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Setting the Blugold standard


Voter rally featuring Confluence supporters Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, city council members and Student Body President will speak Martha Landry and Courtney Roszak



Retiring Kilgallon changes the culture for university’s sports Nick Erickson and Ellis Williams

MANAGING EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER During his tenure as the head of the UW-Eau Claire athletics department, Director of athletics Scott Kilgallon has seen a lot of success. In his 10 years, the Boston native has been a part of three national championship sports as well as a slew of individual national champions, 27 WIAC titles and 31 WIAC Coach of the Year Awards. Despite the trophies and accomplishments on the field, gym, court, ice or track, Kilgallon measures success by the experience of the student athlete not just in athletics but in the commu-

nity and classroom as well as creating close relationships. Kilgallon can be seen at almost every home event of all 22 Blugold sports, with his New England accent echoing throughout any venue. And he’s not just a figurehead there, he’ll stay, cheer and go to bat for every single one of the about 550 athletes who call the Eau Claire athletic department home. “You’re in this profession for them, and I never lose sight of that,” Kilgallon said. “It makes you want to work harder and harder.” In 2004, the then-Southern Vermont College director of athletics packed up his bags and moved to a place unfamiliar to him in Eau Claire. Immediately, he had a vision and a

concrete goal for his new athletic department: move up in the Director’s Cup standings, measuring the most successful collegiate athletics departments in each of the NCAA divisions through championships, records and standings in each sport. And the only way to accomplish this, he said, was to give as close to equal attention as possible to every sport in the department, demanding excellence from all areas. “I’m all about the student athlete and the experience, also, all about parody as best you can for all sports,” Kilgallon said. “You want to give it time to all 22 sports. I think that’s really,

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On March 10, UW-Eau Claire will host to a voter registration rally to raise awareness and support for the Confluence Project, which will feature speakers like Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Student Body President Bryan Larson said having an on-campus rally will hopefully generate interest and educate students on the upcoming referendum, which asks voters whether the city should spend $3.5 million on the Confluence Project. The rally also asks if the city should hold a future referendum before spending $1 million or more to build an arts center. The Confluence Project, a proposed $77.2 million mixed-use building in downtown Eau Claire, would include three performance spaces, classrooms, fine arts studios, gallery space, dance studios, offices, community/retail space and student housing. Student Senator Jacob Wrasse said the Student Senate has been encouraging students to vote and understand the importance of the upcoming election. “We want to register voters and educate the students on the project for April 1,” Wrasse said. Campus viewpoints But some students have mixed feelings on the Confluence Project. A common complaint about the project is the university would no longer be located in a single location. Larson said although some students wouldn’t enjoy

the cross-town travel, the positives would outweigh the negatives. “I think that to a certain extent, we are blessed and cursed by having such an isolated campus,” Larson said. “On one end it’s great because it only takes a few minutes to walk to class. On the other end it limits us and almost ends in an exaggeration on how far things are apart from each other.” Senior Jillian Cram said she does not think the project is needed for students, even though it would eliminate some overflow. “I don’t know if the housing part is necessary,” Cram said. “It would be better to have it closer to campus. Larson said Senate sees campus expansion as a key reason for students to be supportive of the Confluence Project. Larson said there is typically a high demand to be housed in apartment-style housing that is controlled by the university, like Chancellors Hall. According to the university, beginning plans estimate 100 apartment-style rooms. About 300 to 375 residents would live in the downtown area, but no first year students would be allowed. “The one issue we run into all the time is right now we are operating at over-capacity, somewhere around 108 percent capacity,” Larson said. Freshman Jessica Onsager said she thinks the idea is good but is still unsure if the project should move forward. “I think it’s cool that they are putting student housing in it, but I do think that people should get the oppor-

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Thursday, March 6

Fulfilling goals of internationalization University receives award for internationalizing campus Jessie Tremmel STAFF WRITER

Three UW-Eau Claire students spent part of their winter break investigating geomorphic sites and studying the sub-surface using ground penetrating radar in New Zealand with Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology. These students were funded to participate in an international research program. “Without the funding from the Blugold Commitment, this trip wouldn’t have occurred, point blank,” Jol said. The International Fellows Program at Eau Claire is an opportunity for faculty and students to collaborate on a research project internationally and is the recipient of the Institute of International Education’s 2014 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. The International Fellows Program supports one or more faculty members to go abroad with one or more students. It requires

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a research component and a minimum of three weeks in a country. Students are eligible for a $1,000 stipend and also have airfare and lodging covered by Blugold Commitment money. The students are responsible for their own food and any personal expenses. Karen Havholm, the assistant vice chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, said receiving this award raises the profile of the center for international education and the university. “I really believe that the more of those kinds of recognitions and awards that we get, the more valuable your degree is,” Havholm said. “Even though you might not

“... Eau Claire is really dedicated to increasing the impact of study abroad.” SHANTI FREITAS

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go on the International Fellows Program, it raises the value.” One goal of the International Fellows Program is to increase access and innovation within study abroad, by providing an option to those who often can’t FREITAS participate in traditional study abroad opportunities. Shanti Freitas, the International Immersion coordinator, said often students in the STEM programs are limited in their options for studying abroad, since many classes are only offered once a year. With the International Fellows Program, Freitas said Eau Claire did a really good job of targeting the students who were not going abroad, identifying why they were not going abroad, and creating opportunities for those students. The International Fellows Program offers research opportunities over the summer or over winter break so students on a rig-

id schedule can be involved. “The award will have a big impact because it recognizes the fact that Eau Claire is really dedicated to increasing the impact of study abroad, making it more affordable and making it more accessible,” Freitas said. Programs through the International Fellows Program create experiences for students which also act as a faculty professional development program, Halvolm said. Jol said while in New Zealand, the Eau Claire students were able to interact with other students, both graduate and undergraduate, from other countries. Since coming back to Eau Claire from New Zealand, Jol has included what he learned on the trip into his lectures, letting students know what their peers accomplished. “Often these are graduate student experiences,” Jol said. “And so I think we need to let students know that this is a significant experience, and most people in the world do not get this experience.” Tremmel can be reached at or @jessietremmel.

RALLY/ Senate hopes to educate and involve students in referendum tunity to vote on it,” Onsager said. In fall 2012, the majority of City Council members were in favor of the project. However, the members who serve now are different from those who served in fall 2012. City Council President Kerry Kincaid is one of the members in favor. “I think the Confluence Project is a burst of pride for the city,” Kincaid said. “The City Council looks forward to hearing from the citizens on the referendum.” The rally



In addition to Vernon at the rally, City Council member Catherine Emmanuelle, Homecoming King and Singing Statesmen President Dane

Jaskowiak and Larson will be speaking. Larson said Senate is hoping prominent members in the community will draw more students to the rally. “The point of the rally is to bring students together,” Larson said. “Obviously a lot of people are familiar with Justin Vernon.” Senior Tori Prager said she recently became familiar with issues surrounding the Confluence Project. Prager said she will be attending the rally and plans on voting in the upcoming referendum. “I think it’s just a cool thing to vote,” Prager said. Prager is a supporter of the Confluence Project and the idea of extending the university into the downtown area.

What is the referendum? — County referendum: “Should the county give $3.5 million to help build the Confluence Project’s arts center?” — City referendum: “Shall a charter ordinance be enacted that would require a binding referendum before $1 million or more in municipal funds can be appropriated for any building construction that is planned for dramatic, musical or artistic performances?” Source: Eau Claire City Council

“Since being a student here over the past four years, just going downtown even in the summer when there isn’t something necessarily going on, the downtown area could be better. It could be so much better than it is,” Prager said. Also a Bon Iver fan, Prager said she is excited to have the musician on campus. She said she is assuming that a prestigious Blugold alumnus on campus will encourage students to come and educate themselves at least. “I think that a lot of people will go,” Prager said. “I hope.” Landry can be reached at or @ MarthaLandryy. Roszak can be reached at or @CRoszak22.

How should you vote? — Supporters of the project should vote YES on the county referendum and NO on the city question. —Project opponents should vote NO on the county question and YES on the city referendum. More information about the Confluence Project can be found online. Supporters of the Confluence call themselves Community for the Confluence and opponents the Citizen Referendum Committee.


