I've an ugly page break where I'm forced with a dilemma: a pretty large amount of white space, or else a widowed (or maybe an orphaned? I'm not sure of the terminology) line on the next page (1st and 2nd images). What do people generally recommend in these cases? This isn't getting printed or anything, it's just a college essay that'll be submitted online, so I don't think that widows are as bad in this case as they would be on paper, but maybe my thinking is wrong there.
I think the white space might be caused in part by the annoying gap that Word leaves before footnotes (3rd images), so if anyone knows how to get rid of that generally that'd be great (most solutions I've read online tell me to delete ¶s before the line in Footnote Separator, but there are none there).