UW-Parkside Offers On-Site Tutoring

HOLLACE VILLARREAL

villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

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.

Spring Semester Changes and Challenges

HOLLACE VILLARREAL

Villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

As with every new semester here at UW-Parkside, it seems as though the building is going through a period of adjustment.

Parking restrictions

On Feb. 2 there was a pavement buckle in the Student Center parking lot. The buckle was located in the A lot between rows A6 and A7. It has been blocked off from cars and pedestrians for the time being, putting a significant amount of parking spaces out of commission. There has been no news as to when it will be fixed, and the parking spaces will remain blocked off for the foreseeable future.

SOLAR login difficulties

With the appearance changes to the SOLAR login page students reported having issues with SOLAR in general at the beginning of the semester. According to multiple student sources, for days leading up to the new semester students were having trouble logging into their SOLAR accounts. Almost all of the issues were fixed by the end of the first day of classes, however, as all of the locked accounts were accessible by the end of the day.

Unaccepted dining plans

On the first day of school the computers in the Brickstone Cafeteria were not accepting both off or on-campus dining plans. According to a worker there was a “change in the system”. The Ranger News has yet to verify the change, though the system is currently up and working again.

Switch to Canvas

Though the students of UW-Parkside were told that there would be a school-wide changeover to the Canvas system by this semester, there has been a delay. The new promise is that the whole school will be changed over to Canvas by the 2019-2020 fall semester, but for now students should remember to check both Canvas and D2L to keep up with their classes.

New year, new me: UW-Parkside campus has some new looks

On a lighter note, there have been some positive changes to the UW-Parkside campus that have taken place over the break.

The new “Purple Room” in the 200-level of the library has been officially unveiled. Students will be able to have a larger study room in which to practice their presentations before classes. This will hopefully promote professionalism and give students a chance to work on their public speaking. The room also has a new sound system, useful for presentations, but also useful for putting on study music if students chose to book the room for a study session.

There is some new furniture throughout the school, though especially in Wylie Hall and The Rita. The furniture is bright and colorful, and a great new look for the school. Providing students with a stylish space to study and relax. The change in appearance will hopefully be well received by students this coming semesters.

Station Eleven: an easy read

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Station Eleven

HOLLACE VILLARREAL | Villa068@rangers.uwp.edu

The Big Read has just begun and there are about two more weeks of activities left surrounding the book “Station Eleven”.

The plot (slight spoilers ahead)

Our story starts out with Arthur, one of the main characters in the book, dying onstage of King Lear. Jeevan, a paparazzo turned EMT, runs onstage to try and save him, but his efforts seem to be in vain. Instead, while a cardiologist from the audience does CPR to try to revive Arthur, Jeevan goes to comfort Kirsten, a little girl who was acting as one of Lear’s daughters, and the main protagonist of the book.

After trying to revive Arthur, Jeevan receives a call from one of his friends, Hua, who works in a hospital. Hua tells him to leave town as quickly as he can, that there is an epidemic of epic proportions on the way. Jeevan decides to hole up in his brother’s apartment building with mass amounts of food instead.

Flash forward to the future: Twenty years after the outbreak, civilization is destroyed. Kirsten is travelling with a band of musicians and actors, the Travelling Symphony, and again acting in King Lear. Her troupe is there to preserve human culture, to not let people forget where they came from. They play Shakespeare because the people like it; they like to see “the best of humanity”. Upon the caravans is a Star Trek quote: “Survival is insufficient”.

Kirsten keeps Station Eleven comics on her, gifts from Arthur when she was young. They were written by his first wife, Miranda, and she treasures them.

Great readability and constant themes

The first thing I noticed about Station Eleven was how it sucked you in. If you are worried about the time commitment to the book, do not be. The read is smooth and easy, captivating and compelling.

The main characters, Kirsten, Miranda, and Arthur, are all multi-faceted and interesting. Kirsten is the main protagonist of the story and she values culture of all kinds, values anything that preserves her humanity.

Throughout the book there are stories of people clinging to culture in whatever form it takes. Before the collapse of civilization, Miranda throws herself into her work, creating Station Eleven (the comic) and Arthur wholeheartedly loves to act.

