Stout Shoutout: Stout Events Society

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shannon-blog-tagWe would like to give a shout out to a great student organization on campus: Stout Events Society (SES). SES will be hosting their very first Masquerade Ball this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7-10 p.m. in Micheels Hall. The event is free for all who attend.

SES is a club open to anyone with an interest in event planning. The group helps set up, run registration, and take down events around campus. They also travel to businesses and professional organizations where their members get a hands-on experience planning for corporate events, wedding and trade shows, and even sporting events.

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The club helps educate members by inviting guest professionals to speak on their experience. Hopefully, SES will continue to put on events like the Masquerade Ball in the future.

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Instagram: stouteventssociety
Twitter: SEStweet
Facebook: StoutEventsSociety
Snapchat: @StoutEventsSoc

Facebook Event Link

 

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A safe UW-Stout haven

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Not everyone on campus feels safe all the time. Tragedy, crime and fear are inevitable everywhere and anywhere with the passing of time. However, our campus is not without protection, prevention and defense. The university police are the force that helps make the University of Wisconsin-Stout a safe haven for all students.

“We have a police department that is dedicated to the campus community,” stated Interim Chief Jason Spetz. “I challenge my officers to get out and meet every student that they possibly can.”

It is this strong relationship, which will only continue to grow, that allows students to trust and feel comfortable around these uniformed figures, and to feel safe making an emergency call, or giving a statement.

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Jason Spetz, Interim Chief/Director of University Police

“My [former] chief kind of coined the phrase, and I agree with it,” added Spetz, “that we look at ourselves as part of each student’s education that they’re not paying per credit for.”

Spetz is one of the many university officers striving to increase the safety of the campus by inflicting change. Some of these changes occurred prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year. These were some of the measures taken:

  • Addition of exterior cameras on campus
  • Implementation of community service officer program through university police (CSO Program initiated by Spetz)
  • Housing department 24-hour security lockdown

In addition to the actions listed above, the campus police also initiates an annual safety walk. The purpose of the nighttime walk is to make sure there are no dangerous areas on campus. If there is a lack of street lighting, or there is an area that requires a camera, then the university police acknowledge the need, and tend to the problem respectively.

“We are reaching out as best as we can to inform the campus community and to train the campus community to respond accordingly when they see something that just doesn’t seem right,” added Spetz.

Our campus officers are no longer the only ones with training.

Housing and campus faculty have undergone an orientation on how to react, or respond to issues such as an active shooter, workplace violence, or suspicious behaviors.

The campus police are taking action to make our university a safe place for students, faculty and the Menomonie community. And, they are not alone. They are working with every local officer, whether that be the county police, sheriff’s department, or even state troopers.

These officers are here to listen and inform us of assaults, robbery and any other type of criminal activity taking place on campus. In fact, they have gotten so good at communicating with the campus, that all of the alerts we receive make some people think that crime in Menomonie has risen. Don’t worry. That is not the case.

Both university and community police “[are] not seeing any change in the number of calls, or the things that are happening around town,” said Spetz.

If you are in an emergency dial 911. If you would like to speak to a campus officer, call 232-2222 for all non-emergency situations.

Or — if you’re completely safe and you see a campus officer, just say “hi!”

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RAs Are People Too

Ryan BallweberAs an resident advisor (RA) here at the UW-Stout, I can tell you that there are a lot of myths flying around about RAs that are hilariously untrue. Fellow RAs and I got together to dispel some of these myths and give you a glimpse of what being an RA is all about.

 

MYTHS

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Resident Advisors just want to get you in trouble.

Taleah Meah:

“This is not true. Obviously as an RA, we want to make the community as safe as possible. This could include getting people into trouble. However, this is not our goal.”

Emily Bergum:

“This is definitely not true. I am just a normal college student just wanting to live my life too. But there are rules in place for a reason and I am here to make sure they are being followed.”

RAs have no lives.

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Monica Ahlert:

“Do you want to see my planner?”

Emily Bergum:

“Right now for me that is true. Generally speaking, we are normal college students. We just live in the building as our job. It is not different than any other job.”

It’s impossible to be an RA and be involved in orgs on campus.

Monica Ahlert:

“(LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL) I am involved in family and consumer science education club. I hold a committee chair and executive board position in Gamma Sigma Sigma the national service sorority on campus. I am also in an intramural sport. On top of all this I am also on the Dean’s list and love to hang out with my friends. It is not impossible.”

Pat Lytle:

“I have four jobs. I work for the Stout Student Association, the Event Technology Crew, the Admissions office, and Housing. It is not impossible.”

It is impossible to balance classes and work with the RA position.

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Spencer Boerboom:

“I’m currently taking 16 credits and I have another job on top of the RA position. It is completely possible to do these things if you prioritize your time and focus on time management.”

Taleah Meah:

“With anything, it is just a matter of balancing your time and organizing yourself. It is doable but can become difficult at times.”

We are stuck in the building and can’t hang with our friends.

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Taleah Meah:

“If you are on duty, then yes you have to be in the building. If you are not on duty you can go out and see your friends. You are not just cooped up in the building all the time.”

Pat Lytle:

“I feel like there is a good balance of being in the building and being with my friends. I do not feel like I am limited from my friends with my RA position.”

WE HATE FUN!

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Emily Bergum:

“I LOVE FUN!”

Monica Ahlert:

“I AM THE FUN! There is no fun unless I am present, you can ask my residents.”

We aren’t human.

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Spencer Boerboom:

“I care about all my residents and spend time with them. I care too much to not be human.”

Emily Bergum:

“I am as human as anyone else. I am definitely not perfect but I do my best.  I am here for you.”

Taleah Meah:

“We are human. We get stressed just like everyone else. RAs tend to be the some of the most involved people on campus. With this comes a lot of emotions just like our residents. So we could have off days and on days, we even can make mistakes.”

Monica Ahlert:

“We are human. We are exactly like you. As much as we want to think, we are not superheroes. I have my breakdowns; I have my issues. Even though you can come to us for help, remember that we need help from you as well.”

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