3rd Annual Qubies Gayla

Ryan BallweberOn Thursday, I attended the 3rd annual Qubies Gayla with my beautiful friend, Gabi. The Gayla is a banquet, dance, and award show devoted to honoring members and advocates of the LGBTQIA+ community. The event is put on by the LGBTQIA+ resource center known as the Qube and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).

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The night started with a walk down the rainbow road, where there were red carpet-style photos being taken of all of the attendees. There was an amazing meal sponsored by University Catering. The real show began after dinner with the award ceremony.

The “Qubie” is awarded toLGBTQIA+ community members and allies who have made great contributions over the past year. Congratulations to the winners!

Qubie Awards and Winners

Fantastic Freshman

Brandon Schmidt

Faculty Ally of the Year

Markie Twist

Housing Ally of the Year

Meg Jenny

LGBTQIA+ Friendly Org of the Year

Peer Health Educaters

Qubie of the Year

Molly Harvey

Debra Davis Award for Transgender Advocacy

Gabbie Allee

Undergraduate of the Year

Sam Heutmaker

Staff Ally of the Year

Richard Lundequam (Custodial)

Community Ally of the Year

The Bridge to Hope

GSA Member of the Year

Hailee Nelson-Duranceau

Qube Staff of the Year

Tamara Pribnow

Outstanding Bisexual/Pansexual Advocate

Hailee Nelson-Duranceau

The Griesbach Award for Excellence in LGBTQIA+ Advocacy

Molly Harvey & De’Andre Jones


Fellow peers, Hailee Nelson-Duranceau, Ian Eltringham, and Jarena Everson gave breathtaking performances between awards.

Once all of the awards were given out, and all the recipients gave their acceptance speeches, the dance began. The dance was DJ-ed by Adam Ludwig, a former UW-Stout hall director. The rest of the night was full of dancing, laughing and good times with great people.


For more information about LGBTQIA+ resources on campus:

Visit the Gender and Sexuality portal on orgsync.

The Qube in Merle Price Commons.

Contact Julie Miller, LGBTQIA+ resource coordinator on campus.

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Dunn Rite Woodworks

Allison Take2As a senior, I am in classes that many students dread their whole collegiate career: practicums. As a business administration major, the class that I am taking to fulfill my practicum is Manufacturing Enterprise Practicum, or MEP for short. When I first signed up for this course, I was pretty nervous about how much work and stress it would be.

However, after my first day of class, many of my fears were alleviated and I became really excited about it. Overall, this class is about is developing, creating, and putting a product into production. In short, we’re charged with creating an entire business venture from scratch.

Our class was divided up into five small groups. We were assigned the task of generating a ideas for a product that we would eventually manufacture and sell. Each group then selected their best idea and created an actual prototype which we presented to the class. Our presentations included production costs, materials required, production plans, and market analysis.


Next, the entire class voted on which product they wanted to put into full production and sell. I was extremely proud and super excited when my product idea got the most number of votes! And so Dunn Rite Woodworks was born. You can check us out at our Facebook page.


My group’s product is a wooden Wisconsin-shaped picture frame. It is a 4×6 picture frame made from cherry wood, available in a light or dark stain. It’s available with a laser-engraving of the UW-Stout logo and a star over Menomonie, or left plain without engraving. This is makes a great gift for students and alumni alike as a way to remember some of the great times you’ve had in this state.


This class has been an amazing opportunity to put all the skills that I have developed throughout my career at UW-Stout to use in the creating a complete business venture.

See you next time, Stout!


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Learn to love yourself with the Spreading Beautiful Body Summit

Ryan BallweberIf you are like me, or anyone else in the world, you may have struggled with some body issues in the past. For almost all my life there has been that little voice in my head that tells me that I am too fat, too skinny, too ugly and so on.

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You could imagine my excitement when I read about the Spreading Beautiful campaign. The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is the brain child of the one and only, Katie Quinn. Katie Quinn had the idea of the body summit when she was in middle school. When she started working with Ally Initiatives, she realized her dream could come true.

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Katie Quinn, UW-Stout Ally Initiatives

“I thought it would be really cool if there was a place where everyone was taught how to love themselves and counter the voices in their heads telling them that they aren’t good enough.”

The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is a half day workshop that was started last year. The purpose of the summit is to help eliminate bad body image, because all bodies are beautiful.

When I went to the summit last year, I was incredibly moved. The most powerful moment that sparked a change in how I thought about myself was one of the large group activities.

We stood in a circle in the room, and then we stepped forward if the statement that was read out loud resonated with us. Being intimate with others and seeing that I was not the only one to feel these ways was really moving. It really started a complete change in my thought process. The rest of the summit involved how to start to change how you feel, and also how to help others through tough times.

