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Senate will also vote next week to pledge cash toward summertime bike rack build Nate Beck
CHEIF COPY EDITOR By next spring, Student Senate could spend almost a quarter of a million dollars on bike parking and tracking under a budget passed and a bill introduced at Senate’s meeting Monday. A draft Student Office of Sustainability budget, passed with little discussion and no opposition Monday, could deal about $130,00 in student fees next fall and spring semesters to covered bike parking, bike rack improvements and a cycle registration system. That’s about 51 percent of $255,521 in student segregated fees SOS plans to spend next year. SOS will spend another $94,525 on covered bike parking, new U-shaped bike racks and bike lockers this summer if Senate approves that plan next week. “This is coming off the university being recognized as a … bike-friendly university,” Emy Marier, SOS director, said. Senate also voted to support the final version of a bike and pedestrian plan introduced at Senate’s April 21 meeting. The university Master Planning Committee, which maps out UW-Eau Claire’s long-term goals, also signed off on the bike and pedestrian plan last week. Money from the introduced bike parking bill and the passed SOS budget supports aspects of the campus bike and pedestrian plan, Marier said. The bill The bike bill pledges about $20,000 toward new U-racks at McIntrye Library, no more than $20,000 for a “parachute” bike rack cover at the nursing building and about
$45,000 for 37 bike lockers. The university would charge about $20 for locker rental with another $25 deposit for a semester-long slot in weather-proof bike lockers. Campus Facilities Management will add bike parking under the parachute along with a nursing parking lot redesign, according to the bill. Casandra Lee, a junior Eau Claire
English major, looped a lock through the frame of her black Huffy and around a bike rack next to Centennial Hall before her shift at Einstein Bagels Wednesday. “I feel like the covered bike parking spaces would be good because a lot of the bikes do tend to rust out when the snow’s around or when it’s spring,” Lee said as she wiped mid-af-
ternoon mist off her thick-framed glasses. She said she tries to bike in all four seasons when roads are slopfree. One percent of Eau Claire students marked biking as their primary means of transportation in bad weather, according to an SOS survey. 24 percent of 450 students surveyed said they would consider renting a bike locker. 41 percent answered maybe; 35 percent said they wouldn’t. Budget Next year each Eau Claire student will pay about $450 in segregated fees. SOS is granted $200,000 in seg fees each year, or about $20 a student.
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IN THE MEANTIME: The Student Office of Sustainability plans to use about half of next year’s tenative budget on campus bike programs like covered parking and bicycle lockers.
STUDENT LIFE PAGE 16
Sand mining company pledges $25k a year
Responsible Mining Initiative aims to attract future students Courtney Roszak STAFF WRITER
The UW-Eau Claire geology department recently announced a new opportunity for geology students. A North American mining company, which has operations in Wisconsin, will invest $50,000 in a new Responsible Mining Initiative. Unimin corporations announced in April it will be investing in summer internships, grants and scholarships for geology students designated only for Eau Claire. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to five incoming freshmen geology majors. Four sophomore geology majors will receive scholarships of $2,500. The company will also be giving $500 to the 20 geology students attending the department’s summer field camp in Montana. Co-author of the Responsible Mining Initiative and chair of the geology department Kent Syverson said the goal of the scholarships is to bring more freshman geology majors to the university and expand the department. “They have committed to doing this on an annual basis. This is not a one-shot deal, we’re not giving part of that money away. We’re giving all that money away and then next year they’ll give $25,000 more. This is a huge deal for our students,” Syverson said.
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Thursday, May 1
Goodbye drafty windows, farewell leaky roof
Funding for renovations to two on-campus buildings approved last month by building commission Courtney Kueppers COPY EDITOR
Two buildings on campus will get a facelift as soon as next summer after The State Building Commission approved renovations earlier this month. Schofield Hall, the oldest building at UW-Eau Claire, and McPhee Physical Education Center, originally built in 1969 and expanded in 1987, will receive $3.7 million in upgrades. All of the repairs will be external. For Schofield, that means restoring the building, constructed in 1916, to a more classic look. The building last underwent renovations in 1976. The plans propose to replace all of the 350 exterior windows, which University Project Coordinator Chris Hessel said were drafty. Plans also include replacing four skylights, all exterior doors and the north set of steps. It will also repair damaged bricks and tuck-pointing between them on the exterior of the building. The original wood-paneled windows were removed a long time ago, but the proposed replacements will be designed to look like the originals. “Basically they will be thermally insulated windows with the historic look,” Hessel said. “The originals, but more energy efficient.” After the windows are replaced, the upgrade will be completed by giving the building a “buff and polish” with a light pressure wash to take off the brown scum on the sandstone. Schofield’s repairs will account for about $2.3 million of the money approved by the commission. The remaining $1.4 million in renovation money will go toward updating McPhee. Hessel said he has been working on getting
these renovations approved and funded for five years, because he knew it was something that both Schofield and McPhee desperately needed. McPhee’s repairs address the building’s envelope, mainly the roof and sidewalks around the exterior, Facilities CoordiTERHARK nator Troy Terhark said. Terhark said because of how the sidewalks are structured, the water drains toward the building instead of running into sewers. Wrong-way water flowage caused flooding on top of other issues, he said. “A couple of summers ago when we had heavy downfalls of rain we had water leaking in to the building which later caused mold,” Terhark said. “At that time we let facilities know and they thought it was finally time to fix problems like the drainage around the building.”
Kueppers can be reached at kueppecm@uwec. edu or @cmkueppers.
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OLD MEETS NEW: Schofield Hall, the oldest building at UW-Eau Claire will get a facelift with plans to replace all 350 exterior windows and four skylights.
SAND/ Goal: new major in 2015-16 catalog Unimin will also be offering two paid summer internships for geology majors. The internships will pay $4,500 a month or $13,500 over the summer. One internship is located in Tunnel City and the intern would be working in the mining operations. The second internship is in Mankato, Minn., where the intern will work in the environmental aspect at the company’s office. The company sees this relationship as beneficial to both parties. The geology department will receive valuable
Kim Wudi, athletic department staff and women’s volleyball head coach, said the leaky roof in McPhee caused problems when playing volleyball in the gym. “We were hosting a club volleyball tournament when the snow was melting off of the roof last spring and we had to have someone sit in that area and wipe up the water,” Wudi said. “It was a safety issue and it could have caused serious damage to the floor.” Wudi said while exterior upgrades, like a leaky roof, are harder to sell people on than aesthetic updates, they are eneeded for McPhee. “Upgrades to the building that are long overdue need to be addressed because they can cause damage to other parts of the building and be a safety issue,” Wudi said. Such large renovations could only be possible during the summer months, Hessel said. He is hopeful they will happen in 2015.
internships and scholarships for students. Unimin will have the opportunity to help develop and employ university students, Chris Axness, a Unimin plant manager in Tunnel City said. “Unimin is excited to work with UW-Eau Claire and the new Responsible Mining Program,” Axness said. “This is exactly the kind of initiative Unimin wants to support and be associated with.” Unimin is a Wisconsin DNR Green tier company. Michael Carney, associate vice chancellor for curricu-
lum, internationalization and immersion, said with the Unimin partnership and the new Responsible Mining Initiative, the geology department will become more marketable to incoming geology students. “The Responsible Mining Initiative will raise the profile of the geology department because the Responsible Mining and the Industry collaborations will take the department to the higher level,” Carney said. In October, Syverson and geology professor Brian Mahoney received a grant of $451,000 to focus on the workforce development regarding environmental protection and the emerging demands in the
mining industry. Syverson said he contacted many people, including someone from Unimin. That individual went to Unimin headquarters where they discussed the possibility of partnering with Eau Claire. This new program will give students an understanding of modern mining and environmental protection. The department plans to put an emphasis on communication with geology skills for students. The goal is to have this new interdisaplinary major on the books in the 2015-16 catalog. Roszak can be reached at email@example.com or @CRoszak22.
