Author Archives: Lara Bockenstedt

Freedom of speech: Infringed upon by UW System speech codes or securely navigated by bias response teams?

By Lara Bockenstedt Where should the line be drawn for how far universities should interfere when potentially inflammatory words are said on a college campus?   The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) disagrees with many UW speech codes deciding just that, yet for many students, speech codes in the form of bias response

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Education program celebrates centennial, preps students for the modern classroom

“Rewarding.” “Tough.” These are some of the words education professors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire use to describe the teaching field — as well as the process of becoming ready for it. UW-Eau Claire’s education program, the first program at the university, celebrated their centennial last week with pomp, circumstance and some meaningful moments.

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Eau Claire’s stand up: Local comedy support prompts ambitious goals

When they first began stand-up comedy at The Plus, Clear Water Comedy Club members Jordan Duroe and Christina Wolff remember their small post in the corner of the restaurant. Duroe recalls the initial crowds, and credits the Eau Claire community’s devotion to the arts for the growth in support. Now, between 30-40 people attend each event

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Local nature writers encourage discussion about environmental policy

Wisconsin has witnessed nature writers such as Aldo Leopold and John Muir, and Eau Claire community members recently came together again to celebrate local nature writers. Around 200 people came to the State Theater Tuesday, February 28th, to listen writers share excerpts of their stories and deliberate environmental policy. The writers included Dr. Kathy Schneider, Steve

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Community leaders continue organizing support, hold peaceful picket

By Lara Bockenstedt Leaders in the interfaith prayer service group, as well as Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope (JONAH) and city councilman Andrew Werthmann have been organizing events intended to offer support following the recent Presidential election and series of executive orders. The first event, “Eau Claire Coming Together,” was a candlelit event at Phoenix

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Middle class students struggle to cover cost of college

By Lara Bockenstedt For some middle class families, a lack of financial aid among other resources has resulted in a struggle to cover the cost of college. The Washington Post recently reported that a trend of tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation, paired with slower financial aid and wages increases, has presented a

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Wisconsin College Republicans reject Trump

By Lara Bockenstedt In a third-floor classroom at UW-Eau Claire’s Schneider Hall, College Republicans convened on the brink of 2016 elections. “Get to the office, make some calls, knock some doors, whatever you can,” Vice Chair, Sam Heiden said encouraging members to take advantage of volunteer opportunities. “Really do that last push to get Republican,

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