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.

Inclusion Alliance’s reach for solutions exceeds council’s grasp on resolutions

December 13th, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. See Part 1 here. HUDSON — The white board in the crowded room at the former library building filled with comments and concerns about what is happening in the community to enhance diversity and inclusion. At this point, it became clear to the group that […]

UW-River Falls is ‘another world’ for a Muslim female student from Somalia

December 12th, 2017

“It’s a really great campus. I just wish it was more diverse than it is right now,” Ibrahim said. Having lived in larger cities her whole life, she envisioned UWRF to be more diverse. She was disappointed there weren’t as many non-white students as she expected. She has been able to make connections with other students […]

In the search for student diversity, CAFES serves up the whitest bread

December 11th, 2017

Christian Sosa is one of three kids from a mixed-heritage family. His mother’s side of the family is from the U.S., his father’s is from Honduras, and Sosa was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s a native English-speaker, but while he was growing up, his parents tried to teach him Spanish with primer books. He […]

Falcons football leaders decided against kneeling, but not all agreed

December 11th, 2017

“The only way you can ever bring change is to make people uncomfortable.” Ugel George said that after playing football for UWRF this season and wrestling with his conscience. George is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in an all-black neighborhood, which is a much different background from the majority of students at […]

A study zone for students, library becomes firefighters’ training zone

December 11th, 2017

UW-River Falls Pre-major Adviser Molly Foley found herself advising not students but firefighters Monday, as the River Falls Fire Department performed a pre-planning walk-through of the Chalmer Davee Library. Though a learning ground to many of the department’s firefighters, the campus library was commonplace to Foley, who in addition to working for the university in […]

Hudson inclusivity committee rising from the ashes of civic tranquility

December 5th, 2017

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series. See Part 2 here. “You could see the ashes for a couple days. You shouldn’t just clean that up, you should see that, and the community should see the effects of that.” Kate Lawson, of Hudson, witnessed the looming threat of tension between Hudson community […]

A penny war that nickels and dimes opponents to death but quells hunger

December 5th, 2017

A student approaches a table in the UWRF University Center and puts a handful of pennies in one jar, boosting her college’s chance of winning a competition, and then she puts a handful of nickels, dimes and quarters in another college’s jar — increasing her own college’s odds even further. What’s going on here? Well, […]

Art for art’s sake — and for students who get scholarships from its sale

December 5th, 2017


Little food for thought comes from SGA’s hearing on Chartwells’ food

December 5th, 2017

A lot of UW-River Falls students gripe about the food on campus and how it’s served, but only one of them showed up last week at the Student Government Association’s weakly publicized hearing with officials from Chartwells, the campus’ new food contractor. Chartwells serves 2,900 students and is one year into its seven-year contract. This […]

UWRF’s ‘Year of South Korea’ seeks to bridge cultures at home and abroad

November 28th, 2017

Hyun Sung Jang is passionate about two things: teaching English and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The TESOL major from South Korea dreams of one day becoming an English teacher to international students in an American public high school. Jang transferred to Michigan Lutheran Seminary High School in Saginaw, Michigan, as a sophomore in 2013 […]