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The grass is always greener on the other side
UW-Eau Claire nationally recognized for sustainability efforts, but won’t stop there
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Trent Tetzlaff STAFF WRITER
A recently updated college ranking site listed UW-Eau Claire as a top sustainability school for the fourth year running. The Princeton Review named Eau Claire one of 332 colleges in the U.S. that blends academic opportunities, campus infrastructure, activities and career training to aim for sustainability. Christina Hupy, associate professor of geography and anthropology, said she thinks the reason Eau Claire has become a staple on the list is because of the work staff and students put into sustainability year-round. “The emphasis of stewardship in the Centennial Plan, the leadership of the Student Office of Sustainability and Student Senate in the green fund and the campus sustainability staff network is what always makes us one of the top schools,” Hupy said. The university has continued to take strides over the past few years to maintain sustainability and has remained successful thanks to continued innovative projects on campus, she said. Hupy said Eau Claire is working on projects such as solar panels for the top of McIntyre Library and bicycle infrastructure
improvements including renovated bicycle parking under McIntyre Library and bicycle lockers. Sean Hartnett, Eau Claire geography professor, said administration is working to connect recreation with sustainability by creating a more bike-friendly campus, adding additional paths for bikers, creating green landing areas for tubers down the river that contain trash receptacles and completing the outdoor classroom in Putnam Park, which allows students to learn in nature. “Recreation is one of the shortest paths to conservation,” Hartnett said. “People getting out and using the campus’ outdoor resources makes them more inclined to do their part to conserve.” The sustainability success on campus over the years isn’t just thanks to administration, Hupy said. She sees students on campus as a big part of the success in being able to budget and create new ideas to make campus greener. “The students here are exceptional leaders in sustainability on campus and are the driving force behind a majority of the projects,” Hupy said. “They work very closely with faculty and staff to allocate the green fund on student-driven projects.”
The Eau Claire Student Office of Sustainability has created many initiatives from the Zimride ride share program to a solar panel project. Eau Claire students pay $20 of about $400 in segregated fee charges each year to fund the Student Office of Sustainability and green-centered programs. Sophomore Jessica Valdespino said she thinks it is worth the money for Senate and SOS to work to fund sustainability projects on campus. “I don’t think it’s a bad idea,” Valdespino said. “With the money that we are paying for school, they are able to use part of it to keep our campus clean and sustainable.” Hartnett said Eau Claire is blessed with natural resources, and using them to help the campus stay sustainable is something that will keep happening down the road. “We’ve got what you call great natural capital here, we have the river, the pine woods, the bluffs and the terrain, you know we’ve got a gift,” Hartnett said. “Matching that gift with the energy is what is important here for our campus.” Tetzlaff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @ttetz5.
A story of reflection was years in the making, wins award English professor wins first place in magazine’s fiction contest with short, soft-spoken piece Katy Macek COPY EDITOR
When she started writing her story several years ago, it was a way of reflecting on a trip she had taken to Japan with her husband in the late 1990s. Last week, that story, “The Walk to Makino,” won UW-Eau Claire English professor Karen Loeb first place in the Wisconsin People and Ideas 2014 fiction contest, which is open to writers across Wisconsin. Loeb said she has been entering writing contests for many years and won prizes in poetry contests through the Wisconsin LOEB Fellowship of Poets, an organization that she is a part of, as well as through other organizations. “It was very nice to get that kind of affirmation, that kind of validation that people that I
didn’t know were reading my story and that it had risen to the top of the pile,” she said. While she was happy to have won the contest, she said she was also surprised because she found her story to be a soft-spoken piece and fairly short, just meeting the minimum 2,000 words. “The Walk to Makino” is about a daughter coming to terms with who her father is, and the conflict is mostly internal. Loeb said it was encouraging to win, and now she is excited for the summer because she has been thinking of another story she would like to start working on when she has more free time. She said it’s important for writers to enter contests like this because writing is a unique thing, and the guidelines allow a lot of room for creativity. “I would encourage people because you just never know what will strike a judge a certain way,” she said. “This particular judge had some kind of connection with the story that I wrote, and it’s so personal when you’re doing anything like that.” English professor John Hildebrand, who works alongside
Loeb in the English department at Eau Claire, said he was glad to see her win the contest because it reflects on the department at the university. “I am very happy that she won the award because I think she’s a good writer, and she works hard at that,” he said. “It’s good for all of us who teach creative writing because it reinforces all of this.” Wisconsin People and Ideas is a magazine that started the fiction contest about 20 years ago, which is out of a bigger organization called Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, a nationwide organization based in Madison. Jason Smith, editor for the magazine, coordinated the fiction contest this year and sat as one of the preliminary judges. The magazine incorporates science with arts and literature, Smith said, because they want to mix different disciplines and promote a broader view of culture. Smith said the first-tier judges read through every story, choose their favorites and those move on to the lead judge, who this year was Susanna Daniel, a
novelist from Florida living in Madison. There was a timeless aspect to Loeb’s story, Smith said, and even though there wasn’t a lot of action, something about it really struck him. “It’s quiet, not a lot happens,” he said. “But there’s so much drama and emotional urgency packed into a simple little trip to the store, that the story just blew me away.” Daniel also chose a second and third place story, and five more pieces received honorable mentions. As the first place winner, Loeb received a $500 cash prize as well as a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, a reading of her piece at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison and publication in the spring 2014 issue of Wisconsin People and Ideas this May.
Macek can be reached at email@example.com or @KatherineMacek.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
• 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. — CERCA (Student Research Days), Davies Student Center • 7:30 p.m. — Danceworks 2014, Kjer Theatre • 7 - 9 p.m. — Joe Hunt, Acoustic Cafe
FRIDAY, MAY 2
1 p.m. — 14th Symposium on East Europe, Centennial Hall 7:30 p.m. — Danceworks 2014, Kjer Theatre 7:30 p.m. — The Summer Set, Ojibwe Ballroom
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SATURDAY, MAY 3 8 a.m. — Keep on Chuckin’ AMA 5K, Schneider Hall 10 a.m. — 14th Symposium on East Europe, Centennial Hall 8 p.m. — Chris McRae, The Cabin
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SUNDAY, MAY 4 5 p.m. — Concert: Symphony Band, Gantner Concert Hall 5:30 - 8 p.m. — Spring Free Music Series, Fanny Hill
MONDAY, MAY 5 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Lunch Break Open Skate, Hobbs Ice Center 8 - 11 p.m. — Live Band Karaoke with Jenny and the Jets, The Plus
TUESDAY, MAY 6 • •
5:30 p.m. — Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake, Wagner’s Lanes 7 - 8 p.m. — Wonders of Deep Space, Phillips Hall Planetarium
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 • •
5:30 p.m. — Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake, Wagner’s Lanes 9 p.m. — Ladies Night/Karaoke Night, The Plus
Foster Gallery “Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition” 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. — Mon. - Fri. 1 - 4:30 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from April 30 - May 12 Haas Fine Arts Center
UAC Films: “No” Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum on his presidency. Pressured by his most powerful foreign ally, the United States his 15-year regime had been characterized by its disregard for human rights. The county will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. 7 p.m. — Fri. - Sat. 2 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from May 2 — 4 Woodland Theater, Davies Center
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Thursday, May 1
Fun Run dedicated to late Chuck Tomkovick Annual AMA 5K in honor of well-loved professor Courtney Roszak
STAFF WRITER Last summer, Chuck Tomkovick, UW-Eau Claire marketing professor of 21 years passed away after battling cancer. The American Marketing Association will dedicate its 32nd annual 5K Fun Run to Tomkovick. Keep on Chuckin’ Vice President of Finance Phillip Dickinson became involved with the 5K by finding sponsors and setting up the raffle, which will take place the day of the run. “The idea to raise money for Chuck was someTOMKOVICK thing that was discussed last year as well,” Dickinson said. “But when he did die, we knew this had to be the year to honor him, and there
was no better way other than the annual AMA Fun Run.” Tomkovick was the AMA adviser in previous years and worked to lay down the groundwork for the chapter. In past years, the 5K has raised awareness and funds for a variety of charities. This year, AMA has decided to stay a little closer to home. Funds raised through the fun run will go toward the Chuck Tomkovick Management and Marketing Teaching in Excellence Fund. The Eau Claire Foundation webpage states the fund recognizes exceptional teaching in the department and honors the legacy of Tomkovick. Managing and Marketing Department Chair Kristy Lauver said Tomkovick always poured his heart and soul into working with his students. “Chuck’s enthusiasm lit up the hallways,” Lauver said. “He could put a smile on your face just by walking by, and was great at re-energizing all of his colleagues around him
as he always had a positive outlook on life.” Behind most of the planning for this year’s run is senior general marketing major and AMA Vice President of Activities Michael Boucher. The 5K is one of the big events he has to plan in the year. “I have assisted by being the center piece in planning. I am making sure that fundraising is contacting enough sponsors and that our PR team is getting the word out in the most efficient way possible,” Boucher said. “My personal role, as well as with my team of directors, is to do a lot of the behind the scenes work such as planning a route, making sure we have all of the necessary equipment and
keeping track of registration.” The organization has discussed whether they will continue to support the Chuck Tomkovick Management and Marketing Teaching in Excellence Fund until it reaches the goal and has also discussed setting up a scholarship fund. The run will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday starting in front of Schneider Hall. Runners can register beforehand on the AMA website or on race day starting at 8 a.m. on the first floor of Davies. Roszak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @CRoszak22.
