What comes after “Be.”

Rory Larson talks after college planning



Rory Larson is a senior in their last semester at UW-Parkside and preparing to start the
next chapter of their life as a college graduate. Rory is a History major and Anthropology minor with a museum studies certificate. The Ranger News interviewed them about their college experience and plans for after college in order to get insight into how a college student plans on adjusting to life after college.

Deciding degree

Rory described how they had known for years that they had wanted to get their degree in History after spending time working at a museum. “I had started work at a museum when I was in high school and decided I liked history,” they said. They went on to say that they declared a museum certificate due to liking working at the museum that they work and wanting to continue doing so, and they added on an Anthropology minor because “Anthropology and Museum studies had some overlapping classes”.

After college

When asked where they see themselves in 5 years, they said that “ideally, I will be working for a museum or a corporation working as an archivist … Basically filing things, making sure the history and the records … are kept and available for future generations”. Rory got the idea of being an archivist after working at Racine Heritage Museum. As of right now though, they do not have a job lined up for after college, but they plan to continue working at Racine Heritage Museum as of now until they move to Kenosha and get another job there.

They also went on to say that “I was thinking about pursuing a master’s degree but I’m probably going to take a year off in between to save up money and to take more time to consider it.” They described that if they do go back to school, they would either get their master’s in western civilization and history or an associate’s in mortuary sciences. They mentioned that they were pulled to mortuary sciences due to the anthropologist and mortician Caitlin Doughty, who champions death acceptance and positivity.

Rory shows us that college students do not need to have their entire life planned out for them after they graduate; they still have plenty of time to figure out their desired occupation and whether or not they want to further their formal education.

California teachers go on strike



As seen in the news in the past few years, California’s teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have seen a number of issues involving treatment of their teachers and staff, and it has come to a head in early 2019. From a teacher shortage that has worsened throughout the decade to a wreckening pension debt, those in this education system have decided to strike for their needs as of January 14th, 2019. According to CNBC, over 30,000 have joined in the strike, following other states in the process.

Teacher frustrations

The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is furious with these districts. A statement they made said, “…the district is hoarding 1.86 billion in reserves that could be used to fund the union’s requests, which include a 6.5 percent pay hike and smaller class sizes”. These teachers are also fed up with class sizes, as many have reported they continue to rise with no sign of stopping. The proposal from the LAUSD included a class maximum of 39, but teachers still are not impressed, with classes consistently reaching over 45 students. Ashley Hess reports: “Mike Finn, a special education teacher in Los Feliz, tells USA Today that he has 46 students in one composition class, and calls the conditions ‘unmanageable’”.


Alex Caputo-Pearl, a teacher in the Compton and Los Angeles area, also wrote of his frustration: “Class sizes often exceed 45 students in secondary schools; 35 students in upper elementary grades; and 25 students in lower elementary grades”.

The strike has made quite a bit of noise, and has received plenty of support from teachers and politicians alike. The president of American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, showed his support directly at the protest: “The eyes of the nation are watching, and educators … all over the country have the backs of the educators in L.A.”.

These issues of teacher shortages and class sizes have been around for a while, with headlining articles going back to 2016. According to the LA Times: “The staffing problem is both wide and deep, with 75% of more than 200 districts surveyed reporting difficulties with filling positions and low-income urban and rural areas hit hardest”.


The overarching worry here is how these practices affect colleges in general. With malpractice in spending and consistent lack of unity between teachers and those in higher standing, colleges in general could be at risk for lack of funding and maintaining reputation.


Atrazine: A natural born weapon

Biologist aims to relate and change his surroundings



Tyrone Hayes, a professor at the University of California-Berkley, stopped at UW Parkside on Wednesday, February 13, to give a presentation on the state of frogs for UW-Parkside’s Science Night. Titling his slideshow “A Tale of Two Toads”, Hayes goes in on chemical usage, the biological damage these chemicals do to animals and why this is important for humans to watch out for.

A boy who loved frogs

Hayes aimed to tell a story through his presentation, so he relies on the catchphrase, “as a boy who loved frogs”, to describe his lifelong process and research. Starting his experiments as early as 19, he and his colleagues made a hypothesis: since female and male frogs have different colored skin, does dipping them in testosterone and estrogen chance their color?

After extensive research, Hayes and his collaborators found that this does work for frogs, as Male frogs change skin color when left in estrogen for periods of time. They next tried Atrazine, a chemical used as an herbicide, to see the effects. He found here that this actually makes frogs Hermaphroditic. Furthermore, he tested these hermaphroditic frogs having children with female frogs by putting them in a set box for a set amount of time. Based on his findings, he concluded that frogs exposed to Atrazine don’t have enough testosterone to have a sex drive, or aren’t able to produce sperm.

More effects lurking

These weren’t the only conclusions his research dug up, either. Based on similar testing, he confirmed that the chemical HGC makes Xenopus frogs lay eggs, and that Atrazine makes Aromatase, which transforms testosterone into estrogen.

At this point, Hayes decided to look into other animals, such as fish and rats, for testing on the topic, as some have had similar chemical testing results as humans. From testing Aromatase on rats, Hayes concluded that the chemical can cause breast cancer. He stated this is because Aromatase overproduces estrogen cells, which can turn into tumors. He found that the solution is Letrozole, which cuts down the amount of Atrazine, and thus the amount of Aromatase.