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TT: This is your last semester as a professor here, what will you miss most about UW-Eau Claire and the city? VC: I will miss students, I enjoy young people. They inspire me, challenge me and teach me. They give me faith in the future, I sincerely believe our world will become a better place when the college students I’ve taught take over the reigns of society from my generation. TT: What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you in one of your classes over your years here? VC: I’ve had many weird things happen to me. This was after class rather than in class. In one Sociology 164 class, students became emotionally distraught with one another over the issue of child discipline.

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Thursday, March 6

Physics major awarded scholarship Student sets sights on teaching high school, wins national education scholarship Glen Olson STAFF WRITER

Junior physics education major Michael Yohn was awarded the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers last month. Yohn is the first person from UW-Eau Claire, and one of only five students nationally, to receive this scholarship. The American Association of Physics Teachers gives the scholarship to future high school teachers. Yohn said he knew he wanted to focus on education even before college. “In high school, I started off just helping people who were in classes with me,” Yohn said. “It felt good to help people understand what I felt was so cool about what I was learning.” J. Erik Hendrickson, a physics professor and Yohn’s advisor, said over the past several years, he saw Yohn’s aptitude for teaching and connecting with classes grow. “He just blossomed,” Hendrickson said. “As he finally figured out his way of being in front of students.” Hendrickson said although Yohn hasn’t done any student teaching yet, he has been able to get experience working with students through the physics department as

a lab assistant and member of the Society of Physics Students. In one of those classes, Physics 100, Yohn worked as a lab mentor answering questions and doing reviews for freshman outside the physics major. Yohn has experience explaining and reviewing physics with students, who like high school students, aren’t focused on a physics degree. “That was highly enjoyable,” Yohn said. “It was pretty much the pick-me-up of my Monday.” Matt Evans, who enlisted Yohn as a lab assistant, said Yohn, then a freshman, did research with him on liquids and halfpipes. Yohn has been involved in the department ever since he arrived, Evans said. “We all saw how he evolved from someone who came in without much knowledge, to someone who really tries to help his fellow students,” Evans said. “As a lab TA and really went out of his way to be a resource for other students in both physics and at the university.” Yohn came to the university with almost junior standing through retroactive credits, which he used to take more classes, do more in physics and gain more experience working with other students and explaining material.


MULTIMEDIA EDITOR UW-Eau Claire forensics outscored eight teams to claim their 22nd straight Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament crown, Feb. 14-15 at Ripon College. Sophomore political science major Elijah Freeman said he is privileged to have contributed to the team’s continued success, which dates back to before he was born. “It’s an honor to have upheld that legacy,” Freeman said. “We take forensics pretty seriously

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 2- 7 p.m. — Ninth annual Aldo Leopold banquet, Davies Center 7:30 p.m. — The Foreigner, The Grand Theatre

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 12- 1:30 p.m. — Majors and Student Services Fair, Davies Center 8 p.m. — Micah Ryan, The Cabin

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. — Winter Farmers Market, L.E. Phillips Senior Center 10 a.m. — Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk, McPhee Physical Education Center

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EARNING AWARDS: Michael Yohn, junior physics demonstrates the halfpipe built to study liquid flows.

In addition to working with the physics department and being a member of the Society of Physics Students, Yohn is also a student member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Sigma Pi Sigma. Yohn said acting as an ambassador for physics to high school

UW-Eau Claire forensics team maintains a winning tradition here at Eau Claire, and to see that rewarded once again by another state championship secures your place in that legacy, and we are honored to have kept that going and hope to keep it going next year and the year after that.” Freeman, who specializes in public address speeches, said he believes the team’s win resulted from a combination of various talents of his teammates and the experience and knowledge of his coaches. “We have tremendous coaching from Karen Mor-

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ris and Kelly Jo Wright, who have been in the business, so to speak, for a very long time,” Freeman said. “So that combination of the talent that we have, and the development of those coaches in helping us to reach our full potential was instrumental in helping us win again.” Karen Morris has been the forensics director for 18 years. In that time, she said the pressure to continue their winning tradition varies because the competition changes each year. “It’s a huge tourna-



students is tough but rewarding. “You have to figure out how you’re going to make what you love relevant to them, and just make it as awesome for them as it is for you,” Yohn said.

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bottom heavy, in that we have more sophomores than anything on this team,” Morris said. “So our sophomores are our crux of the team. They are really dedicated and that’s not to say that the junior and senior classes and these new freshmen are not, too.” Morris said securing their win in this tournament also qualifies them to represent Eau Claire at the national level. “For us, this tournament is significant because of the Interstate Oratory Contest, which is the oldest forensic competition. Every state gets to send two people to represent. This year we won oratory, so Elijah Freeman gets to go to this national competition.”

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MONDAY, MARCH 10 3- 4 p.m. — Women’s History Month: Inspirational Women of Eau Claire, Davies Center 3 p.m. — Voter registration rally with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Davies Center


Olson can be reached at olsongp@ or @GlenPOlson.

ment for us in that, to call ourselves state champions and to have been doing that forever,” Morris said. “Because when you think about it, every state has a state tournament. So to be the best in our state is pretty significant.” Freeman said although they are a talented and successful team, they still have minor struggles. “The core of our team is sophomores and freshmen, so we are comparatively a young team,” Freeman said. “A lot of us are still trying to find our way a little bit.” However, Morris said the average age and experience of this year’s team is what makes them distinctive. “I think what is most unique about this group of students is that we are

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Foster Gallery “Artifacts from the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum” 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. — Mon. - Fri. 1 - 4:30 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from Feb. 20 - March 13 Haas Fine Arts Center

UAC Films: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” This documentary tells the story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old considered to be the best sushi chef in the world. The film follows Jiro’s life in the culinary world and as a loving father. 7 p.m. — Fri. - Sat. 2 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from March 7 - 9 Woodland Theater, Davies Center


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Thursday, March 6

March for awareness

March of Dimes walk set for May 3 Meghan Hosely STAFF WRITER

Pointing out proper grammar ELIZABETH JACKSON / The Spectator

Department of Business Communication uses National Grammar Day to promote the skill as important for all students Rachel Streich STAFF WRITER

“Punctuation saves lives.” These are the words written on junior Erin Kelly’s new water bottle, which shows the phrase “Let’s eat Grandma,” can mean something much less shocking if it becomes “Let’s eat, Grandma.” As part of the second annual celebration of National Grammar Day at UW-Eau Claire, Kelly won this water bottle in a contest on the College of Business Facebook page. This year, the Department of


GRAMMAR SWAG: UW-Eau Claire students could participate in contests on the College of Business Facebook page for a chance to win water bottles, tote bags or keychains as part of National Grammar Day on March 4.

Business Communication hosted the Facebook competition and held receptions in the Business Writing and Presentations Studios in Schneider Hall to raise awareness of the significance of using correct grammar. Every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the “grammar gremlins” in the BCOM department posted two sentences on the Facebook page. The first person to comment choosing the sentence with correct grammar won a grammar-related prize ranging from tote bags to keychains and water bottles. “It’s just a fun way to call attention to the importance of polished grammar to one’s professional success,” Paula Lentz, the academic program director for the department, said. National Grammar Day started in 2008 after Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, decided a day should be set aside to recognize the imperative to “march forth” for speaking and writing well. Lentz said grammar skills are particularly essential in the workplace because employers will see a student’s ability to use standard English business grammar as a mark of intelligence, professionalism and competence. Tutors in the Business Writing Studio help students hone their skills in writing and grammar for their futures. Kate Morrison, a senior health care administration major and tutor in the Business Writing Studio, said any student on campus who needs help with business-related communication can come in and get help with written work such as resumes and cover letters for internships or careers. “I think the better you are at communicating, the more positive interactions you’re going to have with people and the better you’ll be to prepare yourself for a job,” Morrison said.

Morrison also said the Business Writing Studio is a good resource for students who may want another set of eyes to see their work, and it is less intimidating than having a professor review an assignment. While students can also receive help with writing and grammar at the Writing Center in Centennial Hall, Morrison said if students want assistance specifically with business projects, it’s nice to have another option. The writing and presentations studios have now been open for about a year and Morrison said more students are starting to take advantage of the resource. She said National Grammar Day is a good way to focus on the studios for a day. Kelly, a Latin American studies major who has taken a business writing class, said she sees the importance of receiving help with grammar if needed because professors in the department tend to deduct points on assignments for each grammatical error. While Kelly is pursuing a business communication certificate, she said business communication classes are important for any profession because they help students become more powerful candidates in the workplace. At the end of the day after winning twice in the Facebook contest, Kelly said it was a unique way to celebrate National Grammar Day even though the page was not flooded with comments. “I think it does have the potential to unite fellow grammar nerds,” she said. Lentz said National Grammar day is significant for educational purposes, but it’s also simply a fun occasion the Department of Business Communication continues to observe on campus. Streich can be reached at streicrn@ or @RachelStreich17.