“Chuck’s enthusiasm lit up the hallways. He could put a smile on your face just by walking by, and was great at re-energizing all of his colleagues ... ” KRISTY LAUVER
Managing and Marketing department chair
Wisconsin ranks in top-10 for local food accessibility SENATE/ Tags could Report based off farmers markets, Farm-to-School programs and more
Martha Landry EDITOR IN CHIEF
Wisconsin was recently ranked eighth in the nation for local food accessibility by nonprofit group Strolling of the Heifers. According to the group’s website, the index uses four measures for compiling the data from all states: “the number of farmers markets, the number of consumer-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), the number of food hubs — all compared on a per-capita basis — plus the percentage of each state’s school districts with active Farm-to-School programs.” Wisconsin has 287 farmers markets, 267 CSAs, seven food hubs and 55 percent of districts with Farm-toSchool programs, according to the report. Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire took the top three spots, mirroring the 2013 rankings. Other Midwest states near the top include Iowa, ninth, and Minnesota, 13th. But Wisconsin’s south eastern border state Illinois sits at 44th. UW-Eau Claire geography professor Paul Kaldjian said Wisconsin’s high ranking was fitting but it could have been higher if other local
food opportunities were included. “I say eighth is conservative,” Kaldjian said. “... We have a lot of local cheese production. We have a lot of local butchers. Within 45 minutes of Eau Claire I can be at any one of five butchers.” Kaldjian, the faculty adviser to Foodlums, a local sustainable food organization at UW-Eau Claire, said purchasing local foods has a lot of positive KALDJIAN qualities. He said economically, it compares to buying American made products. “Economics say buying locally enhances the local economy,” Kaldjian said. “A dollar is more likely to circulate round and round and round when something is spent locally.” He said the practice also allows people to have a closer relationship with their food, where they know it isn’t covered in chemicals or full of fake flavor. President of Foodlums, senior Breana Meyer said buying local foods can also help with environmental impact because you do not need to trav-
el as far to purchase foods. She said it can also help with the health of the local community. “You are connected with your community,” Meyer said. “You build relationships with people. You are building your local economy.” Kaldjian said urban and suburban gardens can also add to the local food production in communities in Wisconsin. “These networks and these possibilities are expanding,” Kaldjian said. “When you grow your own tomatoes, when you grow your own things ... you know of course your food is going to be healthier.” Strolling of the Heifers states on its website it hopes to strengthen and encourage efforts of local farm and food systems across the country. Meyer said she was excited to hear the state was a strong contender on the list with those values. “I know a lot of people who are working really hard towards (local food production growth),” Meyers said. “I think it’s definitely something we need to keep working toward.” Landry can be reached at landrymm@ uwec.edu or @MarthaLandryy.
Wisconsin local food farmer
food hubs percent of wis. school districts have farm-to-school programs Source: Strollingoftheheifers.com GRAPHIC BY KARL ENGHOFER/ The Spectator
help locate stolen bikes
Of the $130,000 SOS estimates it will spend on bike programs, the organization will set aside $80,000 for more covered bike parking across campus, $30,000 on more bike lockers and bike repair stations and $20,000 on ZAP, an electronic bike-tracking program. Sopke-mounted bike tags, which will cost $20,000 for 250 tags, will ping off scanners placed at three entrances to campus. The scanners record how many times a student cycles to campus and passes out rewards like food coupons and bike helmets based on number of rides. But the ZAP program would also act as a bike registration system. If a student abandons a bicycle, the university can use ZAP scanners to tell the student to move the bike. Lee said it makes sense to contact a student who abandons a bicycle. The tags could help locate stolen bikes too, she said. “We do have that rule here where if you leave your bike over an extended period of time it will get sold at the surplus store,” Lee said. “It’s better that people know what’s happening with their bikes and what their choices are to deal with that.” Beck can be reached at becknc@uwec. edu or @NateBeck9.
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COMMUNITY NEWS 5
Thursday, May 1
A world-class stage just 30 minutes away Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts catches the eye of prestigious network Austin Mai STAFF WRITER
The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie was recently named one of 15 of the world’s most spectacular theaters. CNN freelance writer Tamara Hinson said Mabel Tainter makes up for its small size with beautiful features in an article published April 23. The list included the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo and the Salle Richelieu in Paris. Executive director of the Dunn County Historical Society Matt Carter said locals take advantage of what they have in the community, but it’s still shocking Mabel Tainter was considered. “There are hundreds of thousands of theaters in the world they could have chosen,” Carter said. “Anyone that’s been inside understands why they made that choice.” Once inside the center, brass and oak trimmings hark to the Victorian era, and on stage, it’s easy to connect with the audience, said Aaron Durst, who holds a doctorate in saxophone performance and teaches at UW-Stout. Durst has played and directed music at the center and said the performance heritage at the center is one of a kind. “It’s certainly a great theater and a great performance space,” Durst said. “The building exudes a connection to history and feels like you’re going through time.” Durst said he hopes this acknowledgment will lead to
more attendance at center events. Carter said it makes sense that the list will directly lead to more interest in the center and theater. “I know based on the number of people talking about the distinction, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the event attendance numbers skyrocket,” Carter said. “This might make everyone want to go see what CNN saw.”
was young and loved music and the arts. She died in 1886 at the age of 19. Her parents, Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter, commissioned a memorial. Mai can be reached at email@example.com or @austinisfresh.
“It’s certainly a great theater and a great performance space.” AARON DURST
Carter said the recognition could lead to more national attention. If other organizations compile similar lists, there’s no reason the center wouldn’t lead the pack, Carter said. “The center is on the national register of historic places and that does give it some protection,” Carter said. “However, there’s always the chance that something could happen to it. Being on the register and the national recognition now should make it harder for change.” This center was built in memorial of Mabel Tainter. She
ANCIENT HISTORY: Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie was included in a recent CNN travel story as one of 15 most spectacular theaters in the world.
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Out on a high note The Blugold women’s tennis team split at WIAC Tournament, ending their season Trent Tetzlaff STAFF WRITER
The old saying “all good things must come to an end” became a harsh reality for the UW-Eau Claire women’s tennis team this past weekend as they played their final matches of the season. They finished a strong season Saturday full of wins and a few tough losses, taking third after splitting a pair of matches in the WIAC Tournament at UW-Whitewater. The Blugolds fell 5-2 to UW-La Crosse in a match filled with tight games to begin the day, but later on came back strong with a 9-0 win over UW-Oshkosh. Despite the early loss, head coach Tom Gillman said his team didn’t want to quit on the season and wanted to finish on good terms. “The girls wanted to finish the season on a positive note,” Gillman said. “They were able to come out mindful enough and hungry to finish strong and continue to be a steady and reliable team.” In singles play, junior Madison Rossebo was the lone Blugold to win both of her matches, competing at No. 5 singles. She began with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over La Crosse and later went on to win a quick 6-0, 6-1 match against Oshkosh. Against Oshkosh in their final matches, the two seniors Katie Gillman and Mary Frassetto came up with big wins in both singles and doubles to end their collegiate tennis careers. Frassetto said since her Blugold tennis career is over, she is going to miss the time spent with her team during matches and at practice. “What I will miss most are the consistent crazy adventures from every practice and match with the team,” Frassetto said. In doubles, the pair of junior Nicole Pothen and sophomore Paige Kuepers won both of their matches at No. 3 doubles, 9-7 against La Crosse and 8-0 over Oshkosh. Gillman said although his team is losing two of their top players, the depth and experience the underclassmen bring to the table will aid in replacing the seniors. “We have many players returning, which means a lot of depth we can rely on, which is a delight for a coach,” Gillman said. “We have faith in all of our players and in the depth, people have emerged, and we enter next year with confidence in people knowing they can play.”
