My 100 Yard Commute

Shannon HoytEvery year students are given a chance to experience journalism through the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s student-led news source, Stoutonia.

As a member of Stoutonia, I have developed and experienced as an individual, while working with so many talented students. Each paper provides a chance to expose yourself to new information, events and interesting people around the community. Acquiring this knowledge is especially important in appreciating and understanding the local story.

Becoming a part of a team is always worthwhile. Collaborating and feeding off each other for constructive ideas, in the end, can only help build personal skills and social interaction.

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Stoutonia is Hiring!

There are always positions to be filled. As of now, the following board positions are available (see link below for position descriptions):

  • Advertising Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Online Manager
  • Sports Editor

All majors are welcomed to apply, and don’t worry, each position is paid.

Working and Collaborating

These positions are not only significant to the paper, but they are also pertinent to students. Stoutonia offers work experience in writing, designing, editing and advertising.

Not to mention, students can also broaden core life skills.

  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Creative/lateral thinking
  • Decision making
  • Critical thinking
  • And so on…

Other Options

If you are not interested in a board position, there are a variety of general positions available for the 2016 fall semester.

  • Ad Designer
  • Ad Representative
  • Cartoonist/Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Copy Editor
  • Layout Designer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Writer/Reporter (News, Entertainment, Sports)

Applications can be found and turned in at the Stoutonia office in room 109 of the Involvement Center. You can also print off an application.

Stoutonia is only one of the many UW-Stout organizations that provide a chance to network and connect not only with other students, but also with yourself.

Stoutonia Editorial Board descriptions:

Stoutonia Application:

Read you later, Stout!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Goes Bowling

Andrew KleiberIf you haven’t heard, Big Brothers Big Sisters is putting on a fundraiser called Bowl for Kids’ Sake on April 29. The event is held at Broadway Bowl in Menomonie and is at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. There will be pizza and a ton of prizes that will be given out. The theme for this year’s event is “Hollywood: Strikes! Camera! Action!” So don’t be afraid and come dressed up as your favorite movie, music, or television star for a chance to win the costume contest.

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For those of you who don’t know, Big Brothers Big Sisters here at UW-Stout is a volunteer supported organization that makes big impacts on the community. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. If you enjoy doing activities such as sports, fishing, hunting, watching movies or even just going to a restaurant, you should become a Big Brother or Big Sister. You’d just do all of your favorite activities and share the experiences with a child. What that could do is make the child feel better about themselves, change what they thought possible in life, and even achieve a higher level of education than they thought would be possible.


Left to right: UW-Stout Big Brothers Big Sisters. Left to right: Danielle Manders, Vice-President, Nicole Benson, Dunn County Program Coordinator, Morgan Kapp, President

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in more than 40% of the organization’s annual budget. All you have to do to get involved is get four to six friends and register to make a team on their website. The link is: Because this is a fundraiser, they ask your team to fundraise $120 for the organization. But don’t worry, if your team can only fundraise $75, they won’t penalize you. It’s just a goal that Big Brothers Big Sisters wants you to aim for.

They know that fundraising can be difficult sometimes, so here are a couple ways to get going. Post online to your Facebook or Twitter accounts to get the word out to your friends and family. If you really wanted to be creative, do small fundraisers around campus. Setting up a bake sale or little contest for small donations could help tremendously.

Here are a couple links for Big Brothers Big Sisters:

If you like bowling, amazing pizza, and great prizes, get a team together for this awesome event. Hope to see all your wonderful faces at the event, Stout!

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Take2 – April 22-28

The upcoming week is full of special events, both indoor and outdoor. Annalise and Ryan bring you the complete rundown.


Story courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau

UW-Stout will be well-represented at the Chippewa Valley Film Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire.

Six of the 20 films chosen for the festival — out of more than 900 submissions — are by UW-Stout students. Submissions came from local, regional and international filmmakers.

A scene from “Adamas” by UW-Stout student Tony Pha.

This year’s event will showcase films that are 20 minutes or less. The UW-Stout students and their films are:


  • Tyler Anderson, of Medford, “Sleep Walk”
  • Madeline Dooher, of Osseo, Minn., “Color Blind”
  • Augustus Hinton, of La Crosse, “The Empress Tree”
  • Tony Pha, of Elk Mound, “Adamas”
  • Rachel Verdeja, of Somerset, “Proximity”
  • Sara Westman, of Racine, “You”

The students are entertainment design majors.

Five of them were enrolled in the Summer Cinema Intensive program in 2015 at UW-Stout, with two of the chosen films created during that time.

The emcee for the festival will be UW-Stout Associate Professor Kevin Pontuti. He is director of the entertainment design undergraduate program, which has a concentration in digital cinema. Pontuti also directs Summer Cinema Intensive.

The festival will include two film presentation sessions and a question-and-answer with filmmakers in-between. Afterward, attendees can visit with the filmmakers.

The festival organizer is Mitchel Spencer, a former UW-Stout professor.

Tickets are on sale at the theater or online. Doors open at 6 p.m.


PROXIMITY TEASER from Rachel Verdeja on Vimeo.


YOU. from Sara Westman on Vimeo.

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Yes! I’m a Feminist!

Shannon HoytOn Thursday, April 7, UW-Stout’s Women and Gender Studies program held their first ever “Yes! I’m a Feminist!” The fundraiser, hosted by the Raw Deal, will help provide more opportunities for students minoring in the program.

Cultivated by Glenda Jones, associate professor of English, the occasion presented a chance for local feminists and community members to connect and communicate. Coinciding perfectly with Women’s History Month, the fundraiser and celebration offered an evening of feminism, food and music featuring QuinnElizabeth.


With a successful turn out, the administrators hope to make “Yes! I’m a Feminist!” an annual event.


Budget Cuts and Donations

With external factors prompting people to find other means of support, Tina Lee, Kate Thomas, Glenda Jones and other program administrators were determined to keep their minor afloat.

“Essentially what happened is funding for administrative support, travel and supplies for the Women and Gender Studies program was cut,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tina Lee.

However, donations were plentiful during the event. According to Emily Wermund, the Foundation’s Board of Directors would match UW-Stout faculty and staff contributions of $125 or more.


Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies was intended to better educate students on gender and women’s experience as of importance to the traditional college curriculum.

“The minor really just aims to help students have a perspective of how much gender really impacts our lives, our work, impacts science, impacts pretty much everything,” added Lee.

The minor offers a new outlook on sexuality, gender identity and fluidity. Lee and other program administrators hope to ingrain feminism as it pertains to all students in all areas of education.

“Feminism is something that everybody can be proud of, and it’s really just the working towards equality for all people,” said Lee.

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