Under the big top at UW-Parkside

The Fall Fest of 2012 at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, themed “Circus Spectacular,” begins on 1 October and hosts numerous exciting events throughout the week.

“We have had many students ask for a carnival so this year we thought ‘Why not give them what they want,’” says Julie Evans, Marketing Coordinator of Student Activities at UW-Parkside. “We have a wide range of preferences when it comes to entertainment so we try to keep that in mind. We try to bring a variety of performers so that everyone is interested in something throughout the week!”

The Fall Fest will run until 6 October and promises to awe students with all that is planned throughout the week.

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Annual Drag Show at UW-Parkside

The audience cheered as the host of UW-Parkside’s recent drag show, Sabin, waved one arm from behind the dressing curtain. In a leopard dress and thigh-high black boots, the former Miss Wisconsin Entertainer of the Year entered dancing to the Nicki Minaj song “Super Bass,” signaling the start of the 8th Annual Illusions drag show entitled “Oops, I Went Clubbin’ Again!”
The entertainers (with names such as Candy Master, Eva Angelica, and Beiber Teaser) gave exciting performances throughout the evening. The spectators cheered them on and some audience members rushed forward to offer them tips. The ensembles ranged from a red velvet gown on performer Anastasia to zombie costumes on the back-up dancers for performer Buck Wild, who did a rendition of the Michael Jackson song “Thriller.”

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Native American Heritage Month

 

November is Native American Heritage Month and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) here at UW-Parkside is working hard to represent the Native American culture throughout the month. Various events showcasing aspects of the culture will be held during November.

The kick-off, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Area, OMSA, and Sacred Circle, an American Indian and Indigenous People’s student organization at UW-Parkside, will be held on Monday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at Main Place. The event will feature traditional music and audience interaction, along with drumming and dancing by performer Dona Yahola. Light refreshments will be served, as well as a sampling of a dish called “Three Sisters Soups.”

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UW-Parkside Alumni Association Fall Plans

As the fall season settles in, a plethora of great events draw closer, many of which the Parkside Alumni Association have involvement in. Whether the focus is sports, food, or anything else the events planned for the next several months will provide many opportunities for fun on and off campus.
In November, the Alumni Association is coordinating a road trip to see the women’s basketball team play against the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the Kohl Center. The tickets are $40 per person and space is limited to the first 40 people to register. The association will sponsor a flower sale in December to compliment the fall commencement and in February the Parkside Employee Alumni Group, a subset of the Parkside Alumni Association, will hold a chili cookoff. Some events are still in the stages of planning, such as one aimed at graduating seniors.

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New York Times Journalist Steven Greenhouse

 

Students were quite engaged as New York Times journalist Stephen Greenhouse spoke in the cinema on Thursday. As opposed to the standard format of a speech, the presentation followed more of a question-and-answer style, and both the students and Greenhouse took advantage of this, with the students asking a multitude of well-researched questions and Greenhouse giving lengthy, knowledgeable answers.

Most of the students’ questions involved labor and workplace issues, the topics that Greenhouse typically reports on for the New York Times. Labor unions, the world economy, and workforce pay were prominent issues throughout the various questions. He also spoke, though less prominently, on the topic of journalism as a career. Greenhouse carefully articulated his answers, giving facts as well as his own opinions, yet always sounding relaxed and down-to-earth.

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