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The Cascade newspaper is a culture and news weekly that appears on stands across UFV campuses and in various cafés throughout the Valley. What it is is exactly what UFV students decide it to be.

The Cascade, like your campus and community radio, CIVL 101.7, subsists on a $6.12 and $7.85 per-student semesterly levy respectively. As fee-paying members, we’re something of a subscriber base, yet, with the opportunity to shape the creative direction. That might mean working directly for, sitting on the board of, or voting at general meetings of these two societies.

A significant priority for both CIVL and The Cascade is to create opportunities for students. Have an idea for campus media? Pitch it. With guaranteed funding, campus media stands in a unique position to try things.

That’s why The Cascade attempts what it does: local reporting, social commentary, and creative expression. It’s a manifestation of student interests and woes.

The Cascade and CIVL have grown respectably. We both launch new projects semesterly. We both regularly take home national awards.

Some projects we’re working on right now are a restructuring of the organization, establishing a multimedia production team, and reimagining how we can best serve the community. We’re also preparing for a special tri-annual, semester-end edition of The Cascade, to feature student artwork, creative writing, and longform journalism, with cash for the best work. Think of it as a Cascade zine.

This edition underwent a subtle redesign. Along with it, we’re about to launch a new website. It’s all about trying new things.

After that moment of proselytizing, a caveat of reality: we’re a university rag. Work hard, but don’t take things too seriously.

Image: Caleb Campbell/The Cascade

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