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization with the mission to help with the prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. It was this mission statement that made senior management major Samantha Noltner want to help this cause. “I can’t even imagine going through what these families have gone through,” Noltner said. “So I wanted to get involved with this worthy cause.” Noltner, along with two other students, Griffin Lefeber and Rebecca McCormick, have been working to raise awareness about March of Dimes. McCormick said the group is mainly helping with the marketing aspect of this event. She also said she wanted to raise awareness within the UW-Eau Claire community. “It seems like a really good cause … and a fun event,” McCormick said. “I thought it was a really good thing to start this year and maybe next year we’ll get people to come again.”

The group has set out with the goal of having as many campus organizations involved with this event as possible, Noltner said. Even though over 10,000 people attend school here, not one team from last year represented Eau Claire. This year, the group wants to see change, and they are doing whatever it takes to see it happen, Noltner said. “We’ve done a radio interview and we’re in the process of reaching out to organizations on campus,” Noltner said. “Then, our next step will be to reach out to local businesses around Eau Claire.” In addition to reaching out to campus organizations, Noltner said she and her group have also reached out to the residence halls, hoping to spread the word to everyone on campus. Tonia Johnson, community director of March of Dimes, said she has worked very closely with the trio of students and wants as many students as possible to be involved. “The students are a huge part of the community,” Johnson said. “They should be represented in this walk. It’s a great cause.” Noltner said the next goal in mind is

to raise money for the cause. The three-mile walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 3 in Carson Park. Unlike some other charity events, there is no registration fee. All of the money raised for the event will come from donations. “Come walk, help us raise public awareness and money,” Johnson said. “We value any contribution.” Currently, there is no set amount of money Noltner, Lefeber, McCormick and Johnson are looking to raise, they are just looking for students to contribute to the cause. If everyone could donate one dollar, Noltner said, it would help the cause immensely. The trio has even thought of an incentive to get students involved. Pairing up with Buffalo Wild Wings, the group that raises the most money will receive a free party at the restaurant. “Register on the March of Dimes website today,” Johnson said. “It’s so much easier when you have time to ask for donations in advance. The walk seems like it’s far away, but it will arrive quicker than we think.” Hosely can be reached at or @meghanhosely.

TEAM/ Forensics looks ahead to Interstate Oratory Contest In preparation, Freeman said he will revisit critiques of his past performances, modify his delivery and continue to work closely with Morris and Wright. “With the coaches I will look at some of the ballots some of the judges have given me in the past and see what they think went wrong with the speech or if they didn’t like it or what I did well and try to emphasize those points,” Freeman said. The Interstate Oratory Contest will be hosted by James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. at the end of April. Pahl can be reached at pahldj@uwec. edu or @DaniellePahl.

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ORAL TRADITION: Sophomore Elijah Freeman, above, took first place in oratory at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament, qualifying him to compete at nationals at the end of April.

NEWS EDITORS: Emily Albrent and Katie Bast

COMMUNITY NEWS Thursday, March 6

Eau Claire Transit may cancel route to Dunn County New direct route may replace existing one; cut could create further issues despite decreased ridership

Floating through the valley Eau Claire City Council member proposes a new concern for summer events



DUNN WITH THE ROUTE: The E-12 bus route which connects not only to Dunn County but the west side of town may discontinue.


Last September, Eau Claire Transit Commission provided a bus route connecting Eau Claire and Menomonie – a joint effort with Dunn County Transit, Jefferson Lines and Greyhound Lines. But this service is now obsolete after Dunn County Transit built a route which goes to the Eau Claire Transit transfer station directly. Eau Claire Transit Manager Mike Branco said the move has created problems for ECTC. The route in jeopardy is the E-12. It stops at the Westridge Center, Alpine Road, Menards and the Chippewa Valley Technical College’s west campus. Branco said while ridership has been down, there are people who use the E-12 route for reasons other than connecting to Dunn County. “There are riders who rely on this route to help them get around the west side of town,” Branco said. “We may end up just taking out the Dunn County connection stop from the route.” UW-Stout sophomore Adam Wendt said the change is an improvement to the E-12 route. “I like the new route more, it makes the trip go by quicker,” Wendt said. “Sometimes there would be a delay at the connection point, and that’s no concern now.” Wendt, an Eau Claire native, said the direct route is more convenient when riding to connect with friends in town. But the E-12 route

has benefits, he said. “I do like the E-12 route because of the stops by Menards and the tech’s west campus,” Wendt said. “It makes it easier to reach my parent’s house that way.” Kent Conklin, the transit director of the Dunn County Transit Commission, said the new route was created for the convenience. “Changing the Eau Claire connection from McDonald’s to the transfer station has helped our riders,” Conklin said. “The transfer station is a more central location and offers better connections with other routes.” Despite the added distance, Conklin said the route is presently economically sustainable. Branco said he will discuss the route’s future at a public hearing held by ECTC on March 26. “We’ll be presenting a lot of options of what we can do with this excess of hours if we cancel E-12,” Branco said. “First we’ll be presenting a vote to cancel or continue the route.” Branco said ideas have been internally discussed and may be considered when assessing the potential open hours. A Carson Park route could be in the works, but the ECTC is not prepared to extend a route through Chippewa Falls. Branco said the vote on what new route would replace the E-12 would most likely come in April. Mai can be reached at or @austinisfresh.


As plans went into play for Jammin’ in the Valley, an annual summer concert event, Eau Claire City Council raised a new concern about the location. Council member Monica Lewis said — with a few chuckles from other members — floaters on the Chippewa River could sneak into the concert series from the water. Lewis said as a member of the council, it is her job to look at access points for events like this, evaluate security and raise concerns. “Because there was water on that side, and I happen to like to be on the water, it came to mind,” Lewis said. “If you take a look at the topography there, that is one of the local sites that I think people can get down to and get into the river.” Jammin’ in the Valley is one event in Eau Claire’s larger Taste of the Valley bash. In previous years, both events were held at Phoenix Park. This year, the concert will be held in Haymarket parking lot on the corner of Eau Claire Street and Graham Avenue. Taste of the Valley will stay in Phoenix Park. Lewis said floaters could enter the lot from the river, and it’s important all aspects of the concert be considered. It’s possible people could be on the river, hear music and want to see what’s going on, so it is import-

ant that event organizers pared for that, she said. But based on the weather, Lewis said she’s too many people would floating.

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“I think they have a good plan for monitoring the event all the way around, whether it’s on land or by sea.” PHIL FIEBER

City public works director

“When you take a look now at the date (May 31) … and the snow we have on the ground, it might be some really hardy people who want to be in tubes that time of the year,” she said. Phil Fieber, city public works director and head of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, said he isn’t too concerned about floaters entering the parking lot that day. “I suppose you could get over there by inner tube, or you know

submarine, or some other aircraft carrier,” Fieber said. “There’s 27 miles of waterfront access, you could probably try to get in there, but I don’t think the event organizers are really worried about it.” To his knowledge, Fieber said there have never been issues with people sneaking into summer events via waterfront. The only time security was ever placed on the river was when President Obama was campaigning in Eau Claire and the United States Secret Service had patrol boats in the water. However, he said there are other concerns with holding an event so close to the waterfront, and they do need to be taken seriously. “I’d be more concerned with people who are at the concert and it was a really hot day and they’d been drinking and they wanted to go jump in the water to cool off,” he said. “That, to me, would be a dangerous situation.” Fieber said it is important for the event organizers to be aware of what’s happening down by the water, floaters aside, in order to ensure the safety of those attending. “They’re prepared to do that,” he said. “I think they have a good plan for monitoring the event all the way around, whether it’s on land or by sea.” Macek can be reached at macekkn@ or @KatherineMacek.