After the collapse, Kirsten inherits Arthur’s love for acting, playing in “high-brow” Shakespeare shows, while still collecting the “low-brow” media of comics, bringing Miranda and Arthur’s interests together in her life.

Kirsten’s best friend, August, collects TV guides, despite the lack of TV. Clarke, Arthur’s friend who escaped the collapse with Arthur’s second wife and son, creates a “Museum of Civilization” inside an old airport to preserve the history of the world he once knew.

Even by rejecting culture, the theme of culture still exists. Tyler, Arthur’s biological son, rejected the old world’s culture and tried to create his own, becoming a lecherous prophet. But still, he practises a religion that goes back thousands of years and even obsesses over the Station Eleven comics in the same way that Kirsten does. Culture affects every aspect of life, regardless of what the person wants.

Overall thoughts

“Station Eleven” was definitely one of the best books I have read all year and, though the library is out of free copies, I highly recommend going to find one at your local library or bookstore. Events will be going on until March 14th!

 

PSG discusses Gov. Walker’s budget

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The leaders of Parkside Student Government at UW-La Crosse

AUSTIN KRIEGER | krieg004@rangers.upw.edu

Governor Scott Walker is on tour around the state, promoting his new budget proposal for Wisconsin. Walker stopped at a few UW campuses across the state during the tour, speaking about how the budget reform will affect university students. Currently UW system tuition cost is frozen across the board, along with the continuation of the tuition freeze that Walker revealed his plan to drop tuition in the UW system by 5% this in the upcoming fiscal year. Also, part of the proposed reform is an “opt-out” clause, in which students can choose to opt-out of segregated fees included in their tuition, which are used to provide for organizations around campus.

The problem

On the surface, this seems like good news for UW system students, but this budget led to a few questions by lawmakers and students alike. Lawmakers are concerned with where the money for the tuition drop will come from. Walker has claimed, that in lieu of the lost tuition revenue, Wisconsin tax dollars are going to be used to make up the difference. Students are also concerned with what the “Opt-out” clause will mean for some student organizations on campus. One of the main questions students want answered is what organizations are going to be subject to funding cuts due to students opting out of segregated fees, as segregated fees are the funding keepings these orgs on campuses.  

Parkside getting involved

Parkside student government members, including President Jessica Diaz and Vice President Corey Hoskins, were able to travel to UW-La Crosse, April 1, to meet with other UW campus student representatives. Students discussed resolutions related to segregated fees among other things, specifically the detrimental academic impact Gov Walker’s opt-out clause could cause for UW students. Student representatives drafted and voted on a resolution in opposition to the clause and were able to move legislature to remove the clause from the current budget proposal.

Student Impact

Parkside student government President Jessica Diaz expressed concern about how this can affect students’ performance and involvement on campuses stating, “if these segregated fees are removed many of the student organizations will disappear including all of the events they hold.” Within the discourse at the meeting in La Crosse, student leaders expressed concern saying, “Without this funding source, many of these necessary student services would no longer be able to be provided, causing a decrease in enrollment, retention, and graduating students on every University of Wisconsin Campus.” Though UW student representatives were able to remove the clause from the current budget plan, Walker and his retinue hope to resurface the clause as a bill to be passed in the future.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKSIDE STUDENT GOVERNMENT

PSG elections race

JOSEPH CANNING | canni001@rangers.uwp.edu

Since former UW-Parkside student President Timothy Krueger resigned following a call for his impeachment in February, former Vice-President Jessica Diaz has been elevated to President and Corey Hoskins has been chosen as the new Vice-President. The new executive board and senate elections on Tuesday, April 11th to Thursday, April 13th will decide whether the duo—and the 28 senators—maintain their positions.

Diaz says she intends to run for student President in the upcoming election. Though she has only been President for a brief period, she has gotten much work accomplished and is confident in serving a full term. She insists there remains more work to be done: she told the Ranger News that she “really wants to inform students about what the [segregated fees] opt-out means.” The opt-out she is referring to would make allocable funds to student organizations optional and, as she claims, would “create disruption on campus.”

Beyond the presidency, the election will also decide the vice-presidency, 21 senate seats, two members of the student life committee, and two members of SUFAC (the section of the student government responsible for funding student organizations.). The elections are a chance for each student to have a say in how the campus will be run next year and will be conducted through Campus Connect.