Falcon News Service

These stories are reported by students enrolled in journalism courses at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Stories may be used by other media provided credit is given to the author and to Falcon News Service.

Survey says: River Falls quality of life up, but it needs more jobs, less traffic

October 16th, 2017

Bailey Knight, 22, lives just blocks away from downtown River Falls. Before she heads out the door for work, she runs a lint roller over her black apron. With a new puppy in the house, that sort of tidying up is to be expected. Before she laces up her black sneakers, she prepares her purse. […]

Forget marathons; Special Olympian has his sights set on a 200-mile race

October 16th, 2017

For Special Olympics athlete Isaiah Kasay, who is ultimately aspiring to one day compete in a 200-mile race that winds from Winona to Minneapolis, 5K runs are nothing but training and practice. His goal of competing in a race of this length, which makes marathon runs seem short and sweet, comes across as highly ambitious […]

Diversity Center aspires to help students succeed, starting first year

October 16th, 2017

The Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging has been awfully busy upping the ante and providing support to students by creating new programs and adding staff to the office. Martin Olague, director of DIB, is relatively new to the position, having joined UW-River Falls in 2016. Besides Olague, the office is full of new faces. […]

Chancellor goes to the head of the class — to teach, not just oversee

October 16th, 2017

If you have two identical steel buckets that you cannot open but you know one is full of pure water and one is full of pure neutrons, how do you know which bucket has which inside? This is the critical thinking question Chancellor Dean Van Galen posed to the 20 students in his honors seminar […]

UWRF Young Americans for Liberty OK with UW rule for expelling protesters

October 16th, 2017

The leadership for the new student organization Young Americans Liberty, whose champion cause is protecting the right to freedom of speech, could not come up with any examples of their free speech being limited or attacked on campus. When told that the University of Wisconsin System is implementing a student policy that calls for suspending […]

Faculty Senate aims to keep profs from losing pay on technicalities

October 16th, 2017

Doug Margolis has been a professor in the TESOL (teaching English as a second language) program at UW-River Falls since 2012. In 2014, he took six students to South Korea for a J-term trip to help them teach English to Korean students in high schools. The goal was to allow interactions for teaching English as […]

‘Green fund’ advocates planning new campaign to raise awareness and fees

October 16th, 2017

The space in 14B North Hall is officially the custodial services office for UW-River Falls, but it makes for a decent meeting room in a pinch. A group of five committee members were gathered around a table in the smallish basement room Tuesday evening, surrounded by shelves filled with organizational binders and windowsills cluttered with […]

Media speaker Farrah Fazal exposes social injustice through storytelling

October 9th, 2017

  One in five people living in the largest refugee camp in the world, the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, have family living in Minnesota. Recently, one of those five refugees, a 3-year-old girl named Anfa, went from having family members in the Minnesota heartland to being there herself. Just as Anfa’s parents were ready […]

Water Bar art installation features clean local liquid — for now

October 9th, 2017

Drinking water gets plenty of attention when it’s suddenly not available. Puerto Rico is in the news as it struggles to restore clean drinking water to its residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and officials from Flint, Michigan, are still facing legal backlash after the incident in 2016 where over 100,000 residents were exposed […]

We are family: UWRF Latinos find meaning in Hispanic Heritage Month

October 9th, 2017

Jason Caballero, a senior football player and president of the Latino Student Organization, grew up in urban Houston before arriving for school at UWRF. The city of River Falls, which only is 1.3 percent Hispanic/Latino, according to the American Community Survey 2011-2015, was an entirely new experience for Caballero. “Being from a majority (in Houston) […]