Author Archives: Olivia De Valk

Farm to School May Be Plucked Before Its Time

A mass of fresh produce. "Produce" by Frank Heinz is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would cut a major portion of the Farm to School program from the 2017 to 2019 state budget. The office’s coordinator position and 15 member advisory council would be cut, saving $132,800 over the next two years. This cut will not prevent disbursement of federal grants targeting farm to school efforts but it will cut ... Read More »

Take Back the Night Unites with Denim Day

Madigan Army Medical Center participates in Denim Day. Photo by wikimedia commons

On April 26, two events aimed at ending interpersonal violence and rape culture will coincide: Take Back the Night and Denim Day. The event is being coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Women’s Resources Center in conjunction with the Student Government Association and Promoting Awareness–Victim Empowerment. The event will start outside of Old Main at 5 p.m. Participants will ... Read More »

Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Local Lakes and Labs

A snowy evening over Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of Taylor Drake.

A leaked federal budget memo reveals that the Trump administration is considering cutting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million. This cut would affect not only the wellness of the Great Lakes but also the students who work in the water testing labs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The university’s water labs do ... Read More »

Don’t Tread on Young Americans for Liberty

The Gadsden flag falls within the historical flags of America. Photo by wikimedia commons.

Steven Macherey is not a Libertarian, but he is the head of a small libertarian group called Young Americans for Liberty on campus. Macherey, senior communication major, became involved with the group to expand his network and meet people who are not satisfied with the status quo. Through the group, he attended a rally in Chicago, and was surprised to ... Read More »

Website Puts Sustainability at Student’s Fingertips

A screen capture from the Office of Sustainability's website. Photo courtesy of

The interactive website run through the Office of Sustainability and McKinstry, Inc. allows students to see the energy usage of every building on campus. The website tracks energy usage in real time, enabling visitors to compare electricity, CO2, steam and chilled water usage for each building compared to the previous the day, week, month or year chosen. All information on ... Read More »

International Dinner: 47 Years of Making Connections

UWSP students wearing their beautiful dresses at the International Dinner 2017. Photo courtesy of Jacob Peichuan Ji

On Saturday, April 8, students from all over the world united to celebrate diversity at the 47th Annual International Dinner. This year’s dinner theme, “Destinations: Off the Beaten Path,”  was chosen to recognize that some of the most beautiful aspects of a country lie off the beaten path. The dinner is a celebration of the diversity of students who attend ... Read More »

Republican Healthcare Fails Trump’s Administration

Woman protesting the GOP Healthcare bill. Photo courtesy of

On Friday, March 24, following President Trump’s repeated campaign promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as ACA or Obamacare, the GOP Healthcare bill fell through after facing opposition within the Republican party. The bill formally referred to as the American Health Care Act, also known as AHCA or Obamacare-lite, was created to replace the ... Read More »

Campus Garden Will Not Be Traded for Parking Lot

UWSP Campus Master Plan draft. Photo courtesy of

At the Environmental and Sustainable Issues Committee meeting on March 10, it was mentioned that under the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s 2007 master plan, the current campus garden could be relocated so the existing block could be turned into a parking structure. The master plan is updated every 10 to 15 years and serves as a tool to communicate the ... Read More »

Tree Psychologists: The Loraxes of Today

Jim Booney, tree psychology major, sharing a laugh with a friend. Photo by Mason Maple

Interdisciplinary majors will be offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point beginning in the fall of 2017. Interdisciplinary majors are a new concept developed by the university in response to the increased demand for interdisciplinary studies. The bachelor’s of science in tree psychology will be at the forefront of this cutting-edge new curriculum. The major is a cross between Stevens ... Read More »

Campus Green Party Seeks New People and Fresh Ideas

A Green party sign. "Absolutely a Green Party" by Marcus Metropolis is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In the spring of last year, Justin Seis, senior sociology and philosophy major, was inspired to start the College Green Party. Seis is now th president of  the College Green Party. As a group, the College Green Party hopes to be a space for discussion while also working with the community Green Party to support candidates running for office and working ... Read More »