Diversity

Most UWRF students of color never graduate, but one is acting like it’s OK

May 3rd, 2018

Wanting to get away from his home in Oshkosh, Armanni Lardydell came to UW-River Falls in 2016 as a freshman majoring in social work, and he loved everything about being a student on campus. However, after less than three semesters of college, Lardydell decided he wanted to move even farther away from home – to […]

Texas fistfight brings Canadian skater to UWRF in time for ‘Year of Canada’

April 26th, 2018

Some students have to fight to get into UW-River Falls or to stay academically eligible, but Canadian hockey player Rowan Savidant had to drop his gloves and fight on a Texas ice rink to find his way to UWRF. “The puck went to our net; the goalie covered it, and Charlie, being a hard-nose player, […]

If you’re really sick, not just fed up, go to next ‘Year of’ nation: Canada

April 26th, 2018

Goodbye, kimchi; hello, poutine! As students work to finish semester-end projects and tests at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the Year of South Korea celebration is also coming to a close. Next year, the university will celebrate the Year of Canada, highlighting its health care, trade, agriculture products and previous presidential visits. UWRF began the “Year […]

UWRF Canadians say their culture is more distinct than Americans think

April 26th, 2018

Dutch treat: Students from UWRF and the Netherlands become fast friends

April 20th, 2018

Not knowing a single American student on campus, three Dutch students arrived at UW-River Falls in January, having already made plans for May to spend a few weeks exploring places in America such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and possibly Texas before returning to the Netherlands on June 3. However, at some point in March, […]

For Chinese students, far from home, UWRF has become ‘very comfortable’

April 20th, 2018

Imagine stepping off a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and being greeted with signs saying, “You’re Almost Home.” You get into a van with a complete stranger who drives 40 minutes to what seems like the middle of nowhere. You are checked into your room by a resident assistant, and then you realize […]

‘Year of South Korea’ ending with UWRF students struggling to connect

April 20th, 2018

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Players see Athletics Department’s increased inclusion efforts as a plus

April 20th, 2018

When senior basketball player Devin Buckley began school at UW-River Falls as a freshman, he said everybody mainly just went with the flow and there weren’t many conversations about diversity in the predominately Caucasian Athletics Department. Now, the Athletics Department is driven to increase diversity efforts on campus, and staff aren’t afraid to talk about […]

UWRF ambivalent about UW Regents’ speech policy that can expel students

February 22nd, 2018

“It’s complicated, man.” That is how sophomore Mamu Hashim described the climate of freedom of speech at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The UW System Board of Regents recently approved a policy on freedom of expression. The policy suspends or expels students who disrupt “the free speech of others/functioning of the institution” two or more […]

Who wants better grades? Raise your hand — because that’s the key to it

February 6th, 2018

Mai See Xiong, a Hmong-American senior at UWRF, recalls going through her entire childhood education and even a semester of college with a fear of asking questions in class — all because her parents taught her that doing so was frowned upon and might land her in trouble. In a recent printmaking class, however, Xiong […]