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Softball splits versus Titans Poor weather halts UW-Eau Claire’s final two games of regular season against UW-Whitewater on Sunday Meghan Hosely STAFF WRITER
Last weekend, the Blugold softball team was scheduled to face UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater for their final four games of conference play. Instead, UW-Eau Claire only played against Oshkosh, the games against Whiterwater were cancelled due to poor weather. On Saturday, UW-Eau Claire split their doubleheader against Oshkosh, losing the first game 7-5 and winning the second 6-1. The Blugolds won its first game against the Titans 7-5. Although, the Blugolds didn’t start off hot and gave up four runs in the first inning. Freshman pitcher Lauren Blascyzk allowed three runs and only recorded a single out before the coaches turned to the bullpen. Senior Emma Wishau replaced her. In their half of the first inning, Eau Claire warmed up their bats and started chipping away at their quick deficit. By the bottom of the third, the Blugolds were down by just two runs. One inning later, they had a 5-4 lead and it was just a matter of keeping it. But Oshkosh didn’t give up easily. At the top of the sixth, a two-run home run gave the Titans the lead they wanted, and they kept it. Eau
Claire recorded their first loss of the weekend, even with good pitching and batting. “In my opinion, we should’ve won the first game,” junior left fielder Nikki Brooks said. “It’s a game of inches, and we’re off by one inch to lose a game.” The next game was a different story for the Blugolds. Although Oshkosh scored first again, Eau Claire took the lead in the bottom of the second. Freshman Kenzie Winning hit her fourth career-long ball out to center, a threerun homer, pushing the Blugolds in front of Oshkosh 3-1. The Blugolds didn’t strike again until the bottom of the sixth, adding three more runs to win 6-1. Junior pitcher Laura Raflik was credited the win, her ninth of the season. The doubleheader on Sunday against Whitewater was cancelled due to rain. Head coach Leslie Huntington said the WIAC has a “drop dead date,” which is the last day to play any postponed games. Since that day was last Tuesday, Huntington said there is little chance the team will face the Warhawks. “We really look forward to the Whitewater double header every year,” Huntington said. “It’s always a battle when we play. … It’s competitive, it’s exciting, it’s a lot of respectful com-
petition.” The Blugolds have a week of practice before the WIAC Tournament. Entering the postseason, the team has a chance to face opponents it played earlier in the year, such as UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout. Junior catcher Casey Arnold said she is feeling positive about the tournament this weekend.
The Blugold men’s and women’s track and field teams finished with three total event wins this weekend STAFF WRITER
The UW-Eau Claire men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams took part in three meets this weekend. They were spread across the Midwest in Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa. The meets ranged in different levels of competition, freshman CJ Schade said. “Our strongest competitors went to the Drake Relays, including our relay team and our best thrower,” Schade said. “The Gina Relays were the big distance meet.”
In Iowa, a few Blugolds competed in the Drake Relays. For the women, their best finish was sixth in the 4x100-meter relay. Juniors Carly Fehler, Kayla Kelsey, Brooke Patterson and Megan Mulligan tied a school record of 47.11 seconds. The men’s best finish was in the 4x400-meter relay. The group including senior Jacob Dennis-Oehling, juniors Thurgood Dennis and Cody Prince and freshman Jimmy Paske ran the top preliminary time, but officially finished third with a time of 3:11:47. At the Gina Relays (Mich.), three
“We’re definitely bringing it together in the areas we were struggling; we’re better … a completely different team now,” Arnold said. “So I definitely think that we’ll be able to beat those teams, and I think we have a great shot to win the tournament.” Hosely can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @meghanhosely.
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PITCH PERFECT: Freshman pitcher Lauren Blascyzk throws one of her pitches during a game against UW-Stevens Point earlier this season. Blascyzk pitched only part of one inning this weekend against UW-Oshkosh.
Eau Claire finds success at three meets Austin Mai
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Blugolds placed top five. Junior Lucy Ramquist took second in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:43:96. Junior Monica Emerson finished third in the same event at 4:45:07. Senior Matt Scott took fifth place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:47:56, which broke the previous school record of 3:50:71. At the Saint Mary’s Open, the Blugolds came away three wins and 22 topfive finishes. Schade participated in throws on Saturday at the Saint Mary’s Open, but said the meet served as preparation.
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“This was our last chance to qualify for the conference meet,” Schade said. Junior Lindsey Laufenberg won two events as well, the 100- and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 12.88 and 26.15 seconds. SCHADE “I definitely wanted to run faster and raise my conference honor roll rankings,” Laufenberg said. “Before last weekend, I had only ran the 100-meter once this season so I wanted a chance to run that quicker.” Last weekend’s 100-meter dash time is her best so far with Eau Claire. In the high jump, freshman Sarah Glidden took first place with a distance of 1.61 meters. Sophomore Alex Mess earned sec-
ond place in the shot put with a throw of 14.66 meters. Freshman Matt Dietlin took second in the high jump with a distance of 1.85 meters. In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Will LaJeunesse placed second with a time of 49.68 seconds. Laufenberg said one of the most important factors Saturday was running against the wind. She said strong winds help in preparation for unknown weather conditions. She said she hopes to carry Saturday’s momentum into this weekend and claim new personal records. She is going to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the conference championship. Mai can be reached at maiat@uwec. edu or @austinisfresh.
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Rain cuts weekend short The Blugold men’s golf team ends up on top, women finish middle of the pack GRAPHIC BY KARL ENGHOFER / The Spectator
Lindsey Laufenberg Sprints / Long Jump Outdoor Track and Field
Laufenberg took first place in both the 100and 200-meter dash last weekend at the Saint Mary’s Open. This is the first time she has taken first in two events in her collegiate career.
Getting to know Laufenberg: What super power would you want and what would you do with it? It’d be flight and I’d fly to Europe or somewhere warm. What would you tell yourself at age 16? Don’t hit your friends mailbox on the morning of ACT testing.
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If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat? President John F. Kennedy and cheese tortellini. Best memory while in Eau Claire? Going to nationals my freshman year with the track and field team.
TENNIS/ UW-Eau Claire is optimistic about returning team next year Whitewater qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship for the seventh straight year after their two wins Saturday. Although the Blugolds were a strong team throughout the season, junior Maddie Johnson said the team has some small areas for improvement as they look toward next season. “Movement is super important in tennis and we can always improve in that area,” Johnson said. “If you are moving well, you will play well.” Much was the same for Gillman. He said his team is smart and coachable, but movement is most important when it comes to the team’s improvement and consistency. The Blugolds end the season with a 15-4 overall record. However, the future is bright; the team will only lose two seniors. “The younger girls now know
what it's like to come so close to something,” Frassetto said. “That hunger will fuel their desire to try even harder as they come back
next season.” Tetzlaff can be reached at tetzlata@ uwec.edu or @ttetz5.
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THIS IS THE END: Sophomore Paige Kuepers returns a ball during one of her matches earlier this season against UW-River Falls in Eau Claire.
