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.

UWRF football doubling down on recruits from Las Vegas and Arizona

September 18th, 2017

With no winning football seasons in the past 16 years, UW-River Falls coaches decided it was time to take a gamble – and start recruiting in Las Vegas. This year’s UWRF football team includes nine players from the Las Vegas area and two more from Arizona among its 46 freshmen and 120-man roster overall.

Big freshman class overflowing UWRF dorms, classrooms and cafeterias

September 18th, 2017

The UWRF class of 2020 is the largest in eight years, with a preliminary count of 1,325 students, but about 100 of them are lounge lizards – and not by choice. Due to over-enrollment in the dorms, they’re temporarily living in “extended housing,” which is typically a student lounge that has been converted into a dorm room to house six people.

New personal e-alarms can enhance safety, even at UWRF, chief says

September 18th, 2017

Miranda Haack is an elementary education major in her junior year at UW-River Falls, and she said that she carries a whistle at all times and often travels with others who carry pepper spray. But what if no one were around who could hear her – or if an attacker prevented her from yelling? “There’s only so much capacity that our voices have,” said Mya Paplou, public relations director for the BASU company, which is marketing a new personal safety device designed to deter muggers.

River Falls police say pay-up calls ‘from’ RFPD are a scam

September 18th, 2017

If you get a call from what seems to be the River Falls Police Department and the caller asks you to pay a fine, you’re being scammed, a RFPD investigator says. On one day alone last week, six UW-River Falls students complained to police about the phone scam, joining a long list of River Falls complainants.

New sustainable justice minor cuts across disciplines and careers

September 18th, 2017

Psychology, computer science and accounting students might not have a lot in common, but starting this semester at UW-River Falls, some of them are sharing the same new minor – sustainable justice. “We live on a finite planet,” said Jill Coleman Wasik, an assistant professor of environmental science, so students need to have a broad understanding of sustainability.

Healthy Pierce, St. Croix counties are not without issues, say officials

May 3rd, 2017

Both Pierce and St. Croix counties have stayed in the Top 10 of statewide health rankings over the last five-year period. A number of factors go into being a healthy community. River Falls and the surrounding area are working together to ensure the healthiness of residents continues to improve. Sue Galoff, director of public health for Pierce County, said she thinks the challenges community faces now will be the same for the foreseeable future.

Proposal to remove Kinni dams sparks concerns about river ecology

May 3rd, 2017

The potential to remove two dams from the Kinnickinnic River has gotten experts, officials and citizens in River Falls debating about, among other things, the ecological impacts of undergoing such a project. “I would argue, and many would argue,” said Michael Page, president and spokesperson for Friends of the Kinni (FOTK), “that cold-water resources such as a Class 1 trout stream is amongst some of the best habitat that you can possibly have.”

Streaming video service lets UWRF sports fans see games from a distance

May 3rd, 2017

Prior to this year, fans of UW-River Falls athletics had to be at the games to see all of the action. With a new all-access video service, that’s not the case anymore. Through the company SideArm Sports, UWRF is now able to live stream some of its athletic events and broadcast them to audiences who can’t attend the games on campus. SideArm, based in Syracuse, New York, works with hundreds of colleges across the country to provide a channel for sports broadcasts to audiences away from their favorite school.

Deaths of celebrities like Prince speak volumes about their fans

April 26th, 2017

Many fans still mourn the loss of the musician Prince even though a full year has passed since his death. While the face of fan worship may have changed over time, people have been honoring celebrities for many years, according to psychologists. Prince’s unexpected death shocked not only his home state of Minnesota, but the world. “The day after Prince died there were thousands of fans at Paisley Park,” said Matt Clark, a journalism student at UW-River Falls and the music director of WRFW, the campus radio station.

UWRF modifies course evaluation process in effort to up response rate

April 26th, 2017

As the spring semester beings to wrap up, officials with the UW-River Falls Survey Research Center are urging students to complete course evaluations. But in an effort to increase response rates, this semester students will notice a significant change in the process. An end-of-semester tradition, surveys are given through emails to students to anonymously evaluate their experience with university courses and, specifically, the instructors who teach them.