K-12 Program Progress or Decline?

Lawmakers of Wisconsin recently took a large step in the field of K-12 education, but was it a step backward or forward? A service for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Boards, Gov. Scott Walker insisted on a $648 million spending increase for funding in K-12 schooling. An estimated $10 million was then eliminated from this budget as a result of aid ... Read More »

The Parking Stall Remix: Adventure Tours Style

On Sept. 17 the downtown area of Stevens Point experienced a new way to appreciate the outdoors with the event called Main Street Parks. Instead of using the street space of parking stalls to park a car, Adventure Tours of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point instead built scenes unlike any other with the paved space. Adventure Tours has been an ... Read More »

A New Duck Stamp Takes Flight

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was this year’s host for the annual Federal Duck Stamp Contest, making it the first time the event was held in Wisconsin. “We are honored to have this important and historic event on our campus,” said Christine Thomas, Dean of the College of Natural Resources. The Federal Duck Stamp Contest, originally known as the Migratory ... Read More »

Ordinance in Central Wisconsin Makes Hosts Lose Most

Parties with underage students may put attendees and hosts at risk of punishment at the expense of the those throwing the party. Stevens Point and Plover have already put a social hosting ordinance in place which would hold the host of a gathering responsible if any underage person is caught drinking alcohol, regardless of if the host knows it or not. ... Read More »

Out of Quarters? Here is the Answer

Over the summer of  2017, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus underwent in regards to paying for parking. As of the fall semester, new parking kiosks have been set up to help with the parking needs of the campus and city. The kiosks are located on Reserve Street by the Health Enhancement Center, Fourth Ave., Isadore St.  and other roads ... Read More »

Smartphone Usage Could Hurt Student Grades

A recent study from Kent State University found that cell phones have a significant negative impact on the grade point average of college students. “I definitely think that it distracts me from my homework, because if I’m in the middle of an assignment and my phone goes off, I immediately go to that, and start paying attention to that,” said ... Read More »

What’s Happening with Drug Screening for Food Share?

Wisconsin is seeking a federal waiver to implement changes to the FoodShare program, beginning Nov. 1, 2018. The waiver would allow Wisconsin to change the way it regulates the FoodShare program through the implementation of a drug screening, testing and treatment policy. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, The FoodShare Employment and Training, also called FSET, is ... Read More »

The New Science Building Bounces Back

In spring of 2017, Stevens Point seemed filled with days of harsh weather and cloudy days. According to the U.S Climate Data, in April, the average precipitation reached a high of 2.95 inches of rain per day, followed with a max wind speed of 17 mph. For months, issues of fallen trees, shingles stripped from roofs and small floods worried ... Read More »

Rural Wisconsin Faces Shortage of Volunteer EMTs

As years go on, the service provided by volunteer first responders in rural Wisconsin is slowly decreasing. These volunteers are known as emergency medical technicians, or EMTs. An EMT is a first responder to emergencies such as car accidents, traumas, heart attacks and childbirth. The volunteer EMTs, which many rural areas depend upon, have a large set of responsibilities, all ... Read More »

Campus Compost is More Than What Meets The Nose

What is that smell? It is not the paper mill and it is not the football team practicing on the fields. If students have caught a strong odor walking over on the north side of campus by the Reserve, odds are it is the campus compost pile. The compost pile equates to about 15 cubic yards of material. About 15 ... Read More »