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COPY EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER Last weekend, the men’s golf team made an effort to improve their chances of being selected to the NCAA Championship. The women’s team continued to hone their craft to be ready for tournament play since they already earned a bid. The men tied for first at the Saint John’s Spring Invitational and the women took fourth at the Carleton Invitational at Northfield Country Club this weekend. The women saw one of their own capture the top spot as junior Kate Engler won the event, finishing four strokes ahead of the other 45 golfers. The men recorded a score of 296 and were led by the young trio of freshman Brady Hanson, sophomore Eric Hagstrom and freshman Joey Dreier. Men’s team Head men’s golf coach Mike Greer said his golfers knew the weekend event was a big one for the team and they had a good game plan going into the first round. “We were never getting ahead of ourselves,” Greer said. “The one thing you never know in golf is what the weather is going to do and if you get canceled, what is finished is finished.” All season Greer said he stressed the importance of taking their game one shot, one hole and one round at a time. It’s as if the third-year head coach foresaw the effects mother nature would prove to have on the tournament. The tournament was originally scheduled to be two rounds, with one round on Saturday and the other on Sunday, but due to poor weather conditions round two was canceled. As a result, round one scores were considered final. “My job as a coach is to prepare them for the round,” Greer said. “It’s really fun as a coach to be out there with your group when we’re playing well and see how we prepare come to life.” The trio of Hanson, Hagstrom and Dreier has contributed to the varsity roster all season and Greer said he was very impressed with the three athletes. He said he credits the leadership of the team, especially senior team captain Ben Brooks, for the impressive performance of the young golfers. ENGLER
“It’s nothing that I didn’t expect,” Greer said. “When these guys came in I knew how talented they were.” Dreier tied for twelfth with 74 strokes and said he was proud of his teammates and it was fun to watch Hanson record birdies on the final two holes and Hagstrom shoot par. “We just try to do as best as we can,” Dreier said “We are used to golfing in pressure situations and that helps us a lot.” The first-place finish will help the Blugolds’ case for a bid to the national championship and they will conclude their regular season Friday with the Edgewood College Invitational at Bishops Bay Country Club. Women’s team The women’s team barely snuck in one full round between rain showers in their venture to Northfield Golf Club (Minn.) for the Carleton College Invitational last weekend. Saturday’s opening round was cut short by a lightning sighting and the remaining four holes were completed Sunday morning before the rain started up, women’s team head coach Megan Sobotta said. The team ended up fourth out of seven teams after the round. Engler finished the tournament on top, earning the number one individual spot with 77 strokes. Sobotta said the conditions made things difficult but regardless, the team is not yet where she wants it to be for the national tournament. “It was more of a difficult, tighter course and the greens were very beat up, but I did see a lot of things to improve on,” she said. “Getting so close to nationals we really have to be picky and improve on our weaknesses.” Going into the tournament Engler said she wanted to be in at least the top five finishers, and she was very happy to take home the top seed. “I had only played the course once before,” Engler said. “My short game really helped me a lot and I hit the ball well and stayed out of trouble.” Engler’s teammate Emily Stone tied for 12th overall. Sobotta said Engler and Stone always battle back and forth for the top spot since they both have the “ability to throw some very low scores,” she said. But she said the whole team has been working very hard. The Blugolds will be at home this weekend. Engler said she is excited to play on familiar territory. Kueppers can be reached at kueppecm@ uwec.edu or @cmkueppers. Williams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @ BookofEllis.
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Seniors showcase final work
Exhibits in Foster Art Gallery demonstrate student accomplishments Rachel Streich STAFF WRITER
For the 16 students planning to graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree, one project caps off the entire college experience. “It’s meant to embody everything we’ve worked toward in our majors,” Graphic design major Hannah Fechner said. Seniors like Fechner have spent the last months of the semester working on pieces to present for the senior exhibitions in the Foster Art Gallery. The first show “Synthesis” runs April 30-May 4 and the second show, “Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Show,” will take place May 8-12. Each exhibit includes work from eight students. The first show features an array of art forms from sculptures to graphic design to photography. Gallery Director Tom Wagener said the variety demonstrates how artists pick different paths.
Fechner branded a clothing line, which she titled “Invigorate.” She designed logos, stickers, handstamped tags and other elements compiled into a display of graphic design work. Fechner said she drew inspiration from Urban Outfitters, Free People and Ralph Lauren’s Denim Supply to create relaxed, standout clothing. The piece has a friendly, rugged feel, she said. The senior exhibits give students the opportunity to show friends, family and others in the Eau Claire community what they have been doing for the past four years, Fechner said. She said her piece will benefit her in the future as well. “If I were to be working within corporate, it shows how people will be seeing (my work) in everyday life,” Fechner said. “It has a real-world application.” After graduating, Fechner said she hopes to freelance for design companies. The piece she put to-
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gether for the Foster Art Gallery is a solid addition to her professional portfolio, she said. Her single project includes multiple parts, but Fechner said the piece came together well. Emily Lau, an art illustration major, said creating her portraits and comics for the show was a learning experience as well. She originally envisioned creating a full story with comics, but plans changed and she finished with two comic pages and three portraits of graphic novelists. Lau said the works of graphic novelists influenced her comics and she incorporated their styles into hers. “It’s very rewarding seeing it all framed,” she said. While Fechner worked on her piece in her own time, Lau completed her pieces for her advanced illustration class. The class project allowed her to complete her first work in an exhibit.
Looking forward to the second show, student Matt Steil is continuing to work on a rebranding of the Soundset music festival. He will be showing T-shirts, posters, VIP passes and other pieces of his graphic design in a contemporary rendition of the festival’s material. Steil said the show is a good experience for him to display his work
on campus. “It’s a nice thing to have as you graduate, to have something for people to see,” Steil said, “It’s like a crowning achievement on top of all the other work you’ve done.” Streich can be reached at streicrn@ uwec.edu or @RachelStreich17.
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THAT’S SO FETCH: Senior Hannah Fechner standing with her clothing line display titled “Invigorate,” which is on display in The Foster Art Gallery in early May.
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Eat local, own local Elizabeth Jackson PHOTO EDITOR
Why go to just any old grocery store — which sells food from questionable places — when you can shop at a store that sells local foods? Luckily for us, Eau Claire does have a store like that: Just Local Food Co-Op, located on Farwell Street. The store is just a short walk (11 minutes, according to Google maps) from Hibbard Hall, and sells fresh produce, meat, coffee and locally made beer. Just Local is a cooperative, meaning instead of having a single owner, the store is owned by workers and customers — the people who use the services. Nik Novak, a meat buyer, “store keeper” and president of the Just Local co-op board said that currently the store has seven worker-owners and 287 customer-owners. While Just Local has been around for about a decade now, until last fall,
the worker-owners were only part of the co-op, Novak said. On Labor Day of last year Just Local changed the co-op bylaws to allow customers to become partial owners. Novak said there are three primary benefits and privileges that come with being a owner. These include political benefits by being represented on the governing board; financial benefits, by receiving a share a specific year’s dividends if there is a profit; and, what Novak said was the most appealing, community benefits, which come from local food. Depending on the season, Just Local may have more than 100 different providers supplying meat, produce and other foodstuffs. Novak said local providers always take priority, especially for produce, but during the off-season Just Local will source from free-trade and organic sources. As the meat buyer for Just Local, Novak said he sources from about 20
different farmers. “In many cases we actually go visit them,” he said. Novak said working and talking with farmers and customers is one of his favorite things about working with Just Local. While it might be expected that a store which sells locally sourced food would be more expensive than your typical grocery store, Just Local keeps its prices fair. Novak said many customers come from the apartments near Farwell Street, and these customers may not necessarily have the transportation to bring them to other grocery stores in Eau Claire. He said Just Local functions as a convenience store and local grocery store. Novak also said the customer base for Just Local is “incredibly diverse” — with customers coming from downtown, the Third Ward area and the East Hill — all of these representing a wide range of incomes. One of the best parts about walking into Just Local is the range of foods that are offered. I’m always lulled into the earthy smell of the store when I walk in — the produce is right by the entrance — and even more entranced as I make my way to the coffee section. Overall, Just Local is an interesting part of the community, and I implore everyone who hasn’t stepped foot in there to take a short stroll and peruse the aisles.
Jackson can be reached at jacksoec@ uwec.edu or @ElizabethCeceJ.
In terrific form Op/Ed Editor Alex Zank talks with Terraform member about music, upcoming show
For all the metalheads looking for a local show to see this summer, progressive/technical metal band Terraform has Eau Claire slotted as a stop in its summer tour on June 21 at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. Jake Olson of Terraform, who is also a previous member of Our Judgment, is the only member who lives in Eau Claire. He talked with The Spectator about the band’s origin, sound and the upcoming show. Alex Zank: How did the band form? Jake Olson: It’s actually kind of funny how it starts. We were on tour in my previous band, and we had a flat tire in Iowa. We pulled over and called one of my friends Nick Kelly, who plays guitar in Terraform, and he came and helped us with our tire. During that time he (gave) us some demos that he was working on. Just being his friend, and it being a similar genre to what I used to play … I told him we could tour with him as soon as he put the project together and have full members come in. What happened when we got back from touring, Our Judgement broke up, leaving the bass player, Chris Galetka, and myself looking for a new project. So (Kelly) said they were looking for a bass player and a vocalist in Terraform. We tried out and let them know what we had to offer and they added us to our current roster. AZ: So Terraform basically started with a flat tire? JO: Right, we started with a flat
FRESH TO DEATH: Just Local Food Co-op provides what the name suggests: locally-grown food and drink and the opportunity to become involved with the store’s workings through the “co-owner” feature.
tire and ended up being in a completely different band. It’s amazing how things happen like that. AZ: How long did it take you to learn metal vocals? JO: I started trying to do metal vocals from freshman or sophomore year of high school. So I started experimenting with that sound. Even from my last project to this one it’s changed a little bit. So I’m always learning to try and improve it and make it better. AZ: What do you think some of the band’s inspirations or what do you think really comes out in the music that people will recognize? JO: It’s really relatable to some of the other bands in this genre like TesseracT or Periphery. So I’d say pretty much any other band (like that) and more of the tech metal, progressive metal genre we draw influence from because every member is a really big music listener and avid music fan. So it’s really hard to pinpoint the exact location of where input comes from being that we are five different people that have different interests in music, but we come together into this one genre. More information about Terrraform can be found on its Facebook page, and they also have music from their latest album, Dream/Construct, on Bandcamp. Zank can be reached at zankam@ uwec.edu or @AlexZank.