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SPORTS EDITOR: Steve Fruehauf

Thursday, March 6

Blugolds to play in title game Men’s hockey moves to WIAC championship game after late wins in tournament play Austin Mai STAFF WRITER

UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey beat UW-Stevens Point in their second game of the WIAC championship to force a mini-game, which they also won to advance to the final game Saturday night at K.B. Willett Ice Arena. The Blugolds started their twogame semifinals series against the rival Pointers on Friday night. Game one of the series did not finish in Eau Claire’s favor, Stevens Point won 4-2. “We played well (Friday night), but Stevens Point is a good team, they’re a top team in the nation,” head coach Matt Loen said. “They got three power play goals and it’s hard to come back from that.” Despite the loss, the team was prepared for the next night. “Since it’s a two-game series with a mini-game, whoever wins the second game is in the drivers seat,” junior for-

ward Ross Andersen said. “We focused on winning Saturday to carry that momentum.” In the case of a series tie, the teams would play another period called a mini-game to decide the series victor. Saturday’s game was a defensive battle with only one goal scored. Junior forward Joe Krause supplied Eau Claire with the game winner about half way through the first period. Krause was in front on a penalty kill and checked Stevens Point’s Garrett Ladd at center ice. Ladd fell over, Krause stole the puck and skated down the side board. “All of a sudden the defense stepped up on me so I had to take the shot,” Krause said. “Luckily, the shot went in.” The Blugolds forced the mini-game and had a 20 minute intermission to prepare. Eau Claire was set to start and ready to take advantage of their

Thurgood Dennis Sprints, 400 Men’s track and field

exhausted opponents. “During the regular game, we could tell that we were wearing them down,” Krause said. “We could tell that our conditioning was prevailing.” The mini-game started and at 3:42, Andersen scored unassisted to put the Blugolds up 1-0. And about six minutes later, freshman forward Patrick Moore scored on a power play with assists from sophomore forward KRAUSE Charles Thauwald and senior defenseman David Donnellan. “We got five on three there in the mini-game and I was fortunate enough to get on the ice,” Moore said. “The puck came to me, I put it away, it was fun.”

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Dennis was named the men’s indoor NCAA Division III Athlete of the Week Monday. This came after he placed a conference and school record in the 60 meter dash in the WIAC Championship this weekend. He also won the 200 meter dash and contributed in two separate 400 relay first place finishes. Eau Claire finished second overall at the tournament, their best since 1993.

Getting to know Dennis: Favorite musical artist: Kendrick Lamar Favorite movie: “300”

Junior Allouez Green Bay Notre Dame High School

Favorite restaurant: Grizzly’s Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers Dream vacation spot: Australia


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DIRECTOR/ Kilgallon said he models his job around his student athletes

really important.” His parody method worked, as the Eau Claire athletics department skyrocketed up the Director’s Cup list during his reign. Kilgallon entered the university when the teams combined to finish in 68th-place. In 2013, the Blugolds sat at 14th-place out of all NCAA Division III institutions. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by student athletes. Although Kilgallon said he can’t put a name to the face of every student athlete, he makes a conscious effort to protect the welfare of them. “You hear people throw around the term player’s coach, well he was really a player’s athletic director,” junior football and track athlete Thurgood Dennis said. “He understood what it meant to be in our shoes, and not just as athletes, but as D III athletes.” Dennis said he felt like he could always approach Kilgallon because he knew he’d be willing to listen. He said this was apparent the first time he met the calm and collected director of athletics. “Scott always sounded so laid back — it might be because of his accent but his message was, ‘you guys are adults now and we’re gonna let you be adults, but if you ever do need anything feel free to come to us,’” Dennis said. While Kilgallon strives to be a mentor to every student athlete as well as faculty members in the department, he was also the head of important decisions ranging from facility renovations to budget battles to even changing the culture of Blugold athletics. One of Kilgallon’s goals, he said, was to create the ultimate package in a student athlete, focusing on athletics, academics and community outreach. His commitment to the goal saw the Blugolds become more active in the Eau Claire area as well

as raising the student athlete GPA higher than the general student body. But changing the culture didn’t just stop at molding role models for the university and Chippewa Valley region. It continued with his tireless efforts in generating money to benefit not only his department, but the university as a whole. Kilgallon said most directors of athletics across the nation are able to take Mondays off, but for several years, he spent his Monday nights in front of the Eau Claire City Council, stepping into the batter’s box for the student athletes once more as he lobbied for a $6.8 million renovation of Hobbs Ice Center. Eventually, the project was completed in 2010 and turned Hobbs Ice Center into one of the finest hockey venues in Division III. “It’s been night and day to where our facilities were before and what they’ve become now,” current men’s hockey captain David Donnellan said. “We don’t realize the amount of time he puts in behind the scenes that makes our jobs easier to go out and play.” And of course, Hobbs Ice Center plays host to the defending NCAA Division III national champion men’s hockey that Donnellan is a part of. Although facilities don’t literally go out, recruit players, hire coaches and win games, Kilgallon said he thinks the renovation might have something to do with it. “At the end of the day, you saw a private and public partnership, and coincidence, I don’t know, but we hired a great coach in Matt Loen and won a national championship,” Kilgallon said. “That’s what DONNELLAN happens when peo-

ple get together.” Kilgallon made it a point of emphasis to create an environment within the department where everyone involved, including faculty, would put the student athletes first. Head softball HUNTINGTON coach and Assistant Director of athletics Leslie Huntington said Kilgallon created a professional environment where everyone involved carried on the motto of Blugold excellence. “We are very cohesive and all committed to the values of an intercollegiate athletic program at the Division III level – doing what’s right and best for our student athletes,” Huntington said. “I appreciated Scott’s willingness to let our coaches coach their teams and his support of our overall goals and mission as a program and as a university.” So what’s next for Kilgallon? Although he announced his retirement on Feb. 18 from Eau Claire, bigger institutions are actively pursuing him, and he intends to continue his work at one of them. While he will undoubtedly face different challenges wherever he winds up, one thing will remain constant: his actions and decisions will only be made for the best interest of his student athletes. “When you make decisions, you’re not always right, but I always think how this affects the student athletes,” he said. “You’re right 95 percent of the time when you let that guide you because that’s what you’re in this business for.” Erickson can be reached at or @NickErickson8. Williams can be reached at williaml@ or @BookofEllis.

TITLE/ UW-Eau Claire will play UW-Superior in WIAC championship

Eau Claire was up 2-0 and Stevens Point was hungry to score. The Pointers tried for the comeback, but didn’t score until they brought in an extra attacker late in the game. With 43 seconds left, the Blugolds h e l d off the attack and preLOEN vailed


“It was a bigger victory because we played Stevens Point so many times and hadn’t beat them this year,” Andersen said. “It felt good to rub it in their face, that we had beat them in the most important game.” Loen said despite the victory, or even a victory in the championship game, there’s a chance the team will not receive a national championship bid. Currently the Blugolds are ranked the fifth in the

NCAA’s Division III west region. It’s unknown how many bids the NCAA will give this season. Regardless of the team’s high ranking, if it’s only four per region, the Blugolds will not play for the national championship. “We have to take care of business this Saturday,” Loen said. “If we lose on Saturday, I don’t think we’ll get a bid.” Selections for the NCAA championship with be announced on Sunday,

March 9. Earlier last Saturday, fourth-seed UW-Superior beat UW-River Falls 2-0 in the series to upset the WIAC first-seed and make their way to the championship game. The original third-seed Blugolds will host the Yellowjackets at Hobbs Ice Center Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the WIAC championship. Mai can be reached at or @ austinisfresh.


