Stoutnic: An indoor version of Backyard Bash

Annalise MarkBDDRyan

Stoutnic was held Thursday, April 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Sports and Fitness Center. The event catered to all those on campus looking to learn more about on-campus organizations, snag some free food and take a break from classes.


Ryan and I attended Stoutnic with some friends and had a lot of fun. Although there weren’t many student organizations present when we arrived, it was still a great time being able to chat with the people behind the organizations who were in attendance.

My favorite part:

I really liked how I felt like a kid again with the inflatable games everywhere, but my favorite part would have to be when we visited the Hand Drumming Club’s booth to learn how to, well, drum. Some of us had difficulties (Ryan), but there was never a dull moment.

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How Stoutnic compares to Backyard Bash:

For starters, Stoutnic was inside while Backyard Bash was outside during the fall. Both events had representatives from numerous campus organizations, but Backyard Bash definitely takes the trophy for most attendees. Will Stoutnic be top dog next year? I guess you’ll have to go and find out.


My favorite part:

I had a lot of fun visiting the different organizations at their booths, but my favorite part of Stoutnic had to be the inflatables and games. There were two hilariously fun inflatables and a human bowling game. I had the most fun with the Velcro sticky wall, as you can see.

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The human bowling was a little too intense-looking for me so I did not partake.

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How Stoutnic compares to Backyard Bash:

Stoutnic and Backyard Bash were very close to the same event. In my mind, Backyard Bash wins. Backyard Bash was outside in beautiful weather and was hyped up a lot more. Overall, I’m looking forward to both the Backyard Bash and Stoutnic next year.

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2nd Annual Qubies Gayla

Pic1BDDRyanThursday, I had the amazing opportunity of attending University of Wisconsin-Stout’s 2nd annual Qubies Gayla. For those that do not know what the Gayla is, it’s an award show and dance to celebrate the accomplishments of UW-Stout students that identify in the LGBTQIA+ alphabet soup. For the occasion, the Great Hall was decorated with rainbows, brightly colored curtains and beautiful centerpieces on each table.


Other than making myself look ridiculous by wearing my “Take2 the Streets” ID badge (check it out on the University of Wisconsin-Stout facebook page), I had a grand ‘ole time. The first hour of the night was spent sampling the delicious food catered by the Universities catering service and after that, the awards ceremony began.


The show was hosted by the always handsome, always on point, De’andre Jones. The awards were given the same way they are given at the Oscars. The nominees were called, the name of the winner was pulled from a sealed envelope, each winner received a small trophy and then gave an acceptance speech.

A few of the winners of the night included, Kyle Lindberg, Gabriel Starr, Katie Quinn, De’andre Jones, Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, and UW-Stout Police Officers Pederson and Spetz. Pi Lambda Phi won the LQBTQIA-friendly organization because of all the work they do with the LGBTIA+ community. Officers Pederson and Spetz won the Staff Ally of the year award for their amazing job of keeping the campus safe for everyone including LGBTQIA+ members. I’d like to say congratulations to all the winners of the night; your awards were very much deserved.

The dance started right after the awards ceremony and continued until 11 p.m. It was an intense experience, with everyone dancing untill we fell over. The whole event was a great bonding experience with my fellow Gender and Sexuality Alliance members .

For anyone who will still be here next year, I very highly recommend going to this event. It was a great learning experience an overall great time. I promise you’ll have a fun no matter how you identify yourself.

A great experience at MBLGTACC

BDDRyanDuring Valentine’s Day weekend, I experienced one of the most influential college conferences of my life, MBLGTACC. The letters stand for Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Ally College Conference.

UW-Stout’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance offered the amazing opportunity to go to this conference at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. Going to this conference, meeting the people and really absorbing the conference’s slogan, “Narrating a new normal,” made me realize that I am normal.

This said, I would like to say that I identify as a bisexual male (surprise!).

The conference had many fantastic workshop opportunities. I learned all about sign language within the gay community, horizontal policing and many more topics. Not only did I learn about subjects like gender and sexual identity, but I also experienced a ton of diversity, especially in the form of hair styles.

I also had the crazy-awesome opportunity to listen to Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) speak on transgender issues and her life.

On Saturday night there was an amazing drag show hosted by Rupaul Drag Races’ winner Bianca Del Rio. After the drag show was a huge dance.

Anyone who is an ally or is just interested should go to MBLGTACC.


I learned so much and had so much fun. I also made many new friendships, which I hope will last a lifetime.