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This year there are some exciting new plans for the summit!

This year there will be a keynote speaker, Amber Krzys. Amber Krzys is the founder of the bodyheart campaign, Ted Talk presenter, and has been on Broadway.

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Amber Krzys, keynote speaker

Another change to come this year is the fact that the summit will NOT have a focus on any gender. This summit will be focused on everyone and anyone who identifies in any way and to help them find their beauty within and to help them with their struggles with body image.

To register follow the link below:


To purchase tickets visit http://uwstout.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp or stop by the service center in the lower level MSC.

You must register by February 29th, so get you tickets now!

Selling Grandma’s Sweaters

Student Org Shout-Out

The Industrial Design Society of America UW-Stout chapter is raising money by selling sweaters donated by treasurer Hans Fritze’s grandmother. They’ll be in front of the Furlong Gallery Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If your organization or club has an event coming up, let us know at socialmedia@uwstout.edu.


BDDPhotosBenAnother PONG LAN has come and gone, leaving only one left for this semester. For those who do not know, PONG is the Peoples Organization of Network Gaming. Essentially, they offer a time and space for everyone on campus to participate in giant gaming sessions. “LAN” is an acronym for local area network or, a group of computers networked directly together.

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This last LAN was The Forever-a-LAN, (a play on the popular “Forever Alone” meme) since it landed on Valentine’s day.  But I can tell you, nobody was alone at the LAN this weekend. The Memorial Student Center’s Great hall and Ballrooms were bustling with people to play with and compete against, and new friends to meet.

Setting up your spot at a LAN is always one of the more exciting times for me, because it is at this moment that I learn who the actual people are that I will be sitting with for the next 48 hours. You can always plan ahead to sit with your current gaming buddies, but it’s also great to meet new people and make new friends.

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The PONG LAN always features a variety of gaming tournaments and every one of them is fun to participate in. Even when I enter a contest for a game I have never played before, I have a blast.

At the most recent LAN, my favorite moment was playing War Thunder with a group of people who just happened to have seats around mine. We didn’t know each other before the LAN and we hadn’t plan on playing together, but we had a great time doing so.


There is one more LAN coming up this semester, The signup for seating has yet to open, so keep an eye out for it on PONG’s Facebook page. Hopefully, I can see you all on the battlefield.

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Running and Jogging: A new UW-Stout club

Sometimes the social aspect of a sport or activity is just what a person needs to get motivated and inspired. That’s exactly what the Running and Jogging Club, a new UW-Stout organization, is setting out to do.

The campus used to have a running club way back when. However, it came to an abrupt halt. A new club has risen from the ashes.

Daily opportunities

Practices are at 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, as well as at 5 p.m. on Fridays and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (because runners love to sleep in too). We meet on the second floor of the Sports and Fitness Center by the overlook of the Multipurpose Room.

Members are not obligated to come every day. For instance, you could just come on “leg day” if that better fits your workout schedule.

Runners of all skill levels are welcome to come and enjoy a day outside of the dorms. We are especially open to those who consider themselves out of shape. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are meant to bring runners together, to connect and get together with people who share your interests.


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Though the title of the club references running, our club likes to mix things up a bit.

Every Thursday runners come together to cross-train, a vacation away from the roads. Whether it’s basketball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, or even sledding, Running and Jogging Club members are open to the possibilities.


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The ultimate goal of the Running and Jogging Club is to help runners strive for their own finish line. Want to run a half-marathon? Well, we can set up a plan for you. Want to run your very first race? We are glad to help you train and answer any questions about technique, injury prevention and mental preparation.

Running can actually be very complicated, especially if you are a new set of legs to the pavement.

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To give a little oomph to our organization, we participate in races around the area and even away from campus.

The New Richmond 5k Racing Series is a chance to run through the seasons. For $25 our runners can participate in six races from November through April. It’s not too late to join the challenge. 


The Blue Devil Run/Walk, sponsored by University Recreation, and UW-Stout’s Run with the Cops, which raises money for Special Olympics, are other fun 5k races that are optional for the next academic year.


For more information, join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473862796249435/ if you are interested in knowing more about our club.


Take2 the Streets: Involvement Fair


Allison Take2I visited the spring Involvement Fair, where students have the chance to meet members of UW-Stout’s many student organizations.

I had the chance to interview representatives from several orgs, including the Stout Events Society, Stout Hand Drumming Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Military Science Club and more.

My favorite part of this Take2 the Streets is where we find out how a koala represents swing dancing.

Visit http://www.UWStout.edu/Involvement to find your fit on campus!