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.

Colt Sale caps season of learning, training for UWRF students

May 8th, 2019

More than four dozen horses trained by UW-River Falls students were sold at auction during the 43rd annual Colt Sale held Saturday, May 4, at the UWRF Campus Farm 1. While most of the horses were colts, or males up to two years old, a variety of animals were up for auction, said advisor and faculty associate Nathan O’Connor. The young horses were trained by students who have proved themselves in prerequisite courses and who were allowed to enroll in the Principles of Training Horses class taught by O’Connor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Workshop examines issues faced by transgender community

May 8th, 2019

“Growing Up Transgender,” a workshop to help participants understand the intricacies of the transgender community, will take place June 12 in River Falls. The workshop will feature instructors Christopher Jorgenson and Dr. Alexandra Hall. Jorgenson is director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at the UW-Eau Claire, while Hall is a family physician and senior lecturer at the UW-Stout in Menomonie.

Experts say distrust of federal government tied to abuses, long terms

April 30th, 2019

Americans’ trust in the federal government has generally been decreasing since 2001, according to recent reports from the Pew Research Center, and the United States trails most developed nations in voter turnout, too. Christopher Simer, a UW-River Falls political science lecturer, said he believes distrust in government might stem from abuses of power. State Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) said that a major contributing factor to overall distrust in the government is elected representatives focusing too heavily on polling.

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.

Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center at UWRF nears 20th anniversary

March 18th, 2019

Nestled away in a corner of the fourth floor of the Agricultural Science Building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the office of Timothy Lyden. He is an anatomy professor in the school’s Biology Department, having held that position since 2007. Lyden first started teaching at UW-River Falls in 2001 after spending time at Ohio State University and Wright University after receiving his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Maine in 1992. In 2001, Lyden created the Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center. Now, 18 years later, Lyden’s lab is still going strong in River Falls

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.