The Therapy Club is ambitious, informative


What’s the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy? If you do not know the difference, then you can be forgiven. Before psychology major Kevin Stearns began to work on Parkside’s newest club, he did not know either.

Under the guidance of academic advisor Kim Armstrong, Stearns founded the Therapy Club, an educational organization completely focused on informing students about their academic pathways to working in the field of therapy.

Informational meetings

The club’s second meeting took place on March 5th. At least a dozen students attended, and about half of them were new members, all of whom come from different backgrounds and majors.

Throughout the meeting presentation, Stearns presented several essential pieces of advice and information for aspiring medical workers. “You will need a lot of volunteer hours,” he explained, when referring to occupational therapy requirements. “The Therapy Club will offer opportunities and connections for this over the course of the semester.”

Stearns began the club to inform students about the various career paths within healthcare, beyond the traditional nurse and physician positions. Specializing in therapy, either occupational or physical, is an important role, needed to help elderly, injured, disabled, traumatized, and special needs patients.

The club’s future

To help keep the student body informed about the importance of therapy, Therapy Club plans to host guest speakers at its meetings, offer networking opportunities, and deliver important information to students of all disciplines.

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in therapy or psychology, or if you are simply interested in getting involved on campus with an educational club, then stop by the open-door meetings at Molinaro D128, held each Monday at noon.

If you would like to support their cause with publicity, like their page on Facebook or check out their Campus Connect profile:



No Victims club brings self-defense to campus

Sam Roochnik and Steve Bullin demonstrate a bear-hug escape technique to participants in summer 2017.

Their mission: To encourage confidence



No Victims Self-Defense club is an organization on campus devoted to educating members on ways to better protect themselves in a dangerous situation. Club officers Steve Bullin and Ethan Costello created the organization in spring of 2017. Soon after the club was established, UW-Parkside student and veteran Sam Roochnik met with Steve and Ethan and joined as an instructor.

Instructions from a martial artist

Sam Roochnik is currently the lead instructor for No Victims and has a successful background in martial arts. Sam worked as a martial artist instructor in the Marine Corps for over two years, using a form of martial arts developed by the Marine Corps known as MCMAP, or the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Despite MCMAP’s use in the military, Sam is able to translate these skills into basic self-defense lessons for members. Some of the moves taught in No Victims include falling safely, correct stance and basic hand/palm strikes.

Confidence through self defense

One of the key lessons No Victims instills in its members is the confidence in being able to protect themselves. No Victims hopes that this confidence will translate into all aspects of member’s lives, especially leading a safe and healthy lifestyle. Sam pointed out that No Victims “gives people the opportunity to practice basic skills that work and knowing that and being aware of your surroundings is really all we can do outside of formal training.”  Moreover, the club hopes that being aware of your surroundings and how to properly and safely protect yourself will leave a lasting positive impression on member’s lives.

Where and when

No Victims meets every Friday from 12p.m.-1p.m. and Sunday from 6p.m.-7p.m. in the Sports and Activity Center combatives room. Meetings are open to all UW-Parkside students, faculty and staff as well as any interested community members from the Racine and Kenosha area. Sam explains the overall tone and goal of No Victims by saying, “we aren’t masters but…if you sweep a guy down and that’s all you know, you get a chance to run away. Its basic stuff but it’s hard, fast, first.” Sam and No Victims make it a priority to teach others safe ways of protecting themselves and being confident in their abilities.

Response to the bombing of Syrian civilians

Syria cries for acknowledgement of their present adversity


The city of Eastern Ghouta has been pounded by Syrian Government bombs since the last week of February. With the death toll escalating, the United Nations Security Council has called for a ceasefire. Despite this motion, violence continues.

A complicated conflict

The Syrian Government has severely intensified military actions in efforts to recapture control of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. Multiple factions of anti-government groupsliving in the now besieged city are undergoing the government’s attempt to power there. While President Assad’s administration denies targeting civilians, the bombing has resulted in at least 500 civilian casualties, many being women and children. In addition to the fatalities, hundreds of thousands are trapped in the besieged area with extremely limited medical resources and access to food and water. This recent surge of violence has received international attention, not only because of the humanitarian crisis, but because the nearing eight-year war in Syria involves many neighboring countries, the United States and Russia. The multiplicity of power-players in the conflict pose apparently unyielding obstacles to long term solutions, but the international community is addressing possible actions for the immediate crisis at hand.

International intervention

In response to this outbreak of violence and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, on Feb. 24, the United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed upon the calling for a 30-day ceasefire. Addressing the Security Council meeting, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, remarked, “There are no words to express our frustration over the collective failure of the international community to end this war. But that frustration is nothing compared to the suffering and destruction visited ceaselessly upon the Syrian people.” In addition to the call for ceasefire, the council insisted that action follow with regular humanitarian aid convoys, medical evacuations and the immediate lifting of sieges. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres added, in statement, that “the resolution will be immediately implemented and sustained, particularly to ensure the immediate, safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services, the evacuation of the critically sick and wounded and the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people.”

A young Syrian’s plea for help


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Twitter user @muhammadnajem20 calls for American support


Amid the attacks in war-torn Eastern Ghouta, 15 year old @muhammadnajem posted a plea for help from the American people on twitter. As the violence continues, Syria waits for the United Nations’ plan of action to be carried out. The Syrian youth raise their voices in urgent request for help. Muhammad Najem appeals not just to the Attorney-General of the United Nations, or the President of the United States, but to American citizens. His petition beckons the question: what can we, as global citizens, do to answer the cries of the Syrian people?


For interviews with UW-Parkside professors, and more community discussion on possibilities for local and global response to the situation in Syria, tune into the next issue of The Ranger News.

PSG Inauguration

Wednesday, May 27th, will bring about the third annual Inauguration ceremony for the newly elected PSG officers. The event began when Ted Ruffalo was PSG President, and has continued since. Currently, Dana Calamia, Justin Irwin, and Professor Dennis Rome will be speaking at the event. Jo Kirst, who planned the event and served as Secretary to PSG this past year, hopes to find a couple more speakers to attend.

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Senate Minutes 4/13/2011

Parliamentarian David Wilson swears in new Student Government Officials:
President Justin Irwin
Vice President Nelson Senda
Amanda Barber
Eric Zizich
Javier Luna
Nicholas Walls
Byron Dowse
Dany Fitzgerald
Pryscilla Balladares
Kyle Koenen
Lauren Axelson
Patti Jensen
Marilyn Vasquez
Mary Kotleski
Tom Magwitz
Brian Hill
Linda Vang
Marcus Bouterse
Jordan Theiler
Courtney Cornell
Juan Barreto
Munjed Hamdan

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