BRANCHING OUT: Sporting almost 2,000 likes on Facebook and a new album, Terraform is a multi-state band with members in Iowa and Eau Claire.
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Get set for summer Arizona-based band to make appearance at UW-Eau Claire Emily Albrent NEWS EDITOR
With the help of student votes, a pop-rock band from Scottsdale, Ariz. will be taking over The Davies Center on May 2, thanks to the University Activities Commission. The Summer Set consists of five members — two which are brothers. Jess Bowen (drums), Josh Montgomery (guitar), Brian Dales (vocals), John Gomez (guitar, piano, backup vocals) and Stephen Gomez started the band as teenagers and produced their first album, “Love Like This” in 2009, and their sophomore album “Everything’s Fine” in 2011. Their third album, “Legendary,” came out in April 2014 with the popular single, “Boomerang,” with lyrics like, “If I was Jay-Z, you’d be my Beyonce, We could rock the nation like they do.” The band has been featured on shows such as ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” The Summer Set won Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition and will also be playing main stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. To find a band students want to see on campus, UAC Concerts Committee Co-chair April Heinzen said UAC posted a poll on their Facebook that had four different bands for students to choose from: American Authors, The Summer Set, The Ready Set and The Mowgli’s. “We kind of narrowed that down with our concert committee, and those were the four we thought might do well here,” Carrie Biesinger, UAC concert co-chair said. Biesinger said American Authors was chosen as the number one choice by students, but the band decided to go with a different venue, so UAC chose the second-most
voted: The Summer Set. The Millenium, a local band consisting of the two original members, Kyle Culver (guitar) and Matt Hasenmueller (vocals) and two new members, Kyle Featherstone (guitar, piano, vocals) and Sean Koran (bass) will open for The Summer
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Set. “I have listened to The Summer Set since high school,” Featherstone said. “I’m fanboying a little bit to be honest.” It is also the first show The Millenium will play as a four-piece band. Culver said opening will be a
great way to culminate all the work they have done so far together. “I just feel like we are doing this right,” Culver said. Performing as the opener to The Summer Set was something that took time and determination. Featherstone said when he found out UAC was looking to book a bigger band again, he approached the committee and asked if The Millenium could perform as the opener. Soon enough, The Millenium had enough support to be chosen as the opener.
With two new members added to the band, Culver said they will try to keep their music as close to the record as possible, but with the integration of the full band. Tickets for the show are still available, $5 for students and $7 for the community. Doors for the show will open at 7 p.m. on May 2, in the Ojibwe Ballroom in Davies.
Albrent can be reached at albrenec@ uwec.edu or @EmilyAlbrent.
spectatornews.com GET SET: The Summer Set, a pop group from Arizona, will be making a campus appearance May 2 in Davies Center following local group The Millenium.
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Voting just got that much easier Federal judge striking down Voter ID law is a step toward civic justice
Katie Bast NEWS EDITOR
When I went to cast my vote in the local election April 1, I had to re-register with my new address. I presented my driver’s license and a letter from my bank. Since it wasn’t a bank statement, it wasn’t considered a valid proof of residence. After logging into my online bank and showing the account number matched the one on the letter, the poll workers finally gave me a ballot. On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the voter identification requirement. This is a move in the right direction. The law states voters must present a state-issued photo ID before voting. Many believe this law targets low-income and minority voters who may not have easy access to such documents. In my case earlier this month, the process of registering (or re-registering) is different and more extensive than just voting. One isn’t required to prove their residence every time they vote and if I were to vote again at my current residence, it would be much easier. The problem this poses for college students is that many rarely live at
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the same residence for more than a year, let alone from one election to the next. Having to re-register every time we vote creates unnecessary roadblocks. But this year was not the first time I’ve almost been prevented from voting. When I registered to vote the first time and attempted to vote in the 2012 presidential election, a clerical error left me scrambling to right the situation. After almost an hour of signing papers at city hall and printing documents at the library, I got to vote. This tells me there’s much more wrong with the way elections are run. The fight over Wisconsin’s voter ID law has been a long one. Former Gov. Jim Doyle resisted passing legislation requiring voters to show ID three times between 2002 and 2005. Wisconsin passed the Voter ID requirement in 2011, but in 2012, a Dane County judge declared it unconstitutional. We all have a basic constitutional right to vote. It’s crucial we protect this right so informed, passionate citizens can voice their opinion at the polls. According to the Government Accountability Board for Wiscon-
sin, enforcing the voter ID law is the same as applying a condition to vote. Like say, owning land, having a grandfather who could vote, passing a literacy exam or being a man. The Constitution does not allow such impediments to voting. Enforcing this law would quite literally be repeating past mistakes. Republicans rationalize Voter ID laws by saying requiring a photo ID cuts down on voter fraud and strengthen the integrity of elections. However, there’s not enough evidence to prove major voter fraud, and improving the way elections are conducted (i.e. the electoral college) would do much more to boost the integrity of elections. Most voter fraud accusations are baseless and the rules in place only made it more difficult for me, a law-abiding, politically involved citizen to cast my vote. Clearly, our voting system is flawed, but attempting to exclude certain groups from voting isn’t the way to fix it. Bast is a senior journalism major and News Editor of The Spectator. She can be reached at email@example.com or @Katie_Bast.
In the 21st Century, segregation is still an issue While organizations work to overcome lasting racial issues, government turns a blind eye Katy Macek COPY EDITOR
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood up and gave a speech about his dreams to see integration between different cultures of the United States. Since then, Americans have fought to see those dreams realized. In 2014, we still have a long way to go. On Friday evening I attended the Random Acts of Theater Company, also known as RATCo, performance in Zorn Arena at UWEau Claire. My friends told me about the event, that it would be “a great performance,” but nothing more. I expected to have a good time, but I didn’t expect to become so informed about the terrible problems that still exist concerning poverty and racism right here in our own country. RATCo, as it turns out, is an organization from Selma, Ala., that provides a safe and educational environment for children of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities to
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learn about teamwork and self-expression in the form of theater and dance. They are funded by the Freedom Foundation and team up with Blugold Beginnings to stay in Eau Claire and share their story with the community. Gwen Brown, president of the Freedom Foundation, serves as a mentor and volunteer for RATCo, which she strongly believes in. “Every day we’re encouraged and inspired, because there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t seem right,” she said. “But I think we believe in the fundamental principle that we can overcome anything by doing good and loving.” The population of Selma is just over 20,000 and around 80 percent of that is made up of black citizens, but Brown said the public school system is almost 100 percent black and there is a separate private school that white students attend. One elementary school out of eight is integrated, and many of its citizens live in poverty.
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OPINION / EDITORIAL OP/ED EDITOR: Alex Zank
Thursday, May 1
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For a world plagued with poor news sources, a prescription for healthier news consumption I’d like to think of these final weeks of “Civically Engaging” as a visit to the doctor’s office (a really fun doctor’s office, at that). Last week I gave society the diagnosis. News consumption, especially when reliant on social media, is suffering from a bad case of indigestion. A Buzzfeed “listicle” is nothing but a sugary sweet and the Huffington Post clickfarm offers no nutritional value in an unbalanced news consumption diet. And speaking of unbalanced, everywhere we turn on the Internet has a gang of slanted sources for every legitimate one when it comes to getting your fill on politics. This week is the prescription, and thank goodness you don’t have to visit healthcare.gov to get it. Out of the kindness of my heart, I will suggest some of my go-to news sources as an alternative to all the garbage clogging Facebook feeds. These sources are categorized in two ways: first, the sources that may seem boring to some but are really great and trustworthy; and two, some trendier sources (this is completely subjective, and keep in mind that my idea of trendy is a little more aged than most of you). Boring but beneficial — The New York Times: trust me on this one, plenty of people find the Times’ writing unexciting. Maybe it’s because the headlines are not sensational or sarcastic as you’d find on HuffPo. Maybe it’s because the writing doesn’t end at 350 words. But if you want comprehensive, far-reaching and detailed reporting, the Times is one of your best options. And here’s a plus: if you’re one of those old-fashioned tree-killing types, the print edition is offered for free on campus courtesy of the Readership Program (well, almost free — some of the student differential tuition dollars are used to fund it). — NPR: this may just be me getting old, but the only station I listen to in my car is 88.3, the Ideas network.