I feel so blessed to be going to a university that has such an amazing LGBTQA resource center, The Qube, and an amazing, accepting community.

And never forget, “You are the only expert on you” – Robyn Ochs

A Valentine for Everyone

The day has finally arrived. You are either dreading it or looking forward to it…’s Joylin BaranickValentine’s Day. So I decided to find a delicious recipe for singles, couples, or groups of friends to try for fun!

French Toast in a Mug

I thought this 2-minute French toast in a Mug recipe by Prudent Baby was genius. Mix it, zap it, and serve it up for you or your loved before your day gets busy. I mean come on, who doesn’t love breakfast food?


First you need bread. Any kind of bread will work! I prefer my french toast softer than most people but if you’re someone who likes a little crunch go for a bagel! It honestly doesn’t matter. An old croissant, nutty multigrain, or some old tortillas might even work, I am not joking..

Anyway, you will need 1 or 2 pieces of bread per mug. I usually make 2 mugs at once because then I can split the egg, but you can totally be super awesome and make one huge cup with more bread and a whole egg.

breadNext you are going to cut your bread into cubes.

Now you want to get your mug/s ready. You are going to butter the inside by either rubbing a piece of butter around it, or you can just melt the butter in a microwave and rub it that way. It’s all up to you, whatever floats your boat.

butterPlace the bread in your mug/s. About a slice or a slice and a half will do it. Smush it down a bit but don’t make it super compact because you need the liquid to from the eggs and milk to work its wait in there. Now in a separate mug do the following:

-crack an egg into it

-add 3 tablespoons of milk

-sprinkle cinnamon

eggmix-if you like your french toast really sweet or vanilla-y, add a single drop of vanilla extract (I don’t do this, but it might make you love it even more)

breadandmixMix it all together with a fork and then pour the mixture into your mug/s. Smush it a bit, and give it a minute to soak down into the bread. Now put your mug into the microwave and start with one minute, and add ten seconds at a time until it’s cooked to your liking (no runny eggs). In my microwave that’s about 1 minute, 20 seconds.

microwave (2)Finally, add syrup. You have to have syrup. Or whip cream. But really, syrup. And BOOM, you have delicious French Toast in a mug!

syrupIf you don’t think that breakfast was romantic enough for your tummy, then here are a few more ideas!

Did you know that the Skylight Market in the MSC offers heart shaped-pizza on Valentine’s Day? How totally awesome, right? All you have to do is order a full pizza and ask them to make it in the shape of a heart. Your beautiful masterpiece will be ready in about 15 minutes!

Now if you don’t want pizza, you can now do something that is simple and sweet. At the Service Center in the MSC you can order Valentine’s Balloon bouquets for someone special, your good friend, or even your cat!

Whatever you do decide to do for Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy it! Even if that means sleeping in all day, going on a date, or just hanging with friends!

Exams Everywhere!

BDDRyanScared, anxious, stressed. AGH! We’re just a few weeks into the semester, but some of us already are having exams.

I am one of those people who gets nervous and stressed when it’s time to take a test. How do you get over those feelings? If you are someone like me who gets these emotions before, during and after a test it can feel impossible to calm down. There are many ways you can go about reducing the anxiety and stress.

I recently spoke with Sarah Wood, a professor in the psychology department.

Dr. Wood’s tips


Dr. Wood teaches general psychology, social cognition and behavior, social influence, personality theories and applications, consumer psychology, applied social psychology and psychometrics.

One important thing to recognize is that some amount of stress is good. We actually perform best on exams when we experience a moderate amount of stress, Wood said.

Obviously, too much stress can make you uncomfortable and hurt your concentration. To reduce stress and anxiety associated with exams, be prepared, Wood said.

  1. Get enough sleep and get enough (healthy) food to eat. Also, exercising isn’t a bad idea.

  2. Develop good study skills. All studying is not created equal. Many students do not spend enough time studying, or the time they do spend is ineffective. The approach you take to studying might depend on the material you have to learn. However, for most exams simply attempting to memorize things will not be enough. This is true even for things like multiple choice tests. Furthermore, cramming is likely to make anxiety worse. Spread your studying out over multiple days and weeks.

  3. Learn how to take tests. There are different strategies for different formats and lots of resources available with advice about test-taking strategies. Bottom line: think ahead about your approach and then use it.
  4. Learn how to relax. If you feel anxious when taking the exam (e.g., sweaty palms, racing heart, difficulty concentrating, etc.) you can learn coping techniques. For example, you can concentrate on taking slow deep breaths or relaxing your muscles. Relaxation techniques should be practiced prior to the exam so you can easily use them when you need to and get back to focusing on your exam.

