While the thought is scary, an active shooter situation could arise on campus. The following information is the same thing that is taught to Resident Advisors (RAs) and other staff on campus: run, hide, fight. If you hear of an active shooter or someone with a firearm on campus, the first thing you…

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Unanimous Vote of No Confidence from the SSA

Eric Krause- The Stout Student Association (SSA) has had a unanimous Vote of No Confidence toward University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross meaning they are no longer in support of the UW System’s president. On Oct. 11, 2017 President Ray Cross announced the plan to merge UW Colleges with four-year UW Institutions. This includes…

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The Future of the Dreamers

Elizabeth Vierkant- President Donald Trump announced that he planned to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in September of 2017. This decision could change the future of over 800,000 people indefinitely.  DACA was put in place in 2013. This policy, also known as the DREAM Act, affects people that were brought illegally into…

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Super Bowl Ad for Super Stout Enrollment

Cece Jabs- The University of Wisconsin–Stout aired a regional Super Bowl ad during this year’s football game. Was the ad intended to link UW–Stout’s image to their new website, or to help boost enrollment? Doug Mell, executive director of communications and external relations, said he is responsible for “all official communications to our internal and…

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The Hidden Cost of Laptop Theft

Eric Krause-   Students at University of Wisconsin–Stout are questioning the ethicality of the eStout laptop agreement. In Rule 13 of the agreement, it reads, “I [the student] am responsible for a $400 fee and may be charged a laptop replacement cost in case of theft, loss or destruction of the computer. Charges will be…

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UW–Stout Launches New Website

Cece Jabs-   The University of Wisconsin–Stout has recently launched its new website in both desktop and mobile formats. The first part of the new website went live on Jan. 23, and more pages have been steadily updating ever since. The Web Oversight Committee explained in an email to students and staff that the website…

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Water Damage on Campus

Elizabeth Vierkant- Most students are familiar with the water damage caused by a water faucet on the third floor of Jarvis Hall last semester, but what many students may not know is that the University of Wisconsin–Stout has had a history of water problems within the recent year. The issues began in June 2017, when…

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Broken pipeline floods Memorial Student Center

Shannon Hoyt- Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Fireside Café became the Rainforest Café in just a few minutes. A sprinkler line on the second floor of the MSC, located in the Terrace (lounging area adjacent to the Fireside Café), broke and flooded an area of the second floor, as well as damaging…

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Net Neutrality Talk Takes Internet And Campus By Storm

Cece Jabs- If you have been on the internet lately, you may have stumbled across an array of news articles or posts on your Facebook news feed about “net neutrality.” Net neutrality, whether you’re for or against it, is something that affects everyone, including those here at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. What exactly is net…

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Michigan Passes Concealed-Carry Law

Cece Jabs- With extra training, licensed gun owners could begin to carry concealed firearms in places like schools and churches in the state of Michigan. In light of several recent mass shootings, Michigan’s Senate voted to pass this new concealed-carry gun law. Prior to this legislation, the state of Michigan had already permitted concealed-carry guns…

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Water Damage in Jarvis Hall

Elizabeth Vierkant-    Water damage has left several rooms of the Jarvis Hall Science Wing unusable on University of Wisconsin–Stout’s campus. The damages were discovered Monday, Nov. 6.    “We believe that after a Science Fair that invited middle school students into the Jarvis Science Wing addition, a water faucet was left on in a third…

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Campus Thoughts: Terrorist Attack in New York City

Michael Hilliger-   University of Wisconsin-stout students contributed their thoughts on the New York City terrorist attack where New York City police apprehended and charged 29-year old Sayfullo Saipov with federal terrorism offenses after he drove a truck through a city bike lane for over a mile, resulting in eight deaths and 12 injuries. President…

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UW-Stout: Left Out of Merger

Elizabeth Vierkant-   University of Wisconsin–Stout students and faculty are upset about the Board of Regents’ proposal to merge the UW system’s 13 two-year schools with the 13 four-year schools. This plan, which was proposed by the UW System Board of Regents, would allow students to earn an associate’s degree from a two-year college location,…

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