Copy Editor Courtney Kueppers logs her triumphs and tribulations of marathon training in this bi-monthly running column For this runner there are very few things more frustrating than someone else telling me I can’t run, and lately Mother Nature has been that someone. She seems to be doing everything in her power to keep Wisconsin runners off the roads this season. Though I rarely let her win, she was triumphant in keeping training partner Johnny and I inside when her most recent snowstorm hit. While the flakes weren’t enough to close the university for a full day, it did put our plans for a 14-mile trek on hold. When I don’t get a run due to my own lack of ambition is something I can deal with but when an external factor like snow keeps me off the roads I get anxious. Determined to get some kind of run in, Johnny and I headed to the indoor track. It didn’t take much more than one 200-meter lap around the blue track in the stuffy Ade Olson Addition to McPhee Physical Education Center for me to remember why I don’t run track and how much admiration I have for those who do. A round and a round and a round: I get dizzy just thinking of it. Those who have the determination and dedication to run track, especially indoors, have my utmost respect, but the inside run left me longing for the streets I normally curse for being too icy. Refusing to let Mother Nature win, Johnny and I fought back last Sunday with a 15-mile run. We met up early in the morning to tackle the challenge: two miles further than our last distance run, and the furthest either of us had ever run at one time. My weather channel app read

29 degrees below zero with wind chill before we left, so it seemed like the perfect time to break out the hand warmers my mom sent back to school with me. I was thankful I did. As we headed down Water Street toward Carson Park to begin the first leg of the journey I became kind of freaked out by myself. Who was I? Had I really become someone who willingly gets up in the morning and runs 15 miles when it feels like 29 degrees below zero out? Just a year ago I would have laughed at the thought and yet there I was. Heading toward the North Crossing, wrapping around in front of Banbury Place and finishing down Clairemont Avenue. The weirdest part was I enjoyed every step, even with sidewalks that resembled snow banks, ice and slush. I knew that with every corner Johnny and I rounded in sync we were a step closer to finishing a run that was vital to our training. Even when my legs were begging to stop somewhere around mile 13, I knew I could keep going. We paused the progress only twice to quickly swallow down the GU Energy Gel’s with a swig of Powerade Johnny lugs along on a fuel belt. As my watch beeped with each passing mile I was proud of our training thus far. Even though we have nine more miles and two more months of training before we can call ourselves marathoners I have gained a new sense of confidence that we can and will do it.

Kueppers can be reached at or @cmkueppers.

SPORTS EDITOR: Steve Fruehauf

Thursday, March 6

Softball goes 3-1 in season opening tournament Despite positive start, poor weather tampering with practice Austin Mai STAFF WRITER

The UW-Eau Claire softball team kicked off the season with three wins and a loss at the Rochester Dome Tournament last weekend. The tournament, a two-day event hosted in Rochester, Minn., allowed various regional teams to compete despite the terrible softball weather. Eau Claire started their weekend off playing St. Scholastica (Minn.) Saturday afternoon. The victory went to the Blugolds winning 10-6. “We did a lot of very good things,” head coach Leslie Huntington said. She said there are always things that can be tweaked and practiced. Last year, the Blugolds lost two captains, but still look to provide similar positive results this season. Against Loras College (Iowa), the team went on to win from mercy rule after the Blugolds ran the scoreboard up 14-1 in five innings. Eau Claire’s second day started early when the team played St. Norbert. The Blugolds defeated the Green Knights 7-6 in eight innings. Immediately after game three, Eau Claire played Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) to fin-

ish their play in the tournament. Eau Claire was defeated 8-9. “I think it went really well. We definitely had one of our best performances in the dome since I’ve been here,” junior catcher and captain Casey Arnold said. “We learned a lot about our team and what we need to work on.” Despite the success, Huntington said she believes it will be difficult to go back to indoor practices. She said once the team has had a taste of authentic playing conditions, it’s hard to keep up motivation in practice. “There’s no benefit to being inside, especially after we played on a regulation-sized field,” Huntington said. “That’s always the challenge at the beginning of the season.” She said the team wants to be known for its defense, and being stuck in the gym due to weather, it’s hard to get better at pitching and defense. “I’m very concerned,” Huntington said. “Not only with the amount of snow but the temperatures that aren’t allowing the snow to melt.” Because of the snow, the Blugolds will travel during spring break to Arizona to play in the Tucson Invitational Games. “The spring break trip is critical and will be

25 percent of our season,” Huntington said. “All the games that we’ll play are considered in region games and we don’t have any games where we can afford to take any breaks.” Along with the competition, the invitational brings the opportunity to grow as a team and develop chemistry, which will be especially important this year as nine of the 22 players are freshmen. Arnold said in the years prior the trip has helped bond the team thanks to the games and planned activities. Moving forward, the team will continue to


live by the motto on their team necklaces, “we will.” “We have the teammates, we have the speed, we have the pitching, we have the defense, we have the hitting for sure, we just need to execute,” Arnold said. “We definitely feel that we will contend for the national championship. That is our ultimate goal and that’s what we want to accomplish.” Mai can be reached at or @austinisfresh.


LET THE GAMES BEGIN: Former UW-Eau Claire third baseman Emily Haluska eyes up the ball during a game last season at Gelein Field in Carson Park. This season, the Blugolds have started off with a 3-1 record.


Celebrating diversity


Thursday, March 6

International Culture Night to showcase ethnicity on campus Emily Albrent NEWS EDITOR

International Culture night, representing many of the different cultures on campus, will present a fashion show, dancing and everything in between at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in Schofield Auditorium. International Culture Night Committee publicity Manager So Young Lim, sophomore from South Korea and student at Eau Claire, said they wanted to perform to build a better environment to live together. “Since we are international students and even though this university has more than 100 international students, I don’t think we have enough connection with American students or with the community, so we want to share our cultures with them so we can learn from each other and understand each other better,” Lim said. Lim said she does not believe the university celebrates diversity enough. “It’s hard for me to find events that include a lot of international students,” she said. “I don’t think promotion is good enough, it’s really hard for me to gather a lot of international students to events. I don’t think many feel welcome, it’s hard for us to find a great friend who understands us better.” Junior Katherine Moua, head of the event, said this is an important event for the university to put on. “We are going to have some cultures from India, Irish dancing, Chinese cultural dance, Italian music being played and we are going to have a skit by some Malaysian students on campus,” Moua said. She said Eau Claire has a big international student

population that many people on campus might not know about. “So I think it’s really respectful for us to represent these cultures throughout campus in this one night,” Moua said. Moua said Eau Claire might recognize diversity, but doesn’t show it enough. “I think this is one event that motivates the university to do more with it,” Moua said. “The overall goal is to basically open the eyes of the community on the college diversity we have on campus, it’s not just ethically or racially or culturally, it’s all types of cultures whether it’s American or not, we find people to find acceptance.” Junior Anne Wickland is part of the outreach group for the event and also in the fashion show representing Norway. “We just think it is really important to show Eau Claire is not a super white campus, there is diversity,” Wickland said. She said the hardest part about this event is getting people to know about it, and to recruit people who are interested in being involved. “I have been the one contacting students, so I think that’s been really difficult, just because not everyone responds to emails, or there are people who are interested and who back out,” Wickland said. The doors open at 7 p.m. and Wickland said she encourages all students and the community to purchase tickets.

Albrent can be reached at or @ emilyalbrent.


NOT THE YMCA: University students representing a number of cultures on campus come together to celebrate and educate fellow students at the ICN.


Thursday, March 6

The Fire Ball brings in capacity crowds Dragshow filled with bright lights and runways all in the name of human and social rights Jessie Tremmel STAFF WRITER

The Fire Ball, a dragshow supporting gender and sexuality equality, came back for its third year in a row Friday and Saturday at UW-Eau Claire with two sold out, three-hour shows. For Friday, general admission passes sold out during the night, but Saturday, general admission tickets sold out by 2 p.m. More than 1,400 tickets were sold total. The LGBTQA Student Support Fund raised a little less than $10,000 from The Fire Ball ticket sales. An additional $3,000 came from merchandise and other sources. The LGBTQA Student Support Fund is not limited to LGBTQA students, but is available to anyone who is seeking social change and asks Christopher Jorgenson, the director of the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center, for help funding their experience. The money to fund The Fire Ball came from the center’s budget, which Jorgenson manages in order to sponsor all the events that the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center puts on through the year. The majority of the queens are local with a few flying in for the event. Booking the queens cost the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center about $7,000. “The Fire Ball is really the office’s gift to students,” Women’s and LGBTQ center intern Jared Beighley said. “It’s not something that the office profits from.” Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center interns Beighley and Kim Schnurr were included in the ballroom setup discussion, assisted with some of the lighting, worked backstage with the queens and helped with decorations both in the ballroom and in the hallway. “Very stressful, but very rewarding,” Beighley said. “I could not believe the transformation that that ballroom had

gone under from Thursday night to Saturday night. It was really nice to be able to see all the hard work that Chris did, and that we did, pay off.” Along with the queens, there were backup dancers and pre-show dancers. Eau Claire junior Alyssa Sass has been dancing for 15 years. She was encouraged to participate in The Fire Ball her freshman year but doubted she could improv for the entire pre-show, about one hour. This year, Koryna Flores, the main choreographer for The Fire Ball, gave Sass no choice but to audition for the show. “I grew up as a ballet contemporary dancer; the most I did that was outside of that realm was hip-hop,” Sass said. “I’ve always wanted to do hip-hop jazz funk fusion, and that’s Koryna’s style.” Sass put about 30 hours into preparing for the show and said she hopes to be more involved with the choreography next year, since Flores is graduating and her role will need to be filled. The queens were gracious toward other dancers and the audience. When Sass got a minor cut on her leg from her heel, Shangela, one of the headliners, comforted her by telling her that it was “a battle wound from diva-dom.” After the show, the Meet the Queens event was filled, and Beighley said the queens were really good about it, making a point to spell names correctly and asking questions. “Drag is a very tight-knit community,” Beighley said. “They interact with each other the exact same way, they jokingly insult each other. They are the best of friends.” Next year’s Fire Ball is still being drafted but is expected to return to the university for a fourth time. Tremmel can be reached at tremmejr@ or @jessietremmel.