If someone is experiencing overwhelming anxiety regularly, they should talk to someone at the Counseling Center ( The staff is trained to provide advice and support tailored to someone’s specific situation.

My tips

A lot of my tips are the same as Dr. Wood’s, but here are some tips that have worked for me. (Keep in mind, I am not by any means an expert on this.)

  1. Don’t cram. Do not wait till the last minute to study and cram everything into your brain. It adds more stress and you are less likely to retain information.Stressed
  2. Make a schedule. Plan when you are going to study so that nothing can stop you from it.20150206_130312 (1)
  3. Take your time with the test. Never rush. You will feel more confident with your choices and you will stay relaxed.A on Exam
  4. Go into the test with a positive outlook. You can do it! It’s all about self-fulfilling prophecies. If you believe you are going to fail, you will.

I hope these tips help. Don’t forget, you will do great.72ac5424e8e2a2b3d2f220ea01c98f6322cff1c34576c54f6c543115720d6985

We’re Back for Spring 2015

Annalise MarkBDDRyan


Wait, who are these people?

Selfie 2During the first semester there was always a vibe that I picked up when I saw people walking around campus. Just by looking at someone, I could tell they went to UW-Stout. I didn’t have to know their name, major or anything about them; they just carried the Stoutie vibe.

Now that my schedule is different, I’m running into people I’ve never seen before. Where did they come from? Where were they hiding all of this time? UW-Stout is a fairly large campus; you could see the same people a few times a day. But now it’s like I’m in a foreign land. On top of that, I’m finding myself in buildings I never knew existed.

 I made it back to UW-Stout right?


Stouties I’m home!

Snapchat-7507505544472770618I made many friends during the first semester and during the breakI really started to miss them. When I returned to campus I was so worried that everyone might have changed. Instead, when I moved back it felt like I’d never left.

We just picked up where we left off. Everyday when I walked campus I felt as if I was in this community. Still, when I’m walking to classes I get that feeling, the feeling of belonging, the feeling of being a part of a big family.

Even if I don’t know a person, they still smile when we pass each other. It’s as if I never left.

Man, it is good to be home!

DECA at UW-Stout

Annalise Mark

On Saturday, Jan. 10, UW-Stout hosted the annual DECA District 1 Career Development Conference.Awards

More than 600 students from 16 regional high schools were decked out in business professional attire with shoes polished, game faces on and their “future CEO” mindset.

DECA is an internationally renowned program that prepares students to be career-ready leaders and nurtures skills that will help students flourish in an ever-changing, competitive job market.

This year is particularly special to the Wisconsin state DECA organization because it is celebrating 50 years of changing the lives of thousands of DECA members.

How does DECA work?

DECA is all about taking classroom curriculum that revolves around real-world business and

Prep Weekmarketing experiences. Then, students apply that knowledge to competitive events at a district, state and international level.

Although some events differ slightly from state to state, they generally involve the same career clusters. The clusters are hospitality and tourism; finance; business management and administration; and marketing.

I was lucky enough to help the MBEA – Marketing and Business Education Association students at UW-Stout – organize the week leading up to this big competition.

With about 660 students expected to compete (about 100 more than last year), my week involved a lot of paper cutting, folding and alphabetizing; also, stuffing folders, labeling nametags and preparing tests.

It was a long week, but the MBEA students and staff were on top of their game. It was extremely efficient and well-planned. The leadership I saw within the MBEA organization was extremely impressive.

It was so cool to see all of the chai rs stuffed into the Great Hall in the Memorial Student Center the night before the big event.

Great Hall Although DECA is a new term to most people I meet, it has been ingrained into my mind since my sophomore year of high school. I am proud to say I was part of the Mounds View DECA chapter in Minnesota. It is through DECA that I have grown the most and cultivated my love for how the business world works.

Through the help of my DECA adviser, John Duffy, the Mounds View DECA chapter, family, and friends, I worked my way to being an international finalist my senior year. To our knowledge, I was the first person in Mounds View DECA history to advance that far.

(Wow, just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.)Medals and Tshirt

I was happy to help out with the DECA District 1 Career Development Conference because DECA has helped me flourish and build my career goals in so many ways; therefore, I will take any opportunity I have to give back to such a great organization.

Congratulations to all of those back home in the Twin Cities and to those who competed at UW-Stout.

For those who advanced, I wish you the best of the luck at the state Career Development Conference March 10-12 in Lake Geneva.