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Republican Healthcare Fails Trump’s Administration

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 »

Clean Water’s Continued Controversy in Portage County

On Thursday, March 30, the second public meeting of the Groundwater Protection Ordinance subcommittee began with a proposition to postpone meetings for several months. The group is a special limited term subcommittee of the Portage County Groundwater Citizen Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with analyzing an ordinance brought to the county by citizens of New Hope. The ordinance aims ... Read More »

Congress Repeals FCC Internet Privacy Rules

Congress voted on March 28 to overturn unimplemented broadband privacy rules created five months ago by the Federal Communications Commission. The rules would have required internet service providers to ask consumers before they collect personal information to be sold and to disclose what data was collected and shared. A repeal means that internet service providers will be able to gather ... Read More »

Controversy Continues over Blood Donation Eligibility

Donating blood helps transfusion recipients receive the blood they need. A lesser known fact is that not everyone is eligible to participate in this act. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point holds two blood drives per semester. The next drive will be held on April 25-26 in the Dreyfus University Center. Each semester two agencies, The Blood Center of Wisconsin and ... Read More »

Dutch Trump Pushes Far-Right Politics in Europe

Geert Wilder, a far-right conservative politician from the Netherlands, has been the head of an anti-immigration shift in the political climate in Europe. Although Wilder lost the election in mid-March for Prime Minister, the anti-Islamist Party for Freedom’s candidate was a serious threat to the incumbent, Mark Rutte. The Netherlands is a historically liberal country that has been welcoming to immigrants ... Read More »

UWSP Hosts Panel Discussion on Sustainability in Agriculture

On Wednesday March 29, student organizations Meat Free SP and the Land Conservation Society hosted a panel discussion about sustainability in agriculture in the Alumni room. The panel consisted of five individuals from varying farming backgrounds including Krishna Roka and Jacob Prater, assistant professors of environmental sociology and soil waste resources, respectively. Also present were representatives of Lonely Oaks Farm, ... Read More »

SGA Election Victors Eager to Make Change for Students

After a closely fought Student Government Association election, Sean Piette and Katie Hansen have been elected as the incoming President and Vice President. Before being elected, both Piette and Hansen had held positions in student government. Discovering the change they could enact is part of what motivated them to run. Piette said, “A week after I started getting my voice ... Read More »

Local Business Showers the Community with Flowers

In 2016, local business Bev’s Floral & Gifts received the Portage County Business Council’s Small Business of the Year Award. Debbie Freeberg, owner of Bev’s Floral & Gifts, has owned the business for the past 16 years. According to Freeberg, the shop has been around for about 32 years and during her ownership, the business has undergone four expansions. The ... Read More »

Preparing for the Dawn of Drones

On Tuesday, March 14, the public library hosted the most recent presentation for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Letters and Sciences’ Community Lecture Series. The lecture was titled “Preparing for the Drone Invasion” and the presenter was Tim Kennedy, professor of geography and geographic information systems. Kennedy explained that a drone by any other name is an Unmanned ... Read More »

Senator Testin the Waters With On-Campus Listening Session

Over the past few weeks, the new Wisconsin state senate has been back in their home districts for the first congressional recess. Normally, these off months for politicians have been a time for them to meet with their constituents and learn about what issues to bring back to the capital. With healthcare and immigration on the line, people have stepped up ... Read More »