JESSIE TREMMEL / The Spectator

ALL FOR A CAUSE: Queens from all over the country performed for LGBTQA rights at the Fire Ball.


Don’t forget the mustard Ray’s Place on Water Street offers customers an affordable menu and a neighborhood atmosphere not found in other places near student housing Nick Erickson MANAGING EDITOR

wise: be careful. It is arguably the most delicious sauce in the world, but it will literally make your eyes water if you put too much on. If you are lucky enough to put on the perfect amount, it will compliment your sandwich perfectly. Yes, the hot beef sandwich has become a renowned treat in Eau Claire. But there’s a lot more to the tavern that makes it a must-visit. First off, this is a shoutout to all those students who live past the last bus stop on 7th Street and Water Street, where the more wellknown Water St. establishments are a bit uncomfortable of a walk on a frigid winter day (in case you forgot, we have plenty of those). Ray’s Place is right in the middle of the neighborhood where the student ghetto technically cuts off, but of course, plenty of students still live there, making it a very convenient stop if you’re looking for a getaway. Also, it has some fantastic

food deals. Unlike a lot of bars and restaurants on Water St., the food is almost just as good as the drinks. You can get a plentiful amount of cheese and crackers for a mere $1.25. For just a little something to nibble on, that’s perfect. Also, they have almost a convenient store-type setting near the entrance. Yes, that means you can buy candy bars, bags of chips or small bags of popcorn to have with you as you sit with some of your friends at the bar or a table. Doesn’t get much better. As far as the atmosphere goes, it is a very nice change of pace from other college hangouts. It caters to an older crowd, giving you a nice break from that one bumbling idiot screaming at a bar farther down the street (you all know who you are). Also, they have dart boards to make for a friendly competition if that’s what you’re feeling. And lastly, once the weather gets warm out, which who knows how long that will be exactly, they have a great outdoor patio that is absolutely perfect for a gorgeous summer night. If you’re looking for something low-key and casual, Ray’s Place is definitely a great option. And as far the horseradish sauce goes, you’ve been warned.

Uncovering a diamond in the rough is an idea society likes to float out in the open air. And of all the great places to eat in Eau Claire, that diamond lies in a little local tavern just a block past the boundaries of the infamous “student ghetto” stretching from 1st and Water Street all the way to 7th and Lake Street. To anyone who has paid a visit to Ray’s Place at 838 Water St., one menu item glows on the light–up board illuminating the back of the smallish bar: the hot beef sandwich for $4.25. I know what you might be thinking, and that thought is, really? Can’t I simply put beef in a crockpot all day, run up to Gordy’s for a few hamburger buns and make my own? W h i l e the answer to that particular question might be yes, you truly haven’t had a legitimate hot beef sandwich until you Erickson can be reached at or @NickErickson8. venture down to the tavern just a block from the Hobbs Ice Center. First off, they put on the right amount of beef. Isn’t it the worst when you try to eat a sandwich and half of it ends up on your plate because it is physically impossible to fit everything into your mouth, or you are simply biting down on flavored bread? I agree. The bun is heated up just a little bit to create a nice soft taste so the meat soaks in your mouth and takes you to a place where all your problems go away. But here’s the real kicker of the sandwich, and when I say kicker, I truly mean kicker. The fine folks of Rays offer horseradish sauce. If you’re a condiment person like myself, you might be tempted to spread this sauce all over the joint. NICK ERICKSON / The Spectator Here’s a word for the WHAT’S YOUR BEEF: Ray’s Place on Water has become well-known for its hot beef sandwich.

“You truly haven’t had a legitimate hot beef sandwhich until you venture down to the tavern just a block from the Hobbs Ice Center.”


Get the bang for your buck Segregated fees should motivate students to become active

THE HIGHEST BIDDERS Top five activities receiving 2014-2015 seg fee funding 1. Student Health Service: $1.3 million 2. Athletics: ­$950,000 3. Recreation / Intramurals: $280,000 4. Student Senate: $203,500 5. Student Office of Sustainability: $200,000 Nick Erickson MANAGING EDITOR

Think of how much $426 is. And in a few months, think of how much $439 is for you. For most college students, that is around the same amount of money as a month’s rent with utilities tossed in and maybe a few dollars extra for textbooks, gas or groceries. Basically, for an 18-to-22-yearold student, that’s no small allotment of dough. Most students know that. But here’s a startling statistic I would be willing to bet not a lot of students know: that is how much you spend on segregated fees each year, which fund student organizations and various activities on campus. That’s right, this school year, you paid $426 in these segregated fees, and on Feb. 17, Student Senate passed unopposed a bill increasing these funds by 3.05 percent to $439 for the 20142015 school year. And here’s the scary part. You might not be taking advantage of any of these because you simply go to class and work part time. That’s all fine and dandy, but if this is all you do, you might as well be flushing a month’s rent straight down the toilet and watch your opportunities spiral away from you. Here are some examples of what you could be doing with that money, because quite frankly, there’s no reason for you not to get your money’s worth with segregated fees. UW-Eau Claire provides a lot of opportunities for students to mingle, get involved and better their careers. Your ticket to athletic events on campus is technically proof that you are a student; in other words, your


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Blugold card. While that looks free of charge as you walk past all of the community members at the ticket windows, that is built into segregated fees. So go put on your blue and gold, get to an athletic event and watch some great competitions. Speaking of blue, if you are feeling homesick, stressed or even a little depressed, counseling services are included at about 4.5 percent of segregated fees. Intramurals is projected to get 7 percent of next year’s segregated fee budget, and yes, I know each team has to pay $25, but if you have a big team, that is essentially nothing. So get active and join a team. Thirty-four organizations will combine to get $32,000 in funding next year through segregated fees – organizations ranging from College Democrats and the Conservative Union to the Singing Statesmen to Campus Pride to Men’s Volleyball. There are also other student groups not included in the Organization Activities Budget, including right here at The Spectator. Yes, here is my disclaimer, we are also partially funded by Student Senate through segregated fees. The student radio station, WUEC also receives seg fee funding. So please, do yourself a favor and pick up the paper weekly and listen to 89.7 FM on Sunday nights to get caught up with campus news. The full list of organizations, activities and services your $426 and next year $439 goes to is available on the Student Senate homepage through the university’s main site. If all you do is go home or back to the dorms after class, I hope you read this as a challenge for you to go out and

“This school year, you paid $426 in segregated fees, and on Feb. 17, Student Senate passed unopposed a bill increasing these funds by 3.05 percent.”

get involved on campus for two reasons. Reason one: this university offers a lot of great things for students to do to get involved and meet people as well as legitimately help them out, so don’t be a lump on a log. Secondly: you are paying for all of these services, so why wouldn’t you want to get all the bang for your buck and at least give something a try? Erickson is a junior journalism major and Managing Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at ericksna@ or @NickErickson8.