I also visit NPR’s website more often than anything else when checking the headlines. They do great work not only for political reporting, but for nearly everything else, too. One of my favorite programs is “Car Talk” on Sunday mornings. If you want a great synopsis of the day’s happenings (their audio pieces are longer than two-minute teases you see from other sources), visit their website. If you want quality programming that gives your brain a workout, tune into 88.3 FM whenever you’re in your car.
“A Buzzfeed ‘listicle’ is nothing but a sugary sweet and the Huffington Post clickfarm offers no nutritional value in an unbalanced news consumption diet.” — PBS Newshour: what else would you want to do at 6 p.m. on weekdays? Well, a lot. That’s why there’s the Internet. I rarely tune in to watch the programming on TV, but PBS offers full episodes streaming (in addition to other reporting) online. If the inherent boringness of truth is too much for you to handle for an entire 60 minutes, turn it to a game. Turn off your phone, sit at your TV or computer, and just try not to fall asleep. If you stay awake, the prize will be that you will have evolved into a higher being from all the information you just absorbed. Trendy but still legitimate — The Pacific Standard: after
reddit, PSMag.com is the first icon on my Google Chrome bookmarks bar. If I could reach into the depths of my brain and extract the most creative ideas I have and put them into a story, it would closely resemble the Pacific Standard’s writing. The publication looks at important societal issues through the lens of social and behavioral science. This makes for some incredible and interesting reading. You’ll never blaze through 1,500 words faster than you would reading an article from this publication. Be warned, though. Do not use this for your primary source of political news, though. It offers different angles and discusses larger implications of issues, but usually doesn’t have up-to-date information vital to stay informed. — Quartz: the Atlantic’s contribution to business and economics news, Quartz was designed with mobile users in mind. The website is phone friendly, in that it looks almost exactly the same on the computer so you know you’re not missing out on a smaller device. If long-form journalism isn’t your thing, most these stories only take a few minutes to read. At the same time, the reporting and writing is still thoughtful and every word seems carefully chosen. The headlines are a bit unorthodox relative to legacy media, so this makes younger users who are used to things like, “This (Insert Person or Animal Here) Doing (Insert Event or Talent Here) Will Make Your Day/Give You Feels/Turn Your Life Around” will feel more at home. The reporters also throw in interesting graphs whenever applicable. I know I’m not the only one who at times likes to just look at pictures and skip over those pesky words that require thought. This is by no means a complete list. There are plenty of other news sources you should explore, such as FiveThirtyEight, ProPublica or Roll Call that can be added to a healthy diet of news consumption. The key is to start out by acknowledging the bad ones, wean yourself from them, and switch them out for those of higher quality. Just like most changes you make in the name of a healthier lifestyle, it may take time to get into these new habits. But, when you visit your old guilty pleasure months down the road and realize it was not worth your attention, you will be thankful you made these changes.
Zank is a senior political science and journalism double major and Op/ Ed Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at email@example.com or @AlexZank.
UW-Eau Claire recently unveiled a new marketing campaign with the slogan “The Power of And.” Officials said in an article published in The Spectator on April 24 the revamped campaign will help the campus stand out from other institutions. The campaign was the result of a collaboration between faculty, staff, students and the research firm Mind Over Media. The Eau Claire foundation contributed $50,000 and the university paid $145,000 for research and services from this research firm, according to the Spectator article. Addressing the costs associated with this campaign, officials said Eau Claire theoretically gets its money’s worth if it successfully attracts just six students to the university. During the roll-out of the rebranding, the university took pictures of students holding signs describing what their “And” was. Students also had the chance to write on the windows of the Davies Center, displaying their “And.” Members of the Editorial Board were uneasy with the campaign and its implications. One member of the board suggested the old branding “I’m a Blugold” and the mascots already made Eau Claire unique. The member added they thought the old message, in fact, was more powerful than this one. It was unclear why the shift was needed. Other members with the dualistic mindset into which the new campaign
pigeonholes students. One board member said this also reinforces a self-centered generational mindset that detracts from the true accomplishments others do. The member viewed this campaign as using students as a public relations tool. In relation to the six student applicants used as justification of the campaign’s costs, the board member said the university was not in danger of a lack of new student applications. Another member went to the extent to say if a university needs to resort to advertising, they are doing it wrong. This member saw the campaign as self-gratifying for Eau Claire while not serving anyone who attends the university in any way. Not all comments from board members were negative. One board member, although they agreed the rebranding seemed self-gratifying, said it does have some benefits. It allows students to reflect on themselves as individuals and find things they are proud of or are most important in their collegiate lives. Editorials in The Spectator reflect the majority opinion of the editorial board and are written by the Op/Ed Editor. The editorial board is generally comprised of the Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Currents Editor, Photo Editor, News Editors and Sports Editor but may include other members of the editorial staff.
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EXCITING “AND” A P.R. STUNT: UW-Eau Claire recently unveiled its new rebranding campaign, centered around the slogan “The Power of And.” The Editorial Board questions the effectiveness and costs associated with this rebranding.
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OPINION / EDITORIAL
Putting pressure on campuses to curb sexual assault Universities taking responsibility for crime could help diminish violence
Martha Landry EDITOR IN CHIEF
April was an important month for the issue of sexual assault. On Tuesday, the White House released guidelines increasing pressure on universities and colleges across the country to more aggressively combat sexual assault. On April 10, senators from both sides of the aisle wrote a letter to U.S. News & World Report, a trusted ranking organization of U.S. universities and colleges, urging the report to include sexual assault statistics when ranking institutions.
“... if (a student’s) education is received in an unsafe environment, it diminishes its worth.” Both the White House report and inclusion of sexual violence stats in college rankings could be major step to show both the negative and positive aspects of campuses, which I think are very important. The federal guidelines explain ways universities can better survey the current sexual assault climate, prevent future sexual assault, make response more efficient, and make efforts more transparent. I am happy to see our federal government taking a stance on this important issue. It not only raises awareness, but it will help make it the ‘norm’ to openly discuss sexual assault.
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The letter to U.S. News & World Report asks the report to include safety information to give parents and future students the best information possible. “Institutions that fail to adequately respond to sexual violence should not receive accolades from your publication,” the letter reads. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Students attend universities and colleges for an education, but if the education is received in an unsafe environment, it diminishes its worth. The sexual assault data, which could portray a university in either a good or bad light, could be listed with tuition costs, campus population and student-to-faculty ratios. If a university is ranked 15th in the nation for its art department but 7th highest for sexual assaults, I would want to know right away. And I think students should have the right to know. UW-Eau Claire sophomore Katelyn Haupt said she “definitely” would have looked at that information when applying to colleges. “It’s also not necessarily something you think about when you are chilling on campus because you think it’s a safe place,” Haupt said. “But it may not be and if it’s not I probably wouldn’t want to go there.” Haupt said she would worry the information could get misinterpreted when comparing universities in the country versus the city. It is no secret that sexual assault can be a scary conversation. But it shouldn’t be! Sexual assault on college campuses is an important conversation, and I think giving the data the attention it deserves could be an effective way to spark major change from each level of a university, administration, faculty and students. It also puts pressure on our society as a whole to make a stronger effort to teach people to not sexually assault, rather than just teaching men and women to avoid the assault. If a university has strong prevention statistics, this is a way to showcase it as a safe university. If a college has a great track record for response, it can let future students, men and women, know they will be a good choice. Landry is a senior journalism major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator. She can be reached at landrymm@ uwec.edu or @MarthaLandryy.
