Tag Archives: Stevens Point

The Best Things in Life Are Free: Portage County Public Library

The Portage County Public Library, just off campus at 1001 Main St., houses a variety of resources that benefit the community and university students. The library is free to use and students can acquire library cards, even if they aren’t from Stevens Point, with presentation of proper ID. It  is also part of the South Central Library System, a consortium ... Read More »

Greenpeace Campaigns to Protect Newly Discovered Amazon Reef

Greenpeace, an environmentally minded non-government organization, has recently released photos of the newly discovered Amazon Reef in hopes of promoting its protection. The reef was first stumbled upon in 2012, but its existence was only officially announced in April of 2016 in the journal Science. With a size 3,600 square miles and depths that range from about 160 to 330 ... Read More »

Students Overcome Duck Syndrome with Off-Campus Fun

As the first weeks of the semester get underway, students may start feeling overwhelmed by their full plate of classes, jobs, social lives and family obligations. Stanford University coined the term “duck syndrome” to describe how many students try to tackle their mountain of duties by appearing calm on the outside and paddling furiously under the water. While the campus ... Read More »

Bullet Train Proposal Races for Voter Attention

Bob Harlow, a 2018 Democratic candidate in the race for Governor, is causing quite a stir with plans to install a high-speed bullet train for public transport. After its initial proposal in 2010, the bullet train was denied by Wisconsin’s current Governor Scott Walker and the plans fell to the wayside. On Nov. 25, Harlow brought the bullet train back ... Read More »

Light Bulbs Go Off for New Idea Center

Placemaking, innovation and experiences – these are the three initiatives of Create Portage County, a group dedicated to bringing the arts to Stevens Point. This year, Create Portage County has put together the Idea Center, located in downtown Stevens Point. The Idea Center aims to be a community of innovators, designers, entrepreneurs and artists. The main goal of the Idea ... Read More »

Car Lane Conversion Drives People Up the Wall

In September, Stevens Point was awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program grant to implement over 13 miles of bike lanes from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to create a more integrated multi-modal transportation system. Also in September, ReVisioning Point, a grassroots organization aimed at enhancing the livability, appearance and economy of Stevens Point, as well ... Read More »

Political Party Loyalty Challenging Voter Conscience

Republicans and Democrats have been pitted against each other since the parties were founded. Identifying as either of the two is part of a person’s social identity. Whether one agrees with every stance taken by their party or not, people are usually loyal and vote along party lines. Research done by Yale University shows that the president in office along ... Read More »

Is the Increased Speed Limit Worth the Increased Risk?

As of February, Wisconsin driving fatalities have been up 32 percent since last year and are still increasing. Is this a direct result of increased speed limits on many state interstates? Fred Simons, police officer for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Protective Services, believes there is not a single cause for the increase in driving fatalities. “I would have to say ... Read More »

Jazz Up Your Mondays at The Brewhaus

Sitting in The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Basement Brewhaus on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m., finger snapping, knee tapping, melodious jazz tunes could be heard at the first Jazz Jam Night of the year. Zachary Finnegan, senior and president of The Jazz Society, came up with the idea to start a partnership with The Basement Brewhaus in order to host ... Read More »

Stevens Point Comes Together at Local Farmers Market

Since 1870 the farmers market has taken place at the square in downtown Stevens Point. The Stevens Point farmers market is unique because it is a producer-only market where vendors are only allowed to sell what they have grown on their farm. The accepted vendors are those who live within a thirty mile radius from the city. David Peterson, a ... Read More »