An Editor’s Note:

A glimpse into the finances of The Spectator Martha Landry EDITOR IN CHIEF

On Feb. 28, members of The Spectator staff walked away from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention in Waukesha with five awards. In the midsize campus newspaper category, the paper placed: third in general web excellence, second in photography for a submission by Photo Editor Elizabeth Jackson, third in general reporting by previous Multimedia Editor Haley Zblewski, third for sports reporting taken home by Managing Editor Nick Erickson and finally it received third for best editorial. As the Editor in Chief of The Spectator, I could not be more proud of my staff for continuing the award-winning tradition of the paper. We work hard every week to bring the students, staff and faculty quality, unbiased and ethical campus and community news. On that note, I am writing this editorial to shine light on the financial situation of The Spectator. Like most organizations on campus, The Spectator is allocated segregated fees, which are controlled by the Student Senate of UW-Eau Claire. The first point that I want to make is that media outlets

on this campus receive and depend on funding from the government body they are support to report on, which is an ethical situation. On a yearly basis we apply for segregated fees that Senate votes and approves. For the 2013-2014 school year, The SpectaLANDRY tor was allocated $17,990. (As stated in Managing Editor Nick Erickson’s Op/Ed, The Spectator is partially funding by segregated fees, which comes from students’ pockets. You help pay for the paper, so take advantage and give us a consistent read.) Currently we are operating at a $55,778 budget for the 2013-2014 school year. In the next year, the paper will be operating at the same budget. These costs must cover printing, staff salary, maintenance, as well as other small costs. Our advertising staff works to make up the difference between our allocation and budget. TV10, the student broadcasting organization receives funding from the Residence Halls funds because

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Thursday, March 6

Can you hear me now?

Rules of the road:

There’s a major difference between hearing a conversation and listening to one Katy Macek COPY EDITOR

We’ve all been there. You had a really long day and when you finally get home the last thing you want to do is listen to your roommate complain about her on-and-off boyfriend for the 50th time that month. But you listen anyway, because you expect whenever she finally finishes that rant she’ll turn around and ask you how your day was and she’ll do the same for you. Except when she finishes — an hour later — and you finally try to get a word in about yourself she blows you off, not deeming your problems important enough to pay attention. In some way or another, we’ve all been in a similar situation. But most of us have been that roommate too. This weekend I went to a leadership conference at Davies Center, but one of the most important sessions I attended had nothing to do with leadership. It simply had to do with being a better person. The session, titled “Shut up and Listen” and presented by Livi French, a student at UW-Eau Claire, focused on the importance of active listening and how to apply this skill to leadership. But I think it’s more important than that. I think this skill, while it is vital to being a good leader, is necessary to be a good friend. An article on the Eastern Washington University’s Student Life section of its website says active listening “involves receiving and interpreting the aural stimuli, and creating meaning from the sound.” Basically, that means instead of hearing your friend talking, you are responding and engaging in the conversation.

“In order to be a good, active listener, it’s important to put down the phone and focus your attention completely on the person you’re talking to.” At the presentation, French said there are many distractions in our daily lives that affect our ability to be active listeners, and some of them we aren’t even aware of. These distractions can include day-

dreaming, focusing on what you’re going to say next instead of what the person in front of you is saying and the most blatant one of all, cell phones. If we are talking to a person and texting a message on our cell phone at the same time, French said more often than not we are more engaged in the screen than the person in front of us. In order to be a good active listener, it’s important to put down the phone and focus your attention completely on the person you’re talking to. I know I’ve told my friends countless times about problems in my life, but the times it really stands out to me is when someone follows up later with simple questions like “How was that exam?” or, “Did you finish that paper?” Asking questions and being involved, not only in the conversation as it’s happening but also after it ends, are very

important components, not just of active listening but of being a good friend. My supervisor and role model Donna Lehmkuhl, the ECLIPSE Program Manager at Eau Claire, told me something last year that has stuck with me ever since. “The most important person is the one you’re with,” she said. It is very easy with all of the technology to get distracted by text messages, Facebook updates and tweets, but nothing will ever beat the intimacy of a real, one-on-one conversation with a good friend who is not only present, but actively listening with their full attention. Everything else can wait. Macek is a junior journalism major and Copy Editor of The Spectator. She can be reached at or @KatherineMacek.


LISTENING: ECLIPSE workers like the one above work with children to build early childhood literacy in the Eau Claire area.

Follow these steps for a smooth Zimride experience Katie Bast NEWS EDITOR

“Actually, I need you to drive me two hours out of your way and throw off your entire day and make you late for everything forever for the rest of time.” So that’s probably not how my rider phrased it, but that’s what I heard. The rider in question was one I met through Zimride. We left early one Friday and pre-arranged where everyone would be dropped off. About an hour from our destination, my rider decided she actually needed to be dropped off much farther from our pre-arranged spot. It normally wouldn’t be a big deal to me, but I had a dentist appointment and the detour would make me late. So do I risk seeming inconsiderate to my riders or inconsiderate to my dental hygienist? Zimride is a carpooling service provided by Enterprise and funded for UW-Eau Claire by Student Senate and the Eau Claire Parking and Transportation Office. It was useful for me as an underclassman when I didn’t have a car on campus, and it’s still useful to me now that I do. I was able to get inexpensive rides home then and now I can provide that same service to others and alleviate my gas bill. As someone who has used Zimride as both a rider and a

driver, I feel I have a unique perspective, and I try to be as accommodating as possible. I’ve spent a little too much time sitting in mall food courts with my duffel bag so I try to make sure my riders can get as close to their destination as possible. But I can’t personally drop off everyone at their doorsteps. Both parties need to be as understanding and cooperative as possible. Zimride’s website has a few etiquette tips, but here are a few thing I’ve learned as a rider and a driver that should help make Zimrides as smooth as possible. Tips for being the best rider: — Communicate with your driver. If you need to be dropped off somewhere at a certain time, make sure the driver knows that well enough in advance — Don’t ask the driver to change their plans last-minute. This one’s obvious. Once the plans are made, don’t change them. — Don’t haggle on price. I’ve had people ask if they can pay significantly less than what I ask. When I have a smaller number of riders, splitting costs means it’s going to be more per person. Tips for being the best driver: — Tame the road rage. When I’m driving down I-94 by myself, no one is safe from my wrath. People who don’t use blinkers,

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Recent victories on same-sex couples’ rights show this isn’t a legal question of religious freedom The South has perhaps been a surprising venue for the most recent strides toward equality. Last Wednesday, a Texas judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, following a similar Oklahoma ruling in January for its marriage restrictions. On the same day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have granted businesses the right to deny service to gay men, lesbians or other individuals on religious grounds. These steps make it clearer than ever that the issue of same-sex couples’ rights are indeed not a question of religious freedom, but an adherence to civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern, presiding over the case in Oklahoma, wrote in the ruling that “Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment” of the Constitution, adding this protection was “at the very heart of our legal system.” It’s important to note there is no way of stopping someone of downright dislik-


DON’T JUDGE ‘EM: U.S. District Judge Terence Kern was responsible for overturning Oklahoma’s restriction of marriage between opposite-sex couples only.


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ing a group of people. The Ku Klux Klan, for example, is still an active group. What we won’t tolerate as a nation, however, is legally discriminating against a group of people over something that makes them no less human than us — in essence, we cannot infringe on a person’s natural rights. These rights are protected in the Constitution and its subsequent amendments. There is no rule or law regarded as superior. This includes any kind of holy text, which someone may use to argue against these laws. If we regarded any religious doctrine in a higher esteem to the Constitution, simply put, we would not be a democratic nation. We’d be an autocratic religious state. The nature of guaranteeing basic freedoms should explain itself as to why it’s important for us to care about LGBT equality. From what I’ve experienced on campus, we seem to be accepting of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. But that doesn’t mean we can pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. In Wisconsin, gay marriage is banned in our Constitution. This ban was put in place in 2006 after a popular vote siding in favor (which brings up another argument entirely that I lack space to get into). This clearly shows there is still a lot of work to do. It also shows just because there’s a strong network of acceptance or a victory of legal equality in one place does not mean the battle is over. People are still being treated unequally, and the Constitution still is being ignored in these cases. On an individual level, we can continue striving for equality by teaching tolerance instead of wrongfully framing discrimination under the guise of a question on religion. The more and more people understand a person’s sexual orientation is just a part of who they are rather than a lifestyle choice increases our overall understanding as to why barring same-sex couples from having the same freedoms as everyone else is legally wrong. Zank is a senior journalism and political science double major and Op/ Ed Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at or @AlexZank.

