RHINELANDER - Preparing for college can be stressful, especially if you're thinking of ways to pay for school.
Nicolet College held a seminar on free application for Free Application Federal Student Aid this weekend.
They wanted to show parents and teenagers that there are other options for paying for school.
"It’s hard for parents to afford college and higher education," said Nicolet Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice.
"It’s important for students to have it and this is the way the federal government is helping students go on for a higher education."
Legislators have discussed making cuts to students financial aid, but Nicolet College Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice, thinks there are plenty of reasons for it to continue.
"Students need this. Like I said 80 percent receives some sort of form of financial aid," said Rice.
"That tells you something. They can’t do it on their own."
One of the main topics discussed today was filling out the forms right now, but it also sheds light for parents who don’t know that much about federal student aid, especially if they want to go back to college.
"I learned quite a bit and quite a lot and knowing now what I know," said Crandon Parent, Lori Lockridge.
"I could do it for myself if I choose to go back to school."
With all the options out there, having help figuring out whats best for you is important.
"For me I want to be able to get the most out of college with the least amount of pay from me that I have." said Laona High School Senior, Zach Reeves.
"This really relieved the stressed of what am I going to do for this," Rhinelander High School Senior, Kiah Sexton said.
"I know that there’s aid out there and this really put it into my hands on how I’m going to get it."
The deadline to fill out the FAFSA form is in April.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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