Silent yet powerful Clipper’s players show how to effectively deal with controversy Nick Erickson MANAGING EDITOR
Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s name has become the most recognizable one in the U.S. in a matter of days. And not for a good reason. We’ve all heard the story by now. TMZ leaked a conversation between a man believed to be Sterling and his Hispanic/black girlfriend about how he is uncomfortable with her associating with African-Americans and how he doesn’t want people of that race at his team’s games. And we’ve also probably heard of how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver STERLING banned Sterling from the league for life, and how these types of comments don’t belong in society and all of that. So I’m not going to bore with more of that commentary. Instead, I want to take a glimpse into how the NBA players handled this situation and why not only athletes, but people in general should look to the way these men dealt with controversy as a model for similar scenarios. Sterling’s racist comments were made public on Saturday, a day before his Clippers had a pivotal playoff game against their rival Golden State Warriors. And many people, including ESPN
analyst Jeff Van Gundy, were appalled the Clippers didn’t boycott the game until Sterling was banned from the league. The Clippers, a team better known as Lob City, were all of a sudden put into the fire for something completely out of their control. Let’s not forget that this one man is simply one figure in an organization employing hundreds of people. At the head of the organization are three of the NBA’s biggest faces in head coach Doc Rivers, point guard Chris Paul and high-flying forward Blake Griffin, all of who are African-American and have been model citizens throughout their careers. But as these three have done since their time in the league, they put the fans and players first instead of making a political statement that would put the game in jeopardy. They decided to play that game Sunday to prove the Los Angeles Clippers organization won’t back down from a stranglehold situation. But they also didn’t ignore the situation, either, as the players wore their warmup shirts inside out so the Clippers logo wouldn’t be visible at the start of the game. Think of what would have happened if the Clippers decided not to suit up and essentially forfeit a playoff contest. These players are not just stars on the court, they’re role models for millions of kids worldwide who face the exact same kind of racist, bigot attitudes and personalities such as
Sterling. If Lob City forfeited the game, it would have given the message of stopping when the trying gets hard. Yes, it would have been a statement. But it also would have if the Clippers decided not to do the jobs that so many people look up to. Instead, they silently protested and went out to continue the work they do on the court and not let anybody’s obstacles stand in their way. They let higher authorities take care of that business, and Silver sacked Sterling without the Clippers having to boycott. That’s how adversity needs to be dealt with all the time. When some outside force strikes, people need not to lie down and quiver, but stand even taller. I’ve always been a fan of the Clippers because they provide me a lot of YouTube videos with their fast-pace offense and dunks. But I’m even more of a fan now after watching their entire organization from coaches to players to fans for handling this situation the right way and letting their willingness to work and persevere overcome an obstacle. Well done, Lob City, well done. Now let’s see those outside the sports world take a similar stand. Erickson is a junior journalism major and Managing Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at ericksna@ uwec.edu or @NickErickson9.
RACE/ We should spend more time combating segregation in places like Selma According to the Freedom Foundation’s website, 43.5 percent of the population of Selma lives below the poverty level. The national average is 14.9 percent. To me, this sounded like something straight out of the ’60s. Maybe I’ve been living in my own little bubble up here in Wisconsin, but I was surprised and saddened to hear that situations like this still exist in my own country. We haven’t come very far at all, and I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be disappointed if he knew this was still happening over forty years later.
Brown said RATCo is a source of hope and love for the children in Selma, to show them there is more to life than the segregated and impoverished community that they grew up in. Currently, RATCo and the Freedom Foundation are working to fund the revamp of Tipper’s Theater, an old building in Selma. They hope to one day be able to use the theater to perform, Brown said, and also hope to house a café in the building where young people can hang out, something Selma doesn’t have very much of. According to the
White House website, the United States budget for the Department of Defense in the 2014 Fiscal Year is $495.6 billion, which includes ending the war in Afghanistan and “maintaining a small force of Americans and international partners to train and assist Afghan forces and carry out limited counterterrorism operations in pursuit of any remnants of al Qaeda,” among other things. I understand ties with other countries are important, but the safety and well-being of a nation’s people should always be a bigger concern than foreign investments, no matter the color of its citizens’
skin. I t hurts m y heart t h a t o u r country, a nation t h a t MACEK pledges liberty and justice for all, spends so much overseas while allowing segregation on our own soil in places like Selma. Macek is a junior journalism major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @ KatherineMacek.
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR: Ellis Williams
Thursday, May 1
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Two UW-Eau Claire students create hip-hop music in hopes of spreading their sound throughout campus Ellis Williams STAFF WRITER
It is no secret the hiphop music scene at UW-Eau Claire is miles behind universities in the Twin Cities area, but two local artists are trying to close the gap. Senior Paul Hetke and junior Darrell Hill are two Blugold students, who are working to expose their fellow classmates to the art of hiphop music by releasing their own musical projects. Hill, who goes by Dug Hill, said there are people here that are trying to promote hip-hop but he would like to see a bigger push. “I know a lot of the music
acts we bring in is alternative, which is cool because I listen to all types of music,” Hill said. “But I feel like we can mix it up and get some hip-hop acts here.” The void is apparent and Hetke and Hill want to fill it. Hill has been working on his first mixtape titled “The Yellow” and Hetke is one of the producers of the project. Hill posted a single from “The Yellow” on his musician page on Facebook as well as his SoundCloud account. The song is titled Meditations. The recording and production of Hill’s music takes place in Hetke’s Eau Claire home and the two get together once or twice a week to make
A DUEL THREAT: Hetke is both a producer and an artist. His debut album titled “Coda,” was released earlier this week.
music. Hetke said he was a fan of Hill’s music as soon as he heard it and he wanted to work with the new artist. “I thought if we actually collaborate, I have the quality and he has the lyrics,” Hetke said. “This could be something special,” Hetke said every time Hill raps he notices the impressive flow of the St. Paul Minnesota native and his lyrics keep him connected to the music. The team of Hill and Hetke was founded only a couple of months ago when Hetke approached Hill. He said he heard one of Hill’s freestyles on the Internet after his girlfriend told him to check out Hill’s music. “It wasn’t the best sound, might have been a bad mic, but I knew what he was going for,” Hetke said. Prior to connecting with Hetke, Hill said he had to travel to St. Paul whenever he wanted to record his music. The 90-mile drive to the Twin Cities quickly became a weekly trip for Hill; making music become a passion. Hill started rapping during his sophomore year and his friend, junior Mike Cayo, encouraged him. Hill said he trekked with friends to Cayo’s room to freestyle. “He would rap and just the intricacies of his rhymes and his play on words off the top of his head made it seem like he had a photographic memory,” Cayo said. Hill would come back to the room each weekend with a verse or a song and from there Cayo said Hill started to find his voice. The combination of Hill’s voice and intelligence is what sets him apart from other rappers trying to get noticed, Cayo said. His style reminds Hetke of a mix between Chance the Rapper, J.Cole and a touch
of Mac Miller, he said. Hill is able to pull from the unique styles of these rappers, fuse them and create his own kind of voice. “I think his voice is unique on the microphone,” Hetke said. “There are not a lot of voices out there like his.” Hill said he has always enjoyed English and he tries to be as witty as possible in his lyrics by pulling from the knowledge he has gained in the classroom. Hill said he finds his inspiration from his passion for learning. Hetke draws his inspiration from the people who encourage him to make music. He said he has had his fair share of haters, but he is in music for the people who have supported him since day one. Like Hill, Hetke is also an artist. His debut album, titled “Coda,” was released this week. As an artist and a producer, Hetke is working double time to fill the hip-hop void in Eau Claire. He said people have been buying his music and it is great seeing people support his work. Hetke understands the craft behind creating music and he said producing one song takes an average of three to four hours. “To actually get it right so it’s not clipping and it’s not distorting in the headphones when listening to it takes time,” Hetke said “People won’t take you seriously unless it’s clean.” Hetke and Hill’s music must sound clean because people are taking them seriously as both of their Facebook musician pages have almost 800 likes between them. Hill said he and Hetke make a good team because the two are both still developing as artists. “I don’t know if he has a
JUST WAIT ON IT: Hill is releasing his debut mixtape some time in the coming weeks. It is titled “The Yellow.”
set style yet, which is sweet cause nor do I and that leaves it open,” Hill said. “It’s too early to put myself in a box.” Hill wants to make different types of music with unique sounds and rhymes and he said the open-minded style of Hetke allows him to do that. Cayo has watched Hill’s music improve since working with Hetke and he said getting more hip-hop performers to Eau Claire would give Hill the best opportunity to get noticed. “If he can get the right people to hear his music then as far as he wants to go he will go,” Cayo said.
Kid Ink was the first bigtime rapper to come to campus, and Cayo said he believes getting Kid Ink has opened a lot of doors for hip-hop here. Hetke said he is eager to keep spreading hip-hop among the campus. Though the audience isn’t wide yet, the movement is in motion. “Hip-hop is growing,” Hetke said. “We are trying to do something big and there are people here trying to push.”
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