RIDE/ don’t overcharge

SPECTATOR/ The paper has been in print since 1923

those who tailgate in the slow lane instead of going around, semi-trucks that cut you off — they’re privy to any number of profanity or sarcastic comments. But when you have strangers in your car, — Don’t overcharge your riders. Just as riders shouldn’t give too little, drivers shouldn’t ask too much. $20 per way seems reasonable, but when you have three people paying $40 each, it’s a little much. Zimride is definitely something Eau Claire students should be taking advantage of. By making sure riders and drivers alike are considerate, the whole process can be even more beneficial.

it is housed in the Towers basements. NOTA, the Flip Side and Student Radio Initiative all receive funding from Senate. The Spectator follows similar guidelines that the Society of Professional Journalists follows. The principles it abides by come from the code of ethics that newspapers around the country follow: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently and be accountable. I write this as an assurance to our readers that The Spectator acts in an ethical, transparent manner for every article and every issue — just as many other news organizations, including NPR and the BBC, receive government funding. In addition, The Spectator does not and

Bast is a senior journalism major and News Editor of The Spectator. She can be reached at or @Katie_Bast.

will not allow editorial content to be influenced by Senate or administrative influence. Also, we act in a way where we know Senate and the university administration would not attempt to steer editorial content. The Spectator has been a vital part of the university since 1923. We appreciate the continued support from the campus and Eau Claire community and look forward to the future of the news industry.

Landry is a senior journalism major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator. She can be reached at landrymm@ or @MarthaLandryy.


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From combat to campus GRAPHIC BY KARL ENGHOFER/ The Spectator

National Guard veteran finds renewed mission after tour; other vets relate Nate Beck

CHIEF COPY EDITOR Nick Bures remembers standing next to his dad, who was decked out in full army fatigues, in front of his third grade classmates on bring-your-parentto-school day. And from that point on, there wasn’t any doubt what Bures wanted to do with his life, he said. But he’s now a senior at Eau Claire majoring in world politics — a field he said he wouldn’t have latched onto in high school. “I want to help people,” he said. “I would never have went into this if I hadn’t seen the uglier side of human interaction.” He enlisted in the National Guard when he was 17, midway through his junior year of high school. He then went to basic training the summer before his senior year. He was determined to be a soldier; he was full of “piss and vinegar,” he said. Deployment Although Bures wasn’t required to, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan with his unit after high school graduation in 2008. Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, account for more than half of all soldiers killed in Afghanistan. And it was Bures’ job to remove them. His platoon used two different mine-sweeping trucks to unearth IEDs along travel routes. Bures rode in the gunner turret on a Buffalo, a 32-ton armor-equipped vehicle that patrolled roads at 2 mph, extracting explosives with a hydraulic arm. Mine-sweeping missions started at dawn on dirt roads and could last anywhere between three hours and three weeks. “It seems a little asinine what we did looking back at it,” Bures said. “But that was the job.” And the job wasn’t quiet. His team hit IEDs or was ambushed on each mission they ran, he said. “The crap you see on TV is not that accurate,” Bures said. “It’s not a big fiery ball and all glorified, it’s just compression and shockwaves everywhere.”

But his platoon also ran humanitarian missions, doling out donated blankets and food to local tribes. Bures said those missions are most memorable. He’s still smiling in photos with Afghan children gripping American teddy bears. “That was probably the most satisfying part looking back at it,” he said. “Granted, at the time I was saying ‘get these smelly guys away from me, I don’t care. They’ve been blowing us up.’ I like to think I grew up from that ‘shoot ‘em all’ mentality.” Common thread Nick Crooks, now an information systems major, wasn’t a great high school student. Grades weren’t a top priority then, he said. He’s from Blanchardville, a town of 825 people near Madison. Crooks and Bures are good friends. Crooks served as event coordinator while Bures was Veterans Club president at Eau Claire. They lived across the street from each other last year on Menomonie Street. Crooks was active in Boy Scouts growing up, which fueled an interest in the military. He has an uncle was in the army and another was a major in the Air Force, so despite fears of sparking a family feud, he signed up for the Air Force during a trip to Alaska. “I talked to the recruiter … literally within that week, flew me to Anchorage and shipped me to Wisconsin for basic training,” Crooks said. Crooks flew triple-propeller transport planes, called C-130’s in Iraq, hauling supplies from base to base. Senator John McCain and four state governors hitched a ride on his plane on one transport run. McCain was wearing a headset, chatting up the pilot and the crew. When the plane touched down, Crooks started unloading luggage until he felt a hand on his shoulder. “(McCain) said, ‘it’s OK, I got this,’” Crooks said. “He’s been hung by his shoulders, had them ripped off and reattached, and he grabs his stuff and limps off the plane.” Veterans on campus Eau Claire is on numerous “best for

vets” lists honoring veteran-friendly colleges across the nation. And the biggest reason Eau Claire lands on these lists is Miranda Cross-Schindler, Veterans Center coordinator, Crooks said. Cross-Schindler, an Army veteran and Eau Claire grad, took over as a fulltime coordinator in 2011. Cross-Schindler nudged Bures to run for Veterans Club president. She needed someone, and Bures said he needed to meet Eau Claire students. Bures led the club for a year and a half and said it helped him connect with students who had followed similar paths. “It was a nice way to branch out and talk to veterans,” Bures said. “You probably won’t see another club on campus where older people and younger people get along really well.” Cross-Schindler said she’s working to earn that “military friendly” label, through safe space training and advising. She said the Veterans Center helps provide services she wished she had when she was an Eau Claire student. “I did not connect with any students during my time here,” Cross-Schindler said. “I was a commuter student; I was a parent. Having the space and having somebody to connect you has made a really big difference.” Eau Claire retained 84 percent of student veterans in the 2011-2012 school year, which is 20 percent higher rate than Eau Claire’s total student population. Nearly 60 percent of veterans visit the Veterans Center in the basement of Schofield Hall at least once a week, according to a survey. Most vets are between ages 25 and 35, and veteran students are 28 years old on average. And many veterans have families to support, she said. Cross-Schindler had a child when she was an Eau Claire student. Crooks got married last August. Because many veterans navigated tough situations in service, and because veterans are older than most students, they are more career-focused, Crooks said. “The other students, they don’t look down at you, they don’t look sideways at

NATE BECK / The Spectator

BACK FROM ACTION: Nick Bures was deployed to Afghanistan through the National Guard. After a nine-month tour overseas, he enrolled at UW-Eau Claire.

you,” Bures said. “They just look at you different. Like you’re damaged goods almost.” Coming home Bures returned to his parent’s dairy farm in 2009. He lived across the road from his parents, in a house his grandparents owned. He didn’t jump into school or work after service. He needed time to adjust, clear his head, he said. His officers warned him about driving cars back home. Bures swerved to avoid plastic bags and trash in the road — IED warning signs overseas — for the first month he was back. Bures said it’s called post, not present, traumatic stress disorder for a reason. In the heat of battle there’s no time for reflection. Fuzzy focus in the field means you might get yourself or other soldiers killed. “If you think, ‘this could be my last day on the earth,’ it kind of gets you in a depressed mood,” he said. “We joke around a lot. That was our escape. The things you had to do to survive, you have to live with when you come back.” Bures was running a mission at night — something mine sweepers try

to avoid — when his convoy was ambushed. Unseen Afghanis fired four rocket-propelled grenades from buildings. Three hit trucks in Bures’ convoy. Sgt. Ryan Adams, a mentor to Bures and his platoon, was injured after a rocket barreled through the side of his truck. “He died of a brain injury,” Bures said. “A bunch of guys got wounded. That’s always your worst fear when you’re over there. That somebody is going to get killed.” Back in the states, Bures and his fellow soldiers hold a golf outing each year with Adams’ mom, dad and sister. “I look at how hard it was on them,” Bures said. “Even though I don’t know these a******s who shot at us, they still have families somewhere. It’s hard to think you’re the cause of someone not seeing their son again.” He said it took a tour in Afghanistan for him to realize war wasn’t the best solution, and he wants to use his major to help avoid future conflicts. “I don’t think humans are meant to kill other humans,” Bures said. “People are violent. But killing, it’s just not natural.”

Beck can be reached at becknc@uwec. edu or @NateBeck9

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