It is during this point in the presentation where Hayes became the most confrontational. He admits to having a forceful and fierce personality when it comes to his field, but backs up his evidence with clear and concise reason. A main example for him is the company Syngenta, and how they have a pipe that pumps 1.2 million pounds of Atrazine into the Gulf of Mexico every year. He believes this is extremely important for people to take note of, as he sees this as raising cancer rates throughout the country.

Large scale ramification

Nearing the end of his lecture, he shows examples of what can happen in real life to babies damaged by Atrazine exposure, and settles back into his loose story line about “a boy who loved frogs”. He’s set to continue traveling to different schools, spreading his message of chemical safety and biological research.

His research isn’t just groundbreaking, but also important to us as since we live next to a large body of water. Pollution striking our water is criminal, and should we have a similar company by us, it could be detrimental to our food and health alike.


English professor writes book about Dahmer

Doctor Joseph Benson to publish book about society’s part in shaping Jeffrey Dahmer

Professor and author Josef Benson     COURTESY OF UW-PARKSIDE

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Contemporary English professor Josef Benson writes about the idea that society was a key factor in the way that Jeffrey Dahmer turned out and how “serial killers are an extreme reflection of our society”.

The beginning of an interesting subject

Benson first heard about Jeffrey Dahmer when he taught at his first job out of grad school at Ohio State University, where he taught for a year. After finding out that Dahmer went to Ohio State, Benson was interested in learning more about Dahmer and his time at Ohio State and Columbus University by reading a true crime novel called “The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer. While reading the book, Benson also found out a few more facts about Dahmer, such as his victim preference and sexual orientation. Benson’s academic background in race studies, African American literature, gender studies, queer theory was what drew him to study Dahmer beyond the psychological aspect.

As time went on Benson became more intrigued at the fact that Dahmer once resided in Milwaukee. Benson started to find out things about the Milwaukee Police Department and how Milwaukee was the most segregated major city in the U.S. at the time, and the long history of Civil Rights struggles and other issues that might have had to do with shaping Dahmer.

The research

For the past seven months, Benson has been reading books about case studies and details about particular serial killers, their thought process, and what they did so that he can compare them to Dahmer and the crimes he committed.

Other research that Benson has done includes the cultural factors of race and making connections to the styled killings that Dahmer did with archaic lynches back in early American history and other torturous methods from hundreds of years ago in the U.S..

Benson has also researched the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Milwaukee, since Dahmer’s victims were mostly gay men of color, and Dahmer was known to be gay.

He is also researching the history of the Milwaukee Police Department during Dahmer’s life in Milwaukee. So far Benson has read around eighty to ninety books within his research process.

Other works by Josef Benson

Benson’s book about Jeffrey Dahmer is still in the beginning stages and will not be out for some time, but he does have two other published books on different subject matters, and a third book being published later this year about comics, graphic novels and whiteness, as well as a fourth book about Star Wars that will be out in 2020. His first book was about hyper-masculinities and contemporary literature as well as looking at rural white masculinities and black masculinities. The concepts in this first book will configure in the background of the Jeffrey Dahmer book.

UW-Parkside Offers On-Site Tutoring



UW-Parkside’s tutoring center, the PARC (Parkside Academic Resource Center) opens for the spring semester.

What is the PARC?

The PARC offers tutors for a variety of subjects. The writing tutors can assist with any class that requires collecting thoughts and organizing them in a written form. Math tutors can help with almost every math course, though there are specific tutors for discrete mathematics and physics. Writing and math tutors are available for walk-in half hour appointments or for scheduled hour appointments.

Though math and writing are two of the most broad, and thus most requested topics, students can also schedule tutors for Spanish, French, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, biology, discrete mathematics, physics, psychology, economics and computer science. Due to high demand and limited tutors, most subjects require an appointment, but Spanish, chemistry, and anatomy all have walk in hours this semester.

The PARC also offers success coaching. Success coaches help students to gain valuable study skills, like time management and learning how to identify their individual learning styles. Unfortunately these valuable resources are only available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and do require appointments.

Even tutors use the PARC

There’s no shame in needing a little bit of help during your college career, especially when getting through your general courses. All of the tutors in the PARC are still students, so even they will often go to other tutors for advice.

The Ranger News interviewed Sam Steinke and Megan Cisewski, two writing tutors at the PARC. Steinke told The Ranger News that she thought that the writing center was the most important aspect of the PARC. She said that it was an “easy way to get feedback on any of your papers”.

Both tutors said that they have used the PARC for tutoring help on their own. Cisewski stated that she went to the walk-in chemistry tutor at the end of her shift and said that she “learned a lot” from the session.

Both tutors agreed that the PARC is a valuable asset to students. They said that Kim White, the manager of the PARC, was one of the best people to go to if you needed help. “She’ll sit down and help you, or take you to the advising and career center.” Steinke said, “I don’t think that’s part of her job, but she really cares.”

NetTutor: the online tutor

NetTutor is a tutoring application that UW-Parkside pays for to help students. Any UW-Parkside student can use it, and it is open online 24/7. NetTutor has tutors for almost every subject, and each tutor is a real person with a degree in their field. NetTutor is a great resource, especially for students who have restrictive schedules and want the freedom of getting help online.

The PARC continues to be a great asset for the students of UW-Parkside, and with the addition of NetTutor there are plenty of resources to help students succeed this spring semester.