Lynda video archives are a helpful UW-Stout resource

BDDBarbIt’s that time of year UW-Stout: The time we all take a nice, relaxing winter break.Lynda

I’m sure a handful of people are taking the classes offered over Winterm, but let’s face it. Unless you have a job, this next month is going to be nothing but relaxing for most people.

Except me. I always get a bit stir crazy over break. Too much TV does that to a person.

Luckily for me, however, I found the perfect solution to my boredom in the form of Lynda. is a Web video library full of computer program tutorials. The library boasts videos for beginner, intermediate and advanced users. It has information on almost any software imaginable or necessary for school.Lynda Screenshot

With categories from 3D + Animation to Web, students can either get ahead in school or just learn how to use all of the cool programs on our university-issued laptops.

So how do you get into the system? I was planning to give you a step-by-step process of how to find it, but it is so much easier to just type “Lynda” into the UW-Stout homepage search bar.

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A subscription to this site comes with student fees, so students and faculty sign in using their general UW-Stout user name and password.

The Lynda website isn’t just about software. You can use it to learn about graphic design basics like print production or learn about online marketing. There is a category for course topics that focuses on skills and a category for software that lets you look at how to use specific programs.Lynda Screenshot3

So, I don’t know about you guys but I’m really excited about all of these videos. I’ll probably end up going through a couple of dozen of these in the next few weeks.

Have a great break, UW-Stout!

A look back at the semester

Annalise MarkFinal exams and final projects dragged on this past week for what seemed like forever.Fireside

Everyone was essentially working up to the end of the week so they could finally go home for the

Although it will be nice to have a break from school and be able to lounge around at home and eat Christmas cookies like they’re going out of style, I must admit that it will be strange not being on campus for a month. I had fallen into such a pattern, but now I have a month to readjust and renew the habits that I had at home.

Packing to go home wasn’t at all like it was packing to go home for Thanksgiving. This time around, it was quite the moving operation for some people. Many of us in my residence hall had more than one suitcase, and some people took their TVs with them.

It wasn’t much different for me, but I left the TV. I did take several bags filled with clothes and a heaping clothes basket with a few weeks’ worth of laundry for Mom to do.

Two trips to the car later, I was ready to depart.

This semester has officially ended, but already all I can think about is next semester!

Here’s a list of just some things I’m looking forward to when I come back to Menomonie for the second semester:

  • Continuing to work for University Communications as a “Take2” Action News Team memberTake2
  • Figuring out a schedule filled with new classes
  • Making new friends in my new classes
  • Continuing to make friends with the squirrels
  • Working for Blue Devil Productions
  • Playing ping pong whenever I want
  • Studying in the Fireside Café
  • Not having to make my own food
  • Being part of another semester of Dance Ensemble
  • Enjoying fun, new entertainment on campus like comedians, bands and moviesMockingbird Sun TNO
  • And so much more …

For returning students, what are you looking forward to? For alumni, what did you look forward to doing when you came back to campus?

Have a happy and safe holiday season, and if you aren’t taking Winterm classes have a great semester break.

Icy wonders of Devil’s Punch Bow

Barbara Young

The Devil’s Punch Bowl. It’s nothing new to people who have been in Menomonie for any amount of time — after all, it’s prehistoric — but it remains an amazing sight.

Devil's Punch Bowl

For anyone new to UW-Stout or considering going to see the natural wonder, it’s a must-see. You could go any time of year and I’d bet my tuition money that it would be beautiful.

I went in the winter because that’s the season we’re in. Plus, I had yet to experience the wonders of the ice.

And let’s be honest: I just wanted to pretend to be Elsa for an afternoon.

Map to Punch BowlTo get there, take Broadway Street (also known as Highway 25) to 11th Avenue near Price Commons and go west on Highway 29, over the river. Go past the park and take the first left onto Hofland Road.

Then, from Hofland Road take the first left onto 410th Street. Stay on 410th for about five minutes, but be careful. The road has curves and hills, so when it’s icy it looks like a recipe for disaster.

When you get around all the twists and turns, Devil’s Punch Bowl County Park will be a small parking lot on the left.

You have to park in this strange little lot with two random stone walls. A plaque on one of the walls explains that it’s a scientific study area and that Devil’s Punch Bowl is there to be enjoyed, not altered.

Devil's Punch Bowl

A wooden staircase takes you down into a pit. The steps can be very dangerous in the winter. Good thing no one else was there to see me slide my way down them on my butt.

Devil's Punch Bowl

Devil's Punch BowlAs you go down, you begin to hear the water. In the spring, a small stream runs through the ravine.

Despite the frozen stream, water still drips from the vast walls of the pit. Stand there and listen to the water dripping down the sides, with only the occasional car to interrupt the sounds of nature.

In winter, the Punch Bowl looks like a frozen wonderland. Water drips down the walls, freezes and creates sheets of ice that are amazing to see.

Be sure check out this beautiful Menomonie locale.

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How to survive your final exams


Finals week can be very stressful. You are swamped, tired, overworked. How can you do it all?

I’ve been in college for two years now and have picked up some tricks that help stress levels stay low and help you survive.

Here are some coping mechanisms I use to survive finals week, which is Dec. 15-19 at UW-Stout:

  • Schedule your whole week. It helps you manage your time better and remind you of everything that needs to be done.
  • Stress Buddies

    Meet my stress buddies, Nicole and Allison.

    Find a stress buddy. You may become very stressed, and having a friend to hang out with and joke around with will help your stress levels. My friends and I get together and play video games or watch movies and give back massages.

  • Go to bed early and eat. Eating regularly and getting enough sleep will not only reduce your stress but also help your brain function at its max.
  • Last but not least, take advantage of the opportunities the school is offering. The college I took classes at before this had a “stress free” week with masseurs, therapy dogs and free snacks.

UW-Stout is offering therapy dogs in the library from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Good luck on your finals, and happy holidays.