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.

Shoe Away Hunger collection seeks footwear as drive kicks off April 19

April 17th, 2019

The third annual Shoe Away Hunger Collection at UW-River Falls kicks off Friday, April 19, in an effort to gather used footwear to help the needy. Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Student Ambassadors, the annual drive will collect shoes in campus residence halls, the University Center, the Agricultural Science Building, the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building and the Falcon Center.

YouTube, survey finds, is for fun, news and learning how to do stuff

April 17th, 2019

YouTube has been a social and entertainment phenomenon since it began 2005. But according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, just over half of adults use it to learn how to do stuff. The survey, results of which were announced in November, showed that 51 percent of American adults use YouTube to watch how to do tasks that they have never done before. They also use the social medium as a learning tool, to follow news, and for children’s content.

Historian: Boxer’s story from century ago still speaks to how black athletes treated

April 17th, 2019

The story of Jack Johnson, who more than a century ago became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion and whose race was an issue in news coverage of the day, still resonates today, according to a UW-River Falls history instructor.

Bowls for Hope marks 10th year of raising funds for local charities

March 13th, 2019

The 10th annual Bowls for Hope once again brought together the UW-River Falls campus and the River Falls community to raise money for a local charity. The event, which took place March 5 in the University Center, this year raised funds for the River Falls Sunshine Fund, a River Falls High School student-led non-profit. During the event, local chefs offer participants various soups served in bowls made by UWRF art students, local potters, and elementary and high school pupils.

Dad sneakers, scrunchies among styles being recycled for today’s fashion

March 13th, 2019

Windbreakers, hair scrunchies and dad sneakers are just some of the fashions from the late 1990s and early 2000s coming back into popularity, if magazines, social media, clothing stores and even street style are any guide. The cycle of fashion trends and fads can be described by a bell-shaped curve, said Anupama Pasricha, department chair and associate professor of fashion merchandising at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

UWRF student body president pushes for increased compensation

March 13th, 2019

Being student body president at a university is a busy job. Just ask current UW-River Falls Student Body President Rosie Pechous. That’s why she’s proposing that compensation be increased for the position. “Student body presidents can’t just start working at the first meeting of the semester. It’s a lot of summer work,” Pechous said.

Despite national decline in teachers, education majors at UWRF hold steady

March 13th, 2019

The number of education majors in universities around the nation continues to decrease, making for a shortage of teachers, according to a number of studies. However, enrollment in certain majors within the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) at UW-River Falls is holding steady.

Sabbaticals give UWRF faculty opportunity for research, recharging

February 12th, 2019

Every year, about five faculty members on average are granted a sabbatical leave at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. A sabbatical is paid time away from campus for research or study and may last a semester or a full academic year.

Western Wisconsin sees growth in organic farming

February 11th, 2019

When shopping for groceries it’s easy to fall into a zombie-like state and grab your weekly supply of meals and snacks, but if you look closely you might notice a rising movement that’s taking root across Wisconsin. It’s an increase in the amount of organic produce hitting the shelves.

Printmaking, a lesser known art form, resonates with UWRF students

December 12th, 2018

Printmaking is one of the art forms practiced by legends such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Although printmaking is not all that well known at UW-River Falls, the bachelor of fine arts emphasis has been around since the art program started at the university.